Imagine, in America, the law and the courts on the side of sin. If the public
teaching of Gods word is ruled as unlawful and forbidden, then it follows
that the printing and distribution of the Bible may well be declared
as hate speech as well.
The Pharisees posed this question to Jesus. What
thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or
not (Matt. 22:17)? The question was not asked for
information, but to entangle Jesus in a conflict between the
Roman kingdom and the kingdom that Christ preached (Matt. 22:15).
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why temp
ye me, ye hypocrites. Show me the tribute money. And they brought
unto him a penny. And he said unto them, Whose is the image and
superscription? They then say unto him Caesars. Then said he
unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are
Caesars; and unto God the things that are Gods
THE CRY TO KEEP POLITICS OUT OF THE CHURCH
With this answer, Jesus established the doctrine of
duel citizenship. Christians are citizens of a spiritual
kingdom, the church, and at the same time are citizens of a
carnal kingdom. We have obligations to both kingdoms. You
may recall that the apostle Paul was a Roman citizen and
exercised his rights as such. It follows that if one uses their
rights of citizenship, they are obligated to assume their
responsibilities as citizens. Christians are to obey civil law so
long as it does not conflict with Gods laws (Acts 5:29; Rom.
13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17).
The church is described by our Lord as the salt of the earth
and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-14). In order to be the
salt and the light of the world, there must of necessity be
interaction. The founders of this country (who gave us the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights) were rooted
and grounded in Biblical principles. With the rise of the false
doctrine of pacifism, the church withdrew from the battle and has
now allowed the atheists and secular humanists to chip away the
foundation of America. Just open your eyes and see what has taken
place in recent years. The enemy must be engaged where the battle
is being fought. Jesus fashioned a whip and drove the secular
humanists out of the temple of God (John 2:14-17). He was engaged
where the action was taking place.
SUCH YOU SAY WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN AMERICA
Today, the battle is raging in the congress, the Oval
office, and in the courts. The voice of Christians is not being
heard. Instead, they are in full retreat. They dont want to
get involved, not my responsibility, let someone else do it, too
busy to even write our elected officials or to make a phone call,
keep the church out of the conflict. Just who is it that is the
salt of the earth and the light of the world?
Jesus gave a parable of a man who sowed good seed, but
while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat
(Matt. 13:24-30). Many elders, preachers and others have been
asleep. Concerned with numbers, large congregations, and a social
gospel, they have been silent and acquiescing to societal
changes. They seek to keep the church out of politics, and for
that mater, any conflict whatsoever.
The silence of Christians has allowed the founding
principles of America to be undermined by the atheists, secular
humanists, evolutionists and moral degenerates. We have elected
politicians who are self-serving, who have gone along with the
power and money of the enemies of the Constitution and
Bill of Rights. Good laws have been twisted, perverted and
misinterpreted to serve evil men and women. And, sad to say, many
Christians have voted to elect such men and women,
knowing their desire to advance evil causes.
A Democratic controlled House, Senate, and President
recently passed a Hate Crimes Law. It is a law designed
to control free speech and to punish speech that progressives do
not like. Under this law, teaching Gods word (law) on
homosexuality has been deemed discrimination like racism. Stop
and think. The law itself is discrimination because it equates
race with a life-choice. This is a slap in the face of
minorities, most of whom, do not approve of homosexual conduct.
The making of such a law is certain to bring upon America the
wrath of God.
For godly people to speak out publicly against such
things as abortion and homosexual conduct has been declared by
the courts as illegal and subject to punishment. Imagine, in
America, the law and the courts on the side of sin.
If the public teaching of Gods word is ruled as
unlawful and forbidden, then it follows that the printing and
distribution of the Bible may well be declared as hate
speech as well. Did you know that when Congress was debating
the Hate Crimes Law in 2007 a motion was defeated that
said the printing and distribution of the Bible could be
prevented by this law. This motion protecting the Bible from the
Hate Crimes Law was actually DEFEATED by the liberal Democrat
majority in Congress.
Are you aware that our brothers and sisters just north of us
in Canada are being persecuted for teaching Gods word? And
that we in America are just in the beginning stages of this new
CHRISTIANS ARE NOW UNDER ASSAULT IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD
How is Hate Crime Speech being applied?
In 1997, the Ontario Human Rights Commission fined the
city of London and its mayor, Diane Haskett, 10,000 for
refusing to proclaim Gay Pride Friday. It also ordered
Haskett to make a public statement praising the
valuable contributions of gays and lesbians to her
In 2001, in Toronto, a printer named Scott Brockie was
fined 5,000 for refusing to print homosexually-themed stationery
for the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives.
In 2002, the Human Rights Commission in Saskatchewan,
Canada, ordered Hugh Owens and the Star Phoenix newspaper to pay
1,500 to three homosexual activists totaling 4,500 for publishing
an ad in the newspaper in 1997 quoting Bible verses regarding
homosexuality. The Bible verses were just referenced, not even
In 2005, a British Columbia Knights of Columbus council
was ordered to pay 2,000 plus their legal costs to two Lesbians
for refusing to allow its facility to be used for their
In January 2006, Catholic city councilman John DeCicco
of Kamloops, British Columbia, was fined 1,000 and required to
apologize for saying that homosexuality is not normal or
In June 2008, Stephen Boisson (a so-called Reverend)
was ordered to pay 7,000 for pain and suffering because
of a complaint by homosexual activists. He is also banned from
expressing opposition to homosexuality in any public forum. His
Crime? Writing a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate
newspaper in Alberta opposing homosexual activism in the public
elementary school curriculum. He wrote, Children as young as
5 and 6 years of age are being subjected to psychologically and
physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance
in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of
In June 2004, a Swedish (Reverend) Ake Green was sentenced
to one month in jail for calling homosexuality
BUT WE ARE PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION ARE WE NOT?
Congress shall make no law respecting the
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
government for a redress of grievances. (The first
amendment to the Constitution)
CAN IT GET ANY WORSE? YES, AND IT HAS
Here in America, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission
fined a Christian photography studio 6,000 for discrimination
against homosexuals. Elaine Hugunin and her husband John,
co-owners of the studio, politely declined to photograph a
lesbian couples commitment ceremony.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvanias Hate
Crimes law was used to jail a dozen Christians. On October
11, 2004, homosexual activists were celebrating National
Coming Out Day. The Christian group held a demonstration
ranging in age from a 17 year old girl to a 72 year old
grandmother, all of whom were taken to jail and spent the night
The next day, 5 of them, including the teenager, faced
8 charges, including 3 felonies under Pennsylvanias
Hate Crimes Law. Eventually, they were acquitted, but
the fact that they were jailed and charged at all should shock
all who care about liberty, freedom of speech and freedom of
Pedophiles (child rapists and child molesters) are protected
under this law as a (Sexual Minorit). An amendment to
explicitly prohibit protection of pedophiles (child rape and
molestation) under the law was defeated by a majority of
Democrats in Congress. Since passage of the law, homosexual
activists have already started to use the law to accuse preachers
and other Christians of inciting attacks against homosexuals
because of their public opposition to the homosexual agenda.
Whats next? Will this law be used to prevent the
printing and distribution of the Bible?
(Note: I wish to acknowledge that some of the
material used in this lesson was compiled by the
CHRISTIAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION.)
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WORSHIPPING GOD IN ONE PLACE #1
Garland M. Robinson
Since God is ONE and His people are ONE, it is Gods
will that we worship as ONE. There are no class distinctions or
positions of prominence in the Lords church. For ye are
all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as
many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond
nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are
all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [be] Christs, then
are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the
promise (Gal. 3:26-29).
There is to be no segregation or discrimination among
brethren. God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) and
neither should such exist among us. Jesus commanded that we call
no man our father upon the earth, as though we give
special honor to some and not to others (Matt. 23:5-12). We
cannot, by the authority of God, refer to any man as father,
reverend, right reverend, or even doctor (as is presently the
trend with many). Titles of distinction and honor do not exist in
the church with the Lords approval. Those who desire and/or
demand they be recognized because of their degrees do so to their
own shame and bring reproach upon our blessed Lord. Men love it
the Lord forbid it. We must obey God rather than men (cf.
God is ONE and declares that His people be ONE. The
Scriptures declare that we are all the children of God (Gal.
3:26) and that we have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7).
Our common association and bond is cemented to our common faith.
One of the ways in which we grow stronger is by our joint
participation (fellowship) in worship.
THE CALLED OUT
The English word church comes from the Greek word
ekklesia ek out of and
klesis a calling. It has to do with an assembly,
those who are called out of their present location to assemble
151 a gathering together. Weve been called out of the
kingdom of darkness and translated into the glorious kingdom of
Gods only begotten Son (Col. 1:13). The kingdom (body) of
the saved is the church for which Jesus died (cf. Eph. 1:22-23;
5:23; Col. 1:18).
A MATTER OF AUTHORITY
The word church is used in three senses in
the New Testament:
1) It is used in the universal sense. This is
the world-wide body of Christ. It is made up of all those who
obey the Gospel becoming Christians. Jesus spoke of it in
Matthew 16:18 when He said He would build His church. God adds
souls to the church when they are saved (Acts 2:41,47). Paul
speaks of the church universal in Ephesians 1:22-23 and
2) The church is spoken of in the local sense.
This refers to individual congregations that meet in various
locations. So it is that we find the church at Corinth, the
church at Ephesus, the church at Rome, the church at Philippi,
Thessalonica, Troas, etc. Seven local churches are addressed in
Revelation 2 & 3.
3) The church is spoken of in its assembled
state for specified acts of worship. The church at Troas came
together to break bread and Paul
preached to them (Acts 20:7) so did the
church at Corinth (1 Cor. 11:20; 14:23). In the Lords day
assemblies of the local church, members are to
give a free-will contribution which goes into the
common treasury from which the church does its work (1 Cor. 16:1-
2). Local churches were instructed to sing in
their assemblies (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Prayer
is also offered by brethren in the church (Acts 12:5).
It would be strange indeed, if every avenue of worship
present in the assembly was specified, and yet the very nature of
the assembly itself was not. However, even as every avenue of
worship is specified, so is the assembly itself. The assembly of
the saints was, and is, the coming together of the members of the
local congregation into one place as one group in order to
provoke one another unto love and good works, offering praise and
thanksgiving unto God (cf. Heb. 10:24; 13:15).
Hebrews 10:25 speaks of the assemblies of brethren in a
local congregation. Not forsaking the assembling of
our-selves together, as the manner of some is....
This verse commands every member of a local congregation to come
together constituting an assembly. It had become the habit
of some to forsake the assemblies of the local church of which
they were members. For various reasons, none of which were
legitimate, some did not deem the regular assembling of the
church to be important enough to attend. I suppose their thought
was that if its convenient Ill go and if its not
convenient I wont worry about it its no big deal.
Had they forgotten their calling? Had they so soon forgotten they
had been washed, redeemed and forgiven of their sins? Did they
not realize what a privilege it was to acceptably worship the
most high God? How sad, but it is just like so many today. I
cant say that some church members today are in good company
with some church members of the first century because such a
company is not in good standing with the Lord!
Jesus very clearly pointed out in Matthew 6:33 that we
must put the Lords kingdom/church and His righteousness
FIRST in our lives. To do otherwise is a wilful sin (cf. Heb.
10:26-31). It means one has forgotten he/she was purged from
his/her sins (cf. 2 Peter 1:9).
Putting the kingdom/church first means we do ALL the
Lord has commanded us to do. The principle of authority is stated
plainly in Colossians 3:17, And whatsoever ye DO in WORD
or DEED, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God and the Father by him. This means that everything we
SAY and everything we DO is to be done according to the
instructions (authority) of the Lord. It means we do WHAT He said
do. It means we do it WHEN He said do it. And, it means we do it
HOW He said do it.
There is a major difference between the church of our Lord
(the churches of Christ, Rom. 16:16), and denominations. Members
of the church of Christ ask, Is it right? members of
denominations ask, Is it wrong? Members of the church
of God ask, Did God say do it? while sectarians ask,
Did God say not do it? Members of the Lords church
ask, Does Christ authorize it? the followers of men
ask, Does Christ condemn it? Basically, the difference
is this: saints ask, Why sinners ask, Why
If we desire the truth, we must always be asking,
where does the Bible authorize this or that. For our
actions to be acceptable to God, we must act only in accordance
with Gods divine will. When questioned about an activity, we
must be able to point to a passage and say heres the
The Bible authorizes in three ways: 1) direct
command, 2) approved example, 3) that which
implied. When God tells sinners to repent and be
baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), that is a
direct command. When the church at Troas met upon the first day
of the week to eat the Lords supper (Acts 20:7), that is an
approved example. When Jesus said, Whosoever shall put away
his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry
another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put
away doth commit adultery (Matt. 19:9), it is implied that
those who put away their spouse because of their spouses
fornication and marry again, do not commit adultery. Thus, Bible
authority is derived in one or more of these three ways.
In the next issue, we will discuss splitting/dividing
our worship assemblies.
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RENDER TO GOD THE THINGS
THAT ARE GODS
Luke 20:22-25 says: Is it lawful for us to give
tribute unto Caesar, or no? But he perceived their craftiness,
and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? Shew me a penny. Whose image
and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesars.
And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things
which be Caesars, and unto God the things which be
When we read this passage we realize Jesus was showing
it is necessary to pay taxes even to unrighteous governments.
However, the other part of His answer is very important too. That
is, render to God the things that are Gods. With its
imprint, the Roman denarius showed it belonged to the
governments realm. In a similar fashion, Christians reveal
to whom they belong by the image and inscription which is upon
Whose image do we bear? It is Gods, for we were
created in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). Christians have a special
relationship with the Lord. As Paul said, we are predestined to
be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). He also wrote
that ...as we have borne the image of the earthy, we
shall also bear the image of the heavenly (1 Cor.
15:49). Additionally, whose inscription do we bear? It is
Christs, for as His disciples we are an epistle of Christ to
be read by all men (2 Cor. 3:2-3). It has rightly been said that
the only Bible some people will read is that found in the life of
a Christian. In Galatians 2:20, Paul said that Christ lives
in me. We need to remember that non-Christians are watching
and reading us. What will they see?
An important responsibility Christians have is to
remember that we ought to render to God the things that are
Gods. After all, every created thing belongs to God. We are
just stewards of His goods (Luke 16:1; 1 Cor. 4:1-2). What are
some examples of things we ought to give to Him?
Our very lives belong to God. Paul wrote, For
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are Gods (1 Cor. 6:20).
Jesus bought us with His shed blood (Acts 20:28). Therefore,
Christians belong to God in a special way. Accordingly, we are
told to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service
Every person was given life by God. That means even the
non-Christian is not his own (Ezek. 18:4). He owes his life to
God who gave him his spirit (Eccl. 12:7; Zech. 12:1). Long ago,
king Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall (mene, mene,
tekel, upharsin) and Daniel told him, ...the God in
whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast
thou not glorified (Dan. 5:23). Notice that even a
persons breath belongs to God! This makes sense since God
created the air and therefore it is His (Psa. 24:1).
King Belshazzar learned too late that he had a
responsibility to worship the God of heaven. Instead, he had
praised the gods made with human hands the gods of silver
and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone (Dan. 5:23). The one
thing that we can truly give of ourselves to God is worship. This
is because worship arises from the will of man. It requires a
conscious decision and the desire to praise the God of heaven.
The LORD created mankind with free will. He will never
force man in this world to do something against his will. He is
well pleased when we choose to offer Him our worship. Long ago
Jesus said: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the
true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:23).
Our worship is perhaps the most important thing we can render to
God which He rightly deserves (Isa. 42:8,12; Luke 17:18; Acts
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WHAT ASSEMBLING WITH THE
SAINTS WILL DO FOR YOU
The attitude of Whats in it for me? has
become so ingrained in the public that the religious world has
built facilities to accommodate both the spiritual and the
physical man. This is done all under the disguise of meeting
the needs spiritually, physically and emotionally. It would
not be surprising to learn many are erecting medical facilities
in their building. Thus, the whole mans needs, spiritually,
physically and emotionally will be met all in one complex. It
should not surprise us if many of our brethren follow in like
pursuit. After all, so many have patterned their appeal
after the denominational world!
Brethren, when the church assembles on the Lords
day, it is for one purpose and only one purpose, that being to
worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)! The
Lord has set forth only five acceptable expressions in New
Any addition or subtraction from these five authorized
areas of worship is without Bible authority (Col. 3:17) and is a
flagrant departure from the word of God (2 John 9-11; Rev.
- Singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16.
- Praying (Acts 2:42; 1 Thess. 5:17).
- Preaching (Acts 2:42).
- Lords Supper (1 Cor. 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
- Contribution (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
There are only three ways Scripture authorizes:
There is no doubt that orchestras, dramas, choruses,
testimonials, recreation and entertainment have an appeal to the
flesh. However, New Testament worship is not based on mans
likes and dislikes, but solely on biblical authority (Col. 3:17)!
The diligent student of Gods word quickly observes that all
of the aforementioned are the direct result of mans
departure from Gods word. Whenever biblical authority is set
aside, then, man will resort to his own devices, and when that
takes place, biblical chaos ensues!
- Direct command (Acts 10:48).
- An approved Bible example (Acts 20:7).
- Necessary inference or implication (Matt. 3:16).
When speaking of worship, the attitude of some is:
Whats in it for me? Well, that really depends on
what you bring with you. If you bring an attitude of sincerely
worshiping God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), then
you will receive the following:
With all of these and many other positive aspects, why
would any Christian not want to faithfully assemble with the
saints on the Lords Day (Heb. 10:23-25)?
- You will have a greater knowledge of Gods word (2
- You will be preparing for a better and happier life
(Phil. 4:4; 1 John 1:4)!
- You will be assured of the hope of eternal life for the
faithful (Rom. 8:24-25; Titus 1:2)!
- You will be drawn closer to God (John 4:23-24; James
- Your faith will be strengthened (Rom. 10:17; Col.
- You will acquire a deeper insight into the truth found
only in Gods word (James 1:25)!
- You will be admonished in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs (Col. 3:16)!
- You will have the fellowship of brethren who need your
strength and in turn will strengthen you (Acts 2:42)!
- You will be preparing for your eternal home with God,
Christ, the Holy Spirit and all the saved of all the ages (Rev.
- You will be prepared for the uneven journey of the many
wiles of the devil (Eph. 4:10-18).
- You will be strengthened in the Christian graces that
are needed in remaining faithful (2 Peter 1:5-13)!
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THE BOOK OF LIFE
The Bible speaks of the book of life in at least
fourteen verses. It is a book that belongs to God (Exodus 32:33).
It is being written by God (Exodus 32:32). It contains the names
of the righteous (Psa. 69:28). This great book is now in the
presence of God in heaven (Luke 10:20). At the day of judgment,
this book will be opened by God and only those names found
therein will enter heaven (Rev. 20:12,15; 21:27). Names in the
book of life are kept there by God as long as we serve him. John
wrote, He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in
white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book
of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before
his angels (Rev. 3:5). There is no clearer verse in all
the Bible on the possibility of a child of God falling from
grace. Although the Bible clearly teaches one can fall from
grace, men still will not accept this truth (Acts 9:4,5; Gal.
No one can get his name written in the book of life by
his own ability. Each name is added to the book of life by God
when one obeys his will. Every person who obeys is saved and is
added to the church of the Lord (Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:16). Every
person who fears (respects) the Lord and will obey Him will have
his name recorded in the book of life (Malachi 3:16). Everyone
should want his name in the book of life because no one wants to
live in hell (Rev. 20:15).
It will be a glorious day when Jesus returns and all
the saved go up to meet him in the air (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Jesus
will deliver the saved up to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24; Eph.
To obey the Lord and have your name written in the book
of life, follow these commands: Believe in Jesus (Mark
16:16), Repent of sins (Acts 2:38), Confess Jesus
as the Son of God (Rom. 10:9,10) and be Baptized in water
for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:16).
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WHY STUDY THE BIBLE
Why should we study the Bible? Why bother opening this book
to read it and try to learn its message? Why are preachers and
elders always encouraging us to read our Bible at home and other
places on our own? Christians get enough Bible on Sunday and
Wednesday, dont they? How important is it to read and study
the Bible? If we believe the Bible to be Gods word, which it
is, then we should see the importance in spending as much time as
possible reading it, and try to gain as much knowledge from it as
Why study the Bible? Here are twenty simple
Christians today do not know the Bible like Christians
did in the past. In many congregations of the church, preachers
and Bible class teachers are more concerned with pleasing the
listeners, entertaining the youth and keeping large crowds.
- God has commanded us to (John 5:39; Eph. 5:17).
- The Bible is the inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2
Peter 1:20,21; 2 Sam. 23:2; 1 Thess. 2:13).
- It is the only way to know Gods Thoughts and Will
for us (Isa. 55:8,9; 1 Cor. 2:9-16).
- It is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16).
- It builds us up (edifies), and is able to give us an
inheritance (Acts 20:32).
- It is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path
- It saves us (James 1:21).
- It throughly furnishes (equips) us unto all good works
(2 Tim. 3:15-17).
- It makes us wise (2 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 5:17).
- Its words endure forever and will not pass away (1
Peter 1:23-25; Matt. 24:35).
- It is through the Bible that we are called by God (2
- It is that by which we will be judged (John
- It is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the
truth (John 17:17; Titus 1:2).
- Faith comes from it, and nothing else (Rom.
- We study so that we will not sin (Psalm 119:11; 1 John
2:1; 1 Cor. 10:6-12).
- Those who search the scriptures are considered by God
to be noble (Acts 17:11).
- It reveals all we know about the church (Eph.
- We will be able to teach it to others (Heb. 5:12; 2
- We will be able to give an answer to every man who asks
about the hope in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15), contend for the
faith (Jude 3), and be set for the defense of the Gospel (Phil.
- We love God and His word (Psalm 119:97, 119, 127, 159,
We need elders who will make sure the flock is being
fed Gods word (Acts 20:28). Sometimes parents neglect their
duty to raise their children in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). But, sometimes, we
ourselves simply do not put forth enough effort in reading and
studying the Bible, Gods word, on our own.
Hearing it preached once or twice a week, or sitting in
two or three Bible classes a week (if we attend them all) is not
If something is getting in the way of our searching the
Scriptures daily, then we need to get rid of whatever that is in
our life, or learn how to manage our time better. A Christian who
is too busy to read Gods word daily, is too busy. Satan is
continually seeking Christians souls to destroy (1 Peter
5:8). When he gets one Christian to stop growing, that Christian
has died. So, let us read, study, and know Gods word so that
we can grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), and desire
the sincere milk of the word, that ye [we] may grow
thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
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ME AND MY BIG MOUTH!
Roger D. Campbell
I have said those five words before, and my guess is that
many of you have done the same. Maybe we have said them when we
let the cat out of the bag. Perhaps we heard others say
them after they volunteered to help in some way, then to their
regret, those that heard them offer their assistance immediately
took them up on the offer. Or, it may be that we have said,
Me and my big mouth on some occasion when we blurted
something out that unnecessarily hurt someones feelings or
revealed an unexpected, unpleasant truth. However, simply
exclaiming, Me and my big mouth does not really remedy
anything, does it?
Consider some truths that each of us should strive to
learn and remember about the expression, often made with a voice
of disappointment in self, Me and my big mouth.
1) We need to think before we speak. If we would
develop this habit, we would less often be compelled to think to
ourselves, Me and my big mouth. Proverbs 29:20 states,
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is
more hope of a fool than of him. Does not James 1:19
exhort us to be slow to speak?
2) We need to avoid boasting in our speech. If
we brag about our knowledge, ability, or experience, and someone
calls our hand on it or challenges us, we could be quite
embarrassed by the outcome. Whoso boasteth himself of a
false gift is like clouds and wind without rain (Prov.
25:14). If we do not use our tongue to boast, then we can cut
down the number of times when we feel like saying, Me and my
big mouth. A boasting tongue comes from a proud heart, and,
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the
LORD (Prov. 16:5).
3) If someone is going to control my tongue, it is
going to be me. Others can exhort me and may even attempt to
place restrictions on my speech, but when all is said and done,
only I can keep my tongue in place. Jesus taught that if our
hand, foot, or eye offends us by causing us to sin, then we
should cut if off or pluck it out (Mark
9:43,45,47). Would that principle not apply to the tongue as
well? If our tongue causes us to sin, then we need to cut if
off, not by literally removing it from our body, but by
taking whatever measures might be needed to keep it under
control. We all recognize just how difficult it can be to keep
our tongue in check. If we have gotten ourselves into trouble by
opening our big mouth, then we must work diligently to
discipline our speech over an extended period of time so that
people will eventually be able to say, He/she used to be a
real big mouth, but not anymore.
4) We should not make promises or commitments that
we will be unable or unwilling to keep. We may at times be
inclined to pledge that we will do something out of a desire to
please others or else just to get them out of our hair.
Our personal character is only as good as our integrity. God
is faithful because, when He speaks, mankind can count on
His fulfillment of that which He has stated. Are you and I known
as people of integrity, whose word is dependable and whose word
is their bond?
5) If I see I have a problem with my tongue, if I
know that I am perceived to be a big mouth or speak loudly and
non-stop, it is not something to try and laugh off. No, it is
a matter that I must try to correct. In the multitude of
words there wanteth not sin [sin is not lacking, NKJV]:
but he that refraineth his lips is wise (Prov.
10:19). How we use our tongues is a matter of choice. That is
right, you and I choose how we speak. If others form an opinion
about us based solely on how we speak, then let us speak in such
a way that they can truthfully perceive us to be people that
speak with grace, seasoned with salt (Col. 4:6), not as folks
that have to constantly mutter, Me and my big mouth.
6) Control of the tongue begins in the
heart/mind. Putting the clamps on a big mouth
begins with proper thinking. ...Out of the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure
of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of
the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things (Matt.
7) It is harmful to the reputation of the local
church when a child of God is known as a big mouth.
That description is often made of one that has a pattern of
speaking loudly or non-stop. Am I a big mouth? If so, I
am likely hindering the good name of the congregation of which I
am a member. All of us need to work to show ourselves to be
blameless, harmless, and without rebuke as we shine as
lights in the world (Phil. 2:15,16). If I have been a big
mouth in the past, I need to learn to tone it down.
With more self-discipline, all of us can cut down on
the number of times we are moved to say, Me and my big
mouth. Surely all would admit that our physical mouth is not
big one day and little the next. No, our speech is not at all
about the size of our physical mouth, be it large or small. It is
about the heart from which our words come. When it comes to our
speech, let us take great care and proceed with caution. May each
of us strive to use our tongue as an instrument of blessing
rather than cursing (James 3:10).
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