Good morning, Pastor. I will please like to know if it is wrong for message believers to play games like musical chairs, tug of war, ampe, lime and spoon and the other ones we played at church on the 6th of March. I am asking because I have heard the minister of the church we did the games with has condemned our games we organised at the church. God bless you, pastor.
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
None of the games we played on the 6th of March was against the Message we stand for.
What you heard is true, unfortunately.
The minister didn't only condemn us but actually lambasted us in his sermon. I don't really know whether he's still following the prophet's Message because the only games I know the prophet condemned were playing of cards, gambling, and the hula loop, which he mistakenly called hula hoop.
Maybe he thought Prampram church is a bunch of ignorant people who don't know what the Message is about.
What surprises me is that the minister knew we were going to have games with his church and yet chose to lambast us after the event.
Because of the way people twist their waists, making themselves sensual when they're playing the hula loop, the prophet condemned that. He also said, in many places, that cards and gambling are games of the underworld.
THE VOICE OF GOD IN THIS LAST DAYS 1963
"They invented a little thing called, the kids used to call the "hula-hoop", hula-hoop, or something. And if you ever noticed the vulgarity and the things that follow that lot, in the little children. That's not right."
THE CALLED OUT 1958
"And gambling, it used to be in the dens and dives of the low underworld, has become that every time company comes, they get out the cards and go to playing. It's still sin."
Because by God's grace, we're not ignorant about what the Message is, we didn't play cards, gambling or hula loop.
I thank God that in Mount Sunset Church, the prophet's Message is our absolute.
Since the prophet has never mentioned in any of the quotes that it's wrong for believers to play games, we are not out of the will of God.
Being a Christian or a Message believer doesn't mean just go to church, don't be happy, have no games, and have a boring life. I don't know how others understand this Message
Let's not look at what other churches are saying or doing. Let's focus on the Word revealed by our Prophet.
The most important thing is that the Lord is mighty in our midst. Let's continue to be humble and serve the Lord the best way we know how to.
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Pastor please why would a married message brother leave his believer wife and go out with painted-face women who wear trousers and do all the abominable things the prophet speak against and still come to church? Pleasr does it mean they don't believe the message? Someone ask me this in town and I feel ashame.
Tuesday, 28 March 2023
How are you? I hope you are doing well?
There are many people who, when they fall into sin, in tears, they thoroughly repent and pray to God never to go back to that situation.
There are others who are not converted and do not really know the seriousness of sin and the danger of hell, so they hung around sin as though it is some common thing. They do not value their soul.
They think they can play church and still be in the world. It's a fearful thing because they can't inherit the Kingdom of God.
What is also strange is that they lust after worldly women who cut their hair, paint their faces, wear trousers and shorts, and do not respect the Lord. The truth is that such a brother does not believe the Message he claims to believe. Though Brother Branham screamed against ladies painting their faces and lips, cutting their hair, etc. a man who is not converted does not see anything wrong with such things. So instead of rebuking it, he actually falls in love with ladies that do that.
1st Corinthians 6:9-10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall Inherit the Kingdom of God.
Brother Branham said our soul is worth more than 10,000 worlds, and a wise man will not trade his soul and heaven for some filthy worldly pleasure.
Brother Branham said the following:
INFLUENCE 1963, paragraph 13
"And especially after you have said and made your confession that you are a Christian, they'll watch you much closer then, and that gives an influence to--to the people that's around about you. And we should watch what we do. Because, if we produce the wrong influence, then we bring reproach, not so much upon ourselves, but upon what we claim to be: Christians. We bring it upon Christ."
WHAT WENT YE OUT TO SEE 1959, paragraph 27
"God doesn't send you to hell for being a sinner. God sends you to hell because you won't repent and take Christ as your Saviour. You refused to take the right road. You send yourself to torment. You send your own soul to its eternal destination upon the free moral agency of your own convictions. "
Continue to pray for the Church that the life of every believer will be completely surrended to God for the hour is late.
Tuesday, 28 March 2023
God bless you pastor. Please I want to know what will make someone a member of the church. I know that in the denominations, they have membership. Please did the prophet say anything about this topic. Thank you pastor.
Please a follow up question. What about if I haven't been baptised, but I attend church everytime and pay my tithes and offerings. Will I be seen as a member.
My second question is, please, how will you know if I pay my tithes since I don't write my name on the tithe envelope.
Tuesday, 07 February 2023
Good question. I have spoken about this before but I guess you were not around the time I said it.
In PLACING OF DEACONS 1958, the prophet said, "And the church ARE THOSE who come and support the church with their presence, with their tithes and offerings, are always the ones that has the legal say-so in the placing of such"
So, there are three things that identify a believer as part of a local assembly:
(i) Their presence
(ii) Their tithes and
So, a church member must be doing ALL THREE to be considered a member of a particular church.
Being baptised in water puts you in fellowship, making a public declaration that you have believed, and being baptised with fire (the Holy Ghost baptism) puts you into the Body of Christ. The assumption is that before you begin to fellowship and pay your tithes and offerings, you must have been baptised in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For tithes not to be mixed with offerings, tithes are always enveloped. The envelopes must have on them the names of those paying because a record is kept of all tithes and offerings of the church as long as the church lives. So write your name on the envelope each time you pay tithe.
Brother Branham said, "The church's responsibility is first towards its members."
So when the church is undertaking any responsibility or obligation towards anyone, it first considers whether the person to be helped is a member, because it has a responsibility FIRST towards its members.
The pastor and the trustee are the only ones who have the privilege to know those who pay tithes and those who do not pay tithes. RECORDS MUST BE KEPT. Branham Tabernacle kept records.
Tuesday, 07 February 2023
God bless you pastor. I am someone who find it difficult to pay tithe because my monet I get at the month is small and can't even take care of my family. I wish I can pay tithe but things are not good for me at all. Please help me in what I should do. I feel like a robber as the Bible says and I am confused. I will please like you to send me things the prophet also said about tithes. It is worrying me and I sometimes cry about it. I and my family is having life very hard because when money comes then it gets finished without us doing anything but only paying debts. What wr have to eat is sometimes difficult.
Tuesday, 24 January 2023
I think I have provided enough answers on tithing on the platform than any other question I have had to answer. Always endeavour to read the answers I provide to other questions.
Well, the Bible does not say that when your money is not enough for you and your family, don't pay tithe but pay only when your money is sufficient for you.
If we understand that the tithe is God's own money we are giving back to Him, we'll always give it to Him and we will be afraid to use it.
In Malachi 3:8-11, God calls anyone who does not pay his tithe a robber because tithe is the Lord's money. He assures us that He'll rebuke the devourer if we pay our tithes. And if we don't pay our tithes, we are cursed with a curse.
Consider the following quotes:
HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN PART 1, 1957 PARAGRAPH 123
"Why would He ask Abraham to pay tithes? You see what a strict thing it is to pay tithes? Tithing is right. Every Christian is duty bound to pay tithe. That's right. Never has been changed.
GOD BEING MISUNDERSTOOD 1961 COD PARAGRAPH 111 Q.146
"All right, if you will... That is right, that the Bible said in Malachi the 4th chapter, 'Will a man Rob God? And you say, "Where have we robbed Thee?" In tithe and offerings. Bring all your tithe and offerings into My storehouse and prove Me," saith the Lord, "if I will not open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there'll not be room enough to receive."
That's a challenge to any individual. And if I only had the time, and would not get to this little Scripture that I wish to get to in about the next ten minutes , I would like to give you a personal testimony of how that I was even hungry, and my mother and them hungry, and my daddy sick, but I took my tithes out first and give it to God, and you ought to see what happened. I have never seen in my life, that any man or a woman, that if you only make one dollar a week, will bring the ten cents of that money and put it into your storehouse, your church where you come, if God don't bless that, call me a hypocrite. Yes, Sir. That's a challenge to anybody. And every Christian...That goes to this other question. Every Christian should pay tithes. That's right. It should be done."
Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Pastor please I will like to know why brothers at mount sunset church are not allowed to grow their beard but other message churches allow their brothers to grow beard.
Wednesday, 04 January 2023
Different pastors in the Message draw different inspirations from the Message of the Hour and from the prophet's personal life and end up doing things differently based on their level of their understanding of the Message.
Every pastor is accountable to God for the flock over which God has made him a shepherd. He's not accountable for another church. Every local assembly is independent and sovereign, the prophet said, and therefore should not do things based on what other sister churches do.
I have observed, with keen interest, how the prophet said the Angel that came to him was always clean-shaven.
A brother shaving off his beard should not be based on doctrine but on common decency.
In Genesis 41:14, when Pharaoh sent for Joseph to appear before him, Joseph did not only change his clothes to look presentable before the king, he shaved as well. It's gentlemanly to do that.
"Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of ⁶the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharoah.
61-1015M - Questions And Answers
191 Now, you wasn’t in no battle here, you was just slopping along. See?
But now, you’ve—you’ve cleaned up; you’ve dressed up; you’ve shaved; you’ve combed your hair; you put on a uniform; you’ve got a gun in your hand. “
Let’s go!” See? You’re in battle, not to show off, but to fight, fight! Sure when the temptations rise, with the Spirit, the shield of faith, buck it off, and move on. See? That’s right. Oh, put all the whole armor of God. Why do you put on a armor if you’re not going to fight? All soldiers are dressed to fight, not to show off,
walk out and say, “I’m So-and-so. Now, I’m a Christian. See who I am. I belong to so-and-so. Hallelujah! I got the Holy Ghost the other night. Sure, nothing bothers me anymore.” Huh-uh! Oh, brother, I—I believe you better go back and try again. See?"
Wednesday, 04 January 2023