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 Church Member

Good morning Pastor. I will please like to know who an elder of a church is. I was talking to someone in a denomination and he was saying their elders are their officers refering to 1st Timothy 5. Please are the officers at our church also the elders of the church? I will please like to know what the prophet also said about that. Thank you Pastor


Friday, 06 January 2023
Pastor Idun: A Question From A Church Member

1st Timothy 5:1 reads "Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren."

All denominational churches and even some Message churches see elders as Officers of the church and not the Pastors/Bishops.

The prophet completely disagrees and gives a detailed explanation in the following quotes:

THE PERGAMEAN CHURCH AGE (An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages from page 197, last sentence, to page 198)

"Though Scripture shows that there are several elders in each church, some began (Ignatius among them) to teach that the idea of a Bishop was one of preeminence or authority and control over the elders. Now the truth of the matter is the Word 'elder' signifies who the person is, while the word 'bishop' signifies the office of the same man. The elder is the man. Bishop is the office of the man. 'Elder' always has and always will refer simply to a man's chronological age in the Lord. He is an elder, not because he is elected or ordained, etcetera, but because he IS OLDER. He is more seasoned, trained, not a novice, reliable because of experience and long standing proof of his Christian experience. But no, the bishops did not stick to the epistle of Paul, but rather they went to Paul's account of the time he called the elders from Ephesus to Miletus in Acts 20. In verse 17 the record states, 'elders' were called and then in verse 28 they are called overseers (bishops)."

In A RESUME OF THE AGES (An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages page 369, last paragraph to page 370)

"The third age revealed by the Spirit of prophecy that the worldly church would adopt Nicholaitanism as a doctrine. The separation of the clergy from the laity grew from the Biblical truth of the elders (shepherds of local flocks) ruling the flock by the Word..."

HEBREWS CHAPTER 7 PART 2 1957

"But the full and complete authority of the church is the pastor. Read that in the Bible; see if that's not Bible order. That's exactly right. There's no one above the elder."

I hope the above quotes make you now realise that the words elder and pastor/bishop refer to the same person.


Friday, 06 January 2023
Anonymous: A Concern From A Brother

Good morning Pastor. Please I have a little problem concerning our church. I know that in one of the quotes, the prophet said that the officers of the church must be people who are in the Word, know the Word and live the life. They must be people who can take care of their homes. At our church, I have observed that some of the officers do things according to the flesh. Even when they are ushering us, they look at faces. The wives of officers don't even come to church on Wednesdays. Please I want to know how the officers can encourage people to be at church if their wives don't even come to church. Please is it the duties of the officers just to be in church on Sundays and ussher us to our sits? I am sorry if my question is in bad taste but please it's also a concern I have. Thank you pastor.


Saturday, 17 December 2022
Pastor Idun: A Concern From A Brother

I'm glad you are observant and have the church at heart and think of its progress and growth.

Your question actually is not in bad taste because it's the duty of every member of the church to be interested in the growth of the church and in the things of the LORD since one day, the LORD will require from everyone of us, our stewardship.

On a couple of occasions, I have spoken to Officers concerning this very issue of making sure that their wives are always in church, especially, on Wednesday praying meetings, so that when they are encouraging others not to forsake fellowship, it will be leadership by example.

I'll continue to encourage every member of MSCC to always be in church because this is what the LORD expects of us.

Let's not be negatively influenced by the conducts of others. Let's always focus on the WORD and be influenced only by the WORD.

I have also observed that most members are too individualistic and do not have a warm welcoming spirit for visitors who come among us. I have addressed this a couple of times behind the pulpit. Let's get close among people who visit.

The rapture is very near and we can't afford to be disobedient to the WORD, or be lackadaisical about the things of God.

You are always welcome to let me know your concerns in the church. Pray for the ministry, pray for Officers, pray for the church.


Saturday, 17 December 2022
A sister: John 20:22

Pastor please a question about John 20:22. Does it mean that, if I confess my sin to the one I wronged and the person doesn't forgive me God will not also forgive?


Saturday, 19 November 2022
Pastor Idun: John 20:22

Concerning John 20:23 and the question that was asked, I'll say that the Lord Jesus was talking about believers and not any other person. So therefore, He expects us to forgive our offenders, who are also believers, when they repent of their offences. In the likely event of the offender not repenting of his offence, what you will hold against him, will be upheld by the LORD. Heaven will recognise that. I, however, don't believe that if a person repents of his offences and asks for forgiveness, and the offended believer still does not forgive him, the LORD too will not forgive him. That Scripture is not saying that.

If you juxtapose John 20:23 with Mathew 6:14-15, John 20:23 will become clearer to you. We are supposed to forgive. So if we refuse to forgive, though our offenders have repented and have asked for forgiveness, the LORD will not hold that offence against our offenders.

Mathew 6:14-15
"For if ye forgive men their tresspasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."


Saturday, 19 November 2022
A Brother: Excommunicated

1. On what basis can a member of the church be excommunicated? ( as in what category of sinful behaviours will warrant excommunication from a church )

2. What procedure does the person go through before they can be excommunicated as well as restored when necessary after they are deemed to have genuinely repented ?


Saturday, 19 November 2022
Pastor Idun: Excommunicated

On the issue of excommunicating a church member from the church, Brother Branham had this to say in a Message QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS JEFF. IN COD 61-0112

"I don't believe that any deacon board has a right to throw anybody out of church, or any trustee board, or any pastor has a right to do it. I think if anybody was to be disfellowshipped, would be because of immoral living, or something like that, that he wasn't a fit person, like a man coming in here defiling our girls or -- or insulting our women, and things like that, and still professing to be one of us here...See? Now, if he's out somewhere else coming in, why, we have to do something about it, but, when it comes to a person like that a immoral person trying to make love to our wives, or-- or insulting our daughters, or, you know, something another like that, or do something immorally around her, or taking our little boys out and making perverts out of them, or something, those things should taken up, and then that fellow should be excommunicated from the fellowship and not permitted to take communion with it; because we're not supposed to do that. We're not."

There's no particular procedure to excommunicate a member. If he's found to be living in sin as God's prophet has described it, he should quickly be excommunicated before his evil ways affects the church. Sometimes, it may seem that a pastor is slow in taking these steps as given by the prophet. The only reason a pastor could be seen to be slowing in applying the principles as espoused, is that, he could be waiting to have the proven evidence so that he doesn't err on the side of the Message.

When a person falls into the trap of sin and repents quickly, his situation is different from what the prophet has described.

However, there's a procedure in declaring a backslidden brother or sister as a pagan/heathen in the church, as the Lord Jesus gave it in Mathew 18:15-17.

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."


Saturday, 19 November 2022
A Brother: Unconfessed Sins

God bless you Pastor Gideon, please what does the prophet mean by ''unconfessed sins?''

Is it a public confession of sins to the entire local church or the same as going down on my knees in my prayer to confess my sins as usual or maybe going privately to your Pastor to confess sinful habits beyond your control for special prayers ?


Saturday, 19 November 2022
Pastor Idun: Unconfessed Sins

AMEN...Hope you are doing well. Confessing the wrong one commits takes on different forms:

* Where one wrongs the LORD, he must Confess genuinely to the LORD and repents from his wrong.

* If we wrong our fellow man, we must confess to him out of a repentant heart.

*If we wrong both the LORD and our fellow man, we must confess to the LORD and the person we have wronged.

Unconfessed sin is a sin that has been committed, and the one who committed it has not genuinely repented from it. If he has genuinely and thoroughly repented from it and has therefore confessed it before the LORD, it's no more an unconfessed sin. It's then put in God's sea of forgetfulness.


Saturday, 19 November 2022
 
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