The Lonely Whistleblower

Maybe there is a Lonely Whistle-blower walking out of the church tonight.

He might have seen some terrible injustice, and thinking it would be important to bring it to light, he bravely spoke some truth.

You would think a pastor would want to know, right?

So that he could protect the sheep from evil, from wolves.

And yet, that Lonely Whistle-blower was met with tense facial expressions. His pastor may have crossed his legs, and clasped his hands, and taken a deep breath. He may be doubtful. He may be defensive. Maybe his face even turned red a little. He may have been deeply agitated that you are bringing this up to him. After all, he knows more than you. You are wrong. What you are saying is not true. Who do you think you are?

Well, this is a surprise.

The Lonely Whistle-blower stands speechless outside the quiet, empty church in the shadows that fall from the trees lit in the parking lot. A new wind is blowing in, and he just stands there, feeling it for the first time.


Did this just happen?

That wasn’t how he expected it to go.

And soon, as he continues to stand for justice and truth he finds himself encircled by the elders and deacons who have taken up stones and told him to drop the matter, or else.

In order to “protect” the rest of the church, the Lonely Whistle-blower is maligned and ostracized. In love.

As lonely as he feels, he is not alone at all.

I wonder what the pastor would have said if Jesus Himself had sat in that same chair across from the pastor and shared the same details? Would the pastor still be doubtful? Defensive? Agitated? Would he say it wasn’t true. Would the elders and deacons surround the Lord with stones?

Well, it happened.

It happened before.

Let us remember Matthew 23,

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

Jesus was a Whistle-blower too. Jesus told the CROWDS of people the truth. He said, that these religious leaders sat in the seat of Moses. They fancied themselves the mediators between God and men. They fancied the authority. They loved to rule over the people, to lord it over them.

So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

They are hypocrites. But don’t you dare to ever say that. They may teach the Word of God, but do they obey it? In their own lives are they lenient? When you call them on their sin, do they humbly repent? Or do they get furious?

They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

Heavy Burdens–You must serve [God]. You must put ministry above your family. What are you teaching your kids if you are not serving God throughout the week, and helping on weekends, and sacrificing for the kingdom. You need to be here early to set up tables, stay late to vacuum, and be a part of every study and special event. You need to be faithful to God (cough, cough, your pastors vision). Don’t let your pastor down, I mean don’t let *God down.

Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;  they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

Oh they must be called “Pastor so and so” or “Reverend this or that.” Call them by their first name and see the look on their face. Their churches are cults of personality. They love to headline large conferences, get interviewed on TV or radio. They love their celebrity pastor status. Their books they write. Their teaching series. When they preach, their illustrations are long repetitive stories of how “they” built the church and how God uses “them” to do so much for the kingdom of God. “Can you believe God did this in MY life?!” They may even have large TV screens in the sanctuaries so that people in the way way back of the chapel can see the tear drop down their cheek when they recall the great tragedies of their life. Don’t expect them to show up at your BBQ, or your deathbed. They are too important. They will send someone else.

But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 

Well, which one of our mega pastors wants to exemplify this one? Oh they will teach it, and then get into their private jet or leave for their vacation in the tropics. They don’t come to church workday. Why would they? When the body gathers to paint the sanctuary, they may show up, just to watch the progress from the back. They won’t help. They won’t spend time with the servants. They won’t buy them lunch and sit with them, or even thank the men covered in paint, and sweat. Don’t actually expect them to act like your equal, your brother, your friend, or God forbid . . . your servant.

Jesus said the only thing they will have is woe.

No wonder they wanted to kill Jesus.

“But, don’t talk about it you guys.”

Fiscal Mismanagement–“Shh”

Immorality–“You are lying”

Abuse–“They are just disgruntled; don’t listen to them”

Flawed Leadership Model–“You are dividing the body; you are being used by the devil.”

What is the Lonely Whistle-blower to do?

I guess, he should do what his Lord did–tell the truth, and then elude them as long as you can.


After all, religious leaders are not often willing to give up their power and control, even for the Messiah. Call a meeting of the board of elders, or the Sanhedrin.

If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. (John 11:48).

They couldn’t risk losing it all.

They needed to stop Him.

But He chose to elude them.

Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples. (John 11:54)

When do you leave an unhealthy church?

Is there a time to leave the fallen religious building, or a beautiful sepulcher?

Can we just flee to a small no-name church or body of believers in the wilderness?

Is anyone out there?

Maybe the Lonely Whistle-blower doesn’t have to be alone.

Maybe, there is hope outside a fancy big building, with whitewashed walls and TV screens with his old pastors face crying over past tragedies.

And really, there is nothing left for us there, even if we stay.

Because judgment is coming.

Either way, God sees injustice.

He sees hurting people.

He sees His sheep leaving His Hospitals with fresh wounds.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.  And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’  So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.  Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

And so it seems, the Lord Jesus will continue to send Lonely Whistle-blowers into the congregations.

And they will continue to be ignored and mistreated.

It is what has always happened.

It will continue to happen.

And God sees it.

It doesn’t seem to turn out well, but . . .

It seems like quite an honor.


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38 Responses to The Lonely Whistleblower

  1. Tony says:

    Been there done that! Excellent posting!

    • Thank you Tony. God bless you.

      • Tony says:

        When God called me as a watchman, I experienced many of the things that the”whistle blower did. Powerful posting.

        • I bet you did. I have a lot of respect for you, how you seek the Lord and His heart. My heart is breaking right now for a dear friend of mine who is going through this. If you can Tony, please lift up a prayer for my friends, and for everyone involved. People I love are hurting. We just need God to keep us close.

          • Tony says:

            One thing I was told is that if you can’t handle rejection and ridicule, then don’t get into the prophetic. I know that this is not the words of comfort that your friend may be looking for but this is what I was told. I pray that your friend does not grow bitter and that he/she realizes that we have only one enemy. That is a hard one to get my head around at times but nevertheless, I know it to be true.

  2. Haven’t heard from you in awhile, what a tremendous post. My father, who has a prophetic calling gave a Word to a mega chuch pastor to repent, many years ago. Unfortunately, the pastor ignored it, he died years later of a heart attack, the church continued to go downhill from there, and eventually closed. The building no longer exists, the state has since put a highway right over where the foundation of the church used to sit. The Lord told my father that it was a result of when His people ignore His Word and turn from Him. Know that the Lord is pleased by His whistle blower, for ignoring the fear or opinions of man and delivering His warnings anyway. It is sad when these so-called men and women of God can blatantly and deliberately ignore Him to please their own selfish and fleshly desires, but once the whistle has been blown, the whistle blower must move on. My dad and family were ostracized and excommunicated from that church and it was very hard for us, but the Lord was faithful and brought us into a new, spirit-filled, intimate church with a true desire and passion to see the Kingdom expand and bear fruit. I sense this is taking place directly in your life and just wanted to offer my testimony as encouragement to you. May the Lord continue to reign in your life and bless you abundantly, in Christ’s mighty and holy name, Amen.

    • Thank you for sharing. Yes, my friends are certainly at the point where they are encircled by the elders with rocks. They have left. But right now, things are very difficult still. Please keep them in prayer, as you know first hand how difficult this experience can be. God bless you!!!!

  3. hopeofglory says:

    Oh what timing! Praise God I needed this encouragement at this very moment! In my experience, this happens in small churches too (in New England most churches are small).
    Thank you for this entire blog. it is so comforting to know that I am not alone! (Praising God).

  4. That Pharisetical spirit is at work and has been for ages! I encounter it often and find that the Spirit of Truth overcomes it every time, and causes that evil spirit to be silent before the spoken Word of God! Amen & Amen…JMM

  5. Tony says:

    I felt led to post this dream so that you can share it with your friends. I believe it relates to their situation.

    While I realize that Jesus was directing this to His disciples and the fate that they would suffer at the hands of their fellow countrymen because of their belief in Jesus, I had the sense that the dream I am posting below fits in with being not welcomed in the synagogue, i.e., church.

    I had a dream/night vision 02/01/2014 and in it I saw a number of churches. The unique thing here is that they seemed to be centered around a common piece of ground as the doors of the various churches all opened towards the courtyard of this common area.

    In the middle of this open area or courtyard, if you will, I was standing at a podium. I am guessing that I was speaking from the podium. People were coming out of the churches and I found myself being stoned by them. I am guessing that what I was saying was not welcomed in the churches and their stoning me was their attempt to silence me. I find it no coincidence that even though there were many churches, they all were on common ground in the dream. Hence my use of the scripture below from the Gospel of John.

    You will be thrown out of synagogues. Certainly, the time is coming when people who murder you will think that they are serving God. They will do these things to you because they haven’t known the Father or me.
    (Joh 16:2-3)

    I consider the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.

    …….William Booth

  6. jpmaxwell says:

    The best advice! While many “whistle-blowers” struggle to deliver a message to the wayward pastors fearing this, that, and the other – let them take confidence in the fact that they have been called to a noble work. Do not fear man. While it’s hard to see a body of believers choose to remain under self-righteous preacher – it is their choice. Most fall into the category of the blind leading the blind. Many times in love and true compassion many of us deliver a word of encouragement tailored with a bit of rebuke toward the so-called leaders of the flock only to be turned upon as though we just drug Christ through the mire. The best advice? Simply walk out the door and never look back. The true saints of the Most High will eventually follow – those condemned to wallow in a pool named ‘the lack of discernment’ will remain and stand indignant as destruction comes.

  7. Jeri says:

    Wow ! A tremendous refresher course on Church Etiquette and Government…Great Post !

  8. Tony says:

    Here is one more dream that I had that will hopefully speak to your friends.

    I had a dream the morning of 09/26/2013 . In the dream I was inside a church although not a part of the church, I was just inside observing. I saw 2 sets of pews that were full of people on both sides with an aisle separating the pews. Then I saw, towards the front of the church, a large cross and it was laying with the top corner of the cross and foot of the cross positioned in such a way as for someone to stoop down and get underneath the cross and carry it. The cross was positioned with the foot of the cross towards the pulpit and the top was facing the doors of the church. It was as if it were placed there for anyone willing to stoop down and pick it up. What I found significant is the fact that in every church I have ever been in, the cross was always standing, usually on the platform where the preacher preaches his sermon but here it was not, instead, it was among the people The people in either side of the pews paid no attention to it as they were engaged in worship getting their Holy Spirit buzz. Then I saw a young man get out of the pew, walk towards the cross,stoop down, pick it up, and then proceed to walk out of the church. I remember people laughing at him as he did this. Sound familiar? The young man was undeterred and carried the cross, now his cross out of the church. “He carried his own cross and went out of the city to a location called The Skull. (In Hebrew this place is called Golgotha.)That is why Jesus suffered outside the gates of Jerusalem. He suffered to make the people holy with his own blood. So we must go to him outside the camp and endure the insults he endured.
    (Heb 13:12-13)

    (Joh 19:17)

    Whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me doesn’t deserve to be my disciple. (Mat 10:38)

    The cross is an object of scorn. shame, ridicule, and finally death.

    The dream reminds me of a vision that I had in 2010 that I will post below.

    I had a very tragic vision on 07/25/2010. In the vision I could see many preachers, their pulpits
    were lined up next to each other,they were very learned men, some were in suits and some were in robes,and they were preaching to a very large congregation . The eyes of everyone in the congregation and their attention were on these preachers. In back of these preachers I could see Jesus on the cross. Not one of the preachers ever mentioned the cross in his preaching and no one in the congregation ever looked at the cross, their eyes were on the preachers and they were attentive to the “wisdom” that was being taught by them.

    We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.
    (Heb 12:2)

    • These are both very powerful dreams. And the verses are so powerful too. I know this is going on in many churches, and God is calling His people to do what is right.

      These dreams minister to me so much. My friend is going to read them too. I know it will bring encouragement, and strength in The Lord. Thank you for your prayers and taking the time to share. God bless you.

  9. Jeri says:

    Right now we are still in the stage of time encompassing the saying of Jesus regarding the wheat and the tares. All are growing together,, (does not do away with the fact that the word gives instruction about things in His Church that has to be handled according to the Word,,,in a Godly manner) but it does remind me of the Scripture when the time will come, that the Lord Himself will speak to His Church to “‘Come Out of her my people” (Babylon,,,,, the Worlds Religious System ) and at that time there will be a penalty for those who stay in it, ‘….that you be not partaker of her plagues”.

  10. Ann says:

    Oh we’ve been there. I had a longer post written, but decided to spare ya’ll the details… but I’ll say we began attending a small church years ago with an attendance around 300. They built an addition and attendance quickly rose to 1800. Not a mega church by any stretch, I know. My husband and I were very involved in the church (too involved) helping with creating new ministries, expanding the children’s ministry, building funds, worship ministry, etc.The pastor even begged my husband to quit his corporate job and join the staff full time. But things started to seem fishy. The church was a mess financially, and the pastor and his wife began to take control over all of the ministries, even firing several pastors and raising up their own sons in their place. They lost their current building, moved to a small place, changed the name, and are down to about 35 members. When we left the church, the staff was told to not contact us. Ever. They were to have nothing to do with us. A few of our very close “best friends” were vocal to us about not understanding why we left, and when we tried to explain, they put their hands over their ears and said they didn’t want to hear it. We lost all of our friends.

    We occasionally run into the pastor and his wife. He will actually come up to us and say hello. His wife is very rude and ignores us. Anyway, we are thankfully blessed to have found a great church. It’s a lot closer to a mega church, but our pastor is very involved and hands on. Having an experience like this really messes with you. I was done with church for three years after we left the other church. But, eventually you realize you need to be part of a church family. You can’t do it alone. And there are churches out there that are authentic, Jesus loving, people loving, places and people.

    • Hello Ann,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry for what you went through. And I totally get not being able to go to church for 3 years afterwards. I have a dear family member who is so shell shocked from getting spiritually beat up from her pastor that she can’t trust pastors right now. But you give me hope. There are good shepherds out there. Nice men, who love people and love God. There is hope! May God lead his bruised sheep to safe pasture. God bless you Ann!!!

      • Ann says:

        Your friend/family member may need a break, and I think that’s ok… for a little while. It’s so hard to trust after things like this happen. I hear so much about corrupt pastors these days… the obvious money hungry ones, and those who subtly twist the Bible’s words. I actually spent several hours last Saturday morning reading and studying some things about this, so it’s fresh in my mind. We need to be so careful to check what we are being taught, and how Christians treat each other, with what the Bible says. We have to be on our guard. Like someone else said, these pastors who behave this way will be held accountable one day. I hope he/she finds a great place she can be fed and nourished for awhile.

  11. suez62 says:

    Yep, yep, yep!! This is all over in the TV. ministries. BUT, I have also seen it in small churches on a smaller scale also! I haven’t seen many pastors big or small, that like to be called on the carpet for something that isn’t right. Unfortunately their pride gets the best of them. All truth. thank you sister for another good and truthful word!!!! 🙂 I am looking for a true man of God to listen to, if anyone knows of any, please get in touch with me. Every-time I think I have found one, then the zingers start coming out!!! I want truth, not man’s made up opinions…if you know what I mean. thanks, Feel free to contact me at: Please put the Last Hiker in the top box, so I will know what this is about, and not delete it. Thanks

  12. Hey Brother,

    The “Lonely Whistle Blower” is never alone, especially in these days. God raises them up from the most unlikely places. It is a time for growth for those who obey and those who listen. It isn’t easy. But we must be obedient. Yeshua in the Gospels railed against the false religion and the false teachers 14 times. He attacked this more than any other iniquity. Likewise the Epistles instructed us to do the same 18 times.

    We live in a time that Truth is a dwindling and sometimes despised commodity. We love our ears to be tickled and at all costs don’t tell us what is Truth. The Church (organization) is in many respects is becoming the world. But the True Church (The true body of believers) is faced what you have described. Many Leaders have forgotten to whom loved them first. They love themselves first. They have lost their fear of Yahweh.

    1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

    “LOVE is a supreme ethic. TRUTH is a supreme point of judgment. And if you lose either of them; you lose God.” – Ravi Zacharias

    You can’t love without truth. God is both Love and Truth.

    He also gives that person strength where we don’t expect it either. God is Good.

    Bless you brother. You are not alone.

    Sheep and recovering Pentecostal

  13. john mungai says:

    Your articles are always good. This though is quite revealing of your struggle for truth in a world full of evangelical wolves. Jesus told Peter feed my sheep tend my flock. Sooner or later your are going to be Catholic (Peter has the sheep). Waiting for the next article……………

  14. Anonymous says:

    I too was wounded by Gods people. It’s one of the hardest things a believer can go through because the injustices happened at your place of worship. All of a sudden you find yourself very confused and from the outside looking in. It almost made me stumble until I realized that as painful as it was it was Gods way of getting me to leave an unhealthy church. On my way to work I heard Ann Graham Lotz speaking about her book titled “Wounded by Gods people” and I purchased it and The Lord has used it too minister healing to me. It’s been about a year now and I still havent been able to step back into a church but my heart is healing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been hurt because it’s written by someone who’s been through it and understands. Know that we serve a Just God and nobody gets away with sin. God will eventually make it right!

  15. Pat O'Hara says:

    Hi, Last Hiker; This was a very good article about Whistleblowers facing persecution from the clergy, and elder board, telling the other members to have nothing to do with them. It reminded me of a couple who came and spoke at a church we were members of in the 70’s. They had been in a Mormon church which was located across the street from where they lived. When they became born again Christian’s and left the church they had all kinds of threats made against them and their children. We also watched the movie, The Godmakers, about Mormon beliefs. Satan doesn’t care which god we believe in as long as it’s not Jesus Christ and God the Father.
    Glad to see you back and posting on your blog. Missed you!
    King’s Daughter 68

  16. spill71 says:

    It was truly a blessing to read your post, I loved it, you are not alone…
    Jesus is looking for martyrs, people who will say yes to persecution, people willing to sacrifice, and not judge. Oh so hard, though it looks like he has found a good soldier in you. I wish I could have stuck it out, if only to have slaved for the Lord, but I was too week. What I found on the other side of giving up, I never knew existed. During my torture Jesus was preparing a place for me, the whole time that I was giving up. It took him over a year to put that together. So in his forgiveness and love he showed me that ultimately he wanted me to be happy, as he does for you. You live in the palm of his hand and he already knows your plight because he allowed you to go there. Whatever you choose to do, I know you have helped the forty or so commenters, including me,
    so all your angst is NOT wasted.
    The Lord be with you brother.
    I used your picture of the movie Heaven Is For Real, and put the link there to your site this morning on my blog. Please check it out. Let’s stick together. We Christians have to have each other’s backs. That is to say, we are the body of Christ

  17. Misty Black says:

    Thank you for this post. I have visited your blog before, but not in a while A post I read on Stand Up for The Truth on the Holy Ghost movie brought me here again today and it was so timely (of course). My husband and I have been called to be whistle-blowers/watchman and part of me wants to add “unfortunately” directly after those words at times. We had to leave our church just as you described in Feb of this year, exactly as you say…after going to the leadership with a concern for the flock, false teaching slowly creeping in and for whatever reason God showed it to me (and I cried out many nights asking Him WHY??) but I knew what I had to do. We were mocked, treated with disrespect, laughed at and the final blow was when they tried to cause a division between my husband and I at the end of our meeting. We walked out, me in tears and my husband so confused…thinking he was wrong and to blame for what had just taken place, never to walk back in again. We have since not been back into a church building, but have had to deliver truth on a few occasions to friends/family and every time the scenario repeats again as above.

    Just this past Fri I was told I could not be a leader in a mission ministry I had recently become a part of if I was going to continue to “expose” false teaching on social media… ..said maybe I should pray about whether I will continue being divisive in this way. My response (in short) Ok, thank you for the opportunity, but obviously this ministry isn’t for me….because I know what God has called me to do and I will not compromise in the name of unity. Yet, inside it is still a struggle. The enemy has a field day…..”who do you think you are? maybe you are wrong? You are causing waves and division….is that really God?” We struggle because it is all still fairly new to us, this call came without warning (as always I guess) but so surely of the Lord….so, we are still learning. It is lonely, it is hard (yes, I realize this sounds like I am whining) and even depressing at times. I am thankful my husband and I are in this together….someone to encourage, remind and pray for me and vice versa.

    But, at the end of the day….I am reminded that Jesus said we will be hated because the world hated Him first and I realize, as you said it is an honor. I know that this is where we are supposed to be, this is what we are supposed to be doing…at this time and God’s will is our ultimate hearts desire. Articles like this are reminders, just at the right time as always God gives us all we need, the encouragement and edification from His living Word…..brings me to my knees every time! Thank you Lord for your incredible grace that is sufficient for our weaknesses!

    God Bless you,

  18. Ballerina says:

    I had not been online much reading stuff, so I am a little behind on reading this. I can relate to this post. Lived and still living it. In 2012 when I came out of charismania I tried to warn everyone at my old church only to be looked at as “going off the deep end”. I had been part of a Bible study with (who I thought to be sound Christians) folks outside of that church and them too, proved to be in error. Again when I tried to warn, I was looked at as “paranoid”. Its a lonely road. And yeah 2 1/2 years later I have met people (through my web site and YouTube channel) and God has been faithful in bringing in like-minded believers, it still can be hard. I don’t want to be untrusting with people, but it is still hard to trust people. I have had a lot of duds if you will, and I don’t mean to use that word in a bad sense, but I guess just describing folks who have reached out and seemed to see the error only to be still caught up in another error and then it proving to be conflict. It’s hard. :-/ It’s lonely.

    The Lonely Road:

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