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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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7-7-2015 Living In The Past

God said to the Edomites: “‘Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you’” (Ezekiel 35:5-6 NKJV). The atrocities of wars or the abuses of slavery can never be satisfied, but must be forgiven and forgotten to live in the present. Before worshiping God, Jesus said, “First be reconciled to your brother” (Matthew 5:24 NKJV). Obeying Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, would reconcile Jews with Germans, Muslims with Catholics, Japanese with Americans, and Afro-Americans with Euro-Americans!

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

#prince-of-peace, #reconcile, #slavery, #wars