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Missionary / Evangelist: Peter A. Halliman
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Date: 9th Nov 2011

Dear Pastor, Church & all Supporters;

I write to you in Jesus’ Name, He who was is and forever shall be Amen! Php 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Php 1:3-4 ¶ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy…

Part No. 4

When reading these reports, whether you agree with me or not, you must remember that the Bible is a book written to the Eastern people, not twenty-first century Americans.

Many Ethnic groups around the world have their own customs and ways, as long as these do not conflict with Biblical teaching under the New Covenant, or Covenant of Grace then we should leave it alone and simply preach God’s Word.

A simple illustration will suffice to solidify my argument against customs, God does not destroy the character of a person when HE saves them, in time they will Spiritually mature, but they are essentially the same person (meaning their character) God did not change Moses to be a David, and David was not Solomon. The great prophet Elijah was not anything like Daniel, The rugged John the Baptist, was not the ‘Beloved John the Apostle’. The Jews are not the Americans and the Africans are not the Papua New Guineans, i.e., in our customs, mannerisms, ways etc…

Most ‘Caucasians’ do not require nor submit a dowry at time of marriage, the Jews pay a dowry for the wife – to the parents, or next of kin; this is a custom! However, the Greeks on the other hand require a dowry from the wife’s lineage to be paid for the husband’!

Some say money, or gold, or silver, yet in PNG they say pigs. Whilst most ‘white’ folks will require nothing at time of ceremony! I could go on, but point being made God does not silence the customs of Nations nor condemn them unless it is contrary to Scripture, i.e., polygamy is acceptable both in Africa and PNG but not with God, in Malawi for a woman to wear a dress revealing her knees this is immodest, however in America most would accept this (amongst Christians, I speak).

It is acceptable and permissible for a woman to breast feed her child in public without covering up, both in Africa and PNG, however among the ‘white people’ this is unacceptable point made!

I will take up an issue, which occurred in 2009 whilst I was in PNG. I had reported that on one of my patrols into the Levini Valley there was a certain young pastor by the name of James Kai, the young brother of the Chief whom I have been having a meeting with now in Mt. Hagen with Bro Ekere.

It was during that mission trip that pastor James Kai had been lured into the opposition group and had set up a physical attack against Bro Bob Cowan (deacon and church member of Cool Bap Church), of Cool California. He and a young lad Alex Little (son of Pastor Paul Little) then, pastor of Cool Bap Church), they both had come to visit the Mission work in PNG.

I said all that to say this, Pastor James Kai had repented of his actions and conduct, asking the church and brethren to forgive him and receive him back into our fellowship. This they did, and have, however there has yet been time given for this young pastor to prove himself again and that is where now the story starts again.

This meeting we held at Bro Ekere’s there in Mt. Hagen at Kim Bap Church, was a meeting regarding Bro James Kai, and his willingness to come back and work with us again. I have for many years sat with Bro Ekere and discussed who it would be that would accompany me on the patrols to the churches and Evangelism into new areas. No one knows our people there in PNG, any better then Bro Ekere, and with his position as Tribal Chief as well as a Pastor/Evangelist, it behooves me to consult him on such matters.

In my reports from the 2009 PNG trip I explained in details about Tribal customs, mannerisms, and the background of the Huli Tribesmen i.e., the men become fierce warriors that are renowned in PNG. When the LORD saves one of these men, that blood is not removed, and it takes strict, progressive teaching to assist them in removing the ‘grave-clothes’.

This is our duty, as Christ told the disciples to remove the ‘grave-clothes’ of Lazarus when He raised him from the dead. As Christians, these Huli Tribesmen still come from strong warrior backgrounds, they still have strong customs, and taboo’s, they still are the people of their heritage, and know only the world they live in, and the people of whom they live among.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon (us) whom God has entrusted with ‘Truth’ as we know it to be, and when we are presented with these opportunities to teach, assist, and correct when necessary in order to advance the Kingdom of Heaven.

I had some of my own questions for him (James), I wanted to know from him, who in fact had stimulated, planned, and organized this physical attack, especially a visitor from another country. I had my suspensions but I wanted to hear from him, as I had not been given the opportunity to address this in 2009.

He proceeded to explain how he had been lured into the opposition (those whom have broken off from our work), these renegade men (three in number) whom are the ringleaders and have caused divisions and fighting from within for years now. They, these hirelings, have gone the way of Cain, (Jude 1:11) “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”

Some think that the LORD’S ministry is a vocation in which to make a monetary gain or profit in life, such has been the case of these three men, who opposed my father some thirty years ago and then opposed me, and anyone who has stood for N.T. Mission work. Satan will either try to destroy the LORD’S work from the outside and if not then will try to do so from the inside.

Ac 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Ac 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Ac 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Ac 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

To be continued…

In His Name,

Missionary Peter A. Halliman