Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Exposing DOCTRINES OF DEVILS

1 Timothy 4:1-2 ~ "1- Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2- Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Please See my Study On Homosexuality & The New Testament For Additional Information
Invariably, some will read this title and think that I am calling people related to this topic devils. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am merely stating that the following scriptural interpretations are inspired by the "Prince of Darkness" or the devil himself. Therefore this is his doctrine spreading as if it were truth of the Word of God.

Recently I was made aware of a certain conversation in which a "supposed" COGIC Elder set forth an unscriptural argument and dropped a few names in effort to give himself credibility in his statements. Here is an excerpt taken from that particular web site conversation:

"I am HAPPILY married to the very happy & satisfied Evangelist Katherine Woods; we have three very bright children and lead a much fulfilled life. I am also an ordained Elder, anointed by our late Presiding Bishop, Bishop Louis Henry Ford. Not all Elders in our great churchare bigots, that believe those who are different than us are bound to hell. Now that you've been invalidated concerning my personal affairs, allow me to continue.

David, the great psalmist and writer who was "after God's own heart" was a homosexual.Allow me to present two scriptures as spiritual backing and to interpret into modernity.

"And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul." I Samuel 18:1-3
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"I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women." II Samuel 1:19-27
"…what MAN do you love more than you love your wife? What man do you have so close to your heart that the love for a woman is overshadowed by that of a man? Presuming you have noman in your life that you love more than your wife (if you're married, kind sir)…., Is there a Man you know that is married, (knit to a woman) yet loves a man more? Of course not! Because David loved Jonathan with all he had. David and Jonathan were homosexuals. Discredit me scripturally, or shut up and save the personal attacks for someone who's inept.How many psalmists, artists, musicians, and artistic individuals do you know who practice homosexuality? What's your reasoning…Oh wait, allow me to assume (as you have) what your response might be…you're probably saying "THAT OLD DEVIL JUST PICKS ON THE ARTSY FOLK" huh? I think not. The next time you want to rebut in a way that is as disrespectful as you did, please come with evidence and not just attack. You give me so much fuel to continue my quest in educating the saints of their sons and daughters who happen to be same-gender loving."
I'm sure your next rebuttal will be full of Greek and Hebrew which you have no real interpretation of. However, please note that I am well versed in both. Medicine isn't the only thing I've studied; I also happen to be an Elder who was taught to study the scripturefor its full intent and not for what has been taught through our ignorance of scripture.

Either way, I'm ready.
Dr. Elijah Woods, M.D

First, I would like to say that this gentleman also left his phone number on the message board which HAS NOT checked out. In fact I personally called the number to the hospital that he left and there was no current record of him. He could have been an employee in December of 2007 when this message was made but he IS NOT there now.

In addition I have spoken with Bishop Robert Sanders of Illinois Third Jurisdiction COGIC concerning the identity of this gentleman. Bishop Sanders was previously one of Bishop L.H. Ford’s (Pictured Right) Administrative Assistants and Security Chief in Illinois 1st Jurisdiction. Bishop Sanders has traveled extensively with Bishop L.H. Ford and was familiar with most individuals that Bishop Ford Ordained especially late in his ministry. Not only that, but he is a long time resident of Chicago, Illinois and knows most of the COGIC Elders there. Although the name sounded familiar he could not connect a face.

Further Bishop Sanders suggests that this gentleman produce a certificate of Ordination with Bishop Ford’s signature in order to confirm his identity and credibility. Further the Bishop states the following:
"Anyone preaching and using those scriptures or any biblical scriptures as a pretext in favor of homosexuality is not a scholar of any kind and does not represent the Church Of God In Christ with a message as such." Bishop Sanders further stated that, "There is no way that a knowledgeable person could take those scriptures and even suggest what he’s suggesting…He doesn’t know what he’s talking about." ~ Bishop Robert R. Sanders 9/9/08 (Pictured Left)

We have received information that this gentleman (Dr. Elijah Woods) serves under a Bishop in Wisconsin. We are trying to confirm this information.

It is noteable that the message of this poster is irrely similar to the message of Bishop T.D. Jakes regarding the same and similar subject matter. Elder D.L. Foster has done an outstanding job of exposing his fallacious doctrine HERE.

I began to wonder however, is this the new "underground" message to the homosexual community and what is currently hailed as the word to what they call "Same Gender Loving Christians"? Has the homosexual rite now graduated to an extended view of scripture whereby they now seek to change the biblical message by interpreting events in light of the homosexual world-view instead of in the sense in which the word was written? These things deserve a greater an more indepth look from those of us who desire to sincerely examine scripture. So let’s take a look:

Section I: Is There Any Evidence That David And Jonathon Had A Homosexual Relationship?

While it is abundantly clear from scripture that David and Jonathon were very close in relationship and considered one another "brothers" it is a fallacious and at best an overstatement to suggest that they were in any wise homosexual or in an inordinate relationship. Part of understanding I Samuel 18:1-3 stems from understanding the acceptable custom of the day of close covental relationships between individuals and the terminology of "souls knit" together and being "one soul".

This language was not unfamiliar to the biblical narrative.

Gen. 44:30-31 ~ "30-Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life;{nephesh qashar nephesh} 31-It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave."

Here we observe Judah pleading with his brother Joseph asking that Joseph not retain Benjamin after Joseph had placed contraband "the Silver Cup" (Gen. 44:2) in Benjamin’s bag. This was done so that Joseph could detain his brothers and ultimately deliver them from their starvation. The point to note here is that Judah declared that Jacob’s (their father) heart was "bound up" or "knit" with his younger son’s life. This "bound" was so strong that Judah feared that his father would die if Benjamin did not return with him.

One could hardly construe Jacob’s, or a father’s relationship with his son, and in this case Benjamin, as being a homosexual relationship. There is no such evidence for that assertion. Yet this scripture parallels linguistically in describing the same type of relationship between Jonathon and David.

Let’s look at another on this subject:

Deut. 13:6-11: ~ "6-If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, {Nephesh} entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7-Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8-Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9-But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10-And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11-And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you."

In this prohibition against idolatry God spells out various categories of relationships.

1-Brother (flesh and blood relative)
2-Step-brother (same mother different daddy)
3-Birth child, male of female (Own flesh)
4- Spouse (woman/spouse one loves)
5- Close friend or companion (described as one "as thine own soul")

The phrase "as thine own soul" is one word in Hebrew, "Nephesh" which would mean in this context one who has similar desires likes and dislikes both of character and of the mind. Once again this word and relationship DOES NOT foster any thoughts of same gender relationships or inappropriate relationships at all.

Neither 1 Sam. 18 or 2 Sam. 1 imply, infer, or suggest that David and Jonathon had a homosexual relationship. Based on the scriptural evidence, to infer that I Sam. 18:1-3 can be used to intimate that a homosexual relationship or a same gender sexual relationship existed between David and Jonathon, is at best an obtuse assertion and at worst a complete heretical doctrine and presuppostion of scripture that carries no weight or validity in light of a thorough examination of scripture. In other words this is a DOCTRINE OF DEVILS.

Section II: Evidence That Sexual Unions Were Called "one flesh" By God As Opposed To "one soul"

The bible calls the relationship between a man and woman a relationship of "one flesh"

Gen. 2:24~ "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh"

In a God ordained sexual union there were 3 elements present.

  • Leave- the current family and home

  • Cleave- a joining together in union with and in pursuit of

  • Being "one flesh"- a relationship equivalent to blood or covenental relationship in God’s eyes. This also dealt with the physical aspects and physical union.
Out of those relationships, God referred to sexual intimacy as "knew" {Yada} or "knowing" one another.

Gen. 4:1 ~ "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD."

Even in the case where there was identifiable homosexual activity the bible identified that activity with "know" {Yada}

Gen. 15:5~ "And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."

Neither David or Jonathan’s relationship consisted of either of these elements. They neither left relatives, joined themselves to one another or pursued a physical union with one another. Neither did David or Jonathan’s relationship include "knowing" one another.

Once again there is no scriptural evidence that these men either made or tried to create a physical or sexual union.


Section III: What Happens to 2 Sam.1:26 in Light Of The Correct Interpretation Of 1 Sam.18:1-3?

2 Sam. 1:26 ~ "I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women."

In light of the prior conclusions, there must be a reinterpretation of David’s statements as he laments the death of Saul and his "brother" Jonathan. The homosexual "underground" interpretation is an unevidential claim and spurious at best. The complete argument that this scripture describes a homosexual relationship between David and Jonathon falls completely under the weight of the evidence.

A better interpretive is that David is lamenting a covenant relationship of a friend that he has deep care and compassion for. He further is not only lamenting his "brother" but also lamenting King Saul and his family out of honor and not lust or a desire for an inordinate relationship.

Section IV: Additional Information Regarding The Nature And Sexual Drive of King David:

As we observe King David in scripture, his life, both failures and achievements are like an open book. He is a very transparent character. It is obvious that he certainly liked women. We observe his murders, adulteries, lusts, passions, inability to communicate with his own family, his violation of God’s word and his repentance’s.

Yet in none of this information is homosexual activity listed as a part of his character. This is in light of the fact that his ability to "lust" was a defining characteristic of his being up until his death:

1 Kings 1:1-4~ "1-Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 2-Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. 3-So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4-And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew {Yada} her not."

In this case, David's desire for a woman was an indicator of his lifespan and condition of health. Placing a "young virgin" in the bed with him was a telling reaction by those who served him and knew his nature and desires. Consequently, there was no male brought to David. If David were a homosexual would it have not been appropriate to also bring a male to him? However the scripture once again is transparent as it pertains to the tendencies of David and those tendencies do not include homosexuality.

The critic would say that there is one more option. That David and Jonathon slept around secretly but yet openly. Once again this is a far stretch, there is no evidence for such contention and to maintain such would be a continued heretical rendering of scripture, not to mention the fact that it would further condemn homosexual activity as ungodly if it had to be done in secret.

Section V: Actions Of The Priests Would Have To Be Highly Inconsistent:

In 2 Sam. 12 the prophet Nathan confronts and addresses David concering his sin with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah her husband. Nathan mentions that God would have given him "thy master’s wife" (2 Sam. 12:8) and that he would now be punished for having such a relationship and murdering the Uriah. David does not kill Nathan and neither does Nathan fear death for delivering the council of the Lord to David.

Based on the scriptural prohibitions in Israel from Lev.18:22 ~" Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." And Lev. 20:13 ~ "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

It would be a further stretch to imagine that David or any Priest ministering under his reign would have been entertained by the sin of homosexual activity. Therefore, the case further unravels at this point. Why would God have punished David for adultery and murder and NOT ever mentioned his sin of homosexual activity IF David was indeed a homosexual? There is no support for the position that David was ever involved in homosexual activity.

For no prophet to mention any such activity to David is a clear sign that such activities and behaviors DID NOT EXIST.

Conclusion:


  • Based on scriptural evidence to love "as thine own soul" is to have great compassion and deep abiding friendship for, not sexual feelings toward.

  • The word "know"{Yada} is used to indicate a sexual union and relationship both from a man to a woman and a man to a man. That word is not present in any narrative or text concerning David and Jonathon.

  • Prophets and Priests actions are highly inconsistent with one practicing homosexual activity. Based on the scriptural prohibitions in Israel and resultant actions of the prophets in other areas, no such homosexual activity existed in any manner.

  • Neither Dr. Woods or those that hold his assertions can provide a scripturally credible argument for a homosexual union between David and Jonathon.
For those individuals perpetuating this doctrine, it is my hope that you would repent and reconsider the effects of promoting an anti-biblical message. For those caught in the bondage of homosexuality and willing to repent, there is hope and room for you at the Cross of Jesus. Please contact this ministry or any of the fine ministries listed on this page for prayer and counciling and assistance with issues.

Blessed!

9 comments:

  1. Pastor Burnett, two things on this:

    1. The "Dr. Elijah Woods" is in high probability an internet fraud, fake and liar. One of those concocted electronic personalities created by someone too cowardly to reveal who they really are. I looked at the list of staff personnel for the address he listed and that name does not exist. However, something a bit stranger is going on with this. I think whoever he was/is he is speaking for a growing number of homosexual clergy within COGIC who are looking for a leader to open the door for them. I believe that person is waiting in the wings or making moves towards a position of high authority and influence in the church. And with them will come these doctrines of devils. To allow this will seed a pernicious spirit in the church which may very well signal the beginning of the end for the grande ole COGIC. Im not being pessimistic, nor do I wish to see my heritage and legacy fall, but if we dont see what the spirit of the Lord is revealing, we will reap bitter fruit.

    2. You have accurately described this as a doctrine birthed from satan himself. To use the holy scriptures and brazenly declare that an abomination before God is now sanctified is crass and evil. You (and many others) have soundly refuted this shallow logic put forth by the fake Dr and his kind, but because they have an agenda to poison the church, they could care less about clear evidence to the contrary.

    God bless you and I pray that God would raise up more men like yourself to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.

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  2. Gcmwatch,

    I agree with you. I believe this gentleman is a fraud either way.

    I believe that this type of issue cannot go unchecked. Thank God that this sort of doctrine is being addressed and put down by the clear exposition of the word of the Lord.

    God bless.

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  3. This stuff makes my blood boil! Yet another play to assault the Truth, and attempt to pervert the Word of God. Thank God for true Believers, and for their stance against this heresy and assault.

    This is exactly the type of garbage that finds itself front and centre of main street media (a la Jesus Seminar, Jesus'Tomb), emergent church types, politicians, bureaucrats, actors, etc.,in an attempt to cast just enough doubt, in order to sway public sentiment and those immature believers, in condoning this heresy.

    Rest assured, there is a concerted effort to infiltrate the remaining churches of Jesus Christ; and those they can't infiltrate, they will use political and social pressure in an attempt to bring them down.

    It's happening in Canada as I type this, under the guise of Human Rights Commissions....many brothers and sisters in Christ have paid the price (financially, socially, etc.)for taking a stand against homosexuality, thanks to the government of the day. They have been successful in silencing Pastors, web bloggers, business owners, etc.; and, they will undoubtedly take these victories into the legislative assemblies, and will be successful in passing hate laws targeting the Christian and the Church. Guaranteed. Once that happens, churches will be forced to give up their non-profit status if they even want a chance at proclaiming truth.

    The homosexual agenda has its sights set on the remaining churches that dare to take them on. Attacking the tradition of marriage and gaining their right to marry, has been the crack in the foundation they have been looking for, to take on our social and political structure. Now, they are recruiting preachers and priests, and infilitrating their very ranks (the RC church is chock full of them - including those that teach at their seminaries)This spirit of anti-christ will stop at nothing to wound the Saints of Christ.

    Jim, Edmonton

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  4. Wow, I cannot believe this. Pastor B, I was JUST reading and studying on this very story this morning before I got on the computer and checked my email. I just love the way God always CONFIRMS His word!

    With so much heaviness in my heart concerning the homosexual deception that's prevailing in the "church", I was reading this account of David and Johnathan just to further edify and confirm the true biblical position that Homosexuality IS AN ABOMINATION IN GOD'S EYES.

    While I'm almost a year out of the WOF, false prosperity doctrine, I myself am still learning how to fully read scripture in context and to let scripture interpret itself. I John 2:27 of letting the Holy Spirit be my teacher was an eye opening scripture for me.

    Anyway, I broke out my Strong's Concordance as I came across 1Sam 20:17, I looked at the different Hebrew words for "loved", which was used 3 times in that verse alone.

    It gave me #157, ahab (aw-hab) or aheb which means "to have affection for (sexually or otherwise) like, friend;

    and #160, ahabah (a-hab-aw) fem. of #158 and mean, the same - love

    #158, ahab from #157, affection (in a good or bad sense)-love.

    So of course, me NOT being fluent in Hebrew, but seeing as the definitions could lead it one way or the other, I let the Holy Spirit speak to me (I John 2:27)

    This is my literal conversation with God upon the conclusion of my "study." I said Lord, I know your word declares this to be an abomination (Levit, Rom)but just to clear ALL notions of what this homosexual agenda is alluding to, settle this in my spirit as I'm still unsure when it comes to the relationship between David and Johnathan." The Holy Spirit then spoke within and said, if they were together in that way, the word would have clearly stated they "knew" each other (or "yada" as you stated in your post Pastor B.) The Holy Spirit allowed me to let scripture interpret scripture.

    It's "settled" now that they loved each other in a way that was NOT
    SEXUALLY, as you so eloquently stated in your post Pastor B.
    Everything you mentioned is what the Holy Spirit spoke to me to further clarify and solidify in my spirit that David and Johnathan were NOT "lovers" and that homosexuality then as it is now, an abomination unto God.

    I just thought it was pretty amazing that you had this posted today right after I had this "intense" study session.

    When you have a mind that truly seeks the truth and do not want to give into a lie, then God will reveal the truth to you...on the other hand, when you read scripture looking to justify your "sin" then God's going to turn you over to a reprobate mind, and you'll believe the "lie" over the truth and worship the creature rather than the Creator! Oh I just love the Lord! I thank God that at this state in my Christian walk, I'm seeking TRUTH and can and will take correction when needed and given. So, if any of what I stated is not correct, PLEASE feel free to correctly divide the word for me.

    But I know in my spirit that David and Johnathan were NOT lovers, so those that preach this lie, as this so-called Dr. Woods is spewing out, I pray that God would have mercy on his soul and that he would come into the knowledge of the truth before it's too late.

    And as Jim E. said, this stuff makes my blood boil as well, to see the Holy Scriptures "twisted" to support such FILTH!

    Keep teaching Pastor B, GMCwatch and all others that are being "watchmen" and contending for the faith...also

    ...Come quickly Lord Jesus, COME!

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  5. Exposing Doctrines of Devils
    Paul and you pastor Burnett have open our eye to these False Teachers. Unbelieveable to read the scriptures and come up with these teachings of homosexuality. Truely the Doctrines of Devils.

    I also agree with pastor Foster.
    "God bless you and I pray that God would raise up more men like yourself to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints."

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  6. Pastor Burnett,

    I was meditating on this commentary and I agree with your commentary and the comments from Pastor Foster, yourself, Jim Edmonton(Jim what you're saying about Canada will come to pass in the USA too), Godlysoldier, and Beckrl and I heard the Holy Spirit say to me in this wise: Brother shall betray brother shall betray brother...and a man's enemies shall be of his own household. I knew these were the direct words of our LORD and SAVIOUR KING JESUS CHRIST! I immediately looked up the passages of scriptures.
    Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
    Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

    Pastor, the Spirit is saying these enemies that ARE ATTACKING from WITHIN were at one time or another WERE our brothers(male and female) in CHRIST, our spiritual fathers, our spiritual children. A holy man of GOD's foes shall be they of his own household...of Faith!

    Judas's (more than one, for the word declares many anti-christs) ARE in the churches and they will sell us(the true Body) out to SAVE themselves(lovers of themselves!)and for the things of this world!

    The apostasy or the great falling away IS NOT about sinners...a sinner can't fall away or backslide... but in the Latter times(RIGHT NOW!)...some...those WHO once claimed the faith...will depart the faith for....the doctrine of devils!

    Rejoice my brothers and sisters in CHRIST, We are witnessing the fulfillment of 1 Timothy 4:1, and the above referenced scripture BEFORE our very eyes! Rejoice, I say! Rejoice and Look up for our redemption draweth nigh!

    Amen Pastor Burnett. Amen and Amen!

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  7. Thank God for Jesus!

    Saints, this has been a challenging day...but the TRUTH reigns in Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for your encouragements. I just wonder what other types of doctrines are being proliferated by the SGL crowd.

    Now, some people have criticized us by saying..."why you so worried about what others do in their bedroom?" It's not that at all...I'm no more worried about that than they are about what I do in mine...cause if I had 2 or 3 women on the side they's all be takin and saying how no good I am...but the difference is here that the homosexual just doesn't want a seat in the church, they want to take it over...They want the pulpit, choir and everything they can get and make it affirm their actions.

    The other class is the DL individuals. I was made aware also that some of these guys (and girls) have sex with same gender but don't date same gender...consequentely they don't think they're homosexual and don't think the message against homosexuality applies to them.

    Now, I want to serve notice on all COGIC pastors and clergy...If I know you preach in favor of homosexuality and minimize the sin I will EXPOSE the message and your position 100% on this blog and everywhere I go preach...It's time to say, "Who's on the Lord's side?"

    Look, I feel like this...I Ain't got NOTHIN' to loose but everything to gain. I appreciate the revelations and prayerful thoughts that have been shared here so far...I've really been blessed.

    God bless

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  8. [quote]
    Now, I want to serve notice on all COGIC pastors and clergy...If I know you preach in favor of homosexuality and minimize the sin I will EXPOSE the message and your position 100% on this blog and everywhere I go preach...It's time to say, "Who's on the Lord's side?"
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    Thank you for making this stand to expose, not all will do that in a position as your's. Because they think about how much they can loose.
    [quote]Look, I feel like this...I Ain't got NOTHIN' to loose but everything to gain.[/quote]
    I'm glad you feel that way. We do need as many Christains as will to speak up. I'm glad to stand with you my brother you're not alone, and my prayers are with you.

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  9. Your prayers are with you too. Keep preaching the truth and exposing the enemy.

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