Monday, April 30, 2012

The Teachings of the Apostolic Signs Teacher

     The man stands on a stage in front of thousands of followers; he brings up a person who is hobbled or dying of a serious sickness then he places his hand on him and pushes him down and proclaims the person is healed.  Time and again, this kind of false teaching is presented to the blind sheep that follow after him.  At times he speaks an utterance that is indiscernible to anyone listening, but that is okay, because he is speaking in his “tongues language.”  The people will flock to him because “HE HAS THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!”
     The problem is – this is not biblical in today’s time period that we live in.  In each chapter of “When Is It Time To Change Churches?” there will be people who will mock, deride and condemn this book because they want so much to hold fast to the false teachings that they have followed for so many years.  Even though Scripture is used to prove the contents of this book, they will still cling to that which is false.  Why?  It has to do with pride.  They have thought they were doing the Lord’s work for all these years and they do not want to admit they were led astray.  It is more important for them to continue the charade than to humble themselves and ask God to lead and direct them appropriately.   Take time now to ask God to speak to you.  Ask Him to open Scripture up to you so you can understand His Word better.  You do not need to have a seminary degree, in fact, a seminary degree is no guarantee that a person has been properly trained as many seminary professors are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Many seminaries are guilty of teaching false doctrine.  Many professors within those schools are false teachers that have perverted the Word of God by inputting their own opinions into Scripture.   Westcott and Hort (NIV authors), did not believe that Jesus was God.  Westcott believed in Mary worship.  Hort believed in keeping Roman Catholic sacraments.  He also rejected the infallibility of Scripture.  Hort also took great interest in the works of Charles Darwin while both he and Westcott rejected the literal account of Creation.  Westcott did not believe in the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennium, or a literal Heaven.  They both rejected the doctrine of a literal Hell and they supported prayers for the dead in purgatory.  Hort did not believe in the Trinity or in Angels.  Westcott was known as a communist and was also known to be a beer drinker.  The two of them kept company with “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.”  They started the Hermes Club in 1845, and the Ghostly Guild in 1851.  They also started the Eranus Club in 1872,  these were spiritualist groups which believed in such unscriptural practices as communicating with the dead.
     The NIV and all of the other perverted translations of the bible have gotten their birth as a result of Westcott and Hort.  They all teach a gospel different than that of the KJV Bible.  They all compare themselves with the KJV and they all fall terribly short.  Anytime Christ is taken out of the bible, it is time to go back to the KJV.  With that being stated, take a look at what Scripture has to say about apostolic signs for today.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; 
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink 
any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, 
and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, 
he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  
 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them], 
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.  Mark 16:15-20
     Remember what 2 Timothy 2:15 says?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
     Would everyone agree that Mark 16:17 says “these signs?”  It is right there in front of the readers whose eyes are open.  THESE SIGNS…
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
     The signs were for Israel.  Plain and simple.  Signs were given to Israel, they lived by signs and they demanded signs.   How many times have you heard someone say, “If only God would give me a sign, I would believe in Him.”?   (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)    2 Corinthians 5:7
     It is common for people to quote the above scripture, but at the same time, they do not actually believe that statement.   They require a sign just as Mark 16:17 says.  Those who do not believe require a sign in order for them to believe.   So then, there are many who profess to have the ability to “heal” people.  Ever wonder why those people do not walk into every hospital in the world and heal all the people?  Ever wonder why those who speak in “their” tongues, never do it outside of church?  Ever wonder why you don’t see anyone holding venomous snakes and allowing themselves to be bitten?  Ever wonder why you do not see people drinking poison in the name of the Lord?  It is all because they are not of the Lord.  The so called power that they have does not come from God but from a different source.  Watch the next time you are channel surfing and you see a group of people in church speaking in tongues.  Watch and see the people rolling around on the floor like they are crazy or crazed.  They are possessed, but it is not of the Holy Spirit that they are possessed. The bible tells us that everything in church is to be done properly.
     Let all things be done decently and in order.             1 Corinthians 14:40
     Church is not to be a time or place of confusion, as God is not the author of confusion.  It is not to be a time of reckless abandon.  To have several people trying to talk at the same time is to have no sense of order in church.  This is going against God’s Word and His design for what a church service is to be like.  If Satan were to lead a church service, he would make it out of sync from what a true church would be.  He would take God’s Word and twist it to mean what it does not mean.  The Greek word of “tongues” found in the bible is “Glossa” which means:   the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.  No where in the bible is glossa meant to be an unknown tongue that is nothing more than babbling.  And especially, no where in the bible is there a sign of rolling on the floor uncontrollably laughing.  Satan has control of these churches and the eyes of the believers are blinded to the truth.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  Romans 12:4-5
     While watching some big name television evangelist (that term is being used very “loosely” here), it is amazing to see how they condone behavior that has people laughing, acting like animals, barking, and even acting drunk all in the name of Jesus.  Here is the scripture that they use to justify their satanic behavior.
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 
 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.  Acts 2:12-13
     While watching a Word of Faith preacher on television, he mentioned this verse of scripture and all of a sudden everyone in the church started acting like they were drunk.  They were all laughing, rolling on the floor, and claiming to be drunk in the spirit.  Yes, they were drunk in the spirit; but not of the Spirit of God.  It was demon possession that caused this to happen.  It is important to show the verses that this so-called pastor neglected to mention to the congregation.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:1-4
     They have no problem with these verses…
     It’s the ones that follow that condemn them!
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. VERSE 5
     Who was it that was dwelling at Jerusalem?  It was the Jews.  And what kind of people were they?  They were devout men.  They were people who would strive to please God.  They just didn’t know the one true God.  They are being taught about Jesus at this time.  Where did they all come from?  They came out of every nation under heaven.  It would be like people coming to Chicago, Illinois.  There would be people from Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Japan.  They all spoke different languages.  They all wanted to serve God and they all desired to honor God.  But there needed to be a way for them to learn about the one true God of the Bible; to learn about Jesus Christ.  
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, 
because that every man heard them speak in his own language. VERSE 6
     The multitude of people came together.  A large crowd ensued.  While gathered together, they were confounded.  Imagine if you will; the apostles were all speaking in a language that each man could understand.  They were in a foreign land, they each spoke a foreign language and yet, they were hearing these men speak in a language that they could understand.  They were confounded.  How could this be?  How in the world could these men speak in our language? They must have thought to themselves that this was amazing.  They were not hearing men speaking babble. Now, these would have been Jews that would have expected to hear the Apostles speaking Aramaic or even Greek; but most definitely, they did not expect to hear these men speaking to them in the language of the lands they represented.  They were literally confounded.  The apostles were not rolling on the floor barking like a dog or laughing uncontrollably.  The apostles were proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ in a language that each of them could understand.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
 Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? VERSE 7
     They “did” think it was amazing and “why” did they think it was amazing?  Was it because these so called drunk men were babbling nonsense? No.  It was because they were speaking to them in their own language.  The apostles were not native to those other lands.  This was truly an act of God that allowed them to speak in the way that they could understand.
     Be prepared for what is about to follow in scripture.  If you or someone you know is involved in the following, may God open your eyes.
     Remember the above word.  Learn what it means.  It is pronounced: rhā'g-nü-mē.  It is found in Strong’s G4486 out of the Greek language found in bible.  Here is what it means.
1.      to rend, burst or break asunder, break up, break through
a.      to tear in pieces
b.      to break forth
c.       to distort, convulse
1.      of a demon causing convulsions
2.      to dash down, hurl to the ground (a common occurrence in cases of demon possession and epilepsy)
     Now look at what God’s Word says.  This will be used in Mark 9:17-18.
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.  
 Take note of the word “pineth” in the above verse.  It will be mentioned later.  In the days when Jesus and the disciples walked the earth, there were people who were possessed of devils.  Even today there are many who are possessed of devils (many are in so called churches).  First off, these churches have people speaking in babbling tongues (not foreign languages but only with unknown utterances), next these churches have people who roll on the floor behaving very erratically.  They bounce around on the floor rolling and bobbling up and down and then come to a point of stiffness.  The people in the church claim that they are filled with the Holy Spirit of God.  Look again at what Mark 9 says.  The devil teareth him.  In fact, the word used is  Rhēgnymi.  Which in this particular usage means:  to distort, convulse.  Taken even further it means:  to dash down, hurl to the ground (a common occurrence in cases of demon possession and epilepsy).  So when people are throwing themselves down on the ground (all in the name of the Holy Spirit), what is happening is they are possessed of a devil.  How can we tell it is of the devil?  Take a closer look at the word “pineth.” 
     This word is pronounced as:  ksā-rī'-nō.  It is used to mean “withered.”  It is a sense of drying up.  It becomes rigid.  The body that was convulsing has now become rigid.  This was the effect of one who was demon possessed.  And yet, in churches today, we have people behaving like this and they call it possessed of the Holy Spirit.  False teachings abound and it is causing too many people to never truly know God.  They are desiring the ability to “prove” how spiritual they are but in reality, they expose themselves as being of the devil. 
     Have you sat under this kind of teaching?  Do not dismiss what Scripture says.  For those who are able to discern the Word of God, it is frightening to see how God’s Word has been manipulated to mean what it does not mean.  It is no wonder considering these churches all read out of the perverted translations of the bible, which deny that Jesus is, in fact, God. 
     Still have doubts about this?  There are so many verses that have been changed or removed completely by the perverted versions that it should cast no doubts whatsoever.  Look at Acts 8:37.
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
     This whole verse is missing from the NIV, NLT, ESV.  Even in the NKJV it casts doubts over the authenticity of this verse.  But again, it must be understood that these false versions came out of Alexandria and not Antioch.  Which leads to the next chapter…

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