We Are Apostolic
By Rev. Robert Fox
Section “D” Presbter, London, Kentucky
We are not charismatic, we are apostolic. An apostolic is described in Acts chapter 2:41-42. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”. 2 Tim 3:1, speaks of perilous times. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come”. Because we are living in the last days, we have seen the scripture fulfilled, “Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a trot iron;” (1 Tim 4:12). Some of our brethren who claim to be apostolic have departed from the true apostolic faith.
Psalm 55:11-16 states, “Wickedness is in the midst thereof, deceit and guile depart not from her streets–For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have born it; neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him–But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance–We took sweet counsel together, and walked, into the house of God in company.–Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell; for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them–As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me”.
It is a sad thing to witness men that have stood in our pulpits and preached this glorious truth, fall into the trap of compromise and confusion. They leave the foundation of truth to build upon the sands of compromise. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?–The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lords throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men–The Lord trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth–Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest; this shall be the portion of their cup–For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness, his countenance cloth behold the upright” (Psalm 11:37).
Proverbs 10:20-25 states, “The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.–The lips of the righteous feed many; but fools die for want of wisdom,- The blessing of the lord it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.–It is a sport to a fool to do mischief-, but a man of understanding hath wisdom.–The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. Paul said we could not lay other foundations. He also to take heed how we build on the foundation of the finished work of calvary. We still so desperately need to build on Eph 2:19-22. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God–And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;–In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord.–In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit”. Those who build on any other foundation than Jesus Christ and the doctrine he commissioned his apostles to preach, are despisers of God. “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness–He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit”. (I Thes. 4:7-8). Paul said he was not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation. (Rom 1:16). Neither am I. We should never be ashamed of nor despise the message that gave our wretched lives eternal salvation.
I am not glad to be called apostolic. I am glad because I AM APOSTOLIC! Let us continue to herald this apostolic truth!
The Above Material Was Published By The Kentucky District News, May 1998, Page Seven. This Material Is Copyrighted And May Be Used For Study & Research Purposes Only.