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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!

15

Aug

What Robin Williams Can Teach Us about Depression


For decades, Robin Williams was the man that had us all–black and white, saved and unsaved, young and old–laughing. He lifted our spirits, all the while, his own spirit was being crushed beneath the weight of depression. What a tragic paradox! No amount of “R.I.P.s” can make his earthly or eternal death peaceful. From Scripture to Mary K. Baxter’s Divine Revelation of Hell, we know Hell and its ever-burning fire are very real. As the Church, we need to be straightforward about the topic of depression.



1) Depression is a Spirit.

Some people think “depression is a medical condition…NOT a demon…” Yet this statement defies Scripture. There are plenty of medical conditions caused by spirits such as Rottenness of the Bones (Proverbs 12:414:30), Wasting Disease and Fever (Leviticus 26:15-16), etc. The Bible also speaks specifically about depression.

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the SORROW OF THE WORLD produces death. (II Corinthians 7:10)

The Bible also provides the remedy.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to…heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for MOURNING, the garment of praise for the SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS… (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Treating depression’s natural symptoms is good and necessary. However, if that treatment doesn’t include addressing the spiritual root, then all of our efforts will be in vain.



2) Depression Stems from Fear.

Back in 2009, for about half a year, I wrestled with depression. Eventually, I had a mini-breakdown. I shut down emotionally, socially, physically, etc. and the ugly root of it all was fear. Fear comes with torment, but that torment is illegal for those those who belong to God. Fear and its torment only stay where they’re tolerated.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. (I John 4:18)

For God has not given us a SPIRIT OF FEAR, but of power and of love and of a SOUND MIND. (II Timothy 1:7)

With the recent developments about Robin’s dealing with bipolar disorder and the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease which he was “not yet ready to share publicly,” it would seem that fear had definitely taken root in this star’s life.

Read the full piece on GospelToday.com!

11

Aug

Dragon Lords


If you know me, then you know I love the BBC show Merlin! I’ve always been a HUGE sucker for almost any version of the Arthurian Legend even if, like Merlin, it barely follows the actual story.

If you follow the BBC classic show (ended all too soon, much to my great sadness!), then you know that Merlin is a Dragon Lord. The gift, passed down to him from his father, allows him to “lord” over dragons and in fact, any being that may be even related to a dragon. And then, I had a revelation!



We, you and I, are called to be Dragon Lords!

Now before you go and crucify me, listen! Or rather, read!

This is NOT promoting, encouraging, or suggesting witchcraft or sorcery in any way!!!

While Merlin may have a pet dragon at his beck and call, chit chat with them, and so forth, that is not what I mean to communicate.

Subjection over dragons is what I’m getting at. And if you think I’m crazy, just turn to your nearest King James Bible or Bible app which reads:

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (Psalm 91:13 KJV)

This ain’t talkin’ to Jesus, this is talking to every single believer, every single child of God. YOU have the power to tread upon dragons! Technically, over lions, and adders, and dragons…oh my! *giggles*

Now as most of you will know, Psalm 91 deals explicitly with divine protection for believers. And while each author has the creative right to make dragons good or bad within the context of their own story, obviously, spiritually speaking, dragons are baaaad. Very bad!

A dragon is an overgrown serpent. Who is the first serpent we see in Scripture? SATAN. You figure the rest out.



So now, we don’t—like witches and warlocks and sorcerers—have these beings (very real in the spirit world) as pets that we ride and work with and so forth. We speak “as one with authority” and we forbid their power and authority within the realm of our influence. But let’s first go back to dragons being real. Here are some “dragon tales” in Scripture.

In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1 KJV)

Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. (Ezekiel 29:3 KJV)

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her Child as soon as it was born….And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:3, 4, 7-9 KJV)

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4 KJV)

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11 KJV)

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Revelation 16:3 KJV)

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years… (Revelation 20:2 KJV)




Dragons in Scripture, also tend to represent accursed places. I mean, seriously, it’s the stuff of Tolkien…Children of Húrin anyone??

The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing. And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl* also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate. (Isaiah 34:6-15 KJV)

*Screech Owl: “Lilith” (multiple translations such as Complete Jewish Bible, Darby Translation, Lexham English Bible, The Message, NASB, NRSV, The Voice, etc.) “Lamia” (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition, Wycliffe Bible, ), “Vampire” (Moffat Translation 1922), “Night Hag” (Revised Standard Version) other, less creative versions say “Night/Nocturnal Creature,” “Night Monster,” or some other sort of owl.

[Just so we’re clear, that’s 1) unicorns, 2) dragons, 3) satyrs, and 4) Liliths or lilit/lamias/hags/vampires all in ONE chapter of the Bible! And you thought reading the Bible wasn’t interesting…psshaw!]

And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged. (Isaiah 13:22 KJV)

And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant. (Jeremiah 9:11 KJV)

And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation for ever: there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it. (Jeremiah 49:33 KJV)

And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. (Jeremiah 51:37 KJV)

And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (Malachi 1:3 KJV)

Again, VERY Tolkienesque. (He had to get it from somewhere!) And also again, DRAGONS = BAAAAD. And it is precisely because we are bad that we must accept our Dragon Lordness.







It should also be noted—and Tolkien captures this perfectly in The Children of Hurin as well as The Hobbit—that all dragons are liars. They were liars in the beginning of time and they will be liars at the end, on their way to the eternal Lake of Fire. Thus, we keep all “dragon talk” to a minimum.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9 KJV)

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. (Revelation 13:5)

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11 KJV)

Dragons are in no way to be trusted. If you listen long enough—and do not have the grace of God and covering of His Blood—you’re bound to be taken in by his venomous lies.




God Himself gave us authority over these scaley fiends.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)



And let me be clear, the authority we have is not our own but rather, extended to us through our Lord and Saviour Who, even in His flesh-suit, was a Man under the authority of God the Father.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:4-6)
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. (John 14:10)

Even the Holy Spirit of God does not move without the permission of God the Father.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13)

Our authority as Dragon Lords comes from the Ultimate Dragon Lord, Who—at the end of time, even as is mimicked in Norse mythology—shall slay the great serpent (dragon) at the end of time (Isaiah 27:1)!



We are Dragon Lords, not through our own will or for our own purposes, to enact the greatest power of all in the earth and every other realm known to God and man! Some who don’t know any better or don’t know how to communicate it in faerie tales call this power “magic.” Even C.S. Lewis did (i.e. “Deep Magic). (Not to be confused with real magic of course.) But it is not magic. It is simply the supernatural power of God, available to every believer, born of the Spirit and the will of God (John 1:12, 13). Rise up fellow Dragon Lords! Allow your God to crush this flying, lying serpent under your feet!

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Romans 16:20)

08

Aug

Let’s Have a Serious Talk about Divorce


Recently, a friend, very concerned about the state of marriage, asked me to address the issue of divorce. Now if you follow my personal Facebook account, then you know (or should know) EXACTLY how I feel about it. But for those who don’t know, that’s what this post is for. Here’s goes nothing.

DIVORCE IS LEGALIZED UNFORGIVENESS.

I’m sorry, did that sound harsh??

It was meant to.

As always, you know that I’ll use the Bible as the foundation for my argument. So let’s see what it says on the matter.

The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” (Matthew 19:3-10)

That’s what the Word says. And for some of you New-Testament-only “believers,” these are the red letters of Jesus the Christ.

And there you have it: divorce was NEVER the will of God. And according to Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So that tells us that if God hated divorce in the beginning, then He yet hates it now. And He will at it at the end of time.



DIVORCE IS AN ACT OF VIOLENCE.

“For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.” (Malachi 2:16)

Hmmm, interesting. God equates divorce to violence, thus if you divorce your spouse for any reason (it provides no condition here) then you commit an act of violence against your spouse, yourself, and your children if you have them.

Now going back to the words of our Saviour, He said,

Look, divorce ain’t never God’s will. Period. But because you people can’t get past your unforgiveness and won’t treat God like God, then Moses broke down and included it in his laws. So your only out is if your spouse cheats on you.

(So, where are all those people now who are against the laws of Moses?? Oh that’s right, they’re only against the Mosaic Laws when it’s convenient for them. Gotcha.)

That, of course, was the Desiree Translation, yet the core of it remains the same: divorce is never God’s will. Because in doing so, you become guilty of legalized unforgiveness (which we know to be sin) and violence (which we also know to be sin).

Still think divorce isn’t wrong??



DIVORCE REJECTS THE VERY ESSENCE OF GOD.

When you divorce, you say that not even God can fix your marriage. That is a lie. God can do anything—if you let Him. So then it becomes, not a case of God’s impotence, but of your lack of faith or straight up disbelief in God.

This is what you tell God when you divorce:

The God (that I may or may not worship) Who made Heaven and Earth through His Wisdom and Word; Who is so great that He did not even need to be created yet simply was; Who split the Red Sea; wiped out the Army of Egypt in a day; caused His angel(s) to wipe out entire armies, cities, and regions in a moment; healed the sick; cast out devils; and very literally defeated Satan, Death, Hell, and the Grave through His death and resurrection over 2,000 years ago; Who now sits at the right-hand of the Father ever making intercession for YOU is not capable of fixing your marriage.

Hmmmm…

You also say:

The God Who purchased YOUR redemption with His Blood; gave YOU the right to become a son of God through birth in the Spirit; gave YOU the power to be His witness in all the earth; gave YOU the perfect model for prayer; gave you authority over devils, scorpions, dragons, and lions; gave YOU the authority and the power to bind (prohibit) and forbid (permit) anything on the earth according to His will; and already promised YOU a place in His army at the end of the Age beside Him if you keep His commandments can’t give you what is necessary to save your marriage.

Hmmmm…

The problem is obviously not on God’s end, the problem is on yours.

If you are truly discouraged (and who doesn’t get discouraged from time to time?) and undoubtedly, a sour marriage would make one discouraged, then ask God to help your unbelief, to increase your faith.

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5)

Without faith, it is absolutely impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). And if you can’t please God, you ain’t gettin’ into Heaven. Faith is our access point to the things of God. So if we can’t access Him here, what on earth would make us think we can access it after we’re dead.

Either God is God, or He isn’t.

He can’t be a liar; it’s entirely impossible (Numbers 23:19, Romans 3:4). If someone’s wrong, you can be dang-skippy-sure, it’s you.



DIVORCE REJECTS THE CHARACTER OF GOD.

If God were a man in a relationship, people would say He’s in an abusive, unhealthy relationship. Time and time again, Israel/the Church have slapped God in the face by rejecting Him, disobeying Him, “playing the harlot” against Him (idolatry)…you name it, we’ve done it. And yet God is still there.

As the ultimate prophetic demonstration, He had Hosea marry a whore—a woman who intentionally strayed from her marriage bed—and yet, remain married to her. There’s no guarantee (especially in that day) that any of the children she gave birth to were his. And yet, God had him stay. It was a picture of how we treat God. And yet He still loves us as if we were His beloved like in Song of Songs. Simply, because we are.

Now you this is where things get really hard to hear…

You tell me: If God via the Apostle Paul commanded husbands to love their wives as God loved us and gave Himself for us (Ephesians 5:25), and we are supposed to be imitators of Christ, then how do we figure divorce is part of that command? Newsflash: it’s not.

We are all commanded to love and forgive like God—men and women alike.

Tough stuff isn’t it? And if we can’t commit to our spouses like we should, then we shouldn’t get married at all.

His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” (Matthew 19:10)


DIVORCE IS SELFISHNESS.

This is where it really hits home for me. In Spring of 2010, my mother—due to the irresponsibility, etc. of other family members—left North Carolina to care for her ailing parents in California. A couple months later, that Summer, she called home to tell my dad and I that she had no intention of ever coming home.

This was the “way of escape” God had given her.

God wanted her to be happy.

(Can you picture the look on my face right now??)

My aunt, my mom’s sister, also recently left her husband to be “happy.”

There was no infidelity, no abuse, nothing at all that could warrant divorce. These women simply had unrealistic, selfish expectations that were not met.

You probably know of several people who have left their spouses to be “happy” and have cited “irreconcilable differences” as their reasoning. Now find that for me in the Bible where Jesus or any of the prophets or apostles says “irreconcilable differences” is cause for divorce.

YOU CAN’T.

God doesn’t make people ill to give you an out from your marriage.

God doesn’t make your happiness His priority. Especially if you live in direct rebellion to His Word. Happiness comes and goes for all of us and it largely depends on our disposition.

God doesn’t aid the Spirit of Jezebel in attempting to make an Ahab of one’s spouse.

And God REALLY doesn’t show you who you were “really” supposed to be married to whilst married to someone else. That’s the devil!!

God expects us to live up to our responsibilities and commitments unless they stop us from doing His will.

I love my mother, but she’s dead wrong.



DIVORCE CAN LEAD TO BACKSLIDING.

Unfortunately, I believe this to be the case with my mother. And definitely her sister.

I’ve met lovely people, wonderful people who have divorced and remarried. Some of them had the one biblical out in their favour while others didn’t. Yet there seems to be a distinct difference between those who divorce and admit their wrongs as opposed to those who divorce and think they’ve done no wrong.

Do you want to know why the divorce rate is so high? Because people who divorce and remarry are much more prone to divorce again…and again…and again because they expect a person to either fix a problem in them, fill a void, or simply that the grass is greener on the other side.

The grass is greener where you water it.

Forget the spiritual side, how can you expect to grow as a person if you never admit your wrongs?

I tweeted yesterday that, “If you already think you’re great, then you’re not going to try to improve yourself” (Brad Bushman).

And now, spiritually speaking, if you don’t’ admit you’ve sinned, how can you expect God to forgive you and yourself to move forward spiritually?

The answer to both questions: YOU CAN’T.

And in God, there is no standing still. Oh sure, we say that for the sake of conversation, but really there’s only 1) moving forward and 2) moving backward. At what point does one actually become backslidden? I don’t know, the Bible doesn’t say. Yet when one has become so caught up in their own delusions and openly rejects or “skips” over the Word of God, and remains unrepentant, then they will eventually leave the ranks of Heaven to join the ranks of Hell. God doesn’t do it, they do it to themselves.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent… (Acts 17:30)
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. (Revelation 2:5)
Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. (Revelation 2:16)
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. (Revelation 3:3)

God doesn’t mince words when it comes to repentance; neither should we.



The Ravaging of Divorce

So now, let’s take a look at the definite and potential repercussions of divorce.

  1. Unforgiveness. (Sin)

  2. Violence. (Sin)

  3. Rejection of God & His Word. (Sin)

  4. Causing Offense. (Sin)

  5. Inviting the Generational Curse of Divorce Down to the 3rd & 4th Generations. (Iniquity, Sin)

  6. [Possible] Rebellion in Children a.k.a. Provoking Your children to Wrath. (Sin)

  7. Loss of Testimony. (Unfortunate)

When I was in middle and high school, I messed around with fake nails from the drugstore every now and then. And what I quickly learned is that that nail glue is the devil to mess with!! If you pull the nails off as you undoubtedly will, you rip off layers of your nail. It takes a while to repair and heal.

Men who have messed around with super glue and crazy glue have had similar experiences.  

Now if tearing something glued to your skin is traumatic (and trust me, it is!), then how ‘bout tearing your soul away from another? That’s exactly what divorce is! It’s where the violence comes in. As Jesus said, married folks (ONE man + ONE woman) become one. When you divorce, you tear yourselves in half. And likely, you tear your children in half. They feel (and sometimes are made to) pick a parent to live with, side with…your tear the household you built up. You tear your church if you’re in ministry. You tear your social circle. You tear any joint ventures (and bank accounts) you once shared.

God doesn’t tear; He never tears. He may cut, but clean cuts can be healed from. He prunes us for His use and purpose. It is Satan who tears, steals, and robs us of what is ours. When you divorce, you’re not pruning, you’re tearing and thus aligning yourself with Satan. So who do you want to side with? The Great Healer or the Great Liar?

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

I’m not marriage counsellor, but I know what the Word says. It’s very clear on the subject of divorce. Many will be offended by reading this post, yet the Bible already warns us that in the last days, many will be offended. And my spiritual padre always say that offense is a sign of spiritual immaturity. So if this post offends you, it just shows you where you are spiritually.



We all have a Scripture in the Bible that works our nerves, yet that doesn’t make it any less true. We can choose God or we can choose our own will. Just remember, when you elevate your will above that of God, you are no longer serving the Creator.

07

Aug

The Bible in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Part II: The Lion & the Lamb


This is a short, but poignant installment. (Aren’t you happy? lol) This time, we’re exploring the Lion and the Lamb we view on the edge of Aslan’s country at the end of this voyaging tale. Enjoy!

Between them and the foot of the sky there was a something so white on the green grass that even with their eagle’s eyes they could hardly look at it. They came on and saw that it was a Lamb.

“Come and have breakfast,” said the Lamb in its sweet milky voice.

Then they noticed for the first time that there was a fire lit on the grass and fish roasting on it. They sat down and at the fish, hungry now for the first time for many days. And it was the most delicious food they had ever tasted.

“Please, Lamb,” said Lucy, “is this the way to Aslan’s country?”

“Not for you,” said the Lamb. “For you the door into Aslan’s country is from your own world.”

“What!” said Edmund. “Is there a way into Aslan’s country from our world too?”

“There is a way into my country from all the worlds,” said the Lamb; but as he spoke, his snowy white flushed into tawny gold and his size changed and he was Aslan himself, towering above them and scattering light from his mane.

“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?”

“I shall be telling you all the time…” (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)



Ah, the Lion and the Lamb, the great paradox that is Jesus the Christ! He is the meek Lamb who allowed Himself to be slain for our sins and the Great Lion of Judah.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)

Yes, the Lion and the Lamb. We’ve seen the Lamb-Aslan once before in “Lion” when the Great Lion allowed the Witch Jadis and her fallen followers to slay Him on the Stone Table. He could have killed the Witch in a moment (which He, in fact, did do the next day), but He chose to submit to the slaying for the sake of Edmund and all Narnia. Now that’s one mighty Lamb!

And yet this same Lamb is the Lion!

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver, “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

SEE RELATED: Aslan is on the Move



Aslan is not tame Lion and neither is Jesus. He’s the conquering King isn’t He? (That was a statement, not a question.) The Great Lion, whether you call Him “Aslan” or “Jesus,” the effect is the same: overwhelming love from those who know Him and overwhelming fear from those who don’t. To know Him is to love Him. If you love the Lamb, you won’t have to fear the Lion.

Sign My Petition to Help #EndBlackJesus


Have you heard of Black Jesus?

I had, but never knew what it was about and certainly hadn’t seen a trailer–until today. I was prompted to look into it when Gospel singer, Isaac “Ike” Carree called his Facebook followers to call in and boycott the show. Obviously I couldn’t do so just because he asked me to, so I looked it up. I was in no way ready for the utter mockery that ensued.

So what did I do? I “marched” over to the Black Jesus Facebook Page and Twitter account, shared my thoughts, and called others to share their thoughts as well.

We have no right to complain about the filth in our media if we have no intention of not watching it or doing nothing about it.

As men and women of God, regardless of age, sex, or colour, we are called to righteousness and holiness. And as God’s people, we are called to hate that which He hates, oppose that which He opposes.

Read the full post on GospelToday.com!

Please help me end this filth by signing my brand new petition: End Black Jesus.

We CAN make a difference!

Thanks in advance!!

Desiree, xx