Jimmy Swaggart's Sonlife Broadcasting Network (SBN) is now reaching millions all over the USA and the world.
I am extremely excited because no one and I repeat no one has led more souls to the Lord Jesus Christ, than Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Once when Billy Graham, who is known the world over as probably the most respected preacher of modern times, was being interviewed by TV News Talk Host Larry King, he was asked by King how it felt to be known as the man who has led more people to Jesus Christ then any other evangelist, and Billy Graham replied, “I don’t know. Why don’t you ask Jimmy Swaggart that question?”
You see, according to Billy Graham, he feels Jimmy Swaggart is the greatest all time soul winner ever.
He is right.
Jimmy Swaggart spent his entire life working for Jesus and giving lost people hope by introducing them to Jesus, the savoir of all mankind. I agree with Billy Graham that no one can match Jimmy Swaggart’s record. The sad thing is, because of media attacks on Jimmy Swaggart’s life,there are some idiots who focus on the media attacks and not upon the millions upon millions of souls that came to know Jesus because of this man.
My friend Pastor David Hall from Adelaide, Australia is one of the best soul-winners in the Land Down Under. David and I watched videos of Jimmy Swaggart preaching to crowds of thousands, introducing them to Jesus Christ, and I remarked to David that Jimmy Swaggart is the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be. David said to me, “Johnny if you decide to pastor a church, or put on a major crusade, would you have Jimmy Swaggart come preach for you?” My reply was “In a heartbeat! He would be one of the first ones I will call upon.” You see, I am about the Father’s business of getting souls saved, and not about the business of busybody junior judges , or modern day self righteous Pharisees, who want to sit on their fat butts and judge Jimmy, when they couldn’t even carry his briefcase when it comes to soul winning, or mine for that matter! Yes, the righteous anger is coming out, but I am annoyed at these so called Christians who would know better than to do this to Jimmy if they would bother to read their bibles. I am mad at so-called Christians who think that God appointed them judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to judging the man who is the greatest soul winner of all time. It disgusts me. You see, I would not only invite but I would do whatever it takes to get Jimmy Swaggart to come preach with me because I am about helping lost people find Jesus, and with Jimmy Swaggart I know I would be guaranteed a huge amount of souls from the harvest! I am about winning souls and not playing these silly little church games where jealous Christians want to play “Here Come the Judge” or “Judge Judy” instead of getting on with winning a lost world!
My friends, that is sad that these people like judging Jimmy. I can understand a bunch of heathen foul mouthed reprobate minded worldly idiots mocking Swaggart and judging him, but what I can’t understand is when so-called Christians, who are supposed to be representing Jesus Christ, cast stones at Rev. Swaggart! Didn’t Jesus say a little something about “He who is without sin, let him throw the first stone?” Have we forgotten that the word Christian means to be “Christ-like?” That means we represent Jesus as our Lord and we are His servants. When the unsaved heathen sees people who claim to know Christ casting stones at Swaggart, what probably goes on in their mind is “Wow! So that is what happens to Christians when they do something wrong! If Christians do that to one of their own, and especially one of their own leaders, imagine what they will do to me if I become a Christian and fail to live up to their expectations, and do something they don’t like? I think I would be better off not becoming a Christian!” Then that person ends up in Hell, because of what he saw Christians doing to Swaggart, and others like him, and if that happens then the blood shall be upon the hands of those who set a sorry example of what a Christian is all about! I mean, I don’t think it would be unreasonable of God to ask these people, “Why should I allow you to come into heaven, when you caused many of those I wanted in Heaven with me to not become a Christian, because of the way you treated Jimmy Swaggart?” Think about it.
I have a friend that is a great pastor. He has pastored huge churches and smaller churches. No telling how many people he has led to the Lord. Well, many years ago, over 20-25 years ago to be exact, he was pastoring a huge church. His child died and the pastor was despondent and grieving over his child’s death. During this time, while he was battling grief and depression, he had an affair with a woman. He repented and dealt with the situation as that was between him, God, and the woman, and of course his wife and family. He sought forgiveness from God, and his wife and received it and also asked this woman for forgiveness. He eventually moved somewhere else and ended up pasturing an extremely large church, where thousands were saved, and taught the word of God by this man. God was really moving in his life. Meanwhile, over 20 years had passed and this woman that he had the affair with told a pastor what had happened all those years ago, and this pastor came after this man, lock, stock, and barrel, and demanded that the church leaders in that man’s denomination deal with this man and punish him severely. That they did. They took this man’s church away from him, stripped him of his credentials, and removed him from the ministry. Several years went by, and they made this man go through counselling, his marriage was almost destroyed, all the pain from all those years ago, and the sins of his past that God had forgiven him for were now being brought up by those who sat in judgment of this man.
When I first heard this story, I was appalled. I was talking to a pastor that I preached for, and told him how I felt about it. He said he knew the man involved and that he considered him a friend, but that he agreed with the action the disciplinary board took against that pastor, saying, “I don’t care if it was 50 years ago, we all have to be held accountable before men, and must be removed from the ministry whenever there is any kind of moral failure regardless of how long it has been!” I pointed out to this bloke, that this man had dealt with God on this matter years ago, and that God had straightened it all out, but the man replied, “He may have dealt with God, but he still had to deal with us!”
In other words, God forgives, but man does not. I was tempted to print up bumberstickers that said, “Jesus Forgives, Christians Don’t!” The only reason I didn’t was because I thought it might turn people away from Jesus instead of leading them to Jesus!
I know also that those who judge Jimmy Swaggart, are jealous because they have not been promoted to the magnitude and had a chance to win as many souls, nor preach to as many people around the world as Jimmy Swaggart has! When that is the case, God can not move in these men’s lives, because of the jealousy that has overtaken them. They are consumed with puffed up pride and remember, the bible says pride goes before a fall.
I am reminded about how Jesus, after he appeared after the resurrection and was with the disciples, just before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus was telling Peter that if He really loved Him, he would feed his sheep, meaning that he would get on about preaching the good news so that people could be born again. Peter then asked Jesus about the future of John. He asked Jesus “What about him Lord?” Jesus then replied to Peter, “If it is my will for John to live until I come back again, what’s it to you Peter? You stop worrying about him, and get on about the business of coming and following me.” (John 23)
I believe that there is an important lesson to be learned here. If we would all worry about doing what God has called us to do, and stop being concerned with what God has called someone else to do, then what a better world this would be and we would be sending out a message of true reconciliation which would draw people to Jesus instead of drawing them away from Him.
Jimmy Swaggart is not only the greatest soul-winner on Earth, but also the greatest Preacher and Gospel singer. Oh yes, I know I am going to get all kinds of letters from jerks blasting me for writing this article. Some of them will be by so-called Christians who are going to twist scripture around and try to justify judging Jimmy. The word justify. Ever think about it? It could mean, Just-as-I-Never-sinned. Hmm. I am also reminded of when the church leaders and their co-called followers’ wanted to cast stones at a woman caught in the act of adultery, and Jesus told them, “Any one of you who have had no sin in their lives, go ahead and throw the first stone at her.” They couldn’t. As a matter of fact, the older church leaders threw down their stones first and walked away, followed by the younger church leaders, as the older ones knew they had sinned more because they had lived longer.
He who is without sin, let him judge Jimmy. That lets me out; because I have probably committed more sin in my lifetime then Jimmy Swaggart could shake a stick at. And how about you my friend? Whoever you are, that is reading this, have you never committed sin? If you haven’t then please feel welcome to judge Jimmy. If you have committed sin, then please step over here with me and confess that you have no right to judge Jimmy either, because if you fail to do so, then Luke Chapter 6, verse 38 is all yours baby! 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Judge not or you will be judged by the same measure you use to judge others. Matthew 7:2 and the word also says that what you have done will be done to you. Obadiah 1:15.
People should learn to be careful, because if this can happen to the world’s leading evangelist, then the same thing can happen to anybody. When man starts exalting himself he better be prepared for a fall.
If people are true Christians then they will practice what the Word of God says in Galatians 6:1, “When your brother is caught up in sin, you who are spiritual go restore him and reinstate him. (Amplified Version) You don’t gossip and talk about them over lunch, you go get them and help them get back on the right track, WITHOUT judging them! Your job as a Christian is to shut your filthy mouth about Jimmy Swaggart and if you won't do that then you are not a Christian.
You see, Jimmy truly repented for any mistakes he might have made in the past God has restored him and given him his voice back. Today, he has thr largest Christian TV Network in the world, SONLIFE BROADCASTING NETWORK (SBN.) I can proudly state that I know Jimmy Swaggart personally. He is not only my pastor, but my friend and mentor in addition to role model. Being a Christian means to be Christ-like and I see Jesus in Jimmy, that meaning pure 100% Christ-like behavior. I am proud he is my pastor. Jimmy’s church Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has about 100 people joinging per week on the average with several thousand members all over the world and thousands are getting saved. I would like to see those who run those sewers they call their mouths match even half of that record. A true Christian rejoices of Jimmy Swaggart! If you can’t rejoice over this then you have no heart for souls, no true love for your fellow man, and you don’t love Jesus.
. The Bible states "Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages" (l Thes 5.19, 20). This plainly shows it is wrong to judge Jimmy. If you are a true follower of Christ, you will drop the stones you picked up to throw at Jimmy and instead pray to God to give Jimmy the strength to keep on winning those souls for Jesus. After all, you just might have an unsaved loved one that might give their heart to Jesus by what they hear from Jimmy Swaggart. How would you feel if you died and stood before God and he told you that because you worked hard to silence Jimmy, your unsaved child or mother or father never were reached and had to go to hell, and if you would have just shut your trap, then they would have watched Jimmy and gotten saved. The blood will be on your hands then, pal.
So shut your mouth, pray for Jimmy to win as many souls possible and love him like your brother because he is your brother. Stop yapping about what Jimmy is doing and judging Jimmy and start worrying about what God has called you to do and we will make Jesus more appealing to the lost!
So I will leave you with this thought:
"The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely but from a spirit of selfish ambitions; …. It does NOT matter ! I am happy about it - so long as CHRIST is preached in EVERY way possible, WHETHER FROM WRONG OR RIGHT MOTIVES." The Apostle Paul (Philippians 1:17,18)
Johnny Lee Clary
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