February 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Honor to whom Honor is Due)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Jesus the Master Teacher (Carl Garner)
  • Honor to Whom Honor is Due (Cody Westbrook)
  • Implicit Commands (J. Noel Merideth)
  • Speaking the Truth in Love (Thomas B. Warren)
  • The Church-The Lord’s Bride (Bill Jackson)
  • Blaming God (Guy N. Woods)
  • Things that Count (Johnny Ramsey)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Same Old Game

There are many people in the world today who fancy themselves as too intellectual to fall under the judgment of God. They see “flaws” in the expedited judgment of God and therefore they rest assured that this God has no right to judge, or he would at least maintain a consistency that judges mankind after the same manner that he expects mankind to judge ourselves.

For example, God tells man not to murder but then he causes one nation to rise against another resulting in a vast multitude of lives that are taken. Taking this into consideration some say that God has no right to do what he did and that he has no right to condemn a man for doing the same.

Here’s where that logic breaks down – God is God and man is man. Now by that I do not mean that God can be accused of saying “do as I say and not as I do” but that as our Creator, God has the right to set the standard, and when we (as individuals or as nations) fail that standard by sinning against our self, against others and against God then there will be consequences for our actions. Is it right to call the rule of law and the consequences of breaking it evil because of the punishment that it bears against the wicked? Of course not! Man’s entire legal system rests upon that fact. Break the law and there will be legal consequences, maybe even deadly ones, which would otherwise be illegal for one man to do to another. We understand this – until this understanding gets applied to God and then all of a sudden it’s un-just, un-fair, un-ethical and un-holy. To that I say there is a major lack of un-derstanding when it comes to the difference between the pure righteousness of God and the faltering righteousness of man and the justice that follows.

At the end of the day man will lose the same old game of pointing the finger at God when it comes time for God to judge man and our wickedness, for our lack of personal responsibility to sin does not reflect upon our amenability to the judgment of God.

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”” (Genesis 3:11-13)

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