Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When "Gay Day" Comes Your Way ~ The Homosexual Rite Becomes Law

Special thanks to Sister Pat, a regular contributor and reader of the Dunamis Word. Thanks Sister Pat for lookin' out and bringing conditions in California to my attention and may the Lord continue to bless you and the family is our prayer!

One of the most controversial subjects of modern times is homosexual rights. President Elect Barack Obama has clearly and unequivocally stated that although he doesn't believe in homosexual marriage he is a firm believer in "Civil Unions" of same-sex couples. These "Civil Unions" would effectively have all property rights, insurance rights and rights of ownership that heterosexual marriages do today. In effect the term "Civil Unions" only becomes a smokescreen or at best a precursor for same sex marriage. Might I remind you of President Obama's own words regarding his view of scripture on the issue of homosexual unions:

"I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex – nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the sermon on the mount." ~ Sen. Barack H. Obama

Now, I believe that any number of websites have put together clear arguments on why homosexuality and homosexual marriage is contrary to God's word. I have set forth a clear argument on the subject on our sister site The Dunamis Word 2 under Homosexuality & The New Testament. The Bible is clear on it's message without question and for President Obama to say that any scripture regarding this subject is obscure or limited to Romans is either a misunderstanding of scripture or a total perversion of scripture. As smart as President Obama appears to be I doubt if the scripture has been misunderstood.

Nevertheless, what I want to focus on at this crucial and critical time is the real cost at ground level for allowing this SIN (not to be confused with a Civil Right) to proliferate within the church and community. As science scrambles to find a genetic link to homosexual behavior, there has been a more dangerous and ominous banner that has been carried by the educational system to promote imagery and the acceptance of gay and lesbian lifestyles under the name of "diversity" and "multicultural awareness" programs.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Special Invitation For Your Feedback As Pastor Burnett Shares His Political Views On Live Radio

Well Saints it's crunch time and no matter what your political views we have a very important decision to make regarding our next President of the United States.



I will be on the radio in a very special panel discussion Saturday November 1st 2008 on radio station AM 1140 WVEL. The time will be from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 CST. You can listen LIVE through the Internet. Click HERE for the live stream. YOU may also call in to discuss these very important issues with us by dialing 1(800)673-1011. If you are able to call in, refrence that you're a reader of The Dunamis Word. I may even have a special gift for ya! This will also be an opportune time for me to hear your voice and for you to be a part of this very important conversation.



Many have asked the question, "Who are you going to vote for?" and although I don't intend to tell anyone who to support I will lay out clear arguments that suggests what bible believing Christians should be interested and concerned about.

The facts are these: Neither the Republicans, Democrats or Independents are chosen by God or the "party" of God's choice. Jesus emphatically stated that his Kingdom IS NOT of this world. However, we are to be informed as to what issues we are faced with. Such issues include:


  • The rising tide of homosexuality and the homosexual agenda; who supports it and why?
  • Abortion and abortion rights; with all that is at stake, can the Christian, especially the African-American Christian, remain silent on the issue.
  • Are constructive homosexual and abortion rights equally as dangerous as leagalization of such rights?
  • Black candidacy; does having a African-American in the White House trump all moral and social responsibilities that the church and the believer has?
  • Can we expect there to be a political answer for the many problems we face at a grass roots level?

Once again, these issues and others have been especially divisive this year. I have seen ministry friends and associates part ways with one another over this election and especially the endorsement or non endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. I have also seen whole organizations and churches become so enthused over personalities that they don't ask the tough questions or examine the real issues. Can we afford to be blinded to the real issues in 2008?


I have not been derelict in my duties and have outlined my views on this blog already on Barack-ing The Gay Agenda~ Can We Really Say Yes To This Change? and The 100% Change Man. With your prayers I will continue to speak as the Lord has called me no matter what doors men close. With preachers running scared for fear of loosing 501(c)3 status and tithes, without saying, this promises to be interesting.


Blessed!


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Friday, October 17, 2008

Holy Hook ----- What?


Special thanks to my East Coast Ministry Coordinator Sister Alicia aka Surokoda. Good lookin' out for this brother as always!

Saints, I know this is the last days, and over the last couple of years it seems that we've seen much of what there is to see so far as the worst of men and mankind. Now, we all speculated that our dear Juanita Bynum-Weeks would come out with a new leading lady roll in Hollywood, which she tried to no avail. But for the most part, and to my shame, at least I thought that the Bishop Thomas Weeks III would slowly and surely fade to the background and reconstitute himself with the help of the Lord.

Well I guess that I was a little right and a little wrong as it pertains to our dear Bishop.

Ever since Flava-Flav and the "The Flavor of Love" and psychotic spin-off of Tiffany Pollard's show "I Love New York" have we not seen such degradation, filth and just plain old stupidity as people, (men and women) lined up to fulfill their lust for fame and attention on public stage while simultaneously calling and associating what they are doing and feeling with love.


One would make the statement, "Pastor Burnett, that's the world...what does that have to do with the church?"

To what am I referring? I am referring to the new soon to be hit/gospel/reality/dating show "Holy Hook Up" where the felony laden Bishop Thomas Weeks III seeks love from a list of wanting, needing and desperately seeking church ladies that want to be the bishop's NEXT wife? Well, if you don't know, now ya know!


The Bishops NEXT Wife?????


Yes, you read it right. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that Bishop Weeks III will try his hand in the ever popular reality TV market place, only this time it will be done "In The Name Of The Lord"...............WHAT?






Believe me...I see a Geico sign and and I ain't happy. In fact, I quit!



This is from the AJC article: "Bishop Thomas W. Weeks IIII has resurrected his new reality show and this time he will search for a God-fearing wife on TV instead of the Internet. Weeks said the Christian dating series, now called “The Holy Hook Up: Who Will Be The Next Mrs. Weeks?” will document his search for a new love as he performs his daily duties as leader of an international ministry" ~AJC 10/07/2008


This has got to be a comedy show. There seems to be no way possible that we're dealing with a spiritual and serious venture.


The article goes on to say this of the Bishop: "The twice-divorced Pentecostal pastor will dole out relationship advice drawing on his experience as an author, minister and a first-time felon who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on his ex-wife, national evangelist Juanita Bynum" ~AJC 10/07/2008


So now we have a BISHOP, advertising himself to the world, and women (I suppose church women) that will parade on national TV vieing for the twice warmed over and twice removed affection of a church felon, who received his felony for spousal abuse???? Is this REALITY or fantasy? If this is the truth it is stranger than fiction.


What will a person do for fame, popularity and notoriety? Further what will they do in the name of the Lord for fame, popularity and notoriety?


The Weeks-Bynum fiasco's were among some of the reasons that I began this blog over 13 to 14 months ago. At that time I set forth what I knew God was telling me to deliver and I haven't failed in that duty, but as time goes on I wonder, what will it take to stem the tide of filth that has entered the body of Christ? Is there a remnant that delights in the word and ways of God more than the lusts and sins of the flesh?


Celebrity, fame and self-serving at the expense of God and his people has taken center stage. Then yet, there is a following of people that go on as if nothings wrong. What is that? Witchcraft, divination, or just flat out rebellion?
Listen we know the scriptures. the bishop was supposed to have ONE wife...at least I thought. He was supposed to be even tempered, at least so far as I was under the impression. Then I thought that the method of the Saint's was unique and different from the world.
I'll end this without a theological tirade because this garbage is just plain BENEATH the pearls of the sweet and powerful word of God. However I will end with a scripture reading for your spare time:
II Chronicles 7:14
Blessed!

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Clockin’ Doodle Dumb Convocation Dollas’

Special thanks to Terry, a blog entry respondent that appears here regularly, for bringing Bishop Jakes schedule information to my attention.

Well, here we go, Bishop T.D. Jakes is scheduled to preach Sunday night Nov. 9th 2008 during the 101st National Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ. Now, I know I’m not popular with some for the stances that I have taken on certain issues so I might as well add additional fuel to the fire and let this baby BURN!


Could It Be All About Da Benjamins?


Now, for all the Jakes lovers, before you get all "swolle up" and bent out of shape, I know based on those who have contacted the ministry and done pricing research that "Da Bishop" usually charges in excess of $50,000 per appearance. Similarly, I know his appearance generally brings in anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000 in general or public offerings depending upon the venue.


I’m not aware of any arrangements that he made with The Church Of God In Christ, but I can say this…based on the information I have received from other sources within the church (WHICH I NAME NONE) when they have spoken in these type of venues, they have generally received $0.00 for their appearance in Memphis. Now there may be some that have received honorariums, so don’t paint with too broad of a brush. All I can affirm is the information I have received. Additionally, IF there are any within COGIC who have received something, I am confident that they haven’t received anything close to $50,000, well maybe outside of the Presiding Bishop, but that’s not today’s topic…I’ll leave it at that for now.

In this case however, I find it hard to believe that Bishop T.D. Jakes is appearing in Memphis, TN. For free or for less than his established fee. Feel free to chime in if you know.

Aside From The Money And More Importantly:


In light of the fact that Bishop Jakes preaches false, abominable and ungodly doctrine as outlined and detailed at GCMWatch, and offers an, at best, spurious, if not down right heretical, interpretation and teaching on the origins of man…I don’t understand why the leadership in our church felt it prudent or necessary in any way to further fund Jakes apostasies and heretical doctrine. His appearance may be good for "da money", but is it good for the soul?

I HAVE PERSONALLY heard Jakes say that when God created Adam he created Eve inside of him. He said that man was created "both male and female". He went on to strongly suggest that men have a sensitivity aka femininity about themselves built into their being. This was on The Potters House broadcast Sunday Sept. 21st 2008. Not only is this a foundation for homosexual and bisexual doctrine and false teaching, it’s just plain heretical and fallacious.

Erroneous Unbiblical Doctrine

Just in case you became confused somewhere in your biblical reading regarding this point, be it known that God didn’t create a woman inside of man. He built (banah – established or made a permanent part of creation) woman (Gen. 2:22) and brought her to Adam. This occurred OUTSIDE of man using the same material substance ie; genome of man aka Adam.

Jakes’s confusion comes in when he misinterprets what Adam expresses when he begins to respond to what God had done:

Gen. 2:23 ~ "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."


The phrases "she was taken" (Laqach) "out of man" (‘Iysh) simply means that she (woman) has been received in contrast or differently or separately from a man. This terminology was descriptive of her relationship to man and the creation and not descriptive of her emotional character nature or essence.

To complete the thought, verse 24 begins "Therefore" or because of this union/relationship based on what man has received, and that God has established "shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" In other words the precedent is set for families and cross gender marital unions and relationship growth between male and female individuals.

This scripture has NOTHING to do with attributes or characteristics or the sharing of those characteristics, be they male or female. It has nothing to do with emotions, he-motions or being "sensitive". Neither does the scripture deal in any way with human emotional tendencies It has everything to do with Adam looking for his "kind", finding none before God’s intervention, and receiving what God built for him which was suitable for him and ultimately cleaving to that.

As I Close:

Since undoubtedly, this blog is read by an array of individuals, some of which are COGIC leaders, I simply would like to pose the following questions:

Question 1~ How can the church that has endorsed and promoted the tradition of holiness as espoused by the late great Bishop C. H. Mason become subject and dumb down to false teaching for money and or association's sake?

I know this is not normal because under the Former Presiding Bishop Chandler Owens, Sung Myung Moon offered the church $1 Million for the Memphis pulpit during convocation. Bishop Owens loudly, clearly and unequivocally responded by stating that the Church Of God In Christ WAS NOT a WHORE and IS NOT for sale. Thank you Bishop Owens.

Question 2~ How can we, at the end of the day silently and monetarily endorse heretical and apostate teachers preaching false doctrines?

Question 3~ Is our ability to rub elbows with "popular" individuals a motivating factor as it pertains to what we allow and disallow?

Question 4~ Can we not find ministers within the church or associated with the church that offer sound and stable biblical exegesis and promote and encourage their ministries?

Question 5~ Is anyone willing to deal with the "machine" of big religious organization and how it works?

Question 6 ~ Is the quality of our service truly more important than the quantity of funds, relationships, or associations that we receive from service?

Question 7 ~ Has anyone considered the implications of allowing the proliferation of false doctrine in our primary venue (or any other venue for that matter)? If we can’t bring false teachers such as Jakes to accountability, then we have no business teaching against any false doctrine.

Rev. 22:10-17 ~ "10-And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11-He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12-And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13-I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14-Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15-For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16-I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17-And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."


Blessed!

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When Worlds & World Views Collide

When there are two worlds moving in vastly opposite directions there will be controversy. We have all been made aware of the "watch woman" of the great northern state of Alaska, Vice Presidental hopeful, Governor Sarah Palin.

I wish to stop for a minute to affirm that this blog is not about the choice of political candidates this November. Although I have discussed problems associated with Senator Barack Obama's candidacy, I will not render equal time to Senator John McCain because I believe the problems he poses are far too many to innumerate at the moment. I will say however that he (Senator McCain) should be ashamed for taking what I feel is a good and sincere woman and attempting to use her as a pawn for votes. With that said, I'll get to the point of my article.

The firestorm began when MSNBC TV host/commentator or whatever he claims to be, Keith (Dry Bag-O-Bones)Olbermann decided to "expose the truth" about Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. In his TV "expose" he suggested that Mrs. Palin was a religious fanatic because she had been blessed by and was excited about a Pastor from Kenya, Africa named Bishop Thomas Muthee.

“We prayed, we fasted, the Lord showed us a spirit of witchcraft resting over the place,” ~ Bishop Thomas Muthee

Under normal circumstances, there would be no problem with any of this as we have noticed consistent religious questioning and supposed revelations on both sides of these campaigns from beginning until now. However, in this case Bishop Murthee, outlined in detail his spiritual views and biblical interpretations regarding his actions within his community.

In summary, the Bishop claimed that in 1989 God led he and his late wife to the town of Kiambu, Kenya where he founded Word Of Faith Church also called The Prayer Cave to address the spiritual cause of mysterious deaths that were occurring. God responded by leading him to a woman called "Mama Jane" and revealed that she was a "witch" divining and controlling the city with her craft. Mama Jane ran a center called the Emmanuel Clinic and made her profit by fortune-telling. He testified that he asked "Mama Jane" to quit her craft and repent to no avail. He then went back to his church continuing in fasting and prayer and verbalized that they as a church were in spiritual warfare against the principality of evil, and "Mama Jane" was the primary instrument that was being used of the devil. In fact the Bishop offered scripture as a foundation and basis for addressing the issue:


Ephes. 6:12 ~ "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."

Ultimately the church undertook round-the-clock prayer and intercession in the basement of a grocery store and "eventually", says the pastor, “the demonic influence – the ‘principality’ over Kiambu –was broken”, and Mama Jane fled the town.

Now, of course, this is way too much for the uninitiated and the unregenerate to digest. In fact most scriptural fundamentalists shy away from the thought that God will "speak" and give instructions according to HIS spiritual leading and that we actually ARE in war with spiritual and unseen forces and powers. The antisupernaturalist and metaphysical naturalist "supposedly" only believe what they can see and measure through scientific methodology. These events however, have made Governor Palin suspect in the minds of the naturalist and theistic fundamentalist and guilty of spiritual delusion by association. What association?

Well, it just so happens that Bishop Murthee gave about 10 sermons at governor Palin's church. At The Wasilla Assembly of God on June 8 this year, Mrs Palin described how Bishop Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her when he visited the church as a guest preacher in late 2005, prior to her successful gubernatorial bid. He prayed for her finances and her success in obtaining the position and she was encouraged to proceed against the odds and won.


The problem is that because the Bishop is not ashamed of the bible and its message he has suffered at the hands of critics. Sarah Palin, no doubt at the pressure of political advisers, has disassociated herself from her church and claimed up regarding bishop Murthee. What is astounding is that many of the critics also claim salvation. One thing is certain, most if not all of the critics don't know about spiritual warfare in countries similar to Africa. Bill Donohue said,

"Witchcraft is a sad reality in many parts of Africa, resulting in scores of deaths in Kenya over the past two decades. Bishop Muthee’s blessing, then, was simply a reflection of his cultural understanding of evil. While others are not obliged to accept his interpretation, all can be expected to respect it. More than that—Muthee should be hailed for asking God to shield Palin from harmful forces, however they may be manifested. And for this he is mocked and Palin ridiculed?"..."We know that many cultural elites have a hard time embracing religion, but is it too much to ask that they at least show some manners when discussing subjects which most Americans hold dear?”~ Bill Donohue The Catholic League

Secondly, too many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, don't have a clue as to what the bible teaches about witches, diviners and mediums:


Deut. 18:9-14 ~ "9-When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10-There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11-Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12-For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13-Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14-For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do."

Third, there are individuals and groups that operate in principalities that rule and govern certain areas and communities many claiming to have communion with Christ. Isaiah speaks against those that use the WORD of God as a validation for their evil practices:

Isa. 8:19-20 ~ "19-And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20-To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

I have my own personal experience in addressing the Principalities that exist in certain communities. (Pastor H. Burnett of New Bethel COGIC & Pastor Bob Randle of Higher Dimensions Worship Ctr. pictured)
In 2007 in the City of Peoria, Illinois the murder rate was on pace to set a city record. per capita, the rate was higher than the much larger city Chicago and the year was not half way over. The Lord instructed me to organize a community march and rally against violence with one exception that was different than any other effort taking place. I was to gather the Pastoral community and ask them to lead the community in this march and rally and in prayer representing taking the lead in spiritual warfare.


The week of June 25th 2007 there were 3 murders in the city. That Saturday June 30th, Christians from all over the city met at 8:30 AM in front of City Hall. The Mayor, City Councilpersons, and other city administrators were present voluntarily. Before we marched, we had prayer and scripture reading and I made certain declarations and proclaimations as follows:

  • We declared the Liberty and freedom from the oppression of the spiritual power that was endangering our children and causing fear within the community.
  • We declared that the power of the enemy displayed through crime and violence would be brought under subjection and stamped out.
  • we declared that the Christian community would gain strength, and rise to combat the enemy

  • We declared that we would march as representative to taking back our community from the hands of the devil himself.

  • I read this scripture: James 5:16 ~ "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

I was in recognition that we were dealing with a principality that wanted to destroy our community. Even though no single individual was responsible for the problems, we looked beyone the natural to see what we were dealing with spiritually. We addressed the problem directly. I still believe in pulling down and destroying "strong holds" Our event led to other events some of which which we sponsored. Additionally the city gathered themselves in prayer vigils throughout the community culminating in a 40 days of prayer celebration led by various churches and groups. Those prayer meetings yet continue to this day.

Result:

To THIS DAY, there has never been another week like the week of June 25th 2007 in Peoria, IL. In fact, crime in most categories is more that 60% LESS than it was last year. The murder rate has decreased by 75% and is not even potentially what it was previously.

What happened? To the skeptic, it's all coincidental. However to those of us who know better and have open eyes to the battle that we really fight, we dealt with and gained the victory over a principality, power and spiritual wickedness that tried to choke out our community. Plain and simple. To the religious critic I simply ask who's side are you really on? To criticize an individual for applying the bible and biblical instruction to an area where obvious spiritual warfare is essential is similar to a Sadducee in Jerusalem on the Passover---You just refuse to participate...But I ask this:

Exodus32:26 ~ "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him"

I gladly clash with the culture to be on the Lord's side. The secular critic can criticize all he or she wants but the proof is in the metheod, which is the WORD, the events which destroy yokes off of the lives of the people and the results, which change communities, families and restores hope. All the natural programs in the world won't change the heart of an individual, only God can do that, and he does it by the power of HIS Spirit. Jesus is Lord!

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