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Go or Send With Your Gospel Gun

Go or Send With Your Gospel Gun

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 “The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30) Baptists have a method of sending out “foreign ambassadors” to be ‘that wise’; we call them missionaries. While on ‘deputation’ Alan Granger, Missionary to Mexico, reports that of 10 missionaries called, one makes it to the field by making 4,000 calls, getting 1,000 contacts, hosting 300 meetings, gaining 125 supporting Churches where only 70 turn out to be sincere. It sounds scary but this Independent Baptist method lands more preachers of the Gospel on foreign soil than any other method, and we are so commanded to go and to send. Matthew28 says “Go ye”; Mark16, “Preach the Gospel”; Luke24, “Preach repentance”; John20, “So send I you”; Acts1, “Ye shall be witnesses”. So not only would you be wise to win souls you would be obedient to Christ’s commands. That’s wise. Understand also that the need is so great. “Untold millions are still untold, untold millions are outside the fold.” These are not only in Zacatecas, Mexico, there is a “whosoever-will-may-come” living right next door to you! “People need the Lord!”

Your neighbor has been effectively taught since childhood that he evolved from apes with no Creator. But you know for fact that “As it appointed unto men once once to die, but after this the judgment.” There is only one answer to this “judgment” and you are called to be “His witness” to a dying world. They have been taught to disbelieve the Bible, but someone who ‘does not believe in guns’, can still be shot with my 357 magnum! You gotta shoot them with a “Gospel Gun.” Use your Bible on them.

“Come and See” John 1:46

Come and See

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Preacher Mike and Heather Gross, Missionaries to Sierra Leone, reminded us of a plea used often in the Bible, “Come and see.” When you are headed out to preach the Gospel in a country which is 78% Muslim, you want to be well acquainted with the verse “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps39:8) Jesus came to John the Baptist who said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” After Jesus’ Baptism (by immersion), John identified him as the Christ; “Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” Surely this great truth is one that must be seen for oneself. John the Baptist said it “And I saw and bear record that this is the Son of God.” Then when John the Baptist appointed two of his disciples to follow the Christ he again said, “Behold the Lamb of God,” and when they approached the Christ he said to them “Come and see.” To those who are searching, the longing, those hungering and thirsting after righteousness repeat the refrain; “Behold the Lamb of God, … come and see!” When Nathanael said “Can there any good come out of Nazareth?” it was Philip who said, “Come and see!” When the Samaritan woman knew that Jesus was the Messiah she said to all, “Come and see!” Nowhere in the Bible is a soul won by lifestyle evangelism, it is done when a genuine believer and witness says with their mouth, “Behold the Lamb of God … Come and see.” Got a mouth? Be a witness. They need the invitation.

An Essay from Sunday, May 06, 2012
Published at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/pulpit

The Good Samaritan’s Compassion

The Good Samaritan’s Compassion

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

A certain lawyer ask two questions of Jesus “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers both questions in one awesome parable of the Good Samaritan. Missionary Harris to Colca Canyon, Peru, reminds us that South America is our neighbor. My son is a missionary to Cajamarca, Peru, so his message rings close to home. Unlike the priest of organized religion, unlike the Levite of ‘works’ religion, the Samaritan had compassion. The true born again Christians in America need a revival of Christlike compassion. The Good Samaritan was so filled with it that he made the sacrifice it took to help. He gave up the time, the transportation, and the talent it took to make the difference. He became a giving man who wrote, as it were, a blank check for the salvation of his neighbor. The bigger picture in this parable, aimed at answering the bigger question, is a portrayal of what Christ did for fallen man who could not do for himself. But the clear application for those who would be Christlike is that His compassion in us will cause selfless sacrifice and the issuance of more blank checks to accomplish the commission we have been given. America has had the Gospel of Jesus Christ saturated throughout. It has been rejected on the larger part, only agnosticism, hedonism, and humanism being taught to our children. There is a remnant who received that Gospel and that remnant needs a new fire of compassion to help us answer the question “Who is my neighbor?” and answer it on a national level. People need the Lord, and some nations are still hungry to hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rally behind a missionary, they need your support.

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Shame! Shame!

Shame! Shame!

by Bill Brinkworthwww.openthoumineeyes.com

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” Ephesians 5:11-12

The Bible clearly commands Christians to keep far away from the luring hold of sin. We are not only to do our best not to commit sin and avoid those that are involved in it, but we are not even to talk about the iniquities others are involved in.

This last principle has not only been ignored by most, but the opposite is practiced. Many, instead of obeying God’s command, “educate” the masses about certain behavior. Their hopes are that knowledge of the side-effects of certain socially unacceptable practices, often what the Bible identifies as sin, will help people stay away from them. Unfortunately education about something one should not do often stimulates an interest in trying that very thing.

Programs to educate youth about not doing drugs quite often put the ideas in their minds about doing it and show them how to do something they never would have known about, if they had not been shown how or introduced to it by “education”.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D. A. R. E.), a publicly-funded program that uses law enforcement resources to help children resist drugs and gangs, illustrates this fact. Instead of reducing the number of children involved in those things, it has been found that there has been an increase in their involvement in drugs and gangs. The Family Counsel of Drug Awareness reports, “Since its curriculum (D. A. R. E.’s) went national, two patterns have emerged: more students now do drugs, and they start using drugs at an earlier age.” Education, about something that should not even be talked about, many times increases the practice, not decreases it.

Billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money have been spent over the decades to give young people a sex education under the guise that knowledge will help them keep from making “mistakes”. Instead, the education about sex has increased and encouraged its practice at an early age before marriage. Birth rates quickly prove this fact. In 1950, when sex outside marriage was not openly talked about, especially in the school curriculum, birth rates for unmarried women were about 30 per 1,000. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that birthrate has decreased from previous years, but it is now still 450 per 1,000 unmarried women. The CDC also notes that abortions in 1970 were 10 per 1,000 and have increased to 70 per 1,000, not including the effects done by increasing usage of birth control, including the day-after “emergency” birth control drugs. Again, education about not doing something has become a “how-to” and an invitation to “do”.

Other once unwelcomed behaviors are also on the increase. There was a time when few even knew a divorced couple; now it is difficult to find couples that have not been divorced. Perhaps, the exposure in movies and television about divorce and adultery has made a once feared occurrence to be a ho-hum common one. Homosexuality, imprisonment, poor-parenting, lack of respect for Christianity, crime, and hosts of other once frowned-upon activities are so common in public-school lesson plans and media “entertainment”, that they have lost their social stigma and are now acceptable and even encouraged in some areas. Knowledge of taboo areas again have contaminated society by going against God’s commandment of discussing something that should not be even whispered about.

The world often defends their efforts in “educating” by belittling God’s command and labeling it as making the masses willfully ignorant or “censoring the truth”. The truth, however, is that in most situations, speaking of practices that should not be committed only puts the idea in one’s head, and it does not take much thought to develop the idea to, “I’ll just try it this once”. Once it is experienced, inhibitions are worn-away and more frequent practice is easily accomplished.

The human brain is an amazing organ. It seldom completely forgets what it has been exposed to. Conversation about doing improper things often is where the idea to commit them originates. God’s wisdom warns us not even to talk about sin, because it won’t be long until you are neck-deep in it — paraphrased, of course. God’s commands are always the best. If heeded, they will keep you from the hurtful consequences of sin.

Nehemiah, Servant and Leader

Nehemiah, Servant and Leader

What The Bible Says – Nehemiah A Leader

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

When Nehemiah heard that the remnant which left the captivity and returned to the Promised Land were in great affliction and reproach, and that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, the Bible portrays for us certain ingredients which rose this valiant leader to so daunting a task. When the burden on our heart is the burden on God’s, when ‘the desire of our heart’ comes from God, when His priorities override all of our own, we are poised to do great things. God does not raise up great ministries, he raises up great men. Great men take His burden for people and fall on their face before God with the burden. “I heard, … I sat, … I wept, … I mourned for days, … I fasted, … I prayed before the God of heaven, … and I said ‘I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, … Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant,…” A leader needs no permission to lead, only the opportunity, and when Nehemiah’s opportunity came he boldly steps through the open door. Even so Nehemiah was ‘very sore afraid’ but he knew how to pray on his feet. “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, … ” (Neh 2:4) Nehemiah also knew how to think on his feet. He had not mission statement nor mission plan, no recommendations from committee, board or Sanhedrin, he had only a burden, a prayer life and an opportunity. Lastly Nehemiah had a remarkable ability to employ others. He sets out on a solitary quest to do something great for his God. He does, will you?

Sunday, April 22, 2012 – Posted at http://www.GSBaptistChurch.com

He Arose Because

He Arose Because
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

The AP wire blurted through every TV-network showing ‘Good-Friday’ and Easter to be the Holiest Week of ‘Christians’; accompanying footage showed pagan, penitent, Catholic, hooded, marchers whipping themselves with chains or black shrouded women in chains dragging crosses through the streets. One local report said “Some Christians even believe that Jesus arose from the dead after he had been crucified!” Easter, is carefully calendared each year to be the Sunday after the Jewish Passover so that it aligns with the day the Christ arose from the dead and his tomb was found empty. If one does not believe in the resurrected Christ they are NOT Christian! The resurrection is integral to the gospel. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, … how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:” (1Cor 15) It is integral to the Christ being restored to his position of preeminence wherein he “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature; For by him were all things created, … And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Col 1) Lastly the resurrection of ‘God in the flesh’ from the dead is essential because He and He alone could perform the work of the High Priest. On Yom Kippur only the high priest could take the atoning blood into the holy of holies and sprinkle it seven times before God on the mercy seat. These practices were images of what was actually before God the Father in Heaven. And the resurrected Christ had to ascend to Heaven and in full measure be our High Priest, and atone for our sin.

An Essay from week # 15, Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Jesus Suffered for You

Jesus Suffered for You
by Bill Brinkworth
www.OpenThouMineEyes.com

Many of the details of the most important event in human history are listed in Matthew 27. It is the event that had to happen to give all the opportunity to see and live with God forever. This event was the death of God’s only begotten son, Jesus.

In God’s plan Jesus’ death was the only way anyone’s sins could be paid for. Our good deeds, works, doing religious ceremonies, and obeying tradition cannot pay for one sin we have done, let alone the countless number of which we are guilty. The only payment acceptable to God for our sins was the sacrificial death of His son. Jesus’ death on the cross was not for anything the sinless Saviour had done, but for what all mankind has done.

Although Jesus was God’s son, the pain and suffering He encountered were not lessened. Here is a list of some of what Jesus suffered when He went to the cross for our sins:

  • He was bound (vs. 2).
  • He was betrayed (vs. 3).
  • He was falsely accused (vs. 12).
  • He was unjustly convicted. He was so hated that a man guilty of murder and robbery was released, so that Jesus could die in that man’s stead (vs. 26).
  • He was whipped (vs. 26).
  • He was stripped of His clothing and humiliated (vs. 28).
  • He was repeatedly mocked and ridiculed (vs. 31, 37, 40, 41 …).
  • He was spat upon (vs. 30).
  • He was beaten (vs. 30).
  • He was nailed to a cross, and allowed to hang there.
  • His death only meant the value of His clothing to some (vs. 35).
  • He and his disciples were not trusted (vs. 42).

All this, and more, Jesus did to pay for our sins! All the words we know are insufficient to tell Jesus how thankful we all should be to Him for all He has done for us. None of us is worthy of the great price Jesus paid for our iniquities. He is worthy of only good things, yet He suffered all this for us! What great love He has for all of us that He would lay down His life; so that we could have the opportunity to go to heaven, because of what He has done!

Has His death on the cross been in vain for you? If you have not made Him your personal Saviour and asked Him to save you from an eternity in Hell, His death was! Admit your sinnership, and ask Him to be your payment for sin today.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 10:9-11

There’s No Good Friday

There’s No Good Friday

What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

The last days of our Saviour’s life, often called his passion from Acts1:3, are extremely well documented in 30 chapters, or 1/3 of the four Gospels. On this Palm Sunday the Christ is escorted into the city of Jerusalem, and for the next three days a blow by blow description of each event, parable and teaching in the Christ’s ministry is therein presented. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are equally described in great detail. But when Protestant and Evangelical scholars try and account for an additional day and make the crucifixion occur on a Good Friday, like their Roman Mother Church taught them, they come up a whole day short. Rather than following their Bible they follow the errant tradition of Catholicism and pretend that Jesus spent one day in complete seclusion. They are not careful about adding things or removing things from their modernist bibles. There was no day in seclusion or retirement in Christ’s life in this week. Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb was slain on Thursday the 14th of Abib just as it was prophesied 1,520 years earlier in the passover lamb’s selection and sacrifice. Protestors only reformed the grossest errors of Roman Catholicism. Their errant traditions and doctrines are peppered throughout Protestant commentaries, footnotes, and teachings. The Catholic Good Friday tradition is a good example. Baptists have always known that the wide gate and broad path of reading Roman Catholic pagan traditions into the Bible constitutes misleading error. Throw out your commentaries and foot notes, study the week of passion from a King James Bible, and you can easily discover for yourself the 3 week days which led to his betrayal and crucifixion and the 3 days which he spent in the tomb. On Sunday, the first day of the week, they will find that tomb empty.

An Essay from week # 14, Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Why People Don’t Witness to Others

Why People Don’t Witness to Others

by Bill Brinkworth of www.OpenThouMineEyes.com

I have heard most of the excuses not to win others to Christ. Honestly, I have experienced most of these excuses myself and have heard the same excuses from many of the most-used-of-God soul-winners I have encountered. None of the reasons for not obeying God’s command to win souls to Christ are biblical. Here are some of the most common reasons many give for not winning a lost soul from their eternal destiny of hell to eternal life in heaven:

  • “I’m too shy.” All feel like this at one time or other, but should not obedience to God’s commandments supersede our pride and selfish feelings? Is not a soul’s eternal destination more important that our feelings of self-consciousness?
  • “I don’t feel like it.” Laziness to do the right thing is another non-biblical reason many hide behind.
  • “I didn’t know a Christian was supposed to tell others.” Too many do not read for themselves the Word of God, so they do not know what they are commanded to do. Unfortunately, many preachers who do not want to offend their members also do not make their flock aware of what they are expected to do.
  • “I’m afraid of what others may say or think.” It is a shame that a person that we may never see again may not have the blessing to hear the salvation message from our lips because of our fear. Jesus was not afraid to show others the true way to heaven even though He knew it would cost Him his earthly life; nor were the Apostles; nor the many that gave their lives so that others could hear it; nor were the many that attempted to tell us.
  • “I don’t know what to say.” Most people do not know how to tell others how to be saved when they first are saved themselves. Tell them how you got saved; then begin to memorize different scripture on salvation. God always convicts others through the use of His Word. Hide scripture in your heart; so that when the Holy Spirit uses you to witness to another, you have it there ready to win a soul to Him.

 

Penny Pulpit: Laodicean Last of the Last Days

Laodicean Last of the Last DaysWhat The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

For the 20th century preacher of the Gospel the most notable message of the seven recorded in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the one which depicts the apostate Church as neither cold nor hot and spewed out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The turn of the century found the Bible revising Protestant Church invaded by liberalism and modernism and belching out cultic leaders like Joseph Smith, Charles Taze Russle, Mary Baker Glocer Eddy, and Ellen White. The message to the Laodicean Church is altogether applicable to this era in the last of the last days. Denominational Churches say, “I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” The Neo-Evangelical Mega Churches of the 21st century do not know that they are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Jesus, the addressee of this seventy message is addressing as “The Amen” because He is indeed the final authority, the Verily Verily, and the End; “The faithful and true witness” because unrevised, uninternationalized Scripture is still the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Word of God, completely preserved in the English Language in only the King James Bible; and “The beginning of the creation of God” because it was Jesus the Christ who created all things that where created, and they were created by Him in 6 days like he said, else he is a deceiver and fake. The Laodicean Church failed to hold Him as the final Amen, the replaced the True Witness with revised standards, and international versions, and teach their children Darwinian Evolution instead of the Six Day Creation, echoed in a seven day week. America stands ready for judgment because its Churches are primed to be spewed out of Christ’s mouth. Come out and be ye separate!

An Essay for week # 9, Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY

Penny Pulpit

Three Generations For Christ – Rices

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

In 1958 a Baptist Preacher named Cecil Palm worked his way door to door through the streets of Gang Mills, NY until he stopped at 40 Plat Street. Doris Romiano Rice was there sitting on the front step with 4 little ones and answered the Baptist Preacher’s question with a memorized line “No thank you I am Catholic.” But Levi called out from under the car in the driveway, “I would like to help start a Baptist Church in town.” That year the Rices sat on folding chairs in a garage on Bear Town Road and listened to Pastor Cecil Palm preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “Except ye be converted … ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Levi was converted from agnosticism, Doris from Roman Catholicism, and everything in our little home on Plat Street changed overnight when Jesus paid in full the sin debt of my mom and dad. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” I remember my dad and his Christian friend, Monty Bills, dumping all the booze in the house down the kitchen sink, the carton of cigarettes thrown out the car window and I remember forgetting our babysitter because dad and mom were home and not bar-hopping all week. Every time the Church doors were open Levi and Doris had all the Rices present to sing and hear Scripture from that new black book now clutched by each of their children. Merriam Clark taught the junior boys Sunday School class about the Lord Jesus, Abraham, Moses and Elijah as if he knew them personally. Within 2 years, at the age of 8, I became a born again Bible believing Christian.

An Essay for week # 9, Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY

New Guest Feature – Penny Pulpit

Sardis’ Name is ProtestantGood Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Addressed by “He that hath the seven Spirits of God,” the Church of Sardis had a name of life but was in fact dead. Protestant reformers came out of the indulgence selling Roman Catholic Jezebel mentioned previously with the battle cry “Only Faith; Only Grace; Only Scripture;” but they brought most of the rest of Jezebel’s doctrines with them! They used Bible criticisms and allegorical interpretations to frame up their covenant and replacement theology which denies Israel her place and keeps the catholic church intact. Protestant Churches ended up like the Sardis Church, with the name of life, ‘i.e. sola fide‘ but a doctrine of death, ‘i.e. replacement theology.’ Jesus’ command to them “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, … remember how thou hast received and heard (i.e. sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura) and hold fast and repent.” Nothing good is said about the Church of Sardis. The post-post-reformation church, called evangelical and neo-evangelical, still cannot understand the independent local church, nor its rapture, nor the 1000 year Millennial reign of Christ. And so the returning King of kings, who will sit on the Throne of David in the Hills of Zion in the City of Jerusalem warns this group; “if therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Reformers have changed their battle cry to “only election, only catholic, only a millenial covenant theology!” It is distressing that GARB and Southern Baptist Churches are readily being swallowed into the Sardis Church, with faulty reformed catholic doctrine. Historically, Baptists have not needed reform nor been reformed. Ever since Christ taught it to them they have held to the three sola’s without any Latin or Catholic flavorings.

An Essay from week # 8, Sunday, February 19, 2012
Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus – Acts 9:29

Now that the football season is over and a champion crowned, it’s time to take a look back at a very unique story from this past season, a rare story for American sports. A wrench was thrown into the smooth workings of the NFL. That wrench was Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

The story of Tim Tebow should have been one about a young man of singular devotion to Christ, of uncommon and frequent acts of charity, and of courage to voice his beliefs. Tim Tebow was not an athlete who would just point to heaven after a touchdown, but one who walked his Christian life constantly, unafraid and humbly. Sports personalities and pundits in the media handled this story well. However, when the main stream media (MSM) got a hold of this story, a stink arose. For the liberal and atheist media, Tim Tebow was a dangerous man who needed to be put in his place, and that place was in the mud. “How dare a man bring Christ into our secular sport”, was one theme. “The man is a hypocritical showoff kneeling in prayer on the playing field” was another line of attack. Because Mr. Tebow would lose a game, they would crow, “His prayers don’t work.”

The MSM just doesn’t get it. For Tim Tebow, his life is not one to be judged by the world’s standards. He is not after the riches and rewards of this world. The stage that is professional football is where God blessed him with talents to be a witness for Christ. Tim’s prayers are for God’s will to be done, on the field or off, and for God’s strength and protection against the wolves of this world. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” 1 Cor 3:19.


Repost: Against God’s Anointed

Against God’s Anointed

Bill Brinkworth

The Bible View, Volume: 279, November 25, 2010

www.OpenThouMineEyes.com

God uses men and woman for His different purposes. God has delegated many of the needs of His people to different ministries He knows are paramount. One such need that God knows is important is to have a shepherd of a local assembly of believers. That man is called a “pastor” or “preacher”.

Maybe because of jealousy that they are not called to the position of pastoring; maybe knowing they are not scripturally qualified for such a role of leadership; perhaps because they do not agree with how he is performing his ministry, or just having the belief they can do a better job than their pastor, many talk against and about their preacher. What a dangerous mistake they make when they do so.

All throughout the Bible there are examples of how God dealt with those that rose up and spoke against God’s man such as:

  • When Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, Miriam was plagued with leprosy (Num. 12:9-10).
  • When the people of Israel spoke against God and Moses (Num. 21:5-6), God sent fiery serpents to chastise them for their sin.
  • When Korah and over 250 others spoke against Moses and Aaron (Num. 16:2-3), God allowed the earth to swallow Korah and the others up.
  • When children mocked God’s man, Elisha (II Kings 2:22-23), God allowed two she bears to destroy 42 of the mockers.
  • History tells us that Pontius Pilate, who ordered Jesus’ death, died by suicide.
  • Judas turned against Jesus, and became so miserable about what he had done against Jesus that he killed himself (Mat. 27:5).
  • The thief that perished on the cross with Christ, spoke against Jesus, and did not get saved and go to heaven.

David would not go against King Saul, even though the King did wrong several times against him. David’s heart was, “The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: …” I Samuel 26:11. David knew it was wrong to oppose God’s man. However, today there are many that have not the fear or respect to restrain themselves from talking against or doing ill against the leader God has placed over the local church.

The pastor of any church certainly is not perfect. No one will agree with everything anyone does, let alone the many decisions the local shepherd has to make. He probably would not agree with all we do, either. However, he is the leader of the local church that God has for this time and should be obeyed, respected, and encouraged. Unless when scriptural error is involved, God takes him home, or God relocates him, he is to stay the church leader.

Belittling and questioning his ministries does much damage:

  • Murmuring against God’s man is sin, and sin can only do harm to one’s life. One will not be all he can be with any sin in his life.
  • Murmuring about another’s work for Christ will put one in a position of judging (Mat. 7:1), and that is the Holy Spirit’s job, in most situations, not ours.
  • Complaining about the pastor, or any other church leader or facet of the church, is only going to spread discontent among others. It will sow seeds of discord, and in most cases, will only hinder, not build, the ministry (Proverbs 6:16-19). Division among members will result, when the leader is opposed.
  • Speaking against the pastor, or other God-appointed leader, could hinder the Holy Spirit of God from working in one’s life or could bring the wrath of God on the violators.
  • Speaking ill against God’s man will not encourage the pastor in doing all he can do. It discourages most pastors, and the body of Christ will surely suffer.
  • When we talk about or question what the pastor is doing (or other church leaders, for that matter) we are negating his authority to the listeners. If it is our children that hear us roast the preacher after a sermon, it may not be long until the children lose respect for his ministry, and do not heed the biblical advice that is delivered from the pulpit or classroom. One day the parent may wonder why the children are not following what was taught in church from the Bible. They would never suspect their own bad-mouthing of the preacher in their home had taught them that if the parents do not respect the pastor, then they do not have to.
  • Murmuring against the man of God will hinder the effect any ministry has on the neighboring community, if any disunity among church members is heard of by them.

Aaron and Hur knew a principle about helping the man of God that would encourage and help any pastor today. They noticed when Moses’ arms were up while directing a battle, that Israel had the victory over the enemy. When the leader was tired and had not the strength to lift up his arms, the battle was in the favor of the enemy. Aaron and Hur made sure their leader’s arms were held high, so that they would get the victory. They physically held up their leader’s arms.

If more people would realize that honoring God’s man is honoring God and His work, and would encourage and help their pastor, more spiritual battles would be won; and more pastors would be encouraged. Lift up your leader’s arms, do not force them down!

God’s Great Plans

“God has great plans for every child of God. His plan is not just to have them saved from hell, but also to have them serve him. The new convert would be amazed at what God has planned for his future. The newly saved person has a great future in serving God in the way God desires to use him. Disobedience to God can change everything. Sidelines are filled with Christian folks that had excuses or reasons to disobey God’s commands in their lives.

How sad it is to hear of the great numbers that have missed God’s blessing in their lives because of their refusal to obey the commandments of God to be baptized, faithful in attending church, or to witness for Him. The numbers are astronomical of those that choose the world’s way to live rather than God’s way. It is those that remain faithful to what they know and are shown to do, that God uses for His glory. Our responsibility is to obey all God has shown us to do. Obedience always leads to more opportunities to serve God. – gratefully borrowed from The Bible View Vol. #102

The Sad Story of Judas Iscariot

Not One of His — The Sad Story of Judas Iscariot

by Bill Brinkwork

WWW.OpenThouMineEyes.com

It’s such a terrible shock when it’s found out that a person we thought was faithful to the Lord, gets involved in the wrong things and turns his back on the cause of Christ. It is even more surprising when it was one that was even involved in a ministry. It does happen.

This happened to our Lord himself. One that walked with him, talked with Him, and heard the best preaching ever, turned on Him and was even used to have Jesus killed. Here is what the Bible reveals to us about Judas Iscariot.

  • He was one of the 12 apostles.
    Matthew 10:2-4 “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; … and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
  • There were signs of worldliness in Judas’ life. Sin took a hold of him. Judas was a thief.
    John 12: 3-6 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, … Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
  • Satan used Judas. One sin led to others. Judas was not saved, and the devil got access to his heart and used him against Jesus.
    John 13:1-2 “… And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
    That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” Acts 1:25
  • Judas sold out our Saviour. His early sin of coveting money, led to stealing, and later it led to assisting in murder.
    Matthew 26:14-16 “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
    Matthew 26: 47-49 “And while he yet spake, lo, Judas , one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
    And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him …”
  • Judas got no satisfaction from sin. It led to his killing himself. Sin never fulfills; it always desires more.
    Matthew 27:3-5 “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Here is a man that had some of the best opportunities to live for and to serve the Lord.  One sin crept in, and as it usually does, led to committing others. The sad conclusion is that this man became an enemy of God and tried to destroy Jesus and His ministry on earth. How grieved Judas was when he came to himself and realized what he had done.

This same scenario has been echoed billions of times in the past. It can happen to the best: preachers, teachers, church bus drivers, and song leaders. No one is exempt from the strangle-hold of sin. Sin has a terrible price tag and will cost more then anyone ever wants to pay. The only safety is not to let “a little sin” get its roots in our lives. Flee and fear what could destroy your life — sin.

 

An article that will make you think.

As we are all well aware, our internet searches and surfing can lead us to very good things and very bad things. Care and caution are needed. Your blogger just happen to stubble upon a very good thing, an article written and posted by another Christian blogger. The blog is called Grace and Salt and is maintained by the Pastor’s wife, Terri Cannon, of Hope Baptist Church in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The article is titled, “Things to think about”, and starts out this way:

We often have choices. Should I or shouldn’t I? There are many things in the Christian life that we sometimes refer to as “questionable.” … So how do we make a choice when faced with things questionable? Viewing a choice in light of Scripture is the wisest thing.

Then the article lists the questions with scriptural verses to help answer the question. The first two are given here as examples:

Is it right?
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” 1 John 5:17
Will this bring me near some temptation?
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14

There are a total of 33 questions with scripture, so expect to spend some time reading and contemplating with this article. You’ll find it > HERE <, just one click away.

Guest Article: Saved for Sure!

Saved For Sure!

By Bill Brinkworth

(www.openthoumineeyes.com)

One of the most disputed doctrines taught in the Bible is that of eternal security. The question many have is, “If one is saved, can that salvation be lost?” The Bible clearly teaches that once we are truly saved, we will always be saved.

After we’re saved, we will still sin. The soul is saved from hell, but we will still have the same old flesh we were born with; and it will do wrong, if we do not keep it in submission. Our sin grieves the Holy Spirit until we ask the Lord to forgive our trespasses against Him. It does not mean we have lost our salvation. We are still sinners, but are forgiven.

To say, “Well, since I’m saved, and I cannot lose it; I’ll do anything I want,” is ridiculous and unbiblical. When people get saved, the Holy Spirit dwells inside. They will be most miserable, if they continue in sin. They will grieve the Spirit of God and will lose their joy, and the Holy Spirit will not work in their lives. If they are really saved, they will not want to do anything they want, but only what pleases their new spiritual Father …

To read the rest of this timely and inspiring article, go to:

http://www.openthoumineeyes.com/lessons/savedforsure.html



Prophecies about Christ’s Birth

Prophecies about Christ’s Birth

By Bill Brinkworth

“The Bible View” at http://www.openthoumineeyes.com/

Long before Christ’s birth, the Bible described His coming. Here are some of the many prophecies and the approximate dates they were foretold.

  • 1872 B. C. was when it was told He would be of Abraham’s lineage. Genesis 22:18
  • 742 B. C. was when Isaiah said the Child would be born of a virgin. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
  • 740 B. C. was when Isaiah foretold that the child would be God in the flesh, amongst His other abilities. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 “Prince of peace” was fulfilled in Luke 2:14.
  • 740 B. C. was when Hosea said the Child would live in Egypt, and would be called out of it, Hosea 11:1. This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 2:13-14.
  • 713 B. C. was when it was told that the child would be of Jesse’s family line also, Isaiah 11:1.
  • 590 B. C. was when it was told that He would be a descendent of King David. Jeremiah 23:5-6
  • 510 B. C. was when it was prophesied that the Saviour would be born in Bethlehem, and of the tribe of Judah. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2 The prophecy was fulfilled in Luke 2:4-7.
  • Psalms 2:7 states He would be the Son of God. Luke 3:22 tells of the fulfillment of that prophecy.

The birth of Jesus was not an ordinary birth of just any person. It was a well-planned, special event by God. The birth of Christ ushered in God’s promise that a Saviour would come, and through Him, any could have God’s promise of eternal life.