Archive for September, 2015

An Irreconcilabe Paula

September 9, 2015

With a faith undaunted by the task at hand, this mother, humanitarian and beloved mentor is also the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, a non-traditional church with a multi-cultural mission whose membership ranges in the thousands. A gifted exhorter and motivator, the core of Paula’s message is “delivering spiritual truths that transforms lives”.

As in secular  life, the vast majority of the pulpit pimps are men.  But there is an occassional woman among the ranks.  Paula White, excuse me, Paula Cain is one of those women.  

The parapgraph at the beginning of this essay is from her web site.  It says she has “faith undaunted”.  It says her message is, at the core, one of …”spiritual truths that transform lives.”  And it points out that New Destiny Christian Center (that’s the name of her church) is multicultural.    

I want to focus on “spiritual truths that transform lives.”

More than anyone, I know the marriage relationship is very difficult, even if you are totally dependent on the Sprit of God.  We have been married forty years.  I spent the first twenty-five (I was saved the whole time) stepping on every mine in the field and going back to check on a couple to make sure I covered them all.  The next ten were spent trying to repair the damage done during the first 25 years.  So yeah, marriage is difficult.  It was mostly Peggy’s willingness to be obedient to Christ that kept the whole thing from blowing up.

I said all of that to say this:  Paul’s “Ministry” is one that “…transforms lives.”  In a couple of other places on her site, she says:

Paula White Ministries operates under the premise that the solutions to all of the problems we face in Life are rooted in discovering, nurturing, and propagating a lifestyle of engagement with God through Jesus Christ.

Paula is now in her third marriage.  Her last one ended because of irreconcilable differences.  Her hsuband is now on number four.

Sheeple  are so gullible (I’ve been told I should say this rather than “stupid”.)  But I guess if you go with Word of Faith and a women pastors, it’s not that difficult to ignore Scripture in a lot of other ways.  

The woman preaches the power of God, but she lives like the unsaved.  

I say this not to condemn her but to warn you sheeple to get away from her.  For several reasons she is not qualified to shepherd a flock.   

The most obvious and probably least agreed on by various denominations, is the obvious fact that she is a woman.  Scripture says that a pastor/bishop/elder is to the hasband of one wife.   So unless we are going to go lesbian, this is talking about a man.  But even aside from this, Scripture lays out several additional standards.  

The elder should be of good reputation.  As I said, poor ol’ Paula is now working on her third marriage, with a fellow who is now working on his fourth.  And she is rumored to have have been…um…intimately involved with another Word of Faith televangelist by the name of Benny Hinn, another person who talks alot about a life changing ministry.  

But despite this, the sheeple continue to support her.  They continue to see her as an anointed woman of God rather than just a pimpette, telling people what they want to hear and promising them what they want to get.  They continue to send her a “seed”, be it $69 dollars based on her butchering of Psalm 69, or $20.15 becuase you want 2015 to be your year of Breakthrough.  

Walk away from her, run to Christ.  Walk away from her “ministry” and run to the Word of God.  

Soldier for the Lord or Friend of the World?

September 3, 2015

  
 Whether you like it or not, we are soldiers. We are told to put on the whole armor. We are told to use the weapons that are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds. We are told to fight the good fight.

 But every army, all soldiers need leaders who know the enemy, who know the objectives, and who are dedicated to victory using the strategy laid out by the commanding general. That commanding general is, of course, God. And His strategy is laid out in the BIble.  

 TD Jakes (hereafter referred to as T. Dexter) claims to be a leader within Christianity. But the difficulty is that he is not standing firm in such a way that the rest of the Christians are encouraged to stand firm against the onslaught of a secular society; a society explicitly hostile to Christianity.

 Recently. T. Dexer gave an interview, addressing the topic of homosexuality and the “Black” church. In it, he stated that the homosexual has to find a church where he or she feels welcome…in their homosexuality. Additionally, he says, in that same interview, churches have their opinion and homosexuals have their opinions. Do churches also have their own opinions about adultery, fornication, lying and stealing? Or do they stand by God’s view of these things no matter the cost?

 He went on to say that his own views on homosexuality have evolved and are evolving.

 This is, at best, limp-wristed leadership (no pun intended). Men who lead in this fashion will not be able to equip the saints to withstand the Politically Correct Tsunami that is poised to wipe out all the churches “playing church.”  

 To be fair, he did try to walk the evolving comment back. But you have to wonder how someone so smart (okay, I’m being sarcastic) could say something so dumb. And truth be told, his excuse didn’t work too well when you consider the question he had been asked by Lamont-Hill.

 As society changes its view of homosexuality (along with living together and a host of other examples of the lowering of standards), will the church goer have anything besides a bunch of shouting and feel-good performances to help them stand? Will they have men who stand on the truth of the word, exhorting the Christian to stand, to present ourselves as men who will stand for Christ. 

 T. Dexter tells you to “Get ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!” because your breakthrough is about to come to you. He tells you “Get Ready!” for a blessing. But what he doesn’t do is equip you to stand up to the choice of rejecting that which God says is wrong, not matter the cost.

 Think about it. How can a man who is admired by the likes of Oprah Winfrey be a soldier in the army of the Lord? He’s way too busy trying to be liked and way too careful to avoid offending anyone. And he’s willing to work with those who are openly and virulently hostile to the Gospel. 

 Do you want to grow as a Christian? Dump the social clubs, the shouting-fests, the “churches” that major in making you feel good instead of guiding you in the development of holiness, integrity, and discipline. And of course I’m not talking about being perfect, just having a desire to grow in Christ, being willing to take up your cross daily.

 Run from the pimps and their churches. Christian: run to Christ…and all that he calls you to.

 And you folks at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering need to remember: T. Dexter is John K. Jenkins’ mentor.   John Kenneth Jenkins, the Senior Pastor at FBTGotK  wants to be like T. Dexter when John grows up.

You have to wonder.