Pride will cause us to feel ashamed for the exposed sin in our lives. However, pride is not effective regarding our secret sins. We actually learn to become comfortable with the sins that no one can see. In other words, pride will cause us to feel sorry because we got caught, not because of the sin itself. Public exposure of sin is the mask of our pretending coming off.
Humility, on the other hand, causes us to see the awesomeness of God and the nastiness of our humanity more clearly. The secret place is unable to be a comfortable place for the humble to sin. Publicly exposed or not, the humble finds conviction, repentance and restoration.
The humble posses a special appreciation for God and a transparency before the world as people that have nothing to hide, nothing to loose and nothing to prove. God’s mercy does not become an excuse to sin, but a motivation to change.
The historical root of sin is pride; it started in the heart of Satan and is spreading around the world as a doctrinal disease that weakens our homes, our society, our nations and even the church.
Pride argues against our need for forgiveness and it places us at the center of the world. Pride, further more, argues against our need for God. That is why God resist the proud. Not because lack of love, but because nothing can be done as long as your philosophy of live is centered in you. When you are the center of your life, then you will go as far as you can take yourself. You will indeed prosper, if you work hard, but your soul will never prosper.
So we need to be broken like wild horses, until we learn to surrender. Many will never learn; they will die singing, “I did it my way”. When our sins, as Christians, are exposed, it will be a stumbling block for the Body and for the unbeliever and it will affect your ministry tremendously, but at the end of the day, perhaps that public exposure of your sin, is the best medicine for your proud heart.
A proper prospective of the greatness of God, in contrast with our awfulness without Him, is the beginning of humility and the start of great spiritual promotions in God’s Kingdom.
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. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.