LESSONS FROM JOBS ORDEAL
The source of his strength to continue was his faith.
He understood the situation enough to see that his
hardships did not indicate that God had deserted him.
So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord,
and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his
crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and
he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost
thou still retain thine integrity? curse God and die. But he said
unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we
not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his
lips (Job 2:7-10).
This grand old patriarch had already met with greater
tragedies than most will ever have to face. His livestock and his
children were suddenly and violently snatched away from him. In
the present reading, his physical health was grievously afflicted
and his personal comfort was destroyed. His own wife urged him to
renounce the Almighty and thus forfeit his soul.
We might ask, What could possibly give him the
heart to continue to live? How could he keep from surrendering to
his troubles? The source of his strength to continue was his
faith. He understood the situation enough to see that his
hardships did not indicate that God had deserted him. Quite the
contrary. He saw that these tribulations were tests of his faith,
and that through them he could shine forth to Gods glory.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried
me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). James later
showed that Jobs steadfastness serves as a worthy example
for Gods people of this age to imitate (James 5:7-11). The
faithfulness of this great man of God is being used by the Lord
to encourage us in our troubles today.
When great problems assail our nation, saints
can take heart from Job. Wars and threats of war often loom
before us. Economic recessions and depressions are a continual
possibility. The value of our money might be eroded due to
inflation. Some national calamity might destroy our jobs. Illegal
drugs and crime pose serious problems. Sin runs unchecked in our
society. The legal killing of unborn innocents is a plague on the
nation. In religion, interest in truth has deteriorated and there
is a growing lust for religious error. Apostasy is taking place
in our own great brotherhood. What can possibly give us heart
to continue fighting the good fight of faith? Shall we
receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive
evil? Christians have enjoyed a measure of freedom in our
country which has likely never before been offered in history. We
have not always used it wisely or had the proper appreciation for
it. We have happily used these benefits, but let us also be ready
to maintain our steadfastness in troublesome times.
When great problems assail the local congregation of
which we are members, saints can take heart from Job. In the
past, real congregational growth seemed easy to obtain in many
places in our country. Generally, people outside the church had a
high regard for the Bible and for religion. When interest was
high in the congregation, it appeared we could grow at will,
without excessive effort. But when numeric growth slackens, when
the community shows little interest in the truth, when some
members become indifferent and weak, when some drop out, when
some move away, when death comes to faithful members, and when
there is an apparent decline in numbers, our hearts quickly fill
with discouragement. What can possibly give us heart to
continue fighting the good fight of faith? Shall we
receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive
evil? When times were good, we gladly received Gods
bounty. Let us also be ready to maintain our steadfastness in
When great problems assail us in our personal
lives, we can take heart from Job. Many of us are plagued
with financial woes which seem insurmountable. Sometimes, family
problems arise which could easily overwhelm us. There is the
continuing problem of enemies who seek to cause us dismay. Our
health often suffers from various ailments and injuries. Death
frequently snatches away from us precious friends, relatives and
faithful brethren. Our struggle with sin and temptation is
constant and frightening. What can possibly give us heart to
continue fighting the good fight of faith? Shall we
receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive
evil? We have all been glad recipients of the wonderful
blessings of God. Let us also be ready to maintain our
steadfastness in troublesome times.
Someone recently mused audibly in my presence, saying:
I dont know if all my troubles are being sent on me by
the devil to torment me, or by the Lord to test me. Perhaps
most of us have wondered the same thing about our problems. At
the moment, it may be impossible for us to know. But if we use
our difficulties as stepping stones to greater faithfulness, our
problems will become our blessings.
Many blessings come in disguise. Joseph considered his
being sold into slavery by his brothers a horrible evil. But God
worked it out as a blessing. Joseph was blessed in being exalted
to a wonderful position of prominence in Egypt. Josephs
father and brethren were blessed in that, through Josephs
influence, their lives were spared from the great famine (Gen.
37-45). Some difficulty which causes us to be more faithful, more
prayerful, more zealous, more spiritually minded, and more
obedient to the Master, even though it might be painful to bear,
is a blessing (Heb. 12:1-15).
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised
thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the
feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that
which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be
healed (Heb. 12:11-13).
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BARREN NOR UNFRUITFUL
IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD #3
Garland M. Robinson
I refer you to the issues of May and June to read the first
two installments of this article. We have examined many
graces that every Christian is to incorporate into
their lives. We continue with the following thoughts.
THE WORLD SEES AND KNOWS US
We not only have an influence upon those around us, we have
a profound effect upon them too even the whole world.
Someone once said that we, as Christians, are the only Bible some
people ever see. Whether we like it or not, theres a lot of
truth in that statement. Many dont take time to read the
Bible. And, many dont even care. So, as Christians, what do
people see in our lives? Is it good or bad?
IF WE DO NOT GROW
Acts 2:47 tells us the early church had favour
will all the people. Why was that the case? Surely it was
because of the lives they lived. They saw people who were
genuine, who were true, who sincerely cared for one another.
These first century brethren were not cut-throats. They
did not position themselves so they could take advantage of
others. Their attitude was not to get ahead in this world no
matter what, no matter who they had to trample on to do it. Their
motive was pure and genuine. They actually, sincerely, cared for
one another. Jesus said, By this shall all men know that
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another
By what does the world know us? What do our neighbors
think of us? Those with whom we work? Our classmates? If the
Christian graces are evident in our lives and abound, we will
have a good and proper influence.
As the people of God, we ought to be known for
Christ being the center of our lives. Paul said, For
I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). Yea doubtless,
and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the
loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win
Christ (Phil. 3:8). Jesus the Christ should be the very
heart and center of our lives. It was so of our brethren in the
first century. Of the apostles we read, And they departed
from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were
counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the
temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach
Jesus Christ (Acts 5:41-42). Of those persecuted we
read, ...they that were scattered abroad went every where
preaching the word (Acts 8:4).
As the people of God, we ought to be known for
sound doctrine. Titus 2:1, But speak thou
the things which become sound doctrine. Second John
9-11, Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine
of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any
unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your
house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God
speed is partaker of his evil deeds. Second Timothy
1:13, Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast
heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Titus 1:9, Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been
taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and
to convince the gainsayers.
As the people of God, we ought to be known for our
love of the truth. Zechariah 8:19, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts... therefore love the truth and peace.
Second Thessalonians 2:10-12 reads, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness. Ephesians 4:25 says, Wherefore
putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
As the people of God we ought to be known for
earnestly contending for the faith. Jude 1:3,
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the
common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which
was once delivered unto the saints. Paul said,
...I am set for the defence of the gospel (Phil.
1:17). Ephesians 5:11, And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Galatians 2:4-5, And that because of false brethren
unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty
which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into
bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an
hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with
As the people of God, we ought to be known to be
avowed enemies of satan. James 4:7-8, Submit your-
selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double
minded. Ephesians 4:27, Neither give place to
the devil. Ephesians 6:11-13, Put on the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of
the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. First Peter 5:8-9, Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your
brethren that are in the world. Second Corinthians
2:11, Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we
are not ignorant of his devices.
As the people of God, we ought to be known by our
genuine love for all people. Galatians 6:10, As we
have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
James 1:27, Pure religion and undefiled before God and
the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their
affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the
world. First Peter 2:17, Honour all men. Love
the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 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.
If we do not grow in the Christian graces of 2 Peter 1:5-7,
we will be barren or unfruitful in the Lords work. This
obviously is not good. It is not an option whether we do these
things or not. Notice what we read in 2 Peter 1:8-9, For
if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and
cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from
his old sins.
To fail to add these qualities shows us to be most
ungrateful. How could we expect the Lord to save us when we
dont do what He says? Jesus plainly pointed out, And
why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I
say (Luke 6:46). The truth of the matter is that we are
blind: spiritually blind, blind to the truth, blind to the
Lords way, blind to what salvation is all about. We want our
cake, but we want to eat it too. We cant have it both ways.
We cant expect to be saved when were unwilling to obey
the Lord out of a pure heart.
To be saved, we are told: give diligence to
make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things,
ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto
you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11). This does not
mean we will never make a mistake or that we will never sin. One
who says he/she does not sin is deceiving himself. He is a liar.
First John 1:8 and 10 says, If we say that we have no
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ... If we
say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is
not in us.
We are to make every genuine effort to obey the Lord
and serve him all the days of our life. When we do so, there is a
home in heaven awaiting us. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for
us (John 14:2-3). We will be granted entrance into the heavenly
realm. We are on our way to that place that will be our eternal
home that everlasting kingdom.
Are you faithful? Are you growing in the Lord? Are you
adding the Christian graces to your life? The Lord knows the
answer, and you do too.
Do not be barren nor unfruitful in the kingdom of God.
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THE WORK OF ELDERS #2
Ben F. Vick, Jr.
In a previous article for Seek the Old Paths, I began
a discussion of the work of elders. This is a continuation and
elaboration of it.
WHAT ELDERS ARE NOT
It has been said that preachers do the work of elders,
elders do the work of deacons and deacons do nothing. I am afraid
there is more fact than fiction in this statement. However, such
is not the Biblical concept of the work of elders, preachers or
deacons. Let us consider what is not the work of elders,
according to the New Testament, and then let us give some further
thought to what is the work of elders, based on what the New
Testament teaches. Some of these things will overlap with the
preceding article on the same subject, but will be a reminder of
Biblical truths long taught in ages gone by (2 Peter 1:12-15).
Elders are not deacons as can be seen from the terms
found in the preachers epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus).
Following Pauls discussion of an elders qualifications
in 1 Timothy 3, he then gave the qualifications of deacons. He
said, Likewise must the deacons ... And let these also first
be proved... (1 Tim. 3:8-13). This shows a distinction
between the office of an elder and that of a deacon. In addition,
the charges given to elders were not issued to the deacons.
Elders are to feed and oversee the flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter
5:1-3), but these responsibilities were not given to deacons.
Elders can delegate certain responsibilities to the
deacons. In Jerusalem, the Grecian widows were being
neglected in their daily needs; so the church selected and the
apostles appointed seven men to serve tables. Though
the seven are not called deacons, the word in the original for
ministration is from the same family of words as used
in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Study the words ministration (Acts
6:1) and serve (Acts 6:2). Whether one thinks these
seven were officers in the church as in 1 Timothy 3 is not my
point. The point is that the work was delegated to these men by
the apostles. If the apostles could delegate certain
responsibilities to others, elders in the Lords church can
do the same today. If elders spend most of their time serving
tables or caring for the building and grounds of the church, they
would be abrogating their responsibilities to feed and oversee
Elders do not share the role of leadership with the
deacons. The writer of Hebrews says, Obey them that
have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for
your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it
with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for
you (Heb. 13:17). The King James Version translates the
Greek words hegeomai humon as rule over you,
whereas Berrys interlinear, as well as The Majority Text
Greek New Testament Interlinear, translates it as
leaders. The word means to go before, to lead. Deacons,
though they may be highly esteemed for their works sake, are
not the leaders in the local congregation.
Some may have the concept that elders are merely board
members, meeting behind closed doors and making decisions that
affect the flock of God. Though elders do meet privately to
discuss church matters and make decisions concerning the local
work, their work entails far more. Even in the making of
decisions that affect the whole church, overseers should take
into consideration the wishes of the congregation.
Elders are not necessarily preachers. The
qualifications of elders differ from that of preachers. It is not
necessary for a preacher to be married, though he has the right
to be (1 Cor. 9:5); but an elder is to be married (1 Tim. 3:2). A
preacher does not have to have children, but an elder must have
believing children (1 Tim. 3:4-5). Too, elders are to feed the
flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3). This, however, does not mean
that elders are to do all of the feeding. In fact, it is
impossible for them to do all of the feeding. One of the reasons
for hiring a preacher to work full-time with a congregation is to
assist the shepherds in feeding the flock.
Many years ago, some brethren taught the idea that if a
congregation had elders, it could not have a full-time preacher
or evangelist. It was argued that preachers are to preach the
Gospel to the world and elders are to teach the doctrine to the
church. However, a careful reading of the New Testament will show
that there were preachers in certain congregations, even when
they had elders. For instance, the church at Ephesus had elders
(Acts 20:17-35). Yet, the apostle had left Timothy at Ephesus to
charge some that they teach no other doctrine (1 Tim. 1:3). How
long Timothy was there is not the point. If he were there six
weeks, he was located for six weeks. If he had been there two
weeks, he would have been located for two weeks.
The terms gospel and doctrine are
referring to the same body of truth. Paul desired to go to Rome
and preach the Gospel to the saints there (Rom. 1:14-16). If the
doctrine of Christ is to be taught to the church only, then Paul
did not get that message because he preached the word of
God, the faith and the doctrine of the
Lord to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:5-12). Later, to the saints
at Rome, Paul commended them for their initial obedience to the
form of doctrine that was delivered to them. He wrote,
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was
delivered you (Rom. 6:17).
It is true that a man might serve both as a preacher and an
elder. Peter did (1 Peter 5:1), but that does not mean the two
are the same. Preachers do not oversee the flock; elders do.
Preachers are to preach the word; elders are to see that the word
Elders are not in charge of each home within the
congregation. Elders are to oversee the church, not the home.
There is no Bible statement, nor New Testament example, nor New
Covenant implication of elders, as elders, being over the home.
However, some brethren have the false idea that elders can be
over a childrens home. But God did not authorize
them to oversee the legal home, any more than he authorized them
to oversee the private home. Elders have no authority to go into
someones home and discipline the children in the home. As
much as elders may want to do that, they have no authority to do
so. This does not mean that the elders may not have to talk with
a man about his leading his family in the right way, if the
problems in the home spill over into the church. When a matter
affects the church, it becomes the elders business.
Elders are not church bosses. Several years
ago when a preachers name was put before the congregation to
be considered for the eldership, a good but ignorant sister asked
him, If you are put into the eldership, who is going to be
your boss? In the first place, one man does not make the
eldership. Second, the congregation, which also includes each
elder and preacher, is to obey the eldership that is over them
(Heb. 13:17). An elder by himself has no more authority than any
other member of the Lords church. It is the
eldership that has authority. Obey them that
have the rule over you.
I remember in one of my first works with a congregation, one
particular elder would take me aside and chew me out
for something that I had said or done. I got tired of that
quickly, and asked this good brother if he was speaking for the
eldership or himself. He said that he was speaking for himself.
Then I told him that the next time he had a criticism of my work,
I wanted all of the elders present to hear his criticism of me.
That ended his taking me aside and criticizing me.
Peter warned elders, Neither as being lords over
Gods heritage, but being ensamples to the flock (1
Peter 5:3). The Message, a very loose and inaccurate
translation, expresses the thought of this verse this way:
Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing
them the way.
WHAT ELDERS ARE
Elders are spiritual inspectors and analyzers. When
Nehemiah had heard of the terrible condition of the walls of
Jerusalem and the plight of Gods people, he was granted
permission by Artaxerxes to go to Jerusalem and help. This he
did. After three days of being in Jerusalem, he with a few men,
went out at night and viewed the ruined walls of Jerusalem. He
inspected the walls and analyzed the situation. Elders must first
inspect and analyze themselves (Acts 20:28; 2 Cor. 13:5). Then,
elders in the Lords church must inspect the condition of the
local congregation and analyze the situation. Overseeing the
flock includes inspecting and analyzing it. Where are we
spiritually? Are we getting the spiritual nourishment needed in
our classrooms and from the pulpit? How can we help each member,
each teacher, and the preacher improve?
Elders are to be counselors of the souls under their
charge. Peter wrote, The elders which are among you I
exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of
Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre,
but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over Gods
heritage, but being ensamples to the flock (1 Peter
5:1-3). The root Greek word for feed means to
lead, with the implication of providing for, to guide and to
help, to guide and take care of (from Greek-English
Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright, 1988. United Bible
Societies, New York. Used by permission). It seems only natural
that elders who have a love for Gods word and the souls of
men and have experienced the hardships of life would be the ones
from whom counsel is sought. The fact that a young minister has
been granted a PhD in counseling from some seminary does not
necessarily mean he is qualified to counsel. The Bible is the
very best book on counseling in all the world (2 Tim. 3:16-17),
and elders ought to know the Bible as well as, or better than,
Elders are to be examples to the flock. They must
set the example. They are to be out in front. The word
rulers in the original carries the idea of those who go
before (Heb. 13:17). Elders are not to drive or
herd the flock of God, but lead it in both
word and deed. A man that is not above reproach (i.e., blameless)
or who does not have a good name among those in the world, cannot
be a good leader. A church who puts a man lacking these
qualifications into the eldership, is wrong and headed for
Elders are to be business-like in the Lords
work. Minutes of elders meetings should be recorded.
Honest men can sometimes forget what was said or decided in a
meeting. So, if minutes are kept and given to each elder, one can
refer to the minutes if there is a question about a decision that
may or may not have been reached. Letters sent to elderships
should be answered by the elders (unless they are form letters).
A missionary or preacher who is seeking financial support may
send a letter to an eldership. Even if the elders decide not to
help the brother, it is good to let him know one way or the
other. Such is just good business. If businesses in the world
were run like some churches, they would be utter failures. Paul
wrote, Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit;
serving the Lord (Rom. 12:11).
As shepherds of the flock, elders are to be
restorers. They need to try to restore the wayward. Paul
wrote, Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye
which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of
meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted
(Gal. 6:1). Jesus said, How think ye? if a man have an
hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave
the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh
that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I
say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety
and nine which went not astray (Matt. 18:12-13).
Sometimes it is very difficult to catch a member at home who has
strayed. There have been times when the only way that an
eldership could communicate with a member is by letters, emails
or phone calls. When face-to-face meetings are not possible, then
other methods are necessary. Keep in mind that the New Testament
letters were written to churches and individuals to instruct,
correct and admonish.
Elders are to be visitors. James wrote,
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,
and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,
they shall be forgiven him (James 5:14-15). In the first
century, there were members of the church who had received
spiritual (miraculous) gifts by an apostle having laid hands on
them (Acts 8:14-24; Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 12:8-10). This passage in
James indicates that some elders had spiritual gifts in the first
century. When a member of the church was sick, the elders were
called. They would pray on behalf of the sick, and the prayer of
faith (that is a miraculous faith, not the prayer of the
faithful) shall save the sick, i.e., he would be healed (if it
were the Lords will). Though miracles have ceased, it is
still right and good for one who is sick to call upon the elders
or any faithful member of the church to pray for him.
Therefore, let elders oversee and feed the flock of
God. Let preachers preach the word and let deacons serve in the
areas in which they are called upon to serve. This is Gods
pattern set forth in the New Testament. Let us adhere to it.
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THE DEVILS FAITH AND
Man is saved by faith (Rom. 5:1). The faith that saves is
the faith that obeys (Heb. 5:9). Salvation by faith is a
prominent theme throughout the New Testament. Amazingly, the
devils also have faith (James 2:19), but their faith is not a
saving faith. The devil believes there is a God in heaven. In
fact, he has first-hand knowledge of Gods existence! Many
professed Christians have no more faith than does the
The devils faith says, One
church is as good as another. Consider how many
professed Christians believe this lie. Most members of
every denomination subscribe to this belief. We are
sometimes told, Well, after all, the church does not
save. While it is true, the church does not save, it is also
true that Christ has promised to save only his church (Eph.
1:22,23; 5:23). The saved are in the church of Christ because
Christ ...added to the church daily such as should be
saved (Acts 2:47). Of course, the devil wants everyone
to believe one church is just as good as another and,
unfortunately, many have swallowed the devils lie which has
produced in them the same kind of faith as possessed by
The devils faith says, Baptism
cant save you. Dont you know theres nothing in
water that can save anyone? The devil is a Master of
deceit. He deceives many into believing baptism is not essential
to our salvation. Those who deny the necessity of baptism for the
remission of sins, have nothing more than the devils
faith. One who has a faith like the devil will often say,
Let me tell you how the Lord saved me. When I hear
someone say that, I know right away their so-called saved
me never includes baptism for the remission of sins. But,
the apostle Peter said otherwise: repent and be
baptized...for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
Not all who possess the devils faith are
outside of the church. Even in the Lords church there are
many who are afflicted with a faith like that of the
devil. Lukewarm Christians never intend to have the
devils faith, but they do. The church at Laodicea
was lukewarm, wherefore Jesus said, ...I will spue thee
out of my mouth (Rev. 3:16). The devil says, Hold
on there! Dont get too excited about your religion.
Many Christians listen to the devil and never say a
word about the Lord and his plan to save man from his sins. Dear
brother or sister, when was the last time you were responsible
for someone obeying the Gospel? Jesus spoke of himself as being
the True vine (John 15:1). He also said, Every branch in
me that beareth not fruit he taketh away... (John 15:2).
Of these fruitless branches, Jesus said, ...men gather
them and they are cast into the fire and they are burned
(John 15:6). The devils faith will cost many a
church member their soul.
The devils faith will cause the
church to divide. The use of instrumental music in Christian
worship is a symptom of the devils faith, which is
possessed by some church members. The devil says, The
singing sounds so much better with the use of a piano or
organ. Those Christians who are more interested in pleasing
themselves rather than pleasing the Lord, will listen to the
devil and split the church. Why? Because they are infected with
the devils faith. The Ill please myself,
regardless of what the scriptures say, is alive and well in
many congregations of the Lords church.
The cure for the problem of the devils
faith is in the words of the apostle Paul. And take
the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God (Eph. 6:17). Soldiers of Christ must
arise and take the lead in the battle for truth. We must,
fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal
life... (1 Tim. 6:12). We must be able to say,
for I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel
of God (Acts 20:27).
When our pulpits sound forth the message of truth and
our elders support such preaching, the church will be made
strong. When this approach to the devils faith is
made, souls will be saved and the Lord will be pleased. Think
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THE CHALLENGE TO JESUS
Marvin L. Weir
During Jesus earthly ministry, the Jews were constantly
challenging His authority. The Jews claimed to believe the
Old Testament Scriptures, and yet they rejected and refused to
follow the very One (Messiah) for whom they looked. There was no
reason for Jewish believers to not recognize the Son of God.
Jesus observed, ...These are the words which I spake unto
you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled,
which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and
in the psalms, concerning me (Luke 24:44). Sufficient
information regarding the Christ had been revealed in the Law
of Moses, the Psalms, and by the prophets. It
did no good to claim to honor Moses and then refuse to believe
what Moses said about the Christ.
The Jews ask Jesus, ...By what authority doest
thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these
things (Mark 11:28)? Jesus knew these Jewish rulers
would not believe His claim of Deity or His claim of being the
Messiah. A debate or further dialogue would be useless. If Christ
claims His authority comes from heaven, the Jews will accuse Him
of blasphemy. If the Lord claims Rome as His source of authority,
the Jews will have turned Him over to the Roman authorities. Such
being the case, Jesus says to these rulers, ...I will
also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you
by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it
from heaven, or of men? answer me (Mark 11:29-30). This
question caught the Jewish rulers by surprise and caused them
quite a dilemma. Thus, ...they reasoned with themselves,
saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did
ye not believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the
people: for all [men] counted John, that he was a prophet
indeed (Mark 11:31-32).
Think about this question as you ponder the Jewish
rulers dilemma. Tell me, have you stopped beating your
wife? A yes or no answer to this
question simply points to ones guilt. If the Jews said
Johns baptism was from Heaven, then why had they not obeyed
God? If they said Johns baptism was of men, they feared the
people (even being stoned to death, Luke 20:6). Thus, these
Jewish leaders who took great pride in their knowledge, answered
We cannot tell (Mark 11:33). What an answer!
They presume to sit in judgment on Jesus, and yet cannot reach a
simple conclusion regarding John the Baptizer and his baptism.
Failure to accept the undeniable truth of Gods
Word does not change the facts. The authority of Christ is
challenged today just as it was by the Jews of Jesus day.
The Scriptures make it clear that Christ has all authority
in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). Although Christ has
ascended back to the Father (Col. 3:1), His Word remains as our
guide (Col. 3:16). The Lord reminds all today of the power of His
word in saying, He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not
my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken,
the same shall judge him in the last day (John 12:48).
No one has the right to add to or take from
the Word of God (Prov. 30:5-6; Rev. 22:18-19). Neither must the
Gospel be ignored (2 Thess. 1:8-9) or perverted (Gal. 1:6-9).
Let us now observe how many today who claim to believe
in Christ and His Word, yet challenge His authority. People say:
1) I believe in Christ, but I dont believe I have
to attend church services to be saved. Answer: One does not
believe the Lord who willfully forsakes assembling with
the saints (Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor. 11:18-20).
2) I believe in the one Christ, but I do not believe in
just one body. Answer: Christ, as head of the church, has
only one body (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:4; Col. 1:18).
3) I believe the blood of Christ saves me, and it does
not matter which denominational church I attend. Answer: Christ
promised to build only His church (Matt. 16:18), and to
save only His church (Eph. 5:23) [the one blood-bought
body, Acts 20:28].
4) I believe in Christ, but I feel that I can worship
as I please. Answer: One must worship in spirit
and in truth (John 4:24) in order for such worship to be
acceptable to God. Gods Word is true (John 17:17) and not
necessarily what man thinks.
5) I believe in Christ, but I do not believe baptism is
necessary for salvation. Answer: The Lord said, He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned (Mark 16:16).
6) I believe in Christ, but I believe that women can
serve as elders or leaders in the Lords church. Answer: Only
men (1 Tim. 3:1) who are the husband of one wife
(1 Tim. 3:2) can serve as elders. Women are not to teach men or
assume a leadership position in the church (1 Tim. 2:12; 1 Cor.
To profess to believe in Christ and then reject
and ignore His authority never honors the Lord!
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endured the cross for us (Heb. 12:2). The way of the cross leads
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EVOLUTION IS A HOAX
Every feather is a marvel of engineering design. A single pigeon
feather is composed of more than a million individual parts.
Barbs extend from each side of a center shaft. Smaller
barbules grow out of both sides of these barbs, which in
turn are made with tiny microscopic barbicels. These
barbicels are tiny hooks which interlock with
barbules, weaving each feather together like the teeth on
a zipper. If the barbs are pulled apart, the bird hooks them back
together by simply running its beak through the feathers. For
their weight, feathers are stronger than any man-made structures.
If the design itself were not miraculous enough, the functions of
the feather are even more astounding. This extremely lightweight,
durable, and complex design enables the birds wing to flare
and hold air as it flies. The trapped air within the feathers
serves as an extremely efficient insulator against both hot and
cold temperatures. A minute coating of oil makes feathers
waterproof, keeping birds dry and warm. Evolutionists claim that
reptile scales evolved into feathers. Could this have happened?
There is virtually no similarity between scales and feathers, nor
is there any fossil evidence showing the transition from scale to
feather. A scale could only become a feather as specific
information is added to the DNA molecule. The feather has a much
more complex DNA code than a reptile scale. Random mistakes could
not produce this complex information. A Closer Look at
the Evidence by Richard & Tina Kleiss
THE LORDS SUPPER
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do
shew the Lords death till he come (1 Cor. 11:26).
Eating the Lords Supper after the Scriptural order is a
method by which the death of Christ, with all of its profound
meaning, is proclaimed. In preaching the gospel, we proclaim his
glorious death in word; in eating the Lords Supper we do so
by deed. That which we do in silence by means of the Supper is a
powerful proclamation. Those who eat it in grateful and reverent
remembrance of the Lords death bring a blessing into their
own lives. We are to eat and drink in memory of Him. Life is
ruled by the memories we nourish and cherish. The memory of the
Savior lifts us up to a new level of living. Those who eat and
drink without reverence and thoughtful reflection deprive
themselves of one of the most powerful strengthening acts
available to the children of God. For this cause many are
weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (1 Cor.
11:30). Author unknown
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