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by Takura Kajengo
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Man Slaves In the World Today

Use of 'encouraging' phrases, such as the one below, in the church, has been common lately.
"...let us support each other..."
Simple, as it appears, the intended meaning is quite befitting, especially 'for a church setting where members are expected to love one another' But one cross check of such a statement should give oneself a hint of the gross hypocrisy that characterised the days of our Lord Jesus Christ.

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word 'support' means to "carry all or part of the weight of". In simple matters, this means that one can support by directly or indirectly helping another in accomplishing a task, physically, economically or even emotionally.
But just what is slavery; and what is its difference from, or likeness to support?

The same dictionary defines a slave as an "obsessive devotee". By the way, obession is the condition of having something fill up your mind continuasly and a devotee is a zealous ethusiast or supporter. Thus a slave is not only an unwilling worker, as the loose-meaning implies, but can be an act of complete 'devotion'.

In the Bible, Mat 22:34 says "When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together...". Mat 23:13 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You lock the door to the Kingdom of heaven in people's faces, but you yourselves don't go in, nor do you allow in those who are trying to enter! Mat 23:15 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves are! Mat 23:23 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give to God one tenth even of the seasoning herbs, such as mint, dill, and cumin, but you neglect to obey the really important teachings of the Law, such as justice and mercy and honesty. These you should practice, without neglecting the others. Mat 23:25 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of what you have gotten by violence and selfishness. Mat 23:27 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside. Mat 23:29 "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You make fine tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who lived good lives; Luk 7:36 A Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him, and Jesus went to his house and sat down to eat. Luk 7:37 In that town was a woman who lived a sinful life. She heard that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee's house, so she brought an alabaster jar full of perfume Luk 11:43 "How terrible for you Pharisees! You love the reserved seats in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces.

Most people have found themselves obsessed with the growing desire to group up for support. If you note, this was the Pharisee's main weakness. On all accounts of their expeditions in the bible, they were always mentioned as a group. They particularly used this as a tool to safeguard their status as the RIGHTEOUS ones in the society. Although this desire, in most groups is not mentioned in direct, explicit language, statements such as the one mentioned in the introduction show this.

In modern day christianity, where society is characterised by a continuing desire to see the success of the christian, on the part of the christian themselves; and the desire to see christian failure on the part of the heathen, most christians have tended to concentrate much on how to evade this failure, which has apparently been on the rise, by the use of groups.

The result has not been beneficial, however, because most groups have succumbed to the group-dependency syndrome, where one member directly affects the operations of the other. It is the duty of the group members to secure '..our creation...' as they would put it across. This is mostly achieved by (or at least intended to be achieved by) the use of strategies that promote togetherness. This can be prolonged greeting procedures that show LOVE, regular visitations (even where individuals where not like this before the group formed), cell exchange, HOLY hugs and so on.

Time, however, reduces this to ashes as most individuals cannot meet such routines without at least hurting the other at least once. Why? At the time of the GREAT EXODUS of the people of Israel from Egypt, what God gave them was a set of well thought procedures that ASSURED his people preservation of their status as God's people. The whole book of Deuteronomy contains lots and lots of these laws. Likewise, it was time that showed that man were not fit for such embargos. Even those that were called Friends and Beloved by God had at some point in time done the opposite of these laws. An example is King Solomon.

On this conviction, God came to the 'realisation' that he needed to give his people direct permission to do certain things at certain times, whether these things where naturally considered good or bad. For instance, in the old testament times, to tell the truth, it was only God who knew exactly what was right and wrong and only a few of his prophets were in complete union with his desires. Some were even punished for what one could believe was unfair, yet it was an indication of the weakness of men in following the law.

One good example is this story from the book 1Kings 13:11-34 (take time to read the book)
At that time there was an old prophet living in Bethel. His sons came and told him what the prophet from Judah had done in Bethel that day and what he had said to King Jeroboam. "Which way did he go when he left?" the old prophet asked them. They showed him the road
and he told them to saddle his donkey for him. They did so, and he rode off down the road after the prophet from Judah and found him sitting under an oak tree. "Are you the prophet from Judah?" he asked. "I am," the man answered. "Come home and have a meal with me," he said. But the prophet from Judah answered, "I can't go home with you or accept your hospitality. And I won't eat or drink anything with you here, because the LORD has commanded me not to eat or drink a thing, and not to return home the same way I came."
Then the old prophet from Bethel said to him, "I, too, am a prophet just like you, and at the LORD's command an angel told me to take you home with me and offer you my hospitality." But the old prophet was lying. So the prophet from Judah went home with the old prophet and had a meal with him. As they were sitting at the table, the word of the LORD came to the old prophet, and he cried out to the prophet from Judah, "The LORD says that you disobeyed him and did not do what he commanded. Instead, you returned and ate a meal in a place he had ordered you not to eat in. Because of this you will be killed, and your body will not be buried in your family grave." After they had finished eating, the old prophet saddled the donkey for the prophet from Judah, who rode off. On the way a lion met him and killed him. His body lay on the road, and the donkey and the lion stood beside it. Some men passed by and saw the body on the road, with the lion standing near by. They went on into Bethel and reported what they had seen. When the old prophet heard about it, he said, "That is the prophet who disobeyed the LORD's command! And so the LORD sent the lion to attack and kill him, just as the LORD said he would." Then he said to his sons, "Saddle my donkey for me." They did so, and he rode off and found the prophet's body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion still standing by it. The lion had not eaten the body or attacked the donkey. The old prophet picked up the body, put it on the donkey, and brought it back to Bethel to mourn over it and bury it. He buried it in his own family grave, and he and his sons mourned over it, saying, "Oh my brother, my brother!" After the burial the prophet said to his sons, "When I die, bury me in this grave and lay my body next to his. The words that he spoke at the LORD's command against the altar in Bethel and against all the places of worship in the towns of Samaria will surely come true." King Jeroboam of Israel still did not turn from his evil ways but continued to choose priests from ordinary families to serve at the altars he had built. He ordained as priest anyone who wanted to be one. This sin on his part brought about the ruin and total destruction of his dynasty.

This is the fate most GOOD people had in the times past. So like i said, God noticed thi discrepancy in the world, and so loving the world so much, he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him (NOT whosoever follows so and so) shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus then goes on to say he came to free the world (NOT slave it again with some other unfollowable laws).

As much as setting guidelines and rules for a healthy christian living can benefit the growth of the church, individuals have as a resulted suffocated. Most people have tended to try and maintain the face of the church by such activities as outreaches, all nights, revivals etc which may, in actual fact, not spiritually benefit individuals but only act as facials to register the GOOD things the church is doing in the society.

Common symptoms of things like this are classical statements from ordained individuals in christian organisations. I've heard some people say "...if this goes on like this, ndozviregera ini...", some say "...handizvikwanise...". But remebember that Jesus Christ said surrender your life to me so that when the day of temptation and testing comes, you won't be alone, but the spirit will act for you. One will obviously not be affected much by the Group-dependancy syndrome.

This, however is not readily achievable. Becuase christianity is a highly sacrificial religion, in which all that is expected of someone is their slavery to Jesus Christ (whosoever believes in him). This slavery requires one to lose their life in the from of TIME, FRIENDSHIP & many forms of DEPENDENCY. Ask yourself this...

How often do you walk alone for a distance?
The common thing is that you like having company most or all of the time, and like the world says, this helps in avoiding stress, evil thoughts etc. Have you not thought of how being alone can also help in you thinking more of God. Do you not, on the contrary, end up involving yourselves in many endless genealogies and discussions about myths which the Bible clearly says Tius 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies, arguments about genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law. These things are useless and worthless.
1Timothy 1:4 neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questionings, rather than a dispensation of God which is in faith; so do I now.

What is a friend, what is the purpose and who really are my current friends?

Who is my dependency?

Do you realise that Nicodemous sensed the danger he was in by clinging to friendship, in true fact it was good friendship because its purpose was to maintain the Jewish righteousness, but because the friendship hindered his hearing of the true word of God, he sneaked late in the evening to WALK ALONE and go straight to Jesus Christ. Joh 3:2 One night he went to Jesus and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him."

He realised how the support they had claimed to give each other as Pharisees; had culminated into mere slavery to each other such that they could not hear simple and sensible things that Christ put to them. Ordinary men in the streets could understand and repent, but all the Pharisees could do was, kill the Christ they had been waiting for. (Also read Destiny & The fulfilment of Prophecy)

Ane nzeve anzwa!

Definitions according to POD

support v. 1 carry all or part of the weight of; keep from falling, sinking, or failing. 2 provide for (a family etc.). 3 strengthen, encourage. 4 bear out; tend to substantiate. 5 give help or approval to (a person, team, sport, etc.); further (a cause etc.). 6 speak in favour of (a resolution etc.). 7 (also absol.) take a secondary part to (a principal actor etc.); perform a secondary act to (the main act) at a pop concert etc. n. 1 supporting or being supported. 2 person or thing that supports. 3 secondary act at a pop concert etc. in support of so as to support. [Latin porto carry]

E-sword Bible

Rom 6:1 What shall we say, then? Should we continue to live in sin so that God's grace will increase?
Rom 6:2 Certainly not! We have died to sin---how then can we go on living in it?
Rom 6:3 For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death.
Rom 6:4 By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.
Rom 6:5 For since we have become one with him in dying as he did, in the same way we shall be one with him by being raised to life as he was.
Rom 6:6 And we know that our old being has been put to death with Christ on his cross, in order that the power of the sinful self might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be the slaves of sin.
Rom 6:7 For when we die, we are set free from the power of sin.
Rom 6:8 Since we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Rom 6:9 For we know that Christ has been raised from death and will never die again---death will no longer rule over him.
Rom 6:10 And so, because he died, sin has no power over him; and now he lives his life in fellowship with God.
Rom 6:11 In the same way you are to think of yourselves as dead, so far as sin is concerned, but living in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:12 Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self.
Rom 6:13 Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes. Instead, give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.
Rom 6:14 Sin must not be your master; for you do not live under law but under God's grace.
Rom 6:15 What, then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law but under God's grace? By no means!
Rom 6:16 Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey---either of sin, which results in death, or of obedience, which results in being put right with God.
Rom 6:17 But thanks be to God! For though at one time you were slaves to sin, you have obeyed with all your heart the truths found in the teaching you received.
Rom 6:18 You were set free from sin and became the slaves of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 (I use everyday language because of the weakness of your natural selves.) At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes.
Rom 6:20 When you were the slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What did you gain from doing the things that you are now ashamed of ? The result of those things is death!
Rom 6:22 But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God. Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him, and the result is eternal life.
Rom 6:23 For sin pays its wage---death; but God's free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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