"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

What Does A True Move Of God Look Like?

What does it look like when there is a move of God in a Church...? in a locality?

Some people think the following is what it might look like (this is a direct quote from a recent meeting in Australia this week):

“It was really a beautiful night with Holy Spirit! We worshipped for a while and it was just nice, but we had a bit of a silent moment which turned into roaring laughter, at which point (two people named) started handing out chocolates that they had bought the day before! So of course that caused even more joy! The chocolates were Lindt ‘champagne’ flavour!! Haha. We were discussing later the prophetic symbol of champagne being a drink for royalty, it was so special. There was also lots of dancing! So much joy, I haven’t heard that kind of holy laughter since I was young, in Rodney Howard Browne meetings.”

Really? This was the Holy Spirit at work?

Forget the fact that absolutely NONE of this stuff can be found in the Bible... nothing of the kind happened in the Book of Acts.

I was a Pastor involved in this silliness for far longer than I should have been (in the 1990’s). People were always seeking the next new thing – the next novel experience. Some chased across town, states or even countries to find churches that said they had seen angel dust in the meetings. Some chased the “laughing” thing, flying to Toronto where “revival” had broken out in the Airport Church there – wanting to be “drunk” on God rather than intoxicated by an alcoholic beverage - hours on end were spent rolling on floors, laughing hysterically. The weirder it was (there were accounts of people ‘barking” and acting like animals), the more people thought God was surely at work.

Some of you (readers) have never heard of such things and this is all very strange and weird to you. That is because – IT IS VERY STRANGE AND VERY WEIRD. Its good you have not encountered this – but believe me, this was a “thing” in the 90’s, and some people still seek these kinds of manifestations as proof of God being among them.

No one wanted to say this was strange (out-loud anyway) because.... well... no one wanted to “grieve” the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees were guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit when they saw Jesus in action, saying that the power behind the miracles He was doing was the devil… and for sure, no one wanted to be a Pharisee.

But ladies and gentlemen - there is nothing wrong with asking “are any of these manifestations found in the Bible? Can you assure me that any of this has a basis in Scripture?” Nothing wrong at all!

In fact, if anyone were to ask Jesus or the Apostles to show where they were getting what they were doing by the Scripture, I don’t think they would have been in any way offended. When the Apostle Paul was teaching the Bereans, they were commended for checking his teaching out by the Scripture – commended, not rebuked. Here’s what we read:

Acts 17:10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed...

Paul could have said “Hey, I am an Apostle, trust me...” But he didn’t. He was very happy to find people who would test his teaching by the standard of the word of God, knowing this was the entire basis of his ministry anyway. He knew that Scripture was the basis for all he was doing and so he wasn’t fearful or threatened when people would go to the Scripture to examine his claims.

And the result was this – BECAUSE what Paul was teaching had its foundation in the word of God, those who checked this out, found his teaching there, and came to believe the message he brought – not because Paul was a super apostle, or had charisma coming out of his pours – but because what he taught was Biblical.

Just on the so called “Toronto Blessing” let me say this. The fruit of a move of God is seen over time. We can look back and see fruit – either good fruit or bad fruit. And sadly, when I see the leader of Toronto Church (John Arnott) embracing the Pope (and with him, his doctrines) as a brother in Christ... that for me in one photo op is the lasting fruit of Toronto – the gospel is unimportant – false gospels are embraced – all in the name of love, unity and the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit was at work – he would have made the gospel clearer to people, not fuzzy or blurred and certainly not discarded.

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August 25, 2018  |  Comments (2)   |  Permalink

Jesus The Messiah

Text: John 4:25,26

Evidence for Jesus as the long awaited Messiah of Israel.

August 19, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

A Word To The One Depressed Over Sin

Article by John Samson

Where do you run to?

So you are a Christian and you messed up. You know it. No one can excuse what you did, least of all you. Your conscience (while not always a 100% reliable source as it has to be trained by the word of God) accuses you. You sinned! You did it – and you know you should not have done it. Nothing can change this reality.

The hard facts mean that you are now disillusioned about your Christian life. You can feel the dark and dismal clouds of depression forming overhead. You feel like you will never see the warmth and comfort of the sunlight again.

You have confessed your sin to God (and perhaps even to those you sinned against) but you just don’t feel like you are forgiven.

So, the question is “what are you going to do now this has happened?”

You don’t want logic or reason right now – you want to lay down in the stench of your sin and mull it over for a while.. an hour or two, a day or two.. a month or two… why? Because this is just too much this time. You went too far – you did it once again - when you swore you would not – and now, not even God wants anything to do with you… you think.

If that is how you feel, allow me to lay out your options.

You can stay in your depression and beat yourself up over and over for the sin you committed. You can listen to the accusations of the enemy that are being whispered, no, more like, shouted in your ear. You can do that. Not legitimately of course. But no one can stop you, if that is your choice.

You can think about divine election and wonder if you are among the elect. Your thoughts gravitate to the very unpleasant consideration that you might not be truly one of His. You can dwell on this and by doing so, make your pit that little bit deeper moment by moment, minute by minute. You can set up a bed in the pit, and live the rest of your life there, never to surface again.

Yes, you can do that too.

OR, you can recognize your sin was every bit as bad as the devil and your conscience says it is and you can do something about it.

Confess it to God (if you haven’t already done so) and believe the promises of God.

These promises are not about the greatness of the Christian – that you will be better from now on – or that by certain works, you can earn God’s favor again.

Listen, you never gained God’s favor for even a second by means of something you did. Even the repentance and faith you once expressed were gifts from an all gracious and loving God.

No, the promises of God concern the wonder and worth of the perfect sacrifice of Christ who died in the place of the most guilt filled sinner on earth.

And that – my friend – is your only way out of this pit that has been dug for you.

So – let me spell this out. Boiling it down to two - here are the available options before you.

Option 1: Doubt God’s promises

Option 2: Believe God’s promises

It is really that simple, and that hard!

We could talk for hours and analyze the pit.. in fact, we could have a survey team come in and get accurate measurements of the pit, noting the slime on the sides of the walls and the particular stench of the pit. It is not nice - we get it!

We could note the irritating feeling of abandonment you feel…

Yes, we could do that.

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August 15, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Today marks the day...

Today marks the day when we move to video as well as audio on our youtube channel. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe to the King's Church TV channel:

August 14, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Worship God Seeks

Text: John 4:24

Purity of devotion and purity of doctrine in the life of the believer.

August 12, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

In Spirit & Truth

Text: John 4:15-24

The Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. What exactly does that mean?

August 06, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Spirit & Truth Documentary

From the creator of "Calvinist" comes a documentary about how God wants to be worshipped.

Its a very exciting and needed project. You can support it by going to this link.

August 01, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink