Archive for July, 2006

Some Things That Please God

Monday, July 31st, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Saving people by the foolishness of preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21

Those not living in the flesh

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8

Revealing his son in us

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Galatians 1:15-16


But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Doing good

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16

The death of his son

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10

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Servant Evangelism

Saturday, July 29th, 2006 at 11:52 am

Servant evangelism is popular among many churches today. In doing servant evangelism, they go out and serve others or do kind deeds for others in order to demonstrate God’s love. While serving others is great and doing kind deeds for others is great, it is not evangelism. Evangelism is preaching the gospel. I have yet to read one account of someone who practices servant evangelism actually preaching the gospel of Christ. In fact, servant evangelism does nothing to demonstrate God’s love. Let’s see in the Bible how God showed us his love:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten SonJohn 3:16

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us. 1 John 3:16

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Have you noticed the common theme? God’s love is shown to us in the death of his son for our sins. God’s love is not manifested when we serve others but never preach the gospel to them. If we want to share God’s love with someone, tell how God gave his son to die on the cross for our sins.

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Holding babies for ransom

Friday, July 28th, 2006 at 11:07 pm

Recently, Tony Campolo appeared on the Albert Mohler Show. Mr. Campolo provided his opinion on the abortion issue. He said abortions go down when the economy is good. He said we should raise the minimum wage and provide healthcare and daycare so poorer women will be in a better financial position to give birth to their babies. In other words, he is saying “Give us some money or we will kill the babies.”

Also, Mr. Campolo said we shouldn’t outlaw abortions because the number of illegal abortions will go up. In other words, he is saying don’t make a law because it causes some to break the law. Should we not have laws against theft because then some will break the law? Should we not have laws against murder because then some will break the law?

The pro-abortion (anti-consequence) crowd has silly reasoning indeed!

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Judge not

Friday, July 21st, 2006 at 12:51 pm

One of the most misquoted and misapplied verses in the Bible is:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1

Those living in sin especially like to quote that verse. Does that verse really mean that we should never judge or are people taking it out of context? Let’s look at some other passages in Proverbs 21:

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3

Most people would say that they have sacrificed things in order to gain God’s favor. Proverbs 21:3 tells us that God finds justice and judgment more acceptable than sacrifice. Justice is when someone gets what he or she deserves. In order to determine what someone deserves, a judgment must be made.

The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. Proverbs 21:7

Here, we see the wicked refuse to do judgment which leads to their destruction. Not judging brings about destruction.

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. Proverbs 21:15

For those who have been justified – the just, judgment brings joy.

So, should we or shouldn’t we be judging? Those who say we should not judge are the ones who are in most need of judgment. When Jesus said to judge not, lest ye be judged, he is telling us that we should not hold people to a standard of how they should live if we are not living to that standard. We should be judging and determining what pleases and displeases God.

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The message of the Bible

Thursday, July 13th, 2006 at 9:23 am

The main message of the Bible can be summed up in two words: Jesus saves! This is not just the message of the New Testament, but it is the message of the Old Testament as well. Look at what Peter said to Cornelius:

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:34-43

Notice verse 43: To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness. Not just some of the prophets witness to Jesus, but all the prophets. People in the Old Testament times were given the same message that we are given today: Jesus saves!

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Are you guilty and responsible for Adam’s sin?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 at 8:03 am

Does God count you guilty and responsible for Adam’s sin? Does God ever see one person as guilty because of another’s sin? If you think not, then how do you explain God punishing the Lord Jesus Christ for all of our sins? God does count you guilty and responsible for Adam’s sin:

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:18-19

Because of Adam’s offence, we all are condemned. Because of Adam’s disobedience, we all are sinners.

So what’s the point? We all are guilty and condemned because of our own actions anyway, so what does it matter if God sees us guilty for Adam’s sin too. The point is if God does not see one person guilty for the sins of another, he will not see the Lord Jesus Christ guilty for our sins. And more importantly, he will not see us righteous because of one man’s obedience.

Because God counts us guilty because of the first Adam, he can count us righteous because of the last Adam.

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God’s goodness

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 at 1:29 pm

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2:4

So often today, the message we hear is “God loves you.” While this is true, is it God’s love that we should be preaching to bring people to repentance? Many people would answer “yes” and use Romans 2:4 as support for that. But is the goodness in Romans 2:4 referring to God’s love? If you look in the context, you will read about God’s judgment and his holiness. The context mentions nothing about God’s love or about his desire to have a relationship with people. So how does God’s judgment and holiness have anything to do with his goodness? It is because of God’s goodness – because of how good he is – that he must judge sin and unrighteousness. It is because we fall so far short of God’s perfect standard of goodness and holiness, we must face his righteous judgment.

It is when we realize how holy and how good God truly is, we will repent of our sins. Knowing his goodness will lead us to repentance.

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Rejoicing when someone is saved

Monday, July 3rd, 2006 at 8:42 am

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10

When a sinner repents – when a sinner is saved – there is joy in Heaven. Some use that as justification for rejoicing here on Earth when someone is saved. But should we? Those in Heaven certainly can rejoice because they see things we cannot and they truly know when a sinner repents and is born again. But how do we know for sure? Aren’t there false professions? How can we distinguish at that moment whether a person has truly repented and trusted in Christ or if the person still has his or her eyes darkened and just went “through the motions?” Even my pastor frequently tells how he made a false profession when he was about eleven years old, but didn’t truly repent and trust Christ until he was eighteen. When we rejoice when someone makes a profession and unbeknownst to us that profession is false, are we contributing to that false convert never becoming a true convert? Will all our rejoicing become a stumblingblock to the false convert never becoming a true convert?

A few months back, I went with our teen group to a service held by another church. They use a school gymnasium as their meeting place. There was probably over 500 teens in attendance. At the end of the message, there was an invitation. I remember one young man in particular that came forward. He stood up front next to the stage as a youth leader showed him some things in the Bible. After a few minutes, there was a handshake and the teen went back to his seat. At the end of the invitation, the youth leader took the mic and announced the young man had been saved and that we should “give it up for him.” Many shouted and whistled and clapped. Several things bothered me about what happened. I watched the teen as he stood up front. He kept looking around as if he was looking for someone. Everytime I saw his face, he was grinning and chomping away at his bubble gum. Every now and then, he would nod his head. If there was any conviction and godly sorrow, I couldn’t see it. Granted, one doesn’t have to weep and boo-hoo in order to be saved, but if someone is awakened to God’s righteousness and holiness and our guilty standing before him, the gravity of the situation should arrest our attention. Judge me if you wish, but I don’t believe that young man was saved that night. And a giant stumblingblock was laid before him because the youth leader announced he did get saved and encouraged the crowd to cheer. This young man will look back at that night and remember that he went forward, nodded his head a few times, was told he was saved, and had people cheering for him.

Let me use another example. If you have children, how did you react when one of them made a profession? Did you go around telling others your child was saved? Or did you take a wait and see approach? Knowing the seriousness of your responsibility as a parent to see your children saved, don’t you take a cautious approach? Three of my children have made professions. I’ve not told any of them that they are saved. I did not get on the phone and tell others about it. I waited and watched for fruit. I don’t want to be a stumblingblock to any of my children. I don’t want any of them to not get saved because “Dad said I was” and that was enough for them. Shouldn’t we be cautious about everyone else too? Read what a great preacher from the past said:

There are so many stony ground hearers, who receive the Word with joy, that I have determined to suspend my judgment till I know the tree by its fruits. I cannot believe they are converts till I see fruit brought back; it will never do a sincere soul any harm. George Whitefield

We seem to be extremists by nature, and I know we can take this to an extreme. But should we tell others they are saved or should we let God tell them? Since we don’t know for sure if it is a true or false conversion, should we rejoice? I don’t know – what do you think?

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