Does God still do Miracles?

I find that some people make the assumption that by exposing Sozo, I don't believe in the miraculous.  This simply is a false assumption.  God still does miracles and healing today; He is still just as powerful as ever.  God is still doing great things, and the spiritual gifts are still in operation.  I am not a cessationist.  I fully believe in the Holy Spirit and His power.  It was the ancient Pharisees of Jesus's day who were very lax and liberal in their interpretations of the Bible, adding on their own "traditions of men" and twists (see Mark 7:13).  Being conservative (or serious) when it comes to the written teachings of Christ (rightly divided) makes one less like a Pharisee, and more like a disciple (disciple is from the Greek word mathetas, meaning a learner and doer of Christ's teachings as seen in the New Testament).  I hope this will encourage you and challenge/bolster you in your perceptions and worldview.

With that said, there are counterfeits:
"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3
"The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders..." 2 Thessalonians 2:9
"...and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them." Acts 20:30
I encourage you to be like a Berean and do your research instead of taking Sozo at face value!

My other beliefs are as follows:

We are physical, social, psychological, and spiritual beings, and the ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.

True, pure Christianity as opposed to man-made, American “Churchianity” with its man-made traditions and twists in Scripture.

The Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21). The Bible should be interpreted only in its proper historical context taking into account the original Greek and Hebrew meanings.  Only rightly divided sound doctrine should be taught rather than unsound doctrine or twisted Scripture (Titus 2:1).
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons (the trinity): the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).

The deity and divinity of Christ (John 10:33) and His hypostatic union (God and man); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).
The absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that we are saved by grace through faith (this is a gift from God) and not by works nor the law of Moses (John 3:16-19; 5:24, Romans 3:23; 5:8-9, Galatians 3:24; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).

True Christians will have obedience to God’s commands and holiness, and the Holy Spirit is a gift given to those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:16; 2 Timothy 2:19; Matthew 7:19; John 14:15; Revelation 14:12 and 22:14).

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
We as Christians are examples of the love and truth of God in this world. It is this (agape) love and truth that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians. Important to note is that love, grace and truth go hand in hand. (John 1:14; I John 4:16-17).
True Christians live “alert”, “sober-minded” and “ready” lives with “good fruit”! (Matthew 24 and 25; Luke 12; 1 Peter 5:8).

It is the mandate of the whole Church to go into the whole world and to preach the Gospel to every living creature (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20).

Both men and women can be disciples and witnesses (John 4:29; Acts 9:36; Matthew 28:20).
Both men and women should use their spiritual gifts (Acts 21:9; Galatians 3:28; Matthew 5:19; Ephesians 4:14,15; 1 Cor. 12 and 14:4; Acts 18:26; Matt. 25:14-30; etc.) including the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1,12,39).  Prophecy is for men and women (Acts 2:17) and is for the New Testament church (Acts 2:17; Acts 21:9; Rev. 10:11;11:3). Prophecy is from the Greek word prophēteuō (Strong’s Concordance g4395) which literally means “to speak forth and declare the truth” among other meanings.  This is not referring to a formal, authoritative pastoral/teaching role over men, but speaking the truth in love is a characteristic of any Christian, regardless of gender! (Eph. 4:15; Psalm 15:2).  True prophecy will never contradict Scripture (Rev. 22:18,19).

There is no pre-tribulation “secret rapture” because it is a man-made scenario. Look at the Bible closely, and the Bible says that the dead in Christ must rise “first” (before those who are alive; scripture says “first, then”) and this will happen “at” the seventh or “last trump”, not seven years prior to the seventh or last trump (see 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52). Christ coming for his church is a loud event not a secret disappearance as portrayed in the fiction series Left Behind (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The resurrection and "rapture" (the catching up) is at the last day – not seven years prior to the last day (John 11:24).  The Left Behind series is fiction (Hollywood).  Believers will not experience God’s wrath, but will experience persecution as they always have (please look up tribulation in the Greek which is an entirely different word than wrath). Furthermore, where in the New Testament are the words "secret rapture" or "seven year tribulation"?.  Corrie Ten Boom wrote a letter in the 1970’s saying that the false teachers promote the erroneous “secret pre-trib rapture”.


God Bless, 

BSR

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