Regathering the Disassembled Church

 

Regathering the Disassembled Church

he Q & A audio clips below highlight a discussion between
Stand in the Gap Today radio hosts and guests, Dr. Gary Dull, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Altoona, PA, and Pastor Mike Frazier, Senior Pastor of Canton Baptist Temple in Canton, Ohio. They explore how, when, and why it’s important to begin the process of regathering the church together again.

Why are we calling this a ‘regathering of the church’ instead of a reopening? Listen Here (3:16)>>

What have the weeks been like for Pastors during this COVID-19 crisis? Listen Here (2:01) >>

How are church members feeling about regathering? Listen Here (2:30)>>

How have various churches functioned during the quarantine? Listen Here (1:30)>>

Why is it important to meet in person as a congregation instead of online? Listen Here (3:58)>>

How should churches respond to threats from the civil authority? Listen Here (4:35)>>

LISTEN to the entire program HERE!
READ the transcript!

After weeks of being closed due to the Coronavirus, Liberty Counsel and it’s ReOpenChurch.org campaign, has called on the churches to open and believers to start meeting again. Here are some of its resources.

RESOURCES:

Rights of Churches to Meet for Religious Services – Memo detailing church rights

Church Coronavirus Safety Measures – Suggested worship options and safety precautions

Free COVID-19 Resources for Children – Helpful information and activities for kids

The Real Chronological Facts Leading Up to the Arrest of the Florida Pastor

Resources and Benefits for Churches – Join Liberty Counsel as a Cooperative Church


 

Watch this conference call with Pennsylvania Pastors and Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel) discussing the biblical and legal foundations for regathering the churches.

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Have You Ever Felt So Broken?

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Have you ever felt so broken,
like a bunch of scattered old bones…
Feeling like you are in a million pieces,
with no human form shown?
Unable to catch your breath
with no lungs to even hold your air…
with indescribable wails of brokenness,
yelling for God in your despair.
Have you ever felt so broken,
like you would never again be whole.
Feeling totally shattered…
body, spirit, and soul.
Unable to mentally function,
like your brain is scrambled eggs…
but unable to move forward
like having detached arms and legs.
Have you ever felt so broken,
by abuses from another’s hand…
or loss of the life you knew,
to a level you can’t understand.
For these scattered bones of brokenness,
are difficult to explain…
Unless you have felt this brokenness,
and all it’s devastating pain.
Have you ever felt so broken,
crying to God in devastation…
then finally submitting to His plan,
for your healing and restoration.
Remember, He feels all your pain,
and hears all your groans.
And nothing is impossible with God,
Who can give life to even dry bones.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

“Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37: 2-6

 

Daily Devotional – Have Mercy on Me

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Jehová, no me reprendas en tu enojo, Ni me castigues con tu ira. Ten misericordia de mí, oh Jehová, porque estoy enfermo; Sáname, oh Jehová, porque mis huesos se estremecen. (RVR 1960)

Most of us if you are over the age of 40 can remember the days when disciplining a child was no big deal. You did not have to be afraid of being arrested for spanking an unruly child in public never mind your home. I remember the greatest fear being told to go and cut a willow branch (switch), cause I had done something wrong (again 🙂 ) that deserved a whooping. Try that today and the nosy neighbors are likely to call the cops, social workers will investigate and child services will take your kids. How far we have fallen.

In today’s text  most bibles have headings saying something like Lord, Deliver My Life, Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble or A Prayer for Mercy. Whatever the case the context is clear I am deserved to be discipline, I am going to be disciplined Lord please have mercy on me when carrying out the discipline. I =s that not what we all hoped for when going to cut our own switch.  Let us break it down:

v.1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger: To rebuke someone is to to reprimand them strongly or to express strong disapproval of their action(s).  It is pretty obvious why David is crying out here to God asking Him not to do this in anger. How many of us (be honest) have ever said something or done something in anger we later regret knowing we over reacted. David is basically saying ‘God please do not scold me for my sinful ways while angry.’ 

nor discipline me in your wrath: Some will argue that my opening comments do not reflects today’s society. I get it, we need to “protect” children from “abusive” parents, those disciplining their kids in wrath.  Those that can and do cause harm to their children. That is what David is crying out for here. Yet we, in society today seem to  have lost all sense of balance where the restrained biblical discipline is a viable option. 

v.2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing:  Other versions have Mercy for gracious and weak for languishing. I do not think David is making excuses here just pointing out the facts that he is very troubled and in need of God’s mercy and Grace.

heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled:  This is pretty straight forward David pleads for healing. Physical, maybe the bones after all are the foundation upon which the body is built. Also the expression my bones are troubled in the original languages lends itself to a reading that may be understood of his grief and trouble of the heart.  This is caused by his sins and transgressions, which are at times presented in scripture as bones being weak, tired and or broke, ( Psalm 51:8 ) ( Psalm 38:3 ).

In conclusion; we all sin against the Holy God, creator of all the universe. His rebukes and discipline are always righteous and more merciful than we deserve. Yet we should never forget to humble ourselves before God and cry out for His Mercy, Grace and Healing.

 

 

Are We Physically Healed by Jesus’ Stripes?

Another in the Frequently Abused Verses Series 

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Of our previous blog series, none better embodies that emphasis than Frequently Abused VersesThe following entry from that series originally appeared on August 17, 2016.. -ed. (For other articles in this series just type Frequently Abused Verses into the search bar on the right). 

by Cameron Buettel / Monday, August 5, 2019

Are We Physically Healed by Jesus’ Stripes?

Most of us have heard of faith healers. They exist almost exclusively within the charismatic movement and claim to be divinely gifted to supernaturally heal the sick.

For these miracle workers to have any longevity—some of them have thriving ministries that last for decades—they need to develop the illusion of legitimacy. Sensational claims and spectacular crusades certainly play a role in drawing an enthusiastic crowd. But enthusiasm only gets you so far; they also require a façade of biblical authority. And for many of these false teachers, Isaiah 53:5 is the go-to verse, ripped from its context and contorted to fit their self-serving interpretation.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV)

Isaiah 53 is the most renowned Old Testament passage on Christ’s atoning work. John MacArthur refers to it as “the first gospel” or The Gospel According to God. It contains vivid and precise prophetic imagery concerning Christ’s suffering and crucifixion. And the “stripes” mentioned in verse five refer to the lashes Christ received at the hands of Roman soldiers.

Word-Faith charismatic teachers routinely claim that Isaiah 53:5 is proof that physical healing is inherent in the atonement—that it was won by Christ’s physical suffering. For example, Joseph Prince argues that physical healing is the right of all believers—something they can simply “confess” into reality:

But what came on [Jesus] was not just the whip stripping the flesh off His bare back, but your sicknesses and diseases. Each time He was whipped, every form of sickness and disease, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, bird flu and dengue fever, came upon Him. “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

Today, healing is your right because Jesus has paid the price for your healing. So if the devil says, “You cannot be healed,” just declare, “Jesus has paid for my healing. Disease has no right to be in my body. I am healed in Jesus’ name!”

Every curse of sickness that was supposed to fall on you fell on Jesus instead. He bore every one of those stripes, so that you can walk in divine health all the days of your life. The price has been paid so that you can rise up and get out of your bed of affliction! [1]

Prince’s view of the atonement is really only a potential atonement. It doesn’t actually deliver you from sickness but rather gives you the ability to “rise up and get out of your bed of affliction.” And how do you activate the atonement to receive the healing that’s rightfully yours? Kenneth Hagin’s testimony provides the answer.

Hagin staked the credibility of his healing ministry on 1 Peter 2:24—a New Testament quotation of Isaiah 53:5—and his claims regarding his personal experience of divine healing:

Some years ago, I was awakened at 1:30 A.M. with severe symptoms in my heart and chest. I knew something about such symptoms because I had been bedfast and given up to die with a heart condition as a teenager.

The Devil said to my mind, “You’re going to die. This is one time you’re not going to get your healing.” I pulled the covers over my head and began to laugh. I didn’t feel like laughing, but I just laughed anyway for about ten minutes. Finally, the Devil asked me what I was laughing about.

“I’m laughing at you!” I said. “You said I wasn’t going to get my healing. Ha, ha, Mr. Devil. I don’t expect to get my healing! Jesus already got it for me! Now, in case you can’t read, I’ll quote 1 Peter 2:24 for you.” And I did.

After quoting the last phrase, “By whose stripes ye were healed,” I said, “Now if we were—I was! So I don’t have to get it. Jesus already got it! And because Jesus got it for me, I accept it, and claim it, and I have it. Now you just gather up your little symptoms and get out of here, Mr. Devil!” [2]

For Hagin, and countless other Word-Faith preachers like him, supernatural healings need only to be spoken into reality. Joyce Meyer expands on that idea, arguing that Satan is involved in the illegal activity of inflicting “sickness on us, and there is no good reason to let him do it.”

How do you stand against sickness? For starters, plead the blood of Jesus against the sickness and over every part of your body—your immune system, your organs, your blood cells and so on. Then speak the Word over your body. You can pray, “Father, I believe it’s Your will that I be in health. I believe that by the stripes of Jesus, I am healed. Your Word is health and life to my body, and it will accomplish that which You please and purpose.” [3]

So according to Joyce Meyer, healing is a right but it isn’t always fait accompli for the Christian. It’s something that’s been provided for believers, but they need to successfully claim it. It needs to be confessed into reality—spoken into existence through the power of faith. Like Joseph Prince, Meyer describes a potential atonement that requires our activation. That’s a cruel doctrine to inflict on Christians who have sought healing but continue to spend their lives in wheelchairs, on respirators, and under medication.

The belief that Christ’s physical suffering somehow guarantees our physical healing in this life isn’t merely an abuse of Scripture—it’s a form of mental and spiritual torture to those who sit under such false teaching. It’s a lie that has left many churchgoers disappointed with the gospel. Rather than longing for their heavenly home, they are gripped by unrealized expectations in the here and now. The sickness they struggle with leaves them feeling like failures who lack the necessary faith to claim the healing that’s rightfully theirs.

The fact that everyone still dies should be proof enough that on this side of eternity all people are still subject to Adam’s curse. Sickness is a very real part of life in this fallen world, and no amount of claiming divine health is going to change that. Even the disciples of the early church didn’t rebuke their physical ailments into oblivion—they dealt with them as best they could like everybody else.

Paul left Trophimus behind during one of his missionary journeys because of illness (2 Timothy 4:20). He recommended wine to Timothy for his “stomach and [his] frequent ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23). Epaphroditus got so sick he nearly died (Philippians 2:25–27). And sometimes God sent sickness to discipline members of His church (1 Corinthians 11:29–32).

So what does Isaiah 53:5 promise Christians if it’s not an offer of immediate, unblemished health for all Christians? John MacArthur sheds clear light on the matter in his commentary on 1 Peter 2:24(which, noted earlier, quotes from Isaiah 53:5):

Christ died for believers to separate them from sin’s penalty, so it can never condemn them. The record of their sins, the indictment of guilt that had them headed for hell, was “nailed to the cross” (Colossians 2:12–14). Jesus paid their debt to God in full. In that sense, all Christians are freed from sin’s penalty. They are also delivered from its dominating power and made able to live to righteousness (cf. Romans 6:16–22).

Peter describes this death to sin and becoming alive to righteousness as a healing: by His wounds you were healed. This too is borrowed from the Old Testament prophet when he wrote “by His scourging we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Wounds is a better usage than “scourging” since the latter may give the impression that the beating of Jesus produced salvation. Both Isaiah and Peter meant the wounds of Jesus that were part of the execution process. Wounds is a general reference—a synonym for all the suffering that brought Him to death. And the healing here is spiritual, not physical. Neither Isaiah nor Peter intended physical healing as the result in these references to Christ’s sufferings. Physical healing for all who believe does result from Christ’s atoning work, but such healing awaits a future realization in the perfections of heaven. In resurrection glory, believers will experience no sickness, pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:1–422:1–3). [4]

To be fair, Matthew’s gospel does seem to make a connection between Isaiah 53:5 and physical healings that occurred during Christ’s earthly ministry:

They brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16–17)

But was Christ’s healing ministry His end game, or did it point to an eternal cure? After all, the people he healed still died. Lazarus was raised from the dead, but he still eventually died again. People were healed but the curse wasn’t reversed. Jesus died for the sins of men, but men still continued to sin. He defeated death but His followers continued to die. There is an ultimate fulfillment of Christ’s atoning work that will not be realized this side of eternity (Romans 8:22–25). That’s why John MacArthur rightly observes:

Those who claim that Christians should never be sick because there is healing in the atonement should also claim that Christians should never die, because Jesus also conquered death in the atonement. The central message of the gospel is deliverance from sin. It is the good news about forgiveness, not health. Christ was made sin, not disease, and He died on the cross for our sin, not our sickness. As Peter makes clear, Christ’s wounds heal us from sin, not from disease. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). [5]

There is healing in Christ’s atonement but it’s obviously not fully realized in the present. Christians and non-Christians alike still feel the effects of the curse, and will ultimately die. Our ultimate perfect healing is certain, but it awaits us in the same way that we still await our resurrection bodies. And that shouldn’t bring disappointment to this present life. Rather, it is a glorious future reality for us to anticipate with great joy.

Can God heal anyone and any disease or illness? Yes, of course He can. Can you influence God in any manner to make this healing happen, NO! Can you by your “great faith” make this happen NO! 

A quick story, I once witnessed a visiting preacher at a jail tell a guy in a wheel chair that if he just had enough faith he could one day walk again. The outcome was the guy never set foot back in that prison chapel for the 2+ years I was there. Faith was not going to restore his spinal chord that was severed in 2 places, he new that and this “preacher” turned him off to the bible. 

God is sovereign totally in control of all things in this world and He alone chooses what the outcome of event will be. Does that mean we should not pray, of course not, that is our means of communicating our desires and trust in loving and merciful God. Can God deliver miracle healing today, absolutely, but it is God doing the work not us, not our faith. As always it is all about God and never about me. – Mike  

 

Get Your Armor On…

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Get your armor on…
and then prepare to stand…
for many are equipped…
but still don’t understand.
For the battle is not ours…
but the Lord’s to win today…

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Violence— A Problem of the Heart

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Violence…
is a problem of the heart…
and it’s from this point…
that analysis needs to start.
For the society we’re in…
has been desensitized today…
by things seen on television,
video games and words some say.
And there’s a bitterness…
and anger that seems to linger…
that causes many to become violent…
when something becomes a trigger.
And like a drunk driver’s wrong…
and the vehicle’s not to blame…
the gun’s not at fault…
when a crazed shooter goes insane.
And like a pharmacy is not at fault…
with a drug addict buys or deals…
the problem is in the heart…
of one who kills, destroys, and steals.
For there is much violence…
seen in many homes today…
and children are desensitized…
when they witness any violence this way.
So what can we do…
as a society to make a change…
we need to have God in our hearts…
so our lives will not be the same.
We need to invite God back…
in our schools and in our homes…
then transformation can occur…
when the Love of Christ is known.
For only God can being healing…
to the hardness of any heart…
so He is the Key to our future…
where all violence will depart.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2018. Original Posting

“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

 

Fighting For Your Life

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Fighting for your life…
every step of the way…
is not what God wants for us…
is my message for today.
Cause many have had to fight…
the battles that rage within…
but we have to find the Peace of God…
for those battles to come to an end.
For negative words and deeds…
get embedded in our minds and hearts…
so we have to be renewed by God’s Word…
in order to get new fresh starts.
For a deep cleansing is needed…
to get the “dirt” out that’s been thrown…
but unfortunately for many of us…
the negative is all that’s been known.
But when we realize God’s Word…
is the Truth upon which we can rely…
then we can finally discard…
every painful word, deed, and lie.
And we can stop fighting our way…
through negative words that repeatedly attack…
as we declare God’s Word over our lives…
and send every negative word back.
For we will no longer receive…
the negative words that have been spoken…
for we will be renewed by Him…
and no longer be wounded and broken.

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© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2018.

 

A Message to Victims Who Struggle Through This Time of Year

 

 

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A message to victims of abuse…
who struggle through this time of year…
God sees all you have been through…
and wants you just to draw near.
For He will never leave or forsake you..
so just trust Him through every day…
for He can open doors that no man can…

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A Short Fuse Of Anger…

Are you living with someone who has this issue or maybe you are that bomb waiting to go off. My friend’s post is spot on.

Continued at Source: A Short Fuse Of Anger…

What The Enemy Meant For Harm…

 

 

As I remember some of the events in my life that occurred during this week several years ago, the words came to me, “What the enemy meant for harm, God turned it around for your good.” My whole life has changed since these events… and yours can too.

Continued at Source: What The Enemy Meant For Harm…

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2017.

A must read for women who have ever been in, know of someone in or deal with women in an abusive relationship. – Mike