According to the Proportion of Our Faith
Sometimes we hear dedicated Christians criticizing the believers in other denominations. I am convinced that this is not pleasing to our Lord. I remember my own experience and marvel at the way the Lord ministered to me through people of different denominations.
Back in 1954, I desperately needed a mentor, so my merciful Father supplied my need through a lovely elderly lady that was totally dedicated to the Baptist faith. She faithfully came to my home daily and witnessed to me of the work of the cross. I knew Christ was my Savior before I ever met this precious soul, but I could not believe for my personal salvation. My husband’s aunt had convinced me that the scriptures taught that I could not be saved because my husband had been divorced before we were married. My Baptist friend persuaded me that Yahweh did love me and utterly compelled me to turn to Christ. She left me the option of being rude to a sincere caring friend or turning to Christ, which had been my heart’s-cry for as far back as I could remember. I am so indebted to this precious soul.
I stayed in the Baptist church less than three months, for I needed more. My heart was hungry for Spirit-energy, and my physical body was deteriorated and ready to die; I needed a physical healing. That particular group did not believe in, or supply, that need. I moved on and they stayed there to convince other hungry hearts to accept salvation.
I moved to a small mining town and attended a local Pentecostal group. My immediate need was met through the fellowship and support I found on the Pentecostal realm. My faith was strengthened as I communicated with people that believed the scriptures that taught us to accept divine healing. Their acceptance supported my conviction that it was real, and I received the healing power of Christ in my body. In that realm of light, I also received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I was soon forced to move on into deeper water. Again I left my mentors behind to minister the light they could see. It has been many years and many revelations ago, and I still embrace the light that my Baptist mentor gave me. I am as persuaded of the redemptive work of the cross today, as she was back then.
My Pentecostal mentors eventually rejected me, but I still embrace the truth I received from them. I am thoroughly convinced I will never outgrow my need for the Holy Spirit, the ministry, and spiritual gifts through the ministering body. I will always agree with them that we should live a clean dedicated and holy life. I am filled with that same Spirit that I received in the Pentecostal realm. They believed in worshiping the Lord, prayer, and fasting. The scriptures were there for me to see. But I saw a greater light breaking through my dark clouds, and I had to answer the call to deeper truth.
As my light increased, I found myself continuously making choices that caused rejection and broken fellowship with those who did not choose to look deeper. If they are content to stand in their position, to minister and push others up another step, they deserve honor for their work.
I am convinced that I am indebted to my former mentors for the precious labor they bestowed upon me. I once believed things I do not now believe, for I had never heard many of the revelations that I now believe. When a man came into the congregation that I was overseeing and spoke of a second chance salvation, I was careful to refute his statement to my congregation after he left, and I never invited him back. I still do not agree with his doctrine, but I certainly see a need for growth and development beyond this age. I do not teach a second chance doctrine since I do not teach a “first chance” salvation. Our salvation did not come by chance; it came by the redeeming blood of the Son of Yahweh.
The revelation I see is the greatest thing that has ever happened in my life, but I meet more people that cannot comprehend its depths than I meet that can. It does not disturb me when they turn to other sources for their feeding. I too needed preparation before I could grasp these truths.
I raised six children; my oldest was submissive and learned fast, I found myself depending on her for the more demanding responsibilities, but I had five more that were also fulfilling responsibilities on less demanding levels. I did not love and trust my oldest child more than I did my younger children, they were all trustworthy. But Barbara, my oldest, was beginning to comprehend my directions and meet the responsibilities I gave her. Soon Barbara moved on into her calling, and the younger children became the oldest in their time. Each grew to greater responsibilities as maturity enabled them to do so.
If the Lord has opened your understanding to deeper truths, that’s wonderful— soak it up and move in it. But if we believe we have received a deeper truth that has exalted us above the household of Yahweh, we may be deceived. It is a true statement that the Word and the Spirit are one, but the revealed Word does not produce the manifestation of arrogance, conceit, and bigotry. “The Spirit of truth brings a manifestation of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another,” Galatians 5:22-26 (NKJ).
The fruit of the Spirit is a sign of maturity, and if the sign is not manifested in our life, it is because the Word we have received is not Spirit born. The Lord cannot use our mouths if he cannot fill our hearts and minds with his love and wisdom.
Paul said, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NKJ)
There are messengers in the field today that are expounding great messages of sonship, in whom we find no outward sign of maturity; this presents a sad scene.
Let us, as Christians, praise the Lord for each stepping stone, remembering Luke 6:43: “For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace,” James 3:18.