QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION #1
Robert R. Taylor, Jr.
I have received a number of inquiries relative to the
English Standard Version (ESV), a twenty-first century
WEAK RENDERINGS OF PORNEIA AND MOICHEIA
I did not buy this version when it first came out in
2001 but did purchase a copy in April of 2007. I have not read
all it has in the Old Testament but have read and studied closely
what it has in the New Testament. With one exception, all my
questions will pertain to the New Testament.
Just because it is a new version does not insure it is
better than the KJV (King James Version) or the ASV
(American Standard Version) versions which have brought the
church to us in our lifetime. The NRSV (New Revised
Standard Version) is not a superior version, but flawed in many
places. The NIV (New International Version) has
new in its name but that does not make it superior.
Brother Guy N. Woods told me in the 1970s that as little as
I think of the RSV, I prefer it over the NIV. The NIV is shot
through with error! His assessment is the same as mine
has been for over thirty years.
In Genesis 49:10, why did the ESV
(English Standard Version) change Shiloh in the text to
tribute and yet injects into a footnote until
Shiloh comes? Why put into a footnote what its translators
did not allow in the text? The KJV, ASV and the NKJV (New King
James Version) do not tamper with this text. Jacob, in this
prophecy, does not have tribute or Shiloh the city in mind, but a
person and unto him shall the gathering of the people
be. Him refers to a person. Had it been a city
under consideration it would have been an it! The ESV
does not do well with Genesis 49:10. With my KJV, I do not have
to deal with this created problem. Users of the ESV do!
We likely would not suspect the genealogy section of
Matthew 1 to find name changes. If you have memorized the
list of kings over Judah during the Divided Kingdom period of
some four hundred years, do you remember including Asaph
as son of Abijah and this same Asaph as father of
Jehoshaphat? Asa fits; Asaph does not fit. Yet the
ESV has Asaph in the text and Asa in the footnote.
In 1 Kings 15, they have Asa consistently and not
Asaph at all. Why this name change? Truth, even with
names, belongs in the text and not just the footnote.
Not content with one name change in Matthew 1, they
have Amos as the son of Manasseh and Amos the
father of Josiah. Yet this version has Amon in a footnote.
Amon is used by the ESV in 2 Kings 22.
Amon and Asa we know from Scripture, but
who are Asaph and Amos in this lineage line of
Matthew 1? You may be thinking, why all this ado over name
changes? We do not want our names changed nor names of our
ancestors changed. Names mean something and should not have
tampering hands on them! Even Kenneth Taylor in The Living
Bible (TLB) did not tamper with these names. The NIV has Asa
and Amon. Its translators did not opt for name changes.
Like so many of its translational colleagues, the ESV
leaves Matthew 5:17, Ephesians 2:15 and Hebrews
10:9 in translational shambles and contradictions. It has
Jesus to say in Matthew 5:17, I have not come to abolish
them (Law and Prophets) but to fulfill them. Yet in
Ephesians 2:15, the ESV has by abolishing the law of
commandments and ordinances.... According to the ESV, who is
right Christ in the Sermon on the Mount or Paul in the
Ephesian epistle? In Hebrews 10:9 the ESV has, He abolishes
the first in order to establish the second. Who is right
Christ in Matthew 5:17 or Paul in Hebrews 10:9? Christ did
not come to shatter or destroy Mosaic law and make it void of
fulfillment. He came to fulfill it or fill it full and then
remove, annul, abolish or take it out of the way in order to
establish the second His covenant. The ESV translators were
very inept in dealing with these crystal clear passages. Give me
the task any day of exegeting these passages from the
KJV and ASV rather than the more difficult job of trying to
harmonize these three verses by usage of the ESV. Have its strong
supporters among us overlooked these three verses? If so, why?
It is nothing short of inexcusable the way the ESV,
plus so many of its predecessors, makes shambles of this trio of
verses. After they finished Matthew 5:17 and arrived at Ephesians
2:15 and later to Hebrews 10:9, did it not occur to them that
they had produced a contradiction between Christ and Paul? They
have Christ to deny abolishing the Mosaic law (covenant) only to
have Paul affirm His doing that very thing. The fault is not to
be laid in Christs speech and Pauls written statement
for they breathe perfect harmony. The fault lies with inept and
incompetent translators who fail utterly to handle aright the
word of truth or divide it aright. The old had to be
removed before the new could become operative. Hebrews
10:9 makes this positively plain. If Mosaic law is still in
effect, as many religious leaders contend it is, and Christianity
is now valid, we are under two lawgivers, Moses and
Christ. Yet Jehovah at the transfiguration scene in Matthew
17:1ff said to hear Christ not Moses and Christ, not Elijah
and Christ. James, the Lords half brother in the flesh and
His full brother in the faith, affirmed one lawgiver
Children in my Sunday evening class prior to service
time know that we are under the Christian covenant, not
patriarchal precepts or Mosaic mandates. There is not an iota of
justification for producing a glaring contradiction among these
three passages. Pauls counsel in 2 Timothy 2:15 relative to
dividing truth in a right way is lost on people like this!
These Greek terms are used many times in the Greek
testament. In our older versions, these are rendered
fornication and adultery. Has anybody across the
years had that much trouble in understanding what fornication is
and what adultery is? As a teenager, I knew what these terms
meant. Yet so many of our modern versions opt for sexual
immorality instead of precisely stated renderings like
fornication and adultery. A man or woman may enjoy hearing sexy
stories, reading sexy stories or viewing pornography which are
sexually immoral and yet due to various constraints may never
commit overt fornication or adultery. The ESV favors sexual
immorality in Matthew 5:32; 19:9; Mark 7:21; Acts 15:20;
21:25; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 6:13; 6:18; 7:2; 10:8; 2
Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3,5; Colossians
3:5; Hebrews 12:16; Jude 7 and Revelation 2:20ff. Why
use a term that is not nearly as precise as are fornication and
adultery? The man in 1 Corinthians 5:1 was not just reading a
filthy novel or viewing images of a woman immodestly arrayed. He
was committing overt fornication with his own fathers wife.
We do not need to soften these atrocious and widely practiced
sins with words less precise than fornication and adultery. The
world does this by calling such affairs instead of
adultery or meaningful relations (of the unmarried)
instead of fornication.
TAMPERING WITH MATTHEW 19:28
The ESV has Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when
the Son of Man will sit on his throne, you who have followed me
will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
Israel. Why is new world in the text and in a
footnote Greek, in the regeneration? The 148 men who
translated the KJV (47) and the ASV (101) used
regeneration, not new world. The NKJV has
regeneration. The RSV that came out in 1952 has new
world. Were I a patron of premillennialism, I would be happy
with the new world rendering and would shy away totally
from versions that use regeneration. Regeneration is a synonym
for the Gospel dispensation. In Titus 3:5, Paul speaks
of the washing of regeneration which is the excellent
equivalent of born of water in John 3:5. It would be
interesting to know how many premillennial people worked on this
translation. Religious isms are welcomed into many of
the modern versions now extant.
Here is another matter about a word in the text and the
word for it in a footnote. In Matthew 28:19, the ESV has,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit (emphasis mine). The Greek word
for in here is eis. The KJV and the NKJV both have
in. In a footnote the ESV has or into. The ASV
has into which is my strongly preferred rendering and the
way I quote it when I give Matthews account of the Great
Commission. Why put in instead of into the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit? A.
T. Robertson, in his Word Studies of Matthew 28:19, preferred
in and said it should not be into. I can understand
why, as a Baptist, he opted for in and not into.
The ASV has into and had 101 Greek scholars behind that
version. Robertson and the ESV translators were not superior to
these 101 in the aggregate.
The late and lamented H. Leo Boles was a
Greek-English scholar of wide reputation among churches of Christ
and many in the denominations recognized him as such as well. He
had these scholarly comments in his Gospel Advocate Commentary
On Matthew, The baptism is to be done into the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit means
the combined authority of the Godhead. To be baptized into this
is to be brought by baptism into actual subjection to the
combined authority of heaven. To be baptized into the name of
these three brings one into covenant relationship with the
Godhead. Baptism is, therefore, not only a sacred act of
obedience, but it brings one into the fullness of the blessings
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (pp.564-565). It is my
judgment that the ASV has the better and more accurate rendering
here. More accurate renderings belong in the text, not just
Here is another baptismal matter found in the early
part of Mark. The ESV has in Mark 1:4, proclaiming
a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins
(Emphasis added). The KJV has the. The ASV has
the. In Living Oracles, published by Alexander
Campbell and translated by the renowned George Campbell, James
Macknight and Philip Doddridge, we have the immersion of
reformation for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4, p.106). Why
the indefinite a and not the much more definite
the? In the spring of 1922, the eloquent and scholarly
N. B. Hardeman preached his first Tabernacle
Sermons in Nashville, TN. One of his extraordinarily great
sermons was on baptism. In that sermon he quoted Mark 1:4 by
stating, John preached the baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins (Vol. I, p.208). Brother
Hardeman was a grammatical scholar second to none. He knew the
difference between the indefinite a and the definite
the. It is true he was quoting the KJV in Mark 1:4 but
it was grammatically accurate. The ESV would have done itself
better on Mark 1:4 by remaining with the as the
scholarly KJV and the highly accurate ASV had done long before.
Change is the translational trend of modern versions.
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Garland M. Robinson
Every thing in life must be considered in light of,
What does the Bible say? Every choice we make must be
filtered through, what saith the Lord? Colossians 3:17
makes it very clear, And whatsoever ye do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.... It is
by His Word that we, as well as all mankind, will be judged (John
When concerning a matter we must ask, is it right
or wrong? What about gambling the lottery?
The word lottery means: a drawing of lots in which
prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a
chance. Something that is regarded as a chance. Players buy (or
are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting
lots. Lotteries are one of the many forms of gambling.
Gambling is defined as: the act of playing for
stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price
for a chance to win a prize). It is the act of risking what is
yours in order to get what belongs to another with nothing in
return. Gambling preys upon the greed, selfishness and
covetousness of those who play. The Bible
plainly says, Thou shalt not covet (Rom. 13:9).
Covetousness...is idolatry (Col. 3:5).
Lotteries are becoming more and more popular as states
are seeking additional sources of revenue. Gambling is BIG
business generating more revenue than movies, spectator
sports, theme parks, cruise ships and recorded music combined
upwards of $100 billion a year in the USA alone. Lotteries
make up approximately 25% of that amount.
Just a few years ago, only two states had legal
gambling while the other 48 states outlawed it. Today, at least
44 states have some form of legal gambling. According to
wiki.answers.com, Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada,
Utah and Wyoming do not have state run lotteries; nor do any of
these states participate in Mega Millions or Power Ball.
Tennessee, Utah and Hawaii do not allow land based gambling such
as a casino; while Virginia, Vermont, Alaska, Washington DC and
Kentucky do not have any land based casinos within their state
lines. In addition, there are currently only two states that do
not permit gambling: Utah and Hawaii. But even within these
states, players are able to gamble online at age 18. Washington
does not allow online gambling and is the only state that has
laws against it.
According to cbsnews.com, there are proposals to allow
or expand slots or casinos in at least 14 states. Even Hawaii,
which along with Utah is one of two states without a lottery or
other form of legalized gambling, may consider a change.
While the high-dollar multi-state lottery games such as
Power Ball and Mega Millions get most of the attention, Tennessee
lottery officials say the scratch-off state lottery
games is what brings in the money. According to the
Tennessean (newspaper), lottery ticket sales produced $1.3
billion in the latest fiscal year and scratch-offs
accounted for more than 80% of total sales. Lottery sales in
Tennessee has grown for 8 years in a row and now ranks
6th in per capita instant sales among the 44 states with
Lotteries are a means of gambling, and gambling is
wrong, dead wrong. Gambling, in whatever form it takes is SIN. It
violates every principle of truth, equity and honesty. There is
not one good thing that can be said of gambling.
In spite of arguments made to say the profits will be
used for education or some other good cause, it remains a
dishonest and damnable venture. There were some in Pauls day
who slanderously accused him of saying, Let us do evil,
that good may come (Rom. 3:8). He declared that
damnation is just for people who think that way!
A oft heard expression says the end justifies the
means. But one can never scripturally do a wrong thing in
order that good may be the end result. Scripturally, the end does
not justify the means. A lottery is evil and we must not do evil
and unjustly seek to disguise it under the cover that good will
come from it. Its just not right! Therefore, a Christian
should not (would not) participate in the selling and/or buying
of raffle tickets, even though it is for a good cause.
The words gambling and lottery are not found in the
Bible; but neither are the words abortion, drugs and
homosexuality. However, they all are condemned in many passages
such as 1 Timothy 1:9, 1 John 3:15, Galatians 5:19-21, Romans
What is so sinful about gambling?
1) Gambling is sinful because it violates the Golden
Rule. ...All things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so to them... (Matt. 7:12).
In gambling, you desire that others lose so you can win. It has
to be that way in order for it to work. It is winner take
all while everyone else loses all. That is the foundation
upon which gambling exists. That is not what Jesus said in
Matthew 7:12. Gambling deprives others of the means of their
living. It doesnt matter if they are a willing participant
or not, the result is the same. People may agree to steal but,
that does not make it right (cf. Rom. 13:9). People may agree to
commit fornication, but their agreement doesnt make it
right! Fornication is sin, period (1 Cor. 6:13,18)!
2) Gambling is sinful because it is not an honest
days work for an honest days pay. Gambling is an
attempt to beat someone else out of what they have without having
to compensate them for it with honest labor. The work ethic God
gave man from the very beginning says, In the sweat of
thy face shalt thou eat bread (Gen. 3:19). It is
mans responsibility to labor and earn a living. Let
him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working
with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give
to him that needeth (Eph. 4:28).
3) Gambling is sinful because it violates the
principle of proper stewardship. Moreover it is
required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (1
Cor. 4:2). God has intrusted us with material possessions. They
are not to be squandered and misused on our own lusts (cf. James
4:3). They are to be used to Gods glory. When a person takes
that which should be used in support of their family and
throws it to the wind on some get-rich-quick scheme, he
is not providing for his own (1 Tim. 5:8).
4) Gambling is sinful because it sets an evil
example. We are to recompense to no man evil for
evil, provide things honest in the sight of all men
(Rom. 12:17). Gambling is not an honest way of making a living.
It is living off of the misfortune of others. In all
things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine
shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that
cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be
ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you (Titus 2:7-
8). Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that
which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth
evil hath not seen God (3 John 1:11). We must set a good
example for others. Let no man despise thy youth; but be
thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in
charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12).
Jesus is our perfect example. For even hereunto were ye
called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that ye should follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21).
Can you imagine Jesus gambling?
5) Gambling is sinful because it joins you with evil
companions. Be not deceived: evil communications
(companionships) corrupt good manners (morals)
(1 Cor. 15:33). Gambling is the very stock and trade of organized
crime which preys on people who are willing to squander their
living. Is this the company you desire to keep? When Lot pitched
his tent toward Sodom it put him in some very bad company and
caused him great misery (cf. 2 Peter 2:6-8). Enter not
into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil
[men] (Prov. 4:14). Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
reap (Gal. 6:7).
6) Gambling is sinful because it leads to other
sins. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13).
Gambling leads to dishonesty, immorality, theft, lying and fraud.
Such crimes are much higher where gambling is present. A report
from Reno, Nevada, stated that 75% of their embezzlement cases
are related to gambling. The labour of the righteous
[tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin (Prov.
10:16). Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD,
that take counsel, but not of me...that they may add sin to
sin (Isa. 30:1). And now they sin more and
more... (Hosea 13:2). And he spake a parable
unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall
into the ditch (Luke 6:39)? Second Corinthians 8:21
says, Providing for honest things, not only in the sight
of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
7) Gambling is sinful because it destroys the home
and family. But if any provide not for his own, and
specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith,
and is worse than an infidel (1 Tim. 5:8,4,16). The
addictive nature of gambling has caused many to get into debt so
deep they lose everything they have, even their family. Any
activity which results in the destruction of the home is sinful.
The home is sacred. Man has no right to tamper with it. Jesus
said, what therefore God has joined together, let not man
put asunder (Matt. 19:6). Gambling has wrecked many a
home and left children hungry and cold.
8) Gambling is sinful because it violates the first
and great commandment to love God supremely. Jesus
said...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matt. 22:37).
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matt.
6:24). Our first priority is the Lords way, not our own way
(cf. Matt. 6:33). Gambling becomes the master of those who
participate. It enslaves! You cant serve God and riches
(wealth) at the same time. It takes you away from God.
9) Gambling is sinful because it violates the second
great commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. Jesus
said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
(Matt. 22:39). How can one love their neighbor (which means to
seek the best interest of) while trying to gain what is his? When
Paul wrote, Look not every man on his own things, but
every man also on the things of others (Phil. 2:4), he
did not mean to look on the things that others have in order to
take it from them! The Lords way is to desire that all may
be blessed and prosper. This is the same principle as the golden
rule of Matthew 7:12. Whether the gambler admits it or not,
he/she does not care if their neighbor loses their job, car,
house, everything they own, just as long as they win!
10) Gambling is sinful because it prevents one from
growing in the Lord. Becoming a Christian means we have
escaped the corruption that is in the world through
lust and must therefore give all diligence to add to our
...faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to
knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
kindness charity (2 Peter 1:5-7). The addictive nature
of gambling means we have abandoned virtue (moral goodness
doing right, avoiding wrong), knowledge (understanding
Gods will), temperance (self control), patience (steadfast
waiting, perseverance), godliness (God likeness, holiness),
brotherly kindness (the love we cherish for each other), and
charity (good will toward all). How can we exhibit any of these
characteristics while desiring that others fail in order that we
11) Gambling is sinful because it exploits
others. It seeks to promote yourself while taking advantage
of others. That no man go beyond and defraud his brother
in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all
such... (1 Thess. 4:6). In order to be a winner, there
must be losers.
12) Gambling is sinful because it is not a good
work. It does not glorify God. Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:16). Does
gambling and being a winner make people think more kindly of us
in a spiritual way? Does it show the world how meek, reverent,
holy, respectful we are? Does it show the world more devotion to
the Lord and his church? You know the answer is NO.
13) Gambling is sinful because it is not avoiding
evil. First Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to Abstain
from all appearance of evil. Given all the evidence
before us, no one can successfully deny that gambling is evil on
every side. We must avoid it, not embrace it. For the
grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
world (Titus 2:11-12).
14) Gambling is sinful because it is not walking
with God. He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good;
and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Micah 6:8).
Gambling does not promote God, Christ, the church, home, family,
heaven. It does not make people show more devotion to things that
are holy. Instead, gambling desecrates and blasphemes the
Gambling takes many forms: lottery, roulette wheel,
card games, dice, numbers, races, slot machines, elections,
sweepstakes, sporting events, sports pools, punch boards, bingo,
bunco, raffle tickets, buying chances, cake walks, matching
coins, pitching pennies, etc. etc. There is no limit to what
people will bet on in an effort to take advantage of others.
Brethren, DO NOT buy or sale chances, even if its
for a good cause. If you want to help a good cause, give a
donation dont gamble. Your soul is at stake. To
promote, sell or buy lottery tickets involves one in that which
violates the law of God. Repent if youre guilty!
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HOW BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE!
Anyone can go to Heaven if he/she will obey the will of the
Father (Matt. 7:21). To live in Heaven should be the desire of
every person. Heaven is a wonderful, glorious and beautiful
place. Let us notice some reasons why Heaven is such a beautiful
Heaven is beautiful because it is HOME for the child
of God. We are pilgrims, strangers in this life (Heb. 11:13).
Our stay on earth is only temporal (Heb. 9:27). It is in that
future home where happiness will be found and hope fulfilled (1
Cor. 15:19). This earth is not our home, we are just passing
through to a better and more beautiful home, heaven.
Heaven is beautiful because it is ETERNAL.
According to Matthew 25:46, it is the righteous who will be
rewarded with life eternal. As children of God we will have
eternal rest in heaven (Rev. 14:13). The blessings and benefits
of heaven will never cease. The beauty of heaven will continue
because it is eternal.
Heaven is beautiful because it is a place of
wonderful ASSOCIATIONS. In heaven we will be able to enjoy
eternal fellowship with the Godhead (John 14:1-6; 1 Cor.
15:23-25). We will also enjoy fellowship with the godly of all
ages (Matt. 25:31-46; Heb. 11). How wonderful and beautiful that
fellowship will be because of the associations there.
Heaven is beautiful because it is a place of
VICTORY. In this life, we can have victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57). In heaven we will enjoy final
eternal victory. We will have victory forever over death, the
Devil, darkness, despair, discouragement, distress,
disappointments, danger and even disobedience (Rev. 21:1-8). How
wonderful it will be, knowing that one day we will have victory
over these things.
Heaven is beautiful because it will be the END.
In this life there is indifference (Rev. 3:15-16), immorality
(Gal. 5:19-21), and immaturity (Heb. 5:12-14). In heaven all
these will end. Irreverence, ignorance, ill-will and ingratitude
will not be in heaven. How wonderful and beautiful heaven is
going to be without these things.
Heaven is beautiful because of its NATURE. It is
a promised place for the people of God. Peter states in 1 Peter
1:4 it is the Christians inheritance. This inheritance Peter
says is incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, reserved in heaven for you. This inheritance does
not decay, is not defiled, is not dull and is definite.
Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people
(John 14:1-3). To prepare, one must have faith (Heb. 11:6),
repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ (Matt. 10:32-33), be
baptized (Mark 16:16) and then live a faithful and dedicated life
Begin now to prepare for this wonderful, glorious and
beautiful place called heaven.
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WHAT IS TRUTH?
Every time I address this grand theme, the more I love,
respect and appreciate the value of Gods revealed truth
(word). Gods truth will endure forever and ever (cf. Psa.
119:160). The wise man Solomon said concerning the value of it,
Buy the truth and sell it not (Prov. 23:23).
Solomon was no doubt aware of the consequences of those who, in
times before, had sold the truth. How sad that he did not follow
his own God-revealed advice.
AMERICA IS SELLING THE TRUTH
Adam and Eve were recipients of Gods revealed
truth. For the price of a piece of forbidden fruit and a promise
of enlightenment, they sold it. They immediately began to learn
how foolish they had been. They paid for it the rest of their
Cain was instructed in how to worship God but allowed
his own ego to attempt to improve upon Gods truth. Rejected
by God, he became jealous of his own brother, who had not sold
the truth, and murdered him. He paid a very high price for the
rest of his life. Many other examples may be found in Gods
holy word of individuals and nations who sold the truth and
reaped bitter consequences. The nation of Israel fell from
Gods grace and become the slaves of heathens.
Romans 15:4 tells us these things were written for our
learning. But as a nation, we have not learned these lessons;
and, so many individuals have not learned them either. The price
to be paid is high indeed. God will forgive if we will turn from
our evil ways and once again embrace his truth.
John Adams wrote: Power always thinks it has great soul
and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak: and that it
is doing Gods service, when it is violating all of His
laws. How very evident his statement is today as our Bible-
based constitution is being ignored, twisted and perverted.
Legislators (and the courts alike) claim to find authority for
violating both the constitution and Gods law in such things
as making abortion legal, changing the definition of marriage,
taking property from some and giving it to others, outlawing the
preaching of the Bible and labeling it as hate speech,
forbidding the teaching of Divine creation in public schools and
in turn teaching the godless ever-changing theories of men.
THE BLIND QUESTION OF PILATE
To state it simply, American education has sold the
truth of mans origin for the unproven and unprovable
hypotheses of origin known as evolution. We are now reaping the
whirlwind of such folly. Discipline in classrooms is the
exception and no longer the rule. Students who have no knowledge
of the true and living God are behaving like the animals they
have been taught they are. When the Bible, prayer and discipline
were in schools, there was no need to have guards. There were no
instances of students settling their frustrations by mass murder.
Sin has consequences.
American society today is in a free-fall of moral and
spiritual decadence. Poverty and welfare rolls increase while
America is drowning in debt. America has become a nation where
the so-called rights of a minority are more important that the
will of the majority. Our elected officials no longer consider
themselves as the servants of the people but as the masters of
the people. They make laws that benefit themselves while they
make different laws for the people they are supposed to serve.
Pilate asked, what is truth (John 18:38)? It was a
question to which he was not really seeking an answer (like so
many today who are not seeking the truth). It is an attempt to
pretend that there is no such thing as truth. This attitude
actually began among false religious teachers who have gone about
to write their own creeds and to establish their own churches.
The popular concept of many is that truth is subjective
and is not the objective absolute. Tell that, if you
will, to those in times past who fell for the same deception. Was
it not Satan that suggested to Eve that what God said was not
objective absolute truth? She put her own interpretation on
Gods instructions. How did that work out for her?
THE TRUTH IS GODS WORD
Jesus, the embodiment of truth, was standing before
Pilate who was blind (by choice) to the truth. None are so blind
as those who refuse to see the truth. Pilate refused to believe
the Son of God for his own personal gain. Jesus said, I
am the way, the truth and the life, No man comes to the Father
but by me (John 14:6)). Mans spiritual blindness is
a matter of choice. Jesus spoke to the masses in parables because
their ...heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull
of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time
they should see with [their] eyes and hear with [their] ears, and
should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted,
and I should heal them (Matt. 13:15).
Sanctify them through thy truth thy word is
truth (John 17:17). Truth therefore is the means by
which God separates the saved from the lost. We are told the
saving truth is only found in Gods holy, inspired word (cf.
2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3). It is the one and only truth for
all living. There are not many truths as society believes and
teaches. God is no respecter of persons. There is one and only
one truth for all. He gave Adam and Eve the one and same truth.
The truth does not allow for some other so-called
truth. It in fact excludes everything else. Paul spoke of the
gospel as the power of God unto salvation thereby
excluding all else (Rom. 1:16).
DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY FALSE TEACHING
The belief and teaching that one faith is as good as another
did not come from God. No scripture so teaches. The belief and
teaching of men that one church is as good as another did not
come from God, but from Satan-guided men. There are many other
beliefs and doctrines of men that will not stand on judgment day.
We will not be judged by the creeds and doctrines of men, but by
the very words of Jesus Christ.
Learn to seek, love and embrace the truth for therein
you will find freedom from error and sin (John 8:31-32). The
pathway to heaven is paved with the stepping-stones of truth.
Where He leads, we must follow.
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WOE IS ME
The inspired word of God declares that God is love
(1 John 4:8). No person can deny this great characteristic of our
heavenly Father. However, it is a tragic error to emphasize this
feature and overlook or deny that Jehovah is also a God of
terror. The same book which informs us that God is love,
also declares, knowing therefore the terror of the
Lord, we persuade man (2 Cor. 5:11). There are those who
declare that God is such a God of love that he cannot punish the
disobedient and transgressors.
When God says woe, he means what he says. Over
sixty times in the Old Testament, Jehovah pronounced a woe
upon individuals and groups. The New Testament uses the term some
27 times. Our blessed Lord very carefully pronounced a woe
upon the religious fanatics of his day.
The inspired Paul declared, For thou I preach the
Gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon
me; yea woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel (1
Cor. 9:16). Paul did not say, woe is me. It is a sad
mistake to think that Paul was ever in the throes of depression
and woe. He did not say woe is me as some people would
say it. He said, woe is unto me if I preach not the
Gospel. I think of the great apostle as a servant of Jesus
Christ who evermore rejoiced and taught the brethren to rejoice.
Paul wrote the book of Philippians. Many think the
keynote of the book is joy and rejoice. Consider a few passages
which convey the idea of joy. Paul declared, Always in every
prayer of mine for you all making request with joy (Phil.
1:4). Even in bonds and imprisonment the apostle would say that
the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather
unto the furtherance of the gospel (1:12). With Paul,
Christ is preached: and I therein do rejoice, yea,
and will rejoice (1:18).
Paul would write of the joy of faith (1:25).
He desired to rejoice in the day of Christ (2:16). Paul
was such a marvelous Christian that he could say, I
joy and rejoice with you all (2:17). For the
same cause also do you joy and rejoice with me
(2:18). I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when
ye see him again (Epaphroditus), ye may rejoice and that I
may be the less sorrowful (2:25,28). Finally, my
brethren, rejoice in the Lord (3:1). For we are
the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and
rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the
flesh (3:3). Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and
longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord,
my dearly beloved (4:1). Rejoice in the Lord:
and again I say rejoice (4:4). But I rejoiced
in the Lord greatly, that now at the last, your care of me hath
flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked
From the many passages of Scripture in the book of
Philippians, we can understand how the apostle Paul could
rejoice and teach his brethren to rejoice and be happy.
Paul was not of that number who constantly declared, woe is
A number of us are aware of a great falling away. The
church does not have that zeal and great desire that it had in
days gone by. So many of the brethren have learned to retire with
the statement, woe is me, if I preach.
Some of us can recall when preachers were motivated to
preach in order to save the lost. They desired to sacrifice in
order to see that the lost heard the precious truth. Preachers
could and would say, woe is me if I preach not the
gospel. Great crowds would go out to hear the word of God
The apostle was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. He
believed that it was the power of God unto salvation to everyone
who believed it (Rom. 1:16). The apostle considered himself a
debtor to all, and no person could pay that debt (Rom. 1:14-15).
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preachers, hands-on healing services, etc. No one really wants
the Truth of the Gospel to be taught. But, through prayer and
perseverance of faith, Gods providential care (Heb. 13:6),
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come and preach to us. Brother Robert Raif, the preacher at the
Corrigan Church of Christ, at Corrigan, TX gets to come in on the
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