What Are The “Spiritual Gifts” and Do We Still Have Them?

Spiritual Gifts are the gifts given to a member of the Body of Christ and would include the gifts of; teaching, leadership, prophecy, healing and preaching as well as a few more. The Apostle Paul said told us that we must exercise that gift that you have been given. 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11;

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

You may not know what your “gift” is and it may take a lot of living and life experiences to determine your gift. There are two perspectives with the belief or non-belief of having these said gifts;

The Argument AGAINST Spiritual Gifts:

We don’t need the gifts anymore as the main point of having gifts was that they were instrumental building blocks in the construction of the body of Christ.

The argument SUPPORTING the continuation of the Spiritual Gifts:
We still require the gifts of administration, teaching and leadership to maintain the body of Christ for its perpetuation.

Tongue Speaking:

This seems to be the gift that is most controversial not only with the unbeliever but also the believer. Speaking in tongues is also known as “speaking an unknown language” and is only found in the New Testament. Some of the controversy is sparked as some believe you are required to speak in tongues as a sign of Salvation, this is not true. It is not true as gifts are “spread out” among believers and no one gift is any more important than another. Read 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

I believe that we still have the gifts. Whatever gift you believe you have, and it is likely the thing you do best, exercise that gift and pray for guidance to exercise that gift to Glorify God! As all we do is from Him and for Him!

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Patristic Era…

This is a common question…”What is the Patristic era?”

It comes from the Greek term “pater”… (Fathers), which pertains to AD 100-750, after the writings of the New Testament. That “era” began after the death of the Apostles of Christ. The middle ages fell after that.
There are a few authors of writings that were during that time period such as; Augustine, Irenaeus, Tertullian and Tertullian.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Trinity: Who Should We as Christians Pray To?

Jesus said in his words read Matthew 6: 9-13,

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. …

This prayer was a direct answer from Jesus to his disciples.

We can also thank the Holy Spirit for the counsel and peace given and asked for through prayer (although there is no actual scripture of prayer to the Spirit as the Holy Spirit does not bear witness of himself). Although he bears witness of the Son; Read John 15: 26-27,

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

So in a brief conclusion we can pray to the individual persons of the Godhead. All is scripturally based and is without a doubt confusing for the believer and unbeliever. The Trinity is ONE GOD, in THREE DISTINCT PERSONS. ONE GOD not THREE!

There also appears to be distinct separation of functions of the three persons in the Godhead;

1.The Father (YHWH) who chooses who will be saved Eph 1:3-5

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-

2.The Son (Jesus) who redeems them EPH 1: 7-9,

7 In him we have redemption through his blood,the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

3. The Holy Spirit seals them Eph 1: 13-14
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13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

As I have written above, it can be confusing to the unbeliever and believer alike. We must put our trust in the Trinity and also we can pray for understanding and revelation of the Holy Trinity. We can simply pray to God…it will address all the members of the Trinity.

God Bless,

Brian Mason

Why Do Christians Believe In God?

To begin with, God discloses himself through his creation and his word! His word became flesh through Jesus Christ. I always wonder why everyone makes such a big deal about the “Red Letter” Jesus scriptures. I mean the words of Jesus are there from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. A Christian will say that that “God found them” through the word. Not that they “Found” God through the word! Through the word God totally and without mistake God reveals himself, otherwise how would a Christian ever be able to say they “know” him without the word?

Psalms 19: 1-6
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Second, because the Universe continues, someone must be supporting it. Why does the Universe keep functioning? Why doesn’t everything just fade away and die? Evolutionists with Evolution and Natural Selection theories cannot explain it. Former Stanford Physicist Lambert Dolphin states, “The nucleus of the atom contains positively-charged and neutral particles – to use a simplistic model. Mutual electrostatic repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the “strong force” which binds the nucleus together”. He concluded by stating that the only way to account for the “strong force” was that God was behind it.

Acts 17: 24-25

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

Third, are the Miracles that validate the transcendental. In the pages of the Holy Bible miracles are scattered all through it. They are presented in such a way that shows evidentially that God does indeed exist! Should we just accept the recorded miracles as a valid proof for God’s existence? Yes we can, and there are three good reasons to validate the proof; one it is the word of God. Two, Jesus is the Son of God, and three, there is eyewitness testimony! Over 500 people, believers and nonbelievers saw and touched our RISEN Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah!

Luke 24: 36-42

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Mary, Mother of Many Children

The Roman Catholic Faith has been teaching and denies the Biblical fact that Mary had children after the birth of Jesus Christ. Why is this? There is much evidence of Jesus having half Brothers and Sisters in the Bible. Let’s look at some scriptural evidence:

Matthew 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

The Catholic church teaches that in these passages Mary is the mother of Jesus, but Jesus brothers and sisters are children of another woman also named Mary. The children are plainly the offspring of the “Mary” of this passage! But hold on! The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has come to the conclusion is must be a different Mary! Isn’t that amazing?

Matthew 1: 23-25 says that Mary was kept a virgin until AFTER Jesus was born!

23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Please note the word “until” she gave birth….

A common defense of the word “Brother(s)” by the Roman Catholic Church is to that the word refers to a cousin, relative or someone else. This is NOT TRUE as nowhere in the New Testament is the word “Brother” used for anyone else but an actual Brother (Sibling).

The reason that the Church holds onto the idea of Mary remaining a virgin after the Birth of Jesus is very clear. The Pope teaches that Mary is the Mediatrix between Man and God. By her remaining a Virgin she is interpreted as being pure and Goddess-like.

What is very sad about this to see Catholic church go to amazing lengths to maintain Mary’s virginity, by which it is actually suggests she is breaking the biblical law to be married and fill the earth.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

What’s Up with Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation?

Is it possible to be a Christian if you are to follow the Official Roman Catholic teaching on Salvation? Let’s look at the Catholic position on it. We will see that the Roman Catholic position is contrary to Bible Scripture!

There is a process in the Catholic System to attaining Salvation. First God grants actual grace to the person to be able to believe in Christ and the truth of the Catholic Church (CCC 2000). After the person believes, they must be Baptized (CCC 1257), which infuses Grace into the person (CCC 1999) thus erasing original sin (CCC 405). After the Baptism and the Catholic is saved. But wait a minute, in order to maintain their Salvation they must it is necessary to perform “Good Works” (CCC 2010, 2068, 2080), and must perform Sacraments (CCC 1129). But, grace can be lessened by venial sins or lost entirely by mortal sins. To get rid of Venial sins the Catholic is to take the Eucharist and also perform penance. And this goes on and on….

The Biblical Christian response to all this is clear. Since the Catholic Church maintains a “Works – Faith” doctrine, the Bible, let’s see what the Bible says about that.

Roman 3: 28 28-30 for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised.
Romans 4: 1-5 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, 1our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified 1by works, he has something to boast about, but not 2before God.3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.5But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

I will leave you with Romans 11: 6, 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
If you are a Catholic please think about what the Bible says and not a man-made Religion.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Was the New Testament of the Bible Corrupted?

If one were to listen to Muslims, Catholics, off-shoots of Christianity and different cults such as Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses, you might come to the conclusion that the New Testament was corrupted in some way? This view has become a comfort to the accusers, as the New Testament will develop friction with their beliefs. In most cases, I believe it is that other apostate religion followers just have not done enough homework and are significantly steeped into the beliefs handed down from generation to generation of misinformation and outright lies about it.

Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God. Mormons believe that God is an alien from the planet Kolab, and of course, Cults such as The Jehovah’s Witnesses seem to have their doctrines completely in opposition to the words of Jesus. I have even heard such remarks that we all worship the same God, he’s just interpreted differently! What nonsense! It is plainly written in the Bible that there is only ONE GOD in the Universe. See Mark 12: 29 NASB 29 Jesus answered “The Foremost is ‘Hear O Israel! OUR LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD’;

Has the New Testament been corrupted? Let’s look deeper into this question from the perspective that we can only refer to, and that is history. Since the New Testament is a book from ancient times, we must remember as to the process of copying the text. It was copied by hand and then copied by hand again and so-forth. AHA! You say! There must have been errors as we were dealing with human hands and not photocopiers? Well yes, there were errors, but they were minuscule and did not interfere with any central Christian doctrines. And unfortunately, we do not have original manuscripts to compare with. AHA again! No originals you say? Read on.

Looking back at other manuscripts from history outside of the New Testament we see some that are worth mentioning. The ancient manuscripts from the Roman Historian “Tacitus” were written around 95A.D. and the first known copies surfaced approximately in the year 1100 A.D. Most Historians do not doubt the authenticity of the transcript or the writings in it, and there are only 20 copies, and some are only in partial form.

Now if you were to compare these copies with the first of the New Testament texts which date from 90-95 A.D., and over 5000 Greek New Testament manuscripts! This is not counting other copies such as Syriac, Latin and other tongues we have more than 23,000 New Testament copies! Now that is staggering! Top that off with the early Church Fathers making notations and other books with quotations from these New Testament texts it is hard to state that the New Testament Books have been corrupted. To me, it is clear that since the New Testament has been accepted by the early Church Fathers around the Second Century with textural comparisons showing no significant doctrinal changes since that time, I feel comfortable in saying the New Testament was NOT corrupted! It should be comforting.