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John Collins5/4/2012 9:39:00 PMPlacing Emphasis on Divine Healing
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Because, healing is the children's bread. We realize that. It's in the atonement, and the atonement first is applied to our souls. And healing has always forerun every message, and it's also been a means to gather people together. {...} And that's just the thing, to get the people to listen a while, till you can really present to them your message. God has did that in every age, through every age, there's always been a healing campaign.
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This is not Biblically correct. Healing is a spiritual gift, and is a lessor gift than Divine Love. Healing did not forerun almost any of the messages brought by the prophets of the Bible. John the Baptist prepared the way for the first coming of Christ by preaching repentance as a "Voice crying out in the wilderness," not as a healer who passed out prayer cards.

Everyone's Welcome! (pssst, except when I get back to the home church! pass it on!)
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And if there be strangers in our gates, we want you to know that, as for myself, or this group that I am here with, the Full Gospel Business Men, we represent no certain denomination organization. We only represent Christian believers in all denominations. Everybody is welcome. We're just glad to have you. You say, "Well, I belong to a certain church, could I be prayed for?" You don't even have to belong to a church, don't have to do nothing but come up here and believe God. That's all you have to do. God does the rest of it.
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When speaking to the Full Gospel Business Men or other joint groups, WMB would say that they all could be Christians. When preaching "home churches", WMB would say they had the "Mark of the Beast" if they joined.

Placing Emphasis on Baptism
Speaking of the children of Israel as they journeyed to the promised land:
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Now they were baptized, repented and were baptized, and come out to walk in a new life, in a new land, in a newness journey, amongst new people, and the hand of God upon them. But it finally come to a place, in this walk that they had, that they was not satisfied with their walk of grace. They had to come to something that they could do themselves.
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This is exactly backwards. In the Old Testament, water such as the great flood were only symbols of baptism that would be carried out much, much later. There were no requirements of baptism in the Old Testament. Baptism is an outward confession of the inward change. It is not required to receive the Holy Ghost according to Acts.

Also, the children of Israel were not walking in grace. God took the children of Israel and put them into slavery because they had became stagnant, then brought them out of slavery and placed them under the Law. Grace did not come until Jesus Christ.


Balaam's Evil
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But when it come to the time of when Balaam come out with his false doctrine, and said, "We're all one. Why don't we just go together and let our children marry one another? We're a great nation. We'll make you great with us." Now anybody with common spiritual understanding can see exactly that same thing even today, marrying all of them together. And it was an unforgiveable sin. It was never forgiven Israel.
But then Joshua raised up for the exodus.
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This is not correct -- It is WMB's attempt to prove that joining together with an organization can be compared to Balaam. Balaam was not trying to make a great nation with the children of Israel, however, he was attempting to destroy Israel. He told Balak to sneak in idolatry and fornication into their camps and make God curse the children of Israel himself.

The Bible says:
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But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
Revelation 2:14



Seven Seals
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Now we're taught, in Revelation the 6th chapter, I believe, yeah, 6th chapter, of the Seven Seals. That's supposed... The Book to be sealed up with seven mysteries, or Seven Seals, Revelation 6. And in the last day, Revelation 10, in Revelation 10, we find out that the Laodicea, last messenger of the last age, and during the time of his prophecy, that the Seven Seals would be opened, the seven mysteries, sevenfold mysteries that had been left off.
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This is WMB's attempt to elevate himself to the level of Christ. It was not one of the prophets that open the seventh seal.
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When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Revelation 8:1


The Second Ephesian Age?
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Now you cannot add nothing to the Book, or take nothing from It. Revelation 22:18 says so, "Who will ever, will add one Word, or take one Word, his part will be taken from the Book of Life." Now we cannot add or take.
92 So therefore we know that Luther could not get to It; Wesley, and so forth, the reformers, Knox, Finney, Calvin, on down, so forth, they didn't get It all, but what they had was the Gospel Truth.
93 But now in the last days, we are given the understanding, by the Word, that we are going to understand It, because it'll come an Ephesian age to it.
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The Bible never teaches that another "Ephesian Age" is to come. One can argue that WMB did not mean this, but if you read everything he says about the "Ephesians," in context, you will find that it really doesn't make sense at all anyway.

What's odd here, though, is that in the same breath that he says not to "add to the Word," he is adding this strange Ephesian thing to it.

What is incorrect here, however, is that the understanding of the Word is only for the last age. The eyes of Israel were blinded, but the Bible never says that the eyes of the Gentiles have been blinded to the Bible. In fact, Jesus Himself says otherwise:
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44 And Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me."
John 12:44-50


This Scientific Fact Came From Where?
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How the moon can, billions of miles off the earth, can still control the tide. Tell me how that in this galaxy that we live in, how could the moon have any effect upon the water on the earth? Scientifically, tell me how it's done. It could not be done, because there is no scientific way of telling it. But God set the moon to watch the sea. And when the moon begins to turn its back, when the earth turns away, here comes the tide in. But when he wakes up, the next morning, looks back this a way, the tide runs back to its place again. It's a watchman.
"Oh," you say, "that's just on the seashore." No.
99 That's right up here in Arizona, plumb back over in the state of Kentucky, wherever you dig a hole down in the ground far enough to find salt water. You'll find out, when that tide goes out, that salt water goes down in the pipe. And when the tide comes in, it also raises, hundreds of miles from the seashore.
100 We could preach a sermon on that. How that God, no matter, He is in Glory but His orders there is just the same effect on the whole world and anybody that takes the promise. His order is given. He has laws of nature, and--and they--they will absolutely carry themself true, from Pentecost or any other time. Any time that God made the promise, He will still stay with that promise regardless of where the people is at, how many thousands of years off. His laws ever remain the same.
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For all those that say that every single word spoken by WMB is infallible truth, consider this:
  • The moon is approximately 356400 km from earth.
  • The only way you can dig a hole in Kentucky deep enough to find saltwater is to pierce through to the other side (assuming you miss another continent)


Which Church Age?
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And how much more has He promised, how much more is it leaving in the Bible, to this very age that we're living, the Ephesians again, of the church ages. We've got seven church ages, and we're promised that at the Laodicea Church Age there would be another Ephesian. That's right. And we're here.

Again, there is no mention in the Bible that there would be another Ephesian Age. It seems as though maybe WMB is trying to mix two ages?