VALDOSTA — Oracles of Deliverance Church is commemorating Pastor Marilyn Thomas’ 60th consecutive yr in the ministry.
“Pastor Thomas’ non secular journey commenced July 13, 1961, beneath the leadership of a feminine Christian minister who was a woman of shade and portion of a white built-in business,” in accordance to a statement from the church.
Thomas said, “She inspired me to repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and turn out to be a legitimate Christian.”
That was the starting of the non secular get the job done which Thomas believes, “the Lord anointed” her to do. Three months later on, she mentioned she was “loaded with the Holy Spirit and ordained to minister the word of God.”
She began what she phone calls “The Miraculous Journey” and furnished a portion of her testimony from her most recent e-e book of 60 sermons titled, “Divine Intelligence Over and above The Human Mind!: From The Non secular College Of God.”
The E-e-book is obtainable on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.
The church celebrated “her motivation to the do the job of the Lord,” Sunday, July 11.
“In March of 1962, an angel of God visited Thomas and spoke to her in an audible voice,” church associates claimed in the assertion. “It was a miraculous experience. In June of 1971, a further angel visited her. He reported, ‘Look at the light-weight, this is your healing.'”
Thomas was languishing, fasting and praying at that time. The gentle was as vibrant as the sunlight, church officers explained.
God declared to Isaiah, Isaiah 60:1: “Arise, shine for thy mild is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” The Psalmist explicitly proclaimed, Psalm 84:11: “For the Lord God is a solar and protect: the Lord will give grace and glory: no very good factor will He withhold from them that stroll uprightly.”
He continued to instruct Thomas with the scriptures. God commanded His people to be obedient and function for Him. Jesus proclaimed, St. Matthew 5:16: “Let your light-weight so glow ahead of guys, that they might see your great functions, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
It is Thomas’ want to glow with divine intelligence beyond the human brain, church officers reported.
Thomas’ service in the ministry of the Term commenced with evangelism.
The to start with 6 decades she ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ in Ga, Florida, Texas, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord despatched her. For a few and a 50 percent several years, the Lord commissioned her to minister the phrase of God by radio. She ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ on a few radio stations: two in Valdosta and one in Boca Raton, Fla. For the duration of that time, she was an assistant pastor of a neighborhood church.
The non secular messages the Lord commanded her to minister by the medium of radio, impressed an elder minister who encouraged her. He wished-for to satisfy with Thomas in his office. Degrees of divinity and scholastic accomplishments from seminaries decorated his place of work. He was a pastor for roughly 50 several years.
“He acknowledged that in spite of all of his tutorial achievements, he did not have the knowledge and expertise, which the Lord had specified her regarding the Scriptures,” church officials explained. “He explained, ‘I do not have what you have!’ He emphasized, ‘I never heard any person preach the gospel like you.'”
“He under no circumstances listened to any one preach the gospel and interpret the Scriptures in the method in which Jesus Christ enabled me to minister,” she explained. “He regarded that the anointing of the Holy Spirit surpassed his academic achievements.”
He invited her to minister to his congregation.
“The Lord sustained the radio ministry and authorized Thomas to edify lots of souls who have been spiritually hungry for non secular reality,” church officials stated. “She did not solicit cash from listeners. For 9 consecutive a long time, He permitted her to add to His function with no acquiring a income from the church.”
Jesus Christ taught her how to enjoy Him and live by faith. 1 John 4:18: “There is no dread in appreciate but best love casteth out fear: for the reason that fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made great in really like.”
The organization’s bishop appointed Thomas as pastor of the church. Even though he necessary pastors to attain licenses to preach, he hardly ever required her to attain a license “since he realized that God gave her a dynamic anointing of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ,” church officers said. “Therefore, the firm gave Thomas the title of ‘reverend.’ For the duration of the time of segregation, the bishop allowed her to preach the gospel to white ministers at one of their biggest yearly conferences. The ministry of Jesus Christ has been unorthodox.
“In 1979, the Lord Jesus explicitly knowledgeable Thomas to publish a e-book of sermons, titled, ‘The Oracles of God,’ a collection of 44 sermons confronting widespread challenges of sin, religious illiteracy, gender and racial inequality,” church officials reported. “He enabled her to endure a multiplicity of sufferings, praying and fasting, to get ready her to acquire these messages from Him. Consequently, she persevered amidst excellent oppositions ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“In that period, naive gentlemen ended up particularly hostile in opposition to woman ministers. Quite a few did not permit them to functionality in a pastoral posture. June 11, 1980, by divine instruction, the Lord allowed Thomas to constitution and build Oracles of Deliverance Church. This is a divine entity proven completely for spiritual learning and saving of souls. These who ended up born-again, underneath the leadership of this ministry, followed her as I followed Christ.”
On Nov. 7, 1984, she bought an edifice for Oracles of Deliverance Church.
In 1986, Thomas launched her to start with sermon to the day-to-day newspaper, and ongoing submitting sermons for much more than a few decades.
In 1989, Thomas experienced a prophetic vision in which she emphasised to the church about the president articulating that he and his wife appreciated the do the job she was undertaking for the church. A couple days afterwards, the inauguration committee sent Thomas an invitation to the presidential inauguration, church officials said.
In 1995, Thomas purchased 3.54 acres of land to establish a new sanctuary. She hired two experienced architects and a structural engineer to satisfy the job of offering architectural drawings of a steel-frame developing with pink iron and brick veneer. She gained the occupancy permit March 15, 1999.
In 2006, she employed an architect to offer drawings of yet another metal body developing with brick veneer for the fellowship hall/library. Thomas been given the occupancy permit Nov. 12, 2007.
In 2017, Thomas released a book of 31 sermons titled “Divine Intelligence Further than The Human Brain!: Deborah, The Choose And Prophetess Anointed Over The Fellows.”
March 8, 2018, she ordered 22.23 acres of land for the church to produce a portion of it for a private cemetery.
In 2020, she printed an E-e-book of sixty sermons titled “Divine Intelligence Outside of The Human Mind!: From The Spiritual University Of God.”
Thomas’ ministerial journey is composed of a lot more than 200 audio sermons.
The Lord miraculously enabled her to acquire 3.54 acres of land, and construct the sanctuary, fellowship corridor/library, ornamental fence, twin out of doors digital indication and purchase an extra 22.23 acres of land personal debt-free of charge, church officers reported.
“My highest aspiration is to remember to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to depart a spiritual legacy of religion to generations pursuing for all nationalities,” Thomas said. “Therefore, I have devoted my lifestyle to the work of God, striving to assist humanity fully grasp and obey the Scriptures. Oracles of Deliverance Church gave me numerous unique honors for many many years for my do the job in the ministry. The Lord discovered this scripture to me concerning the religious blessing He has bestowed upon me mainly because I was ready to serve Him and His people today, and attain His will for His function. Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, spoke these text to Mary, the mom of Jesus. St. Luke 1:45: ‘And blessed is she that considered: for there shall be a efficiency of those points which ended up told her from the Lord.'”