You state, "Jesus withdrew from the multitude because He knew the hatred of the Jewish leaders and the result of His breaking their man-made laws, and their erroneous understanding of the Sabbath (John 5:10)." Here you are the one using eisegesis. Nowhere in the text is this stated.
John 5:13, "And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in [that] place." Are you trying to say that there were a multitude of Jewish leaders at the Pool of Bethesda? The bible says that there were a multitude of blind, halt and withered, a great multitde of impotent folk. Clearly you are wrong. Further, Jesus engaged the Jews which confronted him concerning this matter.
The demonic attack is a progression that begins with spiritual blindness, halt is referencing a person who has no spiritual growth due to an addiction, lifestyle, etc; and withered means to come to an end or cease to exist.
Again you are not authorized to teach on spiritual (angels & demons) matters. Jesus conveyed himself away from the pool of Bethesda because there were a multitude of spirits which had a legal right to occupy this area or territory.
And again you cannnot even comment on how spirits operate through oppression, deppression and finally possession. This is information that people need to know (revelation) There were times when Jesus removed himself from an area due to the political or social state but this was not one of those times.
I will concede that you are able to teach biblical history, religion, laws and customs without being able to bring any relevant meaning for someone who is oppressed, depressed or possessed of the devil.
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashahnah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of Repentance"; this is the period, say the sages, of which the prophet speaks when he proclaims (Isaiah 55:6) "Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near." Psalm 130, Avinu Malkeinu and other special inserts and additions are included in our daily prayers during these days.
The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Psalms each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur (on Yom Kippur the remaining 36 chapters are recited, thereby completing the entire book of Psalms). Click below for today's three Psalms.
At every moment, your Creator must decide, “Should I put up once again with this little creature’s
imperfections and blunders, or is it time to measure things by the
Then He looks at the scale you use to measure others.
And with that same measure, He measures you.
Shalom upon your homes...
I've watched e-mail after e-mail flow into my mailbox about this particular subject and this has been going on for the last 2 years. I have my particular belief on the subject and others do too (you can check earlier posts). However, it is never OK to be argumentative and judgmental no matter how passionate you are about your beliefs. Concerning this matter though the Apostle Paul says something that I think is interesting in Philippians 1:16-18:
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
I am like Paul, I know that everyone who does Christian rap is not in it for the right reasons or they might not have a great grasp of that which they are rapping about about, but I rejoice that Christ is being preached. Is that not the aim of all of what we all do? Please let us cease with the personal attacks they are NOT Christ like...Love you with Godly Love.
Elder Azikiwee "Quay" Walton
Honestly I think christian hiphop is very contraversial. I believe if God purified and purged all the worldliness then He can use it to speak to not only the youth but to grown adults. Redeemed Hiphop??? I also think modern day gospel music is becoming secular and worldly mixing in with celebrities. Like Mary Mary. I dont think we should spiritually link up with the world and seperate ourselves from them distinctively.
I am a spoken word artist and I know how WORDS can impact people and hiphop can do that. The beats can be used for battle, spiritual warfare, sounds of victory in war, like the drums were used to prepare for battle. But it is important that we do not become like the world. I hate christian hip hop that try to sound worldly , sound like the world. Its horrible it seems like we are replicating the sounds of the world. I wish christian hip hop artist can be creative and transform hiphop culture, influence hiphop. Instead it influencing us.
Yea, I get tired of Mary, Mary on all the secular music award shows. The world throws them in as a token of apprceciation as if they are the only Christian music artists in the world. I believe that they are trying to be a witness to the world. I really don't see that they have compromised there Christian walk. We probably need to support their ministry instead of criticizing. This is probably a platform for them to go out into the world and minister the gospel.
The bible says to speak the word. It does not matter the type of music that accompanies the spoken word. It can have a country western, hip hop, blues, rock, pop, jazz, swag or feel. The bible does not limit how and what type of instruments are used in praise and worship, song and dance. This is some law type crap. The bible is only concerned with speaking and getting the word across to the listener. A particular style of music is purely an individual choice and personal preference.
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