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1Eleven believers were arrested and are currently in jail. A few days ago they were judged as guilty of apostasy and sentenced. What was their crime? They left Islam and embraced salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ by the Message of the Hour, they are now deemed “apostate”. In accordance with Islam’s Sharia Law, “…the apostate must be executed”, though it is uncertain whether the courts will proceed with this penalty.
2They are detained in prisons in the following three cities; Rasht, Tehran and Shiraz. These believers also have spouses and children at home. So not only is their individual situation grave, but also that of their families - who without the husband’s salary, have little support for basic, daily needs.
19When a brother sought help from the Voice of the Martyrs for legal representation he was rebuffed by them because they do not classify the Believers this Message as worthy of being called Christian.
20The brother wrote, “Brothers…a little more exposure for the believers in Iran – and this after the CEO of VOM in Canada, Glenn Penner – made the following statements classifying the believers as being “less than Christian”:quote: “the teachings of William Branham, a man who unapologetically denied reality of the Trinity, a central doctrine for Christians. We respect the rights of others to believe otherwise, but we believe it to be inaccurate and disingenuous to call oneself a Christian if one denies that God has existed for all eternity in three equal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (then he goes on to say,)“To deny these doctrines is to place oneself outside of orthodox Christianity.”
25Now, Before we go to prayer this morning, I would like to read an email sent to me this week from Br. Samuel Otaget, in response to my sending out this prayer request to nearly 200 ministers around the world plus many other believers of the message.
26Brother Samuel accompanied me to Malawi last year and I asked him to teach water baptism which resulted in 38 baptisms that trip and then another 140 when we sent him back a month later to do follow up work. He’s a real missionary and loves the Doctrine of Christ for sure. I would like for us to pray for sister VanKlink also, who has cancer, also for a sister Karinas Serifovski who attends br. Josh’s old church in Australia. She also has a bad case of cancer that has spread across her body. We also nee to pray for the believers in Iran who have been arrested for preaching the Message which if they are found guilty will mean death.
28Br. Brian, we shall surely pray for sister Frances VanKlink, Brother Kees’s wife because we believe the Lord is still more than able to heal to heal all kinds of sickness even cancer. I’ve personally prayed for a sister who was rotten around the hip up to the hip joint and couldn’t walk nor do any work even making her bed, but used to be carried to church every service, but after prayer she went home and did her house work even fetching water from a well about 500 meters away. When I was told Because her condition was really bad and I thought even if God was to heal her it would be a process. I said unless I see her with my own eyes I will not believe. And when I saw her after two days surely she was perfectly healed. He is the same. We shall also remember those Brothers is those Muslim country you know they are the Medes and Persians whose laws don’t change. But our God is more than able to set them free as he did to Peter and Paul and Silas. I personally was once put in jail and after the head of the prison ward learnt that I was a believer and he was a Muslim he swore that if I came out of that jail alive he would throw down his uniform, shoes and gun and walk back to his home which was about 400Km on foot. But I prayed and fasted in jail and the very night our Lord showed me how the very man would escort me to my freedom. And after one week it happened so. All things are possible to them that believe. Lets join in fervent prayer to our God for he surely will answer.
29It was just here in our country Uganda during the time of insurgency. There was this rebel group called the Lords Resistance Army and the Lakwena group. They associated there activities with the saved people. So one time when I came across a government road block and I didn’t have all my identification because the rebels one time had attacked our place and confiscated our properties so even some of my identity papers were taken. So I was then suspected to be a rebel because I identified myself as a believer and a preacher and was carrying some message books with me. I got this Muslim Jailer and again when I identified myself as a believer and a preacher to him that’s why he swore that way and to make it worse in fact he had killed some people in jail before I was put in. You know what he beat me with the chains for locking the gate, he later on ordered three men one on each side to keep boxing me till they got tired. Then I had to do the slashing until the palms of my hands were nothing but wounds and red with blood. That is what forced me to pray and fast. and God to deliver me from his hands. I thank God I am still alive. God can still perform a miracle as did the three Hebrew boys, as he did to Moredecay, Daniel and the rest. He is God and he does not change. Br.Otaget Samuel.
30Let us now go to prayer once again… Dear Father, we come in the name of Jesus Christ, that wonderful name which is above all names, and we ask for deliverance for Sister Frances VanKlink, Sister Karinas Serifovski, and the brethren that are being held against their will for rejecting Mohammed as a false teacher and accepting Your Son Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Father, we know that you have a history of delivering your children out of the mouths of hungry lions, and from the fiery trials, from the sword and from other perils, and even we have seen your deliverance first hand from the fiery flames on the airplane and the bombs that were set to go off when we were scheduled to arrive at certain places, and from the destruction from storms and all manner of evil that the devil has tried to destroy your children, Father we as your children are praying for our brothers and sisters, Your children also, who are now in peril of life and even the sword, and we ask that you would show yourself the same yesterday, today and forever, and deliver them once again by your mighty hand. We know that you saved Paul from prison by using an earthquake to shake that city and open the prison walls, and we know that You showed yourself in the Pillar of Fire that came to the jail to set Peter free. Hear us o God, Our Father, when we ask once again for your presence to set your children free. Your Prophet taught us that the persecution and martyrdom is not to be for the Elected Bride in this hour, but rather you have come down to deliver us in a rapture so we ask that these brethren of ours be not be martyred, but rather we ask that You father, deliver them in a very supernatural way, a way which only You can do, and we ask this in the Loving name of Your eldest Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
31Now, This morning I would like to read from brother Branham’s sermon The Spoken Word is the Original Seed and we will pick up at paragraph 150When the unwise virgin, wants oil, and while she's buying it, that's the time that the Bridegroom come. Oh, you Pentecostals, what's the matter? Well, you can't see it unless God shows it to you; that's one thing sure. If you wasn't born back yonder, predestinated to it, you're going to miss it. Blessed are their ears that can hear; blessed are the hearts that can understand, for the time is at hand, every sign pointing to it. See?”
32151 Look what kind of revivals they're having: great revivals, have had. Looks good, doesn't it? You say, "Well, Brother Branham, now you've got us on a limb." That's where I wanted you. How you going to know what's right and wrong? Give it the Word test. That's the way to tell whether it's right or wrong. That's it; just give it the Word test. See what it says about the Word. Any spirit, see what it says about the Word. If it denies the Word, it's not of God. See? No matter what it is, if it denies the Word, it's not of God. Look, give it the Word test and see what happens. Jesus warned us of these things: Matthew the 24th chapter and the 35th verse. I just want to refer to that, 'cause on account of the tapes.
33152Just a moment. Now, we haven't got but just about twenty more minutes till we dismiss, and I'm sure we're not going to even get one third of the way through, but I've got to read this anyhow (See?), Matthew 24:35. Now, listen real close what Jesus said. Now, how He told us that the two spirits would be so close, it'd deceive the very elected. You know that, don't It? Now, is it going to be true? Yes, sir. Matthew 24:35 says...... heavens and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not pass away. (See?) Now, He... That the two spirits so close together... Now, it's got to be that way. It's got to be that way. The Pentecostal denomination has got to act so real like the real until Jesus said that only the elected wouldn't be deceived. That kills me nearly. But, my denominational brethren, can't you see why I've done what I done? See? So close that it would deceive the very elected if it was possible. But to the elected that's elected to Eternal Life... Now, you talk about striking this; we're going to strike it after while, really hit it. See? See, remember it's the elected is the only kind that'll catch it.
34153"Well, you say, "how do you know that you're not right?" Then test me by the Word. Come, test your denomination by this Word. Let's see who's right. "Prove all things," the Bible said. You say, "It don't make any difference; be baptized this way that..." It does make a difference. That's what Satan told Eve. Somebody already been baptized in Acts 19, a good Christian man baptized them too, John the Baptist. Paul said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" We said... He said, "We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost." Said, "Then how was you baptized? If you'd caught it you'd have knowed it." (See?) Said, "How would you have... How was you baptized?" He said, "Unto John (the great man that baptized Jesus)." Paul said, "That will not work now." 'Cause John never baptized, only unto repentance, not for remission of sins; the sacrifice wasn't offered. And when they heard this, they were re-baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.
35So we are to look to the Word to test all things. That is why I do not preach these sermons from my own words, because my words are no better than your words and your words are no better than the next guys words. In fact the Bible says “there is none righteous, or rightly wise, no not one.”
36You don’t believe me, well let’s just look in your Bibles to see if I am telling you the truth or not. Romans 3:9 Paul says,What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
40Acts 13:48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: (They were glad and glorified What? The Word of the Lord…) and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
41So there is a Word identified Bride, no different than Jesus was the identified Word of God manifested in His hour. And what is that? It was God’s mind on display for all to see. Now the Bride believes the Word, because she understands vindication. Now we have a vindicated prophet in this hour to tell us what the Word means where we can not read it with our own eyes and get it. So God sent a man on the scene who can read, and he told us what it says. So it doesn’t need you to interpret it, and it doesn’t need me to interpret it, it means what it says.
42Eve just disbelieved one Word. That’s all it took to bring corruption into this world. She did not believe what the Word of God had to say about the present condition under which she was, and she perverted the whole thing; and caused an interruption in the way life was on earth.
43Eve did not believe the Word, therefore, she either did not, understand it, or she just did not believe in vindication. And who was vindicated in that Hour? God himself had come down and talked to her husband before she even came on the scene. Genesis 2:15And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
44She didn’t listen to her husband when he was explaining the Word of God to her. She thought she had it all figured out because this snake in the grass called the serpent told her different than her husband had told her. But God had told him what they could do and what they could not do, and she didn’t believe the vindicated word for that day. But she had just enough knowledge of God’s Word to argue about it and she did. But she didn’t have a clue concerning vindication. So she felt she could argue the Word, and when you want to argue with God about His own Word, guess whose going to lose?
45God came down and talked the Word with Adam. Vindication. She didn’t believe it. Adam believed the Word based on vindication, He saw with his own eyes what God had done, and was able to do. But she wasn’t even on the scene when the Vindicated God had come with His Word. Just like today, we have these young snotty nosed little preachers who think they are something because they can quote the Word of God from this bible.
47From the translation called THE MESSAGE I want to read from 2 Corinthians 11:1-3 Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment. The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much, and this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, I presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Serpent seduced Eve with his smooth talk, so too you are being lured away from the simplicity and purity of the Word of Christ.
484-6 It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached—a different spirit, a different message—you put up with him quite nicely. But if you put up with these big-shot "apostles," why can't you put up with simple me? I'm as good as they are. It's true that I don't have their voice, haven't mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much. But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I'm talking about. I haven't kept anything back. I let you in on everything.
4912-15 And I'm not changing my position on this. I'd die before taking your money. I'm giving nobody grounds for lumping me in with those money-grubbing "preachers," vaunting themselves as something special. They're a sorry bunch—pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers—posing as Christ's agents but sham to the core. And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as an angel of light. So it shouldn't surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they're not getting by with anything. They'll pay for it in the end.
50Now, Adam believed the vindicated Word, but he disobeyed it for Eve. Now, watch. Cain also refused God’s vindication. Because Abel was vindicated, the fire came down and consumed the offering. Burned it right up. Sure. Cain refused vindication. Then, what did he do? He killed his brother! So, number one: When you give them the Word check, make sure it’s the vindicated Word you are checking them with. Does he believe in vindication or not? In other words, does he believe that the prophet of God has brought an absolute revealed and perfect Word from Almighty God, or not? Then how can they even claim to be Message pastors and deny the vindicated Word that was brought by God’s prophet?
51Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; (That's holding back the truth in unrighteousness.) but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
52You see, what Paul is saying is that 2Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we're not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don't twist God's Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.
53And then Paul says in verse 3,But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: IWhat Paul is saying is, If our Message is obscure to anyone, it's not because we're holding back in any way. No, it's because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. They are failing to believe in the vindicated Word of God.
56The Paul says in verse 5,For we preach not ourselves, The Message is not about ourselves, who we are what we are? It’s about Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. It’s not about the ministry. It’s not about being somebody special. He says I am just a messenger, an errand boy delivering a Message which was not even my Message until God told me what to say and to whom to say it to. So it’s not about me, it’s not about any living man or ministry, it’s about Christ. And brother Branham said the same thing when he said in his sermon, Anointed ones at end time 65-0725M P:193 Now, I want you to know this is sure. And you that listen to this tape, you might have thought today that I was trying to say that about myself, being that I was packing this Message. I have no more to do with it than nothing, no more than just a voice. And my voice, even against my better judgment... I wanted to be a trapper. But it's the will of my Father that I declare to do, and determined to do. I wasn't the One that appeared down on the river; I was only standing there when He appeared. I'm not the One that performs these things and foretells these things that happens as perfect as they are; I'm only one that's near when He does it. I was only a voice that He used to say it. It wasn't what I knew; it's what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through. It isn't me. It wasn't the seventh angel, oh, no; it was a manifestation of the Son of man. It wasn't the angel, his Message; it was the mystery that God unfolded. It's not a man; it's God. The angel was not the Son of man; he was a messenger from the Son of man. The Son of man is Christ. He's the One that you're feeding on. You're not feeding on a man. A man, his words will fail, but you're feeding on the unfailing Body-Word of the Son of man.
57Then Paul says in verses 7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss Him. We carry this precious Message around in these clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us. As it is, there's not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at. 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; We've been surrounded and battered by every sort of trouble you can think of, but we haven’t become demoralized; sometimes we just are not sure which way to move, or what to do next, but we know that God knows what to do and were we should go next; we've been spiritually brutalized by others, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down and thrown out by many, but we haven't broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us, trials and torture, mockery and character assassination, even outright vicious backstabbing and murder; but what Jesus did among them, he has done in us, for He lives again in our beings! Our lives have been at a constant risk for Jesus' sake, which makes Jesus' life all the more evident in us. While we're going through the worst, you're getting in on the best! And 13-15 We're not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, "I believed it, so I said it," we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God's glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! 16-18 So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.
58Now, brothers, knowing there's a God in heaven, and this Bible open before me. I’m telling you this Word is serious. Let me tell you something. Who are men pretending themselves to be, arguing with the words of a vindicated prophet of God? I mean who vindicated them? We know who vindicated William Branham, but who do they think they are? What vindication do they have? There was only one man vindicated in this hour and if he didn’t tell it straight then God help all of us is all I can say, because without that SHOUT, the MESSAGE we would be all doomed for destruction. But we are not all doomed because god came down for us, so have faith in God.
59Now, who are these men who think they got it all figured out? All you have to do is read or hear what they say and take it back to the Word of God or this Message and you will see right quickly that they are all wrong, wrong, wrong.
62The Message Translation puts it this way, 1 My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. 2-3Here's how you test for the genuine Spirit of God.
66II Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
67In Hebrews 5: 14 We are told to have our senses exercised to know the difference between Good and this evil. (But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil)
69Rev 2: 2 I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
70And did not John admonish us in 1 John 4: 1 as we have already read “to try or put to the test every spirit?” Then why are people so gullible? I'll tell you why. Because they are children of disobedience and not true sons. For the True Sons of God will exercise discernment. They will be able to know the difference between those who are true and those who are not. 2 Thessalonians 2: Wuest Do you not remember that while I was with you I kept on telling you these things? And now you know with a positive assurance that in speaking of the departure of the church, the saints shall be assembled together to the Lord, and this assembling is preventing the full disclosure of the man of lawlessness as to his true identity, but in his strategic, appointed time he shall fully be manifested. However, this already mentioned lawlessness is already now operating. Only He, The Holy Spirit Who is holding this lawlessness down, will continue to do so until He goes out from the midst of humanity. And then shall the lawless One be disclosed in his true identity, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of His Mouth and render inoperative amongst the Elect by the sudden Appearance of His Personal Presence. Satan too shall have his own personal presence and become incarnate in this man of lawlessness. His presence shall come forth with every kind of deception which will be geared to the gullibility of those who are perishing, this gullibility being caused by the fact that they did not accept the love for the Truth tot he end that they might be saved. And because of this God will send them a strong deluding influence resulting in their believing the Lie, in order that they may all be judged who did not believe the Truth but actually took delight in wickedness.
71 1 John 2:19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
721 John 3:7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
73Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
74The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1: 6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
76The Apostle Paul told us that every son that cometh to God must first be tried and tested. So the test is one of the most important instruments in the hands of God to the believer today. And how does God test you? God gives you good things to see what you are going to do with them? He gives you opportunity to test you to see whether you are going to serve God or man. He gives you gifts to see whether you use those things for His Kingdom, or for your own selfish lusts.
77In the book of Psalms we are told he gives gifts even to the rebellious also. I have done the same as well. I have given ministers overseas money to see what they are going to do with it. Money is a great test. God will give a man a very good job opportunity just to see whether that man is going to serve God or man. I was gifted to kick footballs, and in my day I was one of the best in the nation, but God also gave me His Message and I chose the Message over the money.
78II Corinthians 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
80I Peter 1:3 - 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
83Exodus 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
85Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
86Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; Judges 3:1 - 4 Now these [are] the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
87Judges 3:4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. John 6: 1 - 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. I John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
89Discernment of spirit 60-0308 P:8 Now, I think it's a good thing for us, as ministers, to follow our order, when we see such things in the world as we see today. And we have an order from God, is for the discerning of spirit, trying the spirit. I believe that that is a very great lesson for the church today, is to try the spirit of anything, have discernment of the spirit. I do not think that we should ever, by any means, ever try to judge a person by the denomination they belong to, or by the group that they are assembled with, whether they be Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, or--or whatever they are. We should never judge the man by the denomination that he belongs to. We should always judge him by the spirit he has (See?), the spirit. Whether he's latter rain or former rain or inner, outer rain, or no rain, or whatever it might be, we should never judge him by that, but by his spirit. We are to discern spirits. Watch what the man has in mind, what he has, what he's trying to achieve. If the man, by a gift, no matter how great the gift is...
90Questions and answers COD 61-0112 P:14 Now, here's the way to do it. Find out first... Well now, this is advice; only thing I can give on this is advice. See? But make sure that your calling comes from God, and then check your motives and objectives. See? Now, you know what I mean by that. What is your motive for preaching? Was it just... You think it was a easier job than what you have? Then you'd better forget it; it wasn't a call. A call of God burns so in your heart you can't rest day and night for it. You just can't get away from it; it's just constantly grinding at you.