This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship, Manufactured Consent: Did God Say?

Right from creation, the freedom to make our choices and follow through has been fundamental to our human existence. For instance, in the garden of Eden God gave Adam a choice between the tree of life, or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So Adam had at his disposal the information, and the right to make his decision.

However, when Satan came on the scene the story takes a different twist. He said to Eve, “Did God say?”. Once those three words were introduced, her belief system was under enormous stress, and in the end she succumbs to the dream of being like God. At this juncture I hasten to qualify that this doesn’t put the blame on females for humanity’s fall, Adam was equally responsible for the outcome. If anything, it was joint enterprise.

Fast forward to 1988, and we are introduced to a ground breaking work by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky entitled, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

In their research they analysed the news media, arguing that the mass media of the United States “are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalised assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion”.

In simple terms, their work can be encapsulated with these words by Noam Chomsky, “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”.

With this in mind, this Sunday I will be exploring the spiritual dimension of information in a lecture entitled, Manufactured Consent: Did God say?

Friends, I’ve come to realise that the information we are exposed to is vital to the fulfilment of our purpose, and ultimately our destiny. In a letter to friends in Rome, Paul made a profound statement which strengthens this argument: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

So why not drop-by for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7D

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!


Spiritual Intelligence: Propaganda

Did God say?

These days propaganda can be defined as; information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.

In the art of warfare, as well as the physical battle by; land, sea and air, there is also the battle for the hearts and minds. These mental and intellectual battles are sometimes the fiercest, with the sole aim to unsettle the combatants. An unsettled camp is a demoralised camp, a demoralised camp hardly win battles.

In spiritual warfare the enemy uses propaganda to unsettle the minds of the believer in the hope that they drop their armour and give up the fight for destiny. He comes through doubt – did God say? Doubt breeds unbelief, unbelief leads to poor choices, poor choices leads to fear. And a fearful disciple is a weak disciple – for the righteous is as bold as a lion! Bold to live a life of faith, bold to stand up for what they believe, bold to speak the truth!

With this in mind, Paul wrote to friends in Corinth;

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Like Lots wife who sadly yielded to the temptation to look back after clear instructions by the Angel not to do so, many have been unsettled by the trickery and deception of our adversary the devil. And the pressure mounts, he’s out to snatch one more through his propaganda.

But in true rugged style I declare that the battle lines are drawn – No Retreat, No Surrender!

This couple obliged my offer to have their photo taken yesterday. I love their bold and stylish persona. God bless them!

~ Sabali