Sunday, June 3, 2018
The message this morning was not a lengthy message, but it was surely the word of the Lord to His people today. Bro.Gary Boevers preached a message entitled, Go. We are one. The ministry of the church of God and the saints of God are one. We must all do as the Scripture says in Revelation 16:1, “Go your ways.”
There’s a lost and dying world that is depending on us. Every religious organization has failed humanity. There has only been one church that has the commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel. There’s only been one church that has been given the power and ability to fulfill this call; it is the blessed Church of God. Souls are counting on us.
Luke 9:1, 2. Who is capable? Who is able to do this work? Is there another? Let them show themselves. Is there another people in the earth who can do what we’re doing?
Some people say that we think that we are the only ones. We don’t say that. We don’t believe that. We have a commission from God to go and get the others who will be saved. God has called us, gifted us, qualified us, and given us the authority over devils. We stand on the world’s stage and look the religious world in the eye and say, “Prove yourself.” Just like Elijah did of old. Multiplied prophecies are on us in this time. Multiplied prophecies are on the church of God in this end time, more prophecies than were on the prophet Elijah. The message is go, just go!
1 Corinthians 2:1, 2. Nothing is going to motivate us like the burden to help. In some ways we are inadequate, but the message doesn’t have to be complex or eloquent. Paul had “excellency of speech, and wisdom”, but here he says that he isn’t going to try entice men with these things, he is just going to preach in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
We are going to have to get into people’s hearts and souls and draw them to our message, something beyond the mind. We are uniquely called and qualified to preach this gospel. The message is Go! Embrace this, let it motivate you as never before. All of the temporal matters may not be just right, but trust the Lord and go, and in your going you will save somebody. Amen.
This meeting began eight days ago and it has been a time of concentrated spiritual energy from beginning to end. Never before has there been such freedom among us in worship and testimony. Never before has the preaching been more relevant or more forcible. The message is right. The people is right. The time is right. The Lord has answered our prayers and given us an unparalleled meeting!
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The saints come to campmeeting to work and to pray and we have done just that this meeting. This meeting has been an intense time with weighty messages and much personal spiritual work required on the part of the saints. Each service has been lively and powerful with the congregation entering into the preaching as well as the congregational and special singing. There has been a real sense of determination in the saints to each do his part and to receive his portion from the Lord.
While it is of utmost importance that we receive spiritual blessing in services, it is also very necessary and very good that we take the time to be together and to enjoy one another in other settings as well, and that’s exactly what we did tonight. Apostle Ray Tinsman announced at the close of this morning’s wedding service that tonight would be a night of fellowship at the campground. The evening of relaxation together was greatly anticipated and turned out to be a special and very memorable evening.
There was a football game that was attended by hundreds of saints. The cheers of the onlookers echoed over the campgrounds as brothers from different congregations challenged one another. All over the grounds there were groups of various sizes of saints standing or sitting together talking, and laughing and eating. The children gathered in a circle with joined hands and played as only children can. Their shouts and squeals of joy brought smiles to the older saints’ faces as childhood memories resurfaced along with a wonderful sense that not everything in the world is out of order. Later in the evening, there was an annual auction for the benefit of our children’s homes located in various countries.
We are thankful for this special, profitable time together. It was well-said that our time this evening actually helped to further the meeting and all of the spiritual work that had been done and is yet to be done. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Welcome to a church of God wedding.
Service began with the songs O It’s Wonderful to be a Christian and Joy to the World. During the song service, the groom and then the bride testified of their joy, not only, nor primarily in the knowledge that this was their wedding day, but rather, the joy that they have had since the day, long before knowing one another, that they repented of their sins and were forgiven by God and changed from sinners to saints. They testified of the family that they have found here in the church of God. They have found a place here and there is a place here in the church of God for everyone who will be repent and be saved.
Apostle Ray Tinsman preached the wedding message, a joyful message about the beauty of Mt. Zion.
Psalm 48 was read. This passage of scripture is about Mount Zion; it is about the church. She is beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth! We, the church of God, are so beautiful that we are tempting to the world! Zion is the answer to every culture, she is the international world hospital. The scripture says that God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
Other verses in the book of Psalms say that a day in Zion’s courts is better than a thousand days outside of her, and, “out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” The psalmist also writes, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, the place where thine honour dwelleth.”
There was much rejoicing during the message and at its close, Bro. Tinsman addressed the bride and groom with verses from the gospel of Mark. He reminded them that the vows that they were about to take were vows that would bind them to one another before God. He admonished them that there is no such thing as divorce in God’s eyes and that they must be true to one another if they ever wanted to get inside of God’s heaven.
The congregation was made aware that they were about to see a miracle as two people became one. The marriage candidates stood and spoke their vows before the congregation of loved ones. Following a prayer of blessing upon the new couple and their life together, Bro. and Sis. Ertmer were presented to the congregation. The couple received the saints’ congratulations and expressions of love and happiness for them before all gathered to enjoy a meal together.
Friday, June 1, 2018
The service tonight was a special visitation of the Lord. It is described as a night of “heavenly balm.”
There were 1300 people on their feet for the entire service as song after song was sung about heaven. There was no minister behind the pulpit preaching. There was no one asking for all to rise as we sang. The congregation stood spontaneously, some on the benches on which they had been sitting, and remained standing throughout the service. No one wanted to miss seeing anything that was happening. It reminds me of a man in the Scriptures who was not as concerned about his respectability and reputation as he was about seeing Jesus. His name was Zacchaeus, he was a tax collector and he climbed a tree to accomplish his purpose. It seems like some of Zacchaeus’ relatives were in the congregation tonight.
This campmeeting has been a remarkable time in the preached word of God. The messages have been deep and searching requiring much of the hearers. What we experienced tonight was like a cool breeze wafting to us the fragrance of heaven. It was a foretaste of glory, reminding us that every tear, sacrifice, every effort and obedience will be worth it. The victory will eclipse the struggle. And oh how the saints responded!
If you could have heard the shouts! There is an account in the Old Testament that often comes to my mind when I hear the saints rejoicing, but never more so than tonight. The account is in Numbers chapter 23. There Balaam, a prophet who has been hired to curse the people of God, is making some attempt to please the king who has hired him, but he finds himself unable. He finally says, “The LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.” The jubilation of a people who are celebrating and triumphing in the presence of their monarch wonderfully depicts what we experienced tonight. Joy unleashed.
Even after Apostle Tinsman dismissed the service, there was not an immediate move to disperse lest another wave of glory come in and we miss it. What an excellent evening of blessing from the Lord for His faithful children. To God be the glory!
This morning the church of God observed the ordinances of The Lord’s Supper and Feetwashing.
Assembling together, we were instructed by Apostle Tinsman from the Scriptures, specifically from 1 Corinthians 11, John 13, and 1 Corinthians 13. What we do this morning is a representation of what we have been doing all year. We have been partaking of the Bread of Life and we have an ongoing relationship with the brethren.
In this world not many people are loyal and loving one to another, but when the love of God is in the heart of a people, it takes more than misunderstandings or doctrinal differences to separate them. The love that we have here is so deep that we can say as Jesus said in Matthew 12:49, “Behold my mother and my brethren!” We put our lives into each other’s hands.
Following this time, the men adjourned to a separate location and feetwashing was observed. This is a time of rejoicing and bonding brother to brother and sister to sister. There is much singing and testifying as we affirm our respect for each other’s faithfulness to the Lord, admiration for the way that we see the Lord at work in our brother and love for one another that causes us to cleave together. Far from being formal and stilted, feetwashing service is as real and relevant as we are! Here there is humility, honor and happiness as we follow the example of the Lord and we wash one another’s feet.
Following feetwashing service the men rejoin the women in the meetinghouse and Apostle Tinsman, speaks to us about the Lord’s Supper. The bread that has been prepared is made of ground wheat and water and has been subjected to heat to form the loaf that he holds in his hands. The bread represents the body of Christ. We are the body of Christ and so the bread represents us. Just as the grain has been ground and mixed together into one loaf, we have also been pressed by the word of God, changed, and been mixed together with other saved individuals to form the body of Christ.
The drink that has been prepared is grape juice and represents the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We partake in remembrance of Him and what great things He has done for us.
The elements, the bread and the juice, are presented to us by the apostles who stand at the front of the meetinghouse and offer the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ to each of the saved who have examined themselves and come forward to receive it. We wait as hundreds of believers from different nations, kindred and tongues take as much as they choose of the offered bread and cup until all have been served.
And when we have sung a hymn, we go out. Amen.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
We have been experiencing a real intensity in this campmeeting! There is more glory than ever. There is more of an expectancy than ever. There are more nationalities represented here than ever. The number of saints gathered is more than ever. What a time!
Tonight Apostle Tinsman gave room to brethren from the countries of Egypt and Belize to greet the saints. The saints thrilled to see these brethren and to hear of their wonder to have found the church of God. Before our eyes, we see the Lord working through our human frailty and efforts, and bringing His people together.
The preached message from the Lord tonight was brought to us by Apostle Benjamin Tovstiga and was entitled Kiss the Son.
“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:10-12.
The thrust of this message is unbelief. You can only really kiss someone whom you trust. Kissing and trusting frame Psalm 2:12.
In Luke chapter 7, there is a woman with an alabaster box of ointment, she hears that Jesus is going to be in a certain place and she finds Him there and she makes her way to Him and sits at His feet. She weeps and washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, dries her tears from His feet with her hair and anoints His feet with the costly ointment in the alabaster box. In verse 45, Jesus says that she did not cease kissing His feet. She was a bad woman; she had a bad past, yet she did something good and right for Jesus that the good man, Simon, in whose home Jesus was guest, had not done. The Scripture tells us that harlots and tax collectors, people socially low class, were the people who believed in Jesus. The harlot who ceased not to kiss Jesus feet made her way into the Bible and into the kingdom of God while she was kissing. She fulfilled Psalm 2:12. There was no reserve left in this woman.
The struggle with unbelief is a violent struggle! In the morning time of the gospel, you could be a Jew and be lost If you did not make war against unbelief. In this evening time of the gospel day you can be Church of God and be lost. Restoration is not for “good people”; it is for those who believe.
In this time, God has given us substitutes for Himself. He has given us apostles. There are some among us who are taking the apostles at their word and the results are stunning. This is the set time for former failures and fence-riders to grab hold of faith and go!
Before we can be a help to others, to the world, we’ve got to touch Jesus. Press on, fall down at Jesus’ feet with no reserve. Make your commitment to the Son. May we be faithful to kiss His feet. Amen.
The service closed with a long season of prayer as hundreds, whom the message had touched, came forward seeking help.
Go forth, beloved, with “present truth,” glad tidings to proclaim,
From east to west, from north to south, that Jesus truly came
To heal the sick and make them whole, lost sinners to redeem,
And give them peace within the soul–oh blessed, blessed theme!
Go forth and break the living bread to every hungry soul
And wake poor sinners from the dead, ere judgments on them roll!
—From the song, Go Forth by S.L. Speck and B.E.Warren
We had a special service this morning as we witnessed 5 ministers being ordained to the preaching ministry and 12 brethren to the diaconate. Thank God for Holy Ghost filled individuals who have given themselves over to the Lord and to the ministry for the salvation of souls.
Apostle Ray Tinsman took his opening scripture from Ephesians chapter 4 starting at verse eight. It talks about the gifts God will give the church. The Lord Jesus thought about us and loved us so much that He gave us gifts. That’s the sign that He loves us! He doesn’t give trinkets, He gives substantial gifts. All for the perfecting of the saints.
Bro. Tinsman then took us to a new level of understanding. Matthew 12:41-42 talks about the men of Nineveh and the queen of the south rising up in judgment with this generation and condemning it because they repented at the preaching of Jonas and at the hearing the wisdom of Solomon but a greater than these is here.
This is talking about the last great judgment day. It says the queen of the south will rise on judgment day and judge, Nineveh will judge…
Hebrews 13:17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Those called to be a watcher of your soul will give an account of you. The well-known preacher Jonathan Edwards once preached a message to a congregation he had been pastoring. They didn’t appreciate his hard and bold preaching and had voted him out but permitted him one final sermon before he departed. He preached with great power. He reminded them of how he had taken time for them, prayed for them and warned them about themselves and their needs. Then he said something to the effect that you can put me and my faithful words away from you here, but I’ll meet you again at the Judgment.
Those called to be rulers and judges over us here are likely to be met by us at the Judgment on that day.
By the example of John the Baptist, while he was in the midst of his preaching to the people who had gathered to hear him, we believe that preliminary judgment and the Great White Throne Judgment run consecutively. In the days of John the Baptist’s outcry, his warning and his preaching, he turned and said Behold the Lamb of God
Our prayers for more laborers are being answered. The brethren ordained today have proven themselves in their ministry and we thank God for His goodness in giving them to us for our perfecting and for His work.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
This evening’s worship service began with the congregation singing songs about the church. The church is something excellent in the earth! It is triumphant over all sin and we can be a part of it. The Saints rejoiced and took their liberty in the Lord, to testify of their thanksgiving for the church of God where they can get the help that they need to live a victorious Christian life.
After the Saints took time for prayer there were a couple of special songs. One in particular was sung by a group of brothers. The brothers, singers from various locations in the United States and Germany, joined together and declared war on effeminacy in men. The song, titled, I Am a Man was written in German and translated into English by the brother who wrote it. The men sang out the freedom they have found in God to be like the examples of faithful men in the Bible; who would not bow down or give in to the wicked agenda of the world. This song can be heard along with other special songs from this campmeeting. Look for Special Singing West Milton 2018 on this website, churchofgod.net.
The message tonight was preached by Bro. David Rabel. It is titled, In One Hour.
God has always had power to do an instantaneous work. It is man who is limited and needs time and must be made ready. We have a clear example in the Creation. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3. No process of time was needed.
Throughout the Scriptures we find that phenomenal changes have occurred in sixty natural, earthly minutes of time. Nebuchadnezzar, in the same hour that a voice from heaven pronounced judgment upon him, went from holding the scepter of the greatest kingdom on the earth to crawling on his hands and knees as a beast. There was a woman who had been hemorrhaging in her body for twelve years. She purposed in her heart to touch Jesus’ clothes and when she did she was made healed in the same hour.
God can do a lot in a little time. He didn’t need 33 years to raise Himself up, but He limited Himself for our sakes.
By prophecy, we have reached the church’s finest hour. We have reached the time for which the whole gospel day was set up. Revelation 18:9-10 and 16-19, tells of Babylon’s judgment coming in one hour. We could stop where we are, the Lord has done so much for us already, it is a temptation to stop now and live in what we have already experienced. It would be easier to stop, but it’s not possible for this cup to pass from us. Instead of stopping, we’ve actually got to feel more of the enmity of the world. The work that God wants to do, that He is going to do, is not unfinished because the Lord is not ready. The work is not done because the Lord waits on us. He is waiting for us to be ready. The thought that we can stay in our corner and hope that the world finds out about us is a thing of the past. Our finest hour has come and there is a lot that the Lord can do in an hour.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20.
This message is entitled, In One Hour, and can be listened to in its entirety at churchofgod.net.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
If miracles don’t happen here, they don’t happen anywhere! This is the place to be this week! Words are inadequate to describe the glory of God’s presence in our midst tonight. There was a continuous overflow of joy as the saints sang and testified about what God has done for them. The visitors who were present saw living testimonies of the miraculous power of Restoration.
After these things Apostle Elizabeth Oppel stood up to preach the message Mercy Come to Us. She asked the congregation to stand as she read Revelation 21:1-7. Her text was in verse 3, “the tabernacle of God is with men.” The Revelation was written to people who knew the significance of the tabernacle. The mercy seat was the all in all to the existence of the children of Israel. The Ark of the Covenant was the most important thing that Israel owned. It was the place where God met with the high priest once a year to forgive the sins of the people. It was the place where God dispensed mercy to mankind. The walls of Jericho did not come crashing down simply because the Israelites marched around the walls; the Ark went before them. The Ark was their only hope for spiritual success.
When the Ark was stolen by the Philistines, a baby boy was being born into the world. When the child’s mother heard that the Ark had been taken by the enemy, she named her son, Ichabod, because the glory had departed from Israel. She knew that without the Ark there was no hope for her child
The Bible tells us that for a time the Ark remained in the hands of the Philistines and then it fell into the hands of a Gittite. The Lord blessed the Gittite, but David wanted the Ark returned to Jerusalem. When, finally, the Ark was returned it is no wonder that David danced and rejoiced; the Ark was back, the mercy of God was coming back to Israel.
In the New Testament time at the Crucifixion of Christ, mercy was released as it had never been released before. Before this time Jesus had walked the earth and done many miracles for different individuals, but as He took His last breath, the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom and the way was made for man to become the temple of the Lord. Man became His mercy seat.
There was a man sitting outside the Temple, in the days after the Crucifixion, when Jesus’ apostles walked the earth. He was outside the Temple, but the mercy seat had moved from the Temple into men. Two men, Peter and John, went to the Temple to pray and they had Mercy inside of them. The apostles said, Look on us! The lame man obeyed and he was healed. Mercy is not some mystical, intangible thing; it is flesh and blood! If you want to do well, get ahold of the Lord’s present day apostles; believe in them! If you get ahold of mercy, no one can stop you.
You have come to the very residence, not the once-a-year visitation of Mercy.
Revelation 21:3-7 was reread. The glory was evident as saints of all ages filled the aisles rejoicing in the truth.
This morning, instead of our regular morning service, hundreds of saints gathered in downtown Dayton, Ohio, for a streetmeeting. Taking our services to the people is a priority to the church of God. The world needs to see real Christians, happy in their condition and full to overflowing with a message of truth and deliverance.
For two hours, a steady stream of singing, testifying and preaching was delivered in the Square, an area where locals gather to enjoy their lunch in the open air and to listen to live entertainment. Well, today, the people were surrounded by a group presenting and representing Christ. Many times during the streetmeeting saints, spoke to passersby as well as those who stopped to listen, telling them who we are and why we were in the area.
Young people and children testified of their thankfulness to be free from sin and from the broken system that has captivated the majority of the people in the world from young to old. They told of how they have been possessed by a love for God and for His ways. They have no need for the amusements of today that have so many enthralled and entrapped, wasting their hours and days. They declared their freedom from Hollywood and the role models that it offers, role models who are in constant turmoil and who have wicked lifestyles whether they be actors, musicians or sports idols. They spoke of their choice to emulate and idolize the ministers who have taught them the word of God and who exemplify holiness and purity. They shouted their love for the modest standard of dress and the diversity and unity of the church of God.
Passersby could not help being attracted to people whose faces were beaming with joy and were interested in our message of freedom and hope.
“Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt and the blind…go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:21, 23.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Bro. Branden McReynolds and Bro. Jeremiah Estrada, together delivered the message that we heard tonight. It is entitled The Consummation of Enlightenment.
Men have always built on what happened in the time before them. Every time period is linked to the time period that preceded it and also to the time period that followed. In Matthew 16:18, 19, Jesus gave Peter keys and in the morning time of the gospel, the apostles were moving by the use of keys. They had no Scriptures to search in their time. So, how did Paul come up his judgment regarding broided hair and the wearing of gold? Paul saw women with broided hair and he saw women wearing gold and he didn’t like it and he wrote that down and that’s how it was.
We are living in the end of this dispensation and the consummation, the completion or perfection, of the apostolic keys. Today’s apostles are the consummate key holders of the ones who wrote the Scriptures.
Revelation 18:1 “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.”
This 7th trumpet angel was the only one of the trumpet angels of whom it is said that the “earth was lightened with his glory.” It is true that a great stream of light came with the angel ministry of the morning time church, but not like this 7th trumpet angel. The earth has reached the consummation of enlightenment in the 7th trumpet angel. This angel is looking back and judging and validating everything that ever happened in history. This world has lowered the office of the prophet and the apostle, but it should not be so.
Consider Stephen, in Acts chapter 6, he was chosen as a deacon. He was a man full of faith and power. He was called to wait tables, handle finances, make sure that all things were equal in the distribution to the saints; but he did far more! What about Philip’s exploits found in Acts chapter 8. Philip was also a deacon, but he went to Samaria and preached and worked miracles; after which the apostles came and the Samaritans received the Holy Ghost.
Whatever you are called to do. Whatever you are doing for God, go as far as you can until Jesus comes! We are in the time of the consummation of enlightenment.
The glory was heavy this morning right from the first song down to the last amen! Saints took their liberty during the song service. Some testified, others walked and ran the aisles, and the rest put their whole heart into singing and let the high arches ring! We simply had a wonderful time!
The glory only increased as Bro. Stephen O’Shea took the pulpit and preached a message entitled, No Bone Broken. The message was simple yet so profound that you can never hear its contents over any other pulpit except in the church of God!
This world has lost all idea of what it is to love one another and to be loyal. They don’t know about brotherhood. Everyone is out for himself.
The world is in a mess and is looking for ways to stop the violence that we are experiencing. Gun control won’t do it and no political policy will stop it. Ecumenism, like the religious world preaches, won’t do any good. The only solution to fix the trouble in the world is found in John 17:19-23. Jesus prayed this prayer. He knew the heart of man and He knew exactly what would attract the world. Sometimes we think praying hard and preaching good will win the world and doing these things will help, but the world will be won as they see us being one. Jesus knew the prophecy of the nations flowing in, that’s why He prayed that we all would be one. That’s why He endured the agony of the cross, nailed between two thieves. John 19:30-37. We’re not only talking about an innocent man here, Jesus was Innocence Itself. Jesus didn’t just die to save people from sin, He died for the unity of the saints. He was spat upon, beaten and disfigured but there was one thing they could not do and that was break apart or separate the body of Christ!
Down through the ages Christians have been martyred; some have been physically torn apart, but still no persecution has been able to break the body of Christ. The devil has tried to mess us up, tried to separate us from the apostles, but he has been unsuccessful because he can’t break the body of Christ!
Psalm 133:1. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
The preacher concluded his message by stating that our oneness, our unity in the church of God is pleasant!
Apostle Stephen Hargrave got up after the preacher sat down and glorified God that an 18-year old young man could preach a message of this caliber. Not many 18-year olds in the world can do this!
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Apostle Addison Everett preached tonight; a message entitled, The Finishing of Faith.
Beginning in Hebrews 11, we were reminded of Old Testament men of faith. The Israelites won a battle by marching around the walls of the city of Jericho, never using a weapon. David gathered a few stones from a brook and took down a giant. An entire nation was plagued by one man, Moses, who had faith in Jehovah. With his words, another man caused the sun in the sky to stand still. Do we believe these things?
In the New Testament dispensation, which is the current dispensation of the gospel, Paul tapped into the faith of Abraham; for there is only one faith. A certain young man fell into a deep sleep as Paul was preaching and the young man fell down from a height and he died. Paul raised him from the dead. Another person, a woman named Dorcas died. Peter was located and sent for, he came and raised her up, alive from the dead.
Currently, in our midst, there is a sister who last campmeeting had taken to her bed so ill in her body that her life was almost gone. The apostles, men who sit in our midst today, were called by her husband to pray. The apostles called upon the Lord and stood upon the word of God that promised that He would honor the word of His apostles and the sister was raised up to health and went on to preach one of the most memorable messages of the meeting! There have been other miracles in our midst. Salvation itself is a miracle and the salvation of certain of the more than one thousand saints gathered for this meeting is more of a miracle than many physical healings.
It is not miracles that we lack. You are not waiting for more miracles so that you can believe. It is true that different men battle different sins depending on their past and other factors, but the one common besetting sin of all men is the sin of unbelief. The church of God is destined, prophetically destined, to do greater works than those that we read of in the book of Acts. We are called upon to believe the promises and the word of God and to finish the faith of the faithful men who went on before us; men who stopped the mouths of lions and raised the dead.
Romans 4:17-21, tells of Abraham “who against hope believed in hope.” He believed the word of God insomuch that he considered not his own and his wife’s physical inability to do what God had promised. These days, we consider. We consider too much. We have failed by considering too much and according to our faith it has been unto us.
Apostles and ministers, unbelief in yourself about yourself needs to be conquered. We have not because we ask not. We ask not because we really don’t believe. This is no new battle. In Mark 16:9–11, the very apostles who walked with God, because of this very same foe, were not able to do what they had been commissioned to do.
The message ended with Bro. Addison declaring that we need a greater manifestation of Holy Ghost power than we have! We need heaven to be rent and God to come down and stretch forth His hand as never before. We are more guilty of unbelief than we know.
Saints flooded the front of the meetinghouse seeking help around an altar of prayer.
This is only the first day of campmeeting and the preaching powerful and effective. We have great expectation for the days ahead. Stay tuned!
With highest expectations the saints have once again gathered on the old campground in West Milton, Ohio. Eagerly we went into the first service, not yet fully comprehending what great riches the Lord already had in store for us! Songs of Zion and fiery restoration testimonies were joyously lifted on high.
Our beloved Apostle Ray Tinsman got up to preach with a burden on his heart that he thought some might be offended by, yet he boldly delivered to us his message entitled “Oppression.” He began by stating that he wanted the Lord to come back, that he is ready! But also, he believes there are still a few hindrances from you and I that are not allowing God to finish up the work.
The scriptural foundation of his message was laid using Revelation 20:1-3, which speaks of the dragon and how it was bound up by the morning time ministry, and how Judaism was their greatest battle in the early church. He preached that we are not so far removed from this same battle in the time in which we live.
The Jews would rush with things that they had heard and twist them or do with them as they wanted. In Acts chapter 15, there is an account of a minister’s meeting where they had to discuss and settle a matter. What they were dealing with was something quite deceptive because of their loyalty to the law of Moses. Sin has become excellent in hiding its sinfulness. The Jewish brethren were trying to keep their Jewish heritage and hold it on other Gentile brethren—it took somebody like Paul to settle this. He asked the Jews, (in today’s terms) did you know that even you were added in; you weren’t always here? Also, you had an expiration date? The law was only until Jesus Christ came and then it expired. Paul concluded “both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin.” All were messed up; all needed Christ. All became ONE new man. Paul saved the church from Judaism and also prejudice, which is the same thing.
You get down to where the devil is; get to deceit, add a little religion, and that’s where the seat of the devil is. The entity, in Revelation 20, that the morning time apostles bound up, is loose in our time. We are living in that little season when the dragon is loose and is deceiving the nations. It is working in much the same way today as it did back then. Scripture says, “There is no new thing under the sun.” So deceptive it is, and so attractively designed and innocent-looking, that we find it inside the church of God! These are things that are hindrances to bringing the people in.
The dragon has become an expert at wall building; some almost invisible, but walls nonetheless. There is only one good wall; the wall of salvation! There are only two kinds of people; those inside the wall and those outside the wall, and these two do not mix. The dragon has tried to build certain walls inside the wall of salvation that were never meant to be; of certain classes, colors, and such like. We are judged according to a white world. The kings of the earth are mostly white. They have set the system of the world and we have been put under a certain mind frame by it. The spirit of slavery is not dead.
We live in a society that if a child has any black heritage or any remnant of black heritage he is considered black. That comes from two hundred years ago! God never meant the human race to be divided by color or by anything else. I’m tired of hearing about people being “mixed.” Mixed with what? We are all human beings; we are all one race. The USA has a caste system that is more refined than India’s, harder to see but it is there, and the black person is at the bottom. In the church of God it is not so!
Our message is the same as ever, “COME OUT!”