DESCHIZAND PORTILE CERURILOR de Perry Stone – traducere de A. C. Duhul unei doctrine

DUHUL UNEI DOCTRINE

Intrebarea ,,Dumnezeu mai face inca minuni datorita rugaciunilor? ” mai este inca pusa in zilele noastre. Un om mi-a zis astfel: ,,Eu nu cred ca Dumnezeu mai face minuni si astazi.”

I-am raspuns: ,,Atunci tu nu esti cu adevarat mantuit, pentru ca insasi actul de mantuire este in sine o minune!”

Prietenul meu iubit, Pastorul Paul Zink invata ca atunci cand o persoana judeca o doctrina, el sau ea trebuie de asemenea sa judece duhul unei doctrine. Cand cele zece iscoade s-au intors inapoi de la iscodirea Tarii Promise, doi din cei doisprezece trimisi, Iosua si Caleb si-au exprimat credinta lor,  nu necredinta – pentru ca ei aveau ,, un alt duh” (Numeri 14:24). Pe vremea Domnului Isus, samaritenii ii dispretuiau pe evrei si in acelasi fel si evreii ii dispretuiau pe samariteni. A fost o ocazie cand Christos a vrut sa treaca prin satul samaritenilor dar oamenii de acolo nu L-au primit. Atunci Iacov si Ioan cand au vazut lucrul acesta au cerut lui Christos ,,sa porunceasca sa se pogoare foc din cer si sa-i mistuie” pe samariteni (Luca 9:54). Isus cand a auzit aceasta i-a certat pe cei doi ,,fii ai tunetului” si le-a zis: ,,Nu stiti de ce duh sunteti insufletiti” (v.55). Motivul lor a fost gresit, si cererea le-a fost refuzata. Scolarii Bibliei au notat ca legea Vechiului Testament a avut ceea ce a fost numita litera legii si legea Duhului.

Care ne-a si facut in stare sa fim slujitori ai unui legamant nou, nu al slovei, ci al Duhului; caci slova omoara, dar Duhul da viata.

– 2 CORINTENI 3:6

Pe timpul Domnului Isus, Fariseii erau adeptii slovei(litera legii). Acesti oameni religiosi faceau de fapt ca sa fie o povara intr-a sluji pe Dumnezeu, iar atunci cand Christos invata contrar opiniilor si traditiilor facute de om, ei au anuntat public ca El nu este de la Dumnezeu si minunile Lui au fost facute cu puterea unui duh necurat (Matei 9:33-34). Christos ii vindeca pe oameni in ziua de Sabat si le spunea sa-si ridice paturile si sa le duca cu ei inapoi acasa (Matei 12:112; Marcu 2:2-12). Fariseii au stiut ca Legea invata: ,,Adu-ti aminte de ziua de odihna, ca s-o sfintesti” (Exodul 20:8), si ,,sa nu faceti nici o lucrare in ziua aceasta [ziua de Sabat]” (Ieremia 17:24). Fariseii au fost asa de stricti cu litera Legii incat l-au acuzat pe Isus ca a incalcat Sabatul vindecand pe bolnavi in ziua de Sabat si spunandu-i unui om vindecat sa-si ia patul si sa se duca acasa. Ei nu intelegeau legea Duhului, care pur si simplu este ca Sabatul a fost facut pentru odihna (Exodul 23:11-12). Isus elibera oamenii de povara pacatului, de boli, de lanturile robiei celui rau, dandu-le odihna fizica, emotionala si spirituala pentru trupurile si sufletele lor, vindecandu-i! Dar Fariseii au fost asa de prinsi in literele Legii si in traditie incat au refuzat sa-L recunoasca pe Mesia in mijlocul lor! Ochii le erau acoperiti cu filtrele traditiei (Marcu 7:9-13).

Cand lucratorii Evangheliei au inceput sa invete ca Dumnezeu nu mai face minuni si vindecari, atunci oricine care intelege natura si caracterul unui Dumnezeu care iubeste si se ingrijeste, trebuie sa examineze duhul acelei doctrine. Teoria de ,,astazi nu mai sunt minuni” nu te incurajeaza ca sa-L cauti pe Dumnezeu pentru ajutor, nici nu produce credinta in inima ta, si cu siguranta ca nu-ti va crea nici o speranta!  Tu doar sa accepti tot ceea ce vine si sa treci cu vederea peste tot ce se intampla. Christos raspunde rugaciunilor pentru ca ,,bucuria voastra sa fie deplina” (Ioan 16:24). Dorinta lui Christos este ca ucenicii Lui ,,sa aiba in ei bucuria Mea deplina” (Ioan 17:13). Cand au avut loc vindecari in Noul Testament ,, a fost o mare bucurie in cetatea aceasta” (Faptele Apostolilor 8:8). Cand s-a pogorat Duhul Sfant, ucenicii au fost ,, plini de bucurie si de Duhul Sfant” (Faptele Apostolilor 13:52). Apostolul Pavel a scris ca Imparatia lui Dumnezeu nu este carne si bautura ci ,,neprihanire, pace si bucurie in Duhul Sfant” (Romani 14:17).

Daca totul ce avem sunt doar forme de religie , ritualuri si rutine, atunci noi avem doar o forma de evlavie dar tagaduindu-i puterea; Pavel ne spune ca noi trebuie se ne departam de o astfel de religie care neaga puterea lui Dumnezeu (2Timotei 3:5). Sa comparam congregatiile celor ce accepta ungerea si puterea lui Dumnezeu , cu cei care invata impotriva acestora. Care grupare apare ca are mai multa pace, bucurie si delectare in inchinarea lor? Una te incurajeaza ca sa crezi imposibilul, si cealalta te invata ca sa accepti imposibilul! Un grup invata caci cu Dumnezeu nimic nu este imposibil, in timp ce unii dintr-un alt grup sugereaza caci cu Dumnezeu nimic nu este posibil ca sa schimbe imposibilul! Acest duh de invatatura, de ,,nu mai sunt minuni sau vindecari astazi”, care proclama ca darurile miraculoase si manifestarile lui Dumnezeu au incetat, este contrar cu duhul din intreaga Biblie. Atat Vechiul Testament cat si Noul Testament il reveleaza pe Dumnezeu ca fiind Salvator, vindecator si eliberator!  De ce Dumnezeu si-ar revela puterea Lui timp de patru mii de ani si apoi sa-si retraga manifestatiile Sale  dupa moartea lui Ioan, ultimul apostol? Uitati-va la cuvantul grecesc ,,save.” Cand eu zic ,, Sunt mantuit” tu pur si simplu crezi in sinea ta ca ,,El zice ca este iertat de pacate si ca are viata vesnica.” Stiati caci cuvantul grecesc save este sodzo, si are o insemnatate mult mai mare decat numai a ierta pacatele?

Potrivit notarilor din Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Greek Words (Dictionarul Explicativ Vine al Cuvintelor Grecesti din Noul Testament) ,,a salva” este un verb, si substantivul soteria este tradus ca salvare. Intelesurile sunt: ,,de material si temporal scapat din pericol si suferinta (Matei 8:25; Marcu 13:20; Luca 23:35); salvarea spirituala si eterna oferita pe loc de Dumnezeu celor care cred in Domnul Isus Christos (Faptele Apostolilor 2:47; 16:31).” Cuvantul este folosit intr-un sens larg ca fiind facut intreg, fiind salvat de la pericol, si fiind eliberat.

Rick Renner, un scolar grec a comentat despre cuvantul grecesc sodzo spunand ca acesta insemneaza: ,,a fi salvat sau eliberat. Sugereaza ceva ce este eliberat, salvat, reanviat, recuperat, si protejat si acum este in siguranta si la adapost. Un comentator sugereaza caci cuvantul sodzo ar putea de fapt sa infatiseze o persoana care a fost pe punctul de a muri dar in momentul acela a fost reanviata si resucitata pentru ca a fost suflata in ea o noua viata.” Actul ultim si de cea mai mare importanta de a fi mantuit este ca sa fi salvat de la pacat si sa primesti viata vesnica. Totusi, ar fi daunator lucrarii Domnului, ca noi sa limitam puterea Lui invatand pe altii ca El nu poate sa dea izbanda, sa vindece, sa  scape, sau de a efectua imposibilul in timp ce inca mai traim pe acest pamant!

-Va urma-

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Matt Chandler – The Message Acts 29 Boot Camp 2012

Matt Chandler address at an Acts 29 venue the day after he became President of Acts29, in place of Mark Driscoll, the former President of Acts29. In this message he discusses the fact that ‘God saves’.

Some brief highlights:

  • Unfortunately, for all of us in pastoral ministry, it’s not uncommon for us to fall into the rhythm of routine. And for all the majesty in the fact that God is taking dead people and making them alive, and using our fumbling and bumbling, and moronic brokenness to do that, ceases to leave us in tears and in awe. When all of a sudden the ministry is on our back, we fail and that’s when we shipwreck stuff. So, I want to get you to Romans 8 to get that weight off of you and get it on who it goes on to.
  • Romans 8 is a great chapter because there’s parts of the chapter that evangelicalism as a whole, loves verse 28, and they love 31 through 39, don’t they? The problem is both of those are held together by the verses they don’t like. And, I’m gonna spend my time on the verses they don’t like in the hopes that you can see how spectacular those verses actually are because here’s why I feel sad in my heart. Those verses that are so popular, get completely hollowed out by ignoring those verses in between.

Romans 8:28- And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. We love that one. Now look at where He goes next- For those whom He called He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that he might be the firstborn from  among the brothers. Now, that’s where things get problematic.

  • You use either one of those and some people can lose their minds – and I wanna be straight- from some historically valid reasons.So, let’s not gloss over the idiocy that has surrounded a lot of reformed theology. Listen, our creed is not TULIP. Our creed is Christ! So, you wanna start arguing definitive atonement as a „this means you’re in” and „if you’re not, you’re out„, I think you’ve made a fool of yourself. Now, do I think you’re a fool if you believe definitive, limited atonement? Not at all. Do I think that’s the litmus test of faithfulness? NO. And to make it so is a weird stance. „You can only be my brother if you’re here”. Four (point calvinist)? Then we can’t have fellowship, brother. I mean, that’s just crazy, just calm down man.
  • Cause here’s my opinion: What I’ve learned at The Village (Matt’s church) is that people constrained under the weight of legalism, when they hear about liberty, if they’re not careful, they’ll run 140 miles an hour right into license (to do). So what happens, when you haven’t heard a lot of transcendence, and all of a sudden you hear „This is how big HE is. This is how massive and mighty He is, then, all of a sudden you spring out of the gate and anyone who doesn’t see how you see is a fool and an idiot and doesn’t really believe fully in christianity- EVEN THOUGH YOU JUST FOUND OUT! All of a sudden, you’re waving a flag that you’ve just found and it hadn’t been waving at all and all of a sudden it’s all that matters and I’m just pleading with you: Calm down. Are we reformed in our soteriology? Yes, because the Bible is. But, is that the gate of brotherhood in regards to the kingdom? No. No. Do not hear me saying I don’t think it’s important. At the Village Church our people get told, „This is what we believe about how God saves”. You need to know that so I’m not preaching a sermon 4 months from now and you go, „What????”
  • Matt talks about Foreknowledge and predestination starting at minute 14

„The Message” :: Matt Chandler :: 2012 Dallas Boot Camp from Acts 29 Network on Vimeo.

Joni Eareckson Tada – Painting for God’s pleasure (Full episode)

Photo source : Voice of The Gospel Radio, Germany

Published on Sep 12, 2012 by 

Watch full television episode:http://www.joniandfriends.org/television/painting-gods-pleasure/
Over 40 years ago, artist Joni Eareckson Tada took a reckless dive that left her paralyzed in a wheelchair. Feeling abandoned by God, depression set in. But despair became satisfaction as God made beauty from ashes. Joni discovered that her talent for art came not from her hands, but from within. And she began painting with her mouth. With fresh joy and purpose, Joni found her art to be a new form of self-expression and worship to God. Watch as Joni shares how God has used her wheelchair as the perfect frame to showcase His gospel through her life and art.

Watch full television episode here: http://www.joniandfriends.org/television/painting-gods-pleasure/

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Biography from Biography from Voice of The Gospel Radio, Germany http://christliche-radiosender.blogspot.com/
(1950- present)

Joni Eareckson Tada is a remarkable woman. Injured in a diving accident at the age of 17, Joni has had to endure more physical suffering than most of us ever will. Though she suffered a deep depression and lost the will to live in the aftermath of her accident, she gradually came back to a deeper relationship with God. Because of her early struggles, she has become strong in her faith and is a testimony to the world of how when we are weak, God is strong. Her story is not one of bitterness and despair, as we might imagine it to be, but one of love and victory.

Joni Eareckson Tada was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950 to John and Lindy Eareckson. She was the youngest of four sisters, Linda, Jay, and Kathy. Her name is pronounced „Johnny”, being he named after her father. Joni inherited her father’s athletic and creative abilities, giving father and daughter a special bond. Her childhood was an extremely happy one. She grew into a young adult surrounded by love, happiness, and security in her parent’s home. The Eareckson family shared a great love for the outdoors, which promoted family togetherness. They shared in various outdoor activities such as camping trips, horseback riding, hiking, tennis, and swimming.

In 1967, after graduating from high school, Joni had her fateful accident. It was a hot July day and she was to meet her sister Kathy and some friends at the beach on Chesapeake Bay to swim. When she arrived, she dove in quickly, and immediately knew something was wrong. Though she felt no real pain, a tightness seemed to encompass her. Her first thought was that she was caught in a fishing net and she tried to break free and get to the surface. Panic seized her as she realized she couldn’t move and she was lying face down on the bottom of the bay. She realized she was running out of air and resigned herself to the fact that she was going to drown.

Her sister, Kathy, called for her. She ran to Joni and pulled her up. To Kathy’s surprise, Joni could not support herself and tumbled back into the water. Kathy pulled her out and Joni gasped for air. Joni was puzzled as to why her arms were still tied to her chest. Then to her dismay, Joni realized they were not tied, but were draped lifelessly across her sister’s back. Kathy yelled for someone to call an ambulance and Joni was rushed to the hospital.

Joni’s life was changed forever that July day in 1967. She had broken her neck – a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels. She was now a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. While her friends were busy sending out graduation announcements and preparing to go to college in the fall, Joni was fighting for her very life and having to accept the fact that she would have to live out the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

Joni’s rehabilitation was not easy. As you might imagine she was angry and she raged against her fate. She struggled with depression and often times she

wanted to end her life. She could not understand how God could let this happen to her. Before the accident she had felt that she wasn’t living the life she should be so she had prayed that God would change her life – that he’d turn it around. After months of staring at the ceiling and wallowing in her depression, Joni began to wonder if this was God’s answer to her prayer.

This realization that God was working in her life was the beginning of Joni’s journey to wholeness as a disabled person. She participated in various rehabilitation programs that taught her how to live with her disabilities and she immersed herself in God’s Word to become spiritually strong.

Joni’s life has been a full one. She has learned early on to compensate for her handicaps. Being naturally creative, she learned to draw and paint holding her utensils with her teeth. She began selling her artwork and the endeavor was a great success. There was a real demand for her work. She kept herself very busy with her artwork and gained for herself a degree of independence. She was also able to share Christ’s love in her drawings. She always signed her paintings „PTL” which stood for „Praise the Lord”.

Joni has also become a sought after conference speaker, author, and actress, portraying herself in the World Wide Pictures production of „Joni”, the life story of Joni Eareckson in 1978. She has written several books including „Holiness in Hidden Places”, „Joni”, which was her autobiography, and many children’s titles. But her most satisfying and far-reaching work is her advocacy on behalf of the disabled.

In 1979, Joni moved to California to begin a ministry to the disabled community around the globe. She called it Joni and Friends Ministries (JAF Ministries), fulfilling the mandate of Jesus in Luke 14:13,23 to meet the needs of the poor, crippled, and lame. Joni understood first-hand the loneliness and alienation many handicapped people faced and their need for friendship and salvation. The ministry was soon immersed with calls for both physical and spiritual help for the disabled.

JAF Ministries thus uncovered the vast hidden needs of the disabled community and began to train the local church for effective outreach to the disabled, an often overlooked mission field. JAF Ministries today includes local offices in such major cities as Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, and SanFrancisco. The goal of the ministry is to have ten such offices in metropolitan areas by the year 2001.

Through JAF Ministries, Joni tapes a five-minute radio program called „Joni and Friends”, heard daily all over the world. She has heart for people who, like herself, must live with disabilities. Her role as an advocate for the disabled has led to a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability for over three years. Joni also serves on the board of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization as a senior associate for evangelism among disabled persons. Joni has also begun Wheels for the World, a ministry which involves restoring wheelchairs and distributing them in developing nations.

Joni has won many awards and commendations throughout her life. In 1993 she was named Churchwoman of the Year by the Religious Heritage Foundation and the National Association of Evangelicals named her „Layperson of the Year”, making her the first woman ever to receive that honor. Also among the numerous awards she has received are the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award, The Courage Award of the Courage Rehabilitation Center, the Award of Excellence from the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, the Victory Award from the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Golden Word Award from the International Bible Society.

In 1982, Joni married Ken Tada. Today, eighteen years later, the marriage is strong and committed and they are still growing together in Christ. Ken and Joni travel together with JAF Ministries speaking at family retreats about the day to day experiences of living with disabilities. At the helm of JAF Ministries, Ken and Joni strive to demonstrate in tangible ways that God has not abandoned those with disabilities. And they speak from experience.

Biography from Voice of The Gospel Radio, Germany page http://christliche-radiosender.blogspot.com/2012/06/joni-eareckson-tada-biography-joni-die.html

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