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‘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…

Construction and evangelism Missions trips to Africa……….

May 28th, 2012 Comments off

African Revival mission is looking for Christians with a zeal for God, who are also carpenters and masons and builders who want a short term mission trip to Africa (one to 3months) …….

To help build the African Revival Mission base, and to also learn how to win souls in a cross cultural setting.

If you sense God is leading you in such a direction, then email me on Steve4arm@gmail.com, or call me on +233267890001

God be with you….

Steve

Is it possible for God to live inside mortal man?

May 10th, 2012 Comments off

This was the question I was getting from Vivian a Jehovah Witness girl I met while sharing Christ on the streets this week.
While I was quoting 2 Corinthians 13 verse 5 where it says we need to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, examining ourselves looking for what? Is Jesus Christ the un-created one living/dwelling in us. As we need to receive Him so we can become Children of God. John 1v 12 says just that. But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

See Jehovah’s Witness folks and the likes of the Mormon’s too, simply don’t receive Christ and don’t have Him dwelling in them. For one their doctrine about who Jesus is, is too far removed from that as presented by the Holy Spirit through the bible. Its says in 2 John v 9 that if our doctrine about Christ is not correct we have not got the Son (dwelling in us) and if we have not got the Son we have not got the Father either.

So while I kept pressing Vivian about her need to receive Christ, she was insisting that the message I was presenting of Christ in her made no sense. See Jehovah’s Witness rely a lot on reasoning to understand the bible. They even have a book called reasoning from the scriptures. She was saying how could Christ live inside mortal man?

That is a common question that I receive from the JW’s. Yet the biblical response is that unless Christ is in us we cant belong to God or even know God. As man is fallen and born in sin. When we receive Christ His rightness is given to us so we can come to God…….

There is no other way.

I Corinthians 1 v18 tells us that the preaching of the cross is foolish to those that are perishing….

Love and truth out of Africa.

Will Good News Mission (Gu-Won-Pa) members die in their sins?

December 18th, 2011 Comments off

Any deviation from God’s path causes us to lose something most valuable.

After a recent meeting with some members of the Gu-Won-Pa (translated Salvation Sect from Korean) or Good News Mission as they are called here in Ghana (Yet they offer some other truth aside from the good news) I got to do some bible based thinking in the Spirit as you do.

Below, mainly in response to the teaching of Founder Ock Soo Park. Park and his followers who say the following. And is taken from Ock Soo Park’s book “The secret of forgiveness of sin and being born again”………….. They not only say that
repentance after salvation is not needed, but also insist that to repent continually (or even at all) after salvation is the evidence of not being saved so he/she will go directly to Hell fire. They also prohibit the reading of the Lord’s prayer, because it mentioned the forgiveness of sin.

Steve’s response

One…….. Is the Kingdom of God divided? Any church or part of “body of Christ” that is proclaiming they are the only true church is not walking in love and is falling short of the Glory Of God. See 1 Corinthians 12. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Two…….. If we fail to confess our sins, then we will die in them (think/ponder on the seriousness of that), and risk being separated from God forever. See 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus said in John 8:24 that if our belief about Him is not correct we will die in our sins.
Healing too comes to those who confess their sins to one another. See James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. . Who is the righteous man with the powerful prayer? The one who confesses his sins.

Three…. Christian if you are to be effective in witness you will need the prosperity of God so the resources of God are available to you for outreach. Confess your sins, and walk right with God and He will prosper you as is needed.
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Proverbs 28:12-14

Four…… 1Corinthians 12:7 says: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. The common good, that is for the possibility of all mankind to receive and to be built up. That is your good, and for those you interact with daily. Speaking in tongues for example builds me up as I prepare for a days evangelism. Laying hands on a Muslim who has malaria, and seeing them healed is also very good.

Paul says in 1Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

We know from experience and we see from the scriptures that not all Born of God Christians work miracles or have gifts of healing or speak tongues. Yet plenty do. Even Paul encourages us to seek such gifts.

Jesus said as well in Mark 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Mark 16:20 again tells us that God confirms His word through signs. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Hebrews 2:3-5 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

God also helps us see where His truth is through signs, and through the gifts of the Spirit being distributed……..Yet read below.

Reader take note that I have never met one soul in the Good News Mission/Gu-Won_pa who speaks tongues or has the gift of interpretation of tongues. From what I have heard from members speaking in tongues is not something they do? Same for the other gifts of the Spirit.

I even had a zealous young member of the good news mission tell me that when he preaches or speaks righteousness he is speaking in tongues. Yet scripture tells us how tongues manifests. Its through the laying on of hands as Paul did in Acts 19:6 or through the hearing of the word of God. See Acts 10: 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

Five……….. The question remains. How far can we deviate from truth before we do indeed lose our salvation?

Reader, if you are a member of the Good News Mission or are thinking of becoming a follower of Ock Soo park. Please know that you will come to regret doing so on the judgment day, and surely you will not bear as much fruit for God as you could have.

We have done reading of testimonies online of folks who have stopped following Ock Soo Park. It seems that often members speak more about Ock Soo Park then they do of Jesus.
The pride of life as written about in 1 John 2:16 describes Ock Soo Park. As followers are putting their eyes onto him rather than Jesus who is the author of life.

The Good News mission also named Gu-Won-Pa and other links are:http://ghana.iyf.org/, http://www.ocksoopark.com/ English, http://biblecrusade.com, http://www.mahanaim.com/ etc.

Hindus need Christ. (They have no divine spark)

November 18th, 2011 Comments off

We have new Hindu neighbors.

They like to listen to Bollywood (Indian Movies) all day and night until 1am in the morning at times. The TV has big speakers and its positioned at window height right opposite our bedroom with a 6 foot gap separating us as our rooms face each other. Yet shouting to each from one room to the next, or using a blender at 11pm is now the order of the day. We hear almost all their conversations, even when they are fighting and swearing.

I have communicated with them about changing the position of the TV and about talking quietly, as at times I am awake until 1-2 am listening to Bollywood. Or I can be dosing off and I hear a shout from next door, even though I don’t sleep in the bedroom yet on the floor in the front room as its further away. We also have a teenager in the house who is studying for exams.

Yet they said they don’t want to move the TV as they like to relax and sit back from it a distance. We have been living in our current house for about 5 years and we have had various tenants living opposite. Yet never has the noise level been like this. The previous tenants moved their TV to help keep the noise level down, no problems.

Jesus said that you should love your neighbor as yourself. Now not all the words out of the mouths of religious heads are equal, nor are there many paths to God; no matter how many belong to the religion. Yet because Jesus is God and because He has paid for our sins so we can know God; we had better listen to Him.

Deuteronomy 18:15 says: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

On a Hindu website http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/essays/animals.asp They say human life is precious.. Yet I know that after living with Hindus for a month now that they do not believe or practice what they preach, they in fact can’t perform at all as there is no power in Hinduism to do. If they thought we were precious then the TV would have been moved (or at the very least the windows next to the TV closed) and there would have been some modification in behavior like speaking with quiet voices especially at night. In life we can make pretend that we are nice and that we care for our neighbor. Yet when we do not know God, we cant give up our selfish desires to love our neighbors as ourselves.

These are zealous Hindus. Complete with chanting and burning incense, yet material possessions and ones own comfort is more important to them than the neighbors…

Reader if you are a Hindu, please the path you are own will lead to your destruction and in the end you will be separated from God forever. I say this as an observer of people, as an observer who has his soul anchored in Christ (as do all Born Again Christians). At rest we can see what is happening around us. I say this as one who has received Christ. See 1Corinthians 13:5

I know there is no divine spark in our dear Hindu neighbors or any Hindus in fact, same for Muslims etc. No one can do right by their neighbor without having received Christ.

The Bible in the Book of John, Chapter one verse 12 says: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

You see, without that power of God you cannot love your neighbor as yourself; even if you are the best Hindu/Buddhist/Muslim/ traditionalist/Mormon/Jehovah’s Witness on the planet. You in fact do not even know what true love is unless you have repented of your sins, and received the Jesus of the bible into your life. As its only then that the Love of God is shared abroad in our hearts and you are then able to love even the most undesirable in society.

I write this because I care/have Gods love for our neighbors and I am praying for an opportunity to share Christ with them, as I know they are lost, as I once was.

I write this because religion (mans attempt to find God) has only ever failed as we can only come to God on His terms. That is through the precious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross who takes away ours and the sin of the world, and through His power living in us we are made into the image of God. So we can act/perform Like God and Love like God. Romans 10:3 says just that: For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Reader if you have never given your life to Christ then there is no time like now. The bible says today is the day of salvation; and that we should seek the Lord while He maybe found.

If you are a Hindu, I am praying for you as to die without Christ in your life means you will die in your sins and be separated from God forever.

Much love out of Africa from Steve and the team at African Revival Mission. (ARM)

Email: Steve4arm@gmail.com Beauty4arm@gmail.com
Phone +233 26789 0000 +233 267890002

To enable ARM in reaching the Lost please pray.
Then for financial support:

New Zealand account is: Steven D Andrews ANZ Bank Account Number 010906 0264264 51

USA and worldwide support can be received through World Outreach Ministries. If you want to support our ministry, you can make an Online Donation via www.WorldOutreach.org.
Go to “Donate” and select Steven Andrews. The system can process USA & International cards. You can also set up automatic recurring gifts if you select the “Monthly” option. Or simply mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061 and designate for Steven Andrews Ghana.

We are also grateful to Kent Potter and Drury Presbyterian Church in Auckland New Zealand for support and care. See the Drury website: http://www.dpc.org.nz/Mission_Support.htm

God is the most valuable/precious being. God has an enemy, called Satan. Satan wants to stop man from knowing God, that is why there are many religions, and because the heart of man is rebellious. Yet there is still only one path….

Recently Beauty (my wife) was at a church meeting where a prophet was doing ministry. The prophet came to Beauty during the meeting and asked if we have Indian neighbors. Wow! When Beauty told me later it got my attention. The prophet then went onto say that we needed to be praying for our daughter Aimee (now 6 years) as there were evil spirits trying to attack Aimee through the Hindu worship of our neighbors………

What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?

March 8th, 2011 Comments off

Hi there we have put together a short video presentation on what it means to be Born Again.

In the video we warn our dear Muslim friends that they cannot possibly know God except through the New Birth that Christ gives, and we also address the issue of what about the Jehovah’s Witness folks and the Mormons………

We hope you will join us as we look at the scriptures….

To go to the video simply click on this……. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wZwIx51nKk
ARM………

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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses lack both bible skills & Intellectual Integrity?

September 26th, 2010 Comments off

I would like to say that I Love JW’s in fact if it was possible I would lay down my life so they could come to Christ. Yet their theology I hate. I look on their theology as being lazy. Meaning its neither proved or worked through………………Read on.

On my way to church this morning, I met two elderly men who called themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s). I have met them before.

They refer to me as the “born again” man, as I have been warning them to repent and to be “born again” as Jesus said it is the only way we can enter the kingdom of God.

The jehovah’s Witnesses for some reason say only 144 000 can be “born again”. Yet 1 John 5:18 says…We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin, so then the JW’s must enjoy sinning?

Together we looked at the 2Corinthians13:5 Scripture……... Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

My two JW friends were insisting that this scripture is not to be taken literal (literal words denote what they mean according to common usage), but my JW friends were saying that its figurative language that is being used here. Wow that is dangerous and lazy thinking………….Is the whole bible then to be seen as being figurative?

You can see the error that folks who use the bible can get into unless they are led/kept by the Holy Spirit.

Does it mean then that the other almost 12 clear references to a Christian having Christ living in them are also figurative in language use, and mean something other than what has been taught by the Church throughout its history?

Lets look at some of those other scriptures.

Colossians 2:6 just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, +
Galatians 2:20 Christ lives in me. + Ephesians 3:17 Christ may dwell in your hearts + Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, + Colossians 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory. + 2Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. + John 15:4 I in you + John 15:5 and I in him, + John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, + 1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. + John 14:23 and we will come to him and make our home with him. + Romans 8:9 And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. + 2John1:9 He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. + Other scriptures like 1John 4:13 and 1John 4:4 etc……

These days I take Jehovah’s Witness folks less and less seriously. I see that they have really bad theology. In fact its so bad that they stop themselves from ever entering the kingdom of God.

Our response then: We need to love the JW’s and pray for them and ask God to deliver them.

Amen

Are Christians and Muslims serving the same God?

August 29th, 2010 Comments off

Too often, people say to me “Christians & Muslims, we are all serving the same God”

Lets look a bit deeper at that thought to see if it lines up with the character of God, and His word/bible/truth.

We can readily see how most if not all of the worlds Muslims view Israel today……….

They seem to hate her and would want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.

The Christians in contrast generally have a respect and love for Israel as that is where their saviour comes from.
Indeed Jesus Christ tells us in John 4 that salvation is of the Jews/Israelites………

Plus.

Isaiah 1:4 Ah, sinful nation,
a people loaded with guilt,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the LORD;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.

See God even calls Himself the God of Israel.

Then the thought is this………..If Christians, and Muslims are all serving the same God, then why such radical differences placed on the value of Israel?

If we are all drawing closer to God/taking on the nature/character of God more and more; then how can one love Israel so (the Christians) , and the other be so filled with hatred for another race?

Could it be as Jesus Christ said, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ?

There it is folks there is only one way to the Father, only one way to draw close to God, only one way to devolop into children of God, only one way to take on the character/nature of God………………That way is by receiving Christ as Saviour.

So we as His children have a big responsibility to love Muslims and to pray for their salvation and to share our lives and our Saviour with them…….

Amen

Sponsor A Village.

May 31st, 2010 Comments off

Here In Ghana with its many villages we are looking for sponsors to enable us to place Christian Educators in many of the more rural villages to start with.

The idea is to provide a clean and safe environment for the young children to be left in while the parents go to the farm. In many of these more impoverished areas often we see even 6 month old infants being left in the care of 3 year old siblings, as the poverty drives both parents to work.

We would sponsor a local Christian who has a heart for child evangelism to run a drop in care centre for these dear children. A place where they can be loved and hear the good news of God’s Love.

If you would like to sponsor such a village teacher at just $50 USA a month, which would pay the wages and provide teaching resources and enable us to rent a room to meet in. Then let me Know.

My email address is Steve4arm@gmail.com
or phone +23326789 0000

Do I Have The Correct Religion- 13 Indicators

May 31st, 2010 Comments off

Truth #1 We see God. 2Corinthians 13:5 says……..Test yourselves [to see] if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you not recognize for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless you fail the test.

We are looking for something/someone that is Christ in us.
When we receive Christ, we can see him/God, as he has come to abide within us.

Also. John 14:21 says…….. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If you have the correct religion you too can see God.

Amen

Truth #2 Our physical appearance improves. When I have received Jesus and I have the Power of God (John 1:12) I have the ability to overcome bad habits. Such as eating poorly and lack of exercise, and smoking. Cravings too for sugary foods will diminish as I am made whole in Him.

When Christ is in me I also have the ability to love my self and to care for my body, meaning that I will give it good foods.

Jesus said His yoke is light. This is good news as many of us are weighed down by worldly worries and burdens. His yoke makes life easier and as a result our posture can improve as we shake off the excess burdens.

Satan and his demons come to steal, kill and destroy. Some people have unclean spirits within, these spirits work against us. In Jesus we can be delivered and set free and whole, deliverance certainly can improve our physical appearance as it can mean rest and good sleep…………………

Truth #3 I speak Less. Proverbs 10:19 says, When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
When we come to Christ we have the understanding that we need to be careful with our speech.

Truth #4 We can love fully. Romans 5:5 says, God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

This is an actual manifestation of love into our hearts, enabling us to love anyone. Even our enemies.

Truth #5 We become better listeners. When Christ is in us he strengthens us and establishes us. This allows us to be still in life and we are much better at listening.

Truth #6 We become zealous for Excellence. Indeed in every area of our life we are now enabled and we have a desire to produce excellence in all we do as we are aware that we have to answer to God for how we have lived on Earth.

Truth #7 We become aware of how important details are. When we are illuminated upon receiving Christ certain things have more value in our lives. For example we see the importance of correcting young children when they tell lies. This is because we see the consequences of someone growing up and continuing to lie.

Truth #8 If called to we can endure incredible hardships without being crushed or discouraged. We do this by following the example of our Master Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him. If God is leading us through a time of trial, we go through the trials without being crushed by keeping our eyes on eternity. Amen

Truth #9 He must increase and I must decrease. When we are illuminated through receiving Christ we lose confidence in self and transfer our trust to Him. Previously if we were independent and self reliant we see that God wants us to put our trust in Him………………

Truth #10 We change from being self dependent to being God dependent. Romans 8 verse 8 says. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. So without Christ living in us we cannot do anything of eternal value………….

Truth #11 We have order in our life. We serve a God of order and as we have His nature, consequently order is produced in our lives. Job 25:2 “Dominion and awe belong to God;
he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

Truth #12 We are content. Purity brings contentment. We are washed/cleansed made pure by the word. Then we see God. Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. When we see Him, our hearts are at rest.

Truth #13 We have received. So we give freely. We speak to others because of what God has given us. We are grateful so we give.

So if there is evidence of these things happening in your life……………You can say I am in the religion that God has chosen for all of us.

Amen, more to follow God willing.

African Revival Mission.