Friday, November 9, 2012

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What Is Faith?

Faith is trust, and fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear equals respect and reverence equals trust and faith. God is God. God does not need faith. There is nothing out of the reach of God; He doesn’t need faith in Himself because He is Himself. The faith of God is meant to be our faith in Him. Faith is what man needs toward God, not from God. God has knowledge and wisdom: God knows and therefore is. God created everything by His will, not His faith. He has given his word so that we can know His will.

How does apostasy and blasphemy enter into the world, and even the Church? By one man, Adam, sin came into the world. By one man, Origen, distorted gospels came into the world; known as the Alexandrian texts. By one man, E. W. Kenyon, the ‘faith movement” came into the world and was handed down and promoted by the likes of Kenneth Hagen, Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Frederick Price, Charles Capps, Jerry Saville and others. Thank God, by the one man Jesus, our sins can be forgiven and our relationship with God can be established.

What would God need faith for, and what or whom would He have faith in, us? Faith is the assurance of things not seen. God can see Himself, His angels and those who have gone ahead of us into Heaven. Those angels and people can see Him. We can have the faith that God is real and eventually we will see Him. Faith is believing that fact. The “God kind of faith”, as promoted by the “faith movement”, does not exist, as explained above. We cannot have what doesn’t exist. We can have faith in God.

Just as there are progressives in the politics of our country who want to change things from what the “Founding Fathers” set up, there are progressives in the religious realm that want to change things from what the “Heavenly Father” set up. Both are dangerous and spoken about by the Father in the Bible and the fathers of our country, respectively. The necessity of the progressives to limit the faith of our Father in Heaven is an integral part of limiting our faith in our founding fathers in order to bring in their Socialist agenda.

Job is the best example of the faith movement’s false reading of scripture. Job told the truth and the faith folks say that he brought the bad things on himself by his bad confessions. To come to that conclusion, you have to ignore everything said by both God and Satan in the Book of Job. “Of course, Hinn must ignore the clear context of scripture to deliver his diatribe against Job. When God calls Job upright, Hinn calls him carnal. When God calls Job good, Hinn calls Job bad. When God says that Job had spoken right, Hinn says Job made a negative confession. Several times in the first two chapters of Job, God makes it clear that Job was blameless and upright, that he feared God and shunned evil (Job1:1,8; 2:3). In fact, the Lord even declared to Satan that “there is no one on earth like” Job (1:8; 2:3).”

Currently, in our country, there is a lack of jobs. People say we need to create more jobs. We may need more jobs, but more importantly we need more Jobs. We need more men, who like Job, will trust in the Lord: no matter what! The Lord will supply all the needs of those who trust in Him.

Does God’s definition, of success in life, match ours? In the United States, today, the lower middle class have an easier life than the kings in the Old Testament. We have more gadgets, labor saving devices, shorter working hours, better occupational safety, air conditioning and heat, running water, more abundant food supplies, better transportation, clothing and housing than the old kings ever dreamed of. Do the prosperity preachers mean we should be living like the kings of old or the middle class of today? We know, from scripture, not to build up our treasures on earth. How about – the Lord supplies all my needs: not necessarily my wants, but my needs. Are you put to shame, don’t have enough money to fulfill your wants, sick and haven’t been healed, have shabby clothes, were involved in a wreck, sent to jail and otherwise punished; perhaps you are living like Paul, Peter and the other followers of Jesus in the Bible. He never promised you a rose garden, here on earth. Fight the good fight, run the good race, endure to the end and you will have more than you can dream of in the life to come. We need to take stock of the fact that this life is temporary. It is essentially a test for the life to come.

Rick Rahn


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