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Will there be a white and a black section in heaven?
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by Lynford Heron
The Centurion Press - Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2003

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Satan capitalizes on every opportunity to disjoint    

and separate the body of Christ.  Why?  Because he understands the power of one.  Consider the day of Pentecost.  In Acts 1:14, the record states that "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication."  The Church was united as one.  As a result, the Holy Spirit was able to come and over three thousand souls were baptized in one day.

Unity is strength.  In Genesis 11:6, the Lord gives us another example of the power of one.  The Bible reads, "And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."  The story goes on to say that the Lord had to confound their language in order to separate them, else they would have built a tower reaching to heaven.

The devil understands that a united body is a victorious power.  Therefore, he was desirous and successful in confounding our language, the language of love by attaching all kinds of requirements to enslave the minds of men.  Of such, we have color of skin, economic and scholastic classes among many others.  Jesus Christ, the righteous, wants to emancipate every man from mental slavery.  For we are enslaved in believing that one pile of dust is better than the other.  Dust is dust.  The deception also affected our perception of Christ.  Many who call upon the name of Jesus would forfeit heaven, if Christ is reveal to be black or white for others.  On the 22nd day of September, 1862 the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, issued an emancipation proclamation declaring every man free.  The proclamation was reinforcing the words of many, that all men were created equal.  But many people could not endorse that statement.  Sad to say, many Christians who speak of the love of God are secretly racist within their hearts.  Today, Christ also has an emancipation proclamation with a condition for every man.  And He is saying in John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." What is this "truth" that Jesus spoke of?  Well, consider the following.

The Experience of Peter
Acts 10:10-14
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.


This scripture reveals that Christ was preparing Peter to receive the saving truth that would make him free.  Therefore, when the Lord told Peter, being a Jew, to eat unclean meat, Peter's response was "not so Lord."  Peter went on to classify the animals as unclean and common.  The Lord knew the heart and mind of Peter.  He knew that Peter classified certain individuals as common and unclean.  Peter the Christian, who spoke with power on the day of Pentecost, was racist.  He had a better than thou complex.  He thought himself to be better than people of a certain race.  I sympathize with Peter, for I understand the cause of his mind set.  If I was told from my youth to stay away from other nations because of their corrupting influences, If I was told to marry only within the Jewish nation, then I can understand why he grew up with a air of superiority.  God had his reasons.  The children of Israel was to remain pure and unspotted from the other nations.  They were God's people, through whom the Lord would use to evangelize the world.  

However, after Christ, that responsibility was transferred from the initiative of a nation to the responsibility of all that are Christ's.  The focus was no longer on saving the Jews, but the salvation of every man.  Therefore, the Lord had to emancipate the mind of Peter so that the saving message would be carried to every man.  Did Peter accept every man as his equal after his lesson from the Lord?  Let us find out...

Acts 10:28
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Yes he did.  Peter understood that the Lord was making reference to man and not beast.  For in giving his testimony, he said, "But God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."  Here we see a Christian considering other Christians, other human beings, as common and unclean.  However, the Lord told Peter the truth, He accepted it and he was set free.  Is there a little Peter in you?  Are you considering any of God's sons or daughters common, unequal, less than human or unclean?  If so, would you be free from your racist mentality?  Jesus can set you free if you ask Him in prayer.

The Lord wants to correct our proposed image of Him as well.  Friend, do not be like the Jews.  They could not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior for He was not the deliverer they were looking for.  Is it possible for history to repeat itself?  Is it possible that the spirit of racism could cause many to miss Christ completely when He returns the second time?  The Jews were serious.  They were completely adamant that Jesus of Nazareth was not the Christ.  Why?  Because He wasn't what they were looking for.  Suppose Jesus is white, would your faith be shaken?  Would you give up the faith and forfeit heaven if he is black?  Friend, if you are looking for a white Jesus, if you are looking for a black, Chinese, Indian, or Puerto Rican Lord, you will miss Him if your image of God is not met.  You will miss Him as the Jews missed Christ.  We know that every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7) and every tongue will confess that He is Lord of Lord when He returns the second time.  The Bible also says that the devil will transform Himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14)In addition, the Bible says that many false Christ shall arise for the very purpose of deceiving the elect (Matthew 24:24).  If you are looking for a Indian, white or black Christ, the devil will come as that which you are looking for only to deceive you.  Deception is a serious thing, friend.  It determines whether heaven or hell will be our inheritance.  The devil knows the proud and haughty nature of man and he is using it to our destruction.  He knows that man does not learn from the mistakes of others.  He knows that we do not learn from the past.  Therefore, history will repeat itself, sad to say, for the attitude and the spirit of the Jews lives on in many individuals.  Many will miss Christ, for they will be looking for another.  This might seem farfetched.  But men will be so enslaved by racism, so enslaved by the devil and so blinded by their pomp and pride, that they will indeed miss the savior.  We must rid ourselves of all preconceived images of Christ.  Only at His second return will all men see Christ for who He is.

1 John 3:2
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The Bible says, "We shall be like Him (that is whatever He is like), for we shall see Him as He is."  Currently, every nation seem to have convicting evidence of the race of Christ.  They will take you through a historical tour just to substantiate their claims.  But does it really matter if He is black or white?  Jesus gave His life for you, He gave His life for me.  He could be green in color, my affirmation will continue to be, "Even so, come Lord Jesus."

Christianity and Racism
Peter accepted the truth but many others in the Christian church refuse to see all people as equals.  Consequently, within certain denominations, there are white and black conferences.  Those denominations are divided.  Therefore, they are exhibiting a form of Godliness, but there is no power.  The power only comes when there is oneness. How can a group of people suggest to be in one accord when they are segregated by racism? Where is the love?  When Christ is in the heart, the love of man becomes unconditional.  Men will not see color, but a sister and a brother in Christ.  How can we say that I am an elder in the church, yet at the same time certain members are neglected because they are black? How can you say that I am a Pastor, a man of God, yet at the same time you have ill feelings towards the white members of your church?  Who hath bewitched you friend? The Bible says, "Let no man deceive you." But many have been deceived, in believing that they are better than others.  Heaven is not segregated.  If we cannot live as one here, we will never make it to heaven.  Now is a good time to re-evaluate your value system.  Friend, I ask of you, learn from Peter's experience, and I hope that you will realize as Peter did, that no man is common or unclean.  Amen.

Galatians 3:28
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

In other words, there is neither black nor white, for we are all one in Christ.  If we cannot live as one on this earth, in love, we will not be qualified for heaven.  Some individuals feel justified when they classify white people as racist.  However, judge within yourselves which is worst?  Consider a Puerto Rican who gets offended because they are mistaken for a Mexican.  My question is, "what is wrong with Mexicans?"  Consider the offended reaction of a black American because he/she was mistaken for a Haitian. The devil will always get our eyes on everybody else, on every other race, but ourselves.  Many are racist within their own race.  Many whites look down on trailer park rednecks.  In addition, if a black man is of a lighter completion than another, he will exhibit a air of superiority.  Can you believe that?  The devil has messed us up.  Do you think the Lord is going to go easy on you because of what somebody else did? God is no respecter or person.  It does not matter if that brother is racist.  It does not matter if he does not like you.  Your business as a Christian is to love that brother the more.  Overcome evil with good.  You are not justified in returning evil for evil if you claim to be Christ's.  How can you say you love God whom you cannot see, when you have racist feelings towards your proposed brother.  The Bible calls all such people a liar and the love of God is not within their hearts.  They are perpetrating a fraud.  Claiming to be something that they are not, a Christian.  Christians, like Christ, love all men equally.

If we cannot forgive and let go, we will not be forgiven.  Forget the past and look towards the glorious tomorrow.  Jesus tells us to love those that abuse us and persecute us.  Do good and not evil.  The Lord is speaking healing into your life today, friend.  Would you be free from your burdens of hate?  There is healing is Jesus Christ.  Just bow down and ask Him to let His heart and His mind be yours.  Ask and it shall be given.  You will be amazed.  All of a sudden all the chains that bound you are broken.  You are able to speak with your white or black deacon or business associates without any ill feelings.  Jesus can set you free friend, if you ask Him in prayer.

How do you know that you are racist?  Well, if your daughter or son takes home a prospective life partner that is of another race, your reaction will convict you.  To some it does not matter if the person is a child of God, decent and able to support a family, race seems to override everything.  Out of many, the Lord made one people.  But it is sad to know that even those who profess to be Christians, are racist.  Friend, love does not consider color. Unless we become as little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  A child does not see color. A child sees mommy and daddy. They see others as friends and equals.  Parents are the ones that teach racism.  It is instilled from a tender age.  There are many instances where a little black boy and a little white boy would be crying for each other, but their parents would not allow them to play together because of  racial differences.  These kids would say to their respective parents, "But mommy, but daddy, he is my friend."  We know the story.  You might have experienced that before.  I am talking about unconditional love, friend.  Do you want lessons on love, consult a child.  Pure and undefiled is the love they have towards all men.  Men are not born with a racist spirit, racism is thought.  By beholding we become like.  If mommy and daddy are racist, the kids will grow up with a superiority complex.  God forbid.

Currently, people of certain race seems to suggest that they are of a better quality than all others.  Therefore, they are very adamant about not mixing with other race in order to protect their "pure blood."  Mixing will taint and mar their perfect statute.  Their attitude suggest that their image sets the standard of beauty.  Beauty begets beauty is the rationale of many.  On the contrary, beauty is not seen, it is experience.  In addition, no one is truly "pure blooded," for we all came from Adam and Eve.  In fact, the most beautiful offspring are those that comes from mix relationships.  The Lord is saying to us, as He said to Peter, "No man is common or unclean."  Friend, every man is created equal.  But many has a superiority complex.  They do not want to mix with what they consider  "common people".  People who are not considered beautiful or of much value.  Therefore, mixing with certain race will cheapen their existence.   If we believe that all men are created equal, if we believe that God made all men beautiful, then we will no longer have racial problems.

This world has a problem. Should we be conformed to this perverted world, or should we be transformed by the renewing of our minds? At Centurion Ministry, almost every race is present, and we live as one. We are against any situation that will cause problems within. However, no one can control or prevent problems from without. Should I, if the situation present itself, give up my true love because society cannot accept it? On the other hand, should I give up my principles, because society thinks that I am crazy to believe in them? Should I deny Christ in order to save myself from the persecution of this world? We cannot allow the mentally and spiritually enslaved mind of society to determine the kind of lives we live or the choices that we make. We must look to Christ. Consider the following.

God gave Moses an Ethiopian woman to be his wife.  Two race coming together.  Hagar, Abraham's maid was from a different race.  Friends, God sees people, He does not see race.  Is there not beauty in everything? Yes there is. It is just that some people are so pre-disposed a certain way that they cannot see it. The fact is, God did not create race. He did not create black and white. The Bible said, "So God created man." Genesis 1:27.

All people came from Adam and Eve. Therefore, where did race come from? Some say the beginning of race started at the Tower of Babel. From that point onward our geographical location, climate and infrastructure had everything to do with our features. The pigments of our skin change depending on the seasons. The climate affects every living thing. The tree change color depending on the seasons. In the fall we have an array of colors - red, orange, brown, yellow, etc. Notice that the deer's has a light gray color in the winter and in the summer, they become dark gray. Where it is predominantly cold, in the arctic climates of Alaska, we will find Polar bears. They are completely white. The monkeys and rabbits are white as well. When blacks lay in the sun, they get darker and the same for whites. South African whites and blacks are darker than North American whites and blacks.  After so many centuries, man adapted to their environment.  The body was designed to protect itself and to adjust to survive.  And these are some points that many would have all men to consider.  What do I say, I say the greatest factor to consider is God.  The Bible speaks of one tree bearing 12 manner of fruits, therefore, according to His power and providence we have the existence of race.  I does not matter to me where it came from, it is important however, that we consider every man as a equal son or daughter of God the father.

One day, their will be no more race, just one people. At that point, no one will have a reason to be racist, for we will be one people. Does that mean we will all look alike?  I am speaking about a mind and a heart change.  When we are in Christ, race does not exist, for we will only see a brother or a sister.  Friend, I do not know about you, but I am longing for that day. The day where situational racism and all other kinds of racism will be destroyed. God made all man in His image and all man equal. Image has a lot more to it than just color. It is our attitudes, mannerism and our character. Man is skin deep. For many, image means color. Racism prevents us from seeing the physical form of the entire face and body of a person. We only see color and then exclaim, "that person does not look like me." Why, because we are condition and bent that way because of the corrupted teachings of this world. 

God does not see race, He sees people. We must get to the point where we are separated by nothing, in God. God made us one people and we will be one people again.

Philippians 2:3
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

We should always, as the command from the Bible, esteem others better than ourselves.  

Friends, if you are racist, you are not qualified for heaven.  If you are looking for a specific Jesus, you will miss Him if He does not match up to your image.  The good news is that, there is healing in Jesus Christ. 

 

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