True and False Apostles (Apostolic Confrontation)

True and False Apostles
(Apostolic Confrontation)
 
Gal. 1:6-10-  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another;  only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!  (Nasb)
 
Rev. 2:1,2-  “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:  The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:  ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;”
 
Paul, in writing to the ‘churches in Galatia’ said this:  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that he might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…”  Today this is a fine line between good and evil, not because a line is being drawn in the sand by our Father to distinguish between, but because men are calling “evil, good” and “good, evil.”  We are, as the church, being called to come back to a righteous judgment, to discern between good and evil and true and false.  John, in writing to the seven churches of Asia, wrote to Ephesus commending them on their works, how they could not tolerate evil men, and to test those who way they are apostles and are not.
 
What are to do in this day?  Are we to sit back and just smile, not just at evil in the world, but evil in the church?  Anyone with any sense of discernment and morality, can see what is wrong in the world system.  But it takes real discernment and wisdom to tell the things that are different, even though they look similar.  This is where it involves true apostles coming together and confronting that which is not biblical and righteous!  You may ask, but how can we know the difference between the “true and the false!”  Well, that is what I want to look at with this articles. The primary difference between true and false apostles is 1) who will confront when it is obvious that things are wrong, and 2) who is willing to receive correction.
 
This will probably take more than one article, but I want to use what is the safest way to interpret scripture:  That is, to compare scripture with scripture!  We will see that false apostles do not do this, they compare “themselves among themselves”, which is not wise.  They not only compare themselves, they “measure themselves by themselves! (2 Co. 10:12)  To be “false” doesn’t mean that one doesn’t know God, or has not been called with a “true” calling!  To be false means to try to “counterfeit” or take a shortcut to that which is true.  In fact, how could one be an apostle and not start out right?  False apostles have been given over to “iniquity” or lawlessness, that is, that which directly opposes God and is in rebellion to His governmental authority!  That brings us to the subject of the “mystery of godliness vs. the mystery of iniquity or lawlessness.  I. Tim. 3:15,16 (NKJV)-  but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house(hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.  2. Thess. 2:7-  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;  only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.  Who is this man of sin, this son of perdition?  It is more than just a man, but it is the “spirit of antichrist”, that denies that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. (I. John 4:3)  I. John 2:22,23-  Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?  He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either;  he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.  The spirit of antichrist, or the lawless one, is the one who opposes and exalts himself all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thess. 2:4)  It sounds strangely like Lucifer, who exalted himself above God and kept referring to “I”!
 
One of the signs of a false apostle is that they will try to draw attention to themselves.  True apostles are 1) servants of Christ, and 2) stewards of the mysteries of God.  (I. Co. 4:1,2)  He went on to say that “it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”  True apostles will be willing to suffer for Christ and endure hardships, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  False apostles will look for an ‘easy’ way out, instead of being faithful to the vision, they will give in and begin to compromise their calling with greed, manipulation, and control.  Paul also said in I. Co. 4:9-  For I think that God has set us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death;  for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.  Because the order of God is “first things first”, false apostles will try to take advantage of the scripture found in I. Cor. 12:28-  And God has set these in the church;  first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…  First just simply means that which is in the beginning, that which is first in function and in order of importance…This does not imply an “hierarchy” which makes apostles more important than prophets or teachers, but only in the order of laying foundation and functioning in first things!  With the Corinthians we see that Paul is dealing with many false apostles, as well as those who are questioning his integrity and authority because of the false apostles.  We will now take a look at a list of scriptures concerning these very things in the book of 2 Corinthians.
 
2 Co. 1:21,24-  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee…Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for you joy;  for in your faith you are standing firm.  (Nasb)
2 Co. 2:17-  For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God;  but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
2 Co. 3:5,6-  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;  for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Co. 4:1,2,5-  Therefore, since we have this ministry (the ministry of the Spirit), as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Co. 6;1-4-  We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says:  “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.”  Behold, now is the acceptable time;  behold, now is the day of salvation.  We give no offense in anything, that our ministry be not blamed.  But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God;  in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses… 
 
Then, in 2 Corinthians 10, Paul begins to target in on the persons of those who oppose his apostleship:  2 Co. 10:1,2,10,11-  Now, I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ–who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.  But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh…”For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”  Let such a person consider this, that what are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.”
 
We will begin to close this article beginning in 2 Co. 11:4 much as what Paul wrote in Gal. 1:8: “For if he (spirit of antichrist, lawlessness, false apostle) who comes preaches another Jesus, who we have not preached, of if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not yet accepted–you may well put up with it!”  (The message says, “you put up with him quite nicely.  But if you put up with these big-shot “apostles,” why can’t you put up with simple me?  I’m as good as they are.  It’s true I don’t have their voice, haven’t mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much.  But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I’m talking about.  We haven’t kept anything back.  We let you in on everything.”)
 
2 Co. 11:12-15-  But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.  For such are ‘false apostles’, deceitful workers, transforming (disguising) themselves into apostles of Christ.  An not wonder!  For satan himself transforms himself unto an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
 
Paul finishes up His letter on a positive note in 2 Co. 12:12 and 13:9:
“Truly the signs of an apostle (true apostle) were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.”
“For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong.  And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.”
 
We pray that same thing for you today!  2 Co. 13:14-The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Amen!   
 
 
 
 

The (New) Apostolic Campaign 2013/2014! (Pt. 1)

We are in the final week of the first half of this year, but for Pam and I, it is the END of an ERA, as we know it, to almost a generation of ministry as we begin our new mandate to launch the (New) apostolic campaign for July/2013 to June/2014!!!
I wrote about it earlier in the month and I believe we all sense the END of a SEASON that has STRETCHED us sometimes seemingly beyond measure, but the …LORD is FAITHFUL!!  Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it. (I. Thess. 5:24)
I am entering into my “40th” year since my divine encounter with the Lord in June of 1974 and 30 days in a Shreveport, La. hospital.  Pam and I will be married “30” years on Sept. 3, and we have lived in Houston coming up on “10” years in August!  It appears to be very significant since the Lord has given us the “theme” and vision for the apostolic campaign beginning in July:   GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP-  GIDEON’S 300!  (The CALLED AND CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL!  ( THE COMMISSIONED ONES!”)
This GRACE and APOSTLESHIP (Romans 1:5) that we have received from the Lord Jesus is to “testify to the gospel of the grace of God” and to the “word of His grace.” (Acts 20:24,32)  Many are called, but few are chosen!  And then, within the chosen, is a completion of the vision, the FAITHFUL!  These are the commissioned ones, the one’s who have withstood the test and remained diligent and faithful to the Father!
GIDEON’S 300 IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE COMMISSIONED ONES OF AN APOSTOLIC COMPANY, TO COME TOGETHER AS “ONE MAN” WITH HIS VISION!  To those who are not afraid, and to those who have drank water from the hand (received the alignment of the Father), will have victory over the enemies of the Lord!
This week we will be sharing about the apostolic campaign from Gideon’s 300- 10×30! Pray with us, that over the next “three months” the Father will establish this year as the year of His divine appointment and favor for the new assignment and provision for the apostolic commission of Jesus Christ!  There are those the Lord is calling to connect to the “300”!  That will signify an agreement of a completion of 10 years in Houston and 30 years of marriage for a Brand “New Beginning and apostolic commission” for this next year! (Thus 10 X 30)
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!

NOT MANY FATHERS…

Caught part of an interview with a young man named “Daniel Kolenda” last night, the successor to  Reinhard Bonnke, the great evangelist to Africa and founder of ” Christ for all Nations.”  (CFAN)
He was sharing how he was called to be a spiritual son to Bonnke, and with no connection naturally such as a family member, beginning in the mail room at the ministry warehouse, Bonnke became his Father …in ministry!
I shared last week on the verse in I Co. 4:15 concerning YOU HAVE NOT MANY FATHERS!  The Father/Son order has been just as controversial or more than the so-called “hyper Grace” message.  I have been praying about writing on this, and felt confirmation to this last night.
I. Co 4:15-  For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers;  for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  ( I became your father through the gospel.)
Was Paul saying, a ministry son can have more than one spiritual father, or was he saying there are not enough fathers in succession to build generationally?  In the text of the scriptures, Paul is addressing the church at Corinth as being birthed in Father/Son order because he was sending Timothy his son, who will remind them of his ways in Christ, as he teaches everywhere in every church.  (Vs. 17)
It seems that many do still not get this passage, you can have many instructors ( mentors/tutors) who can influence you in ministry, but if you are called as a “ministry son” to a spiritual father, you will be birthed, trained, equipped, and empowered through that father to fulfill your ministry! 
Today men change spiritual fathers like people change churches, getting upset over something the pastor does!  I have been impacted by “other” spiritual fathers, but I have “one” ministry father!  The reason we do not have “many fathers” is because we have not been built on the proper foundation of apostles and prophets, and we have not had fathers in succession because of the lack of synergy in fathers and sons to pass the generational blessing to the third, even the fourth generation. 
2 Tim. 2:2-  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit (entrust) these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 
(I know there could be much discussion on this, please keep your comments positive, even if you disagree.  No debate desired by this post, but do feel free to share your thoughts or differences!)
Thanks,  JB.

WHERE THERE ARE NO FATHERS…the church lacks vision!!!

Where there is a ‘lack of Fathers’, the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father’s kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!
But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!
As my spiritual father says, “You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!”  In other words, you will take their “revelation” and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to “partake” of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!
I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.See More
Photo: Where there is a 'lack of Fathers', the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father's kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!

But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!

As my spiritual father says, "You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!"  In other words, you will take their "revelation" and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to "partake" of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!

I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.
 
Apostle Derek Brown in a dialogue with Dr. Mark Chironna said something very powerful:  “One of the problems with the transition in the institutional church is that they do not know the current leadership father’s!”

This has been a burden on my heart for several years!  It’s like in the natural children not knowing their grandparents, not knowing their heritage, their legacy, even the future of the bloodline because we haven’t had the blessing and inheritance of the Father’s!

Then, even sadder, in the church, many leaders do NOT want their people to be exposed to their father’s, either because of the 1) fear of insecurity or weakness, and/or  2)  fear of rejection by the people!

A Return to Biblical Foundations of the Apostolic Church

It will absolutely take a “citywide” church with “apostolic authority” and “kingdom alignment”, built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets to “turn back” the divisive spirit that is trespassing in our city!

Great sermons and great services will no longer “dispel the darkness” alone, it will take “prophetic proclamation” and “apostolic councils and elders” to be “gap-fillers” and “gate-keepers!”

Acts 13:1-4- Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brough up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As the ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit…

Watchman on the wall, what of the night? There’s a new day dawning and the son of righteousness is rising with Healing in His Wings…

EYE 2 EYE!

ISA. 52:8- Thy watchmen shall lift up their voice, with their voices together they shall sing: for they shall see EYE TO EYE WHEN THE LORD RESTORES ZION.

ISA. 58:12- And they that shall be of thee shall (re) build the old waste places (cities); thou shalt raise up the foundations of MANY GENERATIONS; and thou shall be called, ‘The Repairer of the Breach’ and ‘The Restorer of paths to Dwell in.’

Is. 52: 8
Is. 58:12
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Ps. 110:2(0)- THE LORD SHALL SEND THE ROD OF THY STRENGTH OUT OF ZION: RULE THOU IN THE MIDST OF THINE ENEMIES.

I. Peter 5:1-4- The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock: AND WHEN THE CHIEF SHEPHERD APPEARS, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF GLORY THAT DOES NOT FADE AWAY.

NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN THE CITY: THE SAINTS, WITH THE BISHOPS (overseers) and DEACONS…

PHILL. 1:1- PAUL and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the SAINTS IN CHRIST JESUS which are at Phillippi, with the BISHOPS (Overseers) AND DEACONS:

IS THERE ANY S.E.E.D. YET IN THE B.E.D? (Womb of the church?)

S.AINTS
E.XHORTERS
E.VANGELISTS
D.ISCIPLES

B.ISHOPS
E.LDERS
D.EACONS

ACTS 8:5- THEN Philip (One of the Seven) went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.
Acts 8:12-But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 21:8- And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesera: and we entered into the house of PHILIP THE EVANGELIST, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

I Tim. 4:13-14- Till I come, give attendance to reading, to EXHORTATION, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (eldership)
I Tim. 5:17- Let the elders who RULE WELL (bishops) be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
2 Tim. 1:6,11- Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

JIM B.

Eph. 2:20- Having been built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF being the chief cornerstone…

Stewardship!

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STEWARDSHIP concerns us in primarily three areas:

1) TIME

STEWARDSHIP concerns us in primarily three areas:

1) TIME

2) TALENT

3) TREASURE

EVERYTIME, without exception, when the Father is dealing with me in one of these three areas that I do not respond to him in proper stewardship, managing my time, my ministry and my finances, in obedience to biblical principles, I find that I go through “unnecessary” delay, denial, and discontentment!

The breakthrough comes when you realign yourself in what the Father has spoken to you, and then the release comes! Another word that the Father dropped in my heart in meditation that someone may need to hear today!!

Prov. 3:5,6- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Local Church Leadership and Presbytery!

Joshua 3:4b, 5- “…for you have not passed this way before. And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify (consecrate) yourselves, for tomorrow thw LORD will do wonders among you.”
 
The last dozen years or so we have corporately been moving into the “Joshua Generation!”  Of course, this is the shift from “Moses, the Man of God” to “Joshua, the new or next generation leader!”  He was established and set in by Moses and the elders of Israel!  He represents a “new breed”, a new order of ministry!! If you have begun or took a congregation/ministry in the last 5-10 years, you have by now noticed that “church or ministry that you saw before, is no longer the same!!”  Under-statement, right?!?  (smile)
 
We have not passed, or crossed over and gone beyond this way before!  Intellectualism (human wisdom) and administration abilities alone will no longer accomplish the task!  We must be “set apart” unto the LORD, and “set in” by proper eldership and relationship.  If you are “pastoring” today and do not have a “prophetic-apostolic-presbytery” (PAP) of two or three apostolic-prophetic fathers/elders, you are no doubt experiencing tremendous frustration/anxiety over your current condition!
 
This is the day of sincere relationships and apostolic team-ministry that will help set order and peace in the assembly ministry!!  Pastor, do not be afraid, “for God has not given you a spirit of fear (timidity), but of power and of love and if a sound mind!”  (2 Tim. 1:7)
 
I. Timothy 4:14-  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which as given you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.”  (presbytery-body or council of apostles and prophets and teachers)  JB.

CONCERNING THE KINGDOM CONFERENCE, MARCH 6-8, 2013!

YOU ARE INVITED!

Concerning The Kingdom Conference * March 6-8, 2013 * NO FEE

Dr. Don Crum will be bring more teaching on “Royal Dynasty”

He has new revelation on the subject and new illustrations from world events, Israel & the Middle East

Be Strengthened Encouraged Equipped

Speakers: Marty, Kathy & Melissa Gabler, Jim Hodges, Dr, Don Crum, Simon Purvis, Jim Becton  * More info: CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE  to see a short video from Marty Gabler about Concerning The Kingdom Conference.

Grace International Church just north of Houston Map: www.graceic.org * 936-856-2455

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Church which is His Body vs. Institutional church

us-ships.jpgThe “Ecclesia” is the governing body of apostles and elders (prophets and teachers) in a given region or city to oversee and watch over the body of Christ; “Koinonia” is the ‘fellowship’ of the saints with the elders and deacons in a local fellowship, and it’s all brought about by the “energeia” or the energy of the Holy Spirit through the working of His mighty power! This “threefold cord” is a working together or “synergy” that breaks the old cycles of religious tradition and releases the generational blessing in the body of Christ!! @churchwhichisHisbody.

I Co. 12:27,28- Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has set (appointed) in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments (administrations), varieties of tongues.

Spirit of Apostleship!

I. Thess. 2:1-13- For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Phillippi, as you know, we were bold in our God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you now, nor a cloak for covetousness (pretext for greed)–God is witness.

Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear unto us.

For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

Blessings,

JB