11-1-2016 Worthless Opinion Polls

“Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV), or, “wise in yourselves.”  “Polls” used to be called “Opinion Polls,” because there was no established fact in them.  Unproven “opinions” mean nothing of significance outside the 1000 or so people who have been asked for their opinion.  Being “wise in your own opinion,” and directly contradicting God’s command, is done every time “opinion polls” are reported by Media as if these speak for an entire population of hundreds of millions!  The only Poll that matters is when the living, citizenry’s votes are protected, and counted. Jewish leaders “sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none” (Matthew 26:59-60 NKJV). Hearing two “false witnesses,” they were asked, “’What do you think? They answered and said, ‘He is deserving of death’” (Matthew 26:66 NKJV).  Accepting an “opinion poll” as fact crucified Jesus Christ!

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

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10-27-2016 “False Witness” Voting

One of the reasons God hates “A false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19 NKJV), is because, “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV).  Once the “lies” are proved wrong, the social media and Propaganda Press will continue to pass them along as if they were facts or truth! Under Moses, God’s judicial rule was “the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 19:18-19 NKJV).  A “false witness” should receive the punishment he or she wanted to happen to their victim! It’s an ignorant vote, often wrong, when it is based upon “false witness.”

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

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2-25-2015           Liar, Liar

Of the Devil, Jesus Christ said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). A “lie” is falsified or misrepresented truth. A “false witness who speaks lies” is one of seven things God hates, and so should we all. Politicians seem to be as confused as the man who crucified Jesus, Pontius Pilate, who asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Schools are wanting to raise a generation of “liars” if they teach children “there are no wrong answers.” It’s sad to see a government leader who cannot remember the truth. A wise government leader, Solomon, said, “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5 NKJV). Make-belief is not the “truth.”

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

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(#201) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:10-The Sin of Hate Speech

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 10:1-25:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:10: “Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.”

David understood what this proverb is about: “Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:1-5).

All Christians must put away all “evil speaking” (Ephesians 4:31). All non-Christians who blaspheme Christians are suddenly put on notice by this proverb.

False accusation is the stuff of gossip: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16); “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); and it is cancelled by the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). No wonder, then, that “false witness” is one of the 7 things God “hates” (Proverbs 6:16-19). The unproven, unclaimed, thus false “accusation” placed on Jesus’ cross was: “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Matthew 27:37). Jesus Christ never was, nor will He ever be only “the King of the Jews,” for He is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15)!

A Christian is a “fellow servant in the Lord” along with Paul (Colossians 1:7; 4:7), Moses (Hebrews 3:5), John (Revelation 1:1), and angels (Revelation 22:9). What Christians believe and practice must come from the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and produce unity (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13). However, there are matters about which God has allowed for conscientiousness, where Christians must not falsely accuse one another (Romans 14:1-10). “Vegans” should not condemn those who can eat meats. No one is undermined if: a converted Catholic continued to eat fish on Fridays; a converted Jew may still do no work on Saturday; a converted denominational member still raises hands during a prayer; a converted Muslim woman still covers her head with a scarf, etc. Since Christians are “servants of the Lord,” Paul asks: “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4), then plainly declares: “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself” (Romans 14:7). This does not excuse anyone from continuing immoral, worldly ways into their Christian life (1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 6:9-11), for “those who are outside God judges” (1 Corinthians 5:13).

Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). God has always kept the line clear between the righteous and the unrighteous (Ezekiel 33:10-20), lest His servant is falsely accused.

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

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(#139) The Proverbs of Solomon 19:9-To Tell The Truth About Lies

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 19:9: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.”

Bearing “false witness” is the same as a “lie.” This is not the same as someone who misunderstands, isn’t sure, or otherwise is innocently ignorant of the facts. A “false witness” (liar) is stating as fact that which is intended to avoid the truth about someone or something. Since it is “Satan who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9), God hates “a false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19), and so should every righteous person (Psalm 119:104-“Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way;” Psalm 119:163-“I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law”). Since we cannot know everything, as God does, we must rely upon witnesses to give us facts upon which to make our decisions. As we sift through human statements, God’s witness is always right, best, and objective. Other proverbs uphold this: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18).

“A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28). And the tragedy is many will hear the man who speaks endlessly on a subject about which he has been sorely misinformed. “Evolution” is one of these subjects based entirely upon “false witness,” as there is no scientific fact, no passage of Scripture, and no common sense known to mankind that establishes any, or all, of the “lie.” “Global Warming” (now, “Climate Change”) is another subject about which only “false witnesses” are sure, while weather scientists and observers demonstrate that, for many decades, there is no “global warming” directly caused by humans (or occurring at all!). And God’s decree in Scripture (Genesis 8:22) continues to be obeyed throughout His Earth, regardless of media propaganda contrariwise. Since Satan is “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10), then “gossip” about fellow humans is bearing “false witness” not based upon fact or our personal knowledge.

Jesus Christ was crucified by “false witnesses.” “Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, ‘We heard Him say, “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.”’ But not even then did their testimony agree” (Mark 14:55-59). Jesus never said that of the “temple made with hands” but spoke “of the temple of His body” (John 2:19-22).

There is so much “false witness” being passed around, established truth centers around Jesus Christ, Who said, “for this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Everyone who follows Jesus Christ will be truthful with him/herself, and with others, because “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21).

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

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(#135) The Proverbs of Solomon 18:17-Who’s On, First?

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 18:17: “The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.”

The sympathetic ear is what this Proverb is all about. In every dispute or trouble, there is always a “first side,” that is, the one we hear first. The problem comes when we are prone to form an opinion before hearing the “other side.” We need to remember that all forms of media are presenting their “first side:” movies, books, TV news, magazines, and papers.

The second part of the proverb shows that cross-examination, or further examination of the facts, can change the whole perspective. Other corresponding proverbs say: “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5); “Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?” (Proverbs 24:28) Because there often is a mixture of faithful and false witnesses, we need to be most careful in our cross-examination. “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).

This possibility of wrong-sidedness shows the peril of quick judgments. “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears” (Proverbs 26:17). Getting involved in “a quarrel” before we understand “both sides,” is like controlling a dog by holding its ears – it may work for a while, but sooner or later, we must let go, and then what?

We will get “bitten” by the arguments in the quarrel when we don’t know what we’re getting into.

Why not wait until the “neighbor comes and examines” what we’ve been told?

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

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(#78) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:5-No “False Witness Protection Program”

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 14:5: “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.”

A “witness” precisely tells what has been seen, heard, or experienced, so “a faithful witness” will be true to what is absolutely known and “does not lie.” Jesus Christ was a “faithful witness” (Revelation 1:5). Whether facing persecution or death, Christians must be as the Apostles: “And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:18-20); “Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, ‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!’ But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:26-29); “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (John 19:35). No cross, terrorist bomb, or Islamic sword should make a Christian become one of “those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39).

But a “false witness” who wrongly interprets, changes, or alters the actual facts, due not simply to a faulty memory, but through a deliberate effort to mislead, gives a “lie.” “False witness” may be given because of prejudice, bribery, or fear, none of which justifies it. This is one of the 7 things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19), and other proverbs seal their doom: “A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies” (Proverbs 14:25); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish” (Proverbs 19:9); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); “Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?” (Proverbs 24:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18). The “false witness:” is “deceitful,” “will not go unpunished,” “shall perish,” “scorns justice,” hurts “his neighbor” as though he attacked with weapons! Also notice that “the man who hears him will speak endlessly,” meaning the false testimony will continue to be spread to no end! Political correctness, business advertising, Internet (e-mails, tweets, Facebook, et al.), legal advice, political campaign, religious persecution, peer pressure, propaganda press, headline writers and magazine covers, educational textbooks, are some of the many “hotbeds” for false witness.

Christians must repent from doing such: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9). Not bearing “false witness” is one of the commands included in “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). Jesus was silent in the faces of “false witnesses” (Matthew 26:59-63), and Stephen died because of them (Acts 6:9-14). Don’t believe what enemies of the churches of Christ have to say, but make sure you have “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

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

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