The following article/letter was sent to me a couple of
weeks after Father had me visit this man (who I
never seen in my life before) at his business/store. If
I am not preaching, teaching, praying or writing, I am
'visiting'! Most certainly redeeming the time, certainly
not busying myself with the affairs of this
|To: Pastor Paul Sheehan
I have glanced through your literature and through your
web site. It was interesting to read a very gracious
letter from some people suggesting that they did not
want to be associated with your group any longer, asking
you to refrain from contacting them and also sending
their love in Jesus Christ to you. On a second attempt
to find the letter I could not, so I imagine it was one
of those things I was meant to see just once, and, for a
As regard 'doctrine' I need not wade through it all. I
have read literature like this before from all sorts of
sources. I have been intimately involved with people who
major in 'doctrine'. I have spent much valuable time
with groups here and in other parts of the world. I have
gleaned many things as a result and always felt I was
'led' to experience all of this. I have concluded that to be
a New Testament believer you need to extend love (not
conditional love), grace (not conditional grace,
whatever that is) and forgiveness (not conditional) to
all men including your enemies. I also believe that the
Holy Spirit is able and desirous to lead all men into
all truth and that the mechanism for Him to be able to
do his work is through the atoning power of salvation, a
simple and effective 'miracle' of the Godhead, not
requiring the intervention of man however sometimes
aided and encouraged by the testimony of already
'filled' people and those with ministry gifts. Finally I
believe that those who major in 'doctrine' do more
damage than good and cause more of the brethren to
stumble than otherwise.
I also don't believe in half filled, I don't
believe in half saved, or 'conditional' salvation. In
fact I consider moderate Calvinism to be far more
appropriate than Arminianism in understanding New
I sense you exercise a heavy reliance on Old Testament
Scripture to justify your criticism of pretty much all
and every 'other' group in existence regardless of size,
scholarship, longevity etc. In other words, 'everyone is
out of step 'cept our Jim' (or Paul as it happens in
this instance)... You should know that anyone can find
any scripture, take it out of context, rely on the very
outmoded King James translation, etc, to justify any
argument. I have met "watchmen" before, and respectfully
suggest that their calling is an Old Testament one.
There is no mention of "watchmen" in the new covenant
and there is no place for them in new covenant theology.
I have learnt over the years not to enter into argument
with people who start their statements with "THUS SAYETH
THE LORD" or people who also speak in "Christianese", (a
language and set of antics which I find totally
counterproductive in communicating with the unsaved),
where they simply preface everything they desire to do
or say with the "token thus sayeth the Lord" or "the
Lord told me" etc etc. Personally I would prefer to stay
as far away from this branch of Christianity because of
my natural propensity to criticize. I have had much
experience with all manner of people who have told me
"stuff" prefacing it with those statements. My attitude
is, if the Lord tells someone then who am I to disagree
even if it is obviously ridiculous or blatantly
incorrect (in my judgement).
Aware that there is lots wrong with the 'institutional
church' in the world I am confident that the Holy
will and can sort out all of it in His time, as He does
in the hearts of the individual believers (in His time).
The New Testament is pretty clear on the fact that we,
as Christians, are not empowered to judge everyone else
but in fact are empowered to be channels of God's grace
and love to everyone in our proximity. The Holy Spirit
is perfectly capable and will do the sanctifying and do
it a whole lot quicker when He does not have constant
interference from man, who, no matter how close he
thinks he is to his Heavenly Father, will understand the
truth to the same degree.
So Paul, as we are poles apart, and not likely to
convince each other of our respective doctrinal bents
please don't send me any more literature as it will not
be appreciated or handed on to any one else. I would
prefer not to enter into any more discussion about these
I hope the Lord Jesus continues to bless you and your
family and the Holy Spirit continues to lead you into
Monday 6th November 2006
|● COMMENT ON
CRITIQUE OF JTCM AUSTRALIA.......
||● PH.........Paul H.
● PS.........Paul Sheehan
|There are six paragraphs and a two line
farewell to the very poor criticism of JTCM. So let's
deal with this one paragraph at a time and we shall all
witness how valid this man's views really are in accord
with established canon.
||I have glanced at JTCM's literature and web site.
||This man makes judgements at a 'glance', not wise at all, neither could it be righteous judgement, hardly honest........click.
|PARAGRAPH 2 ....
||I do not involve myself with
people who major in 'doctrine' for I
believe in unconditional - love, grace and forgiveness,
I also believe that those who major in 'doctrine'
do more damage than good and cause brethren to
||It has been a
blatantly obvious swing of 'last days churches'
for leadership and congregation alike to disconnect
themselves from 'doctrine' for the sake of
growing (truth-resistant weed-seed)
churches. Especially from 'The Christ's Doctrine',
the outcome always being a wide road offering the
'unity of Babel'!.......ref: Genesis 11:1-9.......click
|PARAGRAPH 3 ....
||I do not believe in
'conditional salvation' moderate Calvinism is far
more appropriate than Arminianism when it comes to
understanding the NT.
||I am sure it
was evident in the (hypocrisy of the) first paragraph of PH's letter that
he had pledged allegiance to Calvin long before I came
on the scene. And as all (spiritually)ignorant people do,
that I had some seamless connection with Arminianism,
which I don't.......click.
|PARAGRAPH 4 ....
||I sense you have a heavy
reliance on OT scripture to justify your criticism of
all. Surely the King James Bible is an 'outmoded'
book. There is also no mention of 'watchmen' in
the NT scripture.
I prefer to stay away from those who use and preface
things with 'thus says the lord'.
emphasise on the importance of the 'substance' of
the Christ rather than the 'shadow' of the OT,
ref/Jesus the Christ Ministries. It is the blab and grab
of pentecostalism, prosperity-promised land-million $
jet ministries that major in the 'shadow' of the
OT, for it is financially (convenient) appropriate $$$....ref/Abraham,
As for the 'outmoded' bible/KJ, I use a
New KJ and neither are outmoded, (save to the
means.......no longer fashionable, not accepted. The
word 'watchman' is not used in NT testament
scripture but since when has a prophet not been a
watchman and does not 'even' the OT call pastors,
Whatever you do don't tell the christendom churches this
for their leaders might just fall off their chairs and
break their necks, ref/Eli.
|PARAGRAPH 5 ....
||I am confident that Holy Spirit
will work it all out so don't judge, just leave it to
God he is very capable.
||Here we have
two of the most used, well worn, broken records of
church history......'God is ..going to
do it' and Don't Judge!.....click.
||Paul we are poles apart. I hope
holy spirit 'continues' to lead you.
||So is the wide
road and the narrow road poles apart and if holy spirit
is leading me (and we are poles apart)
whose leading him?....click
IN SUMMARY OF CRITIQUE
I care to say about this wonderful encounter in
conclusion is that the letter of PH displays once again
the fast growing attitude and mindset, most (save a
remnant) are proudly taking, thinking that they
please God in so doing, while at the same time believe
that if they stay on this road 'they' have
chosen (find more appropriate), they will be saved from the wrath to come and
hell fire, I say impossible and so says scripture, (the
outmoded) KJ Bible....click.
It is surely 'prophecy fulfilled' again for JTCM.
If it is of any consolation, PH told me the day Father
led me to him at his business/store in a Brisbane
suburb, he was a close friend of the late (not so great) Frank Houston
and had connections with Hillsong Church at one time. PH
said he had been done out of $40million by a so called
christian some years back. I suppose the saddest part of
all is that PH has pastored a church in the USA and was
considered by some as spiritual and great as a
christian, this is frightening to say the least.....click.
My conclusion of PH's critique of JTCM is
simple.....typical Calvinistic Whinging, in a word
'lame'.......most certainly not prompted by the
spirit of perfection, holy spirit.
● Never judge at a glance, it is not the way of
the spirit of the Christ. Matthew 7: 1-5
Pastor Paul Sheehan