Monday, July 21, 2014

Lying in Jesus’ Name

The Word of God warns us: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Also, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Proverbs 30:6).

Background to This Week’s Article

Recently, or rather this past week, The Lord rebuked a brother for taking the word of a person above His Word and commands. The message which was supposedly from the Lord does not sound correct Biblically. The message that this brother received from this well-known woman of God was that he had done enough already for the Lord in terms of sharing the Gospel (witnessing), and that he should slow down. How absurd!

The Apostle Paul who is considered to be the greatest missionary and witness of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ did not consider his work of witnessing as complete when he said, “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). Regarding signs of the end, the Lord Jesus said "And the gospel must first be preached to all nations" (Mark 13:10). Preaching the gospel is something we do out of obedience to the Lord till the end.

Now, The Lord has commanded me not to share on this website the vision He gave us this past Wednesday (July 16, 2014), in which He rebuked this brother while referring to the lies that were told in His Name by this well-known witness or woman of God. When someone asserts that “Jesus says to you…” or “Jesus told me to tell you…”, when He really did not send the person to say that in His name, that person is a liar. Doing so also makes the person a false witness and associating Christ with a lie that grieves the Holy Spirit and The LORD; it is the devil and people who are liars (John 8:44), not God, for the Bible clearly states that God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2). The Lord warns us that purposely lying in His name is a serious sin that results in punishment (Proverbs 19:5, 9; Revelation 21:8).

Lying to Please and Attract People

Brethren, the Body of Christ is faced with a new problem: false witnesses. In our context, a false witness is someone who purposely lies in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Kindly allow me to personalize this to you: it is very dangerous for your own soul and salvation to lie in Jesus’ name, thinking that you could use His name to win converts and people’s approval. While I am not allowed to share the vision we recently received on this matter, I am permitted to say, with the seriousness of this message, the fate of this individual is in the Hands of God (Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Corinthians 3:13).

Furthermore, the Lord said that no matter how good, convincing and well-intentioned our message may be, lying in His name is a punishable sin (Colossians 3:9; Proverbs 13:5; 19:9). Among the things that The Lord hates is a lying tongue and false witnesses who pour out lies (Proverbs 6:16-19). Remember Paul said: “…so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1 Corinthians 9:27 NIV). In his testimony and witnessing, Paul spoke the truth faithfully (2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Timothy 2:7). As followers of Christ Jesus, we must be faithful and truthful witnesses of the message of salvation. People fall for truth and believe in Him because TRUTH requires TRUST and it comes with loyalty and faithfulness to Him. Our testimony as Christ’ witnesses should be based and anchored on TRUTH. Let me also say this: if you tell lies, you draw loyalty to yourself, and not to Christ; He is TRUTH! (John 14:6) and He testified to the truth (John 18:37).

As it is, since it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), if Christ Jesus was a liar as many in the Church and in the world still regard Him, God the Father would not have accepted His sacrifice. Therefore, our Lord’s sacrifice of Himself was accepted and God seated Him at His right Hand as testimony to His victory over sin and the death which came as a result of a lie from Satan (Psalm 110:1; Mark 12:36; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1).

Therefore, the new type of “ministry” attracting people today with lying testimonies and fabricated “visions” aimed at keeping people in awe and loyal to the gift is not from God (Matthew 24:24-25; 2 Peter 2:1-3). In our False Witness article and subsequent articles thereafter, we pointed out as the Lord revealed to us, that some people made up stories of Heaven, Hell and visits from Him. This has undoubtedly become the new way of attracting people and money.

Consequences of Lying in Jesus’ Name

Through the years, I have received countless emails from people who wrote voluminous words supposedly from the Lord. In some of these letters, people claimed that the Lord gave them certain signs that would occur before the rapture. Some in their tricky lies, claimed that the Lord has postponed or delayed His coming. This is not Biblical, and it goes against the Scripture that says: “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19 NIV). God is immutable and not like a shifting shadow figuring things out (James 1:17). He has predetermined everything to happen at the times He set out by His WISDOM and AUTHORITY (Acts 1:7).

Consequently, those who set dates and predicted certain events of violence have been exposed, for they lied in the name of the LORD and this has led to the destruction of many people’s faith in the Lord. The Bible warns that these false teachers/pastors will be punished for the lost souls who stumbled as a result of a false message or revelations (Jeremiah 23:2 KJV). The prophet Hananiah prophesied lies in the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 28:1-17); he met a bitter end, and so would this prophecy apply to all those who blurted out lies in the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 23:12-15).

Meanwhile in our ministry, as small as we are, there was once someone who succeeded but was exposed by the Lord in giving us some false and fabricated visions for attention. Some of those visions made some Scriptural sense, if you know what I mean; one could tie one up and make it Scripturally relevant. Admittedly, at first I was also deceived and led to believe those lying visions, but after questioning and the uneasy feeling I would experience, I would put such “revelations” aside while waiting to hear from the Lord. In a mighty rebuke, the Lord exposed this lie and the person involved confessed and admitted that he had made up the visions. The Lord indeed searches the hearts and examines the secret motives (Jeremiah 17:10).

We have had people sending us messages wanting to confirm some word they received from someone if it was from the Lord. Kindly allow me to say this: The LORD does not allow people to test Him. In some case, He will simply not answer and we will know the person is either trying to test the Lord or He did not pray or have enough faith to receive confirmation. Therefore, if the Lord is to confirm a word, He will confirm it through a powerful vision of the actual event.

As a further testimony, we have had some people and children lying to us using in the name of the Lord, and in visions He would actually show us (through Charis) what happened in order to authenticate His message while exposing the lie told in His name.

In Jesus’ name, beloved brethren in Christ, please refrain from lying in the name of the Lord saying He said certain things which He actually did not say, or false claiming He did certain things for you so that you can lure people over to you or try to make your testimony appealing. You are working against your salvation and the LORD will not welcome a false witness in His Kingdom! Therefore, kindly take this message as a serious warning. DO NOT LIE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! I once heard somebody telling me that as long as people speak things in the name of the Lord, even lying about gifts and revelations, it is good “as long as it get people saved”. In Jesus’ name, you are being a false witness – your lies are not needed to uphold truth from Christ Jesus! Remember our works will be burned through fire to allow only truth to stand (1 Corinthians 3:13).

How to Guard Against False Teachings and Lies

Finally, here are some ways you can yourself against lies purported to be in the Lord’s name:

1. Develop intimacy with God through study the Word of God and earnestly praying for deliverance from deception (Joshua 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:15)

2. Build a deeper faith in God and a sensitive spirit to the Holy Spirit, seeking His help for understanding/discernment (Matthew 24:4-5; James 1:5).

3. Love the Truth and seek to obey God's Word (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Do not seek to hear only what is appealing to the ears or the flesh (Jeremiah 5:31; 2 Timothy 4:3).

4. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1 ESV; 2 Peter 2:1-22).

5. Check all teachings against God's Word (Acts 17:11). "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace..." (1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

6. Repent and seek to do only God's will in obedience (Matthew 7:21-23).

Have you been lying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, or have you believed or shared lies that were presented to you in the name of the Lord? If so, please repent. If you are not yet born again, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Love,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Spiritual Gifts

Important: We are sharing a powerful vision from the Lord at the end of this article, and have also added it under our Visions Section.

Commonly, the expressions 'gifts of the Spirit' and 'spiritual gifts' refer to those abilities that God gives to believers for use in His service. It is my personal belief that every Christian has received some spiritual gift from God. These gifts are “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12 NASB). Gifts are not given to attract attention to ourselves, nor should they be used to display how powerful we are; they are essentially to build up or edify believers and to Glorify the Lord (John 16:14).

Various Kinds of Gifts

This article, however, will not exhaustively examine each one of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible, for time and space would not permit us. We will rather present this work so as to express the influence the gifts would have on our lives and ministry. In addition, spiritual gifts are not necessarily referring to the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are other gifts separately grouped as "ministry or service gifts".

Therefore for the purpose of clarity we would like to reference those gifts here: “And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11 HCSB). In the book to the Romans we also have the following gifts: “If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:7-8 HCSB).

Additionally, in the book of Corinthians we find first the gifts of the Holy Spirit, “to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of languages, to another, interpretation of languages (1 Corinthians 12:8-10 HCSB) and further down the apostle Paul mentions more additional gifts, some already mentioned elsewhere. “First apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, managing, various kinds of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other languages? Do all interpret?” (1 Corinthians 12:28-30 HCSB).

Similarly, Peter briefly mentioned some gifts: “If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything” (1 Peter 4:11 HCSB).

Levels of Authority

In the light of these various gifts and different levels of service, it must be remembered that these do not indicate different levels of spirituality or authority in the church. Briefly, the various levels of authority in the world have undoubtedly been accepted by the church today. The titles used in the world describe the authority an individual has to exercise their duties. I don’t have a problem with that because it creates some order. In contrast, in the body of Christ we are called to serve one another (Luke 22:24-27) and not to control the conscience of people into submission to our ungodly teachings. God never called any minister to ‘lord it over those entrusted in your care’ (1 Peter 5:3 NIV). Instead, our leading must be by example (following the example of Christ) and the flock must imitate the Christ-like lifestyle of the overseers (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Brethren, I am not teaching rebelliousness against ministers of the Word of God; that would be undermining the Scriptures that clearly says we must submit to those who are over us (Hebrews 13:17). It must be understood that the Bible does not say we must submit to our leaders’ every teaching; our salvation is personal and God will judge us for the choices we subjected ourselves to. Paul said, we must test all things and hold onto what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Therefore, we owe it to our salvation to check what we are taught (Acts 17:11).

Personal Experiences

Someone once said, “An ounce of experience is worth a ton of theory”. Paul also gave his personal testimony when presented with an opportunity (see Acts 22:1-30, 26:1-32; Galatians 1:1-24). I will also recall on some of our own experiences as well as some from people in the Bible. As a word of caution: while an experience with God makes our salvation real, at the same time no one’s experience with God should be used as a ‘mould’ or template for everyone else. Throughout the Bible, God used different people who expressed their faith and convictions to Him in different ways; the only thing they had in common was their love for God and their obedience (Daniel 6:10; Psalm 116:1-19; Jeremiah 9:24; Acts 21:13).

Scripturally, one of the principal reasons we serve God is not just to escape His Judgement, but that we should LOVE HIM MORE THAN ANYTHING OR ANY ONE INCLUDING OURSELVES (Luke 10:27; Matthew 10:37). You might say, Brother Glenn this has nothing to do with spiritual gifts! Yes, it has everything to do with it, for the Bible says: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I AM NOTHING (emphasis mine) (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV). In the beginning of my walk with God, I asked Him to help me love Him more than just His gifts and blessings. He listened to my prayer and answered me. While the sufferings and hardships I endured for the sake of the gospel cannot compare to those of Paul, Job, Daniel and David, our Lord Jesus tested me through trials to prove the love I professed to have for Him, and in a spirit of humility, He counted me worthy to serve my brethren by bestowing me with gifts. Also, as part of the gifts the Lord gave my daughter Charis and I, He bestowed the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) upon us and said they were spiritual gifts from Him. We received it by faith, and we know those gifts are present in us, for it made us serve Him better and with greater confidence.

Using the Gifts Through the Fruit of the Holy Spirit

The Bible says that as individual Christians we should desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1) and we should pray for gifts (1 Corinthians 14:13). If our motive is to attract people to us and display our ‘glory’ to others, then our motives are wrong in seeking gifts from the Lord (Acts 8:18-23). Like I mentioned above, gifts are to glorify the Lord and to equip the saints for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-13).

In conclusion, many people overlook the values that make up a Christian’s personality - the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Brethren, the Lord told us that no gift, no matter how powerful, can operate if love and the rest of the fruits are absent. Also, the Lord told us that the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit are gifts, because they do not grow automatically into believers' hearts; He prunes us to bear fruit (John 15:4-5). We might pursue the spiritual gifts that show our ‘power’ to others, but have we asked God for the fruit that magnifies the gifts (Acts 4:13)?

Furthermore, if we exercise a spiritual gift with the wrong attitude, we may cause spiritual harm (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). The Lord has given gifts to build up the church and not to satisfy our pride and selfishness. As an indication of the Holy Spirit’s work in us, it is not just the spiritual gift that we must exercise, but the spiritual fruit that we must produce (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Finally, the gifts identify the authority of the Lord over all natural things, sicknesses and death (Mark 16:18; Acts 3:16; Acts 5:16; Acts 28:3-6; Galatians 3:5). His promised gifts are as sure as His promised return for His children (John 14:15-21, 25-26).

Rapture Vision - Saved by One Minute

This short vision was given to Charis after her early morning 06:30 AM prayers.

“The Lord gave me a vision on July 9, 2014. In the vision, I saw my mother, father and one of the sisters in the ministry, sitting outside in the car discussing something. My father and mother were sitting on the back passenger seats, while this sister was seated in the front passenger seat. On the driver’s seat was a Black Figure with his head on the steering wheel; his head was covered like someone who has a hoodie jacket. I came outside the house and went to them, sitting next to my mother while laying my head on her lap. It appeared to be very late at night and it was very cold. While I was laying my head on my mother’s lap, I heard my father swearing and as he did so, my right eye’s focus was sharpened and I saw a pair of black cards with time on it, and it was 11:59.

Being prompted by the Holy Spirit, I told my father: repent, repent! My father prayed in repentance and suddenly everything became silent and I heard the final seconds ticking by with the last SECONDS being very LOUD and the clock showed 12:00. While I was looking at the time, I noticed black clouds in the sky and I saw our family (my father, mother, Claudia, Jaydeen, Cailin and myself) being caught up in the sky into Heaven. The sister who was sitting with my parents in the car was not raptured; she threw her head back and she cried uncontrollably in a loud demonic voice, “I am left behind!” with the Black Figure next to her! The next moment I heard the Lord’s VOICE saying to my father, “You were saved by one minute!”

Interpretation of Vision

The Lord said that the RAPTURE will happen soon, but that many people are not ready! (Revelation 22:12, 20) People don’t know when the last minute is, but many risk missing the rapture by living sinfully. The Lord said that the sister in the above vision was left behind because she did not repent and her heart was still in the world and not on Him. The Black Figure (Satan) was with this sister in front to show that he has been deceiving her. My wife and I, with Charis later joining, shows that we are there to intercede for her and as witnesses. The Lord also said that He used me as an example and saved me at the last minute to illustrate that only those who have lived holy lives and repented of their sins will be saved. Our years of service will not count in our favour when the Rapture takes place, “but only those who are faithful till the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). The Lord is warning Christians to be READY and live Holy every minute of our service to Him; only then will we be READY and worthy to see His face. Live a repentant life, brethren, for sinful living will expose your hypocrisy on that DAY, like our sister and myself were made to find out. Praise God for His grace that one minute makes all the difference; I bless the LORD!!!

Blessed Love,
Brother Glenn.