by Tony Alamo
If people in our Church or any other Church claim to be the authority of GOD, they need to be reproved and rebuked because they are speaking nonsense, heresy. According to the revelation of the Bible, the responsible brothers in themselves are not the authority. When they, the pastors, allow GOD to reign in them, the GOD who is expressed through them is the authority.1 When they and the Church in which they serve allow GOD to reign, the expression of GOD’S authority is among them. This is the authority in the Church.
Authority is nothing other than GOD expressed among us. Any Church that does not have the expression of GOD does not have GOD’S authority. The exercise of man's authority by an organization or arrangement, by using a name, or position, or self-exultation is shameful, hypocritical, and satanic.
When GOD is enthroned in our midst, there is authority among us.2 GOD’S authority means GOD’S power. The responsible ones in the Church are deputy authorities established by the LORD, but if the LORD cannot sit on the throne and reign in a Church, the Church will have no authority. There may be so-called responsible individuals, but there will not be any authority [no power of GOD]. Responsibility by itself does not give authority or power. The power comes from GOD.3 The real authority of the Church is in GOD’S having the position to reign in the Church, HIS Church. GOD’S authority will automatically be expressed, done, in the Church.
When GOD is thoroughly entrenched in a devoted person of GOD, that person then has two natures, the GOD nature mingled with the human nature, thoroughly saturated together.4 It is impossible for the “Gates of Hell” to prevail against such a building (church).5 However, if we continue to live in our fallen and earthly personality, disposition, or nature, the “Gates of Hell” will (prevail against us) overcome us, because these traits will actually be in Satan's hands. Our gentleness and/or irritability and anger will be in the hands of Satan; our silence and our communication will also be in his hands.
The world knows the LORD reigns in us when we love, that is, when we keep HIS [CHRIST’S] commandments.6 It is CHRIST in us that reigns.
Satan always brings three major attacks on the one and only true Church of GOD.
First, Satan always brings outside elements into the Church.7 This refers to items that are not of CHRIST, not from CHRIST, and are not CHRIST HIMSELF, the WORD. Rather, they are items of the world, of men, and of earth. Satan is constantly thinking of ways to bring in outside elements in order to damage the Church. Many problems throughout history have been caused by the enemy bringing outside elements into the Church, such as the Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter chapter 2: “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
“For if GOD spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The LORD knoweth how to deliver the Godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the LORD. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
We need to come out of denominations and forsake organized Christianity, our flesh, because the Church cannot have anything that is apart from or not of CHRIST. For two thousand years, Satan has been bringing things outside of GOD into the church, items such as Satan's ways, which has become man’s ways, Satan’s views and opinions (anti-Christ), the tide of the world, and the elements of the world. These items are far apart from CHRIST and are not CHRIST. This cannot be, because we are the Body of CHRIST. It causes the body to become sick, weak, paralyzed, and even dead, so that the Body, the Church, can no longer express GOD and be without a doubt GOD’S authority, which is HIS true Church, HIS Bride.
Second, Satan wants to divide the Body of CHRIST.8If our physical body is divided, it is finished, and becomes nothing.
For two thousand years Satan has been working to divide GOD’S children, to tear down the Body of CHRIST, causing it to be fragmented. When this happens, the Body of CHRIST is no longer a functioning Body that can accomplish GOD’S purpose.
Third, the members who have not been divided by Satan have been damaged by him to the point that they have lost their function. This can be compared to ears that cannot hear, eyes that cannot see, and hands that cannot do things.9 This prevents the Body from being properly used by GOD.
You must be born again of the SPIRIT. Start out by saying this prayer. Then be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT. Then study the Bible (KJV) and do what it says until the day you die.
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
Now that you are saved, make sure you are baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, in the name of the SON, and in the name of the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:18-20). Serve GOD with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Study the Scriptures, and do what they say until the day you die (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-17).
Ask for any of the many articles written by Pastor Alamo and
information on our worldwide radio station schedules at the following:
Tony Alamo, World Pastor
Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Worldwide
P. O. Box 6467
Texarkana, Texas 75505
Twenty-four hour prayer and information line: (479) 782-7370
FAX (479) 782-7406
www.alamoministries.com • email@example.com
Tony Alamo Christian Ministries provides a place to live with all the things necessary for life
to all those
in our United States locations who truly want to serve the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
|at the following locations:|
|Arkansas Churches:||4401 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, Arkansas 72904|
|1005 Highway 71 South, Fouke, AR 71837|
|Los Angeles Area Church:||13136 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country, California 91390|
|New York City Area:||Please call us for the address.|
|Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Hollywood, California, daily at 6:30 P.M.,|
|Sundays at 1:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.|
|Ask for Pastor Alamo’s book, The Messiah, showing Christ from the Old Testament revealed in over three hundred thirty-three prophecies.|
|All Tony Alamo literature, messages on CD and tape, are free of charge, not for sale.|
|If anyone is attempting to charge you for this literature,|
|please call (479) 782-7370 collect.|
|THIS LITERATURE CARRIES THE TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION (Acts 4:12).|
|DO NOT THROW IT AWAY, PASS IT ON TO ANOTHER.|
Those of you who are in other countries, we encourage you to translate
this literature into your native language.
If you do reprint, please include this copyright and registration:
© Copyright November, 2012 All rights reserved World Pastor Tony Alamo ® Registered 2012
The Authority of GOD is GOD footnotes:
1. Isa. 30:21, Ezek. 36:27, 1 Cor. 3:9, 16, 15:10, Gal. 2:20, Phlp. 2:13, Col. 1:27-29, 2:9-10, 1 John 2:20, 27 return
2. Isa. 30:21, Luke 12:11-12, John 1:12, 14:15-20, 23, 26, 16:7-14, 17:11, 21-23, Rom. 8:10-11, 14-17, 26-28, 1 Cor. 3:9, 16-17, 15:10, Eph. 2:18-22, 3:16-21, 4:4-6, Heb. 2:11, 2 Pet. 1:3-4, 1 John 2:20, 27, Rev. 1:4-6, 5:9-10, 21:7 return
3. Acts 1:8, Rom. 13:1-7, 2 Cor. 4:7, Eph. 1:17-23, 3:16, 20, 6:10, Phlp. 2:13 return
4. John 4:24, 14:15-20, 15:5-7, 17:21-23, 26, Rom. 1:9, 6:3-5, 8, 11, 22, 8:1, 9-11, 14-16, 1 Cor. 3:16-17, 5:17, 21, 6:15-17, 19-20, 2 Cor. 4:6, 16, Gal. 3:27-28, Eph. 3:16-19, Col. 3:1-4, 2 Tim. 4:22, 1 John 3:24, 2 Pet. 1:3-4, Rev. 3:20 return
5. Matt.7:24-25, 16:13-19, Luke 10:19, Rom. 8:37, Eph. 6:10-18 return
6. Matt. 5:14-16, John 14:15, 21, 15:10, 17:21-23, 26, 1 Pet. 1:22, 1 John 3:14-19, 5:2-3, 2 John 1:6 return
7. Gen. 3:1-6, Matt. 13:24-30, Mark 3:27, 4:18-19, John 17:11-21, Rom. 16:17-18, 1 Cor. 10:21, 2 Thes. 2:8-12, Jas. 1:27, 4:7-8, 1 Pet. 5:8, 2 Pet. 2:20-21, 1 John 1:5-7 return
8. Psa. 133:1-2, Prov. 11:14, Eccl. 4:9-12, Rom. 15:5-6, 16:17-18, 1 Cor. 1:10-13, 3:1-9, 11:18-19, Eph. 4:1-16, Phlp. 1:27, 3:13-21, 1 Pet. 3:8-11 return
9. Matt.13:12-15, 24:12-13, Mark 8:18, Heb. 12:12-13, Rev. 2:1-5, 3:1-3, 14-16, 22 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return