FACC Men's Fellowship Group

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NOV 22 2013 - CHRIST'S DISCIPLE, LUKE 14:27

BIBLE STUDY TOPIC:

(Nov 22, 2013 -  7:30 pm)

 

Luke 14:27 – Christ’s Disciple

 

Introduction:     What is your understanding of:  1)  Self Denial  and

2)  Taking Up Your Cross? 

 

Self-Denial:  denying or refusing to follow our own will, from a conviction

 that the will of God is the only right way. Why???

 

·         Because He made us  (Psalm 103)

·         Because of the condition that all men are in since the fall. Our own will leans toward indulging our natural desires. But it's God's plan and desire that we resist and overcome that temptation, not at some times or in some things only, but at all times and in all things.

 

Taking Up Your Cross:   doing anything that goes against what we would choose

to do. So taking up our cross is a little harder than denying ourselves. It rises a little higher, and is more difficult for flesh and blood.  Even though it may sometimes be hard to give up our own pleasure, it’s easier to do that than to take up hardship and endure pain.  Why???

 

·         If God puts us through any kind of pain, it's only in order to heal us. 

·         When our Lord said to the rich young man, "go and sell all you possess, and give it to the poor" (knowing this was the only way to heal his greed), the very thought of it gave that young man so much pain that "he went away grieved" (MARK 10:22). 

 

What Kind of Christian Are You?    (Hears the Word, likes you hear, acknowledges the truth, your heart is touched)

 

1.        Remains dead in sin, senseless and un-awakened

2.        Begins to wake up, your eyes even open a little, convicted by the Spirit of God and receives the truth. But as soon as  the conviction wears off your eyes are closed again.

3.        Really woken up and things God has shown you don't fade away. and impressions are deep and lasting. And yet, he never feels at peace with God, although he really desires it.

4.        Tasted the heavenly gift and the powers of the age to come. The peace which passes all understanding ruled your heart and mind; and the love of God was poured out in your heart by the Holy Spirit - yet now you’re weak and again loves the things of the world and desires them more than eternal 

             life.

5.        Hasn't made a total shipwreck of your faith and still has a measure of the Holy Spirit and continues to witness with your spirit that you a child of God. However, you’re not "going for perfection nor hungering and thirsting after righteousness

HOLY SPIRIT, GUIDE & STRENGTH by Ottis Pledger - Oct 11, 2013

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RELEVANCE OF CHRISTIANITY, by Winnie Alfelor - August 9 2013

FAITHFULNESS by Pastor EMAR -July 12, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN, by Bro. Ottis - May 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECRET LIVES, MASKS OF EVIL by Winnie Alfelor - May 10, 2013

THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE by Bro. Bruce Evans - Dec 21, 2012

BIBLE STUDY ON "FORGIVENESS" led by Bro. Gary - Dec 15, 2012

LESSON SUMMARY TO BE POSTED SOON.

SACRIFICE - by Bro. Ottis - Dec 7, 2012

 

 

"FAITH, a Precious Resource" - Oct 26, 2012

Oct 12 2012 Bible Study - FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP

BIBLE STUDY BY BRO. OTTIS - BALANCED CHRISTIAN LIFE (AUGUST 24, 2012)

TOPIC -  BALANCED CHRISTIAN LIFE  (AUGUST 24, 2012) 

 

BIBLE STUDY BY PASTOR EMAR - POWER OF A WITNESS

 TOPIC:  THE POWER OF A WITNESS  (August 16, 2012)

Warm-Up:  When was the last time you have been called to jury

                             duty?  How credible was the witness on the stand?

 

Word:  v.6 “And so when they had come together, they were asking

                    Him, saying Lord,  is it at this time You are restoring the

                    Kingdom to Israel?

               v7 “He said to them,   it is not for you to know the times or

                     epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.

               V8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has

                    come upon you and you shall be my witnesses both in

                    Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the

                    remotest part of the earth.”

                                                                                                Acts 1: 6-8

 

Definitions:

1.     Witness – a person who gives a testimony

2.    Material Witness – a person who was present to see and

              hear and event.

3.    Expert Witness – a person not present who gives an opinion

              based on the evidence presented.                  

 

Principles to live by:

 

1.     Every believer is called to be a witness for Jesus.

     “A person who has Jesus in his heart is a missionary;

      a person who doesn’t have Jesus in his heart is a mission

      field.” -  Billy Graham

2.     A believer’s witness is directly related to personal piety.

3.     Love is critical component to corporate witness.

4.     Witnessing is not dependent on feelings but in-filling.

5.     A believer’s witness is always confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

 

 “He who wins souls is wise.” – Proverbs 11:30.

 

GOD CREATED DARWIN, TOO! - Bro Ottis Lesson June 14

BIBLE STUDY BY WINNIE - CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (JUNE 1, 2012)

PSALM 103:1-6 at Bro. Bobby's/Sis Nora's on March 8 2012

 

 

PASTOR EMAR/SIS. RUTH HOST MEN'S FELLOWSHIP AT ICHIBAN - MARCH 1, 2012

LIVING THE END TIMES - Men's Fellowship on February 23, 2012

BIBLE STUDY HELD AT  Ichiban Buffet & Grill Restaurant

Attended by

Winnie Alfelor, Glen Wendt, Albert Albritton,  Maggie Albritton, Nora del Rosario, Bobby del Rosario, Ottis Pledger, Ashby Albritton & Pastor Emar

BIBLE STUDY ON "PERSPECTIVE" - by Bro. Ottis Pledger

FACC MEN's FELLOWSHIP DISCUSSION  ON "PERSPECTIVE" -  January 5, 2012

 

 

Bible Study on Teambuilding - by Bro. Ottis Pledger

MEN's FELLOWSHIP @ BRO. OTTIS PLEDGER RESIDENCE -  NOV. 10, 2011

BRO. OTTIS BIBLE STUDY- MENTORING Sept 22 2011

Sept. 22, 2011 FACC Men's Fellowship

 

 

 

 

 

Bro. Glen Bible Study - HUMILITY Sept 15 2011

 

BRO. OTTIS BIBLE STUDY LESSONS- LEADERSHIP - Aug 4 2011

 

IDOLATRY

Idolatry


 IDOLS—MESSAGE #1

1-INTRODUCTION
2-GOD’S WARNING: HIS COMMANDS
3-MAKING AN IMAGE OR IDOL AND WORSHIPPING IT AS GOD
4-MAKING AN IDOL IS SIN
5-AN IDOL IS AN ABOMINATION AND A CURSED THING
6-PRAYING TO AND WORSHIPPING AN IDOL
7-PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER AND GOLD
8-WOE TO HIM THAT TRUSTS IN AN IMAGE
9-IDOLS THAT ARE MADE CANNOT
10-SOME FEARED THE LORD AND ALSO SERVED OTHER GODS, GOD FORBID!
11-PEOPLE THAT WORSHIP IMAGES AND IDOLS ARE DECEIVED
12-PEOPLE ARE SENSELESS AND WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE
13-PEOPLE THAT HAVE IDOLS ARE CURSED
14-PEOPLE THAT MAKE IDOLS ARE CURSED
15-WARNING: SORROWS SHALL BE MULTIPLIED
16-DURING THE TRIBULATION, IT IS WRITTEN
17-IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, THEY SHALL THROW THEIR IDOLS AWAY
18-CHANGED THE GLORY OF GOD INTO AN IMAGE
19-REBELLION IS AS WITCHCRAFT; STUBBORNNESS IS AS IDOLATRY
20-COVETOUSNESS IS IDOLATRY
21-WARNING ABOUT SERVING CREATED THINGS MORE THAN THE CREATOR
22-THE GOD OF HEAVEN IS THE ONLY GOD; JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY

 

IDOLS—MESSAGE #2

23-INTRODUCTION
24-GOD IS
25-GOD’S WARNING: A PERSON SHALL NOT
26-YOU SHALL NOT DESIRE THESE—IT IS AN ABOMINATION
27-GOD’S WARNING ABOUT REBELLION AND STUBBORNNESS
28-MAN IS CORRUPTIBLE; GOD IS INCORRUPTIBLE
29-HOW AN IDOL OR IMAGE IS MADE
30-IDOLS ARE MADE LIKE
31-GOD’S WORD TELLS US THE FOLLOWING ABOUT IDOLS OR GRAVEN IMAGES
 32-WAYS THAT PEOPLE SERVE IDOLS
 33-IDOLS ARE MADE AND WORSHIPPED BY
 34-MAKING AN IDOL IS SIN
 35-THERE IS A CURSE ON THOSE
36-THERE IS A DROUGHT
37-BY SERVING IDOLS, YOU PUT YOURSELF AGAINST GOD
38-THEY FORGOT GOD
39-THE FINAL JUDGMENT UPON IDOLS AND THOSE THAT MAKE AND WORSHIP THEM
40-WARNING: DO NOT FORGET GOD

 

THE FIRST MESSAGE ON IDOLS

 

1-INTRODUCTION

 

    In the United States, when someone thinks of idols, he may think only of statues that people worship in certain parts of the world. He may not consider that a television can be an idol. He may not consider that an automobile, house, certain possessions, a hobby, a person, a political party, a cause, a job, a sport, an addiction, lusts, pleasures, or some other thing, can become an idol.
 A person may not consider that stubbornness is as idolatry in the eyes of God. Covetousness is also considered idolatry in the eyes of God. A person seldom considers that his own selfishness can be an idol, as "self" is more important than God.     Very few consider that anything, which is more important to a person than obeying God, may be considered an idol.     Astrology, money, gold, silver, investments, success, popularity, pride, and many other such things, are also idols to people.    Idols are an abomination to the Lord. God is a jealous God.     Those that make, possess, or worship idols are cursed.
    To put anything before God, or to esteem any created thing more than God the Creator, is wickedness and a form of idolatry.
    God’s warning is clear: do not do it.
    Following are a few of the many verses in the Bible, relating to the subject of idols and idolatry.

2-GOD’S WARNING: HIS COMMANDS

    Ex 20:3-6-THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
    4-THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH:
    5-THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM: FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME;
    6-AND SHEWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME, AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.

    Ex 20:23-YE SHALL NOT MAKE WITH ME GODS OF SILVER, NEITHER SHALL YE MAKE UNTO YOU GODS OF GOLD.

    Ex 23:13-AND IN ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU BE CIRCUMSPECT: AND MAKE NO MENTION OF THE NAME OF OTHER GODS, NEITHER LET IT BE HEARD OUT OF THY MOUTH.

    Deut 4:16-18-(Take heed) LEST YE CORRUPT YOURSELVES, AND MAKE YOU A GRAVEN IMAGE, THE SIMILITUDE OF ANY FIGURE, THE LIKENESS OF MALE OR FEMALE,
    17-THE LIKENESS OF ANY BEAST THAT IS ON THE EARTH, THE LIKENESS OF ANY WINGED FOWL THAT FLIETH IN THE AIR,
    18-THE LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT CREEPETH ON THE GROUND, THE LIKENESS OF ANY FISH THAT IS IN THE WATERS BENEATH THE EARTH.
    Deut 4:23,24-TAKE HEED UNTO YOURSELVES, LEST YE FORGET THE COVENANT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHICH HE MADE WITH YOU, AND MAKE YOU A GRAVEN IMAGE, OR THE LIKENESS OF ANY THING, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD HATH FORBIDDEN THEE.
    24-FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, EVEN A JEALOUS GOD.

    2 Ki 17:35-THE LORD HAD MADE A COVENANT, AND CHARGED THEM, SAYING, YE SHALL NOT FEAR OTHER GODS, NOR BOW YOURSELVES TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM, NOR SACRIFICE TO THEM.

    This warning, in Deut 4:16-18,23,24, also extends to the wicked sin of astrology. God has destroyed whole nations for such wickedness. It is written, Deut 4:15,16,19,24,26-TAKE…HEED…LEST YE CORRUPT YOURSELVES…AND LEST THOU LIFT UP THINE EYES UNTO HEAVEN, AND WHEN THOU SEEST THE SUN, AND THE MOON, AND THE STARS, EVEN ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN, SHOULDEST BE DRIVEN TO WORSHIP THEM, AND SERVE THEM, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD HATH DIVIDED UNTO ALL NATIONS UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN. FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, EVEN A JEALOUS GOD. I CALL HEAVEN AND EARTH TO WITNESS AGAINST YOU THIS DAY, THAT YE SHALL…UTTERLY PERISH FROM OFF THE LAND.

    Deut 7:25,26-THE GRAVEN IMAGES OF THEIR GODS SHALL YE BURN WITH FIRE: THOU SHALT NOT DESIRE THE SILVER OR GOLD THAT IS ON THEM, NOR TAKE IT UNTO THEE, LEST THOU BE SNARED THEREIN: FOR IT IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD THY GOD.
    26-NEITHER SHALT THOU BRING AN ABOMINATION INTO THINE HOUSE, LEST THOU BE A CURSED THING LIKE IT: BUT THOU SHALT UTTERLY DETEST IT, AND THOU SHALT UTTERLY ABHOR IT; FOR IT IS A CURSED THING.

    Yet despite God’s commands, people do what they wish. They will perish, unless they repent.

3-MAKING AN IMAGE OR IDOL AND WORSHIPPING IT AS GOD

    Isa 44:6-20-THUS SAITH THE LORD THE KING OF ISRAEL, AND HIS REDEEMER THE LORD OF HOSTS; I AM THE FIRST, AND I AM THE LAST; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.
    7-AND WHO, AS I, SHALL CALL, AND SHALL DECLARE IT, AND SET IT IN ORDER FOR ME, SINCE I APPOINTED THE ANCIENT PEOPLE? AND THE THINGS THAT ARE COMING, AND SHALL COME, LET THEM SHEW UNTO THEM.
    8-FEAR YE NOT, NEITHER BE AFRAID: HAVE NOT I TOLD THEE FROM THAT TIME, AND HAVE DECLARED IT? YE ARE EVEN MY WITNESSES. IS THERE A GOD BESIDE ME? YEA, THERE IS NO GOD; I KNOW NOT ANY.
    9-THEY THAT MAKE A GRAVEN IMAGE ARE ALL OF THEM VANITY; AND THEIR DELECTABLE THINGS SHALL NOT PROFIT; AND THEY ARE THEIR OWN WITNESSES; THEY SEE NOT, NOR KNOW; THAT THEY MAY BE ASHAMED.
    10-WHO HATH FORMED A GOD, OR MOLTEN A GRAVEN IMAGE THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING?
    11-BEHOLD, ALL HIS FELLOWS SHALL BE ASHAMED: AND THE WORKMEN, THEY ARE OF MEN: LET THEM ALL BE GATHERED TOGETHER, LET THEM STAND UP; YET THEY SHALL FEAR, AND THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED TOGETHER.
    12-THE SMITH WITH THE TONGS BOTH WORKETH IN THE COALS, AND FASHIONETH IT WITH HAMMERS, AND WORKETH IT WITH THE STRENGTH OF HIS ARMS: YEA, HE IS HUNGRY, AND HIS STRENGTH FAILETH: HE DRINKETH NO WATER, AND IS FAINT.
    13-THE CARPENTER STRETCHETH OUT HIS RULE; HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH A LINE; HE FITTETH IT WITH PLANES, AND HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH THE COMPASS, AND MAKETH IT AFTER THE FIGURE OF A MAN, ACCORDING TO THE BEAUTY OF A MAN; THAT IT MAY REMAIN IN THE HOUSE.
    14-HE HEWETH HIM DOWN CEDARS, AND TAKETH THE CYPRESS AND THE OAK, WHICH HE STRENGTHENETH FOR HIMSELF AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST: HE PLANTETH AN ASH, AND THE RAIN DOTH NOURISH IT.
    15-THEN SHALL IT BE FOR A MAN TO BURN: FOR HE WILL TAKE THEREOF, AND WARM HIMSELF; YEA, HE KINDLETH IT, AND BAKETH BREAD; YEA, HE MAKETH A GOD, AND WORSHIPPETH IT; HE MAKETH IT A GRAVEN IMAGE, AND FALLETH DOWN THERETO.
    16-HE BURNETH PART THEREOF IN THE FIRE; WITH PART THEREOF HE EATETH FLESH; HE ROASTETH ROAST, AND IS SATISFIED: YEA, HE WARMETH HIMSELF, AND SAITH, AHA, I AM WARM, I HAVE SEEN THE FIRE:
    17-AND THE RESIDUE THEREOF HE MAKETH A GOD, EVEN HIS GRAVEN IMAGE: HE FALLETH DOWN UNTO IT, AND WORSHIPPETH IT, AND PRAYETH UNTO IT, AND SAITH, DELIVER ME; FOR THOU ART MY GOD.
    18-THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN NOR UNDERSTOOD: FOR HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES, THAT THEY CANNOT SEE; AND THEIR HEARTS, THAT THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.
    19-AND NONE CONSIDERETH IN HIS HEART, NEITHER IS THERE KNOWLEDGE NOR UNDERSTANDING TO SAY, I HAVE BURNED PART OF IT IN THE FIRE; YEA, ALSO I HAVE BAKED BREAD UPON THE COALS THEREOF; I HAVE ROASTED FLESH, AND EATEN IT: AND SHALL I MAKE THE RESIDUE THEREOF AN ABOMINATION? SHALL I FALL DOWN TO THE STOCK OF A TREE?
    20-HE FEEDETH ON ASHES: A DECEIVED HEART HATH TURNED HIM ASIDE, THAT HE CANNOT DELIVER HIS SOUL, NOR SAY, IS THERE NOT A LIE IN MY RIGHT HAND?

    Isa 46:6-THEY LAVISH GOLD OUT OF THE BAG, AND WEIGH SILVER IN THE BALANCE, AND HIRE A GOLDSMITH; AND HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY WORSHIP.

4-MAKING AN IDOL IS A SIN

    Isa 31:7-IDOLS OF SILVER, AND HIS IDOLS OF GOLD, WHICH YOUR OWN HANDS HAVE MADE UNTO YOU FOR A SIN.

5-AN IDOL IS AN ABOMINATION AND A CURSED THING

    Deut 7:26-NEITHER SHALT THOU BRING AN ABOMINATION INTO THINE HOUSE, LEST THOU BE A CURSED THING LIKE IT: BUT THOU SHALT UTTERLY DETEST IT, AND THOU SHALT UTTERLY ABHOR IT; FOR IT IS A CURSED THING.

    Deut 27:15-ANY GRAVEN OR MOLTEN IMAGE, AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD…AND ALL THE PEOPLE SHALL ANSWER AND SAY, AMEN.

6-PRAYING TO AND WORSHIPPING AN IDOL

    Isa 44:15-A MAN…HE MAKETH A GOD, AND WORSHIPPETH IT; HE MAKETH IT A GRAVEN IMAGE, AND FALLETH DOWN THERETO.
    Isa 44:17-HE MAKETH A GOD, EVEN HIS GRAVEN IMAGE: HE FALLETH DOWN UNTO IT, AND WORSHIPPETH IT, AND PRAYETH UNTO IT, AND SAITH, DELIVER ME; FOR THOU ART MY GOD.

    Isa 45:20-THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.

    Isa 46:6,7-THEY…HIRE A GOLDSMITH; AND HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY WORSHIP.
    7-THEY BEAR HIM UPON THE SHOULDER, THEY CARRY HIM, AND SET HIM IN HIS PLACE, AND HE STANDETH…ONE SHALL CRY UNTO HIM, YET CAN HE NOT ANSWER, NOR SAVE HIM OUT OF HIS TROUBLE.

    Deut 32:17-THEY SACRIFICED UNTO DEVILS, NOT TO GOD; TO GODS WHOM THEY KNEW NOT, TO NEW GODS THAT CAME NEWLY UP, WHOM YOUR FATHERS FEARED NOT.

7-PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER AND GOLD

    Dan 5:23-BUT HAST LIFTED UP THYSELF AGAINST THE LORD OF HEAVEN; AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT THE VESSELS OF HIS HOUSE BEFORE THEE, AND THOU, AND THY LORDS, THY WIVES, AND THY CONCUBINES, HAVE DRUNK WINE IN THEM; AND THOU HAST PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW: AND THE GOD IN WHOSE HAND THY BREATH IS, AND WHOSE ARE ALL THY WAYS, HAST THOU NOT GLORIFIED.

8-WOE TO HIM THAT TRUSTS IN AN IMAGE

    Hab 2:18,19-WHAT PROFITETH THE GRAVEN IMAGE THAT THE MAKER THEREOF HATH GRAVEN IT; THE MOLTEN IMAGE, AND A TEACHER OF LIES, THAT THE MAKER OF HIS WORK TRUSTETH THEREIN, TO MAKE DUMB IDOLS?
    19-WOE UNTO HIM THAT SAITH TO THE WOOD, AWAKE; TO THE DUMB STONE, ARISE, IT SHALL TEACH! BEHOLD, IT IS LAID OVER WITH GOLD AND SILVER, AND THERE IS NO BREATH AT ALL IN THE MIDST OF IT.

9-IDOLS THAT ARE MADE CANNOT

  • IDOLS CANNOT SEE
  • IDOLS CANNOT HEAR
  • THEY CANNOT SPEAK THROUGH THEIR THROAT
  • THEY CANNOT SMELL
  • THEY CANNOT HANDLE ANYTHING
  • THEY CANNOT WALK
  • IDOLS CANNOT KNOW ANYTHING
  • IDOLS ARE DUMB
  • THEY HAVE NO BREATH
  • IDOLS ARE A FRAUD
  • THEY ARE WORTHLESS
  • IDOLS ARE A MOCKERY
  • THEY ARE VANITY
  • IDOLS ARE WIND AND CONFUSION
  • IMAGES DO NOT PROFIT
  • THEY ARE PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING
  • THE IMAGE CANNOT ANSWER NOR SAVE A PERSON OUT OF HIS TROUBLE

    Dan 5:23-THOU HAST PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW.

    Hab 2:18,19-THE MOLTEN IMAGE…THE…DUMB IDOLS? WOE UNTO HIM THAT SAITH TO THE WOOD, AWAKE; TO THE DUMB STONE, ARISE, IT SHALL TEACH!…THERE IS NO BREATH AT ALL IN…IT.

    Jere 51:17,18 NIV-HIS IMAGES ARE A FRAUD; THEY HAVE NO BREATH IN THEM.
    18-THEY ARE WORTHLESS, THE OBJECTS OF MOCKERY.

    Isa 41:29-BEHOLD, THEY ARE ALL VANITY; THEIR WORKS ARE NOTHING: THEIR MOLTEN IMAGES ARE WIND AND CONFUSION.

    Isa 44:9-A GRAVEN IMAGE...SHALL NOT PROFIT... THEY SEE NOT, NOR KNOW.
    Isa 44:10-WHO HATH FORMED A GOD, OR MOLTEN A GRAVEN IMAGE THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING?

    Isa 46:6,7-HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY WORSHIP....ONE SHALL CRY UNTO HIM, YET CAN HE NOT ANSWER, NOR SAVE HIM OUT OF HIS TROUBLE.

    Rev 9:20-IDOLS OF GOLD, AND SILVER, AND BRASS, AND STONE, AND OF WOOD: WHICH NEITHER CAN SEE, NOR HEAR, NOR WALK.

10-SOME FEARED THE LORD AND ALSO SERVED OTHER GODS, GOD FORBID!

    2 Ki 17:33-THEY FEARED THE LORD, AND SERVED THEIR OWN GODS, AFTER THE MANNER OF THE NATIONS WHOM THEY CARRIED AWAY FROM THENCE.

11-PEOPLE THAT WORSHIP IMAGES AND IDOLS ARE DECEIVED

    Isa 44:18-THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN NOR UNDERSTOOD: FOR HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES, THAT THEY CANNOT SEE; AND THEIR HEARTS, THAT THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.

    Isa 44:20-HE FEEDETH ON ASHES: A DECEIVED HEART HATH TURNED HIM ASIDE, THAT HE CANNOT DELIVER HIS SOUL, NOR SAY, (IS NOT THIS THING IN MY RIGHT HAND A LIE?-NIV).

    Isa 45:20-THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.

    Ps 115:4-8-THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE WORK OF MEN'S HANDS.
    5-THEY SPEAK NOT…THEY SEE NOT:
    6-THEY HEAR NOT…THEY SMELL NOT:
    7-THEY HANDLE NOT…THEY WALK NOT: NEITHER SPEAK THEY THROUGH THEIR THROAT.
    8-THEY THAT MAKE THEM ARE LIKE UNTO THEM; SO IS EVERY ONE THAT TRUSTETH IN THEM (ref Ps 135:15-18).

12-PEOPLE ARE SENSELESS AND WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

    Jere 51:17,18 NIV-EVERY MAN IS SENSELESS AND WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE; EVERY GOLDSMITH IS SHAMED BY HIS IDOLS. HIS IMAGES ARE A FRAUD; THEY HAVE NO BREATH IN THEM.
    18-THEY ARE WORTHLESS, THE OBJECTS OF MOCKERY; WHEN THEIR JUDGMENT COMES, THEY WILL PERISH.

13-PEOPLE THAT HAVE IDOLS ARE CURSED

    Deut 7:26-NEITHER SHALT THOU BRING AN ABOMINATION INTO THINE HOUSE, LEST THOU BE A CURSED THING LIKE IT: BUT THOU SHALT UTTERLY DETEST IT, AND THOU SHALT UTTERLY ABHOR IT; FOR IT IS A CURSED THING.
    However, they can repent. But if they do not, the curse remains upon them.

14-PEOPLE THAT MAKE IDOLS ARE CURSED

    Deut 27:15-CURSED BE THE MAN THAT MAKETH ANY GRAVEN OR MOLTEN IMAGE, AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD, THE WORK OF THE HANDS OF THE CRAFTSMAN, AND PUTTETH IT IN A SECRET PLACE: AND ALL THE PEOPLE SHALL ANSWER AND SAY, AMEN.

15-WARNING: SORROWS SHALL BE MULTIPLIED

    Ps 16:4-THEIR SORROWS SHALL BE MULTIPLIED THAT HASTEN AFTER ANOTHER GOD…I (will) NOT OFFER, NOR TAKE UP THEIR NAMES INTO MY LIPS.

16-DURING THE TRIBULATION, IT IS WRITTEN

    Rev 9:20,21-AND THE REST OF THE MEN WHICH WERE NOT KILLED BY THESE PLAGUES YET REPENTED NOT OF THE WORKS OF THEIR HANDS, THAT THEY SHOULD NOT WORSHIP DEVILS, AND IDOLS OF GOLD, AND SILVER, AND BRASS, AND STONE, AND OF WOOD: WHICH NEITHER CAN SEE, NOR HEAR, NOR WALK:
    21-NEITHER REPENTED THEY OF THEIR MURDERS, NOR OF THEIR SORCERIES, NOR OF THEIR FORNICATION, NOR OF THEIR THEFTS.

17-IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, THEY SHALL THROW THEIR IDOLS AWAY

    Isa 31:7-FOR IN THAT DAY EVERY MAN SHALL CAST AWAY HIS IDOLS OF SILVER, AND HIS IDOLS OF GOLD, WHICH YOUR OWN HANDS HAVE MADE UNTO YOU FOR A SIN.

18-CHANGED THE GLORY OF GOD INTO AN IMAGE

    Ro 1:22,23-PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS,
    23-AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS.
    Ps 106:19,20-THEY MADE A CALF IN HOREB, AND WORSHIPPED THE MOLTEN IMAGE.
    20-THUS THEY CHANGED THEIR GLORY INTO THE SIMILITUDE OF AN OX THAT EATETH GRASS.

19-REBELLION IS AS WITCHCRAFT; STUBBORNNESS IS AS IDOLATRY

    1 Sam 15:23-FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, AND STUBBORNNESS IS AS INIQUITY AND IDOLATRY. BECAUSE THOU HAST REJECTED THE WORD OF THE LORD, HE HATH ALSO REJECTED THEE FROM BEING KING.

20-COVETOUSNESS IS IDOLATRY

    Col 3:5-MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH; FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, INORDINATE AFFECTION, EVIL CONCUPISCENCE, AND COVETOUSNESS, WHICH IS IDOLATRY.

21-WARNING ABOUT SERVING CREATED THINGS MORE THAN THE CREATOR

    Ro 1:24,25,28,32-WHEREFORE GOD ALSO GAVE THEM UP…
    25-WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE, AND WORSHIPPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE (or created things) MORE THAN THE CREATOR, WHO IS BLESSED FOR EVER. AMEN.
    28-AND EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT.
    32-WHO KNOWING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, THAT THEY WHICH COMMIT SUCH THINGS ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, NOT ONLY DO THE SAME, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM.

22-THE GOD OF HEAVEN IS THE ONLY GOD; JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY

    Isa 45:21-TELL YE, AND BRING THEM NEAR; YEA, LET THEM TAKE COUNSEL TOGETHER: WHO HATH DECLARED THIS FROM ANCIENT TIME? WHO HATH TOLD IT FROM THAT TIME? HAVE NOT I THE LORD? AND THERE IS NO GOD ELSE BESIDE ME; A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOUR; THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME.

    Isa 45:22-LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE.

    Isa 44:6-THUS SAITH THE LORD THE KING OF ISRAEL, AND HIS REDEEMER THE LORD OF HOSTS; I AM THE FIRST, AND I AM THE LAST; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.

    Ps 96:4,5-FOR THE LORD IS GREAT, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED: HE IS TO BE FEARED ABOVE ALL GODS.    5-FOR ALL THE GODS OF THE NATIONS ARE IDOLS: BUT THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS (ref 1 Chr 16:25,26).

    1 Jn 5:20-AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME, AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE, AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE, EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE. LITTLE CHILDREN, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS. AMEN.

    Acts 4:12-NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.

Jn 3:36-HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON (which is Jesus) HATH EVERLASTING LIFE: AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.

Jesus Christ—God’s only begotten Son—is the only way.

THE SECOND MESSAGE ON IDOLS

23-INTRODUCTION

    In every nation of the world, people worship and serve idols. The Bible declares such things are an abomination to the Lord. There is a curse on all who practice idolatry—those that make, possess, believe in, serve, or worship graven images or idols. An idol can be anything that comes before Almighty God. Anything that is more important to a person or cherished more than God is an idol.
    In America, people are devoted to possessions, pleasures, and the pursuit of happiness. Television, computers, the Internet, money, sex, self, prosperity, fame, sports, their job, car, house, addictions, are some of the many things that often come before God. Unsaved friends or relatives often come before God. Warnings from the pulpit about the dangers of listening to and following the counsel of the ungodly are seldom given; and when they are given, they are seldom heeded. Many verses are either ignored or not understood in this lukewarm generation, such as Lk 16:26-IF ANY MAN COME TO ME AND HATE NOT HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. Should God direct a person to give up some of these, rebellion and stubbornness would arise quickly from most.
    Scriptures that tell a person to deny himself and follow Jesus-ref Lk 9:23, are seldom heard in the churches anymore. Scriptures that tell a person to SELL THAT YE HAVE AND GIVE ALMS-Lk 12:33 are often explained away as not meaning what they say.
    Yet these verses shall judge each of us. It is clearly written in Luke 14:33-SO LIKEWISE, WHOSOEVER HE BE OF YOU THAT FORSAKETH NOT ALL THAT HE HATH, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.
    God is a jealous God. There is to be nothing that comes before HIM and obeying HIS WORD.
    Remember the greatest commandment of all? In Mt 22:37, 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.
    Mk 12:30-AND THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH: THIS IS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.
    Lk 10:27,28-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 NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. AND HE SAID UNTO HIM, THOU HAST ANSWERED RIGHT: THIS DO, AND THOU SHALT LIVE.
    God’s Word also says in Jn 14:21-HE THAT HATH MY COMMANDMENTS, AND KEEPETH THEM, HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME: AND HE THAT LOVETH ME SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, AND I WILL LOVE HIM, AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM.
    Jn 15:10-IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER'S COMMANDMENTS, AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE.
    Jn 14:15-IF YE LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.

24-GOD IS

  • HE IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST.
  • THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDE THE GOD OF HEAVEN.
  • THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM.
  • HE IS GREAT.
  • GREAT IS THE LORD.
  • HE IS TO BE GREATLY PRAISED.
  • HE IS TO BE FEARED.
  • THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS.
  • JESUS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE.

    It is written:
    Isa 44:6-THUS SAITH THE LORD THE KING OF ISRAEL, AND HIS REDEEMER THE LORD OF HOSTS;
I AM THE FIRST, AND I AM THE LAST; AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.
  
Isa 44:8-…IS THERE A GOD BESIDE ME? YEA, THERE IS NO GOD; I KNOW NOT ANY.
    Isa 45:21-…THERE IS NO GOD ELSE BESIDE ME; A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOUR; THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME.
    Isa 46:9-REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE;
I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME.
  
Ps 96:4-FOR THE LORD IS GREAT, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED: HE IS TO BE FEARED ABOVE ALL GODS.
    1 Chr 16:25-FOR GREAT IS THE LORD, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED: HE ALSO IS TO BE FEARED ABOVE ALL GODS.
    Ps 96:5-FOR ALL THE GODS OF THE NATIONS ARE IDOLS: BUT THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS.
    1 Chr 16:26-GODS OF THE PEOPLE ARE IDOLS: BUT THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS.
    I Jn 5:20-AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME, AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE, AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE, EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE.
    The Scriptures show the God of heaven is the one true God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is true. Through Him, we have eternal life.

25-GOD’S WARNING: A PERSON SHALL NOT

  • HAVE OTHER GODS BEFORE THE GOD OF HEAVEN,
  • MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE OF ANYTHING,
  • BOW DOWN TO THEM,
  • SERVE THEM,
  • OR MAKE GODS OF GOLD OR SILVER.
  • GOD WARNS ABOUT MAKING A GRAVEN IMAGE IN THE LIKENESS OF ANY FIGURE, MALE OR FEMALE, OR OF ANY BEAST, ANY WINGED FOWL, ANYTHING THAT CREEPETH, OR ANY FISH.
  • GOD WARNS TO MAKE NO MENTION OF OTHER GODS.
  • HE WARNS US ABOUT ASTROLOGY—THE WORSHIP OF THE SUN, MOON, STARS, ETC.
  • HE WARNS US ABOUT FORGETTING THE COVENANT OF THE LORD
  • AND MAKING A GRAVEN IMAGE.
  • WE ARE TOLD: KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS,
  • YOU SHALL NOT FEAR, SERVE, OR SACRIFICE TO OTHER GODS.

26-YOU SHALL NOT DESIRE THESE—IT IS AN ABOMINATION

    It is written:
    Ex 20:3-THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
    Ex 20:4-THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH:
    Ex 20:5-THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM: FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME;
    Ex 20:23-YE SHALL NOT MAKE WITH ME GODS OF SILVER, NEITHER SHALL YE MAKE UNTO YOU GODS OF GOLD.
    Deut 4:15,16-TAKE HEED…LEST YE CORRUPT YOURSELVES, AND MAKE YOU A GRAVEN IMAGE, THE SIMILITUDE OF ANY FIGURE, THE LIKENESS OF MALE OR FEMALE,
    Deut 4:17-THE LIKENESS OF ANY BEAST THAT IS ON THE EARTH, THE LIKENESS OF ANY WINGED FOWL THAT FLIETH IN THE AIR,
    Deut 4:18-THE LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT CREEPETH ON THE GROUND, THE LIKENESS OF ANY FISH THAT IS IN THE WATERS BENEATH THE EARTH:
    Ex 23:13-AND IN ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU BE CIRCUMSPECT: AND MAKE NO MENTION OF THE NAME OF OTHER GODS, NEITHER LET IT BE HEARD OUT OF THY MOUTH.
    I Jn 5:21-LITTLE CHILDREN, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS. AMEN.
    2 Ki 17:35-…THE LORD HAD MADE A COVENANT, AND CHARGED THEM, SAYING, YE SHALL NOT FEAR OTHER GODS, NOR BOW YOURSELVES TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM, NOR SACRIFICE TO THEM.
    Deut 7:25-THE GRAVEN IMAGES OF THEIR GODS SHALL YE BURN WITH FIRE: THOU SHALT NOT DESIRE THE SILVER OR GOLD THAT IS ON THEM, NOR TAKE IT UNTO THEE, LEST THOU BE SNARED THEREIN: FOR IT IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD THY GOD.
    Deut 7:26-NEITHER SHALT THOU BRING AN ABOMINATION INTO THINE HOUSE, LEST THOU BE A CURSED THING LIKE IT: BUT THOU SHALT UTTERLY DETEST IT, AND THOU SHALT UTTERLY ABHOR IT; FOR IT IS A CURSED THING.
    Deut 4:19-AND LEST THOU LIFT UP THINE EYES UNTO HEAVEN, AND WHEN THOU SEEST THE SUN, AND THE MOON, AND THE STARS, EVEN ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN, SHOULDEST BE DRIVEN TO WORSHIP THEM, AND SERVE THEM, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD HATH DIVIDED UNTO ALL NATIONS UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN.
    Deut 4:23-TAKE HEED UNTO YOURSELVES, LEST YE FORGET THE COVENANT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHICH HE MADE WITH YOU, AND MAKE YOU A GRAVEN IMAGE, OR THE LIKENESS OF ANY THING, WHICH THE LORD THY GOD HATH FORBIDDEN THEE.
    Deut 4:24-FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, EVEN A JEALOUS GOD.

27-GOD’S WARNING ABOUT REBELLION AND STUBBORNNESS

    There are other forms of idolatry, such as self-will. It is written:
    1 Sam 15:23-FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, AND STUBBORNNESS IS AS INIQUITY AND IDOLATRY…
    Warning—stubbornness is the same as idolatry.

28-MAN IS CORRUPTIBLE; GOD IS INCORRUPTIBLE

    It is written:
    Ro 1:23-AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS.

29-HOW AN IDOL OR IMAGE IS MADE
HOW UTTERLY STUPID IT IS TO TAKE A MATERIAL SUCH AS WOOD, WHICH YOU MAY USE TO COOK WITH OR HEAT YOUR HOUSE WITH, AND MAKE AN IDOL FROM IT, AND THEN PRAY TO IT AND SAY, "YOU ARE MY GOD!"

    It is written:
    Isa 44:10-WHO HATH FORMED A GOD, OR MOLTEN (OR CASTS) A GRAVEN IMAGE THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING?
    Isa 44:12-THE (BLACK) SMITH WITH THE TONGS (OR A TOOL) BOTH WORKETH IN THE COALS, AND FASHIONETH IT WITH HAMMERS, AND WORKETH IT WITH THE STRENGTH OF HIS ARMS: YEA, HE IS (OR GETS) HUNGRY, AND HIS STRENGTH FAILETH: HE DRINKETH NO WATER, AND IS (OR GROWS) FAINT.
    Isa 44:13-THE CARPENTER STRETCHETH OUT HIS RULE (OR LINE); HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH A LINE (OR MARKER); HE FITTETH IT (OR ROUGHS IT OUT) WITH PLANES (OR CHISELS), AND HE MARKETH IT OUT WITH THE COMPASS, AND MAKETH IT AFTER THE FIGURE (OR SHAPE) OF A MAN, ACCORDING TO THE BEAUTY OF A MAN; THAT IT MAY REMAIN IN THE HOUSE (OR IN A SHRINE).
    Isa 44:14-HE HEWETH (OR CUTS) HIM DOWN CEDARS, AND TAKETH THE CYPRESS AND THE OAK, WHICH HE STRENGTHENETH FOR HIMSELF AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST: HE PLANTETH AN ASH (OR PINE), AND THE RAIN DOTH NOURISH IT.
    Isa 44:15-THEN SHALL IT BE FOR A MAN TO BURN: FOR HE WILL TAKE THEREOF, AND WARM HIMSELF; YEA, HE KINDLETH IT, AND BAKETH BREAD; YEA, (BUT) HE (ALSO) MAKETH A GOD, AND WORSHIPPETH IT; HE MAKETH IT A GRAVEN IMAGE, AND FALLETH (OR BOWS) DOWN THERETO (TO IT).
    Isa 44:16-HE BURNETH PART THEREOF (OF THE WOOD) IN THE FIRE; WITH PART THEREOF HE EATETH FLESH (OR PREPARES A MEAL); HE ROASTETH ROAST (OR HIS MEAL), AND IS SATISFIED: YEA, HE WARMETH HIMSELF, AND SAITH, AHA, I AM WARM, I HAVE SEEN THE FIRE:
    Isa 44:17-AND THE RESIDUE (OR FROM THE REST) THEREOF HE MAKETH A GOD, EVEN HIS GRAVEN IMAGE (OR IDOL): HE FALLETH (OR BOWS) DOWN UNTO IT, AND WORSHIPPETH IT, AND PRAYETH UNTO IT, AND SAITH, DELIVER ME (OR SAVE ME); FOR THOU ART MY GOD.
    Isa 44:18-THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN NOR UNDERSTOOD (THEY KNOW NOTHING, THEY UNDERSTAND NOTHING): FOR HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES, THAT THEY CANNOT SEE; AND THEIR HEARTS, (OR MINDS) (SO) THAT THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.
    Isa 44:19-AND NONE CONSIDERETH IN HIS HEART (OR NO ONE STOPS TO THINK), NEITHER IS THERE KNOWLEDGE NOR UNDERSTANDING TO SAY, I HAVE BURNED PART OF IT IN THE FIRE (FOR FUEL); YEA, ALSO I HAVE BAKED BREAD UPON THE (OR ITS) COALS THEREOF; I HAVE ROASTED FLESH (OR MEAT), AND EATEN IT: AND SHALL I MAKE THE RESIDUE THEREOF (OR WHAT IS LEFT) AN ABOMINATION (OR SHALL I MAKE A DETESTABLE THING FROM WHAT IS LEFT-NIV)? SHALL I FALL DOWN TO THE STOCK OF A TREE (or A BLOCK OF WOOD)?
    Isa 44:20-HE FEEDETH ON ASHES: A DECEIVED HEART HATH TURNED HIM ASIDE (OR MISLEADS HIM), THAT HE CANNOT DELIVER HIS SOUL, NOR SAY, IS THERE NOT A LIE IN MY RIGHT HAND (OR HE FEEDS ON ASHES, A DELUDED HEART MISLEADS HIM; HE CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF, OR SAY, "IS NOT THIS THING IN MY RIGHT HAND A LIE?"-NIV).
    Isa 46:6-THEY LAVISH GOLD OUT OF THE BAG, AND WEIGH SILVER IN THE BALANCE, AND HIRE A GOLDSMITH; AND HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY WORSHIP.
    Ps 115:4-THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE WORK OF MEN'S HANDS.

30-IDOLS ARE MADE LIKE:

  • CORRUPTIBLE MAN,
  • BIRDS,
  • FOURFOOTED BEASTS,
  • AND CREEPING THINGS.

SOME ARE MADE OF:

  • GOLD,
  • SILVER,
  • BRASS,
  • IRON,
  • WOOD,
  • AND STONE.

    It is written:
    Ro 1:23-AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO
CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS.
  
Dan 5:23-THOU HAST PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW: AND THE GOD IN WHOSE HAND THY BREATH IS, AND WHOSE ARE ALL THY WAYS, HAST THOU NOT GLORIFIED.
    Isa 44:13-THE CARPENTER STRETCHETH OUT HIS RULE (OR LINE); HE…MAKETH IT AFTER THE FIGURE (OR SHAPE) OF A MAN, ACCORDING TO THE BEAUTY OF A MAN; THAT IT MAY REMAIN IN THE HOUSE (OR IN A SHRINE).

31-GOD’S WORD TELLS US THE FOLLOWING ABOUT IDOLS OR GRAVEN IMAGES:

  • THEY ARE DUMB
  • THEY ARE IGNORANT
  • THEY CANNOT SEE
  • THEY CANNOT HEAR
  • THEY CANNOT SMELL
  • THEY CANNOT ANSWER
  • THEY CANNOT SPEAK
  • THERE IS NO BREATH IN THEM
  • THEY KNOW NOTHING
  • THEY PROFIT NOTHING
  • THEY ARE PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING
  • AN IDOL IS NOTHING
  • THEY ARE A FRAUD
  • THEY ARE WORTHLESS
  • THEY ARE THE WORK OF ERRORS
  • THEY ARE THE WORK OF ONE’S HANDS
  • THEY ARE VANITY
  • THEY ARE CONFUSION
  • THEY ARE DETESTABLE
  • THEY CANNOT SAVE
  • THEY CANNOT SAVE ONE OUT OF HIS TROUBLE
  • THEY SHALL PERISH

    It is written:
    Hab 2:18-WHAT PROFITETH THE GRAVEN IMAGE THAT THE MAKER THEREOF HATH GRAVEN IT; THE MOLTEN IMAGE, AND A TEACHER OF LIES, THAT THE MAKER OF HIS WORK TRUSTETH THEREIN, TO MAKE DUMB IDOLS?
    Hab 2:19-WOE UNTO HIM THAT SAITH TO THE WOOD, AWAKE; TO THE DUMB STONE, ARISE, IT SHALL TEACH! BEHOLD, IT IS LAID OVER WITH GOLD AND SILVER, AND THERE IS NO BREATH AT ALL IN THE MIDST OF IT.
    Dan 5:23-THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW:
    Jere 51:17-EVERY MAN IS BRUTISH (OR SENSELESS) BY HIS KNOWLEDGE (OR WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE); EVERY FOUNDER (OR GOLDSMITH) IS CONFOUNDED (OR SHAMED) BY THE GRAVEN IMAGE: FOR HIS MOLTEN IMAGE IS FALSEHOOD (OR A FRAUD), AND THERE IS NO BREATH IN THEM.
    Jere 51:18-THEY ARE VANITY (OR WORTHLESS), THE WORK OF ERRORS (OR MOCKERY): IN THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION
THEY SHALL PERISH.
  
Isa 41:29-BEHOLD, THEY ARE ALL VANITY; THEIR WORKS ARE NOTHING: THEIR MOLTEN IMAGES ARE WIND AND CONFUSION.
    Isa 44:9-THEY THAT MAKE A GRAVEN IMAGE ARE ALL OF THEM VANITY (OR NOTHING); AND THEIR DELECTABLE THINGS SHALL NOT PROFIT (OR ARE WORTHLESS); AND THEY ARE THEIR OWN WITNESSES; THEY SEE NOT, NOR KNOW (THEY ARE IGNORANT); THAT THEY MAY BE ASHAMED (OR TO THEIR OWN SHAME).
    Isa 44:10-WHO HATH FORMED A GOD, OR MOLTEN (OR CASTS) A GRAVEN IMAGE THAT IS PROFITABLE FOR NOTHING?
    Isa 45:20-THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.
    Isa 46:7-ONE SHALL CRY UNTO HIM, YET CAN HE NOT ANSWER, NOR SAVE HIM OUT OF HIS TROUBLE.
    Ps 115:4-THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE WORK OF MEN'S HANDS.
    Ps 115:5-THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUT THEY SPEAK NOT: EYES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SEE NOT:
    Ps 115:6-THEY HAVE EARS, BUT THEY HEAR NOT: NOSES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SMELL NOT:
    Ps 115:7-THEY HAVE HANDS, BUT THEY HANDLE NOT: FEET HAVE THEY, BUT
THEY WALK NOT: NEITHER SPEAK THEY THROUGH THEIR THROAT.
  
Ps 135:15-THE IDOLS OF THE HEATHEN ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE WORK OF MEN'S HANDS.
    Ps 135:16-THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUT THEY SPEAK NOT; EYES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SEE NOT;
    Ps 135:17-THEY HAVE EARS, BUT THEY HEAR NOT; NEITHER IS THERE ANY BREATH IN THEIR MOUTHS.

32-WAYS THAT PEOPLE SERVE IDOLS:

  • THEY BRING IN VESSELS
  • THEY PRAISE THE GODS OF GOLD AND SILVER
  • THEY WORSHIP IT
  • THEY FALL DOWN TO IT
  • THEY BOW TO IT
  • THEY PRAY TO IT
  • THEY SAY, "DELIVER ME"
  • THEY SAY, "THOU ART MY GOD"
  • THEY BEAR IT ON THEIR SHOULDERS
  • THEY CARRY IT
  • THEY SET IT IN ITS PLACE
  • ONE SHALL CRY UNTO IT

    It is written:
    Dan 5:23-THEY HAVE BROUGHT THE VESSELS OF HIS HOUSE BEFORE THEE, AND THOU, AND THY LORDS, THY WIVES, AND THY CONCUBINES, HAVE DRUNK WINE IN THEM; AND THOU HAST PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW.
    Isa 44:15-…HE (ALSO) MAKETH A GOD, AND WORSHIPPETH IT; HE MAKETH IT A GRAVEN IMAGE, AND
FALLETH (OR BOWS) DOWN THERETO (TO IT).
  
Isa 44:17-AND THE RESIDUE (OR FROM THE REST) THEREOF HE MAKETH A GOD, EVEN HIS GRAVEN IMAGE (OR IDOL): HE FALLETH (OR BOWS) DOWN UNTO IT, AND WORSHIPPETH IT, AND PRAYETH UNTO IT, AND SAITH, DELIVER ME (OR SAVE ME); FOR
THOU ART MY GOD.
  
Isa 45:20-ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES AND COME; DRAW NEAR TOGETHER, YE THAT ARE ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS: THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.
    Isa 46:6-THEY LAVISH GOLD OUT OF THE BAG, AND WEIGH SILVER IN THE BALANCE, AND HIRE A GOLDSMITH; AND HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY WORSHIP.
    Isa 46:7-THEY BEAR HIM (IT) UPON THE SHOULDER, THEY CARRY HIM (IT), AND SET HIM (IT) IN HIS (ITS) PLACE, AND HE (IT) STANDETH; FROM HIS (THAT) PLACE SHALL HE (IT) NOT REMOVE: YEA, ONE SHALL CRY UNTO HIM (IT), YET CAN HE (IT) NOT ANSWER, NOR SAVE HIM OUT OF HIS TROUBLE.

33-IDOLS ARE MADE AND WORSHIPPED BY:

  • FOOLS (or paraphrased—stupid people),
  • SENSELESS PEOPLE,
  • PEOPLE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE, OR THAT HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE
  • PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOT UNDERSTOOD OR CANNOT UNDERSTAND,
  • PEOPLE THAT KNOW NOTHING,
  • HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES—THEY CANNOT SEE,
  • THEY CONSIDER NOT,
  • THEY DON’T STOP TO THINK,
  • THEY FEED ON ASHES,
  • THEIR DECEIVED HEART MISLEADS THEM,
  • THEY HAVE A LIE IN THEIR RIGHT HAND,
  • THOSE THAT TRUST IN IDOLS—WILL BECOME LIKE THEM:
  • THEY SPEAK NOT, SEE NOT, HEAR NOT, SMELL NOT

    It is written:
    Ro 1:22-PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS,
    Ro 1:23-AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE UNCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS.
    Jere 51:17-EVERY MAN IS BRUTISH (OR SENSELESS) BY HIS KNOWLEDGE (OR WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE); EVERY FOUNDER (OR GOLDSMITH) IS CONFOUNDED (OR SHAMED) BY THE GRAVEN IMAGE: FOR HIS MOLTEN IMAGE IS FALSEHOOD (OR A FRAUD), AND THERE IS NO BREATH IN THEM.
    Isa 44:18-THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN NOR UNDERSTOOD (THEY KNOW NOTHING, THEY UNDERSTAND NOTHING): FOR HE HATH SHUT THEIR EYES, THAT THEY CANNOT SEE; AND THEIR HEARTS (OR MINDS), (SO) THAT THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.
    Isa 44:19-AND NONE CONSIDERETH IN HIS HEART (OR NO ONE STOPS TO THINK-NIV), NEITHER IS THERE KNOWLEDGE NOR UNDERSTANDING TO SAY, I HAVE BURNED PART OF IT IN THE FIRE (FOR FUEL); YEA, ALSO I HAVE BAKED BREAD UPON THE (OR ITS) COALS THEREOF; I HAVE ROASTED FLESH (OR MEAT), AND EATEN IT: AND SHALL I MAKE THE RESIDUE THEREOF AN ABOMINATION (OR SHALL I MAKE A DETESTABLE THING FROM WHAT IS LEFT-NIV)? SHALL I FALL DOWN TO THE STOCK OF A TREE (OR A BLOCK OF WOOD)?
    Isa 44:20-HE FEEDETH ON ASHES: A DECEIVED HEART HATH TURNED HIM ASIDE (OR MISLEADS HIM), THAT HE CANNOT DELIVER HIS SOUL, NOR SAY, IS THERE NOT A LIE IN MY RIGHT HAND (OR HE FEEDS ON ASHES, A DELUDED HEART MISLEADS HIM; HE CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF, OR SAY, "IS NOT THIS THING IN MY RIGHT HAND A LIE?"-NIV).
    Isa 45:20-ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES AND COME; DRAW NEAR TOGETHER, YE THAT ARE ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS: THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE.
    Ps 115:5-(Regarding idols)…THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUT THEY SPEAK NOT: EYES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SEE NOT:
    Ps 115:6-THEY HAVE EARS, BUT THEY HEAR NOT: NOSES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SMELL NOT:
    Ps 115:7-THEY HAVE HANDS, BUT THEY HANDLE NOT: FEET HAVE THEY, BUT
THEY WALK NOT: NEITHER SPEAK THEY THROUGH THEIR THROAT.
  
Ps 115:8-THEY THAT MAKE THEM ARE LIKE UNTO (OR WILL BECOME LIKE) THEM; SO IS EVERY ONE THAT TRUSTETH IN THEM.
    (Ps 135:15-90 is similar to Ps 115:5-8.)
    Ps 135:15-THE IDOLS OF THE HEATHEN ARE SILVER AND GOLD, THE WORK OF MEN'S HANDS.
    Ps 135:16-THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUT THEY SPEAK NOT; EYES HAVE THEY, BUT THEY SEE NOT;
    Ps 135:17-THEY HAVE EARS, BUT THEY HEAR NOT; NEITHER IS THERE ANY BREATH IN THEIR MOUTHS.
    Ps 135:18-THEY THAT MAKE THEM ARE LIKE UNTO THEM: SO IS EVERY ONE THAT TRUSTETH IN THEM.

34-MAKING IDOLS IS A SIN

    It is written:
    Isa 31:7-HIS IDOLS…WHICH YOUR OWN HANDS HAVE MADE UNTO YOU FOR A SIN.

35-THERE IS A CURSE ON THOSE 

    It is written:
    Hab 2:19-WOE UNTO HIM THAT SAITH TO THE WOOD, AWAKE; TO THE DUMB STONE, ARISE, IT SHALL TEACH! BEHOLD, IT IS LAID OVER WITH GOLD AND SILVER, AND THERE IS NO BREATH AT ALL IN THE MIDST OF IT.
    Ps 106:36-AND THEY SERVED THEIR IDOLS: WHICH WERE A SNARE UNTO THEM.
    Ps 106:40-THEREFORE WAS THE WRATH OF THE LORD KINDLED AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, INSOMUCH
THAT HE ABHORRED HIS OWN INHERITANCE.
  
Deut 7:25-THE GRAVEN IMAGES OF THEIR GODS SHALL YE BURN WITH FIRE: THOU SHALT NOT DESIRE THE SILVER OR GOLD THAT IS ON THEM, NOR TAKE IT UNTO THEE, LEST THOU BE SNARED THEREIN: FOR IT IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD THY GOD.
    Deut 7:26-NEITHER SHALT THOU BRING AN ABOMINATION INTO THINE HOUSE, LEST THOU BE A CURSED THING LIKE IT: BUT THOU SHALT UTTERLY DETEST IT, AND THOU SHALT UTTERLY ABHOR IT; FOR IT IS A CURSED THING.
    Deut 27:14-AND THE LEVITES SHALL SPEAK, AND SAY UNTO ALL THE MEN OF ISRAEL WITH A LOUD VOICE,
    Deut 27:15-CURSED BE THE MAN THAT MAKETH ANY GRAVEN OR MOLTEN IMAGE, AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD, THE WORK OF THE HANDS OF THE CRAFTSMAN, AND PUTTETH IT IN A SECRET PLACE. AND ALL THE PEOPLE SHALL ANSWER AND SAY, AMEN.

36-THERE IS A DROUGHT

    It is written:
    Jere 50:38-A DROUGHT IS UPON HER WATERS; AND THEY SHALL BE DRIED UP: FOR IT IS THE LAND OF GRAVEN IMAGES, AND THEY ARE MAD UPON THEIR IDOLS.

37-BY SERVING IDOLS, YOU PUT YOURSELF AGAINST GOD 

    It is written:
    Dan 5:23-BUT HAST LIFTED UP THYSELF AGAINST THE LORD OF HEAVEN; AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT THE VESSELS OF HIS HOUSE BEFORE THEE, AND THOU, AND THY LORDS, THY WIVES, AND THY CONCUBINES, HAVE DRUNK WINE IN THEM; AND THOU HAST PRAISED THE GODS OF SILVER, AND GOLD, OF BRASS, IRON, WOOD, AND STONE, WHICH SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW: AND THE GOD IN WHOSE HAND THY BREATH IS, AND WHOSE ARE ALL THY WAYS, HAST THOU NOT GLORIFIED.

38-THEY FORGOT GOD

  • THEY FORGOT GOD
  • AND WORSHIPED AN IMAGE,
  • THEY SERVED IDOLS,
  • THEY SACRIFICED THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO DEVILS,
  • THEY SHED INNOCENT BLOOD,
  • THEY SACRIFICED THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO IDOLS.

    It is written:
    Ps 106:19-THEY MADE A CALF IN HOREB, AND WORSHIPPED THE MOLTEN IMAGE.
    Ps 106:20-THUS THEY CHANGED THEIR GLORY INTO THE SIMILITUDE OF AN OX THAT EATETH GRASS.
    Ps 106:21-THEY FORGAT GOD THEIR SAVIOUR, WHICH HAD DONE GREAT THINGS IN EGYPT;
    Ps 106:36-AND THEY SERVED THEIR IDOLS: WHICH WERE A SNARE UNTO THEM.
    Ps 106:37-YEA, THEY SACRIFICED THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS,
    Ps 106:38-AND SHED INNOCENT BLOOD,  EVEN THE  BLOOD  OF  THEIR  SONS  AND  OF  THEIR  DAUGHTERS,  WHOM  THEY SACRIFICED UNTO THE IDOLS OF CANAAN: AND THE LAND WAS POLLUTED WITH BLOOD.
    Ps 106:39-THUS WERE THEY DEFILED WITH THEIR OWN WORKS, AND WENT A WHORING WITH THEIR OWN INVENTIONS.
    Ps 106:40-THEREFORE WAS THE WRATH OF THE LORD KINDLED AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, INSOMUCH THAT HE ABHORRED HIS OWN INHERITANCE.

39-THE FINAL JUDGMENT UPON IDOLS AND THOSE THAT MAKE AND WORSHIP THEM:

  • THEY SHALL PERISH
  • THEY SHALL BE CAST AWAY
  • THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED
  • THEY SHALL BE TERRIFIED

    Those that make, keep, trust in, worship, or serve idols, their final destiny is to perish. They shall have eternity to consider the error of their way. Let us not forget, however, that graven images are not the only kinds of idols. Consider—stubbornness and anything that comes before God could be considered an idol of sorts. Beware: fear God and obey Him.
    It is written:
    Isa 31:7-FOR IN THAT DAY EVERY MAN SHALL CAST AWAY HIS IDOLS OF SILVER, AND HIS IDOLS OF GOLD, WHICH YOUR OWN HANDS HAVE MADE UNTO YOU FOR A SIN.

    Jere 51:18-THEY ARE VANITY (OR WORTHLESS), THE WORK OF ERRORS (OR MOCKERY): IN THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION THEY SHALL PERISH.
  
Isa 44:9-THEY THAT MAKE A GRAVEN IMAGE…SEE NOT, NOR KNOW; THAT THEY MAY BE ASHAMED (OR TO THEIR OWN SHAME-NIV).
    Isa 44:11-BEHOLD, ALL HIS FELLOWS SHALL BE ASHAMED: AND THE WORKMEN, THEY ARE OF (OR NOTHING BUT) MEN: LET THEM ALL BE GATHERED TOGETHER, LET THEM STAND UP; YET THEY SHALL FEAR (OR BE BROUGHT DOWN TO TERROR-NIV), AND THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED TOGETHER.

40-WARNING: DO NOT FORGET GOD

    Beware that you do not forget God, but be ever mindful of Him. For it is written:
    Deut 32:17-19-THEY SACRIFICED UNTO DEVILS, NOT TO GOD…OF THE ROCK THAT BEGAT THEE THOU ART UNMINDFUL (OR YOU DESERTED THE ROCK, WHO FATHERED YOU-NIV) AND HAST FORGOTTEN GOD THAT FORMED THEE (OR GAVE YOU BIRTH). AND WHEN THE LORD SAW IT, HE ABHORRED THEM.

Let us each examine ourselves by God’s Word. Let us repent, and love and obey the Lord in all things. For in Him and Him only, there is LIFE.

 

 

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When Anything or Anybody Gets What God Alone Deserves

Ex 20:3-4 (NIV) "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."

·  God destroys idols; He is the great iconoclast. Even good things can become idols, and while reveling and boasting seem good at the time, it is a grave disservice to idolize anything or anybody. The result is God's wrath, on you and the idol. God will not be eclipsed.

2 Ki 18:3-4 (Amp) Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord... He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it; but he called it Nehushtan [a brazen trifle].

James 4:5 (Jer) Surely you don't think the Scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which He sent to live in us wants us for himself alone?

The Lust For Idols--A Matter of The Heart

James 4:3-4 (Phi) You don't get what you want because you don't ask God for it. And when you do ask he doesn't give it to you, for you ask in quite the wrong spirit--you only want to satisfy your own desires. You are like unfaithful wives, never realizing that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God! Anyone who chooses to be the world's friend is thereby making himself God's enemy.

Col 3:5-6 (Jer) That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god. All this sort of behavior makes God angry. (Eph 5:5)

Eze 6:8-9 (NIV) "...How I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices."

Deut 29:18 (NIV) Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison. (See also through verse 29.)

But Everyone Else Is Doing It...

2 Ki 17:15 (NIV) They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, "Do not do as they do," and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.

2 Ki 17:40-41 (NIV) They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. Even while these people were worshipping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did.

1 Cor 10:7 (NIV) Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."

Public Image--Making Idols Of Men

1 Sam 15:23 (NIV) For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

Acts 8:9 (NIV) Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great...

·  A.W. Tozer: "Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name. He calls them to forsake the world; we assure them that if they but accept Jesus the world is their oyster. He calls them to suffer; we call them to enjoy all the bourgeois comforts modern civilization affords. He calls them to self-abnegation and death; we call them to spread out like green bay trees or perchance even to become stars in a pitiful fifth-rate religious zodiac."

Eze 8:12 (NIV) He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol?"

2 Pet 2:18 (NIV) For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

1 Cor 12:1-2 (NIV) ...I do not wish you to be ignorant... somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to dumb idols.

Isa 41:29 (NIV) "See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion."

Jer 2:5 (NIV) This is what the Lord says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves."

Ps 97:7 (NIV) All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols...

1 Sam 12:21 (NIV) Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.

Isa 57:12-13 (NIV) "I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. When you cry out for help, let your collection [of idols] save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."

Isa 42:8 (NIV) "I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols."

Do We Take Idolatry As Seriously As God?

Eze 6:4-6 (NIV) "... I will slay your people in front of your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars... your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out."

1 Cor 6:9-10 (NIV) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy... (Rom 1:23-25)

Eph 5:5 (NIV) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Spiritual Adultery

Isa 57:5-8 (NIV) "You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree... The idols... are your portion; they, they are your lot... You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill... Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide..."

Eze 23:7,29-30 (NIV) She gave herself as a prostitute... and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after... They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you naked and bare, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity have brought this upon you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.

Isa 57:10-11 (NIV) "You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?"

Ezekiel is Grabbed By The Hair and Shown "Inside" The Temple Of God

Eze 8:5-6 (NIV) ..."Son of man, look toward the north." So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy. And he said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing--the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable."

Eze 8:5:7-10 (NIV) Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall. He said to me, "Son of man, now dig into the wall." So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there. And he said to me, "Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here." So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and detestable animals and all the idols of the house of Israel.

Eze 8:12,15 (NIV) He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, 'The Lord does not see us...'" He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this."

Eze 8:16-18 (NIV) He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east. He said to me, "Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the house of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here?... Look at them putting the branch to their nose! [witchcraft] Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them."

Eze 9:1-2 (NIV) Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, "Bring the guards of the city here, each with a weapon in his hand." And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Eze 9:3-4 (NIV) Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."

Would You Qualify For This "Mark" In God's "Temple" Today?

Eze 9:5-7 (NIV) As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple. Then he said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!" So they went out and began killing throughout the city.

Eze 9:8-11 (NIV) While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown, crying out, "Ah, Sovereign Lord! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant... in this outpouring of your wrath...?" He answered me, "The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great... So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done." Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, "I have done as you commanded."

2 Cor 6:16 (NIV) What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

James 4:5 (NIV) ...the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely...

Repent Or Perish--A Greater Judgement Is Coming

·  A.W. Tozer: "Grace will save a man... but it will not save him and his idol."

Jonah 2:8 (NIV) "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

Eze 14:3-6 (NIV) "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the Lord will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols... Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!'" (Joshua 24:14-27, Deut 30:11-19)

1 Pet 4:3 (NIV) For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

James 4:7-10 (Phi) Be humble then before God... You are sinners: get your hands clean again. Your loyalty is divided: get your hearts made true once more. You should be deeply sorry, you should be grieved, you should even be in tears. Your laughter will have to become mourning, your high spirits will have to become dejection. You must humble yourself in the sight of the Lord before he will lift you up.

Eze 36:25 (NIV) "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols."

Eze 37:23 (NIV) "They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God."

1 Jn 5:21 (NIV) Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 Cor 10:14 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

 

Extra Comments, Verses:

Deut 7:5-6 (NIV) This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

Lev 26:30 (NIV) I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.

Idols In The Church

·  Keith Green: "My dearest family in Jesus, why are we so star struck? Why do we idolize Christian singers and speakers? We go from glorifying musicians in the world, to glorifying Christian musicians. It's all idolatry! Can't you see that?... Satan is getting a great victory as we seem to worship these ministers on tapes and records, and clamor to get their autographs in churches and concert halls from coast to coast. Can't you see that you are hurting these ministers? They try desperately to tell you that they don't deserve to be praised, and because of this you squeal with delight and praise them all the more. You're smothering them, making it almost impossible for them to see that it's really Jesus. They keep telling themselves that, but you keep telling them that it's really them, crushing their humility and grieving the Spirit that is trying to keep their eyes on Jesus... Let's all repent of idolatry..."

A Surprising End--Where Idolatry Leads

Rom 1:23-25 (NIV) ...and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.

Rom 1:26-27 (NIV) Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Rom 1:28-32 (NIV) Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity... They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil... Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Col 3:5-6 (NIV) Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God's wrath is coming.

The Choice Set Before Us

Josh 24:14-17 (NIV) "Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes..."

Josh 24:19-24 (NIV) Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you." But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the Lord." Then Joshua said, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord." "Yes, we are witnesses," they replied. "Now then," said Joshua, "throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel." And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the Lord our God and obey him."

Josh 24:26-27 (NIV) And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord. "See!" he said to all the people. "This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God."

Choose Life

Deut 30:11-14 (NIV) Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so that we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so that we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.

Deut 30:15-19 (NIV) See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

The Source and Fate of Sin

1 Jn 2:16 (NIV) For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 Cor 12:2 (Phi) You have not forgotten that you are gentiles, following dumb idols just as your impulses led you.

1 Cor 5:11 (NIV) But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Rev 21:8 (NIV) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

Gal 5:20-21 (NIV) ...idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jer 14:14 (NIV) Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds."

Zech 13:2 (NIV) "On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more," declares the Lord Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land."

Ps 24:4 (NIV) He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.

 

 

SOUL, SPIRIT & BODY

Do You Have an Immortal Soul?

Is man an immortal soul in a material body?

 

For centuries, men have wondered what really happens at death.

The ancient philosophers taught that man is essentially an immortal spiritual “soul” housed in a temporary body of flesh—that the real man is not the body, but an invisible, immaterial “immortal soul” that thinks, hears, sees and will consciously live on forever. At death, according to the speculation of the ancients, the soul leaves the body and journeys to a nebulous realm, possibly paradise or a place of punishment. The body, they observed, goes to the grave.

Sounds a lot like the teaching of many modern churches, doesn’t it?

You were probably taught that this doctrine was totally Christian. You undoubtedly assumed it came straight from the Bible. But as you will see in this eye-opening study, it did not! Notice what the Jewish Encyclopedia explains: “The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews from contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of Plato, its principal exponent, who was led to it through Orphic and Eleusinian mysteries in which Babylonian and Egyptian views were strangely blended” (emphasis ours). The doctrine of the immortality of the soul, according to this respected encyclopedia, came from pre-Christian Greek philosophers who acquired it from pagan Egypt and Babylon!

Surprising as it may seem, the Bible does not teach that men are immortal souls. Let’s look into the Bible and prove what it really says!

What Is Man?

1. Of what did Jesus Christ say man is composed? John 3:6, first part. And is that

    which is “born of spirit” of a totally different composition? Same verse, last part.

 

Comment: Man is composed of flesh. Jesus plainly says that if one is born of (and therefore composed of) flesh, he cannot also at the same time be born of (composed of) spirit. He must be one or the other! So this verse alone is strong evidence that man is not an immortal spiritual “soul” that lives in a body of mortal flesh and blood. But let’s continue.

2. Was the Apostle Paul an immortal soul clothed with a body of flesh—or did he speak

    of himself and his flesh as being synonymous? Romans 7:18.

Comment: Paul did not distinguish between himself and his flesh in this verse. He indicated they were one and the same. In order to understand whether man has an immortal soul, let’s go back to the creation of the first man to see exactly what happened.

 

The Creation of Man

God created the first man, and He tells us from what He made him so there would be no doubt as to what we really are. Here is that account as revealed in the Bible:

1. Out of what did God form man? Genesis 2:7. Notice that it was the man—not just the body—that was formed.

 

2. Was it the whole man—“thou”—that was composed of dust? Genesis 3:19.

Comment: Adam was made from, and therefore composed of, earth!

 

3. What would eventually happen to the conscious man? Same verse, last part.

 

4. After God had formed the man and made every cell in his body, what did He do to give him life? Genesis 2:7.

Comment: God blew air—“the breath of life” containing oxygen—into the man’s lungs through his nostrils, and the man began to live! The verse does not say God breathed an immortal soul into the man.

 

5. Does the same “breath of life” also pass through the nostrils of animals? Genesis 7:21-22. Is it the breath of life that is cut off when a human being or an animal drowns? Verse 22. Then the source of life in man and animals is the same, isn’t it?

Comment: If the “breath of life” even remotely referred to an immortal soul, then animals, birds and even insects—gnats, fleas, mosquitoes, etc.—would all have immortal souls!

 

What Kind of “Soul”?

1. When God had breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils, what did the man become? Genesis 2:7, last part.

Comment: Man does not have a soul—man IS a “soul”! The original Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh. Bagster’s Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon defines it as “breath,” and “anything that breathes, an animal.” It can also refer to a “person,” or even “one dead, a dead body.” In Genesis 1:21, 24; 2:19; 9:10, 12, 15-16 and Leviticus 11:46, the same word nephesh is translated “creature” when referring to animals.

And so man is a soul. Notice that the word nephesh is translated as “dead body” or “the dead” in Leviticus 19:28; 21:1; 22:4; Numbers 5:2; 6:11 and 9:6-7, 10. The “soul,” then, is merely an air-breathing entity that is subject to death and decay. It is not immortal!

The soul is composed of the “dust of the ground.” It is material, not spiritual; it is matter. When man breathes, he is a “living soul.” When man ceases to breathe, he becomes a nonliving or dead soul. That’s what the Bible reveals.

2. Can the “soul” die? Ezekiel 18:4, 20. If the soul were immortal—eternal—could it die? Is man plainly said to be “mortal”? Job 4:17.

Comment: Since man is a soul, and the soul is mortal—then man is mortal, subject to death. That is why the Scriptures refer to human beings as “mortal man.”

Is There Life After Death?

1. After a person dies—becomes lifeless—does he still have a conscious existence because of an immortal soul? Ecclesiastes 9:5; Psalm 146:4.

Comment: Since the Bible states plainly that the dead are not conscious of anything, we can logically conclude that man does not have an immortal soul that is conscious and aware of things happening around it after death!

2. Are the dead able to praise God? Psalm 115:17.

Comment: If dead Christians had immortal souls, wouldn’t they be praising God after they died, thankful to be with Him in paradise? Here, then, is more concrete evidence that human beings do not have immortal souls.

The Spirit in Man

What we have studied so far proves that man is a soul, and that at death, conscious existence ends. Nevertheless, the Bible speaks of a resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:21-23). If there is no immortal soul, what will God use, after the death and complete dissolution of the physical body and brain, to reproduce each individual at the resurrection?

1. Since man has no immortal soul in him that enables him to live on apart from his body after death (remember, man is a mortal soul), does the Bible speak of a “spirit in man”? Job 32:8; Zechariah 12:1; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14—notice especially verse 11. Is this spirit “in” man clearly distinguished from the Holy Spirit of God? Same verses in 1 Corinthians 2.

Comment: This spirit is not the man—it is spirit essence from God that is IN the man. Joined with the physical brain of the man, it forms the human mind. It imparts to man’s brain his unique powers of intellect and personality—the ability to think rationally and to make free-will decisions. It imparts the ability to learn mathematics, languages or other types of physical knowledge, but that is all! The spirit that is IN man has no consciousness of itself. It is not an “immortal soul.” This spirit is not “the man.”

Because of this spiritual element, the Bible often uses spirit simply to mean man’s mind, intelligence, attitude. To distinguish this “spirit in man” from mere physical breath, the book of Job continues in context to use two separate Hebrew words—ruach for spirit, neshamah for breath (Job 33:4; 34:14).

2. When a person dies, does this totally nonconscious “spirit in man” return to God who gave it? Ecclesiastes 12:7.

Comment: This spirit in each individual, of necessity, does more than merely impart the power of intellect to the physical brain. It becomes a spiritual “recording” and “mold” of the entire person—even to preserving memory, knowledge, character and outward appearance. And so when a person dies, that spirit “recording” returns to God and is “filed away” until the time God will “replay” it to bring about the resurrection of the identical personality to life and consciousness. Yet while filed away, it has no consciousness of its own.

Why haven’t you heard this truth before? Simply because the whole world has been deceived! The truth about the “spirit in man” is so important that Satan tried to twist, warp and pervert it long ago. He clouded the minds of men and deceived them into believing his “big lie” as far back as the time of Adam and Eve.

Notice what happened in the Garden of Eden:

3. What did Satan tell Eve? Genesis 3:4.

Comment: Here was the origin of the “immortality of the soul” doctrine believed by so many today! Satan told Eve she would “not surely die”—in other words, that she had an “immortal soul” that would live forever. Eve swallowed this lie completely!

The truth is, if man were an immortal soul in a material body—and if the death of the body released the soul—then there would be no need for a resurrection to immortal life. Man would merely continue living after death. The fact that the Bible teaches the resurrection from the dead is further proof that man does not have an immortal soul!

 

Man to Become Spirit

We have clearly seen that the Bible does not teach the immortality of the soul. What, then, does the Bible teach about immortality?

1. Job once asked the question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” What was Job’s answer to his own question? Job 14:14. What is the change Job spoke of, and when will it take place? 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.

2. Will Job, David and all those in the resurrection be like God? Psalm 17:15. Is God spirit? John 4:24. Are they, therefore, to be composed of spirit as well? 1 Corinthians 15:42-49. Compare this with 1 John 3:2.

Comment: How plain the Bible really is. Man is mortal, corruptible flesh—organic matter with a temporary life. He does not have eternal life inherent within himself. He does not have an “immortal soul”! He is a physical, fleshly creature destined to die, turn to dust and remain that way—except for the intervention of the Almighty—except for the resurrection from the dead! •

 

Yes, there is an immortal soul. Yes, the immortal souls of all of those who have gone before live right now in the place of the dead. Yes, one day those immortal souls will be resurrected to be rejoined with a new and immortal body ( Acts 24:15). Those who do not believe in the existence of the immortal soul in the words of Jesus, "do greatly err" ( Mark 12:27). The righteous will go into eternal life and the wicked unto eternal condemnation. Your immortal soul, dear friend, will be among those resurrected in that day. Make sure that your life is right with God today. Don't "greatly err" from God's word. Tomorrow may never come and your immortal soul may be eternally lost if you heed not his will.

 

What Does the Bible Say About the "Immortal Soul"?

article by Gary Petty

 

Many people think the Bible says we have an immortal soul destined, at death, for heaven, hell or purgatory. What does the Bible say?

What happens to us after we die? Where are our loved ones who have passed on? Will we ever see them again? Everyone needs to know that life has purpose, that death isn't the permanent end of our existence. The most common Christian belief regarding the afterlife is that people possess souls and at death their consciousness in the form of that soul departs from the body and heads for heaven or hell.

Most religions teach some form of life after death. The ancient Egyptians, for example, practiced elaborate ceremonies to prepare the pharaohs for their next life. They constructed massive pyramids and other elaborate tombs filled with luxuries the deceased were assumed to need in the hereafter. In some civilizations when a ruler died others who had accompanied and served him in his life were put to death so they could immediately serve him in the afterlife. Wives and other relatives, servants, sometimes even household pets joined him in death and a supposed entrance into a new life on the other side.

Belief in the immortality of the soul was an important aspect of ancient thought espoused by the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Plato, in Phaedo, presents Socrates' explanation of death: "Is it not the separation of soul and body? And to be dead is the completion of this; when the soul exists in herself, and is released from the body and body is released from the soul, what is this but death?" (Five Great Dialogues, Classics Club edition, 1969, p. 93).

Socrates explained that the immortal soul, once freed from the body, is rewarded according to good deeds or punished for evil. Socrates lived ca. 470-399 B.C., so his view of the soul predated Christianity.

Plato (ca. 428-348 B.C.) saw man's existence as divided into the material and spiritual, or "Ideal," realms. "Plato reasoned that the soul, being eternal, must have had a pre-existence in the ideal world where it learned about the eternal Ideals" (William S. Sahakian, History of Philosophy, 1968, p. 56). In Plato's reasoning, man is meant to attain goodness and return to the Ideal through the experiences of the transmigration of the soul. Thus secular philosophies sanction the idea of the immortal soul, even though the Bible does not. Believe it or not, God's Word teaches something entirely different.

 

History of a Controversial Teaching

The doctrine of the immortal soul caused much controversy in the early Catholic Church.

Origen (ca. 185-254) was the first person to attempt to organize Christian doctrine into a systematic theology. He was an admirer of Plato and believed in the immortality of the soul and that it would depart to an everlasting reward or everlasting punishment at death. In Origen De Principiis he wrote: "... The soul, having a substance and life of its own, shall after its departure from the world, be rewarded according to its deserts, being destined to obtain either an inheritance of eternal life and blessedness, if its actions shall have procured this for it, or to be delivered up to eternal fire and punishments, if the guilt of its crimes shall have brought it down to this ..." (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4, 1995, p. 240).

Origen taught that human souls existed before the body but are imprisoned in the physical world as a form of punishment. Physical life, he reasoned, is a purification process to return humans to a spiritual state.

Later Augustine (354-430) tackled the problem of the immortality of the soul and death. For Augustine death meant the destruction of the body, but the conscious soul would continue to live in either a blissful state with God or an agonizing state of separation from God. In The City of God he wrote that the soul "is therefore called immortal, because in a sense, it does not cease to live and to feel; while the body is called mortal because it can be forsaken of all life, and cannot by itself live at all. The death, then, of the soul, takes place when God forsakes it, as the death of the body when the soul forsakes it" (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2, 1995, p. 245.) The influences of pagan Platonic philosophy on Origen and Augustine are profound. Richard Tarnas, in his best-seller The Passion of the Western Mind, points to this influence: "... It was Augustine's formulation of Christian Platonism that was to permeate virtually all of medieval Christian thought in the West. So enthusiastic was the Christian integration of the Greek spirit that Socrates and Plato were frequently regarded as divinely inspired pre-Christian saints ..." (1991, p. 103).

Centuries later Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1225-1274) crystallized the doctrine of the immortal soul in The Summa Theologica. He taught that the soul is a conscious intellect and will and cannot be destroyed. A few centuries later the leaders of the Protestant Reformation generally accepted these traditional views, so they became entrenched in traditional Protestant teaching.

The immortality of the soul is foundational in Western thought, both philosophical and religious. Belief in going to heaven or hell depends on it. But does the Bible teach that death is the separation of body and soul or that the soul is immortal?

Hebrew Understanding of the Soul

The Hebrew word translated "soul" in the Old Testament is nephesh, which simply means "a breathing creature." Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words defines nephesh as "the essence of life, the act of breathing, taking breath ... The problem with the English term 'soul' is that no actual equivalent of the term or the idea behind it is represented in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew system of thought does not include the combination or opposition of the 'body' and 'soul' which are really Greek and Latin in origin" (1985, p. 237-238, emphasis added).

The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible makes this comment on nephesh: "The word 'soul' in English, though it has to some extent naturalized the Hebrew idiom, frequently carries with it overtones, ultimately coming from philosophical Greek (Platonism) and from Orphism and Gnosticism which are absent in 'nephesh.' In the OT it never means the immortal soul, but it is essentially the life principle, or the living being, or the self as the subject of appetite, and emotion, occasionally of volition" (Vol. 4, 1962, "Soul," emphasis added).

That nephesh doesn't refer to an immortal soul can be seen in the way the word is used in the Old Testament. It is translated "soul" or "being" in reference to man in Genesis:2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul., but also to animals by being translated "creature" in Genesis:1:24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.. Nephesh is translated "body" in Leviticus:21:11Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; in reference to a human corpse. The Hebrew Scriptures state plainly that, rather than possess immortality, the soul can and does die. "The soul [nephesh] who sins shall die" (Ezekiel:18:4Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die., 20). The Old Testament describes the dead as going to sheol, translated into English as "hell," "pit" or "grave." Ecclesiastes:9:5-6[5]For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.[6]Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. describes sheol as a place of unconsciousness: "For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished ..." King David laments that death extinguishes a relationship with God. "For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?" (Psalm:6:5For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?). The immortal-soul concept isn't part of the Old Testament, but it began to make inroads into Jewish thought as Jews came in contact with Greek culture. In the first century the Jewish philosopher Philo taught a Platonic concept: "... The death of a man is the separation of his soul from his body ..." (The Works of Philo, translated by C.D. Yonge, 1993, p. 37). Philo followed the Hellenistic view that the soul is freed upon death to an everlasting life of virtue or evil.

The Apostles' View

In the New Testament the Greek word translated "soul" is psuche, which is also translated "life."

In Psalm:16:10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. David uses nephesh ("soul") to claim that the "Holy One," or Messiah, wouldn't be left in sheol, the grave. Peter quotes this verse in Acts:2:27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption., using the Greek psuche for the Hebrew nephesh (notice verses 25-31). Like nephesh, psuche refers to human "souls" (Acts:2:41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.) and for animals (it is translated "life" in the King James Version of Revelation:8:9 and 16:3). Jesus declared that God can destroy man's psuche, or "soul" (Matthew:10:28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.).

If the Old Testament describes death as an unconscious state, how does the New Testament describe it? No one wrote more about this subject than the apostle Paul. He describes death as "sleep" (1 Corinthians:15:51-58[51]Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,[52]In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.[53]For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.[54]So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.[55]O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?[56]The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.[57]But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.[58]Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.; 1 Thessalonians:4:13-18[13]But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.[14]For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.[15]For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.[16]For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:[17]Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.[18]Wherefore comfort one another with these words.).

Many people are surprised to find that the term immortal soul appears nowhere in the Bible. However, though the Scriptures do not speak of the soul as being immortal, they have much to say about immortality. For example: "You know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (1 John:3:15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.). Paul told the members of the congregation in Rome to "seek" immortality (Romans:2:5-7[5]But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;[6]Who will render to every man according to his deeds:[7]To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:). He taught Christians at Corinth that they must be changed and "put on" immortality (1 Corinthians:15:51-55[51]Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,[52]In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.[53]For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.[54]So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.[55]O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?). Paul proclaimed that only God and His Son possess immortality (1 Timothy:6:12-16[12]Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.[13]I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;[14]That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:[15]Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;[16]Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.) and that eternal life is a "gift" from God (Romans:6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.). The most powerful words come from Jesus Himself: "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John:6:40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.).

 

 

True Origin of Immortal-soul Teaching

We've seen in this brief look at the supposedly immortal soul that the Bible teaches no such concept. The idea filtered into Western thought through Greek philosophy. Its origins are older than Athens, in fact as old as man. The concept of the immortal soul was introduced into man's thinking at the earliest beginnings of human history. God told the first human beings, Adam and Eve, that if they sinned they would die and return to the dust from which He had created them (Genesis:2:17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.; 3:19). Satan, the embodiment of evil, the powerful entity who opposes God, assured them they wouldn't die (verses 1-5). Satan slyly injected into Eve's consciousness the notion that God was lying and that she and her husband would not die, thus ingraining the unscriptural teaching of the immortality of the soul into human thought. Satan has since deceived the world on this important understanding as well as many other biblical truths (Revelation:12:9). Much of the world, including millions of people in religions outside of traditional Christianity, are convinced they have—or are—immortal souls and hope they will go to a happy place or state of being immediately after they die.

 

Man A Trinity (Spirit, Soul, Body)

Study By: Lehman Strauss

 

The Christian doctrine of immortality cannot be understood apart from the right conception of the tripartite nature of men. Many think that man is a physical being only. There is a great danger of any man thinking thus of himself. In his desire to satisfy the needs of the body there is the tendency on man’s part to lose sight of the fact that he is immortal. There have been persons who have lived all of their lives either in ignorance or willful neglect of a life after death, but upon their death-bed they suddenly realized that they were more than physical beings.

There is an idea also that prevails largely today that man consists of only two component parts: namely, body and spirit. In the thinking of the writer this view appears to be one that might create confusion in the minds of any Christians. While soul and spirit are so closely related that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish accurately between them, there seems to be only one logical conclusion: namely, that “soul” and “spirit” are not the same. The Bible does make a distinction.

Man is a triune being because he is created in the image of God. “God said, Let us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). We know that God is a Trinity. The Holy Trinity is clearly set forth in the Apostle Paul’s benediction that closed his Second Corinthian Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Our Lord Himself said, in what we call “The Great Commission”: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Created in the image of God, man is likewise a trinity. He has a spiritual nature that is separate and distinct from the body in which it dwells.

The two following passages from the Bible clearly establish the fact that man is a triune being composed of spirit, soul, and body:  “I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

In spite of the erroneous teaching of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and of other false sects that “no man has a soul,” the Bible states emphatically that man was created a trinity of spirit, soul, and body even as the eternal God is Himself a trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The trinity of man is an essential part of the image relationship between him and God. Life is not ultimately physical and the body is not the whole man. And we might add that neither the body in itself, nor the soul in itself, nor the spirit in itself makes up the whole man, but he is “spirit and soul and body.” This must be seriously considered and definitely agreed to before we can comprehend with any accuracy the subject of life after death. In this opening chapter we shall confine our material to the spirit and the soul inasmuch as the body will be considered in succeeding chapters on the resurrection.

The Spirit

The word “spirit” when used in the Scriptures has several meanings. Whenever the word “Spirit” appears used with a capital letter, it has but one meaning. It is the name of the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God. The word “spirit” spelled with a small letter may have one of several different meanings. It can have direct reference to the spirit of man which is as much a part of the tripartite nature of man as the Spirit of the living God is a Person of the Holy Trinity. Or it can indicate an evil spirit such as any agent of the Devil. We will confine ourselves here to the Biblical usage of the word only as it relates to the spirit of man, one of the three constituent parts of his being. The threefold nature of man might be illustrated in several ways. Dr. Clarence Larkin uses three circles (Rightly Dividing The Word, page 86). The outer circle stands for the body of man, the middle circle for the soul, and the inner for the spirit. At this point it will be well to quote a portion from Dr. Larkin’s book:

In the outer circle the ‘Body’ is shown as touching the Material world through the five senses of ‘Sight,’ ‘Smell,’ ‘Hearing,’ ‘Taste’ and ‘Touch.’

The Gates to the ‘Soul’ are ‘Imagination,’ ‘Conscience,’ ‘Memory,’ ‘Reason’ and the ‘Affections.’

The “Spirit” receives impressions of outward and material things through the soul. The spiritual faculties of the ‘Spirit’ are ‘Faith,’ ‘Hope,’ ‘Reverence,’ ‘Prayer’ and ‘Worship.’

In his unfallen state the ‘Spirit’ of man was illuminated from Heaven, but when the human race fell in Adam, sin closed the window of the Spirit, pulled down the curtain, and the chamber of the spirit became a death chamber and remains so in every unregenerate heart, until the Life and Light giving power of the Holy Spirit floods that chamber with the Life and Light giving power of the new life in Christ Jesus. It develops then that the spirit of man, being the sphere of God-consciousness, is the inner or private office of man where the work of regeneration takes place. Dr. James R. Graham says that the main theatre of the Holy Spirit’s activity in man, and the part of man’s nature with which He has peculiar affinity, is the spirit of man. The Apostle Paul gives us the Word of God on this, a passage that is sadly neglected. Quoting from the sixty-fourth chapter of the book of the Prophet Isaiah, Paul wrote:  ‘But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”     

A great many people stop here, content to remain in ignorance. However, Paul continues:

But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-11).

Man in his unregenerate state comes to know the things of man by the operator of “the spirit of man” which is in him. If I have a will to know certain scientific facts, by my human spirit I am enabled to investigate, think, and weigh evidence. If I set myself to the task, I may become a scientist of world-renown and of great accomplishments. However, my human spirit is “limited to the things of man.” If I want to know about the things of God, my dead and dormant spirit is not able to know them. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). The human spirit requires “the spark of regeneration” before there is an understanding of the things of God. Man’s spiritual nature must be renewed before there is a true conception of Godliness. Only one thing stands as a guard at the door of man’s spirit, and that is his own will. When the will is surrendered, the Holy Spirit takes up His abode in the spirit of man. And when that transaction takes place we will know it, for, says Paul: “The Spirit Himself (meaning the Holy Spirit) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God”(Romans 8:16 R.V.).

Many people confess that they get nothing out of the Bible even though they attend church and read their Bibles regularly. Perhaps they do not know that they are not regenerated and that they need to yield their will to the Spirit of God so that He can renew their human spirits. The deep things of God never will be understood by the world outside of Jesus Christ. Our Lord warned His disciples, Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). The spirit of the unregenerate man has no more capacity to appreciate the things of God than a dog has to appreciate holy things, or a hog a genuine pearl necklace. We read that “The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:22). This they did because the dog was a dog and the sow was a sow. No amount of religion or church activity can change the spirit of the unregenerate man. “Remember,” says Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, “if out of false charity or pity you allow men of material ideals and worldly wisdom to touch holy things, to handle the pearls of the Kingdom, presently they will turn and rend you. This is the whole history of Christendom’s ruin, in the measure in which Christendom is ruined. We gave holy things to dogs. We cast the pearls of the Kingdom before swine.” The ministry of Christ’s Church dare not be entrusted to any man who has not been born again, for “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).

The Bible says; “There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding” (Job 32:8). Here we are told that it is the spirit of man that is given understanding. The materialist tells us that the spirit of man is the air that he breathes, and that man’s body is all there is to his personality. Such is not the case. The spirit of man is his personality and it is that which differentiates him from the lower animal creation. If “spirit” meant merely “breath,” God certainly would not deal with it as a personality. He is called “The God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 16:22), and “the Father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9). It is by his spirit that the Christian both serves and worships God. Paul testified: “For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel” (Romans 1:9). Jesus said: “God is a spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

The Soul

Man not only has a living soul but he is a living soul. The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). We must be careful not to confound that which is truly spiritual and that which is merely soulish or psychical. We have seen that the spirit of man is the sphere of activity where the Holy Spirit operates in regeneration. Just so is the soul the sphere of activity where Satan operates making his appeal to the affections and emotions of man.

Satan knows full well that he dominates the psychical or the soulish man. Therefore he does not care if a man goes to a church where the Spirit of God is not in evidence. He knows that his victim is a creature of emotions, and it matters not if the emotions are stirred to sentimentalism or even to tears, just so long as man’s spirit does not come in contact with God’s Holy Spirit. Personally, I believe that Satan would rather have man go to a modernistic church where there is false worship than he would have him go to a house of prostitution. The soul is the seat of the passions, the feelings, and the desires of man; and Satan is satisfied if he can master these. F. W. Grant has said that the soul is the seat of the affections, right or wrong, of love, hate, lusts, and even the appetites of the body.

Hamor said to Jacob, “The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter” (Genesis 34:8). Of David and Jonathan it is written: “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:1). These passages show the soul to be the seat of the affections. But as the soul loves, so it also hates. We read of those “that are hated of David’s soul” (2 Samuel 5:8).

It is in the soul where fleshly lusts, desires, and appetites arise:

Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul (Peter 2:11).

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country (Proverbs 25:25).

It shall be even as when a hungry man dreameth, and behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty; or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite (Isaiah 29:8).

The soul of man, that is, his affections and desires, are never directed Godward until after the spirit has become regenerated. Man can never love God nor the things of God until he is born from above. He may have a troubled conscience or be so stirred emotionally that he may weep bitterly, and still remain dead in trespasses and in sins. We do not feel that we are guilty of judging men when we state that some who have answered an altar call and shed tears never were born again. Man’s desires and affections are turned toward God when he realizes his sinful condition and God’s grace in salvation. When the Spirit of God illuminates the spirit of a man with divine light and life, that man begins to yield his affections and faculties to God. The Virgin Mary said; “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46, 47). She could not extol the Lord in her soul until she had recognized God in her spirit as her Saviour. The initial triumph is in the spirit when Jesus Christ is acknowledged as personal Saviour. In that immortal classic of the Psalms, David says: “He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23:3). The Hebrew word translated “restoreth” is said to mean quite literally “turneth back.” At no time had David lost his salvation, but there were times when his affections and desires were turned from the Lord, as in the case of his sin with Bathsheba. Having become one of the Divine Shepherd’s flock, he testified: “The Lord turneth back my soul.” The Christian who is enjoying unbroken communion with his Lord will then be able to say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1).

 

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

  “Are we right, technically speaking, yet horribly wrong?”

 

Job was the most righteous man of his day—perfect and upright, the Bible says—famous and well liked for his many good deeds (Job 1:1). He used his great power and wealth to help the disadvantaged—the poor, the fatherless and the widows. He even used his great influence to destroy pagan forms of worship. The problem was, Job knew he was righteous—and this made him horribly self-righteous. This sin is the most difficult sin there is to see. Though Job was “perfect and upright” in how he observed the strict letter of God’s law, he was neglecting the spirit of the law. He was full of vanity and pride. Because of this, God allowed him to endure a horrendous period of trial and test so he could clearly see himself in relation to God! God told Satan he could destroy all of Job’s wealth—even his children—but couldn’t touch Job himself (verses 6-12). God actually used Satan to chasten Job for his self-righteousness. On the surface, Job maintained a right attitude and knew exactly what to say (verses 20-22), but this only added to his deep-seated problem.

 

God then allowed Satan to lash out at Job personally, striking him with sore boils from head to toe (Job 2). While Job’s sin still didn’t show itself outwardly, on the inside Job just couldn’t understand why he, of all people, would be tried and tested with such severity.

 

During Job’s trial, his three friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar came to console him (verse 11). The next 30 chapters of the story recite the dialogue that followed between Job and his three friends. None of these counselors, however, provided God’s solution to Job’s problem, which is why God eventually corrected them. They could only accuse Job of being guilty of some obvious, visible sin, even though they themselves didn’t know what it was. When Job demanded they show him where he had erred, they couldn’t point out one mistake he had made (Job 6:24). Even when suffering through the worst trial of his life, Job remained impressed with his righteousness. And not just him: Those who knew him best were also awed by his uprightness and many special talents and abilities (Job 29:8-10).  None of the counsel helped because Job was righteous in his own eyes (Job 32:1).

 

At this point, Elihu entered the scene. He was angry with Job for putting himself above God and with the three counselors because they only criticized Job without getting to the cause of the problem (Job 32:2-3). By maintaining his innocence even as God was correcting him, Job showed that he thought he was greater than God. So God inspired Elihu to give Job proper perspective (Job 33:8-12). Job was striving against God, Elihu said (verse 13), like potter’s clay talking back to the potter. Job’s big problem was not some secret sin he was hiding, but the fact that he gave credit to himself and not to God for all of his righteous deeds! Job actually held his own righteousness in higher esteem than God’s (Job 35:1-2). In Job 36 and 37, Elihu magnified the great God. Job may have known and even applied the strict letter of God’s law, but he fell far short of knowing the magnificent wonder of the Creator. While the other three friends had spoken of God’s right to bring punishment upon sinners, Elihu spoke of God’s superabundant love and mercy—and His willingness to give salvation to those who turn to Him in repentance. Finally, God addressed Job. A brilliant architect, Job may have built great pyramids, but God built the universe (Job 38:3-4). Job made the mistake of comparing himself with other men, and he ended up getting a big head. We must compare our works to the works of God—not men (2Corinthians 10:12).

 

God said, I don’t care if you’ve built 50 million structures and given 50 million dollars to the poor. Next to my works, that is just filthy rags (Job 38:5-7; Isaiah 64:6). Job thought he knew so much. But how much knowledge did he really have? “[B]y the time God finished, Job’s estimation of himself was exactly nil. Job was able to maintain his case against Satan—against his friends". But now he could not answer God! Job’s trouble was not what he had done, but what he was—self-righteous! The self in Job had never died!”  In chapter 42, Job humbly admitted for the first time that he simply did not know. While Job had said similar things before, he didn’t really believe it from the heart (verses 2-3). He had been deceived by his own vanity. Just like so many in this world, Job had a false image of God (verses 4-5). At last he repented of his wrong attitude and finally saw himself clearly and in comparison to God (compare verse 6 to Job 13:1). The lesson of Job proves it is possible to be right, technically speaking, yet horribly wrong. When Job’s friends began to blame Job, he tried to maintain his own righteousness instead of God’s. That was at the core of Job’s problem! Satan wants you to get to the point where you don’t really see yourself for what you are. We all must fight this satanic mindset and turn to God in repentance like Job, whose name means repentant. Everything changed for the better—and dramatically so—once Job finally turned to God in humble repentance (James 5:11). In the end, after Job got his mind off himself and onto others, God blessed him with twice as much as he had before!

 

 

RAPTURE & CHRISTIAN TRIBULATION - Different Views

FACC Men's Fellowship Meeting Date:  September 17, 2009 :  Location:  Val & Gloria Lim's  Residence:  Moderator - Winnie Alfelor

The Tribulation is the name given to the event or events referred to in Matthew 24:21 ("For then shall be great tribulation..." - King James Version) and other passages of the New Testament in the Christian Bible. In the Christian futurist view of Christian eschatology, the Tribulation is a relatively short period of time where people who follow God will experience worldwide persecution and be purified and strengthened by it.

 The Rapture is a concept in Christianity relating to the return of Jesus. The primary passage describing the rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the Lord" about the return of Jesus to gather his saints. Although all Christian denominations believe in Christ's return, there are two primary views regarding its nature:

  1. Dispensationalist Premillennialists (such as many Evangelicals, especially in the United States) hold the return of Christ to be in two stages. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 is seen to be a preliminary event to the return described in Matthew 24:29-31. Although both describe a return of Jesus in the clouds with angelic activity, trumpets, heavenly signs, and a gathering of the saints, these are seen to be two separate events, the first unseen, and the second public. The majority of dispensationalists hold that the first event immediately precedes the period of Tribulation.  
  2. Amillennialists (such as Roman Catholics, and others), Postmillennialists (such as some Presbyterians, and others), and Historic Premillennialists (such as Calvinistic Baptists, and others) hold that the return of Christ will be a single, public event. All passages regarding the return of Christ, such as Matthew 24:29-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Revelation 1:7, etc, describe the return of Jesus in the clouds amidst trumpets, angelic activity, heavenly signs, a resurrection, and a gathering of saints. Although some (such as some Amillennialists) take this event to be figurative, rather than literal, these three groups maintain that passages regarding the return of Christ describe a single event, and that the "word of the Lord" cited by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 is the Olivet Discourse which Matthew separately describes in Matthew 24:29-31. Although the doctrinal relationship of the rapture and the Second Coming are the same in these three groups, Historic Premillennialists are more likely to use the term "rapture" to clarify their position in distinction from Dispensationalists.

 

 

CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

FACC Men's Fellowship Group -  Bible Study Topic:   CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE   (April 9, 2009)

Moderator:  Bro. Noel Tiu

 

Warm-up: In a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, How do you rate yourself in your relationship with your wife (husband) today and why.

 

Introduction:

Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finads a good thing, And obtais favor from the Lord.

Marriage has been ordained of the Lord for the procreation of the race and the establishment of homes for children where happiness and joy can reign.

Marriage is the oldest human institution.  It is older than the church or human government.  Today we live in  days of low moral standards, when marriage vows are easily broken and divorce considered common. God’s laws and standards do not change.

 

Reasons to Marry:

1.       To obey God’s command, Gen. 1:28

2.       For Fellowship, Gen. 3:18

3.       For partnership, Ecclesiastes 4: 9-11

4.       For propagation of the human  race Gen. 1:28, Gen. 9:1

5.       To satisfy biological  desires.  Man is born with certain desires that are good, holy and legitimate but can only be satisfied in marriage.

 

Whom to Marry:

1.       Christians may only marry Christians 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.

In God’s sight it is a travesty for a godly person and an ungodly one to be united in holy matrimony to be one flesh.

Generally a man should choose a woman of mature Christian character with similar background, tastes, education, religion and interests, a little younger than himself.

The woman accepts the proposal from a man who is of the same religion, background, education, likes and dislikes, who is a gentleman at all times.

 

When to Marry:      

1.       When God guides you into marriage after much prayer and seeking His will.

2.       When you know each other sufficiently well.

3.       Wait for love.  Infatuation is not sufficient.  Marriage is for life, and it will take godly love (1 Corinthians 13) to make a successful marriage.

 

Principles of a Happy Marriage:

1.       Based on genuine heart agreement of the couple.

2.       Must be willing to establish a Christian home, with husband as head and wife a pleasant helpmeet.

3.       Must be based on lifetime anticipation “till death do us part”.

4.       Genuine love is essential to a happy marriage, Ephesians 5:25.  Titus 2:4.

 

Divorce:

1.       Divorce is not in the original plan of God for mankind, Matt 9:8

2.       Marriage is a lifetime contract, Matt 19:6

3.       For one who receives a divorce for any other reason than adultery and marries another commits adultery, Matt 19:9

 

            Lessons to Live By:

1.       Make Christ the Head of the home – Both Lord and Savior of the home.

2.       Let the husband maintain a tender love for his wife and children.

3.       Let the wife develop the unselfish love a wife and mother.

 

Taming the Tongue for a Fruitful Life

FACC Men's Fellowship Group  Bible Study @ Bro. Winnie's residence

Date:  May 14, 2009

Moderator: Bro. Winnie

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Taming the Tongue for a Fruitful Life (James 3:1-18)

 

Wishful Thinking: If the Tongue Could Only Be Tamed

James 3:2b-4

If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well. 3 And if we put bits into the mouths of horses to get them to obey us, then we guide their entire bodies. 4 Look at ships too: though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot’s impulse directs.31

James has instructed “wanna-be teachers” that they should be hesitant to teach, because the judgment of teachers will be more severe. He has also indicated that all of us stumble in many ways (2a). James will now focus on a particular form of stumbling. He turns to the topic of stumbling in one’s speech, a timely topic for teachers. If a man does not stumble in what he says, then that man is perfect. If a man can perfectly control his tongue, then he would also be able to control every other part of his body as well. What a glorious thought! I fear that some would-be teachers might actually believe that they have mastered their tongues because they are able to master others with their tongue.

James has said that if a man can control his tongue, he can control his entire body. He now sets out to illustrate this tongue/totality principle, first with a horse, and then with a ship. In 1:26, James has already used the term “bridle,” and now he takes up the same term.32 Once the bit is in the horse’s mouth, the rider can control the entire body of the horse. One controls the entire horse by controlling its mouth. Next, James turns to the illustration of a ship. A ship is very large, and strong winds propel it; but when the captain has control of its very small rudder (comparatively speaking), he has control of the entire ship. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the tongue could be controlled? If a man could bring his tongue under control, then he could bring his whole body under control. But this will never happen, as James is about to show.

The Tongue Is Powerful, But Deadly, and Out of Control

James 3:5-8

5 So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions.33 Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. 6 And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies, that pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence and is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. 8 But no human can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

It took me a while to see the strong contrast James is making here. In the previous section (2b-4), James engaged in a little wishful thinking: If only the tongue could be tamed, then the whole body could be brought under control. Now, in verses 5-8, we see the ugly reality of the matter: The tongue cannot be controlled, and there is a devastating result for the whole body – it is corrupted by the tongue. The key to our body’s control is also the key to our body’s destruction.

Like the rudder of a ship, the tongue is a very small member of the body, and it is powerful, but not in the way we would like to think. The tongue, James tells us, does “talk big.” It boasts, he says, of great things. The tongue is powerful, but often in a most destructive way. The tongue of man is like a fire, which sets a whole forest ablaze. My wife and I were driving through Montana this past summer, and we drove through one of the many forest fires which devastated that part of the country. A friend told us the story of how one of the many forest fires was started this summer. A grasshopper was somehow attached to the exhaust pipe of a car and caught on fire. The grasshopper sprung from the car and onto the ground, where this burning bug set a whole forest ablaze. A small flame can ignite a great fire.

The tongue, James tells us, is a fire, ignited by hell itself. The last part of verse 6 is very difficult for translators, but the sense of it is relatively simple. The tongue is a “world of evil,” which adversely impacts the rest of our bodies. If the tongue could be controlled, we could control the whole body. But since the tongue is a deadly fire and out of control, it wreaks havoc with the rest of the body. The whole gamut of humanity and society is set ablaze by the tongue.

How ironic it is that man is able to harness the power of a raging river, to prevent flooding, and to produce hydroelectric power. Man has learned to harness the power of the atom, for destructive and productive ends. Man has been able to subdue every kind of creature, from a parrot to a killer whale, and yet with all his success in bringing things under his control, man is powerless to control his own tongue. In verse 8, James switches from the imagery of fire to that of poison. The tongue is a restless evil, and its poison is deadly.

If the tongue could be controlled, the whole body could be controlled. But the fact of the matter is that the tongue – like a raging forest fire – is totally out of control and uncontrollable. And its great power is the power to destroy and corrupt. Isn’t it interesting that man can control the creatures of nature, but not himself? The one thing that distinguishes man from beast – the tongue – is the one thing that man cannot control. And if things are not bad enough, James goes on in verses 9-12 to give us even more bad news.

Worst of All, It Is Deceptive

James 3:9-12

9 With it we bless the Lord and Father and with it we curse people made in God’s image. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. 11 A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? 12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt-water spring produce fresh water.

Not only is the tongue destructive and completely out of control, the tongue is also deceptive. When I was growing up many years ago, I used to watch old-time western movies about “cowboys and Indians.” The Indians would sometimes say of the white man, “He speaks with forked tongue.” Today we would say, “He talks out of both sides of his mouth.” Unfortunately, this assessment is true. Once again, James will show us how completely unlike nature man is. In nature, “what you see is what you get.” A spring will either produce fresh water or bitter water, but it does not produce both. A fig tree produces figs, and not olives, and a vine does not produce figs. A salt-water spring does not produce fresh water. What something is by nature determines what it produces – and what it produces doesn’t change.

Man’s tongue is different. Sad as it may be, the tongue is capable of producing both blessing and cursing, as different as these things may be. At one moment, my tongue may speak words of truth and blessing, with absolute sincerity. Just moments later, it may speak something terrible, something corrupt. We can see this truth illustrated by the tongue of Peter:

13 When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on the earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 20 Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. 21 From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s” (Matthew 16:13-23, emphasis mine).

Within the space of a few moments (and a few verses), Peter has changed from being a spokesman for God to speaking for Satan. This is exactly what James is saying; the same tongue can both bless and curse. We cannot trust the words of the tongue because they can so quickly change to something completely different.

The Source of the Problem: Two Wisdoms

James 3:13-18

13 Which of you is wise and understanding? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. 18 And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.34

At this point in our text, one has to say, “How can it be that man can control every creature, but he cannot control his tongue? How can it be that while every natural entity produces one kind of fruit, the tongue produces both blessings and cursings?” I believe verses 13-18 answer these questions. In verse 1, James began this chapter by warning “wanna-be teachers” that they should keep silent. One of the main reasons these folks should not teach is because they would do it for the sake of their own egos, not for the edification of others. In other words, “wanna-be teachers” want to teach to show people how wise they are. Thus, the whole matter really comes down to wisdom.

The chart at the end of this lesson will summarize what I believe James is saying in verses 13-18. These verses are all about wisdom – two kinds of wisdom. There is a worldly wisdom that makes much of the teacher, of his style, and of the novelty of his content. We see this very clearly in the church at Corinth. Some folks were gaining a personal following, resulting in division (1 Corinthians 1:11-12). Paul refused to employ this kind of wisdom, but rather determined only to preach Christ and Christ crucified (1:23), even though it was a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles (1:22-25). These slick teachers were arrogant and taught their brand of worldly wisdom by means of deceitful and manipulative methods. Paul refused to employ such methods (1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2).

Worldly wisdom is from below; it is earthly, natural, demonic (3:15). God’s wisdom is from above. Worldly wisdom denies the truth, and in a selfish and boastful way, produces the fruit of “disorder, every evil practice, and destruction” (3:5-6, 10, 16). Worldly wisdom tends to be mere words. Heavenly wisdom certainly uses words, but it manifests itself in godly works. The wisdom from above consists of God-given wisdom and understanding (see James 1:5) that produces the fruit of purity (see 1:21, 27), a peaceable spirit which is gentle and accommodating (slow to anger, 1:19-20), and which is impartial (contrast 2:1-3) and not hypocritical (see 2:15-16).

Man is a fallen creature, and this is painfully evident wherever we look. A Christian is a “new creation” in Christ, but he is also a person whose flesh is weak, and who cannot withstand temptation in the power of the flesh (see Romans 7). The same mouth may sometimes speak divine wisdom, while at other times, it speaks human wisdom. This explains why man is unique among the creatures God has made. If one is truly wise, he will control his tongue, and as a result, he will be slow (reluctant) to speak.

In the abundance of words transgression is not lacking;
but the one who refrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19).

The shrewd person conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools publicizes foolishness (Proverbs 12:23).

The person who is knowledgeable restrains his words,
and one who has discernment has a cool spirit (Proverbs 17:27).

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding
but rather in disclosing what is on his mind (Proverbs 18:2).

The one who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps his life from troubles (Proverbs 21:23).

Do you see someone who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20).

Conclusion

As we seek to explore the implications and applications of this chapter, we must first turn to its meaning for those to whom it was specifically directed. “Wanna-be teachers” are instructed to be very reluctant to become teachers, knowing that more severe judgment will come to them as teachers. This text is not intended to discourage those who should teach. Timothy is one such teacher who needed to be encouraged – even prodded a bit – to teach:

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity. 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have, given to you and confirmed by prophetic words when the elders laid hands on you. 15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you (1 Timothy 4:11-16, emphasis mine).

3 I am thankful to God, whom I have served with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I remember you in my prayers as I do constantly night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I recall your sincere faith that was alive first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I am sure is in you. 6 Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:3-7, emphasis mine).

1 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, 2 preach the message, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:1-2, emphasis mine).

James is not concerned with encouraging the “Timothys” here, but with silencing those who, for self-serving reasons, were aspiring to be teachers. Throughout chapter 3, James has sought to show how dangerous the tongue can be, especially for the teacher who has an audience, or who therefore has the opportunity to inflame or poison (to follow through with his analogies) a large number of people. How many cults have been the fruit of a winsome teacher’s heresies? How many churches have been split by a teacher of error? How many seminaries have been corrupted by a charming teacher who departs from the truth of God’s Word? The damage that has been done – and is yet to be done – is great, and so is the judgment that will fall on those who teach with wrong motives and a wrong message.

This warning should not be viewed as though it were limited only to preachers and pastors. It applies to everyone who teaches. This includes both men and women, for women teach younger children in the Sunday school, and mothers teach their children at home. They also teach women’s Bible studies. Men teach in many different contexts as well, and they should heed these words of warning. In our church, we have an open worship meeting, where any man is free to stand and teach or share, and so this warning would certainly apply to all the men of the church.

In a somewhat different way, Paul also encourages people more generally to remain silent. We see this instruction regarding silence in several of Paul’s epistles:

9 Likewise the women are to dress in suitable apparel, with modesty and self-control. Their adornment must not be with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothing, 10 but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 11 A woman must learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or have authority over a man. She must remain quiet (1 Timothy 2:9-12, emphasis mine).

26 What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. 27 If someone speaks35 in a tongue, it should be two, or at the most three, and one after the other. And someone must interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak and let others evaluate what is said. 30 And if someone seated receives a revelation, the person speaking should conclude. 31 For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. 32 Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, 33 for God is not characterized by disorder but peace. As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. 35 If they want to find out about something they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. 36 Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone? (1 Corinthians 14:26-36, emphasis mine).

Silence can edify, just as speech can. When women obey Paul’s instruction to remain silent, they demonstrate submission to their husbands, and to the instructions of the Word of God. But it is not just women who are to be silent. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul requires men not to speak in tongues when there is no one present to interpret. He requires a man to stop talking and to sit down and listen (to be “quick to hear”?) if another receives a revelation while he is speaking. Paul says that after two or three men have already exercised a particular gift (here it is tongues or prophecy), no one else should seek to exercise that gift in that particular meeting. That is enough of one good thing, and time for other forms of edification.

What I am trying to say is that there are times when every one of us should remain silent. According to James, every one of us should be reluctant to speak, rather than to compulsively strive to speak. There are some folks who should not speak at all. These are the folks who do not have the message of the gospel right, or they are motivated by selfish desires. But for all the rest of us – men and women – we need to learn when to be quiet and to listen to what others have to say. We may wish to rebuke or to complain when we should put up with our situation silently (see 1 Peter 2:18-3:2). We may wish to give advice when the wise thing to do is to keep silent. While there are many times when it would be wrong to remain silent, there seem to be at least as many times when it would be wrong to speak. Silence really can be golden.

Once again, James has returned to the relationship between our words and our works. The “wanna-be teachers” seem to be convinced that wisdom is a matter of words alone. James does not deny that wisdom is spoken in words, but he also wishes us to understand that wisdom is demonstrated in works. James tells us that the mouth is capable of incredible duplicity; it is capable of speaking words of blessing and words of cursing. We cannot know true wisdom by words alone. The person who is truly wise is the one who lives life skillfully (this is what Proverbs is about), so that we know to whom we should listen. Reading in James reminded me of these words of Paul:

31 Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. 32 And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 35 By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:31-35, emphasis mine).

16 Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained. 17 Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us as an example. 18 For many live (about whom I often told you, and now say even with tears) as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things (Philippians 3:16-19, emphasis mine).

And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9, emphasis mine).

4 We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 in that our gospel did not come to you merely in speech, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you). 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction. 7 As a result you became examples to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia (1 Thessalonians 1:4-7, emphasis mine).

6 But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition you received from us. 7 For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline among you, 8 and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying. Instead, in toil and drudgery we worked night and day in order not to burden any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give ourselves as an example for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you we used to give you this command: “If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, emphasis mine).

In his speaking and writing, Paul could appeal to his audience to consider his lifestyle in order to see how he practiced what he preached. Paul’s authority and credibility came, in part, from the way he lived out his life. His words and his works were consistent. What Paul preached, Paul practiced. Note, too, that when Paul lays down the qualifications for an elder, he calls for qualities in the candidate’s life which are observable, and which demonstrate true wisdom:

1 This saying is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work.” 2 The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher, 3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? (1 Timothy 3:1-5).

Likewise, those who are false teachers will be known by their fruits:

15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:15-20, emphasis mine).

8 And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people—who have warped minds and are disqualified in the faith—also oppose the truth. 9 But they will not go much further, for their foolishness will be obvious to everyone, just like it was with Jannes and Jambres (2 Timothy 3:8-9, emphasis mine).

1 But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. 2 And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep (2 Peter 2:1-3, emphasis mine).

Whether it be wisdom or folly, you can be certain that either will be evident in the works of a man. True wisdom is practical and practiced by those who would teach it.

It has been observed that the words of James are more like the words of Jesus than any other New Testament author. We can certainly see the similarity of James 3:8-12 with these words of our Lord:

43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from brambles. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart” (Luke 6:43-45).

The heart is the key to controlling the tongue. James is not calling for more will-power and determination to control our tongues. If the tongue is set ablaze by hell, then only heaven can help us. And God has provided us with this help. He has given those who have placed their trust in Him a new heart. We are to be keepers of the heart, so that the thoughts of our heart are on Him who died for us. As our hearts are filled with Him, with His Word, with His salvation and grace, then our lips will reveal the overflow of our hearts.

More than any act of guarding, guard your heart,
for from it are the sources of life (Proverbs 4:23).

The fruit of our lips, then, reveals the condition of our hearts. In the Book of Romans, Paul turns to a number of Old Testament texts to show that we are all sinners, deserving of God’s eternal wrath. A number of these focus on the tongue:

3:9 What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, 3:10 just as it is written:

“THERE IS NO ONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE,
3:11 THERE IS NO ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NO ONE WHO SEEKS GOD.
3:12 ALL HAVE TURNED AWAY,
TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME WORTHLESS;
THERE IS NO ONE WHO SHOWS KINDNESS, NOT EVEN ONE.”
3:13 “THEIR THROATS ARE OPEN GRAVES,
THEY DECEIVE WITH THEIR TONGUES,
THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS.”
3:14 “THEIR MOUTHS ARE FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS” (Romans 3:9-14a).

Does your tongue betray the fact that you are a sinner, deserving of God’s eternal wrath? Then God has given us the solution in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your acceptance of Christ’s provision for your salvation involves your heart and your tongue:

10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), 10:9 because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10:10 For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. 10:11 For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 10:12 For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him. 10:13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:8-13).

If you have never acknowledged your sin, I urge you to do so this very day. If you desire the freedom of God’s forgiveness and the assurance of eternal life, then I would urge you to do as Paul has indicated above – believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead. Trust in Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is through Him alone that we can be saved.

 

RULES & TOOLS OF A GREAT MARRIAGE

                         FACC MEN's Fellowship Group (FMFG) 

                    
Monthly Couples Fellowship
                                
March 26, 2009
      
                 
Title :  RULES and TOOLS for
                                  a  great  MARRIAGE


 

    

 

 

 

 

A Season for Everything - Eccl 3:1-2

THURSDAY, March 11, 2009  FACC Men's Fellowship Group

 

BIBLE STUDY – BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES  (moderated by Bro. Paul Ongkeko)

 

CHAPTER 3: 1 – 22

 

To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven:

2        A time to be born, and a time to die;

      A time to plant, and a  time to pluck what is planted ;

3        A time to kill, and a time to heal;

      A time to break down, and a time to build up;

4        A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

      A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5        A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;

            A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6        A time to gain, and a time to lose;

      A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

7        A time to tear, and a time to sew;

            A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8        A time to love, and a time to hate;

      A time of war, and a time of peace.

 

The God-Given Task

9        What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

10    I have seen the God given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

11    He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

12    Know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice and to do good in their lives,

13    And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor-

It is the gift of God.

14    I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it,

And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.

15    That which is has already been, And what is to be already been; And God  requires an account of what is past.      

16    Moreover I saw under the sun:

      In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there.

17    I said  in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work”

18    I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God test them, that they may that they themselves are like animals.”

19    For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals.; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

20    All go to one place: all are from the dust and all return to dust.

21    Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animals, which goes down to the earth.

22    So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

 

Brothers in Christ, may God gives us wisdom during our studies of His word.

 

 

Prepared by:

Paul Ongkeko, jr.

BLOOD ON THE SCREEN - Protecting our children from evils of Media

Bible Study Lesson at Bro. Tony Smith's house - December 20, 2007

Ref.  - www.bibleuniverse.com

 

BLOOD ON THE SCREEN

 

 

By the time the average American child reaches 14, he will have witnessed the violent death of over 13,000 human beings.  

How much programming on today's television meets the Bible test for Christian viewing? You know almost every Christian family owns a TV set, but what kind of programs do they look at? Because there are occasional programs which meet the Bible test of truth and purity, it's easy to succumb to the argument that the set will be used only as an educational tool for the family. Solemn resolutions are usually made concerning the high quality of program that will be approved for viewing. But let's be honest and truthful friends. For how long did those restrictive regulations continue to govern the television set? Policing becomes almost impossible because of the border-line nature of many programs. Uncertainty over where to draw a line and whether a few words of profanity disqualify an hour long documentary and other equally perplexing decisions soon become to tedious to tolerate.

The door is open wider and wider and the discriminative sense accommodates to the increasing flow of below standard pictures and scenes. It's easy to justify a little more loose language because of the scattered use of expletives by popular network news reporters. Many of the advertising commercials are also lased with innuendoes which belittle the Christian moral standards. It's becoming more difficult to believe that even the most careful selective viewing will not also produce a spiritual desensitivity. Snatches and phrases of gutter talk creep into some of the most highly talented educational shows. Many argue that we must learn to live with this kind of language because it surrounds us all the time. Now it's true that we often overhear the vulgarities of the world around us. But should we deliberately expose ourselves to that which we could avoid?

The truth is that most of us face severe struggles in turning away from the enticing scenes of evil that we can't avoid even while walking down the street. There's enough temptation to occupy all of our time and effort without bringing a deliberate source of temptation right into the living room. What many fail to understand is that there can be sin in a look.

If somebody had come up behind mother Eve in the garden Eden and ask her what she was doing in front of that forbidden tree, she'd probably would have answered, I'm just looking. But those looks of Eve led into all the multiplied sorrows and eventual deaths of billions of human beings over six tragic millenniums. King David awoke from an afternoon nape and quite by chance saw his neighbors beautiful wife taking a bath on her Mediterranean roof garden. Now it's more than likely if someone had asked David what he was doing he would have answered, jus looking. But those looks led to adultery and murder, sins which influenced a nation to forget God.

The results of his immorality with Bathsheba so marked that family of David that four of his own children were taken from him by tragedy of apostasy. How bitterly he later lamented the scarring consequences of his innocent looking. The indelible influence of mental patterns cannot be over emphasized. By beholding we become changed. Faults are produced by what a person sees. In Proverbs 23:7, 'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.' Now this brings us to one of the most awesome reasons that television can be detrimental to the Christian life. It's based upon the principle of vicarious are mental participation in sin.

Jesus declared, 'Ye have heard that it was said of them of all kind, thou shalt not commit adultery, but I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a women to lust after her hath already committed adultery with her in his heart' Mathew 5:27,28. Now please take note that the mind is capable of creating such realistic mental pictures that people actually become involved in the imaginary scenes. The participation is so real that Jesus said we are held accountable for what we permit our minds to dwell upon just as though we were going through physical act itself. Since the brain is the decision center for the body, every act performed must first be conceived in the mind before it can be translated into action. The brain through the vast nerve communications system sends the message for hands, feet, or other physical organs to go into action. This, by the way, is the precise point of the strongest temptation. Harboring the mental picture until it transmits the order for the body to act is so presumptuous and so debilitating to the will that few people are able to turn back from obeying that order.

The Christians only sure protection from sin is to reject the thought or imagination of evil which Satan seeks to impose on the mind. Once the evil deed has been harbored and pondered, even though only as a thought, the incredible intimate relationship of mind and body begins to produce physical reactions. With a speed of electricity, the brain sends off a message alerting the entire to the contemplated action. Now the mind and body unite in bringing pressure for the person to perform the act.

But let's suppose that it's impossible for the person to carry out the physical indulgence prompted by the mind. Perhaps a lustful attitude has been produced into thoughts, but there's no one with whom to participate in the act of sin. Or if the person is a Christian, he might have such strong inhibitions against the contemplated act that he'll resist carrying out the impulses of the mind. In this case the sin exists only in the imagination. But such is the power of thought that in God's sight the vicarious mental performance of the sin is counted as serious as a physical indulgence itself.

But now let's apply this principle to the watching of TV. No where do we see a more vivid demonstration of vicarious participation. Even thought the viewer may be mature enough to know that the scene is only a fabricated pretend situation, yet he becomes as emotionally involved in the picture as if he were actually living out the experience. The heart pounds with fright, the eyes fill tears, and the viewer is mentally projecting himself into the scene. Whether fighting and shooting his way out of a desperate situation, suffering the trauma of incurable disease, or yielding to the excitement of a provocative bedroom scene. The viewer is caught up in the plot taking part by proxy in the adventures of the hero or heroine. Jesus said that this kind of participation is just as wrong as the actual physical involvement.

Now try to imagine the fantastic strategy of Satan in his use of the television media. It stagers the mind even to think about it. Here is a situation in which the devil inspires one act of simulated sin. For example an artificial, make believe portrayal of adultery. But through his manipulation of emotions, Satan can turn that one acted out sin into a million real sins of adultery because a million will project themselves into the picture and in their minds it is not make believe, it is so real that even their bodies react. The emotions of lust and fear so fully obsess the beholder that even though they can't take part physically in the sin their minds and wills are affected in exactly the same way as if they were taking part. And more serious still, God holds them just as guilty as if they had done it personally.

Now think of this, what a clever diabolical way to turn people into thieves, murderers, and adulterers. Satan only has to work with the script writers and actors to produce the most appealing realistic and emotional plots. From that point the natural laws of the mind take over and the viewers become emotional captives of what ever the allow themselves to look at. One day the may be living out the experience of shoplifting, the next day of murder, and later of fornication or adultery. To the actors on the screen it's preposterous pretense, but to the viewers it is momentarily at least the opportunity to do all the exciting things that God and society forbid without having to face the consequences of doing them. But do we have to face the consequences friends? Not physically perhaps, but the moral responsibility for those vicarious deeds every person will have to face in the judgment.

For those who have not confessed and forsaken those sins, what a terrible account must be rendered for the prostitution of the sacred powers of mind and body. Surely this principle of sin by substitution explains why the Bible explains so strongly on the subject of the five senses. Jesus made it clear that no effort should be spared in safe-guarding the avenues of the mind. Immediately after his comment about looking on a women in lust he said, 'and if the right eye offend thee pluck it out and cast it from thee for it is profitable for thee that one thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell' Mathew 5:29. Now this text is often been misconstrued friends. Jesus was not talking about the physical eye. A person could loose one eye and still be evil and perverse. No no, he was talking about the things on which the eye focuses. If the eye is looking at something which is liable to leave the eye or the person into sin, Jesus was saying that the most drastic action should be taken to put those scenes out of you.

In other words, don't continue to look at something which is spiritually offensive and provocative. Doing so could lead to sin and cause the person to be cast into hell. What a dramatic example of the dangers of just looking at wrong pictures. Translated into a modern setting, Christ was saying that if we have a television set in the home, which we can't control, it's better to cast it out of the house onto the junk pile than to be led into sin by its influence. Better to lead a so-called one eyed existence without television than to loose our soul by defiling sinful thoughts created by television. The command of Christ was to pluck it out, to turn away from what the eye is looking at. The choice is ours to make. The only way to be pure minded is to look at, listen to, and speak only the things that are pure. Paul said, 'Finally bretheren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things' Philippians 4:8.

The secret of being pure, honest, and virtuous is to think that way and the way we think is determined by what we see, hear, and speak. David said, 'I will set no wicked thing before my eyes' Psalms 101:3. Now to these physical factors, we could add pages of shocking statistics on the effect of TV violence on the mind and morals, upon crime encystations and scholastic achievement. These are well known and often repeated. No one will ever know exactly how many blue prints for crime had been carefully detailed in a TV story and later put into operation by an assortment of muggers, thieves, and rapists.

Society today is in the grip of a growing complacency toward violence and human suffering. Constant television exposure to cruelty and inhumanity has created a climate of amazing indifference to our fellow man. People do not want to get involved; usually they pass heedlessly by the victim of attack. Public reaction to natural calamity such as earthquakes and floods and famines is almost ho-hum. The six-o-clock p.m. news cast pictures of thousands dying in South America or Turkey make even less impression than last nights late movie scenes. Because they become so accustomed to them you see friends and by that acted violence. Well our time has slipped away from us. I wish we had more time. I pray that you will follow God in this matter.

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Isaiah 33:13-15

 

The Returning King

Bible Study @ Bro. Winnie Alfelor

 

TOPIC:  The Returning King

 

Words:   Acts  1: 7-8

             Acts  1: 11

 

 

When Will Christ Return?

 

1.      No one knows when Christ will return -  Matthew  24;36

2.      We do not need to be concern about the times and dates  -  1 Thess  5: 1=2

 

Why Will Christ Return?

 

1.      Christ will return to bring salvation -  Hebrews  9:28

2.      Christ will return to bring rewards -  Matthew 16:27

3.      Christ will return to bring judgment – 1 Corinthians 4:5

 

How Should we live While we wait?

 

1.      We should develop our spiritual gifts while we wait – 1 Corinthians 1:7

2.      We should say “NO” to sin while we wait -  Titus 2:12-13

3.      We should be productive while we wait – Luke 19: 11-13

WORSHIP

  

FACC MEN'S FELLOWSHIP GROUP

 

 

BIBLE STUDY : CHRISTIAN LIVING  (moderated by Bro. Noel Tiu)

 

TOPIC : WORSHIP Series

 

                                  Lesson #                          Subject

                                   

                                                I           The Meaning of Worship

 

 

                                                II          The Importance of Worship

                       

                                                III         The Object of Worship

 

                                                IV         The Basis of Worship

 

                                                V          The Holy Spirit Leads a Believer

                                                            Into Worship

 

                                                VI         The Manner of Worship

 

                                                VII        The Hindrances to Worship

 

 

                                                            End

 

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CHRISTIAN LIVING

                             

TOPIC : WORSHIP  (Lessons I  & II)

 

                                                            Introduction

 

Worship is different from prayer and praise.

            Example:      “Lord save my soul” is a prayer

                                    “Lord thank you for saving my soul” is a praise.

                                    “Thank you Lord for what you are” is worship.

 

Worship is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 22:5,  Abraham says to the men, “ I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

 

Matthew 2:2, 11, the wise men came to worship the newborn King, Jesus Christ.

 

Matthew 4:10, Jesus quote the commandment, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God.”

 

John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”

                                   

 

                                                I           The Meaning of Worship

 

Worship as defined in the dictionary meant “reverence and homage especially to God.” “pay divine honor to, adore,” love and admire inordinately.”

 

It also meant to do reverence or homage to a superior being.  Man ought to worship God.

                                   

To a Christian believer, worship is the highest form of expression we can give God.

 

Psalm 23:5, show an overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of Divine favor. ”You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

 

“Worship is the upspring of a heart that has known the Father as a Giver, the Son as a Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling Spirit.”

 

2 Samuel 7:18-22, “worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs or even its  blessings, but with God Himself.”                                                                                                               

 

 

                                                II          The Importance of Worship

 

1.          Exodus 20:1-2; Exodus 34:14 It is the first commandment of the law, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

 

2.         God caused the erection of the Tabernacle and Temple for the purpose of worship.  There is a great deal of instruction in Leviticus regarding worship of the true God.

 

3.         God taught men like Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, David and others the art of worship.

 

4.         Worship will be our occupation for eternity, Revelation, chapters 4 and 5.

 

 

                                                To be continued……

 

 

SPIRITUAL SALVATION

New Birth Society

January 27, 2007

 

Topic: Spiritual Salvation

 

JUSTIFICATION

Romans 3:12    They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable.

                        There is none who does good, no, not one.

 

Romans 4:12    And the father of circumcision to those who are not only are of the

                        circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which are

                        our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

 

Gal. 3:11-14     But no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the

                        just shall live by faith. Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does

                        them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the

                        law, having become a curse for us (for it is written “Curse is everyone

                        who hangs on a tree”) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon

                        the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the

                        spirit through faith.

 

SANCTIFICATION

Romans 6:22    But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God,

                        you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

 

2 Thess. 2:13    But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved

                        by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation

                        through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

 

2 Tim.   2:21     Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel

                        for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good

                        work.

 

GLORIFICATION

Romans 8:17-18 And if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,

                        if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

 

Romans: 8:30   Moreover whom he predestined, these He also justified; and whom He

                        justified, this He also glorified.

 

1 Thess. 4:13-18  But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who

                        have fallen asleep, lest your sorrow as others who have no hope. For if

                        we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with

                        Him those who sleep in Jesus.

 

THE BANK ACCOUNT OF LIFE


 

                                                 The Bank Account of Life  

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400..     It carries over no balance from day to day..     Every "evening" deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day..     What would you do?.     Draw out every cent, of course!!!!      Each of us has such a "bank."  It's name is TIME.    

 Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.     Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.     It carries over no balance.     It allows no overdraft.     Each day it opens a new account for you.     Each night it burns the remains of the day.     If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours  .     There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow." You
must live in the present on today's deposits .     Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness,  and success!    The clock is running .   Make the most of today.  

To realize the value of ONE YEAR.. ask a student who failed a grade.  To realize the value of ONE MONTH...        ask a mother who gave birth  to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK..   ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.  To realize the value of ONE HOUR..   ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE...  ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND..  ask a person who just avoided  an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND...  ask the person who won a silver medal  in the Olympics.  .    

Treasure every moment that you have!.   And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.


 

Yesterday is history.    Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called .. the Present!!    Friends are very rare jewel, indeed.    They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.   They lend an ear.   They share a word of praise,  and they always want to open their heart to us.  Send this to your friends.

ACHIEVING FINANCIAL STABILITY AND PEACE

Man's Ways

God's Way

1 - None of God’s Business

Pivotal to your spiritual life

Luke 16:11  And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? Luke 12:34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.    Rev 3:17-18  "You say, 'I am rich, with everything I want; I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked."

2 - All I have is “Mine”

All I have is God’s

Dt 8:17,18  You may say to yourself, "My power and...strength... produced this wealth for me."  But remember the Lord, for He gives you the ability to produce wealth.    Ps 62:10 If your riches increase, don't be proud.    Ps 24:1 The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is his!    Col 1:17 "All things were created by Him and for Him...in Him all things hold together."    Also see: £1 Chron 29:11  £ Ps 50:12  £1 Cor 10:26

3 - I need more money

Manage what I have

Ecc 5:11 The more you have, the more you spend, right up to the limits of your income.     Lu 16:10  Whoever can be trusted with little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.   Ps 37:16  Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.

4 - Live for Pleasure

Live Self-Controlled

Pr 21:17  A man who loves pleasure becomes poor.    Pr 23:19  Don't carouse with drunkards and gluttons...they are on their way to poverty.    Lu 15:13-14  The younger son... squandered his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything...he began to be in need.  Titus 2:11-12 The grace of God...teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.

5 - Love Money

Love God

Lu 16:13  You cannot serve two masters...you will be enthusiastic about one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God & Money.    Ecc 5:10 Whoever loves money...is never satisfied with his income.    1 Tim 6:10 The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 

6 – SPEND it all

Save for the FUTURE

Prov 21:20  The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.   Prov 22:3  A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.   Ecc 5:11 The more you have, the more you spend, right up to the limits of your income. 

7 - FEAR of loss or hard times

FAITH in God to provide

Ps 37:18-19  The Lord cares (for the godly) even when times are hard; even in famine, they will have enough.       Ps 33:18-19  The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to...keep them alive in famine.    Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or...famine...?     Also see: £Gen 12:10 Abraham   £Gen 26:1 Issac   £Gen 41:29,30,50 Joseph £Gen 42:5 Jacob £ Ruth 1:1-4 Ruth   £2 Sam 21:1 David   £I Kgs 18:2 Elijah £II Kgs 4:38 Elisha    £Neh 5:3 Nehemiah   £Jer 52:6 Jeremiah   £Acts 11:28

 

8 – Envy OTHERS

Be CONTENT

Ps 73:2-28 My feet were slipping...For I was envious of the prosperity of the proud & wicked...all the time their riches multiply   Heb 13:5-6  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."   1 Tim 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.    Also see: £Phil 4:11,12   £Prov 23:17  £1 Pet 2:1-2

9 – Keeping up with YOUR NEIGHBORS

Experiencing God’s CREATIVE  Care

Ex 20:17 "Do not covet your neighbor's house…or anything else your neighbor owns."     Ecc 2:26  To the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.    Prov 13:22  A sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.    Ps 105:44  (God's people) fell heir to what others had toiled for.    Job 27:16-17 The evil man may accumulate... closets jammed full of clothing...but the righteous shall wear that clothing.  £Is 45:3 £Pr 28:8 £Ps 39:5 £Isa 23:18 £Dt 6:10-12 £Jos 11:14,24:13 £Ne 9:25  

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10 - ARGUING about $

AGREEING in prayer

Pr 15:16-17  Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.  Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.      1 Pet 3:7  Husbands... be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect...so that nothing will hinder your prayers.   Ps 34:17  The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.    Isa 59:2  The trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God. Because of sin he has turned his face away from you.   Rom 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

11 – GET RICH QUICK schemes & gambling

Steady plodding and hard work

Proverbs 22:26MSG Don't gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hocking your house against a lucky chance.    Pr 13:11 Wealth from gambling quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.      Pr 28:19  He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.     Pr 28:20  The man who wants to get rich quick will quickly fail.      Pr 20:21  Quick wealth is not a blessing in the end.      Pr 28:22  Trying to get rich quick is evil and leads to poverty.    1 Tim 6:9 People who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them...

12 – Stuffitis DISEASE

DeACCUMULATE

Luke 12:15LB  “Beware! Don't always be wishing for what you don't have. For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are.”   Mt 6:19-21   "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”

13 – Better HOUSE

Better HOME

Prov 14:11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.       Isa 32:18  My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.     Ps 128:3  Your wife shall be contented in your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around the dinner table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees.

14 – Growing INDEBTEDNESS

AVOID or ELIMINATE Indebtedness

Proverbs 17:18MSG   It's stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never pay.           Pr 22:7 The borrower is servant to the lender. See: II Kings 4:1, Dt 28:43-44    Rom 13:8  Owe no one anything except to love one another.    Deut 28:12 God will open to you his wonderful treasury of rain in the heavens, to give you fine crops every season. He will bless everything you do; and you shall lend to many nations, but shall not borrow from them.    Ps 37:21  Evil men borrow and "cannot pay it back"!    Prov 22:26  Unless you have the extra cash on hand, don't countersign a note. Why risk everything you own? They'll even take your bed!

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DISCERNING "GOOD THINGS" vs "GOD THINGS"

The greatest sign that you and I are maturing in our walk with God is
when we can discern the difference between "good things" and
"God-things." When the people of Israel journeyed out of Egypt through
the desert, the cloud led them by day. They could move only as fast as
the cloud. If they went ahead, they went without God's presence. If they
lagged behind, they also lost God's presence.

Each of us must have the discernment to know when God is leading in a
matter, or if it is simply a good idea. There are so many things in which
you and I can be involved, and the more successful you become, the
greater the temptations to enter into things where God has not called
you. Entrepreneurs are especially prone to see all the opportunities.

I recall one time when I entered into a project that I thought was a
great idea. It would help many people. After two years, the project had
to be discontinued. It was a great lesson on understanding what projects
have God's blessing on them. There are some projects you and I might get
involved in that result in little fruit compared to the investment put
into them. That is because they may never have been birthed by the Holy
Spirit.

As sons of God, we are called to be led by the Spirit. This requires a
level of dependence on God in which many of us really do not want to
invest. It requires listening, waiting, and moving only when God's Spirit
tells us to move. Workplace believers are "action" people. We know how to
get things done, but our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness.

On Thanksgiving day, ask God to make you a Romans 8:14 man or woman who
is led by the Spirit of God. Pray against lagging behind or moving ahead.
Ask God to reveal whether the next project you consider is a "good thing"
or a "God-thing."

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