The Pope, Nuff Said!

We cannot promise what Scripture does not teach. We cannot deny what Scripture clearly reveals. Culture has always dictated belief systems and in this present age, just as in the age of Paul, people in their natural flesh will not endure sound teaching. So, they gather up teachers that will say what they want to hear. The Pope by all necessary explanation is anathema due to the fact that he grants promises through weak and situationally insufficient logic in order to appease the crowd. Sadly, I don’t think this is intentional but is motivated about of love and compassion for hurting humans. However, this compassion is resistant to the didactic of Holy Writ, through which we have the fullness of the holiness of God revealed, first through His creation, then His law, the finally and fully through His Son. God is not pleased with the works of man. He cannot be because all men have fallen from the glory of God and are guilty before Him. Romans 1 teaches that the wrath of God WILL BE poured out on all ungodliness and unrighteousness of man.

Man in his natural state of depravity, even when he labors to seek after God and to know him, is still guilty. No man is justified by the works of the law… However, one must be a believer by exercising faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. God does not look at the good deeds of man and justify them, He looks only that the holiness of His Son Jesus and through Jesus is a man justified, redeemed, and propitiated (God’s justice satisfied), thus Jesus Christ alone by grace through faith saves, not our good deeds. Someone who rejects the gospel of grace is condemned already according to Jesus because He is not believing in the Only Son (John 3:16-18) and thus the condemnation REMAINS on Him. Salvation is by the Lord, God saves, God decides who goes to Heaven for sure, but this election is not up for human subjectivity, no, it is objectively God’s design and decree.

So, to promise anyone that God will work outside of His revealed word is foolish, and quite honestly, downright cruel. Yes, it may give a temporary peace but in reality, it hardens the heart of the listener from the truth as it drags them further and further away from the center of life; Jesus Christ Alone. So, we know that one who refuses to believe is not going to enter into the rest of the Lord’s salvation because that is ONLY found in the Finished work of Jesus Christ who pays for our sins. Jesus Christ Alone. That’s the only message that is true, anything else is a devil’s lie. Rest well beloved.

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What are we to do with our sin?

In our congregational teaching mid-week, we are going through the book of Romans in a “reading” style of exposition. That is we are dealing with arguments, theological teachings, and expressions in chunks rather than intense verse-by-verse. This excerpt is from the full sermon and is toward the latter part of the message where I express a few examples of why we continue to struggle with sin and how life and our dead flesh just seems to rise up and make war. I end with the idea that Paul teaches that Christ has suffered for our sins, so we are alive in Him just as we have died in Him. 

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Good Spirited Examples!

I can count the number of times I have had to discipline my kids with our hickory paddle. Just the thought of it terrified all five of them at an early age. And while my children have all been very different with varying qualities and personalities there has been one common, for the most part, with all of them. They love to laugh and be goofy. Of course, there is a time for being serious, and especially when correction is being applied, but even then, the Lord has given my children an oft laughing mindset when they receive correction. Now, this is not always the case, but in small things like, “sit still, be quiet, let’s pay attention” it seems the norm. Abigail, who is four, is the ham of the household and her facial expressions have been causing us to lose all sense of civility since before she was one. 

There is always something to learn from children. Their brutal and innocent honesty is something that we could all learn from, especially in the “Southern Hospitality” belt where we are all cordial, fake and dishonest as we preface our gossip with, “Lord bless his soul…” Something I’ve been learning from my kids is that our discipline is rooted in love, even though it’s not always at the heart of love. We see this in their ability to smile, even when guilty and ashamed for disobedience. Abigail, for instance, has a frown, an angry scowl, and selfish cry, and a broken grimace/smile when she’s very saddened by her sin. It is good to see often though a funny face, not in disrespect but in confidence. She has the confidence to know that while she has made an error in behavior (not rebellious) that the correction she is given is for her good. So, cheerfully she responds with a smile or some weird face that tells us she is taking seriously the instruction, but also overreacting in her expression as if the matter is grave.

 I wanted to share my thoughts and most of all, record them, and this goofy face for posterity. I wish I had journaled more through the years. This picture was taken by my son during a theology class this past Tuesday. She was making a little noise and in the correction, she came back with this face. Then silenced the noise… what in the world are we going to do with this one?  Pray more often for sure. Here’s one from a few years ago…(2016) it will give you the first pushes on the boundaries of actions with daddy.

This scowl turned to hidden tears just by my facial expression. I surely pray that we all would have that same loving sensitivity to the Lord Jesus when we see His word and His spirit shows us our failing. Thankfully, there is truly no condemnation in Christ because He took our guilt and shame. Amen.

“Why do you have four bibles on the table? You don’t have that many eyes!”

Reading Scripture is the victory…

There is sometimes more superstition related to spiritual warfare than there is the truth. Whether the battle is guilt, shame, doubt, sickness, family, sin, temptation, or everything in between, the Bible is the only weapon we have and thankfully, it is the only weapon we need.

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Being A Dummy is good!

In a world where intelligence and brilliance of the mind are worshipped, the church has become no different. She feels as if the only people who have anything worth hearing are the academics, the popular, the so-called wise of the age. Scripture reveals a different thought in relation to this and shows that God is credited for the wisdom of His church and thus gets all the glory.

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The Greatest Theologian Does Not Live!

In the search for the perfect doctrinal platform, confession, comprehension, pastor, theologian, apologist or professor one will always find nothing. Not any place or person will reveal a grand and divine interpretation of the holy writ. While the apostles were empowered with perfect inerrancy there is no person alive or dead today that we can point to outside of Scripture that is right in all things. We must get the gospel right!

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Slice and Dice.

False unity is the fruit of poor foundations. Ambiguous unity is the worse type of unity. Not knowing why ‘we’re’ together is easily revealed when Scripture is the force behind the slicing. Hebrews 4:12 says it all!

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Behavior Modification is Not Needed!

We all wish people would act better in society. And if we are honest, we all have a standard by which we live and could easily impose that standard on others. God has written the standard in His law, so why don’t we just start there? Well, because we can’t have people live a certain way over them actually being ALIVE!  The gospel is the most vital message, not behavior. The law and the government can deal with these things, and for the saints, church discipline.

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Interpreting Scripture

Well, as you know the Bible can be intimidating and at times we can read something within the pages and wonder what we have seen as if it were in another language. While this is true, I believe it stems from the error of thinking that we have to “interpret” every portion of Scripture. 

For the most part, Scripture is very simple to understand and when it becomes difficult, we can divine the meaning from the rest of the words around the foggy portions. This podcast will discuss briefly this matter and give some simple insight. Stay tuned as we launch this podcast where we will spend many hours dealing with proper interpretation and many wrongly applied passages.

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