Ten Shekels and a Shirt – Paris Reidhead

This message has been called one of the most influential sermons of the 20th century and it is certainly one of the most powerful sermons that I have ever heard! I frequently listen to this sermon and I heard it now probably at least a dozen times.

In Judges 17, the prophet, Micah hires a Levite as his personal priest. The price for the Levite’s services was ten shekels (of silver) and a shirt. The real point of this sermon is an indictment of individuals and organizations practicing humanism behind a mask of Christianity.

Everyone should listen to this sermon and obey the truth of it! Make sure you listen to the entire message. The last half hour or so of this message is incredible!

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I found this information about the history of this sermon on another site and found it very interesting. “Paris was invited to preach at Bethany Missionary Church (Bethany Fellowship) in Bloomington, MN. He had been there many times. It was their “Deeper Life” seminar (one of 4 seminars held annually). The year was 1964. Paris was apparently unsure of what to preach and had been thinking about this message for some time. In the morning before church he sat at the main dining hall (where the entire fellowship ate each meal). There he scribbled the notes on a napkin. He preached the message. There was no unusual response at the time to his preaching.” It’s amazing to me how God has used this sermon so powerfully to touch so many – while at the time it was preached there was not an unusual response! God is still using this message to touch hearts long after it was preached.

To learn more about Paris Reidhead click here


Author: Jon Earls

I serve as the pastor of the Tarrant Bible Methodist Church in Tarrant Alabama. I am married to the love of my life Michelle, and have three children. I occasionally share my thoughts at my blog or on Facebook. I am passionate about knowing Christ and making Him known.

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    Dear Brother John,
    I was told about your site and decided to check it out. As a senior at a secular college, newly born-again, and trying to find out what doctrine was true, I was given a copy of “Ten Shekels and a Shirt” by a friend of mine. That one sermon did more to establish me in the things of God than any other sermon I have ever heard. I love our Movement and I feel we are the closest to the Bible, but I wish that more of our pastors and people would hear Bro. Reidhead’s message and heed it. I know God would bless.

    Bro. David Wise (Berwick GMC)

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    Hey David! It’s good to hear from you! I didn’t even realize you were at Berwick now. I hope all is going well.

    You’re right, more of our pastors do need to listen to this message and heed it.

    Thanks for listening and commenting!

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    Bro. Jon,

    Thank you for this message. This is the first time that I had heard it. I was deeply moved. Thanks for all of your hard work.

    Jeremy Morford

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    Dear Brother Earls:

    I was just trying to listen the sermon “Ten Shekels and A Shirt” it only played about 13 minutes of it then quiet. I would like to hear the whole sermon. Can you let me know when you have the problem solved?

    Thank you for putting this sermons online.

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    The sermon should now be the complete one. Sorry about that…

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