Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Should The Landlord Cancel the Lease of the Antigay Pastor?

You see, we never learn!  Perhaps that is why God had to make the Israelites take 40 years to learn one lesson. We cannot build a better country with intolerance. The landlord (Harsh Investments Properties) of Pastor Jimenes Church- Verity Baptist Church is asking them to leave for his opinions against gays.[1] The media has demonized him and told all sorts of lies against him, which is expected and is normal since we live now in a Real Housewives drama era. By removing the pastor and his church, the others show that they are way more intolerant. Can you imagine if you deleted, unfriended, cut away from or abandon every person who said something you did not like? Either we are a civilized society or we are not. When I was growing up, there was a man who had a huge building with many apartments. Most of the people were from one tribe, with a few other people. Some of the people connived that he should remove the others because they only wanted to have people from the same tribe. He did. Not long after doing so, the people began to fight amongst themselves. Even if only gays were left in the United States, it would not guarantee them full happiness; otherwise, gays will not divorce too.
It is now a common practice for people who disagree with a journalist, teacher, doctor judge or anyone to seek his or her removal. We cannot live in a society like that. It will not work because those who suffer from such victimization will act worst, and the hatred will continue.
When Walter Leroy Moody was experimenting with a bomb, it exploded and hurt his wife. He was convicted in 1972 and sentenced to 3 years, despite his appeals. That caused him to harbor rancor and animus for the prosecutor, judge and every other person who was involved with the case. In 1989, he began to send bombs that killed Judge Robert Vance and attorney Robert Robertson. It was nicknamed “The Mail Bomb Murders.”[2] To cut a long story short, he was arrested, charged, tried and convicted of the crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment.
No matter what happens to him, it did not bring back those people who died. As a society, we should always strive to diffuse tension and anger, rather than seek to build it. The death of Omar Marteen did not bring the 49 people back. If we sense dissatisfaction somewhere, it is our burden to diffuse it. I have always made it as a matter of principle to listen to people when they are angry and to seek redress, if possible.
Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former LAPD cop was fired from his “Dream Job” for exposing the corruption in the department,” so he vowed revenge. He killed at least 3 people. In Donner’s letter to Anderson Cooper, he had a tape inscribed with the acronym, IMOA which stands for the internet parlance, “Imagine a More Open America.”[3] Yes, imagine a more open America where someone can criticize the gay lifestyle and still not lose his/her job, or one in which someone could be gay and still not lose his/her job, talk much of their life. Despite the fact that Dorner was blown into a fire ball by the police and the rest of the officers, the resentment did not end with him as a page was opened, supporting him because the injustice that bedeviled him was still bedeviling others.[4] “We have scorched the snake but not killed it.”
In Dorner’s case, he should have been given his job back and put on probation. In Leroy case, the sentence should have been reduced because at the end of the day, the society should be quick to reform and not deform; after all, no one was killed, and it was a mere accident. As a result, the symptom was treated and not the cause of the disease. Donner was not the problem; the problem was racism, inequality, intolerance and inability to accept criticism.
Look, when I was a youth coordinator, or if you look at any group I led, you never had a single rebellion; no one left the group and not once did we experience rebellions as with my predecessors and successors. The key has always been to listen to people and ask, “Ok, how can I fix it? Tell me what we need to do to make it right!”
My dear compatriots, it is an onus we must bear to criticize and be criticized but still accept each other, no matter our thinking. Those who have been in my classes will tell you that they are always spirited, with students telling me what they think because I encourage them to do so, without any politeness. When a student says something and the majority want to climb on his (her) head, I always say, “That is his (her) opinion; you should just give yours.” Truth does not need to be polite. If we must build a more tolerant society, we should listen to the grievances of people, refrain from punishing those who think differently from us, look like us, speak like us or even threaten the status quo. Despite Dorner being dead, there have been more police shootings too of aggrieved people. There have been many work place shootings of aggrieved people. The key is to be tolerant and accept that, we will never think the same. The gay community should accept that, it is the right of others to say that “homosexuality is a sin,” just like the others too should accept that it is the right of the gay people to live their lives.
Legally, I think that the church should find some legal remedy from the courts because if a Christian bakery cannot refuse form making a cake to homosexuals, then the Harsh Investment Properties cannot refuse to lend their building to the Christian organization. The court opined that the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act. 
Suffer that I end with law #9 of my Law of Oppression, “If your neighbor cannot sleep because of what you are doing to them, you will not sleep for fear of what he or she will do unto you. Neal Zumberge vs. Todd Stevens.” The members of that church will even increase their hatred for the gays because of the treatment. I was one of the people who criticized the position of the pastor in one of my articles, so I take this time too to call out the others for their intolerance. The gay people always pretend with a slogan, “You don’t fight hate with hate; you fight hate with love;” however, I have read so many people who have lost their jobs simply because they criticized the gay lifestyle. That is neither tolerance nor love!

Until then, it is wrong for the Church’s lease not to be renewed simply because of the pastor’s opinions.

St Arrey of Ntenako.

[1] "Church Leaders That Praised Orlando Mass Killing Asked to Move." KXTV. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2016.
[2] "Walter Leroy Moody | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers." Walter Leroy Moody | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2016.
[3] CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 22 June 2016.
[4] "I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner." I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2016.

“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, June 20, 2016

Can a Christian be gay?

This article is in response to a statement by Rev. Terry Steed Pierce, pastor of Joy Metropolitan Community Church who claims that one can still be a Christian and be gay. She said, “It is not oxymoronic.” This writing will define the word “Christian,” state the requirements to be called one and then expose what is required of them. It may not sound right or even Christian at all, but she is right! This article will tell you why a Christian can be gay, but he or she would not be a bona fide one. 
Jesus modified Judaism into Christianity by pointing to himself as the Messiah, the Jews were waiting. He then introduced the new covenant whereby he involved the Gentiles into the salvific plan of God and carved out a path of salvation through Himself by his death on the cross and his blood as the ablution solution. Thenceforth, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom 10:9-10). Nonetheless, there is a caveat. Jesus warned, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” This does not only apply to the gays;  it applies to everyone, even those heterosexuals who preach about God but are living a life of debauchery or scam, seeing that they are constantly living in sin.
Therefore, while it is possible for a homosexual to be a Christian, it will be no different from someone who is a Christian, but he or she is living in concubinage. It is like those who say that they are Christians, but they are scamming people, or they are racist. I knew a young woman who was the choir mistress of a church. She was born in that church, she grew up there, and she had 5 kids with no husband. Is she too living as a Christian? You decide! Would she be part of heaven? 
To be a Christian, you only have to believe in Him and pledge to mimic Him. It is not everyone who claims that they are Christians will go to heaven. The ultimate reason and place those who believe want to be. The gays are Christians, but they are bad Christians, “who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” They are no different from those who practice concubinage or those who are racists, although wearing the cloak of Christianity. When the Judgment of God shall start in the house of God, they will be the goats that will be separated from the sheep and will be those to whom the Lord will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
You can recall the Parable of the Ten Virgins who were waiting for the groom, but only five who did what the groom wanted were accepted (Mt 25:10-11). If Jesus lived in our time, he will ask the gays, “Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I say?" "Do you not see that men should not sleep with men, and do you not see that women should not sleep with women?" He will surely ask. Many will cry, “Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are.”
Paul told the Romans, “For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous” (Rom 2:13; James 1:22).” Some of the gays might even go to heaven, while some heterosexuals will remain because he told the Pharisees and chief priests that, “The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” On the basis that these people may actually repent of their sins. They will not enter into heaven in their condition of Phariseeism (pharisaism) or harlotry because to enter heaven, one must be born again (John 3:3, 5, 7; Matthew 18:3). To be born again is to abandon your sinful ways. However, right now, the gays are no different from the vagabond Jews, exorcists who dealt with evil spirits but still invoked the name of Jesus (Acts 19:13). That is because “They profess that they know God; but in works (homosexuality) they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:16).” Those who will remain out will be due to their unbelief (Heb 4:6). You cannot say that you are a Christian without showing the works of Christianity; and homosexuality is not one of them. Every Christian is a pilgrim on earth, marching unto heaven to meet their Father and older brothers and sisters who have gone ahead. That is why Paul told the Romans not to conform to the world because friendship with the world is enmity with God. James would tell them today, “O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Therefore, if homosexuality or concubinage, lying, stealing racism, etcetera, will keep you away from heaven, you must sever from them because you must cut away from anything you do that will keep you away from heaven, the ultimate goal for which we believe in God. The will of God is that we should live holy lives, and homosexuality is not part of that holy life.  

Until then, a Christian can be a gay.

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, June 19, 2016

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

What does, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path mean?” The passage is from Psalm 119:105. I will give you a brief historicity about the verse, present the denotative meaning and expound on three symbols: the lamp, the word and the Psalmist to build the connotative meaning. Why does David need a lamp unto his feet and light to his path? What does that mean for us today? Considering that it is a metaphor, there is a hidden meaning from just the word as a lamp unto his feet, and a light unto his path.  
In those days, the people made oil lamps with ropy handles to guide their path around when it was dark. The oil lamp had a wig that was dipped into a container of oil. They lit it at nighttime, but they blew it out during the day. David had many enemies before and during his reign as a king. Before he became king, he was a 15 year old shepherd boy who tended the sheep of his father-Jesse. He needed a lamp to see his way through the night. After he killed Goliath, it compounded his misery with the women praising him as better than Saul. This provoked jealousy in Saul who sought to kill him. David spent days and nights running from Saul to save his life, during which he slept in caves and trenches, using a lamp at night to see his way. During his reign as king, David had to run away from his son-Absolom who staged a coup d’├ętat to replace him. While he is running away, the wilderness becomes his world, needing a lamp to his feet and a light to his path.
Psalm 119 is an acoustic poem (because the beginning letters of the stanzas come from the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet) that flashbacked on the word of God during all his afflictions. How can the word be the lamp to his feet and a light to his path?
The wilderness of David is symbolic of our world today (Is 14:17), and it has its own rudiments whereby they survive (Col 2:28). Just as David needed light in the wilderness, we need light in this world of ours because the world is an evil place (Is 13:11). Sin entered the world through Adam (Rom 5:12). This ephemeral world (I Jn 2:17) in which we brought nothing (I Tim 6:7) and will carry nothing out of it, brings with it a special type of care, worry or anxiety for the riches of the world (Mt 13:32; Rom 11:12). The world is the field where both Satan and Jesus plant their seeds. Just as David fought the wild beasts, Goliath and resisted Saul and Absalom, so do we wrestle against Satan and his principalities, powers and rulers of darkness. Albeit, Satan is the prince of this world. Herein live the children of the world who trade their stocks in evil and are distinct from those of God (Lk 16:18). 
The feet and path are metonymical as they represent his life. In the first part of the verse, "Your word is a light to my feet," the word creates a syntheresis, and in the second part,"a light unto my path," the word enables him with a syneidesis. That is why John told the disciples, " Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence after God (I John 3:21)." The word helps him to distinguish between good and evil, and then it guides him as he lives his daily life. The world does not know God. Those who preach against evil are considered troublemakers, bigots, retards and many other names. Through the word of God, the pilgrim understands that sometimes the base things of the world are instead the ones God honors (I Cor 1:28). That is why he does not want us to conform to the world (Rom 12:2). If the world was a pleasant place, why would God from whom every good gift proceeds prevent us from being partakers of that enjoyment? The Christians are now required to shine as the light of the world (Philippians 2:15). What then was the word?
The word that was a lamp to David’s feet and a light to his path is symbolic of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the word (John 1:1). The word came to shine the light into the world, so the world will hate Him. The world will hate anyone who testifies of its evil (Jn 7:7; Jn 15:18-19; I Jn 3:13). Jesus said that he is the light of the world (Jn 9:5; 12:46), and He came to give light to the world (Jn 9:39). Walking in darkness is synonymous to walking in sin (Jn 11:9). Therefore Jesus becomes the embodiment of the word we read.
Jesus said to the disciples, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Mt 5:14:16)." The Christians then become the light of the world because they have the word which lights their synteresis and guides their syneidesis. It was the word that made David the overcomner because it helped him to find his way around the difficulties. That is why he could say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Through this, those who believe in God and keep his word in them would become overcomers too (I Jn 5:4). How much light would you have been to this world? Suffer that I end with the words of Christian in the Pilgrim’s Progress, “Here is a poor burdened sinner. I come from the City of Destruction, but am going to Mount Zion, that I may be delivered from the Wrath to come; I would therefore, Sir, since I am informed that by this Gate is the Way thither, know if you are willing to let me in?” Let the word of God guide your path into heaven, our celestial city. 

Until then, I hope you understand.

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, June 15, 2016

Are Pastors Right To Rejoice Over the Florida Gay Bar Shooting?

Many people are critical of two pastors: “Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento (who) told his congregation that Christians ‘shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites,’”[1] and Pastor “Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe (who) celebrated the shooting rampage by Omar Mateen” in a Youtube video.[2] They have been shown in videos stating that they were happy that the gays were murdered by the Islamic terrorist. There are three issues here to deal with: the inherent evil of either Islam or Muslims, their (pastors') right to free speech and the biblical position for their perspective. Does the Bible support what they said? No, it does not and this is why.
Suffer me to start with the first issue. The San Bernadino shooters were Muslims or did it for Islamic motives, and the Orlando shooter was a Muslim or did it for Islamic reasons. In all 17 armed conflicts around the world, 14 are by Muslims or Islamic followers. Either Muslims are bad people or Islam is a bad religion. Everywhere in the world where there are skirmishes, Muslims or Islam is involved. If terrorism must end, one of them must take responsibility to reign over its followers. Sometimes one must call the raging dog by its name for order to reign, so I agree with this Muslim. [3]
The second issue is that of people calling the speeches of the pastors "Hate Speech" and asking why the government has not "arrested them" or "shut down their churches." Firstly, it is their First Amendment right. Even if you were to apply Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire 315 U.S. 568 (1942) as a limitation of free speech, it will not work here because that is their religious belief. It would mean that every time someone says something you do not like, you can term it Hate Speech and ask the government to arrest or close down their business. That is an intolerant society we are building.
Secondly, as much as what they are saying lacked probity and decorum, it is not against the law. They are covered under the “Fair Comment Privilege” Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. v. Church, 103 Ariz. 582, 595 (Ariz. 1968) because homosexuality is a matter of legitimate concern to the country for people to decide whether they should live that lifestyle or not. In addition, those are “pure opinions” as protected speech, MacConnell v. Mitten, 131 Ariz. 22, 25 (1981). Finally, the court does not require any decency in voicing a valid opinion (Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844, 117 S.Ct. 2329 (1997). Since they are not breaking the law, the government pursuing them will be a violation of their constitutional rights and plain persecution. Our next stage will be to examine their behaviors with the Bible.
The third issue here is what the bible says about homosexuality. They are right that the Bible is against homosexuality and orders death for those caught in it. There is no doubt homosexuality is a despicable act that was assigned death when it says, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”[4] (Lev 20:13); albeit, we are no more under the dispensation of the law. It was a civil law for the Israelites. Nowadays, the civil (criminal) law in the US is in favor of homosexuality. That correlates with Anderson’s opinion that it was not right for anyone to shoot them. As a result, they must leave it in the hands of God. While its status as a civil law is converted into moral law, only God then becomes the righteous Judge. 
Now we can bring in I Cor 6:9-10 which states, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.[5] If we are to become the righteous Judge, then we will have to judge more than just homosexuality. If the government is to round up the homosexuals for firing squad, it cannot leave out fornicators, adulterers, liars, drunkards, (drug abusers), thieves and many other wrongdoers. The reason why we can only leave it in the hands of the criminal or civil law (which has removed homosexuality from that list) is that we are living in a different society; otherwise, we will be advocates of jungle justice. That is because in a case where God has set a timeline when judgment will start, man has no power to change it, considering that he does not come to equity with clean hands. No man is perfect to execute the judgment of sinners. That is different from those who are in the church, for it is the church’s moral right to discipline such people (I Cor 5:9-13). The Bible makes provisions for non-churchgoers to be brought to justice by relying on the constitution. In the Old Testament, it was possible for God’s lovers to implement the judgment of God against sinners as was the case of Phinehas who took his spear and killed two fornicators (Numbers 25:6-8). Again, it is important to remember that we are no more under the dispensation of the law.
            Morally, they are wrong to have rejoiced rather than sympathized with the people because Paul told the Romans to, Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep (Rom 12:15- KJV).[6] At this time, the people are mourning, so it is proper for everyone to mourn rather than rejoice. Therefore, these pastors were wrong in their application of the Bible. This battle is not a physical battle; it is a spiritual battle where we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Even if someone was your enemy, you should pray for them and not rejoice for their demise. There is a time to rejoice, but there is also a time to mourn. On that day, June 13, 2016, the country was mourning the lost of 50 lives, so the pastors should have been mourning. It is a godly thing to do to weep for those whose life is hard, and we should be grieved for the needy. Every good Christian should remember those who are mistreated as if you were suffering with them. These people who were killed have non gay parents too who are mourning. Should we compound their pain by rejoicing that their gay child was killed by a terrorist? That in itself is ungodly.

Until then, I wish to extend my condolence to the families!

St Arrey of Ntenako.

[1] "Controversial Pastor on Orlando Victims: 'The Tragedy Is That More of Them Didn't Die'" Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.
[2] "Steven Anderson on Orlando Gay Club Shooting." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.
[3] Nawaz, Maajid. The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.
[4] "Leviticus 20 KJV." Leviticus 20 KJV. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.
[5] "1 Corinthians 6 NASB." 1 Corinthians 6 NASB. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.
[6] "Romans 12:15 Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice; Mourn with Those Who Mourn." Romans 12:15 Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice; Mourn with Those Who Mourn. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.

“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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