There are those now.I do not want to speak about thsese,being the end times,NO.Even the reluctant non-believer sees that!
False prophets,and religious manipulators.That is what I tackle today.Just recently,a TV station in my country did an expose' on just how much these are rife and prevalent.There was reference to big churches in the west too,so this is definitely not something about Kenya,or Africa;its global.
They want your money,in exchange for healing.It is now an income generator.Something so divine,something that is of God Himself.Ministry,in His service.A gift,put into terribly wrong use!Remember how different things were with Jesus,Elisha,Elijah...and other servants of God in the bible?Jesus would say,"Your faith has made you well...!"....( Matthew 9:22, Luke 7:50,Luke 18:42)
But today,the phrase has become *"Panda mbegu!"
I'm not saying that sowing is wrong.All I am saying is,it should be as is in your covenat with your God.When Jesus died,the curtain at the temple tore,letting the congregation have direct access to the holy of hollies,meaning they could now talk to God,without mediation from priests and their likes.Faith is a conviction that can only be present,if one has a direct,one on one,personal and interactive relationship with God.
I feel bad,when I see people putting money in envelopes,to give to church ministers,not because they want to give,but because they have to.Sad reality dawned on me,when I watched that expose'.Preachers misleading their flock,on broad daylight.Discernment is dire.These are times in shich we,as Christians,cannot survive without this gift.I dared reach out to a lady,after I spotted her in the church service,and asked her why she paid,to be 'healed'
*"Siku hizi hakuna vitu za bure,mami,"she told me
*"Lakini si Yesu alitufia sote msalabani,bila sisi kutoa malipo?"I replied.
The lady just looked at me,shook her head in disbelief,and left.
My people perish for lack of knowledge....( Proverbs 5:23,Job 36:12,Isaiah 5:13,Hosea 4:6)
I have been praying for her,and for the rest of the blind flock,who continue to be led astray by indifferent shepherds.Another subject of prayer,is prosperity gospel.These preachers have capitalized on what you can do,as a human being,they only preach how rich,healthy,and well placed,God will make you,but they never tell the flock about first having a relationship with this God,where He is your father,and hence you now earn the right to claim your birthright,from your papa.How else does He give you those riches if He is not your father?It is written,that "The Lord is my shepherd,I shall not want...yea,though I walk in the shadow of the valley of death,I fear not...."Psalms 23...
How does He cover your health and your worries,if you do not have a relationship with Him,that allows you to tell him..."Dad,thankyou for my life,and my health,please continue being the guardian of my health...and my life"In Psalms 91,it talks about divine protection.How do you expect that from God,whenyou have done nothing,put no effort in becoming his son?Why do you expect to be treated like a son,when you are a stranger?Preachers should be the teachers of the word,the ones who hold your hand,and help you get to that part where you are trully,fully,a son of God.But now,they are the cancer that is eating up the little good flesh thats left,of the true Christians.
Please dont get me wrong.There are true prophets and preachers too.Its just that the false ones seem to be the smoothest talkers...but then again,it is written!...( Matthew 24:24,Mark 13:22,2 Peter 2:1)
I prayed about this for a while.I am just one woman,a girl,actually.At 22,not many people take me as seriously as I wish they would.But I knew,there's little I can do to change things,and this is me doing it...that little that I can.
In my quest to do something about all these,I came across the works of one Jeffrey Bethke.He is doing a great job,of sensitizing Christians on all social-religious matters,that sometimes,preachers lack the words to rightly castigate.I will talk about his other works,on my future posts,but today,I want to introduce to you,his piece,called..."WHY I HATE RELIGION,BUT LOVE JESUS."
I like how he shows,clearly,the differences between the two,and the way his words take me away,I can easily tell he is well versed with his bible.So many Christians today,barely have that connection.Most of them havent let their faces see the inside their bibles,in ages.
Jeffrey Bethke,is clearly a different breed of a Christian.I never say this about alot of people,but,I pray to God,I get to his level of committment to his Ministry,in God's service.In his piece,"WHY I HATE RELIGION,BUT LOVE JESUS." Jeffrey Bethke has said aloud,words I wished,for a long time,I could find,and share with anybody who cares to lend a hearing ear!I pray that these words come to you with as much annointing,as they got to me with.God bless you.
Jeffrey Bethke:WHY I HATE RELIGION,BUT LOVE JESUS.
What if I told you,Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you getting you to vote republican,really wasn’t his mission?
What if I told you,"Republican" doesn’t automatically mean "Christian."
And just because you call some people blind,doesn’t automatically give you vision.
I mean,if religion is so great,why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches,but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever had a divorce,
But God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people 'whores'
Religion might preach grace,but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule Gods people,they did it to John the Baptist,
They cant fix their problems,and so they just mask it,
Not realizing that’s just like spraying perfume on a casket,
Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny;that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian,
by that little section on your facebook!
I mean,in every other aspect of life you know that logic's unworthy
Its like saying you play for the lakers just because you bought a jersey
But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,
I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
I’d go to church on Sunday, but on saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
See,I Spent my whole life putting on this façade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.
If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
Its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken
Which means,I no longer have to hide my failures,I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,
God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”
Which is why Jesus hated religion,and he even called them religious men fools,
Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and I believe in sin
But my question, is if Jesus were here today, would your church let Him in?
Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton by “religious men”
The Son of God has never supported self-righteousness, not now, not then.
Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,
One is the work of God one is a man made invention,
One is the cure and one is the infection.
Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in bondage but Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see.
This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”,
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,
Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross now saying,"Come on,there’s room..."
So for religion,I hate it!in fact I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it......
He says it so well,right?
He paid for all your sin,and then buried it in the tomb.Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross now,saying,"Come on,there’s room..."
He took the crown of thorns,and blood that dripped down his face.He took what we all deserved,that’s why we call it grace.....
You read a piece like this one,and you feel lie getting on the microphone,and just worshipping!I dont deserve all this that God has given me.I'm forever grateful...I thank God for souls like Jeffrey Bethke!
I know that keeping up with God can be demanding,and especially when everything is going well,it's easy to keep the faith.But being a child of God,means you can cry to Him,even in your darkest hour,and He answers.We all fall short of His glory,but the difference is,his sons go back,and say,"Dad,I am sorry.Please forgive me.Religious talk makes sin look like damnation,but it is not,really.We were born sinners.But our price was paid,by Jesus.He took the fall for all of us!
If you have backslidden,do not feel ashamed,or scared of your father.He is waiting for you,with arms wide open...Remember the words in Jeffrey's piece...."If grace is water,then the church should be an ocean.Its not a museum for good people;it’s a hospital for the broken!Which means,I no longer have to hide my failures.I don’t have to hide my sin.Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me,it depends on Him!Because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”
If you are a non believer,you may have been fed with the wrong facts by such preachers and "Christians".But I am here to tell you today,that being in a possition to talk to God,as a child of His,is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me....In Him,I have come to know unconditional love.The same God that created everything,has time to listen to me whine on about a stomach upset!Can you imagine that?What love beats that?
Forget what the world tells you.Read His word,The Bible,and pray.All He needs,is that your heart be willing to let Him in......
*Panda Mbegu >>> Sow a seed.
* Siku hizi hakuna vitu za bure,mami >>> Girl,nothing is free these days.
*Lakini si Yesu alitufia sote msalabani,bila sisi kutoa malipo? >>> But didnt Jesus die for us all,at the cross.for free?