||The Way International
| Basics of The Way International
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For The Way International, Human-generated works are seen as the way to be saved.
The Way International is based on following the teachings of one person, Wierwille.
Members of The Way International do not believe in the trinity or the divinity of Jesus.
The teachings of The Way International make a big deal about choosing the correct name for their group: "The Way" The reasoning is that early Christians were called "the way" before they were called Christians.
They believe in the Creator, Father, and that Jesus is the Father's son, but not that Jesus is God.
They believe that the Holy Spirit and the human spirit are one and the same.
While the Way International is originally based on the teachings of Wierwille and now has split because of other conflicting teachings that are all based on raw human reasoning (the reasoning of the human mind without the Intelligence of the Creator flowing through the human mind), Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
The Way International is not compatible with Christianity. God's plan for this hour is not to make all religions and philosophies get along. His plan is to have a people, a remnant company, who continue to come to know Him, to walk with Him until they come into perfect unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to one totally complete man (the Body of Christ and the Head, Jesus), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Read More
In contrast to The Way International, followers of Christ receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by The Way International compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him. You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.
| The Way International's Worldview of a Supreme Being
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The Way International says that God is one eternal spirit, but they see no Trinity. They say that the Holy Spirit is a designation for God and the power conferred at Pentecost.
The Bible does say that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the enduement of power from above, but the Bible also speaks much of the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In direct conflict with the teachings of The Way International, there is one triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect unity yet distinct persons within that unity. God is creator of the universe and everything in it. Nothing was made without Jesus. The triune God is all-present, all-knowing, all-powerful. All that is good comes from God. Jesus is God. The Father is God. The Holy Spirit is God. They are three persons and one God.
Unlike the teachings of The Way International, walking with Jesus is based on the God of the Bible, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The full name of Jesus is Lord, Jesus, Christ. Lord refers to the Father. Jesus said, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus means savior, because He came to save us from our sins. God Himself paid our price for us that His holy righteousness would be fulfilled and so that He could restore us to Himself. Christ is a synonym for Messiah or Anointed One. Christ will always be the only Anointed One. The Anointing Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The word, trinity, is not in the Bible, but the three persons of the trinity are very plain throughout the Bible. Christians have an ongoing experience with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be a true Christian. Whoever will may come.
Another difference between following Christ and the teachings of The Way International, following Christ is based on knowing Jesus, God, personally. Christians believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They believe Jesus when He tells them that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment. They believe Him when He says that this is available only by grace through faith.
One more difference between the teachings of The Way International and following Jesus is that walking in this Way would make no sense at all if Jesus were not God.
Another incompatibility with the teachings of The Way International is this: a called-out person's life is all about a relationship with God. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Person of the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human soul/mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
Biblical Christianity's Teachings on God: The Only God is triune, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present, and has always existed.
No person can find purpose or meaning in life or be fulfilled outside of a relationship with God. God is love and wants a personal relationship with every person.
| The Way International's Worldview of Jesus
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The Way International differs from the Bible in that it says that Jesus
- didn't pre-exist before His earthly life except as a concept in the Father's mind.
- is son of God but not God the Son
- was a perfect man but not divine.
In divergence from the teachings of The Way International, called-out followers of Jesus know by revelation that Jesus is God. God is One, yet God is plural. There are three persons in One God. The unity between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is beyond what the human mind can comprehend. Jesus, Son of God, one Person of the one triune God, so joined to the Father that His name is Father, yet in submission to the Father. He is Savior, Lord, and Anointed One (Christ). He is Eternal God incarnated as man. In Him is hidden all knowledge. Without Him, we can do nothing. He lives in the hearts of those who have received His redemption and gives them strength to endure all things and walk in holiness (holiness, which the Way International implies is not important). Jesus is the Truth, and the Bible testifies of Him. If you have Jesus, then you have the Father. If you don't have Jesus, then you don't have the Father. Jesus is wisdom, and without Him, there is no wisdom. In the same way, God is love, so Jesus is Love. Love is the fulfillment of the law. Those who disobey the law are demonstating that they don't have Love in them. He is peace. He is joy. All knowledge is hidden in Him.
Diametrically opposite to the teachings of The Way International is the revelation that Jesus as the one and only unique Son of God Who is God and Who is bringing many sons into glory. Christianity is based on knowing Jesus personally. Christians believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They believe Jesus when He tells them that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment. Jesus said: He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. Luke 10:16 Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Unlike The Way International, True Christianity is not a religion but rather a living experience with the living Jesus. It is a moment-by-moment experience of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) guiding and directing the Christian and the Christian either contending with God or submitting to the Holy Spirit. If the Christian contends, he or she becomes less mature in Christ. If the Christian submits, he or she has actually simply entered into the sabbath rest to let God do His work through them. When a Christian submits, faith comes. Faith is supernatural belief that God will do what He has just led the Christian to do. At that moment, the Christian has access into the grace of God, which is God's free gift. Righteousness is the free gift of God and the righteousness of God then flows to the Christian. If the Christian will submit his or her members to the Spirit of God, then God does His righteousness through the Christian. The Christian does the work, yet it is not the Christian but Christ in the Christian doing the work. When God does His righteousness through the Christian, this plants holy seed into the heart of the Christian. The old sinful person, the flesh dies a little bit each time. The Christ within is built up. This holy seed grows in the heart and brings more fruit, which, in turn, plants more holy seed. At the same time, the Christian is set free from sin in some measure--this is the meaning of the word, redemption. This is the relationship that God desires to have with every person. This process proceeds through the Body of Christ. Each member of the Body of Christ, each Christian, is a manifestation of the living Christ in the Earth. Each member is being fitted for a specific place of service within this Body, and the Body of Christ continues to grow until the full manifestation of the sons of God takes place at the end of the age.
In stark dissimilarity to The Way International, true Christianity depends on the revelation that Jesus is God because only God could pay the price for the sin of every person who ever lived or will live. A Christian's life is all about a relationship with the One Almighty Creator God, the God Who is Love. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
God has revealed that He is a loving forgiving, but totally righteous, God. Christians have been forgiven for their sins because of the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid the price of the sins of every person. The Christian is required to see reality, that is, to have the humility to realize that they have fallen short of the glory of God and that they need the Savior to deliver them. And Christians no longer are forced to continually obey their own flesh so that even their own self-righteousness is as filthy rags. Christians can yield to the Holy Spirit and allow God to do His righteousness through them. God does not force Christians to yield, however. Many Christians are born again and remain as babes in Christ, but they will not be found among the faithful. Some Christians attempt in vain to establish their own righteousness, a self-righteousness, and so they are unable to receive the free gift of righteousness that comes from the throne of God, but they will not be found among the faithful. If Christians willingly abandon their self-righteousness and self-dependence along with all willful sin and unrighteousness, if they will believe God rather than their own understanding, and if they stop contending against Jesus but rather accept Him and His free gift, then God will totally deliver them at the end of this present age. If a Christian dies in the meantime, they are together with Christ in glory and they join that great cloud of witnesses who have been faithful but have not yet obtained the promise.
Another thing that separates those who have been called out to follow Jesus from the teachings of The Way International is that those who receive God's salvation are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Christians know that they have received the free gift (grace) of forgiveness of sins. Christians can know that they are going to heaven because of the goodness of God. All that is required is that a person not reject the free gift.
| The Way International's Worldview of the Works of Jesus
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The Way International says that Jesus, a man and not God, brought righteousness because he willingly gave himself as a perfect, sinless sacrifice, a perfect redeemer. (JC, page 76) The Way International teaches that Jesus could not be God because, as they say, "God cannot die, so Jesus was not God incarnate."
The Way International teaches that sin is removed by the blood of the lamb and disease is removed by the flesh of the lamb. (BT, page 87) This is not a Biblical teaching. The Way International correctly teaches that Christ has redeemed us from all of the curse including sickness and disease. Though we have not really taken hold of this part of salvation in any really meaningful way, we do see healings and there will be no sickness or disease in the Kingdom of God.
God is both God and man, and as a man, He died for our sins. As God, Jesus is the Eternal I AM and one of His works is that all things were made by Him.
Jesus lived a holy life without sin, died as a substitution for us, descended into hell and rose again in three days, and ascended into Heaven to save us from sin, death, and the power of Satan. He conquered sin, sickness and death on the cross.
Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. He is the only source of forgiveness or access to the Father. Those who don't except His work are not accepting the Father and are dooming themselves to judgment.
Jesus works in the lives of believers, helping us to apply and take advantage of His victory in our lives through the Holy Spirit and helping us to grow in Christ. The Bible does teach that human beings are spirit, soul/mind, and body, as the Way International teaches, but the Bible does not teach that a person cannot sin in his/her spirit once they are born again. While the Christ within the Christian cannot sin, the fleshly nature of the Christian cannot do right. (1 Jn. 3:4-11) The Bible clearly teaches that the sins of the body and soul do have an effect in the spirit. In fact, 1 Corinthians tells us that fornication defiles the temple of the Holy Ghost, dragging the Holy Ghost's temple into an unholy union in which a man becomes one with a woman who is not his wife. Then it says that God will destroy whoever does this. This is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Way International.
Jesus Christ will, in God's appointed time, return to the earth to raise the dead, judge and rule over the nations with His Church, the Body of Christ, in His everlasting Kingdom.
| The Way International's Worldview of Authority
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The Way International says that the Bible (King James Version) as "worked" (studied & explained) by writings of Wierwille (the "keys" to the Bible) is the authority. It denies the obvious teaching of Scripture: the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit, and salvation by grace.
Contrary to the teachings of The Way International, the Bible (Old & New Testaments) as revealed to the hearts and minds of believers by the power of the Spirit but not by the corrupt natural human mind, is the unique, revealed, factual, accurate, & inspired Word of God, the sole authoritative writing for faith & practice.
A dissimilarity to the claimed authority of The Way International is that the teachings of the Bible have been shown to be absolutely accurate in every way by every test possible. It means what it says and is of no private interpretation.
God speaks directly through the Bible, creation, the conscience, and other believers. When God speaks, He never conflicts with His revealed Word in the Bible and never conflicts with His creation. However, the teachings of The Way International claim that the revelations of the Scripture that are claimed by Victor Paul Wierwille are true, but these teachings deny the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit, and salvation by grace.
Another way that God's revelation is unlike the teachings of The Way International: God reveals and gives the interpretation of Scripture. God forbids any human speculation, imagination, assumption, presumption, presupposition, rationalization, or anything else that adds to or takes from Scripture. The Scripture is very clear in stating that the human mind is evil, deceptive, and untrustworthy to the point that our own minds can deceive us. The battle is for the mind with Satan and the flesh on the one side and the Holy Spirit joined to the redeemed human spirit on the other side. For this reason, no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. God set an order for the understanding of Scripture.
The Bible reveals that the church, as it is defined in the Bible, has authority. The human-designed deviations from the Scriptural church dilute this authority. Within the church, there are gifts, offices, and ministries, all of whom have a Bible-defined authority. Scripture defines those who have authority to receive the interpretation of the Bible and administer doctrine to the church.
Truth is not relative but it is very precise and tangible. Truth is found in Jesus Christ. Whatever God has not revealed and directed is sin. Each Christian, and also every unsaved person, is responsible to find God through Jesus Christ. Whoever seeks Him does find Him. He does speak to them. While the Bible has definitive truth, the Bible is not God. God must reveal the meaning of the Bible to His people. His primary authority for interpreting the Bible is through apostles. Because of the spiritual war that is currently raging, Satan introduces counterfeits of every reality, so Satan introduces false apostles. However, God assures us that we can know the difference by the Spirit of God. The false apostles will give themselves away by their works.
| The Way International's Worldview of a Humanity
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|The Way International says that humans do not have immortal spirits or souls.
Men and women were created by God, and that, at the time of their creation, they were good--as was everything else. At that time, God set man in authority over the rest of creation. The human spirit and soul/mind are immortal, though dead in our natural state. Death is separation from God. The human body will also be raised from the dead, and those who are in Christ will have new glorified bodies. This is different from the teachings of The Way International.
The followers of Christ realize that they were created to be joined to Jesus Christ, to have a continual flow of the Anointing of His Holy Spirit through them so that the Spirit will continually lead them and the Creator will do His work through them.
The followers of Christ know that man obeyed Satan and became servant of Satan, and in this way, brought all creation under the control of Satan, so humans, in their natural state, are totally corrupted and in slavery to Satan and sin. This fall into sin separated man from God. Outside of the salvation that God has given through Christ, there is no hope for any person to do righteousness. Humanity is lost in sin and the result is death. The mind of man has been corrupted by the fall and is deceitful and desperately wicked. Each person is a trinity, body, soul, and spirit, and is dead to God, body, soul, and spirit, unless joined to God through trusting in the work of Jesus.
The followers of Christ are set free from slavery to their own desires. The Way International claims that the desires of the flesh are immaterial, but they are not. We are called to be holy. God is working with followers of Christ through faith to untangle many lies that come from the father of all lies. If the followers of Christ listen, God will set them completely free, that is, redeem them. Those who are following Christ are redeemed in their spirits, having a close relationship with the Holy Spirit as they worship in spirit and in truth. The current battle is to redeem the mind. The final redemption will the redemption of the body spoken of in Romans and 1 Corinthians.
The Bible teaches that man (and woman) is a three-part entity, spirit, soul, and body. The soul is the mind, life, and heart--these are synonyms. The human spirit and the human soul were never created to operate outside of a union with God. Jesus prayed for this union when He prayed, "I pray that they all may be one..."
Man is appointed once to die and after this the judgment--and so Christ died for every man.
The followers of Christ were created to walk from glory to every-increasing glory by the Spirit of God. Actually, every person was created for this purpose. In this age, some are disobedient to that call.
Followers of Christ have been the power behind the English and the U.S. movements to abolish slavery. Biblical Christianity has no place for the concept of races. We are all descendents of Adam. All of humanity is one race. Among the descendents of Adam, those who are born again have been born into the family of God. All who have not been born again have chosen to remain true to their father, Satan. Each person makes this choice. All are free to choose to come into God's family by putting their faith in Jesus and committing themselves to Him.
True Christianity respects women and does not make them a lesser creation.
| The Way International's Worldview of the Human Problem
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|The Way International puts little emphasis on individual sins.
The problem is sin. Sin is anything that is not done in response to the leading of God, that is not done by God's miraculous righteousness working through us, or both. In the Garden of Eden, this took the form of Eve believing and obeying the serpent rather than God. In other words, whenever a man or woman sets out to establish their own righteousness, this is sin.
Sin is human will that is not in submission to God's will. All sin is a lack of love, because God is love. All righteousness is a free gift from God. Those who reject Jesus do so because they don't want the righteousness of God. When the law is understood, with it's many just and holy commandments, it is the manifestation of God in His people. This active work of sin has continued in all of mankind until today.
Unlike the teachings of The Way International, The Bible teaches that human beings are sold into sin, slaves of Satan and must be bought back out of slavery by the blood of Christ to walk in holiness. Holiness is essential to the Christian walk. Christians are fully aware of the totally lost condition of all human beings, the inability of human beings to do good works, and the one Holy Creator God's great gift of giving His one and only way of salvation through acceptance of the atoning work of His one, unique Son, Jesus Christ. Christians do not miss all the benefits of holiness, righteousness, peace, glory, love, and joy that can only be found through Jesus. Christians are those who do not rebel against God and His free salvation, which is through Christ. Christians choose heaven rather than hell.
God's plan for humanity is very high. Sin is falling short of God's plan.
In contrast to the teachings of The Way International, sin is failure to obey God, but sin is much more. God created man in a certain way to be guided by the Spirit of God by grace through faith. Whatever does not follow this pattern of guidance is sin.
God is love, and sin is the lack of Love. God has a will and is a personal God. Sin is self-will or obedience to other spirits. Humanity was designed to be completely filled with the fullness of God at all times. Unlike the teachings of The Way International, God desires to lead us at every moment in every detail. He desires that we hear His voice and respond in submission. We were created for this. We were created to respond by yielding to the Spirit of God and allowing God to do His works through us.
The problem is that, since the fall, humanity is hopelessly in slavery to Satan and cut off from God, and all creation has been corrupted by sin. That is the reason that death, sorrow, sickness, and trouble exists.
Human beings are sold into sin, slaves of Satan and must be bought back out of slavery by the blood of Christ. true Christians are fully aware of the totally lost condition of all human beings, the inability of human beings to do good works, and the one Holy Creator God's great gift of giving His one and only way of salvation through acceptance of the atoning work of His one, unique Son, Jesus Christ. Christians do not miss all the benefits of holiness, righteousness, peace, glory, love, and joy that can only be found through Jesus. Christians are those who do not rebel against God and His free salvation, which is through Christ. Christians choose heaven rather than hell.
A true Christian's life is all about a relationship with God. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
| The Way International's Worldview of the Solution to the Human Problem
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The Way International makes no differentiation between speaking in the unknown tongue and the tongues of men that may be interpreted.
Speaking in tongues is not given to mature Christians but is given as one of the many gifts that God gives to bring Christians to maturity. Tongues are not given because Christians are holy but rather to make them holy.
Salvation from humanity's sin and depravity requires forgiveness from God. This forgiveness results in the New Birth. Forgiveness and being born again are, and can only be, attained through faith in Jesus Christ, God's Son, and in His efficacious death on the cross of Calvary and His resurrection from the dead. Without being born again, no one can see, or enter the Kingdom of God. Everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ is born again, and that no other action, gift, baptism, or any other such thing is needed for a person to be born again. When a person is born again they are a member of the Church--the Church is the called out Body of Christ made up of the ministries of all the believers.
Righteousness is a free gift from God and that it is part of our salvation. Faith gives us access into grace, the free gift. The free gift includes both forgiveness and righteousness. Righteousness is obtained by drawing near to God and yielding to God.
Righteousness is in the moment. It is the flow of God's love through a human being. Holiness/Sanctification is the establishment of God's righteousness in the mind/soul of a person. Holiness is established by submission to the righteousness of God. Holiness represents a stability in the heart; it is a permanent transformation. Holiness is progressive as we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Redemption is also progressive. Redemption is being set free from sin. Redemption is being set free to serve God.
For a Christian who is following Christ, Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is an ongoing relationship. It is an unfolding revelation of the living Christ. Jesus is the only source of righteousness. As a Christian yields to Jesus, the Holy Spirit both leads that Christian into righteousness and also does the righteousness of God through the Christian. This leads to holiness and also to redemption from slavery to sin. Yielding to sin, even for Christians, brings bondage to sin. Sin is habit-forming, but so is the righteousness that is only available through Jesus--the works He does through you.
Salvation is a process that begins with being born again and progresses from glory to ever increasing glory. Salvation is by God's free gift and God's free gift is received through believing and receiving God. God is love, so to receive God is to receive love. Love is righteousness and the fulfillment of the law. When we yield to God, His love does His righteousness through us and fulfills all of God's law. God's love and revelation is always in complete harmony with the Bible, God's word. This is the way in which we are born again into the Kingdom of God. And this is the way in which we proceed from glory to glory to the manifestation of the sons of God, the redemption of our bodies, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
| The Way International's Worldview of Ethics, Values, and Morals
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|The Way International says that speaking in tongues is a sign of sinless perfection. Followers of The Way International say that proper study, rather than the Holy Spirit, will cause a renewed mind. They also teach a doctrine that could lead to sin by minimizing the effect of the sins of the body and the mind/soul.
God gave his law on Sinai, and His law is holy and just and good, but human beings are not able to obey His law. As a result, no one can earn salvation.
Salvation brings works, not the other way around. We are saved to good works; good works cannot bring salvation. Good works are a gift from God. They are, in fact, God Himself doing His work through us, and that is only available to the saved.
Because the believer has been born again into God's family, God speaks the word of faith into the heart of the believer. Then, God gives the power to believe and to discern the voice of God from other voices. God gives the power both to will and to do His good pleasure. He actually does the work-it is His grace (free gift) doing the work in the believer. Then, He rewards the believer as if the believer had done something.
Salvation is free in Christ Jesus.
The Bible contradicts the teachings of The Way International. The law can be summed up in one word, love. So when someone commits adultery this is the opposite of love. Satan, for the sake of confusion, calls adultery love, but it is just the opposite. The same is true of envy, murder, covetousness, disrespect for parents, perversion, or any other part of God's law.
For those who have been born again, the law is being written on their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit now becomes the One who guides them and gives them power both to will and to do God's good pleasure. No one can obey God unless it is God both giving them the will do good and also doing the good works though them.
The Bible is given as an authoritative guide to the truth, and the Holy Spirit teaches us when we read the Bible, provided we ask for leading and believe that we will receive it.
The Holy Spirit teaches that the Bible gives us the order for the church and the order of the church is also given for guidance in interpreting the Bible and for understanding what is right and what is wrong
| The Way International's Worldview of Judgment
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|The Way International says that there will be soul sleep between death and resurrection. They believe that even if a person who is born again turns totally away from God, they cannot lose their salvation. This has led to a lot of sinful living.
There is a life hereafter: heaven for the righteous, hell for the wicked and rebellious. God Himself is the only One Who makes this judgment.
Resurrection and judgment of all will take place on the day appointed by God. The saved will have everlasting fellowship with the Creator God. Those who have persisted in unbelief will receive judgment according to God's wisdom.
God's revelation shows us that God's judgment is continual also during life. God's judgments are remedial, though they can be very severe. God has no pleasure in correcting anyone through His judgment. God's judgment starts with gentle leading, speaking to each person who lives. If that person receives the direction of God, they will first receive supernatural belief in Jesus as Savior to deliver them from both the punishment for their sins and to also deliver them from their sins. From their, God will lead them from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord. The path of the just is as a shining light that shines more and more until that day when Christ is fully and completely formed in the members of the Body of Christ as they flow into that total unity with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God uses punishment as a way to bring those He loves to Himself. For those who are not obedient to the Spirit of God, it becomes more difficult.
Even now, Jesus is the resurrection and the life and we can partake of his life to a degree.
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