Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Temple Deniers - Those Who Say Solomon's Temple Never Existed

God called Abraham to Mount Moriah where he was to build an altar and offer Isaac. God sent an angel and redeemed Isaac that day. Today, Islamic authorities deny that Abraham was ever there. They deny that he offered Isaac, but insist that he blessed Ishmael instead. They deny that David ever pitched the Tabernacle on Mount Moriah, or that Solomon ever built the Holy Temple there. They deny that the infant Jesus was dedicated there, or that He drove out the moneychangers from the Temple, or that the Apostles preached or performed miracles there.

Instead, they demand that Mohammed ascended into heaven from that rock, although not one word of it is even written in their Koran. They claim that Mohammed tied his horse to the Western Wall, and that the entire site belongs forever to Islam. Their Dome of the Rock is built on top of it, and Jews are forbidden from visiting the rock, or from praying or worshiping on their most holy and beloved site.

But in much the same manner as Muslims vehemently supplant ancient Truth with their denials, new pseudo-Christian "ministries" are also overlaying true New Testament Christianity with an altogether false version of Christianity.

A thousand new-fangled doctrines and lifestyles not found in the Bible are the building blocks of their false churches. With their hyper-grace, once-saved-always-saved, success-prosperity, human-potential, positive-thinking, anti-Pentecostal, anti-holiness, sports-and-entertainment-centered, flesh-pleasing junk, they have built their own Dome of the Rock in place of the authentic Biblical, Oneness, Apostolic, Pentecostal, tongue-talking, Acts 2:38, Jesus' name, holy, separated living, preaching, praying Church.

The whole matter is creating an epic conflict between lovers of Biblical Christianity and lovers of pseudo-Christianity. Just as Islamic "Temple Deniers" utterly deny that Israel has any right or historical link to the site, so these modern pseudo-Christians deny that Christianity has anything to do with old-time religion, and defiantly hijack Christianity-at-large to institutionalize their passionately-fabricated, self-serving lies.

But hard-headed denial cannot and does not change the Truth. This pernicious denial of Biblical truth is going to fuel an escalating war between the two parties until Jesus comes.

For my part, I am determined to stand for the ancient New Testament doctrines and teachings. I will not tolerate a lie. I will declare the truth of God's Word regardless of how many people accuse me of "legalism," "traditions of men," "Phariseeism," or worse. I have studied this matter forward and backwards, and I know very well what the New Testament Church looked and acted like, and exactly what they believed. I have spent tens of thousands of hours in this Holy Book, and my whole lifetime practicing what I preach. I refuse to consent to a modernized, popularized, plagiarized, carnal, worldly substitute. It is NOT the True Church, and it cannot save your eternal soul. It's an imposter.

Let the liars lie all they want. I know the Truth, and I will believe it and stand for it until I die. Judgment Day is coming, and God knows the Truth, too. I'm staying on His side. It is the only right thing to do.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lawless Christians - The Hyper-Grace Mob

Hyper-Grace is nothing new. It is the modern reincarnation of historical Antinomianism - "against the Law" - the most reckless, irresponsible "gospel" ever preached.

Antinomianism/Hyper-Grace argues that the law is the enemy of righteousness, and that righteousness can only be had without any reference or obedience to the laws of God.

Antinomianism argues that righteousness comes naturally with "innocent" abstract spiritual "intuition," and that righteousness is impossible while in any proximity to the hearing or observance of law.  

Antinomianism would have you believe that the Holy Spirit magically puts both the law and perfect righteousness into your heart without your actually observing any laws or commandments of God, as written in His Holy Word; and that you will become righteous without actually being told what to do. 

Antinomianism therefore attempts to squash or silence all mention or teaching of the Laws of God, and urges ignorance and rejection of the law.

The World English Dictionary says that Antinomianism is "relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law."

The Antinomian preacher insists that God does not see your sins after you believe. He demands that your righteousness miraculously appears like Tinkerbell sprinkles magic dust. He insists that you should NOT concern yourself with knowing God's laws, or in making ANY attempt to obey God's laws. You will be made perfect by GRACE alone.

Absolute Hogwash.

Joseph Prince, Joel Osteen, and an army of mega-wealthy TV preachers have discovered that Antinomianism sells hotter than iPads and iPhones. They have made hundreds of millions of dollars telling people that Christianity really has no rules. They live in palaces and jet-set all over the world telling packed arenas full of people that Heaven waits for all those who do nothing more than love Jesus and ignore everything else in the Bible. It is minimalism on steroids.

But Antinomianism is Hell's gospel. It is the voice of the serpent telling Eve, "Ye shall not surely die! Ye shall be as gods!" Satan had only one objective with Eve. STOP HER FROM OBEYING God's one solitary law.

According to Lucifer, all she had to do to live forever was to IGNORE God's one solitary law. Just be good on her own terms.

"EAT THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT!! It won't hurt you!! You will NOT be better by obeying any laws!" In doing so, she would be as a god, and would know essentially all things.

For every verse that the Antinomian preacher uses to "prove" his hyper-grace lies, there is a great body of contradictory scriptures that run throughout the NEW Testament that prove him not only wrong, but perniciously, Hellaciously wrong.

God is a God of order, precepts, doctrines, laws, and commandments - NONE of which are moot, NONE of which are to be ignored, abandoned, rejected or denied. Righteousness is, by definition, RIGHT DOING. You will never DO right unless you KNOW, OBSERVE and OBEY God's Written Word.

Jesus explicitly said about the COMMANDMENTS, that "whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 5:19.

Don't ever tell me that I should not both do and teach the commandments!

"If ye love me, keep my commandments," John 14:15.


Antinomianism is ANARCHY. It is LAWLESSNESS. And that is the Modus Operandi of Lucifer himself.

Paul warned of the coming Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, "that wicked one," which in the Greek text means, "LAWLESS ONE."

"And then shall that Wicked [Greek: 'lawless one'] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming," 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

The Antinomian preacher is the accomplice to the Lawless One. The Antinomian preacher is as much the enemy of Christ as the devil himself.

EVERY VERSE that the Antinomian preacher uses to prove his perjurious Hyper-Grace can be countermanded by an arsenal of other New Testament scriptures that teach irrefutably that Jesus Christ has called us into conformity to His will through fearful obedience, keeping of His commandments, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, striving for perfection, avoiding all appearance of evil, fleeing youthful lusts, observing all things that He has commanded, recognizing and avoiding those who walk disorderly and not after the things they have been taught from the Word.

I will not protract this article into a long, theological discourse, but rather plead with you now to utterly reject the entire Antinomian, Luciferic spirit, and fall in love with every jot and tittle of God's Word.

"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, throughly furnished unto all GOOD WORKS," 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

THAT is NOT lawlessness. That is NOT Antinomianism.

There is a great body of teaching in the NEW Testament that undeniably calls for the Christian to keep the commandments of God.

If you don't know that already, you need to do your homework.

Please study these articles that relate to this subject, so you will be aware of the great deceptions that are being perpetrated in the name of Jesus Christ.

"Lies Preachers Tell"

"The False Doctrine of Unconditional Love"

"Once-Saved, Always-Saved: The False Doctrine of Eternal Security"

"The Damnable 'I AM NOT A SINNER!' Doctrine"

"The Early Church Was Absolutely, Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian."


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Aunt Norma's Letter

I read the entire New Testament for the first time when I was ten years old. I started preaching when I was 14, speaking to youth groups at first, and in my local Church. Also being a singer and a musician, I put together a trio with a couple of my friends, and as soon as I got my driver's license, the three of us went out several times each month to preach and sing in Churches around Texas and Louisiana. When I turned 16, I applied for and received my first Ministerial License, and at 18, I enrolled in an Assemblies of God Bible College in Missouri, and lived in one of the college dorms.

In January of 1971, while a student living in one of the Bible college dorms, I received a letter one day during mail call. It was from my Aunt Norma back home. She was my Father's sister. While I was growing up, she had been the organist in the Assembly of God Church where I attended, and she was the one who taught me how to play the piano and organ.

But when I was eight years old, and she was 19, she left the Church and started attending the United Pentecostal Church in Port Arthur, Texas. Her pastor was Rev. J.T. Pugh. She was baptized in Jesus' name, and had become the organist in that Church.

I will never forget that hand-written letter. I stood in the hallway on the fourth floor of Welch Hall as I opened the letter. There were several other young preacher-students standing in the hall too, opening their own mail.

It was a normal "How are you doing? Hope you are well..." kind of letter. But it was the last line of the letter that stunned me. She said, "Kenneth, I'm praying for you, because if you don't get baptized in Jesus' name, you're going to Hell. Love, Aunt Norma."

I was shocked. I laughed out loud. I said to all the preacher boys around me, "Hey! Look at this! You want to know what those Jesus' name people believe? My aunt just told me that if I don't get baptized in Jesus' name, I'm going to Hell!!"

I passed the letter around and they all looked at it and laughed and made fun of it.

I didn't hold it against my aunt, because I knew that she was a fine Christian. I just figured that's what she believed.

Over time, that letter disappeared, but I never forgot that last line. "If you don't get baptized in Jesus' name, you're going to Hell."

I didn't believe her, but I couldn't forget what she said.

Years went by. My entire life was about ministry. I preached and sang and traveled for several years with my wife, Dixie. We joined the Pastoral staff in a large Assemblies of God Church, and later moved to another city and started a new Church.

While I was Pastoring that new congregation of about 100 members, someone gave me a cassette tape of a preacher named Marvin Hicks, from Corpus Christi, Texas. It was a recording of a debate he participated in against a Church of Christ preacher. The subject was "Jesus' name Baptism."

At that time, a young preacher was staying in the parsonage with us, while conducting nightly services in our local Church. After service one night, he and I sat up late listening to Marvin Hicks explain the Biblical doctrine of Jesus' name baptism.

After we listened, he and I got our Bibles down, and had our own discussion on the matter. At 2:00 AM, he and I both decided that Jesus' name baptism was legitimate, and we both decided that we wanted to be baptized in Jesus' name. So, in the middle of the night, he and I went to the Church and baptized each other in Jesus' name.

That was in 1976. But I did not understand the urgency of it. I did not preach it or discuss it publicly. I didn't even baptize my wife in Jesus' name.

Not long after that, someone introduced me to the new Charismatic Movement. It's a long story that I won't get into here. It's in my book, "Long Winding Road," if you're interested.

But several more years went by. The Charismatic Movement was very impressive to me at first, but it didn't take long before I decided that it was simply too ecumenical and heretical. I saw so many things going on that I knew beyond all question were unscriptural and not of God.  False teachings. false practices and phony lifestyles were everywhere. After a while, I became completely disillusioned with it all.

Within three years, my wife and I left the ministry and stopped going to Church altogether. In short order, at 29 years old, I had become a bitter atheist.

I hate to skip over so many details, but I want to make this as short as possible.

We tried to construct a new life without God, and for a while, it looked as if we would succeed. But many woes came upon us.

Finally, at a point of great distress in our lives, I recognized that I was a fool for denying God. I admitted that 30 months of atheism and godless living had been a tragic mistake.

For the first time in more than two years, Dixie and I decided to pray and read the Bible again. For several months, we fasted and prayed intensely, reading and prayerfully studying the Bible every day.

During that period, while studying the Bible quite intensely, I began to realize the errors of many things I had once believed, and at the same time, began to see how many things in the Bible called for a life of holiness unto the Lord.

One thing led to another. Through a long, convoluted, complicated and stressful chain of events, Dixie and I finally decided that we simply had to find a Church that preached and practiced holiness.

But in the long and short of it, the only people who preached and practiced real Biblical holiness were the Jesus' name people.

On a Wednesday night before Christmas Eve, 1982, we walked into a Jesus' name Church for the first time.

It was like walking through the gates of Heaven. I knew from the moment I stepped in the door that I had found something I had never had before. The prayer, the songs and the preaching were all so profoundly different from what I had known, I nudged my wife halfway through the service, and whispered, "I've got a hook in my jaw."

Shortly after Christmas, my wife, my eight-year-old young son, and myself were all baptized in Jesus' name in that Church.

A light turned on in my soul that night. I began to see and know things about God that had never occurred to me, despite the fact that I had spent thousands of hours in my day, searching the scriptures.

It was a threshold, a gateway into another world; the world of the Apostles' doctrines. I began to see things in the Bible that had I had never seen before. The Oneness of God. The essentiality of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And "holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."

I cannot make you see what I see. I cannot force you to understand what I now see so clearly and so plainly. I can only pray that every person who reads this story will open your Bible to Acts 2:38, and read it, the entire chapter, and the entire Book of Acts. You will see - if you will.

Meanwhile, I invite you to study the matter with me.

http://kenraggio.com/KR-Water-And-Spirit-Baptism-And-The-New-Birth.html

P.S. Aunt Norma is 73 now. That was a lifetime ago. Only eternity will reveal how important that letter was. It took 12 years for her letter to have its effect on me personally. But since that time, I've been a Jesus' name preacher for all it's worth. I have personally baptized about 1800 people in Jesus' name, and have seen many thousands receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues. Now, because of my constant witness on the Internet, the Jesus' name message that I preach is being seen in almost ever nation of the world. All my websites and web-posts combined make a total of about 100 million impressions per year.

If you don't think people should write letters like that, of if you don't think you should tell someone that they could go to Hell for not obeying the Gospel, maybe you should think again.

I'm A Oneness Pentecostal. That means...

1. I believe in the Oneness of God, while the rest of "Christianity" believes in a Trinity.

2. I believe in Jesus' name baptism, while the rest of "Christianity" baptizes in titles, and refuses to baptize in Jesus' name.

3. I believe in the essentiality of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues, while the vast majority of all "Christianity" do not speak in tongues, and most of them think it is of the devil.

4. I believe in a lifestyle of holiness and separation from the world, while most of Christianity is growing increasingly intolerant of ANY RULES whatsoever, preaching the hyperist hyper-grace the world has ever known.

So.. that also means that I am a very determined Christian, to swim against the current, and feel the endless opposition of nearly everyone around me. I have asked myself ten million times if I am absolutely sure that what I believe is right, because I don't want to be painting myself in a corner unnecessarily, or bring unnecessary hardship on myself. But every time, after DECADES of searching, studying, praying, and re-consecrating myself, I come up with the same conclusion:

What I believe is exactly right. I am not in error. I am not a heretic. Apostolic Oneness Pentecostal Holiness is the New Testament Church. All the rest are wrong. So even if the ENTIRE WORLD is Trinitarian, I will keep on being Oneness. Even if the ENTIRE WORLD baptizes in titles, I will baptize in Jesus' name. Even if the ENTIRE WORLD is Baptist, I'm going to keep on talking in tongues. Even if the ENTIRE WORLD says that holiness is legalism, bondage and spiritual abuse, I'm going to keep on preaching and practicing the holy lifestyle.

So, there. That's just the way it's got to be.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's Time For A Change

Christianity has almost completely abandoned its historic teachings about holiness, piety, and separation from the world and its ways. The ancient landmarks have been removed. The old paths have been forsaken. Preachers are traveling the world's freeway.

The modern church's identity is more associated with the world and its ways than ever before. The original, authentic, New Testament, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Holiness model is almost totally forgotten. Now, its appearance, its sound, and its spirit is the world's


Hype and artificial excitement have replaced the glory of the Lord. Ichabod is its name.

That will never do.

God will not work in such an environment, as He once worked among consecrated, separated Christians in the past. Fleshly entertainment and raw adrenaline are repulsive, noxious substitutes for the true fire of the Holy Ghost and the dynamic authority of the Word of God.

Pentecostal doctrines and experience are forgotten. Teachers teach human-potential, self-actualization, and dream-your-own-dream. Human talent and ingenuity has replaced supernatural power. The sacrificial life is rejected. Self-fulfillment is the new norm.

This is not progress. It is apostasy. 


STOP DESTROYING THE CHURCH!

It is time for preachers and musicians to stop modeling rock stars and sports celebrities, and start acting like holy men and women of God. It's time for Christians to walk out on carnally-minded preachers and musicians. Ask for the old paths. Purge the pulpit of ALL things secular. Demand that the Church and its leaders be what they ought to be.

IT'S TIME for men to take the lead.
IT'S TIME for women to submit to their husbands.
IT'S TIME for fathers to discipline their children.
IT'S TIME to throw away clothes that are too sexy, too swag or too culturally-hip, and fall in love with ultra-modesty, for GOD's sake.
IT'S TIME for men to act and dress masculine, and for women to act and dress feminine. The unisex look has GOT to go.

IT'S TIME to read the Bible every day - the King James Bible, not other versions that have been shown to be doctrinally corrupt, erroneous and misleading.
IT'S TIME to bring back REAL fasting (doing totally without food), REAL prayer (where men weep between the porch and the altar), and REAL Holy Ghost fire (speaking in tongues, supernatural gifts of the Spirit, signs, wonders and miracles) and fearless, thunderous, pure and unadulterated preaching of God's Word.

That would be A START in the right direction.

Hopefully, at that point, God would have our full attention, and would take us onward and upward toward a more glorious Church than the world knows today.

BUT IF NOT, the day will soon come when true seekers will not be able to find a true Church where they can find eternal salvation for their sinful souls.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Expensive Choices

I've made a lot of decisions in my life that cost me an enormous price.

But before you assume that I'm talking about the price I've paid for my mistakes, let me intercept that thought.

I won't deny that my mistakes have cost me. In fact, sometimes it seems that I have paid the full retail price and more for every mistake I've made.

But expensive choices do not only come in the form of mistakes.

RIGHT choices can also be very expensive.

Think about it. Adam and Eve lost Paradise for one bite of fruit. God put them out of the Garden. They made the WRONG choice, and it was an expensive choice.

But Abraham made a RIGHT choice that cost him dearly. When God told him to forsake Ur of the Chaldees, and then his family, too - Abraham paid a high price. It was a very expensive choice that Abraham made to do the will of God. But for his expensive choice, God made an everlasting covenant of blessing.

Jacob made an expensive choice when he decided to con Esau out of the family birthright. He spent decades in exile from his family for that expensive choice. Sometimes the price of getting what you want is losing all you've got.

Jesus Christ made an expensive choice in the Garden of Gethsemane that night. He would never have the life that most young men have. He would never marry. Never have children. Never raise a family. Never own a home. Never pursue a career.

At 33 years old, Jesus chose to die.

The catch-22 in this matter is that whether you choose right or wrong - you are going to pay a high price. No matter what your choices, you will pay a price. So many of life's choices are EXPENSIVE CHOICES.

My proposition here is that, when all things are considered, the choices we make for God are completely cost-efficient.

I've made a lot of choices that I know were right, but they cost me almost everything I had at the time.

More than once, I've walked away from family or friends to do the will of God. I didn't want to lose my family or my friends, but I had to do the will of God. It was an expensive choice, but in the end, it was cost-efficient. If I had chosen family and friends over the will of God, I would NEVER stop paying.

To anyone who says that doing the will of God is too hard, I say, "No. The way of transgressors is hard," (Proverbs 13:15).

In the end, doing the will of God doesn't cost at all. It pays. The price you pay to do the will of God is not an expense. It is an investment.

But on the other hand, the price you pay to do as you please is NOT an investment. It is a total loss. You never recover the losses you suffer from disobedience.

Expensive choices.

Anybody knows that it does not pay to invest in merchandise that has no quality. It is smarter to buy an expensive product that is well-made and durable, than to save money up front, and quickly lose it when the product fails.

So it is in the Kingdom of God. God will not be indebted to any man. The price you pay to do the will of God will be rewarded a million times over when you stand before Him and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Go ahead. Make the expensive choice. Suffer whatever losses, and pay whatever price you have to pay.

This is the Pearl of great price we are talking about. It is the Treasure hid in a field, for which a man will sell all that he has.

Sell all you have. Buy the will of God. Make the expensive choice. Don't hesitate.

Remember, you will never inherit the Promised Land if you won't give up Egypt.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fake Rolex Christians

I know a man who goes to New York occasionally to buy "knock-off" watches. He has sources who provide him with look-alike watches of some of the most expensive, high-end watches anywhere.

Some of these watches, if you bought the authentic version, would cost many thousands of dollars. I saw a fake not long ago that was virtually indistinguishable from a $30,000 watch.

People can buy fake watches on the streets of NYC for $49.

The fakes are actually quite impressive. It is not unlikely that they will work excellently for a long time. Unless you have above-average knowledge of watches, it is nearly impossible to know for sure whether it is the real deal or a fake. About 30-40 MILLION fake watches are manufactured yearly, mostly in China.

It is no wonder that they sell like hot-cakes.

Nobody knows that although the OUTSIDE of the watch looks identical, the INSIDE of the watch is not manufactured to the same exacting standards. You can expect that when the fake one breaks down, that is the end of it. Nobody even knows who the manufacturer is. There is no warranty. You can forget getting a refund. Enjoy it while you can, because when it is over, it's over. It is disposable.

But for a few dollars, it has its temporal value, and for the feel-good experience, a lot of people think its a good value.

People buy CHEAP RELIGION for the same reason they wear FAKE ROLEXES. 

They don't want to pay the price!

Unfortunately, a lot MORE people have FAKE RELIGION than wear FAKE ROLEXES.

They go to Church, but it isn't a real Church.  

Sure, on the OUTSIDE, it looks like a real Church. It has a big nice building. There are lots of cars in the parking lot. They have a nice sign on it that says "Church." It may have fabulous music, and fascinating lectures. And most people who go there have no clue that it isn't a real Church.

They don't realize that INSIDE, its doctrine is not Biblical. They don't realize that the only TRUE CHURCH has to be made by the Acts 2 model.

They don't realize that going to a fake Church WILL NOT SAVE their eternal souls. They are being duped. When this short-term religion breaks down, it's over. Nobody knows who the manufacturer is, and nobody can fix it.

Not even God Himself will warranty it.

If they don't clearly teach the doctrines that the Apostles taught, they are not an Apostolic Church.

If they don't baptize the way the Apostles baptized, it is not an Apostolic Church. Almost 300 years after the early Church was born, the Roman Catholic Church outlawed Jesus' name baptism as it had been practiced for hundreds of years.  

They reformulated baptism, DELETING the name of Jesus, and using only titles - even going so far as to TAMPER with the Biblical TEXT of Matthew 28:19. Here is the evidence:

In the EARLIEST known existing versions of Matthew 28:19, early Church patriarch Eusebius quoted it saying, "Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in the name of Christ..." That was quoted EIGHTEEN TIMES by Eusebius in his writings between 290-339 AD.

So, the OLDEST versions of Matthew 28:19 do NOT say "of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." THAT rendering, using only TITLES and not the NAME of Jesus, first appeared at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. It was formulated and written by Catholic theologians, not by the original Apostles or Jesus Christ Himself.

Furthermore, and more significantly, the Roman Catholic Church condemned as HERETICS the multitudes of Jesus' name baptized Early Church saints (although Jesus' name baptism was the ORIGINAL formula, and up to that time had been the predominate form of baptism). Their homes and properties were confiscated, and most of them were killed.

The Roman Catholic Church MURDERED the authentic Acts 2:38 Church, and replaced it with an imposter!

The Roman Catholic Church was the first to produce "fake Rolexes."

Moreover, if the modern Church does not preach and practice the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, it is not a real Apostolic Church.

It's a fake Rolex.

One more comment: Since the TRUE Apostolic, Pentecostal, Jesus' name Church was built by Jesus Christ, you should take note that the FAKE CHURCH will be judged violently by Jesus Christ when He returns, according to the prophecies of Revelation 17-18. You NEED to know these things.

See: "The Early Church Was Absolutely, Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian"

See also: "Answering the Controversy - Water and Spirit Baptism and the New Birth"

See also: "What's Wrong With The Roman Catholic Church?"

The Boy Who Put His Finger In The Dike

In 1865, Mary Mapes Dodge wrote a popular fictional tale about some children who lived in the Netherlands in the Old Days. 

You may have read it in your schooldays: "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates."

Apart from the main story-line was a short segment that took on a life of its own and made its way permanently into American culture. 


It is called, "The Hero of Haarlem," or "The Boy Who Put His Finger in The Dike."
  
Here is the story that Mrs. Dodge told (abridged):
"Many years ago, there lived in Haarlem, one of the principal cities of Holland, a sunny-haired boy of gentle disposition. His father was a sluicer, that is, a man whose business it was to open and close the sluices, or large oaken gates, that are placed at regular distances across the entrances of the canals, to regulate the amount of water that shall flow into them. The sluicer raises the gates more or less according to the quantity of water required, and closes them carefully at night, in order to avoid all possible danger of an oversupply running into the canal, or the water would soon overflow it and inundate the surrounding country.

As a great portion of Holland is lower than the level of the sea, the waters are kept from flooding the land only by means of strong dikes, or barriers, and by means of these sluices, which are often strained to the utmost by the pressure of the rising tides. Even the little children in Holland know that constant watchfulness is required to keep the rivers and ocean from overwhelming the country, and that a moment's neglect of the sluicer's duty may bring ruin and death to all.

One lovely autumn afternoon, when the boy was about eight years old, he obtained his parents' consent to carry some cakes to a blind man who lived out in the country, on the other side of the dike. The little fellow started on his errand with a light heart, and having spent an hour with his grateful old friend, he bade him farewell and started on his homeward walk.

Trudging stoutly along the canal, he noticed how the autumn rains had swollen the waters. Even while humming his careless, childish song, he thought of his father's brave old gates and felt glad of their strength, for, thought he, 'If they gave way, where would Father and Mother be? These pretty fields would all be covered with the angry waters - Father always calls them the angry waters. I suppose he thinks they are mad at him for keeping them out so long.'

And with these thoughts just flitting across his brain, the little fellow stooped to pick the pretty flowers that grew along his way. Suddenly the boy looked around him in dismay. He had not noticed that the sun was setting. Now he saw that his long shadow on the grass had vanished. It was growing dark, he was still some distance from home, and in a lonely ravine, where even the blue flowers had turned to gray. He quickened his footsteps and, with a beating heart recalled many a nursery tale of children belated in dreary forests.

Just as he was bracing himself for a run, he was startled by the sound of trickling water. Whence did it come? He looked up and saw a small hole in the dike through which a tiny stream was flowing. Any child in Holland will shudder at the thought of a leak in the dike! The boy understood the danger at a glance. That little hole, if the water were allowed to trickle through, would soon be a large one, and a terrible inundation would be the result.

Quick as a flash, he saw his duty. Throwing away his flowers, the boy clambered up the heights until he reached the hole. His chubby little finger was thrust in, almost before he knew it. The flowing was stopped! Ah! he thought, with a chuckle of boyish delight, the angry waters must stay back now!

"Haarlem shall not be drowned while I am here! "

This was all very well at first, but the night was falling rapidly. Chill vapors filled the air. Our little hero began to tremble with cold and dread. He shouted loudly; he screamed, 'Come here! come here!' but no one came. The cold grew more intense, a numbness, commencing in the tired little finger, crept over his hand and arm, and soon his whole body was filled with pain. He shouted again, 'Will no one come? Mother! Mother!'

Alas, his mother, good, practical soul, had already locked the doors and had fully resolved to scold him on the morrow for spending the night with blind Jansen without her permission. He tried to whistle. Perhaps some straggling boy might heed the signal, but his teeth chattered so, it was impossible.

Then he called on God for help. And the answer came, through a holy resolution: 'I will stay here till morning.' The midnight moon looked down upon that small, solitary form, sitting upon a stone, halfway up the dike. His head was bent but he was not asleep, for every now and then one restless hand rubbed feebly the outstretched arm that seemed fastened to the dike - and often the pale, tearful face turned quickly at some real or fancied sounds.

How can we know the sufferings of that long and fearful watch - what falterings of purpose, what childish terrors came over the boy as he thought of the warm little bed at home, of his parents, his brothers and sisters, then looked into the cold, dreary night! If he drew away that tiny finger, the angry waters, grown angrier still, would rush forth, and never stop until they had swept over the town. No, he would hold it there till daylight - if he lived!

He was not very sure of living. What did this strange buzzing mean? And then the knives that seemed pricking and piercing him from head to foot? He was not certain now that he could draw his finger away, even if he wished to.

At daybreak a clergyman, returning from the bedside of a sick parishioner, thought he heard groans as he walked along on the top of the dike. Bending, he saw, far down on the side, a child apparently writhing with pain. 'In the name of wonder, boy,' he exclaimed, 'what are you doing there?' 'I am keeping the water from running out,' was the simple answer of the little hero. 'Tell them to come quick.'

It is needless to add that they did come quickly.
I find myself standing where our young hero stood - looking at a treacherous breach in the dike. Everything that once kept the world out of the Church of the Living God has been breached.

Christianity has been compromised. Evil men and seducers have infiltrated the Holy Places in the Church and have brought teachings and spirits that are intended to destroy the very levees that hold the world out.

The modern Church's sacred legacy of holiness preaching, spanning the last five centuries, is being methodically dismantled by men who demand that there is nothing wrong with bringing the world into the Church.

The angry waters are mad at the Church for keeping them out for so long.

The doctrine of separation is being discredited and held in contempt by many of the most prominent and influential of all "Christian" voices in this generation.

But make no mistake about it. If the world floods the Church with its movies, its music, its sports, its entertainment, its comedy, its dances, its liquors and habits, its sacrilege and mockery, its...

There will be no Church remaining if it is left only to the devices of these arrogant, self-serving impostors who bill themselves as ministers of the Gospel.

I may never be able to single-handedly stop the breach in the levee, but one thing I know.

"Haarlem shall not be drowned while I am here!"

I will pursue every breach with the loudest declaration of the Word of God that I can muster.

I will preach holiness and separation from the world until my dying breath.

I will hold up the Word of God and everything I can find in it as the ultimate standard for living. Let God be true and every man a liar.

The Apostle Paul said, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ, But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him," 2 Corinthians 11:2-4.

Paul fought against all odds to protect and preserve the Church's virginity.

May Almighty God raise up an army of mighty men today who will "make up the hedge, and stand in the gap" before the Lord that He will not allow the Church to be destroyed.

Oh, there WILL be a Church when Jesus comes. But it will not be so without a fight.


If a teen-age boy named David could stand in the gap for all of Israel and destroy the terrifying Giant Goliath, then maybe, just maybe, you and I can stand in the gap for our generation.

"Haarlem shall not be drowned while I am here!"

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Spiritual Lesson from Uncle Remus

On July 21, 1879, Joel Chandler Harris, an Associate Editor at the Atlanta Constitution, published a story he had written, entitled, "The Story of Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox as told by Uncle Remus."

It was the first of a long series of Uncle Remus stories, derived from life on the old Southern plantations, and told by fictional Uncle Remus, a kindly old former slave, who was destined to become one of the greatest tellers of African-American folklore.

The stories revolved around a trickster and trouble-making rabbit, Brer Rabbit (Brother Rabbit), and a his arch-rivals, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. In 1904, Harris published "The Wonderful Tar Baby Story." It is not easy to read, but here it is. There is a big lesson in the end.

THE WONDERFUL TAR BABY STORY

"Didn't the fox never catch the rabbit, Uncle Remus?" asked the little boy the next evening.

"He come mighty nigh it, honey, sho's you born--Brer Fox did. One day atter Brer Rabbit fool 'im wid dat calamus root, Brer Fox went ter wuk en got 'im some tar, en mix it wid some turkentime, en fix up a contrapshun w'at he call a Tar-Baby, en he tuck dish yer Tar-Baby en he sot 'er in de big road, en den he lay off in de bushes fer to see what de news wuz gwine ter be.

En he didn't hatter wait long, nudder, kaze bimeby here come Brer Rabbit pacin' down de road--lippity-clippity, clippity -lippity--dez ez sassy ez a jay-bird. Brer Fox, he lay low. Brer Rabbit come prancin' 'long twel he spy de Tar-Baby, en den he fotch up on his behime legs like he wuz 'stonished. De Tar Baby, she sot dar, she did, en Brer Fox, he lay low.

"'Mawnin'!' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee - `nice wedder dis mawnin',' sezee.

"Tar-Baby ain't sayin' nuthin', en Brer Fox he lay low.

"`How duz yo' sym'tums seem ter segashuate?' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee.

"Brer Fox, he wink his eye slow, en lay low, en de Tar-Baby, she ain't sayin' nuthin'.

"'How you come on, den? Is you deaf?' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee. 'Kaze if you is, I kin holler louder,' sezee.

"Tar-Baby stay still, en Brer Fox, he lay low.

"'You er stuck up, dat's w'at you is,' says Brer Rabbit, sezee, 'en I'm gwine ter kyore you, dat's w'at I'm a gwine ter do,' sezee.

"Brer Fox, he sorter chuckle in his stummick, he did, but Tar-Baby ain't sayin' nothin'.

"'I'm gwine ter larn you how ter talk ter 'spectubble folks ef hit's de las' ack,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee. 'Ef you don't take off dat hat en tell me howdy, I'm gwine ter bus' you wide open,' sezee.

"Tar-Baby stay still, en Brer Fox, he lay low.

"Brer Rabbit keep on axin' 'im, en de Tar-Baby, she keep on sayin' nothin', twel present'y Brer Rabbit draw back wid his fis', he did, en blip he tuck 'er side er de head. Right dar's whar he broke his merlasses jug. His fis' stuck, en he can't pull loose. De tar hilt 'im. But Tar-Baby, she stay still, en Brer Fox, he lay low.

"`Ef you don't lemme loose, I'll knock you agin,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, en wid dat he fotch 'er a wipe wid de udder han', en dat stuck. Tar-Baby, she ain'y sayin' nuthin', en Brer Fox, he lay low.

"`Tu'n me loose, fo' I kick de natal stuffin' outen you,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, but de Tar-Baby, she ain't sayin' nuthin'. She des hilt on, en de Brer Rabbit lose de use er his feet in de same way. Brer Fox, he lay low. Den Brer Rabbit squall out dat ef de Tar-Baby don't tu'n 'im loose he butt 'er cranksided. En den he butted, en his head got stuck. Den Brer Fox, he sa'ntered fort', lookin' dez ez innercent ez wunner yo' mammy's mockin'-birds.

"`Howdy, Brer Rabbit,' sez Brer Fox, sezee. `You look sorter stuck up dis mawnin',' sezee, en den he rolled on de groun', en laft en laft twel he couldn't laff no mo'. `I speck you'll take dinner wid me dis time, Brer Rabbit. I done laid in some calamus root, en I ain't gwineter take no skuse,' sez Brer Fox, sezee."

Here Uncle Remus paused, and drew a two-pound yam out of the ashes.

"Did the fox eat the rabbit?" asked the little boy to whom the story had been told.

"Dat's all de fur de tale goes," replied the old man. "He mout, an den agin he moutent. Some say Judge B'ar come 'long en loosed 'im - some say he didn't. I hear Miss Sally callin'. You better run 'long."

- - -

Lest you miss the point, I remind you that foxes eat rabbits. Tar Baby was a death trap that Brer Fox set for Brer Rabbit. You don't want to know what finally happened to Brer Rabbit.

Now...

I'm a Gospel preacher, so you have to indulge me this one last comment.

The devil has set a Tar Baby in your path. In fact, if you haven't noticed, your whole path is lined with Tar Babies. And they are all meant to entrap your eternal soul, and give the devil the desire of his heart - to utterly devour you.

Tar Baby Entertainment.
Tar Baby Sports.
Tar Baby Materialism.
Tar Baby Money.
Tar Baby Drugs.
Tar Baby False Religion.
Tar Baby this, and Tar Baby that.

You better not mess with those Tar Babies. You'll get stuck, and you may never get free.

You'll be sorry. Believe me.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No Cathedrals For Pentecostals

The strength of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church is not in a centuries-old hierarchical structure. Its strength is not in guilded, stained-glass cathedrals, lettered seminarians, heavily-endowed institutions, or in pipe organs and choirs.

Furthermore, the strength of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church is not in worldly-wise prelates, in its international diplomatic corps, or in its priesthood consecrated to celibacy or poverty. Neither is the strength of the true Church in its material, earthly wealth.

The strength of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church is in its authentic Apostolic message. The Word of God accompanied by the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost indwelling consecrated men and women of God has always been and will always be the forte of Pentecost. It is "not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of hosts."

Paul said, "My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God," 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

If there is any weakness in today's Apostolic Church, it is due to a departure from the fundamental essence of what the Church of Jesus Christ was from the beginning. Ordinary but supremely godly men, enflamed by the Word of God, preached with passion and anointing in the highways and byways; casting out devils, healing the sick, speaking with new tongues. Praying, fasting, reading their Bibles, living holy, separated, consecrated lives unto the Lord - without robes, chalices, censers, crucifixes, cathedrals, or any such pomp, ceremony, or other excesses.

They were perceived to be "ignorant and unlearned men." But don't be fooled. They were the wisest men who ever lived. Their revelation of God far exceeded that of modern ecclesiasticals. Today's "high Church" is in reality not Church at all. It is a sham, a mockery, and vaudeville stage-show compared to the original New Testament Church.

Peter, James and John did not wear cassocks or clerical collars. They didn't blow smoke with censers. They didn't parade around in pompous processionals. They didn't read mind-numbing homilies in Latin out of dusty old books full of dead, powerless platitudes.

They were men on fire. They preached extemporaneously. They shouted. They rebuked. They fearlessly denounced sin and sinners. They shamelessly called men to repent openly of their sins, go to the waters and be baptized from head to toe by full immersion in the name of Jesus for the remission of their sins, and COMMANDED them to be filled with the Holy Ghost. They laid hands on them and they spoke with other tongues as the Spirit of God gave the utterance. They had supernatural dreams and visions, angelic visitations and an endless parade of miracles.

A dead church lays hands on them and nothing whatsoever happens.

The ONLY FUTURE of Pentecost, in fact, the only future of the TRUE CHURCH, is in returning to the Bible, and the absolute rejection of all phony churchisms. We must get back to reading the Bible, praying, fasting, speaking in tongues, casting out devils, healing the sick, performing miracles, living holy and godly lives to the glory of God.

All of the phony stuff is going to rot in Hell. You'd better believe it.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

God's Symphony


MUSIC demonstrates a very important spiritual precept.

I've been a Church musician since I was eight years old. I've played the piano, organ, accordion, bass, and guitar, and sang, since my school days. God gave me the gift of music when I was very small, and I began playing the organ at Church when I was only eight years old. I wrote several serious Gospel songs by the time I was ten.

Music captivated me.  By day, I listened to Gospel music almost non-stop. By night, I listened to the classics, the symphonies, and the big bands. I seldom listened to popular music like rock and roll, country-western, jazz or blues. I did not enjoy listening to the lyrics of most secular songs, because they expressed values that were contrary to my Christian beliefs, so I intentionally rejected them, and restricted myself to mostly instrumental music.

In the 1950s, pocket-sized transistor radios were newly-invented. From the time I was very small, and for years, I regularly listened to classical music every night after I went to bed. I typically went to sleep with my ear-buds plugged into my transistor radio, tuned to the all-night classical music station as they played Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Vivaldi, Handel, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, Debussy, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and others. I listened to the string quartets, chamber music, baroque, romantic and other genres. In the sixth grade, we carefully listened to Grieg's, Peer Gynt Suite, "The Hall of the Mountain King," Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," and "Peter and the Wolf," by Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. How could a sixth-grader ever forget them?

Today, when I play the piano, people often tell me that I use chords and transitions that they have never heard before; but I know why. My mind has been programmed with every conceivable chord and transition, because I listened to hundreds, if not thousands of symphony performances which contained almost every conceivable chord, transition and arrangement.

The big bands also helped program me with music. Musical legends like Fred Waring, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and others turned out tons of legendary music. And American conductors like George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Ray Conniff, Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Jackie Gleason, Norman Luboff, David Rose, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lawrence Welk, Bert Kaempfert, Burt Bacharach, John Williams and others filled the world with their orchestrations.

Of course, the music of the Church was deeply ingrained into me, too. Hundreds of old hymns dating back two centuries furnished my permanent repertoire. And I also followed virtually all of the notable Gospel artists. George Beverly Shea, Mahalia Jackson, Doris Akers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Dean, Louisiana Governor Jimmy Davis, the Sons of the Pioneers, the Chuck Wagon Gang, James Blackwood and the Blackwood Brothers, Hovie Lister and the Statesmen Quartet, the Spear Family, the LeFevres, the Kingsmen, the Jordanaires, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, Wally Fowler and the Oak Ridge Boys, the Florida Boys, the Dixie Echoes, the Downings, the Happy Goodman Family, the Singing Rambos, the Neylands, the Galileans, Rosie Roselle and the Searchers, Jake Hess and the Imperials, the McDuff Brothers, Big John Hall, Walt Mills, Ralph Carmichael, Thurlow Spurr, the Gaithers, the Lanny Wolfe Trio, Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, and so many, many more.


Music always occupied an enormous part of my life. I knew and have performed literally thousands of Gospel songs.

As a teenager, for six years I performed in the "A" choir, in Interscholastic League solo, ensemble, and choir competitions, and was selected for Regional Choirs, and the Texas All-State Choir. While in the 200-voice All-State Choir, we performed an exhilarating three-night concert series in the Austin Municipal Auditorium before a crowd of 7,000 people, accompanied by a 200-piece All-State Band and a 250-piece All-State Orchestra - 650 talented young musicians on one stage! We performed many classical works, including several in Latin.

Then, while attending an Assemblies of God Bible College, I was a member of a 40-voice touring choir that sang regularly on their weekly radio broadcast, heard on 650 radio stations around the world every Sunday night. In those days, I also had a Gospel group that performed professionally in concerts around the Midwest, with many of the groups I mentioned above.

So, you get the picture. On and on, my story goes, for more than fifty years, I have performed music in Churches, concert halls, and auditoriums, in forty states and six countries.

Let me teach you a spiritual lesson from what I have learned about MUSIC.

I sat recently on the front row in Jones Hall, listening to the Houston Symphony Orchestra as they performed Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. My eyes were drawn to the score they were following, as well as to the Maestro's gesticulating wand-waving, and it reminded me again...

ALL MUSIC IS A CORPORATE FUNCTION.

With the only exception being a soloist singing a cappella, all music involves more than one musician or more than one instrument, or a combination of instruments and voices.

Whether it is a vocal trio singing with a pianist, a soloist singing with a three-piece band, or a massive choir singing with a symphony orchestra, all music is a corporate function.

Multiple voices and multiple instruments demand coordination. It demands scripting. It demands rehearsal. It demands strict adherence to a prearrangement.

If you sit down in a concert hall to listen to a Beethoven Symphony, it is very predictable what you will hear, because every musician, including the conductor, is following a printed score.

When Beethoven was born in 1770, there were no microphones, no recording devices, and no way to preserve the performance for later enjoyment. In those days, the ONLY music was LIVE music.

Therefore, the written score concretely defined the music. Every note, every nuance, every instrument, every voice, was clearly and explicitly defined in the written score.

Ultimately, every musical performance is a fresh expression of the author of the song. Every performance is a repeat performance of the songwriter.

So many times, as I have listened to a symphony, I have tried to imagine what it was like the first night the composer performed it live in some old majestic European concert hall, perhaps in Prague, or Berlin, or Paris. When Beethoven first performed his Fifth Symphony on December 22, 1808, at a mammoth concert in the Theater an der Vein in Vienna, Austria, it was a climatic event. He had spent almost four years composing it, during which time he had stopped repeatedly to compose other works.

The premiere performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was plagued with adversity. The orchestra did not perform well because they had only one full rehearsal. At one point, because one of the performers made a mistake, Beethoven had to stop and start the music over. The massive auditorium was freezing cold, and the entire concert (which included other pieces) was four hours long. The audience was exhausted. Nevertheless, Beethoven went on to publish the score to the Fifth Symphony, and a year-and-a-half later, it was met with rave reviews by the critics in the press.

Today, the Fifth Symphony is one of the most popular and best known compositions in all classical music - and it is one of the most frequently performed pieces anywhere.

EVERY TIME you hear the Fifth Symphony, whether it is Houston, New York, Paris, London, or Vienna, you will hear the very same music - TO THE NOTE!

Why? Because, Beethoven wrote the score to the symphony. 

Every note, with every nuance - every forte', every pianissimo, etc. - for every string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument is forever defined. Only the final interpretation of the music by the Maestro gives the performance its ultimate sentient essence.

Ultimately, the SCORE is what reveals Beethoven's intentions to us. The score defines the music. And the performers - the musicians - only channel the music to the listeners.

The music in the score is the source of all revelation of the song.

The MINISTRY of the Church of Jesus Christ
is the performance of God's Symphony;
it is the performance of God's SCORE - the Word of God

The Word of God is the score to the Church, the body of Christ, corporate Christianity.

Now listen to the second-chair Clarinet, on the third row, as he wanders from the score. He begins to play notes that are not written in the score. Every eye is suddenly turned toward him. He stands and begins to play a fascinating rendition of one of Kenny G's mega-hits. The notes he plays are beautiful, but they have NOTHING to do with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Alone, they are cordant, yet in this setting they are discordant. They are chaotic and offensive to the Symphony.

The Maestro glares a wicked eye toward the Clarinetist, and his lips pantomime the words, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!"

Suddenly, confusion strikes the orchestra. The Maestro has been distracted. The musicians nearby lose their place. The song begins to fall apart. In a matter of a few moments, the song grinds to a complete halt. All the musicians are incredulous and upset. The audience is mumbling and squirming. The concert is irredeemably wrecked. It will be remembered by all who attend as the night the symphony melted down.

And in this chaotic scenario, you have a picture of the modern Church. 

The Word of God is God's score. The true Church is God's symphony orchestra. But there is one major problem.

In our time, the song is not being played exactly by the score.

In all of modern times, parts and parcels of the scriptures have been studied and rehearsed and performed. Several movements of the symphony have in fact been played nearly perfectly. But there is one major problem. The entire symphony has never been completed.

TOO MANY PREACHERS
and TOO MANY CHRISTIANS
PLAY THEIR OWN TUNES!

Consequently, NOBODY really knows exactly how the symphony is really supposed to sound!

Even if parts of it sound good, the fact remains that it is NOT the symphony that God wrote. It is the music of interlopers.

Since the days of the Early Church, God's Symphony has never been played exactly the same. And the reasons are obvious. There are too many musicians who want to play their own tunes.

The Early Church was Apostolic. Yet the vast majority of the modern Church denies the Apostles' doctrine of the Oneness of God - God in Christ. They refuse God's score, God's script.

The Early Church was baptized in Jesus' name. Yet the vast majority of the modern Church rejects, denies, and refuses to be baptized in Jesus' name. They reject God's score, God's script.

The Early Church was Pentecostal. Yet the vast majority of modern professing Christians deny or do not practice the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. The majority of its ministers have never been baptized in the Holy Ghost and have never spoken in tongues. They contradict God's score, God's script. Their music is not God's symphony.

The Early Church preached and practiced holiness, separation from the world, and a consecrated, sanctified lifestyle. Yet modern Christianity adamantly and tenaciously clings to the world - to its sports, its music, its movies, its comedians, its entertainment, its lifestyles, its fads, its fashions, and its conversations.

They PUT THEIR OWN MUSIC in place of God's score.

They call it Christianity. They call it Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But it is NOT Beethoven's. It is NOT God's. It does NOT follow the script. It is utterly desecrated by solos and ensembles that are NOT in the score.

The Bible has something to say about everything in our lives that matter. The Bible defines marriage, and family, and godliness. The Bible defines right and wrong sexuality, modesty, proper clothing and even hair length. The Bible defines just about everything about a Christian's lifestyle.

But nobody will faithfully follow the score. 

WE HAVE NEVER YET HEARD GOD'S SYMPHONY.
WE HAVE NEVER YET HEARD GOD'S SYMPHONY.

What we call Christianity is NOT true, authentic, original Christianity.

Our generation of Christianity categorically refuses to mind the Bible.

Now this article is getting too long, so I must quickly jump to my final conclusion.

Every preacher, every pastor, and every single Christian must learn to submit to God.

If we want to see the GLORY OF GOD, and if we want to hear God's Symphony exactly as He wrote it, we MUST CONSECRATE OURSELVES to playing the symphony by the score. We must LIVE OUR LIVES BY THE BIBLE.

That demands the ultimate commitment and consecration to let GOD have His way in EVERY, EVERY matter in our life. It requires first that we STUDY the script - the Bible. We must familiarize ourselves with every note, every nuance of the Word of God. And then we must apply ourselves to living EXACTLY by the book, following every doctrine, every standard, every precept of the Word of God.

We've got to throw out all that is wrong with the Church.

We've got to throw out all the false doctrines, false preachers and false prophets. We've got to throw out Easy-Believism, Eternal Security, Once-Saved-Always-Saved junk. We've got to throw out hyper-grace and prosperity preaching. We've got to throw out "dream-your-own-dream, be yourself, follow your heart," heresies.

We've got to throw out all the anti-holiness, come-as-you-are, do-as-you-please, rebellion against the great holiness disciplines of the Bible. We've got to put our clothes back on - women's clothes on women, and men's clothes on men. We've got to get all our gender issues back in line with the Bible. We've got to stop listening to, watching and entertaining ourselves with the voices and leaders of the ungodly world, and start living our lives in holy consecration to God's Symphony.

We've got to get back to preaching the Word of God in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost.

Genesis to Revelation.

Every chapter. Every verse. Every line.

Then and only then will be begin to see, and hear, and understand what Almighty God intended for the Church to be from the beginning.

The pathetic state of Christianity today is NOT GOD'S FAULT. It's time for the renegade Clarinetists to sit down and get back to the score. PLAY BY THE SCORE. Live by the Bible. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every month, every year.

THEN, and ONLY THEN, will we begin to see GOD like the Early Church saw Him.

Let's get back to the Bible. 

The BIBLE!

The BIBLE!

THAT is God's Symphony. Just play it.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Damnable "I Am Not A Sinner" False Doctrine

Do not buy the lie that a Christian is no longer a sinner. Every Holy Ghost-filled Christian has two natures:

1. The OLD sinful, carnal, worldly flesh.
2. The Spirit, Mind of Christ, Word of God.

EVERY DAY, you must crucify the flesh with its lusts, and walk in the Spirit, obedient to the will and mind of God. 


The Bible does NOT simply say there is "no condemnation," but it says, "there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT,"  Romans 8:1.

If you continue to walk in the flesh, the carnal mind, and lusts thereof - THERE IS CONDEMNATION. Stop being CARNAL, and start being GODLY, SPIRITUAL.

"I am no longer a sinner," is a false doctrine being propagated by Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Joseph Prince and many, many others. Do NOT buy it.

The FLESH cannot do RIGHT, and is persistently sinful. 


The SPIRIT cannot do WRONG, and is persistently righteous. 

You MUST walk in the ways of the Spirit to be righteous. If you walk in the ways of the flesh, you are unrighteous. You MUST crucify the flesh daily.

"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live," Romans 8:13.


What are the ramifications of believing, "I am not a sinner?"

Anyone who believes they are not a sinner will continue to indulge all the ways of the flesh, the carnal mind, and all the others ways of the world. In doing so, they condemn themselves, according to the verse I have just quoted. 

Those who say they are not a sinner are lying, living a lie, and will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ with unrepented sins, where they will be condemned to Hell for eternity.

Does the argument need to be any more complicated than that?

"If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 

IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NOT SINNED, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
1 John 1:7-10
 

"For I know that in me (that is, IN MY FLESH,) DWELLETH NO GOOD THING: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

For the good that I would I do not: but THE EVIL WHICH I WOULD NOT, THAT I DO.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME.

I find then A LAW, that, when I would do good, EVIL IS PRESENT WITH ME.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Romans 7:18-25

PUT OFF THE OLD, PUT ON THE NEW

"PUT OFF concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye PUT ON the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness," Ephesians 4:22-24.

"PUT OFF all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have PUT OFF THE OLD MAN with his deeds; And have PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him," Colossians 3:8-10.

"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God," Romans 6:12-13.

"Know ye not, that TO WHOM YE YIELD YOURSELVES servants to obey, HIS SERVANTS YE ARE to whom ye obey; whether of SIN UNTO DEATH, or of OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS?" Romans 6:16.

All these verses indicate personal, daily choices of either walking in the flesh in sin, or walking in the Spirit in righteousness. Every day, your choices determine whether the fruit of your life will be unrighteousness or righteousness. 

It is your choice - a behavioral choice. If you fail to make the right choice, you fail to do the will of God.

If you walk in the flesh, you are a sinner. The flesh can do no righteousness. 

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God," 1 John 3:9. That refers to the NEW MAN OF THE SPIRIT.

The NEW MAN cannot sin. The OLD MAN cannot cease from sin.

You must walk in the Spirit and crucify/mortify the flesh to avoid sin. 

IF and WHEN you find yourself walking in the flesh, you must REPENT and put away the works of the flesh. If you don't, your sin will remain with you until Judgment Day.

The IMMEDIATE awful consequence of this devious false doctrine is that the bulk of Christianity is being deluded to believe that THEY CAN DO NO WRONG! Any time that a professing Christian begins to believe "I am no longer a sinner," he or she no longer has a reason to live by ANY standard whatsoever. This is LICENTIOUSNESS - pure and simple. A LICENSE to SIN.

And it is diabolical - born in the heart of Hell. You'd better believe it.

And for what it's worth - a subject for another time - this evil doctrine is rooted in the PAGAN "I AM GOD" theosophy of Freemasons, and virtually every occult and secret order on earth. 

It sprang from Lucifer's lie to Eve, "Ye shall be as gods," IF she would go ahead and do what God had instructed them NOT to do. 

Lucifer convinced Eve that she would NOT be a sinner if she ate the fruit.

And that is what these false preachers want YOU to believe! 

RUN LIKE CRAZY from this damnable "I Am Not A Sinner" doctrine. The next stage of that deception is "I Am A God," followed by, "I Am My Own God," followed by "I Am God," followed by ATHEISM.

It is the road to Hell.

PLEASE SEE THIS ARTICLE for more understanding about the NEW BIRTH.