I've noticed the church online becoming more and more caught up in issues, male, female issues, the clothes issue, the holiness issue, this issue and that issue.

Jesus gave a parable about a woman with issues (Luke 8;43) you know the story. She had to press in throught the crowd to get her deliverance and healing.

The same thing with those who get caught up in controversial things that cannot change a man's heart. They too have to "press" through the "crowd" of religious folks to get to Jesus, for that is what issues do, they stop us getting to Jesus.

People with issues will always preach issues, people with Jesus preach Jesus! Issues are man made stains on a garment caused by the womans impurity and monthly cycle. I'ts a disease of the "church" (woman) that rises up when we fail to deal with the "impurities" in our own life. Issues come from religious mistreatment and religious control. We get into issues when we by the flesh try to change a person externally, rather than trusting God's spirit to change them internally by his power. It's what we preach when we don't trust his hand and dont understand his grace!

Issues are man made and flesh created. That's why the woman with issues touched Jesus "gament." Only God's touch can deliver the flesh, only God's hand can make you whole. Only God's power can loose a person from being attracted and distracted by issues. People who have received a touch by God's hand don't dwell on issues, people who have been touched and hurt by religion do!

Lord help me its not my time of the month to talk about this stuff, there again I must be free from the pain of a miscarriage somewhere. Are You?

The woman wanted a garment exchange. I dont know about you but I got rid of my stained garment the day I began to preach his name... so join me, let the issues die and Jesus live, change your gament and preach Jesus, he's my issue how about you!

Brother Paul

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Hi Sister Tassel, thanks for your response. if the apostles knew, taught and preached the apostles doctrine shouldnt we?

Truth will set folks free. My reason for posting this is because I see preachers struggling to keep people in their church,wonderign if they really got saved or not. Something is wrong and many are looking for answers, some want better acoustics, or better equipment, more gimmicks, or gadgets, my question, why not preach salvation as in the book of Acts..like Acts 2:38 this sunday...I dare you!
 

The apostles taught a salvation message thats different from many of todays preachers. In Acts 2:38 (their salvation message to the Jews was "repent and be baptised in the name fo Jesus for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost". This gospel message was also given to the Gentiles in Acts 10.

How different this is to todays gospel which is given to us Gentiles, which is basically, ask Jesus into your heart (could not find this in the bible) repeat a prayer after me (could not find that either) In the light of this should we not preach what the apostles taught? after all they obeyed Jesus command of John 3:5, O yes thats something else we dont hear today that a man must be born again of "water and spirit!"

Imagine seeing folks repenting, being baptised and filled with the Holy Ghost, all one meeting on one night every time you made an altar calll..now thats what I call salvation... (Acts 2:38) I dare you to try it... It will revolutionise your ministry and church.

Brother Paul

Let me know if you preach this and I'll mail you my ebook (out soon)...

Dear brother Paul,

Just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for being our friend in our life and ministry. Words cannot say what you mean to us, we hold you very dear to our heart. I want you to know that we pray for you and yours without ceasing, you have a very special place in our heart and in the heart of the Lord. I have always been blessed with a wonderful staff, I want you to know they also are here for you. Don't mean to sound a little sentimental, maybe it is the Easter/Passover time of year but I really want you to know that you are appreciated and not taken advantage.We are looking forward to hear from you about strategy plan l gave you .God bless you.
Pastor Vincent.

My dear brother, Thankyou for your kind words and prayers are needed. Challenging times demand changing hearts, passionate spirits and one God truth. Dare we preach another Jesus or another gospel lest we be cursed! (Galatians 1:8), remaining true to the faith once delivered and the apostles doctrine is our cause, (Jude 3) no other church no other God, no other baptism, and no other name ( Ephesians 4:5). It's the truth pagans fear and the teaching weak men run from. Its all about Jesus, no other God but Jesus. (Isaiah 45:6). anything apart from Jesus is "issues!"

Paul
Thanks brother Paul for bring up an issue like this. I posted a relevant blog to another network yesterday which I titled "I will make you..." It's unfortunate that many people who fish men are church-made instead of God-made, and so they fish for their church instead of God. They preach their church instead of the Word of God which is Jesus. They raise issues they do not even know the biblical interpretation. We can see their fellow raising the issue of washed and unwashed hand (Matt. 15:1-3) they are mindful of the tradition of the elders and mindless of God's. You can see what happened in John 8:1-11 about the woman caught in adultery. You can epually see a man who confessed Jesus cast out of congregation in chapter 9. It still happen in today's church, many have been casted out because of fire of change they caught. Many are prohibited from attending programmes organised by other churches. And why?
Thanks brother Paul for bring up an issue like this. I posted a relevant blog to another network yesterday which I titled "I will make you..." It's unfortunate that many people who fish men are church-made instead of God-made, and so they fish for their church instead of God. They preach their church instead of the Word of God which is Jesus. They raise issues they do not even know the biblical interpretation. We can see their fellow raising the issue of washed and unwashed hand (Matt. 15:1-3) they are mindful of the tradition of the elders and mindless of God's. You can see what happened in John 8:1-11 about the woman caught in adultery. You can epually see a man who confessed Jesus cast out of congregation in chapter 9. It still happen in today's church, many have been casted out because of fire of change they caught. Many are prohibited from attending programmes organised by other churches. And why?

Greetings brother Jerry, thank you my brother for your reply, my heart is to preach truth for in it lies the power of God unto salvation, truth that can shake and awake men of God to do exploits. I like what you said,"They preach their church instead of the Word of God which is Jesus." now that my brother is awesome..

He Jesus is the Word of God, so we must preach Jesus.  The Word, God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1,14) the world has yet to see the truth of the incarnate God preached and manifested in the earth. if it was the world would know God in person and God by name.

I asked a preacher what is the name of God? he could not tell me. I said "Jesus" then I asked him if Jesus was his God, how could not answer me. Our faith is in the very fact that "God was manifested in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16) and when one understands the incarnation one will know and have the foundation of sound doctrine.

Jesus is God! none other like him, above him below him, or co-equal to him (Isaiah 47:5,9 ) God is one (Deut 6:4) now that's sound doctrine.

The Lord bless you my brother.
Paul

iam bless to join your group thank you evangelist pastor susie houston

The Lord bless you Evangelist, May I share this thought with you. The greatest need today, I believe is to get back to the book of Acts and the apostles doctrine, why, it's the "faith once delivered" that was delivered once and for all (Jude 3) no faith has matched it, no denomination can exist without it, no preacher can be blessed that ignores it and no church can be authentic without living it. (Acts 2:42).


Your ministry is bound for success the Acts way,
The Lord bless you and many thanks for connecting on abcpreachers
Brother Paul

 

In Acts, there was oneness, one message and one focus. Today there are many messages, thus things fall apart. Listen, those that have the real and current message should not relent; push frontward at all cost! Issues that arose in the Acts was sharply rebuked (Acts 1:45-51). God first addressed an issue in 10:9-20. It is the word of God that settles issues and not man's concept. Whatever the WORD said about an issue, that is the final. We are clean by the washing of the word and not by the risen of our thought. We must not be different from the word we preach and we must preach what the word says expecially as related to our time. Notwithstanding, Jesus made a striking statement, "All men cannot receive this saying, saue they to whom it is given" kjv (Matt. 19:11). And who are they that it was given? Are they specially anointed or ordained? I think John 1:12; 3:16,36; Matt 7:21-27; 25:1-4, 15-30 have the answer. Take heed!!! Aboundance grace, Jerry C. Onyeagbafuna.
Thank you brother Jerry for your continued insight. Am I correct to assume you were referring to Acts 14:45-51? where those that refused Pauls words were told by Paul that he would turn to the Gentiles who would gladly hear him?..Its interesting to note that a "whole city" (NKJV) turned out to hear him... Lord do that again in our lives and preaching....(v44)!
Youre a blessing
Brther Paul

Good point my sister, and I take your comment. Yes I agree some issue's need to be adressed. I guess its the making of a regular theology out of them that others then take as gospel, that bothers me.

If I were to narrow down "issues" I would refer to them as mans subsitutionary teachings in the pulpit that have replaced sound doctrine. Sound doctrine being defined as the teaching of the apostles. Today it seems that we have made the issues our main concern and aborted sound doctrine as truth and to me thats where we go wrong and lose our power.

I  agree with your discernment on self apointed leadership today, and as you said issues are easier to preach, especially when those not called question everything that called folks preach about! the new issue then become doctine of those who preach truth


Thanks for your input Sister Linda and I look forward to your input.

Paul

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