Monday, November 24, 2008

The Theory Behind the Rhetoric

I must confess, with the completion of the presidential campaign my viewpoint of Christian Republicans have changed...and not for the better.

Let me back track a bit, when George Bush was running for president in 2000 and 2004. The general consensus of white Evangelists (the backers of GWB and John McCain) was this,

1. GWB was a praying president and a born-again Christian

2. GWB was against abortion

Therefore, GWB was the Christian's president.

Because of this, I was told it was my "Christian duty" to vote (for GWB). I was also told, or... I should say, it was implied that those who voted democratic were not Christian.

"How can anyone who calls themselves Christian vote for someone who is for abortion?" is the rhetorical question of this group.

They claim to fear, or concern themselves with the "moral" direction that America is heading. They pride themselves on the American history, the fact that it was founded by "Christian" forefathers. They ask this question with "righteousness" with the perspective of  "preservation" of the old time American ideals. What they fail miserably to consider is that their frame of thinking applies only to whites who have that strong American familial ties in past generations. Take John McCain for an example. When profiling the presidential nominee a few months ago, NNBD complied this profile of McCain. Here is a snippet of it:

"A bit further up the family tree, McCain's great-great grandfather William Alexander McCain owned a Mississippi plantation and 52 slaves, until his death fighting for the Confederacy in the US Civil War." -- NNBD

Christian Republicans who wag their finger and wrinkle their brows in disapproval, promote the theory behind that rhetorical question that embraces and defends, without shame, the American history they love... fail to recognize that their stance behind this theory sends chills up every African -American (as well as other minorities), because they seek to defend and preserve a "Christianity" that has destroyed and killed so many.

Those three words that define the history of so many blacks: Mississippi plantation and Confederacy are spoken, quickly, lightly and briefly by the white Christian Republican are the same three words that gives a black Believer or Christian serious pause.

Thus lies the problem behind the theory of the rhetoric... it seeks to be exclusive as opposed to inclusive.  Not only that, by the theory of the rhetoric, Christianity is now redefined by who you vote for.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

Additionally, the theory behind the rhetoric implies America can become moralistically "good" through specific persons and legislation. Consider this question to me by a Christian blogger in an interview:

"In your mind what event has had the greatest effect upon the moral degradation of America?"

Upon reading this question, I have to admit, I was a bit turned off by it, simply because it is a very common sentiment. The sentiment that America was once a "Golden" country which is now hurtling towards moralistic impurity. And by this sentiment many seek to "purify" America by human and legislative means. I answered the question as follows:

To answer this with an answer or two is to imply that America was once in a state of moral purity, which no human-governed, country is. Many believe in the greatness of America because of its “Christian” heritage. However, I believe America’s decline started the moment she was created. Stolen land that resulted in a near genocide of its native inhabitants and stolen people enslaved to enrich America in the face of hypocrisy (The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution), do not make for moral righteousness no matter how many “Christians” were on hand upon her existence.

However, God uses all things, good and evil according to His purpose, for His glory. It would do us well as Believers to remember with humility our very immoral beginnings. It is by our own self-righteousness as a country, that we face moral decay and not by any particular event in history. Any form of self-government, human government over other humans, is temporal and lacking in Spiritual perfection that only Christ Jesus can govern with. Christ WILL return to govern His people!!

This theory, behind the common sentiment of the Republican Christian is packaged neatly and camouflaged with a very real and serious issue...abortion. Here lies an additional problem. What is obviously wrong does not mean the theory behind the rhetoric is obviously right. Because the theory seeks include humanistic measures, limited by humanistic world views that do not incorporate the Gospel, by which they call themselves Christian. For the very basis of the Gospel is the love of Christ for sinners.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of ALL acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. - 1 Timothy 1:15-16

What about innocent, unborn babies dying daily? As a mother of 6 children, no one understands the new life that can grow so strong more than I can. But these newborn babies reside in the bodies of women who live and eat as they choose. Do you mean to control these women? Do you mean to tell these women what they can and cannot do? By what authority do you tell them that? For if you are right in your theory, then God is wrong in His Authority to allow free will! For God himself does not interfere with free will. And Christ was wrong when He said:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. - Revelation 22:11

What about the innocent souls of these unborn babies? Anyone asking that question does not understand their TRUE Christian duty. If you want to save the souls of innocent babies, you must first minister to the souls of soiled adults, starting first and foremost with yourself!

The time is now and is at hand when true Believers must worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth! Never has true Christianity been so redefined, packaged to fit the itchy ears of many. Too many in ignorance consume redefined Christianity. If  you follow the consensus of the majority, remember this basic principle of Christ.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:" --Matthew 7:13

NOW is the day and age where you MUST question everything you consider and know "Christian". This can only be done through blind, heartfelt FAITH that God will reveal His truth. This can ONLY be received through the HOLY SPIRIT, not by man, church, pastor or Google(!!). You MUST understand that God is a God that moves according to HIS own pace, if you accept this, you also understand how vital it is to wait upon Him for clarity in this day and age of doctrines.

To all those who have said it was my "Christian" duty to vote (Republican). To them I say, your "duty" may now be over, but my duty will continue on until, He calls me home. LET HIS WILL BE DONE !

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

For John (the Baptist) came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him" -- Matthew 21:28-32

Author's note:

All formatting, parentheses in scripture are mine.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

God Told Me...

The problem with date-setting, setting a specific or vague date of the return of Christ, is pretty obvious, despite that, many date-setters twist scripture to justify their disobedience.

"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come -- Matthew 24

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." -- Matthew 24:36

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." -- Matthew 25:13

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" -- Mark 13:32

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2

"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." -- Acts 1:6-7

...the problem is clear, it is a direct disobedience, deviation and a mishandling of the holy Word of God.  Many justify their position by interpreting out of context scripture in a way that complies with human thoughts and reasoning and in turn defies the truth of God's written Word.

It is quite simple and there is no confusion, God, our Father, Creator of us all does not contradict Himself. He is a God of order, having things, people, places and yes TIMES under His power. Do not be fooled.

We live in a time where human intellectualization has become our vanity and pride. Foolishly, many believe the smarter we are in accordance to the standards of man, (Theological degrees etc.) the closer we are to God and the better we can understand Him. Many of these date-setters claim a message spoken to them by God. "God told me..."  they claim and many simply believe. Listen to the sound rationale of Saint Paul:

"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." -- 1 Corinthians 2:11

Focusing on the question of Paul, What man knows the things of a man, but his own spirit (spirit of man as defined by Paul) which is in him. Pausing to think about this simple, yet true question. HOW do you know another's spirit? The answer is you DON'T.

Even so, says Paul, in other words, in the same way, the things of God knoweth NO man, but the Spirit of God.

True Believers are ONE in the fact that they have the Spirit of God and can understand and receive what is said of another Believer.

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." --1 Corinthians 2: 13-13

I don't care too much for other's proclamation of what "new" prophecy God has told them.  Furthermore, I care even less what kind of Theological degrees they tout, nor what church they lead and the number of congregants they have. Those whose eyes are fixed on physical "proof" for spiritual things are the ones easily led astray. The Word is clear, true Believers are to walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:1. In the 2nd chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul makes his case and his point is clear, direct and simple:

"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" -- verse 5

It saddens me truly, when people, and many have, fallen to the falsehoods of date-setting and the "wisdom of men". It shows a fundamental lack understanding of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. He died on the cross and was resurrected, so EVERYONE has direct access to the FATHER by His Holy Spirit. Yes, even YOU.

I have oft heard many say that they do not "hear" God or God does not speak to them. I can not and will not address those statements, but the Word does. The 4th book of James has some pretty strong things to say in this regard...

2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

If we agree that God is perfect, just and righteous in His stead, then we agree, we, quite simply, are not. If we, by nature, are prone to sin, which is departing from the living God in thought and actions, then we need to do some honest, humble self-examination. The Word tells us that we shall be saved from wrath through Him, Romans 5:9. Christ tells us that true Believers will be kept from the hour that is to try the whole world, Revelations 3:10. Why are those clear, simple declarations not enough? Why do so many who are attracted to a specific date, do not find comfort in His words? A better question is, what do YOU think "having" Faith means? Moses never saw the promised land that he worked so hard to bring Israel to and many have said it was his "punishment". I say that short-sighted statement reflects the errors in what is called "Christianity" today. How can Moses be "punished" with Heaven?? He was a man who loved the Lord and proved it with His Faithfulness in acting out the commands of the Lord. Anyone who believes that Moses is sitting up in Heaven regretful of the fact that he has never stepped foot into a physical promised land has completely missed the truth of this statement, "The just shall live by faith". Habakkak 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38

"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." -- Hebrews 11: 39-40

In this law-suit prone society, Americans are compelled to feel as if they are always due something from someone. Do not be fooled into thinking God owes YOU anything...not even a explanation of a date! The question becomes would you be satisfied with that??

Proclamations "new" or "different" prophecy/message in the face of CLEAR scripture.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein." -- Hebrews 13:8-9

The same Jesus that declared, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." is the same Christ that sits at the right hand of the Father. It will be the same Christ who will reign when this world comes to an end.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Can Date-Setting Be Justified?

This post is a re-posting of a portion of my post titled "The Days of Noe". I've decided to repost this portion of it, because the original post was long and I wasn't sure anyone would read it in it's entirety. :) Also, I feel compelled and have been for a long while, to post on the subject of "date-setting". In  a combination of a tense campaign for the next U.S. president and the collapse of the American economy (as well as many other "seasonal" symptoms) end-timers and evangelists are working up a frenzy and as a result, "date-setters" are now in place.

On Another Note...

I wanted to speak on a different subject that is related to Matthew 24:38 referencing the days of Noah. In the context of this scripture, Christ responds to the disciples' questions of " the sign of thy coming and the end of the world", using the day of Noah as an example of the suddenness of when He shall return. Personally, I believe, Christ's comparison to the suddenness of the flood refers to the rapture, however it is not my point in this side note. Today, many things are happening in the world, especially here in America, that points increasingly to the lateness of the hour. As a result, many "end-timers" have been preaching and teaching of various "signs" in these events.  There is no doubt in my mind, or in the minds of anyone who interpret the scripture correctly OR incorrectly that the time of Christ's return is INDEED nearer than when we first believed. Christ exhorts the true Believer to "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" - verse 42

The problem I have with the proclamations of end-timers is some of them have gone as far as date-setting. In justifying date-setting, they proclaim that we are to watch the signs of His coming as to be "ready".  I have remained silent as the date of September 29, 2008 a "suggested" date, based on over-spiritualizing of scripture, came and went, for the reason of listening and being led of the Lord. I now speak out against any type of date setting for any reason for one sole purpose...the proclamation of the scripture.

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. -- Mark 13:32-33

Using the example of Christ, if a servant is not greater than his lord, (John 13:15-17) then who are we to search for clues to determine a date of his return...even a "suggested" date?  Furthermore, my stance is emboldened by this proclamation of scripture.

"Then they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." -- Acts 1:6-8

Did you read that carefully?? It is NOT for us to know! I don't read any hint of another possibility in this clear statement. Too many treat the Bible as though it is segregated in it's message. If they don't like one scripture, they find one that fits their agenda. As a mother of six, I have scolded my children from time to time when they ask me a question that their father has already given them an answer to, in hopes that I may have a "different" or a "likeable" answer. Grown adults can be just as worse as children in this likeness!

It is VERY clear that true Believers are to "watch" the signs of the season and EXPECT His return, all the while, continuing on in FAITH witnessing and declaring His works. All date-setting does is distract the Believer from his/her commission and places his/her focus on the world.

Some of these end-timers/evangelists are taking a personal role in the political climate. Bashing Obama and labeling him a Muslim and the anti-Christ. The problem I have with these sentiments, and I have a LOT of problems with these sentiments, is that a true Believer CANNOT champion (campaign) a man, be it John McCain or anyone else, to be a "savior"or solution of the American economy, ideals etc. and claim Christ the Savior and King simultaneously.  And if Obama is, as many evangelists claim, the anti-Christ, why do you resist the plain truth of scripture? We all know that the anti-Christ WILL have temporary rule over the world. In this light, shouldn't you vote for Obama?? If only to usher in the soon return of the LORD? These contradictions make clear sense to me, for Christ has declared in scripture, from the "abundance of their heart, the mouth speaks". Where does your faith lie??

The true feel of these sentiments, I receive is arrogance and contempt. Arrogance, because the collapse of the American economy, means the "end of the world", therefore Christ is just around the corner. Prophecy does not revolve around America. It revolves around Israel!!! Why is the collapse of the American economy not seen as a "leveling of the playing field" only to usher in the anti-Christ to employ the one world currency?

Contempt, because the PROVEN history of American Christianity has produced and fostered a hateful sentiment towards those of the opposite race...racism. Yes, I dare speak and boldly type the word in black and white. It is clear to me that because Obama bears a Muslim name and is African American, he has been labeled one despite the fact he was raised by an American, white woman. "What about Reverend Wright?", some have exclaimed. What about Rev. Wright?  Wasn't George Bush, elected by Evangelists at large, a praying president? Where are the fruits of his prayers?? How has the moral state of this country changed for the better?? And if by the standards of many Christians, a prosperous country was indication of God's blessing, we can also by that same reason conclude God has punished America, by the state of this economy. IF this is true, all this has happened under the GWB administration! What does that speak about the judgement of the Republican Christian? Christianity at this point of time is SO splintered and fragmented, that anyone can claim to be a "Born again" and truly not be.  My point is quite simple,  you cannot claim clear, concise understanding of the prophecy of the returning Christ, if you, in the same breath, uphold, promote a man (or woman), in other words, believe quite emphatically that this person can solve what ails America. America, like every other country, has a disastrous spiritual condition and is being hurtled towards a time where the anti-Christ will rule. In concluding my point, these sentiments by end-timers and evangelists against Obama, smell, look and taste like racism. As an African-American Believer, it sends chills up my spine. I wonder if I now need to worry about this common sentiment so recently revived and inspired by this political campaign. Do I need to be concerned about overtly self-righteous Christians, that my ancestors gave their lives up to? Do I need to be concerned about a revival of the KKK (or some similar group)??? You tell me... My very personal opinion (is this)..when you combine a belief in politics and a self-profession of Christ, you get, what I call a "Pharisee complex".

May God and His infinite wisdom be Glorified!!! What if we did know the exact date and time??? How effective would true Believers be if they knew of His return on a specific day and time? How tempting would it be for one to say "My lord delayeth his coming", becoming stagnant and lukewarm in our faith? Heed the Word of God and focus on FAITH, witnessing by example, with charity and expounding on hope. As soon as you think He will not come, it will be the moment He arrives! Our daily fight as true Believers is to be daily present in FAITH expecting Him at any moment!

Personally speaking, I have found the "numbers" and "signs" used by these end-timers, a confusing stretch of the imagination at best. Searching for clues for a date is a vanity that appeals to our our fleshly will to KNOW what is NOT for us to know and the temptation to become wayward in our OWN knowledge, goes against the very lifestyle of FAITH we are to live and breathe by. I leave  you with this scripture, declared by our master, Christ Jesus of Nazareth who shall soon return. Come quickly! Come quickly!

"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". -- Matthew 12:38-40

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH!

Author's Note:

The spiritual activity in this climate is at an all time high and very confusing. I speak to the individual who is navigating his/her way around these times. Do not be confused. Do not take to heart or heed any word that flows from a man's mouth. Wait upon the Lord, Faithfully for understanding and clarification. Jesus died so that YOU can have direct access to HIM. That means if you trust that He says who He is and will do what He says He will do, there is no need for any person to "mediate" to God on your behalf. That job has been taken care of by Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the father. 1 John 2:27 I have my own relationship with the Lord by which, I am a witness for Him, declaring His works. In no way, am I a mediator. My role is to share and declare the prophecy that has already been in place. There is no "new" or "different" doctrine, other than what has been decreed. Hebrews 13:8

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."  Matthew 24

Be not troubled neither let your heart be afraid. May the LORD go before you. Amen....

The Days of Noe

What is normal? Many times over the course of this life I have heard this term. Most recently I've heard this term describing a type of "day", in other words, normal days. The dictionary definition of normal stands as this:

1. conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.

2. serving to establish a standard

Dictionary.com

Who decides what's normal? Who establishes the standard or the common type? "Normal" for a person can be defined by how they were raised. Habits, choices and lifestyles are dictated by what one views or believe as "normal". What is clear to me in this day, age and time of Christianity is a declaration of "normality" is given over to the experts of our time. Be it pastors, doctors, teachers etc. Generally, they tell us what is "normal" and by their measuring stick we judge where normalcy comes in.

The problem with what we may consider normal is that it may not actually be the norm, or standard set by the Creator of all things. For example, childbirth is considered, at least here in America, a potentially dangerous medical condition that is to be monitored by an "expert" and controlled medically. This "norm" is not even a century old. Prior to this established norm, it was very normal for a woman to birth her child wherever, with whomever she pleased without monitors or drugs. Why did this norm change? Who decided to change this norm? By what authority was it changed? These questions are significant if we proclaim ourselves Faithful of Christ. It is very clear to me that NO PERSON has the authority or power to change the common type that had been ordained by God. No one has the authority or power to declare "unusual", a woman with child, in travail. And henceforth, establish a new norm, or common type of a medically controlled birth and pregnancy.

What indeed is reflected, by this example, is how far away from the Creator the world, and yes...I am including those who proclaim themselves Christians, have come. What Christianity has come to view as "normal" no longer reflects what God has established as "normal". We now reside in the days of Noe.

"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark," -- Matthew 24:38

Now understanding the story of Noah, it is imperative to grasp the fact that Jesus spoke about a spiritual "climate" and/or "atmosphere" in this verse. A climate of casual normalcy. A climate of where the general consensus becomes the normal, expected way of life. The climate today compares perfectly to the example that Christ used in this verse...the climate of unfaithfulness.

Because MANY, if not all Christian churches define sin (singular), the cause or "root" of unfaithfulness, as a behavior or action, the Good News of Christ has been undermined and un-relatable. As a result, Christianity is no longer defined or viewed as a liberation, but a religion of legalism and moralistic actions. This has become the "norm" of what is today called "Christianity".

The word and the meaning of sin is used and defined by Christ Himself differently. When speaking of the Holy Spirit's job of convicting the world, He explicitly says "Of sin, because they believe not on me" John 16:9 Sin, a singular sense, is applied by Christ as intangible. And defined as unbelief. Anyone with the understanding of sin, in it's pure, singular form, as a behavior or action, will have a hard time grasping this declaration by Christ. Not only that, they will have a difficult time applying the Gospel (John 3:16) with this mind-set. Ultimately, as a whole, sin, it's pure, singular form, is a departure from the living God in heart and mind that results in a departure in thoughts and action, thereby, becoming sins or sinful, full of the sin in it's singular sense.

"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God." -- Hebrews 3:12

If sin, as applied by Christ Himself, is intangible, then sin is a spiritual condition, not a physical one. If sin is a spiritual condition, then the Salvation ordained and commanded by God towards His Son, our Lord, indeed can only be accomplished IN a spiritual capacity. How different is this established "standard" from what has been decided as "Christian" by the "experts" of our time? Yes, we reside in the day of Noe!

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- Matthew 7:16-21

Bad "fruits" are the sins (plural) that many modern day Christians erroneously view as the root of unfaithfulness. This has become the "normal" belief of modern Christianity. This belief fails to recognize the "soil" (heart) that produces the corrupt fruit, thereby stripping away or minimizing the concept of salvation...the fact that it is a spiritual salvation. The planted "seed" (Word of God) is only as good as the soil (heart) it grows in. Read the 13th chapter of Matthew or read my post about "The Parable of the Sower". This "normal" concept of sin has brought a variety of results from the basic fact that the eyes of modern day Christians have become eyes fixated on the physical. Here are just a few...

  • Legalism
  • Prosperity Gospel - in a mild or extreme form
  • Speaking in tongues (as physical "proof" of spirituality)
  • Various rituals in attempt to "overcome" sin. i.e. "signs of the cross", church attendance, baptism, any physical activity catered to the removal of sin outside of GRACE and FAITH in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

When we become physically inclined towards Christ, our hope in Him for what He can do for us in this life only...it becomes a life of misery.

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. -- 1 Corinthians 15:19

As the mainstream Christian defines sin (singular sense) as a physical trait, their salvation is defined in a physical sense, they worship God in a physical sense, they study the Word in a physical sense, they pray to the Lord in a physical sense. Purity and holiness is defined in a physical sense. The only problem with that is, it is done by the flesh therefore, there IS NO liberation.

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." -- Romans 8:3-4

Read very carefully the 4th verse. It says the "righteousness of the law" might be fulfilled in us, not by works, or keeping of the law, but after the Spirit.

When the mainstream Christian recognizes the heart and, attitude coupled with a wayward mind is the one and only place LORD God defines and distinguishes GOOD and EVIL, they will have found sin's dwelling place. A place unreachable by hands, where no amount of church attendance, tithing, fasting, Bible-studying or Sabbath-keeping will eliminate. When this is accepted, for many do not accept the plain truth of scripture, then the clarity of this scripture comes to light.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" -- Romans 8:1

This is the norm of genuine Christianity as defined by God. Behold the declaration of Christ Himself, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" -- John 4:24

They MUST worship Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. Not "can" or "should", but MUST! There is no suggestion of any kind in this declaration by Christ that God can be worshipped in a physical sense. Why?? Because, as Christ defined, God is a Spirit!It makes perfect sense to me that worshipping the Lord in spirit and in truth is the only acceptable worship. This is the norm, the standard, the measuring stick as defined by the Creator, who has authority, power and RIGHTHEOUSNESS over all things!

On Another Note...

I wanted to speak on a different subject that is related to Matthew 24:38 referencing the days of Noah. In the context of this scripture, Christ responds to the disciples' questions of " the sign of thy coming and the end of the world", using the day of Noah as an example of the suddenness of when He shall return. Personally, I believe, Christ's comparison to the suddenness of the flood refers to the rapture, however it is not my point in this side note. Today, many things are happening in the world, especially here in America, that points increasingly to the lateness of the hour. As a result, many "end-timers" have been preaching and teaching of various "signs" in these events. There is no doubt in my mind, or in the minds of anyone who interpret the scripture correctly or incorrectly that the time of Christ's return is indeed nearer than when we first believed. Christ exhorts the true Believer to "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" - verse 42

The problem I have with the proclamations of end-timers is some of them have gone as far as date-setting. In justifying date-setting, they proclaim that we are to watch the signs of His coming as to be "ready". I have remained silent as the date of September 29, 2008 a "suggested" date, based on over-spiritualizing of scripture, came and went, for the reason of listening and being led of the Lord. I now speak out against any type of date setting for any reason for one sole purpose...the proclamation of the scripture.

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. -- Mark 13:32-33

Using the example of Christ, if a servant is not greater than his lord, (John 13:15-17) then who are we to search for clues to determine a date of his return...even a "suggested" date? Furthermore, my stance is emboldened by this proclamation of scripture.

"Then they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." -- Acts 1:6-8

Did you read that carefully?? It is NOT for us to know! I don't read any hint of another possibility in this clear statement. Too many treat the Bible as though it is segregated in it's message. If they don't like one scripture, they find one that fits their agenda. As a mother of six, I have scolded my children from time to time when they ask me a question that their father has already given them an answer to, in hopes that I may have a "different" or a "likeable" answer. Grown adults can be just as worse as children in this likeness!

It is VERY clear that true Believers are to "watch" the signs of the season and EXPECT His return, all the while, continuing on in FAITH witnessing and declaring His works. All date-setting does is distract the Believer from his/her commission and places his/her focus on the world.

Some of these end-timers/evangelists are taking a personal role in the political climate. Bashing Obama and labeling him a Muslim and the anti-Christ. The problem I have with these sentiments, and I have a LOT of problems with these sentiments, is that a true Believer CANNOT champion (campaign) a man, be it John McCain or anyone else, to be a "savior"or solution of the American economy, ideals etc. and claim Christ the Savior and King simultaneously. And if Obama is, as many evangelists claim, the anti-Christ, why do you resist the plain truth of scripture? We all know that the anti-Christ WILL have temporary rule over the world. In this light, shouldn't you vote for Obama?? If only to usher in the soon return of the LORD? These contradictions make clear sense to me, for Christ has declared in scripture, from the "abundance of their heart, the mouth speaks". Where does your faith lie??

The true feel of these sentiments, I receive is arrogance and contempt. Arrogance, because the collapse of the American economy, means the "end of the world", therefore Christ is just around the corner. Prophecy does not revolve around America. It revolves around Israel!!! Why is the collapse of the American economy not seen as a "leveling of the playing field" only to usher in the anti-Christ to employ the one world currency?

Contempt, because the PROVEN history of American Christianity has produced and fostered a hateful sentiment towards those of the opposite race...racism. Yes, I dare speak and boldly type the word in black and white. It is clear to me that because Obama bears a Muslim name and is African American, he has been labeled one despite the fact he was raised by an American, white woman. "What about Reverend Wright?", some have exclaimed. What about Rev. Wright? Wasn't George Bush, elected by Evangelists at large, a praying president? Where are the fruits of his prayers?? How has the moral state of this country changed for the better?? And if by the standards of many Christians, a prosperous country was indication of God's blessing, we can also by that same reason conclude God has punished America, by the state of this economy. IF this is true, all this has happened under the GWB administration! What does that speak about the judgement of the Republican Christian? Christianity at this point of time is SO splintered and fragmented, that anyone can claim to be a "Born again" and truly not be. My point is quite simple, you cannot claim clear, concise understanding of the prophecy of the returning Christ, if you, in the same breath, uphold, promote a man (or woman), in other words, believe quite emphatically that this person can solve what ails America. America, like every other country, has a disastrous spiritual condition and is being hurtled towards a time where the anti-Christ will rule. In concluding my point, these sentiments by end-timers and evangelists against Obama, smell, look and taste like racism. As an African-American Believer, it sends chills up my spine. I wonder if I now need to worry about this common sentiment so recently revived and inspired by this political campaign. Do I need to be concerned about overtly self-righteous Christians, that my ancestors gave their lives up to? Do I need to be concerned about a revival of the KKK??? You tell me... My very personal opinion...when you combine a belief in politics and a self-profession of Christ, you get, what I call a "Pharisee complex".

May God and His infinite wisdom be Glorified!!! What if we did know the exact date and time??? How effective would true Believers be if they knew of His return on a specific day and time? How tempting would it be for one to say "My lord delayeth his coming", becoming stagnant and lukewarm in our faith? Heed the Word of God and focus on FAITH, witnessing by example, with charity and expounding on hope. As soon as you think He will not come, it will be the moment He arrives! Our daily fight as true Believers is to be daily present in FAITH expecting Him at any moment!

Personally speaking, I have found the "numbers" and "signs" used by these end-timers, a confusing stretch of the imagination at best. Searching for clues for a date is a vanity that appeals to our our fleshly will to KNOW what is NOT for us to know and the temptation to become wayward in our OWN knowledge, goes against the very lifestyle of FAITH we are to live and breathe by. I leave you with this scripture, declared by our master, Christ Jesus of Nazareth who shall soon return. Come quickly! Come quickly!

"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". -- Matthew 12:38-40

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH!

Author's Note:

The spiritual activity in this climate is at an all time high and very confusing. I speak to the individual who is navigating his/her way around these times. Do not be confused. Do not take to heart or heed any word that flows from a man's mouth. Wait upon the Lord, Faithfully for understanding and clarification. Jesus died so that YOU can have direct access to HIM. That means if you trust that He says who He is and will do what He says He will do, there is no need for any person to "mediate" to God on your behalf. That job has been taken care of by Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the father. 1 John 2:27 I have my own relationship with the Lord by which, I am a witness for Him, declaring His works. In no way, am I a mediator. My role is to share and declare the prophecy that has already been in place. There is no "new" or "different" doctrine, other than what has been decreed. Hebrews 13:8

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24

Be not troubled neither let your heart be afraid. May the LORD go before you. Amen....

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Than Gold

For the past week I have been wondering what to post about. I would
decide on a subject, start typing and then lose the inspiration for the
post. But today it has never been more clear to me. As the economy is in
a downward spiral and the doom and gloom of end-timers sound off a
chorus of soon imending wrath of God and the end of America as we know
it, I will praise Him.

I praise the Lord God for indeed He is worthy to be praised! I declare
of Him and His Works. He has sheltered me and mine! I declare of His
mercy for indeed has He has shown me His loving-kindness. Too many times
today's Christian count material wealth as blessings and "proof" of the
Lord's acceptance of their works-rich lifestyle. With America's
financial system threatened, I have been blessed with peace and faith,
more precious than gold...what this economy cannot take from me. I
praise Him! Worthy is the Lord of Hosts! All you who wait upon Him
Faithfully, praise His Holy name!

Sent from my T-Mobile Sidekick®

Thursday, August 28, 2008

45 Years ago, He Had A Dream

As an African American, I cannot express the contentment and interal joy
I have watching an historical phenomenon come to pass, as a child I have
always been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. As an adult, I can
appreciate, the profound wisdom, talent and insight, of this man and his
vision for the future. 45 years ago, he spoke of a dream that seemed so
far fetched and unattainable of his time. Truly it wasn't a dream...it
was hope. This man inspired thousands with this hope. As I watch Barack
Obama conjure 1st time voters out of the woodwork, its more than a dream
fulfilled...it is hope renewed.

This is attraction of Obama. The same magnetic pull Martin Luther King
possessed...hope.

I'm watching people dancing and chanting as they await Obama's speech at
the Democratic National Convention. I realize something vital...ALL
people NEED hope. They WANT hope. No matter how dire a prospect or
situation looks hope, is always there. In this light, Modern day
Christians, who SHOULD be a conductor of HOPE have failed miserably. The
hope of the Gospel alone, the message of redemption and remission of
sin, the message of eternal life in peace and joy with God the Father,
Jesus the Son is not the hope others see in Modern day Christians, they
do not see it, therefore they are not inspired by it. They do not
identify with it, because it has not been presented to them. They do not
dance for it, because no joy has been found in it. The hope of the
Gospel has been presented to the world as a legalistic measure, a burden
and a stumbling block they run from this "Gospel" to a hope that is
temporary...as inspiring as it may be for the near future, it is short
term.

All the while Christians attack Obama for offering the one thing people
desire...hope. While they harbor a greater hope than he (Obama) offers.
Do not be confused, I'm not promoting Obama, who is a man. I am and
always will promote Christ Jesus the Savior of the world and HIS message
of hope, grace and liberty! Although, I will freely admit that if I
would vote, undoubtedly, it would be a vote for Obama! If anyone should
think negatively of my opinion, let me remind you that it was the
Evangelicals that put Bush into office in the first place. So what am I
saying here?? I'm saying return to your first love!

As an African American, my history is filled with the sadness and
devastation of slavery, oppression and a denial of our basic rights. If
there is ANYTHING I, and those like me understand...its HOPE! To see
Obama, a black man, accept the nomination for president on the
anniversary of MKJ's "Dream" speech is truly a beautiful moment for
hope...which proves it can be fulfilled.

Indeed my hope IS Christ Jesus, IN Christ Jesus, FOR Christ Jesus. And
some day...some day very soon, I will see Him returning to replace
temporary hope with the manifestation of eternal truth! Come quickly
Lord Jesus!
Author's Note:
Sent from my T-Mobile Sidekick®. Please excuse any typos and grammatical
errors as I type without a spell checker.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Gospel 101

There is a sentiment among Christians that I must confess disturbs me to my core. I have heard this sentiment several times around forms and comments that I am compelled to speak about here. It is the idea, that unbelievers must "change or give up their lifestyle" to be saved.

"They don't want to give up their lifestyle"

Does this statement sound familiar to you? Maybe you have stated it yourself. I have heard statements of this sentiment repeatedly. It has never sat well with me.

This sentiment not only conveys an attitude of arrogance towards the unbelieving society, but shows a profound lack of understanding of what exactly the Gospel entails.

Gospel 101

Today's Christian society is so upside down and inside out with pseudo doctrines and sayings that the Gospel has become something un-relatable to the unbelieving society.  Because it is un-relatable, it never been easier to brush aside the message of grace as it presented, distorted and full of condemnation. It is distorted by the belief that Christians think they must live "morally" first before they can be saved. It is distorted by the pride that condemns those who live "inappropriately". By and by, we get unbelievers who despise the very (true) nature of Christianity, and in turn Christ himself. Christianity as it is today, divided and confused, is so tangled up with various worship, behaviors and speech of legalism, that it has become extremely difficult for those who are apart of the culture as it is today, to accept the gospel of grace as they know it to mean (by the truth of scripture). They have lost touch with reality in this sense. Condemning the lost for being lost, they present themselves as wholesome and pure. They present themselves "humble" yet, still condemning. Ignoring the basic principles of Christ. Christ came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Yes, I've heard John 3:16 quoted more times than I can count, but John 3:17 is completely ignored, as Christians speak negatively against the unbelieving society they have never tried to minister to!

The Basics

Christianity no longer looks like a model of grace, love and liberty. It has become a model of bondage, condemnation and legalism. I must confess, when I read comments from various blogs such as the one stated above, they do not surprise me, but truly... it makes me sick to my stomach. Such statements fly in the face of the basic principles of the Gospel.

1. The clear purpose Christ was the salvation of man, not the condemnation of man, as stated in John 3:17. I've said it several times and I'll say it until my last breath. Christ never condemned a sinner for being a sinner (demonstrated in various places in the Word) BUT He reacted HARSHLY towards hypocritical behavior in handling the Word of God. (Pharisees and Church, Revelation 2 & 3) If we, as a believing society, do not recognize this act of Christ's, we have every reason to expect His condemnation towards us.

2. There is a lie that needs exposing, NO amount of Bible studying, prayer, meditation, church attendance, counseling etc. etc. etc. will EVER save anyone. The single most life altering thing is belief in Him period. Check this out...it can't be a belief that acknowledges His existence, it clearly explains in James 2:19 that the "devils believe and tremble". So what then, is the difference between your professed belief and theirs (devils)? Hopefully, you'll have a lot more love, honor and respect that comes along with your belief than theirs! So what then, does it mean to "believe" Him. I don't believe that is is that difficult to understand, I just believe that it is difficult for a Christian with a legalistic mind set to apply, thereby, they don't really believe  HIM, as it states in Titus 1:16, in "works they deny him".  Let me expound a bit further the concept of "belief" unto salvation... Any of you who has a loving relationship with another can easily understand "belief unto salvation". If your spouse, parent, sister, brother etc. tells or promises you that they will do something specific for you, let's say go to the store to get eggs for a cake you plan to make, would you not believe them? Would you not wait upon them to provide and deliver upon their promises? Would you not trust them, because you know them? Because you have lived with them so long?? Many of those trapped in the lies of legalism, claim belief  in the Lord, but we don't believe He will deliver those promised "eggs". Many of those trapped in legalism, do not wait upon Him to deliver those eggs. They run around the kitchen... recipe in hand trying in vain to make that cake without eggs. Trapped in legalism, they do not believe, because they do not know Him. It is by this very reason, they condemn the unbelieving society.

3. God is a spirit, therefore, He must be worshipped in Spirit. By default, we cannot... absolutely can not worship Him, know Him, understand Him and recognize Him under our OWN power.

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (This scripture alone strikes a blow against "dos and don'ts under our own power)

17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law" -- Galatians 5:16-18

Only by BELIEF, and TRUST  do we receive HIS spirit to do all of these things, therefore, we MUST walk, live, and focus in SPIRIT, for the time has come that those must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. The danger of legalism, do's and don'ts, is that, it focuses on the physical. It focuses on sins, it creates a physical focus of a spiritual issue that has been taken care of at the cross. If you do not trust Him as simply as you would your own loved ones, then the Spirit of truth eludes you. If you are not walking after the spirit as exhorted by Paul in Romans 8, then all the studying, praying, counseling, church attending, pill-popping, group meetings in the world, cannot and will not help you. It may make you feel better for a while, but you will find yourself in the same vicious cycle once again. Tortured by the devil, who will replay your sins and guilt before you like a broken record, until you have taken all leave of any resemblance of trust, faith and belief in Him, the Savior of ALL in ALL things.

It Begins With Us...

If we as a believing society DO understand these basics then we KNOW and TRUST that any confessed/professed belief of Christ Jesus can only be determined valid in the eyes of God. We KNOW and TRUST that the Holy Spirit of promise is a LIFE altering force, that can change a hardcore such as the apostle Paul into a soul-saving entity! If we DO understand this and accept this, we most certainly do not need to be intimidated by an unbeliever's lifestyle. We do not need to... or wish to... condemn the unbeliever's way of life. Instead, we EXCLAIM and PROCLAIM the name of JESUS! The HOPE and the LOVE of Christ that He loves them as they are! We become fishers of men, and not bearers of bonds!

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" --1 Peter 4:17

What SHALL the end of them be indeed???

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Where Have I Been?

The past two weeks I have been "given to hospitality". My uncle has been staying with us from California. He has been such a blessing and a wonderful houseguest to have. It was sad to see him go! That's what I have been up to the past two weeks :) I am working on my next post and should be up within a day or two. Please feel free to check out the archives for older posts, as well my FAQ sidebar. As school starts next week, I suspect my posts will be less frequent until I can get into a school groove but, goal is to prevent that from happening, so I'll be doing my very best to set time aside for posting. My firstborn starts as a freshman in high school and my oldest son (3 0f 6) begins Kindergarten. It will prove to be a busy week!

I would like to give a "shout out" to my baby girl Roxannah (2 0f 6) who turned 7 on August 15th. And to my baby boy Ezekiel (4 0f 6) who turned 4 August 20th. Happy Birthday babies! I love you so much!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Thought to Share

I was visiting a brother-in-Christ's site and commented on a post he had on Obama. I wanted to share my thoughts here on this post. In light of the general Christian perspective on Obama, and the election of our next presidential candidate, here are my thoughts on the matter.


If we believe in a risen Messiah who has saved us unto eternal salvation, then
we know all is temporal. If we believe that our Christ will return on high, then
we live as foreigners on earth. Knowing this, we are alive and well during the
end times, we know what the eventual end of America will be. No one elected will
form America into moral correctness or purity. It is a fantasy and one not in
alignment with the Gospel.

We have suffered through 8 years under George
W. Bush "rule". We all know what group elected him into office, America has not
gotten any better morally... proving without a doubt the manifestation of the
Word,

"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the
power of God." -- 1 Corinthians 2:5


If any Christian is inclined to
vote, by all means vote! But do it under the power of the Holy Spirit. Do it
with the will of God in mind, unlimited by the parameters of human thought and
reasoning. Never forgetting, that it IS the will of God for Christ to reign
FOREVER as King. Knowing this will, we must be prepared to accept that His
wisdom of the next President of the United States just may not line up with
yours...

Keep your eyes heaven-ward for it IS nearer than when we first
believed...

In the love of Christ,
Hannah

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Pretty Neat Networking Site

I discovered a pretty nifty social networking site called the LordsMessage.com. You can sign up for free. It gives you your personal url and allows you to invite friends to participate in live chat. It also has a message board, journal, blog and more. You can subscribe to iPrayer feed as well. The great thing about it is you promote your own personalized testimony. When the site was referred to me, I didn't think I would find it appealing, however, its pretty wholesome. To network click on this link, Lords Message Network

I liked enough to join it :) check out my personalized profile at: Confessions_ucb feel free to join as a friend of mine! My personalized space on this site is still a work in progress. Take a moment and read my first "inspiring story" at this link: My Inspiring Story . Overall, all I give this social networking site two thumbs up!

Additional links:

Inspiring Story List

LordsMessage Bloglist

There is no "more" :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Lies We Tell

When I was a babe in Christ, fumbling my way around the Word, there was a major issue I need to confront...the lies I told myself. When confronted with Faith, or my lack thereof, I would deny, in the face of evidence, the weakness of my budding Faith. To the detriment of spiritual growth, I would excuse my impromptu speech and/or action, that conveyed the very essence of doubt, the true source of the evil that exists in the world. Hebrews 3:12

If we should not bear false witness against another, as an express command of the Lord (Exodus 20:16), how much worse is our false witness to ourselves, when the Holy God considers ALL without excuse?

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" -- Romans 1:18-20

And if Paul, in this passage, speaks of the unbelieving society, how much more so, are we, tabernacles of the living God, without excuse? Truly the lies we tell ourselves, are lies we tell to the Lord!

The Proof is in the Pudding

As a youth in Christ, my departure in thought and knowledge, from God was evident. I praised Him in church and joyfully singing, but when faced with the trials and tests of life, doubt, anxiousness and fretfulness set in. While trying not to appear unfaithful, those feelings were my main motivators in trying to accomplish a "solution" to those tests. Those feelings, or truths would not be suppressed, no matter how I "behaved" faithfully, or contentedly, they slipped out in actions or words that revealed the truth of the condition of my heart. Me...of little faith...

Christ taught unreservedly the matters of the heart and the truth that lives therein. This principle is undeniable in every existing human on this planet, out of the abundance of the heart does the MOUTH speaks. Don't confuse this simple principle, it does not reference a "slip of the tongue" once or twice, but the way a person's life is lived on a consistent and continuous basis...is a reflection of the status of their heart.

"For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"-- Luke 6:44-46

Indeed many do call Him "Lord, Lord" and do not the things He commands (love, faith). Only the doers of the Word are justified in His sight. (Romans 2:13) I, too, was once an unjustified "hearer", with an evil heart of unbelief, which deceived me into believing I, myself, had to actively live a "moral" life (dead works) to be righteous in His sight. I thank the LORD, my God for the renewing of my mind, by the power of the blood of Christ Jesus, that I have no capacity or ability to do this, but I REST, upon Him for my salvation. No, not the Sabbath, be it Saturday or Sunday, (or any other day in dispute in these forums) not ONE day of the week, I rest, but with every breath I take, I REST upon Him, for that alone is my justification. With my heart I believe He will finish what He started, with my heart I believe His promises to me. For He, my God, my LORD has been nothing but Faithful to me, and has the best interests of me, by which He does by His Holy Wisdom. For this I accept the cup of salvation and declare His works...for He has loosened me from the bonds of a deceitful heart, my sin.

"What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds."-- Psalms 116:12-16

The Heart Cannot Lie

Does this post make you a little uncomfortable perhaps? Does it expose, to yourself, the truth behind that meek, and oh so humble smile? It is not my intent to shame, but expose the truth of sin that the Devil has purported. The lie that sin (singular, departing from God) should be conquered by the flesh, it has been perpetuated in the commands of church attendance as a way of salvation. It has been distorted into rituals of Sabbath-keeping, physical baptisms, tithing, fasting, prayers and yes, bible studies. If you want to keep the Sabbath, keep it because you LOVE the Lord with all your heart! If you want to be baptized do it because your true heartfelt confession and as a witness to Him! If you want to tithe, don't tithe a portion (ten percent) but tithe it ALL, Luke 21:4 and not to a church organization, but to someone who ACTUALLY needs it! James 2:15-16 If you desire to fast, do it in secret, for your own edification and spiritual growth, to solidify your own relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ, the Son. Matthew 6:17-18 If you want to pray, do it because you can't stand living another minute on this earth without speaking to the One, you Love! If you want to study do it because you desire to know Him on HIS terms, do it patiently knowing He will reveal all things to to you in HIS time, do it Faithfully. If anything is done because you believe your "works" pave the way to salvation, yet inwardly your faith and love for and in the Lord is lacking, it becomes religious, ritualistic, unpleasant in the sight of God (Hebrews 11:6) and a load of dead works. Yes, the heart cannot and does not lie, it is why its the one and only place the Lord will look to determine the salvation of a soul. The heart is the one place the Lord will look for righteousness or not, in which, His wrath will one day expose an unfaithful heart.

Hold Fast!

So hold fast to the profession of your Faith, (Hebrews 4:14) realizing that your fight lies in rebuking the lies of the Devil. Holding on to your Faith in an unbelieving society of ritualistic, religious Christians and unbelievers is our fight until the return of Christ Jesus of Nazareth!!

Hear His call!

"I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth." -- Revelation 2:13

"But that which ye have already hold fast till I come."-- Revelation 2:25

"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." -- Revelation 3:3

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." -- Revelation 3:11

 

QUICKLY COME LORD JESUS!

 

There is no "more" :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Righteousness of Self

There are many frightful things in today's society. Guns and people with
guns. TV shows can be a scary thing for a parent. Commercials alone can
be considered soft porn. Driving can be extremely fearful when you
consider accidents and road rage. Maybe you have a certain phobia that
you struggle with. As a child, the zoo was a scary place for me, even
though I LOVED the zoo. I always had that lingering fear in the back of
mind, "What if the lion breaks out of its cage?". I was constantly
composing an escape route at every animal house, despite the fact I was
completely entranced by their existence. As an adult I put those fears
away...sort of :)

When I discovered the truth of my sin I was no longer deceived by it (my
departure from the living God Hebrews 4:13-14). When I took the cup of
salvation made by the blood of Christ, I was set free, and the law of
the Lord was written upon my heart. It is in this adult stage I've
developed a different kind of phobia, the righteousness of the self.

Guns and people with guns is a scary thing, but the scariest thing ever
to happen to man is his own self-righteousness. People in positions of
power entrenched in their own self-righteousness is a scary thing for
me. Christians preaching and practicing salvation by works are lost in
their own self-righteousness, and it is a scary thing to behold. I have
encountered the self-righteous unbeliever and I have been manipulated by
the self-righteous Christian. From my very personal experiences I have
concluded that there is nothing scarier than a self-righteous human.

Self-righteousness, is self explanatory. It is "righteousness" that
comes from the fallible self. Right and wrong is created on the whims
and desires of the self. That self is a law unto its self, submitting to
no one...least of all the Creator of man. Yes, it is scary. Is it any
wonder why God, who IS righteous, declared death to be the penalty of
sin? There are those who claim that an eternal hell is far too steep a
punishment for sin. To them, I say go live in country or county where
lawlessness (accountability to no one) is prevalent and then tell me our
God is an unjust God. Yes, He has been made into a scapegoat, whereby He
is accused for the sufferings happening around the globe, when the
sufferings are made at the hands of the self-righteous, who have
divorced themselves from the Creator.

Christianity fares no better. As whole they are divided, distorting the
image of God by misrepresenting the Gospel of Christ, with various
doctrines of "self-righteousness". It is a principle that a divided
house cannot stand, but a divided house presenting more than one gospel,
pushes the unbelieving society further its unbelief.

Once upon the Garden of Eden, man issued a declaration of independance,
and all hell broke loose. And as long as self-righteousness reigns on
earth, hell will continue to be loose. I thank God for Jesus Christ my
Lord who will return with "the keys of hell and death"! (Revelation
1:18) Self-righteousness IS sin's deceit! Do not be deceived into
thinking that any action of your own pleases the Lord. Only by faith can
He be pleased! Hebrews 11:6 Humble youself in the sight of God, because
without Him, you can do nothing...

" I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing." - John 15:5

Author's Note:

I completed this post via phone. Therefore there are no hyperlinks to
the scriptures listed in the post. I will add the hyperlinks at a later
date. I apologize in advance for any misspellings and grammatical
errors. :)

Sent from my T-Mobile Sidekick®

Monday, July 14, 2008

Author of the Gospel

Jesus said it true, not speaking of Himself, but by the ordination and the power of God, He laid down His life for us.

Those so those would follow Him to the cross, would in turn share the beauty of what God the Father has done for us yesterday, today and forever, in doing so saving souls from an eternal hell. Unfortunately we as a Christ-professing (as opposed to confessing) society have delivered a ministry of condemnation to an unbelieving society.

Before I delve into what the Author of the Gospel portrayed as the Firstfruit of the resurrection, let me first share the words of Paul who, also is an supernatural example of the trendy term "Christ-follower".
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-18

Understanding that we have been given a ministry that liberates, as opposed to a ministry that condemns, we see this liberating ministry in Christ Jesus as He spoke to the woman at the well. John 4:13-24
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Christ's first approach to the woman was to immediately speak about "everlasting water". What is clear is that Jesus already knew the lifestyle of the woman at the well. What is AMAZING is that He does not focus, nor concern Himself of it. He continues to explain, exemplify and glorify the Father for the purpose that she may "see" God and choose God. He corrects her understanding of "worshipping" God in a physical place and explains that God is a Spirit and requires spiritual worship.

Can you imagine how liberating this woman must have felt, first upon realization that she spoke to "a prophet", secondly that this prophet who knew she had five husbands did not condemn, admonish or shame her with this information and thirdly, HE OFFERED HER "A WELL OF WATER SPRINGING UP INTO ETERNAL LIFE!"

"Is this not the Christ?" she exclaimed upon return from her visit with the Lord. Yes indeed it is the Christ! The promised Messiah of Israel! And this is His true ministry, the Gospel, the Hope and Liberty we need to proclaim unto this world in spiritual bondage. What saddens me, and, yes angers me, is that so many distort this message. So many of us focus on sins of the unbeliever. So many of us demand that they "clean up their act first and then come as they are". Too many tout their mission to "clean up" sin, blindly ignore the Gospel of Hope as Christ authored it, and ignorantly forget that our sins were taken care of by His death on the cross. We conveniently forget that the judging of hearts, characters and souls is a job reserved only for a Holy, Righteous God, who is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12

As any Christian can read, Christ did not and does not condemn a sinner for being a sinner, no, He did not come to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:17
Is there any doubt why Christ did not focus on the woman's lifestyle, besides a mere acknowledgement? It was because He was on His way to the cross. As far as He was concerned it didn't matter, He was going to take care of it anyway! Instead, He focused on His mission, SAVING the world!!! I pray that many will minister the Gospel of our Lord that liberates. We have that power, the power of the Holy Spirit, to guide, show the way where the heavy and overburdened can lose their shackles.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Fearless Blogger

I was reading some news on the Internet tonight and came across this article about a blogger from Kabul, Afghanistan, who is a, lone, independent voice in the country. He blogs his thoughts and feelings about the country in spite of threats of violence. He has been even been jailed for expressing his views, his name is Nasim Fekrat.

Here's an excerpt from his blog:

"When I was very young I used to write a bit about the world – my world and the world around me. Then, with access to new technology and the Internet, I started to learn about many new things.
Soon, I remember hearing the word ‘blog’ being used in my English class. I found the first Farsi blog service. And an old friend of mine showed me his blog. It made a big impression on me. By 2004, I was running my own satire and cartoon magazine. But it was shut down by fundamentalist Islamiists. I couldn't write using my real name anymore. For a few months, I was in trouble and had to keep moving around.
But I couldn’t stay silent. I started blogging again. During the first few weeks I received great feedback from people outside Afghanistan reading my blog. They liked it because it was difficult to find independent news from Afghanistan. I was writing in both Farsi and English, and soon many readers were visiting both my blogs. In 2005, I was the ‘Reporters Without Borders’ prize winner for the freedom of expression blog."

Here's a portion of the article that led me to find such an impressive person and blogger who blogs for freedom of expression in the face of fear.

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Meet Afghanistan's Most Fearless Blogger Teaching journalists to write without fear, favor, or filter.

By Jeffrey Stern
Posted Thursday, July 3, 2008, at 12:15 PM ET

Nasim Fekrat. Click image to expand.Afghan blogger Nasim Fekrat

Minutes into Afghan President Hamid Karzai's speech before the Afghanistan Donor Conference in Paris, he congratulated his country on its "independent media," which, having "grown exponentially" since the ouster of the Taliban, is a harbinger of Afghanistan's imminent rise to respectable statehood. With a fresh infusion of development dollars, no doubt, Karzai could build on the thriving infrastructure, cultivate a legitimate civil society, educate girls, smoke out the extremists, and generally rid the world of its turbaned bogeymen.

Not everyone buys that. Though the telecom infrastructure in Afghanistan is growing at a pace that exposes confounding contrasts—kids download videos on mobile phones while their houses lack electricity for much of the day—the mainstream press hasn't grown up as fast. Given expanding access to eyes and minds, the national press isn't as sophisticated as it could be.

That's where Nasim Fekrat, a 25-year-old self-trained journalist and self-styled free-press crusader, comes in. Fekrat works from a small office in West Kabul, his laptop powered by a car battery that sucks up city electricity while it's on so he can work when the power is off. Fekrat founded the Association of Afghan Blog Writers and has taken on the task of recruiting bloggers from all over Afghanistan.

"I believe blogging will change things," he says. "We don't have free media in Afghanistan. We don't have independent media." As far as Fekrat is concerned, the "500 printed publications" touted in Karzai's speech is an extravagant claim, and even if it is accurate, the abundance of choices serves more than anything to saturate the market.

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You can find the rest of this article at MSN Slate. You can find Nasim's blog called Afghan Lord at the link.

 

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What's Going On In London??

A few years ago, I discovered a wonderful ministry by Zola Levitt, a Messianic Jew or in other words a Jewish Christian. I have been a regular reader of his free newsletters up until I moved two and half years ago. However, I frequent his website and occasionally catch the show. Zola Levitt is now with the Lord and his Savior. I miss reading his witty humor and supernatural answers in defending the faith and his beloved Israel. Reading the latest newsletter, August 2008, I found a disturbing comment in the "Ask Zola" section. Please read below...

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Takeover of Britain Continues
Dear Staff,
Greetings. I receive the monthly Levitt Letter in England, where it used to but no longer arrives in an envelope. Just the other day, two American-born Christians giving out literature were arrested by Muslim police. As you know, ours is daily becoming more and more like a police state. On two accounts, I have found my Levitt Letter ripped open and tampered with, I assume by my Muslim mailman. In the last edition, you had two cartoons that could get me in trouble. In the future, can I ask you to please send it in an envelope that cannot be tampered
with? Please understand that this is not the U.S.A. and that the police are scared of Muslims here. Thanks. M. B.

Dear M.B.—
Sorry to hear of your waning civil liberties there. Perhaps it would be safer for you to read our newsletters at www.levitt.com. You’ll see them sooner that way,
and you can copy and paste articles for emailing to friends. —Mark

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British police afraid of Muslims??? Muslim police in Britain??? When did that happen and why has it been allowed?!? It is for this reason I am bold, and affront in my posts. There is no room or time for flowery and sugary messages. There is no time for condemning messages of morality. It is time for fighting Faith! While we all fuss amongst each other, we do not recognize that there has been a breach in security, and has been for a long time now. While we stand divided the enemy moves in quietly and determined. And divided we still stand, ignorant, silly and prideful in our flimsy intelligence.

Yes, I'm angry! I'm angry because we fuss about the dangers of homosexuality and obsess of moral purity, when we clearly understand that is only by the power of grace we are made right in the sight of God. While we fuss about specks and spots, the camel we "swallow" is "only by Faith can we be saved". Only by Faith can we be "pure".  Yes, we all nod our heads in agreement. Herein lies the problem, we have failed to move on beyond the basic understanding of Salvation. As a result we, as vulnerable babes, are powerless to deal with the evil that moves quickly on us.

"Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." -- Hebrews 5:11-14

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," -- Hebrews 6:1

And what a damn shame it is! Yes, our shame be damned! For we have a God that we believe in, have faith in, and trust who is mighty beyond human thought. We have His Spirit, or at least access to that Spirit that can empowers the most weakest of all. We have a Christ who has overcome the world and "WHO is he that overcometh the world but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God"? 1 John 5:4-5 But divided we are, in the dark, and fussing about the "spots" on our clothing!

Let the Word be a warning to us ALL:

"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4

And what appears to be happening in London....that day is right around the corner! It is PAST time to awake out of sleep!

 

Author's Note:

You can find the Levitt Newsletter at this link.

You can find the website at this link:

Zola Levitt

I don't endorse a lot of ministries, as a matter of fact I don't endorse them at all. The only whole hearted endorsement I make is the unity of fallen man to his Savior, Christ Jesus and the Father who created us and loves us all. However I have found Zola Levitt and his ministry to be "in spirit and in truth". I strongly encourage anyone interested in prophecy, Israel and the truth to check out the ministry under the power of the Spirit, fully recognizing that no matter who seems "legit" only God can provide the answers we seek, if He should choose to provide them. May the Lord go before you all...

 

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