Politics And The Church: A Collective Effort Towards Social Change (Guest Post)

In almost every ancient history until today, the church and the government have been working side by side in protecting the welfare of the society. There are instances though of the church and the government’s involvement in controversies. We cannot, however, presume that this is always the case. How does a society benefit from the church and the government’s collaboration and leadership

  • Upholding the Law

The laws that are currently existing in our society have been God’s laws elaborated and specifically modified. The Bible is the oldest “law” ever written and it serves as a tool towards civilization. Both the church and the government have responsibilities to uphold these laws in promoting peace and stability within the society. It is only the government-mandated policies that sealed the laws that were written in the Bible so they cannot be interpreted objectively.

  • Nation Building

The church and the government are one when it comes to alleviating poverty and eradicating crimes altogether. It is not just the responsibility of the government to look after its citizens, but the church has that responsibility, too. The homes for the aged, the rehabilitation centres for juvenile delinquents, and the foster homes are just some of the institutions that together, as one, the church and the government can work to reach their goals.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” – James 1:27

  • Values Formation

“No littering.” “No smoking.” And there are more of these rules that we already grew up with. These are the rules that the government specifically enforced but looking at them from a wider perspective, it is actually about forming good values and creating a formidable character. A character that imbues discipline, respect, and submission to authorities. There are so many instances in the Bible that speak so much of these values. In fact, these are only but some of the values in the Bible that we can use to improve the self and become a better citizen.

  • A Unified Body of Christ

The body of Christ is composed of all of us who occupy a certain part of that body. We cannot claim that engineers are better than doctors, nor teachers than fishermen. Everyone has been given a gift and skill so we can perform on the roles that God assigned us with. It is a collective effort that further God’s greater plans to manifest in our lives, in our nations, and throughout the entire world.

The most controversial question that we can ask at this point is whose authority is most supreme? Is it the church or the government? The answer is both. We cannot separate the church and the government in the context of authority because they are both implementing the same laws one way or the other. Also, if we are to look at history and ancient civilizations, institutions were formed and built around the premise that God is the Supreme Being and leader of all. This means that the primary goal of every constitution is to honour God and His ways.

For example, every oath-taking ceremony for every professional includes this phrase at the end of it: “So help me God.” This will prove that our social duties are never separate from our duties to God as a Christian. They will always be congruent to one another even if future successors will change the laws as they see fit. But what we can be assured of is that there are some of these laws that will remain as they are because God mandated them.

The challenge for ourselves is this: are we fulfilling our obligations as mandated by the law of God reinforced by the laws of man?

This is a guest post by Christine Lailani Ginete – Rome. Christine is a Filipina, a devoted Christian, a faithful wife, a prayer warrior, a teacher, a writer, a hobbyist, and an advocate. On a deeper level, you’ll find her as a believer who’s imperfect but driven to encourage everyone to be a catalyst for social change and serve others through God’s grace, guidance, and prayer. Christine blogs at The Journeyman’s Moments.

3 Biblical Principles to Having a Successful Year

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Dr Emmanuel Sogah || Medical Doctor|| Budding Minister

When the clock strikes midnight on the 1st of January, there seems to be some glimmer of hope that the New Year will automatically be better than the previous one. It is not bad but to have a successful year requires deliberate steps and like a soldier preparing for war, it is important to have a plan and strategy.

People start the year with different ambitions and resolutions but half-way, they lose hope even though they believe the will of God for them is to have an amazing and successful year.

To ensure 2018 becomes one of the best years yet, believers are required to follow these principles as listed by Dr. Emmanauel Sogah: 

  1.  Abide in the Word

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you – John 15:7

To have a great year, you need to be a person of the word.  It is in the word that you’ll find strategies and ideas to accomplish whichever goal you list. When there is a union between the Christian and the word of God, whatsoever you ask will be granted.

In God’s mind, there is no prayer of a Christian that should be rejected. Jesus in his earth walk demonstrated that when he, for example, spoke words to the fig tree and it was done (Mark 11:12-25).  As a Christian, this should be our everyday experience – when we speak we ought to receive answers and that can only be done when there is a perfect union between the Christian and the word of God.

  1. Allow the Holy Spirit to Influence you

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. – Luke 1:35

After setting our goals for the year, we wonder how we are going to achieve them. Just as Mary conceived her baby after she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, so shall we achieve our goals this year by the influence of the Holy Spirit.  This point is also emphasised in Zechariah 4:6

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

If you are going to achieve anything, then it is going to be by the Holy Spirit. It is also important to fellowship with the Holy Spirit by praying with other tongues. He (the Holy Spirit) will help you as emphasised in Romans 8:26.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

The Spirit gives us insight into the future for us to understand the details of projects we wish to undertake. The Holy Spirit also helps us in our shortcomings when it comes to goals we have set for the year. Joshua received unorthodox directions from God to march around the walls of Jericho, seven times (Joshua 6) in order to bring the walls down. If we are going to succeed this year, we’ll need to go by the strategies of the Holy Spirit which is sometimes uncommon and not according to the systems of the world.

  1. Pursue Excellence

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge…. – 2 Peter 1:5-8

Ensure excellence is seen whatever you do as a Christian this year. Be steadfast and immovable in the decisions you take. Pay attention to expressing your inward virtues.

If these things (aforementioned) are in you in an increasing measure, fruitfulness will be inevitable.

You can also click on the link below to listen to the audio.

Garbage in, Garbage out!

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                   Pastor Ernest Osei                                   Ordained Minister of the Gospel, Journalist, Life Coach, Real Estate Consultant and a Law Student.

Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO), in the context of information technology, is a slang expression that means regardless of how accurate a program’s logic is, the results will be incorrect if the input is invalid.

While the term is most frequently used in the context of software development, GIGO can also be used to refer to any decision-making system where failure to make right decisions with precise, accurate data could lead to wrong, nonsensical results according to Techopedia.

Similarly, as a Christian, what you feed your spirit with is very important as it has a direct reflection on your lifestyle and confessions to a greater extent. Jesus cautions in Matt. 12:34,

“For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks…”

When evil resides in the heart, it will be exposed in perverse speech or language contrary to the truth of God’s word. However, if the heart has been impregnated by the Spirit of God, the mouth will begin to speak like God does! A person’s works produce the fruits, and the heart then is known by what it produces.

Therefore for a Christian to manifest Christ, he/she would need to have the mind, which is a spirit renewed more and more. The Apostle Paul succinctly expresses it in Eph. 4:23

   “…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind”

Once the spirit of your mind is renewed, it is then reconnected to the Spirit of God which would be evidenced outwardly by your lifestyle.

Endeavour to discipline your spirit man always by fasting and the study of God’s word so that your spirit would be rekindled to enable you to connect to the Spirit of God and hear His voice when He speaks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible is not a STORY BOOK

There have been a lot of controversies regarding the operation of the Holy Spirit amongst Christians.

While some Christians (mostly Charismatic) believe in the Holy Spirit, there are a lot others who argue that the working of the Holy Spirit was only operational in the Old Testament and did not extend to the New Testament.

This has often led to very contradictory interpretations of the bible by the various denominations and sects.

The Bible, which is the word of God, was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16). The written word is known in Greek as the Logos whereas Rhema is the revelational knowledge behind the Logos.

So in order for a Christian to understand the written word (Logos), he /she would have to get the Rhema which is the revelational knowledge which comes from the Holy Spirit. This means that without the revelational knowledge, one would read the bible and interpret it as though he were reading a story book.

This is the much reason why there are a lot of doctrines and religious sects, whose activities seem to be in sharp contrast to the word of God. Although they spend time searching through the scriptures, they are unable to come to an understanding of the deeper meaning behind the letters they read.

Permit me to make a legal allusion here:

In law, whenever a matter of contention arises regarding any constitutional provision, the Supreme Court as the highest court of the land is vested with powers to interpret the provision under contention so as to reveal the intended meaning of the drafters of the constitution.

In doing this, the Judges employ the purposive rule of interpretation to unravel the spirit behind the letters of the Constitution.

This means that that it will be difficult for a lay person in matters of law to read the Constitution at first hand and fully grasp the meaning behind the letters.

In the same vein, for a Christian to fully understand the things of God, he/she would need to have a personal relationship with God. By so doing, their spirit man becomes sharpened and more in tune with the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is after your spirit has been rekindled that your spirit can become alert to hear from God through the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).

This is what will enable you to read the bible and understand what the words truly means.

I pray that from today, as you spend time to search through the scriptures, your spirit man would be rekindled so that the word you read would make meaning to you.

 

The author of this post is Ernest Nana Osei. Mr Osei is a journalist, real estate consultant, life coach, law student and very passionate about the things of God.

 

 

 

The New Life

This is the continuation of Unravelling the Mystery of Endless Prayer by Guest Blogger, Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. If you missed that interesting post, read it here.

Rev. Paul reminded Abu of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the state of man after the fall. 

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.( Genesis 1:17)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)

Using these scriptures as references, the Reverend Minister stressed that Adam did not die a physical death when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but rather died spiritually.

“To die spiritually means to be separated from God and have no means of communicating or fellowshipping with Him. Adam’s understanding darkened – he was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18),” Rev Paul said. “To die spiritually also means to see things differently (not from God’s perspective). Remember that Adam was naked from the day he was formed from the ground but suddenly became aware of his nakedness when he ate of the ‘forbidden’ tree (Genesis 3:7). His perspective changed – Adam began to relate with his environment from his senses.”

The first man, who expressed no sense of guilt in the presence of God, became timid and fled from the presence of God (Genesis 3:8). His ability to stand before God without the feeling of unworthiness was lost. 

“That is the state of every man who hasn’t experienced the rebirth,” said Rev. Paul.

Apostle Paul in the Bible reiterates this when he said in the book of Romans 7:24.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  

“You’ve got to understand the depraved and helpless nature of a man without God. It’s such a sorry sight when you think about the end of such a fellow (Revelation 20:15),”  said Rev, Paul

Abu began sobbing. He expressed such profound pain towards the unsaved world. He was, however, stopped by the pastor.

“Cheer up! Jesus has overcome,” said Rev. Paul.

He looked at Abu and wondered the number of people who would be ‘moved’ to tears when they learn about the sorry state of unbelievers.

With the encouragement from Rev. Paul, Abu received strength and began to ponder over the words of the Minister. 

Reverend Paul continued,

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).

Jesus brought hope to the unsaved world. He was the answer to Apostle Paul’s question in Romans 7:24,

who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Abu noticed the change in the tone of Rev. Paul’s voice. He noticed the man was burning with passion as he spoke about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and how he said ‘no man as yet has annulled this truth.’

By this act of sacrifice by Jesus, our fellowship with God has been restored and this has ushered us into the new life.

Learn more about the new life in the next post.

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching. 


 

Be Encouraged! 

Whenever the enemy pursues us,
He thinks mischief but The Good Lord works it for our good.

The more speedily, he pursues us,

the more speedily our miracles are manifested because of our love for our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Egyptians started killing the babies during Moses’ birth,

the quicker God grew him to become a deliverer of Israel through Christ.

The Egyptians pursued Israel speedily to the red sea,

the quicker their salvation. Egyptians sped quickly into self destruction.

The fear of The Lord is the epiphany of wisdom.

But Pharoah never knew the mystery of Our God.

Trust not in chariots and horses,

trust in the invisible, invincible God who created you, I and even the devil himself.

Every calamity is an opportunity for God to perform eternal miracles.

Joseph will not value kingdom rulership without his past.

He will not value liberty had he not been imprisoned.

He will not have valued his wife had he not encountered Potiphar’s wife.

But the good news is even at the most bottom of your life will give you a reminder of how you are going to value the topmost of your life.

Faith works with Love and Faith is tried through patience.

Patience is not giving up but action that meets the manifestation of our miracles.

You might be known now but your not being known is going to be the reason why others will be known.

Potiphar will never have appeared in The Bible had it not been for the unknown Joseph.

Just imagine even as a slave we knew his name as Joseph.

Can you please tell me the name of Potiphar’s wife.

There is no Potiphar without Joseph.

Trust in The Lord with all your heart.

You are greater than great.
Every calamity is calling for a testimony through Christ Jesus.

Amen.

This piece was written by KwabenaNyamebaBediako. Kwabena is a poet and author from Ghana who travels the world sharing the love of Christ through his poems and writings

Unravelling the Mystery of Ceaseless Prayers 

“Prayer must be very hard. I doubt I can ever pray like these people,”

These were thoughts of young Abu, a man who accepted Christ not too long ago, while he observed a group of believers praying in other tongues.

Abu was born into a typical African Traditional home and had heard tales of a particular faction of Christians – the Charismatics, who were aggressive when praying but this was his first time observing them. 
He never thought praying could be this vigorous and perspiring, however, Abu made a remarkable observation. 

These charismatic Christians prayed for several hours, more rigorously by the time, in a totally different language but they appeared refreshed throughout the process.

This scene kept playing in his mind while he sat in church the following Sunday. Mysteriously, his pastor’s sermon that dwelt  on praying endlessly.

“To pray without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, means to pray uninterruptedly,” said  Reverend Paul to the joyous congregation who seem to understand what that meant.

“How can that be possible? I don’t think anyone can follow through with this,” Abu thought. 

He grew increasingly confused but nurtured a desire to learn more about this ‘endless’ prayer.

This desire pushed him to interview Reverend Paul after close of service.

“Prayer simply means communicating with God but there’s more to it,” says the Reverend. “Prayer helps you to be conscious of your ‘new’ life in God and grants you means of receiving from Him.”

Conscious of my new life? Abu interjected. 

Reverend Paul noticed it was a good time to dwell on the subject of the new life since that would allow Abu to grasp the subject of prayer better. 

He invites Abu into his office so they could have a detailed discussion on the subject.

Find out how the conversation between the Reverend and Abu transpired in the next part of this post. 

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching.