Pastor Jim Murphy Tells Congregation: ‘We’re going to root this stuff out of our ministry’

I just finished listening to this message, The Subtlety of Satan, by Pastor Jim Murphy of First Baptist Church of Johnson City, N.Y. (Hat tip to Stand Up for the Truth) If you can carve out an hour to listen to it, you need to hear this message. I’m not exaggerating. This is important! It is the most thorough warning I’ve heard in some time, but that’s not all it is.

Murphy clearly traces the disintegration of Christianity and its falling away from the truth of the gospel and into more and more error through history – from the attacks on the authority of scripture in the late 1940s, through 1960s liberalism, to modern day mysticism and contemplative spirituality. But in the final ten minutes of the message it becomes crystal clear that this is not mere academics for Pastor Murphy, he is brokenhearted by the error he sees within his own church body and frustrated by the lack of discernment which is due entirely to people not knowing and studying the Bible.

Here is just part of what he told his congregation (and what nearly moved me to tears):

“Now is the time for clarity. No more messing around. No more experimentation. No more dabbling into these dangerous practices. Now is the time for clarity and that clarity comes through discernment: this ability to think Biblically. The ability to read a book and see what it is saying aside from the warm fuzzy you got from it. Discernment takes time and it takes work and shame on you for not taking the time and effort. shame on you.”

After admitting that he “killed the Beth Moore” trip because she teaches contemplative spirituality/mysticism, he continued:

How do you know it’s not God’s voice if you don’t know the Bible?

I’m here to ask your forgiveness. I expressed my concerns along the way in several areas but there were some things that I heard and saw that I was not comfortable with and I thought well, let’s just roll with this. It may be not that bad.

Today things change. I’m responsible for this ministry. I will be called a tyrant, a fundamentalist, controlling – you fill in the blanks – I don’t care anymore. We’re going to be making some changes and we’re going to root this stuff out of our ministry because it is unacceptable. It is not biblical Christianity and we’re going to get back to the Bible. I’m not going to make a lot of friends …

About books among the congregation and the need for discernment Murphy said:

There are pagan books floating around. I’ll be addressing that in writing. When it’s published I’ll give you a copy. You need to learn to be discerning and we’re not. Why? You need to get into your Bible. You don’t know because you don’t read and you don’t study. Number two: You need to connect the dots. The Bible says this. Why this? If the Bible says that you have been given everything for faith and practice in this book, what do you suppose that means? That you have been given everything for faith and practice in that book, which means this: you don’t have to hear voices, and you don’t have to go by experience. You can know the truth in this book and that truth will set you free. You get that don’t you?

What I now have no patience for — I’m kind of at the end of my rope, I’m gonna be honest with you — is the lack of effort. I’ve addressed some of these matters. “Oh it’s no big deal.” How dare you! It is a big deal. It’s a big deal to me, it’s a big deal to God and it’s a big deal to the opposition.”

Murphy also said they would be culling the church library and getting rid of the “junk,” and going through church curriculum to make sure it’s biblical. If only more churches would do this.

It sounds like there are gonna be some big changes going on at the First Baptist Church in Johnson City and I praise God for it. I pray that the Lord raises up more pastors like Jim Murphy who are willing to stand up against the selfish and undiscerning wishes of the congregation and say “We will stand for truth. We will hold to the authority of scripture. We will not accept the experientialism and mysticism.”

Please pray for Pastor Murphy and pray for the First Baptist Church and pray that others would see this example and be emboldened to return to the truth. You can listen to his entire message here.

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Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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15 Responses to Pastor Jim Murphy Tells Congregation: ‘We’re going to root this stuff out of our ministry’

  1. Thank you for transcribing some of his sermon. I listened to it yesterday and it moved me to tears also. Tears of joy and relief that a pastor was protecting his flock! It was the Sola Sisters who initially put up the sermon. http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2012/07/shepherd-guards-his-flock.html

    Kudos to them. And thank you again for linking to it and commenting on it. The more people who hear it, the better. We are all benefiting from it now. 🙂

    • Julia says:

      you may be right. I first saw it on facebook via Stand Up for the Truth. Either way I am grateful for having seen it and that others are sharing it.

  2. Acidri says:

    Quite encouraging. Thank you for lifting up my frail spirit.

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  6. Lana Nolan says:

    Beth Moore……mysticism? Are you kidding me?

    • Julia says:

      She claims to hear voices from God and promotes contemplative (AKA mystic) practices. And that is to say nothing of how badly she butchers the Bible by taking verses out of context. Sola Sisters, Fighting for the Faith, Lighthouse Trails Research and many others have exposed Moore’s contemplative leanings.

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  8. Holly Besser says:

    Our church is blessed to have Pastor Murphy. This is only one of many messages, week after week, that he delivers without apology for the absolute truth. Visit our church website for more sermons like this. http://www.fbjc.org/fbjc/sermons.php

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  11. Sherry says:

    Reblogged this on The X Mass H8rs Blog and commented:
    FTA: “Now is the time for clarity. No more messing around. No more experimentation. No more dabbling into these dangerous practices. Now is the time for clarity and that clarity comes through discernment: this ability to think Biblically. The ability to read a book and see what it is saying aside from the warm fuzzy you got from it. Discernment takes time and it takes work and shame on you for not taking the time and effort. shame on you.”

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