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Dr. Abel Damina Taught That Enoch And Elijah Did Truly Die (1)

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                               Elijah and the chariots of fire

1)            When anyone decides that it is not really necessary to study the Bible contextually, it is either from laziness, lackadaisically prone mind or out of eisegetically bent heart of Satanism. Eisegesis is the act of reading into the Bible, i.e. adding to God’s Word, when teaching it. I have heard Dr. Abel Damina, teaching on Christ’s substitutionary death. He talks flawlessly sometimes when it comes to the soteriological wrought of the Golgotha cross. Who knows, maybe he does not even believe that Jesus’ “It is finished,” last words were spoken at the historical Golgotha. It would not surprise me at all, considering so many biblical faux pas that have poured out of his pastoral didacticism, if Damina denies Golgotha to be the location of the Lord’s death. To the understanding of biblically abecedarian individuals the words of his defence, “These all died in faith,” found in Hebrews 11:13, will most certainly clinch his asseverative point that Enoch and Elijah did truly die. Is this man correct? Does the Bible support this teaching of Dr. Abel Damina? Let us study God’s protocolary documentation: the Bible.

Dr. Abel Damina

                All Damina does is to pull out, “These all died in faith,” from Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” The members of his churches, learning from a pastor fraught with biblical false teaching cannot see the simple defect in this man’s teaching. Let us navigate through the Bible to unearth Dr. Damina’s flaw or otherwise a perfection of his excogitation. Reading from Hebrews chapter 11 from verses 3 through to the 8th verse becomes scriptural eye opening that Damina is wrong.

                 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:3). The LORD God, from this verse, is the Grand Author of attitudinal faith. What can one obtain from God without the germinal faith? “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). The roll call of biblical faith merchants put their feet of their phenomenal tread where God lifted His own feet: to please Him, the Most High. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh” (Heb. 11:4). Abel, the second child of Adamic birth, expended his Godly faith as pertaining to the sacrifice, which he performed according to Divine specification as his own father taught them. In contextual documentation of God’s protocol, the exhibition of Abel’s faith was found on his choice of oblationary element.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death

                Hebrews 11:5 reads, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” On what Enoch’s faith was based is found here by the words, “that he pleased God.” In what way did this antediluvian saint please God? It is evidently found in Genesis 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” The word ‘walked,’ halak (haw-lak’), figuratively means ‘lifestyle’. In a world where only eight, out of about two point five million antediluvian people were found righteous before the scrutiny of the Divinity, Enoch’s lifestyle definitely made God proud to have someone like patriarch Enoch doing His will, and in the exercise of His sovereignty, He decided to do an adumbration of 1Corinthians 15:51.

                How can a lettered individual as Dr. Abel Damina be so impervious of the facticity of this translation when the first words of Hebrews 11:5 reads, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death? The Greek for ’translated,’ metatithemi (me-ta-tiy’-thee-miy) means: ‘1. to transfer. 2. (literally) to transport. 3. (by implication) to exchange. 4. (reflexively) to change sides;’ while ‘death’ is

thanatos (tha’-na-tos): ‘death {literally or figuratively; properly, an adjective used as a noun}.’ Enoch’s faith has to do with his righteous walk with the LORD his Elohiym.

Enoch pleased God (Hebrews 11:5)

                Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” It will not surprise me if Abel Damina does not believe and teach that an epical ark was actually built by Noah, according to God’s instruction – Damina’s eisegetical yen is so gross. Noah’s act of faith rested on the preparation of the ark; his faith was not in respect of any sacrificial act of atonement, ergo, different from the day by day lifestyle existence of Enoch and also different from Abel’s faith choice of the element of sacrifice. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; God told Noah; and Noah did not try either to rationalize or question God’s instruction, he believed and he was set to do as he was told.

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be continued…)

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