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While caught up at Club New Birth and Club Hustle & Flow , I was taught that  “you can’t worship God without first sacrificing something”? Eddie beat this into the minds of the sheeple and so did Dre. If the Pulpit Pimps of this age lived prior to Christ, a sacrifice (From man) would be in line with the Law.

In the O.T. animals were sacrificed (Killed/shed Blood) at the Brazen Altar to atone for sins:

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. (Leviticus 17:11)

A sacrifice to God is required to pay the penalty for Sin. However, God so chose at the beginning of time to set in place a “new disposition” that would apply ONE sacrifice ONCE AND FOR ALL. This sacrifice is Christ:

The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:13-14)

We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. …By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. …And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. (Hebrews 10:10, 14, 18)

Pimps like Dre over at Club Hustle & Flow want to make one think that your money is a bull and that you must part with your wallet as one would part with his prized bull. But CHRIST is our one and only sacrifice for atonement and NOT blessings of money, wealth and stuff. God gives us access to the greatest blessing in the world, SALVATTION!

So the next time your Pimp talks about bringing an offering down to the altar, tkae him a bull! Bt all joking aside,  think about what you are doing and if this principle is in line with the word of God. Study for yourself and you’ll see that you can’t find such a practice. If a Pimp asks for money let he or she be a man or woman about it and ask you to give them money to pay the building bills, their bills, their personal taxes, fund their lifestyles etc. If the Pulpit Pimps of this age want your money, let them be transparent and say what they want to do with the money. Give full disclosure about why they want your money. God gave us Christ and gave us FULL DISCLOSURE  (John 3:16)

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The next time your Pimp threatens you with a penalty of curse for not paying your tithes, ask him or her what “Dispensation” this age is in!

As a young boy raised in the Southern Baptist Church I often would hear my Grandmother reference the late J. Vernon McGee and the Thru The Bible Institute. In specific, I remember her teaching on basic biblical truths and beliefs. One of those beliefs was “ Dispensations”.

**According to the  Scofield Reference Bible**
A dispensation is a period of time which is identified by its relation to some particular purpose of God. As used in the Greek New Testament, the word is OIKONOMIA (Strong’s No. 3622) and is defined as a stewardship, administration, management, direction, arrangement, order, or plan.

Practically speaking, dispensationalism speaks of the differences between the administration of human affairs within the sequential divisions of human history. The following is an example:
1.  From Adam to Abraham, for example, when God’s administration of human affairs focused on the entire race as descended from Adam.
2.  From Abraham to Christ, when God’s administration of human affairs focused on one particular family, descendants of Abraham. During this period of time, or age, a distinction is drawn between two divisions of humanity–Jew and Gentile.
3.  From Christ until now, and beyond for an undisclosed period of time; when God’s administration of human affairs focuses on one particular people, comprised of Jew and Gentile alike in one body–the Church.

According to J. Vernon McGee:

Technically speaking, the idea of dispensations and dispensationalism sets forth a principle in Scripture as follows: God places humanity under different and progressive operational temporal conditions, for specific and instructional eternal purposes..

1.  These conditions are laid out in various revealed covenants..
2.  These conditions are instructional to us (Gal. 3:24; Rom. 15:4), as well as to the angelic realm of creation (Eph. 3:10).

The concept of a dispensation is seen in the parable of Luke 16, and the details of a “generic” dispensation are seen
1.  Two parties (v.1): (a) the delegator of duties and (b) the one responsible for performing them.
2.  Specific responsibilities are laid out, and understood by the one responsible for performing them (vv.1-3, context).
3.  The Delegator holds the one responsible accountable (v.2).
4.  As a result of failure, on the part of the one responsible, the stewardship is removed and changed (vv.2,3).

The simplest delineation of dispensational truth is to contrast the Old Testament with the New Testament. Any newborn, babe in Christ can pick up his/her Bible and observe that basic division (That is if you pick up your Bible)
1.     Old Testament: the administration of Law. God handed down the 10 commandments, and the entire Law of Moses. This presented humanity with the responsibility to work and earn blessings. The end result, however, was to demonstrate that man cannot possibly fulfill such a high (perfect) standard. Man cannot earn his way into heaven, and must be provided for in another way.
2.  New Testament: the administration of Grace. God made provision through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the means by which mankind may be restored to a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ performed the perfect work that mankind could not do, and paid the penalty for sin on our behalf. The responsibility in this administration is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved (Acts 16:31).

Another deliniation or contrast can be seen between Jews and Gentiles:
1.  The Age of the Gentiles. Prior to the calling out of Abraham, all of humanity was treated as one body. All were descendants of Adam. God revealed Himself to various prophets (e.g. Adam, Enoch, Noah, Job).
2.  The Age of the Jews. Following the calling out of Abraham (Gen. 12), a distinction begins to be drawn within humanity. Within the descendants of Adam, a particular group is called out that are the descendants of Abraham. A division is drawn between Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews). It is to the Jews that God reveals Himself (e.g. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the prophets, etc.). This does not mean that God disregarded or ignored the Gentiles during these thousands of years, for there are many notable Gentiles to be found throughout the Old Testament. The significance, though, is that the specific revelations, and the revealed Scriptures were given primarily to the Jews (Rom. 3:2).
3.  The Age of the Church. With the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross of Calvary, a wholly new administration is unveiled. This administration had been previously hidden and is referred to as a mystery (Eph. 1:9,10; 3:9). During this age, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and Gentile (Rom. 10:12; Gal. 3:28; Col. 1:11).
Further, and more intricate developments can (and ultimately, should) be drawn in the observation and study of the significantly detailed covenants within Scripture. These developments typically break down into a seven-fold division of human history from Adam, through Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Christ, and on to eternity. [3]

1.  The Age of Innocence, from the creation of Adam and Eve until they fell into sin.

2.  The Age of Conscience, from the fall into sin to Noah’s flood.

3.  The Age of Human Government, from Noah to Abraham.

4.  The Age of Promise, from Abraham to Moses.

5.  The Age of Law, from Moses to Christ.

6.  The Age of Grace, from the death of Christ to the rapture of the Church.

7.  The Age of Christ, His personal 1000 year reign, yet future.

So why is this important?
We are commanded to do so! (2 Tim. 2:15)

THIS IS HOW THE PIMPS OF THIS AGE BUTCHER THE WORD OF GOD
It is critical in avoiding error! Let us say that I commit a personal sin, an offence before God. Let us say, for the illustration that my sin is stealing. What then, should be my activity/responsibility to deal with that sin, and restore my fellowship with the Lord?
Option #1. I might offer to the Lord a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin I have committed (Lev. 4:3ff.). I might bring the bull to the front door of the church, lay my hand upon its head, and “slay the bull before the Lord.” Then, I might ask the priest if he might take some of the blood inside, and sprinkle it around in various places inside the church. Then of course, the entrails, and the hide have to be dealt with, and so forth. [Does all of this seem silly to you? This is what the Bible says is the way to respond after your sin.. Ah, but maybe that administration is no longer in effect . . .]
Option #2. I might simply pray to the Father, and confess my sin.. If I do so, He is faithful and just to forgive me of my sin, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). This is the New Testament’s instruction for the confession of sin.
Granted, the illustration here presented is somewhat absurd, and intentionally so. No one today would realistically consider operating under the animal sacrifice administration. It does serve to point out, however, that the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament are significant. Other issues for consideration may not be as blatantly clear, but they are no less important for an accurate handling.

So here is the crux of the matter as it relates to man’s current dispensation, WE ARE NOT under the law. Therefore stop operating as such by imposing such principles as tithing!

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Many of you who visit this blog are either former or current supporters of Club Hustle & Flow and its club owner. From time to time I hear from many of you and I share your grief over the recent occurrences, i.e broken and dysfunctional marriages, revenue impacts, leadership departures, job losses home loses etc. 

Question, is the Club Owner sharing your grief? Has he outwardly expressed his grief over the flock? One thing I have noticed about your Club Owner is that he Privatized his gains i.e. his 900k new house, investments and other bling. Yet he is Publicizing the risk now associated with the drop in revenue. He is putting leaders on notice to get their house in order (Pay back wages) or be sat down!

Club Hustle & Flow sort of reminds me of these banks that are being bailed out. You heard the stories; Citigroup gets a 50 billion dollar bailout at the tax payers expense and then goes and buys a 50 million dollar jet. Oh yea, and by the way they may also lay-off some folks. For Club Hustle and Flow the story goes like this:

  1. Build a huge 22 million dollar edifice.
  2. Clearly state that the church “is yours” (How many time has Landers made it clear HIS name is on the paperwork)
  3. When things get tight for Club Hustle & Flow re brand, ignore the broken marriages and other wounds and threaten the sheeple with expulsion from the club.

Folks this is a no brainer! Your Club Owner only wants to share one thing with you…Your money! Peter impores us to be eagar to SERVE the Flock and not lord over them:

1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  

1 Peter 5:1-3

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I cannot tell you how many times I heard Pulpit Pimps say,”The blessing flow down”, implying of course that if the “mand of gawd” is blessed then you as the parishioner would be blessed too. Modern day economists call this “Trickle Down Economics” or the “Trickle Down Theory”.  In a trickle down economy tax cuts or other benefits are provided for businesses and rich individuals, in the belief that this will indirectly benefit the broad population. In a church ministry  pimpistry resources are poured into the pimp in the form of tithes, offering and yes love offering.

As a means to foster support, the pimp will from time to time deliver a sermon on how to get, keep and expand your “stuff” (Money, business, higher living etc). The pimp will also say the blessing on him will in some way fall on you! These “raw raw” messages are key in that they entice members to give and they provide a (false) sense of hope that says if I give to the mand of gawd, I will get some of his “trickle down blessings”. 

People caught up in false ministries unfortunately miss the point Christ makes in the gospels. Jesus Christ  used the seed sowing imagery to illustrate various responses to the Word of God. God’s people are called to sow in the hearts of humankind the seeds of God’s Word not MONEY (Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23). Those who tell others about Christ are like a farmer sowing seeds and watering the ground, in other words, instructing and preparing people to receive Christ as Savior. Pulpit Pimps argue that they sow into the hearts of people. But what are they really sowing? Pulpit Pimps sow the seeds of greed, Word of Faith and Oneness Pentecostalism. Pulpit Pimps consistently trick members into thinking that they must bless the mand of gawd in order receive some of the “anointing” on him. In actuality, Pulpit Pimps don’t want to share any money with them!

I challenge you, sow the seed of the only begotten Son with someone today. Sow Christ and the power He provides us. I guarantee you will never go wrong when you sow Christ!

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If you want to be in Leadership over at Club Hustle & Flow, you better be current on your payments tithe.

I have been reporting for several months that things are getting tight over at Club Hustle & Flow.” Well duh”…The average American has been feeling the effects of the economic turndown for well over two years. However ,Landers has finally got enough gaul to put the hammer down on his key earners (Mafia speak for someone who brings in money for the establishment) and put down one of his biggest threats.

Landers has sent letters and emails to all of his shepple in leadership an told then to get their tithes current or face probation or be sat down from leadership. Thats right, pay your tithes or you can’t serve in his (Landers) church. It is no secret that the workers (Leaders if you will)  over at Hustle & Flow represent the “tenth”. Landers and the machine can’t loose this vital set of giving units (Landers refers to donators/tithers as giving units).  So What does God say about this sort of extortion?

Before I continue let me preface by saying:

 

  1. The Club Owner over at Club Hustle & Flow has the right to set up his own rules. Landers has repeatedly asserted “its his (Andre’s) church”.
  2. Money is necessary to run a church.
  3. The love of money will cause a pimp grief. For it is written in 1 Timothy 6:10:

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Landers’ love of money, cars and homes is beginning to cause him some serious grief. I am curious to see what people are going to do. Will the sheeple pay to play? The sad thing is that Landers has sent his communication out without discerning his own flock. He has no idea where people are financially. Nor does he understand that he burdening the people with a weight that Christ died to free us from! No human being can keep the law! If the “Hustle Aint Flowing”, find out why! Oh I get it, that would require true compassion and a mind of Christ.

If Landers says he understands his flock he is a World Wide Lie! Landers only knows 2 figures-The Sunday and Wed collection totals. Landers is so far out of touch with his flock because as he says it “he can’t touch everyone”. Coupled with this is his inability to trust others, makes it impossible for him to know his flocks true financial state.

I ask that you be in prayer for this flock!

 

 

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It has got to be hard for the Word of Faith movement/theocracy in light of the current economic conditions and political climate. Since escaping the plantation I often wondered if the mantra “What I confess, I possess.”still reigns true in the hearts and minds of the WOF pimpistry. 

I am sure that there is a lot of “spinning” going on out there. The Apostle Paul warns us that in the later days some will depart from the faith:

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

1 Tim 4:1

 Just like politicians, Pulpit Pimps are great at “spinning” the details of God’s word to advance their own agendas. Pimps have bills, car payments, and a lifestyles to maintain. But what about the flock that they lord over. What about them? Are the parishioners taken care of? Are their needs met too? Does the flock really know what”s going on?

A pimp will never let his subjects know the details of his plans. The pimp demands total allegiance and zero “Lip”. This is clearly playing itself out over at Club Hustle & Flow.

New Birth South Metropolitan Church, aka Club Hustle & Flow, has recently taken on a re-branding campaign and has changed its name to Higher Living Christian Church. Now at the surface a name change or re-branding effort does not seem like that big of a deal. However lets take a closer look at why Landers invoked a name change and rebranding effort at this point and time. Here are a few questions I “bet you a dollar to a donut” the “sheeple” over at “Club Hustle & Flow”  want to ask Pasa Landers:

  1. Why change the name? Landers often preached about the negative connotation exhibited when churches change their names. For example, New Macedonia, Greater St Stephen’s, HIGHER Living.
  2. Why differentiate yourself from New Birth? Are you worried about pending incitements?
  3. Why the New Years Eve surprise? To Landers defense God told him to change the name.
  4. Why the logo change ? (I say logo because a sword is not a cross)
  5. Why are you re-branding

So one may say, “what’s wrong with re-branding?” What is re-branding and is it wrong? Re-branding is the process by which a product or service (In this case Landers’ product is the Word of God or his rendition) developed with one brand, company or product line affiliation is marketed or distributed with a different identity. This may involve radical changes to the brand’s logo, brand name, image, marketing strategy, and advertising themes. These changes are typically aimed at the repositioning of the brand/company/church, usually in an attempt to distance itself from certain negative connotations of the previous branding, or to move the brand upmarket i.e. T.V. Radio etc.

Let me be clear. Rebranding is not sinful. I cannot find a single instance in the Word that says that it is. However the intent behind the re-branding of NBSMC is mired in greed. Landers re=branded NBSMC (IMHO) to differentiate himself from Long and the rest of the New Birth “Brand”. However it is ironic that Landers gained his popularity from the New Birth Brand. Landers will and probably has taken that up with Long.

Landers re-branded because the Hustle Aint Flowin over at the Club. Major contributors are leaving, marriages are breaking up and key leaders are leaving.  Landers leveraged his West Georgia Marketing degree to recreate a machine. 

Mixing God and worldly tactics don’t mix. I have an advanced degree in this topic (I can blog for days on this topic but praise God for Grace). Re-branding does not always work. People are brand loyal and will often resist re-branding. Often times re-branding is like putting on deodorant when you are as musty as a billy goat.

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**Hat Tip to ST for Inspiring this post**

Da Club Owner over at Club Hustle & Flow is at it again. He is coordinating yet another capital campaign to add more square footage to his edifice. Da Club Owner’s latest caper code named “The Key Makers Campaign” is an effort to “self-fund” the Mt. Carmel Phase II Initiative.”  I suppose Phase I was too small, although there is plenty of space in the place, especially since the maintenance crew removed several thousand seats.

My Brother over at Speaking Truth has already spoke on this money caper (“Pimps & Their Resilient Ministries Pimpistries“). However, I wanted to take a moment and give a heads up to the sheeple over at Club Hustle & Flow. If Da Club Owner has not already, he will reference MT 16:19 (And perhaps MT18:18) to prime the pump for his money scheme:

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.

What pimps love to do is twist scripture. They love to fit the scriptures to match their own agenda. Giving to this latest caper will not enable you to “Loose” sickness or poverty or “Bind” money and a spouse. Oh come on you heard this before. Loose and Bind whatever you want.

However a more accurate exegesis of this passage paints an entirely different meaning behind Binding & Loosing. Most if not all Word of Faith pimpistrys will leverage MT 16:19 and MT 18:18 to make you believe you have the authority to tie up and loose “stuff” i.e. MONEY. Remember, Christ came to save us all from the penalty of sin which is death. Christ did not come to help you loose and bind your “stuff” or material goods.

The terms “bind” and “loose” were Jewish idioms (An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be made sense of from the literal definition) indicating that what is announced on earth has already been determined in heaven.  To “bind” meant to forbid, refuse, or prohibit.  To “loose” meant to permit or allow.  In Matthew 18:18, Jesus is speaking of church discipline. Members who repent are to be restored or “loosed” and members who do not repent are to be removed or “bound”.  The decisions we make, the correction we give and the forgiveness we offer must be in harmony with God’s revealed truth in order to be binding. i.e. John 16:13

Do not be fooled. Christ was not talking about binding up money and stuff or loosing dollars from heaven. God never commanded that building a physical structure would grant you anything. As throughout all of the New Testament Christ’s words were reveling the liberating message of the Gospel and Salvation! Da Club Owner only wants to fulfill his dream and possible rake in some more operating cash to create a stimulus to his bottom line (Federal Bailout). Don’t get tied up in yet another caper! Know the truth! Da Club Owner is pimping!