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(Philippians 3:16 KJV)


Did Jesus Make and Drank Fermented Wine?

Unfortunately this is one of those subjects that has been misunderstood by the church at large. For it seems that there are those who try to make scripture

​read in such a way as to say that drinking any alcoholic beverage is wrong. They even declare that the wine that Jesus made was only grape juice. And of course, this is not scriptural. I do believe that these same people are sincere in their faith and mean well, for wine and other alcoholic beverages have caused many problems. So, we must not look down on those who choose not to drink and to be careful not stumbling them with our drinking. But to twist scripture in such a way as to fit our own theological view is wrong also. So, whether we choose to drink or not, let us not look down or judge each other on this issue. For it's God who has given us freedom in this area.

First of all, getting drunk is a sin. And if it’s abused to the point of one being a drunkard (one who continually gets intoxicated), it can harm a persons relationship with God and even keep him (or her) from entering the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, that does not mean that you throw the baby out with the bathwater. We should not demonize something just because there are those that abuse it. Anything can be abused. And whatever you do abuse, you can be sure that you're committing a sin. And the reason should be clear. If what you do causes you to be unfruitful and even harmful, then you are being counterproductive. Jesus said if any branch in me does not bear fruit then it is removed. Also, He goes on to say that the will of the Father is that you bear much fruit (John 15). 

So, we can see from what was just mentioned that whatever causes you to be unfruitful causes you to sin. This would include excessive drinking, wrongful sexual activity, watching ungodly movies, or anything else that’s counterproductive. You may already know that there are warnings in the bible concerning sexual misconduct. Now does that mean we are to refrain from it all together? I firmly believe that sexual misbehavior has caused much harm upon this earth. It has been used to violate woman, young children, men, as well as animals, and is the cause of many deceases as well. But again, should we throw it out and encourage everyone to become celibate? Of course not. So why would we do that with wine or any other alcoholic drinks?

So in conclusion, enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of beer is not a sin as long as you refrain from getting drunk. Jesus Himself admits to drinking fermented wine as well as the gospel of John declaring that He made it at the wedding in Cana of Galilee (Matthew 11:19, John 2:1-11). Now I have to admit, drinking is not for everyone. There are those who may feel the need to refrain from alcohol for whatever reason. But that’s their choice, and their choice should not be pushed on others who have the liberty to do so. Nor should anyone put the pressure on an individual to make them drink when they feel uncomfortable about it.

Now let’s consider some scripture on this matter:

  • Jesus admits to drinking wine and declares that John did not: “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. (Matthew 11:18-19)  Even though John refrained from wine, the people said he had a demon, and though Jesus did drink wine, the people accused Him of being a drunkard. Either way, people are going to find fault with you.
  • Jesus made fermented wine at the wedding of Cana:  When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” (John 2:9-10) Notice that the governor said that the good wine is set out first and “when men have well drunk” (the Greek means intoxicated) then they bring out that which is worse (the cheap one). This clearly shows that fermented wine was being served and that the “good wine” was noted by the governor as making people drunk. Jesus made “good wine,” not grape juice and it was the best of all. They don’t serve grape juice at Jewish weddings, I have been to one.
  • The wine Jesus served at the Passover was fermented. For even Paul rebukes the church of Carinthia for not observing the Passover meal properly. He said: For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. (1 Corinthians 11:21) We all know that you can’t get drunk on plain old grape juice. So again, we have a clear indication that the early church did drink fermented wine even at Passover.
  • Paul tells Timothy to stop drinking water and use some wine for his stomach issue: No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities. (1 Timothy 5:23).
  • Old Testament speaks on the benefits of wine: He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart. (Psalm 104:14-15)


Are all the gifts of the Spirit available today?
There are those who say that the “gifts of the Spirit” ceased when the Bible (the Canon of Scriptures) was completed. Again, this is not true and amounts to bad scripture twisting. For they say that the passage which says: “when that which is perfect is come” is referring to the completion of the bible. I do believe that those who hold to this view are trying to find an excuse for the church’s lacking to step out in faith and practice these Spiritual gifts. So, having said that, lets examine the scriptures and see what it has to say.


  • So, what is the meaning of “when that which is perfect has come?” Simply, it’s referring to the time when Jesus will be coming back to restore all things to Himself. Let’s read: For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:9). We can see from the passages above that when Jesus comes and restores all things (God makes all things new), those gifts which served us here on earth will be done away with. There will be no need for them anymore because they only served as helps as well as evidence of God’s wonderworking power while on earth.
  • Let’s now look at the Gifts of the Spirit: And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28). Just a casual reading of God’s word will clearly show that these gifts are necessary for the church of today. Not only that, but they are also to validate what we’re proclaiming. Jesus said: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believed that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38) Also, in John 14:11 He says the same thing: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:11-12) So, we can see from the passages just mentioned that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If Jesus felt it necessary to validate what He was doing with miracles, how much more do we. Those who say they ceased and are no longer necessary are denying scripture itself. Also, why would Paul write with much detail about the gifts of the Spirit if he knew they would soon be done away with? I’m convinced that Paul had no clue that his writings would someday be bound in a book along with many other writings of God’s saints. For there is no direct mention of it in the Old Testament as well as the New.
  • So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20 KJV) Here again we see that they not only preached the word of God, but there were signs that followed that confirmed their preaching.


Breaking Bread (Communion)

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

There is an unfortunate teaching in our assemblies concerning Communion. For how many of us have heard the leadership of the church claiming that we must examine ourselves to see if there is any unconfessed sin in our hearts before taking the bread and the wine (or grape juice which is not biblical). This is not what the Bible is saying people. If we keep it all in contexts we would find that the thing we are to be examining is the discernment of the Lord’s body while partaking. For Paul starts off saying: “When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.” (1 Corinthians 11:20-21) Then Paul says: “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 11:26-27) So, what does Paul say the “unworthily” manner is? Well, if we read on it says: “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.” (1 Corinthians 11:29) Well there you go, the “unworthily” manner is not unconfessed sin in your life, but partaking communion while “not discerning the Lord’s body.” So, let’s please stop teaching this false doctrine of unconfessed sin.

Now, this should be important for us because it could bring unnecessary guilty and condemnation on a brother or sister in Christ. I say this because there may be some unconfessed sin that comes to mind during or even after we have partaken. For example, let’s say someone got out of hand and yelled at their boss at work and is now feeling bad about it. Even though they may have told God that they are sorry, they still could feel guilty for not apologizing to their boss. Yet, because of this false teaching, they could feel guilty after partaking of communion and thus end up feeling even worse than before. For let's face it, if we really had to examine ourselves to see if there is any unconfessed sin in our lives, we would be there all day and nobody would be able to partake. So please, let's keep thing in context and not to interject unbiblical teachings that can stumble one another. God help us, amen.


  • And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Acts 2:46)
  • And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7)
  • When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. ... Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. (1 Corinthians 11:20, 33)
  • Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)


Born of the Water and the Spirit

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:5-6)

What did Jesus mean by saying that that a man cannot enter into the kingdom of God "except a man be corn of water and the Spirit? Well it's very simple. For he explains it in the very next verse when he said: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6) You first have to be naturally born into this world in order to be Spiritually born. And only when you're Spiritually born, can you enter into God kingdom. So, being born of the water is simply in reference to the natural birth when our mother's water broke and out we came. And of course we're born of the Spirit when we are converted and receive Jesus as our Savior. Let's not try to read into this and make it something it's not. For you must first come into existence before you can know who God is. And then you must turn you life over to him and be "born again."  We must simply Interpret scripture with scripture because it's all there in God's word for us. Amen.


  • Jesus said, "Unless a man is born of the water and of the Spirit." Now, what does He mean water and Spirit? We know what it is to be born of the Spirit. What is He referring to being born of the water? There are those who declare that He is talking about water baptism. Unless you have been baptized in water, you're not going to see the kingdom of heaven, and that born of the water refers to water baptism. I do not believe that Jesus is referring to water baptism here, because I believe that there are people who have gone through the ritual of water baptism who are not going to see the kingdom of heaven. It was only a ritual. But, it would seem to me that being born of the water would be a reference to our natural birth, as the fetus is in that water sac being protected, and then there is the water bursting and the child is born. To be born of the water would refer to the natural birth, because in context then, Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, but that which born of the Spirit is spirit." And so, He's talking about the two births: born of the water, and born of the Spirit. And that the born of the Spirit is referring to the new birth, the spiritual birth that we have, where born of the water would refer to the fleshly birth. (Message by Chuck Smith who was Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California)



What about Hair Length?

The bible is clear in 1 Corinthians 11:4-5 that there should be a distinction between the hair length of a man and that of a woman. This is aseptically true within a church setting. For a woman with short hair is sending out a message to all that she is equal to a man in the area of authority. This is what is meant in scripture where it says she “dishonoureth her head” (head is referring to a the man). In the same token long hair on men is a shame and dishonoring to God as well. For a man is supposed to represent the Glory of God in the form of authority and not in the form of subjection as a woman. Therefore, God wants there to be distinction between the sexes. We can see this also in God’s word where it condemns a man for wearing woman's clothes and a woman wearing men’s clothes. So my concern is, why does most church leadership ignore this important fact that Paul taught on? Why let woman butch their head to look like men and men grow out their hair like some woman?


Video concerning hair length

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MqdwB8mgAc&t


  • Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. - 1 Corinthians 11:4-5
  • Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. - 1 Corinthians 11:14-15
  • The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. - Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV


Are You more Holy if you practice Celibacy?
There are those in the church who view that one must practice celibacy in order to be a spiritual leader in a church. This practice of celibacy was enforced by those in the early church that viewed sex as base and looked down on those who could not refrain from it. We can read this from the writings of such notables as Tertullian, Ambrose, and Jerome, all of whom believed that, even within marriage, intercourse necessarily involved sin. This attitude toward marital intimacy, which dominated the church for more than ten centuries, inevitably led to the glorification of virginity and celibacy. (see: www.ligonier.org/blog/sex-in-marriage) However, as we can see from scripture, this practice of forbidding marriage within the clergy is demonic and destructive. I say this because look at the harm that has occurred in the Catholic Church regarding sexual misconducts. I do believe God allowed this to happen to expose their teaching of heresy concerning marriage within the clergy. The unfortunate thing is however, many innocent lives have been marred through this, and yet do we see any changes in their views today. If celibacy is to be practiced, it has to be by choice and not required or enforced. Let's face it, not all have this gift. (For more info regarding sexual intimacy, see article: Sex Unveiled.


  • Let’s read: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3). Also in Hebrews 13:4 we read: Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4) Now, from these two scriptures alone we can clearly see that marriage is honorable whether you're a priest or a peasant. 
  • Paul does tell us that if one is able to remain celibate, this would be a benefit. For such a one could devote more of his time and energy focusing on the work of the Lord without the distractions of marriage. This would include both a man or a woman. For God’s word says: But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. There isa a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35) But having said all that, God still says that “marriage is honorable in all” and it’s not to be looked down upon. And there is more.
  • Sex was given to us by God even from the beginning of creation when He said it was very good. For we read: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28). Obviously, you must have sex to multiply, so how can the Church of Rome say that sex is a result of our sin? Again, if you read the creation account you will find that He made the above commandment before the fall, not after.
  • It’s a God given pleasure: Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. (Proverbs 5:18-19)
  • Sexual intimacy is colorfully depicted in scripture using metaphor's: This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts like its clusters. I said, "I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches." Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your breath like apples, And the roof of your mouth like the best wine. (Song of Songs 7:7-9)
  • It can be a safeguard against sexual immorality: Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2)


Should You take up the Sward?
We Christians citizens are a unique group of people in which God called use to shine the light of Jesus Christ. In fact, because of our uniqueness, we are persecuted by this worlds system, just as Jesus was in his time. This is our soul mission in life, to present the Gospel, even in the face of death. Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel." (Mark 16:15) We as Christians are to preach peace, even to the point of losing our own lives, and yes, even at times the lives of our family members as well. I know that this may be a controversial issue for many, because of the desire to defend our own family if one wishes to cause harm to them. But are main goal as Christians is to be a witness even in the face of death. So, if you are one who believe we can use arms for self-defense, I would use caution with how you handle this issue. For we must remember that Jesus message was always of turn the other cheek to those who come against you, even when confronted with death. For are mission is to focus on preaching Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Of course there are those who are serving in our defense system whether it be our local police or in the armed forces. If a person is called to serve in this area, then that’s between him and God. Can these same people be true Christians and yet take up arms? Well, the Bible does say that those who bear the sword are ministers of God, for we read: "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing." (Romans 13:4-6) So that being said, God knows the heart of each of us, so if he chooses certain Christians to be involved in handling arms, who am I to judge. Also, when John the Baptist was confronted by soldiers who were asking him what must they do in their situation, he said: “do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14) So as we can notice, John the Baptist did not right out tell them to lay down their arms, so again we must leave some things up to the individual to decide how they should approach this issue.

God could have killed every vile person on this earth (which would have included us all), but instead he sent his Son Jesus Christ to show us the way. He was wounded and tortured for us sinners, and yes, his Heavenly Father saw it all but did not stop it from happening, because Jesus had a mission, just as we do. Even Abraham was willing to slay his own son in obedience to God's word. So, should the average Christian take up arms,” I would have to say no. For it should only be for those who are called to take up the sword. For I would not want to kill anyone who is threatening harm to me, but with my last dying breath I would want to preach Christ to my enemy, in hopes that even after he may slay me, he would be convicted in his heart and repent. But what about my wife or my sons? Well, I hope they would do the same as well and give their live's for the Gospel. Yes I know we should provide for our own family as it is written: "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1 Timothy 5:8) However, I don't see this scripture giving us any rights to "take up the sword" against anyone. God help us to always know what to do you in this and all things. Let's make sure to live our lives in a manner that would be honoring to God and to Jesus Christ who suffered for us all (but thanks be to God that he was victorious and rose from the dead).


  • As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (Romans 8:36)
  • But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. ... But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:39, 44-45)
  • He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:10)
  • Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. ... But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. ... But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:10-12, 39, 44-45)
  • Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
  • Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. (Luke 17:33)
  • And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. (Philippians 1:28-30)
  • If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26-27)


Watch this must see move which is based on a true story of the early church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sD9fjgc3b4


Who Owns Christian Music?
Why my fellow Christian musicians, do we collect royalties and claim ownership for music and songs for which we're not the true authors of? What I am saying is we are not the originators of Christian songs, but it is God Himself who is the true Author and Owner of them all. For it is He who put the new songs on our hearts as David says: He put a new song in my mouth, A hymn to our God; many will see and be afraid, and shall hope in the Lord. (Psalm 39:4 Sept.). God has freely given us these songs to share with others for the sake of praising and worshipping Him as well as to declare how good and awesome He is. So, tell me what right do we have to demand a price (royalty) for them when it is God who gave them to us free of charge? Yes, it is true that Jesus said “the workman is worthy of his meat,” but He also said “freely ye have received, freely give” (see notes). Though this may seem like a contradiction, in reality it's not because within God's word there's no such thing.

So, let's go ahead and consider what this means. The disciples that Jesus sent out to do the work of preaching, healing, raising the dead and casting out devils did not receive wages for the power that was bestowed upon them or for the message in itself, but for the work that was associated with delivering it. In the same way, a pastor of a congregation does not receive wages for the sermon in itself that he preaches, but for his faithfulness in being a good steward of the gift that God has bestowed on him. Yes, he may have spent a lot of time preparing it and putting it all together, in which He should be rewarded for, but we must remember that it is God who inspired it and put it on his heart in the first place. So, the same is true with Christian music. God bestows it upon our hearts freely and we as faithful vessels deliver it to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, we should be getting wages for the work involved in the performance and delivery of the song and not for the song in itself. For as said before, we are not the true owners of it, but God is. Once that song reaches another church body, now it’s them who is doing the work in preparing and delivering it to church. So, now they should be receiving their wages, not for the song itself, but for being faithful stewards in their work delivering it.

Could you imagine the negative impact it would have on the Apostle Paul's ministry if he demanded royalties for every time someone would read his letters in a church or made copies of it? I don’t see, “© Copyright by: Apostle Paul's Apostolic Ministries. Any Duplication or Use without Prior Permission from the Copyright Owner is prohibited by Law,” at the end of any of his letters. And let’s thank our God that Paul never ended his letters this way because if he did, there may have been a big portion of the New Testament missing. This is the same and true with the psalms or, for that matter, anywhere in the scriptures. We don't see any reference to a copyright notice or any royalties demanded at the end of any of the songs or anywhere else in the scriptures (except for that which is of the bible publishers themselves which is an evil as well). So why should we demanding money from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and place such a burden on the church? Let us remember that “covetousness” is a sin. Therefore, pertaining to religious things, we as Christians should not following after the pattern of this world with all its burdensome and greedy copyrights and patents laws, but rather obey God in His Word and be a people that gives.

The "Den of thieves"
As I said before. God is the author and owner of all Christian music and we are only His recipients and mouthpieces to bring praise and worship to His church. Let us remember what Jesus Himself said to those who were selling things in the temple: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:13) He said this to those who were making money off of the people by selling things that were to be used for religious service, thus making His church a house of merchandise. This can be applied to music as will. For if you're making money off the songs itself in which God is the originator, you're taking money for something that does not belong to you, and that’s stealing. For He also said: Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (John 2:16) We should be demonstrating that our time of gathering should be for worship and praise and not a means for financial gain.

In closing I would like to say that I do love all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are penning and singing these songs for the sake of the church and the world. I myself love to sing, worship God, as well as listen to the music of my fellow Christian. But please let us not mirror how the world operates or does things but let us live our lives as true children of the Light. For Jesus is calling us to come out of the world and be separate. And my prayer is for that.

 Notes:

  • And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (John 2:13-16)
  • And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. (Matthew 10:7-10)
  • But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. (Acts 4:19)


Who is Lazarus?
Jesus said: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36) Saying things that have no real value or meaning behind them would be unfruitful and unproductive indeed. So that being said, when Jesus spake of the rich man and Lazarus, would he be just throwing out some man’s name without any intent for the listener to eventually discover who that man is? Hmm? Oh, and let's remember that Jesus is actually mentioning someone by name, this never happens in His parables. So, below are a few key scriptures that I've found in God's Word that mentions the name Lazarus. Notice that Lazarus both died and was raised from the dead.


  • Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. ... Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. ... Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. ... These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. ... Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (John 11:1, 3, 5-6, 11, 13-14)
  • There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. ... Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (Luke 16:19-23, 27-28)
  • Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (John 11:41-44)


Is it all about being Entertained?
After our church quire sang a song in church I was approached by a friend of mine after the service who told me the song we sang did not do anything for her. Though she was a Christian (and involved in music herself) she still missed a very important point, and that is, the song we sang was not for her entertainment but for the glory of God. You see, so many time we come to church with a worldly mentality expecting a church to be a place of entertainment instead of a place to worship the living God. In fact, if you find yourself in a church that's geared toward entertainment, chances are you will come out of there no closer to God than when you first went in. God help us to come to church only with an attitude to worship Him and to hear from Him and not to have our ears tickled or to be entertained. For a church that is based on entertainment is a church that is in practice with the world.


  • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)