Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Unforgiveness and Chasing After Visions

The Unforgiving Spirit

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Without Love, forgiveness does not hold; love ‘glues’ the godly virtues together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:13-14).

This is the message for this week from the Lord: unforgiveness. There are some Christian brethren reading here who are walking in unforgiveness. If that is you, repent and ask the Lord for the deliverance from this evil attitude. You may say, “This is easier said than done!” Well, we will share some moments of forgiveness that we have experienced in our ministry, corporately and as individuals. However, before we present our message, the Lord has provided a vision to share with some of you.

I mean “some of you” because some brethren have a teachable humble spirit, while others do not act in humility and obedience. In last week’s article, we put up a brief note to our readers encouraging them not to despise the teaching the Lord gives through this ministry. This week the Lord Himself has revealed in a Vision parable the attitude of some brethren with regards to these teachings. I therefore beseech you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to read and judge through the Holy Spirit this prophetic vision. Below is what the Lord showed and told Charis on Monday morning (February 25, 2013).

Vision of Rebellious and Picky Christians

“In a vision from the Lord given to me on the above date, I saw two young women sitting in a house and an elderly woman visited them and said, ‘You must come to church on Sunday, we are having Holy Communion.’ The two young women replied and said ‘we will come to church on Sunday’, and then in the vision it became Sunday, and then these two young women went to church and had Holy Communion. As soon after they had Holy Communion, the pastor started preaching saying: “When you are a Christian you don’t do wrong things and show others that you are rebellious, and when you are in the company of people you pretend to be a Christian and when you are alone you do wicked things” (Although these words were uttered by the pastor, this is what the Lord is telling us). However, these two young women did not pay attention to the pastor and take note of the message because they were on their cell phones. The Lord revealed to me that these young women would only go to church if they hear that there would be communion. Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying: “They do not accept the teachings; they only want communion”. With that, the Lord gave Charis the interpretation that there are a group of rebellious Christians who only love reading visions but reject the teachings that are meant to help them prepare for His soon coming!

If that is you, my brother or sister, change your attitude because this is not being submissive to God’s Word and so to Christ. We, as a family and ministry, are sent to you to convey the Lord’s message in a spirit of love. This is our commission: to share God’s love with you through His Word, and He will judge the rebellious.

Forgiving From the Heart

Forgiveness is simply forgetting a mistake someone committed against us, and releasing that person from the offence without seeking retribution. While it is true that we seldom forget bad experiences, we can choose to consciously overlook some mistakes. This we do to experience greater inner peace. I confess the truth here: if we harbour a grudge against someone, we are deprived of peace. If we disobey the continuous conviction of the Holy Spirit, we grieve Him and our mood changes within (Ephesians 4:30). Yes, we experience an uneasy or restless feeling when coming in contact with the person we failed to forgive. The opposite of forgiveness is hatred (1 John 4:20). The entire Christian experience is based on forgiveness and it is rooted in love as our preceding verse declares. Yet some Christians live in unforgiveness! I know many born-again Christians who live in hostility with one another. This is the modern trend; people think just avoiding someone is forgiveness. You are mistaken my brethren! The Lord says, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over” (Matthew 18:15 NIV). We should go and ask our brothers for forgiveness if we have offended them, and if they have not offended us in revenge we owe that to them; but if we both offended one another, then we both need to apologise to each other and ask for forgiveness. This was a gesture we recently experienced in our ministry. I will relate this shortly.

The parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21-35) portrays how we ought not to act against others. This parable is a classic example of how people are treating each other today, unmercifully! The Lord, who is our Merciful Father, says we must forgive from the heart, embracing His Goodness and faith to overcome our weakness. If we all possessed perfection there would be no mistakes, thus no need for forgiveness. This perfect world however does not exist in our society, so our continuous need for forgiveness is unabated and so sin and mistakes follow us (Romans 3:10; 3:23). Our entire make up is sinful and we need humility to submit to one another, not pride to pretend we are better. As it is, our boasting is nothing but a mask. So then, we have a JUDGE who is perfect and who executes justice among man (Luke 18:8). What I am trying to say is this, WE MUST NOT SHUT THE DOOR OF OUR HEART’S TO OTHERS IN UNFORGIVENESS; WE ARE IN NEED OF FORGIVENESS OURSELVES BECAUSE OF OUR HABITUAL INCLINATION TO WRONG DOING. God is the JUDGE and He tells us to “FORGIVE” (John 8:7) and we should do so, otherwise the Father will not also forgive our sins (Matthew 6:15).

Unforgiveness Can Land You in Hell

A while ago, the Lord showed my daughter, Charis, a vision of a sister who was going to Hell for hatred. This sister had unforgiveness towards a brother who had offended her. In the vision, this sister's age was revealed and the things she did, including the sin of unforgiveness, were highlighted. The Lord sent this as a warning: “My daughter [X] will be cast into the lake of fire.” Charis then saw a huge angel picking the sister up as if she was nothing and the next moment she (Charis) saw her in the lake of fire. This lady was on the way to hell as a result of a GRUDGE.

People, the Lord loves us so much, and He expects his children to walk in love. Why compromise your salvation by harbouring revenge against your unsuspecting brother?

Experiences of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Kindly allow me to mention this; the vice of selfishness and self-importance is always present to exalt itself in exercising a likeable or an authoritative influence over others. When we act selfishly, we extort justice and we behave unrighteous, which is ungodly. In our everyday dealing with people we express in various ways to others how important we are and psychologically, we impress it upon others to value us that way. This is foolishness because we create expectations which we know we fall short of. Don’t pretend to undervalue yourself because it is God who will exalt you (James 4:6). Christ knew His Godly status yet He humbled Himself for our benefit (John 17:5). Let us remain humble so that we have no trouble living with and among others.

As a brief testimony, we were on a witnessing assignment and a sharp disagreement ensued about a route we should take. This resulted in negative feelings among the brethren, although no hurtful words were used, but prideful attitudes became apparent which led to grudges. We still continued to fellowship together as the Lord commanded, but the love amongst us was cold. We avoided one another and since we are such a small group we felt very uncomfortable. In the meantime, the Lord knew everything and planned a reconciliation service. To everybody’s surprise the Lord Jesus said through Charis: “Your father must not preach tonight”, and with this He gave Charis a vision on the kind of service we should have. He showed her in a vision that I opened in prayer and thereafter we all participated in some discussion, but she could not hear what we were saying and His voice echoed, They must confess their wrongs to each other(James 5:16). We obeyed unmasked ourselves in humility and we made peace. This has since become the practice of our ministry and relationship with each other. In the assembly of everybody we make things right. We hide nothing!

Also, the Lord knows every heart and He told many of us to rid ourselves from grudges and unforgiveness. This is a lesson the church teaches and knows, how the Lord forgave His offenders for what they did to Him (Luke 23:34). He forgave the world; but we often fail to forgive one or two people! Our salvation started by asking for forgiveness from our Heavenly Father; shall we not continue to forgive those who sinned against us?

In another instance, my wife and I were once attacked by an unknown man. I was in serious pain with peptic ulcer due to my then drinking habit. As we walked, suddenly a man coming in our direction had other plans. As we were about to pass him, by mere instinct I saw him taking out a knife from his pocket and I pushed him aside and I commanded my wife to “RUNNNNNNN!” He charged at me with the knife, but I eluded him. I taunted him so as to distract his attention from my wife as I moved backwards. I then turned around and ran with all I had, and when he realized that he could not catch me he went after my wife. I wisely ran to the nearest police station and we chased after him. He got arrested, and to cut a long story short, none of us got stabbed. My wife and I discussed the matter and we decided to abandon the court case against him, going against the advice of the detective handling the case who petitioned us not to throw the case out. We were adamant to forget this experience and move on in love. I was advised to write a letter to the magistrate officiating on this case and in this letter we expressed forgiveness to him and that we prayed and hoped he would reform his wrong ways as compensation. We seized that as an opportunity to witness to him, the magistrate and the police officer through his wrong doing. That was the power of forgiveness!

Brethren, walk in Christ’s love and forgiving others will not be a struggle. I have also been a victim of abuse and being wronged, but through prayer I fought unforgiveness. I once forced myself not to hate a young man who hurt my four fingers and almost cost me the use of my right hand. I now give the glory to the Lord Christ Jesus for giving me the victory and the grace to easily forgive others!

In conclusion, here are some questions for you to ponder (and hopefully respond to in repentance):
  • Are you walking in unforgiveness?
  • Have you been holding a grudge against someone and not willing to let go and forgive?
  • Are you compromising your salvation by harbouring revenge against your unsuspecting brother?
  • Are you a rebellious Christian who only loves reading visions but you reject the teachings that are meant to help you prepare for Jesus’ soon coming?
  • Are you willing to forgive others today and ask the Lord to forgive you too?
Please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed peace in forgiving love,
Brother Glenn.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Witnessing - Part II

A Brief Note to You!

Beloved brethren, I encourage you not to despise the teachings the Lord gives us for your benefit. If you are being edified by the visions we receive from the Lord and share with you, you should also humble yourself and learn how to best do the will of God. The things we teach are of practical nature and that is why we add our testimonies. Witnessing is what God has called every believer to do, whether abled or disabled, as we will see later in our testimonies section. This is a basic command from the Lord to us, to GO and deliver a message from Him to our immediate families, friends, neighbours, co-workers, community and society. This message of salvation is for the entire human race (Luke 2:10-14, Acts 1:8).

In His faithfulness, the Lord brings a Word every Sunday evening for the new week’s article. This is the Lord Jesus speaking to you through these articles. If you have faith, you will discern the truth; but if you are doubtful you, would not obey. We will however be faithful to the Lord and to those who truly recognise and hear His voice through these articles. In all our writings, we do not promote a ministry, person, or some doctrine; instead we proclaim directly what the Lord wants you to know. As I mention in our previous article, we have had the honour of receiving words and powerful visions from the Lord for the past three years and in none of all the messages we received was there particular reference to doctrines or some specific messages. The messages coming from the Lord are simple. He emphasises faith, obedience, and right attitude through the application of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. That is why we do not shift to a particular doctrinal position in our articles. In conclusion to this note, seek the Lord through prayer and don’t wait for the witnessing call from your pastor or leader. GO out and witness because it is the Lord who called you to Him for His glory and service (John 15:16). If the Word of the Lord is in your heart, you will obey and do it! (Psalm 119:11). This is love we show to the Lord, to do His word! The Lord once told Charis after we listened to a Hell preaching: I could see the WORD in the hearts of the people as they listened to that CD”. Seek the Lord’s favour and ready yourself for service, to Christ we belong and to Christ we must account for ourselves (Romans 14:8-12).

Who Should We Witness To?

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV).

Having opened with the above verse, we also need to emphasize the importance of the Lord’s words where He said: Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20 NIV).

In our Witnessing Part I article, we spoke about the basic message of salvation. This is a continuation from this previous article, with new insights and living testimonies. In response to our Witnessing Part I article, a reader asked a very important question. ‘Being a witness, should I omit the mark of the beast message in my salvation letter?’ We replied saying “NO!” God called us to carry His warnings and promises to all nations as a testimony (John 3:16-18; Matthew 24:14).

Furthermore, from the Scriptures we read that almost the entire world’s population was present when the Good News of salvation first broke (Acts 2:5-11). God in His infinite wisdom gathered the nations to Jerusalem prior to the day of Pentecost as witnesses and made them hear for themselves and in their own languages the message of salvation (Acts 2:8). This is who we should proclaim the gospel to, ’every creature under Heaven’ (Mark 16:15). The earlier apostles demonstrated to us by going first to their own race and country man and then to the nations (Acts 13:46). This was amidst fierce opposition. The situation is the same today; people have their own beliefs and the Lord set us here to change perceptions and proclaim the message of truth (2 Corinthians 10:5).

We Must Challenge All Religions

As it is, we are commanded to go to all religious groups without compromise (Acts 17:2-34). The Apostle Paul’s testimony was powered by faith and his own personal testimony (Acts 9). He used the Scriptures to back up his claims (Acts 17:2-3). He said “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ (Messiah)” and some were convicted through a truthful persuasion. (Acts 17:3-4). We know that the spreading of humanism and freedom of religion has greatly limited the preaching of the Gospel; however that should not discourage us to be witnesses to those known or unknown to us.

Additionally, like the apostles Paul and Barnabas, they challenged wrong beliefs from the scriptures (Acts 14:1-28).

Barriers to Effective Witnessing

Our witnessing work is being challenged by the following obstacles:-
  • Laziness and unfaithfulness (Matthew 25:24-28)
  • Disobedience (Jonah 1:3)
  • Not studying the Bible sufficiently (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Some are outright ashamed (Matthew 10:32)
  • Fear of people and excuses (Exodus 3,4; Jeremiah 1:8-9)
  • Church protocol or rules (Mark 9:40; Acts 28:20)
  • Doctrinal position (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:8)
  • Hypocritical lifestyle (1 Peter 3:15-16) 
  • Doubtfulness and lack of confidence (2 Corinthians 4:13-15)
  • Different religions (Acts 19:24)
  • Government laws (Exodus 5)
  • Men’s Rules (Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:29)
  • Language inability (1 Corinthians 2:4)
While this might not be an exhaustive list, it gives us an indication that some individuals are in bondage to some or all of these stumbling blocks. Before going to testimonies let us examine some witnessing tips or preparedness.

Effective Ways to Witness

There are no known Scriptural restrictions upon believers not to witness. We impose self-restrictions through some or all of the above barriers or restrictions set by others in authority (Acts 21:27-36). We become faithful and effective witnesses when we walk in simple faith and obedience:
  • Love for the Lord (John 14:15)
  • Faith through our experience with the Lord (Genesis 12:1-4; Acts 6:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-15).
  • Obedience through holy living (Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 25:14-23).
  • Knowledge of your message and the scriptures (Acts 18:23; 19:41; 2 Timothy 2:15).
  • Being fearless (Acts 18:9-10; Joshua 1:9).
  • Being humble yet confident to proclaim the truth (2 Corinthians 10:1-3; Numbers 12:3; Philippians 2:6-11).
  • Being faithful in prayer to support your ministry and receive God’s favour (Acts 6:3-7; Colossians 4:12).
  • Loyalty to Christ alone and not the faith profession of your church (Matthew 16:24-27; Matthew 10:38; Luke 14:26-27).
  • Being Faithful (Hebrews 10:23; Colossians 4:13; Matthew 25; Acts: 21:4-14).
  • Being available and prepared to GO (2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 6:13-18).
With this you have a winning formula against Satan, people and your own fears and uncertainties. These were the tools we employed in our witnessing campaigns. Today, witnessing is being applied as only belonging to preachers of the gospel and missionaries, or Jehovah’s Witnesses cult. The average church-goer is encouraged to offer financial support for these projects, which is right according to the Scripture. However, this does not substitute our individual Christian responsibility to witness, nor does the Scripture give final authority to our leaders to make a call for witnessing. Instead the scriptures speak to us directly (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8).

Brief Witnessing Testimonies

You might say, “Hey Glenn, you made it sound so Biblical, how do I go about doing witnessing”? Well, if you have feet then you can walk, and if you have a mouth then you can speak. Why must the message from God be so hard to speak about? I know why: because you are afraid of people and persecutions and are ashamed of the Lord! The Scripture we provided above are for your benefit and edification. Those are words of great comfort to you from the Lord; would the Lord speak in vain and not fulfil His promises? He says: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no-one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10).

When we first went out as a witnessing team, we based our faith on these promises and we went out witnessing. For a complete explanation on how we were called together as a team, kindly refer to our Introduction to witnessing article. We got together and prayed for about 10 minutes, took our Bibles and gospel tracts having discussed how we would witness. We jointly decided that we wouldn’t go knocking on doors that time of the night, but we would leave a gospel tract under the doors if there was no fence or put the tract in the mailboxes outside, while we would witness in person to those we come across in the streets. We then started out nervously and being uncertain especially after the Lord sent us out witnessing at night (8:00 pm). Like the Lord gave Ananias the street name to go lay hands on the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:11-12), He told us which street to start our witnessing. We went house to house with well-selected gospel tracts that contain the basic message of salvation, being the work of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:8) for mankind and God’s coming judgement of Hell punishment for those who rejects Him (Romans 2:9).

We divided ourselves up in groups of two and each took a street in that particular zone. As it is, we grew in confidence week after week as we learned from each other’s mistakes and approaches. The Lord did not tell us what we should say except to witness to people and lay hands on them if there was a need (Luke 9:1-2).

Moreover, after we finished witnessing our area we thought witnessing was done, but the Lord had other plans; He established this ministry as a witnessing body. He designated another area, much wider than ours and sent us during the day starting from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. We entered informal settlements where there were no street lights in certain parts of those zones. We faced all dangers from dogs, thugs, and cold by night, scorching heat by day and possibly falling in some trench or even losing our way. I witnessed only on my off days which was twice a week while my wife and the other woman witnessed from sunrise to sunset. We had no money or tracts; only our Bibles, a pen to write down verses and a notebook to record names for prayer.

During the day we go door to door witnessing, at night and because we ran out of gospel tracts, we look for a well-lit area that is frequently travelled by people going home from work or going to shop and we would stand there witnessing. The long hours of standing and walking contributed to our physical pain plus our desire to save souls. In a nutshell, South Africa is a multi-racial and multi-cultural society; the Lord sent us to all people representing our nation. Some members of our team predominantly speak English and Afrikaans, while another sister and I are well versed in the other African languages. This was a huge plus for our team.

Common Objections

As much as we gained momentum in soul winning, we also received a lot of rejections. I encouraged our team members not to be discouraged because people are rejecting the Lord and not us (Luke 10:16). For the first timers to witnessing, brace yourself to hear the following excuses:
  • I am busy and in a hurry
  • I am a Catholic or belong to some denomination
  • I am not born again, I’m just a Christian
  • I don’t believe in the Bible because it is written by man or flawed
  • I attend church
  • I am saved, but they are not witnessing
  • We don’t believe in Jesus, but God (denying the author of life and salvation His glory)
  • Please come see me tomorrow (when you go the next day they would have another excuse)
  • I can’t talk about that at work
  • I am not interested
These are but some of the objections people offer. When offered excuses we follow what the Bible says: move on to the next house or person (Matthew 10:23). If we are not firmly rooted in our faith and Bible knowledge (2 Timothy 2:15), some of the arguments offered could blow a doubtful believer back into sin. Even unbelievers will try to justify their beliefs by using Bible Scriptures out of context. In many of cases of heated arguments, we stood our ground and emerged victories with our faith and convictions (Acts 17:22-34).

Who are Called to Witness?

The call to witness is general and applies to men and women (Galatians 3:28). For a complete account on women witnessing, kindly see our article, Women and the gospel that saves’. Our witnessing team consist of seven (7) women and one male (I, Brother Glenn). Witnessing is everybody’s business, and if you are in Christ this becomes your business too (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). Let me warn you, trying to hide behind your financial contributions or pastor will not help. Like the parable of the talents, you will be individually judged (Matthew 25:15-30). Witnessing is very important to the Lord; He even sends our children out witnessing - please read more on this in our ‘Christian Parenting: Bringing up Children in the Fear of the Lord’ article.

If you are sick, but you can walk and talk, you must witness. The Lord once told a very dear sister not to use her sickness as an excuse, but that she must witness. In our article on Patience, I mentioned how the Lord healed a member of our witnessing team from TB; this sister accompanied us in all our witnessing trips. She coughed profusely while witnessing. Many times we thought she could have stayed at home, but she refused and obeyed the Lord. He healed her and blessed her for her obedience.

The Lord also does provide resting time before going into another area. Also, there was a sister who complained to me about the timing of our witnessing, so the Lord heard that and expelled her from our witnessing team. She repented a few weeks thereafter and asked us to plead with the Lord for her to be re-admitted to the witnessing team. This was an indication that the Lord does not beg any believer; He commands and expects obedience! We have all received individual messages from the Lord about witnessing. Some were told to witness to their colleagues, friends, neighbours and family members. There were others who were rebuked for not witnessing and the Lord regarded them as unfaithful and disobedient (Matthew 25:15-30). There were some cases of sinful behaviour and the Lord regarded that as wicked, so He expelled some of us. Last week the Lord showed us in a VISION a list with people’s witnessing statistics. He revealed the dates of witnessing, the time of witnessing and who was witnessed to. You will be amazingly shocked when the Lord will Judge us.

Finally, are you willing to OBEY and set out witnessing? Remember, our work of witnessing is not from an unknown message, but the foundation of the Christian message is Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:20). He is well-known across the globe; you only need to say what He did for you and what He will do for others. Be the voice of the Holy Spirit that carries God’s convictions!

Are you willing to obey and set out witnessing? Are you ashamed to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you willing to be faithful witness? Please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

For questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed love and eternal peace,

Brother Glenn van Rooyen.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vision of God the Father and Untruthful Pastors

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women” (Acts 2: 17-18). It must be noted that our Lord Jesus Christ has been visiting my daughter, Charis, uninterrupted for the past three (3) years. These are actual visitations and not just visions, because He takes out her spirit body and talks to her. The reality of this is emphasized by the Lord Himself when He tells her after each visit “I am coming tonight”.

During last week’s visit, the Lord gave Charis and Jaydeen visions. Jaydeen is a 10 year old girl the Lord gave us to bring up in His ways when she was just eight years old. She is faithful in her prayers and Bible reading and now the Lord has entrusted her recently with visions and revelations. This is what we are sharing for this week – for your edification and warning. The Lord said to Charis: “Your father must write an article about the visions you and Jaydeen received”. Charis received quite a few visions meant for members of our ministry. While we are not allowed to mention those visions here; the Lord presented them to Charis as parables, but we knew who He was referring to. I was blessed by the wisdom the Lord expressed through those visions, with explosive accuracy. I bless You, Lord Jesus!

Recently, the Lord surprisingly blessed us with money just enough to buy some items we needed and to paint our house inside and outside. The Lord’s measurement always meets the exact need, nothing more or nothing less (Exodus 16:17-18). This expression of God’s love and provision greatly touched my heart. While I said thank you in many prayers, I also asked Charis to say THANK YOU to the Lord for all the blessings He bestowed upon us. She told the Lord Sunday morning (February 10, 2013): “Lord Jesus Christ, my father says thank you for the money and things the Lord provided for us (while mentioning all the things the Lord provided)”. Normally when we send Charis to ask the Lord something, He would answer immediately; however, this time the Lord did not answer; instead He showed her a vision of God the Father. Please note, these visions are prophetic and should not be taken literally; they have a spiritual meaning.

Short Vision of God the Father

She then recalled the vision saying: I saw an Elderly Man sitting on a Big white wooden rocking chair under a Big tree that covered that entire area. The area was surrounded by beautiful green grass. I slowly approached the Elderly Man sitting under the tree and said: “Father, my father says thank you for the money and things the Lord provided for us (while mentioning all the things the Lord provided)”. With the big white wooden chair rocking to and fro and the Father answered in a gentle voice, “Tell your father it is a pleasure and I love your family very much, and I love your father very much.” After the Father said this, I said “Goodbye Father” and the Father replied saying, “Goodbye my child”. There were incidents in the Old Testament where God appeared as a Man in the Bible (Genesis 32:24-30; 18:1-5; 8-10; 13-17).

Vision of a Well-known Pastor who Endorses Worldly Music
This vision was shown to Jaydeen on Friday morning (February 8, 2013). This is what she was shown about this pastor who has dozens of church branches world-wide, including a few here in South Africa. He has an international ministry with international television broadcasting rights.

“I saw in a vision a certain pastor spoke to this international church. Pastor Chris Ayikhilome invited him to come over to his town to come minister the word of God there. I then saw Pastor Chris Ayikhilome taking the stage, dressed in a white suit, as he paged through his Bible. He then left the Bible on the pulpit and said: “People, it is wrong to drink and smoke, but it is not wrong to listen to worldly music”. Soon after he said this, I saw Pastor Chris Ayikhilome falling to the floor sizzled like a snake and moving and crawling as one. I heard him say to the host pastor and the congregation, “Please pray for me” and the people prayed for him, but nothing happened. Then I saw another brother coming up to him on the stage and prayed for him rebuking the demons to leave Pastor Chris Ayikhilome. I then saw black smoke stuff coming from his stomach as these demons were leaving. There was in particular a very big demon coming out of him. He was still going on wildly on the floor, when the host pastor instructed that pastor Chris Ayikhilome be thrown outside. Some man took him by the collar of his suit and threw him in his white BMW. I saw him driving off playing worldly music”.

Brethren, the Lord is very displeased with pastors that encourage their flock to listen to worldly music. This is a very, very serious warning! A lot of Christians are in the world because they are possessed by a spirit that enjoys worldly music. The Pastor in this vision is well-known and we even witness some miracles he performs on television in Jesus name (Matthew 7:21-23). Charis had a word from the Lord that every time a person sings a worldly song of a deceased music artists, that person is being tormented by demons. Many Christians think that listening to worldly music is cool but the Lord revealed that when they do they unnoticing, give glory to the artist. When people listen to worldly music, they fall for the tunes and words to express our appreciation with thanksgiving to the artist. As Christians our thanksgiving and appreciation must be directed to the Lord God (Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit) (Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3).

In another vision, earlier last week, Jaydeen was shown a vision of another pastor whom we know locally. “I saw Pastor Gerald Cooper  ministering the Word of God to his congregation. He was standing in his church yard. The church building was partially damaged and worn out. He was barefooted and clothed in a dirty torn t-shirt and a badly torn short pants. I then saw a witness of the gospel witnessing to some members of his congregation who reject the message. Furthermore, when Pastor Gerald Cooper saw this brother, he rebuked members of his congregation and said they must not listen to ‘this evil’ man. The witnessing brother approached Pastor Gerald Cooper astounded by his condition and said: ‘You were rich, now you are poor! You lost your car, house and congregation because of your greed. It is good the Lord brought this on you, I leave you in the hands of the Lord while I will pray for you’”.

In conclusion, this is the Lord’s warning to pastors who restrain their flock to witness. In the Bible, the apostle Peter warned the Pastors, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3). This is the Lord’s serious warning to pastors who lord themselves over the flock and prevent the flock from witnessing. In this vision, Pastor Gerald Cooper is being represented as poor spiritually and without shoes (Ephesians 6:15). The Lord’s judgement to non-witnessing churches is that they will be stripped and left naked (Revelation 3:17-18). To the comfortably rich Pastors, the Lord warns you not to deceive and mislead the flock into worldliness through worldly music and other forms of entertainment.

I would like to close with this short vision and what the Lord said: This is what the Lord showed Charis in another vision yesterday morning (February 11 , 2013), “I saw a woman running and running I sensed she was very tired but she kept on running against her will and I heard the Lord say: “People who are disobedient and use the wrong words are being punished”.

Are you questioning the Lord? Are you DOING what His Holy Word commands? Are you seeking joy and peace in the false refuges of worldly music and secular entertainment? Here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Witnessing: Part 1

The Message We Carry As Christ’s Witnesses

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This is the message the Lord gave me to accentuate. I was told by the Lord Jesus Christ to write an article about Witnessing: Part I’. I have no idea what part II or even part III might entail. So, brace yourself and learn from the Lord! As you might have noticed on our website, I have written an article on witnessing as a foundation. This ministry is wholly given to witnessing, worshiping of our Lord and Bible teachings through this and other media. There might be a slight overlap of certain things written in the previous article, kindly bear with us. This is meant to benefit you anyway; the apostle Paul wrote “It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you” (Philippians 3: 1b NIV). The Lord at times has repeated the same things. He told us in the exact wording and some words are even emphasised in capital letters.

We therefore encourage you not to despise the message or teachings the Lord gave us to share with you. He loves you and wants you to DO His will so that you might inherit all His Good promises. What we share is not just information, but we are entrusted with a message to help you Become Christ-like. Furthermore, these teachings are for the humble and obedient, not for those who think they know everything. It is not our Biblical knowledge that will get us to enter the Kingdom of God, but being the doers of the word (James 1:22). The Lord has called us to have a child-like attitude and approach towards His will (Matthew 18:3-4). On the other hand, others think because they belong to this Church or that ministry, this message has nothing to do with me. My brothers and sisters, you are BADLY mistaken. All revealed TRUTH is for you, YOU! The BODY of believers are unified through the Holy Spirit and He distributed the gifts for the overall benefit of His BODY (1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:16). Let NO man deceive you! You BELONG to Christ Jesus and you must serve and obey Him. I would like to close this paragraph with this question: “Are you sure by the way you are serving is from the Lord or what others told you? If it is from the Lord, is it Biblical and is it driven by a deep conviction from the Holy Spirit or just what we are taught to believe?

What is the Testimony of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NRSV).

This statement was released just before our Lord’s ascension to Heaven. Having been on earth for a brief period, the Lord Jesus Christ chose for Himself disciples or witnesses (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:14-19; Luke 6:13-16). The Lord’s disciples saw, heard and witnessed everything He did (John 17:6-19). He thus established the validity of His testimony through 12 men. Christ’s testimony is best summarized by these verses “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world be saved through Him. Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18 NRSV). This is what our Lord came to testify, that He was sent by our Heavenly Father to be the Savior of the world for the salvation of humanity and if obeyed and accepted, our reward would be eternal life. This was our Lord’s testimony and He came as a revealed witness (Revelation 3:14). He was the one chosen by the Eternal Father to fulfill man’s destiny and provided deliverance from the dominion of sin and Satan (John 1:29). As it is, John the Baptist, as a recognized prophet from God, came and testified about our Lord’s work (Luke 3:16-17). The testimony of John the Baptist as a witness about our Lord Jesus Christ was the most valid revelation of Christ’s identity (John 1:33). What further accentuates John’s testimony is the fact that he was promised and prophesied about in Scripture (Isaiah 40:3-5). He was a prophet and the crowds and leaders of the day recognized and identified with his message as from God (Luke 3:1-7; Luke 7:28). In summary, John the Baptist was sent to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ to the world through baptism and his testimony (John 1:19-35). Together, the witnessing of John the Baptist, that of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit later confirmed and repeated by the disciples laid the foundation for our message that Jesus Christ is Lord and humanity’s only means of eternal salvation. “This salvation which was first announced by the Lord was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will” (Hebrews 2:3-4 NIV).

There is therefore no other Gospel or message we must preach except about Christ crucified and resurrected (1 Corinthians 2:2). It is through this message that I have been saved and I testify about it. “I believe; therefore I have spoken” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV). Your message as a witness should not be different. We have compelling Scriptural evidence of this truth, Paul said: “For no-one can lay any other foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11 NIV). Moreover, another witness, Peter, testified saying: “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This is not a formulation of doctrine, nor is it something you don’t know. We are repeating it here for you because this is the message you kept quiet about. You witness and testify about this message!

The Testimony of the Disciples and Truly Obedient Saints

Since the time of our Lord’s ascension, He ordained and sent the disciples out to witness in their own territory and then to other part of their country and ultimately to the various parts of the world (Acts 1:8; Acts 13 & 14). They had no other message except the basic Gospel of salvation (Acts 2:36-41). The message of salvation, which was confined to Jerusalem, was rapidly spread through the fire of persecutions (Acts 8:1-40). Their message has gone out into the entire world and it reached us (Romans 10:18).

Brethren, as a fellow servant and witness to this Gospel of salvation, without deep going into Church history, the Church lost its mission and limit itself through the formulation of doctrines. This was done to partly protect the Church against internal and external threats. There were Church council meetings to establish rule of faith. This led to the Church becoming more defensive and our message was limited because of two things; persecutions and our lack of witnessing. Today, through the various sects within Christianity we are still defending even after well formulated doctrines. For further reading on the stages of the Church development please see “The Story of the Church” by A.M Renwick and A.M Harman 2nd Ed, and “The story of the Christian Church” by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut.

Throughout the ages, God raised up faithful men and women to proclaim the Gospel; The message is still being hindered by divisions and confusions with the source being Satan (Genesis 3:4-5). Today, more than ever in the history of mankind, the Bible is available in almost all the world’s languages. Yet the Bible is being used as a source book and good for historical information. Its teachings are being despised and man has applied its truths to become Christ-like and abstain from sin (Romans 12:1-2). It does not matter how Scripturally literate we are; it is the application of Scripture that saves (Romans 2:13). This is the basic formula for salvation in Christ Jesus leading to eternal life:

  • Faith in the sacrifice of God’s salvation (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Acts 2:37-39).
  • Obedience towards God and Christ (John 12:47; John 10:27).
  • Become like Him through the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:1-17).

So then, from the Scriptures quoted above, the apostles proclaimed this basic message to all new believers and the rest of the Scriptures were to build them up in the faith (1 Peter 2:2). We preach the Gospel to attract man to Christ and not to a particular message (2 Corinthians 10:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21). This verse, and many other Scriptures, states the problem is SIN which was atoned for by Christ. Why do we hide behind our Church doctrines if the Scriptures clearly teach us as individuals what to witness about?

My brethren, we examined the Scriptures to arrive at the message the Lord gave us to witness about. This message from the Lord is given to appeal to the individual Christian. I therefore beseech you to seek the Lord in prayer regarding witnessing, and not your leader, unless for support. You have a conviction, you have a message, you have a testimony and you have the Lord (Matthew 28:19-20).

Brief Testimony of Witnessing and Why Some Believers Don’t Witness

We have a lot of testimonies on witnessing, but for the sake of time I will only mention a few recent ones. As is my custom, I arm myself with Gospel tracts with the basic message of salvation every day and I go out in the streets witnessing. I am not trying to commend myself to anyone, I love witnessing and this I do for the Lord. Recently, I spoke to an unbeliever and he told me that he does believe in God and that “God” was speaking to him in dreams warning him about wrong things. He went on to tell me that he does not believe that the Bible is the Word of God and neither does he believe in The Lord Jesus Christ. I challenged his thinking and I tried correcting him Scripturally, telling Him that his belief in God apart from Christ Jesus yields no eternal fruits. After a further discussion I left him with a few Gospel tracts and our contact details as I perceived his lack of Scriptural literacy and confusion.

Soon after my discussion with this man, I witnessed to a much younger man who showed understanding in the Scriptures. I was impressed with his Biblical knowledge, and I sensed the peace of Christ upon him. He was tormented by things in the Bible which we have no answers for, so I pointed out to him that God has concealed certain truths from us and what God made available is enough to keep us busy working on our salvation (Proverbs 25:2). He was relieved as I encouraged him on things that could build him in the faith. In witnessing, we sometimes think we should know everything, but we know in part, so share that part you know (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Some few nights ago, the Lord showed me in a dream how I was busy preaching to a group of people, among them were Muslims, born-again believers and normal Church going folk. The Lord showed me after the presentation of my message how each one of these people returned to their groupings. In the dream I heard myself saying: “Christ is the head of all things and He is above and before all things” (Colossians 15-23). After saying this I felt a deep rejection and alienation from some people in these groupings. I knew the Lord was preparing me for this message and some will continue in disobedience. I am not disturbed by this; I am called to be a witness to you. I am not ashamed of the Gospel. I witness to save souls from Hell (Romans 1:16-17).

Some believers are outright ashamed to witness; they say ‘what will others think or say about me?’ They will be rejected too (Luke 9:26). Others are disobedient (Jonah 1:3), while others live a hypocritical life and worldly life so they hide their testimony (Matthew 5:16). Still there are others who are prevented by their local Church to witness because they might be seen as dividing the Church or being independent (Mark 9:40).

In conclusion, whatever excuse you might have the Lord will judge you as an individual member of his body and not in accordance to your faithful Church attendance. If you bore no fruit, you will be told: “Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30). Did you ever think there was no Scripture on the judgement of disobedient and non-witnessing Christians? Well, now you know!

The Lord once rebuked a sister in our ministry for complaining and using some excuses not to go out witnessing. He heard her murmuring so He rebuked and expelled her from our ministry. This precious sister immediately felt the Lord’s anger so she submitted herself, repented and a few weeks later the Lord restored her to our witnessing team. Similarly, many other people who had us inquire for them from the Lord were told to witness as obedience towards Him. This message applies to you, so stand up today and go witnessing!

Are you sure by the way you are serving is from the Lord or what others told you? Are you ashamed to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you willing to be faithful witness? Please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

For questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Brother Glenn.