Biblical inspiration

Humble thy self before God

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:20–NKJV

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14–NKJV

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:23-24–NKJV

Why? Why me, Lord?

Every time something bad happened to us our knee jerk reaction is always the question ‘Why me Lord?’ Nobody ever asked; ‘Why not me, Lord?’ We have trained ourselves to believe the fallacy that life must be good all the time. And if you are a Christian you expect God to shield you from every hardship, big and small. But life does not work like that.

Sometimes the hardship is a result of our poor judgment. We took the wide road instead of the narrow one. Other times, it’s negligence or blatant refusal to follow God’s instructions. (We read what happened to the prophet, Jonah when he ignored God’s instruction to go to Nineveh).

So friends, wherever you are today. Whatever your hardship, before you start dumping blame on God, look at yourself in the mirror first. You will find that 99% of your problems are self-induced. Do not question God. And most of all, do not doubt Him. He had and still have a great plan for you.  Jeremiah 29:11 says it best; “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.” (NLT) Use your trials as catalysts to strengthen your resolve in Christ Jesus. Do not be bitter. Instead, of asking, ‘Why me, Lord?’ Ask, Why not me, Lord?’ Be like Apostle Paul when he said; 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (“Romans 8:31-39

Validity and Authority of Scripture (Inerrant Word of God)

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

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The validity and authority of  Scriptures is often called into question, mostly by those who believe there is no God.

In an age where skepticism prevails, Pentecostals affirm the Bible as the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God. Scriptures is the result of God moving upon holy men to carefully record His revelation of truth to all humanity (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 ; Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; John 5:39), a source the Church has always considered final and authoritative for doctrine.

Besides this critical claim as the source of infallible truth, there are two other alternative stances taken by others toward the Bible: (1) absolute error and (2) a composite of both truth and error. The first alternative is clearly understood and rejected by Pentecostals, though the second poses a more complex problem. Liberal scholars often point to contrived inconsistencies and contradictions in the Bible; however, if only discreet parts are accepted as true, then the whole must be judged as ultimately unreliable.

Further, it is argued, if the divinely infallible Christ is related to fallible Scripture, how can an errant word of God reveal an inerrant Christ who is believed to be the incarnate Word? Such logic is contradictory and inconsistent with the foundation necessary for strong Christian faith. Therefore, Pentecostals categorically reject all perspectives of Scripture opposing that of absolute inerrancy and divine inspiration.

In addressing this issue, Pentecostals offer further logic as notable evidence for this stand. First, it is of inconsistent character for a trustworthy God who desires reconciliation with lost humanity to offer a flawed revelation of the divine plan. Second, the power of life-transformation attests to the truth of the Bible; the lives of countless millions have been miraculously changed by the word of God.

Finally, that a pervasive unity and harmony exist in Scripture, despite the diversity of authors and centuries separating them, lends strong support to the Bible as the infallible word of God.

Though a majority of mainline protestant denominations reject the Bible as accurate and divinely inspired, Pentecostals hold steadfast to that claim and faithfully depend upon its truth as the foundation for their beliefs and practice.