If You Never Come Into Contact With The Great Unsaved You’re Doing Church Wrong

I don’t know everything but I think if you’re calling yourself a Christian, a fully tithed-up church member and you say something like ‘I only have 4 unsaved people in my life,’ maybe, just maybe, you’re kinda missing some of the point?
The time will come when believers will band together for protection and safety, but right now, in this country, I’m sorry but if you’re ok with the fact that you’re far removed from The Great Unsaved, something is seriously wrong with your theology.

Churches by and large cocoon believers in these cotton-candy happy-clappy comfort zones where because everyone around you believes the same thing and is humming along to the same tune while doing the ‘holy two step’ -you know that shuffle where you raise your arms, lift your eyes heavenward and sway from side to side because ‘the spirit is moving’? – that’s the holy two-step – every one you know is singing, doing and claiming to feel the same things you are because you know, you’re ‘in the world but not of it.’ You ‘pray’ for the homeless and the sick and minister to the needy when it’s convenient, and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because obviously you’re saved and your faith is not dead.
My friend, sit down.

If Jesus sought out sinners – not to pat them on the head and assure them He’ll approach God on their behalf (praying for the ‘souls of the lost’) but to eat with and fellowship with them, what do you think you’re doing meeting with the SAME ‘saved’ people every week, twice a week? What gospel are you spreading? When? Where? To whom?

If the Apostles went out and STARTED churches, and then left those and started more churches while those people started still more churches, do you think they were filling benches with believers? Nah fam, we need to do better. I’m including myself because for all that I’m not a churchgoer, it’s not like I’m ‘saving souls’ by the hundreds either. We all need to do better.

We need to think about what church is and what it should be, about who is in church Sunday on Sunday (or Saturday, as the case may be), and about how, exactly, we’re fulfilling the Great Commission. And for all that your pastors tell you, giving them money to build (or rent) bigger and fancier church buildings is NOT what it’s about. Handing out tracts at a shopping centre once or twice year, isn’t what it’s about either.

What IS it about? I don’t know, exactly, but I do know that it’s not about being comfortable in knowing only 4 unsaved people, nor is it about hanging out with the same people each week and feeling smug about what ‘faithful servants’ we are because we didn’t miss church. If God no longer lives in buildings but is present in believers’ hearts then perhaps worshipping in spirit and in truth isn’t just about singing along to Hillsong and Bethel compilations and being ‘touched’ by the sermon.

Most people go to church for how it makes them feel, and to hang out with people who believe like they do. I don’t know everything but I do know that if I’m the light of the world then I need to go where there is darkness and bring light. What’s the point of turning on the lights at bright noontime? What does your pastor call himself doing, preaching to the converted week after week?

Think about it.

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On The Religious (mis)Education of the Negro and Why Churches Are (mostly) Nonsense

Methinks that rightchea is where it all went to shyte:

No law forbids the religious instruction of the Negroes, orally, by proper instructers, either during the week or on the Sabbath day; and any minister of the Gospel, or any owner, may undertake the good work, and prosecute it as largely and as long as he pleases.
-Charles Polcock-Jones, Religious Instruction of the Negro

If you, black person, are not able to separate the word of the white man from the Word of God you will remain a mental slave and so shall your descendants and their descendants, ad nauseum (some may argue ad inifinitum but I live in hope that my people will be free one day).

If all you’ve ever known about God and the Bible has come from sitting in church and/or reading religious literature and not from your own wrestling with Scripture and actively participating in rigorous discussion about it and praying about it, then this post is for you. And if it’s not, read on anyway, what’s the harm?

The first thing you need to examine is your faith.

  • Do you trust God or do you trust those you have allowed to rule over you by virtue of their oratory, though you may think it’s because of their God-given authority to lead?
  • Do you truly believe that you do not need the laying on of hands to receive healing because you can and indeed you should approach the throne of Grace on your own, and boldly?

Second, examine your allegiance to your church.

  • How many years have you been a ‘member’ and a faithful ‘tither’ to the ministry?
  • Do you know that the role of the early church was to teach of Jesus Christ and Him crucified so that those taught could go out and teach others? Those churches were not static, they were dynamic as new people were brought in and old members left to spread the word to still others. If the mark of a true leader is how many leaders he raises up who will then raise up other leaders, how much of a leader is the pastor or bishop (whatever you call him) of your church?
  • If you have not led others to Christ and witnessed them lead others to Christ (which is very different kettle of fish from inviting someone to church) then what is your church doing? What IS your church beyond a chill place on Sundays, somewhere to show off how blessed you are (unlike those sinners who need to be evangelized into coming to church), how strong you are in the faith (look at you resisting sin and testifying to the goodness of the Lord), and how kind and welcoming you are? (-to people like you, who come to your church and do things the way you and your church do them; who never question the effectiveness of the church because after all, prayers for the poor and unsaved are scheduled for the first Thursday of each quarter and you always go, AND you always donate a packet of mealie-meal and a few tins of baked beans to the annual food-drive for the poor. You have ‘quiet time’ every day; of course you’re a good church-goer Christian.

Lastly, examine your theology.

  • What do you believe about God.
  • Why do you believe that way? Because you’ve been taught it and it must be true? What about the question of the trinity, or eschatology, for example?
  • Was it taught to you or do you have the conviction that comes from the Holy Spirit to stand upon?
  • Have you studied the Bible for yourself, ever? I don’t mean have you memorised Scripture and completed a prescribed Bible plan, I mean have YOU ever studied the Bible, prayerfully, for yourself, as the Spirit leads you?

When the slaves in England and America were catechized they were taught about a white man’s God. When the colonised in Africa were being catechized they were taught a white man’s perspective of God. Both the slaves and the colonised were taught that their culture and traditions and belief systems and even their languages were anti-God; white culture became synonymous with Christian culture.

Black woman. If you cannot separate whiteness from God; if you cannot yet see or even begin to understand why God is real and not white; if you think this post is blasphemous and sacrilegious, you need to think about your understanding of God and where it comes from.
Amen.

On False Prophecies and Those Who Believe Them

I remember side-eyeing some people I know (thought?) to be God-fearing when they shared posts about how Trump is God-appointed and so on. At the time I remember wondering how it was that such otherwise intelligent people who were usually quite able to separate truth from foolishness could be so misled…but I said nothing because I knew what they would say: He has chosen the foolish things of the world…


Whether or not Trump is God-sent is not for me to say. What I know is that we are to loosen the bonds of wickedness (loose the chains of injustice), undo the heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free and break every yoke. Christians i.e. those who claim to be Christ-followers are to share their food with the hungry, provide shelter for wanderers; when they see the naked they are to clothe them and not turn away from their own flesh and blood. 


Trump has never lied about who he is. He has lied about many things, but who he is and what he stands for, supports, believes in and wants to see happen worldwide has never been secret. 


If you believe in God and the Bible as the word of God (and you’ve read even a tiny portion of Revelations) then nothing that Trump (or any world leader for that matter) says or does should be a surprise…but acknowledging that is a far cry from actively supporting his actions. Yes, he may be doing the will of God but then so was Pharoah when he refused to set the Hebrew slaves free. Right? Yet Moses stood against him, stood in the gap for God’s people and did HIS part in that saga. 

Here is an except from what Paula White had to say about Trump:
…She made an extended comparison of the president to the biblical figure Esther on Bakker’s show Monday, in an interview that at times sounded more like an impassioned sermon. Like Esther, White said, Trump is a come-from-nowhere figure elevated to leadership against all odds in order to do God’s will. She described Trump as a generous, humble man of “character and integrity” and vouched repeatedly for the state of his soul. “He surrounds himself with Christians, and he is a Christian,” she told Bakker, about a man who’s been widely reported as being irreligious for most of his life, prompting applause from the studio audience. “He loves prayer.”


As the Word says: by their fruits you shall know them. That is all I’m saying about that. 

His Love Is Wild For Me

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Unreserved, unrestrained, his love is wild for me. It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed – his love is proud to be seen with me. Uncontrolled, uncontained, his love is a fire burning bright for me. It’s not just a spark, it’s not just a flame, his love is a light and all the world will see.

His love’s not fractured, it’s not a troubled mind; it isn’t anxious, it’s not the restless kind; his love’s not passive, it’s never disengaged, it’s always present, it hangs on every word we say.

Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word, it honors what’s sacred ’cause its vows are good. His love’s not broken, it’s not insecure, his love’s not selfish, his love is pure. -adapted from Pieces, Amanda Cook

Only God can love like this. And only a man living for God can love a woman who is loved like this.

-Beauty’s Daughter

More on Hiding in God

A few months ago I wrote about what hiding in God looks like for me. You can read that post here (opens in new window). Last year I made a decision to be celibate and it has been an interesting journey. I choose to be celibate not because I don’t enjoy sex -anyone who knows my thoughts on the subject knows that that’s not the reason- but because I realised that of all the sex I’ve had, the best sex was when I was in love with someone who loved me. The best sex is love-making, and I choose to wait for that – wanna know why? Because I’m a daughter of the King and I deserve the best. If it means never being in a man’s arms again then so be it…and that’s where hiding in God comes in.

When I wrote on the subject the first time  I spoke mostly about my feelings and how I needed God to be between me and whatever madness I might get into because of said feelings. I’m grown enough now to admit that a lot of the foolishness in my past was because I let feelings rule, and I needed that to change. On my own change was not only difficult but frankly, it was impossible. I always found myself in the same situation: falling for guy, trying to fit him into a box I could take before God, while going ahead with the relationship without ever waiting to hear what God had to say about the matter. Inevitably things would fall apart (houses built on sand and all that) and I would run back to the Father crying why me God, why me? The last time I had my heart broken I said no more to that foolishness and let me tell you, it has been quite the ride.

What I want to talk about today is what hiding in God really looks like, and share my experience of it. I want to do this because as a single woman over the age of 30, celibacy is not as easy as it was when I was a 20 year old virgin, and I know I’m not the only one struggling with questions of managing sexuality. There is not much out there on what being pure means when you KNOW what you’re missing, when your hormones drive you up walls with the regularity of clockwork. Y’all know what I’m talking about. You say no sex and your body goes – nawl, I want me some man.

Like everybody else with a menstrual cycle and no man, I can testify that ovulation is a bitch. Yes, I said it. Those few days after my period are the worst because my body demands sexual touch with a ferocity I can’t even explain. When I was younger and didn’t know my body I thought I had a high sex-drive and used that as an excuse for my shenanigans. Now that I’m older I’ve learnt that it’s not so much that I have a high sex drive as it is that my body is fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s not so much a problem I need to solve, as it is proof of God’s gifts to me. You guys, sex is a beautiful thing. There’s a reason why the world has cheapened sex with porn -the power that comes from an understanding of the sacredness of sex in a world that celebrates profanity is immense, and I praise God and thank Him for His lavish love. That being so I desire to experience God’s idea of sex, because I’ve tried what’s out there and fam, it’s not lit. The dating scene is rough, f*boys abound. My heart has been smashed so many times I’m a walking wonder. I should be rocking myself in a corner somewhere but here I am, living, breathing, and preparing myself for love, and for divine sex. My understanding of sex is of its power, and I know that that power is best accessed through love. So for me, sex in the absence of love isn’t worth the trouble and the effort. Have you seen yourself getting ready for a ‘date’? Here’s the sexy getting ready song, tell me it’s a lie.

I mean, it’s exhausting just thinking about it, and all for what? For 5seconds of pleasure and heartbreak? If love isn’t the binding factor, then what’s the point? Nah, I’m good. 

Here’s how I look at it: those feelings every cycle are a promise that the man who can satisfy that desire is coming. God is not so cruel as to give me a desire and never satisfy it. In all things I want to submit to God’s will and in this matter I am convinced that the time is not yet. I rest in the peace that His will shall be done. Do I panic and analyse every word of every text ad infinitum? Duh, over-thinking is my super power but now I can confront my fears with the promises of God, and rest in Him knowing that all things work together for my good, and that His plans for me are love in abundance. There is much I must learn before I am ready to be a wife to a godly man, and I have work to do to ready myself to be the kind of wife I want to be to the kind of man I want to live with. I know who I want to be, and each day I work towards being the best me I can be. To be honest, my reasons are purely selfish. You see, I don’t want just any man, I want a man who is perfect, on whom I dont have to do any work because like me, he is busy right now preparing himself to be the kind of husband I want and need. I’m too old and tired to still be looking for potential. If I want a perfect man, then it only makes sense that I myself should be perfect. No such thing is perfect, you say? That’s where you’re wrong. I know that nobody is perfect, but I also know that there is a man out there that God will bring me to, and that man will be perfect for me.  In this season I thank God for two things: assuring me that the desire of my heart will be met, and giving me time to prepare myself and my heart for that desire to be met.

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I choose to give my love-life to God, I choose to submit that part of my life to His will and while it has not been easy, it has been worth it. A lot of the poor decisions in my past stemmed from my reluctance to be alone and fear that I would be alone if I didn’t conform to what was ‘expected’. How can you call yourself someone’s girlfriend if you’re not having sex with them? How can you be an adult and not have sex? You’re not a child anymore (the implication being that desiring purity is childish). You have needs, it is your right to satisfy them. These are all things that I said to myself, said to other people, and that other people said to me. That fear led to a lot of pain and real heartbreak, and I never want to be there again. That, more than anything else is why I choose to hide my desires in God. The truth is I’m a coward. I’m terrified of getting hurt again. I know that that kind of fear can destroy a relationship, and so I’m glad that I have time to heal, to let God work on me before trying to make a relationship work. That is why when I am confronted by tempting creatures such as the Giver of Magical Hugs I am quick to cry out to God in prayer, because I know that on my own I am incapable of resisting desire such as that man arouses in me. I cry out to God because I have a destiny and I refuse to let my body be the reason I fail to fulfill my potential. Also, I refuse to be the reason why someone else falls; I refuse to be a stumbling block. 

Is it easy to be celibate? Well in a word, no. And some days are more challenging than others. No it’s not easy, this is why it cannot be done until you bring it to the foot of the Cross and say here I am Lord, lustful nature and all. Do you think there is anything in you beyond God’s reach? Living in truth in this area is accepting that the flesh is weak and determining not to be conquered by it. We cannot fight what we cannot confront, and we cannot confront what we have not accepted. I accept that my body is weak and because His strength is made perfect in my weakness, I bring my desires before God so that through the power that is the Holy Spirit I can confront and conquer. After all, God gave me the gift of sexuality and who better to help me manage it? If your entire life is not submitted to Christ, why are you surprised when you fall, when you don’t grow?

Am I saying I never fall, never stumble, never suffer the burn? No. I am saying that I get up every day and carry my cross, that in my struggles I have met Christ and through Him I am more than a conqueror. It is difficult, it is hard, but heartbreak is harder still. I’ve picked my struggle and I choose to put everything I am before God, I choose to hide in God because I never want to experience heartbreak ever again. I’m saying, I’ve tried it my way and failed, and now I’m surrendering. #mina_surrend. The man who will satisfy the desires of my flesh will meet me in the presence of He who satisfies the desires of my soul because that’s where I’ll be, hiding in God because I know that His will for me is perfect and pleasing; because I’m scared of being hurt again, and because I choose holy sex.

People have said it is impossible to be celibate and I agree, yes it is absolutely impossible but through Christ nothing is impossible, and because of Him all things work together for my good. I believe that. Do you? 

Why You Need To Stop Talking So Damn Much

○Don’t let your tongue be the reason you never get to live your best life. 

○The negative energy of the people closest to you can capsize your dreams.

 ○Don’t make yourself vulnerable by talking too much too soon, to the wrong people.

When you’re an oversharer you have to maintain a higher degree of vigilance over shared confidences than someone who is naturally more guarded, discreet. You may find it easy to unwittingly sabotage your plans by talking too much, too soon. 

That is what happened to Joseph. Have you ever thought about what would have happened if he hadn’t told his brothers his dreams? Just like Joseph your destiny is yours, but it’s not guaranteed: you have to do the work -whatever that is for you. Your success will not be given to you, you’ll have to pay the price. Don’t get me wrong: God’s blessing is perfect and it brings no sorrow with it, you just have to climb the mountain and plumb the depth to reach it. Such is life. 

Don’t make things difficult for yourself by talking too much to the wrong people. 

My Hair Has A Name and Other Things

Every cell in my body is crying in exhaustion. But do you know what I did? I washed my hair. Inbetween all of the things and a pharmacy run because u16s can’t buy cough mixture…I washed my hair. Deep conditioned, even. On a shitty day, my hair made me happy. She behaved. I think of her as a cantankerous middle-aged woman: great fun when she’s happy, stroppy and ill-behaved when she’s not. Nobody knows what makes her happy, and what made her happy today will not necessarily make her happy tomorrow. Beulah is notoriously difficult to please, but mostimes cute with it. She’s your favourite aunt, the naughty one that the adults clutch their pearls over  . 

Anyway, today Beulah was well-behaved. Maybe she’s like a man who treats you right only when he’s got competition. When you’re focused on him he’s difficult to reach and inattentive when you do get hold of him. The minute you get busy with your life or bring another man into the rotation (calm down, it’s called dating and it only involves sex if you’re doing it wrong – trust me, I know), and suddenly he’s blowing up your phone with date suggestions. Today of all days, today when I shouldn’t have been washing my hair because housework never ends and sick babies won’t sit down and colour, today I had a great washday; Beulah got some ack’wright and made me happy. 

Today Beulah was well-behaved. Today the dentangling detangled and the aloe vera juice did its job. The olive oil was a fail as usual (what can I say, I live in hope) but I can’t wait to undo the plaits and braid for the week. 😍

I also took a few minutes to drink in the sun . It was so lovely to do that. Such a blessing to be able to step outside and stand in the sun. The weather changed later in the day making the memory of those moments all the sweeter. It was a difficult day, but it was also filled with moments of incredible beauty. Running my hands through my hair as I rinsed out the conditioner. Sitting outside to plait it, remembering the times my mother did my hair (and attempting to recapture the memory while making sure the baby didn’t eat the haircream I was using and simultaneously swiping through pics on my phone to keep her entertained). Standing in the sun and loving it (before putting in a new load of laundry and hanging the just-washed one). In the backyard hanging the washing, wondering if this weekend  I’ll have time and energy to iron anything other than uniforms, not to mention that I need to make sure I have a minimum of 6 ready-to-wear outfits for the week: dresses, because who has time to look for TWO items of clothing, minimum, every day?! I thank God that in His wisdom He led me to giving up pants. Small mercies, hey? 

In amongst the chaos and the frenzy and the mothering, there was my son, generally being helpful, doing things like straightening the lounge and packing away the washed dishes (and needing to be fed). There was Beulah, treating me right, and there was the sun, giving me life. Yes, it was a difficult day and I’m glad it’s over, but I’m thankful for the beauty in it, for the reminders of grace. #scandalousgrace #countyourblessings 

What beautiful thing are you thankful for today?