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Should Christians keep the Sabbath?

October 2nd, 2015 Comments off

The death of the ten Commandments, or how are Christians too relate to the law? Plus Sabbath keepers cant handle the truth. Are issues made plain here….

First up, keys to sound doctrines, and whats needed to handle scripture well. Looking on the internet. Plenty of debating going on about the Law verses Grace. The position of the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath in particular; in the lives of Christians.

Those supporting the need for a written moral law (ten commandments), have they ever met Jesus Christ? To handle the word of God not even well but at all, first up we must be a Born Again. That’s a fundamental if you like.
Without being Born Again man/woman will be subject to heresies and their own desires. Which are fruits of the flesh. See 2 timothy 4:3, and Galatians 5:19-20.
We can be Born of God even yet still live in the flesh. We need to know that a life in the flesh does not favor a relationship with God at all.

No Born Again, no righteousness in mans life. No righteousness and truth is suppressed.
Some of you have known a truth that God has revealed to you. Yet because of walking in sin, that truth was lost. See Romans 1: 18.
Christ said in John 17:7 to understand doctrine you need to be doers not just hearers.
Those exalting the law, have you given your self to a life of witness?
See Kingdom of God about power not words. We need power to minister and that’s to minister the new Covenant only, 2 Corinthians 3:5-6.
When it comes to doctrines let the Holy Spirit teach you, let Him form them within you.

Then consider, who is a Christian?

A Christian is one who has been declared righteous and right before Jehovah.
A Christian is one who has Christ dwelling within.
A christian is one who has been made alive to God.
A Christian is one who is Born of God.
A Christian is one who led by the Holy Spirit…
A Christian is a child of God.
A Christian lives by faith.

As a Christian we walk in all these blessings/abilities only through the New Covenant. Too understand if a Christian needs to keep the Sabbath. It helps to consider the Old and New Covenants.

What is the New Covenant?….
An agreement between God and His desire (man)….
Gods part of the agreement is to give us His best. Himself, the Holy Spirit.
Giving us power to be His Children. See John 1:12
In the New Covenant, God puts His law within us. See Jeremiah 31: 33
Yes I Steve confirm that truth. I don’t need an external 10 commandments to know how to live before a Holy God. Walking in the Spirit and there is not even a desire to sin. Galatians 5:16. Walking in the Spirit means we live leaning on His power not our own. Romans 8:13

Mans part of the agreement/role. We need to walk in that Spirit, and abiding in Christ to receive fully the blessings. We do that by receiving Christ, then walking in the new-ness of the Spirit. Being made alive to God. Romans 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
To walk in the Spirit goes hand in hand with a crucifying of the flesh..

God today only gives Himself to man through the New Covenant…

Then considering the old Covenant.
The laws including the Sabbath keeping of the old Testament were Old Covenant means to relate to Jehovah. Old Covenant also included sacrifices for sin; and sin and wave offerings. Old Covenant was once again a way for God to bless His people, and for His people to draw closer to Him. Old Covenant also included the 10 commandments.

Obviously the Jews and God fearing others were supposed to be obedient to the commands.
Yet the Old Covenant was restricted. There was a major flaw in the implementation/putting into practice of it. Because of the flesh. The Jews were not able to keep his part of the agreement. See Romans 8: 3.

Further under the Old Covenant there was no indwelling Holy Spirit.
Its only because of the workings of the New Covenant that Gods temple now is within man. John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Further God confirms the ability of the New Covenant by enabling His people to to minister the New Covenant to the world through it. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 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.

As an Evangelist, its plain there is such a sufficiency to do His will. Preaching and for living before Him. This sufficiency is only available through the New Covenant. After all the indwelling Holy Spirit gives us gifts like the tongues. Tongues is great source of strength. Truly tongues and other gifts edify, give strength for the work.

Is there a place for a mix of the Old and New Covenants?. Is there place for a blend of the old and the new? Some say we believe in Christ, so we want to please him by keeping the Sabbath. Others say they are Born Again. Then because of a zeal for God, they want to be obedient and keep the 10 commandments. In particular the Sabbath.
Yet such zeal is not based on knowledge. Such thoughts actually lead to a falling away from grace and being separated from Christ.

Christ is the one who should be the object of our desire, we always need to keep going back to that thought. Galatians 5: 4 NKJV You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Estranged means to be separated from. So at one time maybe you knew him, once you walked in grace, yet because of misplaced zeal, or a faulty view of the law there is a falling away.

To receive all the blessings of God happens now through the New Covenant. To say I love God, so I want to keep the Sabbath and other commandments. Thinking like this is flawed and comes from the flesh. Galatians 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. If you start playing with the law, keeping the Sabbath. Then bible says you become a debtor to the law. Meaning you are then required to keep all of the rules of the Law of Moses. You are right back to square one. Still trying to deal with the curse of the law as well. Galatians 3:10.

Further. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. Galatians 4: 9-11.

Its there to see, plain even, we cant mix Old Covenant with the New. We cant know God and receive His Spirit through the New Covenant then turn back to that which is weak.
Paul says it well in Galatians 3: 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Then verse 5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Honestly….
After having tasted the goodness of God. Having seen and sampled what the New Covenant offers. Having received the earnest of the Holy Spirit and being sealed by Him, through the New Covenant. There is no desire to go elsewhere its pointless.

Hebrews 8:13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Some are saying on the Internet that the Old Covenant being down away with (being made obsolete) does not include the 10 Commandments. That the Ten Commandments hence still applies today. Yet faulty thinking again. Once and for all making things plain. The ten commandments is the law. How is the Christian supposed to relate to the Law? Death, we are supposed to be dead to it. Don’t play with it. Leave it alone. Romans 7: 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

To bear fruit for God you need to be dead to the law through the body of Christ. Being in Christ then being under the law or a Sabbath keeper. Brings such a estrangement from the life that Christ has give us. Thats why Sabbath keepers usually don’t speak in tongues. Thats why Sabbath Keepers miss out on so much…

If you really want to please God, if you really want to be zealous for Him. Then minister out of the New Covenant only. Be passionate for souls. After all there is more joy in Heaven when one sinner repents. The New Covenant that is where the power is to do and be.

So, should Christians seek to keep an Old Covenant precept. No.
Put your eyes on Christ walk in the Spirit, minister the New Covenant and you will bear much fruit for God.

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Jehovah Witness have their own bible!

September 26th, 2015 Comments off

The New World Translation (NWT) of the bible is a very dangerous book.
There is no other like it on Earth.
It has been changed and tampered with from the original. Trying to support the dangerous doctrines of the Watch Tower organisation. After all a fruit of the flesh is heresies.
How can we know the Jehovah Witness bible has been changed?

Evidence: In 2 Corinthians 13v5 we read in the NKJV. Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
See following link and its plain all bible versions teach that to be in the faith/a Christian is because Christ dwells within…

https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/2%20Corinthians%2013:5

So then we have a plain and simple test to see if we are a Christian. Examine yourselves. Seeing the Christ within (this happens as we receive Christ through faith and become Born of God). After testing ourselves if Christ is not within us, we are disqualified and it means we are not Christians, or Christ in ones…

We are all born sinners Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
So we all (not just a 144 000 as the JW’s in error teach) need to be Born Again so we can be alive to God. Righteousness and life was lost to mankind when Adam sinned. In Christ its given back. Romans 8:10 NASB If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Alive to God so you can know Him. Don’t you want that?

Sin dwells in us. Jehovah has given us The Christ to dwell in us so we have power over that indwelling sin 24/7. Its Christ in us, which is our only hope. The only way we can know/be alive to God now on Earth and for all Eternity. Christ in you the hope of glory. Christ in us the power to live right.

Compare then the Jehovah Witness own bible.
2 Corinthians 13v5 NWT Keep testing whether you are in the faith; keep proving what you yourselves are.+ Or do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in union with you? Unless you are disapproved.

Taken from: http://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/2-corinthians/13/

If Jehovah/God has given us the indwelling Christ for victory and deliverance over sin and for life. Then knowing Jehovah Witness teach otherwise and even have changed the Scriptures to further support their own teaching and traditions on being in union with Christ. Then it should be obvious that the Jehovah Witnesses have their own bible, and its not God’s word for mankind..

After all this 2 Corinthians 13:5 verse is not the only mis-translation done by the Watch Tower bible society. All bible versions King James Version, NASB, NIV, RSV, etc say the same, Christ in us. Its only the NWT that does not. You can compare such verses as Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27, Romans 8:10, 2 Timothy 4:22, John 15:4 + 5, Gal 1:16, Galatians (Gal) 4:19, 2Thessalonians 1:10 and others.

Reader some notes:
Doctrine is so important.
How could sinners be in union with the righteous Christ anyway?
We meet a lot of Jehovah Witness here in Ghana (far too many). When we ask them where is Jesus Christ they always say he is in Heaven. They say this because they have no inner witness of the Christ within. Their own bible and dangerous doctrines make it a challenge for a JW to become a Christian (Christ in one)……

Another simple test. 2 Timothy 4:22 NKJV The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
Compared to the Jehovah Witness NWT The Lord be with the spirit you show. His undeserved kindness be with you.

You can go to the following Jehovah Witness site. There you will see from the horses own mouth they are about trying to be a Christian only. They don’t know the reality in receiving Christ. Being a Christian is not about our trying. Its Gods work. After all can you make yourself a Born Again by doing good works?
Gosh where would you even start, talk about an impossible task for man…

http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/are-jehovahs-witnesses-christians/

Steve….

Steve4arm@gmail.com
+23326789 0000

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Do Sabbath Keepers enjoy Christian blessings?

January 14th, 2015 Comments off

The Children of God have many benefits.

Christ in us, enables us to be loaded to live a God pleasing life.
After all Christians/or Christ in dwelling ones, possess God. In this life and also for all eternity.
How then could we not be loaded!

Some of the magnitude of blessings given through the indwelling Christ.
Assurance of eternity.
We are made as righteous as God.
Peace with God, and wisdom to live with man.
Power over sin/flesh the world and Satan.
We can live a God pleasing life.
We possess God now and for all eternity.
We are enabled to change, break bad habits, stop sinning. See 1Jn. 3:9
We have an anchor for the soul, a benchmark against which we can test for truth.
We are led by God’s Spirit.
Live free from condemnation.
We can speak in tongues, which is a sign of the righteousness within.

A question is this: Do Adventists/Sabbath Keepers enjoy/exhibit the benefits associated with the indwelling Christ?

We mostly ( African Revival Mission) have been dealing with Adventists, yet other Sabbath observing congregations we have met, exhibit similar fruit. That is no power to live.

Often on our outreach programmes, we meet Adventists. Common beliefs exhibited as a result of their human doctrines are as follows:
That all humans are just sinners, even Christian humans.
That no one is righteous.
That no one is or can be perfect.
That no one can be sure of salvation.
That you must keep the ten commandments to be saved, yet especially the 4th about keeping the Sabbath.
That speaking in tongues is something you learn.

Isaac an Adventist man I met last week said. Christ has given us the possibility to gain eternal life.
Another Adventist all dressed in a suit and tie was saying he was not righteous, just a sinner.

The Human condition is one of indwelling sin. This condition is well known by God. His solution to such a condition is the Indwelling Christ.

We can pray all day, asking for God to give us the victory over sin. Yet…………..
Its foolish to think we can overcome indwelling sin aside from having the indwelling Christ. Yet that is the struggle most Sabbath keepers/Adventists face. An impossible task.
See Galatians 5. In verse 2 it says if you become circumcised/or a Sabbath keeper then Christ will not profit you.
The result of being estranged from Christ. Estranged means to be made hostile to, see verse 4.

Big difference then, between. Trying to observe Sabbath and putting on a religious veneer/covering. Having to beg God for strength to defeat sin.
Compared to having the indwelling Christ’s sin overcoming strength.

Paul said its no longer I that live yet Christ lives in me. Paul knew and lived in this source of strength. That same strength is ours today. The lord Jesus with my spirit.
Christ with our spirit enables us to overcome sin, the flesh, Satan, the world.

Speaking in tongues along with other gifts of the Spirit, are a gift from the indwelling Christ…
Interesting then that, Adventist’s tell me that if I come to Ghana and learn their native languages then they say I am speaking in tongues.

This Post, serves as a warning. God desires all of us, all our heart, our mind. Yet without the indwelling Christ and his gift of righteousness you cannot draw near. Sabbath keeping estranges us or puts as at odds with Christ and his Salvation for man.
After many many conversations with Adventists in particular have seen that there is something amiss. Its like the lights have not been turned on.

Yet its obvious, just because someone comes to you with a bible under their arm, it doesn’t mean they come with God.

I have been asking Sabbath Keepers for scripture to support the command for Sabbath worship. They often ask for proof for Sunday worship. Yet Christians should have a desire to worship God everywhere, always and every day. We are not just Sunday worshipers yet worship God in Spirit and truth daily.

This article could just as easily be written about: The Jehovah Witness, Or Latter Day Saints, or Hindu’s, or Good news Mission (with Ock Soo Park), etc.
After all the Jehovah Witness have removed most of the Christ indwelling man scriptures from their version of the bible.

Seeker its better you walk in doctrine whereby salvation comes to you purely through faith in Christ, after all that is the only way God’s has for us to receive. While we were sinners Christ died for us. So then why would we have to add anything to the salvation that Christ brings. Like keeping a Sabbath for instance?

Definition of the Children of God.
Those that are led by the Holy Spirit as stated in Romans 8 v 14 all bibles.
To be led by the Spirit first you need to be made righteous so you can receive Him the Spirit.

Links to help you escape from unfruitful doctrines.
Contacts:
Steve Ph. +23326789 0000, +233506789 000
Email Steve4arm@gmail.com
African Revival Mission, tested in Africa.

There is also wwww.IRR.org were you can request a mentor.
Plus: http://www.exadventist.com/Home/Sabbath/SabbathSunday/tabid/516/Default.aspx

Why I would not want be be a Sabbath Keeper!

January 27th, 2014 Comments off

Is the Law Sin?

This could be another title for this post.
As often those who strictly worship on the Sabbath, have the concept that so called “Sunday worshipers” believe the law is sin.

Since I have come to live in Ghana. We have met many Sabbath Keepers as there is a Seventh Day Adventist congregation not to far from us. We meet them day to day and also as we minister the word in the community.

Often when we ask Sabbath keepers about their salvation, all too many/most reply: “that they are not sure of their eternal destination, saying that only God knows.”

It saddens me often, when engaging in conversations with Sabbath Keepers as they seem to lack basic bible knowledge/understanding as well. They seem to bear little fruit for Christ.

So over time I have really come to question if Seventh Day Adventists or Sabbath keepers of other denominations too actually have the Spirit of God.

Then reading Galatians 3 it became clear.
In Galatians 3v2 Paul is indicating that the Holy Spirit is not given to whose who are keeping the law. Then v 14 same chapter makes it plain. That we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3v12 Yet the law is not of faith.

Romans 14:23 whatever is not of faith is sin.

Conclusion.
It is for the glory of God that we bear much fruit (meaning we live as Christ lives). Yet to do so we need the Holy Spirit. An evidence (though not thee only evidence (others as well is Assurance of salvation/victory over sin/love for the unlovely/biblical understanding/peace with God/gifts of healing/faith etc) is that we have received he Holy Spirit is that we can speak in tongues.

Why is it that the vast majority of people (I have only met one out of hundreds, if recalling correctly he received tongues in another church) of Sabbath keepers do not have at least the gift of speaking in tongues? Here in Ghana at least I have never come across a Sabbath Keeping congregation that understands or uses, at least the gifts of tongues.

Tongues is a great gift as it edifies/builds up the believer, enabling evangelists to preach. We do not have to fear the use of such gifts simply because there are counterfeits in the world. This is one reason why God has given the Church the gift of discernment as well.

Is this a reason why Strict Saturday Worshipers don’t bear much fruit?
Is this the reason why the Sabbath Keepers don’t speak in tongues due to their not having the Holy Spirit?

Another reason why I would not want to be a Sabbath Keeper; Is that often I hear them speaking out so harshly against the Christian body.

Yet bible is plain. We should be like Philemon and have a love for all the saints. Philemon 1v5

I love Sabbath keepers, yet its their un-fruitful doctrines we hate.

Evangelist Steve, wanting Christians to be equipped and Spirit led.
Evangelist Steve with God’s love for all we meet.

Amen…

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Who is righteous?

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

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This is a Christmas photo of Steve the Evangelist and his family…
We here at African Revival Mission continue to spend time talking to Muslims and Jehovah Witness folks and the lost…

Is interesting as I often ask the Jehovah Witness and Muslims if they are righteous? Their reply is no. They say there is no one righteous on the earth.
Yet Steve adds here. If that was true then no one would be born of God.

See it says in Romans 8 v 10: 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Without that righteousness (which is gifted to us through Christ) we could not come alive spiritually, which is the being born again….
Without that gift of righteousness we could not serve God, nor worship Him in Spirit or truth.

Without that gift of righteousness we cannot preach and minister in truth and with love.

Without that gift of righteousness we are lost and separated from Our Maker.

God is good, and He wants you to be good to. Through receiving His gift of goodness. Then go and do the works OK.

Steve..

God’s solution to all of mans problems……. Christ in you…

May 31st, 2013 Comments off

Romans 8 verse 13 tells us that by the ennoblement of the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body.

Its only when Christ comes to dwell in us and give us His righteousness,that we are then able to receive the Holy Spirit.

Its only by the help of the Spirit that we can overcome the flesh.
So we can please God.
So God can answer our prayer.
So lives changed for good.
Amen.

Romans 8 v 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

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Righteousness is a gift!

April 6th, 2013 Comments off

Righteousness or being right with God. God Himself is the One to make us righteous.

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God
. Romans 10:3

God’s righteousness is available to all, yet only through Christ. We receive God’s righteousness when we receive the Son. That is how we become Born Again.

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Romans 8:10

There is no amount of good works you can do to make yourself Born Again, it takes the supernatural working of God. That is Christ in us….

Hence the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, and Muslims to name a few who seek their own righteousness miss it.

Trust entirely in God through Christ to make you righteous and fit for heaven OK….

Steve..

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Etherean Mission

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

Etherean Mission based in Ghana. Has been teaching that all people are children of God. Have been teaching ones-ness. That Christians, Muslims are one.
That we need to realize our God potential within……

Yet the bible would teach otherwise.
Romans 8:14 says that the children of God are those led by the Spirit of God.
So to be led first we need to be born again so we can receive the Holy Spirit.
We are only one, as Christ makes us one. We receive Christ to have the right to be a child of God. All who receive Christ have that right. Questions do Muslims receive Christ as savior and Lord?

WITHOUT REPENTING AND RECEIVING CHRIST WE HAVE NO GOD POTENTIAL WITHIN. God only comes in to us as we receive Christ by faith.

Reader beware. Etherean mission calls it self the church for spiritual empowerment. Yet is not a church at all. Let me quote from their website: We are here to promote the finest state of spiritual existence and to activate the kingdom of heaven which is already present and full in everyone on earth.

John 5:42 says but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.

See we are not born with the love of God in us. We are lost/hopeless without Christ. That is why we need the Saviour.

So my fellow Ghanaians, and others caught up in Etherean Mission. Its better to follow the bible, than to trust in another gospel. Better to go to Pentecost or Christ Embassy, or a Presbyterian church. There you can know God. There you can be saved and built up in the Christian faith.

Steve D Andrews

African Revival Mission..

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Masons for Africa……

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

Hi you God fearing Mason’s. If you sense a short term missions trip to Africa. Maybe we can help.
Come and learn about evangelism in Africa. Plus come and help Steve build the African Revival Missions house.
Block layers would be most appreciated over the next few months.
Call me or email me on +23326789 0000 or Steve4arm@gmail.com

‘The Bible is not perfect it has plenty of mistakes’…..according to Mormon teaching.

August 12th, 2012 Comments off

Why Mormons are not Christians!

Dear reader I Steven Andrews an Evangelist from New Zealand write this post to help expose the idea of Mormons (Later Day Saints) being Christians.

Bible says: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Below is taken from a series of messages I received from a Mormon Missionary here in Ghana.
Please note I have heard similar teachings after meeting many Mormons on the streets of Ghana, and while in New Zealand.

Let me quote what this particular Mormon told me….

Elder ……. says: ‘I want you to know the bible is not perfect . It has plenty of mistakes’….

Later he tells me: ‘When I said the bible has mistakes I meant that things are missing or have been changed’.

He also went onto say: ‘We believe the bible as the word of god, but that it doesn’t have everything we need.Some of the things that have been changed or missing is that: *1 God is not a spirit, *2 It is missing the part talking about Joseph Smith. *3 The need to work for your salvation’

In another message he said: ‘The fall of Adam and Eve is a good thing.’
In another message he said: ‘ We also believe that man can believe and worship god any way they want.’
In another message he says: ‘I know the bible is from god, but has mistakes because it was translated by teachers not prophets. That is why we have the book of Mormon to correct the mistakes’…

Steve says, its obvious that Mormons or Later Day Saints can never be Christians as they reject the very words of Christ….

Jesus said in John 4v 24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Besides this mormon told me he does not have salvation…

Reader stay away from Mormon teaching and instead trust/believe in Christ with your heart and confess him (invite him into your life) and then you will be saved. Then walk in obedience to all the teaching of the bible to show the world you are saved…

Steve…