For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:10-11
This man’s love of money has led him to do this evil. This man’s love of money has led him far away from dealing with the faith of Christ and the true love and compassion that a pastor is supposed to have for his congregation.
Titus 1:7-9 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre[money, riches];
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. His behavior is definitely not helping to convince gainsayers (people that speak against the word of God), as this story has made its rounds on the internet and some people have commented on this being one of the reasons why they stay away from the bible.
For any church claiming to be a part of the make-up of the body of Christ, certain characteristics should be seen.
1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Within these passages of scriptures, nothing is mentioned about a person giving tithe in order to remain an active member for that care and concern to be extended to them.
For anyone that’s truly following Christ, they will see that this man is not a true pastor of the Lord, as even the doctrine of tithing is incorrect, based on these money hungry pastors sermons.
As we come to the close of another black history month we would be remiss not to write an article about it. With all the celebrations and ceremonies that takes place, very few people deal with our true history (if they even know it) and address the ills that plagues us as a people and what we need to do to become those beloved people in the eyes of the Lord, like how our fore-parents were.
Contrary to what is widely taught, black history does not begin with slavery or us living like savages when we were dispersed in Africa.
It is important to note that the bible does not deal with color such as white or black, when classifying people. It deals with specific families. Each one of us has a progenitor that can be traced back to the bible. It could probably take one hundred or more pages to deal with each progenitor, so for the purposes of this article we will deal with Israel that the bible mentions. Israel is not referring to the land that we know today, but rather a race of people that started with Abraham, also commonly referred to as the twelve tribes of Israel.
Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs[the twelve tribes].
The Lord solely dealt with the Israelites and made a covenant with them, wherein he gave his commandments, such as the ten that everybody knows about, and told them that if they kept the commandments they would inherit the promise land of Jerusalem and everything would be all good.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 2, 8[when Moses was dealing with the Israelites right before they went into the promise land]
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
The Israelites at some point in their history in that land, kept the commandments but more often, did not keep them and dealt in wickedness with the Lord and each other.
Because the Lord knows all things before they even happen, he gave us warning of what would happen when we broke his commandments.
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
He then gives the curses from verse 15 on down in Deuteronomy 28. When you read the curses and follow the history closely in the bible, you begin to see that a recurring curse for the Israelites was captivity (slavery). It is time consuming to compact a whole nation’s history into one blog article so we will focus on one specific curse that relates to us in these last days.
Deuteronomy 4:25-27 When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:
26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
27 And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. [Ever wondered why we’re considered minorities]
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the LATTER days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
The Lord told us that we would be scattered all over the world through slavery
and wherever we are at, we would face tribulations-things like last hired first fired, police brutality and injustice, being severely whipped, battered and bruised during slavery, racism from people that hate us
and the list could go on.
When we think about black history, most of us confine it to the Americas, however, as the Lord stated, we would be scattered among all nations-meaning literally all over the world. Ever hear the saying, “man black people are everywhere.”
Check out the following video on black people in Iraq, which a lot of people don’t even know about. Pay attention to how they got there and their current conditions.
Sounds very much like the curse to me that the Lord said would happen to the Israelites in the last days-which we’re living in right now.
Black history is knowing where we came from and what we did and continue to do to get the bad treatment that we’re getting. It goes without say that we have the highest murder rate amongst each other,
make up a very large percent of the prison system, the most sexually active people-and we glorify it.
As stated before, the Lord knows all things before they happen and he prophesied throughout the entire Old Testament about the coming of his son and that he would redeem us back to him if we followed his examples and do what he told us.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The way how Christ is saving us from our sins is that he showed us how to develop God-fearing minds where we would apply the commandments in everything we do. So whether it be in relationships, he told us that the right way is for a man and a woman to be married (Mark 10:6-8) and not sleeping around, getting women pregnant and not even knowing that you have a child or even care to take care of them if you do know about them. And these are some of the sins that black people continue to commit; being some of the worse whores and whoremongers.
Christ taught us to repent from these things.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
When we repent from our sins and live godly we’ll then be those special people in the eyes of the Lord and not get the bad treatments that we get or even being referred to as “black people” as black denotes a color.
1 Peter 2:9-11 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Is there love in the air? People are scurrying about purchasing roses, flowers, cards, candy, chocolate and lingerie amongst other indulgences in preparation for Valentine’s Day. “Christians” readily celebrate this day believing the myths about the day’s origins in love. The truth is Valentine’s day is rooted in Lupercalia which was a Roman festival that honored their idols. Orgies, wicked sacrifices, lusts and fertility rites were all part of this pagan holiday. Is there any difference in the present time or do people still run around, commit adultery, search for someone to be with for one night and bring gifts as a sacrifice for sex?
As followers of Christ, we are not to celebrate this day or any other Pagan festival. The true biblical holidays can be found in Leviticus 23.
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the Lord , Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
1 Corinthians 10:20-21 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Love according to the Bible is keeping the commandments and dealing with one another with the love of Christ. Valentine’s Day is pagan, idolatry, and has nothing to do with the love of the Bible.
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New York Magazine published a recent article about an eighteen year old girl that plans to marry her father. The two were estranged for about 12 years and the father then reached out to her on Facebook. She went to stay with him for a week and then she stated that they had sex and then started dating.
For most people, it goes without saying that this is just plain wrong. But to be justified we’ll go by the word of God, which has the final say so and authority on everything.
Leviticus 18:6-7 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord. Near of kin means family and uncover their nakedness means having a sexual relationship with someone.
7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
She said that after they had sex, “It felt so natural. It didn’t even feel taboo. I felt like I had just made love with a man who I’d been with for years.”
Our minds are a very deceptive place and what often times seems so right or “natural” in her case will lead to nothing but death and destruction if we don’t amend our ways and repent.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
What she’s doing seems like the right thing to do [to her] but breaking that commandment in Leviticus 18:6-7 and not repenting from it will bring about death and destruction when Christ returns.
Isaiah 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
We can’t go by our thoughts and what feels natural. We have to go by what God commands us because as stated before, our minds are very deceptive.
She goes on to say, “Those who know that he’s my dad, and that we are engaged, include my father’s parents (they can see we are happy together and they can’t wait for us to have babies-they treat us just like any other couple), the woman we live with, and my best friend.”
People have to realize that when we go against the laws that are written in the bible, it is considered to be a sin.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4
My pleasurable night of relaxing was suddenly turned to disgust and anger. How? I was sitting in my house relaxing and enjoying the evening when my daughter came to tell me that my eight year old son was singing, “I got baking soda, baking soda.” Was he singing about baking a cake with my wife (obvious sarcasm)? I was unfamiliar with the song so I went to YouTube and typed “I got baking soda.” A second later, O.T. Genasis’ song CoCo pops up with over 46 million views. Sadly, I gave it one more view.
As I listened and watched, I could not believe the content of the video. Coco is an ode to crack cocaine with catchy refrains like “I’m in love with the coco” and “I got baking soda, baking soda!” My young son was repeating these hooks unaware of the sinister evil the song encouraged. How can a song that glamorizes the cooking, distribution, selling and use of crack cocaine be something that is appealing and acceptable to the masses? Crack has destroyed numerous families and killed many of its users. The #blacklivesmatter campaign is seeking to save Black children. Should they ignore the promotion of a drug that is slaughtering people by the thousands? Do Black lives really matter? What does the Bible say about drug use and/or the promotion of drug use?
I Corinthians 3: 16-17Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
The Lord commands us against destroying our bodies. One of the ways we defile our temples in this present day is by abusing drugs and getting high. It is a sin that we must stop committing.
Psalms 52:1-7Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
The Lord is showing the wicked that when they boast about their evil deeds, it does not go unnoticed. There will be judgment for all the evil words they speak. Boasting and bragging about getting high, selling drugs and getting paid from them are just some of the wickedness that our people boast about in their music.
Matthew 12:36-37But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
I John 2:15-17Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
If Black lives really matter, then the message that should be promoted to all people is the message of repentance and keeping the commandments. We shouldn’t “love the coco” that destroys us as a people. We should love the Most High that will help us live forever if we do his will.
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The recent death of a transgender teen suicide note have caused quite a stir on the internet, with almost every major news outlet and social media site reporting on it. There’s also been a big outcry from the LGBT community, as well as criticism for the parents because they didn’t support their child’s lifestyle.
The teen was born as Joshua Ryan Alcorn but was going by Leelah Alcorn and was killed by a tractor-trailer in an apparent suicide. The teen left a suicide note on his Tumblr page and also a post apologizing to his closest friends. The teen explained in the note that ever since she was four years old, she felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body and cried tears of joy when she learned what transgender meant at fourteen years old. The teen went on to say, “I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.”
According to an article from CNN on this very same story, “Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior does not conform to the sex they were assigned at birth, according to American Psychological Association.” The same article goes on to say, “Although it may seem like a relatively new topic, transgender people have been documented since antiquity in many cultures around the world.”
The bible tells us that there is no new thing in the earth. People have always had the same issues and have always been dealing with the same things from the beginning of time.
Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
So how does this happen, you may ask. How does someone feel like a female trapped in a male’s body or vice versa? On quite a few comments on the articles people were asking this very same question.
Lets start by saying that the mother was right in what she told him “God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect…
The Lord knows what he’s doing when he makes us to be either a female or a male and there are no mistakes about it.
So people get to feel this way because they have demons. This might throw some people off because they might think of a scary movie with demons, but it’s no different when you hear people say that “this person have personal demons that they’re battling,” such as in the case of alcohol or drugs. They’re dealing with something that’s a problem for them where if they don’t deal with it the right way, it will lead to their death, such as in the case of this child.
And yes, demons get on children as well even in this case when he states that from four years old he’s felt this way.
Consider the following scripture with the example of this child during Christ time on earth.
Matthew 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
18And Jesus rebuked the devil [same as demon]; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
A lunatick is someone who is of an unsound mind and is crazy-so is someone who believes that they are another gender trapped in their body.
Is it possible for a person to be born this way?
No it is not because God did not make any mistakes who he created to be male or female and he has a purpose for all of us even before we are formed in the womb. Consider what he said to the prophet Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
So what can a parent do if their child exhibits this type of behavior?
First off, definitely have a talk with them and explain that God has determined everything from the beginning, even down to who he would create and what gender they would be, using the above referenced scriptures.
Also, in the aforementioned mentioned scripture with Christ, the parent of the child that was possessed with the demon first bought the child to Christ disciples and they couldn’t heal him and Christ gave the following instructions.
Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
So it will take the parent to do this so that the child can be healed.
To learn more about conforming to the roles that God gave us, check out the video below.
A student at West Virginia University died as a cause of alcohol related issues, after he had pledged to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. The student was found not breathing and was being administered CPR when paramedics arrived at the scene. On the same day, thirty minutes after they left, paramedics were called back to the same house for another student.
The following day, West Virginia University indefinitely suspended all social and pledging activities by fraternities and sororities. [source]
A lot of people don’t consider the fact that fraternities and sororities are another evil facet of society that none of us should be involved in. We should also teach our children not to get involved with any of these things when they go away to college. Many people join for the so called “brotherhood” or “sisterhood,”
fun times that they will have
and the potential success after graduating because of their connections.
But for those of us that are God-fearing, we will know, keep in mind and teach our children, that true success comes from the Lord when we’re keeping his commandments, as instructed by Jesus Christ.
Psalm 128:1-2 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.
2. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
For most young people that go off to college, they’re doing all the fun things that they only dreamed of doing prior to attending college-which are sometimes hurtful-as in the case of this student that died, because their parents aren’t around.
The Most High God doesn’t discriminate and let all of us know that we will all have to answer to things that we’ve done.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
For those of us with children, we should teach them that fraternities and sororities are just another tool of Satan that is out in the world to entice people and to have them go away from following our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We invite you to view our video below that addresses the fact that people are selling their souls to Satan when they join these organizations.
From the dawn of time, man has harnessed the extraordinary powers offered up by the Earth in the form of plants and herbs without number. These treasures were created by God for the service of all man providing food for his sustenance and remedies for his healing. Through a proper and balanced use of these plants and herbs, the physician was able to produce, medicines, antidotes and poultices that took away pain, cured diseases and prolonged life. But like so many gifts of God, even these would fall to corruption; and the very medicines which the Lord hath created for our benefit had now become tools of Evil. Practitioners of witchcraft, sorceries, and shamanic magic would use these alchemical altered medicines to heighten perceptions and shatter the barriers of our reality, All in an attempt to communicate with beings from beyond the mortal realm. Some were so forward in this wickedness that entire religious customs and practices were created around particular drugs. In modern times some scholars have even gone so far as to suggest that mind altering drugs have influenced every major religious experience the world has ever known including those of Moses and the Biblical Prophets.
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At one point in time Jason Brown was the highest paid center in the NFL with a contract offering him 37.5 million dollars over 5yrs. So what would make this former St. Louis Ram walk away from it all to become of all things, a Farmer????
The answer was – A life of service! Jason’s plan was to use his newly purchased 100 acres of farmland to feed the poor and needy. His organization “First Fruits Farm” donates the first harvest to food pantries in the state with the first harvest reportedly donating 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers this fall.
1 Timothy 6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that theybe not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Jason Brown recalls the conversation between him and his agent at the time:
“My agent, he told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,'”. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I am not.'”
Ecclesiastes 7:12For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Matthew 6:19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
According to Jason, even though he has earned a great deal of fame and fortune in his life, he has never felt as successful as he does now “Not in man’s eyes but in the eyes of God”.
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When Dana Parris was ready to throw in the towel on her failing diner she decided to move to a drastic new business plan, “A Menu with No Prices”. Dana explains that her faith moved her to put the success of her business solely in the hands of God. According to the flyers in her restaurant, that also meant letting God control the Cash Register as well. The flyers read:
I am putting my “Faith” where my CASH REGISTER is.
I am letting go and letting GOD!!
No prices….No totals…..You pay what you think your meal is worth!!!
Dana then watched as her failing business made a 180 degree turn with revenues way up!
1 Peter 5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Some critics have said that this new business model is unethical because it allows customer to overpay for food. Dana believes that although some patrons do overpay it is justified by the fact that many less fortunate are also blessed with meals that they could not pay for.
2 Corinthians 8:13For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
According to the words of the Holy Bible our abundance SHOULD be a supply for the lack of others. Perhaps this new business model can provide us with a working example of how God and the business world can successfully co-exist!