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Bible Study 10:00 am
Worship 11:00 am
Bible Study: 7:00pm
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*Note: To see the Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) debate topic “Water Baptism vs Faith Alone” video with Jack Honeycutt of Willette church of Christ and Michael Brawner, A Missionary Baptist Preacher. Part I and Part II, click on “Links” in the above heading.
Sunday Sermons May 29, 2016
Morning: Our Citizenship—Philippians 3:20-21
Evening: We Have Something To Prove—Romans 12:1-2
Our television program, THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL, has been approved to appear on the Gospel Broadcasting Network airing to Chattanooga over EPB Cable Channel 152 at 3 p.m. every Saturday. This adds to our distribution of the 30-minute program which has been airing over KWNTV7 out of Trenton, GA for more than a year now.
“LOVE NOT THE WORLD”
The disciple whom Jesus loved urged Christians not to love the world. He said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).
Have you ever noticed how many lyrics within the songs we sing in worship echo this truth. Here are a few. See how many you recognize.
“This world is not my home. I just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”
“To Canaan’s land I’m on my way where the soul of man never dies. My darkest night will turn to day where the soul never dies.”
“There’s a beautiful place called heaven. It is written above the bright blue where the good who from earth ties are riven live and love an eternity through.”
“Earth holds no treasures but perish with using however precious they be, yet there’s a country to which I am going. Heaven holds all to me.”
“Sing to me of heaven. Sing that song of peace. From the toils that bind me it will bring release. Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so. Showers of great blessings over my heart will flow.”
“No tears in heaven. No sorrows given. All will be glory in that land. There’ll be no sadness; all will be gladness when we shall reach that happy land.”
“Some glad morning when this life if over I’ll fly away to a home on God’s celestial shore. I’ll fly away.”
“I am a poor wayfaring stranger. While traveling through this world of woe. Yet, there’s no sickness toil or danger to that bright world to which I go.”
All these thoughts and more help us not to love the world. May it be now and ever that our lives reflect these sentiments in the priorities with which we order our daily and weekly activities. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
Are you saying we can just do whatever we want to do and we’ll be saved? No. The title comes from a verse in the Bible which says, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13).
In the sermon this past Lord’s day evening, I was pleading for more “fear and trembling” in the church today because there is an observable void of it. We studied the word “trembling” from the Blue Letter Bible. It says,
tro,moj—“A trembling or quaking with fear. ‘With fear and trembling,’ used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability completely to meet all requirements, but religiously does his utmost to fulfill his duty.”
Points with power from the definition include: One, we’re to be confident in living the Christian life without becoming over confident to the diminishing of our duty to God. Two, “fear and trembling” is an appropriate motivation for our obedience, and we make no apology for urging men and women to have this frame of mind about it in serving the Lord today. Three, an abiding concern that we are doing all the Lord has called upon us to do is woven into the fabric of Christianity, but believing false teaching has caused many to be wearing a frayed spiritual garment. Four, a capable Christian man responding to an assignment to lead a prayer, wait on the Lord’s table, or read the Scripture in worship should be more responsive to serve doing his “utmost to fulfill his duty” than is common today. Five, the need for the attitude of “fear and trembling” as a motivation to attend the services of the church is being callously trodden under foot by many. Comparatively, if many Christians applied the same habit they have established in their sporadic attendance to their employment they would be summarily fired; if they were in the military service they would be court martialed; and if they treated their spouse in that way they would be divorced.
God told the world long ago about the person who may gain His favor. God has said, “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:1-2). “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY
You may have read about this subject in the Times Free Press a couple of weeks ago. Terry Mattingly wrote an article about “Dealing with messiness of modern marriage.”1 In it he told us about “a 60,000-word apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis” on marriage. We should never expect a person, who has taken a vow of celibacy himself and is responsible for ensuring that millions of other adherents of his church do likewise, to speak the truth especially on the subject of marriage and the family. We must bear in mind that a true apostle—not one with a self-imposed air of authority like himself—wrote definitively in opposition to celibacy as a religious trait or “holy order.” The apostle Paul wrote,
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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
You know the Catholics are all about Latin, so the Pope’s lengthy discussion of marriage is called Amoris Laetitia meaning “on love in the family.” Instead of strengthening or even reflecting what the Bible teaches “on love in the family,” this communication bows to the sin-sickness of humanity on the subject like the Israelites bowed before the golden calf. Here’s an excerpt,
I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium [i.e., the Catholic Church]. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church [i.e., the Catholic Church], but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. …Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.2
This religious celibate, “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God,” just voiced the Catholic Church’s acceptance of the LGBT agenda here in the United States of America (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The sickening lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender element in the USA, now strongly supported by our government in all three branches, legislative, judicial, and executive, has the backing of the Catholic Church. Instead of this billion member church upholding the biblical teaching on marriage found in such verses as Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:1-12; Ephesians 5:21-33, and Hebrews 13:4, it’s corrupt head has embraced the wrath of God detailed in Romans 1:18-32. Pope Francis seeks worldly popularity and power at the expense of Bible teaching “on love in the family.”
1Terry Mattingly, Times Free Press, Saturday, April 16, 2016, E1.
2Ibid., p. E4.
Archaeology Proves Liberal Theologians Wrong Again
Discovery News reporting on biblical archaeology carried an article April 11, 2016, confirming the Old Testament was written earlier than the 2nd Century B.C. The title of the article written by Jennifer Viegas is “Bible Was Written Earlier, Ancient Notes Suggest.” While the article does not support the correct biblical truth that Moses wrote the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) in 1500 B.C., it does prove liberal theologians wrong who promote the view that books like Daniel were written in the 2nd Century B. C. instead of the 6th Century B.C. as must be true for Daniel to be an historical character and the content of his book to be inspired of God.
Here’s why this is important to us. In their book, God’s Holy Fire, authored by Abilene Christian University professors from their so-called College of Biblical Studies, the authors rip the prophet Daniel from his 6th Century B.C. setting and plop him into the 2nd Century B.C. even though the prophet Ezekiel specifically affirmed his contemporary place along with him in the 6th Century B.C. (See: Ezekiel 14:14, 20). Kenneth L. Cukrowski, Mark W. Hamilton, and James W. Thompson wrote, “Daniel was primarily concerned to show that God had acted in the past and would act again among Jews groaning under the misrule of the Greek-speaking Seleucid kings of the second century B.C.” (Cukrowski, pages 143-144, emphasis added). Search in vain if you will to find where these “scholars” believe Daniel actually lived in the 6th Century B.C. They have taken the position the material known as the book of Daniel was handed down through oral tradition and codified in the 2nd Century B.C.
Viegas gives us more information on this particular archaeological find, “Finkelstein, lead author Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin and their team used novel image processing and computer analysis to investigate 16 inscriptions from the desert fortress of Arad, located west of the Dead Sea. The inscriptions, which are correspondence concerning military matters, date to 600 B.C. and were made by putting ink script on ceramic shards [known as ostraca].”3 These “contain military commands regarding the movement of troops and provision of wine, oil and flour among the men. One mentions ‘the king of Judah’ and another ‘the house of YHWH,’ in reference to the Temple in Jerusalem.”4
Christopher Rollston, an associate professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures at George Washington University, “believes other inscriptional evidence from the region dates to the late 9th and 8th centuries B.C., and therefore thinks ‘that some portions of the Bible could have been written even earlier than the Tel Aviv study suggests.’” Viegas also said, “As Thomas Römer, a professor at the University of Lausanne and the Collège de France, Paris, told Discovery News, the study ‘shows that there was an important degree of literacy already in the 7th century B.C., and that we should not postulate a first edition of the biblical text in the exilic or postexilic periods.’”
We have believed this all along, and this discovery makes it more difficult for opponents of the Bible to retain any credibility with informed people.
2Cukrowski, Kenneth L.; Mark W. Hamilton; and James W. Thompson (2002) God’s Holy Fire the nature and function of Scripture (Abilene, TX: ACU Press).
". . and upon this rock I will build my church . ." -- Matthew 16:18.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.