6-21-2017 Gang Ignorance

“Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together” (Acts 19:32 NKJV). Ephesus was known as a center of worship for Diana, an idol goddess of the Ephesians. People came from all around to worship her idol, at her temple, and buy souvenirs to take home and continue their false worship. Paul had successfully preached the difference between the living God, who cannot be represented with anything made with hands, and a false goddess who can do nothing by herself! The mob formed like street mobs today: divided, confused, and ignorant of any purpose. It wasn’t until they were steered against the truth about God, they had any purpose. Gang violence starts with gang ignorance! Solomon said: “Do not associate with those given to change” (Proverbs 24:21 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#confusion, #mob


12-21-2016 Fake Divisions Of Faith

“Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren” (Acts 14:1-2 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is effective, but not everyone will be converted.  “Unbelieving Jews,” who are Jews who refuse to believe that Jesus is the Christ, and therefore reject the New Testament, caused most of the city to be “divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles” (Acts 14:4 NKJV).  It’s easy to create confusion in peoples’ minds though the Gospel is clear and understandable. “The brethren” are now called “Christians” (Acts 11:26 NKJV).  The Christians were not divided, but the public opinion about them was. Only accept the Apostles’ New Testament!

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

#christians, #confusion, #divided, #unbelieving


4-13-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #3

“But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands” (Psalm 115:3-4 NKJV).  Combining man-made “gods” with The “God in Heaven” only creates confusion and hides the truth.   Peter warned the churches of Christ of the “false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1 NKJV), then gave the solution, to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2 NKJV).  Combining man-made “prophets,” with holy prophets only creates confusion and hides the truth.  The Bible solves confusion, but does not create it!

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

#confusion, #gods, #heresies, #holy-prophets, #the-god-in-heaven, #truth


12-16-2015 Whose Denominations Are They?

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV). Then, who is? Jesus had prayed over the Apostles: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21 NKJV). The Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Christ in Corinth: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV). If there are splits, divisions, or denominations among believers, they are NOT OF GOD!

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

#believers, #confusion, #denominations

Lottery commercial tells player to thank the wrong person

I’ve got to be honest about my feelings toward the Tennessee State Lottery, as well as any other lottery program (as if you haven’t figured this out with my other posts on the topic), – it gets on my nerves!

The lottery program preys on the poor. It helps to keep the poor right where they are in life, financially speaking. In fact, the state of Tennessee’s lottery program has made so much money off losers…I mean players, the state has decided to begin a program that will pay for the first two years of a student’s higher-education at any state community or technical college…something that I’m sure the college boards were ecstatic about.

Now, am I against people getting a chance to get an education that could help to prepare them for a good, and hopefully honest, job? Not at all! What I’m against is the veracious appetite of the lottery program and who it targets. Let me explain to you what I mean in case you don’t already get it.

The latest State Lottery commercial that’s been hitting the radio airwaves features a man thanking all of the people standing in line in front of him who didn’t buy the “winning ticket” for a particular lottery game. In other words the commercial is trying to tempt people who don’t play at all, or at least who don’t play often enough in the lottery’s eyes, to start buying a ticket more often by making them think that they would’ve won if they would’ve only bought that ticket…because “the next ticket” is always going to be the winner in the mind of the player, right? The commercial goes on to end by reminding people that it only takes a dollar or two to win thousands.

Here’s my problem with that commercial, and ultimately the lottery program: one, the “winner” is thanking the wrong person – he should be thanking all the losers who gave up their money to stand in line to play a “game” with odds stacked against them; and two, the average lottery player doesn’t spend a dollar or two – they end up spending ten or twelve every other day, or whenever they get their check from their employee or from the government…after all, the lottery’s huge surplus of money is coming from somewhere and I doubt it’s coming from the employees of the lottery program.

So if you’re a lottery player in the state of Tennessee and you win your scratch-off game, don’t thank me because a single dollar of your winnings didn’t come from my pocket – thank the player standing in line in front of you who bought losing ticket after losing ticket after loosing ticket….for every one or two players to win it takes thousands of players who lose.

#confusion, #gambling, #tennessee-state-lottery

Misunderstanding the Hatred Concept

I was told that if I didn’t like homosexuality, then I hated homosexuals and wanted them to die.

So, I went to a restaurant with a buffet and selected the foods I liked and put my plate back at my table.

I went back to the buffet and screamed, “I hate you! I hope you die!” at all the foods I didn’t like. The owners quickly called the police.

I guess I don’t understand the entire hatred concept after all.

#confusion, #homosexuality, #homosexuals

Are We Confused?

If we adamantly preach from the pulpit that the Lord’s Church should not have a choir, then why do we joke from the pulpit about preaching to the choir? Do we just like to confuse people?

#choir, #confusion, #preaching

because though most people hardly know what…

“…because though most people hardly know what they believe, they are militant in their stance.”

“Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism: What is the truth,”Frank Raj, The Washington Times (6/26/2022)


Is there any wonder….?

Is there any wonder why we are confused?

Psychiatrists Consider More Changes to Sexual Definitions

The American Psychiatric Association is planning to once again change its manual that doctors use to diagnose mental illness. And the public comment period for the changes to the group’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is drawing to a close.

Susan Wright, spokesperson with a sexual activist group called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, said her organization is eager to see changes made concerning sexual issues such as cross-dressing and fetishes. “We know it’s not a mental illness; it’s just a different way to have sex,” she said. “As long as it’s consensual and as long as you’re not harming someone, it should be perfectly fine.”

Geremy Keeton, a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps clients dealing with issues of sexuality and sexual addictions, disagrees with changing the definitions. “These disorders are progressive, and early diagnosis and early treatment prevent more havoc in individuals’ lives,” he said. “We’re robbing individuals of early treatment by changing the thresholds for diagnosing these disorders. … This is obviously about normalizing non-normative sexual behaviors. We’re hearing that from the sexual-activist groups in their memos, in their e-mails and in their own talking points.”

In contrast to its relaxed proposals regarding these sexual behaviors, there is a news link on the APA’s Web site to an article that labels bullying as a “mental health problem,” along with several other links on the topic. [,]

This from the Pastor’s Weekly Briefing (PWB), May 7, 2010

#confusion, #morality

Confusion. When Aaron built (molded) the…

Confusion. When Aaron built (molded) the golden calf, he built an altar to eat and proclaimed a feast to the Lord (Exodus 32:5). This happened to Aaron, is it any wonder why it happens to the multitudes even today?