Copyright © November 2017 - A church of Christ supplement - Overture and Doctrinal
1 Timothy 1:9-119. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog. It's not what you'd normally expect a blog to look like, but who cares about aesthetics? Blogging is another means to procuring that which has been entrusted to me, namely, teaching men and women how to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. After all, it's the only means we have to saving the soul, that is, the gospel. At least then I know I've imparted an indispensable knowledge, and that's what it's all about. We all know a seed will only grow once it's planted - Luke 8:1111. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God., cf. Matthew 13:88. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold., 1 Corinthians 3:6-76. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.. There must also be a food source, and in terms of spiritual things, well, that food is the word of God - 1 Peter 2:2-32. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.. Moreover, I'll use every bit of knowledge I've gained over the years to teach the way of Christ, and why not? That's how important the gospel message is. The majority strive after the foolish and beggerly things this world has to offer, whilst at the same time, they neglect the spiritual things, and at the cost of losing their own soul (salvation) - Mark 8:3636. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?. It seems for the most part they care little about where their headed. In a sense, like sheep to the slaughter. What's more, God has made the plan of salvation so simple that only a fool will ignore. And many a fool there is. In saying that, religious Christendom has a lot to answer for in terms of the tripe they've been spewing out. They deserve nothing more than the proverbial boot up the backside for the religious clamour they advocate, not to mention, the souls they've led to hell. Unless men obey the gospel, the Bible way; they haven't a hope in hell of salvation, for Almighty God in no respector of persons - Acts 10:3434. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.. My friend, the same God is merciful to all that call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There's no shaddow of turning with God - James 1:1717. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning..
Furthermore, it seems that modern society is almost tottering on the verge of total depravity. Interestingly, just as Paul mentioned in Romans chapter one, homosexuality is now being promoted as normal, when in fact, it's absolutely the opposite. You have to wonder when the so called advertising standards of Ireland are allowing the idiology of two daddies to be printed on advertising boards of all places. The thought alone is repugnant. I wonder how far - Leviticus 18:2222. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. would get? I'm sure it wouldn't get to get, and that says a lot in terms of how low society has stooped - Romans 1:28-3228. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31. Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.. Either way, I refuse to be duped into calling evil good - Isaiah 5:2020. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!, nor will I assent to what is evil good heartedly. Since the ungodly have taken it upon themselves to surreptitiously influence the general public with diabolic ideologies; then I also have a right to preach as one who preaches after God - 1 Peter 4:1111. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.. As I said before, right and wrong are like oil and water, they don't mix, or in other words, they naturally separate. Now notice the verb "let" in verse eleven of first Peter chapter four. It's defined as, to allow, licence, enable, entitle, grant, and so on. That endorsement comes from the one who is above all authority, God. As touching the oracles of God, then I have a right to preach after God. Paul said, How shall they hear without a preacher? - Romans 10:1414. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?. Moses said not to follow the multitude to do evil - Exodus 23:22. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:. Have you ever wondered why the multitude usually stand for what is wrong? Remeber when Abraham said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, if even ten shall be found who are righteous? And the Lord said, I will not destroy it (Sodom) for ten's sake - Genesis 18:3232. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.. Yet not even ten righteous were found. Isin't that something?
It seems that in the grand scheme of things, it's now better felt than told. In other words, situational ethics. Situational ethics was pioneered by Joseph Fletcher (1905-1991), and teaches that moral dicision making is contextual, and ethical decisions, such as morality, should follow flexible guidelines rather than absolute rules. For example, abortion (which is the murder of an unborn child) is reasonable under certain circumstances - Proverbs 6:16-1916. These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.. Now all it amounts to is just another form of humanism, and a wicked form at that. The philosophy of humanism is essentially man against God. Again, the ancient nemesis of mankind. Man's moral compass seems to have got stuck, and moreso in the now. Then again, I guess the slow pace to degradation began a long time ago, and now we're paying the price - Romans 5:1212. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:. As grevious as it is, we need to deal with it, and we can deal with it, if we seek the forgiveness of Almighty God - Romans 4:88. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.. There's a choice which is set before each and every one of us, and that is, the gospel of Jesus Christ. The charge is to the individual. What that means, is that, no one else can make that decision for you. In saying that, we need to understand this one thing, that God gave his Son in place of our sin - John 3:1616. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.. The prophet Ezekiel said, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." - Ezekiel 18:2020. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.. You see, the majority are so taught to overlook the conditions of salvation, it beggars belief. Such are the teachings of false teachers. In other words, the doctrines of devils - 1 Timothy 4:11. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;. Jesus said, "Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" - Luke 6:4646. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?. Jesus said we must repent - Luke 13:33. I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.. It doesn't get any clearer than that. So what does it mean to repent? Well, repentance, as in the age old euphemism, simply means to stop doing what is wrong. If God says something is wrong, then it's wrong. No one can make what is wrong, right, even though they try to, such as, same sex marriages for example. Look what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 19:24-2524. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; 25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.. Doth not even nature itself teach us, that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him? - 1 Corinthians 11:1414. Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?. Therefore, the condemnation is this: That light came into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil - John 3:1919. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.. Gone are the days when men were men, and had the appearance of men. The patriarch kind I suppose. Nowadays you can hardly tell the difference between some men and women. What a shame!
Ireland for the most part is an ungodly country, and no wonder, given it's Roman Catholic heritage. If anything, it's getting worse by the day. In addition to that, the current government have proposed a referendum on the blasphemy law to take place sometime in 2018. No one should have the right to challenge that law, least of all, the ungodly sort that proposed to challenge it in the first place. In fact, the law itself was never an issue until homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, which in turn led to a referendum on same sex marriages being legalized in 2015, and what have you? The man of God cannot stand by and just say nothing. Thank God there's one thing they cannot change, and that's the old reliable King James Bible. If men would only realize how deadly a situation we're in. Removing God from the knowledge of the people? Well that's what happens when men forsake the way of Christ. Mind you, and unbeknownst to the latter, is that, we're on the brink of reaping the beginning of sorrows. We live in a time where marriage is no longer regarded as sacred, adultery is common place, and children born out of wedlock is on the increase. That's not to mention the number of sexually transmitted diseases that are on the increase - cf. Romans 1:2727. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.. Now you'd think that things can't get any worse, but they do. What about early childhood gender identity and sexuality? Well that's what they call it. If little Tommy want's to wear a dress, then let him; but don't tell him that dresses are only for girls. You might hurt his feelings, or worse still, he might continue doing it when he's older - Deuteronomy 22:55. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.. Have you ever heard the likes of it? No truer words are found in - Proverbs 22:66. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.. Then you have the social media contemporaries (or generation). One would need to be a complete simpleton to publicize their private life on the likes of those moronic social media platforms we all know to well, and what have you? I've known of parents posting pictures of their children for all the world to see, even peadophiles. Call it what you want, the fact still remains, it's top of the class on the stupid scale - Proverbs 29:1111. A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards., cf. Proverbs 10:1414. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.. Now to tone it down a little, the same amounts to nothing more than just plain old bragging. And in case you missed the point on bragging, well, bragging is just another form of boasting - James 4:1616. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil., cf. Matthew 6:2-42. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.. That's what it amounts to!
HOW DOES A MAN BECOME A PREACHER?
What does it mean to preach? What does the Bible have to say with regards to preaching? How do we know the difference between a godly preacher and someone who is not? Well, the Bible has a lot to say in terms of who is authorized and who is not authorized to preach. As interesting as it is, the question is a critical question, and one that needs to be answered. Now it goes without saying, that our answer must come from the Bible, that is, if we want to understand what the will of the Lord is. For the most part, men acknowledge the Bible as being God's word (not that God needs our approval), however, there are some who possess a tendency to undermine Bible authority, and in so doing, refuse to reverence the Bible as having the final say. Yet John said that the Bible would be the measure of judgement in the last day - John 12:4848. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.. We also need to consider which Bible is the most reliable in terms of translation. You see, all Bible's are not the same. That's something that should concern all of us. The amount of Bible versions we have in English is above and beyond measure. Unfortunately, many of the foreign language Bible's are direct translations of their English counterparts, therefore, making them unreliable also. Now the thing is, there's absolutely no need for that many Bible's in the English language, save for an ulterior motive. I'm conviced of two primary motives, namely, and in order of priority, to cause confusion (or invalidate and bring to naught) the authenticity of the Bible, and to merchandise on the vulnerability of the ignorant and unsuspecting. We're also of the understanding that there's no shortage of preachers, and if anything, too many, however, how many of those who say they preach after God, are really of God? Furthermore, it's not a question as to how honest a preacher is, which is very important in it's own right, but rather, does God allow just anyone to preach?
IS IT RIGHT TO COMPARE THE GODHEAD TO MAN?
Anthropomorphism! What is that? Well, you could say, something that has the same characteristics as a man, such as, the nature and likeness of a man. In fact, some men tend to pattern the Godhead after the likeness of man. Yet the Bible says that man was made in the image and likeness of God - Genesis 1:2727. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.. That's the opposite to what men tend to formulate in their imaginations. In saying that, if we want to learn about God, then we need to turn to the Bible if we want to know more about who he is, what he is, and our place as mere mortals in the framework of the creation. That's a longshot from fostering an illogical and inconclusive understanding of God from the thoughts of our vain imaginations - John 4:2424. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.. God, is not the name of God. God, is what the nature of God is called. However, God, as in, the first person of the Godhead, who is called the Father, his name is Jehovah - Psalm 83:1818. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.. God the Son, the Word, and the second person of the Godhead, he is called Jesus - Luke 1:3131. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.. The third person of the Godhead is called the Spirit of God, the Comforter, and the Holy Ghost - John 14:2626. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.. The three persons of the Godhead. As in, individual (or separate) persons, yet one God, and possessing one nature. The Bible teaches they are one, as in, oneness - 1 John 5:77. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (as explained). In saying that, God is also the Creator. Man is the created. Big difference! God is our paradigm in terms of origin, creation, and inherent characteristics, and not the other way around. God is eternal, having no beginning - Hebrews 7:33. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually., whereas, the physical part of man is fugacious by nature, that is, only here for a short time. The other part of man is eternal, in the sense of, spiritually eternal. Man possess a spirit in him - 1 Corinthians 2:1111. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.. In other words, the inner man - Ephesians 3:1616. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;. Man is a composite being, made of flesh and spirit. At death, a separation of body and spirit occurs - James 2:2626. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.. The one goes to the grave whilst the other returns to God - Ecclesiastes 12:77. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.. The scriptures thereby testify: That it's appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment - Hebrews 9:2727. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:.
Now as touching the Godhead, well, God is omniscient, as in, all knowing. Man is not. Man has to learn. That's why God gave us the Bible - 2 Timothy 2:1515. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth., cf. John 5:3939. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me., Matthew 28:2020. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen., Psalm 9:99. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.. If you don't learn, then you don't know. The math is simple. God is omnipresent, as in, everywhere at the same time. Man is not. Man has to travel to get from A to B. God is omnipotent (all powerful, almighty, supreme, and with unlimited power). Man is limited, as in, finite. The Bible calls man's time on earth, a season - Ecclesiastes 3:1-21. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;. A season is a period of time, whereas, eternal has no beginning and no end. Again, man is a composite being, that is, comprising of body and spirit. God is a Spirit - John 4:2424. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.. God is also the Father of spirits - Hebrews 12:99. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?. That means, God is the Creator of the spirit which is in a man - James 2:2626. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also..
IS THE FAITH OF CHRIST A COMPREHENSIVE FAITH?
Well Paul said, "He that cometh to God must believe that he is..." - Hebrews 11:66. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.. One of the first and fundamental principals of the oracles of God, is that, we believe God exists. If we don't believe that God exists, then our faith is in vain. In other words, useless. For instance, what we observe in the Catholic and Muslim faiths. They are founded on the premise of strict religious and sacerdotal control, whilst at the same time, they deny the power of God which is in Christ - 2 Timothy 3:55. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.. The Muslim religion (Islam), deny that Christ is the Son of God. That speaks for itself. As for the surety of salvation for those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God - Mark 1:11. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;, well, that's something that belongs only to the believer, notwithstanding, the Bible's emphasis on teaching, rather than, a personal or thought led belief. Paul said that he neither received it of man, neither was he taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ - Galatians 1:1212. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.. That's the fundamental difference between the religion of Jesus Christ and all other religions in the world. The religion of Jesus Christ came down from heaven by revelation. The other religions are all made up. In other words, a pack of lies. In saying that, the word faith as used in the New Testament (whenever there is a blessing dependent upon it), is always comprehensive in nature, that is, it's used under the figure of the synecdoche - James 2:2626. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.. The word synecdoche means, a part may stand for the whole - Acts 16:3131. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house., and a whole for the part - Hebrews 11:66. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.. We observe the same dispensation in Christ who was made to be sin for us - 2 Corinthians 5:2121. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.. As for Mohammad (the prophet of Islam), Mary (a Roman Catholic goddess), Joseph Smith (founder of Mormonism), Charles Taze Russell (founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses), Siddhartha Gautama (founder of Buddhism), Sanﾄ》ana Dharma (founder of Hinduism), and so on, well, they are not the power of God who can take away the sins of the world - 1 John 3:55. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin., cf. John 1:2929. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.. They were men with wild imaginations. In other words, deceived men. You see, those religions had their origins in the wisdom of this world, which the Bible calls, a devilish wisdom - James 3:1515. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish., cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1919. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.. The one thing that false religions do foster; is to draw the fools who believe in them, after them, and to where they are going, that is, to where Judas Iscariot is gone - Acts 1:2525. That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.. Is that where you are headed? If not, then it's time to learn what the Bible teaches with respect to saving your soul - James 1:2121. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.. After all, the giver of life is also the saver life - John 6:6363. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.. At the same time, there's a lot to be said with regards to teaching the truth.
ARE MEN AMENABLE TO THE LAW OF CHRIST?
In a word, yes. God no longer overlooks ignorance - Acts 17:3030. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:. The judgement is something that's going to effect each and every one of us. Christian or non-Christian, it's going to effect all of us in one way or another. Lack of knowledge on the part of men will change nothing in terms of the spirit returning to God. As I remarked earlier, all men have a spirit in them. Moreover, the Bible states, and in no uncertain terms, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment - Matthew 12:3636. That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.. That in itself is serious knowledge, and not something we should take lightly. Now I'm sure most of you heard the word inherent before? Inherent refers to something built-in, or intrinsic, such as, to naturally understand the difference between right and wrong. When we do something wrong, such as, to steal something, we know in our heart that is not right. We also know the thing that was stolen does not belong to us. Therefore, we know it is wrong. However, that doesn't mean we'll do what's right just because we know we done something wrong. The law of Christ is clear, in that, all unrighteousness is sin - 1 John 5:1717. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.. Unrighteousness is doing what is wrong. Therefore, all wrongdoing (unrighteousness) is sinful. As for sin, well, sin is a transgression of the law of Christ - 1 John 3:44. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.. Transgression is an act that goes against law, or in other words, to commit an illegal act. Law on the other hand, is a system of rules intended as a guiding influence. As the saying goes...