I immediately thought of Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2-4 “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears from the truth”. Pastors need to stand firm on the Word of God and not be swayed by people who don’t want to hear the truth. Heaven and Hell are real. Certain things we do and lifestyles being lived today, God declares as sin. The only remedy for sin is to believe and accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Society does not get to condone sin and then the church follows. God has called the church, the believers to be a light set on a hill for all to see. Let us, the church, show what it really means to love God and to love people. We can share the truth in love. The challenge is to be loving but to also be true to God’s Word.
I just found out that New Hope Community Church is a Pentecostal church. What does that really mean?
People seem to put churches in all sorts of groups or categories. There are Catholics, Protestants, Conservative, Full Gospel, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Evangelical and Main Line Denominational titles used to describe churches. To use several of these terms, New Hope Church is a Protestant Evangelical Pentecostal Church. What that means is that we believe: In the Holy Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible is the only inspired Word of God. We are to spread the good news that salvation comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That God desires for every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit and power to be a witness for Him. That the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit are to be active within the lives of the believer. Every week I meet with pastors from Wesleyan, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal backgrounds and together we pray for each other, for our churches and for this community.
Islam and Christianity have very different views on God, Jesus, Scripture and Salvation that are totally incompatible. Muhammad founded Islam in 622 AD after he claimed to receive a revelation from an angel who he first thought was Satan. Allah is the Moon God chosen by Muhammad to be the one true God, Jesus is not God’s son, Jesus did not die on the cross or rise from the dead. The bible cannot be trusted because Jews and Christians have corrupted it.
Christianity believes in the One True God of the Bible. We are saved by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God. "Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the Father except through Him". Only one of these religions are true, the other is based on lies and deception.
You have taken a step in the right direction by admitting you’re an addict and that you need God. Addict, liar, gossip, adultery is doesn’t matter “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. First step to freedom is to admit you have sinned. Next step is to believe that only by accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord can you be saved from your sins. Jesus came to set free those who are addicted, bound, taken captive by sin. Another important step is to take authority in the name of Jesus over any and all addicting spirits in your life and command them to be gone out of your life never to return. Then ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you with His presence and power so you can live your life pleasing God. Daily pray and read God’s Word. Get under some good Christian teaching and fellowship so that you can continue to grow in your new life with God.