Monday, April 30, 2018

The Revelatory Character Of The Bible

Misconceptions About The Bible

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV). Additionally, in explaining the Source of his message the Apostle Paul said, “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ(Galatians 1:11-12 NKJV).

The Bible Converts Doubters to Believers 

Now brethren, an article regarding the testimony of the Bible could potentially be very long and voluminous. In this work, we will touch on scriptural occasions where God commanded people to keep a record of His Words and commands. Now before we elaborate further on our message, being Christian, how many of us ever heard at some stage a non-believer or doubter saying, ‘the Bible is not true because it was written by men’. Now being in the witnessing field, we often heard such statements of doubt and the Lord has given us great patience to gently lead such people to the Lord and to scripturally correct them in their misconceptions. From face value, the message of the Bible could be grossly misunderstood, misinterpreted and wrongly perceived because some people are in the habit of quoting the scriptures of out context to state their doctrinal position. Additionally, another contributing factor to misconceptions about the revelatory nature of the bible is that some people are not reading the bible in appreciation of its truth and the way of life it commands, instead, they opt to read what they want to believe and contextualise it accordingly.

Authority Of Scriptures Evident In Its Content

Evidentially, we know that the book of Genesis does not give an explicit command to the author (Moses) to write down what he hear or see however, in subsequent writings of the Pentateuch we read that God commanded Moses to write down what he heard what the Lord God almighty was saying (Exodus 17:14; Deuteronomy 31:24). Without resorting to an exhaustive list of such commands to various prophets and teachers of the Word of God, there were direct commands from the Lord to His messengers to write down His words (Jeremiah 30:2; Isaiah 30:8). Furthermore, we might not find similar commands to Daniel and some of the other prophets, but they had an inner witness to preserve the memory of God’s Word through their writings. They knew that God was progressively revealing Himself to us and all future generations (Psalm 102:18). Speaking from experience about the level of faith, fear for God and conviction the bible can induce; to me the Word of God delivers hope and a way out a confused life.

By reading the Bible, one immediately perceives that the authors does not express their own opinions about their knowledge of God and the way of life the Lord God commanded. In contrast, they allowed God to speak through them (2 Peter 1:21), and this experience that comes through the Holy Spirit is known and experienced by most born again Christians (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:17). It is true that the Bible was written by men but its content was dictated by God through the Holy Spirit. What the bible reader also needs to notice when reading is that the human experience of failure and sinning gives expression to God’s Holiness and His dissatisfaction with sin and human disobedience. Therefore, historically the various bible books have a large amount of witnesses who attest to its authenticity and this is clearly an indication that God Himself is the Source of this message.

Guarding Against Racializing The Scriptures

Now, a message to those who racializing the Word of God, a few months ago, I had a conversation with an intelligent young man who really wanted to know more about the Lord and he was particularly disturbed by some politically driven arguments regarding the skin colour of the Lord and because he is not reading the Bible this added to his confusion and ignorance about God. Biblically, God is neither white, nor black but He is Spirit and He has a Spiritual body (John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 15:44-45). As it is, the image of God and seen by some messengers of God is being described as the sun shining in its full strength’ (Habakkuk 3:4; Revelations 1:6). However, in their expression of a subjective opinion, people would always respond to matters of faith in a culturally connected way (Matthew 15:3). Therefore, racializing and reducing God to any colour breaths divisions, racial intolerance and at best it is blasphemous. It is true, the issue of race has been an old debate and this has often led to misconceptions, quarrels, divisions and fights amongst various races even as we are witnessing such tensions in the world today. Without, going into further detail but some world leaders in the Arab and communists regions are mistakenly branding the bible as being a pro Western book. This is not true at all; it is evident from the Scriptures that the Bible is addressing individuals and how an individual’s conduct should be towards his or her fellow men and God.

In conclusion, the Lord has been inviting all men everywhere in all ages to read the Bible for themselves and learn about Him (Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 11:28). Also, it is God himself who prescribed how men should approach Him and serve Him, and this command to serve God according His standards is not a human command but a God ordained instruction (Leviticus 10:3; 22:2). Wherefore, if a person gives meaning to the Word of God in a way to cause others to stumble and mistaken the bible message to be that of a mere men such a person calls judgment upon him or herself.

If you have been doubting the Word of God and disobeyed Him, you can still repent today and reform your ways and follow the Lord faithfully and in a spirt of truth. If you still do not know the Lord we have a suggest prayer which prayed by faith should lead to your salvation. So please prayer our Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Peace

Brother Glenn

Monday, April 23, 2018

Being Deceitful Displeases The Lord

Occasional Deceitfulness Is Being Deceptive

“No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes” (Psalm 101:7).


 Brethren, this message is a warning from the Lord. It is common practice among Christians today to behave deceitfully, because it is so easy to ask the Lord to forgive us if we ask Him to. And so Good! The Lord do forgive, however, when we asked for forgiveness did we repent from that spirit or are we continuously obeying that spirit as and when the situation demands (Romans 6:16)? If we do, the danger is we are possessed by a deceitful spirit and instead of obeying the Lord and act truthfully we act contrary to the truth and disobey the Lord (Ephesians 2:2).

This reminds us how deceitfully Peter behaved when he saw some of the Jewish converts and for that the Apostle Paul reminded him to live in accordance with the truth of the gospel (Galatians 2:14). In this rebuke to Peter we learn that truthful conduct should never be compromised despite the influence and expectations of others around us. God expects of us to be faithfully committed to Him (1 Samuel 26:23) imperfect as we are, faithfulness does not betray the truth and our treasure [the truth] is where our heart would be (Matthew 6:21).


How To Avoid Being Deceitful

To overcome the spirt of being deceitful, the most important thing we need to consider is how is our relationship with the Lord? Let me use a marital situation to illustrate our relationship with God, if a husband or wife shows contempt and disrespect for the other party it should be clear that there is no love in that relationship, and at times neither would there be any marital faithfulness. Now likewise, if we disrespect the Lord by deliberately disobeying His Word, our love for Him would be questionable and if we act deceitfully we hurt the Lord and love does no harm (Romans 13:10). Additionally, it would be safe to say that one of the most obvious ways of showing our contempt for the truth and to others is when we fail to DO what we promised to DO. As a reminder, we have written an article a few years ago “Keeping our Words and Promises” to encourage truthful behaviour and today, the Lord is warning Christians that being unfaithful is being untruthful and deceitful. With such behaviour God places no trust in such a dubious witness (Proverbs 12:22). Furthermore, if we consider how proud God was of Job that tells us how pleased He was of Job. As we know, Job was not perfect but he was a man with an unquestionable integrity, honesty and faithfulness towards both God and man (Job 1:8).

With love and concern for members of the Body of Christ, in our years in Ministry and as a Christian, we have personally witnessed how shallow and unstable some Christian’s are. Furthermore, we can further tell, that some of these brethren we observed appeared flawless in their Christian speech, but in their conduct it reveals the deceit in their hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). Today, this is evident through the various social media where people declares their lofty status’s to attract others while their hearts are void of the truth (2 Timothy 3:5). Thus, the power of the gospel and of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ is to be armed with the truth and righteous conduct (John 8:32). Additionally, it is true a deceitful Christian is a betrayer and has the spirit of Judas, untruthful in conduct and an instrument of Satan (John 13:27). Thus, the truth is imperfect in the heart of a deceitful Christian and the bondage of inconsistency plaques his or her life (John 8:32). Sometime ago, the Lord warned me not to make promises to my children that I don't intend keeping because that is being deceitful. How often do we make promises to others just to receive a favour from and after we got what we needed we fail to deliver leaving others broken, does this not cause our brother or sister in the Lord to stumble? (Romans 14:21).

Finally, please see consider the following few questions to evaluate truthfully your Christian conduct. Do you betray the trust of others and use their mistakes to discredit them to others? If so, such conduct is loveless, slanderous and gossip (James 4:11). Are you inconsistent in your prayers, Bible reading and Church attendance? Do you always make promises to God and people and unable to deliver? Such behaviour is NOT innocent, but deceitful in accordance with Satan’s personality of NEVER being truthful (John 8:44). Are you in the habit of lying purposely? Well, that makes you a false Christian. To further clarify this point, the Lord once showed Charis in a vision how Satan accused a Christian brother telling him that with his lying spirit nobody would take him serious and that he has no credibility in the eyes of the devil.

Brethren, this is very SERIOUS and makes a Christian lives way too close to the Devil. Someone once said, “Under promise and over deliver and your integrity will have a touch of honesty”. Do you like to show off to others that you care, but you always feel burdened to give? Now, this is a worst betrayal of being truthful it reveals the spirit of Judas, loveless care (John 12:6). Also, Christians should remember that ONLY those who truly cared for the needy and poor will be gathered to the Lord’s Right hand to received blessing and glory from Him (Matthew 25:34-40).

In conclusion, brethren let us make every effort to live truthfully in both our speech and conduct this will reveal our obedience and respect for the Lord and His Presence will NEVER depart from us (Hebrews 13:5).

If you have been living too close to the devil and deceitfully, you can still repent today and reform your ways and follow the Lord faithfully and in a spirt of truth. If you still do not know the Lord we have a suggest prayer which prayed by faith should lead to your salvation. So please prayer our Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, April 9, 2018

God Forbids Us Idolizing and Worshipping His Servants

Rebuking A Brother For Idolizing

I recently had a conversation with a brother and I was SHOCKED TO notice A BROTHER'S BEHAVIOUR After I rebuked him for idolising a servant of God (1 Timothy 5:20). In his defence and zeal for the ‘mighty’ prophet of the Lord he used a derogatory term which is impermissible for a Christian to utter (Ephesians 4:29). As we know THERE ARE MANY fine PROPHETS of the Lord OUT THERE who hardly crave for people’s attention. While we are to love our ministers, nowhere in the bible are we allowed to give them veneration but sadly this generation loves giving praise to men (Acts 14:9). As we know brethren we must worship the Lord only, the gifts a brother or sister has does not make them equal with the Lord and as Paul demonstrated we are servants only. In some of our experiences with the Lord, we had a someone in our ministry who always had a tendency of pastor worship and this grieved the Lord so much so that He gave us visions exposing the sins of that particular pastor to draw the person’s attention to Him as the sole Praise receiver (Isaiah 42:8) and by the Lord’s grace the person was freed from pastor idolization.

Idolizing Dr Owour

As we all know, some ‘prophet’ is allowing himself to be called mightiest prophet of the Lord and still he is not rebuking nor discouraging his followers regarding this. Furthermore, the show they display to ‘glorify’ their ministers is outright idolatry and blasphemous in the sight of God. Let’s continue with this warning below!

In a short vision previously, the Lord gave us a vision warning that Dr Owour might also go to HELL and we shared with the readers that Dr Owour loves the praise of men and this also displeased the Lord. How this happened, we had a visiting brother who greatly idolized Dr Owour in fact the brother overlooked the Lord’s rebuke and considered Dr Owour’s words to be sole authority. In his zeal, the brother wanted to preach the same message of Dr Owour by even visiting Churches and preaching about ‘holiness and repentance’. For his trouble, the Lord rebuked the brother saying, “I did not call My son Fred (not real name) to preach in Churches about holiness and repentance, but to be an ambassador and witness of the Gospel’. As a result, the brother and many other brethren did not take kind to this rebuke from the Lord, he even said we are ‘blaspheming’ Dr Owour and for such folly the Lord punished such brethren.

In addition, the Bible forbid prophet worship and to discourage people not to make a shrine of Moses’ graveside God buried him (Deuteronomy 34:5-7). Also, let’s look at the prophet Elijah, he was a humble servant who never insisted on self-honour. Thus, a true prophet or servant of God should rebuke his or her followers if not, the servant could be serving for self-adulation.

In conclusion we are sharing a few some Bible verses, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1KJV).

Also, “So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love” (Proverbs 9:8 KJV).

Finally, If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and be freed from fear, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. As always, for any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Brother Glenn and Brother Patrice

Monday, April 2, 2018

Is External Adornment For Women In Christ

Indecent Dressing in The Church

Apology

Brethren, we would like to express our sincere apology to everyone for not posting an article during last week. Thus, the article below was meant to be shared last week and we only discovered now that it was not published. Also, for next week we will be sharing an encouraging message with a rebuke to some Church leaders who accepts praise from members of their congregants. Please don't miss next week's article.

This week’s article is a repeat and this is a message DIRECTLY FROM GOD as His messengers, we only had to find the Scriptural references and add it and share His message. We have received numerous emails from concerned brothers and sisters in the Lord regarding woman wearing fake hair, jewelry, pants and make-up, etc. In these emails, we were asked if the Lord ever said something on any of the above things. Now, since this is such a contentious issue, the Lord has provided the opportunity for us today to share with you what He taught us through the messages He gave some of our female ministry members. In all sincerity, we are sharing this not as a rule to churches, but as ministers of the gospel and as members of the body of Christ. The Lord through His Word and His messages to us has given us authority to speak on His behalf as truthful witnesses. We therefore freely share what the Lord has entrusted to us in truth.

In this article, as a witness we have included the original messages the Lord gave Charis for some of our members. We have removed their names while we share their whole messages. 

By now, many of you reading here are familiar with the fact that the Lord is speaking to us as a family and ministry. Whether you regard our claim as false or truthful, we have been sent to you as witnesses of what we heard from the Lord. We therefore cannot keep quiet on what we have learned (Acts 4:20); like Paul we pass on to you what we received (1 Corinthians 15:3). We are not here to convince you or make you believe our testimony. The things we share consolidate what the Bible teaches.

Is it Acceptable for Women to Wear Pants?

Honestly, I have been reading quite a few articles on this, including some ‘revelations’ supposedly from the Lord. Some even went as far as saying God was ‘frowning’ at women wearing pants. Let us therefore consider what the Bible say regarding women and pants wearing. The verse many use and conclude women must not wear pants is this, “A woman is not to wear male clothing, and a man is not to put on a woman’s garment, for everyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5 HCSB).

In reality, this verse does not say anything about “a woman must not wear pants.” There is not even a hint of it in the original languages in case we sit with a translation error. The error we have is the wrong meaning some believers add to this Scripture and sadly, many use the Scriptures to justify a way of life; this is at best abuse of the Word of God and using Scripture for evil purposes is sinful.

There are many different clothing in the market today which looks similar in design for both men and women. Isn’t this the case? For instance, certain pants like jeans or denim, socks, shoes, shirts, tops, jackets, and the list goes on. The only differences in these are the shapes, sizes and colors, while they are all classified as either pants or shoes for men and pants or shoes for women, ladies or boys/girls. If, for instance, a man purposely purchases a woman’s pants or a woman buys a man’s pants to wear (cross-dressing), then we could justly invoke this scripture. As it is, we know this Scripture was primarily concerned with issues of perversion and of natural distinctions.

Worldly Dressing

Brethren, in our experiences with the Lord, He never rebuked any of our female ministry members for wearing pants. He did rebuke some of them on certain things, which I will share shortly, but not on pants. In fact, they all wear pants, but not in an indecent way. What I mean by this is that too tight a pant is indecent if it reveals much of our posture. As for shorts, if they are tight-fitting or too short, it draws too much attention; it may promote indecent behaviour or even laughter from others (1Timothy 2:9). I hasten to add, if woman or man wears too extravagant clothes, they are drawing attention to themselves and not to Christ; this becomes a problem and the Lord once rebuked a sister for that saying she was showing off and dressing for the world. In a separate message to another sister who dressed inappropriately and worldly, the Lord said that she must stop dressing like a worldly person; the way she dressed was shown to Charis in a vision where this sister had a transparent dress on with most of her breast partially exposed.  My sisters, this might look cool and has become the current trend in fashion, but the Lord forbids such kind of dressing. This is promoting lust, and it is a stumbling block (consider reading our Stumbling Blocks article for more information).  Herein the Lord judged her motive.  Clearly most of us dress up with a motive; is your motive pleasing to God when dressing up? He will judge you for it! Don’t think He will overlook your motives, my brother or sister. The Lord takes note of every sin (1 Corinthians 4:5; Ecclesiastes 12:14;2 Corinthians 5:10). This is very true because we are drawing people to us (Luke 6:26).

Also today, the youth are being encouraged to wear things that reflect their attitudes and rebellion. Many are arguing saying, “Well, this is what they sell in the shops!” God would answer saying, “You had a choice when buying things that invite wicked behaviour!” Indeed, material things like clothes, cars, etc. are used today to “make a statement” and the person having it knows that.

Does The Lord Approve Women Wearing Make-up?

I once received an email from a sister who asked me if it was right wearing makeup. She referred to a few prominent women of God who are in the habit of wearing makeup. Beloved, kindly allow me to say this: it does not matter how powerful our preaching, singing, testimony or ministry might be; we must all, without exception, submit to the Word of God which is our guide to holy living. It is deceitful to use Scripture as a licence to indulge in sin. In the Bible we read, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV). This is the rule in God’s Word for the Christian; elaborate dressing is worldly and egocentric. But modest dressing is neat, tidy and acceptable to God and man (1 Timothy 2:9). Sadly, some women wear makeup to hide their aging or wrinkles.

In our experience with the Lord, He has rebuked and commanded some women in our ministry to stop wearing makeup of any kind, and this includes nail polish. You may ask, "what about clear nail polish"? All cosmetic related items whether clear or dark are classified as makeup. For your edification, we have included Charis’ original writing just as the Lord told her. Again, the motive we employ when putting on makeup is to beautify ourselves and to make ourselves attractive and acceptable to others. The Lord says: Stop the fake look and be genuine within, like the above Scriptures declare.

Are Earrings and Tattoos Forbidden for Both Men and Women?

There are quite a few Scriptures in the Bible that have a direct reference to earrings, and sadly, some even wrote articles using the reference to earrings as justifying that it is right to wear earrings. Again, we are warned not to wear jewelry (1 Peter 3:3; 1 Timothy 2:9); in wearing costly earrings we do so to set us apart from others because of its costliness and to give us a proud or haughty look. Among the motives in such an incident is to show off and to appear better than others; this is not a quiet and humble spirit which we are called to but a worldly bragging and a loud attitude  (Ephesians 4:2). Some men also like shaving their hair in various showy styles, along with wearing necklaces, rings and other different types of "bling-bling"; this is also worldly and attention-drawing.

Wedding rings: Some people say God has a problem with people wearing wedding rings/bands.  We know many people wear wedding rings/bands to symbolize their wedding vows, fidelity (faithfulness to each other), and the marital covenant they took with God being their witness (Malachi 2:14-16); as opposed to to selfishly drawing attention to themselves.

People think they own their bodies so they do as they please mutilating it with body piercings (on nose, tongue, lips, eye brows, ears, belly button, etc). If one belongs to Christ Jesus, He is owned by (united with) the Lord for His glory (1 Corinthians 6:17). Indeed the Lord also forbids tattoos, which have become very popular in today's culture: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord" (Leviticus 19:28). Having tattoos is also attention-seeking and the very motive is to honor and idolize that tattoo. Tattoos are demonic and the tattoo symbol we carry is a form of idolatry. Again the motive is judged. Many people make tattoos because it is fashionable, and even if it is to honor someone (dead or alive), the Bible says that Christ died to become Lord of the living and the dead (Romans 14:9). I have seen and gently rebuked one young man who had a whole Bible verse tattoo on himself. His motive is to please God, but he followed the way of the world (Romans 12:2; Exodus 23:2).

The body is God's temple, and we have been purchased at a great price; we should therefore glorify The Lord in our body (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 12:1).

Does The Lord Allow Fake Hair?

The answer is a resounding NO! I recently read an article in which someone claimed the Lord told her that it is right for her to have her hair “braided” while another woman said she has been told by the Lord to dye her hair as a sign of distinction. Both these instances contradict the above Scriptures and saying God does not judge outward is correct; however He does judge our motives and attitudes (1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10), and the Lord considers it as rebelliousness if we fail to obey His Word. The dying of hair, even by men, is displeasing to The Lord.

We have a sister in the Lord who was wearing fake hair and even putting fake hair extensions on her daughter, and this was displeasing to the Lord. He commanded that she stop having fake hair. This has nothing to do with us feeling good for a fake look. The Scriptures say we must dress the inner man (1 Peter 3:4). Finally, on hair covering (1 Corinthians 11:6-15), we have no command from the Lord on this, and the Apostle Paul did not lay down a command on hair covering but said believers should judge for themselves.

Those of you who are convicted to repent may be wondering what to do with your items, such as expensive jewelry, for example. I advised one of the sisters whom the Lord rebuked to break hers and either throw away or sell to someone who buys gold items. But giving these things to someone when we are forbidden to wear them is not right. Even throwing them away whole is not good since someone else might find them and use them; rather break them up beyond repair or destroy them completely, just as King Josiah did in the Bible (2 Kings 23).

Finally, in Romans 14:1-23, Paul gave a great explanation on issues of doubt and for believers who promote separatism on food; clothing and criticizing what is the right belief or not is surely not building up the body, but this divides.  Let us therefore follow our conscience, the Scriptures, discernment, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit in deciding on questionable or doubtful things which are not precisely or clearly defined in Scripture. In whichever decision we take, God will judge our motives whether out of ignorance or out of indulgence to be seen as being ‘in sync ’with the times.

Transcripts of Messages from The Lord Regarding Dressing and External Adornments

July 25, 2013: “My daughter … must stop dressing like a worldly person, and I love My daughter … I AM coming tonight”. The Lord showed Charis in a vision how this sister was dressed in a transparent dress with her breast partially expose.

February 21, 2014: “My daughter … still has nail polish in her cupboard after I said she must throw it away, and I love My daughter … I AM coming tonight”. In a vision, the Lord commanded this sister to remove nail polish from her toes and to throw the polish and her earrings away. She did not obey, hence this second message. In a separate vision, she was said to be rebellious for not obeying.

March 2, 2014: “My daughter D… must not wear earrings, and I love My daughter D, I am coming tonight”. This sister doubted the Lord’s command to the above sister to throw her earrings away so she continued wearing her earrings. She requested us to ask the Lord and thus the message.

January 10, 2013: “My daughter R… must stop having fake hair and I love My daughter R… I am coming tonight”. This sister had fake hair on for a wedding; this was not pleasing to the Lord so after having it on for a few months the Lord commanded her to remove it. In obedience to the Lord, she did not hesitate to remove in obedience to the Lord.

April 14, 2013: “My daughter M… must not wear makeup and My daughter M… is faithful in her prayers. And My daughter M.. is not faithful in her Bible reading, and I love My daughter M… I am coming tonight”. The Lord showed Charis this sister in a vision with makeup on her face with some lipstick; she repented and stopped wearing it. This became a warning to the rest of our female church members.

March 30, 2013: “You and Jaydeen’s hair must be washed and blowed [blow-dryed] every Monday and it must be plaited, and I love you and Jaydeen, I am coming tonight”. Even being African in complexion, the Lord allows no relaxer or any other chemical on the hair, He commanded how Charis and Jaydeen’s hair must be treated. The plaiting is with their own natural hair (with no extensions or fake hair added), which you can see on the “Aunt Lily’s vision” article - June 15, 2013.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you as you prayerfully read and share this teaching.

Blessed grace,

Brother Glenn

PS: We have rewritten and refreshed the article Prayer: The Key to All Problems with a lot of new prayer points. This will be helpful to many Christians who are struggling to pray.