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George knew running for Governor would be challenging to His Christian witness, but he never knew it could cost him the election. George found himself in an uncomfortable issue of conscience. Will he serve the Lord in integrity or compromise so he can win the election? Read Georges story here:

The Lord had called George to run for, Governor of Iowa, but George knew that he was supposed to run a campaign of integrity not compromising any of his biblical principles on any issue.  Now, he was in a situation that either he had to compromise his conservative stand against abortion or lose the backing of the states most powerful Senator. Senator Nelsons backing of any candidate meant that candidate would win the election as the next Governor of Iowa. George was the leading contender in all the polls up to this point. Senator Nelson had asked for a meeting with George.

Senator Wilson began, George I want to give you my full backing in this upcoming election. There is one thorn in my side stopping me from giving that nod to you. Senator what is the obstacle? You have actively campaigned against abortion in any form since you announced you were running for Governor. Yes I have Senator because being a Christian I believe in the sanctity of life; every baby not born (no matter what stage of development) is a living, breathing person who has the right to live. Well, George I think as long as the fetus is still in the womb, its not defined as a life. Furthermore the mother has the right to determine if the baby should live or not. Georges very handsome features turned beat red as he attempted to check his anger.

George if you want my support for your campaign change your position on abortion from pro-life to pro-abortion! George could not believe he was hearing this. His bushy eyebrows furrowed as his icy, blue eyes stared at the Senator in utter indignation. Are you going to let this issue of conscience cost you being elected Governor?

I will do everything in my power to get you elected if you honor my wishes and change your stance on this sensitive issue of abortion. Senator do you know what you are asking me to do? Yes, just acknowledge that you were wrong about being against abortion and say you are in favor of it after all.  No, Senator it goes much deeper than that. You are asking me to violate one of my core beliefs that abortion is wrong. You are telling me to compromise my witness before the Lord.  Well I would not go that far George. Senator this is how I read your proposal: Either I agree with your thinking on abortion or you will not give me your endorsement. If I do not get your support, I will lose the election. You hit the nail on the head George.  You know Senator; I will not compromise my belief on abortion being evil and wrong. So you can forget giving your support to my campaign. I will lose the race for Governor before I will change my position on abortion being right. I will never agree that abortion is right. God and only God, the Giver of Life, decides who lives or dies. Senator our meeting is over. It sure is George! You would have made such a fine Governor to.

 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

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 Obedience
 

Is obedience optional or necessary for salvation?

Is obedience necessary for salvation or is it an option that we can take or leave? What exactly is required of us to be eternally saved? Some say that we don't need to be obedient but only need to believe, just know, that Jesus died for us because John 3:16 simply says that if you believe you will be saved. Let's apply this same logic to three other verses that speak of salvation and see the result.

  1. In Acts 15:11 only grace is mentioned regarding salvation so, using the same logic, it would mean we don't need to believe, have faith or repent to be saved.
  2. In Luke 7:50 only faith is mentioned so that would mean we don't have to believe or repent or need God's grace to be saved.
  3. In 2 Cor. 7:10 only repentance is mentioned so that would mean we don't need to believe, have faith or need God's grace to be saved.


Obviously each of these statements is wrong just as it is wrong to say that we only have to believe in Jesus to be saved. From this we can see the error of using one verse as proof text for a doctrine. No sound doctrine is based on a single verse. The fact is, salvation comes through grace, repentance and faith as well as believing. We are saved by the grace of God when, in faith, we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus. All four are essential for salvation. The following is a brief look at Grace, Faith and Repentance -

Firstly, Grace is not a magic word through which we are forgiven no matter what. Grace is God's loving goodness reaching out to redeem hell-deserving sinners from slavery to sin. Through God's grace we receive two things -

  • First, we receive forgiveness for our past sins. 2 Pet. 1:9 and Rom. 3:25 tell us that our past sins are forgiven however no verse states that our future sins are also forgiven. Rather, 1 John 1:9 tells us that if a Christian sins then he must confess it to receive forgiveness.
  • Second, we receive the Holy Spirit to guide us and to strengthen us to overcome future sin. 2 Pet. 1:3-4 tell us that God's Divine Power (the Holy Spirit) gives us everything we need for life and godliness so that we can escape the corruption of sin in our lives. Also, Titus 2:11-14 tell us that God's grace teaches us to reject ungodliness and worldly passions as we wait for Jesus who gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness.


So we can see that, in His Grace, God forgives our past sins and spiritually empowers us to overcome future sin so that we can be redeemed (freed) from slavery to all wickedness and become a pure, holy people of God because without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

Regarding Faith, in Hebrew the word for faith can also be translated as faithfulness. So, to a Jew, faith and faithfulness go hand in hand. Where Hab. 2:4 says, The righteous will live by faith, it could be translated, The righteous will live by faithfulness. Likewise, where Heb. 11:6 says, Without faith it is impossible to please God, it could be translated, Without faithfulness it is impossible to please God. An unfaithful servant cannot please God and Psa. 66:18 says that even his prayers are not heard.

Lastly, Repentance for salvation is not a once off act. In Luke 13:3 Jesus told the people to repent or perish and the word repent is Present Tense meaning that we must continue in repentance otherwise we will perish. Some believe that ongoing repentance for salvation is salvation by works but Jesus commands repentance so it cannot be works and, the fact is, He said that if we don't repent of our sins then we will perish.

From this it can be seen that believing in Jesus for salvation goes well beyond just knowing that He died for our sins. Strong's definition of believe is commit (to trust), put in trust with and in John 3:16 the word believe is Present Tense meaning that to inherit eternal life a person must continue to trust and commit their ways to Jesus. 1 John 2:6 says, Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. The word walk makes it obvious that believing in Jesus is not a one step affair but an ongoing, lifelong commitment so if we want to inherit eternal life then we must walk in obedience to God, just as Jesus did. The following verses are some examples which speak of obedience and the consequences of disobedience -

  1. Eph. 5:3-7 warn Christians about various sins and verses 6-7 say, "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them." Note how we are warned not to be deceived into thinking we can be partners in sin and escape God's wrath.

  2. Jesus gave us a new command to love one another. 1 John 4:20; 3:15 tell us, If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar ... and ... anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. Hating a brother or sister makes us a liar and a murderer and without eternal life.

  3. 1 John 2:4-6 also speak about liars saying, The man who says, 'I know him,' but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. Failing to obey Jesus' commands makes us a liar and Rev. 21:8 tells us that all liars go to the lake of fire.

  4. Jesus said, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me" and If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love (John 14:21, 15:10). If we don't obey Jesus' commands then we won't remain in His love but will be cut out of the Vine and burned just as He says in John 15:6.


Finally, in Rom. 6:16, Paul said, "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" From these few examples we can see that disobedience leads to death, the second death, but obedience leads to righteousness. Our time on earth is short but during that time our eternal destiny is set forever so let's encourage each other to be obedient and pursue holiness which results in eternal life (Rom. 6:22). Amen.


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Amos 8:1-12          1  The Lord God showed me a vision, and behold, there was a basket of overripe summer fruit.  2  He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer for the nation is ripe for judgment. 3 On that day, the songs of the palace shall turn to wailing,” says the Lord God. “There will be many dead bodies; in silence they will throw them everywhere.” 4 Hear this, you who trample down the needy, and do away with the poor of the land,  5  “When will the New Moon festival be over so we may sell grain, and the Sabbath ended, that we may open the wheat market, making the ephah (measure) smaller and the shekel bigger (that is, selling less for a higher price,) and to cheat by falsifying the scales.  6  We may buy the poor (as slaves) for silver (since they are unable to support themselves,) and the needy for a pair of sandals, also that we may sell the leftovers of the wheat (as if it were a good grade of grain)?”  7 The Lord has sworn (an oath) by the pride of Jacob, “surely I shall never forget (nor leave unpunished) any of their rebellious acts. 8 “Because of this (coming judgment) will the land not quake and everyone mourn who dwells in it?  Indeed, all of it shall rise up like the Nile, and it will be tossed around (rom the impact of judgment) and (afterward) subside again like the Nile of Egypt.  9 “It shall come about in that day,” says the Lord God, “that I shall cause the sun to go down at noon, and I shall darken the earth in broad daylight.  10  “ I shall turn your festivals and feasts into mourning and all your songs into dirges (funeral poems to be sung); and I shall cause sackcloth to be clothing for everyone,  and baldness on every head (shaved for mourning).  I shall make that time like a time of mourning for an only son (who has died), and the end of it shall be like a bitter day. 11  “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “when I will send hunger over the land, not hunger for bread or a thirst for water, But rather (a hunger) for hearing the word of the Lord.  12  “People shall stagger from sea to sea (to the very ends of the earth) and from the north even to the east; they will roam here and there to seek the word of the Lord (longing for it as essential for life), but they will not find it.

Daniel 12:1  1 “At that (end) time Michael, the great Arc Angel, who stands guard over the children of your people, will arise.  There will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until the distress; but at the time of distress, your people, everyone who is found written in the Book of Life, will be rescued.    Matthew 13:43  43 Then the righteous (those who do what is right) will shine forth radiating the new life like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear and listen to My words.      Daniel 12: 4-10   4 conceal these words and seal up the scroll until the end of time. Many will go back and forth and search anxiously (through the scroll), about knowledge of the actions of God as revealed by His prophets.” 5 Then I, Daniel, saw two men standing by the river, 6  one on each bank, and behold, there stood one man on this bank of the river and the other man on that bank of the river.  One man asked an angel, who was standing further upstream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” 7  The angel, dressed in linen,  held up his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and a half a time (three and a half years); as soon as they finish shattering and crushing the power of the people, all these things will be finished. 8  I heard, but I did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?” 9 The angel said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are concealed and sealed up until the end of time. 10  Many  persons will be purged, purified (made whole) and refined, but the wicked will behave wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are spiritually wise will understand.         Daniel 11:33-35  33 They who are wise and have spiritual insight among the people will instruct many and help them understand; yet for many days some of them and their followers will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder. 34 Now when they fall they will receive a little help, and many dishonest persons will join with them. 35 Some of those who are spiritually wise and have insight will fall as martyrs in order to refine, to purge and to make those among God’s people pure, until the end time; because it is yet to come at the time appointed by God.          Daniel 2:11-12.   11 From the time that the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering, is taken away, to the abomination of desolation, the ruining the temple in Jerusalem for worship of the true God, there will be 1,290 days.  12  How blessed, happy, fortunate, spiritually prosperous, and beloved is he who waits expectantly (enduring without wavering) for the period of tribulation comes to the 1,335 days!      

 Daniel 11:31-32    31 Armed forces of satan will arise (in Jerusalem) and defile and desecrate the sanctuary, the spiritual stronghold, and will do away with the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering; and they will set up an evil altar in the sanctuary.  This is the abomination of desolation. 32 By smooth words they will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.

Daniel 12:13 But as for you (Daniel), go your way until the end of your normal life; for you will rest and rise again for your allotted inheritance at the end of the age.”            Psalm 119:33-40   34 Let me have understanding, that I may observe God’s commandments, and keep them with all my heart.

Exodus 20:1-17  1 Then God spoke all these words: 2  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;   3 you shall have no other gods before me.  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses His name. 8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. 12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 You shall not murder.  14 You shall not commit adultery. 15 You shall not steal. 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 You shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  

Revelation 6:13-17    13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree drops its winter fruit when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the magnates and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their anger has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mark 13:24-27, 30-33   24  “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,  and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, 26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven 30  I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

Mark 13: 5-6, 9-11, 13, 21-23   5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “be aware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in My name and say, ‘I am He!’ and they will lead many astray.   9 “As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a testimony to them. 10  God’s word  must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of God will take over.  13 You will be hated by all because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 21  If anyone says to you at that time, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Look! There He is!’—do not believe it.   22 False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23  Be alert; I have already told you everything.        Revelation 12:10,12,17   10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Messiah, for (satan,) who blames our comrades, has been thrown down, who blames them day and night before our God.  12 Rejoice then, you heavens, and those who dwell in them! But pain and agony to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great anger, because he knows that his time is short!” 17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.         Revelation13:1,4-8    1  I saw a beast rising out of the sea.  The whole earth followed the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to this beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like this beast, and who can fight against it?” 5 The beast was given a mouth uttering arrogant and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7  It was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  It was given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Lambs book of life

Revelation 13:11-18   11 Then I saw a second beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; 14  By the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; 15 It was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (this does not include those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life,).  17  Persons cannot buy or sell unless they have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name 666.

Revelation 11:2-12   2 Do not measure the court outside the temple (in Jerusalem;) leave that out, for it is given over to the evil nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.  3   I, Jesus Christ, will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days (three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth.”   4 These witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. 5  If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemies; who must be killed in this manner. 6 These two witnesses have the power from God to shut up the sky,  that no rain will fall during the days of their prophesying about judgment and salvation; and they have power over the waters (seas, rivers) to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every (kind of) plague, as often as they wish.  7 When they have finished their testimony and given their evidence, the beast that comes up out of the abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie exposed in the open street of the great city (Jerusalem), which in a spiritual sense is called by the symbolic and allegorical names of Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 Those from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.   10 Those non-believers who live on the earth will gloat over them and rejoice; and they will send gifts, in celebration, to one another because these two prophets tormented and troubled those who live on the earth.  11  After three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear and panic fell on those who were watching them. 12  The two witnesses heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they ascended into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.  13  In that very hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell and was destroyed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were overcome with terror, and they glorified the God of heaven since they recognized His awesome power.

Revelation 14:9-13   9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, shouting in a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, 10 they will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and they will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  11 The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”  12 Here is a call for the endurance of God’s chosen persons who are successful, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”          Revelation 16: 2, 8-162 The first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful sores came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image. 8 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to burn evil people with fire; 9 They were burned by the fierce heat, but they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their behavior. 12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw three evil, spirits like frogs, one coming from the mouth of the dragon, one coming from the mouth of the beast, and one from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 These are demonic spirits, performing signs, and move abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.   15 (“I, Jesus Christ, will arrive  like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed not going about naked and exposed to shame.”) 16 And the armies assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armagedon.           Revelation 19:19-21   19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider (Jesus Christ) on the horse, and against His army.    20  The beast was captured, along with the false prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 The rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth.

 Revelation 16:17-21   17 The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18  There came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities in the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island disappeared, and no mountains were to be found; 21  Large  hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so terrible was that plague.

 Revelation 20:2-15  2 An Angel seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years 7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth with all evil forces to be gathered for battle against Jesus Christ; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city  (Jerusalem) . And fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven disappeared, and could not be seen anywhere. 12  I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it.  In Death and Hades, evil forces, many of the dead were found in them.  All evil dead were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades evil dead were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.        Revelation 21:1-3, 7-8    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them, the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all the evil teachers, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

“God’s Anger”  is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an 87 year old Christian,

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 What does repent mean?
 

What does repent mean?
Does repent simply mean to change our mind or is some action required?

In both the Old and New Testaments, the word repent can mean -
a) To be sorry about or regret something or
b) To turn away from sin.


In the OT, the KJV translates two Hebrew words as "repent" -

The first is "Nacham" (H5162), which means to be sorry or regretful. An example is in 1 Sam. 15:35 (KJV) which says, "... the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel". In this verse, repented means that the Lord regretted or was grieved that He had made Saul king.

The second Hebrew word is "Shub" (H7725), which means to turn from sin. An example is in Ezek. 14:6 (KJV) which says, "... Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations". In this verse, repent means to turn away from evil.
From these two OT examples we see that repent can either mean to be sorry about something or to turn from sin.


In the NT, two Greek words parallel these two Hebrew words:

The first is "Metamellomai" (G3338), which means to care afterwards, to regret. An example is in 2 Cor. 7:8 (KJV) which says, "For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent...". In this verse, Paul repents (that is, regrets) causing sorrow.

The second Greek word is "Metanoeo" (G3340) which Thayer's dictionary defines as, "to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins". An example is in Act 3:19, 26 (KJV) which say, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out... in turning away every one of you from his iniquities". In these verses, repent means to have a change of mind and turn from sin for forgiveness.


These examples show that, in both the OT and NT, repent can mean to be sorry or regretful about something or it can mean to turn away from sin. When repent is associated with salvation it means to turn from sin, as Luke 13:1-9 (NIV) show. In this passage, vs.2, 4 set the context as sin and in v.3 Jesus said, "... unless you repent [turn from sin], you too will all perish". In this verse, repent is Present (Continuous) Tense meaning that Jesus actually said, "... unless you continually repent [continually turn from sin], you too will all perish". Then, in the parable of vs.6-9, Jesus said that if a fig tree (a believer) does not bear fruit then it will be cut down. This passage tells us that a sinner must turn away from sin and lead a holy, repentant life otherwise he will be cut down and perish.


Regarding salvation loss, in one sense it really does not matter what repent means. The fact is, Jesus said that we must continue to do it, whatever it is, otherwise we will perish. For example, if repent means to "eat an apple a day" then we must continue to eat an apple a day otherwise we will perish. This makes it obvious that salvation can be lost if we fail to continue to do whatever repent means.

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 Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
 

Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
Comments on various points about speaking in tongues.

1) If tongues have ceased, why did Paul say not to forbid speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:39)?
The simple reason is that when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, tongues was still a gift and being used as a sign of judgment against the Jews. After judgment came, in 70AD, tongues ceased being a gift because they had served their purpose as a sign.
See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

2) If tongues have ceased then why was 1 Cor. 14 written?
As already stated, tongues were still being used as a sign of judgment to the Jews when 1 Corinthians was written. Because of the misuse of tongues, Paul wrote about their purpose and proper use, stressing the need for interpretation at all times.

3) Why did Paul speak in tongues more than anyone (1 Cor. 14:18-22)?
In 1 Cor. 14:18, Paul said, “I speak in tongues more than all of you” and he went on to say, “BUT in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue” (v.19). The words BUT in the church tell us that Paul’s abundant use of tongues was not inside the church but outside the church. This was because he was a pioneering missionary and as he went from city to city throughout the world he went to the Jewish synagogues first (the very people the sign of tongues was for - vs.20-22) and then he went to the Gentiles. In this way he met new groups of Jews more than anyone else hence he used the sign of speaking in tongues more that anyone. For more on tongues being a sign, see the blog at the link in comment #1.

4) Why did Paul say he wished that all spoke in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5)?
If everyone spoke in tongues then it would mean that everyone was out and about evangelising and using tongues as a sign whenever they met Jewish people. This would please Paul because his heart was for his people as Rom. 9:1-5 tell us. Or, he may have wanted to see others edified.

5) What is the “unknown tongue” of 1 Cor. 14:2 in the KJV?
The word “unknown” is not in the original Greek; it was added in italics in the KJV. 1 Cor. 14:2 (KJV) says that when someone speaks in an “unknown tongue” he utters mysteries but this is simply because there is no interpreter. Note that 1 Cor. 14:27-28 (KJV) say that “unknown tongues” must be interpreted or the speaker was to be quiet in the church so there is no doubt that these “unknown tongues” were real languages. Also, 1 Cor. 14:10 says there are many languages in the world but none without meaning so this verse rules out unknown languages also. Interpretation always removed the mystery of what was said.

6) What are the tongues of angels in 1 Cor. 13:1-3?
The idea that people can speak in the tongues of angels comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul used exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible by fathoming all mysteries or that he had all knowledge etc but even if he did, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels. That too is part of the exaggerated language used to show that love is greater than anything.

7) What are the groans of Rom. 8:26?
It’s suggested that the “groans” in this verse is man praying in tongues but that can’t be right as-
i) It is the Spirit who is interceding with groans, not humans. A person cannot intercede for himself.
ii) The verse says that the groans cannot be expressed in words so it is not a language.
iii) The Greek word for “groans” is only found in one other place - Acts 7:34. This verse speaks of the groans coming from the Israelites who were suffering in Egypt. Just as the Israelites groaned and struggled in Egypt, we can struggle in prayer and when we are in that state the Spirit comes to our aid and “intercedes for us with groans that words can’t express”. Groans are groans, not speaking in tongues.

8) What does praying in the Spirit mean (Eph. 6:18)?
Many believe that praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues but how can a person pray in tongues “with all kinds of prayers and requests” if they don’t know what they are saying (Eph. 6:18)? Considering that they don’t know what they are praying about, how would they know if even one of their prayers was answered? For all they know, they could be praying a curse on someone. Praying in the Spirit is nothing more than praying intelligibly and intellectually with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

9) Does 1 Cor. 1:7 mean that the spiritual gifts remain until Jesus returns?
This verse says to the Corinthians, “... you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”. This is often taken as meaning that all the gifts will continue in all churches until Jesus returns. However, the verse is more than likely only relevant to the Corinthians as it says, “... you [that is, you Corinthians] do not lack any spiritual gift … ”. Rather than addressing all churches regarding the continuation of spiritual gifts, Paul was simply telling the Corinthians that they were not lacking in the gifts at that point in time. Further on, in 1 Cor. 3:1-3, he spoke about their spiritual state saying, “I could not address you [you Corinthians] as spiritual but as worldly - mere infants in Christ”. It is obvious that Paul is only referring to the Corinthians here and not every church. In the same way, 1 Cor. 1:7 is also referring to just the Corinthian church.

10) Asking for a fish and getting a snake – Matt. 7:7-11 and Luke 11:5-13.
These passages say that God gives good gifts to those who ask - if someone asks for a fish, God will not give them a snake etc. Those who speak in today’s tongues claim that their unintelligible ‘private prayer language’ is a gift from God even though there are no verses to support such an idea. The fact is -

  • Every instance of tongues in the Bible is in a public setting, never private.
  • Every instance calls for interpretation, including prayer in tongues (vs.13-17 & 27).
  • All languages in the world have meaning, none are unintelligible (v.10).
  • All gifts were for the edification of the church, never for individuals (1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Pet. 4:10).


These points are discussed a little more in the blog “Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer” at
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

Clearly, private prayer languages are not a gift from God and this makes sense as tongues have ceased. There is enormous peer pressure to be ‘more spiritual’ like those who think they have received a private prayer language from God. This pressure leads people to strongly seek something that doesn’t exist and often leads to a learned, make-believe, unintelligible ‘tongue’ or, if nothing happens, the seeker may feel unspiritual and suffer a crisis of faith. Be assured, God is not the source of these prayer languages.

11) Was speaking in tongues intended as a gift for everyone?
1 Cor. 12:7-11 tell us that the Holy Spirit gave various gifts to the church for the common good. To some the Spirit gave one gift (say tongues) and to others different gifts (healing, discernment etc), just as He determined. Also, 1 Cor. 12:29-30 tell us that no gift, including tongues, was given to everyone. So, we can conclude that tongues were not given to all Christians as a private prayer language. Tongues were simply a sign to the Jews as 1 Cor. 14:21-22 tell us. See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

12) Were tongues meant for the edification of the person with the gift (1 Cor. 14:4)?
There is no doubt that anyone would be edified (spiritually uplifted) if they were used miraculously by God to speak in tongues or heal someone or raise a dead person etc but the primary purpose of all gifts was the edification of the church, not the individual. Being edified by speaking in tongues was simply a by-product of being used miraculously. In the same way, a person would be edified if God used him to heal someone. The gift of healing, like tongues, was for the benefit of the church, not the healer, even though the healer would have been edified. There is a 15 point list in the following blog which shows that tongues were for the uplifting of the church and not the individual -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

13) Is there more that one purpose for tongues?
Some say there are two purposes for tongues, even three or more, but the Bible only states one purpose and that was as a sign to the Jews (1 Cor. 14:21-22). When the sign of speaking in tongues had served it purpose, tongues ceased – see comment #1. Other purposes, such as ‘private prayer languages’, have no basis in Scripture – they are read into the text

The following link is to a series of short blogs showing that tongues ceased with the early church.
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/category/speakingintongues/

I suggest reading the blogs in the following order -
Speaking In Tongues – Ceasing And Remaining
Speaking In Tongues – A Sign
Speaking In Tongues And 1 Cor. 13:11
Speaking In Tongues And The Perfect
Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
Speaking In Tongues – General Comments

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Today's Tongues by Bryce Hartin a Baptist Pastor involved in deliverance -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/todaystongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

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