3-21-2017 Blessed Abstinence

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1 NKJV). “Walking” is by listening to the  bad judgment of “the ungodly;” “standing” shows deeper interest, by going along with “sinners;”  “sitting” indicates prolonged acceptance. There could not be a clearer description of how someone ends up “in the wrong crowd,” than this. The “ungodly” have no regard for God,” “sinners” have little or no regard for God’s laws; “scorners” blame God for the consequences of their refusing to follow God’s laws. Doing right begins with not doing wrong! “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NKJV).

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

#scorners, #sinners, #ungodly

9-2-2015 U.T.’s Sexual Confusion

In Knoxville, the University of Tennessee’s Pride Center Director has requested a gender-neutral pronoun, “ze,” be used instead of student names. What’s next: neutral answers in Mathematics and Biology? God created the gender distinction of “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). He condemned confusion of clothes: “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5 NKJV). God condemns confusion of sexual practice: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…Neither homosexuals, nor sodomites…will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). For U.T. to use pronouns to blur that distinction means they have sided with the ungodly and unrighteous.

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

#female, #gender-confusion, #male, #u-tn, #u-tn-neutral-pronouns, #ungodly, #unrighteous

8-10-2015 The Sodomites’ Example

In Sodom, Lot had visitors, and “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally’” (Genesis 19:4-5 NKJV). God later turned “the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6 NKJV). Homosexuals in the streets, demanding their “rights” brought Sodom to ashes. With the White House bathed in rainbow colors after the U. S. Supreme Court’s recognition of homosexual “rights,” the ungodly haven’t learned from the “example” of what God thinks!

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

#example, #homosexuals, #rainbow-colors, #rights, #sodom, #ungodly, #white-house

(#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.

 

#antagonism, #bible-study, #evil, #evolutionists, #global-warming, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #ridicule, #righteous, #scientific, #teachers, #ungodly, #unscientific, #world

(#115) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:27-29-Neighborhood Watch

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 16:27-29: “An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.”

The “world of the ungodly” perished in the Flood in Noah’s day (2 Peter 2:5); the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah was “an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6); and this heaven and earth “are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7). God never rewards the ungodly with good!

The sins of the “ungodly” include: (1) digging up evil; (2) sowing strife; (3) whispering; (4) enticing neighbors in a way not good.

(1) Everyone has scars from sin and can be picked apart. It is the ungodly, however, whose lips are “burning” to tell what evil we have done! Other proverbs reveal backstabbers: “A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter” (Proverbs 11:13); “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips” (Proverbs 20:19); “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases” (Proverbs 26:20); “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body” (Proverbs 26:22). “Do not associate” with these.

(2) Sowing strife will reap its own harvest. Other proverbs show its dangers: “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts” (Proverbs 17:14); “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:20-21); “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered” (Proverbs 28:25).

(3) Only enemies carry on a campaign of “whispering” against someone, and they are not friends (Lamentations 3:62)! “Whispering” is spreading dirt about someone to others, but being too cowardly to speak it out loud! “Whisperers” are “filled with all unrighteousness” (Romans 1:29), and are sneaky, slimy, slinky people who have the moral backbone of a maggot.

(4) The “violent man” uses people to act out his violence with him. The recent racist “game” called “Knockout” is done by “violent” people who huddle in their groups, only to strike out at harmless, innocent by-standers. Their gang includes the ungodly, perverse, whisperers condemned by God’s Wisdom.

It is indeed tragic when these sinners are Christians who have resurrected their “old man” of sin and smeared the royal name by which they are known (Ephesians 4:17-32)!

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

#knockout, #backstabber, #bible-study, #perverse, #proverbs, #strife, #ungodly, #violent, #whisperer

(#94) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:14-You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Covers

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:14: “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.”

Fools feed on foolishness, which is why they are “fools!” These are the people who read: headlines touting ungodly ways without reading the articles showing their failures; magazine covers showing beautiful pictures of perverse and ungodly people without seeing how vain and spiritless their lives prove to be; TV programs whose interviews with celebrity baby-makers completely ignore their ungodly rejection of God’s marriage and home pattern for protective developing of a human life; social media expressions of freedom from rules, restrictions, and regulations, which have been developed from Biblical principles! Other proverbs have this teaching incorporated in them:

(1) “Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 17:24). It is foolish for everything to be done for “the world economy,” or “for all of humanity,” or “for history’s sake,” and to neglect the near, immediate, and personal concerns! Having one’s head in the clouds, eyes on the horizon, or feet on the go often prevents meeting the needs of those closest to us.

(2) “Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all” (Proverbs 28:5). It takes a studied effort to learn the LORD’s way, and “evil men” are on a different path to knowledge of the wrong things. “Those who seek the LORD” learn more of the LORD and of themselves as their experience grows, but those who are “evil” never learn “justice” (fair play, good moral rules, good godly sense).

If you’d rather feed on foolishness, you’ve chosen your companions. But if you wish to change your mind, seek the wisdom that is from above and revealed in Scripture: “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:17-21)

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

#bible-study, #evil, #fools, #head-in-the-clouds, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #seek-the-lord, #sin, #ungodly, #wisdom, #wisdom-from-above, #world-economy

(#93) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:8-Wasted Worship

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:8-10: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness. Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die” (Proverbs 15:8-10).

“Wicked” denotes evil intent, corrupted purpose, someone who feeds on sins. This is NOT referring to anyone who gives in to temptation and sins, or a good person who gets led astray, or one who tries to do right and fails! That said, this proverb shows God will not accept “sacrifice” (worship) from a “wicked” person, but rejects it as “an abomination.” “The way” is wicked, “the sacrifice” is wicked, and to “forsake” God’s Way is wicked. Before Noah’s flood, Enoch had properly evaluated the world: “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). Truly “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). Their corruption was complete and they were irretrievable!

Another proverb teaches this: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent! (Proverbs 21:27). God has followed this principle throughout Scripture, regardless of whether it involved His chosen people (Israelites) or aliens (Gentiles): “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18); “’To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?’ Says the LORD. ‘I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies-I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting’” (Isaiah 1:11-13); “Therefore hear, you nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people-The fruit of their thoughts, Because they have not heeded My words, Nor My law, but rejected it. For what purpose to Me Comes frankincense from Sheba, And sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, Nor your sacrifices sweet to Me” (Jeremiah 6:18-20); “I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings” (Amos 5:21-22). God counts as vain, wasted, and completely useless, all sacrifices, worship, offerings, and assemblies by those who refuse to follow His rules.

It is little wonder, then, that God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30), because “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Now we should understand why Jesus Christ 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).

If you want God to hear your prayers, accept your praises of Him, and regard your gifts, you must listen to what Jesus Christ 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). “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

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

#abomination, #bible-study, #hypocrites, #prayer, #proverbs, #sin, #ungodly, #vain, #wicked, #worship