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Sunday, 12 November 2017

COPING WITH COMPLEXITIES IN THE CHURCH CHAPTER FOUR II




CENTRIFUGAL CULTURES
People make gods
Exo 32:1  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 
People make god(s) because they know they need a god. That is Godism –they knew they needed a supernatural backing. They knew there’s a God but Moses was the one who represented God. They didn’t see God. They didn’t know how to reach him. O thank Jesus. Individual access to get is a great privilege they never had. We have that now. Individuals can call Abba, and approach the throne of mercy in the Name of Jesus. Hallelujah! They needed a god they could see.
Exo 32:2  And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 
Exo 32:3  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 
Exo 32:4  And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 
They knew a God brought them out of Egypt. They couldn’t afford to be without a god. They would rather transfer God’s glory and attributes to the god they created. That is what we are talking about –creating gods, fixing attributes and feats or god-like powers and doings for that god and designing his dos and don’ts. It is just what they did.
So, it is not a surprise that the people who scattered from Bethel created gods and gave those gods characters and feats. The point is, the world was one. The world had everything in common and knew that a God exist. After the separation, each culture sustained that god-consciousness. And the Devil helped them to form gods. They can now think for themselves.
Variations from Babel
Now, our primary focus is not on gods and godism but on variations from Babel. Languages came to be. Differences came to be. And as people left Babel, and journeyed farther, they left the reach of the true God. Confusion was their lot. Complexities were now trending. Later on, these peoples will identify according to languages and regions. And one would fight another. And wars would always be. It has always been. It will continue to be. That was because humans think they can think and create a destiny for themselves different from God’s purpose.
To the glory of God, in the Name of Jesus we will all continue to grow. I pray that I may know God and Jesus and grow in His grace. Amen. I do know that if all Christians in a day agree and pray on a thing, God will perform a mighty work. But the one who will make that worldwide call will not be followed by all Christians because of the differences that exist among us: mother church, Protestant –Methodist, Anglican, Baptist; Lutheran, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Latter Days, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah Witness (who do not agree to be called Christians and are not seen as Christians by many) and several other variations and thence denominations. But Christ is not for Apollo or Cephas or Paul only. He is for all.
Every time humans attempt to undo God’s work or purpose, lasting problems usually emerge. The same was what happened when men started to sleep with animals. Violating God’s laws does no harm to God but to man. As humans scattered across lands, cultures also scattered –some similarities and some differences always appear in world cultures. Some things are crazy to some and acceptable to others. If I say I eat grasshopper, I would look pitiable to a Yoruba man. But to a Hausa man I would look wise. The way Yoruba revere crayfish is the way grasshopper is revered –being roasted and sold in bowls in the market. Lizards, cockroach and so on are tasty to some people. The food or eating culture is just an example. We can easily know that is greatly different.
Schools of Thoughts
In the chapter two of Coping with complexities, we have discussed schools of thoughts as numerous and dividing in the body of Christ. One of the numerous thoughts we discussed is tithe. This issue is trending now, an evidence of complexity. Whatever a celebrity or radio presenter thinks does not matter to me. What matters is that the issue of tithe as a doctrine is controversial in the church and some pastors maintained that it is wrong to pay or collect it. It did not surprise when I see that the issue became trending in Nigeria. Even Apostle Suleiman got involved. I stand with paying tithe. But my point is not on the wrongness of those who do not agree with paying tithe. And the focus is not on the rightness of all of us paying tithe. Our concern is on the complexities and how to cope with them as Christians.
Oneness with godliness
Gen 11:5  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 
Gen 11:6  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 
The Lord God attested to the truth that the people were one in reasoning and in language. But that was the point when majority lost priority in God’s standard. Wholeness, majority, all people together reasoned as men and ignored God’s plan. When the majority think and decide against God’s will, how do we feel or react? Humanism, science, empiricism, atheism and other aspects of anti-God thinking had increased. They usually have propositions that are attractive. Gay, incest, zoophilia, abortion, adultery, fornication and hedonism are being treated in a very enticing and convincing and thriving models such that majority follow ungodly ways. But our focus is on the fact that aforetime men scattered they were one in language and reasoning and desire and speech.
None will Prosper against God
Gen 11:7  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 
Gen 11:8  So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 
Do not join in any counsel that is contrary to God’s intention or plan. It cannot stand. If it stands it is because God laughs them in derision. The knowledge of man in its asymptotic egoism in relation to humanity is incomplete except it upholds that originally, humans were created in the image of God and for God’s glory. Now men scattered.
Gen 11:9  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. 
Now we must see how men scattered across the face of the earth with different language. The cause of language confusion was human logical reason set against God’s plan. Then it seemed true that never again will the whole world ever agree together on one thing at a time. Never! Until the world comes to an end there’ll never be a one voice again. Even when the whole world shall follow a 666 beast many would follow because of force. And then there will still be many that would rather suffer than accept the mark. The fact is clear, rapture is for a set of people –believers of Christ. In other words, after the division at Babel, not even the goodness in gospel will make the whole world agree and follow the same thing at a time.

The Gospel and cultures
Till kingdom come, doctrines of Christianity will always seek convergence with native cultures and at other times, will always identify divergence.  Whether as serendipity or as results Christianity has verses that suit every culture. And when the truth now contradicts the native culture or human sentiments we tend to argue or debate or even fight.
Controversy in the Early Church on circumcision
Act 15:1  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 
There are many cases like these in the church today. Fortunately, the elders in the church then were very respected and trusted. They were full of the Spirit. This issue of circumcision was no small controversy. Let us examine the next verse.
Act 15:2  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 
No doubt, it’s written that it was no small dissension. So, when we hear or see dissension and issues arising from denominations we must first get used to the fact that it is no big deal, it is no new thing, it is was so even in the early Church. Denominationalism is not a Nigerian thing. It is a church thing. And it is because there had already been centrifugal cultures established n every region among every people; long practiced before the preaching of the gospel was begun. So, the best action then was to consult the elders.

Dissension didn’t stop them from preaching
Act 15:3  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 
O my God, are we getting this? Can we just see this? Coping with complexity? There was a controversy and it caused no small dissension. There was no conclusion. They needed to go to Jerusalem for final words from the elders. God bless our elders. But on the way, my God, these people passed through certain region AND THEY PREACHED! Jesus Christ! When a Methodist organized a crusade, preaching to gentiles, how do the Pentecostals feel? When the Celestial Church of Christ of the Cherubim and Seraphim organized a crusade for the conversion of the gentiles how do you speak concerning that? Get used to the fact that you or your denomination is not exclusive to truth or to Jesus! And our differences must not steal our joy. We read in the verse above that they caused a great joy unto the people of that city. It was because they had joy within them. Of course, they had the Holy Spirit whose fruit joy is. The dissension didn’t mean they had lost the Holy Ghost. O Great Jesus! No, the differences didn’t mean they couldn’t preach and win souls for Christ. What is now our priority; the glory of our church (denomination and its doctrines) or the Name of Christ? Selah!
They Shared Testimony
Act 15:4  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 
Glory to God. They came to the brethren, the Apostles, and the elders and they were received. What a family. It seemed they believed the elders would handle the case with great finesse. The dissension was not their priority. They first shared testimony to the people. Glory!
Cultures influence Faith
Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses
Are you not like these people? They were of the Laws of Moses. It was easy for them to cope in faith. Jesus is of Abraham and He taught holiness. He is of a critical view not against God’s laws. But imagine someone from a culture far from YHWH. Imagine converts that were once rooted in paganism and alien to God’s ways. And then all you can do is impose all your easy and familiar ways on them, forcefully, judgmentally, demandingly and in fact emphatically. Do you not compare yourself with such new converts and expect them to reach your level at once and then you judge or hate them or refrain from them? God have mercy on us! It is possible that it was while the visitors narrated God’s wonders of converting the gentiles that these pharisaic believers rose up –challenging such conversion without circumcision. It may be that the visitors had declared their reason for coming.
The Apostles and Elders Reasoned
Act 15:6  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 
May God grant us the church in which the leaders and elders can always reason together. Actually, the leaders and the elders are different categories. But they talked on this matter. Notably, as it is shown in the verse below, the elders and the Apostles also had disagreement on this issue. So what is the reason why we should think that dissension makes us unchristian? We just have to think and come together and talk on how to solve problems. We cannot magnify problems by lamenting on their occurrence.
Then Peter Talked
Act 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Here, we see that there had been MUCH DISPUTING among the elders and Apostles. For God’s sake they were still Christians. Pastors disagree? And so what? Bishops and elders and prophets and G.O’s disagree? And so what? Who says they cannot? But do they still concluded with the consciousness that we are all heirs of the Father in the Son Jesus? That is the main thing! Apostle Peter was not really different before this time. In the Acts chapter 10 similar case had happened. But Apostle Peter had learnt that God is not a respecter of persons and He is the God of all. Nevertheless, he at a time also demonstrated the sentiment of circumcision against the gentiles.
Apostle Peter unlearned and relearned
Gal. 1:18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
This great Apostle stayed with Apostle Peter for fifteen days. That means they are friends. And Paul knew Peter as someone to respect and learn from.
Gal. 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
Gal. 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Gal. 2:8  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
Paul withstood Peter not in Peter’s house. It was when Peter came to Antioch. Peter was to blame for what? He upheld the doctrine of circumcision. Is that doctrine bad? Is it not Biblical? Was it not what God commanded Abraham to observe? Is it bad if it is emphasized? But let us look at the verse below.
Gal. 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
Apostle Peter had seen what God did in the house of Cornelius. It was easy for him to eat with the gentiles. But when he saw others who were Pharisaic he withdrew and affected many. It wasn’t his fault. He feared what those sentimental believers would do or say. You see what that means –we at times know the working of God in a different way from what was known but we fear what might be said by those of the status quo.  
Backgrounds
As we have different cultures, we also have different families or social relations. Our level of discipline as we grew up is not the same. The eating habit, giving habit, sleeping habit, praying habit, singing styles, clapping, dancing, speaking and temperament are all different. What we are taught, what we design as personal principles and what we are allowed to do (indulgence) or what we are not permitted to do (discipline) all inform our personality. And our personality is boldly printed on our minds. It forms our ego. The Bible can help us to deal together in love. If we will all think and act the same way discipline will not be needed in the church.
In a church, local, or a fold, let us know that we come from different cultures even if we are same in race or tribe or clan. In fact, in a family, some children grow with different level of discipline and attitude. Where is our love? Where is our joy? Where is our Christ?
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Renewal of our minds
With abuse this word, I like to say that to be renewed in our mind is a word that was used in the letter to the Romans. And in that church are many of the Jewish sentiments. It was birthed from the need to understand the ways of God in Christ Jesus being towards all men. That is what John 3:16 emphasises. Of course, it means to renew our minds for holiness, and jettison ungodliness. It is important to know that to cope with complexities in the church and controversies as many as there are we must first free our mind of defenses or sentiments. That is, we must first understand they cause of variations and differences. Perhaps, we know the causes, all. But we need to discuss them first and from them decide that for the sake of Christ we must cope with these complexities rather than cringe because of them. I love you all. God loves you most.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

COPING WITH COMPLEXITIES IN THE CHURCH CHAPTER FOUR I




CENTRIFUGAL CULTURES
THE MIRACLE CALLED LANGUAGE
One of my wonderful lecturers in the University of Lagos would always say, “To my mind, language is god.” Professor Adeyemi Daramola would also say, “Language is a miracle!” Although there can be scientific explanation about stages of First Language Acquisition and there can be distinction between language learning and language acquisition the fact still remains that the acquisition from childhood is in itself a miracle. Language is one of the greatest mysteries.
THE MIRACLE CALLED MUSIC
Music is a miracle. This is because it operates in and with all languages. I have thought about certain things common to all cultures in the world. First I realized that virtually all cultures in the world have music and oral traditions in their designs. O music so great! From ancient time, in languages extinct and in languages booming; in cultures buried and in cultures glorified, there are forms of music and oral chants. Also virtually all individuals love one form of music or another. There were and are, but rarely, people who dislike music. At least a type or genre will appeal to someone. The Spartans who preferred swordsmanship to artistry and euphony would pay for it. The scientists who preferred empiricism to artistry would achieve greatly but would be victims of utilitarian Hard Times of Charles Dickens. Science embarked on a drift away from artistry but now science has its fiction. Life is like a coin –whether plain or rough it must have two sides –and the two sides must be acknowledge. Music is universal. Drum beat is a language of all.
GODISM
Second, I learnt that virtually all cultures recognize a higher being –a god who must be worshipped or gods as the case may be. All cultures in their traceable roots desire spiritual push into the god-person, reaching god for help. I like to call that godism. All cultures have godism. And godism is universal. The country that has high number of the irreligious, the home of the Hans has godism too.
Why will a man create a god and worship it? Godism!
Why will people like to seek a god to rely on? Godism!
Why would people kill to please a god they created? Godism!
Why would people defend an inherited god or an imposed god? Godism!
There is the clairvoyance inherent in humanity. The desire for the spiritual, the desire to get help from a supernatural origin had always been there. The Renaissance could not delete that vacuum. The science or any anti-god orientation couldn’t win against that godism. It is everywhere. Some gods are very lucky; some gods are just lucky and some gods are unfortunately extinct. Whatever the level of a god is, people want to feel safe in godism. Perhaps, it is a form of escapism. But how would all cultures, in ancient time, with different languages just exhibit godism? It seems it is not just escapism. It is a part of humanity. It is an original culture of humanity. Linguists have worked well and grouped languages into families. So, some languages rooted from a common source? Maybe that's it. But music and godism are universal characteristics of all cultures. And in fact music is also universally embedded in all godism practices. Who taught different religions that euphony is essential in worshipping a god? Even without instrumentation, music exists in all or almost all religions.
Why do people seek for a spiritual being to link to?
Why is it that oral tradition exists in all histories that enjoyed justice?
It is simple. The whole world was one people, one language, one desire and same knowledge of ‘god’ or recognition of a spiritual and powerful being.
THERE IS GOD: GODISM AND MUSIC
Gen 11:1  And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 
The whole world was one people, one language and one voice. They did all things together. They had same food culture, dress culture, marriage culture, arts and music. Everything about ways of life was the same. It is of one origin –Adam.
Gen 11:2  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 
Gen 11:3  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 
Gen 11:4  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 
The reason why the whole cultures of the world have music and god-consciousness is because they all were one. The people divided because they spoke different languages. There was no understanding. But they all had the mind of what used to be in their oneness past. As they went on centrifugal journeying across the world they never forget that there is a God. And generations upon generations would keep that godism. It’s in the mind of man. It’s an original knowledge. Now, as they separated and as generations arose, there was no one to give a universal description of a God. So, all cultures, apart, created gods differently. Some, upon meeting with strange items of nature and beauty or strange elements, accepted the goodness in that no-god item. Then they design the likes and dislikes of the gods by themselves –from the original knowledge.
I like to disagree with this position of mine, briefly. If all came from one source then except the God that confused their language also altered their god-consciousness they would have had same worship system –monotheism, at least. After all, it was one God they knew at that time. If they had been idolatrous we would know. In fact that would have been the reason for their destruction and not division. But these people came from Noah that came from Adam. And Noah knew God –one God –the Almighty.
Nevertheless, I cannot say that if they came from One-God godism they wouldn’t have made gods or polytheism. This is because the people who even followed one God; the people that were freed from slavery in Egypt; that were being taken to the promise land; the people that saw all the miracles God did in Egypt; the people that witnessed the parting of the red sea; the people that were God’s beloved could ask for a god. They demonstrated that it is god-consciousness that prevailed over the person of the God. It is a matter, “there must be something to call a god. There is always a god. At no time must we be without a god in our midst. Their mediator had gone for forty days. And they didn’t know how to reach God. If Moses had died, then they would be Waiting for Godot. Aaron couldn’t assure them of Moses’ status and he couldn’t reach God for them. Well, they weren’t even ready to listen to Aaron’s rationalization. Moses had never been missing for forty days before. So …

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Fate of Suco and Friends 6



Earths are smiling
Heavens are smiling
Days and nights, lights are shining
Fishes are swimming
Waters are flowing
Days and nights, lights are shining

And the sky in gathered gaiety
Waves a nimbus in collected piety

Rains are pouring
Farmers are planting
Days and nights, lights are shining
Children are playing
Mothers are always crying
Days and nights, lights are shining

And trees in gathered gaiety
Shoot beauties in collected piety

Birds are flying
Anas is always caring
And Suco is growing
Days and nights, lights are shining

And friends in gathered gaiety
Live and work in collected piety

Friday, 3 November 2017

COPING WITH COMPLEXITIES IN THE CHURCH CHAPTER THREE


                                               EVIL REFUSES TO CEASE II


EVIL CONTINUALLY
Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 
Now we have come to the focus of this chapter. Evil refuses to cease. Sin is now being committed by man continually. O Jesus save us!
LAMENTATION OF A COLLEAGUE
I remember ‘our guy’ (a name I choose to use for a colleague) one day visited me in my lodge. We were talking. He was remorseful. He lamented. “As in, I should have gone far,” said he, looking at me with eyes calling for sympathy. “Hmmm!” I toned. “Sammo, you no believe. You know say e get as girls dey commot some blessing from someone’s life. You no know?”
Our guy lamented that he hadn’t stopped chasing girls. Actually, He is the one who got involved with VUM in the romance, Passion and Powers. He’s not only chasing them; he conquers them; he devours them; and he is never satisfied. He wished he could stop. He cried out, “Na only this girl thing o. Drinking no be serious like that. Smoking self na once in a while. And na because say I never stop, I no fit stop this girls wey I dey do.”
He was so pitiable! He was like Apostle Paul crying out that he was wretched. And laws within him are contradictory –one for good and the other for bad.
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GOD SAW EVIL DEEDS AND THOUGHTS
God saw that wickedness was so great on earth. Is wickedness not still great. Is abomination decreasing? In this place it was sure that man did not have any regard for God or God’s laws or ways anymore. The emphasis was on man. Man was now knowledgeable. He knows what is bad. He can think for himself. But it is a pity that as it was then so is it now. Man can now think and even question the laws of God. God was emphatic about the mind of man. He said the thoughts of his hearts are evil. And that is continually. The scariest thing in this place is that God saw ONLY evil in man’s imaginations. O how those imaginations sweep in! O how the thoughts invade man’s mind without being invited! O how man likes to retain such thoughts!
WHEN GOD IS GRIEVED
Gen 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 
Can we say God felt He did wrong creating man? It repented Him that He made man? God didn’t do wrong creating man. All He created was very good and beautiful and innocent. When a stranger or an outsider offends us it pains us. We can fight to any length without any of familiarity or any restriction of relationship. But if a beloved does wrong we are tormented. When a beloved commits a grievous sin and offence such that we are tormented and traumatized with eruptions of anger and hate and suggestions of measures to take to deal with the beloved we are tormented. We are tormented because we are closely attached and we have emotional connection. There was a time that my father beat my younger sister. It was very painful for me because I love her so much that I couldn’t see her in pain. When my daddy finished beating her then she was in pain and crying; I began to pet her and I was crying as well. She would do the same for me. I didn’t think my daddy beat her wrongly. It seemed that I agreed she needed to be beaten before she learned. But I love her so much I cried when I watched her being punished.
Let us look at an only child, so loved and precious that the parents put all things under this child’s rule and called the child the masterpiece. Then imagine the parent is the Chief Justice and the child is now guilty of a capital offence. Imagine that it is the parent that must bang the gavel and pronounce the death sentence. O what a grief! After the judgment, the child is imprisoned and the parent still cared for the child but could not reverse the verdict. O what a grief! The parent watched the child lived some years and finally died as a result of the verdict. O what a grief!
Then the children and the grand children of this beloved child that died now continued in the capital offence. And it is still this chief judge, so just that nothing can escape true Judgment. O what a grief to be the one to sentence one’s child and grandchildren to death and destruction. That was why it pained God too much that He created man.
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DESTRUCTION WAS NON-NEGOTIABLE
Gen 6:7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 
There’s no lawyer at the judgment seat of God! There’s a song: there is no lawyer there, there is no lawyer there; there is no lawyer there; on the judgment day, there is no lawyer there! There’s no intermediary; there’s no atonement; there’s nothing to offer as a sacrifice and there’s no advocate. The judge is just. Though it pained Him there’s no other way than for Him to destroy man. And since man is the masterpiece, man probably had infected other creatures with evil. Perhaps, bestiality or zoophilism was already an order. All living things would be destroyed. Plants would die. Trees that could not survive being covered by waters for months would die.
NOAH WAS PRESERVED
Gen 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 
This man “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9).
In the Name of Jesus I pray that God will shine His good countenance on us. Amen!
Noah was perfect because He obtained grace. He obtained grace because He had thoughts of God and walked with God. That was what Abraham also did. That was what Enoch did. To walk with God is to have God in our thoughts always and to always consider His ways and delight such that we will tremble when we realize we have erred and we will with godly sorrow look unto Him for help. That is just the whole matter.
Noah and His family were saved. There is no way His children would not be godly or of God. For Noah or for a man to worth honour he must be in charge of his family and his children must be brought up very well. That is, Noah walking with God included his family being godly. That is part of his perfection. That is why they obeyed him. In fact his daughters –in-law were also obedient and godly. What a godly family.
We do know that there was a cataclysmic flood and that was an apocalypse. Noah survived it.
NOAH IS OF ADAM
Genesis 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
After the flood, after the sacrifice, after the blessing, after the covenant, Noah drank and became drunk. Then his grandson saw his nakedness and he cursed his grandson.
Let us just ponder on these points below:
·         Men multiplied and evils multiplied
·         God was grieved because of men’s wickedness
·         God planned and executed their destruction
·         God destroyed them all because He didn’t want their evil no more
·         Only Noah’s household was preserved
·         Noah was adjudged perfect
·         Noah was drunk
·         Noah cursed
·         Noah was of Adam.
·         Noah just demonstrated that wickedness still existed
·         Noah was of Adam
·         Sin was in Noah.
“THESE HUMANS NEED DIVINE HELP”
On the one hand, no human, outside Christ can be adjudged perfect again because all our righteousness is like filthy rags. Imagine the dialogue below.
“If I destroyed the whole world with water and all men perished, and all men that are now on earth are through the one household that I preserved, and evil and abominations still exist like this, O no, these people are helpless. We need to help them. Someone has to go.”
“O here am I Father, send me. I’ll go. I’ll save them and I’ll renew them.”
“Yes, you will. My Spirit will be with You. You will be a second Adam for them. So that as they are through the first Adam accursed they can be through You the second Adam blessed, even with life eternal.”
“Yes, Father. I give My Life for them.”
“But since they have eaten the fruit and can now think about good or evil, they cannot simply do what I ask them to do, then We cannot just make their salvation automatic. They have to come to me through You.”
“Yes sir. They have to believe that they may not perish. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one cometh unto the Father but by me. Father, after I have done everything, I’ll return to You so that We can ask the Spirit of Yours to go to them to be their power over the sinful-nature of humanity. Then they can be able to get grace upon grace.”
“All is settled. You are their all in all.”
                                                       
EVIL AND WICKEDNESS CAPABILITY WAS NOT DESTROYED
This is just the point we need to see. The whole world of sin was destroyed and only Noah lived, being seen as perfect. But now evil is very common and great and we all originated from Noah’s household! O Holy Jesus! Save us! Every man needs Jesus! Evil refuses to cease even after that wicked generation was destroyed. God foresaw that the evil will not cease. He knew He would be grieved again. That is why He made a covenant of Rainbow as a reminder that He wouldn’t destroy the world again. If God never anticipated another world of evil He would not set the rainbow in the sky so that when He is about to destroy the world again He would just see it and pardon. God knew that evil wouldn’t cease. He knew even the generations that would spread and multiply through Noah would still be of Adam’s cursed status –sold to sin.
EVEN BELIEVERS ARE MEN
                   On the other hand, Noah was already walking with God but he sinned. Even so called believers can err. David was already a man after God’s earth but he sinned. Aaron was already a priest of God before he made the calf, by the people’s earnest request though.
We must not forget the rule of love. Love is golden. It is the fruit of the Spirit. It requires understanding of this fact: even believers can err. And God will forgive them still because we have an advocate with the Father. By the grace that we obtain in Christ, we are not going to be subject to sin. But we die daily. We can at some point exhibit humanness. If we want to cope with complexities in the church we must never forget this fact. Noah and David are examples. Perhaps I should say that even after Paul had been sworn to Christ he still had to rely on the grace being supplied for him to do all things righteous. He was swift to speak. That is why he abused a high priest without knowing. Yes, he quickly corrected himself and said that the ministers shouldn’t be abused because of God’s anointing, a reason why David never touched Saul. The high priest commanded someone to slap Apostle Paul. The Apostle couldn't turn the other cheek. Who can, literally? He called the priest "white head" and cursed him (Acts 23:1-5). The question is if it had not been a Levite or priest would he have abused him like that and not say sorry. And then our words must be seasoned with salt?
If Paul at that point had spoken in the full operation of the Spirit there would be no need to say sorry. But it was flesh that reacted so fast. Who says at times that so called brother, sister, elder, deacon, deaconess, pastor, Bishop, Reverend or General Overseer can never exhibit flesh reaction at some points? You and I had better get this fact registered within us that even believers can offend believers. We must learn to forgive. That is the sweet thing about Christianity. First, we have assurance of forgiveness. Second, we practice of forgiveness. Hallelujah! Jesus is sweet.
I do hope that we can begin to look at everyone with love. I hope that this understanding will let us practice forgiveness better. Then we can be able to accept the babes and forgive the grown. Our Church must grow in grace and in love towards one another. Love works best when there is no contempt. To expunge contempt, we must know that even the destruction of the whole world didn’t destroy evil and sin. If flesh manifestation is straight out of salvation package then we would not have an advocate in heaven. In other words, do not commit suicide because your pastor offended you, do not leave the church. You actually have offended many in the church who have chosen to forgive you and overlook your weakness with the hope that you will obtain grace to outgrow that particular weakness. And if you have done that, someone else might not have.
I love you. Why won’t I. My God loves you dearly. What He loves, I cannot dare to not love. That is why even sinners I cannot hate because he loves to save them. Hallelujah!
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Yours,
Eric WordSmith (TFW)