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Past the boundary of Time

Announcing new book

“…as we went past the boundary of Space and Time, the cool dew on the surface of our aircraft evaporated, with it our  adjectives, nouns,  verbs, and the entire language we would use to describe the Timeless dimension! We are only left with a faint memory of words that we now want to try to describe the indescribable” – I am hoping to be done with this new book (Mystery of His Will) this month or in January. I am scheduled to be in India soon and I hope this subject will uplift us and inspire us into a deeper walk with God.

Announcement – Meetings with Brother Rolf Strommen

Brother Rolf Strommen of Norway will be speaking at Believers’ Assembly in Lusaka on 8th and 9th December, 2018. On 8th December (Saturday) meetings will start at 3:00 PM (Central African Time). On 9th December (Sunday) we will have two services, one starting at 09:00 AM and another at 03:00 PM (CAT). We hope to make the services available on Facebook Live. We continue to pray for brother Rolf and sister Grace Strommen for their many missionary journeys in Africa.

Bro. Rolf Strommen

“Allow girls to wear what they want, tame male students” Madam Longwe tells University of Zambia

If elderly women can encourage immoral dressing, who will teach our young women morals?

Madam Longwe in responding to the ban on immoral dress code in the university’s library said: “Management at the University must not engage themselves in violating the human rights of the female students of self expression. Why are they blaming the women? They should blame the men for lacking self control” (quoted in News Diggers, 8 May 2018).

Well, just how far can “human rights” go to express “self “? One day a strange incident happened along Burma road. A woman suddenly started taking off clothes and went completely nude. People suspected she had either become mad or she was so high on drugs. Within seconds women encircled her and struggled to dress her up! Why did they do that? Wasnt it her human right to express self?

If nakedness has to do with human rights, then on a scale of 0 to 100, full human rights should not only go halfway up to 50%, the knees. It should be 100%  –  all the way to the thighs, through the waist to the head, until someone is in her birth suite! Wouldn’t that entail full “self” expression? Wouldn’t that be full “human rights”? If this is how we are going to define “self expression” and “human rights” it is only a matter of time before we see nudists pushing for rights to walk about naked. This is not a joke. It has happened in some places of the world like Munich in Germany.

Madam Longwe went further to ask: “Who decides which is decent dressing and what is indecent dressing? Can they tell us?” she demanded.” This is an age-old argument against morality. Atheists love it. Homosexuals love it. The argument challenges one to explain, “Who said it?”
When someone says “It is wrong to comiit adultery?” the argument will ask, “Says who?” When someone says, “It is wrong to have sex before you marry even when both of you are adults and have consented”, the argument asks, “Says who?”…
This argument rests on the premise that morality is merely what many people over a period of time have come to define as a rule or norm and so has no objective standard! However, the real motivation behind the philosophy of “Says who” is a belief that THERE IS NO GOD, and the Bible is just another piece of outdated myths.However, deep inside the soul of man is that consciusness of RIGHT and WRONG; there is that something that tells us that just like everything else was made by something else, so we didnt just pop from nowhere!

Surely there are things in life that we merely adapted because our society upheld the behaviour. However, there are also things that were never taught or handed down to us but yet were instrinsic characteristics right from the time we breathed the first time. Did you go for some training as a baby to how to identify a nipple, and how to know that your mouth was meant to sqeeze it so that something refreshing and sweet to your tongue should come out of it?

Soul, as defined by William Branham, means “the nature of the Spirit” . See, when electricity passes through a light bulb, it will turn ON. When the same electricity flows through a fan, it will make its mortar begin to rotate. It is the same electricity but manifesting the nature of light when in a bulb and the nature of propulsion when through a fan.

All living things have the Spirit of life from God. When that spirit of life is in a mango tree it causes it to produce mango fruits. Thats the nature God defined for that tree. When the spirit of life is in man, he manifests attributes of a human being. Inside a man is a CONSCIOUSNESS of RIGHT and WRONG. Deep in a remote village of Karamoja in Uganda missionaries preached the Gospel and the naked natives suddenly felt ashamed of their nakendness and desired to be clothed. The light had struck them, and without reading Scripture about how the first parents of mankind began to dress, they received awareness of the need to be clothed. Well, in the beginning man sinned and as the result of shame clothed himself. For people to walk naked today only means one thing: we now have a generation of reprobabes who have no shame of sin. We have young women who dress in public what their grandmothers only wore in the bedroom!

Solomon Jacob responds with Cutting, Pasting, and Hiding details

Someone asked Solomon Jacob as to what is his response to my article on the Branham-Larkin controversy. He again took the opportunity to do what he knows best – cut words, leave out salient details, and paste for the public to judge! This time he pasted my words on a Facebook thread of discussion. The following was the dramatic exchange.

Solomon Jacob speaks:

Did William Branham gather the truth from the quotes of other preachers and preached the Seven Seals? OR the Seven Angels who came from the eternity gave him the revelation of Seven Seals. If the truth was already known to other preachers then how come it was still a mystery?

Jesse Nzima asks a question:

What is your response to issues raised by Andrew Phiri against your falsehood.

Solomon Jacob responds with a long thread containing bits of words cut out of a large article I wrote on the Branham-Larkin controversy:

Here are excerpts from my reply to Andrew Phiri. Instead of denying, Andrew Phiri has already accepted the Fact and the Truth in his writing “Hearing A Voice and THE Voice – Part II” that both Larkin and Branham here spoke the same thing.  Andrew Phiri writes, “Hearing A Voice and THE Voice – Part II”Larkin wrote:
“Who is the ‘Rider’ upon this White Horse? He is not Christ, as some claim, for Christ, as the LAMB, is holding the ‘Seven Sealed Book’ and breaking its ‘Seals.’ Christ does not appear as a White Horse Rider until chapter 19:11-16, when He comes with the armies of Heaven to engage in the Battle of Armageddon… this White Horse Rider is the ANTICHRIST.”

Andrew Phiri – Surely, this seems striking as both Larkin and Branham here spoke the same thing. 

Someone alerted me about the above thread. Intitially I had no desire to join the conversation (I  had a good reason: I know the difficultness of engaging  Solomon Jacob in a logical conversation and so I thought it would be futile to participate. Now, whether his failure to grasp words, explanations, and responses given to him is deliberate, or simply a limitation of ability, I do not understand). However, when I saw Mr Jacob cleverly cut out words off my article and then hide ALL arguments which define the article, I decided to respond as follows:

This is what we call INTELLECTUAL DECEIT. You got an extensive article I wrote and then you carefully CUT OUT STATEMENTS which suited your belief AND THEN HID THE REAL ARGUMENTS RAISED AGAINST your misplaced ideas. As a minister and preacher, does it not bother your conscious to behave dishonestly in such a manner? Like I said to you in the letter, if you have a critique to raise against a person, even if you dont like him, the least you can do is to be objective and not blow things out of context to excite your audience. I can only advise that it is only prudent that you be mindful of what the Word says – we shall be judged by the idle words we speak.

[For those following this thread of discussion, kindly read my entire article to see how my words in Solomon Jacob’s response above have been COMPLETELY QUOTED OUT OF CONTEXT. The article is available on this link: https://andrewcphiri.com/…/hearing-a-voice-and-the…/ ].

Solomon Jacob speaks:

Mr Jacob responded with a bizzare explanation of what “intellectual deceit” is:

INTELLECTUAL DECEIT can be called only if anything is added or subtracted. Can you say that what I presented here are not your words?

And this was the end of our conversation:

With all due respect bro, may I say that your problem of not understanding sentences and explanations seems far more serious than I thought. Your above reply confirms why you could not understand various ‘mixed up’ statements of a hillbilly like William Branham. Your defininition of “Intellectual Deceit” above is quite incorrect. Consider this: someone tells me “I hate my father! I hate my mother!” I ask him: “Why, as a Christian, you ought to love your father and mother as the Lord commanded us to do in His commandments!” He answers: ” According to Luke 14:26, ‘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.’” So, here is a question to you – Are these not the words of the Lord Jesus? Are the man’s actions justifiable since he hasnt “added” or “subtracted” from the Lord’s words? DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO CAREFULLY CUT WORDS OUT OF A LARGE BODY OF TEXT AND QUOTE THEM OUT OF CONTEXT?

Have you noticed Mr Jacob’s response – “Thanks for your explanation”? An honourable person should know that to critique is important, but prudence requires that one bases his arguments on facts! Not cutting, pasting, and hiding details of statements.

Announcement: On Facebook Live Broadcast – “The Branham-Larkin Controversy”

The livestream session will start at 02:00 PM GMT (16:00 hrs Central African Time) on 28th January, 2018.

Note: During my last visit to India I dealt with a matter that has been unsettling the ‘faith’ of some believers. In some countries there are people who were in the Faith for over thirty years but ended up wavering upon hearing that what Rev.William Branham taught as the Revelation of the Seven Seals was plagiurised from Dr Clarence Larkin’s book. But, IS THAT SO?

Dont miss tomorrow’s Facebook Live broadcast as we delve into FACTS about this important topic. Sharing this announcment may help someone in need. God bless you.

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Irrational Rationality

Mysterious object spotted in Space. Could be Sign of alien origin?

A mysterious large object that has come from a different star system is to be examined by one of the world’s biggest telescopes for signs of alien technology…The Green Bank telescope will examine a mysterious object speeding through our solar system to check for signs of alien signals. The observation begins Wednesday and will be carried out by Breakthrough Listen, a global astronomical program searching for evidence of other civilizations” (RT News, 12 December, 2017, emphasis mine).

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…But, how are “signs” of alien signals detected? 

We would like to check if it has any sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions,” explained Professor Avi Loeb of Harvard University to the Guardian. So, the idea is to look for something, a signal, that would indicate an intelligent source. Clearly, this method can only be used when there is an awareness that patterns of certain things exhibit intelligent design. Now that sounds all rational but until we get to DNA!

Is it not strange that we can invest millions and millions of dollars into a project that searches for signals whose design denotes an intelligent source but all the while  ignoring the fact that DNA is an information processing unit whose operation is exactly how software code works. Has our rationality become so irrational? Wont it be easier and far cheaper to first establish who designed the DNA for it to work the way it does? Is there some extraterresrial being somwhere in space who designed it? Again, Science seems to be making good progress on this question. Here is another news item that made headlines this week: “The prehistoric origins of life on Earth may have begun in space, a new study published in the Journal of Chemical Physics suggests. Researchers at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada  created a simulated space environment …The research opens the possibility that our origins are extraterrestrial. The first life on Earth began around 4 billion years ago, but this finding suggests the building blocks needed for this to happen may have come from space, strengthening the theory that life may have begun outside our planet” (RT News, 12 December, 2017, emphasis mine).

Yes, life did begin outside our planet. To take new focus of research, from small Earth to the immensely vast space, I dont know how long the next project would take the scientists to establish the exact place from where life came. However, I believe in the record of Saint John when he said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life” (John 1:1-4).