TRUE DELIVERANCE

Much is said about “Deliverance” and “Healing” ministries.  As in the case with other doctrine, many charismatic churches and ministries fail with these teachings as well.  We pray for people entrapped in sin(s) and in need of healing in our church and ministry ALL THE TIME.  Countless people are healed, and guess what?  We do not take credit for it, and we give God all the glory.  The latest case in point is June Awad and her stage four cancer that has gone into remission.  To God be the glory.  In like fashion, I have observed countless people who were healed by the Lord after “praying without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) for the person, and nobody and no ministry received the credit – we simply thanked and glorified the Lord.  The pastor I surrendered to preach under, James Bill Grimes, said:  “Steven, I believe in faith healing but I do not believe in faith healers.”  Well put.  If the “Faith healers” had the abilities and powers that they claim, then they should literally live in the hospitals and heal those within.

Enjoy the following devotional by Dr. Henry Morris, Founder of the Institute For Creation Research, who likewise teaches on TRUE deliverance:

Days of Praise

True Deliverance
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Jan. 4, 2018

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13)
Certain Christian workers practice what they call a “deliverance ministry,” but true biblical deliverance is better defined in terms of today’s verse, which, of course, is the last petition in the prayer that Christ taught His disciples to pray. True deliverance is deliverance from evil, whatever form that evil might take, and preservation until God’s kingdom comes. Let us observe several scriptural accounts of true deliverance.
Note that the Greek word for deliverance has the connotation of “rescue,” and this is its first occurrence in the New Testament; that makes its usage here especially significant. That the Lord will indeed provide such deliverance, if we pray for it in sincerity, is affirmed in many testimonies and promises. Burdened with the problems of his old sin nature, Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” But then the answer comes: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25). Even as his anticipated martyrdom was approaching, Paul could still testify, “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18).
Peter also assures us that “the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9). He is able to deliver His people from all the evils of this present evil world, to keep them and prepare them for the glory and the power of His coming kingdom, for He Himself is the Deliverance. “As it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer [same word], and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:26). HMM

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I would suggest that the implications in this brief study are obvious.  We need faithful Christians to continue to pray for needs just as they have done for thousands of years.  We do NOT need self proclaimed “Faith Healers” and “Deliverance Ministries.”  James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  Notice how God tells faithful people to pray, who desire not the limelight but to glorify the King of Kings.  A “Deliverance” or “Healing” ministry is not sought after by the Lord.  GOD IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN – Glory Be To God And To God Alone.  Amen and amen.

All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve  <><

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Charismatic Chaos ~ Modern Day Apostles?

The very thought of the entitled subject, people considering themselves as apostles today, makes my skin crawl.  The audacity, hubris, conceit, and arrogance of anyone who would claim such an office is unparalleled.

May we examine how Biblical authority leaves NO OPTION for apostleship today:

Ephesians 2:19-20  King James Version (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Note how the prophets and apostles are singled out as foundational.  The foundation has been laid, and the Lord is finished using these particular offices – both prophets and apostles.

In the following passage, Paul considers himself to be the last chosen apostle:

1 Corinthians 15:8  King James Version (KJV)
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

There are three major Biblical qualifications for the original apostles:

1)They were chosen by Christ Himself.

2)They experienced the resurrected Christ firsthand.

3)They were able to display signs and wonders, as it pleased the Lord to work through them in such a way.

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Consider the following on this subject from John MacArthur:

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Marks of a True Apostle: Appointed by Jesus
by John MacArthur

Lots of people today claim to be apostles—to wield the same authority and power as the leaders of the New Testament church. To properly evaluate those claims, we’re looking at the biblical requirements for apostleship and measuring the credentials of these modern apostles against those of the men the Lord used to found and establish His church.
The Greek noun apostolos—from which we get the word apostle—is derived from the verb apostellō, which means “to send off on a commission to do something as one’s personal representative, with credentials furnished.” [1] We could translate apostolos as “envoy” or “ambassador,” someone who goes on a mission bearing credentials of the one who sent him.
An apostle in the New Testament was one sent to carry the gospel to sinners, and several individuals in the early church—both major and minor characters—were called apostles. Barnabas (Acts 14:14), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25), Andronicus and Junius (Romans 16:7) and James the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19) all bore the title, though they were not among the twelve chosen by our Lord. They are what 2 Corinthians 8:23 calls “messengers [apostles] of the churches.”
In that broad sense, believers today are able to accomplish apostolic work through evangelism and service to the church. But that’s not what many modern church leaders mean when they lay claim to the apostolic office. Instead, modern apostles are claiming authority, privilege, and power that belonged only to men specifically appointed by Jesus.
In its more restricted and common New Testament usage, apostle refers to “an apostle of Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:1). Those apostles included the original twelve (with the deletion of Judas and the addition of Matthias after Judas’s defection) and Paul. In contrast to the apostles of the churches, these men were commissioned by Christ Himself. They were chosen by Him (cf. Luke 6:13; Acts 9:15) and learned the gospel from Him, not other men (cf. Galatians 1:11-12).
In Mark 3:14, we read that “He [Jesus] appointed twelve,” who are then named in verses 16-19. As we saw last time, the apostles were chosen by God long before they were ever born. But in life, they were hand selected by God incarnate. As Jesus said in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit.”
That same mindset drove Paul to describe his own work as “the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:24). He also echoed that sentiment in Romans 1:4-5, recognizing Christ as the source of his apostleship.
New Testament apostles were not only chosen by God, they were appointed by Jesus—called out from the crowd and set aside for specific work on behalf of the Savior.
It’s a wonder then that so many men and women today claim the authority and power of the apostolic office when they so clearly lack the necessary credentials, which accompanied that office in Scripture. As we further examine the marks of a true apostle, the more clearly we will see that their vain claims hold no water. That’s where we will pick it up next time.

(Adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 1 Timothy)

[In addition to the above exegesis of the scriptures by John MacArthur on true apostleship, I would recommend his book “Strange Fire,” for anyone who desires to further research the heresy of so called modern day apostles, and the other scriptural errors of the charismatic movement.]

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Another noteworthy truth, is that the Christ chosen apostles were responsible for writing the New Testament in its entirety!  (Just like the prophets wrote the Old Testament, both groups wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit).  If people claimed modern day apostleship, one can easily see the Pandora’s Box that would open up, with our Bible becoming a “fluid document,” and books could be continually added by modern day “apostles.”

The early church leaders, i.e. successors of the apostles following the apostle John’s death in about 100 A.D., NEVER claimed apostleship, and always referred to the office as foundational to the origins of the church.  Irenaeus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Tertullian, and Eusebius referred to their apostolic predecessors as the bedrock of the church, yet did not claim the title themselves – and for good reason: once the church was established, the Lord laid the position to rest.  Now, nearly 2,000 years later, false prophets are claiming the position without the credentials to rightfully do so.  Ignatius (c. AD 35-115), in his epistle to the Magnesians, spoke in the past tense of the foundation-laying work of Peter and Paul.  Referring to the book of Acts, Ignatius wrote, “This was fulfilled in Syria; for the disciples were called Christians at Antioch, when Paul and Peter were laying the foundation of the Church.”  Irenaeus (c. 130-202) referred to the twelve apostles as “the twelve pillared foundation of the Church.”  Tertullian (c. 155-230) similarly explained that “after the time of the apostles” the only doctrine true Christians accepted was that which was “proclaimed in the churches of apostolic foundation.”  Lucius Lactantius (c. 240-320) in his Divine Institutes likewise referred to the past time in which apostolic foundations of the church were laid, stating that the apostles were dispersed through the provinces, laying the foundations of the Church everywhere, and doing many incredible miracles.  Examples could be multiplied, but the point is clear.  Many charismatics believe the foundation of the Church is still being laid, contrary to the Bible, contrary to the original apostles selected by Christ Himself, and contrary to the cited founding fathers of the Church.

  The Roman Catholic Church also errors in considering the pope to be in the line of the apostle Peter (apostolic succession), even though there was no pope for three hundred years following the apostles, and no genuine blood line to Peter.  The Roman Catholic Church is a grand mixture of scripture, tradition, and paganism.  You will not find popes, nuns, monks or cardinals anywhere in the Bible.

One final note.  Believers in modern day apostles often use the following scripture as their proof text:

Ephesians 4:11-12  King James Version (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Yes, the offices of prophets and apostles are mentioned, prophets were predominant up until the time of Christ, and apostles helped to establish the church, but the passage in no way infers that they would continue to this day.  Billy Graham would be one that misguided people would attempt to give the title to.  But Billy himself would refuse it and rightly identify himself as an evangelist!  God raised the dead through Peter and Paul, and performed countless other miracles through the apostles.  The apostles that Christ chose all experienced the risen Christ and were commissioned by Him!  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they also wrote the New Testament.  That office is finished!  Amen and amen.

In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

 

 

 

The Second Baptism Of The Holy Spirit…

Is A False Doctrine That Is Found No Where In The Bible.

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Ephesians 4:3-6  King James Version (KJV)

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

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This false teaching was conjured up by those who once again, fail to understand the transformation into the church age, which is graphically and comprehensively described in the book of Acts.  We are commanded to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit.  There is no second baptism.  This is a daily need for all of those who have been born from above.  We are to be filled with the Spirit and crucify the flesh.  The question:  “Have you received the second baptism of the Holy Spirit?,” implies that you are not on the same spiritual plateau that I think I am.  It is meant to sound condescending.

May we examine in detail where this false teaching comes from –

 Acts 19  King James Version (KJV)

19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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At this point in time, Apollos never heard of the Triune God (Trinity).  He never even heard of the Holy Spirit.  He was baptized ONLY for repentance by John the Baptist.  As far as being a Christian and a believer in Christ, he was not baptized at all!  He was baptized solely for repentance.  Repentance from sin was taught by all of the Old Testament prophets, by all of the apostles, it was the “one point sermon” that John the Baptist continually preached, and Jesus Christ picked up on repentance where John the Baptist left off:

Matthew 4:17  King James Version (KJV)

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Luke 13:3-5  New King James Version (NKJV)

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

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We baptize one time, and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  One does NOT receive the Father and the Son, as a down payment on the Holy Spirit to be received later, but only if you are super spiritual.  How ludicrous.  As previously stated, the implication of this erroneous doctrine is that the so called second baptism sets its’ proponents on a higher spiritual footing than others.  They misunderstand that Apollos never yet comprehended the Gospel beyond seeing the need to repent.  Repentance is an Old Testament doctrine as well.  At this point, Apollos did not yet understand the process of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and becoming born again (John 3:3).  Prior to being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:5), he gave absolutely no clear  understanding of salvation, and never even heard of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Hence, some charismatics took the unique and specific circumstances of Apollos, and in their convoluted way, applied them to the entire church age!  In the book of Acts, the church is just starting and in a period of transition.  Apollos received the truth in increments as it became known in the early church.  We do not have that battle any more, and are blessed with the entire truth written in the twenty seven books of the New Testament.  So fellow believer, be ye filled with the Holy Spirit!

Pastor Steve  <><

Speaking In Tongues, Part III

In the early church of Acts 2, Jesus promised to build His church and send the Holy Spirit.  Both promises were fulfilled at this time.  The church was formed, and believers were baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2 is simple, easy to understand, and straight forward unless clouded with false teaching.  The miracle of Pentecost was the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Joel.  They did not pray for it, ask for it, or qualify for it– it was a sovereign act of heaven.  This event launched the church.  The baptism was a one time event at Pentecost; after that it happens to every believer at the point of salvation.  They were baptized in the Holy Spirit and then filled with the Holy Spirit.  They spoke in other languages.  Charismatic churches have since abused the doctrine of tongues, and by their own admission it is not another language.  It is a non language, and gibberish.  The beginning of the “tongues” movement can be traced to the 1890’s in Topeka, Kansas.  Charles Parham decided that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a repeatable event and to be sought, and if you seek it, it will be accompanied by some kind of language.  Originally they thought they were speaking foreign languages, but this was later proven not to be the case when they went on mission trips and could neither speak nor understand the local language.  Embarrassed, they changed their doctrine and determined it was some kind of ecstatic unknown speech.  This is the first recorded instance when this false doctrine of incoherent babbling was placed into practice.  After Parham, on April 9, 1906 in Los Angeles, California, William Seymour hosted the Azuna Street revival that lasted until 1915.  This is usually considered the birth of the Pentecostal movement.   Mainstream Christians throughout the country rejected it immediately.  This was and still is strange fire.  Acts 2/Pentecost refers to a Jewish feast where they all spoke in various languages.  This is a SIGN mentioned in Acts 2 and later in Corinth (55 AD), and after that, you never hear about it.  It had a life span of about 25 years.  It is not mentioned in the pastoral epistles or in Revelation.  I Corinthians 13:8 says “tongues will cease.”  Tongues were a SIGN to unbelievers.  The sign is that Israel is set aside, and the church is born to take her place.  This is judgment on Israel.  In 70 AD the judgment came.  To convert this into self edifying gibberish is alien to everything said here.  The judgment on Israel turned out to be a blessing to the rest of the world.  One day however, the wild vine (the Gentile Church) temporarily grafted in, will be done away with when God is finished with the church age.  Then God will go back to the original vine (Israel).  Romans 11 gives a clear exposition of this truth.

Speaking In Tongues, Part II

Let us now examine several lists in the New Testament of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit:

1)Romans 12:6-8  Several gifts of the Spirit are mentioned, namely prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling with diligence and displaying mercy.  How strange that the one “gift” that saves (according to many charismatics) is not even mentioned.

2)Ephesians 4:11-13 Five more gifts of the Spirit (church offices) are mentioned, and they are all for the purpose of edifying the church.  Again, “tongue speakers” are absent.

3)Galatians 5:22-23 Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in this classic passage, memorized by many believers, including myself.  There is no mention of tongues.

4)I Corinthians 12:28-30 Several of the aforementioned gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned again, and tongues is mentioned in this list only, and it is listed last and was the least important of the gifts.  The church in Corinth was a mixed up, carnal and confused church where the apostle Paul spent a lot of time.  The two books of Corinthians cover all church problems.  I Corinthians 13:1 tells us that love is superior to tongues and the other gifts.  I Corinthians 13:8 tells us that “tongues shall cease.”  After the New Testament church was established, the sign and gift of tongues was no longer used by the Lord.  That is why tongues is mentioned no where else in the New Testament, including the pastoral epistles (I and II Timothy and Titus).  They are not mentioned in the book of Revelation or in the seven churches (chapters 2 and 3) mentioned in Revelation.  Nor are tongues ever mentioned again in the early church after the time of the apostles, the church of the Middle Ages, the Reformation era church, and the church in early American history.  Tongues ceased, just as the Bible tells us, and God was through with this early sign of speaking in foreign languages.  The tongue movement of today is a counterfeit and apostate teaching that is based soley on human emotions that masquerade as the Holy Spirit.  It has absolutely no scriptural support.  If the Lord continued to use the sign of speaking in tongues today, it would not be necessary to send our missionaries to language school.

Speaking In Tongues, Part I

It is hard to imagine a more confusing doctrine in our day throughout Christendom than speaking in tongues.  It did indeed occur in the early church, specified as the fulfillment of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2.  It is mentioned again in I Corinthians chapters 12 and 14 which was written about twenty five years later, and then the Bible remains silent about speaking in tongues.  This teaching will be examined through the scriptures as well as history.  Our goal is to see what it genuinely is, and what it is not.  The beauty of this study is that the Lord gives us spiritual clarity and discernment in everything.  The Lord tells us (I Corinthians 14:40) “to let everything be done in good and decent order,” and (I Corinthians 14:33a) “God is not the Author of confusion.”  The real Biblical meaning of speaking in tongues is in reference to foreign languages.  That is, languages spoken by other people from other lands.  Today’s meaning has progressed to a type of bizarre gibberish.  I was visiting a senior lady many years ago who identified herself as a “Bapticost.”  What she was saying, of course, is that she believed in a combination of Baptist and Pentecostal doctrine.  I will never forget her “prayer” she had prior to my departing.  She spoke in inaudible nonsense that had no meaning to either her or myself.  Why did she do this?  Simply because she was taught that this “gift” was the trademark of anyone who was really spiritual and on fire for the Lord.  Some denominations even teach that if you lack this “gift,” you may not even really be saved!  No wonder these poor misguided folks speak in such a way.  We will soon reveal many amazing facts about tongues and now focus briefly on a Greek word study on tongues today.  There are two Greek transliterations for tongues in the New Testament of the Bible.  The first is “dialectos” from which we get the word dialect.  The other is “glossa” from which we get the word glossary.  In both cases, the word refers to a foreign language which is EXACTLY what happened in Acts 2, as Christians were given the ability by the Lord to speak/hear in languages that they never learned!  It was a miracle and a one time fulfillment of the prophecy given to us by the prophet Joel in the Old Testament.  Up until now there is no confusion about this teaching whatsoever.  Actually, there was no misunderstanding of this teaching for the first nineteen hundred years of the church.  The new teaching and strange fire has been taught for the last one hundred years.  What is fascinating with the churches who promote tongue speaking: they are said to teach “glossolalia,” and this is the word often used by them.  Guess what?  THIS GREEK TRANSLITERATION IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND IN THE BIBLE!  Check your Strong’s, Young’s or Cruden’s Concordance.  You will find glossa and dilectos for Acts 2 and I Corinthians 12 and 14, but NOT glossolalia.  Glossolalia by definition are words of no real language that are spoken in ecstasy and have esoteric meanings.  We are talking babbling and gibberish.  They fool the naïve and uninformed, that they are speaking some mysterious and unknown language of God.  I know good Christian people who have accidently ended up in an environment with these kind of tongue speakers, and they removed themselves from their presence as soon as possible.  I would be right behind them!  So we learn first of all, that the teachings of this strange doctrine and strange fire do not even have a Biblical base of support.  Furthermore, their teaching are not built upon the teachings of the entire church age, since they have become prevalent only in the last one hundred years.  Next, we will examine the scriptures more so, as well as the recent history in the tongues movement.

Strange Fire

If you see this title and are familiar with your Bible, then you probably already know the Old Testament story it is related to.  Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, were just consecrated for their priestly duties and they disobeyed the Lord in rapid order.  “They offered fire, strange fire before the Lord, which He had NOT commanded them.  And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.”  (Leviticus 10:1b-2)  They did not obey God and were not holy before Him.  This story represents all of the false doctrine and teachings that man has been involved in throughout all of history, going back to Cain’s similar unholy sacrifice in Genesis 4.  This is the opening article of the category “Charismatic Chaos.”  The false teachings of today will be examined, that include all kinds of emotional and unbiblical hoopla, including but not limited to 1)speaking in tongues, 2)the so called second baptism of the Holy Spirit, 3)modern day prophets and apostles, 4)becoming slain in the spirit, and 5)laughing bouts.  These teachings have come to the forefront during only the last century and were nonexistent before then.  Since the Bible tells us that “Jesus fulfilled the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets”  (Luke 24:44; Matthew 5:17), this ought to cause great consternation to the church that all of these new teachings or strange fire, has surfaced in recent times.  It makes perfect sense however, as we contemplate that the Bible also tells us there would be a great falling away and apostasy prior to His return.  Maranatha, Pastor Steve