Friday, October 24, 2008

Scattered Thoughts -- almost believing

Okay, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote that I would think of almost believing.

Acts 18:25 "This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John." Acts 18:24-26

As I said, most Christian churches nowadays know only the baptism of John. They believe in the holy spirit and some of them speak great sermons and are fervent in spirit but the only baptism they tell people to have is the baptism of repentance.

Luke 3:16 "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." Luke 3:15-17

But Pentecostals believe in the full gospel and in doing everything Jesus told us in the great commission. Healing, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, preaching the gospel, baptising in water, baptising in the holy spirit.

Then there is what is written in Hebrews:

Hebrews 6:1 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God" Hebrews 6:1-3

Hebrews 5:12 "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:11-14

And even Peter says that the milk of the word is for newborn spiritual babes. 1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."

Jesus told us to preach about the kingdom of God. Most evangelical churches teach that we are prophets of God who help to reveal God's will to those who don't know. OR they teach about the priesthood of believers, that we can make intercession and stand in the gap for others. But they don't really preach the kingdom of God. They keep teaching us about the foundations. Those foundations are good but they aren't the entire building. After all, Jesus rebuked a storm twice. And in both instance it's clear that he was annoyed that he had to do it when the disciples could have done it. In one instance, he was going to walk past them. In the other instance, he was sleeping. Heck, he rebuked the storm. So it's obvious God hadn't produced the storm. He wouldn't have rebuked it otherwise. But churches nowadays behave as if God sends the storm and we should accept it. Hey, Jesus has given us authority over sin, sickness, storms, spiritual evil! Why can't we move onward to greater works that Jesus told us we would do?

In Job we are told to decree a thing. In the gospel we are told to be kings and priests on the earth!
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