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1-13-2016 Willful Ignorance

On January 7, 2016, Edward Archer shot and wounded a Philadelphia policeman. Archer was wearing a Muslim cloak, confessed he did this “in the name of Islam;” and his mother said he was a Muslim. But Philadelphia Mayor, James Kenney, said: “In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that what was done represents Islam.” There are people who are “willfully ignorant” (2 Peter 3:5), that is, they refuse to see, or admit to, the facts. Peter was discussing “scoffers” who reject the abundant evidence for the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, but this applies to anyone who willfully refuses to accept plain truth. Jesus Christ said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), and the willfully ignorant will claim “baptism has nothing whatever to do with salvation.” Jesus said, “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV).

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

#baptized, #blind, #muslim, #salvation, #willfully-ignorant

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11-23-2015 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are: clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

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

#baptized, #blind, #lusts, #worldly-living

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5-1-2015 Don't Be Cruel

In the Old Testament, God exposed “bullying” when He said, “You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14 NKJV). Cursing a “deaf” person who cannot hear the curse and respond is nothing but cruel. Putting a “stumbling block” in front of a “blind” person when they cannot avoid it is despicable. No examples of what bullying is about could be simpler to understand. God called His people back to this when He commanded: “Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother” (Zechariah 7:9 NKJV). If you were in their place, how would you like someone to do you that way? Jesus summed up this teaching when He said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12 NKJV).

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

#blind, #compassion, #deaf, #mercy, #stumbling-block

Limitations? – JAM

Now this is something new – a fencing tournament (the sport that involves swords) between two schools for the blind. A team from Perkins School for the Blind is facing a team from Carrol Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. Frankly I don’t know how they pulled it off but I think it is great that they did. One Perkins participant, Sam Robson, 17, said, “Fencing proves that the blind can do anything the sighted can. I’m not limited by the way I am.” I like that attitude! If more of us would refuse to accept our liabilities and see them as possibilities, we’d all be far more successful. The apostle Paul said he was content with whatever state he found himself, but he also declared that he pressed on toward higher ground. He faced plenty of detractors but in the end concluded: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” . This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#blind, #handicap, #just-a-minute, #liabilitiy

Epidemic Blindness

There is so much blindness in Mark chapter eight!

First, the apostles are blind to the needs of others, mainly because the people they encountered were Gentiles. Jesus, however, was not so prejudiced. He said, “”I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat,” (Mark 8:2 NLT).

Such was God the Son. He was always concerned about people; Jew or Gentile didn’t matter to him. He knew that true religion is caring for others (James 1:27). Why is it that people are so often reluctant to help?

Following this, the Pharisees caught up with Jesus in Dalmanutha. These people were blind to Jesus as the Son of God. They asked for a sign. Jesus had given them several miracles and signs already. Why were the Pharisees always looking for the abnormal to find the Messiah? They were blind, but simply needed to open their eyes.

Next, the disciples demonstrated their blindness again when Jesus said, “”Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod,” (Mark 8:15). The disciples thought Jesus said this because they had no bread back there in the wilderness.

They were blind. He was not talking about that. He was trying to get them to understand the influence the Pharisees and Herod might have on them. They needed to be cautious of what their influence could do!

Jesus said to them, “’You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’* Don’t you remember anything at all? (Mark 8:18 NLT). Did you notice the frustration in Jesus’ words?

Later, though, a glimmer of light came through for Peter when he confessed Christ is the Son of God. Still, blindness has a way of afflicting some even after they receive their sight, as it did Peter in verses 32 and 33.

People struggle with the same kind of blindness even today, don’t they? They need help. Will we help them see?

#blind, #jesus, #mark

Letter to the Editor

Whenever a proponent of a particular issue promotes that position in a public forum, he (or she) is inviting a reply. I offer a reply to a preacher’s remarks.

Once again a UMC (United Methodist Church) preacher (Rev. Stephen Heiss, stargazette.com, 6/16/2011) expressed an opinion that is not based upon the Scripture from which he purports to teach. In his opinion piece of 12 paragraphs, not once did he offer a biblical justification for his opinion about the acceptance of same-sex marriages. What he did offer, however, is a favorable response to a resolution that the “Upstate New York United Methodist Church” proposed. That proposal is for the ruling body to remove from the Book of Discipline (official policy of the UMC) any and all discriminatory language associated with same-sex marriages. The “…representatives passed a resolution requesting all discriminatory language against gay marriage be removed from the Book of Discipline, the official United Methodist record of policy and doctrine”

Rather than offer a biblical justification for this opinion, the preacher offers what he laments as a “crying wolf” from others. In other words, “For many church people, the acceptance of gay marriage has reached a tipping point. The panicked calls to defend those two reliably vague ideals — family values and religious tradition — are being seen for what they were: a crying of ‘wolf’ when there was no wolf.”

These remarks align themselves as a good example of a straw-man argument!

Homosexual behavior is forthrightly condemned in Scripture (Romans 1:20-32); any preacher who expresses something to the contrary demonstrates his (or her) ignorance on this biblical topic. Moreover, people who accept this teaching because they want to be part of what they call a “loving” church are merely the blind being led by those teachers who are themselves blind. Such blindness sends one to the ditch!

Some have promoted that the church of which they are members will extend a warm welcome to all visitors. This is a commendable quality of a congregation of people that would like to identify themselves as a part of the body of Christ. However, a body that is empty of truth, as on this topic, is not of Christ. What good is a warm welcome on Judgment Day when the truth of God is suppressed?

Perhaps a public discussion ought to be engaged.

 

This is a soon to be letter submitted to our local paper

#blind, #homosexual, #umc

The Prophesied Savior

John’s disciples came to Jesus with a troubling question from their master.

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3 NET). The answer Jesus gave them was an almost verbatim quote of Isaiah 35:5-6. The interesting thing about the answer is that it had a spiritual and a physical meaning.

Certainly Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the deaf, and raised the dead. But, he did more than that. He healed people spiritually. He gave the spiritually blind true sight. He gave the spiritually lame support on truly strong legs. He gave hearing to those who had been lost in sin. And he raised the spiritually dead to life in him.

Could anything be more indicative of the prophesied Savior?

#blind, #lame, #spiritual

When the blind lead – JAM

In England a man was convicted of reckless driving after admitting he is blind. Omed Aziz, 31, lost his eyes after an explosion in his homeland of Iraq. The Peugeot 405 reached a speed of over 35 as Aziz steered according to instructions provided by a passenger who had also been banned from driving because he is legally blind. Jesus once described the Pharisees as the blind who led the blind. The end result is they both fall into the ditch. This is true whether applied to driving a car or putting your faith in a religious leader. Be careful to whom you listen. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#blind, #ditch, #just-a-minute

ETSOP Day 2

This morning, to start our first lecture (Clarence DeLoach), we were led in song by a brother who read his song book in braille. I understand he tunes pianos for a living. This was his second day at song leading. I heard Jody Apple (fellowship) and James Meadows (faith and opinion). Great lectures, especially Jody’s. We had an alumni dinner with Dennis Curd being recognized as alum of the year. Dennis preaches nearby Virginia Tech University. Well-deserving. Ed jones commented that the schools web has streamed the lectures as far as South Africa and Australia.

#blind

The only thing worse than being blind is…

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Helen Keller

#blind, #vision