> Could you please explain the 12 elements of Christ? Thank You,
I will gladly try to help you, answer your question?
I was also reminded how in fact too many writers, radio, TV evangelists, preachers distort the essential, the basic gospel of the Bible, of Jesus Christ , and preach often rather a sensationalized, a Hireling’s gospel to try to attract the followers, listeners, more money sadly too. I do it honestly, freely and I want nothing at all-in return, nothing expect that God through Jesus Christ and His Sprit be glorified. How did I get started to post devotional Christian messages and Christian graphics on the internet? I was in a super great Church once, even though the Pastors were stealing, abusing the funds, committing adultery, counseling divorce, gossiping, slandering, lying, and so forth. The Holy Spirit due to the prayers of some of the faithful persons there was really moving in their services, and many people were getting saved, healed and delivered, and the praise and worship services were really great. God specifically had told me to go to this church as well, but he had put a condition on it, he said do not talk with, communicate, fellowship with any of the pastors. I had done some great personal counseling in that Church as well.. met some great and also bad people. But eventually one day next came when I had to talk to the same pastors, and even to tell them that God was going to get rid of them, to next deal with them negatively and God did! God next broke down this large Calgary church because it had grown big in size and had become perverse. All of the pastors were next removed from it as well. Luke 8:15 “The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it and by persevering produce a crop.” and “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!” James 1:22
Now what 12 basic foundational elements of Christ are we talking about? the doctrines of the 12 apostle? the supposedly 12 essential apostolic, Christian doctrines we all Christian must hold to, follow, believe first in? We all in our various Churches, personally too do today still rather likely hold to different doctrines as being essentials.. like the trinity- Jesus, God, the Holy spirit, the Bible as the word of God, faith, water baptism, holy spirit baptism, tongues, elders, deacons, ministry to the lord, good works even the ministry to the poor that is part of giving, tithing too, etc? And I even do rightfully believe in the essential New Testament Church pattern of worship, service restoration.. Some people would say the tem commandments are the most essential doctrines I just recently heard some people say again that the Jesus Sermon on the mount, the beatitudes, were the Christian essentials as well? Well Christianity is not some fast food joint, where one set of rules simplifies the Christian daily walk with Christ? Walking with Christ is really an ongoing walk, work, schooling..
One groups opinion of our – Foundation Series graduates learn the basic spiritual skills set forth in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are educated with the basic knowledge of each of the 12 elements of the gospel, they understand the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant and how to use them, they learn how to function in their spiritual priesthood, how to recognize their cycles of their growth, and how to work with the Spirit of God who forms Christ within each of us. They are empowered to make their own choices of faith and thus learn how to overcome themselves, the world, and the devil. They learn how to daily walk in the Spirit, and how to steward the grace of God to others, thus expressing the charity of Jesus Christ that reaches into the soul to bring God’s healing power.” http://www.second8thweek.org/LeadershipAccreditation.htm itself is just a start.. No doctrines, teachings can replace daily still Christ himself.
I admit I like to be balanced and transparently honest too in my own life. For me the One sided presentations too often firstly still do not give an honest, clear picture . Too many persons still are Bashing others to try to fill the God shaped void that often exists in their own life supposedly tends to initially make them next feel better, superior but that is a short lived feeling leading next to a deeper personal emptiness now too. The Pharisees had their own definitions of what being spiritual now means as well. We all do need to be realistic, and truthful as to what is truly Christian and what is not.
One is not even necessarily a better Christian even because he or she knows the Bible better or has been in time a longer Christian now.. it rather also relates as to how much of the Bible now have you personally applied based on what you were given now too.. God loves all the same, equally now too anyway but not the ongoing sinners with their still unrepentant acts.
Many young persons even these days, today do still have a false expectations of what next would make them really happy IN LIFE , even with goals as getting married, getting a supposedly good paying job, buying a Home, have a decent job, having enough friends, being able to save up to have a good pension for retirement.. by the way you would be surprised to note as to how many persons now do even die early and never get to enjoy it too.. but there are many things still that money cannot buy.. and one of those things is real peace, the ability to have also next a good night sleep.. the Lord Jesus alone gives that.
One of the greatest thing that I have appreciated in my whole life is the silent, God given great peace I have had in my life, and relatedly thus to be free of the other bad persons’ hassle, bad company now too and I do , have appreciated that peace. I remember God once speaking to me and saying, ” Are you not living a peaceful life, and are you not happy with it? And I had replied yes Lord.
“You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. John 5:38-39
He is telling people that they substitute studying the Bible for coming directly to him; the Bible only testifies about him.
And they think studying the Bible gives them eternal life, but the way to eternal life is to go directly to him.
The words we hear are words of eternal life, not the words we read or hear read from the Bible.
Even though the Bible has many truths within, the Bible is not truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
The Bible only testifies to the way, the truth, and the Life.
I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth. John 15:26. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. John 14:26
If we want the way, or truth, or life; we have to go to him.
He wants us to seek Him, not seek knowledge about him from the Bible. Studying the Bible is like studying the Law. (Voice of the Lord)
We have made learning scriptures a rival to learning directly from God by Coming to Him.
But scriptures are not wrong; it is the way we idolize scriptures that is wrong.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28-29 Jesus said
For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and does them.. is like a man building his house on rock. Luke 6:47-8 ” http://www.hallvworthington.com/teacher.html
To the experienced, true Christian believer It is undeniably clearly that the Holy Sprit is the person, the individual who will lead and guide us into all truth, even explaining the Bible to us now as well..
(Psa 31:3 KJV) For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
(Isa 49:10 KJV) They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
(John 14:17 KJV) Even 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.
(John 15:26 KJV) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
(John 16:13 KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
(1 John 4:6 KJV) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
We all still CONTINUALLY DO NEED TO trust the Holy Spirit as the main Teacher given by God and to make His word clearer to us.
“God then began to show me that the word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times. He is the Teacher of His people. The office of the Holy Spirit I had not experimentally understood before that time. It was my beginning to understand this latter point in particular, which had a great effect on me; for the Lord enabled me to put it to the test of experience, by laying aside commentaries, and almost every other book and simply reading the word of God and studying it. I learned more in a few hours than I had done during a period of several months previously.” George Müller (1805-1898) http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray/prayer.XXXII.html
(Heb 10:19 KJV) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Jesus: (Rev 1:18 KJV) I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
(Prov 16:25 KJV) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
(Isa 17:10 KJV) Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
(Heb 8:11 KJV) And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
(Jer 22:16 KJV) He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
It is quite possible, most likely that One can know God, even work for him and yet still basically to not know him at all, it seems most pastors do not even know God now too, just as it is possible to know the name of the US President, or a Prime Minister, or any leader for that matter and yet basically still you really personally do not know them. Now next ext even if you had met these persons, or work with them too, it still is very likely you do not really know them as to what they are really like. So it is with God now too.
If you seek God with your whole heart though you will find Him.
(Deu 4:29 KJV) But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
(Psa 5:8 KJV) Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
(Psa 51:17 KJV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
(Isa 57:15 KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
(Isa 33:17 KJV) Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
We all do have a God shaped vacuum in our hearts, in our lives that we rather often seem to be filling with Junk, voids.
Seeking great things for yourself, seek them not (Jer 45:5 KJV) And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD:
And if you are also now busy doing your own thing, seeking to fulfill your own goals, pleasure, priorities, you still this will never get to know God as well.
(Mat 7:12 KJV) Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter 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: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(Mat 7:20 KJV) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not 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. 22 Many 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? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and
(Rom 15:20 KJV) Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
(1 Cor 3:10 KJV) According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
(1 Cor 3:11 KJV) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
(Eph 2:20 KJV) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
(1 Tim 6:19 KJV) Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
(2 Tim 2:19 KJV) Nevertheless 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.
Many of the so called leaders in the evangelical churches even have tried to lead me too often astray by saying I should follow their essential doctrines as being thought by them and have said , that I must obey them cause they are my teachers too, and they were all still rather in the flesh, self glory tainted, really false teacher’s and false prophets. The church belongs to God and not any mere mean man.. for the word Pastor is never mentioned in the new testament specifically, it is true a shepherd does, but there seems to be a wrong difference in the simple definition of a shepherd and the role of a pastor these days too.. and the word pastors is only mentioned once and it is always a plural one too, (Eph 4:11 KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Undeniably the local Church Normal New Testament pattern is a congregationally managed, owned one and it also has voluntary submissions, generally unenforced submissions, a church led, run by plurality of elders, prophets, apostles, deacons and never a one man ministry too. The only forced submission seems to be to kick out all of the thieves, liars, wolves, adulterers, abusers, slave drivers, drunkards out of the Church meetings till they repent. Giving or Tithing is not even mandatory now too.
Now do note this critcal point too.. We all do only really need to have Jesus Christ lead and teach us by the Holy Sprit and we must all mature and get to that point as quick as possible personally too. And I have covered that in how to hear effectively God speaking to you and I can repeat it next too.. and basically it is humbly seek Him, put him First always, listen for him, and wait for him, obey him, and do not do your own thing.
(Heb 6:1 KJV) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (Heb 6:2 KJV) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Too many rather or even simplified Bible rules and regulations will not keep a personal active relationship with Christ, His holy spirit, God now as well.. for walking with Christ is a continual, ongoing relationship. Having a mandatory personal Daily Devotional, waiting time, prayer time before the Lord is a right start though, likely 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minute at night. Educated pastors are not better Christians if they do not personally follow the Bible now still too, do not pray daily do not read the Bible and do not rejoice in the the Lord. I knew firsthand of one pastor of many pastors, elders too, who wrongfully did not fully participate himself in the churches’ prayer, or praise, worship meetings.
(Rom 5:2 KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(Phil 2:16 KJV) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
(Phil 3:1 KJV) Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
(Phil 3:3 KJV) For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
(Phil 4:4 KJV) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
(James 1:9 KJV) Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
(James 4:16 KJV) But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Worshiping God is the primary duty now of all mankind, all Christians, all pastors, elders too. And we worship God in many ways, by thanking him, by being a witnesses of him, by doing good works, by studying and reading the Bible, etc,..
Some people falsely do try to imply now that Sacred dancing worship also is a part of the only 12 doctrinal elements of the foundations of Jesus Christ? not just overly simplified, emphasized, misdirected and overly wrong ? still our rejoicing personally, informally in the Lord Jesus is always essential..
DANCING IS ONLY MENTIONED ONCE in the whole new testament rather? (Luke 15:25 KJV) Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. or one can use this common reference too (Exo 15:20 KJV) And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Some persons, churches, the latter day movements would today rightfully say that Pentecost in the book of Acts included the Restoration of the Tabernacle of David, a worship service that was typical of King David’s dancing before the Lord? (Acts 15:16 KJV) “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: ” It is also true that King David DANCE TO THE LORD, AND HIS WIFE DESPISED HIM FOR IT AND SHE NEXT PAID THE PRICE FOR IT TOO because David recognized she was actually despising, , going against God. . (2 Sam 6:14 KJV) And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Sam 6:16 KJV) And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
1: Let me tell you firstly that the basic undeniable secret of any, all good church services, a good praise and worship, dancing services firstly starts not with the pastors, elders, deacons rather but it starts way before any of the service in fact.. it is started by specific believers jointly, systematically meeting regularly in a prayer agreement before each of the specific services, and first agreeing that God would be manifested in the specific service, in the preaching , in the prophecies too, in the praises, and that people would ne touched by God, healed, and would repent as well. No religious service anywhere at any time can be successfully without this still no matter who leads it too. Next you can also always have an informal, praise worship service too anywhere.
2: Still the joy of the Lord is our strength, and yes we are to continually even to openly rejoice in the Lord, even with praise, psalms, songs, dance too in church now as well. Such PRAISE, WORSHIP services do rightfully attract a lot of young people and there is nothing wrong in having regular, informal Spirit led worship praise services even 3 times a week in a church too or in any home. I also have been to great simple worship, praise services in a very ordinary, simple home basement now too.
But a formal controlled “Sacred Dance “is not really now part of the Bible’s or of – “Building the basic Foundation” (12 Elements of the Doctrine of Christ) .. and really now anyone basically using the term “doctrine” for the Sacred Dancing is clearly misleading, being deceptive, and manipulative if it is not part of a Holy Spirit informally led specific worship service. Sinful Man seems always like to control God and take the false credit for God’s present, empowering, works sadly. Sacred dancing it clearly, was is not a basic doctrine of the New Testament Church, and it is not even mentioned specifically in the Books of Acts, or rather IN THE WHOLE NEW TESTAMENT but it generally is covered under a Praise, Worship service often found in the Old Testament . Some people still do want to insist that some FORMAL church dancing is now mandatory, that we all are be be active in dancing for him, and they do teach others on how how to start a dance ministry, A liturgical dance, a ministry in praise dance, TIPS on starting a dance ministry, worship in dance, encourage a worship dance school to Worship him in the dance are going overboard AND SHOULD FIRSTLY CONCENTRATE ON THE PRAISE, WORSHIP SERVICE.. and formality seems to kill most Church services today as well. There is like many other things, either good dancing or bad, dirty dancing.. Good church services and bad church services too… good or bad pastors now too… good or bad Christians even.
Yes secular dancing itself is clearly an act of the flesh designed to cause and to promote wrongfully sexual arousals, by persons who are mainly still being led by the devil and the lust of the flesh. There is also the idolatrous dancing too. (Exo 32:19 KJV) And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
Most of the related reference sin the Bible about dancing are these..
(Judg 11:34 KJV) And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
(Judg 21:21 KJV) And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
(Judg 21:23 KJV) And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
(1 Sam 18:6 KJV) And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.
(1 Sam 29:5 KJV) Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
(1 Sam 30:16 KJV) And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
(2 Sam 6:14 KJV) And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
(2 Sam 6:16 KJV) And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
(1 Chr 15:29 KJV) And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
(Job 21:11 KJV) They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
(Psa 30:11 KJV) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
(Psa 149:3 KJV) Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
(Psa 150:4 KJV) Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
(Eccl 3:4 KJV) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
(Isa 13:21 KJV) But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
(Jer 31:4 KJV) Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
(Jer 31:13 KJV) Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
(Lam 5:15 KJV) The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
But do not misunderstand me, I have many times attended praise, worship, dancing services for hours even 5 times a week for years too willingly, and I know the benefit they can even cause for people who are suppressed, persons who have poor self esteem, poor self worth., etc.,,
One of the real sad fact of life is the too common existing of demonic bullies, false oppressions and persecutions, and many persons have become their victims. They the victims have been next wrongfully suppressed so much they cannot even fully see or think straight, and they have become rigid, cold, emotionless persons now too. At least 1/8 persons have undergone extreme persecutions, and it is estimated that at least 80 percent of all persons now also are overly submissive, rather oppressed sheep and they are now not leaders rather. When I next was attending a unloving, cold Baptist Church I had gone through a difficult point in my life having lost my Church, my job, my money, my possessions, my wife, family, friends and even my health now too. Needless to say I was depressed, had a very low self esteem of my self, basically my own tire was flat, clearly low, deflated, punctured and thus I saw no positive light, hope in sight now too. I was really dismayed, shocked when God had next specially led to me to a clearly expressive emotional, Pentecostal church, even one that practiced dancing, holy laughter now too. But God knew now that was just what I needed and who am I to tell God what or how he can do things now too? As I participated in the emotional worship, praises, dancing, clapping , laughing now as well eventually my self esteem was build upon again. No my past problems, losses really next had not gone away but I did rightfully feel a lot better presently about myself. I next again saw myself now as still loved by God, as still being important to God. There is value in one praising the Lord with acts of emotions too and that is why the devil and his followers hates it so much and oppose it now too!
but there is another side of theses dancing services, this other side of the coin now too and it was too often a fact still that most of the people who attended these services still came away unrepentant, empty, went home in spiritual depravity, even in lustful sins, basically unchanged in their lives, because to me it seems they came to the church, prayer, worship, praise, dance services for wrong reasons, to exalt themselves, their fleshly lust. Some persons openly had admitted to me they had come to such services to meet the opposite sex too.. and this was, is not acceptable.
Over half of the professing evangelical Christians I have encountered in Canada in the last 50 years now clearly were liars, pretenders, imposters, false, and they NEXT SERIOUSLY DEVIATED FROM THE FAITH THEY ONCE had PROFESSED. I have to admit it was a great personal shock to me the revelation of the true state of the Christ’s Church, the Christian, evangelical churches in North America.. and it is topic for urgent, continual, serious prayers. Sadly there are too many persons in the church these days too, on the radio, TV, internet merely playing church and they are not real Christians. Before they can convert others they themselves basically it seems need to be converted. Basically for a start only up to 30 percent of all evangelical Church goers, Baptist, Fundamental, Pentecostal they are are Firstly even real Christians.. and the rest, the 70 percent are not.. they are still only persons playing religion, pretenders to the Christian faith. 95 percent of Christians still do not read the Bible for 5 minutes of Day so what can you expect from them here too? Being a Christian is still a daily, ongoing event.
Reverend George Whitfield has said.. – “Are You At Peace With, Or Under The Wrath of God? “But what shall I say to you that have got no peace with God? – and these are, perhaps, the most of this congregation: it makes me weep to think of it. Most of you, if you examine your hearts, must confess that God never yet spoke peace to you; you are children of the devil, if Christ is not in you, if God has not spoken peace to your heart. Poor soul! What a cursed condition are you in. I would not be in your case for ten thousand, thousand worlds. Why? You are just hanging over hell. What peace can you have when God is your enemy, when the wrath of God is abiding upon your poor soul? Awake, then, you that are sleeping in a false peace, awake, ye carnal professors, ye hypocrites that go to church, receive the sacrament, read your Bibles, and never felt the power of God upon your hearts; you that are formal professors, you that are baptized heathens; awake, awake, and do not rest on a false bottom.
God speaks to us through many ways.. He speaks through his words, the Bible, through his holy spirit, through pastors, through others, through other means.. but no matter how God now speaks to us we all do need to be the ones open to hear him and to also to obey him in what he says, plus to continually seek Him continuously and to seek His way. Whether he speaks in a still small voice, or in a a loud external voice, he still speaks to us all today.. By the way I can tell the difference between God is speaking to me, the Holy Spirit is speaking to me and Jesus speaking to me too, or the devil, or my own thoughts, and can we all ?
(1 Cor 11:28 KJV) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
(Prov 3:33 KJV) The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
(Gal 3:13 KJV) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
(3 John 1:2 KJV) Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
(3 John 1:3 KJV) For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
(3 John 1:4 KJV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Again what is essential?
But as for me I will serve the Lord and praise him.. as he leads me By his word and His Holy Sprit, His Son
(Psa 150:6 KJV) Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
(Rom 13:1 KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
(Rom 14:5 KJV) One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
(Rom 15:2 KJV) Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
(1 Cor 3:10 KJV) According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
(1 Cor 7:2 KJV) Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
(Eph 5:33 KJV) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
(1 Cor 16:2 KJV) Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
(Gal 6:4 KJV) But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
(2 Tim 2:19 KJV) Nevertheless 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.
(James 1:19 KJV) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
(1 John 4:7 KJV) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
(1 John 4:8 KJV) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
(1 John 4:9 KJV) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
(1 John 4:10 KJV) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
(1 John 4:11 KJV) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(1 John 4:12 KJV) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Basic Christian Essentials..
The Voice of the Lord We can and must hear God’s voice
Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10
For a complete discussion on the Voice of the Lord, see My Sheep Hear My Voice. Do see this Excellent site… http://www.hallvworthington.com/index.html
We all must strive unto perfection unto Holiness but the truth in Christ is we can never be free from sin totally here on earth,
for we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the power in us may be manifested as coming from God and not from us
AGAIN I HAVE SAID IT THAT MANY OF US PROFESSING CHRISTIANS DO NOW SEE DIFFERENT THINGS AS BEING ESSENTIAL CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES!
To some persons the Essential Doctrines of the Historic Orthodox Christian Faith are
The authority and inerrancy of the scriptures (autographs)
The Nature of God
Christ’s Death, Burial & Resurrection
The Holy Spirit
To others the Basic Christian Doctrines for one example are
There is only one God – Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; John 17:3; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Gal. 4:8-9
God is a Trinity – 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2
There are no Gods before or after God – Isaiah 43:10
God knows all things – 1 John 3:20
God is all powerful – Psalm 115:3
God is everywhere – Jer. 23:23,24
God is sovereign – Zech. 9:14; 1 Tim. 6:15-16
God is spirit – John 4:24
God created all that exists – Gen. 1:1; Isaiah 44:24
Spirit does not have a body of flesh and bones – Luke 24:39
God has always been God – Psalm 90:2
Jesus is God – John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:8
Jesus became a man – Phil. 2:5-8
Jesus has two natures: divine and human – Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5
Jesus was sinless – 1 Pet. 2:22
Jesus is the only way to God the Father – John 14:6; Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22
The Holy Spirit is God – Acts 5:3-4
The Holy Spirit is not a force. He is alive – Acts 13:2
The Bible is inspired by God – 2 Tim. 3:16
All people have sinned – Rom. 3:23, 5:12
Man did not evolve, he was created – Gen. 1:26
Adam and Eve were real people – Gen. 3:20; 5:1; 1 Tim. 2:13
Death entered the world because of Adam’s sin – Rom. 5:12-15
Sin separates us from God – Isaiah 59:2
Jesus died for all our sins – 1 John 2:2; 2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Pet. 2:24
Jesus’ sacrifice was a substitution, for us – 1 Pet. 2:24
Jesus rose from the dead in His physical body – John 2:19-21
Those who reject Jesus will go to Hell – Rev. 20:11-15
Hell is a place of fiery punishment – Matt. 25:41; Rev. 19:20
Hell is eternal – Matt. 25:46
The unsaved go to hell forever – Rev. 21:8
Salvation is a free gift of God – Rom. 4:5; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9
The Bible is the Word of God – 2 Tim. 3:16
Jesus will return visibly to earth – Acts 1:11
Christians will be raised from the dead when Jesus returns – 1 Thess. 4:14-17
There will be a rapture (being caught up into the clouds with Jesus) –
1 Thess. 4:14-17
There will be a final judgment – 2 Pet. 3:7
The damned will be thrown into a lake of fire – Rev. 20:15
Satan will be cast into the lake of fire – Rev. 20:10
There will be a new heavens and a new earth – 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1
Statement of Faith of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry
Biblical Inerrancy: The Bible is the Word of God, and that its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life. (2 Peter. 1:21, 2 Tim. 3:16). The Catholic apocrypha is not inspired scripture.
God: God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8). He has always been God (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Rev. 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jer. 32:17,27), Omnipresent (Psalm 137-12), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:8, 16); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12,22,26), etc. He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10;1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8).
Trinity: There is one God in whom there are three eternal, simultaneous persons — the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God, not three, and not one person who took three modes, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 10:35; 2 Cor. 13:14). See also, The Trinity
Jesus: Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is presently both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently wholly God and wholly man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3,14)
Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary. (Luke 1:42)
Resurrection: Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in, after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body. He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19; 1 Cor. 15; Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord.
Substitutionary Atonement: God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus became man and bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) and died in our place suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law that was due us. He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). As a result, God’s justice was satisfied and Christian believers are released from eternal punishment. (Isaiah 53:4-12; 1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; Rom. 5; 1 John 2:2)
Baptism Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person’s identification with Christ. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality. Baptism does not save anyone. We are made right before God by faith, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3,5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48)
Condition Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by grace through faith, is unable to come close to God through his own efforts, nor can he win salvation by his attempt at good works, nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works, nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own. Eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person’s sinfulness. (John 6:44; 15:5; Rom. 8:7; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 2:13)
Divine Election “From all eternity God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,” (Eph. 1:4-5).
Justification by Grace through Faith Alone: We are saved from damnation by the undeserved and unearned mercy and kindness of God, not because of our good works but because of the imputed righteousness of Christ to the one who has faith in Christ alone. This justification is received by faith alone and only upon trusting the true and living Lord Jesus. (Eph. 1:1-11; 2:8, Rom. 3:23; Gal. 2:21)
Eternal Security”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand,” (John 10:27-28). Christ has done all that is needed for our salvation and he says that those who have eternal life will never perish. Those who appeared to be Christian but fell away never were Christians begin with (1 John 2:19).
Sanctification: Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire and increases our ability to repent from sin — by God’s grace. (1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim. 4:4; 1 Peter. 3:15; 2 Tim. 2:25). This process continues all of the Christian’s life and is a the result of salvation, not a cause of it. Furthermore, the effort of sanctification does not maintain salvation.
Christian Church: God calls Christians to his Church where the Word of God is preached, where baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion) is administered, where believers are discipled and disciplined, and where believers serve to build up one another. (Matt. 16:18)
Officers God calls qualified Christians to be ordained and to serve Jesus Christ in special leadership capacities, i.e. Elders, Deacons, Ministers of the Word, and Evangelists. The office(s) of pastor and elder is limited to qualified men only, called by God, recognized by the body, and meet the biblical standard of eldership. Women are not to be pastors nor elders. (1 Tim. 2:11-15; 3:11-13; Titus 1).
Rapture The event where, upon Jesus’ return, those who have died in Christ and those Christians who are then alive will be physically caught up to the clouds and meet the Lord Jesus in the air. We will then forever be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2)
Rapture Because of the diverse opinions among godly Christians regarding the rapture, CARM considers pre-trib rapture, mid-trib rapture, and post-trib rapture to be within the scope of Christian orthodoxy.
Second Coming Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly come from heaven with great glory and majesty. Then all human creatures will appear in person before Him to be judged — men, women, and children, who have lived from the beginning until the end of the world. The evil ones will receive everlasting torment. The faithful ones will receive everlasting life on a new world. So we look forward to that great day with longing in order to enjoy fully the promises of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Matt. 24; Rev. 19-21)
Millennium Because of the diverse opinions among godly Christians regarding the millennium, CARM considers amillennialism, premillennialism, and post millennialism to be within the scope of Christian orthodoxy.
Spiritual RealmThere is a spiritual realm of angels and demons.
Eternal Judgment All who are not justified by the blood of Christ will face eternal and conscious judgment.
Evangelism Part of OUR beliefs and Purpose is to carry out the work of evangelism which means that we must teach the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as refute false doctrines, false religions, and whatever else might contradict the word of God including such sins as homosexuality, adultery, pornography, pedophilia, bestiality, lying, fornication, false gospels, false gods, etc., inside and outside of the church.
Carm even accepts contradictory beliefs too.. pre-trib rapture, mid-trib rapture, and post-trib rapture aand amillennialism, premillennialism, and post millennialism .. incredible..
*** I personally also do rightfully not agree with all of these above doctrines too.. for I certainly rightfully believe that a Christian is not eternally secure, because he has a free will and can anytime choose to go to hell and reject God..
I certainly also do not believe that any women cannot hold any church office if she has her husband’s permission to do so too.. Note how they above seem to try to limit the office to a pastor- elder and not pastors -elders too.
It rightfully peeves me off to that essential doctrines have too often included include compulsory tithing, but falsely omit the fact that clearly both old testament and new testament tithing, giving included compulsory physically helping the local poor people in the church.. and people who accepted tithes were not allowed to own real estate, tangible properties.
We are not known to be Christians because we all hold the same doctrines, rather we are known to be Christians because we love Him who first loved us, Jesus, and also because we love one another, ie., we do love other fellow believers in Christ..
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
“More Essential Christian Doctrine
When we talk about the essentials of Christianity we’re referring to the basic elements that make up and characterize our faith, and which, of course, separate it from other beliefs. The Cardinal Doctrines of Christianity
“The Cardinal Doctrines of Christianity are those beliefs which most Protestant denominations accept as forming the foundational teachings of Christianity. Many, perhaps most Christian faith groups feel that all Christians should believe each of these beliefs. Some groups would classify a person as a non-Christian if they rejected even one belief on their own list of Cardinal Doctrines.There appears to be a general consensus by conservative and some mainline Protestant faith groups that a list of core beliefs might include:
The deity of Jesus,
Jesus’ bodily resurrection,
The atonement as a result of the life, and particularly the death, of Jesus,
Personal salvation by grace,
The inerrancy of the Bible
God’s inspiration of the Bible’s authors,
The virgin birth, and
The anticipated second coming of Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper
Water baptism – Sprinkled or immersion
But clearly there does not appear to be an agreed upon single list that most Protestant faith groups accept as “cardinal doctrines.””
Roman Catholicism expects its members to believe in a much larger list of cardinal beliefs than is listed above. One example that is not shared by Protestants is the assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at death. For someone to say that Catholics is a cult, totally unchristian is also absurd.. for they have accepted the deity of Jesus Christ, the Holy spirit for 2000 years now still too..
(Rom 1:17 KJV) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
(Gal 3:11 KJV) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
(Heb 10:38 KJV) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
PS: What also really surprises me that the subject of all Christians daily mandatory living by faith in God, not trusting in self or in others , trusting God to supply all of your needs as he did for Rev George George Mueller and this is too often left out today in most of Christianity.. Rev G. Mueller resolved never to tell anyone what his needs were. He told them to God and confidently expected them to be met. During his life, Rev G Mueller started 117 schools which educated over 120,000 young people and orphans. He became pastor of Bethesda Chapel in Bristol. see http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpmueller.html
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His Temple.” Psalms 27:4
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalms 29:2
“For God takes pleasure in His Children: He will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the high praises of the LORD be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand.” Psalm 149:4, 6a
(Mat 22:14 KJV) For many are called, but few are chosen.
Essential Christian doctrines – Undeniably the local Church Normal New Testament pattern is a congregationally managed, owned one and it also has voluntary submissions, generally unenforced submissions, formal membership or forced giving is not required too, a church led, run if needed by the plurality of elders, prophets, apostles, deacons and not a despotic, unloving, dictatorial one man ministry. The only forced submission seems to be to kick out of the Church, disfellowship with all of the bad Professing Christians who are still thieves, liars, wolves, adulterers, abusers, slave drivers, drunkards out of the Church meetings till they repent.. Apostle Paul practised it, and so did I when I had pastored a church directly and I ALWAYS loved there every one equally, of any age, status now too in the church without any false partiality, dsicrimination.
“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:15-16 NKJV)
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. (Psalm 18:30 NKJV)
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV)
You will never find real peace, happiness, joy, rest till you lay down all, your body, soul, spirit at the sacrifice altar to God. http://pbulow.tripod.com/daily.htm
“The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV)
(Isa 42:5 KJV) Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein :6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
(Deu 5:32 KJV) Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
(John 10:27 KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Hearing God’s voice is something we all long for-but did you know that it’s not hard to do? In fact, God wants you to hear His voice! Do you want to hear God’s voice? Then you must be ready to listen too.. John 8:47 “He who is of God hears the words of God . . .”
(Isa 30:21 KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Not only must we all learn how to be able to hear God’s voice continually now as the Bible says but also we do not turn to the left or right unless one hears a voice saying to you walk therein. In our fast food, take control society Nobody wants to wait. It would be easier to quit on a need than wait. http://pbulow.tripod.com/wait.html
(Ps 37:23-24) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
(Psa 32:8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(2 Cor 13:1 KJV) In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
The Christian and politicians, others.. the best thing that they can do after repenting and receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior is always to pray, read the Bible … but now also to live a godly life http://pbulow.tripod.com/thewalk.htm
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-” (Ephesians 6:10-18 NKV)
PUT ON THE GARMENT OF PRAISE AND DO GOOD WORKS rather than the bad works so you shall have nothing to be ashamed of still
(James 5:14 KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
The Just shall live by faith..
George Müller (1805-1898)
was a Prussian-born English examplary Christian man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and abroad.
“No Salary for George George Mueller had joyfully dedicated his “whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.” When he had moved to Bristol in 1832 to take the pulpit of Gideon chapel, he and his wife Mary decided not to accept a salary from the congregation. They wanted to daily depend upon the Lord for their needs, and they accepted only unsolicited freewill offerings. Mueller’s journal is full of the amazing ways the Lord directed funds to them throughout his sixty-six years of ministry.”
“At Bristol, Mueller began reading a biography of a great leader of the “Pietism” movement, A. H. . Francke, who had founded an orphan house at Halle in 1696. Francke’s orphanage became the largest enterprise for orphans then existing in the world, and he had trusted in God for every provision. As Mueller began to work with the poor in Bristol, he too wanted to trust the Lord and bring every need to Him in prayer.”
George Mueller throughout most of his personal life he freely received from God and he also continually freely gave as well, expecting nothing in return, he did not sell anything for money or make requests of anyone for money. He lived by a real, practicing faith in God and not in man.. totally unlike most of the bad monetary, commercialized pastors, evangelists today. Though much money had passed through his hands he George Mueller did not accumulate any wealth for himself. “It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised. – George Mueller. Ironically and hypocritically most of the people who today do even promote this basic examplary Christian way of life, wrongfully contradict the example of the Christian George Mueller by their own wrongful begging, asking for money, commercialization of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:1).
FIRST: WHAT IS FAITH? In the simplest manner in which I am able to express it, I answer: Faith is the assurance that the thing which God has said in His Word is true, and that God will act according to what He has said in His Word. This assurance, this reliance on God’s Word, this confidence is FAITH.
NO IMPRESSIONS ARE TO BE TAKEN IN CONNECTION WITH FAITH. Impressions have neither one thing nor the other to do with faith. Faith has to do with the Word of God. It is not impressions, strong or weak, which will make any difference. We have to do with the written Word and not ourselves or our impressions.
PROBABILITIES ARE NOT TO BE TAIKEN INTO ACCOUNT. Many people are willing to believe regarding those things that seem probable to them. Faith has nothing to do with probabilities. The province of FAITH begins where probabilities cease and sight and sense fail. A great many of God’s children are cast down and lament their want of Faith. They write to me and say that they have no impressions, no feeling, they see no probability that the thing they wish will come to pass. APPEARANCES ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. The question is – whether God has spoken it in His Word.
And now, beloved Christian friends, you are in great need to ask yourselves whether you are in the habit of thus confiding, in your inmost soul, in what God has said, and whether you are in earnest in seeking to find whether the thing you want is in accordance with what He has said in His Word.
SECOND: HOW FAITH MAY BE INCREASED. God delights to increase the Faith of His children. Our Faith which is feeble at first, is developed and strengthened more and more by us. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means. I say – and say it deliberately – trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of Faith. I get letters from so many of God’s dear children who say: “Dear Brother Mueller, I’m writing this because I am so weak in faith.” Just so surely as we ask to have our Faith strengthened, we must feel a willingness to take from God’s hand the means for strengthening it. We must allow Him to educate us through trials and bereavements and troubles. It is through trials that Faith is exercised and developed more and more. God affectionately permits difficulties, that He may develop unceasingly that which He is willing to do for us, and to this end we should not shrink, but if He gives us sorrow and hindrances and losses and afflictions, we should take them out of His hands as evidences of His love and care for us in developing more and more that Faith which He is seeking to strengthen in us.
The Church of God is not aroused to see God as the beautiful and lovable One He is, and hence the littleness of blessedness. Oh, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, seek to learn for yourselves, for I cannot tell you the blessedness! In the darkest moments I am able to confide in Him, for I know what a beautiful and kind and lovable Being He is, and, if it be the will of God to put us in the furnace, let Him do it, that so we may acquaint ourselves with Him as He will reveal Himself, and that we may know Him better. We come then to the conclusion that God is a lovable Being, and we are satisfied with Him, and say: “It is my Father, let Him do as He pleases.”
When I first began to allow God to deal with me, relying on Him, taking Him at His Word, and set out fifty years ago simply relying on Him for myself, family, taxes, travelling expenses and every other need, I rested on the simple promises I found in the sixth chapter of Matthew. Read Matthew 6:25-34 carefully. I believed the Word, I rested on it and practiced it. I took God at His word. A stranger, a foreigner in England, I knew seven languages and might have used them perhaps as a means of remunerative employment but I had consecrated myself to labor for the Lord, I put my reliance in the God who has promised, and He has acted according to His Word. I’ve lacked nothing – nothing. I have had my trials, my difficulties, and my purse empty, but my receipts have aggregated thousands of dollars, while the work has gone on these 51 years. Then, with regard to my pastoral work; for the past 51 years I have had great difficulties, great trials and perplexities. There will always be difficulties, always trials. But God has sustained me under them and delivered me out of them, and the work has gone on. Now, this is not, as some have said, because I am a man of great mental power, or endowed with energy and perseverance – these are not the reasons. It is because I have confided in God; because I have sought God, and He has cared for the Institution, which, under His direction, has 100 schools, with masters and mistresses and other departments which I have told you before.
I do not carry the burden. And now in my 67th year, I have physical strength and mental vigor for as much work as when I was a young man in the university, studying and preparing Latin orations. I am just as vigorous as at that time. How comes this? Because in the last half century of labor I’ve been able, with the simplicity of a child, to rely upon God. I have had my trials, but I have laid hold upon God, and so it has come to pass that I have been sustained. It is not only permission, but positive command that He gives, to cast the burdens upon Him. Oh, let us do it! My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.” Day by day I do it. This morning sixty matters in connection with the church of which I am pastor, I brought before the Lord, and thus it is, day by day I do it, and year by year; ten years, thirty years, forty years.
Do not, however, expect to obtain full Faith at once. All such things as jumping into full exercise of Faith in such things I discountenance. I do not believe in it. All such things go on in a natural way. The little I did obtain, I did not obtain all at once. All this I say particularly, because letters come to me full of questions from those who seek to have their Faith strengthened. Begin over again, staying your soul on the Word of God, and you will have an increase of your Faith as you exercise it.
One thing more. Some say, “Oh, I shall never have the gift of Faith Mr. Mueller has got.” This is a mistake – it is the greatest error – there is not a particle of truth in it. My Faith is the same kind of Faith that all of God’s children have had. It is the same kind that Simon Peter had, and all Christians may obtain the like Faith. My Faith is their Faith, though there may be more of it because my Faith has been a little more developed by exercise then theirs; but their Faith is precisely the Faith I exercise, only, with regard to degree, mine may be more strongly exercised.
Now, my beloved brothers and sisters, begin in a little way.
At first I was able to trust the Lord for ten dollars, then for a hundred dollars, then for a thousand dollars, and now, with the greatest ease, I could trust Him for a million dollars, if there was occasion. But first, I should quietly, carefully, deliberately examine and see whether what I was trusting for, was something in accordance with His promises in His written Word.
“As laborers together with Him” (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Read more about George Mueller on http://www.oldtruth.com/blog.cfm/id.2.pid.94
George Mueller has proved to the world the truth of Philippians 4:19. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Three weeks after his marriage, he and his wife decided to depend on God alone to supply their needs–never again to approach people about them. Now he felt led to relinquish his small salary as a preacher completely. Wishing that all support be spontaneous, he put a box in the chapel for his needs; determining never to run into debt, and to get his needs supplied only by requests to God Himself. This was October, 1830. When he died, in March 1898, 68 years later, he had obtained from God more than any one else who ever lived–seven and a half million dollars . Mueller read the Bible through over 200 times, half of these times on his knees. He said he knew of some 50,000 specific answers to prayer…requests to God alone!
Why are so many people still rather obsessed with fantasy, romance, divorce, drugs, alcohol, even TV, movies, sex, pleasure, pornography and not Jesus?.. for most of them personally it is an initial lazy, false escapism approach from the too often real negative aspects of life that we firstly all tend to have, particularly due to our own unrepentant sins and due to Satan’s buffeting, harassment of them.. the grass may appear greener in the neighbors yard cause you do not know what hardships they are facing now, the supposedly rich persons included. While God for his faithful few give them the grace to endure hardships and even to overcome them, we are all nevertheless bound to have trails and tribulations, hardships, all of us.. Instead of personally first learning how to use the Bible to oppose Satan, obtain peace in their own life, too many persons turn to the flesh.. The problem also with the common graphic misrepresentation of the pleasure of sex the reality is that Gays, lesbians, adulterers tend to have even more negative consequences, oppressions in their life to force them into deeper bondage with Satan.. Jesus sets us free from all that.
(Gal 5:16 KJV) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
(Gal 5:17 KJV) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
(Rom 7:5 KJV) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
(Gal 5:19 KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
(Rom 8:1 KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(1 Cor 16:22 KJV) If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
(1 John 2:15 KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(John 16:33 KJV) These 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
(Acts 9:31 KJV) Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
We are epistles known and read of all men ..(2 Cor 3:2 KJV) Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
And to most people were are the closest thing that they will ever read that will be like the Bible too is our lives.. Over the years what I have found that God has used the most, even to help others is that part of the Bible I have experienced, practiced. Very often when I am asked eben what I initially think is a difficult question, I often reflect on those related aspects in my life where I now had experienced similar things, and I next also reflect as to what God, and his Holy Sprit had there personally taught me and I next effectively do share those truths. The other stuff I may known does not seem to work at all..
(Rom 15:4 KJV) For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
(2 Cor 1:3 KJV) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
(1 Cor 14:3 KJV) But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
(1 John 1:3 KJV) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
(2 John 1:5 KJV) And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
2 Cor 13:11 KJV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
(1 Th 5:14 KJV) Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
(2 Th 2:16 KJV) Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
The Christian, pastors, politicians, and any others.. the best thing that they can do after repenting and receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior is always to daily pray, daily read the Bible … but now also to live a godly Biblical life
Now having said that the Devil and his followers they will daily work hard to
– divert us, distract us, detour us continually in all of this
– and note this even have us go to extreme on a good thing
– as well as us having personally add on the false values too…
The Voice of the Lord
We can and must hear God’s voice
Be still, and know that I am God
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(Prov 23:26 KJV) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
(Isa 55:8 KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
(Isa 55:9 KJV) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Prov 8:32 KJV) Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
(1 Ki 3:14 KJV) And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
(Job 31:4 KJV) Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
(Psa 39:1 KJV) I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
(Psa 81:13 KJV) Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
(Psa 95:10 KJV) Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
(Psa 119:5 KJV) O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
(Psa 119:26 KJV) I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
(Psa 119:59 KJV) I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
(Psa 119:168 KJV) I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
(Psa 139:3 KJV) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
(Isa 58:2 KJV) Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
(Ezek 18:29 KJV) Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
(Zec 3:7 KJV) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
(Mal 2:9 KJV) Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
(1 Cor 4:17 KJV) For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
(Heb 3:10 KJV) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
(Prov 14:12 KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
“…in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons….” 1 Timothy 4:1
“…because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:12-13
(2 Tim 3:1 KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
(2 Pet 3:3 KJV) Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
(Rev 12:12 KJV) Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
All of Mankind is still self centered or men centered and Not God centered. They do not read, know the Bible, are also really ignorant of what it really says too.
(Psa 34:18 KJV) The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
(Psa 51:17 KJV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
(Isa 57:15 KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
(Isa 66:2 KJV) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Pride and ambition are still deadly sins for all persons, christians included.’
(Eccl 7:8 KJV) Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
(Luke 1:51 KJV) He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Truth: “…with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:35-38
“But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” Psalm 115:3
Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but ‘with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
“Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth….
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast….
He defeated many nations and slew mighty kings….
Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
For the Lord will judge His people, and He will have compassion on His servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.” Psalm 135:6-15
“He answered and said to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40
“You give shameful counsel to your house,
Cutting off many peoples, and sin against your soul.
For the stone will cry out from the wall,
And the beam from the timbers will answer it.” Habakkuk 2:10
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.” Matthew 3:7-10
God’s training is the opposite of the world’s leadership training. It clashes with today’s formula for successful leadership on every point:
And He [God] said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
‘Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears….
Then I [Isaiah] said, “Lord, how long?”
And He answered: ‘Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
The houses are without a man, the land is utterly desolate…” Isaiah 6:9-11
But the people preferred false prophets with more positive messages
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you…
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
They continually say to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, ‘You shall have peace’;
And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say,
‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ” Jeremiah 23:16-17
“‘Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! … They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. …
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,’ says the Lord God. ‘My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies… Because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace….” Ezekiel 13:3-10
God looks for faith and obedience, not great leaders
“And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore ‘it was accounted to him for righteousness.’” Romans 4:19-22
“Jesus said to them, ‘…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:20-21
The Secret of Success
Romans 12:1-3, 9
Verse 1. Surrender your life into God’s hands: “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Verse 2. Fill your mind with God’s truth, not the world’s philosophies. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Verse 3. Build Christ-esteem, not self-esteem. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment….”
Verse 9. Learn to see reality from God’s perspective. “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
God’s Way versus our ways
“You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.” Isaiah 64:5
“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.” Psalm 128:1
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. ??Because narrow is the gate and ??difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? ?Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? ??For whoever ?is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father….?” Mark 8:36-38
God Bless you
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