Get Your Skates On



So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.

2 Chronicles 29:29


It never ceases to amaze me the level of hostility directed at those who believe in the taking up of the Church before the Tribulation period.  It’s been called ‘The Rapture’ and that is how it is known by those whose faith is in the knowledge that God will cause a means of escape for His people.  In fact, God has been giving His people a means of escape for ever.  He provided animal skins for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness. This is believed to be the first animal sacrifice for their sins.  He provides a way of escape from temptation.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

He provided a way of escape for the Israelites when He first of all gave the instruction to place the blood on the lintels and doorposts of their houses so the Angel of Death would not visit them.  He also later provided a way of escape from Egypt through the Red Sea.

He will likewise provide a way for His people to escape in the end times.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Luke 21:36 NKJV

There are multitudes of pages on the internet describing the reason for the belief that Dispensational Theology is scriptural and was accepted and preached by the early believers, Paul included.  There are just as many pages which would like to discredit that belief.  Honestly? If you have a different eschatalogical belief, by all means make your case, but what is the point of attacking others who have different beliefs.  In my opinion this is just more proof to me that the great falling away has begun.  Men, who previously simply had their own opinions, now seek to not just discredit but besmirch anyone who thinks differently to them.  And Dispensational Theology along with Pre-Tribulation Rapture has been historically vindicated, it is not some sudden onset Darby-esque revelation given by a child ‘prophet’.  That is a straw man argument which I am not going to go into here, but suffice to say anyone with any intellectual integrity will go to the source of these rumours and deal with what they find there. But this is not the main point of this post.

There are many who believe the rapture is soon and they are getting all excited about it.  There are many who, every year right about now, start setting dates.  They do not do any good for the rest of us by making these ridiculous appointments.  We DO NOT know the day or the hour.  What about this is hard to accept?

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24 NKJV

Yet the date setting continues and probably will even after the Rapture has occurred.  The whole point of an imminent return of Christ, or rather, an imminent catching up, which is what the actual term means, is that we will not know the exact date, and we need to ready ourselves.  If you read the scripture at the top of the page, which comes from 2 Chronicles, you will note that God prepared the people because the ‘events took place suddenly’.  The Rapture is one of those events that God will cause to happen suddenly.  In fact, it will be so sudden, it is described as happening in the twinkling of an eye.  Not a blink, not a wink, a twinkling.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

1 Corinthians 15  NKJV

The issue here is immanency. If we don’t know the day or the hour we are expected to be prepared.  When Hezekiah renovated the Temple which lay in disuse and disarray with all kinds of rubbish and blasphemous desecration within it, he also called the priests and Levites to be ready to begin to make sacrifice for the whole of Israel.

Hezekiah’s words to the priests were “My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him and that you should minister to Him and burn incense. (2 Chron.29:11).

The first thing King Hezekiah did was to restore the Temple.  Specifically, in the first year of his reign, in the first month he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.  The temple had lain desecrated and unused, an unthinkable thing in the days of Temple worship.  God himself dwelt in the Temple, and therefore everything that was done there was done in relation to God himself.  As they carried out the laws and ordinances that God had given for life in the Temple, their obedience showed not only God but all other nations that God lived, that His people were kept and protected by Him and that His presence was venerated and worshiped by His people, the ones He had chosen.  It was not just a mark of respect, it was a sign of love for God.  To not just turn away from God but to have the whole nation despise the Temple in such a way was to prove that even the sacred, even the elect were no longer pure.  It is like saying salt is no longer salty or light is now darkness.  Therefore, Hezekiah, like Nehemiah after him, saw to it that the Temple was restored first and foremost, and like Nehemiah, he dealt with the gates and doors first. But his actions were obviously not expected because everbody, as well as everything, lay in disarray and in a state of unpreparedness.

They had to move their annual events around a bit to make way for the cleansing of the Temple and preparing the priests.  Later in this chapter it says that “the Levites were more diligent in sanctifying themselves than the priests” (v 34). The priests who were supposed to function in the temple were not ready, therefore their brethren, the Levites, were called upon to help them in their work.  This is an interesting verse.  It is the preparedness of the workers in the Temple which determined how fast the work was done. The tribe of Levi was the tribe from which the Priests of the Temple were chosen, but not all Levites were priests, they were all given a tithe, but they did not all do the special work of the priests in the Temple with regard to sacrifices etc.  See here for further reading regarding the differences. 

Like the Levites, believers are called to prepare themselves to go before the presence of the Lord. In the earthly Temple, if a Priest was not found to be sanctified when he entered the Holy of Holies, he would die.  It was the reason they used to tie a rope around his ankle so that if he did perchance drop dead, they could drag his body out of the Holy of Holies without having to go in and risk death themselves. We Christians tend to think of God and the Rapture and Heaven itself as being a kind of rest camp.  But we forget that God is holy and cannot look upon sin.  That is why He sent Jesus to take the punishment of our sin.  We may not be sent to Hell, but we will be judged for our works. Ostensibly, Ananias and Sapphira were believers yet they were judged for lying to the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 5.  We will still need to consider whether we are ‘worthy to escape’ meaning not that we will need to be perfect but that we will be sanctified.  We are called to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’. The book of Revelation contains warnings from Jesus to the churches to ensure that they will ‘endure to the end’ and that in some cases their names will still be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  This is a serious warning.  We need to be examining our lives with a view to the catching up of the body of Christ.





God Commands All Men Everywhere to Repent


Acts 17:22-31 says;Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:


Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood[c] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

It amazes me that in our day and age, we as ‘God’s People’, can read these verses in Acts 17 and yet so easily pass over this verse, the one I have highlighted in blue.

I have been a believer in Jesus Christ for over 30 years, well over half of my life, and I can still remember the first time I heard this portion of scripture. It was on the night I got born again.

The grey headed old man who sat there in a Christian coffee shop in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, one Saturday night back in November of 1984 spoke those words to me.

That is not where it ended though. He went on to speak to me for about an hour about the love of God in Jesus Christ and the provision of a Redeemer for all of mankind. This man knew the gospel and more importantly, he knew Jesus.

That night Ed presented the gospel to me in no uncertain terms. Ed presented what he knew. He presented the truth, or should I say, he presented The Truth.

Then the Holy Spirit stepped it up a level and said this through Ed, ‘This is a command, we are commanded to repent. This is not an invitation, there is a big difference. If it were an invitation by God to us we would be well within our rights to decline that invitation without any consequences.’

But it is not an invitation. God has spoken clearly through the mouth of Paul and has said the same to every man, woman and child on the face of the earth through-out all of history, REPENT.

In doing so, the Holy Spirit left no room for me to side step what God Himself was saying to me through a mere mortal. God used a man to present the gospel to me. I had to make a decision there and then on the spot.

Paul the apostle was inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak these words in Acts 17 to a group of learned philosophers. These guys were no dummies. They knew their stuff. They spent all day every day talking about all sorts of new ideas that were coming up all around them. Paul called them ‘very religious’.

Here was Paul, standing in the midst of a lot of spiritual darkness, in a city that was known for its idolatry, the writer says that ‘his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was given over to idols.’ Acts 17:16.

We read in Deuteronomy 32:15-17

But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked;
You grew fat, you grew thick,
You are obese!
Then he forsook God who made him,
And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods;
With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
They sacrificed to demons, not to God,
To gods they did not know,

And again Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:18-22,

‘Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?’

These are just a few of the many scriptures I could point out that detail how there is demonic activity behind every idol, whether it is a physical object or an idol in our hearts.

We are told that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities etc. Paul knew exactly what he was talking about. He had had first hand experience in the demonic realm.

So, Paul is standing in Demon HQ on Mars Hill in Athens. Greece. These people were given over to idols. These entities ruled the lives of those who worshipped them. You only need to look at the world we now live in and see for yourself what is going on.

We become like the thing we worship. If we love and worship God we will become like him. If we love and worship men over God we will become like those people whom we set up to be more important than God. If we worship false gods/demons we will become like those demons. This is plain and simple. It is spelt out clearly in the scriptures.

Psalm 135:15-18 emphatically teaches this principle:

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. THOSE WHO MAKE THEM WILL BE LIKE THEM, AND SO WILL ALL WHO TRUST IN THEM.” (Emphasis added)

Paul stood on Mars Hill and preached one thing, Repentance. This was not an invitation, it was a command.

John the Baptist preached repentance, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matt 3:2

Jesus, from day one, preached repentance, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

And what did Peter preach on the day of Pentecost, repentance!

Acts 2:36-38

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent…”

Let me make it plain and simple, the gospel with out repentance is not the gospel.

There are many churches out there now who have left out things like repentance, sin, the Blood and hell. There are many supposed world renown speakers and teaches who no longer preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are preaching a watered down version of the message that Christ himself set out for us.

Seeker Sensitive, Emerging or Purpose Driven, Universalist, Dominionists and so on. All of these groups in one way or another have changed the gospel. What they now preach is not what Paul preached.

Look at Galatians chapter 1, God was very clear about this issue as He inspired Paul by the Holy Spirit to pen the following:.

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Emphasis added

This is not an Old Testament warning, it is Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and speaking to the early church.

How is it that we think we can get away with it now? Has God’s Word to us changed? No, it has not. This warning still stands today as a reminder that we do not add to or take away from God’s Word.

Who are we to change the message? Who are we to think that we can come up with a better gospel than that which was delivered to us by Jesus, John Baptist, Peter and Paul?

Who do we think we are to say to God that the message that was given to us by God is just not good enough?

Who do we think we are? Are we better or smarter than God himself?

All who call upon the name, that Holy Name of Jesus Christ need to search their hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to shine His light into our lives and deal with us if we have gone down this path

.On that day there will be many who will stand in the presence of the Holy God who cannot look upon sin and they will say, ‘Didn’t we do this in your name and that in your name? Didn’t we preach the gospel and tell people to follow Jesus and all their problems would be solved?’

By then it is too late.

And what of the many who supposedly come into the kingdom on such a message?

They may have seen the kingdom but I doubt they have entered. Yes, I know, only God knows who will make it in and you are right to say this but scripture is very very clear, entry into the kingdom is by one way only, Repentance.

God commands all men everywhere to repent.

Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.



From Such Turn Away

Dead Oak Tree – Ansell Adams

God has taught us a great deal about reprobates.  One hard lesson we had to learn was that the leaders of the cult we left were not just false teachers but reprobates.  As such, they are twice cursed, and God himself will reject them ‘Depart from me for I never knew you’.

Not only did we need to recognise that the leaders of the cult we were in were reprobates, but that we ourselves were cursed because of our involvement with these reprobates.  Paul tells Timothy to turn away from them, Paul curses them, Peter tell us that the blackness of darkness is forever reserved for them, and John tells us that if we even greet them we are partakers in their wickedness. I think that these warnings are enough for us to wash our hands of them, shake the dust of their villages from our shoes and walk away.

This is hard for many people to do. 

It was hard for us to do. For a number of years we tried to work out what had happened.  We didn’t know. Were these people knowingly deceiving us, or were they themselves deceived?  Yes and Yes. Were they just led astray or were they truly evil?  Time has proven that one.  Over the years we held hope in our hearts for them. But when one of the elders we had known for a great many  years before the cult took hold of our church left, we questioned him.  His response was to tell us that he was as an innocent lamb.  He compared himself to Jesus who opened not his mouth at those who crucified Him. This man claimed to have been like Jesus when he had preached a false gospel for decades, led others down the path of destruction, taken part in destroying other people’s faith and family and even deliberately destroying people’s marriages.  He was not able to be reached, and he was a very old man.  We do not believe this man will be in heaven, he is too far gone, and as Paul said, ‘men will grow worse and worse’.  He is somebody we need to turn away from.

But for us, the most important question is not ‘how were we dragged into this’, but ‘Lord will you show us our hearts and help us to repent of ever having been involved with this false gospel and its practitioners’.  What is ironic is that the cult members are taught to shun people who leave.  If you see them in the streets, they literally turn away from you.  It is we who should be shunning them, not in retaliation, but in obedience to God, who himself shuns the false brethren and teachers who put heavy yokes on the necks of His people and then say they do nothing wrong.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we[b] do not lose those things we worked for, but that we[c] may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses[d] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

2 John 2:7-10

12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children

2 Peter 2:12-14 (see whole chapter)

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed

Galatians 1:6-9

It is all there in black and white, Peter, John and Paul all testify that those who preach a false gospel are reprobates who are cursed by God.  And those who follow the reprobates, support them, give them their money, eat with them, and agree with their teachings are likewise cursed.

I know this is a hard thing to digest, and initially we may not want to deal with this.  But I have to say that when you recognise this fact, repent of your involvement and ask God to forgive you, the blessings and freedom you experience are amazing.  Things will begin to happen in your life that you will find hard to process mentally because God will begin to bless you in the way He has always wanted to bless you before, but was unable. Because although you are out of the way of these false teachers, you are still excusing them, still visiting their websites, still fellowshipping with the ones who agree with them.  You can’t do any of these things and be free from the curse which taints them. Remove yourself from the reprobates, and separate yourself to God, and God will begin to work in your life in miraculous ways.

I wish I could tell everyone who has left our former cult about this, but I know that many of them would simply attack us for being judgemental.  So be it, only the Holy Spirit can open somebody’s eyes and we certainly didn’t do anything except read scripture. Even still, it has taken us 12 years to see the truth.

We trust that anyone reading these words will likewise be motivated to seek out the truth and realise what God tells us.  There are wicked and evil people who trample the truth underfoot and actively seek out innocent Christians to turn them against the true gospel in order to deceive them with the false, take their money and their adoration and make them like themselves.  Don’t do it, and don’t condone their behaviour.  They are cursed reprobates and will, as Paul warns, grow worse and worse with their ‘form of godliness’ which deceives thousands but must not deceive the elect.


Anita Brady

What God Has Been Doing Lately in Our House


A few weeks ago our family went through a time of fasting and cleansing. We haven’t posted much lately because some of us have been getting born again. God spoke to our family a few weeks ago and called a three day fast and during that time God did mighty work. The result of which are still ricocheting through our house and I would suggest through some other people’s houses and all.

Our family lived in a cult for 15 years from 1989 to 2004. During that time the faith we had was undermined and eventually destroyed. By the time we left the cult we couldn’t even open our bibles without experiencing severe emotional distress. All we heard was the condemning voices of the men who had run the cult. They had taken every critical verse of scripture and made it their own, turning everything into a mockery of Christ and his work on the Cross. It was an authoritarian, abusive, controlling and destroying cult. People’s lives, marriages and families were broken, and they are totally unrepentant. Even some ex-leaders who have left have never openly admitted and repented of their false gospels and the damage they did to thousands of people. So God has, for the past twelve years, been undoing the damage that was done to us slowly, painfully and piece by piece.

In the process of healing and changing we have had to address false doctrines which have snuck into our family, destructive habits – sin in actual fact – and other things which needed to change. Last weekend was kind of a culmination of that. All of us were affected in one way or another, and those we thought needed the help the least were the ones who had been, unbeknownst to us, needing it the most.
But here is the thing….

We didn’t go to some conference, convention or convocation. Yes, we need the body of Christ, but when we are addressing issues that arise in our private lives within our family, God is quite capable of dealing with it between the people who are involved and not some stranger who we think is more spiritual than we are.  We have been listening to a section of a .Podcast from the Grace Community Church in California wherein John Macarthur has admitted that he didn’t know when he gave his life to the Lord, that he never really knew when he was converted and he isn’t worried about that. This was up on Pastor John Coleman’s website, (see link) Coleman has been a strong critic of MacArthur for some years but not from personal gripe, simply from examining his actions, teaching and the testimonies of members of the Grace Community who have had to leave due to abuse.

One of the most high profile evangelical ministers with an impressive pedigree of five generations of preachers and ministers (and high ranking freemasons) who has edited his own bible and run a huge international organisation admits that he actually didn’t ever get converted, he just kind of always sort of knew he was a Christian. As the host of the audio tape (Pastor John Coleman) said,  everyone he knows and has asked knows exactly when and where they got saved and how it affected them. I agree.  I remember distinctly the second week of the May school holidays in 1977 in my second year of High School, late one night in the bunkhouse of a Scripture Union camp saying a prayer and asking Jesus to forgive me for my sins.  I didn’t have a huge understanding of what I was doing then it wasn’t until much later when I was baptised and baptised in the Holy Spirit that I realised what the Cross and Resurrection were all about. But it changed me, and I went home to my unsaved family and told them what had happened and faced rejection and abuse because of it.  I have never regretted that decision nor have I wavered from it. I knew when it happened, I might have only been 13 at the time, and 19 when it all made sense, but I knew when it happened.

John Macarthur, evangelical Super-Pastor of the Universe apparently doesn’t know and doesn’t care. But then as we discovered later he is a Calvinist and Calvinists believe in predestination. If you are saved its because God has chosen you and you have no free will to make that choice yourself. So, John Macarthur figures he doesn’t need to have made that choice, its clear he is saved, obviously, duh, he runs a mega-church right?

So John Macarthur needs to get saved too. And he doesn’t need somebody who is more spiritual than he is, all he needs is to have his ears opened to the gospel and his heart convicted by the Holy Spirit. He KNOWS what to do, he just didn’t think he ever needed to do that. I think we need to pray for him, and his poor church organisation which according to reports is taking over other people’s churches, abusing its congregants and generally behaving like a cult, false doctrines and all. Who knew? We shall certainly pray for the congregations to get saved as well.

So, when God does a work in your life or the lives of those closest to you, remember that it is because of prayer, it happens in His timing not yours, and it is because you are open to hear his voice, obey his voice and to repent where you need to repent. Nobody is excluded from this. Nobody. I don’t care how many bibles have your face on the front cover.


Can God Do This In Your Heart?



The great assembly listened with close attention, particularly to a notedcharacter— “an old man, remarkable looking—; a dealer in rags would not have givenmore than sixpence for all the clothes he had on his person; he bore the marks and tokensof a confirmed drunkard.” Tremblingly, this aged brother gave his earnest testimony: —

“Gentlemen, I appear before you this day as a vile sinner. Many of you know me, for you have but to look at me and recognize the profligate of Broughshane; you know I was an old man hardened in sin; you know that I was a servant of the devil, and he led me by that instrument of his, the spirit of the barley. I brought my wife and family to beggary more than fifty years ago; in short, I defy the townland of Broughshane to produce my equal in profligacy, or any sin whatever; but gentlemen, I have seen Jesus! I was born again on last night week, and am therefore ‘a week old’ to day. My heavy and enormous sin is all gone, the Lord Jesus took it all away, and I stand before you this day not as a pattern of profligacy, but a monument of the perfect grace of God. “I stand here to tell you that God’s work on Calvary is “perfect. Yes, I have proved it His work is perfect. He is not like an architect who makes a drawing of a building, and then takes out this line or that, or alters “the whole, and even while the building is going up makes some further change. No, but God drew out the plan of salvation, and it was complete, and He carried it out with His blessed Son Jesus, and it is all perfect, for had it not been so, it would not have been capable of reaching the depth of iniquity of myself, the profligate of Broughshane.”

From “The Ulster Revival of 1859” by William H Harding.

Read the rest of this remarkable account here.

Read it and weep…..we did.  Is it possible for God to do such a work in Brisbane?  In your suburb?  In your heart?

We believe it is. God is doing a work in us and in our family. Praise Him!

We pray for your own relationship with Jesus to be revived.

In love,


Steve and Anita

Lost Sons


The prodigal son was no longer a son. He had sold his birthright through living a rebellious life. He left his father’s house and was ‘dead’ to his father. In the scriptures it says he is no longer worthy to be called a son (vs 19), but in fact, what he recognised when he ‘came to himself’ was that he could no longer rely on his sonship to be welcomed back by the father. He, as a son, had died to the father, he no longer had any inheritance with Him, and could no longer claim to be of his father. This is a grave issue. When the son says in the parable, he is no longer worthy, he is not just being cute. He literally understands that he is no longer a son in his father’s house, he has died and if he goes back, all he can do is cast himself on the mercy of this man and hope that at the very least he can ask to be a servant in the house. The fact that he is welcomed back by the father is not testament so much to the father’s love, but is more of a testament to the fact that the son recognised what it meant to be a son in the house of his father, and also that he wanted to reconcile with his father in humility rather than in entitlement.

He is now able to be welcomed back, because he is now ready to be the true son he should have been before. Neither son was truly a son in the father’s house, neither son was making the most of their inheritance. Both were squandering it, one in rebellious self-directed living, and the other in self-righteous proud and miserly arrogance. Neither were able to make full use of their father’s riches in the proper way, which is to be in the father’s house and rejoice with the father in the things that the father rejoices over ie, the giving of life to the one who was dead, the giving of sonship to the one who was not even living as a servant.

The son recognised that he had chosen, instead of sonship, his own rebellious ways and to be taught and directed by the dictates of his own heart. Now he wanted his father to take him back, but recognised he had no longer any rights as a son in the house of his father, and he was truly only worthy of being a servant. Our sonship is dependant, not just on being in the father’s house but upon having a relationship with him where he is able to direct and guide us, and we as sons are able to obey and submit to his leading. The older son was not a son either. He had no relationship to his father despite the fact that he did everything he was told. There was obedience, but no relationship. In fact, the older son had more in common with the servants than with true sonship. He was out in the field when his brother returned, and yet sent one of the servants to enquire what all the noise was about. He was in effect identifying with the servants over and above his family.  If he was a true son, he would have been with the father rejoicing with him that his brother who was once dead is now alive.

God has shown me this morning that when we become sons in the father’s house we forfeit the right to own our own lives. We can’t just up and leave and go to a far country and squander our birthright by making decisions for ourselves as to how we will ‘spend our inheritance’. The prodigal son squandered his sonship and his inheritance by doing whatever he wanted whenever he wanted to do it with whomever he wanted to do it. True sonship is waiting on the Father to do what He wants whenever He wants us to do it and with whom He wants us to do it. This is not some terrible burden or prison sentence, to never be able to do what you want for yourself again. In fact, it is only the rebellious soul which is unable to recognise the Father’s heart. The Father’s heart is to work all things together for good, His and ours because He is unable to cause suffering and harm to come to us, it is only our own wicked hearts which convince us that if we give our souls to God that we will somehow miss out.

We have to come to a revelation of what it means to rebel against God. We convince ourselves that we are looking after ourselves better than God could ever do because only we know what is best for us. Yet it is our flesh which convinces us of this and only because the flesh doesn’t want to submit to God because it is not of God and is at enmity with God. The flesh only has one fate and that is to die. It will die, either on the cross leading to life, or in the fires of Hell. This is just as Satan was. Initially he served God in heaven, then he became convinced that he was worthy of worship and wanted to be God, and because of his insanity he fell. We have romanticised this picture far too much. It was his utter depravity which caused him to fall, his complete ‘otherness’ to God which caused him to be put out of heaven. When we follow the dictates of our own hearts instead of God’s word, we are following Satan.

Unfortunately, many ‘older sons’ have gotten hold of the word of God and turned God into an ugly tyrant who just wants us to obey and submit to Him in order that He can control our lives and make us miserable. These Pharisees have taken the word of God and, like a dog in the manger, have not been able to derive life from it themselves and have also not wanted to see others enjoy their lives with God either. Therefore they spy out our liberty, as they did with Paul, and look to see where they can load us down with false guilt and shame because we are rejoicing with the Father in our sonship in simple faith and love. These Pharisees are like the older brother because they were not able to access the inheritance they had with the father.

‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends’ (Luke 15:29)

The older son complains because he blames his father for not giving him a party, when in fact, as the father points out, all that he had belonged to his son, it was just that the son never actually asked for it, or made use of it. In truth, the older son never had anything to make merry about in the first place. He was not able to rejoice in the will of his father, he simply did it because it was required of him, not because he loved his father, and rejoiced with the father over the things his father took joy in. There was literally no like-mindedness in these two. Neither son was able to understand the father and know his ways. Yet of the two, the younger son, who finally ‘came to himself’ was able to firstly recognise his own sin and secondly able to see who his father really was, a generous, caring and compassionate man who treated others with respect and love. The older son had not had this revelation and if he had, he would have been rejoicing in his sonship much sooner.

We need once again to come to an understanding of both the gravity and depth of the truth that we are not our own and have been bought with a price, and also to understand the profound life and joy which is ours in this very relationship. We are not bought with a price so that we can go off and live our lives in whatever way we see fit. We are sons in the house of the father so that we can relate to him and do his will.

The language of the New Testament, of the whole bible in fact, can be looked at in one of two ways. It is either harsh, domineering and controlling (looked at in the flesh) or it is a reflection of God’s character. He disciplines and chastens us as sons, but he also gives us everything that he has. He is completely open and free with his own possessions, we have open access to all areas, but we must choose to live with Him and in Him in order that we can access these riches. We must wait on Him, talk to Him, ask Him for what we need, and He, as a generous and loving Father will never withhold from us.

Jesus told the disciples that he would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18), and that he would send the Holy Spirit to be with them when He ascended to His Father (John 16). In fact, the disciples lived in relationship with Jesus in the Father’s house on earth, being taught, directed, guided and coached in all aspects of their lives. Jesus was with them 24/7, giving them what they needed each day. What He was saying was, that this relationship would now be continued through the Holy Spirit, who would continue His work on earth not just by being with them bodily, but by being in them bodily so that they would never be without His guidance and fathering. Some human beings have assumed that their job was to disciple others and tell them what to do in every aspect of their lives, but this is a blasphemy to the Holy Spirit. No man is able to tell another what to do in this kind of minute detail or control another’s every movement. This is bondage. God has set us free from this kind of obedience to law. This is why the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so profoundly changes our lives. We are able to live freely in obedience to the word of God as the Holy Spirit reveals it to us, individually, at the pace God sets for us as individuals and in the way and order that He dictates, not that another man dictates, nor in the way our own hearts dictate. This is true sonship. An individual, loving and very personal relationship with our heavenly Father through the salvation and freedom of Christ and in the Holy Spirit. A true union in the family of God.

Much love,