The Inherited Occult “Christianity” of the African-Caribbean Diaspora living in Anglo-American Society | #Christianity #Jesus #colonialism #theology #slavery #womanism

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I promised you something a little more deep last week so here it is enjoy!

I think that the “Christian” culture within the African-Caribbean diaspora that are descendents of slaves and live within Anglo-America (England and America), is flawed. I do not think that it is Christianity at all. It makes African-Caribbean Anglo-American’s too passive towards abuse and it keeps them opressed. The Colonial “Christian” tradition handed down to them stems from colonialism and is damaging and full of lies and needs to exorcise colonialism and racism from it. The colonial tradition that Anglo-American African-Caribbeans have inherited damages their communities, stops them correcting each other, permits abuse and enslaves them to the Caucaisan Alpha Male to this day, who is still profiteering from his slave trading ancestors. I submit that Anglo-American African-Caribbean peoples need as a matter of urgency to forget everything they thought they knew about Christianity, re-read the scriptures, take a critical look at their history and really study the scriptures through subjective lens, remove their culture and see what it really says. Then they will find that true Christianity does not enable bad behaviour or abuse in the way it was used during colonial times and this present day.

The initial engagement between African peoples in the Americas and Christianity came within the context of the abuse that happened within slavery. These enslaved peoples were taken from Western Africa and abused by their slavers, who used the bible and Christianity to justify enslaving the Africans (Noll 2006) (Haynes 2002) (Oshatz 2012). For example, Genesis 4:15:

[Genesis 4:15 NLT] “[15] The LORD replied, “No, for I will give a sevenfold punishment to anyone who kills you.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him.”

The mark that God put on Cain was interpreted as involving dark skin and Africans were regarded as the accursed descendants of Cain. Also in Genesis 9, Ham the son of Noah saw his father naked when he was drunk and sleeping. When Noah recovered from his drunken stupor he cursed his son Ham saying:

[Genesis 9:25-27 NLT] “[25] Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham: “May Canaan be cursed! May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.” [26] Then Noah said, “May the LORD, the God of Shem, be blessed, and may Canaan be his servant! [27] May God expand the territory of Japheth! May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem, and may Canaan be his servant.””

African people were identified as descendents of Ham partly due to Genesis 10:6 associating his decedents with parts of Africa, e,g, the Cushites were from Ethiopia:

[Genesis 10:6 NLT] “[6] The descendants of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.”

Other verses such as Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22, 1 Timothy 6:1 and Philemon were used as well to support a master slave relationship. Consequently, the curse on Ham was used to justify slavery of the African people as a biblical act, requiring the obedience of the enslaved African’s to their European masters. Even those who did not support slavery still had notions of white supremacy because of such scriptures. Within the patriarchal historical context of colonialism, African American women were both subordinate to men and to Caucasians (Junior 2015, pp.42-43).

Along with physical abuse; forced surrogacy e.g. forced to be a “mammy” to Caucasian children (Williams 2013) and the separation of family groups, breaking down the most basic unit of human civilization; the slavers oppressed the Africans through loss of cultural identity, removal of gender distinctions and control over the African woman’s reproductive functions.

The African’s lost of cultural identity when they were forced to adopt Eurocentric cultures/food/dress and even names in the colonies. To this day, Caribbean people still suffer from the practice of renaming as they still bear surnames of the last person who owned their ancestors, instead of their original African surnames.

The removal of the gender identities of the Africans had particularly difficult consequences for the women. In North America, understandings of the Bible as authoritative and normative shaped the social norms of the Caucasian slavers and contributed to the notion of women as subordinate to men. Nineteenth century Caucasian gendered ideals held up the Caucasian woman as being pure and fragile. Yet any non-Caucasian woman or poor women were not considered “real women” in the same way as wealthy Caucasian women (Junior 2015, p.42). The enslaved women were not seen as women or delicate or “ladies” like affluent Caucasian women. Instead, they were seen as masculinised, licentious, primitive and lacking in morals (Harris-Perry 2011) (Hooks 1981) (White 1999). Those misconceptions encouraged dehumanizing practices in North America during slave times. The African women slaves were made to do the same work as the African men, as they were seen as just as tough, unlike Caucasian women who were perceived as the fairer sex (Mann 1989). For example, the African women were expected to plough the fields, haul logs, drive out hogs etc typically a job reserved for men but they were seen as being hardier that Caucasian women (Williams 2013).

The slavers took autonomy over the enslaved African women’s body through coerced sexual activity to either: use them as “breeding stock” to make more slave babies with other African enslaved men who were used as “studs” or to make mixed ethnicity babies with the Caucasian slave masters. This benefitted the slave masters as the children of the slave mothers followed the condition of the mother (partus sequitur ventrem) (Williams 2013, p.67). The slave owners through a practice called the “fancy trade”, a practice co-morbid with the salve trade, further violated the sexual autonomy of the African woman. Slavers would buy and sell the most attractive African women for the exclusive purpose of them being the slavers mistresses. In North Carolina the famous octoroon balls allowed rich Caucasian slavers to meet and purchase these women (White 1999, pp.37-38). Furthermore, the slave owners also used the African enslaved women for their own sexual gratification, with the knowledge of their wives (Williams 2013, p.60). The enslaved women were often promised their freedom if they acquiesced but they and the children that resulted from these relations were often sold to other plantations. Regardless, the enslaved women did not have a choice in any of the sexual relations (White 1999, p.15).

On top of all that abuse, the slavers also forced the African’s to convert to their religion, Christianity. The enslaved Africans were initially suspicious of Christianity, as traditional African religions were part of an aural tradition, whereas this new religion was a “book religion” (Fulop 1997) (Raboteau 2004) (Sernett 1999). Early African American literature meditated upon this stating that you could “hear” the book by reading (Gates 1988). This was because the Bible was first introduced to them by preaching from reading the stories to them. In particular, the evangelical branch of Protestantism took what could be considered as a womanist episteme, as they put emphasis on both the Bible and ones own personal experience of God (Junior 2015, p.40).

Whenever we deal with the history of missions to enslaved African people one has to question the kind of Christianity that was transported to the slaves. It wasn’t even Christianity at all. Any kind of religious tradition that says: “you can be free spiritually but raped and tortured and brutalized in the social world”, isn’t any religion at all, it’s an occult practice. The slave owners then used this “Christianity” to pacify the slaves and make them compliant and accept their slave status and poor psychosocial realities. The main promise being, if you behave and accept this mistreatment, then when you die you will go to heaven.

Many forms of Christianity that were transferred to the slaves via the colonialists were embedded with capitalist ideology. The teachings that they fed the slaves pacified them, making them easier to make money from, the colonial Christianity, as mentioned earlier was also used to justify the “farming” of African’s, to make more slave fodder. The colonial Christianity that was handed down to the enslaved peoples was an enforcer of colonial capitalist agendas. Today, Christianity is still prevalent amongst the African-Caribbean diaspora that reside within Anglo-America (Britain and the Americas) and the churches that the colonialists built are there today and what they taught has filtered down to the modern day African-Caribbean Diaspora in Anglo-America, the same way their slave surnames have filtered down through the generations. As a consequence, African-Caribbean Anglo-American peoples have been conditioned to accept and tolerate abuse and anti-social behaviour between and against themselves and from other ethnicities directed at them and within their churches. Sadly, some of the men still act like “studs” and have babies with multiple women, some are still illiterate, don’t exercise civil liberties like voting and there is a serious problem with a lack of social cohesion.

One has to be very critical of these “Christian” traditions that evolved out of colonialism because they were grown inside of colonial capitalism and therefore they do not deconstruct imperialism or any of the economic underpinnings of empire that they belong to. This is true of any form of Christianity that was transferred to the slaves via the colonialists; it was embedded with capitalist ideology. The teachings that they fed the slaves pacified them, making them easier to make money from. Life can only exist when chemical compounds do not use absorbed energy for their own kinesis but disperse it among other chemical compounds and let it transmute into chemical bonds. In order for the wealthy to stay rich, poor people need to stay poor. Hence rich people want poor people to believe that their fate is set and righteous or even due to their own stupidity (Abarim Publications 2018). This idea is what the colonialists transferred to the slaves. They tried to make the poor trust the power of lighting candles in church or hours of quiet prayer and other passive acts because if poor people became properly informed, they would rise up (Abarim Publications 2018).

Sinning has nothing to do with being guilty and everything with being in a situation in which you don’t belong or even want to be. Leaders will want you to believe that sin has to do with being uppity, but capitalism is of course the greatest enslaver of all, and the imposition of poverty the most evil of evils:

[1 Timothy 6:10 NLT] “[10] For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

This culture of uneven distribution of wealth goes hand in hand with a culture of misinformation, misdirection and sedative surrogates “whiffs of plastic luxury and base entertainment, which are all “part of their enslavement” (in the words of Tacitus; Agricola.1.21). This is why God said in Hosea “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (4:6). Fortunately, Christ unlocks the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (see Colossians 2:3) and knowledge will buy us all out of the slave market. Slavery comes with ignorance and freedom comes with knowledge (See Proverbs 18:15, Isaiah 11:9, Malachi 2:7, Luke 1:77, 1 Corinthians 12:8, Colossians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Philippians 1:9, Ephesians 3:9, 2 Timothy 2:7, 2 Peter 1:5). The gospel of Jesus Christ is about the absolute law of nature; the knowledge of which will set us free (See John 8:32). The effect of preaching the gospel is not to form another legion of quietly compliant people (which is what the rich people preach) but poverty relief and a Cambrian explosion of mental life. Sin is nothing else than being restricted and confined. Freedom is God’s gift and autonomy is the ultimate working principle of creation, this is called the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. The word Christ means, “anointed” and marks anyone who is the boss of his or her own life:

[1 John 2:20-27 NLT] “[20] But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. [21] So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. [22] And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. [23] Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. [24] So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. [25] And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us. [26] I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. [27] But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.”

Do not allow anyone to tell you who you are and what you should do with your life. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free:

[Galatians 5:1 NLT] “[1] So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Abarim Publications 2018)

The modern day African-Caribbean is living with that legacy of Colonial “Whiteanity” and the pacifying un-biblical ideas that come with them have been transferred to the modern day Caribbean, mixing with their faith. We have to question what happens when we take on a religious tradition that is structured to keep us impoverished, dis-empowered and disorganized and reproduce it uncritically.

African-Caribbean people need to start asking why are the most famous churches not taking a more active role in promoting the well-being of the African-Caribbean diaspora? They are happy to take our money. The Evangelical “Christians” in America are backing Donald Trump in a big way. Why are they not questioning him and his attitudes towards immigrants and African American people? Any kind of “church” that supports hegemonies that are happy to abuse one set of people are not churches at all. Look at what Trumps spiritual advisor Paula White said (follow this link to find out more). She’s a racist denounce it, say it like it is. I am a Christian and I am telling you be suspicious of organized religion. By supporting individuals like they are again using Christianity to justify maltreatment. There is a difference between being USED by God and being OF God. Anyone who says Trump is OF God is mistaken. Has he repented of his views towards s**thole countries? Has he said sorry to Obama for demanding to see his birth certificate? Has he seemed sorry for the Central Park Five? (follow this link to find out more) No. Then what kind of “Christianity” is backing him? The kind that enslaved my ancestors, don’t believe them. They aren’t Christians, double check what they are saying, like the pharasees, what they are teaching might be correct but how they are living their lives is not.

Anglo-American African-Caribbeans need to start correcting each other, questioning their leaders, stop sucking the sack of misinformation, quit shooting each other, quit sowing your wild oats, go to school, pay attention at school and educate yourself on your history, vote and come together as a community. The reason why the slavers would split up families was because a divided people are easier to conquer.

Here’s what the Bible really says about abuse and what the colonial masters never wanted the African Diaspora to understand:
THE TRUTH

Let us examine the original Greek translated as sin. The Greek verb αμαρτανω (hamartano) [In bold in the verse below] used in Luke 17:4 et al is translated as in or wrongs in later translations:

[Luke 17:4 NLT] “[4] Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.””

This verb describes the difference between three things: aim and impact, purpose and application, or intent and realization… This concept of “sin” has now come to mean being caught breaking the law. There are two kinds of law: human law and God’s law. God’s law is natural law and is what binds atoms into objects and natural compounds into living creatures. Natural law governs the biosphere and forms each creature according to its personal constitution and its place relative to the others (See Psalm 50:10-11, 104:10-14, Matthew 6:26) God’s law also aims for people to grow into fruit-bearing adults who fit perfectly into the world:

[Colossians 1:16 NLT] “[16] for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see–such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”

Human law is derived from the whims of humans following their own appetites. Unfortunately, we are all stuck in the transitional period between a humanity consisting of tribes and an integrated global economy. Sinning has nothing to do with breaking a formal law and everything with getting in the way of nature, God’s law:

[Ephesians 4:30 NLT] “[30] And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” (Abarim Publications 2018)

When you restrict each other it is sin. Slavery was sin, in fact, any kind of slavery is sin, no kind of abuse or anti-social behavour should go uncontested. Yes the bible says to forgive but if you need to call the police on your son do it. We are not being leaders in our communities if we just let stupidity and abuse go by the by. That is what we have been conditioned to do through “Whitanity” and it is destroying African-Caribbean communities in Anglo-America. All that happens is they go to jail and end up slaving for “massa” making number plates.

Therefore, never tolerate bad people in the church

[1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NLT] “[9] When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. [10] But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. [11] I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. [12] It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. [13] God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.””

The Bible says that we are not even supposed to associate with people who are abusive or cheat you or indulge in sexual sin. It also says we have a responsibility to correct those in the church. I denounce the bad behaviour that has gone on in my family. The practice of “studs” fathering babies left right and centre NEEDS TO STOP. We are not slaves anymore when that was forced upon us. Now it’s just outright stupidity. Tolerating it and not calling it out is not faith, it’s not Christianity, it’s Colonial “Whitanity” and occult. If the Bible says we should confront these things, WHY ARE WE NOT DONG IT? In fact, Paul rebukes the Corinthians for having spiritual pride for not calling people to account.

[1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 5 NLT] “[1] I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you–something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. [2] You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship. … [5] Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.”

So we are actually committing the sin of spiritual pride when we are not confronting the anti-social, abusive behaviour of our family members. It’s pride, Pride acts as a barrier between us and God. This is what the Bible says about pride:

{Isaiah 13:11 NLT] “[11] “I, the LORD, will punish the world for it’s evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty”

Abuse must be confronted and if someone has something against you go and be reconciled

[Matthew 18:15-18 NLT] “[15] “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. [16] But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. [17] If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. [18] “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Abuse is sin it says here clearly that this must be confronted; you confront them to win them over so they can grow and be the person that God wants them to be. In fact Jesus and the gospel message is described as being a stone in Luke:

[Luke 20:17-18 NLT] “[17] Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ [18] Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”

[Luke 12:49-53 NLT] “[49] I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! [50] I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. [51] Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! [52] From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against-or two in favor and three against. [53] ‘Father will be divided against son and son against father;mother against daughter and daughter against mother;and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.'”

The Gospel of Jesus is the cornerstone because He is the standard that we are to align and measure ourselves to. Jesus and His message is also a stumbling block to some because they cannot accept it or follow it. This shows that the gospel is supposed to be arresting. In fact, the above verses show that if the Gospel you are hearing is not in some way confronting or challenging you in your life, ITS NOT THE GOSPEL AT ALL It’s witchcraft.

Confrontation is not wrong; it can be done in an assertive, reconciliative way. The reasons for confronting bad behaviour is so that it does not spread and people can heal and stop manifesting negative behaviours that are going to land them in hell. The verse above states that you talk to them privately, then in front of other people, then the church then treat them as a pagan. This could mean understand them to not be a Christian. Ok ok ok, for the purpose of discussion, just because a person disagrees with you it does not make them wrong, this just shows how to confront them. The bible also puts an emphasis on the person who has sinned to reconcile themselves with other people:

[Matthew 5:23-24 NLT] “[23] “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, [24] leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”

The lack on reconciliation that has occurred within my African-Caribbean family is appalling. This models the praxis of the colonial masters when they mistreated the slaves. They were not able to fight back or to expect an apology. I along with the others who have been abused within my family am owed acknowledgement and reconciliation. Brushing aside what has happened is not biblical. Forgiving them is, lack of reconciliation is not.

Faith without works is meaningless, along with sacrifices without goodness

Unfortunately, some people think that they are Christians but they are not. Being a Christian is not just about going to church, singing hymns, reading the Bible and praying. Anyone can do that. Being a Christian is about those little moments where your behaviour is different and that is what will make people notice as God said in Isaiah:

[Isaiah 1:11-19 NLT] “[11] “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. [12] When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? [13] Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting–they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. [14] I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them! [15] When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. [16] Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. [17] Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. [18] “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. [19] If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.”

Going to church, wearing a nice hat, singing hymns and doing solos whilst secretly enabling the mess in your African-Caribbean community is not going to get you into heaven. In fact, verse 13 says that kind of thing disgusts God. It’s not biblical. Get your private life in order, call out wrong when wrong is done and don’t brush it aside. Sadly, the colonial past of my family has infected their faith with inappropriate doctrine, making them permissive of evil and mistreatment. This is wrong and this permissiveness alone is sinful. It says in the Bible:

[James 2:14-26 NLT] “[14] What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? [15] Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, [16] and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? [17] So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. [18] Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” [19] You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. [20] How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? [21] Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? [22] You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. [23] And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. [24] So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. [25] Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. [26] Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”

Tolerating any kind of abuse or anti-social behaviour is not Christian and enabling or covering it up, to the detriment to other peoples health is not Christian either. Well, I suppose it is very Christian. Looking in these modern times where American Evangelical Christians back Donald Trump as a presidential candidate really exposes the phony nature of the movement. Donald Trump has been linked to far right groups, he’s in the White House with his third baby mama, who is the woman he was having an affair with when he was married to his second wife. He was also having an affair on his third wife with a stripper, whilst she was pregnant and this is the type of person that the “Christians” are supporting… If you are saying that you are a Christian and not behaving like one or even worse covering up or dismissing the abusive behaviour of other’ or using the Bible to say that what an individual is doing is OK and people should list (yes I’m talking about you Mr Sessions) there is no point even calling yourself a Christian. Behaving like a true believer requires confronting abuse and bad B These ideals would not have been considered mainstream African-Caribbean Christian thought in the 1700’s – early 1800’s because confrontation of abuse does not correlate with slavery. In fact, during colonial times, preachers who preached to the enslaved peoples that Jesus came to set them free were jailed!

The colonialists showed the enslaved peoples faith for show, they were one way in church and another way out of church and this is the kind of Christianity that I have observed within my family. Our faith cannot just be for show, on the outside everyone sees one thing but what’s going on behind closed doors is more important. As I said earlier we cannot go to church in big hats, singing hymns and not be doing simple things like providing justice to each other in our private lives and expect to call yourself a Christian because you are not. That makes you a Pharisee:

[Matthew 23:5-7, 23, 25, 27-28 NLT] “[5] “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. [6] And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. [7] They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ … [23] “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law–justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. … [25] “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and self-indulgence! … [27] “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs–beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. [28] Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

The historic abuse and ongoing abuse needs to be dealt with, we must be as clean in our private spheres as we appear in our public spheres. The Christians and Christian teaching that does not do this IS NOT CHRISTIANITY.

There must be parity between members

As mentioned earlier, I tried to confront family members about abuse. Due to being amongst the younger and members of the family, as well as the fact that I am not being a boy or married or as wealthy as I would like my opinion was discounted. This is not biblical in a context like this and is very colonial and parochial thinking. To not consider the views of an adult woman legitimate or see the African-Caribbean woman is , for some to continue slavery.

This kind of self destructive division is a-typical of Black culture and the colonialists played on this and exacerbated it to keep us divided whilst they strengthened ties with the colonies and grouped together. This is not how Christians aught to be Paul had a brilliant metaphor of the church where he described it as a body, each of the parts having their own job and each job is important and each member is interdependent. Note Paul also says in the last verse that some parts that seem more insignificant are actually the most important parts of all!

[1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NLT] “[12] The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. [13] Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. [14] Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. [15] If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. [16] And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? [17] If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? [18] But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. [19] How strange a body would be if it had only one part! [20] Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. [21] The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” [22] In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. [23] And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, [24] while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. [25] This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. [26] If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. [27] All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

Although the different parts have different jobs and look different, some with more exciting jobs than others; due to their interdependence they are all equal. True Christians enjoy parity, oneness and unity. We are all different but equal working towards shared goals. Jesus himself said that we are all on the same level when he said:

[Matthew 23:8-10 “[8] “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. [9] And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. [10] And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah.”

And furthermore Jesus also said that those who are in charge should not be dominating those under them:

[Luke 22:25-27 NLT] “[25] Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ [26] But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. [27] Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.”

This sentiment was reiterated in 1 Peter to elders [of a church]:

[1 Peter 5:3-4 NLT] “[3] Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. [4] And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.”

So where is the biblical precedent to dismiss my grievances? There is none. For-shame. In fact, Paul goes on to say:

[1 Timothy 4:12 NLT] “[12] Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Hierarchical familial structures that enslave are direct iterations of the kind of Christianity that the Caucasian slavers used to keep the African’s bound and by not addressing abuse or negative behaviours we are repeating and reliving colonial evils. It must stop. These structures existed because the African’s were not considered equal and they were not treated equally and this warped idea of a Christianity that enslaves and puts people on different levels is evil and untrue. We are all equal, no one has a right or biblical precedent, in a context like this, to dismiss someone’s opinion or to say that a person should just have thick skin. Those mindsets are there to continue the enslavement and stop us from progressing and keep us sinning as mentioned earlier, lack of reconciliation and lack of confrontation of negative behaviours IS sin.

Forcing burdens on people unnecessarily is un-scriptural

I don’t know why in our communities we force each other onto each other. Time and time again my dear mother has been told she should keep her middle aged brother and only a select few including myself have told her it is not right. Those people are hypocrites who will not take him in themselves and play the Christianity card that she is being a good Christian when she bares with him by keeping him instead of getting him the help that he needs. He’s abusive and wasteful. Those people, again African-Caribbean Anglo-American Christians, descendants of slaves are still seeing suffering through the lenses of Colonial “Whiteanity”. Unreasonable demands were always put on the salves and they were told that it was their Christian duty to bear with it. They are making unreasonable demands and conflating them with Christian duty. This is absurd; when Paul was working with the different churches he was self-sufficient and did not consider it a “duty” of others to host him:

[1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 NLT] “[7] As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. [8] We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.”

It’s “religious” not Christian to make demands that are unreasonable, unrealistic and unfair of others then emotionally blackmail them with hell if they do not comply, especially when they are not prepared to help you, like my aunt who would not take my uncle in but expects us to keep him for years. That is what the slavers did to our ancestors. Jesus described people who do such things as Pharisees:

[Matthew 23:2-4 NLT] “[2] “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. [3] So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. [4] They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.”

Destroyed for lack of knowledge

You wonder why there is so much strife and disorder and people being jailed and shot in the Anglo-America African-Caribbean population, Am I the only one that thinks that’s strange? I postulate that our circumstances are partly due to the fact that we are constantly sinning towards each other, upsetting each other because we do not truly know God or the scriptures. Additionally, we have inherited an occult form of Christianity from our ancestors’ colonial masters, which is designed to abuse, pacify and make money of African people, by making us far too tolerant to abuse and anti-social behaviour, which damages us physically, psychologically, spiritually, economically and financially. Anglo-American African-Caribbean people who support people and structures that oppress them are not Christians. These kind of people and things are the reason why former colonial countries still continue to benefit financially from the occult form of Christianity that African-Caribbean people absorb. We have kept their names, we have said “oh well that’s over and done we should just forgive and forget now”, instead of pursuing reparations like the Jews, so the colonial powers got to keep the wealth they made off slavery and still gain because when we [members of the African Diaspora] get ill or poor from following backward belief systems, we go to “massa” (the colonial powers) and give voluntarily give them our money for pills, therapy, medical assistance and loans… The plan of the colonial masters has worked with shocking efficiency to the point that they are still making money off. Let me make this excruciatingly clear. There is no scriptural justification whatsoever for a passive attitude towards sin, antisocial behaviour and abuse and a lack of awareness of this is destroying us. As it says in Hosea:

[Hosea 4:6 NLT] “[6] My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.”

The latter part of this verse is chilling, it says here when we forget God by not following His commands; God will forget our families and us. Ignorance of His ways does not seem to be an excuse. You will still be punished, if not in this life certainly in the life to come.

Sadly, there are child abusers in my family who do not even realise or acknowledge that they are child abusers and are suffering because of lack of knowledge. I genuinely believe that some of my family members are struggling because of that.

You do not get away with it, as it says in the word:

[Luke 17:2-3 NLT] “[2] It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. [3] So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.”

The above verse of scripture means that if you cause a little child to sin your punishment will be so severe it will be worse than drowning. Remember that as was mentioned earlier “sin” is being in a state that is unnatural as well as being in a restricted state (Abarim Publications 2018). When you do bad things against people you are restricting and violating their liberty to not be wronged or restricted. I was restricted severely when I was beaten and not allowed to cry as a child. My liberty to be at peace in my own house has been restricted and restrictions have been put on my voice and adulthood through the continual disrespects and disregard of my opinions. No doubt the colonialists did the same things to the slaves.

We don’t need slave masters any more, we are happily doing it to ourselves, using the Bible to justify it, again. If the people in question realised what they had done, perhaps they would have repented ages ago but they have not and God being a just God is punished them for it. Additionally, we [Anglo-American African-Caribbeans] are putting barriers between us and God by doing things against his will and that is stifling our spiritual/emotional/health/financial development. However, Jesus is the light of the world and these things have been brought to the forefront because Jesus wants to set us free so we can escape abusive, self deprecating habits, that’s why:

[Mark 4:22 NLT] “[22] For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.”

[John 8:32 NLT] “[32] And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””

[John 8:12 NLT] “[12] Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””

We need to know and understand what is wrong so we can be fully free. We are heirs with Jesus:

[John 8:35-36 NLT] “[35] A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. [36] So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

We are not slaves anymore why are we acting like them?

The Christianity that the enslaved Africans were shown was a Christianity without holiness, it was a tradition that numbed the African-Caribbean people to the abuse that the Caucasians gave them, it also numbed them to the abuse they gave each other. It subordinated and shamed the African-Caribbean woman, seeing her as a sexual object as opposed to a lady, it made it ok for the men to breed like rabbits, with a woman in every port. It made it ok for Caucasian men to do whatever they wanted to us and to this day it gives legitimacy to the wrongs of the Alpha Caucasian Male by not calling him out on what he has done. Instead saying, we should pray for our leaders! We should, we should also hold them to account, they work for us not the other way round. If you are in a position to do so and are not you’re no Christian.

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Bibliography

Books

Fulop, T. E. and A. J. Raboteau. 1997. African American Religion: Interpretive Essays in History and Culture. New York: Routledge.

Gates, H. L. 1988. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press.

Harris-Perry, M. V. 2011. Sister Citizen: Shame Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Haynes, S. R. 2012. Noah’s Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery New York: Oxford University Press.

Hooks, B. 1981. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism. Boston: South End Press.

Noll, M. A. 2006. The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Oshatz, M. 2012. Slavery and Sin: The Fights Against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism. New York: Oxford University Press.

Junior, N. 2015. An Introduction To Womanist Biblical Interpretation. Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Raboteau, A. J. 2004. Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South. Rev edn. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sernett, M. C. 1999. African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness. 2nd edn. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

White, D. G. 1999. Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South, Rev ed, New York: W. W. Norton.

Williams, D. S. 2013. Sisters In The Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk. New York: Orbis Books.

Journals

Mann, S. A. 1989. Slavery, Sharecropping, and Sexual Inequality. Signs, 14:4, 774-798

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Abarim Publications ‘The Truth About Sin: What Rich People Don’t Want You To Know’ Abarim Publications Web site, at <http://www.abarim-publications.com/DictionaryG/a/a-m-a-r-t-a-n-om.html#.W0SL2YXfsfp&gt; 7 July 2018

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[Video] I wrote a #new #song! Take a listen on my blog! | #music #freelance #Jesus #Grace #salvation #acoustic #guitar #folk #singer #songwriter

Hello I wrote a new song!

It’s a folk song! Here’s the theory, the song is at the bottom. This song inspired by Ezekiel 16:4-14:

Ezekiel 16:4-14 [NLT] “[4] On the day you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was not cut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and wrapped in cloth. [5] No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were unwanted, dumped in a field and left to die. [6] “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’ [7] And I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your body hair grew, but you were still naked. [8] And when I passed by again, I saw that you were old enough for love. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine. [9] “Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. [10] I gave you expensive clothing of fine linen and silk, beautifully embroidered, and sandals made of fine goatskin leather. [11] I gave you lovely jewelry, bracelets, beautiful necklaces, [12] a ring for your nose, earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head. [13] And so you were adorned with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and costly fabric and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods-choice flour, honey, and olive oil-and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! [14] Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD.””

Luke 15:8-10

Luke 15:8-10 [NLT] “”[8] Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? [9] And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ [10] In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.””

and the song Amazing Grace (follow this link for more info)

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

It’s about the transformative power of the Gospel message. The song is called The Hersdman’s Son And The Foundling. It shows how God the Father, literally the Herdsman who is the father in the song, finds us, loves us and raises us, individuals who make up the church, alongside Jesus, His son, represented by the Herdsman’s Son in the story. We literally grow in the presence of Jesus as the foundling in the story does.

Then at the end of the narrative of the song, the son, aka Jesus, permanently commits Himself to the foundling, aka the church, in the same way Jesus weds the church in Revelation at the end of the Bible Revelation 19:6-8:

Revelation 19:6-8 [NLT]
“[8] Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. [7] Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. [8] She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.”

Revelation 21

Revelation 21 [NLT]
“[1] Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. [2] And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. [3] I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. [4] He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” [5] And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” [6] And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. [7] All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. [8] “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars-their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” [9] Then one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” [10] So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. [11] It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone-like jasper as clear as crystal. [12] The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates. [13] There were three gates on each side-east, north, south, and west. [14] The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. [15] The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. [16] When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles. [17] Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel). [18] The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. [19] The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, [20] the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. [21] The twelve gates were made of pearls-each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass. [22] I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. [23] And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. [24] The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. [25] Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. [26] And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. [27] Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty-but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Also see Matthew 25:1-13:

Matthew 25:1-13 [NLT]
“[1] “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. [2] Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. [3] The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, [4] but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. [5] When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. [6] “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ [7] “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. [8] Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ [9] “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ [10] “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. [11] Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ [12] “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ [13] “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

Additionally, John 3:26-36:

John 3:26-36 [NLT]
“[26] So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” [27] John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. [28] You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ [29] It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. [30] He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. [31] “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. [32] He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! [33] Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. [34] For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. [35] The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. [36] And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

Note the son commits himself to the foundling after she takes a swim, the swim represents baptism. See Mark 16:15-16:

Mark 16:15-16 [NLT]
“[15] And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. [16] Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”

Also notice that Jesus didn’t say baptism is a prerequisite for salvation, only faith is. Obviously some people don’t have water to drink let alone baptise, so don’t worry if you don’t have water its your faith that counts. Jesus Himself was baptised in Matthew 3:13-17:

Matthew 3:13-17 [NLT]
“[13] Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. [14] But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” [15] But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him. [16] After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. [17] And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Also see Acts 2:38 for baptism:

Acts 2:38 [NLT]
“[38] Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Part way through the song we find out the foundling is of African-Caribbean descent. That’s because she partly represents me and partly represents the church which, according to Song of Songs, is represented as dark skinned Song of Songs 1:5-6:

Song of Solomon 1:5-6 [NLT]
“[5] I am dark but beautiful, O women of Jerusalem- dark as the tents of Kedar, dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents. [6] Don’t stare at me because I am dark- the sun has darkened my skin. My brothers were angry with me; they forced me to care for their vineyards, so I couldn’t care for myself-my own vineyard.”

Whoops nearly forgot to attach the song lol! Play in the embedded player below or follow this link p.s. yes that is me playing everything I added the extra instrumentation after recording the original video.

Listen to the track on SoundCloud using the embedded player it’s no. 4 or follow this link

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Throw Some Things Away | #Jesus #clothes #shopping #love #tidiness #soundcloud #music

Hey Everybody,

I’ve done a substantial amount of work on my phd, enough that justifies me taking some time off. Sooo….

I felt like God was telling me to throw away some clothes. So I set about doing so, I was surprised by how many clothes I had for a start, secondly, how many clothes I had that just didn’t fit any more or I just didn’t want. Can you believe it? I’ve been working out and that has put muscle on my thighs and butt, so now some of my clothes don’t fit me any more lol. The irony… LOL.

You know, sometimes God gets us to get rid of things in our lives because He wants you to make space for something nice that He has for you. It says in Leviticus:

Leviticus26:3 & 10 [NLT] “[3] “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, … [10] You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!”

It also says in Isaiah:

Isaiah 54:1-6 [NLT] “[1] “Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem, you who have never been in labor. For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband,” says the LORD. [2] “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense! [3] For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities. [4] “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. [5] For your Creator will be your husband; the LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. [6] For the LORD has called you back from your grief–as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,” says your God.”

Through the process of clearing you are also building, you have to clear space in order to build an extension to your home, in order for God to fill it. I really identify with that, being someone who has never given birth and someone who has been spurned and abandoned on numerous occasions, it’s nice to know that even when though other people reject you Jesus steps in to be the love that other people, things and situations are incapable of giving to you. Sometimes people throw you away in anger when they should not, perhaps they feel like you are not giving them enough attention or whatever they feel that they are due from you… Certain people need calm right down and get over themselves, I’m talking to you… -_- Those people are fools and those people, things and situations are the kind of things you just need to throw away and let go of, so that Jesus can step in and bring into your live people, things and situations that will bring joy to your life. Getting rid of something is not the end, it’s the beginning 🙂 Here’s some music I wrote for my PhD! It’s about marital sex, as a Christian that’s the only kind of sex I encourage! Read the explanation here

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P.S. I’ve bought some new clothes including my new sexy underwear (follow this link to find out about that! lol), which I shall put into the space I have just cleared hehe 😛

Catherine

If I Could Go Back In Time This Is What I Would Tell Myself…

Dear 12 year old Catherine,

Until 2018 (because that’s as far as I can see forward right now) do the following:

  • Ignore every guy who ever asks you out, don’t let them touch you, they’re no good.
  • You look younger than you are so the older guys who are interested in you are up to no good, (this is for when you become an adult) they don’t know you’re over 18, they’re pretty much paedophiles lol.
  • Never date anyone who asks you.
  • Believe in Jesus, He’s real!
  • Tidy your room…
  • Don’t worry about not doing well at school it works out in the end.
  • Don’t worry about going to parties and about what you’ll wear or who you’ll hang out with just chill, people like you.
  • Invest in Amazon and Apple, borrow money from Daddy because you don’t have any money at the moment because you are a child lol.
  • Listen to your Father.
  • Don’t drink too much it’s not attractive. (this is for later…)
  • Stay away from scrawny men who have ANGER PROBLEMS that cover up their insecurities and various other ineptitudes, they are angry at you because they can’t go any further with their lives and you can and they just want you to be in the same place/level as they are, your success frustrates them.
  • Try hard at University
  • Try to get on with everybody but still have a spine
  • Be careful who you let into your life
  • Prince Harry is going to marry a woman who is half Caucasian-American half African-American but you already suspected that he was going to marry a woman of colour anyway… =P
  • Keep writing songs! And be honest in your songwriting, don’t write songs like everyone else, write songs like you!
  • Love yourself and if one of those scrawny loosers doesn’t want you someone else will, they hope you don’t realise your own self worth and continue to pine over them, that is how they draw their power!
  • You will write this post whilst listening to cheesy 90’s pop which you used to like and are old enough to remember when it first came out lol, don’t waste too much time watching Spice Girls again… it’s not worth it, you will struggle to get fully through a single song lol. This post reminds me of this song (not from the Spice Girls):

Lots of love

Catherine x

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Why I think being a modern man is difficult

Helloo,

I’ve been thinking about men and the things they struggle with. Read to the bottom I’ve attached a documentary by CNN on the topic, veerrrrrry interesting.

Life is hard when you’re a man. I live in Britain, so I can only speak about the typical Anglo-American male. Let’s scrutinize their lives together lol. For those of you who don’t know who that is it’s just a male that resides in either England (Anglo) or America, who adopts the English and or American cultural practices of manhood, usually but not exclusively, Caucasian.
The typical Anglo-American male is emotionally stifled. You are taught to internalize your emotions and to barely even recognize them and not vent in a healthy way. Then something that should have been dealt with or even dare I say cried about eventually just comes out as rage.
You don’t know how feminist you should be. Sometimes men offer their seats to women just to be gentlemanly and they get called out for it because the woman thinks that it is not a man’s place to do that just because she is a woman, she can stand on her own two feet. I’m personally not like that but I understand what the women mean by it.
You are bombarded by unobtainable standards of manhood. Having the right job, Earning the right amount of money. Having the perfect body with chiselled abs. Having your own place. Having your own children who are perfect. A wife who is perfect. A car that is perfect etc. Not everybody is going to be rich, or married or have perfect children.
Traditional gender roles have been blurred and you find this confusing and scary. Now this one is very interesting. With the increase in opportunities and education for women a woman can now do everything a man can. However, this presents itself with a problem in that it forces men to confront their place in society. This is because women’s role in marriage/society is also linked to their biology, only women can carry and give birth to children, so their traditional role as caregivers are justified and tied up in their biology. Men, however, cannot carry young nor can they breastfeed, so traditionally they went out to work and brought the dollar home but now women can do that too. BUTTTT women can encroach upon men”s traditional roles but men cannot encroach upon women’s traditional roles because their biology prohibits it, what I mean is that a man cannot carry or give birth to young or breastfeed etc. Which has your typical Anglo-American male thinking:

“…right so carrying the young for 9 months she can do that but I can’t and breastfeeding and giving birth she can do that but I can’t but it’s ok I can be useful other ways! Errm… ok so bringing in the money riiiight well she can do that as well, going out to work paying the bills ok yeah soooo she can do that too, driving the car, getting educated etc she can do that as wellll, so what exactly is my unique usefulness in society? She can not only do the things that men CAN’T DO but she can ALSO do the things that MEN CAN DO. What am I here for?…Sperm donor?”

Now I’m going to suggest something radical…. I think that men’s role in life is to love Jesus and nurture just like women nurture. I think men should be the opposite of what they are traditionally, stern, money bags, in charge, I think they should be in touch with their emotions and work in order to nurture and pick up the slack to help, not hold that over the women and just to be in charge. If the two sexes were to work together not against each other it would be so much more helpful. I think that encouraging equal opportunities for women is a big part of the nurturing role of men towards society as a whole. They have the social capital to do soo much good and they either waste it or abuse it. According to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, published by the World Economic Forum, which benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four matrices: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment, it will take 217 years for women to achieve parity with men globally. The report states that this is partly due to the widening of the Economic Participation gap, which has reverted back to where it stood in 2008. One key finding of the report is that Western Europe is reported to have a remaining gender gap of 25%, putting that area ahead of North America, which has a remaining gender gap of 28%. The report also goes on to state that a variety of models and empirical studies have suggested that improving gender parity could add an estimated US$250 billion to the GDP of the United Kingdom. One key avenue highlighted for further progress is closing the occupational gender gaps, which the report suggest require adjustments within the education sector, companies and by policy makers, pointing out that fields that, such as the care economy and the emerging technology sector, are losing out on the benefits of diversity (Word Economic Forum 2017, pp.vii-viii)
Some statistics on women’s leadership potential: I don’t want to exhaust you with stats so here’s the highlights:

  • Nordea Bank surveyed nearly 11,000 publicly traded companies over 8 years and found that on average companies with a female CEO or head of the board of directors had a 25% annualised return since 2009 more than double the 11% delivered by the MSCI World Index (Nordea Bank 2017)
  • A Credit Suisse report mapped 27,000 senior managers at over 3000 of the largest companies globally found that greater representation of women in senior leadership roles was linked to excess stock market returns and senior corporate profitability (Credit Suisse 2016)
  • Again, The Credit Suisse Research Institute in 2012 found that companies with women on their boards perform better than companies with all-male boards in challenging markets. Following the 2008 global economic crisis, for example, net income growth for companies with women on their boards averaged 14%, compared with 10% for companies with all-male boards (Credit Suisse 2012).
  • Lastly, a report in 2015, by the McKinsey Global Institute, who, for 95 countries, mapped 15 gender equality indicators, which fall into four categories: Equality In Work, Essential Services and Enablers of Economic Opportunity, Legal Protection and Political Voice and Physical Security and Autonomy, estimated that if a “full potential” scenario, where women participate in the economy identically to men, were realised this could add up to $28 trillion to annual global GDP in 2025. This impact would be roughly equivalent to the size of the combined US and Chinese economies. MGI also established a strong link between egalitarian societies, their attitudes and beliefs about the role of women and gender equality in work. Additionally, just like the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report (2017), published by the World Economic Forum, the McKinsey Global Institute report found that the most progress was needed in the technology and care industries and that the private sector, education sector, governments and NGO’s will need to change in order to bring about gender equality (McKinsey & Company 2015, p.ii). This report also highlights that women are half of the world’s working-age population but only generate 37% of GDP, they are also disproportionately represented in lower-productivity sectors and insufficiently represented in higher-productivity sectors (McKinsey & Company 2015, p.4). Additionally, the report highlights that 75% of the worlds total unpaid work such as: child care, caring for the elderly, cooking and cleaning is done by women, estimating that the unpaid work being undertaken by women today amounts to as much as $10 trillion of output per year, which is roughly equivalent to 13% of global GDP (McKinsey & Company 2015, p.2).

Patriarchy is not in men’s interest, women are primary caregivers due to our capacity to feed, birth and bear young. Men should be protecting and supporting women because they help to protect and support the world, given the same opportunities as men, as the afore mentioned stats show. Women often work in care industries such as teaching, nursing, care-workers, social workers etc. You don’t want somebody who can’t read or write or is unfulfilled or underpaid to be raising the most precious thing the world has, our children, if the women are not encouraged to be strong and educated or supported adequately during and after their pregnancies they will not be equipped to lead and nurture the next generation (which statistics show that they lead and nurture anyway). YOU CAN’T GIVE OUT WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE… We all benefit in the end from the children when they grow up.

Below is a documentary by CNN, you can follow this link to watch it or use the embedded player below:

Don’t forget the song I wrote 2 weeks ago 🙂

Love

Catherine x

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Bibliography

CNN, ‘The Feminist on Cellblock Y’ CNN Web site, at: <https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/04/18/the-feminist-on-cellblock-y-doc-orig.cnn&gt; 10 May 2018

Credit Suisse Research Institute. 2012. Gender Diversity and Corporate Performance. August. Zurich.

Credit Suisse, ‘The CS Gender 3000: The Reward for Change 2016’ Credit Suisse Web site, at: <http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=5A7755E1-EFDD-1973-A0B5C54AFF3FB0AE&gt; 2 March 2018

McKinsey & Company, ‘The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can Add $12 Trillian To Global Growth September 2015 Executive Summary’ McKinset & Company Web site, at: <https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Global%20Themes/Employment%20and%20Growth/How%20advancing%20womens%20equality%20can%20add%2012%20trillion%20to%20global%20growth/MGI%20Power%20of%20parity_Executive%20summary_September%202015.ashx&gt; 8 March 2018

Nordea Bank, ‘Investing in female CEO’s pays off, 2017’ Nordea Bank Web site, at <https://www.nordea.com/en/press-and-news/news-and-press-releases/news-en/2017/investing-in-female-ceos-pays-off.html&gt; 2 March 2018

World Economic Forum, ‘The Global Gender Gap Report 2017, World Economic Forum Web site, at: <http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2017.pdf&gt; 8 March 2018

YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THIS…

God wants you to read these again.

If you’re on my site now it means God wants you to read the following:

  1. Have a positive body image, you’re not ugly, you’re wonderful! – (follow this link to find out more)
  2. No, you cannot fall in love with people you only know online – (follow this link to find out why)
  3. This is what the Bible actually says about sex before marriage. You have a choice. – (follow this link to understand your choices)

Yes, masturbation is sex…

Getting the stuff above wrong is stripping you of your peace. This song is for you:

No picture today just focus and read.

Catherine

I Wrote A New #Song – ish lol | #freelance #musician #worshipleader #musicteacher |

Hey everybody!

I hope everybody had a really good Easter! I did a lot of things and I am pretty tired after doing so much, obviously, as a Christian, worship leader and Music Pastor I spent most of Easter in church! See my previous post for me performing at an event 2 weeks ago.

Below is footage of me performing one of my songs called “Song of Songs (Congregation Version)” on Easter Sunday. It’s an adaptation of a song I wrote called “Song of Songs” which is based on my favourite book of the Bible, Song of Songs, (follow this link to read that fascinating book!) on Easter Sunday. Watch it in the embedded player below or (follow this link to watch)

I changed the lyrics to make it a worship song and also to make it more comfortable for people to sing out loud, watch the performance of the original song below to understand what I mean lol. Watch in the embedded player below or (follow this link to watch)

You can also listen to more on my SoundCloud profile here’s some highlights enjoy! Play in the embedded player below (or follow this link):

Now I’m back to work on my Thesis!

P.S. I gave in and tried some of those online dating sites/apps, it was all fun and good till my postman found me on one of the apps, now I just feel soo awkward… lol

Anyway take it easy!

Catherine x

Come Worship With Me! | #freelance #musician #worshipleader |

Hey everybody!

The other day I lead worship at an event! I thought I would put up the footage so people could come worship with me online! The following times are where I am leading worship:

1:28:26-1:33:30 – You’re My Healer

1:33:34-1:37:42 – Strength Will Rise (they eventually clapped in time… lol)

1:46:23-1:58:00 – Jamming Session (Instrumental of one of my original compositions
called ‘Hallelujah’, which I sing later on)

1:58:40-2:03:36 – You’re My Healer (Reprise)

2:09:01-2:12:00-  Hallelujah (original song by me)

Follow this link to listen or use the embedded player below:

The event was bi-lingual, people spoke the following languages: Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Yoruba. Normally, at church I speak a bit between songs but I was soo nervous for some reason lol, I didn’t have anyone to translate anything I said anyway lol, they did for the message which was good, next time I’ll ask for a translator.

Big thanks to everybody who helped make Saturday evening happen, as well as those who stepped in last minute to accommodate!

P.S. Let’s crowd source some prayer for Catherine lol. My blood sugar has been up and down lately, let’s pray that it stabilises and I don’t absent mindedly give myself too much insulin again lol.

Lots of love

Catherine

[Video] Vlog Post | #phdlife #theology #musicology #freelance #musician |

Hey hey hey!

Lets catch up via YouTube shall we?

Love Catherine x

[Video] Where Are The Girls? | #ChibokschoolGirls #missingnigerianschoolgirls #Christianpersecution #womensrights #singer #songwriter #SoundCloud #bringbackourgirls|

Hello Everybody!

I had something else scheduled for today but given the recent news about a second mass abduction of school girls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram I felt that it was appropriate to discuss that intead.

Here’s the CNN report on the abductions: edition.cnn.com. The girls were taken from their school, they were trying to learn, apparently the army who were supposed to be protecting that area left just before Boko Haram or whoever it was decided to turn up and abduct the girls, seems all too convenient for me?

Last time this happened in Chibok, see the BBC report on this: bbc.co.uk. Unfortunately, the girls were not all found and those that were found were scarred for life or had babies because they had been “sold” or “married off” to the Islamist fighters etc. This kind of gender based violence, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and paedophilia is common amongst these islamist terrorist groups because they don’t have any respect for women or girls. Women and girls to them are things for the use of men. They also have a habit of selling the women and girls of minority ethnic groups like the Yazidi (see this Guardian report as well as this Telegraph report about the Yazidi) and Christian minority groups (see this other Guardian report and Open Doors data on Nigeria) into sexual slavery.

Please find below the song I originally wrote in response to the Chibok school girls abduction, which sadly is relevant again. I know in the West it can be very easy to forget about the suffering and issues going on in the rest of the world but we really need to start paying attention. As mentioned in my previous blog, I work with children and I am a Christian and a woman, which is why things like this move me so profoundly. If I can use my art to draw attention to these issues in order to get them addressed, I’m going to do so, I’m taking a similar approach with my practice based PhD follow this link to find out more.

Watch my song in the embedded player below or click this link.

You can also listen to it on SoundCloud follow this link or use the embedded player below:

Love Catherine xxx