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  • John T. Polk II 3:37 pm on 2016-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    4-15-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #5 

    Before Jerusalem was destroyed, Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5 NKJV).  Bible miracles, however, “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 NKJV).  After Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, many have come establishing churches “in His name,” and also have deceived many.  But God said of false prophets of old: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV.  “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17 NKJV).  Only the Bible speaks the truth.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:09 am on 2015-12-24 Permalink | Reply
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    12-24-2015 One Miracle For One Prophet 

    God’s Prophet today is none other than Jesus Christ. After Jesus fed 5000 men (not counting women and children!) with 5 barley loaves of bread and 2 small fish, then gathered up 12 baskets full (more than He started with!), “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world’ (John 6:14 NKJV). God made it clear, with such an overwhelming miracle witnessed by thousands, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. “And many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV). God has not given such miraculous demonstrations to endorse anyone else as His Prophet. Jesus’ miracles should lead us to Him and no other.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:42 pm on 2015-09-29 Permalink | Reply
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    9-17-2015 Miracle or Mirage 

    When a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus, He forgave his sins and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins –He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'” (Mark 2:9-12 NKJV). No music, no shouting, no hand-clapping, no lifting, no supporting, no propping up of this man was needed. Jesus did a miracle, but today, we only see cheap imitations.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:38 am on 2015-09-21 Permalink | Reply
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    9-11-2015 Why Were Scriptures Written? 

    “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV). (1) Luke’s “orderly account” would make certain what Theophilus had only heard (i.e. “oral traditions,” or “gossip”); (2) This written Scripture completes the “word delivered;” (3) This “orderly account” was to certify truth distinguished from “many” other narratives; (4) “Certainty” of faith came from sure, written “scripture” and not from any other source!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:45 pm on 2015-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-22-2015 The Holy Spirit Or The Written Word? 

    Why do people listen to what God says first but not last? Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit when He said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV). When this happened on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 14-22), “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20 NKJV). Those miracles cease when the word “was confirmed to us” (Hebrews 2:3). Scripture says, “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37 NKJV). The written Word is God’s Message today.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:38 pm on 2015-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    4-16-2015 “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) – Miracle Worker 

    Even “the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, ‘What shall we do? For this Man works many signs’” (John 11:47 NKJV). If miracles prove His claim, the number and power of them is overwhelming. In one chapter of Matthew alone (the 8th) Jesus heals: a leper, a paralyzed man, Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever; cast out demons “with a word; stopped a storm on the sea; and cast out so many demons, it drowned about 2000 swine. It’s no wonder, then, that “many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV) No one else has done the works that Jesus Christ has done. Read all about it in the Bible.

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

     
  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    What an atheist did answer, then me (3) 

    QUESTION: What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

    ATHEIST: What of them? Demonstrate an actual miracle, or introduce me personally to a saint or an angel, and then let’s discuss the matter.

    CHRISTIAN:To an atheistic naturalist there is no acceptance of the historical record that attests to the validity of such, there is mere rejection because of ideology (not evidence). However, the particular ideology accepted that seeks to use a back door rejection is met by a miracle coming in the front door because of the “have to” acceptance of a miracle at the very beginning (clarity on this tomorrow).

     
    • Jack 1:00 pm on 2014-10-24 Permalink | Reply

      For the one who does not allow to faith, life to the Creator, “What empirical knowledge do you offer in rebuttal for the existence of life?

  • Eugene Adkins 7:09 am on 2014-08-26 Permalink | Reply
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    The vacuum of a miracle-less life 

    The origin of life? It’s all natural says the “naturalist”. Nothing too special. Just a game of odds, that’s all. And by no means a miracle! Highly evolved nothings…I mean animals – that’s what we are.

    And what of the emotions that we feel? Only chemicals it is said. Nothing is real. It’s only a reaction. And the love for your child? Only a deep functioning desire to see your DNA passed along. After all, that’s all an animal wants to do. And we’re just highly evolved animals anyways.

    And the tears that get shed from the loss of loved ones? They’re not real either. Just a response to the lessening of your chances for survival. That’s where it came from! It’s all thanks to the gift of evolution. Survival of the fittest, and you’re not “as fit” as you once were.

    I hear it from time to time on television. Scientists who believe in evolution but yet they use the word miracle. I believe it happens when they let their guard down and their humanity shows through. But of course if pushed on the subject they would say the use of the word miracle is only a figure of speech; much in the same way that an atheist uses God’s name in vain. The animal must take the place of the human to be rational after all. Everything has a natural explanation. Right? It has to! So says the unbeliever.

    Thus we are brought to the results of a miracle-less life. Nothing but a vacuum! A heart that becomes like the black-holes that are adored.

    Now I’m not saying that all atheists have no emotions. That’s not my point. My point is that the emotions that are as real as the nose on our face, to an honest atheist, do not matter because they are not real. They have no point outside of the forces of the evolutionary train pushing us forward on tracks that cannot be escaped. Tracks that go nowhere.  Tracks that take away our person-hood. Tracks that take away the reality of emotions. Tracks that take us away from miracles. Tracks that take us away from hope. Tracks that take us away from our Creator!

    Don’t get pulled into the vacuum that says it’s all naturally explainable. It can’t all be explained – at least not through man’s science, because man’s science doesn’t even know all of the questions!

    But there’s still that question of where did we come from? And so the atheist pushes on, looking for the answer that they already have. Looking for an answer, or rather a question that fits the answer that they have already accepted and given to others to be accepted. And yet the question remains, “What’s the point of finding an origin of life that has no effect on the way it all ends?” Is evolution actually looking for its own beginnings?

    Space may be one big vacuum, but the plug got pulled and the miracle of life began, not by chance but when in the beginning God….(Genesis 1:1).

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    • orangelolita 1:19 pm on 2014-08-26 Permalink | Reply

      Am I right in thinking that you believe scientists to be inhumane and unbelievers incapable of feeling any emotion that resembles wonder at the world around them. If so, you are deeply misguided fellow stranger.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:06 pm on 2014-08-26 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, OL.

        That was not my intent at all; nor was my point directed at all scientists because all scientists do not believe in evolution. That’s why I said “Now I’m not saying that all atheists have no emotions. That’s not my point.

        The awe of an atheistic scientist comes only from the admiration of the complexity of life without following the admiration and wonder to the end goal that it’s meant to have: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1). See also Romans 1:20-23. This isn’t because “I say it does” but because it’s the only end-point that atheism (whether scientific or not) leads to in relation to the existence of life.

        Plus, just to make sure we’re on the same page here, my main point was about the meaning of emotions that we experience in life such as love and not just necessarily the existence of life itself.

        Thanks for commenting.

  • TFRStaff 9:12 am on 2014-06-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Two ends of the pendulum about Jesus’ miracles 

    “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” John 20:30-31.

    At one end of the pendulum, the postmodern culture we live in works hand-in-hand with liberal theologians who completely discount any supernatural events including Jesus’ miracles recorded in Scripture. They disregard that which John says are written so that they might believe that Jesus is the Savior, the Son of God, and have life in His name. That course is a dead end—literally!

    At the other end of the pendulum, are those religious folks who believe Jesus is still doing miracles and wants everyone to be healthy and wealthy. If He’s not working a miracle in your life, you don’t have enough faith. But notice that the purpose of Jesus’ already-recorded miracles were to bring readers down through the ages to faith.

    Jesus certainly had to power to do more than we see Him doing to right the many wrongs of ancient Israel, but we always see Him selectively using that power for His true purpose.

    Is it a miracle you believe?

    Doug Kashorek, Plattsburgh church of Christ

    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:53 am on 2014-02-17 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accompanying signs, , , confirm the word, miracles, snake handling   

    “Snake Salvation” — Really? 

    ‘Snake Salvation’ TV star Jamie Coots dies after being bitten

    Feb. 16, 2014, 3:22 PM EST

    By Todd Cunningham
    TheWrap

    Jamie Coots, a star of the National Geographic TV reality series “Snake Salvation,” died Saturday after being bitten by a snake and refusing medical treatment.

    Coots was one of two pastors from a Pentacostal church in Middleboro Ky. featured on the show about snake handling at a sect of Christian churches in Kentucky, Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee, where worshippers believe faith will protect them from the venom of poisonous snakes.

    Coots’ death was reported Sunday by Kentucky’s Lexington-Herald Leader.

    Coots was bitten on his right hand by a snake. An ambulance crew and firefighters tried to talk Coots into going to the hospital, but he refused treatment, according to the report.

    Coots had suffered serious bites twice before. He told the Herald-Leader that he nearly died in the early 1990s when a large rattlesnake bit him on the left arm, and in 1998, a rattlesnake he was handling suddenly struck the middle finger of his right hand.

    Coots refused treatment for the excruciating bites in both of those cases.

    “It’s a victory to God’s people that the Lord seen fit to bring me through it,” he said the day after the bite in 1998.

    The Real Victory Is Truth

    1. It is tragic that this man has died.

    2. It is even more tragic that he, like some others, are so ignorant of God’s Word. Jesus Christ said the Gospel should be preached to “every creature,” but that the “signs” proving the truthfulness of that Gospel were for “those who believe” (Mark 16:15-20). The “signs” were for the miraculous beginning of its spread, for the Lord was “working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.” By the time the Book of Hebrews was written, the word “which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” (Hebrews 2:3-4). All believers were never promised these “accompanying signs” because: (1) even though 3000 were baptized on Pentecost, miracles were only done through the Apostles (Acts 2:38-43); (2) even though Samaritans “had received the word of God” and been baptized, the Apostles, Peter and John, travelled to them and “laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:12-18); (3) Paul baptized Ephesians “in the name of the Lord Jesus,” but they only received the Holy Spirit “when Paul had laid hands on them” (Acts 19:1-7). Coots evidently didn’t understand that what Jesus had said about “signs” was not for Coots, but for the early Christians, and that only until the New Testament was completely written. The only example of a serpent bite, which Jesus had said would “by no means hurt them,” is in Acts 28:1-6, and it did not! The clue that Coots was not included in Jesus’ list of “signs” is that the article about Coots said he had had “excruciating bites” twice before! All miracles establishing the claim that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God” are written in the Bible (John 20:30-31), since “the faith” has been “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). There is no miraculous working of the Holy Spirit today that would  “confirm” God’s Word, and “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37).

    3. It is even more tragic that the publicity given this incident will associate such ignorance with so-called “Bible-believers” throughout the world. The Apostle Paul rebuked the “spirit of divination” (associated with Python, a serpent or dragon guarding the mythological Delphi), casting it out of the “slave girl” (Acts 16:16-24). She was proclaiming, “These men [Paul and Silas] are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not need, and should not tolerate, any false teacher’s endorsement, if for no other reason, because it would make a lying connection between Truth and error! “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:5-6).

    Incidents like this that has happened to this ignorant practitioner must not go unnoticed and unexplained, for the Truth leads to God (John 14:6), not to an ignoble end!

    —–John T. Polk II

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-09-04 Permalink | Reply
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    In the news… 

    Here are some stories that may be of interest to some. Just remember that I do not endorse all stories that appear on these websites; I only wanted to bring attention to the linked story in particular due to its content.

    So you think the days of people needing “signs” to believe are over? Unfortunately it’s not even close, as you’ll find out in this “tear jerker” of a story.

    For years the homosexual movement has been claiming that their efforts revolve around tolerance, and for years I’ve been saying it has everything to do with acceptance. Read this story for another example of how their anger-driven agenda closed down a small business with their demand for acceptance while showing great intolerance towards those who disagree with them.

    So you think if your state says that marriage is between one man and woman that settles the issue? Not according to a federal judge in Ohio who says the state of Ohio must recognize the “marriage license” of two homosexuals that was issued in another state. He thinks their “bond” should be “binding” upon the people of Ohio according to this story.

    Need to read about some good news? Here’s a story about some people who got a “little tip” that helped to keep them going.

     
    • doc 9:37 am on 2013-09-04 Permalink | Reply

      How the mighty are fallen! What used to be shameful because God said so, we are now being forced to accept or face legal action. Sad.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:37 am on 2013-02-13 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: language use, miracles, semantics   

    Heal or cure? 

    jesus-healsI just noticed on my English devotional today that in the title I missed the quote from the verse. The verse reads, “and he healed them” (NET). In my rush, I put, “and he cured them,” interference from the Portuguese, “e ele os curou“, from which I was translating the meditation.

    So here’s my question: Is there a difference in English between the meaning of the verbs “to cure” and “to heal”?

    Obviously, they will have somewhat different semantic fields, but my mistake made me wonder. When we talk about Jesus’ miracles, it seems we prefer the latter verb.

    I can’t change the URI now, but I could change the title, if need be.

     
    • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2013-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      Good question, Randal.

      The phrase “to cure” may only refer to the physical disease itself while the phrase “to heal” (i.e. make whole) could refer to both the physical and spiritual hurt that needed the Great Physician. Think of the man from Mark 2:3-11 and how he was “cured” physically but also “healed” spiritually.

      I hope this helps anyways. Never have given it much thought, but I guess I can see a difference in the words.

    • Don Ruhl 10:55 am on 2013-02-13 Permalink | Reply

      To me, “cure” points to something that was used, such as medicine, but “heal” refers to the end result, which may or may not have had miraculous intervention.

      Thus, “cure” refers to an agent that gave a person health, but “heal” just tells us the end, that it was accomplished, and in the case of Jesus, He did it miraculously without any agent.

      Just my thoughts.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:42 pm on 2013-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    If I say this is for evangelists, you won’t read it, will you? 

    Patience is a virtue for evangelists. A young man cancelled on our study last week the second time in a row. First time, he had to work late. The second time he talked to The Missus, so he didn’t give his reason for cancellation. It would be wrong to think he’s not interested. He might not be, but we can’t give up at this point. Sometimes, people just don’t feel the urgency they should, even though we tell them. Sometimes, too, they let life get in the way. So if we’re not studying, we’re praying for them, right?

    What’s the point of the title of today’s post? Talk of evangelists, and the eyes of many glaze over. “Oh, that’s not me,” they say. “I’m not an evangelist.” And they might even be right. They may not have the gift of evangelism. But isn’t this the purview of all? Rather, they ought to think, “This has to do with the Main Job of the church, I want to learn more, I want to improve my efforts, even though I might not be called an evangelist.” (I’m not even considering full-time evangelists here; some of the best ones I know aren’t supported by churches.) Say something is for evangelists and many saints tune out.

    • Now, sometimes elders and preachers do the church a disservice by calling the saints “church members,” which is not a phrase you’ll find anywhere within the NT. We have elders, deacons, preachers, and then comes that unformed and unclean mass of untrained “members.” The rest of them. Now we even have Distinguishing Titles for our Clergy. The other day I came across somebody—in OUR brotherhood, mind you— who called himself the Lead Minister. Obama said he leads from behind. This guy must serve from up front. Really!

    But I’m beginning to rant, and that’s not PC any more. My point is that, although we say we’re not clergy, we (third person of solidarity) act like it and quack like it. Caramba! We need more restoration in the church, do we not? And no restoration more needed than that of placing evangelism in its rightful place in the church, by everyone.

    Where is today’s Reuel Lemmons? (More …)

     
    • Anil Kumar 7:16 pm on 2013-02-10 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Bro.Randel,

      This is the fact today and I agree.
      I would like to share some of my views regarding the first paragraph of your article.
      The young man who cancelled his study may be right in his reason, and some some times it happens.

      I was thinking of something for long time with a title ” From the other End”. This is nothing thinking from the others point of view. People normally dont have this sence of thinking from others side. If a person who said that he would help us in a partucular issue and could not able to do it, then we obviously come to an opinion that he was decieved us. But how would it be if we first think of his circumstances which he could not able to do it. This is very commonly applicable to all the aspects. But still people generally comes to the negative thought first and will never come back to know fact of the person who cant able to do it. May be the person is righteous and was just feeling shy to show me his face because he could not able to do it for the proper reason. It is surely wrong to think that he is not intereted. May be the third or fouth time he may get the oppurtunity to attend the Study.

      May be the young man is in same circumstnaces or may not. Still we, as Evangelist should not conclude in a negetive way, how ever we pray for him.

      So its a right virtue to every one, especially for the desciple of Christ to give a thought of thinking “From The Other End”

      Anil

    • Stephen R. Bradd 7:24 am on 2013-02-11 Permalink | Reply

      Good thoughts, Randal.

      • J. Randal Matheny 4:20 am on 2013-02-12 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Anil and Stephen. Another study is set with the young man for 5 p.m. today, and since it’s a holiday, work ought not interfere. Pray he makes it!

  • John T. Polk II 4:54 am on 2013-01-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 77 

    Vs. 1-3 indicate the Psalmist’s troubling thoughts;

    Vs. 4-9 show doubting questions with no reassuring answers;

    Vs. 10-20 find reassurance in the written Scriptural record of God’s past response.

    Again, the point is obvious: God does not have to perform His miraculous response for each generation, since He has left a written record from the past. Neither does God have to keep performing identified miracles of Jesus Christ or His Apostles in order for someone today to be convinced. Jesus Christ said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24). Since He spoke, everyone may “hear” Jesus’ “word” by reading it in the writings. “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). Written miracles do not have to be repeated to be believed. When faith is troubled by questions, the answers are in the Bible! Days of trouble should be days of prayer to God.

    Verses 1-3: In verse 1, the Psalmist doesn’t cry out to God because God cannot hear, but because the sins of the nation has separated them from God. “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). In verse 2, God responds because the sinner: “sought the Lord,” stretched out his hand all night, and “refused to be comforted.” In short, the sinner acknowledged his lost condition without God! Verse 3 makes clear that the burden should be upon the sinner for his own sins.

    Verses 4-9: In verses 4-6, the thought of living without God drives sleep from the eyes and tone from the voice (verse 4); consumes the mind in remembrance of what God did in the past (verse 5; Deuteronomy 32:7-9); takes nighttime music away because the mind is focused on this trouble (verse 6). How has sin damaged one’s relation to God: (verse 7) rejected forever? (verse 8) no appeal for mercy? (verse 9) has God closed His thought of us?

    Verses 10-20: The anguish is caused within the Psalmist, not because of anything God had done (verse 10). The solution was to “remember,” “meditate,” and “talk” of what was written in the Bible about God (verse 11-12). Since God’s way is “in the sanctuary,” that is, beyond our world, we can but react to His works which are seen, our God is the greatest, for He: “does wonders,” declared His “strength among the peoples (verses 13-14). His deeds are planned without man, but recorded for man. Verses 15-20 recount God’s deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 9-14; 2 Samuel 22:1-51). “Jacob” is their namesake (“Israel,” Genesis 32:28), “Joseph” was their Savior (Genesis 47:11-17), and the descriptions of God’s power in delivering the Israelites is awe-inspiring, indeed. Nothing in Scripture teaches that God must miraculously deliver His people today, but that He did so in the past surely should be encouraging to believers. Troubles and doubts are cast away when bathed in the faith from the Word of God (Romans 10:17). “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:1-2).

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

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:20 am on 2012-09-29 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Glossolalia, , miracles, Pentecostalism   

    Get a tongue, or else 

    PentecostalismYesterday afternoon late we finished a lengthy study with a lady and a Christian couple who’ve been studying with her, about the Holy Spirit, specifically, about the cessation of miracles. Many Pentecostal groups connect tongue-speaking with salvation. They teach that speaking in tongues is a sign or proof of salvation. Hence, people are encouraged to seek after a tongue-speaking experience. How discouraging that must be!

    • People also labor under the delusion that God can only work in this world through a miracle. How the Lord must be disappointed that someone thinks he is so limited in his powers! One section of the handout I gave our study friends was titled, “The Spirit Continues to Work” (my translation), just so nobody would get the idea that we think the faith is a dead religion today. Far from it!

    • On the flip side of this coin, some call just about anything a miracle, a sunrise, the birth of a child. Things which are decidedly not miracles. Now, the virginal conception of Christ—that was a miracle!

    • Pentecostals and charismatics sometimes ask, “Does your church have miracles?” Sometimes I’ve answered, “Yes, we have the many miracles recorded in the Bible.” Their expressions reveal they don’t think much of my answer. If your church doesn’t have miracles and tongues and cures, you’re second-class. Maybe not even Christian.

    • If first-century preachers could call the pagan idols false gods, we ought to help others see that the so-called miracles today are false signs. These diminish the true signs and wonders which God performed through his Son and his apostles. They also open the door to false revelations. Same ball of icky wax. (More …)

     
    • robertebarger 9:05 pm on 2012-09-29 Permalink | Reply

      I must ask, do you speak in tongues? There are two sides of the fence. On one side is people who believe and prove the truth, and people who believe part of the bible and don’t prove anything. The Holy Ghost is a gift of God to people who have a pure heart and cry out to God and are willing to do anything God asks them to do. These are the people who God gives the Holy Ghost to and they do speak in tongues. The book of Acts shows us how people are to live in the Spirit every day. The apostles walked with Jesus and Jesus told them this is what is going to happen. In Hebrews 4 God warns us of unbelief and he warns us that we are to be careful not to fall after the same unbelief that the children of Israel fell into. WE must “prove” that we have the Holy Ghost because it tells us in 1 corinthians 12:1-3. No man can call Jesus Lord except by the Hloy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is just the beginning of our walk. John chapter 1 tells us,And as many as recieve Him gave He power to “BECOME SONS OF GOD”!.

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:50 am on 2012-10-01 Permalink | Reply

        I speak in two tongues, English and Portuguese, though neither was a miraculous gift. I had to work hard to be fluent in the second one and had much to learn to improve the first.

        BTW, the Holy Spirit is not a ghost.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:18 pm on 2012-10-01 Permalink | Reply

        I speak only English, Robert, and I have never spoken in any miraculous tongue that the Bible speaks of.

        So are you saying that I am not saved? Are you saying that I do not have a pure heart? Are you saying that I do not believe the truth? And where do you get this standard of judgment that you are using?

        Are you saying that the Christians in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31 who could not all speak in tongues were not saved, pure in heart or a believer of the truth?

        You do realize that even in the churches to whom the letters were written to, the letters that we read today, had members who could not speak in tongues don’t you?

        Just for clarification, Robert, what discernible/intelligent/understandable language do you speak that is not your native language and one you never studied?

        Please answer my questions…and read the scripture references above before you answer.

        Thanks for your time.

        • robertebarger 12:42 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

          Speaking In Tongues

          #1) Who speaks in tongues? Them who believe.
          Jesus said in Mark 16 (How do we know we have the Holy Ghost? By searching the scriptures. The scriptures are where God shows us that there is a Holy Ghost, and what will happen when you have the Holy Ghost. (Not Holy Spirit, the two are different!)
          14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
          15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
          16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
          17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
          18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
          19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
          20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
          Romans 8:
          26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings (Tongues) which cannot be uttered. (Uttered- understood.)
          27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Tongues)
          Jude 1:17-21
          17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
          18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
          19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (How will we know that they don’t have the Spirit? They do not believe in speaking in tongues and praying in the Holy Ghost.)
          20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (Tongues)
          21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
          1 Corinthians 12:1-3
          12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
          2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
          3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

          2 Timothy 3:5
          3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
          2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
          3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
          4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
          5 Having a form of godliness, but denying “the power thereof”: from such turn away. (This is the Holy Ghost!)
          6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
          7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (Without the Holy Ghost the veil will not be taken off your eyes in the reading of Moses. 2 Corinthians 3:13-16)
          Acts 10:
          44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
          45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. (How did they know they received the Holy Ghost? They spoke with tongues)
          46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
          47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
          48 And he commanded them to be baptized “in the name of the Lord”. (In the name of Jesus Christ!) Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
          Acts 19:1-6
          19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
          2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
          3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
          4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
          5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
          6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
          Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 14 & 15 explains speaking in tongues and prophesying.
          1 Corinthians 14
          King James Version (KJV)
          14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. (This is a commandment to us to desire spiritual gifts!)
          2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
          3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
          4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself;(He that speaks in tongues edifieth himself and is speaking to God, not men!) but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
          5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
          In the book of Acts chapter 8 there is a place where a person desired to have the Holy Ghost but Peter rebuked him and told him that because he had sin in his life, he could not receive the Holy Ghost.
          Acts 8:9-24
          9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
          10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
          11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
          12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
          13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
          14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
          15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
          16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
          17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
          18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
          19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
          20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
          21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
          22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
          23 For I perceive that thou art in “the gall of bitterness”, and in “the bond of iniquity”.
          24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
          (Simon’s heart was not right, therefore he could not receive the “gift of the Holy Ghost”! Peter told him to “REPENT”!
          I hope this gives you some understanding in speaking in tongues. Tongues is the way Jesus intercesses for us to the Father. As it told us in Romans 8, The spirit, of Christ, searches the heart and makes intercession for us according to the “perfect” will of God. Some one who does not have the Holy Ghost is praying in their own understanding and cannot pray in the perfect will of God because it is hid from their understanding. Another purpose in praying in tongues is for warfare against Satan to stop him from doing things in our life. Praying in tongues is also used for us to make intercession for other people. Tongues also are for us to come into the Joy of the Lord. It allows us to come into the deep praises of God that God might inhabit the praises of His people.

        • robertebarger 12:55 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

          Here is another scripture that is importent to remember.
          1 Corinthians 2
          King James Version (KJV)

          2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

          2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

          3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

          4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

          5 “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (Pual could have spoke in ways that would have convented you that he was a learned man, but he told us here that even though he was a learned man, he wanted you to believe in the power of God over being learned.because the power of God is the thing that holds the anointing that brakes the yoke of Satan!)

          6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

          7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

          8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

          9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

          10″””””” But God hath revealed them unto us” by his Spirit: for the Spirit” searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”””

      • Eugene Adkins 5:45 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

        Robert, you did not answer a single question that I asked.

        And please, instead of filling up the comments with pasted scriptures, just give the scripture reference; I know how to look up scripture references.

        And by the way, the scriptures you referenced has nothing to do with the questions I asked.

        I will again ask them and I will be waiting for your answer. They do not have to be long. They should be very easy questions to answer.

        Because of your comments you made toward Randal and the fact that I never spoken in miraculous tongues…

        1) Are you saying that I am not saved?

        2) Are you saying that I do not have a pure heart?

        3) Are you saying that I do not believe the truth?

        4) Where do you get this standard of judgment that you are using?

        5) Are you saying that the Christians in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31 who could not all speak in tongues were not saved, pure in heart or a believer of the truth?

        6) You do realize that even in the churches to whom the letters were written to, the letters that we read today, had members who could not speak in tongues don’t you?

        7) Just for clarification, Robert, what discernible/intelligent/understandable language do you speak that is not your native language and one you never studied? Acts 2 plainly shows this to be an aspect of the miraculous tongues given by God’s Spirit!

        • robertebarger 6:50 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

          Yes I speak in tongues. Yes, all who recieve the Holy Ghost do speak in tongues. Yes, if you do not become just like Jesus, without sin, yes you are not saved. Yes said, if you recieve me not I judge you not, but my words on that day will judge you.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:41 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

        Robert, again, you didn’t answer my questions. They are not difficult to answer, Robert.

        You said, “These are the people who God gives the Holy Ghost to and they do speak in tongues.

        Are you saying that unless a person can speak in tongues, they are not saved?

        I challenge you right now to show me where Jesus or anyone else in the Bible said such a thing.

        Sadly, you have been led to believe such a thing by a spirit but it was not the Spirit of God because He has not said such a thing in His inspired word.

        What about the Christians in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and 27-31 who could not speak in tongues? Are you actually saying they were not saved, pure in heart, believers of truth, etc. because they could not speak in tongues? Read the scriptures, Robert, it’s right there in the scriptures. There were saved Christians in the church at Corinth who could not speak in tongues.

        You place much emphasis on “proving” things so here’s your chance. Answer my previous questions that you have ignored and the new question that I presented to you here.

        If you chose to not do so then my response will be the same one you gave to Randal and your silence will be “Enough said!”

        • robertebarger 8:32 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

          I have given you more than enough scriptures to prove that what I said is true. Now, prove to me you do have the Holy Ghost by two or three scriptures.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:02 pm on 2012-10-02 Permalink | Reply

        For someone who supposedly “speaks multiple tongues” you sure don’t have much to say when people ask you simple questions, Robert.

        Enough said.

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