Pastor Solomon L. Williams
The word forgive represents a principle of Christianity that has (in some instances in the C.O.G.I.C.) been over shadowed by pride. Pride is demonized to the extent that it prohibits a person professing to be a Christ like individual experiencing the evolutionary nature of God in his or her life when born again. The Bible says “…that pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16. Also…”Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov.16:18. Why is it so hard to tell a person I am sorry. Please forgive me, and mean it. The Bible says “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the Well- advised is wisdom.” Prov.13:10.
We do not have to look very far to see the pernicious effects of a confused church that is not spiritually unionized. It leads to “physical proximity without spiritual affinity.” It gives us a church where we are physically desegregated and spiritually segregated, where elbows are together and hearts are apart. It gives us special togetherness and spiritual apartness. It leaves us with a stagnant equality of sameness rather than a constructive equality of oneness. Therefore, our topic leads us to an analysis of “hypocrisy” of righteousness.
Most hypocrites do not see their own sins. They have actually deceived themselves. Despite being guilty of terrible sin, they continue their religious activities in the belief that God accepts them. They believe they are good enough and do enough good works that, in the final analysis, God will never reject them. No matter how deeply sin is rooted in their lives, they still believe they are acceptable to God. They are convinced that they are eternally secure. Throughout the Bible God has much to say about hypocrisy and false religion. “Now I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which we have learned; avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18.
Pastor Solomon L. Williams
One day as I sat, pondering on things I could see and wonder about, I thought, why is it, we African Americans as a whole, live in squalor while others seemingly have been given the ability to produce for themselves the necessities of life and more with no hassle? I began to think about certain characters of life that are bigger than the imagination. Like the developer of McIntosh. Do you know how rich he is? He just started thinking and brought his thoughts to fruition by believing he could do it no matter what others thought about it. His inner self consumed him with his thoughts. His mind impregnated with thoughts he could not control. He was not thinking about being rich, he just thought about making long distance calls without being charged a red cent. You know, he achieved his objective and went much further and today we have the computer, iPad, iPod and many other developments. Because a boy sat down and permitted, his spirit to be stirred by a power within which he obviously did not perceive as the GOD of the universe using him to bring about change on this earth that everybody could benefit. I received my answer. GOD has no respect of person and He can use whomever He will, because He is GOD Jehovah Elohim.
Oh, yeah, I can sit here and think about the impediments evil has taken against us, like institutionalized racism. However, the bottom line is how I perceive of myself.
Was Jesus Silent on Same Sex Relationships?
By: Elder Steve Jamison
There are those in the church today who hold the belief that Jesus was silent on the subject of homosexuality. They go so far as to say, since he made no direct comments on the subject, the church cannot take a firm stand against it. Many are using this seemingly gray area to suggest that Jesus was pro homosexual. After all, if this were such a taboo subject, why would Jesus not personally address it? This concept or doctrine is becoming very popular among younger Christians. In addition, many traditional Christian leaders deem the subject too controversial, and avoid it altogether. Their willingness to avoid the issue has created a vacuum, allowing the proliferation of misinformation, causing many well-intended seekers to reach the wrong conclusion.
However, to say that Jesus himself never addressed the issue of homosexuality is erroneous. Jesus thoroughly addresses the matter in Matthew, chapter, 19. In the third verse, the Jews sought to trip him up, by asking him a question steeped in controversy. “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” There were opposing teachings on the subject; some believed you could divorce your wife for any reason, others held to the more traditional reasons, i.e., fornication or adultery. In the next verse Jesus did what we should do in all matters of controversy, he took them back to Gods original purpose of the male female relationship…
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