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Posted 10/11/16 at 3:54 PM | olabode ososami
This is the name of a currently running BBC documentary featuring Hannah Livingston, a talented journalist who spent six months tracking “Americas radical Christian hate groups”. The film artfully presents hatred against abortionists and LGBT community as a rising scourge that must be arrested … even suggesting auspiciously that the animosity towards Clinton’s bid for the presidency can be traced to Christian extremism. The preachers featured in the documentary are already banned from entering the UK, and according to the BBC documentary, should be stopped, in the United States, from making more unbridled comments causing extreme and unfair distress to lesbians, homosexuals, transgenders and others who just want to be left in peace. The preachers, however, disagree that the LGBT are not a threat to society, and accuse the media of presenting vile dangers as only an alternative lifestyle.
It may, on the surface, look like the pulpit is losing the battle, as a new postmodern reality presents the pulpit as a confrontational bastion of hatred and disorder – but even since the time of John Knox, the fiery Scottish preacher also banned from entering England by Queen Elizabeth 1, we have seen the same strategy played over and over again … and if this strategy could have succeeded, Christianity would by now have been snuffed out. FULL POST
Posted 10/2/16 at 4:24 AM | olabode ososami
I have encountered many foolish words of more than a few, who say they expect men of God to be silent on politics, or even worse, who cannot find agreement on their words to the economy, science or to sports or music …claiming they delve into areas in which they have no competence … many even claim God's Prophets are embarrassing their faith and Christians.
First, we must accept that almost everything God says offends and irritates the “flesh” … or the realm of the natural. The old time Pastor would say … listen well to the chiming of the world, then understand that God intends the exact opposite. This can be confusing, especially to Christians who believe they know God … only to be shocked when God speaks and they are unable to come to terms with the supremacy of the Divine.
In truth, God does not just reign over the Church, He reigns over all. He speaks into everything and all things He chooses to speak into. To one, He speaks to the young Samuel - a child of God, even through a backslidden Eli, concerning the affairs of His house. But like Elijah, to others He speaks to the economy, declaring famine or abundance of rain. He may choose to install kings and remove others as He wishes, like He spoke and did many times through the Prophet Samuel. FULL POST
Posted 9/26/16 at 7:19 PM | olabode ososami
Where can we find wisdom to understand how to unravel the professions of men and women to know truth and choose well. The Bible describes the great wisdom of Solomon in deciding the true mother of a baby stolen from another. Both mothers – harlots, present their case, the true mother is more interested not in possession of the baby, but that the baby survives an apparent impending death which would be the natural result of dividing the infant.
A scenario of division and disunity produces no winners … only an imminent destruction that would hurt the real owner of the baby … a pain far greater to bear for the true mother. The true owner of anything is able to release it, knowing it really does not change its identity, only its possession. The life of the baby gives joy to the true mother. Which candidate will preserve America from decay?
Both harlots in the biblical narration are not credible, but one was the true owner. The possessor of the title “President” is the one that truly loves his or her country and who will have grace to release the opportunity if that action will achieve a greater good and preservation of a nation that now appears irreparably divided and besieged by many threats. The pretender will not see or care for these threats or will dismiss them. The “Sword of Solomon” hangs over the baby … the tone of the true mother is indisputably different from the uncaring hustler. Wisdom always knows how to listen beyond the words, for the spirit behind expressions … to pick out the pretender from the virtuous. Will Americans discern beyond facile rehearsed answers, media bias and showmanship to sense the heart truly prepared to nurture a nation to its divine destiny? FULL POST
Posted 9/16/16 at 3:54 AM | olabode ososami
I pray you are never found in one. These are situations in which there are no victors, only bravery appointed to be smitten by deception and intrigue. But these are so prevalent. In the case of Uriah, a good but weak man – loyal to a human system but who had not learnt to check matters well with God, perished through the plots of his leader.
2 Samuel 11:15 And he (David) wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
David’s secret haunted him and he was later defeated by a conscience and agony of heart that ushered in for him, the worst episode in his reign – also triggering many painful future consequences.
If Clinton wins this election, will she not soon be defeated by greed (according to Powell’s alleged email) and many contrived deceptions and illegal shortcuts … but how can Trump, if he emerges President, escape the humiliation that awaits the churlish, arrogant and self-confident. The saints can learn from outcomes of foolish battles i.e. always defeat – for all participants albeit the timings and sequences of events and consequences may differ. FULL POST
Posted 9/9/16 at 7:12 AM | olabode ososami
There are many gifts spoken of in the Bible. Compassion (Oxford Dictionary) means sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. To be able to sense pain felt by others (especially when they are helpless, weak and not in a position to return your assistance) and to act in kindness to relieve that hurt is to have compassion. It is a mystery, and indeed a divine gift … how can you sense what you yourself do not suffer, or be gripped by a fervent cause that really may have nothing to do with you, but will make a positive difference for others and move the agenda of God forward and please Him.
Exodus_2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
I searched the word of God and found “compassion” very rarely ascribed to persons but almost always to God, to Christ and the early Christians. It is very abnormal for a person to have compassion, indeed the heart of mankind without God is described as desperately wicked and always self-serving. The first and only instance I found of compassion ascribed to mankind in the Old Testament was in an Egyptian woman who saw baby Moses and was moved with pity. She knew that male Hebrew children were to die …and indeed many must have been drowned, killed or poisoned …yet God put this unique solitary gift in this woman. The result was that an entire nation was rescued as God found and preserved a man who would lead and do God’s plan. It is even more mysterious that God used an Egyptian woman to save the boy who God will later use to drown the armies of Egypt. Compassion can see a badly bruised reed and a hopeless smoking flax and yet be moved to preserve it from extinction. Compassion can see that which was meant and perhaps even deserves to die and be moved to give it another chance. FULL POST
Posted 8/27/16 at 8:18 AM | olabode ososami
The recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Nigeria has sparked some controversy as many have described the visit as both “discriminatory and divisive”. Hosted by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the most senior Islamic cleric in the country as well as meetings with governors of Northern (Islamic) states and talks with the muslim President Muhammadu Buhari … one has to wonder why such obvious overtures to Islamic interests, are perceived as the best way to calm the terrorism scourge and simmering tensions ravaging the nation ... also at a time of intense sensitivity to religious pointers,
Recently, Christians on evangelism have been butchered to death while on evangelism on the streets and attacks on Christians are on the rise. Many Christians in areas with significant muslim population, now feel very unsafe and unprotected. But this does not seem to be on Kerry's "correct" agenda. Are Christians to be sacrificed for peace and calm in the embattled Northern region? How many more martyrs ? FULL POST
Posted 8/21/16 at 3:19 AM | olabode ososami
Brazil, on Saturday, won a gold medal in the Olympics Football event - defeating Germany, only after a long extended tenacious struggle involving penalties after extra time, reminiscent of battles faced by the beleaguered nation. Brazil also won its second gold of Rio 2016 as Thiago Braz won in the men's pole vault contest, in spite of heavy rains. As the world enjoys the Olympics, more than a few in the leadership of the world's largest Latin American economy, will not be in the mood to enjoy the enthralling entertainment – an event costing the government a huge outlay. But perhaps it was worth it after all.
Recent research at the Saïd Business School, in Oxford, which analysed 30 summer and winter games, has claimed that none of the Olympic games ever held, came in within their initial budget and nearly half exceeded targets by more than 100 per cent (The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has dissociated itself from this study). The average cost of holding the games was put at $8.9B, buttressing claims that the $4.8B budget for the Rio games is on the optimistic side ... also perhaps explaining root causes behind many complaints of inadequate arrangements. So why is Brazil, a nation with a 10.9% unemployment, annual GDP decline of – 3.8% and inflation close to 10%, going on this kind of spree? FULL POST
Posted 8/13/16 at 11:45 AM | olabode ososami
In a previous post i.e. Part I (which I recommend you read for some context), this war was described as one of many fronts to ruin the destiny of God’s masterpiece ... in humanity. It is not war against male or female, but a fundamental confrontation of biblical models. Women should not be disadvantaged in access to education and workforce opportunities but encouraged and helped to take leadership positions in business and politics, if God has gifted them for that. Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was perhaps one of her best … we pray Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, will be even more successful. All people of all gender, race etc. are entitled to respect (even especially when we disagree with them).
The war is a war against the word of God in Genesis 1:27. The enemy of this futile battle is not “the so called brutish man” but God Himself. Clamoring for rights can be as distractions to get our gaze off our preparations for the ultimate “wedding”. When we mix up the different roles of male and female, we soon obscure our responsibilities as the “Bride” of Christ. FULL POST
Posted 8/7/16 at 5:51 PM | olabode ososami
This is a delicate topic, but for many, it needs to be addressed. I plead forgiveness in advance, if it causes offense. Please be patient to read to the end. There are many things God chose for us; our parents, the timing of our birth and our gender. God also made the genders different and ordained procreation that humanity may be fruitful and multiply within the confines of marriage. Satan, who comes to kill, steal and destroy, has other ideas … first he plants the successful idea that difference in gender implies inequality and oppression. Then he suggests a novel neutral gender which negates the need to identify as male or female … then he slowly kills any arrangement that encourages procreation in a traditional family setting (single mothers are fine by him) … offering any alternative (sexual, career, etc ) that boosts singleness, kills the force of normal wife-husband unity and renders Christian family structures obsolete.
A father was recently shocked to see his son come into his house dressed as a woman, saying he has discovered his gender was female … the father said nothing, not knowing what to do and how to address the issue. One day he had an idea … the father also bought a wig and a dress and started dressing as a woman in the house … when his son saw him, he exclaimed “dad, you look ridiculous!! “ … the son got the message. We are made to reflect the glorious image of God and not be ridiculous. FULL POST
Posted 8/3/16 at 8:13 AM | olabode ososami
Few Christians have given any attention to Trump’s campaign pledge to review and reword positively any legislation threatening freedoms to preach the word of God. Perhaps because most do not believe him or they do not care, after all God and His word can take care of Himself and does not need the help of the “rakish” Trump. Still, any comment relating to the word of God must be taken seriously. Why?
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
History warns that past monarchs were often threatened and grew extremely hostile to the Holy Bible, especially as it sought to check social vices. Most of its earliest readers, did so in secret and many martyred … and the few pioneers who initiated preaching from it, did so only at their extreme peril.
If faced with the choice between having all the good things without the Bible and having the Bible with nothing … what would be your choice? Do not grin, many have had to make that very choice … most, easily choosing to live without the word of God … many of those who chose the Bible alone were burnt on the stake. They were not delivered. FULL POST