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THE PARABLE OF THE Fish-less FISHERS FOLLY!
(Author is Unknown by most professors with spots!)
There is a many groups called "Friendly Fish-less Fisher's Fellowship."
They were surrounded by streams, lakes, and oceans full of hungry fish.
They met regularly to discuss the "bait" for catching an abundance of fish, and also maybe someday the thrill of catching just one fish.
They tried pizza parties, pastor appreciation months, open houses, skating parties, street parties, and party parties, They tried fishy music and fishy clothing, and foul fishy conversations, until the fish could not tell the fishers from the fish, and VISE-versa!
Most of the fishers really pretended to be excited about fishing!
Some suggested that they needed a "Philosophy of Fishing," so they carefully defined and redefined fishing, and the "purpose of fishing."
They developed fishing strategies and tactics and tracts. But none of those things brought anyone into the "kingdom," because no one from the "Friendly Fish-less Fisher's Fellowship" ever went OUT to fish,
Then they assumed that they had been going at it backwards.
They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fishers, and not from the point of view of the fish.
How do fish view the world?
How does the fisher appear to the fish?
What do fish eat and when?
The "Fish-less Fishers" decided that these are all good things to know. So they began research studies and attended conferences, retreats seminars and organized great "Fish-less fishers" schools, and 'bible' colleges on "their" fishing fish-ology.
Some traveled to far away places to study form others who said they knew about different kinds of fish with different "fishy habits." They learned many "fishy" religions so they could some day lure all kinds of fish with their own "Fish-less fishy" religions from their "Fish-less Fellowships."
Some got PHDs in fishol-ogy to hang on their walls of the offices of the fine "Friendly Fish-less Fishers Fellowship Halls" . . . for the rest of the "Fish-less" fishers to admire and look up to as some kind of goal.
But no one had yet "GONE OUT FISHING!"
So a committee was formed to send out "fishers."
Since the prospective fishing places out-numbered the fishers, a committee was needed to determine 'priority' places, and which fish were the easiest to catch.
A priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the someday very Friendly Fish-less Fishers Fellowship Halls.
But still, no one went "OUT" fishing.
SO a survey was launched to find out why.
Most Fish-less Fishers did not bother to answer the survey, but from those that did, it was discovered that some FELT led [lead?] just to study fish,
A few others FELT led [lead?] to furnish fishing equipment, lures etc, but most just wanted to go around encouraging the other fishers, with seminars, and "how to fish" crusades.
But most just FELT led [lead?] to stay "in house," and pray for a good catch of fish, or mostly for the lord of the fishing harvest to send OTHERS to "GO OUT FISHING."
What with all the meetings, conferences, and seminars, retreats ETC, they just simply did not have any time left over to really
"GO OUT FISHING."
Than along came Jake!
Now Jake was a SPOTLESS newcomer to the "Friendly Fish-less Fisher’s Fellowship."
He was not "schooled" in their "Fish-less Fellowship" bible school of the Friendly Fish-less Fishers Fish-ology!"
After one stirring meeting at the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish.
At the next meeting, he told his story, and he was honored for his catch.
He was told that he had a special anointed "gift for fishing."
He was then scheduled to speak at all the Friendly Fish-less Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it.
With all the speaking invitations and his election to the head of the board of directors of the "Friendly Fish-less Fisher's Fellowship," Jake no longer had any time to "GO FISHING."
But very soon Jake began to feel restless and empty.
He longed to feel the tug on the fishing line once again.
So he CUT all the speaking entanglements at all the Friendly Fish-less Fishers Fellowships!
He resigned from the "board," and he said to a friend, "Let us Go OUT Fishing," as they themselves did not even get caught in the "Friendly Fish-less Fishers Fellowship's" net, neither!
They went OUT fishing, just the two of them, and they caught a grand multitude of fish.
And still. . .
The members of the "Friendly Fish-less Fisher's Fellowshipers" were many, the fish were plentiful,
but the real fishers were few!
And they reminded themselves about that saying continually.
by pretending to "pray" this MISS-translated verse a every meeting. . .
"Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest send out laborers into HIS harvest." – Matt..9: 38
BUT NOW LET US PRAY . . . the REAL PRAYER. . .
That it will be ALL of US who are SENT OUT to be the laborers of the harvest of sanctification!
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The "friendly Fish-less fishers" are the "chocolate sweeties" who usually repeat a doctrine form a couple of MISS-Translated verses that go something like this . . . 'Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life, and all you have to do is say a sinners prayer, invite him into your heart and find a "church" for "Fish-less fellow-shipping" (with others still sinning-going-to-be-consecrated-some-dayers!) See John 9: 31 << SEE Why sinners should NOT PRAY!
SO truly, which part of that "Fish-less Fishers Report" sounded like "your" huggy hide-a-way huddle club," of your "pew glued crew," or "bless ME lord," of my-four-and-no-more care-less luke-warmers you belong to?
Oh yes, you all did have an "Outreach," once per month, (or a few times per year,) but it got cold, or rainy (or too hot and uncomfortable,) and besides you would have had to postpone the "Out Reach" because it would have interfered "pastor's" appreciation month! Right?
Or worst yet . . .
Someone else who did have the real Love of the WORD, in them, and really wanted souls to enter into eternity, "Without TORMENT," had to leave "your" hide-away huddle club for "missions" somewhere else! And of course you threw a few dollars at the collections plates, so you did not have the SPIRIT of CONVICTION try to convince you to "GO YE" into those other places, where the "fair weather professors of religion" would NEVER think of going! . . . You know . . . . Like "OUTSIDE" the 'thermostatically" controlled luke-warmers, of the pretend-a-FOLLOWERS of Christ, four walled hangouts of the "Fish-less Fishers Fellow-shippers," halls of the "NO-GO YEers United Fish-less Fellowship" CHURCH!
Oh yes,. . . . you did have "your" churched crew, specially make up some "flyers" to invite the lost into the "church" of the "Fish-less Fishers," for an "in house pizza party," but that had to be stopped to be able to afford the new carpet for the "Fish-less Fishers" bible study on the weekend twice a month!
Besides last year a "group" did go and did spent 2 whole weeks in that "Out Reach," in that third world country, and that was a major cost out of the this years NEWER model BMW (or better,) love offerings fund for the pastor's wife!
And You know that the plane tickets, luxury rooms, daily "lattes" and three meals per day, in that "starving" third world country, alone, for the one or two weeks, could have been spent on new golf clubs, and a new golf cart for the "youth" pastor!
Beside they only had a few sinners say a "sinners prayer," (John 9: 31) and the $8000.00 price tag just for the those few sinners, who "backslid" before the plane left the ground to return home, could have been spent on a new "Fish-less Fellowship" HALL, or a major set of speakers for the "in house" music ministry!
You would have went with them, but . . .
you had. . .
1. Payoffs to watch?
2. "Fish-less" schooling started soon?
3. A family that needed you to stay "HOME" more than GOD needs you to "GO?"
4. Everyone in YOUR family was "saved" so why bother?
5. An "in house" ministry of carrying the pastor's bible to the podium was way more important?
6. And just, What If, a lost soul got MORE lost by accidentally wandering into your "Fish-less" fishers fellowship church?
7. You did have a pray "to the choir,". . . . in that " in-house music ministry" that had to
"Practice" at "praising the Lord for the audience?"
Or . . . . most ALL of the above!
That is basically the UN-Fortunate Folly of the "Fish-less FISHERS" FINAL END!
Worthless servants, Everyone of them!
How do you know that YOU belong to a "Friendly Fish-less Fellowship" for sure?
By the fact that...
"NO ONE CAN GET SAVED UNLESS THEY HAVE MONEY,"
and that "saints" are NOT added to the "Body of Christ" DAILY!
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NOW for the REST of the TRUTH via the LIVING WORD
erald and preach the WORD! Keep your sense of urgency, [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the WORD are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unstoppable and inexhaustible in patience and teaching." (2 Tim 4: 2) TAB [the TRUTH always sounds stranger than "fiction" to the friendly "Fish-less" fishers.]
NOW did you really "SEE" those WORDS of CREATION?
And did you SEE enough to live these WORDS . . . "Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong?"
Are you "doers of these WORDS or JUST Hearers only? "
SO can you obey . . . .
erald and preach the WORD! "
Easy enough to follow, as a "FOLLOWER" of these WORDS, and as a natural course of obedience! The Living WORD even gave to "ALL OF US," the actual WORDS to "FOLLOW," and to PREACH! Now how easy is that, for a REAL "FOLLOWER" of the WORD?
2. "Keep your sense of urgency!"
Do any of you even have any "sense of URGENCY?"
OR did the "things and cares of this world" ROB you of the LOVE of these WORDS of CREATION, and the Eternal souls of everyone else?
3. "whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable!"
Now there is a demand / command that will shake the pretenders of Christianity to the souls of their feet! They will obey if it is accompanied with "tithes and offerings" (handouts of the Fish-less fishers) or they will NOT GO to PREACH, especially if some abdominal sinner is offended, or some lawless badge holder gets annoyed by the WORDS being PREACHED! OH YHWH forbid, they get arrested or "persecuted" for doing the WILL of the WORD!
4. "Whether it is convenient or inconvenient!"
No excuses, like. . . "bad weather," nor a long drive, nor a great re-run is re-running, nor the play-offs finals are on, nor the kids have practice time for (everything except for the WORDS of CREATION!)
Those WORDS mean "convenient or inconvenient" to the "sinners," not to the saints, as ONLY the NOT winning of souls is "inconvenient" to the REAL saints.
5. "you are to show people in what way their lives are wrong." Double WOW!
WHY? SO THEY WILL BECOME HOLY, and so the REAL WORDS of CREATION will not cast them into ETERNAL TORMENT
The REASON, is because WE . . . "KNOWING THE TERROR OF THE WORD WE PERSUADE EVERYONE!"
Now that is the WORDS of CREATION, which are far beyond the stumbling disobedient minds of the "fallen humans" understanding!
WHY? If you really love their souls into the kingdom, rather than into HELL (by your silence,) you WILL LOVE TO "CONVINCE THEM" TO either TURN or BURN!
7. " rebuking and correcting,"
The only way to convince most of the "hardheaded," heartless into the things of DIVINE OBEDIENCE, is to "REBUKE and CORRECT!"
8. "warning and urging"
It can not get any easier to obey than that! And if warning and urging," they "LOST do not SEE the TEARS in your eyes, let them HEAR the "tears" in your voice! (Catherine Booth)
9. THAN after all the rest, and as LAST (L-A-S-T) words . . . "encouraging them,"
IN that ORDER. . .
AFTER ALL of rest of the above, THAN you are start "encouraging them,"
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"WORK or MINISTER?"