Saturday, April 21, 2018

Can a partner commit adultery against his girlfriend or boyfriend?



“My boyfriend is cheating on me. Isn’t he committing adultery?”

In this age of “every participant gets a trophy,” I am afraid that I will have to burst your bubble and hurt your feelings. Adultery is not a play of words. Your position is syllogically illogical, hermeneutically inaccurate and biblically unfounded.
Biblically, the word adultery in the Old Testament (Ex 20:14; Deut. 5:18; Prov. 6:32; Jer 3:8) comes from the Hebrew word “nawaf”, meaning to break the wedlock. Wedlock is defined as, “The state of being married.” In the New Testament (Mt 5:27; 19:19), it uses the word "moicheuō" which transcended to unlawful sexual relationship out of marriage with another person. You will agree with me that boyfriends and girlfriends and concubinage are not that state of wedlock. Wedlock only deals with married couples.
In other words, since you and your boyfriend are not married, he cannot commit adultery by sleeping with another single woman. He can only commit adultery if the woman or women he is having sex with is or are legally married to someone else. To be considered married, amongst other things, you also need to have a marriage license and a declaration in front of a state witness to make your marriage public. You cannot just consider yourself married simply because you date someone or you have been living together with someone. In short, you cannot just classify any act of cheating as adultery.
Therefore, adultery only occurs when one party or both parties who are married have sex out of married with another married or single person without the consent of their partner. It also means that, even though a person is married, he or she will not be committing adultery if their husband or common law spouse  gives them the permission to have sex out of marriage. Sarah did that to Abraham. She gave him permission to have sex with Hagar (Gen 16:2). We never heard anywhere in the Bible that God rebuked him for that. Instead, he was counted as a righteous man. Rachel gave Bilhah to Jacob so she could conceive a child for them(Gen 30:3-4). 
You could claim adultery if you live in a common law jurisdiction where concubinage is considered marriage. Concubinage can only be considered married if you carry yourself in the public eye and at home as married couples and not by longevity of living or staying together.  
Syllogically, common sense will tell you that if someone is not married to another person, although they may claim cheating, they may not claim adultery since adultery has to do with breaking the wedlock.
Hermeneutically, the historicity of  the Jews unfolds that adultery was only when a married woman had sex out of marriage; whereas, the man had to have sex with someone’s wife for him to be accused of adultery (Gen 16:1-4; 30:1-5; 38: 15-18). That is why you see in the bible whenever a woman was caught in adultery, she was accused of adultery and not the man, if she was married (Jn 8:1-11). However, Jesus righted the inequality when he placed adultery as illicit sex out of marriage for everyone: male or female (Mt 5:32; 19:9).
Consequently, your case is dismissed with total prejudice. 

Until then, your boyfriend has cheated on you, but he has not committed adultery.


St. Arrey of Ntenako
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pastor Suleiman's False prophecy about the War in Cameroon





It is my opinion that this prophecy by pastor Suleiman is fake, and I will give you a few reasons. Suleiman said, “If I tell everything that I saw, they wouldn’t let me back in again, so I will filter.” Did you ever see a man of God in the Bible who was afraid to tell mere mortals what God had commissioned him to tell them?  He is afraid of man more than he is afraid of God. God gives him a message to tell the people, but he says that he will not give it to them because he does not want the authorities to pursue him.
Suleiman said, “If you love me, you allow me, filter.” I will repeat Paul’s words to him, “ If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable(I Cor 15:19)”. He persisted, "It is not anglophone /francophone. It is demonic to suck blood." No doubt there are principalities and powers, but this is typical of the early prophecies of born twice and raised from the dead where people were dying and seeing demons drinking blood. That is the imagination of the African mind due to our culture. We always believe in witches drinking and sucking blood from us. In a war, there will be blood spilled. He saw provinces.
Suleiman continues with his prophecy, and this time he uses a technique common to preachers. Cameroon is divided in provinces and not states. Does the Lord need to show anyone in a special revelation that Cameroon is divided in provinces?
Suleiman reported, “Papa God showed me ten. Is it ten?” This God has to show Suleiman ten provinces of Cameroon. Very few Cameroonians will not be able to tell you how many states are in Nigeria because we learn that in school. The same goes with Nigerians because they do the history of their neighbors. There are very few people in Cameroon who attended secondary school, talk less of high school and university who do not even know how different countries are made up of.
Suleiman must have Cameroonian friends, and those friends must have at least spoken to him about the provinces. That again shows the dubious nature of this prophecy. There are very few people in Cameroon who attended secondary school, talk less of high school and university who do not even know how different countries are made up, talk less of how many provinces are in Cameroon.
Pastor Suleiman continues, “What God showed me is ten. I saw ten. Is it ten? I saw ten.” Why would God give something this banal as a special revelation?  That is because the predators like the TV evangelists constantly employ the shotgun technique. It is a technique where the predator asks generalized set of questions with the hope that someone will feel touched just as bullets from a shotgun into a pack of monkeys will catch one. “Is it ten? I saw ten. Is it ten?” The people start to jump up that God has showed the man of God that Cameroon has ten provinces.
In a current dispensation where many suffer from the Itchy Ear Syndrome, it is normal to see false and fake ministers employ this technique with greater success. Suleiman pretends as if it is a revelation to solicit the participation of the sheeple. Lo and behold, they are so carried that they start to jump up and down for the great revelation that the Lord has given. That is false prophecy.
He says that God told him that the church in the ten provinces, sorry regions should pray consecutively for 21 days. He said that they should pray for the strong man and not for peace for war to end. Wars and rumors of wars are a sign that Jesus is coming soon. It is not a secret that there will be wars.
He says that in this war, some people are making money. Look, it is common sense that in every war, there are people who are making money. That is why those who sell arms and render other types of services make money, and they are always the instigators of war who do not even want it to end.
To show you how fake Sulieman is, he said that the people should not pray for peace, yet at the end of his sermon in his prayer, he was praying for peace. I feel bad for this people. You see, when a people have suffered for too long, they will drink fairytales on fairylands with insatiable gullibility.

Until then, this prophecy is fake and should not be respected.

St Arrey of Ntenako



“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Is It Biblical for people to fall when someone is praying?




Pastor called God on his cell phone.
Many people are moved by falling in ministries that many ministers are bringing new forms of making people fall. This at once begs for the question, Should people fall when the minister prays for them?" I will start by saying that yes, the Bible shows instances where people fell in both the Old and New Testaments, but I will add that the aftermath of the falling will determine if it was divine or merely from circus-like show. The answer will be from biblical expositions.
Falling is in two forms. I will let you watch two videos where the preachers are making a total show. When a preacher is making people fall as a boast of his power, you will know at once that his power is not from God. Those whom God has visited are very humble men and women.
Manoah and his wife had difficulty having a child, so an angel visited them to promise them a child. He prohibited them from drinking wine, strong drink or eating unclean food. When they have the son, they will not shave his head. Manoah and his wife asked him to stay and eat with them. He accepted, but he told them that he will neither eat their food nor will he accept their burnt offering. Every offering should be offered unto the Lord. Then Manoah offered the sacrifice and him and his wife bowed down, but before they got up, the angel had disappeared. The people in turn fell on their faces as a sign of worship or reverence.
 9 months later, Manoah and his wife had a child they named Samson. They raised him, and he grew up a Nazarrite. (Judges 13:1-20). 
A second case study is that of Abraham. When God was talking to Abraham, prostrated before Him (Genesis 17:3).  
The people fell with their faces or prostrated before the Lord unlike in the New Testament where they prostrated to worship and fell with their backs as a defeat of the evil forces. In the Old Testament, God has not fully revealed himself. Each time the people saw a little revelation of the almighty, they were filled with awe that the only response was to prostrate before him. More so, the system of worship here though had a spiritual connotation was more physical than any other form. Therefore, the falling face forward was a sign to show their recognition of the power that be above and power that reigns supreme.
In the New Testament, we face here a full revelation of God in His Son Jesus Christ, so people fell forward to worship him, “And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid (Matthew 17:6).” However, it does not end there. Here, the show switches camps and moves from a physical to a spiritual dimension where the necessity of proving that truly God has made himself flesh needs to be exhibited in such miracles that were not common in that era. The people who recognized Him as God bowed before him. That is why when unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God (Mark 3:11).” In another occasion, “The woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth (Mark 5:33).” When Jesus went to a certain city, the leper saw Jesus and immediately “fell on his face, and besought him, saying, ‘Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean’ (Luke 5:12).”
However, those who resisted spiritually were thrown off from his presence with them falling backwards by the power that came from him. That is why when a man who had epileptic stupors met Jesus, he fell backwards on the ground, emitting foams from his mouth (Mk 9:20) because he had an unclean spirit. The final showdown came when the guards who came to arrest Jesus saw him. When he told them that he was Jesus of Nazareth whom they were searching for, they fell backwards (Jn 18:4-6) because they came with a different spirit; that of defying the Son of God.
The synthesis of the Old Testament and New testament is that people fell forward in the Old Testament, but they fell both forward and backwards in the New Testament. Notwithstanding, there was great dichotomy with the falling nowadays. This is reminiscent of those with demonic possessions. I will see no problem with people falling. However, what we generally notice in this falling issue is that when people fell, there was a change in their worship or physical lives. When Abraham fell, he got up to renew his commitment with God. When the demonic cases fell before Jesus, they got up healed.


In the current dispensation, people fall and no changes take place. I expect the barren woman to fall and after she gets up, she should experience conception without which it all sums up to the evangelist’s show. When the adulterer falls, he or she should get up to a newness of life with no adultery anymore. When the blind falls and gets up, he should stand to see. If a paralytic falls and gets up, he should start to walk. If the deaf falls and gets up, he or she should start to hear. If you fall and get up to no change of your infirmity, then you were not touched by God. You were touched by man.
Until then, it is not from God if you fall, yet you experience no change in your life.


St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, March 18, 2018

How can I stop people from raping me in my dreams?

Arabian Nights! Entertainment. One Friday, a brother came to see me that he has been having wet dreams almost every day despite his disapproval. He saw an old woman who came to have sex with him every night. Sometimes, he experienced sleep paralysis.  He had prayed over it, but it did not stop. He wanted to know how to stop it. I told him to go and pray. He prayed, but it did not stop. The old woman kept raping him in his sleep. I asked him to see me on Wednesday when I had a meeting. On Saturday, a sister in Christ took him to see one famous man of God from Democratic Republic of Congo who was visiting Yaoundé.  During the meeting, the man of God laid his hands on him. He went home and still had even more violent wet dreams. This time it was rape with sleep paralysis. The old woman held him tight and was choking him as if to kill him. It became violent that in the morning, he had blood running out of his nostrils. He fearfully came to see me after church on Sunday rather than wait for Wednesday as scheduled.
Immediately as I laid my hands on him to pray, the Lord revealed to me that he had carried demons from whence they laid hands on him. That is why his nose was bleeding blood that night into the morning. I told him that he had visited someone for prayer, and the person instead added him more demons. He was surprised to hear me tell him that. It was then that he told me how a sister in Christ had taken him to see the man of God on Saturday, and he prayed for him. I reassured him saying, “You are of God, my brother, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Wet dreams are from yourself or from the devil. When you see yourself having sex with a woman you do not know, you may take it normal as a nocturnal emission from the Rapid Eye Movement (REM), but I will tell you today that at times, it is from witches and wizards having sex with you, and their actions may lead you to sterility and impotence in some cases. In others, they steal your luck and happiness.  
I began to explain to him how wet dreams occur and when they are evil. Sigmund Freud believed that wet dreams came from libidinal suppressions. They were unfulfilled desires suppressed by the conscious person that reappeared into the subconscious (when we are asleep). Freud’s theory correlates with holy writ (ECL 5:3). It says, “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.” Humans think about sex a lot. Men think more about it, so those unfulfilled fantasies of the conscious person are consummated in the subconscious setting as wet-dreams. Wet dreams could be just normal occurrences, if you fantasize a lot about sex or touch yourself too much during the day. With pornography being monnaie courante, it is possible for many people to experience wet dreams from feeding themselves with sex images.
The term “wet dream” comes from ejaculation that occurs when you have sex in your dreams. That type of dream is not different from the one described by Isaiah in chapter 29:7-8. A hungry man may dream that he is eating, but then wakes up only to realize that it was a mere dream, or a thirsty man may dream how he is drunk from drinking, but he wakes up to find himself very sober. As you can see, the hungry man is thinking much about food, so since he could not find food in real life, he eats it in his dream. His mind has been preoccupied with food. It is the same with the person who has been hoping to catch a bottle of beer, but he could not afford one. It then appears in his subconscious from the unfulfilled conscious desires. This too colligates even with the findings of modern science.
However, there is another source of wet-dreams that has eluded modern science. You have to pay close attention here because most of you are being raped daily. . When wet dreams appear in conjunction with sleep paralysis, they are solely from the devil. That is from demonic forces because God does not give us the spirit of fear as Paul told Timothy (2 Tim 1:7). God may afflict our bodies in real life to give us a message (Job 33:19), but in a dream he shows you the dangers that lie ahead. Considering that illicit sex is condemned in the Bible, God would not use that medium to speak to you because in most cases, wet-dreams do not come from having sex with our wives anyway. If wet dreams are not from God and they are not from our hearts, then the other source of such dreams is diabolical. Dreams from Satan are meant to cause us to err from God, and God is against those too anyway (Jer 23:27, 32).
In medieval times, they believed that there were two demons Incubus and Succubus who sought to have sex with women and men respectively.  People thought that it was superstitions because they did not believe in the existence of demons.  It is the same as many people who do not believe in familiar spirits; whereas, the Bible affirms clearly that familiar spirits do exist (I S 29:4; Deut 18:10-12). In Deuteronomy, God forbade Israelites from visiting familiar spirits. Why would God forbid people from visiting something that doesn’t exist? There is no doubt that the bible mentions the existence of demons in several passages. How would there be a mention of something that doesn’t exist?
Job has been thinking about his self-righteousness; instead, the familiar spirit showed up in his dream. Why? He has been thinking about it all day long.  We know that it was not the spirit of God because it came with accusations (Job 4:12-16). There is only one accuser of the brethren. That is Satan (Rev 12:10).  You will agree that it was Satan because he was the one who first made the accusation (Job 1:9-10). He accused Job of self-serving God only for interest. Satan has the power to go between heaven and Earth accusing the brethren (Job 1: 7).
That means, those demons do exist indeed. They are the ones that men and women use to have sex with people in real life. Men used and still use the demon of Incubus, and women used and still use the demon of Succubus to have sex with people. Such demonic sex does not go without damages. It will prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or a man from having a woman pregnant. It will bring you fear and depression which is what spirits that are not from God do. It will ruin your real love life because the demon would want to keep you only for itself. That is why a lot of marriages are failing, and men and women prefer masturbation than to have normal sex. The demons of Incubus and Succubus take away the desires for normal humans and place them on objects. Have you asked yourself why many people are instead running for sex dolls? The demons want to keep them only for themselves because the sex dolls have nothing to do with them. If it is not resisted and cast out, you may never have a normal relationship or sexual life. You must stop it from attacking you. Knowing that, I went to work immediately with the brother.
I showed him the sources of dreams, and I showed him that those sex dreams he had been having were demonic. We cast out the demons, and we reassured his faith with the promises of God per the scripture. We prayed and sang praises, and I asked him to assume control of his position in Christ. Our position in Christ is that of sons and coheirs whose bodies serve as the temples of God that God does not share with demons. He went home, and he never ever had the sex dreams again. I told him to preoccupy himself with good thoughts so as to avoid creating a chink for those demons to use as their Silk Road to attack him. Wet-dreams with sleep paralysis are not normal dreams. They may even make you feel good, but they are unhealthy psychologically and physiologically because they distort your notion of real love and steal your desire away from real humans.

Until then, Jesus can set you free from demonic forces.


St Arrey of Ntenako. 
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ngoreh Bebuh, the Evil woman.


Look, do you see this house? There is a reason why no one is living here. This village has a lot of stories, so I will tell you the story of this house. The woman who lived here with her family had three children, but she will later kill all of them because of wickedness. She was popularly known as Ngoreh Bebuh-the wicked woman. She was known to be very bossy and wanted everything to go her way. I think that it was July 28, 1978 that I saw her house. It was perched between Boh Eyong and Boh Mbi in the village of Ntenako. She had relatives from Besongabang too, I think. She was notorious for the murder of her three children.
Ngoreh Bebuh’s husband decided one day to marry a second wife. It did not sit well with her, but he still went ahead and did anyway because it was a patriarchal society. His younger wife was more beautiful and comely to the eyes than his first wife, so his first wife was filled with jealousy. However, she had one area where she felt herself above the second wife; her cowife inability to conceive a child.
She made fun of her and called her names. She told the village that the cowife was a man and not a woman. She will never conceive. As was the tradition, the cowife was the second wife, and she was younger too. In both situations, she had to serve the first wife because it was part of the responsibilities of the second wife, but she also had to serve her as a younger person because it was a gerontocratic culture. The first wife overworked her and added ignominy on her childlessness.
As God has a way of avenging the poor, he gave her two children. They were adapting how to grow in a polygamous home where the first wife was trying to make them outsiders. Juliana (the second wife) is now finding favor before her husband. Her youth and children meant that she had a favorite standing for the goodies and pampering treatment the older man could give. Despite all of them, she remained humble and subservient to her cowife. That still did not please Ngoreh Bebuh.  Evil had kidnapped her entrails that her entrails were embittered. Resentment was the main commodity she manufactured in the factory of her heart. She distributed evil generously to both strangers and family, friends and fiends and myrmidons and opponents alike. She lived and breathed evil.
Each wife had a day to cook and please their husband. On her own day to cook and share the food to the family, she cooked and poisoned the two bowls of the cowife’s two children. The children had gone to school. While at school, they engaged in a football game whereby the losers will surrender their food to the winners.  The match was no match. Ngoreh Bebuh’s kids used their numbers and age, and they won the game. They were entitled to the dinner of their half-brothers.
When they reached home, both mothers had gone to the stream to fetch water. They came timely to see the kids eating. Juliana was the first to enter. She saw her cowife’s children eating her food, so she was angry that Ngoreh Bebuh’s children were eating her children’s food. She confronted them, so they explained the bet to her, and her kids confirmed the bet. She immediately went into the kitchen and started preparing food for her children. Just then Ngoreh Bebuh entered. She saw her children licking the bowls with their fingers. She cried, screeched and ran out. She began to cry and shot straight through the door on her way to the palace to the chief. Villagers tried to stop her and asked her why she was crying. She will just shriek, I killed my own children.
Bebuh bhe kime ngwai bohbah eh heh,
ngwai bohbah oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh 2x
Bebuh eh Bebuh oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh, Bebuh oh Bebuh eh
Upon arrival at the chief’s place, the guards stopped her and asked her to wait for the chief. The pavement radio and the gossip birds of the village had made a public  broadcast to those who were home and the ones who went to the farm, and the chief’s palace was full to the roof. While waiting, her cowife’s two children came running and panting out of breath. They told her that their half-brothers were fainting and white foam was coming out of their mouths. She screeched again.
Bebuh bhe kime ngwai bohbah eh heh,
ngwai bohbah oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh 2x
Bebuh eh Bebuh oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh, Bebuh oh Bebuh eh
After some time, the chief ushered her into the court to recount her grievance. She had no words, so she cried again:
Bebuh bhe kime ngwai bohbah eh heh,
ngwai bohbah oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh 2x
Bebuh eh Bebuh oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh, Bebuh oh Bebuh eh
While she was telling the story, her cowife came running in. She cried again and said all three kids were dead.
Bebuh bhe kime ngwai bohbah eh heh,
ngwai bohbah oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh 2x
Bebuh eh Bebuh oh
Bebuh bhe kime eh heh, Bebuh oh Bebuh eh
The chief ordered that the village should give them an honorable burial and celebrate three days of mourning. He also decided against punishing her because she had punished herself enough by killing her own children. She thought that she was killing the cowife’s children. The chief explained to the villagers that, if she had planned to kill her own children, then the punishment would have been meaningful. He dismissed everyone and they all went home. The evil we do will live with and after us. He or she who intends to poison someone’s children should be careful less her/his own children eat the poison first.

Until then, evil is not a vagabond; it will always return home.

St Arrey of Ntenako. 

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What Does "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father” Mean?


There is a huge wave of Christians, especially the pentecostals and evangelicals who call their pastors, "papa", spiritual father, "daddy" and  mothers "mommy". The Catholics call the head of their Church “Pope” which is a Latin word for papa or father. They even went further to name him “Pontifex maximus” which means supreme pontiff because they consider him the supreme bridge between the people and God. The evangelicals had serious reservations about that, until they themselves began to use the very titles they were trying to crucify the Catholics for. Many wonder if this is biblical.  Some say that it does and cite Paul calling Timothy “My son” while others say that it does not, and they quote Jesus’ words, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
Our interpretation will come from horizontal thinking and biblical hermeneutics. In this case, it is expedient to juxtapose both verses. Let us start with Jesus’ order, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven (Mt 23:9).” Elisha called Elijah, “My father” (2 Kings 2:12). In this passage it is a patrimonial appellation. Every leader in the Jewish society was called a father. This is very common with gerontocratic societies, especially with oriental cultures. In the Middle East, Asia, Africa and even parts of Latin and Central America, the bread winner or anyone in position of authority becomes “father” to the rest because now they depend on him for bread, sustenance or guidance. That is why you hear the King of Israel inquire from prophet Elisha “My father, shall I smite them?” The king and Israel were depending on Elisha for guidance, so he was their "father".
On the other hand, Jesus said, “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one if your Father.” Take note of the caveat “On earth.” The word father here is different from the one Elisha used. This one means the person who brought you on earth. It refers to the generator or progenitor of life. When people say my spiritual father, they mean that someone who gave them birth spiritually. That is even worse because man does not have that power to give birth spiritually to anyone. That is because we already have only one Father who is in heaven who gave birth to us. God is our spiritual father because “…as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (Jn 1:12).” On the other hand, Paul called Timothy “my son”, Titus “mine own son after the common faith” and Onesimus “My son.” If calling anyone my father is bad, then the bible will contradict itself  since it shows Paul had people he called sons. If they were sons to him, then he was father to them. As you know, the Bible is infallible and authoritative. As such, there is no contradiction.  
In these passages (I Tim 1:2,18; 2 Tim 2:1; Titus 1:4 and Philemon 1:10), all point to a pupil or disciple relationship. In the early First Century, disciples and pupils or students or younger pastors who were under older pastors as their mentors were called “sons”. In the Old Testament, those on whom the people relied for guidance were called “fathers,” and in the New Testament those who relied on the guidance givers were called “sons”.  They are not our flesh fathers. Do you remember when Jesus said “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it (Mt 12:48; Lk 8:21)?” Jesus will change the philosophy about fathers and mothers. In this passage, Jesus is saying that the physical positions that we come to Christ are maintained. That means, those older to be a parent to someone are addressed as a parent to that individual. If you see a woman or man who is fit to be your mother or father respectively, then you can call them father. That is your father in the Lord just like when Paul called Timothy, “My own son in the faith (I Tim 1:2).” That is, because of faith I now have a son called Timothy. 
Therefore, it will be inappropriate to call anyone your spiritual father, but we can call them fathers or mothers in the Lord. After all, we don’t have any problem calling people brother or sister in Christ. We all should assume the position of Job, “Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man (Job 32:21-22).” As ministers, we should be weary of these flattering titles. Nonetheless, they are not unbiblical, if they are not referring to spiritual progeny because then they are giving you a position that only God should hold in heaven and on earth. Only God can give us spiritual birth on earth, so only Him can have sons and daughters spiritually.

Until then, call no one your spiritual father but you can call them father in Christ.


St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Monday, March 12, 2018

What does it mean “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm (I Chr 16:22)”?

What does it mean “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm (I Chr 16:22)”?
This passage has been used out of context a lot by dubious men and women of God who promise their parishioners and congregants imprecations and even hell fire if they dare to confront them on their misbehavior.  They are always quick to say, “The Bible says ‘do not touch my anointed.’” However, does that verse really mean what they say it means? Otherwise, what does it mean to not touch the Lord’s anointed.
The term “anointed” means a consecrated person as king, priest, saint or prophet. In the Old Testament, there were only three people who were anointed: the priest to offer the right sacrifices, the king for good judgment and the prophet for great utterance. In the New Testament, the saints receive the anointing (I John 2:27).  Paul tells the Corinthians that it is God who anoints us (2 Cor 1:21).
Jesus tells the disciples that when the Holy Spirt comes, he will advocate; he will give them the ability for great utterance, right judgment and good sacrifices. The world cannot receive Him, so they cannot be anointed. With the advent of the Holy Ghost, the anointing was now spread from three people limited role to all the saints. Every Christian is a saint and every saint is an anointed of God. From the garden of Eden, God had already set mankind aside- anointed (Gen 2:17). After the fall, he had to make selective anointing. Then when Jesus came, he broke that division. Instead of a few entering the holy of holies, everyone who believes in Christ can now enter into the holy of holies.
What then does that passage mean, "touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm."Let us go back to the word “Touch”.
What does that mean? The Hebrew word for touch is “naga” which is an active verb meaning to beat, smite, draw down. It is homographic with the “touch” in I Corinthians 7:1. Because although they are spelled the same, they have different meanings. In I Corinthians it means to have sex. It is important to understand the context before we do some application.
This edict was originally given by God to the heathen kings around not to touch-fight or beat Israel-the chosen people of God.  When Abimelech seized Sarah from Abram, God appeared and ordered him to return Abraham’s wife to him. That is because Abraham was anointed of the Lord in Genesis 17:4. The same covenant was extended to the sons of Abraham and his son’s sons (gen 34:7). The children of Israel had to reconsecrate themselves each time they sinned anew and the Prophet will pray for them. (I Sam 7:5). When Bejamin attacked Israel, God fought for them and smote the Benjamites (Judges 20) because it was unlawful to touch the Lord’s anointed.
As you see, the passage did not refer only to men of God as it is being used today. It was used for the people of God. That is why Jesus confronted Saul of Tarsus on his way to persecute the elects in Damascus.  Luke writes, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
The second part of that verse is do my prophets no harm. It means that you should not attack them physically. It does not shelter them from rebukes, else, the bible will contradict itself. Paul asked the Corinthians to judge (listen to their story and make a decision as to their behavior) themselves.  Jesus recommended such judgment (Mt 18:17). Therefore, men and women of God being saints are not exempt from the congregational or parish or even individual rebukes from brethren. That is part of the accountability we owe to one another.
 In the words of Zechariah, the prophet, it is written, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye (Zech 2:8).” Therefore, whosever touches any saint, touches the eye of the Lord. That person is dealing with Jesus himself at that time. Any saint is an anointed of God. Attacking a true child of God, you are attacking the Lord anointed, but that does not make them above reproach, if they fail to conduct themselves properly as a true saint should.  

Until then, touch not the Lord’s anointed.

St Arrey of Ntenako



“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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