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28

Sep

Soul Wounds Are Like Ice In a Drink…


Soul wounds are like ice in a drink. You order a full cup, but it’s impossible to completely fill the cup because the ice prevents it. So when you go to drink it, you find the drink is gone sooner than expected because it was never full to begin with. Love is the same way.

When you allow hurt, fear, rejection, bitterness, and unforgiveness to remain in your heart buried (or not) and unchecked, it is impossible for you to completely love someone else because your issues keep getting in the way. And it also makes it equally impossible to completely receive love from someone else for the same reason. You keep feeling drained and depleted of love, but you never allowed God to completely heal you to begin with. 

On the outside you look good, but you’re full of it.

And the person who wants to love you can’t because you won’t let them. But the solution is simple: get rid of the ice and allow Love to truly take up residence in you.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)

25

Sep

BARRENNESS: The Gift of God


My awesome big bro, Sean Smith shared a recent sermon of his with me entitled “Your Spark is Coming Back!” that he preached at the SHE Women’s Conference at The Rock Family Worship Center. In it, he reminded me of something I’m very familiar with: barrenness. And it also reminded me of a Note I posted on Facebook a while back. It resonated so well that I wanted to re-share it with you all here. So, enjoy and be encouraged!

Now before you start declaring me a false teacher and mad woman, let me first acknowledge that generally speaking, barrenness is a curse—absolutely not from God. There, I said it. And now for the purpose of this post.

Sarah. 

Rebekah. 

Rachel. 

Hannah. 

Elizabeth. 

What did all of these women have in common? They were all barren. While society and the women themselves thought they were under a curse, God knew otherwise. 

Sarah panicked and gave her hubby her maidservant and brought us the problems we have today in the Middle-East. But God specifically shut her womb until they were in the Promised Land. He didn’t want an Egyptian or a Babylonian (Chaldean) to birth Israel. He wanted a son of promise.

I’m sure God had His reasons for shutting up Rebekah’s womb, even though it’s not elaborated upon in the Scriptures. 

Rachel’s womb was shut so that Joseph would be the favoured child of his father Jacob, so his elder half-brothers would hate him, sell him to the Midianites and Ishmaelites to the Egyptians, so Joseph could eventually rise to power and save Israel alive.

Hannah was plagued by her sister-wife, Peninnah, and grieved her husband with her own grief, yet God needed a child to be consecrated to His service so he could usher in the next Era of Israel.

Elizabeth’s womb was shut up so her divine pregnancy could overlap with Mary’s and thus, be an encouragement to her. Liz’s son, John—in the Spirit of Elijah—had to prepare the way of the Lord, but he could not precede his divine Cousin by many years, otherwise the momentum needed to introduce Christ’s ministry would have been lost.

But there’s another forgotten barren woman no one ever talks about. Her name was Bithiah, the adopted mother of Moses. 

And Mered’s wife bore Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. (His wife Jehudijah bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Sochoh, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) And these were the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took. (I Chronicles 4:17, 18)

Now frankly, I don’t know what happened to the natural-born children of Bithiah, but I do know what happened to her adopted son. He composed, by divine revelation and wisdom, the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) and set the stage upon which the entire Old Testament was hinged. The Law of Moses was in effect until Jesus came along and upgraded it. But Moses never would have been the man He was had it not been for his adopted mother.

Bithiah was barren. God shut up her womb and to add insult to injury, allowed her husband to die. All hope seemed lost. That is until she was in the Nile performing a ritual bathing and God sent her a bundle of joy floating in a reed basket. Had Bithiah had children of her own, she most likely never would have been in that literal position to receive the basket and who knows what would have happened to the unnamed infant. But she reared him, her father raised him up, they educated him, and caused him to know great things. In short, they trained him to be the ruler of a great people—and that was exactly what he became, just to a very different people than they’d all expected. 

When Moses returned to Israel, God executed judgment on the gods of Egypt, and the people of Israel left Egypt with the plunder of the people in tote, Bithiah went with her son. She married Mered, of the tribe of Judah, and God blessed them with one daughter and two sons. She got more than double for her trouble! And let’s look at how amazing this is, really!

Moses was 40 when he left Egypt. 80 when he returned in the power of God. Let’s be conservative and say Bithiah was 20 years older than her adopted son (although it was honestly probably more like 30 or 40.) So that means, when Moses returned to Israel, Bithiah was ~100 years old. The Bible doesn’t provide us with a time frame remarking how long it took the 10 plagues of Egypt to manifest, how long the Children of Israel were encamped by the Red Sea before it parted, how long it took Mered to marry Bithiah, nor how long it took her to give birth to their first child. So while all this amazing attention is given to Abraham and Sarah (and rightfully so), Bithiah deserves at least as much attention—if not more for being 100+ years old and giving birth to not one, not two, but THREE children!! In the middle of a million-person caravan crossing the desert! My Gawd!! What a miracle!! :) God shut up her womb ON PURPOSE to give Judaism and Christianity one of the greatest heroes of our faith!

I think this is also an appropriate time to say, “black don’t crack!!” No it don’t baby!! lol

Seriously though, if you are in a season where you feel barren. If you, like me, feel you have travailed for years, yet not accomplished any deliverance (Isaiah 26:18), if you have not seen any breakthrough—and you KNOW that it’s not because of some sin you’ve committed—then take heart. God has shut up your womb on purpose. You are not like everyone else. What you birth when you finally birth it will not be like anyone or anything else; it will be the offspring of the mind and heart and will of God Himself. IN HIS TIMING. And when the set time arrives, you (and I) will be so grateful that nothing we travailed over in the past came into existence when we *thought* it should. 

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

I’ll leave you with the words of the prophet Isaiah:

"Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman," says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:1)

BE ENCOURAGED!! :) 

14

Sep

How I Fell Prey to Jezebel (How to Identify This Spirit in Your Life) Part II


About a week and a half ago, I posted Part I of How I Fell Prey to Jezebel (How to Identify This Spirit in Your Life) so if you haven’t read it yet, please do. I’ve since read—and completed—Jennifer LeClaire's PHENOMENAL book, The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel and interestingly enough, it confirmed many of the points in both Part I and II of this topic (albeit better articulated with more examples and deeper understanding). If you haven’t read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend it and yes, I will be reviewing it for you all shortly. So it is with that great encouragement that I give you Part II of How I Fell Prey to Jezebel! I won’t say “enjoy,” but I will say LEARN and APPLY what you’ve learned upon reading this.

6) Jezebel is very helpful.

So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food. But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, “Why is your spirit so sullen that you eat no food?”

He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”

Then Jezebel his wife said to him, “You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” … And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” (I Kings 21:4-7, 15)

Besides selecting her associates (pawns) carefully, she makes herself seemingly of value. Jezebel could be:

  • Administratively brilliant

  • Vocally and or musically talented

  • A so-called gifted intercessor, etc.

Whatever your need is, she’ll fill it. Some likely popular positions she likes are:

  • Administration (i.e. secretary, office leader, armor bearers/handmaidens, etc. some type of gatekeeping position)

  • Leadership (i.e. associate, assistant, and other staff pastor positions)

  • Auxiliaries (i.e. head intercessor, house prophet, praise and worship leader, etc.)

Your genuine need(s) creates the foothold for Jezebel if you’re not discerning.

For me, Jezebel #2 was involved in the music and intercessory ministries. And she was anointed!

7) Jezebel is cold & calculating.

But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.” (Matthew 14:6-8)

This item builds on numbers 2 through 6 as well as 8 and 9. If you’re close to “Jezzy,” you may not realise that she’s cold (or calculating), but catch her in an off moment and you’ll see a face and hear a voice that you don’t recognize. (Should you be so lucky.)

I remember one time I was in Jezebel #2’s car. Some other friends were with us and a friend was telling her something about her object of obsession that she deemed all important. I started to say something and she snapped at me so fast it made my head spin! And it was just that she did snap at me, it was the way she did it. She shushed me like I was a naughty child! It so caught me offguard and seemed to uncharacteristic that I just told myself that wasn’t really her and tried never to think of it again.

Towards the end of our “friendship,” she snapped on me again. She and her inner circle (see #9) were all sitting around in a room and were discussing singing for a recent event. Things were already starting to unravel between us, but I still had no idea who and what I was dealing with. She’d done something that was EXTREMELY hurtful to me and as a result when I went to our music ensemble rehearsal, I had a bit of an attitude with her. The following service the flow of the Spirit (of God) was not there musically and she blamed it on me! And I quote:

I shoulda sat your butt down. *chuckle*

I wasn’t fooled that time!

What I did not know was that Jezebel was coming to the end of her need for and use of me so she treated me as if I was disposable. Never have the words of C.S. Lewis been proven so true!

I expect most witches are like that. They are not interested in things or people unless they can use them; they are terribly practical. (Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew)

8) Jezebel is patient.

Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri, king of Israel….When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs….while Athaliah reigned over the land. (II Kings 8:26; 11:1, 3)

I expect this comes with the “cold and calculating” character flaws. Yet this is why Jezebel is so tricky. She counts up the cost and will patiently wait, growing stronger power and influence, until it’s her time to strike. Just like Athaliah waited to take the throne and Herodias waited to take John’s head, they both waited until the most advantageous time and then had their way.

I’m not sure how long I was “friends” with Jezebel #1 before she showed her true colours. However, I do know it was good year approximately that I was friends with Jezebel #2 before all Hell was unleashed. Other Jezebels with greater tasks and darker intentions will happily wait longer. Absalom is the same.

9) Jezebel always has a protective inner circle.

Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table. (I Kings 18:19)

And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. (I Kings 21:10 KJV)

Ahab’s wife employed 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah (a.k.a. the Queen of Heaven, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Astar, Isis, etc.). And this number does not include the eunuchs, nor the sons of Belial whose number we do not know, nor others throughout the kingdom who were in her pay and influence. And I think we can safely assume the Kingdom of Sidon was her personal ally. It was this inner circle who was able to assist her in discrediting and stoning Naboth to death for a piece of land. It was this inner circle who assisted her in slaying the true prophets of God throughout the land. And it was this inner circle who stood with her in demonic confusion until Elijah stood atop Mount Carmel and called the fire of God down, embarrassing the false fire god, Baal, and leading his 850 prophets to righteous execution.

Jezebel #1 had her little delegation of trusted allies, some of which were (are?) as scary as she was—and with similar intentions!

And sadly, I was happy and “close” member of Jezebel #2’s demonic delegation. There were about 7 or 8 of us who protected her, placed her on a pedestal—most of them probably still do!—and we served as unofficial armor bearers, security, “prayer” partners, you name it, we were it. Nobody was gonna get to Jezebel #2 unless they’d gotten through us first! *hangs head in shame*

10) Jezebel is spiritual.

Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20)

Jezebel is very spiritual! She is derived from the oldest false religion in the world, Baal and Ashtoreth worship (Genesis 10 & 11). Her “rat pack” consists of:

  1. Baal (Ruler of Demons) & Ashtoreth (Queen of Heaven)

  2. Idolatry, False Religion & AntiChrist

  3. Perversion

  4. Sexual Immorality (i.e. Fornication, Adultery, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Pansexuality, etc.)

  5. Death

Talk about the coalition from Hell!! But let’s hone in on the second and third items.

Idolatry, False Religion & AntiChrist

Witchcraft is the religion of all fallen man, call it what you will. It’s working your own will—or any other will—besides that of God Almighty. From the blatant Baal worship found in 1st Kings to the sexual immorality taught in Revelation 2, Jezebel uses her spiritual nature to gain a foothold in the “kingdom” of her choice for false religion. She elevates “her truth” above the truth of God and rules laid out in His Word. She’s an antiChrist figure. She’s a false prophetess, a false teacher. She says things that appear to be true, yet are not. This segues into the next sub-point…

Perversion

Jezebel’s spirituality is perverse; it’s tainted, unclean. Any spirit speaking through her is NOT the Spirit of God! This gets twisted and even more so perverse when people such as Jezebel #1 and #2 who have actual intercessory and prophetic inclinations and callings are made the host for this spirit because it takes the gifts and callings of God which are irrevocable and twists them for their own purposes. The spirit twists the Word, the Spirit, ministry, anything you can think of! But if you have the Spirit of God, some things said and done will just not sound/feel right. Some examples of these “perverse displays” with Jezebel #2 include:

  1. Giving false prophetic words.

  2. Seeing/pretending to see false visions.

  3. Throwing tantrums fit for a 3 year old in prayer (complete with banging fists and kicking on the ground) because she wants to “stay with God” (to the extent of having to let me know, “Don’t worry, I’m not suicidal; I won’t kill myself!”).

  4. Allowing angels to sing through her to the point of noticeable vocal changes (i.e. it didn’t sound like her AT ALL).

  5. ALWAYS falling out (being slain in the “Spirit”) in prayer meetings, rehearsals, and services.

Any of these sound familiar to you?

11) Jezebel discredits the true prophetic voice.

For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water. (I Kings 18:4)

Anywhere in this process, depending on where those with true prophetic callings and giftings show up, Jezebel will seek to discredit them. In my own recent run-ins with a warlock (not in person, thank God!), one of his first attacks against me was to try and discredit me to my friend and others that we were ministering to. He literally tried to paint me as a renegade preacher with a bastard spirit, running around and preaching all over Facebook without any authority to do so. Thankfully, that weapon did not work! Yet this is ALWAYS what Jezebel does.

Queen Jezebel tried to discredit Elijah. Herodias tried to discredit John the Baptist. We can safely infer that “that woman Jezebel” in Revelation 2 discredited any true prophets around so as to gain her position as a teacher in the Church at Thyatira. She won’t have to (try and) assassinate you physically if she can assassinate your character and reputation first. If she can sully your prophetic reputation, then she can make you like Cassandra in Greek mythology—a prophet spouting truth that NO ONE listens to. And if you don’t recognize the attack, she may even make the prophet “flee” altogether like she made Elijah.

12) Jezebel takes you down with her if she can’t escape.

Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:20-23)

In addition to Jezebel trying to take out her opposition, even if she is overthrown, she rests in the fact that she’s taken many down with her. Be her like Athaliah who slew her own seed or the false prophetess, Jezebel, who brings them all into her bed of immorality, and her partners die with her, Jezebel usually does not die alone. She’s taking everyone down with her that she can.

Absalom took an army to battle his father, David, for the throne. How many of his deceived men fell in battle before he himself was killed? 

850 prophets of Baal and Asherah were slain (righteously) because they were caught in Jezebel’s web of deception. And just look back at the Israelites’ entrance into the Promised Land and how many were slain after they were seduced—at Balaam’s advice—by the idolatrous women of Moab? How many wives lost husbands? How many children lost fathers? How many parents lost sons? How many clan and tribal leaders were fallen?

Like Satan and the Queen of Heaven, Jezebel deceives herself into thinking that “no one sees her,” but she is wrong. God sees her. And God’s prophets see her too. She will come to her end and unfortunately, all others who tolerated her, bought into her deception, and helped spread her propaganda will understand “weeping and gnashing” of teeth in this life and in the next. And in the end, Satan is pleased. Do not buy into this deception because if you do, and you do not repent, you will absolutely, 100% die. It may be harsh; it’s tight, but it is right.

04

Sep

How I Fell Pray to Jezebel (How to Identify This Spirit in Your Life) Part I


If you’ve read my post, “Jezebel Was My BFF,” then you know that at one point of my life, I was most certainly in the clutches of Jezebel. Actually, more than once. But the situation shared in that post was the most extensive. However, I want to list some characteristics by which you can identify this spirit working. And YES, Jezebel is a sexless (androgynous) spirit that can operate through men and women; she’s open to whoever will host her. (Although men usually take on the Absalom spirit, at the core, it’s the same thing.) But anyhoo, here we go.



1) Jezebel isn’t born; she’s made.

[Said to Simon the Sorcerer] Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity. (Acts 8:22 emphasis mine)
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled… (Hebrews 12:14. 16)

Hopefully understanding that no one is born a Jezebel (spiritually speaking) will make us all a little bit more sympathetic to the person housing the spirit. No one is born in this state—not even the Biblical Jezebel in 1 Kings (her given name aside). Many would agree that bitterness has been the doorway to this Spirit. Perhaps even bitterness and rejection. (Rejection is a gateway to many ungodly spirits!)

Two of the women I encountered who dealt with this spirit had both been made bitter in different ways. The first had been abused as a child by her stepfather—and she watched him attempt to do it to her younger sisters as well. The second, had a prophetic mother yet I’d never in my life met so bitter a woman! I believe she, unfortunately, passed this down to her daughter and nurtured it in her.



2) Jezebel always has her own agenda.

You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7)

If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good. (Joshua 24:20)

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. (I Kings 11:7, 8)

Neither shall [a king] multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away… (Deuteronomy 17:17 emphasis mine)

And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods. (Judges 3:6)

Jezebel ALWAYS has her own agenda. If your church’s vision is soul-winning (and it should be), Jezebel will have a different one (i.e. the best children’s department in the city, etc.). And her vision, while it may seem like a sub-vision, is actually a di-vision from the vision of the house.

It’s very likely that Queen Jezebel (and her father, Ethbaal), desired to infiltrate Israel spiritually. The Scriptures above show that God desired Israelites (in the Old Testament)—especially kings—to avoid intermarrying with foreign nations because they were all heathens, pagans, idolaters. And if they understood the cause and effect of idolatry in Israel, then they could have even possibly planned the infiltration of Israel with Baal worship with the intent that God would destroy His nation and chosen people for their idolatry. A very sinister plan indeed.

Both of my Jezebels had designs on marrying the same man at one point or another, a lead pastor at the church we all attended. Thankfully, he escaped their clutches (only partially because of my influence) and for one of them (to my knowledge), he was supposed to be her ticket into ministry and ministerial influence which brings me to my next point…



3) Jezebel is “unmarried.”

jez’-e-bel ‘izebhel, “unexalted,” “unhusbanded” (Biblestudytools.com)

Jezebel’s name literally means “unmarried.” Now this obviously is not in a literal sense. Often, Jezebel’s intent is to marry the man in power be he pastor, CEO, or otherwise. And yes, this includes replacing any significant other (or potential significant other) that may already be in his life. However, the “unmarried” in this context refers to Jezebel’s  “marriage” to Baal and not God as well as lack of unity to the set vision of the house, business, organization, etc. Here are some biblical examples:

  1. Jezebel. Jezebel in the Old Testament was not interested in abiding by, much less upholding, the Law of God. Baal or “Bel” was her God and thus, she brought the worship of this false Christ into Israel with a fury that had never been seen before. She was married to Baal—the god of her own will, not Jehovah.

  2. Athaliah. Jezebel’s daughter, Athaliah, married into the House of Judah and when her son and heir, Ahaziah, died, she attempted to slay all of the crown princes (all save Joash, who was hidden by his aunt) and took the throne for herself. Again, we see, not the agenda of Jehovah and Israel, but of Jezebel and Baal at work.

  3. Herodias. Herodias, the wife of Philip—and then Herod the Tetrarch, Philip’s brother—in true Jezebelic form, had John the Baptist, the embodiment of Jezebel’s archnemesis, Elijah, had the prophet of the Lord beheaded. She did to John what she could not to Elijah.

  4. That woman named “Jezebel.” This is a false prophetess seen in the final book of the Bible did not have the agenda Christ left with the early Church; she had her own agenda of immorality and was in league with the deity of the region, the Greek goddess and counterpart Diana, instead of the True and Living God.

Beware the agenda of Jezebel!



4) Jezebel does her homework (recon).

For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water…. “Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” (I Kings 18:4, 19)

Jezebel, with only her agenda in mind, is very careful to do the necessary reconnaissance work to understand 1) what needs to be done, 2) how it needs to be done, and 2) who to get to do what she wants. Which leads me to my next point…




5) Jezebel targets leadership & those close to leadership.

And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. (I Kings 16:31)

I’m sure Jezebel made sure she worked it in order to get Ahab’s attention. And while we have no background information on this, I wouldn’t be surprised if she “worked it” to formulate her crew of false prophets and sons of Belial. (See #9.) But this isn’t just about sexual seduction. If you think Jezebel is just a pretty painted face, then you’ve fallen for part of her deception. Jezebel is brains, a machine, a demonic force in the earth. And she is the same, proportionally, for every “kingdom” she seeks to influence.

For me, Jezebel #1 sought to take me under her wing like a big sister. And she was very convincing, let me tell you! It wasn’t until I crossed her unknowingly that I saw her true colours. She was already attached to the leadership she was eyeing, yet she also knew she needed to be in my favour in order to seal the deal.

For Jezebel #2, it was the same method, accept this one was sort of thrown at me.

You should befriend Jezebel!

You should hang out!

I think it’d be good for you!

So I came to believe that we were “sisters.” (Apparently the kind that stab each other in the back and think nothing of it while the other—me—just takes it.) Yet she also knew to seal the deal, she’d have to get me on her team and boy did she! I literally called a meeting with the pastor to try and convince him that Jezebel #2 was his wife!! I was just as dumb and blind as I could be. But to be fair, I wasn’t dumb and blind alone.

Stay tuned for Part II!

01

Sep

Witchcraft & Deliverance Chronicles: Prophetess Juanita Bynum (Ministry)


Despite the widely publicized lows in Prophetess Juanita Bynum’s ministry, there have been several anointed highs as well. One of them, I believe, is featured in the teaching below, “The Spirit of Jezebel.” If you’re going to understand this foul spirit, then you need to understand where and what it is derived from. This sermon includes ALL of that. 

If you can understand a spirit, then you can put it in it’s place! 

This teaching includes:

  • The history of Nimrod; his father, Cush; and his mother (Cush’s wife), Semiramis, starting in Genesis 10 & 11
  • The origin of Baal worship
  • The origin of the Queen of Heaven worship
  • The origin of the Spirit of Perversion
  • The origin of the Spirit of AntiChrist
  • The origin of the Spirit of Jezebel







For the full (ongoing) Witchcraft & Deliverance Chronicles, see here.

27

Aug

Open Letter to the Producers of Preachers of L.A.


Dear Producers of Preachers L.A.,

We need to talk. Seriously. First let me say, I AM a fan of the show. I watch avidly and will be conducting a written commentary (NOT a gossip column!) on this season for GospelToday.com for the sake of starting a positive, much-needed dialogue, so stay tuned if you so choose. And while I would not go so far to say that Preachers of L.A. is a “God idea,” it’s certainly a good idea. All this to say, again, I like the show. And I am in your ballpark, really.

Throughout this letter, I will present various points that I feel need to be addressed (as I’m sure many others do as well). Commencing with the Drama King himself, Deitrick Haddon.



Deitrick (& Dominique) Haddon

While I understand why he is on the show from a professional standpoint (Holly Carter, the owner of the company who is producing the show, also manages his music career), from a spiritual standpoint, I don’t get it. As a former Californian who frequented the L.A. church/Gospel music scene on a regular basis, do you really mean to tell me that Deitrick Haddon was the only person y’all could come up with? I understand Mary Mary is already taken, but there are several other minister-psalmists to choose from who represent Christ in a better, more accurate light. Here are a few obvious reasons as to why Deitrick is terrible for the show and the overall Preachers of L.A. brand:

  1. He and his now wife, Dominique, actively fornicated, at least once, while taping Season 1—and had no qualms about it. While forgivable in the eyes of God and *some* people, it is unacceptable for a minister to 1) fornicate and furthermore, 2) justify that fornication in the various ways that Deitrick does, even unto the point of convincing his sweet, yet biblically illiterate wife that “when a man enter into a woman” they’re married. Do you see the problem this presents? In case you don’t, I’ll lay it out: 1) it’s a false witness of Christianity and holiness, 2) it’s misleading to those young(er) in the faith, 3) it’s misleading to those considering the faith, and 4) even some people in the world have better sense than to believe that fornication-friendly mess Deitrick preaches.

  2. Deitrick & Dominique indirectly and directly promoted “shackin’” on the show. In Season 1, there is a scene between the engaged Dominique and her mother, Faye, where she openly says she doesn’t understand why she can’t live with Deitrick—unwed. Either this is an honest ignorance of Scripture (in which case, why is she on the show as a “minister” or “First Lady” if she doesn’t know the Word for herself?) or she knows the Scripture (either in or out of context with no illumination or revelation by the Spirit of God) and willfully chooses to think and do as she pleases, even if it’s contrary to the Word of God (in which case, why is she on the show portraying herself as a Christian if she’s not?). And do I really even need to address Deitrick’s ignorance of the state of the Samaritan woman at the well who was shackin’? This one of the most elementary stories in the New Testament to anyone who’s been in the Church, let alone anyone who’s been “saved” for as long as Deitrick’s been. And don’t even get me started on his declaration (in the Reunion) that Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus shacked for a year before the Christ-Child was born. I can’t even..!

  3. He has no respect for his fellow ministers and especially, his elders. The way he’s openly and unapologetically disrespected Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Jay Haizlip is absolutely unacceptable for one who considers himself a minister of the Gospel. ABSOLUTELY.UNACCEPTABLE. Frankly, in my 28 years of life spent practically living in church since the womb and serving in ministry, I’ve never seen such open, flagrant disrespect towards [another] man of the cloth as I have in Deitrick Haddon. He needs to have a seat. Several, in fact.

  4. His biblical understanding is twisted, skewed. (See aforementioned comments on fornication and shacking.)

  5. He’s a Drama King. This item somewhat piggy-backs on #3. I’m a dramatic person. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, especially as it pertains to the Scripture and matters of the heart. But there is a line between “having a flair for the dramatic” and being disruptive, disrespectful, and flat out arrogant. And I again I say, Mr. Haddon needs to have several seats.





One of these reasons alone should be enough for godly producers of “Preachers” to cut Deitrick from the show. He gives the show, and Christians/Christianity in general, a terrible name. And the worst of it all is that he’s unrepentant. He doesn’t understand the most basic Christian principles of humility, respect(ing your elders), teachability, purity, acknowledgement of sin, and shunning the appearance of evil.

Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22 KJV)


Bishop Noel Jones & Loretta

Now, the topic of these two, in my opinion, is borderline. Frankly, the show casts Bishop Jones in a negative light. And it’s not because of editing or the inauthenticity of “reality” TV. It’s because that’s apparently just the way Bishop Jones is. As a man of God I respect him, but I must admit, that level of respect definitely dropped (lower than when I found out he was dating Lisa Raye *face palm*) when I saw the show due to his:

  1. Questioning of God-ordained monogamy in marriage.

  2. Using excuses from his childhood as a ~60 year old man to validate his refusal (phobia*) to commit to Loretta—or any woman.

  3. Stringing Loretta along for 16 YEARS. Let me say that again: 16 Y-E-A-R-S!!!

*If Bishop Jones does have a bona fide commitment phobia, then He, as a minister of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, imbued with Holy Spirit of God, can thus, cast out that spirit of fear by the Finger of God. #NoExcuses

It don’t take no man THAT long to make that decision. Either he wants to marry her or he doesn’t and I assure you he knew the answer to that question a decade or longer ago. If he wants to marry her, then she should do so swiftly to shun the appearance of evil (as he has NOT been doing for the past 16 YEARS) or move on and cut her off (which I would truly hate to see because I LOVE Loretta for Bishop!). Either he wants to get married (to her) or he doesn’t. Pick one, but whatever you do Bishop, as Jesus said, do it quickly!

James taught that teachers (preachers, Fivefold ministers: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) are held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

That includes Bishop and Loretta’s relationship. She deserves better. He deserves better (if he’ll allow it for himself). And his congregation and all those who follow his ministry deserve better. A [wo]man of God should be a standard in ALL areas and Bishop isn’t fulfilling that role or “ruling his house well” in this department. (And yes, this includes the fact that he’s got one divorce under his belt, whatever the circumstances were which I admittedly do not know.)

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; ONE WHO RULES HIS OWN HOUSE WELL, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover HE MUST HAVE A GOOD TESTIMONY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE, LEST HE FALL INTO REPROACH AND THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL. (I Timothy 3:1-7)
For a bishop must be BLAMELESS, as a steward of God, NOT SELF-WILLED, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:7-9)

I stated elsewhere that Preachers show was neutral; neither good, nor bad. It’s what the cast members make it. Thus, some pastors like Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Ron Gibson (admittedly, a “wild card,” but I love him *smile*), and Pastor Wayne Chaney will thrive ministerially because of the show. Why? Because what’s being exposed on the show of them, their character, and their [heart for] ministry is good and godly. For others like Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, and Bishop Clarence McClendon, the show is equally exposing of them and what’s being shown isn’t the prettiest. Kinda makes you wish you didn’t really know what was going on with the pastors, their true personalities, how they “do ministry,” etc.



Preachers is a way for God to expose the good and the bad in cast-ministers and even ministers at large. And I assure you that what God allows to be exposed will guarantee the spiritual success and failure, respectively, of all the ministries represented. (And my educated guess is that Pastor Jay and his ministry will stand to benefit the most! #TeamHaizlipsForLife!!)

He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. (Luke 1:52)

And collectively, those who exalt Christ—above themselves—on the show will undoubtedly see a godly increase in their numbers.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32 KJV)



Michelle Williams (The Reunion Hostess)

This admittedly irked me to no end. And by now, you recognize that I won’t spare in telling you why.

  1. SHE’S NOT SAVED. This is the first, foremost, and most obvious reason why she was a terrible choice in host(esse)s. It doesn’t matter what she may claim or profess; her life and life/career choices tell a VERY different story.

  2. She’s a former, still-intentionally-affiliated member of Destiny’s Child. (See her latest single, “Say Yes.”) Do I even need to expound on how inappropriate this is?

  3. She has no experience/affiliation with ministry. And no, being a sometimey Gospel/Inspirational singer does not count. It was blatantly obvious that…

  4. She doesn’t know to interact with ministers and ministers’ wives. Let’s be honest: Michelle stuck out like a sore thumb. She screamed, I repeat, SCREAMED at Bishop Gibson which is totally out of line regardless of whether or not he said she looked like Elvira, etc. You just don’t do that. (Or shouldn’t.) It’s a lack of respect which is a principle amply shown in Scripture that many young and Americans forget about whenever convenient. But that’s another blogpost for another day… Because Michelle doesn’t have a personal relationship with God, CHOOSES to be affiliated with the world—and not in a ministerial context!—and has no position or affiliation with ministry, she does not possess the innate knowhow to be able to correctly interact with the cast.

PLEASE select a different, more worthy host(ess) at the end of this season! Some better, more realistic options are:

  1. Erica Campbell. She’s an L.A. native, has been in the (music) ministry since the womb, has a sense of humour, experience taping and judging on two Christian reality shows, and is currently forging a ministry with her husband, Warren Campbell. If it’s not a conflict of interest, then why not pick her? It’d certainly help with her solo career/brand as well.

  2. DeVon Franklin. Also stationed in L.A., DeVon knows show business and church business. He’s attractive and debonair (both of which are GREAT for TV), and a minister himself. He gets it.

  3. Donnie McClurkin. Pastor Donnie has hosted/judged on various shows, understands music and pastoral ministry, and is HILARIOUS!

  4. Vicki Winans. This former pastor’s wife, psalmist, and comedian in her own right also has TV-hosting experience and would be a lovely candidate. And who knows, she might actually be funnier than Pastor Donnie! Vicki , like Pastor Donnie, knows the good, the bad, and the ugly of pastoral ministry which is paramount for the host(ess) to be able to understand and relate to.

Now since I don’t know any of these individuals personally, I can’t tell you if they’d actually want to be affiliated with the Preachers show. (Real talk.) But the worst they can say is “no.”

Any of these options—or someone like them—would be excellent candidates. The world knows who they are and they are actually ALL THE WAY in the Church/Body of Christ, unlike Ms. Williams. It is possible to make “smart business” choices that don’t contradict the Word of God at the same time.



Bishop Clarence & Lady Priscilla McClendon

This will probably be the first and last time, or as Dr. Perry Stone would say, the “alpha and omega” of when I actually concur with Deitrick Haddon. Would somebody please explain to me why Bishop McClendon and his lovely wife, Priscilla, are even on the show if they consistently insist on NOT interacting with the others? While Bishop McClendon (and Pastor Wayne. And Pastor Jay.) is admittedly “sanctified eye candy” for the lady viewers, is that REALLY why you want him on the show. Because he’s really not adding much. Or should I say, not adding much besides a sense of loftiness and pride, aloofness, and an overall lack of comradery with the other ministers. There’s not an American today who doesn’t understand how reality TV works and if we’re going to follow the world’s pattern of reality shows, which we are, then Bishop should know that he must actually interact with the other cast members. It just looks bad when he doesn’t.

And to date, there has been NOT.ONE.EPISODE where his wife was even in the same room as the other wives, much less interacting with them. Whose decision is that? Hers or Bishop McClendon’s? Either way, it just doesn’t look good.

OR, since this is reality TV, are we scared of what her interactions with the other wives would be due to the nature and controversy of the circumstances under which Bishop McClendon married her? I’m gonna leave that one right there and move on…

Frankly, I didn’t think the McClendons would renew their contract with the show because they were seen more in the opening song than they are in the actual episodes. Just please tell me whether or not they’ll actually be participating with the other cast members more in this season than before. Otherwise, why pay them to tape? L.A. is full of “pretty boy” preachers, many who’d actually love to interact with the other pastors and wives, who’d be happy to take the McClendons’ spot on the show.

That said, his sons, are, in fact, handsome/adorable. Especially the “baby.” *smile*



The World is Watching

When I first heard of the concept of Preachers of L.A. I was terrified as to what it would entail. But you slick things you, you got me on board. I figure it’s better than watching my Real Housewives of wherever, Basketball “Wives,” and most certainly, The Kardashians (which, praise God, is finally ending! The prayers of the saints are indeed effective!).

But the point, I imagine—or at least one of the points—would be to present a godly example of reality TV, not just one with God’s name stuck on it, but doesn’t *really* present Christian values. So if that, in fact, is one of the goals of the show (and an admirable one at that!) then shouldn’t we make sure that ALL those connected to the show and brand actually reflect the godly values that are so lacking in our society today? Shouldn’t the show set itself up to be a standard of ministry and not a laughing stock of ministry? We can be in Babylon, but we don’t to be of it. Daniel and the other three Hebrew princes demonstrated that very well.

I understand business. I understand brand visibility, connections, celebrity endorsements, ratings tricks, and the whole nine. And these days, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. But as the Church, our standard *must* be higher.



The world is watching.

Saved and unsaved; white hot and lukewarm; black, white, yellow, red, and brown—they’re all watching. What will the aftermath and legacy of Preachers of L.A. be? What fruit will it bear for the Kingdom of God? What fruit is it bearing from the Kingdom of Darkness? These are hard questions we have to ask in order to move forward, whether “forward” means cutting the show or keeping it. We know that according to 1 Corinthians 3, all works not built on the right foundation (Christ) will be burnt up.

But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (I Corinthians 3:10-15)

We all know the old song, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last.” Will these works last? Can they stand up and proclaim the goodness of God as well as that of ALL those involved?

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)

All in all, we can’t promote the world, worldly interests, and worldly thinking if we call ourselves the Church of the True and Living God. It doesn’t have to be smart business OR authentic Christianity. We can do both. But we have to use the Kingdom of Heaven’s system. And that can’t happen when (some of) the cast members and hosts promote drama, confusion, perversion (of Truth), and all around worldliness. I expect better from you.



Sincerely,

A Happy, Yet Confused Viewer, xx

Open Letter to the Producers of Preachers of L.A.


Dear Producers of Preachers L.A.,

We need to talk. Seriously. First let me say, I AM a fan of the show. I watch avidly and will be conducting a written commentary (NOT a gossip column!) on this season for GospelToday.com for the sake of starting a positive, much-needed dialogue, so stay tuned if you so choose. And while I would not go so far to say that Preachers of L.A. is a “God idea,” it’s certainly a good idea. All this to say, again, I like the show. And I am in your ballpark, really.

Throughout this letter, I will present various points that I feel need to be addressed (as I’m sure many others do as well). Commencing with the Drama King himself, Deitrick Haddon.



Deitrick (& Dominique) Haddon

While I understand why he is on the show from a professional standpoint (Holly Carter, the owner of the company who is producing the show, also manages his music career), from a spiritual standpoint, I don’t get it. As a former Californian who frequented the L.A. church/Gospel music scene on a regular basis, do you really mean to tell me that Deitrick Haddon was the only person y’all could come up with? I understand Mary Mary is already taken, but there are several other minister-psalmists to choose from who represent Christ in a better, more accurate light. Here are a few obvious reasons as to why Deitrick is terrible for the show and the overall Preachers of L.A. brand:

  1. He and his now wife, Dominique, actively fornicated, at least once, while taping Season 1—and had no qualms about it. While forgivable in the eyes of God and *some* people, it is unacceptable for a minister to 1) fornicate and furthermore, 2) justify that fornication in the various ways that Deitrick does, even unto the point of convincing his sweet, yet biblically illiterate wife that “when a man enter into a woman” they’re married. Do you see the problem this presents? In case you don’t, I’ll lay it out: 1) it’s a false witness of Christianity and holiness, 2) it’s misleading to those young(er) in the faith, 3) it’s misleading to those considering the faith, and 4) even some people in the world have better sense than to believe that fornication-friendly mess Deitrick preaches.

  2. Deitrick & Dominique indirectly and directly promoted “shackin’” on the show. In Season 1, there is a scene between the engaged Dominique and her mother, Faye, where she openly says she doesn’t understand why she can’t live with Deitrick—unwed. Either this is an honest ignorance of Scripture (in which case, why is she on the show as a “minister” or “First Lady” if she doesn’t know the Word for herself?) or she knows the Scripture (either in or out of context with no illumination or revelation by the Spirit of God) and willfully chooses to think and do as she pleases, even if it’s contrary to the Word of God (in which case, why is she on the show portraying herself as a Christian if she’s not?). And do I really even need to address Deitrick’s ignorance of the state of the Samaritan woman at the well who was shackin’? This one of the most elementary stories in the New Testament to anyone who’s been in the Church, let alone anyone who’s been “saved” for as long as Deitrick’s been. And don’t even get me started on his declaration (in the Reunion) that Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus shacked for a year before the Christ-Child was born. I can’t even..!

  3. He has no respect for his fellow ministers and especially, his elders. The way he’s openly and unapologetically disrespected Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Jay Haizlip is absolutely unacceptable for one who considers himself a minister of the Gospel. ABSOLUTELY.UNACCEPTABLE. Frankly, in my 28 years of life spent practically living in church since the womb and serving in ministry, I’ve never seen such open, flagrant disrespect towards [another] man of the cloth as I have in Deitrick Haddon. He needs to have a seat. Several, in fact.

  4. His biblical understanding is twisted, skewed. (See aforementioned comments on fornication and shacking.)

  5. He’s a Drama King. This item somewhat piggy-backs on #3. I’m a dramatic person. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, especially as it pertains to the Scripture and matters of the heart. But there is a line between “having a flair for the dramatic” and being disruptive, disrespectful, and flat out arrogant. And I again I say, Mr. Haddon needs to have several seats.





One of these reasons alone should be enough for godly producers of “Preachers” to cut Deitrick from the show. He gives the show, and Christians/Christianity in general, a terrible name. And the worst of it all is that he’s unrepentant. He doesn’t understand the most basic Christian principles of humility, respect(ing your elders), teachability, purity, acknowledgement of sin, and shunning the appearance of evil.

Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22 KJV)


Bishop Noel Jones & Loretta

Now, the topic of these two, in my opinion, is borderline. Frankly, the show casts Bishop Jones in a negative light. And it’s not because of editing or the inauthenticity of “reality” TV. It’s because that’s apparently just the way Bishop Jones is. As a man of God I respect him, but I must admit, that level of respect definitely dropped (lower than when I found out he was dating Lisa Raye *face palm*) when I saw the show due to his:

  1. Questioning of God-ordained monogamy in marriage.

  2. Using excuses from his childhood as a ~60 year old man to validate his refusal (phobia*) to commit to Loretta—or any woman.

  3. Stringing Loretta along for 16 YEARS. Let me say that again: 16 Y-E-A-R-S!!!

*If Bishop Jones does have a bona fide commitment phobia, then He, as a minister of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, imbued with Holy Spirit of God, can thus, cast out that spirit of fear by the Finger of God. #NoExcuses

It don’t take no man THAT long to make that decision. Either he wants to marry her or he doesn’t and I assure you he knew the answer to that question a decade or longer ago. If he wants to marry her, then she should do so swiftly to shun the appearance of evil (as he has NOT been doing for the past 16 YEARS) or move on and cut her off (which I would truly hate to see because I LOVE Loretta for Bishop!). Either he wants to get married (to her) or he doesn’t. Pick one, but whatever you do Bishop, as Jesus said, do it quickly!

James taught that teachers (preachers, Fivefold ministers: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) are held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

That includes Bishop and Loretta’s relationship. She deserves better. He deserves better (if he’ll allow it for himself). And his congregation and all those who follow his ministry deserve better. A [wo]man of God should be a standard in ALL areas and Bishop isn’t fulfilling that role or “ruling his house well” in this department. (And yes, this includes the fact that he’s got one divorce under his belt, whatever the circumstances were which I admittedly do not know.)

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; ONE WHO RULES HIS OWN HOUSE WELL, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover HE MUST HAVE A GOOD TESTIMONY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE, LEST HE FALL INTO REPROACH AND THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL. (I Timothy 3:1-7)
For a bishop must be BLAMELESS, as a steward of God, NOT SELF-WILLED, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:7-9)

I stated elsewhere that Preachers show was neutral; neither good, nor bad. It’s what the cast members make it. Thus, some pastors like Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Ron Gibson (admittedly, a “wild card,” but I love him *smile*), and Pastor Wayne Chaney will thrive ministerially because of the show. Why? Because what’s being exposed on the show of them, their character, and their [heart for] ministry is good and godly. For others like Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, and Bishop Clarence McClendon, the show is equally exposing of them and what’s being shown isn’t the prettiest. Kinda makes you wish you didn’t really know what was going on with the pastors, their true personalities, how they “do ministry,” etc.



Preachers is a way for God to expose the good and the bad in cast-ministers and even ministers at large. And I assure you that what God allows to be exposed will guarantee the spiritual success and failure, respectively, of all the ministries represented. (And my educated guess is that Pastor Jay and his ministry will stand to benefit the most! #TeamHaizlipsForLife!!)

He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. (Luke 1:52)

And collectively, those who exalt Christ—above themselves—on the show will undoubtedly see a godly increase in their numbers.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32 KJV)



Michelle Williams (The Reunion Hostess)

This admittedly irked me to no end. And by now, you recognize that I won’t spare in telling you why.

  1. SHE’S NOT SAVED. This is the first, foremost, and most obvious reason why she was a terrible choice in host(esse)s. It doesn’t matter what she may claim or profess; her life and life/career choices tell a VERY different story.

  2. She’s a former, still-intentionally-affiliated member of Destiny’s Child. (See her latest single, “Say Yes.”) Do I even need to expound on how inappropriate this is?

  3. She has no experience/affiliation with ministry. And no, being a sometimey Gospel/Inspirational singer does not count. It was blatantly obvious that…

  4. She doesn’t know to interact with ministers and ministers’ wives. Let’s be honest: Michelle stuck out like a sore thumb. She screamed, I repeat, SCREAMED at Bishop Gibson which is totally out of line regardless of whether or not he said she looked like Elvira, etc. You just don’t do that. (Or shouldn’t.) It’s a lack of respect which is a principle amply shown in Scripture that many young and Americans forget about whenever convenient. But that’s another blogpost for another day… Because Michelle doesn’t have a personal relationship with God, CHOOSES to be affiliated with the world—and not in a ministerial context!—and has no position or affiliation with ministry, she does not possess the innate knowhow to be able to correctly interact with the cast.

PLEASE select a different, more worthy host(ess) at the end of this season! Some better, more realistic options are:

  1. Erica Campbell. She’s an L.A. native, has been in the (music) ministry since the womb, has a sense of humour, experience taping and judging on two Christian reality shows, and is currently forging a ministry with her husband, Warren Campbell. If it’s not a conflict of interest, then why not pick her? It’d certainly help with her solo career/brand as well.

  2. DeVon Franklin. Also stationed in L.A., DeVon knows show business and church business. He’s attractive and debonair (both of which are GREAT for TV), and a minister himself. He gets it.

  3. Donnie McClurkin. Pastor Donnie has hosted/judged on various shows, understands music and pastoral ministry, and is HILARIOUS!

  4. Vicki Winans. This former pastor’s wife, psalmist, and comedian in her own right also has TV-hosting experience and would be a lovely candidate. And who knows, she might actually be funnier than Pastor Donnie! Vicki , like Pastor Donnie, knows the good, the bad, and the ugly of pastoral ministry which is paramount for the host(ess) to be able to understand and relate to.

Now since I don’t know any of these individuals personally, I can’t tell you if they’d actually want to be affiliated with the Preachers show. (Real talk.) But the worst they can say is “no.”

Any of these options—or someone like them—would be excellent candidates. The world knows who they are and they are actually ALL THE WAY in the Church/Body of Christ, unlike Ms. Williams. It is possible to make “smart business” choices that don’t contradict the Word of God at the same time.



Bishop Clarence & Lady Priscilla McClendon

This will probably be the first and last time, or as Dr. Perry Stone would say, the “alpha and omega” of when I actually concur with Deitrick Haddon. Would somebody please explain to me why Bishop McClendon and his lovely wife, Priscilla, are even on the show if they consistently insist on NOT interacting with the others? While Bishop McClendon (and Pastor Wayne. And Pastor Jay.) is admittedly “sanctified eye candy” for the lady viewers, is that REALLY why you want him on the show. Because he’s really not adding much. Or should I say, not adding much besides a sense of loftiness and pride, aloofness, and an overall lack of comradery with the other ministers. There’s not an American today who doesn’t understand how reality TV works and if we’re going to follow the world’s pattern of reality shows, which we are, then Bishop should know that he must actually interact with the other cast members. It just looks bad when he doesn’t.

And to date, there has been NOT.ONE.EPISODE where his wife was even in the same room as the other wives, much less interacting with them. Whose decision is that? Hers or Bishop McClendon’s? Either way, it just doesn’t look good.

OR, since this is reality TV, are we scared of what her interactions with the other wives would be due to the nature and controversy of the circumstances under which Bishop McClendon married her? I’m gonna leave that one right there and move on…

Frankly, I didn’t think the McClendons would renew their contract with the show because they were seen more in the opening song than they are in the actual episodes. Just please tell me whether or not they’ll actually be participating with the other cast members more in this season than before. Otherwise, why pay them to tape? L.A. is full of “pretty boy” preachers, many who’d actually love to interact with the other pastors and wives, who’d be happy to take the McClendons’ spot on the show.

That said, his sons, are, in fact, handsome/adorable. Especially the “baby.” *smile*



The World is Watching

When I first heard of the concept of Preachers of L.A. I was terrified as to what it would entail. But you slick things you, you got me on board. I figure it’s better than watching my Real Housewives of wherever, Basketball “Wives,” and most certainly, The Kardashians (which, praise God, is finally ending! The prayers of the saints are indeed effective!).

But the point, I imagine—or at least one of the points—would be to present a godly example of reality TV, not just one with God’s name stuck on it, but doesn’t *really* present Christian values. So if that, in fact, is one of the goals of the show (and an admirable one at that!) then shouldn’t we make sure that ALL those connected to the show and brand actually reflect the godly values that are so lacking in our society today? Shouldn’t the show set itself up to be a standard of ministry and not a laughing stock of ministry? We can be in Babylon, but we don’t to be of it. Daniel and the other three Hebrew princes demonstrated that very well.

I understand business. I understand brand visibility, connections, celebrity endorsements, ratings tricks, and the whole nine. And these days, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. But as the Church, our standard *must* be higher.



The world is watching.

Saved and unsaved; white hot and lukewarm; black, white, yellow, red, and brown—they’re all watching. What will the aftermath and legacy of Preachers of L.A. be? What fruit will it bear for the Kingdom of God? What fruit is it bearing from the Kingdom of Darkness? These are hard questions we have to ask in order to move forward, whether “forward” means cutting the show or keeping it. We know that according to 1 Corinthians 3, all works not built on the right foundation (Christ) will be burnt up.

But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (I Corinthians 3:10-15)

We all know the old song, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last.” Will these works last? Can they stand up and proclaim the goodness of God as well as that of ALL those involved?

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)

All in all, we can’t promote the world, worldly interests, and worldly thinking if we call ourselves the Church of the True and Living God. It doesn’t have to be smart business OR authentic Christianity. We can do both. But we have to use the Kingdom of Heaven’s system. And that can’t happen when (some of) the cast members and hosts promote drama, confusion, perversion (of Truth), and all around worldliness. I expect better from you.



Sincerely,

A Happy, Yet Confused Viewer, xx

23

Aug

The Bible in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Reepicheep Goes to Aslan’s Country


I’m back! *smile* And today, we’re discussing Reepicheep’s last appearance in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for the God in Narnia Series. If you missed any (or all) of the earlier posts, you can find them all here!) Enjoy!

About two o’clock in the afternoon, well victualled and watered (though they thought they would need neither food nor drink) and with Reepicheep’s coracle on board, the boat pulled away from the Dawn Treader to row through the endless carpet of lilies. The Dawn Treader flew all her flags and hung out her shields to honour their departure. Tall and big and homelike she looked from their low position turn and begin rowing slowly westward. Yet though Lucy shed a few tears, she could not feel it as much as you might have expected. The light, the silence, the tingling smell of the Silver Sea, even (in some odd way) the loneliness itself, were too exciting.

There was no need to row, for the current drifted them steadily to the east. None of them slept or ate. All that night and all next day they glided eastward, and when the third day dawned — with a brightness you or I could not bear even if we had dark glasses on — they saw a wonder ahead. It was as if a wall stood up between them and the sky, a greenish-grey, trembling, shimmering wall. Then up came the sun, and at its first rising they saw it through the wall. Then up came the sun, and at its first rising they saw it through the wall and it turned into wonderful rainbow colours. Then they knew that the wall was really a long, tall wave — a wave endlessly fixed in one place as you may often see at the edge of a waterfall. It seemed to be about thirty feet high, and the current was gliding them swiftly towards it. You might have supposed they would have thought of their danger. They didn’t. I don’t think anyone could have in their position. For now they saw something not only behind the wave but behind the sun. They could not have seen even the sun if their eyes had not been strengthened by the water of the Last Sea. But now they could look at the rising sun —was a range of mountains. It was so high that either they never saw the top of it or they forgot it. None of them remembers seeing any sky in that direction. And the mountains must really have been outside the world. For any mountains even a quarter of a twentieth of that height ought to have had ice and snow on them. But these were warm and green and full of forests and waterfalls however high you looked. And suddenly there came a breeze from the east, tossing the top of the wave into foamy shapes and ruffling the smooth water all round them. It lasted only a second or so but what it brought them in that second sound, a musical sound. Edmund and Eustace would never talk about it afterwards. Lucy could only say, “It would break your heart.” “Why,” said I, “was it so sad?” “Sad!! No,” said Lucy.

No one in that boat doubted that they were seeing beyond the End of the World into Aslan’s country.

At that moment, with a crunch, the boat ran aground. The water was too shallow now for it. “This,” said Reepicheep, “is where I go on along.”

They did not even try to stop him, for everything now felt as if it had been fated or had happened before. They helped him to lower his little coracle. Then he took off his sword (“I shall need it no more,” he said) and flung it far away across the lilied sea. Where it fell it stood upright with the hilt above the surface. Then he bade them goodbye, trying to be sad for their sakes; but he was quivering with happiness. Lucy, for the first and last time, did what she had always wanted to do, taking him in her arms and caressing him. Then hastily he got into his coracle and took his paddle, and the current caught it and away he went, very black against the lilies. But no lilies grew on the wave; it was a smooth green slope. The coracle went more and more quickly, and beautifully it rushed up the wave’s side. For one split second they saw its shape and Reepicheep’s on the very top. Then it vanished, and since that moment no one can truly claim to have seen Reepicheep the Mouse. But my belief is that he came safe to Aslan’s country and is alive there to this day.



Reepicheep, the brave, over-sized mouse, is most definitely the Enoch of the Narnian Chronicles. Who was Enoch? He was the first type and shadow of the rapture or “catching away” of the saints in the Old Testament.

Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch….Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:18, 21-24)


Aslan’s country is most obviously Heaven. And in case there was any doubt, hop on over from “Jack’s” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to The Great Divorce where Heaven is described in much the same way, with many of the same characteristics.

For those who are unclear, the rapture is a concept continually found in the Bible. Like the words “Trinity” or “abortion” (the condemnation thereof) “rapture” is another word not specifically found in the Bible, yet is made abundantly clear in Scripture. As aforementioned, Enoch walked with God and was no more. He was on earth, did not die, yet transitioned—entirely—to Heaven. Elijah, “a man with a nature like ours” (James 5:17) was ushered from earth to Heaven in a fiery chariot, again, without dying. In the New Testament, we hear the Apostle Paul say things like,

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (I Corinthians 15:51-53)



Note: The rapture school of thought, as the Bible teaches, shares with us that we who belong to God (sooner than we can imagine!) will be “caught up” and “gathered together” in the sky, changed from corruptible, mortal forms to incorruptible, glorious, immortal forms fit for Heaven and eternal life. This, according to Scripture and all types and shadows of the Old Testament, will happen before the seven-year Tribulation where the ultimate AntiChrist will rise to power and dominate the entire earth. Just as Noah and his family were saved from the Flood, just as Lot and his family were saved from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, just as Jacob and his family were saved from the famine in the land, just as Daniel was saved from the lion’s den, and just as the infants Moses and Daniel were saved from the wrath of a godless monarch, so will the Bride of Christ be saved from the godless Time of Trouble.

Back in the Narnian Chronicles-and we’ll touch on this when we discuss The Last Battle—but Jill (who we’ll meet in The Silver Chair) and Eustace; Tirian, the last king of Narnia; Jewel, the Unicorn; and everyone in their little band of fighters were in a sense “raptured” into Aslan’s country. They never die, yet the waltz into the eternal world. (I’m trying not to give away too much here for those who haven’t already read it.) Granted, the entrance of the characters in The Last Battle to Aslan’s Country was not nearly as peaceful as Reepicheep’s coracle ride over the waves, yet the concept thereof is the same.



C.S. Lewis gets pretty darn deep when you truly recognize and delve into the layers of his works. And just as with Enoch, the seventh from Adam, so was it equally important (either consciously or subconsciously) for Jack to implant the type and shadow of Reepicheep’s rapture before we see it again in the final book of the Series.

And when the time comes for us to meet our Maker, like good old Reep, we too shall be in awe of the Great Lion and embark on the greatest, “neverending story” of our everlasting lives!


18

Aug

Witchcraft & Deliverance Chronicles: Carol Kornacki (The Occult)


Carol Kornacki has an awesome testimony! I discovered her quite by accident when researching Doreen Irvine and other witchcraft deliverance testimonies on Youtube. 

After a traumatic childhood and a troubled young adult life, Carol became a rogue or solitary witch. But God wasn’t done with her and sent her a wonderful saint, planted in the pits of darkness, to find her and call her out into the marvelous light! Carol’s testimony includes:

  • Dealing with (parental) rejection
  • Child abuse
  • Teen pregnancy and abortion
  • Abusive relationships
  • Substance abuse
  • Witchcraft and more

Be blessed by Carol’s powerful testimony!
















16

Aug

Preachers of L.A., Episode 1: Judgment vs. Being Judgmental *Spoiler Alert*


Preachers of L.A. is back for Season Two and is already full of action! We’re sharing with you about Episode One: “Judge Not.” In Season One, Gospel singer, Deitrick Haddon, was recovering from his recent divorce, the birth of his first child–out of wedlock, and a speedy engagement. All which had suspect timing and, understandably, tarnished his position as a Christian minister. Midway through the season, he embarked on a secret wedding to his now wife, Dominique. But what they did not reveal until after the public wedding in the season finale was that they were already expecting Baby #2!

This naturally put Pastor Jay Haizlip, the last-minute wedding officiant for the public wedding, in an extremely awkward position which he lovingly confronted Deitrick about in this first episode. Drama ensued.



Later, we see Loretta, Bishop Noel Jones’ “special friend,” hijack Dominique’s sip-and-see baby shower to tear into First Lady LaVette Gibson about some comments her husband had made to Noel Jones.

Bishop Ron Gibson, as we saw last season, felt “some kinda way” about the “long tenure” of the 16-year relationship between Jones and Loretta. He felt it wasn’t appropriate for her to have a position in Bishop Jones’ ministry without first having the position of “wife.”



Bishop Gibson’s concerns had less to do with singles in ministry and more to do with the question of whether or not there were some (potentially mounting) indiscretions in the relationship. Let’s be honest: 16 years is a LONG time for anyone to date. Namely a pastor. Lady LaVette later summed up these concerns by stating:

Can a man take fire to his bosom, and…not be burned? (Proverbs 6:27)

Read the full article at GospelToday.com!