As one takes the witness stand in the courtroom, he vows with his hand on the Bible, “to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” It would seem that the same principle of vowed truth should also be made by the ones who represent that book. But tragically there is a cover up of the real truth, and a menology of dogma that has for generations steered the unsuspecting believer to a place of tranquility. The church today has been so led away from truth that it is not aware of what is truly right. Man’s interpretive theology has given rise to an extra Biblical vocabulary. Words like “rapture” and phrases such as “slain in the spirit” accentuate man’s dabbling in God’s canon. Humanology has attempted to dilute the potency of God’s word.
One can readily surmise that the reason the church is not experiencing the power of the New Testament is because it is not teaching the same truth. If some questing saint attempts to lead the charge back to the Truth, he must first battle the entrenched religious community who are ready and waiting to label him a deceiver.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit has been so misinterpreted, that instead of empowering the believer to establish God’s Kingdom on earth, it has caused the church to be divided against itself. Jesus warns that any kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. (Matt. 12:25, 26). Satan’s kingdom is unified and stands strong and entrenched while the church is diversified by self interest groups. It seems incredible that the church has taken its eyes off the real enemy and has chosen rather to draw battle lines between “believers”. Scriptural interpretation without the Holy Spirits guidance can do more to hinder the Churches ministry then practically anything else. Many Christian groups have caused wrinkles in the Bride’s gown. Some have proclaimed that one must speak in tongues to show they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. To elevate a gift of the Spirit higher than the purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit is doing an injustice to the believer. Tongues serve mainly as a tool of edification for the believer (ICor. 14:4) and edification is not the purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Another Christian group soils the Brides gown by announcing that anyone who differs from certain viewpoints of the Scriptures is in error. They state that everything is around Jesus and to introduce the Holy Spirit as a source of power other than Jesus is heresy. But how can one nullify the teachings of Jesus that direct the believer to receive power through the Holy Spirit?
I urge all believers to pick up the needle and thread and help mend the rips in God’s Church. Let us not defend interpretations, rather let us all fall to our knees and say, “Be it unto me according to your Word”.
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