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Aug

19

Speaking In Tongues

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On the matter of speaking in tongues, it seems that there are a lot of misconceptions about it. Sadly, those who support it, have taken scripture out of context and tried to form their doctrines on this. The only way to settle this is by a rightful look at the Word of God and find out just exactly what the scriptures teaches (and what it does not). 

The first mention of tongues is found in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus was getting ready to ascend into heaven after His resurrection and He was giving last minute instructions to His disciples. Please note that He mentioned tongues AFTER He told them to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" He mentioned the signs that would "follow them that believe".  He mentioned five and He plainly stated that these were sign gifts. One of them was speaking in "new tongues". Notice He didn't say unknown tongues, but rather new tongues and He plainly said that they were signs.

It's interesting to note that those that use these scriptures, to defend speaking in tongues, seem to neglect or shy away from following the other signs. Jesus, however, didn't stop with new tongues but went to give all of them. He stated in Mark 16:17-18, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up deadly serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

It's saddening that those who vehemently cling to speaking in tongues only use part of what Jesus said (and even this is taken out of context) but shy away from the rest. Also look further in the text and you'll see the purpose of the sign gifts. In Mark 16:19-20, it states, "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, AND CONFIRMING THE WORD WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING. (Emphasis added by myself) Amen." So we see the Lord used these sign gifts for the purpose of confirming His Word. 

The writer of Hebrews affirms this in Hebrews 2:3-4, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, BOTH WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS AND WITH DIVERS MIRACLES, AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST, according to his own will."

People need to keep in mind that the canon of the New Testament had not been written as yet so God used these miracles and sign gifts to show that what the apostles were preaching was from God. The Book of Acts describes this transition phase. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost came in power and filled the believers in the place where they were assembled.  However, contrary to what tongue speaking proponents claim, this wasn't some gibberish that no one could understand. Notice what it says in Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with OTHER TONGUES (not unknown or gibberish) as the Spirit gave them utterance". There was a purpose to the Holy Ghost giving them this ability, for it goes on to say in verse 5-6 of the same chapter, "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE (emphasis added)". It goes on to list the languages in verse 7-11a the languages and notice the second part of verse 11, "we do hear them speak IN OUR TONGUES the wonderful works of God".

God never does anything without a purpose and this was no exception. God wanted those in Jerusalem to hear the Word of God and He gave the believers there the ability to speak it in the languages of those that were there. To further shed light on this subject, let's look at 1 Cor. chapter 14. Paul in essence rebukes the believers here because they were creating confusion in the church by all of them speaking in tongues and he tells them that in their zeal to speak in tongues, they were  1) seeking their own edification, rather than the church's edification (verses 4-5), 2) their tongues was serving no purpose (verse 9), he reiterates that tongues was a sign gift (verse 22), and he tells them that, by all of them speaking in tongues, it could have a hindering effect on those who come into their church (verse23).

It's interesting to note that Paul told them that their speaking in tongues was only to be done by 2 or 3 and there was to be an interpreter present or else they were to keep silent (verses 27-28). It also prohibited the women to speak out in the church (verses 34-35). I find it interesting that the majority of those who profess to speak in tongues are women! Someone rightfully said that, if you was to take the women out of the tongues movement, it would die a very quick death!

Another thing that I find interesting is that those who are involved in the tongues movement state emphatically that speaking in tongues is evidence of being filled with the Spirit and they try to use verses in the Book of Acts to back up their supposed doctrine. However, a careful look in the Book of Acts, will draw the honest reader to the conclusion that this is not the case. In Acts 4:31, they were filled with the Holy Ghost but they DID NOT speak in tongues! In Acts 8:17, the Samaritans received the Holy Ghost and yet there is no evidence that they spoke with tongues. In Acts 9:17-18, Saul (who later was named Paul) was filled with the Holy Ghost and yet there is no mention of him speaking with tongues.

Therefore we conclude that speaking in tongues is not an evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost. Again, to reiterate, the Book of Acts describes a transition period and it would not be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (2Tim. 2:15) to try to base doctrine on this time period. Another observation to take note of is found in 1 Cor. 12:28-30. Paul describes the believers as being members of the Body of Christ but notice the rhetorical question that he asks in verses 29-30, "Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES (emphasis added)? do all interpret?"

This would be strange language IF speaking in tongues was a sign of being filled with the Holy Ghost! Lastly, Paul implies, in 1 Cor. chapter 13, that the sign gifts were going to end. Notice in verses 8-10, "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, THEY SHALL CEASE (emphasis added); whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away".

It is my sincerest belief that the thing which is perfect is the completed written Word of God. Thank God we now have the completed Word of God with us today! The sign gifts (which tongues were a part of) have no further purpose. God now uses His completed Word and, therefore, we ought to stick to it as well. God doesn't need the sign gifts to confirm His Word. Instead those today with either receive His Word, or reject it! Thank God that I received it and I hope that you have too!

 

 

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Apr

03

Robotic Christianity

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Robotics, over the past few years, have become very popular with businesses, whether big or small. Robots are even beginning to replace some jobs that were done by humans. The business owners’ and/or managers’  reasoning is that robots 1) are never late for work, 2) they never miss work unless they malfunction and , even then, they can usually be fixed in a short time and put back to work, 3) they don’t argue with the supervisor about the type of work that they do, and 4) they don’t make unreasonable demands for increased wages (I personally think that it’s absurd to pay a person .00 a hour just to put a burger on a bun, but that’s my opinion). In fact, they don’t get paid at all.

Today you can find robotics at work in ever increasing numbers, from assembly lines to fast food restaurants in some places. However the down side to this is that robots have no feelings, no capabilities to show emotions, neither do they take pride in the job that they do. Also they just do what they’re programmed to do, no more no less. In other words, robots don’t go the second mile to do a job.  And while robotics may be a benefit to the secular world, it is a curse to the Christian life.

In Rev. 2:1-5, Jesus addresses this robotic type of Christian living. He states to the church at Ephesus in verses 2-3:

“I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted”.

Now in the average church and/or Christian, if these qualities were operating, they would be elated. After all, what pastor wouldn’t want their church, and the people’s lives, to be working and laboring like this? However we read the next verse and we find that Jesus wasn’t impressed with their mere outward display of service. Notice what He said in verse 4:

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love”.

What a rebuke! Jesus pointed out a problem that, sadly is all too common in today’s churches and in the lives of believers. They have no love in what they do, no fervency, no desire in all their labors. They were going through the motions without any heart in it. To put it bluntly, they had become “Robotic Christians”.

Far too often we’re guilty of reading our Bibles, praying, witnessing, going to church, etc., because “it’s the thing to do”. Our service has become more of a duty than a delight. Even worse, when we go through the motions of living for God and serving Him, we deceive ourselves into thinking that we’re pleasing Him when sadly the opposite is true!

Let’s ask ourselves these questions: Do we still have that love for God that we once had? Do we read God’s Word because we love doing so? Do we pray with an eagerness to talk to our Heavenly Father? Do we witness to people because we truly love them and want to see them saved? Or are we just going through these things because we “have to”, not because we want to?

Some may argue that doing these things, even though there is no love and fervency in it, is better than not doing them at all but that’s not what Jesus wants. He wants us to do what we do out of a heart full of love and fervency for Him.

Thankfully, there is a way out of this “Robotic Christianity”. Jesus gives us the solution in verse 5a. He states:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;”

Let’s break this down. First of all, we need to remember. Jesus said, “Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen”. In other words, remember the time when you were in love with God and the things of God. Remember the love and the fervency you had back then and compare it to how you are now.

Next, he tells us to repent, quoting the portion of the verse “and repent”. This requires us to stop making excuses for our “robotic” condition, quit trying to justify it, but to label it as sin, and accept full responsibility for it and be willing to turn from it.

Finally, we need to return to the place where we left. Jesus said, “and do the first works”. Go back to where you had that love and fervency for Him. Those of you who are reading this know the place where you started losing your fervency and when your love started growing cold. Go back to that place. Renew yourself unto God. This may require you to put away the thing(s) that put out the fire in your soul but isn’t it worth it to experience that closeness, that intimacy with God again?

Robotics is truly a great invention but God doesn’t want robots, He wants people who love Him with all of their heart. Will you be one of those people?





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Mar

31

Hell

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HELL
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There's a day of judgment coming
Somewhere in eternity.
All the books will then be opened
For the entire world to see.
All your sins of life will be there;
You will meet them without fail.
Then they'll follow you forever
Through eternity in HELL!!!!

As you bow there in God's presence
To review your life of sin,
With a fear that overcomes you,
Knowing hell will soon begin.
You'll regret your own existence
As you cry to no avail;
Knowing there shall be no pardons
From that awful place called HELL!!!!

Then to hear, "Depart, ye cursed,"
Into everlasting fire,
To join the countless multitudes
That cry in hell's sad choir;
Than gnash their teeth and bite their tongues,
And scream and weep and wail,
With the devil and his angels, 
In the flaming pits of HELL!!!!

Then to plunge through outer darkness,
With your screaming soul aflame;
A thousand tongues will ne'er describe
The anguish and the shame.
A million years will pass away, 
Yet the pain will still prevail;
For ever and ever and ever;
In that endless place called HELL!!!!

You'll be there with the hypocrites, 
That lived with you on earth;
All all those good religious folk,
That knew God's new birth.
You'll be there with perverted minds,
With thoughts too vile to tell, 
That will torment you forever, 
As your lost soul screams through HELL!!!!

The lost are blind and cannot see, 
Depraved from Adam's fall;
That's why God sent His only Son
For man to heed His call.
"Come all ye thirsty sinners."
Christ Jesus is the well.
Don't take a substitute from man
And damn your soul to HELL!!!!








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Mar

28

Get Up!

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Let’s face it. There are going to be times in our Christian walk that we fall. It is inevitable! We can have the best laid plans, have all of our “ducks in a row”, and still failure will find us. It’s no wonder that Job said in Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman (and I don’t know of any person that isn’t, insertion mine) is of few days, and full of trouble.”

Even most of the greatest achievers in history have, and many several times, experienced failure and have been “knocked to the canvas”. All of us have experienced this, believers and non-believers alike, However I read something very interesting in Proverbs 24:16a, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” Here we see the difference between a “setback” and total failure. Someone rightfully said, “The shame is not in getting knocked down, the shame is not getting up again”.

Notice some things about this verse. We see, first of all, the description of this person. The Bible describes him as a “just man”. It didn’t say that he extra strong, that he was unique, or even that he has extraordinary abilities. This was a man who had the right character. This was a man who had a right relationship with God. Far too often the reason that people can’t (or won’t) after life has knocked them down, is because they’re away from God and, therefore, don’t have His strength to get up again.

That’s why skid row is filled with drunks and bums who were once doctors, lawyers, and other prominent people in society but didn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and, as a result, shipwrecked their lives, many of which are beyond repair!

Another thing to notice is the downfall of this man. Notice that the verse said that he “falleth seven times”. More often than not, failure occurs for everyone to see. You can be sure that, when a Christian falls flat on his or her face, the devil will do his best to make a public show of it! Not only that but notice the frequency of his falling. It says that it mentions that he falls “seven times”.

Seven in the bible is the number of completion. So this could speak of, not only the frequency of his falling, but the completeness of it as well. In fact, it could be so bad that it may be easier just to give up and stay down. However, the next part separates the just man from the unjust man, or what defines a “setback” and “total failure”. The verse goes on to say, “and riseth up again”.

I’m sure most, if not all, of us heard the phrase “You can’t keep a good man down”. This certainly is true about a just person! Notice the just person’s determination. First of all, a just person accepts responsibility for how he or she responds. They don’t wallow in self-pity and their “misfortune”, nor do they complain about being a “victim of circumstances”. They realize that they may not have been able to avoid getting knocked down, but they do know that it’s their choice whether or not to get back up again.

As a result, they make a resolve to get back up again, dust themselves off, learn from their experience, and go on for the honor and glory of God. The just person is not a quitter and his or her actions and attitude proves it.

Yes, we all will fall, sometimes very hard! However, it’s our choice to either stay down or get back up again, to continue the fight of faith. God help us to make the right choice!  

 

 

 

 

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Mar

24

God Would Not Pardon

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In reading II Kings 24:3-4, the judgment of God started coming against the land of Judah.  Judah had rebelled against the LORD for so long but the sins that Manasseh, the king of Judah, was the final straw! However, not only did God send judgment against Judah for Manasseh's sins, God also sent judgment because of the innocent blood that he shed. In fact, it was so much that the Bible declared that Jerusalem was filled with innocent blood! After this statement of Jerusalem being filled with innocent blood, comes these horrific words, "which the LORD would not pardon".

They have crossed the line of God's mercy, love and forgiveness and, as a result, God's wrath was poured out upon them! This reminds me so much of the United States and it makes me wonder how long will it be until God has finally has had enough and starts raining His wrath and judgment upon this country!

I see report after report of people mocking God and His righteousness, which is bad enough, but since the Supreme Court decision in 1973 (commonly referred to as "Roe vs Wade"), it gave women the "right" to basically murder their unborn children! Since that insidious ruling, 1.5 million on average are being murdered each year!

The worst part about it is that we, the taxpayers, are giving out tax dollars to organizations that either perform abortions or promote them! To further aid in the degradation of this country, we have got so called religious people, who are an insult and mockery of true Christianity, who support these barbaric genocide practices!

One so called doctor, who claims to be a Christian, is said to have written a book entitled "Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice" (you can read the article by Clicking Here)! I find it interesting that, in his interview, that this murderer never used scripture to back up his psychopathic reasoning, nor can he!

I wish that this person (and I use the word "person" loosely) was the only one with this warped reasoning (although one person is one too many!) but other religious leaders, who call themselves "Christian" are siding with those who are shedding innocent blood under the guise of "Choice" and "Compassion".

I see two things wrong with this: 1) Everyone is always talking about a "woman's right to choose" but what about the baby's choice? Another thing to consider is that half of the babies that are born are girls but yet these future women aren't being given the right to choose.  2) As far as "showing compassion", I would like someone to explain to me how it's "showing compassion" to murder a baby (unborn or otherwise) in cold blood!

God only knows how many babies have been butchered in this country, and how many more will yet be murdered. There is coming a day when God will finally have enough of the bloodshed and, just like Judah who suffered God's wrath and judgment for filling the city of Jerusalem with the blood of the innocents, which God would not pardon, so too will God won't pardon the innocent blood that has been shed through abortion, but will rain down His wrath and judgment upon this country! I'm afraid that it may be nearer than we realize!

 

 

 

 

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