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Dr. Bill Bailey teaching on Strange Fire…

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Dr. Bill Bailey

In Numbers 26:61, it says, “And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.”  We are told that our God is a jealous God. (Deut. 4:24)  He expects us to worship Him, in His Way, and not get pulled away by distractions of bad (that is, un-sound) doctrine.  We are also told that the immature are often “carried about with every wind of doctrine.” Eph. 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”  We have already spoken in past articles, of the fact that these “last of the last days” are perilous times.  2 Timothy 3:1, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”  So, we must be ever more vigilent and serious about keeping the purity of the Word of God in our lives and in our worship!

There are many things afoot in the Body of Christ in these days that have no basis in Biblical history, doctrine, or fact.  Some of these teachings come from cults, some come from other religions, but ALL are are from the devil!  He is trying to draw believers away from sound doctrine.  2 Timothy 4:2-5 says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”  We are to preach the Word!  We are to preach and teach “sound doctrine.”  But, we are also told that there will be those that will not endure sound doctrine, but will be turned unto “fables.”  What kind of fables?  Well, look at what is happening in certain circles around the Body of Christ.  There are various “revivals” that are occurring around the country today that are following doctrines that have no basis in scripture, they are not teaching sound doctrine.  They endorse speaking with angels for guidance, and direction, and ask them (angels) directly for help.  Angels are God’s “agents” to bring about His will, and they are called “ministering spirits” that are to function “for us.”  (Hebrews 1:14)  However, we are not to speak TO angels, we pray to God, and God will dispatch them to aid us as necessary.  To pray to them, or invoke their (supposed) names instead of God’s is not scriptural!  We are to pray to God, in Jesus’ Name!  John 14:13, 14 says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”  The Biblical pattern is to pray in Jesus’ Name to the Father God.  Not to angels, not to people who have died, not to Mary, or John, or Peter… but to the Father God in Jesus’ Name!  Notice the admonition in 2 Timothy 4:5, to “watch thou in all things.”  To put it in more modern vernacular, “Watch out!”

This is just one of many examples, there are those that perform “magic tricks” in God’s name, producing feathers, gold dust, and other physical manifestations that are not Biblical.  Show me a case, just one in the Bible, where Paul during his travels, for instance, manifested gold dust to prove his own piety, or demonstrate supernatural power!  Or, where he spoke and feathers appeared. Can’t find it?  That’s because it is not in there! However, there are followers of Jewish mysticism (the Kaballah) that speak of it, and there are some so called Charismatic “revivals” that involve this kind of “strange fire.”  What are these things to believers that are determined to do what God has commanded and preach the Word and teach sound doctrine?  They are distractions.  They are flashy and look and sound “different” and interesting… but they are not what God wants us interested in.  He wants us to be true to His Word.  He wants us to follow sound doctrine.

I remember a time when a very well known pastor of a large church had a speaker come and speak at his church.  This speaker was a lady that was drawing large crowds and getting invited to many large Charismatic  churches, no doubt with very large offerings as well!  People flocked to see her produce feathers!  “Wow, ooooh, ahhh!”  People, Jesus said, seek signs.  (Luke 11:29)  But not for the right reasons.  Anyway, this pastor invited the lady to speak.  After the service many were asked, “What did she teach?”  No one could remember what she said, but they were all talking about the “supernatural manifestations!”  Another minister that attended this same service, which was broadcast via satellite to hundreds of other churches, videotaped the lady as she ministered.  He was able to show that she was pulling the feathers out of pockets sewn in her her sleeves.  A simple “sleight of hand” trick.  Her “ministry” was disgraced.   She got fewer and fewer invitations after that. In another incident, a minister had the “gold dust” that was “supernaturally” manifested examined, and it turned out to be iron pyrite dust… so, in fact, it wasn’t even real gold!  You would think God would manifest real gold! The bottom line is… the ministry of God is not a show… it is not entertainment!  We are to preach the pure Word of God, not “perform!”

A minister does not “perform tricks” and spectacular acts to elevate themselves!  Most often these folks are seen to be, and often proclaim themselves, as “more spiritual” than others… after all, they are specially “touched of God.”  Now, don’t get me wrong, there are unique, special anointings.  But, those that God uses in special anointings know that it is NOT them, it is God that does the work!  As Peter said,  “Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”  (Acts 3:13)  It is not YOUR personal power that is involved in ministry.  In fact, personal power, and seeking such,  is the hallmark of the occult!  It is not that you are more “spiritual” or “holy!”  I believe that this scripture is, in fact, recorded in God’s Word to show us this truth!  It wasn’t Peter’s own power, or holiness, or spirituality, that caused special healings to happen in his presence.  Acts 5:15, 16,  “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.   There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”  What did the work?  Jesus told them to preach the Word, and as Mark 16:20 says, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”  The Lord worked WITH them… confirming the Word they preached with signs following.  What kinds of signs?  Gold dust?  Feathers?  Using “angel’s names?”  No!  The sick were healed, demons were cast out, the lame were made whole, and the blind saw!  Those are God’s kind of signs!  And, they didn’t need weird manifestations or paper “barf bags” to do it!  They simply preached the uncompromised Word of Faith, and God performed the work!  They acted on the Word, and the Word worked!

Why bring these things to your attention? Because as we are told in the Word, in Eph 4:14-24: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Brethen, it is time to be grown-ups!  Not to be easily distracted… not seeking “strange fire!”  We are to “watch out!” Watch out for these things and avoid them!  Rom 16:17, 18 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and AVOID them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; (we could say “their own self interests”) and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”   Preach and teach only the purity of God’s Word!

God’s Words, Satan’s words and your words (Stephen J Hales)

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God’s Words, Satan’s words and your words (Stephen J Hales) 

There are three main voices that your spirit will hear as you walk out your Christian faith, they are God’s Word (Both His written Word and His Spirit talking to you) Satan’s word and finally your words. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, fear comes by hearing Satan’s word and your words are the deciding factor!

The words you agree with will be the words that you speak. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, if you will speak God’s Word it will always produce life, conversely if you speak Satan’s words they will always produce death. The only way to be faith filled and fear free is to confess God’s Word in faith. I have seen this work so many times in my own life and in the lives of many other people. Jesus Himself said that we have what we say (Mark 11:23) I know people don’t like to hear that, but it is the truth nevertheless, I’m not going to argue with Jesus! Are you? No the Bible says, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” I don’t mind saying it, if any man, even if he is a preacher, denies what Jesus said in Mark 11:23 then he is a liar! The absolute truth is that your words dominate your life, words bring images to your spirit and mind, word are containers, they contain whatever is spoken. For instance if harsh words have been spoken between a man and his wife and you just happen to be visiting, you can tell by the atmosphere that something is wrong. If you were to close your eyes and I said dog, in your minds eye you would see a dog, it may be your own dog; however if I said, big black and white dog then that is what you will see. Why? Because words paint pictures on the canvas of your heart. When you speak God’s word it will paint the image of whatever it have promised on your heart, you will then conceive that word in your spiritual womb, and by holding fast to your confession you will give birth to the promise. The same thing is true in the negative, if you speak Satan’s word you will get the same results but in the negative stream. Your words are the deciding factor, agree with God, and speak His Words and you will get positive results; speak Satan’s word and the opposite is true. Make the right choice today and decide to confess the Word of God no matter what.

 

Where Does Faith Begin?

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Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin once said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” You must know the Word of God in order to believe what the Word says. The Word of God contains the power within itself to cause what it says to come to pass. If you believe God’s Word, and use it as God intended for you to use it, then the Word will begin to work in your life. You must act on the Word. Faith is an act! The best way to act on the Word is to speak it!

Dave Duell – awesome meeting last night!

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What an AWESOME meeting last night?  Chris and Von led us straight into the manifest presence of God, and their last song “Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God” just brought joy into the room.

Dave shared his testimony and the importance of the New Covenant and grace.  It was great to see people from all over London come and worship together and speak life and light over London together.  Loads of people were baptised in the Holy Spirit and loads of people were healed.

I genuinely believe that our church is being led to the edge of a cliff tonight in the meeting and then we are going to jump off and watch what God is going to do.

I am so excited.  Anyway, must go – Dave Duell is coming round for lunch.  I wonder what he likes…

Miracle Baby

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Dave Duell Preaching!

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Ever Wondered How Andrew Wommack Ended Up in England?

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This is how, in Andrew’s own words:

(Yes, this is another blog post in light of Dave Duell’s imminent visit to Dagenham!)

In September of 1989, I was holding a tent meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the night that hurricane Hugo hit. The tent was flapping in the breeze, and we needed to drop and tie it off. But just before the service ended, Pastor Dean Mellon gave me a prophecy that changed my life and ministry.

 

He said, “you have a nation of the world on your heart, and you know exactly which nation I’m speaking of”. In less than a month, you will meet a man who will be a porter, a door opener to the whole nation.

I knew exactly which nation the Lord was speaking of, and I knew in my heart that the Lord was about to bring my dreams and vision concerning the U.K. and Europe to pass. I’ve had the U.K. on my heart ever since I took a trip to Europe in 1968. While in London, I spent hours walking the streets, praying for the people and believing God that someday I would get the opportunity to minister to them.

 

However, it’s not wise to just take a prophecy and run with it. If it was really the Lord speaking to me through this man, then it would come to pass without my help. Two weeks later at our U.S. Ministers’ Conference in Buena Vista, Colorado, I noticed that Will Graham from Rugeley, England was listed as an attendee. I figured Will was the man the Lord had spoken about, but I didn’t say a thing to anyone.

 

In the very first session, my good friend, Dave Duell, was ministering and calling people forward for prayer. He called Will to the front and said. “Will, God has made you a porter, a door opener to all of the U.K.” BINGO! That was it. This had to be the man the Lord had spoken to me about in Charlotte.

 

I told Will about that prophecy I received in Charlotte and asked him what he thought. He said his church had received a special offering to send him to the conference to get Dave and me and bring us to England. Praise the Lord! A few months later we opened our first international office in Coventry, England, and its been going strong ever since.

 

We have distributed hundreds of thousands of tapes and CDs through our European office and have thousands of people on our mailing list. We minister in many churches and hold two conventions in the U.K. each year. The Gospel Truth television program is broadcast daily in the U.K. on the God Channel International, which also reaches all of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The open doors to the U.K. and Europe were a supernatural opportunity that came directly from the Lord. We are committed to walking through every door the Lord opens for us and minster the nearly too-good-to-be-true news of God’s love to hungry people throughout Europe.

Andrew

Dave Duell’s Heart and Message

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This is in preparation for Dave Duell preaching at Tree of Life Church (in less than 24 hours!).  It is an article from his website where he outlines his “life message”:

“The concept of an angry God has so permeated the Church that when someone has the audacity to challenge the accepted perceptions, it sounds strange to our ears. But you must get this truth into you-God loves you with an everlasting, unconditional, unwavering, unalterable, non-cancelable, perfect, pure love. There was nothing that you ever did to cause Him to love you in the first place. There is nothing you can do to cause Him to quit loving you. And there is nothing you need to do to keep Him loving you. He has always loved you and He always will love you. If you have given your life to Him, He has adopted you into His family and you are a joint-heir with Christ and every spiritual blessing is stored up for you in heavenly places. (Eph. 1:3)

When we get this perception into us of how much God loves us, it will change us. When you understand that God is love and that God sooooo loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to save us, it will change the way you look at the world. It will change your perceptions. It will change your values. It will change your decisions. It will change the very way you live.”
(Excerpt taken from teaching article,” How Should We Then Live?” by Dave Duell)

This is OUR MESSAGE. We want you to know that God loves you with a passionate, undying, eternal love and that He came to set you free to really live. You will read about this unconditional Love in all our articles and books and hear about this Love in all our video and audio messages. Partake of a generous serving of some good news!

The Error of Ultimate Reconciliation (Jim Richards)

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The Error of Ultimate Reconciliation

by: Jim Richards

Click here to enjoy this video of, The Error of Ultimate Reconciliation, by Allen Speegle and Jim Richards, also available at the end of the article.

George Santayana, the Spanish philosopher once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!” Solomon, the wisest man in the world, once said,“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). Sadly, those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat the failures of the past.

Church history is one of those topics that the “hyper-spiritual” deem to have little value. Putting down the study of church history ranks right up there in the “ignorant Christian” poll with those who boldly declare, “I don’t want to study theology or doctrine; I just want to read the Bible!” Jesus knew the history of His people and He knew the doctrines of the day, as did the Apostle Paul. It was their knowledge of these practical areas that made them so powerful in so many different cultural settings and doctrinal conflicts. This lack of knowledge is the doorway for error to cycle through the Church repeatedly and be welcomed by unsuspecting generations as “new revelation.”

The prophet Isaiah boldly declared, “Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge” (Isa. 5:13). While the Spirit-filled movements have introduced incredible truth into the body of Christ, they have, as a whole, been very poor theologians. The inconsistency of doctrine is a major reason Spirit-filled believers can’t get what they believe to actually work in real life. Our covenants are mixed, our doctrine is self contradictory, and we know nothing of how we got where we are! The 21st century church is a breeding ground for doctrinal error – not the kind that simply causes an argument between you and other believers; this is the type of error that could affect every part of your life!

Error, like all trends, tends to circulate every few years. When error emerges those who don’t know history, specifically church history, think they have a revelation. They see it as a “scrumptious morsel,” unaware of the damage it has wreaked in the past. In the race to have the next new revelation some preachers rush to their pulpits, or in the case of traveling preachers, they rush to your pulpit and create havoc in the hearts of believers.

One doctrine that emerges every few years is Ultimate Reconciliation, sometimes called Universalism. Regardless of the name it goes by, its message is the same: everyone is going to Heaven, whether they believe or not. This is an appealing message to people who will not reconcile their life and beliefs with particular aspects of truth. What seems like a message of endless love is actually a message of death, deceit, and depravity.

Years ago I traveled with a man who began the slide into Universalism. At first it seemed as if he was only preaching a mildly irresponsible grace message. People approached me after our meetings and said, “When I hear you preach about grace I believe I can live godly and I’m inspired to godly living. When I hear him preach about grace I feel like it’s just alright to sin.” In time, he was openly declaring that sin had no effect and he began rejecting any portions of Scripture that promoted responsibility and godliness. Ultimately he succumbed to a battle with sin that he no longer chose to resist! The way we know when the message of grace, peace and faith righteousness has gone too far is when they inspire irresponsible living!

All deadly truth has an element of truth; however, that truth is extrapolated into something that is no longer true. Extrapolation is how Lucifer became Satan. He followed a flawed reasoning. (Ez. 28:17) Based on his brightness and splendor he began to build a logic that departed from reality. In the end, he felt he could overthrow the One who gave him his splendor. God has given us grace, love, mercy and the gift of righteousness so we can have the power to live a godly life, not to excuse us from godly living.

Extrapolation is the process of ultimate reconciliation. It starts with some basic truths. First, it capitalizes on God’s unconditional love. It couples that with the fact (and it is a fact) that Jesus died for the sins of the entire world, not for the few. Add this with some humanistic logic that exalts man and his needs above God and His plan, and you have a recipe for devastating error.

Jesus died for the sins of the world, not just for those who would believe and receive, but also for those who would not. (1 John 2:2) God was proactive and preemptive in His limitless love. Because of Jesus becoming the sin of the world, all men were free from the wrath of God. No man in this life has experienced God’s wrath. The apostle John said, In this, the propitiation, we see the love of God”(1 John 4:9-10). Many people respond to His expression of love with love and trust and many others see it as a free pass for irresponsible living.

Everything God offers us must be received, (lambano) taken hold of, by our trust (faith) in God. (Rom. 1:16) Everything of God is given freely, but our personal participation is a choice, thus the idea of free will. The Universalist denies free will and insists that everyone is saved whether they know it or not, whether they want it or not. By lifting a few Scriptures out of context and ignoring dozens more, personal responsibility is glossed over as a moot point!

You see, the Universalists, much like the Spirit-filled community, actually miss the ultimate point: Jesus came so we could know (experience, be intimate with) God. For some, God is just the One we run to when we have needs. We really have no desire to know Him or His ways; we simply want His benefits. It may be this corrupt version of Christianity that creates such a breeding ground for an impersonal faith!

Extrapolation is based on a logic that creates non-existent formulas, “this equals that.” When questioned about the basis of their process of reasoning, it usually comes back to, “That’s what I believe” or “That’s how I see it.” It doesn’t matter how we see it if it’s not supported by the truth of God’s Word. We are called to cast down vain imaginations and reasoning that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor. 10:4-5) This process is called ‘subjective reasoning’. A reasoning that is based on how it makes you feel regardless of all the other facts. Subjective reasoning places “me” at the center of the equation. I fall prey to the original temptation to be as God and choose good and evil from my own judgments.

One of the well known modern day proponents of Universalism is Carlton Pearson. I met personally with Carlton when he first made his exit from the faith. According to our discussion, his subjective reasoning seemed to peak when he held his newborn baby in his arms and said, “I would never send my child to Hell if he did something wrong.” That very statement, and the doctrine that Carlton had been preaching, made it clear he already had error in his theology. But even if God would do such a thing, who are we to say to the Potter, “You can’t do it that way.”

The Universalists are basically taking a stand that they are more righteous, more compassionate and more merciful than God. They, too, have exalted themselves above God by exalting their own logic and condemning His! It’s in this very attitude that we may see the real root of the problem. We are called to surrender to Jesus as Lord. We are compelled to renew our minds and put on the mind of Christ. It seems that too many seek Jesus as Savior but not as Teacher and Lord.

Failure to cling to Jesus as Lord of our logic leads us down destructive, unfulfilling paths. In the absence of a meaningful relationship, we search for knowledge to give what is missing in our heart. Maybe it is, in fact, the lack of an intimate relationship with God that spills over into an incredible sense of lack and insecurity that spurs the desperate search for something to bring us the peace that only comes through relationship.

It was Mike Williams who introduced, or finally convinced, Carlton Pearson in the doctrine of Universalism. Mike was a long time friend and associate. He is a man I loved deeply and grieved for as he made his departure from the faith. Mike came from a life of homosexuality and at the time he turned to Ultimate Reconciliation, he had fallen back into an immoral lifestyle. As his life degenerated, his message grew more and more compromising.

As someone close to Mike said, “You always know what Mike is going through, he always preaches his life.” And that’s true; Mike’s doctrine changed every time his life changed. When he couldn’t get grace to work in his life, he simply changed his doctrine of grace. Like many, he developed circumstance theology that justified his own life. This is a common tendency among those who lean toward permissive doctrine. They need a “revelation” that justifies their failing life!

In an interview with Allen Speegle, we discussed why grace preachers would be susceptible to the doctrine of Ultimate Reconciliation. It is my observation that there are three primary reasons for this.

  1. First, most grace preachers simply embrace grace as a doctrine, not as a means to a more powerful life. This, of course, means they are not experiencing grace. Grace is God’s power to live in righteousness, to live as it really should be. The doctrine is a sad replacement for the reality! 
    The power of grace is experienced to support the belief of faith righteousness. Faith righteousness began by Jesus obtaining righteousness by His faith; it is brought to fruition by us experiencing that righteousness by faith. As Romans 1:17 says, “It is revealed from faith to faith.” If Jesus’ righteousness is received by faith, then righteousness has to be the object of our faith.

    This brings another basic theological flaw to the forefront. The primary reason for receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord is not just to save us from the penalty of our sin but to save us from the power of sin. We are set free from the power of sin to live a righteous life. It’s in righteousness that we enjoy life as it was meant to be. When we forget the destruction of sin in our lives, we forget why we came to Jesus.

     

  2. The second reason grace preachers may succumb to this error is that our life often facilitates the need for self-justification. When preachers don’t reach the lost, when they don’t make their churches relevant, when they are seeking to build a ministry before building people, they need a doctrine that justifies the departure from New Testament goals and agendas. You see, it’s not the erroneous doctrine that leads to the compromised ministry and life. No! It’s the compromised life that needs a doctrine to justify itself! 

     

  3. The third reason is all too common. People who are not experiencing the grace of God, those who do not believe the Gospel of Peace in a way that leads to an intimate love life with God, tend to miss the point. In the absence of a life experience, they think it’s the new revelation that gets people excited about their ministry. They fail to realize the excitement isn’t in the message; it’s in the power of the message. In their shallow insecurity they think they need to be ever finding new revelation to preach to people with itching ears. (2 Tim. 4:3) The preacher who is trying to impress will always end up in error!

 

The church desperately needs the message of grace, peace and faith righteousness. But we need to live and model this message through our life, our character and our commitment to the true cause of Christ. It’s those who misuse and misapply these cornerstone truths that give the legalists the opportunity to decry the message.

One of the greatest ways you can tell that grace, peace and faith righteousness are no more than a message is when the life doesn’t change. Ultimate Reconciliation misses the point that we have a predestined purpose to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. (Rom. 8:29) That is our destiny.

Being delivered from wrath and being unconditionally loved doesn’t equate salvation and righteousness by faith; it does, however, facilitate the opportunity. In the absence of fear and in the presence of love we can come unafraid. When we know everything God does is for our good we have every reason to trust and follow Him. If we continue in the same sins as before we knew Jesus, they accomplish the same destruction. That destruction is not the product of God’s wrath; it’s the fruit of sin.

In my meeting with Carlton Pearson and in discussions with Mike Williams and many others who began to follow this erroneous path, I asked the question, “Do you not believe there is any benefit to living a godly life? Do you not see the destruction of sin? If so, then why is the focus of your message the permissiveness of sin?” Paul, Peter, James and John all echoed these sentiments in various terminologies: flee every type of sin, don’t yield to the flesh, don’t use your freedom as an excuse for sin, and don’t suffer for unrighteousness. The message is clear: sin still kills. While the beginning of Ultimate Reconciliation is not a blanket invitation to a reckless life, in the end that is the fruit.

Churches that embrace even the slightest hint of this doctrine lose sight of biblical agendas and ultimately their purpose. The need for relevancy evaporates. The passion to win the lost becomes needless. The value for the most basic ministry needs disappear with the idea that all men are ultimately going to Heaven – so what’s the urgency?

We live in a day when people need God’s power working in them more than ever! The need for Spirit-empowered grace to take us to a life beyond our strength is imminent. We may be in what the Bible calls the “beginning of sorrows”; but whether we are or not, be assured we are living in difficult times, the likes of which the world has never seen. Our nation is disturbingly close to facing the horrors others nations have faced for generations. The church in America isn’t ready! We are poised for a great falling away! The only cure is a Gospel that works – which will require leaders that experience it.

Fresh new revelation doesn’t come because we discover what has never been seen. Revelation is when we look at a truth in a new way, a way that empowers us to live in victory. People don’t need their lives complicated by a lot of new doctrines; they need to know how to get the doctrines we have to work. People need to be led into a relationship with Jesus. They need mentors and models. They don’t need to hear a message of grace; they need to see a lifestyle of grace.

This righteousness of God is by faith from first to last. Jesus obtained it by faith; we take hold of it by faith; and it empowers our life by faith. Inspire people to a better life than they ever imagined – a life of knowing and experiencing God’s love, grace, and righteousness.

Click here to enjoy this video of, The Error of Ultimate Reconciliation, by Allen Speegle and Jim Richards.

What is the GOSPEL?

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“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

SOURCE: Pastor Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What is the Gospel

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