A REPROBATE MIND
Roderick L. Ross
What is a reprobate mind? In Romans
1:28, when Paul is speaking about the sin of the Gentiles, he
says: God gave them over to a reprobate
The Short Answer: It is the same as a bank
which only accepts counterfeit money, and will not accept legal
tender. A mind which does not accept that which is genuine, and
is only satisfied with the counterfeit. It only uses counterfeit
moral values, and rejects the true values of Gods will. In
short, a mind that calls evil, good.
The Long Answer: The word reprobate is from
the compound Greek word adokimos, signifying not
standing the test, rejected ( a, negative,
dokimos, approved). Thus, it is the opposite of
the Greek word dokimos, approved.
In the ancient world there was no banking
system as we know it today; and, no paper money. All money was
made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and
allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled it was necessary to
smooth off the uneven edges. The coins were comparatively soft
and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century,
more than eighty laws were passed in Athens to stop the practice
of shaving down the coins then in circulation. But some money
changers were men of integrity who would accept no counterfeit
money. They were men of honour who put only genuine full weighted
money into circulation. Such men were called dokimos
or approved. Donald Barnhouse
The approved were those who would
only accept and circulate honest weights of money. Thus, the
reprobates were those who were counterfeiters. They
would accept, circulate and even manufacture dishonest weights of
money. Since money was made of lead and silver or gold, it could
easily be shaven to reduce its size and weight, much as the
common practice of watering down drinks to make them go further.
Spiritually, there are those who deal in
counterfeit revelation, counterfeit philosophy, counterfeit
morals. Rather than dealing honestly with the revealed will of
God (i.e., the Holy Bible), they will manufacture any other
standard imaginable even twisting the word of God to their
own destruction. These are the people who accuse Paul of misogamy
(a hatred of marriage) and accommodating to the standards of
society rather than standing upon the principles of truth to
transform society. They say his positions on marriage,
homosexuality, fornication, the relations of men and women, are
all a reflection of the times rather than a matter of revelation
from God. However, they fail to take into consideration the
society of Rome in the first century. Homosexuality, fornication
and adultery were accepted norms in Roman society. Pauls
words buck the society in which he wrote, not accommodate it.
Or, these are the people who say Paul
didnt really say what he said about moral issues. The
argument sort of goes like this: When the Bible says the cat is
black, it really isnt black: its really gray. But, the
cat isnt just gray, it is a light gray. But, it really
isnt light gray, it is off-white. But, it isnt off-
white, its really white. So when the Bible says the cat is
black, it really means the cat is white. Thus, when Paul talks
about homosexuality, he isnt really condemning it. Instead,
he is allowing outs for marriage other than
fornication. He doesnt really expect anyone to remain
virtuous before getting married. He just doesnt really mean
what he says.
A young man studying for the ministry at a
local denominational school voiced this when he told me, You
cant really expect teenagers to remain virgins! Thats
The correct standard for thinking, the right
standard for morals, the righteous standard of Gods Word is
set aside as either out of date, impractical or just plain wrong.
Thus, the definition of the Greek word for reprobate
is: adokimos, signifying not standing the test,
Let us look at its use in the New
Hebrews 6:7,8, For
the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet (useful) for them by whom it
is dressed (cultivated), receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected,
and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
The word rejected is the word
for reprobate. When the ground does not bear good crops it is
rejected. It is not producing what it ought to. It is producing a
counterfeit crop. The crop is useless. You cant eat thorns
1 Corinthians 9:24-27,
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man
that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now
they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight
I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and
bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have
preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
The word castaway is the word adokimos.
Athletes condition themselves to run a
race. They discipline themselves to exercise, practice and watch
their diet. They watch what they do to obtain a corruptible
(perishable) crown, a temporary prize. We discipline ourselves to
win an eternal prize. Thus, we do not run the race of our faith
facetiously, but soberly. We do not fight the good fight of faith
striking out at nothing, but realizing that there is an enemy who
would do us harm. Realizing the solemnity of the situation, we
practice the same type of discipline as an Olympic athlete in our
spiritual lives, lest we fail to finish the race and lose the
fight, and are rejected by God, because rather than being a real
Christian, we are but a counterfeit.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10,
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your
own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is
in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye
shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God
that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that
ye should do that which is honest, though we be as
reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for
the truth. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:
and this also we wish, [even] your perfection. Therefore I write
these things being absent, lest being present I should use
sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to
edification, and not to destruction.
Every Christian needs to examine
themselves to make sure they are standing in the faith. They need
to take a good hard look at themselves. Because, unless Christ is
in them, they are a reprobate they are counterfeit.
One of the problems facing the world
today is counterfeit Christians. There are many who claim to be a
Christian who are not. This is just another way of saying they
are hypocrites. One must believe who Jesus is to be a Christian;
but, one must also follow what He teaches. As Jesus himself said,
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things
which I say (Luke 6:46)? 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).
Christians will believe and obey the great commission (Matt.
28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).
Through Paul, the Lord said in 2
Timothy 3:1-9, This know also, that in the last
days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their
own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of
pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this
sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly
women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as
Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the
truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the
faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall
be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was.
Everyone knows that a departure from the
faith would occur within the Present (Christian) Dispensation.
From the first century to the twenty-first century there have
been those who have turned their backs on the truth of the Gospel
and returned to the weak and evil ways of the world; basically,
returning to the ways they wish to follow rather than following
the ways of God. We are to beware of such people and stay away
from them. Do not follow them!
These false teachers who lead men into
evil and wicked ways, lead gullible men and women who are more
concerned with themselves than with the truth. They feign a love
for the truth, but they are never able to grasp it. They rebel
against the authority of God as Jannes and Jambres rebelled
against the authority of Moses. They, because of their acceptance
of a counterfeit standard, accept counterfeit morals and a
counterfeit faith. But, their sins will be revealed and they will
suffer the punishment of God.
If we wish to escape the same
punishment, we must make sure we do not follow their example.
Paul writes to Titus (1:5-16) and says, For this cause
left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things
that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife,
having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a
bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled,
not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to
filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men,
sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as
he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both
to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many
unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the
circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy
lucres sake. One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their
own, said, The Cretians [are] alway liars, evil beasts, slow
bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply,
that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish
fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto
the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled
and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and
conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in
works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and
unto every good work reprobate.
Romans 1:18-32 says,
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in
unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the
invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,
[even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him]
not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory
of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible
man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts
of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between
themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is
blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile
affections: for even their women did change the natural use into
that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward
another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and
receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was
meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their]
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do
those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all
unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural
affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of
God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not
only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 James: The Exhaustive Concordance of
the Bible: Showing Every Word of the Text of the Common English
Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurrence of Each Word
in Regular Order. Electronic ed., Ontario: Woodside Bible
Fellowship. 1996, S. G1384
 Bridges, Ronald F.; Weigle, Luther
A.: King James Bible Word Book. Electronic ed.,
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1994, S. 289
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DENOMINATIONS ARE SINFUL #3
Garland M. Robinson
DENOMINATIONALISM IS SINFUL BECAUSE
OF ITS PARTY NAMES
Practically all denominational churches are
named after a man, a form of government, a doctrine, a practice
or a philosophy. All the terms in the Bible referring to the
Lords church give honor and glory to God and Christ. The
name we wear religiously is important because salvation is in the
name of Christ (Acts 4:12). People of the first century honored
Christ by wearing the name Christian (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28;
I Peter 4:16). There were no hyphenated Christians in the first
century. They were simply called Christians.
DENOMINATIONALISM IS SINFUL BECAUSE
As a mans wife honors him by
wearing his name, we honor Christ when we wear his name. Paul
used the analogy of a husband and wife to show the relationship
of Christ and his church (Eph. 5:22-33). Christians are married
to Christ and should honor him by wearing his name (Rom. 7:4).
The things that keep people from wearing a Bible name are
prejudice and loyalty to a denominational church. The wearing of
party names caused division in the church at Corinth and
continues to cause religious division today (I Cor. 1:10-15).
A look at the yellow pages in any phone
book shows numerous names of every sort and imagination. Names
that are pleasing to men are found from A to
Z. We find the commonly known denominations such as:
Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians,
Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, and Church of God; and there
are others not as well known such as Nazarene, Episcopal,
Community and Evangelical. Theres Abundant Life
this and that, Apostolic here and there,
Calvary whatever, Christian Life ???,
Believers ???, Fellowship ???,
Emmanuel ???, Faith ???, Friendship
???, Full Gospel ???, Good Shepherd ???,
Grace ???, Harvest ???, Light-house
???, Living Hope ???, New Beginning ???,
New Covenant ???, Revival Fire ???,
Trinity ???, theres even a Church on the
Some denominations are listed as being
Inter-denominational while others are listed as
Why not be scriptural and wear only a
name or designation found in the New Testament? When we do so, we
know we are acting upon the authority of God. We can point to a
book, chapter and verse and the whole world can read it for
themselves. This shows we are not acting upon our own authority
or the authority of a man or organization. We have a thus
saith the Lord for what were doing just as Colossians
3:17 demands. All that we say and do is to be
in the name of the Lord; that is, by his authority.
Since the Lords church was
established in Acts chapter two, we should start there and see by
what name(s) the church was called or how the church was referred
to throughout the New Testament.
Listed below is every appearance of the
word church when its used in regards to the
Lords body, the saved. Everyone can see for themselves how
God speaks of the church, the Lords blood-bought body.
Church The church of the
first century was not any kind of church. It was
simply the church and this is the word that is used
most frequently. It is used to refer to the church in general or
at a specific location such as the church at Jerusalem, Antioch,
etc. No other description is given than simply the word
church. This use of the word church is found in:
Acts 2:47; 5:11; 8:1,3; 9:31; 11:22,26; 12:1,5; 13:1; 14:23,27;
15:3,4,22,41; 16:5; 18:22; 20:17; Rom. 16:1,4,5; 16:23; I Cor.
4:17; 6:4; 7:17; 11:18; 12:28; 14:4,5,12,19,23,28,33,34,35;
16:1,19; II Cor. 8:1,18,19,23,24; 11:8,28; 12:13; Gal. 1:2,22;
Eph. 1:22; 3:10,21; 5:23,24,25,27,29,32; Phil. 3:6; 4:15; Col.
1:18,24; 4:15,16; I Thess. 1:1; II Thess. 1:1; I Tim. 5:16;
Philemon 1:2; Heb. 2:12; James 5:14; I Peter 5:13; III John
1:6,9,10; Rev. 1:4,11,20; 2:1,7,8,11,12,17,18,23,29;
Church of God The
next most frequent designation is church of God. These
passages are found in: Acts 20:28; I Cor. 1:2; 10:32; 11:16,22;
15:9; II Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:13; I Thess. 2:14, II Thess. 1:4 and I
Tim. 3:5. It is spoken of as the Church of the living God
in 1 Timothy 3:15.
Church of the firstborn
Heb. 12:23. Those who are born anew or born
again through the waters of baptism and the teaching of the
Holy Spirit (John 3:3-5), become members of the church of the
Church of Christ Local
congregations, wherever they exist, are spoken of collectively as
churches of Christ in Romans 16:16.
I have heard some claim that the name or
designation church of Christ is not found in the New
Testament and sometimes a reward is offered to anyone who can
find it. The name church of Christ is not found in the
singular, but it is found in the plural in Romans 16:16. Someone
please tell us how it is possible to have churches of
Christ (plural) without having individual churches of Christ
(singular)? If I have a bag full of marbles and I reach in and
take one out, what do I have in my hand? I dont have an
apple in my hand. What do I have? I have a marble! A single
marble. Its impossible to have marbles (plural) unless we
first have individual marbles (singular). Each one is a single
marble. Likewise, its impossible to have churches of Christ
(plural) unless you first have individual churches of Christ
(singular). Each one is a single church. It is the church of
Christ. Its not the church of some man. It is the
Lords church, the church of Christ.
We read of the church at
Jerusalem, Antioch, Corinth, etc. Whose church is it? Is it the
church of Satan? No. Is it the church of Caesar? No. Whose is it?
It is the church of Christ. It is His church. He bought and paid
for it with His own blood. It belongs to Him.
To speak of the Lords church is the
same as speaking of the church of Christ or the
church of God or the church of the firstborn.
To say one, is the say the other. There is no difference or
distinction between them. However, one may find a church today
wearing one of these names, but that does not mean it meets with
the Lords approval. The name is essential, but theres
more involved in pleasing the Lord than simply wearing His name.
A church must comply with ALL the Lord requires. A church must
obey the Lords Will (Matt. 7:21-23).
OF ITS LACK OF BIBLE AUTHORITY
Colossians 3:17 demands that we have
authority (sanction) from the Bible for everything we SAY and DO.
Bible authority is important because the religious world cannot
unite until we can all come to accept the same authority (the
same standard). Does it not seem strange that we can agree on
weights and measures, but cannot agree religiously?
Denominational churches claim to believe
the Bible, yet they have creeds, catechisms, manuals and
disciplines to govern what they believe, teach and practice.
Members of denominational churches, in many cases, are not aware
they have to subscribe to a certain creed. Some years ago I was
talking with a lady that denied that the denomination she was a
member of had a creed book. After calling her pastor,
she was told they had a creed book but did not use it. What would
be the purpose of having a creed book if they didnt use it?
Members of denominational churches are
often more offended if you criticize their creed than they would
be if you criticized their Bible. Does this not show where their
allegiance is? God is the ultimate source of authority in
religion and has given all authority to Christ (Matt. 28:18). God
speaks to us today through His Son, Jesus the Christ (Heb. 1:1-2;
John 12:48-50). If we fail to hear and respond to Jesus, we will
be destroyed (Matt. 17:1-5; Acts 3:22-23).
The Bible teaches that we are going to
be judged by the words of Christ (John 12:48; Rev. 20:12). The
attitude we manifest toward the word is the attitude we manifest
toward Christ because they are inseparably joined. We show our
respect for the authority of Christ only when we respect and obey
It doesnt make sense to be a member
of something religiously that does not demand scriptural
authority for everything we do religiously.
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THE CREDIT CRISIS
Youll have a hard time topping
him! This was the comment made by a well-intentioned
Christian lady to the next speaker on the lectureship. He
responded to this sister, I dont want to top him.
Were on the same side. Though Im sure this sweet
Christian lady meant nothing negative, it reminds me of the old
saying, There is no competition among lighthouses. Of
that sentiment we would do well to remind ourselves on a regular
There seems to be an infatuation with
some members of the church that they get credit for
their work. Some preachers have even warned, If you use my
material, be sure to give me credit. In the secular world
this is surely understandable, but in the Lords church the
obsession with getting credit seems a bit out of place. My goal
as a Gospel preacher is not about getting credit. My
credit is not on this earth. My goal is to save souls,
and if I produce something that will help others more effectively
accomplish this goal, then please use it.
The Pharisees were very concerned with
getting credit and with being seen of men. When they gave alms,
they wanted credit among men. When they prayed, they wanted
credit among men. But the Lord said, Verily I say unto
you, They have their reward (Matt. 5:2). May our
righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees!
One is also reminded of Herod in Acts 12
who evidently had given a very eloquent verbal presentation.
Though the praise of the people was certainly excessive, Herod
enjoyed it nonetheless. The text however says that an
angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to
God. Without a doubt this is where all credit should
be directed. Though we may have been blessed with great ability,
it must be remembered that it was given to us by God.
In the business world, employees who
work for the same company all labor together to produce a product
that will benefit the business. And ultimately, the credit goes
to the company, not the individual. In fact, under the U.S.
copyright laws work-made-for-hire doctrine, the owner of an
intellectual creation is not the employee who originated the
idea, but rather the company for whom he works.
In the Lords church, we all work
for the same company if you will. Though the Lords
church is not a company, its a team of people all working
together to accomplish the same goal save souls and to give
God the glory. Lets let the credit remain with the owner of
This credit seeking attitude
is particularly unattractive when seen amongst faithful
brotherhood works. Due to the difficulty in raising money,
sometimes evangelistic works of the church put a premium on
getting credit. While its certainly not wrong to point to
the effectiveness of a particular effort, we need to be careful
not to let pride enter the picture, nor to begrudge another good
work in any way. There is no competition among lighthouses.
Were all on the same side.
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DO WE LOVE THE LORD MORE?
Wendell Winkler, deceased
So when they had dined, Jesus saith
to Simon Peter, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He
saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He
saith unto him, Feed my lambs (John 21:15).
Do We Love the Lord More Than Our
Kinsmen? If we do, we will not let them keep us from
obeying the Gospel. We will be willing to leave the religion they
have accepted if it is proven wrong. We will not let them keep us
from attending the services of the Lords church. Remember,
Jesus said, He that loveth father or mother more than me is
not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me
is not worthy of me (Matt. 10:37).
Do We Love the Lord More Than
Money? If we do, we will not make the heaping of riches the
chief object of our living. We will give liberally of our means
to the Lord (II Cor. 8:1-5). Remember, the Lord said, For
the love of money is the root of all evil (I Tim. 6:10).
Do We Love the Lord More Than
Pleasure? If we do, we will not engage in that which is
forbidden, that which will hurt our influence for Christ.
Remember, the Lord, in speaking of perilous times, said men shall
be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God (II Tim.
Do We Love the Lord More Than
Praise of Men? If we do, we will be willing to stand for
the Lord and the right, though we must stand alone (II Tim.
4:16,17). The chief rulers did not confess him, lest they
should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of
men more than the praise of God (John 12:42,43).
The Lord should be the supreme object of
our affection (Matt. 22:37). May we learn to sing, and mean it,
More love to thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
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WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN?
Roger D. Campbell
You remember the words that Jesus spoke about
this, right? Sure you do. Here is what He said: For
what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his
soul (Mark 8:36,37)?
The word soul is sometimes
translated as life. In this setting, the Master was
definitely talking about losing true spiritual life, which would
be the loss of the soul. A soul is not lost in the sense that it
can be misplaced or cannot be found, nor does a soul being lost
mean that it goes out of existence. To lose ones
soul means the loss of spiritual well-being separated from
God by sin in this life, and ultimately separated from Him
eternally in the life to come (II Thess. 1:8,9).
A quick look at the context in
which Jesus was teaching about gaining the world and losing
ones soul shows that Jesus message challenged people to
make choices. In Mark 8:34 we read that our Lord calls on all
people to follow Him. Will we? He calls on each person to deny
himself and take up His cross (8:34). Will we? He appeals to us
to lose our life for His sake and the gospels in order to
save it (8:35). That simply means that He wants us to give up our
devotion to ourselves and our own desires and count Him and His
will as being most important. Will we do that? He further makes
it clear that He does not want us to be ashamed of Him and His
words (8:38). Will we?
All of the teaching in this context at
the very end of Mark 8 shows us that we have to make decisions
important decisions, tough decisions,
eternal-destiny-determining decisions. They are, indeed, big
stuff. And, right there smack dab in the middle of these
instructions is the Christs question about what does it
profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own
soul. Well, what is the answer? In the big picture of things,
what would it profit him? Jesus inquiry causes us to think
soberly about what really matters most in life. In our heart of
hearts, just what is it that ranks right up there in the top
position on our list of most important stuff?
I am reminded of another occasion when
Jesus told some covetous Pharisees, ...but God knoweth
your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:14,15).
The ads thrown at us on the radio and TV
make winning a lottery sound like a piece of cake that brings
ultimate bliss. But if gambling will cost a person his soul, what
does it profit to win a bunch of money? Being a lottery winner
brings fame and fortune. But, like the Master said so clearly,
that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in
the sight of God.
If a woman could become the richest
woman in history, but in the process rebel against Jehovah and
lose her soul, what profit would there be for her to have heaps
of gold and the notoriety of being Miss Money Bags?
If a Christian couple can amass
mountains of money, but when it comes to contributing to the
Lords work, they give like paupers, what shall it profit
them to have gigantic sums of wealth if they only give God their
leftover crumbs and ultimately lose their souls?
If two Christian men who are brothers in
the flesh run a business that has been in their family for four
generations, and they take that business to a financial level
that brings them both millions of dollars in annual profits, but
they make a bunch of their profit by dishonesty and other immoral
practices, not to mention the fact that they only attend 25% of
the services of the church (because a fellow has to make a little
living, you know) what, what, what does all of their money
profit them, if in the end they lose their souls?!
If over the weekend a married man sleeps
with the head-turning harlot that works with him down at the
office, and as a result he gets nods of approval and slaps on the
back from his male co-workers on Monday morning, what shall it
profit him if it causes him to lose his soul.
If a teenage girl wears skimpy clothing
that reveals her cleavage and thighs for all the young men to
gawk at and is known as the hottest girl in school,
what shall it profit her if she loses her soul in the process?
If a young man downs some beers, smokes
a joint of marijuana, and uses profanity to prove to his buddies
that he is a mature man (???), but he loses his soul because of
his ungodliness and lack of self-control, what has his so-called
show of manliness gained him?
Brothers and sisters, if we want to be
popular in the eyes of other humans, the devil has an unlimited
number of ways to help us pursue popularity. If you and I count
making money and acquiring material goods as our biggest goal in
life, do not worry. Satans got us covered on that one, too.
He has every kind of ploy that one could imagine to assist us in
getting our hands on material things. We may never make
Forbes list of the most wealthy people in the world, but
covetous people have a way of getting their hands on stuff. For a
heart filled with covetousness, though, there is never a feeling
of being satisfied with what one has. There is always the longing
for more, more, more. I recall that someone asked, For what
shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose
his own soul? Are we listening?
My soul is my most valuable possession.
But here is the question that each of us must face: Do I really
count my soul and its eternal safety as being most important? I
know that God does, but do I? God knows if I do or not, and when
you see my choices in life, you will know, too.
What shall it profit...?
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WHICH CHURCH DID JESUS LOVE?
In the scriptures we learn of the great love
Jesus had for his church. His love was so great that he died for
it (Eph. 5:25). He still has that same love for her today. But
for which church has Jesus shown his love? Has he shown his love
for others than his own? To find the answer to this question,
several points need to be considered.
The church Jesus loved is the one he promised
to build. Jesus said, ...upon this rock I will build my
church... (Matt. 16:18). The church belongs to Christ
and he is the head over it (Eph. 1:22,23). The church was (and
is) purchased by the blood of Christ. The apostle Paul reminded
the Ephesian elders of the price paid to purchase the church when
he said, Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all
the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God (or Lord, MK)
which he hath purchased with his own blood
(Acts 20:28). It is to this church that the ...Lord
added daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).
When we identify the church Jesus loved, we will realize that it
is not a denomination. No man-made denomination can truthfully
claim the marks of identification.
PLACE AND TIME OF ORIGIN
The church Jesus loved began precisely WHEN
and WHERE he intended. The prophet Isaiah foretold the time and
the place the Lords house (kingdom, church) would begin
(Isa. 2:1-4). The apostle Paul identified the Lords house as
being ...the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (I Tim.
3:15). Isaiah said the Lords house (the Lords church)
would be established ...in the last days...
and the word of the Lord would go forth ...from
Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2,3). The fulfillment of the
prophecy is set out in Acts 2:1-47. No church which began before
or after Pentecost (Acts 2) or in any place other than Jerusalem,
can possibly be the church Jesus loved.
TERMS OF ENTRANCE
Friend, the church to which you belong,
when and where did it begin?
When men and women desired to be saved and
after having been convinced that Jesus, whom they crucified, is
the Christ the Son of God, they were told, ...repent,
and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ,
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). On Pentecost (Acts 2), there
was no vote on prospective church membership. Neither was there a
delay until a future date for them to be baptized. The scripture
says, Then they that gladly received his word were
baptized: and the same day there was added unto them about three
thousand souls (Acts 2:41). Any church that teaches
salvation before baptism and a vote on prospective members,
cannot be the church Jesus loved.
The church Jesus loved is his bride (Rom.
7:1-4). His bride wore the divinely given name. Members of the
church were called Christians (Acts 11:26). This name came from
God, not from the heathen (cf. Isa. 62:2). Congregations of the
Lords church were called ...churches of Christ...
(Rom. 16:16). In that day no one ever heard someone say,
Well, I am a ____ Christian. Today, it takes obedience
to the same Gospel to make one a Christian. Obedience to any
other requirements can only make one a member of a denomination.
The church Jesus loved has but one message,
the Gospel of Christ. The primary purpose for its existence is to
reach the lost with Gods saving message. The apostle Paul
declared that the Gospel is Gods power unto salvation (Rom.
1:16). God has always required that his word be proclaimed
without addition, subtraction or modification (Deut. 4:2, Prov.
30:6; Rev. 22:18,19).
Dear reader, you have just read about the
church Jesus loved, the one for which he died. The church of
Christ is the only church on earth that can truthfully claim it
is heaven-sent, Spirit filled, and blood bought. It alone is
commissioned to preach the Gospel, the good news of salvation
(Mark 16:15,16). Jesus loved his church and his alone. He has not
shared his affections with any other church.
Are you a member of this divine
institution, the church Jesus loved? If not, why not obey the
Gospel today and be added by the Lord to the church he loves?
Youll never regret obeying the truth, for it alone can
purify our souls and make us free from our sins (I Peter 1:22,23;
John 8:32). Think about it.
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