Are They Apostles Or The Magicians…?

BY: Dan Phale*

In this era when there are too many churches, many individuals have come forward claiming to be the servants of God with spiritual titles like apostles, or prophets, or something like that. And really this is a phenomenon of its kind.

Let us, first of all, look at the definition of the term apostle. This word comes from the Greek noun, apostolos, which in English means an ambassador, or the one who is delegated… And in the local church an Apostle Of Jesus Christ was the highest ranking official as appointed by God the Father for the purpose of establishing churches and spreading the truth based on the word of God. Those who qualified for apostleship were those who had the spiritual gift as bestowed upon them by the Holly Spirit either immediately before or immediately after Jesus’s accession into the heaven.

Now for the purpose of this article let it be known that one of the attributes for which an apostle was uniquely known among the people was the spiritual ability to perform some miracles… And this is why I have decided to publish this article so that we assist one another.

May all and sundry be warned that the possibilities are very high that some people are false apostles.

According to the book of Acts 8:9 a man called Simon had for some time been practicing magic in a certain town whereas the Samaritan people had been astounded. By virtue of his magic this man had given out the impression that he was someone with great spiritual powers. As such everybody believed in him; the official and ordinary people alike had declared, “He is the divine powers called Great.” But when Phillip, the Apostle, preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ they knew the truth about Simon.

Similarly, at Paphos, according to the book of Acts 13:6, there was a Jewish magician and false prophet called Bar-Jesus. He was one of the official attendants of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, who was an extremely intelligent man. The proconsul summoned the two real apostles Barnabas and Saul and asked for the opportunity to hear the word of God, but the magician tried to prevent the proconsul from being converted. However the Holly Spirit who often led the apostles instantly punished the magician… Well, the question is: what would happen if the two apostles were not led by the Holly Spirit? Obviously the proconsul would not have the grace to know the true status of God.

In the same way many people in this generation have the impression that those who perform miracles while preaching at various religious gatherings are apostles… This is a wrong perception. Such individuals who display their supernatural powers may be doing that in a simple quest for popularity. Over and above, there are already evidential facts that some of these people have a record of having made false prophecies.

All in all, we should be careful lest we become ensnared by the devil… Not all who perform miracles are the servants of God.

Divisions In The Name Of God…?

BY: Dan Phale*

The title of this article may sound rather strange, but it only reflects some of the crude facts regarding the conduct of those who claim to be believers of the word of God.

It is very much obvious that the faith groups – hereinafter referred to as believers – are like the fortified walls erected against every form of evil forces. They are believed to be in existence in order to help all and sundry to boldly stand up against infidelity, crime, greed, oppression, lust, war, and many other evils. In this regard, one is prompted to hold on to the view that such groups of believers need to be as many as possible in a bid to achieve more formidable force against the devil.

However, in view of a meticulous examination of facts that are on the ground these faith groups are many for nothing. This has come into a reality because of divergent religious doctrines and practices which are seen to be manifestly divisive in nature. Suffice to mention herein that such differences are as a result of personalities, and misguiding creeds, and other factors that create a huge disunity among the so-called believers. This multiplicity of faith groups makes us to conclude that many spiritual groups are good for nothing.

It is even more than funny to become witnesses of such terrible divisions among members of the same faith group to the extent that the courts of law are called upon to arbitrate.

Like what Paul said to the Ephesians, “There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.” Paul also pleaded with the Corinthians by saying, “Brothers, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves but all in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements.”

Unlike the current situation in which there are many divisions among members of faith groups, with many countless denominations, there is a requisite need that believers should get united at all cost… God has never been split. I plead with you all – whether you are the Bahais, Buddhas, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, or Rastafarians – to become the world lighthouse by sending forth rays of faith, hope, love, truth, morality, and many other virtues.

Jesus’s Crucifixion

We Christians believe that Jesus was crucified on the cross because of our disobedience and/or transgressions. Furthermore it is our faith that we were saved from the eternal death. But this is not sufficient; we must allow the Holly Spirit to reign in us.

Romans 8: 11 says “…… and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.”

Now, as we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus let us remind one another that we should not do this as a mere traditional ceremony, no… Rather we are supposed to take an opportunity to repent our sins so that we die and resurrect together with Jesus.

In fact the Bible tells us that every sin is forgivable. What we need is simply to accept that we are all sinners, and repent. Jesus said Luke 5:32 that “I have come to call not the upright but sinners to repentance.”

Jesus’s crucifixion is a proof of God’s own immeasurable love for us… The evidence is traced at Romans 5:8 where we read “So it is proof of God‘s own love for us, that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.”

Wishing all and sundry a meaningful period of Easter commemorations.

Matrimonial Wisdom And Manners

By: Dan Phale*

Seven months ago Charles and Pilira led to the altar on a wedding which was graced by their parents, relatives, friends and friends’ friends. It was a very wonderful occasion which sealed their bond as a husband and a wife with an anticipation that they would live together until death of one or both of them.

But the quotation which was used on the wedding day as ‘he who finds a woman finds a good thing‘ has been proved incorrect in the life of Charles. And this is more of a reason for me to take my laptop to publish this so that you and I become agents of behavioural change in our respective societies.

Going by the meanings of names, Charles means ‘manly‘ and you look up in the dictionary the meaning of ‘manly‘ as having or showing qualities that are expected in a man. And specifically in this case Charles is a very caring, loving, faithful and hardworking man.

In a sharp contrast Pilira is unruly and obstinate with little qualities of being called a wife. She does not conform to the matrimonial sanctity; in fact she has never been submissive to her husband.

Three months after the wedding, Pilira showed signs of infidelity which made their matrimonial roots shake to the worst effect that Charles could not help chasing  her from his house without even bringing this to the attention of the marriage advocates and/or parents. He was quickly tired of staying with a Jezebel.

Pilira later on realized her mistake; she could then sleep on an empty stomach… Yes, depth of a well is actually known when it dries. In fact it was too late to be accepted in Charles’ life as he had already married another girl, Eliza.

Diabolical Plans Fail:

Pilira became pregnant for someone and she planned to take this as a leeway to go back to Charles through his mother.

“Mother, I have been chased by Charles for no reason at all while I’m carrying his baby…”

“Aa-aaah, why has he done this to you?” Evarista interjected. “Don’t worry, I’ll handle this. Let’s go together.”

When they got there they found out that Charles had already married another lady without even consulting his elders. Mistakes upon mistakes!

“As you can see, your son has been bewitched by this slut,” Pilira said, the allegation which was strongly denied by Charles.

Of course Evarista could not believe what Charles explained… And they stayed there for some days. And last week Pilira sneaked into the kitchen where she maliciously put some poisonous powder in the food which was to be eaten by Charles and his new wife so that Eliza should miscarry.

Fortunately or unfortunately Pilira took the poisoned dish to the table where she would eat alongside Evarista. So it happened that soon after eating, Pilira fell so sick that she was rushed to the hospital where the gynaecologist announced that the foestus in her womb had been terminated by poison.

Pilira finally confessed not only her immoral behaviour, but also her evil intention to have Eliza miscarry.

Clash Of Beliefs And Powers

By: Dan Phale

Kangulete was born and raised in a family that was severely stricken by poverty. His father died when he was only one year old, whereas his mother had to take all the parental responsibilities singlehandedly. And this has had a large bearing on his life as he failed to make it to the university for higher studies.

Having graduated into adulthood he married a young lady called Portia. Unlike all other young ladies of her age in her village Portia has been known to be a very respectful, gentle and adorable. In other words marrying her he made the right perfect decision and/or choice.

One other fact about him is that he is a very industrious man… But as a proverb goes it never rains but pours Kangulete has ever toiled to pull himself and his relatives from the abssy of poverty to no avail. This owes to the adverse weather conditions which have often inhibited agricultural activities.

And day by day his belief in monotheistic doctrine that our-only-one-God-is-our-provider started waning to the effect that Kangulete, the past three years, resorted to joining a secret cult in his home village of Kawere in a quest of riches. In fact he had been misled by his own desire of shifting to a status of being called Mr Somebody

Well his life status changed drastically with the acquisitions like a big modern mansion, a posh car, and many more luxurious properties.

But in a twist of events Kangulete is a man whose life has recently been much more confused and troubled than ever before. The chief priest of the secret cult he recently joined has been issuing orders that if still wants to a popular rich man he has to give a sacrifice by killing his only son.

“Why should I kill my only child, sir?” Kangulete wonders… Undoubtedly he has now realized that he would have avoided this confusion before if his trust in God was strong.

To the best of the Holy Spirit’s blessing Kangulete meets a pastor who helps him resuscitate his faith in God.

You know the gospel according to Matthew 21: 22 if you have faith everything you ask for in prayer you will receive,” the pastor says.

And by the time the chief priest of the secret cult decides to bring death on him for breaching the allegiance he made when he joined Kangulete is wholly delivered and protected. As such the demonic power fails.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Questing For Basic Human Needs

By: Dan Phale*

The days when I was in secondary school, my teacher said the world suggests that there are three basic human needs as clothes, food, and shelter… But of late I happen to be in dispute with that notion.

As a matter of fact human life is both a social and spiritual being. This implies that one has to put much efforts to quest for real basic human needs; and these are wisdom , love,and salvation.

Wisdom is considered to be the most basic of all that human beings need to acquire. Solomon at Gibeon had a vision in which God asked him to make his desire known to Him; and this is how he answered…

You have shown great and steadfast love to Your servant, David, my father because he walked before You in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart… Give me Your servant an understanding mind to govern Your people…” For more on this, read 1Kings 3:4…

God was pleased, and as such promised to give Solomon a premium in terms of riches and honour.

This is a clear manifestation of the notion that wisdom is the basic requirement for mankind.

Can we live without wisdom, love and salvation?

The answer is NO…! The bible says that we can not live on food and drink only, and we should not worry to say what shall we put on our bodies? In the gospel according to Luke 13:1-5 we are told by Jesus that unless we repent we shall perish.

Look, some countries are very rich but due to lack of wisdom, people fail to make use of the available resources which are in abundance, and so are very poor.

Other countries are blessed with almost everything – oil deposits, gold, silver, technology, whatever – but people are displaced and/or killed as a result of internal political conflicts which arise from corruption, power hunger, greed and lack of love. Their life is inhibited by hatred and selfishness.

Other nations even consider themselves as  world superpowers; but day in day out they engage in perpetual wars… Is that what they are super for??? Kk-kkk-kkkk

Really some families have very beautiful modern houses, with beautiful clothes… They can afford anything. But without wisdom, love, and salvation, they are restless. A person whose mind is devoid of understanding lacks peace of mind.

Over and above it is said that love is the best satisfying food for the heart.

Let us not be satisfied with our clothes, food, nor houses, whatever. We have to look for wisdom, and salvation… Love your God, and, your friends.

Longing For Wealth And Worldly Glory

By: Dan Phale*

There was once a man called Chiphaka in the outskirts of a certain city that was best known for people who lacked almost nothing in their lives. Chiphaka was married to a very faithful devoted Christian named Zione.

Since Chiphaka and Zione tied the knot they lived happily. After one year their God blessed them with a baby boy, and they named him Blessings. It was a very happy family; but after a few years their longing for a better life grew so ardent that they often admired other people whom they met in markets whenever they went shopping.

However such a strong desire would have a bearing on their life. One day Chiphaka went to the house of Pastor Spear of their church. Oh, the poor Chiphaka was coaxed by the hypocritical pastor to come away from the monotheistic faith. It only emanated from his request he gave the pastor.

“Pastor, life in our family has been and continues to be okay except for one thing…”

“What is it, my son?” responded Pastor Spear.

“Pastor, the world is partisan as we can see that other people are rich while we lack even a descent dwelling house, let alone a car. I don’t have to even mention it to you that you live in a different world altogether. You are rich, pastor.”

“My son, the Bible says that if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching and it will be given him…”

“But my wife and I are true believers of the word of God. We pray daily – I mean what kind of wisdom do we lack, pastor?”

“That’s a very good question, my son,” the pastor said. There comes a moment in life when we need to understand things much better… You remember the story of Abraham in which he was commanded by God to offer his son Isaac as a burnt sacrifice… don’t you? ”

“I remember, pastor.”

Good! At times we need to do likewise!” The pastor paused with an interjection, and allowed some seconds pass in to allow the words sink in the poor Chiphaka’s mind.

Without employing his thoughts well for a moment, Chiphaka decided to take heed of whatever the Spear had said… He had been misled merely by considering the fact that his pastor was famous for having performed quite numerous miracles which nearly knew were possible with satanic powers.

“So-” words failed to come out of Chiphaka’s mouth.

“Get into my car, and let’s drive to the church,” the pastor spoke with a voice of commandment.

Twist Of Events:

Instead of driving to the church was known to Chiphaka as their church, they drove to a certain eye-catching mansion.

Getting into the mansion Chiphaka was highly amazed to see a group of men he had ever known to be rich in the city dressed in red robes and chanting some songs. Without much ado he was converted to polytheism. He was made sacrifice his semen, and so strongly warned against having coital intercourse with his wife and/or any woman any more.

Really a few months later Chiphaka became rich; he acquired a brand new car, and a descent house. Of course his wife, Zione was suspicious because Chiphaka was not working. Nevertheless she was too daft to ask her husband many questions – she needed worldly glory, too; and she had been counselled to always submit to her husband.

Sooner than later the once happy family turned into the hell of problems, characterized by lack of peace of mind. Whenever Zione had a sexual desire, Chiphaka gave all sorts of excuses to avoid her. And this prompted Zione to assume that Chiphaka was seeing another woman outside their matrimonial home. And led to the two break away.

In the long run Chiphaka came to realise that too much longing for worldly possessions was a source of all the lack of peace of mind. Finally he sought God’s divine intervention through other true believers of the word of God… He was delivered.