Useless As – 1
I was raised in farm country. The farm hands had an expression for items that had no purpose. These items were said to be as “useless as teats on a boar hog.” Now for those of you who were not raised on a farm, a boar hog is a male hog. A male hog’s teats are unable to give life sustaining milk. Hence the expression! And that is the condition that we find many of our present day church leadership people in today. Which greatly saddens me, for in my travels I have met many faithful, humble, wise pastors who do not in any way resemble the useless teat (UT) individuals described below.
The Boar Hogs
UT – A (The Afraid To Speak)
Ezekiel 33:6 – “If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.” (Also Ezekiel 3:18 and 33:8)
Mark 13:37 – “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’ ”.
UT– A individuals are those who have been asked over and over again to speak out about the occult performances such as those that have inundated recent Super Bowl games and the Grammys, to speak out about the occult literature such as the Harry Potter series, to speak out against gay marriages and the handing over of our military to both homosexuality and bestiality, and to speak out on other topics that go against scripture.
Donna Wasson has this to say about people I call UT – A type individuals: “We find in most of our churches, pastors who’ve been spiritually emasculated; spiritual and mental eunuchs who are too timid to speak out against the immorality in our culture and the corruption of our government, for fear of offending the congregation. They’re girly-men who constantly apologize for what the Bible clearly states is right and wrong, because heaven knows they don’t want to lose that tax-exempt status.”
UT– A individuals, instead, refuse to address these topics and would prefer that those who are concerned and would be willing to speak out go elsewhere to worship. UT– A individuals let them know in no uncertain terms that their warnings are unwelcome. They refuse to be watchman on the alert and likewise refuse to allow other members of the congregation to that undertake that role. UT– A individuals keep their members blind, deaf, and uniformed, and are, therefore, the epitome of the teats on a boar hog – useless.
UT – B (The Bigheaded Bullies)
Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”
Mark 10:44 – “And whoever would be first among you must be servant of all.”
Matthew 20:25-26 –“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant.”
UT– B individuals are those who love to have total control over every little thing that happens. They allow no one else to preach a message that they have not personally approved, and then only if they are on vacation or ill. They allow no Bible Study or classes that they do not personally teach or facilitate. They allow no one else to “steal” their glory or position in “their” so called “church”. UT – B individuals are all about their own agenda, and rarely realize how demanding and controlling they are of others.
Billy Graham makes the comment: “A trustworthy authority figure welcomes our honest questions and will answer them frankly. A cult figure is not interested in questions, he wants loyalty. A cult figure doesn’t want to give us options, he wants power over our lives.” (Approaching Hoofbeats, pg. 109)
UT – B individuals are proud, arrogant, and self-absorbed, and allow no questioning of or dissent to their authority, and will even misinterpret scripture to “prove” that their behaviors are in line with scripture. Bah. As such, they are in submission only to their own authority, not the authority of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach UT– B individuals are incapable of walking alongside other strong individuals, but insist that all others be in submission to their authority. Their gatherings are no more, no less, than cults, and have little or no resemblance to a true church that is in submission to Christ. UT– B individuals treat their members like slaves subservient to their every whim and desire, and are, therefore, also the epitome of the teats on a boar hog – useless.
UT – C (The Career Committed)
Matthew 16:25 –“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Also Mark 8:35 and Luke 9:24)
UT– C individuals are those who have not severed their allegiances to a particular denomination when the synod or leadership of that denomination has voted to approve actions that scripture strictly forbids, such as allowing female and/or openly homosexual pastors, neither of which is permitted by scripture. These individuals are far to concerned that they will lose their paycheck, or, even worse, their retirement benefits.
Tim Cameron has this to say about people I call UT – C type individuals: “To the carnal eye, if someone was to be that faithful, diligent, pious, and dedicated, you would think it would be safe to assume that those persons, or any person for that matter—with such devotion to their church—would be ‘saved’ from the wrath to come.”
Apparently UT– C individuals have forgotten Yahweh’s promise that “I will not be in need when Yahweh is my shepherd.” (Psalm 23). Or, perhaps, they do not have faith that Yahweh will actually answer the prayer that Yeshua gave us to pray: “Grant me each day my daily needs” [bread]” (Matthew 6:11 and Luke 11:3). UT– C individuals have chosen self-preservation above staying true to the word, and are, therefore, also the epitome of the teats on a boar hog – useless.
UT – D (The Totally Dedicated Devotee) [To Only One Translation, that is!]
Jeremiah 9:23 – “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom . . .”
Finally we look at UT – D individuals. These folks, bless their little hearts, are those individuals who belittle and denigrate any and all who do not read, study, and quote whichever particular translation that they have determined to be the “only true word” of Yahweh, the only “pure” version. Zephaniah 3:9 tells us that one day in the future a pure language will be returned to all peoples, but that day has not yet dawned. And what is that pure language? It is Hebrew! The shadow of that one day dawning can be seen through the adoption of Hebrew as the national language of Israel and the Israelis.
Folks, no one, I repeat, no one, has the original scrolls written in the prophet’s own hands. Every single scroll, text, Bible, or fragment of scripture we have is a copy. The originals don’t exist. Even the earliest manuscripts upon which the translations are based are not 100 percent identical. UT – D individuals are incapable of recognizing that every single translation ever written may contain one or more errors, some very minor, hopefully none major.
Todd Strandberg, in an essay about King James Version Onlyism, says this about people I call UT – D type individuals: “Distraction is one of Satan’s favorite tools for hindering the work of God. If he can’t pervert or stop the message, he does his best to sidetrack the messenger with trivial debates. After studying the issue of King James Version Onlyism (KJVO), I’ve concluded that we have yet another prime example of the devil’s handiwork.”
UT – D individuals are even incapable of recognizing that their particular translation is useless to anyone who cannot read or speak the language in which it is written. A bingle-binky speaking person, witnessing to a winky-wingle speaking person may as well be giving birth to wind, not able to accomplish deliverance (yes, it’s a play on Isaiah 26:18).
Yahweh has been allowing imperfect humans to carry his Word forth for thousands of years. Human imperfections are not an impediment to Yahweh reaching each of us and granting each of us salvation and eternal life. Eternal life is found only in Yeshua, not any particular translation. Onlyism, as Todd says, is the devil’s handiwork. Yahweh allows the many different versions, translations, and plethora of different languages to bring his Word to all nations, languages, and tribes. UT– D individuals have chosen to behave in prideful, arrogant, distracting, holier-than-thou ways, severely limiting the reach of Yahweh’s Word, and are, therefore, also the epitome of the teats on a boar hog – useless.
Matthew 23:15 – “How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You travel across land and sea to find one person who will change to your ways. When you find that person, you make him more fit for hell than you are.”
The church today is headed in many places by individuals who claim to be spiritual leaders of many, but who are nothing short of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, Hypocrites, modern day Scribes and Pharisees – in short – useless teats.
We’ve all been told not to assume, right? It would be wise for UT individuals like those outlined above not to assume that they are truly useful and to ask themselves, “Who am I?” before Yeshua asks them, “Who are you?” Their answer had best not be: “Lord, I went to church. I taught Sunday school. I was a deacon. I was a pastor. Okay, I was afraid to be a watchman on the wall and I stole a little tiny bit of your glory for myself, but, hey, I stayed with my denomination even when it started to stray and I only read the “authorized” version of the Bible. That’s got to count for something, right?.” Excuses won’t work says Tim Cameron, and I agree. To those excuse making UT individuals, Yeshua may very well say, “Truly I say to you, I do not know you – go away into eternal punishment.” (Matthew 25). I Pray that the useless teats will humble themselves and become life giving teats, and that eternal punishment for them does not come to pass.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. The stage is being set. History is moving extremely quickly towards the prophesied one world government, the one world financial system, and the rise of both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The birth pangs are just over the horizon. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.