Sunday, March 23, 2014

The True Witness

“I can of mine own do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgments is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which He witnesseth of me is true”; “and the Father Himself which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me”; ”how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him”; ”for there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (John 5:30-32, 37; Acts 10:38; 1 John 5:7, 8)

Recently there have been reports of Pastors who have departed from the faith using very unscriptural and extra-Biblical teachings and some sort of pseudo-spiritual sense (more like nonsense) that has rocked the modern Christian world. Three such reports out of Africa, one from Sweden, and at least one from here in the United States; they are as follows: (1) A pastor instructed his congregation to eat grass from the field…the congregation did so and became sick and nauseated, (2) another pastor told his female members to not wear undergarments (bras and panties) so that Christ could freely “enter” into them and they could be saved; they did so as well, (3) yet another pastor told a mother that her teenage daughter was possessed by an demonic spirit in here private parts, and that he had to have sex with her to cast out the demon; both the mother and daughter complied, still another pastor said that his semen was “holy milk” and gave instructions to both men and women in his church to receive his sperm through oral sex in order to be Spirit filled, and finally a pastor who founded a large mega-church stood and told his congregation that he was “converting” to Roman Catholicism, which devastated his church. Behold, the great falling away is in full swing!

There are three disturbing things that all these reports have in common; first, all these pastors were indeed pastors of churches and thus had a following or congregants; secondly, they all began and continued teaching clearly out of the own deceived and/or depraved mind, and three, some if not all of their followers believed them and acted on what they were instructed to do. The third reason stated here, to me is the most shocking, and yet the one that is the most ease to explain. Why would a rational thinking, spiritually minded adult or young person willing and so easily be misled by anyone? Why did they believe what was and is clearly not Biblical or even sensible by human perception? The answer is, they simply did not know the Word of God for themselves, so the Holy Spirit and their reborn human spirit could not warn, guide, protect or even reason with their mind to question, reject and not commit their bodies to such an act of nonsense. This makes knowing, believing, trusting and relying on the Word of God for yourself paramount in your overall development as a child/saint/servant of God.

In the above referenced Scriptures Jesus, the Apostles Peter and John let us know where God clearly and squarely stands on this subject. Let me say the end from the beginning, “God will not leave Himself without a witness, even if He must bear witness Himself”! This is exactly what Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day and we can say today…any servant, man or woman of God, whether they go by any title or no, whether they have a small church or a mega-church, that servant…if he or she is true, and called, and anointed by God will be vindicated by God, God Himself by the Holy Ghost will bear witness of that servant, and that servant will go about doing good and healing (“soteria” Greek, meaning -  “to be saved, healed and delivered’) all who are oppressed by the devil, why? For God (in the person of the Holy Spirit) is with them.

The True Witness to the man/woman, the ministry and the message is God, the Father bearing witness…”this is my beloved son/daughter/servant in whom I am well pleased, hear him/her/them”, God, the Son (the Word of God)…”the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs (miracles and wonders) following”, and God, the Holy Ghost…Acts 10:38!

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