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Scripture Memory: God’s Protection.

VERSE : Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 March 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Should a Christian take a Brother to Court? 1 Cor 6:1-8)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Colin Wong (The Folly of Immorality, Pro 5; 9:13-18)

 8 March 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (“Born This Way”, 1 Cor 6:9-10)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Bro Lee Hock Chin (Lessons from the Ant, Prov 6:6-11)

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My dear Reader,

CAN PEOPLE COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAD?

Shortly after my father passed away, my mother brought me to see a medium, hoping to communicate with my father.  The medium went into a trance.  She began to speak in an unknown language.  She claimed that she had called my father’s spirit out of hell and asked my mother what she would like to know about him in the nether world. 

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? What does the Bible say? Should Christians be trying to communicate with the dead?

Let me begin with an observation.  The Chinese have a belief.  When a loved one has passed away, some day he will return to the family in the form of a butterfly or something beautiful.  A friend told me that he still could feel his departed wife’s presence whenever he speaks to her.  It makes me wonder whether he is deluding himself or whether he is clinging to a relationship that he is unable to relinquish or whether he is denying the reality of her death. 

In a telephone survey, 35% of those contacted reported hearing voices of their deceased loved one, 37% saw a vision or image of the deceased, 55% felt the presence of their loved one, and 69% said they had conversations with the deceased.  Some of these studies were conducted shortly after the death, while others were conducted months or years later (http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/communicating.deceased).

Can after-death communication be induced as part of grief therapy, as some treatment providers have claimed? Is this good for the soul? Today, most so-called experts believe that moving forward with one’s life does not necessarily require letting go of one’s relationship with the deceased.  According to them, studies indicate that communication with the deceased can take many forms, including an overwhelming sense of the loved one’s presence; the visual appearance of the deceased; the physical sensation of being touched, held or kissed by the loved one; conversations with the deceased; dreams in which the mourner believes that the deceased was actually present in the dream; feeling watched over and protected by the deceased; or the presence or movement of objects believed to be a sign from the deceased. 

Despite the comfort that these communications may provide, mourners often worry that if they are having these kinds of experiences, they must be losing their minds.  In many cases, they are reluctant to talk with others about these experiences, fearing that people will think they are going crazy.  This could help explain the societal belief that such communications are rare, and that they may be indicative of psychological problems (http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-people-communicate-with-the-dead-a-christian-perspective/#ixzz3SfmviD3R). 

But such studies of grief therapy are contrary to the teaching of the Bible.  A careful examination of the Holy Scriptures will show that it is unwise for Christians and even non-Christians to communicate with the dead.  There is a spirit world out there which is full of demons who choose to rebel with Satan against the holy God and who love to mimic the deceased in order to have people fall into the trap of thinking that they are communicating with their loved ones. 

The Bible says it is a grievous sin to communicate with the dead.  We are told in Deuteronomy 18:11 and Leviticus 19:31 that mediums and necromancers are banned by the by divine law and therefore, no one is allowed to call forth the spirits of the dead, for it is punishable by death.  However, you may ask, “Didn’t Saul consult the witch of Endor and ask him to summon the prophet Samuel from the dead?”

The story of the witch of Endor summoning Samuel from the dead is the only biblical account found in 1 Samuel 28:7-20.  Saul, having deprived himself of every legitimate means of spiritual help as a result of his own disobedience and rebellion went to Endor to ask a medium to call back the prophet for advice.  In doing so, he defiled himself (Leviticus 19:31).

Samuel did appear before Saul but it was God (not the medium) who allowed it in this one exception in order to give him the news of his coming defeat and death.  You see, when a person dies, his soul is taken to heaven or hell, depending on whether he has placed his faith in Christ to save him from sin, misery and hell (Matthew 25:46).  There is nowhere in the Bible that says that a deceased person has any ability to leave heaven or hell in order to visit his living family members on earth.  Any such claim is a demonic deception (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15).   

The Bible is clear with regard to consulting mediums, witches, astrology and psychics.  Please take some time to read what God says in the following verses and be warned by them.

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31).

“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6).

“And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger” (2 Kings 21:6).

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?” (Isaiah 8:19)

“Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon” (Jeremiah 27:9).

Since Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light and his servants (i.e. the fallen angels who became demons or evil spirits) can also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness and have lived for thousands of years, they surely know the traits and tendencies of deceased family members and can appear to sound like or look like those who are deceased.  Therefore, let us not be fooled and deceived by his demonic deception.

Moreover, God is angry with people, especially His people who try to communicate with the dead or consult mediums, psychics, witches, astrologers, and any kind of spiritist.  If you have been communicating with your unsaved loved one, let me tell you that it is not who you think it is because a great chasm has been fixed between you and the deceased and therefore, there is no way the unsaved can cross over again to the living (Luke 16:26). 

Dearly beloved, it is a grave sin to communicate with the dead.  Christians should not be consulting mediums or necromancers because it is abominable to the Lord and it is a violation to divine law, and it is punishable by death.  Christians believe God alone is sovereign and He knows what lies ahead (Psalm 139:1-6).

If your loved one is a Christian, he is now in the presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:8; Psalm 16:11; 23:6).  If he is not a Christian, he is in hell forever separated from God (Revelation 20:14, 15).  The most important question is, “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” Having a personal relationship with Jesus is necessary because it guarantees you a place in heaven and a blissful reunion with your loved one when your turn to go home to be with the Lord has come.  However, if you do not have such a relationship with God, you may now seek to have one by acknowledging yourself to be a wretched sinner and by putting your faith in the Saviour of the world for salvation (John1:124:42).  Amen.

Until We Meet Again


Each morning when we awake
we know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on.


Our hearts still ache with sadness
and many tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you, 
No one will ever know.


Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.


There will always be a heartache,
and often a silent tear,
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.


If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.


We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.

Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one, 
The chain will link again.

 

- Chauntia Chisholm -

Lovingly in Christ, Pastor Colin 

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Save the date!

The YAF will be having their retreat at Nirwana Resort Hotel in Bintan, Indonesia from the 13th to 15th of June! Registration will start from mid-March.

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1) Missions Awareness Seminar will be held on Saturday 14 March 15 from 3.00-5.45pm at Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall. Please E-register via LBPC website at www.lifebpc.com/missionsaware.htm. Registration closes TODAY.

2) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 5 Apr 15. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by TODAY. Please call the Church office (6594-9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3) Devotional by Rev James Smith, Vol 2 (Apr to Jun 2015). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

4) Corrigendum to the Scripture Memory Programme 2015 Booklet. The dates appearing as February 19 & 26 should read February 15 & 22.  

5) The Coffee Corner is open at the FEK corridor between the 2 Sunday morning Services (except for the Sunday School period). Lifers and visitors are encouraged to visit the coffee corner to fellowship over refreshments. Volunteers and contributions of food are welcome. Contact Bro. Daniel (hp: 96919853) or Sis. Amy (hp: 97962880).

6) Traffic Wardens are needed during the following time frames - before & after 8am worship; before & after Sunday school and before & after 11am service. Please contact Dn David Tan, 9667 9733.

Preaching appointment:  Rev Wong at Life Evening Service, 6.00 pm. Rev Quek in Batam.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25