DEWITT TABERNACLE TEACHING SERIES
INCREASE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
By C.W. Wood
PERSONAL NOTE TO OUR READERS: God
be with you faithful people. I give
Him much thanks for moving on your hearts to stand with me on what I believe to
be His word. I believe you are
spending your lives to promote the increase of the Kingdom of God, and if I know
anything at all about my own heart, I am doing the same.
I trust you will find something in what I say in this sermon that will be
of interest to you and encourage you in the way that God has ordained for His
Kingdom to be increased. Surely, we
have more knowledge than the average Christian, but through nearly 50 years of
preaching and teaching God’s Word, I have learned a very important truth! People
don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care!
When teaching the Word has failed to bring in the hard hearts, and when
our great revelations have failed to dig them out of their foxholes, then,
according to the Scriptures, a hand of love extended to them will overcome their
doubts and fears. Thank you for
standing with us, and we pray to see you soon.
The increase of God’s Kingdom is, or should be, the desire of our
heart. It is far more to be desired
than the growth of membership in a clan (church system).
It is not our motive to bring People into our church, with all their
preconceived ideas about religion, but to see that they have a change of nature,
called regeneration, or the New Birth. This
change will then bring them into all truth, and not leave them with their own
peculiar views of Christianity!
Our first concern then must be to bring them to the Great Shepherd, who
has promised to, “Lead us into all truth.”
To change man’s thinking from Methodist to Baptist, or Baptist to
Pentecostal, or even to an intellectual knowledge of our End-Time Message, may
be the work for those trying to build a large congregation, but to get them to
Christ is the aim of a God-called minister!
When they are filled with the Holy Ghost, we can be very sure that He
will teach them the truths of the Bible. We
do not consider it to be “soul winning” to hurriedly add names to our church
rolls in order to show a good report at the end of the year.
This can be easily done by men who have an outgoing personality and a
pleasing way with people. By all
means, we want to bring sinners into the Church, but they are never to be taught
that they are “God’s Children” just because they come to your church and
perhaps even support it financially. To
introduce the unconverted people into our church, is to weaken and degrade it,
and so what might look like a gain is really a loss.
And this is not to even mention the harm to the individual!
We should not blame the people who come to church with a desire to live a
better life, for not knowing about the Supernatural Change that God works in a
human heart. This change must be
taught them by those of us who have experienced it ourselves.
It is not possible for an unconverted person to understand Conversion!
Before it happens to us, we are blind to its miracle working power, and
we can only be brought into it by someone we trust to tell us the truth about
it. This being true, then can you
see the very great harm in men who have gone into the pulpit without this
change, who may only have a fleshly desire to preach, or perhaps a degree from
some college! They may be good men,
but we must have more than good intention, we must have an experience that has
changed our very thinking and is continually separating us from the ways of the
world. This experience will not make
us perfect human beings, but it will make us want to be perfect.
It will cause us to repent when we get wrong and do all to make our
wrongs right! The Death of Christ on
the Cross is the most remarkable event in all history.
Centuries before it happened it was told by men that God raised up to
direct their thoughts to a full revelation of Himself.
They were called prophets, Apostles, Pastors, Evangelists, and Teachers.
They are with us today. They
can help you know the difference between religion and Christianity!
Religion builds big buildings and invites all who want to come in and be
called “Christian” to come join them! You
are welcome to your own personal doctrine, and the pastor who is out for numbers
must be careful not to tread on influential and sophisticated toes!
To insist that the people have a change of heart, and prove it by a
changed life style is not politically correct, and can greatly decrease the
names on your church roll. And the
pastors seeking numbers know this quite well!
We must preach Christ first and foremost, and then let our Christ pick
His own Bride from among the recruits we are able to bring in.
This He will most certainly do, and if some later separate themselves
from us, let it be through no fault of ours.
We have been taught that the seed never pulls away from the shuck.
When a teachable heart is found, our patient and loving acceptance of
those who may still be outside the Message, will lead them to discard error and
accept the precious truths we hold so dear.
If any people on Earth should have a heart of compassion for the lost and
misguided, it should be the Bride. Do
we teach that mercy is in the Bride then close our bowels of compassion and fail
to shed it abroad? If it be true
that mercy is only to be found in the Bride, then what hope do those people
outside the circle have if we refuse to be concerned?
Far be it from the True Bride to hold Herself aloof and become proud
through Her many revelations.
Do we see ourselves as spiritual giants?
A spiritual giant is one who can come down on the level of those who need
help and make himself “all things to all men”.
Such a giant was Paul the Apostle, and our Brother William Branham.
I can find no attitude of self-righteousness, nor spiritual smugness in
their teaching. Such attitudes in us
are very unbecoming if, in fact, we are who we say we are.
Of all people on Earth, the Bride should be those whose concern is for
one race of people, the human race, and this concern should not be a sectarian
one, only getting them into our Message Churches.
We must return to the number one doctrine of the Bible and the true
message, which is persuading people to accept Christ.
Our Lord will then separate them as He sees fit.
Let us not be known for how many we have refused fellowship with on the
grounds of their rejecting a prophet, rather let us be known for preaching
Christ to a lost and dying generation.
Will we, who claim the full Truth, be so spiritually blind as to sit in
our own fragmented and war-like churches and condemn others for being sectarian,
while we refuse to clean our own skirts? While
the world’s church systems stand in a general state of unbelief in what we
preach, at least some of their distrust can be traced to our failure to show
forth a Christ-like spirit, and also to our lack of uniformity in our own
Which Message Church do you recommend, and which Message Camp are you in?
Precious Little Bride, let us iron out our differences by discussing them
in Christian fellowship and brotherly love.
If one should, for example, investigate the Assemblies of God, he could
read their doctrine, written out plain and clear.
The same person would be hard put to discover our doctrine as he moved
from camp to camp. He could well
become more and more confused. May
the Lord raise us above this strife and confusion, lest He be compelled to raise
up some stones to carry forth His glorious Message.
We are well aware that there is a point beyond which fellowship between
baptized believers cannot continue. This
is not a call to forsake any of our scriptural and moral absolutes.
Without these absolutes, Christianity would cease to exist and the world
would laugh us to scorn. But, let us
be certain it is the sin we stand against and not our brother, the enemy we war
against and not each other.
Do I hear someone say, but we are so much farther down the road than
where these others stand. I pray
that you are, and I pray that I am also, but, do we not understand that we have
been advanced so that we can reach back and offer to others what has been so
mercifully given to us? If we are
found not reaching back, then I wonder if we have advanced so far as we suppose.
Dear God, give us grace and mercy for others to the same degree you have
given it to us.
How sternly we Message believers have spoken against the sects around us
who have built their walls of separation. And
rightly so, because sectarianism is a sin God hates and has sworn to destroy.
In the dictionary, the word sectarian
means narrow-mindedly putting the religious beliefs of one’s sect ahead of
more general and important basic truths.
As we look at the systems around us, we see many examples of this
narrow-mindedness. For instance,
baptism in water stressed above the more important and basic truth of a changed
heart, which baptism should only follow after the changed heart.
Now suppose for a moment that we could be lifted up out of our Message
Churches and turn and look back on it, seeing it as do other outsiders.
Perhaps some of us would be shocked to see ourselves through their eyes.
Let us now take such a look as we apply the definition of sectarianism
to our own churches. Hear again the
meaning of the word, to narrow-mindedly
put the beliefs of one’s sect above more important and basic truths.
Could this possibly be said of some of us?
Have we dared to put belief in our Prophet ahead of the more important
and basic Truth of Salvation through Jesus Christ?
From our vantage point outside the Message, and looking into it as do
outsiders, can we see that some of us, who plead for undenominational
Christianity, have ourselves fallen victim to a sectarian spirit?
While coming against this spirit head-on in the denominational world, we
have unsuspectingly left our own flanks unguarded.
In some instances, we have become one of the most tightly-knit
denominations in the world.
It happened as we demanded belief in our Prophet before we would extend a
true and loving hand of fellowship to those around us.
How beautiful was Brother William Branham’s plea that we return to New
Testament Christianity! His
God-given Message was, “Let us be Christians only, laying aside our church
brand names (even the name of Branham Tabernacle).
Lay aside human philosophies and creeds and embrace the Christ of the
Word. Let scripture be our only
authority and the name of the Savior be the only name we bear.
Unfortunately, we now bear the name “Branhamites” in many areas.
Though we dislike their terminology, the name came not without cause.
If our message has been demanding belief in a prophet ahead of belief in
Christ, then we should not be surprised that it has fallen on deaf ears, and
that they have so named us. If our
Message has been Prophet-centered, we would do well to remember that the number
one doctrine of the Bible, and of our Brother William Branham, is Jesus Christ.
No man ever preached Christ more effectively than he.
How dare we then, as his followers, hold him up between the people and
Christ? How he would rebuke us if he
were here. Have we forgotten that
Jesus said to His followers, “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold.
Them also I must bring. And
they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd.” (John
The entanglement of some of the denominational systems around us may not
be worse than our entanglement with ours. To
fail to recognize such persons as Children of God, and do all to fellowship and
share our revelations is to openly declare our sectarianism.
Also, it is declaring that those in our own groups, who do not agree with
our camp, may be turned away.
Such a stand destroys the New Testament concept of Christianity, and
makes a mockery of divine mercy and grace. It
tends to reduce Salvation to a thing of our own works and makes us to sit with
the Pharisees of old. They claimed
to know Moses while rejecting the principles God gave him.
Do we also claim to know a Prophet; while we reject principles God gave
These things do not mean that we are to forsake our doctrinal absolutes;
neither relax in our holy life styles and ways of worship.
It does mean that we must tear down our walls of separation and welcome
all people into our churches, the religious ones as well as those with no
religion, and not only so, but we must go forth out of our churches to seek the
In order to balance out what we have preached, we must not fail to
declare to the denominational church world, that their membership in a certain
system will soon turn into the deadly Mark of the Beast.
Most thinking people (church people) now know that there is a World
Church that is already formed, and that there is also being formed a One World
Government! The Bible declares that
these two powers will unite and become so great that the scripture asks the
question, “Who is like unto the Beast,
and who is able to make war with him? (Rev.
13:4) Verse 7 says, “And
it was given him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was
given him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations.”
Verse 8, “And all
that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the
Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
From these scriptures we
see the religious church world, and the world government coming under the rule
of the antichrist! And their
combined power on Earth is so great that no one can make war against them!
Our warning then is that every denomination that determines to remain a
denomination will have to join this World Power block.
And when they join, they are required to extend a hand of fellowship, and
agree in their forehead (their thinking) with this World System!
To do so is to be marked by God as being one who is worshiping the Beast
and his antichrist system! See Rev.
And so, with our hearts and our church doors open to the totally lost,
and to the Foolish Virgins without the oil (Holy Ghost) we present to you the
Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of souls and the giver of all Truth.
His love is all powerful. His
Word cannot fail. It will perform
what He promised. His hand is
outstretched to one and all. Come
and drink of the Water of Life freely.
Let no man or devil tell you it’s too late to be received.
If there is one ounce of desire in you to come to Him, this is your proof
that you will be received. Time is
short, yet He must be waiting for some who have not yet come in!