Pimping for Prosperity – You Can Do It Too!

July 8, 2014

my house

     This is my house.  And that’s my lake.  And that’s my guest house.  But please, don’t be a jealous hater.  You too can have a house like mine!  In fact, with a little determination, you can have one bigger than mine.

     My name is Melvin Jones and I am the pastor of Praise Immanuel Mighty Prince (P.I.M.P) Temple. And no, you may not call it the PEMPLE. I’ve already fired a number of people for just that. They didn’t share my vision. And every one knows it’s the pastor’s vision that’s most important, not Scripture. In fact, just to make sure we understand who I am, you should address me as Pastor when you send me e-mails or respond to my anointed Tweets. If you don’t address me as Pastor, there is no chance I’ll respond to any of your e-mails or tweets.

Oh! Didn’t I tell you? I’m going to write a series of articles telling you how I became such an anointed Mand of Gawd and giving you pointers on how to be just like me. There are enough sheeple willing to give you their money out there that we don’t have to be competitors.

Writing these articles is already bringing back some fond memories. I always get a warm feeling when I look back on where I was and I see how far I have come. Yes, I even kept a couple of my old K-Mart suits, just to remind me of why I want to keep on doing what I’m doing. Plus, if you pay attention, you can learn how to go from an underpaid mail room clerk (not that there’s anything wrong with that if you don’t have bigger things in mind) to a vastly overpaid pastor, bishop, apostle, and entertainer making hundreds of thousand, if not millions of dollars every year.  My motto?  Don’t settle on a six figure income!  Go for eight!! 

As I said in an earlier article, I’ve gone from driving a hoopty (1979 Toyota Corolla station wagon) to a late model Lexus that I paid cash for; from renting a townhouse from a friend to owning a house with a living room that has more room than the entire townhouse. I’ve managed to transform myself from a piddling little itinerant preacher, looking for opportunities to preach, if only for free chicken, to someone everybody wants to hear. Well, everybody who either doesn’t have a good hold on Scripture or folks who don’t know who I am. But hey, the money spends the same either way.

I used to study to see how Charles Stanley or John MacArthur preached and how they put together a sermon. But learning Greek was way too time consuming and most of the folks I preached in front of just weren’t interested in what “the original Greek says” unless I could make it say something they wanted to hear. So I looked to Marilyn Hickey, Ken Copeland, John Avanzini, Oral Roberts, John Osteen and a host of others, some blatantly Word of Faith (I’ll talk more about that later), and some of them just not that closely committed to fidelity to the Scripture. But they were all committed to growing churches – in numbers, not Christian maturity.

Once I figured out the secret of getting invited back, and how to shut down people who might disagree with what I preach(especially if what I say is wrong or borderline heretical) it wasn’t too long before I started to see an increase in my honorariums. In fact, the more I said what people wanted to hear, the more honor I got in my honorariums. Heck, I could at least afford a better quality of sweat rag.

So over the next several weeks, I am going to let you see behind the scenes of how I ended up as the Pastor, the Mand of Gawd, at PIMP Temple. And if you work it right, if you take my lessons to heart, you’ll be able to dump that boring 9-5 job, get a fine car, wear fine clothes, live in a huge mansion while you say the things people want to hear you say. It doesn’t matter if they’re true. If you train the congregation properly, you can say just about anything (except the truth) and they will hang on your every word, believing what you say.

If I can do it – so can you. And these days, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. If you present yourself just right, and you tell the people what they want to hear, you can end up on the top of the heap. The only thing you’ll have to remember is that even though you are at the top of the heap, you’re still part of the heap. But if you can live with that, you will have a really good life.

    So stand by and you’ll find out how I met my chief armor bearer, Nails Callahan, Vikki “Boom Boom” Parker, the dance ministry leader, and “Keys” MacMillan, head of the Transportation Ministry. I did tell you all auto theft charges were dropped against him, right?

Liturgical Flag Waving

June 30, 2014

Okay.  I was running really late for church this morning.  The wife and I were supposed to go to Sunday School but I somehow miscommunicated my intent when I decided against it.  I was unclear enough that she thought I had said we weren’t going at all.  The time got seriously short (and I forgot to buy gas last night) and before I knew it, we were leaving home around 10:55.

I really dislike getting to church late.  And since I have no responsibilities at the current church, on the way to Temple Hills Baptist Church, just before we got the exit to Martin Luther King Rd (Rt 704), I offered Pretty Peggy the one time opportunity for me to take her to First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering.  She took me up on the offer and we fought our way onto the church campus, through slow moving traffic, and into the parking lot.  I loaded Pretty Peggy into the wheelchair and rolled her into the sanctuary.

As a compliment to FBCGotK, they have special seating sprinkled throughout the sanctuary that allows a wheelchair occupant  to park and lets the companion sit right next to her.

We got there during “Praise and Worship” and a curious thing was going on.

Can any of you explain this – using the Bible?

During the entire time the congregation was singing, this young lady, and many more like her, stood waving silky purple flags and gold flags around in an artistic manner.  All I got out of it was a draft and a concern that the young lady was going to mess up and hit me in the head.  Are these like the flag waving equivalent of liturgical dancing?

I guess it’s good to be reminded of why a church organization should never have too much capital to work with.  And why they should avoid being “Seeker Friendly.”  I won’t go into my rant about there being no seekers.

Temples, Memorials, and Tabernacles

June 27, 2014

The Greeks, the Romans, the Mayans, the Egyptians, and a host of other civilizations built fabulous temples for their gods. The Greeks built beautiful temples to honor Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite and others. The Mayans built massive structures of gods like Quetzacoatl, the feathered serpent. The Egyptians built sprawling temples of Ra and others. They even built the Pyramids for their pharaohs…their dead pharaohs.

Take a look at the Parthenon. It was huge, and visible for miles around. Even in a state of ruin, it’s obvious that the building was beautiful. It took a lot of money, a lot of lives, and a lot of years to build.

parthenon

It is a magnificent structure, even in its current state of ruin. And this was done for gods made in the image of men, beasts, and creep-crawly things, according to what men, with their darkened hearts, thought was right.

On the other hand, the Israelites, at God’s direction, built a Tabernacle or, as it literally translates, a tent for God, the creator of the universe. The tent was surrounded by a seven foot high fence made of fine linen, blocking the view of the tabernacle and ensuring people approached the tent from exactly one direction, from the East.

The outer layer of the tent was made of porpoise skin. As a point of interest, at that time, porpoise skin was primarily used as shoe leather, specifically the leather used on the bottom of the shoe. It was a dull, drab color and it felt like, well, shoe leather. From the outside, the Tabernacle looked like nothing more than a non-descript grey mound, a grey mound with an interesting set of curtains on its East end. It looked something like the following:

Tabernacle

But inside the drab tent was something completely unexpected. The interior was constructed of gold, silver and acacia wood. The interior was filled with the sweet aroma of a specially formulated incense. A golden lamp, in the shape of a vine with six branches growing out of it, burned the purest olive oil to provide light for one section of the two-sectioned tent. The walls were made of acacia wood wrapped in gold. The foundations used to hold the supporting walls were made of pure silver. The ceiling was made of fine linen with images of angels.

And in a small square shaped room, all by itself, sat the Ark of the Covenant, made of acacia wood and gold, and the mercy seat, formed from pure gold. And there, over the mercy seat, God graciously and visibly manifested his presence. It was here, over the mercy seat, that God met with Israel. And it was here, with the sprinkling of blood, that Israel’s sins were covered.

Back at the fabulous Roman, or Egyptian, or Greek temples, animals were sacrificed. But the sacrifices did nothing to bring men closer to God. In fact, the only thing the sacrifices did was alienate the men and women from God even more.

I was in Atlanta last weekend and had an opportunity to worship with a friend of mine. The name of the local congregation there is All Saints Redeemer Church in Decatur Georgia. They are, to put it mildly, a small church. In fact, here’s a picture of the building (I got it from Google Maps). Fortunately I saw this before driving to the church. I would have missed it on the first pass.

All Saints Redeemer Building

As you can see, the building is not particularly large. It’s not at all impressive. And it doesn’t even look like a church building (however we think a church building is supposed to look). There is nothing about this building to make a person give it a second look; or even a first look for that matter.

But inside, this past Sunday, Michael Leach, the church’s teaching Elder (that’s “pastor” to you folks at Club Newbirth) preached on John 14:7-14, the exchange between Jesus and the disciples in the upper room. In the forty minutes of preaching, Leach opened up the Word, explained what Jesus was saying to the disciples, and explained why Jesus was kind of short with them when they asked to see the Father. He pointed out the implications of being told that if you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. For forty minutes, he exposed us to the grace and glory of the word. He did as scripture describes in Ne 8:5-8: he read the word and gave us the sense of the word. Inside the rather ordinary structure, we found a man being obedient to the Word. We were warned that if there is no growth in a Christian’s life, there is reason to doubt the truth of a new birth in that man or woman. We were told about the importance of works, not for salvation, but as an indicator of whose I am. The Word was expounded, the truth of Scripture was presented unapologetically. The beauty of Christ and His work on the cross were established unambiguously and without reservation. And as with any effective sermon, I walked out of the building feeling like I had been kicked in the butt (or “buttocks” as my wife insists I call it).

Now consider this building.

FBCG Building

Some of you may recognize it as the “worship center” for First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering. This is one impressive building.  And it’s large.  In fact, Redeemer’s entire building would fit in its lobby. As the picture says, it sits on 60 acres. Here’s a link to a shot from space. The blue turtle looking thing on the right is the church building. The square structure across the street is a school building.

The last time I was present at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering, John K. Jenkins Sr, the senior pastor there at FBCGotK introduced his mentor – Thomas Dexter Jakes, whom you probably know better as T. D. Jakes. T. Dexter has only just now figured out that God is triune in nature and has only just now kind of sort of moved to embrace Trinitarianism. Kind of.  He’s still Pentecostal as evidence by the speaking in tongues when Tyler Perry “laid hands” on him.

Inside this fabulous building, John K. Jenkins tells the people they are the head and not the tail. He tells them how to “hear the voice of God” without telling them to focus on the Word of God (the Bible). He tells them how to be conquerors and prosper when the world tries to keep you down, and when to sell your car before it’s completely worn out. He explains to them that godly music has everything to do with the beat, the rhythm, and the melody. He has even told them that Jesus suffered in hell for their sins because His death on the cross wasn’t sufficient. The only thing that did was make it possible for us to receive divine healing for our bodies. And one day, when I was talking to him, he explained to me that a person had to “walk down the aisle” in order to get saved.

In a couple of weeks, he will be piping into this fabulous building, a leadership seminar featuring such luminaries as Bill Hybles, leader of Willow Creek Community Church, Tyler “I Never Miss an Opportunity to Ridicule the Church” Perry, who we know has been sleeping with his fiancé, and Wilfredo De Jesus, who hasn’t necessarily done anything wrong. I’m just suspicious when the world speaks so well of a preacher.

In the past, John K. Jenkins has exposed the congregation to such people as Noel Jones, a Oneness Pentecostal, Tony “Mr. Potty Mouth” Campolo, and a host of other sketchy individuals. He has brought in women who preached a Word of Faith theology, claiming that God used faith to create the universe. He has, on his own authority “restored” a man guilty of adultery to a pastorate (though the dude did have to go someplace else to set up another church).

Have you noticed how the modern world is beginning more and more to resemble the ancient world? The more deception there is, the flashier the facility.

Now this is not to say that every large building is a sign of bad doctrine. But let’s face it: most of the pimps have getting a big church as a goal. Growing a church means adding as many people as possible rather than helping and encouraging the members to mature spiritually. Most of the pulpit pimps are able to convince their sheeple that the big, flashy building is a sign the pimp is anointed.

Don’t look for a large, beautiful chruch building.  Look for a church, a local body of Christ, that is taught the truth. Look for a church that focuses on Scripture and its application in our lives. Look for a church lead by godly men willing to sacrifice for you and will call you to sacrifice, not pulpit pimps who are more than willing to sacrifice you on the altar of power and riches. Look for a church lead by men who will speak of the beauty of Christ, not men who build a beautiful memorial to themselves.

 

 

 

Loyalty or Holiness? Clowning the Word of God

June 13, 2014

jamal clown

I see why some people are afraid of clowns.  Jamal Harrison Bryant is a man who apparently has no respect for the Word of God and is willing to clown around, saying what the people want to hear.  The Bible says it is God breathed (inspired), good for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16), a light unto our path (Ps 119:105).  The preacher, the elder, the man with the responsibility to a flock as an under-shepherd, is warned to handle that Word carefully and with regard for the Author. (2 Peter 3:16)  This guy stands before the congregation throwing around words like ‘ho and other “gritty”words.

I listened to the rest of the speech.  If you think you have the stomach for it, here’s the link.  And here is the loyalty comment.  After listening, I refuse to call this abomination a sermon.  It was, at best, a pathetic set of religious imaginings.  The fact that he “wrote” this thing and actually fed it to the congregation demonstrates what has to be is total disregard for the people.

He began the speech talking about what men are looking for in church and that he believes we are urging men to be sanctified sissies.  (Truth be told, I can’t say I really disagree with this statement).

To give you an idea of his lack of respect for the Word, Jamal takes us to Matthew 27:19 and weaves it into a twisted fantasy.  That single verse reads:

While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message,saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”

Jamal the begins to tell us that Pilate should have listened to his wife, a woman of God.  Remember, Pilate’s wife was not a Christian, religious Jew, or a person in any way similar to Cornelius, the Roman Centurion who we see being baptized into the Body of Christ.  She was not a Lydia.  She was a pagan, a worshiper of false gods.

According to Jamal, if Pilate had listened to his wife, the idea of individual rights, women’s suffrage, voting, and a host of other rights would have been brought into reality a lot sooner.  According to Jamal, if Pilate had listened to his wife, he wouldn’t have been fired as the governor of Palestine, he wouldn’t have been shuffled off into obscurity, he wouldn’t have ended up with nothing.  Of course, neither the Bible nor history tells us what happened to Pilate.  There are traditions, but nothing I would be willing to build a theology on.  But he does.

For instance, according to Jamal, did you know that any man with no wife is running on grace?  It doesn’t matter if this statement cheapens the entire concept and the character and infinite value of grace.  Did you know that a man doesn’t get favor until the woman arrives?  Do you even know what the heck that statement means with respect to Christianity?   Or how about this – an anointed woman doesn’t just dream about a man, she dreams for her man.  When you listen to your wife, you are listening to the voice of God.  He says that when she is connected to you, she dreams about what she sees you accomplishing.  Would you care to tell me where any of this is located within Scripture?

Of course, in all of this he addresses the men who are not faithful to their women, men who are running around with some other woman.  He refers to those women, the other women, as a whores who have no loyalty to their man.  But why would Jamal see the need to tell the men there at the Temple of Doom that the women they are fornicating with are not loyal?  Is the lack of loyalty of the whores really the primary issue?  Is having your wife “dream about what she sees you accomplishing” the goal here?

Once again Jamal pimps the women with imaginings that they can visualize success for their men, visualize faithfulness, persistence, and godliness.  Once again he provides tainted food, guaranteed to do much more damage than good to the women.  But I suspect an awful lot of the women there at the Empowerment Temple of Doom would have risen up in rebellion if he had focused on telling them to submit to their husband as their head, even as Christ is the head of the Church.

(A tip of the hat to Sidney W.)

Pretty Peggy Ties Her Shoes!

June 6, 2014

It’s time for another Pretty Peggy Update.  I have been somewhat remiss in getting you the details of Pretty Peggy’s recovery.  She has, despite her occassional excursions from the diet we have been trying to follow, been generally improving with respect to the damage done by the fall down the stair, all twelve of them.

To review, right after the fall she couldn’t do much of anything:  not use a fork without exhausting herself, not put on a shirt, not hold a glass all by herself.  Friends came in while she was in rehab and fed her, kept her company, and otherwise let her know that everybody loves them some Peggy.

She has been improving.  Sometimes very slowly, sometimes with noticeable speed.  Here is a Pretty Peggy video.  She’s tying her shoe.  She already tied the first one.

See what you think.

 

TD and The Oprah – Still Yoked Together

June 5, 2014

yoke with oprah

Here’s where I get confused.

T. Dexter Jakes (AKA Bishop T. D. Jakes to the sheeple) professes to be a “mand of Gawd”, a Christian pursuing holiness, a disciple who wants to die to self and be obedient to Christ.  He claims to be Spirit-filled, tongues speaking (I know this is true because I saw him speaking in tongues when Tyler Perry laid hand on him and gave him a bunch of money for one of his projects) soldier for Jesus Christ.  He is willing to die for Christ, to renounce everything rather than…well, you get the idea.

On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey is a woman who denies the deity of Jesus Christ (Link here ), promotes what can at best be called New Age doctrine and philosophy (and that’s being generous), thinks it’s awful that God is a jealous God, and is producing a reality show featuring Michael Sam and Vito Cammissano.  What?  You don’t know who Vito Cammissano is?  Mr. Cammissano is the boyfriend of Michael Sam.  He’s the one we got to watch smooching with Michael when Michael found out he had been drafted by the NFL.

One (T. Dexter) theoretically holds to a Christian worldview, saturated with Christian values, standards, and practices.  The other holds to a world view that at best minimizes God and in many respects make man god.  Did any of you see Oprah’s netcasts with Mr. Tolle?  He is a New Age prophet if ever there was one.  And Oprah was fawning all over him.

Amos asks the question:  Do two men walk together unless they have an appointment (or agreement)?  Way later, in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, Paul admonishes the Corinthians to avoid being too closely connected with the unsaved.  While this isn’t marriage we’re talking about here, surely you can see that the relationship isn’t your regular employer/employee kind of relationship.

If, or rather when, as a part of the Life Class, Oprah tells a homosexual he or she should fully and proudly embrace what God has made them, is T. Dexter going to correct her (on air or off)?  Not likely.

T. Dexter has this huge audience of mostly unsaved people, mostly unsaved women to talk to.  But in presenting his portion of Life Classes, he never mentions Jesus Christ.  It’s all about fulfilling your potential, getting what you want, following your instincts.   Of course I know of at least one possible reason he never mentions Jesus Christ:  He wants to keep his job with The Oprah.  Given her hostility to Jesus, it wouldn’t do to promote Him too much.  As a result, he has to compromise and teach things against the Bible.

Why did God direct Solomon to refrain from marrying the women from the surrounding kingdoms?  Why did God tell Israel to refrain from taking wives from among those outside the nation of Israel?  To avoid having their hearts turned from God. (1 Kings 11:2).

Of course, if I were a catty kind of person, I would postulate that there is no danger of this happening to T. Dexter since it’s likely his heart isn’t looking toward God to begin with.

Oh, and remember folks:  T. Dexter is the mentor of John K. Jenkins, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering.  I just though I’d remind you of that.

 

Christianity Has Lost the Current Culture War

May 31, 2014

barack-obama-gay-marriage

Christianity has lost the culture war.  But for the sake of the Church,  perhaps that is a good thing.

Now that we are an increasing minority in the culture, I suspect the Pulpit Pimps will begin to lose their sparkle with those who are genuinely saved but a little on the carnal side.

As the culture becomes more hostile to Christianity, those who would profess to be Christians will have to do one of two things.  They will either conform to the culture around us and accept whatever the world says is acceptable or they will have to stand on the Word of God (the Bible) and be willing to suffer the consequences of that stand.

Supposed Christians (especially Black ones) have refused to speak up on issue after issue.  Worse than that, we have supported for political office, men and women who flagrantly and aggressively violate those standards we say we hold.

Case in point:  Obama is the most aggressively pro-homosexual president we have ever had.  But you Black Christians keep supporting him, saying he’s a great Christian man.

Mr. Obama threatens Uganda and Nigeria when they pass laws that condemn homosexuality.  He seeks to embarrass them on the White House website. (link here)  But he says say almost nothing about countries whose governments are based on Sharia Law and require the stoning of women.  He promotes homosexuality as an international human right, but says nothing about the failure of Germany to recognize the basic rights of parents to raise their children in their faith, without interference from the state.

Mr. Obama is the most aggressively pro-abortion president in history.  As a state senator, he voted against a bill that would prevent infanticide.  His excuse?  The bill was simply an attempt to weaken a woman’s right to have her child killed while it is still in the womb.  Read his defense, in his own words, here.  He makes such ludicrous statements as “God bless Planned Parenthood”.  And it’s clear Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a conduit to abortions, usually operating in Black and poor communities.  But according to you Blacks out there, he’s a good Christian man.

This “Christian man” has put us in a position of having to either cave to the culture (in violation of Romans 12:1-2 and other sections), or being punished by the culture and the government.  Remember, Colorado just ruled that a cake maker DOES have to help homosexuals celebrate a homosexual wedding (I still refuse to call it a marriage) or suffer penalties under the law.  (Link here.  )

But as I said at the beginning of this article:  This could all be a good thing.  More and more Pimps like Joel Osteen and T. Dexter will be forced to take a stand for or against homosexual practices and abortions on demand.  They will reveal themselves as opportunists rather than pastors.  Consequently, more and more of the visible church will be composed of men and women who are more interested in pursuing holiness than in pursuing big name Word of Faith “pastors”.

So maybe I should thank Mr. Obama for laying the groundwork for the purification of the Church.

I See Now Why the World Didn’t End

May 30, 2014

I guess it had to happen. I am no longer an elder at Reformation Alive Baptist Church. In fact, I am no longer a member of Reformation Alive Baptist Church. I resigned as the Last Elder Standing a couple of months ago. I resigned as a member of that local body on 21 May 2014. I have decided I need to move on. As one man from whom I often seek counsel put it: I should probably find a place “where my gifts can be better used.”

As many of you know, I was affirmed as an elder by the congregation of Reformation Alive Baptist Church about a year and a half ago (somewhere around the first of December, 2012). This was a result of (or perhaps in preparation for) the imminent departure of the vocational elder (that’s the pastor to you people at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK)). He taught at the college and they weren’t paying them on a regular basis. I have an article on that here. When the “degreed” elder left, I became the last elder standing.

I was quite excited (and I must say sobered) about my role in the development and growth of a Reformed church. It represents an incredible responsibility, and an incredible “opportunity” to screw up.

I suspected there was going to be trouble when the church insisted they had to find a “pastor” as soon as possible. A couple of the leaders panicked and unilaterally called in a fellow to pastor us temporarily. Fortunately, rather than me becoming resentful, he became the “one man whom I often seek counsel from.” And we worked together to try to pull the church through.

And it was during this “pulling” I learned an uncomfortable truth. Not everyone understands what the church is. While I was privileged to preach the word to them for over a month and a half (not an easy task, by the way), and while I kept emphasizing that we, the members, are the church, where ever we meet; most stayed stuck on the idea that unless we met at the Lutheran facility and unless we had a man we could call pastor, and unless that man had at least the makings of a Master’s degree in something religious, then we couldn’t survive as a church and we wouldn’t really be a church. Both the fellow they called in and I tried repeatedly to help them understand the fallacy of this approach. But it was not to be.

We limped along with the aid of the fellow called in by the informal leaders of the congregation. We didn’t grow in numbers. Instead, we slowly shrank.

Eventually, the fellow they called in, the fellow who is now one of my counselors (I hate to use the word “mentor”. It seems so pretentious.), had to leave. He could no longer work for free. The informal leaders wanted to govern the church with something called a Leadership Team. At that point, I had to object. If they were going to do that, I pointed out, I could not keep the title of Elder, especially since I viewed being an elder as a huge responsibility. I had to explain, as politely as I could, that if I didn’t have the authority of the elder, as laid out in Scripture, then I was certainly not willing to take up the responsibility for their souls.

The church held a meeting several months ago to discuss the constitution and to try to identify changes needed for the constitution. In that meeting, several people made known their objection to a Reformed approach to theology and governance. With few exceptions, the rest of the members agreed. They weren’t interested in the 1689 London Baptist Confession. They weren’t interested in Calvin, Luther, Augustine, and they didn’t know the constitution was filled with so much Reformed references. They just wanted to read the Bible. Period. It became apparent at that point I should find a place where “my gifts can be better used.” I then tendered my resignation as a member and let them know that my last day would be the Wednesday night I finished the Bible Study series on the Tabernacle as a type of Jesus Christ. That fell on May 21, 2014.

I have to admit I learned a lot. The challenge of serving as an elder was huge. Working with the man the informal leaders brought in to replace me was actually very good for me. I was able to watch him and learn (he had about twenty-five years as a pastor/missionary/church planter/etc.) as he dealt with the congregation and as he tried and failed (just like me) to direct them to a good understanding of what a church actually is. I have to admit I don’t feel so bad after watching him and trying to help.

At the moment I’m just depressurizing. I attended another church last week. It was great to just sit there and listen to an outstanding exposition of the word. I didn’t have to work the sound board or set up the projector, or make sure the microphones had good batteries, or make sure all the sound levels were good, or put all the equipment away after service. I didn’t have to think about preparing for Wednesday night Bible Study or worry whether or not Movie Night, featuring a really good dramatization of the Book of Daniel, was going to go well. All I had to do was sit with my wife and listen to (I’m promise you I’m not making this up) a sermon on the significance of the Tabernacle as a type of Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross.

At this point, all I can do is quote Superman, quoting Bizzaro Superman: “Life am good.”

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!! All to the Glory of God

February 17, 2014

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I was going to leave the young(?) woman alone, but Ms. Pullings seems to be getting further and further from living the life of a godly woman.  Of course, I will lead with the usual disclaimers:  I can’t say the woman is not saved.  I can’t say the woman doesn’t pray every day.  But I can be pretty sure she is showing none of the characteristics of a godly woman, of a woman dedicated to bringing glory to God at all times, or who prays to the God and creator of this universe and not the celestial bell hop of the Word of Faith crowd.  And I can say is the she has learned well the lessons of the other pimps set on separating the foolish sheep from their money, their time, and, ultimately, their opportunities to grow and develop as Christians. 

Take a look at the announcement Medina’s birthday party.  Again she (or some of her sycophantic followers) want us to celebrate her life.  But take a look at the picture again.  What do you see? 

  1.  Medina is at the center of the photo.  Yes, it’s her birthday, but why are we celebrating it?  The very appearance of her image at the center of the graphic is very telling.
  2. The background has nothing but images of the world.  Downtown, lots of bustle, lots of business and prosperity. 
  3. There is no mention, even on a token level, of Jesus Christ.  The event is, apparently, all about her, all about giving stuff to her, all about Medina.  Tell me again how this is dying to self and putting on Christ.

Now, have you listened to her preach?  If you have, you may begin to understand how a supposed woman of God can be so shallow and worldly (as in pursuing goals in no way related to Jesus Christ and His glory).  If you haven’t listened to her, I’ve included a sample below.  Take a listen.  It’s twenty minutes long so it will take a bit of patience and a bit of pain if you pay attention to Scripture at all.  But once you go through it, you will begin to understand.  Look especially around the following approximate times, some a little before some a little after:

  1. 0:35
  2. 0:51
  3. 2:09
  4. 4:02
  5. 4:39
  6. 4:44
  7. 4:52

Now you have heard some of the swill she preaches to the sheeple.  It goes something like this:

If anything you think of as bad happens to you, it’s only so God can make you prosper financially/physically/medically later on.  The wicked around you seem to be doing well?  God’s going to transfer that prosperity to you.  Are you “dead” in your struggles?  God is going to resurrect you to prosperity.  Unfortunately, most of the silliness she spouts has nothing to do with Christian growth and godly prosperity. 

Before salvation, a person is dead in his sins – period.  In salvation, the believer has died and has been buried in Christ (Romans 6:3-6) and HAS BEEN resurrected into life even as Christ was resurrected (Romans 6:10,11).  There is no resurrection into financial prosperity.  To say so is to cheapen salvation to the point of mockery.  We have been raised in Christ.  And no place in that raising is the expectation of prosperity as Mrs. Pullings defines prosperity. 

She is preaching to people’s greed and often to their desperation.  And instead of telling them about Jesus Christ, savior and resurrected Lord, she spends time filling their minds with the thought that pretty soon, their gravy train is coming in and they will be able to live life large and at ease. 

But hey, if any of them can get a gig like hers (babble nonsense from the pulpit and collect money from the sheeple) I suspect their train would come in.  But the scariest part is this:  Mrs. Pulling and people like her are going to have to face God for the damage they are doing to the sheeple under them.  And an awful lot of the sheeple are going to be very disappointed when they stay as poor and as desperate as they are right now.  

Mockery, Not Spirituality

December 19, 2013

Perry andT Dexter

The laying on of hands happened months ago, and most of you have probably forgotten about it.  But I haven’t.  It took me this long to really put to words my objection to watching Madea’s and T. Dexter’s antics, antics that displayed a complete disregard for God and His holiness.

It wasn’t presumptuous.  Well, it was presumptuous.  But it was much more, much worse than that.  Saul’s action after Samuel told him to wait until Samuel had offered a sacrifice before going into battle was presumptuous.   And that presumption cost Saul his kingdom.  (1 Samuel 13:7-14)  But again, this goes beyond presumption.

Consider who was involved in this much discussed event.   T. Dexter (a man who only recently “figured out” that God is triune in nature) and Tyler Perry, the creator of Madea and Mr. Deed, the main character who decides to travel across Africa with his mistress and her daughter.

Tyler Perry consistently turns out movies that either denigrate the Church or present a world view that is exactly opposed to even an approximation of holiness before God.  T. Dexter is, at best, disingenuous and at worst deceptive.

T. Dexter denies being a prosperity preacher, yet continues to preach word of faith doctrine.  He seems pretty determined to feminize men with such concepts as he-motions, dancing in the aisles (like a woman) and general feminization of the male characteristics.

Laying on of hands is a dead serious act.  It is used to appoint elders and deacons within the church.  In Acts 19:6, with the spreading of Christianity, it was used in Ephesus to demonstrate that Christianity is indeed to be preached to the Gentiles without the need to become a Christian first.  In Ephesus, it was performed by an Apostle and validated the idea that Christianity is to be preached to the uttermost parts of the world.  These are not trivialities.  At all times it is a solemn action.

At best, the behavior of these two men was nothing short of a mockery.

Here’s the event I am talking about starting at about 3:12 so you can avoid listening to Tyler Perry let us know how much money he’s giving to one of the project TPH has going.

When asked about the event, the best T. Dexter could come up with was saying that he didn’t know what had happened.  I suspect the falling out was nothing more than theatre for the benefit of the men and women (the sheeple) who are a part of the crowd there at The Potter’s House.   This seems a lot more likely if you notice some hefty men stand behind T. Dexter before Perry got there.   They wouldn’t want the Right Reverend to fall on his…um…derriere right in front of everybody, now would they?

So here we have a fornicator (remember, a while back Tyler Perry was in a panic because he thought his girlfriend might be pregnant).  Now, correct me if I am wrong, but for the most part, there ain’t but one way for a woman to get pregnant, and it’s not from sitting on a toilet seat.  So now, this guy gets up in front of the crowd and lets everyone know he’s giving TPH a million dollars.  He even starts speaking in “tongues” and speaking of hearing from God.  Then around 3:10 he makes the astounding statement that “in order for me to blessed, my haters have to be present.”  An interesting interpretation/application of Psalm 23.

But, as if to put icing on the cake, the praise lady starts screeching about Jakes pushing so he could have his baby.  Huh?!?!  Did I mention that Jakes seems set on feminizing men?  (See 3:54)

And all this time the crowd is going wild, jumping pews, dancing in the aisles and generally having a fit.

God does not like being mocked.   In the Old Testament God struck a couple of dudes dead because they offered up a strange fire.  (Lev 10:1-2)  And these two were sons of Aaron.  Definitely an indicator that God is not a respecter of persons.  Galatians, a little more gently, clearly indicates that God will not be mocked.  Galatians 6:7 states that whatever corruption you sow to, it is that corruption that you will reap from.

These two clowns, apparently more than willing to mock God for a tax write-off,  a little publicity, and some money have put themselves in the position of being opposed to God.  No, they’re not saying “I am opposed to God.”  Instead, they are doing the very things God tells us not to do, behaving as if they are being obedient to God.

Elders are to lay hands.  And elders are to have a good reputation.  They are to be able to defend the faith.  They are to turn people away from bad doctrine.  Neither Tyler P. nor Thomas D. is doing any of this.

I watch these men strut about, playing at Christianity and it saddens me to think of the damage they are doing to Christianity and the people whose faith they are wrecking.

Bottom line:  Stay away from these men.   They are religious.  They are not godly.  Stay away from these men.  They are pretenders, using the sheeple (as dumb as some of them may be) for their own purposes.   They are mockers .(2 Peter 3:3)   No, they are not denying the return of Christ, but watch some of the movies and plays he has produced.  They are definitely following after their own lusts.


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