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SERMON: Minister Princeton Parker and “Identity Theft”

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, West Angeles Church of God In Christ was on its feet for the Minster affectionately known as “The Kid Preacher.”

West Angeles’ fiery young guest pastor posed a poignant question to the congregation: “I wonder how we would act if our actions were based on who we knew we already were, as opposed to us feeling like our identity is the sum total of things that we do?”

His message titled, “Identity Theft,” was inspired by the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27, where Jacob tricks his father into granting him the blessings meant for his brother.

Minister Princeton Parker asked the congregation to repeat the title of the sermon, asking them to, “say it one more time like you understand that there is an enemy of your soul who desires to take the very nature of the identity that God has given you. Say it this time like you know you have a purpose, like you know you have a gift, like you know you have a future!”

Minister Princeton Irvin Parker found his gift of preaching at an early age. He began public speaking at age 2, and preaching at the age of 4. By age 7, he was a minister licensed by the Church of God in Christ, and is “Honored to call Bishop Blake leader and spiritual father.” Today, he uses his gift of speaking to inspire and empower audiences of all ages, races, and creeds to pursue God’s purpose for their lives.

A member of the Olive Grove Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, CA, Minister Parker currently serves on its ministerial staff, and is also the organist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California, where he served on the Black Student Assembly Executive Board and as Head Director of the Saved by Grace Gospel Choir. Minister Parker has been a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, is a member of the Speakers Resource Group, and is also a proud alumnus of Disney Dreamers Academy.

He lives by the motto, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Minister Parker’s entire sermon titled, “Identity Theft,” is available HERE, on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.

“The enemy’s one goal in life is to take everything from you that God has told you that you are.”

“It’s easy to detect identity theft in the natural…But can you detect spiritual identity theft?”

“If you speak in tongues, then leave WestA and go to [your local store], and you’re rude to the person serving you, you just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“If you come to church, are a member of several auxiliaries, and you know whole bunch of scriptures, but when you get to work on Monday, you’re more concerned with culturally fitting in than you are with sharing the Light of Christ, you just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“If you know the Lord is calling you to something, He’s birthed a vision in you and He’s told you, ‘There’s something great I’m going do on the inside of you,’ but every time you go to move you say, ‘God can’t use somebody like me. Who am I to be used by God?’ You just might be the victim of identity theft.”

“Spiritual identity theft is the process that the enemy goes through to influence you with a mindset that he can then use to take control over every part of you, that he can use for his glory instead of God’s glory…. Your hands, your lips, your thought process, your emotions, your dreams” – Minister Princeton Parker

“No matter what the enemy tries to do – he comes to steal, kill and destroy – Jesus said ‘I have come so that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.’”

“I want to minister today to someone who is so busy looking at who society privileges, who society says is so much more entitled to happiness and to wealth and to opportunity than you. And I want you to find yourself in Jacob.”

“The first way the devil tries to steal our identity is by attacking our legitimacy.”

“What Jacob didn’t understand is that even though Esau had birthright…God had an equal plan for Jacob’s life as He had for Esau’s.”

“God has already given me Eden.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“I’m so glad that I don’t have to trip over who has more privilege than me, or who has more access than me. I don’t care what the world’s system does. Just because I was born, I still have a spot in the Kingdom of God.”

“The more I look at your journey, the more I forget that God has already given me Eden. I’m already in God’s perfect plan for my life. I’ve already got a destiny. I’ve already got dreams. I’ve already got a plan.”

“Comparison is the spirit of satan.”

“I used to wonder, ‘Why am I struggling so hard, God? Why am I so insecure?’ God said, ‘If you spend less time on FaceBook and more time in My Word, you would understand that you’re in the exact place where I need you to be.’”

“What desire, that the enemy’s planted in you since birth, would you give everything for?”

“The enemy knows that if he attaches money to it, you’ll do anything.”

“I don’t care what the world’s system does, I still have a spot in the Kingdom of God.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“Jesus said, ‘It’s not that I don’t want you to find rest, I just want you to find rest in Me.’”

“We have to be careful of what we tell our young boys and our young girls. We’ve got to be the ones to tell them, ‘I know I didn’t graduate, but you can. I know we didn’t stay married, but you can. You don’t have to do what your cousins did. You don’t have to do what you saw. You have another way out!”

“If you want to keep your identity, then you have to keep people around you who will advise you against yourself.”

“I need people who value my salvation more than my money, people who value the call on my life more than they do my upward mobility. I need more people teaching me how to pray than teaching me how to network; teaching me how to study, than teaching me how to trick…I need God people!”

“No matter how much you try to be like me, you might succeed in doing what I did, but you still won’t come out with my testimony.”

“My struggles were designed for me to learn something”

“Don’t let pain steal your identity. Walk like a son.” – Minister Princeton Parker

“Are you mature enough in your identity to still praise God when He gives grace to your enemy?”

“Don’t let anything steal your identity. Don’t let pain steal your identity. Don’t let comparison steal your identity. Don’t let lust steal your identity. Don’t let insecurity steal your identity…But walk like a son, talk like a son.”

“The next time the enemy tries to come against you, remember you have fraud protection called ‘the Holy Ghost’!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Genesis 27:1-23, Gal 4:4-7, John 10:10, Genesis 25, I Peter 2:9, Romans 8:31-39, Romans 12:19.