Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit and stage-diving


God has promised to give his Holy Spirit to his people, but there is a lot of confusion about the work of the Holy Spirit. 

When I was a teenager the evidence of possessing the Holy Spirit was falling on the floor and speaking in tongues, the so-called heavenly language.  Then came the Toronto blessing, where you laughed uncontrollably as evidence of possessing the Holy Spirit. 

I was at a meeting recently where we were encouraged to release the Spirit in our “worship” time, and that meant stage-diving.

The Holy Spirit seems to love getting people to do weird and unusual things – so it seems.  

False teachers

The Holy Spirit is not The Force (The dangerous gospel of the Jehovah Witnesses)


The Jehovah’s Witnesses are on a massive marketing campaign in our area.  Unfortunately, the gospel that they are marketing is a false gospel that cannot save.  It is a gospel that undermines the Person of Jesus and the Person of the Holy Spirit.

The JW’s say that Jesus is not God, but a created being.  Thus, they deny the Lordship of Christ.

Not only that, they also deny the deity of the Holy Spirit.  They teach that the Holy Spirit is simply a force or influence. Therefore, they deny the Trinity that says there is one God made up of three Persons.  Christian people, however, hold to the doctrine of the Trinity, because it is taught in the Bible.


You must sing at church

People, in general, like to sing.  Whether they are very religious or total atheists, most people like music and song. Ask any football supporter.  From singing, “Who ate all the pies” to the referee or “You’ll never walk alone” to their mates, fans like singing. 


Fans pays hundreds of Rands to hear their favourite musician sing, even wave their cell phones and sing along. 

In the morning, you might catch yourself singing in the shower.

Music is an inherent part of every society.  All countries have National Anthems that its citizens sing together to create national unity.

Most people like singing.  We may not be good at it, but we love it.  Since music (and song) is such an important part of life, it should not be surprising that the Bible says much about it.  In fact, the longest book in the Bible is a song book—the book of Psalms.

Often, in the Bible, when God has delivered his people, they sing about it.


The tyranny of modern-day prophecy

I’m forever receiving WhatsApps forwarded to me of some supposed prophet’s new, ground-breaking, prophecy. 

Funnily enough, the prophecies always involve a “break-through” and a musical instrument.  For example,

The Lord showed me a vision for Africa.  2017 is the year of break-through. You must blow the shofar (trumpet) and repent of the nation’s sin.” Etc., etc.

I’ve chatted to so many people who have had “words from the Lord” or prophecies spoken over them and to them.  These prophecies have ranged from marriage partners and business deals, to the number of children they will have.   A common factor is how unhelpful these prophecies have been and how they have done little, but complicated their lives (sometimes to a tragic degree) and created feelings of guilt, because the “prophecy” has not been fulfilled.  The person over whom the prophecy was spoken is left thinking, “Am I being disobedient? Do I lack faith? Am I living God’s second best?” Etc.


Going to church does make you a Christian

Forgive me for the controversial headline, but I used to say, “Going to church does not make you a Christian, any more than sleeping in a garage makes you a motor-car.” 

I used to say that, but I have modified my view.

Going to church does show that you are a Christian, and not going to church certainly does show that you are not a Christian. (And yes, you do go to church!)