Congregation of YHWH, Jerusalem

 

Background

The Church has taken on so many roles lately.

It is interesting to see which ones line up with those whom are called by God.

 

Videos

  1. Messianic Signs 2 The Suffering Messiah
    Video

 

Indepth

Messianic Signs 2 – The Suffering Messiah

How Messiah learns from Yahweh…


 

Passages

Isaiah 50 ( verses 4 thru 8 )

  1. The Lord God has given me
        the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with a word
        him who is weary. ( Isaiah 50-4a )
  2. Morning by morning he awakens;
        he awakens my ear
        to hear as those who are taught.  ( Isaiah 50-4b )
  3. The Lord God has opened my ear,
        and I was not rebellious;
        I turned not backward. ( Isaiah 50-5 )
  4. I gave my back to those who strike,
        and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
    I hid not my face
        from disgrace and spitting. ( Isaiah 50-6 )
  5. But the Lord God helps me;
        therefore I have not been disgraced;  ( Isaiah 50-7 )
  6. He who vindicates me is near.
    Who will contend with me?
        Let us stand up together.
    Who is my adversary?
        Let him come near to me.  ( Isaiah 50-8 )
  7. Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the voice of his servant?  ( Isaiah 50-10 )
  8. Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
        who equip yourselves with burning torches!
    Walk by the light of your fire,
        and by the torches that you have kindled!
    This you have from my hand:
        you shall lie down in torment.  ( Isaiah 50-11 )

Luke 2:49-51

  1. And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
    And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.
    And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.
    And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart ( Luke 2 49-51)

 

2nd Timothy 3:2

  1. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy2nd Timothy 3:2 )

 

Qumran – Dead Sea Scrolls
Christ’s Atonement

  1. Suffering Messiah
    • .. his Wisdom [will be great.] He will make atonement for all the children of his generation. He will be sent to all the sons of
    • his [generation]. His word shall be as the word of Heaven and his teaching shall be according to the will of God. His eternal sun shall burn brilliantly.
    • The fire shall be kindled in all the corners of the earth. Upon the Darkness it will shine. Then the Darkness will pass away
    • [from] the earth and the deep Darkness from the dry land. They will speak many words against him. There will be many [lie].
    • They will invent stories about him. They will say shameful things about him. He will overthrow his evil generation
    • and there will be [great wrath]. When he arises there will be Lying and violence, and the people will wander astray [in] his days and be confounded.

Philippians 2:1-4
Christ’s Example of Humility

  1. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
    complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others ( Philippians 2:1-4)

Isaiah 53
Suffering Messiah

  1. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
    that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
    ( Isaiah 53:7-8 )
  2. when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
    the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.  ( Isaiah 53:10 )
  3. And makes intercession for the transgressors. ( Isaiah 53:12 )

 

John 17
The High Priestly Prayer

 

  1. Link
    I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
    that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”  ( John 17:20-24 )

Summary

Learning teaches Messiah Patience, Obedience, and faithfulness – Congregation of YHWH, Jerusalem.

Whom not to learn from

  1. Your favorite prosperity preacher
  2. The show guy on TV or YouTube
    • Hawking DoomsDay food
    • Conspiracy Theory chaser
    • Calling out everybody else
    • Head far from covered, “hulling curses on everyone else

 

What not to learn

There are foundational and directly applicable words in the Bible and so these are not areas that we can pretend the Bible is silent on:

  1. …not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter presuming to be from us and alleging that the day of the Lord has already come.
    Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness (the son of destruction) is revealed.… ( 2 Thessalonians 2:2 )
  2. No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven — the Son of Man. ( John 3:13 )
  3. Dominion Theology
    • Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”  ( John 18:36 )
  4. Signs & Wonders
    • Observable Signs
      • When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs.
      • Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’   ( Luke 17:20 )
    • Do not go out or chase after them
      • Then He said to the disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
        People will tell you, ‘Look, there He is,’ or ‘- Here He is.’ Do not go out or chase after them.
        For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will be the Son of Man in His day.… ( Luke 17:22 )

 

Discernment

  1. Here is a call for the endurance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
    ( Revelation 14:12 )
  2. Jesus Our Advocate
    …He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world.
    By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.
    If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.… ( 1st John 2:3 )
  3. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.
    The one who does not love remains in death.
    Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer.… ( 1st John 3:14 )

 

Closing

I think sometimes people emphasis one aspect of their ministry over another.

But, it is obvious, easy, and in fact straightforward to inspect whether it is a ministry of Love.

Though it may seem out of place, but in the days, weeks, months and years ahead you will ask yourself how people love you… And, prayerfully you will find out, either way, which ways — Even if like Sam Smith,  you will have to find out through “man made teachings and boundaries” { Not in that way – Link }

Though we live in Laodicea, lukewarm still gets spitted out.

Wale, already responded when called out as one of the false prophets, “layaway effort” shouldn’t guise no one.

Timothy Keller – 2017/Summer

Teachings

  1. The One God uses
    • YouTube
      Published On :- 2017-August-10th
      Link
  2. TIM KELLER 2017 – An Immigrant’s Courage (POWERFUL SERMON 2017)
    • YouTube
      Published On :- 2017-July-4th
      Link
  3. A World of Idols | Timothy Keller
    Sermon :- Acts 17:16-34

    • YouTube
      Published On :- 2017-August-7th
      Link

 

Indepth

The One God Uses

  1. The calling of God
    • Divine Call
      • Being
      • Doing
  2. Apprentice of 18 years
  3. Prophetic of 30 years

 

An Immigrant’s Courage

  1. Deuteronomy 23
    • “No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever,
      because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.
      But the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.
      You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever. ( Deuteronomy 23:3-6 )
    • “You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land.
      Children born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord. ( Deuteronomy 23:7)
  2. Barren Woman
    • “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the LORD. ( Isaiah 54:1 )
    • …But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
      For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have never travailed; because more are the children of the desolate woman, than of her who has a husband.”
      Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.… ( Galatians 4:26-28 )

A World of Idols

  1. Gehazi’s Greed and Leprosy
    …Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.
    “In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.”
    He said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him some distance.… ( 2 Kings 5:17-19 )

Sermons & Discussions – 2017/June

Sermons

  1. Jacob Prasch
    • Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories
      Published On :- 2017-May-31st
      Link

 

Indepth

Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories – Jacob Prasch

  1. Parallels between last days of Southern & Northern Kingdom
    • 585 / 586 BC :- Judah
    • 720 / 721 BC :- Samaria
  2. Pesca” Interpretation
  3. 2 Comings
    • Cosmo Sign
    • Roman Emperor
      1. Assign numbers to control known world
      2. Economic Control of known world
      3. In Israel to be deceived
  4. First Son :- Isaiah 7:10-17 ESV
    Link
  5. Second Son :- Isaiah 8:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  6. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  7. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
  8. It is written as an instruction to us
    • Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
      So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall.…
      ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 )
    • This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
      ( Psalm 102:18 )
  9. Gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces!
    • ( Isaiah 8:9 )
  10. A Call to Fear God
    • For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
    • “You are not to say, It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
    • “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.…
      ( Isaiah 8:11-13 )
  11. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
    Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
    And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
    Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
    ( Isaiah 8:15-18 )

    • House of Jacob
      • Eterocentric
      • Always to the Jews
    • Israel
      • Can be applied to Church
  12. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
    • ( Isaiah 8:20 )
  13. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
    • ( Isaiah 8:22 )
  14. Discernment
    • Watchtower
      • I will climb up to my watchtower
        and stand at my guardpost.
        There I will wait to see what the Lord says
        and how he will answer my complaint.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 1 )
      • Then the Lord said to me,“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
        so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
        This vision is for a future time.
        It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
        If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
        for it will surely take place.
        It will not be delayed.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 2-3 )
  15. To the Law and Testimony
    • Whenever the Lord gives a prophecy it must agree with what is already written in the scriptures
  16. Communication with the Dead
    • When God allows it
      • Saul/Samuel
        • Sign of Judgement on Saul
  17. School for Prophets?
  18. Todd Bentley
    • Female Angel
      • Todd Bentley “Emma..another experience”
        Link

        • Work up this morning and said “God why Lakeland?”
        • God says I want to give you an outpouring
        • I said I like California more than Florida
        • Those healing angel you saw in Heaven
          • Those healing Angels have come down
        • Gods says I want to release Healing
        • God is reading
        • Over 100 healing pools of Bathsheda
        • Spokane Washington
          • George G. Lake
          • Healing Room
          • Over 100,000 signs and wonders
          • Hospitals shut down because of the Healing Revival
      • Todd Bentley – Emma The Angel – “Lyin’ to My Face”
        Link

Kanaan Ministries ( South Africa – SA )

Narrator

Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor.

 

Discussions

  1. Captive Spirit
    • The following is an extract from the latest course ACTS (Advanced Counsellors Training School). For the complete course – there are 23 DVDs and 3 manuals, which can be purchased from our office, please contact our office:
    • Parts
      • Captive Spirit – Part 1
        Published On : 2016-May-27th
        Link
      • Captive Spirit – Part 2
        Link
      • Captive Spirit – Part 3
        Link
  2. Foundational Understanding of Mind Control
    • Foundational Understanding of Mind Control – Part 1
      Published on :- 2016-May-30th
      Link
  3. SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions
    • SRA / DID Advanced Training Sessions 1 – 3
      Added On: 2017-Jan-16
      Link
  4. Neshamah – Journey to Freedom
    • Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor in this video seminar on the Neshamah and is supplemental to the teaching “Understanding Neshamah in Counseling DID/SRA”. It was recorded in January of 2013.
      Published On :- 2013-Sep-27
      Link

InDepth

Captive Spirit

Captive Spirit Part 1

  1. The enemy comes against the Counselor and places fear in his heart and mind
    • Every new level comes with his own level of intimation
    • Balance between Faith and Fear
  2. Isaiah 42:22
    • But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
  3. Wound Type
    • It is a Spirit wound [ Segment 11 ]
      • It is not just a soul wound
      • Once it gets into captivity, it is both a Soul and Spirit wound
  4. The Captive in the Tower
    • The enemy takes advantage of these moments of great suffering and trauma to capture a fragment/piece of us and takes us prisoners in his kingdom
    • When a person suffers from intense trauma, regions of fear capture his spirit and soul
  5. In her youth, she suffered through an alcoholic father
    • She built a stronghold
    • Others those it was just stubbornness

Captive Spirit Part 2

  1. Lord, I repent that I did not run to you
    • Proverbs 18:10
      • He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
        The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
        A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.…The name of the Lord is a strong tower

Captive Spirit Part 3

  1. Lies of the Evil one
    • Isaiah 28:16-18
      • A Cornerstone in Zion
        …Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
        He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
        I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.
        Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand;”
  2. Repeated Transgressions
    • Prisons of Sin
      • Sexual Immorality

 

SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions

  1. Now people can say that I have prayed, but how do they live
  2. The physical traits of the fruit can be there and exists, but how is being expressed
    • They can be pray
    • But how does that person live?
  3. Really have to live and pray
  4. The way we live is a testament to God’s ability to change lives
  5. It is not just about sitting in Church every Sunday and making sure that I keep that sit…
    • That is a joke
    • That is playing a Church
  6. Am I changing the community around me
  7. Am I there for my neighbor
  8. It does not matter what my skin color is
  9. It does not matter what my Political Party is
  10. Checked
    •  I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming, and he has no claim on Me. ( John 14:30 )
  11. Anointing
    • If you want Authority before the Lord, it is based “On how are you Living
    • It does not mean my gifts
      • I can be very gifted, but not have any anointing

 

Screen Shots

Fruit of the Spirit

Definition ( Segment Part 1 – 25th Minute )

definitionoffruitofspirit

Anointing Is

anointing

 

Matthew Parris – As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

Prelude

Back in March 2014, I listened in on a Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and Nabeel Qureshi discussion at University of Uppsala ( Universitetshuset), Sweden.

Here are links to the  RZIM’s videoes:

Everyone knows these guys dig deep.  Here are some of what was shared:

Ravi Zacharias:

  • Laws
    • Moses gave 613 laws
    • David took the 613 and reduce it to 15
    • Isaiah reduced it to 11
    • Micah reduced it to 3  – “What does the Lord require of you ? But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”
    • One would have thought Jesus will reduce it to 1, he didn’t. He reduced it to 2 — “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself on these 2 commandments stood all the laws”
  • Discipline your prayer life
  • An expenditure of words without an income of ideas will lead to conceptual bankruptcy
  • Learn how to define pleasure
  • Live in such a way that you will draw lines that you will not cross

Here is another of Ravi’s take on Mosaic Laws and how different Kings and Prophets have interpreted it:

Interpreting Failures, Conserving Victories
http://library.generousgiving.org/articles/display.asp?id=150

When you read the law of Moses, there are 613 precepts there. If you go 500 years past Moses to King David and read Psalm 15, those 613 are reduced to eleven. If you go a bit further to Isaiah, he reduces the number to six. A little later the prophet Micah reduces them to three: to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Later still, the prophet Habakkuk reduces them to just one: the just shall live by faith. And the New Testament writers repeat that one command three times over. The whole moral law is reduced to one statement: your faith in the living God. (And if you want to unpack it further, you can read James to see what faith really looks like.)

In the same video series, there is a short but important mention of Loyal D. Rue’s work.  Please refer to the Reference section and follow the link to get a summarized read on Loyal’s work.

At the end of the 2nd video, Michael Ramsden spoke about Matthew Parris’ dated opinion piece.

Matthew Parris

Here is Matthew Parris Opinion piece:

Matthew Parris: As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
By TIMES ONLINE

Added: Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 4:00 PM


http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/3502-matthew-parris-as-an-atheist-i-truly-believe-africa-needs-god

Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it’s Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work.

It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.

Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.

I used to avoid this truth by applauding – as you can – the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It’s a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith.

But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing.

First, then, the observation. We had friends who were missionaries, and as a child I stayed often with them; I also stayed, alone with my little brother, in a traditional rural African village. In the city we had working for us Africans who had converted and were strong believers. The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.

At 24, travelling by land across the continent reinforced this impression. From Algiers to Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic, then right through the Congo to Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, four student friends and I drove our old Land Rover to Nairobi.

We slept under the stars, so it was important as we reached the more populated and lawless parts of the sub-Sahara that every day we find somewhere safe by nightfall. Often near a mission.

Whenever we entered a territory worked by missionaries, we had to acknowledge that something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to: something in their eyes, the way they approached you direct, man-to-man, without looking down or away. They had not become more deferential towards strangers – in some ways less so – but more open.

This time in Malawi it was the same. I met no missionaries. You do not encounter missionaries in the lobbies of expensive hotels discussing development strategy documents, as you do with the big NGOs. But instead I noticed that a handful of the most impressive African members of the Pump Aid team (largely from Zimbabwe) were, privately, strong Christians.

€Privately,€ because the charity is entirely secular and I never heard any of its team so much as mention religion while working in the villages. But I picked up the Christian references in our conversations. One, I saw, was studying a devotional textbook in the car. One, on Sunday, went off to church at dawn for a two-hour service.

It would suit me to believe that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith. Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were. What they were was, in turn, influenced by a conception of man’s place in the Universe that Christianity had taught.

There’s long been a fashion among Western academic sociologists for placing tribal value systems within a ring fence, beyond critiques founded in our own culture: “theirs” and therefore best for Anathema€; authentic and of intrinsically equal worth to ours.

I don’t follow this. I observe that tribal belief is no more peaceable than ours; and that it suppresses individuality. People think collectively; first in terms of the community, extended family and tribe. This rural-traditional mindset feeds into the €œbig mana€ and gangster politics of the African city: the exaggerated respect for a swaggering leader, and the (literal) inability to understand the whole idea of loyal opposition.

Anxiety – fear of evil spirits, of ancestors, of nature and the wild, of a tribal hierarchy, of quite everyday things – strikes deep into the whole structure of rural African thought. Every man has his place and, call it fear or respect, a great weight grinds down the individual spirit, stunting curiosity. People won’t take the initiative, won’t take things into their own hands or on their own shoulders.

How can I, as someone with a foot in both camps, explain? When the philosophical tourist moves from one world view to another he finds – at the very moment of passing into the new – that he loses the language to describe the landscape to the old. But let me try an example: the answer given by Sir Edmund Hillary to the question: Why climb the mountain? €œBecause it’s there, he said.

To the rural African mind, this is an explanation of why one would not climb the mountain. It’s… well, there. Just there. Why interfere? Nothing to be done about it, or with it. Hillary’s further explanation – that nobody else had climbed it – would stand as a second reason for passivity.

Christianity, post-Reformation and post-Luther, with its teaching of a direct, personal, two-way link between the individual and God, unmediated by the collective, and unsubordinate to any other human being, smashes straight through the philosophical/spiritual framework I’ve just described. It offers something to hold on to to those anxious to cast off a crushing tribal group-think. That is why and how it liberates.

Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the know-how that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.

And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete.

References

References – Noble Lie

References – Matthew Parris