Form of Godliness Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

This is the text that I preached from tonight 6/30/2001 about
those who have a form of Godliness.  I have the audio uploaded to

The Holy Ghost most certainly is the Spirit of Christ.

** Jesus told the disciples to WAIT for POWER. **

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but
tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from
on high.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

** When they received POWER they ALL spoke in tongues. **

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

** Speaking in tongues is the sign of a true believer. **

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Many prefer false preachers instead of the truth.

II Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears;

They have the form (church services, appearing "good", etc.), but
deny "tongues" (denying the POWER) **

II Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away.

If you don't have the Spirit (POWER), you're NONE OF HIS. **
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Jesus declaring HIMSELF to be the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Ghost,
the POWER). Look closely! **

John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know
him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

The Spirit of Truth (the Holy Ghost) is the form that Jesus is
manifesting Himself in, in this dispensation. Those that deny
tongues, deny Christ. They are only holding to the form of religion,
but they don't have the real thing, they don't have the POWER.
When they rejected the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues; they rejected
Jesus Christ. **

Jesus identified Himself as the comforter.

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Pastor Steve Winter