This is a re-post. I made a few grammatical changes.
Before I get into this message, I would like to mention this one significant thing. I said I would be providing our fallen brothers and sisters’ names from the BLM page in a previous post. But that list is extensive. Perhaps it would be best to give you a link to that page. This way, in your own time, you can investigate each situation and draw your own conclusions. You can determine for yourselves whether they were justifiable homicides or not. My wife are a by-racial, and we have been profoundly affected by this type of violence. Those who are to serve and protect can do if not put in check. We must pray that the senseless violence will come to an end someday. Here is that link:
Well, my friends, it’s been a minute since writing anything substantial. The LORD had me stop doing my blogs for a long while, not because He’s given me nothing to say or teach, but because the Spirit of God wanted me to take a closer look at the world, as it seems to be crumbling into ruin due to so much dysfunctional and failed leadership. Jesus taught us (His disciples) to discern the signs of the times and allow His marvelous light to shine victoriously through us. The Body of Christ can’t be The Luminaries He called us to be while we are in such a fractured and weakened state; in other words, we’ve got to squash this division in the body of Christ and get over our personal agendas. And believe you me, denominations and their various church traditions separate us from each another; they are man-made blueprints, not that of the LORDS. The church communion table was a provision whose purpose was to bring us into harmony, i.e., into one body. However, because of our personal Theological differences over communion, we find a dismembered body.
Okay, On Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption:
This title did not originate with me. The title came from sermons and a book written by the late Apostle Frederick K. C. Price. I just recently found out he passed away on February 12th, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19. I mourn his passing with the rest of the Ever-increasing Faith family. His family laid him to rest on March 6th, 2016. He had more critics than most of the preachers and teachers I’ve known over the past 41 years. We know that the Bible does say, “all who will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2nd Tim. 3:12). But that was to his credit because he was a man of profound courage, obedience, and conviction. He also strove to tear down these denominational walls that separate us from one another. Walls that keep us ignorant of the truth. Regarding The Godhead, the Doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, ourselves, and truth about one another. Christ Jesus is that true who shines his light into our souls. It is His light that exposes who we truly are (John 3:19-20). Apart from him, we walk in darkness all the days of our lives (Eph. 4:1; 1st. John 1: 6-7; 1st John 2: 6). It doesn’t matter how nice we are, and it doesn’t matter how good of a person we think we are; it doesn’t matter titles we hold or how charitable might be; apart from him, we walk in darkness. The Apostle Paul said I would not have us ignorant (Rom. 11:24-25; 1st Thess. 4:13-18). So I honor The Price family during their time of grief. He always opened every message with these words, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). And he ended each with “for we walk by faith, not by sight” 2nd Cor. 5: 7). The body of Christ has suffered a great loss. We will never forget him in the flesh, but he will always be with us in the spirit. We also look forward to seeing him again at the resurrection and to that glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Always remember this before judging another man’s servant. God made him the ministry gift that He had created him to be to the body of Christ. You are not the gift that he was, nor the gift that I am. We are as different as each star in the heavens, each shining with its own Glory (1sr Cor. 15: 39-41). God has called me to encourage and teach His kids on “How to study The Bible.” I do this so that none of us are so dependent upon what someone else has said, but only what God has said in His Word. Particularly since we have so many denominations with their own take on the Word of God (2nd Peter 2:1). Which means, its own interpretation; i.e. not isolated from all that the Word has given elsewhere. Or we can say it like this, it should not be isolated to any one special denomination’s interpretation. This truth applies across the entire spectrum of Christianity. This mindset creates so much division in the Body of Christ
Throughout my ministry years, I’ve heard so many definitions of what faith is or what it is not; it’ll make your head spin. It all gets quite confusing for me as well as others, I’m sure. Apostle Price taught one of the most valuable teachings in the New Testament regarding faith I have ever heard. He was one of the most disciplined men of God I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. Preachers would get so angry because of how he taught; that’s more because there was no compromise in life or the Word; what many called arrogance was true humility. Also, because of his so-called megachurch known as the Faith Doom. Most of these people have never even met the man or set foot on the old Pepperdine University Campus where he built the Faith Dome. They only see him on television briefly and listen for about 10 minutes, then pass judgment shutting the message out—my heart sorrows for men and women who find time to judge anyone but themselves (Read Matt. 13:15). My fellow Christians, life-and-death battles are going on right now, and we need everyone’s head in the game. We can start by not pointing fingers at one another over differences in theology. We are all human and subject to error (1st Cor. 10:13). So if you think that someone is mistaken about some doctrine that I or some other might teach, let us not forget you can also be in error. Christians can be so selfish, never willing to admit that they could be wrong. There’s no time to taking a pair of tweezers to remove a splinter from your brother’s eye when you have an entire forest in your own (Luke 6:41). We’ve got to face the reality that we need each other for Christianity to be practical.
Romans 10: 6 “But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, THE WORD OF FAITH which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
It seems as though each denomination has its own brand of “THE WORD OF FAITH” or the faith of God. Note that I did not say ‘faith in God’; I said THE FAITH OF GOD.’ (Gal. 2:20; Heb. 12:2). In other words, any Jazzed-up faith that humankind musters up apart from God will make that man or woman instantly disqualified to run the race with patience (Heb. 12:1). The faith which Christ taught in the New Testament is not of this world. It was given to us as a precious gift by the Blood of our LORD Jesus Christ. How can you tell the difference? You will see the difference when you stop studying The Bible through rose-colored (denominational) glasses. Christ did not die to give us the Baptist faith, the Methodist faith, or even the Lutheran faith, and Martin Luther is supposed to be the top dog when it comes to faith. Christ died to impart THE FAITH OF GOD to us, him being the face of Almighty God. How dare we take it upon ourselves to think otherwise.
Eph. 4: 4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, ONE FAITH, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” That word ‘faith’ in the original Greek, not in any 21st Century language;
Thayer Definition: Pistis- 1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it 1a) relating to God 1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ 1b) relating to Christ 1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God 1c) the religious beliefs of Christians 1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same 2) fidelity, faithfulness 2a) the character of one who can be relied on Part of Speech: noun feminine A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3982 According to Hebrews 11: 6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
According to Hebrews 11: 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
If we genuinely want to please God, that is, do the pleasing things in his sight, we must first accept that God is a faith God, not a denominational God. However, he loves every Christian in every denomination. Our Father loves every person that has ever been on this planet. But He is not partial to us because of our affiliation with any particular denomination, culture, race, or Creed. He doesn’t even have a problem with your outdated sexual orientation; He loves you despite all these things. We are the ones who are so particular with others. There’s a name for that; it’s called discrimination.
I read this quote from Google. “The word ‘faith’ is used 458 times in The New International Version, 389 times in the New King James Version 378 and in The New American Standard Bible and 521 times in the Good News Bible.”
Following “How to Study the Bible,” one of the primary keys is repetition. Always keep in mind how often a theme, a word, or repetition of the subject matter. That is, we practice how proper biblical exegesis. You can’t take a subject that has only been mentioned maybe two or three times and call that doctrine. In my next post, I will go over some things that God is trying to hammer into our thinking through His Word by way of repetition. Just based on how many times the word comes up, faith does seem to be a pretty hot topic with Our Father. To be continued…