Características de la Gente Mala


Toda mi vida he escuchado gente que se consideran buenas personas en sus propias opiniones. Piensan que si ni beben, ni fuman, ni nunca han estado presos, si no han matado a nadie, robado algo grande y si trabajan y pagan sus propias deudas, sin duda que, de acuerdo a sus propio inventario, deben ser consideradas buenas personas. La sociedad quizás también los reconozcan como buenos ciudadanos.

Mas cuando medimos nuestras ideas de lo que es bueno y malo de acuerdo a la Palabra de Dios, encontramos rápidamente que las formas de Dios y las nuestras son totalmente diferentes. Eso es lo que precisamente encontramos en el Salmo 10:3-4 cuando el Salmista dice:

“El malo se jacta del deseo de su alma,
 bendice al codicioso y desprecia a Jehová; el malo, por la altivez de su rostro, no busca a Dios;
 no hay Dios en ninguno de sus pensamientos.” (Versión Reina Valera 1995)

 

Analizando estos versos vemos que la gente mala de acuerdo a la Biblia tienen las siguientes características:

  1. El malo es guiado totalmente por los deseos de su alma y no por el Espíritu de Dios. Si el malo quiere algo, presenta justificación en su mente para alcanzarlo, cueste lo que cueste. Violar las reglas morales y legales no es razón de convicción. Los deseos de la carne van en contra de la voluntad de Dios. ¿Quiere esto decir que el Cristiano no tiene deseos carnales? Absolutamente no; el Cristiano también batalla con dichos deseos. A veces perdemos y a veces, debido a nuestra propia debilidad y debido a que nos rendimos a nuestra maligna voluntad, perdemos. Pero el Cristiano no disfruta del pecado; la convicción del Espíritu Santo es fuerte y poco a poco  nos hace cambiar. El malo no tiene remedio sin Cristo; nosotros mismos somos también malos sin El.

  2. Los malos son atraídos por el mismo espíritu de avaricia y codicio. Los malos crean ídolos entre ellos mismos y por ello se bendicen los unos a los otros mientras siguen exaltando sus formas de vida. Personalidades como Donald Trump, Bill Gates y otros son respetados y exaltados constantemente; mas entre ellos no hay mención de Dios.

  3. Los malos desprecian a Dios. Una cosa es no considerar a Dios, la otra es despreciarlo. Una cosa es batallar con el pecado y la otra es rechazar y ridiculizar a Dios; es tener una agenda personal en contra de Dios y todo lo que El representa. Hoy día vemos mucho desprecio en contra de Dios; en la televisión, el mundo cinematográfico, la farándula en general, los medios comunicativos, la política, etc. Todo esto es producto de corazones perversos.

  4. El malo es orgulloso y su orgullo no lo deja buscar de Dios. El malo se convence a si mismo que todo lo que ellos necesitan lo pueden conseguir en ellos mismos sin Dios.

¿Habrá malos en las Iglesias? Si no buscamos de Dios en nuestras lugares secretos, si no lo adoramos, si no le damos las gracias por ser tan bueno con nosotros, si no escudriñamos las Escrituras, si no hay relación con Dios fuera de los Domingos en la Iglesia mientras cumplimos con un compromiso social, definitivamente estamos viviendo vidas sin El. Sin Dios lo que nos queda es nuestra propia maldad. Lo único bueno en mi es Cristo; yo soy basura, yo soy nada; pero en El encuentro esperanza y en El encuentro cambio para bien en mi corazón.

Le pido a Dios en este día que nos aleje de la maldad; que nos de un corazón que se place en buscar Su rostro y en hacer las cosas que le agradan a El por encima de nuestros propios deseos. Con la ayuda de Dios podremos tener victoria.

 

 

Llamado a Pastorear Nuevamente


Queridos hermanos latinos, Dios ha abierto una puerta que ningún hombre puede cerrar. Yo creo fielmente que nosotros los hispanos tenemos un llamado fuerte aquí en los Estados Unidos. Creo fielmente que nosotros los hispanos tenemos algo grande que ofrecer a esta nación de los Estados Unidos. No estamos en esta nación solo para hacer los trabajos que otros no quieren hacer. Dios nos prepara a esta hora para aportar nuestra parte en el gran avivamiento que viene de seguro para esta nación.

Hermanos, el Domingo 10 de Junio del 2012 comenzamos nuestro ministerio. Nos reuniremos todos los Domingos a las tres de la tarde en la Iglesia “New Vision” en Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Vamos a operar como una extensión de dicho ministerio. Mas a la misma vez, funcionaremos como un ministerio independiente.

En este momento no tenemos nombre, no tengo interés de formalizarnos como ministerio, no tengo agendas, no quiero que imitemos a nadie, ni seguir patrones de hombre, ni tengo interés en competir con nadie…Lo que tengo es hambre y sed de Dios y un deseo genuino de que el Espíritu Santo de Dios tome control de nuestras reuniones y de nuestras vidas.

Estoy convencido de que estas reuniones no serán en español solamente; por lo que si quieres que todo se haga en nuestro lenguaje, lamento decirte que no será así. A través de mi vida como ministerio, ya sea en iglesias, ministerios de prisiones, etc. Dios siempre ha traído americanos a nuestras vidas y aquí estaremos para ministrarle a todos los que Dios nos traiga, independientemente de su raza, color, origen étnico, etc.

No creo en el “One Man Show” ni tampoco en que la gente debe sentarse en las Iglesias a hacer nada. Creo que todos nosotros tenemos talentos y que tenemos la obligación de usar nuestros talentos para la gloria de Dios y para el servicio y beneficio de Su pueblo. Es nuestro compromiso el prepárate para que hagas lo que Dios te ha mandado a hacer. Creemos también en el Gobierno de la Iglesia; creemos en un liderazgo claro y bien definido. Hay mucho que hacer, tenemos que prepararte para que sirvas como Diacono y otros para que sirvan como Ancianos.

Si este es tu deseo y sientes ser parte de lo que Dios va a hacer en este ministerio, ven y visítanos. Para más información llámame al 252-506-5374. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!

Anciano/Pastor Ángel Casiano

I Will Be Pastoring Again!


It has been my deepest and most sincere desire, for many years, to be a man of prayer. I desire to enjoy a great intimacy with Jesus. I like the idea of spending hours in God’s Word, in worship and in prayer. At times I feel like I am getting there, but many times I have allowed the busyness and distractions of life to take me away from that amazing path. I also enjoy, with all of my heart, ministering to people under God’s anointing. I remember the excitement I felt, as I was getting ready to preach the Word; I actually told the Lord many times, “If you take me out now, I will die happy.” However, both of these passions were lost out of my heart after December 29, 2005 when my first wife Ileana died of cancer. At the time of her death I was on my six month as a Pastor of a small local bilingual church in Winton, North Carolina. December 29th, 2005 marked the beginning of the process where I realized the nastiness of my own heart. I failed in so many ways!

Sunday November 30th, 2006 marked my official last day as a Senior Pastor. Less than a year after the death of my first wife I was on my way back to Jacksonville, Florida ready to start another marriage. I was getting ready to engage in one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I was not healed from the lost of my first wife, but was already looking for ways to medicate my pain. Those couple of years in my life consisted of my most shameful, painful and detestable attributes. I truly moved away from God. On the outside I was “fine.” Physically, I was looking great; had a good job and even attended a ten thousand-member African American Baptist Church. Nevertheless, I was rotten inside.

I was not involved in any ministry, did not have any desire to do so, did not have a prayer life and did not read the Word. Yet, I still went to church and hided in the midst of so many people. I surely turned my back on the Lord. Everything went from bad to worse in my marriage and we ended-up divorced. That was the one-two punch designed to kill me. With a divorce and later with my sin exposed publicly I was convinced that for me, this was surely the end. Fornication became a way of life for me and ate my heart, my call and my passion for Christ way. I felt like a dead man walking!

Fortunately, the Lord gave me the grace to repent of my sin, brought me out of my mess, restored my soul, renewed my strength, my faith, my love for Jesus, my love for God’s people and gave me a great hope for the future. I feel the fire of God in my life like never before. God has given me a suitable helper and an extraordinary mother for my children. I am the head of a family of ministers; God is already opening doors and giving us a taste of what is to come.

On June 10th 2012 I will be pastoring again; six and a half years later the Lord has opened a door…

My Take on Same Sex Marriage


 

As I write these words let me make you all aware that I indeed have very close loved ones that are currently struggling with homosexuality. Some have accepted such life styles and others are fighting against it every day.

     I am also aware that the church has done a terrible job in reaching out to this group of people; it seems as if the church has given them the impression that they hate the sin and the sinner as well.

Some years ago I remember being in Nashville, Tennessee with my brother, Carlos. During our stay there, he reconnected with an old friend and her family. Her mom invited us to come to her house and eat, so we went. As soon as we arrived to the house we were warmly receive by my brother’s friend and her mom.

     Along with the group was a very flamboyant young man who wanted to make sure that we knew that he was there and that he was gay. I was hungry, so all I cared about was food. I had a long day at the studio and I was ready to eat. This young man could not cease talking for a minute.

     As I started eating, I quickly discovered that the food was terrible. So, I was hungry and this young man was working my last nerves. To make matters worst, everybody decided to leave the dinning room as they left me alone with this gay young man. “This is great!” I said to myself; I wanted to do to my brother Carlos exactly what Cain did to Abel!

     In the midst of whatever this young man was saying he asked me: “What do you do for a living?” I did not want to respond, but my mouth said, “I am a minister.” The conversation took a whole different direction from that point on, as the young man started pouring out his heart to me.

     He told me that he acknowledged that homosexuality was a sin; he added that he did not want to be gay anymore and that he went to a church looking for answers. He added that when he finally confessed to the pastor his struggles with homosexuality the pastor publicly kicked him out of the church.

     This young man wept before me and I wept with him. I asked for his forgiveness on behalf of what this pastor and this congregation did to him. Even as I pointed out the truth that he already knew about homosexuality as a sin, the compassion of Christ overtook my heart as I took the time to minister to him. By the time my brother and friends came back, this young man was acting like a young man and he was not talking as much.

     Every normal person has sexual desires with the exception of those that were born with the gift of self-control. The Apostle Paul is a good example of someone with such a gift. Sexual desires are God-given and made to be completely satisfied only in the sanctity of marriage.

     Society’s standards are not God’s standards. Even as society still strongly condemns adultery, rape and adults having sex with children, it seems like everything else is acceptable and justifiable.

     TV and Hollywood have done a great job in lowering God’s moral standards. It is sad to say, but when our own President goes on national television and publicly expresses his personal support for homosexual marriages we, without a doubt, are stepping into very dangerous grounds culturally.  What kind of Bible is he reading? Love without the truth is not love!

     Marriage is indeed, Biblically speaking, between a man and a woman no matter what anybody say. Even as about thirty-four states have voted against approving homosexual marriages, I prophesize that the day will come when it will be legal all over this nation for gays to get married. In that hour, remember: No matter what Hollywood is saying concerning this issue, no matter if our President approves of these types of marriages, no matter what a portion of the church itself is saying; many of whom are, even now, sell-outs, who for political influences, power and fame, support these social views over God’s Word; no matter is the majority vote yes… Wrong is wrong! I do not judge them, but God will.

     Jessie Jackson and all the people that support him should be ashamed of themselves for comparing the homosexual social battles with the blacks in this country; that is indeed a slap in the face for the very same God that liberated all of us.

     The fight against slavery and equal opportunities to all was a Biblical one; in God’s eyes nobody is better than anybody, we are all the same! God is a God of freedom. How can you be a Christian and approve the homosexual agenda? But I have been saying for some time now that Jackson and Al are false Prophets that are leading many of our people straight to hell.

     Homosexuality is a spirit designed to destroy lives. It is indeed a sin and like every other sin, will lead to death and destruction. There is no other way to say it; there is no other way to decorate the concept, homosexuality was, is and will forever be a detestable sin before the Lord. Not the only sin I should say, nevertheless, it will never be; just as fornication and adultery, approved by God…period!

Nonnegotiable


Three nonnegotiable things I give you today: The preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, prayer, and my open expression of worship to the Lord.

 

 

1. The Preaching of the Gospel: Even as the Bible encourages us to obey the law of the land in Romans 13:1-7, in Acts 4: 18-19 the same Bible tells us:

 

 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

2. Prayer: I believe that in the book of Daniel we see a great example of someone that knew the power of prayer. In Daniel we see a Biblical example of how nonnegotiable prayer really is. Daniel did not allow anything to stop him from praying. It cost him to some degree. He ended up in a lion’s den; however, not even one lion dared to touch him.

 

3. Worship: Worship is, without a doubt, a life style. Many like to hide behind self-righteousness to justify how dry they really are for the Lord. They don’t get down on their knees, they don’t prostrate themselves before the Lord, they don’t lift up their hands, they don’t shout, they don’t sing, they don’t dance, they don’t weep, they don’t laugh and after the preacher is done, they act as if God was not speaking to them. However, worship also requires expression. According to John chapter four, God is looking for worshippers. He is not looking for doctors, bishops, apostles, evangelist, etc. He is looking for people that will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. David danced before the Lord without shame and without worries of looking dignified; one his wives did not like it and let David know it, however, she was never able to give birth to children. This is a prophetic symbol of what happens to religious folks that refuse to openly express their worship to the Lord; they become fruitless.

 

If you are in a church that is not preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ you must get out of there fast. If you are in a church that does not pray, you are throwing punches to the air, for prayer is what releases the power for miracles and breakthroughs. Finally, if you are in a church that places limits in your worship expression to God, you must not allow intimidation to move you away from doing your number one responsibility on this earth which is to freely worship the God that is truly worthy to be praised.

 

It is time for God’s people to declare their alliance and faithfulness to God over manmade traditions, denominations, family and cultural beliefs. Be free my friend!

 

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

 

 

 

May 12, 2012 Update


Many good things are happening in my life these days; not because I am anything special, but because the Lord is merciful indeed. His goodness brings me to tears often, His love encourages me to change as His Spirit brings forth conviction of sin in my life. To God be all the glory because the older I get the more I realize how much of a failure I am without the Lord.

The Martial Arts School is going well and the Lord is already opening doors for my whole family to minister. Tomorrow I will be ministering in Virginia in a very special gathering for Mother’s Day. My children are going to be dancing and singing, my wife will be playing the piano as I sing and preach the Word.

The Lord continues to bless this blog as what the Lord gives us in the secret place spread all over the world little by little. Thank you so much for your support. In the next couple of days I will make a BIG announcement. Wow, I am so happy! I am so excited, like a child before Christmas.

 

Love you all, Angel