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The Prophet That Twisted The Scripture

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The Prophet That Twisted The Scripture

The well known ‘prophet’ was instructing the audience before he entered the healing and prophesying part of his service.

“You don’t have to respond the FIRST time God speaks to you. The Scripture says, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established.

“So now, the SECOND time, or at least by the THIRD time that God speaks, that’s when you need to respond.”

That’s what he said. I couldn’t believe my ears. Here in front of me is this so-called prophet who evidently never took the time to “study to show himself approved unto God.”

He didn’t want to be known as a Word preacher, because he was used in the gifts! Regardless, he misquoted and misapplied Scripture.

I stared at him in disbelief. Many hundreds of people sat in the audience. They’d come to be prayed for and this guy was telling them they didn’t have to respond when God spoke the FIRST time.

Most of my children and family sat with me in that service on the second row.  Right in front of him, I pulled a notebook out of my pocket and began to write.

“When God created the heavens and the earth, He spoke it into existence. He only said it once and all the elements of the world responded immediately.

“God only told Noah to build the Ark, one time.

“God expects us to respond the FIRST time He speaks.  The requirement for having two or three witnesses is not for doctrine, but for receiving an accusation against a man of God or in bringing criminal charges.”

  • 1Tim. 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
  • Deut. 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
  • Heb. 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

I passed the note to my children and had them read it while he was preaching. I saw the preachers eyes follow the note and could tell he knew I disagreed with him. He moved away from in front of me because he could tell I was an unbeliever of that doctrine.

I didn’t care. The Bible disagreed with him too.

What alarms me deeply is that of late I have encountered Pentecostal preachers in several states that preach this very doctrine.

It is suicidal to believe and practice this. It is false doctrine. Do not be deceived. Some nationally known preachers that we would call ‘good men’ believe this and are wresting the Scriptures.

Remember!! When God Speaks…  (the FIRST time) … Respond Immediately!

  • He created worlds with one command.
  • He calmed the raging sea with one command.
  • He raised the dead with one command.
  • He healed the sick with one command.
  • He forgave sins with one command.
  • He cleansed the lepers with one command.
  • He opened blinded eyes with one command.

It makes no difference if it’s in regards to Salvation, Healing, Holiness, Righteousness or to Brotherly Love. God shouldn’t have to speak the second time to anyone.

Your own mother would say… “Don’t make me tell you again.”

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

The Worst Family In The World

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The Worst Family In The World

I don’t want to be accused of gossip, or sued for writing about a family that I know, so I’ll not use any names.

It’s the most unbelievable family I’ve ever met. There’s not another couple like them anywhere. Once you’ve met their family, you might even want to run away from them too. You will however, at least shake your head in disbelief as I have.

The Father is a big guy. He’s likeable enough sometimes, but he has such a bad temper. He’s always ready to fight at ‘the drop of a hat.’ The family and neighbors could entertain us for a long time telling about all the fights that he has been in. He has been ordered to take anger management classes, but he refuses to go.

On the other hand, Mom is quite good looking for her age. She constantly tries the latest beauty treatments and is determined to keep up with the Jones’s. She feels deeply, and becomes easily entrenched in the snare of wanting what she can’t have. I can’t count how many of her friendships she has ruined because of her displays of jealousy.

That’s Mom and Dad. I want you to meet the kids. The house is full of children. It’s no doubt the largest family I have ever met.

Everyone will tell you that they are the worst kids in the world. They are totally undisciplined. If you met them, the words, “little heathens,” would come to your mind.

  • For example, one has committed murdered and gotten away with the crime.
  • Another is a known thief.
  • They all lie.
  • One of them is a drunk.
  • Some had been in jail.
  • They all love to stay up all hours of the night and prowl through the neighborhood. They wrecked havoc almost every night.
  • The brag about their exploits.
  • They all reject the authority of the school, the police and the pastor.
  • They want to party all the time.
  • They are incorrigible.
  • They are all juvenile delinquents.
  • No visitor feels safe in their home.
  • No one in their right mind invites any one the children into their home.
  • They changed their neighborhood for the worse.

Their neighborhood was the nicest one in town. It was peaceful. People moved there because it was quiet and it seemed safe. No one even locked their doors. The neighbors really seemed to like each other too.

Neighbors began to put up FOR SALE signs on their homes not long after the family with all the kids moved in. No one wanted to live near them. Not only did the kids take over the neighborhood. The neighborhood association was not even able to buck up against this unbelievable family.

There was one church in the vicinity. The First Pentecostal Church, and many of the neighbors attended.

The family claimed to be members of The First Pentecostal Church also. The parents attended faithfully and attempted to bring as many of their kids as they could. The children disrupted many services.

  • They ruined Weddings.
  • They sabotaged Birthday Parties.
  • The destroyed the Church Dinners and other functions.

Visitors often decided to never come back because of what they saw and heard. Even some of the long time members left and told the pastor that they loved him but they couldn’t tolerate ‘that’ family.

The parents got offended with the pastor and began to talk about him. They finally got enough influence in the church and then they helped split the church. They went across town and started their own.

They posted pictures of their new church on Facebook and bragged about their new church and new pastor. They also told lies about the former pastor and church people.

Mom and Dad even became an active part of their Pentecostal Association. They seemed pleased to attain a degree of respectability.

  • I want you to at least meet them.
  • I want you to know their names.
  • I want you to be alert if they ever visit.

Remember their names. Her name is “Envy” and his name is “Strife.”

They are the mother and the father of the confusion in your neighborhood and in your church. They are also the parents of every evil work.

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

BEWARE!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 3, 2010 at 1:51 am

Baptism In Jesus Name

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This YouTube link is an original Apostolic Production of the truth about salvation. Discusses the importance of calling on the name of Jesus in baptism. The only name under heaven whereby we must be saved.

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September 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

“I’m A Prisoner Of Love”

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My wife and I have been singing old songs in our van as we’ve traveled down the road recently. We’ve especially sung this old song written by Dottie Rambo and made dear to our hearts by Sis. Emile O’Brien. For some reason we can’t quit singing these words.

PRISONER OF LOVE

By Dottie Rambo

1.

When I came to Jesus I settled it all.

I gave him my life to control,

Neither fear no persuasion could draw me to Christ.

But His love has captured my soul

2.

He holds me secure with his love strong and true.

I’m happy his servant to be.

In bondage to Jesus forever I’ll stay

My soul doesn’t want to be free.

Chorus

I’m a prisoner of love (I’m a prisoner of love)

A slave to the master

I willingly toil (I willingly toil)

Through the heat and the cold

I seek no reward (I seek no reward)

In this world below.

But a payday will come (but a payday will come)

When the pearly gates unfold.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 1, 2010 at 2:05 am

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