It is Not Time to March, It is Time to Act


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I said this before and I will say this again. I don’t depend on “White America”, the American government, Black Programs, Latino Programs, Chinese or whatever. My dependency, my hope and my salvation is strictly on the LORD! These kinds of whiny, blame it all on white people foolishness is causing me to vomit deep in my soul. Psalm 121:1-2 tells us,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (KJV)

         It is not time to continue bringing up the injustices of the past, it is time for us to clean our own homes, stop the excuses, teach our children respect, trust God, move forward and see the redemption of ALL MIGHTY GOD! He is the God of justice and a righteous God. Revelations 19:1-2 tells us,

“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” KJV

         God’s judgments are truth and righteous, which means that whatever we face on this life, we can trust God because HE will be judging everything with truth and not with emotionalism and agitation.

         We need to be careful with not becoming a part of the great whore. That whore is everything that encourages us to take our trust and adoration away from God. That whore is what seduces us to commit spiritual fornication against the Lord as we place our trust in other ways of livings, philosophies, ideologies, political parties, civil right movements and personalities. So I am not waiting for the next march. It is not time to march; it is time to act.

Tyler Perry


I just found out that Tyler Perry is going to be a father. I did not even know he had a wife. Oh, wait a minute; he is not marry? No he is not, but he is celebrating as if is a good thing to have sex outside of marriage. I have personally fallen short in that area many times. Believe me when I tell you, it is not fun! The shame of that sin is intolerable.

The main issue here is that sin does not call for celebration; sin calls for repentance.    Repentance brings forth forgiveness and forgiveness bring forth reconciliation and restoration.

The Bible applies to all of us; the rules do not change just because he is a celebrity or because I am a minister, etc.

I know, we are humans, we make mistakes, we struggle with issues of the flesh. However, that is not a reason to embrace a lifestyle of sin. We get up, we repent and we pursue holiness. We admit when we are wrong, we acknowledge the authority of God’s Word and we move forward with God’s truth.

May the Lord help Tyler Perry and may He send somebody that be more interested on his soul than on his money.

Do You Know yourself as a Martial Artist?


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Bill “Super foot” Wallace is an extraordinarily flexible kicker. He earns a living, still today, doing seminars around the world. As a former Kickboxer he retired un-defeated. I personally had the honor of taking one of his seminars in person. It was amazing! However, the reality is that the majority of martial artists I know will never be able to even come close to doing what Master Wallace can do. For the rest of us who do not possess a “Super Foot”, we could find ourselves very frustrated.

     Michael Jordan could spend the rest of his life teaching kids how to be like Mike, perhaps many will do well, but how many will grow to be as good or better than Michael? For sure, not many! In Michael Jordan’s case, people’s lives will not be in danger. However, in martial arts, it could cost getting your butt shamefully hurt or even killed in a real life situation.

     As martial artists, we should know ourselves enough to know the techniques that flow out of us as natural as breathing, speaking and walking. Those are the techniques that will perhaps, save our lives in a real life situation.

     As a responsible Martial Artist, I will teach you what I know, but most importantly, I will help you find yourself and what works for you. We will establish together, what is naturally easy for you to execute. I will encourage you to find the devastating power of simplicity as a Martial Artist. For some, it may be a lighting-fast Round Kick to the head. For others, it may be a simple slower front kick to the shin, as you distract your opponent. Whatever it may be, as long as you discover the power of your simplicity, your possibilities of survival will increase.

Five Characteristics of a Christian Leader


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In the Bible we see, over and over, that before God moved mightily, He always raised a man as a leader. No doubt that His hand was powerful and that God himself did all the heavy lifting and miraculous, nevertheless, from Noah on down, He moved through leaders. I want to introduce you to, what I considered, the five most powerful characteristics of a leader.

 

  1. A leader invests in his followers.
 
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19 (KJV)
 
It is not about having people follow; it is about us investing in them. We should be passionately teaching our disciples and getting them ready to be effective leaders. A Godly leader can’t be arrogant or jealous; the key is that they invest in their people, that is why Jesus later stated in John 14:12,

 

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (KJV)
 
  1. A leader understands that he/she is not a god. A leader is a servant who understands that there is nobody better than another. Humility ought to be evident in the life of a leader. Jesus washed His disciples feet. He then made the following statement,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. John 13:16 (KJV)
 
  1. A leader is always pointing at Christ not at himself. After Jesus, the Samaritan woman is one of my greatest inspirations. She became an instant evangelist after her encounter with Christ. Then the people of Samaria that she won for Christ said in John 4:40-42,
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)
 
  1. A leader leaves somebody in place when He is gone. Example, Moses to Joshua, Elijah to Elisha, David to Solomon, Jesus to the Disciples and others. I don’t think that people holding the same positions of leadership for years and years is Biblical; especially when they die and nobody has an idea of who will be in charge next. If leadership falls apart after the leader dies and move on to do other things, it may be an indicator of bad leadership to start with.
  2. A leader is confident in the validation he or she has in God. A leader knows who he/she is in God. Jesus washed the disciples feet with no problem because,
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. John 13:3-5 (NKJ)
 
One of the greatest problems we have in church leadership is an insecure pastor who is afraid that someone in the congregation will take his place. These kinds of leaders keep people bound. But a secure leader is not intimidated because they know who they are in Christ.

 

         All of these principles are perfectly applicable at Casiano’s Martial Arts. When students walk into my school, it may be that they are not a better martial artist than I am; however, they may have the potential to be a far better martial artist than me. My job is not to tear that student down, but to teach him/her all I know. I look at him/her as somebody that can impact his/her community in a far greater way than I. If that happens, then I have done my job.

What About Them Cowards?


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It is easier and common for the Body of Christ to openly condemn sexual sins such as acts of adultery, fornication and homosexuality. Make no mistake about it; these are indeed sin. However, I have a problem when we ignore other sins. Now I know, I know, homosexuality is an abomination before the Lord, but is it the only sin that is considered an abomination?

 

http://richardwaynegarganta.com/abomination.htm gives a long list of sins that are considered an abomination before the Lord. Richard concludes by saying, “It is abundantly clear from scripture that ALL SIN is considered an abomination by God. While one can debate degrees of seriousness and punishment for sin, it is clear that, according to the Bible, ALL sin is an abomination!”

 

         But today I want to address a sin that is commonly ignored, even as it is the first one mention in Revelation 21:7-8

 

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (NKJV)

 

         What about them cowards? The total contrast of a coward is found in verse 7; the overcomer is the opposite of a coward. The word overcomes here means, «Victory. To be victorious, prevail” [1]

It comes from the Greek word “Nike”; yes, the Nike’s name came out of the Bible.

 

         A coward will never overcome anything. They don’t take risk because they fear failure. A coward has no faith, trusting God is nonexistent. They calculate every move and stay within the boundaries of their comfortable zone. A coward will never fight for anybody for fear of loosing his/her place in society, job, status and the routine and comfort of her life. A coward will avoid fighting for anything because fighting is too risky.

 

   In his message “Cowards And Conquers Of The End-Times Church”, Steve Gallagher (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chFFQJ3f41s) essentially describes the cowards as selfish people. I never saw anybody describing cowards that way, but I definitely agree with Bother Gallagher’s definition.

 

         I mean, we know that a coward will never win a popularity contest, but it was not until recently that I was able to really see how damaging and evil cowards are. It is easy to see somebody afraid and not fighting back overwhelmed by fear. In a way, we can feel sorry for him or her, but, what about those that do not speak up against injustices, having the power to do so? What about the guy that sees an elderly getting beat and does nothing? What about those who witness a rape and turn their heads? What about those who, for the sake of keeping their jobs and status, are willing to betray a friend?

 

         We don’t feel sorry for those who witness atrocities but still refuse to intervene, do we? The Lord either, that is why they will not make it. A coward is a facilitator and accommodator of evil. What about “them” cowards?

 

         A coward is the rapist; a coward is the bully; a coward is the false teacher and false prophet that you allow to teach and prophesy for the sake of not offending and the embrace of political correctness. A coward is the injustice and any adjective you want to add! Are you a coward? Am I a coward? Our faith here in America has not really being tested, but if we can’t even stand for the little issues of our local congregations, can we really give our lives for the Gospel’s sake?

 

         How about them cowards? Lets us pray that we don’t become one of them or perhaps we already are!

 

[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

The Heresy of Church Membership


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Recently I had a discussion with well-known Bishop in this region concerning the definition of members. He stated that there are members that come to church, are active in ministry and in giving. He added that there are others that come every now and then and some that left, but have not retired their membership. I responded by saying that God did not call us to make members, but to make disciples.

 

         See, what this Bishop gave me were denominational definitions of terms and concepts that are not Biblical. These are man-made concepts that have added to the confusion we have in the Body today. On the first portion of Acts chapter 6:1 the Bible tells us,

 

“Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number…” (KJV)

 

         The word disciple here simply means, «To learn, to understand. A learner, pupil.[1]”   The word disciple is the same word used a few verses later in verse seven. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus articulated his last words before ascending by saying,

 

19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (ASV)

 

         The word disciple here means, “To be a disciple or follower of another’s doctrine [2]” We are members of the Body of Christ; that happens automatically when we receive Jesus as our Savior. After we are saved our first call is to be a disciple. We must be learning from somebody the sound doctrine of the apostles.

 

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (ASV)

 

         The word teaching here means, “To teach; the act of teaching, instructing, tutoring [3]

 

         As you can see, to be a disciple you must be humble enough to be in a position where you allow somebody to teach you. You must show that you actually understand certain things so that you can apply them in life. You don’t learn just anything, you are called to learn, understand and apply the teachings of the Apostles exclusively. These men were not perfect, but they were the only men that gave us perfect doctrine under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.

 

         I am afraid that many denominations are taking certain liberties to add and take from God’s Word. They are establishing and making definitions of concepts that are not Biblical. No wonder we see the mess that we see in churches today. They are not fighting for souls, they are not necessarily being attacked by the enemy. They are actually dancing with the enemy by comfortably allowing the introduction of heresy in our churches.

 

         I personally witnessed a church leader speaking about the Bible having two truths. That same leader also stated, in an open Bible Study, that we can make our own plans and that God just wants us to take Him along with what we are doing. Never mind that the Bible is clear in the fact that Jesus is the truth and that we must die to self and follow HIM. As I attempted to correct this fool, the pastor attempted to unsuccessfully stop me.

 

         Examples like these are common in many churches today as the Word becomes less and less relevant. The church, in many sectors, is embracing a Constantine approach to church, a demonic mixture of truth and lies, a time when the word of a man leveled or even went above God’s Word while many church leaders stood and did nothing for the sake of maintaining their positions and statutes.

 

         It is time to confront the heresy of churchs’ membership. It is time to go out and make disciples by teaching them the WORD, that is what the Lord blessed, that is how we multiply, by making disciples who, in due time, will be ready to also go and do the same.

[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[2] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[3] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

Multi-Ethnic and Unity in the Church


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The issue of the integration of different ethnic group in the church is perhaps, uniquely, an American issue.

   In Puerto Rico, where I come from, multiculturalism is not an issue. You will have the typical denominational divisions, but, for sure, the language will be Spanish and you will sit by a Puerto Rican Sunday after Sunday.

   But how do we deal with the issue of different ethnicities coming together. It is obvious that Sunday morning is the most segregated day of the week. This occurrence is natural, because people are comfortable worshipping God their way, around people like them. At times people create an image of God in their minds based on the culture they are a part of, and so are comfortable around those who share that God-image.

   Here in the United States I feel that The Lord is demanding that we all come together under the banner of the culture described in God’s Word. The last powerful revival that came to this nation was noticed as having people of all races come together in true love and fellowship; that was the Azusa Street Revival.

   However, I must say some things about unity that I missed before or did not explain well. Not all unity is Godly; the Word of God must be the center. In other words, if their is a multicultural church where blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, etc. are gathering together, but they are teaching heresy, I want no part of it. I’d rather be in an all African-American, Chinese, white or any other ethnic group church that is speaking truth than to be in a blended church that teaches heresy.

   For some time I blamed the ending of the Azusa Street Revival on racism exclusively. But I must admit that I was wrong in that assessment. Azusa stepped into heresy, period. Their central teaching became that in order for you to be saved, you needed to be born-again, sanctified and baptized in the Holy Ghost. They preached against marriage because the coming of the Lord was around the corner. If people left because of these teachings and they happened to be white, it was not because of racism, but because of heresy. I prefer the multi-ethnic group, however, only if the Word is honored.
This takes me to a second point, church-style preference.

   My issue is when styles become more important than the anointing of God. Let me start with music. My experience has been that the most talented, for the most part, have not been the most anointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, you must have talent. But I have seen a lot of shows and listened to a lot of self-centered music that focuses more on the musician’s ability to perform than on God.

   Does this mean that true talented musicians can’t have God’s anointing? Or that musical excellence is more of a show-off thing than worship? The Bible tells us to “play skillfully before The Lord.” (Psalm 33:3) It is indeed a glorious thing when talent and anointing meet; when this happens, we should throw styles out of the window because God is rocking the house!

   If you only join a church because they worship in your style and you throw out the anointing, you are in error. What breaks the yoke is the anointing, not the show! The anointing makes what we do ministry and not a show.

   I have been in churches where the style of worship is not necessarily my favorite, but I open myself to sense the anointing and in that, I find the blessing of worship. On the other hand, I have been in services where the worship is exactly what I like, but I sense that something was missing. If what we want is entertainment, we must look at the world; they have the best entertainers.

   Lastly, I want to address preaching. Even as I acknowledge that preaching and teaching is a gift, I also recognize that today we have a lot of false prophets, false teachers and motivational speakers. So I try not to look for styles, but for an uncompromising preacher and teacher of God’s Truth.

   So you can sweat, yell, jump and ask for amens and witnesses; but if you are not preaching and teaching the Word, I may walk out on you. God is only going to confirm His Word, not your hooping and hollering.

   In this regard I must also admit that I miss my fellow ministers in Gates and Hertford County. Even as we had our differences, some of them personal and some even concerning some Biblical differences, I never witnessed heresy there.

   Pastor Jonathan Rissmiller, Pastor Eric Earhart, Pastor Phillip Wallace, Pastor Sandy Outlaw, Pastor Rochelle Olson and others honored and respected God’s Word. If I appreciated you before, I do more now. Here in Alaska I have found coldness, not only in the weather, but also in their approach to God. I was forced to leave a congregation that I love, simply because the leadership is comfortable allowing heresy and passionately resisting truth.

   It is music to my ears to be in a congregation now where God’s Word is truly honored. Yes, I am the darkest person there, my family and I are ethnically different, the style of music differs from what we are accustomed to and the preaching style is different, but the anointing of God is there; they are praying, worshipping and reaching out to the lost. So styles are secondary; all I want is Jesus!