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6-2-2016 Roots Of Prejudice

“Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality” (1 Timothy 5:20-21 NKJV).  “Prejudice” means “judging beforehand,” and “partiality” means “leaning towards.”  Paul told Timothy to not make up his mind about sinners before hearing what they did.  But identifying sins was clear from the Word of God (1 Timothy 1:5-11 NKJV).  “Hate” comes in all skin colors.  White people who hate black people, black people who hate white people, Jews hate Germans, Muslims who hate Catholics, are all “prejudiced” and treat others with “partiality.”   All need Jesus, Who “might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity” (Ephesians 2:16 NKJV).

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

#cross-of-christ, #hate, #partiality, #prejudice, #reconcile

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2-26-2016 Homosexuals Are Not Righteous

“These things also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment. He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him. But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, And a good blessing will come upon them” (Proverbs 24:23-25 NKJV). It is ungodly to lump racial discrimination with homosexual discrimination. “Partiality” is how we treat someone before we know them, but it is a shameful disgrace to tell homosexuals they are “righteous.” Because condemning skin is wrong doesn’t justify commending sin! God blesses those who “rebuke” sinful conduct, for God has said, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#homosexuals, #partiality, #wicked

What does the Bible say about partiality By…

What does the Bible say about partiality?
By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

The impartiality of God means that God is fair and the same to everyone. He is absolutely free from any bias, prejudice, and in no way does He give preference or favor to anyone above another.

The scripture states, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35).

Other scriptures continue, “For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; 1 Peter 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:17).

Christ is our example in this and everything (Matthew 22:16; 1 Peter 2:21).

Since there is no partiality with God and Christ is our example, it is not surprising that the Bible teaches that we are to show no partiality. For example, God told judges not to show partiality in their judgments (Deuteronomy 1:16-17; 16:18-19). James 2:1-9 tells us that we are not to be partial and that it is sinful to do so.

Here the Bible describes ways in which we are not to show partiality.

God is impartial:
1) Because He has given one book of guidance, the New Testament for all (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
2) Because he wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). But He will not force anyone to be saved, but saves those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
3) Because He requires the same conditions for salvation for everyone. To become a Christian God requires faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3-5); Acts 2:38; Confession (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10); and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:21).
4) Because He has only one church (body) to which He adds all people who are saved (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 2:16; 4:3-6).
5) Because He has one pattern of worship for all to follow (John 4:23-24). On the first day of the week Christians are to assemble to sing, pray, study, give, and partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:19).

Some think that because of their sinful ways they cannot be saved, but since God is impartial He will save all who obey Him.

#god, #partiality

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(#101) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:27-Bribery Will Get You Nowhere—Good!

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 15:27: “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.”

Those who are “greedy for gain” will accept “bribes.” The size of the bribe determines the “loyalty” of the perverse! The truth in this proverb is amplified in the teaching of the Apostle Paul: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:9-11).

A “bribe” is something paid behind the back, under the table, or in the open for influence, profits the one receiving the bribe, who then perverts judgment. “Bribes” destroy justice, fairness, honesty, and will overthrow “the land.” “The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it” (Proverbs 29:4). A government is overthrown when: back-door deals determine how a politician votes; lobbyists provide greedy politicians selfish gain for their votes;  “civil service” no longer is the desire of “civil servants;” lawyers gain more from their cases than their clients; judges rule according to political power and personal advantage than “blind justice.” What used to be called “bribery” in the retail world, is now “kickbacks,” “sweeteners,” “carrots.” The practice of bribing officials, that used to imprison mobsters for “corruption,” now is called “investments,” “campaign funds,” “foundations,” “lobbying,” “inducements.” Jay Leno once quipped: “Earlier this week the Senate voted 97-to-0 for tougher regulations. For example, when corporations buy a senator, they must now get a receipt.” Denis Kearney has summed up government corruption with these words: “They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt.” American Founder George Washington said: “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” Solomon said: “A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice” (Proverbs 17:23). God banned bribes in Moses’ Law: “And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous” (Exodus 23:8). God knows human nature better than humans do, and that even “the righteous” can be changed from what’s right by bribery. Church leaders like preachers, priests, bishops, and elders further their perversion of truth because of bribes.

“A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath” (Proverbs 21:14). Bribery is but for a fleeting moment of relief from an immediate situation, but whoever takes the bribe has shown a conscience that has a price. Someone else’s “price” will also be accepted!

“Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason, And a bribe debases the heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:7). Because only corruption and compromised principles of righteousness are associated with “bribery,” God cannot be bribed! “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe” (Deuteronomy 10:17). “But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25). Bribery will get you nowhere with God, and nowhere for good!

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

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