The acid test for an assembly of believers gathered in the community of
humanity that validates that God is in the midst of His people is not
the gifts of the Spirit in operation, rather, His presence is best
understood and validated by the Fruit of the Spirit in operation with
grace and truth evidenced in the life of believers while they are
assembled and in their daily living of life.
In much of the
assembling that is called "church" the emphasis is placed on the power
gifts to validate the programmed production. Though in the presence of
God there may be gifts of the Spirit in operation to meet needs of
people, inordinate emphasis on programs and production can be and is,
manipulated by the star performers to validate "their ministry
performance" as being of God. This has led to the deception of many in
their validating the work of man as e work of God.
I am convinced that the production that God desires in the life of
believers is fruit bearing that is enabled by the Fruit of the Spirit
and manifested in the daily living of believers as the community of the
The Gospel is not based on the needs of people and
the commands of "Men of God" commanding God to perform miracles to meet
those needs. When done God's way, ministry flows out of an inward supply
of the Spirit evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit in operation and not
merely power gifts in operation in response to needs and the commands
The community of the redeemed is more about
relationship ministry than production ministry. Why? Because He values
you more than your performance as evidenced in the following scripture.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a
certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a
sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But
Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and
said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her,
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one
thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be
taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
God values relationship ministry with Him more than production performance ministry for Him!
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
“Reprobate infants are vipers of vengeance, which Jehovah will hold over hell, in the tongs of his wrath, till they turn and spit venom in his face!”
Elsewhere, Edwards asked the question:
“Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell?”
Now, a bit of clarification: Edwards is not referring to God when he speaks of the “believing father in Heaven”. Rather, he is speaking an earthly father who enters Heaven, while His children are sentenced to an eternity in Hell. One would assume that Edwards’ answer to this question would be something akin to, “Nay! And a thousand times nay!”.
Unfortunately, his answer was as follows:
“…it [the sight of his children in Hell] will increase rather than diminish his bliss.”
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read more demonic, and putrid words in all of my life. I have a level of respect for Jonathan Edwards, and kno…