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  • John T. Polk II 10:51 am on 2015-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    6-4-2015 Can You Handle “The Truth?” 

    Do you believe “the truth,” or what someone has told you as truth? Jesus told a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well what her life had been like, and she perceived that He was “a prophet.” She told her fellow citizens what had happened. “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did’ (John 4:39 NKJV). After Jesus taught them for two more days, “many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world'” (John 4:42 NKJV). Can you handle “the truth?”

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

  • John T. Polk II 2:51 pm on 2015-03-18 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , good conscience, good doctrine, , non-essential, truth   

    3-17-2015 What Non-essential Follows Faith? 

    When Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), there are people who say, “You are saved at the point of faith without being baptized.” Paul told Timothy “faith and love” are in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:14 NKJV), do these same people say “love” is non-essential? “having faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV), is a “good conscience” non-essential? Paul was “a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Timothy 2:7 NKJV), is “truth” non-essential? A “good minister of Jesus Christ” is “nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6 NKJV), is “good doctrine” non-essential? A false argument that tries to get of baptism for salvation also rules out: love, a good conscience, truth, and good doctrine!

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

    • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 6:17 pm on 2015-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      What about the thief on the cross? He wasn’t baptised, but Jesus said he would see him in paradise. Are there special circumstances where baptism is not essential to salvation? I didn’t get baptised until I was 16, and I came to Christ when I was 12, and knew Him very closely for all those years in between. Does that mean I knew God without being saved? Is that possible? These are honest questions, I’m still trying to work out in my own heart if baptism is absolutely essential. 🙂

      • Johnny Polk 1:06 pm on 2015-03-20 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your sincere question, which is often asked. Before Jesus died on the cross, He could save anyone on any terms, for He was God in the flesh (Matthew 9:1-8), but after He was raised from the dead, He gave His terms for salvation (Mark 16:15-16), and never changed it for anyone, not even Saul of Tarsus (Acts 22:1-16).
        Since John the Baptist preceded Jesus in preaching the coming kingdom (Matthew 3:1-6) and Jesus continued that message (Matthew 4:17, 23-25), no one may say for certainty that the “thief on the cross” definitely “wasn’t baptized,” since he might have been, but then condemned for thievery.
        If you “think” you were saved at age 12, but not baptized until age 16, then you may have been confused by false ideas. Before he was baptized, the Apostle Paul (then Saul of Tarsus) “thought” he “must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth” (Acts 26:9-15). It’s possible to believe a thing to be true, when it is not. To help our spirit know what we must do, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is how “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16-17), not that He endorses whatever we do, but that we do what He has written for our obedience of faith (Romans 16:25-27).
        There are people who believe in Jesus, but do not follow through with complete obedience (John 12:42-48). My prayer is for you to complete your obedience and keep Jesus set apart (“sanctified”) in your heart (1 Peter 3:15).
        May God bless you.

        • Mercy M Hass 3:07 am on 2015-03-22 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Johnny! Thanks for your reply! Spurred by your answer, I was listening this morning to a sermon by a man I respect, John Piper. http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/what-is-baptism-and-how-important-is-it#full-audio
          Among other things, he makes the analogy that baptism is like the rings in a marriage. It’s a “sealing of the deal,” if you will, a public expression of something that happens between you two and God. He concluded that baptism is a very important expression, for a Believer, but does not exclude them from being a Believer if they’re not baptized. Based on everything Piper says in this sermon, and my own experience and study, I’m going to agree with his position. I know people, even close friends and strong believers, who would disagree with me on this. But one thing I like about Christians is that, while disagreeing, we can still live in fellowship. 🙂 I know that I was saved when I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, even though I wasn’t baptized until years later. God’s presence was there, and His Spirit filled me. I was a super-thoughtful, depressed kid trying to figure out the meaning of life, and when God presented Himself to me, I took Him and have known Him from that point on. At the right time, God put me under the conviction that I should make this public expression of faith, and I did. But I don’t count the beginning of my faith to be my baptism.
          I like the analogy of a marriage that Piper makes in this message, though. The exchanging of rings is a public declaration that you are married. But those rings aren’t what makes you married. If someone got married and made vows before God, but didn’t exchange rings, they are still married. Rings are important, it’s really important to make the public declaration. But if you haven’t, that doesn’t make you less married.
          It’s not a foolproof analogy, ha ha, but it struck a chord with me. 🙂 To sum it up, I do believe baptism is important, but it can be an important step in obedience, but NOT necessarily essential to salvation. 🙂

        • RichardS 12:05 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

          Since the “thief on the cross” was saved before the new covenant had taken effect it doesn’t make any difference if he was baptized or not. According to Acts 19:3-5, the baptism of John the Baptist would not have been valid after the church was established.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:07 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply


        I would encourage you to realize that the scriptures never make the analogy that Mr. Piper does pertaining to baptism only being the sealing of the deal in a covenant already agreed upon, particularly in comparison to a marriage, and therefore encouraged but unnecessary to the relationship. On top of that, I would point out that the Bible teaches that one is sealed with the Holy Spirit after our submission to God through baptism – not before (Acts 2:38).

        Salvation is enjoyed when we agree to God’s terms of the covenant that he offers (which places baptism before salvation – Mark 16:16) and not through any other “vow” that we make which may be contrary to his will. Keep in mind that analogies aren’t needed when plain scripture has spoken (Acts 22:16; Revelation 1:5; Galatians 3:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

        God bless as you study his word.

        • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 7:16 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the detailed response! I do think baptism is important, I just don’t believe, based on a plain reading of the Word, that you’ll go to hell if you put your faith in Jesus, yet we’re not baptised. There’s too many other verses that simply say, in essence, if you put your faith in Christ, you will be saved (Jn 1:12, Jn 3:16, Jn 3:36, Jn 5:24, Jn 20:31, Rms 10:9, Rms 10:13, Acts 2:21, Acts 16:31, 1 Jn 1:9, 1 Jn 5:11-13, etc.). Now, one point I’m not sure about is if you have to be baptised in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But I don’t think it says anywhere. 🙂 Again, I agree that baptism is important, but I don’t think it’s an issue of salvation, based on the fact that so many verses talk about salvation, and the ones that talk about baptism don’t seem to make salvation conditional upon that. 🙂

          • Eugene Adkins 9:06 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

            Let me ask you more question(s) to help you understand that when the Bible talks about necessary faith it’s not talking about faith alone:

            1) Does a person have to repent to be saved? (refer to Acts 17:30 and Luke 13:1-5) If your answer is yes, and I hope it is, then does it mean repentance is not necessary to be saved because Paul didn’t say anything about repentance in Ephesians 2:8-9?

            2) Must a person call upon the name of the Lord to be saved? (refer to Romans 10:13 and 1 Corinthians 1:2) If your answer is yes, and I hope it is, then does it mean calling upon the name is not necessary to be saved because all you have to do is believe according to the other scripture references you gave, save the Romans 10:13 reference. The reason I ask this one is because I believe you may have failed to notice that “calling upon the name of the Lord” is not the same as belief. All you have to do is look at Romans 10:14 to see that a person must believe then they can “call upon the Lord” (see Acts 22:16 for an example of calling upon the name of the Lord – something that is necessary for salvation according to the very scripture list that you provided, but also something that is separate from belief according to Paul himself in 10:14).

            3) Lastly, (which takes us back to the original point/question you had) did Jesus place salvation before or after baptism in Mark 16:16? And please note this was a command given to the apostles that was meant to be obeyed and applied to the universal gospel they were called to preach (meaning all Jews and Gentiles who would be saved)…and also a command given well after the scene with the thief in Calvary.

            I hope these questions help you to see that when the Bible mentions faith/belief (and it alone) being necessary to salvation, it uses it as a synecdoche (meaning a single part that stands for the whole that is required for our salvation) for the New Testament plainly warns that faith alone is a faith that fails to be save us (James 2:17; John 12:42-43). A faith that saves is a faith that obeys the commands given by God (James 2:21-22), which includes, for us on this side of the resurrection, baptism (again see Mark 16:16).

            I have enjoyed the conversation, and I appreciate the respect that you have shown in your replies. I hope the same can be said from your perspective. Perhaps John will reply too, but if not, I would just encourage you to continue study out the points that he and I have raised.

            • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 3:41 pm on 2015-03-25 Permalink

              When you call upon the Lord and put your trust in Him, to me that shows you need Him and realise you’re in sin. A person who loves God will do their best to serve Him with their actions, which, in turn and to others, shows that something has changed.
              That’s my simple view. 🙂 it’s like 2 am here, lol, so my brain isn’t really working 😉 I’ll think about what u said, though 🙂

    • John T. Polk II 3:00 pm on 2015-03-25 Permalink | Reply

      Piper’s analogy of “baptism” with “wedding rings” misses the point. Baptism is the wedding ceremony! “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5 NKJV). According to Scripture, no one has entered Jesus’ death before baptism, and there is no resurrection to a new life without being baptized. God’s glory that raised Jesus from the physical grave has not acted in anyone who “believes” they have been saved before being baptized. Only by burial in baptism has any sinner been “united together in the likeness of His death.” The “wedding” (uniting “together in the likeness of His death”) takes place in baptism, whether or not there are any “wedding rings” exchanged! This being the case, one wonders what Piper would consider to be “rings!”
      But if your opinion is to follow someone else’s opinion rather than the inspired Word of God, then, Mercy, you are on your own, without Jesus Christ, for “not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV). Christians are those who have “received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 NKJV). God gave commandments through the Apostles’ written word (John 17:20) and we must obey them. “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:17 NKJV), and not yours or Piper’s opinions.

  • John T. Polk II 10:53 pm on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    2-26-2015           Propaganda? 

    Propaganda is “deceptive or distorted information that is systematically spread,” that’s another way of saying, a lie repeated over and over and over. “Advertising” or “marketing” can become propaganda if its intention is to deceive. “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV). People who are given propaganda which has little, or no, fact behind it, will “endlessly” repeat it, thinking they have been given truth. Jesus warned, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV). Whatever people repeat that contradicts God’s Truth is a “lie,” “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said the Devil is the “father” of lies (John 8:44 NKJV).

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

  • John T. Polk II 10:51 pm on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    2-25-2015           Liar, Liar 

    Of the Devil, Jesus Christ said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). A “lie” is falsified or misrepresented truth. A “false witness who speaks lies” is one of seven things God hates, and so should we all. Politicians seem to be as confused as the man who crucified Jesus, Pontius Pilate, who asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Schools are wanting to raise a generation of “liars” if they teach children “there are no wrong answers.” It’s sad to see a government leader who cannot remember the truth. A wise government leader, Solomon, said, “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5 NKJV). Make-belief is not the “truth.”

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

  • John T. Polk II 8:20 pm on 2015-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    2-10-2015           To Tell The Truth 

    Brian Williams, anchorman on NBC TV’s “Nightly News,” recounted for over 10 years how his helicopter was shot down while reporting the war in Iraq. It wasn’t! He also reported seeing a body float by his motel room when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Sadly, his motel wasn’t in a part of the city that flooded. Facts and truth should always shape our opinions. “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV). Relying upon what “we think” can be unreliable, to say the least. Many “think” they remember being saved before they were baptized, but Jesus’ fact about who He saves is: “”He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Shouldn’t you re-think your testimony about your salvation before you say it again?

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

  • Ed Boggess 8:24 am on 2015-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Lots of things are said and taken as… 

    Lots of things are said and taken as truth just because they are repeated. But not everything that is said to be true is true. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus repeatedly corrected traditional views and sayings. He said, you’ve heard that it has been said, but I say unto you. The same thing goes on today. If something is repeated often enough, some assume it is so. Instead of assuming something is true we need to put it to the test. Paul said, prove all things, hold fast to that which is good. Let’s try a couple. How about “you can prove anything by the Bible.” That may be so if you misuse the Bible. But it certainly isn’t so if it’s handled rightly. What about “there are many dif­ferent roads to heaven.” That, too is false. There is only one way: Jesus is the only way. This is Just-A-Minute.

    • Trey Cauble 10:59 am on 2015-01-08 Permalink | Reply

      Very true, Mr. Boggess. It reminds me of the saying “It is easier to believe a lie one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact one has never heard before.” We can get ourselves into trouble when we do not put the teaching to the test. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Richard Mansel 9:55 am on 2015-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Articles on Liberalism 


    On my website, I have posted the first in a series of articles entitled, “The Implications of Liberalism.” Based on research I did several years ago, I examine the subject of liberalism and its ideas and presuppositions. I will not be naming brethren or congregations. My purposes are larger than personal attacks.

    Liberalism is real despite the sloppy ways that the word is used today. The concept has a lengthy history and those who follow its tenets have fairly common beliefs and plans. The more we understand Satan’s attacks the better off we will be as we teach and preach (1 Peter 5:8).

    “Despite the traditional use of Christian phraseology modern liberalism not only is a different religion from Christianity but belongs in a totally different class of religions.” [J. Gresham Machen].

    I hope you will share your thoughts. People often have emotional responses to the word ‘liberal” and instead of reasoning through the ideas, they just start yelling. Satan is succeeding at destroying the Lord’s Church and the dangers are too serious for us to put feelings over truth.

    We must ALWAYS “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) because hateful words, even if truth is taught, turn people away from God. God gave us brains, language and reasoning skills and we must use them to reach lost or confused souls.

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:52 pm on 2014-12-19 Permalink | Reply
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    This We Know 

    by J. Randal Matheny

    Let faith not shake from false reports,
    We know the truth that never fails;
    The facts about Jesus fill our mind,
    And satisfy the search for meaning.

    The rebellious refuse to bow the knee,
    Imprisoned by their prized passions;
    Their doctrines open the door to sin,
    Inclusive grace more clever than God’s. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:19 am on 2014-11-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Metal, plastic, glass, and hidden wires,
    Computers serve both gospel preachers and liars.

    —JRMatheny http://yourdaytoshine.com

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2014-11-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#210) The Proverbs of Solomon 31:8-9-Listen to Your Mama About Words 

    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 31:8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

    Step up and speak up for those who are less fortunate, specifically those who have: no voice, no parent, no justice, or no necessities of life. It is emphatic and an action of mercy to help the helpless. All leaders of government should admit that: “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne” (Proverbs 20:28). God has always required this of His people: “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15); “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17); “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

    The “speechless” are those who have no voice or ability to defend themselves. They are easily victimized by all who would misrepresent their case;

    Those “appointed to die” are people without possessions or permanence. According to the Hebrew expression, these may be strangers just passing through or orphans who cannot support themselves. God is mindful of such and required this of Israelites (Deuteronomy 10:17-19). Solomon wisely ruled: “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13). Never was this clearer than when Israelites were taken from their Promised Land because: “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger” (Ezekiel 22:29);

    “Judge righteously” should be the outcry of all of God’s people. All judges and legal personnel should hear this command. Jesus has said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24), for “in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5);

    “Plead the cause of the poor and needy,” for they cannot afford their own defense. The “poor and needy” are NOT those who demand their “right” to have the same possessions as those who have worked for what they have! The essentials of food and clothing are NOT in the same category as video games, big screen TV’s, cable, Internet, cars, or brand-name clothes!

    No nation or people will stand when citizens have little or no recourse for their grievances!

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

  • John T. Polk II 8:34 am on 2014-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    The Bible IS a “Christian Evidence” Textbook! 

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is based upon “evidence” and it is a solid conviction of “things not seen.” Since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), then the best “evidence” for faith is “the word of God” and the Creator’s Wisdom to which it points!  If not, why not?

    The Bible makes statements that point to external data, and that makes it a “Christian evidence” textbook. For example:

    1. Every effect must have an adequate cause. “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4); “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1);

    “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).    All scientific evidences and facts prove that matter is not eternal and must have had a beginning. The Bible begins with one of the strongest proofs possible that there had to have been The Creator: from nothing came something caused by The Power (“God”) who is the uncaused First Cause!

    1. There is magnificent design and order to life. 

      Jesus pointed to the inherent order in agriculture when He said: “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  (Mark 4:28-29)

    Such order is impossible without the imposition of law from a Higher Power.

    Speaking of the intricacies of human development and birth, David said: “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”    (Psalm 139:13-16)

    The millions of details involved in each human’s normal birth are mind-boggling, and faith-building, indeed. The birth of one human demands an imposing attention to details totally impossible without completing the plan of God, the Maker.

    Abraham “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder [Greek, “technician, craftsman”] and maker [Greek, “framer”] is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Truly, the “technology” of life is impossible and nonsensical without the All-powerful, All-intelligent Creator God!

    1. Life cannot/has not/will not come from non-living matter. It is the “God, who made the world and everything in it…gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25). There is no construction of material substance that has been brought to life without adding some living components to the experiment. Scientific fact shows that life had to be added to the material earth from an outside source in order for anything living to exist.  It is only prejudiced ignorance that would attack Christian faith without dealing with what the Bible, itself, says!

    Atheism Equals Ignorance

    Speaking of “prejudiced ignorance,” one readily thinks of an “atheist,” a word meaning, “without faith in deity,” hence a person who is without faith in God. No one can be an atheist without denying all the evidence for God’s existence and the scientific conclusion that necessitates it as fact. In other words, atheists are known for what they confess they do not or cannot know. “Ignorance” is defined as “the absence of knowledge.” It is practically impossible, then, for any atheist to ridicule a believer’s “faith” because a Bible-believer has evidence for that faith, but an atheist has reduced his or her intelligence to denial! The evidence for God is so abundant that an atheist can believe there is no God only by closing his/her mind to the factual evidence that would prove otherwise! Atheists have a big void throughout their core intellect, and are as Gentiles, “in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Ephesians 4:17-18).

    By willfully omitting God from their consideration, the Atheists have “blacked out” their understanding, “gutted” their rationality, and grope about like blind people who have rejected any assistance they have been offered! Belief in God is a normal conclusion of a natural mind that has been given all the evidence.

    Atheism is, thus, an unnatural response.

    Since God does exist, then His power as Creator justifies His power to: (1) define marriage as one man and one woman united for life (Genesis 2:18-25), and accept no other (Mark 10:2-12); (2) give a day of rest to the Israelites in Moses’ Law (Deuteronomy 5:12-15) and not to anyone else; (3) be remembered in our days of youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1), not just “old age;” (4) come to earth as the Christ with total miraculous power over the Creation (John 1:1-18) unlike everyone else who has ever lived; (5) hand over the scroll of judgment against the Jews into the hand of His Son (Revelation 4:1-5:8) which was carried out in the 1st Century. Since God, as Creator, can do with His Creation as He wishes (“our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases,” Psalm 115:3); and, since no human is Creator (God asked: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,” Job 38:4); then all humans who are created beings (“creature,” Mark 16:15-16) will fail to conquer and control the world! There is no policy, people, or plan that God will allow to take His place as Controller of His Creation (Romans 1:19-25). “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 4:19).                                —–John T. Polk II

  • TFRStaff 6:29 am on 2014-08-21 Permalink | Reply
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    August 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • What Is Marriage? What Constitutes Marriage? (Robert R. Taylor, Jr)
    • Has the Kingdom Come? (Sam Willcut)
    • “Buy the Truth and Sell It Not” (Royce Williamson)
    • Watching the Pendulum (Glenn Colley)
    • “Living Oracles” (Mel Futrell)
    • Some Things Must Never Change (Jeff Jenkins)
    • Is It Nothing to You? (Alan Highers)
    • Behind Closed Doors (Steve Higginbotham)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • John T. Polk II 9:31 am on 2014-07-25 Permalink | Reply
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    (#201) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:10-The Sin of Hate Speech 

    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 10:1-25:27 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 30:10: “Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.”

    David understood what this proverb is about: “Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:1-5).

    All Christians must put away all “evil speaking” (Ephesians 4:31). All non-Christians who blaspheme Christians are suddenly put on notice by this proverb.

    False accusation is the stuff of gossip: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16); “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); and it is cancelled by the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). No wonder, then, that “false witness” is one of the 7 things God “hates” (Proverbs 6:16-19). The unproven, unclaimed, thus false “accusation” placed on Jesus’ cross was: “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Matthew 27:37). Jesus Christ never was, nor will He ever be only “the King of the Jews,” for He is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15)!

    A Christian is a “fellow servant in the Lord” along with Paul (Colossians 1:7; 4:7), Moses (Hebrews 3:5), John (Revelation 1:1), and angels (Revelation 22:9). What Christians believe and practice must come from the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and produce unity (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13). However, there are matters about which God has allowed for conscientiousness, where Christians must not falsely accuse one another (Romans 14:1-10). “Vegans” should not condemn those who can eat meats. No one is undermined if: a converted Catholic continued to eat fish on Fridays; a converted Jew may still do no work on Saturday; a converted denominational member still raises hands during a prayer; a converted Muslim woman still covers her head with a scarf, etc. Since Christians are “servants of the Lord,” Paul asks: “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4), then plainly declares: “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself” (Romans 14:7). This does not excuse anyone from continuing immoral, worldly ways into their Christian life (1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 6:9-11), for “those who are outside God judges” (1 Corinthians 5:13).

    Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). God has always kept the line clear between the righteous and the unrighteous (Ezekiel 33:10-20), lest His servant is falsely accused.

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

  • Eugene Adkins 8:09 pm on 2014-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Video Sermon: The Power of God’s Truth 

    Here’s the lesson by a brother named Eddie Sanders that I mentioned a few weeks back. (Err, scratch that. I’m going to leave the link but that lesson outline was from Monday night; the video is from Tuesday night) It was recorded by some brothers doing some local studio work for GBN.

    I’ll let brother Sanders’ lesson speak for itself.

  • TFRStaff 6:37 am on 2014-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    June 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
    • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
    • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
    • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
    • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
    • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
    • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
    • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
    • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
    • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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