Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SOBRIETY is no laughing matter.

SILLY MOCKERY
SOBRIETY. Is sobriety entirely extinct? Is everything in the world laughable? I am appalled at the near-total absence of seriousness about things of God among so many professing Christians, and especially ministers.

Over the years, I have followed the threads of so many people as they discuss crucial Biblical issues, and am utterly blown away by the comedic mockery and irreverence that often prevails in such discussions. But I do not see one, single, solitary joke in the Bible. I cannot find even one tiny instance where my Lord or His Apostles resorted to silly banter or nonsensical jabs in matters of salvation or discipleship.

One of the principal elements of humor is the use of unrelated, impertinent responses to get a laugh. One of the most prevalent ways of getting people to laugh is by saying things that are totally unexpected, unfitting, or surprising. After that, mockery, insults and debasement are oft-used tactics to get a laugh.

Where in the Church of the living God is there any legitimate use of impertinence, mockery, insults or debasement in the teaching or learning process? There is none. Any claimed benefit to such shameful practices could easily be bested with sober, wiser and more mature alternatives. (I am sure that at least somebody reading this is sorely tempted to mock me even as I speak, as I am frequently told that I take myself too seriously, or that I am "too religious," or that I need to "get a life.")

But the premise here is comparable to the temptation of Adam and Eve. Satan persuaded them that they would "be as gods, knowing good and evil." But Adam and Eve experienced nothing of any positive value. Their sin in the Garden was a total, net loss. Doing inadvisable things will never yield a learning experience as valuable as what might have been had by sober, wise and obedient methods. The alternatives to sobriety are not better, they are just funnier, more distracting, and ultimately counterproductive. Our use of inappropriate methods such as cheap humor, mockery and insults in the ministry can never produce the needed results that sobriety and wisdom could better produce.

Why can't we simply be sober? That is what the Bible tells us to do.

We have a much-too-large segment of our body of believers who seem to know no other way to communicate than by mockery and making light of everything from speaking in tongues, shouting, preaching, collecting an offering, or the way someone combs his/her hair. Is it necessary? I say that it isn't. Is it beneficial? I say no. Should such practices be abandoned. I say, "Unequivocally."

Will you mock me now? Then you are the very person I am addressing.

The Church was meant to be like a lifeboat on a raging sea, not a cruise ship for party-goers. "The end...is at hand: be...sober." 1 Peter 4:7.

Christianity is stuffed with cheap filler, like Styrofoam in a shipping crate. It's time to toss out frivolity, and sober up. Preach God's WORD.

Cut the cancer off the Church. Get rid of entertainment, comedy, sports and general nonsense. Soberly, wisely, preach and teach God's Word.

We are making a deadly mistake by turning the Church into a party environment. Heaven, Hell, Eternity are sober issues. We laugh too much.

Many people only live from laugh to laugh. They block out the weightier, sober things of life. 12 Bible verses say "be sober". Get serious.

"The grace of God ...Teach[es] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly," Titus 2:11.

"Be SOBER, be VIGILANT; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may DEVOUR," 1 Peter 5:8.

The Church would benefit profoundly by categorically throwing out ALL nonsensical humor and stupidity from the Church platform. BE SOBER.

"In all their jollity in this world, the wicked are but as a book fairly bound,..when it is opened is full of nothing but tragedies," Richard Sibbes.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," Galatians 6:7-9.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Prophesied Chronology of the Last Days

The Great Tribulation will NOT last seven years. It will begin in the MIDDLE of Daniel's Seventieth Week. When the Assyrian Man of Sin stands in the newly-built Third Temple, he will commit the Abomination of Desolation prophesied in Daniel 9:27, and by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15. For the FINAL 42 MONTHS, the new Temple will remain desolate. The World Government will control the Temple Mount under a Muslim pretext/puppet. The Mark of the Beast will immediately be launched. True Christians will have no choice but to REFUSE to take the Mark. Those 42 months will be the Great Tribulation. Jesus Christ will supernaturally seal (with the Holy Ghost) 144,000 virgin male Jews, and they will be the firstfruits from the earth. The Sixth Trumpet war will unleash the greatest global holocaust of all time. One-third of mankind will die. Russia and Iran will be the strongest survivors of the Sixth Trumpet, and will launch the final battle against Israel to utterly annihilate it.

Shortly before Armageddon begins, enemies of the Roman Catholic Church (probably Muslims) will destroy it. Then God Himself will pour out His wrath on Rome. A world-wide earthquake will leave Rome utterly destroyed. Physically, Rome will be broken into three land masses, and fire from Heaven will utterly consume it, never to be inhabited again.

The Seven Vials of God's Wrath will be poured out on those who have taken the Mark of the Beast (but NOT on the saints of God who still survive). Then Jesus Christ will thrust in His sickle and reap the Wheat Harvest: the First Resurrection and Rapture of the Church, at the SEVENTH Trumpet (the LAST Trumpet). Angels will gather together the Grapes of Wrath: the rabid enemies of Israel and Christ, and gather them together in the Valley of Megiddo for Christ and His Hosts to utterly destroy at the Battle of Armageddon.

Suddenly, Jesus will appear in the skies over Jerusalem, with all the saints of all the ages with Him. He will destroy the armies that have come against Israel. He will destroy the Beast of the European World Government and the False Prophet of the Roman Catholic Church - the Pope. He will destroy the Assyrian Man of Sin on His Holy Mountain - the Temple Mount. An angel will cast Satan into the bottomless pit. A great earthquake will open the Eastern Gate which has been closed for 1400 years.

Jesus will lead His saints onto the Temple Mount from the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there they will crown Him King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and Jesus will order the construction of His Millennial Temple. All the Jews will have been resurrected from the dead, and will look upon Jesus whom they pierced. They will mourn and repent of their great error, and He will fill them with His Spirit and write His laws in their hearts. For 1,000 years, Jesus Christ will rule the World from Jerusalem. David will rule Israel as the Prince under Christ. The twelve Apostles will rule the 12 tribes of Israel in the Holy Land.

The Christian saints will rule all the nations and cities of the world during that time. Mortals who survived Armageddon will be ruled by Christ's immortal saints. At the end of 1,000 years, Satan will be loosed and attempt to pull off another Armageddon, but the fire of God will fall on him and he will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever. All the wicked dead will be raised to face their judgment at the White Throne, where they will be cast bodily into the eternal lake which burns with fire and brimstone. All the saints will meet Christ at the White Throne where they will receive their eternal rewards for their righteous works.

Heaven and Earth will melt with a fervent heat. A New Heaven and New Earth will appear, and the NEW JERUSALEM (the saints of God) will appear descending upon the New Earth. For all of eternity, the saints of God will dwell with Christ in His infinite Kingdom of Heaven. Sin and Satan will have been banished forever. All these facts are explained in great detail in THE DANIEL PROPHECIES.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Christian Music Wars - Part 2

It's time to drive the world, the flesh
and the devil out of our Churches.
I have been a Church musician all of my life. At eight years old, I was the Church organist in a congregation of about 150. At 14, I was heavily involved in preaching, singing and music ministry, holding weekend revivals even in my school years. At 19, I was a professional Gospel musician and performed on stage with almost every well-known Gospel group in those days. I played keyboard for many of the best-known Gospel singers in those days. And for almost thirty years, I literally pastored Churches from the keyboard, leading worship services from the keyboard or from the Hammond Organ, directing praise singers, chorales and choirs.

But today's Christian music has very nearly turned me against all Church music. I am absolutely nauseated and repulsed by the sickening shallowness and emptiness of modern Christian music, and the worldly, spiritually null-and-void phoniness of its musicians. I have eyes to see, and I can see the whole congregations of people standing there in a stupor, not knowing what to make of these near-meaningless songs. I have watched them over and over again. They don't sing along because the songs do not connect with them. When they do sing them, it is often a forced response, a desperate attempt to worship, despite the pathetic over-simplicity and dreadful redundancy of the lyrics of the songs being sung.

You could combine ten or twelve of some of the most popular "worship" choruses and still not have enough meaningful lyrics to convey a truly worthwhile scriptural message.

There are very few Gospel hymns written in the past 100 years that I have not played or sang at one time or the other. Thousands of songs. There is hardly a single song in all of the old songbooks that do not express some truly meaningful Gospel message. But the new songs are without precedent. Never in my life have I heard so much chanting, so much meaningless repetition, so many hard-driving, ground-shaking songs that say absolutely nothing of significant meaning. More songs than ever contain few if any complete sentences. Many of the most popular songs are nothing but buzz phrases repeated over and over and over and over and over again. They often have no sentence structure, which means that they do not convey a complete thought. There is no noun and verb, and that means nothing is actually being said.

Call me old-fashioned. Call me out-dated. Call me cynical or old-fogey, or anything else you can think of. I don't really care. But there is one problem. What I am saying is absolutely true. A vast majority of the Christian musicians of our day are almost completely biblically illiterate. Compared to the songwriters of the past, this generation is prayerless, godless, Bible-less, and clueless of the great doctrines and teachings of the Bible. Their lifestyles are devoid of real biblical sanctity. They are frivolous, worldly, and materialistic. They specialize in wall-pounding, earth-shaking drumming and bass thumping and dancing and jumping and flailing themselves in what is purported to be some never-before-seen, over-the-top, awesome spirituality. That would be laughable if it wasn't such a tragic deception. They categorically dismiss virtually all the Christian music of the past because it is "legalistic," "antiquated" and "does not relate" to this generation. But there is a reason it does not relate, and that is because so many of this generation do not want to be bothered with the sober realities of godliness, holiness, piety, true Bible doctrines, or living the straight-and-narrow life. They are cement-headed about jumping and dancing to their shallow choruses, and viciously resist ALL the vernacular of historical Christianity. Too many in this generation arrogantly believe that they have finally perfected worship, and that all other generations were helplessly and pathetically uncool. It is the Rehoboam Syndrome. Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon who categorically rejected the wisdom of his elders, and followed only the counsel of his own peers. The result was disastrous. Today's "Christian" sound stages are conspicuously absent of real godly elders. No elders for miles. They are youth-driven. Inexperience-driven. Naivete-driven. Arrogance-driven. Presumption-driven. They believe that all the teachings of previous generations were ignorant and unlearned, and they are the first and greatest champions of true "grace" and "liberty." They demand that God does not require the keeping of any of His old rules anymore. They demand that they are free to live as they please as long as they confess Christ as their personal savior. Awesome worship, in their way of understanding, satisfies all the requirements of being saved. If you make good, hard-driving music, you are spiritual. If you don't make awesome music, you are irrelevant and uncool. But that is one of the biggest, fattest lies ever perpetrated or believed.

Today's Christianity could stand a complete purge of its music. It is arguable that one of the best things that could happen in today's "church" is to throw out ALL the music for a while and force everybody to sit and listen to hardcore, Holy Ghost-anointed Bible preaching for an entire year without music. At the end of that year, I have no doubt whatsoever that there would be a radically different view of both the role and usefulness of music in the Church. I guarantee you that after a full year of hard Bible preaching, a big part of today's Christian music and musicians would NOT be welcomed back onto the Church platform.

But WHY should it take a year of abstinence? Why can't we face the facts? There have been God-fearing, Bible-believing, Holy Ghost-filled, Jesus' name baptized believers somewhere on earth for 2,000 years. And they did NOT have million-dollar, music-driven sound stages. Preaching and teaching characterized the Church for two thousand years. Why have we turned Christianity over to the musicians? It was a terrible mistake that must be corrected immediately.

Let us search out men of God who will lead us back to God by the preaching of the pure, unadulterated Word, and without the endless sensual pounding and beat of the jungle. There are literally hundreds of powerful, truly awesome Gospel hymns and songs that beg to be sung again. Their messages are profound, convicting and life-changing, and have absolutely no use for the mind-numbing, trance-like chanting and heart-stopping pounding that is now considered indispensable.

We are responsible to God to re-sanctify the Gospel in our day. To separate the profane from the holy; the carnal from the spiritual; heresies from truth; deceivers from true men; phonies from the real; the worldly from the godly; compromisers from the truly consecrated; the defiled from the pure; the meaningless from the meaningful.

Then and only then can the Church begin again to actually be the holy Church - the Ecclesia; the "called-out," "chosen," and "separated" Church - that Jesus died for. Not a "Christian" nightclub, dance hall, or entertainment center that so many have now become. Ichabod. The glory of the Lord has departed, and they don't even know it.

See Part 1 - Christian Music Wars

Monday, February 2, 2015

Martin Indyk - Friend of Foe of Israel?

Martin Indyk - Friend or Foe of Israel?
Sometime in 2000 or 2001 (I can't remember), I woke up in the middle of the night with the name "MARTIN INDYK" on my mind. To the best of my knowledge, I had never heard that name before. I had absolutely no idea who he might be. At four o'clock in the morning, I got out of bed and went to my desk and turned on my computer. I started searching for that name to see who he might be. I did not even know how to spell the name, and had to search several spellings before I came up with the right one. Then I found him. Martin Indyk was President Bill Clinton's AMBASSADOR to ISRAEL. He was a London-born, Australian-raised JEW who emigrated to the United States in 1993. Having been educated in international diplomacy, serving as adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and actually having lived on a Jewish Kibbutz in Israel during the 1967 war, he was long considered a champion for the Jewish cause. Indyk has an impressive resume, and has worked in many high-profile international roles as a pro-Israel advocate.

But that was THEN. This is NOW. Recently, Indyk has worked closely with President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in clearly pro-Palestinian negotiations. He has become an outspoken critic of Israel's handling of the two-state solution negotiations. Indyk is also the Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C., which has reportedly received millions of dollars in funding from the wealthy sheiks in Qatar to promote pro-Islamic, pro-Palestinian policies in current Middle East negotiations.

In a nutshell, it appears that Martin Indyk may have become one of Israel's worst enemies. He is a very influential person in Washington, and has been harshly criticized in Israel for his Chairmanship of the New Israel Fund, an organization that has been criticized for supporting organizations that seek to harm the Jewish State.

Therefore, I have decided to keep my eyes on Martin Indyk. He appears to be a modern-day Balaam; a sell-out to the enemy. This man could end up being a major player in the fulfilling of Bible prophecies concerning the coming "consummation" of Israel during the Great Tribulation. I cannot help but wonder if Martin Indyk may become an accessory to the crime of installing the Assyrian Man of Sin in Jerusalem - the man who will ultimately commit the prophesied Abomination of Desolation. Maybe. Maybe not. I'm watching this guy carefully.

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UPDATE: Monday, February 16, 2015 - (Two weeks after writing this article)
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Follow this ARTICLE from the Jerusalem Post published today:
"Indyk: Get ready for UNSC Resolution"


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Prevailing Prayer

PRAYING ON PURPOSE
Praying on Purpose
Praying for Results:
How men prevail with God
THIS IS CHAPTER 21 - "PREVAILING PRAYER" from my book,

"Praying on Purpose, Praying for Results - How Men Prevail with God."

Men and women have been getting miracles from God for eons when they believed. Jesus said,

“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24

I know the objections. I have had them myself. I have allowed my doubting mind to argue with God all day long. You know what came of it? Nothing! Absolutely nothing, unless you want to count disappointment as something.

Can you demonstrate the kind of faith that prevails with God? Why not? What keeps you from declaring unabashedly, “I believe Jesus can perform MY miracle, no matter what!”

Mileage? No problem! Complexity? No problem! Circumstances? No problem. “What things soever you shall ask in my name!”

WHATSOEVER you ask.

I can’t see where that excludes any legitimate request of any kind.

If you are a died-in-the-wool skeptic, you are probably asking, “Do YOU always get your miracle like that?”

I’m glad you asked.

No.

I don’t always get what I ask, because just like most people, I don’t always ask in faith. I have issues with doubt. I have issues with fear. I have issues with unbelief. So do I get miracles on those terms? Not on your life.

There was an old man of God who lived to be more than 90 years old. He never spent one night in a hospital in his lifetime. He was known far and wide as a man of great faith. Hundreds, if not thousands of people claim to have been healed and received amazing miracles when he prayed for them. He even raised several people from the dead in his lifetime.

But the real story behind the story is that that old gentleman’s great faith came through devastating experiences. As a young man, he spent days in prayer and fasting for a sister who was critically ill. After coming in from an intense prayer meeting in the woods, his sister still died in his arms. And that happened not just one time. A second sister also died in his arms, even after he had exhausted himself in fervent prayer.

So, did his losses dissuade him from being a miracle worker? Did the death of his dear ones cause him to dismiss God as a healer or a miracle worker? As I see it, the exact opposite is true! The record of his lifetime revealed that those losses did nothing but make him more determined to find the real source of the miracle-working power of God.

And he DID find it, and over his many years he performed countless amazing miracles by that same faith in God.

There is little in the world to challenge your faith more than failure.

My wife died in my arms at 2:48 in the morning. I was holding her when she drew her last breath. She was only 50 years old. There was no one else left in the house but God and me. During the six years she had been sick, I had prayed as hard and long as any man ever prayed for his wife.

I could have stopped believing in miracles right then and there.

But something happened in me that night that made me forever determined not to allow her death to make me turn my back on the eternal Truth that God is and always will be a miracle worker.

We must not allow ourselves to be a victim of our losses, defeats, or failures. We must not lose our determination to stand upon the Word of God, or to claim the miracles, signs and wonders He PROMISED that we could have! Satan would be delighted if we quit, but this is not about him.

Hannah was barren for many years, but she prayed, and miraculously bore Samuel. Samuel became one of the greatest prophets of all time because of a mother’s prevailing prayer.

One of the best teachers of any great truth is failure. Sometimes, the most powerful lessons are learned through trial and error. Unfortunately, in some cases, we only learn through a process of elimination. After we have tried everything the WRONG way, we decide to try something that turns out RIGHT. We must learn to prevail in prayer, against every hindrance.

Our perseverance will impact not only our own lives, but also the lives of our descendants and all who know us. Entire generations of civilization have been lost to sin because their fathers gave up on God. Entire nations have been alienated from God because their fathers lost their faith in God. Tragically, the circumstances of each new generation are handed to them from their forefathers. If forefathers fail, whole generations are lost.

But by the same logic, entire families and communities have come to the knowledge of God because of a few godly ancestors. One man’s faith or failure can have a long-standing “ripple-effect.”

Jacob had failed many, many times in his life. But he never stopped pursuing the blessing of God. At last, he prevailed.

“Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and HAST PREVAILED. …And he blessed him there.” Genesis 32:24-29

You can talk about Jacob’s prevailing prayer, and how it blessed him. But I want you to consider that Jacob’s ordeal with the angel that night was not merely about Jacob.

Jacob was fighting for you and me that night. If Jacob had not prevailed with God, we would never have heard the name “ISRAEL.”

Israel is here today because of prevailing prayer, and Israel is our link to God. In Israel, all the nations of the earth are blessed.

PREVAILING PRAYER is the lifeline to more of God than any of us can imagine.

One of the worst indictments on modern Christianity is its inability to engage in prevailing prayer. Most modern Churches don’t have the withal to call a prayer line where the sick and infirm stand before a powerful man of God and receive a miracle ON THE SPOT!

We have entire “Christian” denominations whose doctrinal platforms officially deny that God even does miracles today! That kind of spiritual environment has a malignant, deadly effect on the entire “Christian” community.

Compare that to the ancient Christian practices.

Jesus told the early believers that they were going to receive POWER after they received the Holy Ghost. That word in Greek (“dunamis”) could be translated DYNAMITE in English. Explosive power. More power than a human can contain.

Ask yourself, “Have I ever felt that kind of power in me? Is there any of that dynamite in me?” Have you ever felt so “high” on the faith of God that you were ready to boldly command a miracle without even a speck of reluctance or hesitation, and with an unstoppable determination to prevail with God in prayer?

That is how you command a miracle. Speak the positive word of faith in God, and you will have what you ask.

So what is the best way to embark on a life of prevailing prayer? How does someone who has rarely, if ever, practiced commanding miracles?

If the only way you can believe in miracles is to vaguely and impotently throw a prayer into the wind and “hope for the best,” you will probably never see many miracles as a result of your praying.

Jesus trained His disciples by making them follow Him around the countryside while He performed all kinds of miracles. He put His power to the test as they looked on.

Jesus turned the water into wine “on demand.” They needed it right then, and He did it right then. The wedding celebration was almost over, and soon folks would be going home. It was now or never. Get the water pots. Fill them up. Pour them out. The wine was flowing.

On demand. A miracle on demand.

Why is it important for me to talk to you this way? Because most of us are content to pray a generic prayer, and walk away and leave it all to the wind. If a miracle comes, fine, but if it doesn’t, we just won’t speak of it again. That is not the way we should deal with it.

God has given us His great power. It is an insult to God not to use it.

If you do not have the faith to command a miracle, or declare a miracle or at the very least EXPECT a miracle, then I would like to know, “WHY NOT?”

Is it because you think that somehow OTHER people can do it, but you can’t? Do you think other people have great faith, but you can’t?

God called you out of darkness into His marvelous light so you would show forth His praises. You were not born to run around helpless and ashamed of your Christianity. God did not create you to spend your time on earth as a powerless, defenseless victim of circumstances.

“I GIVE YOU POWER!” Jesus said.

What are you going to do with that power? Die in your misery? Take a whipping from every problem that ever comes down the pike?

What a tragic fate! You can do better than that.

“God is going to do a great thing for you!” How difficult is that to say? Is there any reason why those words will not come out of your mouth? It is the stuff of miracles.

Words produce miracles.

God Almighty created the whole universe with nothing but words. Jesus performed countless miracles with nothing but words. Elijah called down fire from heaven with nothing but words.

Stop and think about it. Everything in the universe is the product of thought. When John wrote in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God…,” the Greek root for ‘word’ is ‘LOGOS’, which means, “thought or arrangement.”

So God was THOUGHT. Arrangement.

And God SAID… “Let there be…” and there WAS.

We are made in the image of God. We see because God sees. We hear because God hears. We feel because God feels. And we THINK because God thinks.

But do we SPEAK as God speaks?

“But,” you may say, “ME speaking is not the same as God speaking!”

It is certainly true that a lot of what we say is not the way God speaks.

But what if you DO speak as God speaks? What if you DO speak creatively in His name?

Put these three things together. Faith. Words. Expectation.

There is no “magic formula.” There is no special phrase, nor mantra, nor chant to perform. But there is infinite power simply in the name of Jesus.

It is not good enough just to hear somebody else’s story.

YOU can prevail with God. God will do miracles for YOU, if you will have them.

What does it take to have a miracle?

Throughout the entire length of this book, I have shown you countless examples of prayers that prevailed.

It is now time to digest everything that has been said, and put it into action. It is now time to get your miracles.

It is time now for PREVAILING PRAYER.

Just do it.

Don’t make it complicated or difficult.

One preacher I know who has performed as many miracles as any preacher I ever knew, told me that the first thing you have to do is just “turn your brain off.”

I knew what he meant. You have to cut off the source of unbelief. You have to silence your carnal mind. You have to shut out all the arguments. You have to deprive doubt of its voice.

Get after it.

Prevail!

“Prevailing, or effectual prayer, is that prayer which attains the blessing that it seeks.” Charles G. Finney 1792-1875

“It is the habit of faith, when she is praying, to use pleas. Mere prayer sayers, who do not pray at all, forget to argue with God; but those who prevail bring forth their reasons and their strong arguments.” Charles H. Spurgeon 1834-1892

“All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet.” Samuel Logan Brengle 1860-1936

“When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6-7

ORDER THE BOOK: PRAYING ON PURPOSE here.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Old Testament Law has NOT been Destroyed or Abolished

God's Law in my Heart
I am sick and tired of the foolishness of those who claim that we need not keep any of the Old Testament commandments. Exactly where is the end of that argument? May we now commit adultery? Commit murder? Worship idols or other gods? Covet? Bear false witness? Does God no longer abhor incest or homosexuality or bestiality or rape?

Jesus did not come to DESTROY the law; He came to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments," John 14:15. "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love," John 15:10.

"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES;" Ephesians 2:15 The only thing ABOLISHED are those laws contained in ORDINANCES - CEREMONIES (Hebrews 9:10). God abolished the ceremonies of the Old Testament, but He did NOT abolish the MORAL laws. Unless there is a SPECIFIC overturning of a law IN the New Testament (i.e., Paul specifically overturned the dietary laws in 1 Timothy 4:4, instructing that we could eat meats with thanksgiving; likewise circumcision was overturned in Romans 2; Sabbath was fulfilled in the Holy Ghost REST on Pentecost in Acts 2), then the Old Testament laws REMAIN IN FORCE.

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him," 1 John 2:3-4. There is much more that could be said, but that should be enough.

"I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people," Jeremiah 31:33.

If you insist, here is more on the subject: "Lawless Christians - The Hyper-Grace Mob"


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Declare Holy War on the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" Heresy

I declare holy war on the erroneous "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" teaching. It is the majority opinion of modern Christianity, but never in history did the majority opinion take precedence over the written Word of God.

"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged," Romans 3:4.

You will be JUDGED by Almighty God for all your sayings, and if your sayings have contradicted HIS WORD, you will not overcome. You will only be justified if you have taken GOD'S position.

There is NOTHING OPTIONAL about what we believe about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We do not have the luxury of interpreting scriptures any way we want to. It is NOT ACCEPTABLE to offer multiple alternatives to Bible prophecies. It is foolish to believe that it is not a life-or-death, Heaven-or-Hell issue. Those who say, "I'm PAN-TRIB!! I believe it will all PAN out!" are mockers. They mock the TRUTH of the matter.

The pre-trib heresy casually dismisses hundreds of prophecies that pertain to the last days. The pre-trib heresy leads men to believe that they have absolutely nothing to concern themselves with because Jesus will RAPTURE them out of the world before any of these prophesied events come upon the earth. Well, that is a lie. That is not true. Jesus will NOT rapture us out of here before the great falling away, the Confirmation of the Covenant, the building of the Third Temple, the rise of the Man of Sin, the 144,000 sealed, the Abomination of Desolation, the Two Witnesses appear, the Mark of the Beast, the Great Tribulation, the Sixth Trumpet War, and many other prophecies.

"ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be PERFECT [complete], throughly furnished unto all good works," 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

The Pre-Trib "doctrine" leaves an entire generation mentally, physically and spiritually unprepared for the horrifying events that the Bible is explicitly clear will soon come upon the earth.

For that, and many other reasons, I will viciously fight against the errors that are deluding and deceiving this generation.

I know that I am exposing myself to the wrath of every Pre-Tribber on earth, but I am already accustomed to the WRATH of TRINITARIANS who hate me, and ETERNAL SECURITY CALVINISTS who hate me, and HYPER-GRACE, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE people who hate me, and ANTI-PENTECOSTALS who hate me, CESSATIONISTS who hate me, ECUMENICALS who hate me, ROMAN CATHOLICS who hate me, and a whole bunch of other people who just hate me for general purposes. :)

When you stand up for BIBLE Truth, you invariably must incur the wrath of any and all who do not subscribe to Bible Truth. That just goes with the territory, like it or not. In sober reality, the detractors have no more right to preach their position than I have a God-given right AND responsibility to preach what I see in the Word. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin," James 4:17.

We must not be afraid of the faces of men.The fight is of the same order as ONENESS vs TRINITY, Titles vs. the NAME of JESUS, sinner's prayer vs. New Birth, "accepting Christ" vs. Holy Ghost baptism, Legalism vs. Holiness, and more. We used to declare war on those battlefronts, (although fewer and fewer now fight as they should for those truths, too.). TRUTH must be declared and defended until Jesus comes.

So, I learned long ago to just stand for the Truth, and let the chips fall where they may. In sober reality, the detractors have no more right to preach their position than I have a God-given right AND responsibility to preach what I see in the Word. We must not be afraid of the faces of men.

Sometimes I feel like an old Vietnam vet. I would be happy if someone would give me my discharge papers, but I know that is not likely to happen anytime soon, so I just stay on the battleground and try my best to fight like a good soldier. "Is there not a cause?" TRUTH is the cause.

Here is what the BIBLE says about the FIRST RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.

WHEN WILL THE RAPTURE TAKE PLACE?


READ ALSO: THE DAY OF WRATH

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness - Primary Descriptors

I use the terms ONENESS APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS as primary identifiers.

The word APOSTOLIC means "of the Apostles." Most of Christianity today is NOT Apostolic. It does NOT preach the ONENESS of God, which is the only true and correct doctrine of the Godhead. The term Apostolic sets me apart from even the Trinitarian Pentecostals, including the Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), Church of God in Christ, and the entire Charismatic Movement. None of those are truly Apostolic. The Trinity doctrine is NOT Apostolic. It is heresy. I have written hundreds of pages on this doctrine. It is essential that we distinguish ourselves from Trinitarians, and the term Apostolic has been used for the past 100 years to make that distinction. I am unashamed. I boldly declare that I am a Oneness Apostolic. I do not baptize in the TITLES but in the NAME of Jesus Christ "for the remission of sins," Acts 2:38. In John 3:3-7, Jesus taught that the NEW BIRTH consists of WATER and SPIRIT. Water baptism in the name of Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues is the fulfillment of the WATER/SPIRIT birth. That is what the Apostles preached and practiced, and that is why I call myself Apostolic.

There are several Orthodox Catholic groups who refer to themselves as Apostolic, usually rooted in Eastern Orthodoxy. There is also a new and modern so-called evangelical movement in America that calls themselves Apostolic, but they are anti-Pentecostals. That is why I use the terms ONENESS and PENTECOSTAL to distinguish myself from those who are NOT Oneness or Pentecostal.

I use the term PENTECOSTAL because the largest part of Christianity is NOT Pentecostal. That means that we preach and practice the experience of Acts 2 - the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I want the world to know that I am Pentecostal. I am not a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormon, SDA, JW, or anything else. If you don't know that I am a tongue-talker, you don't know who I am. I am, as much as anything else in the world, a PENTECOSTAL.

I use the term HOLINESS to distinguish myself from those who do NOT preach or practice holy lifestyles. HOLINESS means sacred, set apart, separated from the world, consecrated, sanctified. In practical terms, it means that I have rejected the ways of the world, and am identifiably different in my vocabulary, my interests, my manner of living, my habits, my conversation, my manner of dress, and even - yes, even - my hair. HOLINESS means that I attempt to live and act and dress exactly the way the Bible tells me to, in CONTRAST to the ways of the world. HOLINESS people are distinguishably different from other people, and that includes most other professing Christians. I am unashamed. I boldly declare that I believe in and practice HOLY living.

It would not suffice, in these days and times, to use only one of these terms, because most people are completely ignorant of these distinguishing doctrines. There are very few people in the world who practice HOLINESS outside the Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal people, but there are a few, so we attach the terms Apostolic Pentecostal to make that distinction.

If you do not want to be separate, then you can continue to blend in with the crowd, be ecumenical, dress and act and live however you please, and believe that everybody who says "Lord, Lord" is going to Heaven. But I don't, and never will.

There you have it. I am a Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness believer. That is what a true Christian is. Everything else is anti-Christian "Christianity."

I am UNASHAMED.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

If WATER BAPTISM is not essential, EXPLAIN THIS...

If water baptism is not essential, explain this...

WHY DID GOD SEND JOHN TO BAPTIZE WITH WATER?

"He that sent me to
BAPTIZE
WITH WATER,

the same said unto me...,"
John 1:33.

WHY WAS WATER BAPTISM the trademark of JOHN THE BAPTIST'S entire ministry?

"Then went out to him JERUSALEM, and ALL JUDAEA,
and ALL THE REGION round about Jordan,
And were [WATER] BAPTIZED of him in Jordan,
confessing their sins," Matthew 3:5-6.

"And John also was BAPTIZING in Aenon near to Salim,
because there was MUCH WATER THERE:
and they came, and WERE BAPTIZED," John 3:23.

WHY DID MULTITUDES come to JOHN specifically TO BE WATER BAPTIZED?

"Then said he to the multitude that came forth
TO BE BAPTIZED of him..." Luke 3:7.

WHY DID TAX COLLECTORS come to JOHN specifically TO BE WATER BAPTIZED of him?

"Then came also publicans TO BE BAPTIZED," Luke 3:12.

WHY DID JOHN associate WATER BAPTISM together with REPENTANCE?

"I indeed baptize you with WATER unto REPENTANCE,"
Matthew 3:11.

WHY DID LUKE declare that the Pharisees and lawyers had REJECTED THE COUNSEL OF GOD because they had NOT BEEN WATER BAPTIZED by John?

"But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God
against themselves, being NOT BAPTIZED of him [John],"
Luke 7:30.

WHY DID JOHN say that HE NEEDED to be WATER BAPTIZED by Jesus?

"I have need to be [water] baptized of Thee," Matthew 3:14.

WHY WAS WATER BAPTISM the first thing JESUS DID in His public life?

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John,
to be [water] baptized of him," Matthew 3:13.

WHY DID THE HOLY GHOST bear witness to JESUS' Sonship during His WATER BAPTISM ceremony?

"And Jesus, when he was [water] baptized, went up straightway
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove,
and lighting upon him," Matthew 3:16.

WHY DID JESUS require HIS BAPTISM for His disciples?

"Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of,
and to be BAPTIZED with the baptism that I am baptized with?
They say unto him, We are able.
And He saith unto them, Ye shall indeed..." Matthew 20:22.

WHY DID JESUS decree, "He that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved"? Mark 16:16.

WHY DID JESUS TEACH water baptism in HIS FIRST DOCTRINAL LESSON ON RECORD (to Nicodemus)?

"Except a man be born of WATER and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God," John 3:5.

WHY DID JESUS TAKE OVER JOHN'S ROLE IN WATER BAPTIZING PEOPLE?

"And they came unto John, and said unto him,
Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan,
to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same BAPTIZETH,
and ALL MEN COME TO HIM," John 3:25-26

WHY DID JESUS BAPTIZE MORE THAN JOHN, and authorize His disciples to WATER BAPTIZE others?

"...the Pharisees had heard that
JESUS MADE AND BAPTIZED MORE DISCIPLES THAN JOHN,
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)"
John 4:1-2.

WHY WAS WATER BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME the FIRST THING PETER commanded in his FIRST SERMON to sinners?

"Then Peter said unto them, REPENT,
AND BE [WATER] BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," Acts 2:38.

WHY DID 3,000 PEOPLE GET WATER BAPTIZED following Peter's first sermon?

"Then they that gladly received his word
WERE [WATER] BAPTIZED: and the same day
there were added unto them about three thousand souls,"
Acts 2:41. (NOTE: The Upper Room was near the Brook Kidron.)

WHY DID PHILIP the Evangelist preach WATER BAPTISM in Samaria?

"When they believed Philip preaching
the things concerning the kingdom of God,
and THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
THEY WERE [WATER] BAPTIZED, both men and women,"
Acts 8:12.

WHY DID SIMON THE SORCERER get WATER BAPTIZED immediately upon his conversion?

"Then Simon himself believed also:
and when HE WAS [WATER] BAPTIZED,
he continued with Philip," Acts 8:13.

WHY WERE THE SAMARITANS BAPTIZED IN JESUS' NAME before they received the Holy Ghost?

"(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only
THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.)
Then laid they their hands on them,
and they received the Holy Ghost [speaking in tongues],"
Acts 8:16-17.

WHY DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH demand that Philip WATER BAPTIZE him immediately?

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain WATER:
and the eunuch said, See, HERE IS WATER;
what doth hinder me to be BAPTIZED?
...and they went down both INTO THE WATER,
both Philip and the eunuch; and HE BAPTIZED HIM,"
Acts 8:36-38.

WHY DID ANANIAS COMMAND SAUL (Paul) to WASH AWAY his sins (be WATER BAPTIZED) IN THE NAME OF JESUS?

"And now why tarriest thou?
arise, and BE [WATER] BAPTIZED,
and WASH AWAY THY SINS,
CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD,"
Acts 22:16.
"And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith,
and arose, and WAS [WATER] BAPTIZED,"
Acts 9:18.

WHY DID PETER COMMAND the first Gentiles to be WATER BAPTIZED in Jesus' name IN HIS FIRST SERMON TO GENTILES?

"While Peter yet spake these words,
the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,
CAN ANY MAN FORBID WATER,
that these should not be [WATER] BAPTIZED,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
And HE COMMANDED THEM TO BE [WATER] BAPTIZED
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD," Acts 10:44-48.

WHY DID LYDIA and HER HOUSEHOLD get WATER BAPTIZED immediately when she heard PAUL preach the Gospel BESIDE THE RIVER in Philippi?

"And a certain woman named Lydia,
...whose heart the Lord opened, that
she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
And when SHE WAS [WATER} BAPTIZED,
AND HER HOUSEHOLD
...she constrained us [to stay]," Acts 16:14-15.

WHY DID THE PHILIPPIAN JAILER and ALL HIS household get WATER BAPTIZED in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT when he first believed?

"And he took them the same hour of the night,
and washed their stripes;
and WAS [WATER] BAPTIZED,
  HE and ALL HIS, STRAIGHTWAY,"
Acts 16:33.

WHY DID ALL THE BELIEVERS AT CORINTH get WATER BAPTIZED?

"And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue,
believed on the Lord with all his house;
and many of the Corinthians hearing believed,
AND WERE [WATER] BAPTIZED," Acts 18:8.

WHY DID THE BELIEVERS AT EPHESUS (who had already been baptized according to John the Baptist) get RE-BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS?

"He said unto them,
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard
whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them,
Unto what then were YE [WATER] BAPTIZED?
And they said, Unto JOHN'S BAPTISM. Then said Paul,
John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance,
saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is,
ON CHRIST JESUS. When they heard this,
THEY WERE [RE-] BAPTIZED
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them,
the Holy Ghost came on them;
and they spake with tongues, and prophesied,"
Acts 19:2-6.

WHY DID PAUL PREACH TO THE ROMANS THAT WATER BAPTISM MEANS DEATH TO SIN?

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were
[WATER] BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST
were [WATER} BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH?
Therefore we are BURIED WITH HIM
BY [WATER] BAPTISM into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life,"
Romans 6:3-4.

Paul taught that WATER BAPTISM is the LIKENESS OF JESUS' BURIAL.

"Know ye not, that so many of us
as were [WATER] BAPTIZED into Jesus Christ
were [WATER] BAPTIZED into his death? Therefore
we are BURIED WITH HIM BY [WATER] BAPTISM into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
...if we have been PLANTED [by water baptism]
together in the LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,"
Romans 6:3-5.
"For as many of you as have been
BAPTIZED into Christ have put on Christ,"
Galatians 3:27.

Paul compared the COMBINATION of SPIRIT BAPTISM and WATER BAPTISM to the Israelite's crossing the RED SEA, OUT OF EGYPT.

"And were all BAPTIZED unto Moses
in the cloud [the type of SPIRIT baptism]
and in the sea [the type of WATER baptism],"
1 Corinthians 10:2.

WATER BAPTISM and SPIRIT BAPTISM are INEXTRICABLY LINKED in ONE TESTIMONY.

WATER BAPTISM IN THE NAME OF JESUS is the BURIAL of a man who has DIED TO SIN by REPENTANCE.

SPIRIT BAPTISM (receiving the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues) is the RESURRECTION of a man who has DIED TO SIN and been filled with the ETERNAL LIFE OF GOD.

DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION is the complete work of the NEW BIRTH.

DEATH is accomplished by REPENTANCE.
BURIAL is accomplished by WATER BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME.
RESURRECTION is accomplished by receiving the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues.

"And there are three that bear witness in earth,
the SPIRIT, and the WATER, and the BLOOD:
and these three AGREE IN ONE," 1 John 5:8.

The BLOOD of Jesus, the WATER of Baptism and the Baptism of the HOLY GHOST COMBINE as ONE WORK to save your eternal soul!!

SO WHY DID ALL THESE PEOPLE BAPTIZE IN WATER?

Because WATER BAPTISM
IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION!!

Water Baptism is the SECOND ELEMENT of the New Birth. Death, BURIAL, and Resurrection.

If you have not yet been WATER BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS, you have NO REASON to believe you are saved. Your sins are not remitted, and you have not yet been BORN OF THE WATER.

WATER BAPTISM in JESUS' NAME is both NECESSARY and it is URGENT!!

"...in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
wherein few, that is, eight souls were SAVED BY WATER.
The like figure whereunto even
[WATER] BAPTISM doth also now save us,"
1 Peter 3:20-21.

RIGHT NOW...

"Repent, and BE [WATER] BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,"
Acts 2:38.

Get on your phone and call a Oneness, Apostolic, Acts 2:38 Pentecostal preacher and ask him to baptize you in Jesus' name TODAY!

You may not be here tomorrow.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tithing versus Robbing God

I can't believe my ears when I hear people argue against tithing into God's work. You don't owe God 10%. You owe Him 100%. Greed is deadly.

For more than 3,000 years, Godly people paid tithes WITHOUT receiving a tax-deduction. You may lose your deductions someday. Don't stop giving.

The Tithe
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Abraham was the first on record to offer a tithe (tenth) of his income - to the priest of Salem, Melchizedek. Jacob vowed to give his tithe to the LORD. God prescribed that all of Israel should tithe into the Tabernacle for the support of the priesthood. Without the tithe, the ministry would have been starved out of business. God curses those who refuse to tithe.
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Malachi 3:8 - “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me.”

Tithing Activates A Prophesied Blessing
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Paying tithes sets into motion the promises of God. God wants His people to support the ministry. When you underwrite the work of God, God will underwrite you. Besides, He says the first ten percent is His (verse 8). NEVER spend God's money on yourself.
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Malachi 3:10 - “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Tithers Are Very Important People
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Who can you turn to for this kind of security? Nobody but your Creator can make this offer. The tithers - God's people who faithfully return to Him the first-fruits of their labors - become the VIP's in this world. God's Very Important People. “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field.”
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Malachi 3:12 - “And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Abraham Was A Tither
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Tithing is controversial to some people. Some people go to the greatest lengths to prove that they do not have to pay tithes. Abraham did not pay tithes because there was a law. Jacob voluntarily promised God that he would give Him a tenth of all his substance (Genesis 28:22). The patriarchs established a precedent of giving to God. In reality, we owe God everything. Why would anyone argue that they owe God nothing? Something must be wrong.
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Hebrews 7:1 - “For this Melchisedec, ...priest of the most high God, ...To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all...”

Tithes For Ministers
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Abraham paid a tenth of his earnings to Mechizedek the Priest. Jacob vowed to pay tithe continually. Moses called the tithe “holy unto the Lord,” Leviticus 27:30. Israel paid tithes to the Levites, and Levites tithed to the High Priest. God appointed tithes to support the ministry.
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Numbers 18:26 - “Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.”

Treasures In The House Of God
- - -
In addition to the ministry of the priests, the house of the LORD in Jerusalem housed tithes and offerings from the people, priceless Temple treasures, and vast spoils of war brought home by Israel's armies. David organized “strong” and “mighty” men called “porters,” grouped by family clans, to guard the doors and gates of this veritable “treasure house.” About 1700 men in all managed and protected the treasures around-the-clock. Their salaries were derived from the spoils.
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1 Chronicles 26:27 - “Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.”

Prescription For Revival
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Hezekiah successfully turned Judah and many in Israel back to God in one of the greatest reformations in the Bible. He destroyed all the images, high places and pagan altars, then carefully re-instituted the priesthood by genealogy. He totally cleansed the Temple and instructed the people to bring their firstfruits (tithes). Revival demands casting out the wrong and magnifying the right.
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2 Chronicles 31:21 - “In every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

A Curse And An Oath To Walk In God's Laws
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The long, hard work of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah at last culminated in a real revival of the fear of God. The people wrote and sealed a covenant to serve the LORD according to His laws. They promised to separate themselves from the ways of their heathen relatives. They promised not to allow their children to marry the heathen. And they promised to pay tithes and give offerings to support the Temple and the work of God.
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Nehemiah 10:29 - “They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law.”

If you spent your tithe money - firstfruit -on a house note, car note, or other items, be warned. Robbing God is worse than robbing a bank.

Some people say that tithing is not taught in the New Testament. Yes it is. Jesus said of tithing, "This ought ye to have done," Mt 23:23.

Pharisees tithed, but neglected judgment and love of God. JESUS: "THESE [TITHING] OUGHT YE TO HAVE DONE, and not to leave the other undone."

Jesus Christ Himself taught tithing. "These ought ye to have done," Luke 11:42. Paul instructed the Church to donate weekly (1 Cor. 16:2).

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed..," Malachi3:8-9

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse...[I will] pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" Mal.3:10

"When you tithe, you aren't giving God 10% of your stuff; you're keeping 90% of His stuff," Nathaniel Urshan II.

From the days of Melchizedek, the tithe went to the priest/preacher. There is not ONE VERSE in the New Testament that overturns the Old Testament teachings of tithing. We must presume that the New Testament ministry was supported just like the Old Testament ministry had been supported: by the TITHES of the saints. That premise cannot be disproven. Paul obviously believed that when he told Timothy, "The husbandman that laboureth must be FIRST PARTAKER OF THE FRUITS," 2 Timothy 2:6.

Forbidding to pay the tithe is like muzzling the ox that treads the corn. "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?" ! Corinthians 9:7-9. The firstfruits of the field belong to the man/minister who is working the field.

If you are paying tithes to a Church that preaches false doctrine, you are complicit with their sins. Get out, and support a TRUTH preacher.

"For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds," 2 John 1:11. Don't send your tithes/offerings to false preachers.

BOTTOM LINE: Almighty God intends that the ministry of the Gospel Truth be paid for by tithe-payers. That is the divine financial plan for the Gospel.

Furthermore, I submit to you that those who fight against the doctrine of tithing NOT ONLY do not have a scriptural foundation for their argument, but that they are driven by selfish GREED. That is an evil spirit that has no place in the Church of the living God. "God loves a CHEERFUL giver," not a stingy, excuse-making, God-robber.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Intellectualism versus GOD?

Intellectualism versus God? Do you have to be stupid to believe in God? Why does intellectualism often lead to atheism?

"...the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned," 1 Corinthians 2:14.

The whiz kids insist that Christians are in denial of reality by believing in God. But the man of God knows that "the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse," Romans 1:20.

Anybody who demands that there is no God is in the most foolish denial of the inexplicable miracle of all things. "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear," Hebrews 11:3.

I have no problem whatsoever believing that an invisible God created all this. I find it impossible to believe that it could ever have happened without Him. If everything in the physical, material realm contradicted the Word of God, I would still believe it because I know that the invisible things of God are disguised and indistinguishable to the unbeliever - they are hidden.

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter," Proverbs 25:2.

The hidden things are made plain to those who believe.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork," Psalms 19:1.

"...Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory," 1 Peter 1:7-8.

"For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them," Luke 10:24.

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed," John 20:29.

I don't know how Moses opened the Red Sea, or called water out of the rock. I don't know how Jericho's walls fell, how Balaam's donkey talked, how Elijah raised the widow's son, filled the borrowed vessels with oil, or called fire down on Mt. Carmel. I don't know how Naman's leprosy was cured, or the Syrian Army was all blinded. I don't know how Jonah survived the whale, Daniel survived the lions' den, or the three Hebrews survived the fiery furnace.

I don't know how Jesus turned water into wine, calmed a storm, walked on the water, fed 5,000 men, raised Lazarus from his tomb, or how He rose from the grave after three days.

But I believe. Every time I look at a cherry tree in blossom, I believe in God. When I see a brightly-colored finch, I believe in God. When I look into the eyes of a friend, I believe in God.

But of all the testimonies of God, the Bible says that "the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy," Revelation 19:10. As a life-long student of Bible prophecies, I am as impressed by the fulfilling of countless ancient prophecies of the Bible IN MY TIME as any other miracle I can think of. When I see how many prophecies of the Bible have been AMAZINGLY fulfilled in my lifetime, I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that EVERY WORD OF GOD IS SURE.

And among all those infallible words are these, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also," John 14:1-3. I believe that Jesus is coming back to earth.

I really don't care what anybody thinks of me. Let them call me a fool. Let them think of me as a poor, deluded simpleton if that makes them happy. I am satisfied that Jesus Christ is EVERYTHING the Bible says He is, and more. I believe that God is bigger than we have ever preached Him to be. I BELIEVE!

So you can have all the intellectualism in the world. Do with it as you please. I choose to believe in God, His Word, and His Christ. We will soon see who was the wise man.

If I was a fool, the worst I can do is die.
If the intellectual is a fool, the worst he can do is spend eternity regretting his doubts.

Speaking in Tongues HAS NOT Ceased

If "tongues have ceased," then the Baptism of the Holy Ghost has ceased, and the Church has ceased. Pentecostalism IS the Church of Acts 2.

The Early Church was full of the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. A church that preaches against speaking in tongues is not a true Church.

For fifty years I've had the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues. I'm absolutely convinced that you don't know Christ without it.

Worldwide percentage of "Pentecostals" who speak in tongues is down dramatically. Is professional MUSIC replacing the Holy Ghost experience?

PAUL at EPHESUS: "They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus...the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues," Acts 19:5-6.

Apostle Paul didn't go all over Europe building soup kitchens, orphanages, disaster relief. He PREACHED, cast out devils, healed the sick, talked in tongues

EARLY CHURCH had NO GURUS, growth specialist or social media consultants. They PREACHED, spoke in tongues, cast out devils, healed the sick.

"Praying always ...in the Spirit," Ephesians 6:18. "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all," Paul, 1 Corinthians 14:18.

Praying in unknown tongues (praying in the Spirit) is the definitive Acts 2 Pentecostal experience. Jesus said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost."

You should plan to pray every day of your life. Pray in the SPIRIT! 

Jesus CAME to baptize with the Holy Ghost (Mt3:11; Mk16:1; Lk12:50). If you don't see anyone speaking in tongues, you're in the wrong Church.

People who comically imitate speaking in tongues mock one of the most sacred gifts God ever gave man. God is not mocked. Don't tread on Him.

I detest and despise cool Churches. The real Church is baptized in FIRE! God hates a lukewarm church, and will spew it out of His mouth.

Give me that old-time religion; the fiery kind where they shout, sing, talk in in tongues, without high-tech stuff.

One of the most impressive sights in the world is children and teenagers worshiping God-being filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in other tongues, is a truly supernatural phenomenon EVERY believer should experience.

Christians who deny the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with speaking in tongues deny the very purpose for which Christ came. Luke 3:16 and 12:50.

Christianity is under a scourge of amateur, novice leaders; wanna-be celebrities who may sing or speak but never studied the Bible or prayed

You cannot be saved defying/rejecting Jesus' and Apostles' doctrines; water baptism in Jesus' name, Holy Ghost baptism, speaking in tongues.

Without Biblical doctrines, including repentance, water baptism in Jesus' name, Holy Ghost baptism speaking in tongues, it's not the Church.

THE NEW BIRTH - Answering TWO Controversies - BAPTISM - Matthew 28:19 vs Acts 2:38 - and SPEAKING IN TONGUES. See this article: http://goo.gl/AMdAK

TRUE Church has REPENTED (renounced sin) BORN of WATER (baptism in Jesus' name) BORN of SPIRIT baptism (speaking in tongues) Jn3:5-Acts2:38

"Receive ye the Holy Ghost" John 20:22 "They shall speak with new tongues" Mark 16:17 "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost" Matthew3:1

"Ye shall receive power, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses..unto the uttermost part of the earth,"Ac1:8.

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance," Acts 2:4.

NOBODY in the Upper Room knew what they were saying when they spoke in tongues by the Holy Ghost. You will NOT know the language. Just obey.

"The sign of Christianity is not a cross but a tongue of fire," Samuel Chadwick.

A Christian without the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a well without water, a cloud without rain, a tree without fruit, a lamp without oil.

CORNELIUS' HOME Peter preached. All received Holy Ghost, spoke in tongues."He COMMANDED them to be baptized in the name of the Lord" Ac10:48

"The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not just an accessory or an add-on; it's the engine!" Stephen Judd.

If you reject the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues, you reject the entire Book of Acts and the New Testament Church.

Anyone who denies the Baptism of the Holy Ghost does not understand the Gospel and should not be preaching until he receives the Holy Ghost.

One of the gravest mistakes I ever made in my life was believing that anyone who denies Pentecostalism has a secret to Church growth.

There was NO non-Pentecostal Church in the New Testament. They ALL baptized in Jesus' name and spoke in other tongues. ALL were Pentecostal.

Something is suspiciously wrong when professing Christians leave out the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The Church was BORN Pentecostal! Acts 2.

Churches that deny the Baptism of the Holy Ghost are technically not churches at all. CHURCH is the people who have the Holy Ghost - Acts 2.

Pentecostalism is not an aberration of Christianity. It IS Christianity. All the apostles and saints in the first Church spoke in tongues.

The entire early Church was "Pentecostal." They spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Biblical Christianity is Pentecostal.

Mainstream Christianity relegates Pentecostalism to the fringe. But in the Apostles' day, there were no non-Pentecostal Christians.

"Forbid not to speak with tongues," 1 Corinthians 14:39. If your Church disapproves of speaking in tongues, you're in the wrong Church.

"I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all," Apostle Paul, 57AD; Ken Raggio, 2012.
 
The ENTIRE Early Church was Pentecostal. Entire New Testament written by Pentecostals. There is absolutely NO LOGIC in the modern Church being non-Pentecostal.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the infilling of the Spirit of Christ, the New Birth, the NEW MAN - CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts," Zechariah 4:6.

If your Church does not urge you be baptized in the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues, you are in the wrong Church. Be filled with the Spirit.

ANTI-PENTECOSTAL "Christians" are the most damnably deceived people on earth. Anti-Holy Ghost baptism is Anti-Christ. The Holy Ghost IS the Spirit of Christ. Receiving the Holy Ghost is the SPIRIT BIRTH.

If people do not receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (speaking in other tongues) in your Church, you should find a Pentecostal Church.

I am not ashamed of the doctrine of Holy Ghost baptism, speaking in tongues. It is perfectly true, perfectly Biblical. See: Water and Spirit Baptism: The New Birth

Jesus told His disciples to preach the Word, cast out devils, speak with new tongues, heal the sick. Social programs were not His priority.

IS SPEAKING IN TONGUES NECESSARY? Absolutely yes.

Don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

Five WISE virgins had OIL in their lamps. FOOLISH had NO OIL. No Holy Ghost. Missed the wedding. 

Have YOU received the Holy Ghost since you believed? RECEIVE YE THE HOLY GHOST!

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles," Acts 2:38-43.

If you are not in an Acts 2:38 Pentecostal Church, you are wasting your time and your life.