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A CONTROVERSIAL JESUS!

December 2016

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6

At this time when we are celebrating the coming of Baby Jesus, we must remember: He is not a baby anymore. Jesus entered the earth as a vulnerable human infant, lived a normal human life, was guided by humans for 30 years but yet this baby came for a crucial life and death mission on behalf of God, the Father. Yes, this little baby boy came to die on the cross for your salvation and mine.

Many people express great love for this little baby at Christmas who will not accept this same baby in His adulthood. The story of Baby Jesus is so full of joy, hope, love and the magic of Christmas as if it was a fairy tale to be told to starry eyed children once a year. It does illustrate the great love of God and it was a gift to bring joy and hope to a troubled world. Much more than a fairy tale to be recited to children once a year though, it was an introductory to a new life for all mankind who would receive Him. Even in His infancy, there were those that set out to take his life.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the miracle of His birth and the mission of His Father were not important to the religious leaders of the temple. Though heralded in hope by the people as a King their hearts were soon turned to shout: “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” They were now rejecting the King of King and Lord of Lords that the Father had sent to be King of the Jews. He was controversial Savior. Those that were the governmental authority, Roman Government, had no need of a peasant king. Those that were religious leaders were well established in their religious positions and did not welcome Him or His new doctrine. Those that had experienced His miracles and healing in an instant turned their backs on Him. He was a controversial Jesus.

Jesus did not come to say that all was well and continue to live in peace and hope. Jesus came to turn things upside down. He came to be a messenger for the Father and to say that God was not pleased with their ways. God had called His children to be a royal priesthood in the land and an instrument of change but they had compromised with the people and become idolatrous. God had called them to set the captive free but they had instead extorted and imprisoned them. They had not obeyed the voice of the Father, nor had they welcomed the Savior of the World into their midst. They found him to be a stranger among them. They found him to be an interference with their ways. They found him to be an enemy because He did not agree with the religious system they had set up. Jesus came to do the will of the Father and some changes had to be made. He came to be a light for those that sat in darkness and their oppressors would not be happy about it.

This little baby had come to be a light and truth at a time when darkness was preferred and falsehood was accepted as the truth. He came to pull down the lie and to establish the truth of the Father. So he was not received by the leaders when he rode into Jerusalem, Though welcomed for a moment by some, He was rejected and cast out. We must remember the reason Jesus came: to deliver us from darkness. And we must remember the words that He spoke: the Kingdom of God is come upon you.

In this time when Christianity has become known to everyone and many assume they are living in the Christian way, we must remember Jesus came at a similar time when the Jews thought they were living according to the Father. But somehow they had allowed the truth to be counterfeited and they had established a religious way that was accepted by all but in error.

When we celebrate the coming of the Savior into the world we must remember He is not a baby anymore and that He came to turn this world upside down. Are we accepting of the message that this baby has come to bring? Are we accepting of the changes He want to bring to our lives? Are we willing to accept the baby but not the Savior He would become? Do we accept Him fully from the miracle birth to the horror of the cross? Do we accept only His beauty but shone His shame? Are we willing to embrace His entrance into our lives to turn it upside down for God?

Jesus is no longer a baby in the crib. He is a controversial Jesus that many do not want to receive as their Lord and Master. He said He did not come to bring peace but a sword (Mat 10:34). Can we welcome this controversial Jesus? Have we accepted this controversial Jesus in our hearts? Is He welcome to come into our homes to correct that which is wrong and establish a new throne dedicated to the Father? Do we welcome this Jesus who will destroy evil and bring in its place truth, love and well being? Do we welcome this controversial Jesus who has come to set the captive free or do we want merely to worship the Baby Jesus as a symbol love and peace?

Jesus is no longer a baby in a manger; He is a controversial Jesus. Not all people welcome His message or receive His love because they do not want to change. He is not an ornament; He came to work in our hearts. From the very beginning, He represented truth and He is still demanding truth today. So, let’s celebrate Christmas as the birth of the Savior in the true spirit of love the Father showed us. He gave us the best gift: His only begotten Son. Let’s celebrate Christmas with right hearts and truth. This is a time to celebrate the miracle that God gave us. This is a time when all hearts are soften to receive the baby so it is a wonderful time to remember that He came to save us and allow our hearts to be changed. While we are experiencing peace within ourselves and expressing it toward others, let’s remember that this is a time of hope that life can be improved and we can receive the liberty that Jesus came to give us. Jesus came to save the whole world and even those that do not look like us, talk like us, live like us are welcomed into His love. Yes, Christ has come. Yes, He is the Savior of the World. Yes, He is love. He is all that and more. Let’s embrace Him fully for who He is and the message He came to bring. If we can receive Him into our hearts and then live out His message to the world, then there can be: “Peace on earth and good will toward men.” He is not a baby anymore; He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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America Has a Monarchical Complex

America has come full circle.  A people descendant from those that once rebelled against their homeland of England to be individuals rather than subjects has proven to be fickle or bipolar.  After over 200 years of demanding individual rights and discarding the ideas of monarchy/aristocracy and communism, the nation now appears to want a bit of both.  America believes in having equal rights and provision for everyone but she now wants a monarchical/aristocracy personality to administer it.  Its people have become too individualistic and divided and demand a strong hand for leadership.  America wants a king or queen!  Never mind integrity, right or wrong; the only question is who best would serve as this new monarchical ruler.

Our nation has been unique in the western hemisphere because of choosing democracy, a system of rule that allows its citizens to have a voice in the governing power over them.  The founders of the nation had seen the confusion, tyranny, greed of rulers and poverty for citizens that were produced when one person solely had his or her way in governing a people.  So the founders used wisdom in dividing the power structure of the developing nation into the three sectors of legislative, judicial and administrative governing authority and gave the deciding voice ultimately to the people as they chose their leaders. American citizens have enjoyed great freedom and financial benefits under democracy as a form of government while many surrounding nations are still subjected to the rule of a single person or party and experience great poverty under their monarchy, aristocracy or dictator type of government.

When the American people fell into a time of great poverty during the Great Depression, our three-party governmental system approved a system of provision for its citizens that put food on everyone’s table.  When threaten by war, our three-party political system made the united decision with the people’s approval to go to war and defend the nation.  When the people protested the horror of unjust war and burden of its cost, our government leaders had to listen and consider cessation of war. The nation permits any qualified citizen the opportunity to become political leader or president. Corrupt leaders can expect to be exposed and prosecuted. Citizens have the right to be whatever they desire and are willing to work for while having their voice heard.  This has been the American way of life.

In any place where there is plenteous supply and inadequate accountability, people can become dependent subject to the crafty who boldly plunder the defenseless.  While the U.S. government defended the rights of the poor in America, some level of balance was maintained.  But the persuasion of wealthy companies using lobbying and payoffs to influence congressional leaders, media slant, and financing of political candidates have caused some to gain power and their way in U.S. society.   The powerlessness of people to prevail against an overpowering wealthy sector that deliberately attack the people’s rights and persuade government toward their efforts have caused the people to crave strong leadership in government for their protection.

History has always worked as a preventative weapon to keep us from repeating the bad judgment of the past.  But a people at ease and rest tend to ignore their required responsibility of ensuring sound government and leadership while they are in the midst of enjoying their leisure and pleasures.  Over two hundred years of freedom has dulled the minds of American citizens about the founding of this nation from oppressive monarchical rule in Europe and American rights have been taken for granted.  Now that the nation is headed back to that same kind of oppressive government, American citizens are seeking an answer in the same proven system of erroneous monarchical-style leadership that was previously experienced in Europe.  This error shows that our nation has failed to rehearse our history for the people and uphold these learned lessons in our school textbooks, literature and media. We hear the age-old cry: “Give us a king to judge us” (1Sa 8:6).

The primary reason the nation has arrived at its present predicament though is the failure of moral leadership which has always come through our churches.  The wealthy have influenced our political leaders but that influence has also subjected our moral leaders to laws and persuasion that bind the voice of truth through the preached word.  It was the strong voice of religious leaders that influenced the early founders and politicians of the nation in moral guidance. Laws and policies pertaining to “equal rights for all” were derived from the promises and values taken from bible scriptures that kept the majority of American citizens and politicians convicted enough to follow a moral path. The silence of preachers and their failure to confront sin and immorality in all areas of our civilian life have given license to the rise of immoral leaders from an immoral population who covet wealth as incentive rather than righteous leadership.  We have witnessed one by one the compromise of our leaders in politics, business and ministry as they sought wealth and pleasure over a life of integrity and solemn leadership.

America was begun with strong desires for individual rights, religious freedom, fair taxes and equality for all people.  These rights were promoted through the commitment of strong God-fearing, bible believing citizens who became preachers, business owners and politicians.  Now that our nation is refusing the religious and spiritual aspects of our past, we are to seeing a quickening downward spiral in morality and politics of the nation.

Where the nation started out proclaiming itself to be “One Nation under God” and seeking God through congressional and public prayer for guidance, it has now decided to throw off trust in God in favor of the personal guidance of a leader and his or her individual beliefs.  Whereas God taught us to have no other God before Him and expected the nation to evolve into a place where it realized the need for every person to have integrity and God’s personal guidance through Christ, the nation has instead decided consolidate its voice behind the head and heart of one person without any proof of a relationship with God. God rightly prophesied today’s dilemma:

“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” 1Sa 8:7

God went on to advise Samuel to tell the people what kind of leader they would have because of asking for a human monarchical leader or king.  God, who promised to reign over them as Lord and supply all their needs with love and kindness, was rejected for a trust in man and his governmental rule over them.  We have seen a lean toward human monarchical rule in our churches for years as one-person-leadership has become the rule rather than the multi-level, multi-leader style leadership established by Christ (Eph 4:11).  Even God reigns through a three-person agreement of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We have seen the advantages and disadvantages of man’s rule as president and politicians as they have led us according to their values.  We have the advantage of knowing what kind of government we can expect from the candidates of our choice for president and lower political offices through their political statements and reports through the media.

American has come full circle by rejecting God and the best example thus far for civilian rule under God’s authority.  This nation has become more like the nations it was formed from rather than the nation it set out to be. The warnings of the forefathers have been ignored and the failed example of past nations has not deterred our people from following the same path. There is always an opportunity and hope of turn around from a destructive path; but regardless of what happens from this point forward, we all can know that we cast our vote and made our choice.

 

America Just Does Not Work Without Christianity

Quotes from President George Washington

  • “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
  • “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained”
  • “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”
  • “No people can be bound to acknowledge the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency”

Great works are first visions in the mind of those who birth them from the invisible to the visible. The vision develops into a tangible form where others are able to appreciate it. What was a previous impossibility becomes a reality. This concept in manufacturing transfers the visionary’s idea into a workable model or product. Theories are developed into the physical components that make the product perform its visualized purpose. The theories of car manufacturers are worked into tangible products that come off the production line as cars we enjoy without concern of the behind-the-scene process that brought it together. If the car breaks down and we take it to a mechanic who uses substitute parts for repair, it could fail to operate as originally designed. What if an incompetent mechanic decided certain parts were not needed and left them on the shop floor, returning your key to you for continuous driving? Your car would not provide the same experience as the original design. The parts left out may have been key components with seemingly insignificant value but necessary for the smooth operation of the car. Competent mechanics would not be so foolish as to leave out parts of a car designed by the manufacturer. They would get the manufacturer’s guide for the car, find out how the original design worked and put the parts in their rightful places, knowing that every part plays a role in the design of the car.

Scholars from the science and faith communities still try to figure out how the world was created and how it continues to work. There are many theories being adopted and accepted by brilliant minds and then there is God’s answer recorded for all posterity in the bible. The resounding question is what or who created the earth? Everyone examining the evidence acknowledges that it was a miraculous process that brought about life as we know it today. Some agree that there was intelligent design involved in the process rather than the common theories of evolution or spontaneous combustion. Can a car question the manufacturer’s design? Can a bird figure out who made it or why it flies? No, birds merely trust in the Maker and continue to soar. The earth is wonderfully made in such splendor and magnificence that defies our understanding. One could spend a lifetime just examining one aspect of the earth and still have merely scratched the surface of its amazing design. How then can man probe the mind of its Manufacturer or defy His design?

The bible is the manufacturer’s guide for man and the earth. It clearly states that God is the Creator. Many that have tried to redefine or defy God’s creation have long disappeared off the face of the earth but God and His word still remain the same. Biblical Job was a man of enormous wealth and wisdom. He was a devout believer, trusting in God for everything. But in a time of severe trouble, Job found himself wanting to box with God. Here is the biblical account of his encounter with God.

Job said: “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.” Job 23:3-4

After Job had fully laid out his heart in debate and anger, God responded to Job. It is important here to note that God was listening. This great man of fame, wisdom, wealth and faith in God ran into his Manufacturer who demanded to know why Job dared question his maker.

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Job 38:4

Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Job 40:1-8

There are people today that are politicians, actors, preachers, scientists, educators, the wealthy, etc. who like Job want to challenge the wisdom of God. They would be wise to read of those who came before them that had similar desires and consider their end.

Not only are there individuals today that want to box with God but the nation of America as a whole has decided to box with God. It goes without saying that the battle is futile but we all have our times when we challenge boundaries. What would be of little impact for one person who wanted to challenge God, nevertheless, would be devastating if a nation took this destructive path. God allows some who insist on their own way to have it until it devours them. Paul called it a reprobate mind in Romans 1:28.

If God is indeed the maker of man and the earth, as the bible states, would He not respond to those that question Him as Job did? God beacons: Come and let us reason together? (Isa 1:18) The maker of an item always provides rules for the smooth and successful operation of its product. God provided rules as well for the successful life of man. These rules were clearly laid out in Deuteronomy 28 for the Israelites that Moses led. The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses for the children of Israel was to show them their sinful ways and their need for a Savior. The wages of sin is still death but Christ, the Savior, came and bore that punishment for all who put their trust in His sacrificial death. God, like any manufacturer of a product, provides His assistance and warnings for misuse of the product. Continuous misuse of an item’s intended purpose brings its own destruction in due time.

America was birthed through the miraculous hand of God as He moved upon God-fearing men and women to bring about development of this nation. Christian faith led many religious denominations and many with faith in God to work together in building a nation where all men could live under God. We have seen the wonderful results of those before us who worked together for the good of the nation. America has prevailed through many internal and external struggles because of Christian virtue in its people. God honored their faith even when they struggled through many opinions to find the right path. Christianity prevailed as an anchor to hold this nation together but yet some now feel that it is no longer needed. Some that have failed to reach their Christian goal no longer want to contend for it. There are senior leaders holding important positions where the baton should have long ago passed to younger warriors to carry on the battle. Refusal to let go of power when the flame of passion has ceased blocks the potential of others that are needed. Our society will always need elderly wisdom for experienced insight and consultation.

America has enjoyed great material success, worldly wisdom and matured to the point of reaching out to help others of lesser strength, but its worldly wisdom also reveals a spirit of arrogance that defies dependence on God. Men and women of great fame, wealth and knowledge have challenged the truth about God. Their own human abilities have risen to the place of false gods. The first of the Ten Commandments and the whole bible warn of this danger of putting God away. World and biblical history are replete with lessons that advise against this attitude.

America was founded with a deep-seated respect for God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Stories of George Washington, a general of war and the first American President, illustrate great faith and reliance on the God of the bible. Washington prayed intensely to God for direction in battle and for the young nation. History records his faith and a prophetic vision given about the nation’s future. Here is a brief summary of the message and where it can be read in its entirety:

“Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.” (http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/washington/vision.html)

The graduation of the nation of America to maturity should cause it to look back and honor the God who brought it through many struggles to its present success. However, disrespect of one’s maker does not entitle one to continuous blessings.

We have seen moral decline of Christian leadership in America as well as a general disrespect of Christian principles. Christian churches have refused to stand up for Christ and His ways and the nation is suffering as a result. Professing Christians have given over the reins of leadership to non-Christians who use worldly wisdom to lead while Christians have lain back to enjoy their rest and prosperity. Many believers have not been properly taught how to live the Christian life and serve the Lord. Too many have been led by institution-taught pastors with little true experience with Christ. Lack of true Christian leadership has brought us to a deteriorating nation, where sinful ways are dominating. Abrupt changes and deterioration have caused the ungodly to not only advance but also to disfavor and discredit the Christian faith that laid the foundation of the nation. Christians have only a short time to arise and turn things around before the nation lose the strength of Christian leadership forever.   Other nations have traveled a similar path where turnaround is not possible unless God sends a Christian revival. Many now are hearing the trumpets of impending danger but have not gathered the strength to reverse their direction. God said: “I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God…” But before finishing this proposition, He offers: “but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds (Jeremiah 5:5).”

Christian virtue has always caused people to walk in a godly way that respect others. America has prospered because she fought wars to uphold the weak and disadvantaged within its borders and without. Christ taught a principle of giving, where those who had plenty reached back to help those that did not. This principle of reciprocity blessed the nation during past years. Failure to continue in godly principles causes a nation to decline. Where Christianity has always promoted care and love for ones neighbor, the desire for wealth has led to greed where people connive and oppress others. The life lesson of wealthy Americans who failed due to corrupt ways has somehow escaped their knowledge. There are many stories of men of great wealth who had terrible results in their end.

America is experiencing a time where the wealthy are using any means necessary to gain more and the oppression of the weak is of no consequence to them. Ironically, Americans marvel at similar oppression used by those in foreign nations. But these types of situations cause the intervention of God to move on behalf of the oppressed. His defense of the oppressed comes at the detriment of the oppressors. It will affect all as God brings His correction. The Christian way of life laid the foundation for America and is the source of the American creed: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” Failure to maintain the Christian way and this solemn agreement before God will bring the consequences spelled out in Deuteronomy 28.

God’s call is for the Christian community to stand up and bring correction before He steps in with a radical correction that would cause many to suffer. The hearts of the wicked and unbelievers can be changed with the intercession of the Christian community if God’s people would arise and do the job they are called to do as Christian believers. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” Correction of the wicked will without a doubt include some who are professing to be Christians but who in reality are not. God is calling for us all to consider our ways and make sure we are walking in obedience before He comes to settle the issue of disobedience. God, the Father as our Maker, paid the ultimate price of the sacrifice of His own Son to provide mercy and forgiveness for every lost individual. God sent Christ so that mankind could know the Way that brings life, liberty and His great joy.

George Washington: “I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.”

Let’s remember the history of America and have a Happy Independence Day this 4th of July.

Indictment of Caucasian Christianity

January 2015

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Lk 12:48

We live in a world where there has been an abundant supply of everything needed for survival and comfort though power over resources has often fallen into the hands of the wicked. God ordained that the righteous would prevail in the earth and has had to overthrow the destructive forces of organized corruption time and time again. He placed the earth under the rule of the righteous with the intention that they would prevail against the wicked using His authority and power. If God is to prevail and He will, then righteousness must also prevail. Jesus Christ was sent into the earth to restore the knowledge of God’s righteous way for life on earth. That knowledge has come but men are still excelling in wickedness; and it is time for the righteous to make their voices heard.

At a time when technology and modes of communication dominate our society, one would not expect much hindrance in spreading the gospel to all parts of the world as Jesus commissioned His disciples. However, during this time of ingenious inventions and social ease, there seems to be little interest in propagating the true gospel to all men. There is an explosion of religions, many with man-lead organizations that suppress the Spirit of God and lead believers in a fruitless practice of religion. There is too little guidance that emphasizes the truth that Jesus Himself proclaimed and the gospel message has often been perverted to something that soothes rather than bring soul conviction. Nevertheless, Jesus proclaimed His church and the truth would prevail.

Christianity went into the nations after Christ’s crucifixion and has gone worldwide during the last millennium primarily by Caucasian Christians, who advanced exploration and exploitation of lands from Europe to China, to Africa and the Americas. The Caucasian people that made up the European continent, informally called white people, settled in lands around the globe. We have seen their Christian advancement of the gospel that started before the Christian crusades and that continues to the present day Sunday worship services.

It would be helpful here to study the term “Caucasian,” to understand where it originated and to whom it pertains.

The German philosopher Christoph Meiners (1747-1810) coined the term “Caucasian race” in his The Outline of History of Mankind (1875). The term “Caucasians” was used to relate to Meiners’ theory of only two races: Caucasians and Mongolians of which the Caucasians were considered more physically attractive than Mongolians because they had paler skin, were also more sensitive and more morally virtuous than Mongolians. Later he would make similar distinctions within the Caucasian group, concluding that the Germans were the most attractive and virtuous people on earth. (Writer’s note: And we know how this belief went terribly wrong through Hitler’s Holocaust that incinerated Jews.) Meiners put forth that Caucasians had the “whitest, most blooming and most delicate skin”. Europeans with darker skin he considered “dirty whites”, admixed, with Mongolian. Such views were regarded as the main difference between races. This view was shared by the French naturalist Julien-Joseph Virey, who believed that the Caucasians were only the palest-skinned Europeans.

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752 –1840), a German professor of medicine and member of the British Royal Society, who is considered one of the founders of the discipline of anthropology expanded on Meiners’ popular idea and defined five human races based on color,…Caucasian as the “white race,” as well as Mongoloid as the “yellow race,” Malayan/”brown race,” Ethiopian/”black race,” American/”red race. In the 3rd edition of his On the Natural Variety of Mankind, Blumenbach moved skin tone to second tier importance after noticing that poorer European people (such as peasants) whom he observed generally worked outside, often became darker skinned (“browner”) through sun exposure. He also noticed that darker skin of an “olive-tinge” was a natural feature of some European populations closer to the Mediterranean Sea. Alongside the anthropologist Georges Cuvier, Blumenbach classified the Caucasian race by cranial measurements and bone morphology in addition to skin pigmentation, and thus considered more than just palest Europeans (“white, checks rosy”) as archetypes for the Caucasian race.

Meiners’ classification was not grounded on any scientific criteria and it was Blumenbach who gave it scientific credibility and a wider audience, by grounding it in the new quantitative method of craniology. (Source: http://www.ask.com/wiki/caucasian)

“Wait, do white people really come from the Caucasus? It’s highly unlikely. There are scholarly disagreements about how and when some of our dark-skinned ancestors developed lighter skin, but research suggests humans moved across the Asian and European continents about 50,000 years ago. Some anthropologists think that natural selection would have favored lightening mutations as humans moved away from the equator and faced a diminished threat from ultraviolet exposure. In this case, it’s possible that light skin would have evolved in many places independently.”
(Source: Do White People Really Come From the Caucasus?; How Caucasians Got Their Name, Derek Thompson, Aug. 2008, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/08/do_white_people_really_come_from_the_caucasus.html)

The study of the term “Caucasian” helps us to identify the cause of so much racial tension, even in Christianity. So contrary to the sound, Caucasians do not originate from Caucasus, a land that exists between the Black and Caspian Seas. When we learn that this term was begun by some misguided individual who made up a race category using unchristian and unscientific reasoning in a prejudicial way, it should help us to overcome racial bias that originated from it and find a way to love all people. The Christian faith is intended to reveal the truth and destroy the lies of Satan, from whom dissension and division was birthed, and bring mankind back into the family of God. Whereas the Puritans sought to purify their religion and church, some men both past and present have sought to purify a race based on what they define as outward beauty. The Christian white church must come out of the closet, stand up and denounce this error and pattern that is destroying the unity of Christian believers.

The present day gospel is the story of promises God made to Abraham, the father of the Jews, and its fulfillment through the Immaculate Conception and birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Both believing and non-believing Jews were scattered around the globe after the destruction of the Jewish Temple and this aided dissemination of the gospel message to the nations by the preaching of the early Disciples of Christ. Apostle Paul, a Jewish believer, was commissioned to take the gospel to gentile (non-Jew) nations where it was advanced through verbal and written forms to the masses.

Not only is the history of nations riddled with violence and bloody battles as people sought to gain controlling power over territory but the gospel stories are also riddled with violence as people used the bible to promote their own causes. King James I of England sponsored translation of the bible into a form suitable for people’s personal use on the newly invented printing press. European nations had embraced the gospel but there existed a hierarchical order that denied commoners access to the bible or equal rights and privileges. The Christian Church of England also practiced selling indulgences or receiving money from believers to escape the punishment of God for sin. This practice was protested by the German Catholic priest, Martin Luther, who launched the present day Protestant churches.

The Christian message in Europe migrated to America where there was to be liberty and freedom to worship God without fear of church or government retribution. History records the variety of beliefs and how they overcame these differences to become a unified people. Even those who did not confess Christ (Deists), nevertheless, believed God ruled over the natural elements. United across ancestral and faith lines, the colonists worked for the common good of the nation of America. They were no longer identified by their ancestral heritage but were called Americans and generally referred to as whites, in opposition to those identified by dark skin: Africans, Mexicans, Indian, etc.

It took thousands of years for the Caucasian race to arrive at the unity of government, religion and social life now enjoyed as one society in America. They overcame the inherited disagreements of their native lands and settled into a civility that allowed for the nation to prosper as one people. But unlike the sharing and commonality realized by the European immigrants to America; the dark-skinned American inhabitants from Africa, Mexico, Indigenous People of Native America, and the Islands were not received into this commonality. This latter group of people were considered as outsiders and unworthy of equal enjoyment of the great freedom and privileges of America’s white population. America’s white populations ostracized their own race that were considered poor, ignorant or trash. The Europeans immigrants from across the waters still have not escaped their desire for elitism, privilege or class. Once the height of pride is reached, only the intervention of God can correct it.

Christ died to start a kingdom that would promote a sharing of wealth and resources among Christian believers. Contrary to the European kingdoms, it specifically rejects the discrimination of God’s benefits to people based on any physical attributes. Christ was crucified so that all people could be welcomed into God’s kingdom and share blessings based on faith in Christ alone. This was Christ’s message to the world. The Day of Pentecost saw people of various race, tongues and ethnicity enjoy the outpouring of Christ’s Spirit and birthing into the commonality that is Christ’s kingdom and true Christianity.

This commonality of faith in Christ and acceptance of people without regard to their European heritage is the spirit that started the nation of America. These ideals are why so many lives were lost to free America from Europe’s control. Issues of slavery had already been settled by the Europeans before the colonization of America. Slavery had been found to be ungodly, inhumane and illegal in Europe as Christian evangelists sought to deliver the conscious of the people from the prejudice and elitist spirit of that day. European preachers brought their evangelism against slavery to the American colonies. It took many years and even war to break the practice of slavery in America but it was abolished. Abolition of slavery came by force of war but it was not a total victory for the conscience of Americans as the prejudice of class, religion and color continued to separate its citizens.

American churchgoers today enjoy a great outpouring of God’s power and spirit. The worship of God has grown from solemn ecumenical services to high praise and worship of Christ with joyful singing and dancing like never before. But this nation recently expanded the definition of equality to include all familial situations and sexual orientations that jeopardizes modern Christianity. The religion of Christianity has reached a zenith in America where one can find a Christian church on most any block and yet it barely resembles the faith of the early Christians. Democracy has replaced the priority of Christian practices in America. It is amazing that after more than a millennium of Christian history and the revelation of God that the European immigrants would slide back into the prejudice of pre-American days. The European immigrants fought to abolish slavery; but after their more than 200 years of independence are courting a desire to disregard the Constitution and return to a cast system. What a mockery to its inception and original commitment!

The Christian message of love that should have propelled the European immigrants from abolition of slavery to true American liberty for all has reached a roadblock and rapid decline in the United States. Truly the saying that one-who-does-not-learn-from-his-past-is-bound-to-repeat-it has proven itself true. The Caucasian people set free from past European bondage now seek to return to days of darkness. The Christian message did not deliver their souls. Can one have this darkness of soul and yet obtain heaven? The Commandment of God in the New Testament is summed up in loving God and loving one’s neighbor. Hating a whole race or several races based on outward appearance or other attributes is not the love God commanded. Many souls that left this life with battered, bruised or mutilated bodies will meet those yet to arrive.

Where there were great men of faith (who stood up against the racial bias of the past, there seem to be little representation of that bold faith today. We have seen in America religious men possessing great revelatory knowledge, wealth, technology, hi-tech means of communication and transportation who fail to champion the charge to share Christ’s heart to all people. America has had great revivals that cleansed it of poor judgments, prejudice and habits as it swept the nation. We have even seen a great renewal and revival being birthed through a black man named William J. Seymour in the Azusa Street Revival that brought together blacks and whites from near and far to worship Christ in Spirit and truth. Great church organizations and movements still exist today that were birthed through that revival even though they have settled back into denominations divided by color. A pursuit of wealth and comfort on earth has silenced the tongue and conscience of many charged with representing Christ to the multitudes. Early Christian evangelists traveling from Europe to America kept their charge to reach the lost even under threat of death. Some early evangelists died from sheer exhaustion or bad weather as they traveled exalting the message of Christ. But many of today’s mega churches with cushioned chairs, hi-tech PA systems, and air conditioning will not herald the truth of God’s word.

It takes the naked truth to break the stronghold of lies the devil wants the church to believe. Too few ministers are teaching the unadulterated truth of the Word. Christ taught that you will know the truth and the truth would make you free. But the truth has to be heard for one to choose it over the lie. Perverted messages given to churches cannot deliver the soul from the grips of lies, prejudice and deception so widely accepted in society. There is an army arising against our faith at this hour that is not afraid to die for what they consider to be truth. But many people seeking the real truth have not heard it in these churches. If you wonder why America does not repent of her many sins, consider what the bible asks:

“… and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:14-15)

Christ spoke boldly as did Paul that not everyone proclaiming to be a preacher speaks truth. Paul called it another gospel. The bible has been distributed worldwide and Caucasian descendants of many nations, especially America, have been given greater liberty than any previous people to impact the world. This advantage can be used for good or evil. But to whom much is given, much will be required. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (Jas 4:17). We saw in history how white Christians sat back as Hitler, seeking a pure race of whites, prepared to wipe out the Jews in Germany. They felt no responsibility to intervene in the problem until it came to their own doorstep. The white Christian church in America is similarly ignoring problems of race, immigration, morality and social issues while focusing on a perverted gospel of compiling wealth. The urgency of Christ’s message has taken a back seat to the promotion of riches. But Christ did not come to preach wealth. His message was salvation, healing and deliverance from captivity of sin and an open door for all people to be birthed into God’s kingdom. Where Christ’s message promised prosperity, it was through obedience to God’s voice. It was never to put the goal of wealth ahead of the other requirements of Christ. Believers are called to first receive Christ’s empowerment to love their fellow man. God’s power of love can dissolve divisive problems as it did after the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Christ was sent into the earth to teach us the way of love. Remember God created a plentiful supply on earth, so Christ’s Sermon on the Mount did not focus on wealth but instead on man’s crucial need of salvation:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mat 6:31-33

The congregants of the Church of England had many barriers to the truth that today’s church does not:

• The gospel was written in Latin and access restricted to leaders
• Many laypersons were not able to read and write.
• Personal bibles were not available for everyone to read.
• Many did not have the Holy Spirit.
• There was a lack of spirit-filled preachers.
• They were compelled by law to accept the state-run religion.
• They did not have liberty to protest their leaders.

Americans have liberty and a multitude of methods to understand Jesus’ teachings and escape religious lies. The information age has been very revealing of past and present inequalities. Once our sin is revealed to us, it is time to repent. God, the Father, nor Jesus ever told any people to seek things first and then try to love people but that is what is being practiced as Christianity. It is a lie straight from the pits of hell and Christians should know better.

America is not repenting because there are too few preachers preaching the real truth. It is the truth that sets people free not a white-washed gospel or inspirational messages of self promotion and well being. Christ never spoke to his disciples of promoting themselves above others or of compiling wealth for days of ease. That is a perverted gospel being preached to churchgoers in America. Everyone desires more wealth and churches are feeding people a message of prosperity rather than seeking the Savior. God demands to be first and will not take second place to any idol or money. So there are many people who have missed Christ while seeking wealth. Some of these churches may be mega but they are also poor. Its people are even poorer still while the truly poor in spirit are not helped and the unbeliever and world are still lost.

The Republican Party that fought to free the slaves through American laws are now turning to re-enslave them through enacting laws that restrict voter rights, employment crisis, black imprisonment, poor housing, abuse in policing, inadequate education, etc. The south that fought to keep Africans in slavery by force through war has now found a way to re-enslave African descendants by commandeering the legal system that once overruled them. And the irony of the whole matter is that African descendants, now physically free to choose, are insistent they have no home but America. Many have forgotten the lessons of history and are making foolish new commitments that are destructive. The threats against the nation today are leading the nation frighteningly close to the one world government that is prophesied for the end times.

The European immigrants that came to America to save their souls are now willing to give their souls to save a new version of America that has little resemblance to the past ideals of virtue and integrity. So what is the state of the souls of whites who practice racial hatred? God’s commandment is love and many whites are not showing that divine love for their neighbors who are black, brown, red or yellow.

A house is only as good as its foundation and America’s foundation has not only been weakened, but it has been ripped up and cast aside for a new virtual foundation based on the virtual American dollar. There is nothing new under the sun and God has already prepared His message for our current dilemma:

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Jer 2:1- 2.

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. Jer 2:7)

Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? Jer 2:5

Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? (Jer 2:21)

The leading scripture above was taken from Luke Chapter 12 where Christ warned his disciples: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.” Today we would probably say, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” But many have drunk the Kool-Aid of deception and refuse to deny the poison. Christ, Himself, warned His disciples of the deception of the religious leaders. No one is limited to the teaching of religious leaders today because every person can get the Word through the bible and God will give clarity. Jesus scolded the scribes and Pharisees for hypocritical leadership. Would He do any different to our leaders today? Jesus said,

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in (Mat 23:13 )”.

True Christians are those that follow Christ and His teachings. Everything outside of Christ is a lie and will not prosper in the end. Everyone will stand before God in judgment for the deeds done in their body, but greater punishment will go to those given the most as stated in Luke 12. Caucasians that came to America as European immigrants have risen to great privilege and wealth and they have come to realize together what they could not realize separately. But God has already spoken of people coming together as one people and setting out to do that which was evil and perhaps some remember the results.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: Gen 11:6

The nation of American must realize that the richness it has been privileged to obtain was for the purpose of doing good, not evil. This nation and Caucasians have been given every advantage and blessing and they will find no excuse before a righteous God. When it seems that God is no longer watching and there is liberty to do anything one chooses, consider: God removes His hand before allowing one to self-destruct (Rom 1:18, 24).

America derived its success through the transformation of various nations, people and beliefs but now pays no homage to any nation, people or god but itself. Everyone who graduates bestows honor on those that assisted the accomplishment. To credit no one, not even God, is the height of pride but God will not be denied His glory.

God said through Prophet Hosea:

Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteous upon you (Hos 10:12).”

Jesus proclaimed:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent ye and believe the gospel (Mk 1:15).”

Repentance requires knowing you have sinned and changing the mind to turn from the wrong to the right.Truth can be difficult to receive because no one wants to admit error. The Holy Spirit said through Paul:

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).” Jesus said: “There is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments (Mt 19:17).”

The indictment against the wicked of every nation, color, ethnicity or belief comes from God, Himself:

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Isa 1:4

God shows us our sin out of love so we can correct it and walk in truth with Him.  The intercession of Christ through His death was atonement  to save all people. His blood was shed to atone (offer forgiveness) for every sin of every person who accepts it. Christ alone is the way out of the wrath to come. Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly;” therefore every believing soul should cry, Come Lord Jesus.

Note to my white brothers and sisters in the faith:  Efforts to always excel (even to the point of absorbing, assimilating and acquiring what belonged to others), may be evidence of a pride that will cause one to miss God’s ultimate calling for him. “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mk 10:44). God promises to send His followers a prophet from among their own people.  One of your own prophets spoke truths that some thought to be foolishness.  I was blessed to receive of his impartations before he deceased. The biblical Jews missed their Prophet and Deliverer because of looking high when God often chooses to come through things that are low. May the hearts of the people become one in Christ as Jesus prayed to the Father and may we be ready at His coming.  (Jn 17:11).

The writer is first and foremost called of God as a prophet to the church and is the author of the book, “Elephant in the Room: The Economy and Whose Job It Is To Fix It?” As an African American of more than 50 years and 30 years as a Spirit-filled Christian, she is prepared by God to speak to today’s dilemma without the hindrances of church dogmas that conflict with the Word of God. For further information, go to: joycerebapayneministries.com, joycerebapayneministries.wordpress.com or livingit4real@hubpages.com. The book is available at: http://www.amazon.com, http://www.lulu.com or the author at: PO Box 3325, Durham, NC 27702, jrpmail2003@yahoo.com

Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for all Americans to give thanks to God. Most Americans will celebrate it with their own traditions. It is a day when people gather with their loved ones and reflect on how thankful they are for their good fortune over the past year. Thanksgiving Day traditions have departed from some of its true meanings in a similar manner to some other holidays that have given over to popular practices of celebrations like Black Friday shopping sprees, consumption of foods, parades and of course, football games with beer. Sunday church sermons, no doubt, still remind all of us to be thankful for our blessings.

The original meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday was a time to be thank God and remember with gratitude the kindness of the Indians that saved the first pilgrims from starvation as they sought to occupy the new land discovered by Christopher Columbus. The pilgrims were dying of disease and starvation but the Native American Indians that occupied the land showed them how to plant food for survival. The pilgrims and the Indians celebrated the success of their collaboration with a festive dinner together that is remembered centuries later in our present day Thanksgiving Holiday. As this holiday has progressed through the centuries, the part that is seldom mentioned in public is the role of the Indians. It was the generosity of the Indians that saved the pilgrims who survived to start this powerful nation.

“All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which is place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports. (William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation: S.E. Morison, ed. Knopf. N.Y., 1952. p 90)

Forgotten also is the fact that the generosity of the Indians was repaid by being pushed off their land and onto reservations where many died of starvation and disease. It is amazing how our nation has selective memories of it history and promotes only that which reflect well on it. Does anyone care how the Indians feel about this day of celebration?

“Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.” (http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/thanksgiving-day)
America has much to be thankful for and should rightly thank God for its success in the world. God, however, “…desirest truth in the inward parts (Ps 51:6).” Not only has America downgraded thankfulness owed to God in the Thanksgiving holiday but the nation seems to have also forgotten that there were many others that played a major role in the development of the nation. It is ironic that this nation, which was settled by European immigrants, has frown on Native American Indians, immigrants from other nations as well as the rights of other non-Caucasian people in America and particularly those of African descent that were brought here, not by choice but by force. Many groups of people that were oppressed during these first centuries also celebrate Thanksgiving as an American tradition. It is well to celebrate one’s good fortune but it is a shame to be so disingenuous as to sanitize history with only selective facts.

There have been many nations that rose to great success in the world but there is a Great Eternal Force that has seen nations come and nations go. There is a Sovereign God who promotes nations for His glory. Those nations that are true to God are blessed of Him to enjoy longevity and success.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psa 33:12

The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Psa 103:6

God, however, remembers the past and works on behalf of the downcasts that have been overlooked or pushed aside by the mighty, as He did in assisting the first American settlers that were the outcasts of Europe. God is a God of truth who reveals hidden things and brings them to the light. God’s purpose in having the Israelites set up monuments and holy days was that they would not forget their history or indebtedness to God and others that help them gain victory. God has a way of bringing us back to remembrance of those things that have been covered over, hidden or pushed aside.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. Co 4:5

The nation of America is now experiencing a time when it is being brought back into remembrance of past sins and wounds that have not healed. America loves it present success and does not want to be brought into remembrance of darker days. But God does remember those dark days and those oppressed by the strong. He has planned for all people to be brought into the His bountiful blessings. The powerful never want to relinquish its power but the oppressed have a right to turn to and make a demand on God for restitution and restoration. Being a just God sitting in judgment over all people, He will always bring forth righteousness.

It is at times like the Thanksgiving holiday that people should be brought into remembrance of history and the true meaning of a holiday or holy day. Thankfulness is a natural outcome of performing labor and receiving its benefits. But unrighteous rewards never give peace. Those that choose to forget the history behind holidays need to be reminded of their true meaning. It was God that set aside times and monuments to bring people back into remembrance of past events so that we could walk in truth rather than hypocrisy.

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. Joe 1:3

And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. Ex 12:26 -27

It is important to have a day where we reflect back and are thankful for our good fortune, but let’s not forget the God who made it possible and to do it in truth and sincerity. Part of America’s Thanksgiving celebration is the practice of providing for the poor and needy on this day. But God will greatly bless America is she reflects on the truth of why America enjoys its good fortune and recognize all those who helped make it possible.

Father God, help us to be truly thankful for all your goodness towards us. Remind us to show our thankfulness through the deeds we do for others. Preserve and keep us in health, provisions and peace for the days to come. These blessings we ask the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.