PROGRESSIVISM IS NOT PROGRESS
You would think that being progressive would be a good thing
a positive thing; because, when you think of being
progressive, you think of progress being positive, going
forward being better and improved.
Bing Dictionary defines progress this way:
- positive development: development, usually of a
gradual kind, toward achieving a goal or reaching a
- advance of human society: the general advance of
human society and industry over time toward a state of
- motion toward something: movement forward or
But in spite of the fact that it sounds similar,
progressives, and the ideology and direction of progressivism, is
not the same as progress. A striking and dangerous parallel
exists between progressivism in the political sense of the
word and progressivism in the religious realm. It is this
parallel we wish to explore in this article.
In the political realm, the term progressive has
different shades of meaning, but one basic concept of
progressivism, one characteristic of those who are called
progressives, is that of not wanting to be governed by the
In America, progressivism was conceived and took root
as our country was modernized. Advances in the scientific world
brought about advances in business and industry. Manufacturing
practices changed, electricity brought us new light,
and changes in transportation took us down new roads at faster
and faster speeds.
In light of these many advances, people began to
believe and argue that a modern country should not be governed
and controlled by a document that was 100+ years old.
Progressives believed (and still do today) that the constitution
of our country was (and is) out of date and out of touch.
Dennis Brady shows the view of Woodrow Wilson (1856-
1924, 28th president, from 1913-1921):
Woodrow Wilson believed the constitution
was outdated. He thought the founders had a
Newtonian view of government that
was static, he believed that the current
leadership of the nation should be able to
legislate without regard to the constraints
of the constitution, especially the limits
spelled out by the enumerated powers of the
federal government listed in the
constitution. He was the father of the modern
view of the constitution that it is a
Granted, the founders of our country, those who wrote and
eventually ratified our constitution, did not see it as a perfect
document. They even allowed an amendment process to change the
constitution when such was necessary. But this is not what
progressives want. They want the power to translate or even
ignore the plain intent of the constitution as they see fit.
Essentially he (Wilson, RS)
believed that the constitution means
anything the current president and congress
think it should mean with no regard to the
original intent of the founders
Movement-and-the-Transformation-of-American-Politics) brings out
this quote from Wilson:
All that progressives ask or desire, is
permission in an era when development,
evolution, is a scientific word to
interpret the Constitution according to the
Darwinian principle; all they ask is
recognition of the fact that a nation is a
living thing and not a machine.
By referring to the Darwinian principle, Wilson
meant that the interpretation of the constitution should
evolve rather than remain static (a fixed or
THE SPIRITUAL PARALLEL
Sadly, political progressivism is strikingly and obviously
parallel to what we observe in the spiritual realm. The United
Sates was established under the rules and restrictions of the
constitution. The church was established under the authority and
restrictions of the Gospel. Political progressives no longer wish
to be governed by the constitution. Spiritual progressives no
longer wish to be governed (ruled) by Gods word. And, make
no mistake about it, progressivism in the spiritual realm is
not progress; it is apostasy.
SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVISM IS NOT NEW
In fact, the whole of the restoration movement revolved
around the point of being governed only by the New Testament
going back to the Bible. Churches (that called themselves
Christian) had departed from the Bible and no longer looked to it
as their authority. Restorationists called men back to being
governed by Gods word and Gods word alone.
The crucial question is this: Are we going to be ruled
by the Bible or by man-made doctrines? The perilous and
blasphemous answer that rings from many pulpits is, No!
We will not be governed by the Bible with its strict rule of
conduct. Far too many are progressives. They reject the
old because they feel we need something new.
They feel the Bible is out of date and dont want to be ruled
or restricted by it. They are ready and willing to go beyond the
Bible because they feel it must be fluid, changing with time and
Few are bold enough to say what they mean and openly
declare that Gods word is out of touch. Instead, they call
for a new way of interpreting it a new hermeneutic which
allows it to mean whatever they want it to mean. Or, they claim
we can never truly understand the intent of the original authors
because we have a different cultural perspective so why try?
Or, they deny that the Bible addresses all of the spiritual needs
of modern man, therefore we need to go beyond it. Their thinking
is that a 2,000 year old document cannot possibly meet the needs
of modern man.
Some brazenly claim that the church, patterned after
the New Testament, is out of date not meeting the needs of
modern man. They claim this is because of how we have interpreted
and applied the Bible.
Those who contend for the faith (cf. Jude 3) and call
mens hearts and lives back to the old Jerusalem Gospel are
derogatorily called Bible thumpers. They literally
cannot imagine anyone who would cling to that old dilapidated
document called the Bible. We who love the truth are thought of
as ancient relics of the past who are out of touch with the
felt needs of modern man. They love telling us that we
are trying to answer questions that no one is asking. The
faithful know better than that. The trouble is not with us
quoting scripture and calling upon all men to repent and obey it
(Acts 17:30), the problem lies with people asking the wrong
questions. The Bible is right and always has the right answer to
whatever men face (cf. 1 Peter 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). This world
will never out-grow the Bible!
There were those in Old Testament times who did not want to
be ruled by the law of God.
THE NEW TESTAMENT ANTICIPATES AND CONDEMNS PROGRESSIVISM
In Jeremiah 6, we see those who rejected the
old paths and refused to live by it. Thus saith
the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old
paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find
rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk
therein (Jer. 6:16). These were spiritual
progressives. They did not want Gods old paths.
They rejected the old and sought a new, unapproved, unauthorized
We are not told the specifics regarding what God had
instructed regarding sacrifices in the early days of human
history (Gen. 4:3-5). But what we do know is that Abel
offered his sacrifice by faith, obeying what God had
told them to do, and Cain did not offer his sacrifice
by faith (Heb. 11:4). Since faith comes by hearing
Gods word (Rom. 10:17), Abel obeyed Gods word regarding
sacrifice and Cain did not. It was not progress for Cain to
depart from the revealed will of God; and, it is not progress for
men today to go beyond that which is written (2 John 9-11). It
does not matter how sincere we may be, to obey [is]
better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of
rams (1 Sam. 15:22).
Nadab and Abihu offered a strange fire that God
had not authorized (Lev. 10:1-2). They were destroyed by God for
refusing to obey the restrictions of his commands. They were not
satisfied with the old, they wanted something
new. They were progressives of ancient times, but they
By the standards of modern progressives, King
Saul was treated unfairly by God (1 Sam. 15). He was
commanded to kill the Amalekites, all of them, even their
livestock. It seems as if he had a new hermeneutic, a new way of
interpreting Gods commands. He kept Agag, the king of
Amalek, alive along with livestock for a sacrifice to God. In his
estimation (interpretation), he had obeyed God. First Samuel
15:13 says, And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto
him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the
commandment of the Lord. When Samuel challenged and
rebuked Saul for not obeying the commandment of God, Saul replied
that he had obeyed. But, in 1 Samuel 15:20 we read, And
Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord,
and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought
Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the
Amalekites. Regardless of his claim, he had disobeyed
God and it was not progress, it was rebellion (1 Sam. 15:23).
The Gospel of the New Covenant was intended for all
generations to come. In fact, departing from it in favor of
something new (progressivism) is clearly condemned in scripture.
SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES TODAY
Galatians 1:6-9, I marvel that ye are so soon
removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be
some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you,
let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If
any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have
received, let him be accursed.
2 John 9, Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He
that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father
and the Son. The word translated transgresseth
is the idea of going onward and beyond. Thayer defines it this
way: to proceed, go forward: in a bad sense, to go further
than is right or proper. Sounds like progressives espousing
progressivism! Evil indeed.
Jude 3, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to
write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to
write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
1 Timothy 4:1, 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. Progressives wish to depart from the faith, and
they do so in league with seducing spirits and demons. It
is not progress to leave the word of God to follow Satan.
This article is more than an intellectual exercise. Those
crying out for something new in the church today are
progressives. They are carried away (consumed) with
progressivism. They may not call themselves that, and they may
not appreciate being called that, but they are progressives just
the same. Progressivism is not progress in the right way not
in Gods Way! Its digression and apostasy.
THE CHURCH HAS A PERFECT, UNCHANGING CONSTITUTION
Lets consider some of the ways progressives have
rejected the Bible in favor of that which is new.
1) They reject the Bible as being adequate. Many want
to be ruled by the dictates of modern philosophy or psychology.
Thus saith the Lord has been replaced by thus
sayeth Frued or Skinner or Rogers.
2) Modern progressives think the church should be
shaped by the felt needs of modern Americans. They
preach sermons full of modern buzzwords and the newest fads, yet
sadly lacking in Gods word. They expose their weakness,
cowardice, and liberal direction by what they wont preach
the whole counsel of God. They are the opposite end of the
spectrum from Paul who held back nothing that was
profitable and declared all the counsel of God
(Acts 20:20,27). This progressivism is not progress.
3) Many seem to accept a strictly pragmatic,
utilitarian viewpoint in preaching and practice. This means they
will do whatever brings in the numbers. The cry is, We have
to be current. Forget Matthew 7:13-14! Lets be with the
many, not with the few. One wonders why progressives,
appealing to the masses and following the fads of the multitudes,
cannot feel the heat of the destruction that awaits them at the
end of the road.
In the moral realm, progressives are also revealing
1) Some have abandoned preaching about marriage,
divorce, and remarriage. After all, in our society, marriage
does not mean what it once did. In modern society, living
together without being married is commonplace. Marriage vows are
not as binding as mortgage contracts. Vast numbers of people have
been divorced and remarried without knowing anything about
Gods law on the matter. How can Matthew 19:9 possibly
address all of these modern issues? And so, many shift their
doctrinal position, or they simply leave out what God has to say
about the matter.
2) Those who will not preach against
homosexuality for fear of being out of touch are acting in
a progressive manner. The same with those who will not oppose
3) Those who vote for abortionists clearly do
not think we should be governed by Gods word. Gods word
clearly expects us to uphold the sanctity of innocent human life.
If we do not do so, in our votes and in our sermons, we are
refusing to be governed by Gods word.
As long as we have for our foundation the Rock of Ages, and
as long as we use for our constitution the timeless Bible, we
will never be out of touch or out of date.
1) Jesus claimed a timelessness for his words:
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not
pass away (Matt. 24:35).
2) It is only through the ageless, incorruptible Gospel
that men in our modern age can be born again: Being born
again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word
of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter
3) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto
you (1 Peter 1:25). Gods word meets all of our
needs regardless of how modern our world becomes.
4) 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
perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Tim.
5) According as his divine power hath given
unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through
the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and
virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
It really does not matter how or why men reject
Gods word. Nothing new can replace the perfect pattern.
There is no new need, no new cultural phenomenon, no popular fad,
and nothing about modern society that God did not anticipate in
his holy, inspired word.
Those who reject Gods word in favor of some newer
more modern standard are spiritual progressives. And, spiritual
progressivism is not progress. It is digression wrapped up in
bright paper with a pretty bow. It is a rotten egg with icing on
top. It is not progress, it is heresy. It is a departure from the
truth that sets us free (John 8:31-32).
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(WHEREVER ITS FOUND, EVEN IN POLITICS)
Garland M. Robinson
It is sad indeed, but many have more allegiance to politics
than they do the Lord. They will go to church, sing and pray,
give an offering and claim to be a faithful Christian, but their
real alliance is to their political agenda and party. Shame,
shame on them. Jesus said, But seek ye FIRST the kingdom
of God, and his righteousness... (Matt. 6:33). Unless I
misunderstand this verse, Jesus said NOTHING in all the world
compares to Him and His kingdom (church). The rest of the world
will perish, but his word and kingdom (church) will remain
forever (Matt. 16:18; Dan. 2:44).
The claim of those who want the faithful to be quite
about whats going in the political realm generally goes
something like this:
They wont always admit it out loud, but what they mean is:
I cannot find anything in the Bible about
Democrats or Republicans, Roe vs. Wade, Abortion,
Pro-choice, Pro-death, the U.S. Constitution,
Congress, White House, President, Vote, United
Nations, America, Federal Government, Candidates,
etc. etc. Therefore, we have no right to say
anything about them.
when we say something to condemn the evil that
exists in any of these areas, weve turned
away from God and the Bible and turned aside to
politics weve corrupted the church. Keep
politics out of the church!
Their real desire is to place the Bible in a box and use it
only when it suits them. They want to relegate it to the realms
of the far distant past or to some remote corner of the world
that does not affect them and the society in which they live.
They want to pull the Lord out of the box in secret and
wear Christianity on their sleeve only at church time.
They dont believe the Bible is Gods universal standard
of righteousness. Their contention is that it does not apply in
all walks of life, especially in politics. Does this sound
familiar? Do you know someone like this? The world and the church
is full of them!
If error, wickedness, corruption, SIN is found in the
work place, shall we not stand up for the Lords Way?
If we apply the Bible in that part of our lives, have we gone too
far? When sin and error raises its ugly head in the realm of
sports, shall we remain silent? When false doctrine and
error is set forth in schools, does Gods word not
apply there? What about the home? When it is corrupt and
evil, are we to say nothing about that which will condemn the
souls therein? What about in realm of entertainment where
so many live wicked and depraved lives? Shall we not proclaim
what the Bible says about lasciviousness (unbridled lust and
passion)? None of the realms mentioned here are
inherently evil. There is nothing necessarily evil about work,
play, learning and recreation. But, sinful practices and elements
are often brought into them by people who dont love the
truth. Are the sinful things done and promoted in all these
realms off limits? In what arena of world affairs does
the Bible not apply? Oh, in the realm of politics, you say? Where
do you read that in the Bible? I guess its in First
Are we to go into all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature except to those in the field of politics? Are
they protected from saving truth? Politics is not inherently evil
any more than the work place, sports, school and entertainment.
As a matter of fact, God ordained government (politics) in Romans
13. It serves an appropriate and meaningful purpose as described
in this chapter. But, just as in anything, evil can be brought
into it and when it is, Gods children will condemn and
expose it just as we will in any and all areas of life. The
righteous will not turn a blind eye to those who do evil,
regardless of where its found. The realm of
politics and ones political belief has nothing to
do with it. The fact that evil is condoned and practiced has
everything to do with it regardless of the party. Error is
error no matter where its found. Politics must not blind
ones eyes to the truth. When it does, youre in a sad
It must be comforting to think that the church and
Bible is what we do on Sunday and Wednesday, but does not apply
to where we GO, what we DO and what we SAY the rest of the time
(cf. Col. 3:17). Seems like John the immerser said something
about Herods adulterous marriage. For Herod had laid
hold on John, and bound him, and put [him] in prison for
Herodias sake, his brother Philips wife. For John said
unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her (Matt.
14:3-12). According to many, John should have stayed out of
politics and not mentioned anything to Herod about his adultery.
But, Johns orders from heaven did not inform him that
politics and the political realm is protected from examination
and exposure from the all-powerful word of God. On the contrary,
it informed him to preach the word in season and out of
season (cf. 2 Tim. 4:2).
Likewise, Jesus our Lord condemned the Pharisees and
Sadducees (Matt. 3:7; 5:20; 21:45; chapter 23) who were not only
religious figures of the day, they were political leaders as well
(cf. Mark 3:6). Matthew 16:6-12 makes it clear that Jesus was not
speaking of their political positions. He was speaking of their
doctrinal positions that which violated Gods word.
Matthew 22:23 tells us plainly that the Sadducees did not believe
in the resurrection. The Lord offended the Pharisees when he
exposed their hypocrisy (Matt. 15:11-14). However, He did not
speak of and/or condemn the Pharisees and Sadducees because they
were politicians or because of their political positions, he
condemned them because of the error they taught and practiced.
Are we not to follow the pattern of the Lord?
Jesus revealed to his apostles they would stand before
politicians. He did not command them to remain silent because
those in politics were off limits. He commanded them to
speak the truth, the saving Gospel. Behold, I send you
forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as
serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will
deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in
their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and
kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye
shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye
shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your
Father which speaketh in you (Matt. 10:16-20).
There are many things in this world that are not
inherently evil (in and of themselves). For example; the economy,
natural resources, foreign affairs, taxes, global warming,
immigration, etc. are things that are legislated by politicians
(the government). They are not particularly in the realm of
spiritual matters; therefore, its not appropriate for
preachers to give their opinions about them from the pulpit.
Its not the work of the church to either support or condemn
purely political positions that do not relate to spiritual truth.
In such matters, we can have differences of opinion and still be
in fellowship as brethren. But, even in these areas, abuses can
occur that affect Biblical principle; which, as a child of God,
we should not and must not support. (It is not the object of this
article to explore such abuses.)
Anything and everything in the political
arena (or any other area of life) that involves spiritual
matters, that affect the salvation of ones soul, are things
that must be spoken about. The truth must be set forth regarding
them. It matters not what political party one espouses, Gods
word is applicable to all. How dare anyone rise up and say error
cannot be exposed and the truth set forth because of
someones affiliation in politics. Gods word is
applicable, even in the political realm.
The church has no authority to venture into the realm
of politics (things that do not affect the soul things that
are neither right nor wrong in and of themselves). But, the
church MUST proceed full steam ahead into those areas that are
spiritual in nature (things that affect the soul).
Simply claiming that abortion (killing infants) and
homosexuality (sodomy, same sex marriage, etc.) are social
issues does not remove them from the jurisdiction of God.
Saying they are political matters does not make them right. The
world has long since tried to circumvent Gods law by seeking
to destroy it. Jehoiakim (the king of Judah) took the Scripture
God revealed to Jeremiah and burned it in the fire (Jer. 36). He
did not like what God said, so he disposed of it. Shall we accuse
Jeremiah of leaving the Word of God and getting into politics? He
was not dealing with politics, he was speaking of the corruption
and wickedness of the whole nation. He was doing what God
commanded him to do (Jer. 36:1-2,27-28,32). Shall we not do the
same? Yes, of course we should and must. The Word of God is to be
preached from the housetops!
Political figures, and the whole political realm, are
NOT immune to Gods judgment. Their teaching and practice is
subject to the Bible. The evil they do, the wickedness they
promote and the immoral behavior they endorse, must be exposed.
That is what preaching is all about! Paul wrote, And have
no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove [them] (Eph. 5:11).
What the Bible says regarding moral, ethical and
doctrinal matters is not political, these things are matters of
right and wrong, truth and error, heaven and hell. The world of
political correctness can call ungodliness and
immorality social issues all they want, but theres
a Lord in heaven who will judge them in the last day (John
Those ashamed of the Lord when it comes to the
political arena ought to repent before its too late.
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A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS IN
Roger D. Campbell
Deuteronomy 4:1-9 It was the 40th year and 11th month
of the journeys of the Israelites since their departure from
Egypt (Deut. 1:3). On the eastern side of the Jordan River, not
long before the Israelites crossed over into the land of promise,
Moses spoke to them. He reminded them of: 1) what God had done
for His people in the past, 2) how the Israelites had treated God
in the wilderness, and 3) what their duties to Him would be once
they were living in Canaan.
We recognize that Christians are not the fleshly nation
of Israel. We did not live in the days of Moses, and furthermore,
we do not live under the Law of Moses. Yet, from Moses
message to the Israelites of His era, there are a number of
helpful lessons that we can glean.
For our purposes, we are focusing our attention on a
few concepts that are recorded in Deuteronomy 4:1-9. These
principles are a formula for success in any generation. Do you
want to enjoy success in the spiritual realm? Do you want your
family to experience the same? If so, then the instructions that
are recorded in the early verses of Deuteronomy 4 have the
potential to help you and your loved ones have such success.
Lets take a look.
Hearken In this section, Moses
message for Israel began with these words, Now therefore
hearken [listen, NKJV], O Israel, unto the statutes and
unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye
may live... (4:1). It does not matter who it is or what
a persons circumstances are in life, here is the fundamental
key to genuine success: hearken/listen to what the God of heaven
has to say! A failure to do so is a 100% guarantee of spiritual
Leave Leave Gods Word Alone. Moses
further charged Gods people, Ye shall not add unto
the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought
from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I command you (4:2). That is clear enough, is it
not? Leave Gods word alone do not tamper with it or
alter it in any fashion. The God of all wisdom knows just what
man needs and He gives us perfect instructions. For humans to
take it upon themselves to improve on what God has said
by reducing or increasing His message is the height of foolish
Cleave After reminding Israel of the
disobedience of some that had led to their destruction from God,
Moses told them, But ye that did cleave unto the LORD
your God are alive every one of you this day (4:4). What
is the key to life? Cleaving unto the Lord! When Barnabas arrived
in Antioch of Syria to work with the brethren there, he
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would
cleave unto the Lord (Acts 11:23). I know that many of
us are striving to learn Gods word better, and I know that
we are trying to remain active in His work, but have we developed
our heart to the point that we are really cleaving to Him? All
the study and activity in the world goes for naught unless we are
really cleaving to the One who makes it all possible! Note also
that the one who truly cleaves to God is the one that cleaves to
and follows the Bible. There is no such thing as cleaving to the
Creator while not obeying what He says to do.
Be Wise As Moses spoke about Gods
statutes, he went on to tell the Israelites, Keep
therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your
understanding in the sight of the nations... (4:6).
Gods word has the potential to make us wise unto salvation
(2 Tim. 3:15). And, how do people show true wisdom? By doing what
the Lord says! The fear/reverence of Jehovah is the beginning of
wisdom (Prov. 9:10). Did not Jesus say that a person who hears
His words and then goes and does them is like a wise man that
built his house on the rock? He sure did (Matt. 7:24,25). When it
comes to wisdom, never forget this truth: 1) Wise people get
their main education from Gods word, and 2) Wise people
carry out in their lives what they learned from that word. It is
now fair to ask this personal question: Are you (and I) acting
wisely or foolishly?
Diligently Keep Yourself Only take
heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from
thy heart all the days of thy life... (4:9). At least
twice more in this chapter we read that God exhorted His people
to take heed unto themselves. Take ye therefore good heed
unto yourselves. ... Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget
the covenant of the LORD your God... (4:15,23). When God
tells His people to take heed, you know what that
means, dont you? It means to take heed!
The Israelites had seen and heard great things from
Jehovah. God did not want them to forgot them or their
significance. In fact, He said that He wanted the memory of those
deeds and laws to be in their heart all the days of thy
life (4:9). Brethren, with so much going on in our lives, it
can be a real challenge to keep the great teachings and blessings
of God stored up in our hearts. There is only one way for us to
keep our focus on God and His Cause, and that is to be diligent
as we take heed to ourselves.
Teach This, too, is a big one,
and it is just as important as the previous five principles we
have observed. When it came to the ways of God, what else did He
want the Israelites to do with them? Not just remember them, but
teach them: ...teach them thy sons, and thy sons
sons (4:9). Parents instructing their children from
Gods word and grandparents teaching their grandchildren
Gods truth. What a precious thought! Supreme love for
ones offspring is not shown by material gifts, but by
showing them the way of the Lord. That showing or
teaching takes two forms: 1) Informing them what the
Bible says and 2) Being a godly example for them. Parents and
grandparents, are we really putting in a serious effort to get
these matters right, or are we letting our offspring down by
neglecting our duty to them?
You may not share my sentiments, but I love the message
of Deuteronomy 4:1-9. I really am convinced that it gives us the
formula for success in Gods sight in any generation. Again,
what were those words of the Bible text on which we concentrated
in this study? Hearken, leave, cleave, be wise, diligently keep
yourself, and teach. These half-dozen principles provide a
wonderful potential for a whole lot of learning for those who
meditate upon and apply this truth. How about it?
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THINGS THAT ARE PRECIOUS
TO THE CHRISTIAN
Marvin L. Weir
This article will focus only on six things that are precious
to the child of God.
Gods love is precious to the Christian!
Without Gods love, there would be no hope for fallen
mankind. All accountable people sin (Rom. 3:10,23), and
the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). When one
sins he is separated from God (Isa. 59:1-2). One cannot simply
pardon himself from the sin he has committed. Without the love of
God providing a plan for reconciliation and redemption, sinners
would have no hope. To the Ephesian brethren Paul said,
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens
from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants
of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now
in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:12-13).
The passage often referred to as the golden text of the
Bible says, 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 (John 3:16). Think
about that little word so. God so loved that
He purposed, planned, and provided a way by which sinful man can
be forgiven of his sins and reconciled to God. Man would be
hopelessly lost were it not for the love of God!
Gods Word is precious to the Christian!
Spiritually speaking, man is not capable of directing his steps;
the way of man is not in himself (Jer. 10:23). A
trustworthy guide is needed, and ones emotions, feelings,
and opinions do not measure up to the challenge. The Psalmist
knew the answer and was right in saying, Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet, and light unto my path (Psa. 119:105). The
Word of God is right (Psa. 33:4),
pure (Psa. 119:140), true (Psa.
119:160), and settled in heaven (Psa. 119:89).
Gods complete will for mankind is revealed only
through His inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17). For the
preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but
unto us which are saved it is the power of God (1 Cor.
1:18). Paul reminds one that ...faith [cometh] by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). For one to be
saved he must hold fast to Gods Word (1 Cor.
15:2). Only the word of his grace can build us up and
give us the inheritance among all them that are
sanctified (Acts 20:32). The seed to be sown
before a lost and dying world is the Word of God (Luke 8:11).
Gods Word liveth and abideth forever (1 Pet.
1:23,25) and will judge all mankind in that Day (John 12:48). Put
your trust in the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17).
Heaven is precious to the Christian! There are
only two roads one can travel through this life one leads to
eternal life and the other to eternal ruin (Matt. 7:13-14). Hell
is to be avoided at all costs (Matt. 10:34-38). It has been
prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41) and
for those who know not God and obey not the
gospel (2 Thess. 1:8).
What a joy it will be for the faithful to get to Heaven
as God will ...wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither
shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed
away (Rev. 21:4). All of those written in the
Lambs book of life shall be in heaven but those who
worketh abomination or maketh a lie shall never enter
this precious place (Rev. 21:27).
Grace and mercy are precious to the Christian!
The apostle Paul says it best, ...for by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
Salvation is Gods wonderful gift, but salvation is not
unconditional. Gods wonderful grace covers only those who
love Him and submit to His will. As Jesus said, If a man
love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John
14:23). One cannot continue in a life of sin and expect Gods
grace to abound (Rom. 6:1).
Salvation is precious to the Christian! Paul
describes it like this: I have fought a good fight, I have
finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is
laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only,
but unto all them also that love his appearing (2 Tim.
Fellowship is precious to the Christian! How
wonderful it is to associate with those of like precious
faith (2 Pet. 1:1)! We dare not, however, fellowship those
walking in darkness (Eph. 5:11). To aid, support in any way,
participate with, or encourage those who are enemies of the cross
Let us be thankful for the fellowship that is ours in
Christ Jesus. How wonderful it is to be in the company of those
who love God!
Never forget the many things precious to the Christian!
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