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  • Eugene Adkins 8:25 pm on 2017-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Confusing spiritual mercy with a lack of physical justice 

    It seems as though many people in the religious world do not know the difference between spiritual mercy triumphing over spiritual justice and spiritual mercy that ignores physical justice – even to the extent that child molesters are given a pass from deserved prison time simply because they wear a collar around their neck!

    “…Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.” (Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy)

    “Penalties” including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry? The reality of such a “penalty” is nothing but a prime example of what it means to confuse mercy with a lack of physical justice. It would do an injustice to the phrase “slap on the wrist” if someone were to use it in connection to the “penalties” listed above.

    Spiritual mercy is God’s business, and such a mercy can be found by meeting his requirements regardless of the sin that has been committed.

    Physical justice is the responsibility of those who are in authority upon the Earth. Without physical justice there is no law; only anarchy. And when such justice is blatantly ignored by those in authority, the victim is forced to suffer an injustice twice…once at the hands of the criminal, and again at the hands of the “authority” who perverts the very definition of the word justice with their less than paltry judgment.

    The justice being ignored by the Vatican’s pope is not something that has been incurred by a speeder, a jay-walker, someone stealing so they can eat, or even two consenting adulterers. The crime was the institutionalized sexual assault of children! And a lack of cuffs around the wrist due to a collar around the neck perverts the concept of mercy triumphing over judgment by denying physical judgment a chance to even take place.

    ““Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7)

  • Ron Thomas 7:27 am on 2017-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A man of his time 

    A well-known New Testament scholar made this remark: “At least some of the calumnies down the years are unfair, even ridiculously incorrect.  For example, he was certainly no misogynist!  For one thing, his numerous positive references to women co-workers and leaders in his churches testify otherwise.  He was, to be sure, a man of his time, and so he seems to have held (with most others of the day) that a wife was bound to her husband.  But he also held, unusually for his time, that a husband was equally bound to his wife, including a sexual exclusivity that husbands as well as wives owed to their marriage partners (e.g., 1 Corinthians 7:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8).  This effectively challenged the “double standard” in sexual behaviour otherwise commonly approved in the Roman period.”

    The “Conversion” of Paul

    The disappointing aspect of this paragraph is in the remark that pertains to the sentiment of Paul being a man of his times and seems to have held that a wife is bound to her husband. The author of the blog is not speaking against Paul, it must be said. I am only troubled by the words used and what may be conveyed with the use of them.

    That Paul was a man of his times is perfectly normal to understand, and even accept. We are people of our time also, struggling with the variety of opinions holding sway. So fluid are some of these opinions is almost boils down to what day of the week the opinion holds sway, and on that day some accept, but on other days not.

    Yes, it is true that Paul was a man of his times, but that which he wrote was not as a man of his times, but by the authority of God (1 Corinthians 14:37). When Paul spoke favorably about women he did so, not as a man of his times, but by the authority of God. Whatever Paul thought about the role of women, to himself he kept it and allowed the authority of God to guide his pen and his teachings. I am confident, however, that God’s opinion became Paul’s.

    Would it not be great if preachers did the same today?

  • John T. Polk II 9:34 pm on 2015-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    4-14-2015 “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) – Speaks Boldly 

    Whether Jesus preached that great Sermon on the mount, or in Capernaum’s synagogue, “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29; Mark 1:22 NKJV). There is a difference between preaching what one knows about the Scriptures, and preaching as an author of the Scriptures. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV). No church or preacher today has been given that same boldness to change or privately interpret the Word of God. But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?” (John 7:26 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • Ed Boggess 8:47 am on 2015-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    I was watching Fox News while they interviewed John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel. I was surprised when he spoke out strongly against what he called “the manmade global warming myth”. Coleman had written an article accusing the media of becoming propaganda activists for environmental extremists. He claims the threat of Global Warming is a crock and an example of manipulated science. He says that gullible Hollywood types, clever politicians and naïve conscientious citizens mean well but have been duped. Well, I’m certainly no expert, and therefore don’t know who is right and who is wrong. But I’m glad to hear that there is another side to “The Inconvenient Truth”. It reminds me of the proverb (18:17 “The one who states his case first seems right, until another comes and examines him.” When two experts take diametrically opposite views, how can the uninformed know who to believe? I suppose this is why there is so much cynicism regarding Christian leaders. People need to know the truth. At least there is a recognized authority on which to establish truth from error: the word of God. But even this is assailed in many circles today. This is Just A Minute.

  • Richard Mansel 9:55 am on 2015-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Articles on Liberalism 


    On my website, I have posted the first in a series of articles entitled, “The Implications of Liberalism.” Based on research I did several years ago, I examine the subject of liberalism and its ideas and presuppositions. I will not be naming brethren or congregations. My purposes are larger than personal attacks.

    Liberalism is real despite the sloppy ways that the word is used today. The concept has a lengthy history and those who follow its tenets have fairly common beliefs and plans. The more we understand Satan’s attacks the better off we will be as we teach and preach (1 Peter 5:8).

    “Despite the traditional use of Christian phraseology modern liberalism not only is a different religion from Christianity but belongs in a totally different class of religions.” [J. Gresham Machen].

    I hope you will share your thoughts. People often have emotional responses to the word ‘liberal” and instead of reasoning through the ideas, they just start yelling. Satan is succeeding at destroying the Lord’s Church and the dangers are too serious for us to put feelings over truth.

    We must ALWAYS “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) because hateful words, even if truth is taught, turn people away from God. God gave us brains, language and reasoning skills and we must use them to reach lost or confused souls.

  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2014-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Authority and Respect 

    On occasion we speak about authority in religion, putting emphasis on God’s authority in the things we do as the body of Christ in our worship to Him. This is most appropriate, and we ought not to minimize it like, unfortunately, some do. Not only are we to operate this way, but our respect for authority needs to be in place before obedience can express itself properly.

    To respect authority is to look at one who is in a position that demands attention and submission. One’s parents are in position that demands attention and submission; one’s teacher is the same. The submission that one gives to a parent may not be the same that one gives to a teacher, but there is similarity.

    When the Lord said to His disciples that He had all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), He did not delegate that authority to anyone else. It is still His authority, and it is to Him that we submit ourselves. To not submit to His authority do is to fall under the disappointment and disapproval of the Lord Himself (Luke 6:46).

    How does one show respect toward authority? One shows respect toward authority by submission, that is, by obeying the one who is in position of responsibility in exercising that authority. This can be done willfully or unwillingly. If it is the latter, then respect is in mere appearance, not in substance. If it is the former, then respect is not only in the deed (act of submission), but in the heart (substance) also.

    While toward man we might feign appearance of respect, there is no such feigning to the Lord. To man we don’t answer, but to the Lord we must.

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    (#170) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:21-22-Can this be saved? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 24:21-22: “My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring?”

    “Fear” here is used in the sense of “respect,” and since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1), then those who respect God’s authority will never set about to overthrow or disrespect “the authorities that exist.” This is clearly expressed in other passages, such as Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17. “The king” who was to govern over God’s people, however, was commanded by God, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). “The king” (representing the highest authority in government) should (1) read the God-given Scriptures; (2) respect their authority by yielding to their commandments; (3) not consider himself above the law! In other words, if a “king” wants the respect of those who respect God, he must show respect to God!

    Those “given to change,” are the restless souls who feel the establishment cannot be right, any “new” way has to be better, and they, therefore, seek to “fundamentally change” whatever constitutional regulations that exist! Countries where this spark has been fanned into flames have burned their flags, ignored their constitutional laws, and been ruled by those who think themselves above the law! This is of the Devil, for this was the appeal: he made to Eve that caused the first sin (Genesis 3:1-19); in one of the temptations he made to Jesus Christ (Luke 4:1-13); behind the “cultural revolution” in the United States in the 1960’s and political upheavals since.

    Those who do not “fear the LORD” nor “fear the king” are both destroyers whose disrespect for God and His authority always produce disorder, destruction, and damnation! This is change without hope! King David said: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4). Asaph wrote: “Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty” (Psalm 74:20). Jesus illustrated the disrespect the Jews had for God by the parable of “the owner of the vineyard” (God), and the “vinedressers” (Jews) in Mark 12:1-12.

    God prophesied that Israelites would become so unfaithful in their Promised Land that God would let an outside people conquer them (Deuteronomy 28). That foreign nation was described very much like the “generation” that has arisen within the United States: “a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you” (Deuteronomy 28:49-51). Change the meanings of the words in language; make them intensely resentful of “the elderly” who have paved the way to a successful nation with sacrifices and blood; make them complete consumers with no ambition to work for profit to have to give to others; and who are so short-sighted and selfish they care not about the future “until they have destroyed you;” and you have an understanding of how a country can collapse! Though Deuteronomy was not a direct prophecy of our day and time, it surely paints a portrait of how any country can be destroyed!

    “Who knows the ruin those two can bring?” This is a question some of us may be able to answer.
    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#149) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:26-True Political Correctness 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 20:26: “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.”

    God sets the standard for what is “wicked” (Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:12-19), and this judgment is His. “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup” (Psalm 11:5-6).

    Another proverb also states this formula: “Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:4-5). These proverbs call for a government purge of evil. What has happened is the government has been purged of good! Political Correctness (“P.C.”) has lowered good morals to the level of evil, as Paul warned Christians: “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). “P.C.” is being used to silence the Truth of God and the righteous. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18-19). Only the unrighteous would “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” and when this is done by those in government, it is called “political correctness” by them, “censorship” by their citizens, but brings down “the wrath of God” upon them!

    True “political correctness” is for government leaders to realize it is “an abomination for kings to commit wickedness” (Proverbs 16:12), and a king should scatter “all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8). Every president, king, queen, prime minister, or other leading representative of government that overlooks and allows the wicked to have influence in government is not wise and is wicked!

    A main job of a God-ordained government leader, is to be “not a terror to good works, but to evil” because “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4). Since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” then citizen’s obedience is required (Romans 13:1). However, when the wicked rule, the people pay. Other proverbs state this plainly: “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people” (Proverbs 28:15); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).

    When people keep voting for “the lesser of two evils,” they have supported the wicked who rule! Citizens who should have a say in their government, but accept the wicked in government, deserve what they get! The outcries of the Israelites let God know they were ready for deliverance: “Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them” (Exodus 2:23-25). A word to the wise is sufficient.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

    • Sandi 9:37 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! I fear for what’s in store for my children in this Country. I just pray God will protect the godly.

      • John T. Polk II 10:17 am on 2014-02-07 Permalink | Reply

        “and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) — then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. (2 Peter 2:7-11 NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-11-18 Permalink | Reply
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    (#109) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:14-15-Governing the Government (#4) 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 16:14-15: “As messengers of death is the king’s wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of the king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.”

    Verse 14: When all authority in government is invested in one person, judgments and rulings are purely arbitrary, whimsical, and capricious. The purpose of having a constitutional “rule of law” is to avoid the abuse of power so easily entered into with only a king, or tsar, or fuhrer, or dictator. People who are subject to the whim of “the king’s wrath” might expect the least provocation to “set him off.” King Saul showed Ahimelech the priest, and those with him, the wrath of a king (1 Samuel 22:11-19). Other proverbs reflect danger in a too-powerful king: “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass” (Proverbs 19:12); “The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life” (Proverbs 20:2); “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people” (Proverbs 28:15). Solomon, later, expressed this absolute power of a king: “Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him. Where the word of a king is, there is power; And who may say to him, ‘What are you doing?’” (Ecclesiastes 8:3-4) A “wise man” will surely tread lightly around such a person. There is no better time to apply another proverb: “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

    Verse 15: On the other hand, however, a happy king makes life last, and refreshes like “the latter rain” of a growing season, and which helps produce a good harvest.

    Under Moses’ Law, kings were supposed to follow their own personal copy of God’s Word (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), and that should have been their “constitution” to guide their rule. Even under Jesus’ Law, obedience to government is predicated upon one’s humility before God: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,unless otherwise noted.

  • TFRStaff 3:41 pm on 2013-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Respect (Mike Glenn) 

    This month’s characteristic is: “Respect For Others.“

    The word “respect” is used 11 times in the King James New Testament. None of those uses has the exact meaning that our modern terminology has. Most of the passages in the N.T. have something to do with showing or not showing partiality. Our use of the word is with the idea of showing deference toward a person or object as in “respecting the flag” or “respecting the President.”

    We live in a world in which so little respect is shown by most. Several years ago as I was visiting a high school, I saw a boy say to a teacher and vice principal that they could not make him go to the office. The chances are good (though not certain) that the young man learned his disrespect from parents who showed disrespect for the people in their lives as well. Let me give a few examples.

    When a mother gives her daughter permission to go ahead and wear clothing the father does not approve of, she is teaching her daughter disrespect for everyone. If you do not have to respect your father, who do you have to respect? When a father keeps his speed over the speed limit after one of his kids point out that he is over, he is teaching them to disrespect lawgivers, including God. When the legal limit of fish or game is exceeded in hopes of not getting caught, dad is teaching disrespect for his own authority. When mom and dad roast the bad judgment of the elders or an elder, they teach their children to grow up with disdain for the church. When it comes to teaching disrespect, we often sow to the wind, but reap a whirlwind from our kids we never intended or expected. (Hosea 8:7) We do not have a disrespectful world because of the younger generation. We have a disrespectful world because the generation of grandparents and parents taught it to their children. Respect and disrespect are learned characteristics.

    One of the most fascinating lessons about respect is taught in Matthew 23:1-4. Jesus points out that the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. That is, they occupy the position of lawgiver and leader of God’s people that Moses had. He then logically concludes, “…therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do…” Please keep in mind that our Lord was not talking about obeying God’s laws. That was a given expectation. Rather, he was talking about the heavy, grievous, difficult burdens which the scribes and Pharisees would bind upon the people. Our Lord then anticipated the objection that might be made to such respectful obedience. The scribes and Pharisees deserved no such respect. They were hypocrites. They did not even keep their own bound traditions. You might ask how we can respect such men. The answer, of course, is that one cannot rightly respect the men. But the men occupy a position, duly authorized. Perhaps they should not be in that position, but they are. The position deserves respect, therefore the men in the position must be respected. Paul acknowledged this very point in Acts 23:3-5.

    Friends, if we are judging by our worthiness, surely none of us really believe that we deserve respect. We all make too many blunders, have too many human shortcomings to claim worthiness (Romans 3:10). But, God has ordained certain positions: husband, wife, mother, father, child, elder, deacon, governor, master, servant, boss, employee, etc. These positions, God ordained, deserve respectfulness. We are all the creation of God. We are the creation of God made in His image. That alone is a position requiring respect.

    We often disrespect ourselves and the positions we occupy. Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10), Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 2:12-25) not only disrespected God, their fathers, the people they served, but, also themselves and the position they occupied. Men whom God ordained to lead their homes and the world, often disrespect their position by relinquishing leadership to women and children. Elders too often relinquish leadership to the preachers. Moms too often relinquish leadership to the daycare.

    Brothers and sisters, let’s learn to be respectful. If we are, so too will the next generation be respectful of us, God, government, their friends and lost sinners.

    —Mike Glenn

  • Eugene Adkins 2:56 pm on 2012-10-20 Permalink | Reply
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    How Does Jesus Feel About Organized Religion? 

    Many try to excuse their personal disdain for “church” and “organized religion” by extolling their personal “praise” for Jesus.

    One reason many individuals are sour towards “organized religion” is that they care very little for others who “stick their nose” into their “personal business.” In others words, they do not want to be held accountable to any spiritual standard and there by express their attitude toward any type of discipline, whether personal or congregational ,by saying Jesus is okay, but organized religion is unneccessary or even undesired by God.

    Other reasons and beliefs are given and held to when it comes to explaining a person’s point of view toward “organized religion” but when the truth is told, many individuals fall into the given categories above.

    In light of these facts it’s now time to answer the question, “How does Jesus feel about organized religion?”

    Much to the chagrin of others I’m positive that Jesus is aligned with the “pro-organized religion” group. Grant it Jesus took serious issue with various religious leaders during His earthly ministry. But Jesus’ issue wasn’t with “organized religion” itself – it was with “unorganized religion” being led by the traditions and commandments of men and not the Word of God from the heart (Matthew 15:1-20).

    Right about now some may be saying or thinking, “Eugene, you haven’t proven that Jesus cares for any thing close to what people call organized religion today (i.e. the church). So I’ll make the rest of this article quick and to the point!

    If you think Jesus doesn’t care for “organized religion” then you need to realize it was Jesus who did the organizing when it came to His church and the religion called Christianity that’s found in the Bible! Always has and always will regardless of what any man or woman thinks or teaches.

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:15-18, NKJV)

    • preachercarter 3:02 pm on 2012-10-20 Permalink | Reply

      So many truly don’t understand what “religion” truly is. In fact to use paraphrase the biblical narrative in James true religion is actually service to our fellowman which is part of worship. As such those that declare that they have no need for organized religion are really making excuses to sin.


    • Joseph Richardson 3:40 pm on 2012-10-20 Permalink | Reply

      Given that Jesus founded a Church (Matthew 16:18), I’m pretty sure He’s in favor of it. 🙂

    • Robert E. Barger 1:43 pm on 2012-10-22 Permalink | Reply

      Organized religion
      Phil 2:12
      12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
      2 Timothy 2:15
      15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      The problem with your concept of organized religion is that it is not lead by the Spirit of God. We are commanded to “study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman not to be ashamed”. These two scriptures above tell us that this is a personal thing, not a group thing. A personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ is what God desires. When we get mixed up with the organized church, we lose the personal relationship that God desires. We are to prove all things by two or three scriptures saying the same thing. Most people that have been fooled into joining the organized church has been taught that they are saved without any renewing of the mind, or on going repentance. There is a growing process that must take place in us to go from the old man of sin to the new man that is just like God the Father when it is completed in us. This is why Jesus died to give us the knowledge of the truth that will make us free.
      All the way through the Bible we are shown that there is a backside of the desert experience that each of us must go through to “see God” and it only comes through us fasting, praying and studying to know God. There is an “order” but that’s why we have been given the gift of the Holy Ghost, to convict us of our sin and bring all things to our remembrance of everything Jesus said.
      The organized church is the same system that Jesus said He was going to tear down. This is a system made up of scribes and Pharisees than, and now.
      Matthew 23:15
      15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:00 pm on 2012-10-22 Permalink | Reply

        Robert, are you so blind that you do not even realize that the very book which you quote from to try and defend your position of “unorganized religion” begins by saying, “To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:” (Philippians 1:1).

        Now Robert, does that sound like a letter written by an apostle and written to a church that believed in organized or unorganized religion to you? If you don’t understand what the responsibility of a bishop is then read 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 and Acts 20. How can a bishop/elder/overseer have the God-given responsibilites they have if there’s no such thing as the organized religion that you claim doesn’t exist?

        People who resist the truth of organized religion remind me of the warning Paul gave to the Ephesian elders when he said, “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” (Acts 20:29-30)

        If you go back and read the scripture referenced in the above article you will see that Jesus is the Head of the church thus proving two things: 1) as the head of the church, Jesus believes in organized religion and 2) the existience of the church proves this.

        Keep studying my friend.

        • preachercarter 2:12 pm on 2012-10-23 Permalink | Reply

          Well said Eugene!

        • Robert E. Barger 1:58 pm on 2012-10-25 Permalink | Reply

          Have you ever meet a bishop or deacon that operates in th power of God as Paul the apostle? Manifesting the gifts of the Spirit as wrote in Mark 16:15-18 & 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. If these gifts are not there, they are not true bishops ans deacons.

          • Eugene Adkins 2:27 pm on 2012-10-25 Permalink | Reply

            Robert, I went back and looked at the qualifications that PAUL gave for a man to be an elder and deacon and you know what…strangely the qualifications you just tried to give aren’t there!

            I guess you’re smarter than the Holy Spirit??? Besides your comment being false, it also has nothing to do with the post. Keep studying though!

        • Robert E. Barger 2:51 pm on 2012-10-25 Permalink | Reply

          The scriptures are the sourse of all truth. When we study the scriptures we find that there is the” true Church”, and than there is the so called church that only believes part of the scriptures. To be “in” the true church you must have the Holy Ghost (Not Holy Spirit, the two are different!) In Mark 16 Jesus tells us that these signs shall follow them “that believe”. If you do not believe yo will not have these signs following you. The Holy Ghost is a “gift from God” to them that believe and repent. If you do not believe, or if you do nor repent, you will not recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost. In Acts 8, we have an example of a person who asks for the Holy Ghost, but cannot recieve it because he is in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. (Acts 8:23) In 1 Corinthians 12:3 we are told that if you do not have the Holy Ghost, you cannot call Jesus Lord! (Authorized King James 1611) In Hebrews chapters three & four we are told that God hates unbelief and if we do not believe what God has said, we have called Him a liar! 1 John 1 John 5:9 &10. Authorized King James Verison 1611.
          In Matthew 28:19-20 Authorized King James 1611, Jesus commands us to go ye therefour into all the world and “teach the gospel” baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This is a spiritual baptism, not water baptism. Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is liken unto a woman that hide leaven in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened. Matthew 13:33 This is what Jesus was taking about in Matthew 28:19-20 and what He told Nicodemus in John 3:1-5. John 3:3 Born again to “see” (THe Holy GHost) John 3:5 born again of’ the water’ (Having the mind renewed by the washing of the water of the Word) and born again of the “Spirit of the Father” (Love) to” enter’ into the kingdom.

          • Eugene Adkins 6:10 pm on 2012-10-25 Permalink | Reply


            After your first reply I proved you wrong.

            After your second reply (which was off topic by a mile) I proved you wrong.

            Now with your third reply (which is off topic by a couple hundred miles) I can still prove you wrong (with 2, 3 or 25 witnesses mind you) but sadly I don’t think it will do any good since you keep getting further off topic showing that your attention span is too short to have a logical discussion.

            Twisting the scriptures is not the same as rightly dividing them, and since you have proved to only add to them (see your own comment about what you think is a true elder/deacon instead of what the scriptures say) I believe I will end this conversation for now.

            And by the way, Jesus still approves of “organized religion.”

  • Chad Dollahite 9:53 am on 2012-07-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authority, , heroes of faith,   

    The Bible is right! You can leave this meeting & go home mad, but the Bible is still right! You can fuss at Keeble all night, but the Bible is right! All men can die & go to hell, but the Bible is still right!

    Marshall Keeble, quoted in “His Hand & Heart,” by Willie Cato
    • Eugene Adkins 5:24 pm on 2012-07-25 Permalink | Reply

      Great little quote from a great little book.

      • Chad Dollahite 8:07 am on 2012-07-26 Permalink | Reply

        For sure…I don’t know how I missed this book, but I’m just now reading it. I have met one of Keeble’s students, Eddie Brinkley, and spent a lot of time with him. I have heard recently that another of his students is living right here in the town we just moved to, but I haven’t verified that yet or found a way to get in touch with him.

  • John Henson 9:58 am on 2011-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus’ Authority 

    The question of authority of Jesus and of the New Testament scriptures is central to understanding so many things in religion.

    If Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, then his word is absolute and objective truth (John 14:6) and must be obeyed in all things. If Jesus is not the Messiah, then his teachings must be completely rejected and he must be discredited. Jesus himself claimed all authority (Matthew 28:18ff).

    Jose Elias Roque, on the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ web page, wrote,”When Jesus talked, he touched the hearts of the people and there was no way to say, ‘Look He is wrong,’ because His words came from the Father. But the Jews preferred the words of men and lived like they were authoritative.”

    Bro. Rogue captured the essence of the problems in religion in the past, present and future. People may reject the authority of Christ, but they will find themselves on the wrong side in judgment. That’s a terrible price to pay for wanting to have one’s own way accepting human teaching for the truth. Only the word of Christ and his apostles is truth.

    Jesus said  to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:31-32 ESV).

    Not only can we know the truth, we must know it if we are to be saved. Why accept some human teaching for the gospel? That will put you on the wrong side.

    Bro. Rogue’s fine article may be read by clicking this link at the Mt. Juliet church website:  http://www.mtjuliet.org/sermons/archives/003551.html.

  • TFRStaff 8:35 am on 2011-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    The Example of Jesus 

    From a series of key words and studies for youth, by Mike Glenn

    Hi everyone. God says it… that settles it! Our slogan rings with the truth that whether it is a command, an exhortation, or simply a statement from God, we must give it the fullest respect or obedience possible. Our memory verse this next week is John 14:15. Today’s text for study is Phil. 2:1-11. We will pay particular attention to the example that Christ set in respecting the authority of God.

    It is not demeaning to be under someone. Everyone is under someone. Christ was equal with God according to our text (v. 6). Yet, out of his love for us he gave up that equality and “made himself of no reputation.” He placed himself under the Father (1 Cor. 15:27). Yet, Christ is not demeaned for his sacrifice and willingness to be under the authority of God. Rather, even among non-Christians, he is considered the best man who ever walked the earth. Yet, there can be no doubt he was also the most submissive to the Father’s authority. Sometimes others try to demean us when we respect authority. Kids may call their friends sissies, teacher’s pet, mamma’s boy when those kids choose to honor authority rather than rebel. Even among adults pressure in the form or ridicule or anger is brought in order to get someone to disrespect authority.

    Humility is essential in respecting authority. The scripture says that Jesus humbled himself (v. 8). Without humility we might tend to think that we deserve to be our own authority. This is the way most in world act. Such a feeling would cause us to chaff under authority or even rebel against authority. A study we will do later on about Korah will show this very attitude (Num. 16:1-17:13). One of the important ideas of respect for authority is to recognize that we need authority over us, especially God (Is. 55:8-9). Such an attitude will make us thankful for rule and guidance in our lives. We will appreciate those who have accepted that responsibility.

    Respecting authority results in obedience to that authority. Verse 8 also says that Jesus became obedient even to death. We sometimes disobey God just because He asks us to go a little out of the way such as Mt. 5:16 would require. Jesus was obedient to death, but we have not yet resisted unto blood (Heb. 12:4).

    Brothers and sisters, let’s respect the authority of God as did our Savior.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 8:49 am on 2011-06-24 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authority,   

    Slandering the Authorities (Part 4) 

    In this series we have stressed that Christians should both submit and give appropriate honor to earthly authorities. Furthermore, we are to pray for our leaders and speak evil of no one. Slanderous tongues should not belong to genuine followers of Jesus!

    But this leaves a serious question unanswered: How should a Christian respond to wickedness he sees in the lives of his contemporaries (i.e., whether they are his neighbors or the civil authorities)? The Bible is clear that he should not speak evil of anyone (which would include evildoers!). What is he to do then? Should he simply ignore the wicked behavior and remain silent concerning it? Is there a way in which Christians can stand against evil in a respectful, God-approved fashion, without being guilty of slander or becoming bitter? The answer is a resounding yes.

    In addition to the Scriptures we have considered thus far in this series and the example of Christ Himself, let us consider two other biblical examples that are worthy of our emulation. I believe these examples show us how we, who are striving to be holy, can respond to wickedness without becoming guilty of slander.

    II Peter 2:9-11 – “Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.”

    Two characteristics that identify those who walk according to the flesh are that they “despise authority” and “they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries.” Let that sink in, friends, and may we not be guilty of either! Those who do not show respect and speak evil against authorities (which are appointed by God) are unjust and will fall under God’s judgment!

    The angels of God, however, who are mightier and more powerful than any mortal, will not slander those who do evil. What gives us the right to do so? Pride makes us think we are something special, but even if we were something great, slander would still have no proper place in our lives. The angels know their proper place; they know that only the Lord can condemn those who do evil. May we learn from their example!

    We have another example that will further teach us not to slander: the archangel Michael. When he was arguing with the devil–Satan himself–Michael did not slander him. Now, who is more evil in the Universe than the father of lies (cf. John 8:44)? No one! Who is more deserving of being slandered than Satan? No one! But even a leader among angels would not bring himself to slander or condemn Satan! That, to me, is incredible. Jude 9 reads – “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!'” And there’s our answer as to how we should speak to evildoers: Don’t slander them, and leave all condemnation up to God. When you are tempted to speak evil of anyone, restrain yourself to four powerful words – “The Lord rebuke you!” In the end, all condemnation and vengeance is in God’s hands anyway, not ours. “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19).

    When Paul was desiring to return to Corinth and help the church there, he said – “For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish…that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder” (II Cor. 12:20, ESV). It was Paul’s prayer that the Corinthians did not fall prey to these sins. He feared such might be present in their lives, and I fear such is present in the lives of too many Christians today. What would Jesus find in your heart and life if He returned today? Make sure slander has no root in your heart and no place on your lips!

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