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  • J. Randal Matheny 3:14 pm on 2016-09-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Another step forward for this 7-year-old effort 

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    Almost seven years ago, Forthright Press launched The Fellowship Room as a group weblog of saints who could contribute and interact at will. (Here’s the first post.) In that time this modest effort has grown to include more than 11,400 posts by over 30 Fellows over the widest range of topics related to faith and discipleship in a fallen world.

    Today, we take yet another step forward, with a new dot-com domain, which recently became available, and an installation on our own hosting. Several advantages now appear thanks to the move. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:49 am on 2016-05-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Influence upstream 

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    I’ve never read this quote from A. Breitbart, but then again, I’m not a voracious reader of political content:

    Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

    It’s true. Brazilians say all the time that a people have the government they deserve. (It probably comes from some ancient Roman philosopher.) Government is a reflection of the values, beliefs, and standards of the society.

    It’s always said in desperation, however, rather than hope.

    But let us take it in a positive sense, as a motivator to action. Let us change the people, thereby changing the politics.

    The author at the link above is right about where to invest our energies. Further, it is time to invest in faith, in evangelism, in building up the church of God, in making an impact in society through the proclamation of the gospel. Let us throw all we have into saving souls, and we may then see a change in society and in government.

    The quotes above assume something of a static set of values. They do not take into account that the evil one constantly seeks to degrade them. So that many people in government and potential office-holders look for ways to concentrate power, create dependency, erode rights and responsibilities, undermine ethics and morality.

    The battle is constant to preserve decency and faith. It is a battle with spiritual armaments, not military or political ones. That battle is best waged, not in politics itself, but upstream, among the people. Purify the source.

    All else is bound to fail. You can’t push water.

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:02 am on 2016-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    3-10-2016 The Rule For Civilization 

    The Wisdom of God speaks: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:13-16 NKJV). Without the Wisdom of God, therefore: (1) There is no moral standard for arrogant attitudes and filthy language; (2) There is no solid advice for good judgments and sound reasoning; (3) There is no Divine authority for government! Jesus told the Roman, Pilate, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11 NKJV). The rule of Law and Order for Civilization is the Wisdom of God!
    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2014-11-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#210) The Proverbs of Solomon 31:8-9-Listen to Your Mama About Words 

    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 10:1-29:27 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 31:8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

    Step up and speak up for those who are less fortunate, specifically those who have: no voice, no parent, no justice, or no necessities of life. It is emphatic and an action of mercy to help the helpless. All leaders of government should admit that: “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne” (Proverbs 20:28). God has always required this of His people: “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15); “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17); “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

    The “speechless” are those who have no voice or ability to defend themselves. They are easily victimized by all who would misrepresent their case;

    Those “appointed to die” are people without possessions or permanence. According to the Hebrew expression, these may be strangers just passing through or orphans who cannot support themselves. God is mindful of such and required this of Israelites (Deuteronomy 10:17-19). Solomon wisely ruled: “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13). Never was this clearer than when Israelites were taken from their Promised Land because: “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger” (Ezekiel 22:29);

    “Judge righteously” should be the outcry of all of God’s people. All judges and legal personnel should hear this command. Jesus has said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24), for “in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5);

    “Plead the cause of the poor and needy,” for they cannot afford their own defense. The “poor and needy” are NOT those who demand their “right” to have the same possessions as those who have worked for what they have! The essentials of food and clothing are NOT in the same category as video games, big screen TV’s, cable, Internet, cars, or brand-name clothes!

    No nation or people will stand when citizens have little or no recourse for their grievances!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 5:00 am on 2014-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#188) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:2-For Which Leader Do You Vote? 

    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 28:2: “Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.”

    A country, nation, and people who become corrupted by “transgression,” has frequent, often violent, turnovers in leaders. Solomon later said: “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves” (Proverbs 28:12). God spoke through Jeremiah and said, “‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?’ says the LORD. ‘Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it’” (Jeremiah 18:6-10). God’s case against Israel was because they followed their wicked king, instead of obeying God: “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside. They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies” (Hosea 7:1-3). A nation that chooses corrupt leaders has chosen its own destruction!

    The only remedy is to turn to God and choose “a man of understanding and knowledge” so that “right will be prolonged.” Not all government leaders are to be followed if they abandon God: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion’” (Psalm 2:1-6). No concerted effort of “the kings of the earth” can overthrow God’s “King,” Jesus Christ, who now is on the throne of David in Heaven (Acts 2:25-32). Only a President and Congressional leaders who understand and know God’s Will can and should lead a country in the right way! It is by God’s Wisdom that “kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:15-16).

    It is a wicked people who elect (and re-elect!) wicked leaders who justify their wickedness!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:00 am on 2014-05-22 Permalink | Reply
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    #172 The Proverbs of Solomon What To Do… 

    (#172) The Proverbs of Solomon What To Do When It’s “Reigning”
    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.

    This group of proverbs are good for understanding more about God-ordained government (Romans 13:1-7). The timelessness of these rules is seen in Christians who: “having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God” (1 Peter 2:12-16).

    Proverbs 25:3: “As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.” Citizens outside of government circles may never fully comprehend its decisions, as “the heavens” and “the earth” may not completely be understood.

    Proverbs 25:6-7: “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; 7 For it is better that he say to you, ‘Come up here,’ Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.” This is a good social rule to apply to almost any situation, as Jesus applied it spiritually in Luke 14:7-11.

    Proverbs 25:15: “By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.” It may take many appeals to be heard, but a ruler’s quick response may come from irritation and anger. Patience is a virtue (2 Peter 1:5-8).

    Proverbs 29:26: “Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man comes from the LORD.” Whatever government may decide, whether Supreme Court decision, Presidential Executive Order, or Congressional Legislation, the ultimate judgment of human behavior is in the hand of God only: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).  

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#149) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:26-True Political Correctness 

    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 20:26: “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.”

    God sets the standard for what is “wicked” (Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:12-19), and this judgment is His. “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup” (Psalm 11:5-6).

    Another proverb also states this formula: “Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:4-5). These proverbs call for a government purge of evil. What has happened is the government has been purged of good! Political Correctness (“P.C.”) has lowered good morals to the level of evil, as Paul warned Christians: “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). “P.C.” is being used to silence the Truth of God and the righteous. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18-19). Only the unrighteous would “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” and when this is done by those in government, it is called “political correctness” by them, “censorship” by their citizens, but brings down “the wrath of God” upon them!

    True “political correctness” is for government leaders to realize it is “an abomination for kings to commit wickedness” (Proverbs 16:12), and a king should scatter “all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8). Every president, king, queen, prime minister, or other leading representative of government that overlooks and allows the wicked to have influence in government is not wise and is wicked!

    A main job of a God-ordained government leader, is to be “not a terror to good works, but to evil” because “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4). Since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” then citizen’s obedience is required (Romans 13:1). However, when the wicked rule, the people pay. Other proverbs state this plainly: “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people” (Proverbs 28:15); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).

    When people keep voting for “the lesser of two evils,” they have supported the wicked who rule! Citizens who should have a say in their government, but accept the wicked in government, deserve what they get! The outcries of the Israelites let God know they were ready for deliverance: “Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them” (Exodus 2:23-25). A word to the wise is sufficient.

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

     
    • Sandi 9:37 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! I fear for what’s in store for my children in this Country. I just pray God will protect the godly.

      • John T. Polk II 10:17 am on 2014-02-07 Permalink | Reply

        “and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) — then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. (2 Peter 2:7-11 NKJV)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-12-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The Difference Between Feel Good Politics And Medicine 

    As our nation continues to abandon the spiritual roots that are too evident to ignore we will increasingly, as a whole, look to the government not only as our sole provider but even our soul provider thus ignoring the true source of a nation’s vitality (think Acts 12:20-22 for a moment).

    Many politicians love to take advantage of the dependency mindset. They present feel good politics as the answer. An answer that serves the few in hopes of the few becoming the majority that is dependent upon the answer provided. In other words, to give a real world comparison, many politicians (and I’m speaking worldwide here) actually encourage people to become a lifetime child. By that I mean they wish for some people to become completely dependent upon his or her parent whose role is played by the government for the rest of his or her life, thus resulting in a people who have secured the politician’s seat of power.

    For example, the latest government dependency program to hit every coast of America, plus some, that goes by the name of A.C.A. (also affectionately known as Obama-care). This government program is based upon feel good politics and not real solutions. It’s a government answer to a problem that has created as many problems that it solved! It took a problem, a real problem, that approximately 15% of this nation was dealing with and made it a problem that 100% of the people have to worry with whether people realize it or not.

    Don’t think that I’m just a “big government hater” who doesn’t believe in taking care of the poor. If you’re going to think something based off of these words then think of me as someone who likes to think with common sense instead of thinking with votes in mind since I’m not a politician.

    The problem with insurance was that it cost too much in many situations. I myself pay more than ten percent out of my gross yearly wages (not net wages) for my health insurance at my secular job. That’s a lot; and that’s only paying for the service to be there, not what I would have to pay if something were to happen to me or my family. The cost was and is the problem for many middle-class and poor working Americans. And the A.C.A. didn’t fix the cost!!! It took the cost and supplemented it with tax-dollars!!! That’s not a solution. That’s duct-tape on a gunshot wound. On top of that the A.C.A has already inflicted itself with a gunshot wound to the foot by allowing the very people it needs (the healthy 18 to 28 year olds who don’t use insurance very much at all) to keep its book’s balanced with the older generations who use the insurance quite often for obvious reasons. How did it do that? Because it almost allows that entire group of “young people” to stay on their parent’s insurance to begin with! A group that’s not leaving home, not getting married, not starting families and, unfortunately, not working in any meaningful job. (More …)

     
  • Joshua Gulley 8:06 am on 2013-12-01 Permalink | Reply
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    scary words 

    I didn’t check to verify this, but I’ve been told that Ronald Reagan once said the nine scariest words that can come out of a man’s mouth are, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

    Humorous statement from the president that reflects a bit of truth about the way our government works. Jesus once spoke a nine-word sentence that troubles me at times. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, NASB).

    Lord, You demonstrated Your love for us by dying in our stead. Help us demonstrate our love for You by keeping Your commandments.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-21 Permalink | Reply
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    (#90) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:35-Who Is Responsible For Good Government? 

    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 14:35: “The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame.”

    Any government leader is wise to desire the wisdom of God, even if it is through “a wise servant.” “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles” (Proverbs 1:5-6). Daniel was a “wise” choice: “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3). Even counsel for war should be based upon wisdom: “Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war (Proverbs 20:18); “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6). Jesus reflected this in His teaching: “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:31-33).

    A “king” shows what kind of heart he has by his speech(es). “He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend” (Proverbs 22:11). It is up to the government leader to determine his direction: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8); “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right” (Proverbs 16:12-13); “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). A “king” who is not diligently filtering the purity of those around him cannot be helping his people.

    Many, however, seem to surround themselves with fools and liars! “Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:5); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). It is impossible for government to be staffed with “the wicked” and rule rightly! Government is no better, or worse, than those who run it! Haman incurred the wrath of his king because he had abused the king’s influence: “And Esther said, ‘The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!’ So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king” (Esther 7:6-7). If a government is unjust, ungodly, willfully ignorant of God’s Wisdom, then the leader(s) should be replaced!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    (#89) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:34-God’s Burden Against America 

    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 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”

    “Righteousness” is the state or condition of being “right,” as defined by God: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7); by His commandments: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172); by His example: “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

    Governments exist to protect the “righteous” within their citizenry: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Romans 13:3-5). Every law; court-ruling; verbally-abusive, bullying, headlined propaganda piece; Harlotwood perversely slanted movie or TV program will be considered in God’s Judgment of this, or any other, nation! Speaking to Christians about the Jewish persecution of them, Paul wrote: “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

    God would not destroy the homosexually-corrupted cities of Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20; 19:1-11) if there were as few as 10 righteous among them (Genesis 18:23-33), but there weren’t. God had a “burden” of judgment against nations, countries, and cities where sin had prevailed: Babylon (Isaiah 13:1) and Nineveh (Nahum 1:1); Moab (Isaiah 15:1); Damascus in Syria (Isaiah 17:1); Egypt (Isaiah 19:1); and Arabia (Isaiah 21:13). Assyria (not covenant-keepers of Moses’ Law!) was told by the prophet: “The LORD has given a command concerning you: ‘Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile’” (Nahum 1:14). Since then, none of these have ever arisen again to their former prominence and power! Since Jesus Christ, no country is God’s chosen People except the spiritual kingdom known as the churches of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 16:16).

    All God requires of every nation is to uphold and encourage right-thinking and right-doing: “Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin’” (Ezekiel 18:29-30). God is “fair,” for He accepts anyone who obeys Him: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).

    Jesus Christ pronounced the principle that saves: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16). This Gospel obeyed, exalts any nation.

    “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’” — George Orwell

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

     
    • James Randal 4:27 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      John, if only people understand that first sentence, how different they would conduct themselves! Instead of running to human explanations of mankind, they would scour and comb Scripture for God’s revelation of who we are and what we were destined for.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some more scripture where the principle may apply to The Land of Liberty one day when it comes to righteousness, or the lack-thereof, and judgment:

      “13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

      15 “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate.

      17 “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast from it, 18 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.

      19 “Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” (Ezekiel 14:13-20 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-08-14 Permalink | Reply
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    (#48) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:26-Corrupt Commerce 

    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 11:26: “The people will curse him who withholds grain, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”

    It is bad business to withhold products that are needed. “Buy low and sell high” may be popular in the Stock Market, but in the marketplace, it loses future business! Companies, or individuals, who buy up needed products in “bad” times, in order to sell them at higher prices during “harder” times, not only incur the wrath of customers, but also the curse of God, Himself. In condemning corrupted Israel, God gave Amos a vision for those “who swallow up the needy, And make the poor of the land fail, Saying: ‘When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit, That we may buy the poor for silver, And the needy for a pair of sandals-Even sell the bad wheat?’” (Amos 8:4-6). “Swallowing up the needy,” and “making the poor fail” describe business and/or governmental practices that slant economics away from hard work being rewarded with honest pay and profit. Those evil practices included: cutting product sizes with short scales, while increasing the price of the goods sold; making the “poor” go into such debt they are bought for “silver;” reducing them down to such need their price is the same as shoes; and selling them damaged goods! Today, this would be called “re-packaging,” “inflation,” “over-extended credit buying,” “depression economy,” and “selling expired goods.”

    When the Israelites were returned to their Promised Land, fulfilling all prophecies on that subject, the “nobles’ and rulers’” practices were listed as: “For there were those who said, ‘We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live.’ There were also some who said, ‘We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.’ There were also those who said, ‘We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards’” (Nehemiah 5:2-5). When the leaders of a people, whether business or government, adopt practices or legislation that take unfair advantage of the hard-working families under their care, God will hold them accountable. James wrote: “Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth” (James 5:4). Jesus Christ endorsed truth with: “the laborer is worthy of his wages” (Luke 10:7); “he who reaps receives wages” (John 4:36); and Paul added to this with: “to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt” (Romans 4:4). Wages are earned, not given, and everything that is done to keep honest work from being rewarded with honest wages is against God’s Will!

    Another proverb upholds this teaching: Proverbs 30:14: “There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.”

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-25 Permalink | Reply
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    (#34) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:2-The Shame of Pride 

    Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 11:2: When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

    Humility is not thinking less of oneself that is deserved, but simply the recognition that God is far greater than we’ll ever be. The more of God’s Wisdom we possess, the more we realize how humble we should be. Moses was the humblest man on earth (Numbers 12:3); who led the Israelites 40 years to humble them (Deuteronomy 8:2, 16); a lesson Solomon was called upon to repeat (2 Chronicles 7:12-14); and the Apostle Paul would show the church of God at Corinth (2 Corinthians 12:20-21). “Modest” also describes the “humble,” as someone who does not need self-promotion. It is true today, that we should: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

    The opposite of humility is “pride,” which prompts the command: “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16). Pride precedes: “shame” (Proverbs 11:2), “destruction” and “a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), being brought “low” (Proverbs 29:23). It is still true that: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Jesus Christ scolded Pharisees with the statement: “”And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Children who are constantly told they are smarter, stronger, better than their own parents or grandparents, have been pumped up with the false attitude of “pride.” The New Testament warns against this: “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2). Children who think they already “know it all” will never appreciate and learn God’s Wisdom!

    God brought down those who became “proud:” Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar learned this (Daniel 4:28-32), Jewish King Herod learned this (Acts 12:18-24), and Roman Governor Pilate learned this (John 19:10-12). Don’t buy into the fictional belief that we are equal to, or greater than, God! If we think our country is great and powerful because we are richer, smarter, stronger, or more productive through our efforts alone, we are as proud as Nebuchadnezzar, whom God brought down for a lesson in humility! If we think our politicians, courts, and legislators are “the voice of a god, and not of a man,” we shall be brought down, as Herod, for not giving God the glory! If we think we are more powerful than Jesus Christ, we will be brought to ruin as Pilate and the Roman Empire! No “government” is greater than God, though many keep trying to be too great to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-05-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 144 How To Live In A Happy State 

     This Psalm of David shows why God saw David as “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). This Psalm is from a heart that knows what God’s grace and mercy is all about!

    Verses 1-2 acknowledge who is with David on his throne over Israel;

    Verses 3-4 recognize how short the rule of a man is compared to God’s reign;

    Verses 5-10 show who really deserves praise for victory over enemies;

    Verses 11-15 summarize where a nation’s blessings and strengths come from.

    Verses 1-2: “The LORD” was David’s “Rock” not a castle. God guided David’s conquests; God showed what “lovingkindness” was like in between battles; David’s “fortress” (protective dwelling), “high tower” (lofty position above the enemy), “shield” (protection against soldiers’ attacks) and “refuge” (safe haven), were all in God. Thus if David’s “people” didn’t obey God, David wouldn’t be king of a nation! Would that Governments recognized this today (John 19:10-11)!

    Verses 3-4: “What is man” is the question David asks that shows great humility (Psalm 8:4). What makes us think we are so important that God would notice us? We are important not because of what we have done, but what God has done (Hebrews 2:17-18)! We do not live long enough to be impressive (James 4:13-15).

    Verses 5-10: God, however, is so impressive that He can “come down” over the Earth; make mountains smoke; use lightning strikes; all as weapons of war “from above.” It is God “from above” who “rescues” the righteous from a flood of “foreigners” hurling “lying words” and lying handshakes.  Those who serve God cannot expect those who do not to be following the same rules in the same way! Christian behavior is not universal, but should be (Ephesians 5:1-17)! It is God who deserves praise for our salvation and daily life. The “harp of ten strings” was an instrument of David (1 Chronicles 23:5) which appealed to the spiritually lazy (Amos 6:3-7) and was condemned. No man-made musical instrument was authorized by Moses’ Law.

    Verses 11-15: It would be by God’s rescue that the Nation of Israel would have: sturdy “sons” and “daughters;” plentiful “produce” and “sheep” and “oxen;” and no external raids nor internal struggles. A nation of people who respect God, will have “sons” who mature like plants and know their work to be done; “daughters” who accept their role of “pillars” as wife and mother; “produce” for people who know how to save for the next crop; fertile “sheep;” “oxen” useful for burdens; peaceful living without disruptiveness. Truly such a nation is “happy,” for “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!” The plague of America is unhappiness, and it has become pandemic because people do not have the LORD God. “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:1-3). “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). DO YOU KNOW GOD?

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

     
  • Richard Mansel 9:09 pm on 2013-05-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Dear Government… 

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    What if you spent as much time working on the economy as you did promoting homosexuality….

     
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