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In Pittsburgh we received a revelation from God about prevailing during a Blackaby seminar. It said, Moses was called by God to come to a higher plane of faith when the Lord told him to speak to the rock instead of smiting it as he did before in Rephidim. Moses, however, did not step up into the faith to which he was called, but instead smote the rock as he did before. Therefore God said, “Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” Moses lived in the old covenant that didn’t equip man to obey God and keep his judgments. So, how are we to speak to the rock today? In the language of God’s Spirit is the answer, “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” This is how we sanctify God in the eyes of God’s people; “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not,” and it’s our means of entering the land God’s promised us. Isn’t this his kingdom? That’s what Jesus told us. This requires us, of course, to come to a higher plane of faith that God’s called us to stand in if we want to sanctify him through our lives, and it’s the new covenant Jesus instituted in his own blood, but if we won’t step down from being Lord over our own lives, and we insist on continuing to operate from the arm of our own flesh, as Moses did, whom will we glorify? Neither shall we bring God’s congregation into the land he’s given them. This too is God’s promise.
Is there any way that this can be ‘web-cast’ so those of us who can not afford to travel could link at home/church and participate?
Comments by Richard Mouw (main speaker at August Gathering) in Christianity Today:
“A prominent evangelical had criticized those of us who have been in a sustained dialogue with Catholics for giving the impression that a person can be saved without having the right theology about justification by faith. My response to that: of course a person can be saved without having the right theology of justification by faith. A straightforward question: Did Mother Teresa go to hell? My guess is that she was a little confused about justification by faith alone. If you think that means she went to hell, I have only one response: shame on you.
Why don’t folks who criticize Rob Bell for wanting to let too many people in also go after people like that who want to keep too many people out? Why are we rougher on salvific generosity than on salvific stinginess?”
Any Thoughts? Not sure where this leaves me. Should I be ashamed because honestly I’m not sure about Mother Theresa. Is he implying (like Rob Bell in the Ghandi comment) that her works obviously earn her the right to be in heaven?
He also refers to Billy Graham:
“Graham made it clear that he is still firmly confident that Jesus is the only way to salvation. When asked, though, about the destiny of “good Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or secular people,” Billy had this to say: “Those are decisions only the Lord will make. It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there and who won’t …. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said he gave his son for the whole world, and I think he loves everybody regardless of what label they have.” Billy Graham is no universalist. But he has come to a theology of salvific generosity, a perspective that he combines with a passionate proclamation of the message that Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life. ”
What is being said here? It seems like he wants it both ways. A generous theology that is exclusively focused on Christ. Help me with this.
Matthew 7:13-14 says “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
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