- My first brush with Black Liberation Theology was when the director of a program I was instructing attempted to cast the “blue eyed devil” out of me. Thinking he had caught me off guard, but my knowing that “the blue eyed devil” was an Islamic aspersion regarding Anglos, I responded, “My eyes are green. If you want to cast out the devil, then you’ll have to physically throw me out of the room.” After subsequent research spurred by this unusual incident, I came to find out that the Blackness Movement, as Black Liberation Theology was then known, was a hodge-podge of Pentecostal Christianity, African spiritualism, and Farrakhan-inspired Islam, all centered on a persons skin color identified as “Black”.
- Barack Obama clearly states he was saved into the Christian faith 20 years ago. However, closer examination proves that the church and pastor under which he was led to salvation, Trinity Church of Christ and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, maintain a paradigm of Black Liberation Theology. The farther we delve into this questionable theology that, at its core, regards skin color as the measure of God’s justification or lack thereof, the more we can ascertain that it is not a system that would reflect foundational Christian beliefs. It is, as I discovered back in 1990, merely a hodge-podge of spiritually sounding Black radical suppositions with no Biblical base. In essence, Black Liberation Theology, or Blackness, is a cult, joining the Black Panthers with The Nation of Islam, using Pentecostal fervor as its excuse to deceive those Black Christians who continue the myth that all whites hate all blacks. Like any other cult, Black Liberation Theology lies about its inner workings, and uses deception to recruit new followers.
- If Obama was “saved” under such a theological system, he is no more a Christian than is a Mormon, for example. Merely identifying one’s self as a Christian, going to church, and following form doesn’t qualify a person as a Christian. Foundational to Christian salvation is the belief that Jehovah is God and that Jesus was born a Jew. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus are Black; Cone’s initial unwarranted theology is in grave error concerning this issue. God exceeds skin color and, for all practicle intents and purposes, Jesus is Jewish, having ascended to heaven in his Jewish earth suit.
- Why is it important to understand this aspect of Obama? Because he represents a movement to usurp the true Christian Church, a movement that, at its base, would redistribute “white” wealth to the oppressed “black” minority, and move us into a totalitarian and revolutionary political system modeled after Stalin’s Russia; non-black Christians would be targeted for institutionalized oppression and possibly extermination. Black Liberation Theology is not about Jesus, it is about justifying a radical revolution that would overthrow the U.S. and its Constitution. Barack Obama, having been allegedly saved and tutelaged in such a cultish church as Trinity under such a purveyor of lies as Wright, is no Christian. There’s a reason he has not submitted his “Christian” faith beliefs to questioning by true Christian theologians; they would not stand.
- Even in this flesh, the Bible says we are all one blood, there is effectively no race based on skin tone or national origin. (Acts 17:26) The only race is the new race, Christians (1 Peter 2:9), the race of Jesus believers, not black, white, or any other skin tone. Jesus believers must have a foundation faith based on Biblical pretexts and principles. Those that don’t, who can’t align themselves with the Nicene or Apostles Creeds, such as Black Liberation Theology, Cone, Obama and Wright cannot, are not Christians.
- Salvation is simple. Believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Believe he died on the cross for your sins. Believe he descended to hell, was resurrected, and ascended to sit at the right hand of Father God. Say a simple prayer of faith, “Jesus, I believe. Come into my heart and be my Savior.” The Holy Spirit will then fill you with God’s peace. Start reading the Bible at John 1:1. Go to a Bible believing church. Tell others of what Jesus has done for you.
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- As a result of a severe head injuries received in a car accident, I suffered progressive blindness over several years. It was determined that brain lesions were the cause. Of course, I prayed and had many other people praying for me. As the blindess progressed to the point where I could no longer work, I felt like a yo-yo regarding faith. One day I just knew that I would be healed, the next I would despair that God would ever answer my prayer. I never let go of Jesus’ promise, even in the darkest time, but the frustration and struggle were overwhelming. After about three years of this progressive affliction and after just having lost a job due to blindness, I woke up one fine morning and could see perfectly, no more blindness. I thanked God for His faithfulness and shared such a wonderful healing with those around me. Even now when I share this particular healing testimony with those who are sick, a real faith connection is made in their lives when we pray for healing.
- I’ve put a lot of thought into what God did in my life. My faith was surely tested, and I learned so much about faith during this affliction. I learned that faith believes what it can’t see. Faith is stubborn. Healing isn’t earned, bought, or deserved, but it is a full expression of Jesus’ unfathomable love. And healing is for everyone who asks, it is truly “the children’s bread”.
- The great struggle is to grasp that God always heals. Hence the reference by Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer “…in earth, as it is in heaven”. I give credit to cousin Bob Friebel for explaining this verse. He states that God has already provided for healing through the stripes of Jesus’ beating, the healing provision is complete. Our end of the healing transaction is to have faith, and that through that faith healing is delivered to this earth as it already is provided for in heaven.
- So, I can state that, for me, healing is real, it is for today, and that I’ve prayed for people who have been healed of diseases ranging from terminal cancer to withered limbs. Scripture indicates that the apostles continued the healing ministry of Jesus. The Great Commission at the end of Mark 16 indicates that we, generally as Christians, are to heal the sick in Jesus name. Healing is not reserved for any particular church office or sacrament. Christians can heal the sick through the prayer of faith any time, anywhere.
- There are those who disagree with the concept of healing in today’s time. To them I would simply state this. The healing I have experienced both personally and in those I have prayed for is a Biblically based concept. No one ever came to Jesus, or any eventual followers of Christ, and asked to be made sick. They always asked for healing, and they were always healed. In the Bible, sickness was never put on anybody to prove their faith. Sickness is not what God gives us. It is not “our cross”. It is an evil perpetrated on our bodies by Satan, who is our enemy. Healing is good and surely from God. Healing reflects God’s nature of restoration, resurrection, and blessing.
- Now, I’m not going to trade in my eyesight to fulfill someone’s idea that “healing is not for today”. I can state, clearly and upon a Biblical basis, that healing is real, that it is for today, and that anyone can pray and ask the Father in Jesus name, with the Holy Spirit accomplishing God’s Word of healing.
- So get ahold of the Scriptural promises for healing. Look up “Jesus healing” on the internet, do a concordance study, stir up your faith with Bible study and prayer. If you’re sick, email me your phone number and we’ll make contact for prayer. Consider a fast to seek God’s face concerning your, or someone else’s, illness.
- Finally, don’t ever let anyone create doubt concerning the healing Jesus PROMISED us in His Word. Healing is for you, today, now. Simply ask the Father in Jesus name to heal you. Hold on to His promise, faith it through, and it will become “…in earth, as it is in heaven”.
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- What about those crazy street preachers? Well, I must confess to several arrests for street preaching over the years, but moreso to the souls that came to know the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior. I’m a ringer in this argument. Why, among all the other ministries one can perform in the kingdom of God, would any person stand on a street corner and shout out to passers by that they can “repent and be saved”?
- This passage from Mark clearly delineates the Great Commission. Is it just to the apostles? Acts indicates that this is not the case, that “preach[ing] the gospel to every creature” is the duty of all Christians. Paul asked, “How shall they…hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) If those people in our lives do not hear the gospel, guess who God calls in to question? Us, that’s you and me, brothers and sisters. Can I get an “Amen”? (can you hear the pin drop?)
- Street preaching is not a gift of the Spirit, not an Ephesians 4 body ministry, none of that. Rather, it is a practical fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission mandate to all Christians. The man who introduced me to street preaching in 1976 put it like this. The person we’re preaching to on the street awakes in his air conditioned house, gets into his air conditioned car in his air conditioned garage, drives to secured indoor parking at his job, and goes to work in his air conditioned office. He lives in a bubble that he has created, that is void of Jesus. Enters the street preacher who shares the Word of God, preach out in the street, who bursts that bubble for perhaps the first, and maybe the last, time in this person’s life. This might be this person’s only call to the Cross, their one chance. What a wonderful description of what a street preacher does.
- Again in 1976, the pastor of my church told me that “preach” doesn’t mean to go out on street corners, preaching to and talking with people about Jesus. Out came the Strong’s Concordance. The original Greek translates “to proclaim as a town crier”. I shared this with my Spirit filled, gospel preaching pastor, and he really had no reply; he was frankly ashamed but, regretfully, unrepentant of his contrary stand. Of course, my friends and I continued our preaching.
- You don’t have to be ordained to preach. You don’t have to be a particularly good speaker. A young man came out with me last week, got bogged down in an existential philosophical crisis during the middle of his street sermon, and I told him “say the Name”. He stopped philosophizing, shouted out the name of Jesus, people stopped and were positively impacted. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar, my friends. You don’t have to have years as a Christian. You just need to know Jesus as your Lord, Savior, and Friend. Share that aspect of Jesus, the Person you know and appreciate, share why you love Him, what He personally did for you. Jesus in your life is the very best sermon you can ever share.
- And that’s all you really need to do. Find a well traveled area in your town or in a neighboring city, stand up and loudly say “Jesus”. Most people know exactly who you’re talking about. For those who don’t, expand on His death in our stead, His resurrection, His ascension, and His justification through the Blood. You might even want to say “Jesus loves you”, which is the best thing to say if you’ve forgotten your pre-prepared ideas which you will, of course, keep short and sweet, always including the Name. Saying the name “Jesus” is as powerful a sermon as you’ll ever hear.
- My best advice is to take a buddy to run interference, to be respectful to the police without letting them to ultimately cause you to stop preaching (submit peacefully to arrest if that’s the case), don’t block the sidewalk or entrances, and don’t grab anybody. Someone might say to you ”I’m Jewish”, “I’m gay”, “I’m an atheist”; to these folks I reply,”That doesn’t exclude you from the unfathomable love of Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you, He died for your sins, He rose again from the dead just for you!” Offer to pray with these people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen miracles happen right on the street when praying with folks. For practical tips, there are some great videos on Youtube. Just look up “street preacher” to get an idea of how it’s done. As well, the internet offers sites specific to street preaching.
- Is street preaching radical? You better believe it. But the angels rejoice when that man or woman has their bubble burst, goes home from your street sermon, and gives their life to Jesus Christ.
- And as to this passage found at the end of Mark? Some modern Bible translations discredit it, but not my Textus Receptus KJV. If it’s good enough for Martin Luther, it’s good enough for me.
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“We are not so smart as He is dumb”
My apologies for the three year hiatus. A move prompted by God to the mission field and the subsequent struggle to establish a small, but thriving, church here in the wilds of southern Colorado, caused a delay, but here I am back to the Blog, and glad to be.
Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time…”
Daniel 5:33 “The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men…”
Since the last post in 2008, candidate Obama is now President Obama, he who lifted his hand in February 2011 and started a world wide neo-Bolshevik revolution, his agenda stated by me in 2008, he and our Congress having collapsed our economy and destroyed our foundations in these few short years. Homosexuality is now not only legal in our society and military, but we who oppose it are now subject to hate crime laws. The first target of the “Arab Spring” was Coptic Christians, who were murdered in the name of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood is being handed entire countries by our President and Congress, with the aid of the U.N. and the EU. “Occupy Wall Street” has now “randomly” spread around the world with the help of George Soros. The world global monetary system is in collapse. The U.S., the EU, and many of the world’s governments are looking for a savior.
The scriptural references I use are regarding an “appointed time”. Throughout the Bible, we see this idea, from Genesis to Revelation.
One has to ask, “Is this the appointed time of the end?” Can we Christians pray away the evil we see being introduced to the entire world, and especially in and from our nation? Is there anything a plain Christian like ourselves can do to stop such a Satanically oriented plan? Or has God Himself appointed this as a time of judgement, the time of the End of the Age?
Knowing that there is an end to this age and that it results in the return of Jesus Christ to set up His new kingdom, we, as Christians, look forward to His return and yet, in Revelation, we see that we are going to go through persecution, including beheadings, and a time of great strife and want. Jesus tells us not to pray for the hastening of this time, it’s that full of disaster, harshness, and death.
Some Christians believe we will be spared the hard times of Revelation, being “raptured” before these times even start. But between Revelation 20:5 which occurs AFTER the apocalypse (“This is the first resurrection.”) and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (“…and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds”), there remains no doubt that Christians will not be “raptured”, that, if we live until that time, we will see the fulfillment of the book of Revelation first hand.
I personaly believe we are close to the end. The stone building blocks for the Jewish Temple are completed, and the Temple will take no time at all to erect. All the implements for worship await, and all that needs to be accomplished is for the seals of Revelation to be opened. Theologically speaking, they already may have been, their being so seemingly vague.
Concerning the “End of the Age”, Jesus said no man knows the day nor the hour of his return, but He also stated, regarding His return, that we should be aware of the signs of the times.
I’m not going to be a Harold Camping, but I’ll say this. We are at the cusp, we are at the beginning of the beginning of the end. The first two seals of Revelation 6 MAY have already been opened. We COULD be in that period right now. Never before in history has the ability for a truly global system, needed for the antichrist to set up his own system, been available. Israel becoming a nation, a global monetary system, global communications, all point to the basis of the antichrist system that heralds the End of the Age and the return of Christ.
All I’ll say is this about that. Keep your lamp filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit, keep your wick well trimmed, watch and pray.
The Holy Spirit will let ALL Christians know. Every one of my Christian friends and acquaintances believe we are there, at the tipping point.
I’ll leave it for you to decide, but the time of the end is appointed, and when it arrives, all the prayer in the world will not change the course of the return of our King, Jesus Christ.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
“We are not so smart as He is dumb.”
- But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father. And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan; because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead. Joshua 17:3-6 KJV
- I’ve worked in predominately female vocations, and can’t tell you how many times a female coworker has said “I’m sorry” for just doing their job. I might’ve been surfing the net for no reason in particular, but if a woman had to bump me from our shared computer for work-related activities, she’d say “I’m sorry”. And I can’t tell you how often my beautiful wife has set a perfect dinner in front of me and apologized for some miniscule imperfection I didn’t even notice. How can she be sorry for such a great Italian meal?
- On the other hand, a man will only say “I’m sorry” as often as he’s determined he’s committed an infraction, and not one single time more. But women often say “I’m sorry” for no apparent reason, and say it in such a way as to portray a deep and personal regret. Is it a generally bad self image among women that begins during their childhood? Is it the result of a world rampant with neglect, abuse, and disregard toward women? As children, many men are neglected and abused as well, but we generally don’t apologize unless we pragmatically judge ourselves as being truly in the wrong. Something a lot deeper than just having a bad day is behind the constant apologizing that women tend to do.
- While reading Joshua’s account of Zelophehad’s daughters, we find no such apology, no “I’m sorry” preceding their demand for the inheritance given to them by the Lord. We can imagine them coming before the council of the priest, Joshua, and the princes of Israel, demanding the land that would normally go to male heirs. We don’t know the background of these bold women, but we know their positive attitude did not come from self-actualization, self-empowerment, or self-realization. All of the “self” centered fixes to women’s deep seated spiritual issues are ineffective. They will not gain any woman the spiritual stature we all desire, but that women seem to struggle with much more than we men.
- The daughters of Zelphehad were truly empowered by the inheritance of the LORD! They had an inheritance among the sons of Israel. What does this mean to the many women who go through life apologizing for the good they do, for the service they provide, for the nurturing and blessing they give to their families, friends, and the rest of the world?
- Here it is, and it’s simple. No need to say “I’m sorry” anymore. No more apologizing. Contrary to the general revisionist belief that Jesus only freed women from the burden of second class citizenry in the New Testament, we find that the Lord’s attitude toward women preceding the New Testament is one of full acceptance as a “son”, that is, one with full rights and responsibilities in His kingdom. Women’s being a joint heir with Christ preceded His arrival here on earth. Under Mosaic Law, which feminists have painted as misogynistic and negatively patriarchal, we find Joshua viewing women as equal to men toward matters of inheritance and promise.
- An interesting caveat here. These women demanded their inheritance. They didn’t apologize, didn’t say “I’m sorry”, didn’t need the representation of their father. They didn’t need to break free from male domination. Their was no glass ceiling. They simply realized that the land was theirs, the blessing was theirs, and they effectively presented their case before the council.
And they didn’t say “I’m sorry”.
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