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 
works. 

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.

Please listen to this! IF YOU REJECT ONE SMALL PORTION OF GOD’S WORD, YOU THROW DOUBT ON THE WHOLE BOOK.

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

ETERNALLY SECURE

 

ETERNALLY SECURE

 

 

I have a son, his name is Simon. He is the Hiscoming Ministries Web Master. I love my son, he is a good son to me. But, even if that were not so, if he was a rotten son and went against me in everything, HE WOULD STILL BE MY SON. He is my son by birth, and nothing in this world can ever change that.

 

I was born again 48 years ago (25th October 1966) I was made God’s son by the new birth in the Holy Spirit.

 

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:15-17

 

 

No matter what happens, I will always be His child and He will be my Heavenly Father. Just as we can’t undo and natural birth, and be unborn, so we cannot undo a Spiritual birth and be unborn again!

 

 

When we are truly saved, we are kept by the grace of God. We don’t hold onto Him, He holds onto us!

 

 

Many believe in a vile doctrine that the once truly saved can be lost again. This is GROSS ERROR. In other words, they teach that our continuance in salvation and favour with God, depends upon how we live. It’s a works salvation. Believing this, one would have to WORK at keeping our salvation. I praise God that my salvation is ALL OF HIS GRACE and that by His grace HE WILL KEEP ME.

 

 

When we are truly saved, the Holy Spirit seals us.

 

 

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” Ephesians 4:30

 

 

This sealing by the Holy Spirit denotes OWNERSHIP.

 

 

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price…..” 1 Cor. 6:19-20

 

 

This sealing of the Holy Spirit also denotes Divine protection. We are SEALED unto the DAY OF REDEMPTION. Nothing can undo this divine sealing by God’s Spirit.

 

 

The other side of the coin, if we reject Eternal Security, is PROBATIONISM. In other words, He saved us, now it’s up to us to keep ourselves saved. If this is true (and it is not) then we can never be 100% certain at any time that we are still saved. How big does a sin have to be to cause us to forfeit our salvation?

 

 

I’m glad I have Eternal security. I have ASSURANCE of salvation, all the time. Nothing can ever take that away from me!

 

 

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

 

 

Pastor Keith. 28th February 2014

 

 

 

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The Age of Accountability – Pastor Keith Brown

“This came up in the Bible Study last night and I offer it to you for your consideration. I am not laying this down as doctrine but it is certainly my personal opinion based upon my understanding of God’s word.

Hiscoming Ministries

Teaching Letter – January 2008

The Age of Accountability

I am sure we have all wondered at sometime or other, whether or not children are automatically saved. To put it another way, if a child of ten should die, does that child go to heaven, even without actually coming to faith? It’s a big question!

First we need to establish what God feels about children. Are they important to Him or are they just a necessary stage leading to adulthood?

The very best way to understand the heart of God on a particular matter is to look at Jesus in the gospels, because Jesus said:

“If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” John 14:7
“He that hath seen me hast seen the Father” John 14:9

So let’s not waste time, let’s discover what Jesus feels about little children.

“And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:1-5

“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 18:10

I believe that these verses from Matthew 18 are sufficient to establish that God holds children in very high esteem. He values them greatly, and even says that adults must become like them.

So, knowing the great love and respect that God gives to little children, we must ask ourselves would God allow them to go into eternal damnation because they have not believed or have not understood the gospel.

But this alone is not sufficient to base doctrine on. The love of God for little children is beyond question, but we need clear biblical proof to back up what we feel and know in our hearts.

A strong, but not totally convincing, case can be made from the fact that in Jewish custom, a boy becomes a man at the age of 13 years (12 years for a girl). At that age they are deemed as being totally accountable and under Jewish law are able to enter into binding contracts and are expected to keep the law of God.

This custom is traced back to Genesis 34:25 when it is said of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi “took each man his sword”. Apparently, Levi was 13 years old at the time (I have not yet been able to establish this from scripture) and was the youngest male to be called ‘a man’ in the Torah. This information came from a Jewish Rabbi.

So, in orthodox Jewish tradition, the age of accountability is definitely considered to be 13 years old. Orthodox Jews are the custodians of the Torah. This, although quite weighty evidence, is not, in my opinion proof enough that God Himself recognises an age of accountability, especially where salvation is concerned. So let’s look further.

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin” James 4:17

In this verse, sin is committed when a person knows the difference between good and evil and then chooses not to do good. Small children especially have no concept of good and evil to be able to make that choice. So I don’t believe it is reasonable for our God, who esteems children so highly, to damn them because they are unable to discern between good and evil. So this is the route I am taking to prove the age of accountability. Here is a similar verse from the Old Testament:

“For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings” Isaiah 7:16

The quote from Isaiah above shows us that there is a period of time when children do not have knowledge of good and evil. That being so, how can they be held responsible for sin?

After their miraculous exodus from slavery in Egypt, Israel still disbelieved God and rebelled against Him on many occasions. God did not forget this rebellion, for unbelief is sin. God decreed that the Jews would not enter the Promised Land, but would wander in the wilderness for 40 years, until that unbelieving generation died of old age.

“After the number of days, in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the Lord have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die” Numbers 14:34-35

But God made exceptions, not all would die in the wilderness, some would enter the Promised Land.

“Moreover, your little ones which ye said should be a prey (victims) and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it”
Deuteronomy 1:39

This verse is most enlightening. It speaks of the ‘little ones’ and the ‘children’. I would guess that the ‘little ones’ were those infants who we would still consider to be babies. What about the children? When does a child stop being a child? When is a child considered by God to be an adult? We shall answer those questions shortly. But notice first that these ‘little ones and children’ had no knowledge of the difference between good and evil, and because of that fact, God would not judge them for being part of that rebellion, but would allow them to enter the land!

It is because of this that God set a precedent! Only those over the age of 20 would be held accountable for the sin of this rebellion! Shall I repeat that?
God would judge ONLY THOSE OVER THE AGE OF TWENTY for the sin of this rebellion. Look at it in the word of God:

“Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from TWENTY YEARS OLD AND UPWARDS, which have murmured against me” Numbers 14:29

If you want more proof of this, turn to Exodus 30 and read about the command to pay the tabernacle tax in verses 11-16. Here, God only holds responsible for paying this tax, those who were 20 years old and above!

“Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord” Exodus 30:14

God set a precedent. Only those 20 years old and above are accountable for their sin of unbelief and giving offerings unto the Lord.

So, how does God put this precedent into action?

“And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” 1 John 2:2

Now understand this, it’s so important. Propitiation means that God’s wrath against sin is satisfied. So God’s wrath against sin has been satisfied for all the sins of the elect. But it goes much further. Not just for the sins of the elect, but Calvary was sufficient to atone for the sins of the whole world! His sacrifice on the cross was always sufficient for ALL people at ALL times! But only the elect according to God’s foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:2) have availed themselves of this atonement BY FAITH (believing – read John 3:14-17)

But God Himself extends this atonement to those below the age of accountability, which have no knowledge of good or evil, and are not accountable to God for their sins. God set that age of accountability at all those under 20 years old! Such is His grace towards children. Calvary always has been and always is SUFFICIENT!

Studying this has been such a blessing to me and I really pray that it will bless you also. God has opened my eyes to this tremendous truth; I just pray that my efforts here to present this to you have been enough to convince you too.

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

(1st February 2008)”

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 26th January 2014

“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matt. 24:33

Some see a contradiction in these two verses, but I can assure you there is none! There is only a contradiction when we fail to “rightly divide the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15

Many are going down the REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY road. This error says that God has finished with Israel and all the promises made to Israel now belong to the Church. But you can never understand biblical prophecy rightly unless you see that God has a separate plan for Israel and the Church.

In our verses above we see that (1) Jesus is coming when we are not expecting Him, and (2) by reading the signs of the times we can know that His coming is almost upon us. I believe both these statements are true because they speak of two separate events. You can only see this view if you realize the two separate plans God has for Israel and the Church in these end times.

When Jesus returns in the air, at the event we call THE RAPTURE, He is coming to collect His true Church and take them back to heaven. This event will come as a surprise to most Christians. Even though we preach it, we read about it, and pray for it, it will happen so suddenly that it will take us ‘off guard’, a big surprise to us if we’re honest. If we are ready, it will be a good surprise! But it will be at an hour “when ye think not.”

When Jesus comes in great power and glory at the end of the TRIBULATION, He is returning, with all His saints,(Jude 14) to rescue Israel from the clutches of THE ANTICHRIST, to judge the nations and to set up His earthly kingdom that we call THE MILLENIUM, that will last for one thousand years. (Rev. 20:4) This coming will be PREDICTABLE. Those that follow REVELATION will know just when that event will happen. When they see all the prophesied events happening, they will be able to say, “it is near, even at the doors.”

I know there are many today who say that the RAPTURE will happen at the same time as our Lord’s coming in power and glory at the end of the TRIBULATION. But if you look at the facts, I believe it is absurd to hold to this false view for several reasons. First, this false view has the CHURCH rising up in the air (THE RAPTURE 1 Thess 4: 13-18) and coming straight back down again! It’s what I call THE YO YO RAPTURE, and I have to ask, what purpose there is in that!

Even more importantly, if I understand my Bible correctly, the TRIBULATION will be such a terrible time that if the CHURCH were to go through it,there will hardly be any CHURCH left to rapture!

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” Revelation 13:7

So ANTICHRIST is given the power to make war with the saints, AND TO OVERCOME THEM! We know that those who refuse to take the MARK OF THE BEAST will be beheaded. (Rev. 20:4)

Jesus said, “I will build My CHURCH and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matt. 16:18

Was Jesus telling the TRUTH? If He was (and He certainly was) how come the ANTICHRIST is given power to overcome the CHURCH? Sorry, but this just doesn’t fit the scriptures. The “gates of hell shall not prevail against” the CHURCH because the CHURCH will not be on the earth at that time. SHE IS IN HEAVEN WITH HER LORD! The saints who ANTICHRIST is given power to overcome, are the TRIBULATION SAINTS. Those who are converted during the TRIBULATION, and are martyred for their faith. (Rev. 7: 13-17)

If we “rightly divide the word of truth” taking into consideration ALL THE SCRIPTURES and not just some isolated verses taken out of context, we will clearly see that the TRUE CHURCH is RAPTURED to heaven before the TRIBULATION. God hasn’t written Israel off. The REMNANT of Israel SHALL BE SAVED.

Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, THE REMNANT WILL BE SAVED. “Rom 9:27

“Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. “Rom 11:5

 “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, AND HE WILL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB;” Rom 11:26

We are living in the end times, and for the true believer in Jesus Christ, it’s getting very exciting as we watch and wait for our Lord!

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 19th January 2014

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 19th January 2014

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat this bread he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this Man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me and I in him” John 6: 51-56

Many people trip up badly over this passage, it was never intended to be taken in a literal sense. The whole chapter had eating bread as it’s emphasis. It was coming up to Passover (V4) and the Jews would have been thinking about the Passover lamb that would be slain to commemorate the Israel’s miraculous deliverance from bondage in Egypt. It was with this backdrop that Jesus fed the 5000 plus with just five loaves and two small fish, a powerful message for all of them.

The very next day, crowds came seeking Jesus, possibly wondering if they would if they would get another free lunch! Jesus said to them:

“Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled” John 6:26

The crowd spoke to Him of the manna that their fathers received in the wilderness and Jesus announced to them:

“I am the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” John 6:35

Jesus proceeded to give some very powerful teaching to the people. I shall be preaching to my congregation on some of these amazing verses this morning, but for now I hope you can see the background of our text above. The people were thinking of eating and drinking and Jesus used this theme to speak to them concerning Himself. I have already said that Jesus never meant these verses to be taken in a literal sense. Today, many do just that. They take the bread and the wine of the sacrament and falsely believe that it actually becomes the body and the blood of Jesus! (See the false teaching of the Council of Trent) In fact, the Lord’s supper had not taken place when Jesus spoke these words, and the sacrament not instituted.

It is absolutely absurd to think that this wonderful Saviour who gave His life for us on the cross, should be eaten by His followers! But this is what happens when people depart from the simple teachings of the Bible. I like the way that the Amplified Bible puts these verses.

“And Jesus said unto them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you cannot have any life in you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood (unless you appropriate His life and the saving merit of His blood)” John 6:53 AMP.

It’s in His life and blood that we have life! He is the BREAD OF LIFE, and just a bread is the mainstay of our diet, so Jesus is ESSENTIAL to us that we may know REAL LIFE!

This, after all, is the Gospel. The points that Paul made when He wrote to the Corinthian Church, the clear GOSPEL OF GRACE.

 

  • That Jesus died for our sins. (His precious body was broken)
  • That He was buried. (eaten up by the earth)
  • That He rose again from the dead. (new resurrection life) See,              1 Corinthians 15: 1-4)

 

Unless we appropriate His life and death – His body and blood – we cannot be saved. The word appropriate is given this meaning among others, in the Oxford dictionary –

 take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission:the accused had appropriated the property

To take something for one’s own use! Jesus not only gives us permission, He commands that we do so!

His very life and death saves us, when we make it our very own! What a Saviour! Let His life become your life! Paul, put it this way:

“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20

Get to it, my friends! Appropriate His life and death – make it your very own!

Brotherly love….Pastor Keith

Blood Moon

Blood MoonJoe_2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Act_2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Rev_6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

There is quite a lot of fervour at the moment over the predicted ‘Blood Moons’ that will coincide with the Jewish festivals of Sukkot and Passover. Mark Biltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries,, a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry, has been giving convincing presentations, suggesting that this occurrence may be the fulfilment of the end time prophecy in Joel 2:31. In fact, the occurrence of these blood moons is not as unusual as it is being made out to be. To save space in this article, please check out this very reliable link that gives the details of Blood Moon occurrences .
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/07/12/lunar-eclipses-cause-blood-moons
Another Bible teacher John Hagee, has also been giving teaching on this subject, but because of his acceptance of the RCC, he is not a teacher that I would personally recommend as being reliable.
For the purpose of this article, I shall restrict my comments to what the Bible actually teaches.
Joel_2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
First let me show the the whole context of this verse.
Joel 2:30-31 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the TERRIBLE day of the LORD come”
Can you see the difference when we quote the whole text in question? I’ve heard all the emphasis on the Blood Moon, but nothing on the BLOOD AND FIRE AND PILLARS OF SMOKE on the earth or the sun being turned into darkness! We can’t just pluck out the part that suits our purposes. Please also note that Joel is talking about the TERRIBLE day of the Lord. I can only guess that the word TERRIBLE described an even worse period of time during the DAY OF THE LORD.
Now look at the timing. This passage comes in the verses that Peter quoted on the Day of Pentecoste. (Acts 2:17-21) but look at the preceding words that were not quoted by Peter.
“AND AFTERWARD…….I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh….” Joel 2:28
I ask you AFTER WHAT? The preceding verses in Joel 2 are talking about the coming of THE DAY OF THE LORD (The Tribulation)
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm in My holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD COMETH, for it is nigh at hand” Joel 2:1
The remainder of Joel 2 teaches the terrible things that will happen during the tribulation.
So the blood moon (moon turning into blood) will happen, WHEN? …..AFTER THE TRIBULATION!

The only other mention of the blood moon in the Bible comes in Revelation 6:12
Rev_6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
This occurrence will happen after the opening of the 6th seal, it will be accompanied by a GREAT EARTHQUAKE and starts what is known as THE WRATH OF THE LAMB (Rev. 6:16) Again, all this will happen during the DAY OF THE LORD – The Tribulation.
I am not expecting the forecast BLOOD MOONS to have any prophetic significance. And I sincerely hope that Mark Biltz, The Hebrew Roots Movement and John Hagee are not suggesting that we are now in the TRIBULATION, that would be a very serious error if they were.
I would also like to point out the danger in Bible Text Hunting to find verses that ‘fit’ certain world happenings. This is wrong. ALWAYS allow God’s precious word, the Bible, to teach us concerning what is going to happen. ALWAYS START WITH THE BIBLE not the other way around! Let the Bible describe end time events and form our beliefs. Don’t let end time events govern what we believe. It’s BIBLE FIRST ALL THE TIME!

Be blessed!
Pastor Keith (Hiscoming Ministries) January 2014

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015? – Answers in Genesis

www.answersingenesis.org

In 2014 and 2015, a series of lunar and solar eclipses around the times of Passover and Sukkot are regarded by some as a fulfillment of prophecy regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

A Thought for This Lord’s Day – Sunday 29th December 2013

“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” Genesis 19:26

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” Luke 9:62

 

Well, here we are, the last Sunday of 2013. No doubt there have been good times as well as bad, even some painful times, in this old year that is fast slipping away. Whilst a new year to us is probably something of a milestone, it is actually only a change of the date. But it does represent to us a line drawn, and the possibility of a new beginning.

All of us have had things happen and done things this year that we would rather forget about and put behind us. It’s when we allow the mistakes and sins of the past to rule our future, that we make the biggest error. Or even when we look back at our past sins and actually harbour some delight in them.

That’s where Lot’s wife became unstuck! She looked back a Sodom with some regret that it was being destroyed, perhaps secretly she had enjoyed that sinful place. The command not to look behind you (V17), had been like water off a ducks back! She had been disobedient.

Do we sometimes look back with some enjoyment at our sins & failings of the past? The things that we are now or should be ashamed?

“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death” Romans 6:21

If we are to move forward in 2014, to grow more like our precious Lord, then we need to use the calendar change as a turning point, a line to be drawn, a point to move on from.

I am NOT advocating making a new year resolution, as the world does. That’s just an attempt to ‘TIDY’ up our outward life, to look BETTER to other people.

As Christians, we should allow our Lord, by His Spirit, to search our hearts, the bits that others rarely see. Repenting of those things that have GRIEVED our Lord and moving on with His divine help, to better things.

Let’s not look back with pleasure at things that we should now be ashamed of. 2014 can present us with a turning point in our relationship with the great God who created all things. It’s up to us to make it happen, and we start that process on our knees!

I wish you all a very happy and seriously blessed new year as we seek to please Him is all that we do.

Brotherly love…..Pastor Keith

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