Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

"This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck." (1 Timothy 18:19)
Yesterday, I wrote about the inspiration of the Bible. I personally believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God which reveals to us God's Will for mankind. I do not believe it "contains" the Word, rather I believe it "IS" God's Word. In 2015 that somehow seems to be a shocking statement to some in the church. No, not from the pew of the church, but from the pulpit of the church. Pseudo-intellectuals chip away at the Bible's authority on a regular basis. Here is an example: The preacher says, "now what the Bible really meant to say is..." My simple answer is this, "the Bible says EXACTLY what the Holy Spirit "breathed" into the chosen vessels to preserve the Word.
We were warned that in the last days such attitudes would exist. Here is how the Apostle Paul said it, "For I know this, that after my departing savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves." (Acts 20:29-30) Can there be any doubt that this prophecy was fulfilled after Paul's martyrdom, and continues to this day.
This Bible we preach is unlike any other book. Commentaries are wonderful tools, but they are simply another man's interpretations of the Bible. God can speak DIRECTLY to you, and He will when your heart is right with Him. The best sermon is not the one that gets you the most compliments, rather it is the one that God burns into your heart and soul so deeply that you MUST share it.
If you are one of those preachers, please reconsider the approach you are taking. We are involved in a SPIRITUAL WARFARE, not a physical one against each other, but rather battles that take place every single time we try to pray, study the Word or engage in acts of collective worship. If you are one of those preachers, find a place where you can be alone and CRY OUT TO GOD for forgiveness. Please don't be guilty of leading any of God's precious children astray. There is so much to gain...the eternal souls of people.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Time to take a deep look inside

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

It disturbs me when I hear so many ministers attempt to diminish and degrade the Word of God.  They make light of the stories of faithful heroes of the Scripture and do their best to diminish and marginalize these men and women whom Hebrews Chapter 11 declares the "world was not worthy."

For every problem we face in life, there is an answer recorded in its inspired pages.  It should be cherished, read and used as life's road map to heaven.

If you are one of those ministers I am referring to, do yourself a favor.  Drop to your knees, repent before God, asking His forgiveness for our arrogant mockery of all that is holy.

I believe God's Word with all of my heart.  After all, I am staking my eternal future on it.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Death Notice Perry C. Pearson

Obituary for Perry Craig Pearson

Sensitive, loyal, brilliant, adventurous, one-of-a-kind, 17 year-old Perry Craig Pearson of Johnson City, Tennessee, went to his heavenly home on Monday, July 27, 2015. Perry was born on May 8th, 1998, a son of Craig and Rachel Slagle Pearson. Perry was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother, Mary Martha Davis Slagle, on May 26, 2015.
He is survived by his loving family: parents, Craig and Rachel Pearson, sister, Rayanna Pearson, and brother, Jonas Pearson; grandparents Marvin and Sara Slagle of Johnson City; grandparents John and Sue Pearson of Stevensville, MT; “Aunt” Nichole, great-grandfather Ralph Slagle, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Perry has friends from BSA Troop 35 and ETSU University School who will miss him sorely.
Perry enjoyed computer gaming with his friends, movies, music, trivia, reading, bicycling, roller coasters, and the outdoors.
A service to celebrate the life of Perry will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Larry Stamm, officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Sunday; or at the home of Perry's grandparents, Pastor Marvin and Sara Slagle.
The graveside service will follow at Washington County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kevin Slagle, Erik Pearson, Tristan Pearson, Ronnie Zimmern, Bowen Wexler, and William Rogers.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Perry Pearson Memorial Foundation, C/O Heartland Fellowship Church, 211 Heartland Way; Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at our website, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Pearson family. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 423-543-4917.
Perry will never be forgotten by those who knew him. Perry was loved immensely and he will live in our hearts forever, until we see him again. Rest in peace, Babe.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prayer Request - Slagle Family

Please join me in prayer Pastor Marvin Slagle and his family. Marvin's grandson Terry Pearson has passed away at the age of 17, near Dayton Ohio. More information will be forthcoming.

Camp Meeting at the Campground

Friday, July 31- 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 1- 5:00 PM

"Then he said to me, 'Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live." Ezekiel 37:4-5

Camp Hickory Hills
Dickson, Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

Welcome new pastoral family

The Weathers Family
Today we welcome a new pastor to Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy (Official), coming from Michigan. Pastor Chris and Sara Weathers along with their family Ana, Rachel, Victoria and Jordan. I know you will find the people at Lakeside Church to be warm and welcoming to you. We look forward to working alongside you in this great harvest.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Prayer Request for Patterson Family

Please join us in prayer for the Patterson family of Westmoreland, TN. Bob Patterson passed away today after a struggle with cancer.
Bob's wife just retired as the long time treasurer of the Westmoreland and was acknowledged at our state convention.
Bob's sister is Donna Creasy, the wife of Pastor Glenn Creasy of our Hartsville, TN church.
Visitation is Friday after 3:00 pm and the funeral services are at 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Post-Convention Update

Dear Friends,

It has been quite a while since I've posted something to the blog page that I have used for several years.  As we draw closer to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, it seems as if there is not even one moment to spare, and the work continues to grow.

We had a wonderful Tennessee State Convention at the Omega Center International in Cleveland, TN.  Everyone involved in the preparation and presentation of the convention did a great job and I appreciate their sacrifice and effort to make this a great event.

God bless each and every one of you.

E.C. McKinley

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Camping Ministries 2015 begins today

There is an air of excitement at Camp Hickory Hills today, as campers and staff arrived for the first of the summer camps.  This week is Senior Camp hosting the upper-teen age group.  Please join us in prayer for each and everyone.
Our goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for all of those participating, and that they will be spiritually enriched.  The record reflects that in this past year, more people were converted in the camps than in all of our local churches combined.  What does this say?  It says that these camps are invaluable tools that will help increase the Kingdom of God.
Thank you for your prayers, we look forward to a great summer.
To learn more about our Camping Ministry go to

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Death Notice - Woodrow Forsythye

We are saddened to announce the passing of Bishop Woodrow Forsythe, retired minister.  Bishop Forsythe served for many years at the Mayland, Tennessee Church.  More information will be posted later today. In the mean time, please pray for Sister Wilma and the rest of the family.