Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New present-day teachings condemned in Bible

I have discovered more and more through my reading of the Bible, certain passages that seem explicitly to condemn certain false teachings of recent origins that are prevalent today. Truly, the Bible is a living Book that applies to all generations. Now, I will probably offend someone. However, I have tried my hardest to base everything I say here on Scripture and have quoted it in almost every case.

Evolution (macroevolution)
We have in Genesis 1:11-12, 14, 21, 24-25, a direct blow to the evolutionist’s ideas. The words “after his kind” are repeatedly used. Not, “ The fish reproduced gradually to an ape.”

Another devastating whack at Darwin’s theory comes from Romans 1:20-25. Note: Romans 1 is a very useful passage of Scripture. It goes much deeper than the casual surface reading. It is useful for refuting many false teachings prevalent today. (2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:") Science would have us to believe that there is no God. Their best way of accomplishing this is to remove the Creator and make everything come from chance. By doing this, they worship the creature (man, who has supposedly come from animals, and therefore is little more than an intelligent animal himself), who has invented science to study everything under and above the sun, and turn truth (the Bible, the story of creation) into a lie. (Evolution)

Christians should avoid false science. (1 Timothy 6:20 “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:”) I would say that the Bible explicitly condemns evolution as a false doctrine. For here we have scientists “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ( 2 Timothy 3:7) Yet here we as Christians stand, fools to the world, yet wise in the eyes of our Maker. (1 Corinthians 3:18-19) “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19) For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

Mormonism
Mormonism is a rapidly growing group today. However, several main doctrines are condemned in the Bible. Mormons always claim that Joseph Smith was visited by an angel. I myself can believe that. Maybe he was! And it was probably an angel of light as they say. (2 Corinthians 11:14 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.") I would even daresay that verse 13, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.”

Mormonism is more complicated than Christianity. It has many more rules and works that must be done to secure salvation and be in good standing with the church and God. The gospel given by the apostle Paul, who received it from Jesus Christ, is simple. (2 Corinthians 11:3 "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.")

We no longer need an earthly temple building. Christians are the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."2 Corinthians 6:16 "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.")

The LDS church also retains extensive geological record for the purpose if baptism for the dead. (Sounds like indulgences, to me) (1 Timothy 1:4 "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.") Shall we spend our time looking at genealogies to supposedly save people or present the Gospel of Christ Jesus, God?

Galatians gives a strong warning against Mormonism: (Gal. 1:6-9 "(6) I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.") Whoa!! Paul wasn’t just giving a little warning—he repeated himself in the very next verse! ANY other gospel = Let that preacher be accursed.

The LDS church also teaches that marriage is eternal. Well, Jesus debunked that idea in Matthew 22:23-32. It’s too long to put all of it here, but go look it up. “(29) Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (30) For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” Now we are directly ignoring the teachings of Jesus Christ, God! Are we going to ignore God Almighty Himself?!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

What do you place your trust in?

Continuing the thought from the last post . . .
Not only is it good for us to trust in God, but God commands us to trust Him. When we put our trust in Him, He blesses us and our life is much more easy. No longer do we apt to stumble along, taking this path and that path, trying to figure out where to go next in life; when we trust Him, He leads us and shows us the work He has for us to do. The book of Psalms has much to say about trusting in God and what happens when we put our trust in other things.

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Neither should we be ashamed of being a Christian, trusting in God, or witnessing. God will not let us down when we are in trouble--He will protect us. We may be killed for His sake or as a result of our own stupid actions, but our soul is safe in God's care. The next time you have to tell someone the Gospel, do not be ashamed or fear--the Devil is the one making you fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power! God is with you and will help you--you will not make a fool of yourself in God's eyes. The world may think you a fool, but that is because God has let the Devil blind the eyes of the lost.

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Psalm 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Psalm 25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

Psalm 31:1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

When others attack our faith, we can trust in God and His Word to help us. If we try to explain our faith to people based solely on our own reasoning, we will not be able to be as effective in the Lord's work as if we had trusted and used God's Word. The Bible has a passage to refute every argument that can be made against God and His Word.

Psalm 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Psalm 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.


When we are afraid, what should we do? Well, first of all, if we had trusted God to begin with, we would not be afraid.

Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Psalm 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

But, since we are human, and all of us, at one point or another are going to fail to trust God, what should we do? Well, that's a easy one--just turn around and trust Him! He will still help us, even when we fail to trust Him in the first place.

Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Whether you are going through the death of a loved one, a financial crisis, a serious illness, or worrying about your future, fully trusting in God will always bring peace to you. Our life may not become peaceful, but you will rest assured that God has your life in His hands and will not let you down.
What do we hear so often today? "Just trust yourself." "Believe in yourself." Are these sayings Christian? I don't think so. Are we able to do anything by ourselves? No.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The Bible says we cannot trust ourselves. Our hearts are wicked; we cannot place our trust in man. Notice, I'm not saying we can't trust other Christians in earthly matters, like lending them a tool to use for a week--but we will all fail at one time or another. We cannot place the trust of our life or our spiritual destination in man's hands. Man will always break his promises. But God never breaks His--past, present, or future. Shall we entrust our eternal life into man's hands as Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons? God forbid. Look what has happened to them. They have become deceived beyond imagination. What happened to Jim Jones' followers who put their trust in him? http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/mass/jonestown/index_1.html Right before the mass suicide/massacre, Jim Jones is supposedly quoted as saying, "I have twelve hundred people's lives in my hands, and I certainly don't want your life in my hands. I'm going to tell you, Christine, without me, life has no meaning. (Applause.) I'm the best thing you'll ever have. . . . Don't, don't fail to follow my advice. You'll be sorry. You'll be sorry. If we do it, than that they do it. Have trust. You have to step across." People had entrusted their lives in his hands, and with detrimental results. Man is wicked and cannot save himself. We can put our trust only in God, who will never fail us.

2 Kings 18:21 Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
2 Corinthians 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:


Trusting in riches is just as bad an idea as trusting in man. It is a mockery towards God because it shows that you think more highly of money than of your Creator. If you trust your money, you are making your savings your idol, your god.

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

This man thought the rest of his life would be a wonderful time of peaceful relaxation; his barns were full of his crops, his servants attended to his every need. But, no--his life was cut short. All his treasures did him no good--he went to his damnation because he did not trust in God, but in his treasures on earth.

1 Titus 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

But the Lord would have us trust Him, not in our savings. What if your bank failed tomorrow? What would you do? Would you trust the Lord? What if the economy crashed tomorrow? Would you lean on the Lord for strength and guidance?

Should we put our trust in our military? It does no good to trust in our own might, power, and the newest weapon technology if we do not place our trust in God. He is the one that will keep us safe from harm according to His will.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

In fact, God says "Woe to them . . ." that put their trust in their might and not in the Lord!

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

Shall we put our faith in the number of men we have? The newness of our weapons? It seems reasonable to believe that, but without God, it is fruitless. You may still win, but oh . . . how much easier when God is with you.

Let us then put our whole trust in the Lord, and lean not on our own understanding, mankind, riches, or weapons. His ways are above our ways, and our understanding of the future is not complete. We know not what tomorrow may bring. Therefore, cast all your cares upon Him--He already knows your struggles. Whether your uncertainty revolves around a finding a new job, building a family, finding a spouse, affording college, worrying about money, dealing with a disaster, or finding a church, God already knows and has a plan for that circumstance. Place your trust in Him and He will guide and bless you beyond measure. Life is always easier when we trust God. After all, He gave us our life to use for Him! And after we accepted Christ, we need to give our lives back to Him for His glory.

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Many hymns have been written about trusting in the Lord. Here are some of my favorites.

If thou but suffer God to guide thee (Winkworth’s original translation) http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/f/ifyouwil.htm

Put thou thy trust in God
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/p/t/t/ptttigod.htm

Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust."


"At least 55 [now 56] people were killed and hundreds injured Tuesday and Wednesday by dozens of tornadoes that plowed across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. It was the nation's deadliest barrage of twisters in almost 23 years."
"Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who viewed the northern Tennessee damage by helicopter, said after his aerial tour: "It looks like the Lord took a Brillo pad and scrubbed the ground.""

Please remember to keep the victims in prayer. Many have lost homes, possessions, family, and even schools. Union University (http://www.uu.edu/) was hit hard:
http://www.wmur.com/video/15232789/index.html >>>video
Maybe some will come to Christ as a result of this disaster. God will bring good out of this horrible disaster, no matter how saddening it seems to us. His ways are higher and better than ours.

Psalm 16
1 Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god : their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places ; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.




Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Role of a Pastor (Part 1)

A Pastor is simply God's heart in a mortal man. A God-fearing, God-following pastor will fit this description. A Pastor that uses his power in the church for his own gain is not God-fearing nor fulfilling his duties. Rather, he is abusing them.

First, a pastor is appointed by God. (Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”) God promises to give us our pastors who will help us. He called those men to be pastors. (Ephesians 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”) You may say, “But we voted in our pastor!” Yes, you may have voted him in, but who was it that placed him there? Who worked the circumstances to bring the vote about? God. Who convicted the church members to vote for him? God. He knows what each and every local church that loves Him needs, and He will supply each one with the pastor fit for that particular job. You may also say, “Our pastor is not godly!” Well, that is because the church is not following God. God keeps His promises. The reason His promises don’t always seem to work is because we don’t keep our end of the deal. God says "I will ___ if and only you _____. If you don't complete your part of the contract, God cannot fill in His part. God cannot bless us abundantly when we fail to obey Him. If we turn from God, choosing what we want, and not God’s will for our lives, we can expect that life will become hard because God cannot bless us with everything good in store for us.

Secondly, a pastor is an overseer. (1 Peter 5:2 "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;”) The pastor oversees the local church; he is to make the important decisions. He would be wise to ask what his deacons think of the matter, but he is in charge of leading God’s people in that local church. He must solve conflicts within the church in a manner according to the Bible, and instruct and discipline members when necessary. Edit//This passage is actually referring to the elders, not the pastor...sorry. So, perhaps I should exchange "pastor" for "elders".

A pastor is a Shepherd. The Shepherd loves his sheep. If one is missing, he becomes very worried and goes out to find it. In the same fashion, a pastor must lead his local church. He should lead by example, and if one goes missing, he should go and see if he can help with whatever trouble that person is in. A God-fearing pastor will feed his congregation from the Word of God, the basis of truth. Those pastors who do not teach the truth are in deep trouble. (To be discussed in part 2) Not only must he present his congregation with food, the Word of God, which is the only thing that can satisfy our hunger, he must also expound on the Word of God. However, if we really love God, we will never be satisfied with the Bible reading and hearing we have; we will always want to know more about God and His ways. A pastor must also exhort Christians in their walk with the Lord. (Acts 20:27 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”) Here Paul gives a strong charge to pastors to feed the church of God. Jesus shed His own blood for the church of God, and to take the responsibility lightly is a great danger. Leading others is serious business, and a pastor must never forget that. Someone's eternal life may depend on it.

Lastly, a pastor must lead in the fear of the Lord. When a pastor lives in the fear of the Lord, God will supply him with wisdom and more knowledge. (Proverbs 15:33 “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”; 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: . . .”) A man without fear of God will do as he sees fit, not that which pleases God. If we fear God, we will do what He commands us. And He commands us to fear Him. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”) A pastor who fears God will be able to teach his congregation as a result of the wisdom he will have gained.

Welcome!

Welcome! Through this blog, I hope I will be able to grow and help others in their walk with the Lord Almighty. I am not an eloquent writer, but I hope I will be able to get my point across and encourage or help others.

I will start off here in my first post about a Godly pastor and how he should act. This will be a part one of three in a series. Part two will deal with ungodly pastors and what pastors should not be, and part three with what the congregation’s responsibilities are. I will then cover church discipline, which is sadly lacking in many churches and is often an abused power. I will intersperse these with lighter subjects, such as chivalry, crying, and whatever else draws my attention from the current news. Enjoy!