All GWEA Monthly Messages for 2017
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
The Greatest Christmas Gift You'll Ever Receive! - December 2017
Have you ever been asked, "What is the most expensive Christmas Gift that you've ever received?” I remember the first time I was asked that question by someone. It came across like a trick question - like a greedy person who wanted to compare the value of their gift to mine....
Your Spiritual Gifts are waiting for you, and are lying under Jesus’ Christmas tree that is shaped in the form of a "Cross on a Hill" called Calvary. Don't delay, come now and unwrap Jesus' Gifts of the Holy Spirit today...
Are You in Rebellion with God? - November 2017
Christians today continue to struggle with the Holy Spirit. Many resist the idea of anyone having to receive, speak or pray in a God-given Holy Spirit language (known as "tongues") as part of God's Salvation, even though Jesus commanded each one of us to do so (Jn. 3:5; Acts 1:4; Lk 24:49).
"Tongues" can be any one of the 7,000 or more languages that are either spoken today or have been spoken in the past. "Tongues" is also one of the 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit along with the Gift of "Interpretation" of Languages. Together, they both form God’s unique communication system, and is proof that a person has received the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Many people continue to wonder why "tongues" are still necessary for today. James explains, “...the tongue is a fire...an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell…..but no human being can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so (Jas. 6–10)....
Halloween, All Saints Eve and the Great Tribulation - October 2017
The Fruit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Ministry Partners - September 2017
Do not Harden Your Heart: Listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit - August 2017
The Holy Spirit is Our Mentor - July 2017
God's "Loves" in the Bible - June 2017
Jesus' Impact on Women's Rights - May 2017
Until Jesus came, women in Israel and most other countries/religions, had very few, if in fact, no privileges or rights when it came to family, community and church. In Israel, they were ostracized under the Old Testament, and even in worship to God, both in the synagogue and in the temple.
Women and men were physically separated in the church; the women sat in one court, and the men in another. Women were to remain silent, and if they wanted to say anything, they had to ask for permission and have their husbands to speak for them.
The bible teaching that women are " lesser" or inferior is the wrong translation and interpretation of the scripture. Particularly when it comes to Apostle Paul's writings about husband and wife relationships found in Ephesians Chapter 5:
”Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything" (Eph. 5:21–24)....
The Holy Spirit is Evidence of Jesus' Resurrection - April 2017
Christianity is the only religion in the world that believes that Jesus Christ died and physically rose from the dead, and is still alive today. The first time Jesus appeared and visited His disciples, Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them. Thomas knew what Jesus had previously said "that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life" (Matt. 16:21).But He did not believe even after the other disciples testified to him about what they saw. He said, “Unless I see in his hands, the print of the nails; and place my hand in his side, I will not believe”(Jn. 20:25).
God's Kingdom Suffers Violence - March 2017
Today church leadership, like the lsrael’s leadership, still take the kingdom of God by violence. This is also clearly seen in the rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit. Still traditions of the Old Testament such as tithing, (Heb. 7) and the Sabbath day are being practiced. The Sabbath day is now every day (Heb. 4).
Also, generational curses and sin are no longer passed on from one generation to another (Ez: 18). Those who have received salvation and the Holy Spirit with the “signs following” (Mk. 15:17–18) are the Temple of God (1 Cor. 13: 16; 2 Cor. 6:16). “The New Jerusalem above is our mother” (Gal. 4:6).
The Holy Spirit distributes the 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10) amongst us so that we can all be equipped to do the ministry of Jesus. Our worship services should yield “signs, wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed by the Holy Spirit” (Heb. 2:4).
We now are operating under the New Covenant; and beware of people who want to take you back under the Old Testament Law. The scripture tells us to conduct our lives according to the “Law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). If it’s not in the New Testament, it’s not from Jesus...
St. Valentine, Agape Love and Marriage - February 2017
Today, marriage is often viewed as a contract and not as a Holy Covenant. Many times I am asked why so many marriages today end up in divorce. Is there a guarantee that a marriage will not end up in a divorce? YES, there is! This guarantee was given to us by Jesus Christ when He said,“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:5).
What is Happening to our Churches? - January 2017
Today, we hear reports of many churches losing members, and closing their doors all across Canada, the USA, and other countries as well. “Why? Why? Why?” am I frequently asked. The answer is easy to find in the New Testament. Paul wrote to the Galatians Church: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6–7). Paul continues his writing on the subject, and gives us the answer: “If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:9).
On December 6, 2016, the Toronto Star Newspaper made reference to a survey that reported "mainline church denominations losing from 40 to 60 percent of their membership": "Since the 1960s, Canada’s mainline Protestant denominations — made up of the Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United churches — have lost anywhere between 40 to 60 per cent of their membership."1
Many people have come to me complaining, “I want my old church back!” This statement is often misinterpreted by clergy members. What Christians are really saying is, “I want my old church back (where there were signs, wonders, miracles, healing ministry, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the signs following!”)
Most members of the clergy and their denominations, have deemed the Bible’s promises as no longer being relevant for today. The result of preaching a “different or perverted gospel," has been catastrophic; and has led to a huge decline in church membership and shrinking congregations...