Exposing Satan's Lie / AKA Why Teach About Apostles?
The purpose of teaching on the Apostle's Ministry is to help us realize the amount of devastating loss the Body of Christ has and is suffering when the gift of the apostle, as defined in the New Testament, is denied by the Body of Christ; even that gift which Christ so graciously gave to His Church.
Jesus said that WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, but I am going to show you how the Dark Ages begin effecting the Entire World, when the Church ceased to be the Light it was destined to be, when Apostles of God were replaced by Apostles of man, and the Church was governed by a false apostolic system, and remains in part, governed under a false apostolic system today.
In the Spirit, we have a warning to all generations that the Apostle Paul gave to the New Testament Church, concerning false apostolic government that brings in false doctrine to make the Church disciples of men and religion instead of disciples of God.
28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
29 "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
God, in these Last Days, is sending watchmen to His Church. Men and women of God who have sought God with all their hearts, and are reporting to the Church the things that God has shown them. God is still restoring the Church from the Dark Ages when men and women of God became disciples of men, and God has sovereignly sent men like Martin Luther to His Church to restore the doctrines that the Body of Christ no longer observed, even the basic doctrines of being saved by Grace through faith.
This message is both a warning and a wake up call to the Body of Christ, to those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. I have continued to persevere in teaching on the Apostle's ministry in spite of opposition because I know that not all of you are rejecting the move of God to restore the Body of Christ's right understanding of the apostles ministry. There was a time when church leaders fought against the doctrine that Martin Luther brought to the Church, that men did not have to observe a papal system of ordinances to be saved, but could receive salvation by Grace through Faith. That generation sought after him to murder his message to the Church. And now, men are opposing the fact that there are still New Testament apostles. They teach and have accepted that there is no such thing as apostles like the apostles of the New Testament, but they say that the apostles of today are only missionaries, which qualifies anyone who does missionary work to be an apostle. These men teach that apostles are no longer commissioned officers of the Church like Pastors, Evangelists, and Teachers, but are mere subordinates to their own ideas and treat them with less value and importance than that which the Lord Jesus Christ gave them when He set them FIRST in His Church. This is only to prove that this saying about them is true:
"For I think that God has displayed 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. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!...And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the off scouring of all things UNTIL NOW." - 1 Cor. 4:9-13
Apostles were appointed FIRST by our Lord, but are displayed as the LAST among men. The apostle's ministry is one of the ministry gifts Satan hates most, and he will do anything in these last days to rob genuine apostles of God of their every reputation from the Scriptures. He knows that the Body of Christ can meet him with deadly force if they unite with truly anointed apostles and the truth. Apostles today still possess all the power given to them in the New Testament Book of Acts. We have many teachers today, many instructors, but few willing to endure the persecution of baring the name apostle. Some apostles have called themselves Doctors (honorary doctorate, Dr., a title given by men), Bishops, Missionaries, or any other name they may use to hide from persecution. Its time for those genuinely called by God to repent and tell others who they really are, not in the title given by men, but in the office and power given by God. Imagine a Pastor of a church that never let his congregation know his gift to that local body. What if the Pastor only called himself Elder, how could there be order in that house if no one knows who the set man of that ministry is? In the same way, it is equally ridiculous to think that Apostles can benefit the title of Elder, Dr., or anything else before their name. In almost every letter Paul wrote, he always identified himself as an Apostle, but today men are ridiculed and scoffed at for using such a title. This only goes to show you that apostles are not as readily accepted in the generation as they were in the time of the Apostle Paul, but things are about to change.
As true Apostles rise up and be and proclaim who they are and accept their persecution without hiding behind titles given to them by men, then the World is going to see an awesome display of apostolic signs and wonders through which God will confirm the genuine call of Apostleship in these Last of the Last Days. Even if apostles bare a biblical title, nothing should replace the title of the high calling of God. The more timid men are in proclaiming their apostleship, the more timid God will be in demonstrating apostolic power through them.
The Devil sold a lie to the Body of Christ, and sad to say, the Body of Christ bought it in the past, and some people in the Body of Christ still believe the lie today. The lie that Satan sold was that "miracles ceased with the original apostles". This one lie did two things, destroyed faith in the miraculous power of God and faith in the apostle's ministry by saying that miracles and the gift of apostle died with the original apostles. While no apostle will ever hold the position of the 12, including the Apostle Paul (1 Cor 15:3-11), that does not mean that they were the only New Testament Apostles and that the gift should die and no longer be in use as it was in the Book of Acts. If you do away with the apostle's ministry as defined in the New Testament, then you also do away with the POWER of God in the signs of an apostles.
2 Cor 12:12
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
When we reject the ministry gift of an apostle as defined in the Bible, then we are resisting and fighting against the signs of an apostle in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. It is impossible to have the fullness of the miraculous power of God present in this generation without the full acceptance of the chosen vessels sent to bring this apostolic anointing. When we reject the truth we are rejecting God's power to save souls in this generation.
The Spirit of God is being very generous to us. He is giving us an opportunity to repent of rejecting modern day apostolic ministry as defined
in the Book of Acts and throughout the New Testament. Most of us don't realize the traditions our beliefs come from, and what kind of government
the Body of Christ is presently operating under. I am going to show you from
an excerpt of Apostle Cary Goodwin's book, how deception destroyed the apostolic government of the New Testament Church and established a false
apostolic system, which will include a revelation of what denominational
ministry is actually attempting to accomplish today.
Gather My Apostles by Cary Goodwin, copyright 1996; excerpt from Chapter 2, entitled Doctrine
<<<This book is about Apostles, which is called out of the Order and Will of
God Himself. If we entertain doctrines of devils, we can't even receive the
Order of God. In Matthew chapter 15 vs. 9 the Lord says, But in vain they do
worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. In Matthew 16
vs. 6, Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. This is a definite warning to the Believers.
We must heed the warnings of the Bible.
In the World today, we still have Government regulated Christian Churches. Russia for seventy years did allow Christianity, as long as it was performed under the Russian Orthodox Church, A Church approved of and regulated by the Government. In China there is a Government approved and regulated Church. They chose the Catholic religion, regulated by them for this purpose. This gives them the appearance of being free and attempts to quench the attacks of their critics. In Vietnam today it is the same, the State recognizes only one Christian religion and it to is Catholic and regulated by the State. These Churches are allowed to perform seemingly righteous rituals, to make the people feel like they are practicing righteousness. But doctrines that might threaten the Government such as the new birth, Baptism of the Holy Spirit strictly forbidden. We know about them and can see them operating today. Satan knows that if he can get the Church to change their doctrine he can rob them of their God given Power, Authority and Glory. Mark Chapter 7 vs. 13, Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered and many such like things do ye.
To understand what happened to the Church of Jesus Christ, we must understand Church History. We need to understand, so that we can take it all back and to avoid the same mistakes. The Church was birthed on the Day of Pentecost right in the middle of the Roman Empire. At first, the Romans looked upon Christianity as a Jewish problem, therefore, it didn't require any regulation. But the Church of Jesus Christ continued to grow and it grew in the power of the Spirit of God. Soon it became a threat to the empire, threatening to exalt itself above the Caesar.
Laws were passed to put to death those who professed Jesus of Nazareth. We know, that at that time, the Church was driven underground even into the Catacombs under Rome. When Christians were caught, they were told to renounce their faith in Jesus of Nazareth. When they would not, they were killed. Many times the method of execution was for sport in front of the citizens of the Roman Empire. This was intended to send a clear message to all. Some were put in arenas with wild animals. Some into arenas with Gladiators. Some were just put to a gruesome death. In spite of the extreme penalties, this sect called Christians continued to grow and multiply. After many years of this dangerous game of Hide and seek the Emperor Constantine decided to legalize Christianity even make it the Religion of the Empire though, he himself worshipped the sun.
The Christians, now were legal and thought that Constantine was sent by God. The Roman Catholic Church was born. It was the first Government regulated Church. It was this or nothing, to the Christians of that time. They could not have known what was happening, this had never happened before. But we can see it all and must understand.
Priest were trained, the Word of God was published in a strange language that only the trained Priest could read. (Latin) The people had to rely on the Priest for their doctrine and the Priest were under the Authority of the Government. This plunged the whole world into what we now call the Dark Ages.
Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than this shall he do because I go unto my Father. Then at another time, He said, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work. John Chapter 9 vs. 4. Could the Lord have been referring to the time of darkness, that the Church was deceived into.
During this time of darkness, there were no miracles. Did they tell the people, miracles went away because we changed your doctrine and made the word of God of none effect? Of course not, that would have brought utter rebellion and chaos. Or did they tell the people things like this? Miracles went away with the Apostles. This is a lie from the very depths of the pit of Hell. With this one false saying, Satan robbed the Church of their belief in miracles, such as healing. It also proposed to the Church, that there were no longer any Apostles given. Without the leadership and Authority given to Apostles, the Body of Christ can not be Whole. I will discuss this further, later on. Satan planted these false doctrines, to neutralize the Body of Christ so they could not oppose him.
Everything continued on, till the time of the Reformation in the sixteenth century, when Martin Luther Protested against the established Church. He was a Priest in the Catholic Church and the Lord brought just a little light to him. He read in the word how the Just shall live by faith and realized that they were not living by faith. This birthed the Protestant movement. This Protestant movement began to dispel some of the false doctrine, but not all. To this day, we are still struggling to dispel these false doctrines, so a little more of the light of God can shine through to the world.
Every time, Satan sells one of these false doctrines, he is in effect building a wall around those believers so that they cannot see the truth. Preaching and teaching of the truth builds faith that breaks in pieces that wall. That wall of lies that kept them from seeing the whole truth of the matter. Then suddenly, it all seems like new revelation. It is not new revelation, it was always in the Word of God. In the time we live in we can see many such examples; Someone receives healing then begins to preach to the people of God that God still heals. Through that teaching, the false doctrine, that God doesn't heal today is dispelled by the preaching of the word concerning the matter. Those walls that held them captive is broken in pieces. People actually being born again and proclaiming it and explaining it through preaching, breaks through these religious doctrines causing many more to be born again. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word is forever settled in Heaven. We must understand this to embrace the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must understand and embrace the full will and intent of God.>>>
Lie Exposed: Miracles ceased with the Apostles.
From the above excerpt of Apostle Goodwin's book, we find that the Papal system replaced the Apostolic system of Government instituted by the Apostles in the New Testament. Most people don't know, but the Pope of the Catholic Church is literally deemed by the Catholic as the Apostle of Apostles, just under Jesus Christ in authority. In other words, they claim the Pope is the Apostle with the highest authority on earth, just under the Apostleship of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Webster's dictionary defines the word "pope" as "...the head of the Roman Catholic Church." The papal system was a system by which the Apostles of men replaced the Apostles of God. A false apostolic government was erected by the Roman Catholic Church, and to avoid persecution, many of the Saints fell for the apostolic system of men and replaced the apostolic government of God. The Church was ruled by Rome and under the government of Bishops and Apostles (the Pope) appointed by men.
By replacing the apostles of God with the apostolic system of man, the Church came out from under persecution and replaced their effectiveness in the POWER of God with a false peace. Satan knew he couldn't stop the apostolic power that was resident even in the Saints under the true apostolic system instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ, so instead of doing away with apostolic government altogether, Satan erected a system that would allow them to remain Christians and yet force them to compromise their beliefs in true apostolic ministry. To stop the flow of God's anointing that continued to come from the lives of the Saints under the Apostolic Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, Satan decided to do away with persecution if the Church would just accept a false government to operate under. This plummeted not only the Church, but the whole world into what has become know in History as the Dark Ages, when the Church compromised and refused to be the Light of the World, accepting the apostles of men and their false peace instead of the apostles of God along with the persecution, torture, and even death that comes by being associated with His Name.
This ultimately lead to the belief under the false apostolic government that Apostles and miracles died with the Apostles mentioned in the Bible. The Church went from false apostolic government to no apostles, which took the Church to an even greater level of darkness. I have read whole books still circulating today the use false theology to tell how the apostles of the New Testament and miracles died long ago.
And even now, we see denominationalism, another form of false apostolic government, running rampant and spreading division throughout the Church. A denomination is "a religious organization uniting in a single legal and administrative body as a number of local congregations." THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF APOSTOLIC GOVERNMENT with one acceptation. To be considered a true apostolic government, they not only have to be a religious organization uniting in a single legal administrative body as a number of local congregations, but ultimately that administrative body must connect itself to the flow of anointing that circulates throughout other administrative bodies governing other local congregations as well. Another problem is that the Church's rejection of the ministry gift of the Apostle has caused denominations to be formed without genuinely anointed apostles as the governing head of these systems. They are apostolic systems with the structure of apostolic ministry without anointing apostles governing their work and structure, which results in the massive division we see in the Body of Christ today. True Apostles will unify denominations or religious groups governing a number of local bodies.
Denominationalism is defined as "devotion to denominational principles or interest" with the result of "emphasizing of denominational differences to the point of being narrowly exclusive." The problem with the spirit of denominationalism is that they overemphasize areas of some Truth to the point that the exiled the fellowship of others based upon their differences in belief, or because another religious group within the Body of Christ may not emphasize any particular given area of truth as much as they do. We need to have a spirit that emphasizes all of the Bible, the parts we know, and the parts that other religious groups or governing bodies have learned within the Body of Christ. We only know in part, but if governing bodies would learn from other fellowships of Saints and would accept them as equally being qualified as Saints as long as they observe the basics of Salvation, then we would all know more and would receive a greater manifestation of the Glory of God revealed in His Word.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing-- life forevermore. (NKJ)
That's the message that true apostles are bringing to the Body of Christ today. UNITY!!! When we exclude ourselves from the fellowship of the Brethren, the story of the prodigal son teaches us that we exclude ourselves from fellowship with the Father as well. When the prodigal left the house, he left his brethren and the fellowship of the father. In another way, when the prodigal returned and the father rejoiced, the older brother resented the prodigal, and his bitterness that separated him from loving his brother also cause him to have an attitude that displeased the father.
The devastation of rejecting the apostle's ministry was that a false government was established and the Church ceased to be the Light of the World, and the result was that the whole world was plummeted into the Dark Ages, and who knows how many untold souls perished due to the mistake of rejecting true apostolic ministry? This Brothers and Sisters is why it is so significant to understand what being an apostle really means. If denominationalism teaches anything, it teaches that we need a governing system in the Body of Christ that goes beyond just each Pastor governing each local assembly individually. Many Pastors have fallen because they are accountable to no one and are a government to themselves, answering to no man or system ordained by God. This is another form of false government, when Pastors are submitted and accountable only to themselves.
We can also learn from denominationalism that we need to network and pull together, not only as governing parties over a number of Pastors and local congregations, but we need to begin to unite and work as one government universally, not under a false apostolic system, but under truly anointed an appointed Apostles of the Most High God.