Monday, February 29, 2016
I know not when my yonder call comes.
Like a carcass I will lay forever motionless.
Then pallbearers will roll the hearse away.
As a sendoff to the celestial wedding day.
Shall Michael and Gabriel be our best men?
It would matter less to me or the brethren.
Were my positive footprints engraved on lives?
Are my fingerprints scratched on yearning hearts?
Those goals are my blind stick for the pilgrimage.
By faith I saw the narrow gate during scrimmage.
Oh what endless joy profound overtaking me?
A recompense showcased in this great epitome.
I am a stranger on this earth, passing today here!
This world is not my home; I am a stranger here!
Hamilton Ayuk 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The debate about why blacks in America have not done well, despite the Civil Right Act is very debatable and contentious. You have one side which claims that the white people are totally responsible for the demise of the blacks; meanwhile, there is another group that believes that the blacks are responsible for their own backwardness. You still have another group that believes that both the whites and blacks are responsible for the quagmire of the blacks. Those who believe that the blacks are responsible for their backwardness are mostly white, well to do and middle aged or seniors. On the other hand, those who believe that whites are totally responsible for their demise are mostly blacks, especially the younger ones. I believe that white America is responsible to a little extent, but black America is totally responsible to a greater extent for their own lack of progress. I have been lucky to live in both communities and to attend church with both white and black communities, so I can share with you things I have witnessed.
Sometimes white America points to blacks who have succeeded which makes such arguments evil and unrepentant because that would mean that they are not ready to correct the mistakes. The few black success should not factor into the debate since they will be like 1% of the general black population. I am conscious that there is systemic and systematic racism in education, judiciary, legislation, incarcerations, employment and many others that seem to affect blacks. I am also conscious that there is “White Privilege” that favors the whites more than the blacks. As an American, both whites and blacks can succeed in school, albeit whites will be hired faster than blacks; however, there are many blacks whose poverty is due to their own irresponsibility.
The white family structures are better than those of the blacks, so the black kids easily stray away than their white counterparts because of lack of leadership. Statistics have shown that kids with both parents succeed more than those with single or no parent at all. If only the whites are responsible for the calamity of the blacks, then who is responsible for that of the poor whites? There are many blacks who refuse to better their own lives, they commit crimes and sell themselves to carpe Dieme. If the immigrants and other people of color come to America and make it, then the fault cannot be all that of the whites since these immigrants have to hop over the obstacles placed by White America. I am not poor because some white person is holding me down. That would be giving the whites more power, even the place of God to assume that they determine who should be successful and who should not. I am poor because of my own foolish decisions.
If you go to college or university and come out with a career or trade, but you do not have a job, one would understand. However, you cannot intend to improve your conditions, yet you have no trade, no career, no skill and all you do is walk up and down like the Satan and then blame white America. When you talk about people going to college or learning a trade, they quickly tell you that big charities are stealing from the government, so why would you worry about the poor person on welfare? That in itself is escapist. That will give the impression that only the black people are on welfare which is not true. When one probes them further, they say that they have decided to be poor. If you have decided to be poor then you should not take anything from the state, and you shouldn’t blame anyone for the condition you find yourself. Therefore, simply because someone says that the black people should go back to school or learn a trade to maximize their opportunities, it does not mean that he does not want the government to help them. Those who receive handouts are slaves to their givers.
One other reason why white America prospers more than black America is because they employ better their opportunities. You can see white Americans laying wealth for their kids and grandkids, but the blacks are more into clothes, shoes, living at the moment. The white people save in their youth and spend in the old age, but the blacks spend in their youth and try to save in their old age when they have nothing to save.
The lack of stability and peace in black communities is a great handicap. When you look at the killings of the blacks by the blacks in Chicago, Baltimore and New York, you wonder why anyone would blame the whites for that. It is not oblivious that whites kill whites too, but you don’t have white communities where violence is in the proportion of Baltimore, Chicago and New York as we see daily.
Thinking that the whites are totally responsible for the outcomes of black lives will hinder social cohesion and integration. The problem with this line of thought, I mean that of blaming the whites for all the problems of the blacks is that there will be lingering animosity. I have had very good white friends, and I still have whites I hold in great esteem, just as I have some blacks, but on the other hand, there are some blacks and whites that I hold with a lot of disdain. People should treat each and everyone as an individual. There are some very bad blacks and there are some very bad whites. I want to encourage the people to refrain from carrying animosity in their hearts against anyone because it is like someone drinking position and expecting their enemy to die. The Lord God is able to pay everyone according to his works. I have seen people who have maltreated me experience things that one should not. The funniest thing is that rather than pain and suffering, I find joy in my suffering while they are married to insomnia, despite their affluence. When the blacks keep holding little white kids responsible for their pain when these kids have nothing to do with their pain, it oils the wheels that run the cycle of animosity.
Until then, the black people are masters of their own destinies.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Is Pope Francis or Obama the Antichrist?
Many people have been clamoring that Pope Francis is the Antichrist, and some have even said it is Obama who is the antic Christ. Are they really the antichrist? To ascertain this assertion, we will define the word, show the characteristics of the Antichrist and then compare Pope Francis and Obama to those Characteristics. This should not be a difficult thing to do at all.
It is clear that the Antichrist must come to this world (1 John 2:18). It is expedient to make a dichotomy between the Antichrist and Antichrists. The best analogy will be Jesus Christ and the Christians called “little Christs.” The “Little Christs” were and are imitators of Jesus Christ; meanwhile, the Antichrists are followers or imitators of the Antichrist. The Bible defines the antichrist as someone who “denies the Father and Son (I John 2:22).” John says that the spirit of the Antichrist was already in the world during his time (I John 4:3), which was the First Century. He goes forth to explain that the many false teachers and deceivers who deny the divinity and deity of the Lord Jesus are all bearing the fruits of the Antichrist, yet the Bible does not say anywhere that the Antichrist has already come. Therefore, we must wait for him, peradventure he comes during our time.
The Antichrist has some characteristics that you should look for. The first is that he must deny Christ and his deity. This denial will lead him to perdition. That is why he is called "the son of perdition" (John 17:12). When the son of perdition comes, then the end of the world has come. Therefore, the son of perdition is the harbinger to the end of the world. When he comes, the world will fall away from following God, and it would follow the Antichrist as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3). There will be some who will still believe in the saving of the soul rather than drawing back (Hebrews 10:38). For the Antichrist to reign, he must institute the Mark of The Beast (MOB) which is called 666 (Revelations 13:16-17). These are the things that will happen when the MOB is in motion: it will be placed on humans only (Rev 13:17), all people will take the mark on their right hand or forehead conscientious and obligatorily, everyone must take it to be able to buy or sell, and the mark will be a sign of possession or belonging to the Antichrist as a sign of their condemnation (Rev 14:9, 11). The mark will be to them what the Holy Spirit is to the Christian and God (Ephesians 1:`13; 2 Corinthians 1:22). During his term, the abomination of desolation will take place because the Antichrist, the son of perdition will sit in the temple and be asked to be worshipped as God. The question now is do these signs fit Barack Obama or Pope Francis?
There can only be one Antichrist at a time, so it cannot be both Pope Francis and Barack Obama as many cry out. It will either be Barack Obama or Pope Francis. Neither Pope Francis nor Barack Obama is forcing people to take the mark of the beast. Neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is sitting in the temple and telling people that that there is no God other them, so people should worship them. Neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is denying the deity and lordship of Jesus Christ. They may have their own doctrinal issues like all of us, but that does not make any of them the Antichrist. For anyone to fit the description of the Antichrist, he or she must fulfill the above conditions as stipulated in the Bible.
Furthermore, I am not confusing anything. The expression the Mark of the beast in Revelation 13:14-17 is a direct inference to the Antichrist as mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:4-10. The abomination of desolation is not for someone to refuse from bowing down; it is for someone to deny the deity and also persuade others from paying homage. The anecdote about the imagery in revelation does not show anything nor does it fulfill the conditions of the Antichrist who is called the son of perdition.
There are clear signs that will follow the Antichrist. He will come with a tag-666 placed on the forehead or right-hand of people without their wish, those without the mark will not be able to buy or sell, and he will attempt to take the place of God, asking people to worship him instead. The fact that Obama is doing none of that cannot link him to the Antichrist. If Obama is the Antichrist Christ, then he would have to assume the throne and not leave office. If he leaves office, then he is not the Antichrist, and there is less time for him to establish that monarchy. More so, the Antichrist must first come before the world comes to an end, and this will be after the gospel has gone through the entire world.
Until then, neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is the Antichrist. We may not even see him in our generation.
St Arrey of Ntenako
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