I think I should tell you about a man who has contacted us about coming for
a series of meetings that have to do with some new way of worshipping. He admits that he has no ordination papers or
any ties to the Assembly of God, and Springfield denies any association with him or his "new" belief.
However, some people have taken to him, despite what background we can find out, and have even helped
him. We hear that once he was apparently in an upstairs place and some who disagreed with what he was telling, were
about to do him harm, but some of his new friends helped him escape out the window and to the ground.
He seems to be a world traveler, though. He told of shipwrecks he's been in, and although many times has been in
jail for extended periods. He's not a good looking fellow, and seems to have trouble with his eyes, although it
hasn't hurt his zeal for whatever he's teaching. And many have gone along with him, even while others in their
same congregation have beaten him up. And so, although he has some interesting things to say...some of them unbelievable...he
is gaining a following. And that's why I'm telling you about his coming through here, and wanting to speak in
our services. Perhaps if we allow him...say for a three-night revival...we could at least find out what is so important
about this new belief he's peddling, that he would actually suffer physical hardships to talk about it. The things
he says would change our way of worship, so letting him come here would not be a thing to take lightly.
At a glance, it appears that he doesn't eat well, or regularly. And all he had with him was a back pack. He
must hitch-hike from town to town, because he didn't have a car.
I admit, this doesn't speak
well of him, but somehow I was struck by the words he had to say, and the compelling way he had of talking to us. I'm
asking for your feelings about letting him speak in our pulpit. Let me know.
(Folks, this is
not actually happening...it happened 2,000 years ago, when the Apostle Paul was traveling to tell of this "Jesus"
he had met. (6th chapter of 2nd Corinthians)
Would you have let him into our church)?
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.