Mark was astonished at all he had just seen; having never seen anything like it before. Gregg came back to his seat beaming. “Mark, I am light as a feather, Jesus is so real!” Gregg proclaimed.
Mark had never seen his brother like this, or anything like this church and he could not leave without answers. He began frantically searching for someone that may look like they could direct his path. Finally, he found one of the ushers standing in the back.
“Sir, I need to speak to someone about all this.” Mark pleaded. “I feel I can’t leave without knowing what I just
The usher looked Mark over and could tell he was sincere. “Follow me.”
He led Mark onto the platform and behind the pulpit. “Wait here.” The usher directed through a nearby door.
It took just a couple minutes and the usher stuck his head out the door. “He will see you, now.”
Mark did not know who he was seeing, but he followed anyway. He came in through the door and after a short right he saw a desk, with Pastor Lambert sitting behind it.
“Hello, I understand you are seeking answers.”
“Yes.” Mark answered.
Pastor Lambert leaned back in his chair. Mark noticed a strange sensation come up over him.
“Have a seat.” Pastor Lambert said.
Mark made his way for the chair sitting in front of the desk. He set down, anxiously waiting to hear; and to leave at the same time.
“Thank you for seeing me.” Mark said gratefully.
“Well, I hope I can be of some assistance.”
“I belong to the Church of Tomorrow. I have never seen anything like I witnessed here tonight there…ever.” Mark assured him. “When that man received his eyeball it was unbelievable, but I know it happened. I had spoken to the man in the lobby in passing. I know there was no eyeball there. I know God had to do it.”
The Pastor smiled, “The Lord has given you great wisdom and you have used it well. The same wisdom he gave Nicodemus.” Pastor Lambert picked his Bible up from his desk and opened it to a scripture for Mark to read The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know thou art a teacher from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (John 3:2).
Mark thought it over and asked, “So you perform these miracles?”
The Pastor answered quickly. “No, no, no. I am just an instrument that God pours His power through. I am just flesh and bone.” The Pastor gave an illustration. “You know how a clay pot is molded and shaped by the potter?”
“Yes sir.” Mark replied.
“Well, I am the clay and Jesus is the Potter. I yield to Him so He can mold and shape me.” The Pastor explained.
Mark never doubted a word of it. It was as if he had known it his whole life and now it was being brought to the light. “The only thing I don’t understand is why there aren’t more people here. I mean the Church of Tomorrow is always packed.”
“Some people want to be deceived, son.” Lambert answered. “They don’t want to believe the truth of holy living.” They want to get into Heaven their way. Jesus proclaimed the road to Heaven was narrow and strait.”
“Jesus said He is the door into Heaven in John chapter 10.” Lambert stated as
he opened his Bible to another scripture, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber. (John 10:1).
“Those that try to get into God’s Heaven without the same holiness Jesus preached is a robber in God’s eyes. There are many people today thinking they will go to Heaven, but not so.” Lambert moved to the front of his desk standing in front of Mark.
“I hear people tell me all the time, I have Jesus. That isn’t what they need to say. It should be, Jesus has me. Jesus must have the whole you.”
Mark made a statement most would and no doubt the Pastor heard many times. If
that is true there won’t be many in Heaven.”
Pastor Lambert lowered his head. “Sadly, hell will be far more populated that Heaven. Jesus said few would get into Heaven. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14).”
The Pastor continued on, “Paul the Apostle wrote to Timothy and told how people
would be in the last days, Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (I Timothy 4:1,2).”
“Many today want their conscience seared.” The Pastor stated. “So many churches have taken the songs that mention the Blood of Jesus out of their hymnals. Yet, I use the Blood in the services to “hypnotize” people.”
A look of disgust formed on Lambert’s face. “They have given over to seducing spirits, spirits that have seduced them into
believing damnable lies like that one “once saved, always saved doctrine. How ridiculous that is to think Jesus came all the way from Heaven to die on a cross so people can continue in sin. That is
what they want, their cake and eat it, too.”
Mark thought it all he had been hearing over. “What has happened to churches today?” Mark asked.
Lambert continued to use the Bible for answers. “Paul also wrote to Timothy about the churches in the last days, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (II Timothy 3:5).”
“Paul told Timothy to turn away from those churches, but people are drawn to them because they ease their conscience. The churches are putting up a “front” to speak. Jesus had them in His day, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27).”
“The biggest fighters of Jesus’ ministry in His day were the religious sect, and that is the biggest fighters of this ministry, the “so-called religious”. If people want Heaven they will be doers of the Word, not hearers only.”
Mark was processing all this and he did not doubt one word. He knew what this man had told him was true. Not because he said it, but because the Word of God proclaimed it.
The Pastor revealed another scripture to Mark, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn their ear from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (II Timothy 4:2,3).
“This is why people choose these preachers in this late hour. They give them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.”
The Pastor went on to tell the difference between happiness and pleasure. “Most people today do not have genuine happiness. They place their desires on pleasures mistaking that for happiness. When they grow bored they just move on to the next pleasure.”
“It is not that way for those in Christ Jesus. If they are rooted in Him they have happiness no matter the circumstances.”
Mark told of how Ingram preached that God is love and would not destroy people. He told of how he said there is no flame in hell.
“That is how the devil has deceived so many today. He has had them look at the love of God only, believing it will cover their wickedness just so they believe in Him. They do not realize God can hate just as much as He can love.”
Lambert opened the Bible once again. “The Bible states God will not tolerate refusal of His truth forever, Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and none of my reproof: I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh (Proverbs 1:23-26).”
Lambert closed his Bible and looked at Mark. “Does that sound like all love to you?”
“No, I suppose not. I want to find God, but I am afraid my dad will think I have gone crazy.” Mark feared.
Pastor Lambert shot a strong response at Mark. “It is up to you, Mark. You can either please people and go to hell, or please god and go to Heaven. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (II Corinthians 6:17).”
They talked a little while longer when Mark brought up his cancer diagnosis. “I did not feel sick all day yesterday until last night.”
“The sicknesses and diseases of this world came from the devil.” Mark could feel God dealing with him.
“The devil backed off with the sickness yesterday in hopes you would not be here tonight. Then last night God allowed the sickness to come back to show you really are sick.”
Lambert stood up from leaning on his desk. “You need the Lord, you need to give your life to Him. If you give your life to Jesus tonight, He will use the same Divine Blood for your body as He will use to cleanse your soul.”
Mark began to weep and Pastor Lambert led him in the Sinner’s Prayer. He felt that same peace Gregg had felt earlier. He felt new and clean.
Pastor Lambert laid hands on him and prayed. “Jesus has healed you, go back to your doctor and he will confirm it.”
Mark was overjoyed and praising God. The praises flowed until another language pushed from down deep within. He received the Holy Ghost Baptism spoke of in Acts And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave the utterance.(Acts 2:4).
Mark came that Sunday night as a doubter, but he left a true believer. Mark knew his life would never be the same again.
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