GOD? (part 4)

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Does ‘atonement’ not look like ‘AT- ONE- MENT with God’?

Is God a sanguinary Deity to require blood sacrifice as an atonement? He did that to save the Adamic race. He told the errant Cain in Genesis 4:7, If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. The word ‘sin’ is chatta’ah (khat-taw-aw’) (or chattacth {khat-tawth’}) ‘1. an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation 2. (concretely) an offender.’ The word ‘lieth’ is rabats (raw-bats’) ‘1. to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal) 2. be implication, to recline, repose, brood, lurk, imbed.’ An offering of the blood of a ruminant in exchange for the life of a man is God’s solution to our sinful propensity.

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The blood reconciles man to his Maker. The word ‘reconcile’ shows in scripture the first time in Leviticus 6:30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire. ‘Reconcile’ in the Hebrew is kaphar (kaw-far’) ‘1. to cover (specifically with bitumen) 2.(figuratively) to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel.’ Your sins are not only covered, they are cancelled, by God. In the New Testament, it is in Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life, where ‘reconcile’ is katallasso (kat-al-las’-so) ‘1. to change mutually 2. (figuratively) to reconcile.’ What happens spiritually is that the death and resurrection of Jesus was designed to effect a mutual exchange, to purge us of our sins; by which we become righteous before the thrice holy God. Levitical offering prefigures Christ’s eventual atonement. Colossians 1:21, And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.” No one else, as far as Jehovah is concerned, can blot out human sinfulness (only the sacrificial katallasso of Jesus is required).

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Abraham’s obedience to Jehovah earned him ‘the father of faith!’

Abraham had to obey God by agreeing to sacrifice his only son so that God would give up His Only Begotten Son. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out [Romans 11:33]!”

Man hardly understands that he can have a relationship with God. There is this primordial acceptance that the gods are so marblehearted towards the activities of humans on earth. It is believed that the gods are always involved in wanton debauchery and sex such that they could care less about the travails of earthly man. As easy as pie man, therefore, finds it not difficult to maintain a stereotypic mindset when it comes to the LORD God, the Creator of the universe. Jehovah is not an unfeeling God.

Isaiah 53:4-5, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Matthew 8:16 & 17, When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Our sympathetic Jehovah says in Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. God, who created us perfectly, decided to save us from our sinful nature. He is full of compassion; but we must relate to Him in His own terms.

The number one term is not a denouncement of your sins, neither is it the resolve to start doing good things; it is the deployment of the faith that has been quickened in your heart as the rejuvenating word of God begins to permeate the entire fabric of your reasoning capacity. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” [Hebrews 11:6]. And this faith must be found only in God’s Word -Jesus.

Other gods’ rewards can never be eternally endowed (it is an ephemerality of falsehood), little wonder then, that these gods of falsehood cannot vouchsafe the gift of eternal life.

Those who are endowed with God’s relationship do not appreciate this rare opportunity, it is abused unfortunately.

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Behold: The eight souls, led by Noah, who did please God!

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                 He told Noah in Genesis 7:1, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” God is ready to destroy all those who show disobedience to His word. How do I know? Only eight souls – Noah, his wife, their three sons and each of their own wives- were allowed in the safety of the ark. There was probably a population of two million on earth. God did extirpate them, having made up His mind!

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   The Red Sea experience of the Egyptians and Pharaoh

Exodus 32:9-10 records God’s typical anger: 9) “And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10) Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.” They would have faced extermination because God’s eyes of judgment would see them as vermins. To a certain degree, God does not care if you should walk yourself into an extirpative spiritual decision. This same God did not waste time wiping, all the entire first born of Egyptian families, from the face of the earth.

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God is not just a Judge, He is the Almighty, Omniscient and His Almightiness is so overwhelming that when you stand before Him in judgment and He asks you a question, you dare not look at Him and tell a lie, not even Lucifer, the Devil. Even the great kahuna of wickedness himself dares not disrespect God. Revelation 1:14, and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” is the description of the eye of Him:To denote the piercing and all-penetrating nature of his wisdom. (Adam Clarke),” From another commentary is: It is the: “all-searching and penetrating like fire: at the same time, also, implying consuming indignation against sin, especially at His coming “in flaming fire, taking vengeance” on all the ungodly, which is confirmed as the meaning here” (Jamieson, Fausset & Brown’s Commentary). This dreaded Lucifer is so inconsequentially a whiffet beside God. Isaiah 14:16 prophesied concerning Satan, They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms.”

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     Jesus teaching Nicodemus,“Except a man be born again…” (God’s Standard)

God does not lower any standard. Every business He enters into with mankind has a soteriological stance. He does not give to the Jews one Kabbalistic standard, the Greek a mythological another, and through the Ifa oracle a separate standard for the Yoruba race. The Hindustan will not have a Divine endorsement of his Brahmanic understanding, nor will God tilt mercifully towards Mohammedan, Confucius, Taoist or Shintoist philosophies. He has His established canon, found in the Bible.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” [John 3:3]. This is the immutable standard of the unchanging and unchangeable Jehovah God. The veracity of this scripture takes its seminality from Christ’s pronouncement of, ‘Verily, verily,’ which is the same as ‘truly, truly’ or ‘amen, amen.’ Adam Clarke’s Commentary says, “The repetition of amen, or verily, verily, among the Jewish writers, was considered of equal import with the most solemn oath.” The graveness of it comes from the two rhema of ‘except’ and ‘cannot’, two ideas of absolute negation. In scriptural numerology two is of witness and testimony. ‘Except’ is ean mē (eh-an’ may), meaning: ‘if not, unless, whoever … not.’ The word ‘man’ is: tis (tis): ‘An indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.’ ‘Born,’ gennaō, is (figuratively) ‘to regenerate.’

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The thought of a coexistence of interfaith is unscriptural & satanic

                 Anōthen (an’-o-then), the Greek word for ‘above’ means: ‘from above; by analogy from the first ; by implication anew.’ The next word, ‘cannot’ comes from two words of the Greek: dunamai (doo’-nam-ahee) ‘to be able or possible’ and the negating ou (oo): ‘the absolutely negative adverb; no or not.‘ ‘See’ is eidō (i’-do) ‘to see; to perceive with the eyes; to perceive by any of the senses (experientially); to perceive, notice, discern, discover.’ The kingdom of God is a Personage and He is the Speaker: Jesus (Luke 11:20). The standard of regeneration is a fixed one. God will not allow man’s weakness, cultural or philosophic leanings to make Him edit His canon.

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When Paul calls God a consuming fire he quoted Mosaic didacticism of Deuteronomy 4:24 & 9:3. Psalmodic renditions of 50:3, 97:3 attest to its veracity. Hebrews 10:27 reads, “But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Exodus 24:7 “And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.” The account of His shepherding His covenanted Israelite people who disobeyed Him is found in Numbers 11:1, “And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” In Numbers 16:35, is “And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.” God’s conflagrant act of consumption is actually purgatorial, fundamentally: serving as a caveat.                                          (…TO BE CONCLUDED…)  

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THE CONSUMING FIRE!

The plain truth is that people do not know this God of creationism.

It really amazes me when I hear people say, “We’re all going to be with the Lord when we die”. Everybody believes his deceased loved one “has gone to be with God”. Which God? That is always the bone of contention. Jehovah, the God of creationism, has had it all spelled out in His holy writ who will and how to ascend to Him after the earthly sojourn. Non-compliance with John 3:3 will not get one introduced to Romans 10:9-10, the only ritual that paves the righteous way to eternal bliss. It would not even surprise me if some should be made to believe that, “when we get to heaven God, the merciful, will listen to our pleas.” Some believe that God is too merciful to throw anyone inside hell. The Bible says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” [Hebrews 10:31]. How can people forget the hellish shower of conflagration that Jehovah used to annihilate the population of Sodom and Gomorrah?

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They, obviously, do not have the flimsiest idea who He is. Hebrews 12:29 says, For our God is a consuming fire. The word ‘consuming’ is katanalisko (kat-an-al-is’-ko): ‘to consume utterly.’ He destroys disobedient people! The God I know will not allow obeisant competitiveness. “We’re all serving the same God”, I have always heard people intone. They are most certainly, not talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. His covenant name is Jehovah. You cannot have any spiritual rapport with Him until Jesus is introduced to you. You cannot be bowing down to some traditional deity, a certain First Cause, Great Spirit or whatever name you choose, and think that you are in an ethereal relationship with the Most High. As long as it is not the God of the Bible (I hope I do not sound like a stupid bigot?), forget it; you are not in any spiritual business with the true God.

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When God gives the donation of sanctification, justification and righteousness it is always an event of forensic invention. God does not need any witness to endow you with justification. He, the LORD God, is the Witness; and He is the Judge! He looks into your heart of faith in Jesus, and knowing fully well that you mean it from your heart, God imputes your faith as righteousness. “He does not do an infusion” (as FAUSSETT puts it) “which carries an implication of character change.”

The Lord did the needful: He took charge of your life personally; garbing you in the righteousness of justification. He now owns the justified new you absolutely! He cannot go back in His gabble backed pronouncement. And when I dwell on this well thought out covenant of Him I just cannot help wondering what a good God is Jehovah! All I hear myself exclaim is: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out [Romans 11:33]!” He is so good so much that He binds Himself by His word! Not that He is in bondage, not at all! He is so good that He wants His saints to be absolutely safe! And I declare, “What a God of mercy He is!”

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Isaiah 45:7, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” This verse tends to see God as an accomplice to evil perpetration. The word ‘create’ is bârâ’ (baw-raw’): ‘(absolutely) to create i.e. without any existing material.’ Yâtsar (yaw-tsar’) is the Hebrew for ‘form’ and it means: ‘to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively to determine (that is, form a resolution).’ ‘Make’ is ‛âśâh (aw-saw’): ‘to do, fashion, accomplish, work, make, produce (using an existing material).’

From extant elements God formed light, and made peace looking at the pleasant cohabitation between couples. Darkness and evil are synonymous. He is neither of them: for it is written in Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” He plucked darkness and evil (out of nothing) to deal decisively with devilish inclinations.

It was on the day man that could not be found where God expected him to be for the simple reason that he had entered into the putrefaction of the sinful nature, and dead spiritually, that the inevitable judgment of, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” and “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” of Genesis chapter 3 verses 17 & 19 respectively. God is truly not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). (…to be continued…)

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GOD? (part 1)

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God, by definition, is anything that receives worship. There are, for this simple definition, myriads of gods. Every clan, village, town, tribe, nation and race boasts of a god or gods.

At creation there was just one God, the Creator.

An errant Lucifer drew equally evil predisposed other intelligent angels into his plot. Lucifer received also the support of earthly creatures -who became demons- swelling the number of fiendish minded ones. This opened the evil door of wanting to play god very wide. Each demon represents Satan in the worship of other deities. Philosophers have had their minds so warped that God, the Creator, has been reduced to appellations like: first cause, superior conscience, the Being etc. The big question making the rounds now is, “Who or what is God?” Adam and his wife would never had asked this question. They did see Him. They told their offspring, who in turn told the next generation. How do you think Lamech could have uttered, “If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold” [Genesis 4:24]; if he had not been told of his ancestor’s encounter with God, the Creator?

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“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8). ‘Heard’ is from the Hebrew word shama (shaw-mah’): ‘to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.)’. Shama proves that they did hear God, with their ears, intelligently, from a personal Jehovah. They heard His ‘voice,’ qol (kole): ‘to call aloud; a voice or sound’. So, what they heard was a voice they clearly understood. Also, it was a known voice of God that they heard ‘walking’, which in Hebrew is: halak (haw-lak’): ‘a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively); lifestyle’. If the act of His walk is a lifestyle, then it is crystal clear that the LORD God came to meet them every evening, probably 6pm, as man was created on the sixth day.

Cain and Nimrod were the arrow head in Satan’s bid to dichotomize the role of God in the affairs of human beings. Cain turned his back on Jehovah to embrace the Evil one. Cain’s resoluteness instituted a human organized Satanic worship. An Adamic parallel worship was commenced. He set up a city, the first recorded in history of Adam’s offspring. There was a god for the antediluvian miscreants of Cain’s divide, and there were saints of the Most High God -Jehovah. Nimrod, the second to build a city in biblical historical account, enhanced the dilatability of Satanical worship. He (Nimrod) was the original sun god, no doubt. More there are, who operate under Satan’s influence. So, when you talk about God which of the two are you actually talking about?

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The truth is, since Adam and his wife committed the original sin, Jehovah God had stopped coming to man like He was wont to. Man died spiritually. Only in the genuine spiritual approach can man walk with the aggrieved God. John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. Without the Spirit of God you cannot get close to Him. Without the Truth, His Christ, none can access the thrice holy God. In the Book of John 14:9, Jesus says to one of His disciples, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

It amazes me when I hear Christless ones talking about God with such gusto you would be under the impression that He is a next door neighbour to them. Words that you use in connection to Him must be sourced scripturally. Your experience of Him must not run contrary to His revealed holy writ. When you pray to Him use His Word. His Word is a Personage. The biblical Book of John chapter one verses one to fourteen is the physical manifestation of God’s Word. So many are guilty of calling the name of God without knowing Him. They actually, I believe, mean the other usurper of deism. God? Which God?!

You can talk about this LORD God meaningfully if you so desire. You have to get born again, first. Say this prayer, meaning it with all your heart, because God looks into your heart before accepting you. Say: “Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!

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MASTURBATION (2nd part)

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PASTOR, DR. CHRIS OYAKHILOME (He sees nothing wrong with masturbation)

This is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s theory: ”Masturbation in itself is not a sin against God. Satan uses it in oppressing the mind and make them feel ineffective and inefficient in the sight of God. But once you understand that it’s got nothing to do with God; it’s about you and your own body…..God’s got nothing to do with it…….God is not offended by masturbation….It’s your body you’re doing something to. It has nothing to do with uncleanness.” This was the submission of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, who has Ph.D. in theology.

It is understood that sex is allowed only to the married couple. Masturbation is an inordinate affection. It is a lustful act. Tell me, when you singularly decide to enjoy a sexual passion, are you a couple? Are you married to yourself? Masturbation is a deceitful enterprise.

The masturbating culprit has felt in himself, the same lust which the ‘looking’ culprit (of Matthew 5:28) fought within his flesh. The spiritual weakness which permeated the realm of the soul of the ‘looking’ villain is not in any way different from the narcissistic lust of the masturbating freak! While one disrobed the legal wife of another, mentally, to have his sexual way, the other locked himself up (physically) somewhere to fidget with the sensitive areas, with a demonic, sexualizing aim. The mind of the one who masturbates wishes for an insertion of the manhood into a pleasurable cavity for which marriage has not been contacted. Sin.

           “Religious people tend to give masturbation an unrealistic colouration,” scientists and others will maintain. They believe it is just one of those things that come naturally to man. Of truth is the rhema “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…” of Hosea 4:6. The remaining part of this rhema (i.e. utterance, saying) is: “….because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

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We fail to understand the fact that there are only two forces: the good and the evil. Whatever comes into a person’s heart must come from without, either from the good God or the enemy, Satan, the Devil. Satan the adversary, unlike Jehovah, does not have any mastery of ubiquity. What Lucifer does is to dispatch demonic operations to every nook and cranny of the globe, ministering the indoctrination of Satanism, which is perpetrated by his demons.

Even if there is no scientific proof against this fleshly propensity, a child of God ought to know when the enemy points to another forbidden fruit. The stark reality, here, is that anyone who deems it fit to resort to masturbation is sick, spiritually. He or she needs to seek help. Such a person needs spiritual aid. The truth is that those who overcome this problem a la therapeutic sessions must have utilized faith: the inevitable ingredient of obtaining success, as far as God Almighty is concerned!

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It is for this reason Jesus gave a solution to an inordinate affection in Matthew 5:29, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Homosexuals will always, with all vehemence, contend, “This is the way we are made.” Does God create freaks?! Of the things God made, He said, “Good,” but of the intelligent Adam, on the six day, He said, “very good.” If the likes of the acquiescing congregation of Dr. Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy continue to trace their fingers down their sensitivity, very soon like their gay counterparts, it will be their turn to start the self-pitying song of, “That’s how we’re made by the Most High.” Pitiful!

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So why would a pastor see nothing wrong with it?

                The definition of fornication and the inordinateness of masturbation makes the perpetrators guilty of fornication. The inordinacy of it gives it a bestial colourability. More often than not, a ‘member’ of an individual is the object of the depraved culpability. This immoral perpetration is a desire, craving, and a longing for what is forbidden. God forbids this immoral act because it portrays the savage penchant planted by the enemy. Joseph jettisoned this satanic inclination, when Portiphar’s wife did everything to seduce him. One who is involved in self or assisted masturbation is engaged in demonolatry without knowing it.

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Anyone who masturbates has had his sexualization evoked by a force. God will not trigger the spirit of eroticism in any being. He is the force of good. He will never tempt anyone into breaking any of His laws which are designed to keep checks on inordinacy. It is the force of evil that inveigle man into the act of inordinate and illicit affection of the self. Do not listen to these scientific excuses. It is the same Devil who goaded the woman of Eden into slavery of sin who has dispatched his demons on an ambassadorial mission of ‘to steal, kill and to destroy!’ I guess a word is enough for the wise! Amen!

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MASTURBATION (1st part)

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Collins Dictionary defines masturbation as: Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.

From UK based The INDEPENDENT I found this post, titled:

The health benefits of masturbation                                                                                        

Once a deeply shameful taboo in society, stigma around masturbation is lessening, with scientists claiming it comes with a number of key health benefits

  1. It can prevent depression
  2. It can reduce risk of cervical cancer
  3. It’s good for your self-esteem
  4. It helps you sleep
  5. It eases menstrual cramps
  6. It reduces risk of prostate cancer
  7. It’s STD free
  8. Ditto unwanted pregnancies

Another post from boldsky by Abhishek comes with the title: 11 HARMFUL EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION.

Masturbating too much leads to hormonal changes in the body. The effects of hormonal changes depends on the extent to which one indulges in over masturbation.

  1. The Energy Element

This isn’t exactly among the harmful effects of masturbation but can be classified as a prominent effect owing to its palpability. If you’ve realized, masturbation uses up a lot of your energy.

  1. Addiction
  2. Erectile Dysfunction
  3. Neurological Concerns
  4. Premature Ejaculation
  5. Affects Sex Life
  6. Makes You Feel Drowsy
  7. Hair Loss
  8. Memory Loss
  9. Loss of Interest In Sex
  10. Ageing

When the negative effect far outweighs the positive, I believe a wise person knows what to do.

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An influential Pastor, Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, founder of CHRIST EMBASSY, once taught his congregation that there is nothing wrong with masturbation. Was Oyakhilome’s teaching correct or misleading? Let us consult the holy writ, God’s own protocol, to unearth the truth.

Jesus taught in the Book of Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” The word ‘whosoever’ is pas (pas) in the Greek, meaning: ‘individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.’ This pas is an adjective qualifying the individual who doth ‘looketh.’ ‘Looketh’ is blepō (blep’-o): ‘to look at (literally or figuratively).‘ ‘Woman’ [is probably from the base of ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee): ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence.’] It is called gunē (goo-nay) meaning: ‘a woman; specifically a wife’. The person who is committing the sinful act of lustful looking has no marital status, according to our Lord’s exposition. Sexual relationship, before God, must eventuate in a marriage. The woman in this scripture is a female who has, as a result of conjugality, become a wife, licensed to engage in coition. No marriage, (as far as God is concerned) no sex.

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The Bible makes it clear in the Book of Colossians 3:5, where it is written: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” ‘Mortify’ is nekroō (nek-ro’-o) in the Greek, and it means: ‘to deaden, that is, (figuratively) to subdue.’ ‘Members’ melos (mel’-os) is ‘a member, limb: a member of the human body.’

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The word ‘fornication’ is porneia (por-ni’-ah) ‘harlotry (including adultery and incest); illicit sexual intercourse; figuratively idolatry:’ this porneia originally comes from porneuō (porn-yoo’-o) means: ‘to act the harlot, that is, (literally) indulge unlawful lust (of either sex), or (figuratively) practise idolatry.’ No doubt this word is the origin of pornography.

‘Uncleanness’ is akatharsia (ak-ath-ar-see’-ah) ‘the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living of impure motives (physically or morally).’ ‘Inordinate affection’ is pathos (path’-os) ‘depraved passion, vile passions, suffering (“pathos”), that is, (subjectively) a passion (especially concupiscence).’ Sexual lust is what pathos is all about.

While ‘evil,’ kakos (kak-os’) is: ‘acting base, wrong, wicked, troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive & baneful;’ ‘concupiscence’ epithumia (ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah) means: ‘desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust.’ Pleonexia (pleh-on-ex-ee’-ah) is the Greek for covetousness, meaning: ‘1. Avarice 2. (by implication) fraudulency, extortion.’ All of these vices are termed idolatry. Anyone who disobeys God is on the Devil’s side, working assiduously for him and a worshipper of Satan. Idolatry essentially makes one Satan’s wife in his worship.

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                       Don’t burn yourself illicitly

Every child of God is expected to deaden, subdue his satanically influenced affections. Joseph looked at his master’s wife. He was able to subdue the lustful sermon that Satan offered him. Masturbation, an act of uncleanness, hence, a sexual lust, evil and idolatry.

(…to be concluded…)

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