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What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 26

Sunday, May 23, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. III - No. 26 / May 23, 2021

HAVE YOU BEEN RISEN WITH CHRIST?

Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” 

    If we have been raised with Christ we are to seek or pursue heavenly or spiritual things because we now have a changed mind. We are no longer worldly minded but have a renewed spiritual mind. We have died to self and sin and our life is hid with Christ in God. These changes and sacrifices are not in vain but will result in glory with Christ when He comes again.

    But what does it mean to be raised with Christ? Let us allow the scriptures to answer this question.

    Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” This verse clearly teaches that we are risen with Christ in baptism but we can learn more when we consider Romans 6:3-4 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The significance of being baptized into the death of Christ is that Christ shed His blood at his death and it is Christ blood that washes away our sins. We know this occurs when we are buried with Christ in baptism because we are raised to walk in newness of life. Acts 22:16 confirms this truth when Ananias instructed Saul “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

    Have you been raised with Christ?

—Gerald White

 

CAN I KNOW WHEN GOD SAVES ME?

    Many times the question is asked, “Can I know when God saves me?” Indeed, we can and the Bible is clear to tell us the answer to this very important question.

    In Romans 6, let’s examine verses seventeen and eighteen: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” We see the inspired apostle Paul thanked God that though these Romans had been sinners, yet now they were the servants of God. In addition to this, we can see HOW and WHEN this conversion was brought about.

    Notice Paul said, “Ye have obeyed…”. This tells us obedience is essential to salvation. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” We even see the example of Jesus Himself in Hebrews 5:8-9: “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him;”. On the other hand, the Scriptures point out whose who obey not the gospel shall be lost! (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).

    Not only had they obeyed but they had “obeyed from the heart”. This involves our intellect as Matthew 13:15 teaches: “For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” It also involves our emotions: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37). Too, it involves conscientious obedience as stated in Hebrews 10:22: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

    According to our text in Romans 6, what has been “obeyed from the heart” was “that form of doctrine”. Basically speaking: the doctrine of Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The word “form” means likeness or similarity. Thus a form of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is our being dead in sin, our burial in water (baptism), and our resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus (a Christian). Notice Romans 6:3-6: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin:”

    In verse eighteen of Romans 6 the statement is found: “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” The word “then” is an adverb of time, telling us exactly the time we are made free from sin. Thus the time when we were made free from sin is when we “have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine.”

    To conclude our study of this question “Can I Know When I Am Saved?”, we must answer the question according to what the Scriptures teach. God saves us at the time in which we intelligently (faith), emotionally (repent), conscientiously (confess), are baptized, and raised again. A more important question is: Have you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine? If not, why not do so while you still have time and opportunity?
—E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

Be more concerned what God thinks about you than what people think about you.
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Your life may be all that some know of the Bible.
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Either you master your habits or they will master you.

 

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meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
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Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
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What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 25

Sunday, May 09, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. III - No. 25 / May 9, 2021

'FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE'

    More and more we hear folks deciding to attend a certain ‘church’ because “there are lots of good activities for the young people”. Often it is the sole basis for making this important determination. ‘Pro­grams’, ‘activities’, and ‘groups’ for the young people – that’s the drawing card.

    And, what activities are these folks searching for? Are we talking here about carefully arranged Bible classes that seek to instill an understanding of God’s word in the hearts of our young people? Is it sound teaching from the pulpit and scrip­tural practice in the way the church does its business so that the young folks can learn respect for Bible authority? Is it love between brethren that manifests it­self by each individual demonstrating “hospitality one to another” (1 Pet. 4:9).

    Sadly, the answer is no. Instead, the activities that are desired “for the young people” are fun and games – ‘youth groups’ that sponsor parties, retreats, outings, camps, softball and basketball leagues, etc. ‘’The bigger the better’ and ‘the more the merrier’ seem to be the rule.

    Lest anyone misunderstand, let it be known that we love basketball, baseball, camping, parties . . . and fun and food in general!  We strongly favor such things being provided as an avenue of ‘good, clean fun’ for our young folks. But we insist that there is no authority in the Bible for the church to provide such. Let parents who really care see to it that the kids have these needed diversions, and let the church keep to its important au­thorized work. There’s nothing better for our young people than this. 

—Greg Gwin

 

FIVE QUESTIONS ON FUTURE PUNISHMENT

1.    IS THERE ANY PUNISHMENT FOR THE WICKED AFTER DEATH? The answer is found in Luke 12:4-5: “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

2.    WHEN DOES THIS PUNISHMENT BEGIN? The answer is found in Luke 16:23: “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted uphis eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Again, Jesus is the authority for this truth. Punishment began with the rich man as soon as he died. Note, however, this Hades, the place of departed souls, is a temporary place and not the ETERNAL place of punishment of Hell. The punishment of Luke 16 ends when the soul is brought back out of Hades and into its body. That will also end Hates, too. (Revelation 20:14). The departed souls is united with a glorious body at Christ’s return and the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:35-58).

3.    WILL THERE BE A FUTURE, FINAL, UNIVERSAL JUDGMENT? The answer is found in Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”. Luke 11:31-32 quotes Jesus stating that “the queen of the south shall rise up in judgment…” with the people of His generation. In verse 32, Jesus says that “men of Nineveh shall rise up in judgment…” with His generation. Back in Luke 10:12.15 Jesus says the inhabitants of Sodom, Chorazin, Bethsaida, Tyre, and Capernaum will all be there in judgment. The conclusion of necessity must follow: People of all times will be present at the judgment. Most certainly, the Bible teaches YES to this question.

4.    WILL THERE BE ANY PUNISHMENT AFTER THE JUDGMENT? The answer is found in Matthew 25:31-46 where, again, we have Jesus providing the answer. “ALL NATIONS” will be gathered before Him and He will judge. Those on His left will “go away into everlasting punishment”. (Verses 41,46)

5.    HOW LONG WILL PUNISHMENT GIVEN AT THE JUDGMENT LAST? Again, with Jesus giving the answer, “EVERLASTING” (Matthew 25:46). Jesus said as long as the eternal life of the righteous lasts, so will the punishment of the wicked. The same word described both. It is forever, eternal, everlasting. 
—E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

MAKE THE BREAK

    Many churches are doing many things today that would have been unthinkable several years ago. Though the gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16), all kinds of gimmicks are invented to draw people. Kitchens are built and fellowship meals are conducted by the church. Basketball teams, skating parties, and youth rallies are designed to appeal to young people. Numerous other practices could be mentioned to show that many churches have abandoned the practice of doing all things according to the pattern of the New Testament.

    Some people are bothered by all these things being done by churches. Often they say they do not believe such things are the work of the church and wish the church would cease such practices. Yet, they do not have the courage to break with the liberal trends and instead go right along giving their money and time advancing the very things they oppose. Romans 14:23 teaches if we do things, not being fully persuaded in our own mind that the practice is right, we sin! We urge you to examine what we teach and practice in these areas of differences and find out just what the issues are. We stand ready to accept any passage or Bible argument that will prove the afore mentioned things are scriptural. 
—E.R. Hall, Jr. 

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
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Truth is not always popular, but it is always right.
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Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
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Other people see your deeds. God sees your motives.
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A man's integrity is measured by his conduct, not by his claims.
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Character is built by many small deeds, but it can be lost in a single act.

 

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--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 24

Sunday, April 25, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. III - No. 24 / April 25, 2021

BORN AGAIN

    Much is said in religion about being born again but is all of what we are hearing really what the Bible teaches on this very important subject? Let’s see if we can honestly and objectively understand what it means to be born again.

    In John 3 we read of a conversation Jesus had with a man named Nicodemus. When Jesus made the statement, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (v. 3), Nicodemus thought He was talking about a physical birth (v. 4). It was then Jesus replied, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.“ (v. 5). Jesus made it clear He was not talking of a physical rebirth but instead a spiritual birth. Just as physical life begins with the physical birth, spiritual life begins with a new or spiritual birth.

    The text of John 3:1-7 proves there is a way by which lost people may be saved. They “must be born again” and this is accomplished when we are “born of water and of the Spirit”. The same thing is stated, only in a different way, in Titus 3:3-5: “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,”. The “washing of regeneration” is the same as “born of water” and “the renewing of the Holy Spirit” is the same as “born…of the Spirit” in John 3. Thus, to fully understand the Bible’s teaching concerning being born again, we must closely examine the two things it takes to constitute spiritual birth: They are “water” and “Spirit”.

    In considering the place water has in being born again, let’s read the passage in Galatians 3:26-27: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” We “put on Christ” when we are “baptized into Christ”. Romans 6:3 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?”. Also 1 Peter 3:21 states “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” Water is connected with being born again and we can see that baptism and the birth of water are for the same thing; namely, salvation. Therefore, baptism and “being born of water” must be the same thing.

    To be born “of the Spirit” is to be born again by the word of God. In 1 Peter 1:23 we read “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” The Spirit was sent from Heaven to reveal God’s word (1 Peter 1:12) and to guide the apostles into all truth (John 16:13).

    The Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, constitutes the seed of the kingdom which, when planted in the heart, springs up and bears obedience to the gospel. This is what it means to be “born… of the Spirit”. Our obedience to the gospel is completed in baptism and thus we are born of water. Ephesians 5:26 sums it up by saying, “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,”.

    Jesus, in John 3:5, says in a figure what he said literally in Mark 16:15-16: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

    Yes a lot is said about being born again but oftentimes the Spirit is emphasized and the water is all but left out. It takes both! Just as it takes two things - a father and a mother - to bring about a physical birth, it likewise takes two things  - water and the Spirit - to bring about a spiritual birth. All of us who are living were born physically but, more importantly, have we been “born of water and of the Spirit”? Jesus said in John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
—E.R. Hall, Jr. 

 

DO WE PREFER MEN ABOVE WHAT IS WRITTEN?

  

    “And these things, brethren, I  have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”  I Corinthians 4:6 (KJV)

    The inspired apostle Paul teaches each of us a lesson in the latter part of this verse about how we should esteem God’s written word above men – our family,  our preacher, etc. – and what they may say.  II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Paul writes here that “Study” and “rightly dividing the word of truth” are essential for shewing ourselves approved to God.  Certainly we are not underestimating the importance of a faithful preacher in our becoming a believer as we see in scripture like Roman 10:14. This teaching is still in keeping with our need to search out the things we are being taught in the scriptures (Acts 17:11b, John 5:39).  

    Political correctness is also a huge obstacle to those who would follow God’s word but they are swayed by “politically correct” thinking – which is sometimes in accordance with God’s plan but is often in direct opposition to it.  We can learn from the example of Peter and the other apostles in Acts 5:27-29 when they were commanded by the political establishment of their day not to teach in Jesus’ name.  These men stood before the council and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  We should understand that we all should have the proper respect for our government officials (Roman 13) and that does not include violating clear passages of scripture that we have noticed where God must be first in our line of command. 
—Sid Rowe

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish need from greed..
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To stay out of hot water, keep a cool head. 
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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
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meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 23

Sunday, April 11, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. III - No. 23 / April 11, 2021

ATTITUDES ABOUT RELIGION

    “I have a right to believe and practice whatever I want to in religion!” “I can serve God in whichever church I choose!” “I am free to worship God any way I please!”

    Have you ever heard these statements being made or have you said them yourself? These statements are indicative of a very popular attitude about religion but are they the right attitudes?

    Satan has done an excellent job in convincing people their choices in religion are acceptable to God. God’s word has been changed and rearranged on every side to suit every whim mankind can come up with and the sad thing is most folks are firmly convinced God approves of it all. Take, for example, the question of what a person must do to be saved. The answers varies from denomination to denomination and each one claims the word of God as their guide in all things. How can this be? In the case of denominational churches, they have changed the work and worship that God requires to accommodate themselves. It has come down to being a matter of pleasing the people. The people must be pleased or they will go somewhere that is more pleasing to them. All the while Satan has his servants, in the form of preachers and other influential people, giving the people what pleases them. What it all comes down to is a matter of the people being pleased to the neglect of what God has commanded and what pleases Him. Most folks are convinced if they are pleased, God will be pleased; if they are happy, God is happy.

    “I have a right to believe what I want to believe!” This is true. However, if what I choose to believe is not what God has revealed in His word (the Bible), the I am NOT pleasing to Him even though I might be perfectly satisfied. For example, most religious groups deny baptism has anything to do with the forgiveness of sins. This pleases most folks and they think because they are pleased God is pleased. Jesus, however, said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16) Most folks, to stay consistent with what they practice, would have this verse to read, “He that ONLY believeth and is NOT baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

    God’s word is also clear concerning Jesus building HIS church. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “And I say unto thee, That thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The “rock” upon which His church was built was the fact that He was “the Christ, the Son of the living God”. (verse 16) The term “church” refers to those who have obeyed the gospel and as a result of obedience to the gospel, the Lord then adds them to His church (Acts 2:37-47). God’s word also teaches Christ’s church and His body are one and the same. Ephesians 1:22-23 states, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Thus when we read Ephesians 4:4 which says there is "one body” then, of necessity, we must conclude Jesus is pleased with only one church of which He is the “head” (authority).

    I would be the first to agree you can do anything that pleases you and believe as strongly as you can that God is also pleased; but if what you are doing is not according to God’s word, you cannot please God while you are doing it. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:” (2 John 9-10) All of us preachers claim to preach the word of God. We all read and quote scriptures. Yet we preach different doctrines. Undoubtedly this is responsible for the religious confusion that exists all around us.
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
 

 

DON'T WAIT TO TEACH MORAL VALUES TO YOUR CHILDREN

    You don't have to have a degree in 'child psychology' and you don't have to attend a college class in 'early childhood development' to know that children have an incredible capacity to learn new things.  If you've never done so, you ought to set down at a computer with a 5-year-old, and listen as they explain things you never knew!  After that, you can try to beat him or her at an electronic game – good luck!  Kids learn quickly, as everyone knows.

    With this truth in mind, we wonder why some parents are so unconcerned about teaching their children important moral values.  Why do they wait to instruct them about issues that will directly affect their spiritual well being? Parents, don't wait to teach your kids, even the very young ones about:

- Modesty in dress and conduct.  Mothers, why will you let your little girls wear scanty clothing, the likes of which would be shocking in an older girl? If you don't teach them now, when will they learn? If swimming suits and mixed swimming are wrong for those who are older, why isn't it wrong for kids?

- Dancing.  Seems some parents can't bring themselves to condemn modern dancing. They think it's cute and "innocent" when the kids jump and gyrate to the music. How will they know when "cute" suddenly becomes vulgar? Teach them now that dancing is wrong.

- Honesty.  Lying is wrong at any age. Teach them now or be sorry later.

- Putting God first. If you let them compromise spiritual obligations for ball games, band concerts, recreational activities, etc., it will convince them that it is OK to do so for many other reasons later on.

     This list can be expanded, but the point is obvious. Parents, if you don't make a dedicated effort to teach your kids now, you will very likely live to regret it later.  Don't wait to do your important job!  Think!
—Greg Gwin

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

Some are 'setting on the premises' instead of 'standing on the promises’.
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God gives and forgives; men get and forget.
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Patience: the ability to count down before blasting off.
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Eternity is a long time to think about what we should have done.
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Lord, when I am wrong, make me willing to change;
when I am right, make me easy to live with.
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The world belongs to the person who is wise enough to change their mind in the presence of facts.
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--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 22

Sunday, March 28, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. III - No. 22 / March 28, 2021

"...TRY THE SPIRITS..."

All of us preachers claim to preach the word of God. We all read and quote scriptures. Yet we preach different doctrines. Undoubtedly this is responsible for the religious confusion that exists all around us.

    Does the Bible actually teach all these different doctrines? If it does, that makes it a contradictory book and, if it contradicts itself, it cannot be the word of God.

    All preachers sound sincere and no doubt the average listener thinks they are all sincere. But are they? Are they sure beyond doubt that they are preaching the pure word of God without any additions, subtractions, or substitutions? We are warned in 2 Peter 2:1 there would be “false teachers”. In fact, 1 John 4:1 warns that “many false prophets have gone out into the world”. Even Jesus warned us to beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).

    I believe I can suggest a test of how much preachers really believe what they teach and it is this: ARE THEY WILLING TO MEET OPPONENTS AND DISCUSS DIFFERENCES BEFORE AN AUDIENCE?. If they believe what they preach they surely ought to be willing to let it be investigated and examined. The truth in the matter is that most preachers are not willing to stand up and DEFEND what they preach. It’s one thing to preach something and another thing to defend it when they are challenged! They continue to preach from pulpits, radio, and television but when challenged concerning what they preach, they either brand the person questioning them as a trouble maker or someone not worthy of even common courtesy. Could it really be they are fearful to have what they preach examined by what God’s word really teaches? Could it be most of what they preach are doctrines and commandments of men?

    Friends, I believe I am preaching the truth on what to do to be saved, on the New Testament church, on acceptable worship, on the work of the church, that we can fall from grace, and on other vital subjects. I’m not saying denominational preachers aren’t preaching the truth on anything. They do preach a lot of the truth. However, on the plan of salvation, the church, true worship, etc., they do not. Their preaching and teaching will leave a sinner without Christ and away from the benefits of His death and blood.

    If you believe I am teaching error through the means of this bulletin, please persuade a preacher you believe is right to come with you and we’ll discuss any subject on which you think I am wrong. I am not being boastful! Neither do I think I am smarter than denominational preachers. But I am sincere about what I preach - sincere enough to let any audience hear me discuss it with a preacher who disagrees. 
—E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

DEAD OR ALIVE

    Death is a state of separation. Physical Death is separation of body and spirit (Jas. 2:26). The spirit lives on, and so God could say of long deceased Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:  "I am their God" (Exo. 3:6). Moses and Elijah, long dead physically, talked with Jesus in His transfiguration (Matt. 17:3). How then can anyone who believes the Bible say that  physical death is the cessation of all life, as some religious people claim? Even so, Spiritual Death is separation from God (Isa. 59:1,2). Paul said "I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died" (Rom. 7:9). Sin produced death in Paul at that earlier time in his life (Rom. 7:13). Deliverance from that death was through Christ (Rom. 7:24,25). This deliverance was accomplished through reconciliation to God so that Paul was no longer separated from God (2 Cor. 5:18,19). So it is with us today.

      We are all dead and alive. We are either dead in sin or alive with God. If we are living in sin with its dominion over us, then we are dead. If through Christ we put to death the sinful life, then we are alive unto God (Rom. 6:11). This newness of life is gained in Christ through our obedience to God by faith when we are baptized into the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3-6). Since we are all dead and alive in one of the two situations, we should recognize that spiritual death does not render us unconscious or incapable of action. Here we can see one of the errors of Calvinism. If, when we have died to sin, we are still continually tempted by it, then why, when we are dead in sin, can we not hear and heed the appeal of the Gospel to repent and be converted without a miraculous operation of the Spirit to enable us? Peter told people who had been convinced by the preached message concerning Christ, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). They had not, at that point, received either the Holy Spirit as a gift or salvation as the gift of the Spirit, for Peter said "you shall receive" it, conditioned upon their repentance and baptism. They were dead in trespasses, yet they were told to do something about it. This indicates that they were capable of doing something about their condition, else the commandment was vain.

      Now, consider the lives of the saints. Paul told people who had died to sin when they obeyed the Gospel to "put to death” their members which were on the earth: "fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5). This he said to people who had put off "the old man with his deeds" and had "put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him Who created him” (Col. 3:9,10). These were people who had been dead but had been made alive together with Him through their faith and obedience to Christ (Col. 2:9-15). To the Ephesians, Paul included all as having once been dead in trespasses and sins, but he asserted that God had made them alive together with Christ through faith in Him (Eph. 2:1-22). Christians are Christians because they "have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires" yet they must constantly guard themselves against the temptations of sin (Gal. 5:18 - 6:5). We must "let not sin reign" in our lives (Rom. 6:12).

     Now, the practical questions are these: Are we alive to sin and thus dead, separated from God; or are we alive to God and dead to sin? God has made us capable of choosing and has provided the way of escape from death in sin through Jesus Christ, if we will believe in Him and obey Him (Heb. 5:8,9). What do we choose?
—Gilbert Alexander

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

Certain channels are called 'educational TV'. But in reality all TV is educational -- it typically teaches profanity, violence, sexual immorality, etc.
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The true disciple is obedient rather than ambitious, committed rather than competitive. For him, nothing is more important than pleasing the One who called him.

 

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