Archive for December, 2005

I don’t understand the Bible

Saturday, December 10th, 2005 at 11:19 am

You can’t understand any book you don’t read!

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Humility

Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 7:28 am

“That was a fine sermon,” said one to Mr. Bunyan. The good man answered, “You are too late; the devil told me that before I left the pulpit.” The archfiend soon suggests to God’s servants sonic lofty notion, and they are tempted to appropriate to themselves the honor, which belongs to God only. Ah, what a fool I am that, even when I seek to be lowest at the feet of my Lord, I find myself satisfied with my humility! Do we not too often rather mimic humility than actually attain to it?

-Charles Spurgeon

Posted in Spurgeon
by Gordy

Sin’s Attraction

Thursday, December 8th, 2005 at 7:24 am

Is sin so luscious that you will burn in Hell forever for it?

-Charles Spurgeon

Posted in One Liners, Spurgeon
by Gordy

Sin in Children

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 at 7:18 am

Any man who declares children to be born perfect was never a father. Your child without evil? You without eyes, you mean!

-Charles Spurgeon

Posted in One Liners, Spurgeon
by Gordy

A Clear Message

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 at 6:27 pm

If we want men to be truly converted, we must set before them the plan of salvation very clearly and distinctly. I meet with hundreds of persons who have had some kind of work upon their hearts, but they tell me that they walk in a mist. They have not quite understood it. They felt that they were on the rock, but they were not quite sure what the rock really was. It is a good thing that our zeal for God should be according to knowledge, that we know what we believe, and why we believe it, and know that we are saved and how we are saved and why we are saved; for if there be a mistake here, it may be fatal.

– Charles Spurgeon

Posted in Spurgeon
by Gordy

What motivates you?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 at 11:02 am

I recently came a across another person’s blog (web site) who wrote that he did not like the way some Christians share their faith. These Christians had gospel tracts that said on the cover “What you miss by being a Christian” and on the inside it said “Hell” and then described what Hell was like before explaining the gospel. This fellow did not think we should motivate people to get saved out of fear of burning in Hell for eternity, but rather by motivating the sinner to have a love for God and wanting to be where he is. Now, some may say “What’s the difference?” There really is a big difference.

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

A sinner (lost person) can not love God because he does not know God yet and therefore a love for God can not motivate the sinner to get saved. The only way for a sinner to be saved is for the sinner to see that he or she is guilty before God and deserves the just punishment for his or her transgressions. It is only through the fear of not wanting to receive the just punishment that a sinner will be motivated to repent and believe. Look at the penitent thief – he rebuked the other thief and said they deserved the punishment. Look at the publican in Luke 18: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Neither of these two men said anything about loving God. They were fearful of their deserved punishment.

So should fear motivate a Christian? Certainly not the fear of Hell for a saint is promised by God that he or she will never have to go to Hell. Hebrews 6 says that if we are to move onto perfection – to maturity, we are to leave behind the foundation of repentance – to leave behind the fear of Hell that motivated us to repent. A Christian will not and can not grow if he or she is fearful about going to Hell. Once we are saved, we should and must move past that fear. Once we are saved, we know how to love God – we desire to please him. Because we have been saved, we have a grateful heart and desire to show that gratitude towards God for his marvelous works. God does chasten his own but as a Christian, I am not motivated to serve God out of fear of being chastised. I realize that if I disobey or go my own way, God will chastise me – but I don’t go through the day thinking “well I better do this or God will spank me.” As with my wife, I seek to do those things that please her. I am not motivated to do things because I think she will be angry with me if I don’t.

As a husband, I am motivated by my love for my wife. As a saint, I am motivated by my love for God.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

What works better?

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 at 4:41 pm

Suppose you were walking down a street early one morning and saw a house on fire and you knew that a family was inside sleeping. You know that if you do not do something, they will perish in the flames. Would you:

  1. Walk slowly by with a smile on your face acting like you were having a good time and hope they would wake up and see you and think that what you are doing is better than staying in bed.
  2. Go knock on the door and try to convince them that you are really happy and being outside of the house is so much better than being inside the house.
  3. Run into the house while screaming to wake them up, pulling them out of their beds, and warning them about the fire and if they don’t flee they will perish in the flames.

Which one would be more effective? Obviously, the third one would work best. If screaming and pulling and warning works best for saving people from a physical fire, why do we try to deliver them from the eternal fire without warning them about the judgment to come? Why do we think that if we just live right that people will get saved even if we don’t ever open our mouths? Why do we think that saying they will be happier will make them repent? After all, sinners are happy in their sins. Sin does have its pleasure for a season. Many lost people have good marriages, well-behaved children, good jobs, good health, etc. If they are already happy and content, telling them what we have will make them happy or happier will not bring them to Christ.

The Bible says that we are to save them “with fear, pulling them out of the fire.” We are to warn them of the judgment to come. We are to use the law to convict them of their sin because the law is the “schoolmaster to bring them to Christ.” Faith comes by hearing the word of God – not by seeing our lifestyle. A sinner will never have sorrow if they never know they have transgressed God’s law and will have to face the perfect, holy, and just judge.

In Ezekiel, we are told that the watchman is to warn the people of the danger to come. If the watchman does so, he will be innocent of the people’s blood if the people do not listen. But if the watchman does not warn the people, he will have the people’s blood on his hands. God has set us as watchmen for the souls of the lost. If we do not open our mouths to warn them, their blood is upon our hands.

Are your hands clean?

Posted in Witnessing
by Gordy

Perfect love

Friday, December 2nd, 2005 at 9:28 am

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

A few years ago, I was at the county fair with my wife and children. We went for spiritual reasons – to watch the demolition derby. We found some seats on the outside bleachers which were about five to six feet back from the fence surrounding the area where the demolition derby would be. The view was pretty good from there. However, shortly before the derby was about to start, some people started lining up at the fence which blocked the view of many of the people in the bleachers. Some of the people standing at the fence were considerate of those in the bleachers and squatted down. Others though kept standing. People in the bleachers were getting upset and some said things to those standing in the way. One woman at the fence took offense and was billigerent. That woman yelled at my wife and my wife responded. It was at that point that I grabbed my kids and said “Let’s go.” I didn’t see any point in staying. As I was walking away, the billigerent woman’s husband said something to my wife too. I didn’t hear what he said but he said it with an angry tone. I turned around and walked back to the guy and stood right in front of him and told him not to talk to my wife that way. He didn’t like that and yelled at me that he didn’t say anything bad. I repeated to him that he should not talk to my wife that way. To add a little more detail, this guy had arms that were probably more than twice the size of mine plus I was holding one of my kids. If this guy wanted to hit me (he probably did based on the angry tone of his voice and the look on his face), I probably would have ended up on the ground. What’s this got to do with the verse above? My perfect love for my wife 😉 cast out any fear I had of physical injury. My love for my wife made me forget about anything that might happen to me.

Many times we find ourselves afraid to witness to someone. We fear that they might get mad or laugh at us or reject us. But if we truly love God like we say we love him, then our perfect love for him will cast out the fear. If we love him, we should not be afraid.

Show your perfect love for God by opening your mouth and warning others about the judgment to come and informing them how they can escape eternal flames. The stakes are high and there is no room for fear.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Snake handling

Thursday, December 1st, 2005 at 8:09 am

Son: Dad, some kids at school were talking about how some men were handling snakes at their church Sunday. Where do they get that idea from?

Dad: They get that out of the Bible.

Son: They do? What does it say?

Dad: It says in Mark 16:18 “They shall take up serpents…”

Son: What does it mean?

Dad: It means they shall take up serpents and you let them do it and don’t you do it!

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy