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A Healthy Mind: Dementia and Mental Illness in the Bible

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7/19/2018 12:00 PM CST

Since the early days of the bible, “Mental Illness,” has been a serious issue. Research has shown us that many times in history, people were dismissed and easily disposed due to lack of resources, and even in the faith community-there were lack of resources. For our purposes, we would like to highlight, a few biblical examples of mental illness and minus the effects of healthy living: 

Examples:

Genesis 5:5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years and he died. This is a period in history where man was able to live for long periods and was able to think better.

Cain slew Abel: insanity would also drive a person to kill (Genesis 4:8) and Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against his brother, and slew him.

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David faked mental illness and was wrongly accused of being insane by King of Gath. So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “ Behold, you see the man behaving as a man. Why do you bring him to me? Do I lack as a madmen that you have brought this one to act as the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house? (1 Samuel 21:12:12-15) (bible.ca) by Steve Rudd

(The problem here is that Achish wasn’t a welcoming person and he himself had this and many issues- even though David wasn’t a man with Mental Illness.)

What are we to do?: Reach Out

In order to reach out and correct this problem- Christians and those in the world must be humble and ready to receive any and everyone with open arms. As a community of faith we can deal with the problem of mental illness, and in truth it is a current problem, but we must remind ourselves that “Mental Illness,” has been around for thousands of years. After the acknowledgement then we must pursue ways to address whatever issues are present both from a faith and position of health. 

Another example-“King Saul who drove himself insane out of hatred for David and rebellion to God: “ Now it came about the next day on that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the Harp with his hand (as usual) and a spear was in Saul’s hand. Saul hurled the spear for he thought, ‘I will pin David to the wall” excerpt from (bible.ca).

The Key word that’s not here is “LOVE”

What do we need to teach people about is love? People need to be told that they are loved also.

(Now that we have reviewed biblical examples-Let’s proceed with identifying various mental illnesses and real causes) 

Mental-Health

Types of Behaviors with Mental Illness

Mania
Panic attack
Paranoia
Confusion
Delusion
Dementia: loss of reason
Fear
Believing lies: false view of reality
Suspicion
Hopelessness
Depression
Anxiety

Dementia:

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities

(Daniel 4:31–34)

Nebuchadnezzer was stricken with dementia and loss of reason by God for his pride: “While the word was in the Kings mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, “king Nebuchadnezzer, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ “Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. “But at the end of that period, I,

Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.”

(bible.ca) by Steve Rudd

Nebuchadnezzer’s fall was associated with pride, God had to show him that his position was there only because God put him there. The same way that modern society discards people with dementia and mental illness, perhaps it should me noted that people were treated even harsher in the ancient world. “Nebuchadnezzer was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle” They often drove them out of the community and do not care for them.

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Results from Dementia:

Dementia brings confusion
Loss of Memory
Personality change, and Impaired Intellectual functions
etc

How can we help?

• Find places of comfort to live.
• Find consistent counseling
• The church family could help comfort them.
• Make sure that they are properly fed and eating habits are balanced.
• Education and study can help prolong and fight mental illness.

What we as Christians can do is find help by reaching to local agencies

Mental Health
Mental Health Association of Nj

Alzheimer’s:
Alzheimer’s Association ( alz.org)
Dementia Society of America 1-800-336-3684
Alzheimersprevention.org 

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church.

 

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The Teacher As Leader

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7/1/2018 10:15 PM CST

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The Teacher as Leader

  In this writing I will briefly discuss what a good Christian teacher is and what a Christian teacher is not. Many people who graduate from seminary dream of being a good teacher to advance the knowledge of seminarians, congregations and Disciples of Christ in order to grow the church. I will briefly highlight three point” The Teacher As A Leader, Having Strong Communication And Learning By Demonstration.

                                                A Good Christian Teacher 

A Teacher As A Leader

      A teacher is a leader that is willing to be lead by others. A leader is also a teacher that is willing to demonstrate that they are capable of learning as well. A teacher must take a role in developing, expressing and engaging others.  What makes a Christian educator great? A Christian educator is a person who is willing to give instruction in biblical and theological studies as they live their life as an example for those that are willing to be lead by you through Jesus Christ. The teacher shows confidence within their students as to learning to have confidence for those who is willing to be teachers also.

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 Having Strong Communication

 They must have strong communication skills in order to get their point across so that they can be clear of what they are saying to those who follow them. What I have learned from teaching is that I had a great teacher who taught me well because I understood what he told me.

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Learning By Demonstration

 I also learned by demonstration. The primary focus of teaching is to teach not only what you know but to teach how it can be done. A gymnast can never know how to use a parallel bar unless he or she is taught how to use it effectively. Using a parallel bar without demonstration will be a result of injury.

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                                           A Good Teacher Is Not
 
A good teacher is not an individual who doesn’t study progressively on an ongoing basis.They will use their time to learn and develop a spiritual relationship with Christ. As they continue to grow their lifestyle will reflect what they teach. Teacher does deceive their flock and ought to lead them astray. Your position is to lead followers to Christ. The teacher is not prideful not boastful about how much they know. They are humble and will be an example on display to the world.
 
In my conclusion a teacher must exercise good character because his personal behavior must be of the true sign of what is to be a leader. It is their outward expression of God’s word is one of the sure signs of human behavior and character of a Christian. To achieve this way of life a person who is saved must be a living example of what it means to be a true Christian in the faith. Your personal walk with Christ will demonstrate how much you really love a person whether it’s a family member, friend or relative. As a teacher he or she will present themselves as being a person of integrity. shield-of-faith-clipart-1
 
 

20228873_1490840277642799_5385441953393498167_n (1)Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar Liles graduated with a Master of Religion from New York Divinity School. After he graduated he pursued his Christian education further in 2014 at Andersonville Theological Seminary and graduated with a Doctorate in Ministry in 2018 with a grade point average (Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.80).  In 2015 he was Certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. In 2016 he became a member of the Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals. Currently he works as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor and Administrator at Exodus Training and Employment Services. He a member of the Ecclesia Scholars Society and a volunteer substitute teacher assistant at New York Divinity School and is a member of The King Movement that is founded by Chris Broussard. Despite these accomplishments Jesus has become the central focus of his life and continues until this day to serve Christ and there is nothing that he could or would of have done without Jesus Christ as the head of his life. Amen

 

 

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Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 2: Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness in the Faith

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
 

 

Many times in the movement of faith people lack understanding of the basic rules that govern how we should conduct ourselves to make the faith experience as impactful as possible.

The major issues that govern how we should act are not necessarily written but some are implied and others we would expect to come naturally or with added logic-simply due to the fact that they follow the rules governed by society.

For clarification lets look at a few examples of what we mean:

Etiquette

Etiquette is a code of polite conduct. If you practice proper etiquette, you are less likely to offend or annoy people — and you may even charm them.

According to Bishop Don Adams Founder and General Overseer of the Building Gods Kingdom International Ministries and co-author of this series;

Without the proper etiquette-it is assured that issues remain in place that will take away from the faith experience…. 

Under this classification we could include items like:

Pulpit Etiquette -Before giving a sermon it is always necessary to announce, acknowledge and “Thank” the leadership of the church. 1) for their dedication to the faith, and 2) even if you are a guest preacher-it’s good practice to offer “Thanks,” to the leadership of the church (house)-for allowing you to come and share your faith in their service. 

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Protocals 

If we were to look up Websters Dictionary we would find this definition:  
A system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations.
Spiritual Protocol is a reference to the respect, honor and deference due at all times to those in authority in the House of God. Many believers attend churches that are out of divine order and alignment. These churches are characterized by dysfunction, contention and continuous infighting.
Here’s a quote from Dr.Keira Banks as she explains from her introduction for the book Spiritual Protocols:

Dr. Keira Banks presents Spiritual Protocol as a tool and guide to assist pastors and believers in embracing the Biblical mandate for divine order in the local church. Pastors can use this book as a teaching tool in an effort to transition their entire congregations out of chaos and into the Kingdom of God realm of love, light, prayer and divine order. Individual believers will reference this book to ensure that their motives are pure and their conduct brings honor and glory to God.

This means the areas that protocols are set to address- items that are more standard policy either; written or expressed. For another example, a standard protocol in the church may be to open the service with a scripture reading and prayer-A process that most churches have adopted and follow routinely. 

Lastly with that said, let us spend a little time on pure righteousness:

 Pure Righteousness

 
What about Prayer-What is the significance of using different postures in prayer?
This is another area where sometimes the most natural spiritual experience is hampered by the “money see-monkey do-ism” of the church; for example-praying in submission to God. (see example in illustration below) 
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This picture is an example of praying in submission to God

 

According to many people in the modern church- some love to pray in the “submission,” position. For our purposes-we only want people to let your posture express the attitudes of your heart. Not to follow someone else who you see using this prayer position without truly understanding what it means.

In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See I Kings 8:54.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)

Communication with God does not require a certain physical position, but postures do give expression to the attitudes of our hearts.

While we only provided a few examples-there a hundreds for more reasons why a little practice in learning to identify good “Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness,” and how they interchange in the church can go along way into building a lasting faith experience. A more positive faith experience-where everyone is willing to come and share and grow in the Body.

Please know-these items are critical for faith leadership in the modern church to navigate and understand and apply daily.shield-of-faith-clipart-1

This is the second Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018 

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post,CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Executive Pastor at New Generation Harvest Church based out of Chicago, IL
Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

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Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com
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Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 1: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
 
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Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!
 
 
 The Faith movement for many can be very subjective and very mythical. For the leadership on the front lines there is a more than certain dependency for “Guardians,” of the Kingdom of God to be well versed in the practices of the faith.
One area that many preachers who lead are most certainly required to be sharp as a nail is when “Preaching of the Word of God,” or as many do say, “Bringing the Good News!
 
An excellent example of what should be done when the emotions are flaring in the pulpit and it’s the moment of truth-that very moment for example can be explained in the Simon Viberts great book “Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers.” 
 

Preaching is a dangerously high calling in which mere mortals dare to speak on behalf of God. All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly. But what do good preachers do well? And what can we learn from them? Simon Vibert has studied the work of today’s leading preachers with an eye for discerning the dynamics of effective preaching. Each chapter profiles a contemporary preacher and lifts out practical principles for sermons that are biblical, motivational and transformational. 

 
While I totally agree with Simon, when he says “All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly.” It is with this statement in mind that we have decided to put together some mainframe insight on “what it is and what it should be-to bring the Good News, “Authentically.”
We must caution that we submit all suggestions humbly because-as many of you should know-all too well-that preaching is an act of empowerment that comes directly from God-through means of the Holy Spirit. With that fact now firmly in mind-[here it go’s:

Fact Number #1

The message that you preach should start with the Holy Spirit, and you must be spiritually lead!
 
(This means one should and must not “fake the funk” when bringing the word of God. In many cases it will show and many of those folks in the congregation will feel the insincerity of the moment). While theatrical preaching may look and feel impressive to you it-may loose in translation to many in the congregation who are simply seeking the message. 
In addition, you must ask yourself-are you really being fair to those you lead, those who trust you, and most important are you being a good representative of God the Father.
Many would say NO! and I would totally agree.

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Fact Number #2

Still, preaching must be inspired by God, and entirely Spiritual-throughout the time preaching. 
 
This may be one of the most challenging aspects of preaching. Your revelation must be from the inner soul and you have every right to give the sermon it’s proper theological and spiritual meaning, again inspired by God.

Fact Number #3

Prayer Must be ongoing! 
 
When you think of the sermon Pray over it. When you are given the outline, in its almost complete draft-Pray over it! When you step up to the pulpit and at the start your sermon-Pray over it! It is customary to open the sermon with enveloping the Spirit by prayer. This prayer is for you, for the congregation, and by Gods desire.

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Fact Number #4

Are you walking in unquestioned obedience? 
 

Gods word is the force and the power, that brings about obedience to all His laws. It is actually the creative word that produces the fulfillment of those laws in our lives. It was the creative word that brought the world into existence; God spoke and it was done.

That is because this planet, in its empty state, was not rejecting God’s word, this is why we must uphold and honor the word of God because when we do- the power that comes into us is truly “amazing,” to say the least. 

 

Fact Number #5

 

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

This simply means the approach must always be humble-petition for the will of God to shine through all that we do, and it will be given.

Fact Number #6

Study and Meditate on Scripture continually!

God told Joshua, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed” (Joshua 1:8, NLT).

God’s definition of success in life is to know Him better. One way we do that is to read and understand His Word!

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Fact Number #7

Building bridges to bring others to Salvation must be our main goal. 

Lastly, when the Lord shows you those needing Christ, you should always seek to build a relationship with them-and be an open conduit for their salvation.

Remember how Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus where many sinners had gathered? While we must be careful not to place ourselves in an environment where we’ll be pulled down, we must be equally careful to cultivate friendships with those needing Christ.

When preaching always remember this golden rule-That Christ has placed you in your particular place just to reach those whom no one else can reach. Your mission at the end of it all is to-bring them home, bring them into “Salvation.”shield-of-faith-clipart-1

 

This is the First Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018 

 

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Executive Pastor at New Generation Harvest Church based out of Chicago, IL
Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

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his beckoning including-Praise and Worship as well as Expository Preaching.
Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com
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Faith and Leadership Commentary: A Believers Faith And Obedience In An Ever Falling World

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
5/18/2018 11:00 am CST
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Today we see growing wickedness, pain and suffering-manifesting itself in this world as never before. One has only to turn on the TV news and one will find gun violence, terrorism (War), murder, and all forms of wickedness like never before. For many of us as people of Faith, we as believers, these factors are not surprising and of little consequence. 
 
For people who exercise their faith-we have been forewarned of a time when evil grows, and sin is heightened as a response to an ever falling world. In fact scripture tell us in many parables that signs of the end time will come with heightened evil. For our response to be focused correctly-we must understand that with a believers heart and spirit-we are given the tools and resources to shield in the battle against evil, and it is precisely with this exact spirit in mind that we don’t need to wonder about what to do.
An awesome and profound scripture that comes from the Book of Matthew starting with Matthew 12:38 which begins with the Pharisees and teachers of the law who challenged Jesus as they had done many times before, this scripture states:
 

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38)

  
Though Christ was always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not, and are not equipped for the worldly and ungodly challenges of this evil world.
 
Signs were granted to those who desire them to confirm their faith, as Moses,Gideon, and even Jonah could attest; but as Jonah grew (for example) to understand-they are denied to those who demand them to excuse their unbelief. 
 
Jonah in Scripture is often identified as the “Reluctant Prophet”  of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for consistent sinners who are in disbelief. 
 
As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, after which he is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents to repent of their sins or face divine wrath. Instead, Jonah boards a ship to Tarshish. Caught in a storm, he orders the ship’s crew to cast him overboard, whereupon he is swallowed by a giant fish. Three days later, after Jonah agrees to go to Nineveh, the fish vomits him out onto the shore. 
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It was after Jonah had accepted his “biblical Marching Orders.” The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ and we must intern such cares that hinder us, as we must come to Christ and submitt such uncertainties. 
 
This parable represents the case and is applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted. 
 
While,The unclean spirit leaves in you for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; within your daily discipline to the heart sweeps evil inside outward reformation, if not the spirit is garnished by ill preparation to comply with evil, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth.
 
Remember: Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by Faith in Christ.
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So to answer of question of:  How to we combat evil-The more you humble yourself to the will of a righteous God, and you shield and insinuate yourselves from the growing evil as a response to worldly and Ungodly sin.
 
Therefore, we as human beings can take steps to grow in faith minute by minute, day by day-but unless you take steps to move closer to righteousness, then any and all efforts may leave you vulnerable-as you will be placed at the mercy of this world.  shield-of-faith-clipart-1
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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN, Apolitical America, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
 
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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Ending The War Of Hate With Love

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5/17/2018 3:14 AM CST

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    As I address the Christian community after giving much thought in the process of wondering about man’s end I couldn’t help but feel dismayed by the violence that is seen in the world. This violence is not only one that is physical, it’s also spiritually violent which is includes the tongue. Violence in the world is the result of the fall. This fall has brought in murder, hate, racism, torn marriages, the great divide between political parties, molestation of innocent children and war. We have seen slavery, the holocaust, and so many intricate factors where sin and evil is exposed. When will it all stop, how will it stop and what will it take for it to stop?

First all as Christians in the faith we have a duty to pray to the very God we believe in because it is the fabric how we should tackle the hidden world that lays behind the veil of realm, it is the invisible place hid from the eyes, it is that which we are unable see. What makes people hate so much? Is it because of jealousy or envy? What makes a husband abuse his wife or a wife to control her husband and do devious things to trouble his heart. This great divide in the comes straight from the powers that are unseen. It is not our government that we are fighting against, it is noted “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12” No Christian is a laymen or woman in this battle, this is not fight, it is more than a war, it is “Armageddon”  not the final war but a war that is bigger than life itself.

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We are to arm ourselves, the scriptures say’s that we are to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil, Ephesians 6:11. The Devil is slick and cunning and able to deceive those can’t discern between right or wrong. He lords himself over all mankind without a crown as king, he acts as if he is the creator when he is the created. The bodies of human beings are tools in his world to hinder the kingdoms growth. However evil cannot permanently reign, somewhere down the line it will come crumbling down.  Babylon came down, Rome came down, Egypt came down and countless others, even empires and kings.

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   When will it all stop? It will stop in the final analysis when Christ comes, “Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him, Even so Amen’, Revelation 1:7. How will it stop and what will it take for it to stop? It will stop when Christ overthrows the beast and all those who follow him that were deceived were cast into the lake of fire and judged, (Rev 20:10-15). God love’s the people and all those in whom sin has brought trouble to save them through his love by sending his Son into the world so that we may have life eternal. Christ wanted to bring an end to sin that haunted us for millenniums since the fall.  God’s love for humanity is the chief end to evil and sin. His heart warming compassion to the weak in spirit down to the soul he saved or rescued from being into the Lake of fire from it’s endless torment.

God will wipe away all tears from our eyes, death and sorrow and even those who suffered from the extreme pains of hate will have a place of rest with the father forever in Christ.  The only way to end this war with hate is with the love of Christ. shield-of-faith-clipart-1

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 

 

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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary-The Moral Universe-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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5/11/2018 12:00 PM CST

 

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  The arc of the universe bends towards justice as it is said by Martin Luther King, it was basically saying a quotation from the 19th century abolitionist and minister Theodore Parker. Why this quotation? Because everything that Dr. King believed in concerning the civil rights movement on segregation hinged on morality and the mistreatment of the blacks in the south.

Certain things in this world will always be wrong whether it will be 10 to 20 years from now-it will still be wrong because there is good and there is evil no matter if a law was established to run its course to segregate, murder or steal, it will always be wrong to lie or cheat, sooner or later the lie will greatly be discovered and manifested.  There is law of gravitation that whatever goes up must go down, as humans we don’t go running off cliffs because if we fall we will tumble to our very own death.

What a person believes in strongly if it is moral-will persevere and surpass evil, if it is tried against them. The observance of the law did not square with the moral law or the law of God on how they are to treat their neighbors or the words of Jesus. The words of the seventh commandment says, “Do Not Murder,” (See Exodus, O.T)  or “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (St. Mark 12:31 N.T).  There were lynching’s in the deep south and blacks were sent to prison for violating bus laws, for example; sitting in the back of the buses. Where these laws just or unjust? Dr. King puts it this way- “a just law is a man-made code that squares the moral law, or the law of God.”

An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural laws. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust, (see, Letter From Birmingham Jail, Autobiography of Martin Luther King. Jr, by Clayborne, Carson pg 193)”. To treat people in a inhumane manner is unjust and it becomes out of harmony with God’s word to whom God is eternal.

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This is a moral universe and it hinges on a moral foundation from God that brought forth and created everything that is, but it is man who violates it and creates evil by degrading mankind. A knock at  midnight was one of Dr. King’s sermons that he preached about a moral disorder in our world at midnight in the moral order, the psychological order and the social order using the scripture text taken from St. Luke 11:5-6 (See, Strength to Love, A Knock at Midnight, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Chapter six). The moral order concerns our behavior and mistreatment of our fellow brother, the psychological order speaks about our racist irrational ways of thinking and view of man to not treat people as second class citizens, the social order speaks about our ways of being inhospitable and unloving toward our neighbor by not helping them with their social concerns such as their meals, housing and not giving aid to the poor.

To live in a world of order we must do what it is right. Doing what is  right is the set pattern for the moral, psychological and social order.

It is the breath that we must breathe out in the world to make this world a more peaceful place to live. (OL)

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 

 

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