PLANNED PARENTHOOD SELLS DEAD BABY BODY PARTS
Victor M. Eskew
Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 by Margaret Sanger and
Ethel Bryne. They opened Planned Parenthood in Brooklyn, New York,
as a single office. Presently, Planned Parenthood has 700
Healthcare centers in the United States.
The words, Planned Parenthood, sound very
positive. One would think that the organization focuses on teaching
and training young couples who are interested in having children.
This, however, is not their focus as all. The following is the
Mission Statement of Planned Parenthood.
Mission Statement: A Reason for Being
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each
individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her
fertility, regardless of the individuals income,
marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age,
national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and
value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are
essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive
self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the
individuals right to privacy. We further believe that
such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of
the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Following the Mission Statement, Planned Parenthood lists
the activities that flow from the statement. They write:
Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse
communities within which we operate, the mission of
Planned Parenthood is to provide comprehensive
reproductive and complementary health care services
in settings which preserve and protect the essential
privacy and rights of each individual to advocate
public policies which guarantee these rights and
ensure access to such services to provide educational
programs which enhance understanding of individual
and societal implications of human sexuality to
promote research and the advancement of technology in
reproductive health care and encourage understanding
of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social
One of the reproductive services of Planned Parenthood is
abortion. There are two main methods that Planned Parenthood
uses to carry about their abortions: the abortion pill and
in-house abortions. In one year alone, Planned Parenthood
distributed 1,461,816 abortion kits containing the abortion pill.
The women who take the pill to abort their child do not report the
abortion to the clinic after it has been conducted. Thus, these
abortions are not part of the abortion statistics of Planned
Parenthood. In 2012, Planned Parenthood reported having performed
329,445 in-house abortions. This means that Planned Parenthood is
performing over 902 abortions per day in the United States. Of the
clients that come to Planned Parenthood, 1 out of 10 will have an
Their abortion practice alone should concern all who call
themselves Christians. Life is a gift that is given by God (Gen.
2:7). The deliberate taking of innocent human life is murder. In
Exodus 20:13, God commanded, saying: Thou shalt not
kill. Abortion is killing; it is murder. A human life
comes to an end. A tiny infant is inhumanely destroyed and taken
from the mothers womb. In Ephesians 5:21, murder is included
in the list of the works of the flesh. Those who practice it,
including those who murder babies in the abortion clinics of
Planned Parenthood and elsewhere, shall not enter in the kingdom of
God (Eph. 5:21). Sadly, the abortion practices of Planned
Parenthood have not upset the masses enough to take action against
them. Planned Parenthood continues to exist. Their clinics continue
to perform on average, over 902 abortions every single day of the
year. The organization continues to be funded in great part by tax-
Of late, another practice of Planned Parenthood has surfaced
through several videos. We now have proof that Planned Parenthood
has been harvesting body parts from aborted babies and selling them
to research laboratories. Their little arms and legs are sold for
$75 each. The brain, kidneys, and heart sell for more money because
they are more valuable. It was said in one of the videos that a
baby aborted at 11.6 weeks could provide three samples. Some of
these babies are torn apart in the womb and then collected on glass
pie plates when the mother ejects them. Others are harvested after
the little body has been removed from the womb. Yes, they are torn
limb from limb and cut apart piece by piece.
Second Timothy 3:13, says: But evil men and seducers
shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Those who sell body parts from these dead babies are truly
deceived. They see no harm in what they are doing. They talk about
the sale and distribution of the body parts with no shame, guilt,
or remorse at all. One of the ladies in a video talked about her
need to get as much for the parts as she could so she could
purchase a Lamborghini. Planned Parenthood also tries to deceive
the public and has for years. They have hidden the sale of body
parts from the mothers who destroyed their babies and from the
general public as well. Even when the videos began to surface,
Planned Parenthood tried to deny what the videos showed.
It is high time for Christians to arise from their sleep and
take appropriate action against these crimes against humanity and
transgressions against the will of God.
First, we should demand that all those who are associated
with the harvesting and sell of baby body parts are prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law. Our laws state: It shall be
unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise
transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration
Second, we should be doing all we can to cease funding this
evil organization called Planned Parenthood. Our tax
dollars pay for about a fourth of the expenses of this
organization. We need to bombard our Congressmen and Senators with
calls and letters and let them know we no longer want our money
going to this godless institution. This organization needs to be
torn asunder, not by violence, but by teaching Gods word and
the laws of the land.
Third, we need to elect officials who hold to the idea of
the sanctity of life. We need men and women in office who love the
unborn child and who hate the practice of abortion. The holocaust
that has transpired in our nation since Roe v. Wade needs to come
to an end. Since the U.S. Supreme Courts infamous ruling in
1973 through 2014, well over 57.5 million babies have been put to
death, slaughtered, in their mothers womb averaging 1.37
million per year.
Fourth, we must become very vocal in our proclamation of the
teachings of Gods Word about life and murder. We can no longer
remain silent. We can no longer sit idly by and do nothing. We must
say that enough is enough. Those in the wrong need to know that
those in the right are strong and will fight for the values and
principles that are higher than any man-made laws or man-made
decisions on earth.
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EXTENDING THE GOSPEL INVITATION
Garland M. Robinson
These words sound all too familiar: I attended a worship
service of the church of Christ where, at the end of the sermon,
there was no invitation song and no opportunity to respond to the
Gospel invitation. The minister announced that such a practice
wasnt found in New Testament worship in either command,
example, or necessary inference. He said it was simply not one of
the acts of worship and he wouldnt condone it.
Our long standing practice of extending the Gospel
invitation and singing an invitation song at the close of the
preaching service is becoming less and less frequent in a lot of
Personally, I have never preached without offering the
greatest invitation the world has ever known and telling people
what they must do to obey the Gospel. I never plan on
doing anything else. I always try to encourage preaching brethren
to make sure they tell their audience what one must do to be saved.
Why would any church, any preacher, not call for both sinners and
wayward members to repent? It is a sad and tragic practice to leave
off exhorting people to obey the Gospel; and, do it Now. Also, I
hear more and more preachers saying, if you have a need to
come, come now; but they dont tell them what to do when
It is true that we do not have an example of
extending the invitation at the close of the sermon and standing
while we sing an invitation song. However, the Bible authorizes
also by command and by what is often called
necessary inference. Regarding this latter point, the
dictionary defines the noun inference as: a
conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. Its
verb form infer is defined as: deduce or conclude
(information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit
statements. The point is this, though something may not be
explicitly or specifically stated, the proper conclusion is drawn
by the evidence provided in the Scriptures. For example: we teach
the truth when we say that Lot went down into Egypt, even
though the Bible does not say he did. What the Bible says is that
Lot came up out of Egypt. According to the evidence of
Genesis 12:6-13:1, the inference (deduction, conclusion) is
correctly drawn that he went down into Egypt. Had he not gone down
into Egypt, he could not have come up out of Egypt (Gen. 13:1).
The authority principle is alive and well. It is
Biblical. It is heavens order. Colossians 3:17 says,
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
[do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
and the Father by him. In the name of means by
the authority of. Having power of attorney
means you have the right to act in someones name by their
authority. The childrens game Simon Says is based
upon this same principle.
The Bible authorizes in three ways.
No one can successfully deny that the Bible authorizes
action(s) based upon direct statements (and/or commands).
(1) The Bible says, Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved... (Mark 16:15-16). By the Lords plain
and simple statement, we have authority to go, teach and baptize.
(2) Upon the first [day] of the week let every one of you
lay by him in store, as [God] hath prospered him... (1
Cor. 16:2). According to the command of this verse, we have
authority to give a contribution every first day of the week. (3)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
Lord (Col. 3:16). This verse authorizes singing, but not
No one can successfully deny that the Bible authorizes
action(s) based upon approved examples. (1) The Bible says,
upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came
together to break bread (Acts 20:7). By this action
(example), we have authority to observe the Lords supper on
the first day of every week. (2) The church at Philippi received
funds and disbursed funds in supporting Paul preaching the Gospel
(Phil. 4:15). This approved example authorizes local congregations
to receive funds and send funds in supporting works of the church.
No one can successfully deny that the Bible authorizes
action(s) based upon necessary inferences drawn from the
Scriptures. (1) The Bible says, Whosoever shall put away
his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another,
committeth adultery (Matt. 19:9). The Lord authorizes
(teaches) by inference (implication) that those who divorce their
mate because of their mates fornication and marry another, do
not commit adultery. The conclusion (inference) is inescapable.
Otherwise, the word fornication is meaningless. The Lord clearly
says that if you divorce your mate for any cause other than
fornication and marry another, you are living in adultery; but (by
implication) if you divorce your mate because of their fornication
and marry another, youre not living in adultery. (2) In
Matthew 22, the Sadducees (who did not believe in the resurrection
of the dead) present to Jesus what they thought was an impossible
question for him to answer. Jesus responds by saying, have
ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the
God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is
not the God of the dead, but of the living (Matt. 22:31-
32; cf. Exod. 3:6). Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had been dead well
more than 1,500 years, yet they are spoken of in the present
tense. That is, God is presently their God; and, since He is
the God of the living, they are not dead. They are still alive,
just not on this earth. The inference (implication) is clear. There
is a resurrection of the dead (cf. John 5:28-29).
That which God implies is just as true and factual as if the
point was explicitly and specifically stated. It carries just as
much authority as a command or example. We do not imply, God does.
We understand and act based upon the evidence of what God implies.
By the way, there is no command or example of asking people
to stand for a song and remain standing for the prayer. There is no
command or example to have a church building or padded
pews, water fountains, bathrooms, carpet, song books, shaped notes
for the songs, etc. etc. But, all these things are authorized in
the command to assemble and worship (Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor. 14-16).
These things are expedients. An expedient is something that
expedites, helps, aids, assists us to do what God tells us to do.
A song book aids us in carrying out the command to sing (Eph.
5:19). Lights help us to read the scriptures. A building helps in
providing a place to assemble, etc. etc. Encouraging
souls by giving them an opportunity to obey the Gospel, and do it
NOW, is expedient.
What examples do we have? There is an example of people,
during a sermon, asking what they needed to do to be saved (Acts
2:37). When they were told what to do, they did it (vs.38-41).
Theres an example of a man from Ethiopia, while engaged in a
Bible study, asking if he could be baptized (Acts 8:36). While
Ananias was teaching Saul, he asked him to get up and be baptized
(Acts 22:16). Simon, when rebuked by Peter, asked for prayers that
he might be forgiven (Acts 8:24).
Is it okay (authorized) for someone to ask us if they can
confess and be baptized, but not okay (authorized) for us to ask
them to do so? The Bible does not tell us specifically
how we are to obey the command to teach and baptize.
Therefore, it is left up to us exactly HOW we obey this command.
God commanded Noah to build an ark but left it up to him HOW he did
it. God gave him specifics such as gopher wood, size, floors, door,
window, etc. But it was up to Noah to get the job done. He could
use hammers, saws, a measuring instrument, etc. God tells us to
preach the Gospel. It is up to us to use whatever lawful means is
available to get the job done.
By extending the Gospel invitation at the close of our
sermons we encourage people to obey God. We are obeying the command
to teach, baptize, and teach (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; Mark
16:16). This is the most fundamental principle in all the New
Testament. Its ALWAYS appropriate for people to obey. And,
its ALWAYS appropriate for us to ask people to obey.
The END or OBJECT of preaching is to baptize. Shall we not
invite, encourage, and give every opportunity for souls to obey? It
is true that people can obey at any time, but does that mean we
have to wait for them to tell us they are ready? Are we to believe
it is a violation of scripture for us to make an effort, even
during a church service, to encourage souls to obey the Gospel?
Weve taught them WHAT to do (at least faithful churches and
preachers do). Weve taught them the URGENCY of it. But, we
cant encourage them to obey the Lord NOW? That doesnt
make sense does it? If they were to stop us during a church service
and ask to be baptized or for prayers of forgiveness, would that be
acceptable (scriptural)? If so, do you mean to say it would not be
acceptable (scriptural) for us to ask them to be baptized or to be
restored? Strange indeed!
Though Christians today are not ambassadors of Christ as
were the apostles, we still teach and preach for men to obey the
Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 Paul wrote, Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech (beg)
[you] by us: we pray [you] in Christs stead, be ye
reconciled to God. He continues in 6:1-2, We then,
[as] workers together [with him], beseech (beg) [you]
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2(For he saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time;
behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)
The bottom line is this. We are to worship and serve God. We
are to teach and baptize. Extending the invitation (whenever,
wherever) for people to respond to the Gospel and obey it is what
we are to do. Paul wrote, knowing therefore the terror of
the Lord, we persuade men (2 Cor. 5:11). We are persuading
men/women to obey; and, to obey NOW, dont wait.
What we often call an invitation song is simply an
expedient, an encouragement, a pleading, for men to obey the
Gospel. It is authorized by necessary inference (implication). It
is appropriate, expedient, helpful in obeying the command to teach
For your further consideration: The idea of not
offering the invitation and giving people a special opportunity to
obey the Gospel often comes from schools of higher
learning (so-called). Many such institutions are hot
beds of digression. Some are teaching and convincing students
that the Lords supper can be observed any day of the week, as
often or not as often as the local church determines. Its
being taught that the Lords supper can be mixed with a common
meal (which is forbidden in 1 Cor. 11:22). They are teaching that
mechanical instruments of music can be used when we sing. They are
being fed liberal and digressive soup that women ought to
take leading roles in congregations as preachers, deacons, even
elders. Our young people (often not well grounded) are
easily persuaded to accept this digressive teaching. Some are being
taught that mom and dad are ignorant and just dont
know these new things; and, that the congregation back
home is tied to tradition. Often, these are the kinds of
preachers that are being hired by congregations and are
being sold a bill of goods to depart from the tried and
Winds of digressive change are blowing strongly in so many
places. And sadly, our schools are often not helping the
matter, they are the source of promoting it!
HEAR John 6:44-45
BELEIVE John 8:24; Heb. 11:6
REPENT Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30
CONFESS Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10
BAPTIZED Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21
FAITHFUL 1 Cor. 15:58; Rev. 2:10
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A LITTLE HUMILITY PLEASE A CALL TO PRAYER
Today we are calling for a little humility because it takes
humility to approach the Lord in prayer.
Luke 18:10-14, Two men went up into the temple to
pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee
stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am
not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even
as this publican. 12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all
that I possess. 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not
lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his
breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14I tell you, this
man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for
every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that
humbleth himself shall be exalted.
In this great parable, Jesus deals with humility as
expressed in prayer. Certainly this has a broader application than
prayer, but it is just as certainly about prayer. The conclusion of
this is found in verse 14: If we exalt ourselves, we will be abased
(brought low); if we humble ourselves we will be exalted.
Our public prayers should be motivated by humility,
and they should also be expressions of our humility. Humility in
prayer is as natural as breathing.
Regarding specifics, Jesus teaches us several things
about prayer (Matt. 6:5-15).
- Only the one who is humble enough to see his needs and
his dependence upon God will desire to pray.
- Prayer is to a being greater than we are; otherwise, why
would we ask him for help and for blessings?
- Every request made in prayer is an admission of
- Every plea for forgiveness is an acknowledgment of our
Paul and James give additional specifics about prayer:
- Prayer must not be done to be seen of men (v.5).
- We must not pray canned prayers; i.e. empty repetitions
of the same words over and over again (v.7).
- Our payers must be addressed to the Father (v.9). Though
there are three in the godhead, our prayers are directed
to the Father.
- Our prayers must be reverent and respectful
Hallowed be thy name (v.9). In
prayer, we bow before the greatness of our God.
- Our prayers must be concerned with Gods will being
- As we pray, we should acknowledge our dependence on God
and ask for his continued care and providence
give us this day... (v.11).
- We must have a forgiving attitude when we pray,
realizing that we need Gods continued forgiveness
- We pray for God to help us overcome evil and protect us
from harm (v.13).
Prayer should be an exercise in humility. We should not
pray to exalt ourselves. Prayer is not a time to show off our
vocabularies and our skill of oratory. Prayer is not a time to
remind others of our spiritual attributes and accomplishments.
- We are to let our requests be made known unto God (Phil.
- Our prayers should be characterized by thankfulness
(Phil. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:18; Eph.
- We are to pray for leaders and for all men in authority
(1 Tim. 2:1-2).
- When we pray in public we must not only think of
ourselves, but others who are listening to the prayer.
Will they be edified (1 Cor. 14:16-17)?
- We must not pray to simply fulfill our own desires
There are things to remember when we pray:
A Little Humility, Please.
- It is by Gods grace and mercy that he listens to
our prayers. 1 Peter 3:12, For the eyes of the
Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto
their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them
that do evil. 1 Peter 5:7, Casting all
your care upon him; for he careth for you.
- We cannot come to God based on our own goodness, wisdom,
or strength. Isaiah 64:6, But we are all as an
unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy
rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away.
- It is due to the work and righteousness of our High
Priest that we can come boldly before the throne of God.
Hebrews 4:14-16, Seeing then that we have a
great high priest, that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.
15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. 16Let
us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of
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GODS WORD IN OUR HEART
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee (Psalm 119:11). One should fill his heart and
mind with the Word of God because...
1) It SAVES and keeps us SAVED. For I
am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and
also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by
faith (Rom. 1:16-17). Wherefore lay apart all
filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with
meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls
2) It STRENGTHENS us. And now, brethren, I
commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to
build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which
are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
3) It SUPPLIES the Answers to the fundamental
questions in life. Where did I come from (Gen. 1:26-27; Acts 17:26-
29)? Why am I here (Eccl. 12:13; Phil. 1:21)? Where am I going
(Matt. 7:21-23; 25:46; 2 Cor. 5:10)?
4) It SUSTAINS and SETTLES us in trying times:
Let us fill our hearts and minds with the precious Word of
God so that we can:
- In times of despair and discouragement (Psalm
- In times of doubt (Heb. 11þ12),
- In times of disbelief (Psa. 119:81),
- In times of desperation (Psa. 119:105),
- In times of death of love ones (Rev. 14:13; Psa.
- In times of dealing with Satan and sin (Psa.
119:11: Matt. 4:1-11).
What are we filling our hearts and minds with? If we
dont fill it with Gods Word, it will be filled with
something else. That something else will disrupt our minds and
destroy us spiritually. What we need is Gods Word the
- Teach it (Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15),
- Trust it and depend on it to guide us in this
life (Prov. 3:5-6; Col. 3:17),
- Travel with it in this life (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Tim.
3:15-17; Jer. 10:23),
- Triumph over the trials, troubles and
temptations in this life (Psa. 119:11; James
- Treasure it living in Hope of Eternal life (Matt.
6:19-21; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; Phil. 1:21).
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BE POSITIVE PREACHER
Be positive preacher! Now there is a good suggestion. The
person who dwells wholly on the negative and presents a message
absent of joy and cheerfulness and optimism, should re-examine his
Christianity. Certainly we preachers need to proclaim the good
news of the Gospel and hold forth the promise of hope that can
be found in Christ. A steady diet of the consequences of sin,
horrors of hell, or the wrath of God, would be quite discouraging
to those who have to listen to us preach week after week.
Faithful, dedicated, committed, and hard working brethren
need to be reassured that they can obtain the crown of life, and
that the battle against our adversary can be successfully fought
and won (2 Tim. 4:7-8). Did not John tell us, These things
have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal
life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God (1 John 5:13). So, lets preach that message, and
shout it from the roof tops. But at the same time, let us not abuse
the call for positive preaching. Let us make sure that our
definition of positive preaching is true to Biblical
principles. The general attitude toward a positive
ministry has come to mean toleration, avoidance of judgmental
statements, and ministering to the felt-needs of those with whom we
come in contact. The end result is a market based message
that appeals to the wishes of the masses rather than the demands of
the Almighty God.
The present emphasis upon those things noted above has
produced a search for a church that is exciting, progressive,
non-judgmental, and loving (to name only a few of the glowing
adjectives which some think ought to characterize our
preaching). Doubtless, most of us would say that our Lord conducted
a positive ministry while upon this earth. Would any dare
suggest that our Lord was negative and
hyper-critical? Certainly not. But while Jesus held forth
forgiveness and hope, He likewise dealt with sin in a most forceful
manner (take a close look at Matthew 23). I have even heard that
our approach to those lost in sin should be some sort of
back-door strategy. Lets be careful lest we
offend. Preaching of that nature will drive people
away. Too much scripture will make people angry.
Sound familiar? Now take a close look at Gods approach! When
Israel was in decline, morality at an all time low, religion false
and hypocritical from priest down to the people, it was then that
God sent the fiery, outspoken prophets. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos
would not have lasted two weeks in some congregations now crying
for positive, pleasing, and palatable preaching.
God, give us preachers like the prophets, men who are not
afraid to convict us of our sins and point the way to heaven,
rather than coddle us and leave us drowning in our sin and
separated from the Almighty.
In what little bit of mission work that I have been
privileged to do, it seems that the plain preaching that is so
neglected in our country, is welcomed elsewhere. Souls in Russia,
starving for the Living Word, want a plain spoken message. Like two
ships passing in the night, those who have lived in the darkness of
Communism welcome the light, while those of us who have enjoyed
more than 200 years of freedom and easy access to the Bible, run
from the light.
Is it not interesting that the Gospel is flourishing and the
church growing in those areas where fundamental truth is forcefully
preached, while positive preaching is filling our
buildings with half-hearted, unconverted numbers? Let us listen to
the words of Jesus: And 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 3:19-21).
Let us preach a positive message, but make sure it is
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CAIN AND ABEL
Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve (Gen. 4:1-2). Abel was
a keeper of sheep while Cain was a tiller of the ground (Gen. 4:2).
These two brothers offered a sacrifice to God. Cain offered of the
fruit of the ground and Abel offered of his flock. God
accepted Abels offering but rejected Cains. This
rejection caused Cain to become angry and he vented his anger by
killing his brother (Gen. 4:3-8).
In studying the whole Bible we learn Cain disobeyed God in
the sacrifice he made. Abel offered by faith (Heb. 11:4). Paul
writes, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God (Rom. 10:17). This verse proves that Cain and Abel
were told what to sacrifice. Cain chose to sacrifice what he wanted
and disobeyed God. God would have accepted his sacrifice if he had
obeyed (Gen. 4:7). Instead of repenting and obeying God, he killed
his brother. Abel was the only one right in his sacrifice (Heb.
11:4). Cain was in sin because he did not do what God told him to
do (1 John 3:12). It is sad to see Cain turn from God just to have
his own way (Jude 11).
Cains bad example is a great lesson for us today (cf.
Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11). Many people are members of churches that
men established. Instead of obeying God, they began their own
church (Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7-9). Instead of wearing the name of
Christ they wear the names of men (1 Cor. 1:10-13). Men replace the
plan God gave for mans salvation with their own plan (Matt.
16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16). Some churches accept fornicators and
adulterers into their worship but God says it is a sin to do so
(Matt 19:9; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). God gave command to sing in worship but
man changed the worship by adding mechanical instruments of music.
There is no authority to add instruments to singing (Col. 3:17).
Many more things could be added to this list of changes but these
are enough to show that the spirit of Cain is alive and well today
Do you have the disobedient spirit of Cain or the obedient
spirit of Abel? Its not too late to change.
Earl B. Claud
106 Bradley Hill Dr.
Dover, TN 37058
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WHAT WOULD LIFE BE LIKE
WITHOUT THE LORD?
Roger D. Campbell
What a horrible thought! I cannot imagine trying to make it
through life without having the good Shepherd (John
10:11). He is the one mediator between God and men (1
Tim. 2:5). He is the King of kings and Lord of lords
(Rev. 19:16). But, what if? What if Jesus had never come into this
world to give his life as a ransom (Mark 10:45)? What if
I had refused to believe and obey the Gospel? Or, what if I became
a follower of Gods Son but later decided to turn from the
holy commandment (2 Peter 2:21)? Friend, what kind of life
would it be if we had to live it without the Lord?
It would be A Life Without True Meaning. Jesus came
that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly
(John 10:10). Arent we thankful that He did! Jesus once told
His apostles, ...without me ye can do nothing (John
15:5). But on the other hand, as the apostle Paul said, we can
do all things through Him (Phil. 4:13). The whole of
man is to fear the Lord and keep His commandments. The Bible says
so (Eccl. 12:13). Yes, without the Lord, our life would be a life
without true meaning.
It would also be A Life Without A Totally Reliable
Pattern Or Model To Imitate. There are a lot of really fine
people in this world. Some of them are worthy of imitation because
they demonstrate in their lives wonderful behavior, pure speech,
and a respectful attitude. Such rare people are a good pattern to
follow most of the time. If you have read the Bible, you know that
no mere human is perfect. No mere human is a good example in every
aspect of living all of the time. Each person makes mistakes. The
Bible says that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). But not
Jesus. He did no sin, and that is why He, and He alone,
is One about Whom we can say to ourselves and others, ...ye
should follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21-22). Take Jesus out of
the picture and there is no completely reliable model to follow.
Life without the Lord would be A Life Without
Direction. Where am I going in my life? Where should I be
heading in life? Jesus said, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life (John 8:12). Following Jesus is the path of
light. Through His word, the Lord provides a lamp for our feet and
a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Jesus has the words of
eternal life (John 6:68). Without Him we would have no clue
about where and how we should walk.
Life without the Lord would be A Life Without
Forgiveness/Salvation. The wages of sin is death because sin
separates a person from God (Rom. 6:23; Isa. 59:1-2). We could
never devise a plan by which we could save ourselves. Thank God
that He loved us so much that He sent Jesus into the world to
save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). The Bible says that in Jesus
we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
sins, according to the riches of his grace (Eph. 1:7).
Because Jesus is the only Savior, His is the only name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved
(Acts 4:12). Without Him we could never enjoy the forgiveness of
sins. Without forgiveness, we would always carry the burden and
guilt of sin in our heart. How horrible it would be to have to face
life without the Lord and His marvelous salvation. We should
continually express our gratitude for all the Lord has done to
provide us with the remission of sins.
A life without the Lord would be a Life Without Hope.
People that live without hope are miserable indeed. Jesus is the
hope of the world (1 Tim. 1:1). Through Jesus we can live in
hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2). Christians have been
begotten by God to possess a lively hope. That hope is to obtain
the inheritance that the Lord has prepared an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven (1 Peter 1:3-4). That is the only hope
that is really worthy of mans interest and effort.
What would my life be like without the Lord? It would be a
life without true meaning, a life without a totally reliable model
to imitate, a life without direction, a life without forgiveness,
and a life without hope. The great thing is that none of us has to
live such an empty and vain life without the Lord and His
blessings. The choice is ours: we can either live life with Him, or
live life without Him. Let us choose wisely, for this choice will
determine our eternal destiny. To live with Him, of course, means
to live according to His will. Are you doing that?
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