11-13-2017                 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are:  clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent.   Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

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

#blindness, #ignorance


6-5-2017 Ignorant Bible Critics

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 11:25 NKJV). Have you noticed that the people who criticize the Bible know practically nothing of its contents? Bible critics, most of the time, are ignorant of its theme, continuity, or preservation, and are only wise in their own opinion! Many atheists and skeptics, on the other hand, have become Bible-believers when they study what it actually says. “Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name” (Psalm 74:18 NKJV). “Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD-Your salvation according to Your word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word” (Psalm 119:41-42 NKJV).

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

#atheists, #bible-critics, #ignorance, #skeptics


11-16-2016 God Limits Himself

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.’ And He said to them, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ They said to Him, ‘Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask’” (Mark 10:35-38 NKJV).  Many people come to Jesus with selfish requests, but Jesus called it “ignorant.”  Jesus had said, “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV), but told James and John, their request “is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared” (Mark 10:40).  No one should tell God to do something that contradicts what He says He will do in the Bible.

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

#ignorance, #prayer


2-24-2015           Atheism Equals Ignorance

The evidence for God’s existence is so abundant that an atheist can believe there is no God only by denying all the scientific evidence concluding with, God Is. Atheists are as Gentiles, “in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). Instead of “faith,” an atheist has a “vacuum.” “Atheist,” is a word meaning “without faith in deity” and they are known for what they do not or cannot know. “Ignorance” is defined as “the absence of knowledge.” It is practically impossible for any atheist to ridicule a believer’s “faith” because a Bible-believer has evidence for that faith, but an atheist is reduced to denial!

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

#atheism, #bible-believer, #faith, #ignorance


(#182) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:1-Who Knew?

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 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?

Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!

Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

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

#bible-study, #boast, #faith, #god, #ignorance, #proverbs, #salvation, #sports, #stock-market, #today, #tomorrow, #weather, #wisdom

In Fort Lauderdale Fla in February 1994 accused…

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February 1994, accused murderer Donald Leroy Evans, 38, filed a pre-trial motion asking permission to wear a Ku Klux Klan robe in the courtroom and to be referred to in legal documents by “the honorable and respected name of Hi Hitler.” According to courthouse employees interviewed by the Associated Press, Evans thought Adolf Hitler’s followers were saying “Hi Hitler” rather than “Heil, Hitler.” The depth and degree of Evans ignorance is so blatant that it is nearly laughable. Plato said, “Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.” There is little question that Plato was right on target in this situation. This is Just-A-Minute.

#ignorance, #just-a-minute

Hugh Fulford: Biblical Illiteracy

A number of years ago I was teaching an adult Bible class and made the passing remark that many people think that the forbidden fruit of which Eve ate was an apple but that the Bible does not actually identify the fruit.An elderly lady from the back of the class spoke up and said that the Bible did say it was an apple.I kindly suggested that we turn to Genesis 3 and read the account.Of course, when we did so, it was easy to see that the kind of fruit of which Eve (and, later, Adam) ate is not identified.Not to be outdone, the good lady said, “Well, it could have been an apple!”We all had a good laugh, but the point was made that many people often think the Bible says a certain thing, teaches a certain doctrine, or authorizes a certain practice when, upon investigation, many of the things frequently attributed to the Bible are not actually found in the Scriptures.

Tradition says that three wise men came to visit the child Jesus, yet when the biblical record is consulted one does not find the number of the wise men given (Matthew 2:1-12).The title “Reverend” is commonly applied to preachers, yet the word appears but once in our English translations (Psalms 111:9), and there it is applied to God.And while it is true that the root from which the word comes is found in many places in scripture to refer to holy and sacred things, Jesus forbade the wearing of religious titles of distinction (Matthew 23:8-9).

When I was a very young preacher I was conducting a meeting in a southern state and staying in the home of one of the leaders of the church.He was a good man, loved the church, and had raised a good family of faithful Christian children.How shocked I was when one evening after the services he asked, “Hugh, how old was Jesus when He joined the church?”Since I thought he was being facetious, I came within a gnat’s whisker of laughing in his face.I caught myself just in time to realize that he was dead serious.Now, it is certainly true that Christ and the church enjoy an intimate relationship.The church is the body of which Christ is the head.For an understanding of Christ’s relationship to the church one needs to read and digest the first three chapters of Ephesians.But the church did not exist in historical reality during the earthly ministry of Christ, and Jesus never “joined” the church in the sense in which people today talk about “joining” the church.In fact, the whole concept of “joining” the church is deserving of deeper study, for the Bible speaks more in terms of a person being saved from his or her sins and being “added” to the church than it does of “joining” the church (Acts 2:41, 47).

In a certain city where I once lived a preacher of a particular denomination conducted a daily radio program designed to spread the beliefs of his church.His knowledge of both the Scriptures and basic grammar was highly suspect.On one occasion he cited Paul’s admonition, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).He then observed, “Yes, the Bible says the devil is wild, and he is getting wilder ever’ day!”While his observation likely was true, there is a vast difference between the “wiles” of the devil and the fact that the devil may also be “wild.”

We need to be diligent students of the Bible.People sometimes show their ignorance of the Bible by speaking against things the Bible clearly endorses.Desiring to appear to know more than they do, they oppose things the Bible commends.At the same time, not everything that is said to be taught in the Scriptures is actually taught in the Scriptures.Of the Bereans it is said: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).Paul exhorted: “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21).We need to be diligently engaged in such today.

Hugh Fulford

Hugh’s news and Views

April 24, 2012

#bible, #bible-knowledge, #ignorance