“that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.” (1 Thessalonians 4:4)
Personal Experience of Sanctification – Testimony of Michael Thomas Sambo
[Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from his testimony of being taken by Angels to visit both heaven and hell, and being told to share what he experienced there. As he mentioned, holiness is a result of Yah’s holy spirit coming to dwell inside the body, and this is required of all Believers.]
When I joined Deeper Life Bible Church newly, I did not believe the sanctification and holiness doctrine they preach. Someone in the Church said to me, “Why not verify these things?” I decided to verify them. [He began to study biblical writings.] Then I understood that Sanctification has more than one meaning in scriptural usage.
Firstly, it means consecration or dedication unto God or holy uses. Secondly, Sanctification is a definite Christian experience whereby a believer’s heart is circumcised, cleansed or purified of sinful nature, otherwise called inbred sin, adamic nature, the old man, the inward corruption. The believer by sanctification is rendered increasingly holy and is enabled to serve God without blemish in Holiness and Righteousness;
see Ephesians 5:25-27;1Thessalonians 4:3-8; 5:22-24; Psalm 51:5-10; Hebrews 13:12,13,20,21; Acts 26:18.
I knelt down and sought the face of God for this experience. I saw as if a
knife passed through my heart. My heart became clean and pure. Take time to verify the truth on Sanctification and Holiness for yourself. I believe the Lord will give you a clear conviction as He gave to me.
The Problem of False Teachers in Christ’s Church
Many people have not understood what it takes to be a real Christian. To some to be a Christian is to be baptized with water. To others it is to attend church. I asked someone somewhere whether he was born again. He told me he was. What he meant was that he had been baptized with water. Many people profess to be Christians but are sinners.
The Scripture rightly says, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good works reprobate.” (Titus 1:16)
Many are blinded by the spirit of the last days. There are people who have
replaced cardinal doctrines of the Scripture with lies, yet obedience to these doctrines is essential for heaven.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:15, 16)
What shall the end be for those who have replaced the truth with lies? Some teach that if you are baptized with water you are born again. Unlearned and ignorant preachers wrest the word of God, twist and dilute it until it has no more effect on those that hear it. There are prosperity preachers who replace God with His blessings. They teach and stir people to receive the blessings of God, but have nothing to tell them on how to please God and conform to the image of Christ.
Because of material blessings, preachers prohibit their members from going to where they will learn the truth about God. They do not want them to listen to true preachers for fear that they may escape from their hands. Some Theologians met me and asked, “Do you believe that this Holiness is true and possible? Theology makes us understand that man cannot live above sin.” That is their theology. But what saith the Scripture?
“That He would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, In Holiness and Righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.” (Luke 1:74-75)
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)
Christ imparts the Holiness of God into the believer and enables him to live in the new way of life. You cannot remain in sin if you are born again. A child of God does not lie, lust, steal, commit immorality. Eternal life, the life of God in him, is a life of holiness and righteousness. Many people have spotted the garment of righteousness given to them. Their garment is now spotted with worldliness, false doctrines, greed, pride etc.
The Psalmist said, “I have chosen the way of truth.” (Psalm 119:30)
This means there is the way of error or falsehood. It takes determination in our day as ever to choose the way of Truth, Righteousness and Holiness. Many churches today are founded on distorted scriptures. Through false interpretations of scriptures, their preachers and teachers replace Christ’s truths with lies, to their destruction and the destruction of those that hear them. Except they repent and return to the truth they are on their way to eternal damnation, as declared by apostle Peter:
15 “And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”(2 Peter 3:15-18)
If in the days of apostle Peter there were false preachers, how much more in our day? We must be warned against false doctrines and false teachers. God who is not willing that any one should perish, but that all should come unto the knowledge of the truth, has shined on His truths in the Bible, by the revelations given to me. These revelations do not contradict the scriptures; rather the scriptures confirm them to be of God.
I have read through the Bible two times. A minister called me one day and warned me not to share these revelations with people. “You should preach the Bible,” he said. I listened to him quietly. But I was actually laughing within me because the revelations I received were of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told me to testify them to men. Man cannot command me to stop speaking of them.
19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19,20)
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
God has been opening doors for me to give the testimony of these revelations to people. Jesus Christ told me in heaven that people would oppose these revelations, but that I should stand firm. I have made up my mind to stand by these revelations even to death. However, I shall not die young. I shall live to declare the truth of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.