Sunday, July 5, 2015

Interview with Bro.Joel Horst, the administrator of the Headcovering Directory Website

Jehovah-Jireh Farm, USA
Sisters, I am happy to inform you today that I could interview with Brother Joel Horst, a brother who is advocating head covering teachings publicly and courageously. Whenever I see and hear the brothers and sisters who have burning passion for Christ, my spirit is uplifted. So, let us incline our ears to brother Joel now.
1) What is your passion on this earth? What are you seeking in this life?
My desire is to love and serve God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and help others to do the same. God has called me to help bring unity to the church, "that they all may be one" (John 17). This unity will only come when we all follow Jesus Christ and His teachings alone.  I also desire to produce music that teaches Christians to follow Christ.

God has also given me a desire to help people be healthy by providing nourishing, wholesome, organically-raised food, and also by learning the secrets of health and longevity. Currently, I am working on our family farm, Jehovah-Jireh Farm, where we produce pasture-raised eggs, chicken, turkey and lamb. I also am the administrator for our websites, Biblical Research Reports, Free House Church Resources, Heritage Music, and The Headcovering Directory.

2) You are also defending head covering teaching publicly. Could you tell us the significance of this Bible truth and its recovery?

Headcovering, as taught in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 11, is one of God's commands that has been overlooked and explained away by the modern church. God tells us that, when praying or prophesying, a woman should cover her head, "because of the angels".
Headcovering reflects the order of authority that God has set in place, as well as glorifying God by covering man's glory (the woman) to show that God is the only One to receive honor and glory.

The temptation, when practicing headcovering, is to look at it as a "good luck charm" or a symbol of Christianity. However, God has not commanded that women cover their heads with a specific type of covering or that they must wear it all the time as a sign to the world.
He also has not promised that our prayers will be answered better, that our lives will go better, or that Satan will not be able to attack us, just because women cover their heads. At the same time, I believe that there is more to head covering than we realize. If God has commanded it, it is important.

It is also important that men obey God's command to pray and prophesy with their heads uncovered. In fact, I believe that it is even more important for men to pray with their heads uncovered than for women to pray with their heads covered. This is because a man who prays with his head covered dishonors Jesus, while a married woman who prays with her head uncovered dishonors her husband.

3) Through your blog, we understand how you were hurt and stumbled by the false teacher. At the same time, it is so touching to see how you have overcome (have been overcoming) this tragedy and been so faithful to Jesus Christ. Could you give some encouraging words to our readers who have been hurt or stumbled by false teachers in the churches?

I grew up under the teachings of Bill Gothard, whose organization produced the home school curriculum that our family used for 11 years. I believed that he was a very Godly man, until about a year and a half ago, when I found out that he is a liar, deceiver, fraud, sexual molester and wolf in sheep's clothing. Since then, God has been rooting out Bill's false teachings from my heart and showing me the truth. I don't think He's done yet!

There are many lessons that we can learn from Bill Gothard, but here's a few major things:

-Jesus has commanded us to beware of false prophets, who come to us in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15-20). We must realize that false teachers are real, that there are more of them than we realize, and that we have to be on guard at all times against them. The Bible repeatedly commands and warns us not to be deceived. As God has taught me over the past year and a half, I have realized that there are many, many false teachers in the church today.

-Some false teachers teach extra commands and doctrines that God has not commanded in the New Testament. Others tell us that God's commands are not important and we don't need to obey Him. I used to think that the second type of false teacher was the worst. However, all false teachers are dangerous. All false teaching comes from the devil, the father of lies. All false teaching has consequences. Adding to God's commands is just as bad--maybe even worse, in some cases--as ignoring some of His commands.

-Jesus tells us that we will know false prophets by their fruits. When we see that a teacher is not living a righteous life, we then know that they do not have God's righteousness within them (1 John 3:7-10). We need to believe what God has said about such people and not make excuses about their behavior or teachings.
God warns us, "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil..." (1 John 3:7) Often, these sort of teachers will tell false or exaggerated stories about how their teachings have helped people, leading us to believe that they are Godly and that their false teachings work.
Do not be deceived. When you realize that someone is a false teacher, stop following that person and their teachings. Ask God to help you sort out the good from the bad. Examine everything that you learned from the false teacher, and do not accept it as truth unless you can verify it to be 100% true.

-Do not react to false teachers and false teachings. There are many people who, once they find out that someone is a false teacher, reject everything that the person taught. This is very dangerous. We should not merely do the opposite of what the false teacher told us to do.

They may have been 95% correct. However, do not be deceived by something that is only 95% correct! The other 5% of false teaching can kill you spiritually! Instead, we need to find out what God wants us to do, and draw more closely to what He has taught us. His commands alone define what is right and wrong for the Christian.

-Ask God to cleanse your heart and mind of the false teachings that you have learned, and teach you what is truth. As time goes along, you will discover more false teachings that you have accepted to be true, that are affecting you more than what you realize. But God is faithful to teach us the truth and free us from the bondage of Satan's lies.

4) Could you describe how you have been conducting family worship? (also, if you have a custom to pray together as a family, please tell us about it, too!)

I used to be a Mennonite, but God led our family out of the Mennonite Church over 12 years ago. Since then, our family has worshiped at home. From time to time, other Christians have joined us, but currently it's just our family. I do believe that, in His time, God will bring others for us to worship with. I do not recommend that all Christians leave their church and worship by themselves. We need fellowship with one another. However, if you are part of a church, and God calls you to leave, then obey Him!

For many years, our family would have a time of sharing, prayer and/or Bible reading in the evening, before we went to bed. As we have grown up and bedtime has become a personal choice instead of one set time for all the children, we have stopped this custom.
Currently, we each spend time with the Lord while we eat breakfast, studying the Bible and learning what God has to teach us. Then our whole family gathers together for half an hour of singing before we go out to do our farm work. This is probably my favorite part of the day. We have sung through several song books, singing at least the first verse of every song in the book (with some exceptions).

Over time, this has helped to train our family to sing together, blend our voices harmoniously and read music. My mom, who plays the keyboard, has the gift of being able to play a song that she has never heard or played before, without practice. It is very helpful for training us to read music.

Thank you very much, Brother Joel!

(Joyous "4-day-old chicks" football match video, from his farm. It is so cute and funny!)