The Bipolar Bible Teacher

Welcome to a Place of Quiet Rest and Renewal

     I want to welcome you to my website where the Scriptures of God and His grace take precedence over opinion and ideology. There are too many so-called "Christian" websites where it seems that differences of thought are met with near hostility and an underlying intolerance for anyone who does not see eye to eye with others who love the LORD and are dedicated to the inerrancy and sufficiency of His Word and mission of redemption. What I'd like to present here are collections of Bible-based messages and studies that I've preached and taught over the years, as well present new writings as the LORD directs. I support and believe the fact, based in Scripture, that the Lord God Almighty is the absolute Sovereign over the affairs of men and creation and that all things are under His control. Scripture also shows clearly and without apology that everyone, without exception, is totally corrupted with sin and cannot in any way redeem themselves before God in their own strength, nor will they do so willingly. Humanity instead stays in a state of  constant rebellion and hatred towards God until, in an act of grace and mercy on His choice alone, He bestows the Holy Spirit to come upon every repentant person to be graciously drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and rescuer, for salvation and true life. God, in His love and compassion for His fallen creation, freely offers salvation for all, yet reserves the right to save whomever He wishes and will receive all the glory for doing so. The issue is not why the LORD sovereignly chooses to redeem whoever He wants, but why He would save any of us at all since we're the ones who rebelled against His authority in Eden. He is wonderful and evermore to be praised and all glory goes to Him alone. He is the Author of salvation and we need now more than ever to trust and obey Him as the day comes for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this Earth to rule and reign as the absolute undisputed King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior this day, for you don't know if you'll see tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; 11:17-27; 14:1-6; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 4:12, 14-16; 9:27; 1 John 1:5-10; 3:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11: Isaiah 9:6-7; 52:13-53:12; Matthew 16:13-19; Mark 1:15, 38; 9:42-48; Luke 12:15-21; 16:19-31;Matthew 28: 1-10; Mark 16: 1`-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-7).

Who I Am, What I've Done, and Will Do Until Jesus Returns (Soon, I Pray!)

     For over thirty-years, I have been a minister for Jesus Christ, serving everywhere from small-town pastorates, as a high school history and Bible college teacher, a retail jeweler, and then in 1999, I began specializing in healthcare chaplaincy, working first in New Orleans and then in eastern Oklahoma starting in 2008, and concluding my services in August of 2019. I was born, reared, and educated in the area known as "Cajun Country" in southern Louisiana. I have been married to the love of my life for the past 37 years and have been blessed with three children, one of whom is in heaven.

     Due to some issues with my health, I'm often limited in my ability to travel, so now I give the majority of my time and attention to the unlimited harvest field of internet evangelism along with teaching online the inerrant, all-powerful, sufficient Word of God, which is the primary reason I decided to put together this website.

     Along with this, I regularly write articles about contemporary issues as well as on books of the Bible for the prophecy websites "Rapture Ready" and "Inspirational Christian Blogs". Sometimes the news websites "True Conservative Pundit" and "Whatfinger" will run my work on their pages. I believe that this present opportunity of ministry has allowed me to reach more people around the world and here in America than I ever did behind a pulpit or classroom with the message of the Gospel. 

     If you have comments or questions about biblical issues, doctrine, Christian living, the importance of Bible prophecy,   or have a prayer request, I can be reached at my e-mail address: drwhitchard@aol.com. Thanks for stopping by.

     

 

Troubling Signs in the Church That Concern Me

    When I first started writing articles for trustworthy and non-sensational prophecy websites, a good portion of my writings were based on a viewpoint coming from both Scripture and years of Christ-centered ministry. I now see, regretfully, that much of the end times body of Christ is suffering needlessly from the effects of a self-imposed case of deliberate biblical ignorance. If not dealt with immediately by concerned church members and their leaders who want to stay faithful to the LORD, there will certainly be a sure death of formerly Bible-based churches, doctrinally solid denominations, the evangelistic and teaching work of pastors, and the uncompromising importance of the Gospel. The present day church now seems to be eager to water down and compromise the message of Christ alone for salvation, making it more acceptable and less convicting to unredeemed society. I tend to be convinced that this is why we see, for example, some church services that resemble rock concerts instead of being sanctified places of holiness and reverence before the LORD. There is the blatantly demonic rise and acceptance of spiritually putrid false teachings from morally bankrupt false teachers who adhere to a heretical gospel of health, wealth and prosperity at the cost of the eternal loss of people's souls. We have repetitive, hollow worship that is centered on emotions and experiences and not upon the majesty and awe of the Sovereign God. We see youth and young adults dropping out of church and abandoning the faith they thought they possessed. We are now witnesses to an ever growing acceptance of trends and lifestyles that blatantly defy the holiness of God and Scripture. I am concerned about these trends and movements with their troublesome influence and inevitable harm to the church. However, I am also not that surprised that all this is occuring at such a rapid pace. The Scriptures tell us that these things would come to pass (Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13; Luke 21:5-19; Romans 1;18-32, 3:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 4:1-5; 1 John 2:18-25, 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; 3 John 9-12; Jude 1-25; Isaiah 5:20-21). My viewpoint, however, is not the foundation upon which to build a more sound and righteous life for the body of Christ. We must return to the Scriptures and them alone for  guidance and instruction in the ways of what the Sovereign God expects and demands of us. We must understand that the Lord Jesus expects nothing less from us than absolute obedience and devotion. We must devote our time and energy to the reading and study of Scripture, have times of fervent specific prayers to confront and rebuke false teaching and the works of the enemy, find and support the remnant churches and their pastors who still hold fast to the truth of the Word, and possess the Christ-focused ability to stand firm in the faith. We need to continually devote ourselves to seeking the direction and guidance of the LORD more than ever as these last days draw to a conclusion. We must remember that we who are the true body of Christ are on the winning side and we must be vigilant in getting others to embrace the only hope offered, and that is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. As long as I remain in this world, I will not cease in doing the work to which He has called me, and to those of you who stand firm in the LORD, remember that we are to occupy until He comes, and then we will hear from Him these words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your LORD." That day is coming soon ! (Mathew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21;John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Titus 2:11-15; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 1:8; 19:11-21, 20:11-15; 22:12-13)

The Brevity of Life: A Message for the New Year (2020)

"Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit", whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the LORD wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15, NKJV)

"And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul shall be required of you, then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So it is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich before God." (Luke 12:19-21, NKJV)

    It wasn't so long ago that most of us were healthy, thinner, more alert, and were willing to do adventurous things. We figured that life was pretty good and that we had plenty of time to achieve our goals and live a long and prosperous life. Then, the reality of passing time makes us think of our mortality and the Scriptures quoted above, among others. Life is short and we're going to be dead a lot longer than we'll be alive, and we might ask ourselves if we have anything to show for what we've done so far. The Scriptures tell us about the absolute fact of the brevity of life and how we are to face this certainty.

1) Wicked humanity was cut short by the sovereign act of God with the worldwide deluge that spared no one but Noah and his family along with the animals that boarded the ark (Genesis 6-8).

2) Jacob the Patriarch lamented about the direction his life had taken in the past, telling the Pharoah of Egypt about how quickly everything had happened that brought him to this point in his old age (Genesis 47:9)

3) One of King David's contemporaries lamented that life was like a shadow as a reflection of the sun, here one minute and then gone (1 Chronicles 29: 10-15)

4) Life goes by like a messenger hurrying to a place to present news and information (Job 9:25; 14:2; 38:21)

5) Life seems to be no longer than the span of one's hand. While it varies in length, there comes an end eventually. (Psalm 39:5; 89:47; 90:9; 102:3)

6) Life's journey is swifter than the weaver of fabric operating his loom. The threads come together quickly and without error. Our lives should have order , and most importantly, a living, true rleationship with the Sovereign LORD (Job 38:12).

We are not the masters of our fate or the captain of our soul, unlike what the author of the self-centered poem "Invictus" claimed to present. We have no guarantee of the next day or the rest of the day for that matter. The very breath we take is only by the grace and mercy of God Himself. Some of you who are reading this will not live through this year, and age and health are no deciding factor. As a former hosptial chaplain, I saw a lot of young, healthy people wind up in the morgue. They had no idea that this would be their last day and many were unprepared for eternity and the sure judgment of God. You need to open your eyes and realize that one day, whether you believe it or not, you will stand before God to give an accounting of your life, and if you have no saving realtionship with the Lord Jesus Christ, hell and all its terrors will be waiting, and there will be no second chance to make things right. Scripture tells us that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). The best resolution that you can make for this upcoming year of 2020 is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Don''t wait or make excuses. Let 2020 be the year that you have assurance that you will be right with God and have the peace within you that passes all understanding. Start reading the Bible and live by its teachings. I recommend that you start with the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, and let God lead you. Contact me at: drwhitchard@aol.com if you need prayer or counsel. God bless you this coming year.

Paul's Advice on Service: Titus 3:4-7

     In this pastoral letter, Paul presents yet another example of the grace and love of God in securing our salvation. This theme is present in nearly all of his letters to both the churches and individuals, such as Timothy, who was his young "son in the faith", pastoring the church at Ephesus, and Titus, who reluctantly was serving on the island of Crete, which did not have the best of reputations (Titus 1:10-14).

      If anything, this short letter to Titus is to show every potential pastor or minister of the LordJesus Christ that the message of the gospel is to go everywhere (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), regardless of locale or attitude of the citizens. The main idea to take away from the Pastoral Epistles, and pretty much the teachings of our Lord Jesus, is that you go where the people are. In the years of service I've given Him, the people I worked with were in hospitals, rescue missions, high school classrooms, and those customers at the jewelry store where I worked (not only did I sell engagement rings to young couples, I also counseled them, witnessed to them, and sometimes performed their weddings). I led one of my co-workers to Christ after she survived a car wreck and had led a pretty wild life beforehand. You bloom where you're planted.

 Allow me to be direct with anyone reading this article and claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Friends, once you surrender your life to Him, HE OWNS YOU AND CAN DO WITH YOU AS HE PLEASES! (Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26, 33; John 8:3, 15:8). He may put you in areas that no one else has been, and He will equip you to do the work (Philippians 4:13, 19). Paul himself would have liked to be out on the road, but he often was  prisoner in a Roman jail for preaching Christ. He could have grumbled or complained, but during this time, he wrote the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to his friend Philemon, which have blessed and stengthened believers for over two thousand years.

      Even if we don't understand everything God does in and through us where we're at, be sure that you are never in any place by accident or chance as it pertains to the task and joy of sharing the story of God's mercy and grace with those who may have never heard of Jesus or darkened the door of a house of worship. It is safe to say that a lot of the people Jesus ministered to did not feel welcome in the local synagogues or worthy of being in the Temple. Just look at the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant, the calling of Matthew from the tax collector's table, the encounter with the woman caught in adultery, the people delivered from demons, sickness, death, leprosy, paralysis, and blindness. His sharpest words were to the religious leaders who should have given compassion to others, but were wrapped up in their traditions and rules. If ever a group needed the forgiveness and gace of Jesus, it was them. It didn't turn out well for them in terms of eternity.

If you claim to be faithful to the LORD, He will give you talents and gifts and the opportunities to do the specific work which He has given to all who follow Him, and that is to be a witness for Him and tell His story of how He loves and cares for people and the gift of salvation that He freely offers to everyone if they come to HIm for forgiveness of sins, and the promise of a new life, both here and in the world to come. Be faithful, be obedient, and trust Him to put you in the place of service where the harvest is plentiful. It's not about you, but for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn to Him today (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Who is Like Unto Thee, O Lord? You are the Creator and King of All