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About Us

Derrick L. Williams is the husband of Kathy, the daddy of Max (hence Maxdaddy), Diana, and, Steven Horace(!), and a professional saxophone player with a Christian heart who has strong, sometimes humorous, probably controversial opinions on the state of the world. He attends a multi-racial, doctrinally sound church on purpose (!), and lives in a racially divided, troubled city.

There’s a lot of stuff to gripe about, but the desire is to teach as well as to entertain. He has quite a bit to say, and he has a need for someone to listen.

He loves romance novels by crackling fires, thick wool sweaters, and hot cocoa with marshmallows in it, long walks in cool breezes, poems spoken in soft, whispery voices, and brunches by babbling brooks! HE IS JUST KIDDING!!!

Sorry ’bout the third person!

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  1. I was trying to find a blogging site which would interest me
    and maybe your site would be interesting to read.
    By the way contgrats for kathy.
    i live in South Africa, so was interested to read that usa has affirmative action, we also call it b e e (black empowerment enterprise)
    i think that, used in the correct way, this is important.
    I find it hard to understand that in usa there is racial tension,i thought you guys had sorted that out a long time ago.
    Ours is becoming more class and wealth related.
    Obviously i can only write about the people i meet and interact with.
    for instance my fairly new nieghbours are black, young (26 & 32)and (she is lawyer for huge radio/ media corperation; he handles ALL oversea’s investments for huge bank)upwardly mobile, ooh and so charming, They were followed home from the airport 6 weeks and hijacked in their driveway.
    my husband white C.E.O(67)and i white sales director(62)ran
    to the rescue. The family the otherside of Thabo’s house also ran to help. They are medical practioners, with a clinic in Alex(poor depressed area) this is a mixed marriage Indian male white female, also being Indian there is extended family living with them.Wonderful people.
    In fact we are all wonderful people in our small road of 7 big houses. We have such respect for each others cultures,
    we ask questions, why this why that.We share information.
    We do not play music loudly, if we are going to have people over and know it could be loud, we ask the neighbours over, and we stop the noise by 10-30 pm or 11pm
    It is all to do with respect.
    I was not born in this country and have only been here 30 years, but it has grown, in love, understanding (and refugees from zimbabwe!!!!) So i was really sad to learn that in usa, which is suppose to be the world leaders in everything,there is racial tension.
    Have you read the book “THE SECRET”? It is such a basic truthful book; mainly platatudes long forgotten but so obvious. What we sow we reap, that sort of thing, and positive thinking, such as,PRO-PEACE not ANTI-WAR!!
    There should not be a divide between colours or anything else.Must go, will i hear from you?

    Comment by sue | November 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Sue, for reading and writing.

    It is good to hear that you folks are working through your post-apartheid period. We, sadly, have a long way to go here, although there have been great advances made. Being such an abundant and privileged society has, I think, kept us from getting to where we need to be. I agree that there should be no divisions. Only beautiful differences in the races.

    If you continue to read my blog, which I hope you do, you will find that I make some firm stances on my Christian faith. I see a lot of opportunism on the part of people who claim to be Christian, but victimize others for monetary gain.

    One such strain is what is known as the Word of Faith movement, which basically states that one’s words and thoughts can create realities, such as wealth, material things, and physical healing. This is comPLETEly un-biblical! The only Creator is God.

    The book, “The Secret” teaches many of the same things, like thoughts being magnetic and attracting realities. The author, on the Larry King program here, stated that a young girl, about 8 years old, who was abducted, raped, and buried alive, invited her fate because of her thoughts!
    This kind of thing is harmful, and in opposition to the Christian faith. I am sure that there are some positive messages in the book, but there is a saying that goes something like,

    “Rat poison is 99% good corn, and 1% strychnine!”

    I really do hope that you continue to visit. I try to lead people to the Bible, and to true study of it. I try to use humor, although I DO have to get things off my chest. I’m not as angry as I may sound. Just stern. God bless you! Derrick.

    Comment by maxdaddy | November 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. Nice

    Comment by Argyros | December 4, 2007 | Reply

  4. I ran across your site while doing some research on properity gospel. I would not have guessed your a musician. Very cool stuff brother, keep up the excellent work.

    Comment by mario | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thanks, Mario!

    Comment by maxdaddy | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. So do you know about any churches like yours in Okla. City area? I’m tired of being pooh-poohed because I think it’s possible to have a “Phildelphia” church where people love one another and Jesus doesn’t have anything negative to say about them. It makes my heart ache to read your blog nd wonder where is a place like that for me..without moving to Memphis! I’ve been in a multi-cultural church, but it was more of a mission type. Those who were believers were not in unity of love.

    Comment by Shirley | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. I’m sorry, no I don’t. Maybe someone reading this knows…

    I didn’t think it was possible, either, though I knew that God must have intended for it to be like this.
    Memphis is open 24 hours, though! Come on in!

    Comment by maxdaddy | January 17, 2008 | Reply

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  9. Thank you for your insightful words regarding the debate on “The View” about the “N” word.
    While it is VERY rare that I agree with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I initially gobbed onto her opinion.
    But I feel that your example about women calling each other “sweetie, girl, etc” clearly put the “N” word in perspective when being used by those who identify by it.
    We, as humans, are very good at being hypocritical. Thank you for providing some additional perspective!

    Comment by Suzi | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thanks, Suzi!

    Comment by maxdaddy | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  11. Dear Brother,

    I am Fahim Qaiser from Pakistan. I have studied your web site, and I found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. I my self, work on a local radio station also. Many times it becomes difficult for us to keep doing this because of being minorities and because of the lack of the financial resources. I will wait for your response.

    Sincerely,

    Fahim Qaiser ( Pakistan ).

    Comment by Faheem Qaiser | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  12. Hello, Fahim. I would be honored to have my site translated!
    Tell me what that would involve. Uncabo@hotmail.com

    Thanks.

    Comment by maxdaddy | October 20, 2008 | Reply

  13. Dear Webmaster,

    The comment quoted on your web site (see below) is a form letter sent out by the thousands to gain money.

    Kind Regards,

    Philip Atkinson

    Dear Brother,

    I am Fahim Qaiser from Pakistan. I have studied your web site, and I found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. I my self, work on a local radio station also. Many times it becomes difficult for us to keep doing this because of being minorities and because of the lack of the financial resources. I will wait for your response.

    Sincerely,

    Fahim Qaiser ( Pakistan ).

    November 2, 2008 10:46 AM

    Comment by Philip Atkinson | January 17, 2009 | Reply

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  15. Questions from an observant and thinking sheep

    Looking over the Christian landscape and seeing all of the conflicting and contrary teachings, the divisiveness, the confusion, the disunity, and denominationalisms, I am compelled to question and rethink some of our most sacred and hallowed theological positions and practices… if only to spark dialogue. The scripture declares in john 8:32 that if we continue in His word, we will know the truth , and it will make us free. By equating truth with freedom, it would seem paramount then to find truth at all cost. Sadly, Instead of freedom, most Christians are in bondage…..bondage to men, their doctrines, and their own lack of knowledge concerning the word. By its very nature, truth is absolute. It is my intent ,therefore, to glean from scriptures the truths of God`s word, versus the doctrines of men. With this purpose in mind, I humbly request your wisdom, insight and dialogue concerning the following subjects. Thanks in advance, Tarre Stanley

    Today, Sir/Madam, it seems that churches and men alike would prefer to store up and use their resources to build bigger and fancier sanctuaries (which carry substantial maintenance and utility fees, and consumes a hefty portion of the churches resources), to purchase sprawling homesteads and luxury vehicles, to bankroll and finance retirement plans, to pad salaries, and rainy day funds and fatten their bank accounts ( things Jesus, nor any of his apostles ever did) rather than to minister to the less fortunate. To be fair, there are those that do give to those individuals that have need. But earnestly, the amount given back represents a mere pittance in the totality of funds collected. We ought to be ever mindful of Jesus` invective that wherever our treasure is , that is where our hearts will be.
    1A. Could not these monies be better utilized by distributing to the poorer saints, the widowed, the fatherless, and those that are strangers among us? (just as the apostles did in the book of Acts).I mean, what better way to demonstrate our love for the brethren, while simultaneously demonstrating our professed faith in God.

    To be perfectly frank, some men use the church and its resources as their personal means to financial prosperity and freedom ,while neglecting the needs of the poor and less fortunate congregants in our midst.
    2A. Is this right?
    3A. If so, what does the bible mean when it says, charge those that are rich in this world to be ready to give and share I Timothy 6:17,18. Similarly, what does the bible mean when it says we are to give to those that would borrow….neither are we to turn away“ ( Matthew 5:42).
    4A. Are these Suggestion or are they Commandment from the Lord?

    Furthermore, scriptures say, “We are not to store up treasures upon earth for “ourselves” (Matthew 6:19), rather, we are to store up treasures in heaven by giving to the poor“( Matthew).

    5A. Is this a commandment from our Lord or is it just a Suggestion?

    6A. I know this is not mandated, nor is it a commandment, but other than in the book of Acts, is distribution ever made from collected funds to alleviate lack among the congregants? If not, why? If so, what a magnificent and wonderful demonstration of Jesus` love and compassion

    On the subject of Christian charity, I Corinthians 10:24 tells us not to seek “our own” but each should seek the well being of others.
    1B. What does this scripture really mean?

    In II Corinthians 8:4 the apostle Paul collected an offering for the poor saints in Jerusalem.
    2B. Do we ever collect an offering for the poor saints?
    Or, are the collections for the “ministry”, (which, by translation, means the church or institution, the pastor and his “vision/s”) and never for the saints, which are the ministry.

    II Corinthians 8:14,24 illustrates how those churches that had abundance gave willingly to those churches that had lack. To me, this example truly exemplifies the love that Christ said we would be identified by. And beautifully demonstrates how it is indeed, more blessed to give than to receive.
    3B. Does the church still practice this?
    4B. If not , why not?
    I John 3:17 says that if we have this world’s goods and shut our hearts up concerning those that have needs, how does the love of God live within us. How ,then, do we demonstrate that love that dwells within……

    C) On the subject of seed faith giving, some men erroneously equate the word “seed” mentioned in scripture to exclusively mean that of money, to the neglect of other clear definitions . In Genesis 8:22 the scripture says that as long as earth remain there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, night and day. These are literal definitions; all other renderings are implicit and thus subjective. If not , what are the spiritual meanings of the rest of this scripture. In the gospel of Luke 8:11 Jesus says that the seed is the word of God and the ground is the heart. Lastly, 1 Corinthians states that God always supplies seed to the sower. Contextually, this is the only scripture where seed can be rendered to imply money. To apply this particular meaning in the other texts, would be dishonest at best and exploitive at worse. Contrary to popular teaching, there is no biblical teaching that one can plant a financial seed or money, wait/time, and reap a guaranteed money/harvest of thirty, sixty, or hundred fold. To those that do subscribe to such teaching, I sincerely ask, “Have you gotten your hundredfold return, yet?” Has it worked for you like it seemingly has worked for those that teach such doctrine. We are constantly reminded that God is not a respecter of persons! Right? Sigh?!

    D) On the subject of tithes, some men teach that a tithe is ten percent of ones income and that Christians are commanded to tithe.
    1D. Is this correct?
    2D. If so, what does the bible mean when it says
    The Levites (who were Jews) have a commandment or order to receive tithes from “their brethren” or fellow Jews (Hebrews 7:5). Under the old covenant, only those of the priesthood received tithes. Furthermore, I peter 2:5,9 declares that Christians, who are NOT Jews, are a royal priesthood, and therefore, by inference, exempted from tithing (emphasis mine). More importantly, everywhere there is a mention of tithes in the bible( Lev 27:30-32, Num 18:24,26&28, Deut 12:6,11&17; 14:22,23&28; 26:12, II Chron 31:5,6,&12, Neh 10:37,38; 12:44, 13:5,12, Amos 4:4, Mal 3:8,10, Matt 23:23, Luke 11:42, 18:12 to Heb 7:5,6,8,&9) the tithes ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS referred to agriculture and/or live stock but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER that of money , shekels, gold or silver. Money, shekels, gold and silver were offerings that the people were ordered to bring for the building of the temple but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER as a source for a tithe. The only exception to this is Abraham`s tithe in Genesis 14:20, where he VOLUNTARILY tithed to Melchizedec from the SPOILS of war. Additionally, the tithes that were collected were used to sustain the priests, the fatherless, the widows, the poor and strangers ( so that there would literally be MEAT or FOOD in God’s house for the aforementioned people)

    E) On the subject of salvation, some men say once you are saved you can not lose your salvation.
    1E. Is this true?
    2E. If so, in comparing scripture with scripture and taking into consideration the context of scripture, what does it mean when the bible says “TO” Christians or Disciples
    If your right eye causes you to sin, cut it off, thereby preventing your whole body from being cast into hell. Matthew 5:29
    If we do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will father God forgive us our trespasses. Matthew 6:15 (To me it implies that if we choose not to forgive a brother or sister, which is sin, this sin will preclude us from entering heaven)
    Workers or practicers of iniquity or sin, unrighteousness, wrongdoing or wickedness will not enter heaven. Matthew 7:21
    To enter into life we MUST keep the commandments. Matthew 19:16-21
    Watch and be prepared for the Lord’s return, lest we be appointed our portion with the hypocrites. Matthew 24:42-51
    Only those who ABIDE in or PRACTICE Jesus’ words are his disciples. John 8:31
    Unless we CONTINUE in God’s goodness we too shall be cutoff. Romans 11:22
    The unrighteous(Liars, adulterers, fornicators, drunkards, homosexuals etc.) WILL NOT enter the kingdom. I Corinthians 6:9
    Examine ourselves… unless we too be disqualified. II Corinthians
    Do not let any man deceive you, NO WHOREMONGER, DRUNKARD, etc will enter the kingdom, and such WERE some of you. Ephesians 5:5,6
    Those who PRACTICE sin will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:21
    Whoever rejects living in holiness rejects God, and by inference heaven(emphasis mine). I Thessalonians
    If we hold fast to THE END, then we will become partakers of Christ. Hebrews 3:6
    Those who draw back from believing draws back to perdition or being spiritually lost. Hebrews 10:39
    It is impossible to renew those who were enlightened, have tasted the heavenly gift, were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the word of God and the powers of the world to come to renew them again to repentance, if they fall away. Hebrews 6:4
    Beware lest you fall from being steadfast, and are led away with error. II Peter 3:17,18
    Whoever transgresses the doctrine or teaching of Christ does not have God or eternal life(emphasis mine). II John 1:9-11

    F) On the subject of wealth and riches, some men say that Christ died so that we could be financially rich and that the wealth of Abraham, which was his purported blessing, belongs to all Christians.
    1f. Is this true?
    2f. If so, what does it mean when the bible warns Christians
    That after these THINGS do the gentiles seek. Matthew 6:32
    The cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches makes one unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
    Beware of those whose minds are consumed with earthly things and the satisfying of their bellies. Philippians 3:18
    Men who have corrupt minds and those that are destitute of the truth think that godliness is a means of gain or equates gain with godliness. I Timothy 6:5 (the instructions from the apostle Paul is to withdraw from these men).
    Those who DESIRE to be rich WILL fall into many temptations, snares and foolish, harmful lusts ,which cause destruction and perdition- or the state of being spiritually lost. I Timothy 6:9 (according to scripture, we are not to even desire to be rich) ( thus the popular refrain, “Money! Cometh to me NOW!”, appears to be counter to biblical teaching).
    Be content with such things that we have and not to be covetous. Hebrews 13:5
    The lowly brother will be exalted and the rich will fade. James 1:9-11
    God has chosen the POOR to be rich IN FAITH and heirs to the kingdom. James 2:5
    False prophets exploit the sheep with destructive words through covetousness (or the desire for more ——-fill in the blank.) II Peter 2:3
    In the book of Revelations, the church of Smyrna, which was poor, was deemed rich; and the church of Laodicea, which was rich, was deemed poor ,wretched, blind and miserable.
    Again, according to scripture, we are not to even DESIRE to be rich. Despite these warnings, some still pursue and exhort the saints to covet after wealth through their sermons and opulent lifestyles. [Money cometh unto me NOW!] sigh!?

    G) On the subject of correct doctrine, some men chastise, rebuke and/or scold those that would examine or question their teachings or doctrine ,in direct contrast to the teachings of scriptures. 1G. If this is correct, what does it mean when the bible says to Christians
    Beware of the doctrine or teachings of the Pharisees. Matthew 16:12
    Note and avoid TEACHERS who bring about division and offenses through TEACHINGS that are contrary to the APOSTLE’S doctrine or epistles. Romans 16:17
    A LITTLE leaven- error or untruth- spoils the whole lump. I Corinthians 5:6
    The apostle Paul urges the Corinthians to examine whether or not his oration/treatise was correct, in light of scripture. I Corinthians 10:14
    Give attendance to doctrine. I Timothy 4:13
    Continue in the doctrine, for in doing so we will save ourselves and those that hear us. I Timothy 4:16
    Those who are untaught and unlearned twist the scriptures. We are therefore warned to beware of these incorrect teachings lest we fall and be led away with these errors. II Peter 3:16-18
    Contend or fight for the faith or teachings that were delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3

    H) On the subject of the law, some men unknowingly ,I pray, place their congregations under a curse and removed from grace by preaching the law.
    1H. If these teachings are correct, what does it mean when the bible says
    The law of Moses is a yoke. Acts 15:5-10
    The law is used to show the guiltiness of everyone and to reveal sin. Romans 3:19,20
    The law reveals what sin is. Romans 7:7
    Christ is the end of the law for righteousness. Romans 10:4,5
    The law is the ministry of death and condemnation. II Corinthians 3:6
    Those who are under the law are cursed. Galatians 3:10
    No one is justified or made righteous by the law. Galatians 3:11
    The law was in effect, essentially, to regulate human behavior UNTIL Jesus came. Galatians 3:19,23&24
    After Jesus, we are no longer regulated by the law. Galatians 3:25
    The law is a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
    Those who try keeping the law estranges themselves from Christ and are fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4
    Jesus has abolished the commandments contained in ordinances. Ephesians 2:15
    The law has been nailed to the cross. Colossians 2:14
    Some men stray or swerve in their desire to be teachers of the law, not understanding it. I Timothy 1:6,7
    The law is not made for a righteous man e.g. Christian , but for sinners. I Timothy 1:9
    God, in another time , spoke to the Hebrew fathers through the prophets and in the last days has spoken to Christians through His SON. Hebrews 1:1
    Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant based on better promises. This better covenant is the new testament. Hebrews 8:6
    If the first covenant had been faultless then a second one would not have been sought. But fault was found. Hebrews 8:7,8
    The first covenant has been made or declared obsolete. It has run its course. Hebrews 8:13
    The law was a shadow of good things to come and not the very image and can never with the sacrifices they offered perfect those who practice it. Hebrews 10:1
    Whoever keeps the whole law (not commit adultery, kill)yet stumbles in one point is guilty of all. James 2:10,11
    The apostle Paul declares himself an able minister of the new testament, not of the letter or law, which is a yoke(emphasis mine). II Corinthians 3:6

    I) On the subject of women and leadership, some men allow women to lead and usurp authority over the men of the congregation.
    1I. If this is correct, what does it mean when the bible says to Christians
    Women are commanded to keep silent in the church and behave orderly, for it is a shame for them to speak. I Corinthians 14:34,35
    Women are to learn in silence and submit, neither are they permitted to teach or have authority over the man , seeing that Adam was first formed then Eve. I Timothy, chapter 2.
    Some men reconcile these commands only to the church at Corinth. If that were the case, one could just as well say that Paul’s letter to the Ephesians were to the Ephesians only and his letter to the Philippians were only to the Philippians ,and so on and so forth. Nevertheless, Paul, in his letter to Timothy, which establishes Christian conduct and church order, expressly declares this precept to be a church wide mandate.

    J) On the subject of female Christian adornment, some women(by way of their manner of dress)violate the bible’s clear teachings when it comes to their outward appearance.
    1. What does the bible mean when it says
    Women are to adorn themselves with modest apparel, along with a meek and quiet spirit…..not with broided hair, gold, pearls and costly clothing. I Timothy 2:9-14.
    Despite Paul’s orders, some women adorn themselves with fancy and expensive clothes in direct opposition to scripture.

    K) On the subject of health and healing, some men say that with enough faith one can guarantee health and healing.
    1K. Is this true?
    2K. If so, what does the bible mean when it says
    The apostle Paul’s fellow worker, Epaphroditus, was sick almost to death, until God, through his divine will, had mercy on him. Philippians 2:26,27
    Timothy was told to drink a little wine for his OFTEN infirmities. I Timothy 5:23
    The apostle Paul left Trophimus in Miletus sick. II Timothy 4:20
    If any is sick among the congregation, let him call for the elders/bishops of the church and these should pray and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and they shall be raised up. James 5:14,15. Despite this dictate in James, we see those that are chronically sick coming to church week after week until they finally succumb to their sickness. (Of special Note: there is even a special section for those that are deaf, and wheelchair bound in our congregation)
    3K. Where are the true elders/bishops that James spoke of?

    L) On the subject of pastors and ministers, some men declare and appoint themselves as leaders and men of God to be followed and obeyed, instead of pointing the congregation to follow and obey Christ. Some resort to bullying, coercion, threats and intimidation (especially, touch not God`s anointed)all in an effort to silence and exploit the flock into submission to them.
    1L. What does the bible mean when it says
    Our leaders shall be our minister and the greatest will be the sheep’s servant. Matthew 20:25-28
    They are to teach Christians to observe everything that Jesus commanded the apostles to do. Matthew 28:20
    They are to declare the whole counsel of God. Acts 20:27
    They are to walk and act like the apostles. Philippians 3:17
    They are not to abuse the power of the gospel by charging. I Corinthians 9:18. Scripture teaches that we have freely received, therefore we should freely give.
    They are able ministers of the new testament . II Corinthians 3:6
    A true minister is an example of Christ in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith and purity. He is a reader, able to exhort and holds to correct doctrine. I Timothy 4:12
    They are to oversee the flock willingly and not for dishonest gain. They are not to be lords or rulers over the flock, but rather they are to lead by example. James 5:1
    The apostle Paul was gladly spent or poured out his love and care for the saints through his actions and not just by way of his preaching. Also, by working with his hands, he physically demonstrated that it is more blessed to give than to receive. II Corinthians 12:15 and I Thessalonians 2:8
    The apostle Paul and his ministers refused to be a burden to the people, choosing, instead, to labor day and night. Setting an example for those that were to follow. II Thessalonians 3:8
    They are to rightly divide the word of God. II Timothy
    They are to preach the word(truth) in season(when its popular)and out of season( when it’s not popular or profitable). II Timothy 4:12
    They are to rebuke false teachers(see, some tele-evangelist) Titus 1:11-13
    They are to be an example in good works, INTEGRITY, incorruptibility, and in DOCTRINE.
    A true minister of God has no greater joy than to see the sheep walk in the truth of God’s word. Titus 2:7,8

    M) The remaining observations are just few of the glaring contradictions that I’ve noticed over the years that I would seek clarification on
    In John 14:24 and Romans 8:17 respectfully, it is declared that only those that obey Jesus` words love Him. And that only those who suffer with Christ are joint heirs with Him. Yet many, who are disobedient to His words, erroneously declare that they love Jesus.
    1M. Does this ignorance demonstrate a lack of teaching on the churches` part?
    Romans 14:17 declares that the kingdom of God consists in righteousness(or doing right), peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Yet some men would have you to believe that the kingdom of God is synonymous with church buildings, the pastor’s visions, tithing, wealth, health, and riches
    I Corinthians 4:9-13 describes the life of an apostle as one being filled with dishonor, hunger, thirst, beatings, homelessness, defame, being a spectacle, suffering as the filth of the earth, being reviled, being made fools for Christ, being weak.
    WARNING: Those who claim to be apostles better embrace such sufferings , since the student is not above the teacher.
    I Corinthians 5:6 tells us to oust unrepentant, sinning Christians from the gatherings as a true sign of love and for the sake of the sinning person’s soul’s. Today we seem to have no such tradition .
    Some men teach on the subject of faith week after week….after week, to the neglect of love (the greatest attribute of a Christian).
    2M. What gives?
    In some congregations, tongues are practiced with the neglect of interpretation of those tongues spoken, as scripture commands. Also, of note, prophesying ,which is certainly appropriate for the church or gathering, is conspicuously absent.
    3M. Why, why?
    I Corinthians 14:26 says that everyone should have the opportunity to exercise their spiritual gifts (e.g. word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues, psalm, doctrine or teaching, and revelations) in the gatherings, which is to be done, of course, decently and in order for the edification of all the saints. Yet some men prohibit or limit such activity to the exercising of none spiritual gifts, such as ushering, hospitality, hostessing and to those with singing and musical abilities, all to the quenching and dismay of the Holy Spirit.
    4M. Why? Why?
    Galatians 5:22 describes the evidence or fruit of the Holy Spirit as being consistent with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Yet some men identify the evidence if one has the Holy Spirit by that of speaking in tongues, along with violent displays of jerking and emotionalism.
    5M. Why? Why?
    Ephesians 6:8 says that whatever good that we do to others we will receive the same from the Lord. meaning that what ever we do, we should do it as if we were doing it to and for the Lord, being assured we will reap from the Lord. Yet some men imply this to mean that whatever we sow into their ministry (by inference, their ministry is the preferred source of good ground) we will receive the same from the Lord, some forty, fifty and a hundredfold.
    6M. Why? Why?
    I Timothy 2:5 states that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. Yet some men, like the priests of old, try to be mediators between God and man saying that the blessing flows from the head to the body, not realizing that Jesus is our only head and we are his body.
    7M. Why? Why?
    Hebrews 11:13,35-40 describes a host of saints who did not receive what they were asking for in this lifetime, but instead were afflicted, tortured and berated for their faith. Yet some men teach that faith is a Guarantee of wealth and health, to which the above scriptures plainly refute.
    8M. Why? Why?
    I John 2:27 says , since the anointing or Holy Spirit abides in you, you do not need man to teach you because He ,the Holy Spirit, will teach you concerning all things. Yet some men say you can’t learn without their teaching.
    Just like in III John 1:9 where John speaks of a church leader named Diotrephes who loved to have preeminence in the church and one who displayed malicious words and pratings(he even went so far as to put the brethren out of the church who would have received John and his group), there are so-called leaders that respond in like manner to those that would oppose their teachings and theology.
    9M. Why? Why?
    Jesus said His sheep will hear His voice and a stranger they will not follow
    Send all correspondence to Tarre Stanley @ sjesusisinme@aol.com , or visit my Blog ,Dividing the Word ,at consumed with the word. Blogspot.com. Or share this article with another saint

    cc: Apostle Fred price, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Paul Morton, Steve Harvey, Dr. Michael Moore, Pastor John Hagee, Bishop George Bloomer, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Dr. I.V. Hilliard, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage, Pastor Smokie Norful, Pastor Joel Osteen, Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor A.R. Bernard, Dr Bobby Jones, Dr. Myles Munroe, Pastor Kenneth Copeland, Pastor Floyd Flake, Dr. Tony Evans, Bishop Henry Fernandez, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Joyce Meyer, Dr. Michael Freeman, Paul Crouch, Pat Robertson, Pastor Bill Winston, Pastor Arthur Jackson, Bishop Neil Ellis, Dr. Gloria Williams, Pastor Rod Parsley, Pastor Gregory Dickow, Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor Greg Powe, Bishop Victor Curry, David Jeremiah, Jesse Duplantis, Hal Lindsey, Pastor Casey Treat, Dr. Leroy Thompson, Dr. Bill Cosby, Clifton Davis, David Mann, LL Cool J, Flex Alexander, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Tyler Perry, Sheri Shepard, Sinbad, Rickey Smiley, Earvin Magic Johnson, Chris Tucker, Courtney B. Vance, Denzel Washington, Demond Wilson, Micah Stampley, CeCe Winans, Dorinda Clark Cole, Vickie Winans, Twinkie Clark, Tye Tribbett, Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, And prayerfully, the entire Body of Christ

    Comment by Tarre Stanley | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  16. Bible Thoughts to Consider SERIOUSLY!

    Do religions in general follow Jesus and the apostles’ example and preach the gospel of the KINGDOM ? (Luke 4:43; Luke 8:1; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19, 20) Why do they have conflicting doctrines as to what the Kingdom really is? They hardly ever talk about the Kingdom, much less identify what that Kingdom really is; yet the KINGDOM was the MAIN theme of Jesus’ preaching. (Matthew 3:2; 4:17, 23; Luke 4:43) That Kingdom is a heavenly Government with Christ as the chief ruler. (Isaiah 9:6, 7) When on earth, Christ specifically said that the Kingdom is the theme that will be preached in these last days. (Matthew 24:14) Who are the ones preaching it today in imitation of Jesus and the apostles? Kindly observe and see for yourself. These ones are not perfect as we all know, but they sincerely try to live up to God’s standards and obey his command through Jesus Christ to preach the kingdom. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) Note that at Matthew 28:19, 20, Jesus promised that he will be with his followers even unto the end of the world. This surely indicates that Jesus’ true followers will be in existence carrying out the work of teaching all nations and making disciples at the period of time before the end comes; for how else could Christ be with them unto the end of the world, if they are not in existence? We are now in the period of time before the end of the world. This means that Christ’s true followers are NOW preaching worldwide.
    Are these true followers of Christ to be scattered in all different religions believing and teaching different things on the same subject? Christ and his apostles and disciples were all UNIFIED in teaching. (1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 14:33)They CERTAINLY belonged to ONE religion. None of them would have been a Pharisee, a scribe, or Sadducee. If any were such, he would have changed his false religion and become part of Christ’ true congregation back then, as Saul, who became the apostle Paul, did. (Acts 9:4-18; Acts 26:12-16)
    We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that all religions please God. There can ONLY be ONE TRUE religion. (Ephesian 4:5) Satan wants us to think otherwise. In effect Satan is saying: “Religion doesn’t matter. Forget Jesus’ statement at John 4:23, 24. God doesn’t care whether or not a person is a ‘true worshipper.’ All religions please God”. WE ALL MUST BEWARE OF SATANIC REASONINGS.
    The wise course is to seek to find the TRUE religion. An aid to doing so is considering the important questions mentioned below. Honest answers to these questions can assist a person truly seeking the TRUE religion.
    1. Which religion today teaches persons about God’s Kingdom in all nations as Christ said they would? (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19, 20)
    2. Which religion makes God’s name known to others as Christ did? (Psalms 83:18; John 17:6, 26)
    3. Which religion does not take part in wars? Thus, its members do not join the army. (Isaiah 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4)
    4. Which religion today does not have a Clergy/ Laity class, thus not using high-sounding titles for those taking the lead? (Matthew 23:8-10)

    Considering these 4 questions very seriously and honestly, among others, can help a person to find the TRUE religion that God is using today. Yes indeed! That TRUE Religion exists presently.
    Best wishes,
    Simeon

    Comment by S.J | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  17. I did not read the comments above but Bischop I love your program and I’ve been so blessed by it. I’m praying for you and that God will just use you more for His glory. People need to hear what you are preaching in the Covering Conference. We don’t have much time left over playing church anymore. God is coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle. God bless. Gretna

    Comment by Gretna Barnard | December 26, 2010 | Reply

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  19. Why worry about churches that you think are getting to big. If it bothers you just don’t attend them. God is doing work in alot of ways. Just do what he is telling you to do and let others do the same. Don’t block Gods flow just because it may not look or sound right to you. If it is not right God will deal with it in time because that is his job not yours. If pastors with churches with multiple locations are getting God’s job done so be it and unfortunately some pastors who cant get members should rethink their call or line up with the ones who are getting members, and find out what they are doing. Don’t be a hater be a congratulater.

    Comment by Pam | April 29, 2011 | Reply

  20. Do religions in general follow Jesus and the apostles’ example and preach the gospel of the KINGDOM ? (Luke 4:43; Luke 8:1; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19, 20) Why do they have conflicting doctrines as to what the Kingdom really is? They hardly ever talk about the Kingdom, much less identify what that Kingdom really is; yet the KINGDOM was the MAIN theme of Jesus’ preaching. (Matthew 3:2; 4:17, 23; Luke 4:43) That Kingdom is a heavenly Government with Christ as the chief ruler. (Isaiah 9:6, 7) When on earth, Christ specifically said that the Kingdom is the theme that will be preached in these last days. (Matthew 24:14) Who are the ones preaching it today in imitation of Jesus and the apostles? Kindly observe and see for yourself. These ones are not perfect as we all know, but they sincerely try to live up to God’s standards and obey his command through Jesus Christ to preach the kingdom. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) Note that at Matthew 28:19, 20, Jesus promised that he will be with his followers even unto the end of the world. This surely indicates that Jesus’ true followers will be in existence carrying out the work of teaching all nations and making disciples at the period of time before the end comes; for how else could Christ be with them unto the end of the world, if they are not in existence? We are now in the period of time before the end of the world. This means that Christ’s true followers are NOW preaching worldwide.Are these true followers of Christ to be scattered in all different religions believing and teaching different things on the same subject? Christ and his apostles and disciples were all UNIFIED in teaching. (1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 14:33)They CERTAINLY belonged to ONE religion. None of them would have been a Pharisee, a scribe, or Sadducee. If any were such, he would have changed his false religion and become part of Christ’ true congregation back then, as Saul, who became the apostle Paul, did. (Acts 9:4-18; Acts 26:12-16)We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that all religions please God. There can ONLY be ONE TRUE religion. (Ephesian 4:5) Satan wants us to think otherwise. In effect Satan is saying: “Religion doesn’t matter. Forget Jesus’ statement at John 4:23, 24. God doesn’t care whether or not a person is a ‘true worshipper.’ All religions please God”. WE ALL MUST BEWARE OF SATANIC REASONINGS. The wise course is to seek to find the TRUE religion. An aid to doing so is considering the important questions mentioned below. Honest answers to these questions can assist a person truly seeking the TRUE religion. 1. Which religion today teaches persons about God’s Kingdom in all nations as Christ said they would? (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19, 20) 2. Which religion makes God’s name known to others as Christ did? (Psalms 83:18; John 17:6, 26) 3. Which religion does not take part in wars? Thus, its members do not join the army. (Isaiah 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4) 4. Which religion today does not have a Clergy/ Laity class, thus not using high-sounding titles for those taking the lead? (Matthew 23:8-10)
    +1

    Comment by Fielding Hargreaves | May 28, 2011 | Reply

  21. We would love to have you and your readers join our Christian forums here: http://www.TheologyForums.org

    Comment by Theology Forums | June 12, 2011 | Reply

  22. Contact our lawyer Frank Darras. You are being sued .

    Comment by tesss Mcclendon | March 16, 2012 | Reply

    • I hope this is SPAM! This is SO funny!!

      Comment by maxdaddy | March 16, 2012 | Reply

  23. I should be preparing the Bible Study, but stumbled across your blog instead. Folk seem to think America is either Absolutely Wonderful or Absolutely Awful, but you show it’s just a country very like many others. Democracy – as practised in the West – seems to give us leaders who are more interested in getting, exercising, and keeping power than in governing for the sake of others. Power goes to whoever has the most money (or the strongest = most manipulative personality). More and more it is how the media portray the candy dates (I like that phrasing) which governs their popularity. Humph! No politician dares to say they will put up taxes in order to help the poor – whether “the poor” are those without the means to get health insurance (in USA) or those who are clever enough to go to university but whose families cannot afford university education for them (here in UK).

    And it’s heart-warming to read what you say about “Prosperity Gospel” and many other more controversial subjects. I agree with enough to want you in our church – shame you live 5000 miles away! Not everything, of course! In different ways in our two countries, the church is under pressure from society – led by government & media – because tolerance is the new mantra. It sounds good, but any opinion which disagrees with the “tolerant” position is rejected as bigoted, prejudiced, intolerant – substitute your own words with high emotional baggage and little contextual relevance. We are no longer supposed to have different opinions on such issues such as gay “marriage”, abortion on demand, easy divorce, the right to show that you are a Christian (such as by wearing a small cross), the right – as a nurse – not to assist at an abortion when there are others willing to step in (so no additional danger to the mother). The only tolerant point of view is assumed to be the one where everyone is in agreement. Not in my book!

    And I like the fact that you put things clearly. And can spell – OK, ’tis American spelling, but that is nothing to fret over.

    Comment by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Wow!! Thank you!! You are MUCH too kind! Though I’ve not written here as often as I need to, I appreciate those who have read what I’ve done. facebook is killing this blog, because I can be expressive and still raise my three kids and not lose too much time. I will do better, though!

      Comment by maxdaddy | March 28, 2012 | Reply


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