What Is Sanctification? Part 2


The Gospel is under attack as others are coming up with other ideas on how to be saved. Sanctification seems to be an old-fashioned recommendation and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is not preached in many of our, so-called, Christian denominations. It’s almost as if the pages that explain and describe this wonderful and powerful experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit have been ripped from the Bible for this sector of our family of faith.

      The reason for this crisis is because sound doctrine is designed to challenge the way we live our lives and tells us how to embrace a lifestyle that is acceptable before the Lord. Sound doctrine will tell us what to do and what not to do; and nobody likes to be told what to do.

      We have embraced a way of thinking that establishes our imperfection as an excuse to embrace such imperfection. Our way of thinking has also managed to disqualify everybody from correcting us because after all, nobody is perfect.

To be continued…

What Is Sanctification?


Recently I joined the Church of God in Christ. Pastor Joel Hornbuckle (Senior Pastor of the Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ in Fairbanks, Alaska) and I connected in the Spirit immediately. I am very impressed with the Church of God in Christ’s history and I am so glad that in this season of my life the Lord has brought me here. As we started our conversation, Pastor Hornbuckle presented me with the Official Manual of the Church of God in Christ.

      I felt an excitement in my spirit about reading that manual, and I did. What started as a great curiosity to learn about the Church of God in Christ’s history and doctrine became the deepest study I have personally done on what is known as The Second Work of Grace, Sanctification.

      It seems like today’s days no one likes to talk too much about doctrine. Even the mention of doctrine is synonymous with arguing, division and, at times, fights. So people stay away from doctrine; if you are a guest pastor somewhere, you just preach a feel good message about everybody getting rich. In this way, you can assure your next invitation.

      I believe that what we have right now is a crisis of sound doctrine. All of the three works of grace are under demonic attack within the church walls.

To be Continued…

Hope Is Not In Politics or In Constitutions


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The world will never change using government or politics as an instrument of change for the better. Democrats, republicans, conservatives and liberals will bow down and are now doing so to the ways of the god of this world.

Ideologies such as democracy or communism, socialism or even capitalism will end as great rhetoric expressions. The constitution will eventually be amended to reflect the heart of a morally decayed society.

The world will only positively change from the inside out of the Body of Christ. From our own hearts, it will spread like fire. It will bring many in for the last harvest as we prepare our hearts for the rapture of the church where we will be transformed instantly.

As we prepare for the second coming of the Lord, for the glorious millennium and for the New Jerusalem let us praise and worship our God with gladness. So much to look forward to!

We will no longer see the Lord through the mirror of our own interpretations, denominations and man-made religion, but will see HIM as He is and will dwell with HIM forever and ever…Amen!

Coming To Fairbanks, Alaska


Well, I just got here Saturday August 17, 2013. It took me and my son Angelo ten days to drive from Gates County North Carolina to Fairbanks Alaska. If you want to have an idea of what that trip looks like click on this link: https://angelcasiano.com/2013/07/31/from-gates-to-fairbanks-video-series/ This is a video documentary of the trip. I promise that you will laugh, but you will also be minister to.

The children started school Wednesday; so glad that the schools are only minutes away. I had two job interviews last week. I hope to have a job soon; I know that the Lord will bless me with a good one soon. I will keep you up-dated.

To My Followers on angelcasiano.com


I just realize today that I have over 1,346 followers on this blog. Glory to God! I apologize for my ignorance, but I did not know that I had these many people following us. If you have any prayer request please write me at angelcasiano@aol.com Your prayer request are confidential. I love to hear from you!

Recently, on August 9th to be exact, be celebrated three years of entering the wonderful world of blogging. I am so thankful for Presbyter José Bosque for introducing me to this amazing adventure.

God bless you all!

Pastor Angel Casiano

El Demonio de La Vagancia


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La vagancia, me atrevo a decir, es uno de los espíritus que más daño le está haciendo a nuestras sociedades hoy en día. La Vagancia es hermana de la Pérdida de Tiempo y juntas son un dúo destructor.

 Recientemente tomé un viaje larguísimo desde Carolina del Norte hasta Alaska. Estamos hablando de más de 4,400 millas manejando. El viaje me tomó diez días. Durante este tiempo tuve muchas horas para pensar y escuchar la voz de Dios, el cual habló cosas poderosas a mi corazón.

Cuando nos levantamos por la mañana, en nuestros días libres especialmente, es cuando podemos ver más claramente la condición de nuestro corazón. Tomemos por ejemplo un Sábado, en el cual no tenemos que trabajar. ¿Qué es lo que usualmente hacemos? Dios me mostró que hay tres direcciones a tomar:

  1. Entretenimiento

  2. Usar el tiempo productivamente

  3. Pasar un tiempo de calidad con Dios

Cuando hablamos de entretenimiento, hablamos de lo que le agrada a la carne: Juegos de videos, dormir más, comer excesivamente, ver televisión, etc. La industria del entretenimiento es una industria que produce trillones de dólares al año. No hay nada malo con el entretenimiento sano, el problema se produce cuando es todo lo que hacemos con nuestro tiempo libre.

Cuando hablamos de usar el tiempo productivamente  estamos hablando de trabajar en algo constructivo. Aquí nos tomamos el tiempo para leer un buen libro que expanda nuestros conocimientos, aprender algo nuevo, algún proyecto en la casa que necesita ser terminado, servir de forma voluntaria en algún lugar, etc. El usar el tiempo productivamente es una inversión para el futuro.

Cuando hablamos de pasar tiempo de calidad con Dios hablamos de un tiempo especial en donde solo eres tú, una Biblia, una libreta para tomar notas y Dios. Dios quiere estar en todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas, pero hay un tiempo especial que le pertenece a El y solo a El. El orden debería ser el siguiente:

  1. Tiempo de calidad con Dios: Inversión en nuestra vida espiritual.

  2. Tiempo de productividad: Inversión en nuestra alma (Nuestra mente (Intelecto) y nuestro corazón)

  3. Entretenimiento sano: Disfrutar sanamente de las bendiciones de Dios. Este no es un entretenimiento vano; sino uno que nos recuerda de lo bueno que Dios ha sido con nosotros.

En todo, Dios tiene que ser el centro. Conozco personas que son productivas, no son vagos, ni pierden el tiempo, pero no tienen una relación con Dios. Son profesionales, disfrutan de mucho éxito, pero sin una relación con Dios el hombre siempre tendrá un vacío en su corazón. Lo bueno es que con este tipo de persona se puede contar. Personalmente prefiero hacer negocios con este tipo de personas que con un Cristiano vago.

El vago solo busca lo que entretiene la carne y la Biblia tiene mucho que decir sobre este grupo. En Efesios 5:16-17 nos dice la Palabra,

16 Aprovechen bien el tiempo, porque los días son malos. 17 No sean, pues, insensatos; procuren entender cuál es la voluntad del Señor. RVC

En estos versos vemos que la pérdida de tiempo no nos permite ver la voluntad de Dios. Este es un grito para que aprovechemos bien el tiempo y para que no perdamos el tiempo. El perder el tiempo tampoco nos prepara para los días malos que seguro vendrán.  Fíjense que en este verso Dios le llama a los vagos y perdedores de tiempo “Insensatos”; esta es la misma palabra que se utiliza para “locos”.

 Colosenses 3:23 nos invita a hacer las cosas con pasión, a echarle ganas como dicen los mejicanos,

 23 Y todo lo que hagan, háganlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no como para la gente, RVC

Este verso nos invita a trabajar fuerte y con inspiración. Aquí el Cristiano crea una conciencia que declara constantemente que independientemente del tipo de trabajo que hagamos, la paga, nuestros supervisores, etc. tenemos que entender que trabajamos para Dios.

Terminaré este artículo con los siguientes versos que se encuentran en Proverbios 6:9-11. Con estos versos confirmo Bíblicamente que la vagancia y la pérdida de tiempo son uno de los contribuyentes más poderosos en la destrucción de nuestros valores sociales.

La cantidad de gente viviendo del gobierno, cogiendo desempleo pudiendo trabajar, cupones para alimentos y luchando por coger seguro social por incapacidad ha crecido en números alarmantes. En Proverbios 6:9-11 nos dice la Biblia

Perezoso, ¿cuánto más seguirás durmiendo?
¿Cuándo vas a despertar de tu sueño?

10 Un poco de dormir, un poco de soñar,
un poco de cruzarse de brazos para descansar,

11 y así vendrán tu necesidad y tu pobreza:
como un vago, como un mercenario. RVC

Noten la conexión directa entre la vagancia y la pobreza. De hecho, para cualificar para la mayoría de las ayudas del gobierno primero tienes que ser declarado pobre.

 En conclusión, es tiempo de ser diligentes en nuestra relación personal con Dios; este es el primer mandamiento que nos dice que amemos a Dios por sobre todas las cosas (Éxodos 20). Muchas religiones no respetan al Cristiano porque nos ven que perdemos mucho el tiempo. Tenemos que ser más disciplinados y usar nuestro tiempo de forma productiva y constructiva.

Es importante que también tengamos cuidado de no caer en el afrentamiento del Capitalismo. El centro del Capitalismo es el hacer dinero. Tenemos que aprender a disfrutar de las bendiciones de Dios, su creación, nuestras familias, etc.  De esta forma nuestras vidas serán más productivas, placenteras, llenas de paz y del gozo del Señor.

 

The Heart of Liberalism and Conservatism


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Liberalism establishes itself as being for the poor; however in its heart, Liberalism is all about what you can do for me. Conservatism establishes itself as being for hard work and personal growth; but at its heart, the reality of Conservatism is that you are on your own.

Liberalism is about what you can give me, with very little or no concern to the concept of earning what we are getting and very little or no concern for the fact that somebody else is paying for it.

Conservatism is about what I can get through my hard work and the freedom provided by Capitalism; that is, with very little concern for those that are being left behind. It is nothing more than “survival of fittest.”

Liberalism has no problem with receiving something that is paid for by others; Conservatism has no problem making big money through big business while the people that work for them earn minimum wage and little or no health benefits.

Both Liberalism and Conservatism are dependent systems. The Conservative works harder, but in order to make money it will underpay its workers and over charge for its products; all of which is legal under the umbrella of Capitalism.

Liberalism is maintained by political power and they have found a very successful and attractive formula: promote a dependent on the government society, create programs to solve problems that should be solved by individuals, maintain those programs even if problems are not resolved. All of this dependency is placed under the umbrella of “it is all for a good cause; results and accountability don’t matter.”

If the Conservative side comes against these programs, the Liberals accuse them of being evil, insensitive and careless.

Liberalism has found greater power in politics; conservatism has found its power in Corporate America.

This, my friends, is American politics; this is where we, the voters, are trapped in. So what is our hope?

Are You An Easy Person to Follow?


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Recently I completed a 4,400-mile road trip with my two sons, Angelo and Brandon. As we moved from North Carolina to Alaska we decided that we were going to take all of our three cars with us. My wife and daughters flew, while my sons and I drove.

      My son Angelo was very excited about driving the BMW while I drove a powerful 1999 GMC Suburban that I used to pull my Toyota Camry and boxes that filled the SUV to capacity. It was an exciting trip indeed! During that trip the Lord gave me some very practical spiritual lessons. In this article I will like to share the first one.

      The Lord revealed to me that many of us are being followed. He revealed to me that some do not realize they are being followed while others are aware though are making it very difficult to be followed. Jesus knew that he had followers; as a mater of fact, he himself chose his first followers and called them His disciples. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus said,

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (KJV)

 

      Jesus gave us some powerful lessons concerning how to allow others to easily follow and learn from you. Jesus did not only allow his disciples to see Him ministering, but He allowed them to see His life. That alone is a lot to chew on.

      What made our trip to Alaska so difficult was the fact that my son Angelo and I were driving different cars, which required us to abandon our driving preferences in order to follow each other. Here is the practical lesson:

  1. If I was going too fast and not paying attention to my son; leaving him on red lights, doing quick turns, etc. I was, for sure, going to lose him. This is the group that is so focused on the “vision” that they forget about the followers. Beloved, we lose them; we lose our kids, our families, our disciples, etc. because we are not taking the time to look back and check on them, we don’t take the time to slow down.

  2. If I place 100% of my attention on my back mirror I will crash for sure because I will lose sight of where I am going. This is the group that is so into the people that they forget about God. They don’t read the Word, they don’t study the Word, they don’t pray, they don’t worship, etc. Believe me when I tell you, sooner or later, you will crash.

      Are you an easy person to follow? or is it impossible to keep up with you? This is not about how spiritual you are, how fast you can get from point A to point B, your knowledge of the Greek, your titles, your impressive testimony, how much you know, how big is your building, how large your membership list, how well you can preach, etc. but about how many can you take with you. Jesus is the Lord of lords and the King of kings; how much do you think He needed to slow down to allow the disciples to follow Him effectively? Jesus is calling us to make disciples just as He did.

      If as leaders, as pastors, as fathers and mothers, we find ourselves alone in our journey with Christ, perhaps we have lost our children along the way. Slow down, call them up, wait for them and keep a good balance of focusing on the vision while making yourself easy to follow.

A Different Message: Last Sermon In This Region


After death, after pain, after suffering, after tribulations, after sin, after mistakes, after failures and most of all after God’s power, mercy and grace manifested in my life…this day is finally here!

     I believe that today will be the last time I will deliver a sermon in this area. The last time I left this region I was outside of God’s will and I paid terrible consequences for it. At that time the Lord gave me the message: On the Other Side of the Valley of Suffering. I was convinced that going back to Florida was getting out of that valley, but I was totally wrong.

     Today, eight years later, I am experiencing the blessings found on the other side of that valley of suffering. Today the Lord is sending me out to deliver a different message: “The River of Revival”.