WHY I AM NO LONGER A PENTECOSTAL #2
The Holy Spirit did not come to give an
emotional experience. He did not come to
excite, stimulate or cause anyone to flail,
thrash or whirl about uncontrollably.
PENTECOSTALISM PLACES A PRIMARY IMPORTANCE ON EXPERIENCE
The Bible has a secondary place with Pentecostals as compared
to experience. This does not mean they do not claim to love and
honor the Word of God. They do. However, they constantly show by
their actions that experience is far more important than what
PENTECOSTALISM TEACHES FALSE DOCTRINE CONCERNING
Pentecostalism is all about feeling good. Charismatics speak
about celebrating where worship is concerned. They all want an
emotional high when they come together for worship. They believe
these positive emotions are an indicator of the presence of God and
that presence takes priority over what is written.
Listen to one of the leaders in the Assemblies of God.
George O. Wood writes: As Pentecostals, we intuitively
approach the biblical text in a manner different from most of our
evangelical brothers and yes, sisters. We factor in the element of
experience as a lens through which we look at Scripture.
The problem with this is that it leads to subjectivism. When
experience is your highest priority, truth becomes subjective,
Scripture is ignored.
Steve Hill of the Brownsville Revival said: In these
latter days preaching and simply teaching the word is no longer
sufficient, the Spirit has to get involved, through signs and
wonders due to much sin that abounds. (Brownsville, 12/14/96)
John Wimber of the Vineyard movement stated:
Theres nothing in Scripture that supports these kinds of
phenomena that I can see, and I cant think of anything
throughout the church age that would. ... So I feel no obligation
to try to explain it. Its just phenomena. Its just people
responding to God. (Holy Laughter, Albert James Dager, 1996).
Its interesting that Wimber openly admits that the charismatic
phenomena that was taking place (such as in Toronto) had no
Biblical authority or historical precedent.
During the Toronto and Brownsville revivals, it was not
uncommon to hear many of the leaders and teachers make the
declaration, God will offend your mind in order to reveal your
heart. Since they could not justify what was taking place in
those meetings by the Scripture, they felt this statement gave the
phenomena approval. So even though they deny it, Pentecostals
openly disregard the scriptures and appeal to feelings or
experience as their ultimate source of truth. It becomes evident
that going by emotionalism leads people into fanaticism.
Pentecostals wrongly believe that their precedent for
emotionalism was established on the day of Pentecost. They believe
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was more about an
emotional experience than anything else. They stumble over the
simplistic truth that the apostles spoke foreign languages by the
operation of the Holy Spirit in order to communicate the wonderful
truth of God (Acts 2:11). The context of Acts chapter two never
reveals that the Holy Spirit came as an emotional experience as we
see Pentecostals encouraging today. Emotionalism was not the
purpose of the Spirits coming. There is nothing bizarre taking
place in Acts two or any other place in the New Testament. The Holy
Spirit did not come to excite anyone. He did not come to stimulate
anyone. He did not come to cause anyone to flail, thrash or whirl
about uncontrollably. The Spirit came sovereignly, filled the
apostles and they spoke in languages they had not learned.
You may ask, then where do Pentecostals get this idea from?
They go by what was said by some who observed the apostles speaking
in languages they obviously had never learned. Acts 2:13 says,
others mocking said, These men are full of new
wine. From this simple statement an entire theological
philosophy has been constructed. They use this statement in order
to encourage all types of strange and bizarre behavior during
worship, even to the point of people making animal sounds while
they go into a trance-like state. Statements are often made like,
were drunk in the Spirit. Or, this is the new
wine. Rodney Howard-Browne often encourages flippant, foolish
and silly behavior by saying this is Joels Bar...belly
up to the bar!
Notice what the apostle Peter says as he sets the record
straight. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it
is but the third hour of the day (Acts 2:15). Peter
emphatically denies their mockery. But Pentecostals have been led
to believe the opposite. They believe the apostles were drunk,
inebriated, intoxicated falling down drunk. Sadly, they teach
this is what the Holy Spirit does to people. Had the apostles been
drunk, Peter would have admitted it. He would have pointed out that
the apostles were made drunk by the Spirit and not by wine.
We can no more take what outsiders (enemies of the church)
said on the Day Pentecost as fact than we can take what the enemies
of Christ said about Him (cf. Luke 7:33-34). If we did so, we would
have to believe that Jesus was a glutton and a drunk. Proper
hermeneutics is key to understanding the Bible.
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Pentecostal and charismatic churches believe in women pastors
and teachers over whole congregations. They believe Joels
prophecy quoted by Peter in Acts two gives them the license they
need. Acts 2:16-18, But this is that which was spoken by the
prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith
God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and
your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see
visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants
and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my
Spirit; and they shall prophesy. They believe that when
the text says daughters and handmaidens would
prophesy, that it justifies women as pastors, as elders, etc. This,
of course, is a gross misunderstanding of the text.
PENTECOSTALISM TEACHES FALSE DOCTRINE CONCERNING SALVATION
The significance of the pouring forth of Gods Spirit
upon all flesh is that the Gospel was to go to all mankind just as
Jesus said in the great commission (Mark 16:15-16). Prophecy
(inspired teaching) was one of the spiritual gifts during the first
century (cf. 1 Cor. 12:8-10); but, once its purpose was served (the
inspired, complete, perfect, written word delivered), it was/is no
longer in operation it ceased (cf. 1 Cor. 13:8-10). However,
even during New Testament times when spiritual gifts were
exercised, women never assumed the position of preacher or teacher
over a congregation. There is nothing in Joels prophecy that
indicates a woman can serve as an elder or be put in charge over a
congregation. There is nothing any place in the New Testament that
suggests women can serve in the eldership or leadership of the
church. Actually, the opposite is true. Paul writing to Timothy
said, Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the
man, but to be in silence (1 Tim. 2:11-12).
When we were in Panama City, a preacher friend of mine
called one day and asked me about this verse in Timothy. He wanted
to know what I thought it meant. I paused for a moment and said,
It probably means what it says. He wasnt too pleased
with that answer because his wife taught the adult Bible class at
his church. As a matter of fact, he completely rejected that
meaning of the passage because it wasnt what he wanted it to
mean. But the Scripture is clear on this subject. Notice what Paul
said in 1 Cor. 14:34, Let your women keep silence in the
churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but
they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the
Some Pentecostals contend that Paul was dealing with a
cultural issue that has no bearing on todays society when he
gave this prohibition. Of course, to make such an assumption is to
play fast and loose with the integrity of the text. Actually,
postmodernists use this ploy on any biblical text they desire to
They teach an incomplete plan of Salvation. It is some
combination of just believe or repent and
believe or pray the sinners prayer and ask Jesus to
come into your heart.
However, in the old days, Pentecostals did not believe in
the sinners prayer. The old Pentecostals came out of the early
holiness movement, so they believed in the mourners bench.
They believed you were to come down to the altar and pray
through to salvation. Basically, you prayed through
for everything; salvation, sanctification, the baptism in the Holy
Spirit, etc. A person prayed through until they felt like
God had saved them. But due to the influx of various denominations
through the Charismatic movement, Pentecostals have now adopted the
more common or popular style.
The Assemblies of God Web site states concerning
salvation: WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored
Fellowship with God Through Salvation (trusting Christ,
through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1
of 4 cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God]
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church in
their doctrinal statement says: We believe, teach and firmly
maintain the scriptural doctrine of justification by faith alone
How is it that both of these denominations claim the
personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit and His guidance and yet
they dont agree with each other? And, how is it that the Holy
Spirit inspired James to say Ye see then how that by works
a man is justified, and not by faith only (James 2:24)?
Yet, the Pentecostal Holiness claim a person is justified by
faith alone? Obviously, both cannot be inspired by the Holy Spirit.
They cant both be right. The Holy Spirit didnt inspire
James to say one thing and the Assemblies of God and the
Pentecostal Holiness something else! They treat the Holy Spirit as
though He has Alzheimers!
Denominational churches make a mockery of God in their
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WHAT WILL YOU SAY AT THE JUDGMENT?
Garland M. Robinson
There are scores of people who do not regard God nor accept his
authority in religion. However, Gods authority is not
optional. All must submit to it. Jesus Christ has all authority
which has been given unto him by God the Father in heaven. Jesus
said in Matthew 28:18, ...All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. He therefore has the authority to
tell us what to do and what not to do. There is no room for
discussion or rebuttal. Gods word is final! The New Testament
is the worlds operations manual. It and it alone tells us what
is right and what is wrong.
Jesus has been given a name which is above every
name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow...
(Phil. 2:9-10). If men do not submit to the Lords will in this
life, they certainly will at the judgment on that last great day.
Yet, many do not realize or believe they will stand before the Lord
on that day and give an account of their life and deeds. But the
good book says, So then every one of us shall give account
of himself to God (Rom. 14:12). For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may
receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath
done, whether it be good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).
What excuse could anyone possibly give on that occasion as
to why they did not obey the Lord? If you are one who has not
submitted to the Lords will, what could you possibly say?
Will you say you did not know? God will not overlook
your ignorance of his will. No one can say they didnt know.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest
(apparent, evident, known) 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 (Rom. 1:19-20).
All that exists in this world and the entire universe cries
out for mankind to recognize the creator. The design and order in
nature did not come about by random acts of mishap and accident.
Give it all the time you want and it wont change a thing. Life
did not come from non-life. All living creatures did not come from
water or rocks. As a matter of fact, where did water and rocks come
from. Science cant answer this simple question. No wonder the
Bible says, The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no
God... (Psa. 14:1). Tornadoes, floods and earthquakes do
not leave in their path jumbo jets and ocean going vessels.
God IS! He is the great I AM (Exodus 3:14). Its
mans obligation to ...seek the Lord, if haply they
might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every
one of us (Acts 17:27). God commands all men everywhere to
repent (Acts 17:30)! Ignorance is an excuse that will not stand up
on the day of judgment.
Will you say you thought God was so good and loving that
he would not condemn anyone? God is good (Mark 10:18). Its
because of his goodness that he gives stern warnings concerning
people who think he will not punish the wicked. I will
punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity;
and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay
low the haughtiness of the terrible (Isa. 13:11).
...The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his
mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know
not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who
shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of
the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2 Thess.
1:7-9). Vengeance will come upon two classes of people: 1) those
who dont know God, and 2) those who know and dont obey.
God is so loving that he is not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Man
condemns himself by his own sin (cf. Isa. 59:2). For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that
the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is
not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son
of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their
deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may
be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3:16-
God will not save those who openly and outwardly reject him.
He saves those who obey (Jer. 7:23; Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:8-9). Will
Will you say you intended to obey the Gospel but waited
too late? God will not accept this excuse for he says
...behold, NOW [is] the accepted time; behold, NOW [is] the
day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:1-2). Wherefore (as the
Holy Ghost saith, TO DAY if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your
hearts... (Heb. 3:7-13).
There is no guarantee of tomorrow. Boast not thyself
of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring
forth (Prov. 27:1). For what is your life? It is
even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
away (James 4:14). Why do you wait dear sinner? Why do you
tarry so long? Paul stood before Felix and ...reasoned of
righteousness (purity of life, correctness of thinking, feeling
and acting), temperance (self control), and judgment to
come. Having done so fervently, the text says
Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time;
when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee
(Acts 24:25). The Scriptures leave him waiting. Theres no
indication he ever found his so-called convenient season.
How many times has this been repeated since the beginning of this
world? Dont put off learning the truth and obeying it another
day! Live for the Master the rest of your life. You will be so glad
you did on the day of judgment. What a tragedy if you dont!
Will you say there were hypocrites in the church?
There have always been hypocrites and always will. There were hypo-
crites in the church of the first century. Ananias and Sapphira
lost their lives because of it (Acts 5:1-11). Their deaths caused
fear and reverence in the whole church. And great fear came
upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these
things (Acts 5:11).
Such false brethren are to be dealt with (disciplined) in
the local church. Second Thessalonians 3:6 demands it! Now
we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of
us. But even when weak churches do not withdraw from the
wayward, thats no excuse for you to not obey or be faithful.
At the judgment, every man will stand by himself to be judged
(2 Cor. 5:10). Even the hypocrites!
If you dont want to be around hypocrites on Sundays,
then why are you choosing to be with them on a permanent basis in
the devils hell in eternity? That doesnt make sense does
Will you say you did not know the church was essential to
salvation? Jesus demonstrated its essentiality by dying for it.
He purchased it with his own blood (Acts 20:28). He adds those who
were/are being saved to it (Acts 2:47). It is his body (Eph.
1:22-23) and is declared to be the eternal purpose of God (Eph.
3:10-11). How can you say you did not know it was essential? The
Lord Jesus is coming again to save it because it is the body of
those who are saved (Eph. 5:23). It is the kingdom (body) he will
one day present to the Father in heaven (1 Cor. 15:24). Wont
you be a member of it?
How and why do people say the church is not important? Why
do they say give me Jesus but not the church? They want
the head (Eph. 1:22) but not the body (Eph.
1:23). A head without a body is useless. You cant have one
without the other (cf. Col. 1:18). People want to re-write the
Bible, but they cannot do so and stay out of hell.
Many say, its the man thats important, not
the plan. Dont they realize they cant have the man
without his plan? Jesus said, And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which I say (Luke 6:46)?
Ye are my friends, IF ye DO whatsoever I command
you (John 15:14). If ye love me, KEEP my
commandments (John 14:15). Jesus is the author of eternal
salvation unto all those who OBEY him (cf. Heb. 5:9). Friend, why
not become a member of the church of Christ today?
Will you say you followed your parents and/or
preacher? Indeed, Paul did say Be ye followers of
me, but he did not stop there. He continued by saying,
even as I also am of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). We
follow men only when they follow the Scriptures. The people of
Berea ...were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in
that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were
so (Acts 17:11).
Every person is responsible for himself. John saw that the
dead were judged ...according to THEIR works (Rev.
20:12). 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. 18:20).
There is going to be a judgment one day just as sure as you
are reading this right now. For it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27). You
will be there and cannot escape it! Therefore, let no one be found
in rebellion against God trying to argue with him by offering
Let us be among those who will stand before the Lord as
sheep and not as goats (Matt. 25:33). Therefore, let us live
soberly, righteously, and godly in this present
world (Titus 2:11-12) and hope to the end for the
grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
Christ (1 Peter 1:13).
What possible excuse might you offer? Whatever it might be,
it wont work!
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WHAT DO DEACONS DO, ANYWAY?
Roger D. Campbell
In the English Bible, the word deacon is used in only
two New Testament passages. The first is Philippians 1:1, where it
is written, Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus
Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi,
with the bishops and deacons [all emphasis
throughout mine, rdc]. The second usage is in 1 Timothy 3, where
the qualifications/requirements for deacons are listed.
Likewise must the deacons be grave...let them use
the office of a deacon...Let the deacons be the
husbands of one wife...For they that have used the office of a
deacon well... (1 Tim. 3:8,10,12,13).
What do deacons do, anyway?
Deacons serve. They serve God, they serve the
eldership, and they serve the congregation. They are the
churchs special servants. In fact, the Greek word from which
we get our word deacon (diakonos) literally means
servant. Jesus was a servant (Rom. 15:8), Paul was a
servant (2 Cor. 3:6), and all followers of Jesus are servants (John
12:26). But deacons are a local churchs specially selected,
official group of servants.
Deacons obey them that have the rule over them, the
elders (Heb. 13:17). Like the rest of the sheep in the flock of
God, deacons are under the oversight of the eldership (1 Peter
Deacons receive assignments from the pastors
(elders). The eldership oversees and bears the ultimate
responsibility for every activity of the local church. In all that
constitutes the churchs worship, evangelism, benevolence,
edification, and use of the physical facilities, the elders assign
each individual deacon specific areas in which to serve and take
the lead in carrying out particular activities.
Deacons report to the overseers about their assigned
tasks. They communicate to the elders how those works are
progressing, what obstacles they face, what supplies or assistance
they might need, and offer ideas for how specific works can be
Deacons organize work activities. A deacon may be
responsible for seeing to it that the church building is closed
after services. That does not mean that he personally must close
the doors in each instance, but he is to see to it that someone is
accountable for getting it done thats called
organization. The same would be true for seeing to it that the
baptistery is cleaned, Lords Supper is prepared, etc.
Deacons ask for assistance. That does not imply they
are trying to get out of work or are being lazy. A deacon may have
some tasks that he can successfully carry out on his own. Others,
though, may require several helping hands. When deacons seek our
assistance, let us be ready to lend a hand.
Deacons work behind the scenes in many cases. If they
give an oral financial report to the congregation or get up in the
middle of services to adjust the thermostat, we would surely notice
their involvement. Much of the time, though, their work is not done
in the forefront. That is why it is so important for them to have
the heart of a servant, because true servants do not serve for the
Deacons stay out of the shepherds way. They know
they are not shepherds of the flock and they do not try to
interfere with or take over the shepherds duties. It is not
the case that elders and deacons form a ruling board
together. Elders are the churchs sole overseers
(superintendents, rulers). Deacons, while they do not attempt to be
co-rulers with the overseers, they do offer input and insight to
the elders, just like every other member of the congregation is
entitled to do.
Deacons learn to live with criticism. Any deacon that
has been on the job for any length of time has had some whispering
going on about how he does or does not do his work. From the
temperature setting on the thermostat to the color of the visitors
cards on the back of the seats, you cannot please everyone. Deacons
know that, so they keep serving despite the criticism. Why? Because
they have a servants heart.
Deacons set good examples. They are to start their
work as blameless people (1 Tim. 3:10) and continue to be
such. They understand that having their name on the front of the
bulletin does not make them better than others, but it does mean
that the church expects (and deserves!) for them to be a godly
example in all aspects of life.
Deacons do more than deac. Yes, they have specific,
unique assignments because they are deacons, but they serve in
other ways that are not part of their specific deacon-related work.
Like all Christians, they seek to serve widows, help the sick, use
their talents, and do whatever they can to help build up the
Deacons spend time with their families. They are
family men (1 Tim. 3:12). They put the Lord first and they reliably
carry out their deacon-related tasks, but they also need to be a
husband, dad, and grandpa. They are men that have to juggle a busy
schedule in order not to neglect what needs to be done.
Deacons thank God for their wives. Since she is
faithful in all things (1 Tim. 3:11), he expresses thanks
to God for giving him such a great helper and the one human whom he
can always count on to understand and support him.
Deacons attend meetings of the deacons or of both deacons
and elders. That is not all they do, but attending such
meetings comes with the territory.
Thank God for faithful deacons.
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[EDITORS NOTE: I have heard prayers through the years
that prayed for the elders and the deacons who oversee
this church. The fact is, elders AND deacons DO NOT
oversee the church. Gods arrangement is that elders
oversee the local church (Acts 20:28). Deacons are not
overseers. They are servants. gmr]
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THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD
Roy J. Hearn (deceased)
Many years ago Henry Drummond wrote a book by the above title.
The apostle Paul wrote on the same subject, and antedated Drummond
by about 1800 years.
IF I HAVE NOT LOVE
First Corinthians Chapter 13 was an outgrowth of a
discussion of spiritual gifts in chapters 12 through 14. There was
considerable strife, envy, jealousies and divisions among the
Corinthian saints. In chapter 12, Paul uses the physical body to
illustrate the unity that ought to characterize the church. All the
members should have the same care for each other. There should be
no schism in the body. As long as the physical body is healthy, all
members will be subject to the head. Every member will see to the
good of every other. Likewise, Christ is the head of the church,
and if every member will be subject to the Head, there will never
be division nor any evil among brethren.
Paul admitted that the working of miracles was great, but
there was a more excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31). That way
is the way of love. Love is one of the greatest shortages in the
church today. The love of God is to keep His commandments (1 John
5:3). One of His commands is that there should be fervent love
among Christians. If there were, nobody would seek to down anybody,
but would seek interest in others (Rom. 12:9-10). Great will be the
judgment of those who do not heed this charge.
Paul said, Though I speak with the tongues of men and
of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become [as]
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. He is saying that
without love, one is simply a big noise that he is valueless
and empty. There is an old saying, An empty wagon rattles
loudest. Older people may remember log wagons going through
the forests or to the lumber mill. When empty, they could be heard
to rattle and echo through the woods, but when loaded, hardly a
sound could be heard.
WHAT LOVE DOES
Miracles have passed, but some today gloat over worldly
accomplishments, exalting themselves above others and even seek to
trod down those of whom they think less than themselves. Performing
miracles in the first century was no guarantee of salvation, and
neither are high performances today. Judas was able to perform
miracles, but went to his own place. Paul shows in I Corinthians
13:2 that though one had the greatest degree of faith and the
greatest of spiritual gifts, but lacking love, he was/is nothing.
He has failed in Gods design and purpose; there is nothing of
value; all is lost.
In verse two, the apostle shows that though one makes the
greatest sacrifices in benevolence or sacrifice as a martyr, though
he have the praise of men (Matt. 6:1-4), he is nothing.
1. Love suffereth long. It causes one to be
slow to anger, slow to judge or condemn others (Rom. 2:1-4), and
shows patient endurance toward others. Many saints hold to things
that are inconsistent with love.
WHAT LOVE DOES NOT DO
2. Love is kind. It is gentle and
demonstrates tender affection. The Holy Spirit commands to put
on kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and longsuffering
3. Rejoiceth with truth. Gods word is
truth and will make free (John 17:17; 8:32), hence one with love in
his heart will rejoice to hear it preached. Love will rejoice over
truth advanced and defended, regardless of who teaches it, and that
others will be successful in good works. Paul set the example
4. Beareth (or covereth) all things. Love
hides or conceals the faults of others, and is patient and
longsuffering and not disposed to revenges (See Rom. 12:19; Heb.
5. Believeth all things. Ready to believe
the best of everyone, and not have a tendency to look for flaws.
6. Hopeth all things. That all things will
turn out well, confidence that God will hear our prayers, and will
give favorable answer, that wayward members will be restored, etc.
7. Endureth all things. The Christian is
called upon to endure sufferings as good soldiers, and not
retaliate for wrong doing, or mistreatment, but to pray for
those who despitefully treat and persecute you.
8. Taketh no account of evil. The saint is
not to be disposed to find fault, but to put the best motive on the
conduct of others, and not look only for points of criticism.
9. Rejoiceth not in unrighteousness.
Christians should not be delighted when others are guilty of sin or
crime, or are avenged, or evil reports given, but rather grieve
when a member is overtaken in sin. Too often ones face lights
up when he hears of evil about others.
1. Love envieth not. One should not be zealous
against another person, nor grieved because another has greater
earthly or mental or spiritual blessings than he (Rom. 12:10).
LOVE IS SPECIFICALLY COMMANDED
2. Vaunteth not itself. This is a common
sin, more prevalent than it ought to be, in fact never should be.
A real Christian will never brag or boast of superiority over
others, or treat others with contempt.
3. Is not puffed up. One should not think
more highly of himself than he ought to think (Rom. 12:3), nor be
proud and vain, but rather imitate the Lord Jesus Christ in
4. Doth not behave itself unseemly. Great
demonstrations of anger and displeasure, and improper and
disgraceful conduct should be avoided. Ye are the light of the
5. Seeketh not its own. Such is selfish to
seek ones own good to the hurt of others. My rights end
where your rights begin.
6. Is not provoked. The Christian should
not be easily roused to anger, or given to wrath. Some are prone to
do so when their conduct is questioned.
First Peter 1:22 demands that Christians love one another
fervently. First John 3:14-20 teaches that one should not love in
word only, but in deed, and that one who does not love his brother
abides in death. (Brethren, please try to make yourselves more
lovable!) Love is eternal, hence, true, IT IS THE GREATEST THING IN
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REDEMPTION BY CHRIST
The blood of Christ was offered to obtain eternal redemption for
us. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his
own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to
the purifying of the flesh; How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living
God (Heb. 9: 12-14)? Calvary is the focal point of all
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS BEING BOUGHT WITH HIS BLOOD
What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are Gods (1 Cor.
6:19-20). Gods right to our service and devotion is on the
grounds of redemption. Ye are bought with a price. The
idea of redemption presupposes the guilt which sin had brought to
humanity. Peter reminds us that redemption was not by things
corruptible but by Christs precious blood. Forasmuch
as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as
silver and gold, from your fathers; But with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS BEING A SERVANT OF GOD
One redeemed cannot serve men but must serve the Almighty God
of heaven and earth. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye
the servants of men (1 Cor. 7:23). What a difference when
Christians look upon themselves as servants. Our chief aim in life
ought to be the service of God. As Christians go through daily
life, what a difference they make because by redemption they go as
servants. Before all else and above all else our minds should focus
on service to our Creator.
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS BEING PURIFIED IN LIFE
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from
all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of
good works (Titus 2:14). Christ died to redeem humanity
from the guilt of sin and also from the practice of it. Christ gave
himself for us with the purpose of purification in mind. The
redemption of Christ is redemption from iniquity or lawlessness.
The death of Christ serves both for our past and continual
cleansing as we live on earth. Purity of life is a mark of the
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS HE PAID OUR DEBT
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,
but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many
(Matt. 20:28). Christ lived a pure life and suffered the penalty
for sin. The sin was our sin. All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath
laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isa. 53:6). He
voluntarily paid the price for our sins. The price of redemption
was a life. It was the life of the sinless son of God. Remember, He
has redeemed you you are not your own.
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS THE CHURCH IS ESSENTIAL
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to
feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
blood (Acts 20:28). The church is of priceless value
because of its purchase price the blood of Christ.
THE church belongs to God and is under his authority.
There is no salvation outside of THE church which Christ
purchased with his blood.
REDEMPTION BY CHRIST MEANS SINS ARE FORGIVEN
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
(Eph. 1:7). Redemption is from: 1) the devil and his destruction,
2) evil and its effects, 3) sin and its guilty stain and, 4) lust
and other wrongs which lash out against the soul. God joins
redemption and forgiveness of sins together. Only God can forgive
sins. Forgiveness takes place in His mind. Sin is a guilty act
which must be forgiven. In Christ we have redemption and
forgiveness of sins.
Redemption is possible only by the sacrifice of Jesus. The
blood of the Son of God was shed for the salvation of a lost world.
Our Lord has obtained redemption for us. To be saved from sins by
the blood of his cross: hear the gospel (Rom. 10:17),
believe in Him (John 8:24), repent or perish (Luke
13:5), confess with your mouth (Rom. 10:9-10), be
baptized in water (Acts 22:16). Our redemption is by His
blood. Out of appreciation for that sacrifice, let us be faithful
in Gods service.
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