It is time to reflect on the “It’s Time” prayer meeting

“How was it?”, said the WhatsApp message.

Uuhhhhmmm, what do I say in a few words on a smartphone?

Praying with more than a million South African believers was priceless. It was the biggest religious gathering in South Africa since… since the previous weekend, actually. Every Easter weekend, an estimated 3-5 million members of the Zion Christian Church goes to Moria in Limpopo.

I heard people say – and made the mistake myself – that “It’s Time” was the biggest religious gathering ever in South Africa. That is worrisome. It shows that South Africans still do not know and talk to each other enough. Most of us do not even know of the annual event in Moria. In fact, this is great evidence of why we need to pray together – and talk together – in the first place.

I can understand why this event was both anticipated and criticised: Continue reading

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What does love look like?

What does love look like? Here is one picture among the billions:


Huh? What do I see here that you do not? Continue reading

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I wish there was no abortions, but pro-lifers are wrong

I wish the world was different. I wish no pregnancy was ever a medical emergency and every woman in the world had access to good hospitals. I wish no woman ever had financial or social reasons to wish she was not pregnant. I wish no woman in the world had pressures to allow sex she did not want. I wish every pregnancy and every girl and boy was truly wanted from the start.

That being said, I wish pro-life groups will change their attitude from the core. Continue reading

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A scientific study of tongue-speaking?

“…test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. says 1 Thes. 5.

3215358Okay, I want to test if the thing called “speaking in tongues” done in Charismatic churches is really a supernatural gift and not just meaningless sounds. I know the Bible has something called “speaking in tongues” but is this the same thing Charismatics do nowadays?

This is actually potentially easy to study. Many charismatic churches have people speaking in tongues during sermons, or explaining it. Sometimes, nowadays, church sermons are electronically recorded.

For a scientific study of speaking in tongues, I propose this study:

You need:

a) Recordings of people, at least 5 of them from different churches, speaking in tongues at church. (During personal prayer does not count – the Bible teaching about prayer time tongue-speaking is that it is between the praying believer and God, and does not need to be understood by anyone else.)

b) People, at least 5 of them from different churches, who claim to have the gift of interpreting tongues.

The method:

Present the the 5 or more recordings of tongue speaking to each of the 5 or more interpreters. Write down their translations. (The reason for 5 or more is so that a fake interpreter or fake tongue speaker can be identified from between the group.)

Compare their answers.

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Dear reader, does this suggestion shock you? I am sure that, as believers, we could want to know the results of a study like this. The difference between believers and unbelievers is that we are willing to act on evidence, and should be willing to persue this if it actually is from God.

 

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Fatherless boys and respect – what is the real issue?

Found on the Internet: “We need more boys to grow up with fathers – then they are much more likely to know how to treat a woman with respect.”

What is cause, and what is effect here?

Is it:

Men are respectful towards partners, and if women just stay with them, boys see respect and behave better?

OR

Women generally stay with respectful men and leave disrespectful ones, so the boys who from 2-parent homes are more likely to see respect modelled by respecful fathers?

I think the latter.

 

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How to be pro-life without really trying

There are people, mostly in the USA, who will do absolutely anything to be pro-life. As Christians they will vote, in this election cycle, for someone accused of rape and fraud, a racist with a very on-Christian attitude towards women, the poor, and the strangers (foreigners) among the nation. Why? If a conservative person appoints judges they are slightly more likely to be pro-life judges.

Not that much more likely, mind you. If a judge made her or his views of such matters public, she or he would not be eligible for the position. So they want a non-outspoken pro-lifer who will be 100% outspoken pro-life in office. Uhm, okay.

Some don’t spend time and money on the poor and the sick and the exploited, because their time and money goes into abortion issues. At least, I am told that by some other American Christians, so I believe it. If that is not you, if you really spend time on both, great.

Many are willing to compromise honesty and print half truths and whole lies in their anti-abortion literature. For example, pro lifers sometimes write that aborted babies feel pain during abortions. There is evidence that this is true for fetuses over 20 weeks. But the majority of abortions in the US is done before 8 weeks.

There has got to be another way!

And there is.

Abortion is generally lower where incomes are higher, where prejudice against single mothers is lower, where birth control is more readily available, where equality between the sexes is better, where literacy rates are higher. In short, communities which trust that mother and child could live with safety and justice, where each human is treated better/ valued more, produce women who value life more and abort less.

Work for justice, equality between men and women, and for education. Work against poverty, against woman and child abuse, and against racism, age-ism and ablism. Vote for the same things you work for. That way, you create a society where all humans are valued. Valuing humans would certainly change the abortion statistics, improve society in other ways, and give Christians a better name among unbelievers.

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No condemnation by Don Francisco – aimed at failure rather than sin

I adapted the words of this song in a time when I felt discouraged. Satan whispered in my ear that I am a failure, I have no chance of getting anything right, that my very (Asperger’s) being cannot but fail. Of course, it is abnormal circumstances – or rather, people who treated me horribly – that triggered this feeling. (Note to self: Stay away from toxic people. They break you. And they make you think you are the toxic one.)

So, I changed an existing song about feeling discouraged because of sin into a song about feeling discouraged because of failure. And started singing it.

No condemnation (for failure) – Don Francisco lyrics edited by Retha Faurie

I was sitting by my window on a rainy afternoon. Everything inside my head was playing out of tune. I was thinking of the fool I made of me the night before. In front of God and everyone I failed and failed some more. I thought of all the things I’ve done and winced at things I’ve said. I wallowed in self-pity. I hung my worried head. Right when I was so far down that even up looked wrong. That’s when Jesus gave to me the chorus of this song:

Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

Now I could say that right away the sun burst through the clouds, and I just started singing on that chorus right out loud. But actually I moped around and blew another day before I let myself accept the words I heard Him say:

He said, Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

So I can’t criticize you now if you wanna take your time. Cling to all your problems, just the way I clung to mine. But now you got the answer Jesus wanted you to know. He’ll take your hopelessness away if you’ll just let it go.

And if Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re a conqueror – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it matters where I guide. Together we will win because I am on your side.

I don’t want to take credit for what is not mine, so I include the original for comparison:

No condemnation (for sin) – Original Don Francisco lyrics

I was sitting by my window on a rainy afternoon. Everything inside my head was playing out of tune. I was thinking of the fool I made of me the night before. In front of God and everyone I sinned and sinned some more. I thought of all the things I’ve done and winced at things I’ve said. I wallowed in self-pity. I hung my worried head. Right when I was so far down that even up looked wrong. That’s when Jesus gave to me the chorus of this song.

Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

Now I could say that right away the sun burst through the clouds, and I just started singing on that chorus right out loud. But actually I moped around and blew another day before I let myself accept the words I heard Him say.

He said, Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

So I can’t criticize you now if you wanna take your time. Cling to all your problems, just the way I clung to mine. But now you got the answer Jesus wanted you to know. He’ll take your sin and guilt away if you’ll just let them go.

And if Satan the accuser has been whispering in your ear. You just tell him you’re forgiven – he’s got no business here. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what you done, it matters what you’ll be. There is no condemnation if the Son has set you free.

Perhaps singing this could mean something for you as well. If you need the tune, look up the DF song on the Internet.

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