CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM #1
The importance of Christians
knowing the truth about Islam
cannot be overstated. From their
respective beginnings, Islam spread
by the sword while Christianity
spread through reason and
There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.
Restated, Islam is practiced by nearly one in four human beings
alive today. The term Muslim refers to one who submits
to Allah, the Islamic god. Christians must prepare to face Islam.
Paul exhorted Christians to, Watch ye, stand fast in the
faith, quit you like men, be strong (1 Cor. 16:13). In
order for the church to carry out its mission of evangelism and
to safeguard itself against false doctrine, Christians must have
a working knowledge of other systems of belief and how they
contrast with the Faith...once delivered the
Gospel (Jude 3).
Pauls teaching demonstrates this point. His
familiarity with Greek philosophy is made evident in the book of
Acts and in his epistles. While preaching in Athens, Paul
explained that in God ...we live, and move, and have our
being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are
also his offspring (Acts 17:28). The poets alluded to
are Epimenides of Crete and Aratus. Paul quoted Epimendies again
in Titus 1:12. In his epistle to the church of Christ in Corinth,
Paul explained that evil company corrupts good habits (1 Cor.
15:33). This is similar to a quote from the Greek playwright
Menander. Pauls knowledge of Greek thought enabled him to
more effectively evangelize in their communities. He was familiar
with their culture and could tailor his approach to better point
them towards the salvation found only in Jesus the Christ (Acts
4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5).
The importance of Christians knowing the truth about
Islam cannot be overstated. The mouthpieces of diversity and
tolerance promote this religion, even as they denigrate
Christianity. Such individuals fall under the condemnation spoken
of through Isaiah. 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 (Isa.
Many individuals believe that Christians, Jews and
Muslims worship the same deity. They argue that Jehovah and Allah
are just different names for the same God. Consequently,
political and religious leaders call for interfaith
cooperation. In order to hold this position, one must cast aside
the teaching of the Bible and accept Islamic doctrine. Interfaith
cooperation is only possible when Christianity compromises and
submits to Islam. These points are substantiated in the following
In March 2013, Pope Francis held his first interfaith
gathering. He commented that Muslims worship the one living
and merciful God, and call upon him in prayer. His comment
reflected the position articulated on November 21, 1964 by the
Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium 16: But the plan of
salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the
first place among whom are the Muslims: these profess to hold the
faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one,
merciful God, mankinds judge on the last day. Is belief
in the Creator or the God of Abraham enough for salvation? Jesus
the Christ thought differently, declaring, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by
me (John 14:6).
In May 2016, Pope Francis spoke with the French
newspaper La Croix. He made this startling remark:
It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul
of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective
in Matthews Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all
nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest. From their
respective beginnings, Islam spread by the sword while
Christianity spread through reason and persuasion. What
faithful Christian has ever taken up physical arms in
order to spread the message of the Prince of Peace
(Isa. 9:6)? None! Physical conquest and political domination
cannot be compared to spiritual conversion.
On February 3, 2016, President Obama addressed the
Islamic Society of Baltimore. Throughout his speech, he equated
Allah with the God of the Bible and enjoined unity between
Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He quoted with approval a Muslim
who said in the name of God, the God of Abraham, Moses,
Jesus, and Muhammad. Did these four individuals truly
worship the same deity? Many in the United States are confused
It is one thing to denounce Islam as the false and
pernicious religion that it is, but how would one go about
proving this to others? Paul instructed Christians to
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming
the time. Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with
salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man
(Col. 4:5-6). He commanded the Ephesian brethren to have
no fellowship with the unfruitful work of darkness, but rather
reprove (expose) them (Eph. 5:11). It is not
enough to refrain from sinful activity or to condemn it when
among fellow Christians. Error must be publicly exposed for what
it is by the light of Gods Word.
In order to evaluate the claim that Christians and
Muslims follow the same deity and that Christianity and Islam are
therefore compatible and can coexist, it is necessary to compare
the teaching of the Bible with the teaching of Islam.
Subsequent articles will compare several Christian and
Islamic beliefs. This study is not intended as an academic
exercise in comparative religion. This is about truth and the
eternal destiny of billions of souls.
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CHANGING THE TREND OF
Garland M. Robinson
The Bible, Gods holy inspired
Word, is the only means of slowing
down and/or stopping the downward
trend of departure from the Truth.
Those who claim to be some-what in worldly thought
and deed think of themselves as ever increasing to higher and
higher degrees of social achievement. Truth be known, they are
the champions of leading the world into an ever increasing
downward spiral of digression in every realm, both socially and
spiritually. It has always been this way (while some generations
are better or worse than others). The apostle John was inspired
by God to write these words: the whole world lieth in
wickedness (1 John 5:19). That was Gods assessment
in the first century. How could it be any different than the
world of today?
The Bible, Gods holy inspired Word, is the only
means of slowing down and/or stopping this downward trend of
departure from the Truth. It has the power to transform minds,
which in turn transforms lives. Heaven tells us, ...the
gospel of Christ...is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth... (Rom.
1:16). Those who read its pages and absorb its precepts are those
who exhibit decency, morality, uprightness, honesty, veracity,
integrity and honor. These are the only people who are truly
fostering and advancing this world to be a better place.
Modernism, liberalism, progressivism makes no sense whatsoever!
These concepts and practices lead away from God, not toward God.
Liberalism can not and will not make the world a
better place, no matter how much they weep and wail.
Progressivism can not and will not do it, no matter how
much they protest, demonstrate, burn and destroy. They dont
have the truth on their side, and as a matter of fact, they
dont believe there is such a thing as truth!
When Pilate had the very embodiment of truth standing
directly in front of him (Jesus himself), his words of shame and
disgust were, what is truth? (John 18:38). He did not
believe such existed. Nor do the elites of today
believe it exists. But the Bible, particularly the New Testament,
is this worlds absolute standard of truth right and
wrong! Those who differ with it will find themselves on the wrong
side of God at the judgment and throughout all eternity. Why
wont they learn? Why wont they accept it? Why wont
they make an honest investigation into it? Isnt the answer
to these questions in the fact that they dont want the
truth? They dont want any restraint of their excessive and
Jesus said he came into the world to bear
witness unto the truth and that every one that
is of the truth heareth my voice (John 18:37). Those who
do not listen to Jesus do not know the truth. And, more
tragically, they do not love the truth. Truth exposes and brings
to light the evil works of darkness. This is exactly what every
Christian must also do according to Ephesians 5:11, And
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but
rather reprove [them]. The word reprove means
to expose the unfruitful works of darkness, take away the mask
that hides it, shed light upon it and show it for what it really
is. A bandage covers the most gruesome, ghastly, repulsive wound.
But when removed, a horrible injury can make us turn away our
face and not look upon it. The truth does the same thing to every
vice and wickedness perpetrated within the human race. It removes
its covering so we can see what is underneath and be horrified.
Why would anyone not want to see the truth that exposes its
adversary (error)? I dont understand. Do you? Jesus said,
...he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his
deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God
Jesus taught the way of God in truth (Matt. 22:16)
because he always told the truth (Luke 4:25; 9:27; 12:44; 21:3;
John 8:40,45; 16:7). Ephesians 4:21 says, the truth is in
Jesus. He was full of grace and truth and both came by
him (John 1:14,17). As a matter of fact, Jesus is the
way, the truth, and the life and no man comes unto the
Father, but by him (John 14:6).
Forgiveness of sins is only found in the shed blood of
Jesus the savior (Eph. 1:7). Those who turn from their sins in
humble obedience can be saved from the penalty of their sins.
Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the author of salvation to all who
believe (Rom. 1:16) and obey Him (Heb. 5:8-9). The
KEY to forgiveness of sins is ones faith and
obedience. One without the other is useless and void. By
inspiration, James recorded the words of the Holy Spirit,
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
alone. ... But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead? ... Ye see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only. ... For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also
Jesus said, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and
do not the things which I say (Luke 6:46)? He also said,
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21). Then
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF ye continue
in my word, THEN are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John
8:31-32). First Peter 1:22 says, Seeing ye have purified
your souls in obeying the truth.... James 1:18
records these words from heaven, Of his own will begat he
us with the word of truth....
The word of truth sets us apart from the rest
of the world (John 17:17). Worship is only acceptable to God when
its according to truth. Notice what Jesus said to
the woman at Jacobs well. ...True
worshippers...worship the Father in spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God
[is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in
spirit and in truth. Jesus told her that
worship, in order to be approved and accepted by God, is in
spirit (from the heart, genuine) and that is must be
done according to truth (Gods word, the Bible).
Its not enough to be sincere in worship. It must also
involve actions authorized by the Holy Scriptures (the New
Men can become so deeply captivated by error, so
accustomed to evil, that truth is seen as a radical concept.
Truth is strange so outside their box they
cant imagine it. Paul encountered this reaction while
preaching at Athens. Then certain philosophers of the
Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said,
What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter
forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them
Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him
unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new
doctrine, whereof thou speakest, [is]? For thou bringest
certain strange things to our ears: we would know
therefore what these things mean (Acts 17:18-20). Years
later while Paul was making his defense before Agrippa and
Festus, he reasoned with them concerning the resurrection of
Jesus, and while doing so Festus said with a loud voice,
Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee
mad. To them, the resurrection of the dead was
ridiculous to the point of madness! Pauls response was
to point them to the fact that he was not mad (insane)
but speaking words of truth and soberness (Acts
When one learns the truth (John 6:44-45) and obeys it
(Heb. 5:8-9) to become a Christian (Mark 16:16), their whole life
changes. Peter reminds us That he no longer should live
the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to
the will of God. For the time past of [our] life may suffice us
to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in
lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings,
and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange
that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking
evil of [you] (1 Peter 4:2-4). To the ungodly world,
living a moral, honest, decent, upright life is
strange. They cant imagine it. Yet, its the
only way to heaven.
Are you living according to the truth or according to
error? Only truth will save you from the penalty of your sins.
Are you ready to obey the Lord according to truth? Hear
the Gospel (Rom. 10:17), Believe it and what it says about
Jesus the Son of God (John 8:24), Repent of your sins
(Acts 2:38; 17:30), Confess him as the Son of God and
Savior of the world (Rom. 10:9-10), and be Baptized for
the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16;
1 Peter 3:21). You must then Live Faithful to him all your
life (1 Cor. 15:58; Rev. 2:10).
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GREAT GODLY WOMEN
There were many great women in the New Testament church.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mentioned for the last time in Acts
1:14 and with her were other women who were important in the life
of Jesus. In Acts 2 Peter quotes Joel reminding us that
daughters and handmaidens would receive gifts
of the Spirit, and we see this in the four daughters of Philip in
Acts 21:9. Acts 5:14 says believers were the more added
to the Lord, both men and women, and when Philip went
down to Samaria they were baptized both men and
women (Acts 8:12). Acts 8:3 and Acts 9:2 tells us that
women in the church endured persecutions along with the men.
Dorcas was distinguished for her good works and almsdeeds, and
Peter raised her from the dead (Acts 9:36-42). John Marks
mother, Mary, hosted a prayer meeting in her home in Acts 12:12-
17 and at that gathering was a damsel named Rhoda. Acts 16:1 and
2 Timothy 1:5 honors Lois and Euncie, the grandmother and mother
of Timothy, both for their faith and how they passed their faith
on to Timothy. Acts 16:14 tells of Lydia, a business woman, and a
worshiper of God, who with the women with her were the first to
receive the Gospel in Europe during Pauls second missionary
journey, and of her hospitality in hosting Paul and his company
in Philippi. When Paul preached in Thessalonica those who
believed included chief women not a few (Acts
17:4), and among the believers in Berea were honorable
women which were Greeks (Acts 17:12). Most mocked Paul
when he preached in Athens, but among those who heard was
a woman named Damaris. From Corinth, to Ephesus,
to Rome among Pauls fellow laborers were Priscilla and her
husband Aquila (Acts 18:18,26, and Rom. 16:3). The mothers of
Tyre brought their children to see Paul in Acts 21:4. There are
many women commended by name in the epistles.
Some search the Scriptures for women preachers
(Philips daughters in Acts 21:9?), women deacons (Phoebe in
Rom. 16:1?), and even women apostles (Junia in Rom. 16:7?), but
it is not possible to demonstrate that women in the New Testament
church filled the roles they filled in the same manner as men.
Paul clearly distinguished between the role of men and women in
the assemblies and in the positional leadership of the church in
1 Timothy 2:8-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.
Those who honor Pauls distinctions are accused of
relegating women second class citizens in the kingdom and
demeaning their potential contributions, but far to the contrary,
God honors women who serve with modesty, reverence, purity,
reserve, and inward quietness (1 Tim. 2:9-11, 1 Peter 3:1-4). Men
with titles and public roles receive a lot of attention, but God
sees not as man sees and in Gods eyes the greatest
among you will be your servant (Matt. 23:11).
I am convinced that faithful godly women have always
been among the greatest in the church. You may not find them in
the history books, but what of that, their names are written in
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POSTMODERN THOUGHT #1
Victor M. Eskew
The Christians battle is not
physical, but spiritual. It is a
battle for the minds of men and
women. Will you let the devil
influence your mind?
Thought influences behavior. The wise writer of Proverbs
affirms this in Proverbs 4:23. Keep thy heart with all
diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. The
heart is the center of reasoning, will, motives, and the emotions
of man. That which enters into this sanctuary of man will express
itself in behavior. For as he thinketh in his heart, so
is he... (Prov. 23:7).
Throughout the course of history, many thought
systems have existed. These thought systems influence the
thinking and the behavior of the citizens of nations. These
systems of thought spring from literary movements. Authors at
various points in history influence the minds of those who read
their works. In turn, the readers act in accordance with the
thoughts they have been given.
The Christian knows that the thought systems of man
often run contrary to the thinking of Christ and His holy Word.
When an evil thought system contradicts the Word of
God, war is ignited. Truth cannot let this evil system take root.
Paul understood this and wrote the following words to the church
at Corinth: But I beseech [you], that I may not be bold
when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be
bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to
the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after
the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:2-5). Paul
realized that the Christians battle is not physical, but
spiritual. It is a battle for the minds of men and women.
Strongholds, imaginations, and high things must be cast down in
order for Gods will to prevail.
With Bible knowledge at a very low ebb, the thought
systems of man and of Satan have permeated the thinking of the
citizens of the world, the United States and the church in a
negative way. Since the late 1800s unto the present, two evil
thought systems have infiltrated our nation. One of them is
called Modernism (late 1800s þ 1960s) and the other
is referred to as Postmodernism (1960s to the
present). Some of the tenets of modernism have been carried over
into this postmodern era. Postmodernism has taken modernism to a
higher level and has added to it additional ways to approach the
issues of todays world.
This article is the first of a series of articles where
we are going to examine five fundamental principles of postmodern
thinking: 1) Pluralism, 2) Relativism, 3) Tolerance, 4)
Secularism, 5) Pragmatism. These principles form the foundation
for the other beliefs that are advocated by postmodernists. When
these principles are understood, a person develops a better
understanding of what is happening to our nation and of what is
taking place in the church.
Some people might wonder how these systems of thought
infiltrate a nation of people. There are several venues that
disseminate the concepts of postmodernism. One avenue is our
colleges and universities. Colleges and universities house
the thinkers and many of the authors of our society. Many of
these scholars, professors, and authors believe the foundational
elements of postmodernism. They write, lecture, and teach about
these things regularly. All that goes into the minds of those who
hear these individuals involves postmodern thought. Youth go to
these houses of higher learning innocent, eager to
learn, and questioning the world around them. Their professors
take advantage of this and fill their sponge-like minds with the
poison of postmodern thought. Many of our youth come out of these
institutions as warriors on the side of postmodernism.
The media is another big proponent of postmodern
thought. Newscasters, journalists, and the guests that are
invited on their shows have been educated by the teachers of
postmodernism. Their media outlet gives them a way to advocate
for postmodern thought. Television, radio, newspapers, and
magazines push the postmodern agenda. These advocates make fun of
all those who oppose postmodern thinking. They call their
opponents dumb and uneducated. They would have all to believe
that those who promote godly thinking and moral values are high
school educated hicks who live lives in rural America
(middle America, between the East and West coasts) or
who are lowly factory workers in our cities. If you raise the
Bible in defense of Christian thought, you are brutally
persecuted. Your thoughts are said to be based upon myth,
superstition and man-made material that is old and irrelevant to
twenty-first century man.
Dear readers, we must come to understand that we are in
a war. Each of us must be willing to fight the good fight of
faith (1 Tim. 6:12). We must be willing to earnestly
contend for the faith (Jude 3). To do this, we must put on
the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10-17). We must learn
how to wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of
God (Eph. 6:17). We may have to repent of some of the false
teaching of postmodernism that has infiltrated our minds (Luke
13:3). Then, with courage and God on our side, we must go out
into the world in an effort to fill it with truth and
righteousness (Mark 16:15).
We pray that each reader will digest this series of
articles with eagerness. Then, let us go out into our communities
with a desire to cast down strongholds, imaginations, and high
things that oppose Gods will. We will replace this evil
thinking by bringing every thought of man into captivity to the
obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
NOTE: In the coming months, we are going to examine five
fundamental principles of postmodern thinking: Pluralism,
Relativism, Tolerance, Secularism, Pragmatism.
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ARE YOU READY FOR THE
DAY OF JUDGMENT?
It should be a very sobering thought to realize that each of
us will one day stand before Christ to be judged! Some 2,000
years ago Christ ascended to heaven. And when he had
spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a
cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked
stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, two men stood by them in
white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye
gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from
you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him
go into heaven (Acts 1:9-11).
When the return of Christ occurs, every person on earth
will instantly know. Truly the return of our Lord will be a
spectacular event! According to the Bible, His coming will be:
VISIBLE! Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and
all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so,
Amen (Rev. 1:7).
WITHOUT WARNING! For yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the
night (1 Thess. 5:2).
IN THE CLOUDS! Jesus said...Hereafter
shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,
and coming in the clouds of heaven (Matt. 26:64).
WITH ANGELS! For the Son of man shall
come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he
shall reward every man according to his works (Matt.
IN FLAMING FIRE! And to you who are
troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on
them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:7-8).
ALL THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED! Marvel not
at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have
done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done
evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
EARTH DESTROYED BY FIRE! But the day of
the Lord will come as a thief in the night: in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and works that are
therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
Observe carefully that all of these events will occur
simultaneously and instantaneously! The doctrines of the
so-called rapture, tribulation, and a thousand year reign of
Christ on earth are NOT taught in the Scriptures!
Christs second coming will declare the day of
judgment! The One who will judge is Jesus the Christ, for God has
committed all judgment to His Son. For the Father judgeth
no man, but hath committed all judgment to His Son (John
5:22). That which Christ will use to judge the souls of all
humanity is the word of God. 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 (John 12:48).
As we stand before Christ to be judged, we will stand
as individuals to give an account of our lives. So then
every one of us shall give account of himself to God
(Rom. 14:12; Also read 2 Cor. 5:10).
It will be a day of final reckoning! A day of
unspeakable joy for the faithful who will hear the welcome words
of our Lord and Savior, Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world (Matt. 25:34). But, it will be a time of horrific
sorrow of which the Lord warned time and time again:
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41; 2
Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:14-15)!
Beloved, are you ready for the day of judgment? I plead
with you, if you havent put Christ on in baptism for the
remission of sins, do so today! (Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27). If you
are an unfaithful child of God, we beg you to repent and return
to the Lord (James 5:19-10)!
Yes, the day of judgment is coming! Are you ready for
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CAN ONE BE DONE WITH
Marvin L. Weir
The thinking of many seems to be that one can ignore or cast
aside Gods Word and be done with it. The wisdom and
philosophies of men may encourage such erroneous thinking, but
the Holy Scriptures warn to the contrary. Could Israel cast aside
or turn from Gods Word and be done with it? No, and she was
so warned: But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will
not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my
statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not
do all my commandments, [but] that ye break my covenant: I also
will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror,
consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes,
and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain,
for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against
you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate
you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth
you (Lev. 26:14-17).
Today, in the New Testament age, these words from the
Lord are applicable to all: 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. For I
have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave
me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should
speak (John 12:48-49).
These words of James Smith should cause folks to
reflect seriously upon the sacred Word: The Book of God,
like the people of God, has, in every age, suffered persecution.
It has been tortured and ruptured, pierced and ridiculed, burned
and buried, but it has quenched the violence of fire, escaped the
edge of the sword, stopped the mouths of lions, and turned to
flight the armies of the aliens.
Let us learn a powerful lesson from one who decided to
cut out and burn Gods Word and be done with it. Regarding
The Command Was Given! The words of God are
simple and straightforward: And it came to pass in the
fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, [that]
this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Take thee a
roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have
spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against
all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of
Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the house of Judah
will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they
may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their
iniquity and their sin (Jer. 36:1-3).
These words were a solemn warning of tremendous
importance sent by a loving and merciful God. The Creator was
hoping that Judah would turn from her evil ways so He could
forgive her. The Gospel message today can be likened to these
words of Jeremiah to Judah. The Gospel is Gods power unto
salvation and must be obeyed if mankind is to be forgiven and
saved (Rom. 1:16).
The Command Was Heard! The king sent Jehudi to
fetch the roll and he read it in the ears of
the king and in the ears of all the princes that stood beside the
king (Jer. 36:21). What a blessing it is to be
privileged to hear the message of the Creator! After hearing,
however, follows the responsibility of accepting and obeying
Gods Word. Such a moment is not only critical in the life of
a king, but in every person that is privileged to be taught from
the Holy Scriptures.
The Command Was Rejected! The attitude of one
hearing the Word of God is of utmost importance. Jehoiakims
attitude toward this revelation from God is revealed in these
words: And it came to pass, [that] when Jehudi had read
three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast [it]
into the fire that [was] on the hearth, until all the roll was
consumed in the fire that [was] on the hearth (Jer.
36:23). It is the epitome of foolishness to rebel against and
cast aside the Word of God and believe that burning it destroys
Jehoiakim has many relatives today who eagerly use the
penknife on the Sacred Scriptures. Many folks who
profess to be religious and concerned about the souls of men use
the penknife on Gods plan of salvation. Baptism,
as a prerequisite to salvation, is cut from the Scriptures and
cast aside. The Lord says, He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved... (Mark 16:16). Penknife
preachers declare, He that believeth and is not
baptized shall be saved (Penknife 16:16).
After Peters declaration as to who He was, the
Lord promised, upon this rock I will build my
church (Matt. 16:18). Paul, by inspiration, taught that
Christ was given to be head over all things to the
church, which is his body (Eph. 1:22-23). Paul also
taught that there is one body (Eph. 4:4).
Penknife theologians and those who follow them encourage people
to attend the church of their choice.
It is a fact that an evil heart of unbelief
(Heb. 3:12) can cut to pieces Gods Holy Word. However, the
wonderful and encouraging truth is that the word of the
Lord abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:25). It was not
the roll (Jer. 36:23) that Jehoiakim despised, but the
God of the roll! There are many people today who would not dare
burn the Bible, but they nonetheless use their penknife
unmercifully on the sacred Word of God.
The Command Renewed! Jeremiah takes another
roll and all the words of the book which Jehoiakim
king of Judah had burned in the fire (Jer. 36:32) were
contained therein. God will not dispose of His laws because of
mans disdain for them. No man who rejects and seeks to
destroy Gods Word is done with it! Unbelief will not render
the Holy Scriptures useless.
Can one be done with Gods Word? Absolutely not! Do
not forget the Lord said, 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
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WRONG IS STILL WRONG
AND RIGHT IS STILL RIGHT
Roger D. Campbell
There are numerous Bible exhortations for Gods people
to follow that which is right and stay away from that which is
wrong. In the spiritual realm, it is God alone Who determines
what is right and what is not. Here are three New Testament
passages that point to the need for Christians to stay with what
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which
is good. ... Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with
good (Rom. 12:9,21).
Prove (test) all things; hold fast that
which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil (1
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but
that which is good (3 John 11).
Regardless of what happens in life, regardless of what
others do or say, the Lords will does not change. Wrong is
still wrong, and right is still right. Let us look at some
applications of this truth.
Wrong is still wrong, even if you are a King.
King David slept with another mans wife. But the thing
that David had done displeased the LORD (2 Sam. 11:27).
Wrong is still wrong, even if you are my brother in
the flesh. When Aaron led the Israelites in making a golden
calf, regardless of the fact that he was Moses older
brother, Moses properly called Aarons action a sin
Wrong is still wrong, even if you are my cousin.
Korahs rebellion against the authority of Moses and Aaron
was wrong, even though he was their cousin (Numbers 16:1-11).
Wrong is still wrong, even if you were faithful to
the Lord in the past. Good conduct in the past does not
offset or cover up present evil. The churches of Galatia had run
well, but someone later hindered them from obeying the truth
(Gal. 5:7). Past faithfulness does not negate current negligence.
Wrong is still wrong, even if you are a Gospel
preacher. When Peter acted as a hypocrite, Paul rebuked him
to his face (Gal. 2:11-14).
Wrong is still wrong, even if you are my friend.
None would doubt that Judas sinned when he betrayed Jesus, though
the Bible calls Judas the familiar friend of the
Messiah (Psalm 41:9).
Wrong is still wrong, even if many people support
wrongdoing. The Jewish leaders that wanted to see Jesus
killed got the backing of the multitudes in crying for
His death. Nonetheless, their action was evil (Matt. 27:17-24).
Now consider the other side of the picture.
Right is still right, and truth is still truth, even if
the one that tells me the truth is arrogant. His arrogance
is unacceptable, but if he shows me that the Bible says Jesus is
the Head of the church, then his arrogance does not change that
fact (Eph. 5:23).
Right is still right, and truth is still truth, even
though the one who tells me the truth is inconsistent in
their own life. One may not practice what he preaches
in the matter of being prejudiced toward others, but if he shows
me from James 2:1-9 that partiality and racial prejudice are
wrong, then the truth he has proven from the Bible is not negated
by his own personal inconsistency.
Right is still right, even if the one that tells me the
truth has a bad attitude. The one who points me to the
truth that Jesus wants us to seek the kingdom (church) first may
be an envious, bitter, grumpy man that simply cannot stand
people, but what he says about Jesus demand is still true
Right is still right and the truth is still the truth,
even if I do not like it. An advocate of a modern
Womens Rights group may not like what God says
about women not being allowed to have dominion over men in
spiritual activities, but Gods instruction remains true,
whether any human likes it or not (1 Tim. 2:11-14).
Right is still right, even if other people make fun
of it. Jesus endured mockery more than once, but His message
and course of action were correct, regardless of mens
We read about it in the Bible time and again. We see it
demonstrated in the lives of people in our generation over and
over again. People who are doing wrong often try to come up with
some kind of defense to justify their wrongdoing. They may be
able to smooth it over with others, but God still sees and knows.
Wrong is still wrong. At the same time, people who are told what
is right, either about religious truth or else the reality of
their own personal activities, sometimes try to dodge the truth
by appealing to some fault in the messenger of truth or in other
people. When all is said and done, however, right is still right.
May the Lord help each of us to have a love for that
which is right and an equally strong hatred for all that is wrong
in Gods eyes. May we each be committed to doing good and
abstaining from evil.
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