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Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, noted the former presidents owned slaves.
This sense of offense over past deeds is becoming the new trend in America, so much to the degree that anything that makes one feel uncomfortable is quickly aligned to its demise sooner rather than later. And the fact that history is filled with stories of good and evil evidently has nothing to do with understanding the why, how, or what of its occurrence. History isn’t written down or engraved in statues for the purpose of creating offense over the events it depicts, it is there to remind of us the good and evil that have occurred before we came along.
When we remove those things that reveal our torrid past we are only taking away a semblance of the time or period, but aren’t able to remove the actual acts that occurred. In almost every event depicted in our history there are good things that came from bad and bad things that came from good. The statues, plaques, and the numerous pages written within our history books all contain facts of these events to enlighten us of our heritage. We as a nation should by now have enough sensibilities to understand this and accept it. However it appears certain individuals have found that by supporting an irrational posture regarding our history brings enormous social attention.
Sensationalism by activist mannerisms always triumphs over sensibilities especially when chaos is being promoted, simply because it renders all perspectives and rational conscious ideals as unacceptable. Hence what we have today is a divergence of rational thinking for a sole purpose of unaccountable destruction. And add to that a so called spiritual factor, Bishop James Dukes, and we can affirm that even God is offended.
If we apply this manner of ill consciousness to the truths about mankind’s history we must also remove the scriptures of the Bible, as they contain the most vivid accounts of any evil that has occurred through our existence here. I might add that contained within the pages of the Bible are depictions of future events of good and evil, and yet historically we have clearly not deferred our emboldened acts of evil because of it. So whatever semblance we remove today of our past will never remove the hatred, and evil, that has occurred in the hearts of those who allowed their sensibilities to be taken over by sensationalism.
The factors not taken into account here is that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that none are righteous, no not one, and that none are perfect in His sight. So, let’s be realistic and say that whatever evil is among us today and perpetrated by those who would carry it out will probably in the future be seen as offensive. What should they do, remove it, or leave it as a reminder of the evil that men and women are capable of. The fallacy of all this, is that we cannot take out of our history the accounts of any evil or bad things that have or will occur, simply because we continue to commit them.
The perfect example of all this is what is occurring right now in our cities and on our streets, where we have a mustering by media, and those who want to sensationalize this ill-nurtured thinking of hate and destruction. By trying to convince us that removing the semblance of those faulted who proceeded us through acts equal to or greater than their perpetration of evil, is somehow going to solve all this. This nation was founded by God through those, who though not perfect, were accepting of Judaeo Christian truths that are founded in the scriptures revealing Christ, the creation, and the history of us all. So Bishop Dukes I hope and pray you will be more mindful of the facts God has made known than the ones you are sensationalizing.
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PROGRESS VS PROGRESSIVISM
Ever wonder why the Church of today is going through this recent change in ministerial accord that all seems to be just to try and render more converts than ever before? It’s kind of like there is this competition among the churches and ministries to be the latest trend producer or next overnight mega church, and to do it better than any predecessor ever did. Along with this are the places where we see that all praise and worship has to now be in a Hillsong style, and all preaching in an Joel Osteen manner of pulpit ministry. Now don’t go off and get righteously ballistic on me here, I greatly appreciate the ministries of these organizations and feel they are having an impact on the populace internationally and in their local areas. But why does every other church or ministry now believe they have to conform to what these ministries are “called to do” by God in order to succeed?
What is progressivism? It is a movement to bring about and enforce a manner of social reform that is only according to the ideology of those who actively promote it. (my definition) So, why do we need to reform the work of the word of God and the Holy Spirit, since clearly the things being done are to that end? I believe it is because today there is an acceptance of this progressive ideology being promoted in the Church purposed to render the past cultural mannerisms as non effective in any continuance of growing the body of Christ. And that these new ways of ministry are justifiable as an conformance to the Holy Spirits capitalizing on the cultural attentiveness of today’s masses. For the Church corporate to allow all of this conformity to occur I say we have clearly gone spiritually stupid, Proverbs 12:1 (HCSB) 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but one who hates correction is stupid.
The first thing we need to recognize is that progressivism isn’t being done to better our cultural integrity, it is being done to degrade it to such a degree that all immoral mannerisms are totally acceptable and even seen as necessary. Look at what has happened in this country over the past 30-40 years regarding liberals or those who have an opposing view to conservative values. They have now accepted this progressive far left social reform as the thing to do because they see how it devoid’s one of responsibility for any errors that might occur. A similar situation is happening in the churches where within the workings of this new manner of ministry there is a sense of non aligning to responsibility of leadership. Seen in the fact that many pastors no longer want to be called pastor, but co-pastors or co-lead pastors or subordinate pastors or associate organizers. All of these terms are right out of the progressive playbook and used solely to defer any accountability to a degree that if issues arise no one person can be seen as the blame. Proverbs 12:2 2 The good person obtains favor from the LORD, but He condemns a man who schemes.
There are scriptures in the word of God that warn us about any conformity to the ways of the world, and none reveal that all of these cultural labels are part and partial to any work of ministry. As a matter of fact a definition of ministerial ordinances is clearly called out aligning everyone to a work of ministry perceived as a Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, and Apostles. The reason why many ministries are aligning themselves to such immoral mannerisms is that those in our younger generation are trained to see themselves as part of a global image of progressive ideas that states everyone is the same. What used to be a definition of ministerial purpose is now being clouded by the use of such terms as spiritual orientation groups and non traditional services and new contemporary social elements. If the work of ministry as formatted in scripture has for over two thousand years been effective in bringing in the masses, how come it no longer is? Why do we now need to conform to the elements of the world to entice someone to come in and be welcomed? Proverbs 12:3 3 Man cannot be made secure by wickedness, but the root of the righteous is immovable.
Many churches have now turned out the lights in order to offer an atmosphere that is more like a Miley Cyrus concert than an event where the power of God is to be present. And back-lite the performers to the same degree so that an expression through social media dynamics is proportionally occurring. Somehow I don’t believe this is being seen as progress in ministry by God, but more as a conformity to a progressive social indulgences. We can also gauge this by using another factor that is occurring in the churches, and that is there has never in the history of the church been more of an exodus as there is today. People who have a relationship with God know something isn’t right about all of this, and the uncomfortable aspects is causing many to just leave. So, is progress really being made or is progressivism purposely being advanced by a guise of Christ simply to satisfy the egos of those who think they through ministry have a right to conform Christ’s Church?