Messages from Pastor

During the virus scare let us “Be still and know that he is God” (Ps.46:10)

During this Christmas celebration remember we celebrate in the cradle of Bethlehem the continuation of the promise of God (Ps. 125: 1,2) (Mat. 28:20)

Sorry to hear Dr. Kings son, while he does not believe in violence, yet believes the people are sometimes people (PUSHED) to violence to be heard. My question is why the people are never (PUSHED) to march against black on black crime in our cities, and needless abortions of black babies, deaths that far outnumber our people killed by corrupt police It sends the sad message that the only thing that brings the black community to protest is when one is treated unjustly by police, while the deaths of our innocent babies and young boys and girls seem meaningless to the community, leaving only their parents and relatives to mourn their loss.

If Jesus did agree with marching for justice he certainly would say
“This you should have done and not left the other undone” (Mat. 23:23)

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An Unholy Union?

Subject:  The Black Church in captivity of the Black Community

Is seen as an  Unholy Union according to Scripture

I highlight in this story, the modern misdirected mission of the black church.

Derived from given sources of the history of the black church and its beginning in the south.

In brief, the black church was the product of white evangelism of non-Christian African Slaves, permitted and encouraged to organize black churches to preach to the slaves.

The black congregations were themselves slaves and naturally sympathetic to the misery and mistreatment of fellow blacks by the white masters.

This resulted in the black church becoming meeting places to air and address the concerns of the slave community.

Along with preaching of the bible, secret deliberations where made privy to the congregations to help the cause of black suffering as much as possible.

Such was not the intent of the White Evangelists, which hoped thru the misrepresentation of the bible, which in certain verses seemed to justify slavery, that such would be taught as the will of God to placate, pacifying  the slaves in their misery.

However black preachers and leaders could not bring themselves to believe that God’s word would justify such cruelty and inhumane treatment the slaves were made to suffer.

In rebellion against white theology, The black church then becoming sympathetic  to the cause of the black community and the rebellion, etc…of the slaves, secretly supported and aided as was possible in their situation.

It was quite a while after the emancipation that black preachers felt free to teach openly  the congregations as they saw fitting, adhering  to the gospels of Christ and freedom of all men.

However  due in part to past sympathy and support of the black cause and the distaste in the heart of black preachers for pass injustice and any thought of white supremacy, the black church continued to be a supporter and advocated for the black cause.

Sadly today this traditional support of the black cause, as being expected by the black community  has found the black church and pastors supporting unjust black causes as against the teaching of the bible as was the teaching of their white Christian slave masters.

It is clear to preach the truth of the gospel of Christ, the black church and its pastors must break the tie of black expectations that yet today binds the black church to it’s past sympathy and support of black causes; wrongly believing it is the purpose of the black church, by many of the black community, to espouse and support any black cause, however unworthy of church participation.

It is no different than a Mother finds its time to let go, breaking the cord that ties them to a grown child.

Black men and women now are the free children of former slaves and no longer in need of the black church as a nursing mother to its every cause.

We must now free the black church to join its white counterparts to preach the truth of the gospel, standing  for the righteousness of men of every race and color, not tied to seeking after every black cause but seeking sinners in need of salvation and the welfare of all men.

It is the great commission to the churches of Christ, to go into all the world teaching all men to keep the  commandments of God. (Mat. 28:19,20) It is indeed the teaching of Christ, regardless what men may say “All lives matter”

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We hear those who applaud the conscience of the nation becoming

ashamed of the evils of past slavery and  so called systemic racism

while at the same time applauding the nation’s refusal to recognize the evils of abortion.

How  incongruent ! 

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Download: The Church and support of world concerns Document

 

It is to be considered how preachers today of the gospel must take careful thought of what concerns of the world they can support.

In light of the rising assault against Christianity and the cry of the world to tear down every symbol that may be representative of past racism leaves our statues and images of Christ subject to violent destruction. Not to mention our hymnals containing the famous church hymn, “Amazing Grace” that was written by John Newton, a slave-trader, will we be required to tear its page from our hymnal?

We may find ourselves in an indefensible situation if we support the destruction of all symbols of past perceived racism, unless we hold too and teach the “Forgiveness of Christ”

John Newton, repented, became forgiven and converted on his ship of slaves, composing in it’s wake, the famous “Amazing Grace”, which lyrics  have  proven to be a blessing to the church for many years; the inspiration of many to give their lives to Christ.

No, we should not tear up our hymnals, nor should we tear up the country for a few misplaced statues that depicts the images perhaps of repentant and forgiven men.

I do say, however,  regarding the statues of men, our bible speaks against making images of men (Ezek. 16:17) (Exod. 20:4). Honor in such manner can become an idol of worship of sorts. This danger, we learned from the Old Testament story of King Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 3:1-18).

Recent reported statistics found approx. 80 % of White Christians will vote for president Trump while a like 80 % of Black Christians will vote for Biden.

Division in the church family? Pray not (Luke 12:51) inco

Wishing you all a very Merry, safe Christmas and a Blessed New Year,

Love , Pastor Holmes

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