5-12-2016 The Devil You Say #2

The Devil doesn’t “make” anyone sin, but encourages an individual’s decision to sin!  Judas Iscariot, is a case in point.  He “was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it” (John 12:6 NKJV).  He “was a thief” before he was a betrayer.  He “went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him” (Matthew 26:14-16 NKJV).  “Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve” (Luke 22:2-3 NKJV). Afterward, at the Lord’s Supper, “after the piece of bread, Satan entered him” (John 13:27 NKJV).  Satan was in control because Judas had given Him control.  However, the Devil can be resisted.

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

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5-8-2015 Why Reject Jesus’ Church?

Do you blame Jesus Christ for Judas Iscariot? No, because “Satan entered Judas” (Luke 22:3).

Since the church of Christ is the body of Jesus Christ today (Colossians 1:24), why blame the churches of Christ for the “ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV)? It seems people want to dismiss the churches of Christ by emphasizing the hypocritical few. Do not reject Jesus because of Judas, and do not reject the church of Christ because some have failed to be faithful. Paul wrote “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse” (Colossians 1:2). Everyone in the churches of Christ are not “ungodly,” anymore than all Apostles are betrayers of Jesus Christ!

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

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