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In the Beginning

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION

There is no doubt in my heart that this post is not going to be accepted by some people, particularly, the liberal theologians and atheists. Nevertheless, I am determined to write this post about the beginning. There is no other authority to which I shall refer except the bible. I believe the bible gives us an accurate account of the creation of the world and the origin of mankind. We shall look at verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1.

I. THE FIRST VERSE

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

There is so much information contained in the first verse of the bible. We are given the foundation and the beginning of the whole visible and invisible universe. These ten words are very important and if they are ignored, anyone attempting to describe the origin of the universe will by all means sound stupid.

Here we are:

a) God

There is no questions to  who is the subject of this verse. God is the main character in this verse. It is very interesting that the word for God in Hebrew appears as a plural. The singular for God is ‘El’ but in Genesis 1:1,  it is ‘Elohim.’ So it suggest to us that God is more than one person. Moses clarified this in Deuteronomy 6:4 by saying “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God (Elohim) is one Lord:” God is more than one person but He is one God.

b) In the beginning

We are given the timing of the creation of the whole universe.  It happened in the beginning. Some people would ask, “Beginning of what?” Well, this is the beginning of time and also the beginning of God’s work of creation. This is when everything started. I don’t know if there was a bang or it was just deafening silence but whatever it was, it marked the beginning of the whole universe. And God was there before it started.

c) Created

In this single verse we are also told of the action that God took. He created. The word used in the Hebrew language is ‘Bara.’ This particular word can only be used with respects to God. This is because it is only God who created everything out of nothing. He created everything without the use of pre-existing material. None of us can ever create anything at any given time. We can only make things out of materials that already exist, but to create was only pulled off by God alone in the beginning. Therefore God is the sole creator.

d) The heaven and the earth

• The Heavens

This tells us about what God really created. He created not only time (the beginning) but also He created space (heaven) that can be occupied. He created the heavens in their divisions. I am very much convinced that on the very first day the heavens and the host of them were brought forth. The Hebrew word for heavens is שָׁמָ֑יִם “shamayim.” This word is in the plural form and it suggests to us that in the beginning, there existed more than one heaven. It does not matter how many heavens are there,  what matters is they did not just pop up by themselves. God created them.

• The Earth

Like the heavens, the earth was also created in the beginning. There shouldn’t be any doubt about the origin of the earth. The earth was created by God and the case rests there. The psalmist sang, “Of old hast thou [God] laid the foundation of the earth:” (Psalm 102:25a). God created the earth and established it. He set it up for his own pleasure. He was pleased to create it. The earth was completely his own idea. It is God alone who could have thought of creating the earth and also to know what to do with it. He had the means and infinite wisdom to create it. No evolutionist, astronomer or even an atheist who can possess enough wisdom and knowledge to successfully contend or do any other thing against the fact that God created it all.

II.  THE SECOND VERSE

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

• THE GAP THEORY

This verse has been for centuries a seat for argument among the theologians. There are many views surrounding this verse. With the rise of Darwinian evolution, there has been theologians who came to believe that between verse one and verse two, there are millions, if not billions of years. This idea is called “the gap theory.” There is a suggestion of a pre-Adamic creation, which existed and was destroyed with the earth somewhere between verse one and verse two. As for the author of this post and those who are of like mind, we reject this notion.

• CONTINUATION

It is very clear that verse two is simply the continuation of the first verse. Any intelligent human being can see that the first verse introduces the story of creation by mentioning the earth’s creation in the beginning and then proceeds into the second verse to tell us about the condition of the earth at the moment of it’s creation. If one would continue reading verses 3-31, they would notice that these verses are summarized in verse one. Then in Genesis 2:1-3, the story of the six day creation which was introduced in Genesis 1:1 is concluded. God did not finish the work of creation in verse one and then waited for millions of years to start over in verses 2-31. God started His work of creation on the first day and finished it on the sixth and on the seventh day he stopped creating because He was done. Here is the conclusion statement on creation, “Thus the HEAVENS and the EARTH were FINISHED, and all the host of them.” (Genesis 2:1). This verse tells us that the heavens were created and were completed at the same time as the earth. Exodus 20:11 tells us, “…in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:…

• And the earth was without form and void

Here in this verse we learn that the earth itself in the very beginning was not organized. There was no atmosphere, there was no land but it was a large mass of probably frozen water. There was no life of any sort. The planet was not suitable for any kind of life to thrive there on. There was no sun to give it light and warmth. But God was still at work and six days later the earth would be filled with light, life and beauty.

• And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

This is the first mention of the Spirit of God in the Bible. The Holy Spirit was waiting to begin the work of arranging the earth into a life sustaining environment. He moved across the face of the waters, waiting for God’s instruction. God himself worked the earth by the power of his Spirit. He gave it life and beauty and all was pleasant to Him.

CONCLUSION

There is no question that the Bible teaches that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and that He rested from all His work of creation on the seventh day. The first and the second verses of the Bible give us the introductory summary into the six day creation campaign and there was no million or billion year gap between verse one and two. By God’s grace on the next post, we shall look at the events that take place during the six days in verses 3 -31 of Genesis 1.

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TSD 16 – THE LOVE OF GOD : Forgiveness (Audio)

TSD 16 – THE LOVE OF GOD : Forgiveness (Audio)

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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Today’s Episode deals with the love of God in forgivenes. We see how God forgives us unconditionally and that God commands us to forgive others in the same manner. Forgiving others is in line with First and Second greastes commandments which are “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) and “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18)

Here are some scripture references: 

God’s love and forgiveness

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” (Psalms 103:2-3 KJV)

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” (Isaiah 44:22 KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:5-10 KJV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)

God Commanding us to forgive others

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” (Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” (Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)

But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.” (2 Corinthians 2:5-8 KJV)

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” (Luke 17:3-4 KJV)

TSD 15 – The Love of God (with Sam Zondi)

TSD 15 – The Love of God (with Sam Zondi)

By: Lungisa N Joctrey

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In Today’s Show I have Sam Zondi as my co-host and we are discussing the Love of God. Please Contact us with your feedback and questions. Please take some time and review/rate The SpokesDude podcast on ITunes. Tell us what you think about The SpokesDude Podcast “The guy that’s not afraid to say things”

 

Just a few Scripture references 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:5-10 KJV)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12 KJV)

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:1-3 KJV)

TSD 14 Christians Are Under Attack

TSD 14 – The Christians Are Under Attack

By Lungisa Joctrey

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This show is for all Christians. I wish things were different, like as in I wasn’t talking about this current world and the atrocities which are done against the poor, the needy and the Christians. When I look at the news, I see the world that hates God. I see people who hate God with all their hearts. I see people who are deceived, thinking that they love God while their life styles and the things they enjoy blasphemes the name of God and are in direct violation of the word of God.

I bet this show is going to haunt me for the rest of my life because I intend to speak the truth and I will not hold back. Looking at our previous episode, which briefly dealt with the way some of us who are true Christians feel about the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex union (for the lack of better word.) I refuse to call it “Marriage” because marriage is the biblical term for Man to Woman union and the biblical term for man to man or woman to woman union is “abomination.” God hates homosexuality as much as he hates all kinds of sin.

I am very much aware of that there will be people who will hate me for saying the things I am about to say. I know that my life could be at risk and I might find me a spot in prison again. There is no way for me to sit here and say nothing. I cannot but use my right to speak freely as a South African and I cannot but use my freedom of speech to complain when I feel that my religious right is about to be trashed. Why must I shut up when my fellow men are taking pleasure on the things that eventually bring the wrath of God upon nations? I have to scream and let my voice be heard, hoping that the world would change for the better, in favour of my children and my grandchildren.

It is very irresponsible for governments to allow homosexuality in the name of “human rights.” A right that violates the laws of God is no right at all. The justice system that passes laws which are against the laws of God is no justices system at all but it is a ball park for dangerous and carnivorous wolves who feed on the poor and the needy. A poor person can hardly find justice in this perverted world. Rich criminals are able to escape due to that they can afford to buy their way out from the crooked prosecutors and corrupt judges who lack the fear of God who is in actual fact the author of true Justice. God warns these wicked people in Psalm 82, “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.” (Psalms 82:1-8 KJV)

God is saying to these wicked judges, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?” God is not pleased with those judges who judge unjustly and accept the wicked persons. A judge that is friends with criminals is a wicked judge. There is a time appointed where all these men and women who have no fear of God will suffer the true judgment of God. They and the criminals they let go will be punished in hell fire. Justice and righteousness are the foundation of God’s throne and God does not recognize rights which He did not prescribe in His word. A criminal who violates against God’s laws will be punished according to the law of God, irrespective of what the laws of his or her country says. God’s justice is ultimate justice and the same will swallow up all justice systems of the world. They will all be destroyed, they and their judges.

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” God is calling on the Judges of the world to defend the poor and the fatherless. The orphans are to be defended and protected by the justice system but we don’t see that happening. The government is stealing from the poor while making unending and never fulfilled promises. How long will this go on? The truth is God will judge this world and His great day is nigh, even at the door. On that day the cries of the poor who feared God and waited for justice shall be heard and they shall see their Lord who says to them “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20)   They will rejoice when their oppressors shall be sent away into everlasting punishment.

Maybe you will ask my dear reader as to why I’m saying this? I am saying this because the judges in our courts are neglecting to do that which is acceptable before God and instead they support homosexuality, a thing that God hates. Not only did they support homosexuality, but they perverted marriage.

The Holy Scripture says in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” and again it says in Leviticus 20:13, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”  Obviously in this day and age we won’t go around killing people but this text shows us how God feels about the sin of homosexuality. It is so gross that God would have such perverted individuals sentenced to death, as though they were murderers.

Now, University of Cape Town (UCT)  is caught up in this madness and Christians are being persecuted there. See this video

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:18-32 KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 KJV)

REPENT!! REPENT!! REPENT!!!

TSD 12 – Rich Pastors In Poor Congregations

 

Borrowed from https://noahidenews.com/2016/09/22/beware-of-false-prophets/

Borrowed from www.noahidenews.com

TSD 12 – RICH PASTORS IN POOR CONGREGATIONS

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT TODAY?

Today’s Topic: RICH PASTORS IN POOR CONGREGATIONS.

Should Pastors be rich at the very expense of their congregations? Is it morally right for the pastor to enjoy wealth while his following live in poverty?

I will answer these questions from scripture and by scripture I mean the Authorized Version, better known as the King James Version, 1611. All I ask from you is to lend me a few minutes of your time.

I must first state that I am a born again Christian. I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the living God and that there is no salvation apart from Him. I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, grew and lived a sinless life before God His Father and before men. He was betrayed to the Jewish counsel by Judas Iscariot and was brought before Caiaphas the high priest. He was then brought to Pilate the Romish governor who found no fault in Him yet for the fear of men, authorized His crucifixion. Jesus Christ was crucified and died for the sins of men in all generations and was buried. He was raised to life the third day. After His resurrection, He was seen by Cephas, then the twelve. After that He was seen by over 500 brethren at the same time. After that He was seen of James, then by all the apostles and lastly He was seen by Paul of Tarsus.

I believe in the triune God, who is self existent. He exists as The Father, The Word and The Holy Ghost. I hold to that Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh and that He is the Son of God by whom we all who believe are justified and saved.

Friends, allow me to draw your attention to the second letter written by Paul to the church of Corinth, chapter 8, the 9th verse “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Now we should be very careful as to how we interpret this scripture. We must ask ourselves this question, Was Jesus Christ physically rich in that He became physically poor so that we can be physically rich? Or was He spiritually rich in that He was spiritually poor that we may be spiritually rich? We shall examine the scripture now in order to understand the verse at hand.

HOW RICH WAS JESUS CHRIST BEFORE HE CAME TO THE WORLD

First we look at John 1:1-3, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Friends, in this passage we are told of the true nature of Jesus Christ. The scripture says that “the Word was with God and the Word was God” and then we are told that “All things were made by Him” This Word must be very powerful if everything couldn’t exist apart from Him. He must be very rich spiritually in that He could afford to make all these things. He must hold much authority over His creation seeing that He was God. The Scripture reads, “In the beginning was the Word.” This is telling us that the Word existed before the beginning. These words are not telling us about the beginning of the days of the Word but they tell us about the beginning of His work. If in the beginning He was, then He must have been outside the beginning. In fact, in Revelation 22:12-13 Jesus Christ says “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” He says “I am Alpha and Omega, The beginning and the End, the First and the Last” Now if Christ says, “I am the beginning” then He must be eternal. He is not saying “I am a beginning” as if there is another beginning but He says “I am THE beginning,” showing that He is absolutely the only beginning there is to know.

He holds absolute pre-eminence over all things, in heaven, on earth and under the earth. He is God the LORD. The Psalmist says “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1) The LORD GOD owns not just the earth but He owns everything in it. The world and they dwell in it. The earth trembles at His voice and all of creation testifies of His goodness. God is extremely wealthy both in the spiritual and physical sense. He rules every realm the spiritual and physical. Again the Psalmist couldn’t resist telling us of God. He says, “The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moveso.” (Psalm 93:1). And again He says “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:” How rich is God? Our minds cannot grasp the true riches laid up in the store houses of God.

Paul proclaimed to the Athenians

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:24-26)

Paul was not ashamed to tell those Stoicks and Epicureans that God did not need anything but that God was the one that gave life, breath and all things. Not only that, he shows them that God made all nations in one blood and decided as to where they should live. With that being said, we learn that Jesus Christ who is the Word made flesh, is the one that give life to all men, animals and plants because He is God and we already know that the “Word was God.” Pauls tells the Colossians in his letter as to how exalted, how powerful and how rich Christ is. He says “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:15-17) Paul says that all things were made by the Son of God and for the Son of God. So everything and anything, whatever it is, belongs to the Son of God.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews says that the Son of God is above all things including the angels. We see this in Hebrews 1
Who [The Son of God] being the brightness of his [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. ” (Hebrews 1:3-6)

All the angels of God are commanded to worship this Son of God. As we hear him in verse 7 saying “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” (Hebrews 1:8-12) (Xref: Psalm 45:6-7 & 102:25-27)

All these scripture verses are showing us that the Son of God is God and that He has all power over everything. Psalm 36:9 “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” Jesus Christ says “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
(John 5:26)
HOW POOR DID CHRIST BECOME?

Looking at this question there’s one Scripture that comes to mind and that is Philippians 2:5-11. Let us read it.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

I would like us to start examining this passage from the sixth verse. As we have established that God was and is very rich, the apostle Paul is showing us that Christ was in the form of God. He was equal with God and yet was willing to give up all the glories, the wealth and honour of being on the seat of God his Father. He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. He did not esteem it much to be equal with God, which now brings us to verse 7, “He made Himself of no reputation” When all creatures in heaven submitted to Him, He lowered himself, far too lower than they. He became lower than the angels. As the Psalmist records, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” (Psalms 8:4-5) and the writer to the Hebrews says “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrew 2:9
Friends, I submitted to you that Adam the first man was just a creature who was given instruction to have dominion on the earth and subdue it, however, it was not for him to own the earth. Adam was always depending on God for life and provision. Whether Adam served God or not his life would always come from God lest he dies. Even when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam lived at God’s mercy for at anytime God could take His breath of life from a man and man would become dust. Adam was not rich apart from God. He didn’t have life by himself. He was never above the angels of God. He couldn’t command any of the angels because the angels move at the word of God. Scripturally, angels rank higher than men in the grand scheme of things. The Scripture tell us that a man was made a “little lower than the angels.

So, the Son of God Jesus Christ, He made Himself of no reputation and took the form of a poor creature. A creature that live for to die, having not life in itself except that poor spark which will soon go out and the body goes back into being dust as it was. He comes in as a baby weak and vulnerable. He couldn’t even fight for himself. He relied on His parents to flee to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill Him. He had to learn obedience and to live a like a human being. Yet He sinned not. He was limited in a human body, having to be in one place at one time.

He had to get orders from the Father instead of just doing what he felt was right. He submitted himself to Moses and the prophets. He was so humble to the point that He knelt on the ground like a slave and washed the feet of His disciples. At the end He submitted Himself to the chief priests and to the Roman governor Pilate. When He finally died, He died not the death of a King but of a wicked hell deserving man when He had done no evil. He suffered the Wrath of the Almighty God His Father, which wrath was scheduled to fall upon the poor wicked wretched sinful and hell deserving men. He suffered under the heavy hand of God Almighty. He had to cry like a condemned sinner, “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?…My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” He became poor, that through His poverty we may be rich.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth as a poor man, born in a booth instead of a palace. His cradle was a manger. He grew up as the son of a carpenter. He was not of high esteem among those of his neighbourhood. He wasn’t famous until He started His ministry. Even then He was despised by those who held high offices in the religious circles of his land. He found audience among sinners, the despised and hated.

I once heard Creflo Dollar arguing that Jesus Christ had a treasure bag and for that reason he concluded that Jesus could have been rich.

There are questions I would like to have Mr Dollar and his friends to answer.

1) If Jesus Christ was very rich materially, why is it that when He asked his disciples to feed the people, Phillip answer and said, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” (John 6:7) Were they not supposed to have more than enough cash to their disposal?

2) When a man said to the Lord Jesus, “Master I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest” Jesus replied “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58) If Jesus was materially rich, wouldn’t He have had a mansion or two?

3) If Jesus was materially rich, why did He need a miracle in order to pay tribute? See Matthew 17:24-27

I could ask some more questions but time is failing me. When we read the gospels, we noticed that Christ and his disciples weren’t filthy rich. The Lord Jesus discouraged the people who wanted to lay up riches on earth. We hear Him saying “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Here is a discourse between Jesus and a young rich man, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:16-24, Mark 10:17-23)

Paul warned Timothy of the preachers that deceive the people of God, telling them that physical wealth is godliness.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 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. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:3-12)

The Lord Jesus warns the rich and a compromising church of Laodicea, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:15-19)

He tells this church that thought it has a name of being rich, the truth is it is poor. He tells it that it is neither hot nor cold. So unless He spews it out, He calls it to repent and acquire true riches from Him.
It is therefore evil that the Pastors would be filthy rich while their members live in poverty. The prosperity gospel is the message of crooks. It is not the gospel at all. I pray that God would open your eyes if you are caught up in this deception. Christ warns the rich, He says “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.”(Luke 6:24)

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We Are Now on iTunes

We are pleased to announce that The SpokesDude Podcast is now live in the iTunes. It was very difficult to make this a possibility since I have no technical background and iTunes minimum requirements were not easy to meet for someone that doesn’t know anything about RSS Feeds let alone having a feed that meets the 2.0 specification, whatever that is.

I thank God for the guy who came up with Google because when all else fails there would always be Google who will march in like a knight in shining armour and save the day.

Cliff Ravenscraft

Before I started making the recordings for The SpokesDude Podcast, I had to go to Google and search for information about podcasting. That is where found a number of Podcasts and one that stood out for me was one hosted by Cliff Ravenscraft which is called PodcastAnswerMan.com. On Cliff’s podcast episodes I noticed that the sound quality and the level of professionalism throughout the show were incredibly good. These two factors made me what to stream or download some more of his podcast episodes. As I listened to his shows I began to feel as if I know him even though I knew deep down in my heart that I would probably never meet him. So, I was convinced that I would learn a lot from him in order get my podcast launched.

John Lee Dumas

Now, as I kept on searching for more information on podcasts and podcasting I came across a podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas, which is called Entrepreneurs On Fire you can check it out on EOFire.com. As I listened to John Lee Dumas I could pick up that he once took Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcasting A-Z Course and was surprised that John knew Cliff. So since I have grown to trust Cliff Ravenscraft’s opinion on podcasting, I felt that I can trust John Lee Dumas as well.

John offered a Free Podcast Course that had 20 lessons, all of them about podcasting. I wasted no time at all. I started downloading every one of those free lessons and began to listen to each one of them. There was a lesson that had an assignment, where I had to ask my friends and family, and some people who know me as to how they thought my passions were. This was to help me realise my Zone of Genius. My definition of the Zone of Genius is: It’s that specific thing I had already been doing and was very good at, that subject I would talk about for hours without fail. It’s that topic I couldn’t end the day without thinking or talking about.

When I took John’s Free Podcast Course I had already began to record and publish podcast episodes. I used Archive.org as my media host and then took the direct links to my mp3 files and put them on The SpokesDude blog so that I can easily promote them. The problem was, on archive.org I had placed my files for The Spokesdude on the folder called “The Spokesdude Episodes.” I did this to prevent myself from typing the same information over and over again when ever uploading a SpokesDude Podcast file. This made it hard for me to track the download rate of each file.

That problem made it me wish to submit my podcast over to iTunes. I searched on Google for ways available for me to have The SpokesDude Podcast submitted over to iTunes and as you’ve guessed it…I found it. The only problem I faced was getting an acceptable RSS feed for iTunes. I tried using an application called “RSSOwl” which wasn’t successful on iTunes but did well on Sticher.com… So I laid the iTunes thing off for some weeks until I decided to change my artwork for my future podcast episodes and have its resolution set to 1400×1400 pixels because iTunes requirements for artworks is between 1400 x1400 and 3000×3000 pixels. Once I had my artwork ready I started changing the colour theme of The SpokesDude blog to match the colours of the artwork and I set the artwork as the logo of my blog.

After many failed attempts to get a good feed, I remembered a word spoken by Cliff Ravenscraft, which was Feedburner. I had no clue what Feedburner was so I consulted Google and I found Feedburner and I logged in using my Google account. That’s where the fun began. I supplied the information that was required to get my feed ready and in no time I had a URL for my podcast’s feed which I tried out on iTunes and it worked. In less than 24 hours, I received and email telling me that The SpokesDude Podcast was approved.

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Preaching in Town (10 January 2015)

  On the morning of the Sabbath Day (10-01-2015) at 07:08, I received an SMS from brother Jono saying, “Hi man of GOD hope c u street later ta j” I couldn’t respond to it because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to town that day, after all I enjoy resting on this day. It is the day of rest, is it not? After deep thinking I decided to get ready and I took my back pack which is always packed with some tracks, a digital camera, a video camera, my KJV Bible and a bottle of water. I got my bicycle ready and I cycled 9.03Km for 25minutes to town. When I got to our favourite preaching spot, (that is to say the city centre) right outside City Hall of Pietermaritzburg, I phoned Brother Jono and told him that I was in town. I didn’t know if he was coming to town or not but he thanked me for letting him know.

While I was getting ready to preach, I heard a car hooting. I looked and to my greatest joy it was Brother Gary. He went and parked the car and then joined me. While we were busy discussing some theological controversies we have encountered on social networks, we were joined by Brother Aziz and minutes later Brother Jono joined us.

 

 

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

I was then greeted by a Muslim man whom I had known while I was in prison and I started a short lived debate by simply asking him as to when he will become a Christian. I can’t recollect the actual words that were exchanged but it was about Jesus being the Son of God, a thing any good Muslim finds to be blasphemous. After that I took the stand and preached on Jesus Christ coming to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). While I was preaching we were joined by Brother Philip and he assisted in handing out gospel tracts. When I made the end of my speech, Brother Gary preached next, raising his voice to glory of our God and Saviour Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) while Brothers Jono, Aziz, Philip and I, handed out tracts. While I took some pictures, I spotted Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe coming towards us and he joined us in handing out tracts.

DSCF1902After Brother Gary had made the end of preaching, we said our goodbyes and all the brothers departed except Mandlakhe who was chatting with me while I was getting my cycling gear ready (that is gloves, cap, sunshades and some good music). When we were about to part, this young man by the name of Mxolisi came to us. He had been standing by while I was preaching and he was listening to what I was saying because I had changed the language from English to IsiZulu.

Before he could tell us anything about himself, I picked up from his tongue that he was a member of the TACC. He told us that he was listening to the preaching but he could not understand the part where I said God punished His Son on the cross. I then explained from Isaiah 53, how that it was prophesied that “it pleased the LORD to bruise Him” linking it with Jesus’ well known cry, “Eli Eli lama sabchthani!!?”

Isaiah 53:4-12 KJV

(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

(12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He then asked us if we had received the Holy Spirit. This is the question I always get when I converse with the TACC people and I enjoy answering it. So we answered him, “No one can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, because according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the one that comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed and no one can say Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Spirit”

“There is a lot of misunderstanding here” He said, “What I know is, in the book of Acts when the people of Samaria had believed the apostles were called for to lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. And when Simon the witch saw that “through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the people received the Holy Spirit” he produced money asking if they could sell this power to him. You see there, it shows that one can only receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of the apostles”

DSCF1907“You are mistaken” I interrupted, “You see, Acts 8:18, tells us of Simon’s opinion based on his observation. He was not an apostle therefore we cannot be taught by his opinions. This is Simon’s opinion and not the ultimate rule that one would ONLY receive the Holy Ghost through the laying on of the hands of the apostles. There are accounts on the book of Acts where believers received the Holy Ghosts without having the apostle’s hands laid on them. One elephant in the room is Cornelius. Peter did not lay hands on anyone in the house of Cornelius but they received the Holy Ghost while Peter was preaching. Paul himself received the Holy Spirit when he was in Damascus, there was no apostle there. Ananias was not an apostles but he laid hands on Paul and He received the Holy Spirit ”

(Acts 9:17 KJV)

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“But what do you say of the people that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost sinced they believed and they said no, and they hadn’t heard that there was any Holy Spirit?” He asked

“The people that Paul found in Ephesus in Act 19:1-6- were not Gentiles and they were not Christians, but they were Jews who were the disciples of John the Baptist, since they were baptized by John the Baptist. Now Paul was compelled to preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and after that they were baptized again in the name of Lord Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit came on them.”

“I believe you are now answered on the issue of receiving the Holy Spirit, can we move on?” Mandlakhe asked

“Yes, I would like to ask you, what do you say of the resurrection of the dead?” Mxolisi asked

“The Bible says the dead will rise from their graves, just like Jesus was raised from His grave, as we all know that the disciples and the women found His grave empty. I know that your church the TACC, teaches that the dead are saved through the works of those are yet alive and they come and live in the bodies of the living in order to perform good deeds. That is not true, because firstly, the book of Ecclesiastes tell us that the dead have not a part in anything that is done under the sun. Secondly, the book of Revelation tells us that on the last judgment the dead are judged based on what is written on the books, according to their works. Those who qualify for heaven are those who have their names written on the Lamb’s Book of Life. There’s one way that anyone could have his name on that book. It is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“But there were people in the times of Abraham who had never heard the gospel…” said Mxolisi

DSCF1904“Abraham heard the gospel, as it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” You see, he was justified by faith before the coming Jesus Christ, same goes for Noah. As for the people who lived before the days of King Shaka (for the gospel came to this land in the days King Shaka) where the gospel wasn’t heard, Paul says of them, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”  It is God’s business to deal with those who haven’t heard the gospel but I tell you the truth, that the laws of God were written in their hearts, therefore their conscience made them aware of what right or wrong. Those who have sinned without the law shall perish without the law and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

DSCF1905“I have no argument on this matter” Brother Mandlakhe added, “I take what the scripture says, the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved and the one who doesn’t believe will go to hell, that is enough for me”

Romans 2:12-16 KJV

(12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

(13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

(14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

(15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“Are you guys from Faith Mission?” Mxolisi asked

“No, We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” I replied.

He then took my number down and promised that he would try to connect me to some of the TACC guys who might try to explain their faith to me. I responded, “That would be great, I wish to meet them because it seems like there is a lot of deception you have been taught by your pastors. I don’t blame them but I blame their teachers. You need to search the scriptures yourself and not just take the words of men. Do like the Bereans in Acts 17 who searched the scriptures in order to see if what the apostles taught was true or not.”

Amen.

ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE

 

Aside

The Two Evils

The Two Evils
Introduction

You might be having questions in your mind regarding the title of this post. I wouldn’t blame you if you do have questions because I would do the same if I were in your position. Needless to say, the whole world is surrounded by (if not drowning in) evil. All the wickedness that we see in the world is due to that people have committed two greater evils before God their creator. And we shall discuss these evils shortly. All scripture references will be taken from the unadulterated non-copyrighted Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611). The main purpose of this post is to warn God’s people and to give glory to God.
Point Raised
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
As we all know that these are the words of God by prophet Jeremiah. Our God who will not tell a lie spoke and His infallible word remains. God said and is still saying in His word that His very own people have committed not one but two evils. These two evils are:

  • They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters
  • And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

God exposed the sin of His people yet they refused to repent. He warned them but they would not return from their ways. They have provoked the Lord since He brought them out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. They saw His wonderful works, they saw His deliverance, His provision but they would not refrain from provoking the Lord to anger. Their children were also a stiff-necked people, they went and whored after strange gods and forsook the Lord and the Lord sold them to their enemies. The Lord had mercy on them and raised up judges to deliver them and to judge among them.

They continued to provoke the LORD and they demanded a king in the days of Samuel the seer. They rebelled against their eternal King who lead them, fought for them and provided for them. The Lord gave them the king out of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul the Benjamite sinned against the LORD by not taking heed of the command that God gave concerning the Amalekites that he should surely destroy them and everything that belong to the Amalekites. Saul allowed that the things which were accursed be brought to the land of Israel that they may be offered unto the LORD. The LORD was sorely displeased and rejected Saul as king. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint David the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son Boaz the husband of Ruth the Moabitess.

1. “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters”
The first evil that has been committed by the people of God is that they have forsaken God. They have removed themselves from the very fountain of living waters. This is rebellion at its best. Forsaking the LORD is to rebel against Him, His laws and everything that He had put in place. One evidence of that people have forsaken the LORD is that they start refusing His word. They claim that the present times are more advanced than the word of God. They attempt at all times to change the scriptures by omitting what they deem irrelevant for these times or that which is offensive to the general public. They add their own words which would agree with all their abominable lust-filled idolatrous lives.

We live in the time where the Lord Jesus Christ, the very source of life is being forsaken by many. Many churches have removed Jesus from His throne and they have put their own false christs to rule over them. Though they say “In the name of Jesus” it is only another “Jesus” they are calling. This attack against the true God and Christ was seen by the Psalmist and is found in the second psalm, being laid out in this manner, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3) The nations and all the rulers of the world have ganged up against God and against his anointed. They say “let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” They have removed all ties between them and God.

Instead of total surrender to the Son of God, the people have distanced themselves from the true God and censored anything that glorifies Christ on circular media. They allow only that which would blaspheme. The non-discerning Christian will be deceived thinking what they see and hear on television is the truth, while the name of Christ is being desecrated before them and they be busy nodding amens to all the circular religious television garbage.
In most government institutions, it is okay to say the word god but as soon as you say Jesus Christ, it becomes a problem. The societies believe in a god but not the true God. They would settle with anyone who says “god” because anything can be called “god” thus giving room to pluralism which says, “You have your god and I have mine.” This is to turn away from the One True God who made all things.

The modern day churches have deviated from biblical evangelism and biblical preaching of the word. Churches are now built by means of entertainment and motivation. Circular/demonic music is now played in what is supposed to be (by circular definition) the house of God. Repentance, Judgment, Hell and other gloom and doom sort of messages have not only been tossed out the window but they have found their place in the nearest garbage bin by these circular church builders. Church meetings are no longer about “Thus saith the Lord…” but instead they are about “You need to speak the word over your life…” The truth of God is being turned into a lie. That which is created is now being lifted far above that Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. The people of God have forsaken the LORD. They have committed an evil thing.

2. “And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water”

The people have not only forsaken the LORD but they have found an alternative for God. This is the second of the two evils. The people ran after Asher and Baalim, the gods which were no gods at all. To say “they hewed them cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water” tells us that the people have replaced God with inferior or useless alternatives. They forsook the very spring of living waters and put their trust in that which cannot hold the water due to that it is broken or weak. They entrusted their lives to self made gods and systems of men. They made their own religions instead of living by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

Some people have denied the existence of God and opted to believe that nonsensical idea of evolution which is based on nothing but fiction. The Roman Catholic people have removed Christ (as if it were possible) from running the church and they appointed the Pope in instead. The Pope decided that faith on Jesus Christ is not enough for salvation, thus he glorified Mary the mother of Christ. This over glorification of Mary is deception because this catholic Mary is just an anthropomorphization of Isis, an idol of the heathens. The Hindus bow to every abominable idol which they themselves have made and not only that, but also, just about anything is a god to any Hindu. Muslims have opted to follow their false prophet Elijah Muhammad who dared to write a book and renounced Jesus as the Son of God. Muhammad started his own religion based on a lie, just like any other false religion.

TBN, God TV and other few “multi-million dollar pastor” owned networks have been spreading lies in the name of the Lord. They perpetrated the old lie of the serpent which he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, saying “Ye shall be like gods.” They have removed the teachings of Christ and have spread men’s teachings. The Bible is now a reference book and their books are now the “must have” pieces of scripture. Often you hear them quoting from their books rather than quoting from the gospels or from any other book in the bible. If they happen to quote the bible, it would be to back the heretical points they have raised by misrepresenting the scripture or reading from the perversions of scripture which they have translated themselves in order to suit their abominable and damnable heresies.

People have hewed themselves broken cistern that can hold no water. They have trusted in the words of men and have rejected the infallible life giving Word of the True and Holy God. They condemn the bible as irrelevant to this day and age. They have put their trust in what they believe, only on the basis that “the pastor said so, therefore it must be true.” The churches today have formulated their own ways and have strayed from the way of truth. This is evil and it will not go unpunished unless the church returns to the very spring of living waters. God is that spring of living waters.
There is no need for false fire and false rain. These wicked preachers forsook God the very spring of living and now they stand in their churches shouting that the “rain of the Holy Spirit is falling” not realizing that they are just being blessed by demons and not God. How can God be in something He is not part of? If God were to bring the rain of fire, would all these sinners and hypocrites survive? Will God change and be the friend of those who blaspheme His name? God forbid! Surely He will utterly do away with the wicked who persist in their wickedness. As the LORD spoke about the destruction of the cities of Israel because of their evil doings, He is warning us today and we should take heed.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself,
in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
when he led thee by the way? And now what hast
thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?
or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore
and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,
that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. ”
(Jeremiah 2:17-19)