Defence of the Gospel

“Set For the Defence of the Gospel”

by Robert Turnage

“WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE…”
Romans 1:25

“…I AM SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL.”
Philippians 1:17

The call and ministry of the School of Christ International is the same as it has always been with every other God-ordained ministry. It is humbling, joyful, fulfilling, and the great delight of life for all who have been chosen of God to carry His purpose of ministry to all the inhabitants of the world. God must not only call, but also equip His laborers to withstand every trial, trouble, and assault of the devil to discourage. The devil will use any means to prevent and destroy the work of God from being done for the Glory of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote the Philippians, “…I am set for the defence of the Gospel” (1:17). Many warnings are given by God to His workers about conditions under which the work of the Almighty will be carried out. In the first chapter of the Book of Romans we are told that men will change the truth of God into a lie. The Prophet Daniel said laws, times and seasons would be changed (Daniel 7:25). In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1:1-3), he questioned them by asking who had bewitched them, and reminded them of how in the beginning they started out right by being in the Spirit but were now falling prey to the flesh.

We are admonished to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). We are in the greatest fight we will ever be a part of. We cannot afford to be lazy, slow, apathetic, unconcerned or discouraged. Our losses will not be measured by material things but by souls for whom Jesus died. He gave everything so that all could have Everlasting Life.

Since we do not fight against flesh and blood, what and who do we fight? It’s spiritual: “…against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The founding minister of the School of Christ International, B. H. Clendennen, was a man of great prayer and uncompromising steadfastness to the unchangeable, unadulterated Word of God. He endeavored to instill those same infallible values into everyone to whom he ministered. From the beginning of this mission’s ministry until today, that continues to be the driving and guiding force behind all of its works and endeavors.

In this time of changing from those things we most assuredly believed, to conditions now where there are no absolutes, and every man doing that which is right in his own eyes. Men, for the most part, are stumbling around uncertain about what is True and even the Works of God. He knew his life was lived in such a way that he desired that others know the reasons behind his sufferings and imprisonments. He wanted others to know it was for his being chosen, that theses experiences had befallen him. The adversary of the Gospel was seeking to silence and even kill him. From his mother’s womb, he was chosen of God. He was called of God to use all means possible to further the Word of God. That included preaching, writing, disputing, suffering, and defending. The Apostle not only wanted them to know this, but in the love of God, to also defend the Gospel.

Because of Paul’s sufferings, he was able to lead lost men and women to Christ. Others had preached out of envy and contention, having sought to add to his bonds, but he was at ease where he was (Philippians 1:16). He was in the Will of God, and in his defending the Truth, others were being delivered and set free. Paul would later write in 2 Corinthians 4:12, “So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”

For some reason—possibly known only to God—our sufferings are instrumental in leading others to God. The ways of God are beyond our finding out. It may be another way of taking up our cross and following Him, but we must leave everything to Christ. There are multitudes of enemies of the cross. If a minister is effectually revealing Christ, the enemy of God will come out against him. The devil has eternally tried to defeat the plans of God. The adversary was defeated in, by, and through Christ. God raised His Son and now Jesus sets at “the right hand of God” (1 Peter 3:22). The devil has no direct access to Christ. He can only attack the lovers, workers, and followers of the Lord.

Paul’s enemies hated him, his message, and his Godly success. Every successful ministry fights the same foe. There is no truth, holiness, or purity outside of Christ. They took the position that by Paul’s absence, with his accompanying bonds and tribulations, they could gain attention by their errant preaching. This man of God said, “So then death worketh in us, but life (worketh) in you” (2 Corinthians 4:12).

In speaking of his state, he wrote to the church at Thessalonica “that no man should be moved by these (his) afflictions” (1 Thessalonians 3:3). The Apostle reminded them of his words in verse four when he said, “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know” (1 Thessalonians 3:4).

Paul was a warrior and defender of the Gospel. He did not want the devil to trouble their minds or shake their faith in the Gospel they had heard. Therefore, they would also be persecuted.

In military training, it is said “to know your enemy is to have one-half of the battle won.” Scripture tells the Christian the same thing, don’t be ignorant of the devices of Satan for he goes about to steal and kill (2 Corinthians 2:11; John 10:10). The believer knows the serpent uses deception, error, and all forms of spiritual imitations to destroy the Christian. Paul defended the Gospel against every attack by the evil one toward God’s chosen people.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

We must be as Nehemiah when he was rebuilding walls that had been destroyed; by using trowel and sword to defeat and utterly destroy the wicked works of God’s enemies and to successfully complete the wall. Jesus said days would come on the earth that would be unparalleled in previous generations.

According to the King James Version dictionary of the Bible, the word blaspheme means, “…an injury offered to God, by denying that which is due and belonging to Him, or attributing to Him that which is not agreeable to His nature.” Today’s definition of blasphemy has diminished this frightening reality that, daily the Lord Jesus is continuously being blasphemed. God asked in Isaiah 52:5, “Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.” This is partially fulfilled by the writing of the Apastle Paul in Romans, chapter one, that the Truth of God is being changed into a lie. This is potentially more relevant today than at any other time in man’s history. If Paul lived in this present generation, he would use preaching, writing, and warning, against the new Christianity, new spirituality, feel-good, smooth sermons, with no Bible being practiced.

God’s Church must re-learn some lessons from the old paths wherein the way of the Lord is (Jeremiah 6:16). The eyes of the Lord are going to and fro looking for those who will defend His Word and deliver His people that are being taken away by generations that have, and continue, to reject the ways and message of God. If we remain indifferent, accept the status-quo, follow this generation who wants ease, entertainment, concerts, plays, and platform shows, we will answer to God with the blood of multitudes on our hand. Paul delivered himself from these failures and possibilities by going through the sufferings of life and taking a stand for God and His people at all costs.

We must stand against the fleshly and carnal, and even devilish things that have been placed and substituted for the realities of God. Instead of preaching that brings Holy Ghost conviction that leads to repentance, we have mastered techniques that pleases the senses, and makes lost men feel that these hellish methods are really of God. Through the Prophet Jeremiah, even as the Apostle Paul, suffered many things because of his faithfulness to the Call of God.

For a man to hear God say to him that he has been a good and faithful servant, it is going to require complete obedience and surrender to Him. My prayer for myself and those God is
depending upon, is that we will step into the gap and make up the hedge, lest the serpent inject his deadly venom (Ecclesiastes 10:8; Ezekiel 22:30) and continue to take people away from the Father, and give to us a renewed Godly life to be a “…defence of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17).

Our prayer is that God would give all of us in this mission’s ministry, Divine strength to faithfully withstand every attack of the devil. By the grace and help of God, it is our desire to be unmovable and unshakable in these changing times. We all are kept, not by might or power, but by the Spirit of God.

To all who see and understand the intensity and urgency of the battle, please join with me and the School of Christ in urgent prayer with a renewed determination to stand in the defence of the Gospel.

 

 Robert Turnage – President

SOC Moving Forward in Germany

 Keith Malcomson – SOC Director

SOC Moving Forward in Germany

Our annual one-week School of Christ in Marienberg, Germany, was held the first week of June. The attending students were made up of local church leadership, street evangelists, new church planters, and ministers that are preparing for the ministry.

We preached several times a day for five days with the help of two translators. This year we covered the series, “Revival” and “Paths to Power.” The opening day was a powerful time of being soaked in undiluted Truth with powerful lessons like the “Tragic Mixture” and the “Trojan Horse.”

One missionary brother, was delayed in arriving at the School due to sickness. On Monday, while at home, as he read the Word of God, he came to Exodus 28:38, “…that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things…” He was puzzled by this scripture and asked the Lord to show him the meaning. He was also praying that the Lord would speak to him during the School. When he and his wife reached the School, the scripture reference for the first lesson that was being taught was Exodus 28:38. God answered all his questions.

The series “Revival” ended with two vital messages on Sanctified by Faith. This Truth opened the eyes of several ministers attending the School to holiness in a way they had never seen before. Truth sets free and stirs the heart.

On day three, a powerful, Holy Ghost conviction fell upon everyone, calling us back into a deeper life of consecration, determination, and prevailing prayer in our personal lives and churches. Hearts were deeply convicted, challenged, and stirred over the issue of prayer. These five days were very important for all of us who attended, and extremely refreshing for Candace and myself.

My wife Candace, before the School started, for a long time was waking up daily with pain in her arm. On top of this, she injured her back just before the starting of School. By the end of the first day, she was in great pain and was hardly able to walk up the stairs or even lift her feet to get in bed. She was unsure how she could continue doing the catering for the students. On the Tuesday night after preaching Invincible Men, an altar call for those needing healing in their bodies, or needing to be filled or refilled with the Holy Ghost. Several responded for healing. As we gathered around them, praying in the Holy Ghost, Candace was instantly healed. It was so complete and instantaneous that she could hardly believe it. Christ is still the Healer. It is now several weeks later and there is still no pain.

One meeting with the Lord can change everything. One brother who graduated the full-time School in Germany, said that the three things that most impacted him was the Holiness of God, the Holiness of prayer, and the Holiness of God’s Word.

There is an increasing desire to see the School of Christ run a full-time School annually in Germany, and we are praying and seeking the Lord for direction as we move forward. We need God’s wisdom, guidance, and your prayers. During this School, other doors are opening for us to go into other areas to carry this message to those who need it and have never heard.

We are now in Ireland preparing for our next three-week English School with students from several countries.

Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.

Keith Malcomson – SOC Director

Student attending the Germany SOC.

August Mission Report

“WHEAT AND TARES”

 

In Matthew 13:24-30, “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Jesus gave this parable of two seeds: wheat and tares. It is a revealing and frightening Truth. I tremble at the responsibility every Christian has to know the Truth. I also tremble at the responsibility of the School of Christ International to be pure, holy, and steadfast in the work God has called us to. We must examine, not only our personal salvation, but our every action in our daily walk with God. We must realize that all will not be known until the end, but it will be made known.

I know, beyond any doubt, the School is the unadulterated Word of God. I knew the fully surrendered life lived by Pastor Clendennen, the founder of the School of Christ. I know God has honored His Word to untold multitudes throughout the world. My burden today is for those of us who remain after Pastor Clendennen’s death. Are we willing to leave everything behind and sacrifice everything for those who are now our responsibility to preach the Gospel to? It is going to take nothing less for us to do the Will of God than it did for the Gospel preachers and pioneers who proceeded us.

And then the Lord says, “Gather the wheat into my barn.” It is a story of the evil work of the enemy. It created great difficulties for us, but in the end, the Lord wins. It is the end that matters.

God said through the prophet, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). I thank God for the continuing burden and vision I have for this ministry and for all who share this vision and burden with me. Let us be faithful to Him in this effort until the end.

God bless you. Pray for all of the workers with the School. Pray for the greatest harvest of all time.                  Robert Turnage – SOC President

First SOC Among the Rohingya People in Myanmar

 School of Christ students in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

 

In April, 2018, I traveled to Rakhine State, in Myanmar, where the Rohingya people, one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, live. A civil war has been going on for decades in this hate-filled corner of the world. News agencies are calling it the worst humanitarian crisis since WW2. It has outpaced the Syrian crisis, yet with little media coverage from the West, there are few who know about these forgotten people. But it doesn’t matter, our God knows exactly who and where they are.

It has taken us four years to develop a relationship with the local people and gain enough trust to be able to run the SOC. Many different Christian ministries in the country working together made this possible. Even after we had scheduled the School we still faced difficulties and had to move the location of the School at the last minute due to the fighting. Fifteen pastors were unable to attend because their villages were caught up in the violence and all roads in and out were closed.

We had eighteen full-time students and the School grew to twenty five as we progressed.  The Lord moved in a mighty way during our time together. The prayer meetings were very sober with many tears and cries of repentance. We taught the School with a   white-board, drawing diagrams to illustrate many of the spiritual truths of the Word. The students came alive as we went through the nature and the process of sanctification and the work of the Spirit in the life of the believer.

The joy of the Lord began to bubble out of them as we went through the “Blood Series” and we all danced and shouted at the close of the day. Legalism and bondage to denominationalism also began to melt away as we covered the Grace of God, the One New Man, the formation of the Bride of Christ and who they are in the earth.

The change on their faces was awesome to watch as the Lord moved deeper and deeper, day by day. Many were hard people because of what they have experienced in such a terrible environment. However, the Lord knows how to melt the hardest hearts and His gentleness know no bounds. On Friday afternoon we laid hands on two students and sent them down the road to an English school to share the Gospel. They came back two hours later rejoicing that ten souls had prayed the prayer of repentance and had received Jesus. Hallelujah!

At the graduation the students testified for almost an hour of what the Lord had spoken to them during the lessons and prayer times. Three young men who had attended the School stood at the close of the graduation and made public confessions of Christ, sharing how they had been Born Again during the School. We went out rejoicing and praising God for all that He had done during our time together.

We were also able to provide three MegaVoice units with the teachings of the School of Christ to one evangelist, one church planter, and one superintendent.  These men were very blessed with the ability to go back over the lessons to keep the Word from being stolen away by the wicked one. We have already received many more invitations in the region, and have fallen in love with these dear people. It was an incredible time in the Spirit of God.

Praise the Lord! Thirteen people were baptized in water on Sunday following the School of Christ.  Glory to His name!

SOC Field-Worker – Brother N.