Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Context is everything. One word taken out of context changes the ENTIRE meaning of something. Just think- when texting back and forth you use a word misplaced and the receiver now has an entirely different understanding of what you meant.
This verse in scripture is used only in part and not in context: the partial verse used often by WOF and NAR Movements is: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” and they end it there. The full verse is “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Many WOF and NAR who most unknowingly practice occultism by means of “speaking your reality into existence” will use this partial verse when someone speaks (often biblical correction) words to them that may somehow cause them to ‘feel negatively’ — they don’t recognize and can not discern Holy Spirit conviction and having “guilty feelings” is often a safeguard that God has built into our very fibers so we DON’T do certain things. But according to these folks if you feel guilty it’s the “devil trying to steal your joy!” And will say “there’s no condemnation for those in Christ!” And what this verse actually means in context is our guilty status of Gods judgement upon us has been acquitted by Christ. Through Jesus Christs substitutionary (full) atonement we are acquitted for those of us who are IN CHRIST. It has nothing to do with “feelings” it’s a spiritual position before God. Apart from Christ we stand condemned and guilty before God.
You see in their world a person should never have any negative things said in their lives, have anything bad happen, or encounter any uncomfortable situations in life or struggles. And this is the unbiblical ‘jesus’ they preach as well; the “come to Jesus and you’ll be rich, never sick, no marital problems, always blessed with material blessings and never experience any financial problems etc. This “different jesus” creates false converts; after all who wouldn’t want a “genie” of sorts to take away all their problems and promise to never have any issues ever. Everything and I do mean everything is contingent on THEIR force of faith, a faith that’s a created power from within them, as opposed to biblical faith.
Getting back to the full verse in context, we need to back up into Romans 7 and read through:
“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. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
As you can read in context this verse is not about “feelings” or when we feel guilty it’s not always the devil, its not someone’s “negative words” … it could very likely be the Holy Spirit Himself convicting you. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:6
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image” “Hospitals are lying to their workers and saying that simple masks are sufficient and nurses are getting sick and not allowed to self quarantine, they are forced to continue working.” “Our oath is to do no harm,” Lin said. “I […]
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning,…
Anti is a Greek prefix that not only means “opposed to” but “in the place of.” Antichrist will indeed oppose Christ but in the most diabolically clever way possible: by pretending to be Christ. For the world to follow and worship him, a false Christianity must become the world religion—a “Christianity” that all religions can […]
What will be the outcome of the coronavirus? This isn’t meant to be prophetic or ‘thus saith the Lord’ … but how the corona virus will soften people’s hearts to ecumenicalism. I left work last night from a 12 hour nursing day and wanted to hit Walmart to get some things that I needed. I […]
The simplicity of the Gospel. People and false teachers have complicated what God made so easy a child could understand. When you finally understand Gods grace and that understanding goes from your head to your heart, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Unknowingly I was carrying a burden of a type of […]
Christians wake up from your slumber. The coronavirus is real yet it’s also a distraction. It’s not about politics. It never has been. Satan is working overtime and the chaos amongst Christians is a result of spiritual cavities caused by a diet of a ‘sugary bible’ fake churches. We can expect (and shouldn’t be surprised) […]
“Today, a growing number of churches, ministries, and Christian colleges are promoting Calvinism. While Calvinist scholars claim that Calvinism is complex (and they have indeed created a complex system), the rudiments of it are very basic, and it can be readily understood. To call something heresy is clearly a strong accusation and should never be […]
Context is everything. One word taken out of context changes the ENTIRE meaning of something. Just think- when texting back and forth you use a word misplaced and the receiver now has an entirely different understanding of what you meant. This verse in scripture is used only in part and not in context: the partial […]
In the last year I have come across a growing number of people bearing the name Christian and at the same time accepting active freemasonry within the same breath. My hope with this blog is to provide the reader with intelligent, organized, and biblical information in order to measure the teachings of freemasonry against the […]
What would I say , if I was given a chance to totally communicate freely with everyone I have ever loved; My brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, acquaintances, former church members, even my enemies ? What would I say if I was given a chance to before I die to put into the barest form, what […] […]
Bethel / Hillsong Church & New Age/ Islamic Mysticism practices- this is not Christianity. Isaiah 2:6 “For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.” Watch video here
Originally posted on The Word Like Fire: When it comes to A.A.’s “Christian” roots, God’s people have been—to use a technical term—snookered. Scripture is clear. We were never meant to be part of an all-gods religion. It is not “legalism” to point out that the Lord will absolutely not be seen as one higher power…
Revelation 13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet […]
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39) Justification! It is a big word, and very often […]
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Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,??And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.??Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour…
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives…
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Dear X, I offer you the warmest greetings in the name of Jesus, I am writing out of a concern for you and a lot of others of your generation. You were born into a world which was already well into a “sexual revolution”, and this has presented…
“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 11:4 As unsettling changes take place in your Christian environment, you might find yourself in […]
Ever since Sunday (12/15/19), there’s been this bizarre — no other word for it — story out of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., about the followers of this immense church trying to raise a 2-year-old from the dead. Bethel has been an anomaly in the charismatic/pentecostal world but at the same time a place I’ve been […]
Ever since Sunday (12/15/19), there’s been this bizarre — no other word for it — story out of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., about the followers of this immense church trying to raise a 2-year-old from the dead.
No where will you find this outlined in the Bible except for clear pagan condemned practices. Read the prophets of Baal, ( 1 Kings 18) and this is exactly what this is – it’s Baal worship. I should also add- I believe the little girl is still at the coroner’s office remains unburied after 5 plus days because everyone is “waiting for God to move.” And why are they asking for $100,000 for ‘medical expenses’ … the girl is dead and if they are trusting God to raise her from the dead, why can’t they trust Him for their need for money?
Many news sources have already reported on this story. But I want to point out what has been missed. In their coverage of the fiasco, reporters have noted that the parents’ church, Bethel Church, has rallied around the parents’ prayers for a resurrection — calling for people across the globe to join them in those prayers. But what Bethel Church has been engaged in, since Olive Heiligenthal died on Saturday, is not prayer. They’ve actually been making “declarations.” There’s a big difference.
You will NEVER hear about Jesus Christ in this movement – you will never hear the Gospel—you will never hear the word repentance —you will never hear about how our sin separates us from GOD, people cannot be saved unless they hear the Gospel. It’s self centered humanistic all about me and what I can get. This is not biblical Christianity the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) is a cult.
More resources on Bethel Church (s) and the NAR unbiblical antics here, here, and here.
“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
“Pope Francis received the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar of Egypt at the Vatican on Friday (15 November 2019, 17:21). The meeting was intended as the next step in actualizing the Document on the Human Brotherhood for World Peace and Common Living Together, a joint statement signed by the Pope and the Imam in February in Abu Dhabi intended to promote a culture of mutual respect.
The meeting at the Vatican comes at a time when traditional values in the Catholic Church are changing. Pope Francis has taken on a policy in which homosexuals are welcomed into the church so much so that the American LGBT magazine The Advocate named Pope Francis their Person of the Year for 2013. In 2019, Pope Francis stated that homosexual “tendencies are not a sin. If you have a tendency to anger, it’s not a sin. Some Catholic Churches are taking this agenda even further. Catholic dioceses in the United Kingdom are reportedly hosting homosexual Masses designed to welcome homosexuals into the church and combine “gay pride” with the Eucharist and other Romish sacraments. According to reports, these pro-homosexuality events have received blessings from the local Roman Catholic bishops. It should be noted that these events welcome homosexuals into the Catholic Church while not advocating celibacy.
Pope Francis has come under fire before for connecting the Catholic Church with the children of Ishmael. In 2015, 71 elders of the Sanhedrin tried the Pope in absentia for recognizing a “State of Palestine” with an official treaty. By doing so, the Sanhedrin claimed, the Pope was denying the covenant as described in the Bible in which God gives the land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob.” ~ Breaking News Israel
What is the one-world religion described in Revelation? What will be the one-world religion of the end times?
Revelation 17 speaks of a “great prostitute” (or “great harlot”) that is generally understood as a metaphor for a false religion that will exist during the tribulation period. Many have debated the identity of this religion, with some arguing the Roman Catholic Church, Islam, or another large religious movement will be the end-times, one-world religion.
This false end-times religion will include sexual immorality (Revelation 17:2). It will also likely have its headquarters in Rome, often described even in New Testament times as Babylon (Revelation 17:5; 1 Peter 5:13). It will be opposed to Christians, as well as reject the Jews since the Antichrist will defile the temple as the abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15). Ultimately, the deception during this time will be so great that Jesus taught, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).
“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image” “Hospitals are lying to their workers and saying that simple masks are sufficient and nurses are getting sick and not allowed to self quarantine, they are forced to continue working.” “Our oath is to do no harm,” Lin said. “I… Read more
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning,…
Anti is a Greek prefix that not only means “opposed to” but “in the place of.” Antichrist will indeed oppose Christ but in the most diabolically clever way possible: by pretending to be Christ. For the world to follow and worship him, a false Christianity must become the world religion—a “Christianity” that all religions can… Read more
What will be the outcome of the coronavirus? This isn’t meant to be prophetic or ‘thus saith the Lord’ … but how the corona virus will soften people’s hearts to ecumenicalism. I left work last night from a 12 hour nursing day and wanted to hit Walmart to get some things that I needed. I… Read more
The simplicity of the Gospel. People and false teachers have complicated what God made so easy a child could understand. When you finally understand Gods grace and that understanding goes from your head to your heart, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Unknowingly I was carrying a burden of a type of… Read more
Christians wake up from your slumber. The coronavirus is real yet it’s also a distraction. It’s not about politics. It never has been. Satan is working overtime and the chaos amongst Christians is a result of spiritual cavities caused by a diet of a ‘sugary bible’ fake churches. We can expect (and shouldn’t be surprised)… Read more
“Today, a growing number of churches, ministries, and Christian colleges are promoting Calvinism. While Calvinist scholars claim that Calvinism is complex (and they have indeed created a complex system), the rudiments of it are very basic, and it can be readily understood. To call something heresy is clearly a strong accusation and should never be… Read more
Context is everything. One word taken out of context changes the ENTIRE meaning of something. Just think- when texting back and forth you use a word misplaced and the receiver now has an entirely different understanding of what you meant. This verse in scripture is used only in part and not in context: the partial… Read more
In the last year I have come across a growing number of people bearing the name Christian and at the same time accepting active freemasonry within the same breath. My hope with this blog is to provide the reader with intelligent, organized, and biblical information in order to measure the teachings of freemasonry against the… Read more
What would I say , if I was given a chance to totally communicate freely with everyone I have ever loved; My brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, acquaintances, former church members, even my enemies ? What would I say if I was given a chance to before I die to put into the barest form, what […]… Read more
The gospel of accommodation is to change, appease, pacify the masses with a message that sounds close enough to the truth perhaps close enough to get into heaven. Why do we do this? Because the true message of the cross confronts us convicts us and demands an answer…. “Choose this day whom you will serve.” No matter how hard we try we cannot escape the nagging “knowing” that the big bang theory is a bust and mass annihilation into nothing when we die is nothing more than a delusion or that “being the best we can be” will somehow cut it. God has already fully made a way, one that cannot be meddled with and if it is, it is another Gospel. The only way to be reconciled to God is through receiving the full payment for our sins by Jesus Christ. His work and His work alone has cleansed us of all sin, once we add to this with works, law keeping etc., that becomes another gospel and WE are telling God what Christ did wasn’t enough and “we know” how to get ourselves to heaven. In other words, “we don’t need your help God!” THAT is what we are saying when we reject Christ and when we decide “we” know how to reconcile ourselves to a Holy God.
I recently met a middle aged man who was wearing what looked like a wedding band yet said he was neither married nor a widower. So I asked what was up with the ring? He replied its a “God prayer ring” to which I replied, what does that mean? He shrugged his shoulders as if to say he doesn’t even know what it means and proceeded to stumble out what seemed to be a regurgitation of what he has been told it means. He mentioned God and prayer yet couldn’t tell me how I could “get to God.” I asked him so where do we go when we die? Once again he shrugged his shoulders as if to say “I don’t know” and I said well you believe in “God” so I assume you must believe in heaven and hell”….at which time he became uncomfortable and replied with (waving me away) “nahhhh we just go somewhere but I don’t believe in hell or heaven and all that stuff.” And he didn’t want to hear the true Gospel. This man, like all of us, will stand before God and will be without excuse when the final Judgement is executed. You see it is not God who sends people to hell it is our choice to reject the True Christ, The Messiah, The Anointed One — we cannot blame God. He has made a Way but we reject it. This man is like most people I meet they have accepted a version of Jesus, a gospel of accommodation to suit themselves in this life. Whatever someone needs to do or believe to make this life as comfortable as possible, even if that means exchanging the truth for a lie. When someone comes along with the True Gospel they do not want to hear it. They say as it is written “who say to the seers, Do not see,” and to the prophets, Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions…”
Before I jump into a heavy topic like spiritual abuse I want to be sure to clarify that these blogs are written with the hope that things mentioned (much of which is personal experience not just a random railing against people) would cause people to draw closer to Christ and for people who are not saved, that they would truly begin to ponder their eternities. I am just as wretched as the one who is an enemy of God. Apart from Christ we are all at enmity with God. I am no better of a person than someone who chooses to remain separated from God. I want to make sure this is well understood by the reader as I understand some of my blogs can appear quite harsh at times. The biblical model of Christ Himself and the Apostle Pauls words and actions were very harsh and they did not mince words when it came to the purity of the gospel and contending for the faith against wolves and false teaching. I do not speak these things as if I am “holier than thou” no very much the opposite and very much the reason I need Jesus daily in my life. If someone says they have no sin they are a liar and the truth is not in them. I write about my journey in Christ in real time, raw occurrences, and real experiences. Nevertheless these instances only serve to draw me closer to Christ and cause me to see the reality of my dependence on Him, and Him alone.
If people are fortunate enough to have access to an uncompromised bible believing/teaching church I would say praise the LORD as this is quite the rarity. It’s becoming more rare as the days go on. I want to be clear when I say compromise — I am not speaking of peripheral issues, like music tastes or the curriculum, the color of church walls, to tithe or not to tithe, to have a church membership list or not, to how many elders should a church have or not, etc. I am speaking about essential fundamental teachings that if these essentials are compromised, then you are believing a different gospel that cannot and will not save you. Some examples of a different gospel (s) can be found here, here, here, and here. The Gospel of Salvation is the only one that can save your soul and can be found here.
Now onto the topic of spiritual abuse. When you find yourself speaking up and standing for truth within your “own” just know you will be shunned. Also know, you are not alone. Spiritual abuse is real and it is not new it’s just wearing new more sophisticated masks. Remember the prophets own people killed them. Spiritual abuse is much like a sexual predator they don’t come right out and scream hey—- rather they will groom you. The “love bombing” and “flattery” will pour into your life that is until you speak up about serious doctrinal issues.
“Love bombing and flattery” are probably the top two tactics used by people (people in spiritual leadership positions) other tactics such as withholding attention, affection, and outright threatening / intimidation generally occur after a person begins to ask too many questions. The retaliation against the “spiritual whistle-blower” with things of spiritual nature mimics the same within the secular world. This is very much like a grooming process that a sexual predator uses. So why are people who bear the name of Christ doing such things? Well, according to scripture we are to crucify our flesh and much of this is fleshly prideful behavior and sinful works of the flesh according to scripture. Then, as I’ve mentioned before we will talk about “heaven and God” but we are reluctant, afraid, or even unaware of the very real spiritual warfare and enemy we have. The very one Jesus Christ defeated. The very one who is after our souls of every human life. The father of lies who will do anything and everything to convince you Jesus Christ isn’t real, and should you realize Jesus is real, satan will surely try to find a way to have you believe in another jesus, or attempt to keep a true believer paralyzed and inoperative.
Leaders will threaten the sheep that God will kill you and your family or strike you with sickness if you speak up about false teaching. One of the most misused scripture with spiritual abuse is “touch not Gods anointed!”
Questionnaire- here: now obviously no man made “formula” can determine what is or isn’t happening in your life. These are just pieces to consider if you are experiencing these things — and if you are I urge you to seek the Lord in prayer and measure your experiences to the Word of God.
I truly thank the Lord for protecting me through my stumbling in and out of cults and cultic atmospheres. Already just using that word cult — raises the hair on the back of most peoples necks. And I get it, I really do, and I also “get” that cults are real they existed in biblical times and exist now. In the day and hour in which we live this is not the time to become ostriches. This is not the time to put blinders on and just “wait for it to all work out.” No…. No…..No…. to the church, WAKE UP!
I actually responded to Christ while in a cult church. This church was small, in a small farm town everyone knew everyone– and everyone knew the “pastors” of this church. The church was eventually shut down and on the news while the pastors had a stand off with the police. Harems of women at the married pastors house, allegations of suspected child abuse, and more. I want to pause here and say, so I responded to Christ while (unknowingly) in a cult church so am I not saved? Do I have to find some “real” pastor or “man of God” or a “prophet or apostle” to get “resaved”? Like I have to do a “redo” of calling out to Christ because the leaders were false teachers?
The answer to all of the above is a resounding no. Why? Because Salvation is not contingent upon a third party, a person, a pastor, church attendance, works, a “holy persons” presence etc. Salvation is a gift from God to be received. No man can give it to you, no man can help you earn it, no man can take what God has given away because salvation does not come from man or the law it is a gift from God alone.
I also was on the fray of WOF/NAR movements not realizing that this is a different gospel (s). I was attending a church and while this concept of reading the bible is becoming a foreign one, I was reading the Word of God as I was attending. I was being a good obedient Christian and “doing whatever I was told” not questioning it. I was even tithing out of fear because I was told God would curse me and I would be excluded from things if I didn’t. SO….I didn’t want to be cursed by God!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will stop here and this hot button topic would take a whole series of blogs to speak about tithing but I will leave this short video here to help some folks who may be tithing under compulsion which is definitively not what God wants. God does not need money. As time went on, and I was praying and reading scripture on my own, I was realizing that what I was hearing from the pulpit was not what I was reading in scripture and it was a perversion of Scripture. And by the Spirit of God, The Holy Spirit just nagged me with discomfort about this church and the teachings. It was not merely a “different way of worshiping” or “minor peripheral issues” no this was a completely different Jesus. Only later while journeying through another abhorrent system would I understand “it” to have a name. Needless to say I left that church and never returned. I would like to pause here as well and say to the “pastors” out there who are so quick to paint everyone with a broad brush in the sense of “church hoppers” a derogatory label as I (and others who dare leave a church for another one) would come to have. Perhaps just perhaps a sheep is searching other pasture because they have spotted wolves in the one they came from, as scripture describes it would be. Pastors ought to be focused on protecting the flock of God, that is after all what a shepherd does, unless of course he is a hireling as Jesus describes.
I then found myself at a quaint church and decided to go to a mid week service. I remember walking in and discreetly sitting in the middle outer row. I heard the words “please open to Romans 5:1 we are talking about justification tonight.” I wanted to leap out of the chair I was so excited! I was so….so…. so ….excited to FINALLY hear the Gospel and about Jesus! I thought this is it …..finally I have found a Christ centered church! My whole being by this point literally ached to hear about the one who died for me! I hadn’t heard about Jesus from the pulpit in such a long time. I wanted to get involved with things and be a part of the family of God that I had finally found. I really wanted to be a part of ministries that helped spread the Gospel. I am by no means an evangelist, I do share my testimony and speak to people one on one when the Lord gives me the opportunity. I wanted (and still desire) to see people saved and coming to Christ. In my new found emotional excitement, I somewhere along the way stopped discerning and testing all things and it took a little while to realize Jesus was no longer being mentioned. He was being sprinkled on and around things like a condiment but that same nagging from the Holy Spirit started again. Especially after I brought a friend to a Sunday service and he pointed out “The pastor hasn’t mentioned Jesus, is it always that way?” It was that moment that my broken antenna was quickly restored and I once again started paying attention beyond what the eyes can see. I was praying and asking for wisdom and discernment, and well, the Lord opened my eyes. The altruistic ministries were very sweet and random acts of kindness are sweet too. The leaving Jesus out was “good” for the false unity of ecumenism if you want to toss out everything God has said and follow the false peace that is coming by way of false unity as scripture accurately predicts in the end times. I was faced with a choice of following Christ or man. We ALL are faced with that choice and most choose to follow man and the tradition of the elders.
The random acts of kindness make us feel good, the feeding the homeless makes us feel like we did a good deed. All the while God calls these self righteous acts “filthy rags” and anyone with access to the internet can look up what God means by a filthy rag it’s quite descriptive and for people with weak stomachs even more so. People within a works based mode of salvation will say and partially quote from the book James “faith without works is dead!” Once again, the context of James needs to be read and also God tells us exactly what good works are in James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Now, it’s a beautiful thing to house a widow or feed an orphanage of children. SO LONG as we are also feeding them spiritual food. It is a “filthy rag” to send a person to hell with a full belly. Widows are without a bridegroom and orphans are without a father. Jesus is described according to scripture as our bridegroomand we are according to scripture by the spirit of adoption no longer orphans. The point is (everyone) widows and orphans need to hear the Gospel, more than they need a hot plate of macaroni and cheese. They need the eternal Bread of Life more than a buttered dinner roll. We cannot rely on our altruistic methods to save us as sweet and kind as these works are, they are not what save you and a hot meal won’t save an orphan. This is what’s called the social gospel and it is a gospel that cannot save. It is a gospel that offers false assurance of salvation.
God is explicitly clear about exposing false teachers and He is equally clear when a person knows the truth but continues to partake in unfruitful works of darkness. The choice one needs to make is choose this day whom you will serve. I choose to serve the Lord and continue to pray for those I have come across who are leading Gods people astray. I also pray for the sheep to hear Gods voice THE Good Shepherd and not listen to a stranger.
Many folks will look upon exposing false teaching unfavorably. Interestingly enough usually the people who frown upon a blog like this are the very false teachers this blog speaks of. They will call me a “heresy hunter” or a “witch hunt” when in fact all I am doing is talking about my own life and it just so happens false teaching has been all I have encountered. Or other people have skipped a huge portion of Scripture and the travails of the Apostle Paul, the book of Jude, and Christ Himself which speaks of false prophets and the commanding by God to expose such falsities, mark and avoid such people teaching such heresies, and the command from God to divide from those who persist in unrepentant false teaching. Then the next group would be unbelievers people who passively sit by committing spiritual suicide by “not making any decision” ….no decision is a decision, and unlike The Shacks theology —this is reality and all roads do not lead to heaven.
Spiritual Gifts are given by God through the Holy Spirit. A person cannot help another “activate” a gift that is only given by God. If it is a true gift from God that gift (s) will be exercised decently, in order, and supernaturally as seen in the Scripture without human intervention, persuasion, or coaxing. You will not be able to find scripture where we are told the Apostles had “gift activation” classes as if The Holy Spirit is part of the curriculum at a “Harry Potter” school. You won’t read such a thing in scripture because that is not how the gifts operated then and God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The Holy Spirit is not “a silly blue genie” as Bethel Church/Music worship leader Jenn Johnson irreverently described Him.
Some history of Corinth would be beneficial to discuss because the heavy pagan /polytheistic/gnostic culture influenced the Corinthians that Paul taught and had to write to in order to reteach them. Paul states:” But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men? “(1 Corinthians 3:1-4) Paul addressed the Corinthians out of order behavior regarding the misuse of the gifts and being surrounded (and participating with) by paganism and he clarifies about speaking in tongues and mentions tongues of angels.
Many interpret tongues of angels as “a private prayer language” each believer has and then others view it as a hyperbolic statement much like when Paul stated “if I, or even an angel bring another gospel to you other than the one you’ve received let them be accursed.” Or another hyperbolic statement by Jesus Christ when He said “if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out.” Paul appears to be contrasting and his emphasis is on the greatest of all, which is to pursue agape. Paul is not stating he does speak in tongues of angels, nor is he implying there is or is not an angelic language. Paul is saying “if I did speak in tongues of angels.”
A cursory look at scripture and when angels appeared to people we read they always spoke in intelligible languages to the people they appeared too. We do not read there were any linguistic barriers or interpretation needed when angels appeared. To assume such a thing would be a presupposition and exceeding the things which are written which we are told not to do. Reading Pauls correction to the Corinthians he uses conditional language as examples such as “if I pray in a tongue” not when I pray.
Paul states he thanks God he speaks in tongues (intelligible languages, the ability to speak fluently a language the speaker has never learned) more than all of us, and this would make sense, since Paul travelled extensively more so than any other recorded apostle.
Tracking only some of Pauls extensive geographic travels biblically:
Antioch (Acts 13:4)
Seleucia to Cyprus, to Salamis and Paphos (Acts 13:4-6)
Iconium, (Acts 14:3) Lystra
Paul and Barnabas went throughout Pisidia, Pamphylia, then to Perga, Attalia (Acts 14:24-26)
Paul takes Silas through Syria and Cilicia (now southeastern Turkey)
Then in Philippi, (Acts 16:14-34).
After teaching some in Berea, Paul departed ahead of Silas and Timothy, southward into Achaia (now southern Greece), to Athens.
Paul then makes his first visit to Corinth where he stays a year and a half (Acts 18:1, 5, 11). Paul left by boat with Aquila and Priscilla to Cenchrea and then across the Aegean Sea to Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla stay there where they would later meet Apollos (Acts 18:19 and 26).
Paul sails on to Caesarea and then goes up to Antioch in Syria, Paul stayed a while (Acts 18:23).
Then off to Galatia (central region of Turkey) and then Phrygia (Acts 18:23).
Then Paul arrives at Ephesus (Acts 20:31) and he preached in the synagogue for 3 months (Acts 19:8). He disputed daily in the school of Tyrannus for 2 years (Acts 19:9-10), so that all that dwelt in Asia heard the word.
Paul had come to Troas and continued to Macedonia (2 Corinthians 2:12-13 and 7:5)
Then Paul went to Assos, Mitylene, Chios, Samos, Trogylium, and Miletus (now in southwestern Turkey). From here, Paul addresses Ephesian elders whom he had called to meet him (Acts 20:17-38)
Sailing to Coos, Rhodes, Patara, and passing on the south side of Cyprus, they came to Tyre (which is now in Lebanon) where they stayed one week. Then they went south to Ptolemais and to Caesarea where they stayed many days (Acts 21:10).
Paul is at Caesarea, “many years” (Acts 24:10) Paul then spends 2 years in prison in Caesarea in Judea.
Paul, still a prisoner, sails to Sidon with Luke and Aristarchus (Acts 27:1-2) on the way to Italy.
Sailed to Myra (now southern Turkey) and on to Lasea, on large island of Crete, 50 miles southeast of Greece, where much time was spent (Acts 27:7-13).
We need to read the scripture setting aside our indoctrinated beliefs, rituals, traditions, and experiences and read the scriptures as they are written plainly. The scripture read from 1 Corinthians 12-14 just does not support “two types” of the gift of tongues (i.e.) The Gift of Tonguesand then a “second type” a sort of “private prayer language” or angelic tongues, often called a “heavenly language” and used interchangeably to mean that “every believer has” even though scripture is clear “not all have the gift of tongues.”
If we take the position that all have a “private prayer language” or as some will even hold (erroneously that if you don’t speak in tongues then you have “not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit” or “not saved at all” would be a direct contradiction of Gods Word regarding spiritual gifts. No where in Scripture does it indicate a person must posses a gift as evidence of being saved we know according to scripture that the Holy Spirit sanctifies a believer ongoing throughout their life and a true born again believer will produce fruit, fruit is not equivalent to gifts. We are not saved by “possessing a gift” we are saved by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Many proponents of a “private prayer language” will cite only part of Romans 8:26 : …“the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us ….“The rest of that verse is “with groanings which cannot be uttered.” A language (a tongue) must be uttered and words come forth, so this verse is not teaching a private prayer language whereby the person initiates speech, nor is anything (speech) uttered.
Paul concludes his admonition to the Corinthians with the most excellent way (contrasting the competition and pride in Corinth) and what is the most important to pursue which is agape. The problem in Corinth is very much the same today, spiritual pride. Paul was addressing that sin of pride and emphasizing the need for love amongst the brethren, Paul was not emphasizing an angelic tongue. God is not the author of confusion or chaos which was also an issue in Corinth that Paul was addressing. Paul was reestablishing the proper order of the spiritual gifts, calling the Corinthians out of their sinful lifestyle, (to be separate from the paganism around them) they had fallen into and exhorting them to love. These letters Paul wrote were not to make a doctrine of a “private prayer language” or “speaking angelic languages.”
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
If God intended for us to speak to Him in unknown tongues, angelic tongues, or “secret code” private prayer languages I have to wonder why God is then so specific on how not to pray and on how we ought to pray. Much scripture is written that calls us to be actively engaged in mind, speech, actions, etc. when speaking, praying, interacting with God and to have our minds be unfruitful just lends itself to much of what we are seeing in contemplative prayer and lectio divina.
I wanted to write about this issue because I know people who have been made to feel less than and worse over this issue. So Pauls letter (s) to the Corinthians is alive and active today! Many people today hold this practice of speaking in tongues and elevating it to some sort of sign of maturity or spirituality. And if a person doesn’t have a “private prayer language” then something “is wrong with their relationship with Christ” or they are looked at as “less spiritual” and this sort ofchildish behavior is exactly what Paul was addressing with the Corinthians. Paul chided the Corinthians for their carnality.