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EXPERIENCES VS TRUTH

      EXPERIENCES VS TRUTH
 
 Christians understand that the Bible is the very inspired word of God.  Yet, many remain woefully instructed as to the principle of rightly dividing the word of truth. Thus, many believers unknowingly place their experiences (of whatever sort) as equal as or greater than the authority of scripture.
   
 Many Christians often do not make their experiences (of whatever sort) the authority on governing their spirituality and their judgment of other Christians who do not have nor had the same experiences.            
    
The apostle Paul dealt sternly with this matter in the Corinthian Church (1 Corinthians 7:7; 14:5). More specifically, Paul clarifies the application of celibacy and speaking in tongues. There are many who would suggest that either is required as evidence of one's salvation or spirituality. 
 
Solely because Paul stated: ‘I would that ye all spoke with tongues’ (1 Cor. 14:5).  The apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was clarifying the role and manner of spiritual gifts.  He was not suggesting or even demanding that all did speak with tongues or that all should or could speak with tongues. The context clearly shows Paul's intent to explain the proper use and exercise of spiritual gifts.
 
Example: There are those who demand that speaking in tongues is evidence of one's salvation.  In 1 Corinthians 7:7, Paul exacts the same intent to clarify the gift of celibacy.  He said:  "For I would that all men were even as I myself..."  Obviously, Paul is not suggesting or demanding that all Christians should be celibate or remain unmarried. The point is this: One should be sure that whatever their experiences that they would suggest or demand of others should first be brought under the principal of rightly dividing the word of truth which always brings clarity to the context and intent of scripture and diminishes confusion.
    
The Devil's ultimate desire is to bring doubt to the reliability of God's Word by a provocative ongoing effort to mandate and produce justification that one's experiences are equal to or greater than the authority of God's Word. This often happens when Christians ignore the principal of rightly dividing the word of truth... also known as: COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE . Let us make one thing clear here, we cannot take scripture out of context and have it reveal the truth. Thus, confusion is severely entrenched in the mind of many believers. We must read at least ten verses before and after each scripture and in some cases the entire chapter to get to the context of a particular verse.
    
Not too rightly divide God's Word will leave Christians divided. There are many false approaches to biblical application due to ignoring the comparing of scripture with scripture. Unfortunately, the examples are many:   i.e.: the Church in Galatia was bewitched and the Church in Corinth was bewildered and the Church in Thyatira was beguiled. In fact, the ignoring of rightly dividing the word of truth has resulted in admiration of ideology over theology. It is foolish to think that. Christians can be spiritually directed apart from being scripturally correct.  Rightly dividing the word is the ingredient of Believers who are indeed spiritual, fruitful, and effective.
 
 
                                                   Rev William A Tyler Sr
 
 

God Closing Churches

God Closing Churches
     There is a pervading movement in churches today that intentionally undermines fundamental Bibliology.  Many churches in this current environment of religious correctness are being seduced to dilute the fundamentals of God's Word. This is obvious because it is nearly impossible to distinguish between the religious world and many “self- proclaiming” professing Christians.  The result has been an aggressive move to erode differences between fundamentalist and religionist and nurture a compatibility that is inconsistent with the biblical mandate for separation.  It is for this very reason among others; God will remove a church from its existence in the ministry (Revelation 2 & 3).  It is foolish to think a church can be sustained when it ignores the relevance of being separate from the religious world that is indifferent to Jesus Christ and His Word. 
     Fundamental bibliology is not rooted merely in a denominational clan or creed. It is realized exclusively in the Word of God rightly divided. The exclusive use of God's Word has been reduced to inclusiveness alongside the use of entertainment, contemporary worship for the sake of induced emotionalism and toleration for worldly acceptance. The sustaining of such churches (small & large) will inevitably collapse in coming years to entrenched religious licentiousness.
     For the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, concerned Christians and churches must be bold in their prejudice against religionist who intentionally exercise a misrepresentation and/or ill-interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. Our chief asset is the Word of God rightly divided through the Leading of the Holy Spirit and not man. This alone is what keeps a division between the ecumenical religionist and the Christ minded, Bible loving, holy living Believers. Amen.
 
                                                       .                                                                                                       Rev William A Tyler Sr
 
 

Music in the Church


Music in the Church

 

     What is the biblical approach to music in the church and in the life of the Christian?  And why does it matter to the Holy Spirit?  Unfortunately, many churches are in a state of ignorance when it comes to music.  Music is one of the primary areas of church ministry that has done more to grieve the Holy Spirit than any other.  Primarily because, much of church music is anchored in worldly methodology that is ambitiously predatory in nature for emotionalism.  
     Throughout the New Testament as well as the Old, biblical music and singing is vocal, joyful and respectful to God and finds its origin with God (
Exodus 15:1,21Acts 16:26;  Rev. 5:9). The use of a concordance to find verses that contain the words: "song," "singers" and "singing," will confirm that God has purpose in music. 
     Notice particularly the special assignments given to singers and the special provision for singers in 2 Chronicles and Nehemiah. God also uses trumpets, harps, and other musical instruments for His pose. 
     Satan also instigates the use of music amongst God's people to enhance his deceitful influence.  Obviously, he has accomplished his agenda amongst many well intended Christians. Particularly, we see a weak endeavor to know what kind of music comes from the heart of God and what derives from the mind of Satan and little desire to discern the difference. 
     The music pattern and methodology of your church is very revealing about the intent and motive that drives that ministry. The fact is: what motivates us, conforms us, thus, methodology is conceived.  For many Churches, the devil has a manipulating strong hold in the area of music that is emotionally driven.  Thus you have what is known as "Euphoric Repentance". Churches across all denominational lines have been seduced to a false and vain obligation to provide a non-convicting environment through the use of musical enhancement and entertainment.  This is most noticeable amongst churches that favor contemporary methodology where more often than not, a musicians sincerity is mistaken for spirituality worthy of praise. Discerning believers know and understand that the Bible  teaches and requires a very obvious contrast to worldly methodology of music.  Godly music is most noticeably holy, doctrinal, and reverent in mannerism... and totally unlike the appeal, apparel, and appearance of worldly music.  This is a matter of fact.

     Charles Spurgeon, the great English Baptist preacher, declared with conviction:

     "The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them... providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church...The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men of fire."
     The character of Biblically based music is distinctly different in its origin and purpose.  Biblical music and its methodology is sacred, not seductive.  It is not intended to draw the world... it is separate from the world.  Unlike biblical music, worldly methodology in music with religion sprinkled on it, is at its core a predator for the emotion of the vulnerable and 
Carnal Believer, while biblical based methodology in music compels devotion to the one and only true God... The Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3;16).

                               Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

         

 

The Reason For Communion


The Reason For Communion

     The Lord's Supper was instituted by Jesus Christ on the eve leading up to His death on the cross. The Lord's Supper is presented in scripture as the distinctive observerance by a local organized assembly of Christians with a purposeful focus on the Lord's death with joyful anticipation of the Lord's return.  The two symbolic elements committed in this observerance are the bread, representing the broken body of the crucified Christ, and the cup, representing the Lord's shed blood.

     Should the observance of the Lord's Supper be open to all Christians or exclusive to certain Believers from a particular church or denomination?  When we rightly divide the Word of truth, it seems clear that the Lord's Supper is open to ALL Born-Again Believers.  This was certainly the case when Jesus observed His final supper, even permitting Judas (who would betray Christ).  There is no admonition by the apostles to exclude other Believers.  The rule to partaking of the Lord's Supper is not to exclude others, but examination of one's self(1 Corinthians 11:28). 

      There are three biblical conditions to partaking of the Lord's Supper...

 I.  You must be a Born-Again Believer.  (1 Corinthians 11:23,33).  This is strongly implied in context with verse 31 where Paul uses the personal pro-noun "we" and then again refers to the believers as "brethren" in verse 33.

II.  A Believer must be associated with Born-Again Believers beginning  with identification through baptism.  Water Baptism is biblically represented as the very first act of obedience to the will of God. Believers who willfully neglect the opportunity of water baptism by immersion should NOT partake of the Lord's supper. Water baptism is a wonderful and powerful testimony of one's dedication and determination to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. And as such it must not be mistaken as the actual act of being Born Again.

III.  A Believer who will partake of the Lord's Supper should be in the will of God with their life and living.  (1 Corinthians 11:28).  This is where the pastor should encourage all in attendance to examine and judge themselves.  If the examinee concludes that they are not in willful disobedience to God... then they should gladly partake of the Lord's supper.

     Observing the Lord's Supper is a wonderful occasion for Believers to examine their spiritual growth or lack thereof.  It is also a very serious matter that demands an awareness of God's purpose with our life.



                                                 Rev William A Tyler Sr




 

A Legalist and a Modernist


A Legalist and a Modernist

 


    Every church has it difficulties.  However, there are two types of very difficult Christians that hurt churches more than anything else... the legalist and the modernist. Most churches will be confronted by legalism and/or modernism and if left unchallenged... will lead that church into a pattern of grieving the Holy Spirit. How do we discern the difference between a legalist and a modernist verses a scriptural believer? 
    A scriptural Believer is one who is fervent for sound biblical teaching and exemplifies holy living that is motivated and cultivated by the Grace of God (Titus 2:11, 12).
    The modernist reject a biblical mandate for Holy Standards. They don't want rules and barriers. They prefer their good intentions over the obvious commands of God's Word for holiness. A modernist prefers ideology over theology. They are motivated by toleration, not separation.
    A legalist is rooted in a insecure approach to life. Their primary concern is with external matters and manners of modern society. They put a greater emphasis on spiritual activities verses being spiritually active. Their cause is reformation... not transformation. They believe in salvation by works.. not salvation that does work. They find it very difficult to exercise forgiveness. This was obvious amongst the Pharisees in whom Jesus confronted.

 A Pharisee/legalist lacks understanding in the Person and Purpose Of Jesus Christ. 
    Both legalist and modernist are in concert together as they demonstrate their lack of sensitivity to the indwelling Holy Spirit who enables holiness that is neither legalistic nor unreasonable.  Obviously, neither legalism nor modernism has any favor from God. 
    While legalism focuses on outward appearance, God's Grace emphasizes Godliness both internally and externally. God's Grace could never produce a legalist nor a modernist. It can only produce Righteousness and Holiness. 
    Contrary to the legalist; a scriptural Believer emphasizes transformation over reformation.
In contrast to the modernist/ecumenicalism; the scriptural Believer emphasizes separation over toleration (
2 Cor. 6:17).
    It is quite possible for a Christian to be a legalist or a modernist due to a lack of understanding and growth. However, it is impossible for a Christian to remain a legalist or modernist and not be under the stern admonishment of the Holy Spirit to grow in the Grace and Knowledge( the "Gospel", the True teachings  of Jesus Christ (John 16:13).
    I hope you will take a moment and ask yourself if you fit into one or both of these categories of so called believers  Ask the Lord to give you insight and understanding in judging yourself. The Judging is up to us before we stand in front of Christ , the ultimate  Advocator

 

                             Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

 

 

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