Praise the Lord Saints.
Last time I spoke on the spiritual blessing of the gift of speaking in tongues and its importance.
But, since that time, I’ve come to understand that the societal issues that we are facing and have been facing for over 25 years goes even deeper than that alone.
To nutshell it, Jesus commanded the disciples to go to Jerusalem in to the Upper Room until they got His Spirit. He did not and would not use them to spread the Gospel until they had His Spirit, His Power. Read Acts 2 in its entirety.
Once they received His Gift, then and only then could He use them for the work ahead, which was to seek and to save the lost.
On to the next main issue. Over the past 14 years I have been involved in the apostolic way or methodology of conducting church services. While my family and I have grown in leaps and bounds in our understanding of the scriptures and spiritual matters, I must say there is a cloud hanging over the church with regards to what is biblical and what is spiritual. Later I will discuss the difference and believe me they are not the same, not even close.
Some will attack another organization and say they are the only ones preaching the truth but that statement must be supported with biblical facts to back it up. There is so much cat fighting that they can’t even come together for conventions, convocations or whatever term they use.
The interesting thing about this is if you look deeply into their practices you will find “issues” that don’t line up from the standpoint that you can use scripture to prove what they say.
It’s close but “Almost Right is Always Wrong”!
When it comes to the things of God you must decide, 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
And Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
If you do not accept these two passages of scripture then you might as well stop reading my column. But know this, if what I say bothers you to the point you think I’m wrong prove it to me from the bible and I will change my views. I can assure, all I say is divinely inspired and it would prove futile to attempt it.
It’s my goal and desire to empower you with revelation knowledge from a biblical perspective and not opinion, emotion, feeling or the like. It has no place when it comes to the things of God.
I also know things I write strike at the very heart of what most churches preach and teach but all I can say to that is have your pastor or leader prove what I’m saying to not be accurate according to the bible and not their title, position, or number of years they have been behind the pulpit.
I had a 70 plus year old pastor tell me it wasn’t until the past three years that God revealed truths to him that he had believed to be wrong. He had been leading a church for over 30 years and saved even longer but had the humility and integrity to admit he had been wrong all these years.
If only the body of clergy in this city and community could come to that level of humility, our neighborhoods, schools, families, and kids would be so much better off. But ego and pride are very powerful tools Satan uses to keep communities imprisoned and divided.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
According to God, this is what has to be in place if a person wants to be a church leader, pastor, bishop, whatever title is given to that person.
Next week we will address it line by line and hopefully grow together.
Till next week,