COG NEWS: John Jewell, associate of Warren Zehrung, died on 29th June, aged 83. In That Day is at Hand, Warren Zehrung explained how “John Jewell and I came to work together.
eNews from Ministerial and Member Services
Issue 237 July 14, 2016
“America: The Time Is Now!” seminars held in Chicago and Milwaukee
Here are the results from all eight events held so far:
- Dallas – 57
- San Antonio – 45
- Houston – 21
- Nashville – 45
- Indianapolis – 55
- Columbus – 24
- Chicago – 62
- Milwaukee – 14
Plans are underway to do 9 more appearances over a 12-month period to cities that are within a day’s drive of Cincinnati or so. Here are the upcoming cities on our schedule:
- Cleveland, Ohio – Sunday, August 14 at 3 p.m.
- Dayton, Ohio – Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m.
- Raleigh, North Carolina – Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- Greensboro, North Carolina – Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Charlotte, North Carolina – Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
- Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida – Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m.
- Orlando, Florida – Monday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- Kansas City, Missouri – Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m.
- St. Louis/Troy, Missouri – Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Victor Kubik has responded to the comments about his Pentecost Sermon in his weekly Ministerial Newsletter.
He clearly rejects the Trinity while strongly indicating that he considers Jesus Christ a being created at his human birth, rejecting the pre-existence of Jesus Christ; which would explain why he is being defended by the “One God” people.
Then he proceeds to contradict himself by quoting that no one has ever heard God the Father, when clearly the Creator was heard by Adam, Moses and others.
Victor’s position is contradictory and extremely confused; he quotes from discredited evangelical “translations” and buries his point in much double talk.
This letter clearly contradicts his sermon and seems to be a correction which was only made because of the attention that this Blog brought to the issues. This man is president of UCG and the training of the ministry has been entrusted to this person.
From the President…
Dear fellow servants of God,
As Bev and I continue our church travels to Australia and Asia, one thing continues to firmly impress us: this world desperately needs God and the incredible blessing that will come to this world through the establishment of the Kingdom of God by the very Son of God, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. On our travels, as we see people and read of events that have no influence of God, it gives us serious pause as we consider what a great gift we have been given.
That continuing experience leads me to a question: What’s the role of God the Father in your life? The Church’s Bible Study Guide concerning our fundamental beliefs contains this powerful statement:
“We believe in One God, the Father, eternally existing, who is a Spirit, a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love justice, power and authority.”
James: Did you catch that? Do you see how slickly and subtly he slipped that by, through quoting only a part of the statement of belief? In fact there is one God consisting of two beings, the one who became the Father and the one who became the son. Now let us read the rest of the quote which he left out: ” We believe in one God, the Father, eternally existing, who is a Spirit, a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power and authority. He, through Jesus Christ, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is the Source of life and the One for whom human life exists. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the Word and has eternally existed.”
What does that mean to you from a practical perspective? How can we apply this in our lives? During His earthly ministry, one of the principal tasks of Jesus Christ, whom we as a Church fully recognize as the Messiah and the divine Son of the living God, was to reveal this incredible all-powerful Being who Jesus positively confirmed was His very Father! [This is a complete about face from his sermon audio.]
As Jesus declared to the Jews of the first century, “You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form” (John 5:37). That shocked them. That was revealed knowledge that they had never heard.
Throughout His three-and-one-half-year ministry, Jesus constantly defined his relationship with His Father, revealing minute details about who and what God is.
Every Passover we openly read Jesus’ words about His direct and close relationship with His heavenly Father. We read in the 17th chapter of John the emotion-packed words of Jesus as He prays to His Father on our behalf. The book of Hebrews goes on to describe our incredible privilege to have Jesus Christ as our Elder Brother (Hebrews 2:11). His sacrifice paid the penalty and opened the way for us to join him as the very children of God (1 John 3:1).
So what about us? What about the people in our congregations? What role does God the Father play in our individual lives? This was a question that faced the Church very early on.
Certainly Jesus as the living Son of the Most High God set us an example. He is our model. He is our example.
After being called a “good teacher” by a local scholar, we read the response of Jesus: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God”(Luke 18:19, New King James Version). Jesus looked constantly to His Father. He knew what the source of all good was and is.
What about us?
The early church faced the same question. Notice what Paul wrote to the Ephesians, a largely gentile congregation located in what is today western Turkey: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17, New International Version).
This is the same Holy Spirit that God sent to the Church on Pentecost, the same Spirit that God, as the very Father of Jesus, used to bring the Messiah into this physical world. As we read, Mary, the mother of Jesus, “was found with child of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18, NKJV).
Paul specifically used powerful imagery to get his point across about what God wanted to bring to you and me. Paul prayed to the Father that “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19, NKJV).
As Paul continues, that power characterizes the incomprehensible might which God used to raise His Son from the dead, the power that established the Son of God as “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (verse 21).
That power that Paul prays that we appreciate and understand, included the fact that God appointed Jesus Christ to “to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (verse 22-23).
How wonderful that we can understand this. How wonderful it is that we are not spiritually blinded by a limiting man-made doctrine of a trinity. As separate Beings who have existed for incalculable millennia, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ are today executing an incredible plan to bring peace through an eternal Kingdom of God!
As Bev and I travel and see afresh what a world apart from God looks like, I too add my prayers that our hearts would be collectively enlightened. Let us continue to look to our heavenly Father and seek to understand and know Him better. Let us re-read and meditate on the words spoken by His Son Jesus Christ, our Elder Brother, that we may elevate the conscious role of God our Father in our daily lives.
In Christ’s service,
Kubik Pentecost Sermon Transcription and Comments
When in WCG, Victor Kubik and other leaders now leading UCG, deceived the brethren with a well laid plan:
1. Brainwashing the brethren into believing that the corporate organization is the true church of God [it is not] and then instilling a greater love and zeal for the organization and its leaders; than any love and zeal to live by the Word of God; by getting the people to wrongly equate love and zeal for the organization, with love and zeal for God.
This process of creating an idol out of the corporation began with HWA and already had deep roots in the brethren, so this was the easy part.
The present Holy Spirit sermon issue is clearly showing that the majority of the ministry and half or more of the brethren are fully brainwashed into equating love and zeal for the organization with love and zeal for God: Which IS IDOLATRY and is no different from the idolatry of Jeroboam 1, save that our golden calves are men and corporate entities!
2. Driving a wedge between law and love to pit love against law in place of the biblical doctrine that the law defines love.
3. Introducing the LIE that love tolerates sin
4. Perverting the biblical Christ from a Being zealous for the whole Word of God, who would correct any and all departures from the Word of God; into a weak insipid evangelical Christ who tolerates sin out of a false lawless love
5. The next thing was to pervert and confuse on the Holy Spirit so that the errors waiting to be introduced can be presented as new truth coming from a latter day outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is the present phase in UCG.
6. When these things were accomplished the Tkach organization was finally ready to introduce its changes.
Today, the very same men who did this in the WCG are doing the exact same thing again and using exactly the same methods to change UCG.
Comments on the Victor Kubik Pentecost Sermon of Jun 12, 2016
To begin it is important to note the following:
1. Victor is not your average elder but is president of UCG and therefore represents UCG.
2. As the primary representative of UCG it is incumbent on him to adhere strictly to the UCG list of Fundamental Beliefs in all public utterances regardless of personal opinions.
3. Victor is not a novice or newly ordained elder but has about forty years of experience.
4. This sermon was posted uncorrected for all of UCG and all public visitors to see at the UCG website
5. If Victor made an unintended error it was his duty to immediately correct himself in the sermon or have his editors correct the issue for him. Instead it was published as made with all of its errors.
6. This is not a single momentary slip but is the theme of the entire sermon
7. At the very least Victor and UCG are guilty of gross incompetence, but all indications are that this was a deliberate attempt to set a certain attitude in the brethren.
The sermon itself was a paraphrase of the Tkach “God Is” booklet.
The ‘God Is’ booklet (published in the Tkach era of the WCG – 1992) stated that: “The Worldwide Church of God does not teach that the Holy Spirit is a person, because we believe Scripture is not explicit on this point, and human language cannot be. We believe the Bible portrays the Holy Spirit as the presence of God in action, distinct from the Father and the Son, yet one with them.”
Viktor Kubik begins his Pentecost sermon by confirming that “the Holy Spirit is not a person” – calling it “the force of creation.”
At the 11 minute mark Viktor Kubik says, “The Father was not the father of Jesus – the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus” using the word conceived in the presently understood sense of begetting Christ.
This statement has several ramifications:
1. It denies that God the Father was the begetting Father of Jesus Christ, by making the Spirit Being who created all things, flesh and implanting him in the womb of Mary. NOTE: This was corrected in the subsequent Newsletter.
2. Victor clearly states that Jesus was “conceived,” that is he is a created being at the point of conception; and therefore is not the Implementing Creator God, the God of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses and the ancients.
3. This statement by Victor also denies that Jesus Christ was the Implementing Creator of all things and in spite of Victor’s denial, teaches a trinity by making the Spirit capable of conceiving a life and exalting that Spirit above Jesus Christ and God the Father!
This conflicts with UCG’s Fundamental Beliefs booklet, which states that, “The Father ‘gave His only begotten Son’ in sacrifice as the ‘Lamb of God’ for the forgiveness of our sins. After that Jesus was exalted by the Father to the glory They shared before the world existed (John 3:16; John 1:29; John 17:5).”
In fact Jesus Christ was the Implementing Creator of all things before his human birth and he was not conceived in the sense that we think of the word today as a sperm uniting with an egg; the biblical word conceived merely meaning “being with child.”
The Implementing Creator God gave up his Godhood to be made the tiniest human flesh and was placed into the womb of Mary by God the Father through the agency of the Holy Spirit. That does not make the Holy Spirit the conception generating creator of Jesus Christ, or the creator of all things as Victor is stating. See: The Preexistence of Jesus Christ Proved
While Don Hooser has come out with the lame statement that Victor had meant to say that Joseph was not the father of Jesus and misspoke; Victor later claims that the Holy Spirit was the Creator of the universe, not Jesus Christ or even God the Father.
Victor’s entire sermon not only conflicts with the UCG list of Fundamental Beliefs but conflicts with the Holy Scriptures and is a paraphrase of the Tkach “God Is” publication which was written with a very specific agenda in mind.
The agenda of the Tkach “God Is” booklet and Victor’s sermon is to prepare the brethren and elders to accept coming changes into evangelical Tkachism as spiritual growth inspired by the Holy Spirit.
This reminds me of a letter I received in the 1990s. In the 70s I had had a room mate for several months and after moving from Ottawa to the West Coast we lost touch. Then in the 90s I received a surprise letter from him. In the letter this man gushed about the new understanding saying that there was a tremendous spiritual growth through a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Tkach WCG.
Brethren, Joe Tkach and the same people now running UCG rejected sound doctrine for Pentecostal Evangelical error and led most people astray by cloaking their gross errors as inspired advances in truth from the Holy Spirit.
A Spirit of Remembrance
Victor continually emphasizes that the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles on Pentecost in 31 A.D. and was the gift of a Spirit of Remembrance. This is another compound error and twisting of:
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
In fact this is another error since the Holy Spirit, which was promised to bring remembrance to the apostles was given to the apostles on Wave Offering Sunday (John 20:22), and the Holy Spirit was later given to others on Pentecost.
Notice in John 14:26 that the Spirit was given to the apostles on Wave Offering Sunday and was to bring to the apostles remembrance those things that Jesus had already taught them. The Holy Spirit was given to the apostles early so that at that Feast of Pentecost they would be able to teach the people gathered at Jerusalem from many distant lands who had NEVER heard the words of Jesus taught to them before!
The miracle was NOT bringing to remembrance things that the mass of people had never heard before; it was the gift of hearing the Word in their own languages for the FIRST time, and of being convicted by the Holy Spirit to sincere repentance.
Victor is trying to focus on the one point of remembrance, when it is not even relevant to the masses on that Pentecost.
He is trying to prepare the brethren for changes by setting an attitude to accept coming changes as “spiritual growth” supposedly from the Holy Spirit like Joe Tkach did. This is a set up to prepare people to accept coming changes into gross error without question, as an outpouring of tremendous spiritual growth supposedly inspired by the Holy Spirit.
There is “a very sinister message” here. What Victor is doing is trying to establish an attitude in the ministry and brethren; that the ongoing and coming changes into gross error are spiritual growth; by claiming that the Holy Spirit is revealing and bringing more truth to remembrance, as they inject gross Tkach evangelical error into UCG.
He is using the “remembrance” thing to get people to blindly and without question, accept anything they say as somehow inspired by God and the Holy Spirit. At that point they can inject the Tkach [the Ukrainians are a distraction to hide the fact that this is pure Tkachism] teachings, with devious twisting’s of the scriptures, especially of Paul, and people who are not grounded on sound doctrine will be deceived.
The remembrance that the real Holy Spirit brings, is a remembrance [and understanding] of the whole Word of God, in those who obey the whole Word of God to live by every Word of God.
Victor and company, are setting the conditions for twisting the Word of God and changing the doctrines to the Evangelical persuasion and deceiving the brethren to accept those changes, by claiming that the new [false} teachings are “remembrances brought by the Holy Spirit”: That is the agenda they have been working for the past five years in UCG and longer in their own congregations.
That is why I have spent so much time going through the Epistles, Gospels and the entire Bible; to ground those who visit on the sound doctrine of the Word of God, and after next Passover when I have completed the entire Bible I can go forward with serious doctrinal studies to combat this as it escalates.
Don Hooser seems to have the same Tkach Holy Spirit agenda as Victor Kubik and many other leaders and elders in UCG, which is why they are so incensed that I am exposing their plan sand activities.
Victor Kubik (UCG 6/11/2016) “A Spirit of Remembrance” Transcript
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on mankind in a particularly powerful and public way. It was a historical moment in God’s working with mankind. One of those moments that is as important as any other event, in that God was pouring out His Holy Spirit in a very public way, making it possible for all mankind, who was ready for it, to receive it. And the apostle Peter on this day stood up and gave a very motivating sermon, very,very uncharacteristic of the way he conducted himself just a few months before, where he denied Christ. He reacted very,very impetuously in cutting off the high priest’s servant’s ear, and did other things that really were not showing himself to be a courageous person. But now he stood up in Jerusalem and spoke boldly and quoted from Joel 2 and verse 28. He quoted a prophecy that was really intended for our time, for the very,very end times. But he applied this prophecy of Joel to that moment in history on the Day of Pentecost.
Joel 2:28 “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind, and your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”
Certainly I see change in the way God was working with mankind.
“Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
And a large crowd assembled and heard him. A large crowd, that just two months before, many of whom were part of the mob shouting “Crucify Him, crucify Him”. And that is judged by that fact that when he spoke to them, they were convicted about the fact that they had responsibility in the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And as a result of that motivating sermon, but more so of the Holy Spirit that was working through Peter, three thousand people were baptized on that day. And a short time later, another two thousand were baptized. It was an amazing day for the history of the church. I don’t know if there was any other day in history where as many people were added to God’s church as it was on that very first day of Pentecost in 31 A.D.
The power and mind that proceeds from God are called the Spirit of God, or the Holy Spirit. And that is what we will be commemorating the giving of in a big way. Even though the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the bible from the second verse of the book of Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation, there is no lack of descriptions of the workings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is not identified as a third person in a trinity, but is consistently described as the power of God. I often end my sermons with the statement that the apostle Paul uses in his greeting, “Grace and peace be to you from God the Father and Jesus Christ. He says it over and over again many, many times, sometimes at the beginning of a book, and at the end of a book, but certainly at the beginning, as part of his greeting. But he doesn’t mention the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t say, “God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit greet you.” The reason? Because the Holy Spirit is not a personage. The Holy Spirit is not a person, is not part of a co-whatever trinity. God the Father and Jesus Christ are personages; they have faces. They – We are made in their likeness. But the Holy Spirit is different.
Our very first fundamental belief mentions the Holy Spirit; that is where the Holy Spirit is described and in the longer version in the booklet, it’s explained further. The Holy Spirit is diverse in its functionality. In the second verse of the book of Genesis, it’s like the force of creation; it hovered over the waters as God was re-creating the Earth. And by extension, it was through the Holy Spirit, the workings of the Holy Spirit, that the entire universe was created. That’s how God worked. It was the way, the functionality of God’s being able to do that particular work. So, the Holy Spirit is ultra-powerful in what it does in creating the universe and everything that we see.
Also, the Holy Spirit has various fruits that proceed from it. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace. So you have quite a diversity from being a very powerful force of God’s activity and impact on the earth, to being fruits of what God is, and what His nature is.
The Holy Spirit also is given to mankind upon repentance and baptism. It is something that you can receive. Those of you who are baptized here have received the Holy Spirit, a part of that power of God. We’ll be talking about that here, and a particular functionality in this particular sermon.
The Holy Spirit seals us. It like, puts us into a jar, prepared for the resurrection; it is a sealer. Also, the Holy Spirit, as we see in second Corinthians, chapter one, and verse 22, (2 Corinthians 1:22). There is so much biblically about the Holy Spirit. It is just amazing; the more you study, the more you see the huge variation in its functionality and its working in our lives.
2 Corinthians 1:22 “ Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” – it is like the earnest payment – the down payment.
And Paul says something similar in Ephesians chapter one and verse 14 (Ephesians 1:14), “Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
So, when we were baptized, we came out of the water, hands were laid upon us and the Holy Spirit given to us, as it was given in the first day of Pentecost, on the day of Pentecost we have received this earnest, down payment of God’s working in us. I say, the earnest of eternal life of God putting it in us.
We have, in our booklet covered a number of aspects of the Holy Spirit. I would like to just tell you a little bit about my discussing the Holy Spirit with Ukrainian Sabbatarians. The reason I bring this up is because they had a very interesting observation as to how we perceive the Holy Spirit. Nothing contradictory – actually more supplementary to what we believe and what we see. This was some time back, actually before the start of the United Church of God, I met with their leaders, and we always used to spend just lots of time comparing our beliefs. And we were astounded that they who survived all the way from Stalinist times to the break-up of the U.S.S.R. as a church – not a well-known church, not a public church, but a church that was you know, just undercover – but they came to the beliefs that we have come to, in two different universes, so to speak. And we were amazed as to how many things we have in common – what we understood about the resurrection was right on, exactly the same. The nature of God was the same. Keeping the Sabbath, unclean meats, just so many things were were just right toe-to-toe in what we believed. They did make an observation about the Holy Spirit, however. Now they said “we read about what you believe about the Holy Spirit as the power of God. And they knew that, and they had no, absolutely nothing different from what we believe. But they said, “you know something? You can do a little bit better with your description and you can do more with what the Holy Spirit does for you. They talked about how they had survived so many different challenges, and they had actually grown to be a church – actually churches – in western Ukraine, upwards of three thousand people, that they felt they were protected by the Holy Spirit.
(9:15)They had revelation that came into them through the Word of God by the Holy Spirit. They had the Holy Spirit guide them, direct them, show them things. And they showed biblically how the Holy Spirit worked in the New Testament. And I was so impressed by them, because, while we believe those same things, often times because of all the electronic, and because of all the different ways in which we can read and pretty much rely upon ourselves, and have bibles and various versions and transportation and communications that we do, these people didn’t have that. And they relied on the workings of the Holy Spirit to guide them, to direct them, to bring them together in miraculous ways. And it was interesting to hear their perception.
Let’s take a look at the workings of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, like I had mentioned, in the very second verse of the bible it speaks of the Spirit “brooded” over the face of the Earth. And God was re-creating the Earth. But then, in the New Testament, talking about the coming of Jesus Christ and His birth, in Luke chapter one and verse 35 (Luke 1:35), we see when God is working, when God is doing things, and working with mankind, it’s through His Spirit. Luke 1:35 – I couldn’t possibly give you a sermon that would give you the entire scope of the workings of the Holy Spirit. These are just little “one-liners”, so to speak, of the ways that God has worked through this Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:35 “ And the angel answered and said to her” [to Mary], ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you….’”
So we have the Holy Spirit equated to God’s power, that Jesus Christ would be born within her, would be born of the Holy Spirit. The Father was not, the Father of Jesus, the Holy Spirit conceived, uh, conceived Jesus,
“ ‘…and the power of the Highest will over shadow you, therefore also that Holy One who is to be born shall be called the Son of God.’”
So that was the beginnings of Jesus Christ’s sojourn, or His coming to the Earth. So what you have in you is of the Holy Spirit.
Acts chapter 1 and verse 8 (Acts 1:8) “but you shall”…this is the beginnings of the New Testament church… :You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. And you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, unto the ends of the earth, when Jesus Christ ascended into heaven – when Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, He said, Just wait, big things are coming, and will happen when the Holy Spirit comes upon the church. Which then actually happened ten days later, and we have the day of Pentecost.
Another statement about the Holy Spirit working: Acts chapter 10 and verse 38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Well, Jesus Christ was a human being. He was a human being as much as you and I are a human being, with all the same pulls, desires, and nature that we have. But also He was divine in the sense that God’s Holy Spirit was in Him in a very,very big way. Jesus Christ’s life on the Earth was supernatural; He did many supernatural things, powerful things. He healed people. There were great miracles which He performed, things that were fully under – not understood. Also, He came to the Earth and was res — died, and then was resurrected, which God did that through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gives us a sound mind. In 2 Timothy chapter one and verse six and seven, verse seven, when the apostle Paul speaks to Timothy, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Now, one thing that I continually pray for, is for God to give us a spirit of love, to give me a spirit of love, and wisdom, and sound mind, to think straight, to be just above even human logical thinking and fair thinking, but to do things the way God would want. I would want God to live in me; I would like to have Jesus Christ live His life in me. How does He do that? He does it through His Spirit.
Now, here are a few other diverse factors about the Holy Spirit of God. John says God is Spirit. John – God is composed of Spirit. Now, how that all works, and how God can inhabit the entire universe and be everywhere, and hear every one of our prayers, individually, and have everything in order for the great birth and resurrection and keep track of everything, is certainly wonderful, better work, but it’s done through His Spirit, in a very, very dramatic way. I don’t have to understand the technicality of it, I just know that it is, and that’s all I need to know. But God is spirit. God is made of spirit.
A Christian, in Romans chapter eight and verse nine and ten, is defined as one who has the Holy Spirit. People say, ‘How do I become a Christian?’ How, why, how is can I be a Christian and someone else not be a Christian? How, What is the difference? Even if one person, they both say that they are a Christian, well, if you have the Holy Spirit, you are a Christian. If you don’t have His Spirit, you are none of His. And we receive that Holy Spirit at baptism. At baptism we are buried, showing our physical death to the way that we have lived. We receive the Spirit of God, which is that down payment earnest of eternal life. And that is what makes us a Christian. That’s what makes us a Christian. Hopefully, those, all of you who are baptized, here, are Christians, and have that Holy Spirit residing in you. And those of you who are not baptized, you look forward to that day when you can come to make that commitment. Believe me, the commitment, while you are doing something that you might consider to be a very big event, the bigger event is what God is doing for you. He is giving you the earnest payment of eternal life. That’s a big thing. It’s the most important act and decision that you will make in your life, is to allow God to work in you and grant you the Holy Spirit upon your commitment to live a life of righteousness, to see yourself for what you are, wanting to bury yourself, and then receive the Holy Spirit of God.
In multiple places in the bible, the bible speaks of the Holy Spirit, comparing it to: fire – an analogy to fire which purifies; water, which cleanses; to a blowing wind that is powerful, like a hurricane, blows away chaff, but is very powerful in what it does. The Spirit is one of power, but also, it’s a Spirit which refines, and a Spirit which grants us very,very special qualities of God. When you understand the totality of all the functions of the Holy Spirit, you understand what God is. You understand that God is Spirit and all those things, and all of those functions are part of what He is.
The Holy Spirit grants us understanding and wisdom. I Corinthians chapter two and verse sixteen. It grants us an amazing ability to be able to understand spiritual concepts, that you might take for granted. So many of the things that we understand in the church, and we talk sort of “inspeak”, and we talk to each other about the various things that we understand about the resurrection, about what the state of the dead is, what , you know, God is going to be doing in reforming and rebuilding this Earth. These are concepts that are hidden, not understood by vast majorities of people. In fact, hardly anybody really understands things the way we do, and I don’t apologize for being one who does understand them. I’ve understood these things for decades. And I’m thankful for being able to understand them. I take a look at what others see from the bible, and see – and can’t understand how they get that. What they, how they can understand the keeping of certain days compared to the days that we observe, that come from the bible. But those spiritual things are a function of the Holy Spirit.
Second – First Corinthians chapter two and verse six: (I Cor 2:6) “We speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age….we speak the wisdom of God,” verse 7, “the mystery, the hidden wisdom of God which ordained before the ages for our glory. 8 For none of the rulers of this age knew, for they had (sic) known they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But it is written, eye has not seen nor ear heard or have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for him, for those who love Him. 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”
God has granted us a special intelligence to understand those greater concepts of who we are, our relationship with Him, why we are here on this Earth.
Now, when we did our first public appearance campaign, asking people on the street, “Why were you born?”, the answers were so silly. I know we caught them off-guard, but so many of the answers were just, didn’t make any sense at all. “I have no idea why I am born”.
Or “why were you born?”
“Well, my parents brought me into this world. I have no idea what my purpose is or exactly where I am going or what the future is. ”
And that is sad. We should be very grateful to God, on our knees, praising Him for understanding these great truths about who we are, where you’re going, how it’s all going to turn out, the meaning of our times, understanding prophecy.
“For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” Then he says, “for what man knoweth the things of a man, except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” Which, of course, is in us, and so the Holy Spirit that you come to understand these things.
The action of the Holy Spirit shows itself in the fruit of, the fruits of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22. Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. All these are functions of the Holy Spirit working in us. But also, the Holy spirit, besides fruits, is able to impart gifts to us: knowledge, wisdom, prophecy, faith, healings, working miracles, discerning truth, diverse tongues and their interpretation, you’ll not understand everything about these things, but nonetheless the Holy Spirit functions with those aspects. And as I have already mentioned, the Holy Spirit gives us a sound mind. We don’t fully yet understand all the workings of the Holy Spirit, but I think you get the point, that we have given and bumped up to a higher level of intelligence and standing through what we received through the Holy Spirit.
But there is one function of the Holy Spirit that I would like to take the rest of the time in my sermon this afternoon to talk to you about. A very, very important function of the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christs told His disciples, that He would give through the Holy Spirit. It is very, very important. Jesus Christ worked with His followers for three and a half years. The twelve were with Him the night before He was betrayed and before He was taken to be crucified. And he had some very, very, very deep thoughts that He expressed to them, that are recorded in the book of John, that we read on the eve of the Passover, from John 13 through John 17. Starting from the foot-washing to Jesus Christ’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
John chapter 14 and verse 26 – an important trait of the Holy Spirit, which was not just for the apostles, not just for those who were the future leaders at that time, but for all Christians. John chapter 14 verse 26 (John 14:26) He talks about the Helper, the “Holy Spirit.” John 14 verse 26 “…whom the Father will send in My name, He..” or the Holy Spirit..”will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all the things that I have said to you.” The Holy Spirit would basically be a refresher, would be a memory bank that could come back to them with all the things that have been stated, that would be, the teachings they had been with Jesus for three and one-half years. The Holy Spirit would give context to what Jesus Christ did throughout His three and one-half-year ministry. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of remembrance, as it is and it should be to us as well. This is a very significant function of the Holy Spirit. Again, the Holy Spirit does so many things, so many things. Everything from creating the universe, creating the Earth, to expressing the kind, tender aspects of God’s nature, of love, joy, and peace.
Human beings, though, are very forgetful. Human beings are terrible. And as you get older, you forget just a whole lot more. I think all of us know that as we get older we can’t remember things that happened yesterday, we can’t remember what happened last week unless we write things down, and we are very, very challenged to keep track of things. Actually, with the disciples, and the apostles around Jesus Christ, and all as they studied Him and they, you know, were in His presence, I’m not sure how things were recorded. I’m sure that Matthew, Mark, Luke, you know, recorded certain things. I don’t know what John had as a device to keep track of things. But I do know that the New Testament came together as a result of things being brought back; information that was put together and assembled, to have the three synoptic gospels that perfectly fit one to another, of remembering all that took place in a way that is very, very consistent and very, very truthful. But we as human beings, again, just of ourselves, are very, very forgetful.
The disciples acquired a lot of knowledge in the three and one-half years that they were with Jesus Christ. There were many parables that Christ told them, many lessons that he taught to them. But we see that, even up to the very end, that their comprehension was challenging, even to the very last day before Christ was crucified. In Matthew chapter 26…Matthew chapter 26…this is now after Christ uttered the words that are in John 13 through 17…he said he took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee as they went to Jesus Christ’s final prayers and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Christ knew His hours are coming to a real countdown to the very last ones. Then He said to them, to people He really trusted and worked with, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me,” and support me, I’m gonna die. Just, just be with me here. He went a little farther and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “Oh, my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as You will. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘What? Could you not watch [or stay awake with me] one hour? Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation….Again a second time” verse 42 , “He went away and prayed, saying, ‘Oh, my Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, Your will be done. And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were very heavy.” I mean, in spite of the fact that they were here at the very end of Christ’s life, they didn’t take this very seriously. They weren’t really ‘on target’ with Him. That evening, Peter denied Christ three times and cut off the high priest’s ear. And even after the resurrection, or even after Jesus Christ was, had died, and Peter had all this knowledge, in John chapter 21, and this is after Christ’s death and His resurrection, in John chapter 21 and verse 1, we see somewhat an un-serious attitude or actions by Peter.
John 21:1 “After these things, Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberius. And in this way he showed Himself. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathaniel, the sons of Zebedee and two others, together. You know what Peter told them? “I’m going fishing.” And this was just after, in His ministry, where, this was sometime back, Jesus Christ, or the, Peter said this to Christ, “Lord, to whom would we go, you have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” This is in John chapter 6:67 and 68. “Did we know that you are the Son of God? Where else would we go? We don’t know where else to go, You are it, we believe You.” But here, just after Christ’s death and resurrection, he seemed to have forgotten that. It had gone away from Him. And just of himself, he was not a person who was very, very serious, and really an apostle who was dedicated and ready to go, because he had forgotten. It is this spirit of remembrance that Jesus was giving back to the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, because we see Peter’s sermon on the Pentecost being totally different from the attitudes that he displayed, even up to the very end of Christ’s life. Peter became a whiz as a motivational speaker. Thousands of people were gathered and he wasn’t afraid. In fact, he told the crowd, “You have killed Christ”. Just two months, less than two months before that he was hiding. “I don’t know, I don’t know.” People would say, ” Weren’t you with Christ? “You look familiar”, the guards said when they saw Peter. “Oh, I don’t know Him, I don’t know Him, not me.” He denied Christ. But now we see a different spirit in Peter. And it wasn’t Peter’s spirit, it was the Holy Spirit of God that was working. The church had expanded from 120 who were assembled on the Day of Pentecost with little tongues of fire on their head that each one saw on the other, as a sign of the Holy Spirit being with them, and the church swelled to five thousand people. A very, very powerful event. The church was coming together. It was coming together because of the Holy Spirit. The gospel, faith, salvation, obviously a transformation in the lives of many people as the church really had a very strong lift-off on that day of Pentecost.
That Pentecost sermon is one of the greatest recorded sermons of all, really a motivational sermon, not only in the content, but you can almost see Peter giving that sermon, with his boldness and the way that he spoke to the crowd. Actually, Peter’s life was, Peter as a person was a very common person; he was a fisherman. And you know, the other apostles were actually very, very common people as well. In fact, there was not an intellectual really among them. There was nobody here who was really a person who is learned; they were people who were very common, whom Christ had taught. But they were people who understood the deepest of truths of life. The one who was probably the most intelligent – intellectual I should say – of all, was the apostle Paul, who came along after Christ, and was used to record many of the, much of, much of the dogma of the New Testament church.
God always has appealed to man to remember. And one of the faults of mankind is the fact that people just don’t remember very well. They forget. And this forgetfulness is not just a bad habit. It is something which has brought a lot of fatality to the human race. In fact, it is going to bring about the end of the human race unless God would step in to help us remember, to help us to understand what it is that He is teaching us. As mankind throughout all history, God has told mankind various things. He performed great deeds. He brought Israel out of Egypt in a dramatic way through the Red Sea. And He used that as an example of God’s great power of deliverance from the greatest nation on the earth. Tribes of slaves that were sent through the Red Sea into the Promised Land. And He says, “Don’t forget,” look back on that moment in history; look back on that moment when I delivered you, against immense odds, against Pharaoh, against his army, against thousands of soldiers in chariots. I brought you through that. Don’t forget that.” What did Israel do? They forgot that. Israel had gone through the Red Sea, and it wasn’t long before they came to Mount Sinai, and Moses went up to the mountain. Yes, it was a couple of weeks that the people had to wait, but he said he’d be back. And he said, just wait, I’ll come back. The people forgot their God, they went back to their old gods. They forgot; they couldn’t remember. Their attention span was so short. The whole history of Israel is going into the Promised Land. Yes, there were moments of ecstasy where they would follow God, but they would forget. You take a look as to the relationship that the Israelites had with the neighboring tribes, wars that would take place. Some of the wars, the tribes around them, the Philistines, for example, would conquer the Israelites. And they would cry out to God and God would deliver them, and God would give them, grant them another start. A generation would go by, they would forget what God did, would go back into their sinful ways, and just completely forget what God was doing with them as a nation. They forgot what their purpose was. They forgot that they were to be a kingdom of priests and kings. They forgot that they were to go into the world and to evangelize and to be able to spread the truth of God to the nations around. Instead, they forgot.
In Deuteronomy chapter 8, we have repetition of a number of things that God was working and teaching the Israelites. And God is giving them a last talk before they go and enter the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 8:1 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply….” He says, you had better pay special attention to this…”and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers. 2. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness to humble you and test you….” He made it very clear to them why they had to go through the forty years. It was a humbling period, it was a testing period, but they succeeded in getting through that, and now they were to remember all the details of that, plus what God did with them, and what God has promised to them, and to be able to go into the Promised Land and be an evangelizing nation. “ I tested you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Verse 18: “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” One of the commands that He had given to them, was to remember, not to forget. And frankly, brethren, that is a command to all of us. We can forget the things that have been so very very clearly given to us, perhaps at another time, perhaps decades ago in the church, of things that we had subscribed to, internalized and so forth, but being human, we can forget. They can slip away from us.
You know, not too long ago, I called a very good friend in Minneapolis; we were very good friends years ago. His wife had died, and I hadn’t talked to him in twenty-some years. And he was such a zealous person who really understood the truths of God. He understood so many things so well. He gave such great speeches in Spokeman’s Club. He was a phenomenal person, who gave tremendous sermonettes in our church. So I called him just to express my condolences to him, about the death of his wife. And we just got to talking a little bit, and I was kind of wondering where he was, was at church. I wasn’t sure where. He’d long gone and forgotten everything. He was talking about Christmas, he was talking about this and that, and he was talking about it, not with any kind of shame so to speak or embarrassment to me; he had forgotten everything that had been so dear to him, where he was so influential and helpful. And I thought, said to myself, how can a person forget what we have? The answer is, we can forget what we have. And we need to be praying that God gives us the spirit of remembrance, just the way he did to His apostles. And that remembering is very, very important. And that forgetting is so easy as a human, and remembering is almost divine. The truths we have are divine. It takes divine help to remember them.
Deut.6:10 Turn back a couple of pages…”So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build. 11 Houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant – when you have eaten and are full – 12 then beware, lest your forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” Don’t ever forget where you came from. And brethren, this is teaching to us as well. We could have it so well. We can live life, taking for granted the blessings, spiritual and physical, that have been given to us as a church. And we could easily forget where it came from. Who is the author of it? And that we are, in the one sense, unworthy recipients of it. God could have chosen other people, but He did not. At this time He chose you,you,you, you, you, all of you out here in this audience. He chose me. I say, “who am I?” I better not forget who I am, where I came from, and what grace God has given to me.
“You shall not go after [verse 14] other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you.” Don’t do that!You know something, they did that. “(for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord … be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of this earth.”
Deuteronomy chapter 32 and verse 7 (Deuteronomy 32:7) Again, this is kind of a summation; the book of Deuteronomy is a repetition of the law. It is a summation, the ten commandments are given again, and certain other things are repeated, but one thing that comes clear is “please don’t forget.”
“Remember” verse 32…chapter 32 verse 7, “remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations. Ask your father and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.” Even the way that the commandments are expressed – the fourth commandment – “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Don’t forget. And by extension I guess we could go through all the other commandments, because the commandments are important. But it’s interesting that the word “remember” is used in the giving of that commandment.
Well, we want to admonish our children. We want our children to – make sure our children remember, just like God wants us to remember, we will tell our children, “remember…to eat your vegetables”; “Remember to say ‘thank you’”; “Remember to help out when you come and visit with somebody”; “Remember to tell the truth”. We have to tell our own children that, you know that. I remember my parents said, “Don’t forget”. “Remember”…that’s very,very important. We have to teach our own children to remember. How many times do we admonish our children?
I’d like to tell you a little story here about my dad. When he was leaving home, he was seventeen years old, and the Germans came and took a lot of young people to work in German factories. And my dad had talked to his, you know, my dad was saying good-bye to him, because my father told me about the last day that he saw his father, because that was the last day that he did see him. And it was very imminent, well, the war was already in progress, and everybody knew how ugly war was. It wasn’t just a war of soldiers killing soldiers, it was a war against populations. There was rape, there were horrible things and atrocities done. There were whole villages that were herded into barns and burnt down. There were terrible things that happened. And my grandfather told my dad, he said “you’ll be going to Germany to work, I have, I don’t’ know where things will go; I’m not sure, you know, even whether we’ll see each other again.” Even though the young people that were going we told by the Germans that they’d be back in six months, but nobody believed that. He said, “you’ll see some horrible, atrocious things, men doing terrible things, people being violent, sexual immorality, people not caring, and so forth. Don’t ever do that. Don’t stoop to that. Remember to keep yourself pure and clean.” My dad told me that. He said, “I did. He said, “I saw terrible things happening around me. I saw people that I knew performing horrible deeds. Because they knew that, hey, tomorrow I’m going to die, so who cares?” But my dad kept himself pure. He remembered what his dad said. In a sense, that’s like God telling us certain things like, “look, you’ll be living in a very ugly world, where people will act very, very sinful and will be very destructive. And people won’t even care. You may even wonder, what’s the point of living a righteous life when it looks so hopeless? But don’t. Remember to keep God’s laws. Remember to hold up the very highest standards of conduct. Because that is your purpose in living, is to have Jesus Christ live His life in you. You are given the down payment of eternal life. That’s so important, and part of that package, so to speak, is our living a life of decency, of righteousness, of obedience to Him.
What happens when you remember? What happens when you remember? First of all, you are aware of what is brought up. You might say, “remember that sermon a long time ago?” “Oh yeah, that was a sermon about, let’s say, being a better husband.” And then, the second step is that you recall – “Oh yeah, that’s right.” First of all you’re aware of the subject, then you recall what was said. And then you understand more, the remembering process cause-and-effect of why this was important. And you remember the reason for it being stated. Not just facts. I mean, a lot of people know a lot of facts, and they know a lot of morality, and they know a lot of philosophies, and people are aware of so many things, even Christian things. They don’t live up to them, don’t care to live up to them, but look upon them as being very interesting.
With us, remembering is being aware, recalling, understanding the cause-and-effect. Here’s why we do the things that we do; here’s why we are faithful. Here’s why we love one another; here’s why we tell the truth. Here’s why we keep the sabbath. Here’s why we don’t have – don’t use God’s name in vain.
And a fourth aspect of remembering is, we act. We act, we don’t just remember. “Oh yeah, yeah, sure sure, I’ll remember, yeah, I get it, I get it”. No. It’s acting as a result of understanding cause and effect. That’s a person who remembers. God said to the ancient Israelites, “Remember”…don’t forget. And Christ told His disciples, “I will give you a spirit of remembrance, of not just all the little things I have talked to you about, and all the great things I have talked to you about in my ministry; you not only remember the facts, but you understand the cause and effect, and you act on it, and you evangelize and go into all the world. That’s what’s most important.”
With the help of the Holy Spirit we become so enlightened that we will not continue to make the same mistakes because they know they produce the same results. Albert Einstein had a quote that was very true, he said, “What is insanity? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. ” And people kind of wonder why in the world things don’t go right. Well, because they do the same thing over and over again and kind of , hey, let’s get it, remember what was said, what the rules were, how it’s supposed to work, how to apply it, and how to act, you know, how to act on it. One reason why this world is so trapped in itself, it just cannot seem to apply remembrance in this particular fashion, of morality, of truth, of obedience, and making it, something that is cause and effect, into something upon which they act.
It’s hard to believe that the song, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” was composed 55 years ago. Peter, Paul, and Mary are sort of, to me, still a contemporary group, I think they’re all long gone. But the song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”is a song, kind of a lament, about how human beings just don’t learn, they just don’t , don’t remember history. And I won’t read all the lyrics to the song, you know, but “Where have all the flowers gone? Girls have picked them, every one. Where have all the young girls gone?” I’m just reading the highlights. “Taken husbands, every one. Where have all the young men gone? Gone to soldiers, every one. Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards, every one. Where have all the graveyards gone? Covered with flowers, every one.” And the cycle begins over again, with the flowers. Human beings do the same things over and over again because they can’t remember. They can’t remember what the effects are of poor behavior in the past.
Why do we have a bible that contains so much bad information, as far as just ugly history? It’s not God who made the people do those things, it’s just the people who made those things happen. And some day, in the wonderful world tomorrow, we’re going to take a look at those historical events and see, here is where Israel failed, here is what they should have done. They should have remembered, they should have learned this lesson from the past. And they could have carried on knowledge to the next generation, and teach it there. When will they ever learn?
World War I was called “the war to end all wars”. That’s the words of Woodrow Wilson. It was so terrible, so terrible, there was no such war before that, that brought people from New Zealand and Australia to fight Turks in Asia Minor, that had the horrible land battles between the Allies and the Germans. Millions of people were killed, it was such a horrendous war that it was stated, “Never again.” We’ll certainly remember it. “The war to end all wars.” In a way we’re kind of glad to get this over with, because things cannot get worse. Well, less than thirty years later, a generation and a half, it was all repeated big-time, in a much greater way. Mankind just cannot remember. Oh, they remember what happened, but they can’t remember the cause and effect. They can’t remember what they should do, what they are to learn.
With the Holy Spirit we learn. With the Holy Spirit we learn to be – how to bring peace. Even, even among ourselves in the church, we have made mistakes. And the worse thing of all would be to repeat those mistakes, and to just do the same things over and over again, because the results will be the same. But in the remembering process, see what happened. Recall the circumstances and what you knew about it. See the cause and effect and act differently. Act differently. When we say things happened that irritated us, or hurt us, or in some way brought conflict, we become one who becomes a peace maker now. Because we begin to love our enemies. We do good to those who despitefully use us. We do things that aren’t the popular, we don’t do things that are natural. I see what’s happening in Russia, in Europe. Now as I grew up, I studied Ukrainian history, not because I wanted to, but because I had to go to Saturday school and learn all that. And it’s such a sad history of just, it’s like ancient Israel, just being continually taken over by the Russians, being freed from the Russians, being back under the Russians, freed from the Russians. 1991, Ukraine was freed from the Russians, now it happened two years ago Russia started nibbling again at them. The same historical things repeated over and over again. What’s happening in the Middle East.
Several years ago we read a book, actually my wife read it, I think the title had the word “revenge” in it. But it talked about how some nations, basically their purpose, one of their national dogmas, is to be vengeful towards another nation, such as between the Arabs and the Jews, between other people and various forms of Islam, and so forth, that are even at each other’s throats. The results are all terrible. They are all resulting in death. Nobody wins.
You know, when we come to the Kingdom of God, we’re going to teach peace in universities, by going through the history of our time, and see where nations made mistakes, what types of national attitudes had to be changed, what type of revenge then became part of the national DNA so to speak, of how they looked upon another nation to wipe them out, or being hostile towards them. You know something, it’s almost impossible as human beings to really remember, because they are so trapped. And an important part of God’s working with mankind in the world tomorrow and bringing peace in God’s nation, so to speak, is to be able to bring to remembrance what happened, and, as part of this remembrance, to bring out a proper way to act, to overcome it.
There’s a book that Pat Buchanan wrote a few years back, probably now about maybe 14 years ago, called The Unnecessary War – Stalin, Churchill and the Unnecessary War. . In it he outlined some very, very basic mistakes that the Allies made that brought about World War 2. And the things that he brings out the most was the fact that they formed alliances that they were bound to, where if one nation attacks another, they were forced, or they were bound to attack again. He said, if they didn’t make those alliances, we probably would not have had that same type of effect; it’s hard to say. He talked about it being an unnecessary war because lessons were not learned. And because people could not remember that when they did the same things before that, that was a consequence. Just because you do the same thing over and over again, you’re not going to give different results; you’re going to get the kind of results that that action brought out.
In tomorrow’s world, we are going to study history. We’ll see what nations and individuals did, and we’ll have focus groups that will discuss their actions and what should have been done. With remembrance, we can break cycles, whether it be conflict in the family – when the husband and wife can say, here’s, if we keep doing this same thing over and over again, we’re going to have the same results. Proper remembrance we see cause and effect and proper action. You say, look we need to do things differently, because if we don’t, we’ll have the same result.
It is interesting that, on this day, when the Holy Spirit was given, on the day that the apostles were given special remembrance of Jesus Christ’s teachings, that they had kind of slipped up on some, or were not really as committed as they really should have been, but on the Day of Pentecost they were, it was a very, very amazing moment in history. That an important part of the meaning of the Day of Pentecost was repentance. What was the term that Peter used, that was the action verb, when people said “What must we do? Repent and be baptized, and you shall receive the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look upon this season of Pentecost. Hopefully the spirit of God will be poured upon this church again like it was, and it will be some day. It may not be this year, but I keep praying all the time, “God, pour out your spirit Joel-style”, upon all flesh, where great things will happen just the way they did in Jerusalem in 31 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. But let’s make this a time when there is a revival of the Spirit of God. It may be dormant; it may not be functioning in us the way it should be. The fruits of it perhaps are lagging. But let’s make this especially a day of remembrance, of remembering those things that we have learned. I know that everyone who was baptized, I can think the same for myself, were excited about the truth, were excited about those original principles. And you know, on the day that I was baptized, I remember coming back to the dorm, and with my fellow classmates, I felt that I was perfect. I felt I was perfect for maybe, two hours, you know. But the thing is, is that we feel so excited and so committed to the truth, and to the things that are so very dear to us, and we can see it, we can see God’s working in us. And then we can forget, and not remember. The New Testament church, the church. that Ephesian church was told to go back and do the first works, to have that first love again, to remember what it was like, to remember the romance that we had with the truth, just like our romance with our mate, let’s make that.
So may God be with you, and may the God of grace, may God the Father of Jesus Christ be with you.
eNews from Ministerial and Member Services
Issue 236 July 7, 2016
Victor Kubik writes
Beverly and I, along with Bob and Dyanne Dick, are heading to Australia to attend and participate in a national leadership conference. Attendance is expected to be in excess of 70. We have been preparing for this conference since last August. The theme and content focus is on training tomorrow’s church leaders. We want to continue this theme through the next round of US regional conferences that will start this winter.
Bob and Dyanne are already in Australia. We had planned to travel together but our flight was grounded by bad weather in Wisconsin and we missed our flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane. So I write this a day later, as we will be shortly boarding here in Los Angeles for Australia.
We really look forward to this event and appreciate the Brisbane and Gold Coast congregations along with others in Australia for hosting and organizing this event. Following the conference, Bev and I will travel to Perth and finally to Singapore before returning home, while the Dicks will visit the Melbourne congregation.
You can follow our visit to our churches on our TravelPod blog at
We are on a two month schedule for our traditional co-worker and subscriber letters. Annually, four letters are to co-workers and donors while two are to the entire Beyond Today mailing list. The letter we’re sending out this week is for the smaller list. In the letter, I speak about Britain’s exit from the European Union which will still take some time to be fully implemented.
We now have more donors and co-workers than members, which is a good harbinger of growth. The letter this coming week will be sent to more than 15,000 people who have already contributed.
Aaron and Michelle Dean have left for the United Kingdom where they will visit our ministry, congregations and hold seminars with our leadership. They will also be visiting with their daughter and son-in-law who are on assignment with his job in London.
Our Ministerial Education Program committee is working on the Labor Day Leadership Weekend as well as the Pastoral Development Program to be held at the home office in November. We hope to include a few newer international pastors who will benefit from the program.
We want to streamline our Ministerial Education Program with a faculty that will manage our online training, pastoral training, seminars and more. We will meet about this at the end of July.
Darris and Debbie McNeely are going to conduct two leadership seminars in Malawi and South Africa in early August. I am so thankful that they are willing to go and perform this very vital service for the future development of our churches in these countries.
The Church of God News site has posted this on the Kubik rejection of the UCG list of Fundamental Beliefs.
United Church of God
“There was a sermon by Victor Kubic at United, June 11, in which parts sounded strange to me. Beginning about 10 minutes into it until maybe 12 minutes, he stated that the holy spirit is the father of Christ. In my mind that would not make the holy spirit the power of God that fathered the Christ child, but the godhead person.
(We already went through that in 1993 with the ‘God Is’ booklet. The local pastor said they were not teaching the trinity, only making it more accurately stated.)
The ‘God Is’ booklet (published in the Tkach era of the WCG – 1992) stated that: “The Worldwide Church of God does not teach that the Holy Spirit is a person, because we believe Scripture is not explicit on this point, and human language cannot be. We believe the Bible portrays the Holy Spirit as the presence of God in action, distinct from the Father and the Son, yet one with them.”
Viktor Kubik begins his Pentecost sermon by confirming that “the holy spirit is not a person” – calling it “the force of creation.”
At the 24 minute mark he says, “the holy spirit does so many things, everything from creating the universe, creating the earth …”
This is contrary to the Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God, which state that “the Father … through Jesus Christ, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.”
At the 11 minute mark Viktor Kubik says, “The Father was not the father of Jesus – the Holy Spirit conceived Jesus.”
This again conflicts with UCG’s Fundamental Beliefs booklet, which states that, “The Father ‘gave His only begotten Son’ in sacrifice as the ‘Lamb of God’ for the forgiveness of our sins. After that Jesus was exalted by the Father to the glory They shared before the world existed (John 3:16; John 1:29; John 17:5).”
Viktor Kubik’s sermon has been made ‘a private page’, but the brethren are entitled to know what their President is teaching concerning the nature of the Holy Spirit – and also whether or not the 12 members of the Council of Elders agree with him. His sermon may be downloaded from The AShining Light website. [The sermon has been moved to this site James]
As president and head of the ministerial education program the Kubik departure from the Fundamental Beliefs after his decades in the ministry is unacceptable.
Either Victor is working with the support of the CoE to “test the waters” about overthrowing the list of Fundamental Beliefs, or he is acting on his own without their support; in which case he should be immediately fired by the CoE for public departure from the Fundamental Beliefs on several points in a keynote UCG Presidential Pentecost address.
For more see the links provided.