With new information over time, I have come to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior who has saved me from death. I have come through many sad times, scary times and stressful times. After learning who the Lord Jesus Christ was, I knew I had been on the wrong path for many years before I finally Came to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many mistakes have been made from the Word of God being changed. He has gone through a metamorphesis many times from the strange ways people have described him throughout the years that I have heard: he “has a sense of humor” was a favorite of the 12-Step Recovery Program I spent time in, from about 1974 or 1975 through about 1993 or 1994. I studied a lot of the literature and spoke at many meetings. At one point I held meetings in my home, in Fairfield, California. But this wasn’t satisfactory to me, no, not really. I still had a deep place in my heart that had not been healed.
Before that I had gone to a spirit-filled church, or so they called themselves, where I learned what “speaking in tongues” was. Now, I don’t believe that any more, but as a baby Christian then, if you could call it that, I needed to know more about who the Lord God was, and not the showmanship of those who yelled out strange words during a service that I didn’t understand. It scared me back then, making me afraid. I had no idea what that meant and I dread that this is still going on in churches today and that these strange words come out of people’s mouths to add to the confusion of what’s already out there when it comes to knowing God. Not many are telling the truth; they are grandstanding, instead.
As a child I was taken to church maybe two times, by my grandmother on my mother’s side. She was a Methodist. I visited her when I was very young; I must have been four or five at the time. Looking back, it seems I was that young, because whenever I did visit her, she didn’t say much to me and then she would take me to church where I sat quietly next to her. Nobody explained a thing to me; a small child at such a young age who wouldn’t have understood who Jesus was or the point of the sermons. I didn’t understand a word they said.
That is why I think it is more important than ever, that we rightly divide the Word and share it with others. They may not be ready but we should not allow those who are wrongly saying what Jesus is or did, what He meant, or any wrong teaching publicaly especially. I know how it is to not understand what is going on during a sermon and how you can be afraid and confused, letting Satan punish you all the more for wanting to come to Jesus.
It is a big mistake to learn those fantastical tricks of the trade, thinking you’re appearing to be special and of God, when you’re only confusing the people, teaching them wrong things, especially concerning signs and wonders, only to appear great.
Filling the pews isn’t the point. God had a message and reason, and still has, for sending Jesus to earth who preached the gospel to the poeple. He was not focused on seeming to appear “magical”, to do tricks for the people, but only to get them to hear the Word. That was the point of His coming. To hear the Word is the point.
Hearing, then believing.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17
That is the orderly way He taught. He is a God of peace and order; not confusion.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33
I didn’t want to hear that God was a peculiar man up in the sky speaking in tongues, to add to my confusion. I wanted to seek Him.