Monday, January 31, 2011

Chicago Politics

What an absolutely amazing situation in the Chicago race for Mayor. This is one example of how jacked up anything political is in Illinois right now. Special thanks to my buddy Mrs. Monique Caradine!

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The Celebration Of Secular Seduction

Last year, when I wrote the Idolatrous Celebration Of Steve, I said to myself that I wasn't going to try to keep up with the "evil" that BET calls the Celebration Of Gospel. I had pretty much made up my mind that it really wasn't worth taking the time to point out the flat out riotousness that this so called Gospel celebration of music has gone to in order to mass market and appeal to the people. However, after watching the show and looking at the subtitle "Keeping the Faith",  I said that I must at least speak on some aspects of this years stage performance and obvious battle to confuse the mind, especially since the aim was to "Keeping The Faith". The first observation was that it was very hard to see that anyone knew what the "faith" really is. Yes, all this was, was a stage performance. The whole thing was devoid of anything that defines "the faith" or anything that I am aware of that was spiritual or even gospel oriented in nature. In addition, it was also a seduction of the mind and spirit geared toward confusing and obfuscating the truth...even attempting to reverse what many hold to be truth...that there is and should be a difference between clean and unclean.

The Sale & The Roster

TV is about ratings for sure. If there is a small audience, advertising dollars will not flow. This is the first thing that we all must realize. The TRUE gospel doesn't sell, on a regular basis on TV. (at least many times although there are some exceptions) Nevertheless, this year's roster was filled with secular singers, as always, but in a little different position than normal. This year they were highlighted, featured and in an advanced position. From El Debarge and Howard Hewitt to Chaka Kahn (who didn't even try to sing a gospel song, choosing instead to sing her oldie "Through The Fire") to Kelley Price and ultimately to Whitney Houston, the primary focus was upon the secular singer. The grand event of the evening seemed to be when Whitney Houston took the stage along with new gospel gone secular star Kim Burrell. Remember, this was the same Kim Burrell who is yet the COGIC Assistant International Minister Of Music and the same one that wants to record with Prince...It seems that she was at home in her new element singing Whitney's song, "Look To You". Although it wasn't Prince, clearly the audience was excited about Whitney's return standing the whole time she sung and vigorously applauding at her performance. Well, Whitney is a consummate singer...of that there is no doubt, but should I remind you that this was a "gospel" event, not a secular event??? Supposedly...
To be fair the stage was filled with the usual and highly suspect gospel singers also. Suspect because so many appear of them appear to be gay. Even Kirk Franklin had on his standard nerd garb, along with Israel Houghton who seemed to also be caught up with a Jr. High/High school uniform fetish or infatuation that Tye Tribbit also espouses. I have no idea why grown men have such a desire to present themselves as teenagers and wear clothes that are too small for

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Nephilim Pt. 1

Genesis 6:1-4 ~ 1-And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2-That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3-And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4-There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

In a sense this is the second part of an article done in 2009 called "Where are The Prophets Now" in which we looked at the open sins and issues of a few more popular past ministers. I think we are best served to know that although evil men may spread themselves and increase their kingdoms, they don't last. Unfortunately,  in some cases their influence lives on to some extent, and some remaining ideas must be cut down  in every generation.

The diligent study of history can be an important element of both current and future success. It's funny that although things change all too many things yet remain the same. Like the scripture has said, there is really nothing new under the sun. Some things can't and won't be duplicated in exactly the same manner because of certain advances in communication and education. However, through examination of the past we can see how the trend may change, but certain actions and seductions are yet in tact. In other words, a new day, a new face and even a new method, but the same ole devil.

Early in ministry I had the opportunity to come to personal knowledge of some of the country's greatest past charlatans. I can honestly say that due to the stronghold and influence that some of these had over the minds of people we should be able to honestly thank God that they are gone into judgement especially when we look at all of the damage they did while here on earth. Rather than look at biblical chronology examining the nephilim, I thought it best to look at some nephilim (tyrannical giants) that have developed in modern times. These men rejected salvation through Jesus and told the public that salvation was only offered through them, and obedience to their words. Some, who have examined their lives, say that they were mentally ill. I can only say that persons can't exalt themselves, blaspheme God and expect to remain sane. With that said however, it is still yet amazing to me to see the influence that many of them yet have and hold on America's church and the black church in particular. Some of us do and say things today, based on what some of these leaders established through their ungodly actions. Some of these men were victims of their times, suffering great racial injustice and oppression, but that becomes not an excuse as all were overtaken by the flesh and excess.

One strand of commonality is that these "ministers" all had a strong desire for fame, wealth and attention. Those desires were born out of wanting to actually see the condition of the people change or become better, followed by a time of self-serving and self-exaltation. That's where we observe the changes in these men's lives. At the point where serving the people met serving self. It seems that self won the battle in almost every case. 

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Born In Sin

Psalms 51:5 ~ "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."

Sin is most certainly a theological concept. In many instances, both Christian and non-Christian alike has redefined sin as simply bad, unethical  or immoral behavior. In fact many people do not wish to be called or considered a "sinner" because of the implications of the word and the immoral or bad behavior to which the use of the word is normally associated.

In a recent conversation on Facebook the very issue, of being called a sinner, appalled my niece (who is an atheist by the way) so much that she resorted to lying, fabrication, insult and simply anything to strike back at what she considered to be a derogatory comment toward her. It seems that calling her a "sinner" gave her the thought of being identified with a morally reprehensible group of people and individuals.

While it may or may not be true that sinners are associated with the materially immoral, according to the bible every nonbeliever or sinner is associated with the spiritually immoral and non-functional. As in the case of my niece, it seems that persons even devoid of what Christians would consider to be a right relationship with God and  spiritual values, consider the association with sin and sinners negatively and interpret the label in a negative light.

The Doctrine Of St. Augustine?

Many, including the modern day Jew, believe that what is called the Doctrine Of Original Sin began with St. Augustine. However, nothing is further from the truth. The doctrine of original sin began within the pages of Old Testament scripture and is revealed in the New Testament as the "curse of the law"

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Hip-Hop, Idolatry & The Church Pt. 13

The New Age

Act I
Kanye & Jay-Z
In what may be the signal of the accelerated pace of hatred and destruction that the devil wishes to perpetrate upon humanity and women in particular, Kanye "Jesus Walks" West and Jay "I Am Jay Hovah" Z have taken their talents of ungodliness and mysticism to a completely new level portraying the murder and destruction of women as if it were art in his new video called "Monster". To be fair, dark portrayals are sometimes what sells in Hollywood and  this type of dark portrayal of women has taken place and is hailed as an art form by some who love "dark" and sadistic artistic expressions. However, when all things are considered, including statements, symbolism and moral and spiritual implications of the presentation, it is rather disturbing to say the least. Here is one of the scenes from the video. We should ask, is this what we call art?
Released Dec. 30th 2010, "Monster" seems to set the world on edge displaying the mutilation of of women and models, even portraying them being beheaded while Kanye and his number one friend, Jay-Z, dance and rap around the dead corpses while both of them proclaim that "every body know that I am a mutha(***Shut Yo Mouth***) Monster". Now, immediately, individuals revert to the thoughts of a metaphor or contrast to their talent and money being so great that they could be considered "monsters" of the stage. However, what does that have to do with dead women and the dismemberment and mutilation of bodies? Stop and think for a minute, what if they are saying more than just that their ability to make money is superior and that their talents are off the hook? Since it's obvious that these men are under the influence of satan and satanism if only for show, what if the spirit through them is proclaiming much more than meets the eye? We must further ask, since these people are doing these things for fame, money and controversy; is it true that they have sold their souls for it? In addition, what does a truly possessed person look like? We picture the demoniac in Gadara, running wild and crazy in the graveyard with no clothes on, and say certainly "he" was possessed. What about the modern artist that brings the graveyard scenes to life in YOUR living rooms and through music that infects our children and adults by the droves...Could this be what possession in the 21st Century actually looks like??? THINK!  
The Outcry Against Misogyny

Did you read outcry? Well, as stated, an outcry doesn't exist as the video is hailed as being a display of "art" by many within the music industry. Yes, we are aware of freedom of speech and artistic expression, but there is also something called responsibility that comes along with every freedom that we have. These men show absolutely NO responsibility for their whims. It is called being intoxicated with sin and the world itself. Thank God that What About Our has spoken on the issue. They said this:

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hop-Hop, Idolatry & The Church Pt. 12

The Deception

Genesis 3:1-7 ~ "1-Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2-And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3-But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4-And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5-For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6-And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7-And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."

The scripture referenced is fundamental toward developing our understanding of the nature of the devil (serpent) and his method of evil (deception) Many lose focus, claiming that God didn't call the serpent the "devil", and that teachings toward this are somehow invalid. We know that, although the relationship of the devil to the serpent was a later ascription found within Judaism, the point was not to confuse that this correlation was meant to indicate the personification and literal existence of the devil and evil.

As scripture clearly ascribes, the devil, satan or in this case, the "serpent" was not just a fantasy, or a myth, he was a literal reality. The devil, personifying evil, had a motive and a means to damage mankind. His aim was the subjugation of men to him, and his plan was to use deceit distorting what was plainly seen and known, claiming that God refused to share certain things with his creation and that he had the key to certain knowledge that God had not distributed.

In the early second century this type of thought gave rise to the teachings of gnosticism, claiming that the God described in the Old Testament was an evil God who withheld knowledge from the masses. In 140 AD Marcion presented his version of the cannon of scripture claiming that nothing pertaining to God in the Old Testament was authentic and that the God described within it was a demiruge or an evil God. This was the basis for "secret knowledge" or what the Greeks termed as "gnosis" in which the goal was to arise to a higher consciousness or state of mind among other things.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hip-Hop, Idolatry & The Church Pt. 11

Examining The Symbolism Of Occult Imagery Within Hip-Hop.

2 Thess. 2:6-12 ~ " 6-And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7-For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8-And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9-Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10-And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11-And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12-That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

Lil Wayne 
A-OK aka: 666 Symbol

This post picks up on our look at the culture of death within Hip-Hop. In our next hip-hop post I will look at where that culture of death comes from and why. However, I will preface this post by saying that parallels DO NOT completely make a case against certain practices. This is a very controversial subject because there are many parallels to many ancient rituals found within some of the symbolism prevalent in modern hip hop culture. Certainly there is a spiritual element to it, which is beyond many of the people who promote these parallels.

This information is not presented to affirm or debunk myths or statements of occultism among media and social elite. We must be careful because what may appear to be a convincing story may not stand under the weight of evidence. However, with all of that said, there is a certain secret knowledge that exists in this world and signs and gestures that indicate allegiance to that secret knowledge that is too obvious to ignore. As a church we cannot simply afford to write things off as being insignificant, but we must be led of the Spirit into all truth for the enemy is revealed and his schemes are brought to naught through the light of truth.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

There Is A Right Way. Coming Out Of Homosexuality & Sexual Addiction

Gen. 1:26-28 ~ "26-And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27-So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28-And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

Joe Dallas
Understandably, the critics of the church, claim that homosexuality is normal or simply a diversity within all of God's creation. The reason I say that this is understandable, is not because such sentiments are material facts, but rather from a psychological point of view, noone wants to be considered "not normal" or part of something "aberrant" even if that is something is of a sexual nature. Many individuals have a hard time reconciling the fact that we are imperfect and that imperfection is because of sin, not because of how God has created us.  In addition it takes a lot to have lived a particular way from day to day and be confronted with thoughts that you have lived "wrongly" or contrary to the will of God or unpleasing to God in any way. These are real human psychological obstacles and emotions and attitudes that the church must be willing and ready to acknowledge and minister to.

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This is why the the Chair of Exodus International board of directors, and founder of GenesisCounseling, and former homosexual, Joe Dallas, has continued to deliver a steady stream of information to the church designed to help it minister to homosexuals and those coming out of the homosexual lifestyle. In addition Joe has successfully continued to deliver biblically centered teachings toward geared toward debunking heretical teachings prevalent within society and the gay affirming church which pronounces that the bible endorses homosexuality. Joe's  primary message is that those who are homosexuals and ministries ministering to homosexuals, are not alone in dealing with these issues and that there are ample resources available to help individuals free themselves of homosexual addiction and sexual addiction in general. Joe sums up his drive to teach and write in the following manner:
"Working with people who want their lives conformed to God's will is one of life's greatest honors. Seeing that work bear fruit is one of life's greatest joys"
As stated Joe WAS a homosexual and also advocated for homosexual causes and the gay agenda and is very familiar with the current scriptural misinterpretations and and social and political agendas spearheading the homosexual rights movement.  His new book is coauthored with author and Christian speaker Nancy Heche. The books chapters are outlined as follows:

Part One
Chapter 1: The Church in Crisis, Part 1: Truth Revised
Chapter 2: The Church in Crisis, Part 2
Chapter 3: Homosexuality and Truth: A Time to Speak
Chapter 4: A History of the Gay Rights Movement in America
Chapter 5: Terms, Definitions, and Concepts
Part Two
Chapter 6: Understanding Pro-Gay Theology
Chapter 7: Rebutting Pro-Gay Theology
Part Three
Chapter 8: Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: Where We’ve Been and Why It Matters
Chapter 9: Theories of Origin, Part 1: Inborn Theories
Chapter 10: Theories of Origin, Part 2: Developmental, Spiritual, and Interactive Theories

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

What God Through TRUE Repentance Can Do

Pastor Harvey Burnett & The Dunamis Word wishes a Happy, Wonderful, and Prosperous New Year to all. May the Lord's face shine upon you like never before in 2011 as the day of our redemption draws near.

Pastor/Evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart
Prior to 1988 Pastor/Evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart, known by millions simply as "Brother Swaggart" was preaching all over the country and traveling overseas conducting what we now call mega conferences. He was pastoring over 7,000 members at his church Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, LA. (then a part of the Assemblies Of God), bursting at the seams with a thriving Christian bible college, and receiving donations, from an estimated 8 million American TV audience, (over 500 million viewers world wide) Donations were estimated to be in excess of $150,000,000 annually (that's over $500,000 per day). He was achieving all of this while preaching against sin in all forms from the White House to skid row. 

Before May 1988 however, it would be discovered that Evangelist Swaggart frequently visited at least one prostitute regularly, Debra Murphree, from New Orleans. According to her, Evangelist Swaggart didn't see her to have sex, but to spend some time engaging in other forms of sexual fantasy. Even though she would incidentally fail a polygraph test and claims abounded that Evangelist Swaggart had been set up due to retaliation of another TV Evangelist, Marvin Gorman, whom Swaggart had previously claimed was an adulterer. In spite of a possible set up, Swaggart would yet go on to repent before the word claiming that he had sinned and acknowledging his faults before a national TV audience that made world news and even interrupted regularly scheduled programming.

If that wasn't bad enough this same minister, in Oct. 1991 was caught with another prostitute, Rosemary Garcia, in Indio, CA. and would later go on to tell the church that God told him not to step down and that what he had done was "none of the church's business". By the way, to pour salt in the wound, around the same time he was successfully sued for over $10 million by Evangelist Marvin Gorman (mentioned previously) as the court sided with Gorman that Swaggart's claims were without foundation. 

Thank God That's Not The End Of The Story

Some 19 years later Evangelist Swaggart is back to preaching teaching and doing many of the things he used to do, before his moral failures, only he seems to be doing it all better than ever and much more wisely and

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