Yesterday was the first day of camp. We gathered together as a team this morning to eat lunch, pack the cars, pray, and drive to the campsite. Once at the campsite, the attack of the mosquitos came immediately as we began setting up all the tents. The GCC staff and campers arrived in the late afternoon. It was a blessing to see some of the same faces as last year and the year before that. We are more equipped with mosquito head nets and protective canopies this year, but continue to pray that those bites wouldn’t be a distraction to our ministry here!
I was particularly encouraged by the testimony of one of the staff who was saved after coming out of a charismatic church. That particular church taught about the Spirit’s healing power as well as the gifts of prophecies and tongues. However, there was an overemphasis on spiritual gifts rather than addressing sin. This particular staff was taught that sin was just a spirit that was casted out upon salvation. He didn’t realize there needed to be an ongoing repentance, turning away from sin and toward God. The church took portions of scripture to fit their teaching rather than considering the whole counsel of scripture.
“3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” - 2 Timothy 4:3-5
Praise God for the work He has accomplished through this staffer in bringing him to genuine salvation! We are blessed to both be at a church that teaches the truth as well as having the opportunity to partner in ministry with a church that teaches the truth. Thankful for the word that God has clearly revealed to us and the Spirit’s work in our lives to be obedient to it. Let us continue to be equipped with the word that is able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ and encourage one another in this endeavor as members of the body of Christ!