THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Thursday, February 13, 2020|
Cameron, Texas, USA
he Old Testament is as relevant as the New Testament, because our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ doesn't change, because; "He is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Even the King Himself disclosed thus: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). The One Who authored, inspired and wrote the OT was and still is the author, inspirer and organon of the NT. Consequently, when the Decalogue declared in Exodus 20: 12: "Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you," there is a diachronic meaning to that law just like the rest Ten Commandments. The literal meaning of that Law states that there are three occasions in a man's or woman's life that he/she should honor the parents; father and mother. First, when you are about to get married, second when you give birth to your first son and finally, when your father or mother is about to die and you carry out the last spoke words of your parents. You have indeed honored them as your earthly parents.
You can see that the Lord God Almighty did not command us to obey and respect our parents, but honor them. Only when we are children are we commanded to obey our parents (Ephesians 6:1-2). But Honor is a commandment. Honor and respect are two different things; you respect a person because of the position he or she occupies. For instance, when I was talking to His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi, the current governor of Ekiti State, who was my classmate and colleague although I am older than him, but I addressed him as "Sir"" and he was surprised. "Fayee, why are you calling me sir?" and I answered him that I called him Sir because of the position he occupies. So I do to His Excellency, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, another classmate and colleague, who is also a junior in age. I do same to all my friends and colleagues governing other states and in sensitive political positions in Nigeria. Since I haven't been called into that field, I respect those called, but I discriminate against them honorably. Respect is tied to the position a person occupies, but honor is the priority you attach to something or someone you cannot do without in life. You can respect a person or something, yet not honor that person or thing. In the Words of Life, there are 12 things and people the Lord God Almighty decreed that we must honor namely: God Almighty Himself (Isaiah 43:7; Proverbs 3:9; I Corinthians 6:12-20), Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ (John 8:49; Marriage, especially the husband should give honor to the wife, because she holds the future of the human race via procreation and this is why adultery is a grievous sin in the sight of the Lord God ( I Peter 3:7 ), your life and by extension your very soul (2 Timothy 2:21 ), Air we breathe (Isaiah 42:5), Water, Fire (Job 34:14-15; Acts 17:25(), Money (Ecclesiastes 7:12, Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13) the Poor person (Proverbs 14:31), Food(Deuteronomy 28:12); the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:19; Romans 8:9; I Thessalonians 5:19) and finally our parents (Leviticus 19:3; Deuteronomy 27:16).
This week, I want to examine the honor God attaches to the 12th: parents. When the Almighty God commanded us to honor our parents; spiritually speaking there are two parents every human being has on earth; father and mother. The Lord God Almighty Himself is our Father that the Commandment in Exodus 20:12 spiritually meant just as our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us pointblank: "And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9). I tell many of my spiritual sons and daughters never to call me or anyone for that matter; "My father in the Lord." While our Lord God Almighty is our Father as Born-Again Christians; our spiritual mother is the church. That is why the Word of Life warned us in Proverbs 1:8-9: "Listen, my son, to your father's instructions and don't reject your mother's teaching, for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a gold chain around your neck" The father here wasn't referring to our earthly father, but our spiritual Father; the Lord God Almighty Himself! Assuming your earthly father is a wizard, an armed robber, or a thief; will you listen to his instructions? No way! Now the mother here in Proverbs 1:8-9 quoted is not your earthly biological mother which you should listen to her teaching. Supposed your biological mother is a witch, a prostitute, drunkard and wayward, and no good-for-nothing mom, would it not be preposterous for the Holy Bible to command us to listen to her teachings? Consequently, your mother as a born-again Christian, redeemed and bought with the Precious Blood of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ is the church you attend.
Many Christians aren't aware of the fact that the church they attend in this realm is their spiritual mother. Lamentably, many so-called pastors don't even know too that they are the spiritual mothers of the flock under them and just as our doting earthly biological mothers do and look after us and will do anything to protect us from harm, so also the Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ looks at the Church as His Bride. He-Jesus Christ-is the Bridegroom (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 21:1-27). Unfortunately, many churches today have wounded and harmed their children and the pastors presiding over those churches will answer at the Judgment Seat of the Great King as my exposition declares.
There are three steps you must take before you can settle down to a church to worship namely: first, pray that the Lord God Almighty Who called you to reveal His calling and purpose for your life. In other words, know first your spiritual assignment. Second, pray and ask Him where He wants to use you for the body of His Children. Since you didn't call yourself into this Narrow Life in the first place, it is inappropriate for you to peremptorily decide on your own where you want to work for Him(Acts 13:1-3) . Do you tell and dictate to your secular employers which branch of their company you should work? Your employers decide where you will work for the company and send you to that branch as the company deems fit so also is the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6-10).We are not talking just to pastors and other workers in His Vineyard, but to anyone who calls him or herself a Born-again Christian. We are all workers in the True Church of the Living God although we have different responsibilities (I Corinthians 12:1-7). Finally, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you and confirm that the pastor or lead head of the church is indeed called by the True Lord God Almighty. This should not be complicated to know, if you have the Holy Spirit, because The Spirit-referring to the Holy Spirit-is bearing it with our spirit that we are children of the Living God (Romans 8:16). No matter who and where you are on this planet earth, if I meet you for the first time and you tell me you are a Christian and I chat with you for five minutes, I will know whether you are true and genuine or fake born-again Christian, period (I Corinthians 12:10C).
If you find it difficult initially to discern the spirit in the pastor of a church before making the move, here are three levels of spiritual quality controls to use namely: what does the church teach? I am not talking of the mission and vision of the headquarters or statement of faith handed down by the general overseer from hundred and at times thousands of miles away like franchises; rather, the seven beliefs of the local parish expressed by the local pastor in that particular church. In the Eyes of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ, your local pastor and not your general overseer is the one that will account for your stewardship at the Birma Seat of Judgment of the Great King on that Day (2 Corinthians 5:10). So stop dropping the name of your general overseer and instead look at the local branch for assessment. Now here are the seven spiritual truths you must see, inquire and be assured in the local church before pitching your tent in that assembly: First, do they teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life? Second, do they teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and that He died on the Cross of Calvary? Third, do they teach that this Jesus Christ after His Death Crucifixion on the Cross He came back to life and resurrected three days later? Fourth, do they belief and teach that the Death of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection on the Cross and through His Precious Blood, all your sins and mine, including all the sins of the human race have been washed away and God the Father has forgiven us all those of us who believe in situ are righteous before our Holy and Righteous God? Fifth, do they belief and teach that this Crucified and Resurrected Jesus Christ is not one of the ways but the Only Way to make it to heaven and foreclosed any form of legalism and adding something to the finished work of this Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross? Sixth, do they vigorously teach that this Jesus Christ Who is Lord, Master and Savior is coming back soon to judge the world? Finally, do they teach and warn the worshippers that hell and hell fire are real as the final abode of those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord, Master and Savior and drum it in the ears of all their attendees and worshippers to go out and warn unbelievers of this distinct reality of hell eternal punishment through evangelism?
The second step you should take is the pastor of that local church must be subjected to spiritual x-ray and sieved through the Holy Spirit. You cannot do this unless you too are indwelled with the Holy Spirit and not playing games with the Great King. Is the pastor genuine or fake? Is he or she one of these mushrooming charlatans of these end times? This is very pivotal, because a satanic pastor can lead the remaining worshippers into hell fire, even though some of the worshippers may be innocent, genuine and real followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Almighty God values leadership with all seriousness and that was why He chided the leaders and false prophets of Israel thus: "For those who guide this people-referring to false prophets and satanic leaders-mislead them, and those they mislead are swallowed up" (Isaiah 9:16; Ezekiel 13: 1-23 etc). I repeat again, watch and ascertain the genuineness of the pastor who mounts the pulpit to teach in your local church not at the headquarters. If he or she is a Satanist, every word in his or her sermon on that pulpit is a curse in the spirit world, even though he or she is quoting profusely from the Holy Bible. Watch out folks!
13 CHECKLISTS OF SATANIC PASTORS AS DISTINGUISHED FROM GENUINE PASTORS OF THE LIVING GOD
Fake pastors, charlatans, religious racketeers and agents of Satan have certain practical observable distinguishing features that give them up when you visit their churches. First, find out, investigate or if possible ask from the pastor directly when and how was this pastor called? No human being on this earth ever had been given the power and right to call him or her to become a pastor or any worker in the church. Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ said it; no one can come to Me, unless the Spirit of My Father called him (John 6:44). No one ever says he or she becomes a pastor because he or she desires or purposes in his or her heart to pastor a church. Only the Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ calls His Own to become a pastor. Peter and the apostles didn't call themselves into the ministry. Paul didn't make himself an apostle. If any man or woman says he or she is a pastor and cannot tell you and the congregation how he or she was called and the circumstances of the calling, then be extremely careful about attending and remaining in that church.
Watch out how the pastor makes entrance into the pulpit and after sermon, watch out his exit. The satanic pastor given power by the kingdom of darkness has made some rituals in the church as foundation rites that he or she has been commanded not to use the same entrance for delivering his or her sermon so the charlatan will not use the same door for entrance and exit in the church. Those of them that were given marine powers from the sea and ocean and those commanded by herbalists to offer foundation rites such as animal and human blood give themselves out this way. If the Holy Spirit doesn't open your inner eyes, you will be oblivious of these satanic rituals to draw crowds.
When you attend a church and as you are about to enter for church service and there are ushers deliberately directing you to a particular entrance, that is a red flag. If the entrance and exits are just two especially in a small church, that is permissible; but a large church with many entrances yet worshippers are deliberately being directed to a particular entrance even when you do not want to use that entrance, be cautious and be extremely careful. Many of the ushers may not even know the satanic underpinnings of this occult practice, but were told by the church pastor or leadership that it was meant to organize worshippers. The real satanic reason is that there are some disembodied spirits stationed at the entrance to that church to tag the worshippers and these servant spirits as they are called are invisible to the natural eyes. Do not be deceived by the brand name of your parish, because some of the parishes have satanic pastors.
Be extremely alert to certain signs and lingos that the pastor in a demonic church will resort to before he starts performing miracles. I disclosed last week the potent power of language backed by words. Charlatans resort to super-natural communication as they are about to start their satanic miracles and, if you are spiritually alert and endued with the gift of spiritual discernment, you will know those words are invitations to the demons lurking around to manifest and start working their so-called miracles. I have received calls from many precious souls from around the world for sundry needs and when I tell them to go back and talk to their pastors, most often tell me they found it difficult to book appointments and see their local pastors. If you attend such a mega-church anywhere in the world and you pay tithes and offerings in such a place of worship and you are unable to have one-on-one audience with your pastor, because he is a busy man, watch out for other characteristics and features disclosed in this article. If after filling out a form with all your information and finally and finally, you are able to meet this so-called man or woman of God and the first thing he or she does is start prophesying for you, that is a red flag. If the so-called pastor doesn't want to know your spiritual life, genuinely eager to listen and hear from you but simply lurches into 3-minute prayer and then begins to prophesy, you have been duped, scammed and 419ed.
Satanic pastors are bawdy, showy and ostentatious. Look at how the so-called pastor dresses, especially if he has three distinguished suits he wears regularly and those suits are always on during "miracle-working days or church services," he is not the one performing those so-called miracles, but demonic attachments. Beware of those charlatans that wear only white suits or other out-of-the-ordinary apparel when preaching with persuasive and oratorical prowess. They are very charismatic, dashing and homiletically put together, but are spiritually otiose. Apostle Jude described these fake workers of iniquity thus: "In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct-as irrational animals do-will destroy them. Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion. These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm-shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind, autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted-twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever….These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the (Holy) Spirit" (Jude 8-16, 19). Do you see those so-called men and women of God preaching with jewelries, bangles and other worldly stuffs adorning them, with heavy make-up, especially the so-called female pastors? Run for your life and avoid such Jezebels. They are not true servants and worshipers of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ.
Do you go to a church where the pastor lays hands on you and some worshippers and everyone start to fall down and you are deceived that it is the Holy Spirit that is at work? They have an expression known as; "slain in the spirit" to describe such circus for show display of satanic and demonic powers. I don't care if this practice has been on for long or many so-called; "mighty men and women of God" have been doing it. Any time a man or woman of God lays hands on any person; if that person that the hand is laid on falls down unconscious, there are two reasons; either the man or woman that falls down unconscious has demons in him or her that are being expelled as a result of the anointing of the genuine man or woman of God or the so-called pastor is an agent of satan sending demons into the body and soul of the person laying down unconscious, period! Never, and I repeat never will the Holy Spirit of the Almighty God enter into a person and make the person unconscious, I repeat never and the Word of God confirms this biblical truth. In all the miracles of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ throughout His three-year earthly ministry, all instances where demons were expelled from their victims, they normally rendered their hosts and hostesses coconscious (Mark 9:25-26 ). The day the Holy Spirit came into Apostle Peter on Pentecost, he was sane, conscious and highly put together and he was bold and courageous and he addressed his audience ( Acts 2:14). Even in trances and visions, the Holy Spirit will not and will never efface the human will. Unlike the Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ Who through His Holy Spirit want and desire us to cooperate with Him and use our individual will to do what He wants us to do; Satan and his demons on the other hand want humans to suspend their wills and render us unconscious like marionette and lobotomies devoid of initiatives and then the evil forces will have free reign to use the human soul. If you are a born-again Christian and yet refuse to use your brain, but instead suspend your will, intellect and brain to some supernatural entities thinking the more docile and inactive you are, the more spiritual you are, then you have fallen into the sinister traps of satan and his fiendish forces. Hear what the Word of God says: "Test every spirit..."(I John 4:1). How will you be able to test every spirit when you are a zombie, unconscious and unresponsive to events and oblivious of activities in your surrounding after fallen off in the so-called "anointing"" of satanic pastors and demonic amanuenses? Satan and his demons must be laughing their hearts out in these so-called "slaying in the spirit" that we witness nowadays in sham churches and even on many television?
I visited a church few years ago in Illinois with my wife of course and I asked the female head pastor which scripture would she be delivering her message that morning? She replied that she hardly read her bible, but relied on inspiration to come to her as she was about to preach. I looked askance at my wife and that was our last time of going to that church. Be careful with that so-called man or woman of God who doesn't read the Holy Bible, but quotes voraciously from the Word of Life and memorized the Word without reading it as if he or she has become the master of the Word of Life. In this kingdom, no one is a master; we are all learning. The letter kills only the Holy Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). The goggle box is surfeited with motivational speakers parceling self-help messages, Oriental philosophies and artfully-choreographed positive thinking stuffs and laced masterfully with scattered Bible references as the Words of my Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ. Many of them are waiting in the wings from their master deceiver; Satan!
Eagerness and agility to lay hand on your head and this is one of their signature marks. Do not be eager to lay hands on the head of any person so we are warned in the Book of Life (1 Timothy 5:12). Satanist raconteurs spread demons through the laying of hands without verifying the spiritual state of the man or woman they are praying for. Most genuine pastors will place their hands on your shoulders while praying with you for the first time. Do not allow any so-called pastor to lay hands on your head the first time they are praying for you. Watch and pay keen attention to the lifestyle of the pastor and if you discern flamboyance, opulence, fornication, adultery, vanity, celebrity status and self-glory, avoid the place like plague. No moderation; they behave like movie stars and flaunt their ill-gotten wealth with that smug assertion: "My God is not god of poverty." Inquire and research the standard policies of the church on these seven classes of people namely: the sick, widow, orphan, the fatherless, the stranger, the poor, the prisoner, children, the handicapped and physically-challenged (Matthew 25:35-40). If your findings aren't encouraging and you hear excuses and nonchalance, stay away from them.
A genuine pastor and minister of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ must preach every day, every Sunday and at all times these seven themes namely:- salvation, sin condemnation and sin confession, temperance and decent dressing, soul winning, second coming of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ, final judgment of the sinner on the Last Day and the reality of hell and eternal punishment in hell fire. All these prosperity, riches and materialistic sermons and outdoing one another on whose private jet is newer and bigger are from the pit of hell! Save your soul, folks.
Q & A OF THE WEEK: Did the Lord God Almighty know that Adam and Eve would disobey Him? If He knew, why didn't He stop them from sinning against Him?
Yes, the Lord God Almighty knew that Adam and Eve would disobey Him, because He is the Omniscient Lord God Almighty Who knows everything (Psalm 139, Daniel 2:22, Matthew 24:36 etc)). How do we know or can say that the True Lord God Almighty knew beforehand that Adam and Eve would disobey Him before creating them? The Holy Bible answered that question thus: The Lamb of God-referring to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ-that was slain before creation" (Revelation 13:8). How could our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ be the Lamb of God that was slain before the creation of the world and the creation of Adam and Eve, if the True Lord God Almighty hadn't made provision for the redemption of Adam and Eve and their children-you and me? The disobedience of Adam and Eve would have caught the True Lord God Almighty by surprise, but because God Almighty cannot be caught off guard and as the One Who knows the beginning to the end as the Alpha and Omega, He made provision in advance for our redemption. What an awesome God we serve, Hallelujah! Now as to why the Lord God Almighty didn't stop Adam and Eve from disobeying Him; how could a Loving God Almighty give a warning to Adam and Eve only to stop them from flouting that warning? How could a Loving, Compassionate, All-Knowing, All-Powerful and Merciful Lord God give Adam and Eve and by extension you and me free will answerable to our individual decision, only to withdraw the same free will the same breath? Does it even make sense? He still maintains the same Godly Principle today.
The Holy Bible, I have disclosed here severally is not the book of destiny, rather it is the Book of decision. You are free to obey or disobey God, worship or scorn Him, listen or discountenance His teaching; but He has also told us the consequences of our individual decisions. He said as much to the children of Israel: Behold, I set before you life and death…choose" (Deuteronomy 30:19). And He concluded His Book with the same principle: "Let the one who does wrong continues to do wrong….Behold I am coming soon…"(Revelation 22:11-12). What and how you and I will use that our individual freewill that the Almighty God has lovingly given us to decide is individually and personally up to us. Those of us serving, worshipping and obeying Him are using our individual freewill to willingly obey love and worship Him. You who aren't listening, obeying Him, and not worshipping are also exercising your freewill which He gave to you. But remember one thing: when you are done on this earthly realm in the journey of life, He will ask you one day to give account of how you used that freewill He gave you on this earth. That is not complicated at all! You don't even need a university degree to understand that, period!
DATELINE: GHANA 2020: WILL PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO OF GHANA WINS RE-ELECTION THIS YEAR? STAY TUNED AND LET'S HEAR WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS.
Another round of general elections is coming up later this year in the Republic of Ghana. Who will become the next president of the republic? How will the elections turn out? We are zeroing on the forthcoming presidential election, but before we do that, let's turn the snooze to four years ago as disclosed in this column. On Thursday January 02, 2014, we prophesied in this column that the current president of the Republic of Ghana would one day rule that nation, even though he had tried times in the past to govern that nation, but failed. The Holy Spirit showed us the future. Here is the link to that prophecy: (https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html)
"The Holy Spirit says the current generation of Ghanaians should not forget the adversities and national famine of the past and how far they have come. In the years of prosperity and wealth, they should love one another; look after the widows, orphans, the fatherless, the oppressed and the poor. He complains of the wealthy neglecting the poor. Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party will one day rule the Republic of Ghana."
Then we followed with another true prophetic declaration in 2016 that Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo would win the Presidential Election four years ago. Again, here is the link to that prophecy: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/012818.html
As we disclosed in this column in 2016 ever before a single vote was cast in the presidential election in Ghana that Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo would defeat the incumbent President John Mahama and it was fulfilled, Akufo-Addo would serve his two full terms tenure effortlessly. As the December 2020 Presidential Election is underway this year, just as we disclosed in 2018, President William Ado Dankwah Nana Akufo-Addo will win re- election and serve his two terms of eight years without glitches. Although there will be skirmishes here and there in some areas of the nation as votes trickle in at the first hours of the election, but when all the votes are finally counted and tallied and the overall results are announced, the ruling New Patriotic Party will keep the presidency as our prophecy declares.
STOP PRESS! STOP PRESS!
OUR PROPHECY ON BAYELSA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION 2019/2020
Readers of our column would remember that we disclosed last year that the APC would not rule Bayelsa State and outgoing Gov Seriake Dickson would hand over to Senator Diri of the PDP. Our prophecy was published in this column on September 16, 2019. Here is the link to that epochal prophecy where we declared audaciously by the Holy Spirit: (https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/091619.html ). "Sen. Duoye Diri of the PDP is the next governor of Bayelsa State as he will win and win conclusively on Saturday November 16, 2019 as my prophecy declares for as the True Lord God Almighty says: "I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me"----Isaiah 45:5). Mr. David Lyon of the APC was already going around some fake pastors, charlatans and impostors in Nigeria celebrating but the Holy Spirit doesn't lie. As the Holy Spirit says, " Do not treat prophecy with contempt " (I Thessalonians 5:20-28). Now twenty four hours to the inauguration of Mr David Lyon, the Supreme. Ours of Nigeria bowed to the supremacy of the Holy Spirit, the King of kings and the Lord of the lords.