SCRIPTURE - PRV. 29:18, HOS. 4:6 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,
that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
SUBJECT - NO VISION, NO FUTURE!!! [PT. 9]
Last month, I had just started identifying the cause of the problems we in the black community especially, but also in the nation and the world.
And I stated that the primary cause is the Church, or Christians who are not doing what God/Christ directed them to do. And the reason for this, is preachers who are not anointed by God to be doing what they are doing.
Now I will say this.
I am not saying they all have any devious intentions, and many have nothing but good intentions to help people.
However, despite how good one's intentions are, or how much education a person has, that does not mean that God will anoint a person in to being His spokesperson/messenger to the people.
As a result, their vision of God, and His message, is not what it is supposed to be. And as a result of this, the message they deliver to the people is, erroneous at best, and downright deadly at the worst.
And sadly, the percentage of preachers that fall in to this category, especially in the black community is over 90 percent, while the national average is around 80 percent.
Now one would ask how do I know this.
Well, back in the early 80's, an evangelical group did a survey of over 100,000 pastors in churches of the major denominations in this nation. The survey asked them questions as to what they believed about the bible, Jesus Christ, His birth, ministry, death, burial and resurrection.
According to these majorities, depending on which denomination they were affiliated with, they rejected or questioned things like the bible being the unchangeable Word of God.
Many believe it was written by man, and as a result, has little relevance in certain areas, today. As a result, we see churches today, accepting things that the bible calls sin, as being acceptable. Witness the acceptance of practicing homosexuals and lesbians in ministry, and 'gay' marriage.
In fact, terms like 'sin' and 'repentance', have all but disappeared in the messages from their pulpits.
The message coming from them today, is one where God will forgive a person, whether or not they acknowledge their sin. This is why we see such things as priests molesting children, and remaining in their positions. This is why we see churches ordaining homosexuals and lesbians, and even marrying them, without their even thinking about turning away from it. In fact the church's actions only serve to encourage them to keep it up, and promote it.
Then we have others who doubt the virgin birth of Christ. While others say He was just a prophet like Mohamed or some of the other prophets of old.
As far as the miracles He did, they are over exaggerations of minor occurrences, that don't have any bearing on our lives today, they say.
What we have here, are men/women, who are the supposed representatives of Christ, going around and preaching things that go totally against and undermine what He says.
The bible warns us about these types of people.
The apostle Paul wrote, Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Consequently, if these people are accursed, then, it stands to reason that those that listen to, and follow them are accursed as well. And sad to say, what we see happening to the black community in this nation, is testimony to that fact.
People wonder why it is that the black community in this nation suffers the worst in just about every category when it comes to crime, education, economics, social, employment health and other areas. Pick any of these categories, and look at national averages, then look at the averages in our community. They are at least 50 percent higher than the next group.
As the late former mayor of Detroit, Coleman A. Young once stated, 'When America gets a cold, the black community gets pneumonia!!'
At the time when he said it, I agreed with him about the effects of racism, and the GOP with their pro business, anti middle-class, anti-black policies.
Then, after I got saved in 1978, and started reading the bible for myself, I began to see a direct correlation between what the bible had to say about God's response to those that rebelled against Him, both in the old and new testaments, and what is happening to this nation, and black folk.
I then listened to many of our famous black leaders that happen to be preachers, and I immediately saw the problem. They were following the script of blaming whites, the police, the GOP, and that age old standby, racism.
Why were they doing this???
Money, and power!!
These are the two biggest reasons that many people focus on when they make the decision to enter in to the field of ministry.
Preachers, depending on what they have as a foundation of their ministry, have a lot of influence on those that listen to and follow them.
However, while they may, or may not have the titles and degrees to enhance their ministry, these mean absolutely nothing, if God does not put His stamp of approval on what they are attempting to do.
The bible tells us John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
What this scripture is telling us is that the Holy Spirit, is responsible for guiding us in to all things that are True. Without Him, no one is able to see things the way God sees them. And as a result, no matter who they are, how much education they have, how much scientific proof they appear to have, they are doomed to failure.
As a result, as Jesus once told us, we have a case of the blind, leading the blind, which means that both of them will fall in to the ditch. Notice, it didn't say they might, but they will!! Mat 15:14, Luke 6:39
And where is the black community today???
In the ditch!!
If you are black, just look around and what do you see??!!
You see total despair. Broken families. Broken dreams. Poverty. Death. Destruction. Cries for government to do something. Anger. Violence, and a whole lot more. And the thing is, in most instances, it is coming from within our own community.
Yet, despite this, these preachers find some way to put the blame for these problems on, get this, those of us that refuse to compromise on the principles that Christ has set for us to live by. And if the person happens to be white, they are called racists. So, if you are white, and a Christian, standing on God's True principles, and you reject something that blacks, who are following some blind preacher's idea of what is fair, you are a racist. If you are black, and do the same thing, you are an uncle tom, sambo, or a traitor to your race.
All of this is done to cast blame on every one else but them.
When this is done, it gives the people the idea that they have nothing to apologize, or repent for. It is always someone else's fault!!
The thing is, the key action everyone must take to get blessed from God, is to acknowledge the fact that we all are/were sinners, and that we need to repent, and turn away from our wicked ways.
As a result, the black community remains unrepentant for the most part, and as a result, is suffering God's wrath for it. This is especially true when, among other things they tend to blame God for their problems.
As I mentioned earlier, the reason most of the mess going on in the churches in this nation, is overlooked, is because the preachers have been educated with the message of the 'new gods' [psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, and scientists]. That message is, the person can't help what they are doing because they were made that way, by God.
Well obviously, if a person was made that way, and God is the one that made them, then it stands to reason that if you condemn a person for being what God made them, then you are in fact fighting against God. And no self respecting Christian wants to do that so, they remain quiet!
The problem with this type of thinking, goes back to the earlier point I made with the algebraic equation that I used[5 = 8] where because a key factor in solving a problem is overlooked or rejected, the so-called solution that people come up with is flawed.
And what is this rejected factor???!!!
The Word of God!!!
What should be noted here is the fact that most of them deny that God is real. But, if they have to face the fact that He is, then they ascribe their condition as being a Divine appointment by Him.
Notice, just as 5=8, sin=righteousness.
In both of these instances, they just make something be what it isn't.
Therefore, because they say it, then it has to be true.
Many of the denominational theological institutions have included in their curriculum, this same mentality.
Then, when the student becomes a minister/pastor, they mix in to God's Word this same devilish nonsense, and what you have is nothing more than a feel good message that God will have nothing to do with.
The basic message from God's Word is, in order for Him to bless any person, they have to be in line with His Word. There is no way you are going to be walking contrary to what He says, and have Him bless you, period.
It is because of this, that we are seeing the calamities of crime, unemployment, poverty, hopelessness, depression, lack of hope, and more.
Many people get up and testify how they thank God that they are in their right minds.
Well, even in this case, many don't even know what a right mind is.
To them, a right mind is when you act and think like everyone else around you.
Today that is what is known as Political Correctness. In church circles, it is known as being progressive.
The problem with both of these is they both seek to unify a group of people by rejecting anything that would bring bad feelings between individuals, and accepting only those things that can be said to bring people together.
Therefore, any one that stands on the Word of God, which states certain things are sin, and should be rejected, is labeled as being divisive, or a bigot.
Mind you now, God Himself said, Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Gal 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
You see all that the Gospel is, is founded on the notion that the Cross on which Christ died, is offensive to many because it symbolizes the notion, and rightly so, that it is the only way for man to get back to God. Man has to accept Christ's death on the Cross, His burial and resurrection in order to be back in right standing with God[ie righteous]. And this is something people of other religious faiths reject.
So, what do many churches do, in order to keep from offending them? They keep it on the back burner so to speak. And therefore, put Christ back there as well.
Next month, we will see what the consequences of this are, in greater detail. And, they are many.