Would You?

Some of you preachers, please help me with this alleged situation:
You know, for a fact, that the young couple before you are living together but not married. After a general, casual conversation, they mention baptism. You baptize both of them as you rationalize within yourself that, yes, they are committing fornication, but you will “get to that later.” To help integrate them into the congregation, you immediately put them in charge of a young adult class, in which the woman also takes an equal part in teaching, but “you will get to that point later” because you “don’t want to discourage them now.”
Am I the only one who sees anything wrong with this? Or has the church relaxed to the point that I am just an old fuddy-duddy full of legalism?
What say ye?

Authority of New Testament Letters

Jesus said, “If you continue on My Word, you are my disciples indeed.” (John 8:31) He also said that any who reject His Word would be judged by that Word. (John 12:48) A short time later, He said “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) Then He asked, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Okay, so we all know we must obey what Jesus said to be pleasing to Him. But many in the world will argue that that is different from what the apostles taught. Is it? Really? Let us investigate what else Jesus said.

Jesus, Himself, said: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever. (John 14:16) But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance whatever I have said to you. (John 14:26) And when the Comforter has come, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26) ”

We are also taught, in II Timothy 3:16, that “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” Taking these verses together, we can easily see that Jesus commanded us to follow His Words, that He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them, and that the Holy Spirit inspired them what to write. Therefore, all things found in the writings of Peter, Paul, James and Jude are inspired and are binding upon us today.

What say ye?

#authority-in-religion, #authority-of-the-scriptures, #inspiration-of-the-bible

People of the Book

One of the young men (43) where I worship offered a devotional last night that I thought was outstanding…but it greatly disturbed me. He spoke on the necessity to really “know the Word.” We used to be “People of the Book.” Why do so many of us no longer know Book, Chapter and Verse? Why do so many of us no longer know why we are unique? Or even what we claim to stand for? He was absolutely correct: We all need to devote more time to study so that once again we may be “People of the Book.”

Why Not Us?

“We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity,” Moore said. “Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I don’t know what you think of Judge Roy Moore, who just lost a run for the Senate from Alabama. (Nor is this a political ad, nor an attempt to white wash his actions.) He is the judge who was condemned for refusing to remove the 10 Commandments from his court house.
My reason for posting this is simple:
If a political figure is not afraid to post such a statement where it is seen nationally, why are so many of our preachers afraid to say the same thing in the privacy of their own congregation?
What say ye?

To Be Free

In 1642, Sir Richard Lovelace, then a religious prisoner, wrote the following:
“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;”
In about 30 AD, as recorded in John 8:32, Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
Why would I dare put these two together? Just this: I am moved to wonder how many of us are imprisoned, not in stone walls and iron bars, but in a conscience that will not set us free when, if we would only turn to Jesus and be obedient to Him, we could be free, indeed?
What say ye?

Am I Worthy?

I recently heard a very perplexing discussion on the subject of worthiness. One person advocated that no one, under any circumstances, could ever be “worthy” of being saved and/or a child of God. The other maintained that, while we could never be worthy in and of ourselves, the fact that Jesus loved us enough to shed His blood to cleanse our souls, that makes us worthy.  I must admit that there is value to either side of the argument. I would love to hear your opinions.
What say ye?

#spiritual-questions, #worthy

A Pattern for Marriage

I was baptized in 1958. Since that time, I suppose that I have heard over 100 sermons based on I Corinthians 13:4-7. So have most of you. However, I want you to try something different.
Please open your Bible, and turn to I Corinthians 13:4-7. Now, as you carefully read these familiar verses, with an open mind, think seriously how you can apply each phrase to your own marriage. God is never wrong. If you use these verses as a template for your marriage, you will be surprised at how much difference it can make.
What say ye?