Archive for January, 2006

The Use of the Law

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 at 8:00 am

Lower the Law and you dim the light by which man perceives his guilt. This is a very serious loss to the sinner rather than a gain, for it lessens the likelihood of his conviction and conversion. I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary [its most powerful weapon] when you have set aside the Law. You have taken away from it the schoolmaster that is to bring men to Christ… They will never accept grace till they tremble before a just and holy Law. Therefore, the Law serves a most necessary purpose, and it must not be removed from its place.

-Charles Spurgeon

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by Gordy

Enticed or warned

Monday, January 30th, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Many people today who think they are winning souls to Christ are not really preaching the gospel and thus are not winning anyone to Christ. These false preachers and false teachers have changed the message from one of warning sinners to flee from the wrath and judgment of God to one of enticing sinners to receive something.

Is enticing someone really all that bad?

In each case where we see enticement in the Bible, it is always a bad thing:

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Colossians 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

As Colossians 2:4 tells us, enticing words beguile us. Look at some of the instances in the Bible of people being beguiled and you will see that you won’t want to be beguiled:

The devil beguiled Eve

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Preaching another Jesus or another gospel is the same thing the devil did to Eve, and that corrupts us from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Laban beguiled Jacob

Genesis 29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

The Midianites beguiled the Israelites

Numbers 25:18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.

What are the things some are using to entice sinners today?

Many times, sinners are told to come to Christ for happiness, for peace, for prosperity, for good marriages, for good homes, for God’s blesssings. So what’s wrong with giving that message to sinners? First and foremost, it is not what the Lord Jesus Christ did nor what the apostles and disciples did. They brought conviction to the sinner by exposing sin and showing the sinner’s need for deliverance from God’s judgment and wrath. Second, anyone who lives godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. The world hates the Christian because the world hates Christ. If you invite someone to come to Christ for happiness and peace, what will that person think when persecution comes? However, if you tell the person to come to Christ to escape condemnation for sin, when persecution comes, the person will be able to withstand it because he knows that one day he will be delivered from it all. As a Christian, I do have happiness and peace today, but that is because I came to Christ for the right reasons.

You don’t see a difference?

Some may think I am splitting hairs and don’t see any difference – as long as people are coming to Christ. The difference is subtle – but that is how the devil works:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Satan enticed Eve with the truth – eating the fruit would allow them to know good and evil – but he did not appeal to her sense of obedience to God; he appealed to her lusts and her desires. She desired to be like God; sinners desire happiness and peace. Using that as a means to draw people to Christ is not right. If we draw them with happiness and peace, one day they may not be so happy and then they will try something else to make them happy. We must sow the seed on good ground – ground that has been plowed through the reproof of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

Acts 13:10 …O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Are you perverting the right ways of the Lord through a happiness gospel or a propserity gospel? Thou child of the devil! Preach that it is appointed unto men once to die, and then the judgment. Preach that Christ died for their sins – that he paid the penalty for their transgressions, that he was buried and rose from the dead. Preach that if they are not found in him, they will be cast into the lake of fire.

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by Gordy

God – all loving?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006 at 10:50 am

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Many people will say that God is all-loving based on the above verse. They think God will forgive everything and not send anyone to Hell because an all-loving God surely would not do that. What they’ve really done, though, is make a god to suit themselves. They don’t want to give up their sins so they create a god who is OK with their sins – a god who will not judge them or punish them for their sins. They’ve created a god in their own image.

God is love – but he is not all-loving. Their is a difference – a big difference. The depth and magnitude of God’s love can never be completely understood, but he does not love everything.

So if God is not all-loving, what are some things he doesn’t love? Here are a few:

Deuteronomy 16:22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Have you created a god that condones and winks at your sin? The one true God does not. He requires perfection. If you cannot attain unto perfection, you better find someone who was perfect for you. That one is the Lord Jesus Christ. If you want to spend eternity in a perfect Heaven with a perfect God, you better be found clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins (forsake them) and trust Christ today.

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by Gordy

The State of the Lost

Friday, January 27th, 2006 at 1:17 pm

All men are under the Law by nature, and consequently they are condemned by it because they have broken its commands; and apart from our Lord Jesus men are only reprieved criminals, respited from day to day, but still under sentence and waiting for the appointed hour when the warrant shall be solemnly executed upon them.

-Charles Spurgeon

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by Gordy

Flattery

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 at 7:29 am

There is another life; the Lord will come a second time; judgment will arrive; the wrath of God will be revealed. Where this is not preached, I am bold to say the gospel is not preached. It is absolutely necessary to the preaching of the gospel of Christ that men be warned as to what will happen if they continue in their sins. Ho, ho, sir surgeon, you are too delicate to tell the man that he is ill! You hope to heal the sick without their knowing it. You therefore flatter them, and what happens? They laugh at you; they dance upon their own graves. At last they die! Your delicacy is cruelty; your flatteries are poisons; you are a murderer. Shall we keep men in a fool’s paradise? Shall we lull them into soft slumbers from which they will awake in Hell? Are we to become helpers of their damnation by our smooth speeches? In the name of God, we will not.

-Charles Spurgeon

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by Gordy

Overcoming your fear of witnessing

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 at 11:19 am

Are you afraid to share your faith with people? What if you were given $1,000 each time you witnessed to someone? If you witnessed to 10 people, you would get $10,000; if you witnessed to 100, you would collect $100,000. Would that help you get over your fear? If you answered “Yes,” what does that say about your faith?

Doesn’t it say that your love of money is greater than your love of God? Money has become an idol to you.

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by Gordy

The law of God

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 at 10:04 am

There is a war between you and God’s Law. The Ten Commandments are against you. The first comes forward and says, “Let him be cursed. For he denies Me. He has another god beside Me. His god is his belly and he yields his homage to his lust.” All the Ten Commandments, like ten great cannons, are pointed at you today. For you have broken all of God’s statutes and lived in daily neglect of all His commandments. Soul, you will find it a hard thing to go at war with the Law. When the Law came in peace, Sinai was altogether on a smoke, and even Moses said, “I exceeding fear and quake!” What will you do when the Law of God comes in terror, when the trumpet of the archangel shall tear you from your grave, when the eyes of God shall burn their way into your guilty soul, when the great books shall be opened, and all your sin and shame shall be punished? Can you stand against an angry Law in that Day?

-Charles Spurgeon

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by Gordy

Scapegoat

Monday, January 23rd, 2006 at 8:34 am

Another popular saying found in the Bible:

Leviticus 16:10, 20-22 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness… 20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

A scapegoat is someone whom we blame for our transgressions. This scapegoat carried the transgressions of Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate scapegoat; he bore all our sins so that we could have forgiveness.

by Gordy

Holiness

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 at 1:15 pm

This morning, our pastor preached on holiness and mentioned it is sorely lacking in churches today. I agree completely. As he was preaching, I had a few thoughts about holiness:

  • We are called with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9)
  • We are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • We are part of a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5)
  • We read the holy scriptures (2 Timothy 3:15)
  • God calls us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16)

Are you holy?

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by Gordy

Unconverted in the Church

Saturday, January 21st, 2006 at 11:56 am

By all means, let us bring true converts into the church, for it is part of our work to teach them to observe all things whatsoever Christ has commanded them, but still, this is to be done to disciples and not to mere professors; and if care be not used, we may do more harm than good at this point. To introduce unconverted persons to the church is to weaken and degrade it; and therefore an apparent gain may be a real loss.

-Charles Spurgeon

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by Gordy