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Pray the Pope accepts the Gospel!

Pray the Pope accepts the Gospel!


Posted By on Sep 29, 2015

Christians pray diligently for the Roman pope Francis, that this man will embrace our Lord Jesus Christ-alone, and Jesus propitiatory work, through His brutal death on the cross for our sins, His bodily Resurrection, and Ascension into Heaven; life offered to those who seek our Triune God-alone.  Hope, eternal hope, is offered to those who seek, and are given never-ending peace, peace, without constant works, but through complete submission and obedience to our Triune God! Our Lord God has revealed Himself in creation and through the fully sufficient Word, the Bible, for which we have absolute Truth. Eph. 2:8,9, Romans 5....

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“I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me.”   1 Cor. 4:16   While reading the New International Version of the Bible, I noticed a rather disturbing and disillusioning fact.  What ought to be the word “exhort” for the Greek word parakaleo, was often exchanged for a less urgent, non-imperative word that weakens the authors intent.  In many instances, “encourage” is employed, substituting exhort into many modern English translations of the Bible.  In certain passages, the word parakaleo in the original Greek language, was intended as a “calling out” or “admonishment”, to its recipient and therefore, should not be substituted with a word that removes the author’s intent.  If you use encourage for instance, you will not be conveying an admonishment to someone and the power of the passage is lost.  Therefore, all believers should be  familiar with the word exhort or exhortation, because it conveys a truer context to a specific passage of Scripture.  This is vitally important, when warning the flock of false teachers who threaten the church with pernicious doctrines.   If you juxtapose the words encourage and exhort, you will discover a significant difference in their meaning.   For instance, the definition of the word encourage according to the Random House Dictionary, is defined; “To inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence“; “to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc“; “to promote, advance, or foster.”  The word exhort, on the other hand, is defined: “to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.” As used in such texts: Acts 2:40, 20:2, 1 Cor. 1:10, 4:16, 1 Thess. 4:1, 2 Thess. 3:12, 2 Tim. 4:2, Ti. 1:9, 2:15, 1 Pet. 5:1; Jude 3-KJV).  Notice the significant diversity between these words in the definitions.   Please understand, “encourage” and “exhort” are interchangeable in many verses of the Bible.  For example, the same Greek word parakaleo is used to “encourage” in the following verses: Acts 11:23, 14:22, 16:40, 20:2, 27:34, 1 Cor. 14:31, Col. 2:2, 4:8, 1 Thess. 3:2, 5:11, or Heb. 3:13.  Or, it is also used to “comfort”, as in: Matt. 2:2, 5:4, Luke 16:25, Acts 20:12, 2 Cor. 1:4, 7:6, 7:7, Eph. 6:22, 1 Thess. 3:7, 4:18, 2 Thess. 2:17.  But, when parakaleo was meant to convey solemnity, caution, warning, or urgency; the English word exhort is the more accurate and appropriate word choice.  It is extremely important to accurately represent God’s intended meaning, when translating the original language into various languages.  Many times it is extremely difficult or virtually impossible, to translate certain Hebrew of Greek words or phrases exactly; in this case, into English.  Therefore, it was essential to utilize the most fitting word or phrase to translate God’s...

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I AM to be Worshiped!

I AM to be Worshiped!


Posted By on Aug 2, 2015

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58  “And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God’s Son!'” Matt. 14:33      Much ink has been spilled on whether or not Jesus Christ is God, especially since He never proclaimed the exact words, I am God in any of the four Gospels.   It is however, understandable that the unregenerate man doubts and opposes Christ’s deity, because they know not the things of God and considers them foolishness (1 Cor. 2:14).  But, what I find extremely disconcerting, is the fact that there are many professing Christians who deny Jesus’ deity, whether out of ignorance or blatantly.  I can understand those who are ignorant of the truth and pray they soon become enlightened.  But, it is those who are exposed to the truth and still deny it.  Tragically, many of these deniers or heretics as they should be referred; teach at Christian seminaries, churches; engage in debates, make public assertions, publish literary and video works, pervert the teachings of Christ; all  under the guise of Christianity.  Such pseudo-Christians are the most pernicious  to the church, because they assume a certain amount of credibility within the evangelical realm.  This makes their erroneous assertions difficult to disprove because they have duped minds.  Such pseudo-Christians do the most destruction, because they pollute pure innocent minds with cleverly-plotted deceptions (2 Cor. 11:14-15); even some true Christians are led astray by lies regarding Jesus.  Interestingly, even Satan and his demons recognized Jesus as the “Son of God.” (Matt. 8:29, Mk. 5:7, Luke 4:3, 4:9, 4:34, 4:41, 8:28).  As the book of James states; “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble” (James 2:19).  If only believers would discipline themselves to thoroughly search the Scriptures, saturate their minds with the published works of reputable theologians, and study church history; they would be virtually impervious to the trappings of false teachers. (Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 2:15).   However, if the whole of Scripture is considered, we can easily determine by the sheer weight of evidence  pointing to Jesus Christ’s deity, it is indeed a biblical truth.   In his book, The Forgotten Trinity, Dr. James White wrote; (1) “There are literally hundreds–no thousands–of passages that testify to the deity of Christ once we understand that no creature could possibly do or say the things that the Lord Jesus did. we would not be able to catalogue them in this brief work”.  Jesus’ claim to deity was not only overt by His many proclamations, but also...

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Encouragement To The Church Family!

Encouragement To The Church Family!


Posted By on Jun 28, 2015

America’s laws are changing so rapidly, drastically, and have become so diametrically opposed to God’s holiness, that the time has come for Christians to increase their commitment to the church and family.  Coincidentally, I was listening to a popular “Reformed” evangelical program, when a professing Christian “Sunday school teacher” asked; “How do we help our children as our culture rapidly and morally decays?”  I was stunned by his question.  Patiently, the host provided encouragement to this man, by suggesting that he teach the basic tenants of Christianity laid out in God’s word, but ended his answer by stating; “Children ought to be sitting in pews alongside their parents, listening to sound preaching and teaching and not dropped off at Sunday school and ought to be homeschooled where they can learn God’s truth unhindered”.  Great answer, I thought.  But, I was troubled, as to why any qualified “man of God” would call a show and ask such a fundamental question, as this man did, when we should be able to trust the leaders of our evangelical churches.  Yet it was a dark glimpse of our current culture.   As a “family” of believers we must do all that we can to encourage the children in our churches.  We are a universal “family” of brothers and sisters, and God commands us to love one another.  Therefore if we see any younger people in our churches we need to mentor and guide them, and give our full support to their parents.  As parents, God has entrusted our children to us, to instruct them with great wisdom and do everything possible to saturate children’s minds with the word of God (Duet. 6:5-9).  One way this can be achieved is by eliminating the life-robbing, mind-numbing, highly destructive entertainment, that we know pollutes the innocence of their minds, destroys their ability to “think”, and corrupts their hearts away from God.  Statistics prove the current “techy” generation has scored significantly lower in every area of academics.  So in the place of “entertainment” we ought to provide daily opportunities for our youth to hear and read the sanctifying Scriptures; they need to know that they are part of God’s family.  Part of this encompasses being seated in pews alongside their parents, listening to sermons, hearing the rich theology of hymns and participating each Lord’s Day with the family of God.  Furthermore, church leadership as well as parents ought to encourage instilling of family devotionals as part of their regular diet, and each child should have his or her personal Bible, with daily time alloted for reading alone and with family.  Additionally, it would be tremendously helpful for children to witness their parents behaving as paradigms of godly living...

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I think we would all agree that the word “persecution” brings to mind a variety of thoughts. There are many kinds of persecution. I can remember in the early years of desegregation how often the word “discrimination” was used in the media. Like the word persecution the word discrimination brings to mind various kinds of discrimination. However the Word of God is interested in one main category of persecution and discrimination. It is the oppression and torment associated with standing for the Word of God over and against false gospels.   We often get criticized for our stance against the false hopes of the Roman Catholic religion. We do not believe in the dual errors of ‘go along to get along’ and ‘Christianity is a big tent with many kinds of gospels’. Either of these two ideas will ruin the gospel.   Sometimes the denigration of our outlook brings out some severe chastisement. Here is an excerpt from a recent e-mail sent to me from a Roman Catholic:   “Over the years I have studied the Christian faith and the arguments utilized by proponents and opponents of Roman Catholicism, and among the individuals who possess the lowest caliber of intelligence and ability to think critically would be yourself as well as a few other such Protestant apologists.”   This is a pretty typical response from those who are upset with this ministry. This of course stings a little bit but it hardly qualifies for the persecution and discrimination that some of our brothers and sisters are experiencing all over the world. We take this in stride and try to give a level headed response. We understand that the gospel has a cutting edge to it that makes it the focal point of anger for those who reject it. We also take encouragement from Scripture that promises those who are persecuted and slandered for the sake of the gospel are blessed.   But straight forward antagonism and insult form only one small piece of the persecution pie. We as Christians need to take into account the cost of being Christian. We lose family members and friends who simply do not understand or want to understand the gospel. We live in a world within a world whereby Christian values and ethics can raise the ire of the general worldview of an anti-Christian society. We find ourselves swimming against the current of modern affairs. We are constantly being pushed to the edge of marginalization by the vanity fair of the worldly wise.   Our Lord reminds us to rejoice and be glad for great is our reward in heaven for in the...

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The “Lamb’s Book Of Life”!

The “Lamb’s Book Of Life”!


Posted By on Jun 5, 2015

“And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life” Rev. 20:12b   Imagine if mankind were to become so technologically advanced, they were able to eliminate all printed books. If Christians allowed this to happen, it would be a futile mistake in the eyes of God.  Scripture specifically indicates that at the end of the age God will reference a “book” (perhaps a scroll); those who are His children are written in the “Book of Life.” (Phil. 4:3, Rev. 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27, 22:19). Because the Apostle John preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he was arrested by Roman authorities, and banished to the brutal imprisonment of the island of Patmos. While on Patmos and (1) in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, John received a series of visions from God, which prophesied future things. He was commanded by Jesus Christ in a loud voice; “Write in a book what you see…”! Superintended by the Holy Spirit the Apostle wrote everything down. After which he was to send what he documented, to seven specific churches, the precise judgment by our Lord Jesus, according to their deeds. (Rev. 1:11). Incidentally, John wrote the entire book of Revelation while seeing these visions. The main theme of the book of Revelation is the exaltation of Jesus Christ–His blazing glory; Lordship over the church; His second coming, judgment of mankind, defeat of Satan, and the new eternal state.   Because we have these facts written in the Bible, our children and our children’s children should possess knowledge of the Bible in book form.  We must encourage them to study the entire Bible, prayerfully and daily.  This current generation is the first of “evangelicals” who are astoundingly  bereft of basic biblical comprehension.  As indicated before, at the end of the age, God will reference a literal book. Furthermore, I believe there is a unique and unexplainable, divine power that operates through the words of God written in a literal book. Personally, when I study my Bible in this format, I feel a strong sense of awe and wonder regarding the things of God. Historically Christians have studied their Bibles from Old Testament through the New Testament, guided each Lord’s Day by their prospective pastor’s via expository preaching.  It’s the appropriate way to read and study the holy Bible and God’s intended way of reading His word. The Holy Spirit dwells within believers (John 14:17), therefore, as we read the Bible, He illuminates our minds to the truths of Christ and reveals them to our understanding (James 4:5, 1 John 3:24, 4:13, John 16:13, 1 Cor. 2:10, 20, 1 Tim. 3;16-17). Pastor John MacArthur stated; (2)“The Holy Spirit’s ministry in you, His anointing of...

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Digital Bible, Digital Problems!

Digital Bible, Digital Problems!


Posted By on May 24, 2015

Digital Bible, Digital Problems! As a culture we are rapidly becoming a paperless society.  Almost all matters pertaining to business and leisure are being accomplished on personal Smart Phones, ipads, Tablets, Kindles, MP3, 4 Players, etc.  Many Christians are preferring to read their Bibles on state-of-the-art digital devices, thus eliminating books as part of their reading practices.  In fact, eliminating Bibles in book form has become ever-increasingly popular and considered convenient and vogue.  The thought of utilizing a paper Bible, is claimed by many evangelicals, to be cumbersome, superfluous, and time-consuming.  The negative effects upon biblical intelligence has been devastating, especially on the younger adults.  In this quick-paced, “Google it”, “I-want-it-now” generation, the technological industry has aided and abetted this devastation.   Ignorance of the most fundamental tenants of Christianity is on the rise, because  industry is continually inventing new and improved devices, designed to simplify the biblical reading and research experience.  Therefore, we are straying perilously further and further away from the Bible in book form. While auditing a theology class at one of the most prestigious seminaries in America, I observed the theology professor had strictly forbade all electronic devises from being utilized in his classroom and insisted only Bibles in book-form be employed.   Furthermore, whenever he referenced a text of Scripture, he would prompt his students to turn in their Bibles to the passage indicated.  As the professor turned the pages of his Bible, he overtly proceeded slowly and methodically, all the while audibly and sequentially calling out each book as he thumbed by them.  I wondered if others who watched this assumed he was acting harshly and arrogantly having eliminated computers as he educated these students to become familiar with the written Word of God.  I wondered if it appeared as pompous sarcasm, as if he flaunted his intellectual superiority over these fledgling students. However, it wasn’t very long before I determined that assumption would be erroneous.  It was my to joyful astonishment, that after careful observation, most of the students awkwardly fumbled through their Bibles.   I realized they didn’t know the general location of the books of the Bible and needed this professors wisdom and patience.  I was perplexed by this discovery and wondered, just how seminary students could be ignorant to the rudiments of the Bible?   But, concluded that they are victims of this current technological age, which produces every type of new-fangled gadget, designed to eradicate books and their attention span.  Their lacking of basic biblical knowledge is indeed a direct result of this ever-evolving generation.  Therefore, I could not fault them.  Unfortunately, too many of today’s students know of no other way...

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To Rome, Roman Catholics and those praying for them. “A Christian Witness to Roman Catholicism”~Guest writer and apologist, Rob Zins Dear Friends of His Word,   It seems that the apostle Paul has made it perfectly clear that all Christians are to understand that we live in a “world” within a “world”.  Listen to his advice to those Christians at Corinth.   “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.”  1 Corinthians 5:9-10   In the light of all the flak flying around the Indiana state legislature and governor perhaps we should step back and reflect a bit on the basics.   Christians are called to live in the sphere of biblical ethics and morals governed by the Word of God in community with other Christians.  This is where we live, move, and breathe so to speak.  It is the world created by the Word of God and all true Christians are a part of this world.  It is the Body of Christ.   However, as the apostle notes, we are a part of a broader context which Paul calls “the world.”  By this he means those outside of Christ.  One is either governed by being in Christ and His world or dominated by the wider more general “world” when it comes to living out one’s life and following principles of belief and conduct.   Christians must learn to cope with and “associate” in the domain of the secular world.  We cannot escape the secular world.  If we keep this straight we can be comforted.  We can rest in this truth and make our way knowing that we are strangers passing through.   Christians are free to do at least two things that seem on the surface contradictory but are in fact harmonious.   The first is freedom to associate with people of this world.  By association I do not mean endorse or become like. The danger for Christians is not in selling wedding cakes to Lesbians.  The danger is in selling cakes and not speaking the truth.  Christians cannot stop selling cakes to sinners.  And Christians dare not stop speaking the truth to sinners.  Second we are free to live by God’s definition of right and wrong, good and evil, and speak publicly of these things despite the wrath of the secular world.  Christians must serve the cake, cobble the shoe, deliver the mail, fix the air conditioning, and sell the car...

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God’s Love Is Unconditional!

God’s Love Is Unconditional!


Posted By on Apr 9, 2015

God’s Love Is Unconditional! Recently, while studying God’s love, I meditated on the vastness of this divine characteristic and was overcome with emotions of joy and hope.  Overwhelmed with the incredible depth and breadth of the love that God exhibits toward His elect, is utterly astonishing. As I pondered the love of God I began to recognize how replete this subject is throughout the Bible, and one word continuously came to mind– “unconditional”. We know that God exhibits love to the unregenerate man and even blesses them despite their lack of worshipping Him as Creator. (Matt. 5:45, Acts 14:16-17).  But, He only bestows “unconditional” love on those who are His chosen.  Amazingly, we are not a special class of people, nor did we accomplish anything special to earn His unconditional love.  (Deut. 7:6-7, John 3:16, 6:37, 19:28-29, 17:6, 9, 12, 23, Rom. 5:8, 8:32-39, 1 Tim. 2:19, 1 Pet. 2:9, 1 John 3:16, 4:9-10).   The word “unconditional” is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, as: without conditions or limitations; absolute.  If we apply this definition to describe God’s love, it defines a limitless and perfect love.  God’s love is an inconceivable and mindboggling concept to Christians.  And because of its immeasurability many are uncomfortable trying to accurately convey His love, because it is so unexplainable.  Scripture states for example”…How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out”. (Rom. 11:33b). Or, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge…” (Eph. 3:19a). These verses communicate to a finite creation (mankind), the unfathomable and inscrutable ways of an infinite God (Isa. 55:8-9). Therefore, it would be preposterous and pointless to even try to exhaustively comprehend His ways, because of that limited knowledge.  The mysteriousness of God ought to evoke us to praise and worship Him.  No matter how much knowledge we attain, we still are required to live by faith (Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, 2 Cor. 5:7, Gal. 3:11, Heb. 10:28).  Because there is so much about God that we cannot comprehend, so we must believe on what we do not see (Heb. 11:1).   Sadly, we live in a society where every aspect of life is based on conditions and limitations.  For instance, when we purchase a product that promises a lifetime warranty; the warranty is not for the duration of your physical lifetime, but rather, for the average lifetime of that particular product.  Therefore, the product has a conditional and limited warranty.  Debts are other typical conditions which play a vital part in all our lives.  If a debt or installment is not paid by a specific payment date, it may incur interest or go to...

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Jesus Christ, Paradigm Of Agapé Love! “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands…rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.   After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”                                                                                                                          John 13:3-5  For most Christians, no other passages in the Bible are referenced regarding the characteristics of “love”, as the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, also known as “the love chapter”.  In fact, even the secular world references them virtually at ad-infinitum ad-nauseam.  They will extrapolate these verses from the Bible and attach them onto cute clichéd post cards, plaques, walls frames, bumper stickers, etc, even though they cannot comprehend the depth of biblical love (1 Cor. 2:14).  But perhaps the greatest exhibition of love recorded in Scripture, second only to Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, occurred in the Upper Room, where Jesus Christ spent His final evening of freedom with His beloved disciples, washing their feet and instructing them of things to come.  Mere hours later, He would endure an ignominious and barbaric execution by means of crucifixion, which, historically, was considered the most brutal way to be put to death. What made the scene even more disturbing and sorrowful, was the fact that all His disciples (except John) would forsake Him that very evening upon His arrest.  Being omniscient, Jesus was cognizant that such abandonment would occur.  But, even knowing what would take place, He astonishingly girded Himself with a servants towel and proceeded to wash the disciples dirty feet. (John 13:3-12).  Here was God, Creator of the universe, and Savior of mankind; condescended to the level of an insignificant galley slave, washing the feet of sinful men!   Furthermore, Jesus washed Judas Iscariot’s feet; the very disciple who would betray Him unto His arrest and murder!   Jesus Christ’ sacrificial exhibition was the quintessence of loving your enemies.  With perfection He demonstrated exactly what He preached in the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt. 5:44) As  He finished washing their feet, He instructed them; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  “By...

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