Seeing Haiti Trough Spiritual Lenses
A. Spirituality in early Haitian History
- Boukman Dutty (17.. – 1793): Voodoo adept with an imposing stature. A slave sold by his British master in Jamaica to a Frenchman who took him to Saint-Domingue (Island of Haiti). He became the pioneer of the revolution after organizing the ceremony known by the name of “Bois Caïman” (French) or “Bwa Kayiman” (Creole)
- Bois Caïman (1792) - The voodoo ceremony that marked the beginning of the Boukman initiated Rebellion. A pig was killed; its blood was put in a bowl which was passed around for everyone to drink.
This prayer, from the ceremony at Bwa Kayiman, has been traditionally ascribed to Boukman:
"The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man's god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It's He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It's He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men's god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that sings in all our hearts."
- Toussaint Louverture (1743- 1802): “The father of liberty” – Roman Catholic
- Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758- 1806): The father of the independence – Said to have been a Houngan — Voodoo Priest
- Henri Christophe: (King Henri I) (1757 -1822) – Roman Catholic – Called himself the protector of the faith
- Alexandre Pétion (1770- 1818) (Probably the first Liberal-Progressive President of the New World) – Roman Catholic
B. Recent Facts:
Haiti has never been led by a converted president. Its leaders have all been Catholics, Voodooists, Atheists, Spiritualists, or any combination of the four. In recent history, if an elected Haitian president was not a Free Mason, he/she was initiated to the Masonic lodge prior to the inaugural ceremony.
Furthermore, every single high ranking post in the Haitian government, from the presidency to office directorship, is connected with a “lwa” (spirit) and a hougan who plays the role of mediator. In order to keep the job and benefit from the “protection” of the “lwa”, those high level administrative personnel must either get individually involved or designate someone in their staff to handle it.
C. The Haitian Society and the People
- Haiti is arguably the only country in the world that has been so negatively influenced by so many occupiers. After the greedy Spanish, came the conquering British, then the wickedly-ravenous French, the savage Africans, the confused where-am-I Haitians, the imperial-doctrine-of-Monroe Americans along with the even more confused I-don’t-trust-my brother Haitians; and now, the global-governing-want-to-be United Nations, the forever controlling Americans, the I-am-still-in-it French, and the ceaselessly confused why-can’t-we-get-along Haitians.
- The Haitian population is very young. Seventy percent of the population is thirty years old or younger. The great majority is uneducated, unemployed, uncivilized, delinquent, identifies with the Black-American Hip-Hop, low pants, tattoos, earrings, breaded hair, effeminate looking men, rap-music lovers, ungodly, immoral, young girls masquerading as prostitutes – wearing the most provocative and offensive attires, extremely hostile towards authority, and treats older generations with disdain and contempt. Alcohol, drugs, sex, music, carnivals, international soccer tournaments, and enough money to buy their next hit are used to keep them from revolting or complaining. Their living conditions would trigger the most spectacular protest from PETA if animals were treated that way in the US.
- Just about 5% of the population is 65 years or older.
- There is no moral authority in Haiti. The Haitian society is evil, depraved, and degenerate. It doesn’t even care to protect the innocence of children. Huge billboards can be seen throughout the country advertizing the use of condoms “Kapòt pou lavi” (Condoms for life!) - Same goes in newspapers, radios, and TV stations. Paintings of the most blatant sex scenes and even lesbian acts are openly exposed on the streets for potential buyers to see. Street DJ’s keep entire neighborhoods awake after midnight with the loudest of music along with singing and screams of those dancing in the street. Then you are awakened by the street soccer players as early as five thirty in the morning. Simply outrageous!
- The masses are made of cultivators whose living conditions are a slight improvement from the 19th century freed slaves. The great majority are heavy drinkers of taffia also known as kleren (strong alcohol drink made from sugar cane), they spend most of their time playing cards, and dominos, attend coq fights, live promiscuously, play bòlèt (lotto) daily, and (in the few places where there is electricity) they watch the filthiest videos shown by local TV stations, things that would make MTV viewers blush. A very large portion of the paysans have turned their back on cultivating the land, they left their towns to become beggars and street sellers in the capital or other large cities.
- Every city or town in Haiti is “dedicated” to a Patron Saint. Plaisance, the town where I reside has Saint Michael the Archangel as its Patron. Some Saint Patrons are very popular and thousands of people (hundreds of the Haitians living overseas) come to celebrate and pay tribute to the Patrons on their ‘birthday’.
- The middle class has basically been destroyed in the past twenty five years. As a replacement, we now have a complex class made of four distinct groups:
a. The old middle class (those who remained in the country in spite of the financial hardship – Nearly 40% of the children within that group immigrated to the US in the 1980’s) – Government employees, teachers, military officers, small business owners…)
b. The new middle class – (so-called militants of the left, who replaced the previous group although, for the most part, unqualified and incapable - They, for example, became senators, deputies, directors… and even journalists, radio reporters…)
c. The promoted group – These are people who jumped into some type of entrepreneurship during the long and clumsy transition that is still going on. Most of them got involved in importing goods (cars, auto parts, food items, used clothes “pèpè”, apparels, and junk) which turned out to be a very lucrative business.
d. The money-transfer group – These are people who receive monthly financial support from relatives overseas and used it to considerably improve their living conditions and thus move up on the social ladder.
- The intellectual elite is for the most part comprised of “educated fools” who believe in everything seen on CNN – trust everything claimed to be science – swallow whatever comes from the French elite – swear by Charles Darwin’s evolution hoax that denies the existence of a Creator God – place total faith on Al Gore’s climate warming practical joke that will give way to full control of the world population by a global government body – and vigorously defend the Karl Marx’ social justice deception (so-called rights to education, healthcare, employment, food…) that will bankrupt nations and open the door for a global currency and financial control by the global elite (Socialism for the masses and Capitalism for the classes). Ninety nine percent of these people are against socialism in Haiti, but they support the Liberal-Socialist- Democratic Party in the US. As Dr. Stanley Monteith states in his book “Brotherhood of Darkness: “Under socialism, the government takes from each according to their ability and gives it to others according to their need.” In Haiti, they would be the ones giving, while in the US, the ones receiving!
- The upper class is made of the “faking-to-have”, the “well-to-do” and the “rich”. The first group had money at one point, but it kind of vanished during the past three decades, for whatever reason. The second group is working for the third. The third has some kind of monopoly in imports, owns banking institutions, and corrupts government officials.
- Recently, while riding in a tap-tap, I told a guy that God’s will is for us to gain our bread by working for it instead of playing the lotto (bòlèt in Haiti). He looked at me and said: “Director, you know what, there’s no job in this country. Even when you find a job, the boss who hires you, although he spends $400 (about $50 US) on bag of dog food to feed his dog for two weeks, he pays his servant that same $400 as monthly salary. I answered that I completely agreed with him, but challenged him with this truth: “Go to that servant’s house and see how she treats her little niece or the little girl (maid-slave) who lives with her! – We, Haitians are a very wicked people, no matter the social class to which we belong; only the Gospel of Christ can touch us and change our heart.”
- As we recently expressed in a letter addressed to the owner of a well known Radio/Television Station in Haiti: “Two hundred and seven years of a badly failed co-existence between a people is evidence that something is definitely wrong with us. [Our] souls are enchained by witchcraft and idolatry. [We] Haitians are a wicked, hateful, selfish, idolatrous, vulgar, irresponsible, unreliable, filthy, deceitful, immoral, and corrupt people. We must recognize it, admit it and repent sincerely and humbly before the Lord. Our heart needs to be transformed in order for our lives to be changed; and only the Word of God can do that for us.
D. A few samples of the Haitian Mentality
Simply unique among the world’s nations
- Degaje pa peche: “To get by is not a sin”. This is extreme-pragmatism. As long as someone is trying to help himself or his family, it cannot be considered a sin. The entire country seems to run on bluffs, corruption, deceptions, and lies. It certainly goes beyond the borders of our island. I recall an event I witnessed in Little-Haiti (small section in Miami, FL). I was getting a haircut at a Haitian Barber Shop when we heard a big banging sound in the street, right in front of the store. Within seconds, all of us (8 customers and 3 barbers) were out to see what had happened. We saw that a City bus had hit an electric pole about twelve feet from the shop. I was then totally dumbfounded to see pedestrians, fifteen or more of them, all Haitians (including two formerly clients of the Barber Shop) fighting each other to get on the bus. The bus driver himself didn’t understand what was happening until he saw those people who had just gotten on, faking being in pain, holding their heads, screaming, etc. – They were all trying to get a “lawsuit” against the city! WOW! Back in the Barber Shop, it was all laughter and a few regrets for not having been able to get on the bus. Nobody found anything wrong with those people’s shameful, unlawful, and dishonest behavior. They all saw it as a classic case of “degaje pa peche!”
- Bouki ak Malis: (Bouki and Malis) Bouki is basically the ultimate idiot, while Malice is the smartest person on earth. Once engaged in any deal, we Haitians immediately view the person in front of us as Bouki and ourselves as Malis. With incredible audacity, we try to deceive, shamelessly, and without compassion. What is scary is that we are good at it! I, for one - and I admit it with a repentant heart before the Lord, and great shame before men - was a master liar and deceiver. They could have used my picture in dictionaries as illustration for the word “liar” during the years prior to my conversion. We are a society in which everybody lies, everybody deceives, and everybody bluffs. Everybody believes him/herself to be Malis, and treats everybody else as Bouki.
- Papa m pi grannèg pase papa w : « My dad is wealthier than yours ». All kids probably reacted that way at one point, but for most, such childish retorts faded away with age. Not so with us Haitians! We will always try to outdo any account. As it said here in Haiti, to whitewash our habitual lying tendencies: Haitians like to add seasoning to a story! That’s why salvation and “what God did for me” type of testimonies in churches are for the most parts lies, tales, and fables.
- Sa pa gade m! (That’s not my problem!) The Haitian society does not value a person. There is very little within our laws or way of life that seems to really look after the wellbeing, the safety, or the protection of every single citizen. Be it a broken bridge, a huge hole in the street, a dead body on the sidewalk… even something as simple as moving over to make room for someone in a tap-tap… nobody cares. For the most part, Haitians don’t “have time” to show much care about other people. Everyone is so frustrated and so self-absorbed that we tend to disregard other people’s basic needs, their struggles, their pain, their suffering. It’s a “what’s in it for me” monopoly game.
- Wishing evil to our (Haitian) neighbor: To better illustrate this mentality, there is a tale I was told a long time ago when I was a teenager; and I grew throughout the years to find so much of it to be true. God, the tale says, wanted to reward two people from each country on the earth who apparently had died too soon. He decided to send them back immediately and told them that whatever the first one asks as a present, He would give his countryman two portions of it. The first American asked for a mansion, and his countryman got two mansions. The Frenchman asked for a new jet, and his countryman got two new jets… it went like that until they reached the two Haitians. So the first asked: “You will give him twice of what I ask for?” After getting an affirmative answer, he made his decision: “Poke one of my eyes!”
- Se pa fòt mwen! “It’s not my fault!” It is with great difficulty that Haitians accept their wrongdoings. This would make our ability to repent sincerely unattainable, but with God, nothing is impossible! The question I usually pose in cases like that is: “Whose fault is it?” It’s simply a question of taking ownership of one’s actions, of being responsible, and of courage to admit one’s errors and wrongdoings.
- Se nan peyi m mwen ye! « I am in my country! » This is the worst case of entitlement that exists at all levels of the Haitian society. I will make no attempt to “psychologize” it; but allow me to use this true story told to me by my dad, years ago. Two friends, (both Haitians) -a doctor who lived in Washington and a lawyer who resided in Europe - decided to come back to Haiti for a visit after nearly twenty five years of self-imposed exile during the Duvalier regime. They met in New-York and then took the next day fight to Port-au-Prince. When the plane landed, the customary announcement was heard over the air … “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Port-au-Prince, Haiti … the Captain and the crew thank you for choosing … for your safety, we ask you to remain seated with your belt fastened until the plane comes to a complete stop… Right at this point, mister lawyer stands up, to the surprise of even his friend next to him who remained in his seat. The stewardess reacted immediately by saying to him: “Sir! Please remain seated with your belt fastened!” Turning towards his friend while defiantly ignoring the caution, he said to him: “What is this woman talking about? Se nan peyi m mwen ye!
- Papa m ak manman m se Ayisyen! or Mwen te fèt an Ayiti (My parents are Haitians – or – I was born in Haiti): Haitians are so quick to deny their origin. The Haitian Diaspora has all but rejected the Haitian traditions and took no time to assimilate and adopt the ways of their new environment. It is often with ridicule, mockery, and scoffing that Haitians living abroad treat those who wish to uphold even morally good parts of their traditions.
E. Religion in Haiti
This is one place where Ecumenism will have very little opposition. The Haitian people are not known to uphold high standards of truth. They don’t demand it; they don’t live by it, and certainly don’t want to hear about it. There is a tendency here to mix everything up because “no one religion has the truth exclusively” as they would say. For this reason, a lot of people hold conflicting doctrinal beliefs with the religion to which they claim to belong (not just within the Protestant denominations). If pastors, priests and other church leaders didn’t vigorously prohibit members of their assemblies from attending other churches, there would have been a church crossing phenomenon in Haiti that would cause your head to spin. Doctrinal truth is not among the priorities of even people attending Protestant churches, including pastors and preachers. The doctrinal stands of the mission(s) supporting them financially are good as gold to them.
- The Roman Catholic Church (Rome 310 AD) - 85% of the population
Followers: Haitians, French, Lebanese, Palestinian, Hispanics, Others
I guess, some Americans too (?)
- Esoteric / Magic / Mystic
a. Voodoo - 95% of the population is somewhat involved in it
b. Free Masonry - 10% of the population
c. Rosicrucian - 5% of the population
- Judaism (Israel 18th century BC) - less than 1% of the population
- Christianity: The Early Church (Jerusalem 33 AD) - less than 3% of the population
- The reformed cults
a. Anglican (English 1534) - less than 2% of the population
b. Baptist (England 1609) - less than 6% of the population
c. Pentecostal (USA 1906) - less than 5% of the population
d. Church of Christ (England 1836) - less than 1% of the population
e. Church of God (USA 1886) - less than 1% of the population
f. Wesleyan (USA 1843) - less than 2% of the population
g. Methodist ( England 1837) - less than 1% of the population
h. Others: Numerous other non-denominational church “missions” exist in Haiti
- “Christian” sects
a. Seventh-day Adventist (USA 1840) - less than 3% of the population
b. Jehovah Witness (USA 1872) - less than 2% of the population
c. Mormon (USA 1830) - less than 1% of the population
- Other religions that are present in Haiti:
a. Islam (Arabia 610)
b. Rastafarianism (Jamaica 1930)
c. Church of Scientology (USA 1954)
d. Buddhism (India 4th century BC)
e. Hinduism (India 2nd century BC)
f. Taoism (3rd century BC)
I returned to Haiti, my country, after decades spent in the US as a permanent-alien; I was born and raised Catholic, but returned to Haiti as a born again believer. I quickly realized the importance of grasping and understanding the behind-the-scene realities of our country in order to live in it as an evangelical Christian, and preach the Gospel to the Haitian people. I lived in the Capital for years, but have moved to a small town in the province, over a year ago. I can firmly assert that Haiti is spiritually governed by the Catholic Church, the Free Masons, and the Voodoo religion. Three great forces of darkness! In them, we find a false religion (the caricature of true Christianity), an esoteric and mystic religious secret sect (whose secret is the worshipping of Satan as the light bearer), and an openly satanic religion (involved in human sacrifices).
F. American Missionaries
Since the so-called “gospel of love” is very often accompanied by giveaways like food products, toys, and medicine, what gospel will do the work for the well-to-do?
American missionaries have focused their effort almost exclusively on the masses and lower middle class of the Haitian society. They have ignored and by-passed the upper class, fearing their rejection. Ninety five percent of the Haitian educated elite are idol worshiping Catholics. Catholics and Protestants, you see, are not only divided by doctrines, but most profoundly by their stands as two totally opposed classes within the Haitian societal structure. For decades, calling someone a Protestant was used as derogatory and belittling means. Only maids, street merchants, the uneducated and the poor belonged to the Protestant church. Even beggars wouldn’t waste their time in front of a Protestant church. This prejudice still exists even though the Protestant church has seen an influx of very well educated members and pastors in the past few decades.
American Missionaries living in Haiti and who seek preferential treatments and special favors from members of the upper class never discuss “religion” with them. “They will see the gospel in our lives” is their usual excuse. The fear of preaching against the Roman Catholic Church in Haiti is paralyzing because of its political, financial, and societal power.
Here is an example of how some missionaries who have lived in Haiti for nearly 30 years reacted after I made a comment on an article written on the front page of their newsletter. Here’s what a section in that article said:
“Haiti's new president Michel Martelly chose a successful Christian business man for Prime Minister. I personally know Daniel Rouzier to be an honest man and have walked in his office to see his bible open on his desk! However the Haitian Parliament refused to ratify this righteous man; President Martelly responded in a live news conference:
I cannot accept that the battle against cholera stops, that the battle against garbage in the street stops, the battle to put the country back on track stops, that the battle against the problems of people under tents stops that my free school program for children stops, because my government cannot be installed, to start working for the people.06/23/11 – “
Here is the comment I made:
Mr. and Mrs. …
This is what’s wrong with the wishy-washy gospel preached by American “missionaries” in Haiti during the past three decades!
Daniel Rouzier is an idol worshiping Catholic who doesn’t know the Lord.
Come on! Let’s preach the truth to a dying world!
Here is Mrs. … first reaction:
And what gospel to you advocate? The one of hatred?
Then I wrote this back:
Thanks for responding.
Are you saying that preaching people to repent, to turn their back on their idols and believe in Christ is a message of hatred?
Telling people that “Jesus loves you” as liberal American missionaries have been doing is NOT the Gospel. It’s fruitless, sterile! The result: Zero conversion in the US (look at the rotten, immoral, and ungodly society there).
The fear of men is what’s behind that “sissified” message. If we tell people to repent and believe in Christ, they would be offended and get angry… so we use a so-called gospel of love which is actually no gospel at all.
The great majority of the Haitian people are idol worshiping Catholics who don’t know the Lord and are heading towards eternal damnation! Voodoo is not the main problem in Haiti! They know that they are serving the devil. There’s no deception there. The Roman Catholic Church is the great deception used by the enemy.
If the Lord Jesus and His disciples had preached the so-called “gospel of love” that your mission seems to advocate, none of them would have been killed!
It takes courage and fearlessness to preach the true Gospel.
Mrs. … ended our exchange with these words:
You are critical and judgmental and holier than thou - just like the Pharisees. So full of your own righteousness you don't need His. Please I do not wish to discuss theology with you.
To paraphrase something read elsewhere: the Lord commanded us, His disciples, to be salt and light in the world, not sugar and partakers in darkness.
Yes! Haiti needs the real Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The true Gospel is simple, to the point, and unique!
a.One Gospel for the entire world! Same for Americans, Haitians, Chinese, Russians, Jamaicans, Libyans, Mexicans, Japanese, Palestinians, or South Africans… it should not matter!
Acts 26:19 "Thereupon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision, 20 but showed first unto those at Damascus and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
b.Yes, we can tell the story of Elijah at Mount-Carmel to those serving the false gods of their nations!
2Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
c. We can tell the story of Noah to scoffers everywhere!
Genesis 6:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth, and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl and of cattle and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22 all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man and cattle, and the creeping things and the fowl of the heaven, and they were destroyed from the earth. And Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God of things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
d.We can tell the story of Lot - and of his wife who perished - to those attached to the things of this world!
Genesis 19:23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the LORD out of heaven; 25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world.
e. We can tell the story of Cornelius, (a religious man, but needing salvation in Christ) to religious people who do not know Christ!
Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms have been remembered in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter. He is lodged in the house of one Simon, a tanner, by the seaside. He, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.’ 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and thou hast done well, that thou hast come. Now therefore are we all here present before God to hear all things that are commanded thee from God." 34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said, "In truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons,
35 but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) — 37 that Word, I say, ye know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem—He whom they hanged on a tree and slew. 40 Him God raised up the third day and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen beforehand by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained of God to be the Judge of the quick and dead. 43 To Him all the prophets bear witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." 44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the Word.
f. We can tell the story of the jail keeper at Philippi to the discouraged and hopeless!
Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison, awakening out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do thyself no harm, for we are all here!" 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." 32 And they spoke unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all who were in his house.
g.But the most important of all is the story of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus who came down from heaven to die on the cross for the pardon of humanity’s sin. His blood washed away the sin of the world. He was buried but rose again on the third day so He can give life to those who believe in Him. He was glorified back in heaven by the Father so those who believe in Him can obtain justification through Him. He first came as the Lamb of God, but will return as the Lion of Judah!
1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which you also have received, and wherein ye stand, 2 by which ye also are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you—unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He arose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Guy R. Mompoint
Plaisance du Nord, Haïti