HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
BE READY ALWAYS TO DEFEND THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH
Saturday, December 19
"6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
1 Corinthians 9: 17 "For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me."
Apostolic authority is the authority to defend the gospel of Christ. Paul said, “I am raised for the confirmation and the defense of the gospel.” I am raised for it as an apostle to defend and confirm the gospel, so that those who have heard should know that it is so. But to those who want to abuse it, I say, NO! Not in my presence, not to my knowledge. I respect no person when it comes to the gospel. When I saw Peter doing something different, something that abused this gospel, I spared him not.
Before some people came from James in Jerusalem, Peter was eating with the Gentiles in Antioch, but when he saw the Jews that came from James he started playing hypocrisy. If left unchecked, it would have affected the gospel. We have told the Gentiles that circumcision means nothing; that eternal life was in Christ; that the law has been done away with; and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and that Jesus commanded that the gospel be preached to the world.
I rebuked Peter and Barnabas when I saw that both of them were carried away. Barnabas was even the one that mentored Paul. When I saw that Barnabas was going the same direction, I corrected him too to preserve the gospel. Paul laboured to preserve the truth of Christ’s gospel. He gave no chance to false brethren that came in. Not even once!
There is need for vigilance and watchfulness against false doctrines and strange practices. We must watch and supervise the pastors who are under us to ensure that they do not derail. Some of them love revelations. They love some unwholesome ideas. They love to bring these things that might bring damnable heresies. We must watch against anybody bringing any damnable heresies to the body of Christ or to Holiness Revival Movement. Such persons must be identified and put aside.
Let the Church remain clean and righteous. Let us operate in godly fear. The Church is under apostolic authority. If there are things that are not clear, that you have not heard from us and you feel that there is need to teach them, then verify from the headquarters to know whether those things have meaning. You are not to teach whatsoever you desire because you are operating under authority.
Thought for the day:
Teach and practice true and sound doctrine.
Song for the day:
The church is marching on....
Bible reading for the day:
Micah 1-3; Revelation 10
PASTOR PAUL RIKA