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  • John T. Polk II 7:04 pm on 2016-09-22 Permalink | Reply
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    9-19-2016 Can Baptism Save? 

    Gospel salvation commands sinners to, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  Some people will say almost anything to keep you from being baptized like that.  But what about John the Baptist’s baptism?  Paul explained:  “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus” (Acts 19:4 NKJV). Jesus asked the question: “The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11:30 NKJV).  If John’s water baptism was “for the remission of sins,” how say some that “baptism cannot save at all?”  If John’s water baptism was authorized by God, how say some that “water baptism is of the Devil?” As Jesus said, “answer me!”           

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:03 pm on 2016-03-24 Permalink | Reply
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    3-21-2016 None Are Saved IN Sin 

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV). This Scripture is often misunderstood by sinners, who think since God loves “the world,” and they are in “the world,” then they may already be saved, though they keep their sinful practices! But verse 19 says, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NKJV). “The world” has people who reject Jesus’ “light,” and practice “evil.” God’s Son saves anyone in the world who will repent and come to Him.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:06 am on 2016-01-27 Permalink | Reply
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    1-26-2016 Live Good Enough Without Christ 

    Many seem to think that if they live by Christian principles, they do not need to repent of sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8 NKJV). It’s true that ungodly people may do good, but it is not true that ungodly people who do good do not need to be converted to Jesus Christ. God’s “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 NKJV), but He taught that all must “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), which allows God to work “in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:21 NKJV). Jesus also said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:07 am on 2015-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    12-8-2015 California Murders 

    On December 2, 2015, 14 people were murdered by 2 Muslims in San Bernadino, California, and more were seriously wounded. Before the bodies got cold, two things happened: (1) cold-blooded politicians called for “More Gun Laws.” This violates the Constitution we are under, and ignores the fact that California is one of the most gun-regulated States in the Union, but didn’t stop it. Guns don’t kill people, evil hearts do, and Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV). (2) The ignorant New York Daily News headlined: “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Oh, but He IS! He “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV), and will judge “each one,” “according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:31 pm on 2015-07-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-2-2015 Born Sinners? 

    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). These continuing actions are violations of God’s Law. Are babies born stealing? Do babies come out of their mothers reviling, that is, using coarse, vulgar language? Are babies born “extortioners,” stealing by force and violence? Certainly not! Such sinful behavior must be learned as they grow up. Just so with “homosexuals” and “sodomites.” No one is born this way, it must be learned as they grow up. Sin is a decision in life, and God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).

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

     
    • As He Is So Are We 2:35 pm on 2015-07-01 Permalink | Reply

      Yes we are born in sin. We sin because we are sinners not the other way around. Psalm 51:5 is very clear. For all have sinned and fallen short.

      We are not born homosexual or trans or drug addict but we become so because we are sinners by nature.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:00 am on 2015-07-06 Permalink | Reply

        The Bible definitely teaches that all have sinned, but saying that all have sinned is completely different than saying all have been born as sinners.

      • Eugene Adkins 9:35 am on 2015-07-06 Permalink | Reply

        And by the way, if we’re born as sinners by nature (which means it’s in us without choice) then we can, according to the very logic that the statement creates, be born as homosexuals.

  • John T. Polk II 8:23 pm on 2015-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    2-11-2015           Unqualified Love of God? 

    The only verse many people accept is “God is love” (1 John 4:8 NKJV). They think that means “God loves me regardless of how I live.” They could not be more wrong, for Jesus Christ also said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 NKJV). Sinners want God to love them as they are, but David said of God, “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:4-5 NKJV). God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV); and “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:20 am on 2014-08-12 Permalink | Reply
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    (#204) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:21-23-The Earth Is Not Enough 

    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 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:21-23: “For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up: 22 For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food, 23 A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.”

    These are trouble-makers in any society, for these demonstrate a lack of essential qualities of humanity.

    1) “A servant when he reigns” will have too many scores to settle! Those souls who begin their journey at the bottom of the scale, and revolt themselves to the “ruling class,” become the most merciless tyrants history has ever seen. Do the names Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao tse-Tung, ad nauseum, come to mind? People who believe their ancestors suffered slavery, but they must exact revenge for it, will justify their own looting, killing, and hatred because of this attitude. Learn a lesson from Zimri in 1 Kings 16:8-20.

    2) “A fool when he is filled with food” doesn’t realize from where his food has come! A “fool” doesn’t appreciate or obey God, and since God Almighty is the source of all blessings (James 1:17), humility and thanksgiving are left out of this person’s character. Aptly-named “Nabal” illustrates this when we read 1 Samuel 25:2-42.

    3) “A hateful woman when she is married” will only use her marriage to accomplish her wicked ways. Jezebel comes to mind, for she married Ahab and used his power for her own purposes (1 Kings 16:29-34; 18:4, 16-19, 20-40; 19:1-3; 21:1-16). A woman with spiteful intent will be the same whether married or not!

    4) “A maidservant who succeeds her mistress,” whether by the mistress’s death, divorce, or husband’s adultery with the maid, the mistress has suddenly achieved “success” without following the proper channels! Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6) illustrates this attitude, and her son, Ishmael, has marked the people who claim to have sprung from his family (Genesis 16:7-16).

    The general command of God that will change these people for good is: “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). “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).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-22 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "From a Distance, , , Big Brother, Deists, , , , NSA, , , , repent, secret, , ,   

    (#91) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:3-God Knows More Than “TSA” and “NSA” 

    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 15:3: “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

    This is not saying God’s “eyes” are everywhere, but they see “in every place” all the behaviors of mankind, both “the evil and the good.” One thread throughout the Scriptures is that God is Omniscient, that is, He sees everything at all times. When “Big Brother’s” TSA in airports and NSA in communications invade personal space as they do, how can anyone question God’s complete knowledge of all that happens on the Earth? To say “God wound up the universe and then sat back and watched From a Distance (as a song used to teach, and Deists believe)” is a complete denial of the Word of God, which is a record of God’s dealings with mankind since the Creation!

    In the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned, they “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8), but God called them out (Genesis 3:9-13). When Abraham proved his faith, but was stopped before he actually offered his son, Isaac, on the altar, and offered “a ram caught in a thicket” for a burnt offering “instead of his son,” he “called the name of the place, The-LORD-will-provide” (Genesis 22:1-14). Israelites sinned while Moses was in Mount Sinai receiving God’s Law, “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!’” (Exodus 32:9). King Hezekiah was “sick and near death” and God told His prophet, Isaiah, to say, “Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5).

    God can also see all that is done that is good. Upon completion of His Creation, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Upon Jonah’s preaching “Repent or Perish,” the King of Nineveh led his people in repentance, and, “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (Jonah 3:10).

    Other proverbs teach this: “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:21); “Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men” (Proverbs 15:11); “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12). Since God created “the seeing eye” of humans, doesn’t it follow that God is a “seeing” God? “He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?” (Psalm 94:9)

    “’Am I a God near at hand,’ says the LORD, ‘And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him? says the LORD; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

    This major doctrine about God is summarized in the New Testament, for Jesus taught that our charitable deeds, prayers, and fasting, that are done in “secret” before God, and not for show “before men,” would be seen by our “Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matthew 6:4,6,18). “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

    Since nothing is hidden from God, why hide our evils behind husband, wife, children, house, job, friends, nighttime, dim lights, doors, walls, or any other supposed barrier? God know these, our consciences know these, and more often than not, some other people know them as well. Truly, “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden” (1 Timothy 5:24-25). Let God cleanse your soul from hidden sins, and “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-08-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#42) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:17-What Helps: Goodness or Cruelty? 

    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 11:17: “The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.”

    The common sense appeal for “doing good” is that it will come back to you. The world uses the term, “pay it forward,” referring to initiating good deeds for others. Good always deserves its “payback.” But the best reason for “doing good” is that it is a quality of God that makes us all better. No clearer statements on this subject are found than Jesus Christ: “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7); “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:31-36). This Christian goodness is contrasted with all others who “love those who love you,” “do good to those who do good to you,” “lend” hoping to “receive as much back.” In other words, sinners will “do good” from the selfish motive that it’ll come back to them, but Christians will “do good” to people before they do good to the Christians. Christians are those who initiate, instigate, and originate good deeds and good feelings in this world. Jesus stated the purpose for His disciples’ actions: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). There are many people who point to misdeeds and divisions among those who profess to be following Jesus Christ (most of these falsely claiming so!), when they totally ignore all the good deeds done because of this unique, startling, and exceptional teaching of Jesus, and the quiet multitudes who keep originating the good in this world (Matthew 25:34-36)!

    The contrast with the other part of the proverb calls attention to the fact that there are people in the world who are “cruel,” who will have that even come back on themselves! God delivered the Israelites in Egypt who were under “cruel bondage” (Exodus 6:9); David saw his enemies hate him with “cruel hatred” (Psalm 25:19); God returned Israelites to their land after their 70-year exile, and gave the cruel nations who had held them their own cruelty (Jeremiah 30:10-17). Other proverbs teach this principle: Proverbs 17:11: “An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him;” Proverbs 28:10:”Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.” Solomon repeated this in his later teaching in Ecclesiastes 10:8. Cruelty is its own “reward,” and has its own “payback.” Those who spread evil, wickedness, and cruelty in this life will have it “pay backward,” both in this life and the one to come.

    James stated God’s principle of judgment for Christians who serve Jesus Christ, and sinners: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12-13). Mercy is shown by “good works” and forgiveness, while mercilessness is shown by their lack! “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).

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

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:20 am on 2012-08-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus proclaimed, “repent or perish!” His primary message was “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” The kingdom has arrived and no man can enter without repenting! Repentance is not penitence, though penitence is related. Repentance is not penance, though it leads to the desire to correct one’s wrongs. Repentance is not reformation, though reform results from repentance. So then, what is repentance? The word means to change one’s will from self-will to God’s will. The will of man has to do with intention. Who do you intend to please? Are you ruled by your own passion and desire or do you ask what does God will? No one can get to heaven without repentance, without a lifetime change from choosing his own will to God’s will. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:15 am on 2011-01-21 Permalink | Reply
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    When do I need to repent?
    “We all stumble in many things” (Jm 3:2). We don’t intend to stumble. It is not planned but it happens. My wife fell down the stairs, but she didn’t plan to do it. Repentance means to change one’s mind (specifically one’s will). Since she didn’t will to fall down the stairs, repentance would be out of order. Repentance is often connected to conversion because both involve a turning from something to something. In regard to repentance it is turning from self-will to God’s will. Once I have chosen to follow Christ, the next time I repent, I choose to no longer follow Christ. Thus in Heb 6:6 they had fallen completely away.

    But “be not deceived”, one can drift away from his original intent and will to serve the Lord. He may not even realize that it has taken place and thus be self-deceived. This was evidently the case with some of the churches in Asia to whom Jesus spoke in Revelation. The church at Ephesus was told they had fallen and needed to repent. They no longer loved Jesus. The churches at Pergamos and Thyatira were told to repent, although Jesus said to both, “I have a few things against you”. They must not have fallen away entirely. Their problem involved putting up with some heresy that could destroy the faithful given time. They needed to change their minds in regard to that. No one questions that Sardis and Laodicea were both churches in trouble and in need of a change of mind and renewed will to serve Jesus.

     
  • Stephen R. Bradd 12:18 pm on 2010-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    “Many who plan to repent at the 11th hour, die at 10:30.”

    -Unknown
     
  • Stephen R. Bradd 7:09 pm on 2010-03-06 Permalink | Reply
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    “It’s better to prepare & prevent than to repair & repent!”

    Unknown
     
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