True Knowledge of Self

Counter Pillar: Peace -part 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Dwayne Lemon, Lance Wilbur


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000033A

00:28 Hello, I'm Lance.
00:30 And I'm Dwayne,
00:31 and welcome to another episode of TKS,
00:33 A True Knowledge of Self,
00:35 where we get to know ourselves from a biblical perspective.
00:38 We were privileged to go through the Word of God
00:41 and we were able to see that
00:43 as the Lord was revealing unto us His pillars,
00:46 as He set them up in the scripture,
00:47 especially through the Book of 2 Peter 1.
00:50 We were looking at it, especially in contrast
00:52 with what we see happening in culture today,
00:54 especially hip-hop culture.
00:56 And our goal was to see,
00:58 if there is a blending or if in fact,
00:59 there is a contrast,
01:01 and thus far we've been seeing a contrast
01:02 over and over and over again,
01:04 especially, as we look at the very foundational pillar
01:07 of the Christian faith,
01:08 but also looking at the foundational pillar
01:10 even of hip-hop culture, which is none other than love.
01:13 We were able to define it,
01:15 we were able to see from the Word of God,
01:17 how God defines love, and we saw the selflessness,
01:21 we saw self-sacrificing of one's self,
01:24 we saw the importance of consistent love
01:27 even towards those, who would be named our enemies,
01:30 and we looked at that in the context of the cross.
01:33 We were able to look at the cross of Calvary
01:35 as a means by which God was seeking to bridge the gap
01:39 that was made as a result of sin
01:40 and bringing humanity back in harmony with Himself.
01:43 And so it is that when we look at this concept of love,
01:46 we saw that it was quite different
01:48 from what we see generally
01:50 taught throughout hip-hop culture,
01:52 as the love is not clearly defined
01:55 neither does it have true steadfastness if you will.
01:59 It seems as if it's very wishy-washy or up and down,
02:02 or open for private interpretation
02:04 and as a result of that,
02:06 it does not have the stick-to-itiveness
02:07 that is needed in a society,
02:09 where almost everything is in disarray.
02:11 So as a result of this, we started to dig deeper
02:14 and we looked at not only the love principle
02:18 but today, we're gonna talk about the second principle
02:20 that was mentioned, which was peace.
02:23 Peace is also recognized as a cornerstone
02:26 when it comes to hip-hop culture,
02:28 and there are many things that are connected
02:31 with the concept of peace,
02:32 as it relates to social justice.
02:35 And of course, community is growing
02:38 and becoming stronger and better,
02:39 even in the midst of different ethnicities.
02:42 And it's because of this that,
02:44 we know peace is something very, very necessary.
02:46 God is certainly a God of peace
02:48 and we should be a people of peace,
02:50 if we're seeking to reflect His character.
02:52 But, Lance, as we were, you know,
02:53 looking at some of these concepts of peace
02:55 and really seeing the need for it,
02:57 it also dawned on my mind
02:59 that there's a need once again for definition,
03:03 delineation, qualifying,
03:05 because peace is something
03:06 that also is very much an abused term just like,
03:10 you know, love unfortunately.
03:13 There are many things that are being done
03:14 in the name of peace today,
03:16 that if we were to compare it
03:17 especially to the biblical account,
03:18 we would see that it's actually contradictory.
03:21 Even to the point that prophetically,
03:23 the Bible shows us that there are efforts
03:27 that's gonna be made in the name of peace,
03:29 but in fact, it's gonna lead to destruction.
03:31 And it's funny because you would think to yourself,
03:33 peace is the clear opposite of destruction.
03:35 But yet, the Bible actually shows
03:37 they're gonna be efforts made through a certain power,
03:40 which was referred to as the fourth beast power
03:42 in the Book of Daniel 8.
03:44 And it does bring out the fact
03:46 that peace is gonna be one of the very efforts
03:48 that it's going to use to cause destruction.
03:50 I'm gonna read it.
03:52 It's found in the Book of Daniel 8,
03:54 and we're gonna consider Daniel 8 and look at verse 23,
03:57 and again, it's talking about the fourth beast power
04:01 that came after the goat with the four horns
04:05 and then eventually a little horn came up.
04:07 And we know that in Daniel 8, it makes it clear
04:10 that the ram was none other than Medo-Persia
04:12 and that the goat was Greece.
04:16 But then the next kingdom that will come after that just,
04:18 you know, from basic history would be none other than Rome.
04:20 So let's talk about this fourth beast power,
04:22 it's really talking about the system of Rome.
04:24 And here's what it says, it says,
04:26 "And in the latter time of their kingdom,
04:28 when the transgressors are come to the full,
04:31 a king of fierce countenance,
04:34 and understanding dark sentences,
04:36 shall stand up.
04:37 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:
04:42 and he shall destroy wonderfully,
04:44 and shall prosper, and practice,
04:46 and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people."
04:49 Here is clearly a power, that is working against Christ
04:54 and not for Christ because it says,
04:55 that it's gonna do a destructive work
04:57 and it's gonna be against the holy people.
05:00 Yes. Then it says in verse 25.
05:02 "And through his policy also he shall cause craft
05:07 to prosper in his hand.
05:08 And he shall magnify himself in his heart,
05:11 and by peace shall destroy many:
05:15 he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes,
05:18 but he shall be broken without hand."
05:20 It is amazing to see that prophetically the Bible says,
05:23 that this beast power is gonna exercise
05:26 its power in such a way
05:27 that by peace, it's gonna destroy many.
05:30 This is the reason why peace has to be broken down
05:33 because when we think of peace, we don't think of destruction.
05:36 But the Bible even shows prophetically,
05:38 that there will be powers
05:39 that will work in the last days,
05:41 that's gonna use the instrument of peace,
05:43 but it's gonna be, it's gonna lead to destruction.
05:47 In fact, 1 Thessalonians 5 spells it out like this.
05:50 And this is why again, peace needs to be defined,
05:53 it needs to be delineated.
05:54 It needs to be very, very clear.
05:57 In 1 Thessalonians 5, it says in verses 1-3,
06:02 "But of the times and the seasons, Brethren,
06:04 ye have no need that I write unto you.
06:06 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord
06:09 so cometh as a thief in the night.
06:11 For when they shall say, peace and safety,
06:15 then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
06:18 as travail upon a woman with child,
06:20 and they shall not escape."
06:22 Well, here it is that when we look at this concept,
06:24 the Bible is making it emphatically clear
06:26 that peace is gonna be something,
06:28 that's gonna be used as an instrument for the devil
06:32 rather than for God.
06:34 And it's gonna work as a very deceptive power
06:36 to try to get individuals to buy into it,
06:38 but the Bible says,
06:40 beware when this false peace comes
06:42 because sudden destruction is gonna come.
06:44 It's because of this that we actually
06:45 need to define peace, we need to understand it
06:48 because it's not enough for somebody to just say,
06:50 "Hey, we believe in peace." Right.
06:52 Because, you know, the Bible student understands
06:55 what kind of peace.
06:56 I mean, what does your peace constitute
06:58 and how does it function?
07:00 And that's the way we can help arrive at,
07:01 you know, whether this thing is true or not.
07:04 So this is gonna be a good point
07:05 now to segue into a clip, that we need to take a look at
07:08 because we know that one of the cornerstones
07:11 of hip-hop culture is peace,
07:14 and they promote it very strongly.
07:16 And in and of itself, peace is beautiful,
07:17 it's wonderful
07:19 and it is the right thing to advocate.
07:20 And I'm thankful for those of sincere heart,
07:22 even in hip-hop culture
07:24 that are really trying to put forth piece.
07:26 But as we've been saying over and over and over again,
07:28 you can be sincere and you can be genuine,
07:30 but you can still be wrong. Right.
07:32 It's because of this that we have to test everything
07:34 by the Word of God.
07:36 So we're gonna go ahead and take a look at this clip,
07:38 where it's gonna talk a little bit about peace
07:40 from the perspective of hip-hop culture from again,
07:43 many of this thought leaders and then, we'll go ahead
07:46 and share some comments on it as we come back.
07:48 All right. All right.
07:49 So let's take a look.
07:51 I stand here before you a representative
07:54 of something we call hip-hop culture.
07:58 Words mean very little without definition.
08:02 We are here to discuss the definition of hip-hop.
08:06 Once we deal with the definition,
08:09 meaning, purpose, intention of hip-hop,
08:12 the words will change.
08:14 Since 1994, we've been having a meeting
08:19 about preservation of hip-hop as a culture.
08:22 This has been Harry Allen,
08:24 the Media Assassin held a discussion
08:28 at the chambers for an organization
08:30 called the Rhythm Cultural Institute.
08:33 At that meeting,
08:34 I decided to document the history of hip-hop.
08:38 I also begin to teach spiritual principles
08:42 through the language of hip-hop.
08:47 This then went on to the creation
08:49 of the Temple of Hip-Hop,
08:51 which is at first a society that preserves hip-hop.
08:56 So the Temple of Hip-Hop rose up
08:59 and collected 29 paragraphs
09:01 from various people in the industry
09:04 to create the hip-hop declaration of peace.
09:07 This is a document that advises hip-hop culture
09:12 on ways in which it can sustain peace
09:14 and join into the peace process.
09:17 We then went to the United Nations
09:20 and pretty much presented ourselves
09:22 before an organization called UNESCO,
09:26 the United Nations Educational Scientific
09:29 and Cultural Organization.
09:31 It is honor that the hip-hop generation
09:33 has joined us in this quest for peace in the world.
09:37 The hip-hop declaration of peace
09:40 is a informal document that we have put together.
09:46 And in this document it's the first step
09:50 to something legitimate and something real.
09:52 Now I'm gonna tell you, some of the things that I saw,
09:55 I have to say is also commendable
09:58 which is this,
09:59 "We know that there's a mixture in hip-hop culture there,
10:02 you know, as we mentioned in one previous episode,
10:05 there is the gangster rap and things of that nature,
10:07 which is certainly as even Afrika Bambaataa
10:10 equated it to evil.
10:12 I mean, you know, promoting, of course gangster lifestyle,
10:14 taking lives, glorifying guns,
10:16 and calling women, these derogatory terms.
10:18 Anybody with sense at least
10:20 should know that that is not good.
10:24 But there's also individuals like KRS-One
10:26 and many others Carmen and so on,
10:28 that are trying to promote a consciousness,
10:30 to try to help people see,
10:31 "Listen, there's a higher level of understanding,
10:34 there's a higher level of morality,
10:37 and we need to get up on that plane,
10:38 and this is why knowledge is essential."
10:40 This is ultimately a good virtue,
10:42 it is something that they are trying to do
10:45 and that is commendable but again,
10:47 the problem consistently keeps coming back to the same place,
10:51 which is who determines these things
10:53 that you're doing.
10:55 How do people access power that they can accomplish this?
10:58 Are you even a living example
11:00 that this has been demonstrated or accomplished,
11:02 what you're trying to promote so strongly,
11:04 not just on camera but off camera?
11:06 You know, there's a lot of question marks
11:07 that come along
11:09 when these type of things are put together.
11:10 So here it is that, you know, hip-hop culture has said,
11:13 "Hey, we are seeking to, you know,
11:16 put forth a declaration of peace,"
11:18 and you know, try to push out something
11:21 that appears to be very, very good.
11:24 Now this is some of the things that I'm seeing
11:25 but I see a lot more, but let me pause on it.
11:27 What are some of your thoughts?
11:29 What did you get out of it seeing the video?
11:31 Yeah, I mean, similar things and also to add the fact that,
11:35 you know, we're looking at something that's, you know,
11:37 dated, I mean, it's back from 2001
11:41 because we noted, we notice in the clip
11:43 that there was a meeting between UNESCO
11:47 and this Temple of Hip-Hop, you know, representation.
11:51 Right.
11:53 And this is actually when the Temple of Hip-Hop
11:55 was established and as you heard
11:57 mentioned the Temple of Hip-Hop
11:59 is kind of the cultural front office,
12:03 if you will for the hip-hop culture.
12:06 And so, what we have to recognize is that,
12:11 the Temple of Hip hop, or hip-hop in general
12:13 is an officially recognized culture
12:15 by the United Nations.
12:17 So this is not just something again that, you know,
12:20 people talked about was just a fad back in the day.
12:22 That's right.
12:23 It's a recognized official culture
12:26 and on the global diplomatic landscape,
12:29 and so that's important, number one.
12:32 Number two, when we get back to this declaration aspect,
12:36 again there are commendable attributes to that.
12:41 It's not necessarily dishonorable
12:44 to do something like this.
12:45 However, we have to find out
12:48 and we're gonna look at these things
12:50 in a few moments, but we have to,
12:52 you know, acknowledge the fact that there is no human,
12:56 there are no human solutions to the problems of this world.
13:01 To sin problem, to the violence problem,
13:05 to the corruption problem.
13:06 You cannot simply issue a document
13:11 and then expect it to magically,
13:13 you know, transform the hearts and minds of the people
13:15 that read it if they do read it.
13:17 Right.
13:18 Whereas, what God offers
13:20 is something that has the actual power
13:23 to transform the hearts and minds of the people
13:25 that say, yes, to it, that accept it, that hear it,
13:28 that listens to it.
13:30 So that is a real interesting contrast,
13:33 again that we have to discuss further,
13:35 and really look at this declaration of peace.
13:38 The Bible's gonna bring out some important points,
13:40 but what are they saying?
13:41 What are they declaring? Right.
13:42 We're finally saying, you know what,
13:45 here's a definition,
13:46 here's an official document that says,
13:49 this is what we mean when we say peace,
13:52 when we say this,
13:53 this is a document to represent our culture.
13:55 Right.
13:57 So let's look at some principles
13:58 and what does this say
14:00 and I think we have to go from there.
14:01 Yeah, you know, I'm glad that we can assess this
14:04 because I'm scaling back, I'm looking back at my life,
14:07 I remember growing up and I remember,
14:09 that I had a really bad temper.
14:11 And I got into lots of fights, I did.
14:13 When growing up, I got into a lot of fights, in school
14:15 and, you know, my mother and father saw
14:18 that I had a bad temper.
14:19 And they were so scared about what
14:23 I could potentially become or do to somebody else.
14:27 That I remember one time, I was on the phone
14:29 and I was talking to somebody
14:30 and this is right there in front of my mother
14:32 and the person got me really upset.
14:34 So I remember telling them "What, what?"
14:36 And I said, "All right,
14:37 I'm coming by your house right now,"
14:39 and then I hung up the phone.
14:40 So immediately my Mother's trying to stop me,
14:42 and she's like, "Pee, Pee," you know, calling my Father,
14:44 she called him Pee.
14:46 And she's like, "Stop Dwayne."
14:47 You know, and Dad is just like,
14:48 "Boy, you're not going anywhere."
14:50 And I had such a violent character
14:53 at that time.
14:54 I wasn't a troublemaker, I didn't start trouble
14:56 but if you got me mad enough, it could get to a level
14:59 where you just kind of lose your control.
15:01 So my Mother and Father,
15:03 because they also did not know of the power source,
15:06 they tried to handle it from a human standpoint.
15:08 And what they did was, they sent me to karate school.
15:11 Literally, they said, "That's it,
15:12 we're sending you to karate school."
15:14 And they're doing this like it's a punishment...
15:16 I'm looking at it like
15:17 this is the best privilege in the world,
15:18 I'm about to become Bruce Leroy.
15:20 So, you know, I'm absolutely excited.
15:22 So when I went to karate school,
15:25 I remember they presented...
15:27 I studied Shidokan,
15:28 which is the Japanese martial art.
15:30 And they had something called
15:32 the five principles of the Dojo,
15:34 you know, the school, the classroom,
15:35 the five principles of the Dojo.
15:38 Now watch this... Yeah.
15:39 Here are the five principles of the Dojo...
15:40 Yeah.
15:42 To seek perfection of character.
15:44 All right. Yes. To be sincere and honest.
15:47 To show strong spirit, to practice courtesy,
15:52 and to control bad temper.
15:54 All good. Yeah, all good.
15:56 And the problem was is that, when I went through school
15:59 and I excel tremendously,
16:01 I went from white belt to orange, to yellow,
16:03 to blue, to purple, then brown
16:05 and, you know, I'm just excelling,
16:06 going to karate tournaments and everything.
16:08 But I didn't change in that one bit.
16:10 What happened was I just had a little bit more knowledge
16:14 on how instead of taking you out
16:15 with five punches,
16:16 now I knew how to do it with one.
16:18 It didn't change my character,
16:20 it did not help me go from being a person
16:23 with uncontrolled temper
16:24 to now a very patient docile person.
16:26 All they did was just trick me
16:28 into thinking that I could control myself.
16:30 And I'm not an advocate of martial arts today.
16:31 I believe martial arts is very much associated
16:33 with spiritualism, and as a result of that,
16:35 I can't advocate it today. Right.
16:37 But I'm making a point in principle,
16:39 whether it be martial arts, whether it be hip-hop culture,
16:42 there are lots of declarations,
16:43 there are lots of principles of the organization,
16:47 that sound fantastic.
16:49 Seek perfection of character, be sincere and honest,
16:51 show strong spirit, practice courtesy,
16:53 control bad temper,
16:54 what parent doesn't want that for their child?
16:56 What person doesn't want that for themselves?
16:58 So these terms in and of themselves
17:00 sound fantastic,
17:01 but when you look carefully at these declarations,
17:04 there's one word that keeps coming up.
17:06 How? Yeah.
17:08 How?
17:09 All right, you're telling me a fantastic story,
17:11 the question is, how?
17:12 How does this get accomplished?
17:14 As an example, if we, you know,
17:16 we have the declaration of peace right here.
17:18 Yes.
17:19 And this is the declaration of peace
17:20 from the hip-hop culture.
17:22 And you'll see that there are things
17:23 that they are stating in here that sound fantastic
17:27 but the question is, how?
17:28 How do you define this?
17:30 You know, break it down, help me understand it.
17:32 So I'm just gonna go ahead and go through a few,
17:34 there's about 18, it's very long
17:36 and we can't go through all of them.
17:37 But it's just to bring home the point
17:39 of what we're talking about
17:40 and to help our viewers understand
17:42 how important it is to think
17:44 through these things that sound good.
17:46 There's lots of things that seem right
17:48 but they can have an adverse effect.
17:50 So as an example,
17:52 if I'm looking at these declarations here,
17:54 here's one declaration where it states
17:56 and they did say it was informal.
17:57 Informal. They made it clear.
17:59 They said, this is informal, you know, a first step,
18:02 so this very much may be modified,
18:05 but we're gonna take it for what it is right now.
18:06 And here's what it states, as an example, it says,
18:09 "Hip-hop culture respects the dignity
18:12 and sanctity of life
18:14 without discrimination or prejudice.
18:18 We shall consider our duty to protect..."
18:21 Yes, "We shall consider our duty
18:22 to protect the development of life,
18:24 over and before our individual free choice
18:27 to destroy it or seek to alter its natural development."
18:32 Now, what would be some thoughts
18:34 that would come to your mind as we consider this
18:36 because it sounds good.
18:38 I would imagine in society today,
18:40 a lot of people would say,
18:41 "Well, yeah, that sounds fantastic."
18:43 They might even give an amen. Yes.
18:44 So, you know, the question is, how would we assess
18:47 this one principle we're looking at?
18:49 I mean, really again back to the definitions.
18:51 So the idea of what are you saying
18:54 dignity or sanctity is, what are you saying,
18:58 you know, protecting the development of life.
19:02 And the key here is just to seek
19:08 to alter its natural development.
19:10 Yeah.
19:11 Well, what is natural development?
19:14 What does that look like?
19:15 That's a very important question,
19:16 let's make a practical example. Yeah.
19:18 We are living in a society today
19:21 where it has become,
19:24 I would dare to say popular to be homosexual.
19:28 Yep.
19:29 And it seems as if everybody who comes out of the closet
19:34 is being posted on the news and, you know,
19:37 it's just a totally
19:38 celebratory type of thing happening right now.
19:40 Yeah.
19:41 The Christian position is that this is wrong.
19:45 This is a lifestyle that God cannot endorse,
19:47 God loves the sinner but He hates the sin.
19:50 And homosexuality is something God cannot endorse
19:53 and it's not something that God has put in man
19:56 or anything like that. Right.
19:57 Yet there is a consistent cry from the homosexual community
20:02 that says, this is a natural development.
20:05 This is something that just took place in me.
20:07 I didn't ask to be gay, I didn't choose to be gay,
20:10 homosexuality chose me,
20:12 and therefore I'm just functioning
20:13 in my natural capacity. Yeah.
20:15 For the Christian position,
20:16 we believe that we have all a sinful nature
20:19 and that sinful nature can manifest itself
20:21 in several ways.
20:23 Some people are profuse liars,
20:25 some people are incredibly violent,
20:27 other individuals love to,
20:30 are very lustful in their minds.
20:32 And then you have others who may say,
20:34 I desire someone of the same sex.
20:36 In the Bible, all of these practices are condemned,
20:40 all of these practices are called out as sin.
20:44 And God provides a solution that says,
20:46 "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
20:48 I will give you rest."
20:50 I will deliver you from these things.
20:52 So this is the Christian position
20:54 that just because something feels natural
20:56 or naturally develops in you does not mean it's right.
20:59 Right.
21:00 It does not mean it's right,
21:02 and therefore I may have to speak against it,
21:04 I may not be able to endorse it.
21:06 It may set limitations in my interaction with you
21:09 and that can easily be called discrimination.
21:11 Yes.
21:13 But in the Christian position,
21:14 it's called "Living by a Standard".
21:16 So how could something like that be fulfilled
21:19 if we were to take a very general principle like this
21:23 and just accept it
21:24 for what it says for face value.
21:25 Right, and it's also at admittance of the fact that
21:30 what this culture is
21:32 and represents cannot change the course of nature.
21:35 Right.
21:36 Which is not what the Bible teaches,
21:38 the Bible teaches that it can change, transform,
21:41 you can become a new creature, old things can pass away,
21:44 all things can become new with the power of God
21:47 and the Holy Spirit can change the heart.
21:50 So we don't have time to get into it
21:52 but there's a scientific, you know,
21:55 field of genetic research called Epigenetics.
21:59 And, you know, now they're able to show scientifically
22:02 that these very changes
22:04 that the Bible talks about can take place,
22:08 can literally take place scientifically,
22:10 they're able to see it and measure it.
22:12 So, you know, the old battle of nature versus nurture,
22:16 and do our characters and our ways
22:18 and habits formed by our DNA,
22:21 or is it formed by our environment
22:23 and culture environmental stimuli
22:25 both in the womb and, you know, coming up.
22:28 What is it that forms who we are
22:29 and informs our decisions?
22:33 And what they're finding is it's absolutely both,
22:36 it's both culture, I mean, it's both nurture and nature.
22:40 And the revolutionary development,
22:44 which is not revolutionary from a scriptural standpoint,
22:47 but it is revolutionary
22:48 from a scientific and academic standpoint,
22:50 is that even if you were born a certain way.
22:53 Let's say you had a pre, you know,
22:56 genetic disposition to alcoholism,
23:01 to becoming alcoholic.
23:02 Your grandfather, your great grandfather,
23:05 your uncles, your father,
23:07 on your mother side as well were all alcoholics.
23:12 When you are born, you do have a,
23:15 you know, an epigenetic marker that basically,
23:18 these are like identification switches
23:21 that can either turn on or turn off genetic expression.
23:25 Meaning, it can hit a switch that reveals the DNA code
23:30 so it can be read or it can hit a switch
23:32 that closes it, you know,
23:34 with the chromatin that shields the genetic code
23:37 so it can't be read.
23:38 So it's either expressed, if it can be read,
23:40 if it's closed and kind of shaded over,
23:42 it can't be read and expressed genetically.
23:44 So if you have this disposition for alcoholism,
23:48 then your genetic expression, the code for alcoholism
23:52 is exposed in your DNA.
23:55 So if you were to consume alcohol,
23:58 you would be genetically susceptible
24:01 to becoming addicted and becoming an alcoholic.
24:04 However, if you never touch the alcohol,
24:07 then it would be impossible for you to become an alcoholic.
24:10 If you never consumed alcohol, it would be impossible
24:14 for you to become an alcoholic.
24:16 And what they're finding is,
24:17 even the person with the predisposition
24:20 and they indulge in alcohol and they become an alcoholic,
24:23 by changes if they were to stop drinking alcohol
24:28 and other things that these epigenetic markers
24:30 can actually turn off the expression.
24:33 So even though, "They were born that way",
24:37 and they indulged and they got exploited
24:39 and genetically they were just enslaved to this thing,
24:43 they could make changes and those changes
24:45 would actually shut off that genetic expression,
24:49 so it can no longer be read.
24:51 And so you could literally change
24:53 and change at a genetic microscopic level.
24:55 So I mean, again, I could go on and on about that,
24:59 and there's videos and all kinds of research
25:01 but, you know, epigenetics is what it's called.
25:04 And so when we talk about, you know,
25:05 these ideas of the natural development,
25:08 we have to understand that
25:09 natural development is fairly subjective.
25:12 And if we go outside of authoritative reality,
25:16 which we're referring to a scripture
25:18 in the Word of God, then you can say,
25:20 "Oh, this person is just naturally
25:22 a violent person..."
25:23 Yeah, don't interfere with it.
25:25 Yeah, they're naturally a gangster,
25:26 you know, they're naturally,
25:28 they're just talking about their reality,
25:29 so they can't possibly, I'm not gonna tell them
25:31 that they can't express themselves this way
25:33 because that's who they are.
25:35 That is extremely dangerous and it leaves, you know,
25:39 everything open to just say,
25:42 "Well, everybody's gonna behave the way they're gonna behave,
25:44 there's nothing we can really do to change it.
25:47 As long as that's the reality,
25:48 they're free to express their reality."
25:50 And what that does is say, "Well, we are slaves"
25:54 to whatever natural development and natural expression
25:57 that we feel is, you know, warranted,
26:00 in this case or that case
26:01 and you really can't do anything.
26:03 So you're really sitting there
26:04 and admitting that this is the way it is,
26:07 there's yin and yang, good and evil in every one
26:10 and in every situation, in every household,
26:12 in every culture, in every society,
26:14 and there's nothing we can do to change it.
26:15 We can only seek to improve it a little bit
26:18 and make it a little better.
26:20 And isn't this exactly what Satan was trying to do
26:22 right there in the very beginning?
26:24 God's intention in the original plan
26:26 of true education was that mankind
26:28 would know good and good only.
26:30 Satan was the one that said,
26:31 "No, no, I think it would be better for you,
26:33 more helpful for you, if you disregard God
26:36 and enter into this brand new knowledge,
26:37 where you can now know good and evil.
26:40 And as a result of this, you'll ascend
26:43 and become like a God."
26:44 And this is again being perpetuated
26:46 in society today.
26:48 And God wants to break us free from these things
26:50 because they truly are a deceptive force
26:53 that is captivating the minds of many,
26:55 even individuals in hip-hop culture.
26:57 I know we only got a chance to visit
26:59 just one principle but this is just the point
27:01 of what's all throughout all 18 quite honestly.
27:03 It's just a constant revelation of open ended statements
27:08 that's calling for something but not practically showing
27:11 how it can be done and the power source
27:13 by which we can get it done.
27:15 Friends, this is again, you know,
27:17 the Lord trying to help us think
27:20 to reason and to consider what has been set before us
27:24 and then make decisions
27:25 according to his spirits leading.
27:26 We've been quoting a lot from 2 Peter 1,
27:29 and you will find that in that verse,
27:32 there actually was a solution
27:33 to those who even have these predispositions
27:36 as Brother Lance has been talking about.
27:38 It said, "Whereby given unto us
27:40 exceeding great and precious promises
27:42 that by these you might become partakers
27:44 of the divine nature, having escaped the corruptions
27:49 that are in the world through lust."
27:51 Through Christ, we can get victory over,
27:53 even our most highest
27:55 hereditary tendencies and besetments
27:58 through the power of His Spirit.
28:00 And I say, praise God for that.
28:01 We thank you so much for joining us,
28:03 we look forward to you coming back.
28:04 Please remember Proverbs 2:6, which clearly tells us,
28:08 "It is the Lord that gives us wisdom
28:10 and out of His mouth
28:11 comes knowledge and understanding."
28:14 God bless you.


Revised 2017-06-29