An Imaginary Lectureship

I went to an imaginary lectureship,
Way back up in the hills,
And listening to the speakers,
Was like taking sleeping pills.

At first, I thought it might be me,
But I had to think again,
When I heard one of the speakers say,
Women cannot say “Amen!”

“A woman must be silent,”
And silence means “not a word!”
But then he said that she must sing,
Which must be totally absurd!

We should not applaud at a baptism
You can nod if you approve.
(I guess the thing that makes it wrong,
Is the body part you move!)

It is wrong to build gymnasiums,
A kitchen is a sin.
And should you have “Youth Ministers,”
The Lord won’t let you in.

A chorus or a praise team,
Is clearly out of place.
And if someone sings a solo
It’s really a big disgrace.

It is wrong to eat in the building,
But water we can drink.
(We can even have a bathroom,
With a commode as well as a sink.)

The “Church” can’t help non-Christians,
And that’s really kind of sad,
To teach that helping the needy,
Makes the good Lord say, “You’re bad!”

We can’t have Bible classes,
If some could have their way,
And VBS is surely wrong,
If you let the children “play.”

One cup for the communion,
Use more, and you’re under a curse.
(I would think that during the “flu” season
It’d be good if you drank first.)

We must use the King James Version,
Or maybe, the ASV.
Those other “perverted” Bibles,
Are as sinful as can be!

If you’re in a second marriage
You’ll likely have to divorce.
Being faithful to these vows you made,
Is something we do not indorse.

There is no Second Coming–
Jesus came back in the past
He came back in A.D. 70–
And that will be His last!

We have no indwelling Spirit,
He dwells only through the word.
There is no Personal presence,
Beats all I’ve ever heard.

We cannot observe Thanksgiving
As a National Holiday.
And if we observe Christmas.
It is really “hell” to pay.

While listening to this non-sense,
I really wanted to leave.
But then, I decided to stay awhile,
Just to see if it was wrong to “breathe!”

As I thought about the sermons,
I knew why some folks quit,
Because binding these human opinions,
Will not help the church one bit.

The folks who had this lectureship,
Were really in some “ruts,”
And those of us who listened,
Had to be a bunch of “nuts!”

When the lectures were finally over,
I shook some hands and left,
And I thought as I was leaving,
I’ve preached some of this stuff myself!!

When I think about how bad this is,
It’s as disturbing as can be,
When I point a finger at others,
There are three pointing back at me!

But Jesus came to save us all,
On this, there can be no doubt.
And all of us have said some stuff,
Not knowing what we were talking about!!

This was only an imaginary lectureship,
The real ones may not be so grim.
But our faith should not be in preachers,
Our faith should be only in HIM!!!

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

WHAT THE INDWELLING SPIRIT DOES

WHAT THE INDWELLING SPIRIT DOES IN/FOR THE CHRISTIAN

A. The Holy Spirit dwells (lives) in the faithful Christian.
We have:
The PROMISE – Promised to all (Jn. 7:37-39; Acts 2:38-39).
The PLEDGE – Given to all (Acts 5:32).
The PLACE – In the heart/inner man (Gal. 4:6; Eph. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19).
The PROOF – God cannot lie. (Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18).
The PREDICAMENT – We are not His without the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-9).
The PURPOSE – This is the basis of this study
B. What does the indwelling Spirit do for the Christian today?
C. (S-P-I-R-I-T) Each letter reminds us of something the Spirit does for the Christian.

I. Seals & Strengthens.

A. The “S” could stand for “Sealed.”
1. The Spirit seals us as God’s own (2 Tim. 2:19).
2. “You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13).
3. “The Holy Spirit…by whom you were sealed for the
day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). God “has sealed us and given us the Spirit in
our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 1:22).
B. The “S” also stands for strengthens.”
1. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be “strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16b).
Note: Strengthened how? Through His Spirit.
Note: Strengthened where? In the inner man.

II. Produces (Gal. 5:22-23).

A. The “P” stands for produces fruit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
B. The fruit is produced in us as we co-operate with the Spirit’s leading (Rom. 8:14; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6).
C. We can put out the Spirit’s fire (1 Thess. 5:19). He is a “helper” not an “enforcer.”

III. Intercedes (Rom. 8:26).

A. The first “I” stands for intercedes.
1. The Spirit “makes intercession for us” (Rom.8:26)
2. We do not know “how” or even “what” to pray for as we should (Rom. 8:26).
B. The indwelling Spirit helps us in these “weaknesses”.
1. In those times when our hearts are burdened or troubled to the point where we cannot even express are deepest needs, desires, and wants; God has provided His Spirit to take the “groanings which cannot be uttered” and make “intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27).
2. The indwelling Spirit helps us in all our other “weaknesses.”

IV. Renews.

A. The letter “R” stands for renews.
1. There is clearly a “renewing” that the Holy Spirit accomplishes in us. a. “He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:4-6).
2. This “renewing” is a work that the indwelling Spirit continues to do “day by day”.
3. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
4. It seems to me that the “the gift of the Holy Spirit” promised to believers produces the “times of refreshing” that comes “from the presence of the Lord” (Compare Acts 2:38 & 3:19).
5. Furthermore, Jesus promised “that the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life” (Jn. 4:14). He later identified this “living water” as “the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive” (Jn. 7:37-39).
6. I probably need to remind you that it is not my purpose or plan to explain how the Spirit accomplishes this “renewing.” I simply believe that He does it. (Note: I can’t explain how God can “renew the face of the earth,” but I believe He can and does. (See Psalm 104:30).

V. Imparts (Rom. 12:6-8).

A. The second “i” stands for Imparts.
1. I believe that every Christian is gifted by the Spirit to do something in the kingdom.
2. I believe that God produces and develops various gifts or abilities in us by His indwelling Spirit.
3. I am not talking about the “miraculous gifts” that were generally given instantly by the laying on of the apostles’ hands (1 Cor. 12:8-10; Acts 8:18; 19:5; Rom. 1:11), but I am talking about gifts or abilities given by God to the Christian.
B. Not all spiritual “gifts” given by God in the New Testament were “miraculous” in nature.
1. Paul lists such abilities or gifts as “ministering,” “teaching,” “exhorting,” “giving,” and “showing mercy” as “gifts” that are “given to us” (Rom. 12:6-8).
2. God has given to “each one” a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3).
a. All members do not have the same function (Rom. 12:4).
b. The Spirit distributes to “each one” as He wills (1 Cor. 12:11).
c. He sets the members in the body “just as He pleased” (1 Cor. 12:18).
d. And “every joint (member) supplies” something for the “edifying” of the body or church (Eph. 4:16).
e. Notice carefully 1 Peter 4:10-11:
i. “As each one has received a gift” (verse 10a).
ii. “Minister it” (i.e. the gift) to one another (verse 10b).
iii. If anyone ministers let him do it as with the ability which God supplies (verse 11).

VI. Transforms (2 Cor. 3:17-18).

A. The “T” stands for transforms.
1. Paul told the saints in Rome to “be transformed by
the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).
2. The Holy Spirit has a part in this transformation.
3. Christians are continually “being transformed into the same image” of Christ “by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
4. God is at work in us helping us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 4:13).
5. He is “working” in us “what is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ” (Heb. 13:21).

Conclusion:

A. We cannot allow Satan or anyone else to take the Holy Spirit out of the heart and life of the Christian.

1. If we do:
a. They take away our Helper (Jn. 14:17) and leave us all orphans (Jn. 14:18).
b. They leave us in the flesh (Rom. 8:9a).
c. They make us none of His (Rom. 8:9b).
d. They take away our spiritual life (Rom. 8:11, 2 Cor. 3:6).
e. They take away our being a temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16).
f. They leave us thirsty (1 Cor. 12:13, Jn. 7:37).
g. They take away our sonship (Gal. 4:6).
h. They take away the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
i. They take away what God promised (Eph. 1:13).
j. They take away our seal (Eph. 1:13, 4:30; 2 Tim. 2:19).
k. They take away our guarantee (Eph. 1:14).
l. They take away our being a habitation of God (Eph. 2:22).
m. They take away a source of strength (Eph. 3:16).
n. They take away Him whom Jesus poured out on us abundantly (Titus 3:5-6).
o. They take away our proof that God abides in us (1 Jn. 3:24, 4:13).
p. They take away the “water of life” (Rev. 22:17, Jn. 4:14, 7:37-39).
q. They take away the “Spirit Himself” (Rom. 8:26); “Who is in you” (1 Cor. 6:19); “Whom God has given to them that obey Him” (Acts 5:32); and who is given to “even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39).

Wayne Dunaway December 14, 2005

HUSBAND WALKS OUT!

 

A Marriage Question: Brother Wayne, my husband who is not a Christian has walked out of our marriage. There does not seem to be anyone else. He just decided he doesn’t want to be married any longer. He refused to go to counseling and walked out on me and the children. He had been pulling away for years and finally decided to leave for good. I have heard about your book on divorce and remarriage, but do not have it, and do not know what to do now. I am in complete turmoil and fear of having to live alone for the rest of my life. I was brought up in a very conservative Church of Christ, so you most likely know what I have been taught. What am I to do? Can I ever get married again?

My response: I believe that the Bible is very clear about what must be done in some of these cases. LET. HIM. WALK!!! And while I certainly would not make the decision for you, because that is between you and God, I do believe that you need to know what the Bible says, then make up your own mind. But some things are obvious. We cannot keep people in our lives that refuse to be kept in our lives. One cannot stay married to someone who has deserted the marriage. In those cases where it cannot be saved after reasonable efforts to save it have failed, then the deserted party must recognize that the “marriage is over” and seek God’s help in getting “over the marriage.” When a “relationship is over,”, all we can do is seek God’s help in getting “over the relationship.” Paul is very clear about what some should do when in this very situation. Read it yourself.

But if the UNBELIEVER DEPARTS, LET HIM DEPART; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has CALLED US TO PEACE. (1 Corinthians 7:15; NKJV).

God has called us to “peace.” He has not called us to persistent punishment, self-condemnation, and self-abuse. He has not called us to a life of celibacy simply because a former marriage partner decided to walk out of the relationship. If a mate has “walked out” then in most cases all we can do is “LET’EM WALK!”

Is it a sin for you to marry if you are divorced? You decide! You do not need any help from me or from anyone else to understand what God has said. All you really need to know is what He said and where He said it. The main ones who need “help” in understanding this are those who have been taught by those who have misunderstood this. Read what God said about those “loosed from” (which must include those divorced) a mate.

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. are you LOOSED FROM A WIFE? Do not seek a wife. But even IF YOU DO MARRY, you have NOT SINNED; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. (1 Corinthians 7:27-28; NKJV).

It is not a sin for a deserted partner to marry because a believer is “not under bondage” to a mate or marriage that no longer exists because one party chooses to walk out (1 Cor. 7:15). If some of your friends or Church members need help “understanding” this, then it is obviously a situation where more help is needed than we are qualified to give them. We can “explain it” to them…but we cannot “understand it” for them. Paul clearly says that those “loosed from” a mate has “not sinned” if they “marry.” That must include those who have been deserted by an unbelieving mate because Paul had just dealt with that very situation earlier in this very chapter (7:15). Sometimes the best way to “get over” an unfaithful mate is to find a faithful one. But again, your decision about what you should do is between you and Jesus. Reading my book, reading this response, or listening to others may help, but your decision needs to be based on what you understand the Bible to teach. Pray, ponder, and then practice what Jesus teaches and leads you to do. I would believe that if it is God’s will that “you marry,” then He will bring someone into your life who will “marry you.”

I deal with this in chapter 10 and chapter 24 of my book on MDR. Also, in Appendix # 6, I quote from some of the best minds, and at one time some of the most respected men in the Church of Christ, who also understood 1 Corinthians 7:15 exactly as it is written. If you want a copy of my book, send me your address and I will send you a copy free. I wrote it to help people like you. I will also be praying for you and your family. Blessings!

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org