What The Bible Says
“What The Bible Says - Vol. 1 / No. 29”
What The Bible Says
Vol. I - No. 29 / May 5, 2019
"...LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR"
In Romans 1, Paul shows how the Gentiles sinned and were rejected of God. In chapter 2, he shows that the Jews were also guilty of sin and would also be rejected of God. Unbelief on the part of man has never changed the truth which God has revealed.
When man and God disagree, why is God always right? "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25). Verse 20 also states that God has made foolish the wisdom of this world.
God is always right because man is always changing; God is not. "For I am the Lord, I change not;" (Malachi 3:6). The textbooks my children used in school 20 plus years ago are not the textbooks I used when I was in school. The textbooks my children used are not the textbooks being used today! Why? Because man is always learning things that are new to him. This is not so with God. God is omniscience (all knowing). "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." (1 John 3:20). God's book, the Bible, never changes. The New Testament is in no need of being revised today than when it was written two thousand years ago. Why is that? It is because truth never changes and God's word is truth (John 17:17).
Our attitude toward God's word should be as the text states: "Let God be true...". "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5). Our attitude toward man should be as the text states: "every man a liar". This involves an absolute rejection of man's wisdom and doctrines. They must be rejected regardless of how attractive they may seem or regardless of how wise they may sound.
For example: God says, “…baptism doth also now save us" (1 Peter 3:21) but man says, "Baptism does not save and is not essential". God says we are “buried” in baptism (Romans 6:4) but man says, "sprinkling, pouring, etc.". God says we can fall from "grace" (Galatians 5:4) but man says, "You can't fall". God says, "one body/church” (Ephesians 1:22; 4:4) but man says "Many churches". God says, “…not by faith only.” (James 2:24) but man says, “faith only".
As we can see, Paul's admonition is still very much needed today. May each of us resolve to "let God be true but every man a liar” because our salvation depends upon it!
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
"...HAVE YE NOT HOUSES...?"
The "Church Social" or "Covered Dish Dinner" has long been a tradition in the South. Among those of faith, there is often great satisfaction in getting together and enjoying one another''s company while enjoying the physical blessings that the Lord has provided in the form of good food.
In its place, this can be a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, in many instances, this kind of celebration is not kept in its place. Often these "church dinners" are just that - held at the meeting house of the church. This is seldom questioned; as I've said, it's tradition. But does the Bible, God''s inspired Word, say anything about this at all? The answer is yes, it does.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. ... When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper...What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not." (1 Corinthians 11:17-22).
The apostle's statements here leaves little to question. First, these Corinthians were not coming together for the better. Second, the purpose for coming together was not to partake of the Lord''s supper (the very statement implies that they should have been coming together to do so). Third, he asks the question, "What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in?" This is a rhetorical question, or one that has its answer implied. The implication is that they did have houses to eat and drink in and the coming together of the church was not the right place for this. If this is not enough, read what he says in 1 Corinthians 11:34, "And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."
Does the apostle tell these brethren to eat at home or does he not? If we wish to follow the Word of God, we must recognize this. Where does this leave the tradition of the church social?
Read what Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
Does the church where you attend engage in "church dinners" at the meeting house? If so, do you think that the apostle Paul would attend if he were still living and invited?
Let me encourage you to search the scriptures daily, whether these things are so (Acts 17:11).
—Mance J. Davis, Jr.
THE KIND OF CHURCH THE WORLD LOVES
The church and the world have always been, well, worlds apart! They have always been "at odds". The church is not exactly what the world is looking for to satisfy its pleasures. And to attract the world, so many churches have given into the demands placed there by the world it is at odds with! But to clear up any confusion let me give you a number of suggestions at the type of church the world loves.
1. A church with an honorable reputation, but inside is dead. A church that rolls over and plays dead to the worlds demands is dead in the sight of God! Rev. 3:1-6.
2. A church untroubled by heresy or outward opposition. One where compromise in all things reigns. One who is afraid of offending sinners. Mark 16:15-16. Gal. 3:26-27; 2:4-5.
3. A church that is well spoken of by outsiders. Luke 6:26.
4. A church that winks at moral evils in the community. One that accepts gambling, drinking, drugs, homosexuality as normal and good. See Rev. 3:1-6 again.
5. A church that has the preacher hold back on preaching on sin preferring feeling warm and fuzzy when they leave the worship services. And of course the preacher pulls his punches back on preaching the gospel! 2 Tim. 4:1-4.
6. A church whose members live with one foot in the world and the other in the church. 2 Cor. 6:17-18.
7. A church who does not practice discipline and refuses to withdraw from those who walk disorderly. 1 Cor. 5:1-13.
Of course this is the church the world loves but it is not the church that Christ built (Matt. 16:18).
—James R. Dungeon
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