THE SANCTUARY INCURSION (part three)

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   Cerinthus, the apostle of Docetism

 

There is a character in 1Jn 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us”. He is Cerinthus, the leader of the heretics of Docetism who had fellowship with the Church in flesh but not in spirit. Docetism is a heresy that crept into the early Christian Church, teaching that the humanity of Christ, his sufferings, and his death were apparent rather than real. It comes from Medieval Latin Docētae, from Greek Dokētai, from dokein (to seem).

                For more than a thousand years Roman Catholic Church held a false fort for the sanctuary of Jesus. Through this Satan’s enclave Christianity has been riddled with Humanism, Gnosticism, scholasticism and lots of Babylonian worship e.g. supposedly (Mary and baby Jesus) mother and child image which actually originated from Babylonian worship of Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis and son Tammuz (the three formed the unholy trinity of Babylonian worship). It has been over two thousand years and Jesus (sitting on the right hand of celestial Majesty – Psalm 110) is still not weaned from breast feeding by Mary!?

We were on our (Household of God Church) usual Saturday evangelism when this gentleman told us point blank, “I’m a die-hard Catholic, there’s nothing you can do to change me”. I made it clear that only God could do that. When he said, “Outside the Godhead the next most powerful person is Mary, the mother of Jesus”, I reminded him of the scripture where it says in 1Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”. Then I posed the question, “If the Bible teaches us of one God and one mediator and Catholicism prays through Mary (installing her as a mediatrix) has it not changed the word of God to read, ‘one God and TWO mediators?” The said gentleman had no answer to what he obviously never thought of, as die hard as he posited. The die-hard attitude in him fought saying, “Mary never sinned in her life time”, which made me ask, “How can a sinless Mary be needing a Saviour, for she proclaimed in Luke 1:47, ‘And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour’ “? Whoever needs to be saved was born a sinner!

 

 

 

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How different from Babylonian emblem of sun worship is the Pope holding?

 

 

Paul says in Galatians 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”. How many of the Vatican Popes know the Bible as or more than the greatest among the apostles, even Paul, to make them teach that they have divine power to add or subtract from God’s own protocol, the Bible? If the Pope, according to Catholicism, wears the toga of infallibility then he, like Jesus, enjoys divine equality with God, the Father. The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand Boniface VII way back in 1079. Did Jesus or any of the apostles impose such a rule? On the contrary, St. Peter was a married man (Matthew 8:14-15) – of whom the falsehood of Catholicism made her evil founder. St. Paul says that bishops are to have wives and children (1Timothy 3:2, 5 and 12). Paul’s warning of 1Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron”, was undoubtedly anticipatory: of a grand incursion. Over a thousand years later, verse 3 of 1Timothy chapter 4 found an incorrigible hypocrite in a conscience seared Catholicism, “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth”. The first miracle of Jesus’ ministry took place at a wedding of a couple. Levites, in charge of the sacerdotal worship of Jehovah, we know, were not celibates.

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                             From Nimrod’s Babel to Egypt and rejuvenated in Catholicism

History, in some cases, is a tampered documentation of events. One of it is what it calls Christian Wars of medieval era. It is absolutely, a Roman Catholic (of the Vatican) War. Christians, as the body of Christ, cannot for any reason embark on a physically armed religious war of evangelical expansion. How we are taught to war is found in the book called The Acts of the Apostles and Ephesians chapter 6 gives the mode and format. Roman Catholic Pope murdered tens of millions of dissenting voices, using the military arm of the Catholic Church, raised by Ignatius Loyola. The doctrine of Purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by Council of Florence in 1439 having first been established by Gregory the Great in 593. There is not one word in the Bible (excepting a mangled scripture) that would teach purgatory. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins. Hebrew 9:27-28 read, 27. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. 28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Read 1st John 1:7-9; 2:1-2; John 5:24; Romans 8:1).  (…to be continued…)

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THE SANCTUARY INCURSION (part two)

 

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note the crescent (of the moon goddess) on the head of Ashtoreth

Satan’s incursion made promises. `Ashtoreth (ash-to’reth) is the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase). Zidonians, in Hebrew is: Tsiydoniy (tsee-do-nee’) 1. a Tsidonian or inhabitant of Tsidon. It comes from tsuwd (tsood) which means: ‘1. to lie alongside (i.e. in wait) 2. (by implication) to catch an animal 3. (figuratively) to catch men 4. to obtain food or provision (for a journey), victual’. Milcom or Malcam (mal-kawm’) or Milkowm {mil-kome’} is by BDB Definition: “great king”. Strong’s Definition; ‘the national idol of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom.’ Ammonites is ‛ammonıy (am-mo-nee’): ‘Patronymic from Ammon [meaning ‘tribal’ – Lot’s son by his own daughter]; an Ammonite or (adjectively) Ammonitish’.

Just as he deceived the Woman of Eden with an advanced lifestyle, so he made them see a rich fertility if they should follow him through Ashtoreth; only that he did not allow them to see the truth: they have become his hunted slaves of religion in worship. Through Milcom he made an avowal to give them a tribal, great kingdom. The unfortunate thing is that Satan found a subtle way to make oblivious of the fact that God had promised all of these, which he promised through demonism. To Abraham He said, “And I will make of thee a great nation…” Genesis 12:2. In Exodus 3:8, “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites” was Jehovah’s word. Satan has, indeed, come to steal, kill and to destroy those who opens the doors of their hearts.

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 Of the divided kingdoms it was only a matter of time before Lucifer’s shot the dart of fear, the opposite of faith, will rule his heart. Satan crawled into Jeroboam in 1Kings 12:26-27, “And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 27. If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah”. And the northern kingdom of Israel opened the doors wide. “Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” [1Kings 12:28]. Some of the kings of the southern kingdom of Judah did worship Jehovah wholeheartedly but not even one of kings of Israel remembered God. King Ahab was the worst whose wife, Jezebel, made Baal worship the kingdom’s religion. King Manasseh of Judah was as worse as Ahab. Manasseh cherished his initiation so much that history records that he executed Prophet Isaiah by sawing him in two. Satan’s religion is an opium!

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The Judaistic worship had received a religious label by the time of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. It had been divided into: Pharisee, Sadducee, Essence and Zealot, each clutching what suited its belief. So spiritually deranged they had become to the point of, “And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves” [Mark 11:17]. At the height of it was the compromised chief priests and the high priest in Matthew 26:15, “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver”. Mohammad’s Qur’an got its lie from Matthew 28:12-15, 12. “And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13. Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day”. Mohammed’s incursion into the holy writ quite reveals his evil mission. He taught that Jesus was never crucified (Qur’an An-Nisa i.e. chapter 4:156-158), that one of His disciples was actually the one Allah allowed to be killed! Lies! Are there not enough backing proofs of documentation ascertaining the eventual demise of a One who journeyed through the excruciating week of the Passion?

Simon the sorcerer from whose name the word simony was coined was a ready vessel for the devil’s intrusion in Act 8:18-20, verse 18. “And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19. Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money”. Some people believe his full name is Simon Magnus and that he was the one who actually founded the Catholicism of Romish Church. (…to be continued…)

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THE SANCTUARY INCURSION (part one)

Sun worship in the sanctuary

Ezekiel 8:16

 

 

“And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east” (Ezekiel 8:16). It was not the first time the Devil will invade God’s house. In the Garden of Eden he won over the Woman, who represented the body of Christ. Having succeeded in enlisting the support of the embodiment of worship (the Woman) Lucifer used his opportunistic stance to establish a parallel dark mode of worship. He sowed the seed of the philosophy of Satanism, preparing the evil groundwork for Satan’s deification. He waited patiently for one of the children to be initiated into the sacerdotalism of his established religion. Cain gladly embraced the demon possessed worship of the creature (rather than the Creator).

To prove the satanically established parallel worship Cain went to settle in a place called Nod (node) BDB Definition: ‘wandering’. Strong’s Definition: ‘vagrancy; Nod, the land of Cain’. The religion of Lucifer is not of rest: in the LORD God. It cannot settle the conflict and the sin question of humanity. The Bible says that, “And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the ‘east’ {qidmah (kid-maw’): ‘forward, front, east, antiquity, over against’} of Eden” [Genesis 4:16]. He became antagonistic towards God, his Creator. He did not want to walk (Genesis 5:22; 17:1) with God again, that is why he “went out from the presence of the LORD”. His lifestyle changed because the word ‘walk’, halak, in Hebrew, also means ‘lifestyle’.

 

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Sun (Nimrod) & Moon (wife) worship

Why would he choose ‘the east of Eden’? The word ‘east’ is used the first time in connection with God, “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” [Genesis 2:8]. ‘Eastward’ is qedem or qedmah (keh’-dem): ‘the front, of place (absolutely the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity)’. The east is where light shines from, to the earth. It reminds the earth of the true Light (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3-9). Cain was instructed to take his religion to the east to install a fake light, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2Co 11:14). When Nimrod led the ancient world a la Cain’s antagonism, he set forth sun worship. Cain never left his city (the first in Bible record) so, how could he be a vagabond? His vagrancy was a spiritual vagabondism.

‘Enoch’, the name of Cain’s first child and the city, means ‘initiation’. Every esoteric religion must insist on an initiation. An incursion into Noah’s home took away his great grandson, Nimrod, who was initiated into satanism as a ‘hunter before (in defiance of) the LORD’. Abram had to be removed by the LORD God from a pagan land of Ur. Abraham did a good work for the erection of God’s sanctuary which brought the LORD God down to it in the Book of Exodus 33:7-10. Leviticus 10:1-2, “1. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD”. As long as there are people who have received induction into Satan’s philosophy, called religion, his continual incursion is settled.

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They would not wait patiently for the return of Moses for the simple reason that Lucifer must create an inroad into God’s people; and so we see of them in the account of Exodus 32:4, “And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt”. This incursion cost them the lives of three thousand Israelites. Unexpectedly, in 1Kings 11:1-5, “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 2. Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites”.      (…to be continued…)

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (3rd part)

                                                                                                             

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                       No wonder we hear from Jesus to be like children.

 (…continued from 2nd part…)

 God is in the business of reconciliation. If anyone decides to destroy another is he not sending a potential born again person to hell, thereby spoiling God’s business? 1Peter 2:13-15, v. 13. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; v 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. V. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.”

Romans 13:1-6 supports the above scripture. 1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.”

 

 

 

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                              You do not need to learn from animals; or do we?

Romans 12:17-21, v.17 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. v 18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. v 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. v 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. v 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Verse 17 debunks Dr. D. K. Olukoya’s “Die, my enemy die,” of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry. Verse 19 says, “Avenge not yourselves”, simply because it is written in the holy writ of God, “Vengeance is mine”, in Isaiah 63:4. Can you overcome evil with good by paying evil with imprecations? Food for thought, I believe.

Our Lord Jesus is very nice when it comes to being gracious. When it is about judgment, He is very firm, never allows double standard. We should emulate Jesus. He died for us while we were yet sinners. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, was His submission after they had dipped their hands into the treasury of His own sanctuary to pay for the betrayal of the Lord of Sabbath, flogged Him mercilessly, spat on His face, shamefully and cruelly had Him crucified. Jesus prayed for His enemies. Jesus operated under the dispensation of law but He borrowed abundantly from the following dispensation of grace, in which we are these days. Jesus saw faith in a Syrophenician woman and gracefully gave her what legality would not permit Him to hand over (Mark 7:24-30) to a non-Israelite. Peter who promised an absolutely unflinching support, and when the going got tough, swore by thunder in His denial, making him unfit for the ambassadorial post, did find ample grace in the Lord and was restored to his apostolic office. John 3:16 is about the amazing grace of Jehovah, showered on a sinning world of cruelty. “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida!” He upbraided in Matthew 11:21. “Woe unto the world because of offences!” in Matthew 18:7. Jesus did not spare the scribes and the Pharisees in Matthew 23:13 and to blind guides in verse16. Jesus did not exempt Judas Iscariot from an impending woe in Matthew 26:24; and Jews received an imprecation for the murder of their prophets in Luke 11:46. In Luke 11:52 Jesus said, Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered”. These are prophetic warnings to check excesses.   (Concluded)

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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (2nd part)

                                                      

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(…continued from the 1st part..)

The unfortunate, heartbreaking truth is that denominational leaders have sown Satan inspired doctrines in the hearts of already vengeful laity. Answer this simple question. Who is powerful, God or the witches backed by Satan and all the demons and even the hellish inmates if they will be released just for a day?

Christians just do not know the God they serve. For if they do, He will not tell them to pray, do good and bless enemies and they will, for a fraction of a second try to doubt or act contrarily. God alone, (in all the 58 times) in scripture, has the title, ‘Almighty’. The Hebrew calls it shadday (shad-dah’-ee) ‘almighty, most powerful’; it comes from shadad (shaw-dad’) properly ‘to be burly, that is, (figuratively) powerful (passively impregnable); by implication to ravage’. In the Greek, it is: pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore): ‘the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign)’; it comes from two roots of: pas (pas): ‘individually; each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything’; & kratos (krat’-os): ‘force, strength; power, might: mighty with great power; a mighty deed, a work of power, dominion’. With these defined information what, which and whose strength matches God’s, especially when you see it in the light of pantokratōr? Reverend Chris Okotie explains pantokratōr thus: “Target any distance in your wildest dream, and pantokratōr surpasses it far by far. Also think of hydrogen bomb and all the intercontinental ballistic missiles, put them together and they do not come close to His Almightiness”.

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I have always asked whether they do not sin at all who pray prayers of vindictiveness. You say in prayer to a perceived enemy, “die, die, die!” Another person you offend without being conscious of it prays a similar prayer. You are in trouble! A lady (pastor’s wife) from Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry told me, “We’ve been told to always ask for forgiveness before any ‘fire’ & ‘die’ prayer”. So, word has gone around?! So, it is truly hard for one to kick against the pricks? (Acts 9:5).

My people use scripture to tie an enabling cord of legitimacy for their “die, enemy die” prayer. For anyone to use, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:18), to exculpate his scriptural vindictive stance is a proof of his ignorance of scripture. Jesus taught in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you…” (the preceding verse says, “Ye have heard of old…”); to make good disciples of us. The Sermon on the Mount dealt with man’s spiritual ailments.

To make matters worse they drill their stubborn teeth deep into Matthew 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” to legalize their jihadist stance. A good study of this verse will take you to the preceding verse in order to put it in proper scriptural context (whether by omission or commission, pastors do jettison the context of scripture when they teach it). The violent act is not only spiritual, it is in strict connection with the entrance of the Kingdom of God i.e. getting born again! It is not an excuse to curse your enemy. Will Jesus contradict Himself? Can any apostolic couch supersede Christ’s (the very express Word of God) established pronouncement?

                A good Christian ought not to be afraid of the devilish machinations of witchcraft practitioners because Jesus who taught in Matthew 5:44 can save us and also because 1Corinthians 1:24 says “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” Jesus has both power and wisdom to take care of those who trust and believe in Him. In Luke 6:35, Jesus reiterates, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” The word ‘enemy’ is the same echthros as in Matthew 5:44. ‘Do good’ is one word, agathopoieo (ag-ath-op-oy-eh’-o) ‘to be a well-doer (as a favor or a duty)’. The word ‘reward’ is misthos (mis-thos’) ‘payment for service (good or bad)’. You do not only please the Lord praying for the enemy, you receive a misthos for the good act. It is up to you, I believe.

For those who would not love to pray for rulers 1Timothy 2:1-6 says “(1) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; v. 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. V. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; v 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. v 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; v 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Verse four, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (…to be concluded…)

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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (1st part)

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It is truly appalling, almost unfathomable when I hear adherent Church going, spirit-filled, tongue speaking Christians show this morbid hatred for conceived enemies, especially, the evil minded people of witchcraft. The leadership of most ecumenical assemblage have structured the laity for a certain ‘Christian Jihad Movement’ against fellow human beings. The Bible does not even allow you to be too angry with other people, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” [Ephesians 4:26].

The grouse is, “If I do not strike the enemy down first he will grow in a more destructive strength of wickedness against me”. They will go on a marathon fasting and prayer days of, “My enemies die! The man or woman standing or sitting upon my promotion, die! The enemy in my maternal or paternal family, I come against you, die, in the name of Jesus!” In a popped, wide eyed anger, some will even say, “I want this current government of this nation of ours to fail,” still praying in Jesus’ mighty name. They fail to see the contents of 1Timothy 2:1-2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”.

I know what Jesus admonished in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” ‘Love’, as it comes out in this verse is: agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): Perhaps from ἄγαν agan (much) ‘to love (in a social or moral sense)’; [it is the verb form of agapē (ag-ah’-pay): ‘love feast’, which is compared with ‛agab (aw-gab’) to breathe after, that is, to love (sensually)].’

‘Enemy’, from the verse, an adjective, is echthros (ech-thros’) and means: ‘hateful (passively odious, or actively hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan)’. The enemy Jesus is pointing out here and teaching us to agapaō is a fellow human being who is bent on wrecking your life. ‘Bless’, in Greek is: eulogeō (yoo-log-eh’-o) ‘to speak well of, that is, (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper)’. The word ‘curse’ is kataraomai (kat-ar-ah’-om-ahee): ‘imprecate evil upon; to execrate; by analogy to doom’. The verbal ‘do’, poieō (poy-eh’-o) is: ‘to make’; while a modifying ‘good’, kalōs (kal-oce’): (an adverb) means, ‘well (usually morally)’. ‘Hate’, which comes from the root misos (hatred), is: miseō (mis-eh’-o): ‘to hate, pursue with hatred, detest’. Proseuchomai (pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘pray’, which is, ‘to offer prayers; supplicate God’. ‘Despitefully use’ is epēreazō (ep-ay-reh-ad’-zo): ‘to insult, to treat abusively, to revile, in a forensic sense, to accuse falsely; to threaten; slander’; while the word ‘persecute’ is diōkō (dee-o’-ko) ‘to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away, pursue’.

You either believe Jesus and His word or reject His divine didacticism! Period!

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A member of a church called Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry defended their imprecatory prayer of “Let my enemy die” with this resultant experience. “We prayed for an elimination of senior staff of our church member, who was constantly ruling against her promotion. After two weeks the offending boss died and our sister got her overdue promotion”. She looked at me and asked, “What about that?” I began by reminding the lady that they had gone on a spiritual excursion which was diametrically opposed to the express teaching of our Lord Jesus. Second, they have decided to rely totally on experience to explain away the scriptures; forgetting that Satan is so adroit in concocting phenomenal encounters. Number 3 is that it runs contrary to Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” You have arrogated judicial jurisdiction of Divinity to yourself equaling the Satanic desire that earned him a celestial castaway. The Lord your God expects you keep your moral part of the spiritual bargain.

Another Christian of the Christ Apostolic Church denomination, in a very touchy voice and grave mien, did not want me to forget in a hurry that the ones we are discussing here are the very cruel witches whose determination is to destroy absolutely! He was shaking involuntarily as he poured forth his heart, “These people, when they are plotting their evil machinations against you they carry out their concoctions behind you!” I made it clear that I understood where he was coming from. (…to be continued…)

FEW ARE THE TRUE LABOURERS (three)

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(…continued from part two)

At what point of the scriptural documentation did the Holy Spirit abdicate His office of the One sent to lead, teach and empower the Church? No man can fill this office, not even as the Holy Spirit’s deputy!

Herein lies the danger of human establishment of branches of a ‘parent’ local assembly:

When you plant a church and staff it with a parishioner you have taken over the duty of the Third Member of the Trinity.

  1. By placing pastors directly under your superintendency you have become, to them, the Holy Spirit.
  2. You did not call them (or did the Pope (Catholicism), John Wesley (Methodism), Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican), Oshoffa (Celestial Church of Christ – a white garment church), D.K. Olukoya (Mountain of Fire & Miracles), W.F. Kumuyi (Deeper Life Bible Church), E.A. Adeboye (RCCG)?) to be ministers, so why would they have to depend on any one of you to run the local assembly.
  3. Can you teach your pastors all things as Jesus promised in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you?” Finally is the attendant issues that comes with the succession of the G.O. (especially after his death) of the church, determined by man, who is so fallible!

Members of these churches are always quick to point out that branches are inevitable if the Church must grow. “We plant other branches to spread the gospel faster”, is their defence. “You forget that the Church is strictly God’s business”, I tell them pointedly. He alone knows who to put in charge of every local assembly. Can any individual know the heart of another person to be able to instruct God concerning the one who is qualified to head the Church of God?

 

 

 

 

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A man of God, Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly, in one of his sermons, in the mid ’90’s, explained how he had to run to the Holy Spirit when he ran into trouble with some of his satellite churches. Prior to that time I had wondered, “Does he not know”, when I saw a branch of his church. He said, “When people talk about ‘follow-follow’ pastors, I am the chief”. He told the congregation how he joined his fellow ministers in planting branches of his church. He said he felt so complacent, thinking that he was helping the gospel’s wide spread. To his chagrin the Holy Spirit, he explained, told him to go and deal with it. In his supplicating protest, he said he told the Holy Spirit, “But the Word of God said you are going to teach us all things”. Then the dear pastor dropped the bombshell, “The Holy Spirit asked me, ‘Did I tell you to open a satellite branch?'” He said he tried to explain that he did it for the growth of the Church. ”Since I did not tell you to do it, go and take care of what you started”, was the Holy Spirit’s insistence. “It was then I realized that rather than open a satellite church, the best thing I can do is to look for someone who has the call, then help him with money or land and leave him with the Holy Spirit”, Pastor Bakare was brought to an enlightenment of Church administration. I shook my head and said, “This is what Rev. Chris Okotie had taught, in his Household of God Church, in the late ’80’s. This was the Okotie all saw as “omo ‘ekee” (small boy) preacher. How many branches of the Church of Jerusalem, where the first ever ecumenical convention was held, were planted, shepherded by James, the biological brother of Jesus? Few, truly, are the true labourers of the Lord’s vineyard!

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Was it not God, in 1Corinthians 12:28, who “…hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues”. It is Jesus in Ephesians 4:11 of whom the Bible says, “…he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. Why should the G.O., Primate, Pope, General Superintendent or President of the Church be the one to report your problems and challenges? The Jesus who called you is the One you should run to for help. This is why we can always run to the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) if we are truly called to the Kingdom’s business. Amen!

(Concluded)

Read the first part here.

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FEW ARE THE TRUE LABOURERS (two)

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 In Luke 10:1 Jesus appointed 70 more to preach in a land that had for centuries been in an expectation of the Messiah. History points out that at a point in His ministry about a hundred thousand people followed Him. So, how come He could not send forth at least six or seven thousand disciples? It is because the labourers are indeed few. And if He should ask us to pray about it, then it is a grave matter.

The idea of planting branches of churches is of the Catholicism of the Romish Church of Vatican. It is not scriptural, hence, alien to Jesus, the head of the mystical body of Christ. Somebody asked me during an evangelization, “What about Paul?”, when I told him that our Church does not run branches owing to its unscriptural standpoint. Paul, in his apostolic fatherhood and pillar of the nascent Church, like his contemporaries, were vested with that principal roles of teaching, planting and nurturing of as many churches as possible. Before and after the demise of the Apostles you would not hear or read of Timothy (Paul’s most trusted Pastor), Titus, Philemon or the famous duo of Aquila and Priscilla (his industrious wife in the Lord’s vineyard) in an involvement of planting of churches.

 

 

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A resultant ecumenical ill-health is inevitable when a called pastor proceeds to plant other churches, bringing them under his own superintendency. It is extremely difficult for the pastors of the satellite branches to teach or even believe all that the G.O. believes. There will always be something each wants to add or subtract. Today, the Church is in so much confusion and too many of it is quite evident in churches with so many branches. The founder, as the primate, may not find it difficult in handling a succession issue; but after the demise of the one who is the founder and primate, check the turmoil that is brewed amid God’s own children. I know of one Church of the Lord (Aladura). The brouhaha that ensued was best imagined until of them, quite junior to many of the highest ranking bishops brought out an unmistakable note from the late Dr. Oshitelu. They could not believe their eyes (and ears)! If God is truly involved I do not see the need for any ecumenical leadership contest (or rather tussle).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus Christ told His disciples before the inaugural founding of the Church, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” [Luke 24:49]. ‘Endued’ is the Greek enduō (en-doo’-o): ‘to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively)’; it comes from two root words of: en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively)’ & dunō (doo’-no): (to sink); to go “down”. Into what investiture did they sink into? Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1-4 tell us. Verse one gives the historical ‘the day of Pentecost’. Verse 2, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting”. We know, therefore, where the enduement comes from. “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them” (verse three). Fourth verse (4, in scriptural numerology, is the number of creation), “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Spirit is the tabernacular power in which they were clothed: the unguentary authority for the functionality of the newly established assemblage of God’s own, called out, people. Note that the first empowered Christians spoke with other tongues.                  (…to be concluded…)

Get part one here.