AN ABSTRACT ON THE NIV
Some of the smart-set prattle that
elders do not have the right to
regulate which versions are to be
used in the congregation. What
proof is given to substantiate such
babbling? Not one word!
Comes now information concerning a congregation which is
having trouble over the NIV being used by some of the members. If
the opposers of the situation would just play shut mouth, the
trouble would cease being open and outward but the resentment
would continue in the hearts of those who object to the NIV.
Should the opposers refuse to state their ideas? Do they have
valid reasons for their objections?
I will set forth some reasons why my brethren have no
business relying on the NIV perversion. I suspect the mindset of
so many will be the same kind of thinking which can be found
among those who use mechanical instruments of music in their
worship. They like it, and it matters not what others say. How
There are a great number of versions which have been
pasted together. With some, The Cotton Patch version is
acceptable. Why do we have a ready supply of versions? They have
been printed in order to sell and make money without regard to
the truth. This leads me to state that there is a world of
difference in a version and a translation. A version is so often
a mere paraphrase wherein the publisher inserts his own
theological beliefs whenever he wishes.
There is a smorgasbord of versions available and the
booksellers vie for the sales and dollars which junk versions
will bring in. A few of the efforts of false teachers can be seen
in, The Cotton Patch version, The Bible Union version, The New
Living Bible, Todays English version, Moffatts version,
Phillips version, 20th Century New Testament, Revised Standard
version, and the New International version. There are
others to be sure, but these are sufficient to show the sordid
tastes of gullible people.
Since the new age of liberalism and modernism has found
an inner sanctum in our universities, a barrage of new
versions have been proliferated and an ever increasing number of
babblings about the, mistakes in the King James
version. It is difficult to maintain the proper respect and
appreciation for the King James Version with a crew of
semi-infidels deprecating the book.
Some of the smart-set prattle that elders do not have
the right to regulate which versions are to be used in the
congregation. What proof is given to substantiate such babbling?
Not one word! Are shepherds to guard the flock? What is involved
in guarding the flock? Shepherds are to feed the flock and see
that the flock is properly fed.
Anyone who can move around by himself probably knows
that practically every cultic and sectarian group has their own
publishing house. Many of these groups would be glad to filter
their Sunday school materials into congregations of the church if
the elders and members will allow such. Are the shepherds
responsible for the food which the sheep feast upon?
We grant that some sheep are not always satisfied with
the pure, sound, word of God. As parents, we have a fearful
responsibility to see that our children have pure and wholesome
food. We would not tolerate tainted food to be sold in the market
place. Should parents guard their children from such rot? Should
shepherds guard the sheep from error? Shepherds are to take care
of the flock (1 Tim. 3:5). What does that involve? What do
mothers practice in caring for little babies?
The New International Version is shot full of
errors. One does not need to rely upon my statement, but if one
knows how to study the matter and will take the time and trouble
to investigate the matter, one can see for self. Aye,
theres the rub!
The new NIV perversion appeared in 1973. A committee of
men from several denominations produced the NIV. If you will read
the preface you might be shocked to learn that so-called
translators declared, Words are occasionally used or phrases
supplied for clarification.
For many years, our brethren have debated sectarians
and the debates have been published. Each opponent in the debate
has had the liberty of checking the manuscript before
publication. Can you imagine brother Foy E. Wallace Jr. allowing
the notorious J. Frank Norris to use words and phrases for
clarification as a result of their debate?
What kind of changes would a crew of denominational men
make in their efforts? Do the same men make changes in their
words and phrases as they preach? My brethren have to be
extremely ignorant and careless as they clutch their darling NIV
to their breast. Will they use the Book of Mormon? Jailbird
Joe Smith made a lot of changes in his theology. Mary
Baker Glover Patterson Eddy made a lot of changes in her
Science and Health with Keys to the Scripture.
Every cultic person on earth does the same.
We need to realize the difference in a paraphrase and a
credible translation. Any person can prattle a paraphrase and
some people will be gullible enough to buy it and follow its
For the benefit of the concerned reader, we will post a
few of the egregious blunders of the NIV. A brief statement from
the Old Testament will show the blunder of the NIV crew. They
render Psalms 51:1 as follows, I have been a sinner
from birth. Not by any stretch of a deranged mind does the
passage sustain the Calvinistic notion of Total Depravity by
inheritance. Not only are words and phrases changed, but entire
sentences are perverted.
The elder who came into the church building cradling
his NIV in his arm would most likely object to the preacher using
the NIV to preach a sermon on Inherited Total Depravity. It could
be that the fellow is so dumb that he wouldnt know the
difference in truth and error.
The Calvinists have long defended the false teaching on
Total Depravity and they like to quote Psalms 51:1. Apparently
they have no conscience about taking a position which results in
the Bible flatly contradicting itself.
David did not say he was born a sinner. He said he was
conceived in sin by his mother. It is no light thing to twist and
pervert the scriptures. With intelligent people, there is a
difference in conception and birth. Whatever David is declaring,
it relates to conception and has not one word about his birth.
There have been different view points presented with
respect to the passage under review but we know that whatever the
Psalmist declared, he did not contradict the words of the Holy
Spirit. Can we not accept that principle?
Another inspired prophet wrote, The soul that
sinneth it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:
the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him (Ezek.
To the church at Rome Paul wrote, So then every
one of us shall give account of himself to God (Rom.
14:12). Furthermore we have had fathers of the flesh
which corrected us and we gave them reverence: shall we not much
rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and
live (Heb. 12:9)? Surely God is not the Father of
totally depraved spirits. I have an old debate book wherein the
Baptist debater is quoted as saying, There will be infants
in hell, not a span long. This shows how far-out false
teachers will go.
A big inconsistency is seen in reading Matthew
5:17 and comparing it with Ephesians 2:15. The account
of Matthew has Jesus saying, Do not think that I have come
to abolish the law or the prophets, I have not come to
abolish them but to fulfill them. The Ephesians account
reads, For he himself is our peace, who had made the two one
and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by
abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and
regulations. Why the contradiction?
In Matthew 24:21 Jesus said, For then there
shall be great tribulation. The NIV uses the expression,
great distress. In Revelation 7:14, the same
word is used and the committee used the expression, the
great tribulation. Again we ask, why the difference? Does a
Bible word mean one thing at the front of the New Testament, but
the same original word can be changed at the end of the New
Testament? Such is not translating at all.
Jesus taught in John 3:16 that the believer
should not perish, but have everlasting life. The NIV
reads, shall not perish. There is a difference in
should not and shall not.
In John 5:28 Jesus said, Marvel not at
this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear his voice. The NIV scholars changed the
word hour and rendered it a time is coming. Thayer
renders the word hour as a point in time. I
do not care for the versions being changed and paraphrased and
offered for my use. Give me a translation.
A decided Calvinistic viewpoint is set forth in
Romans 1:17 when the NIV declared, For in the gospel
a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by
faith from first to last. Righteousness is not by faith from
first to last. In spite of the coloring of the text, obedience is
a necessary part of righteous living.
One of the frequent babblings among the liberals is to
speak of ones sinful nature. If they need support
for such rot, they can turn to the NIV. In Galatians 3:14
the NIV reads, You, my brother were called to be free, but
do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature. In
Romans 7:18, we read, I know that nothing good lives
in me, that is, in my sinful nature. In the eighth chapter
of Romans, the revisers did a complete job in spreading their
Calvinism by the use of sinful nature.
Calvinism is seen again when the NIV crew writes,
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that
come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and
he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually
discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). Paul is discussing the natural
man in the text and context. He does not teach Calvinism.
In First Corinthians 13:10 Paul wrote, But
when that which is perfect is come, then that which
is in part shall be done away. A gross perversion is seen in
the NIV which reads, But when perfection comes, the
imperfect disappears. Paul used the neuter gender in
that, which applied to the perfect law of liberty (the New
Testament). False teachers would have the text referring to the
coming of Christ, at which time we will be all one. That is not
in the text.
Perhaps my brethren who cling to the NIV will be
consoled when they read, And you also were included in
Christ, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation (Eph. 1:13). Are we really in Christ
when we hear the word? The hearer believes and is marked with a
seal. Who can believe it? Is this a word or phrase which needed a
change for clarification?
For long decades we have turned to our Bibles and read,
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord
(Eph. 5:19). The NIV committee changed that text as follows:
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Some
of the elders want their NIV, but they dont want to
make music yet. Its a pretty sorry book
which purports to be the Bible and yet the brethren reject some
of its parts and delight in other parts.
There has been a number of pseudo-scholars who have
delighted in talking about the, Mistakes in the King
James Translation. Those old translators were
conservative in their views and did not seek to insert modernism
into their efforts. They worked for two years and nine months in
order to produce the translation. There were forty-seven scholars
who lived to finish the work. As I read the preface in my old,
tattered, and worn KJV, I am impressed with the care and
meticulous concern which King James bound on the translators.
I have heard some remarks that the old King James
translation has too many difficult words. The NIV has many words
too difficult for some people. Do we not have enough intelligence
to study a dictionary? I keep one in reach, beside my chair all
the time. I suspect we are like the people who use the mechanical
instruments in worship. They like them and will use them. So with
the NIV, it matters not how much Calvinism and Pentecostalism
have been inserted for clarification, some brethren do
not know and they do not care.
What benefit is the NIV, KJV or any other book to
persons who reject the wisdom of those brethren who
take care of the church of the Lord (1 Tim.
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SOUND?
Garland M. Robinson
It has been so long since many in
the church have heard sound
doctrine that when a preacher does
come along and preach the whole
counsel of God, his words are
STRANGE in their ears! Its a
shame that many have said, I
havent heard preaching like
that since I was a child. What
are you hearing from the pulpit?
Brethren, LOVE THE TRUTH. Obedience
to the truth is what saves.
Of the 89 times the English word sound appears in
the Bible, 17 of them refer to the theme of this discussion.
Webster defines sound as: free from
injury or disease: robust; free from flaw, defect, or decay;
solid, firm, stable; free from error, fallacy, or
misapprehension; accurate, precise.
Strongs gives as the definition of the Greek word:
to have sound health, i.e. be well (in body); figuratively
to be incorrupt (true in doctrine).
Thayer says: to be sound, to be well, to be in
good health. Is used of one whose Christian opinions are free
from any admixture of error. True and incorrupt doctrine.
Psalm 119:80 says it well, Let my heart be
sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed. Surely,
all desire to be sound in the faith.
Twenty different phrases speak of sound doctrine. It is
- the law of God (Rom. 7:25),
- the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2),
- the truth of God (Rom. 1:25),
- the truth of Christ (2 Cor. 11:10),
- the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:2),
- the faith of Christ (Gal. 2:16),
- the law of liberty (James 1:25),
- the words of truth and soberness (Acts 26:25),
- the truth (Gal. 5:7),
- the word of truth (Eph. 1:13),
- the way of truth (2 Peter 2:2),
- the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13),
- the truth of the gospel (Gal. 2:5,14),
- the word of the gospel (Acts 15:7),
- the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1),
- the gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16),
- the gospel of his Son (Rom. 1:9),
- the gospel of peace (Rom. 10:15),
- the gospel (Rom. 10:16),
- Christs gospel (2 Cor. 2:12).
In 1 Timothy 1:10, a list of sins is found that is
contrary to sound doctrine. Those who do not consent to
wholesome (sound) words are destitute of the
truth. We are commanded regarding such people, from
such withdraw thyself (1 Tim. 6:3-5).
WHAT CONSTITUTES SOUNDNESS
A man qualified to be an elder is one who holds
...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 (Titus 1:9). He must know sound doctrine when
he hears it and, when he does not hear it, he is able to refute
those who are in error. Concerning such false teachers, verse 11
says, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy
Those who are teaching contrary to the Gospel (the
whole New Testament) are to be exposed for what they are.
Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in
the faith (Titus 1:13).
Titus was exhorted to speak sound doctrine
and to teach men to be sound in faith (Titus 2:1-2). He
was to be a pattern of good works and in doctrine he was to show
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). Oh, how we need men today who will heed these words!
Where are they? Far too many give an uncertain sound (1
Cor. 14:7-8) which leads men away from the truth, not toward it.
We are to hold fast the form (pattern) of sound
words (2 Tim. 1:13). For the time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
turned unto fables (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
The number is growing fewer today who are able to
endure sound doctrine or even know what sound doctrine is! It has
been so long since they have heard sound doctrine (the whole
counsel of God, Acts 20:27) that sound words are
strange in their ears. There was such a famine of
hearing the words of the Lord in Hoseas day that when they
did hear it proclaimed they counted His words strange
(Hosea 8:12). They were destroyed for their lack of knowledge
There are a number of things that are required in order for
one to be counted as sound. To say that
someone is sound does not mean it is so. What then is the
criteria by which we can determine if one is sound?
1. To be sound, one must LOVE the Truth.
Those in Zechariah 8:19 were exhorted to love the
truth. All must buy the truth and sell it not
(Prov. 23:23). There are many who do not believe the truth nor
love the truth; and, without the love of the truth, one will be
content to believe a lie and be damned (2 Thess. 2:10,12)! Only
the truth will save (John 8:32). This one point in itself ought
to be sufficient to establish if one is sound or not, for if one
loves the Truth, how could he not be sound? Who would admit,
though, to not loving the Truth? However, it does not necessarily
follow that one would be sound simply because he says
he loves the truth. The points that follow will establish whether
he truly loves the truth or not.
2. To be sound, one must BELIEVE and TEACH the
When the Truth (the Gospel) is believed, it will be
taught in its completeness without fear or favor of any man.
There will be no testing the wind to see what brethren
will accept and what they will not. The message will be the same
to all audiences. Truth is consistent. Paul had declared the
whole counsel of God to those at Ephesus (Acts 20:27).
Even though one may claim to teach the truth, it does
not necessarily make it so. His teaching/doctrine must be
examined. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the
spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
3. To be sound; one must LIVE the Truth.
One may teach the truth, nothing but the truth, and
still not be sound. No one is sound who does not live
according to the truth.
Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of
the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and
judgments (Ezra 7:10). Luke wrote of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach (Acts 1:1). Timothy was
to be an example of the believers, in word, in
conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity
(1 Tim. 4:12). Jesus warned of the scribes and Pharisees saying,
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that
observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say,
and do not (Matt. 23:3).
Ones life must be in compliance with the Truth,
i.e., the Doctrine of the Lord, the Gospel. All of Gods Word
is doctrine, regardless of the subject matter. The doctrine
(gospel/teaching/truth) of the Lord must be obeyed in morality (1
Peter 1:15), worship (John 4:24), fellowship (2 John 9-11)
ALL that God commands.
4. To be sound, one must DEFEND the Truth.
Defending the truth is certainly involved in
living the truth as point three describes. However, in
light of the fact that so few are obedient to this command, it
needs special attention as a separate point.
Heavens directive is that every child of God
...earnestly contend for the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). Gospel preachers are
to preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and
doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them (Eph. 5:11). No fellowship does not mean
some or a little fellowship!
No one is sound that does not defend the faith
the Gospel. Paul was always ready to defend the Gospel (Phil.
1:7,17). He told the brethren at Rome to mark them which
cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye
have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not
our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and
fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (Rom.
To bid God speed to those in error makes one a partaker
of their evil deeds. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth
not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in
the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If
there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him
not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that
biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2
To fellowship those in error instead of reproving them
does not make one sound. Such an individual may say he
loves the truth and teaches the truth, but his practice proves he
does not! Such a person is not living nor defending the truth! If
he were, he would rebuke those in error.
What does it mean to be sound? One is sound when
he: 1) Loves the truth, 2) Teaches the truth, 3) Lives the truth,
4) Defends the truth. When any of these are absent, a brother is
not sound, no matter how much he says he is or how many others
say he is! The proof (evidence) is in, not only what he teaches,
but also in what he practices. Actions speak louder than words!
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HOW JESUS USED THE WORD OF
GOD TO OVERCOME SATAN
Roger D. Campbell
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the devil is
recorded in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12,13 and Luke 4:1-13. The
Bible says that Jesus was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). Let us note
Jesus attitude towards the word of God, and how He used that
word to overcome Satans temptations in the wilderness.
1. Jesus accepted the authority of Gods
word. When Satan tempted Jesus, His immediate reaction was to
say, It is written (Matt. 4:4). This shows that
He totally accepted the authority of the Scriptures. The Bible is
our authority because it came from God: All scripture is
given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16). Gods
word is the truth (John 17:17).
2. Jesus taught that everything God says is
important. He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). By which words of Jehovah
should man live? By every word that applies to him! We must pay
attention to all of Gods will, for only one who does His
will can please Him (Matt. 7:21).
3. Jesus used Gods word as his weapon against
satan. When Jesus was tempted by the evil one, He did not try
to use psychology, deceit, or some worldly method. Instead, He
quoted Gods word, saying, It is written
(Matt. 4:4,7,10). Who can doubt that using Gods word is a
wise thing for us to do as well? The word of God is the sword of
the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). The word of God is living and
powerful (Heb. 4:12, NKJV), so let us use and quote it
when the devil tempts us.
4. Jesus used Gods word when he was alone.
Yes, Jesus daily taught Gods word in the temple (Mark
14:49). But, He also used Gods word to overcome Satan when
He was tempted alone in the wilderness. Sometimes when we are
alone, the devils temptation seems very strong. Let us use
the word of God against Satan wherever we are, even when we are
5. Jesus continued to use Gods word. Each
time Satan tempted Him, He answered, It is
written (Matt. 4:4,7,10). He began using the word, and
continued to use it. Many get into trouble when they begin using
the word of God, but then forget about it or turn to the
teachings of men. We must keep on studying, obeying and teaching
the word of God. Only Gods word can save us (James 1:21).
6. Jesus easily used the word of God. On each
occasion, Jesus reaction to temptation was to quote from the
Old Testament (the word of God). He could do that only because He
knew well what the Scriptures said. As His followers, we must
study so that we can also know the Bible well and be
ready always to give an answer to every man (1 Peter
3:15). David wrote, Thy word have I hid in my heart that
I might not sin against Thee (Psalm 119:11). We also
must fill our minds with Gods word, so that when the devil
comes to tempt us, we will be ready to answer with the
[The main points of this article came from material
prepared by the late Franklin Camp.]
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BRETHREN, WE BETTER USE BIBLE!
A preacher may be an eloquent
speaker with a vast vocabulary and
a massive frame of reference or he
may have a limited education in
secular matters, but as long as he
has an ample education in the
Bible, so that he can properly tell
men what to do to be saved
and what to do to stay
saved, then a man at either
level is fully qualified to do the
Masters bidding which is
Preach the word...
(2 Tim. 4:2).
A frequent cry and practice that exists among Gods
people today is the absence of scripture in so-called Gospel
sermons. In a day of intellectualism and the concept of free
thought, many brethren argue that the quoting of scripture
and the citing of Biblical references in sermons only hinder the
presentation of the preacher. Many brethren contest
that the Gospel invitation at the conclusion of a
sermon kills the speech and damages its thrust. Could
it be that we have forgotten the purpose of Gospel preaching (1
Cor. 1:18-25)? It makes one wonder what some preachers are
preaching if Bible passages thwart the speakers
We should be reminded that Gospel sermons, though
public addresses, should not be expected to fit the molds and
patterns of secular speeches, professional presentations and
civil lectures. A preacher may be an eloquent speaker with a vast
vocabulary and a massive frame of reference or he may have a
limited education in secular matters, but as long as he has an
ample education in the Bible, so that he can properly tell men
what to do to be saved and what to do to stay
saved, then a man at either level is fully qualified to do
the Masters bidding which is Preach the
word... (2 Tim. 4:2). The book of Jeremiah emphasizes
that Jeremiah spoke for the Lord. He was Gods mouthpiece.
Regardless of his being a clay vessel, the true source of all
that he spoke was God. Therefore, this great book of Old
Testament prophecy is filled with statements, such as,
Then the word of the Lord came unto me,
saying... (1:4) or thus saith the
Lord... (4:3) or Hear the word of the
Lord... (31:10) or Behold, I will command, saith
the Lord... (34:22).
I have been privileged to have a part in conducting
worship services and preaching to various prisoners while
incarcerated. Many prisoners have come and gone. Some came merely
from curiosity. Others came because they considered one religion
as good as another. Some of the men may have attended the
services because it was better than their alternatives. A few
attended and were converted because they believed and obeyed the
Gospel. Each visit brought to light the subject of this lesson,
the use of a thus saith the Lord for everything that is
taught and practiced.
Nearly every month there were new prisoners who
attended and took an interest in the lessons and subjects
discussed. Sometimes we would spend the study portion of the
worship in preaching a prepared sermon, but on occasions, we
answered Bible questions. Once, two men with sincerity and
honesty (in my judgment) had been discussing with one of the
Christian inmates about the work and influence of the Holy Spirit
and the possibility of miracles existing today. Since these men
asked these questions prior to the service and were given only
brief answers, it was decided the sermon of the hour would be
spent on these subjects. As the questions were answered and the
subjects considered, many Bible references were given to prove
the various points. Some of these passages were read; others were
quoted; some were simply cited. But these men were turning
through the pages of the Bible and searching the
scriptures. On such occasions, a preachers mind has
to go back to that notable tribute paid to the Bereans by
inspiration (Acts 17:11).
But brethren, especially those brethren who advocate
the exclusion of scriptural references in sermons, HERES THE
RUB! Following the lesson that night, these men stated they
received much profit from the lessons and were obviously pleased
at the answers given. WHY? It was not because they were
overwhelmed by the presentation of the speaker; it was not
because they heard what they wanted to hear (in fact, they heard
just the opposite); IT WAS BECAUSE THEY HEARD THE TRUTH SUPPORTED
BY BIBLE REFERENCES! They explained that they had asked similar
questions to men of various religions that had visited the
prison, but they only received their opinions void of a thus
saith the Lord. They were delighted in the things that were
taught because they were given references whereby they could read
them for themselves. The bottom line is: They did not have to
take this preachers word for it; they were able to read WHAT
GOD SAID ABOUT IT.
One can only guess as to what good may have been done
by that one night of Bible preaching. But ive
wondered, what if one of our brethren who advances this foolish
notion that scripture quotations, readings and citations only bog
down a sermon, had been doing the preaching? Perhaps these
inmates would have walked away and placed preachers from the
church of Christ in the same category as the Pentecostal
preacher whom they had questioned about his holy water
and he cited no Bible passage, just his word. For him, they had
no respect. For the Bible, they do.
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM KING HEROD
Marvin L. Weir
People must be warned today. It is
a sin to refuse to repent, but it
is also a sin to refuse to warn
(cf. Ezek. 33:1-9)! The apostle
Paul was pure from the blood of all
men for one reason; he did not
refrain from declaring unto them
the whole counsel of God (Acts
20:27). Folks may not accept the
truth, but such does not lessen our
obligation to make them aware of
Jesus spoke no greater truth than when He said, And
this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and
men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither
cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he
that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3:19-21).
The Master again warned, If the world hate you, ye know
that it hated me before [it hated] you. If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the
world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you (John 15:18-19). The choice between
good and evil is ever before us; we must choose righteousness.
Let us learn from the warning given to King Herod.
Herod was warned of his sin! John was bold to
speak the truth to Herod in saying, ...It is not lawful
for thee to have thy brothers wife (Mark 6:18). An
adulterous marriage (used in an accommodative sense) will never
be sanctioned by God! This was a day that Herod could have chosen
to correct sinful matters and repent of his sin, but he chose to
ignore the warning.
People must be warned today. It is a sin to refuse to
repent, but it is also a sin to refuse to warn (cf. Ezek.
33:1-9)! The apostle Paul was pure from the blood of all men for
one reason; he did not refrain from declaring unto them the whole
counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Folks may not accept the truth, but
such does not lessen our obligation to make them aware of the
Fear alone will not suffice! For Herod
feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an
holy... (Mark 6:20), but still could not bring himself
to forsake his wicked ways (cf. Isa. 55:7). Fear can certainly
serve as motivation to do right, but fear only will not
save one. The correct approach to the Word of God is this...
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word,
and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his
natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his
way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but
a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
deed. (James 1:22-25, emph. MLW). There are countless
thousands today who still fear an eternal hell, but such fear
does not guarantee complete obedience to Gods word.
Herod was enslaved by anothers opinion.
...Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John,
and bound him in prison for Herodias sake, his brother
Philips wife: for he had married her (Mark 6:17).
It is as one has truthfully said, The voice of lust gets the
victory over the voice of conscience and of God.
People are enslaved today by what others say about the
Bible or about God. It is still the case that many love the
praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:43). Opinions
of men do not matter; it is Gods Word that will judge us
Herod was ensnared by the dance. Herod could
have refused to see the dance of his wifes daughter, but he
chose to see and the dance pleased him (Mark 6:22). It
never fails that when one refuses Gods warning, he finds it
easy to indulge in sinful pleasure.
It was surely the grace and
dexterity of the dancer that pleased Herod! We have
warned parents for years about training their children in these
so-called social graces. It was nothing short of
fleshly lust that motivated Herod to make his infamous promise.
A promise made only because of excitement is never
good! It just may be that Herod had goose pimples all
over and his heart may have gone pitter-patter more
than once! He said, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I
will give [it] thee, unto the half of my kingdom (Mark
6:23). As one has observed, Sin first interests, then
excites, [and] then captivates. The god of pleasure and the
goddess of passion continue to captivate the hearts of many. As
the song says, Yield not to temptation, for yielding is
Herod experiences the barbs of sin! The request
was made for the head of John the Baptizer (Mark 4:24) and Herod
was exceeding sorry; [yet] for his oaths sake, and
for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject
her (Mark 6:26). When one sells himself to sin, he
becomes the slave of another. The short-lived pleasures of sin
now ripen into bone chilling demands that one would
rather not hear. Too late! The pied piper must be paid his due.
May we be willing to learn from this sad occasion in
the life of King Herod. Let us resolve that our allegiance
belongs only to God, and Him only will we worship and serve!
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