What’s With Christmas?

Heathen tradition ~ Jeremiah 10:1-4 It is that time of year again when heathens and “hardcore” Christians “celebrate” in much the same way and where both camps will attempt to ratify the ‘reason for the season’ to fit with their own worldview! It would be understandable if only the heathen and the “wishy-washy deceived christians” were those who were being hoodwinked into believing the lie – just as many regard the fables given to their children when they lie about the “Tooth fairy” and “Santa Claus and his little helpers” – but it is tragic that those who purport to be theologically and biblically sound in their Christian doctrine are also going along with the lie and are partaking at the table of devils,

21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
22  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21,22

We can read in the Matthew Henry commentary,

The apostle applies this to feasting with idolaters. Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord’s supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, or as they who ate the Jewish sacrifices partook of what was offered on their altar. It was denying Christianity; for communion with Christ, and communion with devils, could never be had at once. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God.

We are to continue steadfast and follow the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Ephesians 2:20) – we are not commanded to follow after man’s customs and traditions for they make the word of God of none effect (see Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:13). We see Christians following after men and worldly traditions when GOD has NOT given those commands. The apostle Paul confirms our Lord Jesus Christ’s commands of His remembrance,

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The word “shew” in verse 26 here above is,

G2605 καταγγέλλω, kataggellō, kat-ang-gel’-lo; from G2596 and the base of G32; to proclaim, promulgate: – declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.

Therefore, “ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” NOT His birth! It is therefore safer and an act of obedience to continue proclaiming the death of our risen Lord Jesus Christ who through His death purchased a believer’s redemption, than be found to be “celebrating with strange fire” when our GOD has NOT commanded us to do so! If you could, go and confirm with Nadab and Abihu about offering strange fire in an act of worship before the LORD Who changes not – there is no freedom to worship as you please before a Holy, Perfect and Righteous GOD Who hates idolatry! It is an abomination in GOD’s sight! We Christians – ALL, not some, are to worship GOD in “spirit and truth” (see John 4:24) as said GOD’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Any action other than in “spirit and truth” is to commit spiritual adultery against the bridegroom our Lord Jesus Christ.

002 So, why are “Christmas trees” found as central decorations in houses during the 25th of December’s “Christmas” celebrations? When GOD manifest Himself and took on human form in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, was a “Christmas tree” put up by Mary and Joseph to “commemorate” His birth? And every year is there a “Christmas tree” in Heaven before the Throne of GOD to “celebrate” the birth of GOD’s only begotten Son? If you think the two latter questions are so ridiculous and would be answered in the negative, then why would a “Christmas tree” be erected and decorated in a place of prominence where gifts – not for Christ – will be placed under them? If no gifts are placed under them, then why are “Christmas trees” erected in homes in the first place? How does “Christmas trees” glorify our King of kings and Lord of lords? And where in the Scriptures does the Lord Jesus Christ or His apostles command us to do so?

A German-inspired carol “O Tannenbaum” that has a whole host of English variant translations, reads as follows:

O Christmas tree!*

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

Not only green when summer’s here,

But also when ‘tis cold and drear.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me;

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me;

How often has the Christmas tree,

Afforded me the greatest glee!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Much pleasure thou canst give me!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

From base to summit, gay and brightly,

There’s only splendour for the sight.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

Thou bidst us true and faithful be,

And trust in God unchangingly.

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

–ooo–

Not only are the above lyrics pandering to the lust of man’s flesh, the lyrics should read in its simplest form:

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! Thou art idolatry!

GOD’s Holy Word will have the final say concerning this day and all its heathen traditions, as we read,

1  Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 
2  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 
3  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 
4  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. ~ Jeremiah 10:1-4

Click on the Birth of Christ Chart to open in new window The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ** can surely be known! Just trust His Word! To not do so is unbelief which is sin, as we read,

12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Hebrews 3:12,13

Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* Do a Google search of “O Christmas tree” to see the many English variances of the carol.

** Various links hereunder of previous blogposts dealing with the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ –

The following 120 Reasons Against Christmas are as they appear at the website LetGodBeTrue.com. We at Repent and Believe South Africa ministries agree!

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We Don’t Celebrate Christmas Because . . .

. . . the LORD condemns using pagan religious practices in His worship (Deut 12:29-31).

. . . the LORD condemns adding to or taking away from His commandments (Deut 12:32).

. . . the LORD condemns doing anything under green trees in His worship (Deut 12:1-4).

. . . the LORD condemns the heathen use of decorated trees at a solstice (Jeremiah 10:1-4).

. . . the LORD commands us to separate from and not touch pagan religion (II Cor 6:14-18).

. . . the LORD commands us to come out of Roman Catholicism and her sins (Rev 18:4).

. . . the LORD condemns turning to the left or right from His commandments (Deut 5:32-33).

. . . the LORD told the apostles to teach us to observe only His commandments (Matt 28:20).

. . . the LORD rejected David’s worship for a small detail and killed Uzzah (II Sam 6:1-10).

. . . the LORD rejected and killed Nadab and Abihu for offering different fire (Lev 10:1-7).

. . . the LORD rejected Moses from seeing Canaan for a slight modification (Num 20:12).

. . . the LORD rejected Cain’s worship simply for bringing an alternative sacrifice (Gen 4:7).

. . . the LORD rejected Saul forever for noble intentions in a modification (I Sam 15:22-23).

. . . the LORD rejected Uzziah and gave him facial leprosy for a new idea (II Chr 26:16-21).

. . . the LORD rejected and killed Ananias and his wife for fudging a large gift (Acts 5:1-11).

. . . the LORD requires reverence and godly fear in worship to avoid His fire (Heb 12:28-29).

. . . the LORD seeks true worshippers to worship Him in truth, not superstition (John 4:23-24).

. . . the LORD commands us to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3).

. . . the LORD requires us to esteem all His precepts but to hate all other ideas (Ps 119:128).

. . . the LORD commands us to prove all things by Scripture and reject the bad (I Thes 5:21).

. . . the LORD expects us to be noble and search Scripture to know true worship (Acts 17:11).

. . . the LORD gave Scripture to perfect us, which does not mention Xmas (II Tim 3:16-17).

. . . the LORD curses any gospel different than Paul’s, and he didn’t preach xmas (Gal 1:8-9).

. . . the LORD condemns fellowship with men having only a form of godliness (II Tim 3:5).

. . . the LORD condemns loving pleasure more than God as perilous times (II Timothy 3:4).

. . . the LORD condemns anything different from His Word as dark ignorance (Isaiah 8:20).

. . . the LORD abominates anything popular with the world and esteemed by it (Luke 16:15).

. . . the LORD condemns friendship with the world as becoming His enemy (James 4:4).

. . . the LORD condemns traditions in His worship as evil and vain hypocrisy (Mark 7:5-13).

. . . the LORD hates the polluting of His glorious name with pagan idolatry (Ezekiel 20:39).

. . . the LORD condemns the superstitious idolatry and blasphemy of the Mass (I Cor 11:26).

. . . the LORD condemns bringing any item of false religion into our houses (Deut 7:25-26).

. . . the LORD commands us not to set up any image, which He hates (Deut 16:22; Ex 20:4-6).

. . . the LORD hates religion that goes under green trees (I Kings 14:23; Isaiah 57:5; Jer 3:6).

. . . the LORD condemns adopting any practices of the pagans around us (Leviticus 18:1-4).

. . . the LORD condemns sun worship (Deut 4:19; 17:3; II Kgs 23:5; Job 31:26-28; Eze 8:16).

. . . the LORD endorses only apostolic traditions, and they never celebrated it (II Thes 2:15).

. . . the LORD is honored by gifts to Him rather than a selfish exchange of gifts (Matt 2:11).

. . . the LORD teaches us to remember His death rather than His birth (Phil 3:10; I Cor 15:3).

. . . the LORD gave baptism and His supper to remember His death (Rom 6:3-5; I Co 11:26).

. . . the LORD resents the hatred of pagans who exchange gifts against His men (Rev 11:10).

. . . the LORD condemns "the spirit of Christmas" as another spirit He hates (II Cor 11:1-4).

. . . the LORD condemns a mother and child wearing halos as another jesus (II Cor 11:1-4).

. . . the LORD condemns a tradition glorifying sun worship as another gospel (II Co 11:1-4).

. . . the LORD loves us to give up dear things as proof of our love to Him (Matt 10:37-39).

. . . the LORD did not come to bring peace on earth but rather a dividing sword (Mat 10:34).

. . . the LORD blessed giving over receiving, but Xmas is selfish exchanging (Acts 20:35).

. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Col 2:16).

. . . the LORD calls Jewish holy days matters of liberty, but not pagan holidays (Rom 14:6).

. . . the LORD considers the birth of His Son worthy of honor rather than folly (Heb 1:6).

. . . the two chief New Testament ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s supper – pertain to His death, not His birth.

. . . celebrating Christmas sincerely is identical to Jeroboam’s two calves (I Kings 12:26-33).

. . . Aaron led Israel to worship the LORD with a golden calf to their judgment (Ex 32:1-5).

. . . it breaks the first commandment by having other gods – the sun god Mithra (Ex 20:3).

. . . it breaks the second commandment by having images – a Christmas tree (Ex 20:4-6).

. . . it breaks the third commandment by taking His name in vain – "Christmas" (Ex 20:7).

. . . it breaks the fifth commandment by promoting children’s greed over parents (Ex 20:12).

. . . it breaks the tenth commandment by promoting covetousness to children (Ex 20:17).

. . . many Baptist martyrs gave their lives to oppose Catholic superstitions and traditions.

. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in America, when our country truly feared God.

. . . it was a crime to observe Christmas in England, when that country truly feared God.

. . . all the God-hating, Christ-denying, and sin-loving pagans get excited about this day.

. . . Santa Claus is a pagan mockery of God the Father with white hair, grandfatherly image, eternal, lives in the North, unlimited resources, omniscient of children’s behavior, omnipresent for a night, hears confessions, comes as a thief, blesses children, and distributes judgment for works.

. . . the name Christmas came from "Mass of Christ," and Christians hate the Catholic mass.

. . . every sincere birthday party honors the one born that day rather than all the mere guests.

. . . a gift exchange dictated by a calendar is not a message of love but a ritual of obligation.

. . . a gift exchange at the winter solstice was invented by pagans to celebrate the sun god.

. . . Christianity is giving gifts unexpected without obligation to reciprocate (Luke 14:12-14).

. . . secular encyclopaedias will gladly tell you that Christmas came from pagan sun worship.

. . . the first state in our Bible-oriented country to make it a holiday was Alabama in 1836.

. . . a little drummer boy did not travel to the manger to play his drum for the infant Jesus.

. . . for the two centuries following the Pilgrims, Christians in America called it "popish."

. . . English parliament under Oliver Cromwell outlawed it in 1644 and punished violators.

. . . loving Jesus Christ is keeping His commandments, not decorating a tree (John 14:15).

. . . you cannot do unto the LORD what the LORD has condemned (Deut 12:1-4; 12:29-32).

. . . Christmas is not a matter of liberty left up to our consciences and/or heart preferences.

. . . true followers of God will not follow a multitude or majority to false worship (Ex 23:2).

. . . Xmas is most adored by women, whom God calls silly and weak (II Tim 3:6; I Pet 3:7).

. . . a time of unbridled greed, covetousness, and materialism cannot honor Jesus Christ.

. . . this unique holy day in the Roman Catholic calendar is exalted by three profane masses.

. . . the world loves a ‘jesus’ helpless in a manger, but God’s Christ is the LORD and Judge.

. . . on Christmas Eve the Pope of Rome conducts a special mass seen by much of the earth.

. . . godly parents don’t lie to their children about a Roman Catholic myth named Nicholas.

. . . the Bible is totally silent about using this day or any such celebration to honor Christ.

. . . the gospel according to Christmas tradition, cards, and plays corrupts the Bible facts.

. . . the Pilgrims in 1620, seeking to worship God in truth, formally banned the holiday.

. . . the Puritans in 1659, seeking to worship God in truth, set a 5 shillings fine for keeping it.

. . . the modern Christmas tree was not introduced to this country by Germans until 1821.

. . . Jesus was not born in December, for one-half year back from Passover is rather October.

. . . Jesus was not born in December, for shepherds did not stay in the fields during winter.

. . . Jesus was not born in December, for taxation would not have been in the dead of winter.

. . . Jesus was not born in December, for wise taxation would have been shortly after harvest.

. . . Jesus was not born in December, for careful calculation of the priest’s courses exclude it.

. . . the Roman feast at the winter solstice was to the sun god Mithras from the Persians.

. . . the Roman, extended feast prior to the winter solstice was to Saturn, god of agriculture.

. . . so many consider Christmas a "sacred cow" and beyond questioning or condemning.

. . . our past lives suffice us for lusts, excess of wine, revellings, and banquetings (I Pet 4:3).

. . . Emperor Aurelian picked December 25 for this holiday in 274 to worship the sun god.

. . . pagan sun worshippers had a great festival to the sun at the winter solstice before Jesus.

. . . it would be wrong to have a golden calf with candles to worship the Lord our Strength.

. . . the public schools in Boston were still open for classes on December 25 as late as 1870.

. . . the "birthday of the invincible sun" (dies natalis Solis invicti) was this date in Rome.

. . . December 25 was chosen by being the date of the winter solstice in the Julian calendar.

. . . Satan uses this pagan feast to steal glory from the Son of God for ignorant sun worship.

. . . Christmas American-style is oppression of parents by greedy children (Isaiah 3:1-5, 12).

. . . Jesus promised that the majority are on the wrong road leading to death (Matt 7:13-14).

. . . Charles Spurgeon, the most popular Baptist minister, preached against it as late as 1871.

. . . all the unique customs of Christmas may be traced individually to pagan religious rites.

. . . Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Pagans, and other cults celebrate it while despising Jesus.

. . . using Scripture’s silence to justify anything not expressly forbidden will lead to Coke and chips for the Lord’s supper and ouija boards for difficult decisions.

. . . it creates the most foolish, hectic, stressful, guilt-ridden, and unproductive time of year.

. . . the LORD is a jealous God and will judge any playing with other gods (Ex 34:12-16).

. . . New Testament charity may accommodate weakness, but it cannot error (Romans 14:1).

. . . the moderation taught in the New Testament is temperance or self-discipline (Phil 4:5).

. . . it would be identical to offering incense to the brasen serpent of Moses (II Kings 18:4).

. . . the only day observed by the apostles was the Lord’s day (Rev 1:10; Acts 20:7; I Cor 16:2).

. . . we choose to emulate Jacob, who put away family idols to worship God (Gen 35:1-5).

. . . we choose to emulate Jehu, who defiled Baal worship to please God (II Kings 10:26-28).

. . . we choose to emulate Josiah, who defiled all pagan worship to please God (II Kings 23:1-37).

. . . we choose to emulate Asa, who defiled his mother’s favorite idol (II Chron 15:12-16).

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Christmas is Spiritual Adultery

A ‘Prophet’ Rebukes Dr. John MacArthur

Dr John MacArthur being rebuked by a Scottish 'prophet' named John O'Niell (Source: YouTube/Screengrab)On Sunday August 16, 2015, a Scottish ‘prophet’ named John O’Neill rebuked pastor John MacArthur on stage at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, after Dr MacArthur had returned from a summer break and where O’Neill claimed to be a prophet sent by GOD to bring a message that MacArthur’s “doctrine of cessation is in error.” Please view the video hereunder to see the “drama” as it unfolded before O’Neill was summarily escorted out of the worship centre by the GCC’s security team!

The transcript: “You have grieved the Holy Spirit of God! Your doctrine of cessation is in error. He has been grieved, John MacArthur. I have been sent here to tell you, you are sharpening the sword and they are cutting each other. You do not believe in prophets, you are looking at one! God have mercy on you and teach you the truth. Your doctrine of cessation is in error, John MacArthur! It’s in error! I have been sent to tell you it’s in error! For the unbeliever: repent of your sin! [Unintelligible…] You don’t have time! Jesus Christ is coming back soon! God bless you, people of God! God bless you people!” ~ The Gospel Herald Opinion

Due to the above video being removed on Youtube we hereby attach a further video from SO4J-TV ~ updated February 10, 2016

Whilst much has been already written on this particular incident, and whilst the two proponents in the camps of the cessationists and the charismatic continuanists have been going back and forth for decades trying to quantify and qualify their position in this debate, this blog post will look at the two groups from a pure Biblicist viewpoint and make an impartial judgment using the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) contained in the Holy Bible (AV1611). So was Scotsman John O’Neill who confronted Dr John MacArthur a true ‘prophet’ sent by GOD?

1. Are there prophecies and prophets in the church today?

The conflict surrounding cessationism (the ceasing of sign gifts) and continuanism (the continuing of sign gifts) is due to the presupposition from which each camp comes from in how the 1 Corinthians 12-14 Scriptures are interpreted.

We read from the prophet Joel about the last days, in which last days we are presently in which started after the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we read,

28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 
30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 
31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 
32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. ~ Joel 2:28-32

In the Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary pertaining to Joel 2:28-32 we read,

The promise began to be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and it was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles. The judgments of God upon a sinful world, only go before the judgment of the world in the last day. Calling on God supposes knowledge of him, faith in him, desire toward him, dependence on him, and, as evidence of the sincerity of all this, conscientious obedience to him. Those only shall be delivered in the great day, who are now effectually called from sin to God, from self to Christ, from things below to things above. ~ Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on e-Sword

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ was authenticated by the laying down of the foundation by the apostles and prophets as we can read,

20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; ~ Ephesians 2:20

The ekklesia is founded on the doctrine of Christ which has been delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and the apostles of the New Testament. At the time during the first century as there was no Bible as we have today and the apostles had not reduced GOD’s Word to writing yet, the Gospel would have also been declared by the prophetic word. Therefore, the apostles and those who were scattered abroad and went every where preaching the word as we read in Acts 8:4 would have given the prophecies as ‘truth tellers’ of the past events, fulfilled events and future events still to be fulfilled through the leading and headship of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, even today evangelists, pastors, teachers and even those who witness to unbelievers are in a sense being prophets as ‘truth tellers’ of the Holy Scriptures if being lead by the Holy Spirit. From Scripture it would therefore appear that the only appointed ‘office’ of persons mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 that does not exist today, which have ‘ceased’, are the apostles. As stated here before the initial apostles were called by GOD to authenticate the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they were appointed to death, as it is written,

9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 
10  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12  And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13  Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
14  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. ~ 1 Corinthians 4:9-14 

The remaining “. . . and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” (Eph. 4:11) are still present in the New Testament ekklesia,

12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:12,13 [my emphasis in bold and throughout]

We are reminded in Scripture by our Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord’s apostles Peter and John that there will be many “false Christs” and “false prophets” (see Matthew 7:15, 24:11,24; Mark 13:22; Luke 6:26; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1) who would “arise,” “be among people” and “gone out into the world.” As there would be “false prophets” it also stands to reason that there would be true prophets for the apostle Paul wrote ca. A.D. 60-62 to “the saints which are at Ephesus” (Eph. 1:1) saying, Christ “gave some prophets” (Eph. 4:11) and the apostle Paul also previously confirmed the same when he wrote ca. A.D. 55 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours;” (1 Cor. 1:2), and said, for it is written,

27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 
30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 
31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

The apostle Paul confirms that “God hath set some in the church [ekklesia] . . . secondarily prophets, . . .” and Paul then goes on and asks questions of certain gifts, in which is included, “are all prophets?” The obvious answer to each of the questions would be “No”, for the apostle Paul had already recorded that GOD has only set some and not everyone to receive certain gifts, but he also stresses that the saints should covet earnestly the best gifts. Would the saints receive these gifts that they desire to have? If GOD determines that they should receive a specific gift, whether they desire it or not, it is the Holy Spirit who gives as He will, as we read concerning the diversities of gifts by the same Spirit (see 1 Cor. 12:1-10), and the Holy Spirit divides to each man, as it is written,

11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:11

So from GOD’s Word we see that a man – not mentioning only the apostles – but it says a man could have several gifts as the Holy Spirit of GOD divides to every man severally as He will. The ekklesia – who are the called out ones, congregation, assembly which is known as “church” – is mentioned as a body and each part as members have need of the other in order to have a living function together, working in harmony and unity, as we read,

17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19  And if they were all one member, where were the body? 
20  But now are they many members, yet but one body. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:17-20

Every part of the body has need of the other, even the more feeble parts are necessary, and this is where we have problems and divisions within the ekklesia today for there is no true unity. In the Gospel of John our Lord Jesus Christ says, for we read,

24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. ~ John 4:24

If there are so many different doctrines and teachings within the ‘institutional and contemporary local denominational churches’ we must question who have given us these doctrines and teachings? The Holy Spirit does not contradict or cause division and if we are required to worship GOD in spirit and in truth, surely we must have the same Spirit and there can therefore not be many truths! Truth is not subjective, but objective! There can only be ONE TRUTH! Back in the mid first century the problems of today were already being addressed by the apostle Paul which problems were already playing out back then, as we read,

9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 
10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment
11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 
12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 
13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9-13

Is the present day ekklesia all speaking the same thing? No. Are there divisions among us? Yes. Are we perfectly joined together? No. With the same mind? No. And the same judgment? No. Are there contentions among us? Yes. The modern church of today is a spiritual cripple, it is disjointed and just as every one back then were saying “I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ”, so ‘professing Christians’ are saying today I am of John Calvin; and I of Jacobus Arminius; and I of George Whitfield, of Charles Spurgeon, of John Knox, of John Wesley, of Charles Wesley, of Leonard Ravenhill, of John MacArthur, of John Piper, of Ray Comfort, of Kirk Cameron, of Paul Washer, of Rick Warren, of T.D. Jakes, of Benny Hinn, of Ellen G. White, of Joel Osteen, of Creflo Dollar, of Joyce Meyer, of Paula White, of T.B. Joshua, of Pastor Chris of Nigeria, of Jesse Duplantes, of the charlatans on TBN and GodTV, and so on, and so on, . . . By your customs and traditions of men you make the Word of GOD of none effect (see Mark 7:13) and you divide Christ! This is idolatry making your favourite pastor or teacher or theologian your golden calf! We are not commanded to follow the aforementioned men and women. Our faith is upon the foundation of the Bible apostles’ doctrine as Paul says,

1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1

So what is the signs of a New Testament ekklesia prophet? It certainly is NOT what one would see coming out of the mainstream Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Movements. There is a form of prophecies that the PCWoF Movements are peddling where they are prophesying extra-biblical revelation adding to the Scriptures when the canon of Scripture is closed. We have a sure prophecy within Scripture where GOD warns about adding to and diminishing from His Word, as we read,

2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. ~ Deuteronomy 4:2

32  What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. ~ Deuteronomy 12:32

5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. ~ Proverbs 30:5,6

18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. ~ Revelation 22:18,19

This is sadly done by men who self appoint themselves in the ‘offices’ of apostle and prophet to be seen and admired of men. These men are generally the health and wealth prosperity-gospel preachers who preach that ‘mighty men of God’ should be prosperous, healthy, wealthy and lacking nothing, and these are the ‘prophets’ who are the one’s who normally prophesy over their church members and teach a ‘name-it-and-claim-it’ heretical doctrine. The problem is that no one tests against the Word of GOD what is being prophesied! Scripture tells us to test all spirits, as we see in the first epistle general of John written in the late first century,

1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. ~ 1 John 4:1

GOD also gives an extremely severe warning against prophets that say they represent Him when they have not been commanded to speak for GOD, as we read,

14  Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15  Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. ~ Jeremiah 14:14,15

After all, the apostle Paul to the Corinth ekklesia encourages the spiritual gift of prophecy, as we read,

1  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:1

He says that “he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3) and further in Chapter 14 the difference between speaking in tongues and prophesying is compared, where the distinction is made that by speaking in tongues it is a sign not to those who believe, but those who believe not, and vice versa concerning prophesying, as we read,

22  Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:22

So from GOD’s written Word it is evident that prophecy does find its place as a spiritual gift in the ekklesia for by prophesying which serves the believer as a gift to reach unbelievers who can come to repentance and worship GOD, as we read,

24  But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:24,25

The prophesying here is not extra-biblical-further-revelation-jargon, but prophesying the great Truths of the Holy Scriptures that the indwelling Holy Spirit makes known to the prophet through the preaching and teaching of GOD’s Word! What i am saying can be summed up by Matthew Henry on verses 22, 24 and 25, quote:

Would it not make Christianity ridiculous to a heathen, to hear the ministers pray or preach in a language which neither he nor the assembly understood? But if those who minister, plainly interpret Scripture, or preach the great truths and rules of the gospel, a heathen or unlearned person might become a convert to Christianity. His conscience might be touched, the secrets of his heart might be revealed to him, and so he might be brought to confess his guilt, and to own that God was present in the assembly. Scripture truth, plainly and duly taught, has a wonderful power to awaken the conscience and touch the heart. ~ Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on e-Sword

Now therefore, was ‘prophet’ John O’Neill in or out of line to publically bring a “message from GOD” and rebuke Dr John MacArthur? It is reported that MacArthur had commented to his congregation after the event that if O’Neill was a prophet he would not have acted like that. Then how should he have acted? The only way to have tested the veracity of O’Neill being a prophet with a message was to adhere to what Scripture tells us. If GOD had in fact sent O’Neill to lovingly rebuke MacArthur, then MacArthur, the GCC congregation and the security team would have done well to have listened to what O’Neill had to tell MacArthur as a ‘sent messenger.’ If O’Neill was not truly sent by GOD, but was acting out of a ‘revengeful’ spirit to openly rebuke MacArthur due to MacArthur’s public Strange Fire Conferences, or MacArthur’s doctrine of cessationism, or the like, then it would have been wise also to have tested what O’Neill had to say. We see that our Lord Jesus Christ openly rebuked the apostle Peter with even sterner words, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan:” (see Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33) and the apostle Paul publically withstood the apostle Peter to the face (see Galatians 2:11), so was O’Neill in line to do likewise to MacArthur?

The answer is two-fold. Firstly, as we have performed an exegetical review of Scripture we can determine from the foregoing whether O’Neill was being a New Testament ekklesia prophet, for Scripture tells us, as we can read,

29  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 
30  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 
31  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 
32  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 
33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29-33

There had to be a plurality of prophets, two or three, that would have confirmed that GOD was speaking through the Holy Spirit and that it was not a false prophet masquerading as a messenger of GOD. For previously, we read and quoted that by prophesying “he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3). For the prophets would each take turns to “prophesy one by one” “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” for if they are truly speaking by the Holy Spirit the others would judge to see if what is being said is True and confirm the same. Hence, the false prophets would speak into the air and be found liars when a righteous judgment is made being lead of the Holy Spirit! This is why GOD and His Word should be feared and revered lest you speak in vain, be seen to blaspheme and found to be liars and lying against the Holy Spirit (see Acts 5 – Ananias and Sapphira)! See also the severe warning of prophets that prophesy lies as mentioned in Jeremiah 14:14,15 as an example above.

And Secondly, whilst O’Neill did not meet the criteria of having a plurality of prophets prophesying for the edifying of the ekklesia (Eph. 4:12), we cannot dispel and call him a ‘false prophet’ for he could have brought a loving rebuke to MacArthur as a single messenger prophet as we find in the Old Testament, for GOD can will as He purposes. O’Neill’s ‘correction’ could also have been brought in accordance with the New Testament, for we read,

16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16,17

5  Open rebuke is better than secret love. 
6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. ~ Proverbs 27:5,6 

It should also be noted that in the very act of preaching sermons and engaging in street-preaching evangelism we are uttering prophecies still to be fulfilled as prophets of GOD! We are ‘truth tellers’ of Scripture.

The whole contention of cessationism and continuanism rests on a faulty premise and interpretation of a portion of Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, which reads as follows,

8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 
9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 
10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 
11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 
12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

This contentious portion of Scripture is making a distinction of charity (love) never failing and that it is everlasting, but when the perfect time comes of meeting the Lord Jesus Christ we will not have need of prophecies which fails in comparison to charity, neither will tongues profit anything as they will cease in comparison to everlasting charity, and even the knowledge that we have now will vanish away compared to the charity that never fails! All the spiritual gifts profit nothing if they are done without charity, as we read concerning prophecy,

2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2

The knowing and prophesying in part now will be fully known when the perfect time comes and the knowing and prophesying will be done away with as we will not have any need of them any longer. Paul uses a further comparison with the analogy of a child maturing to a man. The  prophecies, tongues and knowledge is in comparison to an immature child, and the fullness of meeting the Lord is compared to the maturity of a man. The immature things are put away when the fullness has come. Now we only know in part, but meeting Christ “then shall I know even as also I am known.”

A further summary by Matthew Henry in respect of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 reads as follows, quote:

Charity is much to be preferred to the gifts on which the Corinthians prided themselves. From its longer continuance. It is a grace, lasting as eternity. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused notions of things, have children when compared with grown men! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts of this world, when we come to heaven. All things are dark and confused now, compared with what they will be hereafter. They can only be seen as by the reflection in a mirror, or in the description of a riddle; but hereafter our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. It is the light of heaven only, that will remove all clouds and darkness that hide the face of God from us. To sum up the excellences of charity, it is preferred not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope. Faith fixes on the Divine revelation, and assents thereto, relying on the Divine Redeemer. Hope fastens on future happiness, and waits for that; but in heaven, faith will be swallowed up in actual sight, and hope in enjoyment. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But there, love will be made perfect. There we shall perfectly love God. And there we shall perfectly love one another. Blessed state! how much surpassing the best below! God is love, 1John 4:8, 1John 4:16. Where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height; there only will it be perfected. ~ Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on e-Sword

Therefore, MacArthur is not entirely exonerated from being corrected even if it was by a stern rebuke from ‘prophet’ John O’Neill, for Scriptures confirm that there are New Testament ekklesia prophets today. We just do not see a whole host of them in the modern ‘institutional and contemporary local denominational churches’ of the 21st century, for the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being severely quenched by congregations which are merely passive spectators in ‘church buildings’ and in the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Movements you have the other extreme where the majority of churches are doing everything contrary to what Scripture teaches.

2. Have the miraculous sign gifts ceased? or do they continue today?

We know that the cessationists, like Dr John MacArthur, agree that there are spiritual gifts as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12-14 which are in operation today, but they believe the sign gifts of prophet, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues, and the gift of healings and miracles ceased in accordance with 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. The reason cessationists would believe this to be the ‘facts’ is because they hold to a faulty premise and interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 as afore-stated.

I stress, i do not hold to the cessationist position neither do i hold to the continuanist position, or to how both camps peddle their doctrine and teachings, but as before mentioned i hold to the pure Biblicist position and the apostles’ doctrine contained in the Holy Bible (AV1611).

I certainly do agree that there is Strange Fire (see Lev. 10:1; Num. 3:4, 26:61) being offered before the LORD which GOD did not command, when it comes to certain unbiblical practices in the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Movements that blasphemes GOD’s Holy Name by their very actions. And there is certainly also Strange Fire that is being offered in many evangelical protestant institutional-contemporary-denominational churches of today!

In Scripture we are told to do all things orderly. In 1 Corinthians 14:40 the apostle Paul says, as we read, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” In the very preceding verse, Paul tells us,

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:39

This is simple and clear, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul who is called to authenticate the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through the will of God (see 1 Cor. 1:1) says, “… covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” This statement is spoken to the brethren (saints) in the ekklesia (church).

The Scriptures teach that “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Cor. 12:7), and we can read further as the Scriptures explain how the gifts are given by the Spirit, as it is written,

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:8-14

It is therefore left to the Holy Spirit to give spiritual gifts to born-again believers for the edification of the ekklesia which is the one body which is Christ, and with the greater gifts one would need to exercise more humility so that the prideful spirit would not hinder the working of each member in the unity of the body, as we read,

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

If speaking with tongues and interpretations and the gifts of healing were not for the ekklesia of today then the apostle Paul would not have asked the following questions and encouraged the coveting of the best gifts, as we read,

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:30,31

The answer to each of the above questions are “No.” Some receive as the Spirit will. In Chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul makes the distinction between speaking with unknown tongues and prophesying. Paul says that he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto GOD, for no man understands him (see v.2). Paul then says that he that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself, but he that prophesieth edifieth the church (ekklesia) (see v.4). Paul then says that he would that ye all (ye = plural and “all”, that is stressing that “everyone”) spoke with tongues, as we read the actual verses,

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? ~ 1 Corinthians 14:5,6

Paul says that he has spoken in tongues more than “ye all” (see v.17) and although he says that he would rather speak five words with his own understanding than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue (see v.19), he goes on and says that speaking in tongues is as a sign to those that believe not (see v.22).

This is where the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Movements get it all totally wrong and are in great error. They go totally contrary to verses 23, 27 and 28 with their “babel” or “babbling” in unintelligible gibberish tongues with no interpretations which are a cacophony of sounds, shrieks and noises that are supposed to be “unknown tongues”, but are far from it! It is a spirit of pride that drives them to speak in babbling tones out of fear of not being seen as having ‘true spirituality!’ As a result of their actions and their violations of the following Scriptures, it leaves them “mad?”,

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? . . .

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:23,27,28

To this day there are missionaries who speak foreign languages in distant lands and interpretations are also performed. The reason we do not see more of proper language tongues being spoken in the ekklesia is that the Holy Spirit has been grieved in many respects through unbelief that it does not take place today and also by the false performances of the gifts! And what is performed by the continuanists is a very poor unbiblical display of gibberish, babbling, cooing and at times various animal noises. This results in what the cessationists term Charismatic Chaos, which is exactly what it is, being unbiblical and heretical!

Many of today’s ‘faith healers’ and ‘miracle workers’ are deceiving charlatans who are more interested in putting on televised performances akin to circus acts with their signs and lying wonders. What comes to mind is Todd “Biker Boots” Bentley who says he was instructed by the ‘holy spirit’ to kick certain people with cancer in their stomachs. His “BAM”-healing charades were certainly not biblical and it is definitely another spirit that told Bentley to do that, but certainly not the Holy Spirit of GOD! In one word, Bentley’s actions were: DEMONIC! Other unbiblical performances that make a mockery of the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be seen at these links, which are not an exhaustive collection of the wicked charlatan brigade:

In view of what GOD’s Holy Word truly teaches, we suggest Dr John MacArthur and the cessationist camp revisit their position and stance in this regard, and where necessary recant their teachings. We also suggest that the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Movements who are teaching a false gospel and performing unbiblical spiritual acts of the gifts, they too should recant their teachings!

We need to get back to the first century ekklesia where the Holy Spirit leads all proceedings under the Headship of our Lord Jesus Christ and which looked decidedly way different to what masquerades as “church” today, as we read,

26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:26

We need to be brutally honest. There are Christians who meet week after week in ‘church buildings’ that are passive and non-participating due to the way that the meeting is conducted through the ‘pastor’ and ‘clergy’, where every member is not functioning as they ought to by the leading of the Holy Spirit and under the Headship of our Lord Jesus Christ. The ‘meetings’ are devoid of the ministry of the Holy Spirit! We Christians largely have depended on being sermonized by various doctrines and teachings for decades on end and still remain babes in Christ lacking maturity. Christians are not transformed by hearing sermons – expository or topical – week after week. We are transformed by regular spiritual encounters with our Lord Jesus Christ and those who do preach Him are called to preach Christ and not information about Him! The spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-14 are available as the Holy Spirit will to every member functioning in open-sharing, Spirit-inspired teaching, prophesying ekklesia meetings by the leading and Headship of our Lord Jesus Christ! This is how the ekklesia should look like,

4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 
5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 
6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 
7  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 
8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 
9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. ~ Romans 12:4-16

The power of the Holy Spirit appears to be ‘boxed’ in the ekklesia meetings through grievance and quenching of Him. However, it is good to know that GOD is still in the business of performing healings and miracles as many of us can testify to His sovereign grace . . .

Soli Deo Gloria

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Here are some previous related blog posts:

> Have We Really Been Doing It By The Book? (Part 1 ~ April 27, 2011)

> The Calf Path¹ (Part 2 ~ April 28, 2011)

> Church ~ The Ekklesia of God (Part 3 ~ April 29, 2011)

> A Spiritual House (May 13, 2011)

> “Why” Some People Quit Going to Church (June 4, 2013)

> Christian, Are You Playing Church? (October 19, 2015)

> Doctrines, Dogmas and Denominations cause Divisions! (November 23, 2015)

  • This blog post was amended on December 11, 2015 to include a heading and by adding in a few more names of ‘men’ followed in the institutional contemporary local denominational churches.

False Teachers Exposed

This False Teachers Exposed: Word of Faith / Prosperity Gospel video by Justin Peters exposes the charlatans for what they are – ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing!

There are many in the ‘churchianity movement’ that are being deceived by these false teachers as we read in Scripture,

3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ~ 2 Timothy 4:3,4

These false fable-telling teachers are not Christians and those with itching ears who are following after them have made idols out of them to their own sinful shame! Repent of thy wickedness!

Be warned,

14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:14,15

May your true “repentance [be] toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

Soli Deo Gloria

A Public Apology

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, family, friends and visitors to this blog, i hereby make a public apology and recant of spending way too much precious time in the past on the false teachings of the 2014-2015 tetrad of blood moons as taught by authors Mark Biltz and John Hagee. It can safely be stated that messrs Biltz and Hagee are false prophets and i do hope they will publically repent of misleading many with their teachings! i should have exercised a more discerning approach and engaged in a more thorough research of the material presented. i have subsequently removed the postings at this blog and on my Facebook wall that taught on the blood moons from the unbiblical teaching sources as recorded in the video hereunder that debunks the same, titled: The Blood Moon Theory Debunked (2014-2015).

There is a lesson learned and i humbly ask your forgiveness for any wrongdoing on my behalf. It was never intended to misguide in any form or fashion. My repentance has been toward GOD in accordance with Scripture, as we read,

1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 
2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. ~ 1 John 1:1,2

9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

Thank You heavenly Father for Your mercy and grace to forgive me of my transgressions and sin. May You always be glorified and may You show me that which is error from Truth! Amen.Soli Deo Gloria

A Call to Repentance!

A REBUKE TO WICKED A.N.C. GOVERNED SOUTH AFRICA AND ALL ITS PEOPLES’ TRIBES, TONGUES AND NATIONALITIES

Department of Water & Sanitation

This above photo-grab from the Department of Water and Sanitation of the Republic of South Africa is doing its rounds in social media, and I would suggest that if you should share it, share it with this REBUKE! Our nation has a far greater crisis than a water crisis!

Firstly, ‘South Africa’ do not all worship and pray to the same GOD. And secondly, naming the name of ‘Jesus’ does not mean it is the true Lord Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, Who is the Creator GOD, for Scripture says,

21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ~ Matthew 7:21-23

So, is GOD your Heavenly Father? Do Not blaspheme HIS Holy Name with a prayer that calls HIM to bless South Africa because of a drought when this land has blood flowing into the grounds through the ANC not protecting its citizens. This land has a stench of blood from baby abortions, farm murders, out of control crime, human trafficking, pornography, prostitution, idolatry worship, Satanism, rebellious education systems, genocide of Afrikaners, fraud, greed, coveteousness, rape of men, women and children, sorcery, witchcraft, ancestral worship, corruption, drug addictions, homosexuality, abominable same-sex “marriages”, drunkenness and perverseness in promoting fornication among children! And so, so much more . . . all in violation of GOD’s Holy Word. This is a WICKED NATION!

Here are Scriptural indictments,

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! ~ Isaiah 5:20-23

1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. ~ Isaiah 59:1-4

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. 
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 
8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. ~ Isaiah 59:6-8

2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. 
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. ~ Proverbs 28:4,5

27  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. ~ Proverbs 10:27

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. ~ Proverbs 28:13

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13,14

This Nation must REPENT of sins of commission and sins of omission. You must have your “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21) ~ that is your only HOPE!Soli Deo Gloria

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> This blog post is an expanded Facebook posting on November 16, 2015 by writer.

Doctrines, Dogmas and Denominations cause Divisions!

Doctrines, Dogmas and Denominations cause Divisions!

There is nothing in Scripture which says, “Endeavouring to keep up your ecclesiastical arrangements for centralization;” but the exhortation runs thus: “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

A plague upon denominationalism! There should be but one denomination: we should be denominated by the name of Christ, as the wife is named by her husband’s name. As long as the church of Christ has to say, “My right arm is Episcopalian, and my left arm is Wesleyan, and my right foot is Baptist, and my left foot is Presbyterian or Congregational,” she is not ready for the marriage. She will be ready when she has washed out these stains, when all her members have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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. ~ Ephesians 4:3-6

Jesus is NOT

9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 
10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 
11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 
12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 
13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9-13

Soli Deo Gloria

Maritzburg United vs. Kaizer Chiefs ~ Preaching

Panoramic view at the Maritzburg United vs. Kaizer Chiefs ABSA Premiership soccer match Jono and Gary went to minister and open-air preach at the ABSA Premiership soccer match between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Gary preaching in the rain Chiefs that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday November 21, 2015. We arrived about 15H45 and set up outside the South Gate and preached the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and distributed much Gospel literature to the security and spectators alike until a quarter past the scheduled kick-off time of 18H00.

The audio recordings can be listened to at these links: Part 1 (1hr) and Part 2 (21mins). Hereunder are also some videos and pictures of the ministry on a wet, cold and windy late afternoon / early evening as we called all to repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Crowds milling aroundA group of Kaizer Chiefs supportersA group of Thokoza Branch Kaizer Chief supportersCrowds just milling aroundLining up at the gatesMore groups of Amakhosi supports arrivingJono proclaiming the Gospel in isiZuluCrouds standing aroundJono preaching in isiZuluThe crowds enteringMore Chief supportersSupporters have to finish their beverages before entering the stadiumSoli Deo Gloria

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