GWEA Monthly Messages
What is Happening in Our Churches?
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, JANUARY 2017
As we begin the New Year of 2017, I look forward to another exciting year of God’s witness by "signs, wonders and various miracles; and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will” (Heb. 2:4).
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.
Dr. Charles Ratz, who taught Greek for many years at the P.A.O.C Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario, commented, “Gordon, what is happening in our churches? Men who were my students of Greek literature, are now preaching another gospel, and are conforming to the world" (Rom. 12:2).
"Well, we have made a point never to compromise in our ministry." Our beliefs are deeply rooted in Jesus' New Testament promises; which are still for today, and for our future. As Paul wrote, “For the son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached to you has not been YES and NO; but in him it is always YES” (2 Cor. 1:19). "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8).
Today, every promise in the New Testament is readily available for everyone. These promises are salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3,5,7), the signs following (deliverance, new languages, protection, healing as outlined in Mark 16:17-18), the fifteen ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10) and the promise that Jesus will supply all our needs according to his riches and glory (Philip. 4:19).
And this is why I get excited at the start of every New Year! I can hardly wait to see what Jesus is going to accomplish through the Holy Spirit this year!
Join us and our great adventure with Jesus! If you would like to receive salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, gifts of the Holy Spirit, healing or encouragement, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or contact me and I would be happy to pray with you.
Let’s make 2017 the best year for harvesting people into the Kingdom of God!
Yours in Jesus,
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Our "Holy Spirit" ministry emphasizes the necessity of the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the Bible scriptures.
Our ministry helps people to receive Salvation, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, healing, deliverance and other spiritual gifts from God.
Also through our services, many have received miracles, healing, revival and renewal.
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Rev. Gordon Williams
Scripture of the Month
Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me.
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
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