Article 1: Joseph Prince lied by refuting & ‘deleting’ God’s conditions in His word

 

Article 2: Joseph Prince’s ‘God cannot send sickness doctrine’ is discredited by Martin Luther, AW Tozer & Michael Brown

 

Article 3: The Day Jesus Took Off The Gloves Mark 7:1-13, by Charles Swindoll

 

Announcement No 1:

 

Last Sunday, 2 days ago,

 

Joseph Prince unveiled the theme for 2024,

 

‘The Year of Living in the Upper Room,’

 

for New Creation Church.

 

But as I listened to this sermon,

 

I discovered so many rubbish and lies

 

that came out Joseph Prince’s mouth,

 

which I am determined to reveal

 

in at least 2 more articles, to be released,

 

hopefully, before this week is over or next week. 

 

Announcement No 2:

 

Note that the total length of these 3 articles

 

is less than many of which there is only one.

 

So, don’t be overwhelmed

 

by the fact that there are 3 articles.

 

For example, Article 3,

 

“The Day Jesus Took Off The Gloves Mark 7:1-13”

 

By Charles Swindoll,

 

is probably the shortest on record.

 

Excerpt No 1 from Article 1:

 

Someone wrote a comment on YouTube 2 days ago:

 

“Do not just listen to JP (Junk Preacher).”

 

If Joseph Prince is a junk preacher,

 

the same has to be said of his congregation,

 

who, unbelievably, laughed, cheered and clapped for Joseph Prince,

 

when he openly and blatantly lied

 

against the conditions

 

that God Himself had placed in Deuteronomy 6.

 

For those who are unaware,

 

last Sunday, 2 days ago,

 

was Joseph Prince’s presentation of his theme for 2024,

 

in which Deuteronomy 6:10b-11 was used as one key text.

 

If Joseph Prince has resorted to even lying against God,

 

in the presentation of his 2024 theme,

 

and with the audience wildly cheering for him

 

as he unashamedly lied,

 

everything in the theme and the church

 

will go down the drain.

 

This is a horrid testimony

 

to both the Christian and non-Christian world

 

that a so-called preacher,

 

Joseph Prince, had publicly lied

 

against God’s word,

 

with the congregation

 

enthusiastically and unashamedly abetting him in his lie.

 

Excerpt No 2 from Article 1:

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“I am preaching God’s word, lah,

 

you can read or not.”

 

For Joseph Prince to openly lie against God’s word,

 

and then claims that he is preaching it with sincerity,

 

is not only adding insult to injury,

 

but such utterance can only come from a beast!

 

Then for Prince to accuse others of not reading God’s word

 

and missing it,

 

when he himself is the real culprit,

 

is to commit slander of the worst kind.

 

Excerpt No 3 from Article 2:

 

Joseph Prince,

 

you must stop quoting Martin Luther in your sermons anymore,

 

which you do once in a while.

 

Remember, you cannot fool me

 

as I listen to your sermons every time.

 

Not that I enjoy it,

 

but it really is a pain in the neck

 

to listen to you churning out rubbish after rubbish

 

almost every Sunday.

 

If not for my calling, I will never do it.

 

Joseph Prince, I’ll tell why quoting Martin Luther in your sermons

 

doesn’t do you any help.

 

As you are aware,

 

I have surfaced many quotes of Martin Luther,

 

in many of the articles on my website 

 

Almost all of Luther’s quotes on my website

 

contradicted your Grace doctrine.

 

So, there’s no need for you to bluff your way around

 

by quoting Martin Luther in your sermons,

 

as it would only make you look like a clown.

 

(This article was also sent to Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) office, and for the attention of the Executive Committee Members.)

 

Article 1: Joseph Prince lied by refuting & ‘deleting’ God’s conditions in His word

 

Please click here

 

to view the entire video.

 

In a Sunday sermon aired on YouTube 2 days ago,

 

on 14 Jan 2024, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 2-minute video:

 

“This year, God will bring you into places

 

where you will eat from vineyards you did not plant.

 

I love this one.

 

Let me show you Deuteronomy 6.

 

You will live in

 

‘houses full of all good things which you did not fill.’ (Deut 6:10b NKJV)

 

Now how do you explain that and listen.

 

But how do you explain houses full of all good things which you did not fill.

 

This year, get ready.

 

You experience things that you didn’t work for.

 

Now, some of you are too proud to receive things like this.

 

I gotta to earn it.

 

Earn it, sweat it, bleat it.

 

For us, we enjoy the journey because our focus is on the Lord.

 

Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness

 

and all these things will be added to you.

 

Our eyes is on the Lord.

 

And our efforts are all in the area of serving Him.

 

Praise the Lord.

 

So, we receive these things.

 

We enter into houses full of all good things.

 

Now, some of you, you say, that,

 

wah, he’s preaching on prosperity again.

 

I am preaching God’s word, lah,

 

you can read or not.

 

Are you listening?

 

But I’ll just say as it is, lah

 

because God says He will bring you to a land,

 

into houses full of all good things

 

which you did not fill

 

Is there a condition there?

 

No. 

 

I bring you.

 

If God brings you, it cannot be unbrung.

 

Oh, that’s bad English, okay.

 

If God opens the door, no man can shut. 

 

If God brings you, you are brought, brother.

 

You are brought.

 

Full of all good things, which you did not fill.

 

It’s not your effort.

 

Hewn-out wells which you did not dig,

 

vineyards and olive trees,

 

all in plural okay, which you did not plant.”

 

Wah, Joseph Prince,

 

Li See Bey Hiong (very daring),

 

that you dare to lie against God’s word.

 

God clearly stated

 

there are so many conditions in Deuteronomy 6:1-19,

 

before the promises in Deuteronomy 6:10b-11 can be claimed,

 

and yet, you dared to speak against God’s word (Deut 6:1-19):

 

Deuteronomy 6:1-19 NKJV

 

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you,

 

that you may observe them in the land

 

which you are crossing over to possess,

 

2 that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you…

 

3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you — ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’

 

5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

 

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

 

7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

 

8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

 

(George Ong’s interjection:

 

Note that Joseph Prince surfaced verses 10b-11 (see below in purple)

 

without mentioning the context

 

from verses 1 to 10a in his sermon,

 

and also verses 12 to 19.)

 

to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 

 

11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full

 

12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

 

13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.

 

14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you

 

15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.

 

16 “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah.

 

17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.

 

18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers,

 

19 to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“You experience things that you didn’t work for.

 

Now, some of you are too proud to receive things like this.

 

I gotta to earn it.

 

Earn it, sweat it, bleat it.

 

For us, we enjoy the journey because our focus is on the Lord.

 

… Now, some of you, you say, that,

 

Wah, he’s preaching on prosperity again.

 

I am preaching God’s word, lah,

 

you can read or not.

 

… Is there a condition there?

 

No.” 

 

Joseph Prince is so evil

 

that he dares to refute all the conditions of the promise

 

that God Himself had listed in Deuteronomy 6:1-19.

 

Joseph Prince is so reckless

 

that he dares to ‘delete’ God’s word

 

regarding the conditions in Deuteronomy 6 from the scriptures.

 

And when sincere Christians try to obey the conditions

 

as laid down by God in the passage,

 

he falsely accuses and slanders them as being proud.

 

Can you beat that?

 

Let me tell you that the real proud person is Joseph Prince.

 

Though he is addressing this to Mr Pen,

 

he is too proud to admit it.

 

Why is Joseph Prince so scared of Mr Pen?

 

Why is he so afraid to mention him in last Sunday’s sermons?

 

Is Joseph Prince such a coward

 

that he has lost all his guts?

 

Come on, be a man,

 

Mr Pen is waiting for you ‘men’.

 

From a Tiger on 7 Jan 2024,

 

when you bravely mentioned Mr Pen

 

and make fun of him so many times,

 

you suddenly turned into a timid mouse on 14 Jan 2024,

 

without any courage to mention him even once:

 

Fierce Tiger – give you 2 upon 10.

 

Paper Tiger – give you 10 upon 10.

 

Smiling Tiger – give you 10 upon 10.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

 “Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness

 

and all these things will be added to you.

 

Our eyes is on the Lord.

 

And our efforts are all in the area of serving Him.”

 

Joseph Prince quoted Matthew 6:33.

 

How can he quote Matthew 6:33

 

when it is part of the Sermon on the Mount,

 

the Sermon that Joseph Prince

 

said is not for the Church,

 

but are laws of the kingdom for the Jews,

 

and also to be reintroduced only to the Jews when Jesus returns?

 

Again, Joseph Prince is caught by me for double-talking.

 

A serial double-talker – that’s who he is!

 

Instead of attempting to explain verses in relation to,

 

and before and after Deuteronomy 6:10b-11,

 

or the entire chapter 6 in context,

 

Joseph Prince deceptively ‘smuggled’ in Matthew 6:33.

 

What Joseph Prince has done

 

is that he has abused and misused Matthew 6:33

 

which is another passage altogether,

 

and has nothing to do with Deuteronomy 6,

 

but he conveniently quoted it just

 

to escape obeying the conditions in Deuteronomy 6.

 

Why is Joseph Prince so insistent

 

of not obeying the conditions in the passage?

 

This is because they all go against his feel-good grace doctrine, namely:

 

obeying the commandments of God,

 

fearing God,

 

and loving God with all our heart, soul and strength.

 

When Joseph Prince super spiritually and hypocritically mentioned that

 

“Our eyes is on the Lord,”

 

does it mean God will close one eye to Joseph Prince

 

for not meeting His conditions,

 

which Joseph Prince hope He would?

 

When Joseph Prince stated that

 

“And our efforts are all in the area of serving Him,”

 

does that mean God will allow Joseph Prince

 

to replace the meeting of the conditions in Deuteronomy 6

 

with his efforts?

 

If God wants our efforts,

 

it is not the efforts of Joseph Prince to serve God,

 

but our obedience to His commandments and our love for Him

 

that is already stated in the text.

 

This is because obedience

 

is better than the sacrifice of Joseph Prince’s service (1 Sam 15:22).

 

So, what’s the use of Joseph Prince serving God

 

and not obeying Him?

 

In context, if God requires efforts,

 

it is the efforts of obeying His commandments,

 

fearing Him and loving Him with our entire being.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“I am preaching God’s word, lah,

 

you can read or not.”

 

For Joseph Prince to openly lie against God’s word,

 

and then claims that he is preaching it with sincerity,

 

is not only adding insult to injury,

 

but such utterance can only come from a beast!

 

Then for Prince to accuse others of not reading God’s word

 

and missing it,

 

when he himself is the real culprit,

 

is to commit slander of the worst kind.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“I bring you.

 

If God brings you, it cannot be unbrung.

 

Oh, that’s bad English, okay.

 

If God opens the door, no man can shut. 

 

If God brings you, you are brought, brother.

 

You are brought.”

 

From what Joseph Prince said,

 

I feel embarrassed for him

 

as he doesn’t even know his Bible.

 

Let’s get Martyn Lloyd-Jones to educate him.

 

In “An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17 – 5:17, Darkness and Light,”

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“Read the Old Testament;

 

see how God punished individuals;

 

see how He punished nations,

 

even the nation of Israel, His own people.

 

He sent them into captivity!

 

He punished kings, He brought them down!

 

It is written in the histories of the nations and of the world in general.

 

And it is a truth that is taught explicitly in the New Testament.

 

For instance, hear the words read at the Communion Service:

 

‘For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.’

 

Because some of you people in Corinth, says Paul,

 

have not examined yourselves before coming to the communion table,

 

some of you are weak, some of you are sick, some of you have died!

 

It was a part of God’s punishment of sin.

 

Yes, says the twelfth chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews,

 

‘Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receive.’

 

The wrath of God manifested in the present against sin and evil!”

 

In the light of what Martyn Lloyd-Jones said,

 

Joseph Prince’s statement

 

“If God brings you, it cannot be unbrung,”

 

only goes to show how ignorant and childish he is. 

 

(Actually, he knows, but he is hell-bent on disobeying it.)

 

Let me feature one YouTube comment

 

someone wrote 2 days ago

 

with reference to the article,

 

“Joseph Prince’s statement that Jesus’ words in the gospels are milk, not meat, is blasphemous”

 

@TheSssssssimon

“1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (apostle paul)

[4] And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. [5] I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

 

Do not just listen to JP (Junk Preacher)

 

Read God’s word yourself. The words are spirit.”

 

If Joseph Prince is a junk preacher,

 

the same has to be said of his congregation,

 

who, unbelievably, laughed, cheered and clapped for Joseph Prince,

 

when he openly and blatantly lied

 

against the conditions

 

that God Himself had placed in Deuteronomy 6.

 

For those who are unaware,

 

last Sunday, 2 days ago,

 

was Joseph Prince’s presentation of his theme for 2024,

 

in which Deuteronomy 6:10b-11 was used as one key text.

 

If Joseph Prince has resorted to even lying against God,

 

in the presentation of his 2024 theme,

 

and with the audience wildly cheering for him

 

as he unashamedly lied,

 

everything in the theme and the church

 

will go down the drain.

 

This is a horrid testimony

 

to both the Christian and non-Christian world

 

that a so-called preacher,

 

Joseph Prince, had publicly lied

 

against God’s word,

 

with the congregation

 

enthusiastically and unashamedly abetting him in his lie.

 

Rev George Ong

 

 

Article 2: Joseph Prince’s ‘God cannot send sickness doctrine’ is discredited by Martin Luther, AW Tozer & Michael Brown – Rev George Ong

 

In a Sunday sermon aired on YouTube 2 days ago,

 

on 14 Jan 2024, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click to view the 1-minute-and-15-seconds video:

 

“As a natural father, if a child is sick,

 

I don’t care what doctrine he has.

 

Perhaps, some of you, you come from different places, or you read,

 

or were exposed to teachings

 

that says that sometimes sickness is God’s will.

 

But isn’t it amazing how it doesn’t really carry out in our daily life if our child is sick?

 

Regardless of what we believe,

 

we’ll bring our child to the doctor. Why?

 

We want the child to be well.

 

That’s the father’s heart.

 

That’s the mother’s heart.

 

That the child be well.

 

Then all of a sudden,

 

we don’t even want to stop and ask,

 

is it God’s will for my child to be sick?

 

Other children maybe. My child, no. Amen.

 

We don’t realise that we are contradicting what we believe.

 

No, my friend, this teaching that God wants you sick

 

is not from the Bible.

 

When Jesus taught us, thy kingdom come,

 

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

There is no sickness in heaven.

 

And that prayer is to pray that God’s will in heaven

 

happen on earth.

 

No sickness there, no sickness here.”

 

Going by Joseph Prince’s logic,

 

No sickness there (heaven), no sickness here (earth),

 

can one also argue

 

“No marriage there (heaven), no marriage here (earth).

 

No sex there (heaven), no sex here (earth).

 

No death there (heaven), no death here (earth).

 

No sea there (heaven), no sea here (earth).

 

So, by Joseph Prince’s logic

 

this means we must have no marriage, no sex, no sea,

 

and start raising everyone from the dead

 

so that there’s no death on earth.

 

Preposterous!  

 

Joseph Prince,

 

you Malu (disgrace), right!

 

Bo Bin (humiliated), right!

 

Where is your logic?

 

I don’t know where you gonna hide your face.

 

You must repent, not only from your heresies

 

but also from the stupidity of your teaching.

 

If Joseph Prince can’t even get his basic logic right,

 

he has no business to delve into Bible exegesis and doctrines.

 

In an interview, Michael Brown said;

 

Please click to view the 1-minute-15-seconds video:

 

“It will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

So, there’s a teaching that’s become very popular today.

 

To say how do you know what’s God’s will is for the earth.

 

Well, look at His will in heaven.

 

Is there sickness in heaven?

 

No.

 

Well, there shouldn’t be sickness on earth.

 

Therefore, we pray for the sick.

 

Is there depression in heaven?

 

No.

 

Therefore, we pray for freedom and liberty and healing

 

for those who are depressed.

 

But Jesus is not saying the way things are in heaven

 

is the way things are supposed to be on earth

 

as if that’s a universal state.

 

Biblical logic will tell you

 

it doesn’t mean well the way things are in heaven,

 

that’s exactly what’s supposed to be on earth.

 

For example, there’s no sex in heaven

 

So, should all married couples stopped being together?

 

That’s it.

 

There’s no sex in heaven.

 

Is that what it means?

 

What about evangelism?

 

There’re no lost souls to be saved in heaven,

 

so, we ceased evangelism?

 

There’s no death in heaven.

 

So, should we try to resurrect all the dead all the time,

 

and as often as they die, we keep trying to raise them up.

 

So, what does it mean

 

it will be done on earth as it is in heaven?

 

The same way your will is carried out in heaven,

 

perfectly without hindrance,

 

may it be carried out on earth.

 

That’s what it means.”

 

Michael Brown’s lengthier article on the above

 

is featured in the Appendix

 

at the end of this article, Article 2,

 

and before Article 3.

 

Second, let me deal with the first and greater half

 

of what Joseph Prince said.

 

All that Joseph Prince said

 

is just a smoke screen to hide and deflect

 

from the basic disagreement between him and his critics:

 

Can God send sickness to believers?

 

He said no, and we said yes.

 

This sickness issue has nothing to do with the fact

 

that his critics wouldn’t want their child to be well

 

when he or she is sick.

 

These are irrelevant issues

 

that Joseph Prince has churned out to insult his critics

 

– that they are like terrible parents

 

who want their child to be sick. 

 

It is Joseph Prince’s typical strategy of using a strawman

 

to deliberately misrepresent his critics’ stand,

 

and to cloud the issue

 

so that we miss the forest for the trees.

 

The real issue, whether our children are well or sick,

 

and regardless of every parent’s wish

 

that their child would be well,

 

the key question remains,

 

Can God send sickness to believers?

 

Of course, He can.

 

Let me feature what AW Tozer and Martin Luther have to say:

 

In ‘Reclaiming Christianity, A Call to Authentic Faith,’ 

 

AW Tozer wrote:

 

“The churches believed through the centuries

 

that the Lord sometimes chastens His people 

 

by letting illness happen to them.

 

You will find that in 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 (Holy Communion),

 

and you will find much else in the Scriptures 

 

that would teach the same thing.”

 

What AW Tozer wrote

 

has demolished Joseph Prince’s stand

 

that God cannot send sickness to believers.

 

In ‘Sermons of Martin Luther Vol. 5,’ 

 

Martin Luther said:

 

“For if I love God, I love also his will.

 

Now, when God sends us sickness,

 

poverty, shame and disgrace,

 

that is his will.”

 

What Martin Luther said

 

that it can be God’s will to send sickness to us,

 

directly contradicts Joseph Prince’s teaching on healing.

 

Anyone who is aware that

 

Martin Luther, the founder and leader of the Reformation

 

had discredited Joseph Prince’s teachings ‘countless’ times,

 

and still chooses to attend New Creation Church

 

and listen to his teachings,

 

must be a fool.

 

Joseph Prince,

 

you must stop quoting Martin Luther in your sermons anymore,

 

which you do once in a while.

 

Remember, you cannot fool me

 

as I listen to your sermons every time.

 

Not that I enjoy it,

 

but it really is a pain in the neck

 

to listen to you churning out rubbish after rubbish

 

almost every Sunday.

 

If not for my calling, I will never do it.

 

Joseph Prince, I’ll tell why quoting Martin Luther in your sermons

 

doesn’t do you any help.

 

As you are aware,

 

I have surfaced many quotes of Martin Luther,

 

in many of the articles on my website 

 

Almost all of Luther’s quotes on my website

 

contradicted your Grace doctrine.

 

So, there’s no need for you to bluff your way around

 

by quoting Martin Luther in your sermons,

 

as it would only make you look like a clown.

 

Finally, another simple question one needs to answer:

 

Do you trust Martin Luther, AW Tozer and Michael Brown,

 

who are proven and well-regarded Bible teachers,

 

or Joseph Prince, the serial liar?

 

The answer is obvious!

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix to Article 2

 

Article by Michael Brown, titled:

 

The Real Meaning of ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’

 

“We’re all familiar with the words of Jesus when He instructed us to pray,

 

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

 

But what exactly did He mean?

 

According to a popular teaching today,

 

Jesus was saying that we should pray that the way things are in heaven

 

is the way they should be on the earth.

 

Put another way, we can deduce God’s will for the earth

 

by looking at His will for heaven.

 

Is there sickness in heaven?

 

Absolutely not.

 

Consequently, there should be no sickness on earth.

 

Is there depression in heaven?

 

Absolutely not.

 

Consequently, there should be no depression on earth.

 

But is this what Jesus was actually teaching?

 

To be perfectly clear,

 

I believe that healing and health are God’s ideal will for His people,

 

based on the teaching of Scripture.

 

And so, when I pray for someone who is sick

 

– especially for a sick believer

 

… Yet I do not believe that Matthew 6:10 is being rightly interpreted,

 

and it’s important we not misapply the Lord’s words.

 

Simple logic would tell you that Jesus was not saying,

 

“Pray that things on earth today

 

will be exactly as they are in heaven.”

 

For example, there is no sexual intercourse in heaven.

 

Does that mean that all married couples should stop being together?

 

Is that what we’re praying when we say,

 

“Lord, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?

 

What about evangelism?

 

There is no evangelism in heaven

 

because there are no lost souls in heaven.

 

Are we therefore praying,

 

“Lord, may all evangelism cease on earth

 

in order to replicate what takes place in heaven”?

 

What about the trying of our faith?

 

Presumably, there are no faith trials for believers in heaven,

 

but they are designed for our growth here on earth.

 

Should we pray instead,

 

“Lord, may we never go through any trials for the rest of our lives

 

since there are no trials in heaven”?

 

And what about death?

 

Ultimately, in the future age of the new heavens and the new earth, there will be no death.

 

Until then, death is the final reality for every human being.

 

But if we’re trying to replicate heaven on earth,

 

doesn’t that mean that we should raise every person from the dead

 

– not just once, but endlessly?

 

Perhaps, there is no sleep in heaven.

 

Should we therefore teach,

 

“Because there’s no sleep in heaven,

 

there should be no sleep on earth”?

 

Again, simple, Bible-based logic

 

tells you that this is not what Jesus was teaching.

 

Instead, He taught us to pray that just as God’s will is done in heaven

 

– perfectly and completely and without resistance

 

– His will should be carried out here on earth.

 

And how do we determine what His will is?

 

By studying His Word and asking Him for insight and understanding.

 

When we do that,

 

we see that He has called us to heal the sick,

 

to set the captives free,

 

to bring good news to the lost.

 

We learn that He has anointed us to bring hope to the hopeless,

 

joy to the downtrodden, victory to the defeated.

 

His will is glorious and wonderful and liberating.

 

His will reflects His heart and His character.

 

His will brings life and deliverance and freedom.

 

And we look forward to the day

 

when His will and His desires

 

will be carried out perfectly and in full here on earth.

 

At the same time,

 

the day will come when it will be His will

 

to pour out wrath and judgment on a sinning, unrepentant world. 

 

(This is taught throughout the New Testament.

 

It is not just an Old Testament theme.)

 

And when we pray for His kingdom to come

 

and His will to be done, we are praying for that as well.

 

In fact, whenever we say,

 

“Maranatha! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

 

we are praying for the Son of God to return “in flaming fire,

 

inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God

 

and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

 

This puts a whole new perspective on praying,

 

“May Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

To say it once more,

 

I believe that praying that prayer emboldens us to preach and to heal in Jesus’ name.

 

I believe that praying that prayer

 

helps drive back the powers of darkness in the here and now,

 

along with paving the way for the final manifestation of God’s kingdom.

 

And I believe that in the end,

 

the order and atmosphere and will of heaven

 

will be the only thing we experience – forever.

 

Let’s just not misapply the Lord’s words today.

 

That can lead to some silly,

 

if not dangerous, assumptions and misapplications.

 

We should avoid them as much as we can.

 

Certainly, that is our Father’s will.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

My parting shot to Joseph Prince is,

 

don’t be silly in your Bible teaching and application

 

as Michael Brown has warned.

 

Time for you to grow up!

 

 

Article 3: The Day Jesus Took Off The Gloves Mark 7:1-13

 

In ‘Swindoll’s Living Insights, New Testament Commentary, Mark,’

 

Charles Swindoll wrote:

 

“The Day Jesus Took Off The Gloves Mark 7:1-13

 

It is a sad fact that our culture now favors wimps and weaklings

 

and punishes people of strong conviction.

 

If you hold to certain beliefs or defend a particular set of principles,

 

you’re considered ignorant, arrogant, and bigoted.

 

If you hold strongly to your own opinions,

 

you’re intolerant, unbending, and narrow.

 

If you confront someone who is in error,

 

you’re rude and unloving.

 

If you believe there are times it is right to fight or to resist,

 

you’re labeled as contentious or hateful.

 

Even though we know in our hearts that the truth sets us free,

 

something within us recoils a little

 

when someone has the guts to state the truth without apology,

 

especially publicly, to those who need to hear it.

 

But if someone doesn’t stand up to challenge those in authority who have departed from the truth,

 

every playground will be run by bullies.

 

Every nation will be controlled by tyrants.

 

Every church will be intimidated by legalists.

 

The truth must be spoken,

 

or error will run amok and we’ll all suffer.

 

Every culture and generation needs someone who publicly challenges the directors of groupthink

 

and dares to speak the truth.

 

In first-century Israel, Jesus was just that kind of man,

 

although you wouldn’t know it from the early days of His ministry in Galilee.

 

In the beginning, He took a gentle approach to opposition, choosing to speak softly

 

– despite feeling intense anger

 

– and to counter falsehood with reasoning.

 

For the most part, He steered clear of conflict, choosing instead to spend His time

 

proclaiming the truth throughout the land, concentrating on those who wished to hear the gospel.

 

He simply brushed aside those who resisted the truth as He pressed on with His agenda.

 

Jesus wasn’t afraid of conflict; the rich and powerful didn’t intimidate Him.

 

Confronting the imposing religious elite of Israel simply didn’t fit into His program … yet.

 

Having completed several tours around Galilee, and after sending His disciples to preach the good news,

 

the time had come to turn His attention southward toward Jerusalem,

 

the stronghold of theological and religious error.

 

He didn’t take His ministry there at this point; that journey would come later (10:1).

 

Instead, He began to confront various factions from Jerusalem as part of His agenda,

 

becoming increasingly assertive in His approach.

 

Up to this point, He had countered the religious authorities with clear reasoning from the Scriptures,

 

but the time for that had come to an end.

 

When a delegation from Jerusalem came to Capernaum to pick a fight with Jesus,

 

the gloves came off.

 

The men who had perverted the Lord’s covenant with Abraham and turned Judaism into a legalistic cult

 

needed to feel the wrath of God.”

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