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  • Eugene Adkins 6:56 am on 2015-02-06 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: divination, new gospel, news,   

    Newly discovered "Gospel" is nothing more than a "magic eight-ball" 

    A recent discovery of “another gospel” only adds more proof to what the apostle John said so long ago in 1 John 4:1.

    Basically, according to the interpreter herself, this gospel “that is like no other” was used for divination. In other words, it was a sixth-century “magic eight-ball” that used random oracles for those seeking to know “God’s will” for a particular situation in his or her life.

    The sad thing is that this isn’t anything new. This a story that has been repeated over and over and over with people; think Deuteronomy 18:14-22.

    We don’t need a diviner of divination when the Divine has already spoken (Ephesians 5:172 Peter 2:1-4).

    We need to put away the tarot cards and pick up the word of God if we really want to know what the will of God is for our life.

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

     
    • docmgphillips 12:11 pm on 2015-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      “Itching ears” will hear anything.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:51 am on 2015-02-07 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, itching ears would have contributed to many individuals, but the root beyond that would have most likely been a lack of faith/trust in what the scriptures had already said as a whole.

        Thanks for commenting brother.

    • John Henson 9:14 pm on 2015-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      I really liked that third graph, bro. Nice work.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2015-01-16 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Methodist church, news,   

    Update on yesterday's post about Duke University 

    Here’s an update from Fox News about the story that I linked to yesterday from Yahoo News concerning Duke University’s decision to promote the Muslim faith by allowing a prayer to be openly amplified and broadcast on the college campus. It’s an interesting read. Here’s a quick quote from the article that stuck out to me:

    The idea of a historically Methodist university nearly turning its Christian cathedral to a mosque may very well be a first in the United States.

    This quote, in reference to the action that was being sought, just reinforces the notion of delusion that I referenced in connection to the American culture and how complete the delusion is in the minds of many individuals and organizations. The Methodist denomination, amongst several others, seems to be, at the very least, a denomination that is riddled with such delusion due to the fact that 5 to 10 years ago the largest Methodist congregation in my hometown held a “universal” worship service which recognized a plurality of religions and false gods by lighting candles for them! I still have the circular that was issued to promote and celebrate the occasion. If one thinks about it, this situation sure seems to make a whole lot people in the Methodist church sound more like the philosophers of Athens than a “Christian” church.

    When an individual is intentionally blind, deaf, dumb and numb to what the gospel of Christ is calling humanity to in connection to the devotion and worship of the one true God then how can anything else but delusion take place?

    Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”” (Acts 17:30-31)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:36 am on 2015-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong delusion for the weak mind 

    Supporting the call of the gospel of Jesus the Christ upon a college campus? That’s not right says many in the world of academia and liberal-minded politics. If Federal dollars are involved in any way then such support would indicate a union between church and state. This has been repeated so much over the last couple of decades that the speakers of the mantra are bluer in the face than the field of ole’ glory.

    Supporting the call to Muslim Friday prayers upon a college campus? That’s perfectly fine according to some in the world academia and liberal-minded politics. Federal dollars are involved but such a public announcement concerning matters of religion is fine; since there is no church involved it can’t be a union of “church” and state, right? Now those who have been on the receiving end of the “church and state” mantra have been left seeing stars after having smacked ourselves on the forehead for not understanding that the deluded aren’t interested in reality.

    And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 7:10 am on 2015-01-15 Permalink | Reply

      Warped reasoning of the world.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:24 am on 2015-01-15 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. And unfortunately it takes a lot of heat to straighten something back out that has been badly warped…that’s if its capable of being straightened back out to begin with; suppose it depends upon the material that it’s made of, huh?

        By the way, thanks for the “amen” like there.

        • J. Randal Matheny 7:54 am on 2015-01-15 Permalink | Reply

          Sure thing. Am sitting in airport waiting for call to board.

          I doubt there’s any hope of straightening all this out. Has gone beyond that, imho. And I don’t see enough evangelism going on to change the scene.

    • docmgphillips 3:59 pm on 2015-01-15 Permalink | Reply

      Great observation, Eugene. I still do not understand why it is wrong to say anything negative about Islam, but it is perfectly OK for them to blaspheme Jesus.

    • James 12:25 am on 2015-01-16 Permalink | Reply

      doc, it is Islamophobia. It is wrong to say anything negative about Islam because if you do you are more likely to be murdered. Christians turn the other cheek so to speak so it is fine to bad mouth them and the Lord. They are just cowards who will not speak the truth even if they think it because of fear for their own safety.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:39 pm on 2014-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Two sad stories, of very different kinds, on Brotherhood News today, one from Tenn., another from Ala.

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/12/04/

     
    • James 8:49 am on 2014-12-05 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, both sad and both resulting from disobedience to the Word of God.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:59 am on 2014-08-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Three great stories yesterday and today on BNc, and I didn’t write any of them. 🙂

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/08/07/

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/08/06/

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-05-27 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cold water, , far country, news, , reporters,   

    (#175) The Proverbs of Solomon 25:25-Drink Some Cold Water For A Change 

    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 25:25: “As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.”

    Nothing satisfies a tired, weary person, more than a drink of “cold water.” Jesus preserved this thought when He emphasized that Christians should give “one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). War is wearying, and the longer it is waged, the more desperate a country is for good news. When a propaganda press is a daily din of horrors and failures in that war, the public reacts by detesting any and all opposition to their enemies. Whether engaged in a war, or traveling overseas for business or family interests, those at home eagerly await good news about those they cannot see.

    Getting good news from “a far country” may be done by:

    (1) Sending “spies” (or “reporters”) to tell us what it is like, although when Israelites sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land before the people would enter, 10 of them “discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them” (Numbers 32:9), making God swear they would not enter that land (Numbers 32:10-12). Unfaithful reporters have misreported American interests in foreign lands for decades. Remember, looking through a camera lens limits the view of what actually happens. Learn the lesson of the Israelites in the wilderness – that God’s Word always is right no matter who or how many say otherwise. Because of the false report of the 10 spies, “they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD. Therefore He raised up His hand in an oath against them, To overthrow them in the wilderness” (Psalm 106:24-26).

    (2) Seeing for ourselves: “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions” (1 Kings 10:1). When “the queen of Sheba” made her first-hand report, she said, “I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard” (1 Kings 10:7).

    Jesus Christ repeatedly said, “I am going away and coming back to you” (John 14:28), and when He had gone into the “far country” of death, He came back with the good news that we could be with Him (John 14:1-3) by obeying Him (Mark 16:15-16). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is “good news” from “a far country,” and is refreshing to every soul who drinks the water of life (Revelation 22:17).

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:04 am on 2014-01-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus isn’t allowed in school? What’s new?! 

    There’s a news story out there on the web about a 6-year-old who was told by his teacher that “Jesus is not allowed in school” after bringing some candy canes for his classmates with a religiously themed note attached. Now I personally understand that the teacher was trying to use words that a 6-year-old could understand, but I also understand that explaining something in its simplicity does not do away with the truth, that being that the school is not interested in having Jesus around.

    Schools can’t have Jesus around, huh? So what’s hanging around schools since Jesus isn’t allowed anymore? Contraceptives without the parent’s knowledge? Sure. Telling kids how to have sex instead of educating about sex? Sure. Teachers having sex with kids? Sure. Kids dressing like they’re ready for the late night streets and the beach? Sure. Kids relentlessly physically and mentally torturing other kids? Sure. Kids buying and selling drugs? Sure. Kids disrespecting and threatening their teachers? Sure. Kids taking the lives of others kids? Unfortunately and sadly, sure.

    Why wouldn’t you encourage a 6-year-old boy who will soon be a 16-year-old young man to bring someone to school who can teach the other kids to love and respect their parents, to love and respect their self, to love and respect their fellow students, and to love and respect their teacher? We wouldn’t want kids growing up to do that would we?!

    Look at the major problems that schools are dealing with today – large dropout rates, graduated ignorance, out-of-wedlock children having children, drugs, gangs and school shootings. Why didn’t this stuff happen 40 to 50 years ago anywhere close to the way it happens today? Is it because you couldn’t drop out of school? Nope. Is it because there weren’t any kids not interested in learning? Nope. Is it because kids weren’t capable of having sex? Nope. Is it because there was no such thing as a group of punks? Nope. Is it because there were no drugs? Nope. Is it because there were no guns? Nope.

    One of the biggest contributing factors may just be that the last generation of adults were more interested in telling Jesus to stay home instead of coming to school with the kids resulting in a generation that doesn’t know about the Lord, because of a generation that didn’t want to know about him, thus resulting in a generation of kids who are being given an education for their physical side but are being deprived and starved of an education for the side that helps to temper the physical one.

    So Jesus isn’t allowed in school? Where’s that getting our culture and our children?

    And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)

     
    • Bernard Barton 7:20 am on 2014-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      BUT: Muslim is allowed in schools today-trouble is our country is going the same way Israel of old did-
      She turned way from God-and became like other nations-which is what she wanted & left God-
      America has forsaken God and like Peter did flirting with the enemy-SATAN!

    • scatterwisdom 7:20 am on 2014-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      Seems we somehow decided in our public schools to teach every subject under the sun except wisdom and morality. Maybe that is why we read and hear the news every day about foolish actions that take place daily all over the world.

      Ancient wisdom recognized a person as having achieved wisdom when they lived a long and righteous lifestyle. Today we witnessing higher rates of suicide from both depressed minds and zealot terrorists, a sure sign of hopelessness in our world.

      What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.

      Regards and good will blogging.

      • Eugene Adkins 11:04 am on 2014-01-11 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, you’re right, it’s the wrong life-style that our culture is enamored with today. Thanks for commenting.

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:49 pm on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eternal purpose, , news,   

    Two important stories on BNc today:

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2013/12/30/

    And my editorial today on Forthright Mag, giving a great and motivating view of the big picture:

    http://forthright.net/2013/12/30/epic/

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2013-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    He’s not who they said he was after all! 

    For the last decade Muslims, at least in America, have gone to great lengths to try to convince Christians, among others, that Allah is the same person as the God of the Bible. Unfortunately for them, their own brothers in Malaysia have proved that teaching and stance to not be true, for a court in Malaysia has decided that no one in any religion other than Islam can use the name of Allah when it comes to religious conversations because, contrary to what they say and teach to non-Muslims, they don’t want Muslims thinking that Allah is the same person as the God of the Bible.

    According to this situation, it seems to me that Allah isn’t who they said he was after all!

    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:8-12 – NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:28 am on 2013-10-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Out Right Wrong 

    There wasn’t much brotherly love being shown yesterday down in Philadelphia, Mississippi or in several other cities. Thanks to a glitch in the EBT system the true colors of many of the program’s recipients were revealed in a dark way. The financial limits on the cards became non-existent in the digital world and so did the moral compass of the card holders in the real world, all resulting in a scene that store employees in Springhill, Louisiana described as “worse than any black Friday.”

    People who knew better (people who knew what their card limits were) ignored the better and whatever conscience they had by loading up their shopping carts full of food and heading right to the cash register; or should I say the EBT register because they weren’t spending their own cash! And when the glitch was finally fixed many of the people simply walked out the door without paying for it.

    Now here’s the big question. What difference was there in the actions of the two parties mentioned above? The answer is none! One stole just as much as the other stole. One used stolen money to buy food while the others stole the food without money. It’s six in one hand and half-a-dozen in the other.

    What happened was out right wrong. It doesn’t matter whose fault the glitch was – what matters is the way people responded to the glitch.

    Let him who was a thief be so no longer, but let him do good work with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him who is in need.” (Ephesians 4:28 – BBE)

    For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 – BBE)

     
  • TFRStaff 7:05 am on 2013-09-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Follow Up On Reaction in Scotland to Apologetics Press Children’s Book 

    Not too long ago Brotherhood News posted a story about the reaction of a Scottish newspaper’s writer concerning some books by Apologetics Press that were made available to the children of Kirktonholme Primary school.

    Since then Kyle Butt of Apologetics Press has released a follow-up story concerning the situation and some of the unfortunate fallout which has followed.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#71) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:17-Only Use A Correct Courier 

    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 13:17: “A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.”

    The credibility of a messenger is what this proverb is about. Messengers are the means of communication, but if they change the message, they become the communication, itself. Messengers may bring news of what they have seen (Job 1:13-20), or what they have been told to say (Judges 7:23-25). Gehazi was a wicked messenger. After Naaman obeyed the Prophet Elisha and was healed of his leprosy, Elisha refused to be paid (2 Kings 5:1-19). Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, ran after Naaman and reported that Elisha changed his mind and would accept a gift. Gehazi was cursed with Naaman’s leprosy beginning then (2 Kings 5:20-27). A wicked messenger will no longer be trusted, and should lose the job. When so-called “news” sources (networks, reporters, newspapers, magazines, web pages, wire services) are guilty of misrepresenting and perverting what they report, they should never be relied upon again!

    God’s Prophet, Haggai, was also God’s Messenger who was inspired to speak (Haggai 1:12-13), but the Levitical priests under Moses’ Law were messengers who had to accurately teach what was written by inspiration (Malachi 2:7). It is imperative that today, preachers and teachers of the Scriptures must not alter, add, remove, replace, or amend the inspired Word of God, or its intended message! Paul represented Jesus’ true Apostles when he said: “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2).

    The rest of this proverb is also taught later in the Book: “Like the cold of snow in time of harvest  Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters” (Proverbs 25:13). Though an actual snowfall would not be expected during a “harvest,” yet a cold wind would certainly feel good and refreshing to those who would be harvesting in a dry climate! Just that refreshing is a faithful messenger who brings good news. Christians should freely share the good about their brethren in Christ. “For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers” (3 John 3-5). Christians who refuse to bring a good report of their brethren should no longer be trusted when discussing the church. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:45 am on 2013-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Parents, Put Your Foot Down 

    Read a story yesterday about a mom who punished her 11-year-old daughter for “twerking” at a school dance in which the school itself did nothing about. And some people think the preacher has no reason to still talk about the spiritual dangers of dancing to young people???

    I for one was glad to actually read about a mother in the news that was trying to actually instill some self-respect into her daughter. I don’t know anything about the woman’s spiritual condition, but what I do know is that she obviously has some kind parental radar that’s actually turned on!

    Parents need to put their foot down every once in a while when it comes to their kids, and it doesn’t need to stop as long as they are living under your roof. That’s right, your child needs to know who’s paying the bills, who’s buying the food, and who’s in charge of everything from their media diet, to the clothes they wear and right down to body that wears them until the baby bird leaves the nest.

    I’m not saying kids shouldn’t have any freedom of expression – what I’m saying is that when they fail to show necessary discretion then it’s time for the parent to reserve the right of censorship, guidance and discipline!

    If a parent refuses to put their foot down when it’s needed then the result will be a child that walks all over the parent. And if any parent thinks they’re doing their child a favor by being their friend instead of their parent or by not being proactive and reactive to the bad decisions they make, then they’re doing their child a disservice on multiple levels.

    And parents, please, please, please don’t fall into the lame trap and so-called excuse that says, “Well, I did it when I was a kid so I can’t say anything about it.”

    Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to learn from that mistake or that you’re not obligated to try to instill some wiser wisdom learned from those mistakes into others. I just used a double, yes, even a triple negative in the previous sentence, but that doesn’t mean I can’t tell my daughter that it’s improper English to do so! It’s on me if I fail to warn my daughter about the dangers and stupidity of my past mistakes – and it’s on me if I stand by and allow her to intentionally make the same decisions because of some supposed hypocrisy accusation from her or anyone else. A person who calls that hypocrisy has no idea about what the word actually means!

    Parents put your foot down as you raise up your child!

    Give your heart to teaching, and your ears to the words of knowledge. Do not keep back training from the child: for even if you give him blows with the rod, it will not be death to him. Give him blows with the rod, and keep his soul safe from the underworld. My son, if your heart becomes wise, I, even I, will be glad in heart; And my thoughts in me will be full of joy when your lips say right things. Have no envy of sinners in your heart, but keep in the fear of the Lord all through the day; For without doubt there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Give ear, my son, and be wise, guiding your heart in the right way. Do not be among those who give themselves to wine-drinking, or among those who make themselves full with meat: For those who take delight in drink and feasting will come to be in need; and through love of sleep a man will be poorly clothed. Give ear to your father whose child you are, and do not keep honour from your mother when she is old. Get for yourself that which is true, and do not let it go for money; get wisdom and teaching and good sense.” (Proverbs 23:12-23 – BBE)

     
    • docmgphillips 9:30 am on 2013-09-12 Permalink | Reply

      We have ALL sinned. We are ALL commanded to warn other about what sin does and causes.

  • 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.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:16 am on 2013-08-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Churches of Christ set a new record with the House to House Publication 

    I got an email yesterday from H2H that was spreading the great news. I pray that the seed falls into some good soil and produces fruit both now and in the future.

     
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