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I am looking for a Bible believing Church
that can give me Biblical answers to my
questions. I am looking for scriptural answers not conjecture. I have posted
these questions to some and the answer I got was: "These are good questions and
I admonish you to find a Bible believing church in your area". So now the search
is on to find a Bible believing Church with a caring spirit and the question is:
Are you in that Church?
Here are my questions?
1.. Where in the scripture does
it say we lost heaven?
2.. Where does it in the scripture say we need to be saved to go to heaven?
3.. Where is the scripture that says we are saved from hell?
4.. Where in the book of Genesis does it say they eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil the will go to hell?
5.. Where does it say if they eat of the tree they will lose heaven?
6.. Where doe it say in the scripture that the wages of sin is to lose heaven?
7.. Is the wages of sin hell or death?
8.. Does the scripture say the death means hell?
9.. Did the Old covenant ever allude to people needing to make sacrifices to get
10.. Did all people who were not Jews go to hell before the New
Covenant...scriptural answers, please?
11.. Why is the word hell not used until the book of Deuteronomy if it was so
important and in that scripture it is talking about how low Gods anger would
1. Where in the scripture
does it say we lost heaven?
- Eph. 2:12; (Without hope says it all.) I Cor. 15:22 (spiritual death
[alienated from God, which includes the second death, or the lake of fire] -
spiritual life [reconciled to God)
2. Where does it in the scripture say we need to be saved to go to heaven?
- Acts 5:32 (repentance and faith result in the holy Ghost baptism.); Titus 3:5
(holy ghost baptism saves us from our previous sins, and give us power to do the
will of God form our heart); I Jn. 2:15-17 (Doing the will of God saves us unto
3. Where is the scripture that says we are saved from hell?
- Rev. 20:6 (the second death is the lake of fire, the final end of the
disobedient.); Mat. 25:31-46 (The faithful will be spared from the fate of the
4. Where in the book of Genesis does it say they eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil the will go to hell?
- Gen. 2:17 (Not only natural death, but also spiritual death, which is
alienation from God and His presence; and there's only one other place to end
5.. Where does it say if they eat of the tree they will lose heaven?
6. Where doe it say in the scripture that the wages of sin is to lose heaven?
- Rom. 6:23 (Again, death means spiritual death as well as natural death, for
the disobedient, as is demonstrated by previous scriptures.)
7. Is the wages of sin hell or death?
- Rev. 6:8; Rev. 20:14 (Death and hell go hand in hand. If one isn't "made
alive" spiritually in this life, he has no hope of being in the first
resurrection, or the "resurrection of life." - Jn. 5:28,29)
8. Does the scripture say the death means hell?
- There are four different usages of the word "hell" in the Bible. The old
testament hell is from the Hebrew word "sheol," and always means "the place of
the dead," a very general definition. The N.T. shows "hades," which also refers
to the place of the dead, generally. "Geenna," which is a reference to the lake
of fire. "Tartaroo." used only once in II Pet. 2, refers to the lowest abyss of
the lake of fire. For the "death" issue, look at questions and answers for #1 &
9. Did the Old covenant ever allude to people needing to make sacrifices to get
- Heb. 9:6-14; Heb. 10:4; (The old covenant could only offer a figurative
remission of sins, and those who were sincere did make the proper sacrifices as
being obedient to the law and the system that God ordained for that time. And
obedience has always been the standard for attaining unto eternal life.)
10.. Did all people who were not Jews go to hell before the New
Covenant...scriptural answers, please?
- Rom. 2:12-16 ("For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish
without law:" - Israel was the only nation under the law of God. Only God can
say who perished "without law" and who didn't.)
11. Why is the word hell not used until the book of Deuteronomy if it was so
- I'm sure that only God could answer that question. After all, I didn't author
or write those books; and the men who did, whom are dead, were writing under the
inspiration of the holy Spirit from God. I doubt that they could answer the
... and in that scripture it is talking about how low Gods anger would burn?
- (Deut. 29:18-21; Isa. 5:12-14; Heb. 10:28-30; II Pet. 2:20,21) God's greatest
wrath is reserved for the disobedient among His own people, which is a common
theme throughout the scriptures, for those of the O.T. and especially for those
of the N.T. That is why the Apostle Paul said that N.T, believers should "work
out [our] salvation with fear and trembling" (Philip. 2:12).
HI Lary, i thank God for finding
your site because you have spoken the truth on the true oneness of god. It seems
to me tha satan is distroying people with the trinity and jesus only doctrines,
my problem is that i live in brockton MA and i cant find one church who believes
in the truth, please if you can help me find a church to go to God will repay
you for me.
Thanks for writing. This truth is extremely rare as is all truth, and to my
knowledge there is nowhere that is preaching nothing but the truth. The best
thing that you can do is to really seek God for a direction and wait patiently
on Him. Actually you are better off staying alone and being led and taught by
God's Spirit, and worshipping Him freely on your own, unless and until He
clearly leads you somewhere. The services that I hold in my home are only
attended by a few people, but the Spirit of truth that ministers to us is pure
and whole; and I would rather "be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to
divide the spoil with the proud!" (Prov. 16:19). I would be glad to call and
talk if you like, just let me know when I can reach you. Also I am currently
working on a study guide on the truth of the Father and the Son, and I'll send
it along to you as soon as it is completed. I'm sorry I can't help any more than
this at the moment, but there just isn't anywhere to tell you to go that I feel
would be more benefit than harm. Hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. Did you read our gospel tract called "In The Beginning"? It is the
companion tract to "The True Oneness of God." In case you didn't see it on the
site, the link is below.
I am an Apostolic female who
is struggling very much with depression, head aches, etc, and I would like it if
you would please pray for me. I am having trouble finding a church or going to
the one I have found. Please email me back. I need all the help I can get cause
I am at a Baptist college on my own. Thanks and God Bless
I'm glad you wrote, and I have just finished laying my hands on the computer
screen on your e-mail and praying for your problems. I had some serious headache
problems several months ago, and actually ended up in the hospital. Through much
determination of faith, God mercifully healed me of the problem. I wasn't having
the depression, but I did go through a horrendous depression in 1979-1980, from
which the Lord delivered me, when I finally let Him have the reins of my life.
Maybe you are having probems finding somewhere to worship the Lord freely,
because God isn't leading you to the places that you've been. I really think
that you should just be still and seek the Lord diligently for a direction, and
don't move until He clearly shows you if and where to go. It may be that for the
time being, you may be better off not going anywhere, but just concentrate on
listening for the leading of the still small voice of the Spirit of God, and
getting your mind and spirit in harmony with that. I'm going to continue praying
for your situation, and will bring you up for prayer at the service that I hold
in my home on Friday's, which is tonight. Also, the Lord was giving me some good
leading on healing during the time that I was having the headache problems, and
He brought forth some potent messages in our home services. I would be glad to
send you a cassette copy of one or two of our meetings during that time if you
would like. It's for sure that the truths that God was focusing my mind on, were
what pulled me out of my problems with my head. Just send me a mailing address
if you are interested, and I'll send something along. And you don't have
anything to be afraid of, as I don't take advantage of mailing addresses by
sending a bunch of stuff after I've gotten an address. I don't give addresses to
anyone else either. I say these things because I know how a lot of ministries
operate, doing exactly the things that I've just said that I do not do. I would
just like for you to be blessed by the same truth that has blessed me. Hope to
hear from you, and God bless.
Thanks. I once did feel the Holy
Ghost very strongly in my life, but I now have no teenage Apostolic friends to
help me through these times, or to hang out with. My group of friends I feel is
going through depression, and I feel like Jonah, just throw me out of the boat,
and your problems will go away. God tells me to do things, and it is hard for me
to follow through. Your testimony is awesome. I cried while reading it. It is
sad that people don't think that miracles don't happen now adays. I used to go
to bro. Steve Pixler's church, if you know where it's at. Most of the time I
will tell people where I went, and they are like really?? That's a good church.
:) There is an Apostolic church here, where I did feel God's presence strongly.
I cried and the pastor even prayed over me. I just am intimidated by it's size.
It only has about ten people or so in it. I know that kind of intimidation is
only from the devil, so I think I will go this Sunday. Please tell me what you
think. Thank you. -Ana-
It's great to hear back from you! I told the people at our prayer meeting
earlier tonight about your situation, and requested prayer for you. I also had
some good prayer for you earlier, and I'm really hoping that God will move for
you in a special way. It may sometimes seem difficult to act on what God leads
us to do, but it always leads to peace and confidence when we are obedient. On
the other hand, if we take what seems to be the easier way, it always leads to
the opposite of peace and confidence. In regard to friends, the only true
friends are the ones who influence us and are influenced by the way of holiness.
One or two true friends are worth more than a thousand that are otherwise. If
our hearts are after God, as yours sure seems to be, then sometimes we will go
where we learn a little about the loneliness and isolation that Jesus felt. But
if you stay determined to follow after God, He will eventually bring you
together with people who will have been worth the wait.
I wish you had a dozen of the greatest friends, but maybe God is bringing you
through a time like this for a very wise and good purpose that will later be
revealed to you. Read this sobering passage from Lamentations, written by a man
who knew the meaning of being alone with God, including in his youth: "It is
good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth
silence, because he hath borne it upon him. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if
so be there may be hope. He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is
filled full with reproach. For the LORD will not cast off for ever:" (Lam.
3:27-31). My perception of you is that you are a very dear girl to the Lord, and
I truly believe that His hand is with you for good, even though you may not
always feel it. We can't always understand why things are what they are, but we
can trust that God
is in control of all things, and is working all things for the good of those who
will trust in Him for doing so (Rom. 8:28). As far as the services that you
attended, the only advice I have at this time is what I wrote in the previous
e-mail. I do know that God is calling His people out of all Christian
denominations, including the Pentecostal ones, in order to be truly free to
worship Him in Spirit and in truth; apart from the traditions of men which have
long been accepted as truth, but not by God. I don't know anything about Steve
Pixler's congregation. Is it something in the Louisville or Sou. Indiana area? I
live in Louisville, KY. I hope I've helped in some way, and my offer to send
some really good gospel stuff from
our meetings still stands. Anything I send out is free of charge, and stays that
way. Anyway, I'm hoping and praying that God blesses you in a really big way
Ana, and that you let Him do it! You're always welcome to write. I'm always
available to honest hearted believers like yourself, to be of whatever service I
can be in Christ.
Hi Lary, i recieved your e-mail
and i guess your right in saying wait on God. well i would love to speak to you
and i was hoping we could have a bible study over the phone somtimes, you can
call me pretty much any time because i do a home base business full time so i'm
pretty much free most of the time. please call me as soon as possible so we can
start a bible study. If you can give me a call this monday it would be
fantastic. Again thank you for replying to me and i hope to hear from you soon
Sincerely, Nathaniel thank you and may God bless you.
Thanks. I would like to listen to the tape. You believe in watching the
Ana, I believe in being true to
our conscience as well as to the commandments of God. There are a lot of things
that are just a matter of us dealing with the convictions of- our own
conscience. Romans 14:22 addresses this issue like this: "Hast thou faith? have
it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing
which he alloweth." In other words some people can do certain things without
their conscience bothering them, and others may not be able to do likewise in
the same thing. So as the scripture states, if we do so, then we should keep it
to ourselves so that it won't be a stumbling block to someone who is not able to
do the thing that we may allow ourselves to do. With that said, there are
obviously plenty of things on TV that are not pleasing to God, and anyone can
spend more time than they should on any earthly thing. I just believe in using
good sense in all things, and staying sensitive to the conscience and to the
leading of God's Spirit. I can generally feel it when I shouldn't be doing a
thing, but I'm not going to be judged of another man's conscience either, as the
scripture also states (I Cor. 10:29). So we don't want to use liberty as an
excuse for excess and sin, but we don't want to be under bondage to commandments
of men either. I hope that helps some, but if it's not clear enough, then I'll
try again:) God bless.
So, I understand from some reading I did either at byonespirit or anothere
website that the "policy " is not to find fault with the celebration of
Christmas?What think you? Also - abortion- I have believed against it. Your
this? Thanks. God bless you.
Nice to hear from you. You must have read that on another website, as I don't
have anything on my site addressing those issues. Christmas would fall into the
category of things that are just a matter of personal preference, like the
things that the Apostle Paul referred to in Rom. 14, I Cor. 8, and I Cor. 10;
where he instructed believers not to condemn one another for their preferred
practices that didn't bear moral weight, either for good or for evil. Meats and
such things were the main focal point of his discussions, but many other things
can fall into the same category. Christmas is what one chooses to make it, or
not make it. We're not better for keeping it, or worse for not keeping it; and
vice versa. The main point is that we do what we do, as unto the Lord. Abortion
is obviously a wrong moral practice, at least in almost all cases. I wouldn't
say that there is absolutely no circumstance where it might be acceptable to
God, but it would certainly be a rare circumstance. It isn't however an issue
that believers should be crusading about, as doing so would put us into the
realm of things; and the Apostle Paul admonished us not to be "entangled with
the affairs of this life." I could have added a lot of scripture, but I'm
pressed for time now, and I'm going to have a very busy weekend, so I thought I
would just send this short note along at the moment. I hope it helps some, and
if you would like to discuss it further sometime, that would be fine.
I find it difficult to separate issues of
faith and politics because they both involve how our society lives and the
things that are acceptible.
Actually Sheshan it's impossible to mix
faith and politics because "our society" is not of this world (Jn. 18:36; Jn.
17:14; Pilip. 3:20). It's things like politics that the Apostle Paul was
referring to when he cautioned Timothy to not be"entangled with the affairs of
this life" (II Tim.2:4). The affairs that we should be involved in and given to
are the affairs of the kingdom of God, meaning the work of the Gospel. Warring
against things like abortion, drugs, racial strife and the like is akin to
trying to cure the cause of headaches with tylenol. I'm glad that there are
worldly institutions that deal with these issues, and I'm certainly glad for the
good they are able to do; but at best it's still just superficial, temporary
help. We have the actual cure, which is the deliverance power of God, and that
is where God wants all of our labors to be. The body of
Christ has been distracted from this divine commission to some extent by being
minded to tending to "the affairs of this life," instead of focusing fully on
the affairs of God, meaning divine deliverance, healing, love, holiness, etc. So
it's good that there are people trying to help in these issues, it's just not in
our job description in Christ, and it is counter productive to faith and power
with God to join that fight. I'm glad you decided to continue the discussion.
It's always good talking about the good things of God with believers thereof.
How long was it between the promise of the HolyGhost until the actual filling.?
Thanks for writing with a good question for consideration. First of all, it's
not really possible to give an exact time, because we don't have exact dates to
look at. But I don't think that is what you are talking about anyway, so the
second point is that it's a matter of how technical you want to be. The first
mention of God stating that He would pour out His Spirit upon men is in Prov.
1:23, which is more than 950 years before His Spirit was first given. There are
other promises in the old testament of God filling men with His Spirit, and they
appear in this order: Isa. 44:3; Ezek. 11:19 & Ezek. 36:26; Ezek. 37:14; and
Joel 2:28,29. These prophecies range between approximately 600 to 750 years
before His Spirit was first given to indwell men, with the exception of Joel,
whose prophecies we do not have a true time table for.
But my guess is that you are talking about the
first mention of the holy Ghost being promised in the four gospels. In that case
the correct answer would be about three and a half years, beginning with John's
declaration that Jesus would "baptize with the holy Ghost," and culminating with
the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Mat. 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; Acts
2:4). In Acts 1:4,5, Jesus confirmed this promise seven days before the Spirit
was first sent to the 120. Some believe that the Spirit was given in Jn. 20:22,
when Jesus breathed on His disciples and told them, "Receive ye the holy Ghost."
But it should be noted that Jesus also stated in Jn. 16:7 that the Holy Ghost
could not be given until He went away. And Jn. 7:37-39 confirms this same
truth to us. His statement in Jn. 20:22 was actually a commandment, but could
only be enacted after He went back to heaven. Anyway, I hope I covered enough
ground to satisfy you with an answer to your question, and once again, thanks
for writing. Have a wonderful New Year!
Hello Bro Lary,
I want to thank you for your website which has been a blessing to me as it
teaches explicitly on the baptism of the holy Ghost.I thank God for His spirit
in us which enables us live our lives in conformity with the kind of life christ
In my bid to learn more about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, I came across a
website which i would like you to access.it's torontogospel.ca. When you get
into the site, Click on Audio Bible to access a link at the bottom right of the
screen which is titled "Captured by tongues". I would love to get your views.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for writing. I'm glad our site has been a blessing to you. I pray
continually for God to direct humble, honest hearts who are seeking Him for His
truth, to our site. It's always great to hear from someone like yourself, to
know that those prayers are being answered! I did go to the site you mentioned,
and I read almost half of the article in question, and I can tell you that
whoever wrote that article is really in a state of mass confusion. I
could have quit reading the article after the first two or three paragraphs and
known it was in grave error, but I continued on a bit, but I couldn't waste any
more of my time on it. I would steer very clear of that site if I were you. I
could write a book on why that article is so erroneous, but I'll just leave you
a few links to articles of truth on my site, that will scripturally
address the falsehoods contained in the article called "Captured By Tongues."
My foremost advice is for you to really seek God earnestly for Him to teach you
by His Spirit the things that are true about Him and His gospel. Being taught by
the Spirit of God is an absolute for believers, and the only way for anyone to
know for themselves the things that are true, as well as the things that are
false (Isa. 54:13; Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13; I Cor. 2:14,15; I Jn. 2:27; etc). And I
can tell you, as one who has been graciously enabled to learn of God through His
Spirit for over twenty six years, that almost everything that you will find on
the internet, TV, radio, or any other outlet, is not true. We are living in the
darkest hour in the history of the world, as well as the history of God's
people; and It's going to take a total willingness, honesty, humility, faith,
and perseverance, in order to escape the "strong delusion" that is just about in
full bloom now (II Thess. 2:7,11,12).
The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians about "another Jesus" being preached, as
well as "another gospel;" and his concern was that they would accept such a
thing from someone who seemed to be a minister of Christ, but in fact was a
servant of the Devil (II Cor. 11:3,4,13-15). Well these things did take place,
and have now been snowballing for almost two thousand years, until what we have
today is that "other Jesus" posing universally as Christ Himself, and His
gospel. That "other Jesus" is actually just the same old deceiving Devil
masquerading as the Son of God, and "Christianity" is his disguise. God is
calling His people out of Christianity, which is "Mystery Babylon" (meaning
hidden [spiritual] Babylon), and out of all the confusing falsehoods that divide
God's people from the love and unity that we have been called to (Jn. 17:22, Cor.
1:10). The mind of Christ is one mind, because the Spirit teaches all of God's
people the same truths about Christ. But the problem is that errant ministers
have unwittingly taught God's people away from the Spirit, and into
the commandments and doctrines of men which are set forth and upheld by
Christianity. My website is the result of many years of persevering in the true
leading and teaching of the blessed Spirit of truth, and in the reproach of
Christ that goes along with it (Philip. 3:10; II Tim. 3:12,13; etc.). Your
correspondence and fellowship in Christ is always welcome and important here, so
feel free to write anytime about anything that might be on your mind. I wish you
all the best in your pursuit of the word that comes from God only!
my name is doug .i have been on your web site . i have been seeking the
holyghost for years with the evidence of speaking in tongues. i have repented
been baptized in His name but still waiting on the promise. i have had
stammering lips for years but no tongues. could you help? blessings in the name
of Jesus Christ.
It's great to hear from you! It sounds like you've either received the Spirit or
have been about as close to it as possible. Isaiah said that the experience
would come with "stammering lips," and/or "another tongue." I'm really wondering
if maybe you've received it but just haven't been able to release it fully
because you have it in your mind that things have to be a certain way. That is
not at all an uncommon condition of people seeking for this glorious experience.
If you've had stammering lips then you know that the way to receive the holy
Ghost is through full repentance from sin and faith in Jesus. It's really a
matter of us getting our will surrendered to God, in favor of Him doing His will
with us. I would be curious to hear more about the experiences you've had with
the Lord. If you feel like it, maybe we could speak over the phone sometime.
Just keep seeking to draw closer to Jesus, and don't focus on speaking in
tongues. The tongues will come, but they are actually the by-product or evidence
of the experience, with the real experience being your spirit joining together
with God's Spirit, by means of you giving yourself wholly to the Lord. And it's
okay to desire to speak in tongues, but don't pray for the ability to do so. I
hope that helps some, and I hope to hear back from you. I'll be praying for you.
i would like first to thank you for your kindness and generosity for making and
sending all that good teaching and understanding on dvd. i have not finished the
whole dvd but i do not lack much more. it is so good to hear so much teaching on
that sweet HolyGhost. i believe peter and paul had the same gospel message on
how to be saved. if i ask you brother lary what must i do to be saved what would
be your answer according to scripture? i am anxiously awaiting to get to talk to
you again. please leave me your phone # again so i could put it in my cell
phone. may you and your family be blessed in the wonderful name of our saviour
Great to hear from you! Actually I've been thinking for a couple of weeks of
getting back with you, and hopefully we'll be able to do that soon. As far as
being saved, of course it can only be by believing on Jesus, as Paul told the
Philippian jailer (Philip. 16:31). But the key to that is in realizing that
there is an overall detailed understanding as to what believing on Jesus really
means. If we don't look at the overall consistent evidence of the scriptures to
determine what it means to believe on Jesus, then believing on Jesus can mean
whatever anyone wants it to mean. But in reality, believing on Jesus first means
receiving the holy Ghost (Jn. 7:37-39). And it also means obeying and living
in the will of God afterward (James 2:14-26). And believing on Jesus means
continuing to do the will of God until the end of one's life (Mat. 24:12,13).
Those are just a couple of notes on what it means
to believe on Jesus and be saved. And even with those considerations, we have to
look at a lot of things in the scriptures in order to define what the will of
God is; but one scripture that I love on the subject is I Thess. 4:3, where it
says "This is the will of God, even your sanctification." Sanctification is
holiness, which is to say pureness of heart, or not having sin. The only way
someone doesn't have sin is if first of all it's been washed ot of their
heart by the power of the holy Ghost (I Cor. 6:11), and secondly if it is
continuing to be washed away by the power of the holy Ghost! (I Tim. 5:22; I Jn.
3:1-3; Mat. 5:8). I'm leaving you a link to a short article on my website that
lends a little more to the discussion of being saved.
The biggest error on the subject of being saved is
that Christianity sets forth that a person "receives salvation" upon first
believing on Jesus, whereas the Bible states consistently that salvation is the
end reward of a life lived in faithfulness to Jesus after being born again
(spirit baptized). Not only that, but Christianity's defining of believing on
Jesus is really just a "think so faith," or a "told so faith," rather than what
the Bible consistently sets forth as to what it means to truly believe on Jesus,
as we've looked at already. It's a powerful subject to look at, and one must be
completely willing to let God have His way in their life, in order to be able to
understand the truth of the matter. I'll look forward to talking again when we
get the chance. Take care and God bless.
blessings in Jesus name brother lary.
thanks for your prompt reply i do agree with you on y our thoughts of easy
believism. i think to believe on the Lord is much more than just a mental
process. i just finished your last teaching program last night and it really got
me to thinking. you said that Jesus was baptized by john to fulfill the law this
is true but i never thought about water baptism being under the law. was up till
almost 3am thinking about this understanding because i have noticed you never
require water baptism in your reply to being born again and on any of your
teaching. i think your very sincere about your belief. please help me to
understand is it required to be water baptized? i thought peter and paul taught
this in acts2:38, acts8:16,10:48,19 1-6,22:16 please help. thanks
Hi Again Doug,
I'm linking you to an article that I posted on my site a couple of years ago,
that actually began as a reply to someone making the same inquiry. And I'm also
going to leave you a link to one of my online Bible studies that covers a lot of
that ground as well. I'm glad to hear you were really thinking on these things.
Understanding the truth on these matters can go a long way toward delivering one
from the delusive religious spirits that dominate the age that we live in, and
unfortunately the minds of God's people as well. If we want to honor only Jesus,
and the things that He came here and endured, then we can only uphold the things
that He died for. Anything that could be done, in terms of worship, before Jesus
died, rose, and ascended to heaven; have been fulfilled by what He did have to
suffer and die for. This is how we give all honor to Jesus for what He lived and
died for. In short, nothing apart from the power of the holy Ghost has anything
to do with the new testament, because in fact the holy Ghost IS the new
testament! (Rom. 1:16; Jer. 31:31-33; Heb. 10:15,16; II Cor. 3:2,3; Mk.1:14;
Rom. 14:17) Don't rely on what you've been taught, but just seek the Lord in all
things Doug; and if you want what He has for you, He will lead and guide you
into all truth. Good to hear from you, and I'll look forward to talking soon.
Acts 2:38 And The Truth on Baptism
The Worship of God in Spirit And Truth
I want to ask about baptism of the Holy
I was born again late in 1995 and baptised in water at the beginning of '96.
Everything about my life changed: my likes, dislikes, desires in the physical,
mental and spiritual realms. Jesus healed me of smoking. He gave me a hunger and
thirst for righteousness...etc. But, I did not speak in tongues. I received a
spirit of repentance and joy. I had realized that I did not know Jesus after
hearing the Bible verse that says "they will say to me in that day..., but I
will say I never knew you"...I told Jesus I wanted him to know me and me to know
him. I was filled with joy and then a sense of my own lowliness, etc I repented
untill I felt clear.
I have never questioned my salvation and rebirth, but was taught against tongues
at that time. I now realize I am missing out on a part of the Spirit that is a
blessing and something I need. How do I go about receiving the baptism of the
Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues at this point?
Thank you for your help, Christine
Thanks for writing. I'm really glad to hear of the
experiences that you've had with the Lord. There's no doubting the
genuineness of your experiences, and the joy you've received in it
all. I experienced many like things before I was baptized with the
holy Ghost many years ago myself, so I know where you're coming from.
In order to be filled with the Spirit, you really just need to go a
little further in the same exact direction that brought you to these
other experiences. In other words, just seek to fully yield yourself
to God, and be willing for Him to have His way in all things in your
life. If there's anything that you feel you may be putting before the
Lord, or anyone for that matter, just let go fully from your heart and
He'll fill you like never before. God wants all of you, and He will
not allow any competitors for first place in your heart. Some of this
may sound like I'm telling you to go somewhere that you've already
been, but nonetheless there may still be ground to cover in these
areas. We don't know our own hearts the way God does, and sometimes
things can be hindering us that we haven't really considered to be a
I would like for you to read the links that I'm posting below, in
regard to some things that you mentioned about the new birth
experience, speaking in tongues, etc. I wish you all the best and will
be praying for you as well. I can see that you are sincere and I know
that God cares much for you, so don't be discouraged. You're welcome
to write anytime, and if you feel that you would like to hear some
really good stuff on the holy Ghost baptism, I would be glad to make a
DVD for you of several of our TV broadcasts. If you decide you would
like them, just let me know and send me a mailing address. God bless,
and take care.
I've had an experience with the Lord...
The Bible mentions the laying on of hands.
You don't think this is
necessary? Have you heard about John G Lake? He wanted the baptism of the
Holy Ghost and fasted for 9 months to get it. (I assume it was off and
on)..We don't hear about amazing things being done in churches today..great
healings or whatever. Do you think people are still getting the Holy Ghost
power that happened in Acts?
Hi Again Christine,
Yes I know that people are still receiving the same holy Ghost and power as in
the book of Acts, because that's what I've got! It's all about coming to that
place of complete surrender and faith toward God in the heart. And yes, I'm
certain that the man you mentioned was fasting on and off, because I'm sure it's
not humanly possible to fast nine months. Fasting is good, depending on the
attitude of heart it's done in. If it is done just to demonstrate to God that we
mean business about getting in touch with Him, then I think it's a great thing.
However, there are many cases where people are fasting in vain, and the Bible
addresses this as well (Isa. 58:4,5; Mat. 6:16-18). I've prayed people through
to receiving the holy Ghost by laying on of hands, and seen many other instances
of the same; as well as many who have received this experience apart from the
laying on of hands. I've also seen, ministered, and received many miraculous
things through the power of the holy Ghost, so I know that it's the same Spirit
as was received in the book of Acts. But the greatest thing about the holy
Ghost, and the most miraculous as well, is that it is the love of God; which is
a divine, holy love apart from and much greater than any love this world knows
(Rom. 5:5). Learning and abiding in the truth that the Spirit of God teaches,
has enabled me to grow in that love, and made me able to fulfill the things that
Jesus taught and commanded.
The reason we don't see the kind of consistent prevailing miracles in the body
of Christ today, as was the case in the book of Acts, is because the body of
Christ is devoid of the truth and unity that is in the Spirit (Hos. 4:1,6). A
house divided cannot stand, and that is why there is so much affliction,
sickness, and lack of true godly love today (Isa. 1:6-8). The holy Ghost is the
mind, life, and nature of the Father and the Son, and if one learns of the
Spirit and abides therein, then he/she will grow into the mind of Christ, and
develop in His nature (I Jn. 2:27). The calling of the body of Christ is to be
"one," in the same way that the Father and Son are "one" (Jn. 17:22); i.e. to be
in the same mind, understanding, and nature with one another through the Spirit
(I Cor. 1:10). This is the only way that God's people can bring due glory to
Jesus. That door is open to you Christine, and you shouldn't let anything or
anyone stand in that door to prevent you from going through it. God wants to
bless you mightily, even above what you've already experienced. This ministry is
all about promoting the true fellowship (unity) of the body of Christ, through
the establishment of the real truth of God among God's people. I hope I can be
of service to your faith in our Savior and Lord, Jesus. God bless you much.
P.S. I don't know if you've seen my testimony on my website, but if you haven't,
it might help you in some way. Hearing how others have received this glorious
experience really enhances faith to receive it yourself. Also you don't have to
be in a worship service or anything like that to receive this. You can receive
it anywhere that you happen to be able to make the connection in your heart.
Many people find that listening to their favorite gospel music helps them to
pray and get closer to God in that way.
A Lost Sheep Found
The True Oneness of God
how do I recieve salvation and will
speaking in tounges come with that
Thanks for writing. What you want is to experience the new birth. Salvation is
what is received after one has completed a faithful life of service to Jesus,
after having been born again (I Pet. 1:3-9). The baptism of the holy Ghost is
the new birth, and it always is accompanied by speaking with other tongues. The
way to receive this experience is really simplistic, but often times we as
people want to complicate it. It comes through a full repentance from all sin,
and from one's own will; and total faith in Jesus to take away our sins. When
God, Who alone knows the hearts of men, sees that our faith and repentance is
full; we will be baptized with His Spirit, and the sign of tongues will just
come. You don't want to seek for tongues, but rather to just draw closer to God.
Don't be confused by the doctrines and traditions of men, but just commit your
cause to the Lord in all honesty and faith, He will lead you in the right way.
Let me know if I can be of further service.God bless.
P.S. I'm leaving you a link to my testimony which tells how I received it. I
hope it's a blessing to you in some way.
A Lost Sheep Found
I was just going through my recent emails, and after looking at our exchange I
felt like following up and seeing how things are going for you. If you have
looked closely at the links I left for you, then no doubt you realize that what
I'm teaching is not something you will find often, if at all. I do believe and
appreciate all the things that you have experienced through your faith in Jesus.
Often times people in your position feel that what I'm teaching is trying to
take something away from them that they know they have experienced. But to the
contrary I am actually trying to add to your experience. The true new birth all
comes down to when a person receives the Spirit of God, as is evidently set
forth by the scriptures (I Cor. 6:11; Rom. 8:9; etc.).
Many people like yourself have been taught that they have received the holy
Ghost and subsequently been born again, because they have experienced initial
deliverance from habits and such. But this teaching, regardless of how widely
accepted of men that it is, is in error. Jesus informed His disciples when He
was with them that the Spirit was with them, but not yet in them (Jn. 14:17). He
also told them that their spiritual condition at that time was likened unto a
woman with a child conceived in the womb, but not yet born (Jn. 16:21,22). The
holy Ghost being with a person is very real, and being conceived of the Spirit
before being born, is certainly real as well. There's no disputing the validity
of having true spiritual experiences before actually being born again. Cornelius
the Roman centurion in Acts 10 was said to be devout, and prayed always to the
true God; and even had a visitation from an angel of the Lord who informed him
that his prayers were heard and recognized by God. Nevertheless he and his
people had not received the Spirit until Peter came and preached unto them. The
Samaritans in Acts 8 experienced miraculous healings and deliverances through
faith in Jesus, and also had great joy; but they still had not received the holy
Ghost until Peter and John came and prayed for them.
I know you are sincere because you wouldn't have written if you weren't. Just
don't be persuaded about doctrine because it's what is widely accepted. That has
always been a pitfall to God's people. If you feel that you absolutely have to
know the truth of the matter, then just really commit your cause and petition to
the Lord, and He has ways of manifesting what is the truth. I do care about your
concern, and you're welcome to correspond if you like; though this writing is
not being sent to make you feel obligated to do so. If I don't hear from you, I
won't write again. I wish you well, and God bless.
Thank you for your encouragement. I am still seeking God about this. I am also
still reading your website. I understand what you are saying. I want as much of
God as I can get. I am not holding anything back..he has all of me. He has used
me in the past with others and I continue to grow in my relationship with Him,
but I want more. However, my main focus has been to get my husband
saved/born-again. He doesn't mind the Christian focus around here, but doesn't
prefer the things of God for himself.
Many blessings to you. I will continue on this path of seeking till I get the
desires of my heart. In Him, Christine