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It seems that in much of the religious world today, of those calling themselves Christians, rather than turn to the original manual, the Holy Bible, which is the only Book which is written by the inspiration of God, that is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (God’s ways and means of operating and thinking, according to the Mind of Christ); they have instead decided to follow the traditions of man, and in some cases have counted these traditions above God’s Word; not only that, but they have forsaken the inspirational force, the Power of God, and have retained only these empty religious traditions in its place, of whatever denominational, or religious cultural background they happen to come from.
Bible is the Inspired Word of God
Biblical inspiration is defined as the work of the Holy Spirit by which, without setting aside their personalities and literary or human faculties, God so guided the authors of Scripture as to enable them to write exactly the words which convey His truth to men, and in doing so preserved their judgments from error in the original manuscripts.
The Word of God as given to us in the Bible is a product of two free agents, human and divine.
Through (fallible) human authors, God manifested the infallible and errorless writings, which convey His messages.
A natural question is why God chooses to have humans write the Bible; couldn’t He write the Bible Himself much like what He did in inscribing the Ten Commandments on the tablets?
Won’t this be an easier way in preserving the accuracy of the Bible, instead of through the hands of fallible men?
Although God is sovereign and can do anything by Himself, He chooses to have humans interact in His plan.
This is one of the biggest differences between Christianity and other religions; with God reaching down to man, instead of man reaching up to Him.
We have seen many examples in the Bible, which God chooses to have human interaction.
The creation of the Written Word (Bible), the Living Word (Jesus), and Promised Word (Salvation) all share this characteristic.
~ by Dr. Sidney W.K. Yuan
The very fact that much of the church has rejected the supernatural power of God, that reinforces the preaching of the Gospel message, and have said these things are not for today; and also the fact that much of the church has also chosen not to follow the Operations Manual, the Holy Bible, and are instead following the traditions of men, all of this together is actually a fulfillment of prophecy, and an indication that we are living in the last days:
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Please note that God warns the church to turn away from such people, as deny the Power of God, which is the Holy Spirit.
I believe what we will see happening in these last days, the closer we get to the return of our Lord, I believe there will be a ramping up, of sorts, in all things spiritual, in all the signs, wonders, and gifts of the Spirit.
As this happens, I believe that God will be going through a sorting process, because many of your traditional (old style denominational) Christians will take offense at such manifestations, and they will reject such a move of the Spirit.
Now I believe there is a place for messages that give hope, and inspiration, and there is a need and certainly a place for such messages, in the church; and truly the Gospel alone is such a message, and truly it is “Good News” for all of us; but an army going to war has to know a whole lot more than just how to have and maintain a positive, feel good attitude.
If we are going to do the work for which God has called us, we are going to have to learn how to fight, and do damage to the enemy, and we can’t do that in our flesh, nor with carnal weapons!
My point is, when all you have is a syrupy feel good message, which is often given in these so called “Seeker Friendly” styled churches of today, and you do not also have the meat of the Gospel being taught, regarding sin, righteousness, and the judgment of God (see John 16:8), and when there is no mention of the absolute necessity of the atoning power of the Blood of Jesus, to cleanse and wash us from ALL our past, present, and future sins; and when ALL you have are these “Feel Good” messages, this is not preparing the people for spiritual warfare; and when these traditional based churches are neither practicing, nor teaching their people how to use their Spiritual Weapons, in order that they might fight God’s battles, and defeat the enemy, then the church is not a threat, and nor is it a match for the powers of the enemy at all. Selah
Here’s my point, if you deny the Power of God, as the Apostle Paul told Timothy would be the case in the last days, then you are denying the tools and weapons which are necessary to carry out the Great Commission; and all you are left with is talking.
In essence, a Christian who is attempting to do God’s work, without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and all the accompanying signs, wonders, and miracles, that follow the preaching of the Gospel message, exactly as it was demonstrated in the first century church; then that person is like a carpenter without tools, or a soldier without any weapons with which to wage war… and in that condition, all you can do is talk.
Well here’s a revelation folks, our talking and our intellectually based arguments, our Madison Avenue marketing techniques, and all the seeker friendly, feel good messages you want, none of that threaten Satan’s kingdom at all!
And that’s why Jesus instructed His disciples:
Luke 24:49 (The Message)
45-49He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it.
You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.” Selah
|The original gospel mandate is impossible without the original power…
God has not called us to be clever and defeat all the arguments of unbelievers. You don’t win souls by winning arguments!
No, “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21).
Christ said to Peter, “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23), which really means, “You think as men think.”
If we try to fight the devil on the level of human thought, he will out-think us every time.
Arguing about God is a chess game, which the devil has played all through history.
He knows every move. He will checkmate us almost as soon as we start.
He knows all the answers; but the Word of God gives us God’s thoughts!
Spoken in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can stand up to Satan’s twisted logic just as Jesus did.
False religions and doctrines of demons are shaken and broken. No preacher could produce such effects except by the Holy Spirit who has entered the field.
The original gospel mandate is impossible without the original power. All we have to do is to preach the Word.
We rely upon Him by faith. Then there is a mighty victory.
Can you say AMEN?