Tag Archives: black Christians

In Our Society Anything Goes Except Christianity

We live in a society that pretty much accepts anything. We are willing to fight for the rights of all people, but is that really the truth? Why is it when someone expresses an opinion based on biblical principles that person is ostracized. Case in point Kirk Cameron. Cameron said that a man should be the leader of the family and that wives should be submissive and let him lead. This is an opinion that many people do not agree with and they have the right to that opinion, but why do they feel the need to vilify his? If you are not a Christian than his way is not your way but there are people who share his opinion and they deserve the respect and protection that we freely give to others who do not share conventional beliefs.

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Take Your Dream out of Layaway (Westbow Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon)

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My first book has been released, Take Your Dream out of Layaway is available online through Westbow Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You have held on to your dream for far too long. Now is the times to make steps toward completion. It’s a step by step Christian perspective designed for anyone with a dream. I encourage you to get your copy today.

Can Iyanla Fix Baltimore?

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Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/baltimore-insider-blog/bal-iyanla-vanzant-to-fix-baltimore-this-week-20150526-story.html

Church of God in Christ Sends Help to Nepal in Wake of Earthquake

Contact: COGIC-PR, 901-235-2160

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 4, 2015 / Christian Newswire/ — The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) International Missions President, Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. will take a team to Nepal to assist in the hardest hit areas of the recent earthquake.

The media reports that more than 7,000 people have died and more than 11,000 injured after one of the worst natural disasters to hit Nepal. Amid continuing aftershocks, people are sleeping outside and are in desperate need of 500,000 tents.

The Church of God in Christ is sending Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to answer the call for much needed medical supplies, water purification tablets, tents and much more. Bishop Mathews and a Missions delegation will land this week in Kathmandu with a medical doctor to assist in any way they can.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. states, “The Church of God in Christ is sending a team to assist our brothers and sisters in Nepal. Our COGIC congregation and the thousands in the area affected by this disaster are in desperate need of our help.”

Bishop Mathews says, “After seeing the devastation of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. felt it vital that we put some boots on the ground to help the people of Nepal in some of the hardest hit areas.” He further states, “We are going to the outlying areas that are closer to the epicenter and tough to reach places to help those with considerable less resources and aide.”

C.E. Blake Ministries, Inc. is making a Ten Thousand Dollar gift to COGIC Charities to assist in the alleviation of this and other tragedies around the world. Bishop Blake says, “I want to challenge COGIC members, leaders and churches to give generously to support this effort.”

Your contribution will be used to provide food, water and medical resources to those impacted by this disaster in Nepal and in other places around the world where poverty and disaster have diminished the level and quality of human life.

Help COGIC Help Nepal. For online donations, log onto http://www.cogic.org. Your donations are tax deductible and will greatly assist the men and women of Nepal.

If you would like to donate by mail, please write to:

Church of God in Christ
“HELP COGIC HELP NEPAL”
World Headquarters
930 Mason Street
Memphis, TN 38126

Please make checks payable to COGIC Charities Disaster Fund.

About the Church of God in Christ:
The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

Why do we hate the poor?

Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/get-there/restricting-the-spending-of-federal-benefits-should-include-the-rich/2015/04/21/4014bec0-e862-11e4-9767-6276fc9b0ada_story.html?wpmk=MK0000203

Justice for Freddie Gray or more Facetime on Primetime?

Something bad happened to Freddie Gray as he was being transported by the Baltimore police to the station. The mayor and the police chief have assured the city that they will find out what happened to Mr. Gray. The Department of Justice has also opened up an investigation. Baltimore is not Ferguson. In Ferguson we watched a blame the victim mentality at work. The police demonized Michael Brown prior to even learning the name of the policeman who killed Brown. The Baltimore reaction has been totally different. Police brutality is a fact of life in Charm City, but this high profile case does not seem to be on the slow track to nowhere, but last night we saw over 1000 people march demanding justice, but justice is a process and it looks like in this case the process is working so it makes you wonder what is the goal here? The chant is “What do we want? and the response is “Justice”, but is that what everyone wants? Some of the people seem to want more face time on prime time. This is the kind of case that not only draws local attention, but the network is here and they are looking for voices to elevate and there are people here who are ready for their close up, but will their face time do anything to answer the real question, “what happened to Freddie Gray?”

Do black people forgive too quickly?

Last month we saw a group of frat brothers sing a racist song while on the way to a frat formal dinner. This was captured on videotape and the two ringleaders were expelled from school. One of the singers reached out to some local black leaders and apologized for his actions. They accepted his apology and actually appeared on stage at a press conference with him. Last night I watched the family of Walter Scott talk to the media. His mother said she has forgiven the policeman that took her son’s life. She forgives a man who fired 8 bullets at her son. It was videotape that showed how the policeman took the life of Walter Scott. So how can you forgive someone who kills a loved one? That’s a question I can’t answer, but what I will say is I would be hard pressed to do it this quickly.

Is Social Media an enemy to the church?

Over the past few days I have been struck by the role social media has played in the church. Sadly, the church rarely gets attention from the media unless something untoward is going on. Last week it was Creflo Dollar’s desire to purchase a $65 million dollar jet. Yesterday someone posted a video of a young lady who is a member of Bishop Charles Ellis’ church. Ellis can currently be seen on The Preachers of Detroit, a reality show on Oxygen. The young lady claimed there was corruption in the church and she had recently been removed from the “armor bearer ministry”. (people who aid the pastor or pastor’s wife). The young lady had been removed from her post. Maybe she tried to meet with the church hierarchy, but she also made her case to the world. So many people saw the tape that the Bishop felt the need to post a response via social media. When did church business become subject to the scrutiny of non-church members? Everyone has an opinion but why? The why is because people feel the need to post everything. From what they eat, drink, wear, go…everything. Social media affirms the greatest of the everyday. Who knows how this situation will be resolved? Stay tuned the former armor bearer is probably posting her rebuttal as I type this post.

Donnie McClurkin gives his take on the Preachers of LA

The second season of “Preachers Of L.A.” is set to debut this week. Are you a fan of the show?

“I was very purposely silent last season, because four of the five of them I know. I am a pastor, I am a preacher, I am a Christian, I am a man who loves integrity and I was brought up and raised in a great home that taught me that what goes on in the home is not public knowledge. And it’s not good to air out … this depiction of people who we deem to be spiritual leaders and people who are supposed to be credible, and people who are supposed to be the strength in the community. We all have natural lives, every one of us, but there are certain things even in our natural lives that we don’t want our employees to see, we don’t want our friends to see. There are things that we keep hidden until we work them out. We would love the luxury of being absolutely transparent, but it will hurt the people who are looking up to us. Everyone’s entitled to it, but reality TV goes a little too far. And it goes too far especially when it deals with Christianity. With pastors carrying guns to mission work. Then my question is, “Why are you going? I thought you said that you had God? Isn’t God your protection?” And I think it’s more harm than good. Because if you have 1 million people viewing, that gives a bad depiction to 1 million people of the preachers who sacrificed every day and every week for the people. 99% of the preachers are not like that. Flossing their stuff and driving around in their Bentleys and Rolls Royce Phantoms, and living high on the hog. There’s no sin in that, but the Bible said all things are lawful, but it’s not always expedient. The servant lives better than the people he has called to serve. And that gives the wrong depiction

Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/08/donnie-mcclurkin-on-touring-with-fred-hammond-michael-brown-and-reality-tv/#XvzcFHPfxU1IGqyL.99

Easter Deception? Movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ — Not True — Unbiblical

Contact: Steve Wohlberg, White Horse Media, 559-977-9744, steve@whitehorsemedia.com

MEDIA ADVISORY, April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The real-life story behind ‘Heaven is for Real’ seems so encouraging. 4-year-old Colton Burpo, during emergency surgery in 2003, has a near-death experience, exits his body, visits heaven, sees Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives (including a dead sister), and lives to tell about it. His father, Pastor Todd Burpo, turned his family’s drama into a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Widely considered by Christians as an evangelistic opportunity, the film version hit theaters April 16, four days before Easter. “There’s one major problem,” counters Bible expert, television producer, and author of 30+ books, Steve Wohlberg. “Neither the Old or New Testaments teach anywhere that our dead relatives are floating around in heaven waiting to talk to us. Instead, they ‘sleep’ (1 Cor. 15:51)quietly in their graves awaiting ‘the resurrection at the last day’ (John 11:25).” Consider these biblical facts: In John 14:1-3, Jesus plainly informed His followers that they would be with Him when He “comes again.” In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Paul also encouraged Christians that they would “be with the Lord forever” when He returns to raise the dead. Not only that, but the notion of dialoguing with the deceased is a practice strictly forbidden in Scripture (see Duet. 18:11). It’s called “necromancy,” and is connected to mediums and spiritists. But this happened to a 4-year-old child! you may be thinking. Read Mark 9:14-29. Unfortunately, our enemy aims dark arrows at children too. Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media (Newport, WA) and the host of His Voice Today radio and television broadcasts. Widely regarded by media as an apocalyptic expert, he has been featured in three History Channel documentaries (Secrets of the Seven Seals; Strange Rituals: Apocalypse; Armageddon Battle Plan), and has spoken by special invitation inside the Pentagon and U.S. Senate. His enlightening books, Solving the Mystery of Death (Remnant Publications), and Demons in Disguise: The Dangers of Talking to the Dead, explore these subjects fully. His website is http://www.HisVoiceToday.com. A committed husband and father of two young children, Mr. Wohlberg welcomes all opportunities to discuss this sensitive issue. To schedule an interview, he may be contacted at 559-977-9744 (mobile) or by email at steve@whitehorsemedia.com.