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This sermon was written by a man with a doctor’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary who is a member of another denomination. He is a missionary from a different part of the world. This reflects what evangelicals think when they hear about Chan and Waldrip.

January 7, 2020

“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (II Timothy 4:14-15).

Dr. Chan is a false prophet. What does a false prophet do? A false prophet greatly withstands the words. What words? “Our words,” says Paul the Apostle. In II Timothy 4:14-15 the Apostle is speaking about certain words that have a certain Source and a certain target and a certain weight and importance. In fact, these “words” the Apostle is actually depositing with his associate and preparing to depart and “be with Christ which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). You see, Paul has nearly finished his race. But here we notice that there is a piece of unfinished business he must take care of concerning “our words.” You say, “Hold on! I see where you're going with this. But is it right to judge? Why doesn't Paul say, ‘We all make mistakes. And who am I to judge? And the Lord knows those who are His, so far be it from me to say an ill word about a man named Alexander the coppersmith!’ Why doesn't Paul say that?” The answer is: How can we identify and expose false prophets unless we judge them by “our words,” the words of Scripture.

In terrorist-conscious America there is a saying, “If you see something, say something!” This man Alexander is a dangerous man. He has hurt the Gospel and, if he hurt Paul, he will definitely try to hurt Timothy, who is continuing Paul's work. So Timothy must be warned. But since what Paul is writing is canonical Holy Scripture intended for the whole world, it turns out that the whole world must be warned. Yes Paul “sees something,” and Paul is “saying something.”

Yes, Dr. Chan is an “Alexander the coppersmith.” Here are some good reasons why Dr Chan is a false prophet.

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I. First, let me speak about "our words," which are certain words that have a certain Source.

Dr. Chan could have chosen many targets. There are many hateful websites and countless hurtful organizations in the world to expose. But notice which target he chose. Dr. Chan chose a ministry and a website consisting of “our words.” What words? The inerrant words of Holy Scripture, God-breathed words whose Source is the Holy God, who is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).

But why am I picking on Dr. Chan? Look, the world is full of fair weather friends. And there is no short supply when it comes to passive aggressive, deceitful, manipulative, untrustworthy, remorseless, self-centered church splitters who “sow discord among the brethren” (Proverbs 6:19). So why single out Dr. Chan?

Why single out Dr. Chan? Well, why did Nehemiah single out Sanballat? (Nehemiah 6:1-3). Because Nehemiah was doing “a great work” which had attracted, like road kill attracts vultures...yes, doing a “great work” which had attracted implacable “enemies” (Nehemiah 6:1). This was also the case with those religious buzzards, the Pharisees, who hovered over the “Lamb led to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7) attempting to hinder Jesus’s words because “my word is not in you” (John 8:37). Hear this and take heed. When you do something for God, or even when it looks like you might, many people under Satan’s thumb are going to try to get in your way. Expect it. It is as certain as the sunrise. You can almost set your watch by it. Just put out some overripe fruit or rotting meat, and without delay the house flies appear. The blow flies show up. The horse flies make their entrance. Never late, not a minute. And just as the world was about to be saved, at that very hour, Satan entered Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3; John 13:27). God's enemies are always right on time and right on target, which leads to my second point.

II. Second, let me speak about “our words,” which are words that have a certain target.

In Somalia an attacker who, among other crimes, hindered the humanitarian efforts of Doctors Without Borders – this attacker, what was his punishment? None, really. He was granted early release. Can you imagine, armed mobs smashing precious medical supplies and actually forcing physicians to abandon their patients, even evacuate the country? But in the case of Dr. Chan we are talking about something much more sinister. Though, ironically perpetrated by a physician.

You see, it is not enough to airlift medical supplies into a cholera-devastated nation. You know this: there also must be doctors on hand to properly administer the medicines. In just the same way, we could ask, how can they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14). Without a doctor of souls? Make no mistake, the impenitent heart (Romans 2:5) has a hardness such that the Word has to be preached into it! Like insulin has to be injected into a diabetic. But Isaiah tells us that the sin-sick sinner doesn't want this injection. They have all gone their own way and are finding every good reason to reject the Savior. They do not want the knowledge of God. Sinners want almost anything except the knowledge of the Savior. There was nothing about the Savior that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:3). It is the all-important preacher who has to lift up the Savior so that all men, in every nation, every tribe, every tongue, will be drawn to him.

So the devil has carefully chosen his object of attack. Not just any organization. Not just any website. No, Satan can pick his target. The fundamentalist multilingual preacher-enabling site reaching out to the entire world with the saving Gospel. Notice: the saving Gospel that must be preached! By native preachers! In native languages! We are talking about word for word sermon manuscripts and sermon outlines, fully researched and footnoted, fully prayed over, fully locked and loaded with Scriptural ammunition to get any native preacher into a fundamental Gospel pulpit where he can win the lost and start new ministries on foreign soil, all over the world! All these wonderful Words of Life, all “our words,” this is what “Doctor Death” Chan “hath greatly withstood” all “our words” (II Timothy 4:14-15). So a little sheepishly you ask, will those who follow Dr. Chan be any less guilty? Ezekiel 14:10 says “And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the (false) prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him.” If you are attending Dr Death’s church, I have one piece of Scriptural advice for you. Run! Flee for your life! Or else, if you prefer, you can put the Lord to the test regarding Ezekiel 14:10. All of Jeremiah’s contemporaries who did so were either killed by Nebuchadnezzar or dragged off in the 586 B.C. Babylonian exile


III. Third, let me speak about "our words," which have a certain weight and importance.

But, again, why single out Dr. Chan? Well, why did Jeremiah single out Hananiah? (Jeremiah 28:1-17). After all, if there had been just a disagreement between two prophets, didn't Paul and Barnabas disagree about John Mark and whether John Mark should accompany the two of them on the second missionary journey (Acts 15:39). So can't we agree to disagree in the Lord? Let me ask a second time. Why did Jeremiah single out Hananiah? Because Hananiah's rebellion was not against Jeremiah; Hananiah's rebellion was against the Lord. As it says, “Therefore, thus saith the Lord, Behold I will cast thee off from the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord” (Jeremiah 28:16).

If we know anything about the Lord, we know at least this: that His Great Commission to send preachers to preach His saving Death and Resurrection to the ends of the earth was the heart and soul of His Ministry (Matthew 28:19-20). Any rebellion against that, against the saving Gospel that must be preached, against the preaching by native preachers in native languages! Any rebellion against that is not a rebellion against a pastor or a church. Moses said, in effect, Who are we that you should rebel against us? “What is Aaron that ye murmur against him?” (Numbers 16:11). No, any rebellion against all such Great Commission work with native preachers preaching in native languages is rebellion against the Lord. When Paul says “me” and asserts that Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil, the Apostle is speaking about “our words” for native preachers in native languages to the ends of the earth. And when Paul says that the Lord will reward Alexander the coppersmith according to his works, Paul is speaking about his evil works in hindering the great work of the Great Commission of native preachers preaching in native languages to the ends of the earth. And when Timothy is warned to be wary of this adversary, this “Alexander the coppersmith” who hath greatly withstood our words, the Scriptures are giving due notice to every false prophet, every Dr. Chan, woe to you if you hinder the Great Commission.