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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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ONE THING YOU LACK (Mark 10:17-26)

  
The story of the Rich Young Ruler is an illustration of a man who felt he lacked something in life, went to Jesus Christ to ask for what he lacked, was told what to do to get what he lacked but went away empty-handed and still lacking what he originally felt he lacked. What a sad story line? This man was well-to-do i.e. he was a rich young man with potential to increase his wealth. This man had a rulership position in society with potential to rise through the ranks of power. Furthermore, he was Torah observant, meaning that he observed every iota of Jewish Law and he confessed that he had this since his boyhood. Even his approach to Jesus Christ reflects that he was well groomed and highly cultured. Moreover he was such a lovable person because even Jesus Christ could not help but love him. Could it be that you can have the RIGHT QUESTION, GO TO THE RIGHT MAN, IN THE RIGHT MANNER, GET THE RIGHT ANSWER BUT MAKE A WRONG DECISION? What are you lacking in your spiritual walk? Are you aware that what you lack in your spiritual walk will affect all the work you do for the Kingdom of God? With all due respect to my fellow Servants Of God, if this Rich Young Ruler belonged to any of our modern Churches which subscribe to the POPULAR HERMENEUTICS OF THE TIMES i.e. THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL, what he really lacked would not have been detected. He would have been classified as one the highly blessed of the Lord who would identify with Psalm 23 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL LACK NOTHING. Blessed are those like King David, who when told what he lacked, was able to humble himself and plead with God for restoration. No wonder he is said to be a man after God’s heart. After flirting around with Uriah’s wife (Bathsheba), the Prophet Nathan confronted him on what he lacked and he went down on his knees (Psalm 51) and asked God to CREATE A CLEAN HEART AND A RIGHT SPIRIT in his life. Could it be that the world would be a better place to live if everyone of us had a CLEAN HEART AND A RIGHT SPIRIT? Going back to the Rich Young Ruler, we also glean another important lack with eternal value. The real problem with this young man was that he TREASURED MONEY rather than TREASURING GOD. He had an OBSESSIVE ATTACHMENT TO POSSESSIONS i.e. AN ADDICTIVE FIXATION ON MATERIAL THINGS. The instruction for him to go and sell all his possessions, give to the poor and then FOLLOW CHRIST was a test of ATTACHMENT. This was a test of where his heart was. Jesus has the same call to modern Christians: STOP TREASURING MONEY AND START TREASURING ME. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these other things (TREASURES) shall be added unto you. You cannot worship God and mammon. Be always inward-looking and check what is lacking in your walk with God.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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