David Says, "My name is Diana", "I'm a girl";
The Truth Will Set You Free.
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David Says, "My name is Diana", "I'm a girl";
The Truth Will Set You Free.
A Joyous Day
"It's a boy." exclaimed Dr. Bright moments before handing him over to Ishah, his mom, who warmly embraced him with much delight. Tears of joy were trickling down her cheeks as she beautifully smiled and gazed at her precious son whose precious life was protected and nourished by her body from the moment of conception. Barely able to speak being overwhelmed with joy and love, she said softly: "I love you little one." Ish, his father, was enamored by them both. He stood and looked at both of them in complete silence. But suddenly, he lifted his hands in the air, looked up to heaven, and said aloud "Thank You God for my wife and for this precious gift You have given us tonight." Then he looked at his wife and said "Thank You for carrying and giving birth to our son. I love you." and leaned over and kissed her forehead making her glow and smile even more as well as reply, "I love you too, always and forever." And Ish leaned over again and kissed her on the lips. Then she looked back at her son again and softly said, "I love you little one.", and a moment after, looked up at his dad, and said with a smile, "Do you want to hold your little boy?"
Reaching out, he slowly, but eagerly, took his son and gently held him in his arms. Holding him inreased his smile and brought some tears to his eyes because at one time in his life he never thought this day would come, but now htat it had, his joy was overflowing. As the water droplets were falling, he uttered: "I love you little one. I love you little one." And then he looked at Ishah and said "Thank you sweetheart for marrying me and for blessing us both with our baby."
Dr. Bright's heart was truly touched as well as many others by the joy and love they were witnessing that night, but he had other good works to do so he said, "What shall be his first and middle name?"
Ish looked him squarely in the eyes and said: "David Awdawm." for that is what Ishah and he agreed upon several months ago. With swift and steady strokes of the pen the doctor wrote on the birth certificate "David Awdawm Emet" and "male." with great surety. And he said, "Since David and Ishah seem fine, I'm going to go take care of a few other things, but I'll back later to check up on all of you." Then he left the hospital room.
A few days later, Dr. Bright was walking down the hospital's hall to check up on them for the last time when he saw Ish walking toward the room with a bottle lightly sweet tea in his hand and he said, "David and Ishah are doing very well. Everything is checking out fine. You can tell Ishah that y'all can go home with your baby boy." Ishah replied, "That's great news."
Not waiting another moment, Ish opened the door and let the Dr. Bright walk in first and he followed close behind.
Dr. Bright said, "Why don't you go ahead and tell her."
"Everything is good. We can go home."
Ishah replied "That's great. I'm ready to go. Please don't get me wrong Dr. Bright, you and the nurses have been great, but we're tired of being in the hospital and want to take David home."
"I understand that. I'm sure y'all are going to be great parents based on what I've seen. Please call us if you ever need help or have any questions. We are here for all of you. You know, I enjoy bringing babies into this world, but y'all made it even more enjoyable. All of you are a pleasure being around. Well, I that's all I have to say, I've get to get back to it, there are some more babies I get to help come into this world. I hope to see you again someday. Take care. Bye." said Dr. Bright. As he was walking out the door, Ish said, "Remember if you ever decide that you want to go to Church please visit us at Rivers of Living Water Baptist Church. We would love to see you there."
"Thank you for inviting me. I might drop by sometime soon." said Dr. Bright with a smile.
"We hope so." said Ishah.
"Okay, I'll see y'all later. Bye." replied Dr. Bright.
"Bye." replied Ish and Ishah.
Shortly after collecting their things and saying bye to a few other people, Ish took Ishah and David home.
Growing Well And Happy
Ish and Ishah took turns holding, feeding, comforting, cleaning, and playing with David and lets not forget changing his soiled diapers. But at night, Ishah handled those things for she knew her husband had to go to work in the morning so that he could provide for their family. And when Ish got home from work, he would help with whatever He could, especially if Ishah asked him to. And if he was working out in the morning or sometime after work, he would immediately stop and help Ish with David or something else whenever she needed and then resume working out. Ishah usually exercised in the morning, but she made sure he was nearby and easily seeable. They would play peek-a-boo with him and make funny faces causing him to laugh and cackle. Several times, why, it's unknown, when Ish was tickling or changing David, he would be struck by a liquid yellow laser beam that sent him off running to the shower after calling Ishah to the rescue. David's grandparents would drop by often to see him and play with him, and to give Ishah and Ish a break so that they could go out on a date, take a nap, or just relax at home for a little while. All in all David was surrounded with lots of love and care and was a happy baby boy.
David was continually growing well and was very active. So much so that he started trying to stand much earlier than the average child for his age. And no matter how many times he fell, he would try again and again to stand up on his own. His determination and effort paid off. One day, he suddenly stood all the way up; and soon after started walking. He improved his newly achieved ability by exploring his home each day as if he was an explorer exploring a jungle, foreign land, or cave in search of new discoveries to behold and quench his curiosity.
When Ish got home from work he would say "Where is David?", "Where is David?", "Where's David?" and David immediately walked as fast as his could and hid under the table or some other place in hurry. He would laugh and giggle as his father searched for him and kept saying "I'm going to find you.", "You can't hide from me.", "I'm going to find you." though knowing most of the time exactly where he was. When his dad said, "I found you.", many of times David would immediately take off in a hurry and his dad would chase after him and say "I'm going to get you." and other things in play. Whether David ran or not, when his dad caught him, he picked him up and said, "I've got you. I've got you." and pull him close and tickle him all about. And because of that and many other reasons Ishah knew she had chosen a good man. Ishah and Ish played all sorts of games with David and continued to do their best to take good care of him, to give him all the love and nurturing he needed, to support his adventurous and explorative behavior within safe boundaries, to help him turn out well. Becuase of this, David was a very happy growing boy.
Over time, David's body grew and grew as well as his mind, curiosity, and desire to learn. At home and whever he went, driven by his inborn thirst for knowledge, he would ask questions like "What is that?", "What is this?", and "Why?" and his parents would almost always provide the answers. His teachers were teaching him all sorts of things whether he asked or not as good parents often do, and he would quickly or eventually soaked up the knowledge they imparted to him. He was also learning to obey their instructions for his own good. He felt very secure with his parents. His life was very pleasant. But something big was about to happen of which David at this time had no clue, because of his age and his parents thinking he was ready, he was going to be sent away for a large part of the day to public school. The Emet's reasons for this were not many but few, even so, his parents really thought it was a good thing to do.
A New Adventure
Ish and Ishah did what they could to mentally prepare David for Caegindo Public School. They told him that other girls and boys were going to be there and that they were going to learn all sorts of new things and have fun playing together. Ish told David, "It's going to be a great adventure. And you'll get to explore and do all kinds of good things." But David wasn't too for sure about it. He didn't look forward to going to public school despite all the positive things his parents were saying about it. It was clear that David didn't want to go public school because every time Ish and Ishah attempted to get him to want to go to school his facial expressions revealed his dissapproval of the idea or lack of interest in it; and his position was further reinforced by him saying almost everytime they tried convincing him he would like it, "I don't want to go." or by him remaining completely silent. This puzzled them everytime because he was so adventurous, inquisitive, and socialble at home, church, and everywhere else. But what they didn't realize was that he was comfortable and completely fine learning from his parents and wanted to continue doing so for that is what he had been from the time he was born. Learning from his mom and dad felt and came natural to him; he greatly enjoyed it.
One Monday morning, his mom and dad grabbed his backpack, nap sack, and a couple other things and placed them in the car. After that, they woke up him and fed him breakfast and told him he was going to go to Caegindo Public School today. They did their best to get him excited by telling him he again that he was going to have tons of fun and learn a lot and it was going to be a great adventure but as usual, it wasn't working. Since it was getting close to eight o'clock they told David, "It's time to go."
And being that he respected his parents, he said "okay." And followed them to the car and got in even though he didn't want to go.
David stared out the car's window as they drove to the school looking at all the things they passed by trying to distract his mind from what was taking place. And before he knew it, they had arrived. Ish and Ishah got out the car and let him out, placed his backpack on his back, and grabbed his other things; and he unexpectedly started crying and barely spoke, "I don't want to go." Ish bent down and looked him directly in the eyes and said: "It's okay. You're going to learn a lot. and You're going to have fun. You will be okay. Just give a try." and said a few more things to comfort him and to get him to stop crying. His gentle tone and soothing words calmed David down, but he was still unsure and uneasy about what was going to happen. Ish, seeing that he still afraid and sad said, "Do you want me to carry you to the classroom?"
David shook his head up and down. So, Ish picked him up, backpack and all, and carried him to his home-room teacher.
When the Emets reached the classroom, his teacher opened the door and said, "Hello, I'm Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu. I'm glad to have you in my class. What's your name?"
At first he didn't say a word, but his mom told him, "It's okay to tell her your name."
And he softly said, "David."
"It's Nice to meet you David. Come with me and I'll show you where you can put your stuff."
Ish gently set him down on his own two feet and said, "Go ahead and follow her and do what she says."
David stood still and looked at his dad; and his dad said with a smile, "You'll be alright. We're not going anywhere yet."
David turned around and looked at his teacher and began following her. He placed his things where ever she told him to, but he would he intermittely look over his shoulder for brief moments to sure his parents were still there.
Trying to get him to feel more comfortable in his new environment, Miss. Qiaplu said, "David, you should go over there and play with the other children. There's lots of toys and other things to play with too. Give it a try, you'll have fun." David looked and his parents and they said "Go play with them." and "She's right, You'll have fun."
Even though he was apprehensive, he walked over to the other children, grabbed a toy dinosaur that was available, and sort-of started lightly playing.
Ish and Ishah, believed he was adjusting to his new environment after watching him beginning to play with the other kids and seeing that he didn't seem as sad, nervous, and uncomfortable as previously. So, Ish said to him, "David, listen to your teacher. Your teacher and the other adults here will take care of you so be a good boy and listen to them like you listen to your grandpas and grandmas and us."
David replied, "Okay, dad."
They gave him a loving hug and told him "We love you and we'll be back to get you soon." and they started walking to the door. But David started crying again and his dad and mom turned around and went back to him. Ish bent down on his knee, put his hand on his shoulder, and said, "David, you will be okay. You're going to have a good time here with all the other girls and boys. You're going to learn lots of new things. We'll come back to get you." and Ishah added "Yes, we'll surely come back to get you." and she knelt down to and said, "Come here and give your mom another hug." and as they hugged, she added, "I love you David. Be good."
His dad responded, "Hey, what about me? I want another hug too. Don't leave me out."
David smiled, and gave his dad a hug too.
As they were hugging, Ish said, "I love you little one. You will be fine. We'll be back later on today. Remember to Keep your chin up. God is in control."
His parents stood up, and his mom said, "We'll see you later."
Ish and Ishah walked out and closed the door behind them even though they could hear David lighly weeping and his teacher reassuring him that he was going to be okay.
After getting in their car, Ishah started crying and Ish said "Honey what's wrong?"
She replied, "I don't know if sending him to public school is the right thing to do. You can tell he really doesn't want to be there."
"Yep, he really doesn't want to be there, but the vast majority of parents send there children to public school. And we both went to public schools and we turned out alright. He'll evenutally grow accustomed to it. He'll be okay."
"But just because the majority of parents send their children to school doesn't make it right and neither does us turning out alright make it right."
"You're right Ishah. Just because majority of people are doing something or believe something doesn't make it right.And neither does us going to public school and turning out alright make it right. But let's give it a chance. Plus you said you wanted to start working in a couple of months and you wont be able to work full time if we don't send him to public school."
"Okay, I guess will try it, hope for the best, and see what happens." said Ishah, even though in her heart she still thought and felt uncertain about it as did Ish, though he was supressing it.
A few months went by and things were going well. David was learning all sorts of things and his parents could easily tell. But one day after he was dropped off by the school bus Ishah said, "David, how was school today?"
And he didn't respond.
So she said it again, "David, how was school today?"
And he still didn't respond. Once they entered their home, and he put his things away with his mom's help, and sat down on the couch, Ishah said with a deeply concerned voice, "David, did something happen to you today at school?"
Looking directly at her, he replied, "My name is Diana."
His mom was shocked and asked "Why are you calling yourself Diana?
he replied, "I'm a girl."
"Why do you think you are girl?"
"Cause I like to play with girl barbie dolls and I like to play with girl toys."
She tried asking him other questions but didn't provide an answer. All he would say were things like "I'm a girl.", "I like to play with girl barbie dolls.", "My name is Diana.", "I like to play with girl.", "I like the name Diana.", and "I like to play with girls." and such similar things. This concerned Ishah very much and she couldn't wait to tell her husband.
About two hours later, Ish arrived home and Ishah was waiting outside while David was playing on the porch with some toys. As soon as Ish stepped on the porch, Ishah said "David is calling himself Diana. and saying he is a girl."
Ish replied: "Naaww, you're kidding me."
"No, I'm not. Go over there ask him his name or ask him if he is a boy." said Ishah.
Ish walked over to David and asked "What's your name?"
"Diana" he replied.
Ish asked another question, "Are you a boy?"
David replied: "I'm a girl."
Ish then looked back at Ishah and said: "Yep, you're right. He is calling himself Diana and saying he is a girl. But he'll grow out of it; I'm sure of it. Remember, two months ago he believed he was a pirate and kept saying he was a pirate; and a couple of months before that he said he was dinosaur say 'Raw, Raw, Raw.' after jumping out from behind something to frighten us and sometimes when we were talking to him or asked him a question. I really wish he wasn't calling himself a girl and saying his name is Diana. But I'm sure he'll grow out of it like he eventually grew out of his dinosaur and pirate phases."
Ishah replied: "Are you sure he'll grow out of it?"
"Yes, I'm sure he'lll grow out of it. He's just going through another phase." said Ish.
"But what if he doesn't?"
"We'll cross that bridge if we have to and figure out what is the best thing to do from there."
Over two months passed and David was still calling himself a girl and insisting his name was Diana. On a Friday night, while David was sleeping, Ishah and Ish got into bed and began reading. But Ishah couldn't focus enough to continue reading because she was very concerned about what was going on with David. He was still identifying as a girl, acting like a girl, and calling himself Diana; and exhibiting more feminine behavior from when he initially told her he's a girl. Wanting to get to the bottom of what was going on with their son, she abruptly closed her book,put it down, looked over at Ish, and said, "Ish, I'm very concerned about David. He is still calling himself Diana and saying he's a girl. He's still acting like a girl. And it's been going on for three months. He's been asking me to buy him girl barbie dolls and girl toys. Recently, he even asked me to buy him a dress. I thing something is seriously wrong. Don't you think something is wrong?"
"You beat me to the punch, I was just about to talk to you about David. I definitly think something is seriously wrong, especially since he is also telling me he wants to wear dresses and other girl clothes. He also told me he wants really long hair and boobies. Today, when we were walking outside together, he really shocked me by telling me he wants to kiss a boy. Something definitly isn't right. I was hoping, given just a little more time, he would snap out of it, but since he is saying he wants to kiss a boy, we've got to figure out what is going on with him. I wonder if something happened to him in school or if there is something else going on in school that we don't know about. I think we should go talk to his teacher and try to find out what is going on."
"But when are we going to go talk to his teacher?"
"I think we should talk to her as soon as possible. If you wouldn't mind, please call the school on Monday and schedule a meeting that same week with Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu."
"I don't mind at all, I would call tomorrow if the school was open. Hopefully, his teacher will have some insight be able to tell us why he is calling himself Diana and a girl, and behaving the way he is."
"We've got to figure out what is happening soon so we can handle and address what's going on with him. Maybe after talking to his teacher we'll be able to figure out what is going on and then do what needs to be done to help him. So try to schedule the meeting as soon as possible."
"Okay, let's get some rest. Goodnight Honey."
When Monday came, not long after David got on the school bus, Ishah called the Caegindo Public School and spoke with an adminstrator who scheduled a meeting for them with Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu for the earliest available time slot. Ishah wanted the meeting to be earlier that week, at least Wednesday if not Tuesday, but the administrator told her that wasn't possible because Miss. Qiaplu was booked full the rest of the week. Ishah wasn't exactly thrilled about having to wait to the end of the week to speak with Miss. Qiaplu, but she was glad that they didn't have to wait longer than that. She informed her husband by text message that the meeting was on Friday at 3:30 p.m to which he replied "That's good. Thank you for letting me know and for getting a meeting scheduled. I hope we'll get to the bottom of what's going on with David."
All that week Ish and Ishah helped David with his school work whenever he needed help and played with him as they normally did as they wondering in the back of their minds what was going on with him and what would they learn from the upcoming meeting with his teacher.
The Wait And Realization
Days flew by and Friday arrived, and now the Emets were understandingly awaiting Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu in her classroom as best they could for they were told by an administrator that she was still in another meeting with some teachers in the Band room and that it wouldn't be over for about thirty more minutes; and the lady apologized and said they could reschedule if they wanted to or they could wait. Being patient people and knowing how important it was to find out what was going on with their son, they told the lady that they would stay and wait. They sat down in some chairs and watched their son go to the play area and play with some toy dinosaurs and plastic cowboy figures. Shortly after that, they saw him walk to another toy bin and grab some girl barbies and other girl toys and started playing with them. Isha said, "Well that kind of explains why he wants to play with girl toys."
"Yep, but just playing with girl toys shouldn't be causing to act like a girl. There's got to be something else going on."
A few minutes passed and David suddenly stopped playing with the girl toys and walked to the children's bookshelf as Ish and Ishah were talking about what questions they were going to ask Miss. Qiaplu; and he picked up a book and brought it to them.
Ish said, as David stood in front of them with the book in his hands, "Do you want me to read that book to you?"
"Please hand me the book and I'll read it with you."
David willingly handed it to him with a smile. But when his father and mother saw the cover and read the title they were greatly shocked. Its title was "Boys Can Be Girls & Girls Can Be Boys What A Wonderful World Joy."
Then Ish asked David "Has your teacher been reading this book to you?"
David nodded "Yes."
And Ishah asked him, "Does she call you Diana?"
He nodded yes.
"Does she call you a girl?" asked Ish.
He confirmed with another couple nods.
Ishah said, "Thank you for showing us this book and telling us the truth David. You should go back to the play area and play with the toys you like and let mommy and daddy look at this book. We'll read you a book later on tonight."
David replied, "Okay." and went over to the play area and started playing with the toys again.
As he played Ish and Ishah looked through the book together and Ishah said what Ish was thinking, "No wonder David thinks he is a girl. He is being confused by this book. I wonder if there are any more books like this on the bookshelf."
Ish replied, "Let's find out." and went straight for the bookshelf with Ishah following close behind. Both began searching the books for titles of similar subject matter, but they didn't have to search hard because there were many on the shelf. Some of the books' titles they read aloud:
- "Willy Woke And Realized He's A Woman",
- "Tommy Is Tina",
- "Sharol Is Shawn",
- "Princes In Love",
- "Jerry and Jenny Help Children Find Their Gender Identity.",
- "I Don't Have To Use He or She, I Can Use They or Them And Even Ey, Em, Ze, Zem.",
- "I'm Not A Boy Or Girl, Call Me A Goy or Birl.",
- "Danny Likes Wearing Dresses.",
- "Boys Can Kiss Boys, And Girls Can Kiss Girls, You Can Kiss Anyone You Want In The Whole Wide World."
As Ish and Ishah were flipping through the pages of each book, they rapidly read and saw things that they absolutely knew were inappropriate for kids to be hearing and seeing. Within ten minutes, they managed to look through each of the books they found. Then Ishah looked at Ish and said, "I bet this is one of the reasons, if not the main reason, David started believing and still believes he is a girl and says his name is Diana and hasn't grown out of it yet."
"I think so too. I want to ask Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu why these types of books are in public schools even though I believe I already know why." responded Ish.
"I think I know why too. But, I want to hear what Miss. Qiaplu has to say to see before I draw my final conclusions." said Ishah.
"I agree. You know, we should take pictures of these books just in case."
Before putting the books back on the bookshelf, they got out there cell phones and took pictures of the covers the books as well as some of the content inside them so that they could remember the titles and have proof of what they saw and read in case they needed it for some reason. Once they were done, Ish said to Ishah, "I'm upset that these books are being read to David and other children without us knowing about it."
"Me too." said Ishah.
"I thought schools were suppose to be a safe neutral learning environment."
"I did too."
"Though we are distressed and irritated, we must rule our spirits, minds, and emotions so that we stay calm and logically think things through when we talk with Miss. Qiaplu and hear her responses to our questions. I hope she comes soon, because I really want to hear what she has to say about David and these books."
"I agree, we've got to rule ourselves."
"Ishah, if I start getting too heated, please calm me down."
"Please do the same for me. You know, we should pray."
"I think that's a good idea, please pray Ishah."
"Okay, let's pray. Holy Father, thank You for showing us what is influencing David to think he is a girl. God, please help us to control ourselves so that we don't lose our temper when we talk with Miss. Qiaplu. Please help us to say what needs to be said to her. Please help us to think things through and with truth. Please help us stay calm and respond well. Please help us speak the truth. God, if we tell or ask Miss. Qiaplu something that makes her mad, please don't let her leave, please help her to continue hearing and listening to what we have to say. Thank You God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen!"
Thirty-five minutes had come and gone, but they heard no sound of anyone coming down the hall. The Emets began to wonder if David's teacher had forgotten about the meeting and were about to contact the office when they heard someone walking down the hall. The classroom door opened and Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu walked in.
With a big smile on her face she said "I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. I've had a busy day today. The meeting I just got done with was about helping kids find their their inner-selves even it is hidden within them. What do you want to talk to me about today?"
Ish replied, "Thank you for having this meeting with us."
"We're very concerned about David. He has been calling himself Diana, he says he is a girl, he wants us to buy him girl toys, he wants to wear girl clothes, he says he wants long hair and boobies, and very recently he said he wanted to kiss a boy. Do you know why he might saying such things?"
Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu replied, "Maybe z is a girl trapped in a boy's body or transgendered or something else. It's good for z to explore emself. Let z find z inner-self and become who z wants to be."
Ishah replied: "I don't believe his inner-self is a girl because God made him a boy in His image. I believe what is really happening is the books you're reading to him and allowing him to read and whatever else you are telling and doing with him are influencing him to think that he can be and is a girl."
"What books are you talking about?" replied Miss. Qiaplu.
Ish then went to the bookshelf and grabbed several books. When Qiaplu saw the books she said "Those are good books because they help children find their gender identity without imposing on them any rules or boundaries."
Without hesitation, Ishah responded, "Children need rules and boundaries to help prevent them from harming themself and others; to learn right from wrong; and to help them make the world a better place. Without rules and boundaries there chaos and evil will greatly increase in the world."
Qiaplu responded, "But those books aren't harming the children, they're helping them."
"I disagree. Those books have boys kissing boys, girls kissing boys, girls kissing girls as well as other sexualizing material children should not be exposed to. Those books and you, whether you realize it or not, are indoctrinating children with destructive beliefs and behaviors. You're not helping them, you're confusing and harming them." said Ishah.
"We are not harming children, we are getting children to discover who they are on the inside." said Qiaplu.
Ish asked "How did David come up with the name Diana?"
Miss. Qiaplu replied "I saw em playing with girl dolls and barbies in the children's play area the first day of school soon after you left; and e continued to play with them after that. One day when I read "Tommy is Tina" e asked me if e could be a girl and I told im that e could be a girl. Because of those things, I thought ze might be a girl or something else trapped in a boys body so I gave zem a list of girl names and asked im which name em wanted to be and e had trouble picking so I suggested to em that Diana was a nice name and asked z if he liked it and e said yes, so that's why I call him Diana."
Ish replied "Playing with girl toys doesn't mean he is a girl. Just because he asked if he could be a girl doesn't mean that he could be a girl nor does that give you the right to tell him or lead him to think he could be a girl. Months before he started school David said he was pirate and before that he said he was a dinosaur and wanted to play with such toys but that doesn't make him any of those things."
"I'm not forcing Diana to be a girl. I'm affirming who em says e is. Whatever e says e is that is what e is. Diana says she is a girl so she is a girl." replied Miss. Qiaplu.
Ishah replied "If David says he is one of Santa Clause's elves are you going to confirm he is an elf?"
"If David starts calling himself a dog are you going to affirm that he is a dog?"
"If he says he likes boys are you going to affirm that?"
"If he says he says he likes taking and keeping other children's belongings without their permission are you going to affirm that?"
"No because thats stealing."
"But you said earlier that you don't want to put any rules or boundaries on children and you said your previous meeting was about helping children find their inner-selves. So why wouldn't you affirm his belief that stealing is okay since he thinks within his inner-self that taking others belongings without permission is okay?" said Ishah.
Miss. Qiaplu avoided answering Ishah's question by appealing to their feelings: "If both of you love Diana you should affirm and accept z for who e is?"
Ishah replied: "It is because we greatly love David with every fiber of our being that we will not affirm or accept that he is a girl, a dog, or anything other than a boy. It is because we love him that we set rules and boundaries to protect him and others. It is because we love him that we are going teach him that it is okay to have emotions but that he should let his emotions rule over him and cause him to deny or ignore objective facts, truth, and reality. And if he really seems to believe that he is something other than a boy or that doing something wrong is okay, we will do all we can to help him get through and overcome whatever it is that is causing him to think or believe such delusional, ill, and harmful things."
Miss.. Qiaplu then asked: "Are you transphobic?"
"Nope, not in the slightest. We love everyone but that doesn't mean we have to affirm, accept, acclamate, or cater to their every whim, desire, or any of their desctructive beliefs, worldviews, behaviors, and lifestyles. Loving people doesn't mean that we should reject truth and reality; Nor does it mean that we should allow our minds and hearts to be manipulated, assimilated, or subjugated by transgerdered people or anyone else or anything else that is contrary to facts and reality and God's Word; nor does that mean that we should appease, be afraid of, or cower before them or such things. It is because we love God and our neighbor that we will not affirm or accept anyone's destructive beliefs, behaviors, lifestyle choices, and worldviews. It is out of love for everyone that we will tell them the truth and the reality in hopes to rescue them and others from falsehood, unreality, satan's lies and wicked ways. I'm not going to forcible stop adults from living self-desctructive lifestyles, but they should not indoctrinate or force children or anyone to believe or accept their lifestyle in school or anywhere else. Whether lgbtq+ admits it or not, their beliefs, behaviors, and lifestyles are actually harming children because they are teaching behaviors and beliefs that are not only contrary to reality and truth, but have severe consequences such as increased risk of disease, viruses, depression, emotional turmoil, and other bad things. What you, the lgbtq+, and those who support those beliefs and behaviors are actually doing is harming children and that's child abuse." said Ishah.
"You're offending me." said Qiaplu.
"Being offended is arbitrary. Anyone can say they are offended by something, but just because they are offended doesn't mean they are in the right. I could easily say I'm offended too. I'm offended by your question implying we are transphobic. I'm offended by you rejecting the truth, facts, and reality. I'm offended that you are taking advantage of impressionable children and teaching them to engage in destructive behaviors and deny the truth, facts, and reality too. It is not humanly possible for anyone to never offend anyone." said Ishah.
Ish added, "Being offended by something is an emotional response. What matters are the objective facts and truth without which the world will fall into chaos and people will become foolish in their thinking and will cause much more pain, suffering, instability, depression, harm, and other bad things to happen that what is already happening now. The fact is that David is not a girl, he is a boy. He is a male and that's written on pretty much every cell in his body and that's a scientific fact. Boys and girls are emotionally, mentally, physically, and biologically different and those are scietific facts." said Ish.
Refusing to relinquish her worldview and acknowledge the error in her thinking, Miss. Qiaplu replied "Only someone who identifies as a girl or woman can say what a girl or woman is. So Ish, how could you know what a woman or girl is since you obviously identify as a man because of your XY chromosomes?"
"Miss. Qiaplu, can you tell me what has four legs, four paws, retractable claws, fur, a tail, whiskers and purrs?" asked Ish.
"A cat. But what does that have to do with what we're talking about?" said Miss. Qiaplu.
"Do you identify as a cat Miss. Qiaplu?" said Ish.
"No." replied Miss. Qiaplu.
"If you don't identify as a cat, then how can you know what a cat is?" said Ish.
Miss. Qiaplu just sat there without saying a word, trying to think of something to say that wouldn't lead to self-refutation, but she could not think of anything, she was speechless.
Seeing her inability to answer, Ish said: "Miss. Qiaplu, You know what a cat is because there is such a thing as objective truth and reality. The truth is that you don't have to identify as something in order to know what it is. I'm not a cat, dog, tree, bird, or a woman, but I know what each of those things are based on their characteristics, descriptions, structure, and other things, and I can scientifically figure out what something is by examining it using operational (observational) science. A cat is not a dog and can never become a dog or something else. Even if the cat refuses to eat cat food, doesn't pur, is de-clawed, eats dog food, or is taught to act like a dog or something else it is still a cat. A cat is a cat and a dog is a dog and they are either male or female because of their genetic make up, their DNA, chromosomes, and bone structure and that's the truth, that's reality." said Ish.
Miss. Qiaplu then asked: "What if a boy is quiet, not outspoken, not outgoing, cries a lot, isn't very masculine, and doesn't feel like a boy?"
Ish replied: "Just because a boy's temperament or physical body is not very masculine doesn't mean that he is a girl; and feelings and emotions can easily and quickly lead you astray, cause you to make bad decisions, and think irrationally. Male dogs have varying temperaments and body shapes. Some are not as aggessive as others. Some bark at almost anything and some do not. Some are very muscular and some are not. But regardless of their temperament and body shape, a male dog is still a male dog based their biological make-up and such. That is an absolute truth."
"That's your truth not my truth. Biology may define our sex, but we define our gender identity - we define who we are. There's no absolute truth. Truth is realtive. Each person has their own truth." said Miss. Qiaplu.
Then Ish said "If there is no absolute truth then you can't absolutely know or declare truth is relative or say that there is no absolute truth because those would be absolute truth statements. You've effectively refuted yourself. Please bear with me and let me dive into this more. If truth is relative then anyone should be allowed to do, say, or believe anything they want, there is no right or wrong, which means that if a man says he is a lesbian woman and believes that stealing, raping, and murdering people is good and acts upon his beliefs by breaking into a family's home and murdering the father and mother, and rapes their daughter, and takes their possesions, then no one has the right to punish him even if they believe stealing from, raping, and murdering people is wrong. Why should he be punished because his truth differs from yours or someone else's truth? Hitler and the German people, their government, their society as whole, approved of persecuting, torturing, experimenting on, and murdering millions of Jews and many of other people and if truth is relative then no can say what they did was wrong nor should they try to prevent or stop them from doing such things. If truth is relative no one should be punished or sent to jail for anything; and any government, society, or individual can do whatever they want to do. See, your beliefs do not have a solid foundation for defining what is right and wrong, good and evil. If humans determine their own truth, then there is no absolute standard for what is right or wrong and that means anything goes; and that means stealing, murdering, raping anyone of any age, committing adultery, kidnapping, disobeying your parents, and fornicating is not wrong nor is anything else wrong. If truth is relative, anyone or any group of people who tells you what is right and wrong is just giving you their opinions. But since God exists and is the Supreme Being that created everything, He is the Absolute Authority, The Absolute Source Of Truth, and He knows, determines, and can tell us what is good or evil, what is right or wrong. He gave us The Bible to reveal more about Himself to us, and show and tell us that He loves us and that we need Him. And His Written Word shows us the truth and helps us know what is right and wrong; and it helps us know and discern what is good and what is evil. The Ten Commandments show us that none of us are truly good, that we are sinners in need of a Savior, because all of us have broken His commandments. What many people may not realize is that the Ten Commandments protects us from each other and ourselves. Since God is real and His word is true which is confirmed by many things, we have an absolute standard for truth that is non-destructive and not self-refuting. On top of that, He Says In His Word That He has written His law on our hearts, he has given us a conscience, and because of that we know in our heart of hearts that there are absolute truths; we know stealing, lying, raping, murdering, committing adultery, fornicating, and doing other things that go against God's word are wrong."
She replied: "I don't believe in God and I don't beleive the Bible."
And Ish said: "You choose to deny the existence of God and not believe His Word because you are suprressing the truth in unrighteousness and so are many others and that is why so many bad things have happened and are happening in this world. If people would at the very least believe in God and live according to His Word there would be a lot less stealing, lying, murdering and other evils going on in this world. I'm not for sure why, but I believe the Holy Spirit also wants me to tell that if you read what they founders of America personally wrote and America's historical documents, you would see that many, if not all, believed in God, and they believed Christianity was the best religion and beleived that The Bible is very good for creating a free, moral, civil, just society where people are controled from within and not by government force. The founders believed that if people lived by the commands and principles in and based on the Bible, they would possess the proper morality and character to do good and control themselves which is necessary for America's Constitutional Republic to survive and thrive, but if they rejected God, His law, His Word, and the principles in and based on His Word, then they would become an immoral people that would be subjugated, forcibly ruled over, by government. You and others may not want to accept the truth, but America was founded on Christianity and Judeo-Christian values and if those values and all the good things America was built on are not taught, upheld, and practiced, our Constitutional Republic will be annihilated; and we will lose our God-given innate freedoms. The main reasons the pilgrims came here were to escape persecution and have freedom of religion for Christians; and multitudes of people have benefited from that and that includes you, me, my family, and all Americans and many others all around the world."
Not liking what she was hearing, Qiaplu responded, "The founders were bigots and racist and so are both of you."
Ish began lightly tapping on his android and when he finished he said: "A bigot is someone who intolerantly adheres to their opinions or beliefs and is intolerant of anyone who differs or opposes their opinions or beliefs. You strongly and intolerantly adhere to your opinions and beliefs and you are intolerant of our beliefs. So by definition, you are a bigot too. If you don't believe me, I'll hand you my phone and let you read the definitions for bigot yourself."
Ishah harmoniously added, "You are unrighteously judging us by labeling us racist. We are not racist because we believe, as God's word says, that we are all decedants of Adam and Eve; and therefore we are one race, the human race. God loves everyone and tells Christians to love everyone so we love everyone, and because we love everyone, we tell them the truth in hopes to help them to see the light, get truly saved, be rescued from hell by Jesus. Just because we dont accept and disagree with transgenderism and other harmful beliefs, doesn't mean we are transphobes, racist, or any other negative judgemental term you or anyone labels us as nor does it mean that any disparaging hateful words, phrases, or things anyone says to or about us are true. A Christian is a person whose sins have been forgiven by Jesus' Christ and set free from the chains of sin and who knows and professes Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, and strives to be more like Jesus by doing their best to obey His Word because they love God and because He saved them. We are Christians and we believe God's Written Word. Therefore we don't think we are superior to anyone else and we don't think anyone is superior to us. For many logical and biblical reasons, Ish and I don't believe evolutionists' beliefs that the earth is millions of years old and the universe is billions of years old and that humans evolved from some ape or apelike ancestor and that every living thing evolved from some primordial goop.One reason we don't believe in evolution is that evolutionists make assumptions in order to determine the ages of things and this is true for all the dating methods. Another reason we don't believe it, is because different dating methods yield different ages for the same object. There are many other reasons we don't believe in evolutionism. We don't believe in deep time either for many reasons. The belief in deep time enables evolutionism and evolutionism enables people to believe that some people are more evolved than other people and genetically superior to other people. We are not animals or related to animals. We are humans. The Creator Of Everything says that all mankind came from Adam and Eve, and that humans are not animals. God said it, we believe it. And if the founders were really racist, they wouldn't have chosen to write 'all men are created equal' in 'The Declaration of Independence' knowing that could be used one day to support setting slaves free."
Miss Qiaplu had no reply.
And Ishah added "If only children and everyone else learned and believed that we are decedants of Adam and Eve, we are all one race, and all men are created equal then there wouldn't be any racist. If people were taught the absolute truth that God is the ultimate authority, source of truth, and creater of everything, and that His Written Word is the ultimate standard for determining what is right and wrong, good and evil, truth and untruth, and obeyed Him and His Word, then there would be a lot less problems in America and around the world. If people were taught the truth that we are all sinners in need of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God by breaking his Ten Commandment and not living according to His Bible; and then got truly saved, then this world would be far better to live in."
"I absolutely agree Ishah. The reason children and adults are experiencing so much emotional turmoil and confusion about their gender and other things, and experiecing so much pain, suffering, depression, hate, and hurting and killing each other, and engaging in other destructive behaviors is because God, The Bible, and prayer has been taken out of school and because marriage, family, and morality are being destroyed or redefined openly or sneakily by those who are intolerant of the triune God, His Word, his design for marriage and family, Christianity, Christians, and the Judeo-Christian values America was founded on. The reason sexually transmitted diseases, virus, cancers run rampant is because people think and are teaching children to believe that it is okay to have sex before or outside of marriage. We need to put God, His word, and prayer back in school and teach Judeo-Chrisitan values because that creates a good solid foundation for children and society as a whole." said Ish.
"It doesn't matter that both of you agree. Teachers will never teach that God exists and what is in The Bible because of 'separation of Church and State'" said Qiaplu.
Ish replied "The phrase 'separation of Church and State' is written nowhere in the United States Constitution or its ammendments. That phrase and its current use has been used to mislead Americans into believing that Christianity should not be involved in the government and is used to beat Christians on the heads in efforts to shut them up. If you or anyone read America's founding historical documents, America's 1st english primer, what's on the Liberty Bell, learned the reason the 'National Monument to the Forefathers' which used to be called the 'Pilgrims Monument' was made and what it represents, what the pilgrims wrote themselves, and what George Washington and the other founders wrote themselves, and learned the truth they would see that America was founded by Christian Pilgrims and prospered because of the Judeo-Christian values it was built on. The founders developed our laws, our govenment, our Nation on God's Word and Judeo-Christian values and priciples with God's help. I bet you don't know this because it's one of the many things public schools don't teach, and it is that America's three branches of government were created based on Isaiah 33:22 which reads 'For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.' as the founders sought and prayed to God for help and guidance. The judge is the Judicial Branch. The lawgiver is the Legistlative Branch. The king is the Executive branch. The phrase 'separation of church and state' has been taken out of context by people who hate God, hate His Word, hate Christians, and hate truth. That phrase comes from a letter written by Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in response to a letter they sent to him. What Jefferson wrote was meant to assure them that the government wouldn't establish a particular denomination of Christianity over another in any state or over the United States which the Danbury Baptists were concerned might happen because of things that were happening at the time. So Jeffersion's actual phrase 'separation between Church and State' actually was written to confirm that congress 'shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion and the free exercise thereof' and thereby reassure the Danbury Baptists that government is not allowed to establish one Christian denomination or religion over all the others in any state or the United States as a whole which the Danbury Baptists were glad to hear. That phrase when read properly in context means that Christianity can be involved in government but that governemnt cannot make a law concerning Christianity. If you don't believe me, you can go to wallbuilders.com and read the letters for yourself."
Because the Emets were countering Miss. Qiaplu with truth that she couldn't refute and didn't like hearing nor wanted to accept because she was blinded and bound by her sin, her lifestyle, anger began consuming her and caused her facial expressions to change, allowing the Emets to easily see that she was very angry with them even though they were civil, calm, and telling her the truth and reality, what she needed to hear, out of love.
Boiling with anger, Miss. Qiaplu said in a vindinctive tone, as her heart was thumping hard and fast because of the truth she heard, "It doesn't matter what both of you think, believe or say, people are in the government at the local, state, and federal levels, in schools, in school boards, in colleges, and other places who believe in transgenderism, feminism, and other related things; and the government and those people have the power and are in control and decide what the curriculum will be, they decide what the children will learn and what they are allowed or not allowed to do; and I'm a propagator of the government's curriculum and it's ideologies as well as every other teacher whether they like it or not and whether you like it or not. I don't care what you believe or think, we are opening children's and everyone's eyes and minds with secular humanism and its offsprings. So we will teach secular humanism, transgenderedism, socialism, marxism, crt, and whatever else we want to all children, pre-K through college, including your child and there is nothing you, any Christian, or anyone can do about it."
Miss. Qiaplu thought that would shut them up and make her victorious.
But Ish wasn't phased at all. He responded, "What y'all are really doing is blinding people and closing their minds to the truth; and y'all are searing the consciences of children, yourself, and others by rejecting truth, normalizing sin, and denying the existence of God. What y'all are trying to do is force children and others to believe that sexual immorality and other sinful behaviors are natural and acceptable so that y'all feel better about yourselves and feel less guilty for the sins you commit and the sinful lifestyles you live or support. And those ungodly ideologies and sins y'all are teaching, doing, supporting, trying to justify, and practicing have bad consequences; they are harmful, destructive, fleshly, demonic, of the evil one; enslave people; and lead to death for God's word says sin brings destruction and the wages of sin is death. God holds the power and is in control. God cannot be defeated. God has already won, you just have realized it yet. And there is nothing anyone or anything can do to change any of that. You may think there's nothing we can do about what's happening, but you're wrong. I hope you'll wake up and accept the truth and reality sooner than later for your own sake and the sake of others. One day every knee will bow whether they are truly saved or not and God will judge us according to His Word and standard of good and not ours."
Then Ish turned in his chair, looked at Ishah, and said, "Please pray with me." and he extend his arms and opened his hands before her. When Ishah placed her hands in his he prayed, "Father, Son, Holy Spirit: The Great I AM, please forgive Ishah and me for when we slip up and sin. God, please continue working on us so that we become more like Jesus who did not sin because He perfectly loved and loves You and shows His love for You by perfectly obeying You and Your Written Word. God, We love Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu, the lgbtq+, and everyone, so please help them believe we love them. Please help her, lgbtq+ and all Americans see, hear, know, understand, and accept the truth and reality, especially with regards to Your Written Word. Please don't let them continue to be deceived by the evil one, demons, their emotions, and themselves. Please help them realize that they are practicing lawlessness and see that they are being harmed and consumed by their sinful pride, behaviors, and beliefs. Please help them see and accept the truth. God, please help Miss. Qiaplu, homosexuals and the other members of the lgbtqia+ and other people realize that we and other Christians are telling them the truth, facts, and reality according to What You Say In Your Word and other good things because we love them and in hopes that they will truly come to know and profess You, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior and be completely changed by You and turn away from their sins, no longer practice lawlessness, stop rebelling against You and Your Word so that they may know without a doubt that they are going to heaven because they've been saved not of themselve but by Your grace through their faith in Jesus Christ. Please continue working on their hearts, minds, and souls with Your Holy Spirit. Please soften their hardened hearts. Please heal whatever mental or emotional wounds they have. Please heal them from and help them get over any traumatic events that they may have experienced that led them into darkness and that continues to hold them captive and keep them in the darkness. Please heal their physicological wounds. Please help them overcome destructive lifestyles, behaviors, addictions, emotions, and beliefs. Please help them get truly saved and bear fruits of righteousness in accordance with their faith by living and voting according to What Your Written Word Says. God, please help our precious son David realize that he is a boy and please undo the damage that has already been done to him. Please forgive us for the harmful things we allowed David to learn by sending him to public school. Please forgive us for not finding out what was wrong sooner and for not protecting him better. Please help parents wake up and stop their children from being taught harmful-sinful-destructive behaviors and beliefs. Please help Americans wake up and stop children from being indoctrinated by harmful-sinful-destructive ideologies. Please help the children who have been ensnared by transgenderedism, feminism, and other destructive beliefs to see and believe the truth and escape. Please save America so that it may be a bright and shining light in the world for You again. Thank You for sacrificing Your Son on the cross for our sins so that we may me be forgiven of our sins by You if we ask You to forgive us of our sins and beleive on Jesus and all that entails. You are very great God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen!"
"Amen." said Ishah in agreement.
Ish continued, "Ishah, it's time to go, so lets get David and head out."
Ishah walked over to David and said, "David, it's time to go." and when he grabbed her hand, Ishah looked at Miss. Qiaplu and said, "Miss. Qiaplu, we love you and everything we told you was to help you see the truth. Please Check into the things we said. Please read the book of John in The Bible and continue reading it. God's Word will help you if you allow it too, especially if you ask God to help you see the truth. We will be praying for you. If you ever need prayer for anything, please call us and we will pray for you. Bye."
Without saying anything else, the Emets walked out the door and closed it behind them. After getting into their car and buckling up, Ish turned the key and Ishah suddenly put her left hand on Ish's right arm and said "Ish, wait a minute. Don't drive off just yet. I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to give her a Bible and a list of websites to help her continue learning the truth."
Ish replied, "I was thinking about giving her a Bible too. As soon as we walked out her classroom and the entire time we were walking down the hall and even now I was thinking we should give her a Bible. I was just about to turn the car off and suggest giving the spare King James Bible that we keep in the car." said Ish.
"It was on my heart the entire time after leaving her classroom too."
Then Ishah opened the glove compartment and pulled out the Bible, a pen, and notepad. She sat the Bible next to her and opened the notepad, and as fast as she could, while preserving legibleness, she wrote:
Miss. Qiaplu, we really do love you and that's why we told you the truth.
This Bible is our gift to you and we hope you'll read it because it contains the absolute truth and has the answer to all our problems. We recommend reading one chapter in Genesis and one chapter in John each day. Please read it.
Because we love you, we don't want you to be thrown into the Lake of Fire, hell, where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. The lake of fire was prepared for the evil one and his demons, and any who doesn't truly know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be thrown in there as punishment for all the sins they committed throughout their lives. People condemn themselves to hell by not believing in Jesus Christ, by not repenting of and asking God to forgive them of their sins and accepting and confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When judgement day comes, God is not going to judge each person according to their standard of good, God is going to judge each person according to His perfect, righteous, and absolute standard of good.
Below are some Great Websites that are very good, rational, logical, rooted in truth, and are very truthful.
Please check these websites out because they have lots of great articles, videos, and etc that reveal the truth about many things, that is if people haven't closed their minds to the truth and haven't already made up their mind to not accept anything that goes against their worldview.
These websites show that:
- - operational/observational science confirms the Bible;
- - Adam and Eve were real people created by God;
- - all the people in the world are decendants of Adam and Eve;
- - the Bible is self-consistent;
- - have free articles and videos, and books and more that demolish supposed Bible contradictions;
- - the religion of atheism has killed more people in the world than any other religion;
- - molecules-to-man evolution isn't true;
- - natural selection does not increase genetic information;
- - natural selection and molecules-to-man evolution are two different concepts;
- - operational/observational science and historical science are two different entities;
- - the earth is not millions/billions of years old, the universe is not billions of years old, deep time is not true;
- - there is much archeological, historical, logical, immaterial (ex: math, logic), and scientific descoveries/evidience that confirm the Bible and show that the Bible fits in with the world which we would expect it to since it was written by the inspiration/direction of the One and Only True God who created the universe, the earth, time, and everything material and immaterial that exists.
These sites also have answers to many questions such as:
- - Were Adam and Eve literal people?
- - Where did Cain get his wife?
- - Why is there pain and suffering?
- - Why is there death?
- - Why do women experience pain in childbirth?
- - When were dinosaurs created by God?
- - Is there evidence of a world wide flood (Noah's flood)?
- - How could Noah fit all the animals on the Ark?
- - How could dinosaurs fit on Noah's Ark?
- - answersingenesis.org
- - icr.org
- - creation.com
- - truelife.org
- - gotquestions.org
- - livingwaters.com
This is website concerns America's founding documents, what the founders wrote, letter(s) concerning separation of church and state, declaration of indpendence, The United States Constitution and more.
- - wallbuilders.com
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution:
- - heritage.org/constitution
Please check out these websites and read the Bible to learn the truth.
With love and hope,
Ishah tore off the page from the notebook, folded it in half, placed it in the Bible before the book of Genesis, and said, "I hope she's still there." As she opened the door and was about to step out Ish said, "Wait a minute." and grabbed one of the "Are You A Good Person?" gospel tracts from the center compartment between the two front seats and said, while handing the tract to her, "Give her this too." She placed it in the Bible behind the folded note, stepped out the car, and quickly walked to Miss. Qiaplu's clasroom and knocked on the door.
Miss. Qiaplu, not wanting to leave her chair, said, "The doors open, please come in."
And Ishah walked in and said, "You probably don't want to see me, but we wanted to give you something."
She was surprised that Ishah had returned and wanted to give her something but she was still very angry so she remained silent as Ishah set the gift on her desk and followed with, "Please read the note in that Bible. We love you even though you probably hate us. Bye." and then left.
When she got back into the car, Ish asked, "What did she say?"
"Nothing. She only scowlingly stared at me."
"I'm not surprised."
"Nor am I."
"Let's say another prayer for her."
Without closing his eyes, Ish prayer, "Father God, please work on Miss. Qiaplu's heart. Please help her continue learning the truth. Please keep drawing her to the truth and to You with Your Holy Spirit. Please keep working on her and help her truly saved. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen."
The Search For An Alternative & Result
On their way home Ishah said to Ish: "What should we do concerning David and school?"
"We are going to pull David out of public school Monday to prevent him from being indoctrinated further by the harmful ideologies within the curriculum or that are being snuck into the schools in other ways that we and other parents aren't aware of. If we allow him to continue to be indoctrinated by those harmful ideologies in public schools, he will form his worldview from them, and he will be desensitized sin and will engage in more sin and experience much more pain, suffering, heartache, confusion, harm, and other bad things as the consequence. Tonight and this weekend, we are going to have to research online for public school alternatives that teach reading, writing, arithmetic, observational science, critical thinking, logic, facts, truth, reality." said Ish while keeping his eyes on the road.
"I agree." said Ishah.
While continuing to drive, Ish prayed, "Father God, please help us find the best alternative to public school that You would approve of. Please help us make the right decisions. Thank You for helping us find out what was causing David to be confused and think he is a girl. Please help us undo the damage that has been done to him. Please help David's mind come back to the truth, accept reality, and Your design and purpose for him. Thank You that things aren't worse. You are great God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen."
"Amen." said Ishah who then thanked God aloud, "Thank You God that I married to a good Christian man who prays often and stands for truth and reality regardless of anyone or anything. Thank You for him reading and meditating on Your word everyday and doing his best to live and vote according to what You say in Your Word. Thank You for him doing his best to lead, guide, protect, and provide for our family."
That made Ish smile. And lead him to thank God aloud for Ishah: "Thank You God for giving me such a good Christian woman who prays, backs me up, stands beside me, and willingly follows my lead. She is a great help-meet. Please greatly bless her for such a great help meet for me and being a great mom and for all the good things she does. Thank You for her doing her best to love You first and live for You."
When they got home, David went straight to the living room and started playing with some of his toys that he had left on the couch. As he entertained himself, Ish and Ishah were scouring the internet for articles and videos that addressed education from a scriptural perspective in hopes to find out what public school alternatives are the most inline with God's Word.
Around two hours later, they stopped what they were doing and started fixing dinner together to take a break from their endeavor and because they were hungry. David was extra hungry since he was a growing boy and because he hadn't eaten anything after lunch, watched with great anticipation as they prepared and cooked the food. Whenever they asked him to help, he wouldn't hesitant to help because he liked to help and he knew they would be able to eat sooner as result.
After filling their bellies, they played a movie for David to watch while they rinsed off the dishes, placed them into the dishwasher. As the dishes were washing, they discussed what they had found so far concerning schooling options and about how to help David overcome the erroneous, harmful, dark beliefs that were foisted upon him. They knew and felt relieved that they had uncovered and foiled the assimilation attempt of their son by dark forces, but they new that the battle was far from over and that it would take time for David to be healed.
Noticing it was 7:33 pm, they told David to take a shower, and after he put on his pajamas, they prayed with him next to his bed, said "I love you. Goodnight." Then they took showers, dried off, put on some sleepwear, and prayed together to God about David and others things along with asking Him questions like "What can we do to help David more easily escape his delusion?" and "What should we do concerning David's education?" Then they kissed each other and said "Goodnight. I love you." They earnestly sought God's direction, counsel, guidance, and help; and that pleased God.
The next day, Ish and Ishah woke up early and read their Bibles as they usually did every day. When they finished reading their Bibles, they changed their clothes, woke up David, who liked to sleep in, and got him to change his clothes too. Then they ate breakfast together. Right after that, they asked David if he wanted to watch some cartoons and he answered verbally, "Yes" and physically with his feet by running to the couch and hopping on it. So they turned on the TV and allowed him to watch some wholesome cartoons. They didn't mind him watching tv on Saturday mornings; especially this day, because they needed and wanted to resume their urgent-important mission. They knew they had to find the best alternative to public school that they could be absolutely sure would not endanger and warp David's self-perception, identity, morals, heart, mind, soul, and worldview, and make him less likely to get truly saved. All day long they searched, watched, listened, and read all sorts of things online, temporarily stopping to feed David, feed themselves, to play with him, give their minds a break, discuss what the they were finding and learning, and pray indvidually or together. They prayed for discernment and understanding and about many other things throughout the day much more than they normally did because they knew that they could make better decisions and choices concerning what alternative is most inline with God's word with God's help and counsel than without it. Before they knew it, the night had arrived, and they still hadn't decided what was the best alternative. But they weren't worried because they were trusting in God and truly believed that He would reveal or help them figure out what the best alternative is. So, they put David to bed, took a shower together, and read God's word and prayed together; and slept very well.
Sunday morning the Emets assembled with other believers, the Church, in the Church building; and they along with all the other true believers thanked, praised, and worshiped God despite what was going on in their lives. When the sermon was over Ish and Ishah went up to the altar together with David, knelt down and began praying again for God to help them make the right decisions concerning David's education, for him to stop being confused, for him to accept that he was a boy because God formed him in the womb to be a boy, for him to truly get saved sooner rather than later, and for him to learn his identity in Christ. As they were praying, pastor Titus Jeremiah Hancock placed his hands on Ish and Ishah's backs and prayed for them and their prayers to be answered. And when he finished praying for them, he lifted his hands off their backs and went to the others who were also kneeling and praying at the altar and prayed for them too. When everyone was done praying at the altar, the pastor said a prayer out loud for everyone and said afterward: "If you love people like Jesus, you'll tell them the truth because the truth will set them free. May the rest of y'alls days go well. Keeping living for Jesus in word and deed. Keep fighting the good fight. I hope to see you back tonight."
On the way home, the Emets' stopped by Chick-Fil-A because that was one of David's favorite fast-food places to eat as well as his parents since the food tasted good there and they supported good values, truth, and reality.
Once they were fueled up, they went home, changed.
David asked his mom, "May I play some video games?"
She replied, "Yes you may. But not all day."
Woosh he went, straight to the entertainment center. He opened one of the draws of the entertainment center, pulled out his game console, popped in his favorite game, his eyese locked onto the screen, and soon his fingers were tapping away. They didn't mind him playing video games here and there for a little bit as long as they didn't have blood, sex, and savage violence in it.
While he was immersed in the game, his parents went straight back to researching educational alternatives on their laptops. Ish, remembering that prior to the recent meeting with Miss. Qiaplu he had watched 2 videos on the web by Dr. Jason Lisle whose titles are "The Ultimate Proof of Creation", and "Nuclear Strength Apologetics" and learned some very powerful apologetics from them. He knew that Dr. Jason Lisle is very intelligent, logical, well-versed in science and more; and he believed Dr. Lisle truly believed in God and His Word. That recollection made Ish wonder if Dr. Lisle had anything addressing eductaion, so he went to BiblicalScienceInstitute.com and typed in "education" in the search field to see if anything would come up. Four articles by Dr. Lisle instantly caught his eye:
- "The Purpose of Education"
- "Education and the Myth of Neutrality"
- "Education: Objections to Biblical Principles"
- "Education and Practical Objections"
He called Ishah over and they read them together. When they finished reading them, Ish said, "Wow, those articles have many very good points."
Ishah replied "I absolutely agree."
As they continued talking about those articles and things they previously knew and recently learned regarding education, Ishah suddenly remebered something causing her to say, "I have a movie about public schools I bought when David started school that I've been meaning to watch but haven't yet because I forgot about it. There may be something we can glean from it."
Ish said with a smile, "Let's watch it."
Ishah replied, "I think it's somewhere on the dvd shelf. I should be able to easily find it because its still wrapped with plastic."
Ishah walked over to the dvd shelf and began searching through it and said, "I can't find it. It's got to be here. I'm for sure I put it up here."
Ish replied, "Maybe you overlooked it."
Ishah responded, "It should be easy to find, I never removed the plastic wrap."
"Let me help you look." said Ish.
Now both of them were carefully searching the dvd shelf but neither of them could find it. Then Ish looked at David and said, "David, have you been messing with the dvds?"
David said "No." as he continued playing with his toys.
Ish said, "David, you know it is wrong to lie. It's better to tell the truth so that you don't get into more trouble. Have you been messing with the dvds?"
Looking down and away from his father because he knew his dad was going to be dissapointed in him for lying, he stopped playing with his toys and slightly nodded his head up and down.
"Did you take any of the dvds off of the shelf?" replied Ish.
David replied softly, "I did. I'm sorry."
Ishah said, "Where did you put the dvds?"
David said, "In the tv drawer."
Ish took a few steps and started opening the tv drawers. At the moment of opening the third drawer he said, "Yep, they're several dvds in here. And one of them is still wrapped in plastic."
"That's gotta be it." said Ishah
Ish handed Ishah the plastic wrapped dvd and then put the rest back on the dvd shelf. Then looked at David and said "David, I am dissapointed that you lied at first and that you didn't put the dvds back where they belonged, but thank you for admitting that you messed with them afterward and for saying you're sorry. Remember that you are suppose to put things back where they belong. So next time you take one or more dvds off the shelf, please put them back where they belong."
David replied, "Okay. I will."
Ishah added, "If you don't put things back where they belong it makes it harder to find them. So do your best to put things back where they belong."
David replied, "I'll do my best to put things back."
"Okay David. Do your best to. You can go back to playing with your toys." said Ishah.
Then she took "Indoctrination: Public Schools And The Decline Of Christianity In America" (http://www.indoctrinationmovie.com/) and put it in the blue-ray player walked to the couch and sat down next to Ish and said, "Go ahead an play it."
Ish hit play, and they began watching it.
When the video ended, Ish said "I didn't know that public schools were founded on those things. I wish we would have watched that before we sent David to school." And Ishah said "I wish we would have too. I have another video I also bought called "The Children of Caesar" by Voddie Baucham. Do you want to watch it?"
"Absolutely." said Ish.
"Okay. I put it in my dresser drawer after it was delivered on Friday morning. It should still be there. I'll go get it." replied Ishah.
Ishah got the video, took out "Indoctrination" and put in "The Children of Caesar" and set down beside her husband and their eyes, ears, and minds were fixed on the tv with great anticipation.
"Wow, I wish we would have watched that video before we sent David to public school." said Ishah.
"Yep. We should have researched what public schools were based on and dived into God's Word to see what He says about education before blindly deciding to send David to public school. I'm sorry Ishah, I messed up. It is one of my responsibilities as the leader of our family to make sure that David was given a godly-education. I messed up. God, please forgive me." said Ish.
"It's okay. I messed up too. I originally told you I wanted to work which also led to this. God, please forgive me too." replied Ishah.
Ishah continued, "I also bought "The Homeschool Awakening" and I think we should watch that after dinner if you are up to watching it."
"I'm ready to watch it whenever you are."
"David, what would like for dinner?" said Ishah.
"Cake and ice-cream."
"David, you can't have cake and ice-cream for dinner, but if you help me cook dinner, maybe we can have some for dessert."
"Okay. I'll help."
Ishah began walking to the kitchen and David followed close behind, and Ish said, "Do you want me to help?"
"No. You've got to work tomorrow so just relax. We've got this."
While Ishah and David cooked, Ish laid down on the couch and closed his eyes and whispered several prayers to God as he pondered everything they recently read, watched and listened to regarding public schools and education. Around thirty minutes later, Ishah said, "The food is almost done."
"Great, I'm ready to eat, especially since I didn't eat a big meal at Chick-Fil-A." as he got up off the couch. He grabbed the plates and cups from two of the kitchen cabinets and said, "David, get me 3 forks and 3 spoons please." And David reached into a kitchen drawer and grabbed them. They went into the dining room and as they were setting up the kitchen table together, Ishah said, "Don't forget to get some knives for cutting the chicken."
"David, do you think you can get the knives and bring them to me?"
"Okay, go get the knives, but make sure that you don't grab the blades and keep the blades pointed away from your body."
"Don't run, walk."
After the table was finished set up, David set down and Ish helped Ishah bring out the food, then they said a prayer and ate.
After the dishes were rinsed off and put in the dish washer, they sat down on the couch and watched 'The Homeschool Awakening' (https://www.kirkcameron.com/homeschoolawakening - I have not watched this yet, but I think it may be a good movie. It's not on dvd or blue-ray yet. I don't know if I should keep it in or take it out and the same is true of the dinner entry just above.)
When they finished watching "Homeschool Awakening." Ish looked at Ishah and said "Are you thinking what I'm thinking based on everything we've learned?" And she said "Yes, but to be honest, I was already considering homeschooling before our meeting with David's teacher and especially after it."
"Well, after all the researching we did online, reading those four articles, watching those documentaries, and most importantly learning What God's Word says about education, I believe the best public school alternative is homeschooling." said Ish.
"I agree." said Ishah.
"I will do my best to be involved and help you homeschool, but I have to work to provide for us, so much of it will be in your hands. Are you absolutely willing to do this Ishah?"
"Our sons future, heart, mind, and soul is at stake so I am willing." replied Ishah.
Then Ish said "I'm glad you are. We should also start doing a family Bible reading or Bible devotional along with praying together every day. But I will lead it. I should have been doing this the whole time, but I let work get in the way. Sixty or more hours a week is too much. I'm thinking about telling them I'm not going to work overtime anymore. Forty hours a week at max is what I'll be doing from here on out. And if I have to cut it down to thirty-five or even thirty to make sure I'm fulfilling the biblical responsibilities for husbands and fathers and followers of Christ, I will. As long as we budget our money well, we should easily have enough for food, shelter, clothes, and other necessaties for us as well as educational materials for David. We can provid David with an education that is rooted in fact, truth, reality, logic, critical thinking that is inline with God's word. As long as we do our best to keep God first, obey His Word, seek and further His Kingdom, speak and live the truth, love each other and nurture our relationship, fulfill our God-given roles and responsibilities, David will accept the truth and hopefully one day he will stop believing he is a girl; and hopefully, someday, he will truly come to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as well as many others by God working through us and other Christians."
Ishah said, "I don't need to be a career woman or work to define my identity, give me value, give me purpose, or find fulfillment in life. Too many women have been deceived by the evil one and worldly beliefs such as ungodly feminist beliefs, and many other things; and end up seeking fulfillment, defining their identity, trying to find their value, and searching for purpose in worldly things that are against God's Word and are contributing to the destruction of the family and more. God defines my identity, and I find fulfillment and purpose in life by living according to What He Says In His Word and my value and worth is innate because I am made in His image. I want to invest my life in my family and other godly things that have lasting spiritual significance and effects. So staying at home, being your wife, being David's and our future children's mother and teacher, and living for God is good enough for me and is my enduring good work. I've always wanted to be a stay at home wife and mom; and I'm sorry for not telling you that before we got married. Having tons of material possesions or being able to travel all around the world or seeking after any other worldly things are not important to me. I'm with you all the way as I have been since the day I married you."
"Ishah, you are blowing my mind. You are truly a great godly woman. I'm very thankful to God and to you for you reading and meditating on God's word everyday and for doing your best to live according to God's Written Word regardless of what feminists and others say, think, or do. Thank you for rejecting feminism, transgenderism, and other harmful and destructive beliefs. Thank you for doing your best to not let wordly things influence you. You don't know this, but I've always wanted to marry a Christian woman who wanted to follow God's design for marriage and family-who wanted to be a stay at home wife and mother. Even though you are a godly woman, I was afraid to tell you that because I thought you might not want to marry me because of it. But I should have told you that before we got married and I'm sorry for not doing so, especially since that is what you wanted to do anyways. Thank You for learning and following God's design for marriage and family. Thank you for choosing to be my stay at home wife and mother to our children and for wanting to homeschool David and our future children. You are awesome. Homeschooling may take some getting used to, but I'm sure we can do it. I promise to continue to do my best to love, protect, provide for, and lead you and our children with God's help." said Ish.
Ish reached out and grabbed Ishah's hand and said let's pray: "Father God, please help us to live according to what Your word says. Please help us learn more about Your purpose and design for marriage and family and live according to it so that we can represent Your kingdom well. Please help Miss. Qiaplu and other people realize that Your ways are better than their ways; and please help them realize that Your word is true and that all lives matter because girls and boys are formed in the womb by You and created in Your image and therefor have inherent value and worth. Help people to realize that even though You gave men and women different body structures; different physical abilities; different roles, and different responsiblities because You designed and purposed men and women to be complementary to each and still be equal in value, worth, and personhood which is confirmed by Your word. Please help Christians realize Your purpose for education too. Please help us get used to homeschooling very quickly and be very good at it.Please help Ishah, me, David, our family be a light that draws people to You. Please help us to continue witnessing in word and deed and to live for Your glory all our lives . You are great and awesome God. To You be all the glory, honor, thanks, praise and all that is due You. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ, we pray, amen."
That night, they slept very well because they were growing closer to each other and to God together and because they new they had made the right decision based on facts, truth, God's Word.
The Journey Begins
On Monday they unenrolled David from public school and began their homeschooling adventure. It took them a few weeks, but with counsel from homeschool organizations they figured out what David's real knowledge level was and ordered educational materials to suit.
And when Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu found out, she went hysterical and tried to have David taken away from them because they were homeschooling him and not indoctrinating him with her and the government's beliefs. But the Home School Legal Defense Association and Parental Rights Amendments quickly put an end to that. Their God-given freedoms confirmed by the United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights were upheld enabling them to continue giving their son a homeschooling education rooted in truth that honors God.
As time went by the Emets got better and better at homeschooling and became more comfortable with it and enjoyed their freedom. They could go go on mini-vacations anytime they wanted and he could do his homeschooling along the way. And he could learn at his own pace. Once he learned something and was able to apply it, he was allowed to move on to the next thing since he didn't have to wait for others to catch up. And when he had trouble grasping something, he could slow down and take the time he needed to understand, learn, and apply it without being pressured to catch up to anyone else. When Ish got home, he would get Emet exercise with him, and if they didn't do any exercising, they would go outside do some kind of physical activity and more often than not, Ishah would join in. David also got to play or socialize with other adults and children of all ages at church, at home when friends or family were invited or spontaneously droped by, and at various other places.
Ish and Ishah knew that David and all children need to learn that there are consequences to their actions and to help them learn to respect authority and uphold the law for their good as well as others. So they continued to discipline him whenever he lied, cheated, took something that didn't belong to him without permission, broke the rules, or did something else that was wrong. This included giving him a spanking when necessary. They spanked him on his bottom hard enough to make sure he understood that what he did was very wrong or very dangerous, but not so hard that it caused severe injury. They never beat him. Before or after administering godly disicipline, they made sure that David knew why he was being punished. The disciplined him out of love for him and in obedience to God because His Word in Proverbs 13:24 says "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes." and Proverbs 23:13 says "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." and Proverbs 22:15 says "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
If Ish and Ishah heard David call himself a girl, one might think that they would have spanked him or come down on him in some other way, but they didn't because they knew this matter needed a different approach. Instead, they sat down with him and told him that he was a boy created in God's image and that he wasn't a girl. They explained to him that God made males and females, boys and girls, different and why he made them different. They read God's Word to him and helped him understand it. And prayed for him often. They gave their precious little boy the truth and love he needed because they knew truth, love, and God would eventually set him free. And they did all this and more without being overbearing.
Now that the Emets were growing more accustomed to homeschooling, Ish and Ishah started notifying even more parents and people about the harmful ideologies that are being foisted upon the children in public schools and elsewhere that are nothing less than brainwashing. In order to save the children and save America, the Emets knew that parents and others needed to get involved to stop the destructive beliefs being forced onto children through textbooks, videos, other forms of media, things, and by people who are really seeking their own interests and not that of the child. The Emets also began witnessing even more in word and deed to their neighbors, to people, by inviting friends, family, and others to a cookouts, church, their home, visiting them at their home, and then talking to them about God and His Word for at least a little bit. When they talked to someone in the store, they would hand them a gospel tract if they didn't think the person wanted to talk about God or the Bible. They did other creative things to share the Gospel, the truth, too. They continued to read and meditate on God's word separately and as a family and learn things to help them get even better at giving a reasoned and logical response for why they believe what they believe and so that they could answer genuine questions anyone may have about The Bible, God, and etceteras. And if they didn't have an immediate answer to a question someone asked, they would tell the person something like, "I don't know, but let me do some reading and research too, and I'll get back with you." To get a conversation going, they would ask people what they thought about a bible verse or a particular matter, they would use themselves as an example of how they broke God's Commandments and how God forgave them of their sins and saved them. David got involved in these things too. Several times, David handed people gospel tracts when and where His mom and dad were too. Even people who refused a gospel tract from his parents would accept a gospel tract from him which helped him to be more outgoing. And whever someone didn't accept one from him, he learned overtime how deal with dissapointment and unacceptance better; and he was learning how to deal with people with varying temperments when his parents had people over. He realized that not everyone is going to like you or be nice to you no matter what you do. He was also learning how to deal with mean and hateful people by watching how his parents dealt with people who said demeaning and hateful things to them because they were trying to give them a gospel, witness to them in some way, or tell them the truth. By seeing his parents live out their words and beliefs, he was drawn more and more to the way of truth. Many of times David asked them why they were doing such things and they told him him that God's Word says they were are suppose to stand, speak, and live the truth and witness in hope that people would truly come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and obey God and His Word. They were also hoping and praying for that their efforts as well as their other brothers and sisters in Christ who witnessing too would cause an exponential explosion of people to truly get saved and live for the Only True God because they knew that good presidents, good laws, and good amendments, good education, and good etc. will help to make America great again, but Judeo-Chrisitian values, Truth, God and His Word are the only things that can insure American will remain.
Six months had passed since the Emets rescued David from the interconnected and intertwined religions of naturalism, atheism, secular humanism, feminism, and transgenderism and their harmful fruit being fed to him in Caegindo Public School. And one day, as Ishah was watching David working on his math skills in a homeschool math workbook to reinforce what he had just learned, she heard her phone's ringtone, "Hoo hoo, Hoo-hoo, Hoo hoo, Hoo-hoo" and answered: "Hello, who is this?"
"Please don't hang up. It's Miss. Lega Bitra Qiaplu. Please hear me out. Please don't hang up."
"I wanted to tell you that the meeting with you and your husband really infuriated me even though both of you were calm, honest, and were telling me the truth and reality out of love. I wanted to prove to you and myself that everything you and your husband said was wrong and that the Bible was wrong, so I started reading the Bible and checking into the things both of you told me in the meeting and that was on the note you put in the Bible for me. I started reading Genesis and John in the Bible and continued reading the Bible after I finished those books. I read founding historical documents. I read articles, listened to things, and watched videos on Answers In Genesis and those other websites too. And the more I read, listened to, watched, and dug deeper into the Bible, those things on those websites, and what you and your husband said, the more I learned and realized both of you really were telling me the truth. I couldn't refute what both of you said, the Bible, or what was on those websites. When I thought I found something that refuted the Bible or something on those websites or something y'all said to me, those websites logically refuted it. Even so, I still didn't outright accept the truth because if I did, that means that I would have to admit that God is real, His Word is true, and that I'm not the ultimate authority over my life, and my beliefs were wrong and were hurting me and others. Though I didn't want to admit it, I was continually being drawn to the light by the truth. And overtime, because of you, those websites, and the Bible revealing the truth to me and because reading the Bible also had a calming affect on me and was touching my heart, I spent more and more time reading the Bible and learning more from the Bible and those websites. The truth was helping me to see that my prejudices against the truth, Christians, the Bible, and God were unwarrantable. So I slowly relinquished my prejudices against those things which was hard for me to do. The Bible and those sites talk about how to get saved, and I want to get saved, but I'm concerned about what my friends, coworkers, and others are going to say or think about me and how they are going to act towards me if I get saved." said Miss. Qiaplu who was lead to call Ishah by the Holy Spirit. The Father was drawing her to Him, the Holy Spirit was convicting her of her sins such that she was experiencing godly sorrow for all the sins she committed. Once again, God was calling her and presenting her with a choice to either enter the wide gate and continue on the broad way that leads to destruction or enter the small gate and begin traveling the narrow way that leads to life.
"Miss. Qiaplu, if you want to get saved then you shouldn't let what people may or may not say or think about you and how they may or may not act towards if you get saved stop you from getting saved. Nor should you allow any other excuses or anything else prevent you from getting saved. God's word says the heart is deceitful above all things so don't let your heart deceive you with excuses, thoughts, or beliefs prevent you from getting saved. And don't let any excuse, thought, or anything else from the devil or any demon prevent you from getting saved. Don't let anyone or anything get between you and God. If you want and feel lead to get saved, then get saved. Don't delay, get saved right then in there because the more you put it off the less likely you will be to get saved and if you die or Jesus returns before you get saved, it'll be too late. Father God, please help Miss. Qiaplu let go of and reject the excuses, thoughts, and anything else preventing her from truly repenting of her sins and getting truly saved. God, if the evil one or demons are near her, please cast them away from her. Please help her to come to You Lord. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen."
"I needed to hear that. I do want to get saved. But I want to make sure I do it right. Please help me do it right."
"Do you acknowledge that you are a sinner?"
Miss. Qiaplu began lightly weeping and said,
"Yes, I am a sinner because I have told lies; stolen things, and borrowed things and never returned them. I've watched pornography and obscene things, lusted after people in my heart, and fornicated. I've hated people. I've selfishly desired other people's things. I've taken God's name in vain in many different ways. I have put myself and the false gods of the lgbtqia+ before the One True God. I've not always done good when I had the opportunity to do it. I have done many, many, many other evil things too. So I know I have broken God's Ten Commandments; I have disobeyed Him and His Word."
"Do you feel sorry for sinning against God?"
"Thank you for being open and honest Miss. Qiaplu. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Son of Man, and God?"
"Do You believe that Jesus died on the cross to take the penalty for your sins and rose three days later conquering death?"
"Then all you have to do is pray a prayer of repentance to God. You can pray to God and tell Him you have sinned against Him and are sorry for your sins, and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and believe on Jesus to save you from your sins, and tell Him that you believe in Him and will do your best to live for Him."
"How do I pray?"
"Pray as if you were directly speaking to Him like you are speaking to me right now. Just speak from your heart and mind and truly mean it. He will hear you."
Quaking in her chair, Miss. Qiaplu set down her phone on her kitchen table, bent over, looked down at the ground, and with many tears pouring from her eyes she said: "God, I have sinned against You. I have broken Your commandments. I have disobeyed You and Your word. Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose three days later. Jesus, please forgive me for my sins, please save me. Jesus I place all of me, my whole life, in your hands to do with as You will and I will do my best to learn more truth and to tell the truth according to Your Word, to read and live according to Your Word eveyday, to stand and vote for what is right, and to live for You Lord God. In Your name Jesus Christ I pray, amen."
At the very moment she finished praying, she felt a monstrous weight lifted off of her shoulders and she knew, that she knew, that she knew she was going to heaven because Jesus Christ forgave her of her sins, God saved her. Then she picked up her phone and said "Ishah, are you still there?"
Ishah was almost not able to speak because she was weeping as well because she heard Miss. Qiaplu weeping and praying a prayer of genuine repentance, so she softly said, "Yes."
"What do I do now?"
"Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?"
"Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I know I am going to heaven because Jesus saved me." replied Miss. Qiaplu with all her heart.
"Then you have been born again and given a new heart by God; and now the Holy Spirit dwells in you and He assures you that you are saved, you are a child of God, and going to heaven. Welcome to the family of God my sister in Christ. Based on what is written in God's word, the next important thing you should do is get baptized as an outward expression and profession of your faith in Jesus Christ. If you want to, You can come to my Church and get baptized this Sunday or you can go to some other Bible believing church and tell the preacher there how you got saved and that you want to get baptized."
"I would like to get baptized at your Church. Just send me the directions and time and I will be there."
"I'll text you the address. I'm going to call my pastor and let him know that you would like to get baptized Sunday. He will probably want to talk with you to confirm everything. Would it be okay for me to give him your phone number?"
"Please do. Please give him my number."
"Okay Miss. Qiaplu, I'll do that today. Not to push you away, but I've got to go back to homeschooling David unless you have something else important that you need to talk to me about."
"No, that's it. Thank you again for speaking with me despite what I did. Thank You and your husband for standing up for what is right and telling me the truth."
"You're welcome. Please thank God too for it is because of Him and with His help that we did."
"I will thank God."
"That's good, He deserves it. If you want us to, we can meet you in front of the Church before the main service starts and then we can find a place to sit together."
"That would be great. I would be delighted to sit with y'all."
"Oh, I forgot to tell you that it doesn't matter what you wear to Church but everyone would appreciate it if you didn't wear something that exposed body private body parts. This is especially true for Christians because God's word says to dress in modest clothing."
"That's understandable. I want to obey God's word as best I can, so I will dress modestly."
"Okay, we will be waiting for you in front of the Church come Sunday morning at 11 a.m. I recommend that you continue reading and meditating on God's word every day first thing in the morning because if you start your day off with putting God first, that will help you to keep Him above all and live for His glory through the rest of the day and grow in Christ. Also, you should pray to God by talking to Him about your problems, asking Him for help and guidance and listening to the Holy Spirit. It is also good to thank and praise Him for the blessings He loads you with every day such as the sun rising and the sun setting, the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the birds singing, a place to live, and loved ones waking up. Doing those things will help you get closer to Him and stay close to Him. And the closer you are to Him the more joy and peace you will have and the more secure you will feel and be."
"I will do my best to do those things. Thank you for the godly advice." said Qiaplu.
"You're welcome. You can call or text me or Ish anytime. We love you Miss. Qiaplu. Before I go, I would like to pray for you. Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Yahweh, thank You for helping Miss. Qiaplu see the truth. Please continue to help her read and meditate on Your Word and live according to it every day. Please help her to vote according to what Your Word says. Please help her to pray, thank, and praise You every day. Please help her grow in her Christian walk with You and become more like Jesus every day for the rest of her life. Please help her make the right decisions. Please help her to do what's right in Your sight. Please bless her even more the more she lives according to Your word and obeys You. Father God, if she decides not to continue going to the church we go to, please help her find a Church that has a consistent biblical worldview, that doesn't add to, take away from, twist, or compromise on Your word no matter what, and that preaches and teaches according to What You Say in Your word no matter what. Thank You for leading her to call me. Thank You for drawing her to You. Thank You for helping see the truth. Thank You God for my new sister in Christ. Please fill her life with Your love. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen!"
"Ishah, thank you for praying for me."
"You're welcome. One last thing, I recommend writing in your Bible today's date and writing somewhere above or before it, "My spiritual birthday, the day I was born again." because you got truly saved today. And write anything else you want under it. Alright Miss. Qiaplu. I'll talk to you later. I hope you have a great rest of the day. We love you. Bye."
"I love y'all too. Bye." said Miss. Qiaplu happily and joyfully.
After that wonderful conversation and event, she read God's word again. A little later in the day, Ish arrived home, and Ishah began telling him all about what happened. When she finished, he raised his hands in the air and said "Thanks and praise be to You great God Almighty for our new sister in Christ. Please continue to open the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of the lgbtqia+ so that they see and accept the truth and truly come to know You Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior too and be radically changed by You and turn from their destructive behaviors, beliefs, and lifestyles. You are great God. To You be the glory, praise, honor, and everyting due You. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen."
Then Ish texted Miss. Qiaplu: "Welcome to the family of God. We look forward to seeing you Sunday." which made Miss. Qiaplu smile and reply "Thank You. I'll see y'all there."
The next day, after work, Miss. Qiaplu filed a petition to change her name. And every day after, as she had been doing, she continued reading and meditating on The Bible while looking forward to being baptized soon.
The Lively Service
Sunday morning, she got up early to pray and read the Bible. Then she picked out something comfortable to wear to Church; and took a shower, dried off, wrapped the towel around her, and laid on her bed. Looking straight upward, she said, "God, I'm little nervous about getting baptized in front of a lot of people today, but I want to get baptized so please calm my nerves. Thank You God for that great shower I took. Thank You God for hearing me. In Your name Jesus Christ I pray, amen!" and she got dressed and ate breakfast. To pass the time, she sat down on the couch and checked her email and some other things. At 10:30 a.m. she left for Church.
The Emets were patiently waiting in front of the church for Miss. Qiaplu to arrive. Ish looked at his watch and saw that the Church service would be starting in ten minutes, and said, "Ishah, do you think she is going to show up?"
"I truly believe she will as long as nothing beyond her control happens to prevent her from coming."
"Okay. Then let's continue to wait." In their hearts, they decided that they were going to wait until the last second to go in because they truly believed she had been changed and was going to come. As they continued standing near the front steps at the front of the Church, they friendly greeted people with a smile, handshake, or nod at the very least if they didn't say "Hi.", "I'm glad you came.", or ask someone "How are you doing?", or say or ask something else to someone, or respond to someone saying or asking them something. One of the door greeters look at his watch, then at them, and said, "Church is about to start in about three minutes. You might want to go ahead go in."
Ishah replied, "Thank you for letting us know that, but we are waiting for someone to show up and we don't want to go in without her."
"Okay. I hope she shows up soon."
Then he and one of the other door greeters began closing the doors, but Ish and Ishah waited still. Moments after the doors shut, Miss. Quiaplu came around the corner carrying a bag with her and said "I'm sorry for being late. I forgot my clothes for getting baptized in so I had to go back home and get them."
"You're not late, you're right on time." said Ishah.
"Alright, we should go in and find a seat." said Ish.
There were some spots available near the front, so walked straight down the isle and satdown together. Ishah and Ish got out their composition notebook and pen to take notes causing Miss. Qiaplu to ask, "Are ya'll going to take notes?"
Ish replied, "Yep."
"Do I need to take notes too?"
"You don't have take notes. But if you want to take notes to help you remember the main points and reinforce what you are hearing or for some other reason, you can."
"I should have brought a notebook and pen with me. I like to take notes."
Ishah reached in her purse and pulled out a notebook and pen and said, "You can have these, I try to keep an extra set in my purse just in case."
Then the Church service began. Pastor Hancock prayed, "Thank You God for everyone who came today. Please help preach according to Your Word and Will. Please help me say the things that need to be said. God, if there is anyone here to day who is not truly saved, please help them see the truth and draw them to You. God, please help me not say anyting that isn't inline with Your Word and Will. Please greatly bless everyone here today. God, You are the Only True God and may You recieve many thanks and praise today. You are worthy of worship. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ, I pray, amen." They sang a few worship and uplifting songs, and greeted each other and the pastor said, "Anyone who wants to give tithes and offerings can come up and place them in the offering plates. There is no pressure to give anything, but remember that God blesses those who give cheerfully and giving helps prevent your money from ruling over you. As people bring their tithes and offerings, please pray that God will bless the gift and the giver and that it will be used rightly and for His kingdom and to further His kingdom and whatever else is on your heart to pray about it." When they finished giving their firstfruits and offerings, and the hymn finished, the preacher started preaching. He spoke about how God does not change; how He and His inerrant word are still relevant today and will always be revelant for the rest of time; that God and His word is the solution to our problems; that Christians need to read God's word daily to increase their ability to discern good from evil, truth from untruth, light from darkness. He said that people in all Churches need to read God's word to make sure the preacher is preaching good doctrine, preaching inline with God's Word, and not preaching their own made-up-beliefs or some other man-made doctrine that is not in The Bible. He also said that Christians need to able to give anyone a reasoned logical response for why they believe what they believe. Sometimes he chased rabbits, he said things that weren't originally in his sermon, said things that he didn't plan to say, such as something that happened to him recently or as a child or about something else read, watched or saw which he would use to make a point or give people a laugh; and that's what he did today, and then got back on topic. But whatever he said, he did his best to make sure he didn't say or do anything contrary to God's Scripture for he greatly loved God. Many in the congregation enjoyed hearing this sermon as they did all the other sermons he gave because he stood firmly on God's word, stepped on their toes, spoke the truth, was honest and open about himself, helped them grow, and helped equip them to continue fighting the good fight. As usual, throughout the sermon, people would shout "Amen." in agreement to something he said and would say other things like "Glory To God.", "That's right.", "That's the truth.", "That's in the Word." which he had the tendacy to increase his spirited vigor, give him extra oomph.
Nearing the end of the sermon, he asked the congregation: "Can anyone here tell me why they choose to believe the Bible?"
A man stood up and said, "Thanks to God, I can."
"Please tell me why you believe the Bible."
"I recently learned an awesome biblical apologetic statement from watching a video by Voddie Baucham called 'Why I Choose To Believe The Bible'. Here it goes, 'I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitness during the lifetime of other eyewitness[; who] report to us supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies [in Scripture] and they claim that their writings are divine and not human in origin.'"
Then a lady raised her hand and the preacher said "Why do you believe the bible?"
With much enthsiasm she said, "One of the reasons I believe the Bible is because God's Word says that those who believe on Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit; and when I got saved I recieved the Holy Spirit and he assures me from within that I am truly saved, and I'm going to heaven without a doubt because Jesus Christ forgave me of my sins and saved. I received the Holy Spirit just like The Bible said would happen."
Another Christian raised his hand while remaining seated, and when the pastor gave him the okay, he said, "I believe the bible because scripture doesn't contradict itself and is self-consistent especially when scripture is read and understood in context."
Another believer spoke up, "Another reason to choose to believe The Bible is because observable and repeatable science and scientific discoveries confirm the Bible. For example, The Bible described the water cycle way before the water cycle was discovered by science."
A lady stood up and said, "God's word says that catastrophic world-wide flood took place in the time of Noah and I saw some videos and read some articles by Answers In Genesis that show that archaeological evidence such as the fossil record reveals that a catostrophic world-wide flood took place in earth's past."
A man raised his hand and the preacher said, "Go ahead."
"We can also believe The Bible because it provides an non-destructive, non-self-refuting, and logical ultimate standard for the preconditions of intelligibility for science, math, logic, morality, and more. And if the Christian God wasn't real and His Word the Bible wasn't true, we couldn't be sure of, rely on, or know anything. For example, we couldn't be sure the sun would rise and set because if the big bang was true, and everything just miracously and spontaneously came from nothing, then the sun could suddenly stop shining without any warning. And there would be no gaurantee that the four seasons would continue and that the physical laws wouldn't suddenly change or be different from one galaxy to the next or just cease. But since the Christian God is real and His Word is true, we know that the four seasons will remain and the physical laws will remain and be reliable because God's Word says that He upholds everything by the word of His power; and that in Him we live, move, and have our being. In other words, God upholds the universe, laws, and everything so that we can exist. He says as long as the earth remains, springtime and harvest and all the seasons will remain. If you want to learn more about this and many other things, I recommend going to Answersingenesis.com and watch 'Nuclear Strength Apologetics' and 'The Ultimate Proof of Creation' by Dr. Jason Lisle and any other of their great videos for free."
"Would anyone else like to say something?" asked the pastor.
Since there was silence, he continued, "Yep, those are good reasons to choose to believe the Bible. There is no book on earth like the Bible. The Bible gets attacked more than any other book, and yet it has not been disproved and remains undefeated. And if anyone sets aside their pride and their anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christian prejudices, biases, and pre-conceived notions; and if they haven't already detetrmined in their heart and mind not to believe in God or the Bible despite the evidence their shown or anything else told and revealed to them, then they would see that there is an abundance of historical, scientific, archeaological, and spiritual evidence along with immaterial discorveries such as math, numbers, logic, and many other things that give great credence in the Bible and shows that what it says fits in with the real world; and on top of that, it is further confirmed by the eyewitness testimony within it. True born again believers who read and study their Bible and have read or watched trusthworthy, biblically-sound websites or media, know that the Bible is what it claims to be: the God-breathed innerrant word of God, and that God meant what He said and said what He meant in His Word. God said He is the Creator of everything and owns everything, and He is the Supreme Ruler, the Supreme Ultimate Authority over all, and He and His Word is the Supreme Ultimate Authority and Standard for determining what is right and wrong; what is good and what is evil; how to get to get to heaven; what is our purpose; what our innate value, worth, and personhood is based on; how to live our lives and more. God and His word is the Ultimate Authority over all whether people believe it or not."
He paused for a moment, and added, "With all that said, do you want to know what I believe is one of the greatest confirmations, if not the greatest confirmation, that God is real and His word is true?"
Someone shouted, "Yes."
"Alright, then I'll tell y'all."
"The greatest evidence or at least one of the greatest evidences that confirms the Bible is the Supernatural Event that takes place in a person when they are convicted of their sins, feel godly sorrow because of the sins they committed, believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take the punishment for their sins and that He rose three days later to conquer death, repent of their sins, ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins, and God forgives them and gives them a new heart, makes them a new creation, and they are born again and there is a verfiable, noticeable, permenant change as a result of them truly getting saved. They do 180 degree turn from their sinful lifestyle and no longer habitually sin. And because they have been radically changed by God, they love God, and desire and do their best to live for God by living according to God's Word. And they know without a doubt that they are going to heaven because the Holy Spirit in them confirms it in them. That is a monumental supernatural miracle. That is supernatural immaterial verifiable confirmation that God is real, that God is supernatural, that God's Word is true. Every time someone gets truly saved a monumental supernatural miraculous event occurs affirming the same. And guess what, we are going to be baptising someone today who has experienced such a supernatural miracle. So please hang on a minute while we get changed because we're about to get biblically wet. Then he walked of the platform."
The Public Declaration & Heartfelt Beseechments
Some of the people patiently waited and others did not for not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian and each Christians' spiritual maturity differs based on how closely they are walking with God; reading, studying, and obeying His Word; and not quenching the Spirit. Regardless of a Christian's spiritual maturity level, anyone who has truly gotten saved is Christian. Christian's aren't perfect, but they are saved, forgiven of their sins, and doing their best to not sin and live for God according to His Word; and are being molded by God to be more like Jesus as time goes by.
A few minutes later, the pastor walked into the baptism pool and looked at everyone and said: "We call this building a Church, but the reality is that this building is not the Church, it is just a building where the Church meets. The Church is all those who have truly been born again. This water I'm standing in is just water, there is nothing special about it. Being dunked in water, getting baptized, does not save anyone. If you don't truly know Jesus Christ as Your Lord and Savior before you got baptized, you just got wet. But if you truly know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then getting baptized is an outward expression and public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ."—he turned to his left—"Are you ready?"
Gesturing for her to come into the water, he said, "C'mon" with a smile.
She began stepping down the steps into the water and he guided her where to stand. Looking her directly in they eyes he asked, "Lily May Sunshine Did you repent of your sins?"
"Did you ask Jesus to forgive your sins?"
"Did Jesus Christ forgive you of your sins?"
"Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?"
"Yes, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior."
"Then according to your profession of faith in Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit. Buried with Jesus Christ into death"—he lowered her into the water and then raised her out of the water—"and raised up with Him from the dead by the glory of the Father to walk in newness of life."
Lily immediately raised her hands in the air and said "Glory Be To God."
And then some of her brothers and sisters in Christ, some sitting, standing, lifting their hands, shouted:
"Praise Be To You God."
"To You be the glory God."
"Thank You Awesome God."
"Thank You Father."
"Thank You Jesus."
"Thank You Holy Spirit."
among other shouts of joy and God honoring things.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit in her, Lily turned and looked at the congregation and said,"Please bear with me because I have some really important things to say that are on my heart."—some tears started falling from her eyes—"I'm sorry for indoctrinating children with my previous worldy beliefs. I'm sorry for confusing children and leading them astray. I'm sorry for taking advantage of the vulnerablilty, impressionability, and deceiveability of innocent children and others. I was so caught up in my pride, my sin, and sinful lifestyle that I didn't realize and acknowledge that what I was doing to the children, myself, and others was wrong. I allowed myself to be deceived into thinking I was born a lesbian. I was decieved and seduced by feminist, lgbtqia+, and other worldly ideologies. I went to pride events as well as other events celebrating things contrary to truth, reality, God and His Word; and I saw, partook of, and approved of things that were extremely wicked. The lgbtqia+ would like you to believe that their lifestyle is fun, happy, and fulfilling, but it is not because the longer you take part of it, the more desensitized you get to it and the more you sink or dive deeper into the utter darkness, and you end up doing wickeder and wickeder things to experience pleasure, excitment, and fulfillment that doesn't last. The deeper or longer you swim and live in this darkness, the more you supress, distort, and deny the truth, facts, and reality; and the harder it is for you to realize that you are swimming and living in demonic darkness, are endangering yourself and others, and need to get out.
"I'm telling you this because whether they know it or not, feminist and lgbtq+ need godly love, truth, and help. Thanks and praise be to God for Ish and Ishah loving me enough to stand against me and tell me the truth even though it infuriated me and I hated them for doing so. They told me what I needed to hear. And they loved their son so much that they rescued him from me and the public schools by homeschooling him. If Ish and Ishah wouldn't have stood against me and told me the truth I wouldn't be here right now; and if they would of allowed David to remain in public school he would be even more confused and in a worse condition than he is now. So please lovingly, boldly, firmly, and kindly stand against feminist, lgbtqia+ and anyone else that says, believes, or does anything against God and His Word. Tell them the truth in love. Be bold and brave because you have the the truth and God is on your side because You are on His side. Do not surrender to them, stand and speak up for what is righteous and good for children's sakes, their sakes, and your sakes. The lgbtqia+ and all mankind have a void in their heart that can only be filled with Jesus. They need you to pray for them so that their hearts and minds will be open to the truth. They need you to be a light that shines so brightly that they see the truth and are drawn out of the darkeness into the light. Please don't give up on them. Please shine your lights. Please help them escape the darkness.
"Children also need to be rescued from public schools because they are being inundated and indoctrinated with harmful beliefs that pull them away from God, truth, and reality, and pull them deeper and deeper into darkness overtime. Everyone thinks that the teachers are the main teachers of their children but they are not. The curriculum is the primary teacher and it's indoctrinating your children with naturalism, atheism, secular humanism, transgenderism, socialism, facism (created by Giovanni Gentile), and other harmful beliefs and many teacher's are covertly teaching their ungodly and unamerican beliefs to the children too. Your children aren't getting and learning all the facts when it comes to America's history and many other things. You children are being force-fed ungodly and unamerican things written and pushed by people with ungodly and unamerican agendas and ideologies. Please rescue your children from public schools and any other school that teaches harmful worldly beliefs. Please rescue your children before its too late. Many smart adults succumb to same dark and harmful ideologies that your children are children are spending the majority of their time and childhood, eight hours and more for 18 years or more, under the instruction and influence of the naturalistic—atheistic—secular-humanistic curriculum and teachers harmful agendas and beliefs. Once you rescue your children from ungoldy curriculum and teachers, don't forget about the other children because they're worth rescueing too. Please do your best to do something to try to stop children in public schools from being brainwashed with harmful beliefs. Go to schoolboard meetings, inform your neighbors and other parents, speak the truth, and do whatever you can to get the truth out and help rescue more children from the worldly curriculum, teachers, and beliefs.
"I'm not married right now and I don't have children, but I if do get married and have children, I'm not going to gamble with their heart, minds, and souls by sending them to public school or allowing them to learn any curriculum that is anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Truth, anti-Facts, anti-Reality, or that teaches that God is irrelevant to any subject or thing. I'm going to homeschool my children. Until I get married, I'm going to remain a teacher, but I'm not going to read those books that teach transgenderism, secular humanism, and any other harmful beliefs to children. I'm probably going to get fired for not teaching everything the government schools want, but I would rather get fired for obeying God and His word, teach the truth, facts, and reality, than teach harmful and destructive beliefs in order to keep my job. Hopefully, until the day I'm fired, I will provide the children I reside over at Nasec public school with a brief respit from being bombarded by harmful beliefs.
"That's pretty much all I have to say. Thank y'all for listening to me. I love all of you."
One of her brother's in Christ shouted "Thank You for having the courage to speak the truth."
Right after that, the pastor said, "Thank you Lily for speaking from your heart and telling us all that."
"You're welcome," she said with a smile.
Then pastor faced the congregation and said, "Lily is our sister in Christ so please help her grow closer to God, pray for her, help her, and be there for her as we are suppose to do for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ as God says in His Word. There is a lot of truth to what she said, so please don't dismiss her words. Please ponder what she said. Let's give God some acclamations of thanks and praise for all that was said and done here today and for all the blessings he bestows upon us every day." and he started clapping and the congregation willingly started clapping too and some shouted:
"Thank You for our sister in Christ."
"Thanks and praise be to You God."
among other good things from their hearts. When the acclamations stopped, Lily was smiling easily for her heart was filled with even more joy from what God had done and was doing in her, and the pastor said "Alright, please bear with us a little longer, we are going to get changed and we'll be right back. While waiting, you could come to the altar or stay where you are and pray for Lily, about what's happening in schools, and about anyone or anything else."
After getting changed, Lily and the pastor stood in front of the stage, and he said, "You-know, a lot of good things were said today, and I hope y'all will digest it all and give it some serious thought. I've been meaning to talk about what is the purpose of education, what type of education is the most inline with God's word, what type of education would God approve of, and related things; and I've been meaning to talk about how to witness better to the people living lgbtqia+ lifestyles. I've been working on some sermon's concerning these things for around a month. So maybe I'll start preaching about education next Sunday and maybe on Wednesday I'll start preaching about how to help the lgbtqia+ to see the truth beause it seems like that might be what the Holy Spirit is leading me to do, especially since I've already been working on sermons concerning the topics Lily spoke passionately about today. Be ready, they're coming. With that said and out of the way, if anyone who wants to shake Lily's hand or give her a hug or say something encouraging to her before you leave, feel free to do so. I'm sure your ready to go and get something to eat, I know I am, so let's pray. Father God, thank You for Lily making a public declaration of faith in You Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Thank You for everyone staying and witnessing Lily getting baptized and saying what she was lead by You to say. Thank You for all the good things we heard today and please help us digest it and take appropriate, godly action regarding it. Please help us make the right decisions about what we should do. Please help Lily be a great witness for You and help other's escape the lifestyle of sin they are slaves to. Please help us to rescue more people from the darkness by witnessing to them in word and deed, telling them the truth, quoting scripture and using the law lawfully, telling them the Gospel, and standing firm on Your word. You are the Supreme Ruler over all and in complete control. To You be the glory, honor, thanks, praise, worship and everything due You. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen. Thank y'all for coming today, we'll see each other when we assemble together again. Be Blessed, be a blessing, live for God and have a blessed rest of the day.".
Several stayed, walked up to Lily and shook her hand or gave her hug, some of which said as they did:
"Welcome to the family of God."
"Thank you for everything you said."
"If you ever need prayer, please let any of us know and we'll pray for you."
"Keep reading God's word every day and living for Him."
"I hope you'll come back."
Fellowshiping At The Shack; Planning & Preparing For A Special Event
Once all was said and done and everyone was pretty much gone, Ishah asked Lily "Would you like to come eat lunch with us?"
"Do you like the BBQ Shack?" asked Ish.
"Absolutely, that's one of my favorite places to eat."
So they drove to the BBQ Shack and set down together and order some chow. Out of curiosity, Ish asked "So why did pastor Titus call you Lily May Sunshine instead of Lega bitra Qiaplu?"
"During my freshman year at college I attended several feminist and lgbtqia+ events and became friends with several people in those lifestyles. And I started spending more and more time with them, and I was thought that I was a lesbian based on things that happened in my childhood and when I told them about those things they suggested that I try dating girls. And after dating a few girls and liking it, and telling them I like it, they quickly affirmed and encouraged my lesbianism. They also encouraged me to do other dark things too. Since I believed I was a lesbian and accepted the lgbtq+ beliefs, I thought I should change my name to establish that I was the authority over my life and to fit my new self-image, beliefs, and lifestyle. But after my eyes were opened by the truth and being completely opened when I got truly saved, I felt and believed that I should change my name back to my true name—the name my father and mother gave me when I was born. And the name I gave myself represents my dark-life, and I want to get rid of things in my home and in my life that will or might draw me back into that dark-life. Retaking my old name confirms to me that I'm accepting what and who God originally intended me to be and that I'm living the truth and walking in light. I hope the petition to change my name back to my birth name will be approved of soon."
"That makes since. I'm glad you're changing your name back to what your parents gave you. That's awesome." said Ishah.
And then they continued having fellowship and enjoying each other's company.
When they finished their meals and conversation, Lily said, "There is something I wanted to ask you and Ishah before we leave."
"Go ahead and ask." said Ish.
"I'm planning on having a cookout at the springs for some of my friends and colleagues. I'm going to tell them what happened to me and how I got saved. I'm not for sure how they are going to respond, especially since many of them hate Christians; I don't know if they are going to get upset or just up and leave. But regardless of what they may or may not do, they need Jesus and I want to give them Jesus. Would y'all be willing to help do a cookout for them and help me give them Jesus?"
"We certainly would," said Ishah, who then looked over at Ish who said willingly in agreement, "I second that."
Ish continued, "When did you want to do it?"
"I was thinking about two weeks from now on Saturday," said Lily.
"Ishah, I'm okay with doing it on Saturday, how about you?"
"I am okay with that too."
"Lily, I wouldn't mind cooking the food." said Ish.
"That would be great."
Ishah said, "If you buy the burgers, hot dogs, and chips, we can buy some chicken; and make or buy some sides." said Ishah.
"I'll also buy disposable tableware," added Lily.
"Is it okay if we also invite a few people?" said Ish.
"Yes, invite as many people as you want." said Lily.
Then Ish said, "I don't know about y'all, but I'm ready to go home and take a nap or at least sit rest on the couch for a little bit. We can talk about this more tonight and over the next two weeks."
"I could used a nap myself," said Lily.
Ishah said, "I hope to see you tonight at church."
"I'll be there."
"Lily, before we go, it would be good if you said a prayer about the cookout."
"Yep, it would." said Ish.
Lily agreed and prayed, "Father God, thank You for the great food we ate and thank You for Ish and Ishah wanting to help do a cookout to point people to Jesus. Please work on the hearts and minds of those who will come to the cookout so that they will be open to hearing what we have to say. God, please help them stay and listen even if they don't like what they hear. Please help us say what they need to hear and use what we say to help them get saved sooner rather than later if not the day of the cookout. Please help us answer their questions if they they have any. Please help us witness to them. Thank you God for hearing our prayers. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen."
"Amen." said each of the Emets.
Within a few hugs and a c-ya-later, they left.
Over the next two weeks, Lily, Ish, and Ishah began asking family, friends, and others if they would like to come to a cookout at the springs on Saturday. By the time Thursday came around (2 days before the cookout), they had a good idea about how many people were coming. And Ishah reserved a picnic pavillion at the local spring and asked the Church they attended if they could borrow enough plastic tables and chairs to be able to seat about sixty people for the cookout. The pastor consented and said they would drop the tables and chairs off and pick them back up. After David finsihed his homeschool assignments, he helped his mom pack small brown paper bags with some delectable goodies, "Are You A Good Person?" gospel tracts, and some other things to give everyone who came to the cookout. But when they finished making enough bags for everyone, she heard a still small voice within her mind say, "Make some extra goodie-bags."
She responded, "How many?"
And she heard the voice say again, "Make some extra goodie-bags."
Believing she was being urged by the Spirit to make extra goodie-bags, she said to David, "Lets make some more goodie-bags just in case more people show up."
And they began making more bags. They made many more goodie-bags, and Ishah was about to stop, but then she heard again, "Make eleven more." And upon making the eleventh one, she heard, "That's enough." Then they placed them into some cardboard boxes. By then, they were both ready to take a break so they sat down on the couch and watched a kid-movie to relax.
Halfway through the movie, Ish walked through the door and David jumped up, ran to his dad, and said, "I helped mom make goodie-bags for the cookout." and showed him the bags in the boxes.
"Good work David. Thank you for helping your mom. Did you need any help with your school-work?"
"No. I finished it."
"David, you were really going at it today weren't you?"
"Daddy, I deserve some ice-cream."
"Yes you do, you earned it; But you'll have to wait until after dinner."
"If y'all are ready, let's go to the grocery store and get some things for the cookout."
Around fifteen minutes later, they met up with Lily at Sunrise Groceries to buy the meat, condiments, and other things for the Saturday gathering. As they were shopping, Ishah asked "Are you nervous about giving your testimony tomorrow?"
"Yes, particularly because many of the people I invited are part of lgbtq+ or support it. I used to go to pride events and other unholy events with them. All or many of them hate God and Christians. And they aren't afraid to twist, add, or remove scripture to try get the Bible to fit their agenda and justify their lifestyle. I'm very concerned that they are going to run off or start shouting hateful things or close their ears to the truth when I'm giving them my testimony and they realize I'm a Christian. But I hope and pray they wont. I hope and pray that hearing my testimony will open their minds more to the truth."
Ishah replied, "Lets pray about it then."
Ishah took hold of one of David's hands and Ish took hold of his other hand, and they both held out their free hand to Lily who placed her hands in theirs—forming a circle next to their shopping carts near the end of isle 7.
Ishah bowed her head and prayed, "Father God, please calm Lily's nerves. Please soften and open the hearts and minds of everyone who is coming to the cookout tomorrow so that they will get saved right on the spot, and if not then, sometime soon we hope and pray. Please help Lily give her testimony. Please give her the words to say to reach their hearts, minds, and souls for You. Please help Ish and me back Lily up and tell them what they need to hear. If anyone asks any questions, please help us to answer them well, and if we are unable to answer any question, please have them be patient and wait for us to get back with them about their question. Please help them learn the truth from Your Word and get them to visit and learn the truth from those biblical organizations that stand on Your Word and find the answer to any questions they may have that they don't ask us. You are God of all. To You be thanks and praise. Thank You God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen."
Ish then said to Lily "Prayer is powerful because our God is allpowerful and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all that we ask if what we ask is within His will. Alright, lets finish getting what we need and want for tomorrow's cookout."
After all the shopping was done, they went back home. Ish wanted to sit on the couch and relax a little, but David wanted him to go outside and shoot the bow and arrow with him, so he did. While they were practicing their archery skills, Ishah cooked a quick and easy dinner: all she had to do was cook some prepackaged breaded fish, a box of macaroni-and-cheese, and a can of peas. When the food finished, she called her boys in and they all ate and then watched a good movie, and went to bed.
On Friday, after David finished his homeschool work, he and his mom made some homemade desserts. As soon as Ish got home, he seasoned hamburger meat and brined the chicken with his homemade chicken brine; and after that he helped Ishah and David make the rest of the fixins and desserts. Once they had everything prepped and made for the cookout, they called Lily to make sure there wasn't anything else either of them had to get or do for the cookout. Being that everything was a go, the Emets sat down and relaxed the rest of the day.
Saturday morning, Lily got up about eight o'clock, loaded her coolers with perishable food and loaded the coolers, napkins, disposable tableware, and other things in to her car, and off she went to the springs. Ish, Ishah, and David were already at the spring and she easily spotted them because they were waiting under the picnic pavilion nearest to the spring a little ways from the parking lot but in clearing. She got concerned because she didn't see any tables or chairs to accomadate their guest who were due to start arriving soon. She was just about to ask if the Church was bringing the tables and chairs or if they needed to go get some, but before she could get a word out, Ish answered, "Don't worry, the Church said they'll be here soon with the tables and chairs." And sure enough, a few minutes later, the pastor and a couple of men and women from the Church arrived with the tables and chairs. And they along with the help of Lily and the Emets, set them up near the picnic pavillion. When everything was placed so that everyone could be seated comfortably and talk to each other easily, the pastor asked, "Is there anything else we can help y'all with?"
And Ish responded, "I'm sure we can handle it from here. Thank all of you for bringing the tables and chairs and helping us set them up. We appreciate y'alls help."
Lily said, "If you want to stay for the cookout all of you may."
"Thank you for the offer, but we've got some other important things to do today so we wont be able to. Remember to give us a call when the cookout is done and we'll come back and pick up the tables and chairs. We are praying for y'all and those who are coming to the cookout. Reach'em with truth for Jesus. Remember, Jesus is with y'all always. We'll see you later. Bye." And several others with him also said "Bye." And they left.
Continuing their preparations, they unloaded the coolers and everything else from their cars that was for their cookout. Just minutes after getting everything ready, their guest started arriving and they greated them with a smile and a wave of the hand, handshake, or hug as they thanked them for coming and told them they could sit down anywhere they liked. When it seemed like everybody who was going to be there had showed up, Lily said to everyone, "Thank y'all for coming. I'm glad you're here. We are planning to start cooking the food around eleven o'clock and it should be done between twelve and one. If you need a snack before then, feel free to grab a small snack from the snack table over there. If you need something to drink, there are two large blue coolers beside the snack table full of different types of soda, sweet and unsweet tea, and water; just pop the lid and get a drink anytime but please close it immediately after you grab one to help keep the drinks colder longer. We have a volley ball if anyone wants to play volley ball, frisbies, horse shoes, chess, and few other games that you can play or you can sit down and chat, or go swim or play in the beautiful spring. We'll tell you when the food is done, but we are going to hang a red cloth on this side of the pavilion to signal the food is done just in case we miss someone. So if you see red, come to the spread. When we finish eating, please don't leave or go anywhere because I have something important to say. That's all I have to say for now. Feel free to grab a snack or drink anytime. And may we all have a good time."
A couple of Lily's friends asked her,
"What's going on?",
"Where have you been?",
"We haven't seen you lately, did something happen to you?"
since she hand't gone out with them to the clubs, prid events, and such for a couple of weeks.
She replied, "I'm going to tell you and everyone after we eat. So please patiently wait. You'll find out soon. But whatever I say, please let me say everything I have to say before you do or say anything."
And they replied,
Most everyone started playing and swimming in the spring including Ish, Ishah, David and Lily as the rest watched, played some other games, or just chatted around the spring, that is, until someone shouted, "Does anyone want to play some volleyball?"
And some shouted back, "I do."
And another shouted, "Oh yeah."
Then several people got out of the water. One of them ran and grabbed the volley ball, and they formed teams and started playing volley ball. Everyone was enjoying themselves and having fun whether they were playing volleyball, watching the volleyball game or some other game, swimming or chilling in the water, or doing something else. In the middle of the third game of volley ball, Ish said "Can someone take my place? I've got to start cooking."
And without hesitation someone said "I will."
After quickly jumping back in the spring to wash the dirt off of him and cool off, Ish fired up the grills. He patiently waited for the charcoal and wood to turn color, and when it did, he began cooking the chicken knowing it would take the longest to cook. As soon as the barbecue chicken was done, the hamburgers and hotdogs went on the grill. Then Lily and Ishah, with David's help, placed the plates, forks, spoons, napkins at the front of the long picnic table under the pavilion. The barbecue chicken, burgers, and dogs were put in aluminum pans and covered with aluminum foil and put in the middle of the table. And the buns, fixins, chips, condiments and etc. were placed at the end. As the beans were being heated up and the last of the hotdogs were being cooked, Lily walked to the volley ball area and told them, "The food is almost done. We're going to be eating in few minutes. I recommended jumping in the spring to cool off real quick."
And all of them ran or walked to the spring and jumped in. Before Lily jumped in the spring, she said, "Just in case someone missed what I said earlier, it's pretty much time to eat, so come on, grab some food, sit down and eat."
Ishah grabbed the red cloth and hung it up where it was very visible.
Grumbling tummies quickly brought everyone to picnic pavilion, and once everyone was there, Ish said, "I'm going to pray over the food. You don't have to bow your head and pray with me if you don't want to. It's okay if you don't, but for those of you who are willing to, please bow your head and pray with me."
Ish bowed his head, and to Lily's suprise many did the same, and he prayed, "Father God, thank You for every one who is here today. Thank you for the good time we are having. Thank You for the cool clear spring water. Thank You for the air we breath. God, thank You for creating the sun which provides plants with energy to grow and provides light for us. God, thank you for upholding the universe. Thank You for the food and sweets we are about to eat and may nourish bodies. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. To You be all the glory, honor, thanks, praise, and great worship. Thank You for greatly loving us. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen."
And Ishah, Lily, David, and followed with, "amen," but not everyone.
Ish continued, "Thank you for praying with me and for those who didn't, thank you for at least listening and waiting patiently. I don't know about you, but I'm hungry, so let's eat."
Everyone grabbed what they wanted and started chowing down almost instantly after sitting down. They were greatly enjoying the food, so much so, some of the verbally verified it.
One of the men said, "Wow, this barbecued chicken is the bomb! It's moist and tender; and the sauce is exceptional."
Another man said, "The hamuburger and hotdog I just ate tasted great too."
A lady asked, "Who made the beans?"
"I did," Ishah replied.
"I haven't had beans that good in a long time, can I get your recipe?"
"Yes. If you give me your email, I'll send you the recipe."
"I most definitly will."
Ish said, "Lily, your egg-potato-salad taste great. It goes well with the chicken and beans, and pretty much everything."
"Lily, I agree, that's some good stuff," said one of her associates.
"Thank you for the compliment."
Another lady said, "Who made the cole-slaw?"
Ish replied, "David and I did."
"That is some of the best tasting cole-slaw I ever had. It's cut just right too."
"Thank you. I've been working on that recipe for a while, but I finally got it to the point that satifies my tastebuds. I'm picky when it comes to cole-slaw."
"Well, your pickiness paid off. I'm picky when it comes to cole-slaw too, and for me, this is just right. I would ask you for the recipe, but I'm a little lazy when it comes to the kitchen."
"Okay. If you ever decide you want it, feel free to get in touch with me and I'll tell you how to make it."
"I'll keep that in mind. Oh, thank you David for helping your dad make it and for helping set everything up."
David didn't respond right away because he was busy filling up his belly. But his mom tapped him on the leg and said, "I know you're enjoying the food, but someone just said thank you to you, and you know what you should say in return."
David, turned to the person and said, "You're welcome."
The homemade brownies, cookies, cakes, and pies were so delicious that they didn't fair well at all, only a few small crumbs were left. Some asked for their recipes also. Everyone's tummies were full and happy, and their taste-buds were satisfied.
Lily, Ishah, and Ish were glad that everyone was having a good time and their physical hunger was satiated, but they knew that wasn't the main reason for having the cookout, so Ish and Ishah looked at Lily and smiled, and she knew it was time. She took a slow deep breath, whispered "God help me.", and with the Holy Spirit's help, she walked a few steps to a spot where everyone could easily see her and said, "Please excuse me and give me your attention."—everyone got quiet and looked at her—"I'm glad everyone is having a good time and enjoyed the food and desserts, but if y'all wouldn't mind, I would like to tell you something important."
One of her friends who wanted to know why she hadn't been going out to the clubs and lgbtq+ events with him and their other friends said, "We're listening. Please tell us." And now everyone was completely focused on her and ready to listen.
With the Holy Spirit's help, Lily opened up completely and began giving her testimony: "About a year ago, I had a meeting with Ish and Ishah who wanted to know why their son David was calling himself Diana, saying he was a girl, and wanting long hair, breasts, and to wear girl clothes. During that meeting I tried to tell them that it is okay for him to call himself Diana and a girl because I believed he might be a girl trapped in a boys body or something else and that children should explore their inner-selves. I tried to appeal to the Emet's emotions in order to convince them David might be a girl in a boys body or something else, but they didn't fall for it. Instead, they ended up giving me the truth. They gave me the facts. They gave me logical responses that refuted my irrational beliefs and exposed my faulty thinking. They stood firmly on God's word, The Bible, facts, realty, and everything they believed. And even though they did their best to control their emotions, remain calm, an not yell at me, and said everything they said out of love for God, David, me, and everyone, and to help me see the truth and accept reality, I was very offended and infuriated by them, I hated them in my heart, so much so that I actually wanted to lash out and physically hurt them. When the conversation was over and they left, I was still steaming with anger and hate that I couldn't get any work done. Their audacity to challenge my beliefs outraged me. I just sat there at my desk thinking of ways I could get back at them.
Nearly twenty minutes later, just as I was about to gather my things and go home since I couldn't get any work done, I heard someone knocking on my classroom door. I didn't want to get up, so I told the person to come in. And to my surprise and great displeasement, Ishah walked in. I meanly stared at her. Unphased by my countenance, she told me that they wanted to give me something and walked up to my desk and laid a Bible with a piece of paper in it on my desk in front of me. Then she politely requested that I read the note in it, told me they loved me, and said bye. I thought about throwing the Bible at her as she walked out, but I didn't. As I watched her walk out, I thought, how dare she come back here, how dare they challenge my beliefs, how dare they tell me that the lgbtq+ and my beliefs are harmful. When the door closed, I looked down at the Bible and thought about throwing it in the trash, but my curiosity overwhelmed me and I pulled out the note and read it. And even though it was written with love for me, I still didn't like what was said. So I folded the note back up and put it back in the Bible. I thought about throwing it away again, but then I thought it would be more satisfying to burn it to ashes, so I put it in my purse. When I got home, I opened my grill, put some paper and charcoal in it and placed the Bible with the note on top. I struck a match and was about set it on fire when I asked myself: What would be better than burning this Bible? It would be much more satisfying to read Genesis and John, and visit those websites and write up refutations and give them to Ish and Ishah to prove them wrong, destroy their faith, and shut them up permenantly. So I kept the Bible and note. But, since I was going to go partying with my friends Saturday night, I decided to wait until the next weekend to start my faith destroying mission.
On Monday, I went to work and noticed that David didn't show up for school. He didn't show up all week. I figured something was going on, so I called the office that Friday and found out that Ish and Ishah unenrolled David and were homeschooling. This angered me more because I wanted to teach him my beliefs and now they were preventing me from doing so. I was so angry about them withdrawing David that I put off my faith destroying mission and focused on trying to get David taken away from them, but I was unsuccessful, which made me even more vengeful. I wanted to get back at them so badly that I started my quest to destroy their right after that. I began reading the books of Genesis and John in the Bible. I keenly looked for some kind of flaw, contradiction, something in those books and in the Bible as a whole. But to my surprise, I actually found it interesting to read and for some reason I didn't feel so angry and depressed when I was reading it. And the more I read it, the less angry and depressed I felt, so I kept reading one chapter a day in Genesis and John. But, I still hadn't given up on refruting it, so as I read it, I looked online for Bible contradictions and found some, and then I went to the websites that were listed on the note Ishah and Ish gave to see if they could demolish the Bible contradictions I found online. To my astonishment, every Bible contradiction I found online that supposedly dissproved the Bible was logically refuted by on one or more of those websites listed on the note Ishah and Ish gave me which began opening my eyes to the possibility that the rest of my assumptions about the Bible and other things I believed might be wrong. Since I'm very inquisitive, I continued reading the Bible and kept reading more aritcles and began watching videos on those websites on the note as well as looking up things that Ish and Ishah said during our meeting. And to my surprise, every article, video, answer, and etc. on those websites were very rational, logical, well thought out, and they showed that operational science, the fossil record and other archaelogical evidence, historical evidence, and much more confirm what is written in the Bible. I also found out that what Ish and Ishah told me about the pilgrims, founders of America, and the other things they told me was true. The more I read the Bible, the more I read and watched things on those websites, the more I realized that my assumptions and beliefs were wrong which was very hard for me to admit. It was very hard for me admit to myself that I was pushing my feministic-transgendered-secular-humanistic beliefs onto David and all the children with the help of the government curriculum, but I had to admit it based on the truth I learned.
The Bible and those websites helped me realize that because I have told lies; stolen things; borrowed things and never returned them; hated Christians and other people in my heart; looked at people with lust in my heart; and because I fornicated and had sex outside of marriage; disobeyed and dishonored my parents; and because I inordinately wanted what other people had; because I didn't always do good when I had the opportunity to do good; because I put myself and my beliefs above God and His word; and because of the many other evil and wicked things I've done... I was a sinner and I was going to be thrown into Hell because I was guilty of not believing in God, breaking God's Commandments, disobeying His Word, the Bible. I realized I was a sinner in need of the Savior. God's Word clearly and firmly established that I was going to be thrown straight into the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth as punishment for my sin.
Ever since the meeting with Ish and Ishah, I have been feeling convicted of my sins and something deep down in me confirmed that they were telling me the truth, but I supressed it. The more truth I learned, the more I read the Bible, the more I felt convicted of my sins and the more I wanted to get saved. But I kept suppressing the conviction I felt and my inner desire to get saved because I was concerned about what my friends, coworkers, and others would think or say about me. But one day when I was being convicted in my heart of my sins again after reading my Bible that 'all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,' I heard a calm, gentle, soft voice say: 'Call Ishah.' I instantly thought: If I call Ishah, she'll probably hang up on me since I tried to have David taken away from her and Ish and because I hated them. But I heard, 'Call Ishah,' in my mind again. I kept hearing 'Call Ishah.' So I gave in, and called Ishah. And the next thing I know, I was telling her about how I wanted to prove that everything they told me was wrong and that the Bible was wrong, but the more I read the Bible, the more I researched, read and watched things on those websites on the note, the more I realized that everything they said is true and that God's Word is true. She continued listening to me and I eventually told her that I wanted to get saved but I was concerned about what my friends, coworkers, and others are going to say or think about me and act towards me if I got saved. One of the things I remember very clearly that she said was, 'Don't let anyone or anything get between you and God. If you want and feel lead to get saved, then get saved.' I told her I really did want to get saved, but I wanted to do it right so I asked her to help me to do it right. Then she asked me a couple of questions and told me there is really no wrong way to pray a prayer of repentance, just as long as I acknowledge that I have sinned against God, believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose three days later, ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins, believe on Jesus Christ, and accept and confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior."
Lily began to weep as she continued, "So I said a prayer of repentance to God with all my heart, mind, soul, strength, and every fiber of my being. And at that moment, God Saved Me, and I felt an enormous weight lifted off of my shoulders and I knew that I knew that I knew that God forgave me of all my sins and that I am going to heaven because Jesus Christ greatly suffered and died on the cross to take my punishment for my sins and all the sins of those who believe on Him.
"Up to that point in my life, I was trying to fill the void in my heart by partying, going clubbing, taking part in pride parades and events, drinking and getting drunk, accumulating material possessions, fornicating, and doing many other wicked things that I don't wont to mention or think about. Engaging in all those unbiblical behaviors and unbiblical lifestyles, and believing in unbiblical ideologies, and teaching others to do the same, did not fill the void in my heart. I would still get angry easily. I would still feel depressed. I often wondered what the point of living was. I was still hurting from being raped when I was a child by some bad man and from other bad things that happened to me in my childhood. Sinning gave me temporary pleasure and satisfaction, but not long afterward, the pleasure and satisfaction would dissipate and the hurt, the pain, the depression, the hate, the anger, and the emptiness would return. It would come flooding back in. Sin caused me to sin more and only worsened my condition. No worldly belief could fill the void in my heart either. Nothing I did or believed could fill the void in my heart. Nothing I did or believed could heal my heart. I was so blinded and chained by my sin and worldly beliefs, I rejected and even hated God, the Bible, Christians, truth, facts, and reality and didn't acknowledge my sin. I didn't tell anyone, but the cumulative effects of sin, my lifestyle, and worldly beliefs were taking their toll on me."
Looking down at the ground, with tears increasingly pouring from Lily's eyes, she continued, "But God kept working on me. He kept showing me the truth. He kept convicting me of my sins. He kept pointing me to Him."
Weeping ever more, she continued: "I didn't deserve for God The Father to sacrifice His Son for me, I didn't deserve for Jesus to willingly lay down his life and die on the cross for my me, because of all the wicked things I've done. I didn't deserve it because of all my sins. I didn't deserve it."
She felt such godly sorrow for all the wicked things she had done, saw, and approved of, that she was heavily weeping and lost the ability to speak. Ishah began weeping too, and she walked up to Lily and gave her a hug and continued hugging Lily as she said to her, "It's okay. I didn't deserve for God to die for me either. I didn't deserve it either. No one deserves it." And Ishah prayed silently with her heart, "Father God, please help Lily keep giving her testimony. Thank You God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen." Then she let her go.
Lily's tears subsided enough for her to continue, "But despite all the sins I committed, God loved me so much that He sacrificed His Son Jesus Christ for me. Jesus endured severe persecution, experienced tremendous pain and suffering, and died a torturous death on the cross for me. Despite all the evil things I've done, He heard my prayer, He heard my cry to be forgiven and saved, and He forgave me of my sins and saved me; and He filled the void in my heart and gave me a new heart. Now I love Him, and I don't want to be a lesbian anymore, and I desire to do my best to keep learning more about God and His Word and to live and vote according to His Word; and to live my life for His glory and not mine."—then she bowed down on the ground—"Thank You God for forgiving me for all the sins I've committed. Thank You for saving me. Thank You God. Thank You God."—she continued bowing in silence for a moment of time— —and got up—"I know we are all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I know that some of you hate Christians like I did. I know some of y'all are involved in really bad things and doing extremly wicked things. I know that we all have sinned in some way and fallen short of the glory of God. I know that you have a void in your heart like I had. I know that you are hurting, angry, lonely, or empty like I was. I know y'all are seeking fulfillment in worldy things that will never bring true joy, happiness, and fulfillment. I know some of you have been hurt in differnt ways and have experienced bad things. But God can will forgive you of all your sins if you ask Him to and fill the void in you and give you a new heart. He is waiting for you humbly come to Him. God is the only one who can forgive you of your sins. No matter how bad you think your sins are and no matter how much you've sinned, He can forgive you. God is ready and waiting, but you have to let go and yield to Him, and if you do, He will free you from the shackles and chains of sin and the fear of death. If God is working on your heart, if you feel convicted, don't run from Him, run to Him because His arms are opened wide and ready to take you in. All you have to do is acknowledge that you have sinned against God, believe on Jesus Christ, believe that Jesus took the punishment for your sins by dying on the cross for your sins and that He rose three days later overcoming death's sting for us, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, tell Him you want to live for Him, and accept and confess Him as your Lord and Savior."
Everyone's heart was being drawn by the Holy Spirit and their facial expressions confirmed it. One or more tears were running down many of their cheeks.
Ish, knowing the Holy Spirit was working on everyone's hearts, said "If you want Jesus Christ to save you today and give you a new heart, you can pray to God silently right where you are. You can tell Him you'ved sinned against Him and that you are sorry for all the sins you've committed against Him; tell Him that you want to turn from your sins and live for Him. Call out to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and accept and confess Him as your Lord and Savior. There is no correct way to say it, just pray from your heart and God will hear you and He will forgive you and He will save you. Please don't listen to those inner voices that are making excuses in an attempt to prevent you from getting saved because you are not promised another moment; you never know when you are going to die. And if you die or Jesus comes back and you aren't truly saved, then the punishment for your sins will remain on you and you will have sentenced yourself to the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth an eternal separation from God. So please yield to the Holy Spirit who is working on your heart. Please repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you of your sins before it's too late."
Ish began singing "Nothing But The Blood" at a slow tempo.
Lily said while he sang, "God is waiting for you to come to Him, don't hesitate, go to Him. Don't be concerned about what people think, just go to Him in prayer. He's wants to have a relationship with you."
Ishah added, "There's no shame here. Just pray to Him, ask for forgiveness, and believe on Him."
Suddenly, a man dropped from his chair to his knees and placed his head and hands on the ground and wept. Then another man bent over in his chair and began praying.
Lily said, "Don't wait. If Jesus is calling you today. Run to Him."
A teenage boy walked up to Ishah and said, "I want to get saved."
Ishah replied, "All you have to do believe on Jesus, believe he died to pay the price for your sins and rose three days, tell God you are truly sorry for your sins, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior."
Right then, the teenage boy closed his eyes, bowed his head, repented and asked God to forgive Him of his sins and God forgave him; he got truly saved.
And a woman bent over and started praying. And then another woman knelt on the ground and began praying.
Ishah said, "Don't let any thought or excuse stop you from getting saved. Don't let anyone or anything keep you from getting truly saved."
Ish stopped singing to add, "satan, demons, and even your own heart will give you excuses to try to prevent you from getting truly saved, so if you feel drawn to God, let go, ignore or run from the excuses, and run to God, just start praying a heartfelt prayer of repentance to God and those excuses should go away."
A man stood up, and started walking to Ish, when he got to Ish, he said, "I want to get saved, but I'm not for sure how to say a prayer of repentance."
Ish replied, "There is no specific way to say. You just have to admit you have sinned against God, believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose three days later, turn from your sins and yourself to God, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, believe on Jesus."
"I'm still not very sure how to word it. Please help me pray."
"If you want me to, I can say the words, and you can repeat them after me, but you have to truly mean it."
"I will truly mean it."
"Okay, then just pray after me and mean what you say with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength....
Father God, I have sinned against you by breaking Your commands."
"Father God, I have sinned against you by breaking Your commands."
"I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose three days later."
"I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose three days later."
"Jesus, I'm sorry for sinning against You, I repent of my sins and turn to You."
"Jesus, I'm sorry for sinning against You, I repent of my sins and turn to You."
"Jesus, please forgive me fall my sins."
"Jesus, please forgive me fall my sins."
"Jesus, I believe on You."
"Jesus, I believe on You."
"Thank you God for saving me." said the man before walking back to his chair.
"Praise be to God," said Ish; and he resumed singing.
Drawn by the Spirit as the others, a little girl walked over to Ishah, and said, "I want Jesus to save me."
Ishah knelt down, looked her in the eyes, and gently asked to make sure she understood what sin was and what was going on, "Is it wrong to do what your parents tell you not to do?"
She nodded yes.
"Is it wrong to do what God tells you not to do?"
She nodded yes.
"Do you believe doing the wrong things is bad?"
She nodded yes.
"Do you believe doing wrong is sin?"
She nodded yes.
"Do you believe Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for the bad things you did?"
She nodded yes.
"Do you believe He rose three days later and is alive?"
She nodded yes.
"If you believe in Jesus, tell Jesus you believe in Him."
"Jesus I believe in You," said the little girl softly aloud.
"If you want to, tell God you have sinned against Him."
"God, I have sinned against you."
"If you are sorry for your sins, tell Jesus you are sorry for your sins.
"Jesus, I'm sorry for my sins."
"If you want Jesus to forgive you of your sins, ask Him to forgive you for your sins."
"Jesus, please forgive me for my sins."
God forgave that little girl and she smiled beautifully and skipped back to her mom and dad and said, "Mommy, Jesus saved me."
Her mom started crying and the little girl said, "Mommy, Jesus can save you."—and she looked at her dad—"Daddy, Jesus can save you."
And tears began rolling down his face and he said aloud, "God I am a bad man."—Ish stopped singing—"God, I am a bad father. God, I am a bad husband. God, I have done lots of bad things. God, I'm sorry for all the sins I've committed against you, my family, myself, and others. Jesus, I believe You died for me and because of all my sins and I believe You rose again three days later, please forgive me for all my sins and save me and make me a good man."—he placed his hand on his wife's back and continued weeping as she wept—"Honey, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Things are going to be different from now because God saved me." And she slid off her chair onto her knees and began praying.
Right after that, several adults bent over in their chairs and began praying prayers of repentance. And the few children and teenagers that came with their parents prayed where they were or walked up to Lily, Ishah, or Ish to tell them they wanted to get saved and then prayed to be saved.
Once the children who had come up and prayed went back to their seats, Ishah, seeing Jesus was still working on the hearts of those who needed salvation said, "Please don't wait. If you feel sorrowful for your sins and want to get truly saved, today is the day of salvation, don't let anything get in between you and God. Please heed the Spirits call. Beleive on Jesus Christ, ask Him to forgive you and and He will save you no matter what you've done," said Ishah.
Another person began praying.
Lily added, "If you feel sorry for your sins and want to be set free from the bondage of sin and the fear of death, go to Jesus and He'll set you free. I know this is true because He set me free."
When Ish Finished singing "Nothing But The Blood," he said, "Please go to Him. Today is the day there may not be another. Please go to Him and you'll be born again."
Then he started singing, "Come Just As You Are," and Ishah sang with him.
And a woman fell to her knees and placed her head and hands on the ground and began praying, and another man fell to his knees and did the same. Then many more bent over right where they were and began praying too.
Lily said "You are not promised another moment, so please get saved before it's too late. There is no shame here. Come just as you are and let God change you for the better. Come to Jesus just as you are and receive His gift of salvation."
Ish stopped singing, and said, as Ishah continued singing, "If you claim to be a Christian, and never truly repented of your sins and asked God to forgive you of your sins, and you are living a liftestyle in opposition to God's Word and are habitually sinning without feeling any godly sorrow for any of your sins, then you are not truly saved according to what God's Bible says, and if your heart is being drawn to God right now, Jesus is calling you. And He will save you today if you truly repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and you believe on Him."
And Ish rejoined singing with Ishah.
Nothing happened for a few verses, but Ishah and Ish kept singing because within them they heard "Keep singing" and therefore believed that God wasn't done working yet and that more people were going to get saved. And immediatly after they finished the last verse, the first man who fell to the ground Suddenly stood up and shouted, "Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Thank You God for hearing my prayer and forgiving me of my sins and saving me. I am yours forever."—overflowing with the Spirit, he turned and looked at everyone—"Getting saved is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life, it feels like a huge load was lifted off of my back after I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior and finished praying. I've never felt anything like that before. I used to think Christians were crazy; I even told Christians that they were crazy and believed in fairy tales, but one of them told me that if I were to ever get truly saved, the Holy Spirit would come and dwell inside of me and assure me that Jesus forgave me of my sins, and saved me, and that I'm going to heaven without a doubt, and that I would realize and know that he wasn't crazy and that everything he told me was the truth; and that is pretty much what happened; I know that Christians aren't crazy now. Please get saved and let God take the loads of your backs too. Go to Jesus. He's calling you. Please come to Jesus, you wont regret it, He will change your life."
With the Holy Spirits help, his proclaimation of faith, confession, and plea touched the hearts of many of those who hadn't come to God yet and helped them seek and pray for forgiveness from Jesus for all their sins.
Ishah dropped to her knees and began praying for those who hadn't gotten saved yet as Ish started singing "Amazing Grace."
God was answering prayers and working mightily, and several more got saved.
Having finished "Amazing Grace," and it seeming like no one else was going to get saved, he stopped singing, but God wasn't done working yet, so Ishah stopped praying and looked at Ish and said, "Honey, please sing "Just As I Am."
Without hesitation, Ish granted her request. And Ishah continued praying on her knees. Lily and her friend John continued gently encouraging and urging them to get saved today because no one is guaranteed another second of life; and then they knelt down where they were and began praying for those who hadn't got saved yet. And within a short time, those whou weren't saved yet, started bending over in their chair on or kneeling down next to it and praying for salvation from their sins. When the last person who wasn't saved began praying a heartfelt prayer of repentance, John, overflowing with the Spirit, Lily, and Ishah opened their eyes and stood up.
By the time Ish finished singing "Amazing Grace" everyone was done praying and received the gift of salvation from Jesus—God, and he said, "All of you who yielded to the Spirits call and truly got saved are now our brothers and sisters in Christ. Welcome to the family of God."
And he was going to say something else, when the man who let the Holy Spirit have complete control said, "Ish, I have a question."
"My ears are open my brother. Please tell me your name again."
"Thank you John for giving me your name again. I'm sorry I haven't memorized it yet. Feel free to ask your question."
"I don't mind you forgeting my name, it's okay. Do you think it would be alright if I get baptized today? There is water right over there."
"You may be able to, but I have to ask you some questions first just to make sure it is okay to baptize you, which I'm sure it is."
"Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose three days later?"
"Did you repent of your sins?"
"Did you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins?"
"I heard you say it earlier, but I just want to make double-sure so I hope you'll say it again. Do you believe Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior?"
The man stood up and said "Absolutely, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior because He forgave me and saved me from my sins today."
"Based on your answers and confirming Jesus is Your Lord and Savior, it's okay for you to get baptized as a public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ and to testify that He is Your Lord and Savior."
"If you are willing to baptize me, I'm ready to get baptized right now."
"I will, but please give me a moment to pray."
Ish dropped to his knees and bowed his head and silently spoke to God: "God, you are great. Thank You for all the people you haved saved today. God, none of what happened today would be possible if it wasn't for you. God, I don't take baptizing someone lightly, and I'm a little hesitant to do so, especially since I have never baptized anyone before and because I don't want people to honor me above You for You are to be Honored, Glorified, Praised, Thanked, and To Be Lifted Up Above Everyone and Everything. You are to be first and above all. God, if there is anyone else who wants to get baptized today, please don't let them be afraid to ask to get baptized today. Please help me baptize them well. God, I pray that you get all the glory for all who have been saved and for those who get baptized today. Thank You God for working through Lily, Ishah, and me to point our guest to You and help them get saved. Thank You for working through John after he got saved to draw the other guest, who were hesitating, to You. You are greater than me. You are greater than all of us. To You be the glory, honor, thanks, praise, worship, and everything due You. Thank You for everything God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen!"
Immediately after praying, Ish got up and said to John, "John, let's go down to the spring and proclaim that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and what He's done for you."
"Alright, Let's go."
Ish looked at everyone and said, "All those who want to be witnesses to John getting baptized in obedience to what Jesus says in His Word, follow us to the spring.
Ish and John began heading for the spring and everyone followed close behind. As they were walking, Ish said to John, "As I lower you in the water, make sure to hold your nose so that you don't get any water up your nose."
Upon reaching the spring's bank, Ish and John stepped into the water and waded through it until it was over their waistes. And everyone else with them positioned themselves a few feet from the spring's edge and was closely watching and listening. By this time, all the people not associated with the cookout that were around or in the spring took notice of the large crowd standing on the bank—looking at the two men standing in the water and stopped what they were doing; many of them stayed where they were and some, along with those further away on the land, moved closer, to get a closer look; and since all of them were wondering what was going on, they attentively watched and listened to find out.
When nearly everyone was still, Ish spoke loudly so everyone could hear, "We are about to baptize John who became a true believer today just a moment ago. Before we baptize him, it is crucial to understand what the purpose of being baptized is. According to God's Word, baptism doesn't save you and neither can anything or anyone else—only Jesus Christ can save you. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward occurrence of being born again, it demonstates that your old-sinful-self has been buried with Christ and that you have been risen up with Him and given a new life. It can be done anytime after someone has truly gotten saved. It is also a public declaration that you accepted and confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and that you trust and believe in God. I hope you understand what the purpose of baptism is now."
Several people nodded yes. And Ish looked at John and lightly said, "If it's okay with you, I'm going to ask you some questions so that those who weren't at the cookout understand what happened to you and why you got saved and are getting baptized. Are you alright with that?"
"Have you ever told a lie?"
"I've told many lies."
"Have you ever stolen something or borrowed something and never returned it?"
"Have you had sex outside of marriage?"
"Yes and I have fornicated in many other ways."
"Have you ever looked at someone with lust in your heart or looked at pornography?"
"Have you ever disobeyed your parents?"
"Have you ever selfishly wanted something that wasn't yours?"
"I wanted many things that rich and wealthy people had."
"Have you ever hated someone?"
"I hated Christians and other people."
"Have you ever taken God's name in vain?"
"Yes, in more ways than one."
"Did you refuse to believe in the One True God?"
"I chose to deny His existence because I wanted to be the supreme ruler over my life."
"So does that mean you wanted to be the god of your life?
"Were you ever prideful?"
"I was very prideful and I demonstrated my pride at pride events."
"Did you break God's Commandments and disobey His Word—The Bible?"
"I have broken a lot of God's commandments if not all of them."
"What does that make you?"
"I am sinner because I broke God's commandments and disobeyed His Word."
"As punishment for your sins, where were you going?"
"I was going to be thrown into hell, the lake of fire."
"Are you sorrowful for sinning against God?"
"Absolutely yes. I'm very sorry for all the evil things I've done."
"Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take your punishment for your sins and rose three days later?"
"Did you repent of your sins and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins?"
"I sincerely did."
"Is Jesus Christ Your Lord and Savior?"
"Jesus Christ is absolutely my Lord and Savior."
Ish placed his left hand on John's upper back and said, "According to your profession of faith, I baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, And Holy Spirit. Buried with Jesus Christ into death"—John covered his nose, Ish placed his hand on John's arm and Ish lowered him completely under the water, and then raised him up out of the water—"and raised up with Him from the dead by the glory of the Father to walk in newness of life." John shouted almost as soon as he was lifted out of the water, "Thank You God."
Lily and Ishah said, "Hallelujah" immediately following.
John continued smiling as he walked out the water with the same huge smile he displayed after getting saved. Ish looked directly at the crowd and said, "If there is anyone else who has truly repented of their sins and truly knows Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and wants to get baptized right now, please be couragous and come into the water and get baptized."
One after another, they went into the water to declare Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, and their belief, faith, hope, and trust in God. Ish asked each one of them if they had repented of and asked forgiveness for their sins, believed that Jesus died on the Cross for their sins and rose three days later, and accepted and confessed Him as their Lord and Savior before baptizing them. Some shouted praises or thanks or both, some wept, some clapped, some lifted their hands in the air, some were completely silent, and some said or did other good things as they were risen out of the water, but all of them were very grateful for God forgiving them of their sins and saving them from thier sins and experiencing great joy and peace (and this would remain true for the rest of their lives as long as they kept Him first; kept their eyes on Him; held fast to Him; did their best to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength; and obey Him and His Word).
Prior to and during her new brothers and sisters in Christ getting baptized, Ishah was silently requesting God to use His Holy Spirit to draw the heart's of the unsaved beholders to come to Him and truly get saved, and to help them let go of whatever may be holding them back from truly getting saved. When all the new believers from the cookout were wet, Ish thought his work was done. So, he started to walk out the water but stopped instantly when He heard a woman who was being convicted of her sins and drawn by the Holy Spirit say out loud, "How do I get saved?"
Turning towards the direction of the voice, he asked, "Who said that?"
"It was me," said the lady.
Ish explained to her aloud how to get saved so that others could hear how to get saved too, and without hesitation the woman closed her eyes and prayed a heartfelt prayer of repentance, believed on Jesus Christ to forgive her sins, and truly accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior; she ran to the water and said "Baptize me too." So Ish gladly baptized her. Then Ish looked at the others and said if there is anyone else who wants to get truly saved, today is the day, don't wait, you're not promised another moment. Please get saved today."
The Holy Spirit was helping the true believers clearly see that many onlookers were being drawn to God, convicted of their sins, and on the verge of getting saved through their body language, but for some reason not yielding to the Spirit's call. And the Holy Spirit was prompting the true believers to say something to help them let go and yield to the Spirit for their eternal benefit.
John gladly submitted to the Spirit again and said: "I know you might think we are crazy—shoot, I used to think Christians were crazy and believed in fairy tales, but when I got saved today, the Holy Spirit helped me realize 100 percent that they are not; and that is what a Christian told me about a week ago would happen if I truly got saved. I used to hear in my head, 'God's not real' and anytime I felt convicted of my sins I would hear that over and over again in my head, but I was feeling so convicted today that I dropped to the ground and bowed my head to the ground and said to God, 'please help me believe' and I heard, a very compassionate voice, 'Come to me and you will see.' So I let go and said a prayer of repentance and Jesus forgave me of all my sins. When I finished praying, I felt a humongous load lifted off of my back and a great calm and peace came over me and I was filled with joy. I have never felt anything like that in my life and because of that, I stayed bowed down on the ground and thanked God a lot and when I was done thanking Him, I just stayed there for a while longer resting in His love for me. Believe me, the Father is real, the Son is real, the Spirit is real. Christians are right, the Father really did send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me, for you, for all of us. If you get saved today, the Spirit will confirm to you that Christians aren't crazy and that God's Word is true and much more."
Someone who got saved earlier nervously spoke just loud enough for everyone to hear: "Everytime I felt convicted of my sins I used to say to myself that God couldn't or wouldn't save me because I have done some very, very, very evil things, but when heard Ishah say, 'Don't let any thought or excuse stop you from getting saved.' I said to myself, 'I want to get saved, so why am I letting all these excuse stop me from getting saved?' then I said 'God please help me get saved.' and prayed. I asked God to forgive me and He did. Come to think about it, I don't remember hearing any excuses when I was praying to God."
Another new believer said, "The same was true for me. I was hearing all kinds of excuses. I heard in my mind: 'How do you know Christianity is the right religion?', 'You could become a buddhist since you like martial arts.', 'What about all the other religions in the world, how can you be sure that Christianity is the correct one?', 'People think you're a good person, you are a good person, you get to heaven on your own, you don't need Jesus.' But I remembered a conversation I recently had with a Christian. He told me that all religions in the world except Christianity believe you can get to heaven or achieve some enlightened state or something else by their own merits or by doing something or living a certain way. He told me that Christianity believes according to the Bible that there is no way for you to be good enough or do something or live a certain way to get into heaven because of all the sins everyone commits inwardly and outwardly. He told me that the Bible says that all those other religions of the world except Christianity, are actually worshiping demons or satan unaware. He told me that Jesus said that He is the only one who can forgive you of your sins and there is no way to the Father but through Him; you can't get to heaven without knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I wanted to get saved that day, but I let the excuses dominate my heart and mind, but that Christian's words continued to reside in my mind. Today, when I felt drawn to God, I started letting the excuse take me over, but then I thought, 'Deep down I want to get saved so why don't I get saved?' And when I heard Ish say that satan, demons, and even your own heart will give you excuses to try to prevent you from being saved, I realized that since I really did want to get saved, that it must demons or satan that was putting all those excuses or at least many of them in my mind. And when I thought that, I remember hearing a light voice say, 'Take one step.', 'Take one step.', and stood up and took one step and the next thing I know, I walked over to Ish and asked him to help me say a prayer of repentance. And when I said it, I meant it will all my heart, soul, mind, strength, and every fiber of my being; and God saved me. Now I know I'm going to heaven without a doubt because Jesus saved me. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and he can be yours too, so please don't let any excuses stop you, please get saved today."
Being urged by the Holy Spirit to speak like the others, another new Christian added, "I used to hate Christians for many reasons. One reason was that I thought Christians wanted to be the boss of everyone, but when I got saved, some of the things I realized was that Christians really were telling me the truth and reality, using righteous judgement, and witnessing to me out of love; not to control me or be my boss, but out of love because they didn't want me to end up in hell because of all my sins and rejecting Jesus Christ. We are trying to help you escape the darkness and embrace the Light. Please, please, please go to God if you feel Him drawing You."
One more stood up with the Spirit's help, "A reason I didn't saved was because I thought Christians didn't have any fun, last month, a Christian took me to a theme park with some of his other friends and we had lots of fun together. We even went mudd-bogging, fishing, and did other things. I told him that I didn't know Christians could have such fun, and told me that Christians can have lots of fun and the best thing about the fun that Christians have is that it doesn't have bad consequences. So I rejected that excuse today and got saved. Now I know Jesus and he knows me."
Ishah stopped praying when she heard someone close by softly saying to another, "I don't go to church or believe in this stuff because Christians are hypocrites and the church is full of hypocrites."
To help that person and others who might be thinking the same see the truth and be drawn to God, Ishah said, "There are people who don't get saved because they think Christians are hypocrites and that the Church is full of hypocrites. They're partially right, there are hypocrites in the Church, but the hypocrites are not Christians. A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be something they are not, or someone who assumes a false appearance, or someone who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue. A hypocrite is also someone who intentionally doesn't follow their own words, who says to do something they don't or says not to do something they do or says they believe or feel something they don't. They are like actors or a wolf in sheeps clothing. They naturally and habitually intend to decieve people. So based on that, there are hypocrites everywhere. And the hypocrites in the Church are those who claim to be Christians but are not true Christians because they haven't truly repented of their sins and asked Jesus to forgive them of their sins and believed on Jesus Christ and all that entails. A true Christian does not naturally and habitually intend to mislead or decieve anyone. A true Christian does their best to obey God's Word and practice what they preach. And just because a Christian slips up here and there doesn't make them a hypocrite. And if you don't want to go to Church because of hypocrites, then you might as well lock yourself up in your room and not go anywhere because there are all sorts of hypocrites everywhere. Please don't let a hypocrite or anyone or anything get between you and God. Please don't use anything as an excuse to not heed the Spirit's call and get truly saved because if you do, you are condemning yourself to the lake of fire where you will be weeping and gnashing your teeth and be eternally separated from God."
Desiring for more people to get saved, a new believer confessed, "I thought and said I was a Christian for many years because I went to church, sang in the choir, read the Bible; I could qoute Bible verses; I helped lots of people and I did other good things and I did my best to be a good person; and because I even prayed a prayer of repentance, but a month ago, I was visiting one of my cousins and we went to her Church and I remember the preacher saying something like: 'If you said a prayer of repentance based solely on emotion, your own will, or some other unbiblical reason—you aren't truly saved. If you said a prayer of repentance but you remained the same and continued living your previous lifestyle—you never changed—you aren't truly saved. If you don't know without a doubt that you are going to heaven—then you aren't truly saved. It doesn't matter if you or anyone thinks you are a good person, it doesn't matter if you go to Church or attended church ever since you were a kid, it doesn't matter if you know about Jesus, read the Bible, help people, sing in the choir, don't do lots of bad things, it doesn't matter if you or anyone thinks, believes, or says you are a Christian—if you weren't drawn by the Father, convicted of your sins, didn't experience godly sorrow for your sins, and didn't earnestly repent and turn from your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, and you weren't changed by God—you aren't truy saved. And that's the biblical truth. God's Word gives a warning to those who claim to be Christians who are not. Jesus said many will say Lord, Lord, ' I was mad at that preacher for saying that because many of those things he said didn't make you a Christian were reasons I thought I was a Christian. I was mad at him, but I hid my anger. But what he said stuck with me and wouldn't let go. His words resurfaced in my mind many of times since then, but I made up excuses to suppress what they revealed, that I wasn't truly saved. But this morning I accidently knocked the Bible off of my coffee table and it opened up wide.So I picked it up and laid it back on the table such that it remained opened on the pages it was opened to. My eyes were immediately drawn to verse 21 to 23 in Matthew chapter 7. To sum it up, it basically says many who think they are saved but aren't truly saved will say Lord, Lord to Jesus and He will say depart from me ye workers of inquity. When Lily was giving her testimony, what she was saying, what that preacher said, those verses I read this morning wouldn't let up and I felt convicted and that God was drawing me to him, so I let go of my pride, acknowledged that salvation can't be earned, and confessed to God that I was living a lie and that I was still lost in my sins; and when I asked Jesus to forgive me of all my sins, God forgave me. And when I finished sincerly praying, I knew without a doubt that I am going to heaven because of Jesus Christ. Now I am a bona-fied true Christian. If God's knocking on your heart's door, let Him in and tell Him you are sorry for sinning against Him and ask Him to forgive you of your sins so that Jesus can pay the price for your sins and God can forgive you and make your heart new."
Thanks to God, a several people from around the spring and in the spring bowed their heads and got truly saved right where they were and then got baptized.
After baptizing the last person and after saying, "Does anyone else who is truly saved want to get baptized today?" Ish stood silently and waited a minute. Since there were no signs of anyone else wanting to get baptised, Ish lifted his hands up to heaven and said, "Thank You God for all the people You have saved today. Thank You for the supernatural miracles that took place in the hearts of all those who had the courage to let go, yield to Your call, and truly get saved today. Thank You for all those who had the courage to proclaim You as their Lord and Savior and what You did for them by getting baptized today. Thank You for all those who were watching; please continue to work on their hearts so that they will get saved today or some day soon. Thank You for saving us even though we didn't deserve it. To You be all the glory forever. You are great God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen."—then he looked at his new brothers and sisters in Christ who were standing on the shorline together—"I have a couple more things to say to all our new brothers and sisters in Christ who got truly saved today and to anyone else who wants to listen that shouldn't take long, so please stay a little longer." And then he walked out the water and David handed him a towel because he saw his dad begin shivering several minutes earlier.
Ish quickly dried himself off and said, to the new members of the body of Christ, "If you don't have a Bible, please get one, but make sure it is a trustworthy translation such as the King James Version, New King James Version, English Standard Version or some other that has been translated from the original manuscripts and that remains true to the intent and meaning of the original manuscripts and hasn't been inaccurately translated, rewritten, or modified in some way to fit worldy beliefs.
It is important that you read God's word every day and study it. The more you read and learn the more your faith will be strengthened and you will grow closer to God. If you are truly saved, you should have a desire to live according to what God's Word says and you should willingly do your best to live and vote according to it because you are saved and love Him and desire to. Do your best to learn what God's Word says so that you can discern what's good or evil, what's truth and untruth, what is inline with God's word and what is not inline with it. There are many who preach and teach who don't preach and teach what God's Word says to do and not to do, but you wont be able to tell unless you read and study God's Word yourself. God's Word is the ultimate authority, so always check to see what it says to test if what the preacher, teacher, or person is saying is against or inline with God's Word. If someone teaches, preaches, or tells you something that is contrary to and not inline with God's Word or if they add or remove something from God's Word, don't listen to them. Listen to and follow God and His word above all. God will never tell you or direct soemone to tell you something that is contrary to Him, His nature, His commands, His word. So please remember to do your best to diligently read and study God's Word every day. Even if you don't feel like you are getting anything out of it, read it because He wants You to and His Word tells You to in many ways because you are getting something out of whether you realize it or not and because His Word says that it never returns void, it accomplishes what He pleases. Hebrews 4:12 says, 'For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.'
It is written in God's Word that Christians should not forsake assembling together which means we should go to Church or at least purposefully meet with other believers somewhere so that we can fellowship with each other, pray for each other, encourage each other, learn more about God's word together, stir each other to do good works, help each other do our best to live for God, and most of all, thank, praise, honor, worship, and glorify God together. It is important to find a Church that has a consitent biblical worldview, that preaches, teaches, stands on God's word, that does not twist God's word, that does not compromise on God's word, that does not add or remove anything in God's Word. You can come to the Church Lily, Ishah, David, and I attend if you want to. There's no pressure to, but we would be thrilled if you did. It doesn't matter what size the church is or what it looks like or how many people attend, what matters is it doesn't compromise on, add to, remove, or twist Scripture and teaches what the Scriptures actually say.
It is important to pray every day because it helps you walk more closely with God and helps to get your will inline with His will; and if what you ask is inline with God's will, He'll grant your request but on His own time not yours.
Just because we're Christians doesn't make us perfect, we aren't perfect because we still live in our fleshly bodies and we can slip up, but the Holy Spirit will help us avoid and flee sin if we listen to Him and ask for His help to avoid or flee from sin. God's Word says that we should do our best stay away from things that may cause us to slip up and sin, so if there is something that causes you to sin, get stay away from it or get rid of it. God's Word says that Christians should not be habitually sinning, we should not be practicing sin, we should not be living lifestyles that are contrary to God's Word. We are not to use our imperfection as an excuse to sin either. We will never be perfect until we get to Heaven, but we should be sinning less and less as we grow closer to God, become more like Jesus Christ, walk with God, and allow Him to mold us to be more like Jesus overtime. That's pretty much all I have to say, but please don't leave just yet. Ishah and David worked together to make some goodie-bags to give to everyone who came to the cookout, and they made some extra because Ishah believed the Spirit had told her to. There are treats in them, but even better than treats, they have a piece of paper in them that has Lily's, and my and Ishah's contact information on it along with our Church's address and contact information. It also has suggestions of what books in the Bible to start reading first. To help you find a good Bible, there is also a list on it of good Bible translations that do not twist, compromise on, modify, add to, or remove scripture. We also listed some good truthfull logical websites that will help you learn more about the Bible, how observational science and the Bible are not at odds with each other, and that show there are many scientific, historical, and archaeological discoveries and much more that confirms the Bible. The more you learn from the Bible and those websites that are inline with the Bible, the stronger your faith should become and the more easily you should be able to defend the faith and give a reasoned response for why we believe what we believe which is what God's Word tells us to do.
I know you heard a lot today, but the Holy Spirit is in you and I am absolutely certain that he will help you to understand God's Word and help you to learn more and more truth and help you live righteously for God's glory, especially if you ask Him to. Before we hand out the goodie-bags, let's pray. Father God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit: Yahweh, please help my new brothers and sisters in Christ to read your word and pray everyday. Please help them find a good Church that has biblical worldview, that preaches, teaches, makes disciples to Your Word. Please help them to make the right decisions. Please help them to continue to grow closer to you. Please take away any addictions any of them might have if you haven't already done so. Please immediately take way any desire in them to take part in or live sinful lifestyles. Please help them crucify their flesh daily and live for You. Please help them live according to what Your Word says. Please protect them and grant them safe travels. Please help them learn more and more about Your Word. Please help them be able to defend the faith. Please help them to study Your word and learn from it, and please help them learn many things from those good websites that are listed on that paper in the goodie-bag and other websites that stand firmly on Your Word. Help us to be bright lights in word and deed that draw people to You. God, thank You for all that You've done and do for us. Thank You for all that You for all the supernatural miracles You've done today and for daily loading us with blessings. You are truly awesome God. May this prayer be within Your will to grant. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, albeit please, amen. If you want to, please follow us to the pavilion and take one of the goodie-bags home with you."
The new members of the kingdom of God, joyfully followed them. And some non-believers followed as well because they wanted to see if anything else was going to happen.
When the children of God reached the pavilion they stood still and the others who were following at a distance stopped where they were and watched Lily, Ishah, Ish, and David open some boxes and start handing out the good-bags. Over half of the new believers received a goodie-bag when, without notice, David tugged on his dad's shirt; and Ish looked at him and David said as he pointed, "What about those people over there?"
"Let's give them some bags too. How many bags do we need?"
David counted the people and said "eleven."
"Okay. I'll grab six bags and you grab five bags and we'll give them each a bag."
After grabbing the bags, David and Ish walked over to the people watching at a distance and gave them each a bag.
And Ish said to them, "If y'all have any questions or need someone to pray for you or if you know someone else who needs prayer, feel free to call us or email us and we will do our best to answer your questions, or pray for you or anyone who needs prayer. Our contact information is in the bag. If y'all want to, you can have a seat on the pavilion picnic tables; and if you want a snack, feel free to grab one. But whether you do or don't, I hope y'all have a great rest of the day."
David went back to the boxes to continue helping pasing out bags, but then he said, "Mom, there's no more bags."
She replied, "That's okay, everyone got a bag that was suppose to get one. God had us make just enough."
"That's amazing," said a believer who heard David and Ishah.
"It is," said Ishah.
Ish addressed, "Brothers and sisters in Christ, I have a litle more to say before we part from here. If you are truly saved, you are a new creature, the old things are passed away, and the new has come. And you should know that The Holy Spirit is dwelling in you because the Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit that Jesus has forgiven you of your sins and saved you, and that you are going to heaven because Jesus saved you, and that you are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit will help you see and flee temptations to sin and He will help you live according to what God's Word says as long as you don't suppress Him. The Holy Spirit will help you understand the Bible especially if you ask Him too. He will lead and guide you if you let him. But the Holy Spirit will never tell you or anyone to say, do, teach, accept, or believe anything that is contrary to God's Word.
Also remember that you are never truly alone because God is with you always. If you need help or someone to talk to about anything, you can call, text, or email Lily, Ishah, or me or any other brother or sister in Christ, but the one that can help you the best is our Living Lord God Almighty, and all you have to do is pray to Him in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and He will Hear your prayer and answer it according to His will. Speak to Him about anything, tell Him how and what you're feeling, pour out your heart to Him, cry out Abba Father and ask him for help and guidance, and He will hear you and help you. Make your request known to God and as long as your will and request is within His Will, He will grant it. But there are three ways God answers prayers: He will say yes and fulfill your request immediately, or He will say yes and grant your request later on, or He will say "No", and if He says no, believe that He has a good reason for saying no because He has a good reason for everything He does and doesn't do. Thank God for the blessings He daily loads you with. Focus on the good things. Be grateful for what you have.
Whenever you feel like you cannot overcome something, remember this: greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world; and with His help, you can your rule spirit, depart from evil, avoid things that tempt you to sin, do good works, pursue righteousness, and obey Him and His Word."—Ish looked at Lily and Ishah—"Lily and Ishah, do either of you have anything to add?"
Ishah and Lily answered, "Tell people the truth and reality even if they hate you for it because they need to hear the truth and reality." and "Tell people what Jesus did for you in hopes that they will repent and truly get saved right on the spot or sooner rather than later."
Ish agreed, "Amen to that."
Then he looked back at everyone and said, "Do any of you have any questions?"
A lady said, "I've always wanted to know where Cain got his wife. Do you know where Cain got his wife?"
Ish replied, "God's Word is true from the very first verse in Genesis to the very last verse in Revelation and the Holy Spirit confirms it. God clearly said what he meant and meant what He said. And if you love God you will believe His Word and keep His Commands.
2 Timothy 3: 16-17 says: 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.'
Do you believe that?"
"I'm glad to hear that because that is another confirmation that you have truly gotten saved. Now lets answer your question. It is written in Genesis that Adam and Eve and their early decendants lived much longer than we do today and it says that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters, so it's very reasonable to conclude that Cain married one of his sisters or he married one of his female relatives. In and near the beginning it was okay to marry family members because, even after our ancestors Adam and Even ate the forbiden fruit, their dna and their descendants dna up to a certain point in time had nowhere near the amount of genetic mistakes as ours does today. It was during the time of Moses when God made laws concerning not marrying family members or close relatives and it is very reasonable to conclude that was most likely because the genetic mistakes in their dna were significant enough from that time ownward to cause deformities in the children of immediate family members or close relatives that got married. Those laws helped keep children from getting deformities."
"That makes sense."
One of the men asked, "Is marriage suppose to between a man and woman only?"
Ish replied, "God created marriage not man. It is written that God created Adam and Eve. Adam was created from the dust of the ground and Eve was created from Adam's rib. God made male and female. He made Eve for Adam, He made females for males, because God said it was not good for man to be alone and created a help meet for him, a helper suitable and comlimentary to him. And therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife: and they shall become one flesh. Jesus quoted that scripture in Gensis and confirmed it. Jesus believed that Genesis was absolutely true. Jesus also said, 'What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.' So all those people who are trying to define marriage as something other than between a man and a woman are rejecting God's Word and His design and are being disobedient to Him. And all those who get divorce for an unbiblical reason are disobeying God's Word."
Another lady said, "Can you be gay and a Christian?"
Ish asked, "I"m gong to ask you a question because I want you to critically think about this. Can you be a murderer, thief, lier, adulteror, blasphemer, coveter, fornicator, or willingly habitually commit any other sin and be a Christian?"
With help from the Spirit, she replied, "No."
Ish continued, "See, if someone says it's okay for a person to be gay and a Christian which is against God's Word and design, then that means it's okay to be a murderer, fornicator, lier, or do anything that is against God's Word or design and be a Christain. Such thinking is completely against God's word. Scripture is very clear, you cannot be a Christian and practice a lifestyle of sin, you cannot be a Christian and continually willingly habitually sin for 1 John 2: 3-5 says: 'And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.'"
"Thank you for answering my question and clearly helping me to understand that no one can practice a lifestyle of sin and be a Christian."
"You're welcome. But please thank God too because I wouldn't know what I know if it wasn't for Him."
"I will" and silently she said, "Thank You God for everything Ish knows."
"If y'all are willing to stay and listen, I'll qoute and read some scriptures to you and explain them context."
Someone said, "I'm willing."
"So am I." said another brother in Christ.
"I'm glad to hear that. Please give me a moment to get my phone."
"You can stay here and I'll go get your phone," said Ishah.
Ish turned back to those thirsting for more truth and said, "While we're waiting for Ishah, let's think and talk about another scripture. John 3:16-17 says, 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.'"
"What does begotten mean?" said a sister in Christ.
"Begotten in the context of this verse mean single of its kind, one of a kind, unique. God created Jesus' body in Marry's womb so that His Son would be unique and not be born in the sin of Adam. This verse shows us that God loves us so much that He gave us His Son. Would you sacrifice your son's life for someone who hates you, doesn't believe in you, dishonors you, and commits all kinds of other sins toward you?"
"I wouldn't." said a sister in Christ.
"I don't think anyone would. But God did. He sacrificed His Son Jesus Christ on the cross to pay the price for our sins."
He continued, "Those verses also reveal that people who don't believe on Jesus Christ have condemned themselves and according to other scripture, that means they have condemned themselves to hell."
"Do you know why we are all are going to die?" he asked.
"No." said someone else.
"We are all going to die one day because of the initial sin of Adam and Eve and because of our own sin and God's Word states this: 'For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.'"
A believer said, "Is it okay for Christians to judge? I ask because I learned from others to tell Christians that the Bible says do not judge in order to try to keep them from telling us what we were doing was wrong."
Ish replied, "There are two types of judgement according to God's Word. There is unrighteous judgement and righteous judgement. Unrighteous judgement is judging things solely based on appearance or according to our own standards or telling someone what they are doing is wrong while habitually doing it yourself. Righteous judgement is judging things based on what God's Word says and not our own opinions. If I were to tell you that lying is wrong and you are a liar based on my own opinion or while I am willingly habitually lying myself, then that would be unrighteous judgement. If I were to tell you that lying is wrong and that you are a liar if you tell lies based on God's Word, because God's word says lying is wrong, then that would be righteous judgement. Those who tell Christians do not judge or who call Christians judgemental because they are telling them the truth based on the Bible are unrighteously judging Christians and what they are doing. Also, everyone judges all sorts of things everyday concerning the food they eat, things they watch or read, waiters or waittresses at resturaunts, products and services, and many other things. God's Word says to righteously judge, discern, and test. John 7:24 says 'Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.'"
"That makes a lot of sense." replied the inquirer.
"Keep feeding us some more truth." said another child of God.
"Okay. I'll read a couple more and that will be it for today."
"Sounds good to me."
"Okay."—Ish turned and looked at Ishah and she handed him his phone—"Thank you beautiful."
He tapped his phone a few times and read out loud, "1 Corinthians 6:8-10 says: 'Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.'
It's a warning to not be deceived into thinking that people who are unrighteous, people who practice unrighteousness will go to heaven. Anyone who is willfully practicing a sinful lifestyle will not inherit the kingdom of God. And it confirms that some people used to pratice a sinful lifestyle are not practicing a sinful lifestyle anymore because Jesus Christ sanctified them, saved them.
"That confirms what you said earlier about people who willingly practice murder, adulterery, homosexuality, and other sinful lifestyles are not true Christians." said the lady asked a question earlier.
"Yep. and there are other scriptures that confirm it too.
"In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus gives another warning: 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’'
Jesus is warning people that if you are willifully living a sinful lifestyle, a lifestyle contrary to God's Word, you are practicing a lifestyle of lawlessness, Jesus will tell you to leave His presence even if you say or claim that you've done all kinds of wonders or many good deeds in His name or even if you claim you say He is your Lord or even if you say you are a Christian if you do not do the will of the Father, if you aren't obeying God's word. But, like I said earlier, if you are truly saved, God has given you a new heart, spirit, desires and you shouldn't naturally willfully commit sin or practice a sinful lifestyle. If you're truly born again, God changed you and you are a new creature, and the Holy Spirit dwells and the Holy Spirit will help you flee from or overcome sin and anyone who willingly purposefully habitually lives contrary to God's Word and design is not fleeing or overcoming sin they are embracing sin and are not truly saved. You can't embrace sin and embrace God."
"Ah man, this is some good stuff, keep it coming" said a male made in the image of God."
"Everyone has a conscious that helps them know what is right or wrong which is basically God's law written in their heart and when they break that law, they feel guilt or shame and know what they did was wrong as long as they don't have a seared conscious. But Christians have the Holy Spirit in them which convicts them far more than their conscious does when they slip up. When I slip up and sin, I know it because my conscious and the Spirit convicts the mess out of me. I used to feel bad when I did bad things before but after I got saved, I really feel bad and know I messed up, but that is a good thing because the Holy Spirit His temples to be living sacrifices that pursue purity, holiness, and righteousness for God's glory and draw people His kingdom. Anyone who is truly born again will never be at peace and will loose their joy if they try living a lifestyle goes against God's Word because the their conscious and the Holy Spirit won't let them. If some is willfully living a lifestyle of lawlessness without severely and constantly being convicted by the Holy Spirit and not wanting to stop and not working on overcoming any sin that is trying to take them captive is not truly saved."
"What do you do when you mess up?" said a woman also made in the image of God.
"When I do slip up, I apologize to God and ask him to forgive me right then and there or soon; and if I wronged someone in the process of slipping up and sinning, I do my best to apologize to them and ask them to forgive me too. If you mess up, just acknowledge it and apologize to God and turn from it; and if feasible, apologize to anyone who may have been wronged when commiting that sin."
"Okay," said his sister in Christ.
"Let's continue, Romans 6:14-18 says: 'For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.'
"This basically means that if you are willfully yielding yourself to sin then you are a servant and slave of sin and that leads to death. Christians are freed from sin by Jesus Christ and have become servants of righteousness by grace, but they shouldn't use grace as excuse to sin.
"Please bear with me another moment and let me look up and read to you the original definition for righteousness according to America's first official dictionary called "AMERICAN DICTIONARY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE" by Noah Webster 1828 to help you understand the meaning of 'servants of righteousness' better. The first part of the definition for righteousness says: 'Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. righteousness as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.'
"Based on that, a Christian has been set free from sin and is a servant of righteous and therefore will do his or her best to be obedient to God and His Word. Christians are not perfect, but they are forgiven and they will do their best to live for God by obeying Him and His Word because they love Him who demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
"The last scripture I'm going to read is Romans chapter 1:26-27. It says 'Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.' So basically any woman who sleeps with a woman or any man who sleeps with a man are rejecting the truth and believing lies, and are worshiping and serving satan whether they realize it or not, and because of that, God hands them over to the sin and they reap the consequences of those sins within themselves. Romans chapter one talks about more. So if you want to, you can read that chapter and glean more.
A man raised his hand and said, "I had a lot of fun today and I'm sure others here did too, we heard a lot of truth and I hope all of us will do our best to chew on it and retain it, but it would be good to hear these things again and keep learning more truth and have some more good fun. So, when can we get together and have another cookout or do some other kind of fun activity? And when can we get together and talk and learn more about the Bible?"
Ish answered, "If any of y'all would like us to do another cookout, just send us an email with your name telling us you would like to have another cookout or some type of get together again along with any ideas you might have regarding such things, and then will discuss and figure out the details. I don't mind answering questions the sun will be setting soon so if you have any more questions, I recommend searching on those websites that are listed on the paper goodie-bag because they probably have an answer for it because it would be good for you to find answers to you questions and learn all sorts of truth that confirms the Bible on those truthful websites that are inline with God's word. You can contact us and ask us questions too, but if we don't know the answer right away, please give us time to find the answer and get back with you. But it is good to find the answers to your questions and learn the truth on your own by reading and studying God's Word and the things on those websites. The more you do, the more you will learn and retain, not to mention you should be able to find the answer quicker because you wont have to wait on us to reply. Do your best to learn as much truth as you can so you will be able to give a reasoned response for why you believe what you believe and you be able to answer or get the answer to all kinds of Bible questions that someone may ask you when you are witnessing to them. You can witness to people right now by telling them how you got saved, what Jesus did for them, and any truth you have learned so far. The more you witness, the easier it will get, and the better you will get at it. But before witnessing to someone, I recommend asking God to open their hearts and minds to the truth, and asking God to help you witness to them and say the things they need to hear.
I hope you'll come to our church tomorrow, but if you don't come to our Church, please do your best to find a Church with a biblical worldview and attend it regularly. Do your best to learn more and more truth. Do your best to live for God and grow closer to Him. Do your best to witness in word and deed to bring people to Him in hopes that they will get saved and be rescued from their sins and Hell. We love y'all. We hope y'all have a great rest of the day. Smile and keep on keeping on."
One of their brother's in Christ said, "Thank all of you for doing all this for us."
Ishah replied, "You're welcome. But please thank God too for none of this would have happened or be possible without Him and His great help."
And the guy said, "Thank You God."
Many said, "Thank you." or "Bye." as they were leaving; and some said, "I hope to see y'all again.", "I'm going to checkout those websites today." or other things along those lines. Lily, Ishah, Ish, and David were glad every one seemed to respond well and leave on good terms. A few of their guest stayed and helped them pack up the little bit of food that was left and some other things. As they were carrying stuff to the vehicles, one of their sister's in Christ said, "What about the chairs and tables? I can load them on my truck and drop them off for you if you want me to."
Lily replied, "Thank you for offering to do that, but the Church we go to is going to come get them."
"That's nice of them to do that. Since there seems to be nothing else to do, I'm going to head out."
"That's fine. Thank you for helping."
Ish, Ishah, and Lily told those who helped load up their vehicles, "Thank you for helping." and "Bye."
Soon after all their guest left, the pastor showed up with the same helpers as before and asked, "How did everything go?"
Then they told him and everyone who came with him what happened and all of them were blown away and thanking, praising, and glorifying God for all the supernatural miracles that occurred—people being given new hearts and new spirits—people being born again—for their new brothers and sisters in Christ and for everything else that took place.
And then the pastor said, "Y'all can go ahead and go home and relax. We'll take care of the chairs and tables. Thank you for leading people to Jesus. Keep on witnessing. Keep fighting the good fight."
Lily, Ishah, Ish replied, "Thank you."
Ishah added, "We'll do our best to, with God's help."
And as they were walking back to their cars, Lily stopped and said to her close friends, "Thank you for telling me the truth when we first met. Thank you for pointing me to Jesus and the truth by telling me the truth. Thank you for helping me do this cookout today. Thank you for helping me witness to everyone. And thank you David for helping make those goodie-bags and for all the other help you did too."
Ish and Ishah said, "You're welcome." and so did David.
Ish said, Lily, why don't you say a prayer for the people who got saved today to go to church tomorrow and whatever else believe you should pray for them."
Lily replied, "Okay. Let's pray. Father God, thank You for all the people that got saved today. Please help them come to our church or go to some other bible-believing church tomorrow. Please help them to stay away from things that will tempt them to sin. Please help them not to give into sin. Please help them not to desire to go back to their sinful lifestyles. Please help them to read Your Word everyday and pray often. Please help them remember the truth that was told to them today. Please help them learn more and more the truth quickly and share it. Please help them to live for You and not themselves. Thank You Awesome God for this great cookout and for everyone who got saved today, and for those watched your children get baptized. God, please continue to work on the hearts of all those who didn't get truly saved today and help them to get truly saved and live for You. Thank You for the Emets. Thank you for the Church bringing the tables and coming back to get them. Please give everyone an extra blessing who helped with the cookout in any way. Thank You for helping me give my testimony. Thank You for changing me. You are awesome God. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ we pray, amen."
Lily gave them each a warm hug and said "I love y'all."
Ishah replied, "We love you too."
And then they got in their vehicles and went home.
The Following Day
Sunday morning, the Emets arrived fifteen minutes early at Church and sat on the third row from the front and Lily joined them soon after. And they began chatting away while waiting for the Church service to start. Among which, Lily said, "I hope the people who got saved yesterday will show up today."
Ishah replied, "I hope so too."
"It would be great if they did." added Ish.
As they chatted, Lily's would glace around to see if anyone from the cookout had show up, but no one had. There were only seven minutes left before the church service was going to start and she figured, they no one was going to show and stopped looking. Ishah, knowing Lily really was hoping for at least a few of the people who got saved yesterday to show up, said "Lily, I know you really want some of our new brothers and sisters to show up, but don't let that stop you from focusing on God, especially since that is the main reason we are hear for."
"That's true. But we just worked so hard yesterday to give them the truth and a lot of awesome miracles happened yesterday and I was hoping for some more confirmation that they really were changed by God."
Ish added, "Based on everything that took place yesterday, I believe they all were truly saved."
"I believe that too," said Lily.
"Me too. So we just have to let go and let God work on their hearts. I'm sure they will go to a Bible believing church today, and if not today, eventually becuase they are truly saved and the Holy Spirit will help them realize that they shouldn't forsake assembling together with other true believers because we need to fellowship with each other and worship God together and because God wants us to for many other reasons," said Ishah.
"That's true. Okay, I'll do my best to let go and let God."—and she bent over and prayed—"God, you are great and greatly to be praised whether they show up or not. God, please continue working on their hearts and help them find a great Bible believing church to attend that speaks the truth no matter what and that points people to You and that brings great glory and honor to Your name. God, thank You for all the souls you changed yesterday, please help them to let go of worldly things and obey Your word so that they will be bright and shining lights that draw people to Your Kingdom for Your glory. Thank You God for this church service. Thank You for all the blessings we have in our lives that we are aware of and not aware of. You are truth and Your word is truth. In Your name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, amen!"
Shortly after Lily lifted her head and sat up, to her surprise and delight, several of her friends from the cookout set down next to them and it was time for the church service to start. But the pastor noticing people were still coming in, lifted his hand into the air and splayed out his fingers and the media and sound booth guys added five mintues to the Church's countdown timer. Over the next few minutes the rest of the new believers showed up, some with their family and some with friends, and sat in various places as did four of the eleven non-beleivers. And whereever they sat, they were welcomed by at least one person, if not several, in the Church. The door greeters didn't see anyone else coming, so they shut the doors and came in just as the countdown hit zero.
Before beginning the sermon the pastor said, "We aren't having any church tonight. But we are having a fellowship lunch after Church. I already took a peak to see what's cookin' and smellin' so good. And let me tell you, there are plenty of very delicious things being cooked and that have been made or bought and brought that are waiting for us to eat'em up. All that good food and especially that peanut butter chocolate cake and homemade vanilla ice cream and those other deserts have my tummy and tastebuds shoutin' take a bite right now, you now you want to. I'm doing my best to rule my tummy and tastebuds, but their power is great, so if you see me suddenly stop in the middle of the sermon and run out of this building, you know why and where I'm at."—the congregation laughed—"All jesting aside, it doesn't matter if you are a member of this church or not please come and eat. Everyone here is invited. There's all kinds of food so I'm sure you'll find something you'll enjoy eating. But this isn't just about eating, it is about more deeply fellowshiping with each other, about trying to build stronger bonds, about making more friends or become closer friends. And in order for us to have deeper fellowship with each other and for those things to happen, we have to over come our nerves, shyness, and fears with concerns to talking to people we may or may not know. So after the sermon, head on over to the fellowship hall right next door to this building and take a seat. And while we are waiting for all the food to get done and be put out which should be somewhere around 1 o'clock, take the time to get to know each other a little better, open up and talk to each other, ask each other if you need prayer and pray for each other right then and there, encourage each other, talk about something you've read in the Bible or about something else, tell a godly funny joke, ask each other questions such as 'What hobbies do you have?' - 'What do you enjoy doing?' - or ask something else, tell someone "Please tell me more about yourself.", ask someone if they need help with something. If you need an accountability partner ask someone if they wouldn't mind being your accountability partner to help you stay away from a sin you are struggling with or remind you to read your Bible everyday and study it or to help you with or do something else. A good accountability partner will pray for you and keep in touch with you to help you overcome any sin that is trying take control over you and will help you with with whatever you need help with and will help you live according to God's Word. Also, if someone asks you a question you don't feel comfortable answering or don't want to answer, just politely tell the person that you'd rather not answer that question at the moment and talk about something else. If there is some reason you don't want to talk, you don't have to, just enjoy the food and company. I really do hope and pray that you will have a good time, fellowship, enjoy the food, and enjoy each others company. You can do it, especially if you know Jesus and He knows you. If you don't know what that means, ask the people at your table. Man that food is smellin' good. Okay, let's sing some songs to worship, thank and praise God and then I'll give you the sermon.
After the sermon, almost everyone went to the fellowship hall, even non-believers. The chairs and tables had quickly filled up, so several Christians happily helped the pastor open up a few more tables and chairs. The pastor and alomst every other Christian were very glad people chose to stay and partake of the feast. This was Lily's first time having a fellowship at a Church. She sat down with Ish, Ishah, and David and so did some of her other friends who got saved at the cookout; and it wasn't too long before they began comfortably began talking and finding out several things about each other; and they also prayed for anyone who needed or wanted prayer for themselves or someone else. Fellowship began taking place at every table fairly quickly after someone took the initiative and started the conversation. Everyone was talking about different things and learning more about each other. And whenever someone revealed their prayer request, someone, if not several, prayed for them which greatly eased their mind concerning whoever or whatever was prayed about. Many of those who got saved at the cookout were telling the people they sat with how they got saved yesterday and how they knew without a doubt that they were going to heaven because Jesus Christ saved them; and those around their respective tables listened intently and offered to help them if they ever needed help and to be there for them and to pray for them; and this filled the new believers hearts with much joy and made them realize even more that their previous judgemental preconceptions about Christians were completely wrong. The unity and warmth the new believers felt with their brothers and sisters in Christ was great, so great, that they wished they had gotten saved and forsaken their heir habitual sins and old harmful lifestyles much earlier in their lives.
The fellowship was going so well that very few noticed thirty minutes had passed and all the cooks weren't in the kitchen untill the pastor said loudly, "Excuse me, please give me your attention for a moment."—everyone got quiet and started listening—"It's time to eat. So let's say a prayer to bless the food. Is there anyone here who would like to step out of their comfort zone and pray?"
A man, though nervous, stood up and said, "I'll pray."
The pastor said, "Please go ahead and pray."
And the man began praying.
Upon hearing him say "Amen," everyone said "Amen," and the pastor added, "Thank you for praying. I don't know about y'all, but I like eating with my hands, especially when it comes to fried chicken; and I have a tendacy to drop stuff on myself sometimes. If I had a wife, she'd probably tell me I eat like a wild-man sometimes. So don't be concerned about eating all proper or about accidently dropping something on the table or on yourself. Drop your concerns, relax, eat, and enjoy the food. C'mon, get up, and get some food and desserts."
Mere moments after sitting down with their mini-mountain of food made up of a little bit of several different things and taking a few bites, they intermittely talked about how good the food was and recommended to each other of something they found very delcious to try if there was anything left of it. When everyone finished eating, they resumed their previous conversations if they hadn't already while eating because they enjoyed the camaraderie it brought. Gradually, everyone started politely leaving. But before they left several Christians asked their new brothers and sisters in Christ and others at their tables if they would like to come to their house on a Friday or Saturday to have some fun, do a Bible study, fellowship some more; watch a good movie or start watching a good series like "The Chosen"; and eat some homemade bbq food, pizza, ice cream and brownies, or other scrumptious foods and desserts. And some Christians asked if anyone at their table would like to go bowling or do some other type of fun activity together. Many made plans to do so and exchanged their contact information if they hadn't earlier. All in all the fellowship was achieving what it should—helping people get more familiar with each other, bringing them closer together, strengthening and creating friendships, together with many other spiritual things that are good for their bodies, hearts, minds, and souls.
The Emets were ready to go, so Ish said, "We're still somewhat tired from yesterday, so we're going to go ahead and go home and take it easy for the rest of the day."
"He'll probably take a nap," said Ishah.
"That would be nice."
"We hope to see y'all again."
Lily responded, "Okay. Bye."
"Bye," said Ish and Ishah and David before walking away.
And the others at the table replied, "Bye" too.
Just as the Emets walked out the double doors, the pastor said to those still chatting around a couple of tables, "There's no rush to leave; y'all can stay and keep chatting if you want to. But we are going to clean anything that needs cleaning and put away the empty chairs and tables."
Lily's friends got up to help and she said, "I'll be back."
"Alright," said one of them.
Lily walked quickly outside to see if the Emets haven't left yet, and they hadn't so she cought up with them and said, "I'm surprised y'all are still here."
"David had to go to the bathroom really bad so I took him to the bathroom," said Ishah.
"We'll, I'm glad y'all haven't left yet because there was something important that I wanted to tell and ask y'all yesterday, but because of the wondrous things that happened it slipped my mind."
Ishah replied, "I'm not surprised that something slipped your mind because of all the great things God was doing yesterday. But if you want to tell us now, please go ahead an tell us."
Lily said, "I wanted to say that I'm sorry for confusing David and for pushing the government's and my harmful beliefs on him. I'm sorry for trying to convince him that he might be a girl or something else. I'm sorry for trying to have him taken away from you because of my spite towards both of you at the time. I'm sorry that I sought to destroy your faith."
Suddenly, she started crying, as she said "I'm very sorry for all the evil things I said, thought, and did towards y'all. I'm very sorry. Please forgive me. Please forgive me."
Ishah began crying and Ish started tearing up some too, but then he took a deep breath and said, "Thank you for having the courage to apologize and ask for forgiveness. We appreciate it. We already forgave you months ago. God has forgiven you too. But now you have to forgive yourself if you haven't yet; and do your best to let go of the past and keep looking forward and moving towards what lies ahead."
Ishah stepped forward and gave Lily a big warm hug as they both wept and Ish and Emet wrapped their arms around both of them. The comfort and love Lily felt from their hugs, caused the tears to stop falling, and she said "Thank you."
They stepped back, wiped the tears from their eyes, and Ish said, "Now if you still want to, ask us what you wanted to ask us yesterday."
Lily said, "Okay. Does David still think he is a girl?"
David blurted out "I'm not a girl, I'm a cowboy. Yeehaw."
All of them started laughing.
When they stopped laughing, Ishah said, "I'm not surprised he said that because he and Ish have been watching good cowboy movies lately. They watched a John wayne cowboy movie last night."
Lily said, "That must have been one really good cowboy movie."
David smiled and noded yes after his dad said, "It was."
Lily said, "I'm sure he'll grow out of it, especially since y'all are great godly parents."
"We're sure he will too with truth, love, guidance, and God's help," said Ishah.
Even though David said he was a cowboy, from that day forth he never said "I'm a girl." or "I'm Diana" anymore. And when he was around twelve years old, he truly got saved; and with ongoing godly guidance, support, and help of his parents, other Christians, and The Great I Am, he grew up to be a great godly wise man and his brothers did too and sisters became godly women. He biblically courted and married Ahava Aliza Hancock, the daughter of Lily May Hancock and Titus Jeremiah Hancock, who knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was a godly wise young woman. Because they loved God and others, they did their best to obey His Word; stand for truth, justice, and righteousness; be salt and light; and witness in word and deed in hopes to help more people escape their sins and eternal damnation in the lack of fire. They chose to homeschool their children to give them an education that revers, honors, and glorifies God. They taught their children a biblical worldview based on God's Word, that taught God is relevant in all subject matters and things; and they taught them to be critical thinkers, to help prevent them from being harmed by destructive beliefs and in hopes to that they would eventually see and accept the truth; repent of their sins, ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins, believe on Jesus Christ, and be born again; love and obey God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength; and live for His glory. Yippee ki-yay!
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Answers In Genesis
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- I didn't know about this website until a a brother in Christ, a friend, told me about it. I've watched a few videos and read an article (I may eventually read more articles on the site); so far, it does a good job at answering questions. Here are the titles to some videos I recently watched: "Is The Trinity Understandable?", "Why Does God Allow Evil?", "Where Did Evil Come From?". Here's a title of an article I recently read: "How is the Christian Religion Different from All the Other World Religions?". Feel free to look up those videos, that article, and more on the True Life website.
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I have watched videos and, or read a lot of articles and things on or related to the website's above; and so far, everything I have read and watched is inline with God's Bible and our Republic's, America's, The United States' Constitution and the Judeo-Christian beliefs our Republic, America was founded on. I highly recomend checking out all those websites; they are good; and if you visit them with an open mind, open ears, open eyes, open heart, and open soul, and are seeking, wanting the truth, you will get and learn the truth, and you will be blown away in a good way by the truth; and if you know the truth, the truth will set you free. And if you acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, if you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you sins and rose three days later—conquering death, fulfilling prophecy, and confirming everything He said, if you repent of your sins to God, ask Jesus—God to forgive of your sins, believe on Jesus Christ, and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and accept and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; if you get truly saved then you will be truly set free indeed and you are a new creation in, by, through Jesus Christ. If you haven't gotten baptised as an outward expression of an inward occurrence yet, please remember to get baptized as an outward expression of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Works Cited - Attributions
"Nuclear Strength Apologetics." Answers In Genesis, March 29, 2011. [Online Video] Dr. Jason Lisle.
"The Ever Loving Truth, Why I Choose To Believe The Bible." Voddie Baucham Ministries, 2006. [DVD] Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.
Stated Within DVD: copyright "Build Up The Wall Stand In The Gap" 2005 SBC Pastors' Conference, June 19-20, Nashville, Tennessee.
Original Quoted Text: "I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the liftetime of other eyewitnesses. They report to us supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that the writings are divine and not human in origin."
"The Ultimate Proof of Creation." Answers In Genesis, August 24, 2010. [Online Video] Dr. Jason Lisle.
"What Is A Woman?" Daily Wire, Jun 01, 2022. [Online Video] Directed by Folk, Justin. With Matt Walsh.
Inspirational Texts From The Video: "What is a woman?" "Are you a uh.. cat?" "Can you tell me what a cat is?"
Nothing But The Blood
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Now by this I'll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I'll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Come Just As You Are
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Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come and live forever
Come just as you are
Hear the spirit call
Come just as you are
Come and see
Come and live forever
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again
Come and see
Come and live forever
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again
Strength for today
Taste the living water
And never thirst again
Come just as you are
Don't you hear the spirit call?
Come just as you are
Come and see
Christ My King
Come and live forever more
Just As I Am, Without One Plea
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.