Transcript: Eugene Rivers on Chrsitian faith and high-risk youth | Apr 29, 2006

Reverend Rivers has grey hair is in his fifties and is black. He wears a black
jacket over a white reverend collar, white handkerchief hanging out of his
pocket and a black shirt.
He stands behind a lectern.

Rivers says I WANT
TO MAKE IT CLEAR WHERE I'M
COMING FROM.
I'M A JESUS MAN.
[Applause]
I UNDERSTAND POLITICS AND I
UNDERSTAND SPIN, I UNDERSTAND
HYPE, I UNDERSTAND HOW FOUR
WEEKS AGO, YOU COULDN'T SPELL
HIGH RISK YOUTH.

[Applause]

Rivers says AND TODAY EVERYBODY IS TALKING
ABOUT HIGH RISK YOUTH WITH A
PLAN.
LET SOMEBODY SAY AMEN UP IN
HERE.

All says AMEN.

Rivers says BUT I'M
A JESUS MAN.
AND DESPITE ALL OF THE
AVALANCHE OF MEDIA AND
COVERAGE, AT THE END OF THE
DAY, I HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD.

The caption changes to "Eugene Rivers. Pastor, Azusa Christian Community.
Toronto West Seventh-Day Adventist Church January 10, 2006."

Rivers says I'VE GOT
TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING OF
MYSELF, I'VE GOT TO LOOK INTO
THE MIRROR OF THE WORD OF GOD.TO
ANALYSE AND ASSESS MY
MOTIVATION, TO MAKE SURE THAT
WHAT I ASPIRE TO DO IS INSPIRED
BY THE LOVE OF GOD, AND AS A
CONSEQUENCE, FOR THE LOVE OF MY
BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS.
SO I PRAISE GOD HERE TONIGHT.
IN THE 33rd CHAPTER OF THE BOOK
OF EZEKIEL, WE READ THE
FOLLOWING, "AGAIN THE WORD OF
THE LORD CAME TO ME SAYING, SON
OF MAN, SPEAK TO THE CHILDREN
OF YOUR PEOPLE AND SAY TO THEM,
WHEN I BRING THE SWORD UPON A
LAND AND THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND
TAKE A MAN FROM THE TERRITORY
AND MAKE HIM THEIR WATCHMAN.
WHEN HE SEES THE SWORD COMING
UPON THE LAND, IF HE BLOWS THE
TRUMPET AND WARNS THE PEOPLE,
THEN WHOEVER HEARS THE SOUND OF
THE TRUMPET AND DOES NOT TAKE
WARNING, IF THE SWORD COMES AND
TAKES HIM AWAY, HIS BLOOD SHALL
BE ON HIS OWN HEAD."
HE HEARD THE SOUND OF THE
TRUMPET BUT DID NOT TAKE
WARNING.
HIS BLOOD SHALL BE ON HIMSELF.
BUT HE WHO TAKES WARNING WILL
SAVE HIS LIFE.
BUT IF THE WATCHMAN SEES THE
SWORD COMING, LORD HAVE MERCY.
TONIGHT... THE SPIRIT OF THE
LORD IN THIS CITY, IS ASKING
WHERE IS THE WATCHMAN?
WHERE IS THE WATCHMAN?
THAT ONE WHO WILL STAND IN THE
GAPS, WHO WILL WATCH FOR THE
SHEEP, AND WARN THEM OF THE
SWORD?
TONIGHT GOD IS SPEAKING TO THE
PEOPLE OF GOD.
AND HE'S ASKING...
AS MY CHILDREN DIED, AND WERE
SHOT DOWN IN THE STREET, WHEN
MY DAUGHTERS GOT TURNED OUT TO
DO TRICKS, AS MY SONS WERE
DENIED SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL
FRATERNITY, WHERE WAS THE
CHURCH?
WHERE WERE THE WATCHMEN THAT
ESTABLISHED POLITICAL PATERNITY
FOR THOSE ORPHANS AND WIDOWS,
WHO, BEING TRAPPED BY POVERTY
AND INDIFFERENCE AND LOSS, WERE
IGNORED SO THAT THEIR CHILDREN
WOULD GET CAUGHT UP IN THE
CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AS A
CONSEQUENCE OF NOT HAVING
SOMEONE WHO WOULD REACH OUT AND
TOUCH THEM WITH THE LOVE OF
GOD.
[Applause]
TO THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS, ALL
OF THE IMPORTANT AND COLOURED
PEOPLE--
[Applause]
WHO SIT HIGH AND LOOK LOW...
WHERE WAS THE WATCHMAN.
I GOT SOMETHING HEAVY FOR YOU.
THE CRISIS OF VIOLENCE IN THE BLACK
COMMUNITY MUST BE LAID AT THE
DOOR OF THE HOUSE OF GOD TO THE
EXTENT TO WHICH THE CHURCHES
REFUSE TO REACH OUT TO THOSE
THAT JESUS SAID HE GAVE HIS
LIFE FOR.WHEN THE
BLACK CHURCH REFUSED TO DO AS
JESUS DID, WHICH IS TO GO AND
BE AMONG THE POOR, TO HANG OUT
WITH THAT HOOKER AND THAT
TRICK, TO GO INTO THAT BAR AND
THAT CLUB AND CAPTURE THAT
CHILD, WE WERE, IN EFFECT,
REJECTING THE MANDATE OF JESUS
WHICH IS TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE
TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL TO THOSE
THAT ARE BLIND, THOSE THAT ARE
INCARCERATED, THOSE THAT HAVE
BEEN DENIED LOVE IN THIS LIFE.
CAN SOMEBODY SAY AMEN?
[Applause]
HALLELUJAH!
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I'M NOT
HERE TO TICKLE YOUR EARS WITH A
PLEASANT HOMILITIC EXERCISE, TO
MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, TO JUMP AND
SHOUT AND SHAKE AND BAKE.
THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M HERE FOR,
BABY TONIGHT, LORD, AND THAT'S
NOT WHAT I'M HERE FOR, BABY,
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NOT
WHEN CHILDREN ARE DYING, NOT
WHEN YOUNG BOYS ARE FATHERLESS,
NOT WHEN YOUNG MEN ARE LOOKING
FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE THEM,
DISCIPLINE, DEFEND THEM AND
DIRECT THEM -- SOMEBODY SAY
AMEN UP IN HERE.
HALLELUJAH!
[Applause]
HALLELUJAH!

Rev. Rivers speaks at the audience in an energetic and upbeat way.

Rivers says GOD IS LOOKING FOR A NEW
MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT, LED BY
THE SPIRIT OF GOD THAT TOUCHES
MY HEART AND TAKES ME FROM
BEHIND THE PULPIT, HALLELUJAH!
TAKES ME INTO THE STREETS,
BECAUSE THE WORD OF GOD HAS
SAID THAT WE ARE TO GO INTO THE
HEDGES AND THE HIGHWAYS -- GO
YOU TO ALL THE WORLD.
PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE
GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.
WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT WE ARE
TO GET FROM BEHIND THE PULPIT
PUT OUR LIPS WITH OUR HIPS, GET
DOWN IN THE GUTTER, HALLELUJAH!
[Applause]
AND LOVE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.
SOMEBODY SAY AMEN UP IN HERE!
TALK TO ME.
YOU DON'T HEAR ME!
HALLELUJAH!
[Applause]
GLORY BE TO GOD.
WE THE CHURCH HAVE SINNED
AGAINST GOD TO THE EXTENT TO
WHICH WE HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS
ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE NOW
ENGAGED IN VIOLENCE.
THE VIOLENCE THAT WE SEE -- SIT
DOWN, Y'ALL, SIT DOWN.
THE VIOLENCE THAT WE SEE IS A
RESULT OF THE SINS OF THE
CHURCH, AND THE BLOOD OUTSIDE
THAT DOOR, THE BLOOD IN THE
STREET IS BLOOD THAT DRIPS FROM
OUR HANDS!
THE HANDS OF INDIFFERENCE, THE
HANDS OF SELF CENTRED COMFORT,
THE HANDS OF A RELIGIOUS
TRADITION THAT ELEVATES THE
CREATED ABOVE THE CREATOR.
THE HANDS OF INDIFFERENCE THAT
PREOCCUPY OURSELVES WITH BIG
STADIUMS THAT WE CALL CHURCHES,
AS WE FOCUS ON WEALTH AND MORE
WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF THE
BAR!
GLORY TO GOD.
GLORY TO GOD.
HALLELUJAH, THE CHURCH MUST
REPENT.
JUDGEMENT WILL BEGIN IN THE
HOUSE OF GOD!
THE CHURCH OF TORONTO, GOD'S
GOT A CALLING ON YOU TONIGHT.
YOU'RE HERE FOR A REASON, NOT
TO BE ENTERTAINED, NOT TO BE
TICKLED, NOT TO HAVE YOUR
COMFORT AND AFFLUENCE
REINFORCED.
YOU ARE HERE TO BE CHALLENGED
BY THE RADICAL CLAIMS OF A
REVOLUTIONARY BY THE NAME OF
JESUS CHRIST WHO GAVE HIS LIFE
FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER, WHO GAVE
HIS LIFE THAT THEY MIGHT BE
SAVED AND RESTORED AND MADE
WHOLE.
WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD, AND I
AM HERE TO SUPPORT, A MOVEMENT
OF FAITH.
I UNDERSTAND THE POLITICS, BUT
I AM NOT INTO THAT KIND OF
POLITICS.
I'M TALKING ABOUT THE POLITICS
OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
GOD IS CALLING ACROSS THIS CITY
FOR A NEW POLITICS OF THE
SPIRIT, WHICH IS ROOTED IN
GOSPEL VALUES AND ARTICULATES
ITSELF IN WAYS THAT PRODUCE
MEASURABLE OUTCOMES THAT TOUCH
THE LIVES OF THE YOUNG BOYS
THAT PICK UP THE GUNS, THAT
TOUCH THE YOUNG LIVES OF THE
YOUNG GIRLS WHO BECOME HOOKERS
AND TRICKS, WHO TOUCH THE LIVES
OF THE YOUNG MOTHERS WHO DON'T
KNOW HOW TO MOTHER AND NEED TO
BE PARENTED.
HALLELUJAH, GOD IS CALLING FOR
A NEW MOVEMENT, AND TONIGHT,
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS SPEAKING
TO US.
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH,
HALLELUJAH.

Rev. Rivers puts on his black-rimmed glasses.

Rivers says TORONTO,
GOD IS MOVING BY HIS SPIRIT.
THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON.
I DON'T
UNDERSTAND IT, AND THAT'S ALL
RIGHT.
BECAUSE GOD IS MOVING BY HIS
SPIRIT, AND WE GIVE HIM ALL THE
GLORY.
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING,
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, GOD IS
MOVING BY HIS SPIRIT TO BUILD A
MULTI-RACIAL MOVEMENT WITHIN
THE BODY OF CHRIST TO RECLAIM
THE ORPHANS, TO ESTABLISH
SPIRITUAL PATERNITY AS WE THE
BODY OF CHRIST-- LET ME SAY A
COUPLE OF THINGS, WE'RE GOING
TO WRAP THIS UP.
I WANT TO DROP SOMETHING IN
YOUR SPIRIT.
THIS IS HEAVY, THIS IS HEAVY.
YOU ARE NOW THE POLITICAL
LEADERSHIP OF THE POOR.
[Applause]
[Inarticulate Shouting]
I WANT YOU TO CATCH THIS NOW,
DON'T MISS THIS, DON'T MISS
THIS.
YOU SEE THE UNIQUENESS OF THE
BODY OF CHRIST IS THAT I DON'T
HAVE TO POLITICALLY POSITION
MYSELF TO DO THE WORD OF GOD.
COME ON, SOMEBODY, COME ON,
SOMEBODY.
[Applause]
COME ON, SOMEBODY.
SEE, I'M GOING TO DO THE RIGHT
THING, BECAUSE JESUS SAID SO.
AND WHETHER MY CONSTITUENTS
LIKE IT OR NOT -- COME ON,
SOMEBODY.
I'M GOING TO DO IT, BECAUSE
JESUS IS LORD.
SOMEBODY TALK TO ME UP IN HERE.
GOD IS OVERTURNING THE
CONCEPTUAL PARADIGM OF MODERN
LIBERAL POLITICAL THEORY,
HALLELUJAH!
OH GLORY TO GOD.
GOD IS SAYING, I AM GOING TO
RAISE UP A NEW PEOPLE, AND A
NEW VISION, YES, SIR, YES, SIR,
YES, SIR, FIX THIS THING, DOC.
WE'RE GOING TO RAISE UP A NEW
PEOPLE.
AND YOU ARE THE ONES, YOU'RE TO
CHALLENGE EVERYBODY, YOU'RE TO
CHALLENGE EVERYBODY.
DON'T BE IN ANYBODY'S POCKET.
DON'T BE IN NOBODY'S BACK
POCKET.
YOU ARE TO BE IN THE CENTRE OF
GOD'S WILL.
TONIGHT IS ABOUT REVOLUTION.
IT'S A REVOLUTION OF THE
SPIRIT.
NOW LISTEN HERE, GOD BLESS THE
POLITICIANS.
I LOVE YOU.
BUT-- BUT-- BUT--
GOD IS DOING SOMETHING NEW IN
THE SPIRIT REALM.
[Applause]
YOU GOING TO SEE THE MEN OF
GOD, LED BY THE SPIRIT, BLACK
AND WHITE TOGETHER, OVER THERE
IN ST. JAMES.
ST. JAMES? WHAT IS IT?
ST. JAMES, TALKING TO THE CRACK
HEADS, TALKING TO THE DRUG
DEALERS, SITTING DOWN WITH THAT
BOY AND ASKING THAT BOY TO GIVE
UP THAT GUN.
TALKING TO THE GANG BANGERS,
TALKING TO THE BLOODS, TALKING
TO THE CRIPS, TALKING TO THE
FOLKS, TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
WE ARE CALLING FOR A NEW
MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT.
AND AS YOU YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE
BELIEVERS, FAST AND PRAY AND
SEEK GOD'S FACE, HE'S GOING TO
PRODUCE A REVOLUTION.
THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENED IN
BOSTON.
WE DIDN'T THAT PART OF THE
STORY, BECAUSE WE KNEW THE
SECULAR LIBERALS DIDN'T WANT TO
HEAR THAT.
[Laughing]
BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WE
WOULD FAST AND PRAY.
THE REALITY IS THAT WE HAD THE
ANOINTING OF THE HOLY GHOST.
SO WHEN WE SAT DOWN IN THE
CRACK HOUSE -- HALLELUJAH!
AS THE YOUNG MEN WERE PUTTING
BULLETS IN THEIR 9 MILLIMETRE
GLOKS, HALLELUJAH -- AS THEY
WERE LOADING UP THEIR CRACK
BAGS TO STICK INTO THEIR MOUTH
AND SERVE THAT CRACK HEAD, THE
HOLY GHOST WAS IN THE HOUSE.
SO GOD IS GOING TO BREAK OUT
WITH A SUPERNATURAL REVELATION
AND A MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT,
AND I CONCLUDE ON THIS, LOOK
FOR THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
THERE IS A NEW MOVEMENT OF THE
SPIRIT.
IT IS THE POLITICS OF THE
SPIRIT.
WE'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY GAMES,
WE'RE NOT GOING TO SHIMMY AND
SHAKE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE IN
ANYBODY'S POCKET, WE'RE GOING
TO SPEAK, THUS SAITH THE LORD,
TO EVERYBODY!
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