Trump Is Not My Pastor


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Let me start with the obvious; that President Trump does not display a Christ-Like character when he calls folks names. Some in the Christian community support Trump because of his apparent support for the Christian faith. I believe that it will only take a few of us pointing out some things we do not like, for him to start attacking us.

As a Christian, I do appreciate him defending religious freedom and openly declaring to be pro-life in the issue of abortion.   Nevertheless, if we look at some of his responses against his attackers, from a Biblical point of view, there is no justification for insults. The reality is that Trump has said a lot of inappropriate and, worst of, unbiblical things. I know that he is in a battle and, the tendency is to attack back; however, the Bible tells us that God fights our battles. Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (NASB) So we do not have to be a doctor in theology to conclude that a lot of President Trump’s Tweets are not Godly.

            It is ok to state truth, it is ok to get the record straight and to point out facts and, accomplishments. What is not ok is to insult people by calling people crazy, low IQ, little this or little that, etc. There is no biblical justification for it… period!

When I voted for Trump in 2016, I voted against Hillary Clinton. I took a chance with Trump over giving my vote to one of the worst presidential candidates in the last 50 years; in my opinion!

Today things have change because I can now look at Trump’s record. When we look at the unemployment rate and the economy, some rather give Obama the credit, stating that in his last couple of years as president the unemployment rate was already coming down and the economy was getting stronger. This is actually true according to the numbers that count. So, we can argue this issue in a couple of ways, but for the sake of peace, I am choosing to give validation to democrats who take this previous statement as true.

If democrats are right on this assessment, then give Trump credit for continuing Obama’s progress and not only that, for taking Obama’s progress to record numbers. By your own admission, he did not mess up what the great Obama started, he was able to build on it. How can he be the worst president ever? How can he be so bad for this nation, to the point that he must be removed from office, when he is building on Obama’s progress? This makes no sense!

The reality is that President Trump’s accomplishments are impressive and can be proven if we take the time to be objective and do a little research. Some of those tangible accomplishments have absolutely nothing to do with Obama.  Some of those accomplishments are:

This year I will vote for Trump again not because he is a pastor or a religious figure, we know he is not. I will vote for Trump not because he is an example of Godliness, we know he is not; not because I support all of his Tweets, not because I support his name-calling, etc. This year I am voting for Trump strictly on his record as President. I am voting for Trump to be reelected President of the United States, this time not only because I am rejecting the democratic candidate, but because when I take an objective look at Trump’s record, he will come down as one of the most accomplished presidents in the history of this country… Period!

Experiencing the Blessing Without Sorrows


 

83253996_10157760687308329_7412430154879729664_nOn January 17, 2019 our Alaska home caught on fire. What a year that was! Through State Farm Insurance we had a place to stay all through the year. In October of that same year I came to Arizona for the first time. My wife came for a conference; I came to play golf and… golf I played!

I never really considered Arizona as a place to live. At that moment we knew we were leaving Alaska; we were clear that with the money we had left, after paying off that Alaska home, we will pay for our new home. At that time, we were between Puerto Rico and Virginia; but everything was pointing more towards VA.

            As we arrived in Phoenix AZ; we were staying in a hotel in Scottsdale. I was so happy to get away from Alaska and so glad to be able to play some golf outside as, in Fairbanks, the golf season was over. In one of those days my wife suggested that we look at some houses. I honestly got irritated; what a waste of time I said to myself! I rather go to the hotel and make love to my wife or, play golf; but I reluctantly agree! That’s when we met Lynn, who later became our realtor.  There was an open house and Lynn was there.  I did not want to be there! Could not wait for that activity to be over; as far as I was concern, we should be focusing on the Lord’s will… VA o PR! The tour was finally over!

            On Sunday my wife still needed to go to her conference and my plan was to; you guess it, play golf! However, that morning the Holy Ghost woke me up early. I was crying out for God to speak to me; I was questioning God regarding the prophets of today; do they even exist. I asked the Lord to send prophets to speak to me. That Sunday, He told me, “there will be no golf today.” And He guided me to a church by the name of “Prepare the Way International”. I told Rayette that I was going to church after dropping her off.

            I arrived at the church early. I sat in the back. Shortly after, a white man about my age greeted me. He was very friendly and one of the members on the church; his name was Steve. After speaking to me for a few minutes he paused to prophesy to me. He told me he heard the word transition; I don’t remember at this moment all he said; but it was short and sweet. It has been a while since I heard anything prophetic in my life or, in a church service.  A few minutes later, another white man, whose name was also Steve came to greet me; after he greeted me for a few minutes he went on to seat in the front; but he looked back on a few occasions looking at me. He came back and prophesized into my life also. He told me how the Lord was going to give me the answers I was searching for. He also added that I have been misjudged many times because of the way I look. I did not know how to interpret that; but I guess is what I project when people first see me.

            The Senior pastor in this church was not there that day; they had a guess speaker; a native man who brought a very encouraging word. After the service was over, I told the two Steves to pray for me and gave them authority to speak into my life. An older lady was standing with one of the Steves and she also prayed for me. She mentioned something about working with the children. I must say that the only agency that called me for an interview was an agency that works with children. I left this service edified and now considering Arizona as our possible home.

I texted my wife and told her that we needed to look at homes here. We contacted the realtor who was kind enough to meet us that afternoon. From here, there was an avalanche of confirmations regarding Arizona as our new home. It was confirmation after confirmation. As we were returning back to Fairbanks, I was irritated; I did not want to go back; I wanted to stay. In the airplane, the lady that sat next to my wife was a believer. Her and my wife started talking and my wife started sharing with her our experience and how we are now considering AZ as our home. God used that lady as another conformation.

            As we arrived in Fairbanks, we started looking for homes in Arizona; honestly, we were not impressed with neither one of the homes we saw so far; but by then we knew we were moving to Arizona. We placed our Fairbanks property for sale and almost immediately our next-door neighbor told us that she was interested. As we were looking for homes, we saw the house we are currently living in today; that was the house that captured our hearts and imagination. My wife and I don’t agree on many things, but we agreed on this house. We decided to come to Arizona for the week of Thanksgiving to look at this wonderful house and others we had on the list. We arraigned everything with our realtor. We saw a few houses, but again, none of those houses even came close to this one. On this trip we also had a few interviews; well my wife had three or four, I had only one.

            While we were in the hotel, we received a phone call from our neighbor asking us to please don’t sale the property to anybody, that she was trying to get a loan approved to buy the property from us. A few hours later she called back informing us that the loan was approved. Glory to God! She is going to buy our property. Another confirmation! We made it official with the Realtor that we were going to buy this house we both love!

            My wife and I visited Prepare the Way International Church together that Sunday and surely enjoyed the service. There was another guess speaker, the Apostle of that particular denomination. Again, it was time to leave Arizona and go back to the freezer (Alaska) and, again, neither one of us wanted to leave. Both of us gave our resignation letters and that month could not go fast enough. I remember praying for God’s grace to do all the work that needed to be done in terms of the moving process, tolerate the cold one more time and… our jobs. God did grant us His grace; everything was done; it was time to go.

            On January 8th, 2020 we arrived in Arizona, this time to stay! Arizona will take us all the way to our retirement and beyond. On January 10th we moved to our new home; the one we wanted from the beginning. We paid cash for it with the money that was left from the insurance and other resources. We also bought two used cars, cash, in wonderful condition with the money we got from the selling of our property in Alaska. We bought some great furniture, cash, and we still have some money left. This is a true blessing from the Lord as the Bible tells us, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)

            It took me 9 years to feel that Jacksonville, Florida was my home after leaving Puerto Rico in 1991. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 to pastor a church there.  In NC I experienced a great deal of pain as I lost my first wife to cancer. I returned to Jacksonville to remarry, completely out of the will of God. I paid the price for it! I returned to North Carolina to finish what the Lord started with me and married my current wife. I was back in ministry! The Lord then moved us to Alaska where I learned some valuable lessons about myself. We lived there for about 6 and half years, but it I knew, from the beginning, that we were going to be there for a season. Alaska never felt like home, but our purpose there was fulfilled. We have been in Arizona for 14 days and, I have to say, Arizona already feel like home! We have visited a couple of churches; this Sunday we will go back to visit Prepare the Way International; looking forward to that! As I was meditating on the good things, we are experiencing now I realize that my wife and I are experiencing the blessing of the Lord; that is the blessing without sorrow.

The Church of the Bible: My Journey to Find My New Local Church in Arizona


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My family and I recently moved to Arizona from Alaska. We are, again, engaging in the process of having to start many things, all over again. New friends, new jobs and… a new local church.

I started writing this article a few days ago for me to understand, personally, what I am looking for in a local church.  After a few paragraphs I stopped and went on to the next thing. However, my family and I went to visit a church nearby. It was big beautiful building in a very large property. The church seats a few thousand people; I guess we came in when one service was ending and the next one was about to begin. A few very smiley folks were directing traffic in the parking lot to avoid any confusion. The place was packed; people everywhere; mostly Anglos.

As we walked in, I noticed a couple of big screen TVs showing some soccer games. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it was like a small portion of a mall up in there! In one session they were selling the coffee; in another sessions food and then there were tables; I saw folks eating, drinking coffee and carrying on all kinds of conversations. The ushers were on point; they definitely did not make us feel like we were ignored.

We then walked into the big sanctuary as videos were playing before the service on three, almost movie theater style, screens. Oh, it was loud and so hip! Finally this man, who only identified himself by his first name, welcomed folks to the service, he then cracked a joke and, as people laughed, he walked off the stage and the music from the live worship team started. The worship team looked like pop stars; wearing jeans and, I noticed one of them wearing the adidas sweat suit, you know, the real cool one; all black with the white lines on the side. So cool!

Thankfully, as soon as the worship team started, I received a phone call. I did not know if it was a car salesman or a neighbor telling me that my dog Luna was wondering around the neighborhood. See, just the other day, as I was getting ready to practice my golf game at the Encanto Golf Club, I got a phone call from another neighbor that my dog was in front of my yard. That time, it was my fault as I left the gate open. Before we went to church today, I left Luna in the backyard, after making sure the gate was close. Well, Luna got out again, so I left the service to go and get my dog and meet this other neighbor. This time Luna dug under the gate and got out. This neighbor was also very kind. As I brought Luna in, I received a text from my wife that the portion of the message in the service was been delivered via video.

As I arrived back at the church, I caught the end of the video. I am guessing they have one service with the pastor live and they record that video for the rest of the services. I thought to myself; what in heavens is that? You are going to tell me that out of the thousands and thousands of people in this church there is not one man or one woman who can preach or teach the Word live? Are you serious? The pastor or whomever this man was ended the video and released the congregation; no prayer, no ministering to anybody, not calling anybody to receive the Lord, NOTHING!  I saw the people then walked out like robots and many gathered at the “mini mall” in front of the church for coffee and food. By the way, they had free food for first-time visitors. Amazing!

There are so many things wrong with this approach to church that I probably could write a book about it. I left that church irritated and, believe me when I tell you; I am not going to join that one. See, there are many topics in the Bible that are difficult to understand or, simply not revealed to us at this particular hour. After all, the Bible itself tells in First Corinthians 13 that we know in part. However, when it comes down to the church; the Bible has a lot to say. I will go as far as saying that everything we need to know about the proper modus operandi of the church; in other words, the way the church should function, is already in Scripture.

On this article I will just touch on a few points. First, why am I even writing this article? Because since April of 1997, when I gave my life to Jesus, I have seen a terrible pattern in the modus operandi of the church; the hyper emphasis on some areas and the ignoring of others.

You have denominations emphasizing on making Saturdays the most holy day of the week, you have other denominations teaching Jesus only; no Father and no Holy Ghost, is all Jesus. Other focus on the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with a hyper emphasis on speaking in tongues. Others, no matter what they preach about on Sundays, the altar call will be to the lost. Most problematic for me are denominations that totally ignore the fivefold ministry. They pick and choose between these five ministries and, what many of them have in common is that, they ignore the apostolic and the prophetic office. Even more troubling is how the Holy Spirit is about ignored.

We do the same Sunday after Sunday, already dictating what is to be preached with weeks and months of anticipation and, there is never a divine interruption, a true welcoming of the Shekinah glory of God. Then we wonder why folks are bored with church and not changing.

The church is not perfect; we all know that and, if we doubt our imperfection, all we have to do is look at the person in the mirror. But praise God that He is perfect, and His Word is perfect. The Prophets and the Apostles who wrote the Scripture were also imperfect. However, make no mistake about it; they were instruments who were used to write the infallible Word of God. When we open that book, we called the Bible, we will find inconsistencies in translations, but the Word itself describes perfect theology and perfect doctrine.

Let me now make a few points concerning the church according to the Bible; the church that I am looking for.

The Church MUST be Biblical.

We must remember that, at the center of our nature as disciples of Christ, is God’s Word. Jesus stated in John 8:31, “if you continue in My word then you are truly disciples of Mine.” New American Standard Version (NASB). The foundation of church doctrine and theology was given to us by God through the prophets of the Old Testament, the Apostles in the New Testament and Jesus as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20) The Bible also tells us, specifically, that

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB)

Without the Scripture we can’t effectively teach according to God’s standards, we can’t rebuke when rebuke is needed, we can’t correct errors, nor can we properly train and equip folks for the work of ministry.

Honor the Holy Spirit

This may sound strange and illogical to you; but it is possible for ministers to be great teachers of God’s Word, yet, totally ignore the Holy Spirit. When we convince ourselves that the effectiveness of our ministry is based not on us and our abilities, but on the anointing of God, we avoid making the mistake of engaging on unanointed ministry. There is a flow, there is a now Word, there is something that the Holy Ghost wants to do with particular people at a particular time. The Holy Ghost is at work all the time. Is not for HIM to flow with us, is us flowing with HIM. Jesus gave us that example in his relationship with his dad while on this earth. In John 5:19 Jesus tells us a fundamental principle in ministry,

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. (NASB)

Jesus understood that he did nothing without the Father. Today as believers we must have the mindset that we do nothing without the Holy Ghost. Nevertheless, I have seen a nasty divorce taking place in many churches. It is the divorce of the Word of God and the Holy Ghost. What I mean is that some denominations or, self-proclaimed, nondenominational churches either focus on the Holy Ghost while ignoring the teachings of God’s Word or, focus on the teaching of God’s Word with no sensitivity to the Holy Ghost. We can preach a message straight out of Scripture concerning salvation; however, it may be a situation where everybody you are ministering to is saved, but they are struggling with condemnation, guilt, not feeling worthy, etc. While your message on salvation was biblically sound, you miss the voice of the Holy Ghost who wanted to minister to these folks according to what they needed at the time.

The foundation is God’s Word (Ephesians 2:20); however, we must honor and welcome every activity of the Holy Ghost. Without the Holy Ghost we have no church and we have no ministry. Now, I know there is a lot of craziness out there with folks doing things supposedly led by the Holy Ghost when they are only led by their own emotions and selfish agendas. However, if we go back to the Word as our foundation, we will be able to correct a lot of that foolishness. Second Corinthians 13:1 tells us, “…Every fact is to be confirmed by thetestimony of two or three witnesses.” (NASB)

Everything that is spoken or done in the church or, in our lives for that matter, must be confirmed by God’s Word and by two or three witnesses. This is the measure that is taken to avoid errors. Errors are not reasons to avoid the Holy Ghost all together; that is a trick of the enemy. We must never divorce the Word of God from His Spirit; we need them both vitally and, we must be bold to point out inconsistencies and unbiblical matters that are presented as truth.

Honor the Fivefold Ministry

Many are only honoring the Pastor-Teacher and, at times, the Evangelist. However, without the apostolic office there is no order and the tendency will be to water down, add or take from God’s Word. When we read the apostles letters we can see that they were constantly dealing with false doctrines. On the other hand, without the prophetic office we are also missing some key elements in the church.  First Corinthians 14:3-4 tells us,

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. (NIV)

When we take away the prophetic office from amongst us, we take away the opportunity of strengthening our folks through the prophetic ministry, we open doors for an epidemic of discouragement and we also keep people away from finding healing through the comforting anointing of the prophetic flow. Lastly, when we take away the prophetic office, we weaken our people as we take away the prophetic flow that brings edification to the church.

In conclusion, as I search for my new local church in this wonderful state of Arizona, I have learned a few things through my years of experience in ministry. I am not jumping into the first church I find; I learned my lesson in Alaska. I will visit churches, pray and look for specific things that are now non-negotiable to me.

I am not joining any church that is not biblical; I am not joining any church that dishonors the Holy Ghost and, I am not joining any church that ignores the fullness of the fivefold ministry. I also should add that, as a divorcee myself, I will not join any church who treats divorcees as second-rate citizens. Divorce is a sin and a failure; however, is not and unforgeable sin.  (I have a lot to say about this) The specific modus operandi of the church is clearly described in Acts 2:42,

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NASB)

         Beloved that’s the real church, the church of the Bible!

Deambulantes: La Raíz Del Problema y la Solución


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Llevo 27 años trabajando en trabajos relacionados a Trabajo Social y 23 años sirviendo en diversos ministerios en la Florida, Carolina del Norte y Alaska. Mi corazón ha estado muy apegado, particularmente, al ministerio de deambulantes (Personas sin hogar); específicamente en la Florida y aquí en Alaska.

Este problema de deambulantes es unos de los temas principales aquí en los Estados Unidos. No es un secreto que el problema existe primordialmente en estados y ciudades liberales. El estado de California, por ejemplo, que ha sido liberal por generaciones, tiene los problemas de deambulantes más grandes en la nación; particularmente en ciudades como Los Ángeles y San Francisco. En estas ciudades los deambulantes se adueñan de las calles, hacen sus necesidades físicas en las calles, tiran su basura por donde quiera, abuso de drogas y alcohol y, peor aún, la violencia está completamente fuera de control.

Esto puede que suene raro a mis hermanos de otras de otras naciones; pero en los Estados Unidos los deambulantes comen desayuno, almuerzo y comida todos los días a través de diversos ministerios y organizaciones. Entonces, es apropiado preguntarse ¿cual es el problema? ¿Por qué sigue aumentando el problema de deambulantes en los Estados Unidos? En mi opinión hay dos razones fundamentales: 1) Creo que, por lo general, con pocas excepciones, la falta de valores bíblicos es lo que ha llevado a mentalidades reprobadas (Romanos 1:28). La excepción son veteranos de guerra que han sido traumatizados y personas con problemas psicológicos severos. Otra causa para esta epidemia de personas deambulantes en los Estados Unidos es, 2) La adaptación de ideologías socialista que promueven la idea de que otros tienen que hacer por nosotros lo que nosotros tenemos la capacidad, con la ayuda de Dios, de hacer por nosotros mismos. Esta ideología ha causado que la dignidad del trabajo se pierda. Tenemos a mucha gente que, literalmente, esperan que el gobierno les resuelva todos sus problemas.

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Estas ideologías y falsos valores están en oposición directa a lo que nos enseña la Biblia. Segunda de Tesalonicenses 3:10 nos dice, “Porque también cuando estábamos con vosotros, os ordenábamos esto: Si alguno no quiere trabajar, tampoco coma.” (Reina Velera 1960). Entonces, ¿Por qué seguimos dándole comida gratuitita a personas que simplemente no quieren trabajar? Esto suena falto de misericordia; pero Segunda de Tesalonicenses es claro… “…Si alguno no quiere trabajar, tampoco coma.” Por otro lado, Primera de Timoteo 5:8 nos dice, “porque si alguno no provee para los suyos, y mayormente para los de su casa, ha negado la fe, y es peor que un incrédulo.” (RVR 1960) De estos versos concluimos que parte de las ordenanzas apostólicas eran:

  1. Trabajar por su propio sustento y el de su familia.
  2. El no trabajar y proveer para su familia era equivalente a negar la fe.
  3. Toda persona con la habilidad de trabajar para su sustento era responsable de su propia comida. Esa responsabilidad no era delegada a nadie; por eso el Apóstol Pablo nos dice, “…Si alguno no quiere trabajar, tampoco coma.”
  4. Una persona que haciéndose llamar cristiano no proveía para los suyos era considerado PEOR que un incrédulo.

Podemos decir que estos versos bíblicos son muy duros, que no tienen compasión. Mas tenemos que recordarnos de que Dios es amor y el sabe lo que ayuda y lo que no. Lo cierto es que muchas veces nos encontramos creyendo que estamos ayudando cuando en realidad estamos haciendo más daño. Para hacer este punto considere lo siguiente; en enero del 1964 el presidente Lyndon Johnson en su “State of the Union Address” le proclamó la guerra a la pobreza.  Desde entonces, en los Estados Unidos el gobierno ha invertido más de 22 trillones de dólares en diversos programas para combatir la pobreza; tres veces la cantidad de dinero que los Estados Unidos ha invertido en todas las guerras desde la Revolución hasta hoy. Ya han pasado más de 50 años desde esta proclamación; ¿cuál ha sido el resultado? El progreso ha sido mínimo[1]. De hecho, una parte significativa de la población no parece tan siquiera considerar su habilidad de lograr costearse sus propios gastos de vida. Han adoptado la mentalidad de que esa responsabilidad le pertenece a otras personas.

Como seres humanos nuestra dependencia solo deber ser en Dios y, a su vez, Dios nos ha dado talentos y habilidades para trabajar, para proveer para nuestras familias y para ministrar. Dependencia en gobiernos y, aún ministerios, para nuestro sustento diario, no es de Dios.

En su libro “Toxic Charity” (Caridad Tóxica) Robert B. Lipton describe este proceso tóxico de caridad.

  1. La primera vez que das lo reciben con gratitud.
  2. La segunda vez que das creas anticipación. (Ahora ya esperan que tú le des lo que ellos pueden proveerse ellos mismos.)
  3. La tercera vez que das creas expectativa lo que quiere decir es que ahora su esperanza no está puesta en Dios si no en ti.
  4. La cuarta vez que das creas un sentido de que ahora es un derecho que ellos tienen de que tú le des lo que ellos tienen la habilidad de proveerse ellos mismos.
  5. Para la quinta vez que das has creado total dependencia en ti. Ahora ellos dependen en tu trabajo, en tus habilidades, en tus ingresos, en el gobierno, en programas, etc.

Lamentablemente este proceso tóxico y demoníaco ha infectado nuestras propias naciones y aún nuestras iglesias y ministerios. Nos creemos que estamos ayudando cuando en realidad estamos haciendo daño. Por eso es por lo que el socialismo no ha sido efectivo en ninguna parte del mundo. Entonces la pregunta es ¿cómo podemos verdaderamente ayudar a los pobres? Después de todo, tenemos que recordar que ayudar a los pobres es una obligación cristiana.

El problema no es la ayuda al pobre, el problema es las formas que hemos adoptado para proveer dicha ayuda; la cual no es ayuda, sino la creación de más problemas. Para proveer dicha ayuda nunca debemos ignorar Segunda de Tesalonicenses 3:10 ni Primera de Timoteo 5:8, sino que deben servir de fundamentos bíblicos para dichos ministerios. Otro verso bíblico que tiene que servir de fundamento bíblico lo es mateo 4:4, “…No sólo de pan vivirá el hombre, sino de toda palabra que sale de la boca de Dios.” (RVR-1960)

La vida de un ser humano no depende solo de alimento físico, sino también del alimento espiritual. El problema del hombre es primordialmente un problema del alma. Nosotros como Iglesia no estamos llamados a resolver problemas sociales, estamos llamados a un trabajo aún más profundo, la transformación de almas. La transformación de almas afectará familias, vecindarios, pueblos, ciudades, estados y países. Ese ha sido el resultado en todos los avivamientos del mundo. Dios es bueno y cuando Dios toma control los resultados son obvios y positivos. Cuando el hombre toma control con sus ideologías baratas, los resultados también son obvios, pero negativos. Esta encomienda de transformar almas no se puede llevar a cabo sin Dios.

La transformación de un alma requiere el cambiar la forma en que pensamos, lo que a su vez afectará nuestra toma de decisiones y, por consiguiente, nuestras emociones. Esa es, exclusiva, la obra del Espíritu Santo. Nuestra parte como ministros es asegurarnos de que estamos discipulando, manteniendo a Dios y a su Palabra en el centro. En conclusión, cuando ministramos a los deambulantes y a los pobres en general debemos de tomar los siguientes puntos en cuenta:

  • Nunca ayudar a nadie quien tiene la habilidad física y mental de ayudarse ellos mismos. El hacer por otros lo que ellos tienen la habilidad de hacer por ellos mismos no es ayudar, sino llevarlos a depender en hombres, promover irresponsabilidad, promover vagancia y ultimadamente quitarle la esperanza en Dios y ponerla en hombres; esto es una forma e idolatría.
  • Hay que recordar que estas ayudas deben ser temporeras y que el plan no es continuar su dependencia en programas y ministerios, sino en la transformación del alma, de nuestras formas de pensar, toma de decisiones y emociones.
  • Tener mucho cuidado y discernimiento con proveer servicios gratuitos. Todo cuesta, por lo que aún los que no tienen ingresos para pagar por servicios, deben pagar con algún tipo de trabajo voluntario para que aprendan a ganarse la vida. Es una de las formas de eliminar la posibilidad de caridad tóxica.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.heritage.org/poverty-and-inequality/report/the-war-poverty-after-50-years