GOING BACKWARD INTO PERDITION ?
Frequently I am asked: "If you do not believe that evil spirits, and demon's, are out of body living supernatural entities, how do you explain, Matthew 8:28-34, (please read this scripture now) where Jesus cast them out? How did they recognize who He was? And if they were not entity beings how did they enter the swine causing the swine to run into the sea? I find these question's very valid and worthy of an honest answer.
Years ago I heard Brother Billy Watson quote this little limerick. I do not know the origin of it, but thought it very pithy then, and think that it is now.
After seeking the council, and advice of a sizable number of pastors, and in consideration of the ongoing apprehensions of many other ministers and assemblies, I am of this date, and with statement of notification cancelling the general ministers meeting previously scheduled to take place on April 19-23-2021, here at the Jacksonville Assembly Of The Body Of Christ. I do apologize to any and all who may be offended or inconvenienced by this cancellation.
A STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
It was in about 1990-91, when Brother Clyde N. Patton, while attending a meeting at the Assembly at Tyler Texas, gave me a paperback book titled "THE GAY AGENDA BLUEPRINT " saying that I needed to read it. I read it, but however did not really believe what it described therein could possibly happen in my generation. How terribly, and sadly wrong I was.
Not long before his death I heard Brother Clyde N. Patton publicly say, "I don't know this world anymore, and I don't like it." Many of the values, attitudes, morals, behaviors, rights, and wrongs we grew up being taught, and held to be true and dear were no longer so.
Right has become wrong, whereas wrong has become right. What was esteemed as bad, evil, and sinful in the world I knew and loved has incrementally become esteemed as being good. Whereas what was esteemed good in the world that I knew, and loved has also become incrementally what is esteemed evil in this world present day world, Isaiah 5:18-21. All of which brings to mind an observation of God found in Genesis 6:5-6, before He determinedly eternally judged that wicked, and perverted world with the flood, Sparing only eight souls to continue the commission given to Adam through his progeny unto Jesus Christ.
At the time of hearing those words first spoken by Brother Patton I could not appreciate the dismal reality, the significance, or magnitude of concern of this disappointed man of God. Neither could I comprehend this grief in his sad observation in old age. Now as I find myself a year older than he was when he passed from this life I find myself sharing the same sentiments. Like him, I also find myself being " a Gershom, that is to say, "A stranger in a strange land".
Name means identity. Jacob which means deceiver had the identity of being deceitful. Jacob wrestled with an angel and had an epiphany experience wherein his identity was changed to Israel which means "He who prevails with God" ...... I now, like those who went before me, realize that my name is also "Gershom", Exodus 2:22.
May God save our children, and their children too from the wrath to come. Even as the Antediluvian world, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Jewish world, all perished in wrath, (Matthew chapters 23 and 24), so shall this "evil and adulterous world" also perished suffering the wrath of God. What. did all these societies have in common? They all gave themselves to moral abandon in promiscuity, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, fornication, adultery, pedophilia, beastiality, and worse degenerate, and depraved activities as are unimaginably possible. All these behaviors are acts of rebellion, and abominable blasphemies against God, and His creation by design, and purpose. It is a fact, God does turn those who refuse Him, or His ways over to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:21-32, be they the called, or be they those who never heard, or those who once knew, but then choose to turn away.
GOD CREATED ALL THINGS BY JESUS CHRIST HIS SON
Being a firm believer that God created the world, and all life, both living and extinct, does not necessitate believing that He did so in six twenty four hour days. The Hebrew word in Genesis for day was. "yowm" which is translatable as being the warm hours of a day (sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next sunset) or figuratively an indefinite period of time, sometimes called an era, or epoch.
Some, on hearing someone say that they do not believe the earth is only six thousand years old, but conceding to geological, archeological, paleontological, ancient writings, and other scientific evidences pointing to a much older dating will immediately conclude, and accuse that person of believing in evolution hence denying guilty of denying the existence of God or as being the creator of all. This is both sad, and is totally untrue.
There are many Christians who as I do, believe true science while faithful believing that "God is, and that God is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him" Hebrews 11:6. Believing in true sciences, (properly understood) does not conclude one into blind disregard, and denial of factual evidences. This earth, and the many life forms on it are manifestly evidential of being many millions of years older than the nearly six thousand years since Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, Genesis 2:5-7.
God created mankind on the sixth creative day, Genesis 6:26. God then rested from His labors. God then afterward formed Adam, a man of designed purpose, from that which he had created. These two words both mean, and imply two entirely different things.