Turn the Heart of the People Back to God With Bert Farias

Turn the Heart of the People Back to God With Bert Farias

Bring purity, prayer and power back to the body of Christ. Listen as Bert Farias of Holy Fire Ministries speaks to how the body of Christ can restore holiness and the fear of the Lord to our churches. His new book, Cleansing the Temple, reveals various iniquities affecting today's churches. Be encouraged to walk in an attitude of prayer when you hear this message.

36 Minutes • 25 days ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Bert Farias

Bring purity, prayer and power back to the body of Christ. Listen as Bert Farias of Holy Fire Ministries speaks to how the body of Christ can restore holiness and the fear of the Lord to our churches. His new book, Cleansing the Temple, reveals various iniquities affecting today's churches.

Be encouraged to walk in an attitude of prayer when you hear this message.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm excited about the guest I have on this show you all know him and love him. If you read Charisma News, you know Bert Farias. He has been with us for many years. He has been writing with us for a long time. I sure love him. I love his writing. I like how he makes good strong stands. I think you'll hear about that in his podcast. Many of you don't know him, but you read his stuff and maybe don't associate his good writing with his name. So, I want to help you a little bit. He's a revivalist and founder of the Holy Fire Ministries. He's authored several books, with an emphasis on helping to restore the true spirit of Christianity in the church today.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines Podcast and Newsletter

 

His recent release is Cleansing the Temple. This book will help prepare the church for the tumultuous 20s decade that's just ahead of us. It's just around the corner. You can follow my friend, Bert, at Holy Fire Ministries on Facebook, and BertFarias1 on Twitter. So, again, I'm just so honored to have Bert with us because I know you all love him, and that you're going to knock on the doors of your neighbors and let them know how to find this podcast, because my brother Bert's about to preach. This book Cleansing the Temple: Restoring the Glory of the Lord, how do we lose it, where did the glory of the Lord go and why do we need to restore it today?

 

Bert Farias’ Flaming Herald Column on Charisma

·         America is Now a Homosexual Nation

·         Convergence of These Fearful Visions From Prophets of the Last Century is Upon Us

·         The Destructive Mindset in the Church Fuels Evil in America

·         Are You Serving ‘American’ Jesus?

·         The Holy Spirit Wants to Burn Up Corrupting Values in Church Culture

 

Bert Farias: Wow, that's a loaded question. We're starting off strong today. It’s like anything else. You know, the Bible says that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. So, what's happened here is when the church first began 2,000 years ago, it was pure, hot, white-hot purity and glory that was manifesting in the early church. So much so that a lie told by Ananais and Sapphira could not withstand in that glory because of the church is called the pillar and ground of truth. So, in its earliest beginnings, even what we would call today, a white lie, could not even stand. Today, people are praying for the glory of God to be restored to the church, but I don't think most people know what that means or what that involves because there would be many Ananaises and Sapphiras today if the glory of God came in as strong as it did in that day. The book was written out of that burden how we need holiness and the fear of the Lord to be really restored to the people of God today. The Lord is going to judge the world. He said in His Word that judgment begins first in the house of God. So, it's a time of judgment in the sense, first of all, that we must judge ourselves as people of God. Because when judgment falls on the world then we will be separate, and the more that we do judge ourselves, the more impact we will have on masses of people out there that don't yet know the Lord. I think what most people don't realize, when we don't judge ourselves, the church is polluted, contaminated, more defiled. And that means less impact on the people that need this glory, that need this power, that need our Jesus. So, judgment is good. We don't need to look at it as, well that's a negative aspect of God or a negative aspect of the Word of God. No, judgment is good. I look at it as positive because it's so that the church would be more distinct from the world and would have more impact.

 

Bert Farias Books

·         The Real Jesus

·         Prayer: The Language of the Spirit

·         The Real Salvation

·         The Real Gospel

·         Purity of Heart

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, right from the beginning, you write in the very first chapter of turning the hearts of the people back to God. That's what this book is about, isn't it, really trying to help people understand and to turn?

Bert Farias: Yes, for the most part, it is. The themes of my life and what God's called me to has always been strong and holiness and prayer, repentance and revival. That's who I am. We have different ministries and different gifts with different special specializations and emphasis in the body of Christ. But that's my stream and my flow. So that book … as a matter of fact, there are already comments coming in on how people have gone into sincere repentance and prayer because of having read the book. It’s a real search light. It goes into depth. It will expose areas where we need correction, where we need to change. But again, it's all for our good and for the glory of God.

Dr. Steve Greene: Before we get too deep into this podcast and what some people take away, let's hit really quickly that the book is available on your website, and it's also on Amazon. We want to get people to it very quickly. We want to send them where you want to, so go ahead and give us your website again.

Bert Farias: We have a significant discount on our book on our website. It is holy-fire.org, or if listeners will just Google Holy Fire Ministries. We will be the first or second name that come up. Our book is on there and it'll pop up.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what upsets you most? If I were to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you, a diet water, we're going to enjoy some time together. Very quickly on our conversation, you're going to tell me what's wrong with the church. You're going to speak to me about that in a way that I would understand it, both as a former pastor and as a minister now. What must we do in the church as leaders to help our people turn back?

Bert Farias: Wow, another loaded question. We have to be truth tellers. I think that we're leaving out today in today's marketplace of Christianity. We are leaving out much of the counsel of God. The apostle Paul said he didn't want the blood of men on his hands. He wanted to preach the whole … he did not fail to preach the whole counsel of God. So, the whole counsel of God is not just all the sugar and the dessert, the sweet, I call them Sweet-Tooth messages. It's not just exhortation and comfort and encouragement. In the Bible, the correction, reproof and rebuke is two times more, the content in the Word is two times more than exhortation and encouragement. That's something to think about because most people think, well, that's negative. I don't want to hear that. But years ago, the Lord dealt with me about writing more and speaking more on what he called last things … things in the scriptures, truths in the scriptures that have been under emphasized, discarded, understated. Things like holiness, which I've already mentioned. The fear of the Lord, the judgment seat of Christ, the return of the Lord, hell, holiness, Heaven, you know, these types of messages are major things in the Scriptures, especially in the New Testament. I think a lot of ministers, pastors are not ministering enough on the whole counsel of God. That's something that is a passion of mine … to see holiness and the fear of the Lord restored to the church. We've got to preach more of these things or that which produces holiness and the fear of the Lord. We know it's the Spirit of God that produces all these things in cooperation with His Word and His counsel. So, I think that that's probably what if we sat down and had coffee and a conversation, that's probably a lot of our conversation would go there.

Dr. Steve Greene: You were pretty specific with maybe the reason some of our power has gone out of the church, we wonder where the power of God has gone, and yet at the same time, we're not working through the process … you call it the order of the coming restoration, purity, prayer and power. Would you speak to that?

 

Acts 5:3-4: Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to deceive the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, was it not your own? And when it was sold, was it not under your authority? Why have you conceived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to men, but to God” (MEV).

Acts 19:19-20: Many who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them before everyone. They calculated their value, which equaled fifty thousand drachmas.[a] 20 So the word of the Lord powerfully grew and spread” (MEV).

Bert Farias: That's really what birthed the book. We're Pentecostal, charismatic people. We speak in tongues, we pray in tongues. We love all those and maybe don't, but we see it as something that is significant to our lives and to Christianity today. I see it as something essential that they had in the early church. This book came out of a time of praying in the Spirit that way, my wife and I together, and really a lot of prayer in tongues and interpretation, which again is one of the gifts of the Spirit. Paul says he did it privately. He said, I will pray with my spirit, I will pray with my understanding, I will sing with my spirit, I will sing with my understanding. In other words, the deeper meaning of that verse is I'm going to interpret what I pray in the spirit with my understanding, I'm going to interpret what I’m singing with my spirit with my understanding. So, this was a time, and even the introduction of the book is a transcription of a prayer time that I had with my wife where the Lord began to speak to us. That's how the book was birthed. The scriptures that flashed before us that the Lord highlighted immediately was Acts chapter 5, with Ananais and Sapphira … Acts chapter eight with Simon the sorcerer. Today we have a generation of Ananaiases and Sapphiras who will lie for the honor and the glory of man rather than telling the truth for the honor and glory of God. We have a Simon the Sorcerer generation that's more interested in their public ministry than they are in a private ministry and in their in their character. And then, the Lord flashed in an obscure verse before us in Acts chapter 19m with the burning of the magic books when there was a revival in Ephesus. And immediately, we discerned and interpreted it that the Lord wants to deal with the greed and the covetness that's in the church concerning the glory of man. Because Ananais and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost because they wanted the honor of man more than the honor of God.

 

Greenelines Takeaways

1.      Judgment is good.

2.      Turn the hearts of people back to God with prayer.

3.      The concept of purity, prayer and power as a restoration with our God.

4.      Greed and covetousness in the church today are real problems. Pray against it.

5.      Never accept money as a substitute for your relationship with God.

6.      Use of social media. Build your own list, like a Rolodex.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines Podcast and Newsletter

 

Connect with Bert Farias

·         At holy-fire.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Bert Farias

Bring purity, prayer and power back to the body of Christ. Listen as Bert Farias of Holy Fire Ministries speaks to how the body of Christ can restore holiness and the fear of the Lord to our churches. His new book, Cleansing the Temple, reveals various iniquities affecting today's churches.

Be encouraged to walk in an attitude of prayer when you hear this message.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm excited about the guest I have on this show you all know him and love him. If you read Charisma News, you know Bert Farias. He has been with us for many years. He has been writing with us for a long time. I sure love him. I love his writing. I like how he makes good strong stands. I think you'll hear about that in his podcast. Many of you don't know him, but you read his stuff and maybe don't associate his good writing with his name. So, I want to help you a little bit. He's a revivalist and founder of the Holy Fire Ministries. He's authored several books, with an emphasis on helping to restore the true spirit of Christianity in the church today.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines Podcast and Newsletter

 

His recent release is Cleansing the Temple. This book will help prepare the church for the tumultuous 20s decade that's just ahead of us. It's just around the corner. You can follow my friend, Bert, at Holy Fire Ministries on Facebook, and BertFarias1 on Twitter. So, again, I'm just so honored to have Bert with us because I know you all love him, and that you're going to knock on the doors of your neighbors and let them know how to find this podcast, because my brother Bert's about to preach. This book Cleansing the Temple: Restoring the Glory of the Lord, how do we lose it, where did the glory of the Lord go and why do we need to restore it today?

 

Bert Farias’ Flaming Herald Column on Charisma

·         America is Now a Homosexual Nation

·         Convergence of These Fearful Visions From Prophets of the Last Century is Upon Us

·         The Destructive Mindset in the Church Fuels Evil in America

·         Are You Serving ‘American’ Jesus?

·         The Holy Spirit Wants to Burn Up Corrupting Values in Church Culture

 

Bert Farias: Wow, that's a loaded question. We're starting off strong today. It’s like anything else. You know, the Bible says that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. So, what's happened here is when the church first began 2,000 years ago, it was pure, hot, white-hot purity and glory that was manifesting in the early church. So much so that a lie told by Ananais and Sapphira could not withstand in that glory because of the church is called the pillar and ground of truth. So, in its earliest beginnings, even what we would call today, a white lie, could not even stand. Today, people are praying for the glory of God to be restored to the church, but I don't think most people know what that means or what that involves because there would be many Ananaises and Sapphiras today if the glory of God came in as strong as it did in that day. The book was written out of that burden how we need holiness and the fear of the Lord to be really restored to the people of God today. The Lord is going to judge the world. He said in His Word that judgment begins first in the house of God. So, it's a time of judgment in the sense, first of all, that we must judge ourselves as people of God. Because when judgment falls on the world then we will be separate, and the more that we do judge ourselves, the more impact we will have on masses of people out there that don't yet know the Lord. I think what most people don't realize, when we don't judge ourselves, the church is polluted, contaminated, more defiled. And that means less impact on the people that need this glory, that need this power, that need our Jesus. So, judgment is good. We don't need to look at it as, well that's a negative aspect of God or a negative aspect of the Word of God. No, judgment is good. I look at it as positive because it's so that the church would be more distinct from the world and would have more impact.

 

Bert Farias Books

·         The Real Jesus

·         Prayer: The Language of the Spirit

·         The Real Salvation

·         The Real Gospel

·         Purity of Heart

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, right from the beginning, you write in the very first chapter of turning the hearts of the people back to God. That's what this book is about, isn't it, really trying to help people understand and to turn?

Bert Farias: Yes, for the most part, it is. The themes of my life and what God's called me to has always been strong and holiness and prayer, repentance and revival. That's who I am. We have different ministries and different gifts with different special specializations and emphasis in the body of Christ. But that's my stream and my flow. So that book … as a matter of fact, there are already comments coming in on how people have gone into sincere repentance and prayer because of having read the book. It’s a real search light. It goes into depth. It will expose areas where we need correction, where we need to change. But again, it's all for our good and for the glory of God.

Dr. Steve Greene: Before we get too deep into this podcast and what some people take away, let's hit really quickly that the book is available on your website, and it's also on Amazon. We want to get people to it very quickly. We want to send them where you want to, so go ahead and give us your website again.

Bert Farias: We have a significant discount on our book on our website. It is holy-fire.org, or if listeners will just Google Holy Fire Ministries. We will be the first or second name that come up. Our book is on there and it'll pop up.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, what upsets you most? If I were to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you, a diet water, we're going to enjoy some time together. Very quickly on our conversation, you're going to tell me what's wrong with the church. You're going to speak to me about that in a way that I would understand it, both as a former pastor and as a minister now. What must we do in the church as leaders to help our people turn back?

Bert Farias: Wow, another loaded question. We have to be truth tellers. I think that we're leaving out today in today's marketplace of Christianity. We are leaving out much of the counsel of God. The apostle Paul said he didn't want the blood of men on his hands. He wanted to preach the whole … he did not fail to preach the whole counsel of God. So, the whole counsel of God is not just all the sugar and the dessert, the sweet, I call them Sweet-Tooth messages. It's not just exhortation and comfort and encouragement. In the Bible, the correction, reproof and rebuke is two times more, the content in the Word is two times more than exhortation and encouragement. That's something to think about because most people think, well, that's negative. I don't want to hear that. But years ago, the Lord dealt with me about writing more and speaking more on what he called last things … things in the scriptures, truths in the scriptures that have been under emphasized, discarded, understated. Things like holiness, which I've already mentioned. The fear of the Lord, the judgment seat of Christ, the return of the Lord, hell, holiness, Heaven, you know, these types of messages are major things in the Scriptures, especially in the New Testament. I think a lot of ministers, pastors are not ministering enough on the whole counsel of God. That's something that is a passion of mine … to see holiness and the fear of the Lord restored to the church. We've got to preach more of these things or that which produces holiness and the fear of the Lord. We know it's the Spirit of God that produces all these things in cooperation with His Word and His counsel. So, I think that that's probably what if we sat down and had coffee and a conversation, that's probably a lot of our conversation would go there.

Dr. Steve Greene: You were pretty specific with maybe the reason some of our power has gone out of the church, we wonder where the power of God has gone, and yet at the same time, we're not working through the process … you call it the order of the coming restoration, purity, prayer and power. Would you speak to that?

 

Acts 5:3-4: Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to deceive the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, was it not your own? And when it was sold, was it not under your authority? Why have you conceived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to men, but to God” (MEV).

Acts 19:19-20: Many who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them before everyone. They calculated their value, which equaled fifty thousand drachmas.[a] 20 So the word of the Lord powerfully grew and spread” (MEV).

Bert Farias: That's really what birthed the book. We're Pentecostal, charismatic people. We speak in tongues, we pray in tongues. We love all those and maybe don't, but we see it as something that is significant to our lives and to Christianity today. I see it as something essential that they had in the early church. This book came out of a time of praying in the Spirit that way, my wife and I together, and really a lot of prayer in tongues and interpretation, which again is one of the gifts of the Spirit. Paul says he did it privately. He said, I will pray with my spirit, I will pray with my understanding, I will sing with my spirit, I will sing with my understanding. In other words, the deeper meaning of that verse is I'm going to interpret what I pray in the spirit with my understanding, I'm going to interpret what I’m singing with my spirit with my understanding. So, this was a time, and even the introduction of the book is a transcription of a prayer time that I had with my wife where the Lord began to speak to us. That's how the book was birthed. The scriptures that flashed before us that the Lord highlighted immediately was Acts chapter 5, with Ananais and Sapphira … Acts chapter eight with Simon the sorcerer. Today we have a generation of Ananaiases and Sapphiras who will lie for the honor and the glory of man rather than telling the truth for the honor and glory of God. We have a Simon the Sorcerer generation that's more interested in their public ministry than they are in a private ministry and in their in their character. And then, the Lord flashed in an obscure verse before us in Acts chapter 19m with the burning of the magic books when there was a revival in Ephesus. And immediately, we discerned and interpreted it that the Lord wants to deal with the greed and the covetness that's in the church concerning the glory of man. Because Ananais and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost because they wanted the honor of man more than the honor of God.

 

Greenelines Takeaways

1.      Judgment is good.

2.      Turn the hearts of people back to God with prayer.

3.      The concept of purity, prayer and power as a restoration with our God.

4.      Greed and covetousness in the church today are real problems. Pray against it.

5.      Never accept money as a substitute for your relationship with God.

6.      Use of social media. Build your own list, like a Rolodex.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines Podcast and Newsletter

 

Connect with Bert Farias

·         At holy-fire.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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