The Church is having a power failure !

Signs and wonders of the early church are now taboo. Anything powerful is thought to be fake. What has happened? What used to be the glory and life of the church is now its forbidden zone?

The signs of the early church (Mark 16: 17- 18)

And these signs will follow those that believe:

1. in my name they shall cast out devils

This instruction is very clear cut. Jesus demonstrated this during His ministry many times. There were real devils present, and they left under the authority of the power of God. Jesus is indicating He wants this ministry of deliverance to continue. He knew that evil would only increase in the world before his return, and many would be oppressed and need help. The saints had learned under him for a reason, to continue the work and establish the kingdom of God for a people who would be restored to their rightful authority on the earth.

2. they shall speak with new tongues

Although 1 Cor indicates there is also called a gift of tongues in which they speak other languages in order to proclaim the gospel, this passage says “new tongues,” not “other tongues.”

I am making a distinction here. There were

2 kinds of tongues

a. “New tongues” is described in 1Cr 14:2: For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands [him]; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

b. “other tongues” is described in (Acts 2:4) where the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6)

So “new tongues” was meant for private communication with God, and “other tongues” was meant for preaching the gospel to people of other languages.

Definition of “new:”

Recently made, fresh, recent, UNUSED, unworn.

Of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of

“New tongues” is therefore NOT “other tongues” because the tongues used for preaching the gospel are “other tongues” that are NOT new, they are already in existence, they are NOT fresh, they are definitely used, they are definitely heard of, because people speak that language.

Modern problems with both kinds of tongues:

1. What I see in most churches is the total abandonment of the “other tongues” as something no longer required, even though there are considered to be about 6700 languages in the world.

Reference:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200511/10/eng20051110_220268.html

Obviously, God wanted the gospel preached to everyone, and the gift of “other tongues” has a very important role in doing this. There is no way people can learn this many languages on their own, and preach in this many languages, unless the Holy Spirit is involved, empowering them with this special ministry gift. Unless people have this gift, the gospel will fail to reach everyone that Jesus desired to reach.

In the case of the “other tongues,” there is no demonic counterfeit, since the devil would not want to truly endow someone with a real language so they could preach the gospel. Also, those ministered to would recognize

nonsense vs. true speech in their own language, and reject the “fake.”

2. Also, in most cases, the gift of “new tongues” is totally condemned as demonic.

a. There is a demonic substitute of the true gift, since by definition, it is a mystery language, so the true content cannot be translated except by an act of the Holy Spirit. This demonic substitute is what most people accurately call babbling. There are, of course, other ways to discern its true origin, such as other behaviors, and true or false doctrine. A good tree will bear good fruit, and a bad tree will bear bad fruit. Also, the language will be coarser and will actually sound more artificial and contrived. The demonic will make a display of itself as well, since it is ego-centric in motivation.

b. The true gift will endow and inspire the person to spend time with God in prayer, and other devotions. The person’s life and known language will be positively affected, that is, they will be pure in speech in their own language. They will bear good fruit. They will draw close to God and not want to leave his presence. They will get lost in Him and not notice the passage of time. He is first in their life, and there is love and mercy in their lives, which flows out from Him, who has taken abode in them. They may get hints of what the mysteries are that they speak, or they may not. But the reverence and adoration will be there, and the person will not put the prayer on display to get the attention of others.

Because most critical people do not ask for the gift of discernment, there are many that viciously attack the true presence of the Holy Spirit, and call Him the devil. Since they are “always right,” they think they already have everything they need for holiness. This is blasphemy, and grieves the Holy Spirit. It is the unforgivable sin, if done intentionally.

Just because the devil is active in counterfeiting this prayer language, it is sinful to reject the work of the Holy Spirit.

What this condemnation really indicates is an unwillingness to make the effort to grow enough spiritually, so that one can actually see, understand, and discern the difference. The people who persist in doing this are narrow minded, and have shut God out, not let Him in. They need to acknowledge what they are missing in their spirit, and ask God for the grace to receive it.

3. they shall take up serpents

Obviously, not many are willing to do something like this, if one is thinking of real snakes. However, in Matt 10:16, and Matt 23:33, serpents are also identified as crafty hypocrites.

So, a sign of a true believer is their courage in dealing with treacherous people, and a willingness to confront and fight them.

4. if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.

This can be seen as both a physical and spiritual protection from evil. Evil may confront them and create problems for them, but it cannot do permanent harm to them. Also, the word for “deadly” is thanasimos, which is derived from thanatos. The word not only refers to the death of the body, but the death of the soul as well, the state of the wicked in hell, and all miseries arising from sin, due to physical and spiritual death.

What this verse is saying is that what can harm the soul of the unbeliever and cause death of not just body, but the soul, will not harm the believer. The believer is protected by the blood of Jesus. An unbeliever is swayed by many lies and false doctrines, and becomes prey to the lures of the sinful life, getting drawn into it.

A believer will not feel tempted or drawn by these perverse things. He has the life of God within him, and has no desire for evil in his life. He does not feel tempted to run after evil things. Evil is repulsive to him.

This does not mean that the devil will not try to tempt the believer, but it does mean that the believer puts his trust in God, and he will resist the devil and his devices.

5. they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

How many people do you know that have this much faith? The world is full of illness, and the world has very few people who even believe this is God’s will for them to perform. So, do we allow sickness and death to continue around us, or do we obey God? It does not say here that there has to be a special gift to do this, although there can be a full time ministry for this purpose. The scripture indicates that any true believer can and should do this.

What we find instead is unbelief, as in the other signs. People are afraid their prayers “will not work,” or that it is “not God’s will” that the sick be healed.

People are excusing their own unbelief and passing the blame to God. If we refuse to do this, we are disobeying God. Jesus demonstrated clearly that healing was part of the kingdom of God. It is NOT just a tool to make a good impression, and get people saved. Divine health is part of the kingdom.

One point here. It is God’s will in some cases that the person will die, and not be healed. We have to understand that the only way to heaven, which is a spiritual place, is to die physically. There is an appointed time for all of us to die, and leave this earth. Everyone who has ever been born has died, and left. And everyone who is still alive now, will eventually die.

When praying for someone, we must understand that we are to pray for healing only. It is NOT our decision whether it is that person’s time to die. That is God’s decision. Our faithfulness is determined NOT by whether God answered our prayer and healed the person. The healing and its timing is His job. Our faithfulness is determined by how deeply we believe in His promises, how committed we are to obey Him, and how well we act out His stated will to help others. We must be unwavering in our faith.

Thought questions:

Have the modern believers become powerless? Does unbelief rule the church?

With billions of unsaved and sick people in the world, should this be the behavior of the believers- to reject this authority, and ignore God’s will?

Or are we real believers if we refuse to follow the Lord’s instructions?

Does the refusal to act with this authority explain why so many have left the church, and why so many unbelievers are not convicted about the gospel of Christ?

Have we failed in our mission to bring the kingdom of God to the world?

Do we only present a weak, powerless, or fake image to the world?

Someday we will have to answer for our works. If we disbelieve or reject these signs, and the authority that is associated with them, how will we justify this behavior to the Lord when He judges us?

Maybe it is time for people to stop being so negative and skeptical about what God says and just obey Him.

If we are true believers, then the results will be true. If we are not true believers, then we will be exposed for being the fakes we are, and punished in the next life.

See also “Fake and Real Charismatics”  Click here for more

See also “Baptism of the Holy Spirit & Tongues” (the real gift) Click here for more

See also “The Wheat and the Tares”  Click here for

more

See also “God’s Glory- a Practical Application”  Click here for more

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28 Responses to “The Church is having a power failure !”

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  2. Signs and wonders YES IN JESUS THE SAME TODAY AND ALWAYS

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO
    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  3. Dear Rev Billy,

    Jesus is to be praised. Thank you for visiting. God bless you.

    marianne

    PS… Cornwall looks beautiful !!

  4. Good blog.

  5. I just finished a most fascinating and informative book, that describes almost by the century, how the Church lost its power and came to embrace the doctrine of Cessationism. It’s ‘The Nearly Perfect Crime – How The Church Almost Killed The Ministry Of Healing” by Frances MacNutt. Oh my…this should be required reading for any believer interested in living for God, and for understanding Church history. With so much “Christianity Lite” being preached these days, this stuff isn’t getting much press even in many charismatic churches.

    MacNutt was an ordained Catholic priest in the mid-50s and became a teacher and counselor. He began to see a pattern of so many people apparently ‘beyond help’ and the Church had no solutions for these folks. He realized they needed more than counseling or teaching: they needed deliverance! He was one of the first Catholics to participate in the charismatic renewal in the 60s. He eventually married and started a healing/deliverance/teaching ministry in Florida, under Episcopalian oversight.

    Also, John G. Lakes’ Entire Life Teachings has a great chapter on how the Church lost it power through the centuries due to becoming religious and hierarchical, and how Cessationism came to be the mindset.

    Both authors point out how the Reformation didn’t help, at least in this area. So committed to dissing anything and everything that smacked of “Catholic”, they abandoned virtually all mysticism and the supernatural, relegating miracles to legend and over-active imaginations. The classic excuse for impotent faith is, “Well, God doesn’t do those things anymore..”.

    Well..they can speak for themselves; I’ve seen enough miracles to know better. I’m developing my faith and fully intend to be raising the dead some day!

  6. Hi Cindy,

    You sound very well read. More people should read on their own, and not rely on videos for everything. I am all for the real power of God coming down and helping people. I am with you on miracles. Every believer should be active in this area. This is how the church got started, and won people to Christ. Even Jesus used miracles as he ministered, and said that his followers would be given power to do even greater works than him.

    blessings
    marianne

  7. good references for the 2 types of tongues. 🙂

  8. TESTING STUDY: http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/testing-the-gift-of-tongues-what-are-you-afraid-of-if-you-do/

  9. study diligently

    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Books,%20Tracts%20&%20Preaching/Printed%20Books/the_tongues_confusion-curtis_hutson.htm

  10. Signs and wonders are still here. But maybe not the ones experienced by the early church.
    A broken right wrist after the G8 meeting…
    and now this … hhmmm?
    PRAGUE – President Barack Obama had his fly. Now Pope Benedict XVI has his spider.
    A large arachnid appeared on the pope’s white robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday afternoon. The pope didn’t seem to notice at first — but journalists following the speech on a large screen flinched as the spider inched toward Benedict’s neck.
    It disappeared from view for a moment, but then could be seen crawling up the right side of the 82-year-old pontiff’s face.
    When it reached his ear, Benedict gave it a swat. But it didn’t go away — it reappeared on the pope’s left shoulder and scampered down his robe.
    As the pope left the medieval Prague Castle’s ornate Spanish Hall, the spider could be seen hanging from a piece of web.
    In June, Obama now famously swatted and killed a fly that intruded on an interview for CNBC at the White House.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090926/ap_on_re_eu/eu_odd_czech_pope_spider_2

  11. The enemy has conspired against this great God fearing nation and the nations of the earth:
    There is none to stand in the gap and intercede for the people of the Lord. All seek their own gain. People roam over the mountains like sheep without a Sheppard. But the Lord God of Hosts will not allow the mischief of the evil one.
    The people relied on Corporate America for an unfailing check and have not prepared for these times. Corporate America became greedy, therefore transferring all the work the people had to places where they can profit not a 100% but over a 1000% if possible. They used the people to extract the sketches of what it took to build this great nation. Your children engineered the trains, the factories, the mining machines. Yet all has been taken, and the people are left to be slaves to greed and be consumed.
    The Government needs complimentary support we can provide. Governance is countered by selfish interests, legal manipulation and corruption. Blindly and unwilling they have been used in the exodus of Jobs, manufacturing and wealth to greener pastures.
    Where there is no vision the people perish. The country suffers for lack of knowledge to decipher the times. Where is the Church, the Body of Christ, and the Leadership of the Church?
    Church arise encourage the people. The state does not want to stand with you but you can stand for the People. Provide Manufacturing skills, help reopen factories, restore trade with developing countries. Quit criticizing the Government; use the little support they provide grow the country. “Occupy till I come” said the Lord Jesus Christ, engage for God’s sake.
    Watch what you listen in the News-media; Despite our advanced education, there has never been a people so misinformed as ours. Distortion of facts and control of knowledge as this is worst than Communist propaganda in the Cold War era.
    Help the people with raw material procurement, import and exporting. The world still buys and sells, or else China would not still be in business, we alone willow in politics and speculative financial demagogies. You can still afford homes, if only there were jobs and home values were not manipulated. China prizes our products, Africa, Asia and Mediterranea still need what we make, and Europe wants a competitor.
    Gather your strength, resources and knowledge. For the sake of the body of Christ, the Land and the People we will provide engineers, researchers and developers in any field there is. Engage for sake of the people. Contact us: vpinc@mail.com

  12. This is so true and it is a shame that some denominations or Christians have chosen to believe that these gifts do not exist anymore. I pray that God will open their eyes to the truth because it is deception the devil is using. And what you mentioned in the post is true that unbelievers do not see anything for them to accept the gospel. To be honest i think this one of the reasons why a lot of Christians are suffering in this present time as well, because when there isn’t any true manifestation of the power of God in a lot of places as a result of them being subdued, the demons will seem to have more powers even though they have not. I went to this christian website that has a church and they basically said they don’t believe the gift is for today, i wrote to them to try and tell them based on my experience of praying and singing in tongues and this was what the response i got from them:

    You should not allow personal experience and emotional attachment to that experience to cloud your judgment, for our doctrine and practice must come from the word of God only, without any reference to what we or others have experienced. There are other explanations for your speaking in tongues than the work of the Holy Spirit, so you should not use your experience to override the teaching of the New Testament and 2000 years of church history.

    Remember, Moses got results when he struck the rock instead of speaking to it (water came out), but he was rejected by God for not perfectly following the instructions God had given him.

    God stopped giving revelations when the New Testament scriptures were completed, so I would reject any revelations that you think you are presently receiving. The New Testament scriptures are the MORE SURE word of prophecy. They are better than being with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah and hearing God’s voice from heaven. Read II Peter 1:16-21.

    Yes, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever … but His form of worship has changed drastically, as He explained to the woman of Samaria (John 4:20-24) and as Paul explained to the Hebrew believers (Heb 9:1-10). The Old Testament form of worship is drastically different from the New Testament. God does not change, but His worship certainly does change. When was the last time you cut the throat of a lamb and sprinkled its blood around your door?

    I commend your gracious response to an article on our website that opposes something very dear to you.

    I beg you to go back through it and show us where we are wrong in our use of the scriptures.
    Jonathan Crosby
    Greenville, SC

    I pray that God will open their eyes to see his truth in Jesus name.

    • dear e.o.

      This is a typical response. People assume that since something has never been true for them, that it cannot be true at all. They have not because they ask not.

      but for me, all the Word of God is true, not just some of it. So I choose to accept whatever God has for me.

  13. When the current Pope was elected I was told that it would be genocide for the Church. Not surprising really, when the bible tells you that your covenant with death is annulled.
    The followers of Christ were also told not to build upon his foundations with building materials. How can Christians ignore what is written in the bible in black and white?

  14. i attend a wed. am bible study . several weeks ago they made comments
    about speaking in tongues . they laughed about speaking to GOD in
    in tongues . i was very disappointed in the pastor leading the study.
    i speak in tongues and have for years glory to GOD .thank you
    charlie

    • dear charlie

      I am sorry you had this experience. many do not know or understand the joy of being filled with the spirit and speaking in tongues. We have a prayer aid to help us when we have no words to express our feelings or thoughts. Maybe you need a better church. But do not feel bad. the remnant is getting smaller by the day. Just stay faithful to what you believe, and look up, for Jesus will return soon.

    • It is my understanding the only speaking in tougues happened at pentacoast, when the twelve were given the power to speak other laungages.

      Peace.

  15. people spend a lot of time on how the bible is wrong or does not work today.
    we accept sickness provety fear doubt and much more . we should take GOD at his word and believe all of it . look for love joy peace in the holy spirit and your life will change

  16. Jesus rose from the dead and was not even recognizable to one of His most intimate lady friends. Jesus was surrounded by lady friends who not only took care of His basic logistical requirements but were also heart-to-heart friends, bonded together in pure (Agapé and Phileo love, not Eros.)

    Have you taken your wife or a lady friend to a meeting? Nothing escapes their eyes; they remember what was said, by whom, to whom and they notice what shoes, or wristwatches, or jewellery people were wearing. Ladies are keen observers of detail. They are alert.

    Even so, she thought that He was the gardener! She did not recognize Him! He was altered, changed. She saw the risen Christ, the victorious and triumphant Yeshua, the true Messiah.

    No painting, no children’s Bible ever depict Him in this way. The mention of the name “Jesus” does not call up this sanctified image of Christ in the Christian’s mind. Instead, we think of the more generally accepted flesh that eventually died on the cross. We think of donkeys and fig trees, of little kids surrounding Him, or weary fisher folk looking for a catch.

    We don’t see Jesus.

    We have carved God up into a powerless committee of three, invented by a Byzantine monk in 298AD for political ends.

    We deny that Jesus is the Father who is the Holy Spirit. Unless my Bible lies to me, that is.

    Until we realize who Jesus is, until we see Him in His victorious resurrected state, we will not recognize Him and maybe we also err in thinking we see the gardener outside. We do not see Him for Who He is.

    Read John 20 from verse 13-16-ish, also take a close look at Isaiah 9:5-7 and use Strong’s Hebrew concordance to see the original meaning.

    Wake up to the true Jesus and share in His power that He has over death, so that the dead spirit of stagnation can leave the stale church air and be refreshed by the flow of the Holy Spirit, not in outside signs but in revived hearts, not emotional high’s.

  17. Dear Het Tuijnier Van Eden

    My Bible does not say that “Jesus is the Father who is the Holy Spirit”. Jesus said: “I and My Father are one.” (John 10.30). Also Bible says: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things,…” (John 14. 26), So you see, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are 3 different Beings in One True Godhead.

    The Father sent the Holy Spirit to help us to finish the work entrusted to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The problem with most of the Churches in America is that they do not recognize the Power and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  18. so blessed and it reminds me my spiritual and social responsibility as a true believer. million thanx

  19. I need the holy spirit from God

    • rachael

      pray and ask god to give you the baptism of the holy spirit….and for all his presence and strength…keep praying until you receive this.

  20. The message I’ve read for sure it has really inspired me and I’m blessed. I’ve been getting different kind of teaching a pertaining the Holy Spirit and thus confusing, but I’m greatfull to the Lord that now I’m given the right directing. just but to be specific, I’ve read some articles saying that it is not must for a believer to speak in tongues. I fail to understand how yet Jesus spoke in tongues when he was filled by the Holy Spirit.

  21. Praise our Lord and thank you for this article the Lord led me to read….
    I was just chastised brutally by brothers in the Lord for believing in the wonderful gift of the babtism in the Holy Spirit leaving me no choice but to leave the place where I have been worshipping and now praying to the Lord to place me where He is truly worshipped in truth and spirit. God bless you.

    • angela

      That chastisement should have never happened, but I know it happens all the time. remember, no one can take that experience with the holy spirit from you….where the spirit is, there is liberty, and you are free now.

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