Love One Another?
I like to think I am among them, best Christian Authors, I mean. At least in the top 25 … Ok I admit it the number one spot. LOL. Why? Well because like all of the rest of the top 10 … 5 … # 1, I am always right, because I am brilliant. Sarcasm is one of my gifts. Why am I starting out like this?
Mike Bickle. I know Mike Bickle. I have not spoken to him since about 1992. My College Algebra Instructor, Bob Ramsey, invited me to his church. I had no idea when I accepted his invitation for dinner at Winsteads, and the church visit, that we were going to Kansas City Fellowship. John Wimber was there that night. Met him too.
I’d been there before, KC Fellowship. I was there when Mike Bickle, in faith, bought a couple hundred orange plastic chairs to fill his makeshift office building church in the I 435 and Roe district in Leawood, Kansas.
I had not stayed long leaving, a few weeks later, when the citywide fast was called. Them announcing the fast with trumpets. Betty Borghe singing “Blow the Trumpet in Zion. Sound the Alarm on my Holy Mountain.” Sold her a car, not seen her in years either. I know Bob Hartley, through his brother Jim and his wife Marietta who had told me later they were influenced toward Jesus as result of my witness. I’m like how’d that happen?
I played my guitar and sung at FCA Huddles for several months with Bob. I Remember him telling the huddle at William Jewel it really blesses the Lord’s Heart when I would sing. Then he decided not to bless the Lord’s heart anymore. OK.
Sherman, a friend introduced me to Jim. Sherman got saved too. He married a girl in Church of Christ and they hate me now. Hate, one of the special dispensations of certain denominations. Oh well.
Most of the Christians they know have not been under a federal indictment (two) and predicted deliverance to 1,000 Christian people, won twice with no lawyer and then walked out the front door of the federal prison system, laughing, like I have. Best lawyer money can’t buy. Most successful pro se, federal criminal trial lawyer in US History? I’m him!
I outran the police five times while on the run. They really can’t drive. I’ve never held back any details of my eventual sin on the foundation of illegal police conduct. No matter what it’s all built on the foundation of police lies. So I showed em how to play cops and robbers.
By the time I got to federal court they could have given me 10 years and it would have been deserved. God does not play favorites with justice (look what he made Jesus pay for it) nor let the enemy destroy his children through injustice. Justice was done, dismissed after 14 months, and I laugh. I laughed that entire year and threw the biggest rolling party Kansas City ever saw.
Yeah, living in my dad’s house with my mom and youngest brother, when saved years earlier, they’d also all come to born again relationship with Jesus. A few friends also, after I witnessed at a party thrown by one of the neighborhood guys. One of the young women, there, came to my house pregnant, with an abortion scheduled the next morning. She drove to the clinic but stayed in her car. Her son is a very nice young man who owes his life to Jesus and her heavenly arranged visit that night. Now she hates me too. A prophet is not without honor except in his home town and among his family, as Jesus said. Praise your name Lord.
See I’d read the KJV Red Lettered version grand ma bought me at 17. I started at the front. Genesis, Exodus, then “If he shall curse his parents ye shall take him outside the camp and put him to death.” I was TERRIFIED! (Age 20) How was a wannabee Hell’s Angel and Rock Star going to make a God like that happy? Two years of “living under the shadow of Adam’s fall” (lyrics by Paul Clark, a close friend) in terror, then Kim Richardson (NTS Student) gave me a Paul Clark Album. Songs from the Savior featuring: Looking Glass Incident: “Just come by faith be not afraid. For your ticket has been paid. By a man named Jesus Christ from Galilee.” (The Lord knew exactly). By the way, notice this is the wrong kind of music, no organ … . Here it is!
So there I was 22, freshly saved after praying with Brian Alison (NTS Student) at 2: 30 a.m. June 14, 1979 at the Prairie Village Youth Center. I looked up and said, “Brian I feel like I could fly!” Amazing Lord the way you took my heart by storm. Go HERE Listening Samples of my songs. People around me getting saved because they saw the huge difference. “New Creation.” Then the divisive doctrines of men were in order. They even had a rule book so the Holy Spirit would have the plan, and know what to do. LOL. “No Hollywood Movies, no cigarettes and ABOVE ALL NO DANCING” (Pogos) (Sarcasm … Lord, I’m good at it) (Thank you for my gifts.) Bible tells them not to lay stumbling blocks in front of those trying to enter in, but they do it anyway.
Mike Bickle has great passion for the Lord, for serving him and for his word. He has encouraged many in his imperfection, common to all men except one. Those who claim the moniker Beareans (one of those things Luke should not have written?) and John MacArthur etc., criticize. I’m not NAR nor what most would consider charismatic, not a dominionist, or replacement theologian, though there are gifts of the Spirit, the Spirit distributes the gifts just as he determines. HE, the Spirit determines. Whether it is in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost at Cornelius’ house, in Leawood, San Francisco in 1900???????? What does the word say aside from have nothing to do with those who deny God’s power?
Notice here John MacArthur (I like your ministry John) this immediately follows chapter 13. “The classic, “where there are tongues they will cease … ” Secessionist Justification
“1 Corinthians 14:3-4 states, “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. (KJV)
[So at some unknown point, the Holy Spirit decided to stop edifying and comforting the church??????????] [books? Elijah did not write you any books.]
“Throughout Chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians Paul encourages us to pray in tongues, and pray with our understanding. In Verse 18 he says, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” In Verse 21, Paul quotes a verse from Isaiah 28:11, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” (KJV)
[Is. 28: 11-14: “Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
God will speak to this people,
12 to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”—
but they would not listen.
13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there— [Nazarenes/MacArthur??]
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.” (NIV)] [The rule book is back, Lord CQ] Continuing:
Verse 5, “I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.” (KJV)
[Paul after chapter 13 wants all of them to speak with tongues????????]
1 Corinthians 12:30. In this verse the question is asked, “Do all speak with tongues?” This is not speaking about the tongues available to all, but refers to those Christians called to minister in tongues before the church. This ministry of tongues is coupled with the ministry of interpretation, so that the whole church can be edified. The individual gift of tongues is indeed a priceless key that unlocks many of the doors that hinder our walk with the Lord. If we are to walk in victory, we need to seek the Lord and ask Him not only for this gift, but for all that is available to us as His children.”
That is the belief, by faith, of those brought to Jesus through Charismatic churches. The point is the Cross and coming to Christ.
I’m one who passed right by tongues, in the Spirit, and went straight to prophesy, on the basement floor (1978?) long before I met Mike Bickle. No I don’t have dreams. No visions. The Lord fills my mouth when he wants me to speak. Revelation 19: 10. How? The apostles are gone, you say.
Jesus in John 16: 12-14:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (NIV)
Relationship in Jesus is described here, by Almighty God. Over in chapter 17 Jesus prays for ALL who believe because the apostle’s testimony, that they would be one with he as he is one with the Father and for sanctification for them all. I submit born again of the Spirit as Jesus speaks here indicates all believers are prophets. No matter what day of God’s creation we are talking about from Pentecost forward.
I like the way Polycarp, John’s direct disciple, acquainted with Paul put it: “Never forgetting we are all eternally indebted to the Lord for the forgiveness of sin.”
If you need to be reminded of the cost, I suggest Mel Gibson’s dramatic production, “The Passion of the Christ.” Jesus said to Nicodemus “The Son of Man must be lifted up as the serpent in the desert.” That is how he draws all men to himself. Not sure whom aside from Paul, among men, the only Ordained minister, by Christ, to Gentiles … knows it all, though, “through the glass dimly” (Acts 9: 15). Paul who boasted that he received the gospel he preached by revelation from Christ, a clear indication it was different than what Jesus instructed his disciples not to teach to Gentiles (Matthew 10) and in Matthew 15: “I was sent ONLY (who else does this exclude) to the Lost Sheep of Israel.” EVERYBODY ELSE? Are we rightly dividing yet? Romans 15: 8:
For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.” (NIV)
John 16: 27: “No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (NIV)
Centuries of arguments. Timothy, was told, in I Timothy 1, was told to correct myths and wives tales, endless genealogical production and a turning to the law from grace, by those who do not know what they are talking about. So are we going to obey the command of Christ: “Love one another.” It covers over a multitude of sins. And “we all stumble in many ways.”
Mike Bickle told me once humbling himself, at the front of the church, “I’m such a jerk, I’m sorry.” But, “I’m Josey Wales.”
Chris Queen. 3/12/2019. Please hit the Follow Key above and to the right for future up dates. Please leave your valued comments in the form below. See more posts there below the form. Grace and Peace in Jesus.