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  • Ed Boggess 10:50 am on 2015-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    In Paul’s day (Ephesians 5:12) it was a disgrace to even speak of things that some committed in secret! Today the same things are practiced openly with blatant brazenness and shameless effrontery. In fact such impudence is calculated to offend and assault anyone who still regards purity of value and godliness desirable. Perverseness is paraded with pride and a-whoring is assisted by on-line coupling. Wickedness waxes worse and worse but no one raises a voice of protest. While marriage is redefined and righteousness is trampled underfoot, our greatest concern is our wallet. Oh foolish man; do you not know that an empty wallet follows a sensual society and economic woes are on the heels of a carnal culture? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:34 am on 2015-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    NFL player Michael Sam announces he is gay and there is a tsunami of support. NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage. The president of the United States scolds the president of Russia for signing into law a ruling that restricts homosexuality. Not only have gays and lesbians come out of the closet, they have managed to convince many that their agenda is a matter of civil rights. But there is nothing civil and nothing right about sodomy! It is shameful, perverse and contrary to nature. Rather than upbraiding Russia for trying to restrict the spread of homosexuality among its young people, our president would fare better taking his stand alongside Russia and the word of God. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • Loy Pressley 9:35 am on 2015-03-10 Permalink | Reply

      How shameful it is, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

    • docmgphillips 9:39 am on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply

      Since Muslims are currently busy killing homosexuals, I am made to wonder how the president thinks they will receive hi who supports the same.

  • Ed Boggess 9:56 am on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    The “faith alone” folks declare that baptism is a work of merit and therefore it cannot be linked to salvation. I agree that is it is a work of merit, than what they say is so. But let’s let God decide if it is a work of merit. In Titus 3:5 Paul wrote, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” The apostle groups “washing”, his word for baptism here, with that which does not earn righteousness. No wonder to be born again, you must be born of water and the Spirit. The “faith onlys” would very much like to dispense with the water and remove the washing, but the Lord put it in there. So who are you going to believe, the “faith onlys” or the apostle Paul? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 10:02 am on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply

      I got the gist of the idea, but I wasn’t clear on the meaning of the second sentence.

      • Eugene Adkins 1:35 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply

        I believe there might be a typo there – if I had to guess, the sentence should say, “I agree that if it is a work of merit, then what they say is so.”

  • Ed Boggess 9:19 am on 2015-03-06 Permalink | Reply
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    On the day of Pentecost, when Peter’s preaching moved the people to ask, what must we do? Peter replied, “repent and be baptized for the remission of your sins.” That sounds to me like baptism is a necessary part of salvation. But say that and the “faith alone” crowd will object and moan. They will say the word “for” there means because of, not “unto”. Not only do Greek Dictionaries disagree with them, their contention is impossible. Why? Because Peter mentioned two things “repent and be baptized”, they are both “for the remission of sins.” The “faith onlys” teach correctly that repentance refers to the change of will at the point one believes. Thus they believe and teach repentance is necessary to salvation. But look, whatever repentance is for, baptism is equally for. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:06 am on 2015-03-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The apostle Paul says, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”. A lot of the “faith alone” folks interpret this as referring to a Sinner’s Prayer. But that is not what Paul was talking about. There was no such thing as a Sinners Prayer in Paul’s day. Nor is it found in scripture. A few verses later Paul says, “but they have not all obeyed the gospel.” Some call on the name of the Lord and others obey not the gospel. Paul knew calling on the name of the Lord involved obedience. Why? When lost, Jesus told him to go to Damascus and he would be told what he must do. He did and Ananias found him praying and told him “Arise, be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” In Paul’s case, calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized. So you “faith alone” folks can have your Sinners Prayer, I’m going to go Paul’s way. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:48 am on 2015-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    The Bible says, “with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” That is two things, not one. The first is made with the heart and the second is made with the mouth. Where does that leave the “faith only” folks? It leaves them begging. The next verse continues, “for the scriptures says, whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” In other words, believing involves more than one’s mental or heart choice, it also involves confessing. Confession is part of “believe and you will be saved.” But not only that, a verse or two later, we learn “calling on the Lord” is also involved. Thus, faith involves more than just “faith alone”; it involves actions that must follow is salvation is to be realized. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:58 am on 2015-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    The apostle Paul wrote, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Was Paul right or are “faith only” folks right? They can’t be both right! How so? The “faith onlys” say that one is saved at the moment you believe; that is before one has confessed his faith. But the apostle says confession is still “unto” or “towards” salvation. Furthermore, a few verses later, Paul mentions, “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” In another place he said that God will punish those “who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel”. Where does this leave the “faith onlys”? It leaves them wanting! If God is going to punish those who obey not the gospel, then I choose to “confess unto salvation” and “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins”. It may not be the most popular, but it is the most sure. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 12:22 pm on 2015-03-02 Permalink | Reply
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    The jailor asked, What must I do to be saved? Paul said, Believe on the Lord and you will be saved. If you take that verse alone, you might decide salvation is a “faith only” proposition. But looking at the verse in context, shows it involves more than a mental choice or assent. The next few verses show that Paul provided more instruction. As a result the jailor took Paul and Silas, washed their stripes and was immediately baptized by them. The next verse tells us that what the jailor did, he did it “having believed”. What that means is the jailors actions including being baptized was a part of his believing. Faith is not static or fixed; it includes more than just a mental assent. Believing so as to be saved includes confession and baptism as well. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 9:08 am on 2015-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus said, “whoever believes in me, will never perish, but have everlasting life.” I believe that. But I also know that there were two ways of understanding it. One is the “faith only” way. Believe and with nothing else you are saved regardless. Another is that believe not only includes mental acceptance but other things that Jesus also included in the word “believe” and connected with salvation. For instance, the scriptures also say Jesus is the author of salvation to all who obey Him. Is obedience necessary? This verse seems to say so. Jesus also says, he who endures to the end shall be saved. What of those who believe but do not endure to the end? Taking John 3:16 by itself could mean either one, but when compared to all Jesus taught, I believe it includes much more. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 9:09 am on 2015-02-27 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s been a long, cold and gloomy winter. Then the groundhog saw his shadow! If I was to run across a groundhog, I think I would punch him in the nose! Vacation trips to warmer climates have increased 39% this winter. But there is something else that has increased as well. Divorce rates increase from January through March every year, and likely this year will see a substantial increase. So if there is any time to put forth an increased effort to keep the home and family together, it is right now. Have you been fussing and fighting more than usual in your home? Why not make a special effort to strengthen and renew your commitment and love? There is no rule that says showing you care is reserved for Valentine’s Day. In fact, Making every day a Valentine’s Day, a day when love and devotion is embraced, enriches my own marriage. It doesn’t require gifts. That’s commercialism trying to make a profit. It just needs some communication. Just a hug and a kiss and an “I love you” will do wonders. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 9:27 am on 2015-02-26 Permalink | Reply
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    A federal judge recently ruled in favor of Alabama recognizing same-sex marriage. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is doing his best to resist implementation of the ruling. Judges in the conservative states of Texas and Kentucky already ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The gay and lesbian juggernaut will soon roll over those who resist in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and yes, Tennessee. There are 50 cases in 26 states pending on homosexual issues. You say, “What difference does it make? I don’t believe in it, but why not let them be?” The difference is a real one if you are a Bible-believing Christian and the government decides to use an anti-discrimination law against you if you refuse to somehow help in a same-sex wedding. You say, why not them be? Well, believe you me, the gays and lesbians are never going to you and me be. They push, they bully, they attack, they force, they manipulate; they will not be satisfied until they trod believers underfoot. This is Just-A-Minute

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:33 am on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    More and more gay and lesbian promoters are stripping away the rights of others that have long been cherished in our country. They are demanding what they call “gay rights”. But what about religious freedom? It has long been one of the solid rocks our country is built upon. But caving in to the liberal left with its pro-gay and lesbian platform, our government leaders step by step are destroying religious freedom. The government is already telling a professional photographer that he cannot refuse to provide his service for a same-sex marriage, in spite of his Bible based belief it sinful to do so. What about me? I’m a preacher. Suppose a couple of lesbians or gays approach me to do their wedding ceremony. Will the government step in when I refuse and demand I do it? As for me, I’d rather go to jail for the rest of my life. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • James 11:04 am on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply

      I am not looking forward to this coming storm.

  • Ed Boggess 9:23 am on 2015-02-24 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: faithless, freedom of religion, Just-A-Minute, , secular   

    America was largely born on religious freedom. Groups of European religious faithful fled their home countries because their faith did not measure up to the state enforced religion. They had suffered enough persecution so now they came to the new land where they could worship as they believed. Today the new land has turned on them; America is fast becoming a country without freedom of religion. Can a New Mexico Christian photographer refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding? Can an Oregon bakery owned by believers refuse to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage? Can a Washington state florist refuse to supply flowers for a same-sex marriage? All you people who have hidden your head in the sand, come up for a look around. America is on the move to becoming a faithless secular state. Perilous times are here with evil men waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:27 am on 2015-02-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Two teenage girls were caught stealing money off a table at a supermarket in Boynton Beach, Florida. The table was being used by a Girl Scout selling cookies. When questioned by WPBF-TV, they said they had no remorse. One said on camera, “We went through all that effort to get the money. We got all these charges against us, and we had to give the money back.” The other added, “I’m not sorry. I’m just mad I got caught.” The girls were caught because they returned to the store the next day and taunted the little girl. Our society is adrift without a moral compass. Some call it progress. But if this is what it means to cut the apron strings of our Christian beginnings, I’m all for staying home. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” This is Just A Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 11:04 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Anton Popazov and his wife, Nataliya, got a divorce. That would be hardly worth mentioning, except they are both under contract to the Moscow State Circus and their act involves Natalia shooting an apple off of Anton’s head with a crossbow. The London Times asked Anton during a traveling show in Sheffield, England, whether he was afraid. He replied, “I still trust her because Nataliya is very professional. The show must go on.” Well, I am all for the show going on, but I think I would chose to be a spectator rather than the target. Divorce is tragic wherever it happens and leaves deep wounds. God says, “I hate divorce.” I know sometimes it is simply unavoidable; but we should make every effort to make marriage work. This is Just A Minute.

     
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