And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
I recently had a conversation with another former FOC member, wherein the person claimed that Walter White was “pure evil.”
I never met Walter, but I immediately jumped to his defense. “No he wasn’t,” I said, “people were just so attached to him that they couldn’t let go.”
“Walter allowed himself to made into a god,” the person replied.
I don’t think it was Walter’s fault. But, then again, how would I know? I was born after his death. And I lived in a world of limbo.
If this happens (a preacher is called), then you can be saved. If it doesn’t happen, well…we don’t actually know what will become of you. But, if you don’t toe the line, you will go directly to Hell. So our options were stay and be uncertain of our eternal destiny or leave and be certainly damned. This is where the saying, “damned if I do; damned if I don’t,” really rings true.
It is because of this legacy of waiting in limbo for the miraculous calling of God to save our church that I have become so interested in how preachers are called.
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It was 2003 (or thereabouts) during church service at the Marsing, Idaho Followers of Christ when the most recent preacher was called.
It was a non-preaching service (the regular preacher was preaching at another FOC location) and members of the church were taking it in turn to stand and testify. Most of the testimonies consisted of the brethren standing and saying some version of, “I’m not worthy,” and “I need to become a better person” and, “I need to become a better servant to God.”
Just as someone sat down, Junior Porter rose out of his wheelchair and was shaking as he began speaking in prophesy. Nearly everyone was crying at the wonder of this. One of the messages Junior had was that Brother R—was called to do God’s work. R—had been having dreams/visions for several years that he would be called to preach. At the next service, Brother R—preached his first sermon. Shortly thereafter, Junior Porter died.
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
2 Corinthians 12:12