Rebuke and the Bible
In this day and age rebuke is almost always seen as a bad thing. Live and let live is the way of the world and it is the same way among many christians. The book of Proverbs helps us understand why this is.
Pro_9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Pro_13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
According to these verses the reason why many despise rebuke is because they are scorners and foolish. I’m not calling anyone anything; I am simply showing you what the Bible says. If you hear rebuke and hate it, then you are a scorner and a fool. You are not wise. Proverbs 13:8, 24:25, 27:5, and Ecclesiastes 7:5 all teach the same thing. Read More…
The Bible and our Allegiance
Mat_4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Luk_4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Many, many, many christians have been fooled into verbally placing an item before God in their lives. Whether they mean what they say I do not know. If it is not true, then it should not be said. And if the speaker is not giving thought to his words, then it is idle talk, and will be brought into judgment. (Mat. 12:36) Let’s look at the words I am referring to.
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Read More…
Do the Saints in Heaven see Their Loved Ones on Earth?
This question is very interesting, seeing as many christians assume that their loved ones are looking down on them and cheering them on. The Bible is not completely clear on this subject but a compelling case can be made that saints in heaven do not see their loved ones on earth. Although this issue is not one of fundamental value, it remains important for people to have proper knowledge of the scripture. Telling someone that their loved ones are “looking down right now and cheering you on” is simply an emotional statement with no foundation in the Bible.
I am first going to look at the verses that seem to state that people in heaven do not see their loved ones on earth. There are not many, but they are quite simple and clear.
Isa 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
Isa 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
This passage clearly teaches that Abraham and Jacob were “ignorant” of Israel. These people knew God in heaven could see them, but they must have also known that dead saints could not see the happenings on earth. This next passage is similar. Read More…
The Good Seed and the Tares
Mat. 13:24-30, 37-43
The parable and the interpretation can be found in Matthew 13:24-30, and 37-43. The 1st thing I want to point out is that this passage is sometimes used by people to prove that people are predestined to heaven or hell. That simply is not so. The idea comes from the fact that the tares were sown by the Devil, and are called the “children of the wicked one”. (Mat. 13:38) Now, this point would be a good one if receiving Christ didn’t give us a second birth.
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
So, the tares, the wicked men, the children of the devil, must be born again to enter heaven. Praise the Lord for his grace that allows all sins to be removed through this rebirth. Read More…
The Parable of the Sower
Jesus here gives a parable about a sower, that sowed seed in 4 different locations. Some fell by the way side, some fell among stony places, some fell among thorns, and finally some fell in good ground, and brought forth much fruit. Jesus makes an interesting statement when asked why he is speaking in parables. Look.
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
The disciple were given the understanding of these parables because they were saints. This is not teaching that Jesus didn’t want the multitude of unsaved to not believe, but the parable was not a salvation message. And we will see that later on. But before we get any further let’s look at what the Bible says about this mystery. Read More…
Who is Running this Thing?
This question should be asked to oneself anytime a news article is read about the stupidity of the world governments. Christians get all worked up about what the president is doing, or what this senator is doing, or what that congressman is doing, or what some governor is doing. Hey, they are unsaved sinners, of course they do evil deeds. Why are we surprised when sinners sin? People without Christ can do nothing good, so why do we expect them to? It makes no sense.
1Ti_1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
We need to remember that Christ died for these sinners, and we need to pray for their salvation. But that is not the point of this. I want to prove from the Bible that God is in control of the political structure on this earth. Read More…