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Posted 3/7/14 at 12:04 PM | Olabode Ososami |
A lot has been written on what many call the emerging cultural captivity arising from battles which are still as spiritual as when Luther literally threw his ink bottle at the devil, but perhaps more subtle in the sense that new guises to defeat the cause of the Kingdom of Christ are being mustered. But in Christ we fight a sure battle in which the end is already known … "we win in Christ”. We cannot help observing the strategies of hell and understand well how to counter them only from consulting the pilgrim’s battle manual – the word of God.
I am drawn to the text of the woman caught in adultery … in which we can observe tactics of darkness and how light came. There are two (2) main onslaught platforms from which arrows of darkness have been well aimed. First, is the platform of the spirit of sexual perversion which has ravaged the culture and supervised the exchange of long-held divine truths on purity, faithfulness, marriage, gender identity and sexual proclivity for novel deceptions that suggest that everything goes as long as partners are consenting. The end is a trap in a wicked mire of oppression aimed at destroying its targets and society. In the text a woman is caught in adultery. Today, many will say what is wrong with adultery if the circumstance peculiarly drives such a scenario. We are in an era of prenuptial agreements and freedoms that argues that marriage is more like social experimentation … and media, news and Hollywood advertise alternatives and dreams that oppose the very existence of God talk less of His expectations and demands on His creation. The truth that mankind was wonderfully made for God’s own pleasure has been exchanged for the lie that humanity arose from an accidental spark and evolved from apes or fish etc. In the western, more developed and knowledge-rich economies, the propagation of these freedoms makes incidences of adultery and far more deviant sexual excesses increasingly the norm as God gives up societies to their evil devices. FULL POST
Posted 2/8/14 at 9:35 AM | Olabode Ososami |
Listening to the Ham-Nye creation debate , I fear that there are some questions that are not as helpful in that they add little value to solving today’s challenges …instead, they often contribute to muddling the issues. The Bible is a book inspired by the Holy Spirit and there is a large extent to which it cannot be fully unlocked except by that same Spirit. It is not clear if being the salt and light is achieved by winning arguments, nor are we told logical persuasion is God’s way of salvation. The Apostle Paul actual boosts of not gaining converts by clever arguments and disputing although he was well educated.
Both science and interpretations of scripture in the past have been proven to be erroneous …but this does not prove we should discard either. There is an important difference - in that scripture claims an unchangeable God to be its author while science searches for other means to validate its shifting claims. When the Bible says we know in part, it must mean that there are things for which we must still wait for revelation and others that we will never know until God chooses to reveal them. But this also applies to science albeit in a different way. Faith is therefore required for both science and spiritual matters and higher laws when discovered will claim to debunk lower ones … but no one can claim to have established the exact complete reality of matters – except by faith. FULL POST
Posted 2/4/14 at 9:21 AM | Olabode Ososami
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently warned about a coming tidal wave of cancer. The institution perceives a strange increasing trend for which causes are not fully known and solutions elusive.
Pro 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: FULL POST
Posted 1/20/14 at 9:03 AM | Olabode Ososami
If Jesus Christ had to give an address on the state of what we know as Church, I wonder what He will say in 2014. I begin by admitting that this article is neither prophetic nor as revelatory as it should … rather, I have penned very plain observations that could easily be challenged by a different lens or any searching with deeper discernment. Still, as the Apostle John who gave us the Revelation of Christ – the last book in which he wrote of divine letters to the Churches, I can depict five principal types of the assembly in the present times… each one robust and well upheld to thrive and be sustained in its own unique pattern. None of these classifications are meant to identify any existing denominations or religious institutions - but are more like spiritual entities (for want of better expression) bound and upheld by commonalities evident in practically every Church gathering of mortals. The five depictions are as follows.
The Persecuted Church refers to assemblies seen more often in scattered pockets and sometimes but more rarely in much larger numbers also more often in less affluent cultures. The Church mostly isolated and compelled to thrive only under extremely hostile social and political factors. This Church has had no alternative but to rely on God and be led by His Spirit. It has no other supports and nothing else explains its continued relevance and existence where she will be found. Needless to say, the saints are too buffeted and exhausted to discover and refine creeds or theology and for which the simple truths given to the disciples must still suffice. The Persecuted Church has not the luxury of sophistication – but is meek and simple, united in a quiet anguish, forced to be unstructured and fluid because this is the only form the Holy Spirit will permit its survival. Yet I sense this is the triumphant Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. The unadorned Church that has overcome overwhelming odds, survived major assaults and onslaughts … this is the mocked Church that has fought for and kept the faith - awaiting the return of her first husband, Christ. One will recognize her by the evident outpouring and overflowing love of Christ and a divine oneness. The Persecuted Church is also the most elaborately faked of churches as she is the most precious, like a priceless diamond. FULL POST
Posted 1/3/14 at 6:26 AM | Olabode Ososami
It is common at this time to resolve to do new things and revisit situations and some will document goals and objectives based on a vision for the year. How biblical are these practices?
The Bible encourages us to have a vision for our lives within the context of keeping His laws. Seeking things that are not biblically right for us is courting sorrow from the very start. Writing the vision helps us to focus and encourages action in realizing what God has ordained.
Pro_29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Hab_2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Still, there are some points worth noting on this subject of moving forward with your New Year resolution. Also remember that God's priorities tend to focus on us growing in humility and most importantly the eternal destiny of souls.
Ecc_7:21 also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:
Posted 12/21/13 at 8:10 AM | Olabode Ososami
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens about miserly, cold, unfeeling, old and curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge and his holiday conversion and redemption after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. The book was first published on 19 December 1843 and quickly met with commercial success and critical acclaim. The tale is viewed as an indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism and has been credited with returning the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of Puritan sobriety and sombreness. Till today it remains perhaps one of the most popular themes for family entertainment in the season and is noted for having secularized the season - making it a holiday that all may enjoy. The best thing about this classic is its significant role in reinventing Christmas with an emphasis on family, goodwill, and compassion.
In this clip, see below, a young Scrooge chooses his love of money over love for his fiancée. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/13 at 8:13 AM | Olabode Ososami
Shepherds were in the field keeping watch over their flock by night when the angel brought the news of great joy. The joy that is Christ is described as great and far reaching to all people all over the world. It will not be contained but it will spread till all hear the good news and are enveloped with the joy. The angel adds that there is no reason to fear.
Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
The season is a good time to partner with God in the ministry of driving away fears … the fear of the unknown for God is omniscient – all knowing, the fear of failing because God declares we are more than conquerors, the fear of death … for He has come that we might have abundant life. Fear holds us back from moving forward when we should. Fear shrouds our dreams in doubts, suffocating initiative… but there is the joy that flows from our quickened spirit causing our soul to magnify God and sing new hymns of adoration. FULL POST
Posted 12/12/13 at 12:24 PM | Olabode Ososami |
Why suddenly so many suicides amongst Evangelicals – someone has asked? I wrote an earlier article Masterpiece of the Accuser - in which I described suicide as perhaps the worst of the enemy’s wicked ploys. Sadly, I observe that the overwhelming impression in many other Christian articles I read suggests that those who commit suicide may go to Heaven because of God’s mercy. I fear that the outcome of such corrupt theology is that many now perceive suicide as a legitimate way out of the trials that we are told will come to all.
Judas committed suicide and we know where he is to be found …the home of sons of perdition, Hell. Now I know many think this is a hurtful thing to say given the pains of families grieving. If Judas had a family and a ministry, and good standing in the community, we will be expected to mourn him and speak only of God’s grace ... even suggesting the one Christ called the child of perdition was saved. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/13 at 8:20 AM | Olabode Ososami
All over the world, everything that can be shaken is being tossed up and down by strange storms and typhoons. Even all that we understand to be true is being tested and our hope in experience, reason and instincts appear to be under the deluge of a different flood … yet we can only trust in the Good Shepherd to lead us home. Who else do we have to keep us when everything seems to be failing?
Each day I read the headlines and ponder on articles and posts all over the globe and can only come to a conclusion … we must trust in God and God alone, even more than ever. It is not just that the flood of the enemy has of recent become so overwhelming in all its external and internal ramifications, but also that we are warring with an invented sophistry that denies Biblical simplicity and veracity. Our response is faulted not just because it is full or error and plays to the melody of darkness but because it is our response. God answers the flood of the enemy Himself … hence the theme “The Overflow” divinely selected for the annual Congress of The Redeemed Christian Church of God beginning today in Lagos, Nigeria. More people from all over the world, by the grace of God, will gather for a week of worship, teaching, healing and encouragement, than has ever been seen even as the congress is globally streamed. FULL POST
Posted 12/6/13 at 3:28 AM | Olabode Ososami
He would always admit that he was not a saint …but perhaps only a sinner trying to get it right. Mandela realized in the course of his struggles that non-violent resistance was not going to be enough to realize his destiny, eventually received a life sentence on Robben island and became a symbol of the movement to end Apartheid.
Imprisonment for 27 years did not stop him - refusing release on odious terms, rejecting compromising offers … nor did a myriad of various personal, political and other challenges deter him. In the end he became the unwavering representation of nonviolent civil disobedience and peaceful transition, equality and a new South Africa …and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. We observe one man with a rare humility – completely disinterested in enriching himself and who combined a deep historical tribal affiliation and dedication with a contemporary legal language as he leveraged his pioneer low-priced law firm defiantly to serve oppressed black people - thus making a historical difference that eventually ended an epoch of wickedness. It was not easy but Nelson was prepared to wait, embracing change in strategy and always having a hope that defies the harsh immediacy … many, even his dear spouse may have deserted or disappointed him but his only friend “Time” remained faithful. FULL POST