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Friday, 16 December 2011

Whose Report Will You Believe?


Whose Report Will You Believe?
By Rowland Jide Macaulay, 16th December 2011.

In light of recent events in Nigeria, surrounded by the Medias’ responses to the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2011, it was high gears for the newspapers, popular TV and Radio shows, not leaving out websites and bloggers.

In 2008 I wrote a sermon with the above title, Whose report would you believe? I want to share it relevance with what is happening in 2011.

I was implicated in many of the Nigerian newspapers, just like I was in 2008 and there were calls for my execution on many of the radio and TV programmes, public opinions were extremely judgmental and inhumane, my thoughts in all of this is, Whose Report will you believe, and what would Jesus do to a homo?

In 1973 The American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illness, 31 years later in 2004 the Nigerian Psychiatric Association made history by deleting homosexuality from its list of mental illness. It appears that the rest of society is delayed. And we have the evidence now if in 2011 members of the government can even consider to table an outrageous bill in the name of tradition, culture and religion.

There have been many debates and reports that claimed homosexuality is not of God and this comes with violence in our homes, nation and homophobic teaching of many religious leaders in Nigeria and all over the world.

For many Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex people and our families and heterosexual friends, these are times of torture and turmoil in a society that promotes homophobia through the thinking and utterances of very powerful and influential people.

Let us pray. Dearly Beloved, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Straight Children of God, we are the DIVA – because we are Divinely Inspired Victoriously anointed, we are placed under this burden of discrimination, because of the love of God and to the glory of Jesus who will deliver us from all those who persecute and spitefully abuse us. If you love Jesus Shout alleluia, If you love Jesus shout Amen

The background to the presentation of a report according to Numbers chapter 13, was as a result of an instruction to spy on the land of Canaan, to which God had promised the Israelites. Moses and Aaron sent men to spy out the land. They were not ordinary people, they were according to the bible, leading men, everyone a leader, they must have been leaders with experiences, perhaps highly educated, people whose report after 40 days of investigation would command respect.

The first 24 verses of Numbers chapter 13, gives us an insight in the workings and investigations these leaders carried out. It was hard work and tedious, they were spies and needed to investigate the land and ensure they come out alive, with all the information to occupy.

Moses instructions to the 12 leaders were clear and unambiguous.

• Spy the land, and see what the land is like
• Whether the people who live in it are strong or weak
• Whether they are few or many – census.
• Whether the land they live is good or bad
• Whether the towns that they live in are unwalled or fortified
• Whether the land is rich or poor
• Whether there are trees in it or not
• also instructed them to; Be bold and bring some of the fruit of the land

Today I believe many of us are called like these leaders to spy the land, be the representative of Jesus by bringing the good news to many marginalized people, even while they serve in other denominations, in our neighbourhoods, many of whom know many other gay or lesbian people that need the inclusive love of Jesus.

Verses 25-26 say “at the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land and they came to Moses and Aaron and to the entire congregation…”

This was the time for the presentation of the report, by the notable and qualified leaders.

First the bible illustrated that they brought back word, Showed the people the fruit of the land – evidence of how great the land is. Then they informed Moses, Aaron and the people that the land flows with milk and honey, economic boom, comfort and prosperous ease. Excellent news, I am sure if I was there at that point I will be more than excited, I perhaps would have had my bags packed ready to move.

But there is a problem, there is another report, reports that meant, don’t get happy yet, don’t rejoice just yet, let us tell you the bad news. Has anyone come to you and say I have good news and bad news, which one do you want first?

This is the bad news, the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified, very large and well protected, besides they are descendants of Anak, a long standing enemy of the Israelites.

At this point you can imagine the chaos, the disappointment, but there is yet another report, verse 30 says, But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said let us go up at once and occupy it (the land), for we are able to overcome it.

You must understand that from the leaders, there are differing and conflicting reports about the land and whether or not it was suitable for acquisition. The same today on whether or not to include gays and lesbians in the church, there are many arguments on our suitability to be Christian or to be ordain for ministry or to be citizens of the world.

There were antagonistic people around, the bible says that those that spent forty days with Caleb on this special expedition, said to the people, we are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. In other words, we are not up to the task, we cannot do it. Caleb and Joshua were in the minority giving a report of hope.

At this point the report was unfavorable, people were worried, and in addition to the bad report, the land also consumes its inhabitants, the people who live there are giants.

Whose report will you believe? Whose report will you believe? Oh Whose report will you believe? The report that says “We are able to overcome it” or that which concludes “we are not able because they are stronger than we?”

I want to invite you to come to Jesus with all the chaos, the disappointment, the lies that we cannot be children of God because we are gays and lesbians. I want to invite you to the place where all people are accepted and free to be children of God. And that is in the presence of Jesus, if you love Jesus say amen.

Let me remind you that we are able to overcome it, the rejection, the violence, the abuse, the assaults, the homophobic religious abuses, our bible is our guide, Roman 12:19 says “beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord”.

Today, many people claim to speak the mind of God but yet do not believe in the inclusive love and gospel of Jesus that includes all people, regardless of whether we are black or white, large or small, tall or short, heterosexuals or homosexuals.

The bible tells us clearly in John 3:16 “for God so loved the world that God gave God’s only son, so that everyone/whosoever who believes in Jesus may not perish but may have eternal life” I tell you again Jesus came to die for our sins and not our sexuality, the requirement here is whoever believes, not Anglicans, or Catholics, or Pentecostals, but whoever believes in Jesus. Jesus does not belong to any denomination, Jesus died for all people.

Galatians 3:26 “ For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, verse 3:28, there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” May I also say that there is no longer heterosexual or homosexual for we are all one in Christ Jesus.

Romans 9:19-21, 25-26 nailed it for me, we need to read and apply our bible which brings us into favour and the love of God. Hear what the bible says “For who can resist God’s will? But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, why have you made me like this? Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use… those who were not my people I will call my people and those who were not beloved I will call beloved, and in the very place where it is said to them, you are not my people there they shall be called children of the living God” even if that place is Nigeria, I tell you those who persecute us have no option but we need to let them know we are children of the living God, called Dearly Beloved.

A few more illustration that shows that the bible is inclusive of all people regardless of our sexual orientation,

The woman married to seven brothers, Matthew 22:29-30 “Jesus answered them, you are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” I want to tell you those that say we cannot be gay and Christians are wrong, those who said we are an abomination to God are wrong. Often they want us to deny God and our sexuality, they want to put our Jesus in a box.

Equally Jesus challenged the religious leader of his time after they failed to acknowledge the miracle of healing the man that was born blind, he was ostracized, and he was forced out of the church. The bible says in John 9:35 “Jesus heard that they had driven him out (that is the man Jesus healed) and when Jesus found him, he said do you believe in the son of man?... Verse 38 He said Lord I believe…verse 39 Jesus said I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see and those who do see may become blind. Some of the Pharisees (the religious leaders of the time of Jesus), near Jesus heard this and said to Jesus, surely we are not blind, are we? Jesus said to them if you were blind, you would not have sin, but now that you say, we see, your sins remains”. Don’t be surprise that we live in a time that many religious leaders and fellow Christians will claim that they see but yet are determined to reject lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and put us out of their churches.

Often we have relied on modern scientist to prove our cases, People say things about us and jump to human conclusions, but I want you to know that God is a good God who will not allow us to suffer and who continues to fight for us.

Finally brothers and sisters I charge your, whose report will you believe?

The report that condemns you and claim we are not children of God, or the scriptures that say we are dearly beloved children of the living God.

Whose report will you believe? Religious leaders who have used derogatory remarks to address gay and lesbian people or perhaps the book of 1 Peter 2:9 “…you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of God who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light”.

Dearly beloved, Whose report will you believe?

The negative report of the Nigerian media that rejects, victimize and ostracize us or the report that includes us? 1 Peter 2:10 says “once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people, once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy”

Whose report will you believe? The report that keeps you in the closet of fear or the report according to the word of God in Roman 8:37-39 “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loved us, for I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

In a BBC report, Dr Qazi Rahman, a lecturer in cognitive biology at Queen Mary, University of London, said that he believed that the brain differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals were laid down early in foetal development. "As far as he was concerned there is no argument any more - if you are gay, you are born gay," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned too there is no argument any more - if you are gay, you are born gay," Let us all believe in the report of the love of Jesus that includes everyone. God bless you all, Amen.

Friday, 9 December 2011

House Of Rainbow Fellowship Declares P.U.S.H


House Of Rainbow Fellowship Declares P.U.S.H, to stamp out anti-gay bill. If everything else fails we believe in the power of prayer. We must stay on our knees and travail daily in our prayers. PUSH - PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS. “Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of God the Father in my name, God the Father will give it to you...Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete”. www.houseofrainbow.org

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We have groups in Lagos, Ibadan & Minna in Nigeria, London & Manchester UK, Accra Ghana, Gitega Burundi and Maseru Lesotho.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Pray With House Of Rainbow Fellowship

Pray With House Of Rainbow Fellowship

Let us pray.

One: Lord hear us
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: We pray for all people who come to repentance of their sins, knowing that you are able to forgive and restore them, we pray in penitence for not loving our friends and neighbour as we should, count us worthy to be in your presence, Lord hear us.
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: Lord, our God, whose might is beyond compare and whose glory is beyond understanding, whose mercy is without measure and whose love for humankind is beyond all telling, look upon us and upon this holy house, God, according to your loving kindness and bestow on us your act of mercy and compassion, Lord hear us.
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: Lord, our God, save your people, all you call your children regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, origin or ethnicity, bless your inheritance, protect the fullness of your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of your house, glorify them in return by your divine power and do not forsake us who hope in you, Lord hear us
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: Lover of humankind, make the pure light of your divine knowledge shine in our hearts and open the eyes of our mind to understand the inclusive message of your gospel and to welcome the ineffable love of God for all his people. Implant in us fear of your blessed commandments, so that, we may pursue a spiritual way of life, Lord hear us.
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: We pray for our world, knowledge and skills for leaders of all nations, and those in authority, that God will move them with the spirit of true leadership, we pray wisdom and strength for our spiritual leaders, reveal to them the inclusive gospel of righteousness, unite them, save them, have mercy on them, look upon your servant with favour, Lord hear us.
All: Lord graciously hear us

One: We pray for the founder, mission and work of House Of Rainbow Fellowship, her Local Leaders in Nigeria, Ghana, Lesotho, Burundi and United Kingdom, we pray that her assignment will be strengthened beyond comprehension; we pray for her staff, friends, allies and members around the world; we pray for those who seek refuge for the inclusion and ineffable love of God, Lord hear us.
All: Lord graciously hear us

We say together the prayer that Jesus taught us....Our Father who art in heaven.
And together we share ....The Grace of our Lord Jesus...
Amen

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

HOUSE OF RAINBOW E-GROUPS


HOUSE OF RAINBOW FELLOWSHIP E-GROUPS

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Dearly Beloved Friend, and welcome to the House Of Rainbow discussion forum. We are very happy that posters have freedom of expression, but here are a few rules we insist you abide by, otherwise your posts may be deleted:

1. Only post relevant posts in a topic.

2. No Personal Attacks/Flaming/Shouting. If you do not agree with the views of a particular person, by all means discuss it with them, but do not respond in a way which attacks the person rather than their views. Please avoid SHOUTING!

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Any breach of these guidelines may result in the relevant post/related responses being deleted or edited out, and the offender being prevented from posting. With these guidelines we hope that House Of Rainbow e-group continues to be a productive forum for growing spiritual understanding.

Monday, 22 August 2011

5th Year Anniversary Invitation to House Of Rainbow



Special Invitation to House Of Rainbow Fellowship
5th Year Anniversary
Date: Friday 2nd September 2011,
Time: 6.30pm.


Special Guest Speaker:
Reverend Cathy Bird
The Superintendent Minister
Stoke Newington Methodist Church
London United Kingdom


Theme: The Ineffable Love Of God Never Ends
Location: Walthamstow East London

Please bring friends;
Refreshments and Drinks to Share.
RSVP to Nohmy 07837438176

Saturday, 30 April 2011

House Of Rainbow Fellowship Activity Updates - June to September 2011.




House Of Rainbow Fellowship Activity Updates - June to September 2011.


JUNE 2011.
• Friday 3rd June 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Walthamstow, London UK.
• Sunday 5th June 2011, @4pm HORF Ibadan Nigeria.
• Thursday 9th June, @ 6.30pm Conversation with UKBA, at Mischon De Reya, Summit House, 12 Red Lion Sq London WC1R 4QD
• Blackpool Pride with Liberty Church, 11th & 12th June 2011.
• Wednesday 15th June 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Manchester, Richmond Street Manchester M1 3HF UK.
• Thursday 16th June Panel Debate at School of Oriental and African Studies in London at 6pm, Room G2
• Saturday 18th June Waltham Forest LGBT Forum, at Unity Hall Bramley Close Off Higham Hill E17, @ 1.30-3.30pm
• Sunday 19th June 2011, Black Connection @PACE, 5.30pm, 34 Hartman Road London N7 9JL.


JULY 2011
Friday 1st July 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Walthamstow, London UK.
Sunday 3rd July 2011, @4pm HORF Ibadan Nigeria,
Sunday 17th July 2011, Black Connection @PACE, 5.30pm, 34 Hartman Road London N7 9JL.
Wednesday 27th July 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Manchester, Richmond Street Manchester M1 3HF UK.


AUGUST 2011
Friday 5th August 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Walthamstow, London UK (with International Special Guest Speaker- TBC).
Sunday 7th August 2011, @4pm HORF Ibadan Nigeria,
Saturday 20th August 2011, UK Black Pride, Torrington Square, Birkbeck University London WC1E 7JL.
Sunday 21st August 2011, Black Connection @PACE, 5.30pm, 34 Hartman Road London N7 9JL.


September 2011
Friday 2nd September 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Walthamstow, London UK; 5th Anniversary Supper. Speakers TBC.
Sunday 4th September 2011, @4pm HORF Ibadan Nigeria,
Wednesday 7th September 2011, @6.30pm, HORF Manchester, Richmond Street Manchester M1 3HF UK.
Sunday 18th September 2011, Black Connection @PACE, 5.30pm, 34 Hartman Road London N7 9JL.


Midweek Holy Communion in Walthamstow London
Mass celebrated at St Saviour’s Church 9.30am every Thursday and St Barnabas’s Church 12noon every Friday.



Sunday Services
Mass celebrated with Eucharist at St Saviour’s Church 9.00am and St Barnabas’s Church 11am every Sunday.



Bible Study; Every Tuesday at St Barnabas’s Church Vestry



TEN WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT HOUSE OF RAINBOW FELLOWSHIP
1) Become a friend/member, 2) Say regular prayers for us, 3) Worship with us in UK, Nigeria, Ghana and Lesotho 4) Join our online networks, facebook/twitter/youtube, 5) Tell others about us and or invite them to House of Rainbow, 6) Become a Local Leader, 7) visit us at www.houseofrainbow.org 8) Call/SMS on +447507510357, 9) Skype us @ Revjide, 10) Donate generously.



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Email: church@houseofrainbow.org

Phone: +442085583485; +44 (0) 7507 510 357

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We have small groups meeting in London and Manchester UK, Lagos and Ibadan Nigeria, Accra Ghana and Maseru Lesotho.