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Why Paul Gave No New Instructions

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
July 16, 2019

I have been working on a Book, titled: “The Book of Healing Scriptures,” for subjects to read on our new Internet Radio Station, Victory Broadcast Center (victorybroadcastcenter.com–website; 313-242-7156 phone). It has taken long tedious hours, and still yet I have not exhausted the number of times Our Father God talks about Health and Healing in His Holy Word.

Literally hundreds of times in The Bible, The LORD talks about the many opportunities that believers have to receive healing for any ailment, sickness or disease. But in most cases, such healing requires repentance on the sick believer’s part. Even when the beloved King David caught a venereal disease because of his sexual sins with Bathsheba, he had to seriously repent before he could receive his healing:

” O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

“For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh (Psalm 38: 1 – 7).”

Finally, he repents: “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. . . . Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation (38: 18 – 22).”

Thus, even the mighty, the most beloved, King David, had to repent before he could receive his healing.

Then there are other sections in The Holy Bible wherein God declares that those who are sick cannot, will never, be healed. The prophet Jeremiah especially speaks of these. He declares that all of the nation of Israel in his day was sick unto death and could not be healed. How sad!

But then I get to the New Testament–of course to the multiple healing miracles during The LORD Jesus’ ministry, and again the many healings the apostles carried out in the Book of Acts. And then BAM!! In all the books the Apostle Paul writes to the churches he founded–from Romans to Titus–there are no mentions of miraculous healings.

How strange I thought. Then it dawned on me: Paul founded all those churches, he trained and appointed the pastors, deacons, etc., in each of them. He didn’t have to instruct them that they were responsible for the health and well being of their church members. He didn’t have to teach them on how to heal their church members, because he had taught them how to do so before he appointed them to the ministry!

What sadness and despair today. Few pastors assume responsibility for the health of their members. Fewer more even teach or preach about healing miracles. Ezekiel speaks of these when he writes: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe [be] to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?”

“Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: [but] ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up [that which was] broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

“And they were scattered, because [there is] no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered (Ezekiel 34: 2 – 5).”

Again, how sad that this prophet could see beyond his day to our own!

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In the last several decades there have been numerous film and ‘made-for-television’ adaptations of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. The book’s TV re-enactment can be seen today on the Mormon-owned ‘Christian’ television station, which is listed among several Christian-owned TV networks, which include such speakers as Joyce Meyers, T.D. Jakes, Mike Murphy, etc. (Mormon Channel is an over the air and Internet radio station owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.)

Versions of Austen’s text can also be found on such secular stations as OVA or ‘Ovation’, which is a privately held, independent cable network. Ovation’s investors include Hubbard Media Group, Corporate Partners II, Arcadia Investment Partners, and Perry Capital. Thus, both extremely wealthy ‘Christian,’ and private secularly-owned stations present Austen’s version of morality to the public.

In speaking about those who dislike her writings, Austen responded: “The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them.” One critic insists: “Austen’s narratives move towards these moments of self-realization, which are the most dramatic and memorable in her novels. Austen is also attempting to educate readers, particularly their emotions. Throughout Austen’s novels, reading is associated with intellectual and moral development.”

Which brings us to the point: Why are some people preaching, teaching, broadcasting, writing what they perceive as The Bible, The Gospel or The Word of God — or rather their interpretations of God’s Holy Word? Are their multiple purposes to present Biblical Truth in their “approbations” alone, or are they ‘disgusted’ with what the Bible actually says about itself and Christianity?

Even The Mormon Church is now accepted with the groupings of Christian television stations as ‘legitimate’ Christianity. And lately, the Catholic Church has managed to legitimize itself in popular culture as not just Christian, but wholly necessary for “national safety and salvation,” through depiction of a Catholic police family praying together after mass services at Sunday dinner in the famous TV series ‘Blue Bloods’.

Of course, all of these depictions are part of the world-wide quest to present self-interpretations of ‘True Christianity.’ The questions are, however, do these depictions of Christianity represent or even refer back to what God’s Holy Word actually says about itself and Christianity? The truth is there is only some acknowledgment of the “true Christian message.

The LORD Jesus Christ said about Himself: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14: 6).” And The Savior said of The Father: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. . . God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4: 23 – 24).

Reading or writing a novel won’t do it. Nor joining a church; nor will running dozens of television programs do it. It is time for all people to understand, that the only way to know God, through His Son, is to come to Him in repentance, sincerity and truth!

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Orchestrating U.S. Final Destruction: Witchcraft Unmasked in 2019

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
May 30, 2019

Evil’s most viciously wicked witches and warlocks have stepped out of their secret dens, basements and forest covens now. Things thought to be criminal for past centuries in this country are today being courted by some politicians, and even presidential candidates, as perfectly ‘sane,’ and Constitutionally legal.

For instance, late-term abortions are no longer enough. Some politicians have recently endorsed the killing of babies AFTER infants are born–while ‘checking’, of course, with the mother to see if she wants to keep the child or not–or so they claim. Like most civilized nations, the United States always considered the Taking of Life as Murder. But since abortion laws in many states allow what is called “Late Term Abortions,” ‘logic’ demands that if an infant can be killed inside the womb, why not kill it outside of the womb?

Even more subtle is the rise of transgender men entering girl’s locker rooms, bathrooms and all sporting events. “Equal rights” now allow athletes born as males who have developed superior muscles, bones, breathing capacity and other strengths as men–now claiming a ‘third’ female-like gender–to compete in women’s sports.

Obviously, this will soon destroy events known as women’s sports around the world–including the Olympic games. Thus, women who fought for equal rights decades ago, may soon have no rights at all–in sports at least, or will it spread to other parts of society?

Third, while attempting to be as apolitical as possible, one must ask, how many millions of illegal aliens who are crossing this nation’s southern border should be allowed in before, the United States loses its historical identity–i.e. English language, Anglo-American culture (as well as those identified as other ethnic sub-cultures), and the finest educational, economic and political structures ever known will be changed, or lost, forever.

Of some 350 million Americans, no one knows how many illegal aliens now reside here, and that was before multiple millions started marching across the southern borders ‘enmasse’ in the last year. If it’s a 100 or 150 million, does anyone think it will not change America as some of us have known it all our lives?

And let me not dwell on judges at all levels of local, state and national law who swore on The Bible–God’s Holy Word–to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to judge impartially, but who now seem to vote according to the political persuasions of the parties of those who appointed them. And That Holy Word demands: “And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him (Deuteronomy 1: 16).”

All of these changes being swiftly forced on American society amount to a quest to turn the United States into a non-Christian, socialist-type extremely wicked immoral country where no God, national history, prior governments, Biblical or moral principle, economic culture, or individual vote decides what is right or wrong. Rather a few ruling people will control all legal, economic, and cultural power. Yes, the most evil wickedness imaginable knocks at the door of American society.

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Pray, Or We Face The End–Alone!

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
November 28, 2018

A few weeks ago, God, The Father, directly and dramatically said to me: “The end of all things is at hand.” Upset by this visit, I looked up that wording In Scripture and found the exact words in 1 Peter 4: 7: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018. – The toll in the deadliest wildfires in recent California history climbed to 59 on November 14, 2018, as authorities released a list of 130 people still missing. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

I have prayed about these words for some time, asking, thinking, “Is He speaking of the end of this nation–the United States–or of the end of earth generally, or of myself or my family?

Since then, massive hurricanes have swept parts of the country, especially in Florida. And the devastating fires in California–exactly one day after an election– indicated its citizens stubbornly refused to change course. Now this once-powerful State is crippled, probably beyond repair. Faced with continuously displaying such devastation, news stations quickly move on to other issues, smoothing over the truthful issues affecting those injured but alive:

Will insurance companies pay out for those thousands of destroyed homes? Will the government pay for new homes–as some poorer citizens are trusting in the Florida panhandle? For years, national media has ignored neighbors and homes destroyed in in the Southwest and Midwest–i.e. Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, etc. How could they ignore the fact that many of those who disregarded the thousands of homeless lining the streets of major cities in their states are now homeless themselves?

And, as we face the end of this year, thousands of migrants rush forward from Mexico, determined to push their way into the United States, disregarding the thousands of U.S. soldiers, National Guardsmen, Boarder security ICE Personnel, and hundreds of private rangers lined across the boarder to stop them.

Thus, chaos throughout nature and mankind seems hell-bent on bringing the United States down beyond its knees, perhaps from a level from which it cannot recover..

And now, Russia has fabricated another regional war with Ukraine–leading world watchers to warn–this could indeed bring about the start of World War III.

Worse yet, born-again Christians, the ones who God holds responsible for all things in this nation and in the world, show massive weakness in two critical areas: praying and voting in local and national elections. Are they not aware that “the end of all things is at hand?”

Are they so busy buying holly flowers, fir trees and red ribbons–enjoying or celebrating a “commercial” holiday, which has little to do with The LORD Jesus Christ, although a king renamed this celebration “Christ’s Mass” hundreds of years ago to mask the truth that this winter holiday (‘holy day’) was really a heathen celebration about death.

Thus, for perhaps, one last time, “the end of all things is at hand,” but everyone seems to be in deadly deep sleep! Oh that I could shout to them: “Wake up and Pray!”

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Who Killed the Animals? Are ‘We’ Next?

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
September 8, 2018

Readers of www.earthend-newbeginning.com and www.worldscollide-culture-christianity-endoftime.com can refer to blogs and wholesale Christian Bible verses for more in-depth study of these issues.

 

Betrayal of Stewardship: Extinctions, Declines, and Endless Attacks—God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species, a new Christian book by Dr. Sondra O’Neale, argues that mankind grievously broke an agreement with God to care for and protect the animal kingdoms of the earth.

Emphasizing that God made a Covenant with Mankind to protect all animal species—as indicated in the Great Saga of Noah’s Ark, designed to save a family of human beings, and every animal pair, capable of multiplying and surviving, on the face of the earth–the book details the many ways humans have failed to keep that Covenant of Stewardship with God.

The text gives detailed multiple examples the human failure to protect those animal species which God created to care for people—i.e. honey bees, horses, bats, etc.—are slowly but surely collectively dying; while animals capable to destroying people en masse—i.e. snakes, cockroaches, alligators, wild boars, etc., are massively multiplying.

As many scientists continuously warn, such trends will ultimately hastening the end of human survival.

The book is presented by Trafford Publishing, the company which also presents a very appropriately artistic design cover, to illustrate that the current swift decline of animal species forebodes the soon and ultimate decline of human beings on earth.

Presented in print on July 20th this year, the book is available at all on-line book sellers, and is presently being stored in bookstores in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Dr. O’Neale has an earned PhD from the University of Kentucky. She has been a faculty member at Emory University, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse (where she chaired the Department of Women’s Studies), and Wayne State University, where she served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and a full professor in the English Department.

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Choose Your God or Lose Your ‘Dew’

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
June 26, 2018

Reminding this blogger again that The Bible—especially the non-revised King James Version—must be read carefully to extract God’s meaning in every Word. Thus, I too reluctantly obeyed The Holy Spirit’s urging to turn to Elijah’s story in I Kings 17 which I had read many times:

“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said into Ahab, As The LORD God of Israel liveth, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years, but according to my word (17: 1).”

I thought The Holy Spirit wanted to encourage me since Elijah came from a relatively unknown place too, but that was not the case at all. The prophet came from an area called Gilead which was known as a location that could bring a healing balm (salve or medicine) for all types of illnesses. One of four major writing prophets, Jeremiah, lamented:

Is there no balm inGilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of thedaughter of my people recovered? (8: 22)

Elijahis one of two of the greatest non-writing prophets in The Bible—besides The LORD Jesus Christ—who ever lived. Of course,The LORD Jesus is The Living Word. But even He is an unwritten prophet in the human sense. (It is said, however, that Elijah may have written some eight or ten words of Scripture).

However, to examine what this great prophet actually said to the Hebrew king Ahab—who was, by the way, indifferently evil and who was married to a non-Jewish woman who was extremely dedicated to bringing Satan’s evil rule entirely over Israel—Jezebel, probably the most evil witch who ever lived.

It was to this King Ahab that Elijah—who always walked with God—spoke the plan he obtained while spending countless hours in prayer:

“. . . As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand,there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word (1 Kings17: 1).” But what does he mean by“dew” and why does he put that word before “rain,” in the wholesale Christian Bible. Now the lesson The Holy Spirit was teaching me became clearer: Each word in the Bible not only must be read carefully in detail, but the placement of each word as well.

“Dew”—especially “dew from heaven”—is especially significant in the Old Testament: It means special blessings upon the nation Israel from God: “. . . God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: (Genesis 27: 28)” . . . “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above (Genesis 27: 39).”

Therefore, Elijah’s message to the Jewish King Ahab and to all Old Testament confessed believers was about the special blessings that they (as well as today’s Christian believers) expect God to bestow upon them. The prophet is saying that those special blessings will not come without stopping their timid, “wishy-washy” faith. Thus, he cried out to so-called confessed believers on that famous mountain where he confronted 850 of Jezebel’s wicked priests:

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if The LORD be God, follow Him, but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word (1 Kings 18: 28).”

With his great demonstration to show the utter weakness of Jezebel’s prophets, the great prophet spoke words similar to that of Joshua:

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . (Joshua 24: 15).”

Elijah had turned off the Dew of God’s blessings for three and a half years, and now he tells them, “if you want it to be turned on again—Decide and Live for whichever God/god you choose.” (Of course it would never be turned on again if they chose Jezebel’s evil god. All believers must understand this: God can turn off those special blessings to believers and nations anytime He feels it is necessary in order to cure them of sin.

Christians today must decide who they will serve. Time is quickly running out wherein they can serve God on Sunday and the devil and man the other days of the week: whether they can say The LORD’s prayer at night before sleeping, and then curse worse than sailors all the working day; whether they can be faithful to vows, and then have sex with every convenient man and woman when they get ready.

It is past time in this modern day for those who confess to know God to start living according to His commandments, because on the ‘soon to come’ Judgment Day, it will be far too late to decide!

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Why Christians Will Have New Names

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
February 22, 2018

Are true Christians—i.e. those who have actually accepted The LORD Jesus as LORD and Ruler of their lives—aware that in The New Heaven and The New Earth, they will have at least Four New Names? And do they know why these New Names will be absolutely necessary?

Revelation 2: 17 says: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” But why will born-again believers need new names?

So many confessing Christians living today do not really comprehend the reality of being “born again”—when one is “born” into a New Family and one joins a New Reality. Once “born,” the new ‘babe’ in Christ must be fed with God’s Word, that person’s new spiritual food—baby food, a small spoon at a time. Whether one grows in this new reality or not becomes a constant struggle, because that growth means change, and obedience and submission to new laws—God’s Laws, as established in His Word.

In this last and final century of human rule on earth, the struggle for maturing believers today has become that true Christians are being torn away from this world. Internally, they feel it, they know it. God is calling them home to Himself, to an Absolutely New Realty, and to more New Names—in fact to at least four new names by which true believers in all coming time, eternity and space will be known:

Revelation 3: 12 insists: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

But why will believers need new names? Because human families, earthly memories, all those things that too many carnal Christians hold on to will be no more. They will no longer exist. God’s Word says: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21: 1).”

And the born-again Christian will in all ways be part of the new family: God’s Family! That Christian will truly understand that he has a New Father—The Eternal and Everlasting God, Maker and Creator of all Things. Old genealogies are erased. They cannot stand. Those earthly family members who likewise made it to this New Heaven will be glad to see them. But they too will know they are now in a New Family. And they now will have new names!

When they turned their backs on their old cultures, their old Jewish religion and traditions, Apostle Paul and all New Testament believers knew and understood their new identities in The LORD Jesus Christ. Even before many of them were martyred, they understood that they were dead to this world, but alive unto Christ. Thus, Paul could write: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5: 17).”

Today, confessing Christians must grasp these realities. It is time to make a choice: either surrender entirely to God, The Father, and His Future for Believers, or turn back to this world’s coming destruction. One truly cannot have both. As one’s wholesale Christian Bible makes clear: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 2: 17).”

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New Book by Dr. Sondra O’Neale

posted by Jael Ever @ 22:34 PM
February 21, 2018

Think Your Animal Will Love You Forever?
Are You Responsible for Animals
Around the World?

Get Ready for Dr. O’Neale’s
Forthcoming Book
“Betrayal of Stewardship:
Extinctions, Declines, & Endless Attacks––
God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species”

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The Price of Doing God’s Will

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
January 22, 2018

Please understand this: God’s Kingdom runs now, and always will run, on obedience. The realm of His rule does not function as a democracy or even a plutocracy—that is one run by a few people elected to rule. The Infinite, Eternal and Everlasting Gone alone—through His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit—alone is always in charge!

Yes, Christians are saved by grace, and once they invite The LORD Jesus into their hearts, they move spiritually out of Satan’s kingdom, and into God’s kingdom. As babes in Christ, new Christians are groomed in God’s ways through His Holy Word—IF they read it for themselves. As each believer grows up in God’s grace, He attempts to anoint each one to perform the gifts and callings He has planned for the individual Christian’s life. Unless that person is under strong anointing from God, no human being can tell anyone else what their calling from God is intended to be.

The LORD must have a clear channel of communication with each individual believer. Unrepentant sin and neglect of prayer and Bible study interfere with that communication. In addition, instead of listening to God, too many Christians start following people. Instead of waiting to hear God’s voice within their inner-man, they too often listen to man, or even to the sins and desires of the flesh and the devil. Such disobedience is costly, not only to ourselves, but, most important, to God’s essential plan for the Christian’s life as it is intended to affect others and the world.

For example, when God needed a king of Israel who would obey His instructions as given through Samuel, the anointed High Priest, Saul—who lived too much in the flesh of his own will and desires—completely ignored and disobeyed God’s instructions, as given to him through Samuel. Like too many believers today, Saul ended up doing ‘religious’ things that he determined to be good enough to please God. When Samuel finally caught up with Saul, the priest was aghast that Saul had tried to substitute doing man-made ‘religious’ activities instead of doing God’s will. Astonished at Saul’s rebellion, Samuel told the king one of the most important verses in Scripture:

“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king (I Samuel 15: 22-23).”

Can you see this? God’s Word is telling Christians that refusal to obey Him is the same as practicing witchcraft! As The Body of Christ now

I really enjoyed working on these shots to bring out the detail in the clouds.

stands at the very end of time, it is urgent that all Christians get into God’s Word, pray often for God-given wisdom to know the calling on each Christian’s life. As the world spins toward destruction, only one thing holds that destruction back: The commanding word of Christians who walk in The Word and Will of God. As Apostle Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what with-holdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (2: 3 – 7).”

The Greek Words “let” and “letteth” mean stop or stops. Thus it is the Spirit-filled believer, or believers, in the Body of Christ who alone have ability to keep their foot down hard on the devil’s neck. They alone—among human beings—have the power and authority to tell the devil and his angels to cease and desist! When a believer lets his guard down, evil runs wild in the world. So let’s get to work in prayer, fasting, reading and meditating on God’s Word and always doing His absolute Will!

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Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights War Horse Speaks Out

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
March 28, 2016

Gods-WillWe have spoken several times about how endangered the United States is because the those professing Christianity are–according to Biblical criteria–so far removed from God’s will and His ways.

Just this week our old friend, Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian spoke to a Chapel Service at Baylor University.  As recorded by Black Christian News Network One (BCNN1), 91 year old Dr. Vivian admitted that “The Black Church is just as dead as The White Church.”

Vivian who marched valiantly with Dr. Martin Luther King makes that assessment because of the things that today’s churches no long “fight for”: “In addition to his history, Vivian discussed his thoughts on today’s race relations. Vivian emphasized that the most important lesson to be learned is the presence of love.

Vivian said King based his entire teachings on the concept of agape love. Agape love is “a motivation for action that we are free to choose or reject,” Vivian said.  Thus his emphasis that without love operating in all of it words and programs–while the church may have a covering front of Christianity–it is, in fact, dead!

This blessed preacher, teacher and Civil Rights worker continued: ““Martin Luther King had three things: he said we needed to finish racism, end war and end poverty,” Vivian said. “I still believe we have to conquer these three things above all else.”

The BCNN1 continues: “Americans are not in a position to say they have made progress in race relations, Vivian said. He said he believes that today, the black church is just as dead as the white church, and that The-Black-Churchit is up to the people to stand up and fight justice without fear.”

BCNN1 added:  “The reverend also shared some advice for Christians, hoping to encourage students to make a change. Simply going to church will not do,. . . It’s in the action that we find ourselves.”

Vivian shared several stories about when he himself had been in the middle of the the Freedom Fighters movement, including when he was imprisoned and turned to face the barrel of a gun. Despite all this, Vivian said that he was not scared.

“I never was afraid. I had God,” Vivian explained. “We have much to learn, but we are worth saving.”

Dr. Vivian was my friend decades ago in my battle for tenure at Emory University (which claims to be a Methodist institution) in Atlanta, Georgia. I was the first Black professor in the English Department there. And after a highly successful book on Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish in the United States, I was denied a permanent position.

Although I was unknown in the Black community there, Dr. Vivian continuously tried to negotiate with University administrators in my behalf. And even after some 2,000 students from throughout Atlanta and Georgia also marched against the University for such racist behavior, we lost that fight.

But God didn’t lose. He simply got me other positions at more welcoming universities. And now it is evident that although he has almost reached a century in age–and truthfully I am not far behind him in that age race–Dr. Vivian still fights for the right on God’s side, and that we still both agree on another point:

The Church in the United States–whether White or Black–is dead–and as The LORD Jesus warns in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, that Church had better wake up enough to salvage what little remains. And as God told me years ago, it is time for Americans to go down on Main Street and love their brothers!

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