Knowing that you have but one life to live, (and that could end without warning) to get right with God, what would you do? Would you become a homosexual, and seek to marry someone of the same sex, knowing this was an abomination to God? Lev 18:22; Rom 1:27-28 Would you become a doctor that offers abortions to women wanting to terminate their pregnancy, knowing that murderers will be punished with a lake of fire? Rev 21:8 Would you deny God’s very existence, or obey not the gospel of Christ, knowing that all such will be punished with hell and damnation? 2 Thess 1:7-9; Ps 14:1 Knowing the brevity of life, and knowing the terror and vengeance of Almighty God, don’t you think it’s time to obey God now? Jam 4:14; Heb 30,31; 2 Cor 6:2 Why stand in jeopardy every hour? 1 Cor 15:30
Archive for February, 2012
God’s forgiveness to mankind is totally conditional. Even though God sent his only begotten Son to die for our sins, Jn 3:16 and just because Jesus verily died for our sins, 1 Cor 15:3 doesn’t automatically mean our sins are automatically forgiven. Until we wash away our sins by repentance and baptism, we are not forgiven, Acts 2:38 and until we can forgive all those who sin against us, don’t expect God to forgive us. Mt 6:14,15 God’s forgiveness is conditioned on two principles: Our obedience to the gospel of Christ, and our willingness to forgive those who sin against us. If You Will, God Will.
God requires of mankind, a little less talk, and a lot more action. Mk 4:23,24; Lk 8:18; Heb 3:7-19; Zech 2:13 The prophets of God spoke nothing, but what God commanded. 2 Pet 2:21 The apostles spoke nothing, but what the God commanded. Acts 4:19,20; Gal 1:11,12 Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spoke nothing, but what God commanded. Jn 7:16,17; Jn 12:49,50 What would make anyone think that God requires anything less out of us? Speak where the bible speaks, and be silent where the bible is silent, and never speak in the silence of God. 1 Pet 4:11 The Word of God is called the Word of God, because it is the Word of God. It belongs solely to Him, and Him only. Isa 55:11; Jer 23:28; Jn 8:31 It didn’t proceed from mankind, but directly from God’s mouth to man’s ears via the Holy Spirit. 2 Tim 3:16,17; Jn 16:13 The Word of God: Read it, Study it, Learn it and Obey it; No Editing Required, or Allowed. 1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim 2:15; Mt 11:29; Jn 14:15; Rev 22:18,19
How often do we hear the words: Tomorrow, I will do this or that. However, so few times we hear the words: “If the Lord’s Will”I will do this or that. Jam 4:15 The fact is, tomorrow is promised to no one. Life is but a shadow, like a story being told, that passes away like a mist. Job 8:9; Ps 90:9; Jam 4:14 Our time here on earth is very short, like a passing breeze that never comes again. Ps 78:39 We should never boast of what we will do tomorrow, for all such boasting is evil. Prov 27:1; Jam 4:16 Like the grass that withers away, man will perish, but God’s Word never dies, nor those who do the will of God. 1 Pet 1:23-25; Mt 24:35; 1 Jn 2:17 Death is appointed to everyone, but eternal life belongs only to them who obey the gospel of our salvation. Heb 9:27; Eph 1:13; Mk 16:16; 1 Pet 3:21 If it’s the Lord’s Will that you seek; TODAY, if you will hear His voice, now is the accepted time, Now Is The Day Of Salvation! Heb 3:7,8; 2 Cor 6:2
It has been said that your bible’s condition reveals a lot about your soul’s condition. If your bible remains unopened, is dusty and pristine, or rarely read and studied, it most often reveals your soul is destitute, and alienated from the truth. Every Christian needs to feast off the Word of God daily. Jer 15:16; Acts 17:11 We need to read, study, search, learn, and memorize scriptures in order to teach, and preach God’s Word, and to be a shining example to a lost, and dying world. 1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim 2:15; Jn 5:39; Mt 11:29; 1 Tim 4:12 It strengthens us to endure temptations, persecutions, and the chastening of the Lord. 2 Tim 3:12; Jam 1:12; Rev 3:19; 1 Pet 5:9,10 It keeps us from falling away, and being lead astray after false doctrines. Mk 12:24 The only two things that will endure forever is God’s Word, and all those who do His will. Mt 24:35; 1 Jn 2:17 A bible is worthless, and not worth the paper it was written on, if it goes unread. Mt 13:15 Don’t just dust your bible regularly, and keep it immaculate: read it and study it, that the Word of God might be profitable to you, and make you perfect unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16,17 Your soul will thank you later.
What if we could speak in the silence of God, and add to, and subtract from God’s Word? Just imagine: We could have the finest cuisines to feast upon before, during, after worship. 1 Cor 11:22,34 We could use great speakers to do our praying for us, as we listened to each eloquent word in praise to God. Mt 6:5-7; 1 Tim 2:8 We could hire choirs to do our singing, knowing they will hit each note perfectly in tune. We could have instrumental music from the best instrumentalist we could afford, to accompany the choir. Eph 5:19; Col 3:16 We could hire preachers who speak softly, beautifully, and with words that lift us up, and never reprove, rebuke, or exhort us. 2 Tim 4:2-5; Isa 30:10 We could pay man made institutions do the work of the church. Eph 4:11,12 We could have women preachers, song leaders, who can lead prayer, and serve the communion. 1 Cor 14:33-40; 1 Tim 2:11,12 We could have women elders, and deacons to govern the church. 1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:6 We could meet 7 days a week, and take in contributions each time the door opened. 1 Cor 16:1,2 I have just named a few things that come to mind, but I am sure with this new found freedom to do as we please, each of us will come up with a list of our own. 2 Tim 4:3 Imagine the crowds we could bring in, only if we could change God’s Word, instead of God’s Word changing us. 2 Tim 3:16,17; Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8 What is really sad is this: some are already doing these things, and some more extravagantly than I have illustrated. What is even more sad is this: God prohibits Christians to speak in His silence, and they can only speak His very words, no more, and no less. Deut 4:2; Deut 12:32; Deut 28:14; Josh 1:7; Prov 4:27; Eccl 3:14; Prov 30:6; Acts 4:19,20; 1 Cor 4:6; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19 It’s Time To Let God Speak & For Us To Remain Silent. Zech 2:13; Rom 3:4 God doesn’t desire our opinions, or our vain imaginations, but he does demand our obedience, and faithfulness to his Word. Jn 14:15; Jn 15:13,14; 1 Jn 5:3; Jn 8:31,32; Rev 2:10
Many say they believe in God according to a Harris poll in 2006: 35% in Great Britain; 27% in France; 62% in Italy; 48% in Spain; 41% in Germany; and 73% in the USA believed in God. In 2008, 173 million Americans consider themselves Christian, or about 58% of the population. However, only 1.9 million consider themselves members of the church of Christ. That is only a mere 1.1% of those who believe in Christ, and only .63% of America’s population. Consider that this total is divided into institutional, non-institutional, and a variety of schisms. The good news is that they all practically teach the same gospel. The bad new is that only 5 million consider themselves members world wide, which is only .075% of the world’s population. That’s not even 1/10th of 1% who truly are a Christian. If these stats doesn’t wake us up to the meaning of: “FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT”, nothing will. Mt 7:14 Our only consolation is that truth is not found in great numbers, Deut 7:7 but in the Word of God. Jn 17:17 Only 8 were spared during the flood, only 3 were found in Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near about, the prophets and apostles often stood alone, and Jesus bore our sins by himself. 1 Kin 19:14; Jn 6:67; 2 Tim 4:11; Heb 11:3 We never stand alone when we stand firm on the promises of God, for God plus one is always the majority. 2 Thess 2:15; Heb 13:5; 2 Pet 3:9
There is no church, but the Lord’s church, and all Christians are members of it. Eph 4:4; Col 1:24; 1 Cor 12:27 It has no head, but Christ, for it was purchased with his own blood. Eph 1:22,23; Col 1:18; Acts 20:28 It has no doctrine, but his doctrine, the gospel of Christ. 2 Jn 9; Eph 4:5; Gal 1:8,9 It is the manifold wisdom of God, and is the foundation of the truth. Eph 3:10; 1 Tim 3:15 It speaks only the very words of God, and doesn’t go beyond them. 1 Pet 4:11; 1 Cor 4:6 It carries no name, but his name, for there is none other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. Rom 16:16; Acts 20:28; Acts 4:12 The saved are added to it, and no one is saved separate, and apart from it. 1 Cor 12:13; Acts 2:47 It was attended by the saints, it sang and it prayed, it was preached to, it remembered the Lord’s death, and it gave of its means. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 14:15; 1 Cor 16:1,2 If it’s your soul you seek to save, the churches of Christ, (the church Christ built), is the place to begin. Mt 16:18; Mt 6:33
Belief only, is a flawed doctrine. Jam 5:24; Mk 16:16 Can’t fall from grace, is a flawed doctrine. Gal 5:4; Jn 8:31 Sprinkling, is a flawed doctrine. Acts 8:38; Acts 22:16 Keeping the Law of Moses and the Sabbath, is a flawed doctrine. Col 2:14; Heb 8:13 Man made doctrines, are flawed doctrines. Mt 15:7-9; Col 2:22 Any doctrine that doesn’t speak where the bible speaks, and is silent where the bible is silent, is a flawed doctrine. 1 Cor 4:6; 1 Pet 4:11 Any doctrine other than the doctrine of Christ, is a flawed doctrine. Gal 1:8,9 Anyone who abides not in the doctrine of Christ has not God, and will be punished with everlasting destruction. 2 Jn 9; 2 Thess 1:6-9 Anyone who abides in the doctrine of Christ, has both the Father and the Son. 2 Jn 9; Heb 3:14 The doctrine of Christ states: Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and arose from the dead according to the scriptures. 1 Cor 15:1-4 Anyone who believes and confesses this, Rom 10:10 repents and is baptized for the remission of their sins, Acts 2:38 and remains faithful until death will be saved. Rev 2:10 Now this is the perfect law of liberty, the apostolic doctrine, the glorious gospel of Christ, which was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jam 1:25; Acts 2:42; 2 Cor 4:4; Acts 20:28 Learn it, obey it, teach it, and keep it, for it’s the only doctrine that saves. 2 Tim 2:15; Jn 14:15; 2 Tim 4:2-5; Lk 11:28; Acts 4:12
There are so many roads to choose in life, and all but one leads to utter destruction. Mt 7:13 So, how does one choose the right way to follow? The answer to eternal life begins, and ends with the bible, and rightly dividing it. 2 Tim 2:15 The first 39 books of the old testament have been done away with, though they remain for our learning. Heb 8:13; Rom 15:4 The last 26 books of the new testament are to be obeyed, for therein contains the gospel of Christ. 1 Pet 1:25 Jesus died for our sins, and purchased his church with his own blood. 1 Cor 15:3; Acts 20:28 We become members of his body, the church of Christ 1 Cor 12:13,27; Col 1:18 by believing, and confessing Jesus is the Christ, Rom 10:10 repenting and being baptized for the remission of ours sins, Acts 2:38 and remaining faithful until death. Rev 2:10 The strait and narrow WAY comes by Jesus Christ, and our obedience to the gospel. Mt 7:14; Jn 14:6