An American Story

During our just-ended Easter ladies’ conference in Shinyanga, one of the most powerful testimonies came from a man who had traveled all the way from the USA to attend the conference. Brother Richard said, “In America we are very arrogant. We think we know it all. But when the gospel (of the cross) came to our church through Brother Neil Martin, we knew it was something we were missing.

“I have been saved for 40 years, but for the last ten years the Lord has shaken and shaped me, and He has shown me His way through the gospel of the cross… And I have seen it is here, too… it is wonderful to see it here; and I am so happy to be here.”

Those were extremely powerful words. And these words echo in every place the gospel of the cross is preached and accepted, be it in Africa, America, or Asia. Men nd women of God experience unbounded joy in the Spirit when they come into contact with the gospel of the cross of Jesus Christ.

The gospel of the cross is the most powerful force in the world. No wonder the Apostle Paul would not entertain anything else in his ministry.

“1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:1-2)

[Brother Richard right there in the middle]

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Of A Nation And God

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Gal. 5:13

There is no such thing as freedom of the flesh, where men are free to do whatever they feel like doing. Such freedom throws out the mandate of God to

“use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh”.

Liberty being an occasion to the flesh ultimately leads to greater and greater wickedness against God. True Godly freedom can only be found in the cross of Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 5:23-24:

“… against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

And this goes all the way down to our worldly governments. A while back, a powerful CNN commentator called Christian Amanpour was interviewing the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta on TV. She asked him about Kenya’s position on gay rights. The question seemed to trouble the Kenyan president and I could see the pain on his face as he struggled to find the right words. Finally, he replied, “That is not an agenda with this country. It is not in the interests of Kenyans, whom I represent, to even consider such a subject.”

The lady replied, “You are getting yourself into trouble.” She did not elaborate who the Kenyan president was getting into trouble with. But her allusion was clear. He was getting himself into trouble with the people that matter in this world.

All of a sudden, I saw this lady in a new light and, even before the president could reply, the rejoinder leaped in my mind, “Lady, it is you who is getting yourself into trouble. You are getting into trouble with God.”

At about the same time I read the story of a man in the U.S., a homosexual whose partner had just died. In the article, the writer very sympathetically reported that the man was mourning the death of his husband. Maybe you think you didn’t read that right. Yes, the article said exactly that: his husband. Of course there is no such phrase in normal language; but there it was, courtesy of the liberal media.

But this is exactly the problem with this particular group: They do not want to acknowledge God, nor His righteousness. There are so many similar stories from these ’emancipated’ minds. This group reminds me of the story of Nabal and David in the Bible. You can read the story in 1 Samuel chapter 25. The truly interesting thing here is the question that Nabal asked the young men whom David sent to ask him to give “whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David.” (v.8)

Mind you, David had graciously looked over Nabal’s flocks and herdsmen in the wilderness, allowing no harm to come to them. But when the young men reached Nabal and delivered David’s request, he asked,

“Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse?” (v.10)

Wow! What a question for the man to ask David! But that is the liberal agenda. They ask, Who is God? They have no idea who He is and they find no reason why they should obey His laws.

I hate the liberal agenda; and the American version is especially revolting. It goes along the lines that, basically, man is free to do whatever he wishes, without God. You have no idea where such a blind idea can lead to. When you think you are free to reject God, you have just opened a hornets’ nest right in your bedroom.

America, and the free world in general, was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. That is what makes America and any other free nation truly free. In other words, the fear and worship of God. The founders feared God and sought to establish His righteousness in the land. The Word of God says in John 17:3:

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.”

The liberal movement seeks to uproot that foundation. They do not want to acknowledge God nor His Son Jesus. They are for freedom; but freedom without God. Eventually, America’s undoing will be a result of its rebellion against the Judeo-Christian God and His values. I was shocked to learn recently that there are Muslim members in the American Congress now, complete with hijab! I cannot imagine where America is headed with that kind of ‘freedom’. We all know that Islam is absolutely against the Judeo-Christian faith.

No good can come out of a nation that seeks to forsake the sound foundation of the Judeo-Christian faith on which it began.

The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the president of the United States, Donald Trump may not be perfect men. But their unwavering stand support for the Judeo-Christian principles will make them to find grace in the sight of God. And may they and their countrymen find even more grace in the eyes of God.

[Just expressing my undying love for the old Hillsong songs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a clearer video on the internet]

A Real President

As you might have noticed, this blogger is taking a short break. In the interim, though, this gives me the opportunity to say some things that are on my mind.

There are many things that I love about President Trump. One of the top ones is that he has set out to bring the word “GOD” back to America. Some people have been trying their best to kick God out of America. I pray that never happens.

Today, though, I want to state one other thing that I absolutely root for in Trump. It is that he is REAL. Yes, real.

Fear God!

I agree completely with Pastor Jennings that America is in the condition she is in because she has ceased to fear God and has embraced things like homosexuality, lesbianism, etc.

307 mass shootings in 312 days. Wow! Who wants to go to America in 2018? It doesn’t require a medicineman to tell you there is something seriously wrong with such a country.

The solution for this country is not gun control. The solution is to return to God.

“And the Lord shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the Lord, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.” (Is. 19:22)

In The Interim… Cultural Failings

Today I read an article in Yahoo! News that was headlined: “Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm”.

The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. is the pastor who read the sermon at Aretha Franklin’s funeral yesterday.

I would want to take note of three issues mentioned in this article.

One: On Black Lives Matter. “I think Stevie Wonder did not understand what I said,” Williams said. “I said blacks do not matter, because black lives cannot matter, will not matter, should not matter, must not matter until black people begin to respect their own lives. Then and only then will black lives matter. That’s what I said, and again, and again, and again. We need to have respect for each other. Once we start doing that, then we can begin to change.”

Stevie Wonder yelled out “Black Lives Matter” after the pastor said “No, black lives do not matter” during his sermon, according to the article.

Me: It is no secret we Africans are masters at evading responsibility; but here African Americans are taking this burying of our heads in the sand too far. What about what is happening in Chicago? We hear about it all the way from Africa.

It doesn’t matter who Stevie Wonder is. He is wrong. I think it ought to be clear as day that one has to respect themselves first before demanding respect from others.

Two: Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. “described as “abortion after birth” the idea of children being raised without a “provider” father and a mother as the “nurturer.” “Here’s the root of what I’ve been talking about: In order to change America, we must change black America’s culture,” he said. “We must do it through parenting. In order for the parenting to go forth, it has to be done in the home. The home.”

Me: President Trump effectively called the African-American the master gallivanter, which he is. There are so many fatherless African-American families. African-American men, shut up and get back to raising your families.

Three: With regard to the African-American community changing for the better, Rev. Williams said, “It is ludicrous for the church not to be involved. The church is the only viable institution we have in the African-American community. We must step up and turn our race around.”

Me: I stand up for this man. He spoke the absolute truth on these points. I would never defend the African’s failings just because I am an African. We Africans need to be sincere and admit we have deep-seated cultural failings and we need to humble ourselves and return to our God, who alone can help us overcome them.

[A bold man. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr.]

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(Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

King Asa vs President Obama

In the Book of 1 Kings chapter 15, verses 11 and 12, we read: “AND ASA DID THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, AS DID DAVID HIS FATHER.  AND HE TOOK AWAY THE SODOMITES OUT OF THE LAND, AND REMOVED ALL THE IDOLS THAT HIS FATHERS HAD MADE.”

Notice the Bible says that King Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord because, among other things, he removed homosexuals from the land of Israel. King Asa uprooted the sin of sodomy from his land.

That can definitely not be said of the current president of the United States of America, who wants his entire country to be awash with homosexuals, LBGTs and all kinds of inverted sexual practitioners. Moreover, and worse, is the fact that he is coercing other nations, including African countries, to institute these “human rights”, as he considers them, within their borders. His Secretary of State, John Kerry recently threatened to withhold aid to the Ugandan government for decreeing stringent anti-gay laws in the country.

In inference, therefore, President Obama wants the whole world to accommodate homosexuals.

At the very outset, let us keep in mind that God deeply loves homosexual people, as He does President Obama. And we, too, ought to go out to them with the highest level of the love of Christ. (Actually, a person who is living in sin is a person who is worthy of all our compassion for, unawares – or probably knowingly – they suffer terribly).

But we cannot ignore the fact that God is at war with sin. That’s a fact. God’s love for mankind is therefore not a ticket to live in sin. God’s love for humankind is actually revealed in His fight against sin.

The “human rights” that Obama is championing are certainly not God’s rights or preferences. In fact, they are the exact reverse. These “rights” originate from sin. They are Satanic, demonic.

President Obama says he is a Christian, and I even read that he attends church. I am left wondering whether he actually reads the Bible! The above scriptures prove that in going to church and in saying that he is a Christian, this particular “king” neither knows what he is doing nor what he is saying. More alarming for him, though, is that one day he will stand before God and account for all the people that he led away from God’s law.

In the final analysis, it would have been so much better for him to not say anything than to say and advocate something which is so clearly against God’s righteousness.

Y’know, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to ask one of my readers in the U.S. to meet up with President Obama and ask him to read 1 Kings 15:11-12. And to mull it over.

7 THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, CONVERTING THE SOUL: THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD IS SURE, MAKING WISE THE SIMPLE.

8 THE STATUTES OF THE LORD ARE RIGHT, REJOICING THE HEART: THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD IS PURE, ENLIGHTENING THE EYES.

9 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN, ENDURING FOR EVER: THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER.

10 MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY THAN GOLD, YEA, THAN MUCH FINE GOLD: SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY AND THE HONEYCOMB.

11 MOREOVER BY THEM IS THY SERVANT WARNED: AND IN KEEPING OF THEM THERE IS GREAT REWARD. Psalm 19:7-11

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Sodom and Gomorrah

The US state of Utah is trying to hold out against an avalanche called the gay movement. When I read this it reminded me of Lot and Sodom. He tried to hold out against the men of the town who wanted to sodomize the angels. But the onslaught was so fierce that it required the intervention of the angels themselves to ward off the attackers. Utah will need such heavenly help in its fight against the homosexual ‘marriage’ tornado that is pressing at its gates.

But there is another interesting analogy playing out here. Notice that the men of Sodom specifically wanted to have sex with the men who had come into Lot’s house. Lot was so distraught by the monstrous evil he could see unfolding that, in his desperation, he offered the Sodomite men his two virgin daughters; but they would not take them. They wanted the men. That small fact is very important in our understanding of the level of spiritual warfare the Church is engaged in in our day.

Lot was willing to sacrifice his two daughters because he knew the seriousness of the sin that was about to take place.

And this was not just a deviant group within society that was lusting after these men, no. It was the entire male population of the city. The Bible says “the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter”. Did you see that? Men “from every quarter”!

There is a parallel here with what is happening in the world today. Such is the extent of the extraordinary spiritual warfare going on in our generation: the most extreme form of effrontery against anything that is called God. If you think you are living in an ordinary world, wake up! We are not living in ordinary times.

Sodom and Gomorrah had provoked God severely. The angel of the Lord told Lot, “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it” (Gen 19:13).

The Bible says that God is slow to anger. Don’t get it wrong here. Some people somehow interpret that to mean that God cannot get angry. That is impossible. Not unless He was senile, which He certainly is not. In any case, I don’t see that in the Bible. I only see the Bible saying that God is slow to anger.

By defiantly and aggressively attempting to institute sodomy and many other extreme evils in the world, man and Satan have clearly ‘climbed over the ramparts’ of God’s Kingdom and are now taking their war against God into God’s throne room. Men are not simply content with sinning against God and hiding it from Him, like Adam did; but they have gained a rebellious boldness and they are ready to taunt God.

Clearly, the world is daring God to do something.

God has never condoned the trashing of His holy tenets, even minimally. But here something more brazen is afoot. But, you see, there are levels, even with God. During Sodom’s time men elsewhere were also sinning against God. But a report of a different sort concerning Sodom arrived at God’s desk in Heaven; and He sent His angels to check out whether what He had heard was true.

In Africa we have a saying: ‘If you see a lion sleeping don’t mistake it for a cat’. The world, led by the nation of America, is making a big mistake; but a mistake it is. And I can imagine God is getting very, very angry. That is why I can predict that we are not far from Judgment Day. We have a Biblical precedent for that: Sodom and Gomorrah.

Soon, God is going to rise in all His glory and fury – and we are set for another almighty inferno.

So, in the midst of all these gory proceedings and the expectation of God’s judgement upon the earth, what should the position of the Church be?

The angel of the Lord that was with John admonished him in Revelation 22:10-11: “… Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

The Word of God warns us about how we should walk in these end-times. These are times to walk in the fear of the Lord. It is not a time to be ‘world-friendly’.

But also in Luke 21:28 we are encouraged: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” In other words, be strong, be encouraged – not discouraged – by all that you see going on. Stand strong! And rejoice exceedingly, for we are close to meeting the Lord in the clouds!

God Bless America – and the World.

I wish to extend my deep condolences to family members and friends of all those who died or were maimed or injured or traumatized in any way as a result of the tragic bomb blast that occurred at the end of the Boston Marathon yesterday.

May you find comfort in God, together with true peace and happiness even at this improbably sad period. And to those who are hospitalized we are praying God for your recovery.

May God bless you, we are with you in our prayers. We love you all. And we love the American spirit.