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My father passed on recently and one of the pre-requisites for interring him in our ancestral home was being present to witness the slaughter of goats presented in our home accompanied by libations and certain sayings without which the burial would not hold. I am convicted with guilt that I partook in idol worship or offerings to ancestral deities by my presence and I am concerned we may have unknowingly given such spirits some spiritual legality over us by participating in these rites. How can we avoid or deal with situations such as these spiritually?

on Jul 10 in Beliefs, Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, Uncategorized, demons and idols tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Oscar (Nigeria) – My father passed on recently and one of the pre-requisites for interring him in our ancestral home was being present to witness the slaughter of goats presented in our home accompanied by libations and certain sayings without which the burial would not hold. I am convicted with guilt that I partook in idol worship or offerings to ancestral deities by my presence and I am concerned we may have unknowingly given such spirits some spiritual legality over us by participating in these rites. How can we avoid or deal with situations such as these spiritually?

Answer: Reading from 1 Corinthians 8:1-5, the Bible says, “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up but charity edifieth. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God; for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak”.

The scripture is clear. These idols are not God. Things offered to nothing. As a child of God, your eating doesn’t give them a spiritual legality because you are not the one that decides what is legal or not; it’s God’s word that decides what is legal or not and so it’s his own conscience that is affecting him and he should go to the scriptures and see what the Bible says about things offered to idols. But like it says if you are eating in, that if for my brother’s sake it will offend him, I will rather not eat so that my brother will not be offended. To us, there is only one God and whether we eat the meat are we the better or worse just like the scripture said. So he should not feel as if he has done something wrong. His conscience is weak because he lacks the knowledge of God’s word concerning him. But also the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:28 that if you are told that this belongs to idols, the Bible says you should not eat it for their own sake so that they won’t think that you are supporting their actions.

From Hebrew 9:16, I am able to tell that Jesus is the testator of the New Testament. Could you please enlighten me on who the testator of the Old Testament is?

on Jul 07 in New Testament, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Afari (Ghana) – Pastor Sir, my question is from Hebrew 9:16. From that scripture, I am able to tell that Jesus is the testator of the New Testament. Could you please enlighten me on who the testator of the Old Testament is?

Answer: From Hebrews 8:5, it says, “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacles; for see saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises”. So Moses is the mediator of the Old one while Jesus is for the New one. The difference is that in the place of the death of anyone, an animal died in his place.

Where did all the continents of the world come from? If Adam was the first man created by God, why do we all have different skin and colors and languages and culture?

on Jun 29 in Science and Christianity, Societal Affairs, Uncategorized, astrology and horoscopes tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Tracy (Canada) – Where did all the continents of the world come from? If Adam was the first man created by God, why do we all have different skin and colors and languages and culture?

Answer: Reading from 1 Chronicles 1:19, “And unto Eber were born two sons; the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided and his brother’s name was Joktan”. So there was a time when the landmass was divided to form the continents.

Then about why we have different skin colours and languages; that will from Genesis 11:8 it says, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth”. So there was a time they were all together and at this time God changed their language; so they were scattered abroad. As people migrated, climatic conditions; diet began to change some of the genetics, so people had to take on darker skin tone for the hotter climate and so on. So that’s why there’re variations.

What do I have to do to understand my Bible when I am reading it?

on Jun 29 in Christian living, God's will and purpose, New Testament, Uncategorized, growth and maturity tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Rose (Botswana) – Dear Pastor, what do I have to do to understand my Bible when I am reading it?

Answer: Everytime you need to read your Bible, the first thing is to pray; spend time to speak in tongues because through speaking in tongues, your spirit opens. You are energized; you are charged; your spiritual antenna is raised high; you can catch scriptures quickly, the revelation of God’s word can be coming from you: you can be on a verse for 30 minutes because the Holy Ghost will be showing you things and He’s the author of the scriptures. So if you spend time speaking in tongues, He will teach you the scriptures and show you the deep things of God. So the first thing you need to do is speaking in tongues.

Also, the Word of God is not only to be believed but also to be acted. Jesus said to us, It is given unto you to understand the mystery of the kingdom”, then He said, “To others it is not given”. So if you are a child of God, it is your divinely given right and ability to understand the scriptures. From today as a child of God, don’t agree again that you don’t understand the scriptures. It’s one of Satan’s strategies to deceive God’s children; he lied to them like he tried to deceive Jesus. He said, “If you are the son of God command these stone be made bread”. He’s trying to lie to Him! So he may say to you, “If you understand the scriptures why don’t you do this?” He’s trying to tell you that you don’t. Never agree with him. Say, “I have the understanding of the righteous, I have the understanding of the just, I have the understanding of God’s children, I am a child of God and I have understanding of the scriptures” and when you declare that, study it! The Bible tells us, “…He has given us a spirit of a sound mind”. So you say, I’m sound, my mind is sound, I’m alert, I have good understanding. Don’t accept what the devil is telling you that you don’t understand the scripture; you do! You may say, “what if I didn’t”. Well, the reason you didn’t is because you didn’t accept the word. If you accept the word, the power of it is in the accepting it and declaring it to be so. Now that I’ve told you what the word says, endorse it, accept it and confess it. That’s the power of the word of God; say the same thing with Him. You say, “God says so, I accept it and I say the same thing”. So say it! You say I understand and right away your understanding will op en up. The Bible says that He breath on them and said receive ye the Holy Ghost; and what happened was that He opened their minds to understand the scriptures. That’s a miracle, and that miracle happened to you when the Spirit of God came upon you.

Can I use the blood of Jesus in prayer against enemies? How and when can I use the blood of Jesus?

on Jun 23 in Beliefs, Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, New Testament, Uncategorized, names tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Delphine (Nigeria) – Please Pastor can I use the blood of Jesus in prayer against enemies? How and when can I use the blood of Jesus?

Answer: Jesus had to take his blood to the Father by himself. We don’t have the power or right to use the blood of Jesus. It’s only the high priest that can present the blood and he has already done that but Jesus gave us a name to use and also you don’t pray against your enemies because the blood was shed for the enemies too; to save the enemy. Never make human enemies! They are too small to be your enemies. The Bible tells us clearly, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…”, so our struggle is not against flesh and blood; so don’t think of humans as your enemies. And what if they declare themselves your enemies? It doesn’t mean anything. There are forces behind them and those forces are spiritual forces; those are the things you deal with. Incidentally and beautifully too, those forces have all been defeated; they can’t stand us; so they hid behind humans. So don’t get worried about that! Never use the blood of Jesus against enemies. Don’t call the blood of Jesus against those you don’t like.