DYM 9/08 Newsletter

THE 2008 CONVENTION at Novi, MI. is now history; and a very pleasant spiritual memory. Will we ever forget the vivid impression of those giant banners showing the faces of “unreached people” and all the colorful flags representing more than 6.7 billion people living (and dying) on earth?
If you were not able to go, then you missed the “Flag of the nations” procession held Satuday evening, when our Romanian foreign missionaries entered the great hall in national dress. These riveting activities carried out the convention’s missions theme, “The Whole Gospel for the Whole World.”
Most importantly, evening altar services drew hundreds of young people and adults toward a closer walk with the Lord. A final word of special thanks in certainly due to Coordinating Pastor Simion Timbuc for his untiring efforts to lead a great spiritual and world missions-oriented convention.
Discover Your Mission was privileged to assist Pastor Timbuc in preparing for this history-making event. In the Sunday night rally, the Wilsons were graciously honored by receiving a plaque presented to us as “Mr. and Mrs. Mission” to Romanian churches of North America.

Four Romanian churches were presented awards at the convention for outstanding missionary giving during 2007:
Elim Church, Phoenix — Pastor Peter Lascau (S. Boros, Miss, Sect’y.)
Elim Church, Hollywood, FL — Pastor George Strimbu (N. Russ, Miss. Sect’y).
Betesda Church, Troy, MI.,– Simion Timbuc, Pastor (D. Pele, Miss Sect’y)
Ist. Church, Kenmore, WA. — Vasile Antimie, Pastor (V.Polocoser. Miss. Sect’y.)

LABOR DAY CONVENTION PICNIC: More than 2,000 Romanians and guests enjoyed a great Christian festival under blue skies at a nearby county park. Host church Betesda Romanian Church enlisted all the Detroit churches to provide a great banquet of “mich”, chicken, watermelon and endless home-made deserts.

“CREATIVE ACCESS” NATIONS: Many of our Romanian missionaries have been called to countries where serious persecution prevails. In the past, we have been pretty free to tell you who they are, and where our missionaries are serving. However, we are advised that the internet can become a real threat to their ministry; and could cause them to be expelled by hostile authorities. Hereafter, every time you contribute to Romanian missionary ministry through DYM, you will receive detailed information via the mail along with your tax-deductible receipt. In future, we will be more discreet in these monthy Romanian Missionary Newsnote communiques. Our address is: 1612, Canyon Lake, Santa Ana, CA., 92705, USA.

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS: “Amnesty International” has identified Chistians as the world’s largest persecuted minority. Dr. David Barrett reports that about 174,000 people will be killed this year because they are Christians. That is a daily average of 475 martyrs.
We are reminded to pray for the persecuted Church.

NEW BOOK ABOUT WORLD MISSIONS: “Amvonul Mari Trimiteri” has just been released in the Romanian language. It contains 20 articles on world missions, and a very special supplement about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Cost, including postage, in the USA and Canada — $10.
Ordering 5 copies or more — $8 each, fom Discover Your Mission, 1612 Canyon Lake, Santa Ana, CA., 92705, USA.

WILSONS TO ROMANIA: Wilsons will arrive in Romania Sept. 22, and will begin a period of ministry at “RoMisCon-10” at Baie-Mare. Cameron will also teach at Eastern Europe Bible College, Oradea, as well as at the Missionary Training School near Constanta. Marvel will celebrate her birthday for the 14th consecutive year while in Romania. this ministry continues because of the faithful prayers and giving of God’s people.

YOUR CITIZENSHIP: What is your citizenship??? Let me tell you about your true citizenship. All born-again people receive a new citizenship that greatly transcends their native-born nationality. Humanly, you were born of “flesh, and the will of man.” Possibly that makes you a Romanian. However, when you were born again, you received a new birth by the Spirit (John 1:13.) you were “naturalized” by grace into a new race, which the Apostle Paul referred to as the “Church of God.” I Cor. 10:32. You became a citizen of a global nationality related through the blood of Christ; and made up of people from many countries with thousands of different backgrounds.. According to missionary statisticians, the population of your new nationality is approximately 700 milliion born-again people living on all continents.
Abraham, our “father” was called out of a great Chaldean city to establish himself as a missionary in Caanan. He lived daily as a witness for the Creator God to all the tribes people of his adopted nation. Abraham did NOT look up all the Chaldean ex-patrioits in Canaan in order to build an Chaldean language church in Canaan. If he had done that, he would have frustrated God’s command to bless all the ethne of earth. He would have built an ethnic fence around his message, effectively shutting out the unevangelized neighborhood. That would have been contrary to God’s revealed plan.
This writer has discovered after a lifetime of ministry, that the more a person is centered on his national identity and traditions – the more difficult it is for that person to perceive the New Testament plan and lifestyle. Of course, I am proud of my native country, which is listed much higher than the USA in “quaility of life.” Nevertheless, I must say with Paul, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world,” (Gal 6:14).
As a Christian, you belong to a whole new race. The world is your parish.
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Gifts to Discover Your Mission are income tax-deductible. Offerings designated to a specific Romanian missionary or project are forwarded 100% as requested. Offerings designated for the Missionary Training school at Agigea are doubled in value through a matching fund.
“Abound in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Cameron W. Wilson, Founder/President

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DYM 12/08 Newsletter

“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.” (Luke 1:14)
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OUR TEAM IN TURKEY: Dan and Perla H., Iacob and Lidia N., and Nicu and Elena S. are serving the Lord in this Muslim country of 76 million people. They need special prayer and faithful support as they do creative witnessing daily. All of these missionaries are graduates of the CRST training school, located at Agigea.
Turkey is known as the world’s largest unreached nation. Although the constitution claims religious freedom — harassment, false accusations, and permit delays hinder their ministry. This nation has the highest rate of violence against women of any Mid-Eastern country. (58% of women, and 51% of wives are subejct to abuse).
About 40% of Turkey’s youths between the ages of 15 and 24 are outside the nation’s educational system and are out of work.
Hundreds of illegal Koranic schools are sponsored in Turkey by petro-dollars from Saudi-Arabia. Free education and meals are provided as incentives to attend. Recently,a Koranic school building collapsed, killing 18 children, and injuring 27 more.
For a thousand years, Turkey was a stronghold of traditional Christianity. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and re-named Istanbul. As recently as one hundred years ago, there were millions of Christians. Today only a handful remain because of genocides and constant persecution.
Nicu and Elena S. reported again this month on their daily activities to witness to Turkish women and men. Elena actually spends hours crocheting with Turkish women each week as a unique means of witness.
A ‘BLESSED CHRISTMAS”: God’s people are hereby invited to join in sending Christmas blessings to our family of oveseas missionaries. Your year-end tax-deductible special gift will tell our missions family that you love them and are behind their ministry to unevangelized nations. You may send your designated gift to DYM’s address shown below.

INDIA—PERSECUTION: Keep Maria I. and Daniel P. in your prayers. They serve in Bihar State, Nothern India. Anti-Christian sentiment is growing, fuled by a radical, violent movement called Hindutvah. Their goal is to erase all Christian influence from India in the next ten years. In the Eastern state of Orissa, hundreds of Christians have been martyred, thousands of people displaced, and dozens of churches destroyed. Even in highly-Christianized Kerala State (Southwest) there is an increase in persecution. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mis-treated as if you yourselves were mistreated,” Heb. 13:3.

LUKE C. BEING INTERVIEWED: One of the best known missionary organizations working in Muslim nations is “Frontiers.” Brother Luca Cretan, who attends Philadelphia Church, Chicago, is being processed for possible asignment to the North-West area of Africa. Luca will attend a Frontiers Orientation School, and later a leadership school in preparation for deployment to one of the Maghrib countries: (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia.) “Frontiers” uses a team or a “colony” approach; and is looking for people who can go to Muslim countries to invest their lives as witnesses. Please add Luca Cretan to your prayer list as he developes a support base for this new ministry..

“STM” — WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
“Short Term Missions” has come under the magnifying glass of missions thinking with articles in several of our most respected missions journals.
The popularity of making brief visits to foreign countries has drawn hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic young people and adults to overseas locations around the world. But what are the results, according to mature field missions leaders???
(1) Most short-termers are not well trained; and can seldom minister effectively
(2) The STMer goes for what he can learn or gain- rather than now much he can give.
(3) Most STMers lack skills to pioneer among the unreached people.
(4) Money used by STM trips decreases avialable support for career missionaries.
(5) Short-term trips are cross-cultural experiences or inter-church tourism – but NOT
missions in the real sense. There is nothing wrong with taking a working vacation, or inter-cultural trip, but do not let it be at the expense of authentic long-term missions to the truly unreached people on God’s heart.

DANIELA CAIDAS: Bro. Utu Tomuta (Genesis Mission, Chicago) reports that Miss Daniela Caidas has gone for an introductory missions term to Bihar State India.
(Eph 6:19-20).

CHRISTMAS-TIME PRAISE: As 2008 comes to an end, we rejoice to report that more Romanian Churches and Christians are responding in Faith Promise giving to Romanian world missions. Since January 1, Discover Your Mission was able to disburse
$252,282.55 overseas to support our foreign and domestic missionaries, and the “Romanian Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.”

MARIANA D.: After seven years of effectve ministry among Turkish Gypsy children at Babadag, Romania, Missionary Mariana is now stationed at Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Mariana serves in a rehabilitation center for youth, and is on a church-planting team with “Operation Mobilization.” As in other Muslim-majoritry nations, radical religious groups are making Christian work more difficult throughout “Turkestan” at this time. Let us be faithful in prayer for our Romanian missionaries, most of whom serve in Muslim countries.

A HEATING SYSTEM FOR ALESD? Discover Your Mission has committed to match funds given for the heating plant at the Gypsy Evangelistic Social Center at Alesd, Romania. This large new center houses a day school for about 150 Gypsy children, as well as a kitchen, a dispensary, and the attractive “Samaria” church auditorium. Total floor area is nearly 9,000 sq ft. Many miracles have taken place through the ministry of this ESC; where the needy ghetto population is about 3,000 people.
Host pastor Ioan Moldovan stresses the urgent need for a heating system as the town faces the prospect of another harsh winter. Total cost for a quality heating plant is about E9,900, or approximately $13.500 at today’s rate of exchange.
DYM will match all offerings dollar-for-dollar designated for this important project.
Cameron was privileged to give the church its name “Samaria” several years ago.
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All offerings to Discover Your Mission are income tax-deducible; and funds are disbursed 100% as designated by the donor.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God,” II Cor. 9:12.
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DISCOVER YOUR MISSION SERVICES, 1612 Canyon Lake, Santa Ana, CA., 92705
(714) 288-9599 (714) 396-5320 Cameron W. Wilson, founder / President
IN CANADA, DYM, Box 333, Sta. B, Etobicoke, ONT, M9W 5L3 (Acct:070-0003)

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De ce Misiune?

Multi romani se intreaba de ce sa mergem in misiune cand avem atatea probleme personale de rezolvat, cand Biserica locala are atatea nevoi . Multe din Bisericile Romane din diaspora sunt de tip pompieristic. Tirania urgentului a luat locul ordonarii prioritatilor . Lipsa de viziune a dus la o stare de ignoranta fata de oamenii de langa noi dar diferiti de noi si fata de oamenii departe de noi si diferiti de noi. Mostenim , fara sa vrem, mentalitatea “injectata” de comunisti in constiinta noastra ca totul, adica :atentia , resursele si slujirea noastra, trebuie consumat in interior. Adoptam tactica strutului in stare de asediu, bagandu-ne capul in pamant refuzand sa cunoastem realitatea si fara sa implinim porunca Domnului de a merge in toata lumea si a propavadui Evanghelia la orice faptura. Cu incapatanare mioritica continuam sa credem ca noi suntem cei mai oropsiti oameni de pe pamant neacceptand realitatea care spune ca 80% din populatia globului nu are ce avem noi, adica o casa, o masina si mancare pe masa sau ca mai sunt 6000 de grupuri etnice care n-au auzit de Isus Hristos. Am pus sub “obroc” porunca Domnului si am inventat noi un nou soi de porunci de tip cosmetico-cultural ca sa nu zica lumea ca nu avem ce face. E timpul sa ne trezim din starea de amorteala sau de somnolenta crasa si sa cautam sa grabim venirea Domnului Isus Hristos pentru a doua oara. Asa sa ne ajute Dumnezeu!
Dorin Pele

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Despre arta…la pocaiti(2)

Sa trimita lumina in intunericul din inima omului – aceasta este datoria artistului“  (Robert A. Schumann)

Arta este cea mai puternica expresie a creativitatii umane. Este, printre altele, si dovada ca omul e facut dupa chipul lui Dumnezeu. Dar, in acelasi timp, este si arma Creatorului prin care-si convinge creatura ca ceva e in neregula cu ea. Prin arta, omul isi constientizeaza disperarea. Isi vede golul interior si incepe sa-si puna intrebari existentiale. Arta este o forma de cunoastere si, asa cum spunea Aaron Howard, “arta este un semn de intrebare in mintile celor care vor sa stie ce se intampla.” Fara arta, lumea nu ar cunoaste civilizatia. Pana si omul primitiv cunostea impulsul artistic!

Este interesant sa observam, cel putin in Vechiul Testament, ca inchinarea are un puternic caracter artistic, dramatic.  Modul de desfasurare al inchinarii publice,  frumusetea si profunzimea sarbatorilor iudaice, imbracamintea levitilor, muzica instrumentala si vocala, elementele componente ale Templului, diversitatea culorilor indica o “coregrafie spirituala” foarte bine pusa la punct. “…Sa laude Numele Lui cu jocuri, sa-L laude cu toba si cu arfa!… Sa salte de bucurie credinciosii Lui imbracati in slava, sa scoata strigate de bucurie in asternutul lor!...” (Psalmul 149:3, 5)

Bine, bine, dar asta era in Vechiul Testament, nu ni se mai aplica noua, pentru ca  in Noul Testament inchinarea este DOAR in Duh si Adevar, nu? Ca si cum inchinarea in duh si adevar ar exclude orice forma de manifestare dramatica. Consideram, total eronat de altfel, ca arta dramatica e opusa spiritualitatii. Cand Pavel le scrie efesenilor si le spune: “vorbiti intre voi cu psalmi”, se refera si la psalmii acestia din care am citat, pe care unii dintre noi, daca ar putea, i-ar scoate definitiv din Scriptura. O sa inventam in curand “departamentul de curatire a Bibliei”!

Bineinteles ca exista un aspect cultural al inchinarii pe care nu trebuie sa-l neglijam. Nu tot ce fuctioneaza intr-un loc functioneaza si in altul. Pe mine nu ma intereseaza, cel putin in acest punct, compatibilitatea culturala a manifestarilor artistice. Pe mine ma intereseaza PRINCIPIUL si anume: inchinarea (si ma refrer la intreaga slujba!) trebuie sa contina manifestari artistice, elemente dramatice de buna calitate.

Inchinarea cereasca transcende atat Vechiul cat si Noul Testament. Daca ne uitam in Apocalipsa, capitolele 4 si 5, vom vedea ca inchinarea nu este lipsita de dramatism,  de arta autentica. Exista o manifestare la cel mai inalt nivel al fenomenului artistic, care uimeste. Ingerii, batranii, cei rascumparati se inchina artistic. Ei nu doar “stau” la inchinare; ei “se arunca” in inchinare. Ei nu doar canta; ei canta o cantare noua, isi arunca cununile inaintea Domnului si lauda Numele Lui cu pasiune, zi si noapte.

Imaginati-va ce s-ar intampla daca noi, pocaitii, am fi teleportati instantaneu in cer. Cum am reactiona la vederea acelei inchinari puse in scena? Tronul de slava, marea de cristal, tunetele, fulgerele, fumul, strigatele multimii rascumparate, glasurile de gloata multa, fiintele ceresti ciudate, ingerii ce striga neincetat: “sfant, sfant, sfant este Domnul!”, sfintii imbracati in haine de sarbatoare, Biserica impodobita ca o mireasa pentru mirele ei si intrega atmosfera spirituala, dar dramatica in acelasi timp, ne-ar aduce in pragul disperarii. Inchinarea cereasca nu se aseamana cu inchinarea pamanteasca! Dar noi ne rugam, in rugaciunea Tatal nostru: “…precum in cer asa si pe pamant.” Vezi sa nu!

Dar partea ciudata a discutiei noastre e alta. Noi utilizam arta, dar nu in timpul slujbelor noastre! Avem un sentiment artistic extraordinar cand ne alegem masinile. Cine vine in curtea bisericii – cel putin la cele mari – are impresia ca e la vreun targ de masini prin Germania. Stim sa ne alegem masini extrem de frumoase. Avem o cultura a frumosului atunci cand ne facem casele. In unele zone, casele pocaitilor sunt cel mai impozante, mai mari si mai frumoase. Bravo lor! Avem cladiri de biserici extraordinare, cladiri frumose, artistice,  cu imbunatatiri de milioane. Folosim impulsul artistic cand ne alegem hainele, ceasurile, palariile, baticurile, paturile de pe pat, perdelele de la geamuri, vesela din bucatarie. Pana si servetele pe care le cuparam ca sa ne stergem pe maini trebuie sa fie “frumoase”.

Dar nu folosim arta in timpul slujbelor!

In mana Bisericii, arta ar putea deveni un mijloc de comunicare fantastica a Evangheliei. Nu o substituire a Evanghelie, mesajul este si va ramane acelasi. Dar manifestarile artistice pot inlesni extraordinar contactul cu omul profan si il pot aduce in punctul in care mesajul Evangheliei sa aiba sens si pentru el si sa-L accepte  sub convingerea Duhului Sfant.

Desigur, nu toate formele de arta pot fi folosite in cadrul slujbelor din Biserica. Si voi incerca sa explic acest aspect.  Noi ne adaptam cultural la mediul in care slujim, dar asta nu ne impiedica sa gandim metode prin care sa comunicam si mai eficient mesajul Evangheliei.

Dumnezeu e cel mai mare Artist! Daca nu esti convins, uita-te in jur la tot ceea ce a creat El…..

Laurentiu Balcan

(http://penticostalul.wordpress.com).

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Despre arta…la pocaiti(2)

Sa trimita lumina in intunericul din inima omului – aceasta este datoria artistului“  (Robert A. Schumann)

Arta este cea mai puternica expresie a creativitatii umane. Este, printre altele, si dovada ca omul e facut dupa chipul lui Dumnezeu. Dar, in acelasi timp, este si arma Creatorului prin care-si convinge creatura ca ceva e in neregula cu ea. Prin arta, omul isi constientizeaza disperarea. Isi vede golul interior si incepe sa-si puna intrebari existentiale. Arta este o forma de cunoastere si, asa cum spunea Aaron Howard, “arta este un semn de intrebare in mintile celor care vor sa stie ce se intampla.” Fara arta, lumea nu ar cunoaste civilizatia. Pana si omul primitiv cunostea impulsul artistic!

Este interesant sa observam, cel putin in Vechiul Testament, ca inchinarea are un puternic caracter artistic, dramatic.  Modul de desfasurare al inchinarii publice,  frumusetea si profunzimea sarbatorilor iudaice, imbracamintea levitilor, muzica instrumentala si vocala, elementele componente ale Templului, diversitatea culorilor indica o “coregrafie spirituala” foarte bine pusa la punct. “…Sa laude Numele Lui cu jocuri, sa-L laude cu toba si cu arfa!… Sa salte de bucurie credinciosii Lui imbracati in slava, sa scoata strigate de bucurie in asternutul lor!...” (Psalmul 149:3, 5)

Bine, bine, dar asta era in Vechiul Testament, nu ni se mai aplica noua, pentru ca  in Noul Testament inchinarea este DOAR in Duh si Adevar, nu? Ca si cum inchinarea in duh si adevar ar exclude orice forma de manifestare dramatica. Consideram, total eronat de altfel, ca arta dramatica e opusa spiritualitatii. Cand Pavel le scrie efesenilor si le spune: “vorbiti intre voi cu psalmi”, se refera si la psalmii acestia din care am citat, pe care unii dintre noi, daca ar putea, i-ar scoate definitiv din Scriptura. O sa inventam in curand “departamentul de curatire a Bibliei”!

Bineinteles ca exista un aspect cultural al inchinarii pe care nu trebuie sa-l neglijam. Nu tot ce fuctioneaza intr-un loc functioneaza si in altul. Pe mine nu ma intereseaza, cel putin in acest punct, compatibilitatea culturala a manifestarilor artistice. Pe mine ma intereseaza PRINCIPIUL si anume: inchinarea (si ma refrer la intreaga slujba!) trebuie sa contina manifestari artistice, elemente dramatice de buna calitate.

Inchinarea cereasca transcende atat Vechiul cat si Noul Testament. Daca ne uitam in Apocalipsa, capitolele 4 si 5, vom vedea ca inchinarea nu este lipsita de dramatism,  de arta autentica. Exista o manifestare la cel mai inalt nivel al fenomenului artistic, care uimeste. Ingerii, batranii, cei rascumparati se inchina artistic. Ei nu doar “stau” la inchinare; ei “se arunca” in inchinare. Ei nu doar canta; ei canta o cantare noua, isi arunca cununile inaintea Domnului si lauda Numele Lui cu pasiune, zi si noapte.

Imaginati-va ce s-ar intampla daca noi, pocaitii, am fi teleportati instantaneu in cer. Cum am reactiona la vederea acelei inchinari puse in scena? Tronul de slava, marea de cristal, tunetele, fulgerele, fumul, strigatele multimii rascumparate, glasurile de gloata multa, fiintele ceresti ciudate, ingerii ce striga neincetat: “sfant, sfant, sfant este Domnul!”, sfintii imbracati in haine de sarbatoare, Biserica impodobita ca o mireasa pentru mirele ei si intrega atmosfera spirituala, dar dramatica in acelasi timp, ne-ar aduce in pragul disperarii. Inchinarea cereasca nu se aseamana cu inchinarea pamanteasca! Dar noi ne rugam, in rugaciunea Tatal nostru: “…precum in cer asa si pe pamant.” Vezi sa nu!

Dar partea ciudata a discutiei noastre e alta. Noi utilizam arta, dar nu in timpul slujbelor noastre! Avem un sentiment artistic extraordinar cand ne alegem masinile. Cine vine in curtea bisericii – cel putin la cele mari – are impresia ca e la vreun targ de masini prin Germania. Stim sa ne alegem masini extrem de frumoase. Avem o cultura a frumosului atunci cand ne facem casele. In unele zone, casele pocaitilor sunt cel mai impozante, mai mari si mai frumoase. Bravo lor! Avem cladiri de biserici extraordinare, cladiri frumose, artistice,  cu imbunatatiri de milioane. Folosim impulsul artistic cand ne alegem hainele, ceasurile, palariile, baticurile, paturile de pe pat, perdelele de la geamuri, vesela din bucatarie. Pana si servetele pe care le cuparam ca sa ne stergem pe maini trebuie sa fie “frumoase”.

Dar nu folosim arta in timpul slujbelor!

In mana Bisericii, arta ar putea deveni un mijloc de comunicare fantastica a Evangheliei. Nu o substituire a Evanghelie, mesajul este si va ramane acelasi. Dar manifestarile artistice pot inlesni extraordinar contactul cu omul profan si il pot aduce in punctul in care mesajul Evangheliei sa aiba sens si pentru el si sa-L accepte  sub convingerea Duhului Sfant.

Desigur, nu toate formele de arta pot fi folosite in cadrul slujbelor din Biserica. Si voi incerca sa explic acest aspect.  Noi ne adaptam cultural la mediul in care slujim, dar asta nu ne impiedica sa gandim metode prin care sa comunicam si mai eficient mesajul Evangheliei.

Dumnezeu e cel mai mare Artist! Daca nu esti convins, uita-te in jur la tot ceea ce a creat El…..

Laurentiu Balcan

(http://penticostalul.wordpress.com).

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Despre arta…la pocaiti(1)

Intrebare: “Putem folosi arta crestina ca metoda de propovaduire a lui Hristos?”

Raspuns: “Cine joaca teatru? Actorii, nu? Pavel, cand se prezinta in epistole, ce spune? Pavel, actor la teatrul cutare? Nu! Ci se prezinta ca rob. Noua ni s-a spus prin HCB din 8-9/8/’07, ca nu putem folosi astfel de manifestari.”

In unele medii crestine – si aici se vede, mai bine ca oricand, lipsa de relevanta culturala- arta este privita ca ceva exclusiv lumesc. Ca si cum diavolul ar fi creatorul “frumosului”. Ca si cum el, necuratul si intunecatul, ar genera sentimentele magnifice pe care ti le poate produce o “lucrarea artistica” de buna calitate.

Aceasta perspectiva limitata si eronata asupra lumii in care traim ne determina sa facem afirmatii teribile, care nu fac altceva decat sa arate insensibilitatea noastra fata de “frumos”, dar mai ales nepasarea noastra fata de OM – creatia lui Dumnezeu. Biserica este chemata sa fie sarea si lumina lumii! Daca o activitate e de bun gust si aduce lumina asupra mesajului pe care il vestim, ce ne impiedica sa o desfasuram? Orice altceva, dar in nici un caz grija pentru sufletele pierdute.

Aceasta respingere radicala a “artei” de catre unii pocaiti rezulta, probabil, dintr-o perceptie  gresita, de tip ”ghetou”, asupra fenomenului artistic. Arta este identificata cu falsitatea, cu nesinceritatea. “Joci teatru” inseamna, de fapt, ca esti fals, nesincer, smecher. Iar ,uneori, ca te prostesti, ca te dai in spectacol, ca esti cu doua fete. De aceea auzim expresii de genul: “l-a lucrat ca un artist!”, adica l-a tras in teapa, l-a pacalit, l-a inselat fara sa-si dea seama.  Iar noi – spun ”dusmanii” artei – nu putem sa jucam teatru! Noi trebuie sa fim seriosi, sobri, sinceri si nefatarnici. Pocaiti!

Insa exista o perspectiva asupra fenomenului artistic la care ar trebui sa ne gandim cu totii. Nu putem aborda fenomenul ca niste ciobani care nu au coborat niciodata din varful muntelui. Daca unii au pervertit arta nu inseamna ca ea, ARTA, este perversa si demna de aruncat la gunoi.

Arta are de-a face cu FRUMOSUL. Arta iti atinge sufletul si iti inalta sufletul. Scopul ei este sa-ti strapunga simturile, sa te provoace, sa te rascoleasca. Simturile sunt  puntea de legatura dintre lumea gandurilor noastre – unde se naste sentimentul artistic – si lumea exterioara. Arta te indeamna sa te autodepasesti. Arta inseamna ARMONIE. Cand respingem arta si mai ales cand emitem si o hartie care sa pecetluiasca idiotenia noastra, nu facem altceva decat sa luptam cu Cel ce a creat frumosul, armonia, sufletul, simturile omului, etc.

“…Lasati-o in pace; de ce ii faceti suparare? Ea a facut un lucru FRUMOS fata de Mine;” (Marcu 14:6) Se pare ca Isus nu vrea doar sa facem lucruri pentru El, El vrea sa facem lucruri frumoase pentru El. Asta inseamna sa facem lucruri “artistice”, cu un puternic accent pe atingerea simturilor, care nu sunt in contradictie cu credinta. Un pocait nu e un NEsimtit, adica nu mai are simturi, ci e un REsimtit, adica abia acum simte cum ar trebui sa simta un om. Simturile i-au fost eliberate de robia pacatului si el se poate bucura deplin de ceea ce ii aduce glorie lui Dumnezeu.

Femeia cu vasul de alabastru si-a castigat dreptul de a fi “pomenita” in Evanghelii, doar pentru ca a facut ceva FRUMOS pentru Isus. Ea a iesit din sabloanele vremii. Nu a fost interesata de ritualurile religioase. Nu a fost preocupata de reactiile celor din jur. Efectiv nu i-a pasat! Dragostea ei pentru Isus era asa de mare, incat a renuntat la “comoara” pe care o detinea (mirul era foarte scump!) pentru a face ceva FRUMOS pentru Domnul ei, pentru Isus.

Oare nu cumva refuzam sa facem ceva FRUMOS, artistic – in sensul cel mai bun si mai elegant al cuvantului – pentru Isus, tocmai pentru ca nu suntem gata sa renuntam la “comorile” noastre?

Laurentiu Balcan

 

 

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Raspunsul Pastorului Vasile Floarea

Stimati jurnalisti membri ai grupului Free press Romania,

Intrucit mi s-a adus la cunostinta faptul ca in timpul campaniei pentru candidatura la Camera Deputatilor pe Colegiul Uninominal nr.3 din diaspora domnul Stefan Movila a folosit o imagine a procesului verbal intocmit in urma sedintei Consiliului Pastoral al Conventiei Penticostale Romane din SUA si Canada unde apare si numele meu doresc sa fac urmatoarele precizari:

1. In cadrul Consiliului Pastoral al Conventiei, s-au facut propuneri de candidaturi pentru Parlamentul Romaniei. Printre candidati era domnul Stefan Movila , si pastorul Leonard Semenea, propuneri facute de pastori din cadrul Consiliului Pastoral.

2. Semnatura mea a fost data numai in contextul sedintei Consiliului de a recomanda  pentru validare din partea partidului PNL a doi penticostali.

3. Semnatura mea nu a insemnat o andosare a vreunui partid politic sau a vreunui candidat in cursa electorala.

4.Nu am facut, si nici nu fac parte din niciun comitet de initiativa pentru sustinerea cuiva. Niciodata nu m-am implicat in politica si nu am facut campanie electorala pentru nimeni.

5.Consider ca folosirea numelui meu in aceasta campanie nu a fost corecta.
Cu stima si apreciere,
Vasile Floarea

Aceasta scrisoare a fost publicata pe blog-ul lui Mircea Dabacan-jurnalist independent

http://mirceadabacan.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/si-pastorul-vasile-floarea-se-dezice-de-folosirea-numelui-sau-in-campania-electorala-a-lui-stefan-movila/

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