The Words of the Jenkins Family
Address to a Gathering of Ministers
President, Family Federation for World Peace - USA
Ohio Family Church
October 6, 2001
Thank you Rev. Doo and Rev. Mwamba for inviting me here. Also Bishop Jemison and leaders of the clergy movement here in this area. I'm a Buckeye and always feel something special when I stand on Buckeye soil. It's my home. Also, Dr. Russell and Revs. Palladino. We just thank God we are in a time of transition in American history, yet this transition gives us an opportunity to turn to God. A turning to God is going on all across this nation. Thank you for Rev. Morris and all the leadership here, Chantal for your presentation and all the clergy here in attendance.
I was there on Sept 11 in NYC. I was on 43rd St. when the attack occurred. Someone came in and notified us about the first plane crash at the World Trade center. Of course we thought it was a misguided plane, but as soon as we heard about the second plane attack, people flooded 5th Ave., because you could see the towers directly down 5th Ave. They were all in a state of shock.
I had a meeting with the leader of the Presbyterian Church of North America, Rev. Reese on Riverside Drive. But the television proclaimed the tragedy and the towers collapsed right before our eyes. The next night I was down at Ground Zero (I'll pass the pictures around). The city, nation and world struggled at that moment. 82 nations had representatives at the WTC and lost their sons and daughters. 1400 Muslims died there, Christians, Buddhists.
We were preparing at that time for MSG. We had been to 400-500 churches throughout the NYC area. We continued to go and all of these churches lost many loved ones at the WTC. There's no church I went to that didn't have representation there. Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan. The chairman of Canaan Baptist church and I became very close. Mrs. Hall of that church died and left a 12 year old boy without any parents. The little boy was running around the church that day screaming and yelling when he realized his mommy would never come home.
They also lost one of the seniors at that church. I became a chaplain with the Mayor's office. We went down many nights, night after night, to Ground Zero, counseling, guiding the police. They needed a lot of spiritual support. Never have I seen in the history of America where clergy and religious leaders have such value, such importance. There is no politician that can solve these problems.
Yes, we pray for our president. We're grateful for his leadership. We're also grateful that bombing was averted. We pray that we do not attack any other nations. That will not solve this problem. We do believe that measures are necessary to chase and track down the criminals and bring them to justice. We're not against using the proper methods to bring those criminals to justice, that's not an issue. We're not pacifists - we are people of God. Therefore, people of God must have ways and means to defend themselves.
However, if we don't understand the time we facing with America, we will fail as a nation. Our nation is on the cross. America is on the cross. Therefore, we represent Christianity. With the love of Jesus, we have the power to embrace Islam. Amen? We are the children of Abraham. Therefore we are of the same blood as Abraham. Therefore, how can the 3 sons of Abraham, the Jewish son, the Muslim son and the Christian son become one again? I'm here to tell you that Jesus has all power. If we do not live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we actually do not manifest Jesus in our churches, our cities, and our communities. Therefore, it was Christians who planted the seed of Christian love and spirit in this nation and founded this nation, and yet it was those same Christians that also chased Roger Williams out of Massachusetts, ruling that he was a heretic.
It was those same Christians who lost the love of God and would turn that into a justification for slavery in this nation. Our founding father Thomas Jefferson said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Yet that very man who let God speak through him also had slaves. He violated the very truth which he spoke.
Therefore I come to tell you that if you're a pastor, a religious leader, if you speak the truth, you're doing right. Therefore God can raise up from stones the children of Abraham. God can use the rocks and the trees and even the most humble among us to speak the word of God. The word of God has the power to change a man's soul. And only the word of God can edify, strengthen and purify man. Man was created by the word and with the word man shall be saved. Man shall be guided by the word.
Therefore the pastor is the only one, the religious leader is the only one that can bring faith on the earth in this time. No political leader, no civic or community leader, no social worker, no other kind of academic leader or educator or business leader or professional people can do what is necessary right now. Only religious leaders can do what is necessary right now. Therefore we must instill faith in the people.
I want to share with you at this moment that I saw the suffering and despair. I went down into Ground Zero many times. I prayed with crying policemen, I prayed with officers with Irish names, Jewish names, Christian names, all different races and nationalities. We are a nation of ALL God's people. Therefore God did not allow America to be created by man. Man did not create this nation.
No man could conceive a nation that had fundamental respect for all races, because man in his sin could not manifest true love of God until he meets his lord and savior and becomes completely purified. Even after our salvation, we still have purification to do. We are not finished simply by being saved. Salvation opens the gate where can relate with God. We can come into a relationship with God that was blocked by sin. Therefore we could not stand as a child of God without salvation.
However, even though that gate and that child relationship with God was opened through our lord and savior Jesus Christ, that does not mean that we have become a full embodiment of God. Unless we repent, humble ourselves, purify ourselves and become one with God in heart, unless we really atone for the path of our ancestors' history, we cannot stand as God's true sons and daughters.
Therefore, when I was with the officers at the WTC, one officer came up to me and said, "Pastor, I have a question. I want to share something in my heart." Police were working there 7 days a week, 14 hours a day. Incredible exhaustion had set in. There was a tremendous feeling of hope for the first 8 or 9 days, because we had hoped to find people, survivors. There was not one survivor of the WTC, not one! The only survivors they found, which was 9, were those on the first day - firemen, policemen in fact who … some of the wreckage had shifted which had fallen on them. 9 of them were recovered out of that. But there was not one survivor found out of the WTC wreckage, not one.
And they are simply in a trauma zone, it's a trauma. And yet I come to testify to you that it's a holy place. When you go walking around Ground Zero, that place is a holy place. That place is a place of sacrifice. Therefore, as we had the hope to rescue people, there was a tremendous feeling of hope. But now from the fringes, I see that the pastors are needed more than ever before, to shape the destiny and the understanding of the American people towards how to deal with this tragedy, this evil.
This one police officer came to me with a question. He said, "Is it a sin to pray that all Muslims will be killed by God?" This is a police officer with a gun. He was extremely exhausted. He was shaking he was so tired. I had to pastor him to understand that we are all brothers, that God loves everybody, and that the attack on the WTC was not from the Muslim faith or representatives of the faithful believers of the religion of Islam. They were not faithful.
The Qur'an teaches very clearly that thou shalt not commit suicide, it's a sin against God. Therefore the suicide bombers completely had to sever their relationship with God to do what they did. They were not representing God and they did not represent Islam. Our religious leaders must come together and respond. How do we respond? As Jesus would respond on the cross. How would we respond? We must be aggressive in our ceremonial gatherings, and we must be aggressive in our lives after the ceremony this day - that we fellowship together - that we really embrace one another. That we cross racial lines, denominational lines, religious lines...that we really become what Jesus prayed for. That all may be one. Amen?
I'm hear to tell you that it's a time of rejoicing. As Rev. Sherlyn Palladino read Father Moon's words that God has left America, I'm here to tell you that God has come back. Over the last 30 years, actually a reversal has occurred. I was in NY in the early 70's. In 1976, I was at Yankee Stadium when there was looting and violence all over the city. You couldn't walk through the Bronx safely. I lived in Harlem for the last 40 days. That place is a holy place!
That's why we could convene our rally there when we postponed the MSG Blessing. We moved it for our prayer breakfast where Muslims, Christians and Jews could come together and express their common faith in our one God. There is only one God, and he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If you don't understand that He is also the God of Islam, you're wrong. You're wrong, because you don't understand the law of God. "In my Father's house there are many mansions." The time for the Christian family to rise up and really live out its true heritage - and that is that we love everybody.
Jesus was put on the cross, and much of that cross "work" was in that He had the power to love. He had the power to love His enemy. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Do we manifest love now? How can we manifest this love? We cannot manifest this love simply in prayers and just embracing one another. We must aggressively seek to break down those walls.
That's why the American Clergy Leadership Conference was born. It's formed a movement that's all denominations and all races, and also embraces Islam, Buddhism and all the religions. The core of the ACLC is 12,000 Christian clergy. What Father Moon has asked us to do is to transcend all the barriers by affirming first our family in God.
God created man in His image - male and female He created them. God created man and woman in the image of God. Therefore to fully manifest God's image and love, the parental force of God's love must come through His image. Therefore male and female created He them. Therefore I'm asking every one of those 12,000 pastors to have their marriages blessed. We're going to have that on March or April of next spring. We were going to do it on Sept. 22.
Then from there we want to prepare now, because we want every pastor to strengthen and edify every marriage in their congregation. Do you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you believe in the power of God as you pull God down into your life. Do you believe in the power of God to solve problems in the church? Do you believe in the power of Jesus to solve the problems in the marriages in our churches? Then why are your marriages breaking down? If you believe in it, pastors, then why can you not shut down divorce in your congregation? Why can you not shut down adultery in your congregation?
Adultery is a sin before God and it will destroy any marriage. No marriage can stand in violation of the law of God. The fundamental root of all the problems that link to marital problems is the fact that man has not kept his ten commandments - he has not kept his love for God and love for mankind as Jesus has taught us, and ultimately he violates his spouse and she violates her spouse by not being faithful to God.
Marital infidelity is the root of all the fundamental problems that link to breakdown. In fact, the Garden of Eden story, as Father Moon traveled through the 50-state tour, made it very clear that God gave him a revelation from our lord and savior Jesus Christ. And that revelation was that there was more to the Garden story than meets the eye. That revelation was - and many spiritual and praying people have already received this revelation - many who have preached this have been bitterly persecuted - but I come to tell you it's the truth of God - Adam and Eve, in their disobedience to God, separated from God and that created sin.
Lucifer came upon Eve and tricked her with the word, twisting God's word, telling her disobeying God was all right. However I'm here to tell you that Adam and Eve's sin was more than simply eating a fruit. Jesus said in Matthew, "It is not that which goes into the mouth that defiles a man." Therefore I'm here to tell you they did not eat some literal fruit. If you pray and fast, the revelation will come upon you at this time.
What Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden - they violated the most fundamental thing that was most sacred to God. They went outside of the law of God and created a love relationship that was premature, immature, in violation of God. Therefore, adultery became a sin of the Old Testament. The highest and most serious sin of the Old Testament, beyond murder - because the first sin was not murder, it was adultery.
I'm here to tell you that's why the Jewish law would state that a man and a woman, who had any kind of adulterous relationship - they would be taken out and stoned to death. Oh my God. Think about that. That wasn't all.
Jesus came and brought a higher law. The law of love. He stood before the prostitute and the adulterous generation and said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Come unto me, you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest." He covered their sin, cleansed their sin, and caused them to move into a new covenant with God.
But the adultery that occurred at the foundation of the earth - that was the time of Adam and Eve. They committed an adulterous act, believe me. That's why we must really cleanse the church right now. Pastors, do you think Jesus wants man and woman to separate? What is His work? What is the word of God regarding marriage? Matthew 19:4-6 says "If God ordaineth that a man will leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife, they will become one flesh. Therefore what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
Therefore divorce is not Jesus' will. Therefore from our pulpits, if we become aflame with the word, preach the word - "what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." Amen? We're coming into an age where Jesus' words are going to become real. That's the meaning of the Blessing and the holy convocation we were going to have on September 22. We believe in the power of the magnificent Holy Spirit. How many of you believe we're living in the time of the return of Christ? Hallelujah, look around you.
The majority of our Christian pastors and leaders know that the hour is at hand. I have come to reveal to you now that we are absolutely standing on the crossroads of human history, and the only leaders that can lead this nation to reconcile - Muslim, Jewish, and Christian - and end the resentment - and the fertile soil of resentment that's growing these evil forces - is the love of Jesus manifested at this time. Hallelujah.
We have to love one another. Yet within our Christian denominations, we have such bitter judgment toward one another. We don't like the Methodists, because we don't like their method. We don't like the Presbyterians because we'd rather see a bishop that have a council of Presbyters. We don't like the Pentecostals because we don't like speaking in tongues. We don't like the Catholics because we're not sure that we can really accept the fact that they honor Mary so much. We don't like the Episcopalians because we don't like ... We don't like this, we don't like that.
That's not Jesus. That's why one of the reasons they persecuted Jesus was that he could honor and love all people. Therefore one of the testimonies Jesus gave was the testimony of the Samaritan. He praised the Samaritan who was not even a Jew. The Jewish people thought, "How can he be praising a non-Jew? He's not even a chosen person, and Jesus is lifting him up?" However, I've come to tell you Jesus had no barriers, no boundaries, no idea of blockage.
Therefore there's no barrier between Christian, Islam and Hebraism, if we have God's love. If we manifest the love of God that's so powerful that we truly see God is really in everybody. Therefore, yes, we believe they will all come through the gate of salvation through Jesus, but they won't even make it to the gate if you don't love them. And if you think discriminatorily towards everybody, you're not with Jesus. Jesus is not with you. You may be saved, but I'm telling you your place at the banquet table will not be up front - it'll be clear in the back.
Therefore what's our response as the American Clergy Leadership Conference? We do not advocate war. War will not solve this problem. Police actions and military actions to capture the criminals are all right - as long as we don't allow that to spill into a war, because a war will not solve the problem. The problem is not about conflicts among nations. The problem is that we as a Christian nation have not really loved one another. White people in this nation have not really come straight up with what we did in this nation's history. Until we're really ready to repair that, and I mean repair it, with reparations - white brothers and sisters, we have to humble ourselves and go over the Jordan River.
We're not talking politics here, we're talking love. Reparations means that you get down on your hands and knees and pray to God that God will bless you, then you take that to your brother that you violated and give it to him - or be willing to give up our lives for the sake of those who we are estranged from. Therefore America's history is a bitter, bitter, bitter history. That's why we can't talk about the unity that is necessary to heal this world. We need to heal this nation.
Therefore the rallies and all the President's and the military actions can appear to bring unity. People start waving the flags. I guarantee you that if we don't start bringing the clergy into the front and bring the message that we are one, and bring the Holy Spirit, eventually our flag-waving will recede, and we will go back into our divided communities. We will have the fertile soil that breeds the kind of resentment that hates America. It will continue not only offshore, but it will continue in our cities, because it's already there.
Therefore I come to tell you the power of Jesus can heal this nation. The power of Blessed marriage is that we can heal the community. We can heal our families. Children coming out of marriages that are full of love, not confusion, not animosity between man and woman that are trying to convince the children that the other one's wrong - but a love that has said, "Oh, forgive me my child, for I have sinned. Forgive me lord, for I have sinned. I didn't understand your mother. I was too harsh, too narrow, too judgmental." (I'm talking about myself now. I wish my wife was here now, because that's how I've been, many times.)
Husbands have a tendency to think they're right. Mothers too. How about we just repent. Let God be right. Then the children will learn with that, won't they? Children growing up in Blessed marriages have the power to heal the community. The only institution that can lead this way is the church right now.
Therefore, pastors, we praise God that you had the courage to come here this day. We want to enlist you in the holy campaign of God, to bring love to every church. To bring a spirit of love that will break down every barrier between Islam, Christianity and Judaism. I want everyone to go to the Muslim mosque and love them. Bring a cushion and a donation to the mosque, because are we not the sons of Abraham? We are one, therefore Jesus is coming again and is going to make us all one.
I'd like to read from Joel 2:15. "Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck breasts, let the bridegroom go forth out of his chamber, and his bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord weep, between the porch and the altar, and let them say 'spare thy people oh Lord, and give not thine inheritance to reproach, and that the heavens should rule over them.'"
Let the people sanctify themselves at this time. Therefore Dr. King would tell us what to do in this situation. "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate." It's from his speech "Loving Your Enemies - From Strength to Love" - "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiritual destruction."
(a further passage from Dr. King's book is read)
I pray that we will mark this day here in Ohio as a day that the march of love began across this nation. I'm very grateful to Rev. Mwamba, Rev. Doo for setting up this convocation. Bishop Jemison and all the pastors here, we pray that God will abundantly bless your ministries. We believe in you. Please understand you are the prophets of this second Israel, this Christian nation of America that's big enough to also say it's a nation of Muslims, a nation of Jews, a nation of all God's people.
Therefore, you are the prophets of this new Israel. Do not mince the words of God. Preach about adultery and adultery will disappear from your church. Preach about divorce, and what Jesus said, that man must not separate, and divorce will go down in your church. Preach about what's right, and don't water down the word of God.
And one other thing - you have to live it. If you've got something going on the side, you will not be able to bring healing and restoration to your congregation. Therefore, before preaching about adultery, you must first cleanse yourself of all adultery. And if you are guilty of that sin, you must confess to your spouse and take it before the Lord in prayer. Once you cleanse yourself, then you can preach God as a forgiving God. He will completely forgive whatever sin you've committed.
Therefore, America can change at this moment. America is a nation that can change. I believe it will change. Pastors, we praise God for you. Without your word going forth across this nation, this nation will not be able to decide whether it goes with God or with man. Was it not true in the Bible that how the nation of Israel dealt with the prophets determined whether they would be blessed or whether they would decline? Therefore how can the people have faith if there is no preaching?
I ask all the preachers to come forth at this time to preach against adultery, to preach what Jesus said - that all may be one - to preach against divorce. And watch divorce decline, watch love fill every family, and that we all may be one, watch the heart of God start to bring Muslim, Christian and Jew into one family of God. Then there will be no need for any terror, because terror will be put in its place. God bless you. Amen.
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