10-27-2016 “False Witness” Voting

One of the reasons God hates “A false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19 NKJV), is because, “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV).  Once the “lies” are proved wrong, the social media and Propaganda Press will continue to pass them along as if they were facts or truth! Under Moses, God’s judicial rule was “the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 19:18-19 NKJV).  A “false witness” should receive the punishment he or she wanted to happen to their victim! It’s an ignorant vote, often wrong, when it is based upon “false witness.”

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

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10-20-2016 Deny, Deny, Deny

Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me” (Luke 22:34 NKJV).  When he was pointed out, Peter did deny his association with Jesus.  The rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter, “So Peter went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62 NKJV).  The truth was still true, though Peter denied, denied, and denied it.  It was when Peter “wept bitterly,” that he showed that he still had a conscience that knew right from wrong.  There are those, though, who speak “lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2 NKJV).  These have no tears of remorse, speak lies to your face (or investigative committee!), and have no feeling of conscience left.  No truth can point the way for someone who will deny, deny, deny, without repentance!

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

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12-30-2015 Labels Are Not Arguments

The Devil doesn’t deal with truth and its defense, but retaliates with lies, labels, slander, and blasphemy. Since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV), preaching God’s Word brings forth a torrent of misrepresentations. Preaching: “baptism doth also now save us” from 1 Peter 3:21 brings the slander of “water salvationist;” or, Jesus’ statement, “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female'” in Matthew 19:4 brings the blasphemy of “homophobe;” or, after Jesus raised a widow’s dead son, we conclude with the crowd, “‘A great prophet has risen up among us’; and, ‘God has visited His people’ (Luke 7:16 NKJV), would label us “Islamaphobes.” “Whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV).                                                                                     
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ

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2-26-2015           Propaganda?

Propaganda is “deceptive or distorted information that is systematically spread,” that’s another way of saying, a lie repeated over and over and over. “Advertising” or “marketing” can become propaganda if its intention is to deceive. “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV). People who are given propaganda which has little, or no, fact behind it, will “endlessly” repeat it, thinking they have been given truth. Jesus warned, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV). Whatever people repeat that contradicts God’s Truth is a “lie,” “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said the Devil is the “father” of lies (John 8:44 NKJV).

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

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2-25-2015           Liar, Liar

Of the Devil, Jesus Christ said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). A “lie” is falsified or misrepresented truth. A “false witness who speaks lies” is one of seven things God hates, and so should we all. Politicians seem to be as confused as the man who crucified Jesus, Pontius Pilate, who asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Schools are wanting to raise a generation of “liars” if they teach children “there are no wrong answers.” It’s sad to see a government leader who cannot remember the truth. A wise government leader, Solomon, said, “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5 NKJV). Make-belief is not the “truth.”

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

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(#139) The Proverbs of Solomon 19:9-To Tell The Truth About Lies

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 19:9: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.”

Bearing “false witness” is the same as a “lie.” This is not the same as someone who misunderstands, isn’t sure, or otherwise is innocently ignorant of the facts. A “false witness” (liar) is stating as fact that which is intended to avoid the truth about someone or something. Since it is “Satan who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9), God hates “a false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19), and so should every righteous person (Psalm 119:104-“Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way;” Psalm 119:163-“I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law”). Since we cannot know everything, as God does, we must rely upon witnesses to give us facts upon which to make our decisions. As we sift through human statements, God’s witness is always right, best, and objective. Other proverbs uphold this: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18).

“A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28). And the tragedy is many will hear the man who speaks endlessly on a subject about which he has been sorely misinformed. “Evolution” is one of these subjects based entirely upon “false witness,” as there is no scientific fact, no passage of Scripture, and no common sense known to mankind that establishes any, or all, of the “lie.” “Global Warming” (now, “Climate Change”) is another subject about which only “false witnesses” are sure, while weather scientists and observers demonstrate that, for many decades, there is no “global warming” directly caused by humans (or occurring at all!). And God’s decree in Scripture (Genesis 8:22) continues to be obeyed throughout His Earth, regardless of media propaganda contrariwise. Since Satan is “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10), then “gossip” about fellow humans is bearing “false witness” not based upon fact or our personal knowledge.

Jesus Christ was crucified by “false witnesses.” “Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, ‘We heard Him say, “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.”’ But not even then did their testimony agree” (Mark 14:55-59). Jesus never said that of the “temple made with hands” but spoke “of the temple of His body” (John 2:19-22).

There is so much “false witness” being passed around, established truth centers around Jesus Christ, Who said, “for this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Everyone who follows Jesus Christ will be truthful with him/herself, and with others, because “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21).

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

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(#121) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:7-When the Wrong Speak Right

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 17:7: “Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.”

Since “fools” can be anyone who don’t obey God’s Word, and are, therefore, wicked, then “excellent speech” (wise words, intelligent language, truthful talk) is out of place coming from them. “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:8-13). Though “a fool” may say good things, perhaps even the truth, it is only by good works those words are confirmed.

God challenges the right of wicked people to even speak God’s Word: “But to the wicked God says: ‘What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?’” (Psalm 50:16-17) Jesus Christ spoke to the Jews of His day in the same way when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Jesus challenged “demons” in the same way: “Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” (Mark 1:34). No one who is unwilling to obey God is qualified to teach, preach, or otherwise represent God’s Word to anyone!

This proverb (17:7) more harshly judges a “prince” (ruler, government leader, or dominant figure), from whom everyone expects equity, fairness, and truth, who uses deceitfulness and lies! Politicians who cannot remember what they have promised (or don’t care!) are worse than “fools” who at least try to say the right things! People look to their government for good guidance, hence, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Certainly, the less said, the easier it is to remember what has been said! “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23). Trickle-down corruption certainly takes its toll: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9:16). As long as people vote in liars, there can never be good government!

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

#bible-study, #excellent-speech, #fool, #lies, #practical-lessons, #prince, #proverbs, #trickle-down-corruption