May 26, 2018 at 1:24 PMTony

People like certainty.

Fundamentalist Christians find certainty in the scriptures. The in-errancy of the scriptures is a foundational doctrine. And there can be signs and wonders to back that up.

Atheists, humanists find certainty in their logical, rational thought. They can attack the many flaws in scripture. I can sympathize. I have a mathematical background. However logic has its limits. Cantor who studied the different types of infinity (and there are logically different types) was in and out of mental hospitals all his life.

Personally I prefer Mathematics allied to Physics especially Einsteinian and Quantum Physics.

But even in these areas most answers just lead to even more questions.

True certainty is to do with relationships. And you know this. There is joy, fulfillment, goodness and kindness in relationships. And yes betrayal, pain and misery too. But in a way the pain is an indicator that something is wrong. Something is not the way it is meant to be.

So for those who despise church and religion I would say that they are quite right to do that but I would still say the answer is found in a relationship with Yeshua Messiah.

And in this the scriptures win out. Because they definitely point to this if read correctly. And the scriptures also say that if He isn’t raised from the dead we are the most stupid of all people. Which is a nod to the rationalists.

And you do have a relationship with Him because He has made that so. He did that.

And in that relationship is certainty. Blessed assurance is the traditional term.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

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Everyone You See Is Innocent!!!

April 22, 2017 at 11:02 PMTony
The finished work of Christ on the Cross has made everyone innocent. (And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1John 2:2 KJV). And yes, this includes all those people you have the greatest difficulty with.
Well, you could say, they don't act innocent. Well, maybe that's because nobody has told them this amazingly good news. Come on you evangelists!!
This also includes everyone in prison. Isaiah 61 says (among many good things) that the captives/prisoners will be set free. When Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns in prison the prison doors flew open and everyone's chains came loose (Acts 16:25,26).
Isaiah 61v11 says "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
I have a vision of England (and the world). Millions of grey figures turning brilliant yellow/white one by one and shouting "I am righteous" just like oranges turning orange on orange trees.
Declaring "I am innocent", "I am innocent", "I am innocent", "I am innocent", one by one as they get it. Just like the slaves declared "I am Spartacus" in the film of the same name.
The fields are white unto the harvest. Come on you evangelists. But not to be gathered into the churches. To be gathered into the kingdom. They are in the kingdom as soon as they get it.

Posted in: Forgiveness | Prophecy


We're Not Seagulls

September 26, 2015 at 7:18 PMTony

There is a model of church leadership, which I have been taught in the past, that says we are like a flock of seagulls flying in 'V' formation. We are all looking ahead towards Jesus, but there is someone in front leading. Behind him are others as part of the 'V' and if the leader gets tired they can take his place. This is what happens with seagulls.

In the church this justifies senior leadership teams, ordinary leadership teams, etc. etc. I think I'd be more impressed if the first actually took a turn at being last. That at least would be scriptural.

Speaking of being scriptural what is wrong with Paul's description of the church as a body?

My name is Tony. All the parts of my body are Tony. My left big toe is Tony. My right hand is Tony. my liver is Tony. Every part of me is Tony.

Similarly I am Jesus. And if you are a Christian reading this you are Jesus too. We Christians are all Jesus.

If I want to do something it is not hard. All the different parts of my body work together so that i can run, jump, walk, eat or whatever. There are some sophisticated processes that occur for that to happen but these aren't noticeable.

The church is Christ's body. Do we say that the one who created the human body is incapable of the level of sophistication that the human body has? Maybe we want to simplify things for our own comfort? Or maybe it is really about power and position.

Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). I think we need only Him:

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph 4:16 NLT)"

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Finding Church

August 9, 2015 at 3:09 AMTony

Finding Church is the title of a book by Wayne Jacobsen. I have found it interesting and challenging. I would say (and this might be my poor description) that it is about finding the church that Jesus is building rather than the church that man is building (although you can find the church that Jesus is building in and amongst the church that man is building). Anyway, follow the link if you are interested.

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Grace Message or Mixed Grace Message

March 1, 2015 at 11:08 PMadmin

For the last few months I've been getting into the message about grace as given by Paul Ellis in Escape to Reality and by Joseph Prince. I am convinced. Not only that but I have remembered a lesson/deliverance that the Lord gave me personally.

There was a joke that some people used to tell about a man who wanted to win the lottery. So he went to church and prayed to God "Lord, please let me win the lottery". But the next week came and he hadn't won so he prayed again "Lord, please let me win the lottery", And the third week came and he still hadn't won so again he prayed "Lord, I know you can hear me, please let me win the lottery". Then a voice came from heaven: "Help me out. Buy a ticket".

I know it is a joke but it was Christians who used to tell it to me. The message seems logical - you do your little bit and God will do His big bit. It is a mixed grace message.

And the Lord showed me it was wrong long before I had begun to read and hear about mixed grace. I was on my way to a prayer meeting taking some friends. They were talking about the lottery and I said (thinking about that joke) "I can't win because I don't buy a ticket". But when I arrived at the prayer meeting someone gave me a lottery ticket and said *That will help you with your petrol money". It was a winning ticket. Only for £10 but that was enough to get the lesson home. I could win without buying a ticket.

And that's grace. Jesus Christ has done it all. If you want to know more follow the links above.

Posted in: General


A forgiveness prayer that works (for me anyway)

September 21, 2014 at 2:09 AMTony
I have had issues with teaching about forgiveness. Basically because they seem to get away from the all-sufficiency of Christ and the Cross. The teaching of Watchman Nee on this has blessed me (see previous post). The prayer he recommends is
"Lord, I cannot love and I give up trying, but I count on Thy perfect love. I cannot forgive, but I trust Thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me."

A prayer that I think the Lord has given me is
"Lord Jesus, I give to you all those I have hurt or harmed in any way in this life. I give to you all those who have hurt or harmed me. And I ask that I now be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit".

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Church is the "one another"s

June 26, 2014 at 9:06 PMTony
This is another quote from Graham Cooke to whom a friend introduced me not very long ago. He suggests doing a search for "one another" in an on-line Bible. If you follow the link below I've done it for you:
There are a series if videos by Graham entitled 'What is Church?' on YouTube. Follow the link for the first one if you are interested:

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Communion Thoughts

June 16, 2014 at 1:31 AMTony
A few weeks ago I had really bad toothache. It took a couple of days to get it sorted out and until it was that was the most important thing in my life. Our bodies are real. There's no denying that. But they're not really real, not eternally real. They don't last forever.

There are many other things that are real but not 'really real'. In 2 Corinthians it says "what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.". Jesus said "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away". So we have two things that are eternal: Jesus' words and the unseen.

Another thing that is eternal is love. In 1 Corinthians it says "prophecies will cease and knowledge will pass away but love never fails".

So now we have Jesus' words, the unseen and love. These are all eternal. I'm not claiming to be an expert on this but I think all three come together in communion. We obey His instruction to "do this in remembrance of me". We can fix our eyes on the unseen and we can remember God's love for us in that "he sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins". and  "not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world".

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Smith Wigglesworth 1947 Prophecy

May 31, 2014 at 9:05 AMTony
It speaks for itself:

“During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the Church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.

In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is the great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival, but both are steps towards it.’

When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”

— Smith Wigglesworth, 1947

Posted in: Prophecy


The Holy Spirit is a Genius. He told me to tell you that.

March 10, 2014 at 3:34 PMTony

This is a quote from Graham Cooke. He goes on to say the reason the Holy Spirit said to tell us that He is a genius is because a lot of us don't know it.

When I think back to when I was doing my Ph.D. there were a number of times I'd tire myself out trying to get the solution to something. Then I'd go to bed and wake up in the morning with the answer. Where did that come from?

I suppose some people would say that's just the way the mind works. But I'm beginning to learn that He actually is a genius in all sorts of areas (and why wouldn't He be)?

Here is a link to a Graham Cooke YouTube video that's not especially about this but worth watching: How to Recognise God's Voice Speaking to You.

Posted in: The Holy Spirit