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Foday: Change in Bo

Indeed it is true when the Bible says there is time for everything under the sun, a “time to condemn and a time to accept what was condemned.”

A SAUL has been transformed to a Paul in New Harvest Ministry here in Bo. You are familiar with the name of the ministry. We went there for Sunday service today with my whole family.

Dad, you can’t believe it; the chairman for the Pastor’s Council in Bo preached your same message regarding the church, making reference of the attack [see note following] and now agrees that the message they contended with is the true life-saving message of Christ.

[Editor: The December before we left Sierra Leone, I was called to stand before the Pastor’s Council in Bo, the second largest city in SL, in order to face accusations of heresy regarding my opposition to the “gospel” of Prosperity and authoritarian leadership in the church. There I was accosted by this brother along with about fifty pastors who vigorously charged me as a false teacher and antichrist. Brother Foday and brother Ngegba were present at the Council that December. My teachings on Prosperity and NT church leadership can be read in the books Positive Confession: Counterfeit Christianity and Workers Unashamed: Part One under Publications on this website]

He is the senior assistant pastor in New Harvest Ministry, and he preached with all boldness by condemning their former activities and renouncing any title in the church.  He further condemned all their followers of not being Christian [in their behavior]. He has now come to the reality of who and what the church is.

Gladys wept with joy and my heart was full of joy as we returned home. I don’t know whether out of confession or conviction, but the hard-truth message of Christ was preached with all boldness.  He addressed the whole church to come to repentance which, if they do not, not even the pastors can make heaven.

Pray for him; his name is pastor Jamba.  To God be the glory.

We are fine here, and Bro. William is doing fine with the fellowship in Freetown; the brothers and sisters are talking good about his work. I am lacking at the moment, except the Bible study with my family at home on Saturdays; I am not preaching outside for now. But the Lord will open doors for me very soon. [Editor: Foday and Gladys have recently relocated from Freetown to Bo]. Greet all the family.

Love, Foday and Gladys

Editor: Positive Confession – Counterfeit Christianity

Worldwide, occultists share the same essential formula.  Reduced to its simplest elements, it can be summed up thusly:

 The mind of man through images creates reality by spoken words

which releases powers either positive or negative.

 

This is at the core of occultist practices witnessed among Hindus, Buddhists, Sufi Muslins, Shamans, Native Doctors, Spiritualist Prophets, Mind-Science Cults, New-Age Channelers, and Positive Confession [PC].  Yes, and PC.

Despite its thin veneer of Christian sounding labels, at the heart of PC’s orientation and practices is traditional mainstream occultism.  By their leaders’ own admissions, one does not need to be a Christian at all in order to employ and profit by these techniques.

“They are simply formulas discovered to be universal spiritual law.  Even God Himself tapped into this power of creative imagery through the spoken word.  He was the acknowledged Grand Master of PC who most successfully had “faith in His faith.”  These are the occultist beliefs of PC which have been gleaned from dark sources.

The Lord specifically warns His people against being ensnared by these practices. The command is “that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’” -Deut 12:30.  Yet the adherents of PC have done so. They have been ensnared while following occultists’ techniques by which their gods are served.

“Why should the devil have all the benefits and blessings of this spiritual secret?” asks a PC leader.  The answer is clear.  He should have it because it is not of God.  It has not arisen from the Scriptures and is rejected by the living God.  And, in reality, it is of no benefit and blessing at all, but rather a lying deception.

In previous chapters it was shown that the terms positive and negative are not used even once in the Word of God.  Positive is not to be equated with good neither is negative with bad.  We do not “possess what we confess.”  In the final analysis, we must choose between submitting to the Word proceeding from the mouth of the Lord, or following our own word proceeding from our own mouth.

Real faith is trusting in God whose promise is contained in the Bible while obeying His commands therein.  Faith has nothing to do with visualizing and decreeing by our own words. PC distorts and denies “The Faith” which was once for all delivered to the saints and turns it into an occultist formulary.

Actually it eliminates the need for God entirely.  We merely need to go straight to the fount of all blessing – the law of PC – and confess what we will.  This is raw occultism.

If we are to pray aright it must be according to the will of God and not in the self-willed presumption of commanding our own decrees.  Confession is of our sin unto God, not of our words into reality.  Real prayer consists of humbly asking, not in arrogantly decreeing.

“Using” the name of Jesus as an incantation to insure obtaining what has been positively confessed, is nothing more than occult methodology.  It is taking the Lord’s name in vain and will be judged as such.  Prayer is no technique to get things from God or to tap into reservoirs of spiritual power.

Becoming gods was a lying promise of the devil which PC has embraced.  There are no gods in heaven or earth but that are lying vanities, things of nothing.  The words of men have no inherent power as do those of God Most High.

PC’s leaders have exalted themselves to the realm of godhood.  Their devotees flock to their feet hoping to attain to the same status with its attendant wealth.  Their spoken words of “faith” dictate their followers’ beliefs and actions.  This is the essence of idolatry; serving false gods according to deceptive promises.

Prosperity is a synonym for covetousness; and covetousness is idolatry.  It is what PC is made of and what is eagerly sought by all those longing after this root of all evil.  God and Mammon cannot both be served, contrary to their rationalizing practices of simony.

Healing, or any other blessing from God’s mercy, cannot be reduced to a formula of “law.”  Only small gods join in league with men on the principle of law to effect their wills upon earth.  The true and living God abides apart as the unrivaled Sovereign with unlimited dominion over all in heaven and earth.

Any other imagined god is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one presented by PC is a figment, a powerless myth.  He is bound by law and the decrees of men.  He is impotent apart from man’s “‘faith.”  This god is no God at all and differs in no respect from the local deities enshrined by the heathen across the globe.

Pride stains the religion of PC a deep crimson which no amount of “confession” can purge.  And we know the God of heaven is opposed to the proud.  He is opposed to PC with its occultist roots and practices.

PC is a deceptively false system stemming from pride and lust for gain.  It has created an imaginary deity constrained by decrees of its co-regent gods on earth.

This is not Christianity.  It is another religion altogether.

Herein is the conclusion of the matter.  May the Lord have mercy on us.

[Editor: The preceding is a summary of the book: Positive Confession – Counterfeit Christianity which can be read in its entirety on the www.gospelforwestafrica.com website]

William: October 12 Update

Beloved, by the Lord’s grace I visited Alusine Tarawalley’s [see Oct.10 update] place today; it was just unfortunate that he was out by the time I went. But while I was there, I met his 76 year old Muslim grandmother, Haja Hawa Kallon [Editor: Haja is a title for females who have made pilgrimage to Mecca; Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime is one of the five pillars of Islam].

I introduced myself and sought to preach just Christ. After it all, I left a note for her grandson, prayed for her life, and left. I am not sure, though, if she truly understand or not, but the gospel being the power of God unto salvation (Rom1:16), the Lord will have his way. Let us join faith together in prayers for them as Paul, Sylvanus, and Timothy did in 1Thess.1:2.

Love, William

William: October 10 Update

God indeed deserve all the praise. I’ll continue to lift up my eyes onto the hills from where comes my help, and my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. By His grace I was able to visit brother Foday and brother Ngegba in Bo [Editor: Bo is the second largest city in Sierra Leone, about a four hour journey from Freetown] today. The urge came upon me when some thieves bumped on brother Foday’s house, beat him up, and took all of his money away.

We thank God that even though they attempted to cut off his hand with a cutlass [machete], their attempts were futile. Therefore, there was a need to see, encourage, and pray with him and the others working with him. Though I’ve tried to on the phone, it was obvious that my presence would make much difference.

Brother Ngegba had visited me in town on many occasions, requesting that I come to search certain passages of the Scriptures. So, we met together to look in the book of I Thessalonians, chapters one and two. You can remember us in prayers as we go through the HOLY SCRIPTURES.

Additionally, I came along on the bus with a young man who had just gained admission to the university and he was full of zeal and courage to read [to major in] African Studies [Editor: A significant part of this course focuses on the spiritualistic rituals of various African Traditional Religions]. With his much zeal I saw a need to tell him about our sweet Lord, just to realize that he had no relationship with HIM.

He eventually accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and prayed that He would take over his soul. His name is ALUSINE TARALLEY. I’m trusting God to see him at least once more before he comes over to campus on Monday. I’m trusting the Lord also to leave Bo not later than Sunday. We must redeem the time for the days are evil.

Love, William

William: October 6 Update

Beloved, I always find a reason to share whatever the Lord chooses to do through me in this part of the vineyard. By His grace I was able to carry on a successful Campus evangelism from the 28 September to the 2nd October 2009. I give Him all the praise. Here are some of the testimonies that the Lord used to cheer up my heart so much.

First, one of my lecturers who threatened to fail the whole class because none of the ladies agreed to sleep with him, succeeded in giving me the worst grade ever in my tenure at FBC [Editor: Fourah Bay College]. In fact, that has greatly reduced the total number of points I was supposed to score for a first class degree. In all things however, I still thank God I did not fail.

Secondly, during our evangelism, the Lord chose to lead me to one of the students that was involved in the death of one Mohamed Jowana during their cult initiation [Editor: Ritual cults, many involving threats, torture, and even murder, are one of the most serious problems facing university campuses in West Africa]. They were arrested, charged to court and sent to the Pademba Road maximum security prison for remand.

However, my prayer had always been that the Lord would reach them in jail and glorify Himself in their lives. Some few weeks ago they were granted bail by the government. So when I met one of them, I preached Christ to him without knowing who I was talking to at the start.

He received the message and accepted Christ to be His Lord and Saviour. Later on he confessed that he is ADE TUBOKO MEZIKA, one of the suspects arrested for manslaughter. I was speechless at least for a while. I’ve started though a discipleship session with him shortly after that by looking at ‘WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?’

I provided for him a Bible from one of the ones we have on campus. He was reading himself as I gave out the references. The following day he was supposed to appear in court, so I volunteered to go with him and, as the Lord would have it, I met with the other suspects. I wasted no time to preach to them too and prayed for them, trusting God to lead them to the best path of their lives. Currently I’m hoping to follow up Ade to the best of my ability as the Lord will direct. Join faith with me, beloved, that this soul will truly be the Lord’s.

Lastly, in one of the sessions, I had the opportunity to preach to almost all of the freshmen students. I began with Isa. 1:18 along with many other salvation Scriptures. Afterwards I prayed and the choir came and ministered in songs. Among the students, one of them called TEJAN ROGERS met me privately and accepted the Lord. I’m also trusting God to follow him up. Pray for him also.

Love, William.

William: September 11 Update

Brother Simeon has been thrown out of the school he was teaching in there in Lunsar because (1) the school is a Catholic built and administered school (2) He has persistently taught the pupils about our Lord Jesus Christ and (3) time and again he used to carry his Bible to the school which is deemed illegal by them even if you’re a Christian.
 
As well, a group of pupils who were affected by Simeon’s teachings and testimonies took up the decision to follow Christ and began to hold meetings among themselves in school. Persecution broke out and they were invited to respond to the accusation of whether they are Christians, that is, born again or not. They actually publicly confessed   their faith. Therefore some of them have been driven [Editor: expelled from the school] and others served warning letters.

We are going to hold a retreat with some students from the fellowship starting from 15 to 19 September 2009 at the chapel in Murray Town.  Also we will have our annual Orientation Missions for freshmen coming to campus starting from the 21 September 2009.  We are counting on your prayers for this venture that the Lord will reach His own on campus so that as He has kept me thus far, so shall He for them also.

 Love, William.

William: Mission Trip to Provinces

I’m grateful to God that His hand is still upon me even in my distress. Actually, I’m walking after Him by his unfailing grace each day. I came just today from the provinces where I visited Lunsar, Kabala, Tendatha, and Bendugu.

Moving about reaching the unreached really cheers my heart and brings me fulfillment. In Lunsar, for instance, I had the chance to tell a group of young people about the Lord’s love for them, and believe that lives were touched through that testimony.

In Kabala we went with some brethren from the Chapel [Editor: This is the fellowship in Freetown that brothers William and Foday serve the saints] to a village about 5 miles from the township. We had a wonderful time such as sleeping on the floor in one class room, teaching the village youths and children about Jesus and school work, and sharing some used clothing that we took along. We trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

Love, William.

Foday: July Update

With joy and thanksgiving we are joyful in the Lord because His mercies endure forever.

The Lord has been so good to us as ever and in His love and mercy we are going forward in His service. Though much was not done in the past month, but we are ever happy for what ever little He permits us to do in His vineyard. The exams are over and all the brethren are on holiday and we are all praising God together in our fellowship for what He has taken us through in our different institutions.

We thank our God every time we remember you. In all our prayers for all of you, we always pray with joy because of your support from the first day until today. We are sure that you have not forgotten us a day in your prayers for the work of the Lord in Sierra Leone.

We are happy to inform you all that most of the brothers and sisters in the fellowship (about 18 in number) will be traveling to Kabala from the 10—15 of August for children and youth Bible studies.  We also will be sharing with the people there what the Lord has blessed us with, such as used clothing, since this is the most terrible time for most of them there.  The rains here are very heavy [Editor: and Kabala is much colder than other places in SL] and a good number of the people there are without clothes to use when they come from their farms [Editor: Many in the villages have but their ragged pants and T-shirt].

We think we have more than one set each in the fellowship, so we have decided to give whatever the Lord has laid in our hearts to give.  I am proud to say a good number of our members have responded to this call. This is the gift we are taking to them along with the gospel.

Though many more want to go on this trip, we are financially constrained and we cannot afford transportation for all. Whatever happens, we want to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ which we have received from Him through the help of the Holy Spirit and His servant.

Though we are been opposed about what we preach and believe, we are not frightened in any way by those who think we are lacking in the truth; what we received from God is what we pass on to others.

Joins us in prayer in the following prayer points:

* That the Lord will give us boldness to speak the truth without fear in this land that is dominated by Muslims and traditional idolatrous religion.

* That the Lord will bring to us faithful brothers and sisters so that during our stay in that place, we may able to affect lives.

* That the Lord will make provisions for us so as to enable all our brothers and sisters that have the desire to preach the Gospel there to take part in this trip.

Greet all the brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Let no man cause us trouble for we bear the mark of Christ on our backs.

Emmanuel: Christian Maturity Series

 

STUDY 3  THE MINISTRY OF JESUS           

 1. Scriptures

 Look up and read the following Scripture passages. They will help you understand what Jesus has done. Think and pray about the passages and note down any thoughts and/or questions you want to share with the Group.

 Matthew 4: 12-25                   Matthew 5: 17-20                   Mark 10: 42-45

Luke 9: 18-27                          Luke 22: 24-28                        John 13: 1-11             

John 14: 1-14

2. The Ministry of Jesus

The Jews expected the Messiah to be a warrior king. Jesus rejected this role. But how did He see His ministry and what did He think that He had come to do? The readings in this section are chosen from His life and work to illustrate the various ways in which Jesus understood what He was doing.

(a) The Preacher

Jesus began where John the Baptist left off. He was a preacher. His message gradually unfolded from the time He began preaching in Galilee (Matt. 4: 23f) until the end of His earthly life on the Cross: though this world is at present in the hands of the power of evil, the rightful kingship of God is to be restored through Him.

 (b) The Lawgiver

 To those who responded to His proclamation of God’s kingship, Jesus gave a new law which is summarized by Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, the Sermon on the Mount is not so much a new law (for almost all of its teaching is found elsewhere in the Old Testament), but the demand that the old law, based on the principles given by Moses, should be looked at in a new way. Those who saw the old law as a line not to be crossed had already crossed it. Jesus taught His disciples to see beyond this and to the guiding principles of Christian love.

 (c) The Ruler

 Jesus was not only the herald of God’s Kingdom and its lawgiver, but He is also its King. The words put on the top of His cross by Pilate, “The King of the Jews”, intended as mockery, were very true. Jesus, however, avoided for most of His life the title of “Messiah”, preferring to call Himself, the “Son of Man”. This phrase was taken from the Book of Daniel (Daniel 7: 13). In Revelation 1: 13 it describes the representative of God’s people as the great High Priest. 

 (d) The Servant

 Jesus understood His work as the Son of Man in the light of another Old Testament figure, the Suffering Servant described in Isaiah 52:13—53: 12.  Jesus and the New Testament writers saw Him as fulfilling in His ministry the role of the servant of God (see Isa.53:3 and Mk.10:33,34;  Isa.53:5 and I Pet.2:24,25;  Isa.53:9 and Mt.27:57-60; I Pet.2:22).

 (e) The Deliverer

 Jesus understood His task as God’s servant was that of releasing men from the prison of sin. At His baptism, He identified himself with those whom He had come to save, and on the cross He finally defeated the powers of evil by which they were bound. But in His ministry, seen as a conflict with sin and evil in every form, were anticipation and an illustration of this final victory.

 (f) The Revealer of God

 In His ministry, Jesus is seen as fulfilling various roles: He is at once the herald, the lawgiver, and the king of the Kingdom of God. He is God’s chosen, whose task is to rescue sinful men from the power of evil. But He is more than God’s agent. He claims to reveal God in such a way that anyone who has seen Him has seen God Himself (see Jn.1:1-3; 5:19-23; 14:6-11).

 3. Memorisation

 It often helps us to understand what Scripture is saying by memorising key verses. The following verses are taken from The Good News translation.

 1.   For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life (John 3: 16).

 2. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, Himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

 3.  We were God’s enemies, but He made us His friends through the death of His Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! (Romans 5: 10).

 4. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5: 17).

 4. Questions

 1. Washing guests’ feet was a job for a household servant to carry out whenever guests arrived. Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist and washed and dried the disciple’s feet (John 13: 1-7). If even Jesus, God in human form, was willing to serve in this way, then we as His followers must also be willing to serve in any way that glorifies God. There is a special blessing for those who not only agree that humble service is Christ’s way, but for those who also follow it through. Are you willing to follow Christ’s example of serving? Who, and in what way, can you serve today?

 2. Jesus told Peter and Andrew to follow Him and become “fishers of men” to help others to find God (Matt. 4: 18-20). We need to fish for souls. How can we practice Christ’s teachings and share the gospel with others so that we are able to draw those around us to Christ, like a fisherman who pulls the fish into his boat in the nets?

 3. In John chapter 14 Jesus is not saying that his disciples would do more amazing miracles—after all, raising the dead is about as amazing as you can get. Rather, that the disciples, working with the power of the Holy Spirit, would carry the Gospel of God’s Kingdom out of Palestine and into the whole world. In what ways can we fulfil what Jesus has asked us to do—preaching the Gospel to Freetown, Sierra Leone and then to the rest of the world?

 5. Further Reading

 If you want to undertake further study on this topic, please look up the following passages:

 Isaiah 42: 1-4                          Isaiah 52:13–53: 12                Ephesians 1: 15-23

Philippians 2:5-11

Emmanuel: June 22 Update

It’s good to see your message again [see Steve Phillips’ article, Judgment, Jesus, & Jihad] which is really timely for the community in which we find ourselves and the people we are dealing with at the moment.  I have printed it and will share it with the brethren here.

As you know our fellowship meeting place is situated in the midst of a strong Muslim community with almost 85% Muslims. But in all this, the Lord has continued to prove Himself through the teachings of His Word to the people in this community.

In as much as we are faced with numerous challenges and opposition, yet God continues to show the true Power and authority in his Word as the fellowship continues to grow from strength to strength. We are not only proud of you, but we are also proud to show you and share with you the things that the Lord has done and is doing in our midst.

Through your quality time spent with us sharing the Word of God, I am happy to let you know that I am personally discipling 7 brothers who have really captured the truth and are at present positively  affecting  their surroundings. One of them is a Muslim brother who is presently staying with us in our house. He really faces serious persecution from his family members who rejected him and threw him out of their entire family for the sake of accepting Christ and being baptized in the name of the Lord.

I am also happy to share with you and the brethren out there that 12 brethren here have gone through baptism, including 4 Muslims; the eldest among them is 47 years old.  I have attached photos of the persecuted Muslim brother on the day of his baptism together with the other brethren.

I have also attached Teaching info which I have prepared for the 7 brothers I am discipling at the moment [see Emmanuel’s Christian Maturity Series on his posts].  I meet with these guys to study the Bible together twice every week in a separate meeting from the general fellowship meeting.  As you were meeting with me privately to spend time in teaching, so I am also meeting with them.

The Lord has really been merciful to us as He protects and guards us day by day.  At present we are desperately looking for a place as our present residence is seriously congested and has become an eye sore [problem] for my family at the moment.  We can’t drive anybody out, but will pray until the Lord makes the way possible for us to secure a bigger place that will accommodate a family of twelve, with room for strangers.  

[Note: Steve and Patti have slept in the Freeman’s current rented home several times.  It is about 330 sq. ft. consisting of two rooms and a parlor, having a charcoal fire on the porch to cook on, outside shared community bathroom, and no running water in the neighborhood.  They house several young men and one mentally handicapped young woman besides their own children.  Apart from the Freeman’s love and hospitality, these ones would have no where to stay].

Thinking on some of these issues and their prevailing challenges especially with issues surrounding some of these guys like Kenneth (Alpha), James, Patrick, Joseph and Daniel that are supposed to be in the University, having gotten all their requirements but who lack the financial means.  This strikes my heart strongly and keeps me thinking a lot.

But in all these things we give thanks to God, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, honour, praise and adoration.  Please remember us and the work here in your prayers.

Give our love to mum and the brethren out there, we love and cherish them all.

With much love to you, 

Emmanuel and Liz.