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Do We ‘Cherry Pick’ the Scriptures?

Do We ‘Cherry Pick’ the Scriptures?

The other day I was talking to a young lady who seemed to me one of the “beautiful people”—just starting a family and wanting just the truth for them.

During the conversation she said. “A lot of preachers are ‘cherry pickers’.”—meaning they pick out a scripture, take it out of context, and try to make that one verse mean more than God intended.

We know that is a common practice. Let’s look at a few examples.

Salvation:

  1. By faith—John 3:16 “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.” Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 13:39 “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” But not by faith only: James 2:24 “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” John 12:42 “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:”
  2. By repentance—Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Acts 2:38 “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.” Acts 11:18 “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” But not by repentance alone!
  3. By confession—Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But not by confession only! Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Mark 3:11 “And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.” John 12:42 “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:”
  4. By baptism—Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Acts 2:38 “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.” Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” But not by baptism alone! John 8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” 1 John 4:14-15 “14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

Synecdoche is the word that means using a part of something to explain the whole.

I remember very well the “Great Depression”. I also remember people thinking about their parents being good providers. Many times they would say. “Dad always kept a roof over our heads or mother always put food on the table.” We know that being a good provider involves much more than a “roof” or “food”—using a part to represent the whole.

We know that sometimes the Bible will use one part to refer to the whole—faith, repentance, confession, and baptism. That is why Paul could say in Acts 20:26-27 “26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

That is the reason for declaring the “whole counsel of God” and exposing any false teaching along the way.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Should We Ignore Them?

Should We Ignore Them?

I’ve been asked many times. “Why are you so hard on false teachers?” “Why don’t you just ignore them?” “After all, what harm do they do?”

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” (2 Peter 3:16-17)

Let’s not be unlearned or unstable. You have evidently forgotten about Jim Jones. He was a false teacher that deceived many. When things got too ‘hot’ for him in America, he took his deceived followers to another country and set up his little domain. When our government was closing in on him, he talked many of his ‘believers’ into committing suicide. Those who would not kill themselves were murdered by his thugs. Now you tell me—what harm can they do!

Remember the guy in Waco, Texas—same thing—completely deceived people. There was loss of life in both cases mentioned. A lot of drugs and all kinds of sinful sex acts—what harm can they do?

One more—a comet was going to pass close enough to earth so people could see it. Twisting the scriptures, a ‘teacher’ in California persuaded some (I forgot the number) to commit suicide so they could be drawn up into the comet and have everlasting life.

If I were a gambler, I would bet the farm that all those that died following these ‘ravening wolves’ left loved ones behind that would have gladly given the farm if someone would have exposed these false teachers in time to save their loved ones.

That’s just three examples. Let’s notice what the Lord said in the greatest sermon man has ever heard. (Matthew 7:15-23) “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

I’ve made it easy for you and put the scriptures right in front of you. Now, let’s analyze it:

  1. Christ said they look good just like little lambs. The reality is they are ravening wolves.
  2. The right kind of teaching brings forth good fruit—real Christians.
  3. Many kinds of teachers bring forth bad fruit—ones the Lord will not accept. How will we know the difference without knowing our scriptures?
  4. The bad fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
  5. Remember these scriptures. (Matthew 7:21-23) Good people, trusting people, and folks that do a lot of good will be lost.

It’s a matter of authority—who do we trust and follow?—God’s word?—or do we let the wolf change a word here and there and teach us wrong?

Read this scripture carefully—James 2:8-12

Now if you really want to get your money’s worth, Read for yourself Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, and Revelation 22:18-19.

When you read from your own Bible it will stay with you longer and mean more to you.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Needle in a Haystack

Needle in a Haystack

My great-grandfather might have said. “Why that’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” He would have meant—you have given him an impossible task. Two hundred years ago that might have been true, but with today’s technology, radar, and metal detectors we could find that needle.

The same is true about the Bible. Years ago, especially on our western frontier, Greek and Hebrew dictionaries (even English dictionaries) were in very short supply. So people (very good people) relied on their preacher, the “big shot”, their leader to tell them what a word meant. Of course the “big shots” differed in the definitions. The results were different denominations.

Today I’ll deal with just one word—one word that made all the difference in the world! That word is “for” as used in Acts 2:38. “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.”

By the way, I never write one of these post without a Greek copy of the New Testament right in front of me. I also learned over 60 years ago to never ask a man or go to a source that “has a dog in the fight”. You old-timers know what that means—never depend on a man that has a reason to be biased or prejudiced!

I have used this example many times: You want to buy a car, and there are two or three new car dealerships in town. One of the dealers has a brother-in-law working for him. I wouldn’t put much stock in the brother-in-law’s recommendation since he might have a good reason to be biased or prejudiced. I don’t advise you to ask the wife of the car dealer either. Maybe she is looking forward to getting a new mink coat for Christmas! She would certainly have a reason to be prejudiced. Go to someone (if you must) that’s completely unbiased and neutral. That you know will tell you the truth!

The study of the Bible has many of the same problems. You ask a Methodist preacher what a scripture or word means, and he will tell you what the Methodist teachers taught him. Ask the same question of a Baptist preacher, and he will tell you what the Baptist teachers taught him. The same is true of Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Catholic, or most any of the rest.

Look it up for yourself! (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 said at the beginning I would deal with one word—“for”—as used in Acts 2:38. Now I know this will hit hard, but I am ready for that so bring it on!

The English word “for” is used in several contexts. Example: You pay “for” something in advance; you pay “for” the privilege of seeing a ballgame; you pay “for” a meal that you have already eaten. Both are considered correct—like the English word “light”. We use this word in several contexts—bright light, dim light, red light, and then someone says he has a light touch.

The English word “for” is translated from the Greek word “Eis” which the real Greek scholars define as “with a view to”—you do something expecting something desired to happen. Remember these scholars are the men that do not have “a dog in the fight”. I refer to such men as Joseph Thayer and Robert Young—whose scholarship has never been questioned.

Okay but where does this lead? I have before me a book “The Baptist Faith and Message” written by Herschel H. Hobbs (1907-1995). I am absolutely convinced that Mr. Hobbs was a very good man. We would all like to have such a good man as a neighbor. But he did not check his facts; he too took someone’s word that had a “dog in the fight”.

He taught on page 74 that a person is forgiven when he believes in Christ, and that he is saved without being buried with his Lord in baptism (Romans 6:1-6, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21). He taught that the Greek word “Eis” in Acts 2:38 means “because of”—in his words, no need to be baptized to be saved and go to Heaven—just believe. But, he was wrong. False teaching! In the entire New Testament, “Eis” is never translated “because of”.

I know I am in the minority here. There are at least a dozen preachers reading this who disagree with me, so I’ll give you a challenge: Just find “one” scripture where “Eis” is translated “because of”. I’m sure there are many readers that would like to see that scripture also!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

The Bible and the College Professor

The Bible and the College Professor

It just takes a little common sense for a person to realize that the Bible has to be the inspired word of God. One good reason is that this “Good Book” stated many scientific facts before mankind knew that there was such a thing as science.

I have great respect for science the word itself means “to know”, and anything scientists “know” always agrees with the Bible

Here is just one: For hundreds of years men agreed with Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). He was recognized as a great scientist and philosopher. He was convinced that “we” got our “light” from the sun and other heavenly bodies (such as moon, stars, etc.). And most, if not all, of the “educated” world said. “Old Newt is right—our light comes from the sun and other shiny things in the sky. This is the source of light.”

Now that our scientists know a little more about such things, apparently all agree that there was a great “source of light” in the universe before the sun came into existence. That was considered a great discovery! There are a few different “theories” about this great light (remember that a theory is just a guess and not a fact). But most agree that this great light did exist before the sun.

Picture this: A college professor was giving his favorite theory about the light. He finished his lecture by saying. “Well, that just disproves the old Bible idea that the sun is the source of light! In fact, it proves the Bible to be out of date!”

There was a young man in his class named George DeHoff that asked a very familiar question—“Where does the Bible say that?” The good professor said. “Well, I don’t know but everybody knows that it does.”

George took a Bible (I guess from his brief case), passed it up the row, and asked his professor to read from Genesis 1:1-3. The professor learned that the first words that God spoke were “let there be light”. The young student asked the professor to read Genesis 1:14-19, and it told that 4 creation days later God made the sun.

I must give the professor credit for being honest because when he realized that the Bible was right up to date. He said. “Well, the Bible just made a jackass out of me.”

George said later that he agreed with the professor, but since grades hadn’t come out yet he did not tell him so.

Since I don’t have any grades to be posted, I can say it. For over 60 years, I’ve noticed that when anyone goes up against the Bible they experience the same results as the college professor.

Common Sense: Moses wrote that thousands of years before man even thought about it. Let’s not be completely stupid! Moses gave an up to date scientific fact when no one else “knew”. I would just like for more people to know—There is no other book in the world like the Bible. It is the only book inspired of God.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

One Blood

One Blood

If my memory serves me correctly, I believe it was in 1958 that I was hospitalized in a military hospital—Castle Air Force Base Merced, California. The problem was ‘loss of blood’ (service connected) so they took good care of me. I can’t remember how many days or how much blood they gave me. I do remember that I was hooked up to IV’s in both arms for several days (boring)—no solid food, just “food” from the IV’s.

The doctor would come in every morning, examine me, and order another unit of blood. I was a S/SGT, and the good doctor was a Captain with bright shiny new captain’s bars. Now I could have been wrong—I was young and maybe I was mistaken—but I thought he had quite a superiority attitude. As the young people say today—“whatever”. But one day I decided to take a little “wind out of his sails”. Sure enough, the next morning he ordered another unit of blood, and I asked a question that seemed to surprise him that I even knew such a fact.

The question was. “Doctor how long has the medical profession known that all men have the same blood?” He looked surprised and answered. “Why that’s very recent—I’d say within the last 50 years.” (about 100 years ago now)

I told him that seems strange to me because I’ve got an old manuscript here (and I pointed to the night stand beside my bed) that had that fact written down about 2,000 years ago.

Now the humorous part is I wasn’t bored that morning. In the one and only drawer, I had several get well cards and letters from well wishers, etc. He didn’t ask permission—he whirled around and started looking.

I really think I could read his mind. He was looking for some real old paper that had recorded that 2000 years ago, and could shake the medical world! Maybe he was thinking he could write an article and get credit for a great discovery.

Picture this—the cards and letters were all jumbled up, but there was a small New Testament on the top of the heap. He just hurriedly laid that aside, and looked at all the rest. When he had examined everything else, he looked over at the New Testament (G.I. Issue) and handed it to me and asked. “Is this what you are talking about?” I turned to Acts 17:26. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”

After he read the scripture, he nodded his head in agreement and walked out without comment. Oh yes, I wanted to ask him. “How come it took you boys so long to figure that one out?” But he was the Captain and I was the S/SGT so I held back on that and let him leave with his thoughts whatever they may have been.

But I will ask you—If God did not give Paul this information, How did he know? No one else knew for centuries!

Personal note: You may wonder if I believe the “one blood” statement. A few years after, I was a civilian and had the old bleeding problem come back on me again. This time I nearly bled to death in my sleep. The nearest little country hospital had a run on O-negative blood the day before. The doctor said O-negative and now or I was going to die. The man who gave me the blood was a black man doing time in the state pen. (that’s a story in itself)

I’m thankful that God made all men of “one blood”, and I’ve thanked God for that black man many times and do right now.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

What Faith Is

What Faith Is

(Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  I know I am repeating myself, but this is important!  We must get this one right.  Hebrews 11:1 is God’s definition of faith.  Most Christians, preachers included, define faith as “a leap in the dark”.

A few days ago, a well-known preacher was being interviewed on national television, and he was asked.  “What is faith?”  For a second I was thrilled—I thought a well-known preacher like this will surely get it right and give God’s definition.  But, alas, he did not.  His answer was “faith is believing that God will do what He says He will do”—Just another way of saying “a leap in the dark”.

How many times have you heard?  “Don’t judge a book by its cover or the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”  This is simple enough—whether it is a “book” or “grandma’s pudding” you must see or taste the evidence.  Then you can really have trust, confidence, or faith in the “book” or “pudding”.  A book may look good or the food may look good and even smell good, but until you “read” or “taste” you just don’t know—“Leap in the dark!”

I still don’t like the idea of “leaping in the dark”.  I prefer to “look before I leap”.  Don’t you?  Let’s notice one verse of scripture.  (Genesis 17:12) “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.”

I don’t know how many times I read that verse before I really paid attention to it.  As part of the covenant with Abraham, God said circumcise the male child on the 8th day.  Did God just pull a number out of a hat or pick one out of the air?  Why not the 7th day?  That is a biblical number used many times.  Why not on the 11th day?  That’s supposed to be a lucky number.  With all the numbers available, why did God pick the 8th day?

When I began to dig a little deeper, I was surprised and even shocked at what I found.  When I get into the field of medicine, it’s easy for me to get in over my head, so I go to the people that know what they are talking about.

I’ll put it in the simplest of terms (that’s the only way that I could understand it).  The “stuff” that is in the blood—I think it is called “Prothrombin”—causes coagulation.  Now here is the surprise part.  When a male child is 8 days old, that “stuff” is twice as high as it is on any day of his life!  Even if that child lives to be a very old man, no danger of him bleeding to death on the 8th day.

Talking to doctors and nurses, I think they agree that one out of 200 male children is a “free bleeder” (they don’t have that “stuff” in their blood)  Stop and think:  Thousands of years ago God in His infinite wisdom put in a “safeguard” for the “free bleeders” even though there was only one out of 200.

Back in those days, many centuries ago, God’s people spent a lot of time in the wilderness where there were no medical associations, American or otherwise, there were no emergency rooms to take a child to or doctors that made house calls.  Why they didn’t even have a Wal-mart or Burger King.

Common Sense—How did the writers of the Bible know this thousands of years before the medical world knew?  The only reasonable answer I can give is that the Creator God that made man told them what to write.  God’s people trusted Him and circumcised the male children on the 8th day for generations.  Even Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day.  (Luke 2:21)

Of course I can’t speak for you, but when I see this kind of “substance”, “assurance”, and “evidence”, it makes my “faith and confidence” stronger in the Bible and God who directed it to be written.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

The Tragedy in Pennsylvania!

The Tragedy in Pennsylvania!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say (or write) it again—This time I want to shout it from the “roof top”—No one appointed me a ruler or judge!  The scriptures will do the judging (John 12:48).

(1 Peter 4:11) “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

At this time, I am not referring to the average member of any denomination—what we sometimes call the “rank and file”.  They are the good people who sit in the pews every Lord’s Day.  They want nothing more than to work and worship as the Lord has required.

I’m talking about their leaders “big shots”, the “experts”, the “teachers” that we believe know what they are talking about (we trust them), and we do our very best to follow them! Now that is the “big” problem!

Catholics:  Most of the Catholics that I’ve known have been the finest kind of friends and neighbors that anyone could hope for.  In fact, the day I was baptized into Christ (February 13, 1955) the good friend who went with me was a Catholic.  He told me later that he made the sign of the cross as I was buried in that water.  He said.  “I hope you didn’t mind.”  Of course I didn’t “mind”.  We were good friends, and I knew he meant well.

I’m talking about the Catholic “official leadership”.

Well “the lid” blew off again.  In Pennsylvania, thousands of lives torn apart.  No one will ever know how much “harm” has been done, nor how many little children have been scarred for life.  Don’t think Pennsylvania is an isolated incident—it is “world wide”!  And it goes all the way to the top!

Foolish, ridiculous, ungodly, hypocritical, stupid, unscriptural, sinful!  Would to God I could think of an adjective to use that would properly describe the horrors that have been going on in the Catholic church for so long, but all of the above is the best I can do at this time.

What makes this far beyond terrible is the fact that God, in His infinite wisdom put safeguards in His inspired word, which the “big shots” so conveniently ignore:

(Acts 14:23) “And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed.”

(1 Timothy 3:1-5) “The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task. 2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, 3 no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way; 5 for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God’s church?”

(Titus 1:5-6) “This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you, 6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate.”

(1 Corinthians 7:2) “But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”

Notice:  A bishop or elder (same office) must be a married man, having raised a Christian family.  If he doesn’t have the ability for that, he cannot be expected to “take care of God’s Church”—If every man had his own wife?????

Before some ill-informed “Priest” says. “Oh, but we use a different Bible”—Let me assure you that the last 4 scriptures are taken from a brand new Catholic Bible!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

History Does Repeat Itself!

History Does Repeat Itself!

The Bible, that “Grand Old Book”, gives us a true history of man from the Garden of Eden down to our present time.  When we read, one thing becomes apparent—history does repeat itself!

We see time and time again that God’s chosen people remained faithful for a period of time; then they would disregard God’s word and become unfaithful to a point where you could hardly recognize them as “God’s chosen people”.

Now, people let’s wake up—whose fault was that?  Read Ezekiel 34—especially verses 7-10.  God’s people were led astray by the “big shots”—sometimes called prophets, rulers, priests, or shepherds.  What we call the “rank and file”, the average member, did not cause Israel to sin!  It was the leaders of the people.

History is repeating the same situation today.  I certainly know that we have good and honest people in every denomination.  They want the truth.  We find the “big shots” are the ones creating the division in the Christian world.  It is not the humble, caring, average members who create the problems.

When someone graduates from a religious school and is given a PhD, he becomes one of the “big shots”.  If he graduates from a Baptist school, he preaches the Baptist doctrine the rest of his life.  If he graduates from a Methodist school, he preaches the Methodist doctrine all of his life.  And so it goes with all the religious schools I’m familiar with.

But God be thanked that there are people who don’t care about the denominational teachings, but just want to know what the Bible teaches on any subject.  In your community these honest people may be in the minority, but God has always had a remnant (a few that are looking for the inspired truth).

Example:  I’ve already given you this example in a previous article what the “big shot” Jerry Falwell said about Acts 2:38—He said in writing.  “That the Apostle Peter should not have used the word baptize in connection with the forgiveness of sins.”  How presumptuous is that?  Remember now that I don’t write anything unless I have the proof right in front of me.

Another example:  A good friend, the nicest kind of person, he and his good wife live by that “golden rule” every day, and they gave me a book written by Herschel H. Hobbs (1907-1995).  I never met Mr. Hobbs—He may have been just as nice as my friend.  In Mr. Hobb’s book, “The Baptist Faith and Message”, he taught on page 74 that the Greek word (Eis) means “because of”.  This is simply not true—Eis is never translated “because of” but “with a view to”.  (I’m referring to the English word “for” in Acts 2:38).

Question:  Why would my good friend say “because of”?  Answer:  I believe he trusted Mr. Hobbs.  Maybe Mr. Hobbs trusted a friend that he respected.  But be that as it may, “Eis” is never translated in the New Testament as “because of” but always “with a view to” (do something so something will happen or come about, meaning “something ahead”).

If you disagree with what I just wrote, just find one scripture that translates “Eis” as “because of” and I’ll repent and acknowledge it in the next article.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

When Will We Stop This Insanity?

When Will We Stop This Insanity?

In most any town, even small towns, you can find 6 or 7 churches.  They have preachers (?) that they look to as religious leaders.

If you get these preachers together and start asking questions, the 6 or 7 different answers you get will bring one word to mind—insanity!

They all say that they use the same Bible, and that the Bible is inspired of God, but we understand it differently—insanity!  If we understood the Bible, we would come up with God’s answer—the right one!  Then, we would have unity.

Many preachers take things “out of context”.  What does that mean?  It means they don’t “get it” (real meaning)—What the scripture is really saying.

Example:  Have you ever heard someone say “The Bible says ‘Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die'”.  The context is the resurrection!  If there be no resurrection, there is no need to be a Christian.  But Paul says. “There is a resurrection.” (1 Corinthians 15:32).  Read the whole 15th chapter, and you will have the whole picture (context).

Another example:  (Luke 12:16-19).  Verse 19 says.  “Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”  But, the next verse (v.20) God called that man a “fool”.  Preachers be careful with the “context”!

So far, I think I’ve been pretty easy on preachers that are preaching a “false doctrine”.  Next time I’ll get down to specifics.

By inspiration Paul and others got right to the problem—named names.  So will I unless someone can give me a “scripture” why I shouldn’t.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Several One Words

Several One Words

Well, now did you become angry when you read the last article dealing with just one word—“body”?  Use your Common Sense and your honest heart, and you will “get over it”.  When you realize that Ephesians 4:4 will read the same at the judgement as it does today.

(John 12:48) ” He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Today we shall notice several “one words”.  Yes I know that some may become angry, but at least we will have a chance to learn something!

  1. Salvation by faith:  John 3:16.  Acts 10:43.  Acts 13:39.  Acts 16:31.—Not by faith only:  James 2:24.  James 2:19.  John 12:42.
  2. Salvation by repentance:  Luke 13:3.  Acts 2:38.  Acts 11:18.  Acts 17:30.—Not by repentance only:  Matthew 3:8.  Acts 26:20.  
  3. Salvation by confession:  Matthew 10:32.  Acts 2:21.—Not by confession only:  Matthew 7:21.  Mark 3:11.  John 12:42.
  4. Salvation by baptism:  Mark 16:16.  Acts 2:38.  Acts 22:16.  Not by baptism only:  John 8:24.  Luke 13:3.  1 John 4:14-15.

I think we agree that no one thing will suffice, but put them all together and what do you have?

(Romans 6:17-18)  “17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

Thanks for reading and God bless!

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