5-17-2016 Who Knew?

Jesus asked His disciples, “saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said, ‘The Christ of God’” (Luke 9:18-20 NKJV).  Probably the most confusing way to find spiritual truth is to search through the mistaken answers of “the crowds,” or beliefs handed down from different cultures.  Spiritual truth is not established by visiting different places and asking what people believe.  Spiritual truth can only come from the source of spiritual truth:  the Bible.   We should receive Jesus and His Apostles’ word, “not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV).

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

#crowds, #opinions, #spiritual-truth

5-19-2016 Worship By Faith

Jesus asked His disciples, “saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again’” (Luke 9:18-20 NKJV).  God never has allowed the varying opinions of men to determine how to worship God!  The first time anyone worshiped God, it was: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4 NKJV).  God had made it clear what He wanted, and Cain did not offer that.  It didn’t matter that Cain’s “talent” was with crops, or that Cain may have been sincere.  Opinions of worshipers does not establish spiritual truth!

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

#cain, #opinions, #sacrifice, #worshiped

6-12-2015 The Time Is Now

When their government oppressed God’s people, the Prophet Elijah asked the timid Israelites, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21 NKJV). Good people cannot survive in a society (or world!) by shrinking away from the inevitable choice: good or evil. Joshua challenged his people: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV). Paul wrote there will be “the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel” (Romans 2:16 NKJV). There will be “multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!” (Joel 3:14 NKJV). The “cowardly” will burn in Hell with “all liars” and sinners (Revelation 21:8).

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

#challenge, #choice, #cowardly, #decision, #government-oppressed, #opinions

10 Random Questions with Spiritual Roots

Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?

1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?

2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?

3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?

4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?

5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?

6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?

7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?

8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?

9. What you do think is the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?

10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?

#nudge, #opinions, #questions

You Tell Me

There are some in the brotherhood who are staunchly opposed to talking about the birth of Christ at this time of the year in scripture, in song or even conversation because they claim it’s denominational, but at the same time they staunchly promote using the word Christmas when it comes to trees, cards and presents.

You tell me, which is more denominational? Talking about the birth of Christ or saying Merry Christmas?

#christmas, #denominational, #nudge, #opinions

Societal Acceptance is not God’s Will

I am always dismayed when I hear of society falling back spiritually. Moral decline in the world today is no longer incremental. It is in pure free-fall.

A school system in Alabama wants to change its policies so gender boundaries will be removed from what people wear. Like everything else in society, this is derived from a fear of being sued.

A lawyer recently addressed a school board where he:

“cited a case in Atlanta in which a male employee of the Georgia Assembly’s Office of Legislative Counsel was fired in 2007 after wearing women’s clothing to work.”

SIGH

When my children asked why ridiculous rules existed in schools or in society, my answer was always the same. Somewhere along the way, someone was afraid of getting sued. Our entire society is being ruled by paranoid political correctness.

While the culture is traveling down the wormhole to hell and increasingly bizarre behavior is being rewarded, we must never think that God cares what they think. Before time and culture even existed, God had already decided what He believed and would accept (Psalm 119:89).

God’s Word will never conform to culture. We can burrow deeper and deeper into the slime but God will never follow us. We must not even “think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). If God didn’t approve it in Scripture, then it will never be approved (Colossians 3:17).

Today, we live under the law of the New Testament (Hebrews 9), not American law. God has NEVER taken a public opinion poll and He will never consult us for what we want (Exodus 20:3). We cannot change God or sway him to our side. God doesn’t need our opinions because He knows everything (1 John 3:20; Acts 17:25).

Truth be told, even in heaven there isn’t any discussion of the issues. God the Father is always the final voice (John 14:10; 16:13). If Jesus and the Holy Spirit can’t alter’s God’s mind, why do we think we will?

We must follow God, not men. End of story.

#law, #morality, #opinions, #polls