Saturday, September 14, 2019

What does it really mean to be followers of Jesus Christ only?




What does it really mean to be followers of Jesus Christ only?
Josimar Salum

*We are just followers of Jesus Christ. We follow his footsteps. And if he died, also we died. And if he was resurrected by the power of God, we will also be resurrected at the last day. And now we no longer live for ourselves, but for our God who gave us life when we live for others.*

Anything we do to God that does not bring benefit to someone it is not for Him. Singing, praising, worshiping is really in Spirit and in Truth if we are serving others. There is no worship if we don’t serve our brothers and sisters. Jesus only served all the time. His devotion to the Father was shown with His actions in serving people. 

*We have no temple or altar, because we do not do animal sacrifices. We need not go to the temple or offer anything in any altar because Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.*

Temples as houses of God are an abomination for the Gospel of Jesus. Because people used to go to the temple to find God, now God left the temple (the veil was torn apart) to find us everywhere. 

God was made flesh (Jesus) and walked 33 years in Israel. And people kept going to the temple to find Him. They passed by Him every day, even when He visited the temple and they could not identify Him. 

God did not leave the temple when the veil was torn apart, He left long time ago. The veil was split in two not for Him to come out, but that people could see that the Holy of Hollies was empty. Where is God if He is not in the Holy of Hollies anymore? God is sitting at the table with His disciples and brothers having fun, eating bread and drinking wine. His Church meets at best around a dining table.

Right after the day of crucifixion the priests went swiftly and sewed the veil. This is what Christianity has been doing; sewing and sewing again the veil that Jesus had torn apart.

*We do not offer more sacrifices on the altar, because our life is a sacrifice to God. We give ourselves over to our God as a living sacrifice, the true act of worship is to live for him. Everything we do, we do for the glory of our God. In fact it is not what we do or do not do it is the act of worship, but we ourselves, that is, our life itself, consequently, everything we do is an act of worship. We take care of people, those who are close; all that cross our path. This is worship.  *

We only live for God if we live for one another. There is nothing more abhorrent for God than songs, words and worships that are not backed up by life, by testimony. Matthews chapter 23 explains this very well.

*For the same reason also we do not have priests, because we do not need people to make sacrifices for us on an altar or in a temple, because our life is that it is the sacrifice, the altar is the Cross of Jesus and we are the temple. Alone, individually I am not the temple. Collectively we are the temple. And we are priests, but none of us are a religious authority. We have no one greatest among us, only Jesus Christ. Only Jesus is greater! He is alive among us right here, right now! And we have no holy men in our religion. There are holy men around the world, but NOT holy men of a religion. In fact, we do not have a religion.*

Evangelical pastors and catholic priests are simply priests. They are in front of the people to represent God. As they represent God before people, they usurp the place that belongs only to Jesus. In these terms, as they become mediators between men and God, because they are the ones that bless, pray, and God only speaks through them, they are above all people, they are Antichrists even without knowing.

*We do not have a sacred day. Sunday is not the the Day of the Lord, every day is the Lord's.  Our ancestors had a holy day: the Sabbath. But that was in the time when we needed to go to the temple to take animals so that our priests had to sacrifice them. Now that we surrender to our God as a living sacrifice, the true act of worship is to live for Him. And we live for Him while living for our neighbors in any day, any time.*

Once again, that is the Gospel. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” I John 3:16

“Let us be clear: we do not have a religion! We are followers of Jesus, we are not Christians because Christianity is not the religion of Jesus Christ. Christianity is the religion of Constantine, the Roman emperor. Because it was Constantine who began reassembling all that Jesus Christ had dismounted. It was he who began to build temples dedicated to God, officiated a day of the week for worship, invented to worship God is something that is done in temples, appointed priests, and started this mess that we see today. “

All Christian denominations are merely forms of religion. Each of them has their own doctrines, creeds and practices. In the real sense of the words they are really sects and cults, which is to be apart from the main stream (Jesus only). Our brothers and sisters in Christ are part of that, it doesn’t mean they are lost, it means they are not fulfilling the true meaning of the Church and the Kingdom. Gathering apart from these systems doesn’t mean we are right ant they are wrong, we can all be wrong if we come under another cast of leaders and we do not follow these evident truths:

*Jesus taught that we do not need temples, altars, priests, sacrifices and holy days. Ah! He taught that He loved us as we love each other, serve each other, pray for each other, build each other up, comfort each other, support each other and embrace each other. We are not independent, neither we act independently, we depend on God and we are His body as we are individually members of one another. We are His sheep in His Church and we are His disciples in His Kingdom and thus never act independent of each other, we are never alone. Yes, Jesus taught that God is Spirit and they that worship him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Jesus Christ is God.*

Monday, September 09, 2019

The Tribunal of Christ and the Reward By Josimar Salum


The Tribunal of Christ and the Rewards
By Josimar Salum

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” Romans 14: 10.

“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat (tribunal) of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 

If there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8: 1), how could there be any judgment that God's children would be subject to?

“For you have upheld my right and my cause; you sat in the court, judging righteously.” Psalm 9: 4

“But the Lord is sitting perpetually; he has prepared his court to judge.” Psalm 9: 7

“He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. ”Psalm 9: 8

Basically the biblical texts in which the word “court” appears are these; in other texts they refer to human courts.

The word translated meaning "court" in some English versions is "chair or seat of God's judgment."

There is no reference that this court will work in the future, what we know is that there is already a court of God established.

The idea that has been associated with this tribunal is that being judged we will receive God's rewards. Very strange that one understands this because we are made children of God by faith. How can we be made children of God by faith and then be judged by the works we do. And we would receive rewards because of works that are not ours, because we must only walk in the works God prepared before the foundation of the world to walk in. (See Ephesians 2). That is, what we begin by faith, by the Spirit, we do by works to receive rewards. It is a very strange teaching indeed, because long before these teachings, father Abraham understood that His reward was God Himself.

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your shield, your great reward.” Genesis 15: 1

“See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40: 10-11

The Lord has surely gathered us into His arms, He takes us in His lap, breastfeeds us and guides us gently.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 2-3

This futuristic vision that guides almost every interpretation of many preachers needs to be revised, even because this text from Isaiah 40 was written about 2,700 years ago. Would the Lord not have guided his people through all these hundreds of years of history and fulfill His promise even in the future?

“The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’” Isaiah 62:11

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven; because thus they persecuted the prophets that were before you.” Matthew 5:12

The reward is in the heavens, but there is no indication that it cannot be given to us now.

““Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6: 1- 4

The text says that Your Father who sees in secret will reward you publicly. When will He reward you publicly? Certainly after the act of giving alms.

Reward means reward!

“And whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that you will receive the reward of inheritance from the Lord, because you serve Christ the Lord.” Colossians 3: 23- 24

What is the reward of hope?

““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Matthew 25: 31-34

Who is our inheritance but Jesus Himself?

““Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12

What work is this?

“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6: 28-29

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.” 1 Corinthians 3: 11-15

There is nothing we can do for God apart from faith.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2: 6-7

The Judgment Seat of Christ was established before our journey to this world! We are already standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ as we live and grow. The fire proves what is the work of each one of us. Fire determines what remains and what doesn't.

And the Day will declare it! What day is this? The Lord's Day refers to the Day of His coming. In His Coming He will judge the people. (See Matthew 25). And this Day will declare what remained or not.

We must understand that the salvation we will inherit is Jesus. Jesus is our salvation. We must understand that the eternal life we ​​will inherit is Jesus. Jesus is our Eternal Life. The peace we will inherit is Jesus. All we will receive is Jesus. Everything we have received is already in us and with us. It's Jesus!

“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11: 33-36

Who has the Spirit of God, listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches.

9/9/2019
#ASONE

Translated by: Filipe S.S. Gouvea

Friday, September 06, 2019

Benny Hinn renounces prosperity gospel, says ‘Holy Ghost is just fed up with it’


Benny Hinn renounces prosperity gospel, says ‘Holy Ghost is just fed up with it’
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Although I have received many messages from people in doubt about Benny Hinn's decision, I am very blessed to see him go back to the eighties and nineties when I met him performing his remarkable crusades preaching the Gospel instead to mix it with other things.

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I am also interested in how Benny Hinn will deal with preaching invitations, whether he will continue to charge thousands of dollars or act differently. Just over two years ago he charged a church in Africa, pastored by a spiritual son of a dear friend, $ 120,000 just to begin the process of considering hosting the event.

I remember Pastor Benny's crusade in 1993 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States when he preached a message about Elijah leaving his cloak to Elisha.

He said, “Elisha could do three things with the Elijah's robe. He could build a cathedral around this fallen cloak. He could cut this mantle into pieces and sell them as merchandise, or he could pick it up, touch the waters of the Jordan River to split it in two and use it to the glory of God.”

For many years Benny Hinn cut the "cloak" into pieces and made the anointing of the Lord as merchandise.

But I don't want you to understand that I'm judging him with condemnation. I never failed to recognize the influence he had on my life when I was 27 years old and for a few years later. I myself helped make many of his crusades in the United States by mobilizing pastors and churches. Understand that I am very happy to see that Benny Hinn is now "taking the cloak" (representing God's anointing) to use to God's Glory.

I very much hope that despite the damage his false doctrine and practices have done to millions of people, his position can influence preachers around the world to do the same as him, that is, to abandon this pernicious and cursed doctrine of prosperity, to stop manipulating God's people and act as He expects of His ministers on this earth.

- Josimar Salum #ASONE

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

10 THINGS EVERY PASTOR NEEDS TO KNOW AND ACCEPT. By: Josimar Salum



10 THINGS EVERY PASTOR NEEDS TO KNOW AND ACCEPT.
By: Josimar Salum

AN ANALYSIS OF AN AUDIO THAT WAS FALSELY TRANSMITTED COMING FROM A PASTOR RIGHT BEFORE HE COMMITTED SUICIDE

1. There is no point in blaming church members for your negative pastoral experiences.

All the articles I read about pastoral suicide seem to blame the way they are treated by the “sheep.” It's like blaming the ant-killer producer because the person ingested the poison instead of killing the ants. 

The deeper issue of this is that many are not sheep. He who lies constantly, betrays, attacks, slanders, and hurts is not Jesus' sheep. Being baptized, being a church member, assuming positions of leadership is no guarantee of becoming a new creature, being a child of God. 

Therefore, if you are an evangelical pastor, accept the reality that you are not dealing only with true believers. Do not have a false expectation that your church is the house of God and that betrayal, slander, hatred, lies, and prostitution is a thing exclusive to the unbelievers. It is not, it is everywhere!

2 - The pastor is not a priest.

The pastor in his audio begins by quoting a Torah text on how well the Levitical priesthood was treated. The evangelical pastor expects to be treated in the same way. This is a hallucination. The evangelical pastor may even equate with the Levitical priest, but the New Testament pastor is not. 

The priesthood of all saints was appointed by the Levitical priesthood, this last one disappears in the New Covenant. In the Old Testament it was a class, in the New Testament every child of God is a priest. Understand, worthy of double honor (salary) is the one who teaches the Word, but this distinction that raises the “sheppard” (pastor) above the flock of God is dangerous. Thus the pastor became the professional of the faith who is paid to work the longest hours to do the ministry service that belongs to the saints and not to a special class or caste. 

3 - Grazing is not individual.

The Holy Spirit has appointed bishops (mature men, bishops = overseers, has nothing to do with position, but function) to shepherd God's flock. They are bishops in the plural to pastor (collective function) not the churches of God, but the Church of God. It is never about position, but about in what capacity they serve. The competition is denounced here, that each one pastors alone and individually to a specific church. The evangelical pastor is alone and lonely, and if he has other pastors with him, they are hierarchically below him, so they work on his team, hence the natural isolation of who becomes team leader. 

The nature of ministry became professional and each church a small business. Not that it is considered so, but it is administered as such. This conflict becomes overwhelming because one wants the freedom of Christ's ministry, but it is cast in the organizational structure of a man-made institution. And in certain denominational structures, the pastor is not pressured by members who can dismiss him in assembly or by the council or board, but by the Bishop (superior to local pastors), the superintendent, regional presbytery or, at worst, by the President of the association or Apostle!

4 - The pastoral position brings isolation.

The evangelical pastor cannot openly relate to his “sheep” because he cannot lose his authority. In the ecclesiastical environment, too much intimacy undermines authority. Another serious problem, because the New Testament pastor with other pastors, shepherds the sheep of Jesus, collectively and not individually. The evangelical pastor is obliged to bless, pray, counsel, baptize, marry, visit, finally, to do the work of the ministry that according to Ephesians 4 is not up to him, but to the saints.

The evangelical pastor cannot relate to other pastors, especially in his city, because they are competitors. Each one works for the enlargement of his church even if it is with members coming from the others. This is the largest area of friction between pastors. The pastor sees the other “fellow minister” far beyond what he is, a brother in Christ. And yet, brother in Christ of "another" church.

All these dynamics push the evangelical pastor to isolation. This whole structure is far from the New Testament Church.

5 - The church is your mistress.

A pastor's wife, a close friend, called him in for a conversation. "I can not take it anymore. You have a mistress. ”The angry pastor retorted. “How can you say that, my love? I've always been faithful to you! ”She explained,“ Your lover is the church. ”Yes, he didn't devote any time to family. All the resources he had he spent practically with the church. An absent father! An absent husband! His life was the church. 

Who has not read this list? First, God. Then the family, third the church. What a mistake! Those who seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness do not lack a priority list. Follow the principles of divine justice. Whoever has the Lord as everything follows His teaching naturally living with family and the "ministry" in its proper place. It took me a while to understand this. I lived by “departmentalizing” and dealing with these things in blocks rather than naturally dealing with them in relationships and in the presentation of his service. 

I also found this out with a lot of pain. And many pastors with whom I have spoken in counseling are extremely frustrated with their “ministerial” lives. It is possible to reconcile the “church” with the family, but it is impossible to attend to this ecclesiastical structure because it competes with the family. 

Within these ecclesiastical structures, I confess that of every 100 evangelical pastors I know and counsel only 2 who do this successfully. Of these 100 pastors, only 10 have a stable health condition. Brethren, do not be angry with me, but this is not the ministry of Christ.

Paul had terrible experiences in Asia, to the point of despair, but he never lost the joy of serving Jesus. If the ministry stole his joy, it is no longer the ministry of Christ.

“When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish joyfully the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.” Acts 20: 18-19, 24-25

6 - Preaching is not the Kingdom of God.

The Gospel must be of God's grace. Preaching has to be the Kingdom. The greatest frustration of the evangelical pastor and what generates great frustration among the people is that preaching, teaching and church practices honestly do not give the expected results. 

The Gospel of Christ cannot fit into existing ecclesiastical structures. As it is not possible, to produce results which are always measured in numbers and methods, preaching and ministerial practices need to be "worldly". 

The crux of the matter is the Message. The Seed, the Word of the Kingdom, cannot be contained in this environment. What sickens the pastor is the hybridism that surrounds him: the Gospel with human tradition; the Gospel with the humanist message; the Gospel with the message of results; the ministerial vocation with the pastoral profession and others.

Shows, events, service structures, marketing, in short, all devices used in the corporate world were adapted in the church. This church that bears all this is not the Church, and as it is not the Church, it will never realize and satisfy the Minister of Christ. 

The pastor becomes an executive, with goals to be met, becomes an employee measured by his results. 

The Minister of Christ who is every child of God has become clergy and this has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. This church is not the church of God. Since they cannot understand and even accept this, they become frustrated. 

In another statistic, more than 70% of pastors would like to be anything but a pastor. According to the Schaeffer Institute, "70% of pastors are constantly fighting depression, 71% say they are exhausted, 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families and 70% say they have no close friends."

7 - Superman Syndrome.

How many times will pastors when asked answer me: “We are in victory, champion! We're winning in everything. ”And they told their testimonies of the great achievements they were having and showed no signs of having no problem. They had no needs at all. They never asked for prayer for anything, even though many of them were overflowing with problems at home, in church, and some even with hidden sins. I wondered, “Do they live on another planet?” 

How hard is it for an evangelical pastor to open his heart to tell a problem or a difficulty. Worse, most of them don't even have a friend to confide their temptations and confess their struggles. I've always had two or three close friends to whom I could open my heart and tell all. Everything! I'm not a superman!

8 - It is not a sin to rest and be entertained.

At 11 am, the phone rang. With a choked voice I answered. "Pastor, are you sleeping?" His brother asked in an accusing tone. “Yes, unfortunately, I woke up now because I was counseling until 2 am a couple who had a fight!” Of course I didn't say the unfortunate word. Of course I was wrong to justify sleeping until 11 am. In fact, it is not uncommon for these blessed people to decide to fight always after 10 pm and call us for help! Couldn't they fight earlier?

The pastor needs to learn to enjoy life. You need to laugh out loud. The pastor needs to have fun. The pastor needs to rest. Stop living conditioned only to the church! How hard is it to understand this! I am not talking about vacation from time to time, but of resting periodically. Hanging out with friends for lunch. 

Marcos Aurélio and I have this relationship. How many times do we call each other and say. “Are we having lunch today?” But we live about 50 miles away! 

How often do I call him already in the car, “I'm on my way, having lunch with you.” And vice versa! With Amarildo, we sometimes have lunch three times a week. With Carlos Boaventura, who lives far away! He leaves in Fall River and he comes to Worcester where I live just for have lunch. And so many others! When we have problems, Cristina and I call Marcos and Giselia! And vice versa!

One day we went to lunch with some pastors. Coincidentally Marcos had come to Worcester and these pastors had already scheduled with me. One is them a pastor in England. At the table, the subject for a change was “church.” My God, do these people not know how to talk about anything else? They cannot speak anything other than church. Entertainment, resting and changing the subject are necessary!

9 - Physical health.

Healthy eating, physical exercise, practicing some sport. This should be basic. Ministry is not slavery. Maintaining health is for the healthy. You don't keep what you don't have. On the contrary, horrid eating habits are the diet of most pastors I know. Pastors leaving for dinner at midnight. How many times have I done this myself. 

But in August 2016, I took a prayer retreat to seek God for a direction in my life on this subject. A couple of children offered me two days at a hotel in Vermont. All I had to do was to strive for 7 things:

1) Eat healthily.

2) Exercise my body

3) Be alone with God

4) Study diligently - everything, not just Scripture

5) Work with discipline

6) Keep the family company

7) Enjoy time with friends and brothers.

Do you think I follow this with an iron will? No. I have failed some of them. But let us adjust, advance and pursue our goals of better living without blame.

10 - Depression is not a sin.

This is the main thought of this article. It is possible to suffer from depression from time to time. It is possible to have some chemical deficiencies in the body that can produce depression. 

It is normal in life to suffer disappointments, frustrations, betrayals and much tribulation. But it is also normal to perceive the joys, the rewards, the victories, the celebrations. The night may be long, but it always dawns. Struggles and tribulations can last a long time, but they always pass. We are never alone. We may feel alone, but we are never alone. The Lord is with me among those who help me. Everything passes. Everything passes. Everything passes.

But the main thing is to admit that we are beings subject to weaknesses. It is not just saying: “After all, no one is perfect. Everyone gets it wrong. ”You have to admit, assimilate and say,“ I'm not perfect. I make a mistake. ”

It is not that the pastor does not err. He doesn't suffer temptation. He does not fail. I make mistakes. I am tempted. I fail. When we assume this reality, these things will no longer be fatalities.

One of the most “humanizing” texts of Scripture is this: “Elijah, a man subject to the same passions as us.”

It is this text from Isaiah that reveals the extreme humanization of Jesus that we regard as the afflicted and wounded of God, because He took on our sickness and pain. And there is no pain worse and more cruel than the pain of anguish! Because cancer appears on an x-ray; Anemia is reported on a blood test, pneumonia is a lung stain, but anguish cannot be detected even on an MRI.

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53: 4-5

Isn't that what Jesus said? “It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Translated by: Filipe S.S. Gouvea

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The AMAZON FOREST: Why you should answer these questions. Josimar Salum


The AMAZON FOREST: Why you should answer these questions.
Josimar Salum

Somebody help me answer these questions. Let us say… "curiosities". At least 10. It will be very fast.

1) Sao Paulo last Monday was covered in darkness due to fires in the Amazon rainforest. Why was no other region covered with darkness in the path of all this smoke? Forgive my ignorance.

2) How can the Amazon rainforest be the "lungs" of the world if lungs only consume oxygen? I never knew that lungs produce oxygen. Yes, once repeated many times, a falsehood really becomes "true," I mean, eventually believed to be true. The Amazon produces only 20% of the Earth's oxygen and consumes most of it. Did you know that ocean algae are the largest source of oxygen in the world?

3) My biggest disappointment when visiting Madagascar (former French colony whose forests were destroyed by France) was to find that the great island does not serve as a habitat for lions or giraffes, as in movies. Why does Macron, President of France, call the Amazon his home? Is he a leopard or a capuchin monkey?

4) Did you know that in the Amazon alligators and porpoises are dying from the fires of the wildfire and their giraffes are seeking asylum in Brazilian zoos?

5) 84% of the native Amazon forest is preserved. Brazil has 63% of its territory covered with vegetation. Europe has historically colonized more than a hundred countries, killing its natives, animals and fish as well as minerals, forest riches, and so on. Brazil borders France (Guyana) through which millions of tons of wood pass to build their furniture. Can Macron teach moral in Brazil? Macron is so "macron", just an accent! Just one comment from a long vowel, AAAAHHHH! Poor guy! He is going to loose his Presidency soon. He should take care of his own business. 

6) If I cut a tree on my own property to make fence posts, I can be arrested without chance for bail! With such a Forest Code, why is it difficult to combat or clear the Amazon rainforest? Is it not because it covers territory that is eight times larger than France?

7) Why were NGOs operating in the Amazon sponsored by foreign countries? For the sake of nature or for the sake of money? Have you done any in-depth research on the presence of these NGOs in the region and their true interests?

8) According to the Global Carbon Project, in 2016 alone Germany emitted a total of 89.83 billion tons of CO2, against 13.88 billion tons of Brazil. The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, and Japan are the largest emitters of CO2 on the planet and France, as they have for decades and generations. According to the colonizing logic, they pollute and Brazil is the one who cleans up the mess? They committed the environmental crime of the century and Brazil is going to be arrested?

9) Why did the Bolsonaro government arouse the interest of the whole of Brazil in the Amazon, something that has never happened before? Brazil is rediscovering Brazil and this is wonderful.

10) Should Brazilians who love their Brazil defend their territory and help solve their problems, including fighting forest fires, natural or provoked, in order to defend the trillions-dollar wealth of the Amazon or should they help international countries to intervene in the region? Should the brazilian Amazon develop sustainably for the beneficiaries of 20 million Brazilians in the region or keep all these people in poverty, including the natives?

Some say, some have said; I say: I have asked! And could you answer?

#ASONE #FreeBrazil
08/24/2019