Contending for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints
Jude 1:3
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Revelation 10:7
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8
Contending for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints
Jude 1:3
And the LORD went before them by day in a Pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a Pillar of Fire, to give them light; to go by day and night
Exodus 13:21
Anonymous: A Question From A Brother

God bless you, Pastor.

May I kindly know if there can be more than one associate pastor in a local assembly or if it has to be only one associate pastor.

I also want to kindly know when an associate pastor can start working as an associate pastor?

Please, is Brother Gabriel an associate pastor of the church?

Thank you, sir.


Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Brother

Yes, a local assembly can have more than one associate pastor. If the Lord is to tarry, we will have more than one associate pastor in the church to help build the kingdom of God.

An associate pastor must be someone who is mature in the things of God and His WORD, and also show maturity in everything he does. He must also be very dependable, supportive of the ministry, and prayerful.

He must be well vexed in the things of God and in the Message of the Hour, and he must also be able to have the support of his wife to enable him work effectively in assisting the Pastor.

Brother Branham said when God calls a man, He calls his wife as well.

This can be found in a quote essing All Things, preached in 1962. The prophet said, " And right here, we could start. I believe that when God calls a man to service, if he's a married man and has a help mate, He calls his wife with him because they two are one."

The above quote applies to all offices of the church for the effective running of God's church.

An associate pastor can start working effectively after he has met the above requirement and has been ordained as an associate pastor of the church.

Brother Gabriel is in the process of becoming an ordained associate pastor of the church. He is still under training and will be ordained as an associate pastor when the time is right, as the Lord leads.

For now, brother Gabriel is a deacon and youth minister, and also acting as an associate pastor and a treasurer. His work is indeed loaded, but It's my prayer that the Lord will bless the church with people who will be willing and dedicated to serve in various capacities and positions in the church. Always remember the church in prayer.

I will send you some quotes to support some of these  explanations.

 

In a Message Water Baptism, preached in 1956 para 19, the prophet said, " Is Brother Collins here? Or, brother, or..... Let him come forward if he will, here for this service, if... He is one of our associate pastors here, of the church, and we would like to have him here with prayer, with us, if possible."

In the above quote, you would realise the prophet had two associate pastors in his church, brother Neville and brother Collins.

 

In another Message, Show Us The Father And It Will Suffice Us, preached in 1959, the prophet prayed in another church, and I quote, "And we pray that You'll bless us as we travel on. Bless these services that's coming up, the pastor of this church, our Brother McPherson and his wife, *and all the associate pastors.*"

You will also realise from the above quote that the church had associate pastors .


Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Anonymous: A Question From A Sister

God bless you pastor, please I have a question.

Please is it right or okay for a brother who is in a particular ministry compliment on the physical features or shape of a lady who is outside this message jokingly especially when that fellow isn’t married to that lady?

 God richly bless you .


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Sister

It's absolutely wrong for a brother to be complimenting the shape of a lady, whether that lady is in his church or not, or whether the brother was just joking or not joking.

What will make a brother look at a sister and begin to admire her shape?

It is lustful to do that! That's carnal! If a brother compliments the shape of a lady who is not his wife, it leaves much to be desired.

He needs to repent and tell the Lord to help him keep his focus on Him and not on the shape or physical features of a lady.


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Anonymous: A Question From A Brother

Please Pastor, concerning the stature of a perfect Man , are we in Brotherly Kindness or the age of Love


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Brother

We are in the time of CHARITY the Capstone.

Brother Branham said every time God sent a messenger to a church age, they came at the end of that church age. So each messenger's church age crossed over into the next church age before God laid them to sleep.

So Brother Branham came at the end of the brotherly kindness age to take the Bride into the Headstone age.

In 1962, he preached a message called ONENESS and this is what he said, "Now, the coming of the Lord Jesus is so imminent, the coming of judgement, He's calling His elected together in oneness with Himself, with the same kind of ministry He had. You know how I shaped in the church ages here not long ago, about the--the big tower that was built, called the pyramid, but the Headstone was never put on it. Remember how the Lutherans came, then the Wesleys in the minority, and then down to Pentecost. And now what He's doing, calling from that. What did He do? He called out the elect to make the Lutheran; He called out the elect out of the Lutheran to make the Wesleyan; He called out the elect out of that to make the Pentecostals; now He's calling the elect Pentecostals out to make the Headstone to come into it, the very same kind of a ministry dropping right in on it, calling His children from all denominations and all walks of life."


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Anonymous: A Question From A Brother

God bless you, pastor. Please, I want to know if song leading is also an office in the church and if anyone who has the desire in their hearts can become song leaders. Please can song leaders be carnal people. Please, what is the process of giving people positions in the church.  Thank you, sir.


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Brother

No, song leading is not an office in the church. It's a ministry on its own, just as the music department is also a ministry. That is why song leaders are supposed to be in prayer and must be in the spirit at all times and not be engaged in worldly things.

Song leading is not for a show. A song leader must be a spiritual person in order to lift up the spirit of others in the church. If song leaders get carnal, it affects their song leading.

They are to worship and lead songs as the prophet said and prepare the people for the Word.

Carnal song leaders quench the spirit, and the people do not benefit but end up complaining about them, and that is why carnal people can't be song leaders.

The pastor observes the conduct and level of spiritual growth of the people before giving them positions.

This can be changed at any time when the pastor realises such individuals are getting out of line or making the running of the ministry difficult.

We must always do things to allow the spirit of God to flow freely in the church, and anything that will take that away must be cut off.

If a person desires to lead songs, he can let the pastor know about it, and the pastor will pray and act as the Lord leads, and not because the person has the desire to do something. I want the spirit of God to lead His church. Like I always say, Mount Sunset Country Church belongs to the Lord, and no man will ever own It. He sets the pastor there to be the head of His church and officers, helps and governments to help carry out His work.

Every position in the church is unique, and the requirement for each is different. However, there are some positions in the church that require the people to be married, for instance, ministers, deacons, trustees, treasurers, and Sunday school superintendent. Others such as song leaders and other workers do not so much require for the people to be married.

All these offices and workers must live Christian lives, and the married ones must be loyal to their wives. They must always be at their post of duties at all times.

The pastor can't appoint someone for a position when he knows very well that the person is not faithful in the things of God and is not at church at all times.

In closing, the pastor must know his congregation well enough to give them positions and must also be strong enough to take them off their positions if he realises they are not pillars but caterpillars who are not there to help but to destroy.

Hope this helps. I will be sending you some quotes of the prophet soon to buttress some of these points.

 

In a message Thirsting for Life preached in 1959 paragraph 42, the prophet prayed a prayer. " Bless this little Beulah Temple. Bless it's lovely pastor, and all of its deacons, and the board, and all the laity. May it long stand as a memorial to Jesus Christ and to His cause. May from here go missionaries and - and ministers that'll help evangelize the world. Bless every effort that they put forth. And these brethren here, and the sisters from Canada, the- the song leaders, and - and the musicians, we pray, Lord, that You'll bless their ministry. Make it rich, Father. Give them souls for their hire because we believe that's the desire of their hearts. "


Saturday, 13 January 2024
Anonymous: A Question From A Brother

God bless you, Pastor. Please, if I take an item from someone without asking and don't own up and the person pronounces a curse on the person who took the item, will it affect me?

If I confess it to God and pray about it for God to forgive me, will the curse go away, or do I need to go and make it right with the person I took the item from. And please, in a situation where I didn't take the item but know who took it but kept quiet, will something happen to me? Thank you Pastor.


Tuesday, 09 January 2024
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Brother

If you take another person's property or item without the owner's knowledge or concern, it is stealing. It is even worse when you don't own up to the theft.

The Bible admonishes us to ask for anything we want, and it will be given to us. That applies to everything. As a Christian, you must never take anything from someone without asking, no matter who the person is.

If the person curses you, it may affect you because you have willingly gone out from God's protection.

Praying to God for forgiveness will not be enough until you confess to the person for forgiveness.

Life has consequences, and what we sow is what we reap.

Again, if you are not the one who stole but know about the theft and decide to keep it a secret, God will not forgive you because God hates people who hide sin.


Tuesday, 09 January 2024
 
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