Wipe your internet presence clean with one click. And your sins with one dip

click-hereIt’s the real deal, supposedly. These folks will find all your accounts on the web, through a Google login, and wipe your internet presence clean. They don’t say if they’ll get you off Google as well. But it really tempts one, does it not?

There is a good side to the internet. At times, however, we don’t see it. We get bombarded by the bad side, and offers like the one made by the site above appeal to those who are tired of it all. Continue reading

#baptism, #conversion, #forgiveness, #obedience

The more we think about it

Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.

This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.

#thinking #obedience #simplicity

Two times only, in two different senses

You may see this elsewhere, but here’s something cool—and of vital importance. The Greek word monē (abode, dwelling place) is used only twice in all the NT: John 14.2 and John 14.23. In the first, Christ prepares for us heavenly dwelling places. So we ought to prepare ourselves so we can be received into them. In the second, God is seeking, today, dwelling places on earth—in the hearts of men. So we ought to prepare ourselves to receive him, and the Lord Jesus, by loving obedience. Only when he takes up his residence in us on earth, will we be able to reside with him in eternity.

#obedience #heaven #presence-of-god

Chose one of these statements. Your eternal life depends upon it.

In an article called, “Obedience Unlocks God’s Power,” a popular evangelical writer states:

While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth.

This is the standard evangelical disclaimer about obedience. If you read anything by evangelicals, you’ll see similar statements all over the place. Now this: Continue reading

#evangelicalism, #obedience, #protestantism, #salvation

11-19-2015 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

 

#debased, #devil, #evil-inflicted-events, #obedience

Are we gambling with God?

Funerals always make us think about life and dying more seriously. As we traveled to Andalusia Friday to attend a funeral, I thought about how people gamble with different aspects of their lives. Oh, I’m not talking about going to the casinos and doing whatever they do there, but rather about the ways we gamble with ourselves and God. So I pose the question here, Are we gambling with God?

About our soul? About our becoming a Christian? Procrastination, waiting until the last hours. “Let no man despise your youth, but be an example in faith, purity, etc. (1 Tim.5:22). Saturday a lady brought me up to date on the spiritual status of her family. “But my husband still hasn’t become a Christian. He says he is going to wait longer before becoming a Christian.” I remember it was his daddy who made basically the same comment. He died of a massive heart attack and NEVER made things right with God. Don’t gamble with God. He will win every time!

About our dedication to God? “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…” (Matthew 6:33) We are gambling with God if we don’t put him first. He will not have any other place. Not attending the services of the church, but being able to visit friends or family, or doing something else, shows we are gambling with God.

About our marriage status. One man and one woman for life. No one who dies in an adulterous relationship will enter heaven (Gal. 5:19-21). Widows are to marry only in the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:39). Adulterous relationships are gambling with God.

About our church. Are we gambling with God with the church in which we pledge our allegiance? Jesus built one church. It was not a denomination, nor is it now. Holding on to family traditions and failing to obey the truth of the gospel will cause one to lose their soul. Gambling with God. He will win every time

If the Bible is the book we are going to be judged by, and we know it is, “The words I have spoken will judge you in the last day,” (John 12:48); If the Bible is true, and we know it is for the Bible says, “all scripture is given by the inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16); If the Bible sets forth a marked pattern of salvation, and we know it does by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), Believing (John 8:24), Repenting of our sins (Luke 13:3), Confessing that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32) and being baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16), then we are gambling with God if we don’t take His words seriously, and we will lose our souls in Hell.

Don’t gamble with God. He will win every time!

#bible-study, #gambling, #obedience

Learning Obedience

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8).

The Bible is clear that Jesus has “all power … in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). So why would a being with all power need to learn obedience? It might have something with the salvation of mankind. Continue reading

#incarnation, #jesus-christ, #obedience