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Interpretation of “Tongues”

Pastor, what I am about to write you can take to the bank.  Remember, we are to test the spirits whether they be of God.  If someone in your congregation is seemingly giving the interpretation of “tongues,” and thereby presenting themselves as possessing this gift of the Holy Spirit, there is one sure, fool-proof test as to whether a counterfeit gift has surfaced in your assembly.  Start taping by video, or audio, those meetings wherein this phenomenon occurs.  Wait a few days, a few weeks, even a few months, then play back the portion of the video or audio tape only up to the point that the “tongues” have surfaced.  Stop the play back.  Ask the “interpreter” what has been said.  If their answer does not match the interpretation they gave previously, then a counterfeit gift has surfaced in your assembly!!!  The one with the true gift of interpretation will give the same interpretation as was given previously even if ten years has passed.  The interpreter actually understands what has been said by the one exhibiting the gift of “tongues.”  They do not simply “step out by faith” and say this is what was said, not actually understanding what was uttered.  Satan is tickled pink when he finds pastors who do not test the spirits.  That’s when he is able to move big time in introducing his deceptions.

God Is Love

I was just playing that song, The Love of God, on my keyboard.  I wish I could convey to all whom I ever meet just how great is the love of God for the human race, “for God so loved the human race that He gave His Only Begotten Son” to buy us back from Satan’s enslavement.  He is not willing that ANY human being should perish and lose out on eternal life.  He’s got a plan, and what a marvelous, carefully thought out plan it is.   Abraham understood this plan.  So did Moses – that is why Moses could so easily tell the Israeli armies to spare neither infant nor suckling when destroying the pagan cities that had spread across Canaan.  No human being was to be spared.  Because God had a plan – a plan Moses, the meekest man who had ever lived up to that point, a plan he understood.  He knew that God planned a resurrection for all and would bring them back to life in a far better world, a world where Satan could deceive them no more.  Living in poverty and squalor, a life of misery and pain, disease and premature death, these beloved creatures of the Most High God had their lives taken swiftly and, yes, mercifully.  Because God had a plan.  Someday every last one of them will hear the same words Lazarus of old heard, “Come forth!”  And they will arise from the dust and be given a long, long lifespan in God’s utopian kingdom and THEN offered the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and with it eternal life, immortality, life unending.  If preachers would just read Isaiah’s writings alone, believing what they read, they would know why scripture affirms God IS love!

My Only Hope

I believe that those who read the posted articles on my website ( realize quite quickly that my mind now stays fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ and the things of the Spirit.  I came to realize not too long ago that the ONLY way I could keep myself free from the pulls of the world and the passions of the flesh, and my life on an even keel, was to keep myself in absolute subjection to the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit 24/7.  The life in the Spirit just doesn’t work for me any other way.  I think Satan realizes that I pose a real threat to his deceptions due to my intense study and memorization of God’s Word.  Therefore, any time I let up in my intense striving for spiritual growth and maturity in Christ, Satan moves quickly to pull me back into the ways of the flesh and the world.  He also realizes that I have the boldness and knowledge to confront his ministers with the truth and rebuke them for their errors.  You do know that Satan has deceived ministers who think themselves to be ministers of Christ but are, in actuality, servants of Satan, don’t you?  Notice this warning from the apostle Paul, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (messenger of truth), therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (See 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Jesus gave a warning, too.  He said, “For there shall be false Christs (christ is from the Greek, meaning an “anointed one,” hence these men are not claiming to BE Jesus Christ, but are claiming to be “anointed” or “ordained” by God when actually they are but deceived men), and false prophets (preachers), and shall show great signs and wonders (building huge mega-churches, drawing tens of thousands to hear them preach, founding growing, on-going denominations), insomuch that if possible, they shall deceive the very elect (hence, they are good at what they do).”  (See Matthew 24:24).  “Howbeit in vain do they WORSHIP me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, for laying aside the commandment of God (for instance, the fourth commandment to keep God’s sabbath holy), ye hold the tradition of men (Sunday observance which has no foundation in scripture)” (See Mark 7:7-8).  And here is a scary one: “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.  MANY (not a few, but MANY) will say to me in that day (of judgment), ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (preached) in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works (from running soup kitchens for the poor to baptizing thousands)?’  And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you (they were never truly converted, only religious), ye that work iniquity (Greek, “practice lawlessness,” spurning God’s commandments, God’s law)” (See Matthew 7:21-23).
I have no doubt the Apostle Paul was reflecting upon such deceptions when he wrote; “Examine YOURSELVES (not the other guy) whether you be in the faith (whether you are truly converted yourself), prove your own selves (make absolutely certain your conversion is genuine and God has indeed imparted to you His Holy Spirit).  Know ye not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is IN you (via the Holy Spirit, guiding, leading, nurturing, causing real spiritual growth in character and knowledge), except ye be reprobates (false converts)” (See 2 Corinthians 13:5).  Such self-examination will be too late on the other side of the grave.  When a police officer wants you to obey his commands, he yells, “Do it NOW!”  That is what the Spirit is yelling in my ear: “Do it NOW!”

Divine Intelligence

Born And Reared In Babylon

“I Belong To Caesar!”

That’s what it said on the small brass plate tacked on to the collar around the animals’ neck: “I Belong To Caesar.”  The Caesar’s of Rome had zoos filled with various animals captured around the empire.  Each bore a collar identifying them as belonging to Caesar, and woe be to the one who would do harm to one of those animals.  And I belong to God, having been bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and this is true of each and every person who has surrendered themselves to the LORDship of Jesus Christ, and woe be to the one who touches any one of us.  And just as Caesar cared for the animals that belonged to him, God cares for those of us who are His sons and daughters through their relationship with Jesus Christ.  He will not send us to unbelievers for questionable and often expensive treatments when we fall ill.  When we go there, we go on our own.
Over and over again in His Word, God clearly declares that HE is our Healer.  He says, “Seek ME and live!” (See Amos 5:4).  Men say, “You are a fool if you believe that.  You had better seek help from your fellow man.”
Some time ago I wrote a series of articles wherein I spoke of the many times God moved to spare my life, instances wherein I was within mere seconds of sudden death had God not moved to rescue me.  Of course, doubters reading such accounts would say, “Mere coincidence.”  A coincidence is such due to its INfrequency, not due to its frequency.  My life was spared time and time again, not just once or twice.
I now am certain this is NOT my final illness.  That day does not loom large on the horizon but, in all probability, is many years away.  It shall be as I have stated several times before: I shall stand beside the graves of many of my relatives before some surviving relatives stand beside my own.  And, in that moment, my memory will be stirred as to how the one being lowered into the earth thought they would live to say a final goodbye to me.
Folks, faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  If your faith is weak, you are not listening to God’s Word.  I would urge you to feed upon the Word of God and nourish your inner man, the real YOU.

Cancer Cure Discovered

I realized a long time ago that those who do not wholeheartedly believe in divine healing but instead wholeheartedly believe in the  benefits of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other medical treatments to hopefully cure some ailment are generally, and more than likely, woefully ignorant of God’s Word or simply do not believe God’s Word.  And among those who wholeheartedly believe in reliance upon the medical community to cure one’s illnesses, even then there are many who are woefully ignorant of the statistics readily available that reveal how inadequate and life-threatening much medical treatment really is.  Many cancer victims are quite literally killed by the chemotherapy they undergo due to the damage to their immune system, the killing of healthy cells and their accompanying nutrients, and other deleterious effects.
Many seem to think the medical community can guarantee a cure for almost any ailment one might suffer, that their success rate in most instances is well nigh 100%, and that their treatments are pain-free, risk-free and about the same cost as a Happy Meal.
And if God gave us doctors, why didn’t He give them to us in the many previous centuries that have gone by wherein BILLIONS died of various and sundry illnesses and diseases?  Didn’t He notice?
If the average person kept receipts for every medical expense they have incurred in their life, including those paid for by their health care providers, they could probably purchase a new luxury automobile with the money they expended, and, in some cases, a new house!  And if they could add up all the time spent in hospitals, clinics, waiting rooms, travel to and from these places, etc., and tack that on to the end of their life, they would probably live to be octogenarians.
Had I not been healed time and time again in the past due to prayer and trust in God alone, I might give ear to the counsel of those who urge me to seek medical treatment.  Were I to be ignorant of the failure rate in the medical world, I might listen to the arguments set forth by those who swear by doctors and their remarkable ability to cure most any disease or ailment.  If it was common knowledge that cancer is the most easily cured of all human maladies, I might hasten to an oncologist and say, “Work your wonder, Doc!”  But, alas, when the bean truck drove by it wasn’t me that fell off of it.  ‘Nuff said?

If Tomorrow Never Comes

The Point of No Return