GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MINISTRY TEAM IS VERY IMPORTANT Part II

War Story No.29 Continued

The lady interpreter and I took the girl that we had just cast the demon out of aside to question her.  I wanted to find out what type of spirit had entered the girl, and how that demon had gotten in to her.

The girl was embarrassed, and was reluctant to tell us what she had done that allowed the spirit to get into her. I sent all the other people away except the interpreter and assured the girl that we weren’t going to punish her; we merely wanted to understand how the evil spirit had entered her. I explained that it would not only help me in ministering to others like her, but it would help her if she understood how that spirit had gained access into her. After considerable coaching she told us the following story.

Apparently the young lady’s husband was like many Japanese men very busy. He was a hard worker, and often traveled in his job, and he was in some way physically unattractive to her, (the lady doing the interpreting either didn’t understand the girl or was too embarrassed explain the condition to me).  On one occasion when her husband was away on business, she had a sexual affair with another man. She had become guilt-ridden about that affair and began going back to her church in an attempt to get rid of the guilt. But when her husband left town again, she would seek to meet men who would take her to bed.  But after she had sex with these men, she would became guilt-ridden and suffer considerable remorse.  She had been raised in the Catholic Church and she began to attend church again and take communion in an attempt to rid herself of the guilt and remorse she felt.  But when her husband would leave town, she had an overwhelming desire to seek out another man. The demon that had entered her was then compelling her to find a lover.  The girl was ashamed of her actions, and didn’t understand what drove her to act as she did.

As I talked with her, I assured her that the demon that had been controlling her life had been cast out of her, but I cautioned her to never again get involved in that type of activity or it would allow that demon spirit to re-enter her.

Earlier that morning as she came forward for prayer, she had apparently been drawn to John. I believe that the spirit that was in her recognized something in John that would be open to its advance.

Later I shared with John the story that the girl had shared with me. I counseled him to never pray with a woman again without another individual being present.  And that is the same counsel that I would give to every man.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MINISTRY TEAM IS VERY IMPORTANT

War Story No. 29

As the leader of a Full Gospel Airlift Team, I didn’t always know the in–depth background of all the individuals who had signed up to travel and minister with us on the Airlift Teams.  On one occasion about two weeks before our mission team was to leave for Japan, I received an email from Noel Morris a New Zealand Missionary stationed in Japan. Noel had Volunteered to help us schedule the men on our Airlift Teams to speak in various meetings in Japan.  Many of those meetings were in Christian Churches. On this occasion Noel’s email informed me that he had received a complaint from the pastor of a church in which one of our men (I will call him John, not his real name) had given his testimony on our last Airlift to Japan. It seems that John had be-friended a twenty three year old Japanese girl by the name of Ricco, who attended this Pastor’s Osaka Church. John had met Ricco on a previous Airlift, some three months earlier, and John and Ricco had been corresponding with each other. The girl had told others in the church that she was going to marry John, and the pastor was concerned for the girl. Apparently, John and the girl were talking about marriage in their correspondence.  The Pastor of the girl’s church was concerned for the girl and had contacted Noel about the situation. Read more

CLOSING OF THE PLEASURE PALACE SAUNA PARLOR – Part 1

When I was a relatively young Christian, my company was involved in the construction of an indoor swimming pool in the state of Oregon. Several times a month I would drive from my offices in Seattle to inspect the progress on the swimming pool construction project. On each trip I would drive by a brightly painted Sauna Parlor with an erect male penis painted on the side of the building. The Sauna Parlor, which was named “Pleasure Palace Sauna Parlor” didn’t leave much to the imagination concerning the type of services that were available inside. As a relatively new Christian my spirit was grieved by the way the Sauna Parlor was openly flaunting sin. Read more

SALVATION AND PRAYING FOR THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IN AN IRISH PUB – Part 2

In War Story 27, Barbara and I had just led an Irish bus driver named Sean to the Lord in the lobby of our Dublin hotel.  The lobby of the hotel also served as a bar during the traditional afternoon tea break.  Barbara and I had entered the hotel after a late afternoon walk in downtown Dublin, and sat down at Sean’s table for coffee.  Sean, who had just returned to the table after filling his mug with a second beer said, “Ok, what did you say about being baptized in the Holy Spirit?”

I explained to Sean that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was a very important gift.  All, the early disciples had received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit shortly after Jesus was crucified and risen from the dead.  I explained that when I was first born again, I had read about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit but somehow I had gotten the idea that this gift was only for spiritual people like a priest or pastor. I didn’t understand that it was for everyone who had received Christ like Sean had just done. But as I read and reread about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, faith was developing in my spirit.  The scriptures have a lot to say about the benefits of praying in tongues. 1) I explained that the term tongues used in the Bible refers to a personal prayer language that the Holy Spirit gives to a believer when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. 2) I explained to Sean that I hadn’t received the baptism in the Holy Spirit until seven months after being born again because I didn’t understand that it was available to me.  But as I continued to study about it one night I realized that I could receive it as soon as I was born again. Then one evening in mid-September of 1976, in the living room of my home, I knelt down by our sofa and I asked Jesus to baptize me in the Holy Spirit.  Realizing that I needed to receive it by faith, I thanked Jesus for baptizing me, and then I began to speak some syllables by faith – not complete words, just syllables – and the Holy Spirit took those syllables and formed them into words. They were words I didn’t understand, but I could tell they were words.  Praying with these new words seemed to energize my spirit, my inner man; it felt good. The next day, indeed the next several weeks, I prayed in the spirit (in tongues) whenever I got the opportunity to do so. Jesus became real to me; the Word of God came alive.  I didn’t tell my wife Barbara that I had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit right away because I wanted to make sure I understood it, before I explained it to her.  When I told Barbara about my experience, I thought she would be thrilled. After all, when we were married she had told the pastor who married us that she wanted to have a true Christian marriage. But I must tell you that Barbara was not very happy about me receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and praying in tongues.  She had been raised in a denominational church, which had taught that anyone who spoke in tongues was a “Holy Roller,” a sect of Christians who were considered out of the mainstream of Christianity.  But after watching the dramatic changes that took place in my life over the next several weeks she too asked Jesus to baptize her in the Holy Spirit.  The very afternoon that she prayed that prayer and she was baptized in the Holy Spirit, she was singing in the kitchen, when she realized that she was not singing in English but in a new Holy Spirit prayer language.  I explained to Sean that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is very important to the manifestation of the “the gifts of the Spirit” and his ability to be led by the Spirit of God in his life and business.

I gave Sean a small booklet entitled “Why Tongues” by Kenneth E. Hagin (one of several booklets that I had retrieved from my room while Sean was refilling his glass of beer.  I shared the following information from the Bible to help him understand and to encourage him and help him to receive and exercise his new prayer language.  I told him that the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – all agree with the baptism in the Holy Spirit and gave him some of the following information from the Bible. The Father is the one who promised the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4 & Joel 2:28-29); Jesus is the one who actually baptizes us in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 7:38); and the Holy Spirit is the one who gives us the utterance, or the words (Acts 2:4). I pointed out that the “initial sign” of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:2-6).

Because this gift has been such a blessing to me, I wanted Sean to become aware of some of the benefits which would accrue to him when he received it and was able to pray to God in his own private prayer language. First, he would receive ability or power when the Holy Spirit came upon him (Acts 1:8); second, he could build himself up in his holy faith when he prayed in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20); third, He would edify himself, he would build himself up in his most holy faith, he would give himself – a spiritual “battery charge” of sorts – if he would pray in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4);  fourth, when we don’t know how to pray about a situation, or an individual, the Holy Spirit will pray through us (in words that cannot be articulated in English) the perfect will of God (Romans 8:26-28);  and fifth, when he prayed in tongues, he would be speaking mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2).

Because the individual praying in the Spirit doesn’t understand what he is praying, some begin to wonder what good is it doing to pray in tongues.  I told Sean when you pray in tongues, you are not speaking to men; you are speaking to God who understands everything you say.  It is your private, coded prayer language to the Father; it is a language that the devil doesn’t understand. After explaining these things to Sean, Barbara and I reached across the table, took Sean’s hand and began to quietly pray in other tongues, and Sean also began to pray in his new prayer language.  I gave Sean the telephone number of the Chapter President in the Dublin area whom I had met earlier in the week and asked him to contact the local chapter for fellowship.  Early the next morning we left Dublin for Dundalk.

There is a caveat to this story.  Shortly after I returned to my home in Seattle I gave a short testimony concerning our time with Sean in a Fellowship meeting in Lynnwood Washington.  A man in the audience from a denomination that was extremely opposed to the drinking of wine or beer became offended by the testimony of Jesus saving a man while he was drinking beer.  I have therefore been rather selective over the years in sharing of this story.  If you were offended by this story I apologize in advance, but this is a story of the grace of God, this is a story that needs to be told.

In Jesus Name,

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