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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 15:1,21; Acts 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.
Spurgeon, the great English Baptist preacher, declared with conviction:
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
The Reason For
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
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...
. 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
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
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
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
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
Pharisee/legalist lacks understanding in the Person and Purpose Of Jesus
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
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
William A Tyler Sr