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  • John T. Polk II 8:32 am on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    4-10-2015 What Is Discrimination #5 

    By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV). Noah could not obey God in building the Ark without “condemning the world.” What if a State or Federal Law had been passed that told Noah he could not “condemn the world,” but had to permit everyone who wanted to to enter that Ark? Amendment I of the United States Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Discrimination based on moral values is “the free exercise thereof.” “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment” (Proverbs 18:5 NKJV).

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

     
    • Loy Pressley 12:09 pm on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for this series. Combined, they make a very good article for our congregation’s weekly bulletin. The lesson is profound and well done.

      May the Lord bless you as you do his will.

      • John T. Polk II 4:51 pm on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your encouragement. Please feel free to use anything I have that upholds and defends the truth of God’s Holy Word. There are other available materials at: johntpolktwo.net
        God bless you for your work and leadership in His vineyard.
        Johnny

  • John T. Polk II 8:27 am on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    4-8-2015 What Is “Discrimination?” #3 

    Lot “pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD” (Genesis 13:12-13 NKJV). Sodom was so wicked, homosexual men took to the streets and demanded their “right” to have carnal relations with Lot’s visitors (Genesis 19:1-7). The New Testament says, God “delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:7-8 NKJV). Righteous people must make daily discrimination about the morally-bankrupt conduct of those around them, whether or not the “laws of the land” agree. No demonstration in the street by sinful people can change God’s moral law to choose between good and evil.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:16 am on 2014-07-22 Permalink | Reply
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    (#199) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:27-Sticks and Stones and Intimidation 

    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 29:27: “An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”

    There has always been bitter antagonism between those who practice evil and those who practice good. The explanation for the first murder in the world (Genesis 4:1-15) is clearly given in the New Testament: “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); “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:10-13).

    Which is exactly why it is useless and wrong for those who follow God’s Way (the righteous) to seek the approval and acclaim from the worldly. Ungodly teachers refuse to let righteous students get good grades if they have written truthfully about the Bible, Jesus Christ, or moral goodness! Ungodly entertainers ridicule the righteous who speak out from their honest, godly convictions! Ungodly parents punish and discourage their righteous children from Bible classes or studying the Word of God! Ungodly propagandists who use overwhelming headlines to “beat back” any and every attempt of the righteous to uphold and defend the existence of God! Ungodly Evolutionists and Global Warming fanatics who falsely label as “unscientific” any and all who use scientific facts to debunk and discredit those attacks on Bible faith! Ungodly accrediting boards set materialistic standards which, when “Christian Schools” accept and meet those standards, have made “Christian schools” nothing more than another worldly school!

    Jesus offered His reward to the righteous: “Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).

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

     

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:08 am on 2014-07-03 Permalink | Reply
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    (#192) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:28-Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are 

    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 28:28: “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.”

    It is a moral world turned upside-down when wickedness rules. It was when “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) that God destroyed the entire earth with a flood of water, preserving only the life in Noah’s ark (Genesis 7:11-24; 1 Peter 3:18-22).

    God promised to drive out the wicked inhabitants of the land He Promised to the Israelites with this explanation: “Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is  because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 9:4). When the Israelites became wicked, He drove them out of that land and then returned them after 70 years. “Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the LORD; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation” (Jeremiah 25:12); “’They shall be carried to Babylon, and there they shall be until the day that I visit them,’ says the LORD. ‘Then I will bring them up and restore them to this place'” (Jeremiah 27:22). This restoration to that land has already occurred (2 Chronicles 36:15-23; Ezra 1:1-11; Nehemiah 8:1-18)!

    Jesus Christ’s Second Coming will see that wickedness is once again destroyed: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39; Acts 17:30-31).

    Before Solomon, David had recognized this truth: “The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men” (Psalm 12:8).

    Other proverbs state this, even from the other side: “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves” (Proverbs 28:12); “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2); “When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; But the righteous will see their fall” (Proverbs 29:16).

    When the wicked rule, the righteous want no part of that administration, and “hide.” However, the righteous must let their voices continue to pray to God for relief, and continue to teach righteousness to all who will hear. Paul reminded the Thessalonians “that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-4), and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:7).

    “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so” (Psalm 107:2), and pray “that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-03 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , arrogant pride, , corrupted heart, godly Christians, , righteous, schemer,   

    (#166) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:8-9-The Road To Hell Is Paved With Bad Intentions 

    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 24:8-9: “He who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer. The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.”

    Plotting “to do evil,” and “devising of foolishness” describe one whose heart is captivated by wickedness. These were the people God destroyed in Noah’s flood (Genesis 6:5-8), in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13:14; 19:4-5; Ezekiel 16:49-50), in the wilderness wandering (Joshua 5:6), and will be destroyed on the Judgment Day to come (Matthew 7:13-29). This is the corrupted heart of worldly people from which Jesus Christ saves (Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:2-4) by obedience to His Gospel (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). It is bad enough for one’s heart to “scheme” (plan, plot, or devise) evil, but “the scoffer” is the wicked person who is willing to attack righteousness and the righteous with false charges, denials, and ridicule. “A proud and haughty man –‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24). Scoffers should be considered “an abomination to men” because they create confusion, wickedness, and distrust in those who would otherwise confidently follow God’s Will (Philippians 1:3-7; Hebrews 3:5-6; 10:35-39).

    This has NOTHING WHATEVER to do with honest, righteous, godly Christians who, though striving to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18), may sin through temptation and weakness of the flesh (Romans 8:26; Hebrews 4:15). Another proverb says: “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity” (Proverbs 24:16). The righteous person who stumbles and sins will “repent and pray” that God will forgive that sin (Acts 8:12-13, 22; 1 John 1:7-10), but the wicked person who has no intention of obeying Jesus Christ for forgiveness has absolutely no prospect of forgiveness (Mark 16:16; Ezekiel 18:21-29).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-11 Permalink | Reply
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    (#152) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:3-Why There Are Hypocrites In Church 

    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 21:3: “To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”

    The worship gatherings of the churches of Christ are designed by God to bring the righteous together before the Lord to offer their sacrifices. “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5). The worship of the churches of Christ consists of offering sacrifices of: Lord’s Supper and preaching the Bible (Acts 20:7), contributions (1 Corinthians 16:1-2), prayers (Acts 12:5), and singing with the heart (Ephesians 5:19). Christians do not assemble because their lives are perfected, but because they need to remember that God forgives those who are “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).

    There are, however, people who attend church to cover up their daily sins, but this proverb shows that church (“sacrifice”) can never take the place of daily commitment to obey God. In other words, God is not honored with sacrifices from someone who disobeys daily! God’s Prophet, Samuel, told King Saul: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king” (1 Samuel 15:22-23). God’s Prophet, Hosea, told Israelites: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). In the New Testament, Christians are told: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16). All who try to use church worship as a cover for their daily sinful lives are the definition of “hypocrite.” Going through the motions of worship without devotion to God’s Law the rest of the time is rejected by God. “Sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (Psalm 1:5) will not be tolerated. Jesus Christ has said: “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’” (Mark 7:6-7).

    NO ONE is a hypocrite just because they attend church—hypocrites are life-long sinners who use church to mask their sins!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#149) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:26-True Political Correctness 

    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 20:26: “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.”

    God sets the standard for what is “wicked” (Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:12-19), and this judgment is His. “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup” (Psalm 11:5-6).

    Another proverb also states this formula: “Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:4-5). These proverbs call for a government purge of evil. What has happened is the government has been purged of good! Political Correctness (“P.C.”) has lowered good morals to the level of evil, as Paul warned Christians: “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). “P.C.” is being used to silence the Truth of God and the righteous. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18-19). Only the unrighteous would “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” and when this is done by those in government, it is called “political correctness” by them, “censorship” by their citizens, but brings down “the wrath of God” upon them!

    True “political correctness” is for government leaders to realize it is “an abomination for kings to commit wickedness” (Proverbs 16:12), and a king should scatter “all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8). Every president, king, queen, prime minister, or other leading representative of government that overlooks and allows the wicked to have influence in government is not wise and is wicked!

    A main job of a God-ordained government leader, is to be “not a terror to good works, but to evil” because “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4). Since “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” then citizen’s obedience is required (Romans 13:1). However, when the wicked rule, the people pay. Other proverbs state this plainly: “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people” (Proverbs 28:15); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).

    When people keep voting for “the lesser of two evils,” they have supported the wicked who rule! Citizens who should have a say in their government, but accept the wicked in government, deserve what they get! The outcries of the Israelites let God know they were ready for deliverance: “Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them” (Exodus 2:23-25). A word to the wise is sufficient.

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

     
    • Sandi 9:37 am on 2014-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! I fear for what’s in store for my children in this Country. I just pray God will protect the godly.

      • John T. Polk II 10:17 am on 2014-02-07 Permalink | Reply

        “and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) — then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. (2 Peter 2:7-11 NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    (#89) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:34-God’s Burden Against America 

    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 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”

    “Righteousness” is the state or condition of being “right,” as defined by God: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7); by His commandments: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172); by His example: “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

    Governments exist to protect the “righteous” within their citizenry: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Romans 13:3-5). Every law; court-ruling; verbally-abusive, bullying, headlined propaganda piece; Harlotwood perversely slanted movie or TV program will be considered in God’s Judgment of this, or any other, nation! Speaking to Christians about the Jewish persecution of them, Paul wrote: “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

    God would not destroy the homosexually-corrupted cities of Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20; 19:1-11) if there were as few as 10 righteous among them (Genesis 18:23-33), but there weren’t. God had a “burden” of judgment against nations, countries, and cities where sin had prevailed: Babylon (Isaiah 13:1) and Nineveh (Nahum 1:1); Moab (Isaiah 15:1); Damascus in Syria (Isaiah 17:1); Egypt (Isaiah 19:1); and Arabia (Isaiah 21:13). Assyria (not covenant-keepers of Moses’ Law!) was told by the prophet: “The LORD has given a command concerning you: ‘Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile’” (Nahum 1:14). Since then, none of these have ever arisen again to their former prominence and power! Since Jesus Christ, no country is God’s chosen People except the spiritual kingdom known as the churches of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 16:16).

    All God requires of every nation is to uphold and encourage right-thinking and right-doing: “Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin’” (Ezekiel 18:29-30). God is “fair,” for He accepts anyone who obeys Him: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘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).

    Jesus Christ pronounced the principle that saves: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16). This Gospel obeyed, exalts any nation.

    “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’” — George Orwell

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

     
    • James Randal 4:27 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      John, if only people understand that first sentence, how different they would conduct themselves! Instead of running to human explanations of mankind, they would scour and comb Scripture for God’s revelation of who we are and what we were destined for.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some more scripture where the principle may apply to The Land of Liberty one day when it comes to righteousness, or the lack-thereof, and judgment:

      “13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

      15 “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate.

      17 “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast from it, 18 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.

      19 “Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” (Ezekiel 14:13-20 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#84) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:19-The Wicked Should Take A Bow! 

    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 14:19: “The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”

    “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1). These are not the questions discussed here. Rather, this proverb brings to our attention the fact that not all goes well with the “evil,” and that we ought see, many other times, it is the other way around! Though Joseph’s brothers had “meant evil against” him by selling him into slavery, but when famine forced them to go into Egypt, “Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth” (Genesis 42:6). Another such occasion was when wicked Haman sought to kill Mordecai, but his evil scheme was revealed by Queen Esther, and then King Ahasuerus ordered Haman, who was pleading for his own life, to be hanged on the 75-foot “gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai” (Esther 7:1-10). In Philippi, a slave girl was freed from her masters who profited by her “divination,” Paul and Silas were mistreated as “the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods…they threw them into prison” (Acts 16:22-23). Later, however, those same magistrates “came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and asked them to depart from the city” (Acts 16:39)! The church of Christ in Philadelphia was promised by Jesus Christ: “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you” (Revelation 3:9). Other proverbs which teach this include: “The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright” (Proverbs 21:18); “The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless” (Proverbs 22:12). This humbling of the wicked is because of their own sins, but will not always be brought about in this life. Though “life isn’t fair,” God is just, and will see to it that evil fails and right prevails!

    The ultimate bowing of the evil wicked will be on the final Judgment Day, for God decreed through Isaiah: “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath” (Isaiah 45:22-23). The Apostle Paul used this very language to show what the future Judgment will be: “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God’” (Romans 14:10-11). Jesus was seeking to prepare “every creature” when He said: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). Bow before the good before it is too late!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 12:47 pm on 2013-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    No “Separation of Church and State” 

                It is bad enough for government anybody to cite Scripture for any authority for what they are about, but for someone discredited by his peers in government to cite Scripture is totally crass, completely off the scale of hypocrisy! Such is the case of Representative Charles Rangel:

    Rep. Charles Rangel: Republicans risk eternal damnation with welfare cuts
    By Jessica Chasmar-The Washington Times Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    Rep. Charles B. Rangel, appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Monday night, suggested that Republicans who oppose federal welfare may face eternal damnation.
    Host Ed Schultz said that according to his faith leader, there is no biblical scripture that backs up Republican votes against Social Security and food stamps.
    “Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that, Jesus said that you’re going straight to hell if you don’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters,” Mr. Rangel, New York Democrat, said.
    Speaking of the downtrodden, Mr. Rangel continued: “He said he was hungry, you didn’t give him food stamps. He was thirsty, you didn’t purify the water. He was naked, you didn’t give him Social Security. And God knows he was sick and you gave him no comfort. Can you imagine if 60 million Catholics became missionaries just for the poor, the sick and the uninsured?”
    He also argued that people of all religious backgrounds, namely Jews and Protestants, do not support welfare cuts.

    1. “Physician, heal yourself” Luke 4:23

    Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., today [December 2, 2010] became the first U.S. House member in 27 years to be censured after a long trial that resulted in him being convicted on 11 counts of ethics violations.

    The censure, the highest punishment short of expulsion, is reserved for serious offenses and requires the member in question to stand before his or her colleagues while a censure resolution is read.

    An amendment reducing the punishment to reprimand prior to the final vote failed overwhelmingly.

    The censure has been used only 23 times in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. The last time a member of Congress was censured was 1983, when then-Rep. Dan Crane, R-Ill., and Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., faced the penalty for having sexual relationships with minors.  —–by Huma Khan via World News

    2. “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they marveled at Him” (Mark 12:17).

    The passage Rangel alludes to is found in Matthew 25:31-46, and the duties discussed are for “the righteous” to do. Is Rangel suggesting that the Federal Government of the United States of America is “the righteous?” If he is, then is the entire welfare system of the Federal Government “righteous” when it: (1) takes from workers monies they could use to help those in need (Ephesians 4:28); (2) supports those who “will not work” (2 Thessalonians 3:10); (3) renders to Caesar things that “are God’s;” (4) is “a terror to good works” (Romans 13:9)? If he is not, then he is one of the “untaught and unstable” people who “twist” Scriptures “to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).

    3. “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

    If Rangel knew “the Scriptures,” he surely would understand that he is condemned by God’s Prophet, Enoch, who preached before the Flood in Noah’s day: “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him’” (Jude 14-15). If Rangel knew “the power of God,” he would never blithely apply God’s “everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46) to political opponents!

    Charles Rangel has demonstrated his ignorance of the Word of God, crassness toward the righteousness that comes from obeying Jesus Christ (1 John 3:7), and how oppressive his government programs are to those of us who want to do right. Would the Apostles, “Peter and John” speak to Rangel and say: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20)? Unfortunately, Rangel’s lack of knowledge of the Word of God may well represent  most in the Government, and that’s where Government today is so foreign to the Government of our Founders!                      —–John T. Polk II

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-23 Permalink | Reply
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    (#75) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:2-Straighten Up And Fly Right! 

    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 14:2: “He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.”

    To “walk in uprightness” shows a person who is not just acting right, talking right, promising to be right, but someone who actually makes his conviction his lifestyle. “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26). “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7). One who truly “fears the LORD” will have an on-going practice of respectful obedience. Other proverbs that discuss this same theme include: “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15:33); “In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6); “The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23); “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4). “The fear of the LORD” doesn’t mean being scared of God, but rather to deeply respect and bow in awe before the LORD because of what He has done, does, and will do on our Earth. That “fear” causes one to walk uprightly, learn the “instruction of wisdom,” depart from evil, and be blessed with “riches and honor and life.” Both the “righteous” and “perverse” will be held accountable for their “walk,” and Solomon will later say: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

    Conversely, one who is “perverse in his ways despises” (lightly regards, turns up the nose, profanes) God.  Other proverbs show being “perverse” is the way of feeling “guilty,” and is more difficult because of “thorns and snares:” “The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right” (Proverbs 21:8); “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them” (Proverbs 22:5). The New Testament upholds the danger of remaining “perverse,” that is, contrary to God’s Will, for Paul said: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:7-9). The choice for everyone is to “fear God,” or fool our own self, but God will reward us accordingly.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#69) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:14-Don’t Say We Weren’t Warned! 

    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 13:14: “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.”

    “A fountain of life” expresses a constant supply of that which is essential to life. Municipal water supplies seem to have replaced cisterns and wells, nevertheless the point is that we all die without some source of drinking water. Spiritually-speaking, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Since all of God’s “commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172), then everyone striving to be righteous will receive “the word with all readiness” and search “the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things” are so (Acts 17:11). David said with God “is the fountain of life,” and it is through His Word that spiritual life springs eternal. This is what Jesus meant to the woman at the well: “’Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw’” (John 4:13-15).

    An exact parallel to this proverb is in Proverbs 14:27: “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.” “The fear of the LORD” is the same as “the law of the wise.” Reverence and awe for God and His Word go hand-in-hand. Many have gone astray who think they “fear God” but ignore or violate His commandments; likewise, others think they have reverence for God’s Word but profane and desecrate His Person and Name. No one “fears God” without keeping His commandments. Many have thought they had faith in God while rejecting: baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38); the churches of Christ which Jesus established and “purchased with His own blood” (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16; Acts 20:28); clear Scripture on marriage (Mark 10:2-12); and repentance from sins (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    The purpose for “the fear of the LORD” and “the law of the wise” is “to turn one away from the snares of death.” Nowhere does God promise to save anyone in their sins who do not repent. The common slogans, “God loves me just the way I am;” “I know I’m saved regardless of what you say the Bible says;” “you have no right to ‘judge me’ or my way of life;” have never been taught by God in His Word! In 2 Peter 3:9, we are told, God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” There is “absolutely” no justification for those who “continue in sin” (Romans 6:1), but only for those who die to sin and, by baptism, bury their dead body in Jesus’ grave (Romans 6:2-7). Having listed the overwhelming “desire to be rich,” and “the love of money” being “a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul commanded, “But you, O man of God, flee these things” (1 Timothy 6:9-11). “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). If we are not saved, it is not because God hasn’t given proper instruction or warning!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#65) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:5-The Bread That Tastes Like Rocks 

    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 13:5: “A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.”

    A “righteous man” rejects the stench of wickedness. In the final judgment, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8) because the LORD hates “a false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:16-19). “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5). The righteousness of God hates and totally rejects “lying,” and thus “a righteous man” will also hate “lying.” “You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 97:10).

    A “wicked man” is living in that which is “loathsome and comes to shame,” in other words, wickedness is disgusting and has no positive conclusion, if followed. Other ways to say this are: “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant” (Proverbs 9:17); “Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel” (Proverbs 20:17). The excitement of theft is in the “getting away” with no consequences, but the Scriptures plainly show that God will enforce those consequences in His own time! “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#64) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:26-Which Way Are We Leaning? 

    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 12:26: “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

    The contrast is drawn between the “righteous” (those who obey God’s commandments, Ecclesiastes 12:13; 1 John 3:3, 7) and the “wicked” (described in Genesis 13:13: “the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD”). The “righteous” should be cautious lest the “wicked” have greater influence on them than they do on the “wicked!” In Malachi 3:18, in the last book in the Old Testament, God keeps the line drawn between the two when He said: “Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.” Anyone who is “wicked,” however, may choose to become “righteous” by converting and obeying God. “Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:2-3). God’s invitation to the “wicked” to change is always open, for “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9; Luke 24:45-47).

    Because the Hebrew allows a spread of translation, the King James Version is also given: Proverbs 12:26: “The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. {excellent: or, abundant}                            The way of righteousness is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6); for those who receive Him as He is and come to Him (John 1:11-13); who repent and are baptized in His name “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38); and are “registered in heaven” as a part of the “church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:22-23); and “enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus” on “the new and living way” He “consecrated for us” (Hebrews 10:19-20). Truly this is “more excellent” than “the way of the wicked,” which “seduces” them but produces no righteousness! And the wicked have seen this very point! King Saul said to David, after trying to kill him, but David spared Saul: “You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil” (1 Samuel 24:17). King Joash “did evil” but the Prophet “Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, ‘O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!’ (2 Kings 13:14). In the New Testament, King Herod was pressured to kill John the Baptist, but could not bring himself to do it, “for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly” (Mark 6:20). Even in the King James Version, the “righteous” should not leave the way that even the “wicked” admit is “more excellent.”

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

     
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    (#57) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:12-13-Deliver Me! 

    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 12:12-13: “The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.”

    Wicked people think the more people they ensnare, the bigger the crowd for God and the righteous to deal with. They think there’s safety in numbers, and this may be the thinking behind drinking and drug parties or gangs. Only “the wicked” seek the company of “the wicked” or influence others to join them in wickedness. “The wicked” are victims of their own stated wicked plans, untruths, and broken promises! Another proverb that deals with this is: Proverbs 21:10: “The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.” A psalmist clearly described them: “He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net. So he crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength” (Psalm 10:8-10). Only “the wicked” target the helpless. Only “the wicked” would gang up on and beat to death an 88-year old World War II veteran; or rob and kill a 99-year old woman; or blow up unarmed citizens and children in the name of a “justifiable war;” or involve innocent children in perverseness before they know right from wrong.

    The righteous are a complete contrast, whose “root” (core values) is to produce goodness, and therefore “will come through trouble,” a phrase meaning survive with good morals intact. This is a complete contrast to Apostles of Jesus Christ who healed a helpless lame man (Acts 3:1-10; 4:8-10). Other proverbs that show this contrast are: “In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death” (Proverbs 12:28); “The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). For Christians, Peter warned of the “judgment” of persecution upon both the righteous and sinners, then added: “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’ Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:17-19). Only Jesus Christ can deliver a soul from the ravages of tribulation (John 16:33).

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

     
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