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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
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Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: September 4, 2022
To all the Saints of God,
     Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 
     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public gatherings and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
     We are continuing limited indoor, in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing. We are also continuing online services through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   In-person Baptism and prayer service are available by attending our local service on site, attending our services on Zoom, or emailing your request to: or
      As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.
 Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
 This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:
“Some people Hear the Word of God but do not understand” (Part 2)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     We are working to spread the truth about the salvation of the human family through the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole planet.  And in doing so we are often faced with people who do not seem to care about salvation, whether or not they will burn in the lake of fire because of the sins they commit in their life.  

     Some do not seem to have any fear or respect for the Lord Jesus Christ the one and only God who created all things.  And so this may cause some of the Saints of God to have difficulty in responding to people who do not want to hear the word of God and have no intention of learning about the salvation of the human family.  These are the people who engage in heresy and sacrilege, those who have no respect for God Almighty, and they will eventually reach a point where they are not able to see the love of God.

Titus 3:8 - 11 TIT3:08 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Titus 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

     Apostle Paul teaches us to avoid foolish questions, arguments, and contentions from those who may oppose the Gospel of Jesus Christ in promoting the ceremonial law of sacrifices for sin. And we must also avoid any foolish questions, arguments, and contentions from those who are unbelievers.  Since heretics are those who are opposed to various actions or elements that bring salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ the one and only God, the bible tells us to reject them after we have warned them about the fact that their choice to oppose the truth of the Apostle’s Doctrine will lead to eternal damnation in the lake of fire.  

2Thessolonians 1:6 - 10 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 2Thessolonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  2Thessolonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  2Thessolonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power2Thessolonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

     Belief in the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the justification of all believers is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the only way to be saved. Anyone who opposes this truth of salvation must be rejected after they have been warned.  This does not mean that we need to be cruel to them, but we need to accept the fact that they have chosen eternal damnation.  Parents will have to accept this fact about their children, if their children reject the Lord Jesus Christ and like wise children will have to accept this fact about their parents, if their parents reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Corinthians15:1 - 4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Corinthians15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1Corinthians15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1Corinthians15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

     Just as Abraham believed God and righteousness was imputed to him, it is imputed to us when we believe and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins.

Romans 4:24 - 25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

     The reason why a person who is a heretic may not understand sometimes is because of the fact that they do not accept the word of God as truth which is the simple definition of unbelief.  A person who is a heretic may also reject all religious beliefs usually referred to as apostasy, which may lead them into disrespect for all things concerning God Almighty in using his name in vain, as word slain in casual conversations which is blasphemy concerning God and sacred things that are precious to believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

     Promoting blasphemy and teaching heretical ideas can cause some people in various religious cultures to be removed from the Christian Church and in some communities that are not Christian, in some cases it may even lead to a person losing their life to the death penalty even in these modern times. 

     We should also mention that teaching the truth to those who are opposed to the Apostle’s Doctrine can lead to a true believer who may be an Apostle, Prophet, Bishop, Elder, Deacon or Lay member into being removed from false Churches through excommunication when the gathering is controlled by false teachers.  But the true believer will receive eternal salvation regardless of the actions of the false teachers. 

     The way of holiness is available to all believers who set their hearts in obedience to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ though they may be a part of the common working-class people.  This establishes the fact that no one should error from the truth about holiness unless they are unclean in their mindset, unclean in their purpose and continue in unclean sinful conduct.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

     When the mind is set first on the Kingdom of God in obedience to his word, then all needful things will be provided it you are willing to work and not be lazy in seeking the things that you need to live each day.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

But if you harden your heart and opposed the things of the Lord, then you will receive the eternal damnation that you have chosen.

Hebrews 3:14 - 19 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. Hebrews 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?  Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
We continue with the Message “In Hearing They Cannot Understand” from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton:
“In Hearing They Cannot Understand.” (part 2)
Original text by Apostle Samuel McDowell Shelton
Edited by Apostle Dennis G.  Smith
      Acts 9:7 says: "And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man." In comparison, 
Acts 22:9 states:  And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me."

    ‘That seeing they may see and not perceive; hearing they may hear, and not understand."

      This is actually; what happened, in this instance. They heard a voice, but they heard not a voice.  They had no actual perception or comprehension.  This is clearly indicated and exemplified in the fact that Paul heard the voice, was converted and afterwards, was baptized and saved, while the men with him did not hear the voice, were not converted, and therefore, were not baptized or saved.  This is the reason the Bible states they heard, but in another place claims they did not hear.

     Those who are wise in their own conceit cannot perceive the things that God has revealed to His Church. They cannot understand, for they have not the revelation. The scripture says in Matthew 11:25: "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."

     Even this scripture is hidden from them.  Some false prophets would probably emphasize the part where Jesus gives thanks to the Father, but we can also read the scripture which informs, "When you see me, you see the Father." (John 14:9)

    We understand this mystery perfectly because it is given unto us to understand. "Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever he Son will reveal him."(Matthew 25:26-27)

     Although Jesus says, "All things are delivered unto me of the Father", He also states, concerning His life, "l have power to lay it down and I have' power to take it again."(John 1:18) So, it is evident that He has power to lay down His life and power to take it up ("Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up"). (John 2:19) And not this only, but "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28 :18)

     If we did not know of an assurety that Jesus Christ is God Almighty (having read where Jesus said all power is given unto me), we could possibly be deceived into believing there is some conflict or disagreement in the holy scriptures.  But we know there is no conflict, for our brother Paul wrote Phillip, revealing that Jesus ... being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." (Philippians 2:6), and that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11)

This clearly establishes the fact to all believers that Jesus Christ is God Almighty!!  He is God Almighty which some will hear and read the Word of God and not understand...

We will continue these messages in with part 3……
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will. 
May he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. 
Then you must continue in prayer to God asking him for the Holy Ghost, calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and waiting or tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  This experience with God will endow you with power.
Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Then you must continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine, remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen
With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith
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