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God said many times in the Holy Bible that He would not give His glory to another; here are just a few examples; Is.42:8I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Also see Is.48: 11For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. We see Jesus is the Glory of the Father in person, Jn.11:40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? We also see this again in scripture revealed to us in the writing of the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor.4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
All of this is because when you have seen Jesus you have seen the one who sent Him, Jn.12:45 when we understand that Jesus is the I Am in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 and that Jesus told His disciples who the Father was in Jn.14:6-9, when you have seen Me you have seen the Father and hence forth you have seen Him and know Him! Thomas realized this too in Jn.20:28 He said My Lord and my God! If Jesus was not God He would have corrected Thomas right here in front of all the disciples because God cannot be part of a lie or untruth! Jn.4:23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. This is exactly what Jesus said about God, God is a Spirit; Beings God is a Spirit it only resounds with all logical force that beings they are around the throne of God saying what? Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY so then with all understanding and reason which comes to us by the Holy Spirit which will lead us into all truths we see that God is the Holy Spirit, when we understand this we see how Jesus became God in the flesh, 1 Tm.3: 16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Where only God has all glory!
We also understand that when Jesus started His ministry He told all people that the Kingdom of God had come unto them (Man) as seen in Mt.4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. We know this because the scripture cannot be broken as we see Jesus instructing the scribes and the others of the Sanhedrin in Jn.10:30I and my Father are one. 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Jesus is the I Am of the Old Testament, Ex.3:14 as well as the New Testament as seen in scripture yet again as we read Jn.8: 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am. This is why we must understand God is ONE not three persons and unless we know this and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into all understanding of who Jesus really is we will be lost because we are not worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth; I refer you to scripture yet again: Jn.8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM [he], ye shall die in your sins.
That is the reason the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:28 told the church of Ephesus that there would be wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing come in among them and would not spare the flock of the living God as prophesied by Jesus Himself in Mt.24 and Jn. chapter 10 but let us read Ac.20: 28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. The very blood of Jesus Christ is the blood of God! Now this makes perfect since beings God is the word and the word was made flesh as seen in Jn.1 through verse 14 and we behold His glory; 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Grace and Truth can only come by God and only those who have been created anew can be His children as seen in Jn.1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When we see the mentioning of the Son of God here it only means that Jesus is the flesh of God He is all man but yet all divine because He is the sure mercies of King David as promised by God that David would be the Son of God as seen in Gen.49:8Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. 9Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 11Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: 12His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. We see the actual covenant in 2 Sam.7:12And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. Does any of this sound familiar? It should because it can be seen again in the book of Rev. from Gen.1:1 to Rev.22:21 we see the Holy Bible has one theme and that is to bring man to God and restore man to his rightful inheritance as being the true Son’s of God who were to rule over the fallen angels sent to earth for their everlasting punishment as seen in Gen.4: 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. We are to rule over them the evil spirits that keep trying to deceive us and lead us away from God’s Holy Truths written in His Glorious word, because we are cleansed by His word as seen in Jn.15:3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Jesus has come to us from the beginning of time because He was the first light the world had ever been given before the planets and the stars were made for times and seasons as we look clear back to the beginning of time and existence; Gen.1:3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. God is that Light that stands between Good and Evil and the darkness Satan comprehended it not! Jn.8:12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Jesus has done this from before time was established, time did not exist until the Sun Moon and Stars were created for time in the forth day. Yom in Hebrew means as well as day it means age; see this sight for help with the Hebrew; Strong’s Hebrew 3117 2303 Occurrences when thinking about God and His ways we need to think in the realms of eternity and Strong’s Greek: 165. αἰών (aión) — a space of time, an age.
Jesus has shown us many times that He has been called to come forth as the Holy Spirit’s representative beings God is a Spirit as seen in Jn.4:24! Let us again look to nothing but scripture for our answers as we see in Jn.16:27For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. The Holy Spirit is the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ as seen in Mt.3:17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. the voice said In Him I Am, well pleased; you need to understand there are no punctuation’s in the Greek original and the Hebrew languages it is for us who have been anointed with the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truths as see guess where? Yes, in scripture yet again I will only quote from as we look to 1 Jn.2:20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
The only righteousness we have is God living inside us and that is the Spirit of Jesus Christ who is Both LORD and the CHRIST, Ac.2:36 and look at Ac.10:36 who is LORD OF All!~
Jesus said in Mt.5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The author of Hebrews said unless we are Holy we shall not see the Kingdom of God; let us look to Heb.12:14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: You see Jesus said all the law and the prophets (testimonies) hang on the one principle Love God and your neighbor as yourself because these are the two main commandments we must do in order to be in His Kingdom see Mk.12:
28And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. The scribe was standing talking to the Kingdom of God right in front of him! Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. And then in the next few verses Jesus explains to His Disciples who the Father is see 7-9 and all those who receive Him in Spirit and in truth are His forever, when and only when we keep all His sayings see Jn.14:10-
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. This is verified in Ro.8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
This can only be done if we keep all of what Jesus said to do; not man, but the Holy Bible who was written by Holy Men as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit in them see 2 Pt.1:20-21 which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ as seen in 1 Pt.1:10-11!
All of this teaching lays solely upon living the word of God in our lives as it is written: Jesus said we must be born-again of the water and of the Spirit! Jn.3:3-8 Jesus was teaching a Pharisee by the name of Nicodemus; Jesus was showing him the way to heaven! You see there is a lot of difference in reciting a verse over someone at baptism then actually doing what that verse said to do; Jesus said to the Disciples to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son (Flesh) and of the Holy Spirit (God; all tiles of God see Zech.14:9; 1 Jn.5:20!); what is that name? Jesus is that name Jn.5: 43I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. Jesus said He would have the Father send the Comforter (The Paraclete) 26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name! That is the reason at the first ever given Sermon Peter gave He told those people who were asking what must we do to be saved this answer: Ac.2:
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (I will get back to this in a little while,)
41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. You see it takes doing what was required of us before we can receive God’s repentance’s upon us for being sinners! See Ac.10:1 through Ac.14; look what it says God did!
15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted *repentance unto life*.
We must do our part before God will do His part; we must open the door to our hearts before He can come in! Rev.3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. You see we will have tribulations in this life of ours Jn.16:33 but it is up to us to stand in our beliefs and put them to practice in our lives before it is actually accounted for us or to us as our righteousness, this is what James was talking about in the 2nd chapter faith without works is nothing: 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. This is the same thing the Apostle Paul talked about when he was trying to win King Agrippa in Ac.26:19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. Is that not what Jesus said? (Mt.4:17) is that not what Peter said on the day of Pentecost? (Ac.2:38) We must repent this means to go in another direction, it is even an old military term for about face! God knows who are His; 2 Tm.2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. You see we must be about our Father’s business when He returns for us or we are not really His servants are we? Look to Mk.8:34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. We must be glorifying God with our bodies as actual goodly servants would be doing our Master’s will for us; which is His word living in us, Jer.31:31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. You see God has no reason to allow His glory to be seen in a person who is not actually engaged in His business; He doesn’t even have to answer their prayers! He is not in the business of rewarding sinners; even their prayers are an abomination to Him; see Prov.15:8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight; see also Prov.21:7The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. 8The way of man is forward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right. And finally Prov.28:9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. We are not saved by God’s grace and faith alone; from Gen. to Rev. there is one people who will be saved; that will be the people of obedience to God’s every word; with man this is impossible but with God living in you, then and only then, can all things then become possible, Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Same thing God told Abraham in Gen.17:1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. You see God is the same, He changes not! Mal.3:6; we are to be His servants doing what He has told us to do, just that simple! See Ecc.12:10The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd! 12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Only those who have received His word by our Lord and Master Jesus Christ and have listened to all that His Apostles have written to us, as seen in Jn.15:19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin! When we are not in the will of God Mt.12:30-32 we are in our will and that is the unforgivable sin! The sin of ignorance can be forgiven but the sin of a presumptuous sinner cannot and never will be forgiven see Num.15: the man picking up sticks on the Sabbath got stoned for this exact reason! God changes not, that is why Jesus talked about knowing the cost of discipleship! We cannot be His disciples and live as we always have, we must have repented and come a new direction and abide in Him or we will never bear His fruits; Jn.15:1-ffs!
Many are called; in fact the whole earth and mankind is called but few will be chosen, Mt.7:12Therefore 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. 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. The only wise man is the man who built his life on the rock which is Christ Jesus and His words; 2 Tm.3:14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This is exactly what Paul wrote as well in Gal.6:5For every man shall bear his own burden. 6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 11Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Eph.5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. How are we to have the glory of God in us without His Holy Spirit being one with our and we being His New Temple in which He is to live in? 1 Cor.3:16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21Therefore let no man glory in men. men of this world are taken in their own craftiness and God uses not the proud or the boaster but the humble and contrite heart will God exalt in due time, if we abide in him He will abide in us; it is that simple but we must first come out from among them and not walk with the unclean, can we drink of the cup of the world and the cup of our Lord God? No we cannot, we cannot have mammon and Christ Jesus in our lives too! 2 Cor.5:14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Can two walk together? Yes only if they agree with one another; Amos.3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 4Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? 5Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? 6Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? 7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? Who can prophecy unless God the Spirit of Jesus Christ is in them, Rev.19:9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus, worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. We cannot have Christ’s mind unless we are born-again of His Spirit in us: 1 Cor.2:1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. Only if we are truly His and working in His harvest fields and always thinking about Him with prayer and thanksgiving praying continually for Him and our brothers who are still lost in this wicked world being deceived by the worldly wise! Only these will be found in the Lord’s universe forever;
Mal.3:16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. You see the fear of the Lord is the beginning of man’s wisdom; when we understand we are His and He is our Creator and we are just worms mere dirt come to life which was given to us by Him; He is the creator of our Spirit, Ecc.12:17 as well as our very souls, Is.57:16For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. There is no one that can stand before our Great God and not perish in His Glory; Heb.12:29For our God is a consuming fire. This is exactly what Paul talked about also in 1 Cor.3:8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. God will not allow us to work in the Holy Spirit unless we have a pure heart and is working as His Lord Jesus worked; He is our example, Jn.14:6 there is no other way to Heaven no matter what man says, it is up to God to search our hearts and there is no deceiving God who knows the end from the beginning! Rev.22:1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever. 6And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8And I John saw these things, and heard them: And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Here is a mystery that I will give you from the Lord given to me by the Holy Spirit; Look to Rev.3: The only ones that will not see the temptations of the world in the tribulation, not the beginning of tribulations but the Great tribulations the last three and half years; for even Israel went through the first several temptations and plagues in Egypt before there was separation between them and the Egyptians! Only those who have found the Love of the Lord with a heart that has been restored to the original heart of God in them will be the ones going to heaven in the rapture! God is Love as seen in 1 Jn.4:8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. God came and died on the cross for you and I; When Jesus said My God My God why have you forsaken Me; He was not speaking to God, He was being prophetic, He knew who He was and what He had to do; He was being prophetic and speaking what all those who listen to preachers of the world teaching what they learned in the seminaries; instead of what the Holy Spirit wants them to teach and preach! Grace is for God’s favour to them who have completed what the Lord told us to do!
We must clean our vessels before He can come live in them! Only those who truly love the Lord God with all their hearts are going to allow their hearts to be crucified and the burden of the cross and this world lost pressing against theirs continually will be Jesus’ Servants and those who obey will then become His friends as seen in Jn.15, who have proven their love for Him and the brethren who are in the world all of them are your brother, did we not all come from Adam and Eve? The entire human race came from Noah’s loins after the flood, we are all brothers and only those who give their lives for their brothers just as Jesus did are worthy of His redemption! This is why in the book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to John there will be only one church found worthy of Rapture from the Temptation to come! It is seen in:
Rev.3:6He that hath an ear; let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
You see Philadelphia is the only church who did not receive a warning to repent and return to their first works as the others were given a warning or God would come and take away their candlestick out of his place, except they repent, Rev.2:5 because the Nicolaitans are those who conquer the laity by their domination over the Saints! Who are these but the same ones who try our Lord’s patients with preaching the word of God and walk in a different way! Jesus showed us who they were in Mt.23 the hypocrites, who preach truth and walk another way, just as it is being done today! Here is what the perfect church of the living God will be doing; Jms.1:25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Our words are meaningless unless they line up with our walk as seen in Ro.3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Only a man’s works will he be rewarded for as Jesus said in Rev.22; Only when our walk and our talk all lines up to every word out of our instruction book called this Holy Bible! Are we really justified in the sight of God; let us see if we pass this little test; 1 Cor.6:11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Only if you have been baptized in His glorious name, for there is no salvation given in any other name but in the name of Jesus Christ Ac.4:12! The day that was preached by Peter and John 5000 were baptized and received into Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins! You see we search the scriptures for our salvation Jn.5:39, for Gen.1:1 to Rev.22:21 we cannot add one word to it or take away from it or we are left destitute and our names will be removed from His book of life or the plagues will be added unto us! We cannot go to the right hand or to the left, we must stay on His narrow path which leads to His Gate, for only Jesus is the door to eternal life!
Many churches still believe we can fight in wars and defend this country and even do they have memorial services on called forth days of celebrations for veterans’ and even another day for those who have lost their lives defending these United Sates but my God says do not do an evil so a good may come from it; evil is evil and no good thing will ever come from evil practices, See Ro.12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Clear to 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits: 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
I wrote an article explaining why I could not and will not become a licensed minister for the UPCUI because they are no better than the Catholic Church who invited pagans into the living church of God and twisted the days around to better serve them and their worship of the Sun God as well as the others from which we get their trinity doctrines because they could not here what thus sayeth the Lord our God, Is.7:14; Jesus is the God who John the Baptist was preparing a way for as seen in Is.40: 3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. This was not done in a corner in secret; it has been prophesied from Gen.3:15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. That God would come and crush the head of the serpent! The sure mercies of King David, the saviour of the whole world, God our saviour the Holy One of Israel, Is.49: 26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. Tit.2:10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. We have one very important job to do; Jesus said He is the bread of life that came down from heaven but He said something long before this, which must be taken in consideration alone with this statement: Mt.4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is the truth of the whole matter right here: We must mortify this flesh, Ro.8:13, only when we do the next verse will we see eternal life with our Lord: 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Therefore let no man deceive you from your calling; if we are truly the children of the Lord our God we will be found in His favour (Grace) when we are found with His truths living in us: Jn.6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. If we judge ourselves against His word; we will not be judged, 1 Cor.11:31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. You see the Lord chastises those who He loves to better strengthen us for the trials ahead and we will suffer for Him if we are truly His, it was promised; Jn.16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. How can we be overcomers unless we overcome this world and its hypocrisy, Rv.2: and chapter 3 is all about overcomers who have opened their hearts to the Lord and suffer for His Righteousness sake in us, for we will bear His cross and die daily for Him and carry this gospel to the whole world who is lost and getting ready to die the eternal death in the fires of Hell, where the worm dieth not and they become the fuel for the fire, Eze.21:31-32 see also Eze.22:30-31!
There is a church which cares for and worships God in truth and in His Spirit, who seek after His will in their lives, but it will not be found in large complexes and multimillion dollar buildings or cathedrals! It will be found in homes of the Saints of God who walk this life as if it were their eternal life with God being in them! Because it is and we will not give it up for a moment of pleasure and lust of the flesh, or the pride of life or the lust of the eyes: 1 Jn.2:15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. Our brother James said it best: Jms.4:1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble: 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Here is one of the reasons so many people will be lost and not even know it! The Epistles were written to the reformed or born-again church who had been given signs and confirmation that they really had a supernatural experience as these had: 1 Cor.1:1Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and our’s: 3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. We speak only one word, and that is as an oracle of God. So I will only speak what has been given to us out of the Holy Bible by the leading of His Holy Spirit in me! See Is.28:9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. (See Joel2:28 ffs.)
12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. The next verse is for those who heed not the word of our God; they are the ones who received the word and had not root and the cares of this world came upon them and they dried up, and their last state was worse than if they had never heard the word of God! (2 Pt.2:17-22)
13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
What did they do on the day of Pentecost? Ac.2:1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. It sat on each of them and they all spoke as the Holy Spirit gave them a perfect tongue even as King David said he spoke because the Lord had given him a perfect way. Ps.18:32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect! Only those who have purified their hearts and strive to enter into His Presence will be these: 1 Cor.1:23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. God has not changed, were not these promises given to those who are afar off? Ac.2:39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. Sure they have but we still need to put our faith to work and follow the Lord in all things we do: 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. See 2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. When you find these you have found the true church of the living God in Jesus Christ! They will all speak the same thing and walk as Jesus walked, He said to go and sin no more, Jn.8:11 to the adulteress and even to the Lame man Jesus found in the Temple latter; Jesus told him to go and sin no more unless a worse thing come upon you, Jn.5:14! God changes not, how much more so to us who have supposively been baptized into his Spirit?
For this reason I could not bear the infallibility of the UPCI and the Catholic Churches, because they put their word above scripture and walk in the ways of men’s doctrines and Dogma! Only the word of God is irrefutable and infallible!
Man needs to quit thinking he is wise because he has mastered the Etymology or understanding of the original language; man had better rely on the one who wrote it: 2 Pt.1:20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Who is Jesus Christ as seen in 1 Pt.1:7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. To those who are fully given his word as seen in: 2 Sam.23:2The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
We know that when we speak and it is as an Oracle of God as seen in 1 Pt.4:7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins: 9Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (KJV) Here is the link King James Version.
The little things matter to the one who is perfect in His every way, how much more are His children to do? We are to be holy because He is Holy; 1 Pt.1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: We have been purchased with the very blood of God, Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. The blood that cannot be purchased by anything we can do, but give Him our hearts as an innocent child of God, for there is none greater in His kingdom than a child because of the purity of their innocent hearts!
Now in Closing
I wrote an article Called confirming and condoning the Articles of Affirmation to the UPCI org, which I gave to my then Pastor, which I received this remark from him, “How did you get so Holy?” I simply told him I had been in the presence of Jesus Christ, once you have, you will see life in a new light, His light! Now here is the article:
Confirming and Condoning the Articles of Affirmation
Ps.101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
I will attempt to show why I cannot and why I feel we should stop this practice of making our ministers guilty of heretical practices; when we make them sign the articles of affirmation of our faith; what we teach in the Lord’s scriptures and how we are to live our lives before our creator. Who are we to set parameters and boundaries? Is not the Bible our instruction book for that? If I can show one reason why we should not, then all of these practices are to be in question and should be stopped right away, for just the mere fear of offending the Father above and stepping into the realm of blasphemy of our very own scriptures, such as 2Tim3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
And James5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, and neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. What part of condemnation did we miss?
Condemnation or condemned may refer to: A strongly worded rebuke (beat back, chop down, as in hack down a forest or grove, to lay waste, as in kill it.) Damnation, the antithesis of salvation:
Jesus on Oaths Taking: Matt.5:
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatso-ever is more than these cometh of evil.
First we are not to sign pledges or oaths to anyone but our Father which is in heaven Exo.20.1-5:
1And God spake all these words, saying,2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. This clearly shows that your piece of paper is just as bad as being an idol that we have to bow down to, in order to preach (serve) His word in our churches of the UPCI; I thought they were His churches! If anyone was to know better than this it should have been us. In God alone will I trust all my actions and affirmations to, Him only will I pledge an oath to, for only He is worthy. Rom9:15 from Exo.33:19 I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy, where is the UPCI’s mercy? By deitizing our words of the articles of affirmation over scripture we are in fact no better than the Cardinal Law of the Roman Catholics in trying to make ourselves deity above all scripture, and into a denominational universal church, are we not?
As I go forward with my rebuttal of the articles of Faith, I do not have to but prove one error with its being in violation to God’s commandments and that should be but enough, to discontinue its use, and we would be better off to be teaching His scriptures, than to be trying to make man made laws and manmade doctrines, in trying to justify our views and practices. Is it not enough that all men will face their Lord on judgment day? Phil.2:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; then why are we to bow before this man made constitution of the articles of affirmation of faith? Have we not learned a lesson from our fore fathers, such as the Sanhedrin, as well as the Roman Catholics? Why are we pursuing these things? Is it so important to try and keep out the adversary, when God can do that all by Himself? Is not our God all powerful and all things are possible with Him alone all by Himself? Matt.19:26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark10:27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. And Luke18:27And he said, (Jesus) the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
The Lord alone is all sufficient to bring about salvation why then are we trying to hinder His people with our rules and regulations? Our compassion and tolerance to sinners and the faithful alike where are they? Prov26:12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him. Prov.21: 2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.3To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.4An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. Are not our Presbyters treading on dangerous grounds, when they put themselves above His scriptures? Are we not to strive to have unity?
Where is the unity when our ministers must sign an illegal oath in order to stay with the UPCI? For in James we should have learned that our ya should be ya and our ney should be ney and that is all that is required of the Lord’s people: (James5: 12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.) Then why are we to be forced into an oath? Prov.21: 11When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.12The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. Should not we consider His words for instruction, and then consider ourselves as wise? For our Lord will not be mocked; are we not acting foolishly? For without a doubt this UPCI is dividing its own house and a house divided cannot stand.
UPCI is trying to instruct its own ministry as though they were children, with these articles of faith; we all are to seek and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling according to scripture; surely we in the ministry have searched the scriptures and are capable of rightly dividing the word and teaching the same to our people so that all shall be saved even ourselves: (1Tim4: 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.) Instead of being accused of a spirit of immaturity, as to be considered as one of those that need to be weaned from our mother’s breast: Should we not do as the Holy Spirit instructs us to do and say to our congregations? Should this be all that is required of God’s apostles, preachers, evangelist, prophets and teachers as well? I thought Gal.1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that, which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. And Rev.22:18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Surely God was saying we were not to add or take away from this book, surely He was saying the entire Bible; would He not mean the whole, of all the books of His scriptures, as in every word as instructed by Paul in 2Tim3:16 as well?
For we all must stand before our creator and justify ourselves Gal.6:1-18: (1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.5For every man shall bear his own burden.6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.11Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.)
And should we be as our Lord and Saviour and not be a respecter of persons as in James 2:1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Is that not what this affirmation of Faith is but a judging system for the righteous-ness of UPCI minister’s to teach to our congregations other than just true apostolic doctrines? How can the UPCI board stand before our creator on judgment day without being judged by their own standard’s, my Bible tells me judge not lest ye be judged. (Matt7:12)
Are not the words of the Lord’s guidelines sufficient for His believers to preach from His irrefutable Words 2Tim3:16, 17 is all we need to concern ourselves about; instead of signing something that carries no weight according to God’s authority. Just who do we think we are? Is this not the foolishness of man that is surely to perish before our Lord? That we put our rules and legislature above His written authority. Who are you trying to fool and bring along side your own folly but another foolish man unaware of God’s irrefutable scriptures, and bowing down under the pressure of his peers to keep a certification so he can stay in your organization just so he can attend your B.O.T.T. and to be able to vote on your committees’ ?
Does not our Lord tell us that we are not to be a respecter of persons, why are you? If one goes to your schools of instruction; one is awarded a certificate of completion and rewarded with credentials, surely this is as much as receiving a bribe in the disguise of an education. You have made us into a denominational church when you alone say that no one without a license from UPCI can stand and minister a sermon in one of the Lord’s churches without one of your credentials, what are we to do when the Lord gives us a calling, to go and preach, and teach; let alone, as He commissioned each and every one of us when He said to pick up our cross and follow Him, did He not? And if we don’t we are none of His and not worthy of Him. We cannot do this unless, we hold your credentials, and we cannot hold your credentials unless we sign your article of Affirmation of Faith; what is the reasoning behind this? You have made us no better than the Roman Catholic Church as trying to be deity themselves and setting doctrine over that of our Lord’s.
After we have been redeemed with His blood and baptized in His glorious Spirit and become new, why are we being withheld from doing His scripture for the sake of manmade traditions again? 2Cor5: 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The great commission of Jesus unto His disciples has given all of us the authority to go and preach repentance, baptism in Jesus name, for no other name is given by which we must be saved or in which salvation comes and to be filled with His Spirit and reborn in newness of life in the Spirit and no longer bound by the flesh, are we not? But yet we cannot baptize our converts without your credentials, let alone start a church of our lord Jesus Christ in our home or Lord help us if we want to bring salvation to the General public, without your authority, where is the reconciliation with that policy?
The Bible tells us that no one man is to interpret the prophesies or scriptures (2Pet.1:20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.) of our Lord, for the Holy Ghost will instruct all of us in all truths and lead all men in all righteousness of God’s will, He will direct our steps and paths. Matt.6:33 & Rev.3:20 let us just take a look at Rev.3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
If we seek the Lord with all that is in us and walk in all righteousness of the Holy Spirit then we are commissioned, no we are commanded to go and preach this glorious gospel to the entire world, to all people and nations to all that draw a breathe. Matt.10:38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
So why is it, that we cannot do all that is commanded of us by our Lord in the UPCI without signing this document that man has made up, instead of following the word of the Lord?
If we vary away from one scripture, we might as well vary away from all scripture. When you promote and tell us we are not to abide or abed any wrong doers and unfaithful or nonbelievers and those that destroy property, and we are not to yoke ourselves to those that are nonbelievers or those who are unfaithful and then in the next breath tell us that we do not support killing and that we will not support cowards, and yet you want us to serve a country that is in direct conflict with our Lord’s teachings, and you want us to aid in the support in abiding with our government’s killing and destroying the people of Islam or any race for that matter: This would be against the Lord’s commandments, and our own government is trying to get away from its alliances with Israel as well and we all know those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless His people will be blessed. So why are we to make a pledge or oath to our government: that is in direct conflict with His living word in which we are to abide by, which you are promoting in the articles of faith? (Matt.5:43, 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; etc.) Take heed to your Affirmation my brothers. I will take this stand only for our Country and for our Enemies and you also; Luke 23:34Then said Jesus, Father; forgive them; for they know not what they do. As well as in Acts7:60; Matt5:44; (Luke5:27-31: 27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.28And he left all, rose up, and followed him.29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.30But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.32I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.)
How can you tell us to abide with them who willingly destroy their enemies against God’s words and to work in a role of support to help them who destroy, which in the previous paragraph you told us not to do so? You cannot have it both ways, you are contradicting yourself.
I know we are to keep our allegiances to our country and pay our taxes and to keep her laws, as Jesus told us to render unto them who had authority over us. But that is as far as we have to go to being compliant with their laws, for me to obey; I must keep myself righteous to my Lord and Saviour and our Father’s scriptures, and that is all I have to worry about. We are not to take oaths and we are to keep the Royal Law (James5:12; 2:8) as for it is like unto the first to love our brethren, our brothers in this world and even those who are sinning and bring them to the Lord, and to Love our God with all that is in our possession, our mind, spirit, soul, and strength and everything that is in us, we are to give freely as was given to us by our Lord; as Peter and John did on the way into the Temple, all that we have, we are to share with our fellow man. James2:8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
I cannot see how standing up for and supporting our country as it destroys her enemies is going to keep my salvation with the Lord. I never heard one of our representatives saying that they reached this decision after great and meaningful prayer and fasting, and that the Lord told him that we were to go kill all or any of them, but I heard Bush say that the whole world will see what happens when someone attacks our nation, I always thought the Bible said to repay evil with kindness so that your enemies will reap buckets full of hot coal Prov.25: 21If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. And vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord; Romans12:17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.Heb.10: 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. If UPCI follows on this course of oath taking then will it not fall by its own words?
So why are we to take an oath to this country as well as this UPCI and put their oaths over our Lords scriptures and our oath at repentance with our maker as being our all in all? Even though I agree with most all of what is in the oath or the articles of affirmation of Faith that is beside the point, it is the Precedence that they are trying to set and get away with which is the principal of the thing.
We allow our organization to do this once; what is next? We alone should know by all means who is sovereign, why is it then we are always trying to make ourselves equal to Him? Have we not learned anything from our fore-father’s in this and even in other religious movements, as well as governments?
If you can find fault in one law of the Articles of Faith then all are in question and we all must be aware of God’s precepts upon precepts when we cross one we are to correct it or find ourselves an adversary against the very one we say we love and follow. Isa.28:13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Can we violate one of His Laws so that good will abound, “God Forbid” as Paul would say in Romans6: Romans 6:1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.15What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then, can we then in all good consciousness sign anything that could be wrong on one point, I think not. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and Him only will we serve. (Josh.24:15)
Dear brethren, let us pray in all faith that we will receive enlightenment from our Lord Jesus in this matter as to keep our sanctification, consecration that comes from Him alone and not from a certificate. I don’t know about the rest of you; all I can do is try and keep my righteousness that I received from Him and I must be about His business regardless of the UPCI’s position. God help us all if it comes down to ministering to the general public about our Lord’s mercy and grace and not being able to because of a lack of a card from man’s organizational institution in as much as we see that we have become in this instance! Who are we to answer to God or man?
I suggest we show some discernment in this matter and remember what the apostles taught us in Acts4:19But Peter and John answered and said unto them: Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
For surely the Lord our God has called us to serve Him only and to teach His ways, by the power of His Spirit in us we are called to fulfill all righteousness. This is getting near impossible with our organizational structure in the UPCI. For we cannot fulfil scripture as it was written by our Lord with the ways our churches are currently structured and its bylaws and so called constitution or Article of Affirmation of Faith; I rest my case on the Affirmation of Faith, with this Prov.30:6Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
We must admit that all are called but few are chosen, who are we to decide who has been chosen unless we hear those who wish to preach His word, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us with His power of discernment and move us in a direction of truth by the hearing of His words being preached.
One last example of how our structured rules are not of a Biblical structure Eph.4:1-32. I have shown my Pastor many times how the Lord has shown me or told me to tell our congregation as well as the rest of the churches things that He wanted us to do, and then the Pastor brings in an Evangelist and confirms my prophetic preaching to my Pastor several times and as yet, I am not regarded as a Prophet and if I was, should I not have been proven by now? And in the Lord’s Holy Word we find that a Prophet is held in first order after an Apostle in Eph4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: So would this not entitle me to hold such a distinguished piece of paper as those of you?
If our church government cannot remedy this and other types of questionable actions then why are we to attend this type of church and pay our tithes to those who are not properly structuring our churches, in a true Biblical system set by our Apostles doctrines, the very same, that we say we are teaching?
No matter the gift of God that we receive from Him, we still must go to your schools and pay the bribe price of your education, before we are to enter into the alumni of your prestigious ranks. How hypocritical, this is why I see that you have decided to put just another man made hindrance (tradition) before our Lord God’s people, because of man’s arrogance to be the creator, instead of the created. This you do to support the claim that because we have gone to school, college, and graduate college, surely the general public will let us bully them into submission, by our vast knowledge we are so much better than they and thusly you have just become a respecter of persons. For you respect those who have college doctorates’ over us who do not.
Where is the grace, where is the compassion to bring a brother of lower degree to a higher degree? Where is the benevolence of God that we are to be teaching our congregations? How are we about His business when we are always about our structure and honoring our leaders in our own ranks, and you cannot tell me that there is no favoritism in generational children coming up through the ranks? If it were not for Isa.59:21 and the truth of this word being preached, I would not be in your churches, but the hypocrisy is getting hard to take, I’m not judging, I’m just stating facts; I would love to become one of the administration; so that I could vote on such matters but we have had that taken away from us with the way the structure is currently. Only Pastors of certain ranking can vote in the general conference; which is wrong and is yet again being a respecter of persons.
Why is it not open to the whole public and open to voting from all the congregations of all the people, even those abroad (such as the AIMer’s, are they not doing the work of a missionary?); we could hold them in a coliseum or a sports arena, and open them up to state wide evangelism at the same time?
Why is it that our organization cannot become more transparent on our web site as well, it took me a week to find out who our general superintendant was for our district, just to ask him what our regulations were so I could get my requirements meet to become a certified minister, just so I can baptize my converts; if I can bring them to the lord and get them through repentance, and receive Jesus as their personal savior you would think I could baptize them, but not according to UPCI. Now I’m no certified theologian, philosopher, psychologist, or any of the above but I have a strong desire to know all of Him and I’m in an in-depth study of all of His ways which makes me somewhat a Christian Theologian by proxy, and I would much rather be for UPCI than against, but how can I, with all that is going on in our ranks? Right now the words of John the Baptist come to mind, and we are not making His paths straight, for they seem kind of, not so much crooked but really curved, and we are not to get out of His path to the right hand or the left, narrow is the way, is it not? Prov.29:4The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. Our Lord established our church, and now we have to pay to preach in it: We see how our church is getting undermined from the top down, is this not how the veil was ripped in two? Why are we setting doctrine? The Bible does that all by itself without us! Prov.30:13There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
And we are supposed to know how the Lord feels about High and Haughty eyes and a Proud Heart! But if we repent, we will be shown mercy from our Lord, Prov.28:13He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Now I know no other Church Organization that I would prefer to belong to than the UPCI, for I dearly love the way we reach out to the lost with missions, evangelism, and the rest of our depts. It sorely pains me in my heart, to have to say anything against our foundational truths, or the way we are to conduct ourselves. If we stay entirely within our scriptural truths and basic doctrines handed down from our founding Apostles then I would gladly keep my trap shut, and not be like one of the Proverbs I keep bring up. I pray that I’m not overstepping boundaries right now, such as those in Prov.29:20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him. And 30:10Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
I can only pray for forgiveness if I am; it is not my intentions to cause dissentions; and ask the Lord to forgive me, for who am I to council the Lord’s chosen, who try their best to lead us in all righteousness with all their hearts, minds, souls, spirits, and strengths, I’m sure! I’m proud of our people for the zeal and the fire that we have burning in our hearts. Only let our zeal not be in vain, but in all reverence to our Lord and creator our Jesus, let Him lead us in this matter I pray. In the only name that we behold to be Devine the name above all names in Jesus’ name: Amen, and Amen.
God bless us and let us pray on this and come to His understanding in these situations we are facing here and now, and finally let us do His will: All wisdom and glory be forever yours, sweet Jesus lead us on in your righteousness our King of Kings, Jesus our lord and Redeemer, save us now from ourselves in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Let me leave this thought with all concerned in this matter: Psalm 131:1Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.2Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.3Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and forever. Should not we do the same, and let the Lord be Lord and we follow Him and just humble ourselves and preach and make disciples of all people and nations and have that be enough for us!
Ecc.3:14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Before we continue with anything, above all, let us remember one more thing, that to fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and when we fear Him, this is truly understanding, why must we continue as though we are in darkness; let us come out into His eternal light and step back and just resume our lives in great faith, and allow Him room to do His will instead of ours! In closing this final thought let us not make it more difficult than it already is trying to please God our Lord Jesus than this. Ecc.12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
This is truly the totality of the matter, let God be God and let us try to resume our position, as to be His humble and faithful servants and that is all we are! Finishing up with one last excerpt from our own Meet the UPCI manual for up and coming ministers, that is required reading, to be read from the Word Afalme Elective Series: (Page number 47) To the ancient Israelites, Moses said, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you”. Deu.4:2
Later, Agur added, “every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, least He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Prov.30:5-6”
“The only safe course of action for those who wish to please God is to reject all doctrines which appeal to any authority but the Scripture”.
These are your words that I quoted from not mine, you cannot have it both ways, you have to live by God’s commandments and scriptures and make them our own commandments too! James2:10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. And 5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, and neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Jesus said in Matt.5:37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
And finally 1Tim4:16 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Thank you for allowing me to voice my humble opinion, and far be it from me, to try and set any rules, let alone doctrines, for that matter; all the Apostles have already done that as far as I’m concerned, wouldn’t you also have to agree with this prophet, laymen, wantta be preacher, and say so yourself?
One last quote from the required reading course books for our Local Ministry License: From “Their Story: 20th Century Pentecostals”, pages 20, 21: By Stopfard A. Brooke said, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march for truth, we must still march on.” And Emerson said “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.”
Acts2:47Praising God, and having favor with all the people. Can we say that today? If not then we have lost the true apostolic heritage that we claim to have!
2Tim1:7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. John4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Then if we want to worship and move in the supernatural realms with God in the Holy Spirit, then we have to be in truth or the Spirit will leave us for the Holy Ghost will not dwell in sinful vessel. Gal.6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Remember 2Tim2:19-26, if we follow all scripture correctly we would be in persecution right now if we were to follow Paul’s teachings in 2Tim1-18 and adhere to the heart of the scriptures from Matthew to Revelations we surely would be in dire straits as the apostles were continually. The reason we are not is because we follow what we think is going to get us by the Lord’s requirements with the least amount of stripes, but why are we just fooling ourselves? If we know the scripture as we should, as Paul said in Phil.2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: Then we should endeavor to know the very heart of the matter of everyone of the Lord’s Devine scriptures so that we adhere to every syllable, and not violate the intention or His very heart and mind of the matter!
These and many other scriptures are being violated every day and our Lord is very weary of the lack of seriousness and reverence we have behind the pulpit and lack of enthusiasm and fire in His people. Every one of our material possessions, children, wives, and even our jobs we put before our master’s service, to reach the lost and dying generations going to hell as we speak. This truly is our first calling after receiving the Holy Ghost and that is to reach those who are in the world and to bring them to a new understanding and way of life; and then we set the perimeters in which they can operate in and tell them we must come out from among the heathens and then watch our pastors sail off on another cruse with them that are in the world. What a hypocrisy of the very nature of the scripture to come out from among them and I will make you a priestly nation! These are those who are spending and miss apportioning the Lord’s money. We find them spending money on trips called fellowship going off yet again to a show in Branson, when they themselves tell us not to go to amusement parks and football, baseball, and some say public schools because of the sex education classes being in a mixed population in the classroom or even the material being discussed should be discussed between the parent and the child; but yet we cannot keep our pews separated from having girls as well as boys on the same pews. This was not the way of our forefather’s and are we not in violation of the commandment to honor our fathers and mothers and do as they have instructed their children? The Lord changes not why are we? Now you know well as I that I could make this an all night sermon on the things that need to be discerned and corrected!
In conclusion, I feel we owe it to Brother Russell as well as the UPCI, since this is not a perfect world and always in transition, even though the Lord is not changing, we must not either. In all honesty and righteousness, we must come clean and confess our faults before the Lord Jesus in order to make His book of life ours. Matt.5:48 was not put in the Bible as some goal to shoot at but it was put in there to do and observe with fear and trembling! 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. This Bible we have is not just for guide lines but it is to be laid down as a law before us to live or perish by! Therefore if the UPCI is doing wrong, should we continue along with the same unethical principals: And considering our moral obligations to our Lord’s irrefutable words and to continue and allow Brother Russell our pastor to violate ethics as well as moral understanding before our Lord as well as us that now know the truth of the matter at hand before us? Should he not if he is signing these articles of affirmation to receive his credentials, must he not carry out what he has signed? And if so should we not as a church stand behind our pastor and adhere to all of the UPCI’S codes of conduct, even though they cannot keep them themselves, just to keep our faith in the organization we claim to be part of? We love that name Pentecostal but we should be looking to a more righteous title and that is as our founding fathers titles as Apostolic Apostles and servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been brought to my knees before our Lord Jesus and have seen Him and I will have you know He is not happy. The only scripture that I know out of the whole Bible which describes His feelings with this world is this; Luke12:49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
There are many other things that were told and shown me that I cannot even begin to tell, words do no justice; they would have to be spoken in an unknown language, a heavenly language! And the more I speak unto you about these matters the more accountability you are going to be responsible for! Luke12: 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Now if Brother Russell went and agreed to uphold some manmade traditions should not we; we are a corporate church body that is to support our pastor and adhere to these worthless policies; for truly it is the Lord that knows all and sees to the very heart of man and knows all his ways and his outcome before we know ourselves. This is how He knows whose heart to forgive and who is righteous and will try with all their hearts to fulfill His requirements, commandments, statutes, and precepts. If Brother Russell signed it, we need to start living by it! Who holds the greater sin the Lord will and has already sorted out but Cindy and I will not be part of it!
So in all actuality this is our good bye to this congregation and we are in truth just letting you know what I know because the Lord gave me to this body of believers, and I have told all of these things to Brother Russell and know you know enough, Brother Russell knows the rest of what the Lord has given me to tell him and the things I still know that are for me and Him (our Lord) and no other until the time that He will tell me to speak it. Whether Brother Russell gives these to you is up to him but I will leave you with this: John4:44For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. So with this being said, I will cut this off for I could truly continue for days, months, and years could not contain the truths that the Lord has shown me and continues to show me. As soon as I quit giving His testimony to whomever He will allow me to tell; I will go home to Him, but there is still work to do here, while we have the light we are to continue in His ways! What I can tell you is this, Gabriel has the trumpet to his lips and is ready to blow, for us to meet Him in the air and to go home for awhile before we come back to rule with Him in His kingdom on earth. When the last soul is saved in the last remote country and Island in the Pacific we will be going home! Mtt.24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. This is why our priority needs to be reaching the lost at all costs, this will allow the end time progressions to come to pass sooner, it is up to us to reach them, and we need to be about His business when He comes or perish! This is truly how He knows who are His, if they will forsake all for Him and do His work. John14:15; 15:14 and Matt.12:48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
I will not lose my inheritance and will be about His business when He comes, as for me and my house we will follow Him in all things, no matter what comes to us, it is in the Lord’s hands to show us what we must suffer for His Name! If you have been baptized in His Holy Spirit we are called to serve Him with every fiber of our beings, with all our gifts from Him, for if we do He will give further gifts according to your faith! So do as Paul said and seek the best of those: 1Cor12: 31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Now covet in the Greek used here means to seek as well as hold on to as well desire for, you seek the Lord and He will come closer to you.Matt.6: 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. So in word or deed, do in the name of Jesus Christ my brothers, keep the faith at all costs to you, because if we are truly doing right in our Lord’s eyes, we will start getting persecuted, it was fore told by our fore father’s if we are not, it is because we are too close to and living as those who will be condemned. For one reason they have not put Jesus first in their hearts, minds, spirits and do not give Him all their strengths!
Our country is going to perish because it is living a lie; it is said in God we trust and it does not! If it trusted in God it would allow God to protect it from her enemies, and if she were truly living correctly she wouldn’t have any enemies to begin with, if we were to spend our nations budget on defense, converting people and helping our brothers and sisters all counties would respect living for our God because only good comes from doing good for evil. This would truly prove our faith with our Lord; we all know the lesson taught by our Lord Jesus in Matthew chapter 5 why are we not living it, where is our faith? Why would any country try and destroy a country that was trying to help them and feed them? If they don’t want to know the Lord our way we are to keep helping them and be that light on the hill Jesus was talking about and eventually they would convert to loving a God that was good and generous as ours, if you keep my commandments all these things will be added unto you! We need to put our faith in our everyday lives, as well as All His Commandments not just the ones we want! Sin is Sin one equals death! Lord knows I could preach on, for there is so much He wants you to know and find, but we are to seek out our own salvation with fear and trembling! I’m out of time but not out sermon, now let us come to a decision in this matter, I know what I’m going to do but this is a personal decision for each of you to make, I have done what I was told to do! Now seek out your own salvation! Just keep this truth in mind; John4: 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit (not only the Holy Ghost but in the very heart of the matter, the true spirit of the commandment, by doing it with a pure heart, willingly and out of Love for Him) and in truth. I usually never use the Amplified Bible translation but it is so much more descriptive than the King James I must use it here: Gal6:7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows; that and that only is what he will reap. KJV: 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. So in conclusion let us pray for guidance and for forgiveness for violating His scripture in our ignorance; for our Father which is with us will surely forgive a repentive heart; as we try to find the truth of the matter, who is with us right now with us in our presence as I speak to all of you. For where two or more are gathered in My name He is in the midst of them; so let us pray to Him now for guidance into all truths!
Lords Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett, Sunday Aug. 7, 2011
Revised Sunday Nov.13, 2011.
See Lk.18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Jn.8:31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. And 51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Lk.11:28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. The greatest Bible study we could ever do is one on obedience to God’s words!
I have another Sermon or Bible study called Man lost His salvation by not knowing the true definition to two words; Grace and Understanding! I will post it next after this one.
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