Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me. [Psa 35:24 NIV]
"Teacher," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us." "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.
Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. [Mar 9:38-42 NIV]
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. [Rev 12:10 KJV]
It Started With A Dream.
And The Dreamer Was
Dr. Michelle Harris
Vindicated Magazine, founded on July 27, 2013, began as a spoken word that came from God to Dr. Michelle Harris. I have a sincere desire to provoke change in the church. I grew up in a sanctified church, taught God’s command to live a Holy life, and love all people. Yet, as I grew, I observed that what God was requesting was not purely prevalent in the “church.” I could not understand why. I observed how some people served God; how they failed to feel and understand His heart and extend His grace to those who were overtaken in a fault. Paul said, “Let Love Be without Dissimulation.” Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” I desired to not just expose how Satan was contaminating the church, but to reveal and exhibit God’s love through my own action and through powerful journalism. I wanted to tell the stories of good, God-fearing people. Real people who sometimes made bad decisions – transgressed. People, who had a dire need for the church to understand them, forgive them and restore them, as God does when they repent and turn.
I desired to reach the masses and rightly divide scripture - there is no division in the “Good News of the Gospel.” Jesus Christ died for all people and there are no denominations – only relationship. In my personal walk, I also sought to answer other questions, for example: Why was the doctrine in certain churches so strict and seemed to hold women in bondage? Was God differentiating between man and woman? Was God bias? As I searched for truth, I not only found it – I found the liberty wherewith Christ set us free. Christians were known by their love; benevolence (charity) and the miracles, signs and wonders, which resulted after the word of God was preached. The vineyard was full of sheep who were waiting for true labors.
I felt the urgent need to “Reconnect the Body of Christ.” To revolutionize the way news is reported in the Christian Community. To provoke change through respected journalism, biblical commentary, while building up ostracized leaders. I realized that the mantle on my life consisted in me living out the full meaning of “I am my brother’s keeper.”
The dream was Vindicated Magazine… Excellent Christian Journalism (balanced reporting and biblical commentary on the social, cultural, and theological issues facing our world). It is my platform, given to me by God to reveal His love.
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