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GAMES, GIMMICKS AND GAMBLES BY RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDISTS


The challenge of POPULAR RELIGION is not just a 21st Century phenomenon. Popular religion has been with us from time immemorial. In the Old Testament times people were obsessed with High Places instead of Temple worship. Similarly Aaron succumbed to the demands of popular religion when he made a golden calf to be a god for the Israelites i.e. Idol worship. Needless to mention that baal worship was the greatest eyesore to Yahweh worship due to its fertility attraction to people in an agro-based economy. Judges like Gideon and Prophets like Elijah challenged this popular religion among the Israelites. By popular religion in Christian circles, I am talking about the type of gospel which is geared for those with itching ears whose ears enjoy hearing a particular genre of the gospel. This is the gospel with mass attraction but is void of the Saviour. Popular religion thrives because of its propagandists who are obviously benefitting big time from it. 
Just like in yesteryear, today’s propagandists capitalise on playing with the human mind and human needs. Many well-meaning innocent people are being manipulated by these false teachers, false prophets and false messiahs because of ignorance. Today’s Christian community needs to be more vigilant like the Bereans who examined Scriptures to establish if what Paul said was true (Acts 17:11). Check out some of the games, gimmicks and gambles being used by modern religious propagandists:
# PROPAGANDA: is information which is biased or misleading which is deliberately used to deceive. To deceive means to give a mistaken impression, to fool, to cheat, to trick. Just like politicians, religious propagandists have an inner circle which knows all the strategic tools which are used to mislead. The most hated people are those who manage to come out of the inner circle. Both in politics and religion, such people are viewed as traitors because of their exposure to official secrets and their potential to demystify the propagandist agenda.
# DISTORTION: to distort means to pull or twist out of shape, to misrepresent, to change the form of something. From Latin DISTORQUERE meaning to twist apart. False teachers play around with Church doctrine, pulling it and twisting it to suit what they want. Even Bible verses are pulled apart to bring out a meaning which is unscriptural. Several historical figures known to this writer have claimed to be the last Elijah before the second coming of Christ but unfortunately they died before the parousia materialised. 
# DEVIATION: To deviate means to diverge from an established course or from normal standards, to go astray. From Latin DEVIARE meaning to turn out of the way or divergence from the intended route. The Bible says, ‘Do not move the ancient boundary stone set up by your fathers’ (Proverbs 22:28). What used to be viewed as abnormal has now become the NEW NORMAL in the Christian community. If there is divergence from the intended route, what assurance do we have that we will  arrive at the right destination? Today’s proponents of popular religion are not only MOVING ancient boundaries, but they are actually REMOVING them. 
# EXAGGERATION: to exaggerate means to alter beyond normal proportions, to overstate, to overemphasise, to amplify. Altering Christian truth beyond normal proportions is LYING. Truth overstated becomes questionable. For example, whilst prosperity is the heritage of God’s people, the PROSPERITY GOSPEL or the claim it and have it gospel is truth overstated hence it borders with heresy which emanates from EW Kenyon who is well-known as the grandfather of the Prosperity Gospel.
# BRAINWASHING: to brainwash means to subject someone to a prolonged process to transform their attitudes and beliefs totally, to indoctrinate i.e. to cause to accept a set of beliefs uncritically through repeated instruction. Several modern political regimes are using brainwashing as a political tool to manipulate and control people. The same is true of some religious movements today. Needless to mention that Jim Jones made his brainwashed congregants to take cyanide poison leading to the death of over 900 souls. Brainwashing is the worst form of spiritual abuse and it is the starting point of all other abuses in the Christian community. God expects us to be critical thinkers even on religious and spiritual issues. He says, ‘Come let us reason together ……’ (Isaiah 1:8).  
# OBSESSION: to be obsessed means to be preoccupied by something to the point of being carried away. Some religious propagandists are obsessed with DEMONOLOGY. Demons are real but they should not be given centre stage. Too much talk about demons removes people from God. Too much concentration on casting out demons means whatever gets your attention GETS YOU. Some believers have an obsession with miracles leading to dependance on miracle workers in the same way non-believers depend on Sangomas/N’angas. Other believers are obsessed with prophecy to the point that many of them end up being manipulated in the name of prophecy.

BEWARE OF THE GAMES, GIMMICKS AND GAMBLES USED BY RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDISTS.
   

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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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THEY TRIED IT ALL: ACCUSATION AFTER ACCUSATION (Mt.5:11, Rev.12:9-11, Lk.4:13)

I have come to realise that your haters will never give up until you are dead and buried. The book of Revelation calls the mastermind behind your haters as the ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN who accuses them day and night. A good reading of the Gospels will show you that Jesus’ haters used all sorts of gimmicks and shenanigans to accuse him. By so doing they were creating a NARRATIVE they wanted the world to know about our Saviour. THEY TRIED IT ALL. They went to the extent of using the RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS of the day to get rid of him. Surprisingly Jesus’ haters were RELIGIOUS FOLKS i.e. Pharisees and Sadducees. When religious people hate you, they do so with passion and in the NAME OF GOD. If you are a true believer and a servant of the Most High, you are not immune to false accusations and SATANIC NARRATIVES. THEY WILL TRY IT ALL, including using the SYSTEMS in place especially if such systems are corrupt from top to bottom. This generation is much more vulnerable due to the emergence of the free for all SOCIAL MEDIA. Accusations against you can easily be transmitted and can go viral without giving you an opportunity to set the record straight. On the other hand it would be naivety on your side to assume that they are through with you. Luke says, ‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, (against Jesus) he left him until an OPPORTUNE TIME’. In other words the devil simply took a short break waiting for another opportunity to strike again. Please be warned that your haters use the principle of MULTIPLE OR MINI-STROKES i.e. one small attack at a time (My little medical knowledge) when attacking you. This type of assault causes progressive damage over your reputation and unfortunately it can eventually cause permanent reputation damage. However, please be reminded that there is a difference between your REPUTATION and your CHARACTER. Reputation is what others think you are (obviously based on what they hear) and character is what you really are (whether they see it or not). I would rather keep my character intact no matter what. But whatever the case may be, EVIL WILL NEVER TRIUMPH OVER GOOD AND FALSEHOODS WILL NEVER TRIUMPH OVER TRUTH. Even if their accusations led our Saviour to be crucified on the CROSS but thanks be to God that HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY thus putting to shame all the accusations of his haters. Check out the accusations levelled against Jesus Christ:

 
# They accused him of falsely claiming to forgive sins

# They accused him of eating with publicans and sinners

# They accused him of laboring on the Sabbath

# They accused him of healing on the Sabbath

# They accused him of working by the power of Beelzebub (Demon possessed)

# They accused him of breaking Jewish traditions

# They accused him of falsely claiming to be a prophet

# They accused him of falsely claiming to be the son of God

# They accused him of being a false prophet

# They accused him of making himself equal to God

# They accused him of inciting rebellion and subversion

# They accused him of opposing paying taxes to Caesar

# They accused him of claiming to be the Messiah

# They accused him of claiming to be the King of the Jews

# They accused him of stirring/influencing people by his teachings

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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