One A Majority

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Dr. Stephen Phinney


Do you feel alone in ministry? No problem!


"One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you. (Joshua 23:10)


Charles Spurgeon once said:


Why count heads? One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. The Lord’s hosts are never too few.


When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh, He used only Moses and Aaron. The ‘one-man ministry’ has been far more used of the Lord than trained bands with their officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone? Saul and his hosts slew their thousands, but David his ten thousands.


If we have God with us; what are multitudes of men? One shepherd’s dog can drive before him a great flock of sheep. If the Lord sent you, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Therefore, rely on the promise, and be courageous.


Our culture today considers the success of a ministry by the size of the institution that drives it. Another known fact. The leaders of institutions are frequently in the news as “fallen leaders,” or, minimally, scoped into Satan’s cross-hairs for destruction.


Myriads of teachers, evangelists, and prophets of our day tend to believe the larger their ministry, the more successful they are. The Truth being said, the larger their ministry, the greater temptation to be enveloped by the identity of their ministry. A more common misnomer – the larger their ministry, the more apt the masses will financially support their endeavors.


Billions of dollars are spent each year on keeping large ministries afloat – primarily by hard-working poverty level donors. Which begs the question, “How much of my donor dollars are reaching the needs of the people or advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” Good question.


My prediction…


As I watch the implosion of the Church today, I see God calling forth ‘one-man ministries.’ Returning the Church to the original foundation that advanced the message(s) of God. In every case in the Bible, God started with one man, imparted a message, and sent him forth to proclaim His message of Truth. Think about it – Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samual, David, Solomon, all the Old Testament prophets, NT Disciple