“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23
WHY GOD SPEAKS TO OTHER PENTECOSTALS
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23 “Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:13,14 “Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the callings of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:28.29 I was physically born and raised on Long Island New York but I was spiritually born again in an Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina, while serving in the United States Marines in 1983.
I must admit that I was one of the hardest people to be persuaded to believe in the Oneness of God and that full New Testament Salvation consists of faith, repentance, water baptism in Jesus Name, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. No matter how much scriptural evidence I saw I refused to accept the full Apostolic message unless I could confirm that the majority of Christians in the first two centuries also believed the selfsame message. My reasoning was as follows: “If the Apostles truly taught the Oneness of God and baptism in Jesus Name so strongly then there should be clear historical evidence to corroborate modern day Oneness Theology and the necessity of Water Baptism in Jesus Name for salvation within the first few centuries of the church.
If I could not find substantial evidence to prove that this message was once dominant during the lifetimes of the original apostles and their immediate successors than this teaching could not be true.” Prior to attending the Apostolic Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina, I had been attending a Southern Baptist Church. I was seriously considering quitting the Baptist Church because I was very disappointed when they told me that I had received the gift of the Holy Spirit after repeating a prayer. Although I had truly repented of my sins and had dedicated my life to Christ I still felt a lack of power in my life. I felt greatly disappointed when they told me that I had received the gift of the Holy Spirit while I could feel no discernible presence of any Holy Spirit inside of my heart.
I was repeatedly told to just accept and believe that I had already received the gift of the Holy Spirit by faith. This greatly discouraged me because I figured that I should be able to discern the presence of God’s Holy Spirit inside of my life. I thought that the gift of the Spirit would be powerful and fulfilling. If I had already received the gift of the Holy Spirit then why did I feel so empty? I kept asking God that if this Baptist Church was not preaching the whole truth to me that God would please reveal His truth to me. I can vividly remember praying one night with tears in my eyes that if the church I was attending was not preaching the whole truth that God would reveal to me a church that did! It was not long after praying that desperate prayer that God sent an Apostolic Pentecostal brother into my Marine Barracks. This brother had a powerful supernatural presence abiding with him. It was as if Jesus Himself was speaking directly to me from his mouth.
As soon as I met this brother I quit attending the Baptist Church and started regularly attending the Apostolic Church in Jacksonville North Carolina. If I had not been honest in my heart, I would never have desperately prayed for more truth. This reminds me of the words of Jesus when He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I continued attending the Apostolic Pentecostal Church with my Marine friend, brother Franzik, who had recently arrived at the New River Helicopter base near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. I was amazed at how many scriptures that brother Franzik could quote and how his whole face lit up every time he shared the Word of God with me. There was definitely something very different and very powerful about his walk with God that intrigued me and inspired me to gravitate to this anointed servant of God. It was not long until I found that the majority of the Apostolic Fathers of the early church were what scholars called “Modalistic Monarchians.” They did not believe in the Trinity doctrine of the second century Bishop of Carthage named Tertullian who stated that “they that always make up the majority of believers reject the Trinity.”
As I continued studying I found out that the majority of believers Tertullian was ridiculing believed in Oneness Theology and baptism in Jesus Name just like the Apostolic Pentecostal Church I was attending in Jacksonville, North Carolina. This greatly encouraged me to continue attending the Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Church because their teachings harmonized with the majority of Christian believers in the early second century church. I later also found out that the majority of the Apostolic Fathers of the first two centuries of Christian History believed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and in spiritual gifts. This was my fleece before the Lord. Prior to receiving more confirmation I kept trying to argue with brother Franzik that baptism in the titles Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was also valid because Jesus said so in Matthew 28:19. Even though I tried to argue against the truth I know in my heart that I was just testing brother Franzik to make sure that what he was telling me was indeed the truth.
Jesus commanded baptism to be carried out in the Name. Not Names or Titles! Father, Son, and Spirit are not names but titles. Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8:44 “You are of your Father the Devil.” In 1 Samuel 2:12 the Scriptures state that the sons of Eli were sons of Belial [The Devil]. Jesus said to baptize in one Name not three different Names. Could Mary have ever actually called her Son’s Name Son? Matthew 1:21 does not say to Mary and Joseph, “You shall call His Name Son for He shall save His people from their sins.” It says, “You shall call His Name Jesus.” Wherefore the name of the Son of God has to be “Jesus” and scriptural water baptism must be carried out in that Name! I had asked God to confirm the truth to me in early Christian history outside of the Bible. Now I had confirmation that this was indeed the true gospel message from both inside the Bible and from outside the Bible through Church History.
After researching the scriptures extensively and after researching early Christian history I received true Christian Baptism in Jesus Name and the true gift of the Holy Spirit. After conversion, I felt the genuine power of God both inside of my spirit and my body. I immediately dedicated my life, time, and finances to God by being faithful in the Pentecostal Church I was attending. I began praying and studying for hours every day outside of my military work. Before I got saved I used to do physical exercise for about four hours per day, six days per week. After I experienced true Bible salvation I stopped lifting weights and running so much and began using most of that time in my pursuit of spiritual growth and knowledge. I quickly developed an insatiable desire to know God in prayer and to know everything about the Bible as quickly as possible.
I remember spending my entire two week military leave reading the Bible for about 15 hours per day. I did not even want to take a break to eat or rest. In just two weeks I read from Genesis chapter one all the way to the book of Proverbs. It was not long until God began to use me in some of the gifts of the Spirit. God was placing me in a kind of spiritual boot camp for many years before I was allowed to enter the five fold ministry. I attended every single church meeting and quickly became involved in outreach ministry. I attended two regular church meetings on Sundays (a morning service and a night service). I began attending Monday Night Bible School which covered a systematic study of the Epistles of the apostle Paul. I attended regular Wednesday night Worship and Bible study. I regularly attended Friday night youth service which involved more worship, prayer, and preaching. And I also attended every Saturday morning prayer meeting.
After Saturday prayer we use to go out knocking on doors in the community. One day while we were out knocking on doors, I heard the familiar sound of someone speaking in very authoritative tongues. I quickly discerned that it was coming from a particular house we were passing because it was summer time and the windows of the house were open. I asked the more seasoned brother who served as a Navy Corpsman if this man came from another church like us. Was there another Apostolic Pentecostal Church on the other side of town? He quickly retorted, “No, he attends an Assembly of God Church. They also have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit like us but they do not baptize in Jesus Name, nor do they believe in the Oneness of God. They believe in a Trinity of three divine persons.” I can’t remember the exact words he spoke to me so many years ago but this is very close to what he told me. I said to him, “but he sounds just like us! How could this be?” My brother gave me the best answer he could give. He said, “I don’t understand it all either but God gives the Holy Spirit to anyone who will believe. Yet that does not mean that they are fully obedient to all of the Apostles Doctrine.” I highly regarded the advise of this strong Christian brother because he was always prayerful and vigilant about the Fathers business.
This was the brother who God had miraculously spared while his entire platoon he was assigned too were all killed in the Beirut Bombing in Lebanon in the early 80's. He was the only truly born again Christian brother out of all seventy Marines in his platoon yet he was the only one to be spared. The righteous brother was ordered to leave the building to perform a