HOW CAN IT BE RIGHT TO TURN A CHILD
OF GOD OVER TO SATAN?
Roger D. Campbell
Have you ever heard of the proposal that there
comes a point when the Lords church should somehow deliver
its unfaithful members to the devil? Does that idea strike you as
being unreasonable or unthinkable? The truth is, beloved, that is
exactly what the God of heaven instructs us to do. Really? Yes,
really. Here are two New Testament passages in which we read such
I Cor. 5:4,5, In the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit,
with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one
unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may
be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
I Tim. 1:19,20, Holding faith, and
a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith
have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I
have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to
Obviously, the matters about which Paul wrote
in these two instances were extremely serious. In the first
scenario, there was a brother in the church at Corinth who was a
fornicator, and at the time Paul wrote this inspired letter (I
Corinthians) to them, the saints there had not yet properly dealt
with this immoral man. What was the Holy Spirits instruction
to them? To purge out the old leaven (5:7), have no company with
this man (5:9), not eat with this man (5:11), and put him away
from among them (5:13). By doing those things, what would they
actually be doing? They would be delivering or turning over this
brother to Satan.
What does it even mean to turn over or
deliver a person to the devil? It seems that if we will look at
the intention of such action, that will help us to understand
what it means. The notion that Christians should turn a brother,
one of their own, over to Satan, may sound horrible to some. But
let us read 1 Corinthians 5:5 again: To deliver such an
one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit
may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Do you
notice the motivation behind such action?
What is the ultimate desire of turning a
fellow saint over to our adversary? That the spirit may be
saved rather than the mindset being, Lets
cast him off to the wolves and let him burn in hell. The
real goal is that his soul will be saved from hell! With that in
mind, the Bible says that such a brother is to be delivered to
Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Folks, the man
is already in a lost condition, so delivering him to Satan does
not make things worse (God does not prescribe remedies that make
things bad or worse). Rather, the hope is that by turning him
over to Satan, which is the same as refusing to have company with
him, he will open his eyes, see his horrible condition, hate the
thought of losing all social association with his beloved
Christian family, and resolve to fulfill the lusts of the flesh
no longer, including being a fornicator.
Why is it right to turn a child of God over
to Satan? It is proper to do so because that is the action which
the Lord instructs us to take. If God counts it as a good and
necessary step, then that is just what it is. Someone might still
wonder, I do not see why the Lord would tell us to do such a
thing. Would it not be better to work patiently with people and
try to encourage them to do what is right, rather than just write
First of all, to make the scriptural decision
to withhold fellowship and support from a rebellious child of God
does not mean that we are not concerned about them. On the
contrary, it shows that we love them and ultimately want what is
best for them for them to be restored to their first love
Second, to refuse to have company with a
member of Gods family does not mean we never want to see or
hear from them again. God forbid! Should a child of God that the
church has delivered to Satan for the destruction of the flesh
come to his senses (as the lost son did, Luke 15:17), repent of
and confess his wrong, we would with great rejoicing receive him
with open arms. What a great day that would be! Through the years
there have been many fallen saints who have been properly
delivered to the devil by a faithful congregation, and in the
course of time those fallen saints have repented and come home.
Each sinful situation has to be considered
individually. There is a need to try and restore the ones
overtaken in a fault (Gal. 6:1,2), to convert or turn back those
members of the church that are willfully living in sin (James
5:19,20), and to warn the unruly (I Thess. 5:14). The Lord even
said of a woman that had led others into error, And I
gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented
not (Rev. 2:21). Obviously, in her case, this woman
needed to be granted time in order to give her an opportunity to
get herself straightened out. Yes, there are some situations that
do demand ongoing instruction, gentle pleading, and
longsuffering. Even in such cases, though, when a person
defiantly remains in sin despite our sincere efforts to help them
make the necessary correction(s), there comes a time when the
leaders of a local church must take the action that the Lord
prescribes: lead the church in refusing to have company with the
On the other hand, there are times when the
sin is of such a nature that the church needs to deal with it
quickly and clearly. The matter with the fornicating brother in
Corinth was such an example, and so was the one of the two
brothers (Hymenaeus and Alexander) about whom Paul wrote to
Timothy (I Tim. 1:20). They needed to learn not to blaspheme, and
they needed to learn that pronto, so Paul said that he had
delivered them to Satan.
If God commands us to take the step of
delivering a brother or sister to the devil for the destruction
of the flesh, but we somehow convince ourselves that that is not
really the best course of action, so we refuse to do it, what do
you suppose the Lord thinks about our failure to obey Him? Here
is what the Master said: Why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say (Luke 6:46)? If
someone were to suggest that we should stop partaking of the
Lords supper, what would be your reaction? I am confident
that we would all in unison say something like, Weve
got to partake of the Lords supper the Lord commands
it. Or, what if someone were to propose that we stop
baptizing people? What would be your response to that? Again, I
am convinced we would all make it clear: We cant stop
baptizing people the Lord told us to do it. And, we
would be right again.
Why is it, then, brothers and sisters, that
in some cases congregations keep on having company with members
that willfully remain in sin and have no intention of changing?
Among other things, God commands us to (1) partake of the
Lords supper, (2) baptize people, and (3) deliver ungodly
members of the church to Satan for the destruction of the flesh.
How can we justify the decision to comply with the first two
commands, but disregard and reject the third, which is just as
much a decree of the Almighty as the other two are?! This is not
a trivial matter.
Let us love our brothers and sisters in the
same fashion that the Lord does. He said, As many as I
love, I rebuke and chasten (Rev. 3:19).
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ANSWERING QUESTIONS ON SALVATION #4
Garland M. Robinson
We continue with this months issue (and one
more) to review passages set forth by faith only
advocates in an effort to refute what the Bible teaches
concerning faith and obedience. The passages below are used by
them to support their man-made doctrine of faith only
or faith alone. We take in hand a brief examination of
these passages as was set forth in a letter we received some
months ago. The following was written in answer to this letter.
Romans 3:30, Seeing [it is] one
God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith.
One is made just before God by or
through faith; that is, the law of faith (Rom. 3:27).
The law of faith is the law of the New Testament, not the law of
works (the Old Testament).
The law of faith is the system of
faith (Gal. 3:23-27). It is the Lords new law by which
sinners learn what is required for them to do to be saved.
Therefore, all who will be saved, both the circumcised (Jew) and
uncircumcised (Gentile) are saved exactly the same way, by or
through faith. Those whose faith is an active obedient faith, are
those who follow the Lords system of faith (the New
Testament). These are the ones who will be saved. They are
justified by God. The law of Moses does not save, whereas the law
of Christ does. Faith only is not found in this verse.
Romans 5:1, Therefore being
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ:
Are the saved justified by faith? Certainly they
are. This verse says so. Does it say the saved are justified by
faith only? No, it doesnt say that. Man says that,
but not God. You dont find faith only here.
Romans 10:9, That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt
This is a great verse. Im glad you know
its in the Bible. It absolutely kills the doctrine of
faith only. It demands confession of Jesus.
And, since confession of Jesus is required to be saved, then
salvation cannot be by faith only. Faith only
excludes confession. This verse requires BOTH
confession AND faith. Not confession only.
Not faith only. Both are required.
Romans 10:11, For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be
This is a quotation from the Old Testament. It
talks about the time when the Messiah would come. Moses told
about one who would come and that the people must listen to him
or be cut off (Deut. 18:15; Acts 3:22-23). That one on whom
people must believe is Jesus the Christ. There is salvation in no
other name than Jesus (Acts 4:12). Nothing is said about
believeth only. I know how frustrating it must be to
hold to a doctrine and not be able to show authority for it from
the Scriptures. This is the trouble men run into when they decide
what they want to believe then turn to the Bible in an effort to
support it. Every place they turn, they run into dead ends. False
doctrine always contradicts the Scriptures.
Romans 10:13, For whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
This verse doesnt have faith only
in it. As a matter of fact, it doesnt even have faith in it.
I wonder why you would use it to support your faith
Like all other verses, this verse is absolutely
true. It is so refreshing. Salvation is promised to all who call
upon the name of the Lord. Now, all we have to do is learn what
is involved in calling upon the name of the Lord. How is this
done? We read in Matthew 7:21-23 of how its not done. This
tells of multitudes who called upon the name of the Lord but were
not saved. Why werent they saved? Verse 21 tells us why they
werent saved, its because they did not DO (obey) the
will of the Father. They had faith, but is was faith
only. Thats why they werent saved. So faith
only is a damnable doctrine.
God gives us a specific example of one who called
upon the name of the Lord to be saved and as a result, he was
saved. We read about it in Acts 22:16, Saul of Tarsus was told,
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized,
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
He was not told to believe (or even
believe only) and wash away his sins calling on the
name of the Lord. He was told to be baptized. This was the action
by which he called upon the name of the Lord. Actually, calling
on the name of the Lord is not baptism only. Calling on
the name of the Lord is obeying, by faith, all that the Lord made
essential to receive the forgiveness of sins. This is faith
(John 8:24), repentance of sins (Luke 13:3,5),
confession of faith in Jesus (Matt. 10:32-33) and
being immersed in water (Mark 16:16). This is calling
on the name of the Lord. The process culminates in the act of
water baptism. This is proven by Sauls baptism in Acts
I Corinthians 15:1-2, Moreover,
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto
you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which
also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.
This verse says nothing about faith
only. Where did you come up with this doctrine? The Gospel
begins with the cross of Christ. The message of the cross is
essential in preaching. But it also includes all that the saviour
taught and what he revealed through the apostles and other
inspired teachers in the remainder of the New Testament. Verse
two mentions keeping everything Paul had preached unto
them. That is, they had to obey the Lords commands. If they
did not do so, their belief was in vain. If all they did was
believe only, then it was in vain. Belief
only (belief without obedience) is vain, useless, pointless,
Galatians 2:16, Knowing that a
man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of
Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the
works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be
This is the same as Romans 3:28,30 above. The
works of the law are the works of the law of Moses. They do not
save. This is the whole theme of Galatians, Hebrews, and much of
Romans and I Corinthians. Jesus brought in a new system, a new
law, the New Testament. Here, it is called the faith of
Christ and is put in contrast to the works of the
law. Sinners are not justified through or by the works of
the law, the Old Testament law, the law of Moses. This cannot
mean any law or all law period, if so, then
no one is obligated to follow Jesus. Jesus has a law. It is the
New Testament law. We are commanded to be obedient to it (Rom.
8:2; Gal. 6:2; Phil. 3:9; Gal. 2:16). We will be judged by it
(John 12:48). If we believe in Jesus, we believe his new law (New
Testament) and obey it. By Gods grace then, those who
believe and obey will be saved.
Gal. 3:2-9, This only would I
learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or
by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the
Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so
many things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain. He therefore that
ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you,
[doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him
for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of
faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall
all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are
blessed with faithful Abraham.
In verse two, the works of the law
refers to the Old Testament while the hearing of faith
refers to the New Testament. All men from the day of Pentecost
onward (Acts 2), live under the New Testament, not the Old
Testament. The miraculous deeds done in the early church were
done by the Holy Spirit under the administration of the New
Testament, not the Old Testament (Gal. 3:5). The Jewish mind of
the first century held so strongly to the law of Moses (the Old
Testament) that they would not open their eyes (mind) to the
possibility that Jesus was the promised Messiah and that he
ushered in the new law (New Testament), which was not according
to the old law (Jer. 31:32; Heb. 8:9). They held firmly to
Abraham, yet it is shown that Abraham was justified in Gods
sight by faith without performing the works of the law of Moses
because he lived before the law of Moses was ever given. James
2:21 says, Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
WHEN he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? His strong
faith, coupled with his obedience, made him to be counted
righteous before God. So, those who are of faith and obedience
today are blessed along with faithful Abraham. We dont find
faith only in these verses. They do not help the
faith only doctrine because they dont say anything
about faith only. Quite the contrary, they show faith and
obedience because saving faith is a faith that obeys.
Galatians 3:14, That the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus
Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through
Same as above. It is stated that we, the saved,
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. But it
doesnt say faith only. It doesnt support your
Galatians 3:24, Wherefore the
law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might
be justified by faith.
The law, the Old Testament law of Moses, governed
the Israelites and was their law until Christ gave his new law,
the New Testament. It is here spoken of as faith.
Faith is contrasted with the law. The law of
Moses was done away and was replaced by the law of faith (the New
Testament). Consequently, we are justified by faith.
However, it does not say were justified by faith
only. Theres nothing in this verse that supports your
case. This is further examined below.
Galatians 3:26, For ye are all
the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Beautiful verse. Love it! Christians are Gods
children. But HOW? How are we Gods children? We are children
of God by faith. However, it doesnt say were
children of God by faith only. Man says that, the devil
says that, but not God. The very next verse, verse 27, tells us
WHEN Christians become children of God by faith. For as
many of you as have been BAPTIZED INTO Christ have put on
Christ. Paul refers them to the time they became
children of God by faith in Christ. He does not say it was when
they believed on Christ because that is not when one becomes a
Christian. He did not say it was when they repented of their
sins. He did not say it was when they confessed Jesus as their
savior because that is not when one becomes a Christian. He
reminds them of the time WHEN they were BAPTIZED INTO Christ. You
see, Paul had not read the creed books of men and swallowed the
devils doctrine of faith only. He was inspired of
God and wrote what heaven revealed to him. Water baptism is the
point at which one is united with Christ.
No one will be saved without being IN Christ
(united with Christ) because thats where salvation is, IN
Christ (II Tim. 2:10). Are you willing to say that some will be
saved without being IN Christ? This verse tells us WHEN we get
INTO Christ. It is when were baptized. Read verse 26 and 27
together and we learn HOW we are children of God, its by
FAITH (v.26) and then were told WHEN faith actually joins us
with the Lord, in water BAPTISM (v.27). This does not mean
baptism is more important than faith. We are not saved by baptism
only. In all my life, Ive never heard anyone say that or
even believe that. This verse simply points out that when sinners
believe (have a living active faith), they repent
of their sins, confess faith in Jesus and are
joined as ONE with the Lord WHEN they are baptized
Only two verses tell us HOW and WHEN we get into
Christ. It is in the act of water baptism (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27).
Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is]
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Another beautiful text. It tells us of Gods
love, his grace, the great bounty he bestows upon us. We do not
deserve his favor. Cannot earn it. It is a gift. It does not come
about through anything we have done on our own. Man has never
devised a plan, nor can he, whereby God would owe us salvation.
Salvation comes through the Lords sacrifice on the cross.
Jesus tells us WHAT to DO to benefit from Gods grace. We
believe him (have faith) and do (obey) what
he says. This is summed up by simply saying through
faith. Oh, by the way, nothing here about faith
II Thessalonians 2:10, And with
all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might
Nothing here about faith or faith only. It tells
of the tragic cause of why people dont have saving faith.
Its because they dont love the truth. They dont
love Gods word. They dont believe Jesus meant what he
said in Mark 16:16 when he made the announcement, He
that BELIEVETH and is BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned. People that dont
love the truth explain it away. They seek to convince sinners
that faith only is a most wholesome doctrine and very
full of comfort. They would have sinners do what the demons do,
believe only (James 2:19). Tragic, tragic indeed.
II Thessalonians 2:12, That
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.
Same context as above. How sad when people
dont love the truth. Those who love the truth will study it
and rightly divide it (handle it correctly). Because people
dont love the truth, II Peter 3:16 tells us they will twist
and distort the scriptures unto their own destruction.
I Timothy 4:10, For therefore
we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the
living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those
Dont see anything about faith only in this
verse. The New Testament teaches that we are saved by
faith. I dont deny this. Never have. Salvation is by
faith, BUT it is not by faith only. This, I do deny
because the Bible does not teach it.
There is no one thing, by itself, that saves us.
There are many things that save us. We are saved by grace (Eph.
2:8), faith (Rom. 5:1), confession (Rom. 10:10), repentance (Acts
2:38), baptism (I Peter 3:21), works (James 2:24), the blood of
Jesus (Eph. 1:7), the church (Eph. 5:23), Christ (Acts 4:12).
Many more things can be included. But no one of them by itself
brings salvation. All of them work together.
II Timothy 3:15, And that from
a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
By reading and studying the scriptures, one is
moved to have faith in what they say. Such knowledge makes us
wise unto salvation. But if all we do is believe what they say,
we will never be saved. One must ACT, perform, obey, comply,
heed, follow, submit to what they say. Nothing here about
salvation by faith only.
Titus 3:8, [This is] a faithful
saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that
they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good
works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Nothing about faith only in this
passage. It shows that saving faith is NOT FAITH ONLY. Saving
faith is one that is careful to maintain good works. That is,
saving faith WORKS the works that God commands that we do. The
works mentioned here are not the works that man invents and
believes is good. These works are the works God invented
(designed). As a matter of fact, BELIEF itself is a WORK. If you
are going to claim that sinners are not saved by any kind of
works, then youre going to have trouble with what Jesus said
about faith in John 6:29. Jesus said that believing on him is the
work God commands men to do. It is Gods work. Not mans
work. Yet it is the work God commands men to do. So, as the Bible
teaches all along, we are saved by doing the works God commands
that we do: believing, confessing, repenting, being baptized,
living faithful unto the Lord. But none of these things man
dreamed up. They are works of God. But, they are works that man
must act upon man must perform.
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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS...
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
The box comes with an item that says, Assembly
required. But, you are a man, you dont need any
assemble something so simple. When you finish, you wonder why
they packed so many different extra parts. Or did they? Perhaps
you didnt get that far before you realize that something
isnt going right. The parts are not going together as they
Instructions to some people are a last resort.
for people who cant figure things out for themselves. They
for everyone else. Instructions are only there if you get in
Isnt that how a lot of people treat God,
Jesus and the
Bible? When all else fails, then they turn to God. When something
goes wrong, they turn to Jesus. When they cant think of
else that might help, they read their Bible.
Our holy Father says, Study to shew
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Tim.
2:15). It is amazing how many difficulties can be avoided by
reading the instructions first. Each part is for a particular
purpose. Each part needs to be used in a particular order. When
everything is put in order, in the right place, everything comes
together and works the way it should.
Isnt that how our lives work? Each thing in
has a purpose (see Eccl. 3:1-11). Without the instructions,
hard to see how those parts fit together. Yet, with faith (which
the instructions create, Rom. 10:17), all things fit together,
everything comes together and works the way it should.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you
(Matt. 6:33). In a past century, a reader complained to the
editor of the London Times that sermons, and reading
the Bible, was an exercise in futility. For all the time that was
spent in hearing and reading, little was remembered. The response
was different than you expect from many editors (and sadly, even
many preachers) today. The editor had been married for several
decades. We will use thirty years for purposes of our
illustration. In thirty years, his wife had prepared
approximately three meals each day, for 365 days each year.
Mathematically, that is 30x3x365 for a total of 32,850 meals.
However, out of those 32,850 meals prepared and eaten over the
years, very few of them could be remembered. The editor asked,
Does that mean that eating those meals was an exercise in
futility? What would have been the result had he not eaten
meals? Did they not provide him with the nutrition he needed even
though he could not remember them? Did not the sermons and
readings of the Word of God do the same for the soul?
One of the older ladies in Bible study one Sunday
morning told this story from her childhood. A preacher was
visiting their home and she told the preacher that reading her
Bible did her precious little good since she could not remember
well what she had read. Sitting on the porch was a basket they
brought vegetables out of the garden in. It had sat in the wet
dirt in the dew of the morning and was caked on the bottom with
mud. The preacher asked her to take the basket to the pump and
fill it with water from the well. She objected, pointing out that
a basket does not hold water. He asked her to humor him. After a
few minutes of pumping water into the basket, she came back to
the porch where he was seated and proudly showed him that she was
right. The basket did not hold any water. However, he asked her
if the basket was any different. She noted that it no longer had
the mud caked to it and was clean. He then asked her a question,
Do you think that reading the Bible might be able to do the
thing with your mind? Even though it might not hold all that you
read, your mind and thoughts might be considerably cleaner for
The Bible is not a coffee table book. It is not a
decoration to make the living room look better. Neither is it a
motel night stand book. It is not to be hid away in a drawer.
Neither is it a library edition. It is not a book to place upon
the shelf to look impressive. The Bible is the communication of
the God of heaven to each and every man to guide him through
this life that he might have life eternal.
Read, peruse and study your Bible every day. Take
fifteen minutes a day to read through your Bible in a year. Take
a few more minutes to carefully note what it says in the context:
1) of the entire Bible, 2) of the dispensation it is in, 3) of
the testament it is part of, 4) of the book to which it belongs,
5) the chapter where it is located, and 6) the paragraph and
sentence which it composes. Then, meditate not only upon what it
means, but upon how it applies to your life, and how it can be
applied to your life.
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
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YEAR IN & YEAR OUT
Marvin L. Weir
The year 2008 is about to be closed out and the year
2009 will begin. It is traditional for people to gather together
on New Years Eve to have a good time and acknowledge the
beginning of the New Year. Some suggest that this is the period
of time where we close one chapter of our life and begin in
another. I suppose that one can view the Old and New Year in such
a manner, but there is something much more important to be
considered. At some point in time, you and I will close out our
life in this world and begin eternity! When this moment occurs,
it will matter greatly whether or not we have faithfully served
the Lord year in and year out. Let us make sure that we take the
time to evaluate our lives in view of the coming Day of Judgment.
Am I concerned about sacred matters year in
and year out? The Lords church and proper worship is
so important that Gods inspired Word regulates both. The
religion of the Bible is not something that one can successfully
trifle with. The cost of Christianity and the Lords church
is indeed high. In order for the redemption of man to be
possible, the Father gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), and
the Son willingly gave His life (Matt. 27:20; Rom. 5:8).
It is no wonder that Christ said, If ye
love me, ye will keep my commandments (John 14:15).
The Savior paid a tremendous price for being the Lamb of
God (John 1:29) and the good shepherd (John
10:11). His precious blood was shed to purchase His church (Acts
Never forget that it was not your blood or my
blood that purchased the church! Such being the case, all
authority belongs to Christ as the head and savior of the body
(Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23). Those who desire to go to
Heaven will respect what God has said regarding the proper
worship of the church. We must be concerned about sacred matters
year in and year out. The Lord was and is.
Am I committed to worshipping and serving the
Lord year in and year out? Some things in this life are hit
or miss, on again, off again, or seasonal or periodic. Normally,
however, we are more committed to those things that are near and
dear to our hearts. Can we truly say that worshipping and serving
the Lord is something that we are determined to do year in and
Spasmodic or half-hearted allegiance is in vain
and is detested by the Lord. To the church at Laodicea He said,
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I
would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth (Rev.
3:15-16). After ones conversion, he must continue to
faithfully walk in the light of Gods Word (I John 1:7).
Allegiance to the Lord and His cause is second by
second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week,
month by month, and year by year. There are no vacations when one
is enrolled in service to the King. May we remember that our
sights are set on things above (Col. 3:2) and on a city
which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God
Am I concerned about being the salt of
the earth and the light of the world year in and
year out (Matt. 5:13-16)? Some members of the Lords
church do good for a while, as they seem to be concerned about
their influence and being a good example. But then something
happens, and perhaps at least part of the credit goes to a most
formidable foe, Satan (I Peter 5:8). Members of the body either
forget or do not care that their light is not to be hidden or
covered up. God would have our light to always shine like a
beacon so that all can see, and so that He might be glorified. We
do not have the option of lighting our light one moment and then
putting it out at the moment we are ridiculed or persecuted.
Study carefully Matthew 5:13-16! If the salt ever loses it savor
(flavor and preserving power) it is good for nothing, but to
be cast out and trodden under foot of men (Matt. 5:13). Our
light must shine brightly shine forth for the Lord year in
and year out!
Am I committed to loving lost souls year in
and year out? Man-made denominations are more than confused
when it comes to the subject of love. Many advocate love without
obedience but such love is not the love that God demands. The
writer of Hebrews proves such in saying, though he were a
Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him (Heb. 5:8-9).
One cannot love God who does not keep (obey) His
commandments (John 14:15). One cannot be saved without obeying
the Gospel (II Thess. 1:8). It is not a gospel or my gospel but
the Gospel that saves (Gal. 1:6-9; Rom. 1:16). If we are
committed to saving lost souls, we will always speak the truth as
only the truth can free one from the bondage of sin (John 8:32).
Faithfulness to God is required year in and year
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MANS LOVE FOR GOD
God is love and he desires that we love him (I John
4:8; Matt. 22:37). Jesus said, If ye keep my
commandments ye shall abide in my love (John 15:10).
Jesus also said, If a man love me, he will keep my
words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings (John 14:23-24).
It is easy to claim we love God, but our actions
may show our claim to be false. John wrote, My little
children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth (I John 3:18). Our deeds will show if we
truly love God. If we truly love God we will study to know his
will for us and then obey it. He tells us that we can understand
his will. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free (John 8:32).
When we truly love Gods word we will not try
to change it to match our own will. Jesus said, not
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which
is in heaven (Matt. 7:21).
The apostles were commanded, Go ye into
all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned (Mark 16:15-16). These words are
easily understood, yet we hear people say, I believe in
salvation by grace alone or others says, I believe in
salvation by faith alone. Yet, these people claim to love
God and his word. How can one say he loves God when he refuses to
obey his word? Hear Jesus, For laying aside the
commandments of God, ye hold the traditions of men, as the
washing of pots and cups; and many other such things ye do. And
he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandments of God,
that ye may keep your own tradition (Mark 7:8-9).
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This is a word we all dread. The diagnoses of cancer in
ourselves or a loved one is a devastating and fearful thing.
Cancer in most cases if found early can be eradicated from our
body and we can live a normal life. However, if not found early
it can permeate our physical being and cause much pain, suffering
and even death. Not only does it affect those who are diagnosed
with it, but it affects our family and friends as well. We all
have had family or friends that have had to face this terrible
disease. Weve seen the hurt it causes in so many ways.
Sin is very much like cancer to both a Christian
and non-Christian. But in this short article, were
addressing our thoughts to those who are Christians. If diagnosed
early and eradicated from ones life, a Christian can
continue to have the hope of eternal life with God and Christ in
heaven. However, if its allowed to grow instead of being
removed, we face eternal death. For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
our Lord (Rom. 6:23).
The word canker (II Tim. 2:17) indicates something
that unless removed will continue to eat away. Sin operates in
much the same way, if we do not remove it, it will continue to
eat away at our lives and we will end up succumbing to it. We may
think we are happy, faithful, Christians, but if we let sin
remain, we have allowed the cancer of sin to permeate our life
and it will lead to eternal death. We have to remove this disease
of sin from our lives if we expect to receive life eternal in
The apostle John gives instructions on how to
remove the cancer of sin. If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make
him a liar, and his word is not in us (I John 1:9-10).
He goes on to say: My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is
the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also
for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we
know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him,
and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not
in him (I John 2:1-4). We can plainly see the harm
done in the life of one that does not remove sin by repentance
We also need to consider the damage and hurt to
ones family. The influence our sin can have on our loved
ones can cause them to fall away and be lost as well as
ourselves. And whosoever shall offend one of these
little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a
millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the
sea (Mark 9:42). To offend is to cause them
to sin. This was so important that the words of Jesus are
recorded three times regarding this subject (Matt. 18:2; Mark
9:42; Luke 17:2).
What is the affect of sin on the church? We have
seen how a church can gradually slip away from the old paths and
sink into false teaching. How does this happen? We allow just one
little scrap of false teaching to get a very small hold and it
will grow into other false teachings and soon you are off the
path that leads to heaven. I cannot recall a church going off all
at once. It usually is a little false teaching at a time. Just a
small false teaching is like a cancer. If allowed to go
unchecked, it will eventually kill the whole body.
Jude tells us to earnestly contend for
the faith (Jude 3). To earnestly contend is to stand
fast in the teaching of Christ and his apostles. We must not vary
to the right hand or the left. We must defend the Gospel. The
sanctity of the church depends on its members clinging to the
word of God and not letting the cancer of false teaching go
unchecked. Sadly, today, we have seen many congregations fall
into this category of sin. Why does this happen? Because we as
members have allowed the cancer of sin to permeate our lives and
have not studied to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth (II Tim. 2:15). It is possible to contend for the faith and
the congregation will still not heed the warnings. In that case,
save yourself and move to a faithful congregation.
It is a sad thing to see a family member or friend
suffer and die from cancer. However, it is a much sadder thing to
see a fellow Christian or even a congregation succumb to the
cancer of sin. Physical cancer can kill our body but it cannot
condemn us to hell. But sin, spiritual cancer, will condemn us to
hell if allowed to go unchecked. And fear not them
which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell (Matt. 10:28).
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