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Bro Trevor’s Florida Trip Report (December 2012)

My family and I left for a little time off and an evangelistic trip through Florida on December 13th.  It’s a long trip from Southern Indiana with 3 children in the back, but God has given us wonderful children.  After a few evangelistic trips they are getting quite accustomed to long car rides.

So here’s the quick details:

2701 miles driven
12 days
8 Sermons
1 Christmas Play
Lots of Fellowship
Tremendously Blessed!

We arrived in West Palm Beach, FL and spent the weekend with Bro Jack Duff, pastor of Spirit and Truth Tabernacle.  After a couple hours to rest from the drive, we had a youth meeting over at Rapturing Faith Tabernacle with Bro Wessco on Friday night.  I spoke a sermon that had been building on my heart recently entitled “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole

Saturday we had a nice day of fellowship and getting ready for the Christmas play over at Rapturing Faith Tabernacle again.  It was a nice time of worship.  They performed the play I had written based off the Bro Branham sermon “Where is He King of the Jews?“.  Bro Jack and I even played the priests, something that I did NOT realize I was going to be doing until Saturday afternoon sometime.  I think Bro Jack and I did fine for not having a plan for who was saying which line till about five minutes before the play started!  Still, it was a nice time to think on HIM and the reason we have for the season.

Sunday Morning I preached “Declaration of Righteousness” to the saints from Spirit and Truth.  We had a nice time of fellowship and worship.  We were blessed after the service to see a renewing of vows from a couple that had recently come back together.  What a blessing!  God still moves.

Sunday Evening we went to Bro Jean’s church in Boynton Beach and spoke to the Haitian Believers there.  I took a title “Sanctified by His Glory“.  We dealt with being sure we pleased God in all things so that His Presence could be with us.

Monday morning we headed up to St. Augustine.  We stayed with Bro Jack’s niece and her husband.  They have a wonderful little family and were fine hosts.  We took a couple days to tour around St. Augustine and enjoyed the history of the city.  Monday evening we had dinner with Bro Keith Brown, pastor of Victory Tabernacle in St. Augustine.  Even though we had never met prior, Bro Keith graciously invited me to speak on Wednesday night.  I had wanted to meet Bro Keith for some time, especially after seeing the videos of Sis Brenda Lewis’ homegoing service.  His message to the people that day was fantastic.

After a couple days of touring around, I spoke on the subject of “Our Blindness, Satan’s Lies” Wednesday evening.  We had a nice response to the sermon, and I know that lives were touched.  Praise His Name!

Thursday we slowly made our way to Okeechobee, FL to see Bro Smiley at Bible Truth Tabernacle.  I had felt led to speak on “How the Seven Seals apply to our everyday life”, but that required a projector for my slide show.  Bro Smiley had mentioned the projector wasn’t working so I was trying to find the leading of the Lord on what else I might take for a subject.  About halfway through the song service, Bro Smiley realized the projector WAS working, even though it hadn’t for a week or so, and let me know.  Grateful, but a bit frantic, I changed gears back to what I had felt to do and got my slide show in the back.  I believe the teaching was helpful to many and the saints sure seemed to enjoy it.

Friday we were back with Bro Jack again in West Palm.  We took the morning and played Mini Golf with the kids and did a little shopping. That evening for service, I took the same subject that I did at Bro Smiley’s the night before. We had a very nice service. One sister in particular sure seemed to be set free by the Word that was brought.

Saturday we got up and thanked our gracious hosts and said our good byes.  We headed over to Sarasota, FL to be in fellowship on Sunday at House of Fellowship with Bro Danny Stemen.  We had a nice fellowship with many of the saints on Saturday evening.  Sunday morning I spoke on “Wilt thou be made whole” and that evening I took the “Seals Talk” again.  The response of the people was amazing.  I was told one of the young men at the altar was just giving his heart back to the Lord that morning.  God’s presence could be felt and I was humbled at the work of God in the lives of the people.

Bro Danny Stemen and I

Monday morning we were up and away headed back home, with a quick stop at the Chick-Fil-A in Ocalla, FL where some believers work, just to say Hi and God Bless and grab some Chicken Minis!

We thank the Lord for a good safe journey and a blessed trip.  I hope that we were as much of a blessing to those we came in contact with, as they were to us.

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Bye Florida!

Fractured Fairy Truths: The 3 Little Pigs

Pig 1 built his house with straw.  He wasn’t quite as willing to work hard.  After all, why should he? He chose rather to bask in the love and grace of the Lord.  His house was strong because he trusted that God made it thus.  So he put up as little effort as was necessary.  “Unless the Lord build the house,” said he, “they labor in vain that build it”.  

Pig 1 looked over at the other pigs and scoffed.  How hard they worked.  Didn’t they realize they were free in Christ? Trying to do it all on their own.  Oh how it was too bad they didn’t just trust God and have faith. They were going to burn out with all their works one day and their houses that they worked so hard on would surely crumble.

And thus Pig 1 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

Pig 2 built his house with sticks.  He trusted in the Lord.  He felt he was much holier than Pig 1 of course.  He spent more time doing what he felt was right.  Pig 1 took his “freedom” too far.  A little holiness goes a long way.  No, he would never be so “borderline” as pig 1.

Of course, he was not quite as legalistic as Pig 3. That stuffed shirt walked around with his holy nose in the air all the time.  He worked just as hard as Pig 3 but he felt he was wiser about the materials he chose to work with. Pig 3 lacked discernment; after all, the building guide said wood was just fine.  It mentions bricks too, but who did that pig think he was to presume he understood more than he?

No, Pig 1’s house would surely blow away at the first trial to come.  Pig 3’s house?  Pig 3 was bound to make a mistake someday, and surely there was going to be a mistake.  No pig is perfect after all.

And thus Pig 2 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

Pig 3 built his house out of bricks.  He was working for the Lord.  His house took so much longer to build than the first two pigs, but he felt he had a more sure foundation.  He took pride that He had labored and toiled for the kingdom.  He knew he had built a solid house out of solid material that the building guide had recommended.

He pitied pig 1 and pig 2.  My how pig 2 tried.  Really he tried, he just seemed to be lacking.  Not quite as willing or strong enough to truly go the distance as he had.  And to think of his revelation!  My, the wood is for the nominal believers.  How could he not see that true believers used bricks?

And my, pig 1…poor pig one.  Did He even read the building guide?  I mean, all it seemed like was he flitted around and never actually served Christ.  To construct a house so minimally dressed.  To spend so little time on something so important seemed so foolish!

There was no way that the houses of pig 1 and pig 2 would ever stand the test of time.

And thus Pig 3 felt his house was secure.  He was satisfied with his faith and his works and he could recognize the errors of the ways of others.

And so it was the pigs served the Lord and built their houses in various ways.  Oh, they were kind enough to one another.  Occasionally one might slip to the other about how they were building wrong. That was never taken well.  How could one pig presume to think their house was better than the other?  Were they not all pigs?  Did they not all consult the building guide?

Until it happened that one day a big bad wolf who had been prowling through the area and seeking to devour whatever he could came upon the houses of the pigs.  The pigs were wary of the wolf but knew they were safe in their houses.

The big bad wolf approached the house of the first pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“NO – I know you Mr. Wolf.  I rebuke you!”

And the Wolf blew the house down and ate the first pig.

Not being satisfied with eating ONE pig, the big bad wolf approached the house of the second pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“NO – I know you Mr. Wolf. I rebuke you!”

And the Wolf blew down the house and ate the second pig.

Not being satisfied with TWO pigs for lunch, the big bad wolf approached the house of the third pig.

“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“No – I know you Mr. Wolf.  I rebuke you! I rebuuuuke you!!”

And the Wolf kicked open the door of the third pig, and ate him.

Now,  what can be learned from this little story?  Pigs will be pigs, and compare themselves to others.  They will believe they are holy because they are better or different than the other pigs.  Yet they are still pigs.
Had they been lambs, they would have had a shepherd around to kill the wolf at first sight.

II CORINTHIANS 10:12
 ¶  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Day of Imfamy

On this very imfamous day, I bid you to remember history, and remember that unless a warning is heeded. Unless the warning actually makes changes in your life, then the warning can do you no good.

Perhaps there’s parts of the warning you like, but you don’t like the stuff that asks YOU to change.

Then the warning can do no good FOR you, if you don’t want to apply the warning TO you.

I was reading an article sometime ago on the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor. That wasn’t no exactly any unknown attack. They had already been warned that the Japs were going to do that. But the sad part was, they ignored that warning. They had seen signs, and the Japanese army assembling themselves together, and the big ships being loaded with ammunition, and the threat was in the air. And they were just exactly in line for the invasion. But they ignored it.
That’s the way it is today with the Church. The Church is in line of judgment. But they are ignoring the coming of the Lord. So it… You can’t blame Him.
They said when it was noised abroad around in Pearl Harbor that the Japs could attack at any time, and that their big fleet had set out in the waters of the sea and was moving slowly but steadily towards Pearl Harbor, that they only laughed at it, and said, “Oh, nonsense. You gloom builders, you worrywarts, all you think about is some trouble.”
And on the night just before the great attack the next morning, there was a great dance, or a big party given in Pearl Harbor itself. And no matter how much they tried to say that the Japs were coming, they still would not take warning. (58-1012)

Ajalon: Historical Fiction

An old man sat rocking quietly on the front porch.  Lost in his thoughts, he paid no attention to his young grandson watching him so intently.  The sun was setting over the nearby hills.

The young grandson watched as his grandfather almost willed the sun to go down with the power of his sad gaze.  The young lad noticed his grandpa’s thumb would twitch a little bit, just at this time of the evening.  Just when the sun was almost down, when you knew in 10 minutes it would be dark, it would begin it’s fervent twitch.

“Grandpa?”

The old man startled away from his gaze at the sun and his thoughts.   “Oh! Erm, hrmm…excuse me lad.  What is it?”

“why do you stare at the sun like that every evening?”

The young man was disappointed at having his question unanswered, as his grandfather had gone back to gazing at the sun. 

The lad waited until he could no longer see the sun.  There was some light left, but very little.  He could see his grandfather was relieved.

“Graaandpaaa” said he, tugging on his grandfather’s sleeve.

“What?  Huh?  Who?  Oh, yes.  It’s you my son.  What is it?”

The young man shrugged off the fact that his grandfather had forgotten he was even there, and pressed on with his question.

“WHY do you stare at the sun like that every evening?”

“Stare at??  The sun?  Oh..erm..hrrmm.. well.  I spose I…     Have I never told you the story?”

“WHAT story?”

“I suppose it is something I do not like to talk about.  Perhaps you are old enough to hear about it now.  There are many who don’t believe it, but I was there.  I saw it with my own eyes.  Many of them did too, but it was far too incredible.  Time makes us forgetful and doubtful I suppose.”

“Grandpa, saw WHAT?  What did you see?”

“Yes, quite so lad.  Sit down right here and I will tell you the story.”

The already seated lad, just blinked at his visibly disturbed grandpa.

“Ah yes, you are sitting.  Well.  It all started when I was back in the army.  A fine regiment I was in, one of the best.  I served very proudly.  One day we had joined up with the armies of four other kings.

You see, there was a new people invading our country.  I don’t know where they came from, Egypt, or to the south somewhere.  Desert people, drifters I heard.  Well, they crossed the river into our country one day, and started warring on our cities.  They conquered two big cities in no time at all.  Well, there was no small stir among us.  We were on full alert.  Then we heard word that one of our cities had made peace with these new strange people.”  He spat on the ground in disgust.  “Traitors.”

“Go on Grandpa.  What does this have to do with how you watch the sun set every night?”

“The sun?  Oh yes, the sun sets every night…  every night.  Except….” The grandfather’s words trailed off.

“Grandpa!  Finish the story.  Please?”

“Well, as I said, my king and four other kings got their armies together to go pay a little visit to these traitors of our land that joined up with the strangers.  We meant not to pay them any kindness either.  We were enraged that they would join up with them.  We put all the regiments together and marched right down there. Somehow, they sent word to their new friends that they were in trouble.  Well,  there was quite a battle that began the next morning!

We fought very bravely, my regiment and I.  My captain was gravely wounded, and I ordered a litter to take him to safety.  As second, I assumed command and ordered my regiment to attack.”

The old man began to stare off again.  His facial features began to change in the last shreds of light the evening held.

“Well lad, we fought till we just couldn’t fight any more.  All around my comrades were falling.  I’d never seen such a fierce battle, nor have I seen such destruction to one army, and what seemed like none to the other.  It was as if…as if…as if God was with them people, and He was fighting against us Hisself!”

“Grandpa, why would God fight against you and your army?”

“I don’t know son.  I just don’t know.  I reckon that land really was supposed to be theirs.  That was nothing compared to what was about to happen.

Well, I don’t mind telling you lad, I begun to get real scared.  I’d never seen so many fall at my side.  Oh sure, battles are always bloody.  You lose friends in almost every one of them.  But this…this was different.  Well, I ordered a full retreat.  The eeriness of it all got right under my skin.  We started to skedaddle out of there.  I directed my men to the cover of some nearby hills.  I knew that if we could survive until dark, we could slip out of there unnoticed.  I reckoned we had a half hour or so before the sun would be gone, and we’d be safe.”

The old man shuddered suddenly as if caught by a bad cold chill.  The young lad lit a lantern and hung it on the porch lantern hook.  The lad noticed his grandfather’s face had paled, and there was a look of fear and shock on his face.

“Grandpa, are you ok?”

“Lad, most don’t believe what I’m about to tell you.”

“I’ll believe Grandpa, I really will!  I love you grandpa.”

“I love you too.  Boy, I want you to know, never forget what I am about to say to you – God is real.  I’ve seen Him. Never doubt that.  Never go against Him”

“You’ve seen God?”

“Well, I’ve seen what He can do.  It’s the same thing.

That evening up there in them hills, being pursued by the enemy, I was confident we could get away from that horrendous battle.  I was so sure we could survive, if we just ran hard enough.  The night would over shadow us and we’d be safe.

Then the rocks began to fall.”

“Rocks fell?”

“Aye lad, rocks!   Rocks from a clear sky…fell right on top of us, they did.  Stones such as you’ve never seen fell like rain.  I thought the battle behind us was bad.  I never seen such destruction until them rocks began to fall.  There was no hiding from them.  How can a man dodge the rain drops?  How can a man dodge them when they’re stones?

That’s not the worst of it though lad.  Not the worst at all.

The sun.  It…just…stayed.  It didn’t move lad.  Not one bit.  It’s as if time itself froze that evening.  I could have sworn we had thirty minutes until dark when we began to run.  We ran for hours.  Few escaped.  It seemed like the Sun was commanded to stand still, right over Gibeon.  I began to notice the moon too, as I skirted the cliffs.  It just hung there, right over the valley of Ajalon.  Lad, I tell you that the sun never went down until our army was totally defeated.
That’s why I watch the sun go down every night.  I can’t escape it lad.  It just doesn’t make sense.

God Hisself fought against me and the army I was in that day.  I don’t reckon there was ever a day like it before, and I hope there will never be a day like ever again.”

“I believe you grandpa,” the lad said, “I believe you.”

Has it been 10 generations for you?

This post is part of a series that exists in my mind dealing with not allowing the devil to take singular scriptures/quotes or scriptures/quotes out of context and using them against us.  We don’t want to allow the devil ONE INCH.  So to be spiritually built up,  I wanted to address an unfortunately common question that exists in our world today, even amongst the believers.

 Recently I have been asked the question about what happens to children born out of wedlock or some otherwise illegitimate births.  Can they be bride?  Can they go to heaven?

Now, this may seem like a shocking question to some, especially in our culture today where over 50% of births ARE to unmarried couples.  However, the basis of this question comes from the Biblical principle.

DEUTERONOMY 23:2
»     2     †     A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

So serious is this sin that they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord on earth, for 10 generations, well then, how about heaven?

You can see from that scripture alone how serious the issue is.  We are not to have sexual relations outside of marriage.  Period.  The consequences are heavy.  Therefore it would behoove a minister to really hit that sin hard.  Bro Branham does in the following quote:

 Dear Brother Branham, if a baby is born of a–out of wedlock, can this child ever be saved or go in the rapture?
Saved? Why sure, I believe the child could be… The child can’t help what’s been done. That is true. But I… About going in the rapture… Saved, I’d say, “Yes.” But in the rapture it’s a predestinated seed that goes in the rapture. And I can’t believe that adultery was a predestinated seed. You understand? See? I believe the people can–the baby can be saved; it has no–no rights of its own. It’s a awful act and things.
But now, in the Old Testament when a baby was born a bastard child, it could not even enter the congregation of the Lord for ten generations, four hundred and something years, that curse was so bad. Just think of that. A innocent baby, its great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren, just think, the baby’s great, great, great, ten great grandchildren could not even come in the congregation of God. That’s right. (64-0823E)

Now, someone had the question and Bro Branham gave a serious Biblical answer.  He didn’t go all grace and love and God is all moosy gooshy and doesn’t care anymore because He died for you anyway – no – he told it the way it was.

If you stopped there however as most people do, you’d miss the following paragraph:

But you see, there was nothing there strong enough to forgive that sin. The blood of the Old Testament did not forgive sins; it covered sins. But the Blood of Jesus Christ divorces it. That’s different now. When the Blood of Jesus Christ comes in, it’s the different. (64-0823E)

So there Bro Branham brings in Grace.  But only AFTER he hit on the reality of how bad the sin really was. 

Let’s key in on the word Bro Branham uses:  “divorce”  He says “The Blood of Jesus Christ divorces it”. 

What does that mean?  Let’s look at how Bro Branham defines this word in the same type of scenario in a different message.

  Like sins at one time were covered. But now they’re not covered; they’re divorced. They’re completely gone, put in the sea of forgetfulness to never to be remembered no more. I like that. (62-1124E)

Completely gone.

We also need to look at Ezekiel 18:

EZEKIEL 18:1 – 3
1  ¶  The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
2  What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?
 3  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Later it says:

19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Now, at this point you may be saying,  “Bro Trevor, none of this discounts what Bro Branham said in that Questions and Answers message about not being able to go in the rapture.”  I completely understand. 

Now, I’m not trying to say that our beginning “Questions and Answers” quote has no merit.  I’m not the one to say who goes in the rapture and who doesn’t anyway.  I merely want people to understand there is MORE than just that one quote on the matter.


Consider the following quote as well:


   That’s how someone got it the other day. I’ve–I’ve got a lot of letters on that, Hybrid Religion, that I made a remark over in… The Bible said that a illegitimate, called “bastard child,” could not enter the congregation of the Lord for ten generations, which would be four hundred years that a illegitimate child could not come into the congregation of the Lord. That’s how bad that hybreeding was; that was a woman that let another man live with her in order to bring forth a child, that that child was hybrid, not by its father but by some other man. See? And that was so evil before God, it taken ten generations to ever breed that out again, before God.
But that doesn’t apply to this age. You have a new Birth now. They don’t… They had just one birth back there, that was the actual sexual breeding. We have this new Birth now which is the spiritual, that breeds out all the cull. And we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, born again of the Spirit of God. New creatures!   (60-1211M )

THAT DOESN’T APPLY TO THIS AGE.

I didn’t say it… He said it.

This also applies Spiritually as well:

      And hybriding was such a horrible thing in the Old Testament. He said, “A bastard child shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ten generations.” There’s nothing to breed him out, only that sin. Think. Ten generations, four hundred years before a illegitimate child could ever come into the Kingdom of God. There was no serum to take care of him. He had to just breed it out through the family. Four hundred years ‘fore a illegitimate child could come in the congregation of the Lord.
But today, since the Blood of the Jesus Christ has been shed and you’ve been interbred by all different kinds of ideas, the Holy Spirit is here this morning to breed you back to the original, bring you back to Pentecost, breed you back. And we sit together this morning in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, letting the Holy Spirit [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]…?… work. What is circumcising? Cutting off all the hybrid, the surplus, the things of the world, the things of the church age, bringing us back to Pentecost like it was at the beginning.  (60-1127M)

Now that we have covered some of the quotes and Scriptures surrounding this topic, I do want to close with a final thought.

Many have fallen away because of this topic.  They think to themselves “if I can’t be bride, what’s the use of me trying to serve the Lord?”. Now I understand this sentiment, however it must be said, that if you have repented and believed on the Lord, solely for the rewards, then you missed something.  God is so worthy of our repentance and our service, no matter the reward we would receive.  Should not we rather say like Job, “though he slay me, yet I’ll trust Him”!  How also should we say like Bro Branham:

     But I don’t serve the Lord because I think He’d send me to hell if I didn’t; I serve Him because I love Him. I serve Him because there’s something in me. If you go out and say, “Well, I have to quit doing this because my church don’t believe in it,” you’re just playing the part of a hypocrite. That’s right. But if you do it because that it–you love it, and–and it’s a contribution to God, and something in your heart making the love of God so greater to you than these things, now you’re on the right line.  (59-0628E)

Thought Of The Day: Comparisons

My turn!!  My turn!!  Bro Nathan has been posting all these “thought of the day” posts recently and I realized that if I didn’t get in on this action, everyone would think he has been more spiritual than I lately.  I can’t let that happen!!

*cough*

com•pare
verb (used with object)
1) to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) inorder to note similarities and differences: to compare twopieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations.

II CORINTHIANS 10:12
 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

I started today’s thought out with a comparison.  “People will begin to think Nathan is more spiritual than me lately, because he’s blogging more than me on spiritual matters.”  What’s worse is if *I* begin to make the same comparison myself!

Paul was very cognizant of this very human nature, and quick to tell us we aren’t wise when we do this.

How about a few examples – just see if you can make a comparison in your own life! (I love ironies!)

“Well, I need grace just as much as the next guy of course, but at least I’m not legalistic like those stuffed-shirt-holier-than-thou’s over there.  They think they know everything too”

Not wise.

“I wish I were more like Bro Edwardian.  Wow, what a brother.  One day I hope the Lord makes me as good of a Christian as he is.”

Not wise.

“I’m more passionate about God than anyone else in my church!”

Uh…that’s really nice.  But…not wise.

We don’t compare ourselves to others.  That’s not a mark of anything.  Even our holiness standards sometimes are compared based off the world.  As long as we’re “holier than the general worldly standard” we are obviously holiness people right?  – Not wise.

We should always compare our lives by the Word of God (written and revealed) with the leadership of the Holy Ghost in our lives.  That’s a real comparison.

55-1001  EXPECTATION_  SHAWANO.WI  SATURDAY_
So this woman, finally, she got–fell in love with a man, neighbor. And she left her husband, and run off, and married this man, and continued playing the piano in the church. And after while, she left him and married another one. And she thought she was doing all right.
And then finally, ended up as a common-law wife. What was it? Her soul told her in the beginning, “Don’t do that.” But she reasoned, “Now, if the rest of the woman can do this, why can’t I do it?” But down in her soul was a Spirit that said, “Don’t do that; keep away from that; that’s not right.” But yet, she fought against that, and cast that aside, and she went to reasoning. Don’t you see? Don’t reason, just believe. Believe God’s Word; don’t try to reason it out. Just what God said is the truth. And believe that to be the truth. And don’t go to your reasonings; go to your experience, to Christ in the heart and compare it with God’s Word.”  ~ WMB 55-1001

So don’t compare yourself to others as a measuring stick – that’s very dangerous.  Check up by the Word of God.

Don’t let your spiritual walk come down to proving others wrong by the Word…that’s a comparison too.

What is it that caused this misunderstanding? The answer is, “EXPERIENCE”. We have gone by experience and not the Word. Away with experience as your measuring line. There is only one plumb line, only one rod, and that is the WORD.”  WMB Church Age Book

Just walk reverently and daily seeking Him.

PA Ministry Trip

Last week, my family and I headed up to the Rexmont, PA area for a wedding, services, and a short family vacation.

Saturday, we attended the wedding ceremony of a young brother from the Tabernacle and a young sister from Rexmont Christian Fellowship. We pray God’s richest blessings on them as they start out. We’re hoping after the honeymoon period we’ll have a new piano teacher in our area now! My children are ready to start.

 On Sunday, we attended services at Rexmont Christian Missions Fellowship in Rexmont, PA. Bro David Sanger pastors a very fine, precious group of saints. When Bro David found out we were headed to the wedding, he was sure to tell me I’d be speaking for the services that weekend. I took a title of “Millennium without Repentance” that morning. I did a teaching style for the evening and did an overview of the Seven Seals and how they apply to “normal life”.

Bro David Sanger and I
After the services and fellowship on Sunday.  We toured Philadelphia, Hershey, PA, and Gettysburg.  We stayed on a dairy farm where the kids enjoyed playing in the barn.  
We were so very graciously taken care of the whole time we were there.  I can only pray that we were as much of a blessing to the saints in that area, as they were to us.
This preacher was trying to ride a unicycle at a fellowship after the wedding.  Good thing he didn’t break his neck, he had to preach the next morning!
My wife and I at the dairy farm.  Picture taken by the Farmer’s Wife.
God Bless you all!
-Bro Trevor

Was Bro Branham "Sola Scriptura" (Part 3)

(Author’s note. This is Part 3 of 3 on a thought on Sola Scriptura)
Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here.

Are YOU Sola Scriptura?

Let’s follow all this up with a discussion of Malachi 4:5,6. We’re looking for a prophet to come, as John the Baptist only fulfilled half of Malachi 4:6. (Luke 1:17) Biblically, Sola Scriptura, we’re looking for a prophet to come.
We also see in Revelations 2 and 3 there are seven Church Ages; it’s obvious to see by the condition of the church and by belief that we’re in the last days that we are in the seventh Church Age. That seventh Church Age had an angel/messenger that was spoken to. We’re also looking to a fulfillment of Revelation 10:7. This is Sola Scriptura – just looking at prophecies in the Bible that are yet to be fulfilled.

If that Seventh Church Age messenger wasn’t Bro William Branham then tell me who was? There HAS to be a seventh church age messenger. So who is it? There has to be a fulfillment of the last half of Malachi 4:5,6. There has to be a seventh angel to come so that “the mystery of God should be finished”. If you are Sola Scriptura, you believe ALL that the scripture, ALL that the prophets have spoken. IF you are Sola Scriptura you are LOOKING for that fulfillment.
If you aren’t looking for that to be fulfilled, or know how it was fulfilled, how can you claim to be Sola Scriptura?

Those who follow Bro Branham’s teaching as the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5,6 and Revelation 10:7 are waiting for the coming of Christ just like self proclaimed Sola Scriptura protestants. Unlike most Protestants we believe there is a prophet is supposed to come first, because the BIBLE declares it.

Sola Scriptura indeed.

Was Bro Branham "Sola Scriptura" (Part 2)

(Author’s note. This is Part 2 of 3 on a thought on Sola Scriptura) Part 1 can be found here.


Trinitarianism

Now, I’d like any protestant friend to understand something about Trinitarianism. Most Protestants that would claim they are “Sola Scriptura” will also claim they are Trinitarian. They’ll also note that Bro Branham was not. They then reason that if Bro Branham wasn’t Trinitarian he obviously isn’t Sola Scriptura.

I think it’s important you see the similarities first. We believe that Jesus was God, that the Holy Spirit is God, and that the Father is God – just like you do. HOWEVER, we don’t believe that GOD is 3 different people who can have a conversation with each other. We believe that God is ONE, just like he told the Hebrew Children in Deut 6:4. He changed his mask in how he dealt with men. He created a sinless body that he could dwell in. He was not 3 distinct individuals. See Matt 1:18 and tell me who was Jesus’ Father if you disagree.

Trinitarianism also speaks of how one baptizes. Paul said,” One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. Now, if you aren’t baptizing like Paul, then how can there be one baptism? The book of Acts shows us how Peter and Paul and their converts baptized. There is only one baptism.

I would also point out that the trinity is actually a CATHOLIC doctrine and cannot be found Sola Scriptura. If there is one baptism and Paul used Lord Jesus Christ, then how do you have a different baptism, and why aren’t you baptizing like the original church did in the book of Acts? The Catholic Church is anything but Sola Scriptura, yet Trinitarians who have only reformed from the Catholic Church, still use their baptism and claim Sola Scriptura. It just doesn’t make sense.

Visions:

Now many will say that Bro Branham often spoke of visions that he had. Then they tell us that isn’t Sola Scriptura because it’s “Extra Biblical” as those visions aren’t found in the Bible. Let’s just look at that for a moment though.
Paul told the sailors of the ship he was on that an angel of the Lord stood by him, and that if anyone got off the ship they would all be killed. Was that sola scriptura of the day? No, it wasn’t.

Isaiah had a vision that a virgin shall conceive. What Scripture did he base that on? Oh by the way, he died before that vision came to pass – did the people of the day disbelieve him because his vision didn’t come to pass before he died? It’s a good possibility.
You can’t expect visions of current events to be Sola Scriptura. However, those current visions and such are typically not doctrinal teaching. You can have visions of current events that are not talked about in the Bible and still be Sola Scriptura.

Biblically, you have to look at what a prophet says, and test it. If it continues to pass the test over and over again, and you find that he’s not taking you to some other god. (Deut 13:1-3) Then it would behoove you to listen, because it’s God speaking through that man.
Another point is the vindication of Moses to the Children of Israel. God gave him two signs to vindicate him to the people. If another prophet were to be vindicated on the same basis, would that then be Sola Scriptura? I believe it would.

Was Bro Branham “Sola Scriptura”? (Part 1)

A question similar to this was asked of me the other day. I felt the answer might be beneficial to others.

First off, there are many of our readers who might not know what “Sola Scriptura” means. Stated as simply as possible, the theological concept “Sola Scriptura” means Scripture Alone. A snippet from Wikipedia:

“Consequently, sola scriptura demands only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from scripture. However, sola scriptura is not a denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion. Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God. Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the Reformers and is a formal principle of Protestantism today”

So, what it basically is saying is that Scripture is the foundation of faith. There are those who claim that Bro Branham was NOT Sola Scriptura. What they mean is, that they don’t believe Bro Branham relied on scripture alone, but on visions and other such things to form his doctrine.

Let’s analyze some of the things Bro Branham has said.

60-1113 CONDEMNATION.BY.REPRESENTATION_ JEFF.IN SUNDAY_
230 I’m going to say this. Listen to it. Say, “Brother Branham, your ministry is not compared nowhere in the world of its supernatural.” Great men (I could call their names, if it wasn’t for this tape.) called me, come, go with them. “Your ministry’s the only thing that’ll save the world.” Why is that not somewhere else? Come back to the Word. God can only build upon that foundation; then if I’m so firmly wrong in the way I baptize people, and the way I talk of the Holy Ghost, and the things that I do, then why does God honor it? Produce something like it? See? Why is it? I don’t say that for myself, that would be wrong; but I’m trying to say because I stand on the Truth, the Word and the Word alone.

So Bro Branham attributed his success to his standing upon the WORD and the WORD alone. So, I’d say that’s Sola Scriptura right there.

He often quoted

GALATIANS 1:8
» 8 † But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

And what he meant was exactly what it said. If he preached different than Saint Paul, he felt he would be accursed according to this scripture. Men, questioning him on his doctrine, would tell him they would believe him if he told them the Angel told him his doctrine was correct. His response was this scripture. If his doctrine wasn’t correct based on the Bible, he didn’t care if the angel agreed with him or not. It had to be Biblical. It had to be Sola Scriptura

He also often quoted:

MATTHEW 5:18
» 18 † For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

He was for EVERY WORD of the Bible. No more, no less. He exhorted people to believe the entire Word of God. That’s Sola Scriptura. If Bro Branham was, those that follow him should be as well.

People might be quick to point out that some of the followers of Bro Branham’s teachings don’t seem to be Sola Scriptura. They quote from his sermons a lot. This is akin to the people of the Apostle Paul’s day reading his letters.

To be honest, most of Bro Branham’s followers have never even heard of “Sola Scriptura”, but I can tell you they believe the Word of God as it was written in the Bible, or they really don’t believe what he said.

As Bro Branham said it “I have preached the same Word he [Paul] did, just exactly stayed with the same Gospel.” and we all can truly say “We’re resting on that!”