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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Sunday

One of our members took the liberty of placing a few snippets of our Resurrection Sunday message on Facebook. Well, here we are:



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

What Really Makes The Church "Look Bad"?

Prov. 14:34 ~ Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

In light of our national conference call dealing with COGIC sexual abuse, clergy sexual misconduct, and victim's advocacy, I have taken it upon myself to examine an issue in a much more indepth manner than I have previously. Of a certainty, some think that dealing with the issues which were dealt with during the call should not have been placed on "public display" and should have been dealt with privately and through various church councils and processes. Although we have been there and done that  with no or very little results, I thought that I should address that issue and those sentiments from a more specific biblical view. 

The Problem:

In many Christian circles the thought exists that those who are aware of certain sins in the church should not talk about and or expose those things because the church may "look bad" or be seen in the wrong light by the world. Some say that we should "just pray" and that things will "work out". Some rationalize their lack of response or failure to address serious topics by saying that no business airs its dirty laundry before its customers or clients, so why should it be a practice of people of God to expose the dirty laundry of the church? Others even say that speaking evil or negative of the church or exposing what is going on is a sign of hatred for the church and not a sign of love, because after all, "love covers the multitude of sin and fault". 

I pose that we should critically examine whether any of those sentiments are in accord with biblical teachings on the relationship of God, his church and the Christian moral value ethic? Should we love the church into silence of its sins and simply relegate ourselves to prayer as the only means to deal with the sins running rampant throughout our churches and sometimes whole denominations? Then we should examine, is it those who expose the sins of the church who make it look bad or is it the sin of the church that makes it look bad? Should "looking bad" be of any concern when it comes to presenting God a living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable unto him? 

These are the questions of greater importance and the questions that those who seek God and are careful to have and allow their steps ordered by him seek to know. In this article, I will look at 3 things as it pertains to this issue:

Section I- The Sin Problem: God's View Both Corporately & Individually
Section II- The Historical Biblical Approach To Dealing With & Exposing Sin. 
Section III- The New Testament Encouragement  & Example Of How Sin Is Dealt With & Righteousness As It Pertains To The Justice Of God.

Let's take a look at this: 

Section I: 
The Sin Problem: God's View Both Corporately & Individually 

Isaiah 59:1-4 ~  1-Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2-But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 3-For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4-None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Unlike in most other religious systems, within Christianity, "sin" is the primary problem between God and man. Augustine (354-430 AD), drawing his context from the Pauline Epistles such as Rom. 5:12-21, termed Adam's sin as "original sin" or the point where the very nature of man was changed from holy to unholy, from righteous to unrighteous. This doctrine has continued to be taught through the ages stating that since Adam, all men are born into sin, and that all men need, by virtue of their birth into this world, a savior.

Looking underneath that and examining the argument more closely, we find that one need not be born or created a "sinner" (one who practices or has a propensity to sin) in order to sin. Remember, Adam was a sinless creation made in the "image and likeness of God", yet still sinned. Further, the devil himself, was created a holy being, but sinned and caused other angelic host to sin along with him. 

Question: So where does sin come from? 

Answer: Sin comes from the core part of man. What Jesus calls the heart:

Matt. 15:18-20 ~ 18-But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19-For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20-These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man

David also recognized this in his famous repentance discourse after his sin against Uriah and Bathsheba had been exposed:

Ps. 51:10 ~ 10-Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

V. 6 of that same passage David states that the Lord desired "truth in the inward parts". It is from this dimension that man serves the Lord. God mad sin possible by delivering man a free will and a choice to serve or not, and to believe or not believe. However, man made sin actual, by making the choice and setting his will in motion. Sin does not come from the extension of freewill of choice, or the ability to chose, it comes from making the wrong choice and ultimately unbelief that God is true in what he has said or done. 

Who Can Sin?

As we have seen, the bible certainly teaches that an individual can sin. The bible also teaches that a "people" or a nation or culture can sin as well. In fact both can be led into sin by their leaders as well:


Isa. 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.


Isa. 3:12b ~ ... O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

God is especially interested in man's relationship to sin. Does man repent of his sins, or does he retain his sins? Does man love his sins, or does he divest himself of his sins? The answer and examination of both of those issues is vitally important. 

Is There A Cure For Sin? 

Thank God there is for those who will repent. From Genesis to Revelation the cure to sin has been pronounced and is available for all. In fact before the very world was created and sin was realized, there was a cure for sin. Jesus was the "lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:18). The early church both taught and understood that Jesus, the true and living Son Of God, with the very nature of God himself on Earth. This was the cure and the answer to sin, "God IN CHRIST reconciling the world unto himself" (2 Cor. 5:19a). As I alluded to earlier, Paul states: 

Romans 5: 18-21 ~ 18-Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19-For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20-Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21-That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin is the vehicle by which we entered into a relationship of death. This relationship of "death" led not only to a physical death, but pointed towards a spiritual death culminated by eternal separation from God. This (eternal separation from God) is a condition that I don't believe any of us know to the fullest degree here on Earth, but one that will be realized when death and hell are cast into the "lake of fire".(Rev. 20:14)

So sin is a pretty serious issue as it pertains to serving God. Unrepentant sin is what separates us from God and is the ultimate culprit that takes life, peace, happiness and joy from us as believers. It is sin displayed through self-righteousness that is hated by God (Prov. 6:16) who is love (1 John 4:16). It is sin that is when covered by men that causes us to not prosper in God's eyes and in his sight. 

Prov. 28:13 ~ He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

So what can we adduce from scriptural teaching on the issues, of which I certainly have not comprehensively covered here? I believe that we can summarize that sin

1- Is a condition that separates us from God & is therefore not pleasing to HIM.
2- Is a condition that causes spiritual death which is represented by a natural death, which we were neither created nor designed to experience.
3- Is a condition that Jesus came to solve by giving his life to redeem us from sin's power, which began with Adam.
4- Is a condition of the heart, and not simply of ones actions. Actions are symptomatic of sin.
5- Is the only condition, rooted in unbelief, by which man can be lost and eternally separated from God.
6- Is a problem that is solved in Christ, as if any man be in HIM, he is a new creature. (2 Cor. 5:17)
7- Must be repented of

Section II: 
The Historical Biblical Approach To Dealing With & Exposing Sin. 

Many who prefer that sin, especially within the church, not be emphasized, go to great lengths to shame those who believe and do the contrary and they especially don't like this part. I have had some say that they don;t even preach sin because "everyone already knows what they did wrong" and yet others say they don't engage sin because "nobody wants to hear what's wrong, we only want to hear what's right". 

Some paint the picture that those who deal with the issues of sin and the prevailing secularism that has entered the church are destroying the church and Kingdom of God, and causing discord within the church. But is any of this true? 

The scripture is actually clear"

Isa. 58:1~ Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Isaiah, called the "Eagle eyed prophet" because he saw saw precisely over so many generations that cam after him, was clear in the message and word that he received from the Lord. As a Prophet to the nation his job was to not only hear from God but to pronounce what God pronounced to the nation. His message was filled with a warning and the clear commendation from God to preach against sin and the sins that the people were committing or going to commit.

We can mention Jeremiah, whose mission was to preach the word so much until he himself would reconsider, because every time he opened his mouth he fell into trouble:


Jeremiah 20:9 ~Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.


There there is the prophet Ezekiel who never saw his homeland, but prophesied just as clearly as his predecessors, Isaiah and Jeremiah. that worked 2 ways, found in Isaiah 3:18 and also 33:8. It goes like this:

Ezek. 3:18 ~ When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezek. 33:8 ~ When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

God decided that the sins of the people was so bad that he destroyed the original inhabitants of the world save Noah and his sons (Genesis 6:5) The sin of Sodom was so great (Gen. 18:20-21) that God decided to destroy the city and states associated with it. Abraham became a negotiator but the sin was so prevalent that God destroyed it anyway (Gen. 19:24). Moses dealt with the sins of the people in Horeb, causing over 3,000 to be put to death as they reveled while Moses was in council with God (Ex. 32). In 1 Samuel 4, the Ark of the Covenant was lost because Eli failed to deal with the sins of his sons Hophni and Phineas. In Leviticus 10 the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, were in sin and offered "strange fire to the Lord" upon HIS alter and were consumed by the wrath of God as a result. In Joshua 7 we find that it was the sin of Achan that caused Israel to be defeated by the small city and army of Ai. 

Then the book of Judges records the sin cycle of God's people and how they never escaped the judgement of sin as a nation until they repented of their sins and God sent a deliverer. The prophets over and over, warned the nation that the people must pay for their sins and that God was not entertained by sin in any manner. Further, God was not indulged by David's sin, causing him to pay for his sin and repent, both tasks that David gladly did when he considered what he deserved because of his sin. 

When the Children of Israel were going into the promised land, Gad, Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh did not want to cross over to the other side. God's anger was kindled and the warning was clear. In return for not going over they were to render their soldiers for their brothers without reservation and follow the obligated and instructed path or there would be penalty. God rehearsed through Moses that even the sin of omission (if they failed to do so) would not be tolerated or looked upon lightly:


Numbers 32:23But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.


God implemented a whole sacrificial system (that pointed toward the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus) whereby sin would be atoned or provided for so that it would not continually hold or have an effect on God's people and God's relationship with his people. God dealt decisively, openly and pointedly with sin in the Old Testament (OT). He did not avoid sin because of what those on the outside thought. In fact, God's dealing with sin made HIS people different from the heathen nations, as they were not to engage and or embrace what the heathens embraced or engaged in. The sin consciousness of the people and of God made the difference. 

For the information contained in this section, we can conclude that 

1- God was not ashamed to deal openly with unrepentant sin of HIS people whether it was an individual or a nation.
2- God did not consider exposing and dispensing of sin a shame, but considered the sin itself a shame.
3- God dealt forthrightly and openly with sin and was not worried about public perception of the people. He was their God and therefore exercised and maintained his right to deal with HIS people as HE saw fit. 
4- Conformity with the world was NOT the motive nor mission of God in dealing with the people. In fact if it was not for his mercy and grace, the people would have been destroyed. 
5- People in position or with titles who sinned were not treated any less when it came to exhortation to repentance, the soul that sinned was expected to repent. 
6- God looked upon failure to obey or follow-through upon proscribed paths of righteousness as an evil and as a sin for which penalties would be paid.  

Section III: 
The New Testament Encouragement  & Example Of How Sin Is Dealt With & Righteousness As It Pertains To The Justice Of God. 


Of course Jesus takes all sins and nails it to the cross, making an open show of the devil and his power:

Col. 2:13-15 ~  13-And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14-Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15-And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Peter In Acts 5

However, that did not stop Peter, Paul nor any of the New Testament Apostles or writers from dealing with sin and encouraging HIS people to be holy. One of the first examples we see of this is in Acts 5, when the husband and wife, Ananias and Sapphira conspired to "lie to the Holy Ghost" v3, by pretending to give all, when they had only given a portion of the money from the sale of their land. In this narrative, we find that God not only dealt with the sin openly, he caused both conspirators who were simply dishonest, to die v.5, v.10, and this was done so that all men could see as great "fear came upon all the church"v.11.

There was no private meetings. Letters sent to them for their approval, or for any begging or pleading in the name of 'love" and Christian "courtesy". There was no council that met to discuss how they could be "restored" and "healed' from their lying or from their sins. There was also no concern as to how the community of believers, which was yet under suspicion and persecution, would be perceived among the world and the public. NONE of those things were either important or emphasized. What was important was the truth and righteousness of God and the preeminence of Christ in HIS church. 

Paul To Corinth

I could go on to many New Testament (NT) scriptures to display this, but one of the most pertinent scriptures is that of Paul dealing with the issues of sin which had arisen in the Corinthian church. Specifically Paul's commendations and instructions to the church in dealing with persons who had been caught up in sexual immorality and sexual sins. An examination of this is really quite amazing, because sexual sins have run rampant, in my opinion, throughout the Christian church. Here is the context upon which Paul would instruct the church:

1 Cor. 5:1 ~ It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

The effort was to deal with a case of sexual immorality and perversion which had arisen in the church. Surprisingly enough, Paul, the same one who wrote 1 Cor. 13 on LOVE and how we should deal with one another in honor, instructed the church to put the sexually immoral person OUT OF THE MIDST of the church. 

1 Cor. 5:9-13~ 9-I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10-Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11-But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12-For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13-But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Paul not only focused on the sexually immoral stating that the church and any member of the church was not to fellowship with him, but he also focused on the covetous, extortioners, drunkards, railers and idolaters who were supposedly "brothers" or fellow believers. So the emphasis here was not to avoid people who were sinners, but the emphasis was to remove hypocrites from the midst of believers and to encourage the church not to have fellowship with those who had ungodly works yet claiming to be Saints. In finality, according to Paul, the church was not supposed to even eat with these folk, which was  Jewish form of high fellowship and honor. 

Those engaged in hypocrisy were not supposed to be begged or pleaded with to get them to stop their sins. They were to be dealt with accordingly and let know publicly that their sins were egregious to God, harmful to the church and were intolerable. 

Am I stating that a wholesale effort should made to do this today? NO. I believe that we are too far gone and the next charlatan that may be rooted up or put out may be US! However, what I am saying is that God dealt with these issues seriously and was not interested in the approval of a Board of Bishops, or a General Assembly or any such council in dealing with it. God is interested in restoration and in restoring the Saints to righteousness and true holiness.  

In this section we can observe the following:

1- God, even under the dispensation of grace, demands holiness within his church and from his people.
2- God is interested in how unchecked and unrepentant sin affects the community of believers
3- God deals with people and individuals to varying degree according to their sins
4- God has delivered standards to believers in how we are to deal with sin and deal with people caught in unrepentant forms of sins. We were never instructed to take them in if they were unrepentant, but are clearly instructed that believers should make a difference between clean and unclean. 


1 Peter 1:15-16 ~ 15-But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16-Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Conclusion: 

From this discourse, we can readily observe that God's command to his body of called out believers is yet the same. God may have changed and redirected his methods of operations in NT times, but his command to righteousness is yet the same. 

God does not care about the church, whatever church it may be, looking bad. God is not looking to be courteous to leaders, who feel that the instruction of God can only come through them when they have failed to deliver the full council of God and have not dedicated themselves to assuring that the people of God are embracing the holy and righteous path of living. 

Sentiments along the lines of worrying about "looking bad" or being "exposed before the world" are nothing more than modern, humanistically inspired emotive and an application of self-righteousness. Contrary to Moses and Abraham pleading with God for mercy upon the people, those who worry about how "we will look" are only seeking to preserve their place and status in the world at the end of the day. It is about self, not about God nor his people. 

Sentiments along these lines of "how we will look" only cater to the flesh and the carnal nature and mind of man. The fact is that neither God, righteousness, nor his judgement makes anyone "look bad". If God did not deal with unrepentant immorality he would not be a just God. Repentance however means not only turning from evil, but also pursuing righteousness and holiness.

I expect what I have set forth here to be debated, and it may even make many angry. However, my hope is that it makes individuals angry enough to read their bibles and repent and go back to the foundation of God that has sustained and helped us and brought us this far. If WE repent this nation may change and I know that there will be a great move of God toward his people. 2 Chron. 7:14 promises that. 

1 John 3:2-3 2-Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3-And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

FAILURE to repent and get this right and minister to the needs of those who have been victimized makes us LOOK BAD. We don't look bad for getting it right, removing the stumbling block and recommitting our environment and church back to God. That will always make us look good. Individuals want to be a part of a safe environment in which certain atrocities will not be tolerated or excused. To do anything less makes us LOOK BAD.  

The question is do we really have this HOPE? If so, produce a victim's advocacy whereby people can be healed, delivered and set free and those who have committed themselves to do evil can be put away from our midst.

Blessed!

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COGIC National Conference Call Victim's Advocacy Pt. 1
COGIC National Conference Call Victim's Advocacy Pt. 2
COGIC National Conference Call Victim's Advocacy Pt. 3
COGIC National Conference Call Victim's Advocacy Pt. 4
COGIC National Conference Call Victim's Advocacy Pt. 5

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

COGIC Sexual Abuse Victim's Advocacy National Conference Call

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Supt. Harvey Burnett of the New Bethel COGIC and I Am My Brother's Keeper Christian Advocacy Council (IMBKCAC.org) and Pastor D. L. Foster of Report COGIC Abuse (Reportcogicabuse.com) will conduct our first national joint conference call designed to address the current state of clergy sexual abuse and victim's advocacy within the nation's largest Pentecostal denomination, the Church Of God In Christ. This live call is scheduled to take place Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 12:00PM CST.

The call is open to all, but especially to those COGIC members who are concerned regarding clergy sexual abuse, leadership abuse, and its relationship to the mission of the church and what the church is doing if anything to address the fallout of such abuses by ministering to the needs of them affected by such atrocities by way of victim's advocacy. 

There will be a commentary session for the general public that will be moderated and questions will be addressed and an action plan introduced. 

Please pass this on to a friend, we want to saturate the Kingdom of Christ with the seriousness of this issue and what must be done to help the hurting. 

Blessed!

Please see THIS STORY for additional information.  


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Stalked...Just Adding To The Testimony

"I’ve already had one come to my home and move to my city, thinking that God said that I’m supposed to be their husband." ~ Dr.Pastor Marvin Sapp, Pastor Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Have you seen Teleka Patrick?

That is the question that many, including Teleka's family, would like to know. Teleka disappeared Dec. 5th, 2013, after taking up residence in Kalamazoo, MI. to go to school and also attend Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, in Grand Rapids, MI. pastored by the # 1 selling gospel artist of all time, Dr. Marvin Sapp. 

Under any other circumstance, that would be good and the end of the story. However, in this case, there is more. 

It seems that Teleka came to the church with some "visions" or should we say "delusions" about what her ultimate relationship with Pastor Sapp would be. You see, according to sources, she thought that the 46 year old, widowed pastor, and father of 3, would be her "husband" and that God certainly had told her this.

"God please help me understand. ... But I am not giving up on you. I love you. I am in love with you. No. You do not deserve me." ~ Teleka Patrick tweet after The Root interview was released

Delusions Of Grandeur?

What Teleka actually got was a restraining order filed against her, and it seems for good reason. Not only was Teleka apparently trying to fulfill her "vision" of being the First Lady, she was evidently "fishing" for information. it seems that she was trying to make herself known and trying to gain all the information possible so that she could "reposition herself" closer to the pastor in effort to take advantage of the situation. The problem is that from all evidence, she already had a somewhat "platonic" boyfriend (James Davis, to whom she last spoke and was trying to hook up with). Even though she showed up at his residence, she was never invited to the Sapp residence and or the church for anything that had to do with Pastor Sapp. She was simply going to make this man love her.

It seems that these things were figments of Teleka's imagination, which has caused the investigating Sheriff in this case to boldly affirm that Marvin Sapp is "nothing more than a victim of stalking in this case." It seems that Teleka received and signed for the order of protection that was filed against her by Dr. Sapp and soon afterwards disappeared. There is no evidence that Marvin ever spoke with this lady, either on the phone, at church, in person, or otherwise. 

I want to make it clear...LIKE THE POLICE, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT MARVIN SAPP HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS LADY'S DISAPPEARANCE!  I also believe that it is en vogue to believe the worst regarding modern day ministers, as we certainly do have some charlatans out there, but Marvin simply isn't one of them!  

Disappearance Or Simply "Shutting Down"?

Recently, within Christian circles, I have heard people say that they are "shutting down". This means that they will be basically unavailable for anything that means personal interaction. You can't call them, or talk to them, they won't come to church and if they can miss work, they will. In some cases they won't take care of their children and will decide to not be a parent because then need "time" to themselves. I have always thought that this approach was strange because how can anyone simply shut off life? True parents can't simply stop parenting. A person is not a company or a building that can be locked up or closed. Persons are not light switches that can simply be flipped. Then a mind or conscious never sleeps or goes away. Not dealing with reality does not make reality change or go away. So how can a person actually "shut down"?

The fact is that the believer was never made to "shut down" or mentally detach themselves from reality.  

Isa. 26:3 ~ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

The believer is to face life's circumstances with victory and with realness. It seems that the minds of many people within the church is under attack but the business of life goes on whether one wants it to or not.

Mental Illness & Mental Instability

Even though Teleka was a medical student apparently in the field of psychiatry, it appears that she may have been a victim of mental illness herself. Reports, by friends and family say that she would disappear on occasion or "shut down" at times. Even though her car was found in a ditch on I-94 (a road which I have traveled all too often) her history causes many to believe that she has simply hidden herself now and that she has not either been killed nor abducted. If that is the case, that she has "shut down", then she may be anywhere, even back in California simply "chillin'" and watching all of this take place.  Hopefully she wasn't abducted on the highway. All types of individuals travel this route and no telling who or what was out there. At worst case, she may be aware of the trouble that her lack of presence has caused and may be interested or satisfied that she is receiving attention. No one knows for sure. 

In some cases the mind is broken and needs to be fixed. I certainly don't blame Teleka if that is the case. I wish her to be found and to recover well. Although I haven't seen Teleka, I have seen many others who have some of the tendencies attributed to Teleka in the church over the years. 

Unfortunately, some that I have seen, like attention at any cost. There are some who have grand delusions and fantasies about Pastors, leaders, and even others such as First Lady's of the church. Yes, believe it or not, delusions are equal opportunity.

More Demons To Cast Out!

When confronted with these sort of things, one cannot be cavalier about addressing and resolving the issues. No one knows where these sort of incidences can lead to and no one knows what those in delusion are actually capable of. The family must be protected and the church secured at all costs. 

Too many individuals think about what the "community will say..." instead of thinking about the costs to family and loved ones...I say, are you SERIOUS? Forget what people think and secure your family and the people of God. CAST THE DEVIL OUT! If that doesn't work right away, get an order of protection and keep those who want to bring foul spirits into the church away.

A Few Tips:

* No matter how large or small the church, have a team of individuals who see and or greet everyone that comes through the door, and never simply bring anyone directly to the pastor, leader or first family unless they are known in advance and are invited.

* At all costs, avoid private dinners, lunches and meals with any and all members without the presence of your spouse. This is ripe and fertile ground for any sort of "conversation" to be misinterpreted. Don't do it. 

* DO NOT have private or closed door meetings with anyone of the opposite sex. Sorry "super pastor"...but you should involve your wife in resolving all issues that deal with the opposite sex in your church. There is no room for "private" or "secretly shared" information between you and the sisters of the church. Some of this so called "private information" is nothing more than a hook to see if you will be excited or interested when certain proclivities are shared. 

* ALWAYS have a person or a group of persons to whom you are accountable and responsible for the handling of certain information that you receive. Report crimes 100% and network with appropriate professionals to secure the necessary help when there are needs.    

* Never give out information to just anyone. Keep information confidential or on a need to know basis and know those who receive information. Folk with delusions research the internet too and whatever information that has been put out, they can access. Stalkers want as much info as they can gather.  

* Keep cell phone numbers private and or exclusive. Not everyone in the church should have the pastor's cell and all women who do should be known by the pastor's spouse. devils do what devils will do, lie and sneak around. Don't fall for the okey-doke, stay on point and most of all be discerning.

* Maintain appropriate internet relationships. Do not borrow money, ask folk to buy or purchase important items (any item), and do not purchase exclusive "gifts" for anyone else in the church. 

* Take internet precautions and do not get into personal "internet circles" with members of the opposite sex exclusively or otherwise. This is certainly the best possible advice for the 21st century church member and leaders. It is way too tempting to think of the internet as something other than what it is...a NET! Folk who would not say a word in person, get on email, twitter, and facebook and let all their inner self come out. Some who are naturally quiet natured (at least in person) get on the internet and tell all. CUT THAT OUT! 

* Dump these so called "prayer lines"! Prayer lines are quickly becoming an open door to just about every heresy and delusion one can think of because there is no accountability to anyone. Folk can say nearly anything because they are supposedly "prophesying" and teach nearly anything. There have been folk led off into the wilderness because of "words" received on prayer lines. Pray with the church. If they have no prayer, implement one. If the Pastor doesn't believe in corporate or church prayer, find another church that does.

* Live what you teach and preach! Simply doing that will keep many of the situations above, away from you, your home and ministry.  

1 Peter 1:13-16 ~ 13-Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14-As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:15-But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16-Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are praying for Pastor Marvin Sapp and his family. I believe that in the end, this is simply another part of Dr. Sapp's testimony. We are also praying for the safe recovery of Teleka as well. Folk that suffer from mental illness need to be ministered to and helped and we pray that she and those others like her, can get and receive the help that they need. In Jesus name! Amen!

Blessed! 

More On This Story HERE & HERE       

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Black", Democratic, & Statism

“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” — former President the Late Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House

In a recent interview with ESPN personality Stephen A Smith, Arsenio Hall brought up a controversy that stemmed from Jim Brown's statements suggesting that the late Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman who was also exonerated and released, should have been spoken up for and supported by all Blacks around the country and more specifically popular Blacks such as Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, who approached the subject critically and with cautious reserve.
In a portion of the clip, which can be found HERE, Mr. Smith deals with politics and how Blacks have often been duped into believing and supporting things that they should not, because of a failure to approach certain subject matter with a certain amount of critical thinking. According to Mr. Smith, one of those things is the allegiance of Black America to the Democratic Party itself.

He suggests the historical truth that former President Lyndon B. Johnson favored Civil Rights as a matter of politics and not a matter of moral ethics. While the Republican Party actually favored Civil Rights as a matter of moral ethics, even though the leading Republican candidate for office, Barry Goldwater, did not personally favor Civil Rights as a matter of politics. According to Mr. Smith, this difference was enough to allow the Democratic party the ability to take credit for championing racial freedoms and Civil Rights when in truth, those rights were actually the product of the Republican Party efforts. The above statements regarding Black allegiance to "party line politics" seemed to have been true to form, as the democrats have taken credit for Civil Rights even against a historical track record of being opposed to it.

Star Parker On "statism"

In her book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor And What We Can Do About It" [Thomas Nelson 2010], social and political activist Star Parker, refers to a book by author and theologian R C Sproul entitled"Welfare Reformed: A Compassionate Approach". In his book, Dr. Sproul refers to a political theory and concept called "statism" defining it as a "philosophy of government in which the state is not only the final ruling authority, but also the ultimate agency of redemption". Star goes on to say this of statism:
"Under statism, civil magistrates can question the integrity of religion and supplant its authority. Federal courts could reinterpret the First Amendment of the Constitution to place a wall of separation between the church and the State. Politicians and judges have sole power to dictate, mandate and regulate all public matters. Civil magistrates can put the federal government in charge of all matters of family, commerce, commerce, and society. Americans can forget about their problems. The government has it under control." ~ Pg. 76  
Understanding The Democratic Party

Although, I don't believe that our deliverance is coming from either political party that claims to represent the people, the fact is that the Democratic party has closely aligned itself with this philosophical approach of statism. The government, according to them, is the final authority in all matters and is, or at least should be, in philosophical control of all things. 

Unfortunately, after careful examination, the Democratic party does not stand for too many things that I or other religious "conservatives" stand for. Not only have they removed "God" from their platform, (as if God simply vanishes because they do not wish him to be there) but they promote abortion, homosexual marriage, (claiming that it is, in itself, a civil right), they balk at religious tolerance by confusing issues between religious freedom and freedom of worship, assuming that they are one in the same. In addition, it seems that the Democratic Party also wants to keep the poor, and Blacks in particularly, "hooked" and on the system, by championing very little that actually allows individuals to grow financially into a condition of independence and compete on par with Whites and other minorities within modern society.

So far as religion and religious freedoms are concerned, the recent court cases of Hobby Lobby is simply one example of Democratic Party vision for America, and Obamacare is a vision of statism. A vision which says that religious worship is simply an act and not a lifestyle and something that can be compromised away or at the very least subdued by the state.


Can WE break away from these philosophies? That remains to be seen. Certainly more and more individuals are awakening to the fact that "big government" does not solve as many problems as it creates, and it always overreaches and sometimes that overreach has irreversible consequences. 

If PASTORS who are called by God, (because all are not called by God) would begin to teach TRUTH again, and illuminate their congregations to truths such as these, we may have a chance at stemming the tide of helplessness through governmental control that has invaded our communities.

Teaching won't make us popular, but it must be done at all costs...as for me and my HOUSE...WE WILL!!!!

Blessed!

Additional Reading:

Huffington Post: The Democratic Party's Two-facedness On Race Relations

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Monday, March 3, 2014

COGIC "Blue Light" Report Special

For nearly the last 7 years I have chased the implementation of a solid and strong Victim's Advocacy policy within the Church Of God In Christ, of which I am a member. Consistently, I have been discouraged by the inaction, passivity and excuses that the corporate church has taken in approach towards the issue. 
Full Text Of This Proposal HERE
Bishop L. Wooten
Bishop B. Porter
I have personally placed a copy of my most recent victim's advocacy policy outline in the Presiding Bishop's hands when he was in Joliet, IL. in 2013. I have personally looked General Board Member Brandon Porter in the face asking him to remind the Presiding Bishop of my presence and proposal at the Holy Convocation in Nov. of 2013, even delivering a copy to him for his personal review and asking him to consider all of those who have been affected by the sexual sins of abuse encountered at the hands of perverted and godless individuals claiming to be fellow clergy and overseers of the souls of the people. To which Bishop Porter responded, "Now you tryin' to give ME a job to do." I have sent facebook messages directly to folk like Evangelist Shane Perry, who loves the sensation of crowd appeal at the expense of deeper truths, and General Board Member Lawrence Wooten, reminding him of the terrible injustices that our people are facing without any assistance from the powers that be within this church. 

Needless to say, Shane Perry, quickly deleted my messages (after which I deleted him as a contact) while my response from Wooten was to DE-FRIEND me on Facebook as soon as he was elected to the General Board...Thanks Bishop...I didn't vote for you anyway!

Even more, as I have documented on this blog, I have tracked down Al "Keepin' It Real" Sharpton, speaking to him and his assistants and various other top ranking COGIC officials on live open air radio (found HERE) only to experience REAL AVOIDANCE and obfuscation of truth as it pertains to how we are conducting ourselves towards victims of sexual abuse...

In Amazement I Gaze

With all of those unresponded to efforts, (and I do have our Presiding Bishop's cell phone on me as I speak but I WILL NOT become or be perceived as a stalker), I am utterly amazed to find that the 2014 COGIC theme is as follows:

"We Are Called To Minister To And Witness To A Deeply Distressed And Troubled World" 
Acts 26:15-18 

(Remember Me? I'm Still Saying...)
WHAT???
Are You Kidding Me???

Before I tackle that why I am amazed, please let me tackle this:

The 2014 COGIC 2 For One "Blue Light" Report Special  

It goes like this...With all the efforts that I said went unresponnded to, well, there was kind of a response...The response was to implement a background screening process for COGIC Clergy. The background screening process was to include a 100% "Zero Tolerance" Policy against sexual abuse and sexual harassment, that the Presiding Bishop was to implement along with the approval of the General Board and that was to filter down to both mean and women who desire to take up a microphone within this church. ...I said, well that's good news...not exactly victim's advocacy...but a good start....a way to self regulate...

2014 Background Check Suspension Memo...

Yes, you read that right...For 2014, and for all those elders, ministers, Saints and friends who failed to pay their 2013 reports, for ONE TIME and supposedly ONE TIME ONLY (Yea right!) the criminal background checks will be SUSPENDED...This means that anyone paying both the current and last year's report this year, will not have their credentials subject to background and criminal history screening....

In an episode from "Pedophiles and Crooks Gone Wild" COGIC has opened their door to any and every charlatan who has been exposed over the last year or so, all without any questions, comments and or concerns...JUST PAY IF YOU WANT TO PLAY!!!!

I know, as I have said before, whatever ministry I had in the rank and file, (just gotta follow my leader at all cost, no matter how ridiculous things may sound church) is over with...to which I say...You weren't having me or this ministry at your church anyway...So I haven't lost a thing!!!

But my heart is certainly burdened to know that SOMEBODY, evidently with little to NO spiritual insight and or concern for those hurting at low levels (and some at higher levels) in this church, either don't care about them that are hurt or are like Eli, devoid of any spiritual discernment, yet with title. 

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE!

To allow potential crooks and pedophiles and even potential rapists to embrace our pulpits without accountability all because of the ability to "catch up" on money that they may owe, is without any resemblance of the Spirit of God. Has anyone considered that the reason that some of these folk are not paying their reports, is because they KNOW they can't pass a criminal background check?

Has ANYONE stopped to think, that perhaps those who try to avoid the criminal background check, may have a criminal history, and many of them may still and yet be engaged in criminal activity? Then there is this: 

Sexual Abuse Settlements Continue

Yes, though swept under the rug and tried to hide, COGIC continues to settle cases of sexual abuse with gag orders and special arrangements to make sure that those who have been victimized will not speak openly about their cases or the arrangements under which they were settled. Such settlements include those like the recent case of Donald Barrett, former Administrative Assistant in Illinois 3rd Jurisdiction,  who was accused of wanton sexual acts with at least 2 women, admitting in his own words to inappropriate activity and actions with the women. Although his former ministry and church settled openly for $300,000, (insurance policy limits) COGIC and Southern California 2nd (General Board Member McKinney) who were also parties to the lawsuit, after some time, settled in an undisclosed manner with a gag order on the claimants to not disclose anything. The door is open for Barrett to now come back, pay his money and proceed as if nothing had ever happened!

SHAMEFUL!  

Yes, the door is open to folk who either sleep with women (and in some cases men), and commit criminal acts to continue in their criminal enterprise. 

The door is open for those who have been exposed by molesting the vulnerable to come right in, pay your report, and continue in a position of authority all without question and or concern...

The door is open, for those fiscal charlatans who steal from the church, mishandle and misappropriate funds, and have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, to simply CONTINUE their sins and unlawful enterprises, under the name Church Of God In Christ, Supt. Elder, Bishop, Evangelist,  and or Missionary all with the approval of inept and disassociated policy and exceptions approved at the highest levels within this church.

This is to our SHAME and to the utter disgust of those of us who know that this church deserves a much better standing and position in this world than what we are seeing and experiencing. 

COGIC, WE are deeply distressed and troubled by these actions and this lack of insight from those promoting policy! 

COGIC WE are troubled by this lack of concern for those who have been truly victimized and suffered at the hands of charlatans!

COGIC WE need to be ministered to if we think that promoting protections for clergy who have defiled themselves with the rudiments of this world and who make sport of manipulating the minds of the people, are anything that God is pleased with and that can be used by HIM in this last day!


Matthew 7:5 ~ Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.


Larry Stockstill was introduced to an auditorium of nearly 5,000 COGIC clergy at the 2013 Holy Convocation for a singular purpose. That purpose was to promote the message of his book, "The Remnant, Restoring The Call To Personal Integrity" and to reach COGIC clergy calling them to greater integrity and accountability. On pg. 15 of his book he says:

"The world looks upon the church's abuse of authority and the lack of accountability as the ultimate hypocrisy."

We know that nobody and no organization upon the Earth is perfect. We and they all suffer from some malady. However, those of us who know Christ and claim to be HIS, have an obligation to Jesus to protect the flock of God, care for souls above all other things and to live what we preach. We MUST do much better than what we have done. We have no excuse for this mess, what we have allowed and what we are promoting now!

To allow, the potential that the ungodly will sneak in or continue to abide by their ungodliness, and stand in our name and pulpits with some sort of credibility is without conscious. It is the highest impiety possible to open the door to the fold, placing wolves in the middle of the flock and then closing the door, saying that "this is good for the sheep!"

Those are not the actions of the caring or those commissioned to Christ. Those are the actions of men who love their own bellies and are full of the fat of their sins!

May the Lord have mercy upon HIS people and the Remnant of this church!

Blessed!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sexual Abuse & Rape...Very Real


Sexual abuse and rape are very real and life altering events that occur in the life of all too many men and women. According to I Am My Brother's Keeper Christian Advocacy Council 
* 1 In 7 men have been sexually molested 
* 25% Of women have experienced sexual abuse
* Less than 30% of sex crimes are reported
* 80 - 90% of sex offenders assault people they know 
These statistics are thought to be much worse because the majority of sex crimes go unreported. 
"As most children do I kept quiet because I didn't know if this was caused by something that I was doing. Plus I didn't want my mother to get upset with me because I knew that she really cared about this individual."
Tami Roman
Such was the case of former Basketball Wives star, Tami Roman. One could never tell that Ms. Roman, a self described "fighter", also the former wife of former NBA star Kenny Anderson (there are a lot of "formers" here), former runner up in a Ms. Black California Pageant and former "Real World" star, is also a former victim of rape and molestation that went unreported for years. 

As found in a 2012 article of Real Health Magazine, According to Ms. Roman, now 44, she was kidnapped at age 21, raped, and held captive for 4 days before her captors let her go. This was a sad followup to a childhood in which molestation took place at age 8 by her mother's then boyfriend, who was in the home and took advantage of her, when her mother would leave for work. 

At the height of "Basketball Wives", one of the noticeable things about Tami's personality on the show was her ability to bully and be brash. That began when she was much younger as a sort of defense mechanism:
"I became defiant and rude and acted out in school. My mother knew there was something wrong, but I just explained things by telling her I didn't like this man, I didn't disclose why." 
For Tami, therapy was an important path to helping her heal from these very tragic and life changing events. 
"I have to say that I did not know that my deep rooted anger or the way I deal with people stemmed from these things and the fact that I was holding them in for so many years. That didn't come out until I started therapy"
The Silence & Isolation Of Abuse

I have often said that a person is victimized a second time by the silence of those who could help, but fail to do so. I certainly yet hold to that premise and will continue to deal with my advocacy for those who suffer from sexual abuse and molestation as a result of their relationship with the church and religious institutions, and especially those who have suffered within my church, the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. Memphis, TN.  

However, I want to take special time to minister to those individuals who come across this blog who may think that their life is over because of these atrocities. I want to say, your life is NOT over and you mean something to God.  The critic says if you meant something to God, he would have stopped this from happening. The fact is that bad things happen to all people, even very good people, all the time. If there can be found any strength, it is in the fact that what happened to you did not kill and or destroy you.  Because it did not and could not do that, you are already an overcomer and made stronger than you ever imagined. 

As I present this article, I am aware that abuse and molestation has no age boundaries and healing has no time limits. As a result of abuse, many have had to struggle with serious issues about one's own sexuality and even sexual identity. I know the path and the road has not been easy. Healing is a lifetime process.

Reconciling the issues of self-worth and assessing one's own self-value may be the proposition and effort of one's life. These facts are often underestimated when it comes to sex and sexual abuse. The prevailing thought is that, "it was just sex"...but it was not "just sex". It was a violation of your being, both physically and spiritually. 

As the abused, or as the family of a victimizer, who often are overlooked, you didn't ask for the hand that was dealt to you. Although the selfish acts of another has damaged you in the wake, you have been given the ability to overcome anything that has been sent your way. Some of you may not be religious. Some may not have ever called on God or trusted in anyone or anything that you couldn't see with your eyes. that's OK, God loves you for who you are, and he loves you so much that his intent towards you is not to leave you as you were.

Healing, You Deserve It

First, don't wast any time trying to convince anyone of your pain. Having to convince others of your pain and victimization and that you are not right mentally or physically, and that you have experienced nothing less than a life changing and life altering event such as this, is one of the most damaging parts of the healing processes. That effort alone can continues to set you back and causes you to relive the pain of abuse over and over. You can be free and deserve your freedom.

John 8:36 ~ If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Second, get a spiritual foundation underneath you. Life is not meaningless and to everything under the sun there is a purpose. The intellectual has lost sight of the fact that there is a transcendent reality. If not, then all is without meaning and suffering is merely suffering alone and without purpose. However, in reality, and with Christ, that is not the case. In Christ Jesus, we have a high Priest who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmity" Repair the damage spiritually.

Romans 10:10 ~ For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Recenter and refocus. it may be time for a new circle of friends once this information is out in the open. Abuse tends to tell a person that somehow they are not deserving of liberation or freedom from pain. That is a trick of the enemy. Do not deny yourself the refreshingness of being around people to whom you can relate and who will continue to apply the healing salve of Christ in the beauty and glory of holiness. From this moment on you can live your best life. Now as a scheme to get or gain wealth, but as an overarching life premise in the seat of your soul. You have the rest of your life to live so live it reaching out and helping others overcome what you have made it through.        

2 Cor. 5:17 ~ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Share Your Story

Personally, I would like to hear your story. I may even feature it here or on the I Am My Brother's Keeper site so that others will be encouraged and inspired. You may save not only yourself and your most close loved ones, but countless individuals who are sitting on the edge wondering if there is any hope.

Feel free to share your story in the comments section or anonymously via email at Dunamis1@netzero.com or Imbkcac@gmail.com Thank you.

Blessed! 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Is The Euthyphro Dilemma Really A Dilemma For Christians?

The Question: Is Good Good Because It Is Good, Or Is Good Good Because God Says It Is Good?

From CARM Ministries, the summary of the problem and the answer:  


Blessed!

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Babies & Morality...What Are The Real Implications Of Current Findings?

Anderson Cooper's 360 on CNN has recently taken off on this presentation that 60 Minutes did a couple of years ago when they examined studies on the foundation of human morality at Yale University's Baby Lab. This reintroduction of this material has gotten all kinds of attention and commentary and thoughts are all over the board on this one. 

Question: 


This is somewhat of a trick question, but, is it even possible to be moral or to distinguish good form evil without God?

Enter the Baby Lab of Yale University

The Baby Lab sets forth scientific information, not spiritual information nor information that is designed to support one dogma or another. The scientists clearly believe in evolution and the evolutionary path, but their findings can be interpreted in a different sense as well. Here's the vid:



As I stated, this is a trick because we can never be or have never been truly "without God". God is present even in the life of an atheist to the extent that the presence of God cannot be removed from his creation or the earth as we know it. At the root of the question however, is does one need God, in the sense of saving faith, to be moral or to distinguish good from evil? 

My answer to this complex question has always been NO. One can be good, moral and distinguish evil from good ONLY because God has built the ability to distinguish good and evil in us as people, so that we are without an excuse for the path that we have chosen at the end of the day. 

Now, there is a perversion of this called "human morality". This is the type of morality that humans establish to prove that they are "better" than God and have higher values. While these attempts arguably fail miserably (because it's like a child crawling in the lap of his mother to slap her in her face and tell how how to take care of babies) We can say that men without God have established their own twisted and perverted sense of what is right and wrong, supposedly rooting that in what they call "rational thought". 

In the world of so called "rational thought" the concept of God and the boundaries that come with religion in general, restrict truth and make discovering truth more difficult. See, according to them, in this world, we should allow everything to go...live and let let...do as thou wilt...y'u-know, all those satanistic values that Anthon LaVey perpetuated...no restrictions, no boundaries, but whatever one's will is, that's what one should do....ie hedonism...Well that's well and good until someone does what they wish that isn't in accord with your wishes...

Bottom Line
Whether God is acknowledged or not God has communicated certain attributes to man and mankind. Moral and freewill choice being a couple of them, that we can exercise whether we accept HIS reign in our lives or not. In other words, the gift of life and choice between right and wrong does not simply go away because we choose evil. Although we are powerless to "save ourselves" we are able to make a choice freely based on how we are created. 

The Materialist Conundrum: 

If God does not exist and we are merely material or products of natural processes it is impossible to know or distinguish good from evil. Why? It is really rather simple...It goes something like this: 

If we are truly and only products of the material realm, by what process can we ever arrive at morality? Material, rocks, dirt, trees and anything else known as material matter makes no moral assumptions and has no moral values other than the values ascribed to them by human agency for whatever reason that might be. There is no moral position of a rock or material even if acted upon by chemicals and water over time...Morals are not what is called inherent in material mater. So the whole process of evolution, if one believes in evolution, cannot get out of the gate...on top of this, the moral question of materialism becomes a futile effort. 

Morals exist in humans and unlike that of apes and rats (atheists go so low on the chain of life to make comparisons when they hear things like this) Human values do not only promote the species, they fulfill life and cause life to be and become what it is. Interestingly, humans, undertake moral values and questions, on the shoulders of God, not in spite of God. God is the principle that provides the distinguishing factors of truth and the ability to distinguish between good and evil. There is no materialistic mechanism for this in any sense.

Ultimately Speaking... 

Under a truly materialistic paradigm, good and evil receive the same reward. They are merely built in premises that a person is bound and destined to follow fatalistically. Like the Matrix, all individuals are simply acting out their program. Atheist Alex Krauss says, "all physics are deterministic". This means that nothing acts randomly, not even thoughts. In the deepest sense, there is no choice or freewill under materialism. The mind is set from birth. This, by design, excludes any intervention of God to any degree in life's equation. However, it also strips one of any ultimate culpability for their actions in any sense. Duties are only to self or a close group or community, never to any ultimate authority. 

If there is no God, in the most deep sense, all actions are justifiably equal. The raper and robber are as good as the hero and the law abiding citizen.

Thank God that materialism is FALSE! 

The Sin Nature:

Having worked with children in a child daycare for 16 years as a profession, I can readily and easily see the sin nature at work in children at a very young age. What we find the doctors revealing is that a "sin nature" exists. They call it being selfish. The "us vs. them" mentality that these researchers reveal by the behaviors of certain children are the byproduct of sin in our hearts. Any bigotry and racism as outlined are as a result of the fall and our human values after the fall.

This is why man need a savior. Babies can't distinguish these things. However just as God distinguishes them, and men observe the actions, God knows what exists. Form a very early age, we can see that children identify what is right and what is wrong. What they do with that is their freewill even at that age. Interesting. 

Certainly these things will continue to be talked about for generations, and rightfully so.

Blessed!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'm Baaack!

Are you still saying "Happy New Year" to some members of your church? 

Well, I know the readers of this blog have been wondering where I have been and what has been going on...So Happy New year to you too! 


I have taken on some new duties, responsibilities and the schedule has been heated up...I decided with all that is happening to take somewhat of a break from writing, but Oooooohhhhh my...don't think for a second that I have not been busy examining the changes within out community and nation with plenty of insight from the Lord on what is happening both in the church and within society...There is plenty to fight, advocate and stand up for and God and his people are certainly on the move. 


So Much To Pray For...So Little Time

Since my last post in Nov. of 2013, much has happened...We have probably had the most extensive winter than we've seen in years, and in some cases American history...Our poor folk in Atlanta can't function with a couple of inches of snow on the ground and would probably go off the map if 4 to 6 inches of snow fell...Current expectation is that an inch of ice will continue to paralyze the South. We are certainly praying for all them that were injured and for the families of those who lost their lives in the most recent storm and for the safety of them that are preparing for another round of winter. 

I know that there is a great deal of upheaval in the world. We have a civil war in Syria, the advancement of the Palestinians who have never had a nation or been a people, and all kinds of international uprisings and such the like. 

Then, there is the advancement of the homosexual agenda in America both through the courts and by this President and the Democratic Party in general...
Is there ANY REASON that a believer in Christ should vote democratic in the next Presidential election? 
I can't think of ONE THING that the Democrats have done and stand for that represent my interest or the interests of most Americans that I know....I actually can't think of anything that the democrats believe in that attracts me as a Black man with a family and the head of my household. Not ONE! Certainly the Republicans aren't exempt or just get a pass either...They have done and are doing their fair share of damage too...Well maybe that's just me....

Isn't it special that the only way that the homosexual agenda can advance is through the courts and by weak legislatures who overlook the will of the people? We all understand that the "will of the people" can be wrong and that "might" does not necessarily make right. People, through their "might" can choose a path that disenfranchises groups of people. I dare say that slavery is one of those kind of things. Noone understands this sort of sentiment better than those who have studied and lived through the Civil Rights era. However, what we are talking about is normalizing and ultimately endorsing "behavior" as opposed to inherently obvious diversities that cannot be worn off or changed through behavioral modification or by any other method. 

Look at it this way, Black cannot be "silenced" nor suppressed and it is obvious for many to see who is Black and who is White...How a person has sex or who a person loves, cannot be known until a person acts upon their feelings or inclinations. This is a vast and marked difference which makes all the difference in the world. This is forever why the fight for sexual acceptance will never been in the same league as the fight for racial parity and acceptance. 

Back to politics...Look at it, in almost every situation where gay normalization has been before the PEOPLE either by referendum or some other public vote, (not the sick legislatures who violate the will of the people whom they have been elected, commissioned and charged to represent,) gay normalization has been rejected. Yet, legislators continue to pass laws in favor of the homosexual agenda, for fear of being demonized and shamed publicly. In most cases, the demonization doesn't come from their elected base...it comes from organizations that claim to stand for "human rights" such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Lambda Legal and such like who, from a distance, seeks to shame those who don't hold their values. 

Standing for something, may cost popularity, but this is America and taking and making a stand is a courageous thing to do and something that should be done at all costs when that stand is for truth and righteousness. 

What of Sochi?

This whole attempt to "shame" can be felt around the world. I believe that if we look close enough we will find that HOMOSEXUAL advocates proliferated the lie that Sochi would be the worst and most dangerous Winter Olympics filled with terrorism...I am not so enamoured that I look beyond the atrocities of Russian Communism, however, separated from that, I believe that homosexual advocates deliberately tried to instill fear and even sabotage the games in general. Why? Because Russia (as I said, criticize the Communists all you want) had enough NERVE to stand and condemn homosexuality as a lifestyle and as a human right in their country.... For that I say KUDOS RUSSIA!....As former KGB leader President Putin expressed, no one is trying to lock anyone out, no matter their sexual preference or practice, but the proclivity of a person doesn't change society and neither will it change their laws. Do what you do out of the public eye. I believe that after years of decline, Russia understands that whatever society is allowed to practice, so is society and so goes society. Although I can't say that the Church has had any influence on the governmental position on the issue, I do know that the Russian Christian church has been on an upswing. I can only pray that that upswing works according to God's word and brings liberation and peace to millions. 

It seems as if no one was intimidated by America insulting the Russian's by sending Billie Jean Lesbian King as an American representative to a country that doesn't allow the open practice of homosexuality. This was a shameful and disrespectful act and only shows a lack of character that has seemed to embrace this country's elected leadership....Like they said on Fat Albert, the President's actions were like, school on Sunday...NO CLASS! This is and will continue to be an important issue I'm sure.  

What Of Religion In America?

The religious front is filled with all sorts of action over the last few months. From folk eating grass "in the name of the lord" (their lord- NOTHING to do with the true and living God) to all sorts of new debates over the compatibility of religion and science one can expect that nothing has slowed down in this so called "scientific age of enlightenment"....

This debate is even commonplace on America's most watched TV shows. While watching a recent Cop show, a character stated an atheist theme song that "faith is believing in what is irrational while claiming rationality" I couldn't believe my ears at first. I said, wait a minute...faith has nothing to do with irrational belief...(except for in the mind of a caveman). A simple proof of that is that we BELIEVE that folk have minds and can and will change or act or follow and outlined path of behavior that is set before them...we BELIEVE that prisons will cause criminals to reconsider therefore curbing crime, we BELIEVE that our friends will come to our rescue when we are really in need. Are any of those "beliefs" all of which remain to be proven, irrational? Simply put, faith has nothing to do with irrationality. Rather, rank and ultra skepticism displays itself to be irrational. Having or needing a proof for what already is, IS an irrational approach to nearly anything and everything. 

Example, do we need a proof as to why a car engine starts when it is built properly? Then further, do we hold that because we can explain how the engine works, that it has not been built? To come to an understanding of how something functions, and then to believe that because we understand it, that there are no higher principles at work, is an irrational position and presumption. These sort of things are irrational belief systems in action, and sentiments of this sort exist among many of the modern atheists and God haters...Yes, they claim they don't hate God, because they "claim" he doesn't exist, but we KNOW the truth... They are HATERS! Sins have blinded their eyes and filled their hearts with hatred against the one that gives them both breath and life to display their hatred...So sad...so true!

Then What Of The Church?

Now, to be fair, there is still plenty of self inflicted damage that the church has done and is doing to itself...For example, my goodness...My church, the grand ole COGIC has yet failed to adequately deal with the healing of victims of sexual abuse. Although we are setting new procedures in order to collect money and secure the fees of credential holders, we have YET to produce a national plan or program that address the pain that victims have suffered as a result of the sins and perversion of some of those who have been entrusted to leadership. Here is the outline of my plan that I will continue to push as long as the Lord gives me strength to do so. 

The Catholic church continues to experience the revelation of cover-up after cover-up...as much as they would like to "pretend" and see the world at "peace" I guess even the Seagulls and Crows know as long as
they ordain priests and leaders with suppressed gay and pedophile feelings, that there can be no peace....

Now, by revelations that are confounding congregations all across America, Bishops and Pastors yet continue to come up with "lust children"...They are those children born out of wedlock and due to adulterous affairs of these leaders years ago. Now, these children are suddenly suddenly showing up, demanding rights and attention....Oooh Yes, I am sick of it too, but don't be fooled, and don;t get it twisted. The women who in many of these cases, think that they are on a "righteous mission" by exposing these men, and even in some cases, used sex as a way to make money and a source of income from preachers and weak leaders, are just as bad as the preachers who fell into their arms...Don't think for a minute that a person "exposing" these bishops and leaders deserves any kind of pat on the back...Some of them were whores laying with whore-mongers. They get no reward for exposing the preachers, and as they do they expose themselves too! More on that in another writing....

So yes, much has happened and much more will happen. Glad to be back and for all the haters and debaters, there will be much more in this coming year to hate and debate over, but in the end...JESUS and them that follow HIM...WIN!

Blessed!

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