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"And if ye call on the Father, who without 
respect of persons judgeth according  to
  every mans work,  pass the time of your
sojourning here in fear:" (I Pet. 1:17)

 

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Question:
Bro. Larry
What about these scriptures?
John 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I
and the Father that sent me. John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

If God is only one person, why did Jesus say in John 14:23, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." If God is only one person, why does Jesus say, "we"? If you say He is the Father of the flesh, then how can that be a real incarnation? If it isn't a real incarnation, then the atonement cannot save.

If God is only one person, then how can the one person have two separate and
distinct wills at the same time on the exact same subject? Jesus said, "Not my will but your will be done," (Luke 22:42), when speaking to the Father. Was Jesus praying to Himself in the Garden of Gesthemene? If so, how is it possible to do that? Jesus was not praying to Himself. We see in Scripture, Jesus praying to the Father. If the flesh of Jesus was talking to the spirit of Jesus when He prayed "Not my will but your will be done" (Luke 22:42), then how is Jesus really the incarnation of God since you have the flesh arguing with the spirit and they seem to be totally distinct and separate A man does not call himself 'father' until he has a son who is distinct and separate from himself. He cannot be his own father. Same as with 'son.' A man cannot be his own son. "In Jesus' name" is a reference to authority, not method. Acts 4:7 shows that people were asking "By what authority, or in what name, have you done this?" To Baptize in Jesus' name means to Baptize in the Name of the Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit just as Jesus commanded in (Matt. 28:19)  If baptism is essential for salvation, then what happens to someone who repents of sin, accepts Jesus as Savior, walks across the street to get baptized but is killed by a car. Does he go to heaven or hell? If he goes to heaven, then baptism isn't a requirement is it? If he goes to hell, then faith in Christ isn't sufficient to save him is it?

Answer:
Dear Rissa,
Thanks for your inquiry. I have to wonder, in regard to this issue about the Father and Son, are you sure you don't have me mixed up with someone else? If you want to know what I am teaching on this topic, then please read this online gospel tract (slowly): The True Oneness of God I assure you that what you THINK I'm teaching is not the case.

As far as the baptism issue I would recommend reading our online bible study that covers that topic: The Worship of God in Spirit and in Truth Eph. 4:5 assures us that there is only "one baptism" which is now acceptable to God, and I Pet. 3:21 informs us that it is "baptism (which) doth also now save us." This is also synonymous with what Jesus Himself stated in Mk. 16:16. And there is no such biblical thing as "accepting the Lord as your personal savior." True faith in Jesus produces the true divine experience which alone cleanses us from sin and places us into the one Congregation that God has ordained and established (Jn. 737-39; I Cor. 6:11; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4). In regard to being saved, one must purify his/her heart daily by means of the power received through the Spirit baptism, if one means to inherit eternal salvation at the second coming of the Lord (I Jn. 3:2,3; I Pet. 1:3-9). Salvation is not received at the BEGINNING of
one's faith in Christ, but rather at the END of a life that has REMAINED faithful to Christ after being born again (as evidenced in the above passage from I Pet. 1). Below are a couple of links that you might like to take a look at. Thanks again for writing.
Sincerely,
Lary

When and how is a person saved?
The Remission of Sins

Question:
Hi Larry,
I heard that it says in the bible somewhere, and there talking about judgement day, god says that on judgement day that no man can say that they never knew. so basically god is saying that everyone is given an equal opportunity to get saved. and on judgement day when they are sentenced to hell they can't say that they never knew of god. Can you tell me where to find this passage in the bible? thank you for your time,
-Camille

Answer:
Hi Camille,
Thanks much for writing. There is actually no scripture that states exactly what you are referring to. But this one comes about as close as it gets, and really says the same thing: "People cannot see that God has power which lasts for ever. They cannot see that he is really God. But ever since he made the world, he has clearly
shown this by the things he made. So they cannot say, 'I did not know about God' " (Rom. 1:20 Worldwide English Version).

Although this scripture doesn't specifically refer to the day of judgment, it's certain that it will hold up on that day. I truly believe that God gives everyone a chance to get right with Him (and stay that way), because the Scriptures state clearly that Jesus died for the sins of all men. I hope that helps some. You are welcome to write anytime. You might like to read this short article on our site also: The Remission of Sins
Sincerely,
Lary

Question:                          
Thank you for taking the time to read this first of all, for it has concerned me for several years. Back when I was in my early 20's I married a Pentecostal Young Lady who has been my wife for over 30 years now. We were both going to a Pentecostal Church and really loved it. We both spoke in tongues several different times during the time but in the last few years There has been a General Overseer that gotten into trouble with the law. I was in Law Enforcement myself so we backed away. We have now joined a Baptist Church in town and really like it, but of course they preach against speaking in Tongues, in my heart I still worry if I am doing the right thing or not, can you help me with this please. I will be 59 next month and I just want to get things right with God.
Thank you so much
Oscar H Sanders

Answer:
Hi Oscar,
Thanks for writing. I recognize the sincerity that you have in this matter, and I have a great deal of respect for your concern. The following passage of scripture is what readily comes to mind in regard to your situation: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Rev. 18:4). In short order this scripture is the call of God in this time that we are living in, for His people to come out of ALL of organized Christianity. I can elaborate on that more in another e-mail if you like, but for the moment let me just say that ALL denominations and sects, including the Pentecostal ones, are the wrong place to be. The only right place to be is to be "led by the Spirit of God" (Rom. 8:14), and worship God "in spirit and in truth" (Jn. 4:24). Oscar, NONE of the denominations and affiliations of Christianity are being led by God's Spirit, and NONE are worshipping God in spirit and in truth.

I realize that these are very strong statements, and I also realize that you could look far and wide and may not find anyone who would agree with these statements. But I also realize that these are statements of absolute truth that has been revealed by the holy Ghost. The right thing for you to do is to just get alone with God and seek Him with everything that is in you, for a direction. If you wait on Him for an answer, and get one from Him, it's certain that you will be led into the right path. But it is just as certain that being somewhere where the holy Ghost Baptism isn't even believed, is absolutely the wrong place to be. What you said in regard to worrying about whether you're doing the right thing or not, is actually the holy Ghost bearing witness to your conscience to pull out of a situation that can only bring you down spiritually. I'm leaving you a couple of links to articles on our site that I hope you will find time to read and study
over. I think they may help you to see a little bit about what I've tried to get across in this e-mail. It's really good to hear from you, and I hope you'll stay in touch. I also would be more than glad to send you tapes of our worship services that we have in our home, as well as tapes of radio or TV broadcasts that we minister through. Just let me know if you are interested, as they are free of charge. Take care and may God bless you both.
Sincerely,
Lary

The Token
The Worship of God in Spirit and in Truth


Question:
I desperately want to receive the Holy Ghost and to know that I'm saved. I
believe in Jesus. I know he can do all things just like he did many years ago when Israel crossed over on dry ground. I've been baptized in Jesus' name, I've repented of my sins, I've been to the alter so many times, yet I don't seem to be able to receive the Holy Ghost. I'm a shy person who grew up attending a Baptist Church, I've been attending a Pentecostal Church for the last several years, which has greatly helped me to grow closer to God and Jesus, but I want to receive the Holy Ghost. In a Baptist Church you are taught to pray silently, and my pastor says I've got to pray out loud. I have great trouble doing this partly because my family thinks I'm crazy. They make fun of me when I pray, read my Bible and they say the Holy Ghost is not real, but I know that it is real, and I desire to be filled with the Holy Ghost. What advice can you give me?
Alicia Peters

Answer:
Hi Alicia,
Its great to hear from someone who has the kind of desire that you're expressing. You are absolutely right, Jesus is the "same yesterday, today and forever," as we are told in the Bible. God has never changed, and the experience for which Jesus lived and died and rose again, that we might have, has never changed since He sent it back from Heaven on the day of Pentecost. He will be as real with you as you are with Him. He desires the most intimate relationship with us that can be experienced. Just open everything up to Him about yourself: your needs, your faults, your fears, your confusions, and all of your desire toward Him; and He will open Himself up to you. Get alone where you won't be distracted, and just let it all out to Him in whatever way you feel most comfortable with.

And don't feel that you have to pray in any certain prescribed way; but rather allow yourself to open up to Him as you feel best. I've been filled with the Holy Ghost for twenty five years, and I feel like praying different ways at different times, but I always spend adequate time praying in the Spirit (in tongues) every day. Also don't let your mind be on speaking in tongues when you're seeking the Lord. That will come when you have yielded over all of yourself to the Lord. In fact, some people don't immediately realize that they have or are speaking with tongues upon receiving the Spirit. The Lord actually spoke to my wife in her mind, and told her "Listen to yourself," when she first received the Spirit. She then realized that she was speaking in tongues. She didn't immediately realize
it because she was so focused on just drawing nigh unto Jesus.

Don't be discouraged, and don't allow yourself to get into strifes with
your family about what you are doing, because it will only bog you down,
and push them further in the opposite direction. If you would like to have
any tapes of our ministry, whether broadcasting, or actual worship/prayer/bible study type meetings that we have in our home, just let me know and send me a mailing address that I can send them to. I hope this has helped some, and just let me know if I can help any further. We will be praying for you, and just remember that Jesus really wants you to have this beautiful experience with Him. Its worth persevering for. Just don't hold any part of yourself back from Him, and don't hold on to anything or anybody in your heart, which is to say don't prefer anything or anyone over Him in your heart. May God bless you richly.
Sincerely,
Lary

A Lost Sheep Found
Solomon's Grief

Comment:
Thank you for replying to my email. I will try your suggestion. I think I will order some tapes in a week. I'll look at the links at the bottom of your email and let you know which tapes I want. Thanks again. May God richly bless your ministry.
Alicia Peters

Question:
i was at church and i was feeling the spirit move on me to pray for people. I then prayed for people in which god was leading me to. But then when i went out in the crowd to pray for people i was told after wards that was wrong. I really felt the spirit guiding me to do this. I am feeling like the church is trying to get into a program type setting instead of hearing what god has to say. this really hurt my spirit. pray that god shows me if i am wrong or right. if i am right pray that god will move this block that is in our way so that we can do what we need to be doing and thats listening to the spirit.
 

Answer:
Hello,
Well you're certainly talking about the right thing as far as being led by the Spirit. That's what this whole calling is about. And you are also correct about the body of Christ being in a program format rather than a Spirit-led condition. Whether or not you were really led by the Spirit to be doing what you were doing is obviously something that you have to know about for yourself. But if you were then it's certain that it's never wrong to obey the Spirit of God (Rom.8:14; Jn. 16:13; I Jn. 2:27).

Our worship services are held in my home and I am in charge of the services, but my charge is to be certain that the Spirit of God is the one that is truly in charge of what takes place. We enjoy a lot of freedom in the joy of the Lord because we are allowing Him to dictate to us what He wants rather than us dictate to ourselves what we want. What has happened to the overall Congregation of the Lord is that its leadership doesn't know enough about the leading of the Spirit, and that has resulted in a man-made religious structure that
by and large boxes out the true worship of God in spirit and in truth. God is calling His people out of everything called Christianity, and calling them unto Himself to worship Him freely in spirit (Rev. 18:4; II Cor. 3:17; Philip. 3:3).

I would like to encourage you to study over our website and pray for direction from God about what He would have you to do. If you really want an answer from Him He will send it to you, though it could take some doing and waiting. You're welcome to write anytime. May God bless.
Sincerely,
Lary

Question:
Brother Lary,
I recently came across your web site -- I liked it. I have 2 subjects that concern me and I'm writing to you hoping that you could help me. 1st -- I believe in my heart that I am saved -- I have never spoken in tongues -- reading your web site it sounded to me that if a person doesnt speak in tongues and they die -- then they will not be with the lord. 2nd -- I am married -- my wife and I have been together for 15 years. We lived together most of that time before we got married -- I know that it was wrong to do so. At the time I tried to justify it to myself. What concerns me is the fact that my wife was previousley married.1st corinthians chapter 7 seems to say to me, to stay in the condition/ situation that you are in when you becom saved.That condition could mean married ?
thank you for your time -- hope to hear from you soon
Joseph

Answer:
Hi Joseph,
Thank you for taking the time to write. I can appreciate your concerns, and you seem to be very sincere about them. Actually the answers to your two questions are inseparable. It is true that the baptism of the holy Ghost, which is always accompanied by speaking with other tongues, is the one and only new birth experience. That doesn't mean that you haven't experienced anything with the Lord, but just that you haven't come to the new birth experience YET. There are a number of articles on my site that show from the Bible how that this is true. I would encourage you to study over these things and pray about them, for the Lord to confirm something to you. A good place to start would be with the first four questions and answers on our FAQ's page. To receive the holy Ghost, one must simply surrender his whole will to God. That sounds simple enough, but what people don't understand is that man is not able to determine of himself that he has done that. God alone sees the hearts and knows the totality of a person, and
that is why He furnished His own chosen sign to accompany the new birth
experience, which is speaking in other tongues (See our gospel tract called
"The Token").

This all leads to your other question. Seeing that neither you or your wife have been baptized with the holy Ghost, then neither one of you are actually in the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13). The things that are written in I Cor. 7 about marriage are written for the sake of those who are in the body of Christ. So the real issue for you to deal with is concerning receiving the Spirit. As far as what has taken place in the past with you or your wife, it doesn't have any particular bearing on anything about you or her getting into Christ, or living for Him together as husband and wife thereafter. Hopefully she is as interested in the way of Christ as you seem to be. Joseph you are more than welcome to write back any time you feel like it. I would be glad to help you in any way I can. The most important thing is just really seek the Lord diligently and He will make sure that you acquire the right answers, as long as the right answers is what you truly want. May God lead and bless you, as He loves to do.
Sincerely,
Lary

Question:
 some say that we are going to leave this world before the trials and great
tribulation come. i believe that we are going to have to endure these tribulations .
do you agree? what is your insight on this?

Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for writing. Yes I agree with you because that is what is plainly in the
Bible. Most people adhere to the secret rapture before or during the tribulation, but it simply isn't in the Bible. That would be nice for whoever is living at that time, but the Bible continually refers to the greatest persecution of God's people of all time as being at that time, and coming from the one known as "The Beast." And there just isn't any rapture of the Bride of Christ before the second coming of the Lord, definitively stated in the Bible. The rapture is AT the second coming which is when all the world will see Jesus coming from heaven. I'm leaving you a link that addresses this issue on my website. I think you will find it enlightening,
or at least confirming. Also we can continue the discussion on it if you would like. Take care and thanks for writing again.
Sincerely,
Lary

Will the Bride of Christ be caught up....?

Question:
LARY- YOUR ADVICE AND PRAYERS HAVE BEEN TRULY A BLESSING FOR ME AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THEM! THE ENEMY WAS TRYING RO TRICK ME INTO THINKING THAT BECAUSE MY SPIRIT LANGUAGE DIDNT SOUND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE'S IT DIDNT MEAN ANYTHING! HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF IT! I NOW PRAY IN THE SPIRIT WITH POWER AND NO DOUBTS! I WANT TO BE A MORE POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE PRAYER WARRIOR. I WANT TO HAVE A MORE PRODUCTIVE PRAYER LIFE- I WANT TO HEAR THE HOLY SPIRITS AUDIBLE VOICE. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? I HAVE BEEN A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN FOR A YEAR-DOES THAT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HEARING THE HOLY SPIRITS VOICE? HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRAY IN THE SPIRIT? WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ON PRAYING FOR SOMEONE ELSE IN THE SPIRIT? HOPE THING ARE GOING WELL FOR YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU- AARON
CURRY

Answer:
Hey Aaron,
It's great to hear from you! It sounds like you're moving along pretty well in the Spirit. The holy Ghost will speak to you in many ways. It's up to us to keep our hearts in a spiritual condition that enables us to hear that voice. An AUDIBLE voice means a voice that you can hear with your ears, just like if someone is sitting next to you speaking to you. For God to speak audibly to an individual is really rare. In twenty five years of serving the Lord, I've heard the audible voice of the Lord a couple of times. It certainly is quite an experience. The Spirit also speaks in an INAUDIBLE voice, meaning that it speaks clearly like someone next to you, except you only hear it in your mind; it's not an external voice like the audible voice. And then there is the IMPRESSION of the Spirit upon your spirit, where the Spirit impresses something strongly upon your spirit, so that it isn't actually a voice like audible or inaudible, but it may as well be because it still translates into words. That's kind of hard to explain, but that's about the best I can do with it. And finally there is the most important "voice" of all, and that is the one that God really wants us to learn how to recognize, because it will be the one that we "hear" most often. That is the STILL SMALL VOICE of the Spirit. You might like to read I Kings 19:9-13, to see how Elijah heard this voice of the Spirit, after realizing that the greater manifestations that he had just witnessed were not what the Lord was speaking to him through. The still small voice of the Spirit is the voice that "teaches us all things," and
"guides us into all truth" (Jn. 14:26; Jn.16:13).

In order to learn how to consistently recognize the still small voice of the Spirit, we MUST keep our hearts pure from all sin, through the power and holiness of God's Spirit. If we DON'T do that, then there will always be other "voices" that sound like the voice of the Spirit, and we will believe that they ARE the holy Ghost, and we will be deceived. Learning to recognize that still small voice is not such an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of willingness to wait on confirmation from the Lord, as to whether we truly have heard something from Him through the Spirit. Anyone who is willing to believe that they have heard something from God, just because it benefits them in some way personally, will be turned over to believe a lie (II Thess. 2:10-12). If God's people all knew that still small voice, there would be absolutely no division or confusion about doctrine in the body of Christ, and we would be "one," as Jesus prayed that we would be (Jn. 17:22). As far as praying in the Spirit, that is how I do the greater majority of my praying. I pray in many ways, depending on how I feel led at a particular moment, but in general I pray most effectively when praying in the Holy Ghost; and I would say that probably close to 90% of my praying is in the Spirit. But I also pray in my mind at the same time that I'm praying in the Spirit, and I'm always praying about better ways to pray. Prayer is just an infinite learning process, because God is an infinite God. We just have to feel our way along in all things, and spiritually learn our way into God's ways. And yes I pray for others in the Spirit all the time, and in my mind at the same time as well (Eph. 6:18). This is just the way I've always felt most comfortable and effective. I believe also that praying is a very individual thing, and what works best for one person may not be the case for someone else. Learning to just be yourself in God is a great blessing
indeed. We can be edified and blessed by the faith and gifts of others, but we don't want to become a polly parrot of someone else. Well, thanks for writing Aaron, and I wish every good and fruitful thing for you in Chirst. God bless you.
Sincerely,
Lary

Question:
LARY- THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND INFO.WHEN YOU PRAY FOR SOMEONE IN THE SPIRIT, DO THE PEOPLE FEEL AWKWARD BECAUSE OF THE TONGUES THEY HEAR-DO THEY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE? I AM NO COMPUTER WIZ-SO I HOPE BY REPLYING YOUR GETTING THE COPY YOU ASKED FOR.GOD BLESS, AARON

Answer:
Hi Again Aaron,
Yes I did get the copy that I needed, and I appreciate it much. As far as praying for people in the Spirit, I see now that you are talking about praying for people in person in the Spirit. In that case it just depends on the environment that you're in. If I know that people are familiar with speaking in tongues, and/or I'm in a worship service situation, then I will pray for people in the Spirit most of the time. In fact I prefer to do this because that way nobody is just listening to what I'm saying when I pray. I like for people's minds to be on the Lord when they are being prayed for, and not on just what someone is praying. On the other hand, if I'm dealing with a situation where someone is not familiar with tongues,
then I will pray for them in my own speech, so that nothing will hinder or distract them from being edified. The Apostle Paul mentioned these things in I Cor. 14, saying that we should pray in a manner that is helpful to those we are praying for, and that we should consider what will edify those around us. God bless.
Sincerely,
Lary

Question:
I have been studying the bible for sometime, i have been saved but have never spoken in tongues, i have repented, i have been baptized in Jesus name, i have cried out , been seeking, wanting the Holy Ghost, but never got it. i am so afraid im going to hell, i can not let go of the scripture in hebrews, if you sin willing, there is no blood sacrifice left for you, well i have, i don't know many who has not, are we all doomed for hell. please help me i am so scared, i think that is why i have never been given the Holy Ghost.. i want to live for God, i want to go to heaven, i love Jesus.. i just don't think he has faith in me, there is a place in the
bible that says the people belived in Jesus but Jesus did not commit himself to them,..i am not good with scriptures i know the bible but not where to find things always,..found it, its john 2:23 i just want to know should i give up accept im going to hell or not. thanks,........ irene



Answer:
Hi Irene,
Thanks for writing; it's nice to hear from you, and hopefully I will be able to set your heart at ease a little bit here. I can see that you have been victimized by the confusing spirit and doctrines of Christianity. That's the bad news, but the good news is that there is a way for you to have absolute peace, and to be certain that you are in right standing with God. But in order to get to that place, you will have to leave the place of confusion that you've been brought to by the erroneous teachings of Christianity. First of all, you haven't actually "been saved," and being baptized in water can accomplish nothing for your soul. In fact water baptism is not even a part of the new testament gospel, as it has been
fulfilled by Jesus' baptism of the SPIRIT! And before you balk at these
statements, remember that the teachings that you have received have not led
you to the peace and assurance that you long for. The thing that you
haven't yet realized, is that these erroneous doctrines ARE THE REASON for
your confusion and torment.

I'm going to leave you some key links to articles on my site that will give you all of the scriptural details of what I'm going to try to get across to you here, but for now I'm just going to say it with pure simplicity that we can both readily identify with. This gospel is truly the gospel of the HEART! That is what Jesus lived and died for, and rose again for - a way for my heart and yours to be truly and literally free from the bondage of the nature of sin that we were all born with. That nature, referred to by the Apostle Paul in Rom. 7:23 as the "law of sin which is in my members, (flesh)" is the only thing that has ever been wrong with mankind. The old testament was designed to lead Isreal to Christ, but itself could not truly deliver anyone from the power of that sinful nature (Gal.3:21; Heb. 10:4). But the good news (gospel) is that Jesus HAS made a way for us to have just that - true deliverance from being under the power of a sinful nature
(Heb.9:13,14). The baptism of the Holy Ghost is THE experience that brings
this deliverance from sin (Rom.8:1-4), and NOTHING ELSE WILL! That is why
John the Baptist, the ONLY man sent by God to prepare Israel to meet Jesus,
simply and definitively said that Jesus' reason for coming was to "baptize
you with the Holy Ghost" (Mk.1:8).

The way to receive the baptism of the Spirit is simply to repent completely of sin and turn your will totally over to Jesus, to let Him do with your life what He will. This is a simple formula, but unfortunately we all come from very unsimple and complexly confused origins; namely the condition of being in sin. So what this means is that often times we manage to make it much harder to receive the Spirit than it really should be. One way we make it difficult sometimes is by being a little bit afraid to really give it all up to God from the bottom of our hearts. We're used to being in control of our lives, and it does take trusting the completeness of God's love and good will, to really make a full surrender. And it is very common for people to not see whatever it is that they are holding onto, that is hindering them from receiving the Spirit. And when you add to these things all the confusion that the erroneous doctrines of Christianity bring on
people, it can make it REALLY hard to receive the one experience that you truly need; meaning the Spirit baptism. It takes perseverance and determination in faith to get to the place where our offering of ourselves is complete in the sight of God. When it is Jesus will baptize us with the Spirit with the accompanying witness of speaking in tongues, and we will then KNOW that we have been born again, and made a "new creature" in Christ. We know it because of the divine love, peace and joy that fills us through this glorious experience that Jesus died for, that we might have it.

You need to forget about everything except whatever it takes for you to make that grade with God, and be filled with blessed assurance. You don't have it yet, because you haven't come to that place in your heart yet. You may feel that you've repented, and I'm sure that you have to some extent; but God is the only One who knows the hearts of men, and He sees plenty that we manage to miss. I have a woman that comes to my services who has been seeking for the holy Ghost for about three years, and she just recently came to the realization that she is still holding bitterness and resentment in her heart toward someone who wronged her long ago. Now she is dealing with trying to let it go completely. There's been several times in the past few years when it appeared that she was going to receive the Spirit, but God saw that part of her will that she wasn't letting go,
although we did NOT see it at the time. Like I tell her, just don't give up. God will see you through if you'll stay the course of humility, determination and faith. The scripture you mentioned from Hebrews about sinning wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth does NOT apply to someone in your position. In fact that scripture could apply to very few people who DO have the Spirit, because very few people who have received the Spirit have come to know the truth. That is because God's people )Spirit baptized believers) are in bondage to Christianity, which the true Christ is not identified with.

God is FOR you Irene, so just try to settle yourself a little, and seek Him from your heart without anything else attached to the equation. Don't stress yourself out trying to seek God, but rather relax yourself and KNOW that He is listening and watching, and standing ready to fill you so full of divine love and peace, that you won't even know yourself! Just remember that once you get there, that is the beginning of your life in God, and you will need to keep yourself in that pureness of holiness if you want to be saved. If you are attending a place of worship, you are most likely being done more harm than good there, and you should leave it behind in favor of searching out God's direction for you, from your heart. I took this much time to answer your questions in detail because I can see that you are in a lot of need. I'm going to be praying for you, and I know that God wants to
make Himself known to you for Who and What He really is. Please read this e-mail more than once, and study out the few scripture references that I've provided. I'm sure that you will see the sense and truth of what I'm saying to you, and that this gospel isn't as confusing as what has been presented to you so far. Feel free to write anytime, as I'm always available to those who are seeking for God's truth with an honest heart. I also encourage you to study the links that I'm leaving you, along with the other solid stuff on our site, and accompany your study with prayer for God's guidance. He won't lead you astray. May the Lord bless you mightily!
Sincerely,
Lary

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P.S. You are NOT doomed for hell. No one has to go to hell. But if we don't submit to God completely, and continue to do so, that will be all that is left. But don't be discouraged - it's actually much easier to submit to God, than it is to continue in our own path of confusion, fear and doubt.


Question:
I was in a relationship with a great man but we've been having some rough times lately and teaking breaks. So this last arguement I told him tht IF WE BREAK UP AGAIN, THAT I SWEAR THE DEVIL CAN HAVE MY SOUL IF I TAKE HIM BACK AGAIN.

I did this to prove to him how serious I was and to keep him from breaking up bc by tht drastic oath...I could never take him back again if we broke up. I did this bc I was tired of our little breaks tht he usually requests when he is angry and later on when he calms down he tells me he didn't mean it. But he's a great man and we would like2be together again.

CAN I BREAK THIS SWEAR I MADE? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I DID? WOULD THRE DEVIL INDEED TAKE MY SOUL? OR WOULD GOD UNDERSTAND THAT I SAID THAT OUT OF DESPERATION?

I've been saved since I was 16 and have tried to live the best way according to the Bible. And I never make swears like this. I feel ashamed as a Christian that I have done so. Thank u so much for taking time to answer this. Please email me once you have posted a reply, if possible.
"worried"

Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing. I think you should think up some different ways of trying to keep your relationship going, rather than make drastic statements about your soul. If you read some on my website, or the Bible for that matter, you will see that both you and your boyfriend need to be filled with the holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues, in order to be in right standing with God. You've been fooled by the religion of Christianity into believing that you have "been saved." There's no such thing as "getting saved" in the Bible. If you don't receive the baptism of the holy Ghost, the Devil already has your soul anyway. You just need to get down to the business of serious repentance and faith in Jesus, until He fills you with His Spirit, so that Satan can't use you for his purposes. After you are filled with the Spirit, you need to stay that way, or Satan will once again deceive you into sin. I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but it is the right one. This is what you need to be more concerned about rather than your oath. But the Bible clearly states to "swear not" under any circumstances. Maybe you can use this situation as a good starting point for serious repentance from sin. Let me know if I can help you further. I wish you the best.
Sincerely,
Lary Hale

Question:
First Praise God, recently my husband received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. An unbelievable experience for him. He spoke in tongues and could not believe it. But knew beyond a doubt that he was changed. The question is he refrains from speaking in tongues, he says it just doesn't make since to his logical mind. Should I continue to encourage him or just pray for him?

Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing. That's really an intriguing situation. Does it make sense to his logical mind that he was filled with heavenly peace by a God that he can't see or hear? Just being good naturedly and humorously curious. It's for sure he doesn't need to quench the Spirit like he's doing, but he will have to come to that conclusion himself. But maybe you can help him get there by showing him a few bible verses that both encourage and command us to continue speaking in tongues after receiving the Spirit. I Cor. 14:4 tells us that our faith is built up by speaking in tongues. I Cor. 14:14 tells us that when we pray in tongues our spirit is edified (built up). Jude 1:20,21 tells us that praying in the holy Ghost
(meaning in tongues) builds our faith and keeps the love of God dwelling in us. Add to that Mat. 24:12,13; where Jesus mentions that in the end time many will let the love of God wax cold, but the ones who don't are the ones who will be saved. Maybe the ones who endure till the end (don't allow the love of God to wax cold) are the ones who pray more in tongues. In I Cor. 14:18 the Apostle Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than anyone, and we know he was strong in the faith. Rom. 8:26 tells us that when we pray in the Spirit (tongues) we are praying for things that we don't have mental ability to know or pray about.

Isaiah 28:11,12 tells us that speaking with other tongues is rest and refreshing for the weary soul. Your husband just needs to realize that the baptism of the Spirit is not a one time and done deal. It's an every day renewing of the same rest and peace that we first receive with the initial experience. Ceasing to pray in tongues after receiving the Spirit is like ceasing to eat after being born into this world. The Spirit wants to speak through us, and we certainly need that every day, and to not allow that to happen is quenching the Spirit, which the Scriptures command us to not do (I Thess. 5:19). This whole gospel, and every miraculous thing about it, is against the logic of man's mind. Not only so, but the logic of man's mind is against everything about this gospel, and about God Himself as well (Rom. 8:6,7; Rom. 12:2; II Cor. 10:4,5). You might like to let your husband read this response, and search out the scriptural references for himself. I appreciate your writing, and it really is a good letter and question. I
wish both of you the very best in Christ, and you're more than welcome to write anytime about anything, and I hope you will. I hope that the things that I've written will be of some help, and I'll bring you both before the Lord in my prayers. God bless both of you much!
Sincerely,
Lary Hale

Comment:
Bro.Lary, I am sorry you have really been taught the wrong thing about the Baptism and if a person received the Baptism in the Spirit or Holy Ghost, one would speak in tongues at the beginning. This is a lie you are teaching and God have mercy on you..If you remember Jesus is the Son of God and He said He would send us a comforter who would lead us into all truths. When Jesus was being baptised by John in the river of Jordan, the Holy Ghost descended upon him. Now if he is the Son of God, He is the SPirit of GOd, but He still had to receive the Holy Ghost Baptism . DO you remember that Jesus Himself had to go into the wilderness and pray and fast to recieve the power from on High.. John said there is one who comes after me who shall Baptise you with Power and with Fire. This is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost which is a gift given after a person has become Sanctified and Purified to where His vessel is clean. When one gets saved many there be that still have things of the flesh they have to get rid of and sanctification is the second gift . It is a cleansing process that continually happens over our lifetime. We die daily to the affections of this world. If we could recieve the Holy Ghost at Salvation that means we have already been cleansed which is impossible to get done without Sanctification. Salvation is the repenting of Sins but it cannot do what the Power of The Holy Ghost can do for you in that it is only the first step the living a Christian life. We are not born knowing how to walk or feed ourselves. But through growth and knowledge we learn. Without our Mother and Father to teach us we might never learn much. the chances of learning on our own would be impossible that is why we have our parents. This is why even though we are children of our parents, we cannot do anything without the help of them. We are children of God being saved, but not learning or progressing without recieving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost a separate gift. Please read Acts Chapter 10 verse :42-46

Answer:
Dear ?,
Thanks for writing and expressing your opinion about what I am teaching. I would like to point out however that the things that you are trying to convince me of are just not in the Bible. There simply is no "getting saved" doctrine in the Bibe, and sanctification is by the Spirit of God (I Cor. 6:11; Rom. 15:16), which can only be received through the spirit baptism (Acts 19:2-6), which is always accompanied by speaking with other tongues. And the fact that the holy Ghost baptism is always accompanied by speaking in tongues, can be easily seen, ironically, by the scripture passage that you left for me (Act 10:42-46). Another thing you might like to pray about and study on, is that salvation is not the same thing as the new birth, but rather is what the faithful receive at the 2nd coming of the Lord, meaning immortality (I Pet. 1:3-9; Mat. 24:12,13; Rom. 13:11). The things that you have written to me are a combination of erroneous Christian tradition, and logic of man. I'm leaving you a couple of links to read on,
that I'm sure can clear some of this up for you, if that's what you want. Letting go of something wrong, and receiving the right thing in it's place, can only help, not hurt. Pride on the other hand, religious or otherwise, can only hurt, not help. Thanks again for writing, and take care.
Sincerely,
Lary Hale

When and how is a person born again?
When and how is a person saved?
Receiving The Holy Ghost
The Remission of Sins
The Token

Answer:
I forgot to add this very important link. It explains why the holy Ghost baptism is the new birth, even though we can and do have spiritual experiences through faith in Jesus, before experiencing the new birth.
LH

I know I've had an experience...

Comment:
I don't feel that I am wrong this is something I have experienced is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost when I was 13 years old. I accepted Christ long before then and have been taught by great men and women of God through the Church of God. I don't know how you can twist things but you seem to do a good job trying to convince me that I am wrong. I don't care what you believe but I do know what I believe and it's not the same. You have learned a baptist type teaching which is trying to be Holiness and you cannot. What ever else you believe we will see But I don't believe in arguing the Bible and I will read some more of your work to prove I am not bias. I am a 59 year old woman and I have had some wonderful experiences in Christ and the truth will be made known who is wrong or right . Although your concept is wrong you are trying to prove something to someone, maybe yourself.

Answer:
Hi Again ?,
Thanks for responding to my reply. I'm glad to see that you are at least thinking about what I wrote. I decided to reply again in order to point out to you that there is also no such thing in the Bible as "accepting Christ." I Cor. 12:13 plainly states that it is the baptism of the holy Ghost that puts anyone into Christ, which is the same as being born again (II Cor. 5:17). The spirit baptism has never changed since it was first received on the day of Pentecost, including speaking in tongues. What I'm teaching is not Baptist doctrine, but at the same time, it really is about BAPTizing with the holy Ghost, which is what both John the BAPTIST and Jesus both said was Jesus' purpose. And no, I don't need to prove anything to myself, but I sure would like to prove the truth to you if you'll let me. Let's be friends and come to the real truth of the matter together!
Sincerely Again,
Lary

Answer:
Hi Again,
I just wanted to let you know that discussing disagreement about the Scriptures can be a very good thing. Somewhere somebody came up with the ideal that it's just wrong to "argue" about the Bible. While it is surely wrong to "quarrel" about ANYTHING, let alone the Scriptures; it is NOT wrong for people with conflicting viewpoints to discuss in a sane manner what the Bible actually teaches. I think whoever came up with that ideal just didn't want someone to find the truth, so they could stay under the same error they were under. Somehow the ideal just caught on, and now what we have is everyone being afraid of everyone else, always thinking that someone is trying to put something evil over on them. I never mind when someone tries to show me that I'm wrong. I have nothing to defend, seeing that the doctrine I teach is not mine, neither is it or has it been taught by denominational creed. I think that the Apostle Paul would agree with
what I'm saying here:

"And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, DISPUTING and PERSUADING the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, DISPUTING daily in the school of one Tyrannus" (Acts 19:8,9).

Believe it or not, I'm actually just interested in your well being and the true fellowship of the Spirit and truth of God. I can continue dialogue, or discontinue; whichever you prefer. I won't send anything beyond this e-mail, if I don't hear from you.
Sincerely,
Lary

Comment:
Nope, I do not agree that speaking in tongues is the evidence of being saved. Scripture does not say that and I will continue to pray for souls who have not the TRUTH.................................................................Alvis Jenkins C.O.G.  

Answer:
Hi Alvis,
Thanks for writing and expressing your opinion about our website. I agree with you, that speaking in tongues is not the evidence of salvation. It is however, the evidence of receiving the Spirit of God, which is the new birth experience; whereby we are washed, justified, sanctified, and made a member of the one body of Christ (I Cor. 6:11; I Cor. 12:13; II Cor. 5:17; Acts 19:2,6). The only evidence of salvation is being a part of the first resurrection and receiving an immortal body like the one Jesus has (I Pet. 1:3-9; Rom. 13:11; Mat. 24:12,13; Isa. 25:9; Lam. 3:2;). Glad you wrote, and take care.
Sincerely,
Lary Hale


Question:
Where is Paul's crucifixion found in the Bible? Also, where is the death of Jesus' other disciples found?
Thank you.

Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing. The only apostle who's death is recorded in the Bible is James, the brother of John, whose death is mentioned in Acts ch. 12. The manner of Peter's death is strongly implied however in Jn. 21:18,19. The other apostles' deaths are mentioned I believe in the historical accounts of Josephus, an early historian. Take care.
Lary Hale

Question:
Brother, God has been showing me a lot of what you are saying on the Holy Ghost. I am hosting bible studies at my home on Friday nights and we just started studying the Holy Ghost. Your web site is very informative. My wife has said she has heard me speak in tongues in my sleep, but I have never heard myself speak in tongues. I want to know that I have the Holy Ghost. God has been revealing a lot of things to me. I want to ask you if you will pray that God will give me guidance in teaching on the Holy Ghost. God has sent to me about 15 young people (around my age, 30) that are hungry for God. I pray that God will fill them with the Holy Ghost during this time of study. Being you are not suppose to seek after the tongues, do you advise to seek after the Holy Ghost? I appreciate the web site and all the information it contains.

Answer:
Hi Johnny,
It's really great to get such a good e-mail from a sincere believer! When you want the holy Ghost more than anything in life, and you're completely willing for God to have His own way in your life in all things, you will receive it. Just ask the Lord to show you what you need to do, in order to receive it, and He will guide you in the way. I've known many people, including myself, who just needed to let go of something that they hadn't previously been able to let go of, in order to receive the Spirit. It's all about surrendering our will to God, in favor of His will being done in our life completely. When the willingness to do that, and the faith to receive is in place, His eyes see it and He fills us so full of heavenly love,
peace, and joy, that we just can't contain it! That's why Peter had to tell the folks he was preaching to on the day of Pentecost, that "these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day" (Acts 2:15). What it really amounts to is what Peter referred to as "the answer of a good conscience toward God" (I Pet. 3:21). In other words, when we have really surrendered over our entire will and life into God's hands, our conscience is clear because we aren't holding anything back from God, and that's what produces the faith to just receive it. The holy Ghost is right there for us to receive at anytime. We just have to get into the position to receive it.

You may already have it yourself, but if you do, then naturally you want that to be confirmed to you by the Lord. Once when I was seeking for the holy Ghost, I actually already had it, and hadn't accepted my experience that I had received for some reason. Anyway I fasted some and got alone with God, and He confirmed to me that I had it, by the Spirit hitting me like a mild electrical shock in the base of my spine and it went up to the base of my brain with lightning speed, and spoke through me very quickly and momentarily. And the same thing happened a few minutes later as I continued to pray. For some crazy reason, I still couldn't accept that I had the Spirit, and I kind of took the long way of getting to where I already was. But you have to know for yourself that you have received it before you can begin to grow in the Spirit, because if you don't know that you have it then you won't exercise it, such as in praying in tongues, which is more effective and empowering than praying in our own language (Rom. 8:26; Jude 1:20). If you strongly suspect that you have it, then just desire to speak in tongues, but don't pray for being able to speak in tongues. That may not seem to make sense, but shortly after I knew I had received the Spirit, I was concerned because I wasn't speaking in tongues; and a girl who had also received the Spirit, gave me that advice and it prospered. So for that reason it does make sense. Anyway I hope that these few things will help some, and I will surely be praying for you and those that are with you. Thanks for writing and let me know if I can help in any way.
God bless.

Sincerely,
Lary

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