Sunday Thought – Sunday 14th May 2017

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31

So often, life can get the better of us, it crowds us in and demands far more than we able to give. We get worn down at times,and it does not only affect us in bodily tiredness, but can also send our health on a downward spiral. I am sure I am talking to many this morning who can relate to this, because it’s something that affects us all at one time or other.

If we are a true Christian, it not only takes it’s bodily toll on us but also can drain us spiritually. The big problem for us is admitting it! We don’t like to portray signs of weakness as Christians, we want everybody to see us as OVERCOMERS. Some even like to be seen as SUPA-CHRISTIANS, a self image where nothing of this world can ever get us down or make us weaker. But all of this is just a part of our human ego, and if we are really honest, not just with others but with ourselves also, we have to admit we can be brought low.

Jesus knew all about our weaknesses as human beings. For although He was rightfully God, He also became truly man.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” Philippians 2: 5-7

Jesus Himself knew what it was to be tired and weary and he certainly knew what it was like to suffer pain.

In our opening text, Jesus saw that the disciples were tired and weary. They had just returned from their preaching and ministering expedition, related to us in verses 7-13 of the same chapter. Then, after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, they had collected his body and gave him a proper burial. They were tired and weary, duties had taken their toll, and our precious Saviour Jesus saw this, and knew they needed rest.

Come ye yourselves apart….and rest a while” Our Lord told His disciples.

There are times when He says those words to us also. Are you tuned in to hear His voice? A couple of weeks ago I sent out a Sunday Thought on the subject of HEALING and mentioned that Jesus doesn’t always heal. I thank those who responded to that with positive comments.

I mention this because this is one of the reasons we don’t receive the healing we seek. Jesus allows us to become sick and weak in body SO THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR REST.

The pressures of this life are many, and especially so in Christian service. Please take a look and compare these two verses:

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

For every man shall bear his own burden” Galatians 6:5

On the face of it you may think it looks like a contradiction, but God NEVER contradicts Himself! In the first verse (Gal.6:2) the word BURDEN means just that. It means A LOAD, A WEIGHT…we are to help others carry the weight of their load that often they cannot escape from.

In the second verse (Gal. 6:5) the word BURDEN means a TASK or SERVICE. They are different Greek words. We all have our various GOD GIVEN TASKS and OUR SERVICE FOR HIM that nobody else can do in our place.

So, we need to carry, conscientiously, the burden of our GOD GIVEN WORK but at the same time, help others carry the WEIGHT of their LOAD, that may be bringing them down low. None of us are exempt from obedience to what God is saying here. May our Lord search our hearts that we may do His divine will in these matters and rest a while, when we need to.

Love in Christ to you all…..Pastor Keith




Sunday Thought – Sunday 11th September 2016

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:6-7

If you are a Christian who thinks or feels that they have ‘arrived’, or are in some way, the finished person our Lord wants you to be, then you are under a false illusion. You are ‘kidding’ yourself. As a pastor, I have met many people over the past 31 years, and it’s surprising how many of those people actually expected me to be perfect. They were very surprised when they spotted one of my many flaws. There have even been a few who took great delight in pointing out my imperfections!

On the other side of the coin, I have met Christians who carry around with them a heavy burden, always striving towards perfection, as if their salvation depended upon it, yet never satisfying the urge to live better, and finding that they can never actually do enough to make them feel content.

The Christians in both these ‘groups’ do not appear to have understood the clear New Testament teaching that we are A WORK OF HIS GRACE. Grace can never be ‘worked at’. It doesn’t even involve any conscious effort on our part, it’s totally HIS WORK IN US! It’s only as you understand and accept this truth, that you can actually begin STANDING IN THE GRACE OF GOD. It requires submission to His will and His working in our lives.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2

Paul writing from prison to the Philippian Christians, says:

Being confident of this very thing….” Phil. 1:6

Which according to the Amplified Version, actually means….

I am convinced and sure of this very thing…”

What was Paul so confident of? He was confident and sure that the Great God and Saviour, who had saved and redeemed them, would go on to complete that work and bring them all to perfection, when Christ Jesus returns for His Church.

Do you honestly think that you can, by your own effort, bring yourself to perfection? In the process, you will end up beating yourself up for every failure you make, and instead of living a life of Joy in Christ, you will end up most miserable. But what did Jesus say?…..

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

I don’t see that it’s abundant life if we go around with the heavy load of insufficiency, failure and the clear sense of NEVER BEING GOOD ENOUGH.

So, to any who would point out my flaws and failings, I would say I’m a perfect vessel in the making! I’m not yet finished! Get your eyes off me and start looking at JESUS.

Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

He is the AUTHOR of our faith, in other words, He started the work of salvation in our lives. He is also the FINISHER of our faith, what He started, HE WILL FINISH, we have His complete assurance on that. Which brings us right back to where we started…..

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6

My dear Brothers & Sisters, start living in the Joy of the Lord, lay down your load, your burden of never being quite good enough, and just submit to Jesus, allow Him to work by His grace to bring you to perfection. And, when you reach perfection, I’ll be right there with you….IN THE AIR!

Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall ALL BE CHANGED, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump….” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52



Pilate once asked Jesus “What is truth?” John 18:38 I’m thinking that maybe we need to ask, and answer this question again in our age. We are living in a time when mankind looks at truth as changing and relative to the situation we are in. This modern ‘take’ on truth cannot be found in the Bible. Biblical truth is always absolute and is unchanging. This is so because truth is rooted in God who always remains constant.

Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the TRUTH and the life….” John 14:6

Does truth really matter? A look at Christendom today would make one feel that truth doesn’t really matter, at least not to the majority of professing Christians. But a careful look at the Bible, which is God’s precious word to us, shows us that truth is of absolute importance.

First of all, we are required to have a ‘love of the truth’ From the Old Testament, the end of Zechariah 8:19 God says:

….therefore love the truth and peace”

In the New Testament, we are told that those who will perish, will do so because:

they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10

This link between love and truth is brought out even more in 1 John 3: 18-19

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him”

This link between love and truth is extremely interesting. For we find today that it has become an ‘either or’ option for many professing Christians. The idea being that we need not bother too much about the truth, if we show the love! This is at the very heart of the social gospel preached by the majority in Christendom. It is seen as ‘right’ to show love, and to be loving to each other and to the lost, rather than get concerned for truth. This sentimental wishy washy love turns out to be not love at all, by Biblical standards.

We are exhorted in the text above (1 John 3: 18-19) to NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE, in other words telling folk we love them, in itself is meaningless. Our love for others should be IN DEED AND IN TRUTH. We should show a practical love that is based in truth.

It’s no good being kind and showing love, even meeting some of the needs of people, if we don’t also share the truth with them. If we know they are lost, then we need to warn them of their lost condition. And, we can’t even do that unless we ourselves KNOW THE TRUTH How can we lead people to Jesus, if we ourselves don’t even know the truth about getting saved?

So many today are getting completely deceived, by believing a false gospel given by false teachers and prophets. The order of the day in most religious establishments is getting people into Church fellowships, rather than getting their name written in the Lambs Book of Life! In fact, I wonder how many have even heard serious preaching on the subject of THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE (Revelation 13:8; 21:27)

The false gospel preached today is usually a “Come to Jesus” “Give your life to Jesus” with the promise that everything will go well for you once you obey the call. THIS IS A FALSE GOSPEL. It doesn’t save anybody because it’s not grounded in TRUTH. Then we end up with the situation that Jesus Himself spoke of in Matthew 7: 21-23:

Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father in heaven. 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? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from Me ye that work iniquity”

What’s the point of just filling up a Church building? (other than to get their money?) Shouldn’t we be more concerned with populating heaven?

There is no salvation without REPENTANCE, and nobody can come to Jesus unless they are first drawn by the Father.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:44

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

In my experience, I have found that many people like the idea of truth, as long as it doesn’t cross their preconceived ideas. If the truth demands change, then the truth is rejected. It’s often a case of ‘I believe what I believe, regardless of what the Bible actually says’

If we do not have a LOVE OF THE TRUTH, and allow the TRUTH to change our thinking, our ways and our very life, then we cannot be genuinely saved. I make no apologises for saying that because this is TRUTH.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10

The REAL Church of Jesus Christ is founded upon TRUTH. It is founded upon Jesus Christ, who is THE TRUTH. Throwing truth out the window, because it doesn’t fit our agenda or thinking is just another way of rejecting Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Reject Him at your peril.

…..the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” 1 Timothy 3:15b

If your Church is not that, then it’s not a real, genuine Church.

Pastor Keith Brown 

The Invasion Of Israel By The Northern Confederacy

It is best, and it saves space here, to read these two chapters carefully first.


In this article I want to show you WHEN this invasion will take place and WHO will be doing the invading and WHYinvade ISRAEL at that time. Also we shall see how it all ends.

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A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 4th January 2015

GRACE be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” Ephesians 6:24

Except for Romans, every one of Paul’s epistles ends with the GRACE OF GOD. In this, the first of my ‘Sunday Thoughts’ for 2015, I want to remind us all of this wonderful GRACE.

We are all “Saved by grace” Ephesians 2:8 and we are all kept, whilst we are standing in the GRACE OF GOD.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein WE STAND, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” Romans 5:1-2

Our great God is a GOD OF GRACE. He showers us with His grace day by day.

And the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of GRACE AND TRUTH” John 1:14

And of His fulness have we all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17

GRACE FOR GRACE” Means “One grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift” Amp Version.

I could go on, quoting scripture after scripture, but I feel that the above verses are sufficient to show that our Great God is a God of GRACE.

It is good to go into this new year knowing that the GRACE OF GOD is with you, and that we are STANDING IN THE GRACE OF GOD.

We should not be chasing after works to impress our God as many do today and as many will boast of doing before His throne one day. (Matt 7:22) I know plenty who like to make a name for themselves, and who like to appear important in Christian circles. We are to follow after works because God before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10) but not WORKS to bring glory to ourselves but works that bless others!

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto ALL MEN, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:10

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.” Galatians 6:6

So my prayer for you all is that you will stand in the grace of God throughout 2015 and beyond if He should delay His coming further. And that ,providing you are truly saved, seek to bless others with good works, in the name of our Saviour Jesus. AND remember, Jesus is returning soon to collect up His true Church, maybe this year, 2015? KEEP WATCHING, KEEP PRAYING! (Luke 21:36)

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 14th December 2014

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end” Luke 1:30-33

Part of the angel’s message to Mary was “For thou hast found favour with God” which can also rightly be translated “For thou hast found GRACE with God” Mary could do NOTHING without the GRACE of God! It is also the same with us today, we can do nothing (for Him) without His GRACE.

In Genesis 6:8 tells us that “Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord” In fact it has always been so that mankind can do nothing for Him, without His GRACE. We were all under the law, that we could not keep, without Christ. That is why we have all “Come short” missed the mark of God’s perfection (Romans 3:23) But then God sent His only begotten Son.

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

When Jesus came into this world, His GRACE was made freely available to all who would believe and seek Him.

And of His fullness have all we received, and GRACE for GRACE. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” John 1:16-17

How wonderful! Out of HIS ABUNDANCE (fullness) we have received “one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift (heaped) upon gift.” (from the Amplified Bible)

All of this, because God sent forth His only begotten Son.

CHRISTMAS is under attack today. Yes, the unbelieving world around us will have a giant celebration without even knowing what they are celebrating. We can expect nothing more from unbelievers, they do not profess to know Him.

But I find the biggest attack is coming from those who do make a profession of faith. Those who fill the Churches in our nations. I have been accused of being pagan because I have a Christmas tree! I’m sure you all know what I am talking about here.

But, these ‘so called’ Christians are sad beings who appear to know very little about His GRACE and all the blessings we have in CHRIST JESUS. The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ that He has showered upon me, is worth celebrating. It’s well worth celebrating the wonderful day that “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

When I celebrate Christmas, I am NOT worshipping pagan gods, I am acknowledging that wonderful day that Christ Jesus came into this world to save me. I am also acknowledging that this WONDERFUL SAVIOUR who came to die on the cross for me, ascended on high after His powerful resurrection and is returning very soon to collect His true CHURCH and take them back to the place He is now preparing for us. (John 14:3)

And, not only that, but I shall return again with Him, and all the saints, when He comes in great power and glory to rule from David’s throne, and of that kingdom, THERE SHALL BE NO END! (Luke 1:33)

All this, and so much more, I shall celebrate on December 25th. No, I don’t expect it is the right date, but as we are not told the date I’ll stick with the one we’ve got!

The blessings of Christ’s birth, to you all!

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

Christianity – It’s Rules & Regulations

BIBLE TEACHING – “Christianity – It’s Rules & Regulations”

I grew up with the Rules & Regulations of Christianity. The Church I attended with my Mum, Dad and Sister had it’s own brand of Rules & Regulations. I have no doubt that my Mum & Dad were genuinely saved but I never met Jesus in that Church. I did think I was a Christian, and at 14 years of age, I even taught a Sunday School class, that was before my wayward years from the age of 15 ’till I really got saved at 19.

I remember being on a Church outing one summer, and my old friend dared to go into a Public house (bar) for a drink of cider, he was legally old enough and it was a hot summer day. But Oh the resulting remarks! He had dared to go into Satan’s den! A certain steward (deacon) often used to light his pipe up in the Church vestry before a meeting, but go into a pub? Unthinkable!

I came to see, as I got older, that every denomination had it’s own brand of Rules & Regulations. The denomination I was attached to were seriously Temperance, that is they did not allow the consumption of alcohol. They also frowned upon gambling, it was considered a sin, as was dancing and going into a dance hall. In my wayward years I actually plucked up the courage to go to a dance hall and I learnt some ballroom dancing! We never, ever, went into a shop on a Sunday, after all, didn’t we have six days a week to do our shopping in? Sunday was spent going to Church, usually three times, and the remainder of the day spent in quiet pursuits. It was somehow not right to make a noise on a Sunday. Even television, which was just becoming popular, (just one available channel) was given a rest on Sundays in favour of the radio. The cinema was also frowned upon. Even if the film was decent, you were considered to be ploughing money into making films that were indecent.

The rules and regulations of Christianity were a way of dealing with those things that were considered sinful. Those ‘sinful’ things were:


There is one Church in USA (there are probably more) who’s doctrinal statement I agree with, but add these as further requirements:

Total abstinence from all liquor or strong drinks. Against the use of tobacco in any form, opium, morphine, etc. A New Testament interpretation of the use of meats and drinks. That our members dress according to the teachings of the New Testament. That our members conform to the Scripture relative to outward adornment and the use of cosmetics, etc. that create an unnatural appearance. That our members adhere to the scriptural admonition that our women have long hair and our men have short hair .Against members wearing jewellery for ornament or decoration, such as finger rings (this does not apply to wedding bands), bracelets, earrings, lockets, etc. Against members attending movies, dances and other ungodly amusements: further, that extreme caution be exercised in viewing and in the selectivity of television programs. Against members going swimming with opposite sex other than the immediate family. Against members belonging to lodges. Against members swearing. Divorce and remarriage.

Personally, I found that quite shocking! A Church, that on the surface appears to believe, much like I believe, have actually added these things as a requirement for membership!

Now, I want to make a statement, that also may surprise or even shock you. All these things, RULES & REGULATIONS, that you find among the Churches still today, ARE NOT SIN! Let me say that again, even more bolder:


Just let that sink in a moment. I’m not advocating that we go out and make all these things a part of our lives. Some may be harmful to our bodies, some may be undesirable, BUT THEY ARE NOT SIN. So what is sin? What makes us defiled before a holy God?

This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching FOR DOCTRINES the commandments of men. And He called the multitudes and said unto them, HEAR AND UNDERSTAND: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which COMETH OUT OF THE HEART, this defileth a man.” Matthew 15: 8-11

Then answereth Peter and said unto Him, Declare unto us this parable. And Jesus said; Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart; and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed EVIL THOUGHTS, MURDERS,ADULTERIES, FORNICATIONS, THEFTS, FALSE WITNESS, BLASPHEMIES; THESE ARE THE THINGS WHICH DEFILE A MAN.” Matthew 15: 15-20

Do you HEAR and UNDERSTAND? Sin comes forth from the heart. And this is why:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17: 9

Sin proceeds from a sinful heart.

Popular religion seeks to change people from the outside. They give us RULES & REGULATIONS to live by, to make the outward appearance look good. But it doesn’t change us on the inside. God does not look at our outward appearance, He looks upon our heart! (see: 1 Samuel 16: 7)

Jesus came to cleanse us on the inside, to give us a clean heart. His cleansing is ongoing.

 “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”    1 John 1:9

 The Amplified Version says “and (Continuously) cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We don’t want to carry the heavy burden of DON’T DO THIS & DON’T DO THAT. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for placing that very burden upon Israel when He walked this earth. Jesus told us:

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”        John 8: 32

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”    John 8: 36

Notice in these verses that TRUTH does the same as the SON. That’s because Jesus is “THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” John 14: 6

If you are genuinely saved and not a Christian in name only, then you are FREE in Christ!

When people ask me if it’s OK for a Christian to do this, or that, or go here, or there, I usually answer with this scripture.

….whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” Colossians 3: 17

If you can’t do it in His name, giving thanks to God, then don’t do it! If you can’t go there in His name, giving thanks to God, then don’t go there! It’s all very simple! There’s no burden to bear.

….happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth” Romans 14: 22b

Whilst on this subject, let me tackle something similar that is gaining in popularity among the Church groups today. Actually it’s two things, but they are so closely related that they can be treated as one.

Gaining ground today is the idea that Christians shouldn’t celebrate Easter or Christmas. It’s closely related to the drive to bring Christians back nearer to Judaism. Let me give you a verse from Revelation.

John, on the Island of Patmos, was relating letters to the Churches in Asia, which Jesus was giving Him in a vision. These seven letters, in chapters 2&3 of Revelation are also generally accepted to be prophetic of the ages of the Church. Both the Churches at Smyrna and Philadelphia had a problem with people “Who say they are Jews and are not”

You can read the accounts in Revelation 2: 9 and Revelation 3: 9. Jesus said, in both cases that these people were “Of the synagogue of Satan”. Prophetically, the Church at Philadelphia is very interesting because it’s one of the ‘CHURCH TYPES’ that will be around at the time of the rapture. We know this from verse 10

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (trouble) which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”

So, prophetically, the Church at Philadelphia describes a type of Church that is with us today, for we are in those end times.

So we can conclude that in some Churches today, there are those who live a lie by saying they are Jews and are not! Now, I cannot accept that any Gentile would claim to be an ethnic Jew. Why would they do that? The Jews have been and still are subject to a Satanic hatred that goes by the name of anti-Semitism. The Bible prophesies that Israel will be a “Cup of trembling to all nations” (Zech 12: 2) That is certainly being fulfilled in these days. So why pretend to be an ethnic Jew, when you clearly are not?

No, I believe this refers to people, Gentile Christians, or at least Gentile Churchgoers, who try to live/worship as Jews. They believe in keeping the Jewish feasts and customs, and imitate Jews in their worship. This has become very popular in some places, fed by teaching from the Hebrew Roots Movement. I have come across many today who even use the Hebrew name for Jesus – YESHUA. But why? I’m a Gentile believer. I love Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Why would I revert to calling him by His Hebrew name? Would it make God any more pleased with me?

I believe that this move to adopt the Hebrew name for Jesus, and keep the feast days and customs of Israel, Is exactly what Jesus related to John in the letter to the Church at Philadelphia. By their actions, they are saying they are Jews – and are NOT.

In keeping with this trend, some Gentile ‘Christians’ tell us we shouldn’t celebrate Easter but celebrate Passover instead! I believe the Passover was a wonderful, miraculous act by God on behalf of His chosen people, and it’s right that Israel should celebrate this. But I’m a Gentile. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it tells me I need to do this. In fact I find the opposite. The miraculous passover was strictly for Israel, not for Gentiles. The very early Church even became divided at one point because there were those who were telling Gentile believers that they had to do these things and even be circumcised. The whole of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is on this very subject. Because the Gentile Church at Galatia had put themselves back under the law by trying to imitate the Jewish believers. Paul used strong words to this Church.

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you” Gal. 3: 1

There is no Biblical requirement for Gentile Christians to ‘become’ Jewish or Hebrew or keep their customs and ways. In fact, both Jew & Gentile become ONE in Christ at conversion.

There is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile), there is neither bond or free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3: 28

The same accusations are made against those who celebrate our Lord’s birth a Christmas. We are told it’s pagan and we should not celebrate it. When I celebrate Christmas, I am not keeping a pagan festival, I am celebrating the miracle of the virgin birth of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Yes, paganism has effected our history. We cannot be free of that. Even the names of the days of the week, and the months of the year, are pagan. Some being named after Greek gods and others after Roman emperors. Even the concept of MONEY is pagan. The wedding ring is also a pagan idea with pagan roots. Are we going to do away with all these things? Have nothing to do with money? Rename the days and the months? Throw away our wedding bands? Can you see how silly this gets? Our great God doesn’t want us to get encumbered with all these do’s & don’ts, He wants us to be FREE!

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.”                  Colossians 2: 16-17

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” Colossians 2: 20-22

The Bible also makes it clear that those who are bound by such rules & regulations, are the weaker brethren, and those who are FREE are not to make their freedom a stumbling block to those who are bound.

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” 1 Corinthians 8: 9

But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ” 1 Corinthians 8: 12

I believe the overriding ‘rule’ on these things in the scriptures is, if you are FREE then praise God for your freedom in Christ. But, at the same time, we are not to judge our weaker brethren who are bound, and cause them to stumble. But remember:

….happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth” Romans 14: 22b

Enjoy your freedom in Christ!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”        John 8: 32

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”    John 8: 36

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith July 2014

Sunday Thought 29th June 2014 Pastor Keith Brown

I’ve been very busy this week. I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to write an article on the subject of “Christianity – It’s Rules & Regulations” I put it off for a few days, something that I’m very prone to do, but the prompting kept coming, even stronger, until I got down to it this week. It’s not finished yet, but when it is I will send it out. This project has put me behind writing this word for you today. I’m two days late doing this, and encroaching on time I should be using to prepare for preaching on Sunday. But as I got again in front of my PC with a blank page and my Bible, Galatians 5:9 appeared to jump out and hit me!

“A little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump” Galatians 5:9

Such a little verse, but with a big meaning. Leaven, or as we would probably say today, yeast, is very handy in baking to raise and lighten the dough. When a little is mixed with the dough, and then placed in a warm position, it takes very little time to spread and grow, raising the dough to probably twice it’s size or more.

In the Bible, LEAVEN almost, always is applied to evil and bad stuff, figuratively. So in Galatians 5 above, Paul was talking about some ‘evil’ that had crept in and threatened to take over the whole group of Christians at Galatia. In fact, the whole Epistle to the Galatians is about that one thing that was spoiling and destroying them. THEY HAD FALLEN FROM GRACE BY GOING BACK UNDER LAW.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” Gal. 5:4

Leaven is not just used as an example of the error of falling from grace into law, but is used of other BAD things too.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENETH THE WHOLE LUMP? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” 1 Cor. 5:6-7

Here we see Paul addressing FORNICATION in the Church at Corinth, telling them to PURGE it out before it spread through the group of believers.

Jesus also used leaven as an example:

In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch as they trode one upon another, He began to say unto His disciples first of all, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” Luke 12:1

And He charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the LEAVEN of the Pharisees, and of the LEAVEN of Herod.” Mark 8:15

How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the LEAVEN of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the DOCTRINE OF THE PHARISEES and of the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:11-12

We can see clearly from these verses how we also need to BEWARE of LEAVEN. Beware of false doctrine creeping into our Church fellowships. Beware of fornication and other bad stuff from taking root among believers. It will spread like LEAVEN and take over the whole, if we turn a blind eye to it.

Stay faithful. Stand firm upon the precious word of God. Don’t be taken in by all the supposedly ‘NEW’ and ‘WONDERFUL’ things that God is said to be doing in His Church.

If it’s not clearly laid out in God’s word, then avoid it, shun it! God is not doing new things today. He is continuing with the OLD, OLD GOSPEL that is the POWER of God unto salvation to all who would believe. Romans 1:16

And never forget, HE IS COMING AGAIN! His promise still stands, regardless what men say. It’s our responsibility to be ready for that great day when it arrives.

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith


The Oneness Doctrine Examined – By Sue Malin

This doctrine comes under the more commonly known name of ‘Jesus Only’. 
Whilst on the surface or upon superficial reading there does not appear to 
be any major doctrinal problems or conflicts within this teaching. However, 
in actual fact with this teaching a number of major differences do appear. 
On closer scrutiny it can be seen that the doctrine of the “Trinity” is 
brought into disrepute, by its insidious errors. In early church history 
this was one of the earliest major heresies to enter into serious dispute
with the most orthodox views on the Trinity.

It was known either as Modalism 
or as “Modalistic-Monarchianism, both what this, and the teachings of, the 
more commonly known name of: ‘Jesus Only’, teaches is that there are not 
three distinct persons in the Godhead, but rather that God reveals Himself 
in three distinct modes. Thus at times God appears as the ‘Father’, then 
other times as ‘The Son’ and lastly as the ‘Holy Ghost’. {In 
today’s Christian society, we have substituted the words God the Holy 
Spirit for God the Holy Ghost when we refer to the third person of the 
trinity. The reason for this change is that Ghost, it is said, sounds rather 
spooky. ‘Where as it was actually the old Anglo-Saxon word for guest. What 
Jesus promised us then was an Holy Guest to be with us as our comforter and 
guide, thus we invite Him (God the Holy Ghost) to join with us and to be 
ever present with us in all of our activities.} What the teachings of 
“Jesus Only” not only implicates but also implies is thatif God is seen 
as a mode of the Son, then it is not actually Jesus who died on the cross, 
but the Father Himself. Whilst this might be denied by those holding the’ 
Jesus Only’ teachings, yet this is the ultimate conclusion that has to be 
reached, therefore the Lord Jesus Christ ceases to be our advocate with the 
Father. Not only that but the whole concept of the doctrine of the atonement 
including substitutionary satisfaction and his vicarious sacrifice on the
cross is totally undermined. The Oneness teaching whilst it endeavours to
place the doctrine of the trinity as an understandable concept, rather than 
that of a mystery or inconceivable image, actually changes it into more of a 
mystery than it initially was. It becomes evident that if we reduce this 
doctrine to that of human understanding in many way God ceases to be God and 
the Trinitarian doctrine becomes nothing more than tri-theism, or three 
separate Gods. 

One of the shortcomings of the ‘Jesus Only’ teaching is that it also 
denies the personal relationship within the Godhead, and it denies the 
independence of God; in other words God has no ability to love or to 
communicate without other persons in His creation. (Genesis 1:2; 1: 26; John 
1:1-3; 1:29-34; 16:5-7; 17: 11f; Mark 1: 10-12; Col 1:19) Although those 
of’ Jesus Only’ persuasion would argue against this, the Bible is in 
itself plain as to the communication that took place between the members of 
the Trinity. In the ‘trinity’ we see the redemption of Mankind, for in 
the person of the Son, God has united mankind to himself. It is not mankind 
as a species that is saved; but rather it is God the Holy Ghost who callsus 
by our individual name. Therefore we enter into a personal relationship with 
a God who becomes our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ and because of
this we can triumph over both death and hell. 

We are in a constant state of warfare and the Word of God is our sword, let 
us arm ourselves with the orthodoxy which God the Holy Ghost himself equips 
the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians, we may have allowed much 
of our armour to become rusty if in fact it is used at all. We need to 
reassel1 these fundamental truth once again and like Isaac unblock the wells 
which the Philistines have blocked up, (Genesis 26:18) 

thus we need to take these old truths and proclaim them fearlessly and 
boldly from the housetops against the gods of a compromising and unbelieving 
age. To once more claim the victory which is ours through the death and 
resurrection of God’s Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? 

If we misinterpret the doctrine of the Trinity, then we lay the foundation 
for undermining all other major doctrinal subject. We fin this very much in 
evidence in the Oneness teaching, for their teaching on Salvation no longer 
stands on the foundation stone of the Reformation that, “the justshall 
live by faith” (Romans 1: 16-17) but now their interpretation of Salvation 
depends on works. Whereas what the Word of God actually states is, that 
works before salvation plays no part in the Salvation process. (Ephesians2: 
8-9) Salvation itself is a matter of faith in Christ Jesus and is a work of 
God in us by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:1-9) After Salvation,
works have a role in our grow1h in Him and His plan for our lives, changing 
us from glory to glory and enabling the Fruit of the Spirit to grow within 
us. The Oneness teaching along with some other denominations would try to
defend their position of faith plus works by quoting James chapter 2. On 
quick perusal of this chapter, it would appear that James is giving credence 
to their understanding. Yet, whilst there appears to be a contradiction 
between the writings of Paul and that of James on the question of 
justification by faith, it could be concluded that James is stating that in 
order to be justified, faith must include works. However on careful reading 
of James (2: 14-26), it can be seen that he is putting the same truth of 
justification by faith just as the Apostle Paul declares it. In fact for 
James, it is not just stating that one is justified, but that evidence of
this must be seen to be born-out in a person’s life. (Matthew 7:20; John 
15: 16). The correct comprehension of justification is completely crucialto 
the Christian faith. Martin Luther came to understand justification by faith 
alone and that gave him a fresh view of Christianity and he had gladness,
like never before found, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The main issue at
the Reformation was the disagreement between the reformers and the Roman 
Catholic Church over justification. A right understanding of justification 
must be gained to protect for prospective generations the gospel as givento 
us by Jesus Christ himself. Today still, there is a line of demarcation that 
separates the true Gospel of Salvation by faith and the erroneous gospel of 

So therefore if we are justified by faith alone the out workings of this 
must be seen in our everyday attitudes and lives (i. e. works). To others
around us, it is not just saying that we are Christians but others must see 
Christ living in us daily. 

In Oneness teaching, two things must occur in order for a person to be Born 
Again, other than repentance. First of all, they must be baptized in water 
in the name of “Jesus ~ only” if they are not Oneness teaching states 
that their names are not written in the Lambs Book of Life, therefore their 
destination is not heaven, but hell. (This teaching is known as ‘Baptismal 
Regeneration’). In fact, it is part of the Oneness teaching that only 
Oneness people will actually go to heaven. If one has already been baptized 
in the 0rthodox Trinitarian formula (in the Name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Ghost) according to the Oneness heresies then they need 
to be re-baptized in the Name of Jesus, only,
for their form of salvation to take place. This Jesus-Only doctrine of 
Salvation is totally contrary to Scripture. Ephesians 2: 8-10: / 18-22. 
Ephesians 3: 17-21. 

In orthodox Christianity, there are no regimented formulas, being born again 
is a matter of repentance, and baptism is simply an outward sign of the 
workings of what has already taken place inside. V/hen we talk about 
repentance in orthodox theology, we are referring to a heartfelt sorrow for 
sin, to a renouncing of sin, is a commitment to forsake sin and to be 
obedient to Christ’s words. Therefore, repentance occurs in the heart 
involving the whole person, in a decision to turn from sin. It is not just 
being sorry for ones actions, of having a deep remorse over ones actions,
but true repentance is a sincere decision to forsake sin that has been 
committed against God. As for Baptism, whilst recognizing that Jesus 
commanded it (Matthew· 28:19) and so did the apostles, (Acts 2:38) these 
passages however do not state that Baptism is necessary for salvation. For 
to state that it is, we are then undermining the doctrine of justification 
by faith alone. Baptism is not necessary for salvation, for our 
justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith. ~Whilst
Baptism then is not necessary for salvation it is necessary if we are to be 
obedient to Christ. Baptism is the outward sign of an inward change of heart 
(i.e. new birth). 

According to Oneness teaching the only valid baptism is that undertaken by 
an ordained Oneness Minister. Whereas the Word of God, does not specify or 
restrict who can carry out this form of ceremony. If we believe in the 
priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2: 410) then there appears to be no 
reason to restrict the right to perform this ceremony to ordained clergy.It 
is preferred that where it is possible baptism should be carried out within 
the fellowship of the church. The reason for this is that the whole church 
may rejoice with the person being baptized and that the faith of all the 
believers within that fellowship might be built up. Also, the person being 
baptized is making a public declaration or testimony outwardly to the 
transformation that has taken place in their life inwardly. Even being 
baptized in the name of Jesus Only is still only part way on the road to the 
Oneness form of Salvation, for, secondly, until they have been baptized in 
the Holy Ghost and speak in other tongues, they have not been saved. 

Within the Oneness teaching of salvation not only must a person be baptized 
in the Name of Jesus - only, in order to be saved, but they must also speak 
in tongues. If a person does not speak in tongues according to oneness 
theology, that person is not salvation-worthy; for they have not completely 
yielded to God, they do not have sufficient faith, nor have they really 
repented of their sins. The fault lies entirely with them and no blame can 
be laid on God. Failure to speak in tongues not only ostracizes a person 
from God’s love and God’s people at the same time it is an indictment of 
that person’s moral state. 

A Trinitarian view of speaking with other tongues which is more commonly 
known as “the Baptism of the Spirit”, is something that is totally 
distinct from salvation. In His final discourse Jesus (John 16:7) promised 
that the Holy Spirit would come to take His place here on earth. In Paul’s 
letter to the Ephesians (5:18-21) he encourages us to be filled with God the 
Holy Spirit and not to be drunk with wine. What Paul is actually saying is 
for us to drink deeply of God’s Spirit. For the baptism of the Spirit is 
not just an initial encounter with God or a one off thing, but rather it 
opens the door to a deeper relationship with God the Father, through God the 
Holy Spirit. We can know something of the workings of the trinity apart from 
the baptism of the Spirit, but why should one hold back when we can go onto 
know the fullness of God the Father, and God the Son through the baptism of 
God the Holy Spirit. It is within traditional Pentecostal and Charismatic
circles that speaking in tongues is clearly seen as the evidence of Holy 
Spirit Baptism, which should be followed by seeking a deepening experience 
with God the Holy Spirit in our lives. This would be exemplified both by the 
fruits of (God the Holy) Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26) and the gifts He brings 
to individual believers as recorded in 1 Corinthians 14. The whole idea of 
the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is that we might be more effective in our 
witness to the risen saving power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, up 
lifting and focusing our attention on Him, and then we are following our 
Saviour’s command. (Acts 1:8; Luke 24: 45-49; Acts 10: 39-43; Luke 10: 
39-43.) We need a passion for the lost that stand on the brink of an 
eternity in hell, the vibrancy and dynamism that we need for this can only 
be imparted to us by God the Holy Spirit. 

Yet, another anomaly in Oneness theology is that it states that Jesus is God 
the Father, that Jesus is the Holy Spirit and that the Name of God is Jesus, 
and they also deny the pre-existence of the Word as the Son, teaching that 
he existed as the Father. The reality in regard to God and Christ for 
Oneness Pentecostals is firmly established in the Old Testament belief of
God and the frequently disregarded principle of the name of God. Any 
plurality in the character of God is instantly abandoned on the basis of the 
elementary monotheism of the Old Testament (Deut. 6:4; lsa. 43:10) The two 
notions of character and name are united by the very old belief that a 
‘man’ and his name are indivisible. The name it is said reveals the 
person, and their character, and the power that a person has can be 
expressed through their name. It is therefore said that God’s name is 
parallel to all the Scripture and creation reveals to us about God, although 
this is not exhaustive, as we cannot possibly know all there is to know 
about the character and person of God. The doctrine of the Trinity is the
most important doctrine of the Christian Faith, for the denial of this 
doctrine is the cause of most of the heresies that are to be found in 
Christendom. The reason for this attack on the trinity is to try to 
understand a mystery which we can never totally fully comprehend with our
human rational minds. 

We can, however, summarize the Scriptural teaching of the trinity in the 
following way. :-
God is in three persons.
There is one God. 

God is in three persons means that the Father is not the Son, neither is He 
the Holy Spirit; it also means that the Son is not the Father nor is He the 
Holy Spirit. (John 1: 1-2.) John 20:17:- Jesus said to her, “Do not touch 
me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to my brothers and say 
to them, I ascend to My Father and Your Father, and to My God and your 
God”. John 14:2:- In My Father’s house are many mansions;if it were not 
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If Jesus is the 
Father – who is he talking about here, himself – if so why did He not 
say so – was He trying to trick us, or lead us astray.  No Jesus called 
Him Father, therefore we should too. –   In John 17: 24-25 Jesus Christ is 
praying that He might have restored unto Him the glory which he shared with 
His Father prior to the creation of the world, thus showing his 
pre-existence and relationship with God the Father. Jesus’ pre-existence 
is stated in Paul’s letter to the church at Colosse in Chapter 1 Verses 15 
- 20 (and in 2: timothy 1:9-10). In verse 15, what the writer is expressing 
when he states that Christ is “the firstborn of every creature” is the 
pre-eminent position of Christ within the whole wide world, not that He was 
the first born amongst God’s creation, because He was and is everwith the 
Father. (John1:1114/18) The writer uses firstborn to express the element of 
Christ’s dignity and Lordship - Christ enjoys absolute primacy over all 
creatures (creation) for in Him and through Him and for him all things have 
been created. (Rev 4:11) He also refers to Christ’s primacy in redemption 
for Christ alone is Lord of the Church, since Christ has received this rank 
and fullness (Col. 2:9) from his Father. So by virtue of His pre-eminence
over creation, Christ is therefore capable of redeeming the universe from
the dominion of satanic powers (Eph. 1:9). A new and living bond comes into 
being between Christ and His church in that it accepts His Lordship (Eph.
1:17 -23: 3: 14-21) 

The resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus involved the whole of 
the Trinity, the scriptures speak explicitly of this (Acts 2:22-24; Romans 
6:4; Romans 8:11). Jesus Himself stated during His earthly ministry that he 
had the authority to lay down His life and to take it up again, further 
more, he plainly stated in John 11:25 that His is the resurrection and the 
life. In the resurrection, what God, was saying to Christ was “I approve 
of what you have done and you find favour in my sight”. Christ’s 
resurrection is the final proof that He had earned our justification. One
additional aspect of Christ’s resurrection was the authority thatChrist 
received from the Father when He sat down at His right hand, was the 
authority to pour out (God the) Holy Spirit on the church. (Acts 2:33) 

According to oneness teaching when Christ was speaking to God, the Father, 
or healing from God the Father He was either under illusion or hallucinating 
and being deluded, He was not hearing the voice of God, but rather He was
suffering from what could be termed today as “hearing voices”. Whereas 
the scriptures make it quite plain and beyond all reasonable doubt that 
there was some sort of physical manifestation and communication, between the 
Son and the Father. (Matt 3:16-17; John 11:40-45; John 12:27-31) 

Let us remind ourselves again that many will come preaching in Christ’ 
name a false gospel. But we need to take unto ourselves the departing words 
of the Apostle Paul to Timothy “Preach the Word; be instant in season and 
out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 
For the time will come when they will not endue sound doctrine, but after
their own lusts shall the heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; 
And they shall turn away their” ears from the truth, and shall beturned 
unto fables. (2 Timothy 4: 2-4. - 2 Timothy 3: 16-17) 

Besides the theological differences between the Oneness teaching and 
Orthodox Trinitarian Christianity, there arises the question of holy living. 
In the Oneness teaching this is based on a legalism of “Thou Shalt” and 
Thou Shalt Not”. (EG: - no dancing, no alcohol, no attendance at cinemas 
or theatres; television is at least frowned upon if not expressly banned;
women are not allowed to wear any kind of make-up or jewellery, trousers,or 
ever allowed to cut their hair. Men are to wear Short sleeved shirts and 
long trousers, and in some congregations participating in sports or even 
simply watching sports is strictly forbidden.) Whereas the more Orthodox 
Christianity view of Holy living is based upon our relationship and 
obedience to God through our Lord Jesus Christ and the more we know Him so 
the more like Him we will be. “Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy 
Lord. Abide in him always and feed on His word.” {William. D. Longstaff. 
1887} (Romans 12:1-2; 6:11-14/22-23). 

Whilst the oneness teaching is predominately found in the Americas yet at
the same time there are a number of churches and fellowships which would 
teach and uphold this doctrine in the UK. It became very prominent during
the 60’s at a place called “South Chard” [Somerset] thus gaining its 
foothold within this country. Most people attending these meetings believed 
that they had received a new revelation and a new insight into the workings 
of God, but it had its roots in very early church history, in modem times, 
it re-emerged as the oneness or “Jesus Only” teaching in America. Many 
of these people had been disillusioned with the mere formality that was 
found in many of the more Orthodox Trinitarian Churches of that day. 
Unfortunately, the oneness doctrine still prevails today, and it is only as 
we stand true to the word of God that we can hope to defeat it. John in his 
epistle reminds up that in the last days many anti-Christ’ will come 
denying that Jesus is the Christ, denying the Father and the Son. (1 John
2:18-25; 1 John 4; 2 John 7) The word of God teaches us not to encourage 
those who bring us false doctrines (2 John: 9-11) 

In all sincerity the oneness teaching must be classified as heresy (a cult), 
due to the denial of the three distinct persons in the Godhead, and in no
way can they be considered evangelical and therefore cannot be classed as
Christians. The oneness teaching has been described as one of the biggest
lies that Satan ever conjured up. 
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A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 4th May 2014

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then He said to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and hold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto Him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED.” John 20: 26-29

Luke tells us in the The Acts Of The Apostles (1:3) that Jesus showed Himself alive after His resurrection and appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days. He appeared to them in many different locations and situations. He appeared on the Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13) He appeared on the seashore (John 21) and we don’t know the location, but He appeared to over FIVE HUNDRED people at once (1 Cor. 15:6) The account above is the second time He appeared to His disciples behind locked doors, on this occasion He appeared especially for THOMAS.

Thomas was absent when Jesus first appeared in that room. On being told of our Lord’s visit, Thomas said:

Except I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.” John 20:25

Trying to be kind to him, he has been called DOUBTING THOMAS down through the years. But in reality, this was not DOUBT but UNBELIEF. At sometime or other, we have all probably been guilty of UNBELIEF. UNBELIEF sounds the death knell for FAITH. We cannot have FAITH and UNBELIEF at the same time. One cancels the other out.

There are many in UNBELIEF today, even within the Churches. UNBELIEF is a terminal illness of the soul, for unless it is repented of and replaced by FAITH, it will escort the unbelieving soul all the way to DAMNATION. After Thomas had turned around from UNBELIEF to FAITH, Jesus said:

…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”          John 20:29b.

All the blessings of FAITH (believing) and far beyond the scope of this little sermonette this morning, but I will say this, quoting from God’s own precious word:

But without FAITH, it is impossible to please HIM, for he that cometh to God, must BELIEVE that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” Heb. 11:6

I have come to see over the years in this ministry, that UNBELIEF in God’s precious word, the Bible, is widespread in the Churches. You expect UNBELIEF in the world, but amongst those who go by the name of CHRISTIAN, it just shows the extent of the great end time APOSTASY that we find ourselves in.

God’s precious word, the Bible, is the most ENDURING thing in the entire universe. Jesus said this:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” Matt. 24:35

If you don’t believe God’s word, then you are LOST. I don’t care what Church you attend, or how much money you put in the offering, or how many prayers you offer to God. If you don’t believe His word, then you are NOT SAVED.

You may be one of those who ‘BELIEVE THIS PART BUT REJECT THAT PART’ Sorry, but you can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible you believe. It’s not a supermarket, where you can choose what you want from the shelves and leave the rest.


THE BIBLE IS ALL ABSOLUTE TRUTH, or you may as well throw it away. Doubt one small portion, one verse even, then the whole book becomes suspect. I cannot stress this enough.

It’s time to turn away from UNBELIEF, and like Thomas, our ‘WILL NOT BELIEVE’ must turn into ‘MY LORD AND MY GOD’ complete submission or we are on our way to damnation. Remember – Jesus is returning VERY SOON!

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

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