"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk
As I study church history and how we have gotten to the level of divisions we have now, I notice a pattern. People have taken one or two or may be three aspects of Christianity and turn those believe into a denomination.
The Bride of Christ, since the times of the Apostles to today, has always been a minority. After Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in 313 AD, even as physically, there was less violence against true Christians, the church was assaulted spiritually. Later, we saw not only the spiritual, but also the physical assault reactivated, as it was illegal for people to believe and practice anything else other than the established church.
What seemed like a blessing, as Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in Rome, has been proven to be a very sneaky attack of the enemy in his agenda of mixing the church with the world. As the established church flourished, the Bride of Christ went through hundreds of years of almost anonymity.
Powerful Governments and the established Catholic Church committed horrible murderess against true believers. People like John Hus cannot be forgotten. I invite you to read the following quote from www.greatsite.com
“One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true!” (http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/john-hus.html)
Through history, Satan has used two powerful forces to move the church away from the Bible as absolute truth. The enemy has used, as we mentioned before, Governments and Higher Learning.
Who can resist the temptation of being close to the powerful? It would, for sure, give you a certain prestige to be in banquets and meetings with the mayor of the city, the senator, the governor and much more, the President.
Also, when you carry the title of Doctor, Bible Scholar, etc. it gives certain credibility to whatever you say. When your education is greater than the average person it is very easy for folk to believe everything you say, because after all, you hold a prestigious and hard to achieve doctoral degree.
So you have a lot of ministers saying crazy unbiblical things, but because they sound so smart and because they have a degree backing them up, everybody believes them.
When you have the degree and when you are close to the powerful you have status and you become a part of the establishment. On the other hand, the average minister of the Gospel do not have that kind of access or education. But I am here to tell you that education will never give you revelation.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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