Is the Bible Authoritative? During Perilous times…..

A message given by Pastor William H. Nicholson of the Anchorage Moravian Church during a formal Moravian worship service in Anchorage, Alaska, November 8, 2015, 11:30 am.  While Jesus Christ is an essential, the Holy Scriptures are an essential too:

Perilous times & Authority of Scripture

This subject is causing many to stumble over the Word, who is Jesus. In America and even here in Alaska teens, adults, family members, church friends are declaring their sexual preference.  Kids are poisoned in school and are now coming out as gay, bisexual and transexual. It’s crazy. I’ve heard even 3 year olds telling their parents they are the wrong gender.

I don’t judge the homosexual community; God does that. They don’t know any better. I am in full agreement with one of our prayer warrior, who says, “My deal is with the watered down gospel and a weakened Church doctrine that turns and ignores adultery, living together, hypocrisies, etc. We are to be a light that draws people to Jesus. Sure new believers need great grace, but the evidence of Christ is in us, the Hope of glory, is manifested in a changed life – and that of righteous love”.

Certainly the Holy Scripture make it clear that we are to separate ourselves from the world; to “Come out from among them and be ye separate.” That’s what it is all about, setting people free from sin and death.

Today like never before, we need more and more of God’s Word to speak to us. I’ve always appreciated a Moravian missionary telling me that God’s Word says it; that settles it. Thy Word Have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against God. God’s Word is alive and transformative. The Churches that elevate God’s Word is blessed.

2 Timothy 3:1-17 says, “3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” I want this scripture to sink in as I share more about our days and the authority of Scripture.

We have so many people around us that have taken God’s Word and it has literally has transformed their lives. Transformation makes the Bible an authority for me! For those of us, especially those that have come out of great sin, know the power of the Gospel. There is the admonition to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15 states,”Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

As we rightly divide the Word of truth we must remember 2 Peter 1:19-21; Peter the Apostle says: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

A safe view I have taken is that “When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek not another sense.”
We cannot define God’s Word, but God’s Word defines us.
Also we must keep in mind that Paul says in 1 Cor. 2:9-14 and notice “the deep things of God” are only known by those who have the Spirit of God. “Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” We cannot take a verse of Scripture and teach a doctrine apart from the other verses on the subject.

Holy men and godly men and woman and young people are needed today like never before. Reformation and renewal is needed in our Church like never before, because we are living in the last days of the last days of the Church.

There are those that think that scripture is not holy because it abuses or discriminates because the bible speaks about owning slaves, that one cannot eat shell fish or allows divorce. Let me speak on one subject deal with the issue of slavery. Those who condemn the Bible over the subject of slavery based on Exo 21:7 seem to exclude other verses, context, and meaning to make their argument.

Slavery was a common practice, even before the Mosaic law was written (anyone ever heard of Israel in Egypt?). We can ask the question why it wasn’t banned altogether in the Mosaic law. Why God didn’t specifically tell Moses to not practice it altogether. But the main point is slavery was already a common practice among all nations at the time.

I kind of liken it to the topic of divorce. In Mat 19:7-8, Jesus says that although divorce was allowed by Moses it was because of the “hardness of the people’s hearts, but from the beginning it was not so.” And the explanation was provided in the previous verse (19:6) which is husband and wife “becoming one flesh.” It could be the same for slavery. Israel had been enslaved for more than 400 years, it was ingrained into their way of life even AFTER they had been set free.

Slavery’s meaning today is a negative but God also used this to show us liberty, today. In Mat 20:27 – “and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave”. God’s logic is different than our logic. The Bible also draws clear comparisons to sin and slavery, see John 8:34 ” everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”

Fight for equality? That was already answered long ago. See Gal 3:28 – neither slave or free…for you are all in Christ Jesus. I believe that slavery was not created by God, but allowed by God to illustrate how we were ALL in bondage/slavery to sin and death and were “set free” by Jesus life, death, and resurrection from the cross, that all who believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life – John 3:16.
Just like how Israel was enslaved by Egypt and later set free so were we ALL enslaved to sin and, to those who believe, set free by Jesus.

God has given us His holy Word. It is authoritative. As I said before it is not of any private interpretation. We must let it speak for itself. The Bible defines us; not the other way around. In Verse 16-17 it says, “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.

May we follow it, live it, and teach it in its entirety to others.



October 2015 UAMM Meeting Results

UNITED ALASKA MORAVIAN MINISTERS AND DELEGATES FROM ANCHORAGE, DILLINGHAM, EAGLE RIVER, KENAI/SOLDOTNA, MANOKOTAK, TOKSOOK BAY, AND WASILLA met in General Church Conference October 17, 2015, at the Anchorage Moravian Church Cafe. Meeting began at 12 noon. After hearing the President’s report, financial reports, and 501c3 status, the main item of business was elections for UAMM Executive Committee.

Further implementing UAMM’s Book of Order, the following people were newly elected as UAMM Executive Committe members for three year terms. They are-

Ordained Minister – William Nicholson, President (Eagle River)
Ordained Minister – Tim Sergie, Vice President (Wasilla)
Ordained Minister – Russell Lamont, Board Member (Anchorage)
Ordained Minister – Fred Nielsen, Board Member (Dillingham)
Lay Minister – Ferdinand Sharp, Treasurer (Manokotak)
Lay Member – Carrie Paton, Secretary (Anchorage)
Laly Member – Alexie Nose (Big Lake)

Family of God, please be in prayer, since these leaders must have great wisdom to deal with issues that impacts the future ministry of United Alaska.

In other business the General Church Conference approved the following:

1.  Lion & Fire of Judah Ministry to be part of UAMM.

2.  Reception of The Rev. Russell Lamont to serve as UAMM’s Fund Raising & Mobile Minister.





maria magruder-krinockfrom the desk of William Nicholson, Pastor AncMC:


BASED UPON YOUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS, I AM PRAYING THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL DIRECT YOU. If you are in Anchorage, I am giving a personal invite for any of you to attend the Miracle Faith events at the Anchorage Moravian Church beginning Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 pm and going nightly until October 18, 2015. MUSICIANS ARE INVITED!!! Also on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 4 pm, a special potluck is provided.

Sister Maria is a powerful spokesperson for God with spiritual giftedness and power prayer for healing of spirit, mind, and body. Here is Sister Maria Magruder-Krinock”s biography:

Maria Magruder-Krinock answered the call of God in 1997, while living in Anchorage Alaska. As she traveled the villages in Alaska, she saw the great need for the power of God to be manifest in the people’s lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only providing food for the villages, Maria had a great increase of salvations, miracles, healing and deliverance.

In October 2002, Maria relocated the ministry from Nevada to Pensacola, Florida to study at International Miracle Institute and be a part of the Miracle Faith Apostolic Global Church. Maria had the honor and privilege of receiving a greater revelation of the Word of God and impartation of the gift of working of miracles on a much greater level than ever before, due to the teaching of Drs. Christian and Robin Harfouche. Dr. Christian & Robin Harfouche are Maria’s father and mother in the faith and remains under their 5-fold apostolic gift for the last 12+ years to present.

Flowing strongly in the gift of working of miracles, Maria has a passion to see the body of Christ living in the realm of victory, no matter what opposing circumstance they may be facing. Maria equips the body of Christ with a biblical word of supply that ignites the very heart of people to go to the next level in their walk with Christ.

Sister Maria has spent thirteen years of study of the Word of God under Drs. Christian and Robin Harfouche, and licensed through International Miracle Institute with a Doctorate of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry. Maria’s home church is Miracle Faith Apostolic Global Church in Pensacola, Florida where she currently resides with her husband, Conrad.

“The Effect of Compromising God’s Standard” – a Commentary

Gospel TruthBy William Nicholson
Topic: The Effect of Compromising God’s Standard
Aim: Show The Light and People Will Find Their Way
October 2015

Recently I was given an invite to speak on “The Effect of Compromising God’s Standard” at a country in Europe. It was surprising that I was given an invite to speak at a conference scheduled for November 2015. Their aim is to secure speakers who will “show the light and people will find their way”. But I think more than that God was challenging me to do some studying, reading, and thinking about compromising God’s standard, because as United Alaska Moravian Christians or any born again believer, we are being pressured by society to go against God’s Standard, to go against biblical truth. Larger and larger elements in our society are making the Church of Jesus Christ suffer for taking positions against homosexual lifestyles. In order to take a stand though it is important to take some steps to understand God’s standard.

What is God’s Standard? I doubt whether a whole of people are asking this question, because for the last couple of decades in America and Europe there has been a stronger trend towards getting rid of God in our society. This is troubling especially since in the Bible there are spiritual principles that we must recapture, today. When I was in Moravian Theological Seminary in 1977, I read a book entitled, “The Strange Silence of the Bible in the Church”. Since the bible is not being preached, it is compromising God’s Word and slowly the negative impacts show up in society. When a people does not follow God, there are negative consequences. That should explain why there is so much addictive lifestyles, marriage problems, relationship difficulties, depression, hopelessness, suicide and crime and chaos in our Alaskan villages, our country and the world. When we threw out the Bible as a non-essential, watch out!

In the book of Judges, in the rise and fall of the Hebrew nation, there are cycles: disobedience to God’s law; God’s judgment allowing a foreign invading army to come in, than after great difficulty and political and economic collapse, repentance on a national scale, then God responding by allowing for a rise of a liberator. Causing the difficulty, over and over again is that the Hebrew people were described as “every man doing what right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, 21:25).

We are now living in the “Post-Modern Era”. Folks everywhere around us seem to deny absolute truth, standards or values. Leaders in our Church are saying that the bible is not an essential. Really what is happening is that more and more people (and religious leaders) are taking a stand for entitlement to determine his or her own truth. National elections are happening. Scandals among some of politicians do not even raise an eye brow. What is happening in America, sadly, is that we are duplicating the Hebrews experience. In our university, students are being taught that there is no absolute truth and the idol of materialism or greed is rampant. Its “every man doing what is right in their own eyes.” And according to God’s standard when selfish self-gain is on the altar our personal lives suffer. On a national scale, like the Hebrews, we should expect economic downfall and crisis in accordance with God’s standards shown in His Word, His Laws and eventually His chastening rod.

Today, we need the presence of God and valuing His Holy Word more than ever before. We need God’s blessing and the growth of His Church before His son comes in the clouds with glory. The Church has a big problem today. It has become extremely worldly and has not fulfilled the Great Commission in its mission and life. Because of the Church compromising of God’s Word, and over the years a little compromise here, and then more compromise here, eventually major evangelical denominational bodies now embrace gay clergy in the pulpits even though the bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin,

Currently, the Church sits in society and is not influential and it is not speaking to the sin in society. It is so often idle and its light is dim because the Word of God is not being taught in simplicity and power. Jesus preached, “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). We must be encouraged to carry out the Church’s commission even it seems no one is willing to listen.

There are lost souls out there that Jesus wants to save. The lost need to know that they cannot live happy lives without God. Is the church ready to bring the core message of salvation and renewal to those who come to her for practical help? Peter said in Act 3:6, when he was begged for money: “silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you…”  just as in the times of the Judges, there is a need for true repentance, which will change our behavior for good. When there are more Christians rooted in God’s Word and driven by the Spirit of God, there will be prosperity and blessing for everyone.

God’s standard is that His Word is an absolute compass, “not as a radar screen from which to pick and choose”. God’s standard is that the message of salvation and renewal of the heart must happen. God’s standard is winning others for Christ. God’s standard is living fruitful lives in conformity to God’s Biblical principles. God’s standard is for confession of the sins of greed and the desire for self-gratification. And finally God’s standard is that in our daily life our faith is real and that it is at work in our life. And we all need to pray for revival so that God’s principles and standards become more widely followed and that when the bible speaks, we follow it.

The Word of God is critical if we want to be blessed! The Word of God is something we should stand on. We must not fear man, but God. In Revelation 6:9 John writes 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. The apostle John tells why these saints suffered martyrdom: “for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” This is happening large scale in the mid-east today as the Moslem radicals behead Christians. In Revelation these martyrs of the fifth seal do not take God’s Word for granted, believing that its message is personal and authoritative. They are willing to die rather than compromise with its teachings.

In closing this first commentary; maybe more to follow. As I think about the heavenly signs of the sixth seal, John mentions testifying before religious authorities, in prisons, and before secular leaders. These are locations in the bible that should hear witnessing of the truth and this happened to the apostles in the book of Acts. At our weekly bible study and prayer meeting, we are currently studying the book of Acts.  The power of God shown through Acts is upon us today!

This week, we are going to experience Miracle Faith meetings during the Alaska Federation of Native Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, October 15-18, 2015. The worship opportunity will be at the Anchorage Moravian Church nightly beginning at 6pm (Thursday, Friday) and 6:30 pm (Saturday, Sunday). In order to experience miracle faith it takes total commitment to the Gospel.

The epistle of Hebrews 11 gives many examples of the heroes of faith making a witness of the true God and His way, which should challenge and inspire us to more faith and fidelity to God’s Holy Word. Abel bore witness by making an acceptable sacrifice (verse 4). Enoch’s translation was witness that He pleased God (verse 5). Noah’s obedience in constructing the ark bore witness of his faith (verse 7). Abraham testified of his allegiance in many ways: leaving Ur (verse 8), dwelling in tents in Canaan (verse 9), and sacrificing Isaac (verse 17). Sarah, too, testified by conceiving and bearing the promised son, Isaac (verse 11). Later, Moses showed his faith by refusing royal rank (verse 24), forsaking Egypt (verse 27), and keeping the Passover (verse 28).

Are we, like these martyred saints, willing to lay down our lives for God’s Word and our beliefs? Today more than ever before this reality may happen in our life time. Do we value God’s revelation of His way of life and holiness enough to defend it despite the cost? Do we, as Jesus warns in Luke 14:26, “hate” our lives enough to be His disciples?



Pure and UndefiledBy William Nicholson, Pastor of AncMC, Anchorage, Alaska

THE WORDS COMPROMISE, COMPLICITY, AND UNDEFILED HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND FOR SOME TIME IN LIGHT OF CHRIST’S SOON RETURN. CAN WE COMPROMISE GOD’S HOLY WORD? I think it is happening around us as darkness continues to shadow our land.  Now, more than ever before, we certainly need to look to the Word of God for direction and follow it or we will find ourselves lacking!

The following are some thoughts on what I am thinking the Bible says about compromise and it is presented for further study and consideration. I’m learning along with you as I go along life’s pathway. If you disagree, please let me know, and certainly it is important to know the author’s mission, the historical or cultural context of the bible and purpose it was written so long ago, but yet has application to doing. It’s not about semantics, but trying to find out the literal interpretation of God’s Holy Word!

A BIG PROBLEM AND WARNING:  A striking example of moral failing (among others) is gay clergy serving in our church pulpits, which was adopted by several of the mainline Churches today.  It is evident that the bible is NOT AN ESSENTIAL for them, because the Bible is clear on this issue.  This is no supprise to me that the Bible is seen for its cultural and poetic and historical overtones, but God has allowed these factors and speaks through them. Without the Bible as our guide and if it is not taught, and without our following of its teachings then we along with society will continue our spiril downwards to deeper moral decadence and God’s judgment.

DEFINITION OF COMPROMISE: “compromise is to make concessions or accommodations for someone who does not agree with a prevalent set of standards or rules”

The Bible makes it clear that God does not condone compromising His standards: “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in His paths. You have charged us to keep Your commandments carefully” (Psalm 119:1-4, NLT).

Not compromising requires total submission to God even though the world goes into godlessness (Joshua 24:15; Psalm 119:10; Psalm 119:15).

Paul reminds that as believers, we must “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8; see also Hebrews 3:12).

Also according to Paul we are to defend the word and correct those who are in opposition to it (2 Timothy 2:24-25). Here it is clear that God is serious about our not compromising His Word with the values of the world—the reason being that those outside of Christ may then “come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil …” (2 Timothy 2:26).

Then there are those who profess to being Christians, yet live lives not in keeping with the precepts of the Scripture, i.e., compromising their biblical beliefs by living like world. For them, the things of the world and its sensual allurements take precedence over the Word of God (Acts 20:30; 1 John 2:16-19). Jesus referred to these people as “those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19).

How do we compromise the Word of God? When we fail to accept the Word and follow our own desires: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

MY POSITION: As true believers in Christ, we must accept God’s Word as absolute, inerrant truth (2 Timothy 3:16). We must be fully obedient to His Word (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 1:6). And we must recognize that His Word is not to be compromised for any reason or for anyone (Deuteronomy 17:11; Proverbs 24:7; Revelation 3:15).

DEFINITION OF COMPLICITY: “the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing – complicity in a crime.

Are we in complicity if we belong to a church that does not follow God’s Word? Are we are really in partnership with this type of church, if we do not separate ourselves? Will we fall into judgment if we do not separate? These are questions that we will need to answer for ourselves and for our own Church.

DEFINITION OF UNDEFILED: “free from stain or blemish”. When Christ comes He will find a Church that shows forth fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22); afterall we are knowN by our fruits (John 15). Our lifestyle will show to whom we belong and we should desire to be part of a unified and powerful Body of Christ at the end of the age when Jesus returns, (Eph 4:11-13 and Eph 5:24-5).

REMAINING UNDEFILED IN LIGHT OF THE FALLING AWAY: The Lord actually tells us how we will be made pure in spite of the falling away in Eph 5. This is a prophesy, and the clearest biblical instruction on marriage: Eph 5:24-25: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE because Jesus selflessly nourishes and cherishes His bride through the washing of the water of the Word – the Bible. What does a church without blemish look like?

AS A CHURCH WE MUST LOOK LIKE CHRIST IN WORD AND CONDUCT. Afterall it says in Eph 4:11-13: And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ!

Since the time is short, there is one other word that should be brought into the consciousness of church leaders, especially since much of the Church is sleeping, complacent, and allowing the world to creep into its life.  A word of warning is for God’s people to take a stand and cry out for holiness and purity in light of Christ’s soon coming!  The prophet Ezekiel 3:20-21 says, “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die.  Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin.  The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.  But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”