Monday, July 29, 2019

Conquerors Persevere And Overcome The World


Ministering The Body Of Believers

“For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36 HCSB).

This week’s article is an encouragement to the brethren to persevere in this race of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). The Lord led me to write this message and use a brother’s testimony to encourage the brethren who are overwhelmed by sin, falsehood and weaknesses to cleanse through the Blood of the Lord their filth garments and persevere to inherit God’s Kingdom. As a ministry, we often received some emails from folk around the world who details their struggles against sin and various stumbling blocks. While listening with a sympathetic ear, we would offer prayers and encouragement, and being encouraged too by our fellow brethren’s struggles we shared the unity in faith and spirit (2 Corinthians 1:4). It is true; the body of believers are strengthened by the struggles others endure in the name of the Lord Jesus as the above scripture declares.

Sin Hinders Perseverance

In all God’s dealings with humans, He laid down two paths (Deuteronomy 30:19; Matthew 7:13-14; 24-27; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:46) and to obey or disobey (Genesis 3:2). Similarly, we could choose to follow the Lord and endure or we could choose to abandon our walk with God. I would also like to add, when we all first came to the Lord, and like the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, we each received a unique load of troubles that we should either persevere and endure or to live the wrong and solve our problems through worldly means (Acts 9:16; 2 Timothy 3:12; James 4:4).

We are going to share an experience a God-fearing man shared with us recently and we could all learn from some of his experiences. The brother explained how the sinful desires he had after giving his life to the Lord started leading him away from the Lord. He further explained how a burning desire to sin became addictive and uncontrollable and this particular sin opened the door for many other serious sins that left the brother completely powerless.

In other words, the dominion of sin in his life (Brother Fred, not real name) made him a slave to the dictates of sin (Genesis 4:7). By baring his soul, Brother Fred explained how he lost his appetite for prayer, witnessing and Church services. While he still has a fear for God, his heart like King Solomon was driven to the pleasures of sin (1 Kings 11:3-8). In his distress, our Brother Fred has turn to the Church of God and he is appealing to all of us for prayer. As he explained his faith has been rocked and he lost all his spiritual weaponry that is why he said that he have been operating between sinning and repenting without any commitment and back again to sinning. In his own words, he explains that he is basically backslidden with a thin layer of faith.

Fight The Good Fight Of Faith

Brethren, our intent is not to ridicule but to encourage others who reached this level of spiritual weakness in their faith, to turn to a trusted brother or sister in Christ for encouragement and counselling like our dear brother Fred has done. It could be easy for him to simply just give up and be lost (Hebrews 10:39) but he is concerned about his soul and eternal destiny. Being determined not to give up but to persevere, our brother Fred feels that he still have a fighting chance to reclaim his honour in Christ, not by his strength which failed him but by the grace he will receive from the Lord like Joshua and the prodigal son (Zechariah 3:2-7; Luke 15:11-32). In a confident statement, our brother Fred vowed to ask the Lord to help him endure one day at a time (Matthew 6:34).

In conclusion and given to brother Fred’s experience, we prayerfully hope to encourage our fellow brethren to pray, endure the pressure of our share of sufferings, minimize complaining as it displeases the Lord and leads us into sinning and to speak to a trusted, Spirit-led child of God to encourage and pray with you and share the pain of your burden (Numbers 11:17; Galatians 6:2). So then, if we preserve in our faith and the pain of our load we will emerge as more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39).

If you would like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Regards

Brother Glenn

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Eternal Benefit of Godly Correction

“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 33:7-9 NKJV).

Human lives are fundamentally shaped by trials, errors, and corrections. For these reasons, the Lord God has commanded believers to rebuke sin and expose error through the Scriptures, in order to prepare us for perfection and conformity to His righteous ways (Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 4:2; Titus 1:9-14). Before we proceed with this message, we wanted to share with you a warning the Lord gave us on the dangers of swearing.

Warning from the Lord against the Spirit of Swearing

Vision Given to Claudia on April 1, 2015

The Lord Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to my eight-year-old daughter, Claudia, on April 1, 2015, and warned her on the dangers of swearing. Dressed in a pure white robe and covered in light, the Lord warned Claudia not to swear. In this vision, she pleaded for forgiveness from the Lord for swearing. He went on to tell her that if she and Jaydeen (our other daughter) continue in this sin of swearing, they would go to hell forever and that they would never get to see Charis (our eldest daughter) and the rest of the family. While this was a direct warning to Claudia, the Lord commanded us to share this message with everyone and to take heed of this warning.

In today’s society, swearing, cursing, cussing, and using profane and filthy language have become acceptable practices, and many people find it natural to use offensive words as a way to express themselves. The Bible clearly says that we must consider how to encourage and build up one another in the Lord; we are clearly warned not to allow corrupt talk to come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29). Before I came to the Lord, I was likewise corrupted by swearing. I am not ashamed to share with you that I was seriously warned by the Lord not to swear to people or animals. We should keep our tongues free from profanity, insulting, or using abusive language to others (Ephesians 5:4-6). As a watchman to your spiritual wellbeing, please be warned and repent from this wickedness that has become prevalent in our society. We are expected to treat others with respect and dignity, not allowing ourselves to be deceived by pride or corrupted by worldly influences and positions of power. Remember that you reap what you sow (Job 4:8; Galatians 6:7), and that "for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV). Since we are all created in God's image (Genesis 1:27), we should not harbor hate or resentment, but love people and pray for those who curse us and mistreat us! (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).

Rebuking Christians for Error

In my experience as a minister of the Gospel, I have had the opportunity to be sent by the Lord to Christian brethren, including pastors, who are walking in disobedience. Sadly, many of them did not respond humbly to the Lord’s rebuke, yet these are the same believers who expect their flock and unbelievers to submit to rebukes and corrections from them. The Bible tells us: “The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding” (Proverbs 15:31-32 NKJV). God uses those on the inside, and not outsiders, to express His way (Galatians 2:11; 1 Peter 4:17; Titus 1:9-14). This explanation comes in response to letters from members of the body who questioned our work. As we explain below, the work of this ministry and others is a God-ordained function within the body. Our motive is not to police others or to be elevated as being “super special”—we fear God (Philippians 2:3). Our motivation is to encourage those who spread error to repent and the lost sheep to return so that both may be saved (Ezekiel 3:18-21). Christians who continue to live in their sin gain a fruitless life in Christ and He has no use for them in His service (Matthew 3:10; 5:13). The Lord Jesus Christ says that such people are selective in their obedience to Him, and this will only earn them His wrath (Romans 1:18; 2:5-11). Therefore, do not hate those who speak corrective truth to you in the name of the Lord (Amos 5:10).

Confronting and Challenging Error in the Body

As a responsible Ministry under submission to Jesus Christ, we would like to briefly explain why we are warning members of the Body of Christ against teachings that are destroying our relationship with the Lord. Earlier in 2015, we wrote, by instruction from the Lord, about “Prosperity Prophets”, and in prior messages, the Lord had instructed us to write about “Prosperity Teachers”, “Pastors Repent”, “False Witness” and many other subjects which are available for reading on our website. Through these messages, the Lord also gave important warnings. Whether you believe us or not remains a matter of your faith and conviction, but we were directly commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to write and warn the church against the teachings of certain prominent individuals in the Church.

As it is, many non-discerning Christians dislike us for warning the Church against false teachings. Even though the Lord God of Truth has mandated us to expose false teachers and their teachings, some people accuse us of “judging”. Brethren, please discern for yourselves from what we have written—are we judging people or their message? The truth of the matter is that we are not driven by any malice or jealousy, and we don’t judge people (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:22). What we do is Biblically judge their message and offer you the opportunity to do likewise (1 Corinthians 14:29). We present to you the choice to humble yourself, pray and follow your conscience in discerning Biblical truth.

While these teachers might be doing a wonderful job in some of their ministry commitments, and doing good deeds for God is commendable, it is sinful and dangerous to accept human opinions and erroneous doctrines which deviate from the Scriptures. Therefore, if we allow their work to go unchallenged we would not be operating from the Holy Spirit’s conviction. We would be literally dead in our faith if we dare not challenge the Scriptural position of their teachings. The Bible clearly warns us on the dangers of false teachings or “yeast” (Matthew 16:6; Galatians 5:9). We should further realize that it is equally sinful and dangerous to blindly jump to the defense of some Bible teachers you love, especially when their teachings are contrary to Scripture. It is worth reading how Korah, Dathan, Abiram and all their followers were destroyed by the Lord when they rebelled in error! (Numbers 16:1-40). We are instructed to Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins (Numbers 16:26 NKJV).

When we stand up in defense of someone who spreads error, we are foolishly blinding that person and also encouraging rebellion against God. The Lord warns us not to take human sides but to side with the Truth (John 18:37). Two of our ministry members learned first-hand not to defend men who are spreading error in the body of Christ. The Lord, through a serious rebuke, promised them punishment. However, through prayer, humility, and sincere repentance, they were forgiven and delivered from those demons associated with such false teachings. Are you willing to die eternally for a “man of God” whose wickedness you know nothing about because you “love” them? Or are you willing to surrender to God’s great love in correcting you, so that you may be saved (Hebrews 12:6; Proverbs 3:12)?

God judges the facts of our truthful conduct and not how we feel about something or someone. It is true that we sometimes can become emotionally involved with people, but that should not make us overlook truth and entertain error. Today, the practice in the body is unification or ecumenism, with smaller ministries being annexed to promote a single ministry’s influence nationally and internationally. Such acquisitions are often achieved by selling the credibility of the founding member and his ministry’s achievements. I have seen some pastors giving up their calling and churches so as to become part of a bigger network of churches. This shift is undoubtedly meant to gain more popularity and power, members and of course, money. This move is most likely benefiting the leaders, not the flock. What the flock needs is the Holy Spirit and more of God in their lives in order to bear godly fruits. On some social media platforms, some Christians are so blinded by the ‘superstar syndrome’ of some pastors, that they rudely slander other believers in order to receive approval and acceptance from these pastors. This kind of behavior does not earn God’s approval. God never intended for Christians to play the game of being better than others (Matthew 20:26) just because of having better resources. No! God forbid, no amount of status, riches or influence saves souls. We are saved by Jesus and His humble experience of the cross. I choose that above all.

Loyalty to Christ, Not Man

The practice of apologetics to boldly challenge error and falsehood in the body of Christ, and to rebuke those who spread confusion in the body, has been practiced in the church since the earlier times (2 Timothy 2:16-18; 3 John 1: 9-10). From Scripture, we see Paul rebuking Peter for sowing confusion; he did so to uphold the truth while correcting Peter. He was not simply considering Peter’s reputation (Galatians 2:11-14). As believers in Christ, there should be no master-servant relationship among us, but Christ is the Master and we are all humble servants who are enslaved to the truth (1 Corinthians 7:22). Therefore, as mere mortals, we are all imperfect and God is using His word to perfect our ways. We who preach and teach the Word are not above it. We too must submit in humility and obedience to corrections and warnings from the Word of God (James 3:1; 1 Corinthians 9:27).

Therefore, in our humble work, we don’t take it upon ourselves to ‘police’ the church. It is the Lord who calls, commands and reveals the disturbing trends in the body prophetically. As a result of our work and calling, we have become very unpopular, but the Lord in an encouraging message to us said that not everybody in the world will reject our message. We are not seeking a name for ourselves, neither are we canvassing for loyalty. As it is, we have no appetite for power games. In our work, we humbly preach Christ and His truth, allowing His Word to judge and discern our motives in our message to you.

About five years ago soon after we launched this ministry, I worked happily together with some wonderful and God-fearing men and women of God. In their love for us, these precious brethren unselfishly shared many material things with us, helping us with much-needed resources for our ministry work. In the Lord’s great love, He issued some strong messages of corrections and rebukes to some of these brethren. Until today, many of them regretted saying that this was my thank you to them; but in actual fact, correction from error is more precious than gold for the reward thereof is eternal life (Psalm 19:9-11). The trend most people follow today is to simply ignore someone’s mistakes and supposedly pray for them. What effect would my prayer have if I don’t show my love to my brother by correcting them? Let me put it this way, what we may benefit materially from members of the body is not as important as their obedience to the Lord (1 Samuel 15:22) and their salvation.

The truth is priceless, immeasurable and incomparable! What the Lord did, is He gave them messages to save and deliver them from their sin (Lamentations 2:14). Admittedly, at first I ignored some bad yeast in their teachings not wishing to upset them, but when some concerned and discerning brethren emailed me inquiring about some questionable teachings from some of those brethren, I could not ignore and compromise on the value of truth. We carefully compared their teachings in the light of the Scriptures and I wrote to some of them with the aim of calling attention to the questionable teachings. After being rejected, I set out praying and the Lord reminded me not to be afraid to rebuke people when I see them corrupting His word (Leviticus 19:17). I obeyed the Lord and challenged these brethren privately on some of the things they were teaching, and as would be expected, their pride stood in the way and their natural choice was to avoid contact or association with me. However, in contrast, there have been equally humble brothers and sisters who have continued with us despite sharp rebukes from the Lord, and they have been supporting this ministry and our message in every way. These precious brethren looked beyond their own feelings, but acknowledged their shortcomings and allowed truth from Jesus Christ to convict and correct them. In truth, our humility is tested by our submission to a word of correction (Psalm 139:23-25; 141:5).

Finally dear brethren, do not be like mockers who hate, reject, abuse, and insult those who give them godly correction intended to bless and ward them away from enslavement to the enemy (Proverbs 9:7; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 20:9-19, Mark 12:1-12). Rather, choose to be wise men and women of God who are receptive to godly correction which is able to lead you away from error and paves the way to eternal life (Proverbs 9:8; 17:10).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and become His beloved child who receives godly correction, 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.

Blessed truth to you,

Brother Glenn

Monday, July 15, 2019

Authority and Controlling Others

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”(Proverbs 29:2 NKJV).

Let’s face it: there are many weak-willed people around us who need continuous guidance and correction (2 Timothy 3:6-7). In my observation, such people always need the approval of others in order to be more comfortable with their decisions and choices. This has unfortunately led to mistreatment of such people financially, emotionally and spiritually.

Brethren, we must also remember that life have been so design to allow for the measure of control and authority (Genesis 1:28; 3:16). The Lord told me that how we exercise this duty is largely dependent on how we would like to be treated if we place ourselves in the other's position (Matthew 7:12) and we must also remember that what we dish out to others that same will be returned to us (Matthew 7:2; Luke 6:38). The solution is, exercise control and authority fairly, with love, respect and kindness and not out of feelings of hatred and malice (James 2:1-4) considering that our Judge, Christ will give us the same measure we used in our dealings with people created in His image, BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT OTHERS!

Short Vision of Undue Coercion

In a very short vision this morning (July 20, 2015), I was shown a young lady speaking on her cell phone with a man. I could not hear their conversation, but the Lord made me understand that she was blackmailing him. What I further understood is that she was angrily demanding of him to do something for her and if he would not, she would take some action against him.  The Lord said we should include this type of power play in our article, and that many Christians are guilty of this kind of sin. This is the power game people play over others, and it leads to people doing things under duress, pressure and distress.

Brethren, the Lord has shown us that when He ministered to people, He never demanded their respect or gratitude; instead He allowed people to respond spontaneously (Luke 17:11-18). This kind of action has nothing to do with a contractual obligation; the Lord is referring to things we do for others freely without expecting something in return (Luke 6:35; Matthew 5:25).

In this article, we are going look at authority and controlling others from a Biblical perspective. I will also share how the Lord responded to brethren who demanded submission while trying to control others. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18). He is the good shepherd and by His authority, He died and rose again that we may have eternal life (John 10:14-18).

God’s Teaching on Family Authority

In an address to the Corinthians Church, the apostle Paul rebuked and discouraged the brethren against those who were going about using their influence of Scriptural knowledge to control how people should live in relation to their commitment to the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:12). Likewise, there are some marriage relationships where a spouse deems themselves stronger spiritually; they may try to control how the other spouse should pray, read the Bible, and witness for example. Although these are good things to encourage one another in, it can become toilsome to the person being “forced” to do it (2 Corinthians 9:7). In other words, the conviction from the Holy Spirit as a result of the gospel should govern us to discern the way of truth instead of someone else burdening it upon us (John 16:13).

Briefly, to every truly born again Christian, the truth of the Bible holds authority over our lives and conscience. What I mean by this is that we simply submit our will to the Lord and consciously follow and allow His Word to control our actions and attitudes, while strongly believing by faith that such a submission leads to God’s approval and ultimately His blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-2; Psalm 119:133). Since God is Supreme and superior to us, He educates our conscience through His Word and teaches us to submit to Him and others whom He placed over us for our well-being (Isaiah 48:18). In terms of authority, God has given parents authority over their children (Ephesians 6:1-4; Deuteronomy 5:16) not to abuse them but to respectfully teach them in godly living. Here we see God giving parents authority with a limitation to exercise Godly values of love and respect (Titus 2:4).

Furthermore, the authority of the husband in the family relationship should be one of love and respect to both children and wife (Ephesians 5:25). Brethren, sadly we as fathers abuse this right of authority from God by being too controlling and demanding unjustified submission. On this matter, judge for yourself where you unjustly demand things to be done for you when you could possibly have done it yourself and still demand the right of authority; are you not abusing both your wife and God’s Word? Similarly, there are wives who are outright rebellious by disregarding God’s teaching on the family's unity (Ephesians 5:22-23). From experience, this kind of attitude destroys the family’s unity, love and respect. This is what the Lord says makes for a divided home which will not stand (Mark 3:25; Proverbs 14:1); if we were to examine the relationship of every kind of problem in the house, wouldn’t the marriage hold together when we apply Scripture (Colossians 1:17)? I know that this kind of teaching is unacceptable to a wife who is influenced by the modern worldly view; but for those who enjoy a happy family unit, it is a crown of God’s blessing which overflows in peace in that house (Haggai 2:9). Although human quarrels start as a result of an individual’s self-interest (James 4:1), family feuds are avoided and destroyed by submission to God’s authority and in this case, Scriptural instruction (2 Timothy 3:16).

Controlling Others is Sinful

The apostle Paul had been given authority, but it was for building up the body of Christ, not for tearing it down (1 Corinthians 13:10). As we know, it is easy to exercise control over those under our authority. This might be our congregation, family or work subordinates with authority given by our position. God is interested in exactly how fairly and honestly we exercise our authority and our attitude in guiding others. The apostle Paul warned employers not to mistreat their workers, but to treat them with respect considering that the Lord exercises an authority of love and respect over us (Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 4:1). In emphasis, Christian employers are even admonished to treat their fellow brethren who work for them with Godly love as brothers in Christ (Philemon 1:16-17).

In addressing a problem of controlling others in our ministry, some time ago the Lord Jesus Christ showed Charis in a vision how someone in our ministry was busy controlling the finances and the way the other person should live. This message and teaching from the Lord was very sobering as He taught us not to take advantage of those who live under our authority by using their ignorance to benefit us. In other words, this sister was guilty of making the other person believe and do only what she said, and this was gross abuse which displeased the Lord. It is very unjust and humanly wicked to use the fear or respect others have for us to exploit them for our benefit. In a separate message to someone else, the Lord both warned and encouraged a brother not to fear people, as this would open the door for controlling others, or others to control you. For the Lord's sake, we are called to submit to every human authority and respect those over us (1 Peter 2:13; 1 Timothy 6:1-2). Therefore, I am not encouraging rebellion here, but people will often take advantage when we are too submissive due to our fear of them. When we allow such people to rule over us, we create a burden that may restrict and limit us, as well as blind us to truth.

God Gives Us Free Will

We have had quite a few people requesting us to ask the Lord how they should help our ministry or others; in a gentle message to them, the Lord admonished them to listen to the Holy Spirit for He would guide them in making a decision that is void of pressure and demand (Exodus 25:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7). Scripturally, while our Lord Jesus Christ is Lord over all the human race (John 17:2), He never exercises undue authority over us unless we were wrong and intent on harming others (Romans 14:9; Daniel 3:16). The enemy often uses deception to mislead people, but he also uses coercion, manipulation, and force (Job 1:13-19; 2:7; Matthew 27:40; Matthew 16:22-23). The Lord, however, has given us free will, and He operates with us on the principle of choices and consequences (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Joshua 24:15; Galatians 6:7-8). The Lord Jesus Himself, as we mentioned previously, never demanded of people to follow Him; He simply shared with us Truth and the choice to either obey Him and enter everlasting life, or follow Satan's deceptions and suffer the consequences (Matthew 5:20; 7:13-14; 10:32-33; Matthew 18:8-9; John 3:3; Revelation 21:6-8).

In conclusion, I am a product of Bible school teaching and I warmly appreciate the culture of Biblical learning which well-intentioned men and women of God teach. However, the problem with some Bible institutions is that they teach formulas that promote financial gain and the pursuit of prestige through the pastoral qualification. The end result of such a student is only Biblical knowledge and demand for submission to them with NO fruit of the Spirit. Submission to our spiritual leaders is good, but we are equally warned to discern truth and motives and apply what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:12, 21). In this regard, our submission is to the Word  of God that our leaders proclaim; we must give them respect but NOT submission to their will for our lives (Matthew 23:3). Our total submission in word, will and deed should only be to Christ.

Have you been wrongly using your authority to control others? Have you been neglecting to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in making decisions and allow the Word of God to control your actions and attitudes? If so, please repent. To accept Jesus Christ, who has authority to give you eternal life (John 17:2; John 5:21; John 3:16), as your Lord and Saviour, please begin by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn

Monday, July 8, 2019

Divisions Separate Brethren

Sowing Divisions Amongst Brethren

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive” (Romans 16:17-18 ESV). Also, “With perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord” (Proverbs 16:14 ESV).

We will be brief in this message that the Lord gave me to write. Also, this is a very serious message for the body and in the Words of the Lord Jesus He said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25 KJV). It is true, if a message that is contrary to sound doctrine is being presented we are scripturally obligated to object to such a message if there is scriptural authority (Acts 17:11).

Keeping A Pure Heart Before The Lord

Last week Friday morning (June 15, 2018), the Lord spoke to me in a vision saying, “A Christian should always keep a clean heart before Me and be blameless”. As a minister of the gospel, and being in Church services for more than 20 years, I have witnessed how some Christian brethren left the ministry God called them to serve without informing the pastor or minister under whom they served and soon after they left the spirit of malicious gossip would follow with venomous criticisms. And what we noticed, these brethren want to appear being better than the ministers under whom they served. We are telling you the truth here, a few years ago, the Lord revealed to us that a brother or sister who leaves a ministry where God called him or her to serve under, unless God calls him or her into ministry work, such a brethren should never leave under a spirit of strive and conceit like Satan (Ezekiel 28:15) but love should govern all our relationships with the brethren hood (1 Corinthians 13:5-7).

Do You Keep A Record Of Wrongs Against Your Brethren?

Additionally, the Lord further explained that if a brother or sister left under the spirit of strive, he or she did so because the love the brethren was supposed to have for his or her fellow brethren has gone cold and that is evident through the flood of false accusations and gossip sessions against God’s anointed leader(s) (Romans 16:17-18).

Furthermore, the Bible says, “...Love does not count up wrongs that have been done” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NCV), how noble such conduct which could help us walk in unity! Brethren as a Church, we need to highlight such evils in the body and discourage people from practising such because such behaviour sows divisions in the Church and it strains relationships between brethren. As a ministry, we fell prey to such malicious behaviour and that such conduct deeply displeased the Lord who said that strive breathes divisions and a brother who gossiped about his fellow brethren did not act from the Holy Spirit but out of hateful feelings. Being God, the Lord encouraged us to forgive and to pray for the brethren.

Finally, being an encourager lifts the brethren and it greatly pleases the Lord, but “A useless person causes trouble, and a gossip ruins friendships” (Proverbs 16:28 NCV). Let us seek the Lord Brethren, and pray for all the members of the body including those who allow evil talk to separate them from sincere members of the body of Christ. Do you keep a record of wrongs against your brother or Sister in Christ? IF so REPENT! The Lord wants us to remain blameless (Philippians 2:15).

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or of you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance
by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

Blessed love in Christ’s Peace

Brother Glenn

Monday, July 1, 2019

Are You In Control Of Your Faith?

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; (Hebrews 10:23 KJV).

Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward (2 John 1:8 NKJV).

As a Ministry we would like to extend our warm and Peaceful New Year Greetings to all our fellow brethren and visitors to this website. We are looking forward to continue sharing the unadulterated Word of the Lord with you. There are some exciting messages to look forward to, and we hope to share a 2009 end time vision the Lord gave Brother Glenn which we may share publicly.

Our article for this week, we are reposting an earlier article and we pray that it be a blessing to you, as we prepare to serve you fully in the course of this year. Now, we often hear people saying, "I am going to my husband’s (or wife’s) church in order to keep the peace at home." How noble this sounds! The question we should ask in return is this: How genuine is your faith and relationship with God? Do you have the kind of faith that is flexible in order to tolerate and accommodate everyone’s feelings or wishes, without regard for God’s ways? (Colossians 1:10). If we genuinely examine ourselves in regard to our faith, and in the light of the Scriptures, our response should lead us to recommit ourselves to the Lord (2 Corinthians 13:5). It is true that quite often, pressure from our peers and others may lead us to compromise willingly in exchange for receiving favor and acceptance. However, when we compromise, do we consider how far we drive God from us? Do we please Him? A truly mature, Bible-reading and Bible-practicing Christian would always regard Scriptural guidance and purity of faith as areas of no compromise against the wishes of people. Wouldn't you rather disobey man in order to please God? (Acts 5:29). Otherwise, isn't obeying man at the expense of our relationship with God an act of living a compromised faith, a useless faith that will result in us losing "those things we worked for" (2 John 1:8), which is eternal life? (Romans 2:7).

Controlling the Faith of Others is Displeasing to Christ

The Lord has repeatedly warned a sister in our ministry not to follow the ungodly guidance of her husband. Let us be honest about this: an unsaved and worldly husband or wife cannot provide spiritual guidance or dictate matters of faith to a born-again and Holy Spirit-led Christian. The sword of the Lord, which brings conflict and division between light and darkness, between the followers of Christ and the followers of Satan, can also bring conflict between members of the same family, and it will prevail in favor of our righteousness, faith, conviction and commitment to the Lord (Matthew 10:34-38). We should, therefore, be prepared to embrace hostility, opposition, and abuse because of our union with Christ (Matthew 10:22). The Bible encourages us that it is better to suffer as a consequence of our faith than for wrong living (1 Peter 4:16).

We’ve had a strong-willed sister in our ministry who was in the habit of controlling the weaker and new babes in Christ. She would provide some of these new Christians with unscriptural guidance which affected their faith and life in the Lord. This situation became very displeasing to the Lord and this led Him to issue strong rebukes to both the new Christian brethren and the controlling sister. In these rebukes, the Lord freed the weaker Christians from the influence of the stronger Christian who used her knowledge of the Scriptures to cause the new Christians to stumble. In other words, the Lord’s rebuke focused on helping the new Christian sisters look to Scriptural guidance more than following the lead and bad example of the more seasoned but corrupt Christian.

I would like to point out from a Scriptural position that no one, not even a pastor, prophet or an apostle, has been given ‘power’ over the faith or life of another Christian. We find no such authority given in the Bible! Instead, what we are given is the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to influence and empower us to teach, rebuke and correct ourselves and others while allowing them to live by their convictions as they grow in the grace of Christ (1 Timothy 3:16; Galatians 5:16-18).

Furthermore, the Bible also clearly warns not to lord ourselves over the flock (1 Peter 5:2), but to willingly serve (Luke 22:25-26). We are encouraged to preach, teach and lead by example in accordance with our blameless convictions (2 Timothy 4:2). As we know, a minister of the gospel is only anointed and clothed with authority to speak the Word of God in the name of the Lord and to exercise authority over demons (Luke 10:1-23; Jeremiah 1:9). Therefore, as we speak the Word of God, people may respond to God in submission and obedience (Jeremiah 42:6).

Should we Obey our Leaders in Christ?

The Bible says, Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17 KJV). As we shared in our message on The Love of Money, the Lord taught us that this does not give a minister of the gospel a lifetime authority over our salvation; it is only “… until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature…” (Ephesians 4:12-13). We do not remain infants forever, but we must keep learning God’s ways to avoid error and start bearing fruit (Ephesians 4:14-16; 1 Peter 2:2).

Another verse says, “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 KJV).

Now, as we can see in the preceding Bible verses, their authority is their work for God, which is the preaching of the Word. In other words, the guidance we should expect from them should be in accordance with the Word of God, and thus, we must submit. Some Church leaders and those who idolize them often invoke and misinterpret Bible verses such as "touch not my anointed..." (1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalm 105:15) in order to exert their influence on the flock. The Word of God teaches us that we must also study the Bible and seek the Lord on our own and discern if the teachings we are receiving are consistent with what the Bible says (Matthew 6:6; Acts 17:11).

Therefore, if leaders want to use their authority to control us to their advantage and mislead us, we are Scripturally empowered to resist and follow Scriptural counsel (Acts 5:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:21). In addition, when we submit to church leadership, we are showing respect and this is a proper Christian attitude (Romans 13:7). However, a Christian leader is not allowed to dictate and control the lives of those under his authority (1 Peter 5:2).

Ministry Workers are Ordained and Appointed by Christ

No Christian leader, no matter how famous and well anointed he/she appears or claims, is allowed to discourage others from witnessing as an individual or in a group. The call to do ministry work is from God and not from men (Acts 13:2; Galatians 1:15; Luke 4:18). I do know of pastors who discourages some of their flock from witnessing as individuals. The Lord did not teach us that way, instead He encouraged me and others never to neglect witnessing as individual's to our friends, people in general, our colleagues and our family members daily.  As it is, the gospel message is urgent, because people are dying so it must happen daily (2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Corinthians 6:2). In August 2014, the Lord sharply rebuked a brother for following the unscriptural lead of a sister in the Lord who deceived him by saying that the Lord said he had done enough for the Lord and he should not witness. In a shocking vision to serve as a warning to the brother, the Lord exposed the lies the sister lived and spoke in His name (for details, refer to the Lying in Jesus’ Name article). Also, a few years ago when the Lord called me and my wife into the ministry, our former pastor wanted to let us know that he has the authority to appoint church leaders for ministry work. However, the Lord said church leaders are only allowed to Scripturally counsel and pray for the flock, but He alone calls, appoints and ordains leaders for ministry work in His body (1 Corinthians 12:5; Matthew 4:18-22).

There are many people who are unable to recognize the calling of God upon their lives. I have had people asking me how you know God has called you for ministry work, some even had us ask the Lord for them, and sadly, the Lord rebuked many of them for their lack of faith. Some of these people have a genuine desire to do the work of the Lord, but they are lazy to pray and fast. Additionally, when the Lord commanded many of them to witness to their own families, friends, and colleagues, they felt our message was not from God and that they were called into the formal offices like pastors, teachers, evangelist, etc. These position seekers fail to recall that no New or Old Testament prophet or apostle of the Lord ever regarded ministry work as an indoor affair. In fact, God sent them to public places and into the streets where the masses of people were (Matthew 22:9). The current perception that the work of sharing the gospel should only be carried out from the pulpit or by "professional" Christians (those who have been formally trained/anointed/ordained/appointed) coupled with the institutionalization of the church have blinded and hindered the zeal of some Christians to win souls. As an encouragement to you, when I was formally employed, the Lord told me to take tracts with me to work and give to people that I met. I would hand out tracts to people on my way to and from work, including sharing with my colleagues. Our ministry members also do this whenever they are out grocery shopping, at the park, the post office, at the museum, or whatever errands they may be running, and we strongly encourage you to do the same (Acts 8:4). The gospel message, which is being rejected and despised by the world, still has relevance. It is our duty as Christians to preach the Word and make it attractive to others through our godly living.

In conclusion, have you been wrongly controlling other's faith or allowing yourself to be controlled by others while following unBiblical teachings of leaders? Do you want to be a minister of the gospel? If so, then Go to the streets (Matthew 22:10). It is where we and many of the apostles of old started and you will witness how God will elevate you and your work for Him. Have you been lazy to pray and ask the Lord to give you peace and clarity about His will for you regarding what He called you to do?  If so, please repent and take ownership of your faith and keep working on it.

To accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments about this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed grace in faithful service to Christ,

Brother Glenn