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There Is More To Being Saved Than Easy Believism

Monday, January 21st, 2013

©1995 Stan Hallett

How Can I Be Saved?YOU CANNOT AFFORD to make a mistake about Salvation. Your soul is too valuable, the lake of fire is too final, and eternity is too long to be wrong.

Satan’s master plan includes tricking people into believing that they are saved when in reality they are still lost. His plan is sly, crafty and deceptive. His timing is just perfect. The name of his counterfeit is called EASY BELIEVISM. Approximately ninety five percent of all Protestant churches now accept it, and most evangelical tract companies print it as being gospel truth. It has swept upon our land at a time when the cry of the masses is, “We like it easy and comfortable”. A person can become a millionaire overnight by inventing a gadget that will make a hard job easy, or an easy job easier. You can see this principle revealed in the success of perma-press clothes, micro-wave ovens, electric door openers, automatic dishwashers, and electric knives. Everyone is crying, “Make it easy brother”.

Satan knows the Word of God better than you or I. He uses the scriptures that add reverence and credibility to his counterfeit doctrine, and at the same time he twists the truth, and changes the words to produce a subtle half-truth which is more dangerous than an outright lie. Only the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH, and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH will save a man or woman from sin.

Is a person saved by simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior? Many churches now teach that a person is ready to meet the Lord in the second coming simply because they raised their hand and recited a prayer; “I accept you Jesus as my personal Savior”. This plan is simple, easy, soothing, mild, and effortless, but OH . . . So FALSE! Ministers will be judged by God on the grounds of criminal negligence who allow their church members to continue in their sinful habits, and at the same time believe they are gloriously saved. Saved from W H A T???

There is more to being saved than EASY BELIEVISM -please notice Acts 16:31 very closely. And they said “. . . thou shalt be (future tense) saved. . .” The Apostle Paul used the future tense, shalt be, which places the act or event in the future. Notice, he did not say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou art saved”, like so many do today. It takes more to being saved than saying “I believe”. James 2:14 teaches that faith alone can not save. “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith and have not works? Can Faith Save Him?” James 2:20 declares, “Faith without works is dead.” You do not have faith if you do not have works. Faith without works is dead. It can not save you if it is alone. Works are proof of faith. If works prove faith, then the absence of works prove unbelief. Yes, faith is necessary to be saved, but it takes more than just faith.

Was Simon the Sorcerer saved in Acts 8:13 by easy believism? we quote “then Simon himself believed also. . .” the answer to this question is “NO” Simon was not saved by only believing. We know this to be a fact from Apostle Peter’s stinging rebuke in Acts 8:20-21. Listen to what he said, “. . . but Peter said unto him, thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou has neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not right in the sight of God“. He believed but was still unsaved.

Even Simon Peter himself believed and made a confession of faith in Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Was Peter saved according to the New Testament plan of salvation by his confession of faith? The Bible teaches he was not. In Luke 22:32 Jesus revealed Peter’s spiritual condition by saying, “. . . when thou art converted (future tense) strengthen thy brethren.” Mark 14:71 lets us know Peter was still in an unconverted condition of lying and cursing. Revelation 21:8 teaches us that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire.

What about the thief on the cross? “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). How was the thief saved without obeying the New Birth Plan of Salvation? The answer is, the thief actually lived in the Old Testament dispensation and did not have access to the Baptism of the Holy Ghost as we know it today. This is made clear in John 7:39, “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” The Baptism of the Holy Ghost or the New Testament inheritance could not be given until the testator died. Hebrews 9:16-17. The thief was not saved according to the New Testament Plan of Salvation which is found in Acts 2:38.

What about Romans 10:9? “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Again please notice that the Apostle uses the future tense. shalt be, placing salvation in the future. The Apostle Paul realized that no man can truly confess Christ without the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 12:3 teaches, “No man can say Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Besides all of this, he is not addressing sinners, but a church of saved individuals. We know this because he addressed them as brethren in 1 Corinthians 12:1.

Were the disciples saved under the New Testament Plan of Salvation in John 6:66-69 when they made their confession of faith? Let us read, “We believe and are sure, that thou art that Christ. . .” Easy Believism must answer “yes, they were saved here.” Let us, however, notice what Jesus said to these same disciples in Matthew 18:1-3. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus. . . and Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye (Disciples) be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” If the disciples could not be saved by Easy Believism, then neither can you or I.

Are the Devils saved? Easy Believism must answer in the affirmative. Why? Because James 2:19 teaches “The devils also believe. . .” Let us now examine the scripture to see if devils will be saved. Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire. . .” Also notice 2 Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment.” NO! Devils are not saved by only believing.

Acts 10:1-6 records that Cornelius, the centurion, was a very religious and devout man; who feared God, gave much alms and prayed to God always. Was he saved by doing all of this? After doing all of this the angel spoke and told him to send for Peter in Acts 11:14 “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” In Acts 26:27-29 we read that King Agrippa believed. “I know that thou believest. . .” King Agrippa still remained unsaved however.

How to Become a Christian

What is the New Testament Plan Of Salvation? Only Belief? Accept Christ? Join a Church? Pay dues every week? NO! Acts 2:38 is where the true plan is found. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Repentance, Baptism in Jesus Name, and the experience of the Holy Ghost were the keys to the kingdom spoken about in Matthew 16:19. They are the fulfillment of the birth of the WATER and of the SPIRIT in John 3:5, and the resurrection power of the church as recorded in Romans 8:11. As there was a death, burial and resurrection in the life of Jesus; so repentance is our death to sin, Baptism in Jesus name is our burial, and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is our resurrection (To walk in newness of life). The church at Jerusalem believed this plan in Acts 2:38. The Church at Samaria believed in Repentance, Baptism in Jesus Name, and receiving of the Holy Ghost in Acts 8:12,16,22. The church at Caesarea also affirmed this truth in Acts 10:44-48. The church at Ephesus obeyed Paul’s preaching and were baptized in Jesus Name and received the Holy Ghost, Acts 19:5-6. As you can see, believing in Jesus is necessary, but after they believed, these people in the book of Acts went on to REPENT; be BAPTIZED in JESUS NAME, and received the HOLY GHOST (Which comes with the evidence of SPEAKING IN TONGUES as the SPIRIT gives the utterance – (Acts 2:4).

Many today will say that you cannot be saved by works, therefore you are not saved by being baptized in water or being baptized in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues. I submit that they are SO WRONG. Baptism is something that is done to you. All that you have to do is to receive it. The same is true with receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the speaking in tongues. It is a gift! It is done to you. All you must do is receive. Are you doing a work if someone gives you a gift? Absolutely not! If this is a work then the very act of accepting Jesus as your Savior or the repenting of your sins could also then be considered works.

I would also tell you that there are many good men, charismatic men, even Godly men preaching the gospel. Many are led by the Spirit of God, but not filled with the Spirit of God, rejecting the whole of God’s truth because of self study, or theological or denominational beliefs. The most dangerous lie there is one that is wrapped in so much truth that you can’t see the lie that will send you to hell. First, pray that God will reveal the truth to you regarding his plan for salvation. Then, study God’s word for yourself. It’s there in black and white. Not a mystery, yet there is none so blind as them that will not see.

You can disagree on many things in the bible, much of which we’ll know by and by. But there can be no mistake in the plan of salvation. To be saved you must first believe, then repent (turn away from) of your sins, be baptized by submersion in water in the name of Jesus, and be baptized in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the speaking in other tongues.

ETERNITY IS TOO LONG TO BE WRONG!!

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Why We Must Be Baptized in the NAME of the FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST

Monday, January 21st, 2013

© 2013 Stan Hallett

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

baptismThe Bible commands and teaches the necessity of water baptism for the New Testament Church (John 3:3, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:20,21), so it is our responsibility to obey this commandment. One day each of us will account for our lives. Since we have God’s Word, ignorance will not be an acceptable excuse on that day.

The Necessity of Water Baptism

Is water baptism a necessary part of the salvation experience of the New Testament? People have various ideas about water baptism that we cannot always trust. We need to depend upon the Word of God as our source of instruction.

Jesus gave us some insight as to the importance of water baptism in John 3:5: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” Both the context of that statement and the subsequent practice of the New Testament church indicate that He was speaking of water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

If in Matthew 28:19, Jesus gave the apostles and us a direct command to go, teach, and baptize converts. Then since He gave this command, baptism is important and necessary.

The Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

If Jesus instructed us to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. In other words, He told us to baptize in the name (singular) that fully reveals God in His redemptive manifestation and work.

Father, Son and Holy Ghost are titles and not names. I am a father and I am also a son and I also have a spirit. All that refers to who I am, but none of that is my name. What is the name?

The name given to the Son of God was Jesus. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus was a genuine human being, born by the miraculous work of God’s Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and thus He was literally the Son of God (Luke 1:35). He was more than a man however, He was actually the one God manifested in the flesh (Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:17). He was the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).

As such Jesus declared, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43). In other words, the Father is made known to us by the name of Jesus. The Father, the one true invisible God, gave His name to the Son (the manifestation of God in flesh), thus the Son received His name by inheritance (Hebrews 1:4).

The name Jesus literally means “Jehovah Savior.” Jehovah was the unique name by which the one true God identified Himself to Israel in the Old Testament. The name Jesus describes the one God of the Old Testament coming in flesh to be our Savior. Thus the name of Jesus reveals both the Father and the Son.

What about the Holy Ghost? What name reveals God in His spiritual essence and action? Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). In other words, the Holy Spirit comes to us in the name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit does not come to us with a separate identity but is the Spirit of Jesus. Jesus Himself comes to dwell within us Spiritually (John 14:16-18; Colossians 1:27).

In short, the supreme name that reveals God, the name by which we know the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. By invoking the name of Jesus, then, we would fulfill the command of Matthew 28:19.

The Importance of the Name of Jesus

Many passages of scripture emphasize the importance and supremacy of the name of Jesus. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”  (Luke 24:47).

“To him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).

“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Hebrews 1:4).

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of the things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:17). If we are to do all things in the Name of Jesus, why would baptism be in any other way?

The Practice of the Early Church

How did the apostles obey the command that Jesus gave to them in Matthew 28:19? On the Day of Pentecost, sinners asked the question, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The apostle Peter gave them the answer: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). This verse reveals that the apostles baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and that baptism is for the remission of sins.

When Saul (later known as Paul) repented, Ananias instructed him, “And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord”.

What is the name of the Lord?

Just a few days earlier, Paul had asked the same question: “Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest” (Acts 9:5). Paul later wrote, “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3).

Jesus revealed Himself to Paul as the Lord (Acts 9:3-8). Paul knew about the Lord God of the Old Testament, but at that time he did not serve the Jesus of the New Testament. But he learned that the Lord of the Old Testament was the same Lord of the New Testament, and to his amazement this one Lord was Jesus.

The Bible clearly indicates that there is but one Lord, and not only one Lord, but one faith, and not only one faith but one baptism (Ephesians 4:5). When Philip preached the gospel in Samaria, those who believed “were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).

When a group of Gentiles received the Holy Spirit, Peter asked, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:47-48). As we have just seen, the name of the Lord is Jesus. Moreover, as translations such as the Amplified Bible and the New International Version (Acts 10:47-48 NIV) indicate, the oldest Greek manuscripts we now have actually state here, “in the name of Jesus Christ”.

Paul re-baptized the disciples of John at Ephesus in the name of Jesus. “He said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:3-5).

The Command of Matthew 28:19

Clearly the early church baptized everyone (Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles) in the name of Jesus. How does this practice harmonize with Matthew 28:19? First, Matthew 28:19 says “in the name” (singular) not “in the names” or “in the titles or offices of God.” The name that Matthew 28:19 describes is Jesus. So the apostles correctly understood and baptized converts in the name of Jesus.

The Bible does not tell us that we have life through the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but it tells us we have life through the name of Jesus. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name” (John 20:31).

The Bible does not say that we are baptized into three different persons, but it says we are “baptized into Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:3-4). Specifically, we are “buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

Conclusion

As it is written in the King James version, shortly before His ascension Jesus gave the baptismal command found in Matthew 28:19 to the apostles. According to Luke 24:45, He also opened their understanding. A few days after His ascension He baptized 120 waiting disciples with His Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. On this occasion the apostles proclaimed to the multitude that everyone should be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38).

The apostles understood that Jesus was the redemptive name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. They did not merely repeat those three titles (as many denominations do today), but rather they invoked the name to which those titles referred. The other preachers in the New Testament Church, such as Philip, Ananias, and Paul, adhered to the same baptismal formula.

There are no contradictions in the Word of God as it was inspired by God and written by the apostles and patriarchs. The New Testament teaches that we must be baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”, and that name is Jesus.

Colossians 3:17 says “…whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”. If we are directed to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, why would we baptize in any other way?

Then consider this; in John 14:6 Jesus was speaking of the Father, so in John 14:8 Phillip said to Jesus; “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” To which Jesus replied in John 14:9; “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

It is easy to understand if in fact you have the revelation that God is one, and not three. Who Jesus is and was is a revelation from God. “There is one Lord and His Name One” (Ephesians 4:5)!

“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one” (Zechariah 14:9).

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Peculiar Doesn’t Mean Weird

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

©2012 Stan Hallett

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.  – 1Peter 2:9

The word peculiar appears seven times in the King James version of the Bible. Many think that it means odd or weird, it does not.  In fact nowhere in the Word of God is His Church ever referred to as odd, or weird.  It is the world that is odd, weird, and contrary to what God intended for us.

The word peculiar as used in the Word of God means a “purchased possession”, or “purchased treasure” (See also Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 14:2,26:18, Psalms 135:4, Ecclesiastes 2:8,Titus 2:15).

Having said this, I think someone needs to tell some that are in the Church.  Some of us act weird! Holiness or Godly does not mean contrary to the natural, or contrary to what is taught in the Word of God.

Let me give you an example; If you were to look upon the crowd at a rock concert or a sporting event like a football or baseball game, you would see people responding naturally. If music was being played we would perhaps see people moving to the music or beat.  They might sway, bounce, dance, or even jump up and down.

When people get excited they clap, jump up and down, shout, etc. Should we be doing anything different or unnatural? We are just getting excited, and are happy about different things.

We have the same natural response regardless if we are in the World or in the Church. Having said that, we shouldn’t be doing weird things that are contrary to the natural, as well as contrary to the Word of God.

In my sixty-two years I’ve seen some pretty strange practices in some assemblies as I’ve traveled around the country. Most of them I’m not going to mention here.

I want to start by saying that I think some use Church as a reason to do the same things in the Church building that they did in the world.  Some folks talk like Church is just a big party, looking for an opportunity to run or dance in the aisles, or “shake their hair down”.

Why do we assemble ourselves together?  Do we come together to worship God together as a Church, or do we come to Church to go crazy and put on a show for each other?

Do we come to hear a message and learn of God? Or, do we come to get worked up emotionally by a screaming preacher and organ music getting everyone all pumped up so that they can all go crazy and talk about what a great time we had, and how the Holy Ghost moved?  Holy Ghost or flesh?

We should be bold in proclaiming the gospel.  We should be bold in our worship, lifting our hands and our voices unto God.  But we should also have wisdom.

Here is the wording an actual sign the I saw in front of an Apostolic Pentecostal Church building:

Apostolic Pentecostal, One God, Tongue Talking, Holy Rollers“.

A sign at another Apostolic Pentecostal Church Building in another location read like this:

(Name of the Church) – “A Place to Belong and Believe”.

It was bold to put up the first sign, but did it show wisdom?  If you were not in the Church and were looking for a Church to attend, which one would attract you?

Did you ever notice that some of these things that Pentecostals like to do in a Church service always seem to happen down front where they can be seen by everyone, and never up in the back? Did you ever notice that they only happen in front of an accepting crowd and never in WalMart or in their own back yard? Just saying.

It might help some of our assemblies grow if some of us stop acting weird. It might help the Church grow if we stop looking down our long self-righteous noses at the unsaved, and love people instead. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to work on it’s own, and stop trying to help it with our flesh, and calling it a work of God. We need to be full of the Spirit, but far too many are full of flesh. Whoops! Did I say that?

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We Are His Body

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

©2012 Stan Hallett

A few weeks ago I was cleaning out my rain gutters and my porch roof of all the leaves and mostly pine needles before winter set in.  I was using a push broom to reach up over the edge of my corrugated metal roof on my porch to pull off several small branches and pine needles down onto my driveway.  On my last reach up over my roof, the end of my thumb hit the sharp edge of the metal roofing which cut me very deep.  I’ll spare you any further description than that because it makes most people wince.

I was the only one home at the time and I was sitting at my kitchen table holding a paper towel on the end of my thumb over another paper towel that was fairly saturated with blood, when my wife and youngest daughter walked in. The site of this threw them into a bit of a panic.

I got the bleeding to stop relatively quickly despite the depth of the cut and I did not feel the need for stitches, and a tetanus shot never occurred to me, since I’ve never had one in my life. I just bandaged it up and went on with my day.

Needless to say that this thumb, this small body part, was handicapping me greatly in the use of my right hand, and consequently my arm because of the injury.

It was about three weeks later that I was thinking about this, and came to a realization and subsequently a lesson learned. Paul says in Ephesians 5:30 that we are “members of His body”, and in Colossians 1:24 he says that the Church is His body.

Think about it; when Jesus dwelt amongst us in the flesh, His Spirit was in that body of flesh. Now His Spirit is in us, His Church, His bride. We are His body!

If there is just one saint in the local assembly that is spiritually injured and not in a right relationship, the body as a whole is affected, and at least partially crippled or handicapped.

We often think that our Spiritual failures, or sins only affect us, but that is far from the truth.  In relationship with the Church, your local assembly, our failures in this area have an effect on the Church. If the local expression of the body of Christ is not whole and is crippled in some way, it affects our ability to be used effectively for His purpose.

In the case of our families, especially with the head of the family, if we are not doing right, our entire household and family can and   does pay a price for that.  Sin comes with a price.

Ephesians 5:30* For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Colossians 1:24* Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

1 Corinthians 6:19* What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Ephesians  4:1-32

1* ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2* ¶ With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3* Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4* There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5* One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6* One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7* But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8* Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9* (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10* He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11* And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12* For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13* Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14* That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15* But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16* From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 17* ¶ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18* Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19* Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20* But ye have not so learned Christ; 21* If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22* That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23* And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24* And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25* Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26* Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27* Neither give place to the devil. 28* Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29* Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

My thumb is doing very well.  It is being healed and is being restored.  While it is not completely there yet, I am seeing great progress and am very pleased.  I did not lose my thumb, nor as some predicted, did I even lose the nail. It is amazing the way the body has of healing itself, when a member is not cut off or damaged beyond restoration.

What separates us from God is the same thing that separates us from the body. . . sin!  There is a sin unto death as stated in 1 John 5:16. James 1:15 says that “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”. Sin is a severing action caused by our own selves, separating ourselves from God, and from His body.

Hebrews 3:12,13 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

My thumb was injured, but was not cut off completely.  It continued to be given, and receive life giving blood and nourishment from the body.  Notice that I said it continued to be given and receive.

Let me ask you a question; What would happen if my thumb became completely cut off or severed from the body and was no longer receiving the healing and life-giving nourishment that it needed?  Would it not perish?

What if when this happened I did not put the thumb away from me, but rather clung onto it, not wanting to lose the thumb?  Perhaps I might tie a string around it and hang it about my neck.  Would it not whither there and begin to look unsightly to all that beheld it, and me.  Would it not also begin to stink?

Several months ago in prayer, I believe that God gave me a glimpse of His body as a lame man walking. Sin cripples the Church! The sin of fornication, which includes sins involving pornography, the sin of adultery, of stealing, of lying, of covetousness. Also the sin of gossip, of backbiting, of slander, of haughtiness, a sower of discord, and a false witness all of which stem from pride.

God desires to do a great thing in His Church. I believe that it is not us that are waiting on God, it is God that is waiting on us.  We need repentance, we need revival, we need oneness!

Ephesians 4:14-16 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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