Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 11, 2010

International Congress Update: Saturday Night Service

You know you’ve been to an Apostolic Pentecostal youth congress when church lets out and there are young people in the hotel lobby speaking in tongues and carrying one another to their church bus slain in the Holy Ghost. This was last night’s image. As I walked out of the hotel lobby, I could hear Pentecost through the streets and had no clue what or who it was. Then I looked up and it was about 25 youth (male and female) having their own Pentecostal Experience in the foyer of the hotel. This is how powerful last nights service was.

District Elder William Wilkins preached bonified holiness (and I’m glad because I was getting a little worried about some of the sights I was seeing at Congress…Dont shoot the messenger, I’m just repeating what was preached….). You know, you never know what an individual is going through on the inside, however the outward appearance usually is a good indication of what a person is going through on the inside. For instance, if I dressed up in a clown suit, one would assume I was probably a happy individual on the inside that liked to make people laugh and joked all the time. Same as for a person who you know is a member of the local Apostolic Assembly and they show up in clothing that is not befitting a Saint (and I’m not going to go there because I think everyone knows what type of clothing godly Christians are to wear). I’ll have to admit, there was a spirit of rebellion running rampant throughout the Congress (and I can say this because Elder Wilkins came against that spirit last night). I did not want to say anything because I just figured that everyone is getting different teaching (or no teaching at all) from their local pastors. This should not be. I guess I’ll never understand how an organization can come together and have 1,000 different interpretations on 1 scripture especially when the Word is made clear to anyone that has the Holy Ghost.

Elder Wilkins came from Jude 22-25 which says “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” This man of God set the house in order and come against every work of the flesh. He called out all the facebook Saints and how when they get angry with one another and the church they go right to facebook and twitter and reveal everything to everybody. He spoke against rebellious youth and how no one can talk to them. Youth that get indignant with their pastors and tell their pastors how they refuse to listen to them. He came against leadership who refuses to fellowship with one another in their own dioceses. He came against homosexuality and spoke on how that spirit ruled in Sodom and Gomorrah. He came against those that keep trying to change the doctrine of the church (while there is nothing wrong with getting a better understanding of the Word of God, major doctrinal stances that make us Apostolic are being challenged and no one seems to know what to believe anymore due to leadership not explaining it). He came against the Saints watching Oprah and The Wendy Williams show yet no one wants to open their bible and read the word of God, instead, they go to Oprah to get advise. He said everyone wants to be millionaire and find out how to get rich yet no one wants to get and keep a job and live holy. He came against Saints being at work listening to worldly dirty jokes. I mean, Elder Wilkins truly set the house in order. My kinda preaching!!!!!!!!!!

I promise you, I did so many cartwheels in church last night. I could not have preached a better sermon and I commend Elder Wilkins for stepping out of the normal “name it and claim it message” and really ministering to the hearts of the believers. Truly he cried loud and spared not on last evening. It is because of this message deliverance broke out in such a severe. Bishops, Elders and Ministers laid hands on everyone that wanted the shackles of sin to be broken. The very people who I originally saw in “certain” attire came running to the altar and left the altar speaking in tongues. Many people were re-filled with the Holy Ghost. I could see the spiritual shackles falling off of the Saints. I could see broken hearts being mended by the power of the Holy Ghost. It was so amazing to see all of this. Finally, the praise break that we did was second to none. Everyone was on the dance floor last night. I mean everyone! We danced until there were no more chains of bondage on anyone. To God be the glory!

I truly believe that as everyone goes back to their local assembly, miracles will follow and the testimonies are going to come pouring in on how God truly blessed on the last night of the Congress. This year was an election year for new International Congress officers. Shane Johnson has been elected to be the new International Congress President of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith for the next 3 years. Let us pray that God continues to take the youth of this great organization into higher heights and deeper depths in God.


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