LGBT/JCAABP: What Will It Be? Hypocrisy Or Truth

The events of the last few days could have had the right kind of finish. There is still hope but there is much work to be done.

“Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

This is the basis of any believer, leader, and church that name the name of Christ.

Anytime you begin to protect an institution and people do not recognize that they are wrong, they hate it when someone points out the error of their ways. Perhaps it was just a mistake, but it is turning out to be a costly, regrettable one.
Responding to any allegation or truth in eloquence is common when you believe in yourself and in your own message, that you can do no wrong. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It leads to Elitism, Entitlement, Empowerment, and Expediency, the four “E’s” of ministry solidifying the house of pride and arrogance in leaders. Praise of God keeps this kind of pride in check.
What could have happened? Some humility.
Bishop Ellis could have said, “Folks, a grave error was committed. A laps of judgment opened the door for known homosexuals to take advantage of our organization.”
Or they could have stopped them right at the door and tell OC Allen, you need to repent and we can help you get right with the Lord if you so desire. However, if you insist on living in the sin of homosexuality, until you repent, we can only offer you Jesus because in sin, you do not know Him.Just image a powerful outcome such as this. But, alas, what happens.
A counter attack against the truth of the Word from GCMWatch.
Sometimes, folk, especially leaders, can’t see God coming with a big red hat on.

Having said that, a couple of lessons come to mind.

Lesson One: Never put out a common statement that lines up with the Bible and then turn your back on it.

In a flurry of blogs, in particular from GCMWatch, and, allegedly, after watching an unprecedented episode of strong arm tactics by a known practicing homosexual, OC Allen against the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, we have watched the leader of this organization, Bishop Delano Ellis, use every bit of influence and eloquence to quell the raging sea.

The stormy perverted seas of LGBT in the church.

Notice that I said, in the church.

From within the ranks of this organization, we have seen individuals speak their minds about confronting “fraudulent” or “fake” Bishops that enter the ranks of the College. Such open discussion was on the Joint College’s FB page. It goes to show you that there are people that want to speak with their minds about the conviction of the Scriptures as opposed to upholding the institution. When a systematic shut down of those come into play, it is a godfather move to keep in fighting among themselves.

And yes, it shows that it is out of control but when the Word of God is not even brought to bear on why this was brought about in the first place, it is no different than preventing access, or revealing to the world what really happened, like Fast and Furious.

Is this anyway to behave as representatives of the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ? Who in the world are we trying to fool. Sadly, we have done a good job fooling ourselves that we are doing a great service. Only to realize that we have done a disastrous disservice to people that may want to be a part of a prestigious institution to provide credibility, safe association, and Christian fellowship, reflecting and honoring Jesus, our Savior.

The Bible, in strict obedience to God and His Word, is what gives a person and the church its legitimacy. And even if the supposed adherents fail to live by the standards of the Word of God, the Bible remains legitimate because of its Author. God.

He and His Word is final and absolute authority.

Any institution that claims to uphold the standards of the Word of God, yet, capitulate, only brings into question the integrity and credibility of the leadership of the institution. In other words, could they be trusted? And if I were to assume the credentials of the institution, will I be taken seriously or will I be a laughing stock?

Am I real or am I a clown?

Clowns do wear clothing but does the clothing represent the seriousness of an institution or is it just something to wear because people will not take me seriously anyway?

No matter your affiliation, if we name the name of Christ, we are to depart from iniquity. We are hurting because of these events but this is the time to make things right with God first.

The Bible is very simple and basic. In fact it is determined that the level of reading comprehension for the King James Version is high school 12th grade.

When the Bible is clear about sin and its only remedy, it is important to keep things very simple. Man is complex and takes too much pride in complicating a very simple principle.

The issue is clear.

Homosexuality is a sin.

Practicing homosexuals are not righteous. Just as anyone that intentionally practices sin is not righteous. Just in case you do not understand, I mean, a person that sins on purpose. A deliberate act of rebellion against the known will of God. Trespass. Lawlessness.

SIN.

There is a considerable risk when you point sin out. People that love sin will hate you for telling them that what is pleasurable is a sin. But is sin really pleasurable?

First, sin disconnects a person from God.

GOD HATES SIN.

So because God hates sin, we too, must hate sin. Sin brings death (Romans 5:12). So why would we love to do something that brings death? Because of the momentary pleasure, we delve into it, head long.

Second, sin is responsible for death. We die first to God. In other words, we, in sin, do not respond to God. And then we die physically to enter into eternity, with or without Christ.

That’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. To bring an eternal remedy to the spiritual malady called sin. Anyone that is in any institution that has anything to do with God and is not about church business, if sin is permitted anywhere in leadership or followship, it is a failed institution.

We already know that the leadership at JCAAPB capitulated on their stand against the sin of homosexuality. The damage control is in full swing. It’s now a determination about how to smooth out the rough edges of the story, maintain support, determine who is on who’s side, and reprove, and bring in line those that may have a mind of their own.

First, it is without saying that the side you better be on is the side of God.

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity (hostile) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Thank God that this is not OT times. All the leaders that offended God were hung (see Numbers 25:4). Nonetheless, the punishment is more severe. Especially when you know the truth of the Word of God according to James 3:1.

Second, the standard of God is clear. When we say one thing and then we do another, it is hypocrisy.

You call yourselves men and women of God. How about standing up for God for a change and let your institution fall if it had to just to insure you are dealing with a situation according to the Scriptures?

God will honor those that honor Him and His Word. The assault that was stopped in heaven continues in the earth, and now in the churches where sin is excused and not confronted?

This can’t be.

Not on our watch.

Lesson Two: Do Not Be A Hypocrite

Pity the leader that go out of their way to protect an institution while they walk away from the God of truth.

For years, l lived as a hypocrite. Every Sunday until 2009. While approaching the pulpit the Holy Spirit would impress upon my spirit that I was not right. I was a bald faced hypocrite. The sin of porn and masturbation, lustfully watching women and filing their “figure” in my mind to masturbate off of; raged in my flesh until the Lord said to me….

“Come Clean. Or be exposed!”

As I look back, I realized my role in facilitating sin in His church.

When we do not take sin seriously, we are perpetrating fraud. We are not who we say we are. We are not perfect, but we can stop sinning. We have been delivered from the power and the guilt of sin and we can walk away from temptation of sin with the help of the Holy Spirit and by strictly obeying the Word to flee sexual immorality.

Hypocrisy blinds the best of us and if we do not deal with hypocrisy, we will never be effective in reaching the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many sinners say that there are too many hypocrites in the church and depending upon where you go, they may not be lying.

What is important is how will they fix what happened?

It is important that we take the next step and make the necessary changes that pleases the Father God in heaven, on His holy throne, His Excellency, Psalm 8:1.

If you decide to make a stand against sin, you will not be loved. Whether by those in the church that live carnal lives or sinners in the world.

But stand against sin, we must.

Jesus paid a terrible price for our redemption. We dishonor the memory of Jesus when we sin knowing that He died to free us from the guilt and power of sin.

Arguing points of decision making is helpful for a “lesson’s learned” perspective, but the goal is not to score personal points. The goal is to restore the God of our Bible, and His Word to its rightful place.

If we fail to honor the Word of God we are no different than the Pharisees and Sadducees that circumvented the commandment of God with their traditions. In other words, they loved their edicts more than they love God and the Word of God.

For doing this, the Lord had a leadership sermon that is appropriate for today.

Matthew 23

The sermon: Hypocrites

When you put out a statement about the sin of homosexuality and you violate your own principle, embedded in the Word of God, the unmistakeable sent of dead fish fills the room.

If you want to bring honor back to an institution, we must honor God and His Word. The pain of losing sin and the sin of hypocrisy is much less than to be denied in heaven by Jesus. To know Him is to keep His commandments. Not when it is convenient but when it is difficult. In the face of all odds. When LGBT wants you to compromise and walk away from the God of heaven and earth for the pleasures of this world.

We can’t seem to understand that the quest to rule is as old as the beginning.

And OC Allen and his love for the sin of homosexuality is no different. He can’t be a brother Bishop because he is brother to satan. This is not character assassination or judging. This is calling a man’s sin out in the open and it must be dealt with in truth and in God’s love for the sinner.

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” is the message of the hour.

When we no longer command men everywhere to repent, what good is having a church?

This is the spirit of error and antichrist that is already in the earth. To stand against the righteous nature of Jesus is the spirit of antichrist or anti Anointed One. To live in blatant sin is the spirit of antichrist. Anti Jesus. Anti righteousness. Anti holiness. And you can only be for perversion when Christ is out of the way.

We can’t see that all satan wants is for sin to be legitimized, justified, and ratified by God’s highest creation. Because satan, a disembodied spirit, want complete expression of sin and what better way to do it than in God’s own creation.

A little humility would go a long ways to mending the fences.

What should we expect when leaders drop the ball?

Perhaps a suggested plain statement would help (without eloquence)…..

“Folks, we missed God on this. The events that led to this didn’t have to happen. We should have been more forth coming about these events, and we dropped the ball. No person that harbors sin in their lives and desire to be a leader should have darkened the doorstep of this institution. We repent and ask God’s forgiveness and mercy for turning our backs on Him and His Word. We ask for your forgiveness as we fall on our face before God. We endeavor to restore integrity and credibility by putting God and His Word first. We renounce hypocrisy in any form by being true examples to the believers in word, conduct, faith, love, and purity. To those that expressed concern about this institution, we join in your quest for the truth and we stand together to confront all sin, especially those that are trapped in the sin of homosexuality. We will work hard to help anyone in sin to come out of it by extending the gospel of Jesus Christ to them to deliver and set them free.”

So what will it be?

Hypocrisy or Truth.

LGBT: Secrecy And Silence; A Word Of Warning To JCAAPB

One of the things that we must understand about damage control is that when too much information is shared, there is a greater chance the truth will be told. And when the truth is told, somebody will look bad.

To prevent an exodus of people from lies to truth, leaders use coercion, secrecy and silence.

The power of truth is so that we understand the face value of a situation for what it really is.

The Spirit of God, in 1 Corinthians 12 is the One that bestows upon all the children of God the ability to have access into the very heart of things through the gifts of the Spirit. As a note, a person must initially be filled with the Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with “other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, to qualify to be used by the Spirit of God with the rest of the gifts of the Spirit.

Thank God that the Holy Spirit doesn’t exposé stuff unless it is absolutely necessary.

The gift of the Spirit called “The Word of Wisdom,” is a very powerful gift.

According to Howard Carter, from his book on the gifts of the Spirit, there are three categories of the gifts of the Spirit.

Gifts of Revelation. Gifts of Power. Gifts of Utterance.

The revelation gifts or gifts that show something are…

The Word of Wisdom. The Word of Knowledge. Discerning of Spirits.

The power gifts or gifts that do something are…

The working of miracles, the gift of faith, gifts of healing or healings.

The utterance gifts or gifts that say something are…

Prophesy, gift of tongues, interpretation (not translation) of the gift of tongues.

Now when it comes to the Word of wisdom, it has a lot to do with what is shown or revealed of events that have yet to come to pass.

The Word wisdom actually means “to have understanding or to become wise.”

When there is a revelation about something that must come to pass, you are better able to handle what is to come. If you knew that famine was coming, wouldn’t you prepare for it? It shows that you’ve wised up.

Agabus the prophet received a Word of Wisdom that prepared the people to help those that would be caught in this famine in Judea.

This advanced warning helped them to handle what was to come (see Acts 11:28-29).

The famine was revealed to him before the famine hit.

They wised up and made provision so they would be sustained throughout the famine.

The saints lives were probably spared.

Then there is the Word of knowledge.

This gift reveals things about past or present things concerning people, places, or things.

Then there is the discerning of spirits.

Discerning people is not discerning of spirits. In fact when you hear people say these things, they think that they are spiritual when that are spiritually immature.

This gift is sometimes used in conjunction with visions and dreams but primarily it is the uncovering of the eyes to see into the realm of the spirit the activities and interactions of people and demons. Some of you may remember when Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrian army and his servant feared. Elisha asked the Lord to open his eyes. Remember, the OT prophets were called “seers.” The Lord honored Elisha’s request and the servant was able to see that the hosts of heaven outnumbered the Syrian army.

This is discerning of spirits in operation where you, by the gracing of the Spirit of God, can see into the realm of the spirit.

When the gifts of the Spirit are in operation, it should be a clear signal of intent that God is among you and He is letting you know that something supernatural is taking place. It is a deliberate, intentional act to get your attention. Just like when Jesus was at Jacob’s well speaking prophetically to the Samaritan living in adultery and she was lovingly exposed.

Too often, we get used to the utterance gifts that we forget the other gifts of the Spirit are available when the Spirit of God chooses to release these gifts to the Body to profit. And when these gifts operate and we fail to properly recognize, and identify the operation, we haphazardly think that God is not moving. That God cannot see what men do. And like The Preacher said, “Men’s hearts are set to do evil because punishment is not issued to them swiftly.”

We plan, scheme, and do things wickedly, thinking that we could get away with it. Such depraved thinking reminds me of when Gehazi, after Naaman, the Syrian was healed of leprosy, chased after Naaman to receive riches and clothing that Naaman offered to Elisha. Gehazi brought the stuff back and hid it in his tent, all supposedly out of the physical eye sight of the prophet of God.

Gehazi took a chance that the gifts of the Spirit would not operate. That’s what covetousness would drive you to do sometimes. You believe that God would not catch on to what you were doing. Sometimes, we need to quit before we get started when it comes to sinning against God.

Elisha confronted Gehazi and Gehazi lied about the situation. Elisha said….

“Did not my heart went with you?”

You do not know when and you do not know where but remember the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Whatever is said in secret and in silence, the Lord already knew about it. Whatever plans you may have that is against the will of God, it will never come to pass. It was already brought to nothing in eternity pass. It failed before conception and manifestation. You do not want to be found fighting against God.

In the heart of the Father, the Lord already dropped a dime on you. It’s just that people insist on a perverted course to intersect with the destiny of destruction for all those that insist on running the red light.

Plainly. You are advised to stop, cease, and desist in your maneuvers against the known will of God. The fear of God must always be greater than the fear of man.

My point is simple.

No matter how many secrets and no matter how many people become silent, the Holy Spirit knew already and when necessary, He will reveal the truth. And if it takes the gifts of the Spirit to get the desired results of revealing the truth, so be it.

The purpose of the revelation gifts is to uncover that which is hidden. To release what is concealed. To expose what is intentionally obscured.

Now we cannot control the Holy Spirit and we cannot tell the Holy Spirit to reveal anything. The Bible tells us that…“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

The Holy Spirit may or may not reveal anything but knowing that He is “the Spirit of truth” (see John14:17), we should never leave anything to chance.

When truth comes, not everyone will like it.

This is where loyalties are challenged. When the truth comes, will you side in with that which is true or will you side in with the liars?

This is nothing new.

The Garden of Eden was the second place where the lie and character assassination was born. Evidently, it was in heaven that the devil set out to dethrone God. The devil had to lie to himself to deceptively believe he could take God down, but he knew that he needed some help.

Having served in the Navy, the term of war comes to mind.

According to Von Clausewitz, war is the deliberate use of force to compel your enemy to submit to your will. When diplomacy and negotiations result in irreconcilable differences, to settle the issue, force is used to make the point.

Hence, a word of warning is issued to all who read this.

“The Spirit speaks expressly that the intent of silence and secrecy is well known to Me and think not that you will be able to conceal it from Me. Your lips have moved and your heart is known. Yes, it was known before I formed the dry ground and before I blew into the nostrils of Adam, the secrets of men’s hearts were already known.”

So before proceeding any further, it is highly recommended that there would be great caution before the next move is made. Once you commit and enter into the point of no return, the implications and ramification that will result of a failure to take heed will be too much for many to bear.

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