Today's Christian thought:
My guess is that most of you never realized that there is a woman preacher in the Bible, one that went around preaching that "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation." She followed Paul, Timothy, Luke and others around proclaiming that they were men of God, and that they could show and explain to people how to get Saved. Let's look at Acts chapter sixteen and see this woman, who she is, and what God thought of her being a preacher.
16. And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: This woman had a devil living within her. This devil gave her insight into things that were to happen, and as a result made her masters, since she was a slave, lots of money.
17. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation." This devil possessed woman followed Paul, Luke and Timothy preaching that they could explain and teach salvation and that they were men of God.
18. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. But notice what happens, Paul doesn't anoint her or ordain her, he instead turns on her and demands that the devil within her leave her immediately, which it does. (Acts 16:16-18)
This is the only example of a woman preaching in the New Testament, and God does not condone it. Here we also see that satan has, from the very beginning of Christianity, wanted a part in the true Christian church, but God would have no part in it. He would have no part in it then and He'll have no part in it now. God does not want half hearted, satan possessed preachers, He wants men dedicated to Him, not money, not power, not large bodies of followers, but men dedicated to Him and Him only.
We see that while this woman was devil possessed, she was telling the truth about Paul, Timothy and Luke, yet, God doesn't want those who will preach the word 99% of the time, He wants preachers who preach His word 100% of the time, God knows that if satan gets a foot hold in the church, while he will tell the truth 99% of the time, it is that 1% that will lead men and women straight to eternal damnation.
Do you realize that if you have a false preacher, that preacher can preach 99% of what is in the Bible and yet ignore the 1% that deals with being Born Again and how to be Born Again. By ignoring that 1%, that false preacher will damn his or her entire congregation, for no man can earn his or her way into heaven. Only by being Born Again can one attain eternal salvation.
By preaching everything but John 3, and ten verses in Romans, a preacher can earn a reputation of being a solid fundamental preacher, but, by keeping his flock in the dark as to how to be Born Again, condemns his flock to eternal damnation.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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