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March 20, 2021  

WHY MANY CHURCHES CLOSED AND WHY THEY NEED TO REPENT

I continually update an article like this. There are also corrections and other links added to this message. 

Scriptural and natural truth is coming at you right now that will change your perspective on what is going on spiritually.

God did not send the Coronavirus or any other virus for that matter. COVID-19 has come to America because of an immense open door to the enemy. The truth is that Covid-19 was never as bad as espoused by the media. Yet, many capitulated, and many churches are still closed. 

Sin and the anti-God and anti-Bible stand of a large part of America have set the country up for plagues, but especially the weak and false plagues. These are a part of what the antichrist spirit is attempting to do in the land. They are a part of the man of sin or lawlessness and his lying signs and wonders! See 2 Thessalonians 21-12 below. Lying signs and wonders are a part of the man of sin’s mode of operation (modus operandi). These are a large part of his bag of tricks.

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NASB)

The antichrist man that opposes everything of God and His Word, the one that will force a one world government and religion won’t be able to show his ugly head until the true and real Church is removed from the earth. Though that is true, we are seeing the antichrist spirit demonstrating great deception in the earth. Covid-19 is the tip of a humongous iceberg of lies and deceptions that has spread into all the earth. Nevertheless, Satan has used the Covid mess to stop the church, restrict evangelism, impede laying hands on the sick, stop the preaching of the gospel message, have altar calls, and so on. That is the biggest lie he successfully spread into most parts of the world. The rest of Satan's plan is an attempt to remove human rights, make people subservient to governmental orders, shut down small businesses, restrict people’s movement and travel, and bring people to their knees before a tyrannical false god called Covid-19.

Any way you slice and dice it, COVID-19 mandates came because of darkness growing in the land. They are not here because of faith, repentance, prayer, and DOING the Scripture. The mandates found an entrance because of a lack of being doers of the Word (James 1:22) in the churches of America and around the world! If all the churches would have stood against the lies of the devil and refused to close, America and other countries would not have suffered all the mess of lockdowns, curfews, social distancing, useless masks, and the rest of the perverted mess! The reality is this: many churches will never reopen, and those that do will find out that their former congregation has fizzled away or gone elsewhere! Watch some of the mega churches when they start opening back up. Their congregations will be gone or greatly decreased and never return! Church buildings are already going up for sale all over the country. Watch what happens!

So what is the truth regarding all this Covid-19 supposed pandemic that is really a non-pandemic? What do we need to know now?

You really MUST hear these Canadian doctors and medical professionals reject the closures, lockdowns, quarantines, and masks. It’s epic!

https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/03/10/canadian-doctors-speak-out-against-government-covid-restrictions-masks-and-vaccines-not-needed/

At the end of their monumental article, listen to the 11 minute video presentation in line with everything I have been telling you about this whole Covid mess. Also listen to this video on what doctors are saying from other countries. Wow!

https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/doctors-around-the-world-issue-dire-warning-do-not-get-the-covid-vaccine/

The lies the world has been subjected to are massive. Yet, the mainstream media continues to dish out their lies and deception with great swelling words of fearful stupidity, and a large portion of the world has swallowed them hook, line, sinker, the fishermen, and the boat!

I personally read dozens of medical studies on the use of masks and found out a few shocking things:

*Masks are useless at stopping viruses from infecting a person wearing one, and from stopping the virus from escaping the mask if someone is infected. Keep in mind the fact that all viruses are much smaller than the microscopic openings in the material used for masks.

*Masks hinder the intake of air for breathing and hinder the exhaling of carbon dioxide. That means that what you are rebreathing under the mask is partly carbon dioxide (a waste product that is unbreathable) and not the nitrogen/oxygen air you need to live! That contributes to the diminished function of a lot of internal organs!

There is evidence that surgeons have decreased mental acuity after 4-6 hours in the operating room after using a surgical mask. The real losers here are the little children being forced to wear masks for hours a day. What do you think oxygen deprivation together with carbon dioxide inhalation is doing to their developing brains and internal organs? It is criminal.

*Studies indicate that continual use of masks will have a detrimental effect on the immune system and will contribute to infections in the gums and lungs. Look at this article:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mask-mouth-dentists-warn-prolonged-use-of-masks-leading-to-poor-oral-hygiene

See this video by Dr. Lee Merritt on the falsehoods of masks:

https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/custom_videos/mask-myths

Here is another article from a surgeon on the falsehood of the general population wearing masks:

https://principia-scientific.com/surgeon-destroys-myth-if-masks-dont-work-why-do-surgeons-wear-them/

Shrinkage is coming to America and around the world by continually being masked up. ALL compliant, clueless, mask-wearing-men need this info right now! Are they doing this purposely to the male population to feminize them by shrinking their manhood? 

https://nationalfile.com/study-chemical-that-causes-penile-shrinkage-found-in-face-masks/

That should make every real man reading this to cringe and rush to remove their penis-shrinking masks! If you are OK Mister Moron with becoming more girlie, and you have no issue with your manhood shrinking, then go ahead and wear your death-to-manhood mask!

Watch these interviews with Dr. Richard Urso, an ophthalmologist from Texas with drug development background that has a lot of medical training under his belt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4BfPl2EzMI

https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/conservativebusinessjournal/id/17376962

These are by no means a complete catalog of doctors, nurses, and clinical studies that prove the world has been subjected to myths, outright lies, and falsehoods being spread by the mainstream media, giant social media outlets, and governments. The medical profession is slowly but surely rising up against all the lies of Covid-19, and they are coming from different countries around the world. 

I wore the masks for a very short time to go into some stores at the beginning of this whole mess, but quickly removed them, repented, and have refused to wear them except on rare occasions. As an example, I wore one when I had to enter a government building to get a license plate and registration for a vehicle. I took it off once inside and no one said a thing to me, so I left it off.

I go everywhere mask-less and refuse to social distance. Occasionally, I have been refused entry or service without a mask. It happened at one of my favorite stores, “Bass Pro-Shop”, so, I haven’t returned since! Other places, I simply ignore posted signs, and disregard any worker asking me if I have a mask or offering me one. If asked, I say emphatically, “No!” and just keep walking. Generally, they leave me alone. If they ask, I will tell them masks don’t work and are detrimental to one’s health. Also, I ask if they are a Christian. If they are, I can tell them what they are doing and yielding to. You say, “What are people yielding to?” Don’t you get what Satan is trying to implement even now? He is trying to fast-track the beast system of the antichrist!

16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16, 17 NASB)

You can't buy or sell is coming at some point. Already, Gov. Inslee of the state of Washington stated in an interview that people would not be able to buy groceries unless they were vaccinated! People of God, we are at a crossroads here. We must stand up and resist the devil.

Look, I understand that employees at many businesses are stuck with wearing masks or they risk losing their employment. I feel for you and your predicament. I understand that businesses can require patrons to wear a mask or ask them politely not to enter or to leave the premises. I understand they can do that legally. They have the right of admission. I think it's time for Christian workers to seek employment elsewhere or start their own businesses.

In some countries, and in some local socialist governments (NYC and others), they are beginning to implementa an ID card to prove you have been vaccinated or you can’t go to a business or eat at a restaurant. That is just like wearing the emblem of the beast! The same has been done with mask wearing. In many places you can’t buy or sell unless you have on a mask! Wow! If that doesn’t sound like preparation for the antichrist's one-world government in training, then I don’t know what would! 

For the record, I WILL NEVER BE VACCINATED! Check this article written about Dr. Andrew Kaufman and then on the same page watch a 55 minute interview with Dr. Kaufman:

https://vaccineimpact.com/2020/censored-dr-kaufman-they-want-to-genetically-modify-us-with-covid-19-vaccine-loses-his-job-and-willing-to-go-to-jail-to-resist/

Have you read about all the crap that is in those vaccines? Have you read about all the deaths and massive side effects from all the vaccines around the world? See the data in this article related to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a U.S. Government funded database that tracks injuries and deaths caused by vaccines: 

https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/1739-dead-as-cdc-adds-another-200-recorded-deaths-this-week-following-covid-experimental-vaccines/

There are medical reasons why vaccines should never be fast tracked. You better wise up. Vaccines modify DNA permanently.

Did you know that over 52,000 medical professionals worldwide have now signed on to the Great Barrington Declaration (see their website: https://gbdeclaration.org/) calling into question the draconian Covid 19 policies, procedures, and vaccinations?

https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/covid-has-caused-tens-of-thousands-of-medical-doctors-and-scientists-to-wake-up-to-corruption-in-the-medical-industry/

Did you know that the Barrington declaration was originally signed in the US Otober 4, 2020 calling for the stop to the Covid-19 nonsense presented by the news media and our own government, both nationally and locally? The three original signers were not lightweights! They are: Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations. All these and I didn't even tell you about the 44 co-signers that were also very qualified physicians and medical professionals! Over 52,000 medical scientists and practitioners have signed on, and the medical professionals are coming forward with the truth all over the globe!

Quit believing the lies from the communist mainstream news media and those that have a vested monetary interest in the vaccines, like big pharma and miniature doctors. Don’t believe the miniature man, the medical gnome Fauci (Rodney Howard Browne had a gnome made of him, and it is hilarious!). Don't pay attention to that person that buys his clothes in the children’s section (a favorite description of Fauci by RHB) that is supposed to be the authority on these medical things nationally, but Fauci is lying through his teeth to the American people!  

Some airlines are pursuing having a vaccination passport to prove you are subservient to the system, and some countries are beginning the process to implement them for any form of travel. Even the nation of Israel has fallen to this “vaccination passport” nonsense and requiring forced vaccines but look at what's happened:

https://vaccineimpact.com/2021/israelis-cry-out-to-the-world-to-stop-mandatory-covid-injections-as-lawsuit-is-filed-in-international-criminal-court-over-nuremberg-code-violation/

Don't forget to watch the associated video and Rabbi Weissman's reasons he won't take the vaccine. Here is the original article from Rabbi Chananya Weissman: 31 Reasons Why I Won’t Take the VaccineI agree with him 1000%! It makes no difference that he is not a Christian! I say that for all my prejudiced Christian brethren! He is right about this. I understand that some of his points have to do directly with what is going on in Israel, but we see the same nonsense in the U. S. A., so it is appropriate and timely here. There are not 1 or 2 reasons to NOT take the vaccine, but a solid 31 reasons you should not submit to vaccination! Read them and learn them well. It's an essay, and all easily verifiable. 

Here is another important article by the New York Teachers For Choice:

https://nyteachersforchoice.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/top-10-reasons-why-a-covid-vaccine-should-not-be-mandatory/

Mandatory vaccines, as clearly stated in this article above, or forcing people to get vaccinated, is a direct violation of the Nuremberg Code that was established after WW2 to counteract Nazi policies and practices! We need to oppose forced vaccinations NOW, spiritually, physically, and politically! 

These are all signs of the times where the antichrist system is being pushed to set things up for the still future man of sin or lawlessness.

Remember all the churches that closed when the Covid mess started? Did you know churches are opening up as vaccination centers? They subjected themselves to a lie and a huge deception with masks, social distancing and much more, and now they are serving as death and injury distribution centers!

Church, it is time to repent! America, it’s time to repent! It is time to humble ourselves, pray, seek to please the Lord, repudiate any sinful practices and heresies so the Lord will respond from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land, yes, even from the tyrannical socialists and false pandemics! (2 Chronicles 7:13, 14)

All the capitulating churches and pastors in the land need to repent for closing their churches! They received and implemented government orders that were contrary to Scripture. Nowhere in the New Testament are we told to shut down our churches when the government decides we should. It tells the exact opposite! We are never to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25), and much less as we see the day of the Lord's return approaching.

The Church of the Lord Jesus also has a GREAT commission that didn't expire with the so-called pandemic, or better stated, “lying plandemic.” (Mark 16:15-19; Matthew 28:18, 19) Most churches shut down operations without so much as a whimper. Why? Because most were not following the Scripture and obeying it. They were dead or close to dead anyway!

What really shocked me was how most evangelical, word-of-faith, prophetic, Pentecostal, and independent Spirit-filled churches shut down immediately upon orders from their local government. I am not including here the dead denominational churches. They all closed. I am referring here to all the supposedly Bible-believing and Word-doing churches. I am specifically referring to all the churches that said they believed in God’s healing power and espoused it as part of their church doctrine! What happened to the following Biblical instructions when churches closed?

14 Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up—and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness. (James 5:14-16 NET)

You can’t anoint anybody via internet, and you can’t lay hands on them for healing either!

“In my Name (Jesus)… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover!” (Mark 16:17, 18)

You can’t baptize in water any new converts, and you can’t have communion via video chat!

Most churches capitulated, submitted to, surrendered, and agreed with local authorities instead of agreeing with God and His Word! “We must obey God rather than people!” was how the Church leaders in Acts responded to calls from governmental leaders (those in authority) to stop what they were doing in the Name of Jesus. (See Acts 5:29, and also Acts 4:19.) We follow the laws of the land UNTIL they violate the Scripture! Then, we follow God’s Word regardless of the consequences.

The church in America (and around the world), almost unanimously, demonstrated how weak, pusillanimous, and sissified they really were. Instead of being the triumphant church, churches were wusses. Instead of suffering persecution and jail time if necessary, they took the route of disobedience to God. 

There were a few exceptions in the United States, and a few pastors were arrested, fined, or jailed for refusing to bow down to the idol of Covid-19, but they were regrettably VERY few and far between.

For a couple of years  before the “pandemic” in my area in southwest Florida, I assisted a well-known Word-of-Faith church. I won’t mention their name or location because I still hope that the pastor and church repent publicly. They need to. I have great respect for their ministry. When the so-called pandemic hit, they folded like a deck of cards and shut their doors just like all other weak and sissified churches. I was shocked and despaired temporarily. I couldn’t believe it. That church preached Scripture accurately every Sunday and Friday, but when the test came, they fell for the lies of the devil like every other church in the area. I am talking about a church that had miracles, signs, and many manifestations of the Holy Spirit. They believed in God's healing power and taught it profusely but capitulated to government mania over a so-called pandemic just like all other churches did. What a tragedy. Sadly, even after they opened, they opened to masks with all the trimmings of believing a lie; social distancing, alcohol wipes, and disinfecting agents. As far as I’m concerned, they are still closed because they are still under bondage to the lies of the enemy. Where is that mighty church that believed and taught God's healing and miraculous power? They are gone UNLESS they repent! They will be with little to no anointing unless they repent. I left that church and won't go back not even for a visit, UNLESS they repent.

The only two churches that remained open in Southwest Florida (that I know of) because they believed in the power of the Holy Spirit and healing were the River Church in Tampa with pastor Rodney Howard Browne (https://www.revival.com), and the Foundation Church in Englewood (https://www.foundationchurchfl.com) with pastor Tom Laipply. Much of what I am saying and writing here are things these ministers have mentioned or spoken about. I am truly thankful to God for these ministries sharing the truth of God's Word and the truth about Covid, socialism, and government. The links and other comments are from my research. 

Don’t miss the Sunday services and rebroadcasts of the River church (revival.com) or the Foundation Church, and the Tom Laipply podcast! Get them all and listen to them closely through their websites.

Listen to the Tom Laipply podcast through Apple podcasts, Rumble, and others. Pastor Laipply is powerful in the Word and has a clear handle on all the lies being perpetrated in the government and so on. Powerful stuff, and he doesn’t mince words! If you are the emotional and sensitive type, you will not like him. You were probably from the group of idiot Christians that voted for the demoncrat party and all its baby butchering candidates because you thought Trump was too harsh! If you love the truth, you will love Pastor Laipply’s fiery teaching every Sunday and his no B.S. podcasts!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tom-laipply-podcast/id1508562859

https://rumble.com/c/tomlaipply

https://blubrry.com/tom_laipply/archive/?pi=1

https://podcastrepublic.net/podcast/1508562859

Redundancy is necessary for his podcast because it has been banned on some social media sites.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube are controlled by a socialist agenda that restricts and removes freedom of speech. They deny our Constitutional right according to the First Amendment that guarantees all Americans freedom of speech! That each one of their platforms censors conservatives is not even in dispute anymore. The oligarchs of technology don't want us to question their devil inspired narrative. They want us to conform to the mainstream media’s talking points and the lying government narrative, or they will censor you or ban you. We refuse to bow down to their false god of lies and deception, and we will not conform to their world view! We will not conform to this world but we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds to the truth! (Romans 12:2)

Frankly, I will not go to or visit CCC’s (coined by Tom Laipply), "Covid Caving Churches"! Guess where I go to church now? Guess where I send my tithes and offerings? These two churches and these two alone! No others need apply! 

As a side note, Pastor RHB published two books that address the Covid and socialist mess the country finds itself in. I suggest you get every one of his books and read them, particularly The Phantom Virus and Socialism under the Microscope. Go here: https://store.revival.com

All the Covid-caving Christians need to repent! Pastors that yielded to the lying, antichrist, anti-Great Commission, and unconstitutional government demands, need to repent for their heretical actions! They need to repent for submitting to government idolatry and allowing them to rise above the orders and commands of the Lord Jesus in Scripture! I heard pastor Tom Laipply say something to this effect first, and it resonates in the Spirit as being the absolute truth!

To help with repentance, now I give you the following list of my short studies on repentance. It is time to face the truth and repent. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud that refuse to repent of their sins! See 1 Peter 5:5, Proverbs 28:13, and 1 John 1:7-10. I've gone to these Scriptures when I've sinned and received forgiveness and cleansing by the Blood of Jesus. The time for repentance is now!

Don't think for a moment that you closed your church publicly in disobedience to God's Word, and that now you are going to open without public repentance because it will not work. You closed publicly and declared government as your Lord by obeying it instead of obeying the Bible, and now you must repent publicly to gain your footing and place back in God and the anointing. The humble get this. The proud will refuse to repent to their own demise. 

Access the first message with the podcast button below, but I give you the links to all of them here in order, starting with Part 1:

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/q2dz2i/Repentance-_Part_1-REV.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/uwz5c9/Repentance-_Part_2REV.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/99ifp4/Repentance-_Part_3REV.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/dfea9s/Repentance-_Part_4REV.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/h3xq8q/Repentance_Part_5_REV_2020.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/x2ukz5/Repentance_part_6.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/xg76p5/Repentance_Part_7.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/bc9w6n/Repentance_Part_8.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/kxne52/Repentance_Part_9.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/889xtz/Repentance_Part_10_REV.mp3

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fla92h/RepentancePart119u30j.mp3

Be mightily and overwhelmingly blessed with the truth from God’s Word and the truth about the ongoing lying plandemic! We must take a stand. The protests against all of this nonsense is going on all over the world.  There is a complete media blackout on these protests going on worldwide. The lying, stinking, fake media says nothing about it!! Look at this video of just ONE day of protests against the overreach and removal of our human rights by tyrannical governments. Please pardon the profanity on one placard. I didn't record any of these. I don't support profanity though I do support edgy and VERY tough language if it gets the message across! I am in 100% in agreement that we must stand and refuse to bow down to the world's falsehoods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvXXgPHyPFE

Look at all the protest videos under the hashtag "wewillallbethere"  https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/wewillallbethere .

We are not alone!

 

March 7, 2021  

God only sees your Heart but Ignores what you do in your Body? Part 2

 

Read part one or you will miss a bunch, because I am not really reiterating anything!

Jesus taught that lawlessness would increase as His coming draws near, but that should be for the world and not the church! (Matthew 24:12, 37-30) Jesus is not coming back for a morally corrupt church! No!

He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemished—completely free from all impurity—holy and innocent before Him. (Ephesians 5:27 The Voice)

Four things are required for moral purity:

  1. The desire and willingness to obey moral commands to please the Lord.
  2. A consistent overdose of the Word of God in your life.
  3. The anointing or fire of the Spirit that purges immoral trash from the heart and mind.
  4. Hang out with other people that practice moral purity because “bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NET)

This anointing and fire of the Spirit isn’t yet found everywhere because many churches have never experienced it or deny it completely. One good thing that the Covid-19 pandemic has done for the Body of Christ is to point out the difference between weak and gutless churches, and those that will go on for God in the power of the Spirit, regardless of circumstance or the attempt of governments to shut down churches. Right now, and since about April of 2020, a purging and a sifting has been going on! After this whole mess blows over completely, watch what happens. Many churches will never again reopen their doors even though some of them had thousands of people attending their services. They were dead (or nearly dead) before the so-called pandemic (non-pandemic) broke out and they are completely dead now. Only those that mean business with God, even unto death if necessary (Revelation 12:11), will be the ones that that overcome and will show and demonstrate the presence and power of God. Yes, it clear in the book of Revelation, and we are fast approaching the fulfilment of all things written there. There is a whole lot of sifting and shaking going on! Frankly, it will only increase from here on out till the coming of the Lord. A distinct difference will be seen between the righteous and unrighteous, between the holy and profane. (Malachi 3:16-18; Ezekiel 44:23) Get used to it!

Is the Church supposed to ignore behavioral problems and only deal with heart issues? Let us dive back into this important and timely subject. Let’s settle this once and for all.

The apostle Peter taught:

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth” (1 Peter 1:14-17 NASB).

According to Peter, external conduct and behavior are essential for all that call God their Father. Holy behavior is demanded and required! God will impartially judge everyone’s work. “You shall be holy for I am holy” refers to holy behavior. It does not refer to positional or received holiness, but to one’s external lifestyle. “Be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy,” should answer this forever, but there is much more in the New Testament on this subject.

Does the New Testament exalt “heart issues” and minimize external lifestyle? Only someone that has not read the New Testament, or is blinded by a doctrine of demons, could come to that conclusion.

Behavioral issues are discussed in every book of the New Testament! Let’s look at a few representative examples from First Corinthians.

  1. Chapter 5 addresses the incestuous relationship a man was having with his father’s wife (5:1-5). That is behavioral any way you slice it!
  2. Chapter 6 addresses lawsuits against fellow believers, fornication, and gives us an entire list of unrighteous behaviors (6:1-8, 9, 10, 13-19). Again, all these have to do with external behaviors and lifestyle.
  3. Chapter 7:1-40 addresses Christian behavior relating to marital sex, marriage, divorce, and virginity. This chapter is loaded with behavioral issues in these areas.
  4. Chapter 8:1-13 discusses not eating food offered to idols so as not to be a stumbling block that may cause your brethren to sin. This chapter discusses an idolatrous eating disorder behavior!
  5. In Chapter 10:1-11, Paul instructs the Corinthians not to do the things that the Israelites did in the wilderness and judgment came upon them. Specifically, Paul mentions craving evil things, immorality, grumbling, and testing the Lord. Thousands were judged and died because of those evil behaviors.
  6. I hesitated to include First Corinthians 11:1-17 because it deals with hair length, male and female roles, specifically relating to the married couple, and also eating food and drinking alcohol. This portion has been the source of a lot of controversies over the years, but I am pointing it out because something as natural as “hair” and eating and drinking are mentioned. Again, these are behavioral issues that Paul had to deal with in the churches. Paul discusses your haircut, how you stuff your mouth with food, and getting drunk! These are probably as mundane (external) as you can get!

Then, after discussing hair, Paul shifts the conversation to a rebuke against people causing divisions in the church of Corinth by eating and others getting drunk (1 Corinthians 11:21, 22)! Could you imagine some people coming to church to stuff their faces and get stumbling, bumbling drunk? Sorry, but you don’t get drunk on grape juice. Do you mean to tell me that alcohol was allowed in the church services? That will blow some traditional, religious, evangelical circuits! Read the text and note that Paul says if you are going to drink (not get drunk because drunkenness is a sin), do it at home for goodness sake! So, drinking fermented grape juice at home was OK in Paul’s view as long you did not get drunk! See also Galatians 5:19-21 where the practice of drunkenness is mentioned as keeping a person from inheriting the kingdom of God. Paul never condemned drinking a fermented beverage with alcohol content at home.  

Do you think Jesus ate the Passover with grape juice and not fermented wine? Think again. According to Jewish tradition, the Passover Seder (order of service and retelling of the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt- (Haggadah) was celebrated with 4 cups of wine (not grape juice)[1], each with at least 3.3 oz. of, you guessed it, fermented, alcohol containing, WINE! I don’t keep wine at home, so don’t get bent out of shape here, though I could, and it would be fine, but I don’t, but I could, but, it is really none of your business! I just had to throw that in there! Haha!

The first miracle was Jesus turning water into wine (not grape juice) for a wedding feast! God’s miracle-working power made fermented wine containing alcohol!

I understand many are intolerant of anything fermented or with alcohol content in evangelical Christianity. I also understand that if someone had substance abuse problems (or demons) because of alcohol then they should always and forever abstain from it. My issue against most evangelical thoughts and beliefs on the subject is when they make it a sin if someone has a cold beer with their pizza, and THAT is not right. Personally, I like a cold soda with my pizza! For Christians, honestly, if you must do it, refrain from doing it in public so as not to offend other believers that are weak or even to give the appearance of evil before anybody saved or unsaved. (Romans 14:21, 1Thesaalonians 5:22)

Anyway, enough of that, but I enjoy busting silly traditional views on the subject. Sometimes, I wonder if some people can even read. Quit judging those that do and those that do not! Read Romans 14 and get over it!

Behavior, oh behavior, you continue to appear, and we were just looking at one of the books of the New Testament! Behavior and behavioral issues are found in EVERY New Testament book!

How readest thou? That is good, centuries old, KJV!

  1. Chapter 14:40 summarizes Paul’s correction of abuses in spiritual manifestations that were happening at this church. All things were to be done decently and in order. That is behavior baby!

Ephesians chapters 4 through 6 deal with behaviors or what you do in your body. 

Colossians chapter 3 deals with behaviors, and so does First Thessalonians 4 and 5!

The apostle Peter deals with behaving right in First Peter 1:14-17, as we saw above. He teaches the correct behavior for husband and wife in First Peter 3:1-7. He again deals with behaviors in 3:10-12, 16, 4:1-5, and Second Peter 2:6-9.

What about the apostle John? Read these short five chapters and identify all the places he refers to your behavior. He deals with the confession of sins, the lust of the flesh and eyes, the pride of life, practice of sin or righteousness, a love demonstrated in deed and truth, keeping the commandments, etc. All of these, and more deal with moral behavior. 

Jude 1:7, 8, 15, and 16 deals with, yep, behaviors!

How about the book of Revelation, penned by John, the apostle? Read chapters 2 and 3 and see how many things come up in the words of Jesus concerning behavior. At no time does Jesus say, “I know your heart issues, motivations, intentions, or desires!” No! He repeatedly says, “I know your works.” Of course, the Lord knows everything about a human being because nothing can be hidden from Him, whether in the thoughts or our actions (Hebrews 4:11-14). He has and will address evil thoughts on certain occasions (Matthew 9:4; 12:25).[2]

The focus of Jesus in Revelation was on: “I know your works” (Rev. 2:2, 19; 3:1, 8, 15), “you need to repent of her (Jezebel’s) works” (Rev. 2:22), and “I will give to each one according to your works” (Rev. 2:23). He addressed their works (actions or deeds) continuously in those chapters, but that is not all. See also Rev. 2:26; 3:2. If you study the rest of the book, you will see works mentioned. (Rev. 14:13; 16:11; 18:6; 20:12, 13). Behaviors or works are mentioned fourteen times! [3]

Need I go on? Behavior issues are dealt with in every epistle! Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and John all deal with behavioral issues.

It is too bad Paul didn't know that he only needed to deal with the heart issues and not all that behavioral stuff! Sarcasm here! Yes, it is necessary at this point for the benefit of those that still cannot see the abundant emphasis on behavioral issues in the New Testament.

So, should we now think that dealing with behaviors is to be minimized? Should we deal only with "heart issues" as a priority?

Disobedience to God’s moral commandments is at the root of all behavioral issues. We must impose, require, demand, and teach obedience to God and His moral commandments as the standard we are to follow in our churches. Period!

It is tragic. Many churches concentrate on being blessed, delivered, redeemed, dealing with bad circumstances, your self-esteem and vision, healing, giving, gifts and fruit of the Spirit, end time prophecy, etc. Some teach about resisting worry, but what about fleeing from fornication? Teaching on kindness is good, but what about training to live a holy life? Some want to be motivated into success as Christian business owners, but what about encouraging people into strong moral principles? That is a real “life” coach! Some teach on forgiveness and faith, but what about teaching on resisting covetousness, idolatry, adultery, lying, and theft? The way things are happening in Christianity, and the perversions we are seeing proliferating among churches, we need a major shift to an emphasis on Biblical moral principles. What about the subjects of dedication, faithfulness, consecration, obedience and loyalty to God and His moral commandments, humility, repentance, and the fear of the Lord?

To concentrate only on the redemptive work of Jesus and its benefits, without also teaching about the moral conduct required by the Lord, will severely weaken a church. A church that learns about their “rights and privileges in Christ,” but doesn’t hear much (if at all) about moral responsibilities, will consistently experience immorality in its ranks. Churches that preach the benefits without the emphasis of moral requirements are severely curtailing spiritual growth. We are seeing the fruits of decades of this kind of teaching and preaching sweeping through the Church right now! Sin, darkness, perversion, and all kinds of evil are constantly seen and reported from many sectors of the Christian church. Many emphasize a “bless me” gospel with little to no importance given to moral behavior according to God’s Word. Christian morality has been relegated to a backburner, and in some churches, morality equals bondage! That has to change, or the vicious cycle of the practice of sin and wickedness will continue and even increase.  

I believe in and preach and teach often on the redemptive work of Jesus and all its mighty benefits, BUT I also emphasize the moral side of the covenant! We cannot preach redemption without also teaching the moral responsibility of the saints!

For the world preaching is different. We should only preach redemption to them in the Blood and sacrifice of Jesus. Moral principles are useless for the ungodly as far as making it into the kingdom of God and going to heaven! The ungodly must first receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. For the believer both are absolutely essential. Let's get our doctrine straight!  

NOTES:

[1] Drinking of wine symbolized gladness and joy, and the four cups were sort of a “toast” corresponding to the four deliverance statements of Exodus 6:6-7. See “To Be A Jew,” page 231, by Hayim Halevy Donin. This book is a good resource for getting a handle on Jewish practice. What many don’t understand is that Jewish orthodox and conservative practice has changed little in 2000 years. Most of what Jews practice in their feast and festivals today was already practiced before the initial compendium of Jewish oral law was written down in Mishnah (c. 200 A. D.)  and later discussed among the rabbis in the Talmud (c. 500 A. D.). That is an amazing revelation because we don’t have to go far to sit with Jesus during the Passover meal. We know what they ate, drank, and the story they read of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, and the blessings spoken as they retold the story. We know about the 5th cup left un-drunk at the head of the table. It was called the cup of Elijah reserved for the Messiah because Elijah was to come before the Messiah showed up. “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20 NET) There is no question in my mind that this final cup Jesus raised was the cup reserved for Messiah! It was a miracle that no one wound up in the floor overwhelmed by it all!

[2] According to Matthew 15:19, “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,” and so on. Peter rebuked the new convert named Simon (Acts 8:13) because he allowed wickedness, bitterness, and the bondage of iniquity to reenter his heart. It caused his heart not to be right before the Lord! Do you mean that it is possible to have your spirit defiled by wickedness after you are birthed of the Spirit or “born again?” See Acts 8:20-23. Peter rebuked Simon for the wickedness he displayed with the ungodly offer to pay money for the authority to lay hands on people, so they receive the Holy Spirit. Peter called it the evil “intention of your (Simon’s) heart.” The intention of his heart was displayed by his action. Peter called the wickedness displayed, the intention of the heart. There is a close parallel between intention, thought, and desire of the heart and the action. These cannot be separated too far because what you intend is what you will do, and what you do is what you intended. The only thing that interferes with this connection is when a person that intends to do evil stops the process by repentance. This verse tells us what to do when the spirit or body are defiled by sin: “Therefore, since we have these promises (see 2 Cor. 6:14-18), dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

[3] Based, again, on Matthew 15:19, it would be foolish to say that Jesus rarely dealt with behavioral issues. What does, “do not sin anymore” (John 5:14), and “from now on sin no more” (John 8:11) mean? Jesus instructed them that they keep their behavior according to God’s commandments. Jesus mentioned the commandments you shall not murder;” “you shall not commit adultery;” “you shall not steal;” “you shall not bear false witness;” “honor your father and mother;” and “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:18, 19 NASB). That all started with a question and the answer of the Master concerning what to do if you want to enter into (eternal) life. Jesus responds with that it was necessary to keep (obey) the commandments. To be complete, Jesus said that the questioner had to walk away from possessions that possessed him, selling them, and giving the proceeds to the poor, and following Jesus! That is what we are taught in shortened form in Revelation 14:12 and 12:17. What about the teaching of Jesus on adultery, murder, fornication, and divorce? (See Matthew 5:21-32.) There are other references in the words of Jesus, but these should suffice.

 

March 7, 2021  

God Sees only the Heart and not External Behaviors in the Body? Part 1

Some deny the importance of dealing with behavioral issues in our churches because these are “external.” Does this mean that we are to ignore external behaviors and not bring correction or rebuke? Some say that if you deal with the heart, then the external behavioral issues will go away.

What is at the heart of all behavioral issues? Is it a lack of understanding grace, God’s love, the sacrifice of Jesus, etc.? Is it a lack of a revelation of Jesus? Is it a lack of revelation knowledge? I have heard many reasons for why people engage in immoral activities, but the most prominent one is “heart issues.”

To begin, many completely overlook the huge amount of verses in the New Testament that deal with; you guessed it, behavioral problems. We will look at some of them later.

Does the Lord deal with behaviors? Does the Lord deal with the exterior, or is He only looking at the internal, the heart?

People are quick to quote the statement the Lord made concerning His choice for a king. Usually, the second part of the verse is quoted. It states God doesn’t look at the appearance but at the heart. Because this verse is quoted partially almost every time I have ever seen it in print or heard someone quote it, many strange ideas have developed around it. Look closely at the verse:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Donʼt be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NET).

What happened here? God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons to be the next king over Israel. God warned Samuel not to look at the physical appearance and think that height was a qualification necessary for a king. He already had that experience with Saul. Saul was head and shoulders taller than anyone in Israel. The Lord needed for him to forget that, and make the right choice. The next king was to be the youngest son of Jesse, a ruddy (maybe red hair and fair skin with freckles) sheepherder!

The outward appearance that the Lord was referring to had everything to do with height and physical appearance. It was not an excuse for overlooking evil actions or sin. “The Lord looks at the heart” had NOTHING to do with dismissing sin and unrighteous acts in the body because those are external or of the flesh. 

God was not telling Samuel that if outwardly the one anointed for king was sinning, that He would look beyond that external evil and see something good in the heart. That would be utterly absurd! But, that has been what I have heard people say about backsliders living a sinful lifestyle. They say, “Oh, even though he or she is backslid, the Lord knows his or her heart, and they will be OK if they die in their sin.” Some say it differently, but it all boils down to providing an excuse for people’s sins.

I heard the above said by prominent ministers after the singer Whitney Houston died tragically. She died because of alcohol abuse and a drug overdose, and then drowned in her own bathtub. Those are the tragic facts! Whitney Houston was living in fornication, and yet many sought to excuse her sinful lifestyle. “Whitney knew Jesus as a child,” according to one respected prophet, so all their sins would be overlooked “because it was all external” and “God knew Whitney Houston’s heart.” I take issue with those highly ignorant statements because they violate a plethora of Scriptures!

Some think that the Lord will overlook and ignore what people do in their bodies as Christians, even if it is contrary to God’s moral commandments. No, He won’t ignore it!

The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks, “God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.” (Psalms 10:4 NET)

To believe that God doesn’t hold us accountable for sin in the body is equivalent to the way a wicked and arrogant person thinks.

Paul had a vastly different view than is often expressed in modern namby-pamby, sugar coated, spineless, sissified, marshmallow, cotton-candy, Christianity. The descriptors are to make sure you got what kind of Christianity I am referring to, one that is totally different than BIBLE Christianity! Here we go.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them … Therefore, God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason, God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. …And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. (Romans 1:18, 19, 24-32, 2:3-9 NET)

Can some people that deny Christian accountability for their sin and evil deeds even read? God's wrath is revealed from Heaven against ALL unrighteousness, and that includes Christian unrighteousness! Paul, the great apostle of, as some say PURE GRACE, wrote that! The only way out of judgment is through humility and repentance where we as Christians confess our sins and receive forgiveness and cleansing from UNRIGHTEOUSNESS through the blood of Jesus. See 1 John 1:7-10, 2:1-3.

How readest thou? 

We will all have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of what we did in our bodies. 

In time we will all stand in judgment before the throne of the Anointed, the Liberating King, to receive what is just for our conduct (whether it be good or bad) while we lived in this temporary body. (2 Corinthians 5:10 VOICE)

The Lord will not ask you on that day what you really had in your heart as good intentions, but He will ask about what you DID in your body. Paul wrote that verse by the Spirit of the Lord.

Before David was anointed to be king, the reprobate King Saul reigned over Israel. Why did God want Saul removed from office? Was it because God looked at His heart and saw something evil there even though externally he may have been all right? No! The reason Saul lost his place and anointing to be king was because of his disobedience to God’s commandment. That is what made his heart unfit.

Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:13, 14 NASB).

Why did Saul lose the kingdom? Saul acted foolishly when he disobeyed the commandment of God. The condition of Saul’s heart was demonstrated by his actions, so God sought for a man that would have a right heart before Him by DOING His commandments.

Closely read this next paragraph.

Who is the person after God’s own heart? The one that obeys God’s commands is the person after His heart! God was looking for that. Obedience was what God saw in the heart of David. God saw that David would be obedient to Him. Obedience from the heart was what Saul lacked when he disobeyed the Lord.

One more point: One cannot have obedience in the heart and disobedience in one’s actions. That is a fallacy! If you disobey God, it is because you decided to disobey from the heart. If you obey the Lord, it is because you decided to obey the Lord from the heart. The determining factor of your heart is whether you obey or not. A heart after God obeys Him. A heart that is not after God disobeys Him!

Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as a king” (1 Samuel 15:22, 23 NET).

Obedience or disobedience to God’s commandments is what determines the condition of the heart after you come to Christ. Christ made it all right in you when you first came to Him. He put in you the will and desire to obey the Lord (Philippians 2:12, 13). Now it is your obedience or disobedience that will dictate the condition of your heart in Christ.  You don’t think so? Remember what God said through Samuel? Disobedience leads to rebellion, and rebellion is as the sin of divination. There is also involved presumption, which is like the evil of idolatry. Each of these will contaminate the heart or spirit with filthiness that must be cleansed.  Look at Second Corinthians 6:14-18 through 7:1!

So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. …But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out- he will be blessed in what he does (James 1:21, 22, 25 NET).

James was teaching the brethren in Christ that the way this works is to:

  1. Put away all filth and evil excess. That means that you become obedient to the negative commandments of Scripture. When I refer to negative commandments, I am not saying they are “negative” in the bad sense of the word, but that they are commandments that contain a prohibition against an evil action or deed. Everywhere the Word commands you NOT TO DO something; you obey it. For examples: “You will not murder,” nor covet, nor commit adultery, are some of the “negative” or the “do not” type commandments we must obey. (See Romans 13:9, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21, etc.
  2. Humbly welcome the message implanted within you. That refers to receiving the message of Christ and obeying the positive moral commandments. We should obey “love your neighbor as yourself”, “obey your father and mother”, “be filled with the Spirit,” “forgive,” “be kind”, “be angry and do not sin”, “be holy as I (God) am holy,” etc.
  3. Live out the message! We must be doers of His Word and His holy moral commandments!

Are these compatible with the message of Jesus or do they oppose each other? The book of Revelation teaches that ‘children’ of God are those that “keep God’s commandments and hold to the testimony about Jesus” (Rev. 12:17 NET). Who are the real saints, meaning those called out by God to live holy lives? The book of Revelation says, “Those who obey God’s commandments and hold to their faith in Jesus” (Rev. 14:12 NET).

Peter taught that if we address God as our Father, we should remember that He judges each one according to their behavior, not according to intentions, desires, or motivations of the heart.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth” (1 Peter 1:14-17 NASB).

Living out the message, being obedient to the Lord, and being holy in all our behavior, is living in the reverential fear of the Lord. (See also Second Corinthians 7:1.) There is no such thing as fearing the Lord in your heart but doing evil or sin externally. To sin is to walk away from the fear of the Lord, even if it is for a moment.

Notice again that judgment is not be based on the intentions or motivations of the heart. To say that your heart was right though you did wrong will not matter.

There is an exception to the above. If you did something wrong but were ignorant of the truth in the matter, God will correct and instruct you to get you out, and keep you from sinning against Him.

God did that with Abimelech in Genesis 20:1-7. Abimelech took Sara to be his wife. He believed her to be Abraham’s sister. Abimelech did not know Abraham and Sarah lied about their marriage relationship. God intervened and told Abimelech he was a dead man because he was planning to take another man’s wife. Abimelech was innocent and had integrity in the matter, and the Lord came to him in a dream to stop him from sinning.

The difference is that if you know what you are doing is wrong, and yet do it, you will be held responsible and accountable for your actions. Not doing the right thing when you know it is right is a sin.

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 NASB)

The only way out of this mess is repentance and confession of our sins before the Lord. He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness! See First John 1:9. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7)!

There is more to say about this, and I trust you will be looking for Part 2 of this message!

 

February 10, 2018  

Healing for Us in the Sacrifice of Jesus

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Isaiah 53 is recognized as the great redemption chapter in the Hebrew Scripture that portrayed the sacrifice of Jesus. Please read it carefully. It reveals what Jesus did for us when He died and rose again from among the dead.

Interestingly, scholars proclaim often that Isaiah makes mention of healing, but that it refers to healing from sin and transgression, or what we would call, spiritual healing. They make a verse like Isaiah 53:4 refer to spiritual healing and not the physical healing it actually refers to. 

Surely he hath borne our griefs (Hebrew: choli), and carried our sorrows (Hebrew: makob): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4 King James Version).

Here is a much better translation:

Yet he himself bore our sicknesses (choli), and he carried our pains (makob); but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4 Christian Standard Bible- CSB).

The King James Version is actually misleading. The Hebrew words for griefs and sorrows should be translated respectively as diseases and pains, or as above, sicknesses and pains. In fact, these words are often used in the sense of physical sickness and pain in the Hebrew Bible.

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December 15, 2017  

How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Tongues

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You may have already received Jesus as Lord of your life, but He has more than that for you. That was the first step. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the next step in your spiritual walk with God.

If you are satisfied with the new birth and think that is all God has for you, then you are missing a powerful blessing promised by the Lord to all believers. God has much for you! The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the manifestation of speaking in other tongues, is what opens the door to infinite possibilities with God. We will show you what the Bible says about it, and then it will be up to you to receive this glorious experience. 

Acts 2:3, 4

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them tongues as of fire splitting off (into individual fires); and these sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The apostles and all the people that gathered (120 individuals) had already received the Holy Spirit into their lives and hearts. They had already been regenerated and received Jesus as their Lord before Acts 2:4. Can we prove this?

John 20:19-22

The doors were shut where the disciples were gathered... Jesus came and stood in the middle of them, and said to them, “Peace (shalom) to you!” And after He said that, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw it was the Lord! Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you. As My Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.

Notice that they received the Holy Spirit at this time. This was before Jesus ascended visibly into heaven. They received the Spirit of Christ as it says in Romans 8:9-11, and the Holy Spirit came inside them, and they were born of the Spirit. Yet, Jesus explained to them that something else was needed from the Holy Spirit to empower them and propel them into the supernatural things of God. Right before His ascension into heaven He said:

Luke 24:49

I send the promise of My father on you. But stay in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.  

The underlined phrases are essential for your understanding. Jesus was saying that receiving the Holy Spirit inside of them (the new birth) was not all that there was to the promise of the Father. God had more in mind for His people.

The second thing here is the fact that it would be like being clothed with power. Therefore, it was power from on high that would be like wearing a cloak or a set of clothes on the outside. God wanted more for them than only an internal and personal experience with God, though that was the beginning. He wanted a mantle of power, a glorious bringing to the outside where you wear power like a coat or a suit of clothes. 

John 7:38, 39

The one believing in me as the Scripture said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water. But He said this concerning the Spirit that those that believe in Him were about to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Note that Jesus is saying that the one that has already believed, trusted in, and become faithful to the Lord, is to have something else from the Spirit of God. These verses speak of another experience with the Holy Spirit, one where from your belly flow rivers of living water. The rivers of water speak of this mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said this of the mighty experience with the Holy Spirit they were to receive. Notice that when He breathed on them they were birthed from above, but nothing happened externally in their lives until Acts 2:4.

Miraculous power from on High 

There was no real show of God's power to the entire world until Acts 2 and beyond. They were good "Christians" but with no evidence to demonstrate to the world about the reality, not just the words, of their God. 

Acts 1:8

...But you will receive (miraculous) power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Do you see the reference here to the Holy Spirit coming upon you? This is saying the same thing as Luke 24:49. It is a being clothed upon with the power of the Holy Spirit. What is the purpose of this empowering? The purpose was so we would be witnesses to the world. The word witness means one that comes with clear and irrefutable evidence of what they are saying. Jesus told us what we would be doing with this power, and this is exactly what we see the apostles and disciples doing after the Acts 2:4 experience of receiving this power upon their lives. 

Mark 16:15-18

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everybody. The ones believing, and those being immersed will be saved (delivered or made whole). And the ones that do not believe will be condemned (damned). And these signs (miraculous works of power) will accompany those believing: In My Name (dominion, authority, power) they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”[1] 

For those of you that fuss over this portion of Scripture because it is not found in two of the most ancient complete manuscripts (the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus), I have three words for you, "Get over it"! It is found in all other ancient New Testament manuscripts (hundreds), and it is clearly proven as a Bible truth in the book of Acts, 1 Corinthians chapters 12 through 14, and by numerous references in the New Testament. So, get over lame excuses for not being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. That is one of Satan’s methods to keep you out of this glorious experience with God. Traditional ignorance, and a theological debate based in unbelief of anything supernatural, has kept many denominational churchgoers from getting in on these glorious truths.

God wants to clothe us with power to do signs and wonders in the Name of Jesus. He wants us to have not just words but power in demonstration in our lives.[2] He is not only interested in the presentation of the Gospel to the world with words but with miraculous signs that no one can deny! He wants you to exercise dominion over demons in His Name, speak with new tongues, have supernatural protection that can only be attributed to God, and bring healing power from God to the people! Notice that these signs are to follow all believers. It starts with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Matthew 3:11

I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. But He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He (Jesus) shall baptize (to immerse into) you with the Holy Spirit and with fire...

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to come with "fire." That is that power that we have been talking about. It comes upon those that receive this gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As the resurrected Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ is the One that personally baptizes you with the Holy Spirit and fire. He does that for all those that will receive this precious and very necessary gift. Did you connect fire here with the "fire" that showed up on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:3?

Even Jesus did not begin His earthly ministry without the Holy Spirit empowering Him to do the miraculous.[3] No miracles, healings, signs, or wonders were done until after He was empowered by the Holy Spirit for His ministry. Notice how He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit after being clothed with this power from on High.[4] Then, and only then, did the miracles begin to happen. The Holy Spirit in power released the miraculous in His life. Even though Jesus came as God manifested in the flesh,[5] without this special empowerment, He did not do even one miracle or healing. If Jesus needed the power of the Holy Spirit in His life, how much more do you and I need it! 

Acts 10:38

...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.  

God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power at the Jordan River. That was when the Holy Spirit came upon Him like a dove, and that was when His ministry began. No one should even think about beginning a ministry without the power of the Holy Spirit upon their lives! That is another subject.

Why all the Emphasis on Speaking in other Tongues? 

The first evidence that was manifest when the Holy Spirit and fire came on the 120 in the house where they were seated was speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4) If this was the only place this happened, then maybe we would have to say that it was something special for them that day, but it was not unique to Acts 2:4.

Acts 10:44-46

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on all those hearing the word. And those of the circumcision, who believed (as many as came with Peter), were astonished because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the (non-Jewish or Gentile) nations also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.  

This Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is here called a gift. In Luke 24:49 it was called the promise of the Father. It is the desire of the Father to grant this promise and gift to you right now. 

Luke 11:13

Much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him…

It is a promise and a gift that is yours for the asking and the receiving. The Father will never turn down any born again believer from receiving. It is His perfect will that you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with this initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.

Why do I say that speaking in another tongue is the initial evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? I just gave you the second scriptural proof of this great truth in Acts 10:44-46. The people that came with Peter knew these people had received the same gift as they had in Acts 2:4 when they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Acts 19:2-6

He (Paul) said to them, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Then to what were you baptized?” And they said, “To John's baptism.” And Paul said, “John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in Him that was coming after him, on Jesus Christ. And hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. And as Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

This portion of Scripture makes some correction to traditional theology. Notice that Paul's question was pointed. "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?" He did not ask if they got the Holy Spirit when they believed, but since they believed. This clearly tells us that Paul believed that there was another Holy Spirit experience beyond the believing in Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit in the salvation experience. If you have doubts that they were already believers (born from above or born again), notice that when Paul told them about Jesus. They heard the Word, they believed on Him, and were baptized in water. They were born again before Paul laid his hands on them. The Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke with tongues. In this case, they even prophesied. There you have three places that clearly show that tongues were the initial evidence that the Holy Spirit had baptized or immersed them in His power and fire; Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, and 19:1-6.

The Supernatural Connected to the Natural

Praying in other tongues is supernatural and natural. Tongues come out of the human spirit as given by the Holy Spirit. That is the supernatural side. The words given by the Spirit and coming out of the human spirit must be formed by the tongue, given sound, and spoken by the mouth. That is the physical side.

The benefits of speaking and praying in other tongues are clearly taught in Scriptures, and in this audio message and article, we clearly present the facts that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking with tongues is for EVERY believer. The confusion comes in when people don’t understand the difference between tongues and interpretation of tongues as a manifestation of the Spirit used for ministering to others as the Lord wills (1st Corinthias 12:7-11, 28-30), and speaking and praying with tongues to edify yourself and to speak in mysteries to God whenever you want to (1st Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-17).

Let’s study it with some more details.

Some have thought that not everybody needs to speak in tongues when they get Spirit baptized because they think that Paul didn't speak in tongues. Wrong! Paul makes this statement: 

1 Corinthians 14:18

I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all.

He also said: 

1 Corinthians 14:39

Do not forbid speaking in tongues.

Paul spoke in tongues frequently and consistently.

 

Why Tongues should be a Central Part of the Prayer Language of every Christian before God

Speaking divine secrets

  1. You speak divine secrets before God in tongues. (1st Corinthians 14:2, 13:1) Satan has no way of knowing what is happening or what is being said! You are speaking Divine secrets or "Divine code" that he cannot decipher. It is speaking to God and not to man. God understands them, though you and no one else around you may understand them. Speaking in tongues can be speaking supernaturally the tongues of men or angels, but spoken in a way that only the Lord understands.

The door into the spirit

  1. Tongues open the door into the spirit, into the supernatural. Tongues come from the spirit man on the inside and not the mind or intellect. It bypasses intellect completely.(1st Corinthians 14:14, 15) We are supposed to pray in the spirit (tongues) and in the understanding. Praying in the understanding is limited to what you know, which is very limited. Praying in the spirit is unlimited because one gets over in Divine secrets when one is praying.

Praying the perfect will of God

  1. When I do not know what or how to pray for as I should, I can depend on the Holy Spirit to give me words of the spirit that will pray out the perfect will of God for the saints, which are the children of God or the church (Romans 8:26, 27). That is what I do when I pray in tongues.

Building up the inner man

  1. Speaking in tongues edifies or builds up the inner man (1st Cor. 14:2). We build up ourselves on our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit or in tongues. We make progress as we pray in tongues and rise higher and higher like a building, according to the meaning on the word “build” in Jude 1:20.

Access to wisdom

  1. We access wisdom mysteries by praying in tongues (1st Cor. 2:7-13). Look at 1 Corinthians 2:13:

1 Corinthians 2:13

Which things also we speak in words which man's wisdom does not teach, but which the (Holy) Spirit teaches; combining spiritual things with spiritual words.

Human language is limited to the mind. Spirit language that comes out of your spirit by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is the combination of spiritual things with spiritual words (1st Cor. 2:13, 14:2). This is only possible in other tongues.

Spirit to spirit communication

  1. God is a Spirit being (John 4:24). Tongues are your human spirit contacting God who is the Father of Spirits in a way that is pleasing to Him (Heb. 12:9; 1st Cor. 14:2). It is spiritual communication.

Praying without error, ignorance or unbelief

  1. Since tongues bypasses your mind, this means that you can pray without error, ignorance, or unbelief when you pray in the Spirit (1st Cor. 14:14). Thank God! In Acts 2:4; they spoke in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. It is the human spirit receiving unction to speak in an unknown language to the speaker. One Greek commentary says that they spoke as they were infused by the Holy Spirit to speak.

Some of these do overlap, but you can see that the Word of God has quite a bit to say about tongues, and that was only a superficial explanation.

Look at some words that will help you understand that this is all talking about this glorious experience.

The Holy Spirit coming upon you 

In Acts 2:4, it was the fire of the Holy Spirit sitting upon them. In Acts 1:8, it is the Holy Spirit coming upon them. In Acts 10:44-46 it was the Holy Spirit poured out on them. In Luke 24:49 it was them being clothed with power. In Acts 10:38, it was being anointed with the Holy Spirit. To "anoint" means to rub on (externally) or pour on.

In Matthew 3:11 it is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. "Baptism" means "immersion” into something else. For example "water baptism" means to be immersed in water. Sorry all you "sprinkling" folk, but you are mistaken.

When you first came to Jesus, you drank from the fountain of life and life got in you. Now you are being immersed in power, fire, and anointing, to carry out the great commission in Mark 16:15-20. The anointing, the fire, the Holy Spirit upon us is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

If you are not in a church that lays hands on people to receive this gift, then you need to go somewhere else!

They should at least pray for you so that the Holy Spirit comes on you just like He did in Acts 2, 10, and 19. Get ready to speak in a language that you do not know with your mind the moment they lay hands on you in faith, or pray for you that you receive this gift.

Speaking the words given to you by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit will come on you and give you words to speak, but you must speak them out of your own mouth. The Spirit gave them the words but they had to do the speaking. Tongues are not the Holy Spirit speaking. The Holy Spirit does not nor ever will speak in tongues. He gives you the words so you can speak in tongues.

Notice these phrases in Acts: 

Acts 2:4

They... began to speak in other tongues...

Acts 10:46

They heard them speak with tongues...

Acts 19:6

They spoke with tongues...

Therefore, the Holy Spirit will not force you to speak with tongues. He will not overpower your tongue and make you speak. No, He will give you the ability to speak in tongues, but you must speak them out by faith.

They may sound silly, ridiculous, and dumb. Tongues are not mental, so they do not make any sense to your mind. They will not sound necessarily intelligent. Get over that hump. According to 1 Cor. 14: 2 and verse 14, tongues will not make sense to you at all unless God gives you interpretation.

From personal experience, I can tell you that many times you will not know what you are saying or for what you are praying. Don't get hung up here.

When you begin to speak in other tongues, at first, there may not be many words. Some people do receive what sounds like an entire language with many different words and variations. Others receive a sentence or two. Some may get a few words. It will greatly depend upon you and your receptiveness. If you have a strong yearning in you for this powerful experience with God, then most likely you will get more tongues than others will at first. Then, please don't stop praying in the tongues the Holy Spirit gives you.

Turning tongues on when YOU will 

Once you receive, you can turn tongues on and off anytime you want to. There is no need to wait on some special anointing to pray in tongues.

1Corintians 14:15

"I will pray in the spirit, (pray in tongues- 1st Cor. 14:14), and I will pray in the understanding."

Once you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, tongues can be exercised at will just like praying in your own language. Just like you can pray in English, you can also pray in tongues. Don't forget that.

After you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in tongues, here is Satan's #1 strategy to get you to stop. The devil may tell you that you made them up. Just rebuke his lies in Jesus' Name and begin to speak in tongues right in his face. He will absolutely hate every moment of it, and get out in one piece while he can!

Praying in the spirit- making progress

Once you receive, pray in tongues as often as you can, every single day of your life. The Amplified Bible in Jude 1:20 says that we make progress as we pray in Holy Spirit. That is exciting to know. The more I pray in tongues, the more progress in the Lord and in life I can make! No wonder Paul said he prayed in tongues more than all the Corinthians (1st Cor. 14:18).

Now, I am going to pray for you receive this wonderful gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. The Father wants to give you this gift, and Jesus wants to baptize you right now in the Holy Spirit and fire!

Are you ready to receive right now?

Over the years, we have seen many thousands of people receive the Holy Spirit after they followed these simple instructions. You are no exception. When I finish praying, the Holy Spirit of God will come on you, and He will give you words in your mouth, and out of your innermost being will come a flow of unknown words to you. Speak them out by faith and enjoy it!

Now say this aloud:

“Father you said, “How much more will you give the Holy Spirit to them that ask you.” I ask you for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I receive this gift from you. Jesus said that these signs would follow the believers. He said that in His Name I would speak in tongues. I am a believer and I receive this mighty gift with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. The moment brother Dan prays for me, I will receive from the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit who is the Lord Jesus this power from on high with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.”

Now hush the English or any other known language. No more words in any known language for now and let me pray over you. 

“I pray for you now in the mighty Name of Jesus. Receive the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon you. Receive the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name! Now begin to worship God in other tongues in Jesus Name!”

As soon as you read these words, throw your hands in the air in a receiving mode, open your mouth and speak whatever words the Holy Spirit is giving you right now. That's it. Begin to speak out those words by faith in Jesus' Name. Keep doing it. Relax in Him and in the tongues and let them flow out of you!

All who read these words and follow these instructions will receive without exception and without any delay in Jesus Name!

 

NOTES:

[1] See Acts 28:3-5 for an example. The serpents and drinking deadly things part is supernatural protection from harm like in the life of Paul and others.

[2] 1 Cor. 2:4

[3] Matthew 3:16

[4] Luke 4:14

[5] John 1:1, 14

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December 14, 2017  

Como Recibir el Bautismo en El Espíritu Santo y Las Lenguas

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“Pues si ustedes, siendo malos, saben dar buenos regalos a sus hijos, ¿cuánto más su Padre celestial dará el Espíritu Santo a los que le pidan?” (Lucas 13:11 RVA 2015)

¿Has recibido el Bautismo en el Espíritu Santo con la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas desde que creíste en Cristo? Si lo has recibido, estás listo para ministrárselo a otros? Todo creyente puede ministrarle el Bautismo del Espíritu Santo a otros creyentes, pero hay un fundamento Bíblico que necesitas para hacerlo efectivamente. ¿Sabes como contestar escrituralmente las preguntas que te puedan hacer al respecto? Aquí tienes la oportunidad de oír la Palabra ministrada sobre el tema y entonces oír la ministración del Bautismo del Espíritu Santo a persona tras persona en un servicio público.

Es importante saber que no es necesario ser ministro ni es necesario estar en un servicio para ministrarle a otros. Yo he visto a personas recibir esta gloriosa llenura o bautismo del Espíritu Santo CON la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas, en la calle, en negocios de muchas clases, y en hogares, además de verlo tomar lugar numerosas veces en servicios en las iglesias donde he tenido el privilegio de ministrar.

Muchas iglesias que se llaman “llenas del Espíritu Santo” han minimizado este acto sagrado “para no ofender a nadie,” y otras nunca ministran en público esta recepción del Espíritu Santo y las lenguas. Otras iglesias lo esconden en un cuartito alejado de la congregación. Esto de recibir el Espíritu Santo y la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas es un acto glorioso y sagrado que, cuando posible, se debe hacer en público a la vista de todos.

El Señor Jesús dijo:

"Pues si ustedes, siendo malos, saben dar buenos regalos a sus hijos, ¿cuánto más su Padre celestial dará el Espíritu Santo a los que le pidan?" (Lucas 13:11 RVA 2015)

¿Has recibido el Bautismo en el Espíritu Santo con la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas desde que creíste en Cristo? (Hechos 19:5, 6)  El día de Pentecostés fue solo el comienzo, y esto lo comprobamos en esta grabación en vivo del mismo libro de los Hechos. (Hechos 2:1-4)

Si lo has recibido, estás listo para ministrárselo a otros? Todo creyente puede ministrarle el Bautismo del Espíritu Santo a otros creyentes, pero hay un fundamento Bíblico que necesitas para hacerlo efectivamente. ¿Sabes como contestar escrituralmente las preguntas que te puedan hacer al respecto? Aquí tienes la oportunidad de oír la Palabra ministrada sobre el tema y entonces oír la ministración del Bautismo del Espíritu Santo a persona tras persona en un servicio público.

Es importante saber que no es necesario ser ministro ni estar en un servicio para ministrarle a otros. Yo he visto a personas recibir esta gloriosa llenura o bautismo del Espíritu Santo CON la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas en la calle, en negocios de muchas clases, y en hogares, además de verlo tomar lugar numerosas veces en servicios en las iglesias donde he tenido el privilegio de ministrar.

Ciertas iglesias que se llaman “llenas del Espíritu Santo” han minimizado este acto sagrado “para no ofender a nadie,” y otras nunca ministran en público esta recepción del Espíritu Santo y las lenguas. Otras iglesias lo esconden en un cuartito alejado de la congregación. Recibir el Espíritu Santo y la manifestación de hablar en otras lenguas es un acto glorioso y sagrado que, cuando posible, se debe hacer en público a la vista de todos. 

Por supuesto, están los tradicionalistas reventados y sumamente enredados que rechazan esta experiencia gloriosa y/o tienen sus versos sacados de contexto donde intentan refutar la manifestación del Espíritu Santo y las lenguas. Otros enseñan que esto de las lenguas no es para todos. Dicen en sus graves errores que es solo para aquellos que es la voluntad de Dios. Los que creen esta idea anti-escritural siempre son aquellos que nunca es la voluntad de Dios recibirlo. Esas ideas tradicionales son súper fácil refutar escrituralmente.  

No te dejes llevar por doctrinas anti-Bíblicas que niegan esta realidad gloriosa que es para TODO creyente. Si vas a una iglesia donde niegan esta realidad Bíblica, oye este mensaje y convéncete a ti mismo de lo que dice la Escritura, y entonces prepárate a recibir a través de esta grabación.

Aquí tienes una garantía:

Si rechazas y desestimas tus ideas tradicionales, si eres obediente a la Palabra de Dios y cambias tu forma de pensar y creer, y cedes al Espíritu Santo, sin duda alguna, vas a recibir esta bendición de parte de la Cabeza de la Iglesia, el Señor Jesucristo. 

¡Garantizado!

Juan el Bautista dijo acerca de Jesucristo, “El es el que bautizará con el Espíritu Santo y fuego.” (Mateo 3:11) ¡El nunca ha cambiado! El es el mismo ayer, hoy, y por los siglos! (Hebreos 13:8)

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