Saturday, August 30, 2008

God, Taking His Glory Back From The Philistines

1 Samuel 5: 1-2 ~ "And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2-When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon."

Because of the seriousness of this hour and this post, I will not display any pictures, and I will name names on a limited basis. I will however, speak specifically to what I believe the Lord is giving me to say for all of those who read this blog and who are further in anticipation of God reclaiming HIS church for himself.

Our brother in the Lord, Elder D.L. Foster, of Witness Freedom Ministries has been led of Lord to post one of the most serious and egrigious posts that I have read. It is entitled, "T.D. Jakes Becomes A Conduit For False Homosexual Theology". In the post Elder Foster sets forth Jakes's own false and perverted interpretation of scripture and brings to light the testimony of an individual who has experience with the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes. The claims are serious and the church should demand an answer from the minister who was hailed only a short time ago as "The Next Billy Graham"

This serious situation leads me to the thoughts that I will share with you and those who look back on these events in the future. The message is simple and plain:


God Is Taking HIS Glory Back From The Philistines


A tribe of people who had migrated from Caphtor or Crete as it would come to be known, would be the villains of the Biblical story for many years and enemies of the people of God. For a little historical context, these individuals had made their journey through Egypt before Abram was called by God from Mesopotamia. Between the times of Abraham and Joshua the Philistines (as they would come to be known) had changed their quarters, and had advanced northward into the plain of Philistia.


They were initially a peaceful people. They also had great wealth and appeared to be prosperous (Judg. 16:5,18) The had the ability to make and participate in great business ventures and display material wealth. They were strong fighters and defeated the inhabitants of Sidon around 1200 BC. They owned a portion of the promised land and during the life of Joshua, Israel was not able to overcome them:
  • Joshua 13:1-3 ~ "1-Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed. 2-This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri, 3-From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite: five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avites:"
After the defeat of Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron in Judg 1:18 the Phillistines quickly retaliated and regained their land. King Saul was later able to accomplish what had not been accomplished previously.

  • 1 Sam. 13:3 ~ "3-And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. 4-And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal."

The Philistines had been defeated at Geba but for 25 years the Philistines would rebuild and reposition themselves in preparation to retake what they considered to be their land. During this time they would flex and send forth a champion named Goliath who would utter perverseness against the Lord and would be defeated at the hands of an anointed boy named David.(1 Samuel 17:50) Saul would later loose his life to the Philistines in valley of Esdraelon.

God blessed David to be able to subdue the Philistines. They would continue to serve under Solomon's Empire. However the Philistines would later gain liberation once again by aligning themselves with Syria, Assryia, and Egypt. Through all the ups and downs the Philistines seemed never discouraged in planning their next uprising. Even when Israel was taken into captivity, the Philistines were evil hearted towards Israel and had what God called "old hatred" toward Israel. This ultimately represented sinful man's hatred towards God.


  • Ezekiel 25:15 -17 ~"15-Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; 16-Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. 17-And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them."
Now that you have a full sense of the rift between the Philistines and the Israelites, we can look closer at the text.

Our text places events around 1116 BC. Israel was in a serious battle with their Canaanite enemy, the Philistines. The difference was that Israel was suffering from a lack of integrity among their spiritual leadership. The Priest sons Hophni and Phineas were lascivious men who were stealing sacrifice from the Lord, taking advantage of the people by not rendering godly service, and using the women of the temple as prostitutes and personal cohorts.

  • 1 Samuel 2:12 ~ " 2-Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD

These Priest had no relationship or fellowship with the Lord, but they were in the position as a servant to the people and as one of spiritual authority. They had found a way to have popularity, materialistic wealth and control over people. Eli, the high Priest had already been warned his sons of the problem but failed to end the situation only speaking to this children and telling them that they shouldn't behave that way.

  • 1 Samuel 2:22-25 ~ "22- Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 23-And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. 24-Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’S people to transgress. 25-If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them."

The Battle For The Glory


The conditions were ripe. This was the prime opportunity for the devil to do what he wanted to do from the beginning, steal the Glory of God:


  • Isaiah 14:12-16 ~ "12-How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13-For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14-I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15-Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16-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;"

During the initial charge against the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4, Israel was disappointed and turned back. The defeat caused the Elders of Israel to call for the "Ark Of The Covenant". Previously, when the Ark appeared things happened. The Jordan parted (Jos. 3:17), and cities fell (Joshua 6). The dimensions of this box or Ark were about 45in. by 27in. by 27in. (Gen. 50:26) This was a powerful and small package because all hopes were dependent upon God. However:


The Ark Was Never Meant To Be Used As A Charm


The Ark Of God wasn't powerful because of itself...it was powerful because of the Glory Of God. The Church is not powerful because it grows, looks good and has a lot of cars parked around it. It is powerful IF it belongs to God and is controlled and directed by God.


Part of the problem was that the People of God did not know or respect what God respected. God respected purity, righteous and true holiness. The people respected their ability to gain, achieve and defeat enemies without a commitment to serve God. Therefore they called upon God wrongly and out of their own lusts.

This battle was different. After carrying the Ark to the battle Israel was surprised that the aggression of the Philistines was worse and even more surprised when the Philistines defeated them in battle and took the Ark. Thus one of the worst days in Israel's history is recorded:

  • 1 Sam 4:19-22 ~ "19-And his daughter in law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. 20-And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. 21-And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. 22-And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken."

After all the years of victory someone other than the people of God were in possession of the GLORY of the Lord. The Philistines were deeply imbued with superstition: they carried their idols with them on their campaigns, 2 Sam. 5:21, and proclaimed their victories in their presence. 1 Sam. 31:9. The gods whom they chiefly worshipped were Dagon, Judges 16:23; 1 Sam. 5:3-5; 1 Chron. 10:10; 1 Macc. 10:83, Ashtaroth, 1 Sam. 31:10; Herod. i. 105, and Baalzebub. 2 Kings 1:2-6.


The Glory Was Taken Over By Those Who Had No Right To It, And Didn't Know How To Use It Or Honor It.


At this point I could give more history and theological and Biblical information, but I must cut to the point.


Because of unrighteousness, the church has been given to Homosexuals, Pimps, Jezebels, Adulterers, & Money Changers. They have possessed the Glory of God by possessing the Church. They have acted as if they were acceptable with God all the while creating a scheme, and perpetrating a scam of the worst sort in eternity upon God's people and HIS church, BUT THEY ARE BEING REVEALED AND THE DAYS OF THEIR KINGDOMS ARE NUMBERED!


Jude 4:4 ~ "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."


They have sang us into a gospel stupor and persisted to live with see under cover, their gay lovers, sometimes singing with them on stage and pretending to be one of the Holy children of God while the innocent sit and watch sometimes unknowingly being entertained with perverseness.


They have preached us to heaven and back, sold DVD's and books many times telling us what we wanted to hear about ourselves encouraging us to create our world with metaphysical constructs, yet we support their homosexual, lesbian and inordinate desires with tithes and offerings because they are seem to be "nice people"

They have raped and molested our daughters and sons and yet we attend their churches, supporting the very actions we say we hate, but yet living on every action and jumping through every hoop they ask us to because we don't want to be the one sowing "discord"


They have broken up families, under the guise of counseling, while they separate wives and husbands for their own perverted sexual desires.


They have bought TV and Radio air time claiming to preach, while sending messages to their illicit gay lovers, and using the ministry to promote themselves and their evil desires, challenging the righteous to speak against them in any way.


They have used the people of God, bleeding them financially, claiming prosperity and healing as a cliche, even hijacking the words and terminologies of the Saints while redefining anointing and revising the text of God's WORD.


They have stopped preaching the Gospel because they are afraid of it's power, and have become motivational and self-empowerment coaches teaching "how too's" but never "what Christ desires of"
They are the sort that pick up transsexuals and homosexuals and prostitutes late and night in strange cars, get caught and tell the church they were just giving people rides to certain locations. What are they taxi cabs?

They have set out to intimidate the righteousness threatening them with letters, and blinding other weak leaders by telling them to close their pulpits to righteous ministries that call people to repentance and to salvation.


They pretend to be concerned about the the church and the people but will not entertain the questions and concerns of the people because their theology is shallow and only centred on how they can angle the WORD of God to their own personal benefit.
They refuse to offer protections to the very ones they supposedly serve. In fact they expose the youth to perversions through the ungodly individuals, singers and musicians that they parade in the church as roll models.

They have stolen the Glory of the Lord because the people wanted everything BUT Righteousness and true holiness. Singers and musicians were given salaries when they should have been given the altar for repentance.

Prayer was replaced with player. Church leaders have given the Glory to the Philistines to PRETEND and carry on, making things look nice because we have assessed ourselves as weak and have been made ineffective by our flesh.


In Canaanite mythological texts Baal is sometimes called the son of Dagon. Dagon (Judg. 16:23; 1 Sam. 5:2–7; 1 Chr. 10:10) was the chief god of the ancient Philistines, a grain and fertility god whose most famous temples were at Gaza and Ashdod. Dagon continued to be worshiped by the Canaanites up to the time of Christ. In the Apocrypha mention is made of a temple of Dagon at Azotus in 147 b.c. (1 Macc. 10:83–84). Azotus was a later name for Ashdod, one of the five chief Philistine cities.


During the time of our text Dagon was worshipped. He was the God of fertility and celebration. He was the God of seasonal prosperity. Represented as a man with the tail of a fish, he was celebrated by dance, music, and perverted sexual activity.


The Ark Of God was set in the house next to Dagon.

The modern false apostles have taken the Glory of God, set it next to their idolatry and now DARE you to say anything against it and them. They dare you to say anything if you want to be a singer because they control the stage and unless you're willing to give them the Glory of God on your life they will try to hold your gift hostage.
They dare you to talk about the earrings in their ear. At that point they say their stage is greater than yours and there's nothing that you can do because they have the minds and hearts of the people.
They know the people won't believe that they offer perverted and non-biblical doctrines, twisted biblical interpretations, and a string of homosexual and lesbian lovers and lifestyles that display excess.

They DARE the people of God because they have positioned themselves to control the church and change it's message.


But They Forgot That They Can't Handle The Glory

The problem is that the Phillistine does not know that what they want will kill and crush them because they aren't qualified or chosen to handle it. First the idols of the people must come down:
1 Samuel 5: 3-5 ~ "3-And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. 4-And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. 5-Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day."
The first lesson to the Phillistine is that you are not greater than God. No matter how much material you posess or how many people you pack in on Sunday morning, or how many auditoriums and churches you fill. Ypu are not Greater than God and He will, with a small, powerful recepticle filled with the Glory of God, bring you to a place where you are broken and flat on your face. The Phillistines are falling by the way side as soon as they build churches, houses and proliferate the message Dagon is falling under and because of the Glory and presence of the Lord.
I Samuel 5:6-12 ~ "6-But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof. 7-And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god. 8-They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. 9-And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. 10-Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people. 11-So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 12-And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven."
The next thing that God did was affilct the Phillistines in their "secret parts". These are symbolic of those places that are supposed to be kept from public light and review. However it's made manifest when we see Pastors and Ministers of Music murdered and find they they had homosexual lovers and adulturous reltionships in addition to their ministries. The secret part are revealed when we find leaders going to the clinic being treated for STD's (SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES) that they've contracted while serving in the ministry. The secret parts are further revealed when we hear messages of how GOd will keep the mind in perfect peace, while a review of their medicine cabinet reveals Prozac, venlafaxine, duloxetine, nefazodone and mirtazapine to name a few.
They sent the Glory back after 7 months and 57,000 lives and plagues from place to place and city to city. God fought himself for his people and in the end what had been taken from Israel was restored by God:
I Samuel 7:13-17 ~ "13-So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14-And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. 15-And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16-And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. 17-And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD."
What of those who had posessed the Glory? What of those who thought they could exalt themselves and get away with it without the judgement of the Lord?
Matthew 7:21-29 ~ "21-Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22-Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23-And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24-Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25-And- the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26-And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27-And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28-And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29-For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

Many have never known HIM. Nice stages, but never have known HIM. Material prosperity, but never have known HIM. Book writer, but never have known HIM. Miracle worker, but never have known HIM. Beautiful church, but never have known HIM.

If they knew HIM they would repent. If they knew him they would confess their deeds. If they knew him they would insure that thier idols are destroyed and chopped up into a million pieces. If they knew him they would stop their silliness, stop their sins and present themselves to God and the people. If they do that they will have a chance to correct what is right and help a new generation that has been the victims of the worst type of spiritual crime in history.

Psalms 51:17-18 ~ "17-The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18-Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem."
As we witness God removing HIS Glory from the Phillistines, please keep in mind that God must first judge his house and he must first deal with them that have assumed leadership over God's people. Thank God for deliverance, for we must find the true and the Living God and worship him in the beauty of holiness.
1 Peter 4:17-19 ~ "17-For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18-And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19-Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."
Blessed!

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

DNC Interfaith or NO FAITH?

The Democratic National Convention Interfaith Alliance hosted an event Sunday August 24th at the Colorado Convention Center, that met much criticism and gendered much local unrest. The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that anti-abortion protesters disturbed the event both inside and out during a speech given by my Presiding Bishop, Bishop Charles E. Blake, who was invited as a guest speaker at the event.

Just earlier this week I received a comment from an anonymous poster asking me if I thought that this was a conflict of interest. I asked the poster "let's wait and see". What we can see is that there are more than a few issues that have arisen as a result of Bishop's appearance. Here is part of the report of the Rocky Mountain News:


"Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, called on presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to "follow through on his promise ... to reduce the number of abortions" while stopping just short of criticizing the Democratic Party for its support of the practice.
"Surely we cannot be pleased with ... millions of terminated pregnancies," Blake said to applause from the nearly full Wells Fargo Theater. "Something within us must be calling for a better way. If we do not resist at this point, at what point will we resist?"

Democrats must know about the "moral and spirtual pain so many of us feel because of this disregard for the lives of the unborn," Blake said.

In a speech focusing on society's responsibility to its children, Blake first focused on the plight of the inner-city poor as a human rights responsibility before calling abortion a practice "that conflicts with our position and our responsibility ... to human rights itself."

Although Blake intimated he was frustrated with his party's support of abortion, he praised its positions for the helpless in other ways. "Others loudly proclaim their advocacy for the unborn," he said, receiving a standing ovation, "but they refuse to recognize their responsibility and the responsibility of our nation to those who have been born. "They are presently and historically silent, if not indifferent," he continued, "to the suffering of our inner cities."

There has already been a host of commentary regarding religious leaders participation in this event. It is also presumed that Bishop Blake has joined other Pastors such as Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Rick Warren in the ranks of endorsement of Obama/Biden ticket. Here is commentary from Gloria Poole RN who was one of the respondents to the Denver article:

"Bishop Blake, perhaps if the so-called ministers of this nation did not speak out of both sides of their mouth at once there would be no legal abortion in this nation? HOW DARE YOU? How dare you try to defend a man as President who never once voted prolife on anything? Who voted for legalized infanticide? Who voted to not notify parents of their minor daughter's attempt to get an abortion? Who never once voted prolife while in Congress or his state; and who wrote inflammatory articles at the Harvard Review claiming his support of the killing of innocents? What was written about you today in this article,if true, is what is wrong with America i.e. 'politically correct' wishy-washy, namby-pamby 'ministers' and 'priests' who don't know what they believe or why. GET ON GOD's side or get out of the pulpits!" ~ Gloria Poole RN, Artist

As you can see this is a very heated discussion especially in light of what Senator Obama said at Saddleback Church just a few days ago:(8/17/2008)
WARREN: ..."Now, let's deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"
OBAMA: "Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
WARREN: Have you --
OBAMA: "But let me just speak more generally about the issue of abortion, because this is something obviously the country wrestles with. One thing that I'm absolutely convinced of is that there is a moral and ethical element to this issue. And so I think anybody who tries to deny the moral difficulties and gravity of the abortion issue, I think, is not paying attention. So that would be point number one. But point number two, I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe v. Wade, and I come to that conclusion not because I'm pro-abortion, but because, ultimately, I don't think women make these decisions casually. I think they -- they wrestle with these things in profound ways, in consultation with their pastors or their spouses or their doctors or their family members. And so, for me, the goal right now should be -- and this is where I think we can find common ground. And by the way, I've now inserted this into the Democratic party platform, is how do we reduce the number of abortions? The fact is that although we have had a president who is opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down and that is something we have to address."
WARREN: "Have you ever voted to limit or reduce abortions?"
OBAMA: "I am in favor, for example, of limits on late-term abortions, if there is an exception for the mother's health. From the perspective of those who are pro-life, I think they would consider that inadequate, and I respect their views. One of the things that I've always said is that on this particular issue, if you believe that life begins at conception, then -- and you are consistent in that belief, then I can't argue with you on that, because that is a core issue of faith for you. What I can do is say, are there ways that we can work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, so that we actually are reducing the sense that women are seeking out abortions. And as an example of that, one of the things that I've talked about is how do we provide the resources that allow women to make the choice to keep a child. You know, have we given them the health care that they need? Have we given them the support services that they need? Have we given them the options of adoption that are necessary? That can make a genuine difference" Transcript Courtesy CNN Forums.
The figures on abortion have been placed at 100% Change Man for your review. I would ask the question to Senator Obama,
When you found out that your wife was pregnant with either of your two daughters, WHEN were human rights conferred upon them? Did you or did you not feel that they were entitled to human rights in the womb? Finally, and I strongly assume that you believe that they were entitled to HUMANS rights in the womb; why should anyone else's children be considered less valuable, less important, or less entitled than yours?
Will This make me vote for McCain...I'm afraid not. Should you assume that I will vote for Obama...DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH! Does this blog endorse either candidate....NO!
Opportunities are Golden. Did Bishop Blake say enough or go far enough? Do you feel his presence sent a confused or wrong message? I would like to hear from you on regarding this. May the Lord bless and keep you is my humble prayer. In Jesus Name!
Blessed!

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Women, Mathematics & Evolution

Recently on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams there was a story about how new discoveries have disproved the myth that women were less intelligent mathematicians and less able to perform mathematically than their male counterparts. Evidently for years the comparative ability and intelligence of women have been called into question. This continues even in modern academic circles.


Since the evidence was so overwhelming against the notion that women were less intelligent, the question was asked "where did these thoughts and speculations originally come from?" Quite interestingly enough, none of the professionals interviewed could give an answer or even reference a particular study as to how and when the myth that women were less intelligent than men in math began. Well, of course in my many debates with atheists and in reading many blogs regarding evolutionary and naturalistic thought, it didn't take me long to find the answer that many of these "supposed" professors missed, overlooked and I believe intentionally minimized to further promote their naturalistic agenda.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!


Darwinian Evolution, taught in every public school science class as simply the Theory Of Evolution, out of all possible explanations and conduits for all of these horrible presuppositions was the answer that the scientist in the NBC story were afraid to render as the exact birthplace of theories that women were less intelligent and could not preform mathematically on the same scale as men. Now most people when confronted with this information say,
"NO, that couldn't be? Why would educators allow such a biased view of natural order to be taught in our classrooms?"
Individuals who say this haven't been introduced to the reality of naturalism and non-theistic teachings regarding origins of man and current conditions. When I say that there is a CESSPOOL of garbage being passed off as educational material, I'm being generous. It's much worse than I could state here. Look at this for example:

"[Man] attains a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can women—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, history, painting, sculpture, music (inclusive of both composition and performance), history, science, and philosophy, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also infer, from the law of the deviation from averages... [that] the average mental power in man must be above that of women." ~ Charles Darwin, "The Descent of Man in Relation to Sex" (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1896), 564.


A "higher eminence", "average mental power above women"? Now to all the women reading this, this is the basis of what our children are being taught in school today when it comes to evolutionary theory. Also, please keep in mind that these ideals and "theories" were valued by Communist founders Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels.

Engels wrote to Marx, "Darwin, whom I am just now reading, is splendid." ~ Conway Zirkle, "Evolution, Marxian Biology and the Social Scene", Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959, pp.85-87


Marx wrote back to Engels on December 19, 1860, saying, "This is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our view."~ Conway Zirkle, Evolution, "Marxian Biology and the Social Scene", Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959, pp.85-87


There's more. Darwin spoke the following concerning women's abilities:

"powers of intuition, of rapid perception, and perhaps of imitation are characteristic of the lower races, and therefore of a past and lower state of civilisation." ~ Charles Darwin, "The Descent of Man, The Modern Library", New York, p. 873.


One of the leading proponents of naturalism and evolutionary theory was psychologist Gustav LeBon. He stated the following based on his understanding of naturalism:

"[Even in] the most intelligent races [there] are large numbers of women whose brains are closer in size to those of gorillas than to the most developed male brains. This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion." ~ Stephen Jay Gould, "The Mismeasure of Man" (New York: Norton, 1981), 104-105.

In the world of Darwinian Evolution SIZE really does matter, but common sense doesn't.

According to Charles Darwin and most modern evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins who continue to hold to evolutionary theory as a viable science, the size of the brain indicates intelligence. A woman's brain being smaller (closer to the size of a Gorilla's brain) makes her less intelligent. In fact Mr. Dawkins himself has said that new atheists in particular must push harder to make their naturalistic agenda heard and respected.


OK. Women still don't believe me, let Mr.LeBon finish his own thoughts regarding this:

"Women represent the most inferior forms of human evolution and...are closer to children and savages than to an adult, civilized man. They excel in fickleness, inconstancy, absence of thought and logic, and incapacity to reason. Without a doubt, there exists some distinguished women, very superior to the average man, but they are as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as for example, of a gorilla with two heads. Consequently, we may neglect them entirely." ~ Stephen Jay Gould, "The Mismeasure of Man" (New York: Norton, 1981), 104-105.

David N. Menton, Ph.D., The Religion of Nature: Social Darwinism, St. Louis MetroVoice, September 1994, Vol. 4, No. 9, said that based on Darwin's tenets and beliefs many anthropologists bought into the "brain size" issue even falsifying the evidence to make it fit their presuppositional thinking and racial and gender biases and discrimination.

Who's the culprit? Darwinian Evolutionary Theory that taught and continues to teach that women were less intelligent, less capable and less important to society than men.


This is big business and there are major implications for professors and individuals willing to step out and expose the many lies of evolution. As preachers and ministers, we have a mandate to "be instant in season, out of season;" (2 Tim. 4:2) This topic usually genders much debate from supporters of evolution and naturalism. Opponents usually use the bible as an emotion tool to suggest that God despises women throughout scripture but the opposite is actually true.


The fight is on against creationism as Professor Dawkins outlines. However creationism when it comes to the place of women is much superior on all fronts than evolutionary theory. Example:

  • Women are created from the same "stuff" as men. In other words man was made in the "Image" and "Likeness" of God, therefore women share those same attributes, not the attributes of an animal or Gorilla or Ape as evolutionists love to point out. (Gen. 1:27 ~ "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.")


  • In God's system women are called to be leaders, used by God to deliver Israel. (Deborah, Ruth, Esther etc.)


  • In the Old Testament, women are very instrumental in the survival of both the family and the nation.


  • In the Old Testament, the critic is hard pressed to find ONE instance where God endorses the rape, molestation or abuse of women.


  • In the Old Testament women were able to approach and receive from God without a male intermediary, indicating that women had every ability as an equal with men to access God.


  • Women are valued and honored throughout the biblical narrative and considered to be smart both spiritually and naturally. (Pr. 12:4, 31:10)


  • In the New Testament the blood of Jesus levels the playing field of traditions even within a patriarchal society by calling women and men equal in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28 ~ "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.")

I thought it interesting to see how vehemently and avvid some individuals are in stating that evolution is a valid system. As we can see Darwainian evolution is the worst possible mix of confusion for anyone to adopt and accept. Theistic evolution is an even worse proposition no matter how badly many of us want to find a scientific ground or basis by which to defeat the criticisms of the enemy.

Why not simply just believe God and HIS WORD? After all the criticism it still stands the test.

Nex time I'll discuss the rank racism of Darwainian Evolution. Stay tuned.

Blessed!

Resources:

The Face That Demonstrates The Farce Of Evolution ~ Hank Hanegraaff

The Case For A Creator ~ Lee Strobel

Handbook Of Biblical Evidences ~ John Ankerberg & John Weldon

Center For Creation Science ~ Walt Brown Ph.D.


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Friday, August 22, 2008

WOW! Not my Chironna!

As I have often stated on this blog TBN seems to be the meeting place for apostates, heretics, inclusionists, ecumenists and a host of other types of spiritually defunct and sensationalist teachers.

TBN yet has some good programming so one can’t "throw the baby out with the bath water" but the bad programming is especially bad programming. Particularly when it comes the likes of false teachers and mystics like Prophet Mark Chironna.

Mr. Chironna seems to have a spiritual/gothic/quasi-Christian thing going. Black punk attire with rings and dingo boots. Often sending a Bela Lugosi type of chill up one’s spine he presents some of the most strange prophecies and irresponsible rendering of the WORD I have ever seen or heard. I can imagine that he is a learned individual but certainly teaches beneath that ability. He follows in the same line of teachers that I addressed in The New Enlightenment Pt. 1 in that he believes in the metaphysical power of words and also the law of attraction which are both cult and occult concepts. His TV Outreach show is called "Creating Your World" which confirms the assessment of his belief in the ability to manipulate the physical world through the transcendent spiritual powers and the power of words.
I recently witnessed him present a portion of his new series entitled "The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Within You subtitled Unlocking Your Destiny Powers" Now that title is full of problems that could take the rest of this blog to expound on but I’ll be good and get to the point. I’ve never heard so much heretical teachings in one 20 minute segment of teaching.

There are 5 phases to this series (as if one isn’t more than enough). I was entertained and utterly amazed by Phase Part 2 entitled "The Obedience Of Faith" These are some of the more shocking and unbiblical things he unashamedly taught to his Christian audience:

Concerning knowledge and the implementation of it:

"Your intuitions and impressions must lead to a written word then to a spoken word."
Mr. Chironna in this paradigm expresses his belief that intuitions and impressions are the directing forces in our lives and help create and support one’s epistemology (Philosophical process regarding the methods by which one knows something) He suggests that "impressions" and "intuitions" are equivalent to the power of God’s word or at a minimum they offer a conduit by which one can manufacture a direction in one’s life. The scripture says however that "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Ps. 37:23a) and that the Spirit of the Lord would "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13) not that we would be "impressed" or be led by our "intuitions" into all truth.


"The concept is hear it, write it, speak it. This is a metaphysical practice as commonly found as essential to metaphysical worldviews and religions of mind science."


He next introduces the concept of aligning oneself with God and his word. On the surface I say…YEA! We can agree on that. But his conclusions, purpose and outcome are totally unbiblical. He says that when a believer comes into alignment with God in their

"Words,
Ways,
Walk &
Works"

Then they will create a "Field Of Attraction" upon themselves and their lives.

WHAT?

Is that not Eckhart Tolleish? Come on, I really thought at the beginning of the show that we were going to be learning the bible and how to get closer to God. I thought that maybe we were going to launch out into some deep spiritual truth. Instead we were launched into metaphysical reality and a Christianized version of the Universal Law Of Attraction as taught by Rhonda Byrne in The Secret. What a travesty! And THIS supposedly goes out all over the world supported by "Our many TBN Partners"

He then went on into another strange Gnostic tirade on how to receive from God more effectively. He said this in sequence, and remember these are his words:

"Identify energy drainers and replace them with energizers"

OK…Then he just keeps going, and going and going (I couldn’t resist that)

"Declutter your life and align yourself to your higher purpose…build your self esteem."

At this point I’m worried because my desk…well let’s just say, it’s not exactly the place to lay something that you want to find again right away…but I know how to find anything and know where everything is (within 10 minutes) so I guess I’m good. Then he goes on to say this,

"Once these things are done, make your wish list!"

Allrighty then…"make your wish list"…Then what? Well he sums that up as follows:

"Things will fall into place"
"Resources will become available"
"You’ll make connections"

In all of these things what do you notice? I’ll tell you...

God is strangely absent. All of these things are things for you to do with no or little regard for God and no direction to do them because he has said so. Christ is not center. Your intuition, impressions and desires through "wish list" is most important. Is that Christianity? It’s not Pentecostalism no matter how many tongues he speaks and his teachings are certainly not biblical.

God and the bible are merely a means to an end. Since God is not the center, he becomes a way for the flesh and human desire to achieve what it wants without and apart from the direction of God.

Then, as a well calibrated watch, he provides the closing "hook". He explains to the audience how to make all of this work for them in these words,

"There are 21 days in which your life will be changed. As you sow into the impartation of revelation, you receive from it [revelation] It is possible to hear revelation and never grow from it, without sowing into it" This is a give to get scheme by which Mr. Chironna manages to stay in business.

He, Mr. Chironna, drops the bomb that all of what he’s teaching won’t be of any use if the listener doesn’t "sow into it" aka GIVE ME SOME CASH. Also he wants you to know that if you miss the 21 days, it’s not his fault, it’s your fault for not "sowing into the revelation"

My, my, my, Chironna….This is tragic. I was tired and trying to relax and rebuild after a tiring Sunday and saw this. There is truely no rest for the weary.
Blessed!
Question: At what point are these heretical teachers not Christians? Comments Are Welcome

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bam, Bam, Bam, and It Ain't EMERIL!

Leviticus 10:1-7 ~ "1-And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2-And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.3-Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. 4-And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5-So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. 6-And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. 7-And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses."

He kicked them in the face and they came....
He kicked them in the stomach, and they still came...
He slammed supposed broken legs on the altar and yet they still came...
He told them that the Lord was telling him to kick some Holy Ghost sense into their spirits and they still came...


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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Praying For The Healing Of AIDS?

On Sunday Aug. 17th 2008, the CBS Evening News featured a story on an organization called RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network). The impetus of the story was to uncover the alarming rates of HIV and AIDS infections among African American individuals especially in the Southern United States. The report was that although African Americans, by demographic, only make up 19% of the population of the South, we somehow manage to represent 56% of all new diagnosed HIV infections.
An August 8th article at Charlotte Observer.com stated the following:
  • "The South is now the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country. We have the highest number of adults and adolescents living with and dying from AIDS. (Southern States Manifesto: Update 2008). The South does not get the attention or funding to adequately address prevention, treatment care and housing."
Along with setting forth information of the current conditions, the story also set out to uncover the religious community's relationship to this resurgence. The report claimed negligence and absenteeism by the black church in dealing with people both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS virus. Repeatedly representatives form RAIN claimed that the Black church has been disengaged in ministering to the needs of individuals with HIV and AIDS within the Black community and community in general.

This Deserves A Much Closer Look

On June 27th 2008 the Washington Post.Com reported what the CDC (Centers For Disease Control) called the current resurgence of HIV/AIDS in the United States a "2nd wave epidemic". The CDC reports a a 12% rise per year in reported HIV infections among young black gay males ages 13-24. The reported stated the following:

  • " The study found that homosexual men were the only risk group in which the number of new infections rose annually from 2001 through 2006. (Epidemiologists prefer the term "men who have sex with men," or MSM, because many of them do not identify themselves as homosexual or gay.)"

The week of Aug. 11th 2008, NBC News reported an Associated Press discovery that treatment for men with HIV/AIDS is inadequate. Reporting on the same story Newser.com stated:

  • "In 86 nations, homosexual sex is considered a crime, and in seven countries it is punishable by death, according to the Foundation for AIDS Research, known as Amfar. During the conference's inauguration, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged nations "to follow Mexico's bold example and pass laws against homophobia." "In 2003, Mexico banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it has opened what it calls homophobic-free health clinics. The government has a national campaign that includes radio spots with mothers accepting their gay sons. Saavedra's program has earmarked 10 percent of its $12 million budget toward prevention among gay and bisexual men."
The RAIN website said the following:

  • "RAIN hosts the nation’s largest minority CareTeam program. The Minority program targets the African American community through African American congregations. RAIN is a national partner with the Balm in Gilead and sponsors the Black Church Week of Pray for the Healing of AIDS. The minority program staff hosts Pastors Summits providing culturally appropriate theology training for ministers and lay leaders."
"culturally appropriate theology training for ministers and lay leaders"

What does this little statement mean?

This means that RAIN is teaching churches and church leaders to respect the diversity of sexual lifestyles within the African American community. In the CBS report one minister proclaimed that the church shouldn't be known for its "homophobia" and that stigma against the church created by the church must cease. In essence the suggestion was that the church engage the gay community with "love" and "tolerance" instead of with "love" and "truth".

Here we have two things inextricably woven together to create the greatest emotional response, and stir up unrest against the bible and the church. The seeming objective of RAIN and other organizations is to use the resurgence of the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and inadequate medical care associated with it, as being directly associated with issues of religious tolerance.
In other words the suffering of individuals with HIV/AIDS is being exploited and used as a camouflage in an attempt to reinculturate the church in the acceptance of ungodly and unbiblical value systems, thereby committing the church and church leaders in accepting, allowing and having regard for the homo-agenda and the homosexual lifestyle.

One Thing That RAIN Does Not Teach Or Promote Is Repentance From The SIN Of Homosexuality

I acknowledge that NOT every HIV/AIDS infection is solely the result of homosexual activity or sin. In fact current statistics affirm that the largest segment of new HIV infections in the United States are among heterosexual black women. Many of these women contracted the disease from their male lovers, "friends with benefits", and in some cases husbands.

I acknowledge that anyone who has contracted this disease should have access to the most proficient medical care available to anyone with a life threatening illness.
I acknowledge that anyone should not face any sort of discrimination or lack of care because of the disease.
I acknowledge that the medical profession and social service agencies should treat the HIV/AIDS virus like any other illness that is currently allowable in their system.
I acknowledge that the human aspects and devastation of this dreaded disease cannot and should not be overlooked.

Simultaneously, I also acknowledge that it is inappropriate to ask the church to change it's message against the sin of homosexuality and non marital sexual relations simply because individuals are infected with this deadly disease.

Some call this sentiment cold, unfeeling, callous and insensitive. I would respond to that accusation by presenting the following three points:

1- The New Testament message against sexual immorality is clear. All sexual sin is grievous (Gal. 5:19). Although most individuals clearly acknowledge the Old Testament mandate against homosexual activity, it should also be acknowledged that the New Testament has set forth a convincing and solid case against homosexuality and homosexual behavior as well as other sexually immoral behaviors. I have set forth and affirmed the New Testament Case against homosexuality HERE. The church should remain stable in the acknowledgement of the Word Of God and remain steadfast against the special pleading of RAIN, Balm In Gilead, and/or any other organization that addresses this issue suggesting that the church must change.

2- The church is not a social service agency. The world's vision of the church is no greater than the "sifted" and powerless social gathering. The world views the church as a glorified and unfunded social service respot and in many cases a mere marketing opportunity. To the contrary, the church that Jesus established has a mission is to draw men and women to salvation through preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Mt. 28:19) Part of that mission is to preach against sin. (Isa. 58:1) with love and humility. Without equivocation, homosexuality is a sin and must be preached against. I submit that the epitome of being unfeeling is to minister to a person's physical or emotional condition with no or little regard for their spiritual welfare and behavioral and spiritual condition.

3- The church should be careful as not to interfere with the judgement of God upon certain sins and behaviors. If we are not careful, vicariously, the church could become guilty of endorsing unrepentant sin. I acknowledge that this is the most emotionally charged part of this discussion, and a point that fuels rage among many.

Many individuals assert that the HIV/AIDS virus is a judgement against homosexuality but they do not explain how. In the following I will attempt to provide the biblical precedent as to why the church must continue to be on the Lord's side of this issue no matter what type of pressure is exerted from organizations such as RAIN and Balm In Gilead.

Part I: The Establishment Of The Justice Of God.
As any other attribute of God, HIS ability to judge and judge righteously cannot be overlooked, diminished or set aside for our convenience. The church must continue to be made aware of the judgement of God because judgement will first begin at the church.
1 Peter 4:17~ "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
Scripturally, when God moves in judgement, those that oppose HIM are often cast aside and in many cases included in that judgement.
In Judges 19, we have a story of a Levite who had an unfaithful wife. She left him for a season and ended up at her father's house. To cut to the heart of the issue, after the Levite recovers his wife they end up spending the night in Gibeah which was part of the Tribe Of Benjamin. An "Old Man" of Mount Ephraim that lived in Gibeah ended up taking them into his house to lodge for the night. As it got darker and later the true problem of the city became magnified:
Judges 19:22 ~"Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him."
The term "sons of Belial" was used to indicate men who had an evil nature and evil intentions. These men ruled the night of the city and were certainly observant of the changes that took place in the are with a purpose of exploiting weakness. They were also homosexual and bisexual men and at the very least men who believe that having sex with other men and strangers were permissible acts.
Now it should be remembered that these "sons of Belial" were descendents the Gibeonites who, approximately 200 years earlier, (Joshua 6-8) deceived Joshua and the Elders of Israel into an agreement of protection from the Amorites by pretending to be sojourners and strangers instead of residents of the land.
The Levite eventually gave his wife to these evil men and they sexually abused he and killed her(Judges 19:27)
That incident prompted the following actions:
Judges 19:29 ~ "29-And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. 30-And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds."
After this incident, the Levite cut his wife's body into 12 pieces and sent them to the elders of Israel. This represented a message of distress and untold despair. Once the elder's received this they met the Levite in Mizpeh (Judges 20:1). In this council it was decided that all of Israel would go up and make war against Gibeah.
The Benjamites were bound to protect the Gibeonites and the inhabitants of Israel resided in the city also. The message and response was clear:
Judges 20: 19~ "Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:"
The Benjamites refused to hear the council of God because they were busy "protecting" the people from God's judgement. This led to the loss of 26,000 Benjamite soldiers in the battle (Judges 20:35) and an utter destruction of the city.
Four Things Are Interesting To Note Here:
  1. The deceit of the Gibeonites graduated to other sins for which the Bejamites became responsible.
  2. The sins of the Gibeonites grew to affect the entire region.
  3. The people of God in trying to assist and protect the Gibeonites and "sons of Belial" positioned themselves as enemies of God and HIS righteousness and were judged accordingly.
  4. At NO POINT did the people of God pray for the "healing" of the sin. Sin cannot be healed, it can only be repented of.
AIDS can be healed, SIN can only be repented of and there is a distinguishable difference between the two. The healing of the Homosexual comes when they repent of their SINS which includes their homosexual activity.
In Part 2 I will set forth a deeper biblical precedent and reaffirm the call of God to HIS church.
Blessed!

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