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Bring It On-Line: Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Is it a sin for Christian restaurant owners to serve alcohol to customers? Pat, when you first received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, did you learn from walking with someone else that already had that experience? Did you have to change ... Read Transcript


IT'S TIME TO ANSWER SOME OF

YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

AND PAT, THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM

RONALD.

HE SAYS, DEAR PAT, THIS IS A

QUESTION ON MY HEART AND OTHER'S

HEART IN THE RESTAURANT

BUSINESS.

IS IT A SIN TO SERVE ALCOHOL TO

CUSTOMERS?

FIRST OF ALL, THE OVERRIDING

RULE IS WHAT IS DONE OF FAITH IS

SIN.

THAT'S WHERE IT STARTS.

IF IN YOUR HEART YOU FEEL WHAT

YOU ARE DOING IS SINNING.

THEN FOR YOU IT'S WRONG.

FOR OTHERS IT'S NOT.

I HAVE AN EXAMPLE IN DALLAS,

SOME YEARS AGO, I HAD A FRIEND

WHO HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL

RESTAURANT.

I MEAN VERY SUCCESSFUL.

AND HE WAS SERVING ALCOHOLIC

BEVERAGES ALONG WITH THE FOOD.

AND I COUNSELED HIM THAT HE

OUGHT TO STOP SERVING LIQUOR.

AND HE STOPPED, AND GUESS WHAT

HAPPENED?

WHAT HAPPENED?

HIS RESTAURANT WENT BROKE,

CLOSED DOWN.

DID HE CALL YOU BACK AFTER

THAT?

PROBABLY NOT, PROBABLY HATED

ME.

BUT IN A SENSE IN TODAY'S WORLD

IT'S VERY HARD FOR A PURVEYOR OF

FOOD NOT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF

BEVERAGE.

VERY HARD.

I DON'T REALLY SEE ANYTHING

WRONG WITH WINE OR BEER WITH

FOOD.

OTHERS DISAGREE WITH ME.

I THINK SERVING MIXED DRINKS,

HARD LIQUOR IS SOMETHING THAT IS

NOT A GOOD THING.

BUT IT'S BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.

IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, DON'T ASK ME

TO TELL YOU WHAT DO.

I TOLD THAT MAN AND RUINED HIS

BUSINESS, I BETTER STAY OUT OF

THIS ONE.

BUT THE LORD WILL SHOW YOU.

I THINK SO.

BUT IT'S A DIFFICULT, DIFFICULT

DEAL.

BECAUSE PEOPLE EXPECT A CERTAIN

AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL WITH THEIR

FOOD.

AND IN GERMANY AND FRANCE AND

CULTURES LIKE THAT.

A GLASS OF WINE WITH A MEAL IS

CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE.

SO IS IN GERMANY BEER.

AND IT'S NOT CONSIDERED A SIN AT

ALL.

IN SOME CULTURES DRINKING COFFEE

IS A SIN.

NOW YOU ARE TOUCHING HOLY

GROUND.

BUT WHATEVER IS NOT OF FAITH

IS SIN.

A MOREI COULD GIVE YOUñ

DEFINITIVE ANSWER BUT I CAN'T.

THIS IS STEVE, PAT, WHEN YOU

FIRST RECEIVED THE BAPTISM OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT, LIKE WORDS OF

KNOWLEDGE AND HEALING.

DID YOU LEARN FROM SOMEONE WITH

THAT EXPERIENCE OR HAD TO CHANGE

CHURCHES, I NEED TO KNOW THIS

ONE.

WE HAD A FELLOWSHIP IN

SEMINARY, AND WE MET FOR PRAYER

AND LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD US

WHAT HYMNS TO SING AND SCRIPTURE

TO READ.

AND OUT OF THAT FELLOWSHIP WE

HAD THE FIRST FALTERING

PROPHETIC WORDS, WORDS OF

KNOWLEDGE AND ETC.

I RECALL I WAS HERE ON THIS

PROGRAM YEARS AND YEARS AGO AND

THE LORD SPOKE TO ME ABOUT

PEANUT BUTTER.

I HAD THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE

ABOUT PEANUT BUTTER, AND IT WAS

FUNNY.

BUT AS YOU EXERCISE THESE THINGS

YOU MOVE ALONG.

WE DIDN'T HAVE TO CHANGE

CHURCHES.

BUT I KNOW IF YOU BEGIN TO MOVE

IN THE GIFT OF SPIRITS AND SOME

DON'T WANT YOU.

YOU MAY HAVE TO CHANGE CHURCHES.

BUT IT'S PRACTICE THE PRESENCE

OF GOD.

AND AS THESE THINGS, IT'S LIKE

WORKING OUT IN THE GYM.

YOU EXERCISE AND GET STRONGER.

AND THE SAME THING, YOU EXERCISE

WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND HE

GIVES MORE.

JUST THE WAY IT IS.

PEOPLE FEEL AFRAID THAT THEY

WILL PRODUCE SOMETHING OF

THEMSELVES RATHER THAN GOD.

BUT IF YOU ASK GOD TO MANIFEST

THESE THINGS, TRUST HIM.

TRUST THE SPIRIT TO SEE WHAT

IS OF GOD.

THIS IS FROM CANDACE, WAS THE

APOSTLE JOHN ABLE TO RETURN FROM

EXILE?

I DON'T THINK SO, I THINK HE

DIED ON THE ISLAND.

AND IN THOSE DAYS, MYTHOLOGY HAD

JOHN AND LIVED HIS DAYS OUT IN

PAPOUS.

I DON'T HAVE ANY AUTHORITY ON

THAT.

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