2. Striking organization. AN ABSOLUTE. PHOENIX, AZ 63-0127
E-70 (…) I come to Phoenix the other day with a determination I'd never strike again at any organization. The first thing you know, a vision struck before me the first night, and I seen myself turned towards the desert. Something turned me around and showed me a great big, old, cold church, said, "Stay there, 'fore you go there." Oh, my. There's something I can't keep from doing. It's an absolute that's on the inside of me: more than my life to me. Yes. I can no more change it than I could change the color of my eyes. I couldn't do it. Now, by His grace I'm tied to Him, the One that said, like He did in the days of Moses, "I AM."
LEAN NOT UNTO THY OWN UNDERSTANDING. PHOENIX, AZ 65-0120
108 Now, notice the churches of today do the same thing. They have formed a great super race of understanding in their denominational systems. That they have such a super understanding, they don't want nobody else to fool with it, nobody to come in unless they belong to that group.
Don't tell me; I live in Tucson, Arizona. I come down there three years ago; I met with the council of churches, and I said, "I never come to start a church. I come to fellowship with you. I come to help you. I'm a missionary, evangelist, whatever I do."
They said, "Are you coming here to start a church?"
I said, "No, sir. I come here... If I want a church, I got one in Indiana." I said, "I come here because the Lord led me here in a vision. I'm going to stay for a while now, unless He leads me away, but I never come to start a church. I come to help you brethren."
That's been three years ago; I've never been invited to one place. Why? Because there was a get-together right after that, and said, if any man had me in their pulpit, they would excommute that preacher. See why? Leaning to their own understanding! Certainly, that's is--is so-called; they form their super understanding.
'Less you put your name on their book, you say--you're lost. A minister told me that. "Oh," you say, "that was some quack." It was a Pentecostal.
Jack Moore and I set there and listened at him in Dallas, Texas. He said he was going to have to take a man off the book.
I said, "Why?"
"'Cause he fellowshipped with you."
I said, "Well, take it off."
He said, "Well, he's lost then."
I said, "Lost?"
"Why," he said, "if his name is not on it..."
I said, "You mean you're a district presbyter and believe that?"
He said, "That's the truth."
I said, "Get off the phone, mister. You--you... That ain't the grace of God, that--that. See?"
"For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body, and become members of that Body." I don't care what brand you got on you, that don't have nothing to do with it. You are absolutely a Christian by birth; that's the only way. That's the only way you can be; not by joining, not by creeds, not exciting this, or reciting this, or any other thing, or by education, theology. You're a Christian when you're borned again, and you cannot be borned again 'less you've been elected to be borned again. "For no man can come to Me except My Father draws him, and all that My Father has given Me will come. (Amen.) I'll raise him up again at the last day."
These great so-called Bible schools we have, they'll say, lean upon their own learning. Oh, my. They, no matter what the Word says, they can so plainly explained it, oh, to their ownselves, make their ownselves believe it, and their own kind believe it, that, "The days of miracles is passed. There is no such thing as prophet, prophets, apostles. There is no such a thing as gifts of healing, and so forth. It all ended back in the Bible days." They can make themselves believe that.
118 You know, the Bible said you can believe a lie and be damned by it. See? That's exactly the truth. They form, no matter what the Word of God says, they lean to their own understanding. They--they lean on it; they believe it; they think It's the Truth. You can keep believing a lie over and over and over till it's the truth to you. That's right.
But how do we know whether it's Truth or not? God proved it's Truth, 'cause it's in His Word and He a-vindicates It. He does His own interpretation of It.