Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why Did The Early Church Reject the Apocrypha?

Many have asked me why the Apocrypha books are not being used by the protestant churches. The Bible says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”. (2 Tim 3:16-17). The Apocrypha and books like Acts of Paul, Gospel of Barnabas, Apocalypse of Peter, Didache, Epistle of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas are all fake and false books. In between the testaments were the Apocryphal books. Their canonicity is rejected because neither Jesus nor the apostles quoted from them to make them authentic and integral. They failed to survive the external evidence test because Josephus (regarded as the epitome of Jewish history) rejected them. More so, they were rejected by the early church. The Protestants also rejected them of having any canonical authority, nor divine inspiration. However, the Roman Catholic Church in the council of Trent, 1546 AD, in order to fight the Protestants movement declared them canonical and included them in the Douay Version (Roman Catholic Bible).

The canonicity of the New Testament did not raise many problems like that of the Old Testament because things had changed during the New Testament era that they were more organized. Five parameters served as the yardstick to the canon of any book. Firstly, the author must be an apostle or walk with one of them. Secondly, the said book must be a lectionary. Thirdly, the universality of the book was considered. Fourthly, the content of the book had to be of such spiritual character and fifthly, it had to give evidence of having been inspired by the Holy Spirit. The following do correlate with these requirements. Hence the following were chosen as canonical – all the 27 books in the New Testament.

There is a funny story in Toby 6:1-8 where Toby is teaching people how to cast out demons. An angel appears and lectures a young man called Azariah that if anyone is demon possessed, you should catch a fish, take the heart, liver and gall and then burn them and let the demoniac inhale the smoke, and he or she will be healed. If you look at the way Toby prescribes to cast out demons, and the way the rest of the Bible does, you will see that Toby is out of place. Toby recommends spiritism and exorcism (practices the Bible is strongly against), but the rest stipulate prayers and fasting (Mk 9:29).

Nowadays, a demon case is sent to the psychiatrists for counseling, rather than the person going to a deliverance session for prayers and fasting. A spiritual problem warrants a spiritual answer. Rather than a Psychiatrist, it needs fasting and prayers to deliver the individual.

Notwithstanding, that does not mean that we cannot read the Apocrypha; it simply means that we do not take them like the word of God. We will read them just like we read Harry Porter or Othello, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, The Caretaker, The Crucible or Young Goodman Brown. In short, just the same way we read every other book. It is not certain that every book we read, we read it as if it was the word of God. However, when we read Dr Faustus, Erotica: An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature (Ill), Encyclopedia Britannica, we see very odd things there, but we do not take them as the word of God. So I will encourage Christians to read and quote from it like every other book.

Until then, the Apocrypha are not the word of God but could still be read.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“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). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Are Children Exempted From Baptism; If So, When Are They Ready For Baptism?"

Baptism comes from a Greek word baptizo meaning to immerse or submerse from afflictions and calamities that overburden an individual. This correlates with Romans 6:3-4, Col 2:12; I Cor 12:13; Gal 3:27. The mode has always been a subject of arguments too, but that should not pose problems if we look at the examples of Jesus, John the Baptist and the Eunuch. There is not a single place in the Bible where we see that people are baptized by being sprinkled water upon their heads. That act in itself is called aspersion. The Bible does not mention aspersion; it mentions baptism.

However, what if the individual got believed in the desert and even the oasis could not furnish a brook or pool water. That is where we talk of baptism in a drum or swimming pool.

Another area of contention has been in whose name. Jesus said in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The disciples baptized in the name of Jesus. Whether you baptize in the Godhead or the only name through which we are saved, it is still accurate.

The Council of Carthage, in 253, reconsidered the notion of infants not being baptized. If you are a student of church history, you will quickly know why. From 100 A.D-300 A.D there were local and intense persecutions that even led to the death of the apostles and some church fathers like Ignatius(sentenced to wild beasts), and Polycarp (was burnt at the stake for refusing to worship Caesar) . Those persecutions of burning Christians to the stake, being fed to the lions, being beheaded, being torched, and even being crucified caused a major exodus and scattering which is affirmed in Acts 8:4. The absence of many adults in church and the church in die need to preserve its pool of membership began questioning the raison d’ĂȘtre of not baptizing infants in the Council of Carthage in 253. That means initially, even the Catholic Church did not baptize infants. The question now is: should we baptize infants?

In clear terms, baptism is a symbolic act. Thus, it is important to note that whether a child is baptized or not, baptism does not add or subtract to their salvation because baptism is a like figure. It is a physical act that shows what happens to the spiritual man. Peter goes further to amplify that, baptism should not be simply used as a washing session, but a time we truly put forth a good conscience. In others words, after you get baptized, people should be able to see that you have truly changed your character from bad to good.

If we follow the sequential order of these verses Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16, Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12; 9:8; 18:8; 19:5, we see that the first process is believing and then followed by baptism. The question now is at what stage in life can we consider a child conscious up to a point where they can believe in Jesus? If we follow the fact that when Lydia (Acts 16:15), and The Jailer (Acts 16:33) believed in Christ, they were baptized with their entire families, then we will have to reconcile both passages.

There is a stronger evidence on the sequential order of believe and be baptized than being baptized with your entire household. Looking at the culture in those days, one would easily understand why. If the leader of the household believed, everyone under them followed. This is backed up in those who were baptized in the household of Lydia (Acts 16:15), The jailer (Acts 16:33), and Crispus (Acts 18:8).

Therefore, if a man believes and comes with his household to be baptized, the church should baptize them presumably that they have believed since we cannot determine the hearts of men (Jer 17:9-10; Prov 14:10, I Cor 2:11; Eccl 9:1). But bringing an infant in isolation for baptism is not defended anywhere in the bible. Consequently, infants should be allowed to mature until a time when they can believe for their sins to be forgiven and then be given baptism as a proof of their repentance.

Until then, God bless you.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“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). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Should An Impotent Man Get Married?"

When I first read the question, I laughed. I asked myself what is he doing thinking about marriage? It seems a very simple question to just say no, but it is not as it will soon be displayed. A synonym for an impotent man is a eunuch. In Biblical times, the eunuchs played a large role during wars and serving the kings because there was absolute faithfulness and concentration. The king will never fear that he would be cuckolded. When they went to war, they fought without fear of losing their lives because they did not have anyone to look back to when they returned. There were three types of eunuchs: natural eunuchs, manmade eunuchs, and devotional eunuchs (Mt 19:12). These eunuchs are impotent.

Impotence is a medical condition where a man is unable to have and maintain erection. Marriage is a bond in blood that is sexually administered. Marriage has three functions in sequential order: a help-meet or companion (Gen 2:20), multiplication (Gen1: 28) and means to avoid fornication (I Cor 7:1-2). That means, when a man is getting married, he is ready to fulfill the above duties. How will he multiply if he is impotent? Considering that there is cunninlingus and fellatio, he could still commit fornication. Thus he is eliminated from two but could still fulfill one: erase his solitude if he gets married. This paper is to show you why the author believes that the impotent man should get married, if he wants.

This situation may raise more alarm in Africa than in the West because of the fact that oral sex has not been integrated (which it should) into their sexual lives as an integral part of sex. Yes, you heard me well; it should be integrated fully without reservation. I know that if some of you were birds you will want to shit on my head right now. If you do it, I will understand that you had to go real bad!

In between 1997 and 1998, a brother in Christ got married. He was impotent, but he had faith that God will heal him. He knew if he revealed it to the church leaders, they will not allow him to wed; consequently, he kept it a secret. Immediately after the wedding, he told his wife that he was impotent. The wife told her best friend as a prayer topic, but she leaked it to the leaders. There was an unheralded great commotion. People treated him with all sorts of adjectives and told him how wicked he was especially because the mission taught that once married, you are married for life, and there was no chance for divorce. The brother was calm and collected. He told us to simply pray. As one of the leaders, I visited them regularly to pray with them. One day, he told me that his kasingo was no more just sleeping peacefully; it is now like the opposite of mimosa; when you touch it, rather than sleep, it wakes up with such vigor and purpose. They had their first child and during the wife’s delivery of their second baby, she died.

Had he been prevented from marrying, we would not have experienced that miracle you just read now. Furthermore, the impotent man could find a lady who cannot have children and does not want to adopt and fulfill his responsibilities using toys and cunninlingus.

However, if you are suffering from impotence, you should not feel ashamed; you should be upfront about your condition. You should seek treatment and persevere in prayers, peradventure God works out a miracle. If you have partial impotence, that again is due to several factors like psychological, artherossclerosis, disease, damage to the penis nerves, diabetes, medications, and illegal drugs. Nowadays, there are many types of treatments and even nuts that when you eat, the man in-between your legs catches fire and wants to score as many goals or touchdowns as you want. Therefore, impotence is not that a hopeless situation.

Nevertheless, those men who are not exercising now in their 30s and 40s will definitely have problems in their 60s, so if you want to perform even while 70 and 80, you must be exercising to enable sufficient blood flow from your arteries into the penis. Now that I have given you a line of hope,  you can make a donation into the ministry. Thanks!

Until then, let the impotent man get married if he wants to.

Prince & P A Hamilton Ayuk.

“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). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Is there love without interest; especially in marriage?

To answer this question, I will first show two different concepts that should guide our choice and our lifestyle and then reconcile both. How do you love your spouse like yourself, yet you are looking for an help-meet? Why look for only someone who will meet your help rather than just anyone since you must love without seeking your own? For example, Paul says that “ not her own” (I Cor 15:5) and Jesus says “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mt 22:39) which is the basis of our love. In Genesis, we read “I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen 2:18) which is the rudiment of our marriage. Thence, the installation of the institution of marriage in Genesis 2:18, we read “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”. So, we have two principles: love the other person as yourself, and that your spouse is a help meet. This is getting better. This is good stuff right here. Amen? So our next task is to reconcile both principles and exemplify with practical examples.

Let me put it this way, love your neighbor, the same way you love yourself. That does not exempt you loving yourself. It simply says do not love yourself more than you love other people, but it does not say love other people more than you love yourself. If a husband does not love himself, he cannot love his wife, and if a wife does not love herself, she cannot love her husband. Amen? In looking at this verse, we call the amplification of the Golden Rule, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Mt 7:12).

When you are looking for a spouse, look for one that will compliment you in seeking first the kingdom of God because it is only when you acquire the kingdom of God and its righteousness that all will be added unto you. Let us say that your faith is not strong; you should marry someone who will draw you closer to God, if your gold is to seek God. That tells you there is no human action without interest, but we must look at the interest.

We believe in God to go to heaven, and God gave his son to save mankind. What is he gaining? He is gaining mankind. However, the problem is when you go after worldly things: the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The world does not have joy. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto it.

If you marry a man because he is very handsome or a woman because she is very beautiful, one day that beauty may fade away naturally or unnaturally in an accident or sickness. If you marry a woman for her wealth, that is an interest, albeit a wrong one because money and beauty do not answer the quest of salvation; a broken heart and a wailing soul through Jesus Christ do.Although she may be a help-meet, but that is not the first objective. Your first objective was her money.

Furthermore, let us say that you are illegal. You could marry for love and for papers too. That is because God does not prohibit us from having the desires of our hearts. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” So if you are looking for a man, you look at the godly one first, then the one who has papers (help-meet). The idea of help meet is very important because until after God has given Adam charge over the garden, he did not think he needed help. Eve comes in to compliment Adam as Adam also compliments her. We have our heavenly responsibility first and then our earthly one. If you put the earthly happiness first, then you will be going into selfish reasons because the earthly pleasure does not help you to acquire heaven pleasure, but heavenly accomplishment will help you acquire earthly joy.

That is the more reason why those who married men who had not believed in the hope of making them believe, never succeeded and instead failed to catch both the lover and salvation. Love without interest does nto exist, but selfish interest never brings in joy.

Until then, I hope I have answered your question.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“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). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Manyu Children Say Sesekou and President Paul Biya Must Go!

I see the young kids crying in their mothers’ wombs because their future has been mortgaged for political positions. Manyu elites are glad that Mamfe is tarred. Like Sisyphus, they toil and never come to the end of their travails. Mamfe is like an enclave , but their elites are setting a budget of 75 millions to reelect President Paul Biya into power. Many will not understand why the Manyu elites behave that way. The elites of Africa rely on the government for survival and for appointments to have a post. The president dangles those positions like an African goat rearer dangles cassava robbed with salt to its goats. Once they taste those appointments, they become addicted. Now they seem like they are demoniacs whose antidote is ministerial or governor position. Through these appointments, some people have been helped they say. Their altruism becomes deficient, and like a virus, the dangled appointments of the government ravage their collective volition to fight for the common man. This time the youths must say Biya must go!

Manyu elites, I challenge you, rather than raise money for the reelection of the president, you should raise money to build a proper health center, equip every secondary and primary school in Manyu division with computers, benches, libraries and raise up little inventors, business gurus and scientists. Make primary education free to every Manyu child.

It is more than shameful for learned people to act like lapdogs just for ministerial positions. Manyu elites, don’t you have any shame my brothers and sisters? Mamfe is tarred, but there is no road in and out of Mamfe. Every election year the government drives some caterpillars to grade roads, but after the elections, the caterpillars return to their base. Do you remember since when the African Development Bank approved that Mamfe-Ekok road? The government has refused to tar it. Consider all of that and say Biya must God!

You all voted for the same president for 24 years, and you want to give him again 7 more years. Don’t our people say if a young man did not hunt for a mole when he had strength, it is not when he is walking with a stick that he will hunt an elephant? Do you believe at this senile age president Biya has quickly gotten a magic wand? No, he has none; he must go.

Manyu people don’t you all have any shame? Yes, S-H A-M-E! I understand it all began in the Northwest as they prayed and pledged their lives for president Biya to be the eternal king, but it is not a copycat worth emulating. Please raise that money and equip every school in that division with a modern health center and try to carve out a path to link Akwaya with the rest of the world. I feel sorry for the Akwaya people. If Bachuo, Ntenako, Besongabang are celebrating the president because they at least see electricity, what are you too celebrating him for; for leaving you in the neolithic age ? Some of your children will grow and die without ever seeing a car; talk less of touching it. Are you still happy about voting for him again? Please join me to say Biya must Go!

I say wake up young people of Manyu. You are sacrificing your future by following these elites. Don’t follow them. They are fighting for their interests and that of their families and kids. See, they have sent almost all their relatives abroad, given all of them jobs, and built mansions. They eat money like rats eat peanuts. Most of you fast and pray for your next meal. Your shoes have windows as if the big toe is tired of being locked up and wanted some fresh air. Some of you, your shorts have two eyes as if you buttocks want to peep a little bit into the outside world. You legs have hit so many stones that they are now webbed like the duck’s feet. Consider all your trouble and say Biya must go.

Oh young university students arise and reject the advances of the elites. Isn’t it George Orwell’s Animal Farm still in Mamfe now where all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others? Look, the SDO, DO, gendarmerie chief, the procureurs and other dignitaries have water, but you all drink from the well. Why is water still running for a selected few? Just not to make you depressed, I will leave you with this video.

Until then, long live the Manyu children!

Please send this mail to every Manyu person you know.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“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). 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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