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Christ on the ThroneTo my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus: As you are listening to what will surely be, for the citizens of this country, an inspiring inauguration speech; I pray that you will consider the inauguration address once given by the King of our true nation.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Luke 4:18-19

May we, the citizen of another kingdom, be inspired to continue His commission – “…as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)

While I have your attention, let me encourage you to watch this short (6 minute) video from Pastor David Cooper, of Mt. Paran Church of God:

Humbly yours and forever His,

light-handsTherefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection… For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. Hebrews 6:1-6

The writer of Hebrews was guided by the Holy Spirit to write in a particular and orderly way. It is for a reason that the encouragement to move beyond the elementary principles is followed by this warning. He is saying nothing less than, “Move on! Otherwise, you are endangering your very salvation. Move on, or you risk falling away, and becoming impossibly lost.”

This begs the questions: Why aren’t these principles taught regularly from every church pulpit? Why aren’t they a part of every new member orientation? Do we – Pastors and Elders – understand and believe this warning?

Perhaps this is not an issue in your church fellowship and denomination. If so, you are an exception. I know for a fact that two of the largest denominations in the United States ignore at least two of the five elementary principles. That represents a forty percent increase in risk of eternal damnation for their members! And that’s assuming the other three principles are taught in their fullness (and they are not).

No one I have spoken to about this remembers being presented with “the elementary principles” as they are in the book of Hebrews. This is a travesty! It is hard to imagine why any Pastor or Elder that recognizes this would not immediately address the issue.

As you might imagine, the laying on of hands was one of the principles that was ignored in the denomination I grew up in. Strangely, that didn’t keep people from doing it. I know they meant well, but I still wonder if they knew God’s purpose in the practice; or, were they just mimicking what they had seen others do? Did they know that there were reasons not to lay hands on another; and not to allow another to lay hands on them?

This being an elementary principle, we can expect God to make the meaning easy for us to understand, believe and apply. So, let’s take a look at what He has to say about the laying on of hands. Read the rest of this entry »


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