Friday, May 12, 2017

REACHING BEYOND OUR FOUR APOSTOLIC WALLS...

I posed a question to the Lord today...It was...

LORD, WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
What can I say, Lord?
Who should I talk to?
Who should I invite out to the house for dinner?
Who should I feed?
Who should I clothe?
To whom should I give a drink?
What, O what dear Lord can I do for you today?

He gave me this word, not just for me, but for all who call themselves Apostolic...

There are so many people in this world with "ministries".  Everyone is doing something to promote their beliefs, their gospel, their church. So many denominations doing the "work of Christ" in their neighborhoods, towns and cities....well, except for the Apostolics.  Now don't get me wrong I know there are plenty of Apostolics with ministries and Apostolic churches doing lots of things to further the kingdom of God but is it enough, or is it the right things?  Is it really making a difference?  Is it really spreading the gospel and delivering God's word to the hurting or is all of it done within our 4 little Apostolic walls?


Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels: 

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord,
when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger,
or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to
one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life eternal.
Matthew 25:41-46


If you ask around, the consensus is, most people believe Apostolics are unfriendly, unhelpful, unsociable and lack true Christian character.  Why? Because in truth, most Apostolic churches and people shy away from getting involved in community events.  They never volunteer at or donate to food and housing shelters, soup kitchens and the like. They rarely get involved at charitable events or awareness events.  They are not involved in anything at the local schools and usually do not even take out ads in the local newspapers extending an invitation to their church services.

I was once a member of an Apostolic church where the pastor refused to become a member of the towns ministerial alliance simply because none of the other pastors in town believed our One God message.  He would have nothing to do with the other ministers even so much as to shake their hands and smile.  Now granted they do not preach truth; but, they are; however, getting their chance to preach false doctrine to LOTS of people, simply because they ventured out from beyond their 4 baptist walls, or Catholic walls, or Seven Day Adventist walls to reach sinners.

I wonder what kind of message are we sending to people when we are "too good" or "too holy" or "too something" to get involved with them, especially when we won't extend our hand to establish a relationship when them.

Have you ever wondered why your church has not really grown much in the 5, 10, 20 years you have been there?  Could it be that you have not been casting your net out far enough, or on the right side of the boat?

Winning souls is pretty hard when the only things we do is reach within our 4 walls for them...inside our 4 walls for the unsuspecting soul that just so happened to come to the occasional church dinner he was invited to, or maybe the passion play or Christmas pageant his bus kid is starring in.

Is your black light choir, sign choir or puppet ministries doing enough to reach outsiders or is it just entertainment?  Is your worship ministry true worship or is it just entertainment? Are the passion plays and Christmas pageants really drawing in the crowds of sinners needing to hear the gospel?  Chances are they are not.  I'm not saying we should stop doing those things, but I am saying maybe we need to step up our game a little...or a lot! Someone's, everyone's eternity depends on us.  We need to take this thing to the streets.  It's not enough to just throw a little shindig at the church or on the church grounds from time to time.  Having the occasional block party is not going to do it.  We need to GO OUT into the highways and hedges and COMPEL them to come in.

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedgesand compel them to come in,
that my house may be filled.
Luke 14:23


There are dying souls out there that need to hear the gospel...the true gospel...and we need exposure to them because we are the ones who have the true gospel to share with them!!  We must reach beyond our four Apostolic walls!!!!  Every soul counts and if we are not going to where the souls are, how can we reach them?

How can we reach our towns people if we won't help down at our local soup kitchen, if we won't volunteer at the food pantry or the battered woman's shelter, if we won't have a booth offering free water or snacks at the local Relay for Life run or town festival.  Some of us....and I am guilty...never stop by the hospital to offer up prayers for the sick.  Some of us never head over the local nursing center to see if anyone needs anything.  We don't stop to think about the prisoners or beggars in our town and figure out something we can do to take the gospel to them or to just lend a helping hand.  We have become thoughtless, careless or too good, or perhaps too lazy to carry this gospel to the masses.

There are hungry souls out there.  There are thirsty souls, hurting souls, beggarly souls and imprisoned souls out there that need us and we must do anything and everything we can to help them.  That's what we were called to do.  We weren't called to start a black light choir, or sign choir though those things are fun and nice.  We were called to feed the hungry, visit the prisoner, clothe the poor, give drink to the thirsty.

You want to do something for the Lord today?  Try reaching beyond the four walls of your church to harvest the lost souls in your community.  Their souls depend on YOU...Your soul depends on you! Now...Go ye into ALL the worldand preach the gospel to every creature.  Mark 16:15


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

HOLINESS...PROUDLY WEARING THE UNIFORM...

PROUDLY WEARING THE UNIFORM...


I have had something on my mind for a little while now that has been troubling me. A man recently asked some questions about Apostolic clothing standards and if I thought his wife was going to hell because she wears pants. While I am usually not one to beat around the bush about things, I somewhat tried to pass the questions off because I felt like he wasn't wanting the truth but my approval and I truly never want to offend anyone.
Either way since I have had these questions and many others on the subject asked of me...Why do I dress the way I do? Why do I not cut or dye my hair? Why do I not wear makeup or jewelry? Why is your “religion” so strict? Why this or why that?, in the past, I feel they deserve an answer. A truthful answer. A biblical answer.
So here goes.
Military personnel, no matter what country they serve are required to wear a uniform. In the United States, the government requires that each soldier take special care of his uniform. Before he dons it he must make sure that it is meticulously pressed, without wrinkle, spot or any kind of blemish. Their shoes have to be shined and they must be clean cut and shaven (also part of the uniform requirements). They must wear their cover (cap/hat) in public at all times. After all they are representing the United States of America every single time they wear that uniform. It must be perfect!!!!
Police officers all over the globe wear a uniform of some type to identify them as an officer of the law. They are also required to make sure that their uniform is picture perfect before they head off to work each day.
Nurses and doctors have specific attire to their profession as well. Postal workers wear a specific type of uniform and even most fast food workers don uniforms of some kind.
The thing is uniforms identify a person with their profession, who or what they serve. If everyone wore civilian clothing all the time you would never be able to tell a doctor from a police officer and a military member from a worker at McDonalds. Uniforms play a BIG role in our society!!!
With that said, it stands to reason that God, who is the King of Kings, the head of the heavenly government, has uniform requirements as well. These requirements are set out through the pages of the bible. When you become a soldier in God’s army fighting on the side of good, a Christian, there is a uniform involved and not wearing it is not an option!
2 Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
He has called his people to be separate, different from unbelievers....the people of the world.
2 Cor. 6:14-18
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
A Christians actions, words and deeds are not the only changes God requires...but ALL things must become new.
2 Cor. 5:17—Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Including our clothing. We cannot continue to wear the same outfit as the sinner and expect to be recognized as a Christian!!!!! We must don the uniform of a soldier of God...and it must be without spot, wrinkle or blemish. You can tell people you are a Christian all day long and even act like one but unless you are wearing God’s required uniform of holiness and modesty no one is going to be able to tell the difference between you and everyone else.
The bible says...
Deut. 22:5—The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
1 Tim. 2:9—In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Requirements for hair!
1 Cor. 11:4-16 (NIV version as it is more understandable in this particular discussion)—Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
7 A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own[c] head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.
So, why do I live like I do? I AM PROUDLY WEARING THE UNIFORM OF HOLINESS!
I am a soldier in God’s army. It’s not my “religion” that is strict... God does not ask more of us than our own government asks of its soldiers. God has specific criteria for my uniform so that others can see who I represent when they look at me. I am to look like a lady, dress like a lady and act like a lady at all times. According to his standards I am not to wear men’s clothing. That’s why I wear dresses...for those who do not understand this, there is no argument, pants are men’s clothing. Men do not wear skirts (dresses) so therefore it stands to reason that skirts and dresses pertain to ladies only...and pants pertain to men only. In the scriptures britches (breeches) Ex. 24:48 pertain to men...ladies never wore them! (By the picture in this post it seems that even our own government believes that woman should wear skirts to distinguish them from the men, I'm not sure why there is so much question over this). I am to be modest. My body is to be decently covered at all times. That means I do not show my cleavage or anything above my knee...EVER!! I am not to wear make-up but to be shamefaced. I am not to wear jewelry either. My cover is my hair, which the bible clearly explains is to be uncut (long). I do not need a hat or a veil because God has given me hair to cover my head. I will go a step further and say that if he doesn’t want his ladies wearing makeup on our face that we also should not put “makeup” (dye) on our hair.
Prov. 16:31—The hoary head (gray hair) is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
HOLINESS IS TO BE MY ONLY ADORNMENT!!!
Psalm 29:2—Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
What about God’s men? What is his requirement for their uniform in service to him?
In the same regard, God’s men are to look, act and dress like men. They are not to be effeminate. Modesty is required. They are not to have long hair. They are required to be clean cut and shaven. Yes, if you read the scriptures given to Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in 1 Cor. 11 (above) you know that a man’s head is to be uncovered...all of it...that includes your face. You might argue that men wore beards in bible times so why not now? It’s because the Apostolic church did not begin until after Jesus ascended into heaven and the Holy Ghost was sent. Then, under the unction of the Holy Ghost the Apostles preached and gave instruction of what God expects of his people, the church, in regards to all things pertaining to holy living, including clothing and hair and that’s what we must follow.
Just as in the secular world, our clothing and hair are submission issues. Some say submission is a bad word but when you wear a uniform and are in submission to the authority over you, you earn and receive the perks the company (or government) offers. With God those perks are many.
Will you go to hell if you want to become a Christian but choose not to wear the uniform?
All I can say is this...if someone becomes a soldier in the United States armed forces where they are REQUIRED to wear the uniform and they refuse, they are dishonorably discharged from service and are no longer allowed to enjoy the perks and benefits that uniform brings nor are they allowed any more on government property.
I will never tell a person for any reason they are going to hell but I can show them in the bible what God requires of every person desiring to serve him. I can show them scripture telling them that they will be judged by the word of God according to all their deeds on this earth but ultimately God is the one who says whether someone is going to hell or not.
John 12:48—He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Rev. 20:12—And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
I do believe that if you don’t wear the uniform you are dishonoring God and his kingdom. I believe you will be discharged from God’s army and will not be identified with all who wear that sacred uniform and therefore will not be allowed to enter heaven.


PROUDLY WEAR THE UNIFORM!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DEBUNKING THE MYSTERY OF THE GODHEAD...

Here are some things from my bible study today. I really hope you will read this post it might make a difference in who and what you perceive Christ Jesus to be.  

These words are written in red...meaning the man Christ Jesus spoke them...
I and my Father are one....John 10:30

You can't get anymore plain than that! Now how could anyone believe that Jesus is different or a separate god from the Almighty (father) God? Jesus and God are the same. They are ONE. They are just different manifestations of that ONE God. There should not have to be any explaining of that! Jesus is not a part of the Godhead....HE IS THE GODHEAD.


And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness...

GOD was...

manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory....1 Timothy 3:16

As far as I know and according to scripture, Jesus was the only God manifest in the flesh, the only God Justified in the Spirit, the only God seen of angels. Jesus was the only God preached unto the gentiles (read the book of Acts), the only God believed on in the world, and the only God ever to be received up into glory.

MYSTERY SOLVED: Jesus is the ONE and ONLY God!!!!!  

So see contrary to popular belief. There are NOT three Gods!!!!!!! There is one. Read Isaiah chapters 44-46.

Jesus is simply the name of God....

These words were written in red also...meaning Jesus spoke them...

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not:...John 5:43

I guess that means the Father's name must be Jesus. That name simply means "savior". God is our savior...the only savior and his name is Jesus!!

NOTE:

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