down by the riverside

In many Gay churches, without oil of the Holy Spirit, like a car without fuel, the passengers would push the car along and still call it driving, and call it church. Its the heavy yoke on the oxen, the yoke of the law, the focus on the love commandments. The burden is so heavy on the gay community already burdened by condemnation of the mainline churches. No wonder, few attends.

We need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is holy. He resides when Jesus becomes our righteousness. With the Holy Spirit, its like the boat with a big sail and the passenger sits on the boat doing little work, for the yoke of Jesus is light. We need the Holy Spirit to minister to gays who have lost everything. The Holy Spirit comes when there is righteousness by the cleansing water of the Cross, for He is Holy.

Sadly, the Holy Spirit is often grieved, tarry He may. The pulpit is abused for our own agenda or platform preaching. A word from the bible is quoted, and thereafter they close the bible. The Word of God is not expounded nor interpreted in context. Human ways are expounded based on the historical critical methods. We need to go down the riverside, where the water flows, the cleansing by the blood of the lamb, because gays are thirsty for the living water and fed up of religion. Continue reading

a christian theological framework for restoration

Col 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth…

Col 1:19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to himself all things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the Cross”

Col 1:25 , 26 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present the word of God in its fullness, the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people”.

The beginning of a theological mind is to acknowledge like Isaiah that God’s plans are higher than our mind. But the pharisees remembered Isaiah but rejected Jesus when He stood in front of them. They were from bible colleges which doesn’t help much without revelation. The truths in the bible were hidden from them, lest they believed and be saved. God’s plan for redemption to free mankind from Satan was slowly being fulfilled through the sands of time through Moses, the prophets, the judges, through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, David and Samuel, and finally Jesus Christ the Messiah, the alpha and omega.

For a christian theological reflection, it is pertinent that God’s ways are known in the person of Jesus Christ lest we fill the void of our own ways in the perceived mirage of God’s ways. Therefore, in the first theological foundation, God’s high ways are known in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that knowledge is revealed in the bible, the inspired Word of God producing faith which comes by consuming the word of God. Continue reading

True rest in Bethesda

Matt 5:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, “you of little faith” he said, “why did you doubt?”.

Matt 5:32 and when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God”

Jesus never demanded to be worshiped whilst He was on earth. The disciples asked where He stayed, and He asked them to follow Him home. In their walk as disciples of Jesus, the revelation came to them and they worshipped Jesus as the Son of God.

The humility of Jesus never amazes me. Jesus never demanded worship as God not because He is not God but because He came not to enforce the law but to fulfill it by dying at the Cross. It was a decision by the disciples to worship Jesus when they finally had the revelation by faith He was the Son of God. Jesus brings us to a point of decision.

Mat 26:63, 64 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to Him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God. “You have said so”, Jesus replied. “But i say to all of you…”

Jesus was deliberately silent. Everyone knew Jesus was claiming to be God hence to be worshiped. The high priest was so angry at the apparent blasphemy that he tore his clothes. Yet some modern pastors repeating everyday the love commandments still insist that Jesus never called Himself God nor asked to be worshiped. The law will never bring us closer to God.

Jesus leveraged on the fact that the hardened religious heart of the pharisees and the high priest would never have the revelation by themselves that Jesus is God despite all the miracles and prophecies fulfilled. He was the silent gentle lamb lest they see the light, bowed down to worship Jesus and not sent Him to the Cross. Jesus could have floated in the air surrounded by a thousand angels but He humbly emptied Himself so that He could die for us and rose again.

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From rubble to return

Hebrews 8:6 but now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

We see the rubble on the outside but God sees the rubble within. How can we return when we have always been in the desert. We are in rubble even though wealthy of talent because we have not continued the call.

The existence of GLBT Christian  churches many on the fringes of christian theology nor believe in the inspiration of the Word of God is simply God’s amazing grace. The very fact that we still exist is amazing and a cause for celebration. We have so many broken and bitter people who had lost so much needing the gift of faith yet receiving a religion based on self when they can’t help themselves. Ultimately our focus should be Jesus our redemption and our Justice.

We need a fresh infilling of the holy spirit rather than the do it yourself love thy neighbour dogma. It is an inward ministry of faith, justice, reconciliation, and peace rather than outward. We need to reach a point of faith where Jesus becomes our restoration.

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