Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know —
Acts 8: 4 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
Acts 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
In a true Christian church or meeting when leaders or coordinators lead a church or community service, they will have not only led people to salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and they will pray and have others pray for the different needs of the people. Like the Apostle Paul who said, “For I long to see you, that I might impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged, both yours and mine”
Preaching a half truth is to preach a lie. It is sin and demonic not to preach the whole gospel that Jesus Christ is not only Lord, but savior, healer, provider, deliverer, miracle worker and Baptizer in the Holy Spirit who confirms the preaching by His true ones with miracles signs and wonders following like Philip had. And to have a form of godliness while denying its power is sin and rebellion!
Many evangelical bible believing Christians who are devoid of miracles, signs and wonders, want the benefits of salvation that God has offered which means they want a Saviour but they do not want Jesus to be Lord which requires the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus described such people when He said, “And no one drinking old wine desires new; for he says, ‘The old is good (better)” (Lk. 5: 39). In other words, they like their old forms of worship and a life without the Holy Spirit. Paul calls this, “holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people” (2 Tim. 3: 5).
Paul mentioned such people who refused the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 14: 23 – 24. The Greek word that he uses to describe them is “idiotai” (plural), “idiotes” (singular) which means they are spiritual “idiots” but usually translated as “ungifted” of “unskilled” or laymen, amateurs, unskilled people. They do not want the Holy Spirit nor do they want the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. But they want to be involved in churches and prevent the real work of God which requires the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. They are people who want what God has without coming under His Lordship which requires the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the “Signs” of the Holy Spirit. They are like the Pharisees of whom Jesus said, “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Jn. 12: 3). Samuel told Saul, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD (Yahweh), he has also rejected you from being king” (1 Sam. 15: 23). This applies today who do not want to do what Jesus requires of them.
They think that because they have prayed the “sinner’s prayer” that they can ignore what the Scriptures require and not lose their Salvation. That’s the reason why Jesus warn us in Revelation 3: 5 that when somebody turns away from Him, they can have their names blotted out (removed) from the Book of Life. Also: Heb. 6: 1 – 8; 2 Pet. 2: 20 – 22; Proverbs 26: 11. Jesus aptly warns us, “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles” (Matt. 7: 15: 16).
ANEMIC, IMPOTENT AND DEAD
2 Timothy 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
YES COMPARED TO WORD OF FAITH, HISTORIC ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY IS ANEMIC IMPOTENT AND DEAD HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER
The Word of Faith-prosperity gospel comes out of the metaphysical New Thought teachings of Phineas Quimby. Word-faith is the belief that faith is a force and words are the containers of the force. Words can be used to manipulate the faith-force — name it and claim it. By manipulating the faith-force we can create our own reality. Those who hold this view also believe Scripture promises health and wealth which is where we get terms such as “prosperity gospel” and “health & wealth gospel.” With this in mind, are WOF people true Christians or a counterfeit?
The answer is that those who are outside the bounds of historic orthodox Christianity are counterfeit Christians.
SERPENTS, BROOD OF VIPERS
Why is it that demonized ones, who are sons of hell, not sons of God, who call themselves bible believing Christians, who have a form of godliness and deny its power, who don’t operate in the gifts of the spirit, and improperly judge others while they preach “Judge not”, character assassinate those who operate in the gifts of the Spirit and say they are unloving, unkind and full of evil speaking and quote Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice, 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. and 1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.
Do they do these things as they are blind, ignorant, or stupid or just because they are brood of vipers that Jesus talked about? Matthew 23:33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
They talk about love and preaching but obviously character assassinating strangers is not the demonstration of love and is not preaching like Philip the layman did:
Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
They say they are believers but obviously deny the words of Jesus Christ who said about true believers in Mark 16: 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
It’s sad that these so called Christians cannot say what true believers and Apostle Paul stated:
1 Corinthians 2
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written: ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
It is a fact that demonized ones, so called bible believing Christians, are not men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit, faith, power and wisdom, doing great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 6:3-10). So of course demonized ones, who are sons of hell, reprobates concerning the faith and men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith (2 Timothy 3:8), don’t want to know or hear the truth about themselves, and label such talk as hatred, evil speaking, unkind words, etc. Of course they find the truth about themselves annoying and disturbing and character assassinate the messenger because they don’t want to admit that they have been duped, are deceived, are on the way to hell unless they repent and get deliverance and true salvation and that is why they protest so much just like their friends the gays and lesbians in the world who are also sons of hell, sons of disobedience!