John UK Wrote: ...Maybe you are thinking of the charismatic excesses, false visions and the like. I hope so. Because if you have not heard the voice of Jesus, how then did he call you to himself?"
Yes, big difference between that still, small voice, John, and the loud, booming, in your face, Charismatic voice. As a Charismatic, God always spoke directly to me. During prayer, He would prophesy through me, and pretty much everything I did was the result of God telling me to. Others would always approach me offering up what God told them to tell me, even women saying God told them we were suppose to be together. Everyone had a direct pipeline, and when anyone said "God said to...", everyone jumped into action. Church speakers loved to use the phrase to compel people to give or pledge what they didn't have, and to take advantage in other ways, not unlike the faith healers, etc.who use God to deceive. Anyway, my eyes were opened, but not without a fight, and it's no easy thing to open the eyes of any Charismatic because they are all addicted to the emotion and experience of it all.
I want to thank you. I'm so happy to hear the prayer at the end of your sermons, Pastor. Thank you for including the final prayer in your video. So many of the pre-recorded messages available to us on SermonAudio from other preachers blackout the final prayer. It makes me so sad to be excluded from hearing those last words in the worship service. Please, do not persecute the more isolated brethren. If I am a "welfare Christian", I accept that title - for I admit that I am nothing and have nothing, but only receive freely of what is provided to me in Christ my Saviour. He is my "well-fare".
So interesting. All we know is what we live, and can imagine what the recent past was like to be a part of through old films, pictures, and books. I often wonder what things were like when the earth was fairly new. I guess everyone would have still pretty much known each other, knew where they came from; how they were created, and knew God intimately. I think about how lush the earth must have been, how healthy most probably were, and what it might have been like to live side by side with the enormous creatures that are now only a part of history past. I often wonder today how it is that mankind drifted off into so many different cults, false religions, and even Satanism itself. Thanks God for ahis patience because we sure did mess up and continue to do so, now more than ever as mankind implodes fast and furiously.
GSTexas wrote: Mystic sounds too new age for my taste.
The mystical union between Christ and his people is an orthodox doctrine, GS. This verse explains the spiritual union believers have with Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:15-17 KJV (15) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
"Those who are set apart for the Lord are in due time severed from the impure mass of fallen humanity, and are by sovereign grace ingrafted into the person of the Lord Jesus. This, which we call vital union is rather a matter of experience than of doctrine; it must be learned in the heart, and not by the head. Like every other work of the Spirit, the actual implantation of the soul into Christ Jesus is a mysterious and secret operation, and is no more to be understood by carnal reason than the new birth of which it is an attendant." CHS
Elmer K. Yoder wrote: No it does not. The Roman calendar is a solar calendar and it cannot calculate the 7th day sabbath of scripture. It may have a 7th day of the week, but not a specific 7th day sabbath. Whosoever wants to keep a sabbath must know when that day is. Yes! Not possible for the entire earth to observe the sabbath at the same time. But remember, the sabbath is a precise day, so we must question if this observance was for people on the entire earth or for those in a certain location where the precise day could be known and observed by all at the same time.
Dear Elmer K. Yoder, Ohio I have been reading your posts and seeking to understand where you are coming from Would you mind sharing briefly what your beliefs are It would really help in comprehension and communication Thank you
It's not really surprising, when ministry in the Anglican church has always been a career choice, rather than an actual calling of God. Biblically, God does not call people into service who are not born again.
MG wrote: Hope you had a good sleep John UK. I have concluded that the Sabbath is for rest and for worship with others. Leviticus 23:1-3 says this, where "holy convocation" means assembling together for worship. Our family was planning on observing the Sabbath, but still attending or home fellowship on the Sunday. The blessing for us was that everyone in the fellowship decided to also move to the Sabbath for meeting together. I realize this is not the situation for most who decide to return to what GOD has ordained.
Thank you, yes. Okay, so the Sabbath begins tomorrow evening, I suppose that would be a preparation time and ceasing from normal working. And then you would assemble together sometime on the Saturday for worship and preaching? And this is in a housegroup, meeting in someone's home? Now I have an even more important question: Does the Spirit give you peace in the heart about what you do? Has it made a difference in that respect?
Rodney, Thanks for chipping in. Yes, what amazes me is that worship on the Saturday is called legalism, but worship on the next day is not. How do they figure that? Is it legalism to not bear false witness, or to not commit adultery?
No it does not. The Roman calendar is a solar calendar and it cannot calculate the 7th day sabbath of scripture. It may have a 7th day of the week, but not a specific 7th day sabbath. Whosoever wants to keep a sabbath must know when that day is.
Yes! Not possible for the entire earth to observe the sabbath at the same time. But remember, the sabbath is a precise day, so we must question if this observance was for people on the entire earth or for those in a certain location where the precise day could be known and observed by all at the same time.
MG wrote: The Roman calendar works with the Sabbath. There's only 7 days in a week! It's impossible to all observe at the same time. The earth is a sphere
Great Sermon! A solid sermon for one looking for hope and encouragement for their prayers. I have been struggling very hard to find certain prayers answered and at times have felt so discouraged. I am a young man trying to recover from cancer and remain very fatigued; my family is not saved; my health is so poor that I cannot work; I have long desired to be a godly husband and have a Christ-honoring wife, yet at the moment seem the most un-eligible of Christian bachelors. It has seemed so impossible, and I have been going to the woods to pray every day for some time, though often finding so hard and discouraging. I have wanted to stop asking for anything at all, because I don't know if I am asking these things amiss, and because I struggle to believe that God will give me any of my requests. It has been a war. This sermon was of much help to me, preaching on Bible verses that are like the light of Elendil were to Frodo when he entered into Mordor... "I will rejoice over them to do them good" and "Men ought always to pray and not lose heart" and more.
Great Sermon! Wonderful encouraging message from Pastor Gary. Do hear it. Held onto every Word.
it is a must hear!
Thank you so much Gary for feeding us with the finest of the wheat.
Love in Christ, English Rose & George
Great Sermon! What a great sermon. One of the greatest that I ever heard Dr. Jim preach. It is loaded with historical records about Jesus. This ought to help convince the unbelievers and agnostics of who Jesus really is.