This video link was given to me by a friend: Erik Erstfeld from Germany. Since he gave it to me, I have listened to it thrice. If you grew up a Christian and have had time to read the Bible for yourself, then you will agree with the testimony of Pastor Chuck Smith of the Calvary Chapel. If you have read it and are wondering why the church is nowadays a tinkling cymbal, you will have to listen to the testimony. The testimony challenges your faith, demystifies the myth that one must know their partner for years before they marry, and it also shows you the failure of the church with institutionalized religion and denominational attachments. That is because it is “Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
I know the God we serve is not only for Elijah, Peter or Paul to raise up the dead because as a young Christian, my niece was brought back to life, and that made my family to surrender their lives to Jesus.
Nowadays, there are many who believe that they must know someone for years before they marry them. Chuck Smith had 6 weeks of courtship and engagement before they got married; meanwhile, they had never known each other before. We cannot know anyone! Despite many trying out partners for soulmates, yet him and the wife live a happy matrimony though married for more than 20 years.
In the video, one will learn that, the more spiritual you become, the less denominational you become. Churches and Christians are so clawed today on denomination that they look at each other with suspicion and even hinder the work of Jesus in quest for denominational superiority. Weak churches and pastors are always threatened by seeing another servant of God. Rituals and institutionalization is what sets in most groups when the spirit has left a group of Christians.
Him and his wife lived by faith. If they prayed and something did not happened, they knew that is the way God wanted it, and they did not fret. The person who knew how to manage the money, handled the money. It was not a thing where every spouse wants their independence. One of the causes of divorce in the western world is finance. If you live by faith, you will live a simple lifestyle and believe that God will provide. Never did you hear them say they need money and that without your financial contribution this ministry will not continue. Ok, let it not continue, for it is not your work; it is the work of God. When a pastor starts to feel like to showcase his or her worldly success, one can know that their hearts are not in sync with the spirit.
His bible school teachers influenced him with their expository teachings. Expository teaching is the key to proper teaching. Do you wonder why Christians nowadays cannot even pray, do not know how to pray and are ignorant of the promises of God in the Bible for them? That is the reason why feel-good-preaching has invaded and taken modern Christianity hostage. This is one of the causes of the backward degradation of godliness in America. Why is Bible study attendance today scanty and boring? That is because Bible studies nowadays are no more conversational and apologetic but religious façades or monologues.
Today people try to raise bodyguards rather than disciples. When you raise disciples, their sole focus is to be like Jesus Christ. He requested for outward change first and that the physical will follow later. Those changes can only come when the Christian becomes prayerful and full of the word. There are Christians who have never read their bibles from Genesis to Revelation, and there are Christians who spend a day without praying for at least one hour. How are they expecting transformation? How are they expecting their faith to grow since faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God? Transformation comes by going closer to God, and we get closer to God by prayers my dear!
Ministry is for the anointed and well equipped teachers who have died to self and have nothing to protect. Men do not need to be degreed to be efficient ministers but must be called to ministry, and they prove that in the way they do the ministry. Look at people like Jonathan Edwards, George Muller, John Knox; they did not have those big degrees, but they affected their contemporaries more that the big doctors of today whose lives have never and would not even affect a dead fly. Chuck did not believe that people needed education to be in the ministry, but you need to go into the ministry and learn in it. Indeed, he is a great man of God to emulate!
Until then, seek your revival.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).