Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on December 24, 2018 at 2:00 AM|
To ALL Bible-believing PASTORS...
STOP IT! ...Stop doing it...
We are all, already, determined to be "wicked;" no one needs their OWN pastor to make a false allegation against them—especially someone in their OWN congregation.
According to Scripture ("KJV" - for those who need that designation), PRESUMPTION [PRE-ASSUMPTION] IS A BLANTANT SIN!
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, [ie: the person really didn't sin] that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:22
IF THAT PERSON DIDN'T REALLY DO THAT SIN, YOU LIED AND BORE FALSE WITNESS. AND, YOUR PRESUMPTION BECAME A SIN.
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” II Peter 2:10
If you say to someone [by way of example], “You don't read the King James Bible, you listen to Christian Rock; ‘you're not saved.’” Isn’t that presumption? If you tell someone, “You're going to hell.” IF YOU ARE NOT 100% SURE THAT THAT PERSON IS UNSAVED, YOUR STATEMENT IS THE SIN OF PRESUMPTION (pre-assumption). IT IS A LIE. IT IS BEARING FALSE WITNESS, AND CLEARLY UNBIBLICAL, IN THAT IT BEARS FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR. That’s what they did to Christ. (I’m not comparing the sinner to Christ, but the practical application still fits perfectly.)...
“For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.” Mark 14:56
WHY? BECAUSE THEIR WITNESSES WERE FALSE. THEY PRE-ASSUMED, OR PRESUMED.
As believers, we should be careful not to bear false witness against thy neighbor. Remember...
“A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” Proverbs 25:18
“Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” II Timothy 3:3
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things….” Titus 2:3
NOT EVEN THE ANGELS BRING RAILING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST WICKED SINNERS, WHEN THEY KNOW THE ACCUSATIONS ARE TRUE!
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.” II Peter 2:10 and 11
NOT EVEN SINLESS ANGELS BRING RAILING ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE WICKED DEVIL FOR WHAT THEY KNOW IS TRUE!
“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” Jude 9
ZACCHAEUS REPENTED OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS…
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Luke 19:8
JOHN THE BAPTIST COMMANDED THE SOLDIERS NOT TO FALSELY ACCUSE…
“And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14
The best policy is…
UNLESS WE ARE 1000% CERTAIN THAT A SINNER HAS COMMITTED A SIN, OR THAT A MAN IS LOST, OR THAT A WOMAN IS A WHORE, ETC..., YOU ARE IN SIN TO ACCUSE THEM FALSELY. IF THEY ADMIT TO THEIR SIN, THEN, LET HER FLY!
|Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:55 AM|
There is another category that I always forget to mention, whenever this subject comes up...
What's the subject...? Praying with someone to ask Jesus to save them, when you're pretty sure they AREN'T getting saved.
The Lord let me speak to someone, tonight, who is not exactly a simpleton, but someone who seemed to be somewhat slow. This young man (twenty-one) was very willing to talk to me about spiritual things ...well, listen anyway—and respond to my questions.
The REASON that I pray with someone like this is to GIVE THEM THE WORDS of a SIMPLE prayer to remember, so that if anything I said to them during the course of my witness “clicks in” later on, in the near or distant future, when God brings my words up to them again, they'd be equipped with a few of those words and ideas that might make the difference between belief or unbelief.
Yes... In the short time I was afforded, I stressed sin.
Yes... In the short time that I was afforded, I stressed his/our sinning against the Creator.
Yes... In the short time that I was afforded, I stressed the Gospel—which isn't being a “good person” or “religious” but salvation (Jesus living a sinless life and dying in our place).
THIS IS ANOTHER REASON that I have added a prayer on the back of some of my tracts. Here is an example (volume up)...
Here is a better one, with a prayer at the end...
By the way...
Since, IN MY MIND, they don't understand what I've presented to them, I DON'T give them false hope; like telling them that they ARE saved. In fact, when I pray with/for someone, I tend to go the other way. I usually tell them, "MAKE sure, when you get home, before you put your head on your pillow, that you have asked Jesus, IN YOUR OWN WORDS, to forgive you, to save you, and take you to Heaven when you die...."
|Posted on December 8, 2018 at 1:50 PM|
"To call a preacher 'Doctor' because of his degree seems out of place to me."
Here is my experience with it...
My reasoning for wanting to be called “Doctor” Bob is different from anything else written on this thread, so far, so here goes...
My reason was, initially, for the gospel.
I lived in my home state of New York, where I felt like I had to prove myself to everybody.
The reason that I wanted some kind of title was the same reason (of sorts) that I wanted to be married with children.
I lived in Queens, with the Italians, Greeks, Jews and many other varieties of ethnicity and religions. My main desire was to see these people get SAVED. I thought to myself, “How would any of them get saved if I wasn't established as an authority in their eyes.”
I sure studied. I believed “that I knew what a Christian ought to know” (or, so I thought I did). I sure knew enough Bible to lead someone to Christ.... But, these people wouldn't talk to me because I didn't have the sanction that they were looking for, like a Roman Catholic priest would. It was very frustrating to say the least.
Fast forward: Well, I got married, had some babies and asked the pastor of the church (now in) Cincinnati, Ohio if he would “ordain” me. I was his assistant. This was my third time asking, since the time I lived in New York. Pastor Bill Burress answered by saying, “I can't ordain you, but I can make a doctor out of you.” I thought that he was joking, but (again, to make a long story short) he did. He used my bible knowledge and experience as a basis for doing so.
Well, there I was... with a piece of paper and a title.
If you look at anything that I have ever produced and attached that title to, I have always proceeded the word “Dr.” with the word “Hon” (short for) “Honorary,” except for ONE tract that I had written, for the reasons I stated above.
My goal has NEVER been to impress the BRETHREN!!! It has ALWAYS been to legitimatize the ministry to some UNSAVED person, enough so, that maybe, JUST MAYBE, they will take a second look at what I wrote or had to say, in order to get their soul saved for eternity.
Hon. Dr. Bob Leib
By the way, being called “Pastor” by the brethren, in my church, was so much more important to me than ever being called “Doctor.”
|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM|
The next time someone asks you what you do? Tell them that you're “...in a cleaning service.”
When they ask you, “What you clean...?" Tell them that you “don't clean anything.” Your “Boss does all the cleaning.”
At that point, they might ask... “Your boss does all the work, and you still get a paycheck...?”
Then you reply, “Well, yeah. I'm a representative of the company, but I don't take a salary.”
Finally, out of frustration they will ask you, “What in the world are you talking about...?
Then you can answer, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“...You see... Two thousand years ago God sent his son into the world to do this world a SERVICE. He sent Jesus down to clean up the mess that Adam and Eve got us in since the beginning of time. "Christ died for our sins." That's where the service for us was done. On the cross. His blood was shed and taken up to Heaven where it was put on the mercy seat, never to be repeated.
They might say, “Well then, are you telling me that you don't sin anymore, since you are (as you say) 'cleaned up'...?”
Then you answer... “No, no. That's the second part of the service. When I got cleaned inside, my soul got saved, and my spirit became ALIVE! ...But, my flesh is another story. Unfortunately, I still sin.
When Jesus arose from the grave, the Bible says that He went to Heaven and became our High Priest, “who everliveth to make intercession for us....” When I sin, I confess them to Jesus, and I'll never see them again. I was clean the day I got saved, and he cleans me daily, when I confess and turn from my sins.
“Now that I answered all your questions, wouldn't YOU like to be clean, like me...?”
|Posted on August 29, 2018 at 6:40 PM|
Now that I got your attention, allow me to freely speak to you about an experience that I had about two or three years ago.
This message is for preachers and pastors of the word of God.
A few years ago, together with a few of our immediate family members, we had invited some friends over, who happened to be visiting in our area, for a quaint get-together.
Well, as time went on in that gathering—everyone enjoying each others company; while sporadically taking bites of food—somehow I had managed to sneak off to our bedroom and continue a project I was working on, quietly closing the door, glad to get away from the fray. All of a sudden, I heard a commotion coming from the kitchen.
“I knew it,” I said to myself. “Someone's rehashing some bad blood that had been shed aforetime. And it was all happening—happening in 'MY' kitchen.”
As my ears leaned toward the sounds I could pick up that were coming through the closed door, I soon discovered that the sounds I first thought were hostile, were actually screams of desperation.
I ran out to see what was going on.
I followed those screams into the kitchen where the father of our guests was trying to revive his baby daughter.
She wasn't breathing.
His wife, who was either just holding the young baby in her arms or was breastfeeding her at the time [under a “blankie,”] made the discovery. We were all in a “panic.”
I thought to myself, “Let 'the father' take control of the situation ...after-all, it's his baby.”
All of a sudden, much to my surprise, the mother took the baby, opened her blouse, pulled out her breast, and, IN HER EFFORTS TO RESUSCITATE HER BABY, nervously tried to breastfeed it.
You say, “That's silly. Surely, no one in their right mind would try to FEED a baby, when, in reality, all it needed was AIR.”
Preachers, we do it all the time.
You preachers and pastors try to shove food down a baby Christian's mouth, when all it really NEEDED was just to breathe.
Clearly, this mother was disoriented and, as a result, got her signals confused. That much is clear. But, in her effort to see her baby live, she really was helping to impede the baby's survival with the WRONG cure.
In our effort to help someone in our care, how many of us do the same thing. We shove the holy breast of God's “sincere milk of the word” (I Peter 2:2) in front of someone's lips, while all they really needed was, simply, some air. (Could air in this scenario stand for the “air” of the Holy Spirit's communion/life...?)
We are not only supposed to "feed the flock of God" (I Peter 5:2), but help them keep breathing. The airway needs to stay unencumbered from anything that would block it from dying. And then, WHEN IT IS TIME TO FEED, we are do to that job, too.
Anything else, is sure SUDDEN death.
By the way, the baby lived.
|Posted on July 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM|
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: (II Thessalonians 1:8)
Paul is clear to say that if someone does not "obey the Gospel" they have a bleak future in Hell, so it's very important to understand what that phrase means.
Here are two more verses, found in the New Testament, that refer to obedience in regards to someone's faith...
"By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH among all nations, for his name:" (Romans 1:5)
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH: (Romans 16:26)
Although these two verses refer to the word "obedience," they don't quite get to the heart of the matter, since they are referring to the past. The first verse says that someone received "grace and APOSTLESHIP" for obeying an existing "faith." And, the second verse, mentioned just above this paragraph, needs to be read in context to understand what's going on...
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
That verse is given to BELIEVERS who are being "established" and OBEYING the command to give the gospel to all nations. THEY (the believers) are the one's who are obeying this charge.
Now that we understand that, what does the phrase "obey the gospel" mean...? Does it mean to show that you are obeying the gospel, by doing good works...? No; NOT AT ALL. It means that you BELIEVE it!
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)
Paul said in I Corinthians fifteen...
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
The key word to APPLY THIS VERSE to someone's soul is found in verse two. It is the word "BELIEVED."
You mean that you have to do good things like, KEEP THE LAW, OBEY THE LAW, GO BY THE LAW, GO BY THE COMMANDMENTS, in order to be saved...?
...That was the REASON for the Gospel, to begin with. WE CAN'T KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, BUT SOMEONE WHO COULD KEEP THEM, DIED IN OUR P-L-A-C-E. That's the the GOOD NEWS; that's the gospel. It's the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for our sins.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (II Corinthians 5:21)
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (I Peter 3:18)
When we receive him (John 1:12) as our Saviour, He bears our sins, and we receive His righteousness.
The BAD news is, we deserve to die for our sins and, according to a holy God, we deserve to pay for those sins OURSELVES, in Hell, for eternity.
The GOOD news is, if we believe on Christ as our Saviour, NO MATTER WHAT WE DO AFTERWARDS, we are saved from that moment on. In fact, we get His righteousness FOREVER. Why? Because He SEALS us with His Holy Spirit of promise.
Salvation is free for the asking, Friend. You can be SAVED today...
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)
Romans 10:16 But they have not all OBEYED THE GOSPEL. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
The quote was not, For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath been baptized... or who hath turned his life around... or who has kept the commandments.... but "WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?"
|Posted on June 26, 2018 at 3:35 PM|
You can't bash someone, for a long time, for having false/bad doctrine and you continue in yours. It just doesn't work that way. Sooner or later the Lord will call you on the SAME carpet that you've called others on to answer for the exact SAME allegations that you've accused them of having. "—BAD doctrine."
Your turn is coming...
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)
|Posted on June 18, 2018 at 9:10 PM|
I've heard it said, on more than one occasion, that “in type” (in this case, “the type” precedes the actual person) David is a type of Christ in that he has three distinct offices: prophet, priest and king.
It's clear that David is a prophet (Psalm 110 for example) and, obviously, he was the second King in Israel, but, what throws me off is his priesthood. How is he a ''priest?'' Does this have something to do with the Melchizedek priesthood ("The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." Psalms 110:4 and Hebrews 7:17)? It is also "...evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood..." (Hebrews 7:14) and so did DAVID!!! (I Chronicles 2:1-15)
Well, it seems like, I must have answered my own question from the beginning.
With your permission I will elaborate more on my answer, as I figure it out...
Being that (GOD!!! SAID) David was “a man after” His “own heart” (I Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), He (GOD!!!) gave him (David) not ONLY the “sure mercies of David” (Acts 13:34), but he also PREFIGURED, IN TYPE, the priest/king that would be born from his (own) loins...
“...Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh...” Romans 1:3
“It is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning” [the Aaronic] “priesthood.” (Hebrews 7:14) But, in the same breath David came out of the same TRIBE as our Lord, since our Lord was in his loins! ...JUDAH.... (I Chronicles 2:1-15)
...when someone points out that David had ALL three offices (respectively: Prophet, PRIEST [the subject at hand] and King), David fits the bill perfectly as long as we consider that his life PREFIGURES the coming Messiah (who would have fulfilled all THREE offices HIMSELF, when He returns as "King of kings").
The Priesthood [the subject at hand] is PREFIGURED IN TYPE. David (unlike Saul who intrudes into the LEVITICAL priesthood by offering up a sacrifice and is punished by his dethronement), is ALLOWED to wear an ephod—reserved only for the high priest (Exodus 28), and eats holy bread (I Samuel 21:6, Matthew 12:4), also reserved ONLY for the priesthood. (Leviticus 24:5-9. Especially, verse 9)
REMEMBER: Melchizedek and Christ BOTH had “bread and wine” as the representations of their express [Hebrews 1:3—used here as an expression, meaning “denoted”] ministries. Christ's (bread and wine) was seen at the last supper (Mark 14:22-25), sure. But let's NOT forget His statement in John six...
“31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread [like David ate] which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (Note: This BREAD and wine... will be like THE EVERLASTING PRIEST'S bread—HE, who was after the order of Melchizedek, who will offer it FOREVER to those who join him in that priesthood. [THE subject at hand.])
By the way, DAVID (who prefigured the Messiah's coming ministry during his lifetime: namely, Prophet, PRIEST and King) will sit on the throne in EARTHLY Jerusalem just as Jesus (who was a prophet, is a PRIEST today and tomorrow, a King) will sit on His throne in NEW Jerusalem.
|Posted on June 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM|
"They were saved in the same way in the Old Testament as they are, today, in the New...." "The Jews were looking 'forward' to the cross, we are looking back..."
The disciples didn't understand and wasn't "looking forward to" Jesus coming to die for their sins. They were ALL Old Testament Jews, and NOT ONE OF THEM were looking for Jesus to die for their sins. Want PROOF...? Scripture...?
Matthew 16:21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Mark 9:30 ¶ And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. 31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Luke 18:31 ¶ Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
John 2:18 ¶ Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
|Posted on June 2, 2018 at 6:45 PM|
"The hair of his head began to grow again..." (Judges 16:22)
Something that many of the brethren who proclaim, after someone sins, that "God has put that person on a shelf—NEVER to be used of Him again," have never considered that the "hairs of" someone's "head" will BEGIN to grow A-G-A-I-N, AFTER they were initially "shaven" off as a result of the ravages of sin.
"...So the dead which he slew at his death were MORE than they which he slew in his life." (Judges 16:30)
|Posted on March 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM|
I know, I know. This train is no longer on a train track. But, it is still a people mover. Obviously, it's not the intended purpose of the creator/designer for it to be used this way. But, it's still effective. It's still useful. It still has some purpose.
Don't give up, Christian. Just when you think that God has put you on a shelf (I Corinthians 9:27), there are still things you can do for His glory. It might not be your ideal situation or the one you dreamed would be His ideal will. And, you might only help a few people before you just rust out. But, please, for Jesus sake, don't lose heart. Stay as strong physically, morally and spiritually as you are able. God is not done with you, yet.
|Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:45 AM|
When witnessing to people who are not saved, I point to a chair close by and say...
"See that chair over there...?
...Either you are trusting it or not to hold you up completely."
Then I go and sit in the chair with my feet on the ground and ask the person, "Am I trusting in this chair to hold me up...?"
Inevitably, they always say "Yes..."
After they answer, I reply, "...You are wrong... >>>MY FEET ARE STILL ON THE GROUND<<<." Then, I lift my feet up, and tell them, "Now, I am fully trusting the chair, COMPLETELY."
"...You don't go to Heaven trusting Jesus AND being a good person. You trust in His death on the cross to pay for your sins, his burial and glorious resurrection."
|Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:15 PM|
The biggest hypocrite in the world is... a LIVING abortionist. Someone before you gave you a chance to live, and you took it, and continue to live. What makes you think you're better than the baby, living in someone's womb that YOU think needs to be destroyed? Why not give someone else the SAME chance at life that God gave you? Please read, Exodus chapter one.
|Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:10 PM|
The Lord gave you two eyes, so that you can consistently keep an eye on both of these issues...
"That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints...." (Romans 15:31)
There are two types of people watching you...
The unsaved that "do not believe," and "the saints" that are watching your "service."
They BOTH have expectations of you. And, they both want you to please them--is WHY they are watching you so very closely.
While you are tempted to watch them back (with "both" eyes, like I pointed out), it's better to keep them BOTH on Jesus and please Him in singleness of heart.
Now, let's read this verse, again...
"That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints...." (Romans 15:31)
This verse should remind us that we shouldn't be upset when people are watching us. Well, the question comes in, WHY? ...Why are they watching us...? They are watching us, because they want to judge us. Believe me, I for one don't like being judged--especially by my peers, and I'm sure that you don't like it, either. What I have learned over the years, though, is that everyone has an opinion. Men want to judge, because they believe that their standards are the litmus test for truth. Even unsaved people think that their standard of righteousness will hold water, when in fact that standard is seated in the wheelhouse of their own making, on a sinking vessel.
We SHOULDN'T "marvel" (I John 3:13--expression) that even the greatest of men, like Jesus and Paul (who wrote those words above), had their own detractors. The catalyst for all this...? JUDGMENT. (Imagine that! During His Earthly ministry, mere men judged God incarnate.) If men like these were judged for their life and service, shouldn't we be, also?
My bottom line is that NO ONE gets out of being judged. I don't like it; you don't like it and, if the truth be told, no one likes it.
After the Apostle Paul received the heavenly vision from a holy saviour who got his attention, everything changed. He would now live the rest of his life in trepidation of pending judgment, as a sure thing, from a perfect Judge. (II Corinthians 5:10)
The reason that Paul spent the last part of his ministry proving his apostleship was for others, and not for himself. He had nothing to prove. He knew what Jesus had called him to do and no matter what people thought about him, he succumbed to their judgment through the power of God... "weakness."
II Corinthians 13:
3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
|Posted on December 25, 2017 at 11:40 AM|
Guest Post by George Streets
When a disagreement arises about the Bible, it is common to hear, "That's your interpretation." Which may or may not be so. But the Bible is not to be interpreted, it is to be believed. The criteria for understanding that book is: "What does it say, who does it say it to, and where does it say it?" "A text without a context is a pretext."
II Peter 1:20, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." Which simply means, that we are not to take a verse of scripture and apply our opinionated "interpretation" to it. We are to take into consideration the criteria I delineated for you. Frankly, one man's interpretation is just as good as another. But when the scripture is examined (which we are commanded to do) contextually, then it will yield absolute truth, all interpretations be hanged.
I am a machinist by trade. Our company regularly receives orders which are repeat orders, and usually the customer will send a drawing of the product we are to make along with the order. This drawing tells us how the part is supposed to come out when completed. These drawings commonly have a number or letter at the bottom called a "revision" number. This indicates that there has been a change in design. If we fail to observe that revision number and continue to make the part as we did in the past we will actually make something which is not what the customer ordered.
One of the most insidious lies which has ever been told is the lie that it is necessary to be baptized to be saved. The problem is that there is scripture for it. Campbellites (generally Church of Christ, and United Pentecostals) appeal to Acts 2:38 as proof that water baptism is NECESSARY for a sinner to be saved. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." There it is, plain as day. And, if we "privately interpret" that verse we must demand baptism in water for salvation. But, "what does it say:" It says baptism is necessary for the remission of sins. "Who does it say it to?" It says it to a group of Jews (vs. 5) who had just crucified a man (Jesus) who had offered himself to them AS THEIR KING. Note that the demand of the verse is "...repent...be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU..." (unlike the Gospel call to anyone). It is a call to NATIONAL repentance, NATIONAL forgiveness of sins.
"Where does it say it:" It says it in the early chapters of the book of Acts (Acts is a transitional book which is easily seen by just watching the flow of the narrative: Peter to Paul, Jews to Gentiles, signs to no signs.) Now skip forward to Acts 10 (transitional, remember) vs. 43, "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." So, the subject is the same: "How to receive remission of sins." But under "What does it say:" "...whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." Under the heading, "Who does it say it to:" Gentiles instead of Jews. Under the heading, "Where does it say it:" It is said AFTER the Jews in Acts 2 (minus a few thousand) rejected Peter's message, It is said after the Jews in Acts 4 beat the apostles and commanded not to preach in his name, it is said after Stephen was stoned in Acts 7 as a rejection of his message of Jesus as their messiah. Totally different audience than in Acts 2. Also, note that, unlike Acts 2:38, it is not a call to EVERY ONE OF YOU, but a call to ANYONE OF YOU (whosoever). Not a NATIONAL CALL TO REPENTANCE but an INDIVIDUAL CALL TO REPENTANCE. Now look at vs. 47, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Did you see that? These folks received the remission of sins, and the Holy Ghost, WITH THE EVIDENCE OF TONGUES, but they HAVE NOT BEEN BAPTIZED YET.
Now, none of this in anybody's INTERPRETATION. It is simply comparing scripture with scripture. If you were in the audience in Acts 2, you would have been required to be baptized in Jesus' name to receive the remission of sins. However, the subjects, and the message changed by Acts 10 and the requirement for a sinner to be saved became faith alone.
Often, what seems like one "religion's" INTERPRETATION conflicting with another "religion's" INTERPRETATION is simply a failure to "rightly divide" (II Timothy 2:15) the scriptures and determine, "What has been said, who was it said to, and where was it said?"
And, when it comes to the matter of the "remission of sins" and my eternal destiny, it is no subject to be dismissed lightly. Hence, if we take a means of obtaining "remission of sins" which is no longer the means of obtaining "remission of sins," and apply it to ourselves we will no more actually HAVE THE REMISSION OF SINS than our company will have provided what the customer ordered if we attempt to pass off on OLD REVISION for a current order.
|Posted on November 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM|
STOP and THINK...
Did you ever consider that you are excelling in your blessings (today) because the judgment of God is falling upon a nation for their sins...?
It happened here...
While others were going INTO captivity "carried away...into Babylon..."
8 ¶ And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. (Jeremiah thirty-nine)
...God saw fit, AT THE SAME TIME, to let the captain of the guard leave the poor of the land to prosper as slaves...
10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time. (Jeremiah thirty-nine)
God's grace was extended to the "poor of the people, WHICH HAD NOTHING" while others "AT THE SAME TIME" were being taken captive for their NATIONAL sins.
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
I was on my way to church this morning, when, after about a mile or so of driving, I had turned the corner to view the picture before you. There was a yard sale in progress. Right before you got to the yard sale, a few signs stood out. Two had the words “Yard Sale” on them and one, in a prominent place, said “Be Kind —God.”
I thought to myself, “Out of every saying/scripture that could be posted for all the world to see—in a prominent place, no less, I wonder why they chose those words?”
Listen. If I wanted to get a message out, I wouldn't have wasted time, money and effort to tell someone to “Be Kind.” I'd want to proselytize them with something much more important, like Death, Hell and Judgment. That's the kindest thing I could ever do for someone who didn't know their future.
If these sign makers wanted to keep the theme about being "KIND," they could have quoted Ephesians 4:32, which says...
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Now that would make a sign! God forgave you of all your sins IN Christ. What a message to pass on.
Here are some signs that will point someone to the most important thing a man or woman needs to know in order to miss Hell and Judgment; telling them how to gain Heaven forever...
|Posted on July 25, 2017 at 6:35 PM|
Guest commentary, by Tim Breckheimer (c) 2017
Social media is not an overnight phenomena. It has actually been around for quite a while. It started using social media back in the early to mid 90's when AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ and Yahoo Groups were the big things. But when things like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube showed up, social media exploded. As with any trend, the question comes up as to whether it is okay for a Christian to take part in it. Is social media completely bad? Or can it be used for some good?
Over the years I have heard many preachers who have either spoken about or preached against the use of social media from the pulpit. While most will speak against the overuse or abuse of social media, along with warnings of the evils that can be present, some will go as far has to say that Bible believers should not use social media at all. I seen where some pastors will even go as far as bullying their congregations by calling them rebels, or not letting people serve in their church if they use Facebook. Meanwhile, they, themselves, have no problem using YouTube, which is full of trash and filth. Instead of preaching the Book, and letting the Holy Spirit do the convicting, they preach their personal preferences or convictions which often sounds more like a dictatorship.
I often find that those who take such an extreme stand against social media either have no real idea what social media is, had never been on social media, or they were on for a short bit of time and didn't care for it or didn't like what they were seeing their unsaved family and friends post. I get it. I've had to remove some people who constantly posted drama, backbiting, and gossip on Facebook. And there is certainly nothing wrong with preaching against those types of things, because they can happen in everyday life, let alone social media. Can Facebook and other social media be used for evil? Absolutely. But that, in and of itself, does not make those things evil. It is no different than when radio, television and the telephone came on the scene. All of those things are primarily used for evil communications these days. But does that make them evil? No. Can anything good come out of using those things? Yes. Just like radio, television and the telephone, social media is merely a means of communications. How and what you communicate and what you allow to be communicated to you is what is important.
I've heard more than one preacher say that Facebook is like looking out your window to see what your neighbors are up to. And although it sounded funny, it was obvious that these preachers have no idea how Facebook works. First, you can't see anything unless the person posting it has allowed you to see it. Second, posting something on Facebook is no different than making a phone call to tell someone your news. Except with Facebook you can reach a lot of people at once.
It has been said that there are no biblical reasons to use Facebook or other social media. Well, although there are no scriptures that directly relate to social media, there is actually more scripture to support the use of social media than there are for Sunday School, a bus ministry, or inviting a lost person to church. In fact, here are some great scriptural ways that anyone can use social media, like Facebook.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
Facebook is a great way to give your testimony, present the gospel and post scripture in a format where it might be read by friends, family or other lost people.
2. PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP.
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
"If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."
During the week I enjoy the moments of fellowship that I often have with like-minded believers on Facebook. We post about our joys, sorrows, prayer requests and Bible quotes. On more than one occasion I was lifted up by a post on a day when I was feeling down. I have had others tell me the same thing. These are all things we are supposed to do, and when using Facebook as a source to carry those things out, I fail to see where that is evil.
Social mediums, whether it be telephone, internet or face-to-face, should never take the place of the local church. Chatting or having Bible study via those mediums is not a bad thing, but should never replace attending a local, bible-believing church when it is possible.
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
I often use different topics and threads on Facebook as a springboard to a serious Bible study. Comments and Bible references are made, and questions are asked. It is really not a whole lot different then checking out a commentary or reading a book on a certain passage or subject from the Bible. The biggest difference is that questions can be asked to those posting their comments.
So, as you can see there are at least three good, biblical ways to use Facebook. Just like anything else in life that has the potential to be used for both good and evil, it all depends on how you choose to use it.
One last thing I would like to address is this idea going around that Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Facebook the new church. The thing is, this kind of mentality has been around long before Zuckerberg and Facebook. As I stated before, there have been different groups and forums on the internet for more than 20 years. I highly doubt Zuckerberg will succeed in replacing the local church. However, there will always be those who will choose to forsake the assembling together in a local church setting as the Lord originally planned and use social media fellowships as an excuse to not have to go to church. A true Bible believer knows that he or she should attend a local, Bible-believing church when it is possible.
Preacher, please stick with preaching the King James Bible and stop trying to bully people into conforming to your image and living your personal convictions.
I'll leave off with this chapter from the book of Romans.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
|Posted on June 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
Well, in God's wisdom... I help out picking up trash in the complex where I live and a few properties near my home. It helps them, and it gives me something as an older man to occupy my day. (Ecclesiastes 3:22)
Recently, at one of those properties, a man moved in not far from the dumpster where his apartment seems to blend in perfectly with those around him. Lately, as the spring weather arrived and summer surfaced, he's been sitting outside watching me as I pass by every few days or so picking up trash.
As my nature dictates, I watch his face from a distance, every time I passed by. No reaction; no wave; no “hello.”
Did I mention that he is a black man, and I, white.
I said to myself, "This guy has an attitude problem. Here I am picking up after him, and he thinks he's better than me."
The other day, in an area across from his apartment, I was being a little bit more thorough with my task, and, as I was in the middle of the road, I heard a sound. It was coming from that black man sitting in front of his apartment. He called out “Huueer.” I took what he said to mean “Here,” so I quickly moved to the front of his apartment where he was sitting, and looked down to where he was pointing to a few small pieces of trash. When I got done picking them up, I looked in this unfriendly black man's face, only closer this time, to see it slightly disfigured, with one good eye, a dead eye, and, from what I had determined from his voice, a deaf and dumb man. I said to myself, “that answers WHY he seemed so prejudiced against me.” I thought that he had an attitude problem against me for being white, when all along he wasn't friendly—or didn't SEEM friendly, because he couldn't communicate well.
Boy, was that a wake up call.
I thanked him for pointing out the garbage on the ground to me, and, as I kept slowly backing away, sweeping the ground for more, I thanked him again. He made a noise back and, unlike our previous experiences have been, we started to wave to each other.
I think I made a new friend that day. I hope he thinks the SAME way. And, Lord willing, I hope in the future He affords me an opportunity, as we wave at each other in passing, to give him the Gospel.
|Posted on May 2, 2017 at 2:10 PM|
Saved or unsaved, no matter how deep you personally got into sin before you got right with God, for however long it lasted, means nothing as far as your ability to minister to people.
What am I saying...?
You don't have to be a former “druggie” to minister to druggies.
You don't have to be a former letch to assist with those who possess awry sexual behavior.
...And, you certainly don't have to have been a “PK” (Preacher's Kid) to be able to minister to other “Pks” who went astray for a period of time like you did, before you finally got right.
God —I'll say it again, because you are NOT listening— GOD! wants all His children to minister to everyone He puts before them. It's certainly not up to us to pick and choose who the Lord puts in our path to minister to, is it? No, of course not. It's up to Him. The best policy is to let the Lord pick the tool of His choosing. We are not to identify with sinners in their sin by proclaiming to everyone that "our calling" is ONLY toward people with certain kinds of sins and troubles. You'd be hard pressed to show me that way of thinking FROM the scripture.
Has God called you to a certain people... a certain region or country. If so, that's not the subject, in my brief article, that I am referring to here. Has God shown you to minister to women having babies out of wedlock, men or women in jail or a youth or an old folks ministry. Go right ahead. Do it.
What I am referring to are folks that believe ONLY someone who identifies with people who have certain sins they once committed themselves are the best ones to minister to them. Poppycock. That's not up to you to decide, it's up to the Lord.
Your ministry—the ministry that God wants you to have is to live a holy life and preach the Gospel.
You are to take the word of God and to minister. Nothing more, nothing less.
Listen to what Isaiah said...
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Our job is to give out God's word. His job, if you please, is to use it.
Don't forget, Paul said...
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God...Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (I Corinthians 2:4-5, 12-13)
The Lord doesn't want you—who, by the way, fell into the SAME sin traps they did—to get the glory for helping someone out, He wants it ALL for Himself.
“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:31)
The sooner you are willing to admit that of your own self you can do nothing without the power of God, and the sooner you lay aside your man-made schemes to help Him out, the sooner He just might decide to use you....