One of the greatest false doctrines in the world is that the old testament (including the law of Moses) can disprove the new testament doctrine of Christ. Many will try, and use tithing of the OT to disprove the doctrine of Christ which says: to give cheerfully, and not of necessity. (2 Cor 9:6,7) Many will use the music of King David to disprove the doctrine of Christ which says: sing, and make melody in the heart. (Eph 5:19) Some will use the 10 commandments (which includes the observance of the Sabbath) to disprove the doctrine of Christ which says: upon the first day of the week Christians met to remember the Lord’s death. (Acts 20:7) Many will use the thief on the cross (who lived, and died under the law of Moses) to disprove the doctrine of Christ which says: he that believes, and is baptized shall be saved. (Mk 16:16) The old testament has many valuable lessons which we as Christians can learn and apply to ourselves, but never can it be used disprove any part of the doctrine of Christ. (Rom 15:4) The old law was nailed to the cross by the death of Jesus, (Col 2:14) and anyone who seeks to be justified by the law of Moses has fallen from grace. (Gal 5:4) Let us all seek diligently to be approved of God, and correctly handle the Word of Truth. (2 Tim 2:15)
Archive for December, 2011
To everything there is a season; A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which was planted. There is a time for everything, even preaching the Word of God. There will come seasons when preaching will be scorned, hated, and despised. How often, even in the Lord’s church do we hear: that the sermon is too long, too harsh, and too judgmental. How often are preachers fired all because they teach the truth of God. How often do churches gather to themselves preachers who appease them by speaking fables, soft, and great swelling words of vanity. There truly is a time to die to the world, and a time to be reborn again by obeying the gospel of Christ. Truly there is a time to plant the Word of God, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Because there will come a time when God will pluck the tares from the wheat, sinners from the saints, and judge the world by His Word. Whether in season or out of season, let us not cease to preach, and teach the holy Word of God until the Lord calls us home.
Eccl 3:1-2; 2 Tim 4:2-5; Rom 3:3-5; 1 Pet 1:23; Lk 13:3-9; 18-23; Mt 15:13; 1 Cor 3:6; Isa 30:8-10; 2 Pet 2:18; Mt 13:24-30; Mt 5:31-24; Jn 12:48; Acts 5:42
More blessed than one’s birth, is the day they are born again. More blessed than when one is born again, is the day they die faithfully in the Lord, because they have kept the faith, and have finished their course. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, and let us fight the good fight of faith, but above all, let us race and fight to win the salvation of our souls.
Ps 116:15; Rev 14:13; 1 Pet 1:23; 1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Tim 6:12; Heb 12:1
If being a faithful Christian were a fatal, contagious disease, would you be quarantined? Would anyone catch your sincerity, and desire for the truth, to study God’s Word daily? Would anyone catch your love for God, and obey his every word? Would anyone catch your zeal to teach, and defend the gospel of Christ, and preach in all seasons? Would anyone catch your good example, and morality, and do the same? Would anyone catch your empathy for the poor, the sick, and the needy, and do good unto everyone who needs help? Would anyone catch your punctuality to attend the worship service of the Lord every Sunday? Would anyone catch your courage to be faithful to the Lord until death? It is the duty of every Christian to save themselves from this wicked world, but it’s also our responsibility to save all who will hear, and obey the gospel of our salvation. If Christians won’t spread the Word of God, no one will.
Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 2:15; 2 Thess 2:10; Josh 24:14; Jn 14:15; 1 Jn 5:3; 2 Tim 4:2-5; Philip 1:14-18; Jude 3; 1 Tim 4:12; Gal 1:10; 1 Jn 3:17,18; Acts 20:7; Heb 10:24-26; Rev 2:10; Rev 3:11; 2; Eph 1:13; Cor 4:3
Life is filled with many choices that we will make, but only one choice we must make: Either choose God, or reject God. We have one life, one choice, and one eternal life, truthfully, this is all life is about. The education we obtain, the money we make, the possessions we accumulate, and the status we become are pure meaningless in comparison to our one ultimate decision. It’s a choice of this world, or the world to come. It’s a choice of winning at this life, or winning our soul. Don’t be deceived, we can’t have both. It’s an either/or proposition, and if we attempt to have both, we will lose both. Choose God today by obeying the gospel, take up our cross, and follow after Christ. It’s a choice of live for today, and die tomorrow, or die today, and live for tomorrow. It’s a choice we can’t afford to make. It’s a choice that will determine our soul’s eternity.
Josh 24:15; Mt 6:24; Mt 16:24-26; 1 Pet 4:17; Mt 10:38; 2 Cor 6:2
The Words of God are but paper and ink, and the love we have for God are but idle thoughts of the heart, until they are put in action. It’s needful to read, and understand those written words, and its needful to believe Jesus is the Christ with our hearts; but we also must confess our belief with the mouth, and turn from our past sins and repent, and be baptized into the watery grave of baptism. Until we place those written words, and idle thoughts into action, they are totally worthless to our salvation.
Baptism is Faith in Action!
Isa 34:16; 1 Tim 4:13; Mt. 15:10; Acts 8:30,31; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3,4; Jam 2:14-26
God doesn’t judge us by our standards, but by His standards. Standards that say hate is murder, and lust is adultery. Standards that rejects the good works of man, no matter how wonderful they appear in the world’s eyes. Standards which demand us serving God in sincerity, and in truth. Standards which state that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination with God. Standards that say gays and lesbians, adulterers and fornicators, and abortionist and raciest are evil in His sight. Standards which change not, and applies to everyone without favoritism. Standards which saw the fathers, and prophets, and apostles persecuted, stoned, and killed, whom the world was not worthy. Standards that saw the son of God, Jesus Christ crucified, yet raised from the dead. Standards that state we must take up our cross and follow Christ, and be buried with him by baptism, and raised to walk a new life. Standards which state we can fall from grace, yet if we abide faithfully we are rewarded a crown of life. Come the day of judgement, the only standard that will matter belongs to God, and we all shall be judged by it_the Holy Word of God.
Isa 55:8,9; 1 Jn 3:15; Mt 5:27,28; Mt 7:21-23; Josh 24:14; Lk 16:15; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:19-21; Col 3:25; Heb 11:33-38; Rom 6:3-4; Mt 10:38; Gal 5:4; Jam 1:12; Jn 12:48
What is wrong with Christmas? It is purported to be a holiday of cheer and good will, where people give presents to their family, and friends. A day which gives merchants the bulk of their sales each year. A day where little children are made happy believing Santa Claus will be coming on Christmas morning with presents for them. A season where houses, and cedar trees are lit up with lights, and decorated. A day in which paganism joins Catholicism in celebration of the birth of Jesus. So, what’s wrong with Christmas? Christmas perpetuates lying to our children. Christmas perpetuates greed. Jesus is not the reason for the season, the reason for the season is pure greed. Christmas perpetuates a pagan and Catholic holiday. Christmas perpetuates idolatry. If we wish to give, then give to the poor and needy. Instead of teaching our children lies, teach them the truth about Jesus. God commanded us to remember the Lord’s death, not his birth. If we wish to adhere to a real holy-day, attend the Lord’s church each Sunday, and rejoice in the Lord!
Jer 9:3; Rev 21:8; Prov 23:4; Isa 56:11; Jer 10:1-5; Ex 20:3; 1 Cor 10:14; Mt 19:21; 1 Cor 11:24-26; Philip 4:4
Are there such things as little sins that mankind can commit that won’t be required of them? That’s the doctrine of the world, but is it the doctrine of Christ? Is there a scripture that says all liars shall have their part in hell, except little white lies? Is there a scripture that says love your enemies, except the really bad ones? Is there a scripture that says add not, or take away from the Word of God, unless you have a better idea? Is there a scripture that says sing, and make melody in your heart to the Lord, instruments of music is optional? Is there a scripture that says he that believes and is baptized shall be saved, except for those who have a better way? Sin, no matter the size is still sin, and is able to destroy your own soul. On the day of judgment, we shall give an account of all our deeds, both good and bad, and all of our sins will be made known, and we shall be judged according to God’s Word. If we are able to commit sin, God is able to punish it!
Rev 21:8; Mt 5:44; Rev 22:18,19; Eph 5:19; Mk 16:16; 2 Cor 5:10; Jn 12:48; Rom 4:21; Heb 10:29,30
Procrastination is damnation to the soul. We should never put off obeying the gospel till tomorrow, when today is the day of salvation. No one has the promise of tomorrow, or can even foresee their next step. Not one Christian convert mentioned in the entire New Testament delayed their salvation. They heard it, they believed it, and they were baptized immediately. The convenient season for obeying, and serving God is: right now.
2 Cor 6:2; Heb 3:7-19; Jer 10:23; Acts 24:25