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2-27-2017 Believe The Truth

Only of God’s Bible can it be said: “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160 NKJV).  Truth matters to God. “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18 NKJV). The only worship that brings people close to God is according to truth. That’s why God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV). On the Day of Judgment, God will see to it “that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV).  Without truth, we become unrighteous in our lives. People whose job is to manufacture make-believe fantasies, fake news and false science, will lead us away from the truth.  “Buy the truth, and do not sell it(Proverbs 23:23 NKJV).

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

#fake-news, #false-science, #fantasies, #truth, #unrighteousness

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12-20-2016 Fake News In The News

“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV).  Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV).  Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!

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

#fake-news, #news, #truth

The greater sin

“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” Acts 2:39.

Just as Paul needed the courage to stand on the pagan Mars Hill and proclaim Christ, we need to stand as a rock in the sea of postmodernism, denominations, and paganism today and proclaim truth. That is the real reason that the world hates us and why the proclaimers of tolerance are intolerant towards us. Truth, by its very nature, draws a line in the sand; it excludes all else.

One of my grown kids recently reminded me of how upset I was years ago when she had to sing a Kwanzaa song so the elementary school would not offend anyone. That’s the problem of the Lord’s church on today’s postmodern Mars Hill. The truth offends, and to offend today is the greatest sin.

Jesus’ disciples were concerned with this. After Jesus proclaimed that it was what came out of a person’s mouth that made him unclean, they said, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” Jesus preached truth anyway … because the greater sin is to let the lost blissfully drift by while our hands never extend from the rock of truth to save them.

Do you proclaim truth?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#evangelism, #truth

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10-20-2016 Deny, Deny, Deny

Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me” (Luke 22:34 NKJV).  When he was pointed out, Peter did deny his association with Jesus.  The rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter, “So Peter went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62 NKJV).  The truth was still true, though Peter denied, denied, and denied it.  It was when Peter “wept bitterly,” that he showed that he still had a conscience that knew right from wrong.  There are those, though, who speak “lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2 NKJV).  These have no tears of remorse, speak lies to your face (or investigative committee!), and have no feeling of conscience left.  No truth can point the way for someone who will deny, deny, deny, without repentance!

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

#deny, #hypocricy, #lies, #truth

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9-8-2016 Your Own Opinion

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved!  Personal preference is not the same as truth.  Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody!  But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right!  “Stealing” something that  belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong.  “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV).  Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it.  Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.”   The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”

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

#opinion, #truth

Is God Racist?

A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda.     Read >>

#agendas, #apologetics-press, #character-of-god, #opinion, #political-correctness, #truth

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4-13-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #3

“But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands” (Psalm 115:3-4 NKJV).  Combining man-made “gods” with The “God in Heaven” only creates confusion and hides the truth.   Peter warned the churches of Christ of the “false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1 NKJV), then gave the solution, to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2 NKJV).  Combining man-made “prophets,” with holy prophets only creates confusion and hides the truth.  The Bible solves confusion, but does not create it!

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

#confusion, #gods, #heresies, #holy-prophets, #the-god-in-heaven, #truth