How to hold your pastor accountable when others won’t

In order for the reader to understand this article, it is necessary to first read “What’s Wrong with Pastor Jim? Part 12.” The purpose of this post is to update the reader on the developments since the last article was posted on 9/25/23.

We would like to begin with a quote from Pastor Jim’s sermon from 1 Samuel 12:1-5 (found at the end of Part 12), which describes Samuel’s Valedictory Address.

Here’s a key excerpt (begins @7:35):

“And that is precisely what Samuel does on this occasion. So he steps boldly before this convocation, and he asks, before he begins to tell the people what God has put on his heart for them:

‘Is there anyone here who has any indictment to bring against me? Do any here allege any immoral or ethical wrong against me in the conduct of my office? Do you challenge my integrity on any account?

‘If so, I want you to stand up and bear witness right now, that is, I want you to come forward and I want you to make your case before the living God, before the king as earthly judge, and see if the evidence of wrongdoing stands up to scrutiny. Speak now or forever hold your peace,’ as is often said at a wedding ceremony.

‘And having settled my legacy of integrity, now, I want us to talk turkey, I have earned the right to speak to you about the mess you’ve made of things. And I’m going to tell you how to put things back on track again.’

“Let me ask you a question: If you were to die today, what would be your chief legacy?

Ask yourself, as I have to ask myselfcould you stand before the people of God and your closest associates and boldly invite friends and foe alike to make their case in the clear light of day before fair-minded men and a holy God?

“That should be your ambition. It’s certainly mine.” Ends 8:50

Unfortunately, when Pastor Jim received our legitimate questions (emailed July, 2023) about his decision to partner with witchcraft-endorsing publisher, Xulon Press, he did not respond as he had previously vowed to in that sermon (by welcoming the scrutiny of those family members and friends closest to him, in order to preserve his godly reputation).  

As a result of this, Pastor Jim was also disobeying his own teaching from another passage, Galatians 2:7-21. He was being hypocritical in the same that the Apostle Peter and Barnabas were, but not being a total hypocrite (i.e., a false believer).

Begins@ 10:35 “And this is a case where Paul stood up to Peter and corrected him. Now I was making a distinction between being a hypocrite and hypocritical, and that’s what Paul, in this confrontation with Peter, accused him of being, was hypocritical.

“One’s a hypocrite when we do not actually believe what we claim to believe, when we only pretend to live the way we are supposed to live, when we act on Sunday like a Christian and live the rest of the week as a worldling. It’s leading a double life with a hidden dark side that belies our profession of Christ. That’s being a hypocrite.

“Peter was being hypocritical. That’s not good, but it was a lot less serious. One is hypocritical when occasionally or in some specific area of Christian faith, principles and practice, we do not measure up to what we profess. Our own practice is not consistent in some matters with the principles that we profess to adhere to.” Ends @11:25

So then, what principles was Pastor Jim being hypocritical about? As already explained in Part 12, he has rightly warned all throughout his many decades in pastoral ministry about the doctrinal compromise of the “Christian” publishing industry. They care more about profits than being prophetic, and they will sell heretical books to meet their bottom line, if necessary.

However, based on Jim’s 2023 decision to partner with a witchcraft-endorsing “Christian” publisher, he was now invalidating his own teaching from his entire ministry about the great sin of partnering with false teachers.

In order to refresh the reader’s memory, here is a series of programs already listed in Part 12, with a new one added (Matthew 28:19). So then, after a brief explanation and excerpt from that sermon, we will develop this principle a bit more.

The Sinful Practice of Partnering with False Teachers:

2 John, two programs:

Matthew 13:24-43, November 8, 2020

Matthew 28:19, May 8, 2022

This was the first sermon that Pastor Jim preached upon returning to the pulpit after being hospitalized with Covid in 2022. He had planned to explain the doctrine of the Trinity, and we heard that he was having trouble locating a good sermon illustration. Fortunately, we had just heard about popular women’s speaker, Priscilla Shirer, preaching at modalist T.D. Jakes’s churchso we sent him the information.

While Pastor Jim didn’t specifically use this example in the sermon, he lamented the fact that he sees his church members endorsing modalist (Trinity-denying) false teachers on Facebook.

Begins @23:35 “You will hear out there…(I do not like to mention names. I could, I’ve got a whole roster of names, that I could mention, and as I close this, you say thankfully, but a whole roster of names and I can give you that you run across regularly. I just resist doing that. Although the Apostle Paul did it, and I’d have precedent for it in the scriptures. But I just feel that, maybe I’d go the wrong direction if I went that way.) “But I want to say that it grieves me when once in a while I get on Facebook, I don’t write much on Facebook, I get on there , and I see people I know and love recommending this person or that person to the public. And I say, ‘Oh my goodness! Do you know who you’re pushing? Do you know the crowd you’re pumping up?’ People, we’ve got to be more discerning. A lot of these people are modalists, they’re Sabellians. “You say, What is that? Well, there are people out there, I mean, they have 1000s and 1000s of followers. They do not believe in the Trinity, but they’re self-identifying Christians. They are not Christians.

“Listen, my name is James. It’s Jim. All kinds of people out there named James, but I wouldn’t identify with them just because their name is James. We’ve got to be more discerning. Find out who you’re pushing, find out who you’re promoting. And if they do not believe, a lot of them, they’re selling a bazillion books, they don’t know Jesus Christ from a bunny rabbit.

“So be careful. When you put your arms around some of these people, you’ve got to be more careful today, because it’s a trail mix out there. Some self-identifying Christians are Christians, and many are not. And many of them have big names, and they’re powerful. They’re just bad news, and then they mix up with one another.

“I do not understand a lot of these pastors who themselves are sound, and they go on some of these networks like TBN, I will mention that, or that Daystar. They go on there and I say, ‘Oh, Jack, what are you doing there? Because you’re there with these people who deny the faith, they deny the Trinity, and other things. When you lend your name and your presence, your good name and your presence to that, you are in effect, anointing these other people.’ We’ve got to be careful.” 26:40


Therefore, if it’s wrong for those whom Jim considers to be “sound pastors” to partner with the heretical TBN and Daystar channels, why is not also wrong for him to partner with a “Christian” publisher who promotes a witchcraft-endorsing author?

Finally, Pastor Jim teaches in Ephesians 5:8-11 that Christians must ready to stand up against false doctrine, even if it comes from those inside our churches:

Begins@28:30 “And so it is among our own family, when we see each other get out of line, and we’re not talking about things that we can’t see, but things that we know are clearly contrary to God’s Word. We had one of our ladies get up in a Sunday school class about a year ago and something was going on was just way out of the margins. And she said, ‘This is completely inappropriate. This is wrong.’ Bless her heart.

“That is what the scripture is talking about. So often we’re just afraid of our peers and we’re not courageous as light should be. So he says, call a spade a spade. That’s part of our standing orders as children of light: live as children of light. And one of those things that we do when we live as children of light is to call a spade, a spade. @29:38

…@31:28 “And these are the kinds of things that we’ve got to blow the whistle on as Christians. There are things that are wrong and political correctness would intimidate us. For example, we’re in an era where homosexuality has been elevated to minority status. And now if you are caught saying that this is wrong, that diversity is perversity, ah, ooo… We cannot keep step with political correctness. We have to call a spade, a spade. We have to say what it is and we have to take the heat.” Ends @32:20

Sadly, Pastor Jim has taken exactly the opposite course when publicly confronted (with sufficient biblical due process) last September about his unbiblical partnership with Xulon Press. Not only did he refuse to listen, but he also directed his associates to break man’s (civil) law, not just God’s law.

(Side Note: Even if Pastor Jim had cancelled his contract with Xulon and switched publishers, there would still be two other independent reasons why this would also be sinful, as we described in Part 12. Of course, he has never informed us of such a decision, nor has he repented for partnering with Xulon, so we presume the deal is still on.)

Then very recently, Pastor Jim made an unethical and unlawful demand of me (Paul), so I refused to comply, exactly as he has always taught us to do throughout his ministry. In retaliation, he decided to unbiblically (with no valid scriptural justification), and permanently, revoke his financial support for us, his own daughter and son-in-law.

We are both disabled (and Juli is bedridden) with myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.). Other than owning our home and car, we are financially destitute, with no other way to pay our enormous monthly medical and food expenses, which Medicaid and SNAP don’t cover. In addition, I am still waiting for my SSDI/SSI to be approved.

This inexplicable act could accurately be described as “apostate abandonment” (my term), meaning that a professing Christian financially forsakes a member of the immediate family, resulting in an automatic denial of his profession. He is worse than an unbeliever, because even unbelievers care for those in their own family (1 Timothy. 5:3-8):

 3Honor widows who are widows indeed; 4but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. 6But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. 8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. [Italics ours]

Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Thus, anyone who will not provide for his dependent children or needy parents cannot be a Christian (except for one exception, stated near the end).

In closing, we request that you listen to Pastor Jim preach on this passage (1 Tim. 5:3-8), specifically v.8, from 19:55-23:35, which ends with, “This is serious. You’ve denied the faith, you’re an apostate. You’re worse than an unbeliever.” Then, we would appreciate it if you would email him at (do not call) and urge him to repent of his wickedness.

We would also like to remind the reader that we both love Pastor Jim very much, as our letter commemorating Jim’s 60 years in ministry demonstrates. We know that he would never do anything to harm us if he were healthy. Please join us in praying that he will get the medical attention he desperately needs.

P.S. Pastor Jim has, thus far, refused to provide a substantive, biblical answer to any of our legitimate questions raised last July or afterward. If he would like to finally respond to either Part 12 or 13, we would welcome that, either privately or publicly (here in the comments section), in accordance with his own teaching from God’s Word.