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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

COGIC Counsel Issues Guidance On Same Sex Marriage

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The Office Of The General Counsel (OGC) of the Church Of God In Christ issued guidance to all pastors and churches in light of the Supreme Court's recent ratification of gay marriage within the United States.
In a 5 page memorandum General Counsel, Elder Uleses C. Henderson Jr., outlines the issues that the Supreme Court's decision has placed upon member congregations of the Church Of God In Christ, and offers solutions which seem to be in line with an early style and operation of churches and church congregations within COGIC.

Membership Seems To Be The Key

Interestingly enough, the OGC guidance centers around church membership and steers both individuals and churches away from serving the general public or acting as commercially available entities. Here are a few things stated in the memorandum:

To the congregation:

"Local congregations should consider adopting a policy that not only limits weddings, but also funerals and baby dedications to members of the congregation in good standing with the faith and teachings of the Church Of God In Christ. 
“Members in good standing” should be carefully defined as members who offer evidence by their confession and conduct that they are living in accord with the faith, teachings and doctrine of the Church Of God In Christ."

To the minister:
"Consider limiting your official role in weddings to members of your local congregations in good standing with the faith and teachings of the Church Of God In Christ. This way, pastors should have some familiarity with the beliefs and/or lifestyle of the couples they are marrying. We understand that this may appear as a rather brash suggestion, however, until more clarity is provided on the issue, either by your local, state and/or federal legislators, caution should be taken in this area."
Use of the church facility:
"Church leaders should carefully consider the potential downside of entering the commercial marketplace in order to raise church funds. Thus, churches should avoid advertising their facilities for public use. Once a church begins to “look like” it is in the business of facilitating public weddings, it may become subject to non-discrimination commerce laws."
Prior to the commercialization of modern churches, these practices are exactly the practices of the church of old. Churches generally always served the needs of its members and the public generally did not seek out the church for certain celebrations and observances, especially if those observances were contrary to the church doctrines and policies.

Is The World Leading The Church?

The memorandum, which can be read and downloaded HERE and also accessed on
COGIC.org set forth some interesting strategies to safeguard the modern church and congregation from potential fallout of the homosexual lobby.

Fact is that the new law and redefinition of marriage, has been and is being used by gay advocacy groups to strip away the freedoms of non-homosexuals and subvert the church and many of its adherents and leaders are drawing lines in the sand. The Obama White House, which courted COGIC in both election campaigns, even wooing the COGIC Holy Convocation with video taped messages of "congratulations" has proven to be no friend of the church and the religious community in general. Under the Obama Presidency the proliferation of homosexuality and the gay lifestyle has hit historical highs of endorsement, running through the courts at a fever pitch, in spite of the President's supposed "honor" of the church, his "faith" and "respect" for the bible.

Because of these things, in a strange twist, the church, all churches, now feel a need to renew, refine and otherwise overhaul church bylaws and practices. In other words, the church is finding a way to distance itself from the fallout of homosexuality while simultaneously conforming to the law maintaining itself as a church.

It would seem that the church should have and could have easily set the line of demarcation long ago, but refused to define who was a part of the church and how that was to be lived out, because it was enamored with the benefits of its commercial appeal to the world and the attention that it was receiving.

It seems that the world is now helping the church define what it means to be a "member" and set forth clearly what it means to be saved within the Grand Ole Church.  

Critical Issues & A Very Big Problem Looms

There is certainly a glaring problem with all of this. As stated, the problem centers around the definition of membership and what the church and many congregations have allowed up until this point and how something, EVERYTHING, must change.

Please follow this scenario:

Hypothetically: there are people claiming to be members of the church who are homosexual and because of that, do not represent the values and lifestyle of the church. Those individuals have participated and been a part of church functions, and even assisted in proliferating the message of the church. Many individuals in the church know that these individuals are gay, and in most cases even the pastor has that knowledge as well.

Now, that same person wants to be married under the law...They "believe" that they are members of the church and are members "in good standing". They may be gay, but neither the pastor, nor the congregations has ever stopped them from performing. In fact in many cases they have been asked to represent either the church, choir or pastor.

Now, can the pastor deny him/her the opportunity to a same sex marriage? Moreover, can the church deny the use of the facility? 

It would seem that the definition of membership would be the determining factor? If membership is defined as one who participates, gives money and otherwise follows the vision of the church, the church and leader is hard pressed to deny such a one rights to marriage, and consequently the church membership is hard pressed to deny access and use of the facility.

However, if the definition of membership includes FIRST salvation, as it did in the old days, and specific teaching to the individual that they are not saved or in union with Christ or the church having adopted a homosexual lifestyle, then if the church is subject to an annual scrub of a bona-fide, printed and updated membership roll, then the person, no matter how they have participated in the church and church functions, would seem to be lawfully excluded, again, if it has been outlined that their lifestyle prohibits them from being a "member" of the church.

In other words..."YOU CAN NOT JOIN IN, YOU HAVE TO BE BORN IN."

Then,, the use of the church is another factor. Does the church simply lend itself out to individuals for dollars or the return of cash? If so, the building may be brought under subjection even if the pastor is not.

Interestingly, reverting back to COGIC founding principles of salvation, holiness, righteousness and truth, seems to clear up what a member is and what a person has rights to, and simultaneously PROTECTS the church from undue pressure and a potentially acrimonious result in dealing with both the world and church attendees. If only SAVED members can use and have access to the church, then that at least addresses the sincerely held belief section and the usage doctrines that the OGC points out or alludes to.

Conclusion:
In 140AD the heretic and gnostic, Marcion of Sinope, produced his canon or version of what he claimed were the inspired works. Marcion's bible excluded the Old Testament, because he said that the God of the OT was NOT God. He called the OT God a "demiurge".  Marcion mutilated much of the New Testament as well, stripping the words and writings of Paul from their context, throwing out certain books and in many cases presenting only certain parts of the epistles that he felt comfortable with.

The church and church leaders had to respond. They took the works that were already circulating among Christians such as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the Epistles of Paul, & Peter and slowly began the process of ordering them together to form what we now know of as the Bible.

Interestingly enough, the Bible became the Bible, not because the church set out to create one, but because the world, through and by Marcion, a heretic who served a different Jesus than Paul, Peter, John, or the Gospels taught, set forth the a vision and wanted acceptance.

It would seem that the homosexual lobby, seeking and demanding acceptance, has inadvertently cause the church to revert itself back to biblical principles and definitions that would clearly, and without any obscurity, make it plain as to the relationship of those who practice homosexuality and the church.

At the same time, the pastor's hand is forced. No longer will the pastor or congregation feel safe or secure by being entertained by the "known" homosexual in the congregation without making it clear to them that their lifestyle is contrary to God's word and that they are therefore not saved, no matter how they may entertain or be entertained. To some this is cruel and unloving, but it seems that unless you are a pastor who doesn't mind performing homosexual weddings, or a church who doesn't mind hosting them, this is a distinction that must be made.

Why? Because if the homosexual is accepted by the church, not told that they are not members because of their lifestyle, they will at some point, demand marriage, which is a right of membership,  and further demand that the church both accept and facilitate their demand.

Like Marcion, the homosexual lobby has forced the church's hand. Pastor's can no longer live in silence on the issue, nor can they relegate their music departments and other functions of the church to individuals who have questionable lifestyles.

Plausible Deniability or Don't Ask Don't Tell?

No time to play DUMB now. I am of the persuasion that not asking will not be an excuse and looking the other way, won't hold up in court.

This is not about an attendee or someone coming to the church to participate in its functions. This is talking about those who will lead, and are committed to service in the church to the point where they interpret their service as a form of inclusive membership.

I wonder will the church really understand what has happened and what is really being said in this memorandum. In all I have tried to lay out a portion of it for your review and edification. This does not seem to be exclusive to COGIC although I really wonder who will take heed to establishing certain practices within the local church that will benefit the church and the community. Although this is about same-sex unions, it is far more reaching than just that. I hope we can understand that at the end of the day.

Blessed! 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sons & Daughters Of The Church Damaged


Pastor Harvey Burnett, The Dunamis Word blog host and director of I Am My Brother's Keeper Christian Advocacy Council, was a recent guest of Dr. Katrina Sanders on her blogtalkradio program discussing sexual abuse and misconduct within the church and the Church Of God In Christ in particular. This is an interview that you don't want to miss. 
 

Check Out Religion Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Lady KatrinaM on BlogTalkRadio with Affected by Sight on BlogTalkRadio

Anyone wanting to review other works that I have done on this topic only need to click this link:
The Dunamis Word: Clergy Sexual Abuse


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

America's Hypocrisy Exposed

Rachel Dolezal
Let me understand this...the NAACP, believes in the rights of gays to marry even claiming that they too are a minority with civil rights similar to the civil rights of Black people, but DOESN'T affirm the right of a White woman to live as a Black woman? 

They have gone past CRAZY!!!!

Ever since Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP, was put to shame for "identifying" as a Black woman, the news media, and many Black and White pundits, have followed suit to display their own arrogance and double standards in the area of individual "personal identity". 

Most of the critics have reduced Dolezal's actions down to a desire for monetary gain or some other weird and awkward advantage that she could have received by calling herself Black. Many of these same pundits, are even hypocritical about that as well. the fact is that I know of no "perk" in America given because one is Black. If there are any, please spell them out for me specifically so that I can take advantage of them. I do know however of the many disadvantages of being Black in America. One only need look at nearly any local news cast to see and find that out. So the argument that Dolezal had some type of grand scheme to position herself to make more money and be more famous by Blackness is absurd and certainly can't be proven by any evidence or material fact. 

Reconditioning Of The Mind

I would certainly not have appeared on America's #1 HYPOCRITICAL morning news segment with America's #1 HYPOCRITE, Matt Lauer. Lauer is not worth it and seems to only bash women that he doesn't like. We all remember "Ann Curry" don't we? 

Lauer is abrasive and comes across very phony in his news segments. In the interview posted below, Lauer does no differently with Mrs. Doezal. He is very abrasive flying under the cover of "public commentary" asking her:
"When did you start, deceiving people, and telling them that you were Black, when you knew their questions were pointed in a different direction? When someone said to you, are you Black or White, you didn't say "I identify as Black" you'd say, "I'm Black." When did you start deceiving people?"

HOLD THE PHONE....


Let's look back just a few days to an April 27th "Today Show" interview with Kim Kardashian. Remember, Kim spoke about the 'courage" of her "Step-father" Bruce Jenner, as he transitioned from a man to a woman...Remember Kim stated that Bruce was:

"Bruce is the most HONEST, and he has the biggest heart, and I am really happy for him that he is living his life the way he wants to live it, and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness. That's what life is about, I don't know what life would be like if you just weren't yourself."...
In response to Kim's assessment that Jenner was "honest", (sugar, spice and everything nice) Matt Lauer had no criticism, and only wanted to know was how long was the familiy's "adjustment time" to the idea of his gender transition. 

In other words, even though Jenner, lived as a man, and was one that Lauer "admired" for years, there were no starling words of condemnation calling either Jenner or Kardashian "deceivers" or "deceitful"...For anyone wanting to see that interview please click HERE

Not All Talk Show Hosts Are The Same:

Whoopie Goldberg on "The view" recently stated to the chagrin of the audience:
“I have to believe she feels the way she feels just like Caitlyn Jenner feels like she’s a woman,”...“I don’t feel she’s doing anything anyone else hasn’t done. If someone feels that they’re this, they have every right to pursue it."
As I stated, the audience was critical of her statements and she had to defend her position regarding the issue. The good news is that she left her hypocrisy at the door regarding the issue. The bad news is that she is still yet blind regarding moral choices, values and decisions and their impact on society. The latter, I can deal with at a later time, but the point is that she is correct.

Conclusion & Video

Some claim that Mrs. Dolezal is "pretending to be Black", while at the same time affirming gay transition as a new frontier and heroic decision. VIDEO 

If BRUCE Jenner is given some type of award or commendation for living his whole life as a man and then pursuing his thoughts of being a woman by changing his body, then one MUST commend Dolezal for having the nerve enough to pursue her identity as well.

Richard Stellar on his blog, "The Wrap" poses the same question..."If Jenner can identify as a woman, why can't Dolezal identify as Black?"  In the article he points out that many Black folk feel slighted when transgenderism draws a comparison with the transracism of Dolezal. I would venture to say that most Blacks offended are not offended when gay rights advocates use the same civil rights legislation that Black people fought for, to affirm their desires to be opposite gender individuals. Too many of them see the argument as the same, including the NAACP...In other words, Black people, who do not stand against cross genderism only show their hypocrisy when confronted with the argument of a White woman who chooses to live as a Black woman.  





Blessed!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Rise Of The Prophetic Witch

1 Sam. 28:7 ~ Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

It is interesting that in 1 Samuel, when King Saul needed "direction" that everyone in his inner circle knew where the "witches" were. Although the diviners, sorcerers and seducers were thoroughly condemned by God's word, everyone seemed to know that at Endor, there was at least one practicing witch, and that witch, whether she knew it or not, was seen by God and would experience something that she had not experienced until this point in time.
After her divination was ended, she became a cook. Cooking Saul and his band a meal and sending them on their way as quickly as possible. Although Saul had promised not to condemn or convict her for her divination did she cease from her ungodliness? 

What we do know is that when we see a magician, called Simon in Acts 8, that he was thoroughly condemned by Peter for wanting the gift of God while continuing to hold on to his ungodliness and spiritual perversions.

"PREACH" The Divination Of Cleveland Revisited
"I would say judge nothing before its time. I've heard there are many who have been presumptuous regarding the show and they really don't know what the show is about," said Williams. "I would encourage people to watch and see because it's really not what most think." ~ Taketa Williams
L to R: Taketa Williams, Belinda Scott, Linda Roark, Kelly Crews  
Taketa, I would say this show is MUCH WORSE than what we thought it would be!!!!

Is this a mockery of God, his church and his people? Some time ago, I wrote an article regarding the false prophets and their gathering in Cleveland, OH and the over the top statements of the self proclaimed prophetess Belinda Scott. 

In this new TV expose, called "PREACH" It seems that Scott, also a self proclaimed "major prophet",(whatever that is) and at least three other like minded cohorts, exude their exaltation over the people of God by declaring that they are special and unique "instruments of God in the earth". 

At least one of them, Linda Roark, seems to be enamored with thoughts of being a Black woman, claiming to be a "blue eyed soul sister", while another, Taketa Williams, claims to be the "Beyonce of gospel". (I really don't know what significance that has to anything, or even how to interpret that association)

What makes it even worse, is that each of them have "proteges" whose functions range anywhere from a foot masseuse, a go-for, to a an unarmed security guard, or simply a personal servant. These "proteges", who readily admit very serious, deep and even traumatic, past personal experiences, are particularly vulnerable at the hands of these "prophets" who seem to manage their protege's feelings, attitudes and even thoughts on issues. In other words instead of gaining their freedom, the 'proteges" are ripe for seduction, misuse, misdirection and mishandling at the hands of the "PROFITS"  and boy
Proteges of the prophets
do they deliver.

The initial show was an hour of not only spiritual misdirection, but one of scriptural malpractice (in what little scripture was quoted), mental, and even at times, verbal abuse, self-exaltation, self-aggrandisement.

What Does The TRUE Church Do?

1 John 4:1 
 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1- Be faithful to the word of God. A false prophet is not only known or exposed by what they "foretell" (because even secular magicians can do that), they are exposed by their lifestyle and the God that they preach and endorse. These women believe, like others in times past, that their "gift" places them in a specially exalted position in the church, and that they are "above" all us common folk, and, in essence, that we need to wash their feet and serve them. In other words, they have no concept of the words of Jesus that he who is greatest among us is servant of all. It is a reversal of true, biblical and godly roles all the way around. 

Then, us little folk dare not correct these self-exalted wonders...Remember it was Belinda Scott that stated that no one could correct her or even call her into question unless they had a "national platform" of ministry. In other words, according to her, not only do various preachers have a "rank", but the authentication of the gift of God is directly associated with that "rank" and the exposure of the individual within the modern corporate settings of the Christian church. This whole system and sentiment is sad, certainly unbiblical, but is unfortunately accepted by many in grass roots movements such as these.   

1 Pet. 3:15 
 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

2- Don't disassociate from engaging the error of the unrighteous. Many people say, "why watch this mess to begin with?" In my opinion the only reason to watch it is to address the confusion that arises from it. Neither Paul nor John nor any of the apostles backed down from false doctrines and false movements in their day. In fact, according to scripture, they were well aware of the false doctrines that were being taught and the false teachers who were teaching it. So burying one's head in the sand does not seem to be a technique that either Jesus, nor his apostles took. Why should we, with the truth, be so alienated from society because evil wants to rear its head? If we fulfill our mission to be like Jesus and "tread upon the serpent's head" then we will seek to stomp out the ungodly ideas, values and mission of the evil one every time we get a chance.  

Ephes. 6:11-13 
 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

3- Know the real enemy and be prepared. In many instances these women are misdirected. In some cases they intentionally deceive for their own gain. Whatever motivation there might be, there is a disconnect of the Spirit of God and their understanding. In fact, if you carefully notice, most of them only use scripture as a "springboard" to teach and do what they do. They do not go indepth in deciphering biblical principles, and do not use scripture as a final authority or direct individuals toward scripture to settle issues or to find guidance. It is the "feelings", "leading: or "impressions" that do the deciphering of truth, not the word of God. This is called spiritual subjectivism and as such is dangerous and unbiblical and more akin to gnosticism, than how we are taught biblically to discern truth. 

In addition, at the end of the day, satan opposes the church and all of them that do righteously and believe in righteousness. We can certainly expect that he will pull out all stops to get as many believers as he can off into mysticism and any sort of belief that exalts and worships man, as opposed to God. 

Conclusion

This show displays the depth and breadth of the idolatry that many within the church have embraced in modern times. There is a real cost to them that believe and follow these false prophets and their lifestyles. This was evident when one of the "proteges" came home and told her husband that she would be "fasting" immediately for her particular "prophet" and that he and the family would simply have to understand that her time was the Lord's and that they would have to make it the best way possible. 

Once again, this was not based on any biblical standards, but solely based on what the protege 'felt" was right and acceptable. Everything, including marriage was a sad second to what the "prophet" needed. This was certainly ungodly, unbiblical and not in accord with scripture. 

When will we learn and when will we truly be upset so much to make a change and put these prophets out of business? I don't know, but it remains to be seen. 

Blessed!  


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What You Should Know About Gay Advocacy

From the proliferation of the gay agenda to transgenderism, various sexual proclivities are simply accepted within "pop culture" while opposition to those behaviors are ridiculed and or minimized. Watching TV shows can be particularly painful for anyone seeking the truth about the issues and seeking to understand that there is a staunch and distinct difference between abhorring the acts and actions of homosexuality and the people who perform such acts and actions. In this video Child Psychologist, Umar Johnson addresses the theme song of homosexual advocacy, that homosexual acts and actions are an innate part of human nature. To the world he may be controversial, but for those of us who have seen the political football of the homosexual agenda tossed around, he is exactly on point. Please listen to the entire message:

As recently as 1974 homosexuality was a registered mental illness,,,,,,why they change it? Find out

Posted by Black Love is Black Power on Sunday, May 31, 2015


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Was Attorney Eric Guster Attacked By Black Conservatives?

This is a video regarding a Race in America dealing with 1st Lady Michelle Obama's recent comments and the overall condition of race relations and community policing. Attorney Eric Guster is claiming that he was attacked by "ultra right wing conservatives". Is that the case?

Take a look at this and comment if you care to. I certainly have my opinions which I will be glad to share.

First, one question: Why do White people interpret the commentary of Black people regarding these issues as "angry"? I'd like to know...

Stacey Dash & Hannity can't handle the truth about race in Ame...
Stacey Dash & Sean Hannity don't want to hear the truth about racism in America. Attorney Eric L. Welch Guster is attacked by 14 ultra-rightwing conservatives during a Race in America panel on The Hannity show. You won't believe the comments these people made...but Guster held his ground. OMG. #MyASU #Birmingham View and share.
Posted by Eric L. Welch Guster on Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Is There An "Elephant" In The Christian Church Regarding Social Justice & Race Equality?

Bishop T D Jakes speaks on justice and equality and the silence of the modern church as it pertains to issues based on race and equality.

The only problems as I see it is, that the MEGA church, has certainly been silent. New Bethel (the church I founded and pastor, which is a comparatively small church) has preached a spiritual, and salient message for years regarding these very important issues, including the issue of Black on Black crime, and how to address it and overcome it in our communities...through all of this, I have heard very little to nothing from the modern commercialized TV church. I guess when folk like Jamaal Bryant start speaking up, that is a signal that it is apripos to say something about the issues....

A friend of mine, who pastors a predominately White congregation, told me that if he preached a message of social justice and equality that his tithe income would suffer and his business revenues would decrease...That there were just certain topics that were not good for revenues. To me that is the most sad testament of the condition of the modern church. We value our revenues, more than we value truth, justice and liberation. 


MUST SEE: This is one of the most profound interviews we've ever conducted with Bishop T.D. Jakes. Jakes talks about love, life and what he calls "the elephant in the room."
Posted by CBN News on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Religion vs. Spirituality...As The World Sees It....

This segment of "The View" deals with an ever changing dynamic of the interpretation of man's spiritual self. Though the point of view espoused here is nothing new upon the pages of history, it is still interesting to see how the carnal mind continues to reinterpret truth in effort to appeal to human sensibilities, reaffirming the path of moral relativism, as the mode and method of truth.

The question that should be asked of Raven, Toni, and others, is IF the path of truth is only based on "spirituality" and the new Christian buzz word saying of "relationship" (as Toni states) then how is truth identified, and upon what basis can anything be said to be true?

John 14:6 ~ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The problem is this, many people can do a lot of things and still call themselves "spiritual". Even witches and flat out devil worshipers can be said to be "spiritual". And, "relationship" does not satisfy anything either. In fact 'relationship" suggests having an "understanding", which may or may not be based on true and ethical standards. All paths to spirituality and relationship cannot be correct? If the words of Jesus are true, then the path that he has established is the ONLY and exclusive and acceptable path of both truth and relationship.

Since the criticism was that of Christianity, I believe the biggest problem here is the problem of the life of a person as it relates to TRUTH. People are comfortable with anything that does not challenge their life and lifestyle. Call it what you want to, but to be content to live in a self made fantasy, and a world in which one creates and defines their own truth is a sick proposition. One can call that anything but an evolution.





"I have a personal rejection to religion itself, but spirituality is through everybody, no matter what God you praise to." - Raven-Symoné on a new poll showing a shift away from traditional religious denominations
Posted by The View on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Hillary Says Your Religious Belief Must Change

From the woman who once said that that the bible is the biggest influence on her life:
Q: " If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?"
"At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.
~ "
NY Times Sunday Book Review 6/11/2014 HERE
However, it seems that the former first lady of the United states, senator, Secretary Of State, and 2016 Presidential candidate, says that "beliefs", some of which she learned and held dear, many of which come from the bible that she reads and "religion" have to be "changed" especially when those beliefs conflict with so called women's reproductive rights (better yet, the right to kill babies by means of abortion or abortion rights)

Mrs. Clinton says this in the enclosed interview:
"Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."~ Hillary Clinton, Women In The World Summit 4/23/2015
The question is, why and how does one "change" from "beliefs" or faith proposition that are based and rooted in the bible or biblical understanding? I mean the critic can assert all they want that all kinds of biases can be based on religious "belief". However, they are hard pressed to make a successful argument....

Slavery...hardly..."endorsed" in a biblical paradigm. The fact is the abolition of slavery in the modern era came about by the faithful adherence to the bible and its message.

Racism...YAWN!...not endorsed in any manner in a biblical paradigm.

Polygamy....Think again...the biblical prohibition for the Kings was to NOT multiply wives as heathens practiced (Deut. 17:17) , but that ONE man and ONE woman would be the foundation of the family. (Gen. 2:24, Mt. 19:4. Mk. 10:6-8)

Here is the part of her speech under review:

Is this much to do about nothing? Or is this an issue of importance? Does the radical left feel that religious beliefs and values are up for compromise? If so, then how does "freedom of religion" exist?

If religious beliefs can be compromised, then how are they true? Are they only relatively true, or are they absolutely true, or does it simply depend on what "beliefs" that we are talking about?

One thing is for sure, if this lady becomes President, we are in trouble even more than we are now....OOOHHH Boy!!!!!

Blessed!
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

When "Gay Day" Comes Your Way ~ Results Of The Homosexual Rite Being Law Pt. 3


Freedom Of Speech, Religion & The New Gay Rights

Aside from the NCAA final Four one of the most hotly contested situations in Indiana this weekend is the states position of the intersection of freedom of speech, free exercise of religion and values, and the implementation of gay rights as defined by gay advocacy groups including Lambda Legal, GLAAD, the HRC (Human Rights Campaign), and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

In short, the Indiana legislature took it upon themselves to look back nearly 22 years into American history adopting their version of The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which reiterates policies that both political liberals and conservatives all agreed upon at a time in American history...that No one has a right to infringe on the closely held beliefs and religious freedoms of anyone else in America, nor does anyone have the right to force another, through law or otherwise, to set aside their religious freedoms and values in order to satisfy the whims of another group or class of people without "compelling interest".

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Before the ink was dry, the Indiana law was was under attack. Indiana Governor Mike Pence was denigrated and the legislative efforts of Indiana Lawmakers was touted by gay advocacy groups as racist, discriminatory, archaic, and insulting to the gay community. The misrepresentation of the law was so fever pitched, that major corporations threatened to boycott the NCAA basketball tournament, (which has nothing to do with the laws of the State).

Governors of other states, in efforts to look good, cancelled state sponsored trips to Indiana for bona-fide business purposes, and major news organizations, whose correspondents I believe purposely misreported the law(1) as being bigoted, placed all their efforts on examining the law with over the top skepticism, un-objective journalism, and rank criticism. The governor of Indiana, looking like a rag doll caught by the cat, was overwhelmed trying to balance his political career with his moral values. At times seeming to explain that the law really meant nothing... In all, it seems that anyone, who voiced their opinion in support of the law, was met with public shame, wrath and indignation sparked by false reporting, misrepresentations and an absurd view of closely held American rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Due to this confusion, the State of Arkansas, before they could even roll out a similar law, began to backtrack and modify its position due to fear of continued media backlash, and because Arkansas corporate giant Walmart, said that they were displeased....WHAT???

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Islam, Submission With No Peace Pt. 12

The Sign Of Christian Persecution

The Arabic letter "N" or "Nasara" is the marking that has been used by demons calling themselves ISIS or ISIL to mark the homes of Christians demanding that they convert to Islam or die.

In a Sunday March 22nd show of CBS's 60 Minutes, it was outlined that this letter was being used as a marking to persecute Christians, but somehow, in all the journalism, the piece did not outline why this letter was being used and what this letter stood for as it pertains to religious persecution.

On February 26th in Washington DC, Mr. Frank Gaffney, Director of The Center For Security Policy, briefed both myself and other pastors from around the country on the use of "Nasara" in the ISIS persecution. In this case the letter stands for "Nazarine". This would refer to Jesus or a Jesus follower, eg: a Christian. To be marked with this mark, means that you are a Jesus follower and that you and your family will die, if you do not convert to Islam. In other words, for these demons, being a Christian is also a way of being marked for death.


In a reversion back to medieval times, the Islamic State has decided to kill anyone and everyone who doesn't agree with not only their political aspirations, but also their theology. It is clear to see that these murders are devils, led of the devil himself. We know from scripture that the devil seeks rest but finds none. There persecution is not simply designed for the middle east nor is it simply for Christians. The persecution of these devils is designed for anyone and everyone, even those who do not believe in God at all. The evil that this group espouses is for the fulfillment of world domination and control and subjugation of everyone under the laws and rule of shariah as interpreted by them. This is a serious and expansive persecution, and one that we only study and read about in history and historical narratives. In light of all this, I wonder is the church really ready to deal with this sort of thing?


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pastor Burnett Speaks On Israel On Freedom's Journal Radio

This is an interview with Lonnie Poindexter of Freedom's Journal national radio broadcast. This was a very timely interview, and I want to thank Lonnie and freedom's Journal for the opportunity. We ARE blessed!

 
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

National Emergency! The Urban Cure Standing In Defense Of Our Communities


Pastors Of The Urban Cure Pastors Network At The National Press Club Washington D.C. 2/26/2015
I was proud to be one of the pastors that recently heard and heeded the call of God joining others in Washington D.C., our nations capitol, to speak to this generation regarding our country's direction and treatment of Israel. 

As a part of this effort we discussed the many various ways that Black leadership, including that of the Congressional group called the Congressional Black Caucus, has let the Black community down. By far and large it is many of those "Black leaders" who have been nothing more than "on the take" from our communities while doing very little to nothing to change the conditions of the same communities in which they reside.

Don't get me wrong. I am not sophomoric as it pertains to what politics is. I know that successful politics always includes collaboration, negotiation and even compromise. So none of those things, within their proper order are at question. What is at question however, is the misdirection that many of these political leaders use when it comes to directing policy and even controlling the thoughts of the community in which they serve. 

You see, when a representative is able to "get dollars" for their community or sit on certain Congressional committees, many think they have arrived and that's all there is to it. 
"Let me give you what you need. Only the first one is free. Everything else costs." 
This is the legal tender that we have been fed in American politics and especially within the Black community. No matter how the President boasts that unemployment is down and poverty is low, the number of Black folk placed on food stamps, and the number of Black folk suffering from unemployment under his Presidency continues to increase at alarming rates.  

On Unemployment:
"When Obama entered office on January 20, 2009, U.S. unemployment stood at 7.8 percent. By April 2014, that Bureau of Labor Statistics figure had fallen to 6.3 percent — a modest improvement. Among blacks overall, joblessness dropped, though less significantly — from 12.7 to 11.6 percent. But for blacks aged 16 to 19, unemployment grew from 35.3 to 36.8 percent." ~ The National Review Online 5/16/2014 
On Poverty: 
"Poverty has increased under Obama. Overall, 14.3 percent of Americans were below the poverty line in January 2009, versus 15.0 percent in 2012, according to the latest available data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Similarly, the share of black Americans living in poverty expanded from 25.8 to 27.2 percent." ~ The National Review Online 5/16/2014
On Food Assistance (aka: Stamps):
"America’s population of food-stamp recipients soared overall from 32,889,000 in 2009 to 46,022,000 in 2012, the latest Agriculture Department statistics show. For blacks, the analogous numbers are 7,393,000 when Obama arrived to 10,955,000 in 2012." The National Review Online 5/16/2014 
Also see Star Parker on Fox News posted 2/2015
Why Fight?


What is often misconstrued as a fight against our first Black President and against other political issues, is not really a fight against anything or anyone. It is a fight FOR the freedom and liberation of a people who have been used, battered, abused and subdued by political speech, failed promises, and fear of retribution. The retribution being:
"If you don't think like us, then you ain't Black!"
Listen, one thing is clear, on many issues, I SHO-NUFF (and that is deep country) don't think like them, and I am proud to say that. I don't think that folk should endorse abortions, look at the proliferation of liquor within the urban community as an "equal access" issue and SHO-NUFF (there it go again) don't believe that the advancement of the homosexual agenda and a redefinition of marriage is either right, a human rights issue or a matter of equality! 

I've been Black ALL my life but I DON'T THINK LIKE THEM AND NEVER WILL!

The Difference Between The House & Field Negro:
Malcom X delivered a speech in which he talked about the "House Negro" and the "Field Negro". He pointed out that the "House Negro" lived in relative comfort and enjoyed the "Master's house" even to the extent of calling it his own. He bought nothing, paid for nothing, but served the master faithfully because he received the benefits of the master's house differently than those of the field. While the "Field Negro" wished for a "strong wind" in a fire, or for the master to get sick and die, the "House Negro" would give his life to save the house, and empathized so in the master's sickness until he would ask, "What's the matter boss, WE sick?" 


Malcom was flirting with the ideas of Black Separatism at the time he delivered this riveting, comical and hard hitting speech that yet resonates today, but in our time, I am looking at these "House Negroes" that live in comfort, have their names on some political and church role, enjoying the benefits of the "house" (eg: the community) while the whole community goes to "H E (double tooth pick)" around them....THEN, they have the nerve to tell other Black folk how to think, what they should identify themselves with and by in effort to shape their identity...

ARE YOU SERIOUS???

I agree that "States Rights" in the manner that the republican party adopted it early on, and in some cases espouse today, is problematic and was not intended to help or serve the needs of Black people and the Black community in general. It is true that some folk wanted the State to have the right to stop integration, in spite of federal law...BUT...with that said, the modern and current Democratic Party solution of removing God from their party platform and endorsing just about every political and social ideology that the bible and good preachers and community leaders stand against almost every day, is not exactly a rational alternative or a way to fight back against an misused or misapplied political strategy. 

In other words, the arguments are not equal. The most staunch Democrat can be (and more likely is) a racist, like a radical right winger can be as well. Racism across party lines will exist until Jesus comes back. However, there is more to life than racism, and when I do the old "Benjamin Franklin" and separate fact from fiction, I find that I would personally much rather live by the edicts and moral constructs of God as revealed through and by biblical moral value standards than placate the populous by endorsing the rudiments of sin, wickedness and evil while worshiping at the alter of flesh and in the same breath destroying the community by redefining morality and values.

Pastors Stand

Pastor Harvey Burnett on Israel
2/26/15
Our stand FOR our communities and FOR the nation of Israel and FOR the endorsement of national allies, was one that WE, the entire country can be proud of. When the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) seeks to redefine what it means to be Black by way of its political operatives, (or what kids call OPs) I certainly think, and even know, that it is in order to combat such elitism and the disease of self exaltation. 

To the critic, might I remind you that we are not a "Kingdom", and President Obama is not the "King Of America", he is the President Of America. In addition, we have a system of government that is built upon many of the practices and policies contained within the Bible, the same Bible that records the history of our greatest ally in the Mid-East, Israel. 

We decided that we will no longer be silent as the "House Negroes" enjoy the benefits of our labor and election rallies without ever once heeding attention to our issues. i refuse to be controlled by the so called "talented 10th" endorsed by W.E.B. Dubois, because they have shown themselves to be "on the take", seeking associations, endorsements, and grant funding at all costs, while the community be damned!

In addition, I am tired of sick, twisted, and spaghetti-backed preachers, taking advantages of the churches, living in opulence while the people can barely feed themselves or stay afloat....by the way, has anyone seen "Preachers Of Detroit"? Have you experienced the economy of Detroit? I have and I am SICK!!!!

A National Emergency

Yes, I believe that this is a national emergency. We, the People, have been taken advantage of far too long. We have been fed a line of status quo, remain the same, "we care", within the church fight for position, and personal popularity over anything that pertains to the well being of the community and the endorsement of God. 

We have delivered a scheme of control that says, "you are not a part of us until you believe what we want you to believe" as I recorded in THIS ARTICLE

Well, as an infamous homosexual judge once said..."That Time Has Passed!"

CBC and all those endorsers of indecency, and those needing to control mass opion of Blacks within the community, please be served notice that we are coming. We are coming to the voting booth, we are coming to your streets, and we are coming to your neighborhoods, with a new message. A message of TRUE freedom. The message first demands that we rid ourselves of is taskmasters like you and your friends in leadership over us.
  • It demands that we rid ourselves of policies that you've endorsed that only keep us broke and impoverished.
  • It demands that we rid ourselves of unions (many of which fund your activities) who endorse failure and deliver very little value to the institutions in which they serve. 
  • It demands that we march and protest, not just against erroneous police policies, but against policies that you endorse that keep all of us broke!
  • It demands that we take the blinders off and see that the biggest problem that we face are not spawned by people who are not like us, but by people who ARE like us and pretend to have our best interest at heart. By OPs like you!
  • It demands that we change our address from the "field" in which you want us to reside, to the field that WE construct and build ourselves founded upon the values that WE cherish and hold high.
  • It demands that WE educate our children again in morality, values, and what it means to be a family. 
  • It demands that we construct systems that will truly lift up them that are bowed down, and heal them that are broken hearted instead of getting them strung out on promises to "fund" their excess solidifying their excuses.     
The Urban Cure Solution

The National Press Conference was just one sort of event that the Urban Cure is doing to make a difference in this country and in our communities. However, with that said, the Urban Cure needs your help. 

Believe me, prior to our arrival in Washington D.C. no one had any inkling that there was an alternate voice emanating from the Black community, on the issues surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu's visit. It was nearly a forgone conclusion that all us "field Negroes" thought the same and were controlled by our "popular elite" "house Negro"...I believe part of the President's frustration was not only his total disrespect of our number one ally in the war against terror, but the fact that us little ole Black preachers, that are very active within our communities will not be silenced by either him or his OPs. 

Money Makes A Difference

Evil proliferates because people fund it. Good should receive the support of those who intend well rather than the mere "well wishes" that good spreads itself. Support that which is good. GIVE to the Urban Cure  to make sure that this message of liberation continues until we undo the mess that has been done by the endorsement of the liberal political agenda that our current regime espouses.  

I am not on Urban Cure payroll and I do not receive a percentage or commission of any of the proceeds it receives. Giving to THIS blog can be done at THIS LINK and gifts of any size are welcomed and used for the furtherance of ministry, not my personal kingdom...but the focus is to give to an organization that places their money where their mouth is and that is seeking to make a difference that we can all be proud of in this world. I believe that the Urban Cure is just that organization as I have seen them in operation and cannot praise them enough for their courage. 

This is what it will take to bring our people and our country back from the brink of destruction that it teeters on...COURAGE! Will you be one that makes and takes a stand along with us?

Blessed! 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Islam, Submission With No Peace. Pt. 11...Is Andre Carson A Muslim OP?

Is Representative Andre Carson (D-Ind.) a Muslim OP? 
(read the dossier and see the video at the end of this article)

It has come to our attention that one of the most recent appointees to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Andre Carson, is not only a Muslim, but a Muslim who has strong ties to terrorist groups which have avowed to destroy and subjugate America to Islam with the aim of instituting Sharia. 

Brief History 

Many of our readers have never heard of the 2008 Holy Land Foundation HAMAS terror funding trial. In fact, we had not heard of it prior to this week, when we spoke up on behalf of freedom and in favor of the appearance of our Middle East ally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu of Israel as he addresses the United States Congress this week. 

First, for anyone wanting a deeper examination of this case and a view of actual documents to confirm what we are presenting, please click HERE.

The 2008 trial revealed many previously unknown things: 

1- The trial revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood was active in America, had a mission and was seeking the best way to subjugate America to its belief and lifestyle which is defined in the most ultimate way by the application of the system of  Sharia law. 

2- The trial also revealed the network of terror related groups, their founding and the intent of the leadership of those groups, and how they should operate both on a solo and corporate basis.  

How Did This Come To The Light?


The home of solo jihadist, Ismail Elbarasse, after being detained by police for cause, was searched. The search turned up 8 boxes of Muslim Brotherhood secret documents hidden under Elbrasse's basement floor in a secret compartment.

Contained within those boxes was a plan and primary document which had been written in 1991 entitled: "An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America" According to sources, the memorandum was written by Mohamed Akram who was said to be a member of the Board Of Directors of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America, and a senior HAMAS official. (Please note that these are terrorist groups) The document's contents were approved by the Muslim Brotherhood's Shura Council and was meant to be a document for internal review only and not for public consumption. eg: It was "Top Secret"


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pastor Burnett & URBAN CURE Stand For Israel


Thursday Feb. 26th, 2015 I was invited to speak at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The subject was Israel and the proposed boycott and walkout of the Congressional Black Congress. This event was sponsored by Star Parker and the Urbancure

It is amazing the stunts that politically liberal pundits do. In thinking that they help America, in reality they damage America and her cause of freedom. Many of our Black leaders have forgotten that many Jewish Rabbis and other religious leaders fought along side Black folk in the Civil Rights era for freedom and equality for Black people in America. For the Congressional Black Caucus to call for a boycott, not only displays ignorance to the real issues (and believe me it has NOTHING to do with a Presidential invitation or non-invitation) it is also display the rank arrogance of individuals who have lost their spiritual grounding and moral footing. 

I and the Dunamis Word, and all ministries attached to it, gladly stand with Israel, the Israeli people and against the methods that treats allies like enemies, and against exclusive talks with Iran, who is lead by murderous dictates that have consistently threatened to destroy not only Israel, but America also. We are against a President who wants Israel to roll back boarders to pre-1960 indefensible lines. 

With friends like the current administration, who needs enemies?!

I appear at about 29:30 into the video.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

This Is A MUST Hear...Miami Gardens!

I recently heard this boradcast on This American Life. I had to share it with you. Please take the time to listen to this. I would like to know your thoughts both here and on Facebook.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Justice Roy Moore on "Organic Law"

In this video it seems that CNN's Chris Cumo takes an offense to the application of law as defined by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore over the issue of Alabama's right to reject same sex marriage.

The Declaration Of Independence says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Key Wording:

The word "Unalienable means "incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523:

This is often confused with the word "inalienable" or "inalienable rights". The word "Inalienable"  or "inalienable rights" would mean "rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights." Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dawkins & Krauss's Greatest Hits: The "Something" Of "Nothing".

It seems that this is what modern atheism has been reduced to...a rambling potpourri of "NOTHING"-LOL


Blessed!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Islam, Submission With No Peace Pt.10

Saif al-Kasaesbeh surrounded by Jordanian Military Officials
In my article "Islam, Submission With No Peace Pt. 9...ISIS" I undertook a small examination of the Islamic cult ISIS and the terrible impact that it has on world, and especially those living in Islamic countries. 

Of course, since our initial examination, we have seen all kinds of continued atrocities from this group. Not only do ISIS cult members rape, pillage and kill in the name of "Allah", they also kill fellow Sunni and Sheite Muslims and have no respect for family and or values except their own. They appear to be led by a sect proclaimed Caliphate leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

According to Islamic tradition, a "Caliph" is said to be a successor of Muhammad who is also appointed by the Mulsim Community. This, by itself, is a huge problem among Muslims. It appears that the "Muslim Community" has not chosen and or ordained this man as their leader. Only a certain group (ISIS) have made this man their leader.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

President Obama @ National Prayer Breakfast. What Did He Really Say?


Tell me what you think. Blessed!

Star Parker's review of President Obama's presentation on the Mark Levin Show.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Is Same Sex Attraction (SSA) Compatible With Salvation?

The good news is that more and more people are realizing that a homosexual lifestyle, like any immoral lifestyle, is incompatible with faith. The bad news is that rather than call homosexual attraction what it is, men, who disavow that homosexuality as either good or right, would like to simply suppress their feelings, and call what they are experiencing, Same Sex Attraction (SSA) rather than homosexuality. 

On Jan. 11th, 2015 TLC aired a show called, "My Husband's Not Gay" against the raging complaints of gay advocacy groups and others interested in normalizing the perversion of homosexuality and the homosexual lifestyle.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said this of TLC's desire to present the show and the messages contained within the show:
Sarah Kate Ellis
"Downright irresponsible"..."No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to,"..."By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.”
An online petition, aimed at forcing TLC to drop and not air the show, was started by so called "Christian" and gay advocate, Josh Sanders, who said that the show was damaging because it:
"promotes the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to be straight in order to be part of their faith communities." 
In addition to being outraged at what TLC wanted to do, gay Sanders claims to have started the online petition:
"because these men (gays) deserve compassion and acceptance. Instead TLC is presenting their lives as entertainment and sending the dangerous message that being gay is something that can and ought to be changed. or that you should reject your sexual orientation by marrying someone of the opposite sex"

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