All Doubt Removed

Doubt regarding clear Scriptural Truth is actually unbelief. We do believe what Jesus said, or we don’t. This is true of all of God’s Word. We don’t believe because it has all been proven; we believe and God’s Truth is proven to us. Sometimes, our doubts need to be confronted. Thomas, often referred to as “doubting” Thomas, is a case in point. Thomas was told that Jesus had been seen alive. He responded, in John 20:25, “….Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Jesus returned to the disciples and He confronted Thomas in these words, “….Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand. and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing” (From Verse 27). A stunned Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God” (From Verse 28). Jesus used this incident to convey to Thomas and to us a vital Truth. “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (Verse 29). In saying this, Jesus laid down the Divine order: First believe, and then see! We can’t see His hands and side today, but we can believe Scripture! When we do, we can know He is alive and worshipfully come to know Him as our Lord and our God! We will believe and see, with Spiritual eyes, that God’s Word is 100% True! In the hymn, “O Word of God Incarnate,” William W. How exclaimed, “O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky; we praise Thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page, a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.” Selah! “God said it! I believe it! That settles it!” (Source unknown). Trust is an act of will, not a response to some “feeling.”  Ron

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Comparing Commitments

Pursuing a career, striving to be a great ball player, determining to be an outstanding actor, having a successful marriage, earning much wealth are all things that require a high level of commitment. Men and women give their lives to these kinds of  things. If we are born again, how does our commitment to Christ, to discipleship, compare? How much time, effort and money do we give to other things compared to what we give to cultivating a deep relationship with the Lord? In fact, if Christianity were to cease to exist as of 8:00 A. M. tomorrow, how much difference would that make in our lives? If we failed, after great effort, in a major goal for our lives, would that bother us more or less than somehow failing our Savior? In short, how much does Jesus and our relationship with Him really matter to us? Have we mistaken priorities? Jesus, in Luke 10:27, gives us what should be our number one priority, “And He answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Is this what prompted Henry F. Lyte, in his hymn, “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken” to write, “Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow thee; destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shalt be: perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought, and hoped, and known; yet how rich is my condition, God and heav’n are still my own!“? Selah! Have these thoughts challenged you, as they’ve challenged me? Will we respond to the challenge and make any needed adjustment to our priorities?     Ron

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The Three “Ds”-A Committed Person

A Christian is one who is committed to Jesus Christ. He or she has trusted Jesus as Savior and Lord of his or her life. He or she is committed to obeying Him and serving Him. The idea that one can be saved and go on living as they did before salvation is foreign to Scripture. True conversion brings about increasing trust and obedience in our lives. We love the Savior and the saved. We love His church and the things of God. The Apostle John speaks of a man like this, in Third John 12, “Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the Truth itself; yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.” This Godly and committed man is respected by outsiders, his life is in harmony with the Truth of Scripture, and John, himself, and others testify of his Christ-like character. He stands in sharp contrast with Diotrephes. Demetrius models discipleship. A disciple is under the discipline of Scripture and it shows in the life. Mary D. James captures this kind of discipleship in her hymn, “All for Jesus, ” in these words of the second stanza, “Let my hands perform His bidding, let my feet run in His ways; let my eyes see Jesus only, let my lips speak forth His praise.” This is the heart’s desire of a true disciple. Selah! The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is not the work of a moment but is a life-long process. Are we in process?   Ron

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The Three “Ds”-A Carnal Person

It is possible to come very close to salvation; even to “have one foot in the door,” so to speak. One can be around Christians, act and talk like them, understand some Truth, and still remain lost! Like the spies at Kadesh-Barnea, they partake of some of the fruit, but fail to enter into the Land. Scripture speaks of a man named Demas. In Colossians 4:14, Paul mentions him, “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you.” Demas companied with Paul and Luke. Yet, when Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he lamented, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” (From II Timothy 4:10). The Apostle John spoke of this in I John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Shortly after that, in Verse 19, speaking of those that are not truly saved, John added, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:.” Paul warned the Roman Church, “For to be carnally minded is death;.” (From Romans 8:6) and “….if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:….” (From Verse 13). Imagine being so close to salvation and still unable to experience it because we love the world so much that there is no room for God! Perhaps this is some of what Philip P. Bliss had in mind in his invitational hymn, “Almost Persuaded.” Hear these sad words, “Almost persuaded, harvest is past! Almost persuaded, doom comes at last! Almost cannot avail; almost is but to fail! Sad. sad, that bitter wail, almost, but lost!” Selah! ‘He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).   Ron

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The Three “Ds”-A Conceited Person

There are different ways that a conceited person can damage a local church. John, in his third epistle, writing under inspiration, describes one such person. “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church” (Verses 9-10). He wanted to be in charge; to have control. This is not an example of a servant’s heart. He was proud to the extent that he rejected Godly leadership, even the Apostle John’s leadership. He even said hateful things about John and others. He wouldn’t receive the brethren. It seems to be implied that he wanted no one around who might interfere with his plans and position. He had gained enough control of that church to forbid others to receive the brethren. In fact, he had enough power to kick those people, who didn’t do what he wanted them to do, out of the church. How a church needs to be on guard! They need to recognize this kind of danger and “nip it in the bud.” This kind of power grab can divide and disrupt a church and damage its testimony in the area. John said he would remember Diotrephes’ behavior, evidently with an eye to doing something about it. Thank God for those who can salvage a church that allows such things to develop, and do it God’s way. If only Diotrephes had had the desires expressed by Charles H. Gabriel in “More Like the Master” when he wrote, “More like the Master I would ever be, more of His meekness, more humility; more zeal to labor, more courage to be true, more consecration for work He bids me do,” how much damage that early Christian assembly would have been spared! Selah! Probably Diotrephes was one of the “tares” that Jesus spoke of; if he was “wheat” it would be even more tragic.   Ron

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Two Kinds of Liberals

In the early days of the Liberal (or Modernist)-Fundamentalist controversy, the differences were pretty clear-cut. The Liberal rejected basics and the Fundamentalist defended the basics. Some of those early Liberals taught others who, in turn, taught still others and so on right down until now. Some of today’s Liberals have never wrestled with the subject of who is right. Some, if they were challenged with the facts by a compassionate, well taught and Spirit filled Fundamentalist, might be won to the Truth. If we assume that today’s Liberals are just the same as their ideological forebears, we may forfeit an opportunity to win them away from unbelief. Granted, there will not likely be a lot of them, but even if some are rescued, we could be thankful for that. Compare these people with kids taught in today’s schools. Many of today’s young people have simply assumed that their teachers knew what they were talking about and have accepted that teaching without critical analysis. If some of these are seriously challenged, they can be salvaged from unGodly secular-humanistic philosophies. Jude admonished, in Verses 22-23, “And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” This is in the context of warning against false teachers and defending the faith. Some are involved in false teaching, the others in unGodly behavior. (Many are off both ways). Charles Wesley spoke to this in “A Charge to Keep I Have.” He put it this way, “A charge to keep, I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my pow’rs engage to do my Master’s will. Arm me now with watchful care as in Thy sight to live, and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give.” Selah! If God gives opportunity, we should be ready to guide a soul back to God’s Truth.  Ron

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Two Kinds of Fundamentalists

I consider myself to be a Fundamentalist. Therefore, what you’re about to read is not intended to be critical of Fundamentalism. However, there is serious concern about abuses within the ranks. There is a kind of Fundamentalist that believes that anyone who doesn’t see it exactly their way is a compromiser. The ones who are not part of their group are “suspect.” They see “pointing the finger” as defending the faith. Nevertheless, there is another kind of Fundamentalist who is firm in his or her convictions. They are compassionate but firm in dealing with those who do not see it their way. They are willing to discuss God’s Word. They are willing to be shown Truth and they are quick to defend the Truth. They have genuine concern for those who have “watered down” the Truth. Some of them can be rescued. Some might even show us Truth that we missed. There are those folk who think their error must be right because the harshness of those who seem to be unloving and critical, seems wrong. We do need to speak the Truth in love. We are told to hold, “….fast the faithful Word as (we) have been taught, that (we) may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (From Titus 1:9). Fanny Crosby, in the third stanza of “Rescue the Perishing,” gives us a line of thought that might apply to dealing with those who are embracing error, as well as those who are lost. It goes like this, “Down in the human heart crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken will vibrate once more.” Selah! God’s Truth given in the power of the Holy Spirit, with love and concern, will reach some and harden others. Only God knows which is which. Our part is to sow.   Ron

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