The Third Epistle To The Churches at Uyoma and Beyond
Greetings to all those who labor with me in the kingdom of God at Uyoma and beyond. I salute apostle Hezekiah, the elders of our churches and all those contend for the faith with them. I pray that my letter find you growing strong in Jesus and maturing into the that perfect man of the book of Colossains 1:28. Grace and peace be to you all.
I have been receiving good reports from Lilian King through Hezekiah and through Maurice Oyuko. I commend your effort towards God and the growth of your churches. Truly, God is doing something very special in those who listen, hear, and obey on time.
The foundations of any building are important. Depending upon what you want to make you must dig deep enough to support the house you plan to build. If your foundation is weak then your house cannot grow large or stand strong for it will crumble and fall into ruin when it is tested by storms.
Likewise, any movement of the Holy Spirit must also have a firm foundation. We know, from scriptures, that the chief cornerstone of the house of God is Jesus Christ. No structure, in God’s kingdom, can be made without the first stone being Jesus Christ, the son of God.
It is written,
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
There are three critical steps that you must take when building your house in Jesus.
First, you must be saved. Without Salvation through Jesus Christ you cannot know God.
Secondly, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit. Allowing God to dwell in you is very important so that you can begin to become one with Him.
Thirdly, you must be baptized in God’s love. Through yielding to God’s love you will become one with Him. This is important so that you can mature in to fullness and stature of His son, Jesus Christ.
Here is a truth:
“You must ask for and seek each of these blessings if you want to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.”
It is written,
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
As your Apostle, it is my task to help you mature in your faith towards God. I want to see each one of you, from the least to the greatest, young and old, man or woman, become more like Jesus. This is my joy and this is my reward. In order to do this, it is important that your leadership and churches conform to the pattern that God has laid down for us in the New Testament. As wise builders, we must be willing to submit to God’s plan so that we do things according to His pattern.
We know that any foundation in God must start with the Chief Cornerstone which is Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is the pattern that all who love God must seek to follow. Jesus, above all else, “listened, heard, and obeyed” what his Father said. Jesus always said, “not my will by Thy will be done” to whatever His Father asked. This same heart must be in you also if you wish to fully please God.
It is written,
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
To begin with, these offices in the church were given by God for an important purpose: the perfecting (or completing) of the saints. Their function is to build up God’s people so that someday “they” can do the work of the ministry. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers aid people to become more like Jesus so that each and everyone who believes in Him can carry out his will and do the work of the ministry.
First, we have apostles. These are chief among the ministers of God only because they are servants of all. Apostles, like myself and Hezekiah, have a God given ability to see the whole picture of what God wants to do with His people. We are organizers, like Noah, who have received a heavenly vision of what God wishes to do. We watch for your souls and we give oversight and counsel to the other leaders of the churches of God. Our reward and joy is to see you all mature into the fullness and stature of Christ so we can present you as a perfect and spotless bride to God’s son, Jesus.
Secondly, Prophets are given to the churches so that God’s people might have ears to hear and eyes to see what God is speaking to this generation. Prophets are under the authority of Apostles. Prophets are to be in submission to apostolic authority because they fly so high in heavenly places that they need to have some “link” to the earthly realm. However, when the people of God and their leaders fall away from the faith, God will sometimes raise up prophets who will uproot and tear down those who displease Him. At such times those prophets, like Elijah and Elisha, walk before God and no one else. However, in the main, prophets need to support their apostles and operate their gifts in submission to those that God has placed over them.
Evangelists are the heart of God in any move of God’s Spirit. They go out into the highways and byways of this world and compel those who do not know Jesus to come in, sit down, and sup at His banquet table. Such people are gifted in speaking to the hearts and minds of the lost and they need to be out among the unsaved so that they can share the “good news” with those who need to hear it.
Evangelists must do most of their ministry “outside” of the church. Evangelists are sent to the unsaved not the saved. When Evangelists spend too much time in churches, preaching the gospel, they are not using their gift to its full potential. Pastors and teachers are well able to share the gospel to the few that are unsaved in church but Evangelists do their best when they are talking about eternal life to those they meet in the everyday world.
Our churches should focus on assisting proven evangelists in speaking the gospel by helping them travel to the places and holding crusades where the Spirit leads them to preach. If an Evangelist comes to our leaders with a burden upon his or her heart to speak to people in a certain place, if the Holy Spirit bears witness to this, then our churches should do everything in their power to support them. Evangelists must remain under authority of apostles and prophets and submit to their guidance and teachings. However, our leadership should try, as much as possible, to give evangelists “freedom” to be led of the Spirit even if it seems different. Judge by the results the evangelist achieves and not necessarily by the methods they use.
Fourthly, God has given Pastors/Teachers for the building up of the saints for the work of the ministry. Pastors and Teachers work closely together to lead flocks of God’s sheep (individual churches) and help them learn the ways of our Father. While apostles and prophets may be over many churches pastors and teachers should operate in local assemblies where they can know their sheep well.
It is my very strong suggestion, that the term “bishop” no longer be used to refer to a “pastor” or any other spiritual leadership role in our churches. Pastors are over churches and watch for their sheep’s well being. Bishops are merely administrators of those churches and are in charge of taking care of the every day earthly duties of those churches. The term “Bishop” should not be used for someone of high office in the church. A bishop is more akin to deacon who waited tables in the early church. They are not one of the 5 high offices of the church. This is a mistake some have made that needs to be corrected if we are to honor God’s word.
All pastors and teachers in this movement must submit themselves to Hezekiah as their apostle because Hezekiah submits himself to me as the over all apostle. All pastors and teachers must give honor and reverence to the appointed prophets of this movement because they are the mouth pieces of God. Right now, Lilian Akinyi King is the prophetess of this movement and should be ordained at the August meeting.
There are many who prophesy but there are very few who are true prophets. Lilian is a prophet like those in the Old Testament and like Agabus in the New Testament. We are very fortunate that God has raised her up to be a spiritual leader among us. Lillian submits to me as an apostle and also submits to Hezekiah in his capacity as an apostle. She is like Deborah in the Old Testament who helped Barack gain victory over Sisera. Lilian will be the head prophetess of this movement. We hope that God will raise up more “seers” in our midst so that we may have other prophets and prophetess to help us see and hear the word of God. however, before you ordain other prophets or prophetess it would be best if I personally examine them to know their spirit. This is for your protection because we must try the spirits to know if a prophet is true or not.
Concerning Church Order
It is my desire that everything be done decently and in order in our churches. I want people to use their gifts and take their proper positions in our churches as God gives them. However, I am against those who seek to be something that they are not. Some try to be apostles when they are, in fact, pastors. Some try to be teachers when the are, in fact evangelists. Some try to aspire to leadership positions in our churches when they are, in fact, nothing but believers with no true calling to leadership. Such people seek positions to exploit others for gain and for self promotion and we must guard against such usury of God’s people.
Being out of order has caused and is causing great confusion and disunity in the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ cannot function properly when people refuse to take their correct positions and perform their proper duties. There is sometimes much pride that people have in calling themselves this or that but we cannot continue to allow people to assume places of honor at God’s table that He has not given them.
I set Hezekiah over the church movement in Uyoma because that is the office God gave to him. Hezekiah was and is a humble servant to all and God chose him because he is not a proud man. Hezekiah is an example for all those who would seek to serve God and His people. Remember, do not seek offices but only seek to serve others and God, seeing your heart and service, will decide who is to do which part in the body of believers.
Therefore, when I or anyone of the appointed apostles or prophets correct or admonish people about where they fit in the body of Christ they must, out of respect for God and our wisdom, submit to our guidance. Those who will not do so and seek to make trouble by pulling off churches and sheep from this ministry only demonstrate to all that they did not have the true heart of a servant to begin with.
I would bring to your remembrance the seeds that I gave those who came to seek my council in Nakuru. Care for these seeds, plant them, water them, and bring forth the increase into God’s Kingdom. Remember, if you do not obey the first command of God there is no need for God to give a second one.
Instruct young people, over the age of 18, in the ministry and send them out two by two to testify of the great works of Jesus Christ. Give the young men and women of your churches a great commission and employ them in the work of the ministry. God will see their faithfulness and reward them in due season.
Yes, the islands are a good place to plant churches. Also, continue to go south towards Tanzania and raise up the work of God in those regions also.
This commandment I give to you: When you finish a sermon the speaker must say “listen, Hear and Obey on Time.” Then, the congregation must reply, “Listen, hear and Obey on Time.” Make this a habit in all our churches wherever you go.
Now, in the name of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, I commend thee into His work. The time is short, great events are about to happen in Kenya but through your obedience to the Holy Spirit God will protect and keep you through all of them. Remember, God will do nothing except He reveal it through His prophets so seek their counsel.
I salute all those in Uyoma and greet them with a holy kiss. I salute our brethren in Rusinga Island and Makalda, may God’s blessing be upon you and your children. Let God prosper you in all things as you advance His kingdom. I greet “dream boy” and I hope that he will allow God to use him in the work of His ministry. Admonish him not to neglect the gift that God has given him. I greet Maurice, who is providing a link from Uyoma all the way to the United States, may God keep you in all things and bless you and your family. There is a person, a woman, who God is beginning to use in the gift of discernment of spirits. Find her and make a point to introduce her to Lilian when she comes.
Lastly, pray that God makes a way for me to attend the August meeting. It is important that I do so.
May God bless you all and keep you until the day of His soon coming.
Apostle of Tabernacles.