The Carnival and Mardis Gras season is upon us. Multitudes are flocking to New Orleans and Trinidad to participate in the festivities and revelry. In Trinidad, countless songs like Super Blue’s Bacchanal Time bellow out the popular refrain “bacchanal time.” The revelers in both cities are dancing in the streets, getting drunk, having flings and a “good” time; bacchanal time. But what is bacchanal time? What is the origin of the word, celebration and customs affiliated with it?
The definition of bacchanal shows who people pledge allegiance to when they declare it’s bacchanal time! Bacchus is an idol of drunkenness, lewd sexual acts, fornication and reveling (wild partying to an idol). Bacchus is the god of everything that goes on during these carnival and Mardis Gras celebrations! The festival goers wear themselves out with liquor, fornication and nonstop partying. There are countless stories of the lewd acts that travel back from carnival and Mardis Gras. Women in New Orleans show their breast for trinkets like beads while the Trinidadian celebration is known for their scantily clad women in colorful costumes that will “wine (dance) up pon you.”
In the Catholic religion, carnival marks the end of the season where people sin to get rid of their carnal lusts and the beginning of the holy season called Lent. Some people ignorantly believe that carnival is just fun while others know exactly who they are worshiping during carnival; Satan! These celebrations are not the traditions or customs of the children of the Most High. We learned this from the nations that were around us that refused to follow God. We adapted their customs and inherited sin instead of righteousness.
Bacchus float in New Orleans
II Maccabees 14:32-33And when they sware that they could not tell where the man was whom he sought, He stretched out his right hand toward the temple, and made an oath in this manner: If ye will not deliver me Judas as a prisoner, I will lay this temple of God even with the ground, and I will break down the altar, and erect a notable temple unto Bacchus.
II Maccabees 6:6-9 Neither was it lawful for a man to keep sabbath days or ancient feasts, or to profess himself at all to be a Jew. And in the day of the king’s birth every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the feast of Bacchus was kept, the Jews were compelled to go in procession to Bacchus, carrying ivy. Moreover there went out a decree to the neighbour cities of the heathen, by the suggestion of Ptolemee, against the Jews, that they should observe the same fashions, and be partakers of their sacrifices: And whoso would not conform themselves to the manners of the Gentiles should be put to death. Then might a man have seen the present misery.
During the reign of the Greeks, the children of Israel were forced to worship Bacchus. Now the Israelites worship him willingly forgetting the laws of the Most High and committing the sin of idolatry, fornication and drunkenness.
Exodus 20:3-6 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
The Lord does not say it is okay to purge ourselves by sinning so we can be prepared for Lent or any other holy season.
Ecclesiasticus 15:20 He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
James 1:13-16Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Romans 13:14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The preceding scriptures show that we are not to willfully sin and feed our lusts with what they desire. We are to refrain from sin and submit ourselves to the will of the Most High through Christ.
1 Peter 4:1-4Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
Galatians 5:19-21Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The customs affiliated with carnival/Mardis Gras are evil works of the flesh. If we continue in them, we will not inherit the kingdom of the Most High. We must repent from that sin and turn to the Lord.
I Peter 1:13-16Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Acts 17:29-30Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Luke 12:13-15 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
14And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Coveting is not a new thing in the earth but something that people have always had a problem with. It is a dangerous sin as we can see in the above referenced scripture. This man’s brother received an inheritance which he desired to have for himself. He went to Christ to see if he would talk to his brother for him. Christ then explains that our life is not about all the material things that we possess.
People become covetous when they have a wicked desire for what other people possess. In the case of this lottery winner, coveting unfortunately turned to murder. We often lust for what other people have when we should be satisfied with the blessings we have already received.
To murder someone for their possessions is a senseless and horrific sin in the eyes of the Lord. The sins of murder and covetousness are both condemned in the Lord’s Ten Commandments which most people are very familiar with.
Exodus 20:13Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Every year around the so called “holiday season” we put out a myriad of biblical teachings on the wickedness and idolatrous practices that’s associated with the celebration of Christmas. Most people will agree that the celebration of Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus’s supposed birth day, whether people still choose to celebrate it or not. In dealing with relatives and friends we also get the same reaction. But then people usually ask the question.
What about Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa was created in the 60’s by Dr. Maulana Karenga and is celebrated from December 26 to January 1st. It is derived from African “first fruits” celebrations and has seven core principles that they focus on.
On each of the seven nights, one of the core principals is to be discussed and are meant to be reflective of African culture. Kwanzaa was created to be the first specifically African American holiday.
We have to realize that we should live every aspect of our lives according to the bible. Contrary to popular belief by some, the bible is not the “white man’s book.” The bible gives us all the days that we should celebrate and you can find a list of them here with scriptural reference.
As a people that are lost to our true identity we want to be everything that we are not. The bible tells us that the Israelites would be scattered all over the world (not Africans) and being oppressed in the last days and that we would take on other customs that our fore-parents knew nothing about.
Deuteronomy 4:25-30 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.
28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
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;
We are not Africans and should not take on any African or other nation’s customs. The bible gives us the days that we should celebrate and most of them, but not all, can be found in Leviticus the 23rd chapter.
Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
To read these scriptures and still say that you’re going to celebrate Kwanzaa, you’re rejecting the Most High God and his commandments.
Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa shortly after the watts riot as a way to unify the “black community.” From the time this was created till now, we do not see any unification of the “black community.” If anything, things have gotten worse-where the murder rate is preposterous amongst us. Abortion is at an all time high, the STD rate is off the charts; many single parent homes and the list could go on forever.
What we need to do is become righteous by following our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, repent from our sins and teach others to do the same. When we collectively do that as a group of people that will bring about unification.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
One of the problems that we find with people that refuse to see that Kwanzaa is not right to celebrate in the eyes of God is that they don’t read their bibles.
We encourage you to listen to the class below on the importance of living our lives according to the bible.
Occasionally, I journey into the land of urban radio to hear the latest propaganda and destructive messages that are being broadcasted to our youth. Last night, I heard a segment that was so alarming that I had to really sit back and ponder about who and what type of people would think this was a good idea to promote such decadence over the air waves. The segment was called the “Side Piece Shout-outs” on the Durtty Boyz Show of Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In case you did not know, a sidepiece is more or less modern day slang for a mistress.
urbandictionary.com’s definition of a side piece
The rules to the Side Piece Shot Out are simple:
1. Don’t say your name
2. Only give the first name and part of town of your sidepiece
The Disc Jockey’s then laugh and make jokes about the varying fornication/adulterous relationships that several people called in to openly “shot out” on the air. “Does your side piece have a man?” One DJ asked as he laughed and suggested that a young lady with the same name as the caller’s side piece called in earlier to shout out a different person.
With Aids, STDs, single family homes, and the general problems regarding violence, education and our economic situation, this is what a “urban” radio station is promoting? Is this their best programming choice? Is this meant to build or destroy the community? I believe the answer should be clear, but we must examine this in the scriptures.
I John 5:18-19We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
The scriptures explain that these types of programs are allowed to exist because the majority of this world is pleased to serve Satan. The children of the Most High find no pleasure in this type or any other form of lewdness (sexual sins).
What’s wrong with shouting out you side piece?
Proverbs 30:20Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
This society will lead you to believe that there is nothing wrong with fornication/adultery. People commit the sin of adultery and then create excuses for why it is good. A man that has a lot of women is a “real man” according to this world but according to the Lord, he is a whoremonger.
Isaiah 3:8-9For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Committing fornication and then bragging about it amongst your friends or declaring it to the city of Atlanta is evil in the sight of the Lord. Remember the city of Sodom and its inhabitants were destroyed for fornication. Do we want the same judgment? We must also bear in mind that Abraham and his family were spared because they did not partake in the acts of fornication that were occurring throughout the cities of Sodom.
Ephesians 5:5-7For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
What should we do? How should we repent?
Psalms 38:18For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Instead of committing sin and boasting about it, we should acknowledge that we have done wrong and repent.
2 Corinthians 12:19-21 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
We were where many of you are now. We committed the same sins but through the knowledge and grace that comes through the Most High in Christ we were able to repent. Judgment is coming for all fornicators/adulterers. We pray that you hear this word and repent. If you have questions about how to change, we are here for you. Peace.
Ecclesiastes 7:5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
The Bible explains that it is better to hear correction from a wise person rather than listen to the song of a fool. What is the song of a fool? All you have to do is turn on the radio and hear what people are listening to today. Gone are the days of tuning into your favorite radio station and hearing songs about improving the community, encouraging words and/or constructive protests against social injustice. Instead we have songs that encourage drug dealing, fornication, addiction, murder, stealing and all manner of sin in heavy rotation on every station.
Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Psalms 52:1-3Why 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.
After reading these scriptures, you should understand that the songs of fools is music that promotes sin and wickedness. The “artists” boast about how they break the commandments of God and are rewarded because of it. The scriptures say we are “wise to do evil.” Instead of rapping/singing about something that will build our community, they make foolish songs that promote our destruction through sin. Let’s examine just a few of these “hits.”
Truffle Butter by Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj is so vile that we cannot give all the details here. Let’s suffice to say that it promotes fornication and a certain sexual act.
CoCo by O.T. Genasis is a song about cooking and selling crack for a good price (the low low).
Trap Queen by Fetty Wap is about a man that taught his girlfriend how to cook and sell crack. Now they are selling it together and making a great deal of money.
Move that Dope by Future doesn’t need an explanation. “Young nigga move that dope” is repeated numerous times in the song but one of the most telling lyrics in the song is “put a smile on the Devil’s face.”
Scene from O.T. Genasis’ CoCo Music Video
Our children are being bombarded with these negative and wicked messages on a daily basis. The tunes are catchy, the singing/rapping is seductive and through repetition even adults begin to say “young nigga move that dope.” We must carefully consider the messages that they are trying to send to our children. It is not good, righteous or acceptable to “put a smile on the Devil’s face.” It is evil and destructive! So how do we fight against the efforts of the wicked?
Ephesians 2:1-3And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
1 Corinthians 15:33Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Satan is everywhere in this world. He influences the media, music and television to promote his agenda. We must repent in Christ, learn the scriptures and teach our children about this conspiracy against them. Only then will the evil influence of this world be diminished.
Proverbs 15:31The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Ecclesiastes 7:5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
When our children are taught according to the scriptures and armed with the knowledge of what is righteous versus wicked, they are able to withstand the forces of Satan and make the right choices. It is better for the children to learn the scriptures and live than to listen to these songs of fools, sin and die.
We pray that this article leads to repentance and edification for all that read it.
Take a look at this video from the Body of Christ Church on teaching the children.
A few different news outlets recently ran an article about R&B singer Ciara and football player Russell Wilson’s decision to abstain from sex until they are man and wife. Wilson is quoted as saying “I asked her what would you do if we took all that other stuff off the table and did it Jesus’ way, no sex,”
And of course they got criticized for their decision and Ciara stated that she’s not bothered by it and that there are so many people like them that are doing the same thing. Ciara was quoted in a New York Post article saying, “I feel very confident in the love that we have for each other, and only God knows where it’s going to go…God knows everything that’s to come in the future, and I think it’s best to let him keep taking control of things.”
People have to realize that sex is reserved for a man and woman that are married and anything else is considered fornication.
1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Bed undefiled means sexual activities that takes place between a man and a woman is ok only when they’re married and if you are partaking in any sexual activity and you are not married, you will be judged for it unless you repent.
So many people get it twisted by saying things such as “you have to try it before you buy it” or they sleep around with different people until they find the “right” one. These are all wicked and evil things to do in the eyes of God.
Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we can live holy in the eyes of God and not defile our bodies by committing fornication.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
So many people look at it as a strange thing when people decide to abstain from sex until they’re married,
when this is the will of God that Jesus Christ came and exemplified.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [body] in sanctification and honour;
Please listen to our class below on what a marriage is according to the bible, it mainly discusses the aspects that are not considered marriage; things that people do.
As we approach another Halloween a lot of people will be going out celebrating this day and also having their children take part in trick or treat and other activities that are associated with Halloween.
But should we celebrate Halloween or have our children take part in any of the activities associated with this day?
Halloween is steeped in wicked idolatrous practices that the Lord told us not to partake in.
When you look at some of the things that are associated with Halloween such as, witches, dealing with the dead (necromancer) and child sacrifices (yes you read that right) that some occults do. The bible clearly speaks against these things and that we’re not supposed to be involved with them and they are very detestable in the eyes of the Lord.
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
In these days and times we would not put someone to death for being a witch because Christ has come and is giving everyone a chance to repent from their sins and those that don’t repent when he returns the second time he’ll be the one putting people to death.
Leviticus 19:31Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 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.
Some people argue that they can “clean up Halloween” by calling it Jesus Ween or having activities in a church building for the kids so that they don’t have to go out trick or treating.
The things that are associated with Halloween are considered “darkness (wickedness)” by the scriptures.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Jesus Christ is the light of the world according to John 8:12 so the scripture is telling us that there can be no fellowship with Christ and darkness. You cannot mix the two together or say that you’re going to clean it up by adding Christ to it.
In conclusion, we should not celebrate Halloween nor have our children take part in any of the activities associated with this day.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
People have always been skeptical about the so-called power of mediums, psychics and spiritual advisors. But this has not stopped them from running very successful businesses all over the country. These mysterious men and women oftentimes obtain great power and influence over others by making promises they cannot possibly deliver on. In a world where trickery is mistaken for divinity, there is lots of money to be made. But for those of us who believe and know the power of the Most High God, it requires very little effort to see through these scams. Join us today as we use the Holy Bible to expose the empty promises made by the Men and Women who claim to be Psychic Advisors.
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In 2002, Christianity Today published an article called “The Church of O” in which they concluded that Oprah Winfrey had emerged as an influential spiritual leader. “Since 1994, when she abandoned her traditional talk-show format for more edifying content, and 1998, when she began ‘Change Your Life TV’, Oprah’s most significant role has become that of spiritual leader. To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers, she has become a post-modern priestess—an icon of church-free spirituality.” This sentiment was echoed by Marcia Z. Nelson in her book The Gospel According to Oprah. But what is Oprah’s Gospel? Oprah has on many occasions declared that she is a Christian but do her spiritual teachings fall in line with that of Jesus Christ? Or is her unparalleled power and influence being used to further a diabolical New Age agenda from one end of the Earth to the other.
Please listen to our Blogtalk Radio program below as we reveal the Satanic agenda of the so-called “Most powerful and influential woman in the world”.
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The world of the hypnotist and mentalist is no longer limited to a Las Vegas stage act or reality TV shows. This age old mystical phenomenon is now more mainstream than ever. The internet is full of how-to videos and there are even computer programs for self-hypnosis. In a world where people have far more vices than virtues, many believe that they can be free of their burdens by simply lying on the couch of their hypnotist. If this sounds too farfetched for you then maybe you refer to your hypnotist by another name such as Bishop or Deacon. It is no longer a secret that many religious leaders are notorious for using the very same techniques employed by hypnotists and mentalists to maintain a powerful hold over their flock. Even now –at this very moment – you may currently be enthralled to a satanically inspired Madman who is well versed in these ancient arts. Join us today for another edition of “From Darkness to Light” as we use the Word of God to free the corrupt mind of man.
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