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Bro. John:

The Lord has been teaching me some wonderful lessons today on “peace”. The backslidden children of God, we know, have no peace.

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That’s right, Sandy. I remember this verse from Isaiah:, “There is no peace, says my God, to the wicked.” There is another verse which describes the inward turmoil of the ungodly as being like the restless sea, always moving, always after something, and never satisfied.

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The goal of the ungodly is to try to turn us from ours. So what are they holding onto? God said in Jeremiah: “Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.”

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Yes, but in some cases, it is not that they will not return (repent); it is that God will not allow them to repent. Remember what Hebrews 12:17 said about Esau? “He found no place for repentance, though he sought it carefully, with tears.”

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This morning, I was thinking on how those backslidden children of God have no peace, and how they often continually persecute those who choose to live according to the righteous ways of God. The Spirit reminded me of what Jesus did when he suffered one attack of words upon who he was.

Matthew 26

[59] Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
[60] But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
[61] And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
[62] And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
[63] But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Then the Spirit added: “Holding your peace is more than just being silent. It is holding ONTO your peace!”

Bro. John, that was SO good to me! I had always thought of “holding your peace” as just being silent and not responding. But, it is more. It is not being moved. It is not debating. It is not giving the enemy ammunition to fire back at you! And it takes humility. It is as your grandmother said, “Not a ripple on the water”.

We can hold our peace, and hold ONTO our peace, by not being moved by the deceitful words of backslidden children of God. Jesus was terribly abused and crucified, but all the words and actions of men could not steal from him his peace. When he finally answered the high priest that day, it was not only with peace, but with the Authority given to him by his Father:

“Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

God help us to hold onto our peace, and not be moved by men who have none.

Sandy

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God”

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That is wonderful, Sandy, a real lesson from the Lord.

Thanks,
Pastor John

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Marriage and Divorce

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Hi Pastor John

Anna and I really enjoyed your teaching on Marriage and Divorce (via Skype) last night.  The Q&A session on the marriage and divorce issue was wonderful.  The part that stuck out the most to me was the part about a believing spouse being married to an unbelieving spouse; it reminded me of what happened to Anna and myself.

When God started calling Anna to him she asked me to go with her to a gathering and I did — reluctantly, not really wanting to go.  After the gathering was over, I went out to the car and waited on Anna to come out.  When she did, I told her, “Don’t ever ask me to come back here again.”  And she said, “ok”.  But she herself kept coming, and in about four months, she received the baptism of the holy ghost.

I did not really know what happened to her at that time, but I started to notice how different she was and how she handled herself around the house and at work (we work for the same company), and by her conversation, it started convicting my heart.

And by “conversation”, I mean the way she conducted herself.  She never beat me over the head with the Bible, and she did not talk about God all the time to me and tell me I have to get right with God.

Last night, when you read in 1 Corinthians 7: 14-15, concerning how the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife, or the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband, that is exactly what happened in our case.  Anna’s conduct and how she walked in the Lord brought me to sanctification because I was pleased to dwell with her, and by being pleased to dwell with her, it led me to receive the Holy Ghost about four months after she did.

God’s people need to hear these things.  It will save them from a lot of heartache and trouble if they can take it in.  Thank you for making this thing available for us all.  I wish I could have been there in person to give my testimony last night.

Stuart

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SIT Response

From the state of Missouri, we received this response to Pastor John’s book, Speaking in Tongues at Spirit Baptism:

http://www.goingtojesus.com/tongues-at-spirit-baptism.html

Pastor John:

Lots of People say God doesn`t do this, and hasn`t done it again for people since the day of Penacost in Acts. For accurate teaching purposes, I would like to read this information and correct what has been ill-taught to Christians. Unforunately, it is the Faith of Baptist, that teach this. Durning a service at a Baptist Church one day, the Spirit of the Lord fell on me and I began to speak in tongues. THEY PUT ME OUT OF THE SERVICE AND TOLD ME I WAS INFECTING THE CONGREGATION WITH FALSE TEACHING. I believe the scripture they seem to overlook: “GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER MORE.”

EVANGELIST V. M.

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Well, friend, at least those baptists who threw you out were faithful to the spirit of their religion. May God give us the grace to be as faithful to the Spirit He has given us as they were with you.

Pastor John

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John,

This reminds me of one of the stories from your father, “Preacher Clark”, the day he was talking to a man who insisted that speaking in tongues was of the devil.
Preacher
Clark then asked him, who was speaking in tongues from, in the beginning, and the man said, “God.”

Then Preacher Clark asked him, “When did it change hands?” 🙂

Sandy (Don’t you just love simple truth!)

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Pastor John

In relation to the distinction between earth and sea in places in Revelation (seas = people of the world, and “earth” referring to the saints), might there be anything in the fact that Rev. 12:9 says that the devil was cast into the earth?

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I don’t think that that phrase refers to the devil being cast into the body of Christ on earth, but to the world as a whole, hence the next verse that you mention:

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When the devil was cast done to the earth, a loud voice in heaven cried (12:12), “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea”.

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Yes, and that is what makes me think that verse 9 refers to the world as a whole.

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In verse 17, we are told that the devil “went” to make war. Where did he go?

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Now, THAT is a good question, one that we should all ask an answer for.

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The next thing described is the Beast coming out of the sea ( = people of the world) who has the devil’s power. Then the second beast, the false prophet, comes from the Earth ( = the body of Christ) who speaks like the devil and has two little horns like a lamb.

Just some wonderings I had tonight.

Damien

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It’s good to have our minds on such things. A little here, and a little there, begin to paint a glorious picture of the Son of God, after a while.

Pastor John

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http://www.goingtojesus.com/text/books/fatherandson.pdf

 

Hey Pastor John,

Thank you for sending the chapters on the forth-coming book on the Father and the Son. I’ve been reading the book this morning (I’ve got an extra day off this week 🙂 and I’m loving it. You know what I love about the truth? … it’s true! (ha!) It just rings true in my heart, and I go “aaaah”!!! I’m feeling very thankful for it. Thank you Lord! Amen! Man, it’s just so good, and true, mmm 🙂

Okay, I better go.

Jenny

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I’m glad you are enjoying the book. The truth is sweet to those who love it. Pray for us that we will finish the work God has given us to do.

Pastor John

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The Earth

Bro. John:

I have read your message on “The Earth” several times now, and I marvel at the wisdom as I read what God is showing to us.  How many people in the world today do you think have such insight into what is really happening?  How many realize that there is a great Creator who has total control over hearts and all events that are occurring this very minute?  Yet, He has chosen to open up our eyes to His truth.  Keep us humble, Lord.

I never really understood completely why God loves Israel so, except that they were His first chosen people.  But to understand now through that verse in Isaiah 66 that, as you said, “what has prevented the “peoples, and multitudes, and nations” of this world from destroying Israel is the influence of God’s New Testament saints on the world, with their prayers and their love for Israel,” and that Israel is the nation “through whom the Savior came” puts in my heart the same feelings God has for His Son and for Israel.  God must want us who were “born in one step”, to understand the importance of Israel in our lives and the importance of the saints’ prayers for Israel.  And, as always, the importance of His precious Son.  Because of Israel’s rejection of God’s Son, and God being a jealous God, we became the recipient of such love.  And it makes us love Israel more, knowing that they do not yet know their Savior — but that one day they will.  It makes that verse in Zechariah 3:6 so special: “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

Reading what you wrote here: “The False Prophet, the servant of Satan and the Beast, was the kind of soil that, at first, bore great fruit, but then, near the harvest, it all turned bitter. May God help us to be the kind of earth that, with patience and understanding, bears good fruit until the end”, reminds me of a verse in Zephaniah 3:16:

“In that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.”

I pray that our hands and hearts do not become slack in the things of God, and that we recognize when He reveals to us His wisdom.  God is so big, Bro. John, I’m sure at times I miss some of Him.  It takes being still and spending time with Him so we can take in His feelings.  The importance of what God sends is not just for our understanding, but so that our hands will not be slack in passing it on, and as you wrote, “bears good fruit until the end.”

There are a lot of sobering feelings in what you wrote in “The Earth”.  God has revealed something tender and something terrifying.  I was not able to take it all in Wednesday night.  But He took time to show it to you so that you might show it to us.  I want to take time to hear Him and feel His feelings.

Thank you.

Sandy

 

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John,

I was reading Mark 16. When Jesus commanded his disciples to go “into all the nations”. . . etc. I always thought that you taught that he was referring only to the nations of Israel (the tribes), because He himself was sent by God only to save the house of Israel. But in my concordance, it specifically translates Nations to mean Gentile nations. Is that a Christian corruption of the translation —- in order to support their “great commission” agenda in the world?

If it is correctly translated, then Jesus WAS actually saying to spread his gospel throughout the world, as Christians have claimed to be doing (though they have not spread the true gospel).

Brad

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Hi Brad.

Sorry for the confusion. Actually, I have never taught that “nations” in Mark 16 was a reference to the tribes of Israel. Jesus was referring to the nations of the earth. Also, Jesus was not sent only to save the house of Israel. He was sent to save all mankind. But he, himself, was sent only to Israel, and he sent his disciples only to Israel. There is no evidence of any sort, other than some Catholic traditions, that the twelve apostles traveled to foreign lands to preach the gospel. Philip preached in Samaria, and Peter and John followed him so that the Samaritans could receive the holy Ghost, but that is a far cry from the twelve apostles traveling to the ends of the earth with the gospel. The Samaritans were already circumcised, and so, that would not contradict the fact that Jesus and his disciples were sent only to the circumcised people (Rom. 15:8).

When the time came for Jesus’ commandment to be carried out and for the gospel to be preached in all the world to us Gentiles, God chose Paul to bear that gospel and fulfill the “great commission” of Jesus from Mark 16.

When Jesus told his disciples in Mark 16 to “go into all the world and make disciples”, they would not have dreamed that that commandment would not be fulfilled until a new gospel was revealed, the “gospel of the uncircumcision” which Paul preached and which differed from Peter’s gospel for the circumcision in that it contained no ceremonies, no holy days, and a complete change in the priesthood from that of Aaron and his sons to Christ sitting at the right hand of God. Paul mentions those two gospels in the book of Galatians and explains the difference between them. He taught that it was evil for Jewish believers to teach that Gentiles were required to submit to the gospel that Peter preached to the Jews. To him it was a matter of life and death that Gentiles submit only to his “gospel of the uncircumcision”. I believe that is true.

Hope that clears things up for you.

Pastor John

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