Good News: Jesus Is Not Nice | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Next week I’ll be posting again to continue writing  my series ” The Single Black Woman Conundrum”. Meanwhile, in keeping with my prominse to keep timely and newsworthy content, I’m postin this article from Christianity Today. Let me know what you think. Have a blessed weekend.  Good News: Jesus Is Not Nice | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

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The Single Black Woman Conundrum Pt. 4c :What Happened to Black Women being Loosed???

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 11And there was a woman there who for eighteen years had had an [f]infirmity caused by a spirit ([g]a demon of sickness). She was [h]bent completely forward and utterly unable to straighten herself up or to [i]look upward.

    12And when Jesus saw her, He called [her to Him] and said to her, Woman, you are released from your infirmity!

    13Then He laid [His] hands on her, and instantly she was made straight, and she [j]recognized and thanked and praised God.

    14But the [k]leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, There are six days on which work ought to be done; so come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.(A)

    15But the Lord replied to him, saying, You playactors (hypocrites)! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it out to water it?

    16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?

    17Even as He said this, all His opponents were put to shame, and all the people were rejoicing over all the glorious things that were being done by Him.

The last time I posted, I wrote about a very touchy subject that may be a contributing factor in the “black church keeping black women single” part of the single black woman conundrum, clergy abuse. Unfortunately, many women are the victims of clergy who don’t know their proper place in life of their female congregants. They become attracted to women in their church and instead of going to God in prayer and allowing Him to heal and deliver them from this inordinate affection, they allow it to stay and fester, turning into an unGodly soul tie.  Then every time a man shows any interest in her, you guessed it, he starts blocking. This is terrible because it is an abuse of one’s God-given authority over HIS flock (his meaning God of course). And it creates an atmosphere of mistrust and insecurity within the people in that congregation. Remember,  the Bible in Matthew 20: 25-28 states what a Christian leaders attitude should be toward God’s people, “25And Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men hold them in subjection [tyrannizing over them].26Not so shall it be among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,27And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave– 28Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].”

We are not to imitate or take on the attitudes  of this world (Proverbs 3:31-32, Romans 12: 1-3), in any area of our lives. Blocking someone’s ability to marry because of one’s own attraction to one of the persons involved is a sign that the leader should recuse themselves from the situation (in other words step aside) because you obviously are not able to be objective. If you’re a woman and this is your situation, you need to either change churches or find someone else to do your marriage preparation.  You don’t need anyone marrying you and your beloved who has a bad attitude about marrying you to anyone (attitudes can create spiritual environments that aren’t conducive to your new marriage). And you certainly don’t need them stirring up strife between you and your future mate (Proverbs 22:10, Proverbs 26:20-22, Proverbs 15:18,  Proverbs 29:22). And if you’re a man, the same rules apply. 

Clergy abuse is bad deal for everyone involved and if a pastor (male or female) is being inappropriate toward  someone they’ve been appointed to lead (male or female), it’s serious. We can’t sweep this problem under the rug any longer.  Some states have passed legislation that makes any inappropriate  sexual between clergy and members a felony and I agree that it should be . That might sound harsh, but considering the special nature of the relationship between clergy and members, it’s a necessary step to restore the sacredness to this relationship. If you ever want to see what happens when there is no Godly leadership, read the book of Judges in the Holy Bible and see the chaos the results from it. The last verse says it all “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. ” Now you may say, but Anjanette we have leaders. If your leaders aren’t following Christ then they ain’t leaders. Remember TRUTH dispels lies and TRUTH= Jesus Christ. much love to you. 

                                              In Him,

                                                                Sis Anjanette M. Potter of AnjanetteSpeak

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The Single Black Woman Conundrum Pt. 4b :What Happened to Black Women being Loosed???

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  11And there was a woman there who for eighteen years had had an [f]infirmity caused by a spirit ([g]a demon of sickness). She was [h]bent completely forward and utterly unable to straighten herself up or to [i]look upward.

    12And when Jesus saw her, He called [her to Him] and said to her, Woman, you are released from your infirmity!

    13Then He laid [His] hands on her, and instantly she was made straight, and she [j]recognized and thanked and praised God.

    14But the [k]leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, There are six days on which work ought to be done; so come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.(A)

    15But the Lord replied to him, saying, You playactors (hypocrites)! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it out to water it?

    16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?

    17Even as He said this, all His opponents were put to shame, and all the people were rejoicing over all the glorious things that were being done by Him.

Sorry it has taken me soooooo long since my last post. Right now I’m in school and well you know priorites. Anyway the last time I posted, I was ministering out the above text. My focus is on our heroine who has been bound for eighteen years. I remember comparing her to many in the Church (remember my sentiments about the so-called “Black Church” ) who desired to marry and feel as though they are being “kept single” by an oppressive church environment.

Now, I remember stating that not all churches are unhealthy BUT also that not all churches are healthy either. Unfortunately because many pastors are sick, so are many churches. Sometimes a leader can have an unhealthy attachment to his female members (picture Lot and his   daughters) to the point where he can’t bear to think of her with any other man. It’s sad but true. And unless this “soul tie” is broken, he’ll continue to protest every time she wants to get married forcing her to leave home. It’s incestuous, sick, and perverted and needs to be addressed. It shouldn’t take the threat of embarrassment to make people address the skeletons in their closet, but, then again some people need that ( you know that whole business about a hard head and a soft behind???) in order to see themselves for who they really are. Otherwise they’ll just continue to keep wounding innocent people.

Someone once quoted Bishop T.D. Jakes as saying , in a men’s conference, that men have issues that cause them to bleed (Mat 9:20-22; Mar 5:25-34; Luk 8:43-47). I have no doubt that hurting people hurt people and are in need of the kind of healing that only a relationship can bring , however sooner or later the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment and got healed. So that is my charge to those male ministers who are praying on their female members. It’s time to touch his garment and be made whole. No more excuses. Just as Jesus moved on to the dead girl he was on his way to raise anyway (He got interrupted, but not intercepted), the church needs to move on to raising up those that are spiritually dead. No more being interrupted by wounded healers. Sexual harrasment, rape, molestation, inordinate affections and other sexual sins, are a spiritual issue that need to addressed before things get out hand and more people are damaged. Damaged pastors pass on a damaged legacy of hurt and mistrust. Our job as the church is to raise the dead not create more graves. If a pastor can’t be trusted around the women in his flock, he needs to step down and get help. You are of no use to the Body of Christ bleeding. God has the ability to restore, but you must first admit it and quit it. Next post I’ll touch on this further and address another troubling trend I’m seeing . Until next time, remember that lies bring bondage only Truth makes free and Truth=Jesus Christ . Anything else is a lie.