Facts About Angels

Facts About Angels
One of the most comforting teachings in the Bible is the way in which angels work with believers. And yet there is so much confusion about angels and the ministry they have. References to angels appear over 375 times in the Bible. Their appearance may be found in 34 of the Bible’s 66 books (44% in the Old Testament and 57% in the New). The abundance of revelation on this subject demands recognition.

There can be no comprehensive or accurate understanding of Scripture if we bypass or treat this topic lightly. If you want facts about angels (and demons) you have to study God’s Word.

There are numerous books available on the topic that are erroneous and grossly inaccurate. We should not study darkness (cultish teachings) in an attempt to find light, but instead study His Word for the Truth. There is so much one can say on the topic of angels, but for the sake of space, let’s look at a few characteristics about these messengers of God.


Angels are created and unlike the believer, they are not born of God. “Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His Heavenly hosts… Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created ” Psalm 148:1-5.
The word ‘Angel’ is from the Greek ‘angelos’ which means messenger. Angels, therefore, carry messages from God.
Angels are spirit beings. They are invisible but have the ability to manifest in the physical realm.
Angels look like human beings and can appear as strangers (Genesis 19:1-3; Hebrews 13:2 which says: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”).
Angels often manifest in dreams and visions. “One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Acts 10:3 and Acts 27:23 “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me…”
Angels are limited in their speech (Jude 9). They can only say what God has told them to say.
Angels are always referred to as Masculine. There are no references in the Bible to angels of a feminine or child-like description.
Angels are not Omnipotent (all powerful). Only God is.
Angels are not Omnipresent (all present). Only God is.
Angels are not Omniscient (all knowing) “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the Gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” 1 Pet 1:12
Angels are incapable of dying “… and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels…” Luke 20:36
Angels do not rest (Rev 4:8)
Angels work in the lives of both Christians and non-believers. Their purpose is ultimately to bring glory to God and they do this through helping people see God’s hand at work in their lives.
Angels have a language distinct from any earthly language. Angels can, however, speak earthly language. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal..” 1 Cor 13:1
Angels do not marry or reproduce (Luke 20:35-36; Matt 22:30).
There are so many angels that they cannot be counted by human understanding (Heb 12:22; Rev 5:11)
Angels travel between Heaven and earth in a split second (Ezek 1:14). Remember that there is no time or distance in the Spirit world.
Angels are powerful beings, mighty in strength (2 Thess 1:7; Rev 10:1; 20:1-3). They are more powerful than satan and his cohorts.
When angels speak we can receive their message as from God (Heb 2:2).Their words cannot be broken. “We must pay more careful attention…to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation…received its just punishment…”
Angels are not to be worshipped (Rev 22:8-9). They are our fellow servants.
We will one day judge the fallen angels (1 Cor 6:3).

Never Look Twice

Never Look Twice
Today’s world is tough on the Christian man’s eyes. The trends in women’s clothing continue to get, well, scarcer. Tops are getting lower and skirts getting shorter. The standards in media for what is appropriate in television, movies and advertising continue to get looser, even as the clothes get tighter. Not only that, but the amount of images hitting our eyes today continues to grow out of control as advertisers search for new ways to get our attention.

There has never been a tougher time to deal with the issue of lust. Beyond the fact that we see far more sexier images on a daily basis than men from previous generations did, there is also the trouble of ‘escalation’.
The real danger in a sexy advertisement or movie scene is not so much the image itself but what might happen if we allow that image to continue to play out in our imaginations.

If a man today starts lusting in his mind, he has the ability to continue that lust through unencumbered access to more free pornography than has ever existed, and that’s when things really start to get nasty. I developed a simple technique for my eyes a while back that has helped immensely with this problem.
I never look twice. When I was in a Bible study with several Christian guys in varsity, we remarked that there was only so much control we had over the types of images we could see in our daily lives. We realised that the problem doesn’t come when you notice something that sparks your attention. The problem comes when you look again and start to think about why that sparked your attention. That’s when your attention turns to lust, and that’s when things get hairy.

So now, whether it’s a woman on the street, an ad or a scene on TV, I just don’t look the second time, and I make sure my mind is occupied with something else. I make sure my eyes are looking at the nice tree in front of me instead of the attractive woman across the street.
I’ll examine the balding man’s head in the theatre seat in front of me instead of the sketchy part of the movie I’m watching. I’ll make sure that any magazines or catalogues with women on the front are at the bottom of the mail pile, covered by the bills.
… Nothing will get you out of the mood faster than bills!

I’m certainly not perfect when it comes to this, and I can always improve, but I’ve found that defeating lust is much easier if you take it out at the beginning, rather than letting it grow. Getting in the habit of automatically looking away really makes things a lot easier on my eyes.
Of course, in our constant battle against lust we all have to play it differently.  In addition to looking away, you might need to place greater restrictions on what you allow yourself to look at in the first place.
Every man is different, and the key to living in this world lust-free is knowing what you can handle and what you can’t. “Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward Your statues and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:35-37

Signs That the Return of Jesus is Very Near

Signs That the Return of Jesus is Very Near
I grew up in a pastor’s home where I continually heard sermons on the soon and imminent coming of the Lord. In 1964 I accepted the Messiah Yeshua into my heart as Lord and Saviour and heard even more preaching on the subject. Yet the coming of the Lord remained fairly unrealistic.
Eventually I became firmly convinced that Yeshua could in fact not return until certain things had been fulfilled first. Acts 3:21 for instance says, “He must remain in Heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.”
Around the turn of the millennium many people spoke about the imminent return of Messiah. It did not really impress me. Now, however, for the first time in my life, I see things happening, which tells me that we really are close to the coming of the Messiah. Let me give you some of the signs pointing to this.

“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling… On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves” Zech 12:2-3.  Jerusalem is right now becoming the focus of world politics in an unprecedented way. With the election of President Obama as the leader of the super power of the world, a new page has been turned. Israel can now not even evict two Arab families, who have not paid their rent in 25 years, from a Jewish owned home in Jerusalem, without the world uniting in condemning Israel.
A Jew building a new apartment in East Jerusalem is presently more of a concern to the new US administration, than Iran building a nuclear bomb! The Obama administration has set up an apparatus to closely monitor Jewish construction in Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank, to the point of watching Israeli’s move house-to-house in certain key neighbourhoods, almost on a daily basis.
The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem is the only one in the world which reports directly to the White House, rather than to the State Department.
For the past few months, Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, has protested to the highest levels of the Israeli government about evidence found of any Jewish housing expansion in those areas. World leaders are more united in dividing Jerusalem than in stopping another Holocaust. Prophecy is being fulfilled.

“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thess 2:4
From the prophetic word it seems like the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem before Jeshua returns. This has up to now seemed completely impossible. Not any more! Recently representatives of the newly re-established Sanhedrin in Jerusalem met with a very influential Muslim leader from Turkey, named Adnan Oktar. They released a joint statement that the Temple in Jerusalem ought to be rebuilt right away (http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=105938). Listen to what the Muslim leader said: “It could be done in a year at most. It could be built to the same perfection and beauty. The Torah says it was built in 13 years, if I remember correctly. It could be rebuilt in a year in its perfect form.” Another possibility being considered that is even easier to accomplish, is that the Dome of the Rock itself that sits so prominently on the Temple Mount could be used as “a place of prayer for all nations.”
One of the rabbis has stated, “This should be fairly simple. It is said that the structure of the Dome in Haram E-Sharrif (the Temple Mount) was originally meant by (Caliph) Omar to be a House of Prayer for Jews, and the Al-Aqsa for Muslims.” What is equally amazing is that according to a recent poll, a clear two-thirds majority of Israelis today support the idea of rebuilding the Temple. This represents a major change in opinion among Israelis. The stage is being set right now for the coming of the anti-christ, as the Scriptures say.

“He forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Rev 13:16-17
The prophetic word speaks about a global financial system that will be set up before Jesus returns. During the past year, more and more world leaders are calling for such a system. At the recent G8 meeting this summer, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev illustrated his call for a supranational currency to replace the dollar by pulling from his pocket a sample coin of a “united future world currency.” (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/ news?pid=20601087&sid=aeFVNYQpByU4)
“Here it is,” Medvedev said. “You can see it and touch it. The question of a supranational currency concerns everyone now, even the mints. The test coin means they’re getting ready. I think it’s a good sign that we understand how interdependent we are.”
The coin, which bears the words ‘unity in diversity’, was minted in Belgium and presented to the heads of G8 delegations. We are getting very close to what the Bible has predicted for two thousand years!

“The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.” Rev 16:12
This prophecy is being fulfilled right now, according to an article in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/world/middleeast/ 14euphrates.html?_r=1)
“The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbours, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. Some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it is now.
The shrinking of the Euphrates, a river so crucial to the birth of civilisation that the Book of Revelation prophesied its drying up as a sign of the end times, has decimated farms along its banks, has left fishermen impoverished and has depleted riverside towns as farmers flee to the cities looking for work.”
Amazingly, even the New York Times mentions the drying up of the Euphrates as a prophetic sign!

“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. …The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur.” Rev 19:19-20
The Muslim version of the Messiah, the Mahadi, by Shiites called the ‘Twelfth Imam’, could very well be the anti-christ of the Bible, called the beast in the Book of Revelation. Before the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, belief in the coming Mahadi was only a religious issue. Not any more.
Ahmadinejad has a clear political programme to prepare the way for the Muslim Mahadi, by creating a world crisis that must be solved by a strong world leader. The Iranian nuclear programme is part of this political agenda. In less than one year Iran can have access to a nuclear weapon.
“For the past five years, the Iranian religious and political leaders have annually gathered together for two days in the city of Qom for what is called ‘The International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine’.” says Joel Richardson, author of the newly released book ‘The Islamic anti-Christ’ (http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=106046).
Each year a growing number of Sunni Muslims and Christians(!) join the predominantly Shiite hosts. It is shocking how accurately the Muslim Mahadi fits with the Bible’s description of the anti-christ that will make war against Israel at Armageddon.
According to Muslim belief, the Mahadi will make a peace treaty for seven years with Israel, which he will later break. He will set up his throne, not in Mecca, but in Jerusalem! He will force all Christians and Jews to convert to Islam or they will be killed, probably after 3½ years when they have had their chance. Sounds pretty much like what Christians teach about the anti-christ, doesn’t it?
Recently the largest political faction among the Palestinians next to Hamas, the Fatah party, held their first political congress in 20 years. Encouraged by President Obama, they now refuse to hold any more peace negotiations with Israel, unless Israel stops all settlement activity, and agrees to withdraw, not only to the pre-1967 borders, but from all of Jerusalem, both East and West!

The entire congress was a week long beating of war drums, where they emphasised their right to armed struggle and that they will never accept Israel as a Jewish state.
The prophets speak about the Messiah coming to destroy the nations attacking Jerusalem. Every one of the nations mentioned in these prophecies is a Muslim nation. It could literally happen very soon. Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes.
“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the glorious day of the Lord.” Acts 2:20
This is by far the single most repeated sign in the Bible of the coming of the Messiah! According to Genesis 1:14, God created the stars, the sun and the moon to be signs. The Hebrew word for sign is ‘ot’ and the root word for ‘ot’ means “to come.” The stars, sun and moon are signs of His coming! Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries has pointed out that in 2014 and 2015 there will be four blood red moons back to back, for two years in a row on the Feasts of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.
This phenomenon also happened right after the state of Israel was born in 1948 and right after the six day war in 1967. You must go back in time all the way to 1492, the year when the Jewish people were forced out from Spain, to find the same phenomenon. Going forward in time a ‘tetrad’ like this will never happen again in this century!

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgements.” Rev 19:1-2 What Mark Biltz also discovered, was that beginning seven years prior to 2015 the sun will become darkened three years in a row on the same day on the Biblical calendar: the first day of Av. A solar eclipse usually speaks of judgement on the nations, and exactly two months after the first of these solar eclipses, on the Feast of Trumpets, which is also called the Day of Judgement, God judged the world economy.
The Dow Jones index on Wall Street fell 777.7 points, a 7% drop and a 700 billion dollar loss on a failed 700 billion dollar bail-out package on the first day of the 7th month on God’s calendar, 7 years before the final blood red moon in 2015!
Pastor Bengt Berggren has pointed out that this financial crash on Wall Street on the Feast of Trumpets, was undoubtedly a clear message from God. It was written on the wall in the banquet hall of finances, just like it was in the banquet hall of King Belshazzar in Babylon. A small detail is that when Wall Street opens there is always a sound from a clock on the wall. This day for some unknown reason it never sounded. We read in Daniel 5:25-28:
“This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN. This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” Pastor Berggren points out that according to David Flynn in his book ‘Temple at the Centre of Time’, the words that were written on the wall are also measurements of money.
You can see this as well in the notes of the NASB Bible. Mene is a mina, which normally equalled 50 shekels of silver. Tekel is another word for a shekel. And Parsin is half a shekel. A shekel is 20 gerah. Together Mene, mene, tekel, parsin equals 2520 gerahs, which is the number of days in one prophetic week of years, or seven years. Well known author Bill Koenig, has pointed out that ten days later, the last day of the Ten Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur symbolising the time of God’s judgements over the earth, the Dow Jones index fell another 678.910 (6,7,8,9,10) points.
Notice the sequence of the numbers! The chances that this is a coincidence are less than 1 in 99 999. Koenig interprets this to mean that God has begun to judge all nations according to the commandments number 6 to 10 of the Ten Commandments. When the G20 nations met last November to deal with the global financial crisis, the text portion from the Torah for that day was about the flood of Noah. It is too late! The judgement has already begun.
We are not setting any dates, but we can without a doubt say that the coming of the Lord is near! We need to watch and pray every day as watchmen on the walls.

Theo & Bev Wolmarans: Celebrating 30 Years in Ministry

Theo & Bev Wolmarans: Celebrating 30 Years  in Ministry  
If one looks at the history of Spirit-filled, Charismatic churches in South Africa,  Pastor Theo Wolmarans instantly springs to mind as a ‘Father in the Faith’. And supported by his talented, intelligent, warm and spiritually competent wife, Beverley, they make a powerful Christian couple leading the way in our nation and across the globe.
Having been in ministry for 30 years together, and without a hint of scandal or moral failure, JOY! felt it appropriate to interview them on real issues facing the Church of Jesus Christ today – particularly in our land where so often ‘traditional’ churches are seen as ineffective and ‘charismatic’ churches are considered flaky.
It was my privilege to meet with this Godly couple and ask them a few tough questions that I believe South Africa needs answers to. I was so impressed by their spiritual depth and sincerity in the things of God and I know you will be too.

In Matthew 16:18 The Lord Jesus said “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” We as Pastors get into trouble when we try and build the church for Jesus (John 15:5). He said He would build it. As ministers we must learn to depend on Christ the Lord of the Church to build His Church through us.
We are not to depend on our own human effort. “…We put no confidence in human effort…” Phil 3:3. Therefore my greatest challenge in the ministry is to continually listen to God for guidance and rest in His Grace to carry out the instructions I receive. (Heb 12:28 NKJV; Rom 5:17 NKJV). Satan is continually trying to get us to run ahead of the cloud and do things in our own strength which will always fail. 
When we begin depending on our own abilities, we end up in stress. While we are depending on God’s power to do it because He’s merciful and loving, we experience joy and fulfillment.  

Firstly, I look for integrity and character. Let’s imagine a boat sailing across the lake. The bottom of the boat, the part we sit in, would represent our character. The sail would represent our gifts and talents.  The wind blowing on the sail would be the Spirit of God enabling us to do His Will.
If the bottom of the boat we are sitting in, representing our character, was to spring a leak  the boat will eventually sink.  Therefore it doesn’t matter how many gifts and talents a preacher may have, if he has a character flaw  eventually, sooner or later, his ministry will sink.
Secondly, we must establish if the pastor is genuinely called of God and if they depend  on Him to do the work through them. If they are not called,  they will never succeed.
Time spent in prayer and meditating on God’s Word will give us the answers we need for any question we may have.

We should play an active role in politics and must vote, as this is one of the great privileges of freedom. Voting is also one of the tools used to maintain our freedom. Christians should be free to campaign and run for an office if they sense God’s calling to do so.
However, we have no Biblical precedent to vote into office a politician who intends implementing practices that the Bible condemns. Christians that do this are working against God and opposing Him. The Lord Jesus said “He who is not with Me is against  Me.” Matt 12:30.

Pastors have a responsibility to teach the entire counsel of the Word of God.  Some of these subjects would include things like: how to have a close and intimate relationship with God; how to overcome life’s challenges by trusting God; how to recognise God’s voice; how to exercise faith and understanding the difference between law and righteousness. How to pray in the Spirit; the importance of forgiving others; how to pray for the sick, etc. Pastors should also correct, exhort and rebuke when necessary.  Pastors have a huge responsibility to train their congregation members so that they will grow spiritually and be able to stand against persecution and stand against the problems of life. As to whether or not Pastors and churches should teach about politics and state issues, I believe Pastors are called to preach the Gospel and not preach politics. However, Pastors are called to inform the people that they need to vote for candidates based on Biblical values.  In other words – they should clearly understand what the candidate stands for. They must know his voting record. Christians should know what the politician’s character is. 
They should know what he intends to implement if he became a leader. We don’t vote for the person who we think could best manage our finances – we vote for a person who would best represent God and His principles. When God’s blessings lift off a country we will all suffer the consequences.

Unfortunately the Body of Christ is fractured by ministers and Christians with differing opinions on key issues. I believe this is because of a lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s Word (Hosea 4:6).
We Pastors must realise that the Bible is the final authority – our opinion doesn’t matter if it contradicts God’s Word. Our opinion only matters if it supports God’s Word. Scripture says we are to teach the Truth in love.  If we teach this way, we will be able to help a lot more people come to the knowledge of the Truth.  As important as education is – Godly wisdom is even more important. For example on the issue of speaking out against blasphemy, the Bible is clear: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” Eph 5:11-12

Certainly we must obey the Ten Commandments. We may not steal,  we may not lie, we may not commit adultery, we may not murder, etc, etc.
However how do we obey these Commandments in our own strength? It’s impossible. We must depend on the power of Christ to live holy lives. We cannot earn right standing from God by obeying all the Commandments – simply because we will never be able to completely obey them no matter how hard we try.
Thank God we are forgiven for our sin and stand before God uncondemned, as if we had never sinned, because we believe in Jesus and He has cleansed us from our sin. ”…the Law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ that we might be justified by faith.” Gal 3:24 (KJV) God gave us the Law so that we could see our imperfection, and our need for a Saviour.
The Law points us to Christ. The Law cannot clean us up – rather it reveals the purity of Christ. Christ is our strength to live holy and He is our strength to fulfil the destiny He has set before us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 (NKJ) “For by one offering Jesus Christ perfected forever all those whom He is making holy.” Heb 10:14
Holiness is not simply abstaining from the wrong things, but holiness means being led by the Spirit of God – being available to Him – like a glove in one’s hand is wholly submitted to the hand. We are to be wholly available to the Spirit of God at all times. We are to be a glove on God’s hand. 

The greatest joy that I have is seeing people’s lives change for the better. I’ve seen stressed out mothers who are having difficulty with their children, hear and apply the Word and see their children restored. When I see fathers come into church with financial burdens, unable to pay their bills, and I see the transformation after they hear and apply God’s Word, and are then able to take care of their family – that is a highlight in my life.
When I see young people come to church trying to find themselves, trying to figure out where they fit into life, fighting peer pressure and then  I see them getting to know God, hearing His Word, applying it and become strong in God’s Word – that is a highlight in my life.
When people come off drugs and alcohol and off partying and on to loving God – that is a highlight in my life. When I see couples coming to church with their  marriages on the rocks and strife and division in their home, then they apply God’s Word and see their marriages blossom – and I see them as couples in love again – that is a highlight in my life!
A highlight in my life is seeing souls saved and becoming stable in God’s Word, becoming productive in the Kingdom.  Not only having their needs met, but reaching out and helping other people as well.
Seeing my own children loving God and serving God is a huge highlight in my life. Sending out missionaries, and sending out our sons and daughters in the Faith to start churches is a huge highlight in my life. I give God all the glory for what He has done in and through all our lives. We are what we are because of the Grace of God!

Ministry couples need to keep their eyes on Jesus – the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Pastoral couples need to keep their relationship with the Lord fresh by spending time with the Lord in prayer; reading the Word of God and building themselves up spiritually.  In a world of poverty, we need to teach our people that God will provide and that He is not poor. (Hag 2:8; Ps 50:10 – NKJV) When it comes to crime, the Church should be modelling the way of living without fear and under God’s protection. But it is only when we as teachers of God’s Word know His Word, that we can lead the way with our congregations. We must encourage them on Scriptures like: “No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Ps 91:10
In a world full of broken people – we know that Jesus is the answer to every single need that people have.  People matter to God.
Their broken hearts matter to Him. Jesus said that He came to heal the broken hearted – to bind up their wounds and He will do just that.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18
Christian family church has been very involved in uplifting the community and looking after the orphans. how important is it for churches to give back to society?
Paul writes in Galatians 2:10 that the only thing they suggested was that we remember to help the poor, and I have certainly been eager to do that.
I believe that it is our duty and our mandate as Christians not to close our eyes to those who are hurting, who are struggling and who are in poverty. “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing.  But a curse will come upon those who close their eyes to poverty.” Prov 28:27
We should become like the Book of Acts church and help the poor. The Bible calls it a joy to help the poor (Ps 41:1) and every church should have a social upliftment programme. Our  Women of Worth Ministry empowers and uplifts women and exists for the purpose of helping orphans worldwide, whilst not forgetting to provide for the widows.  We are currently in the process of building an Orphanage facility on 100 acres of land on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

Ministry couples should rest often.  When we as Pastors are rested and full of faith, we can impart to our congregation the Word of God and lead them properly. Pastors make time for your wives, love them, romance them – they need that. Ladies respect your husbands – they love that.  Make a date night with each other.
Remember Jesus said, “Narrow is the road that leads to eternal life.”  Pastors, we as leaders in the community, need to set an example so that others can look up to us and follow us. As we follow Christ and His standards – God will bless our lives, enrich our marriages and  our ministries.

No Such Thing As Racism

No Such Thing As Racism
Recently a newspaper ran an article about an East Indian man who took action against a Korean cab driver for his alleged racism. Soon after, this paper published another article asking the question “Is Racism Serious Here?”, which has kept Westerners busy on their forums and blogs ‘discussing’ this issue. Most responses were too one-sided, painting the Korean people as racists in a very broad stroke, while making it clear that the foreigners were innocent of any wrong doing.
These contributors to those websites were about as racist (secular definition) as they claimed the Koreans were and they did not care if they condemned innocent people, just as long as they looked good and the Korean nation didn’t. Whenever someone is treated in a manner they disapprove of, we always hear the complaints of discrimination, prejudice, etc.

Racism is always implied because the colour of the skin of the participants is different from each other, not because the act was really racist. Never do we hear how the encounter was a misunderstanding or committed out of preference, it is always the label which draws the largest emotional response.
What truly is racism? In today’s world where definitions get distorted, or blurred due to the unwillingness of many, it is a proper question to ask – to know what a racist act is. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word as: “the unfair treatment of people who belong to another race” or “violent behaviour towards them”.

But this definition leaves us with a problem. It is too general and too broad to definitively set any boundaries. What people decide racism is, is what it will be, regardless if they are correct or not. Thus in reality even the shaking of a fist at someone with a different colour could be considered racism.
That is incorrect because then there is no real standard to apply to determine what is or isn’t a racist act and no judge could punish people for being racist since the standard is as changeable as the people who define it. So we turn to the Bible for an answer and within its pages we read, “all men have descended from Adam” which tells us that there are not four races as proposed by some, but only one.

With this information we know that there is no such thing as racism because everyone is part of the same human race. Which makes more sense as the odds of producing one race by chance are astronomical, but to get four compatible ones whose only real difference is skin colour, is beyond calculation and impossible to achieve. Surprisingly, secular science is finding out through its research with DNA that the Bible is correct. Here are a few relevant quotes:

“Race is a social concept, not a scientific one,” said Dr. J. Craig Venter, head of the Celera Genomics Corp.
According to Craig Venter, “The Human Genome Project shows there is no such thing as race.”
“It’s an old-fashioned sentiment. Who speaks of ‘racial stocks’ anymore? After all, to do so would be to speak of something that many scientists say does not exist.”
“The billions of pieces of human genetic code sequenced thus far are most notable for what they do not appear to contain – a genetic test to tell one race of people from another. All scientific finds point to the conclusion that race doesn’t exist”.

This research confirms that the Bible is correct and there is no such thing as racism, just hatred for others and that is sin. People create false labels so they can extract their version of how people should live and that is wrong. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:28