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12-8-2015 California Murders

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were murdered by 2 Muslims in San Bernadino, California, and more were seriously wounded. Before the bodies got cold, two things happened: (1) cold-blooded politicians called for “More Gun Laws.” This violates the Constitution we are under, and ignores the fact that California is one of the most gun-regulated States in the Union, but didn’t stop it. Guns don’t kill people, evil hearts do, and Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV). (2) The ignorant New York Daily News headlined: “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Oh, but He IS! He “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV), and will judge “each one,” “according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

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

#constitution, #evil-hearts, #gun-laws, #murder, #muslim, #repent

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12-8-2015 California Murders

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were murdered by 2 Muslims in San Bernardino, California, and more were seriously wounded. Before the bodies got cold, two things happened: (1) cold-blooded politicians called for “More Gun Laws.” This violates the Constitution we are under, and ignores the fact that California is one of the most gun-regulated States in the Union, but didn’t stop it. Guns don’t kill people, evil hearts do, and Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV). (2) The ignorant New York Daily News headlined: “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Oh, but He IS! He “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV), and will judge “each one,” “according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

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

#cold-blooded, #constitution, #evil-hearts, #gun-laws, #ignorant, #murders

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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.

#authority, #bible-study, #christian-living, #constitution, #kings-wrath, #power, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wisdom, #word-of-god

This is Just a minute The first ten…

This is Just-a-minute. The first ten words of the first amendment to the constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” It is these words that the ACLU has used over the decades to eliminate school prayer, public display of the Ten Commandments, and a host of other like-minded acts. Step by step faith is being weakened and Christians will soon appear on the Endangered Species list. However, that amendment was not intended to become a club to beat Christians over the head, it was to prevent an official state religion. While it is wrong for the government to force a peculiar religious belief, it is just as wrong for a tiny minority to force the elimination of all public religious expression of the majority.

#constitution, #just-a-minute

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(#37) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:9-11-Hypocrites Don’t Help Cities

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 11:9: “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.”

The word “hypocrite” (pretender) may also carry the idea of “infidel” (denies the faith), in either case, his words seriously wound. Other proverbs also show the destructive power of the tongue: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:3); “An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue” (Proverbs 17:4); “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul” (Proverbs 18:7); “The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance” (Proverbs 25:23); “A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin” (Proverbs 26:28). But no matter whether “hypocrite” or “infidel,” it is a “fool” who destroys his neighbor’s faith and trust. David described one who does “not fear God” from whom: “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords” (Psalm 55:19, 21). No verse states it more vividly than James 3:6: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” The rest of Proverbs 11:9 shows that the “righteous” will not be misled, because they know better. “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked (2 Peter 3:17).

Proverbs 11:10-11: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

God’s blessings for the “righteous” are good for everybody. Jesus teaches His disciples to do good even to enemies, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Everyone has reason to enjoy God’s blessing on the righteous, and give God the glory. However, the righteous are not rejoicing “when the wicked perish,” for another proverb says: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him” (Proverbs 24:17-18). It is to the advantage of all to let the righteous serve God, for whatever persecution, suffering, or hindrance placed upon them will be noticed, and repaid, by God! “Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place; For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity” (Proverbs 24:15-16). When people repented and were baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), they were “praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:47). No country, state, county, or city that keeps that from happening within their boundaries will long prosper with the blessing of God Almighty! America’s Founders incorporated “Freedom of Worship” in the Constitution. To all who would ignore that Constitutional guarantee, God would say, “Let My people go.”

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

#bible-study, #constitution, #false-lips, #flattering-mouth, #fools-mouth, #freedom-of-worship, #god, #hypocrite, #infidel, #practical-lessons, #pretender, #proverbs, #salvation, #spiteful-tongue, #wisdom, #worship

Preamble to the State Constitution of Illinois

“We, the People of the State of Illinois—grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors—in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; … [a number of proper responsibilities accepted] … do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois. Ratified by the People, December 15, 1970”

One is not grateful to God in action when policies are in force that are contrary to the words of the Almighty! Will God bless a people in any locale that looks upon His name as a tool to be used for self-praise in their progressive ways? That was the way they looked upon God in Isaiah’s day (cf. Isaiah 5:20).

Brethren, if you have accepted the Lord’s call to be a Christian, then reconfirm your commitment to Him; He is Lord of all and merciful to those who love and obey Him. When you do this, take up the Sword of the Spirit and wield it properly as it resides in your heart (Col. 3:16) and becomes a word to the wise for those who are weary (Matt 11:28-30). RT

#almighty-god, #constitution, #illinois