Sunday, June 17, 2018

A FATHER'S DAY RANT / DISCUSSION

A NETTIE-ISM   by Marsha L F Randolph

There are so many awesome father’s out there that I am sure today they will be honored and there are father’s who will be ignored, disrespected, dishonored and even hated.

But first I must comment on single women who say: “I am the mother and the father!” NO YOU ARE NOT, you are a mother taking on some of the roles that a father should be doing. Making these statements is one of the reasons men have trouble stepping into the role of a father.
In addition it is time you start teaching your sons how to not create single mothers by impregnating girls they have no intention of marrying. Abortion is not a form of birth control. Men, young and old, who want to plant their seed in multiple gardens should understand the consequences beyond the temporary pleasures. There is a long term price to pay for sexual indulgence.

Old folks used to say to the girls “Keep your skirt down.” And to the boys: Keep your pants up.” 

A FEW OBSERVATIONS:

  • BABY MAMA DRAMA IS REAL! If the woman a man is sleeping with is emotionally unstable before she is pregnant, expect drama afterward. If she does get pregnant you must remember: she is carrying your child, you must learn to deal with it (without going to jail).
  • CHILD SUPPORT IS MORE THAN MONEY. Children need love and the caregiver needs encouragement. And this is where many father’s fail. All father’s are not daddy’s. 
  • MOTHER’S even the not so good ones, GET ACCOLADES on Mother’s day because she is there. A father can be married to the mother and not emotionally be there or the child. 
  • FATHER’S ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS. Girls SHOULD grow up wanting a man to treat her just like her DADDY treats her mother, with love and respect. Boys SHOULD want to be the same type of man his father is- a provider, a nurturer, a man who seeks after God’s heart, a man who makes the right decisions. 
  • FATHERS ARE NOT PERFECT neither are daddy’s. If you are a father and you are not being celebrated don’t get mad. 

Unfortunately, many parents today (mother’s and father’s) do not know how to be a parent. The best teacher is God; therapist, psychologist, sociologist, friends and other opinions can create confusion where there was none.  Scripture teaches parents how to be a parent. For example: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”(Ephesians 6:4 NIV).

Before we take communion we are to examine ourselves, know what is in our soul that may not be right. Before we become intimate with someone we should use the same biblical principle. Society has rejected the idea of celibacy thus there are mothers raising children without fathers in the home.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:28 THE VOICE
Examine yourselves first. Then you can properly approach the table to eat the bread and drink from the cup;

Father’s Day reveals how out of order society had become.  Far to often men are not head of the home. Father to often father’s are not a major influence in a child’s life. I pray that father’s throughout the world will take the time and examine themselves. Just like saying “I am a Christian” doesn’t make you a follower of Yeshua, making a baby does not make you a daddy.

We are parents every day with or without Hallmark and the federal government saying so. Like Mother’s Day I think this day is just a marketing event, use the day to evaluate your roll in your child(ren)’s life and then CARPE DIEM!     -----Marsha L F Randolph


NETTIE-ISM reflects the opinions of Marsha L F Randolph and is the soul property of the author MARSHA L F RANDOLPH. All rights reserved- do not use without permission. Disagreeing with what is written is not offensive to the author a disagreeable comment will be deleted. 

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A MATTER OF FAITH    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

CAUTION: Seventy-five percent of the people who read this post will strongly disagree. Many will find my words offensive, they will defend their beliefs just as strongly as I will defend mine. I make no apologies.
If you have read my book BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED you know I am not a fan of tithing as many churches present it today. I do not believe you will go to hell if you do not give ten percent of your earnings to church. I do not believe you will be cursed forever if you do not give ten percent of your earnings to church.




2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.




When did church leaders go from collecting offerings to collecting tithes and offerings? It began when the church leaders determined that the people were not giving enough to cover the cost of what ‘they’ wanted.

If you study Scripture I believe you will not see special offerings to facilitate providing the church leader with special perks such as new suits, new cars, and so forth. I don’t recall ever reading about that Jesus said “We need a bigger temple because this one is too small.”

Pastors, some, have progressed from priestly garments to new suits and ties with coordinating shoes. Mega-churches require mega-bucks to manage pastoral salaries,administrative cost, utility bills, entertainment expenses and mortgages; thus the need for more money. The Senior Church Leader must convince the people that it is biblically required that they give a minimum of ten percent of their income.

Tithing with a twist. Are you cursed with a curse? Do have a need thus you must sow a seed? Do you believe that if you bless the church leader, God’s prophet, you will receive a ‘prophets” reward? The church specializes in twisting the arms of the saints so that they will give ten percent.

Yes! I know lots of people who have given more than ten percent and they have received an answer to a prayer.  I submit to you, and I wrote about this in my book, BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED, not everyone who has tithed has been so fortunate.

I don’t think a church leader should live a poor mans life. I do have a problem with churches who feel they have to buy their Pastor a new suit 2 or 3 times a year when he has a closet full. I don’t think the Pastor’s wife should have a special assistant to make sure she has everything she needs (that is her husband’s job). Either God will take care of His servants or the church will be the church leaders’ god.  YES! This is just my opinion.

According to Psalm 23:5 our cups run over, this is a downward direction so that those under us partake of our blessings; the church leader is above us, our cups do not flow upward. All of us should have clothes on our back, food in our bellies and a roof over our head. If our cups run over they will hit our families first not the church leader.

We are required by Scripture to care for our families (see 1 Timothy 5:8) yet fear has lead many to sacrifice their own household to give to the church. “There is no partiality with God”(Romans 2:11); God is not impressed with church hierarchy.  People all over ‘Christiandom’ are convinced that the answer to their problem is associated with their giving but there never seems to be enough money so they give to people who are not even their church leaders.

The word declares “God loves a cheerful giver” it is hard to give ten percent of your check to the church when you  need half of what you gave to pay a bill or buy food. I began to question the principles of tithing when I read the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.

ACTS 5:4 NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

The Apostle told Ananias (the husband) that the money he had was his, he did not say: “100 percent of the money you have was God’s but God is allowing you to keep 90 percent.”  He, and later his wife Sapphira, were accused of lying; the problem was not the amount he gave but the lie he told.

In BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED I discuss how your money is your money. I firmly believe ten percent is not etched in stone but it is a goal we should all hope to exceed in our giving amount. Some people will give less other people should give more (See Mark 12:41-44)

I believe in offerings only, not giving ten percent. I believe churches today have taken advantage of biblical teachings on tithes. There are specific reasons why we are required to give to the church and not one of them have to do with a new car, new air plane or even a new suit for the church leader.

No where do I read of the Apostles building a bigger temple. No where do I read the Apostles asking for money for better modes of transportation. I read how the people from Macedonia made sure the Apostle’s basic needs were met before he went to Corinth; according to Scripture he said: “I was a burden to no one.”

2 CORINTHIANS 11:9
And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.

The purpose of the church is for people to learn. The greater the size of the body the greater the number of people who will not learn. Jesus said: “Feed My Sheep” not build Me a bigger temple. (John 21:17)

LUKE 15:4
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
I submit to you, dear readers, that most church leaders have no idea who their sheep are. Their pursuit is that of new sheep without having personally shepherded that which they have.

I further submit to you; if your church leader is traveling all over the country to minister to others he is not feeding you, someone else is. There is money to be made when a church leader visits another church.

I believe, you can disagree if you want: If a person is called to travel around the world God will provide without him having to ask people, who are not part of his flock, for money.

I was once a part of a church, less than 1,000 members, who asked a very popular preacher to come speak; it did not happen because the church could not afford him. This individual required a $25,000 advance payment in addition to his fees.

Another, female speaker required $10,000 speaking fee, accommodations for her, the staff that traveled with her, her children and their nanny, in addition to filling her jet with fuel. Churches that have nightly services have nightly offerings.

Like multi-level marketing far to many ministries have become religious ponzi schemes, those on the top do very well and those on the bottom hope to come close.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Who wants to give money to a church in which the Senior Pastor is living very well while you are struggling to pay your bills?
PSALM 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
There are far to many airlines available to the children of God, you don’t have to have a private plane or jet. A Toyota will get a person from point A to point B just like a Mercedes.  The sheep do not always have the latest and the greatest, Jesus did not have the latest and the greatest! Why do these church leaders, male and female, believe they should have the best the world offers? Perhaps that is why Jesus said: “For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (Matthew 26:11) He knew that Judas was stealing and He knew there would be church leaders that would rather spend over 50 million dollars on a plane rather than get 100 million people off of welfare Before many peoples blessings can “run over” church leaders are sucking the contents out of the peoples cup.    ----Marsha L F Randolph



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Friday, June 15, 2018

NETTIEOLOGY: AFRICAN-AMERICANISM

Rosa Parks, after a hard days work, was sitting on the bus and a White person wanted demanded she get up. I hear groups of African American’s insist they “get a seat on the bus” though they did not follow the appropriate protocol to sit; they did not: arrive at the bus stop in a timely fashion and they do not want to pay the fair. African-Americans want White people, who were at the bus stop on time and have the necessary funds to earn a seat in the bus, to give up their seat for them because of what happened to Rosa Parks. We cannot undo what has been done. 



Far to many “African-Americans” refuse to think, perhaps it would be better to say: African-Americans are focused on self and not others. It is easy to not challenge information that is presented when the data justifies personal actions. In many circles questioning popular opinion would lead to being ostracized. Thinking is how  Black Conservatives developed the wisdom to leave the Democrat party.

For years information has been verbally handed down from generation to generation with embellishments added and context taken away. Thus without confirming research many communities are simply sharing rumors. Of course there is some truth in what is being told but what was once a specific segment of the population becomes all.

Slavery in America was very real but it should not be the reason why a people group cannot succeed all White people were not slave owners. According to the 1860 census  Mississippi had the largest percentage of families owning slaves (49%). This meant that 51% of the families in that state did not own slaves. Forty-six percent of the families in South Carolina owned slaves, Georgia 37%, Alabama 35%, Florida 34%, and the percentages continue to decline.  We know that White families in the north did not own slaves. This would lead a person who was thinking -more White people did not own slaves than White people who did.

According to the 1860 Census the U. S. Population was 31,183,582; there were 393,975 slaveholders; eight percent of the families in the United States of America were slave owners.

What were we taught? What did we think?

Organizations have been created based on the belief that “White people” enslaved African-Americans and treated therefore they, White people, owe, Black people reparations. Ninety-two percent of the White families, according to the 1860 census, did not own slaves.

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Many of my friends and family have been disappointed in me ever since Barrack Obama ran for President, they discovered I was not voting for him. They believed every Black person should vote for him because he was Black. Obama was a Democrat and I was Republican but that was not the reason I did not vote for him, I have crossed party lines before.

When he was running for office what I knew of him was: he was born in Hawaii,  graduated from Harvard, married Michelle who had been disbarred, lived on the better side of Chicago, attended a Black liberation theology church, and was a community organizer before he became a Senator. Aside from the fact that he did not live a life of a Black male in America he was not qualified to be President.

African-Americans had access to this information about Barack Obama but refused to acknowledge it. They assumed, and liberals banked on, because he was Black he would champion Black causes. The reign of Barack and Michelle Obama exemplify why pigment  should not be a motivating factor in choosing who to follow.

  1. He spent many years outside of America so what does he really know about the African-American culture?
  2. His relationship with the “Black” side of his family was questionable back then, now we know it is estranged at best.
  3. His primary theological influence was Muslim not Christian, his stepfather was Muslim. He attended Catholic school briefly as a child but as an adult he was a part of Reverend Wright’s church. There is no biblical basis for as a Black liberation theology  thus his religious education is not-Christian. 
  4. What does a Community Organizer do?  I worked in the same office as a Community Organizer, she trained volunteers how to register individuals to register as Democrats. 
  5. His record as a Senator was not significant.
  6. He lived on the good side of Chicago, not where all the crime is.
  7. He was a student at Harvard.  What classes he took we don’t know because his records are sealed. Decades ago being a Harvard graduate meant something now not-so much. The one thing we do know is he smoked dope at Harvard.
  8. The woman he married was disbarred and is clearly anti-White people. 
  9. After eight years of being President of the United States of America America he left this country with a laundry list of excuses and debt. 
  10. The fact that he supports abortion and same sex marriage was reason enough for me not to vote for him. 


Democrat African Americans are very anti-Trump. They believe he is a sexist, racist, homophobic White man who got a million dollar loan from his father and that is why he is so rich. Though it is true President Trump received a LOAN from his father you still have to work to turn a million into a billion. Even as a businessman Donald J Trump hired people from different walks of life and helped individuals from his own personal income and not by creating a non-profit.

Donald J Trump, a White male, has facilitated the opportunities for corporations to bring money back into the country which has lead the way to greater incomes. He has eliminated the red tape that hindered American companies to exist or grow thus allowing  them to hire more people. The things the President has done for America has benefited Black Americans, but he is a White male.

Your pigment does not determine your qualifications nor should it be a determining factor in who your friends are. 

Statistically speaking non-Black people are killed more by police than “African-American”. Yet, people complain about the police as if they were all prejudice and they ignore the fact that there are criminals who are Black.  Over 1,800 Black babies are aborted every day! A 2016 report states that over 90% of Black homicides are the result of Black on Black crime. Law enforcement is only a problem to those who break the law.

As I was scanning the INTERNET I came across an article from  BREITBART website:  “5 DEVASTATING FACTS ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME” written by Jerome Hudson , November 28, 2015: The article was about a 9 year old child who was killed by an African-American gangster.   “Over 1,400 more black Americans murdered other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968.”  So why pick on the police? Because people have a habit of speaking positively about a dead person regardless of the criminal past. Friends and family will say: “He was going to pay for it.”  Or “He did not have a gun.”

Yes, there are unjustified police actions but....

In one month there were 3 social media reports of Black people declaring Police mistreatment. When the police produced the video it was shown quite the opposite was true. African-Americans are not dealing with the truth.

There is a shortage of personal responsibility in the world today and it has not escaped the African-American community.  People lie, especially criminals. Criminals come in all colors.

Slavery is a painful part of America’s history, like the Japanese-American Internment camps and our treatment of America’s first residents. Japanese and Jews have used the pain of the past to push them into their future. African-Americans use the past as a reason not to move forward. People are making lots of money encouraging Black people to focus on the past.

I use the term “African-American” facetiously. Many of the Black Democrats I know do not like being called “African-American” they do so publicly because that is what everyone does. Many of them love this country and do not want to go anywhere else, they honor veterans and love the National Anthem. Rodney Howard-Brown an Evangelist from South Africa became an American citizen, he is an African- American; I find it amusing that there are Black people that say: “White people cannot be African-American.”

Pigment identity has become a stumbling block. Someone told me that the DNA tester revealed no African DNA but European despite this person being very dark skinned. My on going point is: We cannot let the pain of the past define our future, nor can looking back help you to move forward.

The history of the Black man in America is not so one sided that we can blame everything on White people. It is true that the slave owner slept with his slave women creating bi-racial babies. There were also Asian men and Black women reproducing. There were Native American men with Black women reproducing and vice versa. Not all states in America were slave states and not all southerners owned slaves. We cannot blame all white people for the sins of a segment of the population.

African-Americans are very pro-Democrat party, very anti-Trump because they believe he should do things particularly for African-Americans. Black people should get up and do for themselves.

The problem with laziness is you don’t look past the packaging, thus not understanding the consequences.  One of the Obama’s appeals was free stuff: health insurance, phones, extended unemployment and so forth, these socialistic ideas were and are very appealing to the lazy at heart.  Obtaining frees stuff has lead to people being dependent on those who started them on the habit, they are Democrat programs.

During the time of slavery, post civil-war and Jim Crow men and women were pressing hard, overcoming discrimination and succeeding. Anthony Johnson, also referred to as Antonio, not a white male, owned a tobacco farm in Maryland during the 1600’s. Madam C J Walker, also known as Sara Breedlove, became a millionaire in the late 1800’s. Both of these individuals worked hard and became successful despite opposition; glass ceilings were not an issue back then. Many Black men and women today understand that you cannot seek the free stuff if you really want to be financially independent. 

Effort is required to achieve financial success; excuses lead to dependence.

Rosa Parks was sitting on a bus. A white person came and demanded that she get up. She did not want to. She should not have had to give up her seat because: 

  • She was there first- first come first served.
  • She was a female- a gentleman should always yield his seat to a lady.
  • She was an older woman - we should always honor those who are older than us.
  • She was tired- it is simple matter of respect.
What some African-Americans want is to sit in a seat because he or she is Black. Have you ever been in a restaurant in which you had to wait to be seated? I have. Pregnant women come and people are reluctant to give up their seat; older women come in and no one wants to give up their seat. I have not ridden public transportation in a long time but I have to wonder: If Rosa Parks were to ride the bus today; would a young Black male give up his seat for her?

I believe that each of us should take personal responsibility for our lives. Failure is not the fault of any particular race. People fail because they either quit trying or never try at all. Success is not in having a billion dollars worth of assets, it is fulfilling a purpose (LEGALLY) despite the obstacles.

My pigment influenced the culture I am most familiar with. I left the Democrat party because I could not celebrate people of different pigments and have the attitude they, the Democrats, wanted me to have. I left the traditional Black church because it seemed to hold on to the same attitudes found in the world. I had to step away from people of color to discover the greatness of people now I can go back with a new attitude.   

My desire is to help African-Americans to adjust their attitudes and become the men and women God created them to be.   —written by Marsha L F Randolph

NETTIE-ISM reflects the opinions of Marsha L F Randolph and is the soul property of the author MARSHA L F RANDOLPH. All rights reserved- do not use without permission. Disagreeing with what is written is not offensive to the author a disagreeable comment will be deleted.










Sunday, June 10, 2018

FAITH MATTERS: A CHURCH'S RESUME

                                                                                                         -written by Marsha L F Randolph

In order for you to grow as a follower of Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah) you must study and be under the leadership of one who follows and studies. Every church has a doctrine and statement of beliefs, they are either implied or written and may be one and the same.

The church doctrine is a detailed article which reveals the church’s ideology. It should include Scriptures to support it’s ideology.  A statement of belief(s) is a summary of what the church believes based on  its’ doctrine. Often when a person leaves it is because of a disagreement based on the doctrine.

If you have never attended a church or if you are having issues with some of the things happening in your church understanding what makes a church building a church will help you evaluate if a particular church is a place you should attend regularly.

A church’s doctrine is its’ resume and the number it’s primary reference should be Yeshua Hamashiach.

NOTE: I am learning to use Hebrew and Greek terms when referring to God and Jesus, it is a personal preference. Many people today speak of god but are not speaking of Eloheem, God. I have discovered J-E-S-U-S, pronunced “Hay-szous”  in Spanish, is a name parents give to their children. Using the Greek and Hebrew names of our Messiah and our Creator help me to distinguish Him as “God” and not just another man.



Far to many people have turned their back on “church” because they see flaws. The people tell others to do one thing and they themselves do something else, this is hypocrisy. From the pulpit the messages create more confusion than clarity. How can a church filled with imperfect people whose lives do not improve over the years help anyone? It is not God that people reject it is the church as it is today.

Part of my motivation for writing is pointing out, to both believers and unbelievers, the differences between our loving Abba Father God and the “do this get that” God that is presented from the pulpit. Yes, He has precepts for livings, a list of don’t do this because it will hurt you; His requirements are not burdensome.

I firmly believe God’s word is without reproach, perfect, infallible. I believe many of the church’s today are successful not because of the word they teach but the word they present, their message is palatable. A church does not teach based on your feelings it should present the Word as if your life dependent on it because it does. life.

QUALIFICATIONS OF A CHURCH

THE WORD IS PRESENTED AS IS



2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.



Preaching God’s word may hurt someone’s feelings. People do not want to hear that gluttony is a sin but it is. The message from the pulpit should: convince you that everything in the Bible is real, rebuke or correct your inappropriate behavior, and exhort or celebrate your achievements. The purpose of the pulpit is to patiently share Scripture and teach the people what Eloheem has said.
Deuteronomy 12:32
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

The definition of a cult (my definition) is a place that adds to or takes away from the Bible. Organizations that add their own book of what to believe has disobeyed a commandment. An organization who has taken away scriptural context to facilitate a personal ideology has disobeyed a commandment. Two church ideologies come to mind: the Book of Mormon “Bible supplement” and churches that celebrate same sex marriages.

Of course, there are not so obvious teachings that either add or take away from what our Creator has commanded which is why it is important to truly understand Scripture for yourself. You do not need a degree in theology to understand the Word of God.

ACTS 5:42
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
A church that does not speak about Jesus the Son of God, or the Trinity, is not teaching the Word.

CHURCH IDEOLOGY SHOULD BE BASED ONLY ON SCRIPTURE


1 TIMOTHY 1:3
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Scripture is being manipulated to introduce a belief that is not based on God’s Word or His will. It is important that you study Scripture and seek understanding from our Creator who will give you wisdom to confirm or deny the accuracy of what you have been taught.


2 TIMOTHY 3:16
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
I cannot quote 2 Timothy 3:16 often enough! All Scripture is all Scripture Old and New Testament / Covenant. The Old Covenant confirms the New Covenant.

ONE GOD- NO COMPROMISE
EXODUS 34:14 THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE
because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai — whose very name is Jealous — is a jealous God.
DEUTERONOMY 5:6-9 THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE
“‘I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, where you lived as slaves.
“‘You are to have no other gods before me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline — you are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

How can Christian parents allow their sons and daughters participate in Muslim behaviors under the guise of appreciating different cultures? A very disturbing activity I have seen is the acceptance of Islam celebrations in what is supposed to be the house of Eloheem. Islam is enmity to Christianity- period. 

A church should teach that there is only One God,, the church should reflect this. You do not bring Allah into his house as a courtesy, God is not fair. You do not teach your children Muslim customs but your children should be demonstrating a Christian lifestyle. I do not recall any passage in the Bible in which Muslims and Christians “co-exist”. Muslims are anti-Christ and anti-Israel therefore they are not friends of God.

The church is there to help you learn the way of the Lord. As you learn there will be positive changes noted in your life including peace (Isaiah 26:3) joy (Nehemiah 8:10) and even favor, unearned opportunities.  If you have been sitting in a church for years and remain broke, busted and or disgusted then that is not the place for you leave. There are many good Bible believing places for you to attend to learn God’s way (I personally believe size matters- more on that on another post).

The three factors I presented are important in evaluating a church:

  • The Word is presented as is.
  • Doctrine, ideology, is based on Scripture
  • One God no compromise.


2 TIMOTHY 2:14-16 THE COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE
Keep reminding people of this, and charge them solemnly before the Lord not to engage in word-battles. They accomplish nothing useful and are a catastrophe for the hearers! Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth. But keep away from godless babbling, for those who engage in it will only become more ungodly,


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

FAITH MATTERS: DO YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS WITHOUT ERROR?

Far to often I am hearing young people declare that the Bible is just a man-made doctrine. These individuals have grown up watching the hypocrisy displayed by the various church leaders and family members who attend church regularly (at least once a week). They hear how one church endorses a lifestyle and another church condemn it. They have, understandably so, rejected all things related to the Bible. These young people believe there is a God they just don’t know who He is.
 



All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.         2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17




The Bible is God’s inspired word and God’s required principles for living. Everything from Genesis to Revelation is relevant and accurate. If you are a Christian and do not believe the 66 books within the great book are all accurate and relevant your faith is weak and can be swayed by man’s doctrines.

Many Christians doubt the validity of Scripture not just today’s youth. They hear the interpretations of men and women who have various levels of education from schools of theology  or a reputation for quoting Scripture as if he is well informed. Christians do not search the Scripture to see if theses speakers are accurate.

Some people, saints and sinners, listen to those who manipulate Bible verses to accommodate a particular lifestyle. Those individuals have a vested interest in believing the lie just in case there is a heaven or hell. It is easier to listen to a person explaining why God thinks your sinful behavior is OK than to search the Scripture for yourself.

MATTHEW 7:15
 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
A prophet is a person who speaks God’s word; a false prophet speaks God’s word incorrectly, they lie. The world has experienced decades of men and women who do not present God’s word as He called it to be.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:18-19
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;

There is a difference between church doctrine and Bible truths. A doctrine is a specific ideology based on an interpretation. An example of church doctrine is what a woman wears.
 Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV) The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. 
Does that mean a woman should not wear pants? What Jesus wore in his time would have been considered a dress today. It is the believers’ responsibility to be sure their understanding of Scripture is interpreted in the context that it was written. Women should dress like women and men should dress like men. Women can wear pants designed for women but there are churches that teach women not to wear pants.

We have so many denominations today because of church doctrinal differences. There are a lot of ignorant people speaking from the pulpit with loyal followers who quote the ignorance. When I became a part of a local Vineyard church it was after carefully studying the church doctrine from the “corporate” site, however how the corporate vision was presented and how it was carried out locally was subject to the Senior Pastor’s discretion. The differences in service style from one Vineyard church to another is an example of how church doctrine can be interpreted differently, the same is true for Scripture.

Today there is a proliferation of biblical opinions based on the understanding of man. I am not writing that church leaders are wrong only that the Bible is right.

The Bible does not contradict itself, the Old and New Covenant agree with each other. As long as a person’s interpretation is accurate the understanding is accurate. The Bible is infallible, without error, to follow Yeshuah Hamashiah you must believe this is true.   written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Sunday, May 27, 2018

FAITH MATTERS: CAN CHRISTIANS BE LIBERALS?



Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  
MATTHEW 28:19-20




Can Christians be liberal? No! Eloheem is not liberal nor is Yeshua Hamashiach, nor is Ruach HaKodesh (God, Lord Messiah, Holy Spirit). The flood, the tower of babel, and Sodom and Gamorrah are examples of how un-liberal God is. The commandments reveal what He expects from those who plan to spend eternity with Him.

JAMES 1:5-8
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  

I do not know a Christian with liberal ideology who is consistent with what they believe. Many Christians affiliate with the Democrat party, it has become very liberal.  The Democrat party supports: abortion, homosexuality, same sex unions, teaching children about sexuality including trans-genderism and more anti-biblical lifestyles. The Christian Democrats I know do not support these ideas yet they consistently vote for liberal Democrats and condemn Conservatives; this what it means to be double- minded. When your words do not agree with your actions it is because you are inconsistent in your beliefs due to dual- thinking, double-mindedness.

In order to support liberalism you must ignore the Word of God.  Every follower of Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah, should be Conservative.

Learned men and women present what they know, what they call facts, to people who accept what is said as truth. Many of these highly educated, impressively entitled individuals manipulate God’s words, or discount them all together, to accommodate what they declare to be an absolute truth.

ROMANS 3:3-4
For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

If the college professors, political and religious leaders words do not agree with Scripture they are liars.

The Apostle Paul had very impressive credentials: he came from the right family, went to the right schools, and knew the right people.  Yet, he declared the knowledge of Jesus was the most important thing to know; he considered his credentials dung (poop).

PHILIPPIANS 3:8 King James Version
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 

Liberals, and yes moderates and some who have conservative view points put the wisdom of man above God’s word.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:2
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

James said if you lack wisdom go to God and He will liberally give you what you need. He did not say: “turn on the news”, or “ask someone with a PhD.” If what you need to know is known by an individual; God will lead you to the person who has the knowledge.

Can a Christian be a Conservative? If your passion for politics is greater than your love of God the answer is: No! Does that mean we should all be moderate? No!

REVELATION 3:15-16
 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Christians should be followers of Christ,  Yeshua Hamashiach. To be conservative means to not be willing to allow just any idea to influence your life choices. You are not willing to accept every doctrine, ideology or bit of data presented as if it was the final answer.

Many liberals declare they want to make sure everyone has “quality of life”.  These intellectual thinking people groups do not want to end the lives of all babies in-utero, just those the parents don’t want. They don’t want to end the lives of all elderly, just the ones in which there is a consensus that they no longer need to live. Yet they object to the condemnation of those who have committed heinous crimes, preferring that they sit in jail forever. They also object to people defending their lives with weapons. How can a Christian align themselves with such confusion?

The missing ingredient in much of today's ideology is understanding. Just because a person with impressive credentials tells you something does not make it so. Knowledge by itself is dung, God will give you the wisdom as to how to apply that knowledge or if it should be rejected altogether. It is the wisdom of God that will lead to understanding. Once you understand what liberalism is all about you will know that a Christian cannot be a liberal.

PROVERBS 4:7
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

                                     written by Marsha L F Randolph




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Sunday, May 20, 2018

FAITH MATTERS: DISCIPLESHIP




Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. 
MATTHEW 28:19-20




Today more people are becoming Muslim or atheist despite the increased number of mega-churches. There are so many Christian churches out there in the world, the earth should be filled with disciples by now; particularly since many churches have numerous leaders: Pastors, Associate Pastor, Evangelist, Bishops, Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Prophets, Prophetess, Popes, Apostles and other entitled individuals who oversee the people. Where are the disciples?

To disciple is to teach; a disciple is one who follows a particular teaching, Christians should be followers of the Word. Jesus instructed His leaders to go and teach those who do not know Him about Him solidifying the knowledge through baptism. Baptism is a physical testimony of an internal transformation.

Today we have people following church leaders, church doctrines, political ideology, and even personal feelings. People attend church regularly, give tithes and offering, participate in or support missions trips, and other such things while questioning the validity of the Bible.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is all Scripture from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

Far to many people who consider themselves Christian do not believe the Bible is the infallible word of God. The state of man not just in America but around the world is evidence of the validity of Scripture.

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Christians are perishing, they have a form of godliness but deny its’ power (2 Timothy 3:5). The indoctrination of Satanic ideology is so covert that many churches have allowed his values to influence their preaching. Why else would Christians believe that homosexuality is OK or that having abortion is a viable choice. Even eternity in heaven or hell is not a motivating factor for many who call themselves Christian because the pulpit has chosen to focus on getting blessed today.

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
A disciple's priority is God first. Grace and giving tithes are the basis of many church sermons: God’s grace will get you through the hard times and give and God will give back to you. Discipleship is the presentation of God’s word as it is written not as it is interpreted. The message of grace is presented to a people group who do not have a strong understanding of God’s precepts and principles, the law.

EPHESIANS 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
The key to saving grace is Jesus. If you do not have faith in the Word (John 1:1, 14) you cannot partake of His grace. There is absolutely nothing you can do to receive from God if you do not believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10) What are you being saved from? An eternity in hell.

Part of being a disciple, follower of Yeshua Hamashiach, is submitting to the precepts and principles found in Scripture, many refer to them as the laws. That which Jesus the Messiah did not fulfill are still in effect.

MATTHEW 5:17-18
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Everyone’s walk with the Lord is different. We are unique people with different ways of seeing the world. Whatever the denomination, whatever the day you meet to worship and whatever you eat or don’t eat it is not important. What is important is who you are following.

Are you are disciple of Christ, a follower of the anointing? Or do you believe that government dictates your life choices? Faith is a personal thing, it is your responsibility to study Scripture and determine what you believe.

JOSHUA 24:15
1And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
                                                                                                     written by Marsha L F Randolph


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