Month 1:25 (Aviv), Week 4:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year 5935:025 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 28 [Red] April 2011
Ki Mo Ku Inezi - That's Life
Or is It? Double-Mindedness Exposed
An African Roman Catholic Priest in Mozambique once nonchalantly remarked about the non-changing ways of his parishoners: "People believe in God, but they believe more in witchcraft". When the locals were asked about this apparent contradiction, the answer given was always: "Ki mo ku inezi" - "That's life."
We need not suppose that this double-standard is just an African phenomenon - it's true everywhere. For these Mozambiquans, they had no problems reconciling their ritualistic and formalistic Catholic faith with traditional African animism, or adding Yahweh to their pantheon of demonic spirits. Indeed, that's pretty much true wherever the Catholic Church has gone - it readily assimilates local paganism, such as Voodoo in Haïti or Amerindian paganism in Central and Southern America. Protestantism has done the same thing, retaining old pagan beliefs and structures inherited from its Catholic past. I wonder how many Catholics and Protestants realise just how many demonic practices they followed at Easter last Sunday, practices that hearken back to ancient Babylon? And how many Messianics realise how many pagan customs they have inherited from Judaism which the Jews picked up in Babylon, Europe and elsewhere? The Mozambiquans are not unique in their ambivalent attitude toward serving multiple gods in the name of Christ. All those who refuse to follow the strict ways of Yahweh end up doing it and end up following the prince of this world.
Ki mo ku inezi or 'That's life' is the attitude of the spiritually lazy and indifferent. It isn't true life. It's a kind of life but it is a false one. It is a life full of contradictions. And that is a luxury that no serious talmid (disciple) of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) can afford.
What a double-minded person does is divide up the contradictory beliefs and ways that he has by partitioning his own soul into its various components, breaking up its echad or unity, and assigning different and, if necessary, contradictory rôles to each component. A man may therefore go to church on Sunday and then go away and indulge in his witchcraft. He can divide his mind up into sections so that each section does different things at different times in different places. He wears many hats. he can be a crook and a policeman at the same time. He may have multiple religious beliefs, multiple moralities, multiple behaviours. On occasion the dividing lines may blur, as he lets down his guard, causing him to mix rôles and provoke disapproval and get himself into trouble. Israel was ultimately divided and then sent into exile because it lived a double life. It may be accepted 'life' in the world system but it is not authentic chayim or spiritual life. It is a life of self-disintegration
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Elohim (God), who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in emunah (faith), with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from Yahweh; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways" (James 1:5-8, NKJV).
Of course, double-mindedness can pass itself off as stability so long as the one practicing it surrounds himself with others who are doing the same and he can 'disappear' into the fog. Then it can appear to be normality and indeed as 'life'. However, we are responsible for choosing our illusions and Yahweh will not hold us unaccountable for accepting and practicing them. He may leave us alone in our self-deception for longer or shorter periods of time but out of love He will at some point send shakings to wake us up out of our complacency and present us with a stark choice - to stay awake or go back to sleep again.
For Mozambique there was a terrible war of independence against Portugal followed by a cruel Marxist régime but neither of these have changed traditional ways very much. People pretty much do things in Mozambique today as they always have done and the same is true in every and any country. It takes courage and will-power to wake up and throw off the shackes of double-mindedness
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown and Red April, not to mention all the other disasters happening at the same time, ought to be one such wake-up call. As I write, the American south is being plagued by tornados. We're still waiting for the big economic meltdown whilst we bathe in nuclear radiation. Yesterday I filled up my car tank and was shocked by the cost - about US$165!
Many if not most will still ignore these, sadly, and Yahweh will be forced to send even louder wake-up calls so that souls don't fall into permanent spiritual coma, wake-up calls that are nearer home. Seeing the state of some souls, as Yahweh showed me in vision a few days ago, of someone wrapped around in multiple layers of sheets of darkness like a cacoon, and then bound on top of that by a net - a seathing mass of anger and hate - it made me realise the urgency of calling people to repentance. Only yesterday a friend of my wife was killed in one of those tornadoes...Yahweh can take us at any time. And nothing worse could happen than for a soul to be called home without being saved!
I realise that many think I am a pain in the neck for repeating the same old truths again and again, but as an Irish professor once wisely said: "Stating the obvious is difficult and useful because it serves the cause of clarity." Repenting of your sins and accepting Yah'shua (Jesus) as your Deliverer and Saviour is difficult because people don't want to know the obvious - they would rather stay muddled, unclear and double-minded, or in their own pride try to earn their way into heaven by their good deeds. Peter's stern words to Simon - from which we get the English word 'simeony' - need to be proclaimed on the housetops:
How can anyone play around with their eternal destiny by riding the merrigoround of bitterness and iniquity? Because they prefer the darkness of Satan to the bright light of Yahweh. I pray that if you are on that futile carousel that you will get off it now! You may not have another chance...
"Your lev (heart) is not right in the sight of Elohim (God). Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray Elohim (God) if perhaps the thought of your lev (heart) may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity" (Acts 8:21-23, NKJV).