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Should Pastors be involved with Politics?

Q.Should Pastor’s be involved with politics?

A.Jesus said come “follow me” not follow the labor party or the Republican Party or any other party. our devotion must be too him, now that we are called by him. Jesus said, come ye apart and be ye separate, that is separate yourself from the things of the world its influence, ties and association. Thirdly, with the news media in your face online it’s too easy to commentate on its latest what sad, bad and mad in the world and its perspective. We should not be reactive to its opinion, we should set the opinion with the good news we are called to proclaim.

Fourthly, the world’s news can upset our mind, disturb your peace and take away your joy, hence we should not entangle our selves with its garbage media outlet.  “Entangle” a word used to describe a pray caught in a hunters trap. “Every one who serves as a soldier keeps himself from becoming entangled in the world’s business–so that he may satisfy the officer who enlisted him.” (World English Bible)…. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again “entangled” therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” (2 Peter 2;20).. “entangled:” ensnared, captivated, become a victim of… we are called to a higher purpose and are not called to be political activists.. Our gospel has enough power to shake and awake the world. Let’s just keep to our assignment.

The above, paragraph 2, is my response Is it wise for a Pastor to be involved with Politics when our nations so divided? on the facebook group “Oneness apostolic pentecostals wordwide” Here

 

Is The Church separate from the kingdom?

A, The church and the kingdom, as if we can live in one and wait for the other. Well thats the way its often presented. Folks say the kingdom is to come and so is its king. So we live powerless and helpless. With a “get me out of here mentality” rather than a takeover mentality. The two ideas are in conflict.

Jesus said the church and the kingdom were one. Verily I say unto you some of you here who shall in no wise see death until you see the kingdom of God come with power. (Mark 9:1). Those standing with Jesus saw the kingdom come with power, acts 238 power! Holy Ghost power.  It was only a matter of days that the power came to them and birthed in them the spirit, Jesus had said if you are born of water and spirit you will enter this kingdom and just a few days after his ascension (Accts 1:9-11 Luke 24:44-49)they recieved the spirit and the kingdom and so were born of God. It was a day of “power” the day of thy power (Acts 1:8).

Signs of the kingdom.

1.Where Remission of Sins and baptism is enjoyed.
Being immersed into Christ they were immersed into Christ and now having obtained the remissions of sins they were now in the church of Christ (Gal 3:26-27 Romans 6:3-4 John 19:33-34. Col 1:13,18,24).

2. Where A people set apart to God live Holy Lives. Thats is what the church is the “called out” ones.  Called out of sin and called out of the world.  Not only are we called out of the world but we are called unto God. Separation, “from” the ungodly and separation “to” the holy. We are called to be separate. Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord (2 Cor 6:17). This tells me those born of God are in a different place than they were before they got out of the world! What place is that? The kingdom! Our name, nature and home changes at Pentecost. We are seated in heavenly places. We are sons of God, we are the head and not the tail. we are in the kingdom of God. The flesh or old man lives in the city but the new man lives in the golden city. The flesh man walks home and enters his property through a wooden gate the new man walks home and enters Gods city through the pearly gate.

3. Where we influence the world, not just sit in the church.
The church limits us to titles and office’s. In the kingdom everyone is a servant.
In the church positions are limited according to education and doctorates. In the kingdom the meek inherit the earth.
In the church we are told to submit to authority, in the kingdom Christ and his word is the final authority.
One joins a church, however one is born into the kingdom. (John 3;3-5).
I the church you are ordained, in the kingdom you are called from birth.
I Love the church but I’m born for the kingdom

Paul.

Rebaptism is this for me?

GOSPEL TRACTS
By Paul B Thomas

Q. When I joined my church, I was baptised with the phrase “I now baptise you in the name of the Father Son and Holy Ghost” spoken over me should I then be re-baptized in the name of Jesus?

A. There is one Lord one faith and one baptism. As you may know the studies here persistently follow the apostles doctrine and for this reason. I seek to obey the Lord! My passion is to preach it like the apostles taught it in order to see what they saw take place in my life, ministry and city. If we follow Jesus would want to obey him. and why not! It is his gospel. Hence my answer to your question is do everything that needs to be done in order to obey Jesus.

A man must be baptized into the name and the one who bears it.  We see souls baptized into the name in the book of Acts. Baptism more than an initiation, its a covenant and we aught to know who exactly we are coming into covenant with. Secondly baptism is not where one is placed into an organisation or position, baptism is where a man or woman comes into Christ.  We are baptised into Christ (Romans 6:3) this is why we take on Christ’s name which is Jesus. This is important, we do it to enter into one’s family, the family that bears his name, hence we embrace Jesus name at baptism, coming into covenant with it and entering the family that bear it.

In Acts 19:1-10 the folks at Ephesus were baptized into Johns baptism. Johns baptism was for the “a baptism unto repentance” (Matthew 3:11) It could not give a man eternal life. Jesus had not died and therefore salvation was not available but John preached a message of baptism “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38) or leading up to the new birth. John himself said there was one coming after him who “he did not know” (V33) but Peter in Acts exhorts those that did know him to be baptized into the name (Acts 2:38). So baptism in the name of Jesus is for those who know Jesus as both Lord and God. So one can be baptized again or re-baptized into the name of Jesus and here is the example.

Paul asked the Ephesian believers, the question, into what then were you baptised” and they said “Johns baptism” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptised with a baptism of repentance saying to the people that they should believe on him who should come after him that is on Jesus Christ. When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the lord Jesus” (Acts 19:6).

Remember also that John baptized many folks and that there is every possibility that those on the day of Pentecost who were followers and disciples of both John and Jesus were re-baptized into the name also (Acts 2:38).

Many today are baptized after repentance, Just like those at Ephesus. They heard a message of repentance and repented and then were baptized but not into the name. They were not baptized into the name because they had no revelation of Jesus as God or a revelation that baptism is for the remission of all sins (Acts 2:38).

Re-baptism gives us a great new opportunity to start over. God has a new start for you. If your Christian walk was shallow then receive the revelation of Jesus and his name. When a man discovers that Jesus and the importance of the name he becomes unstoppable. Be re-baptized, it will change your life and walk with God.

For more info on re-baptism why not purchase  Acts 2:38 Salvation  AND also available from Amazon  9 Reasons why you should be baptised into Jesus Name. These books will encourage you in the truth and if you are a preacher they will be a source of sound doctrine and change the way you preach the gospel, for ever. Conforming to the apostles teaching, you too will teach with power and conviction and truth.

Paul.

Sickness is not God’s Punishment.

? Is sickness God’s punishment?
A. And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was born blind form his birth and his disciples asked him saying, who did sin this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him
. (John 9:1-3).
The disciples question, reveals the mentality of the day toward those who were sick, folks often though illness was God’s punishment and therefore to  cure a sufferer would be displeasing to God. Jesus had God’s mind on this issue, and replied, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents” (v3a)  Secondly Jesus replied, “I must work the works of him that sent me.” (v3b) Sickness is not the works of God, healing is the works of God.  Sickness is not God’s punishment and healing is God’s will for you.

Is The Angel of the Lord, The Lord!

General Subject
The Believers Bible Study
Message 7
The Angel of the Lord
Scripture reading (Genesis 28)

PROPOSITION:It is my proposition that the person of God was an angel in the Old Testament.
INTRODUCTION: God reveals himself progressively throughout scripture. First as Spirit then as an angel and indeed many other forms. The progressive revelation of God is seen in Jesus who said I AM. A revelation of God himself in person.

1.The Angel of the Lord is The Lord God himself.

The God which fed me all my life long .. The angel which redeemed me (Genesis 48:15,16).
Called “God Almighty” in verse three (Genesis 48;3) God almighty meaning, El Shaddai, the all-sufficient God, the Outpourer and Dispenser of mercies, The name almighty God that appeared to him at Bethel :(Genesis 28:13). and again he calls an “angel”

2. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses.
.. in a bush saying I am the God of thy Fathers (Acts 7;30).

3. When the Angel of the Lord appeared it was God himself in person.
The angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire and said..

“And we have full proof that this was no created angel, but the Messenger of the Divine Council, the Lord Jesus Christ. Who then was the angel that redeemed Jacob, and whom he invoked to bless Ephraim and Manasseh? Is it not Jesus? He alone can be called Goel, the redeeming Kinsman; for he alone took part of our flesh and blood that the right of redemption might be his…” (Adam Clarke Commentary (Genesis 48).

4.The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife. Manoah said we have seen God.
(Judges 13;3,22) for Manoah did not know he was the Angel of the Lord (v16). Manoah asked him his name “And the angel said ” Why do you ask my name seeing it is secret (KJV). seeing it is wonderful (Judges 13:18 NKJV).

5. God’s name was not discovered until Jesus.
In him dwells the fulness of the godhead bodily. (Col 2;9)

6. God who was spirit became man.
Trinitarians will have us belike that Jesus as second person became man. this would not make sense why and how would or could a man become a babe.The evidence is clear God himself took on flesh (1 Timothy 3;16) Spirit took on human expression.

7. Jesus revealed that secret name.

I have revealed not then they name the name thou gavest me to bear (John 12:28) The name at which even knee shall bow and every tongue confess to God (Phil 2;9. Roman 14;11). When we use the name of “Jesus” we confess to GOD!

The redemptive revelation of the person god is in the name of Jesus. No one could know the name of god until he himself became our redemption. hence the word salvation and God are intertwined. Jesus means salvation. “The Lord has become my light and my salvation” (Psalm 91;16).

8.And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. (Acts 7;30) When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,(v31) Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold (v32).

Jesus said, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:56-59).

9.Jesus is the I am
The I AM that appeared to Abraham and said I AM thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.(Genesis 14;15).

10. Jesus is the Lord God.
The LORD who came too Abraham in angelic form comes to us as JESUS.

NOTES:Jesus is Lord the proof of his deity and oneness lies here. He is greater than the angels and can visit us himself. The Angelo the Lord is not another who does his work but himself doing his own work. almighty he is as is God. Many worship angels seek angels and desire to see angels the truth is this do we know the angel of the Lord as God, do we see that Jesus is God! when angels come they dispel the lie that there is a trinity of beings called God or that angels are greater than the Lord.

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Death Bed Conversion

 

Q. Is there such a thing as death bed conversion. by that I mean a man can say a prayer and ask Jesus into his heart and go to heaven.

A. There is no example of anyone being called “saved” through a death bed conversion in the bible. The thief on the cross was told by Jesus that he would be in paradise that day. The thief on the cross was the other side of Calvary and therefore under the Old Covenant where folks were saved or had a righteousness according to faith. Abraham you remember was made righteous because of his faith.

Paul tells us about this in Romans 10:4 where Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to every one that believeth. He then goes on to tell us of the righteousness that is given us by Christ by faith (v4). Baptism has an essential part in this, where even Jesus himself was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” and told us that we had to too (Matt 3:15) “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark16:16).

The new birth where a man has to be “born of water and Spirit” is for all this side of Calvary. (John 3:5) Salvation is through Jesus and his Way. The way of salvation as we know it first given by Jesus then taught by the apostles. There can be no resurrection without the Spirit. How can the dead arise without the Holy Ghost? The Body without the Spirit can not live again neither can it be resurrected. Man may be alive but he is dead in trespasses and sins and as a dead man (without God) it is impossible for him to rise again. Only those who have the spirit of life will be alive “in” Christ Jesus.

Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.… (1 Cor 13:12-14).

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Romans 8:9).

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (v10)

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you (v11).

Could a man live like the devil and say a prayer of repentance and be born again at his deathbed? Really! Would not that make the words of Jesus of no avail! Should we not stick to things that are written? A man must be born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5 Acts 2:38 Acts 10:44-47). I wouldn’t want to take the chance with my eternity. Would you! I wouldn’t want to be live a lie. Would you?