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2-17-2017 Fighting God

“When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it(Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 NKJV). If Solomon, the wisest man of the Old Testament, did not know everything God does on Earth, what makes us think we can? God proved “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:32 NKJV). Those who have only hatred and violence for the elected officials are fighting against God! If not, why not?

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

#elected-officials, #hatred, #violence

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6-3-2016 Hatred Without A Cause

David said, “They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause” (Psalm 109:3 NKJV).  “Without a cause” means “uncalled for, not needed.”  This very verse described Jesus (John 15:25), whose message was, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NKJV).  But, some then, as some today, spread the “Roots” of hate. Solomon said, “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV).  No one is following Christ who cannot pray to God, “forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4 NKJV).  Root out racism, of every color, by bringing all hearts to Jesus “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14 NKJV).

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

#forgiveness, #hatred, #racism, #roots, #slander

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4-27-2015 Hate-filled Strife

There can be no question that in the world, “hatred” is preached and practiced! Christians should leave this behind, for Paul wrote in Titus 3:3: “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.” There is a third word for “hatred” listed as a “work of the flesh” that disqualifies anyone from inheriting “the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

Only the hateful stir up strife: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:20-21).

For the “love of God,” we should “keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3 NKJV).

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

#contentious, #hatred, #strife

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Seven Steps to Schism Galatians 5:20

Seven Steps to Schism  Galatians 5:20

Introduction:

1. These “works of the flesh” are listed in an ascending order of damage.

2. Every unscriptural division in the church of Christ follows this pattern.

3. Developing divisions can be dealt with by recognizing the current “step” and

proceeding to scripturally deal with the false teachers of it (Matthew 7:15-20; 18:15-18; Romans 16:17)

4. God promptly dealt with the first willful sinners in the church (Acts 5:1-11).

Discussion:

     a)   Hatred Greek ekthrai – hostile, hating and opposing another

1)    Sinners’ general attitude toward God (Romans 5:10; Galatians 4:16)

2)    Satan’s position and work against God (Matthew 13:28, 39)

3)    Saviour’s general attitude toward the sinful (James 4:4; I Corinthians 15:25-26)

     b)   ContentionsGreek ereis contention, strife, wrangling

1)    Evidence of carnality among brethren (I Corinthians 1:11-13; 3:3;

I Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:9)

2)   Excused for “soundness” (Philippians 1:15)

     c)   JealousiesGreek dzaloi – fervor, excitement in defending anything

1)    Approved when for the right thing (John 2:13-17; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11;

Colossians 4:12-13)

2)    Awful when aimed at the church (Philippians 3:6; Acts 13:45)

3)    Arrogant when aimed away from one’s self (James 3:14-16)

 

d)    Outbursts of WrathGreek thumoi – explosive anger, quickly subsiding,

breathe violently

1)    Aggressive, even against Jesus! (Luke 4:22-30; Acts 19:26-28)

2)    Apparently only God can properly control its expression (Romans 2:8)

3)    Adverse effect on Christians (Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8;

2 Corinthians 12:20)

 

e)     Selfish AmbitionsGreek eritheiai – electioneering, courting distinction,

partisanship

1)    Personal interests must be kept aside in preaching (Philippians 1:15-18)

2)    Personalities must be kept down in “membering” (Philippians 2:3)

3)    Promotion of ANY GOOD WORK must not “lapse” into this.

 

     f)   DissensionsGreek dikostasiai – to stand apart, create two-parties

1)     There are NOT two sides to truthful obedience (Romans 16:17-19)

2)     There is NO spirituality in doctrinal splits (I Corinthians 3:3)

3)     The church becomes worldly when it divides (Galatians 5:20)

 

     g)   HeresiesGreek hairesais – capturing or choosing a particular tenet

1)    Choosing the lesser of evils is still evil (2 Peter 2:1-2)

2)    Combining with “the faithful” IS “SECTARIANISM”!

(Acts 5:17; 15:5; 26:5; 24:5,15; 28:22)

3)   Crucifixion occurs all over, again (I Corinthians 11:19-20 cf Hebrews 6:4-6)

Conclusion:

  1. NO ONE inherits the kingdom of God that practices these (Galatians 5:19-21.
  2. No church (or religion) based upon these attitudes is acceptable to God.
  3. All divisions between Christians must cease (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1-4).
  4. Only Jesus Christ can save (Acts 4:12; Mark 16:15-16).

#bible-study, #church-of-christ, #contentions, #dissensions, #division, #hatred, #heresies, #jealousies, #obedience, #outbursts-of-wrath, #salvation, #schism, #sectarianism, #selfish-ambitions, #sin

The Civil War Begins…

Today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The battle at Fort Sumter began April 12, 1861 and set in motion a forest fire that ravaged the land for the next four years.

The Civil War tore our nation apart, exposing our shame to the world. We still carry the scars of this War in the fabric of our nation.

The words of the  Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln on June 1, 1865 are as eloquent as anyone has ever been on the scourge of this war. The text of the speech is as follows:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The enslavement of millions of humans in our land will be a permanent stain upon our national psyche for all time. We must learn the lessons of this war, so we will never again stand in those bloody shoes.

 

#civil-war, #hatred, #slavery, #war