Archive for July, 2016

The Blind Leading the Stupid

July 28, 2016

White and HarveyMore and more it seems the blind are leading the stupid.  We have T. Dexter appearing on Oprah’s show.  The Preachers are out there imitating the world.  And now, Paula White appears on the Steve Harvey Show to give marital advice.

A couple of weeks ago Ms. White was a guest on the Steve Harvey show.  She was there to counsel a couple who are having difficulties that revolve around religious differences.  She is a “minister” (whatever that is) and he refuses to go to church.

First, let’s remember that Paula White has been divorced twice and married three times.  While I am tending to give her a pass on her first divorce (she was a teenager and probably as dumb as most teenagers), her second one is more problematic.  We wrote an article on her here. last year.  You can see it here .  Her counseling a couple on making a marriage work wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that she advertises her church as the place where she is delivering spiritual truths that transform lives.

Her life does not seem to be overly transformed (two divorces and three marriages; both of the later marriages to previously divorced men).

Steve Harvey keeps insisting he is saved.  While I can’t see the man’s heart and no one wears a label saying “SAVED” stitched to their forearm, I can hear his mouth and the sexual innuendos he continuously throws out during the show.   The latest one, for instance, had a male stripper giving a member of the audience a lap dance.  I guess I should be glad that at least the audience member was a woman.  These actions completely negate any confession of faith he may wish to present.  Last week he taught a woman how to tell people to kiss her behind (expletive cleaned up).

Finally, what about the couple having the problems?  There’s the husband, York, who doesn’t want to waste his time in church.  He’s an agnostic.  Either that or he is incredibly immature as a Christian.  I can see him agreeing to come on the show.  As an agnostic, he just doesn’t know any better.

On the other hand, the woman, Yvette, professes to be a Christian, a woman who loves God, who is so serious about it, in the words of the show’s producers, she became an ordained minister.  Why in the world would she go to either Steve Harvey or Paula White for advice?  The one good thing is her expression when Paula talked about having love and having God.  But we’ll get to that in a minute.

So we’re going to have Paula White, the woman who left her second husband because of “irreconcilable differences,” counsel them on reconciling their differences?  Really?  Why not have Bill Clinton counsel a couple on the need for faithfulness and monogamy?

While Paula was “counseling” the couple, she said:  ‘If you have love, you have God.”

What?  Maybe she meant if the love of God dwells in you, then God dwells in you.  Because only those who have God can have the love of God.  Maybe that’s what she meant.  The Bible says:  He who has the Son, has the life.  He who does not have the Son does not have the life (1 John 5:12).

Here’s the video.

Steve Harvey’s behavior is really inconsistent with his profession just on the most basic level.  James, chapter 3 tells us:

 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

But he again shows his lack of understanding by inviting Paula White to speak.

For years, Steve Harvey has been professing Christ.  But I have to say he seems further away from that confession as each day goes by.

Paula White?  She is simply showing herself to be one who will do whatever it takes to have her fame, even if it is at the expense of those who tune in and take for true the swill she dispenses.

Stay away from these people.  Warn your Christian friends about them.  Talk to your unsaved friends for as long as they will listen.

Following After the World – Not Shaming the World

July 26, 2016

As the culture becomes increasingly hostile to Christianity, it appears the shepherds are becoming more like the world and less able (or less willing) to train us to stand against the world. They have become entertainers, showmen, and sometimes clowns. That which is holy is treated like muck.

A new television program has been rolled out by Fox Television. It’s called “The Preachers.” It features four preachers in a talk show format. The preachers? E. Dewey Smith, Orrick Quick, John Gray, and Jamal “Babies Across America” Harrison Bryant.
God talks to Orrick Quick. No, I mean He talks to him. In fact he gave Orrick a typically Word of Faith message: “This will be the year of miracles for you and your ministry.”

I always wonder why God never gives these people messages like: “You are going to go through a severe trial. But in your weakness, the world will see my strength. I will accompany you through the fire so don’t fret it.” Alas, they never get those kinds of messages. But I digress.

Last week, the preachers interviewed Monique and her Husband Sidney Hicks. Apparently your boys wanted to get the story on open marriages. After seeing the interview, that’s seems to be the only purpose I could see.

Here’s the interview. When you finish, let’s talk.

Here is some of what the couple said:

  • The key to an open marriage is that we have a conversation (2:47)
  • The Hosts call them Believers. He seems to think they are Christians (2:50)
  • Sidney asks us “Who am I to tell her what she can and can’t do? (2:59)
  • The sin is in her doing it after he tells her not to. That is the sin, not the fornication.(3:10)
  • They then used the concept to get rid of the concept of infidelity (3:40)

And here is what the preachers said in response:

  • Zero
  • Nada
  • Zip

Jamal is continuing to show his unsuitability to be a pastor/elder/shepherd. He already has several children – not by his wife. His wife left him for repeated infidelity. Even the unsaved know the man is a pulpit pimp. Click here.

But be warned, the language is very strong. You might have to pour anointed oil on your ears once you finish. I’m not kidding.

While Sydney and Monique were talking, neither of the hosts said anything to rebut what they were saying. In fact, the two hosts asked such things as “How do you find a balance to open marriage and keeping the bedroom sacred?”  What?!?!  That’s like asking “How do you find a balance between stealing from your employer and being a loyal employee.

Stay as far away from these men as possible. Don’t listen to them. Don’t give them any of your money. Don’t give them any of your time. Warn people away from them.

By the way, here’s a young fellow’s take on the episode. So maybe it’s not just me.

Again – stay away from these people.

Forget Doctrine! Nobody’s Perfect!

July 22, 2016

If you were the pastor of a large church and responsible for the souls within that congregation (Hebrews 13:7; Jer 50:6; Ezekiel 3:17), would you allow a man who denies the deity of Jesus Christ, denies the accuracy and inspiration of the Bible, denies the resurrection, views the Qur’an as superior to the Bible, believes that God appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad in July of 1930 and that he was the long awaited Messiah of the Christians and the Mahdi of the Muslims, and believes that Jesus’ body is sealed in a glass tube filled with a liquid and is still in a tomb near Jerusalem to speak to your flock?

What if you are a member of a church and your pastor allowed someone who believed these things to preach from the pulpit?  Would you find it necessary to walk away from the church and its leadership?

If you were one of the subordinate leaders at the church, would you tender your resignation and walk away?

A couple of reasons the pulpit pimps are able to run such a successful and profitable game on churches (Black and White) are because the answer to the first question is, all too often, “yes.”  And , sadly, the answers to the second and third questions are “no.”

A church in Southeast DC, supported by a friend of mine, is having a youth revival.  Yes, I know.  The idea of scheduling a revival whether it is for the youth, the aged, the smart, or the stupid is nowhere to be found in Scripture.  And yes, it is firmly rooted in tradition.  But that’s beside the point.

I explained to my friend that one of the preachers – Akil Dickens – is the youth minister at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal church.  That church (Ebenezer AME) is pastored by Grainger Browning.  His lovely wife, Jo Ann, is the co-pastor.  (Again, I know.  There is no such arrangement within Scripture.  But that’s not why I’m writing this.)

If you recall, several years ago, Louis “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan tried to recreate the very profitable Million Man March with the Millions More March.  As a part of preparing for and publicizing the event, Calypso Louie preached at Ebenezer AME to a packed out sanctuary.  While I would have preferred to use a more neutral word like “spoke”, he did a great deal more than simply speak about the march.  I know.  I was there in the crowd.

Here’s a portion of the account of his appearance at Ebenezer AME:

The Muslim leader shared his vision, speaking in the crowded sanctuary of Ebenezer AME Church, a guest of Pastor Rev. Grainger Browning, and his wife, Rev. Joann Browning. Popular vocalist Erykah Badu led the singing of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”—the Black National Anthem—as a way, she declared, to help chase any lingering fear from the room.

Grainger introduced him as a very godly man.  While behind the pulpit, Calypso Louie denied the deity of Jesus Christ, promoted the Qur’an, knocked Christianity, promoted Mohammed, and generally insulted the people in the sanctuary.  How did Grainger come to consider him godly if Grainger knows he believes these things?  Giving him the benefit of the doubt, how could Grainger have been dumb enough not to know he believed these things?  And we won’t even talk about the mother ship orbiting the Earth.

Sadly, Grainger never stopped him or corrected him.  Sadder still, the congregation seemed in complete agreement with him.  They enthusiastically peppered his speech with lots shouts of “Praise God” and “Thank you Jesus.”

Akil Dickens sits under the leadership of Grainger Browning – and his lovely wife Jo Ann.  I suggested to my friend that anyone who is willing to ignore what Grainger did is not fit to lead or teach the church’s youth.  And by “the church” I mean the universal church, the Body of Christ.   Grainger – and his lovely wife Jo Ann – clearly demonstrated they should not be the pastor or co-pastor of people seeking the truth of God.

My friend’s response was interesting.  He said “Nobody’s perfect.  We just need to accentuate the positive.”  He even mentioned that he had attended one of the nearby Nation of Islam (NoI) mosques (#4) and was surprised to find that the speaker used the Bible more than he did the Qur’an.  Apparently that makes them a little more acceptable in his eyes.

Let me ask you this:  Would any of you have a problem if your pastor brought in a Jehovah’s Witness to preach one Friday night?  They use the Bible (sort of).  Or how about a Mormon?  Would that be okay?  They use the Bible too.  AND they’re very nice people.  Does the fact that both groups deny the deity of Jesus Christ matter?  Would it be okay as long as the JWs don’t talk about Jesus being the Archangel Michael or the Mormons mention that Adam is our God and Satan is Jesus’ half brother?

My friend still doesn’t understand that issues like this go way beyond expecting perfection from some one.  This gets down to being willing and able to defend the foundations of the faith.  If you are not willing to stand for those foundations, how will you ever be able to teach them?

Doctrine matters.  It is the thing that separates us from non-Christians, be they Mormons, JW’s, Catholics, or Buddhists and Hindus.  Grainger had absolutely no business exposing that congregation to that fount of poison and false doctrine known as Calypso Louie.  His staff had no business letting him do it.  If no one complained, they are complicit in the violation of trust.  If they did complain but remained under Grainger, they are still complicit.  Either way, they have demonstrated a lack of faithfulness to Christ and have demonstrated that without repentance, they should not be allowed to “minister” to the youth, or anyone else for that matter.

Unfortunately, any insistence on standing for sound doctrine, for faithfulness to the doctrines delivered to us once and for all, will get you accused of being legalistic.  Which, of course, is what my friend ended up saying.

People, work to keep the church faithful to Jesus Christ.  If it means you don’t get to keep your friends, so be it.  If it means you alienate your family, then you have to be willing to pay that price.  But as John and Peter said in Acts 4:19-20, we should give heed to God, not men.

Too often, the shepherds are willing to compromise for one reason or another.  I cannot judge the motives of Mr. and Mrs.  Browning or of Akil Dickens.  I can only address their compromise in being willing to associate so closely with a man so clearly hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That isn’t legalism.  It’s faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.