Jerry B. Baker:
A Good Prophet Gone Bad!
"Holy" ghosts (but not THE Holy Ghost)!!! There was a mess of ghostly and ghastly things that were exposed in our last message, "The Jezebel Spirit Orbs Of Pastor Joshua Marquez" (http://www.fmh-If you read this one, then you know something about the perverse and bizarre things and problems that happen when a pastor fails to follow wholly after the Lord. And now it's the Lord's time to deal with a certain complacent prophet named Jerry Baker who has abandoned his calling from God to confront the sin of yet another pastor in error (Dan Peters) in "Jerry B. Baker: A Good Prophet Gone Badchild.org/FallingStars/joshua.html). "!
But in order to bring us up to date we need to refer back to our first message that was written to deal with the so-called "Word of Faith" Movement and that was "Jesus Died Spiritually, The Word Of Faith, And The Error In Dan Peters" (http://www.fmh-child.org/FallingStars/dan.html). The Lord wanted it written to expose the ongoing sin of Pastor Dan Peters (Victory Life Fellowship, Houston, Texas) – and specifically – his failure to obey the Lord's command for him to leave his secular job at Diebold, Inc. and instead of working for the company, to give all of his time to the work of the Lord. That message also points out how willful sin (disobedience) in the life of a pastor and leader results in a spirit of error becoming a part of him (or her), and that error then effects everyone within the sphere of his (or her) influence.
Undoubtedly, and sadly, the "Word of Faith" Movement has influenced many sincere men and women toward holding to a false faith, and therefore false impressions of what it means to be "sold out" to the uncompromised will of God for their lives. The pronoun "our" is being used here, because this statement is made with the certainty of someone who has been there and done that, having myself spent many years trusting that many of the Faith Movement's excesses, errors, and re-packaged cultic teachings were the truth. Thankfully, the odd and unorthodox beliefs taught and practiced in the Faith Movement become more and more evident as the years pass.
It's been three (3) years since the writing of "Jesus Died Spiritually, The Word Of Faith, And The Error In Dan Peters", and now in "Jerry B. Baker: A Good Prophet Gone Bad", we observe how the disobedience of Brother Jerry has caused a good prophet to go bad! The Faith Movement is partly to blame of Brother Jerry's error, because it helps produce self-serving Christians in contrast to self-denial that Jesus called for. In "This Cancer Kills: A Critical Analysis Of The Roots And Fruit Of The 'Faith-Formula' Theology", Brother Charles Farah writes that the "Faith" gospel is "without question the most attractive message being preached today or, for that matter, in the whole history of the Church." (*1) In "A Different Gospel" Brother D. R. McConnell provides the following reasons for the popularity of the modern "Faith" gospel:
"Seldom if ever, has there been a gospel that has promised so much, and demanded so little. The Faith gospel is a message ideally suited to the twentieth-century American Christian. In an age in America characterized by complexity, the Faith gospel gives simple, if not revelational, answers. In an economy fueled by materialism and fired by the ambitions of the 'upwardly mobile', the faith gospel preaches wealth and prosperity. The Faith gospel promises health and long life to a world in which death can come a myriad of different ways. Finally, in an international environment characterized by anarchy, in which terrorists strike at will and in which nuclear holocaust can come screaming from the sky at any moment, the Faith gospel confers an authority with which the believer can supposedly exercise complete control over his or her own environment. Little wonder that armed with such a gospel the Faith movement has grown to the extent that in the minds of many it is no longer just part of the charismatic movement, it is the charismatic movement." (*2)
The modern "Faith" gospel appeals to the flesh and to the comfort that is desired by the fallen flesh of man. As previously stated, there are many with in the Faith Movement who are sincere and who truly seek God and His righteousness. What makes the Faith Movement so dangerous is the truth that is taught that helps conceal the deadly error within, which has the power to damn the souls of "the elect". Generally speaking, teachers of the Faith Movement changes the Word of God found in the Bible from the pursuit of the will of God to the pursuit of the will of man. To say it another way, the Faith Movement changing the gospel of Christ from the pursuit of the glory of God (fundamentalism) to the pursuit of the happiness of man (humanism).
Brother Jerry Baker has been called to address sin in the life of Pastor Dan Peters, but Brother Jerry has sinned himself by rejecting God's call to speak words of correction to Pastor Dan.
"For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." - 1 Peter 2:21
Instead of confronting Dan's sin as Jesus has called him to, Brother Jerry is placating to Dan's sin. Therefore, if Pastor Dan dies in his sin without Brother Jerry having given him the warning that God has sent him to give, then Brother Jerry is going to have "blood" on his hands:
"Again, when a man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand." - Ezekiel 3:20 (KJV)
After Brother Jerry read "Jesus Died Spiritually, The Word Of Faith, And The Error In Dan Peters" that focused on God's call for Pastor Dan to quit his job, which would help to deliver his sheep from the spirit of error, Jerry said that he told Pastor Dan to leave his paying job in 2002. That was 4 years before God called us to tell Pastor Dan that it was God's will that he quit his job in 2006. In December 2009, the Lord sent me to visit my mother at Christmas time, and I was encouraged by Brother Bruce to call our friend Brother Stephen (who is also a former member of Victory Life Fellowship). I left a message for Stephen, and he called me back. But he only called after I had spoken to yet another member of Victory Life Fellowship (Brother Solomon) who mentioned having lunch with Pastor Dan that week, and that Dan had chosen to quit his job at Diebold. However, when I mentioned this to Brother Stephen, he spoke prophetically, saying that Pastor Dan was "laid off" of his job at Diebold. This means that Dan did not leave voluntarily as the version related by Brother Solomon led us to believe. It was when I related these events to Brother Jerry by e-mail that Jerry recanted on the prophetic word he ministered to Dan to to quit his job at Diebold by telling me that the word he ministered to Pastor Dan was that if Dan were to leave his job that "God would honor it." At the time Brother Jerry did this backsliding on the word of the Lord that he had spoken to Pastor Dan he was back at Victory Life Fellowship in Houston under Dan's leadership.
Besides giving the message to Pastor Dan to quit his job, Brother Jerry also delivered a written word to Pastor Dan and Victory Life Fellowship's leadership, titled "A LETTER TO THE AMERICAN CHURCH" (http://www.fmh-child.org/FallingStars/AmericanChurch.html). This prophetic message is a call for the American Church to return to Biblical standards for local church government. This message of correction for Victory Life Fellowship caused Brother Jerry to experience rejection by the leadership at Victory Life Fellowship (VLF) after he delivered it. Jerry has since recanted concerning what he was given to write in "A LETTER TO THE AMERICAN CHURCH" by joining with Pastor Dan in his church ministry that Jerry formerly spoke against, now no longer holding VLF church accountable to what he wrote in "A LETTER TO THE AMERICAN CHURCH".
Brother Jerry used to preach the truth God gave him to preach, but now conforms to error. King David was a faithful man of God who repented of his sin when he was shown the truth by Nathan the prophet (2 Samuel 12, Psalm 51). King David, the man who God referred to as the "man after his own heart" prayed the following words:
"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." - Psalms 17:15 (KJV)
This prayer of King David's is a prayer that the Lord has had Brother Jerry make his own. My prayer is that Jerry sees the fulfillment of this prayer just as the Lord desires him to. But in order for that to happen, he must repent of his sin as King David did.
The wonder of the word of correction is that it is designed by God to help the hearer of the word (Dan Peters), but it is also designed to help the deliverer/converter (Jerry Baker):
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." - James 5:19-20 (KJV)
Brother Jerry, God has called you to serve Him as a prophet, therefore REPENT OF YOUR DISOBEDIENCE and be the "good prophet" you've been called to be through faithfulness to preach the truth God gives you. NO COMPROMISE!
Alan Wayne Richardson
August 20, 2009
(1) Charles Farah, This Cancer Kills: A Critical Analysis Of The Roots And Fruit Of The 'Faith-Formula' Theology, Portland: Charis Life, 1982, p.15
(2) D.R. McConnell, A Different Gospel, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1987, p. xix (Introduction)
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