Letter to a friend on Henry Gruver

Hi [Anonymous_Believer],

Thanks for the link you sent me entitled “286 Translated to Rome Henry Gruver Steve Quale JULY 2016”. I had to listen to it carefully as it went rather quickly.

Before I get into what I thought, I just wanted to elaborate on how I try to understand things that are happening today spiritually. In short, I rely on God’s Word in the Bible, and hold everything up to this standard. His Word is supremely authoritative. I do this to stop myself following people or causes that are not of God, as without the Word I’d be as susceptible as anyone to being deceived.

The question I think many people (including me at times) have struggled with is, am I upholding the authority of the Scriptures or the authority of men who claim to speak for God?

The scriptures below are beautiful and I hope they move you too. They actually move me to take them more seriously, hence my “notes to self” in italics after them:

Acts 17:10-11

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

What I should ask myself whenever faced with a new teacher or doctrine – am I being a Berean here? Am I checking back with the scriptures to see if this new teaching is biblically sound?

Matthew 7:18-20

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Again, what I should ask myself here is: am I looking at the fruits (doings) of people’s supposed faith? Is someone a good or a bad tree? Are they bringing me into a closer walk with the Lord Jesus and His Word, or not?

2 Timothy 4:2-4

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

I need a constant reminder to be long suffering as patience is not my default setting. The scripture above is a good reminder for me when reaching out to people who have different opinions to mine about a matter of doctrine.

2 Thessalonians 2:7-11

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Some things which stood out for me when I listened to that YouTube video, which made me concerned:

  • A focus on spiritual power working through him (Henry), which he said he’d never felt to that extent before. No mention of humility in our holy God’s presence (which we know from the bible caused men to fall to the ground in worship as per Revelation 1:17 and 22:8, and Daniel 8:17-18). In fact, Henry said the “Lord” commanded him to fall to his knees in his bedroom, his encounter didn’t seem like the others mentioned previously in this point.
  • No focus on God’s Word and the great commission Christ gave his followers to preach the gospel world-wide and save souls. See below for Matthew 28:19-20:

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

  • Instead it seems that Henry and his team were doing spiritual but clearly unbiblical things such as “loosing angels” and “releasing strongholds” (see another video I found on Henry at this link: http://wmcgrew.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-commune-with-god-by-henry-gruver.html)
  • Where in the bible are we instructed to do such things? I searched for these keywords in both the NIV and KJV bibles but found no references to them.
  • At the video link above Henry repeatedly calls his experiences with the Lord “exciting” and that we are living in “exciting” times today. Again, there is a focus on his emotional experiences with the power he is contacting, rather than a simple faith and trust in God’s Words.  It’s almost like he views God as a cosmic power station rather than a person whose will and character we can start to grasp – and live by – when we are truly born-again and obey his Word.
  • At one point in the video link above Henry says “Believe me, I am in love with Jesus.” If this is so, why the need for the qualifier (“Believe me”)? People who are telling the truth just assume that they will be believed, see point 4 in the link following https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321282)
  • I went to Henry’s personal website, henrygruver.org. He spoke about the fact that miracles are needed as well as God’s words for people to be saved. But the Lord brought this scripture to mind regarding salvation (and this was a wake-up call to me to trust more deeply, and completely on God’s Word). The Word of God is clearly held up as the only tool we need to see someone repent and follow Christ, as we know God’s Holy Spirit speaks through it:

Luke 16:24-31

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

I don’t want to discount miracles or to say that I believe God never heals people or performs wonderous works today. But whenever we see someone claim that a miracle has occurred, we surely need to ask is it of God or not. As I shared with you in our catch-up today, I have been deceived myself about this when I saw an enticing vision when living in America around 2003. It took me a long time to wonder if what I saw had a trustworthy background or not. Have we tried the spirits whether they be of God (1 John 4:1)? Is the person in a closer relationship with God’s Word than they were before the miracle happened? Are they making a sincere effort to abide by Christ’s commandments, as per the below:

Matthew 22:35-40

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

  • Back to the video you shared with me (“Translated to Rome”). It is significant I believe that the massive angel Henry saw on the left side of him, in the catacombs, had “hands so big he could have popped my head off.” Henry then calls on another team member, Steve, to share some truly horrible and frightening things from the war in Afghanistan including seeing people with missing heads. No empathy or sorrow for these people was demonstrated by either Steve or Henry when this memory of Steve’s was shared. It was as though they were enthralled by power and violence, instead of humbly realising that, as sinners, they too could have suffered a similar fate if unsaved (see Luke 13:4-5).
  • Again, going back to the video, Henry claimed that since his experience in 1988, what he calls the “apostolic mantle of anointing” has exploded around the world. The popularity of this phenomenon gives me a check in my spirit. Didn’t the Lord Jesus say to watch out for preachers and evangelists who are popular in the world? The Lord Himself only had a tiny band of followers left when he was crucified (John, his mother Mary and some other female followers as per John 19:25-26). See the passage below:

Luke 6:26

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

  • Again, concerning the video. In it, Henry claims the two great angels he saw were in the catacombs in Rome. And that he had power over them by commanding them to be bound in chains until the day of the Lord. Firstly, ordinary people rebuking angels is prideful and forbidden in Scripture. As it is written, the Lord is the one who does the rebuking:

Jude 1:9

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Also there is only one place I could find where angels were bound in the Bible and it was the River Euphrates in Turkey, not Rome:

Revelation 9:13-15

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

  • The focus on power and emotional experiences in the video I was sent on WhatsApp leads me to wonder where the Cross of Christ is in all of it? Why aren’t these men, including Henry, striving to reach out to others with the gospel and live holy lives (whereby they would work with the real Lord Jesus’s leading to develop humble, charitable hearts)? It is significant that Henry’s website contained very few mentions of the Word of God (I checked) and the Biblical phrase he used on it was Psalm 89:15, which mentions music and “the light of thy countenance” but not the Word of God:

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound:
they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

The above point is pertinent because Satan himself can appear as an angel of light:

2 Corinthians 11:14

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

In short, I don’t believe Henry Gruver was truly following the Lord and we should therefore not follow him.

I loved the lyrics of that song you told me about today, “Where you go I go.”  As long as we abide in the Lord Jesus’ Word we will be safely guided by Him to heaven, where He is:

John 15:4-6

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

1 John 2:14

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

May the Lord Jesus bless you. Thank you for sharing this video with me, looking into the matter helped build my faith.

Your sister in Christ,

Naomi

Civil Disobedience in an Age of Coronavirus

This article deals with what I consider to be a potentially life-saving attitude today: how to respond biblically to COVID-19. I believe we need to obey authorities in our society whenever we can (with the caveat that if authorities are against God, we stand against this), as we pray and take action to stop this pandemic. May the Lord bless you as you read this article. Please keep praying for our authorities and people on the front lines (such as nurses and police), as well as those who become infected with the virus, that if unsaved they would be granted repentance unto life (Acts 11:18).

May the Lord bless you as you dig into His Word on this issue.

Kindle Afresh

Do Christians have to obey their governmental leaders when such leaders issue specific declarations about: 1) where you can and cannot go, 2) what you should wear on your face, and 3) how far away you should stay from other people? What if you don’t agree that such directives make sense?

The short answer is that Christians are instructed by God to obey governmental directives, unless those directives are contrary to whatever instructions God has already given us in his Word. Romans 13:1-5 is to the point:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Notice…

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Your Inner War Will End – How Heaven Frees Us from Sin

The Weight of Glory | Essential C.S. Lewis

I read an article today which spurred my spirit and made me think of heaven and heavenly things. I thought others may well be inspired by it in their Christian walk as well, so I have reproduced a link to it here on my blog.

As the Lord brought to my mind today:

Colossians 3:1-4 King James Version (KJV)
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

An excerpt from this helpful and inspiring article follows:

“Imagine a life without your sin. If you hope in Christ, one day you will walk out into a world in which it will not be possible for you to sin anymore. Not only will temptation itself have fallen extinct, but any molecule in you that might have possibly been drawn to sin will have been surgically removed, never to materialize again. Your new body — new heart, new hands, new mouth — will never meet the sin you knew so long. Your lifelong plague will be lifted.”

Kindly click below to go to the full article on the “Desiring God” website, which was written by Marshall Segal, one of its writers and managing editor:

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/your-inner-war-will-end

The Weight of Glory by FullofEyes on DeviantArt

False Teacher – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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Below is an email trail concerning my interactions with a sincere follower of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He has not contacted me since I sent the last email and out of hope that he may repent and leave this organisation, I will not show his identity.

However, I will reveal the name of the Pastor who is one of the founders of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and now a well-known preacher within that church. His name is Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Kindly note that all scripture quoted in this article is from the King James bible.

In short, the Prosperity Gospel, which Pastor Adeboye unashamedly preaches (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enoch_Adeboye) is “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6, see below):

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”

It conflicts with the Cross all true disciples of Jesus are called to bear (Matthew 16:24 and Luke 9:23, see below)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

And it’s leading people who are caught up in this movement (without being saved) to hell.

Naomi <nchapman01@yahoo.com.au>

To: anonymous_believer@rccgmail.net

Mon, 25 May at 4:44 pm

Hi there,

I found a gospel tract on the ground near my local tram stop in Essendon, entitled “Are You O’kay”.

I was wondering if you could talk me through what people who are members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God believe (as I think that is the church group that published the tract)?

Thanks for your time and sincere efforts to reach the lost.

Hopefully will speak more soon.

Kind regards in Christ,

Naomi

Anonymous <anonymous_believer@rccgmail.net>

To:Naomi Chapman

Mon, 25 May at 5:41 pm

Dear Naomi,

God bless you, many thanks for your Enquiries. The Tract/Business Card you saw is part of our efforts to reach out. We have about 5 of them: No Worries, Welcome to Center Link, True Freedom, Do You Have E-Life. After many harrowing & rebuffing experience as we tried to preach, myself & my wife prayed, & God gave us some ideas on contextualized messages. By God’s grace, we attend the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). We are evangelical (not yet a perfect church). We have branches across Australia & South Pacific Islands.

Below is our Vision/Mission Statement:
– To make heaven.
– To take as many people with us.
– To have a member of RCCG in every family of all nations.S
– To accomplish No. 1 above, holiness will be our lifestyle.
– To accomplish No. 2 and 3 above, we will plant churches within five minutes walking distance in every city and town of developing countries and within five minutes driving distance in every city and town of developed countries.
– We will pursue these objectives until every Nation in the world is reached
for the Lord Jesus Christ.

I attend our Coburg Assembly.
Once again, God bless & be with you, & all yours.
– Abraham.

On Sun, 28 Jun. 2020 at 6:38 pm, Naomi Chapman<nchapman01@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

Hi Abraham,

I just looked at the scripture passages on your card “Are you O’Kay” and was very encouraged.

You clearly have a great love for the Lord’s Words and have a heart for lost sinners.

I’ve since done some reading into the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and into Pastor Adaboye, who is a leader of the church in Nigeria.

There are many accounts indicating that he does not wholly follow the Word of God (Jesus Christ) thus he is leading many of the Lord’s beloved sheep astray.

Below is an account written by Hycienth Okanumee on Facebook: (here I inserted a link to Hycienth’s article but it wasn’t able to be reproduced outside of Facebook: note by Naomi on 29/06/20):

In case for whatever reason the article on Facebook is lost or inaccessible, I have reproduced it here in my email to you.

Please read it carefully, and prayerfully. I pray that it would be a blessing to you in the name of Jesus Christ..

“LAST DAYS APOSTASY! (The error of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of RCCG Nigeria)… Ichabod!!

The word of the Lord…

Acts 15:1, “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

THE WORDS OF (Pastor E.A Adeboye.)—2015 December service.

“While I was praying concerning this program, I asked my Daddy what gifts do you want me to give to Your children this year and then He said something that sounded to me very strange. He said, “Give them a comb.” A comb? What in the world for? Well He said, Get combs and when I got them He said, He will tell me what to do. So we went out to Lagos and bought all the combs available in Lagos and bought combs from Onitsha. We bought all the combs available. After we bought all the combs almost enough to fill a small house He then told me what to do to the combs which I’m not going to tell you but the ministers will come now and distribute the combs to you and then I will tell you what to do with the combs after you’ve gotten your own.

There are enough for every adult. Whatever you get, the one you get is the one you will use for your child. Please don’t take for children. I may as well tell you what to do with the combs when you get it. It’s just that you wait till everybody had been served before we do it together. The first thing we are going to do is that we are going to comb our hair backwards and by so doing we will be telling failure, sorrow, disease bye-bye! And when we finish doing that to say from now on forward ever! Progress physically! Progress spiritually! Progress financially! Progress in every sphere of life! And then I will do something else that He asked me to do. Now if you have children with you when you’ve done your own, you will do that of your child but please don’t collect any comb for any child. It is for adults only – remember the just shall live by faith! Number 2 as you have said in my ears so will I do unto you. That’s what God said! You take the comb, comb your hair backwards. If you have no hair on your head just mimic the motion you’re your hair is plaited just make the notion. Make sure the comb touches your head from the front going back and then say with your mouth all those things you don’t want to see again in your life and just say bye-bye sickness, bye-bye sorrow, bye-bye demonic oppression….. Go ahead and talk! Go ahead Open your mouth and talk as you comb your hair backwards. Say it so that God can hear you and when you finish your own do that of your child. Bye-bye to stagnation… Bye-bye to lack of progress…, Bye-bye to every attack of the devil…, Bye-bye to sorrow…, Bye-bye to sickness…, Bye-bye to aches and pains…, Bye-bye to every form of weakness.., Bye-bye to poverty…, Bye-bye to everything that is not of God! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed!

Now Father, as You have instructed me, I now decree as the waters in a river flow never to return, I hereby decree all those things Your children say they don’t want to see again will never return to their lives…

And now you are going to comb forward and everything you want in which you want to make progress you begin to mention them:…….” END..

NEVER!!! The Lord cannot give instructions to man outside His Word, this is purely satanic and all the pastors that have indulge in this needs serious prayer and repentance!…

Acts 15:1, “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” NOTE that this is not the gospel that’s delivered to the saints to put their faith in Christ Jesus, and the Bible makes it clear that if any man preach any other gospel apart from the true Gospel that man will be under a curse and divine judgment (Ichabod)

THE WORD OF THE LORD….

2nd Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and ART DEAD.” —Revelation 3:1

YOU SEE WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE CHURCH OF CHURCH!!!?..

Men are busy applauding him today everywhere for the spectacular ‘achievement’ he is recording. Even the Church, in our shameful and crass blindness, exalt him to the highest heavens.

“’Ichabod’ will be written about the church that soft-pedals on unpleasant truth or that stands not unwaveringly for ‘the faith once delivered.’”-FGA-

And for those who have spiritual eyes, the result of EAA’s Mistake In preaching the gospel of comb by turning the faith of the people Jesus died for to mere material thing is evident that the spirit of last days apostasy has infiltrated the church that Jesus died to redeem with His blood. As amiable, likeable, humble as he is, there is no single figure that is as divisive in the Church in Nigeria today as this great man of God. He sets the pace that other mis-guided men of God are chasing. He sets the standards that other men of God aspire to emulate. And because he is going in the wrong direction, you can imagine the number of God’s servants in Nigeria, and indeed all over the world, that are behind him in chasing shadows. And while they chase shadows, the devil is getting away with daylight murder in Nigeria – and now on the verge of splitting that nation; unless God intervenes in this 2016. This is what happens when God’s servants become half-blind or totally blind to the truth – especially His top servants.

You that’s reading this with those ear ring,wedding ring and other articles of ornamentation hanging all over your body,if you die with all your professing righteousness you are going nowhere. Because God cannot lower His standard for a single sinner to enter the Holy city of Heaven.

“On moral matters where right and wrong are involved, and where the Bible clearly speaks, many preachers have so compromised and sold out, and are so afraid of their congregations, that they cannot give the clear Word of God. God pity the preacher who is afraid to preach against sin just because somebody will cry ‘politics’!”-FGA-

If you have eyes, please pray, pray, and pray for EAA. God does not see as men see. If He is not fulfilling the scope of His calling, men may applaud him as a huge success in ministry, but God will judge him according to His commission for him. Please pray that God will open EAA’s eyes to the epicentre of God’s purpose for his life, and to the sound doctrine of righteousness and Holiness; If he moves today from this spiritual blindness that’s creeping into his life to start preaching the real gospel of Christ, he can still achieve a lot for Christ in Nigeria in his old age. And at least, he will die at his duty post, however late he was at arriving there. This will be a very difficult step for EAA, but if we all pray concertedly for him, what can prayers not do? Does our God still not show mercy? Will He not extend His mercy to this servant of His?

Even if you do not believe all that you have read here, would you please pray like this: “O Lord, please locate Pastor Adeboye at the exact centre of your will for his life. Amen”

ALL OF US will become more careful in understanding the epicentre of God’s will for our lives. In the Christian calling, IT IS VERY EASY TO STRAY AWAY FROM THE CENTRE OF HIS CALLING. You may be ‘successful’ in ministry in the eyes of man, but please note that God is evaluating you by a different standard entirely. And on the Day of Judgment, the applause of men will fall silent, and ONLY the counsel of God shall stand. Seek that counsel today, and stick with it as if your life depends on it – for it does.

All that glitters, particularly in Christian ministry, is NOT gold. Stop following the footsteps of men blindly. Even those that we call the ‘big men of God’, being human, are fallible. In the things of God, satan is not a respecter of anybody – he even tried to trick Jesus Christ away from the epicentre of His calling (Matthew 4:1-11). If he tried it on Jesus, anointed from the womb, he can try it on ANY OTHER MAN.

So that we can know that time has changed over the Church. God is not dealing with the Church the way He was dealing with us, even at the beginning of 2016. As the final Day of Judgment approaches, God is cleaning His house, and preparing His genuine bride for the imminent arrival of the Bridegroom. In this cleansing task, THERE ARE NO SACRED COWS. When He is fully ready, God will start with those we see as the ‘big men’ so that all of us will quickly realise that THE CHURCH IS ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM ALONE. All vice-regents on the throne will be cast down like leaves at winter. This process will be more apparent in due course, please watch out.

Finally, all this is not a show! God is beginning to wake up His Church and sensitise us to the condition of our souls before Him. Many have been misled to believe they are on the way to heaven, when they have not even had a real encounter with Jesus that will lead to a genuine re-birth. The way to eternal life remains narrow, in spite of how some men of God have widened it to make it more accommodating for all and sundry. God is not mocked. He knows those who are His own (2 Timothy 2:19). Are you one of them?

In the name of the Almighty God, I beg you to pray earnestly for this man – even if you do not believe a single word of what you read here. Your sincere prayers will not hurt him. The well-being of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the well-being of the Church in Nigeria and the body of Christ in general and the well-being of the whole nation of Nigeria. This is how much God values him. This is how much God loves him.

Please, please pray for him.

Thanks for reading, God bless.

see links… http://hgs.rccgnet.org/2003-march/the-beginning-of-greatness/index.hgs (PROOF OF THE SERMON OF COMB )

https://www.trccg.org/holyGhost/trccg.org/writtentestimony.php (TESTIMONIES OF COMB) Satan has already started giving people testimonies on the use of this comb to quickly remove their faith from the name of JESUS CHRIST to comb (what a pity!!) #FGA #EHT #endtime #Apostasy #rccg #Comb

Naomi Chapman <nchapman01@yahoo.com.au>

To: anonymous_believer@rccgmail.net

Sun, 28 Jun at 8:01 pm

BTW, the Lord led me to a passage straight out of the Word of God that can be used to save lost sinners: 1 Corinthians 15 (the whole chapter).

I used to use Chick.com tracts but believe the above, as it’s straight from the Spirit of the Lord, would be superior.

May the Lord Jesus bless you and your efforts to save souls for His glory.

I am Thanking you, God

Another beautiful post from my sister in Christ Karina. A gentle reminder to give thanks to God regardless of circumstances.

Karina's Thought

 

Hello my beloved readers, I just want to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all of my faithful readers and follower.  Allow me to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a poem. I hope and pray this poem can be a reminder for us to always giving thanks to our beloved God.

Dear God:

I want to thank you for what you have already done

I am not going to wait until I see results, or receive rewards;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears;

I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to…

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StrathGospel.com Sermon on Luke 19:1-10

Deep Truths: Salvation for a Swindler! A narrated story of ...

Sermon delivered by Jack on 21/06/20 6:30 pm Melbourne, Victoria, Australia time.

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Luke 19:1-10 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
19 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8 And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Many great things in Luke are encapsulated in today’s passage. This is particularly true of verse ten, where the “lost” is mentioned. This term means sinners and many people today don’t like this term. But God set a holy standard.

When we were first created, we were perfect. Yet we can see now that we are flawed in that we suffer from ill health and aging. The greatest evidence of our flaws is death.

But we don’t just suffer from our flaws then die, never to be remembered again. God created us with purpose, to show forth His glory and to be in companionship with us so that we know and serve Him.

Sadly, man is not just separated from God but actively turned against Him. Many of the “abominations” referred to in both the Old and New Testaments are becoming ever more apparent in the world today. As to what these abominations might be, kindly see the passage from Leviticus below:

Leviticus 18:1-27

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the Lord your God. After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness. The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. 10 The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness. 11 The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister: she is thy father’s near kinswoman. 13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman. 14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt. 15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son’s wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness. 17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. 18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time. 19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. 20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her. 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. 26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: 27 (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) 28 that the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. 29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.

Sin is obvious in the world, we can see it even in the smallest of children. Surely you remember when you were little, the first time you disobeyed your parents, the time you took something you shouldn’t have. Even as adults we have not walked today in perfection.

And it’s due to our sin that we are headed towards an eternity separated from God. Man thinks that he is independent from God and therefore he trusts in “what I have done.” Yet he doesn’t realize that the very air in his lungs is from God, as is his ability to draw his next breath. The sun, moon and stars are also from God. All good things in Creation are from him, as it is written:

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Something needs to be done about the problem of sin, which is where we see some people turn to religions such as Buddhism and other apparent solutions. But we need to turn to what is divinely inspired and revealed: the Word of God. The Bible points to one time and one person, Jesus Christ, who is both the Son of God and the Son of Man. And as we see by examining verse ten today, He comes to seek and save that which was lost.

Luke 18, which forms the context for today’s chapter, shows us the compassion of Christ. He even called someone who was chief amongst sinners (Zacchaeus) so that he could be saved.

We will now consider some aspects of Zacchaeus’s character before he met Christ. In short, he was not a popular person but was seen by ordinary Israelites as a man working for the enemy. He would regularly tax them and give the proceeds to the rich, including the government, and was called a “sinner” by others. Before his conversion to Christ, this label was accurate. His riches were wrongly gained, most likely by skimming a little bit extra for himself when collecting people’s taxes. There was thus no place for him with his brothers on earth or in the kingdom of heaven.

So what was it that made Zacchaeus come down from his fancy office to see a man (Jesus Christ) passing through? I believe he looked within himself and saw that there was something lacking. He had riches but he did not have hope until he saw Christ and thought that He could be Israel’s long-awaited Messiah, the King, a Saviour. He therefore sought to see Jesus, who He was.

Many of us today may be in the same position as Zacchaeus was. Do we have riches but no hope after this earthly life ends? We need to focus on who He is (not on a particular spiritual solution). Christ is the solution, the Saviour of sinners.

Returning back to today’s passage. It tells us that Zacchaeus initially couldn’t see Jesus as he was “little of stature.” This might also be true of you today. In seeking to come to Christ there may be an obstacle in your way. Yet Zacchaeus was determined and climbed a tree to get more visibility over the crowd. This cost him both effort and potential embarrassment as no doubt many people saw him up in the tree. He wanted to find out who Jesus was. The Saviour of sinners. There may be effort and embarrassment in coming to Christ but it is worthwhile.

Christ came to Zacchaeus with divine knowledge and looked up into the tree at the right moment. And this is true of how He calls people today. He knows the condition of your heart and the divine knowledge that you seek. Christ speaks personally to you (me) because today He must abide at my house. When it comes to salvation, God doesn’t say wait until tomorrow. As it is written:

2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

In today’s passage we can see a contrast between the joyful way Zacchaeus received Christ and the grumbling crowd. Christ stops with the sinner and makes friends with him. We next see repentance genuinely come to Zacchaeus. The man known for taking things begins to give. His life changes and Jesus acknowledges this by saying, “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” He ends his pronouncement by adding, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Now is the day to seek and find and to save that which was lost.

My comment, not Jack’s:

May the Lord Jesus bless you and:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

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