Jesus would not be riding a donkey?

I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He’d be in an aeroplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

I don’t think he was seeking the kind of airtime he is getting, but a certain “televangelist” sure is making news headlines all over the world. Perhaps he should have thought for more than a minute about what he was going to say, ask for … and attribute to God!

Using “what Jesus would ride” if he were here? To justify a $54,000,000 jet!

I’ll tell you one thing that I know Jesus wouldn’t do – he wouldn’t devour houses to satisfy a covetous nature disguised as an answered prayer and some supposed test of faith! (Matthew 23:13-15; Luke 12:14-20)

“He told me: ‘Jesse, you want to come up to where I’m at?’ He said: ‘Before you ask, I’ll answer: Isaiah 65:24.’ He said: ‘I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X.’” He said he then wondered how he was going to pay for the jet, then claimed God told him: “Jesse, I didn’t ask you to pray for it. I asked you to believe for it.”

That’s sad.

Whether we realize or not, this kind of behavior does damage to the truth of the gospel. It will not mock God but it does mock the truth and tarnishes it in the eye’s of the general public. Some people know better but it still provides fodder for the religion resenting groups of the world, and I understand why.

Using Jesus to justify the purchase of jet makes as much sense as using Jesus to justify eating lobster!

I don’t think Jesus had a problem riding with beautiful horses when he rode a donkey into Jerusalem. No, I think he was more concerned with doing the Father’s will, identifying himself through the fulfillment of scripture, and displaying a spiritual nature that cannot and will not be identified through the impressive possessions of the world.

Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”” (Mark 12:28-44 NKJV)

#false-teachers, #greed

‘The Bible will certainly be right’

When one considers the thousands of preachers and priests in the world, it is obvious that most of them are not speaking for God because they teach conflicting things.
One man I baptized started reading the Bible because different priests in his own church were teaching contradictory things.
His reaction was: “Since the priests say different things, I will read the Bible for myself. What it says will certainly be right.” The first time I met him he said: “I don’t know where it will lead me, but I have decided to do what the Bible says.” I thought, “If he really means that, he will become a Christian.” And he did. Have we decided to do what the Bible says?
God’s word enables us to distinguish truth from error.

via There will be false teachers among you

#Bible #false-teachers #truth

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12-4-2017   False Teachers “Suppose” Their Doctrine

It is a false teacher who “does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ” and are “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself” (1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV).  False teachers: (1) refuse to accept Jesus’ “wholesome” doctrine, such as, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV)(2) are corrupt in mind, and void of “the truth,” and therefore “turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV); (3) “Suppose” their doctrine is right while it is contrary to plain, Bible teaching, such as: being a Christian but not in the church of Christ; being saved before being baptized into Jesus’ death; worshiping God with entertainment and not sacrifices.

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

#corrupt, #false-teachers

August 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 3)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Beware of Dogs (Bill Burk)
  • Leaving the Past Behind (Cody Westbrook)
  • Paul’s Present (Neal Pollard)
  • The Only Way to Go is Up! (Andy Baker)
  • A Call to Maturity (Clay Bond)
  • A Call to Follow (D.J. Stucky)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

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#calling, #christian-worker, #false-teachers, #new-life, #philippians-3, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-maturity, #the-past

Solar glasses and souls

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV)

Unfortunately, not a few in the religious world are under the impression that all people who claim to speak for God are actually speaking the truth of God. Furthermore, there are some who refuse to believe that some individuals intentionally pervert the truth of the gospel. Truth be told, as it is seen in the above scripture reference, claiming to speak for God does not equate to speaking the truth of God; nor do all individuals care about the people they teach any more than the doctrine they use as food. And I can prove it with a simple analogy!

Have you heard about the eclipse thing that will happen on Monday, August 21st? The news has been talking about it the last two months! And you know what else the news has been talking about for the last two months? Insufficient, fraudulent and dangerous solar glasses that have been sold under the guise of proper, authentic and safe ways of watching the eclipse.

There are people selling solar glasses, fully aware of their product’s short-comings, willing to sacrifice the eye-sight of people for as little as two dollars! And if people are willing to do that with someone’s physical eye-sight, why should it be a surprise if some are willing to so the same thing spiritually speaking (2 Peter 2:1-3, 18-22)?

If you’re going to watch the solar eclipse, be safe and test the solar glasses you’re going to use. And if you’re going to listen to someone teach about God’s word, be safe and test what they teach with God’s word.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1 NKJV)

#false-teachers, #solar-eclipse, #spiritual-analogies, #spiritual-illustrations

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12-22-2015 False Teachers “Suppose” Their Doctrine

It is a false teacher who “does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ” and are “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself” (1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV). False teachers: (1) refuse to accept Jesus’ “wholesome” doctrine, such as, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV); (2) are corrupt in mind, and void of “the truth,” and therefore “turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV); (3) “Suppose” their doctrine is right while it is contrary to plain, Bible teaching, such as: being a Christian but not in the church of Christ; being saved before being baptized into Jesus’ death; worshiping God with entertainment and not sacrifices.

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

#false-teachers

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11-20-2015 False Promises

“They have lied about the LORD, And said, ‘It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine. And the prophets become wind, For the word is not in them” (Jeremiah 5:12-13 NKJV). False preachers teach false ideas and cause people to falsely believe that: (1) God either doesn’t exist, or doesn’t care, or doesn’t help; (2) nothing bad can happen to those who obey God. This causes frustration and rejection when something bad does happen! (3) People who listen to them are “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14 NKJV). (4) Lies about God are not based in the Word of God, the Bible.

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

 

#false-ideas, #false-teachers, #falsely-believe, #lies-about-god

June 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Preaching God’s Word)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • “Preach in View of the Judgment” (Rick Brumback)
  • “Reprove…Rebuke” (Sam Willcut)
  • “Be Instant in Season; out of Season” (Al Macias)
  • Exhort (John Moore)
  • Preach with All Longsuffering (Wayne Jones)
  • Preach Sound Doctrine (Joshua Moore)
  • Who Are False Teachers? (Don Walker)
  • The Role of a Preacher (Dewayne Bryant)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#2-timothy, #christian-worker, #day-of-judgment, #exhortation, #false-teachers, #longsuffering, #preaching-the-gospel, #rebuking, #reproving, #role-of-a-preacher, #sound-doctrine

It must be a cultural thing

When it comes to doctrinal issues too plain to deny, a popular modern-day-tactic used by false teachers both within and without the church is a dismissal based upon the reasoning that says the only reason something was said or done is because it was the “cultural thing” to do.

Baptism for the remission of sins? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that the Jews came from a background that included ritual baths. So today baptism is only a matter of preference.

Believing in only one God? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that even though examples can be seen of people in the New Testament being told to repent of idol worship it was only because those idols would not allow Jesus to be recognized as resurrected from the dead.

Marriage is a covenant that only involves a man and woman? You have to understand that the things that were written, well they were written in times of cultural closed-mindedness and homophobia. God wants people to be happy, and if a command in the scriptures becomes irreconcilable with how they feel then their feelings must be trusted over the cultural commands of the time. Jesus never condemned homosexuality anyways.

Divorce and remarriage only if adultery has been committed? Again that was only a cultural aspect of the times. Paul said if an unbeliever doesn’t want to be married to a believer anymore then it was okay to let them go because personal peace matters the most.

Yes, it sure is amazing what can be dismissed when the feet of the dismissers stand firmly upon today’s culture – or yesterday’s…whichever one is most convenient is fine.

If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” (1 Corinthians 14:37-38 – ESV)

#false-teachers, #sarcasm, #the-culture-excuse

August 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • What Is Marriage? What Constitutes Marriage? (Robert R. Taylor, Jr)
  • Has the Kingdom Come? (Sam Willcut)
  • “Buy the Truth and Sell It Not” (Royce Williamson)
  • Watching the Pendulum (Glenn Colley)
  • “Living Oracles” (Mel Futrell)
  • Some Things Must Never Change (Jeff Jenkins)
  • Is It Nothing to You? (Alan Highers)
  • Behind Closed Doors (Steve Higginbotham)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #courage, #culture-wars, #evangelism, #false-teachers, #kingdom-of-god, #marriage, #oracles-of-god, #pdf, #timeless, #truth

Be settled with what has been revealed

There are some who claim to have all the spiritual answers. The lack of wisdom in such a position is seen when you realize that these same people can’t even give all the questions! But then again there are some who create questions so they can have the answers.

Questions that don’t amount to a hill of spiritual beans and answers that feed the flesh but sicken the soul is what happens (Hebrews 12:15-17).

People have a tendency to talk about things that we have no business talking about and not talking about what we should (1 Timothy 5:13; Mark 7:36; Deuteronomy 29:29; Romans 10:6-9).

We want to know more without even knowing what has been revealed. Our eyes are bigger than our belly!

The words necessary for good spiritual health are the words that we have been given (Matthew 4:4); we do not need to be consumed with finding people that are willing to add or take away from the revealed will of God. Such a desire only reveals a lack of faith, spiritual maturity and contentment (Numbers 11; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Such a desire creates a hunger for the holiness of men and leads to a loss of appetite for the holy things of God (1 Timothy 4:1-7). Look to the religious world and see if these things aren’t so!

We would all do well to accept what God has revealed and to accept that we do not need to know what we cannot know because the Lord has determined it to be unnecessary for us. He has given what we need (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), but like all other things in life we must determine if we are satisfied with the necessities that have been provided (1 Timothy 6:5-10).

These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13)

#false-teachers, #feeding-on-the-word-of-god, #questions-and-answers

May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
  • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
  • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
  • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
  • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
  • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
  • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
  • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
  • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
  • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#balaam, #christian-worker, #dancing, #excuses, #false-teachers, #jesus, #modesty, #mutual-support, #pdf, #salvation, #sin, #spiritual-goals

The Fallacy of Rejecting “Paul’s Words”

For various reasons of self-interest and faulty theology there are those in the religious world who believe and teach that the “word’s of Paul” should be rejected.

If one were to reject the “words of Paul” then they by default have to reject basically every other letter that makes up the New Testament.

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Peter’s words either since he endorsed what Paul taught and considered him to be a brother in Christ (2 Peter 3:15-16).

Don’t like “Paul’s word’s” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Mark’s words either since history/tradition teaches that Mark wrote through the guidance of Peter who, again, endorsed the “words of Paul” and due to the fact that Mark was very familiar with Paul and considered him a brother in Christ who taught the truth (2 Timothy 4:11).

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Luke’s words either since Luke greatly supported Paul and due to the fact that they labored together on missionary trips teaching the same thing to others who were coming to Jesus through their preaching (Colossians 4:4, 2 Timothy 4:11, Acts 21:1-19…notice how many times “we” and “us” are used).

So I guess that leaves a person with the words of John and James and Jude…except for the fact that both John and James endorsed Paul’s preaching (Acts 15:6-29) and Jude is just too judgmental!

So you still want to reject the “words of Paul” huh? I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds a whole lot like, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Failing to listen to “Paul’s words” is a failure to listen to the word of God.

If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

#apostle-paul, #christianity, #false-doctrine, #false-teachers, #new-testament, #new-testament-canon, #rejecting-pauls-words, #religion, #theology, #unbelief

How Much Plainer Does It Have To Be???

I just finished reading an article by some supposed “professors” of “history” and “religious studies” (which I’ve noticed is a world of a difference from actual Biblical knowledge even though they call themselves “academic biblical scholars”) that actually contends that the Bible doesn’t say marriage is only between one man and one woman but that multiple forms of marriage are actually acceptable according to biblical teaching.

Does “Professing to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:22) ring a bell to anyone but me?

In their futile attempt to promote the homosexual agenda they revealed (I almost spelled reviled) their contempt for anything that the Bible plainly contradicts when it comes to the sins of past, present and future cultures and societies.

The supposed “proof” of their claim rests upon the fact that individuals such as Abraham, Jacob, David and Solomon had multiple wives. Oh how I wish these wolves in sheep’s clothing critics of the Bible would recognize the difference between the Bible’s record of something and God’s approval of whatever is recorded! David murdered people, but that doesn’t mean it was approved of by God!

If that weren’t enough, the supposed and self-professed “professors of the Bible” go on to completely ignore the point made by Jesus in Matthew 19:1-10. In the middle of a discussion about marriage and divorce Jesus brings the discussion back to the beginning of the marriage covenant when there was – wait for it – only one man and one woman who were meant to become one flesh! Not two men and one woman, not two women and one man and not three, four or twelve fleshes! There’s no way around it other than to stick your finger in your ears and yell la la la la. A biblical marriage is meant to be between only one man and one woman.

Entering into marriage is not a command that every man and woman has to follow, but a lawful marriage in the sight of God cannot be entered into without following the commands of God which makes marriage today exactly what it was meant to be from the beginning!

A person can call the Bible ancient all they want to, ironically it’s not anything new, but this ancient book still contains all the answers for today’s problems and it also contains the words by which every single and married person alike will be judged by regardless of what our modern-day ethical and moral “standards” think about it.

How much plainer does it have to be. There are none so blind as those who will not see still rings sadly true.

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5)

#biblical-ignorance, #biblical-scholars, #culture, #false-teachers, #god, #homosexual-agenda, #marriage, #news

No Shame is a Sham!

“Spiritual leaders” who cry out with the absence of tears and the absence godly morals always manage to convince susceptible, gullible and naïve hearts and minds with the “there’s no shame in our sins” mantra.

This was one of the contributing factors to God’s people having to suffer through God’s wrath in past times. Jeremiah’s word released the real results to his people’s latest lukewarm repentance cultural poll by saying, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15)

No repentance will take place without godly sorrow and no godly sorrow will be felt without a revealing and acknowledgement of sin – and without any of the preceding measures no enjoyment of salvation will be had (2 Corinthians 7:10).  This doesn’t mean one is meant to sit in sorrow his or her entire life. No way. Once we follow through on our repentance, God assures us all of His grace. But this non-sense of no shame is a sham!

Beware of those who bear the wrong kind of fruit, beware of those who put evil for good and good for evil, beware of those who put darkness for light and light for darkness, beware of those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter, beware of those who only dress in sheep’s clothing, and beware of those who say there is no shame in sin!

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” (Jude 16-19 – – while you’re at it, go ahead and read the whole book for a warning about the sham of no shame in sin)

#christianity, #false-teachers, #god, #morality, #repentance, #shame, #sin