“Offenses–The Offended and the Offenders”

taking offense

If you are one who takes offense at racial epithets, mean-spirited remarks, lies that are told on you, the demeaning tone of a supervisor, or even the Word of God that doesn’t conform with what you’ve been taught or believe, then what I am about to share is for you. It is my prayer that this entry will help shore up breaches in your spirit through which the devil is able to shoot his fiery darts of offense.

First of all, offense is a trap of the devil designed to wound, trip up, cause one to stumble and thus impede spiritual progress. The Greek noun translated offence is SKANDOLON. W.E. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines this word as, “The name of the part of a trap to which the bait is attached, hence, the trap or snare itself,…….In the New Testament, SKANDOLON is always used metaphorically, and ordinarily of anything that arouses prejudice, or becomes a hindrance to others, or causes them to fall by the way. Sometimes the hindrance is in itself good, and those stumbled by it are the wicked.”

When I read this definition, I immediately thought of a mouse trap. The bait is attached to a mechanism that’s spring-loaded. When the unsuspecting mouse goes for the bait, the spring is released and the mouse gets caught in the trap. It is imperative to realize that the offense itself, no matter what it is, is a trap and the desire to give in to one’s emotions to feel hurt and bruised is the bait. Once the bait is taken, you will be nursing your wounds and out of commission as far as your destiny is concerned until you’re healed. Some people never get over the wounds of an offence and are useless to the kingdom of God. They carry their wounds to their graves.

Imagine, if you will, a world class distance runner who endures an arduous training regimen over a period of several months and sometimes years to prepare for one race. He is mentally focused on his goal of winning. At the sound of the gun, he’s off. As the race progresses, he allows nothing to enter his mind that would distract his focus; then suddenly he feel a tingling sensation in his thigh. He tries to ignore it but as he continues to run, he pulls up lame with a torn hamstring. He will never finish the race and all his hopes and dreams of winning are dashed. In a similar manner, when we take offense, we become hurt, wounded, distracted, and unable to proceed spiritually. In most cases, the offended individual will lose hours of sleep wondering why someone said what they said about them; or worse, they try to defend themselves against an accusation or a perceived wrong, never realizing that valuable time and energy is being redirected from the race at hand to drama that has nothing to do with his or her destiny.  They have in effect pulled up lame in the race of life.

Take a look at Psalms 119:165 – Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Nothing shall cause them to stumble.  It is not God’s will that his people take offense at the provocations we face every day, but in the event that immature Christians are offended/stumble, Jesus said in Matthew 18:6,7,8,9 – But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. It is a very dangerous thing to be one by whom offenses come. (7) Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh! (8) Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. (9) And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Does this mean cutting off your hand or plucking out your eye literally? I think not. If you have a problem with lust and an attractive woman who is seductively dressed comes into view, are you to pluck your eyes out? One sister said, “Just turn your head the other way.” That might work, but there is no place on the planet where there aren’t beautiful women dressed seductively. Further, not looking at a beautiful woman does not deal with a heart full of lust.

Here is my take on these scriptures: Again, in Psalms 119:165 we are told that when we love the Word of God, we have great peace and nothing offends us. The key to not being offended or stumbling is the love of the Word. If there is a propensity in any of you to stumble at the provocative images of the opposite gender that bombards us on a daily basis, then focus your spiritual eyes on the Word and by doing so, you will remove the cause for stumbling and, in effect, pluck out your natural eyes. Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? Why didn’t he say “look upon a maid?” Our thoughts are inextricably connected to our eyes and our attention. Whatever thoughts you allow sanctuary in your mind, good or bad, your eyes will go where ever those thoughts lead you. Unfortunately, Many Christians stumble in this area.

Another kind of offense that causes stumbling comes in the form of insults, a lies, or abusive language. A perfect example is found in 2 Samuel 16:5 – 14: (5) And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth and cursed still as he came. (6) And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. (7) And thus said Shimei when he cursed, come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial. (8) The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief because thou art a blood man. (9) Then said Abishi the son of Zeruiah unto the king, why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. (10) And the king said, what have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah. So let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, curse David. Who shall then say, wherefore hast thou done so?

This is an amazing story. Most of us would have given Abishi the green light to take off this guy’s head but instead, David refused to take offense. He chose rather to place himself in God’s hand and, by faith, walk out the trial in which he now found himself. (vs 12) “It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.” When you refuse to be offended and put yourself in a position of humility, you bring God’s presence into a situation to vindicate you. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 53:17.

Finally, I would remind you of the struggles of the early Christian martyrs. They were scourged, and tortured in such inhumane ways that it really beggars description.

If they could refuse to take offense in order to finish their race, how much more should we be willing to immerse ourselves in God’s word to such an extent that offenses no longer bother us. They become like water on a duck’s back.

In Christ,

Make A Demand On The Kingdom Of Heaven


Jesus often used natural earthly principles to reveal heavenly kingdom truths.  He was quite adroit at using simple concepts we all understand to unveil the profound mysteries of Heaven.

Similarly, It is my desire in this writing to use the historical struggles of the African American people in this country to reveal how to receive the promises of the Kingdom of Heaven, so please indulge me.

The following words are enshrined in the American Declaration Of Independence:  “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Unfortunately, these words did not apply to the black citizens of this country and as a result, my natural ancestors were enslaved and brutalized in a repressive barbaric system.

Conversely, many of my spiritual brothers and sisters who operate in the same repressive system are enslaved and brutalized by satan and his minions.  What is so amazingly remarkable about this scenario is the fact that we have been delivered from the authority of this system and translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, Colossians 1:13.  Moreover, we are commanded by the King to come out of this system and be separate, 2 Corinthians 6:17.

The question them becomes, how can a people who are in bondage secure the rights of freedom that rightfully belong to them?

Before I address the spiritual aspect of this question, let me first deal with this question as it relates the history of blacks in America.

The Civil War was a seminal moment in the history of blacks in America. Ostensibly, it was fought over the issue of state’s rights, but the pink elephant in the room all along was slavery.  More than 600,000 men paid the ultimate sacrifice, shedding their blood on both sides of the issue.  By God’s grace, the blood of the union liberators, and the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, freed blacks from the hellish bondage of involuntary servitude.

From 1865 to 1877, the country went through a period of reconstruction, during which time, blacks tasted freedom for the first time.  They were elected to political office and wielded political power. The words of the Declaration of Independence were within their grasp.  It was a freedom, however,  that was short lived.

The KKK, the armed wing of the Democratic Party and the powers that be, rose up during this time terrorizing and intimidating blacks to surrender the freedoms granted to them by emancipation, and once again blacks found themselves enslaved – relegated to roles of second class citizens.  For the next several decades, they endured the shame and inhumanity of segregation and jim crow.  Justice for blacks was nonexistent during this time.  Churches were bombed, black men were lynched and emasculated.  Those who were guilty of committing such heinous acts were almost always exonerated by all white juries.

In the midst of the inhumanity inflicted on them, there arose a sense within the black community that death and severe beatings would be preferable than living any longer in such degradation; hence, the civil rights movement was born.

in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled against segregation in the landmark decision Brown vs Board of Education.  This was officially the beginning of the civil rights movement in this country.  A year later, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.  This act of defiance launched, in earnest, the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King had studied the tactics of Gandhi who brought down the British empire a few decades earlier by civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.

Dr King and the millions of other blacks who followed him placed a demand on those lofty words of the Declaration of Independence and refused to live any longer as serfs.  As a result of their courage, sacrifice, and determination, the promises of the founding documents of this country now extend black citizens of this country, too.

Frederick Douglass encapsulated their struggle when he uttered these powerful words in 1857:   Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”

Truer words have never been spoken than those spoken by Frederick Douglass in 1857.  “Power concedes nothing without a demand…”   

The promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness held within the grip of this worldly kingdom had to yield to the righteous demands of citizens who refused to be victimized or brutalized any longer.  They employed civil disobedience and nonviolence to secure the freedom that rightfully belonged to them.

It would probably shock many of us to know just how many of God’s people are living in bondage to a certain degree.  Many are sick, poverty stricken, and intimidated regularly by satanic powers.  What is so sad about this reality is that Jesus bought and paid for our freedom with His precious blood.  The price has been paid and yet, like blacks of my father’s generation in this country, many Christians are not enjoying the freedom that Jesus bought and paid for and wants us all to have.

How do we as citizens of the Kingdom of God place a demand on heaven to receive what is rightfully ours?  I’m glad you asked.  In the same way that blacks demanded their freedom but without nonviolence and disobedience.

The Violent Force of Faith


The answer is found in Matthew 11:12.  Unlike Dr. King and Gandhi, disobedience and nonviolence is useless in God’s Kingdom.  The exact opposite is true in the spiritual realm. Those who come hesitantly to God’s throne receive nothing.  The VIOLENT in faith comes BOLDLY into the throne room, Hebrews 4:16.   Those who are disobedient receive nothing, obviously, but the obedient are recipients of God’s blessings. Those who, (in a nonviolent manner), qualify their prayers with the qualifier “if it be thy will” receive nothing in most cases, but those who know the will of God will pray accordingly and receive from Heaven, 1 John 5:14.   One must first know the will of God before praying, Ephesians 5:17. Faith begins where the will of God is known.  

Jacob, when needing a blessing, did not hesitantly approach God using  the weak and impotent, “If it be thy will, would you bless me?” type of prayer.  Instead, he laid hold on God’s messenger/Heaven and refused to let go until his request was granted.

Yes, my brothers and sisters, a demand of VIOLENCE is required to secure the promises of the Kingdom of God.  Obviously, Jesus is not talking about taking the Kingdom of God with Guns and natural warfare.  That would be impossible. Rather, He is talking about the violence of faith and the obedience of sons who willfully submit to a loving heavenly father.

Consider Mark 2:3-12.  A man with palsy was carried on a bed by his friends to the house where Jesus was teaching.  When they could not get to Jesus because of the crowd, they tore up the roof and lowered the impotent man right before Jesus’ eyes. Wouldn’t you love to have friends like that?  It requires the violence of faith to do that – a type of mentality that throws caution to the wind.  These four men were driven by their love for their friend and by their knowledge that if they could get to Jesus they could receive.  They were willing to pay any price. Jesus hasn’t changed, my friends, nor has the requirements to receive from heaven.  The same reckless abandon that secured their blessing will secure yours.

Another case in point is the Syrophoenician woman whose daughter was possessed with a devil, Matthew 15:21-28.  Her first request was to Jesus Himself, but He ignored her.  He answered her “not a word.”  That response alone would have knocked the wind out of the sails of most christians today.  “It must not be God’s will” they would have reasoned.  This lady, however, was made of a different mettle.  She seems weak and helpless but she was actually violent in her approach to Jesus.  She shifted her focus from Jesus to His disciples.  She was relentless in her pursuit of heaven’s blessing.  She “dogged” the disciples to such an extent that they asked Jesus to relieve them of her incessant pleas by sending her away.  She then came again to Jesus and worshipped Him beseeching His mercy.  Jesus then utters what should have been the coup de gras.  “It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.”  She was ignored by Jesus, ostracized by His disciples and after worshipping Jesus, she was still rejected by Him.  

In spite of all the aforementioned setbacks, the violent faith she possessed refused to ease the demand she had placed on heaven.  Only faith could have responded with the finale statement the woman made after Jesus called her a dog.  “Truth Lord,” she said, ” yet the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”  This response was so amazing that Jesus replied, “O WOMAN! GREAT IS THY FAITH!”

What can we glean from this encounter?  Once a righteous demand has been made on heaven’s resources.  Under no circumstances relax or ease the demand until the request is in your hands.

Another pertinent example is the  importune friend in Luke 11:5-8.  More than any other bible narrative, this story is the epitome of violent faith and determination.  

What is importunity?  Outside of the bible, I have never heard this word.  The Greek word is “Anaideia”  It means Shameless Impudence.  It wasn’t his friendship with this man that got him the bread, it was his importunity, his persistence, his shameful impudence.  If you add all of this up, you come up with violent kind of faith.  So, keep on asking; keep on knocking; keep on seeking, and you shall receive.  Luke 11:9 literally means to keep on asking, seeking and knocking. 

There are times when relationship alone is not be enough to secure heaven’s blessings.  Shameless, persistent faith, however, can do what relationship alone can not.

In 2010, I began to experience dizziness to such an extent that many times when I would be standing or praying and the room would begin to spin.  It became so alarming and disconcerting that I decided to go to the doctor (I am not opposed to doctors).  I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and placed on medication. For several years, I took the meds but the symptoms persisted even with the medication.  I remember being at work one day and dizziness came over me so badly that I thought I would have to leave work but fortunately, it subsided after a while.

During a time of prayer in February of 2016, I decided to make a demand on heaven for what I knew belonged to me – healing.  “Healing is the children’s bread.”  On my knees, in my prayer closet,  I received my healing.  Immediately, I was challenged with the thought of whether or not to continue taking the pills.  I decided that God is sovereign and that a pill does not determine whether or not I live or die.  Hebrews 2:14,15 came to my mind.  Fear of death has always been a part of life’s equation that equalled bondage for God’s people.  Fear of dying will keep you on the pill, the needle, or the treatment.  Any kind of fear or anxiety about dying will throttle the kind of faith that is needed to seize heaven’s promises.  So, I decided that I would rather die than be in bondage to satan.  

I would like to point out that African-Americans, from a natural perspective,  in order to be free had to have the same mentality.  They would rather die or face severe beatings rather than live any longer under the brutal conditions they were forced to live under.  

After not taking the pills, that night, I thought I was going to have a stroke. Alarming symptoms came upon me.  I had to hold onto the walls to walk to the bathroom.  I was so dizzy, I thought I would fall.  The side of my body felt as if it would go completely numb.  Satan would tell me that I was going to die if I didn’t get back on the medication.  The death card, however,  could no longer be played against me.  I would rather die, than be in bondage.   I held on to the promises and kept firm my demand on heaven for what was rightfully mine, Matthew 8:17.  This battle went on for a few months, but gradually, through my persistence, and God’s grace and faithfulness, the symptoms melted away.  Praise God!  No more dizzy spells!  I am free from high blood pressure!  It has been over a year now.  

In summary,  disobedience and nonviolence worked for Gandhi and for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this worldly kingdom.  These men, however, would have been disappointed in God’s kingdom.

Those who receive from heaven are those who are willing to offer to heaven violent faith coupled with obedience to God’s Word.  As I have already said, nonviolence and disobedience will not work in the Kingdom of God, but the same willingness to die and lay everything on the line – life and treasure is a commodity that will worked naturally for African-Americans and will work spiritually for God’s people.

Such was the case with the woman who had the issue of blood, Mark 5:25-34.  It was against the law for a woman who had an issue of blood to touch a rabbi. Under normal circumstances she would have been stoned.  She knew that and yet, she in essence laid her life on line to be healed, and her righteous demand being a daughter of Abraham brought heaven’s blessings to her.  

There has to come a point in your life where death is a better option than living a life of degradation, slavery, and humiliation.  I cannot go out like that brothers and sisters, and neither can you! 

I would like to pray a prayer for you.  You may be in bondage to some degree or another.  Heaven has your freedom.  It is yours for the taking.  I will add my faith to yours and violently we will seize the blessings that Jesus bought and paid for with His blood.  Pray this prayer with me and receive.

Father I thank you that you have given me all things that pertain to life and godliness.  Freedom belongs to me!  Healing belongs to me!  I now reach out to heaven in the name of Jesus and I receive and accept what you have freely given me.  Sickness!  Be gone!  Bondage! Jesus has set me free!  From this moment, I am free and I curse any spirit that would try to convince me otherwise.  Thank you Jesus for your grace and for the working of the Holy Spirit in my life.  Amen.

Spiritual Warfare


As we move towards the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, our ability to seize and maintain spiritual ground as well as withstand satanic assaults is of paramount importance.  Therefore, I want to offer some things I think will help you in your fight of faith. (If you’re in any fight other than the fight of faith, you’re in the wrong fight.)

First, let me say that effective spiritual warfare presupposes a holy and godly life. I know that in today’s christian culture words like holiness, sanctification, and selflessness are passe.  They are, nevertheless, pillars upon which our lives as believers should be based – 2 Corinthians 7:1.

It would be utter foolish to live a compromised sin-laden life and expect to be victorious in any kind of warfare with the forces of darkness.  Instead of victory, one would become cannon fodder for the devil.

Ephesians 6:10-18 gives the believer instructions on how to be a successful soldier in God’s army.  In the 10th verse we are told that God is the source of our power. Without His power and authority we are helpless against satan.  We are never to depend on any natural ability we may have.  neither a good education, physical strength, eloquent speech or any other ability in which natural men tend to trust will help when faced with satan’s forces.

God’s power emanates from the rightful authority conferred on His people by Jesus Christ - Luke  10:19.  The Greek word used for power in this verse is exousia.  It simply means  authority – the legal right and freedom to act.  There is a different word, however, translated power in Acts 1:8.  The Greek word used is dynamis.  It means the Ability to act.  We get the word dynamite from this word. Think of it this way; a police officer has authority/exousia conferred on him by the local government.  He has a legal right to confront, apprehend, and stop law breakers.  He also has a service weapon and other tools such as a taser or a baton.  These weapons give the officer the ability to use force if necessary in exercising his legal authority.

In the same manner, even though the believer has legal authority to act in behalf of the Kingdom of God, without the power/dynamis  of the Holy Spirit, authority alone may not be enough.  We need the power of the Holy Spirit to enforce heaven’s mandates here on the earth.   We have a mandate to raise the dead, heal the sick, and cast out devils in order to extend God’s mercy and grace to dying sighing fallen humanity and advance the Kingdom of God.  We essentially plunder hell to populate heaven.

I have never understood why there is such opposition against the baptism of the Holy Spirit among christians.  Facing hell without the weapons God has given us is like a police officer trying to enforce the law without a weapon or going big game hunting without a gun.  If you are a christian and you don’t have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, simply ask your father for it and He will endow you with this Marvelous endowment of power - Luke 11:13.

In verse 11, we are told to put on God’s armor i.e., having our loins girt about with truth; having on the breastplate of righteousness; having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all take the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the devil; put on the helmet of salvation; and take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

Now that we are protected by the armor of God, and we are aware of the source of our power, we must know who the real enemy is. The war is not against flesh and blood.  According to verse 12, our fight is against hell itself.  Paul enumerates the ranks of satanic forces with which we contend – Ephesians 6:12.

This enemy has stealth technology! You cannot see him. We do, however, see his devastating effects all around us. He lurks in the invisible spiritual world and uses unsuspecting fallen humanity as agents of evil purpose.  The Apostle Paul calls him the “…prince of the power of the air….” Ephesians 2:2.  He even uses ministers who appear to be messengers of light but in reality are ministers of darkness - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

As formidable an adversary as he is, we must realize that the greater one indwells us and empowers us and gives us victory in every challenge we may face in life – 1 John 4:4.  We are more than conquerers through Him that loved us – Romans 8:37.  According to Luke 10:19, we have been given authority to tread on ALL the power of the enemy.  We win!

Having been given God’s power and armor and knowing who the conflict is against, we must also know where the theater of this drama is played out.

Take a look at 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.  Notice that the theater of this war is in the mind. We have to contend with mental strongholds, imaginations, and disobedient thoughts. Whoever controls our mental machinations has the spiritual high ground and thus access to our hearts and innermost council.

First we are to pull down mental strongholds.  A stronghold is a mental fortress built up around false assumptions and ideas that are totally contrary to the word of God.  A mental stronghold is designed by satan to keep that which is within safe and that which is without out. It is impossible to break though a stronghold with human reasoning and persuasion. Only the word of God with its irresistibility and marvelous light can tear down walls that have been built up in some cases over many years.  Once a false idea comes face to face with the power of the anointed word, it has to bow. Praise God! The scripture says that the religious leaders were not able to resist the Spirit and wisdom by which Steven spake – Acts 6:10. They were brought face to face with their error and exposed, but they chose to cling to darkness.

Another aspect of this mental struggle is our imagination. Our imagination is an integral component in bringing to pass the dreams God has placed in our hearts and His plans and purposes for our lives. Someone once said that our memory replays our past and our imagination pre-plays our future. It’s easy to see then how vitally important our imagination is.

Satan works overtime to taint and disrupt our imaginative process because our lives flow in the direction of our imagination. God has given all of us dreams of His plan and purpose for our lives. As we are obedient to Him, our lives flow in the direction of those dreams He has placed in our hearts.  Is it any wonder the devil and demons fight so viciously to corrupt our imagination.

Men, because of their predisposition to visual stimuli, are particularly susceptible to having their imagination corrupted. One of the many ways the devil gains access to the mind is through pornography. Pornography is an epidemic among Christian men. And with the advent of the computer, one can view pornographic images from the privacy of one’s own home, and no one will ever know.  What you may not realize is that you’re allowing the devil to set up a beach head in your mind from where he has access to your heart. Those images become so imbibing that once you’re ensnared, it’s not easy to get free.

Children also are known for their vivid imaginations. It’s a wonderful part of their developmental process. Many of them have dreams of being fireman, doctors, policemen, preachers, etc.  We activate and encourage their imagination by giving them toys that are not only used for play but are also used to help zero in on areas where they may be gifted.  Their imaginations soar when we tell them that they can be anything they want to be.

Thomas Edison is a good example:

Thomas Edison

This a a poignant story and points out 3 things

  • More than reading, writing and arithmetic is taught in the public schools. in fact the whole school system is designed only to train up children to be good citizens of a state in rebellion against God.
  • Home schooling is a vehicle through which parents can control what goes into malleable young minds and instill godly principles in their children.
  • God’s dreams that are sown in the mind and heart, will come to fruition when guarded against encroachment by negative demonic seeds.

It is in these formative stages of life that the devil tries so desperately to gain access to young minds. He uses tv, computers and a host of other things to corrupt young minds, but probably the most effective tool he uses is the public school system. Make no mistake about it; the whole purpose of public education is mind control.  The public schools are indoctrination centers.  By the time a child has gone through 12 years of secularization unchecked, they have no moral compass and little if any regard for God’s word.

So, we have a huge challenge ahead of us. We are fighting not only for our own hearts and minds but also for the hearts and minds of our children. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 is ammunition for the fight.

We are to bring every thought unto obedience to Christ. This is called renewing the mind; being kingdom minded; being Word minded; having the mind of Christ.

No thought is to go unchallenged. We are to refuse entry of every thought that is not in line with God’s Word. Does this mean that bad thoughts will not cross my mind.  Of course not.  It means that we don’t have to accept bad thoughts or entertain them.  Birds can fly overhead, but they cannot roost in my mind.  In Proverbs 4:23, we are told–Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.  One translations reads, “guard” your heart for out of it flow the “forces” of life.  How are we to do this?  Well, the mind is the road to the heart. If we remain single minded on the word of God, our hearts will be secure and full of faith and power.

Finally, It is vitally important to keep the supply lines open – Ephesians 6:18. Praying in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer i.e., the prayer of petition, intersession and thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1), the prayer of importunity (Luke 11:8), and the prayer of faith (James 5:15) all serve this purpose.

These are what I call supply routes.   They serve to keep the believer in contact with heaven and provide a conduit through which needed supplies can flow from heaven to strengthen and sustain the Kingdom Warrior.

An active prayers life also provides the believer with instructions and wisdom from the King about how respond to attacks that hell may mount against us. Praying in the Spirit is a very powerful resource that allows believers to tap into unlimited supply reservers.  Whatever we need can be obtained by using these supply routes to access heaven’s vast and unlimited supply.

Now, let me give you a check list to gauge your readiness as a soldier:  As you read these, imagine me sounding off this list and you responding,”CHECK.”

1. Are you living a holy and godly life without worldly compromise?
2. Do you know the source of your power and authority?
3. Do you have on spiritual armor as enumerated above?
4. Do you know with whom you are warring?
5. Do you know where the theater of the war is being fought?
6. Have you pulled down mental strongholds that would make you vulnerable to attack?
7. Are you using your imagination as a tool to keep you on the path to victory?
8. Do you guard the portals of your mind against invasion of foreign
thoughts?                                                                                                                                      9. Are the prayer supply routes open?

If you answered check to this list, there is no devil or demon that can ever defeat you.


Kingdom Finances vs World Finances Part 2

The Tithe


I have tried to draw a distinction between Kingdom of God economics and  world economics.

The difference between the two are literally like night and day, darkness and light.

The world system operates on the buying and selling system . Goods and services are exchanged for money.  The more money one is able to acquire, the more comfortable one will be able to live in this world.

It is easy then to see how in the world system, the acquisition of money can become one’s raison d’etre.  In this way, the world economic system is designed to enslave all who are engaged in it – Luke 16:13.  Jesus was crystal clear in this text that your allegiance can only be to Him or mammon not both.  You will either love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other.  

He is not saying that we should hate or despise money which is an inanimate object.  It is a tool used by the wicked demonic rulers of the system.  

Rather, He is saying you cannot really love or be devoted Him without hating and despising the system which requires its devotees to become slaves to money.

Even the innocuous concept of working hard to achieve the success. is at odds with Kingdom economics.  Hard work has its benefits.  The scriptures teaches that if we don’t work we shouldn’t eat, 2 Thessalonians 3:10.  In fact the first thing God did after creating man was give Him a work assignment.  Adam was the first gardener.  He was commanded by God to tended and keep the garden of Eden  

The problem arises when men and women give themselves as slaves to this wicked system in order to have the accouterments of worldly success.  The acquisition of wealth and all of its trapping is vanity  without having the peace of God. Many have gone thousands of dollars in debt to have a nice home, car, etc, or to get an education in preparation for working within this system in order to acquire things.

All of this is against Kingdom economics.  Debt enslaves the borrower - Proverbs 22:7.  We are commanded to owe no man anything – Romans 13:8.  I would rather live in a hovel with the peace of God than live on a palatial  estate without God’s peace.  I would much rather have divine revelation than have a Harvard education.  An education prepares one for success in this system.  Divine revelation prepares one for success in the Kingdom of God.   

The Kingdom of God liberates all of its citizens by the blood of Jesus and by obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Galatians 5:1.  Therefore, we should never get entangled with Babylon’s/world’s political system, religious system, and for the purpose of this treatise, Babylon’s economic system.  

One area where I think most Christians fall prey is the concept of the tithe.  The “Christian” Industrial Complex led by CEO – pastors is built and sustained by the tithes of the sheeple.  This kind of pyramid scheme has absolutely nothing to do with faith or Kingdom finances.  

What faith does it require for a preacher to figure out that if he has, let’s say, ten tithing families in his church with each family earning $100.00 a week, that he will receive $10.00 weekly from each family.  It doesn’t take faith to count.  All he has to to do is trot out Malachi 3:10, bludgeon them periodically with this scripture to make sure that they legally and dutifully continue to tithe in order to avoid being cursed.  

The real curse, my brothers and sisters, comes when the law is mixed with the grace of God.  It doesn’t work.  When we attempt to keep part of the law, a couple of things happen:

  1. We become debtors to keep the whole law and therefore are fallen from grace.
  2. We become severed from Christ.

We cannot keep part of the law without becoming debtors to keep the whole law  – Galatians 5:3-4.  No one is justified by keeping the law,

It may surprise you to learn that the tithe being such an integral part the “Christian” Industrial Complex  is not taught in the New Testament nor is it a part of Kingdom economics.

Proponents of the tithe will argue that 1) The tithe preceded the law and is therefore efficacious during the church age and 2) Tithing is the foundation to  receiving God’s provisions for His people.

First, tithing indeed preceded the law.  It was a one time voluntary act by both Abraham and Jacob - Genesis 14:20 and Genesis 28:20-22 respectively.   

Let me point out a few things about these two patriarch’s act of tithing.  

Abraham was not required by God to tithe.  It was done once on a voluntary basis.  It was not done in order to receive blessings from God.  Notice that God FIRST blessed Abraham with a tremendous victory over his enemies along with the accompanying spoil, and then Abraham tithed, an amount he himself set.  

Similarly, Jacob made a vow that if God FIRST blessed him he also would tithe, an amount he himself voluntarily set.  

How does this square with the constant drum beat of the prosperity prophets cajoling the sheep to first tithe in order to receive the blessings of God?  For leaders who would fleece the sheep but not feed them, hear what God says in Ezekiel 34:1-10

In closing, let me point out that everything in the Old Testament is a type and shadow of what we have in the New Testament.  That would include the tithe – 1 Corinthians 10:11.  

The tithe is only a type of a New Testament reality.  In the Old Testament, God’s people owned the 90 percent and were stewards of the tenth, the tithe.  The New Testament reality is that we own absolutely nothing.  We are not even our own; we are bought with a price – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.  Instead of being stewards of the 10th as they were under the law, we are steward of it all.  Everything I have belongs to God.  It is now incumbent upon me to stay in vital contact with Heaven so that I might know where the King would have me give and share Heaven’s resources over which He has made me steward and how much He would have me share.  He may require me to give a 10th but he also may require me to give everything I have.  This is why a life of faith and trust is so important because when I have the assurance of faith that God is my source and not a job or the world system, I relinquish all control over my life and place myself in God’s care .

 It’s very easy to dutifully give a tenth every pay period.  That kind of legalism requires no faith and more importantly no contact with Heaven.  Seeking Heaven, however, to acquire the mind of God as it related to giving requires not only faith but love and a giving heart.

Secondly, the foundation of New Testament provision is not Malachi 3:10 but Matthew 6:33.  After a foundation of seeking first the Kingdom of God is laid, we can then build upon the foundation  righteous works of giving according to Luke 6:39 and sowing financially according to 2 Corinthians 9:6.  

When we put these Kingdom principles into practice, we are assured that God will provide for His own not matter what is going on in Babylon.  The markets can rise or fall but the righteous will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that will always be green.  

One of my favorite provision scriptures is 2 Corinthians 9:8.  I particularly like the Amplified rendering of the text:  And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation.]  

Children of God and fellow Kingdom citizens, if you do the things I have outlined above, you will be wonderfully provided for (Philippians 4:19) during the difficult days ahead.

Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

The World

In 2008, at the end of the Bush administration, the housing market collapsed in this country sending the economy into a tailspin.  President George Bush, in an attempt to save the economy and the troubled financial institutions, signed into law the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act which gave 700 billion dollars of taxpayer money to the “too big to fail” banks.  This move delayed, temporarily, what would have been a collapse of the US economy.  Painful though it might have been, there are those who say that the banks should have been allowed to fail.  In which case the private sector would have been able to slowly recover from the collapse.  Instead, more taxpayer money was pumped into the failing system by Barack Obama just 4 months later.    In February of 2009 Barack Obama signed into law The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, i.e. the stimulus package – 800 billion dollars were pumped into the economy to mitigate the effects of the great recession of 2008.

As the head of my family, I have never advocated to my wife that we spend money when we are under financial constraints.  On the contrary…whenever I have faced family debt and financial difficulty, we have always cut back and lived close to the chest until our finances were stable again.  I’m not an economist but it seems to me that individual families are a microcosm of the many families that comprise this country, and if tightening the belt works for one family suffering from financial difficulty, it will work collectively for the many families of this country.  It should be obvious to anyone that no person, no family, no nation has ever spent its way out of financial difficulty.  Be that as it may, economic disaster was temporarily averted, and here we are almost 8 years later facing economic apocalypse again.  Only this time the bubble is substantially greater, and the impending collapse will be an existential event.

It is not just America that is suffering financially.  The economies of the world are interconnected by the petrodollar, and ripples of what is happening here in America is spreading out across the globe.  What has kept America afloat is the reserve status of the dollar and the ability of the federal reserve to print money. Unfortunately, smaller economies can’t print dollars.

The economies of Greece, Puerto Rico, Venezuela are now circling the bowl. These countries, figuratively, are canaries in the world’s coal mines. Pouring worthless paper into the economy hasn’t and will not work, the jig will be up probably sooner rather than later.  One doesn’t have to be a prophet to see the financial storm clouds overhead.  Secular financial gurus like Jim Willie, Peter Schiff, and others are sounding a clarion call about the inevitable collapse of the dollar.

The problems that are coming upon the world are intractable and according to the Bible, the nations are in anguish and perplexed with the waves and the seas roaring - Luke 21:25.

If you are looking for political solutions, there are none.  If your hope is in Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or any other world leader, then you are cursed according to the Bible – Jeremiah 17:5.  

There is hope, but it can only be found in principles laid out in scriptures by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Kingdom

Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

In stark contrast to the corrupt financial system I have outlined is a financial system that I call “Kingdom Economics.”  The Kingdom of God operates totally independently of the world system.  God does not need anything of the world to provide for His kingdom citizens.  God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.  If the world’s economies failed today, God’s ability to supply the needs of His kingdom citizens would not be diminished in any way – Jeremiah 17:7-8.  He is Jehovah Jireh.

There are prerequisites, however, to enjoying the provisions and benefits of the Kingdom of God.  First, one must be born again of the Word and the Holy Spirit – John 3:3-5.  Second, one must be obedient to and trust in the word of the King. Jesus said that no one can serve two masters – God and money – Matthew 6:24. Everything else Jesus said about finances falls under this rubric.  You cannot trust God and money.  A case and point is found in Mark 10:17-21.  The rich young man came to Jesus inquiring about what he could do to have eternal life. Jesus informed him to keep the commandments.  He had kept all of the commandments since his youth was his reply.  According to Jesus, only one thing stood between him and perfection.  Wow!  Think about that for a moment.  There was only one thing in his life that prevented his entrance into the Kingdom of God.  Being an extremely wealth man, he choked when Jesus commanded him to give all of his money to the poor in exchange for treasure accrued in the bank of heaven.  He was inextricably bound to a financial system that required his servitude to mammon/money.  He therefore forfeited his entrance into the Kingdom and its subsequent provisions because he trusted in his vast wealth. What a sad story.  The rich man choose to remain in a dog eat dog financial system serving uncertain riches rather than taking his treasure out of an earthly bank and putting it in a heavenly storehouse – Mark 10:21.  

Many of you who are reading this treatise dutifully give a 10th of your income in obedience to Old Testament commands, (By the way, tithing is not a part of Kingdom finances. I’ll share more on the tithe in a following post) but what if God required you, like the rich young man, to give it all.  Consider this….the things in the old covenant were written as types and shadows of the real of which we are partakers – 1 Corinthians 10:11. The tithe then is a type of a greater principle. Under the old covenant, God’s people owned the 90% and were stewards of the 10%.  The reality is that Kingdom citizens OWN NOTHING.  We are bought with a price - 1 Corinthians 6:20.  We are loyal servants of our King and totally committed to Him.  We are stewards of everything He blesses us with.  If He calls on us to give it all away, we should gladly do so without hesitation.  But I digress.

How do we lay up treasures in heaven?  I’m glad you asked.

Jesus gave a startling command in Matthew 6:19-21.  It goes against everything we have been taught about world finances.  One of the first things we learned about finances is start a savings account.  We are told to work hard in order to have the “American dream” i.e. nice home, nice car, financial security and after a productive work career, retirement.    The whole world seeks after these things – Matthew 6:32.  This may come as surprise to you; the Bible reason for working is not to provide for yourself and family.  That is God’s job.  We are not to even take a thought about our provisions – Matthew 6:24-34.  The Bible reason for working is to have resources to give to those in need – Ephesians 4:28.  

Jesus clearly commanded Kingdom citizens not to lay up money in the bank in contrast to those who are a part of this world’s financial system.  The success of the heathen is tied to how much money they have laid up.  Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, and George Soros to name a few are the epitome of world success.  They all have great wealth stored up in banks.  Do you think they have anything stored up in the bank of heaven?  Do you think they would be willing to give everything to the poor?  If you have great wealth and are not rich toward God, I would refer you to James 5:1.  Misery will soon come upon those who trust in money but in the midst of financial darkness, light will shine upon those who have placed their heart and treasure in heaven.    

Friends, we are to lay treasure up in heaven by giving to the brethren and the poor – Mark 10:21.  1 Timothy 6:17-19 seals the fact that treasure can be stored up in the Kingdom of God by good works, by having a generous heart, and by being ready and willing to distribute.   There are no storehouses on earth now, only in heaven, and the only way to accumulate treasure in heaven is by giving to the poor and good works.

Now, I’m sure that the first question that comes to your mind is whether or not having a bank savings account is biblically wrong.  To answer that take a look at Luke 12:13-21.  Luke gives an account of a man who had so much stored up he had to build bigger store houses for his goods.  This kind of mentality epitomizes those operating in this world’s financial system.  Whether it’s capitalism, fascism, socialism, or communism.  The system is fueled by greed and selfishness.  Luke’s view is a bit more nuanced than Matthew’s in that he concludes the discourse by saying that it’s foolish to lay up treasure on earth and not be rich towards God.

So, there is a balance here.  The problem is not the bank account per se.  The problem is a mentality of greed and selfishness.  God is not opposed to wealth. He is opposed to greed and selfishness.  Therefore, one should always be generous and ready to distribute everything if called upon to do so by the King.

Before I go further, let me say that giving money to buy some greedy preacher a Gulfstream Jet is foolish and does not accrue any treasure in heaven in my opinion nor does giving money to build and maintain multi million dollar edifices.  God is not a part of such covetous endeavors.

If you give me one hundred, for these projects, God will give you one thousand, we are told.  This kind of chicanery makes merchandise of God’s people and perpetuates covetous.  We, my brothers and sisters, are the building of God – 1 Corinthians 3:9.  Our energy and resources should be spent building each other up rather than enriching the coffers of crooked preachers.

The master key to provisions in the Kingdom is found in Matthew 6:33.  If you are a Christian and you have been laid off work or if you are going through financial difficulty because of operating in a failing world system, begin to operate on a higher spiritual level.  You may be temporarily without a paycheck, but you’re never without a job.  Your job is go after the Kingdom of God with all your heart and in doing so, heaven’s resources will be brought to bear on your behalf.

  • Finally, to operate successfully in Kingdom finances, one must love and worship the King rather than mammon.
  • One must not lay up treasure in banks without first being rich toward God
  • One must be generous and willing to distribute everything if called upon to do so by the King
  • One must seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteous (right way of doing things).

If you put into practice these principle,  It doesn’t matter how bad things get, you will flourish.  You will be that tree whose leaves are always green no matter how hot it gets.

Your cup will overflow.  You will be the head and not the tail.  You will be blessed going out and coming in.  Your basket will be blessed.  Your store will be blessed.  Your offspring will be blessed, and you will shine during the dark day ahead.      





Come Into The Light


It should come as no surprise to any discerning Christian that an incredible darkness has descended on the world.  The Bible warned of such a time of darkness in Isaiah 60.2.   It is palpable and unlike any darkness I’ve ever seen.  Isaiah, again, captures the zeitgeist of our age when he said in Ch 59:14-15:  “ … judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”  (15) Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”  

Truer words have never been spoken.  Just look around you, brothers and sisters. Lies rather than truth rule the day.  Righteousness and morality are no longer held in high regard.  Instead, the righteous are held in utter contempt by those of the world.  The opprobrium of the world falls on anyone who doesn’t walk in lockstep with the perverted views of world orthodoxy.

Lesbians, bisexuals, gays, transgenders and gay marriage are to be accepted as normal or else.  To reject this kind of deviancy is to be labeled as one who hates.

Another case and point of how morally bankrupt this country and the world has become is the recent undercover videos of planned parenthood doctors discussing hacking up unborn babies and selling parts to the highest bidders.  If you thought that those who are perpetrating such heinous crimes would finally be brought to justice,  think again.  They, instead, received and invocation of God’s blessings given by Barack Obama in a speech he gave to that organization a few months ago.  Astoundingly, those who made the undercover videos and exposed barbaric practices were indicted and brought up on charges.  The article can be found here.  Indeed, the truth has fallen in the streets; justice stands afar off, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

I was invited to Charleston WV,  capitol of the state in which I live, by a friend to attend a Franklin Graham prayer rally.  I declined.

Brother Franklin is traveling the country enlisting Christians to vote in an attempt to reverse this country’s descent into total darkness.  Think about this, friends.  Is the Christian vote really an answer to the intractable problems the world is facing?  Do we have Bible precedence for Christians getting involved in the political process?  I don’t think so.  Early Christians turned the world upside down, but not by getting involved in the political affairs of this life – 2 Timothy 2:4.  They did so by the power of the gospel and the authority of the name of Jesus.  

Jesus’ prayer for His assembly in John 17:9-19 embodies what the believer can expect from the world and what our mentality toward the world and its darkness should be.

Let me point out a few things about this prayer.  Jesus made it perfectly clear that He wasn’t praying for the world – vs 9, (not even Israel).  The world in the text is the ungodly system which included, according to THAYER, “The ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.”  

So, with all due respect to Franklin Graham and his acolytes, it is impossible to have the mind of Christ vis-a-vis the world while at the same time trying to change a hostile world by becoming politically involved.  This is particularly true when you consider vs 16.  We have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son – Colossians 1:13.  

World is mentioned 13 times the John 17 text.  Do you think the Holy Ghost is trying to distill wisdom to us about us having a right mentality toward the world?  Of course He is.  Here are a few things we can extract from this prayer:

  • We are NOT to pray for the world – vs 9.  
  • The world hates us – vs 14.  
  • We are kept from the evil of the world and set apart by the gospel – vs 15,17.  
  • We are to be in the world but not a part of the world - vs 11,16.  
  • And finally we are sent into the world – vs 18.  

Are we sent to vote and place our Christian imprimatur on godless politicians in a futile attempt make our lives better in this world?  Au contraire!   Rather, we are sent to preach to gospel to all creation.  We are to go into the hedges, highways, and byway compelling people to come into the kingdom of God.  We are to plunder the kingdom of darkness by shining the light of the glorious gospel on the darkness of fallen humanity.

Yes, friends, the world is getting darker.  The cup of iniquity is full.  The sword of judgment has has been unsheathed, and nothing is going to change until the stone cut out of the mountain without hands smashes into the kingdoms of the world and breaks them to pieces – Daniel 2:44-45.  Therefore, it behooves us as God’s people to come completely out of the world in order to avoid the judgement that is soon to fall – 2 Corinthians 6:17, Revelation 18:4.

Isaiah 60:2 paints a very bleak picture of the world.  The depths of darkness into which fallen humanity will sink is unimaginable.  Conversely, Isaiah, in the same passage offers hope to those who are righteous and are following hard after Christ.  While darkness is descending on the damned, God is arising on the just and His glory is seen on them.  Hallelujah!  So, awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light - Ephesians 5:14.


The Truth About Women Preachers

woman with bible

I recently read an article titled, “God Never Called a Female to Be Pastor.” This statement presupposes that the writer knows everyone that God called both past and present, and none were women.  If you agree with this kind of broad statement, I would like to ask you a question.  There are 2 scriptures in the Bible in which elders were ordained (Elders were in the 5-fold ministry), Acts 14:23 and Titus 1:5.  Paul and Barnabas ordained elders in all the cities where they had preached and Paul also commanded Titus to ordain elder.   My question is–can you name one man that was ordained at this time?  You can’t because we don’t know the names or the genders of all those that were ordained.

In Genesis 29:9, Rachel was a shepherdess.  The Hebrew word used is RAAH (pronounced RAW-AH) – Strong’s # 7462.  The same word is used in the 23rd Psalms and throughout the old testament.  In Jeremiah 23:2, the same Hebrew word RAAH is translated Pastors.  Rachel was a Shepherdess/Shepherd/Pastor; take your pick.  Let me remind you that the old testament is types and shadows of the new testament. What the old testament conceals, the New Testament reveals and fulfills.

Having said all that, I’d like to point out that there are no Old Testament scriptures that make a women subservient to a men based on gender.  In fact, before the fall, God gave dominion to both men and women together as a species and not to man by virtue of his gender, Genesis 1:26, (Man was created male and female and they ruled creation together).  It was only after the fall that husbands began to rule their wives.  God states in Genesis 3:17 that the husband would rule over the wife.  Notice that the scripture does not say that men would rule over women based on gender or other men for that matter. He is specifically speaking about the relationship of husband and wife.

With that in mind, I will later share some New Testament scriptures that those who are opposed to women in ministry use to justify their position, but indulge me for a moment as I touch on some outstanding women leaders of the Old Testament.

Have you ever looked at Micah 6:4?  Here is the NIV version of that same passage: “I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.”  It is clear from the text that Miriam was also a leader along with Aaron and Moses.

Deborah was also a great leader among God’s people.  God raised up Deborah and used her to deliver His people from their enemies.  Her leadership during a time of national crisis has secured for her a place among Israel’s greatest champions.

Huldah the prophetess was another outstanding female leader of God’s people. In 2 Kings the 22nd chapter, Josiah the King discovered a book of the Law of the Lord in the temple. Realizing the great wrath of God that was against Judah, he sent Hilkiah the priest Ahikam, Achbor, and Shaphan to Huldah the prophetess,  2 Kings 22:13.  King Josiah sent 4 men including a priest to a woman to inquire of the LORD.  Was there a man that they could have gone to?  I’m sure there was, but at that time, she was God’s voice to the king, to the people, and to all Judah. These are some salient examples of women leadership in the Old Testament.  One would have to be intellectually dishonest and or spiritually blind to deny that these women were great leaders of God’s people.

These are anecdotes of women in leadership under a system that was extremely restrictive towards women.  Are we to assume that the glorious liberty we all have through the New Covenant by the shed blood of Christ is more restrictive than the Old Covenant?  I think not.

Now, let’s take a look at what the New Testament really says about the role of women in the church.  Here are a few favorite scriptures of opponents of women in ministry: 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, 1 Timothy 2:11, and 1 Timothy 3:1.

Before I get into these passages, I would point out that there is no Greek word for wife and there is no Greek word for husband. Woman and wife are translated from the same Greek word, Gune (GOO-NAY).  Likewise, man and husband are translated from the same Greek word, Aner.  Therefore, one has to determine from the context of scripture whether the writer is referring to women in general or wives, men in general or husbands. As we take a look at the scriptures, keep in mind that in Genesis 3:17, the husband’s rule was only over his wife.

1 Corinthians 11:3, Is Paul saying that man by virtue of his gender is the head of any and all women? Of course not! The only woman that I have authority over as a man is Mrs. Thomas. I am not the head of Mrs. John Doe nor do I have any authority over her in any shape or form by virtue of my gender, and God does not expect Mrs John Doe to be subject to me because I’m a man. Ephesians 5:22-23 harmonizes perfectly with the previous verse.  Obviously, this passage is dealing with the relationship of a husband and wife. Amen? I submit to you that the only man a wife has to be subject to is her husband. In the case of single Christian women, they are subject to their parents and church elders as also are men under their leadership. All of us married or single are to be subject to those who have the rule over us in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 is probably used more often that any other scripture  by those opposing women in ministry.  Is this a universal law forbidding all women to minister?  If so, then churches with the most draconian rules against women are, themselves, condemned because women are allowed to sing and testify in those churches.

Is it possible that Paul was correcting a problem of wives disrupting services by asking their husbands questions (Women were uneducated and scripturally illiterate at that time).  Obviously the latter because Paul instructs them to learn from their husbands at home.  So, again, this passage is dealing with the dynamics of the husband-wife relationship. If you interpret this passage any other way, you have to be consistent and strike Acts 2:18 from the bible.

Another scripture used to heap condemnation on woman who have the temerity to answer the call of God on their lives is 1 Timothy 2:11-12.  Again, wives were to be in subjection to their own husbands, and they were not permitted to teach or have dominion over their husbands. Once again this harmonizes with Genesis 3:17 and the other scriptures I’ve cited.

Let’s go deeper. In the aforementioned scriptures, Paul uses the gender specific words, Gune and Aner to describe wives/women and husbands/men respectively. In most cases the context in which these words are used speaks to the relationship of a husband and wife in an assembly, obviously.

Paul uses a different word, however, in 1 Timothy 3:1.  This text is not about the husband wife dynamic but about men and women who aspire to the positions of bishop and deacon.

Instead of using the gender specific word Aner, which would have ended the debate on whether a woman could be in ministry, he uses another word–Ei tis.  Ei tis is a Greek word that refers to whosoever or whatever.  The NIV correctly renders the (GK) Ei tis in this verse “anyone.” The Numeric New Testament also correctly renders the (GK) Ei tis in this passage “one.”  This passage should read: Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone set his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task NIV.  So, if we’re honest, we can conclude from this scripture that anyone can be a bishop, if of course, he or she meets the qualifications enumerated in verses 2 through 7.  Are you still with me?

The qualifications for men who aspire to be bishops or deacons are enumerated in 1 Timothy 3:1-10,12.  The qualifications for women who desire to be bishops or deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3:11.

The qualification of “husband of one wife” was cited by a preacher who outright rejected my exegesis.  “A bishop has to be a man,” he said,  “because he has to be the husband of one wife,”

To answer the “husband of one wife” question, take a look at 1 Timothy 3:11-12. Both the KJ and the NIV use the phrase “must their wives” in verse 11.  The words “must their” is not in the original manuscripts but was added by the translators. Therefore, context dictates that “women” has to be the correct translation.  Paul is obviously not addressing the husband-wife relationship as in the aforementioned passages.  He’s not talking about the wives of deacons but women who aspired to the office of deacon or bishop.  The Numeric New Testament and The American Standard Bible are better translations of verse 11.  Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things, ASV.

Further, men aspiring to be deacons or bishops were required to be the husband of one wife along with the other qualifications listed.  Notice in verse 8 of 1Timothy 3, Paul uses the phrase “In like manner” or “Likewise” which connects the qualifications for both bishops and deacons.

Women who aspired to those offices had to be grave, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things.  Obviously, they could not be husbands because they were women.  We know, however, that women could be deacons because Phoebe was a deacon.  She was not the husband of one wife, so that particular qualification was for aspiring men who wanted to be bishops or deacons. Women who aspired to those offices only had to be grave, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things.

In Romans 16:1, the Greek word Diakonos is translated servant in this passage, but in 1Timothy 3:12 the same word is correctly translated deacon. (By the way, the word deaconess is not in the Bible)

Here are some facts:  Phoebe was a deacon; as such, she had to be proved, 1 Timothy 3:10; She had to meet all the other qualifications laid out for a woman aspiring to that position.  The Church at Cenchrea was to assist her in whatever matter she had need of them.  She was sent by the apostle Paul, and she had authority.  Also, this is the only place in the Bible where the qualifier deacon “of the church” is used.  Anyone can be a deacon simply by serving, but Phoebe’s position was one that required testing, and meeting certain qualifications.  Only those who met the criteria could be considered deacons of the church.  So, if you still want to argue that women can’t hold positions of leadership in the church, your argument is against these scriptures.

Before I proceed, I would like to share some Bible uses of the Greek word, Ei tis, MT 16:24.
The word man in this passage is also translated from the Greek word Ei tis, which means whoever, whatever, whosoever. Himself is a personal pronoun referring to Ei tis. A similar scripture is found in 1 Cor. 14:2.  Paul is obviously talking about men or women.  The Bible is replete with scriptures like these.  A few are: MK 4:23, MK 9:35, MK 11:25, Romans 8:9, James 1:23, and 1 Corinthians 8:3.  It is clear that these scriptures are referring to both men and women.  In light is these scriptures, 1 Timothy 3:1 has to be viewed the same context.  Amen?

Interestingly, when speaking about the 5-fold ministry, Paul uses a similar word that refers to mankind.  He uses the GK, Anthropos which also means men or women:  Ephesians 4:8.  Ephesians 4:11 spells out the gifts that he gave to ANTHROPOS, men & women.  I know this is difficult to receive and it cuts against the orthodoxy, but THIS IS THE TRUTH.  According to this passage of scripture, Anthropos, men or women could be in the 5-fold ministry.

In Romans 16:7, Paul lists Junia, a female apostle, as being of note among (The operative word here is “among” not “by”) the apostles.  Early church fathers and scholars alike all regarded Junia as a female apostle.  Chrysostom wrote:  “O how great is the devotion of this woman that she should be counted worthy of the appellation of apostle!  Origin of Alexandria (c 185-253 AD) regarded Junia as a female apostle; so did Jerome (translator of the Latin Vulgate).  There is a consensus also among modern scholars that Junia is a woman.  It wasn’t until the 13th century that Archbishop Giles of Rome added an s to Junia in an attempt to change the name from feminine to masculine.

Dr Dennis Swift wrote concerning Gile’s sleight of hand:
“Giles cleverly added an “s” to Junia thinking that he had changed it to a male name, Junias. However, your sins will find you out because the proper male ending would have been “ius” not “ias”.

According to Daniel B. Wallace, no instances of the name Junias have surfaced in Greek literature (absolutely not one). We have numerous examples in Greek literature and on ancient grave inscriptions of the name, Junia, and it is always in the feminine form.”

Later translations of the scriptures followed Giles in this misogynistic attempt to erase the fact that Junia was a female apostle, but the KJV, ASV, and the Numeric New Testament all correctly render Romans 16:7 Junia.

let me share a few facts about the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila.  Romans 16:3,4,5 and 1 Corinthians 16:19 says that Priscilla and Aquila’s home was used as a meeting place for the church.  Priscilla and Aquila obviously pastored a this church in their home.  Amen?  Priscilla and Aquila expounded to Apollos the way of God more perfectly, Act 18:26; both Priscilla and Aquila traveled with Paul in his missionary work; they were both fellow workers with him in Christ Jesus, Romans 16:3; Both Priscilla and Aquila risked their lives for Paul, Romans 16:4.

In fact, in all of the scriptures referencing the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila, with the exception of Acts 18:2 and 1Corinthians 16:19, Priscilla is always mentioned first.

Consider the following passages: Acts 18:18, Acts 18:26, 2 Timothy 4:19.

This order is very important and telling.  In Bible times, women were seldom mentioned, much less being mentioned ahead of their husband who were in the 5-fold ministry.  Most will agree that Aquila was a pastor.  Can you imagine a Pastor in today’s culture receiving a letter from another minister or ministry and his wife, who is not even in the ministry is addressed first.  It would read like this– Dear Mrs. Priscilla and Pastor Aquila.  It would be considered disrespectful and insulting to say the least.  When writing to any couple, a letter is always addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Paul, however, accorded this woman the utmost honor by always mentioning her first in order.  I have to conclude that Priscilla was very prominent in ministry, and was probably used more prominently than her husband.  Truly, in Christ there is neither male or female.

I think it’s interesting to note that the translators of the KJ Bible put their bias on full display when they translated Acts 18:26.  The KJ version has Aquila first in order, but the Numeric New Testament, the American Standard Bible, The New American Standard Bible, The New International Version, and the Amplified Bible correctly has Priscilla first in order. Here is the ASV:  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila had heard him , they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more accurately.  It is unconscionable that men, because of their bias against women, would twist the scriptures.  Unfortunately, many men who read these sound teachings will choose to hold on to their biases and traditions rather than accept the Word of God

How do you explain Galatians 3:28? “….In Christ there is neither male or female….”

Finally brethren, In this coming move of the Holy Ghost, God is going to use His sons and daughters and handmaids to prophesy and do many marvelous works. The world, once again, will be turned upside down.

I encourage you to look at these scriptures and study them without any preconceived notions or ideas.

To my dear sister’s in ministry,  I pray that this treatise will arm you with the scriptural knowledge needed to silence any misogynistic attack on the legitimacy of your calling.

Should Christians Vote?

In this article, I would like to address the issue of whether or not Christians should vote.

I can remember as a young man living through the stifling economic times of the Jimmy Carter years.  It was during this time that I became politically aware and developed a conservative worldview.  The values that most conservatives espoused were consistent with my own values as a Christian, so I gravitated toward the conservative point of view and became politically involved.

At the time, I had a “God-country mentality.  My first vote was cast for Ronald Reagan, and every republican candidate after Reagan garnered my vote as well.

It wasn’t until Barack Obama that I began to question whether or not I should participate in the electoral process.   I found Obama to be the antithesis of the values I hold dear as a Christian.  Neither could I support John McCain, his opponent.  His values weren’t much better.  So, for the first time since I voted for Reagan in 1980, I decided not to vote.  I didn’t know at the time that God was leading me out of what I call “Political Babylon.” It was a seminal moment in my Christian walk.   

Having made that decision, the Lord opened my understanding to where my allegiance should really lie – the Kingdom of God.  I realized then that my citizenship was in heaven and not in this world.  Like Abraham, we should consider ourselves strangers and pilgrims here on earth – Hebrews 11:13.  The Greek word for strangers is xenos; it means foreigner or alien.  I have no continuing city on this earth – Hebrews 13:14.  The only way that someone gets to participate in the political process of a sovereign nation other than his or her own is by nefarious and illegal means, and a lot of that is going on in this system.    

During that epiphany, I came to realize that patriotism was a form of Idolatry.  I have seen churches with signs on the front lawns that read, “Support Our Troops.”  Are they really our troops?  No!  They aren’t.  It wasn’t “our troops” that apprehended Jesus in the garden.  It wasn’t our troops that mocked Him and spit on Him.  It wasn’t our troops that nailed the nails in His hand and feet.  These were armies of this world, and we are not a part of this world – John 17:16.  

Psalms 2:1-3 is clear that the kings of the earth and the rulers set themselves against the Lord and against His anointed.  The United States of America is not excluded from this cabal of kings and rulers of the earth who are against the Lord and His people.  

When Jesus prayed, in the 17th chapter of John, He didn’t pray for any worldly country, including the one He lived in – national Israel.  In fact he specifically told the father that He was not praying for the world – John 17:9. 

It really saddens me when I see Christians marching on Washington and petitioning the federal government to do for them what Jesus, through His sacrifice, has already done – 2 Peter 1:3.  I cannot imagine any of the first century Christians marching on Rome or voting to get caesar to supply their needs.  God supplies our needs, brothers and sisters, according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.  

The early Christians were martyred in some of the most cruel and sadistic ways because they would not acknowledge caesar as their king. Christians today, on the other hand, unwittingly give their support to some of the most godless men on the planet and call them “our president.”  This, I think, is a slap in the face to our Lord and King who purchased us with His own blood.  Our leader and shepherd is the Lord Jesus Christ and there is no other.

Once again we find ourselves caught up in another election cycle. Several candidates, democrat and republican, are vying for the supreme position of president of the United States, leader of the free world.

Donald Trump seems to have an inside track on all the other candidates.  He has obviously tapped into the same desire for “change” that Obama tapped into during his candidacy.  And, once again the world and sadly many Christians are looking for a hero.  This time he wears the republican instead of a democrat cape.

I don’t have any problem with the nations of the world choosing their own leaders.  what I do have a problem with is God’s people, who are a citizens of the Kingdom of God, joining with the world in choosing godless men to rule over them and thus being active participants in their own enslavement.


Consider the fact that Christians in this country and in many other western democracies are being persecuted and made subject to draconian laws enacted by the political leaders that they themselves voted into office.

  • As a child, I can remember praying in school.  Now, it is against the law. Christians voted for the leaders who enacted these laws.  The rabbit hole goes deeper.
  • A Christian baker was sued by a lesbian couple because they refused to bake a cake for their wedding.  The court ordered the bakers to pay the lesbians $135,000 in damages.  I wonder who they voted for?  You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
  • Hobby Lobby, a Christian owned business, was mandated by Obamacare to provide abortion causing drugs to its employees.  They sued the government and fortunately the courts ruled in their favor.
  • The “War on poverty,” a government program started by Lyndon Johnson in 1964 is a case and point of how Christians, by voting, participate in their own enslavement.  During that time, the government became the provider for the poor of this country both Christian and nonchristian.  Health care, food, housing, even money was provided by the government.  Christians who once trusted God and their own work ethic became totally dependent on the Federal Government to supply their needs.  Those who became dependent  participate in their own enslavement at the ballot box by voting for those who prop up and perpetuate the welfare state.

Every election cycle, a symbiotic dance begins in which Christians and the beast/government exchange benefits. Christians receive support in the form of either welfare or some other promised provision.  Christians reciprocate by giving their loyalty to the government in the form of political support.  The arrangement has the effect of keeping certain politicians in power and their Christians supporters perennially groveling at the public trough.

During the last election cycle, Christians and nonchristians alike swooned and fainted during Barack Obama’s speeches.   most of these people, especially blacks, could not articulate one reason for their support of him other than the fact that he is black.  This kind of blind support is troubling to me and is against the teachings of – 2 Corinthians 5:16.   

When Christians place their stamp of approval on a certain politician, they, in effect, become a partaker of the evil deeds of said politician.  Let’s think about this for a moment, friends.

Barack Obama has enacted immoral laws such as making homosexual marriage the law of the land.  He has also fomented violent revolutions in other countries causing Christians (Our brothers and sisters) to be brutally murdered and displaced by Muslim Jihadist.  Because of the policies of this president and the prevailing zeitgeist during his almost eight years in office, Christians are experiencing blistering persecution all over the world including here in the good ole USA.  As an Illinois Senator,  Obama voted against the “Born Alive Act” – legislation that  required doctors to administer medical attention to babies who survived botched abortions.  It is one of the most depraved things I’ve ever heard of. How could anyone deny medical attention to a living baby lying on a gurney .

Another egregious offence by Obama is his support and defense of Planned Parenthood.  Recently, Planned Parenthood was caught on hidden camera selling baby parts from aborted babies.  Not aware they were on camera, Planned-Parenthood doctors and staff glibly discussed positioning fetuses in a way to facilitate harvesting in tact baby parts which were then sold to the highest bidder.  If the horrific nature of these offenses weren’t enough, Mr. Obama made this statement when ending a speech to Planned Parenthood:  “God bless Planned Parenthood.”  (By the way, Obama is the first president to ever address this organization.)

To Christians all over the country who voted for this man, you are a partaker of the evil deeds I have enunciated.  You placed your Christian imprimatur on this wicked person and therefore  blood is on your hands.  I would admonish you to repent and begin the journey back to Zion via the highway of holiness.

Paul did not stone Steven, but he supported those who did and was just as guilty of Steven’s blood as if he had joined the mob in throwing stones.

Brothers and sisters, we are admonished in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.  You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils – 1 Corinthians 10:21.

Paul in 2 Timothy 2:4 admonishes us not to get tangled up with the affairs of this life.  The Greek word for affairs is PRAGMATEIA.  It means, 1) the prosecution of any affair, 2) business, occupation.  So, I think affairs of this life would include political concerns. Don’t you think?

It is time to take seriously the command to come out of world – 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.  Only then will we be received by God and enjoy the full rights and benefits of Kingdom citizenship.

I would like to point out to you that the whole world lies in the grip of satan – 1 John 5:19  The “world’ in the text means the system.  The system is also called Babylon.  There are 3 parts to the system, Political, Financial or Commercial, and Religious.  The latter includes the myriad denominations and organizations that Christians are a part of today and all other false religions.  By God’s grace, I have come out of Political Babylon and Religious Babylon.  It is a bit more difficult to exit Financial Babylon as we earn a living there, buy and sell there.  

God has a plan, however, that is going to extricate all  true Christians from this system.  It’s called the mark of the beast – Revelation 13:16-17.  God is going to allow this to take place probably sooner than we realize.  Those who trust God will be provided for by God’s riches in Glory.  Those who are dependent on the system will take the mark of the beast and seal their fate forever.  So, come out of Babylon, my brother and sister and become the overcomer God has ordained you to be.

Kingdom Culture

Over the past several years, God has kindled in me a yearning for more knowledge of the kingdom of God, and having come out of what I believe is apostate Christianity a few years ago, I have had to renew my mind as to who I really am.  

Are we merely church members, a part of a system of denominations and organizations with myriad beliefs on bible doctrines and teachings, or are we kingdom citizens?  The latter of course, but sadly, most Christians have never been taught about the kingdom of God.  Instead, they’re getting a steady diet of, “Live your best life now,” “Reposition yourself to prosper” and many other similar teachings that have absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom of God.

The kind of teachings that are coming across the pulpits today offer very little if anything about  our kingdom citizenship or who we are in Christ.

Large churches are spending multiplied thousands of dollars in honorariums given to celebrity preachers who fleece the flock, and instead of distilling kingdom wisdom, they are teaching the sheeple how to employ worldly principles in order to be successful in this worldly kingdom.  What infuriates me is that apostate preachers have turned kingdom citizens with full rights of citizenship including the authority of Jesus Christ, provisions, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost into impotent church members.

One famous preacher procured the services of Susan Orman, a lesbian financial adviser on CNN, to give a seminar to attendees of one of his church functions. This same famous preacher requires honorariums in excess of 100,000 to be a guest speaker at a host church.  What is so sad about this kind of chicanery is that God’s people allow themselves to be used in this fashion – Jeremiah 5:31.  

It causes my righteous blood to boil when I see this kind of abuse and the acquiescence of God’s people.  I pray that there will be many more who will follow my lead, come outside the camp to truly follow Jesus our King – Hebrews 13:13.  

Now that I have your attention, let me say that a kingdom is simply a king’s domain – the citizens over which the King has dominion.  The question must now be asked, how can kingdom citizens be distinguished from mere church members or anyone else?  Is there biblical data on the characteristics of kingdom citizens?  Indeed there is.

Any group of people can be distinguished by their culture.  I like this definition of culture:  


  • A culture is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.


I am an African-American, and there are certain things in black culture that are distinct and culturally exclusive.  Most blacks that I know grew up eating chitlins at certain times of the year.  It is a tradition that has been passed down from slavery to the present day.  Music, fashion, certain slangs and idioms, etc. have defined blacks in this country as a group of people.  Each group of people have their own unique culture that distinguishes them from other peoples.    

Jesus enumerated in Matthew 5:1-12 ten things that distinguish kingdom citizens from worldly citizens.  What Jesus shares with us is what I call “Kingdom Culture.”  

Verse 3 – The poor in spirit:  The poor in spirit are those who are broken and contrite – Psalms 51:17.   They are not haughty in spirit (Proverbs 16:18) but are clothed with humility.  They are always in need of spiritual edification and affirmation from the King.

Verse 4 – The  mourners:  Jesus equated mourning with fasting in Matthew 9:14-15.  We mourn and fast in His absence, longing for Him to move in our behalf. We mourn at the injustice we’re surrounded with living as strangers here in this world.  The witnesses in Revelation 11:3 will prophesy in sackcloth ( figurative for mourning) for 3 ½ years.  They will mourn for dying, sighing, humanity who refuses to repent even after the many blows of judgement that are struck against them.  Anyone can mourn, but only kingdom citizens mourn for their enemies. Only kingdom citizens mourn in hope that the Lord will come quickly – Revelation 22:20.

Verse 5 – The meek:  The Greek word is prays. It is pronounced phonetically prah-ooce.  It means mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit.  God places great value on this culture characteristic – 1 Peter 3:4.  Meekness should in no way be misconstrued as weakness.  Jesus is our example of meekness and He was the epitome of strength, absolute authority, and power under control.  

Verse 6 – The hungry and thirsty after righteousness:  If you’re hungry and thirsty for righteousness, you will seek after it - Matthew 6:33.   Seeking the righteousness of the kingdom means seeking the kingdom way of doing things (the way it works and operates) as opposed to the world’s way.  When we do, we have a guarantee from our King that we shall be filled.  

Verse 7 – The merciful:  It flowed from God to us when instead of the demands that justice required i.e.,  that we have the very best that hell has to offer, He wrapped us in His love and place us in the royal family.  I love the hymn “At Calvary.”  “Mercy there was great and grace was free!”  When we are merciful to others, we then can come boldly to the throne of Grace in the time of need – Hebrews 4:16.  

Verse 8 – The pure in heart:  A pure heart is a heart that has been cleansed by the blood.  A pure heart is a heart that has been cleansed by the Words spoken by the King – John 15:3.  A pure heart is a heart that is not double minded – James 4:8  A pure heart is a heart that is not cluttered with the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, or anything else that would keep us from being fruitful in the kingdom - Luke 8:14-15  More than any other culture characteristic, this one is probably the most important because only the pure in heart shall see God.  

Verse 9 – The peacemakers:  A peacemaker is simply someone who loves peace and endeavors to live at peace with everyone - Romans 12:18.  I think we need to understand that living as sheep among wolves, it’s not always possible to be at peace with some people.  If you find yourself in that situation, remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood….Our battle is against evil spirits that tempt and prod us to act in a manner unbecoming of a kingdom citizen. We have been given total authority over all the power of the devil.  Never give in to fighting fleshly battles.  When we stand our ground armed with the whole armor of God, we are conducting ourselves as sons of God.  

Verse 10 – The persecuted for righteousness sake:  Our culture stands out like a sore thumb in this world.  We are like a light that shines on a hill exposing the darkness.  When a whole group of people stands out so noticeably, It’s easy to target them.  Wicked men and women who naturally love darkness have always persecuted those who are of the light. Cain vs Abel, Esau vs Jacob, Amalek vs Israel, Haman vs Mordecai are a few examples.  One would naturally be inclined to be broken and saddened by persecution, but instead, kingdom citizens rejoice when they encounter various types of persecution because when we are wrongly attacked for righteousness sake, our reward is great in the kingdom of heaven.  So arm yourselves with the knowledge that if you live godly in this world, you will suffer persecution – 2 Timothy 3:12.  Jesus said if the world hated Him, they will hate us as well - John 15:18:25.  There is no way for the godly to avoid persecution in this present darkness.  

There is one other thing that distinguishes kingdom citizens from everyone else. Though they are persecuted, though they mourn, though they are poor in spirit and in some cases just plain poor.  THEY ARE BLESSED! Hallelujah!


There is a coming war on the citizens of the kingdom – a clash of cultures if you will, but when the dust settles,  the kingdom of God and its citizens will be exalted above all other kingdoms and cultures.


Any honest Bible exegete will have to acknowledge the dual nature of Israel.  We see this duality demonstrated in Abraham’s response to God’s promise to give him a land flowing with milk and honey.

Instead of building a permanent dwelling or a city called by his name upon his arrival in the land of promise, oddly, he wandered around in tabernacles (Temporary dwellings) with Isaac and Jacob.  He considered it a strange country – Hebrews 11:9  Why?  He had finally arrived in the land that God swore to give him.  His search should have been over.  Because he did not consider the promise of natural land the crown jewel of God’s promise to him.  Vs 10 is clear that his search was for a land far more enduring than mere physical land.  His view was on a spiritual city not built by man, Zion/Spiritual Jerusalem.  

We have a vivid picture here of two cities – one is the physical fulfillment of the promise built by man and is in bondage.  The other, Zion/Spiritual Jerusalem, was built by God and is the mother of us all – Galatians 4:25-26.

 There is an underlying spiritual nature to the Old Testament scriptures that requires a spiritual connection to God to ferret out.  God often hide truths in this manner from the wise in their own conceits and reveal them unto babes.  The Old Covenant, Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 10:11, is for types and for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world have come.  The Greek word  “ensamples” in the text is Typos.  It means a figure or an image.   Jesus, throughout His ministry, taught in this way using natural types to reveal greater spiritual truths.  

 If one has a carnal and natural approach to scriptures, it’s easy to get tripped up by the letter of the Word (Nicodemus did)  and miss the simple Spirit of the Word – 2 Corinthians 3:6.

 So far, we can glean from the scriptures that there is a group of people who follow the same faith as Abraham having the same foresight and vision – Romans 3:9.  There is also another group whose view is completely physical and natural. Paul, expounds on both groups in Romans 2:28-29.  He brings into focus who the real jews are and who they aren’t.  He lets the seeker of truth know that the physical act of cutting away the foreskin of the flesh is actually a type of the spiritual act of circumcising the heart.  

 It is impossible to understand who we are as the body of Christ or understand eschatological events without understanding that the anointed assembly (Church) is indeed Israel and we as members of the body of Christ are the real jews.  According to Paul, natural ethnicity is not a metric to determine one’s jewish pedigree.  Rather, following the same faith a Abraham and being one with Jesus Christ – Galatians 3:29.  

 For most of my Christian life, I have viewed myself as a gentile member of the “church.”  I have never associated myself as being jewish or the “church” (I prefer anointed assembly) as being Israel.  I have had to renew my mind in order to receive and believe who I really am in Christ.

  • I am a jew – Romans 2:28
  • I am Abraham’s seed – Galatians 3:29
  • I am a citizen of Israel – Galatians 6:16, Ephesians 2:12,19   

Who then, you may ask, are the people now occupying Israel?  Aren’t they jews? No, they aren’t.  They certainly are physical descendants of Abraham but as I said, they are the type, the shadow, the figure of the spiritual seed of Abraham. Paul is quite blunt about who they are in Romans 9:8  We may call them jews based on their ethnicity.  Ethnicity, however, does not qualify them for citizenship in New Testament Spiritual Israel.  They become citizens the same way you and I do, by grace through faith – Galatians 2:8.  This is the only way. There is not another.  You must be born again – John 3:3.  I should add here that the natural branches (Ethnic jews) were broken off the olive tree (Israel) and we gentiles were grafted into their place – Romans 11:17.  If they abide not in unbelief, they will be grafted back into Israel.  A remnant of them will as we approach the coming of the Lord.

Earth Dwellers vs Heaven Dwellers

 Revelation 1:7 is a scripture that dispensationalist use as the point where the ethnic jews accept Christ and are given the kingdom based solely on their ethnicity.  As I have pointed out, this scenario would be against scriptures. Revelation 1:7 is actually the flip side of John 16:20.  In John’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples, i.e. the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, were mourning for Him as one mourns for an only son – Zechariah 12:10, John 19:37. The Greek word for “mourn” is Threneo.  It simply means to mourn, lament, to bewail, deplore.  It embodies the same grief that one would have for a lost loved one.  The “world,” as Jesus said, was rejoicing.  The “world” in the text is comprised of everyone in Israel who was not a disciple or follower of Jesus.  Notice that Jesus did not say that the rest of Israel would rejoice.  He call them the “world.”  

Now let’s take a closer look at Revelation 1:7.  The salient points of the text are:

  • “They also which pierced Him” shall see him.
  • all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.

According to the scriptures, Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled at Calvary.  The house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem looked on Him whom they pierced at that time.  The “look” was described by Moses in Numbers 21:9.  Any one who was bitten by the serpents lived when they looked unto the Brazen Serpent.  This was a perfect type of our Lord being lifted up on the cross for humanity’s snake bite of sin – John 3:14-15.  Anyone who looks unto Him and believes receives eternal life.  Those who didn’t look unto Him then and who aren’t looking unto Him now in light of His grace being poured out abundantly, will look on Him whom they pierced at His second advent, but it will be a look of despair and hopelessness.  They will mourn, too, but they will not be mourning as one mourns for an only son.  it will be a wail of regret and of utter dejection and hopelessness.  The Greek word mourn or wail in the Revelation 1:7 text is Kopto.  It means to cut, to strike, to smite, to cut from, to cut off, to smite one’s breast.  The same word is used when they cut palm branches and laid them in the street during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.   it is obvious that this word does not convey the same meaning as mourn in John 16:20.  Instead of the mourning FOR Him, they will be mourning BECAUSE of Him.  It is a wail of missed opportunity, a cry of terror for fear of having fallen into the hands of a living God.  They will be cutting themselves and smiting themselves on the breasts in bitterness and pain.

Let me ask you this dear saint of God.  Is this a picture of what the saints will be doing when we finally witness His glorious appearing?  Of course not!  We did our mourning when we came to calvary.  We looked to Him whom we pierced at that time.  When He finally cracks the eastern sky, We will be the ones rejoicing, Hallelujah!

There is a certain theme throughout the book of Revelation that underscores my points of duality perhaps more than in any other book.  There are two groups of people specified – those who dwell in the heavens and those who dwell on the earth. The former is referring to those who are in Christ. The scriptures confirm this fact in Ephesians 2:5-6.  We are now seated in heavenly places in Christ. Heaven is where those who are in Christ dwell in a spiritual sense.  Heaven is the source of our provision and our very existence.  I hasten to add that you can be a so called Christian and not necessarily be a heaven dweller.  By that I mean that your affections could be totally earthly.  We are admonished to set our affections on heavenly things – Colossians 3:2.  Our Lord sets forth the same truth in John 8:23.  What did He mean, “Ye are from beneath?”  They were earthly; their dwelling was on earth.  He on the other hand is the Lord from heaven.  His dwelling was in heaven and so is ours if we have been born from above – John 4:17.   Just as He is not of this world, neither are we of this world – John 17:14-16. Revelation 12:12 draws a clear line between the earth dwellers and the heaven dwellers. 

 Now take a look at the earth dwellers… Revelation 11:10 .   Here you have 2 prophets who dwelled in the heavens martyred for tormenting the earth dwellers.  The text is clear on this, and distinguishes, as do other passages in Revelation, between earth dweller and heaven dwellers.  Obviously, God’s people are not among this bunch who are rejoicing at the murder of God’s prophets? The book of Revelation is replete with passages that delineate between these groups.

  • Revelation 3:10
  • Revelation 8:13
  • Revelation 13:8
  • Revelation 13:14
  • Revelation 17:2
  • Revelation 17:8

It is incontrovertible that earth dwellers in all these passages mean those who are completely ruled by their lower nature and who don’t know Christ. Therefore, “Kindreds of the earth” in Revelation 1:7  has to be interpreted the exact same way.  In lights of this, the only reason to interpret this passage differently is intellectual dishonesty and doctrinal bias.   

If you are consistent in your exegesis of the passages I’ve mentioned, you would have to conclude that “Tribes or ‘Kindreds’ of the earth” in Revelation 1:7 refer to the same base characters as in Revelation 11:10 and all the other places I’ve enumerated.  Can you not see this?  

 Having established this, let’s take a look at the cognate verse of Revelation 1:7 –  Matthew 24:30-31.  Notice that the Jesus uses the same term that John echoed, “Tribes of the earth.”  Verse 31 is in perfect harmony with everything i’ve set forth in this treatise.  Jesus is gathering His elect from one end of heaven to the other.  This is a picture of the rapture – the resurrection of the saints who are asleep (one end of heaven) and the saints on earth who are alive and remain (the other end of heaven)  One thing for certain, he isn’t gathering anyone who is of the earth.  

God has hidden these things in the scriptures, and not everyone can see this.    The bottom line is this, there are only two groups of people on the earth, inhabitants of Heaven and by extension Spiritual Israel/Zion  and inhabitants of the earth.  Which are you?