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Doing the WORKS of God
By Jay Bartlett
I am a grace-teacher, I believe in righteousness by faith, not through works. But on the same token, I am passionate about the works of God that we are called to do. The problem is that many of God's people misunderstand the works that He has called us to do, so we go about doing the wrong works which lands us in unbelief.
The works in terms of righteousness is what the church today often refers to as works, but the fact is that if we are working for our righteousness, we are under the law and have fallen from grace. We think of falling from grace as to say, falling into sin, but that is not what the scripture is saying -- when we fall from grace, we have fallen in a place of unbelief, as we're relying on our works to make us righteous.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. - Galatians 5:4
This is not what God intended. We cannot have peace with God while relying on our fallible human willpower to be righteous. We can only have peace with God when we rest by faith in His finished work of the Cross, thereby clothing us with His righteousness.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:1
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference. - Romans 3:22
If we try to earn or own righteousness, then we have not received His righteousness by faith and we have fallen into unbelief concerning the work of Christ. Satan uses unbelief to enslave God's children into the wrong kind of works and he uses this common misunderstanding of scripture to put them into bondage.
So if the works we are called to do are not works of righteousness, intended to make/keep us righteous, then what kind of works were we called to do? The other day I was thinking about the works that Jesus called us to, and you know what the Holy Spirit showed me? It wasn't works as in living a sinless life so that we can be righteous (we are that in Christ by FAITH!)... the WORKS that we are called to do are the WORKS that Jesus Himself did Himself... cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead!!!
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. - John 14:12
Jesus has done the work of making us righteous by clothing us with His righteousness when we accept His work on the Cross by faith. Our job is to accept that righteousness, which is done through believing by accepting by faith the work of the Cross. That is a done deal! But then God calls us all to do the works of Christ, the same things that He did while here on earth. That is, minister the good news of Christ to the lost, heal the sick, cast out demons, and yes, even raise the dead!
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. - Matthew 10:7-8
When we step out and do what God has called us to do, the signs and wonders of Christ will begin to follow us. It should be normal for a Christian to do the very miracles that Jesus did!
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. - Mark 16:17-18
About the Author – Jay and the rest of the ministers at the following websites have a desire to see “precious souls set free and their hearts healed”. Please check out the following website for great information that can help you. greatbiblestudy.com; ministeringdeliverance.com; ifreedomfighter.org; jaybartlett.org; and deliveranceblog.org
><> August 1, 2012; Source: http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/
Note from the Editor – Under normal circumstances I like to start our week with something funny. But this week and last week are no normal circumstances. The news is full of things that reveal a world that is heading into the very last of days and Rev. David Wilkerson was the first to tell you that now, more than ever, we need to take notice.
Before Rev. David Wilkerson went home to receive his reward, he posted this last message for all of us to meditate on in our hour of rejoicing as well as our hour of sorrow. He has encouraged us and chastised us throughout the years; I sincerely hope his words will never be forgotten. This was his last post…
When All Means Fail
By David Wilkerson
To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).
Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.
Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.
That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”
Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”
Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.
To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.
-Please leave a comment on David Wilkerson's life and ministry at the following website- http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/
><> May 2, 1011
By Len Stubbs
Great leaders don’t talk a great game, they don’t rest on their past accomplishments, they are keenly aware that the size of their office or the title on their business card doesn’t entitle them to leadership. They don’t take advantage of those who they are entrusted to lead.
Real leaders don’t accept credit for successes but recognize that all credit is due to the Father. Real leaders are encouragers and equippers. Real leaders faithfully consider the long term and short-term implications of each and every decision they render and the impact that it will have on the lives of those that surround them.
To understand the true definition and example of Christian leadership we need look no further than the word, walk, and way of our Lord Jesus. His life of leadership was defined by His eager desire to serve His people and His disciples. In His life as told to us through the Bible we find the perfect description of a Christian leader. We are taught that Jesus willingly, knowingly, and lovingly took on the role of leader to all those in his care. Jesus knew well that without His leadership example that we are rudderless.
From His example, we know that a real leader leads, feeds, nurtures, comforts, corrects, directs, and protects. Leadership by example requires us to model godliness and righteousness in our own life. By example of Salt and Light real leadership encourages others to follow Jesus.
Christian leaders boldly follow Christ and through both witness and example inspire others to follow Him as well. The Christian leaders
ultimate concern is to follow the Word of God producing strong, faithful Christians.
Here is what the Lord has to say about Leadership in His word.
(1) In TITUS 1:9 - " He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it."
(2) In ISAIAH 58:7 - "Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
(3) In DANIEL 2:30 - "As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”
(4) In JOHN 13:5 - “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
(5) In Matthew 11:27-29 -"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
(6) In 1 TIMOTHY 5:17 - “ The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”
(7) In 1 PETER 5:3 – “not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."
(8) In Matthew 18: 1-4- “ At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
(9) In MATTHEW 20:25-28 - “Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(10) In 1SAMUEL 8:7 - “ And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”
(11) In 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 –“ All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(12) In JOHN 10:11- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”
So in the end, Real leadership runs deep in those who surrender, serve, and seek the will of God. Real leaders live the word of God to all whom cross their path. Their lives are the definition of Salt and Light. Real leaders possess His spirit in their words, actions, decisions, deeds, and hearts.
In those instances where leaders encounter a conflict between the word, will, or way of God and the path being traveled they immediately seek His will and put in place a corrective action plan. Without hesitation they stand up to be counted. Real leaders are not concerned with being politically correct. Real leaders never leave people on the wrong path going in the wrong direction.
Here are Seven (7) tips to Real Leadership:
1. PUT GOD FIRST- Christ must be at the center of everything. The Bible teaches us that our one and only priority is to keep Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness first in everything. His will and our service to Him is our priority.
2. Focus- Be specific about the decisions, direction and objectives, which you establish.
3.Create a Vision- Make decisions that communicate your dream, your passions, and your intended actions.
4. Take Responsibility and Set Direction - You control your decision to lead, follow, or get out of the way. If you truly believe in your abilities, it is your responsibility to work with others to set direction.
5. Establish Goals, Objectives, and Plans- Words, and speeches don’t make the man or the leader. Action and results do. Get to work.
6. Care Enough to Influence Direction – To lead effectively you have to care about those you are attempting to lead. It is not about you. It is about them. If the troops don’t know that you care you will not be their leader.
7. Listen to Learn- Leaders listen and talkers talk. Listen; Think, Listen, Think, Talk.
It seems that these days leadership is a very popular, hot topic as there are countless seminars, articles, and self help books written on the subject. Becoming a successful leader is the topic of much discussion. According to popular teaching, successful leaders must be blessed with the skills and talents to communicate a vision and set goals for people or an organization to follow.
That being the case, the most famous and successful leaders of our age all recognized that human wisdom can never match God’s leadership and direction. These leaders recognized the leadership, guidance, and hand of the Lord in these matters. Christian leaders realize and acknowledge that they are the conduits but that God is the leader of our lives and our family.
Six (6) Questions to Real Leadership:
1. Would you say that others typically consider you a leader? What makes you think that?
2. When you think of the term “Leadership” what thoughts come to your mind – overall, what are your attitudes about real “Leadership”?
3. What is the last act of Leadership you demonstrated?
4. In what area of your life do you demonstrate the most leadership?
5. In what area of your life do you demonstrate the least leadership?
6. If you wanted to improve you’re leadership skills, what is one thing you could do, starting now, to achieve that?
I want to encourage you to take a step back and take a long, hard, look at your life. Are you being called to leadership? If so, it is the leaders responsibility to obey the Father as He leads those in his path to Christ likeness. The Father knows what is best and He takes responsibility for all. As leaders our responsibility is to faithfully perform the role that He has chosen and assigned to us.
To successfully lead others through the chaos of confusion that is constantly thrust upon us daily, we need to find a rock that stabilizes and secures us. I would suggest that you would find that rock in Jesus.
Consider these Ten (10) Qualities and Skills to put you on the path to real leadership.
Ten (10) Leadership Qualities and Skills:
Leadership qualities Leadership Skills
|1) Accountability||6) Motivation|
|2) Decision making||7) Delegation|
|3) Communication||8) Manage|
|4) Integrity||9) Organize|
|5) Confidence||10) Plan|
As a final thought on this subject, those whom God calls as leaders are expected to exhibit great humility and be willing servants who have aligned their will with that of the Father. Those who are chosen to lead God's people must above all be blessed with the gifts of sacrifice, devotion, submission, and lowliness. Jesus Himself gave us the pattern when He took on the responsibility of the lowest of lowly slaves that being the foot washer and washed the feet of His disciples.
If the Lord who designed and created the universe and every cell on it would chose to take on the role and responsibility of servant hood clearly those chosen to leadership should follow His example.
PRACTICE: To practice the concept of leadership this week, I’d like you to make a list in your Success Journal of three areas that others most always look to you to lead. Then take some time to consider how you work, act, talk differently about these subjects, write an action step telling yourself how you could accomplish that lever of leadership in other areas of your life.
About the Author - Let me help you to learn how to become the Real Leader you were destined to be. Contact me on the web at realpathcoaching.com: email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org better yet call me at (843) 589-9236
March 18, 2011; Source: Narrow is Path
Parade Ground to Battlefield
By Don Pedal
How many of us are sitting in our pews, Sunday after Sunday, quite content with our spiritual lives? We are believers enjoying a rich church life of worship and fellowship. That's what the religious life is all about, right? Is it possible we are missing something? Could we be victims of "religious arrested development"? To answer that, let me ask you a disturbing question. Are you bearing fruit? What do I mean by bearing fruit?
When I first heard that question my reaction was, of course I am. I go to church every Sunday. I read my Bible and pray and attend a home bible study. I'm there for potlucks and sing alongs. Life is good. My friends are all believers who are socially and economically compatible. We are careful to stay separated from that sinful world out there so as not to be contaminated by it. Of course I'm bearing fruit.
Many in the church today have what I call the castle mentality. The church is our Christian castle surrounded with a moat and a carefully raised drawbridge. Our religious system uses the moat and drawbridge to ensure that none of that world system out there seeps into our church. We're uncomfortable with things like ear rings, tattoos, certain hair coloring and hair styles. Why don't they conform like we do? I wonder what Jesus would have to say about them?
We spend a lot of time on our parade ground (meetings, committees, programs etc.). Could it be that we are missing something?
Now the question arises ---- parade ground or battlefield? Am I willing to leave my emotionally comfortable and safe parade ground and go out into the hurting, lost and sometimes hostile battlefield to personally serve the Lord as He leads me daily or would I rather remain on the parade ground and decide how I will serve Him? Am I really bearing fruit or am I quite comfortable doing Godly work?
Henry and Martha
Meet Henry and Martha. Henry is a corporate executive with years of experience. He has demonstrated, many times, his qualifications to lead and a natural ability to manage and influence people. His record of successfully completing anything he sets his mind to, is impressive.
Martha is a homemaker who successfully raised three children to know and love the Lord. She taught them important values that served them well as each one completed their education and received their degrees.
Henry and Martha are strong believers, born again and active in their church and faith. Every Sunday found them at service. As time went on, they tried to find a church ministry to be devoted to. They had no success. Not easily discouraged, they went to the Lord for direction. After much prayer, they both began to believe that maybe the lord was calling them to step out in faith and minister on their own, as He led them.
Several times Henry and Martha noticed the homeless gathered in a park downtown. One day they decided to visit the park and bring coffee and food to go with it. Loading their van they headed downtown. When they arrived, there was no one in sight. Looking around, they noticed a man sitting on one of the benches. He appeared cold and lonely. Henry thought that he might be someone they came to see. "Would you like a cup of coffee?" He asked. The man's eyes carefully surveyed Henry. "Sure" he finally said. "Might as well have a roll with that" Henry invited.
Back at the van and a cup of coffee later, Henry noticed several people approaching. They must be friends of his guest, mused Henry. Martha stepped in and it wasn't long before there was a small group around the van enjoying the morning refreshment. The following week found the same group at the park with a few new faces added.
As the weeks went by, the word went out and the group grew larger. Now, as the van approached, they found an orderly line at the curb. Several of the group decided to do a little organizing and help. As the line formed, they opened the van, reached inside, and set up the tables, coffee urns etc. under Martha's watchful eye.
Today, as a result of one man and woman's decision, an active evangelical community is growing in the heart of one of our major cities. A Godly minister has seen the vision and joined the group. They are now forming their own church under his inspiration and much prayer. They not only pray and worship together, but offer their members spiritual and life counseling. They also assist with paperwork, job counseling and other social services so critically needed.
Henry and Martha are an outstanding example of what one man, woman or couple can do when anointed and guided by the Holy Spirit. They were willing to get out of the pew, leave the parade ground, cross the drawbridge and moat of the institutional church and stand on the battlefield. This battlefield is the secular world that scoffs at us, ignores or openly opposes us as we seek to make disciples in obedience to our Lord's command. (Matt. 28:19 20)
Now the question arises --- parade ground or battlefield? Am I willing to leave my comfortable parade ground? Am I really bearing fruit or feeling smug as I do "Godly work"? Am I willing to boldly step across the drawbridge and "Go forth and make disciples"?
We can ponder this, pray about it, consult others for opinions etc. We can mull it over until it fades and other things quickly gain our attention.
The lord did not consider "Go forth and make disciples" a suggestion Do you?
About the Author - As a senior citizen, I am dedicated to serving the Lord through sharing my experiences and insights with other believers. My primary focus is upon being a disciple of Jesus and, in being one, I can help others to find their spiritual way also.
><> March 9, 2011; Source: Faith Writers
We Need Another Jesus Movement
By J. Lee Grady
Share In today’s hip, sophisticated churches, we often forget to preach about Jesus. Let’s get back to basics.
I became a serious Christian at the tail end of the Jesus movement. I was too young to remember the hippie beads, tie-dyed shirts and “Jesus Is Groovy” slogans, but the songs were still popular when I was in college (from musicians such as Andrae Crouch, Love Song and Barry McGuire), as were the movies (especially The Cross and the Switchblade.)
The Jesus movement was like a spiritual tsunami that washed over hundreds of thousands of young people in the late 1960s and early ‘70s and brought them into a personal relationship with Christ. Some of these kids had been drug addicts and social misfits; most were just average Joes and Janes who discovered that Jesus is a lot more exciting than traditional churches had led them to believe...
Lately I find myself waxing nostalgic for those days—not because I want to return to the awkward fashions and hairstyles of 1972, but because I miss the spiritual simplicity of that era. The Jesus movement was primarily focused on—surprise!—Jesus. Theology was not complicated, pastors weren’t trying to be hip or sophisticated or tech-savvy; and we hadn’t yet created a Christian subculture with its own celebrities and political power bases.
Today, we just don’t preach enough about Jesus. This is certainly true in many charismatic churches, where we’ve become experts on everything but basic Christian theology 101. In my travels this past year I’ve been horrified to learn that many Spirit-filled believers have given up the discipline of reading their Bibles even semi- regularly. They refer a steady diet of culturally relevant, fast-paced, techno-theology that is a poor substitute for discipleship.
Many charismatics have developed the attitude that a simple focus on Christ isn’t enough. We’d rather go to a “prophetic encounter” to hear what Obama’s chances are in 2012, or experience some exotic spiritual manifestation (gold dust, gems falling out of the ceiling), or ask Rev. Flash-in-the-Pan to pray for us for the sixteenth time so we can receive yet another “special anointing” that we will probably never use.
In the midst of all this charismatic gobbledygook, where is Jesus? Am I the only one out there who is weary of this distraction?
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve decided to get back to the basics of the faith. That’s why I am reading What Jesus Is All About?, a classic book written more than 50 years ago by Henrietta Mears, a Bible teacher who helped mentor both Billy Graham and Bill Bright in the 1940s.
Mears explains in her book how each of the four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—give us a unique, four-dimensional portrait of the Savior. According to Mears:
Matthew was written to Jews to tell of a Promised Savior who is also a King—and it uses the word “kingdom” 55 times.Mark was written to Gentiles to tell of a Powerful Savior—and it reports more miracles than any other gospel.Luke was written by a Gentile to tell of a Perfect Savior—and it has the most references to Jesus’ humanity. John was written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” to tell of a Personal Savior—and it has the most references to Jesus’ divine nature.
The Holy Spirit who inspired the Bible knew we needed more than a one-, two- or three-dimensional look at Jesus. The Spirit gave us a four-dimensional view so that we could gaze at Him from all sides and become captivated by His magnificence—His supreme kingship, His compassionate mercy, His supernatural power, His perfect justice, His amazing humility and His love for sinners like you and me.
There’s so much more to Jesus than we realize. And there is so much more to say about Him than we are telling our generation. That’s why I’m spending most of my study time in the four gospels for the next few months. I want a fresh revelation of Jesus!
Perhaps another Jesus movement will be unleashed in our country when we discard our distractions and focus on Him again.
><> February 24, 2011
Jesus’ Power and Authority in Us
By A. Brother
"I have given you authority to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." --Luke 10:19
"Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit" --Luke 4:14
"They were amazed at His teaching, because His message had authority." --Luke 4:32
"and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all." --Luke 6:19
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." --John 14:12,13
"When they saw the courage of Peter and Johnthey were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." --Acts 4:13
"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly." --Acts 4:31
These passages tell us of Jesus' power, authority, courage and boldness being handed down to His disciples.
Where have these qualities gone today?
Why do we not experience the amazing works of God exhibited in the lives of His people in our time, and in our society?
Is God's arm too short? Has He lost His power? His authority? Where are His courage and His boldness? Did Jesus abdicate the throne? Does He no longer possess these attributes? Are the accounts we read in Scripture just inspirational stories to give us heart while we struggle along under our own power, without any authority, weak and afraid, mildly living in the shadows so as not to attract unwanted attention?
Or is something wrong in us; in those who claim to belong to Christ? Is there something missing in those of us who call ourselves believers in Christ? Something that prevents us from seeing the power, authority, courage and boldness of Jesus from being fulfilled as He promised?
Yes, brothers and sisters, the problem is us, and in us.
We have become as the teachers of the law were in Jesus' day. Safe, colorless, pedantic, powerless proclaimers of theology and religious ideology.
Currently, we normal pastors, leaders and teachers are often "reeds swayed by the wind"men "dressed in fine clothes"not prophets and power-filled messengers of God's Word. --Luke 7:24-26. And those of us who inhabit the pews? We are worse. We don't stand up and exhort and encourage and boldly risk for Christ even among our brethren. We sit and soak and let the paid leaders do it for us.
Jesus tells us that those who truly follow Him will do what He is doing, and more. That the Spirit will dwell in them with power. That they will boldly proclaim the Truth, even if it means shaking the foundations of religious institutions and worldly traditions. That they will be empowered to do the things Jesus did, including showing His love to all those around us.
Brethren, Jesus waits on us. Are we waiting on Him?
Are we in constant prayer as the early Church waspraying to receive the power of the Spirit that we may do God's work in His Way?
The promises have never changed.
"Jesus Christ is the sameyesterday and today and forever." --Heb. 13:8
Brethren, think about this.
Not one thing we do or say in our churches today requires or waits upon the power of God. Not one thing we do in our daily lives today as Christians requires or waits upon the power of God. All things in our hands take place in our own power and are within our own grasp.
God knows we live and move and do all things in our own power and authority. We're not fooling Him.
The world knows we live and move and do all things in our own power and authority. They see our weakness and dependence on worldly things. We're not fooling them.
Brethren, I say with sadness, and knowledge of my own failings, that we live as the pagans do. There is no visible difference. The proof is this: we depend upon, worry about, and act upon all things around us in the same manner and order in which the pagans depend on them, worry about them, and act upon them.
Often nothing in our lives as "Christians" differs from the world except the fact that we subscribe to a creed, and participate in our church activities!
We are religious. But we don't shake the world by the power of God's Spirit.
As Jesus went about His Father's business, He shook things up. He caused problems. Things were never status quo with Jesus around. He shook up the pagan world, and He shook up the religious world. Jesus made people uncomfortable. He spoke Truth where falsehood abounded. He called out sin when He saw it. He reached out to help everyone hurting or hungry or thirsty, and spent His time with those in need.
To the religious leaders of His day Jesus said, "Are you not in error because you do no know the Scriptures or the power of God?" --Mark 12:24
He so troubled the waters of the conventional seas that the religious leaders hated Him. They challenged His authority continually.
"By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you authority to do this?" --Mark 11:28
Who challenges our authority today? Whom do we threaten? Whose pagan or religious ways do we shake up? Whose waters do we trouble? Where is the mighty Kingdom of God today that challenges the power and authority of Satan's hold upon people and the world?
To all of us in the ekklesia of Godthe Body of ChristI say: We must seek the Lord God and the power of His Spirit.
We must wait upon Him, hear His Word and obey it. Leave modern 'Christian' convention behind and be willing to live as the Church should live, empowered to speak and act boldly on Jesus' Truth.
Brethren, we must obey God rather than men!
Do we doubt that Jesus is the ultimate "mover and shaker" of all things? Do we doubt that Jesus is the enemy of religious convention, and comfortable apostasy? Or do we really, down deep, just doubt God completely, and doubt that Jesus will have His Way?
"As He was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!' 'Do you see all these great buildings?' replied Jesus. 'Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.' " --Mark 13:1,2
The power and authority of Jesus will throw down every monument we build to religion. We must abandon such pursuits, such admiration of worldly things, and leave them behind. Let's seek the Lord together today!
About the Author – To read more from A. Brother go to: http://narrowgatepub.blogspot.com/. A. Brother (c) 2010 Narrowgate Publishing. After a successful business career, I lost everything. I now consider that loss gain, and seek to remain in Christ. Without Him I can do nothing.
<> January 28, 2011; Source: Faith Writers
Three Important Leadership Qualities that Boost Morale
by Greg Baker
In this article, we will explore three essential leadership qualities that boost morale among followers. Every leader must learn what being a leader means. These qualities are important to every leader. They are important to any follower. They are a must.
Those leaders who are standoffish, distant, and unapproachable quickly find discontent in the ranks of his or her followers. A good leader always has time for his followers. Remember, without them, you would not be a leader.
A good leader always has an ear for the problems and issues of his followers. Even military commanders will tell you that morale is essential to the overall performance of his troops. Being approachable is a gigantic morale booster. It is always hard to follow someone who does not have time for you.
Make time to become a part of the lives of your followers. Get to know their dreams, ambitions, problems, and heartaches. Many times you won't even have to do anything, but just knowing that you are interested goes a long way to boost morale.
I pastor a church and my church members know that they can call me any time, day or night. If I cannot talk right then, I always try to find a way to get in touch with them as soon as possible. This truth is universal to all leaders. If your followers cannot approach you, they will begin to grumble and complain. It won't be long before performance drops and infighting begins.
ALLOW FOLLOWERS TO BENEFIT FROM YOUR VISION
People follow you because you are going somewhere they want to go. But if only you can get there, if you hold them at a distance from it, if you refuse to allow anyone else to benefit from your vision, you will incite a riot within your followers.
If your leadership brings wealth to you or your company, you will need to share that wealth with those that helped get you there. If your leadership gives you influence, then allow those that helped you gain that influence share in that influence. Reward loyal followers!
What are the benefits from following your leadership? What does a follower get out of following you? Why should they follow you?
Answer these questions wisely. If followers benefit from following you, they will continue to follow you.
EMPOWER YOUR FOLLOWERS
There is nothing more discouraging than feeling inadequate and useless. People will jump ship when they feel that they lack the ability, talent, skills, or knowledge to follow you to your vision.
A good leader will empower his followers to follow. He will provide proper training, encouragement, support, and opportunity. Without these, a follower will not feel they can follow and morale will suffer. Teach a follower how to succeed and his confidence, zeal, and dedication will rise to the occasion.
Do not simply look for someone who already possesses what you want. Many of those will only follow you until something better comes along. But empower someone to follow you and they will follow you because you helped them succeed. Their loyalty will be to you.
Empowering your followers is always good for morale.
About the Author: To read more from Greg Baker go to http://articles.fitlyspoken.org. Or http://www.fitlyspoken.org for books on communication and social skills in relationships! Print your own newspaper! Use code GB101 for a 5% discount on your first order at http://www.makemynewspaper.com
@ December 28, 2010; Source: Faith Writers
Where the Enemy Lurks
By William Wright
I used to have the naive assumption that if the people within a building referred to themselves, and the building, as a "church", that it was immune from any attacks from the enemy.
Not only is that not Biblical, it gives many a false sense of security and hope. Perhaps this is why so many pastoral techniques, scams, and lies have been able to succeed at such an amazing rate.
But aside from the downright falsehoods being relayed by prosperity preachers and others not adhering to the Word, I think we have a far greater issue with the church: focus. Our lack of focus as believers is crippling our ability grow as Christians.
We all know that the enemy will not boldly declare who he is, showing up in the church parking lot with a red cape. No, he is much more clever than that, although I am loathe to give him any credit whatsoever.
But what if he were to influence leadership to believe that appearances mattered more than worship? What if leadership believed slogans and logos were more important than relationships? What if the enemy influenced leadership to forget about the war going on and instead guided them into comfort, coffee, and halloween themes?
Facebook is the fingernail on the body of Christ--yet too many are treating it as the primary blood flow, considering more important than the Bible itself.
We are closer to our twitter accounts than we are to the man in the third row at church who has a sick child in the hospital. Shall I update my twitter expressing my sadness to hundreds of other faceless individuals, or actually speak to the man and give him encouragement?
What about those of us in the pews, padded chairs, benches, or aluminum seats? Are we more concerned about the color scheme of the kid's church or the hearts that go into teaching our children about Christ? Are we fascinated by the big screen on the church's stage or do we understand that there are countless, nameless individuals who clean the floors, toilets, and diapers at the church?
Some of our leaders are enamored by the newest fad. Most of the congregants are in awe of the laser-light shows and numbers of folks in the band. And what about the children? Are they brought up in a church that focuses on the basics (Bible, Christ, God's love and grace, etc.) or are they more entranced by Veggietales and play dough?
Let us also get back to worshiping our Lord in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, not what sounds good on the radio. Use what you have. As long as your congregants have a voice, you can have a worship experience. Don't mistake a lack of musicians for a lack of worship opportunities.
My prayer is that the church focuses on Christ instead of culturalism, God instead of gimmicks, and the Bible instead of broadcasts.
My hope is that the leaders of the church focus on creating disciples instead of daydreaming about numbers. My hope is that the leaders of the church focus on teaching instead of tweeting, counseling instead of complaining, and reality instead of relevance.
My prayer is that the body focuses on serving instead of sitting, worshiping instead of worrying, and the truth instead of trivialities. The body needs to be there for the leadership, the lingering, and the lost. The body needs to initiate missions and movements instead of instigating complaints about what's not being done.
Facebook is not a vehicle for salvation and Twitter has no capacity to love or equip.
Just because the band is live does not indicate a much powerful level of worship--give me a heart for God a Capella and you'll see rows of crying eyes, wanting to hear more. Church shouldn't be a concert.
Yes, the enemy is among us. But we can render him powerless with our focus upon Him. Let us focus on Christ.
Let us focus on Our Lord.
Let us focus on His Word.
Let us focus on the one true source of salvation.
Call on Him and focus.
About the Author: William Wright--married, with children. Educated in Seattle, saved in Zephyrhills, "raised" in Tampa, and still growing in Austin. "I once considered myself a selfish church hopper...I now realize that my hunger drives me to continue to seek nourishment. I'm a growing babe!"--William
@ November 30, 2010; Source: Faith Writers
When Martin Luther Recanted
By Kathryn Frazier
October 31, All Hallow's Eve, 1517, Martin Luther, theology professor and Roman Catholic priest, nailed ninety-five theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. The Protestant Reformation had begun. And the seeds for the Holocaust were planted.
When pushed to recant his teachings before the council at Worms, Luther proclaimed with famous defiance, "I can not recant!" This is the stuff of legend. One man standing with God alone against a corrupt religious government. A youth pastor of my acquaintance actually had T-shirts printed in the man's honor. He speaks highly and often of Luther to the teens he shepherds, but like many Protestant leaders, he chooses not to teach the whole story.
Luther grew as popular with the masses as he was unpopular with the leaders of the day. He studied with Jews, because he believed that Christian faith could be found in a Hebraic perspective of the Bible, and he found in Jews fellow resisters of Catholicism. In 'Jesus Christ was Born a Jew', Luther called for compassion on Jews, who were subject to discrimination and forced to live in ghettos. Later in life, on the issue of compassion for Jews, with no prompting from any council, Martin Luther most vehemently recanted.
When the Jews he befriended refused to convert to Christianity, he reacted with fury. In 'On the Jews and Their Lies', Luther called for blood. He said that all Jews are lying, lazy, blasphemous thieves. Christian individuals and governments, he said, must take Jews' belongings, burn their homes, burn their synagogues and holy books, run them out of Germany and wherever they may be found, not allow them safe passage, make slaves of their young, and deal harshly with them, killing thousands in a day. He asserted that God's wrath would consume not only Jews, but anyone who showed them mercy, because showing mercy to Jews only makes them worse, he said.
Many Protestants who consider Luther a hero have never heard this murderous doctrine. But many have. I see leaders deliberately choosing to revise history to support their own denominational preference.
A favorite excuse for selective teaching is that we all are sinners. No man's life is without faults, so we overlook the bad and celebrate the good. C'mon. Not everyone provided fuel for the Holocaust. Really. That's not a thing to overlook.
I also hear, "Many of the Church reformers were Antisemitic. He just reflected the views of the day." As if that makes it OK. So, he joined the ranks of Rameses, Haman, and Antiochus. Not good company. Not a group I want to be aligned with.
And the best one, "I just accept all people." This statement means nothing in regard to Luther. The man is no longer among the living to be accepted or rejected. All we have is his theology, which insists that the problem with Christianity is that Christians did not kill all the Jews. I reject that.
I'm not against teaching history. Luther's life serves as a warning to us all. When he was on the side of the Jews, he saw great spiritual victory. He stood up to misuse of religion and preached salvation through faith in Christ alone. He translated the New Testament into the language of the people. Against the Jews, and under the curse of Genesis 12:3, he died bitter and sickly, an enemy of God. Let us learn a lesson from his life, rather than hold him up as a hero.
For more on the life of Martin Luther, visit http://www.luther.de/en/legenden
For more on his writing, 'On the Jews and their Lies', visit http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/Luther_on_Jews.html
About the Author: Kathryn A. Frazier celebrates holidays in Jewish and Christian harmony. Tell her where you saw this and what you think! PreciousHolidays@yahoo.com
@ November 10, 2010
Partners 371: 9/11 Edition: Knowing and Responding to Islam: Another Pastor's Perspective
By Pastor Bob Fox
What Would Jesus do?
Just do what Jesus told us to do in the Gospels: love our neighbors, love our enemies and make disciples of all the nations. Muslims need love, perhaps more than any other non-Christian group. They get little or none of it in Islam.
Muslims are starving to know a God Who loves. Their god is a god of fear who will determine their eternal destiny only after they die--unless they die as a jihad martyr. Muslim women are often very oppressed in Islam. The Koran even gives the husband permission to beat his wife if she disobeys him. Reaching Muslim women with love and friendship may be one of the keys to reaching Muslims.
Most Muslims have never had a close relationship with a real Christian who is walking close to God. If they saw us love one another, forgive one another, serve one another and love our God with all our hearts, they would be drawn to our God of love as this Southern Baptist article suggests.
Muslims long to see miracles. There are none in Islam. Muhammed performed no miracles. The Koran teaches that Jesus did miracles. If Muslims saw the sick being healed, secrets of the heart revealed by prophecy and if they felt the Presence of God in our homes and prayer meetings, they would love to know more about Jesus.
God is so intent on saving Muslims that He has given thousands of them dreams and visions of Jesus in the last 20 years. No other group in history has ever had this quantity of individual, supernatural revelation from God. A DVD called More Than Dreams tells the true story of five such Muslims from five different nations. You can watch and legally download and copy and give away these beautiful, true stories on the web here. Please give them away!
Here is one web page with excellent suggestions for witnessing to Muslims. Here is another. One of the best methods for reaching Muslims is called the Camel Method. It uses Jesus as the bridge between the Koran and the Bible, since Jesus is in both books. The Koran rightly teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin, was sinless and did miracles. Muslims honor Jesus as a true prophet as this Muslim site teaches. They would like to know more about Jesus. Let’s tell them!!
Yes, winning Muslims to Jesus will not be easy. It will take much time to develop friendships in which the Gospel can be shared effectively. Muslims distrust Christians as we often distrust them. But Muslims are being won to Jesus all over the world more and more. Many are secret believers in Muslim nations. There are so many Muslims converting now that Islamic leaders are actually getting scared as this Anglican article suggests!
For centuries, Christians in Muslim nations have avoided sharing the Gospel with Muslims out of fear. At the Lausanne Missions Conference in 1989 in Manila , George Otis stated that the Gospel has not penetrated the Muslim world as much as it should have in the last 1400 years because we have been afraid to die for our faith.
This disobedience by Christians has allowed millions of Muslims to go to hell without the eternal life Jesus wants to give them. God’s heart is breaking over that! Now, God has brought millions of Muslims to America--- so they will be saved! It’s time for all of us Christians to trade in our fear/anger/apathy towards Muslims for love of Muslims. It’s time to stop waiting for them to come to us and go to them so they can meet the only Person Who can save them from their sins and receive eternal life.
As I have shown earlier, the Koran can easily be used by radical Muslims to justify violent jiahd in every non-Muslim nation on earth. It calls for Islam to governmentally subdue all infidels. Most Moslems do not have that agenda but millions of radical Muslims seem to affirm it. The only real answer to radical Muslims and their radical Koran is conversion to Jesus!
That is also the biblical response to Islam. If Christians do not seek to make Muslims disciples of Jesus, millions more could end up in hell and our nation is more likely to suffer at the hands of radical Muslims.
I think it is that simple. I think it is that urgent. As a pastor, I urge you to pray and act soon. Make the evangelization of Muslims a priority in your life and in your church. I have a holy hunch it is a priority with God right now.
For His harvest among Muslims,
October 1, 2010
One American pastor has already shook the world with his plans to burn Korans. Thank God he did not. Here is another pastor’s perspective on Islam as we remember 9/11 in America. My goal is to awaken the Church in America to the spiritual, political and economic consequences of not winning Muslims to Jesus now.
I think most Christians in America still do not understand the radical teachings of the Koran. More importantly, many Christians have not obeyed the radical teachings of Jesus on paying the price to make disciples of all people. God’s heart is breaking that Muslims continue to go to hell even when they are surrounded by Christians, as they are in America. In addition, the Koran presents the one of the greatest challenges to world stability that I know of. In the America of 2010, God is trying to awaken the Church to both of these realities.
This first section on the Koran is long and quite disturbing. Please do not respond in fear or in condemnation of Muslims. They are victims of the Koran. However, knowing the real facts about the Koran may awaken us to the urgency of reaching Muslims with the Gospel. Left unchallenged, the Koran may force many Muslims to change America in ways we will not like.
The salvation of Muslims is the only practical answer to the challenge of the Koran. It is also the primary answer Jesus would give us. The biblical section on how Jesus wants us to respond to Muslims comes at the end of this section on the Koran.
The Koran (Quran, Qur’an) is a series of messages given to Muhammed, the founder of Islam, over a 23-year-period while he lived in two cities from 610-632 AD. While in the first city, Mecca, Muhammed dictated (he claimed to be illiterate) most of the “peaceful verses” of the Koran to others who memorized them. After he moved to Medina and became a government official and warlord, Muhammed dictated most of the “war verses” in the Koran. These two sets of verses often contradict each other tremendously. So, many Muslims scholars solve that problem by declaring that the later verses ( the war verses) “abrogate” or negate the earlier peaceful verses which stand in clear opposition to the war verses. This site, http://www.thekoran.com, will give you examples of 246 of such abrogated verses. After signing up, check the “Abrogations” menu on the home page. http://www.thekoran.com offers the best set of tools I know of to read and understand the problems in the Koran. Check my Koran quotes there.
For example, one of the most famous verses often quoted in the West is Quran 2:256: "There is no compulsion in religion." Sounds good, but most of know that Muslims who try to leave Islam are to be killed--according to Islamic Sharia law based on the Hadiths, sacred commentaries on the Koran and the life of Muhammed. Where is “no compulsion” in that? This is in addition to the “war verses” of the Koran which we will look at in a moment.
Jesus, remember, in the Sermon on the Mount also “abrogated” some Old Testament commands and gave us new commands. His new commands negated any approved violence against our enemies. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.. (Matthew 5:43-44). The abrogations in the Koran obviously go in the opposite direction from the biblical abrogations of Jesus.
In reality, Muslims are in a very difficult position. Like most people in the world, the vast majority of the earth’s 1.5 billion Muslims just like to live normal, peaceful lives, raise their families and enjoy life. Unfortunately, their holy book, called the Koran, will not let them.
This is a dilemma that most Muslims may not know even exists or they try to ignore. But there are probably millions of militant, fundamentalist Muslims will eventually make sure that the peace-loving, moderate Muslims do not ignore the Koran's war verses.
Radical Muslims normally can prevail over moderate Muslims because the Koran and Muhammed, their prophet, are on the side of the radical Muslims. While most Muslims are peace-loving, the Koran is not. Muslim people are not the problem. The Koran is. This fact is easily demonstrated from the Koran itself and its sacred commentaries, the Hadiths, as well as from Islamic and Western history. This videoby Robert Spencer is excellent on this subject, with many experts interviewed. This video called Fitna, by a European legislator, is also stunning in showing that the Koran is the real problem in Islam. This link explains the films intent.
In this article, we’ll look at three facts about the Koran: Global Empire, Jiahd and Approval to Lie.
The Koran's Call to Global Empire
The Koran dictates that Islam must be a religious, governmental, global empire that subdues all infidels. All non-Muslims are considered to be infidels. The clear teachings of the Koran, the example of their prophet, Muhammed, and Islam's own historians all clearly demonstrate one thing: that their god, Allah, wants every infidel to submit to Islam by becoming a Muslim or by agreeing to be second-class citizens, called dhimmi's, under Islamic sharia laws. This is what happens in every Islamic nation today. The book, Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide is a book by Bat Ye'or attempts to describe this 1400-year process ignited by the Koran.
While most American Muslims are probably not here to take over America, the Koran tells them they must. I honestly feel badly for the majority of kind, sensible Muslims who have no desire to follow Muhammed’s example and teachings on this. Their only real solution is to become Christians--if they can avoid being killed by more fundamentalist Muslims--and if one of us will witness to them.
Jihad means struggle. Like all religions, jihad includes personal struggle against personal sin. In the Koran, jihad is primarily a military struggle against the enemies of Islam. This is what jihad is primarily about: making infidels submit to Islam. The Koran teaches, and Muhammed amply demonstrated in his own life, that Islam is to be spread by any means, including jihad war. The Koran teaches the most highly developed theology of war of any religion on earth. In addition, the Koran teaches that the only deed which can guarantee salvation for a Muslim is to die in a battle promoting Islam. This is a potent combination.
Islam was Spread by the Sword
In the first 100 years after the death of Muhammed (632 AD), Islam was spread by the non-provoked, preemptive attacks of Muslim armies across Christian North Africa, Spain, Palestine and east to the borders of China. Western history shows that Islam was the greatest military aggressor against Christianity for 1000 years. While Christian nations have also invaded other nations and done despicable, wicked things to innocent non-Christians, their actions contradicted the teachings of Jesus. Islam’s armies were, on the other hand, driven by the Koran to subdue all infidels in jihad.
In two major campaigns over a 1000 year period, Islam attacked Christian countries in preemptive, non-provoked strikes to force them to submit to Islam, as the Koran dictates. The first Islamic Moorish military campaign ended on Oct 10, 732 at Tours (video), killing thousands of innocent Christians from 632 to 732 AD. This first invasion of Christian lands preceded the Christian Crusades by 500 years!The Christian Crusades were sent to recapture control of Jerusalem which Islam had conquered from Jews and Christians centuries before. The crusaders were reacting to over four centuries of relentless Islamic Jihad, which had wiped out over 50% of all the Christians in the world and conquered over 60% of all the Christian lands on earth – before the crusades even began
The last Islamic "crusade" against Christian Europe ended on Sept 11, 1683 at the gates of Vienna, Austria when a Polish king and his “winged Hussars” defeated the Muslim invading army at the last moment. Ben Ladin's choice of 9/11 for his attack signals that Islam is back on the offensive.
The following verse is one of 109 “war verses” in the Koran. This translation is from a recognized islamic translation with my clarifications in parentheses: Al-Hilali 9:29 :
Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah( tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
These 109 “war verses” in the Koran must be obeyed by modern Muslims. Muslims believe that Allah personally dictated every word in the Koran to Muhammad through an angel and that Allah has an exact copy of this Koran in heaven. The Koran is the only holy book of any major religion that targets by name other major religions for attack. The Koran specifically targets Jews and Christians for jihad, as in Qur'an ( 9:30): "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"
Here is another famous “war verse”: Koran 9:5: “When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.”
With verses like this in the Koran, it is easy to see why radical Muslims rightly interpret the Koran as Muhammed dictated it and demonstrated it. As I said before, many Muslims may not even know of these verse. Many Muslims do not know the Koran very well for many reasons. Click here for a good commentary on Koran 9:5.
Finally, Muhammed’s personal life is full of examples of such jihad. He led over two dozens military raids against his enemies. Muhammed personally approved of and watched the beheading of 600 Jewish men who surrendered to his forces in the battle of Banu Quraiza. Muhammed is considered to be the “perfect man” by Muslims as this Muslim site contends. Muslims cannot criticize him without fear of death from other Muslims. All Muslims are commanded to follow the example of Mohamed in everything as the Quran teaches in Koran 33:21:
Al-Hilali 33:21: Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.
Islam is constantly called “a religion of peace” by many in the West, but the Koran's definition of peace seems to be that when everyone has submitted to Islam, then there will be peace. Most of the wars on earth now are examples of Muslims trying to obey the Koran in bringing infidels into submission to Islam. This is jihad on behalf of Islam. This is the duty of all Muslims to support.
Lying Is Permissible to Advance Islam
The Koran gives Muslims approval to lie to anyone in order to help advance Islam. This Islamic tradition is from the sacred Hidiths of Islam which describe the life of the “perfect man”, Muhammed. In this story, about the assassination of Ka’b bin al-Ashra, ordered by Muhammed, Muhammed tells them they can lie to do it. While most Muslims are honest people and may not even know about this story, many fundamentalists Muslims know that they have their god's permission and their prophet’s “perfect example” to lie to promote Islam and fight jihad. This is an Islamic teaching we all need to bear in mind when we hear Islamic leaders speak.
Research Resources on Islam and the Koran:
http://www.memritv.org This site offers translations of various Islamic TV clips from around the world. Gives you a window into how many Muslims see the West.
http://www.thekoran.comoffers the best set of tools I know of to read and understand the problems in the Koran. Highly recommended.
http://islamexplained.com/ offers the best live online video debates in Arabic with Muslims on Koranic topics using just Muslim books. It has an live streaming of its shows in English. With some web browsers, you can translate the Arabic and read the site which has many printed resources that are hard to find elsewhere.
@September 24, 2010
The Power & the Pain of True Prophetic Preaching
By J. Lee Grady
No true message from God will flow through a person who is smug and self-confident. If you want to speak for Him, prepare to die! I did it again. This past Sunday I stood in a pulpit, looked out over a congregation of mostly strangers, cleared the lump in my throat and preached a message that the Lord had laid on my heart from the Bible.
Thousands of men and women speak publicly like this every week. It's what preachers do. No big deal.
But even though I speak often, I've found that preaching the gospel is one of the most difficult, frightening and painful assignments anyone could possibly attempt. It is not fun. I feel as though I die a thousand deaths right before I do it, and I die several more times after I go home and evaluate what happened.
After one particularly discouraging experience in which an audience stared coldly at me with their arms folded, I determined that preaching surely must not be my calling. I shared my struggle with an older pastor.
"Sometimes I feel really discouraged after I speak," I told my friend. "Does that ever happen to you?" I was sure he would counsel me to stop preaching, since it obviously was not my spiritual gift.
His answer shocked me. "Son, I have felt like that every Monday morning since I've been in the ministry."
When I tell my friends that I never felt I was gifted to speak, and that I stubbornly resisted the call of God on my life because of my lack of confidence, they act surprised. Most of us assume that people who stand in pulpits want to be there.
The power of prophetic preaching actually works in the opposite way we assume it should. If we view things carnally, we believe God chooses gifted orators who hone and shape their skills like a doctor who learns surgery or an actor who learns to perform on stage.
But true preaching is not a natural exercise—it is actually one of the most supernatural tasks anyone can ever be called to do. It requires an imperfect human vessel to yield himself (or herself) to speak the very words of God. If we do it in the flesh, the results will be miserable; but if we wholly trust the power of the Spirit, prophetic preaching will unleash God to move however He desires.
If we fail in this process, we are humiliated. Why would anyone want to preach?
No wonder most of the leaders we encounter in the Bible were reluctant to speak. Moses made excuses about stuttering, Gideon tried to disqualify himself and Jeremiah complained to the Lord about the weighty responsibility of carrying a prophetic burden. Jonah bought a one-way ticket to the other side of the Mediterranean Sea so he wouldn't have to give his unpopular sermon.
And the apostle Paul, who was a silver-tongued Pharisee before he met Christ, was stripped of his worldly eloquence before he preached throughout the Roman Empire. He told the Corinthians: "I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God" (1 Cor. 2:3-5, NASB).
Charismatic revivalist Arthur Katz, who died three years ago, wrote about the power of true preaching in his 1999 book Apostolic Foundations: "The only one qualified to preach ... is the one who wants to run the other way, like Jonah. The man, however, who
loves to talk, loves to be public, and enjoys being seen and heard, need not think that a word like this will ever be emitted from his mouth. The man who sighs and groans when called upon to speak, who does not want to be there, who feels terribly uncomfortable, who knows that he is not going to be understood, is the man out of whose mouth the word of true preaching is most likely to come."
That is certainly not the way most of us view pulpit ministry in contemporary America. We celebrate the smooth and the polished. We measure the impact of a sermon not by whether hearts were slain by Holy Ghost conviction but by how loud the preacher shouted or how high the people jumped when the preacher told them what they wanted to hear.
That kind of carnal preaching may win the accolades of men, boost TV ratings and even build megachurches. But the kingdom is not built on smug self-confidence. We need God's words. The church will live in spiritual famine until broken, reluctant, weak and trembling preachers allow His holy fire to come out of their mouths.
If this is your assignment, die to your fears, doubts and excuses and drink the cup of suffering that accompanies the genuine call of God.
About the Author - J. Lee Grady is contributing editor of Charisma and author of the new book 'The Holy Spirit Is Not for Sale'.
@September 16, 2010
The Neutered Gospel
By Micheal Boldea Jr.
I will say the following plainly, because I could think of no other way of saying it. At the risk of bringing the readership of this blog to zero, at the risk of having to wade through dozens of less than friendly e-mails, the following must be stated, and clearly so.
If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years have never once made you feel uncomfortable then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message. If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years have never once challenged you then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message. If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years haven’t accentuated Christ and the cross in perpetuity then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message. If the gospel messages you’ve been hearing lo’ these many years have never once stirred you to repentance, prompted inward introspection, humbled you, caused you to weep and truly see the enormity of your sin, then you’ve never really heard the true gospel message, but a neutered version wherein God is always smiling, the sun is always shining, the birds are always chirping and no matter what you do, God’s holding onto you so tight that you’ll never be able to get away.
In this brave new world of ours, pastors have redefined their roles and become life coaches, no longer preaching a crucified Christ, but rather playing the part of guidance counselor to scores of individuals that can be likened to overactive, petulant, and overgrown children who will not accept being accountable to anyone, be they God or man.
Preachers too have redefined their roles and rather than be concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of those to whom they are ministering they play the therapist, speaking soothing words, in a soothing tone, ensuring anyone within earshot that everything’s going to be alright, that God has mellowed over the centuries, and as long as they ‘bring the tithe into the storehouse’ God will overlook everything else.
It is an understatement when I say that there is enough blame to go around for the farce of a faith many are presenting, living and promulgating today, and the sheep are just as much to blame as the shepherds. In the end these so called shepherds are just giving the people what they wanted aren’t they?
If you preach the truth, if you preach the unadulterated Word of God, wherever you happen to be, you are bound to hear those famous words that seem to be on everyone’s lips nowadays: ‘That’s not the god I serve!’
I’ve heard it more times than I would like to recall, and no matter how often I hear it, it’s still shocking.
‘I don’t like your god, your god is mean, that’s not the god I serve.’
‘But all I did was read from His book’, I would retort, ‘all I did was read from the Bible!’
If you hear the truth being preached, if someone is reading out of the Bible and in your heart you say ‘that’s not the god I serve’, then may I humbly submit to you that you are not serving the true God, but a god of your own making and imagining. A god that you have fashioned in your heart who requires no submission, who requires no obedience, who requires no sacrifice on your part, but is more than happy to let you win the lotto time and again.
It is because we have refashioned and remade God in our own image that the neutered gospel is so widely accepted and received. It is because we didn’t like what God had to say that we chose rebellion rather than submission, and with hammer and chisel in hand we began to sculpt our new and improved deity.
Like the prophets of Baal however, we will know the true impotence of the gods we’ve fashioned when we need them most. When we see the gods of our own making for what they truly are, nothing more than mists and vanities, it will be too late, and though we might cut ourselves and bleed, though we might cry out to the heavens for a sign, these deities we so revel in today, these gods we so honor and worship will remain silent as the empty tomb from which the Christ, the Son of the one true God walked out of two millennia ago.
About the Author – Mike Boldea has his own blog and you can check it out at… http://mikeboldea.blogspot.com/2010/08/neutered-gospel.html
@ September 2, 2010
Putting Sermons into Practice
By Dr. Michael Halleen
A silversmith named Demetrius) called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. . . .” (Acts 19:25)
This comment was made at a hastily called meeting of the silver workers guild in the ancient town of Ephesus. These craftsmen had no objection to the new religion being promoted in their region—as long as did not interfere with their right to make a living. But when that line was crossed, it became a line too far. After all, business is business.
It’s a line many still draw. Nearly three decades ago a senior vice president of a major corporation—and member of my church—invited me to lunch at the company’s headquarters. “I want you to help me understand how what you say on Sunday mornings relates to what I do here,” he said. “Sunday messages are inspiring, but on Monday, business is business.”
After lunch in the executive dining room, he escorted me to his office. As we approached the door, his administrative assistant stood at her desk holding a sheaf of papers and called his name. He walked by her without acknowledging her—not a word. “Look at that view!” he said as we went into his huge office, glass on two sides, and together we admired the city skyline.
He had given me the perfect opportunity. “You asked me to help you relate Sunday sermons to what you do here. So I suggest that you go back and apologize to the woman who was calling your name as we came in.” My friend protested for a minute—secretary . . . wrong time . . . not important. “But,” I said, “she is a human being and deserves at least to be acknowledged politely when she addresses you. That’s how what I talk about on Sunday connects to what you do on Monday.” He left, and I assumed the mumbling I heard outside the door was his apology.
Then we talked for an hour about how business is more than just business. Most of the talking points were his. On Sundays he had absorbed more than either of us had suspected. Business is cooperation . . . service . . . vision . . . trust. Business—like life itself—is about connecting with human beings.
As I left the office, the administrative assistant smiled and mouthed the words “Thank you.” In executive offices, as in old Ephesus, business is so much more than just business.
Dr. Michael A. Halleen writes very insightful and inspirational messages known as "Monday Moments". If you would like to recieve these messages please contact Mike at email@example.com.
@ May 21, 2010
Creeds Divide, Christ Unites!
By Dr. Micheal Halleen
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
My grandfather told of a denominational meeting a century ago in which accusations were made that a number of clergy were “indulgers of the weed,” apparently a politically correct way of accusing someone of smoking. The discussion was led by a bitter opponent of the use of tobacco who shared freely in the fiery anathemas hurled against the culprits. At the close of the meeting he called on the oldest minister in the room, widely respected for his gracious disposition, to lead the group in prayer. My grandfather’s account says:
Being small of stature, the brother called upon usually wore a high silk hat. This he carried with him to the platform. As he knelt to pray he first spread a red handkerchief on the platform, placed the hat thereon and folded his hands on the hat and in beautiful Swedish and with an intimacy that indicated a lifelong friendship, he began, “My Father, I thank You for graciously conceding to me that which my brethren so violently condemn.”
With that prayer, it was over—game, set and match. A personal habit had been discussed as though it were a matter of morality, without resolution. Acrid feelings had been acridly expressed, without reservation. It was time to move on to things that mattered to God.
I make no attempt to defend unhealthy habits, only suggest that we consider them as matters of health, not spirituality. I enjoy hearing politics debated by caring, sensible people (not by the ideologues who scream at us over the airwaves or on the internet), but they are political issues, not spiritual ones. God has no opinion on such things, asking only that in all things we love him with all our hearts and one another—including neighbor and enemy—as ourselves. Then we are doing what is beneficial. Then we are being constructive.
We Christians need to keep our eye on the ball. Christ is to be our focus. The late David Hubbard, president of Fuller Seminary, used to say, “Creeds and issues divide, but Christ unites.” Look for what God is doing in this world and identify with that. Get on board that train and we’ll arrive safely at where he wants us to be.
Everything else—the lesser matters, the small decisions, our personal habits and opinions—the Lord graciously concedes to us.
Dr. Michael A. Halleen writes very insightful and inspirational messages known as "Monday Moments". If you would like to recieve these messages please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
@April 8, 2010
A Biblical View of the Law of Confession
By Minister Sylvia Huffnagle
Study on the law of confession
I can’t find the law of confession in the Bible, but I did find that there are many laws governing situations that were not revealed in the Old Testament as laws.
Rom: 3:27: Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Rom:7:22: For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom:7:23: 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.
Rom: 7:25: 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.
Rom:8:2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom:8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom: 9:31: But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
1Cor:9:9: For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
Gal:6:2: Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Eph:2:15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Heb:7:16: Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Jas: 2:12: So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
In trying to find out if it is true that we can produce what we desire in our life by confessing what we want, I refer to the following teachings:
What about the ten commandments--if our mouth is that important to our well-being, why didn’t God give a commandment such as: Thou shalt not speak things that you don’t want to happen, or Thou shalt speak only what you want to happen.
What about Matt: 6:6-8? Jesus tells us that when we pray we should go into our private prayer closet and ask God for it without a bunch of chants and things. He assures us that God knows what we need before we ask him. The point is that Jesus does not teach here that we should declare that we have or will have what we need or want--he teaches that we should ask God for it.
Jesus also teaches that when we pray we should believe we receive and then we shall have. So we do have a part in it coming to pass--we are to believe and therefore our words will reveal what we are believing--out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Mk: 23:11-12, Matt: 12:24
Jesus said in John 11:22, “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” If we believe that, we will confess that it is ours ahead of time--for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Actually that’s the law about confession--that the mouth will speak what the heart is full of. But is it a law that what we speak will come to pass?
Jesus teaches that we should seek the kingdom of God and all these things will be added. He does not say, speak what you need and it shall be added. On the other hand, when we learn about God and his kingdom, we will learn that God does speak what he wants to come to pass and it comes to pass and he did give mankind the power to speak and he does teach all through the word that we have to watch out mouths, thus indicating what Prov: 18:20 says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
I also wonder how come Jesus warns us in all the gospels to take heed what we hear, but not one time did he say, “Take heed what you say.” But he does teach that what we say in our heart effects what we believe and do. Matt: 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; Lk: 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
Lk: 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
In Rom: 8:26 Paul says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. How are we to speak things that control our surroundings if we don’t even know how to pray? And why are we groaning if we have the power to change the situation?
Jas: 4:3 says: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. This indicates to me that the way to receive good things is to ask the Father for them.
Jesus taught that we should ask and keep on asking till we receive--either in our heart or the manifestation of the asked for object. Lk: 11:9-10: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Again we are taught to ask, but we are also taught to believe, thank God ahead of time, and confess what we believe.
Matt: 9:29: Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matt: 14:31: And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Matt: 15:28: Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Rom: 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
What about Matt: 12:35-37: A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
But if it is so important that we speak out what we want, why isn’t it in God’s clear requirements--Mic: 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
And Isa: 66:1-2: Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. If one has a poor or broken and contrite spirit, he does not command things to come to pass On the other hand--he may command things because he trembles at God’s word or in other words he believes God’s word to the max.
In the beginning, God gave Adam, a spirit-filled man, dominion over all the earth. He communicated his rule with his mouth. Spirit-filled man or the Sons of God will rule in the new age.
It does say in Rev: 1:5-6 that we are kings and priests--And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
But in Phil: 4:6-7 Paul tells us to pray and cast our care on the Lord. He doesn’t tell us to declare the Word and everything will be taken care of--Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Biblical examples of faith declarations that brought results were all a matter of believing what God said and agreeing with it and therefore saying it. Not in any one of those examples did the words originate with the man. Joshua and Caleb, David, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.
But there are examples of Jesus speaking the outcome and controlling situations and we are his body meant to carry on his work. Jn: 9:3: Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Jn: 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
In these verses, why didn’t Jesus just declare that Simon would not come under attack or that he would triumph mightily? I think it was because Simon had a lesson to learn. When a bold declaration is made, one should be very sure that the Holy Spirit is leading them to declare it. It must be for His purposes. Lk: 22:31-32: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
What about the blessings in Deut: 28? Speaking what we want is not there--yet we are promised the blessings if we do those things--which we will do if we abide in Jesus. (Our job is to abide in Jesus. I hasten to say that, so no one thinks I’m saying we must obey a legal written code.) So blessings come from behavior as well as what we say. The golden rule shows this: Matt: 7:11-12: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. There’s a connection between God giving us good things and how we treat others. Ps: 34:13 seems to sum up what God wants out of our tongues. Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile--deceit).
Jesus also said, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matt: 17:20
“Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Matt: 21:21 So, faith does cause us to speak the right thing.
But what about Eph: 3:19-20? And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, --nothing said about words.
My conclusion thus far is that what we say matters and what we do matters and God is to be sought out and depended upon for all good things.
About the Author - Sylvia Huffnagle is an ordained minister.
@ February 26, 2010; Source: ANarriw is the Path
Kundalini Warning - Urgent
By Andrew Strom
I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing.
Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley) was having an adulterous affair behind the scenes? Was it truly the "Holy" Spirit that was anointing something so sensual and unholy? And now that Todd divorced his wife and married his mistress - are we supposed to welcome him back and this "anointing" with him? What is going on here? Rick Joyner has been warned very specifically by high- level ministries not to do what he is doing now - bringing Todd Bentley back into the limelight. And yet it seems he does not care. Apparently the "manifestations" are all that matter.
So what exactly are these 'manifestations' if they are seemingly at home in such an unholy environment? Are they from God at all? (I am talking here about the violent "jerking", uncontrollable laughter, bodily contortions, drunkenness, 'portals', strange "angel" encounters, etc.) Why do we not see such an 'anointing' in the Bible? Why aren't Jesus or the apostles promoting these manifestations if they really are true Revival? Why instead do we see these things all the way through the New Age and Hinduism, etc? Do we not realize that many false religions have their own version of "laying on of hands" that results in these very types of manifestations? This 'spirit' is not in the Bible - but it is all the way through Kundalini-type Hinduism! Don't you think this should alarm us?
WHAT is KUNDALINI?
If you search for Kundalini and Shakti on the Internet, you will find that multitudes of people in the New Age and Eastern religions still experience these powerful manifestations. Often this is with the help of a Guru, who touches them on the forehead so that they can experience a "Kundalini Awakening".
As researcher Robert Walker wrote in 1995:
"The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called 'Darshan'. At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Kundalini. After a period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and appear to slip into an unconsciousness..."
And as the guru Shri Yogãnandji Mahãrãja wrote:
"When Your body begins trembling, hair stands on roots, you laugh or begin to weep without your wishing, your tongue begins to utter deformed sounds, you are filled with fear or see frightening visions. the Kundalini Shakti has become active."
In China there is a popular Kundalini-type movement called 'Qigong'. When a Chinese Qigong spiritual master spoke in the USA in 1991, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that many in the crowd began to experience "spontaneous movements". The master told his audience, "Those who are sensitive might start having some strong physical sensations - or start laughing or crying. Don't worry. This is quite normal."
When you see videos of these "kriyas" or other Kundalini-type manifestations, you would often swear that you are watching a modern "Impartation"-type church meeting. (And I say this as someone who believes strongly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just don't believe in "alien" anointings infiltrating the Body of Christ! There is a big difference between Kundalini and the real Holy Spirit).
Since 1993-4, I believe a foreign spirit has been allowed to invade the church - first through Rodney Howard-Browne's ministry - then Toronto, then the Prophetic movement (which I was part of at the time) and on into Lakeland and many other ministries and movements. I urge people now to "test the spirits" just as we are commanded to in Scripture. Do not let just anyone lay hands on you. This is a powerful spirit and it has the backing of a lot of big-name ministries. In fact, these men and women are the very ones responsible for allowing it to spread right through the body of Christ. And one day they will be answerable to God for doing so.
We are specifically warned in the Bible that the Last Days will be a time of "seducing spirits," false prophets, 'lying signs and wonders,' and that we always need to watch for "angels of light" masquerading as the real thing. Why does the modern church not take these warnings seriously? Aren't we living in the very days that the Bible warns about?
Right now I need to do something that I have never done in such a way before. I have never before published a list of ministries or movements to watch out for. But this time I have to. This sickness has gone on long enough. I urge you to cut yourself off from the following ministries and their tainted "anointings" my friends. Even though some of these people say "good things" at times, it is simply not worth having any involvement with them due to the tainted anointing that they endorse or minister in themselves. Here is the list-
(1) Todd Bentley.
(2) Rodney Howard Browne - the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender."
(2) Rick Joyner or anyone connected with Morningstar Ministries.
(3) John Arnott & any connected with TACF (The "Toronto Blessing").
(4) Peter Wagner of the 'New Apostolic Reformation' who claims to be head of a worldwide network of 'apostles' - who publicly endorsed Lakeland and will soon preach at Toronto TACF alongside other "false anointing" advocates.
(5) Mike Bickle and IHOP Kansas City (-I lived nearby for over two years - and know how much they are into all this stuff. Mike Bickle promotes it in his book).
(6) Bob Jones - the Kansas City prophet whose ministry is utterly tainted by it all.
(7) Patricia King and anyone else from 'Extreme Prophetic.'
(8) John Crowder & anyone connected with "Sloshfest."
(9) Bill Johnson of Bethel church, Redding - who says some good things but publicly endorsed Lakeland and promotes the "false anointing" very strongly behind the scenes.
(10) Heidi & Rolland Baker of IRIS Ministries - who do good work amongst the poor in Mozambique - but who have also carried and promoted this tainted anointing for years.
(11) Randy Clark, Wes & Stacey Campbell, and other key figures from the " Toronto blessing."
(12) The Elijah List - and almost anyone featured on it.
Of course there are a huge number of lesser-known preachers and ministries who carry or endorse this Kundalini-type "anointing" around the world. But I have concentrated here on the most influential that I know of. It really is an enormous issue in the church. I urge anyone who is a supporter of any of the above ministries to really check them out thoroughly. If you find (as I have) that they carry or endorse this false Kundalini spirit in the church, then please stop supporting them in any way - and whatever you do, don't let them "lay hands" on you!
I am putting everything on the line to be "naming names" like this. But I believe it is that serious. How on earth did we get to the point where "kriyas" just like Hinduism are spreading through the church?
These people are trying to "relaunch" this whole thing right now. Help us get this warning out. To see a video showing "kriyas" and other Kundalini-type manifestations, please click on the Youtube links below-
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God bless you all!
@January 15, 2010
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