Monday, May 15, 2017

Who Is Speaking To American Morals & Values?

Mt. 5:14-16 ~ 14- Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15-Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

According to a recent Gallup Survey on American views of moral acceptability, it seems that the only issues most Americans are morally incensed about centers around the death penalty and medical testing on animals. Otherwise Americans are more accepting than ever of certain social values than ever before. 
It seems that Americans are not only more accepting of constructs such as homosexual marriage, divorce, and even adultery, but Americans are also more favorable of Dr. assisted suicide, human cloning, gambling and even embryonic research. 

With that said and seeing that the trend towards liberalism is at an all time high, the question is who is informing the values of America?   

Is the church informing social values? If so, then why is America seemingly more liberal in its values construct than ever? 

Is the church a light of the community and world any longer? Or is this simply an inevitable trend in morality that cannot be avoided? 


I believe that when we contend that society is what it is because "the bible said it would be like this" then we have missed the message of our action and role within society as a church. Salt is a preservative. However, when salt is not used properly, or when salt does not have any of its preservative powers or has been broken down, as Jesus stated in Mt. 5:13, it is good for nothing!

Mt. 5:13 ~ 13-Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.



Listen, what can we expect when we we have and endorse religious teachers and preachers who live immorally or live opulent lifestyles? What can we expect when we have teachers who teach false doctrines? Teachers who do not know, understand or cannot define the nature of God as deity at birth? Teachers who do not defend the faith by calling non-christian cults, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons CULTS? Teachers who rob the church and God's people demanding them to pay for expensive and lavish cars and home leases in excess of $10,000 per month? What do we expect when we have teachers and leaders, who divorce like clockwork, rape and molest children and even adults within the church, boil their children in hot water, giving them 4th degree burns, break their spouses ribs and limbs and claim that they are "forgiven"? 

Are we out of our minds? Are we really that far off the beaten path that we believe that God will simply accept us, AND our unrepentant sins simply because of who we "think" we are? Do we believe that the world will take us seriously with all of our issues splatted out before them along with our excuses while we simultaneously point the finger at their excesses? 

THIS is why the world hears us as an "alternative" voice, not as the VOICE OF GOD! Why? Because we cannot live any of it and what we do live is in the shadows looking for and waiting for the acceptance of "mainstream society". 

Have we considered however, that mainstream society is waiting on US to make a difference? Sinners will play with embryos, when we have not proved that life has any significance other than the material substance from which it is made. Society will not see anything wrong with Dr. assisted suicide, when they don't see and or understand that life is a gift from and of God and something worth fighting for. Why shouldn't society endorse polygamy, when half the church is still confused over homosexual marriage and has no clue as to why such behavior is not only biblically unacceptable, but yet damaging to society in general. 

I am afraid we, as a church, have stood for NOTHING, (with the exception of an offering) and society has fallen for everything as a result. Is it our fault that society accepts what it accepts and is seemingly becoming more liberal in it's leanings? At the end of the day every tub will rest on its own bottom, however, we have set the landscape, opened the door, and the devil, through wild imagination has entered in and is doing a job on society. 

While people are more liberal leaning than ever, a new set of troubles and worries has arisen. Illegal opiate drug use is at all time highs among educated, White, middle class, suburban individuals.  It just so happens that it is that group of individuals who are experiencing the most radical breakdown of moral and social values followed by educated, middle class Blacks who are becoming more and more liberal everyday.  

The ONLY answer is in Jesus. The ONLY answer is in repentance and turning to Christ. It is for this reason that I hope that the affirmations and commitments that were loud speakered all across the nation on the most recent national day of prayer, was real. For it may have been because of that realness that our families, and community is saved! 

2 Chron. 7:14!

Blessed!


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Darrell Scott AKA: "Pimpoliscious" Strikes Again

I want to begin this by saying that anyone falling on hard times is NOT an issue or amusement. That is NOT the focus of this blog entry. I pray for other individuals who may be suffering from similar or like kind financial struggles and circumstances. We believe God WITH you that HE will deliver and be present to comfort you to your next blessing because we KNOW that God will bless HIS people. Yes, we may suffer, but we have not been left alone or left to die. Our God WILL deliver!

To The Point Of This Article

Quite some time ago, I met and along with many others, had a very negative experience online with a preacher, so called Bishop, who was just about as immature as they come. I have documented that incident and the results both HERE and HERE After a rather brief interaction with him, and seeing that he was only going to worsen the already horrible impressions of himself not only to me, but to others, I simply asked that he correct some issues and we would both move on. Of course his pride and arrogance stopped that and any positive that could come from that in its tracks. I wrote 2 articles generally addressing some of his online behavior.

Although some believe that they can act and cut a complete fool online, behind the guise of a computer screen, those of us who value our salvation and how we are perceived are mindful that our words on the internet are just as important as words and actions in person.

Darrell Scott didn't care about any of that then, and he doesn't care about any of that now, and he has simply continued to make an even larger fool of himself as a result. This is why I continue to name him "Pimpoliscious" as he has displayed that he continues to feel that the church, church people, the Black community and anyone whom he doesn't approve of is beneath him.

The Excess & Opulence of Pimpoliscious Has Been Proven

Somehow, and I have no idea o how, Pimpoliscious seduced his church, New Spirit Revival Center, into paying for a $10,000 per month lease for his family payable in weekly installments.It seems that Scott, along with his wife Belinda, entered into an agreement with one Munna Argarwal, on a property said to be valued at over $2 Million, and lived in the palatial residence for over 6 years.

Well, it seems that church giving slowed down and Scott could not afford to continue the rental agreement and this has led to a legal action of over $500,000 in which Argarwal alleges that he has been defrauded by Scott. As I said, the financial issues are not at issue here for me, the opulent lifestyle is.

Maybe that is the way its done today, but I could not find precedence to ask the church to pay a note over $10,000 per month of someone's rent or mortgage. Especially, for this clear charlatan.

Here is Cleveland News 5 Report:

Scott's Lust For Relevance: The White House Connection

Most people who came to this blog looking for information on Scott, did so because supported Trump the candidate so vehemently that President Trump made this man a part of his transition team, which I warned at the time was bad judgement and a move that would forever associate any political candidate (in this case Trump) with complete lunacy...Well, I was right!

Too bad that there is not a lot on the internet regarding what this man believes, or how he carries himself, other than a cherrypicking of some his greatest hits of sermons that he has delivered from time to time. Well, as far as we are concerned, even a BROKE CLOCK is right twice a day and a sermon unlived is certainly worthless for the one delivering the message. Perfection??? No, noone, including this writer, is perfect, however, there is a difference between living a life of hypocrisy and living a life of grace full of repentance at the cross of Christ. It is the latter that I and all believers endeavor to do, but something that continues to seemingly escape Scott at every turn.

Chicago "gang thugs"

For some reason, it seems that Scott, once again, chose to lie in front of CNN cameras, similar to his lie about the gathering of pastors for Trump during the campaign, contending that certain, unnamed "top gang thugs in Chicago" had called him suggesting that they were looking to a Trump Presidency to reach out to the gang community to help make the community better.

Well, look, hear it for yourself:



The problem is with this, is that NONE OF IT IS TRUE! Scott later goes on to say that he "meant" that he had met with someone who was once part of a Chicago gang and that he (Scott) was "tired" and had "misspoke" when he made his original comments. That article can be found HERE

However, according to the man, Torrence Cooks, whom Scott supposedly spoke with, even Scott's correction wasn't true! Here is the Chicago Tribune interview with the man regarding the issue. CHICAGO TRIBUNE ONLINE

It seems that Scott only knows about showmanship and does not care about truth. If he can so easily and readily lie about things like this, he cannot be trusted for anything that has to do with spirituality. 

This was something that was said in effort to be relevant. Like most folk in Chicago know, NOBODY even cares or knows about Scott. I believe that in order to be relevant, Scott was willing to place himself in such a light that he could be seen at any cost...Well, the light is on and I am quite sure that like a roach, he's runnin'!!!!

PIMPOLISCIOUS, PLEASE STOP!!!!

SMH!!!!!

It seems that NONE of these folks can get their stories straight.


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Joel Osteen, Jude 3, & The Acceptance Of False Doctrine

"I'm not one to judge the little details of it (Mormonism)"

In another interview, referenced in my FIRST ARTICLE on the subject, Pastor Osteen states that "Mormonism is a little bit different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ" ~ Pastor Joel Osteen CNN Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer

A Brigham Young University Professor says this:
“Cherry-picking similarities while failing to mention major differences is a powerful way to misrepresent and mislead.” ~ Peterson, Daniel (Professor at Brigham Young University) "Focus on Similarities Can Prove Misleading,” Mormon Times, November 6, 2011, 8.
Pastor Osteen says that he sees practicing Mormons as "Brothers In Christ" This means that he believes that one can believe in and practice Mormonism and yet be saved. However, individuals commissioned to teach Mormonism contend that it is misleading to speak of similarities between Mormonism and Christianity while looking over the differences as noted above.

So let us examine what the leader of the largest Christian church in America simply doesn't have enough time to distinguish. Let us look at what the pastor calls the "little differences" between Mormonism and Christianity and see if these issues are important enough to distinguish the difference between Mormonism and what we know as Christianity.

The Examination: What Do Mormons Believe?

The Mormon Church:

Officially founded April 6th, 1830, the Mormon Church in belief and practice actually began 10 years earlier in 1820 when two angelic beings, claimed to be God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) appeared to one Joseph Smith, claiming that the beliefs and practices of all churches in existence at that time were corrupt and that it would be Smith's job to restore the church back to God.

3 years later, a being called Moroni, directed Smith to the location of "golden plates" containing the "fullness of the everlasting gospel" written by Moroni and his father Mormon some 1,400 years earlier in an unknown language of "reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics". Smith was then given instructions on the location of these tables, mystery glasses, and translated the plates into what we now know as the Book Of Mormon. Although the original plates and the language are forever lost the Book Of Mormon is the basis of the Mormon faith.

The Revelation:

Actually, Mormons have 3 books that they believe are guides to their faith and revelation from God. 1- The Book Of Mormon referred to earlier (which they believe is another Testament to the Bible that superceeds, corrects the misinterpretations and errors of the Bible itself) 2- Doctrine And Covenants (which is also referred to as the Latter Day Revelation) from which many of the teachings , doctrines and practices of Mormonism are derived, and 3- The Pearl Of Great Price
The Book of Mormon, in contradiction to the Bible, teaches that God has a body of flesh and bone, and is an exalted man. They believe the god they worship is Adam. Brigham Young says: "He is your Father and our God and the only God with whom we have to do." Orson Pratt says: "...our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previously heavenly world by His Father; and again, He was begotten by a still more ancient Father and so on, from generation to generation, from one heavenly world to another still more ancient, until our minds are wearied and lost in the multiplicity of generations and successive worlds, and as a last resort, we wonder in our minds, how far back the genealogy extends, and how the first world was formed, and the first Father was begotten."
So the Book of Mormon distinctly teaches that Jesus and God the Father are not only distinct and separate beings or ontologically different, not of the same substance, but that they are also created beings or formerly men. This is polytheism.

In contrast, the actual doctrine of the trinity however, teaches that there is only ONE God who eternally exists in three distinct persons, not beings, and the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are eternal and of the same substance. eg: Trinitarians therefore are not polytheists. Therefore we can conclude that Mormonism at its root is a polytheistic religion and one in which God, through some endless cycle of regression was once a man who became God. This is not biblical teaching in any manner regarding the nature of God and worthy of rejection based upon the teachings of Paul in Galatians 1:8 which affirms that if any man or an "angel of light" preach any other gospel than what was received, he should be 
accursed!


What Do Mormons Believe About Jesus?

When it comes to Jesus, the Mormon church delivers many teachings that initially sound like traditional Christian doctrine, However one has to pay attention to what is really being taught and the definition of the words according to Mormons. A brief examination of the Mormon website in which they delineate who they believe Jesus is, states the following:

"We believe Jesus is the Son of God the Father and as such inherited powers of godhood and divinity from His Father, including immortality, the capacity to live forever. While He walked the dusty road of Palestine as a man, He possessed the powers of a God and ministered as one having authority, including power over the elements and even power over life and death." ~ MormonNewsroom.org What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ
According to Mormonism, Jesus "inherited" his divinity from God as an attribute passed from Father to Son, or paternal children. This is contrary to scripture as taught within thin bible. In the Bible Jesus comes to earth AS God by taking upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh. (John 1:1, 1:14, Rom. 8:3, Phil. 2:7) The Bible Jesus was the one who created the world (Heb. 1:2) and is called God forever (Heb. 1:8)

It is rather clear from scripture that Jesus IS God and has always been God. He did not have to "inherit powers". This fact alone is sufficient to say and conclude that the Jesus described within Mormonism is NOT the Jesus outlined in the bible. The Jesus of Mormonism was a God/man hybrid. Similar to Greek characters of Hercules and other offspring of Zeus, The Jesus of Mormonism only possessed "powers of a God" and was not that actual God. Once again, neither was he the "substance" of God. 

In addition to all of that, according to Mormon doctrine Jesus is the "spirit brother" of satan and the angles. Since they are all created being, they would also be "brothers".  Now this is one of those deceptive caveats that it takes some spiritual discernment to address. The Mormon would teach that ALL of creation would be brothers because God made everyone and everything. So we are all "brothers" in creation. That is about as wrong as two left shoes however.

First, Jesus was not a created being. Secondly,  God calls Jesus "God", (Heb. 1:8) not a "brother" of satan. Further Jesus did not recognize that just because someone had been created or given life by God, that they were a child of God. 

In a discourse with the Pharisees, Jesus claimed that they were of "their father the devil". (John 8:44-45) He also claimed that his Father was not theirs. Jesus made no inference to a "spirit brother" reference. Neither does God toward Jesus in any sense or case in the scripture. Therefore, we can rightly and unequivocally say that Jesus is NOT the "spirit brother" of Lucifer, because Lucifer is a fallen angel and a created being unworthy of any equality with Jesus who is GOD! 

Eternal Reward, Judgement & Perpetual Marriage
Mormons also believe that there is eternal hell only for those who are "filthy still" and not redeemed by the atonement; man can become a god; there are three levels of heaven, and that marriage is for eternity. When a man becomes a god he is given his own planet to populate. Hence Mormons believe there are humans on other planets in the universe. 
The discovery of life in outer space is more than welcome to a Mormon. This would validate their theology and belief. Conveniently relinquishing the doctrine of "hell" the book of Mormon does away with any eternal punishment of the unrighteous, and limits the eternal reward of the just, by selecting temple Mormons to receive the highest reward.
The Book of Mormon is considered to be "another Testament of Jesus Christ". Surprisingly, The Book of Mormon is the most doctrinally orthodox. It also contains many quotations from the King James Version often without any attribution. It teaches that the Godhead is one God, whereas other Mormon writings teach that the Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost are three distinct deities. (See Mormon Doctrine, by McConkie, Pp. 119-121)
According to  Mormon Newsroom Online Jesus is a being distinct and separate from the Father:
God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.
Summary & Additional points of interest:

Through their prophetic revelations Mormons have learned and continue to teach the following:
  • That Jesus was the child of the sexual union between God the Father and Mary  ~ McConkie, 546-547, 742; Orson Pratt, The Seer (Washington, DC: n.p., 1853-54), 158-59; Brigham Young, Desert News, October 10, 1866; Ezra Taft Benson, The Teaching of Ezra Taft Benson (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988), 7.
  • That the polygamous “Heavenly Father” has many wives who are collectively called “Heavenly Mother” ~ Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1966), 516. 
  • That Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gospel Principles (Salt Lake City, UT: Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 1992), 17–19.
  • That Mormonism rejects the doctrines and teachings of original sin  ~ McConkie, 550; James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith (Salt Lake City, UT: Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 1982), 476. 
  • Mormons reject the concept of salvation by grace through faith, and turn concepts of salvation into a works-righteousness effort  ~ cf. 2 Nephi 25:23; According to Joseph Fielding Smith, “to enter the celestial kingdom and obtain exaltation it is necessary that the whole law be kept” (Joseph Felding Smith, The Way of Perfection [Salt Lake City, UT: Desert Book Company, 1970], 206).
Conclusion


Gal. 1:8 ~ But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

Now, these are the things that simply researching the topi will point out. I do not believe that the nature of Jesus, as outlined by the Mormon church and the nature of Jesus as found within the bible, to be a "little thing". Neither do I find the method of salvation by grace, through faith to be a "little thing" either. These are not little things. In agreement with the professor at Brigham Young referenced earlier, failure to outline the differences here can be deceptive and lead one to believe and think something that is not true, namely that Mormonism is simply another denomination within Christianity. That is not the case. 


Mormonism, is a belief system that people are free to follow. Although I will not love you less if you are a Mormon, I do reserve the right to contend that Mormonism is NOT a Christian belief as it is not based on the Christ of scripture. Mormonism is what is called a theological cult of non-Christian belief. Christians believe that Jesus IS and always was God. Mormons believe that Jesus was merely a man/God mix that received his powers by his inherited traits. This is NOT the Jesus found within scripture. 

Combined with other unbiblical teachings such as sex between the Holy Ghost and Virgin Mary, and the exaltation of man into a god to receive and rule his own universe with celestial "wives" one cannot help but to conclude that these are not mere "little things". 


A Word To COGIC

Joel Osteen has been invited to speak at the COGIC 110th Annual Holy Convocation. The problem is still the same until Osteen addresses it again. Does he believe that Mormons are Christians?  If he does, Joel does not know Christian doctrine and is not worthy of support and endorsement of one of the nations largest Pentecostal churches.  

It is the Osteen unwillingness to stand up for God, HIS word and the church that is and has been offensive. I will not even deal with the word of faith teachings and the "enjoy now" hedonistic philosophy that supports the message of this minister. 

When we learn that thousands DO NOT validate the hand nor authority of God. That this is not the age where the large church or most visible ministry has some sort of preference with God over the smaller. God IS NOT A RESPECTER OF ANY MANS PERSON, (Rom. 2:11) even one that has 40,000 people on the church roll.  

What COGIC can and should do, is help Pastor Osteen find the truth and ask for accountability from him. That is the CHRISTIAN relationship and thing to do. Often we find that politics and social friends are more important than truth. Therefore this issue is filled with debate, because many do not have such a high-view of scripture, or simply have, like Pastor Osteen, not studied the difference between the cult of Mormonism and Christianity. 



Never Be Too Busy For Truth

Large church and multiple functions of the church has called some to be so busy that they do not really know the word of God or how to discern truth any more than what they believe their next message is. Some do not do that as they are on the internet mining for sermons. That is sad because where there is no vision, people perish! (Prov. 29:18)

I hope that this article will drive every believer back into the bible and be a place for every Christian to begin their examination of the differences not only between Mormonism and Christianity, but between Christianity and the world of cults that exist and that are at your door step attempting to subvert your mind and the minds and hearts of your family everyday. 

It is in the spirit of Jude 3 that I write as I "Earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to all Saints". For it is by that word that I live and by that word that I die!


Blessed!

Additional Research & Information Supporting The Claims Of This Article Can Be Found At The Following Online Locations:

So that you may be better equipped to know the difference between Mormonism and Christianity better than the pastor of the largest Christian church in America, I have taken the time to provide the following resources:


2- Christian Information Ministries: Mormonism, an outline 


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

110th COGIC Holy Convocation or Apostasy? You Decide...


Go HERE for an indepth look at what Pastor Osteen calls the "little differences" between Mormonism and Christianity and decide if there are really "little differences" and whether Mormonism is of the Christian faith. 

The lineup of speakers for the 2017 Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ has been announced. Of course, the announcement has not only left many with questions, but has also stirred emotions especially with the Wed. evening choice of speakers.

The controversy seems to center around the selection of the pastor of the largest Christian church in the United States, Pastor Joel Osteen of the Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.

To be fair, COGIC has embraced speakers that are not a part of the organization for many years. So the fact that Pastor Osteen is controversial because he is not a part of COGIC can hardly be supported by any evidence. 

For example, Bishop TD Jakes, Bishop Noel Jones, & Pastor Dewey E Smith to name a few, have all spoken at recent Holy Convocations to greater or lesser approval or disdain of rank and file COGIC members. 

Every year there is an "ecumenical" night in which a speaker that is not COGIC is asked to speak. This appears to be in line with a standing tradition of the church to be hospitable and inviting to those who are not of the organization in effort to extend the "right hand of fellowship" which countervienes what happened to our founding Bishop, Bishop CH Mason, when he was dis-fellowshiped from the Baptist church for preaching and teaching the message of holiness and eventually pentecostalism.

While the effort of inclusion is commendable, it seems that the mission of presenting a sound and uncompromising message of Holiness is getting lost in the shuffle and is the source of any controversy or dissension on the issue. 

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