Christians and churches need to stop lying and covering up sin such as adultery, homosexuality, child molestation, pedophilia, incest, and secret addictions such as drunkenness and prescription drugs to protect the name of the church and the name of the pastor. The Bible says, “Judgment must begin at the house of God.” We at BCNN1 still believe that if over half of the pastors in America would resign, we would have revival.
The overarching theme of Greenleaf’s first season was the numerous secrets kept by family members and how those secrets affect relationships within the family and within the church. Three important things that had been kept hidden were dragged into the light in the season finale.
First, during a conversation with his daughter Grace, Bishop Greenleaf learns that Grace desires to go back to Phoenix to be close to her daughter. However, Bishop Greenleaf wants her to remain in Memphis and take over the church. The reason why, as he reveals to her for the first time, is that he has Parkinson’s disease and that he won’t be able to continue preaching beyond a few more years. With that secret brought to light, Grace submits to her father’s wish that she remain in Memphis and eventually begin preaching at Calvary again.
Then, the confrontation that had been brewing between Lady Mae Greenleaf and Mavis McCready (played by Oprah) takes place. Mae confronts Mavis, blaming her for getting Grace to come back and stir up trouble for the family. As you know, in the exciting trailer, one of the statements points out that Grace’s pride will bring down the family. But, Mavis says that Mae should have gone to the police when Grace told her about Mac’s child molestation and rape twenty years prior. All this time, Mae had been trying to protect the family name while damning secrets lurked just beneath the surface.
Finally, Henry McCready, the father of Mae, Mavis, and Mac, tells Grace about someone who died in a fire many years back. He implies that the fire was not an act of God and the implication is that Bishop Greenleaf is somehow involved. Perhaps, this is the information that Mac implied he knew about Bishop Greenleaf earlier last season.
There is no doubt about the fact that Greenleaf will still have a load of secrets to uncover in its second season.
One of the big problems in the black community, in the black church, and first in the black family, is that there are entirely too many secrets. And these chickens are coming home to roost in the black community. Somebody needs to start praying real hard. As a people, we need to stop lying. We need to stop covering up things. We need to start telling the truth.
One lesson that families and churches can take from this show, which many critics — even secular ones — have praised, is that, in the end, it doesn’t pay to try to cover up sin and evil to so-called protect the church’s name, or the bishop’s name, or the “first family’s” name. Many churches and many storied black families in the church are corrupt on the inside and filled with rot. Dear friends, It is better to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God — whether on one’s self or on what one has observed about others. And if there are any children involved who have been molested, abused, or raped, that truth must come first. Because, one day, it will all come to light. As Numbers 32:23 says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the Light of the World, said in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.”
In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.
If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.
Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.