Archive for May, 2014

Circumcision Represents The Whole Law Of Moses

May 25, 2014

The following passages show that circumcision represents all of the old law:

· Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

· Acts 21:21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children …

So when we see from other passages that circumcision is no longer binding, that is in effect saying all of the Old Testament law is no longer binding:

· I Cor 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

· Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

· Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Nothing in the Old Testament law applies today – principle or precept. It has been completely replaced by our New Testament law (Heb 7:12).

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A Football Coach’s Definition Of Discipline

May 19, 2014

According to a 4-8-14 internet article, coach Nick Saban’s definition of discipline starts this way: “There’s something you know you’re supposed to do that you really don’t want to do. Can you make yourself do it?” Many Christians are too shy to approach their neighbors, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with the gospel. We are told never to discuss religion away from church, because conflict can result. As Coach Saban teaches about discipline in football – if we have to, we must “make” ourselves do it. Many passages like Acts 8:4 and Mark 16:15 require each and every Christian to try to reach the lost. Our motivation should be love and concern for their souls – “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men …” (II Cor 5:11).

Coach Saban continues with his definition: “Then there’s something over there that you really shouldn’t do, but you really want to do. Can you make yourself not do it?” Paul the apostle stated the same as being essential to remaining saved in I Cor 9:27 – “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (reprobate). At least some of the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21) are tempting to all of us. Rev 3:5 tells us we must overcome such temptation to keep our names from being blotted out of the book of life – thereby losing our salvation.

Do you have enough discipline to be a faithful Christian? It is something we all can work harder at.

Compromise By Believers On Divorce And Remarriage Leads To Compromise On Homosexuality

May 11, 2014

My daughter Leah brought to my attention the article referenced by this link: (http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/03/31/what-c-s-lewis-marriage-can-tell-us-about-the-gay-marriage-controversy/31512 ). The essay clearly shows how compromise on divorce and remarriage leads to compromise on homosexuality. Notice toward the beginning of the article Ken Wilson writes “I have proposed a path for these pastors that allows them to embrace people who are gay, lesbian, and transgender and to accept them fully — welcome and wanted — into the company of Jesus. I wrote A Letter to My Congregation when I realized my views had changed and I needed to communicate the intense theological, biblical, pastoral, and spiritual process that I had been through to get to this new place. It began with a burr beneath the saddle of my conscience: why was I willing to let so many divorced and remarried couples know that they are welcome and wanted while refusing that same welcome to gay and lesbian couples? How could I say to the remarried couples, whose second marriage was clearly condemned by the plain meaning of scripture, ‘You are welcome and wanted,’ while saying to the two mothers raising their adopted child together, ‘I love you, but I hate your sin’?”

Are you also part of a church that says (like Mr. Wilson) “to the remarried couples, whose second marriage was clearly condemned by the plain meaning of scripture, ‘You are welcome and wanted’”? I am guessing 99% of professed believers are part of such a church that doesn’t stand anymore for the truth taught by passages like Matt 19:9, Mark 6:17-18, I Cor 7:10, and Rom 7:2-3. Do you see how your church has compromised, and where it is headed? It’s just a matter of time. The issues stand or fall together.

The following passages show our responsibility to those who are in adulterous marriages: Gal 6:1, James 5:19-20, I Cor 5, II Thess 3:6,14-15, Rom 1:32 – try to get them to repent, and if they won’t, withdrawal of fellowship.  If we don’t, we will be lost too – II John 10-11, Ezek 3:18, Acts 20:26-27.

I Cor 7:10 Makes Divorce/Separation Sinful Even If No Remarriage Follows

May 2, 2014

I Corinthians 7:10 reads “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband.”

It is a command of the Lord Jesus that a woman not depart from her husband – even if she never remarries. Both divorce and marital separation involve departing and therefore are forbidden by this verse.

Some argue Paul would not have told the woman what to do (in verse 11) if she departed, unless departing was right. But that unsound logic would make fornication right in Deut 22:28-29, because there a couple is told what to do if they commit fornication.

I Cor 7:10 (and Matt 5:32, Matt 19:6, I Cor 7:3-5, and I Pet 3:7a) then prove divorce and/or marital separation are wrong (except for fornication, Matt 19:9) even if no remarriage follows.