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Reaching Out to the Wounded

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

©2013 Stan Hallett

hurtingI have attended a lot of Church services over the course of my 64 years, all across this country from sea to shining sea. Although I have had some experiences with denominational “Churches” in my life, my primary experience has been what has come to be known as “Apostolic Pentecostal”, or as some refer to us as “Oneness Pentecostal”. I have been part of, and have attended many assemblies whose pastors are licensed with the *United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI).  In fact I was baptized in Jesus’ Name in 1976 by a UPCI pastor (The late David F. Gray, Revival Tabernacle, San Diego, California).

I have also attended some assemblies affiliated with other organizations, and have been part of the leadership of others. I have also attended, and been part of some Independent Apostolic Pentecostal Assemblies, as I am now. You should also know that I consider all that are repented, baptized in Jesus’ name, and are filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, and continuing to walk in the newness of life, no matter what organization, or what the name of their assembly is, to be my brothers and my sisters.

Having said that; I agree that man-made organizations have done much good in the kingdom due to the organization of efforts, I feel that they have also done much harm due to the exclusion of those ministers, pastors, evangelists, and elders that are not card-carrying members. The spirit of exclusion, the spirit of competition, of disfellowship, and disunity is alive and well in the Church, which should not be. Nowhere has this been more prevalent and obvious to me than in my own home state of Maine. This has done, and continues to do harm to the Church as a whole. What some have intended to be a tool to unite like-minded brethren, has only served to divide us just as much.

The answer was never in man-made organizations and bylaws. The answer was in what Jesus already built (Matthew 16:18). Paul instructed us that “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3). You might ask why we don’t just submit, and join the ranks of this organization for the sake of unity? For me the answer is very simple.  While I agree with the basic doctrine of salvation, i.e., Acts 2:38, I do not agree with other false doctrines, the prevalent legalism, and the traditions of men which have harmed, and continue to harm the Church. It does injury to those that otherwise might have been saved through love. Jesus said; Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).

There have been many rules, or what are referred to as “Holiness Standards” put in place that are often not Biblical, or are taken from a misinterpretation of the Old Testament law, and do great harm to the Kingdom of God. This has been a yoke too heavy to bear for many new converts, and some older saints as well. There are also many traditions of men that are put upon the church as a yoke, which is often too heavy to bear for many.  I’ll not go into these here simply because I do not always know who my reader is. It is not my desire to cause harm or division in the Church. I will say that true holiness comes from the heart, and a covenant relationship with the Lord. True holiness does not come from a set of rules, the keeping of the Old Testament law, holiness standards, the personal convictions of others, or any man-made traditions.

What I do want to do is reach out to those that are of like faith, and that have been hurt by some of these false doctrines, standards and traditions of men, and may have given up.  I am reaching out to the wounded and hurt Saints of God that may live in or around the area of Northern New England. It is to them that I would like to invite to visit us at the First Apostolic Church of Biddeford, Maine. I can testify that I arrived here drawn by the Lord, in my mid 50’s and have been here ever since.  I came with a bit of baggage, thinking that I was well rooted, and had a pretty good understanding of doctrine.  I have learned much since I have been here and have grown in the Lord greatly. I am anxious to share it with you!

Come and visit us as you are, and where you are in your walk with God.  If your heart is to seek, learn about, and serve God, you are welcome here (See About Our Church Assembly). Have Questions? Want to talk? Feel free to email me, or call if you would like.  Or if you prefer, just come, and if you come, please make yourself known to me.

First Apostolic Church of Biddeford
One Apostolic Way
Biddeford, Maine 04005

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 * The United Pentecostal Church (UPCI) is a ministerial organization of which only it’s licensed ministers are members. It is the largest Oneness, Apostolic, Pentecostal organization of ministers. It is not a denomination or a church organization, although many congregants feel that they too are UPCI if they attend services where a licensed UPCI minister is the pastor.

 

 

 

 

Breaking Up Your Fallow Ground

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

gardening_tools…”Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” – Jeremiah 4:3

In many modern dictionaries “fallow ground” means plowed, but left unseeded during the growing season. This is actually a modern definition of the word that changed from the days of Jeremiah.  The original meaning of fallow ground meant un-cultivated, which means un-plowed (not broken up), un-prepared. It may be hard or stony soil, and it is often covered with weeds and thorns. Jeremiah was speaking to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, talking about their heart.

In the parable of the sower Jesus also referred to the heart as it were earth, ground, or soil. . .

Matthew 13:3-8
3* And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4* And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5* Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6* And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7* And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8* But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

It is clear that again some of the soil was either not prepared to receive the seed (no understanding), or it was not prepared or maintained well enough so that it could take root and survive (no root in themselves), or the thorns choked it (cares of this world). It is all speaking about the heart.

Many today have hearts that are not able to receive the Word of God.  Others receive it in the beginning, but because they have no root in themselves they can not endure, and they fall away. Yet others get caught up in the cares of the world and are caught away.

We have taken a huge step towards the solution of our dilemma if we can recognize any of these things in ourselves. If we recognize that our own ground is fallow, un-cultivated, stony, or covered in thorns, it does not need to be a permanent condition!

I recognized some of these things in my own life. Some seed sown in my life seemingly fell by the wayside.  My heart has been stony, and I have had insufficient root in myself.  Often the cares of the world choked the Word that was trying to bear fruit in me.

The good news is that if you can recognize the problem, now you have information whereby you can take action to change  it!  What can you do?  How do you change your heart?  A lot the solution does have to do with you.  You have to want to change. But you need help beyond your ability.

Recognizing my issues and my failures I began to pray continually for God to break up my fallow ground, to get the stones out of my soil, to fertilize, to do a soil transplant. I needed to get rid of my sandy soil and put in some dark rich soil whereby the seed could take root, grow and bear fruit in my life.

Keep in mind that God gives us free volition and free will.  He did not create us to be robots. You have to desire change. With prayer God can and will shape you, just as the potter forms the clay.  But that clay has to be malleable.

I was reminded of the following verses . . .

Luke 14:26-33
26* If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27* And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28* For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29* Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30* Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31* Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32* Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33* So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

1 John 2:15,16
15* Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16* For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The truth of the matter is that once we have received, and continue to yield to the Holy Ghost, the farmer has shown up, and will begin to do the work by natural process, if we allow Him to.

The difference between our “soil” and natural soil is that God has given us free will and free volition.  We have to allow the Holy Ghost to remove the rocks, the weeds, and begin to cultivate and change us.

Over time as I began to yield to Him, I began to notice changes in myself.  I began to actually hate many of the things of the world that I used to enjoy.  I praise God that I am no longer the person that I was. God is so good!

My prayer is for God to continue to change me as He would have me to be, for Spiritual growth, and for wisdom. That will happen by simply conforming to His will in my life and walking in the Spirit rather that my flesh, the old man.

How’s your soil? Jesus changed water into wine, the dead into the living, the blind into the seeing, and caused the lame to walk.  He set the stars in the universe, spoke a world into existence, and made every living creature.  He formed man and breathed into his nostrils creating in him a living soul.  If he did all that, He is able to bring about change in you, if it is your desire to conform to His image (Romans 8:29, Romans 12:2).

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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No Oil, No Light

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

Herodian Era Oil LampMatthew 25:1-12
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

I have been a house painting contractor for a good part of my self-employed career. I consider myself to be a pretty good painter, capable of doing some pretty nice work.

The other day I came home from work after stoping at Home Depot to pick up a gallon of redwood stain and sealer to use on my grandson’s playset.

As soon as I got home I went down into the backyard  and began to stain the playset. I worked well into the evening and did not finish until well after dark. I was forced to put on the yard light that helped me to see somewhat, but a lot of the surfaces were still in the dark.

Never-the-less I did my best to stain every surface before stopping for the evening. I figured that I may have missed a few places, thinking that I’d just touch up any misses the next morning.

The next morning I headed out, paint brush and stain in hand. I was very surprised to see how much I had missed. As good as I thought that I was, I still missed a lot. In fact where the playset was completely in the dark I had missed about a third of the surfaces. I really needed light to see what I was doing.

Our walk with the Lord is much the same way. We need to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). We need his illumination to light our way everyday, lest we go off the path and fall into a ditch in darkness.

Our lamps need to burn brightly, but if we are out of oil our lamps will flicker and eventually go out. Generally the oil mentioned in the Old Testament, as in this parable, is a type of the Holy Ghost. We keep our lamps full by being continually being renewed in the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).

This doesn’t happen by being a Sunday morning Christian, or just going though the motions. Our walk with Him is not about a religious activity, it’s about a day-to-day relationship. If you are married, what kind of a relationship would you have with your spouse if you only talked to them once or twice a week?

We are foolish if we do not find a place in prayer DAILY. A time and place where you can be alone with just you and God. A time of worship, of supplication. A time of praying in the Spirit and with understanding also. If this is not a regular part of your life, make it so today!

This is not just a five minute prayer. If possible do not limit it. It may be different for some, but generally the best time is early in the morning when you are rested.  Get up a little earlier and find a quite place. A place where you do not need to be self conscious about disturbing others. your bedroom, a bathroom, the kitchen, the basement, the attic, the back yard, the woods, your car, the shed, the garage, the barn, the middle of the pond, but find a place and meet the Lord there daily.

Jesus said that “the spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matther 26:41). Most of us know that we need more time with God, in prayer, in worship, in His Word.  But the flesh is weak and gets caught up with the cares of this world. We need to bring our flesh into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27).

You cannot help anyone else to show the way if you cannot see it for yourself.  You’ve heard the phrase the “blind leading the blind”. First be full of the Spirit so that you can see clearly and have direction, and then you can better see to guide someone else.

This is of the utmost importance for a leader, whether it be of a family or the Church.  It is not just your soul at stake, but those that you love and are responsible for. How can you lead anyone to a close relationship with God if you do not have it for yourself? How can you lead if you yourself cannot see? How important is it to you for your family to be saved?

Let us not be foolish unto an everlasting death. The Word of God is clear, we are to continue to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).  If we are to be full of the Holy Ghost, then we can also be depleted. If our lamps can be full, then they can also be empty. It is not “once saved, always saved”. The infilling of the Holy Ghost was never meant to be just a one-time experience. There needs to be a continual refreshing and renewing.

Don’t be one of the foolish virgins caught with no oil when the bridegroom comes. Keep your lamp full and burning brightly and therefore light your way. We will be raised up on that last day only if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, For it is the Spirit that dwells in us that will quicken our mortal bodies and raise us. (Romans 8:11).

If we are not Spirit filled (lamps full of oil) we are like the five foolish virgins. God will not know us when it comes time to enter in (Matthew 25:11,12).

Is you lamp full should the bridegroom come today?

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Repentance, With Conviction

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

I once knew a man who sought the Holy Spirit for many years.  I asked the Lord why he did not receive it, even though he  appeared to seek the Lord often.  He often appeared to be broken and contrite, yet still he did not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

During the service later that same morning a message was preached, and part of the context at the end was about repentance, a simple about face, a changing of direction, or turning from your will for your life to God’s Will. A concept I knew very well . . . but then the words came to me “with conviction”.

I remembered about how in my younger years I was a heavy cigarette smoker.  Many times I made attempts to quit smoking.  I tried to quit for many reasons, such as smoking was bad for my health, smoking caused me to have shortness of breath, smoking smelled, getting on my clothes and person, on my family, inside my car, and inside my home. Smoking was costly on a monetary level. Smoking was looked down on in many circles.  Smoking was not allowed in many public places and many homes, making it more a more difficult to be a smoker.

For all of these reasons and more, I tried to quit smoking many times in my life.  Sometimes I waited until I finished my last cigarette. Sometimes I put them aside and tried.  Sometimes I threw away cigarettes and tried. Every time I tried, I failed.  Most times I only went for a few hours, or a day, before I caved in and just had to have a cigarette.

The problem was that even though I knew that I should quit, and I knew of the good reasons why, I simply could not quit because I did not really want to quit.  The truth was that I enjoyed smoking and I wanted to smoke, more than I wanted to quit.

It was not until I had made up my mind that I did not want to be a smoker anymore with firm conviction, a made up mind, that I was able to quit. Was there an slight addiction and desire from dependency and habit?  Yes, but desire and conviction can override that. I simply replaced it with a piece of hard candy (butterscotch was my favorite) every time that I felt the urge to reach for a cigarette. I simply replaced it with a piece of candy instead.  After a week or two I no longer had the urge.  In fact the smell of cigarette smoke became repulsive to me. This was all on my own, I was not walking with the Lord at all at the time that I quit.

What was the difference from all the other times that I made attempts to quit earlier? It was that I had conviction, and my mind was made up. . . . there was no going back.

Repentance can be a very difficult thing for some people.  They want God in their life and they believe His Word. They may have been baptized in Jesus’ name, which was easy for them to do. They just had to present themselves and be baptized. But sometimes they have some sinful habit in their life, perhaps some secret sin or sins that they just cannot let go of.  It has become an addiction to them. They want to be saved, but they want the pleasure of the sin more.  It may be fornication, pornography, or something else.

They know that they have this problem, and feel that if they can just get God to heal them from this thing, they can make it.  But the truth is that they desire it, and because they desire it more than they want God’s Will in their life, they are not truly repentant and God knows it.

Does this mean that one must be a non smoker before they are filled with the Holy Ghost? No. Does it mean that one has to be living a righteous life first?  No, not at all. But nether can we know we are doing something that is of a sinful nature, not be repentant of it, and expect God will fill us with His Spirit.

Perhaps, they feel that if they can just be filled with the Holy Spirit that this thing will be taken away from them. The truth is that as long as we are here on this earth, in this mortal body, we will always have our flesh. God does not make us robots. He does not circumvent your own will with His.  We have to chose His Will for our life over our own will.  In other words repent, with conviction.

Yes, the Holy Spirit will give us the power to be able to withstand the temptations of the flesh and Satan, but until we die, or God raptures His Church, we still will have our flesh.

I once taught a teen Sunday School class in which I taught a lesson on what true repentance is.  It is a complete letting go of our flesh and the things of this world and a taking hold of the things of God.  I placed two throw rugs on the floor several feet apart representing opposite sides of a great divide.  One side represented Satan, this world, and things of the flesh.  The other side represented God, Heaven, the things of God, and His Will for our life.

The only way that one could reach the other side was to leap free of this world leaving everything behind.  No way to cling onto anything that is bound to this world and still reach the other side.  If you hung onto anything it would keep you bound to this world, making you unable to reach the other side.

One needed to be convinced that this world held nothing for them, to have conviction and purpose of mind that they we going to make a decision for permanent change. . . God’s Will for my life and not mine.

Naturally this is a spiritual leap and not a physical one, but is every bit as real. The battlefield is in the heart and mind of every individual.

Yes, sin separates us from God. None of us are righteous, no not one.  However, regardless if you committed adultery last night, watched pornography, or lied yesterday, or stole money this morning.  .  . if you truly repent with conviction, then God can save you and fill you with His Spirit right where you are. To do this we must desire His Will for our life more than that thing that we need to repent of.

Yes, when we comprehend the salvation message, the Gospel, and understand that He died for us and paid the price for our sins, we can be pricked in our heart, sorrowful for our sin, we can become contrite and even weep.  This is natural.  But realizing our position with God and becoming aware of our sin, and being sorrowful is not what is required to be saved.  It is repentance or a turning away from sin and our will with conviction.  It is a made up mind that we want God’s Will for our life, and that we are going to be obedient to His Word from that moment on.

You can’t fake it with God.  You can fool the congregation and the pastor, but God sees the heart. Repent with conviction, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

How do we overcome sin?  The same way that I overcame smoking; every time a sinful desire comes our way, we simply replace it with worship, prayer, some time in God’s Word, and the sweet things of God.

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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Who is a Liar?

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

falseministerIs a Pastor, a Priest, A Bishop, a Pope, an Evangelist, a Minister or some other who professes to be a man of God, that does not preach the true Gospel because of ignorance, a liar? The Word of God says that he is.

1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

1 John 1:4 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

The Bible is clear that ignorance of the truth is not a defense.  There is a great and grave responsibility placed upon any man that proclaims to speak for God. A man that proclaims a false doctrine, whether he knows it or not, does great harm to those that would hear and believe him.

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Only the Gospel message found in the books of Acts is the true Gospel.

Acts 2:38 – “…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.” 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 

That is the gospel. But how do we obey a historical event?  Simply He does not ask us to die a natural death, but rather to die to our will through repentance.  He does not ask us to be buried in a tomb, but rather we are buried with him in the waters of baptism, and in His Name (Matthew 28:19).  Then He promises that the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave will also raise our mortal bodies when He comes to take us Home.

Galatians 1:8 says;  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Revelations 2:2 – “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.

Revelations 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Any man that preaches that all you have to do to be saved is to “accept Jesus as your personal savior” or just pray some “sinners prayer” to be saved is a liar.  He will have his part in the lake of fire except he repent.  If you then believe him you will have you part in the lake of fire as well, except you repent and obey the Gospel.

The Gospel must be obeyed.  Do not believe the lie that obedience is a work, saying that we are saved by grace and not by works.

1 Peter 4:17,18 – For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

2 Thessalonians 1:7,8 – “…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” 

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Holy Ghost AND with Fire?

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

fireI have heard many preachers over the years talk about how we are baptized with the Holy Ghost and with Fire. It was just ingrained in me over the years and I never really questioned it.

I was getting ready to preach an evangelistic message and was testing the look of a Powerpoint presentation on the the platform screen. My title had something to do with the Holy Ghost. The background for the title page was fire. A pastor friend who saw it said. “What’s with the fire?” Then he gave me a quick little Bible study. It took about sixty seconds for me to see it.

If you read the verse before and after Matthew 3:11, I think you will see that the Church is baptized with the Holy Ghost, but never with fire. Please do a word study of the word fire in the New Testament. Fire always refers to the punishment and not to the Church.

John the Baptist said that “He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” because he was talking to those that would be saved, as well as those that would not be saved. Those that are lost will be baptized (submersed) in the lake of fire. Fire has nothing to do with the Church.

We cannot take it out of context and just quote verse number eleven.  If we read also verse ten and verse twelve, now we can see indeed that we do not want to be baptized in fire. . .

Matthew 3:10-12
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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Salvation In A Nutshell

Friday, October 20th, 1995
©1995 Stan Hallett

 

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM” – II Corinthians 2:9

Note that they are “prepared for them that LOVE HIM“.

Jesus said; “IF YE LOVE ME, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15

 

COMMANDMENT:

“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. Notice that the word NAME is singular . . . one name. The words Father, Son and Holy Ghost are titles, not names.

Also notice that Jesus said; “GO“. He didn’t say it “would be nice if you did”, or “you might think about it”. It was a direction, a commandment to GO do it.

 

EXPLANATION on HOW to OBEY (What is the NAME?):

Peter was given the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19). Many people picture Peter at heavens gate because of this. But these were not physical keys! Peter shared these same keys with us. . .In Acts 2:37 They asked the Apostles what they should do, and Peter said: “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

What is the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? Peter knew, and the other Apostles standing there with him knew. This NAME is JESUS!

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were BAPTIZED into JESUS Christ were baptized into his death?” – Romans 6:3

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the NAME of the Lord JESUS..” – Colossians 3:17

What happens if you do not OBEY? – “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” – II Thessalonians 1:7-9

Don’t fall for the lie that you need not obey or do anything to be saved because some doctrine has labeled them “works”. Salvation IS a gift. We do NOTdeserve it and CANNOT EARN it through “works of righteousness” (Titus 3:5).

Works of righteousness are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, etc., etc. You cannot earn salvation by doing good works.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” – James 2:17-26

Obedience to God’s word is a requirement! If you do not OBEY His commandments you are none of His.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

Believing IN the Lord is NOT enough . . . “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” – James 2:19

We however, should believe ON Him (John 1:12, John 6:29, John 7:39, John 9:35, John 9:36, John 11:48, John 17:20, Acts 16:31, Acts 19:4, Romans 14:24, Philippians 1:29, 1 Timothy 1:16, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 5:3). To believe ON Him is to put ALL your trust in HIM and to Let Him be the Lord over your life. For if He is truly our LORD and Saviour we should OBEY Him and put all of our trust in Him.

How Can I Be Saved?

Many today are searching for answers, they are looking for the truth, and “Orthodox Christianity” gives them a lie.  They ask the same question in many different ways such as; “How can I be saved?”, or “What can I do to be saved?”,  or “How can I be sure I am saved?”, or “Can I be saved?”, or “How can you be saved?”, or “How to be saved?” or “How can I get saved?”, or “How can I be saved by God?”, or “Can God save me?”, or “How can I be saved by Jesus?”, or “Can Jesus saved me?”.

Most “Christian Pastors” would tell you that you merely need to “accept Jesus as your personal savior”, or simply “believe on Him”. They might have you say a little prayer or repentance, asking forgiving and for God to come into your heart. This is all a watered-down, no effect Gospel.  It’s a lie of the enemy to get you to believe that you have what it is you seek, but do not.

HOW CAN YOU BE SAVED? HERE ARE THE “KEYS”

REPENT of your sins. This means to earnestly turn away from all sin, asking His forgiveness. It does not mean to confess your sins then go right back to doing the things you’ve always done.”The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalms 51:17

 

BE BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a MAN be born AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3″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.” – John 3:5

BORN OF WATER” is water baptism in JESUS NAME just as stated in Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38. It does not mean natural child birth as some foolish people suggest. Note that he says ” Except a MAN“, He is talking about a man, not a baby. Then He says “born AGAIN” (a second time).

“…while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us. . .” I Peter 3:20,21

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” – Mark 16:16

Matthew 28:19 says that we should be baptized in the NAME of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. We need to be baptized by someone who knows what the NAME is and not just repeat what was said.  You you read the book of Acts which is the Acts or Historical account of the early Church, they knew exactly what the NAME (singular) of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST was.  That NAME is JESUS!

No one was ever baptized in the titles of FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST in the Bible, only in JESUS, NAME.  The Word of God says it is the NAME that is above every name (Philippians 2:9).  It says that at the NAME of JESUS every knee shall bow (Philippians 2:10).  It says that whatever you do in word or deed, do in the NAME of the LORD JESUS (Colossians 3:17).

 

BE FILLED WITH the HOLY GHOST.

This is being born “of the Spirit”. There is a marvelous evidence of this infilling of the Holy Ghost. Read of the accounts in the book of Acts. It’s happening that same today as it did then. Don’t let anyone fool you and cheat you out of your salvation at any cost.”And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4

“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” – Acts 2:39

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” – Luke 11:9-13

“Let God be true, but every man a liar” – Romans 3:4

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