Monday, April 28, 2014

New Life In Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Brethren, this message, like all the messages we have shared previously, is from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. During the past four years that the Lord has been speaking to us, He has taken a personal interest in our walk with Him through the various messages of encouragement and correction. Many brethren around the world who have heard the Lord for themselves can attest to this truth. Equally, there are many who have heard the Lord for themselves, but through a lack of faith and an appetite for wrong doing some have wandered from the Lord.

In utter disbelief, I have witnessed people ignoring the Lord’s warnings and doubting the very message that is Biblical in every way. Of the many who heard from the Lord, none can say they were led into wrongdoing. A truthful witness sides with the truth and disregards his own position or feelings on matters affecting his walk with God. If we love the truth, our reputation or integrity has no value; what matters is our fear for God.

Before our new life in Christ through conversion (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:3; Acts 16:31), we lived our lives without regard for God and His Word. In our old lives, we lived to only please others and ourselves, and we also approved the way others lived so that our way of life would also carry their approval. In Christ, however, and through the born-again experience, we are encouraged “like newborn babies, to crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2 NIV). The Lord told us that salvation through Him leading to eternal life is very important, and that we should, “make every effort to enter through the narrow door…” (Luke 13:24). In our obedience to Him, the Lord said we should consider our lives in this world less important, for His sake and the gospel’s sake (Mark 10:29-30). The gospel is not just the preaching of the Word, but the outward witness through holy living of a grateful heart.

Furthermore, we express our appreciation to God for the gift of salvation through our obedience to Him by leading our lives to please Him (Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 3:9) and bear good fruit (Matthew 13:23). When we live in obedience to the Lord, we are living our lives for His good pleasure; we are dead to sin and the pleasures of this world (Romans 6:1-2; 1 John 2:15). This is the new life in Christ!  I am testifying the truth in Christ Jesus; the Lord said many people after giving their lives to Him start faithfully and when tests come they live double lives (Matthew 13:18-22). This He said is like an athlete who competes in a race and does not complete the race (Galatians 5:7). He said He has no reward for Christians living double lives, but Judgment (James 1:6-8). Let us therefore live for God in such a way that when we near the end of our lives, we can confidently declare like Paul, that we have completed the race (2 Timothy 4:7-8). In Scripture we read how Paul lived and surely it is worth following his example and way of life (1 Corinthians 11:1).

In addition, in his zeal for Christ and not living a double life, Paul encouraged the Thessalonian Christians how he lived in Christ among them and that they do likewise (1 Thessalonians 1:5). Brethren, this is no new message but a reminder to us to live our lives worthy of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:20-25).

The Lord’s Way

I have already given testimonies on how the Lord corrected us in regard to disobedience. I can truthfully testify that the Lord is very displeased when we deliberately disobey Him. It is like a son who despises his father’s instructions. He commands us to obey Him even at the expense of our lives (Matthew 10:37-39). Furthermore, most of the things the Lord corrects us on concern our inner attitudes, which even when someone insists on living by the ten (10) commandments would still fall short on. There is hatred, swearing, gossip, slandering and gluttony, just to mention but a few, which makes us fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of holy living.

Therefore, as we confess our sins, we acknowledge our shortcomings and express our desire to live in obedience to the Lord. Our confession is an expression of faith when we apply our lives to the Scriptures (James 1:22).  In a vision recently, a man known to us who had faith in Christ but lived a double life died in a car accident. The Lord showed that his life of faith without works of obedience did not save him.

In the vision, Charis was made to understand what he was thinking. He was thinking about a message he heard me preach and he longed for that moment. I preached saying, "Don’t allow death to catch you by surprise!" His eyes were small and filled with regret, with sadness on his face as she heard the words by a witness saying, “I feel very sorry for that young man”. The message is clear; he did not make it to Heaven.

Once we accept the Lord Jesus as Savior, the Lord expects us to walk daily in the New Life.  Last month, a sister who accepted the Lord and joined our ministry about 9 months ago, was "suspended" by the Lord from ministering with us for six months because she did not walk faithfully after having been warned by the Lord to stop her wickedness. She was secretly smoking without us knowing until the Lord showed us in a vision. When we asked her, she admitted and gave glory to God. She is not allowed to minister in the Word like witnessing and praying in the corporate intercessory prayers. She is, however, attending regular weekly services and she must continue reading her bible and praying. The Lord said that those involved in sexual sins like adultery or fornication should not serve at the altar, that is why He made an example of this sister. Her suspension is a punishment and the purpose is to deter others while maintaining the purity of the ministry. We share this to tell you that the Lord wants us to walk purely before Him; He is coming back for a spotless bride (Ephesians 5:25-27).

In conclusion, I beseech you brothers and sisters: please take your salvation serious by living to obey the Lord daily. He expects us through this new life to read our Bibles daily and pray often (daily, about 3 times) (Daniel 6:10; Psalm 55:17; Thessalonians 5:17). Surely, Bible reading changes our attitudes and behavior. The conviction coming from the Holy Spirit through Bible reading leads us to obedience provided we submit to God. If there are some of us still living a double life and when we know we ought not to live our lives in Christ like that, there is a chance to make right with the Lord. Today is that chance, so please repent now (Hebrews 3:14-15; Hebrews 4:6-7)! Follow Christ Jesus daily and be about the Lord’s business every day. If not, the devil has the world and its pleasures to keep you occupied. Be therefore in the WORD business, the SOUL winning business and the OBEDIENT living business. By that we live a Christ-centered life.

Blessed Peace in New Life,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Loving Your Life

“For whoever wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, turn from evil and do good, seek peace and chase after it. For Adonai keeps his eyes on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers; but the face of Adonai is against those who do evil things” (1 Peter 3:10-12 CJB).

Brethren, as you may have noticed, the past few articles focused on matters that threatened the faith of some of you. Many concerned believers wrote to us inquiring about things they read which are supposedly from the Lord. As is apparent, we prayerfully and carefully examined some of these teachings in the light of the Scriptures so that the truth of the Bible remains our guide. Like we alluded elsewhere, our motive is to satisfy ourselves with the Truth and to allow such Truth which we receive by faith, to guide our conscience.

This week however, the Lord has given us something new to reflect upon: loving and valuing our God-given lives. The Bible tells us that after God created everything, He was pleased and approved His work (Genesis 1:31). He set out laws for nature in terms of reproduction (Genesis 1:11) and He also set the reproductive laws in motion when He commanded both man, plants and animals to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:20-25). This is the Creator giving earthly life its orders, and being alive in this world we see this very thing still in operation around us. This is so because, He holds all things together by the Power of His eternal Word (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17).

Loving Our Lives to Please God

Since man is created in the image of God, man has been endowed with the power of will and choice (Genesis 2:15-17). Morally, man’s conscience needs guiding to determine rewards or punishment. Biblically, rewards would refer to the preservation of life which God promised to compensate our faith and obedience (John 3:16-18). While punishment refers to a total separation from God, we are promised life and perpetual existence in Him alone (John 1:4; 15:4-6). Scripturally, and by faith, we know God exercised His dominion over man and all creation on earth by allowing death and decay (Genesis 3:17-19).

Therefore, knowing that the reward for obedience is eternal life, loving our lives is to live pleasing to God (Colossians 1:10). The point I am making is this: Christ is life and our faith and obedience to Him equals our union with Him (John 17:20-23). This union is the life-sustaining nourishment leading to our preservation – eternal life. Just as much as life is interrupted when we separate a branch from a vine, likewise the life of a believer is interrupted and lifeless when we are not living in union with the Lord (John 15:5). Union or oneness with Christ Jesus is seen through the fruit He produces through us by His Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22; Romans 8:9-11).

Similarly, when the Lord said we must hate (Luke 14:26) our own lives, He meant we must share in His life of suffering and deny living for our own pleasures, but offer our lives in service to God (Romans 12:1-2). This is the life He called Aaron and his sons to a lasting priesthood to God; you and I have been called likewise (1 Peter 2:9).

Why Do Some People Hate Life?

I honestly don’t have all the answers to this question. However, having been endowed with all faculties common to man, I can testify that hard situations can make us give up on life. We often blame everything and everyone around us, but ourselves. Often, most of our problems are as a result of our own choices. The choices that landed us into trouble were self-driven and God had no influence in our lives. When this has happened, we may express our displeasure at life and even spend the rest of our remaining days complaining and being dissatisfied. Sadly, there are those who would try out God, and if God does not conform to their standards, He is not needed. To those people I say: shame on you! God’s life in you results in fruit for living (Galatians 5:22). This is what everybody will see and want, not our constant consciousness about our own lives. This is therefore a wasted life; it has no support from the Source, God.

In conclusion, a few weeks ago, the Lord showed Charis in a vision a young man who returned back into the world. In this vision he was portrayed as very old, wrinkled, frail and looking under-nourished. In the vision, while pointing at this young man an Angel told Charis: “look at this worldly man”. This is the condition of a person who does not have the life of God: withered and without life support, dead from the inside. Brethren, your life is wasted without Christ and you show no appreciation to your life and existence if you choose to live apart from Him. Through this message, the Almighty God says: love your life and unify it in Christ Jesus (John 3:17-18). Love life which has meaning and value only in Christ and enjoy it in service to God and man!

Blessed Love,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Trust

Trust

"And now, Sovereign Lord, you are God; you always keep your promises, and you have made this wonderful promise to me” (2 Samuel 7:28 GNT).

Trust is based on reliability and truthfulness. It is of course a very difficult thing to trust certain people, and rightfully so. In my understanding, we use trust to be secure of something. In the Bible trust was always one of the key elements that governed relations among people. Let us have a look how the people established trust among one other.

Important Notice!

As a ministry, and in order to clear confusion, we have responded in part to Pastor Christine’s ‘False Prophets’ article - see last section of this article. We have done so to preserve the truth we are sent to proclaim to you. As you may have noticed, we examined the “baptizing holy fire” teachings and we did so in sharp comparison with the Scriptures (Acts 17:11). We have noted the doubt and confusion that Pastor Christine is trying to sow in her “False prophets” article and we have collated a response based on Scripture. Also, it must be told: we are not driven by any wicked motives, but by a conscience and conviction from the Holy Spirit to correct and rebuke error in the Body of Christ. We owe our allegiance to the TRUTH (God’s Word), and we are called upon to defend it (Philippians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5). Our motive therefore is love for God and His truth.

How Trust Was Established in the Bible

Abimelech sought security when he approached Abraham and said he should swear to him that he would not deal falsely with him. As it is, in order to enforce their treaty, Abraham gave Abimelech sheep and cattle to serve as a witness that this was an establishment of trust (Genesis 21:22:32).

Furthermore, when Abraham needed something done the correct way, he did not rely on a person’s word only, but he made them fulfill their words and promise through an oath (Genesis 24:1-9). Likewise, Jacob since he could not trust his brother Esau, he made him swear an oath to him when he sold his birth right (Genesis 25:29-34). In addition, Laban made a covenant of trust and peace with Jacob in Gilead so that each one of them should fulfill their respective promises (Genesis 31:44-55).

The above Scripture, and many such examples, point us to the fact trust must be followed by respect for God and one another. This warrior of faith, Jacob, and in his zeal for God made promises to God in a vow to serve the Lord all his life and to be faithful (Genesis 28:16-22). This was common practice in the Old Testament for people to give some collateral to fulfill their words (Genesis 38:16-20).

In most relationship between people, like some of the above examples, we always seek ways to trust so that we feel secure about a decision we made. While it might not be practical to employ the methods used in the Bible, we can, however, learn that trusting in man is futile (Jeremiah 17:5).

How Can We Trust Others?

Often, we develop trust on others based on things they say and promise. We also trust when we learn from our past experiences with a particular person. It is easy to trust people close to us, because justice is easily attainable. But those not known in our immediate circle are hard to trust and rightly so because we know nothing or little about them.

Let me relate an incident I had in 1990. A few months before I gave my life to the Lord I went to a night club with a friend and his girlfriend. He and his girlfriend had a quarrel and she left saying she would be back soon. After waiting for a long time, he decided to go look for her while I had to wait and watch over our things. Due to the long wait, and having no money left to buy any drinks, I decided to go look for them, and not knowing where to start I went outside the night club looking. When I couldn't find them, I tried going back in but they restricted me because I had gained entry the first time when it was still free before a certain hour.

After I failed to gain entry back into the club, I decided to go home, but this plan was interrupted by a man who was standing outside the night club. He invited me upstairs to his apartment with the promise of giving me something. I obliged and went with him. Little did I know he had wicked plans! The man grabbed me violently by my neck and started choking me. He had such a firm grip on my neck that I could not scream for help. I was powerless to loosen his grip on me, and I felt that I was losing consciousness. As an only option, I yelled with all I had: “Lord Jesus, help me!” This is the soul truth my brethren – the man released me almost immediately. Upon my release from his firm grasp, I ran home without looking back. This was my folly for trusting a stranger who uses bait as a promise in order to kill me for a motive that I still don’t know.

In another incident, I once ministered to a young man who was living in the streets. He often asked me for money whenever he saw me passing. One particular Sunday I decided to go to him and invite him over to my apartment. He reluctantly accepted my invitation and accompanied me home because he trusted me being a Christian as I previously witnessed to him. In a nutshell, we prayed together after I ministered to his physical needs. I accompanied him back to his ‘place’, his little space in the street. I promised to speak to my boss for him for a temporary employment. Within a week my boss was happy to offer him a temporary job and based on his performance he would get a full time contract. The young man accepted the Lord and walked faithfully in his faith. I introduced him to brothers who willingly took him in.

Meanwhile, he told others (our colleagues) how he made more money selling drugs than the job I got him. I called him one day and rebuked him gently reminding him how the Lord has delivered him from his past life. As it is, about a month later he stole quite a substantial amount of money from the gentleman who invited him to stay with them, and that same day he came to my apartment while I was at work and ransacked it, stealing quite a few valuable items. The young man was back to his drug habits. My motive was to educate him in the Word of God, but he later became greedy and he longed for his old ways. A few months afterwards I met him again in the streets; he had no place to stay. I felt pity for him and I wanted to help him again, but I did not trust him. Normally, such situations lead us to mistrust all people, and this leads us to judge all people alike. This is wrong; we are admonished in Scripture not to judge things before the time (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Apart from the above incidents, I suffered a great deal of loss due to trusting people, who took advantage of my “soft nature”. They know they could be easily forgiven and get away with wrong without retribution. This is exactly how the devil preys on Christians. Before we put our faith in people, we must first inquire about them like Ananias (Acts 9:13-14). This is to establish trust in their message or truthfulness. This is no easy task, but I have learned that if one is firmly rooted in faith and prays to the Lord, He will warn us of possible threats.

In conclusion, a sister in the Lord and a dear member of this ministry has a lot of male friends on some social networking site. Her motive is to use their friendship to minister the gospel to them; they on the other hand agree with her message, but unfortunately their motives are driven by lust. The Lord gave her a warning in a message this morning saying that she must "watch out for wicked people". Again, how many young ladies and young men are conned by deceitful people who use their inexperience and innocence and lead them to wicked things? The bottom line is this: don’t just trust people you don’t know. I might not be known to you, but at least I have proven myself to you by faithfully and consistently updating the messages the Lord gives on this website. You have a history about us and our message is consistent with the Bible.

Finally, I have seen many marriages ending in bitterness and hatred, because the romantic soap operas teach that people should follow their hearts. This is love built on wrong motive and lust. Trust, however is built over time and that love always trusts (1 Corinthians 13:7). It is based on purity and has no hidden agenda. Our absolute trust should always be in the Lord. We trust in His Holy character to deliver on His promises (Psalm 118:8). Some might say it is hard to trust in God because we cannot see Him; yes you can trust Him. Abraham only heard God speaking and He trusted in Him (Romans 4:3). We have an overwhelming body of truth in the Bible with reliable testimony from those who believed before us. Thus the evidence of their fruitful conduct is testimony that God is TRUE and He alone can be trusted. As for our trust in man, we must test them (1 John 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 Timothy 3:10). Indeed, the Scriptures call upon us to have pure motives (Ephesians 6:5-8), and this in turn builds trust. Let us therefore love and add trust to establish peaceful relations with others.

Response to Pastor Christine

After we wrote the article "Blazing Holy Fire" Teachings and the Sabbath Question”, Pastor Christine wrote a message about discerning false prophets, and in this message she made some troubling comments.

1: Prediction about the Lord’s second coming:

We don’t know who Pastor Christine was alluding to. But to clear any misunderstandings, let me reiterate that as a ministry, we do not endorse date-setting pertaining to the Lord’s second coming, for the Word of God clearly states that no one knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). The Lord has been gracious to show us visions of the rapture; however, we have not explicitly stated that He will return on such and such a date. In the article “Please Evangelize” we ended with a section called “When will the Lord come?” and alluding to a vision that Charis was shown celebrating her 12th birthday and the rapture happened we clearly stated with a disclaimer that:

"We surely don't know, we asked Him directly since we are allowed to ask questions, but He did not answer this question. We certainly don't want to get involved in date-setting, however we expect the Lord any day, I say so because when we asked Him something that involves an extended time span, He gives no answer. Did He show Charis the Rapture? Yes He did last year April. I send some people her RAPTURE Vision and we surely do not interpret the vision to mean it will be on her 12th birthday as she saw in the vision it could mean the 12th hour as well."

Pastor Christine also posted the same article on her website with this disclaimer, as shown by the screen capture below from her website at the time:

Below is a screenshot of the email communication I had with Pastor Christine about adding the above disclaimer:

2: They [false prophets] preach about a person instead of Jesus:

Pastor Christine said “The ministry that teaches about people is not the ministry of Jesus. Read the 4 Gospels, there is not a single place where Jesus called names and then preached against them.”

We do not preach about a specific person, but we do boldly warn God’s children against false teachers and their false doctrines. That God is a good God, full of love and compassion and out of His goodness, He corrects wrong destructive behavior and sin as a good father does his children(Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 3:12). In the Old Testament, the Lord rebuked people by name (Kings, nations, and prophets) so they could repent, return to Him, and be saved. The prophet Jeremiah rebuked the prophet Hananiah for falsely prophesying (Jeremiah 28:12-17). The Lord rebuked Paul and caused him to be blind for a few days (Acts 9:1-9). Also, Paul rebuked many people by name. He rebuked a false prophet Elymas. The hand of the Lord was against Elymas and he went blind for some time (Acts 13:4-12). He rebuked the apostle Peter in front of everyone (Galatians 2:11-19). Peter rebuked Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:18-25). Remember Ananias and Sapphira? They lied to the Holy Spirit and they were not only rebuked publicly but put to death and others took warning (Acts 5:1-11). We are commanded to rebuke elders who are sinning publicly so others may take warning (1 Timothy 5:20).

3: They [false prophets] preach against the fire ministry:

This is a not a Biblical way to discern if a person is a false prophet; Nowhere in the Bible has a special ministry been given to impart holy fire. We know and support the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11), the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) and the other smaller but equally important gifts (Romans 12:6-8). There is no such ministry in the Bible to go about imparting holy fire when the Bible says we will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon us (Acts 1:8). Why do we still need holy fire if that power has been imparted in the first place and that power is to preach the gospel, not to exert ‘power’ over demons. Angels fight demons, while we overcome them through our faith and obedience to the Lord (Daniel 10:20-21; Revelation 20:1-3).

4. They [false prophets] teach against the gifts of the Holy Spirit:

As we have shared in the Blazing Holy Fire Teachings and the Sabbath Question article, Holy Fire, Holy Poisonous Thorns, Holy Electricity, are not gifts of the Holy Spirit per God’s Holy Word. The weapons of shouting Jesus' Blood, and shouting out the armor of God (instead of “putting on”) is unbiblical and does not work.

We gave a firsthand account of some of the false blazing holy fire ‘gifts’. The ‘gifts’ we mentioned are not in the Bible and the Bible warns us not to add or take away from God’s word (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19). The Bible is true, pure, and flawless (Psalms 119: 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5-6).

5. Pastor Christine asked: "How can someone who has not been to heaven teach you about it?" Pastor Christine boasts about her heaven and hell experiences, but nowhere in the Bible is it written that going to heaven is a prerequisite in order to teach about it. Sister Christine’s assertion that one needs to have been to heaven to teach about it is faulty and unbiblical. The Bible truth and the power of the Holy Spirit is sufficient enough in order to preach about heaven (Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:2).

Pastor Christine received unbiblical impartations of “fire” and “gifts” from dead saints in “heaven”; what kind of heaven is this that violates the Word of God? Nowhere in the Bible was it permitted for us to receive gifts or oracles from God from the dead; this is demonic (Deuteronomy 18:11; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Isaiah 38:18-19). Therefore even the authenticity of Pastor Christine’s heaven and hell experiences is questionable per the Bible’s teaching.

6. Pastor Christine said: 'be careful when you read an article or hear a teaching that tells you “This pastor and that pastor and that one… are going to hell!”'

The Lord Judged Judas' destiny (Matthew 26:24). In the Seven (7) Woe's, the Lord judged the teachers of the Law and Pharisees as children of hell, hypocrites, blind fools, blind men, and blind guides among other things (Matthew 23:13-39). Furthermore, Jesus told some Jewish people who were unable to understand what He was saying "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:44-47). On that note, the Lord does not delight in the death of the wicked and He warns us that we may repent, return to Him, and be saved (Ezekiel 18:23). The Lord rather delights in showing us mercy and compassion in forgiving our sin (Micah 7:18-19).

With Blessed Truth,

Brother Glenn.

PS: We have added a new , prophetic vision warning against delaying repentance, titled "Vision of an Unrepentant woman in Hell" on April 7, 2014.