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SUDE Ministries: Is it BIBLICAL TO CALL OUT FALSE TEACHERS AND FALSE PROPHETS BY NAMES AND THEIR FALSE TEACHINGS TO WARN THE CHURCH ABOUT THEM?

Today, we will look at another area most ‘Christians’ are scared to touch. I just want you to pay attention!

Let’s See 2 PETER 2: 1 – 3

“But FALSE PROPHETS also arose among the people, just as there will also be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who will SECRETLY introduce DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES, even DENYING THE MASTER who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their SENSUALITY, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their GREED they will EXPLOIT you with FALSE WORDS; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and THEIR DESTRUCTION is not asleep.”

In the above Scripture, the Apostle Peter talks about False Teachers who will be among us. He mentions that in their greed and with false words, will exploit many, and blindly and deceitfully lead many astray and eventually into destruction.

Now, is it Biblical to mention the names of False Teachers who are among us and their False Teachings as an effort to warn the Church or Flock?

Let’s begin…GET YOUR BIBLES UP!

Let’s See 2 TIMOTHY 2: 14 – 19

“Remind them of these things, and CHARGE THEM in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED TO GOD as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, ACCURATELY HANDLING THE WORD OF TRUTH. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. AMONG THEM ARE #HYMENAEUS and #PHILETUS, MEN WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY FROM THE TRUTH SAYING THAT THE RESURRECTION HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE, AND THEY OVERTHROW THE FAITH OF SOME. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “THE LORD KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from iniquity.”

In the above Scripture, the Apostle Paul instructed his son and young minister, Timothy, to charge his fellow soldiers and ministers of Christ to avoid useless and complicated arguments about HERESIES that continue over a long period of time because these HERESIES destroy its hearers and believers.

The Apostle Paul goes on to instruct Timothy to study diligently to show himself approved to God as a workman who is not ashamed of his Master and his work. This will help him to accurately handle the Word of Truth as a minister of God and also help him to biblically contend for the faith which he has received from God.

The Apostle Paul goes on to MENTION SOME OF THE NAMES OF FALSE TEACHERS AMONG THEM who were teaching HERESIES. These False Teachers were HYMENAEUS and PHILETUS. The Apostle Paul goes on to state that these False Teachers were teaching that the RESURRECTION HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE, which is contrary to what the Bible teaches or what the LORD JESUS CHRIST taught. The Apostle states that these False Teachers have gone astray from the truth because of their False Teachings, and also states that these False Teachers OVERTHROW THE FAITH OF SOME PEOPLE with their False Teachings, lies and heresies.

The Apostle goes on to comfort and exhort Timothy that though there are False Teachers or False Christians among them teaching heresies, THE LORD JESUS CERTAINLY KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS because He (Jesus) is their firm foundation, rock and keeper. IN OTHER WORDS, NO FORM OF DECEPTION CAN PLUCK HIS SHEEP OR ELECT FROM HIS HANDS!

CONCLUSION: It is Biblical to test every spirit and all things including teachings and everything done in the ‘House of God’ or when we gather as Christians or the Church within Biblical Parameters! WHEN YOU SPOT OR FIND A FALSE TEACHER OR FALSE TEACHINGS, YOU MUST TEACH AND WARN THE CHURCH ABOUT THEM. WHEN YOU SPOT WOLVES AMONG US, YOU MUST WARN THE CHURCH ABOUT THESE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

BE COURAGEOUS and FEAR NOT my people, THE LORD IS WITH US!

THERE ARE NO COWARDS HERE!

Grace, Peace, Blessings and Love to you all.

Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM

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SUDE Ministries: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU REJECT, UNDERMINE, MISS OR REFUSE TO BELIEVE THE WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST?

This is the MOST IMPORTANT and PRIMARY Counsel and Understanding of the whole Bible.

This is the FOUNDATION of every Genuine Relationship with God. This is the CORE of Christianity. This is the ROCK of every Genuine Salvation. This is the FOCUS of every True Evangelism.

This is what separates the Children of God from the Children of the Devil. This is what separates the Sheep from the Goats. This is what separates the Wheat from the Tares. This is what separates the True Disciples of Christ from the Disciples of the Devil. This is what separates True Christians from Counterfeit Christians.

This is what separates TRUE Men of God or TRUE Preachers/Teachers of the Gospel from the FALSE PROPHETS/TEACHERS.

This is what the spirit of ANTI-CHRIST hates and does every thing to avoid in all these FALSE CHURCHES to feed, encourage and promote DECEPTION, FALSE TEACHINGS and FALSEHOOD!

This is what brings TRUE and ETERNAL DELIVERANCE/SALVATION from SIN, DEATH, THE POWER OF DARKNESS and ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IN HELL FIRE.

This is how to primarily identify the SPIRIT OF TRUTH from the SPIRIT OF ERROR.

This is how to HEAR FROM GOD, RECEIVE GOD and OBEY GOD!

The LORD, in His inexplicable love, wants you to know this because this is about LIFE and DEATH.

Let’s begin….Get your BIBLES UP!

Let’s See…DEUTERONOMY 18: 15 – 19 (Kindly Pay Attention)

“The LORD your God will raise up unto you a PROPHET from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; UNTO HIM YOU SHALL LISTEN…..And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I WILL RAISE THEM UP A PROPHET from among their brethren, like unto you, and WILL PUT MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER WILL NOT LISTEN TO MY WORDS which he shall SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM.”

In the above Scripture, God promises His people that He will raise up a Prophet. God said HE WILL PUT HIS WORDS IN HIS MOUTH to speak to His people all that He (God) will command Him. GOD MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO HIS PEOPLE THAT WHOEVER WILL REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THIS PROMISED PROPHET will answer to Him. This was a command, and When God speaks to His people, He expects them to OBEY HIS VOICE.

Let’s See…JOHN 1: 45 (Kindly Pay Attention)

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “WE HAVE FOUND HIM OF WHOM MOSES IN THE LAW and ALSO THE PROPHETS WROTE—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

In the above Scripture, Philip confirms that Jesus is the Promised One Moses and the Prophets prophesied or wrote about. It was God who revealed this to Philip.

Let’s See…HEBREWS 1: 1 – 2 (This is HUGE!)

“God, after HE SPOKE LONG AGO TO THE FATHERS in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, IN THESE LAST DAYS HAS SPOKEN TO US IN HIS SON, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”

In the above Scripture, we are told that GOD’s FINAL WORDS TO HIS PEOPLE IN THESE LAST DAYS are all in the MOUTH OF JESUS CHRIST. The Words and Teachings of JESUS CHRIST are God’s final message to His people FOR THEIR SALVATION/DELIVERANCE from SIN and DEATH. Jesus is the whole message. GOD HAS NO MESSAGE, WORDS OR TEACHINGS OUTSIDE JESUS FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THESE LAST DAYS!

Let’s See…MATTHEW 17: 5 (Kindly Pay Attention)

“While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED; HEAR HIM.”

In the above Scripture, GOD CLEARLY COMMANDS HIS PEOPLE TO HEAR HIS BELOVED AND ONLY BEGOTTEN SON JESUS CHRIST. This is because HIS FINAL MESSAGE FOR US IN HIS MOUTH.

Let’s See…JOHN 6: 67 – 69 (This is GLORIOUS!)

“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE. And WE BELIEVE AND ARE SURE THAT YOU ARE THAT CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.”

In the above Scripture, God reveals to Peter that JESUS IS THE CHRIST and JESUS HAS THE WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF ETERNAL LIFE. Alleluia!

Let’s See…LUKE 10: 39 – 42 (Kindly Focus!)

“And she had a sister called Mary, WHO ALSO SAT AT JESUS’ FEET, and HEARD HIS WORD…..And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things: BUT ONE THING IS NEEDFUL: and MARY HAS CHOSEN THAT GOOD PART, WHICH SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER.”

In the above Scripture, JESUS MAKES IT CLEAR TO MARTHA THAT ONLY ONE THING IS NEEDFUL and HER SISTER MARY HAS CHOSEN THAT GOOD PART and HE ASSURES HER THAT IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. That needful thing is TO LISTEN TO THE WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS!

Let’s See…MATTHEW 7: 24 – 27 (Kindly Pay Attention)

“Therefore WHOSOEVER HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE and DOES THEM, I will liken him unto A WISE MAN, who built his HOUSE UPON A ROCK: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and IT FELL NOT: for IT WAS FOUNDED UPON A ROCK.

And every one that HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE, and DOES THEM NOT, shall be likened unto A FOOLISH MAN, who built his HOUSE UPON A SAND: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and IT FELL: and GREAT WAS THE FALL OF IT.”

In the above Scripture, Jesus makes it clear that WHOEVER DOES NOT HEAR HIM and OBEY HIS WORDS IS A FOOLISH MAN WHO WILL SURELY FALL IN THE LAST DAY. In other words, that foolish man will have no place in His kingdom. That is the end of disobedient people.

Let’s See…LUKE 11: 27 – 28 (Note This!)

“….But he said, Yea rather, BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE WORD OF GOD, and OBEY IT.”

In the above Scripture, Jesus makes it clear that the true blessing of God is with THOSE WHO HEAR HIM (The Word Of God) and OBEY HIS WORDS AND TEACHINGS!

Let’s See…LUKE 6: 46

“And why call me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY?”

In the above Scripture, Jesus makes it clear that some people call him ‘Lord’ but don’t obey His word. HE THEN FOLLOWS UP WITH THE TEACHING ABOUT THE END OF THOSE WHO CLAIM THEY KNOW HIM BUT DON’T OBEY HIS WORD. (Check verses 47 – 49)

Let’s See…JOHN 8: 30 – 32 (Serious One)

“As He spoke these words, MANY BELIEVED IN HIM. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, “IF YOU CONTINUE IN MY WORD, THEN YOU ARE TRULY MY DISCIPLES; and YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, and THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”

In the above Scripture, Jesus makes makes it clear that HIS TRUE DISCIPLES ARE THOSE WHO CONTINUE IN HIS WORD. THEY ABIDE IN HIS WORD. THEY OBEY HIS WORD. This is where true deliverance is. IT IS IN OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORDS AND TEACHINGS! —— Notice that Jesus said this to people who claimed they believed in Him.

Let’s See…JOHN 13: 20 (Kindly Pay Attention)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whoever I send receives Me; and HE WHO RECEIVES ME RECEIVES HIM WHO SENT ME.”

In the above Scripture, Jesus makes it clear that HE (Jesus) spoke and taught God’s message. Therefore, the one who receives HIM (Jesus) and His servants/disciples also receives the same message. This means when someone receives God’s message and obeys it, that person has received God. EVERY SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST SPEAKS THE MESSAGE, WORDS OR TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE BIBLE. Any message that contradicts the teachings of Jesus or Scripture is not from God or Jesus! GOD DOESN’T SEND ANYONE OUTSIDE JESUS. ALL THE SERVANTS OF GOD ARE SENT BY JESUS AND THEY SPEAK THE WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS!

Let’s See…1 TIMOTHY 6: 3 – 5 (Serious One)

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and DOES NOT AGREE WITH SOUND WORDS, THOSE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is CONCEITED and KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS NOTHING; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between MEN OF DEPRAVED MINDS and DEPRIVED OF THE TRUTH, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain: FROM SUCH WITHDRAW YOURSELF.”

In the above Scripture, whoever disagrees with the Words or Teachings of Jesus Christ KNOWS NOTHING and LACKS THE TRUTH, among other description. Withdraw yourself from such people! Jesus is the true Knowledge of God. Jesus is the Truth!

Let’s See…2 JOHN 9 – 11 (Serious One)

“Anyone who goes beyond and DOES NOT ABIDE IN THE TEACHING OF CHRIST, DOES NOT HAVE GOD; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, DO NOT RECEIVE HIM INTO YOUR HOUSE, and DO NOT GIVE GREETING; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”

In the above Scripture, don’t entertain people who don’t obey Jesus and will try to teach something different outside the words of Jesus, or will try to go beyond the Teachings of Jesus and add or ignore some teachings of Jesus. THESE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE GOD. THEY ARE DECEIVERS WHO DON’T KNOW THE TRUE JESUS OF THE BIBLE.

Let’s See…MARK 8: 34 – 38 (Kindly Pay Attention)

“…….For WHOEVER IS ASHAMED OF ME AND MY WORDS IN THIS ADULTEROUS AND SINFUL GENERATION, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

In the above Scripture, IF YOU ARE ASHAMED OF THE WORDS AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS, YOU KNOW YOUR END!

Let’s See…REVELATION 1: 17 – 18 (I love this!)

“And WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET LIKE A DEAD MAN. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “DO NOT BE AFRAID; I am THE FIRST and THE LAST, and the Living One; and I was dead, and behold, I AM ALIVE FOREVERMORE, and I HAVE THE KEYS OF DEATH and OF HADES.”

In the above Scripture, the LORD Jesus makes it clear that HE HAS THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES. You won’t listen to Him?? You won’t obey Him?? You won’t teach His words?? You don’t want to do that. Do you?

CONCLUSION: THERE IS NO GOD OUTSIDE JESUS! THE SCRIPTURES ARE INERRANT. WE MUST PREACH AND DEFEND THE TRUTH. We must listen to Jesus and Obey Him! Study very well. Test all things! DON’T TOLERATE FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS! If you reject, miss or refuse to believe in Jesus, His Words and His Teachings, YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED FROM YOUR SINS AND HAVE NO ETERNAL LIFE.

Shalom! God bless you all.

By Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM

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SUDE Ministries: DOES SCRIPTURE ALLOW FOR WOMEN LEADERSHIP/ELDERSHIP IN THE CHURCH?

NOTE: #WOMEN are not inferior in Christ. They are equal to Men in Christ and spiritually in the Body of Christ. Men and Women are both equal in value before God. However, Women are weaker vessels. IT IS JUST ABOUT THE ROLES GOD HAS DESIGNED FOR BOTH OF THEM TO PLAY!

NEVERTHELESS THE WOMAN IS NOT EQUAL TO THE MAN CONCERNING AUTHORITY AND LEADERSHIP BOTH IN THE CHURCH AND FAMILY!

THIS IS ABOUT AUTHORITY/LEADERSHIP DESIGNED BY GOD!

There is not even one verse in the Bible that says or insinuate that WOMEN CAN LEAD or WOMEN SHOULD LEAD in the Church (The General Congregation). NOT EVEN ONE SCRIPTURE FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION!

Some people say it’s Tradition or Culture. OF COURSE! TRADITIONS OF MEN and CULTURE OF MEN!

They only say this based on ASSUMPTIONS and PRESUMPTIONS! It is FALSEHOOD and DECEPTION!

Let’s Begin! GET YOUR BIBLES UP!!

#AUTHORITY and #LEADERSHIP in the Church and Family as commanded by God is a serious business to God! You cannot disobey the LORD in this matter by deliberately ignoring Scriptures and think you know Him or serve Him!

OLDER WOMEN are only INSTRUCTED TO TEACH YOUNGER WOMEN! (See TITUS 2: 3 – 5)

#DEBORAH only prophesied but GOD CHOSE BARAK to LEAD His people! (JUDGES 4: 6 – 7)

BISHOPS (Overseers/Elders) and DEACONS are all MEN! (1 TIMOTHY 3: 2 and 12)

When WOMEN and CHILDREN lead, it is a SIGN that things have GONE WRONG! (ISAIAH 3: 12)

This Scripture (GALATIANS 3: 26 – 28) is talking about our (Christians) Unity (ONE) in Christ as a Body (ONE) and as the Children (One) of God. The Church is ONE (Body) in Christ. The Church is His BODY (One)…THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE CHURCH!!

Christ is the Head of the Church. The Husband is the Head of the Wife. The Man is the Head in the Family. The Church is subject to Christ. The Wife is subject to the Husband. (See EPHESIANS 5: 22 – 24) (1 Peter 3: 1-8)

The Man is the Glory of GOD. The Woman is the Glory of MAN. The Woman is FROM the MAN. The Woman was Created FOR the MAN. (See 1 CORINTHIANS 11: 7 – 9)

The Woman must LEARN IN SILENCE with ALL SUBJECTION. The Woman MUST NOT TEACH in the Church. The Woman MUST NOT HAVE AUTHORITY over the Man, BUT TO BE IN SILENCE. The Man (ADAM) was FIRST CREATED, then Eve. The Man(ADAM) was NOT DECEIVED, but the Woman BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION. (See 1 TIMOTHY 2: 11 – 14)

God PUNISHED Adam BECAUSE HE(Adam) LISTENED TO THE VOICE OF HIS WIFE (Eve) and DISOBEYED HIS(GOD) COMMANDMENT. (See GENESIS 3: 17) — This is because GOD gave the commandment to ADAM, not Eve. In fact, GOD created Eve after HE(GOD) had given the commandment to ADAM. Eve was CREATED TO HELP ADAM so they could both serve and obey GOD together. So ADAM was supposed to COMMAND, INSTRUCT AND TEACH His Wife(Eve), while His Wife (Eve) was supposed to LEARN IN SILENCE from ADAM with all subjection. (See GENESIS 2: 15 – 24)

“ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS: That the man of God may be PERFECT, thoroughly furnished unto all GOOD WORKS.” (2 TIMOTHY 3: 16 – 17)…..So don’t think you are wiser than the Holy Spirit who wrote the Scriptures!

There are women who are gifted to teach. They must teach and share the Gospel with unbelievers in their communities, other women and children. They can have Bible Studies and teach other women and children in their communities. Aquila and Priscilla expounded the way of God more perfectly to Apollos in in a home setting (Acts 18:26). WOMEN CANNOT AND MUST NOT TEACH OR INSTRUCT IN THE CHURCH (General Congregation). THIS ROLE IS FOR THE LEADERS/ELDERS AND THEY ARE MEN!

There is no basis for thinking anything other than God has upheld this in His design right from Creation.

How can a woman be an Elder when an Elder has to be a One-Woman Man? This doesn’t seem to make any sense to those who have deliberately decided to ignore this simple instruction by God in Scripture! (1 Timothy 2)

A lot of professing ‘Christians’ including some ‘Pastors’ are deliberately attacking Scriptures to suit their selfish desires and ambitions!

If a Woman is leading, preaching and teaching in your Church (The General Congregation) and you are a Man and can’t rebuke her or the Leadership of the Church, leave the Church!

If your Pastor has made his wife a ‘Pastor’ to help control the affairs of the church, IT IS WRONG! If you can’t rebuke them, leave the church!

You can’t accept the teachings of The Great Apostle Paul in Philippians and reject his teachings in 1 Corinthians 11, Ephesians 5 and 1 Timothy 2.

GOD IS NOT MOCKED! No Man or Woman is wiser than God and you are not above the Word of God!

A lot of Women are deceived by the Devil directly or indirectly through some Men, and these Women HAVE MADE THEMSELVES ‘MEN’ in these ‘Churches’…They teach people to be rebellious against God and His Word!

NOTE: GOD is a ‘He’…JESUS is a ‘He’…The HOLY SPIRIT is a ‘He’…..All according to Scriptures…..PRONOUNS matter in Bible Teaching!

Because of “Money” and “Papa” and “Mummy” and “Father” and “Daddy”, people are disobeying God and His Word, and not Following the LORD JESUS!

They are perfecting holiness in the FEAR OF MEN instead of the FEAR OF GOD!

FEAR GOD and OBEY HIM! That is the WHOLE DUTY of Man. (See ECCL 12: 13)

The Grace of God doesn’t encourage you to disobey God! The Grace of God doesn’t negate the Fear of God!

There are no Female Shepherds in the Church or Among God’s people. (Check the Bible)

I see women called Apostles, Bishops, Pastors, Evangelists, Archbishops, etc…IT IS WRONG…Humble yourselves before God!

Sharing the Gospel doesn’t necessarily make you an Evangelist! No #PROPHETESS led God’s people! (Check the Bible)

There is no woman who wrote a Book of the Bible or an Epistle of the Bible, either in the Old Testament or the New Testament. THERE IS NO WOMAN AMONG THE APOSTLES (The replacement of Judas was also a Man). There is no woman in the Old Testament with an on-going prophetic ministry (There are occasions where God used a woman to speak in the Old Testament). There is no woman in the New Testament with an on-going prophetic Ministry (The four daughters of Philip did prophesy. It doesn’t mean they had a prophetic ministry to lead the Church).

#CONCLUSION: Scripture DOES NOT ALLOW for Women Leadership or Eldership. If Scripture does not allow it, GOD DOES NOT ALLOW IT (From Genesis to Revelation). A WOMAN MUST NOT AND CANNOT HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN BOTH IN THE CHURCH AND IN THE FAMILY!

Study the Word of God well. Preach the Truth and Defend the Truth!

There are NO COWARDS HERE!

Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone!

Shalom!

By Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM

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SUDE Ministries: SALVATION, RECEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WATER BAPTISM.

Concerning salvation, some people say a person receives the Holy Spirit after believing the Gospel without water baptism (though he might be baptised with water afterwards). Others also say a person receives the Holy Spirit not just after believing the Gospel but after he is baptised with water.

1. Which one comes first? Water Baptism or Baptism of the Spirit?

2. Is water baptism important during salvation or conversion?

We will look at these within Biblical Parameters. GET YOUR BIBLES UP!

Let’s begin.

In Acts 8: 5-24

The disciples after believing were first baptised with water and then baptised with the Spirit through the laying on of the Apostles’ hands.

In Acts 10: 44-48

The disciples after believing were first baptised with the Spirit without the laying on of the Apostles’ hands and then baptised with water.

In Acts 19: 1-7

The disciples after believing were first baptised with water and then baptised with the Spirit through the laying on of the Apostles’ hands.

Did you see that? You should go over it again.

In Luke 8: 13 and 15

We will see in verse 13 that there are people who hear the Gospel, receive the Gospel with Joy but have NO ROOT and so Believe for a while until they fall away in times of TEMPTATION (One of the ways God tests the hearts of men – The other ways are all in the Parable of the Sower).

And then we will see in verse 15 that the people who actually receive the Holy Spirit are those who HEAR the Gospel in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, and KEEP IT and BRING FORTH FRUIT with PATIENCE.

Now, GOD is not mocked. He TESTS THE MIND and SEARCHES THE HEART of those who respond to His Gospel. This is why SO MANY PEOPLE claim they believe in JESUS but are still not SAVED and don’t have the HOLY SPIRIT! Though they confess the the name of the LORD Jesus, their confession is FALSE because of the INSINCERITY OF THEIR HEARTS. They have NO ROOT!!

In John 3: 4-8

We will see that though we know a person receives the Holy Spirit when he believes, NOBODY(MAN) KNOWS THE EXACT MOMENT(SECONDS) THE PERSON RECEIVES THE HOLY SPIRIT because it is a mystery we can never fully know and understand.

Nevertheless the person will eventually know he is saved when he receives the Holy Spirit because the Spirit Himself will bear witness with his spirit that he is a son of God. So the exact time of the reception of the Holy Spirit and His work in us is a mystery no man can fully understand. ALL WE CAN DO IS TO TRUST THE LORD AND TRULY BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!

It’s important to note that a person can receive the Holy Spirit directly from God or indirectly from God through the laying of hands of a true Apostle of Christ.

CONCLUSION: Many people BELIEVE in the SIGHT OF MAN but the TRUE BELIEVERS in the SIGHT OF GOD are those who have received the Holy Spirit.

SALVATION is finalised the moment a person receives the Holy Spirit. THAT’S HOW GOD SEALS A PERSON IN HIM(GOD). (See EPHESIANS 1:13)

And concerning the baptism with water and the baptism of the Spirit…..It doesn’t matter which one comes first, as we have seen in the scriptures above. They are both important but THE MOST IMPORTANT BAPTISM IS WITH THE SPIRIT BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THE SALVATION OF MAN IS SEALED!

Nevertheless NO MAN SHOULD FORBID a person from the baptism with water. — (See ACTS 10: 47 – 48)

NOTE: When we say we believe in Jesus Christ, it has to be of an honest and good heart. There should be absolute sincerity because God is not mocked. We CANNOT DECEIVE HIM.

LET ME ADD THIS: When a person starts to believe in Jesus Christ, he should continue in His Word and with prayers until he is fully certain that he has received the Holy Spirit.

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SUDE Ministries: FREE WILL, SALVATION AND GOD.

When you look at some verses of the Bible, it appears sinners or unbelievers have a WILL to choose God. This is Biblical.

BUT IS THIS WILL OF MAN ‘FREE’ ???

Some theologians made the “FREE WILL” deduction from the Bible because of the way it appears. That’s ok. BUT THEY DIDN’T SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE OF GOD’S WORK.

Allow me to show you something to arouse your curiosity. (See Below!)

UNBELIEVERS ARE SLAVES OF SIN (Rom 6:20, John 8:34) and BELIEVERS ARE SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom 6: 18). — Slaves STRICTLY OBEY their MASTERS!

Now let’s begin!

See EPHESIANS 2: 1 and 5…..COLOSSIANS 2: 13

In the above Scriptures, the Bible Says…Unbelievers are DEAD in their sins…THEY ARE NOT ALIVE…DEAD MEN DON’T HAVE FREE WILL…Because they are DEAD…Go to the MORTUARY and see for yourselves, the DEAD BODIES over there DON’T HAVE FREE WILL…That’s the TRUE SPIRITUAL STATE of every Unbeliever!

Again, when LAZARUS was DEAD, he didn’t have “FREE WILL”…It took the sovereignty of our LORD Jesus to RAISE HIM from the DEAD!!! Lazurus didn’t even know who raised him from the dead until his whole body was loosed and uncovered. Then he was able to see Jesus and all the people around. LAZARUS WAS DEAD AND COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF.

That’s symbolic to how God saves man because DURING SALVATION, GOD RAISES US FROM THE DEAD BY THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL AS PART OF THE SOVEREIGN REGENERATION WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

That’s why the Bible Says in EPHESIANS 2: 8-9…that it is by GRACE that we are SAVED and NOT of OUR WORKS…because DEAD BODIES cannot do anything to contribute to their MIRACLES of BEING RAISED from the DEAD….That is why WE CANNOT BOAST OF OUR CONTRIBUTION…We did nothing…IT WAS A FULL WORK OF GOD!! Glory to God!

See ROMANS 6: 20…..JOHN 8: 34

Again, In the above Scriptures, the Bible Says…Unbelievers are SLAVES OF SIN…SLAVES!!! They are SLAVES!!! SLAVES DON’T HAVE FREE WILL!!!…THEY DO WHATEVER THEIR MASTER(SIN/DEVIL/SELF) COMMANDS THEM TO DO!!!

I have showed you all these in the scriptures for you to know and understand the TRUE SPIRITUAL STATE OF AN UNBELIEVER!

Now let’s see what the LORD JESUS said about how we come to SALVATION:

See MATTHEW 11: 28 (Pay Attention to this)

In the above Scripture, the LORD commands us…”COME TO ME…”

This means we certainly HAVE A WILL TO EITHER COME TO HIM OR REJECT HIM…This means we have a WILL TO MAKE A CHOICE ABOUT HIS INVITATION.

Now, let’s See JOHN 6: 44 (Pay Attention to this)

“NO MAN CAN COME TO ME, except THE FATHER which hath sent me DRAW HIM: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Now, in the above Scripture, the LORD is now revealing to us that THE DEAD BODY of the UNBELIEVER CANNOT CHOOSE TO COME TO HIM unless the Father who sent Him draws him miraculously. SO A MIRACLE HAPPENS TO OUR DEAD SELF TO GIVE US OUR WILL!

Now, let’s See JOHN 15: 16

“Ye HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…..”

In the above Scripture, Our LORD Jesus said this to His disciples because He didn’t want them to think that they chose Him. WHAT HE IS BASICALLY SAYING IS THAT “I CHOSE YOU FIRST FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE ME AND STAY WITH ME. DON’T BE PROUD AND BOAST BECAUSE YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING OF YOURSELF. I DID EVERYTHING AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING”.

Our LORD Jesus knows that NO MAN CAN RECEIVE His words and teachings WITHOUT THE FATHER’S HELP. IT TAKES GOD (not man) IN HIS OWN SOVEREIGNTY TO BRING UNBELIEVERS TO JESUS.

IN OTHER WORDS, NO MAN CAN CHOOSE TO TRULY BELIEVE IN JESUS WITHOUT THE HELP OF GOD.

DEAD MEN CAN’T HELP THEMSELVES…THEY NEED HELP!

Therefore, God chooses us first and leads or guides us to Himself and GIVES us THE WILL or CHOICE to BELIEVE and FOLLOW JESUS as DISCIPLES!

WE ARE NOT CO-WORKERS WITH GOD. GOD DOES ALL THE WORK FOR HIS OWN GLORY. SALVATION IS NOT ABOUT US. IT’S ABOUT HIS LOVE, MERCY AND GLORY IN HIS OWN SOVEREIGNTY.

THE POTTER AND CLAY ARE NOT CO-WORKERS!

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By Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM