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Discussion in 'Spirit-Filled / Charismatic' started by Victor E., Aug 13, 2016.

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  1. Victor E.

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    Where the Bible is not objective, every form of teaching is relative, simply man creating a doctrine out of personal experience.

    Many Identity Teachers postulate their teachings on the basis of the argument from silence. Logical fallacy. Strong delusion.

    AfS- to express a conclusion that is based on the absence of statements in historical documents, rather than on presence.

    Entirely possible and logical to operate in signs, wonders, miracles seated with Christ, teaching in the divine reason (Logos).

    It's logical to conclude that God does not anoint everyone equally. Moses was appointed above Aaron and Miriam (Numbers 12).

    This same heavenly principle of government shown (Numbers 12) is also redemonstrated (Hebrews 3:1-6). Different anointings.

    Romans 12:1-8 supports the 'measure of faith' as being a quantity. Evaluating sober judgement as we have different functions.

    Identity Teaching is heretical in nature because it upholds an absolute egalitarianism doctrine via 'Imputed Righteousness'.

    So long as Identity Teaching is being upheld beyond mere justification in Christ, it's hindering offices that Christ has ordained.

    Offices were never meant to lord authority over anyone, nor to boast in good works. They were for boosting Kingdom efficiency.
     
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    There is more to life than just childhood, love, marriage, procreate, grow old and die. His name is Jesus Christ.

    Marriage is a rush when young, and there is so much to love and support. Without Jesus Christ, it is full of sorrow upon sorrow.

    Many young people seek marriage in their pursuit of happiness, but God tests the hearts, the heart is deceitful above all things.

    Love may cause a wise young man to chase after a foolish dream...often wishing he could start over but his fate is sealed.

    I know happy marriages that endure only come from the Father of lights. All good and perfect gifts. He never authorizes divorce...

    When seeking marriage, you can't always trust the people telling you to go for it, obsessed with tradition. Love is a wildfire.

    Parents are sometimes more concerned about a family name, financial relief, grandkids or bragging rights, rather than the well-being of posterity.

    Traditional marriage...these same wedding vows can be annulled for a fee in a human court of law by a mere divorce paper.

    Satan's city is funny...legally forced to invite the government into your marriage...or lose all legal recognization. Amazing!

    Only in Satan's city are you required to pay HIM for breaking sacred wedding vows. Modus operandi for destruction.

    To acknowledge good, you must acknowledge evil. Some are so 'heavenly-minded' they forgot their vessels are still on earth.

    Many 'mighty Men of God' would be crying babes if they suddenly had no family, no wealth, no income, no friends, no influence.

    To be so rich here on earth but so spiritually impoverished, it is a sad fate. In Christ...needs met and spiritually rich.

    Somewhere on the edge of consciousness..I see what's inside a man. In the Spirit you can see what really fills every human heart.
     
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    Consider these passages...These biblical accounts disprove all human claims that we cannot 'judge' human motives or 'know' what they're dealing with in order to minister to them effectively. The discerning of spirits.

    It proves the 'don't judge' 'critical spirit' 'judgemental spirit' to be in error when taught as an absolute rule or doctrine, usually by those who do not even have this authentic gift or office of deliverance. Lumping everything together as one, only glorifies ignorance. In many cases, it's not even edifying.

    It's only when immature believers operate in this (or those who think they have it, but do not have it as they ought to have it), that it becomes a tool of darkness. They call that 'prophetic assassination' where you destroy someone's reputation in the process of 'discerning of spirits'. It's always done in the discretion of love.

    'While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the signs He was doing and believed in His name. But Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need any testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man' John 2:23-25

    'These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ' 1 Corinthians 2:13-16

    "To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues" 1 Corinthians 12:10

    'For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

    For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.' Hebrews 5:11-14
     
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    Heavanians fascinate me. God has shown me the heavens...I suppose some get the good message and some get the short stick [​IMG]

    For those who take frequent trips to heaven...very eccentric folk.
    I only like them because they're always smiling...like me. [​IMG]

    The heavanians know nothing that cannot be sought out through the Word of God...they needed the visual grace for their ministry.

    Some heavanians can be a bit presumptuous in their freedom. I do not judge them, but they cannot be ignored. Some run a business.

    Heavanian- someone who allegedly takes frequent trips to heaven. While this is biblically possible...there are MANY charlatans. [​IMG]

    I don't oppose Heavenians... accountable for their work. 'Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar' [​IMG]

    You see..even Heavenians answer to the Father and Son. Do not be afraid of them. They can help, but follow the Word of God [​IMG]
     
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    'That which has been is what will be,
    That which is done is what will be done,
    And there is nothing new under the sun.' Ecc. 1:9 [​IMG]

    Here's a secret: True humility is when you have something worth showing...and you steward it well. That's Jesus level humility! [​IMG][​IMG]

    Something so amazing...witches and warlocks still think their hexes and spells will afflict President Donald Trump and cabinet! [​IMG][​IMG]

    A good day to worship Abba in the secret place. He is so good! His Spirit always makes melody in the heart when love gushes out! [​IMG] Ephesians 5:19
     
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    I won't do the 'wise' quips like some Charismatic leaders, in regard to sound doctrine, there are too many half-truths and doctrinal errors in concision.

    Concision- the art and practice of minimizing words used to convey an idea to make communication more effective.

    Many Charismatic Church leaders have adopted pagan methodologies and practices from the east in order to boost their ministry.

    I have delved and investigated many 'supernatural schools of ministry' to find many popular practices, nowhere in my Bible.

    A Cessationist Church leader 'verifying' a Supernatural School of Ministry...He will find absolutely nothing wrong.

    You MUST be Holy-Spirit filled to be 'comparing spiritual with spiritual', that means to be filled with the Sola Scriptura Word.

    We can have peace and harmonious fellowship here on earth, but if our mind is in Christ, we know the full Truth of His Word.

    When Bible talks of wolves in sheep's clothing, it talks of Church leadership with seared consciences, having not the Spirit.

    Only in Christ can you tolerate fellowship with Father-liars, False Apostles, and False prophets. It's His agape love.

    To understand the distinct division of light from darkness, you grow to love and accept the 'uncomfortable' areas of God's Word.

    It is WRITTEN: 'Brothers, do not be children in the minds. Yet in the evil, be little children; but in the thinking, be full grown' 1 Corinthians 14:10

    The faith of Power and Love enables 'from glory to glory' but the Sound Mind protects against 'from heresy to heresy' 2 Timothy 1:7
     
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    'Destructive heresies' is a biblical term found in 2 Peter 2:1. The Word ''Identity' is not even in the Bible, it's only revelation.

    'hope of salvation as a helmet' is Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 and Ephesians 6:17. 'Eternal security' is reliant on God, not man. Jude 24:24

    I can't understand how respectable MoG can backbite and blaspheme Biblical terminology in the name of 'Grace' is Christ divided?

    I suppose MoG can become 'heady' 2 Tim. 3:4 from the revelation of 'heaven-mindedness' and most will never take them seriously.

    Believer's opposing Identity Teaching via the Divine Reason of the Logos, it's not credited as persecution, but faithfulness.

    Faithfulness- a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) Testing all to the Divine Reason of the Logos cannot be counted persecution.

    'If I leave someone in charge of my house, and they're faithful to my commandments, why would I hold it against them?'

    If you want to understand how God apportions favor you can glean from Numbers 12 by how He spoke to His Prophets. Faithfulness.
     
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    Well written. I receive in Jesus Name!

    "Black" Lives Matter? Groups?

    Narrow is the Gate and getting narrower by the minute. Matt 7:14

    A few months ago The Lord had me to expose and sound the alarm about "The Black Lives Matter" Movement and it's origin on social media.

    Many Leaders and Believers have sided with the enemies of God knowingly and unknowingly by joining, supporting and posting in favor of these types of "groups."

    Many of God's people are looking for acceptance, love and support in the wrong places and wrong people Instead of seeking God about matters.

    The BLM openly and "proudly" supports and condones "homosexuality" in fact the founders are open lesbians who are anti-police. All police officers are not evil. Anyone is free to go on their website to view their beliefs.

    So many believers are entangling themselves with "groups" and people they know nothing about nor the agenda and tactics of the enemy at work behind the scenes within the groups.

    We can't fight spiritual battles with carnality. Much Warfare is required to come against certain Principalities that are plaguing some communities.

    There are even Pastors and leaders coming against Leaders and Presidents (Pick a race) and siding with LGBT in support of "civil rights" hanging their rainbow flags in their churches and even calling for their congregations to follow suit. Some even dictating to them who they should vote for.

    Free Masonry and Eastern Star are also some groups that believers like to join who come in the guise of Ministry and "helping" communities but worship Satan and even use scriptures in their demonic rituals which bring heavy curses on themselves especially illnesses and demonic activity on family members and future generations.

    Those same people Lay hands on unsuspecting people in their congregations.

    It's Out of Order!

    Even the very Elect are being lured, fooled and lead astray and don't even know it moving impulsively by their emotions.

    2Tim 2:4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

    God is not pleased! Come out of the fights and turn to The Lord. It's all about Division and hatred on all sides.

    Those who choose to side with people (whatever race or color) who are against His Word and proactively being divisive and spewing hatred and anger instead of keeping the peace are contributing and will be dealt with harshly. Repent!

    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

    The media pushes all of the right buttons and the people of God who are not being spiritually lead are falling for it. Some of what they broadcast is orchestrated to cause a reaction and hatred amongst the people.

    The devil is very crafty and one of his greatest weapons is mixing a little bit of the truth with what is false.

    If we don't forgive our enemies we will not enter in and it doesn't matter what they did to us. That goes for everybody. Period!!

    Matthew 6:5 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    The Lord is sending a warning to those who say they're His but are actively causing division and siding with people who are going against His Word. Especially Leaders!

    Luke 11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

    God will not be mocked!!

    Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    Much Love and Blessings'
     
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    'But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him' 1 John 2:5 (AMP)
     
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    The Holy Spirit enables us to have eternal joy in our heart and minds. It is clear that this Joy of the Lord we eventually receive is greater than the world's joy. As we are begotten of the Spirit through repentance, there is rejoicing in heaven when sinners come to repentance through Christ, whereas before, we were grieving the Spirit through much disobedience. (Ephesians 4:25-32)

    'You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has placed You above Your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy.' Hebrews 1:9

    'Then some of his disciples asked one another, “Why is He telling us, ‘In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “Why is He saying, ‘a little while’? We do not understand what He is talking about.”

    Aware that they wanted to ask Him, Jesus said to them, “Are you asking one another why I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me’? Truly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman has pain in childbirth because her time has come; but when she brings forth her child, she forgets her anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.' John 16:17-22
     
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    God (Christ) did not strike Ananias and Saphira dead (Acts 5:1-11, Luke 9:51-55). According to the text, their heart was filled by Satan to lie to the Holy Spirit, after having full knowledge of the Truth (Hebrews 6:4-8).

    'He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.' Mark 12:27

    So in this specific instance, they did not belong to Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9-11) but they wilfully chose to follow Satan with full knowledge of the Truth. Christ revealed everything about the Father so we can conclude that God did not kill Ananias and Saphira.

    'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly' John 10:10

    In John 20:21-23 Christ authorized the disciples (including Peter, Matthew 16:18-19 ) to forgive or withhold forgiveness by the power of the Holy Spirit that He personally breathed on them. God did not Kill Ananias and Saphira. Their own decision to choose death over life is what took their life.

    From James 1:13-15 we can know it was a sin that they willingly continued to feed and grow in their heart, that led to their death. It wasn't just a sin they decided on one day that took their life. They were in this as a married couple for some time, as one flesh.

    'Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.' James 1:13-15

    As 'leaders' of the early church, they may have been held to a stricter judgement (James 3:1). See Acts 4:32-37, they weren't loving their brethren and this is murder by God's Standards, as there is no eternal life abiding in a murderer according to 1 John 3:15

    From this, we can conclude that there is personal human accountability, and we can also conclude that God did not take the life of Ananias and Saphira. During this time (The book of Acts) the Holy Spirit was operating in far greater power due to the number of Holy-Spirit FILLED believers and the general lack of comfortable amenities that believers enjoy today. There were far fewer options, only faith!
     
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    It's not right that we show hatred toward brethren in Christ but we show love to our neighbours who are not even living in repentance (Luke 10:25-37). It's hypocrisy and unbiblical. It's spiritual murder to have hatred in our hearts toward any brother or sister abiding in the love of Christ. (1 John 3:15) and this is the Christianity being preached by the mighty signs, wonders miracles MoG today, the big names...and it's all swept under the rug...the sinners who do not repent (Luke 15:8-10). We need to start rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:14-16).

    'For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother' Matthew 12:50

    'So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith' Galatians 6:10

    'When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

    “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these MY BRETHREN, you did it to Me.’

    “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

    “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46
     
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    Did Judas go to heaven? No. Judas went to the place appointed for Him. Judas did not go to heaven. Judas committed suicide (Matthew 27:3-10) before Jesus was even crucified...The Scriptures are very clear about this. Thank you Lord for the Spirit of Truth...that reveals to us ALL TRUTH without any need to minister unedifying questions and speculations.

    'Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.' John 16:13

    'While I was with them, I protected them and guarded them by Your name, the name You gave Me. Not one of them has been lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled' John 17:12

    'From that time on, many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. So Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to leave too?”

    Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”

    Jesus answered them, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” He was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For although Judas was one of the Twelve, he was later to betray Jesus' John 6:66-71

    'And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”

    They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.' Mark 14:17-21

    'Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles' Acts 1:21-26
     
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    Yes, it's time to boot out the Saul controlling spirit. It usually afflicts Church leadership who don't want to be 'outdone' by others...it doesn't matter who it is, all that matters is that God is glorified!

    'PROPHETIC WORD: HERE COME THE FIREBRANDS

    To church leaders that walk in insecurity and jealousy, those who carry zeal and passion for Jesus Christ and the advancement of His kingdom always look like rebellious and prideful people.

    In an open vision, I saw the spirit of Saul (insecurity and jealousy) operating through church leaders that is currently attempting to assassinate a new breed of davidic leaders who are crazy about the presence of Jesus and absolutely love prayer, worship, and the place of encounter. This next generation of leader doesn't care who is preaching or leading, so long as God manifests His glory.

    I feel deeply compelled by the Spirit of God to speak a father's blessing as a leader in the body of Christ over a new generation of firebrands that understands that the current wineskin of the American Church cannot contain the new wine God is pouring out. I declare, "You are not rebellious or prideful because you know there has to be more than church programs, 3 songs, and a nice motivational sermonette. Your concern over many church leaders who have lost the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit because they have forgotten their first love is justified!

    Even as your heart has longed to be fathered and given permission to burn for Jesus, do not allow an orphan heart and a spirit of bitterness to grab a hold of your heart. Yes, you are hurting and feel rejection, but as you walk in humility and allow God to heal you, He will use you in the days ahead to do that for those you lead which your fathers refused to do for you."

    Many of these new breed of davidic leaders and firebrands rising have not been fathered and released like they should have because of the jealousy and insecurity of their leaders, but in the days ahead, they will move in an opposite spirit! Because they were constricted and oppressed, when they lead, they will release and empower. Because all they knew were leaders who lost the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, they will walk in intimacy and a spirit of prayer.

    I'm absolutely convinced that an old wineskin of church leaders is being prophetically exposed for what it really is in America and a new breed of leaders is being prophetically called forth in this hour that will walk in humility, healing, and honor.

    Please comment below is this prophetic word speaks to you. Blessings!'

    -Behold the Man Ministries
     
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    'And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent' Acts 17:30

     
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    Some in their pursuit to present the Gospel fresh and unique, have become lovers of the world rather than God.

    Paul's greatest hindrances and opposition came from his own brethren, not his enemies. We can see this in his voicing of personal concerns. Here he's talking about specific persons and naming names. If Paul is saying this in the Gospel, they must have done him MUCH harm in the ministry.

    'Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.

    Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.' 2 Timothy 4:9-15 (NKJV)

    'Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever' 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
     
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    'spiritual fathers' is not applicable for today. The main premise for 'spiritual fathers' is found in 1 Corinthians 4:14-17. Paul is speaking of a specific grace appointed (by the Lord Jesus Christ) to be a writer of the gospel to the Gentiles, under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit.

    'I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church'

    'For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony that was given at just the right time. 1 Corinthians 4:14-17

    'For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth' 1 Timothy 2:5-7

    'So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

    Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

    But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:11-16

    A better word for 'spiritual father' is a mentor or guardian in Christ because Christ instructs the disciples (also disciples today) to call no one on earth our (spiritual) father (or teacher).

    'Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ' Matthew 23:9-10

    Only Jesus Christ's teachings reveal the Father's nature.

    'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”

    And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him' John 1:14-18

    'There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death' Proverbs 14:12
     
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    The message through the Pauline epistle's do not contradict Christ's teachings. They only assist in revealing them. A gentle message to the Gentiles.

    If they appear to contradict anything Christ taught, it's advisable to study the context of what Paul is saying, as Peter lovingly forewarns us against lukewarm Christian teachings. These typically stem from lazy Bible hermeneutics and an unhealthy craving for Christian apologetics.

    'Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?

    For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance' 2 Peter 3:1-9

    'Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

    You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen' 2 Peter 3:14-18
     
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    While this following Parable can be interpreted in more than one way, you can apply it solely to the nurturing of the FRUITS (Galatians 5:22-23) and GIFTS (1 Corinthians 12) of the Holy Spirit through (consistently) good and faithful stewardship. They are similar to building spiritual muscle. Love for God empowers the love for our neighbour. Love is the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 13).

    'Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

    “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

    “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

    “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

    “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’’ Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)

    'Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.' 1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NLT)
     
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