Previously posted in January 2021.
Previously posted in January 2021.
Now and again I have felt led to write someone’s testimony (as they dictate it to me) as I know what a blessing it can be to others to read of the …
The flower (orchid) you see in the photo just bloomed. The drooping flower in the back was the first of the season and is now about to drop off. And then there’s the bud that hasn’t bloomed yet. Every time I look at these flowers I think about how beautifully they portray our fragile and temporary lives on this earth. One generation passes away and another comes into the world. What a picture of life! It makes me think about my parents whose lives on this earth are over. And my grandchildren who are at the beginning of their life’s journey, and their children yet to be born. And me, in the latter years of my life, still here but ready to drop off when my Lord calls me home. 🙌
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Torben Sondergaard is an evangelist who has come from Denmark to establish his ministry base in the U.S. He has a worldwide ministry called “The Last Reformation” and is known (among other things) for his “kickstart” events.I want to focus in this post on his teachings regarding water baptism and the casting out of demons. The reason I’m writing about him is that his ministry has now arrived in my area. When I did some research I was very disturbed by some of his seriously false teachings. He seems to have a huge following. Young people too. He teaches what you could call a form of baptismal regeneration, although I believe he denies that. He also teaches a person can be delivered from demons before, during or after baptism. You can read his exact words below. I’m writing this to say beware if you come across his teachings. He’s very evangelistic (and so are his followers), has a lot of zeal, and his teachings can easily draw and ensnare the young, the new believer, and the older ones too.
Quote from Torben Sondergaard’s YouTube video…
“We can cast demons out before baptism, we can cast demons out while they are being baptized, or we can cast demons out after they are baptized.”
“When people come out of the water, pray like there is a demon, and command that demon to go if there’s something, and you’ll see many times there is a demon and it’s leaving, and that person has spiritual freedom.”
People who are possessed by demons are not saved and shouldn’t be getting baptized before they are delivered and filled with the Holy Ghost.
Quote from Torben Sondergaard’s YouTube video…
“Do I believe baptism is part of salvation, yes I do, of course I do. Do I believe baptism saves us, yes this is what I believe. … Its not a what who saves, it’s a who that saves, and that is Jesus Christ. Jesus is saving us, and he has said to us that we should repent and that we should wash away our sins by getting baptized in water and then we receive the Holy Spirit. I believe baptism is necessary, it is part of salvation, but don’t say if someone is in China in a jail and he repents and calls on Jesus and Jesus comes and reveals himself to him, but there’s no water therefore he cannot get baptized don’t say he is lost forever … if he takes a little water and puts it his head and says now I’m baptized, do I believe God can use that, I believe God can use anything, God is God, of course he can do that, he can take a little water on the head with that person who is in a jail in China and use that by setting him free and washing him clean.”
The blood of Jesus washes us from our sins, not water baptism.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Torben Sondergaard would be considered a charismatic. Unfortunately because of the bizarre teachings and behaviors in the charismatic circle many have denied that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. I guess you could say they’ve thrown out the baby with the bath water. I do not believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirt have ceased, but I do believe that there are many counterfeits out there.
My heart really goes out to young people, and old, who have embraced Torben’s teachings. They have a lot of zeal and love for souls. This makes it doubly sad that they have gotten caught up in his teachings. I think of my own grandchildren, and I wouldn’t want them or anyone else be deceived by the zeal that surrounds his ministry. I pray for him and all who have already been caught up in his false teachings.
I want to add that I do believe a person should be baptized. After I was born again I was water baptized, by full immersion, to acknowledge my co-union with Jesus Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection, and the newness of life I received in him. It was a joyful time. Why start your walk with Christ by not getting baptized. Another believer can baptize you in your bathtub, in a lake or at the beach if you don’t have a “church”. We are the church. My husband and I were baptized on the same day, and it was such a joy, but it didn’t save us, we were already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. And of course, if you cannot be baptized you are still saved!
Soulrefuge (Billy) teaches that water baptism does not save…
SUICIDE – ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED – What have you got to lose?
Revelation 3:11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Deception is a sign of the end times.
Jesus said… “take heed that no man deceive you.”
Matthew 24:3-4 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
If you are a believer and are contemplating suicide, do not be deceived by the “once saved always saved” teaching. Do not believe the lie that you will go to heaven if you take your own life. I encourage you to read the Scriptures and know that the Lord loves you, and will be there for you, to help you through the many trials of this life.
1 Peter 5:7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
The “once saved always saved” teaching does not make a person more secure in the Lord. It actually makes a person less secure because it negates, makes of no effect, the Lord’s words and warnings that we find in the Scriptures.
Jesus said… “Know ye not this parable?”
Mark 13:14 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
The foolish virgins…
Matthew 25:6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
The lamps of the foolish virgins were gone out, and heaven’s door was closed to them! Their lamps had to have been lit at one time in order for them to have gone out.
If ye continue in my word…
Matthew 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
He that shall endure unto the end…
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Don’t be a castaway…
Castaway: unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication worthless (literally or morally): – castaway, rejected, reprobate.
1 Corinthians 9:
24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Keep the faith, finish your course…
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Don’t lose your hope…
2 Corinthians 12:8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Romans 6:15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED and SUICIDE … What have you got to lose?
If you are not a Christian, you can learn about salvation… here. ❤️