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Meaning of Life Part 7

As the anxious eyes of an infant open to this life, we with bated breath open our eyes to life eternal on the morning of our graduation. A day that will never see an evening sunset. As the infants eyes open from the darkness of the womb to the sunlight on this earth, so will eyes that close in the darkness of death open to a “a light that never was on land or sea.” And “I”, the union of my soul and spirit WILL be there!!
The solemn responsibility of this earth life is understood to be probation. Here we prove ourselves “worthy of eternal life with Christ” or worthy of eternal misery. The possibility of clemency cannot be introduced to encourage the careless. Men often when given a loop hole use it to their own destruction. “It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah” is a warning against rejecting and ignoring the “mighty works” we have had the opportunity to study. “Beaten with a few stripes” is not a suspended sentence for any who have access or knowledge of the Master’s Will!! Often asked but not answered, in this passage our Lord deals with those who have family or friends that “never knew the way of righteousness”, not those who knew and would not obey!! In the Old Testament Law there was a distinction between sins committed through ignorance and presumptuous sins. Number 15: 29-30 Ignorance seems to allow mercy. He that knew not his Lord’s Will, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten (because he might have known his duty better) but with few stripes; his ignorance excused in part, but not wholly!! For example, “through ignorance the Jews crucified the Lord of Glory”. For them Christ pleaded ignorance: “Father, forgive them; they know what they do”! The knowledge of duty allows no clemency. Knowledge adds to the aggravation of sin. God will inflict more because of knowledge. It argues for a greater degree of willfulness and contempt. “For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” is no satisfying comfort to we who know!! This begs ability, learning, family acquaintance which would cause closed-mindedness, societal prejudice, and opportunity. That our Lord even mentioned this causes great hope for all the loved we “presume” would be as honest with the truth as we would hope. And why not hope!!
Outer darkness is absence of light resulting from blindness of sight. The Joy of Heaven will be as impossible to the unholy as music is to the deaf ear or the beauties of nature are to the blind. How can those who have spent all their time in sin on this earth ever develop an eye for the beauties of that that God has prepared for His Own?? Musical illiterates have no patience, nor appreciation for the masteries of music. They accept far more readily something that requires no training, diligence, or art. This so-called screaming and profanity from un-trained voices heard today should show us why denominationalism is so readily accepted and truth does not get much a chance!! Probation in this life simply means that in this first stage of his being a man either is or is not blind-hearted (and he makes that determination) making himself incapable of higher things in the life to come that are reserved for the faithful!! Recognize how awful Law is that will damn willful sin. Sin stands against light. Sin, tolerated, will lead to the darkening of that Light. There is no wonder that denominationalism is so readily accepted. Denominationalism is an indictment against Almighty God!! The “Deeds done in the body” will cause the “door to be shut” to those who have rejected the Magistrates Law. Reject Christ here, abandon hope in the hereafter!! Light cannot shine when we close the curtain or take out the window!! The inner sensitivity called the conscience can be so altered that it will not repudiate any error. This is very troubling!!

One and But One Part 20

     There are two words in the Greek translated “one,” the words are hen and heis.  Both are significant.  I will use Strong’s numerical numbers for these words to make it clearer for all of us.   Heis (1520) means numerically one while hen (3391) means one in essence.  In John 10:30 Jesus said “I and the Father were one (3391).”  He did not mean they were one individual as some of the denominationalists teach who think there is only one in the Godhead, He meant by the definition of the word, one in essence.  If the wrong word for “one” was used in the translation of the text you could easily see how false doctrine could be taught!!  “There is ONE (1520) body.”  This is a quantitative definition of singularity, it is a clear definition, one is one there cannot be differing doctrines in a faith that is from ONE (3391) GOD!!  Those who try to make it mean all the churches are one in believing that Jesus is the Christ and that therefore qualifies all them as believers—have mishandled the truth.  “Now, are there many members, yet but ONE (1520) body.” 1 Corinthians 12:20   “And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18   In the Mount of Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared to discuss the death of Christ which should occur outside the city of Jerusalem, Peter said “Lord, it is good for us to be here, if Thou wilt, let us build three tabernacles.  One (3391for Thee, One (3391) for Moses, and one (3391) for Elijah.  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” Matthew 17:4-5   It seems to me everyone should understand God, the Father’s position in sharing the essence of authority He was to given His Son!!

     “A man shall leave father and mother his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one (3391) flesh.” Genesis 2:24   To show this same truth is taught in the Old Testament we will look at the word “one” in another tongue.  The word “one” in the Hebrew for unity or sameness of purpose is echad while the word for one numerically is yachid.  When you count in Hebrew you start yachid, deuterous, and so forth; one never starts echad, deuterous!!  Adam and Eve were to be ONE  in essence, unity, purpose, and agreement, not meld back into one being from which they had come.          

Adam’s operation would have been ridiculous, wouldn’t it??  Again, there is ONE (3391) faith. Ephesians 4:4   Not a faith I like, one you like, and one somebody else approves: it is ONE, this “faith” always teaches the same thing!!  Again, there is ONE (1520) baptism.  Baptism is in water, for the remission of sin.  There is no Holy Spirit baptism, water baptism, baptism in fire—pick your choice!!  All the references to baptism are ONE (1520) for the sinner to become a saint.  It is for the same purpose. 

     If we were to put the numbers be each word in Ephesians 4:4 to make it more absolute in your mind, it would look like this: “There is one (1520) body, and one (1520) Spirit, even as you are called in one (3391) hope of your calling: One (1520) Lord, one (3391) faith, and one (1520) baptism, One (1520) God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”       Let us look the same way at 1 Corinthians 12:12-13.  “For as the body is one (1520), and has many members, and all the members of that one (1520) body, being many, are one (1520) body: so also is Christ.  For by one (1520) Spirit are we all baptized into one (1520) body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond of free: and have been all made to drink into one (1520) Spirit.”  How about 1 Corinthians 12:20?  “But now are they many members, yet but one (1520) body.”

One and But One- Part 11

We started last week with the fact that limits and characteristics are what the definition of an individual has that distinguishes them from any other individual.  Fingerprints, teeth, leaves, trees, and many other things created by God have characteristics that are singularly definitive of one entity and but one!!  We also noted that things may be in the same category as other things but that does not make them the same.  They will always be what God’s laws of genetics made them to be!!   Men and women are in the category called human beings, but they are not necessarily interchangeable!! Being in the same category DOES NOT mean one is the other!!  Men and women have not the same sex, this makes the two separate and distinguishable.  The limits of each REAL THING SERVE TO EXCLUDE EVERY OTHER THING FROM ITSELF!!  These limits are definitions established by LAWS from the Creator and cannot change.  A man may have a sex change operation but still he is a man.  He may not respect who and what he is but still he is not and never will be a woman.  He may live all his life in falsity and deceit as to his gender, yet when they make out his death certificate, even if his body is so mutilated it is not recognizable, they will go to his dental records and fingerprints to satisfy his insurance company claim!! Denominationalism may look, sound like, talk like, be in the same category as, and have characteristics like that of the Church of Christ that Jesus brought into this world, but they will never be owned by Jesus Christ when comes back for His bride!!   Almost is not good enough, it has to be exact!!  The Baptist immerse, the Presbyterians may have elders, the Methodist may sing from a hymn book, and the Roman Catholic may have cite prayers BUT, although they are in the same category, may have the some of the identifying characteristics common with the Church of Christ to make them look similar; none of these are the Church of Christ found in the New Testament to whom Jesus Christ is married!!

     To censure, hate, despise something just because it claims to be what you refuse to consider it to be, does not cease to make it exclusive!!  To refuse the fact that Jesus Christ is married to one bride and but one, that she is in a category called religion, and her communicants pray, sing ONLY in its assemblies, puts monies in an offering plate only on the first day of the week, and try to convert everyone they meet to the teachings of the Bible ALONE, DOES mean it’s teachings and practices are acceptable to God!!  This is what Christ brought the church into existence to do!!    This does not make members of the Church of Christ an enemy of a member of the Baptist, Methodist, R. Catholic, Jehovah Witnesses or any of the other 656 denominations in existence; but SOMEBODY has to at least admit all of these cannot all come FROM ONE BIBLE!!  If the Bible is what you are looking to follow, the ONLY Church named, described, talked about, that existed during the time the Bible was written is the Church of Christ!!  You may have thought the Roman Catholic church was the oldest church in existence but that is not true.  Catholicism did not begin until Constantine convened the Council of Nicene in 313 AD and placed himself in the position as papa (the Latin word Pope) over his brand new religious organization that came to be known as the Roman Catholic Church.  If you are looking for the doctrine, catechism, missiles or any other doctrine book of Catholicism don’t waste your time looking in the Bible, it is not there!!  The Bible went to press over 100 years before Constantine was ever heard of or from!!  Constantine could have read the Bible and found what he started was contrary to God’s Law if he had wanted to read the Bible, but he thought He was King.  Christ was never considered!!

One and But One- Part 10

It is pretty easy to understand that A is not B and C is not D and for something to be A it cannot be B by the very fact of its B-ness.  That A EXCLUDES, by fact of its definition as A, everything else!!  It CANNOT be almost like A and be B; it has to be EXACTLY LIKE A to be an A!!

Things may exist in the same category as A, for within certain there are identities, rules and regulations defined, that allows like things to be like, but for things to be exact when definitions exist there is no likeness that will allow A to be a B!!

If it takes the Bible to make the Church of Christ, to use the manual of the Baptist church, the manual of the Baptist church will a Church of Christ not make!!  If it takes the Roman Catholic catechism to make the Roman Catholic Church and its structure, a Bible, which is contrary to the Roman Catholic catechism, a Catholic Church the Bible will not make!!  This will remain true of all denominations of Roman Catholicism, which all denominations are, and prove most validly the subject of our discussion—-there is ONE CHURCH AND BUT ONE started by Jesus Christ, in the city of Jerusalem, 33AD, at 9:00am that Pentecost Sunday morning, mentioned, names as such, and referred to in a book called the Bible inspired by a member of Deity, called the Holy Spirit, written in Koine Greek by one of those men qualified by the name Apostle, solely and singularly authorized by Jesus Christ who came to reveal the Will of His great Father, the Ancient of Days!!  There is NO denomination that exists today that will fit the definition, description, discipline, or approval of God, the Father other than the Church that is defined as the Church of Christ, Church of God, New Jerusalem, or Church of the Firstborn!!

Every real thing has limits and characteristics peculiar to itself!!  This un-mistakable identity makes up distinguishing characteristics from other real things.  A block of lead and a block of wood may have the same dimensions, but they differ in other characteristics and CANNOT be said to be identical!!  Two little boys walking down the street, together, may be walking, have the same kind of shoes, be the same race, both have a mother and a father, but BOTH are singularly and distinctively different human beings.!!  Unlearned man who makes it his business not to look too deep into the Bible, sees different religious organizations that exist in 2010 and thinks (a.) they have always existed since there was Jesus Christ on this planet and (b.) since they are religious, Jesus Christ recognizes them as acceptable and is a part of each of them.  If one of those little boys belongs to you, I will give you some advice; don’t pick up the other man’s child!!

If you are looking for the Church of the New Testament and two church buildings exist on the same block, don’t make the mistake of thinking one is the same as the other, both are started by Christ, both share the fellowship of Deity, or both will get you to Heaven!!

If you will take the advice of Jesus Christ, He said: “the Father himself, which has sent Me, has borne witness of Me.  You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor see His shape.  And you have not His word abiding in you: for whom He has sent, Him you believe not.  Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they that testify of Me…..I Am come in My Father’s name, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.  How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God, only?” John 5:37-44  When introducing the Lord’s Supper to the disciples, Jesus said: “it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give unto you the Kingdom.”  Kingdom is singular!

One and But One- Part 7

Christ loved the church more tenderly than any man ever loved his own wife!!  Paul writes: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25   To the Ephesians elders Paul stated: “Feed the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28   I submit for your learning the story told of Abraham offering his only begotten son, Isaac. Genesis 22: 1-13   It has been very few men in the ages of time that have given themselves purposely for their brides/wives but one and only one who prophesied He would so do!!  All the Old Testament prophets who foretold of the Messiah, who would come, told of His dieing to purchase His bride, redeeming her with His own blood!!

Abraham was “tested” by God to see if his faith was completely in God.  He was told to sacrifice his only begotten son, Isaac.  The place chosen for this sacrifice was a place then called Mt. Moriah, but in the days of Christ while sojourning on this Earth, it was called in the Hebrew Golgotha and in the Greek, Calvary.  The specific place for Isaac to be sacrificed was chosen (as was the fact God would offer His Son) before it would become a reality.  “Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.” Genesis 22:4   This place Abraham found was not by a lucky guess, it was the place CHOSEN by Deity for Christ to be offered for the Church of Christ before the foundations of the world!!  When Abraham had prepared Isaac for the rendering of Isaac’s blood, God stopped him: “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me.” Genesis 22:11-13   It would take a lot of help to miss this type and anti-type.

Christ died ONLY for His Church!!  “For God so loved the world (Church) that He gave His only begotten Son (for the Church, Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:25) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16   When you see the word world, the context has to decide what is being mentioned!  For example, in John 1:10, John writes by inspiration of the Holy Spirit these words: He was in the world, the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.”  Christ was on this planet (called the world) and the creation (world) was made by Him, Colossians 1:15-18, and the people (the world) to whom He came, the Jew, knew Him not.  Christ came to be a “ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28, but who were the “many?”  As “many” as call on His name.” Acts 2:21  How does one “call upon the name of the Lord?”  Ananias told Saul, “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sons, calling upon the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16    Calling on the name of the Lord, doing what He has commanded, will bring the “forgiveness of sins:”  “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

No thoughtful Christian would think of lieing about the church, that is also called the  “body of Christ.” There is ONE AND BUT ONE.  Paul writes: “And He is head of the body, the church.” Ephesians 5:25   How many times have you seen two-headed people?  How many times have you seen ONE head on two or more bodies?  Is there not usually one head on one body??  So, with the body of Christ, it has one head and that head sets on ONE body!!  “And He is head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead: that is all things He might have preeminence.” Colossians 1:18

One and But One- Part 5

Man tries to rationalize that religion is for him and his appetite.  He wants a religion he likes and makes him feel good about him.  In a sense this is the same as “situation ethics” which teaches as long as it hurts no one and it please me, it is alright!  I hear people all the time tell me they are “looking for a church.”  What they mean is they are looking one they feel comfortable in, preaches a message they approve, has a class of people in it they associate with themselves, and require from its adherents just what they are willing to “put in” to the success of the church as to monies, time, and effort.  Rarely do you find people who are looking for a church God Almighty will approve!!  These  people are looking for a church that teaches ONLY the doctrine taught in the New Testament, taught in the first century, that was taught FIRST, in Jerusalem, that was taught by an inspired apostle of Jesus Christ, and that was the church ALL the apostles of Jesus Christ belonged!!  There is a world of difference between this type of church and the type that will suit man.

     Men are looking for a church where the needs of their children are satisfied and they let the children determine those needs!!  They look for the biggest congregation with children the ages of their children, a playground or gymnasium, fun games and coloring, cookies and ice cream, and one where the most important people in town attend.  They are not spiritually astute enough to look for a congregation that preaches ONLY the New Jerusalem gospel, where its teachers are studied and prepared to teach Bible Classes suitable for their ages and intellect, and where the preaching is Christ-centered, Biblically supported, and in love with Jesus Christ FIRST and the mores and values of men, last!! It is true the children may not have a plethora of friends “at church” and may be the only one their age that attends there their age while learning of Christ, and may not “try out” for the choir or receive their “first communion” like the world, BUT, at the death’s door and the Judgment Bar– their  child will stand all alone and be judged “by the words that shall judge them in the last day” John 12:48, there, they will be glad for that Bible School teacher that insisted on teaching Bible Lessons and the preacher that made sin look like sin and not like  a joke at which to laugh!!  In death and at the Judgment these type parents will be on their knees thanking God their little boy or girl hears: “well done, My good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, enter into the joys of thy Lord.”   But the one who will be the most thankful at death and in the Judgment Day will be the child whose parent was spiritually alert enough to make SURE they attended the right congregation!!   What about the child that got to set the standard for which the church they attended and hears: “depart from Me, you wicked and sinful sinner, I never knew you.” 

     My friend, Jesus is coming back some day for His Church!!  I flew into the airport the other day and there were well over 100 women in the terminal, I only was looking for ONE!!  Was I narrow-minded, an elitist, or a cultist??  You see, I am married to as many women as the Lord!!  I have one and but one, she wears my name, has born my children, and satisfies my needs as a man, AND, she is the only woman I left the airport with!!  Does that offend you??

     I sent my children to school. I sent them to the best schools.  I did not care if they wanted to go where it would be easy to “slide by,” where their “friends” attended, where the most students attended, where the biggest gymnasium was or where the best football team played; I wanted them, educationally, prepared to succeed- AND YOU??

One and But One- Part 4

The results of the “insignificant” sin are enormous!!  What man thought irrelevant to his relationship to God proved to be “the stick that broke the camel’s back.”  Knowing right from wrong is not what it is advertised to be.  Satan was not the “father who knew what was best,” but, then again, he never claimed to be the “father” who cared for his offspring, did he?  Unaccountable for the actions he directed, absolutely, NOT!!  Satan might have thought he pulled off the biggest scam in the history of the world, but because of his direction, God “prepared Hell for Satan and his angels,” Satan will one day pay the price all those who follow him will pay.  Some ask the question, “Will he pay, enough?”  Never, my friend, underestimate God!!!  What sin cost man is his/her innocence?  Many do not realize the sheer joy of such a state.  This is the happiest time of man’s existence!! Existence in this state defines Christianity-this is called PEACE.  More can be said on this point, but nothing can restore the loss of innocence but the blood of Christ!!  You and I cannot handle accountability before the righteous and sinless God, the only way we can ever be ready for such a judgment is having the blood of Christ and Christ the older brother and high priest as our advocate and mediator!!

     “It is not within man that walketh to direct his steps.”  We do not know the way home nor do we know how to find that “way”.  This demanded the grace of God.  “I am the way, the truth and the light.  No man cometh to the Father, but by Me;” came from the lips of the only Being to ever walk the shores of life having come from the Father’s presence who returned Home to prepare for us a place!!  Sinless and of the species called God, this Being we know as Jesus Christ.  He will be ‘ABLE’ to present us faultless before the Father. This is pointedly the reason we cannot trust man who has sinned as we have sinned, to lead to the Father!!  There is NO denomination or denominational body of believers who follow implicitly the directions of our Master.  They add to or take from His blood-bought Will or Testament to satisfy themselves, they claim equality with His authority to govern mankind, and those who they find like-minded as themselves, walk confidently, yes, many times boastfully, on their way to eternity.  Like mother Eve, they are satisfied with the religion originated by some man or woman in some other city other than Jerusalem, in some other century than the first century fifty three days after the crucifixion of the Lord of Glory, while the Roman Kings were reigning over the world, assembled in the Temple of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, 33 A.D. following a message that will re-turn that peace of innocence all eternity!!

     If man was to start a church that was to be in competition with our Lord’s Church would it not have been shown in prophecy?  Special men born for special times who did special things for the advancement of God’s plan were prophesied!!  Cyrus was mentioned by name years before he was born, Methuselah was named some 600 years before the definition of his name became a reality, and Jacob was chosen before birth to receive the birthright.  If they had the approval from God to start man-made denominational churches, would they not at least been prophesied before they were born? named so none would miss their special position before the Lord?, or at least shown to be allowed special recognition as did men like John the Baptist??  Their plans of salvation they advance, would they not been shown in prophecy as did that of our Lord?  Do you think it a lucky coincidence that baptism was defined thousands of years before it was commanded by Christ??  Were the flood, the Nile, Naaman the leper, and the building of the Tabernacle and Temple, not all connected- showing “water” saves”??

One and But One- Part 3

???? Many times things happen that seem insignificant, unimportant, and go without being noticed.? Some seem to think these incidences might even go un-noticed when compared to what they think in their lives is important.? Life can be changed by one event, homes can be broken, friendships ended and wrecked over what to the offender would seem irrelevant to really what they think truly is important!!? There is no way to determine the effects, good or bad, of taking the wrong turn, of making the wrong decision on ourselves and more particularly the cost it has on others!! ?Whoever thought the death of an unknown Jew in remote Galilee would affect every human being that had or would ever live??? In the ?important? events, the day the Roman soldiers put Christ on the tree, the events in Rome were FAR MORE noticed, yet no one knows just exactly what happened in Rome that Friday before Passover, but the world knows what happened in Jerusalem!!? One would never have considered that eating of a single piece of fruit would have brought the possibility of spiritual death to all humanity, either, but that day in the Garden of Eden mankind was forever deprived of the innocence that had before described his nature and allowed his unbroken fellowship with his Creator!!

???? Eating the forbidden fruit was no bid deal!? Who would ever get bent out of shape over just one bite (which probably did not taste good, anyway!!)?? Rationally, situation ethics would deny the importance of this the most famous bite in all the history of mankind.? It was, after all, just another fruit of one of many trees.? One tree was just as good as any other tree and to let on like the choice could be right or wrong just because some Being who visited only once a day could make such a demand, seems impossible, doesn?t it??? Do you mean to tell me God could be so demanding so as to choose JUST ONE tree for me not to eat from and after I had decided I liked the one He did not allow He would break fellowship with me?? ??That sounds awful narrow-minded for a God who is supposed to be LOVE!!

???? What would it hurt for Eve to take the fruit God had not allowed her to eat and take a bite? ?God did not say I couldn?t take ONE BITE, He said for me not to eat of this fruit that looks so good to me!!? Sometimes when you change a plan, you ?improve? it, right??? Denominationalism has changed the plan of God by which man is saved from his or her sins improving on what God had commanded and actually ?improved? on God?s idea!!? They think being saved at an altar, or in praying the ?sinner?s prayer? is a much better and easier way for man to be saved?and by the way what is the big deal?getting wet in water is never convenient AND it is just too much trouble??? Who will it hurt if I just change Jesus command in Mark 16:16 a little, God won?t care, He LOVES ME!!? After all, He is not here to stop me and sprinkling water on someone is much nicer and God never said: ?thou shalt not sprinkle water for baptism?!!? You see, we believe sprinkling water or baptizing you after you have been saved is just fine.? Remember, it is just fruit, God knows I love Him, and He?ll get over it!!? I don?t think Jesus will notice, I will sing and testify, put my monies in His work, and ?witness? for Him, everywhere.

???? ?The fruit looks good, it will satisfy Eve!?? Sin compliments our desires, it looks like fun. ?How can it hurt so much, I?ll only do it ONCE!? We have no experience with the results of sin?it might hurt you but it will not hurt me!!? It looks too good to pass up; the end results cannot be all that bad!!? Sin looks like what I REALLY want, how can it be that harmful??? It provokes in me a curiosity I cannot extinguish from my mind, I have to have it!!? I?ll give anything for it!! ?God want care, I will make it up to Him!! ???

One and But One – Part 2

Truth is always acceptable to those who are seekers of it and unacceptable to those who do not!!? What blocks the entrance to truth??? Most times prejudice.? Opinions would rank second, and probably indifference, thirdly.? Whatever the state of mind one finds themselves, truth WILL have its day of recognition. Hebrews 9:27; John 12:48? ?And it was our Lord who stated: ?You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!!? John 8:12?? What a break!!? God has reached out to man with a plan that will free him!!

???? Truth may not always be appreciated or accepted.? Those whose minds are closed on any subject will find it difficult rejecting what they have always believed (if they have believed anything with their heart) and change their minds when the facts contradict what they have believed.? Age brings with it a hardening effect.? People who have believed something all their lives will not find it comfortable or satisfying to find they have always been incorrect.? Believing something that is wrong, no matter how long it is believed, will not make the wrong, right and will never alter the fact that error is wrong when truth, which exposes that error!!? There was not one man or woman in the New Testament who believed what they were taught by the apostles of Jesus Christ BEFORE they heard their message.? Some rejected what was told them and we often muse over that rejection, but the end of rejection to truth is always the same; they all will be punished.? Unfortunately, so will those they influence.? It is recorded in Holy Writ; ?they that gladly received their word were baptized and the same day there was added unto them about 3,000 souls.? Acts 2:41 ??Some did not. Hebrews 4:1-2?? ?

???? Truth will never be altered by whether or not some dead loved one did not know it nor obeyed it!!? What you and I do with truth will determine our eternal destiny, but what someone who is dead has done about that truth will never alter my being punished or blessed by that truth.? It does not matter how many people disbelieve.? ?What if some do not believe, shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?? God forbid: let God be true and every man a liar.? Romans 3:3-4?? ?And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.? He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.? ?1 John 2:3-4

???? There are those who claim to be a follower of Christ who has never seriously investigated what Christ demands of them.? They have never read His Testament and are about as much home with the Bible as an aborigine is with a computer.? They are of the opinion that IF they do or do not believe, all will be well with God.? They are of the opinion that it is narrow-minded to demand an allegiance to the inspired Word of God, that all they have to do is mentally accept the fact that there is a God and everything will be just fine-that God just really does not care what they do, if they do anything!!? ?Do they intend to offend God or mock His Son, no, not at all!! ?They want to stay as far away from ?judging? hoping they will not be ?judged?. ?As long as they ?feel? everything is alright between them and God (and nobody awakens them to the reality that it is not), they will go along merrily to eternity never having the thought that God may not be pleased with them, at all!!

???? Burrowing your head in the sand will not make evil go away!!? Running away from the facts stated by Christ and His apostles will not allow you escape.? ?Behold! He cometh,? is a cry they never consider hearing.? Wanting to be just ?left alone,? some are offended when checked by a book, chapter, or verse from God?s Word!? Death is as much a part of life as is breathing air.? Judgment is that which comes with death!! Hebrews 9:27

One and But One

One of the most resented subjects mentioned by a member of the Church of Christ is the topic of these articles. This subject usually brings anger, resentment, and many times the loss of friendships, YET, the member of the body of Christ is bound, constrained because of their love for Christ, to present this to everyone they have enough contact with to study the Scriptures.? People think the member of the Church who tells them there is One Church and but One in the plan of God from eternity is suffering from a big ?ego trip? that someone has sold them and cannot be speaking of the God of Love that they and their loved ones think they know so well!!? To them the most ridiculous thing they can be told is that the Church of Christ is exclusive and there is One and But One!!

What do I mean by being exclusive?? I mean the Church of Christ is in a special realm, the only one of its kind on this planet called Earth.? There is nothing else like her, there is nothing else to which she can be compared, and no other assembly that meets on the various days of their stated worship times meets for the same purpose she meets!!  She, then is truly exclusive.

I know that many who are reading this think I am egotistical or ignorant of God and His love for mankind and that I have as much tact as a barbed-wire fence, but if it turns out to be the truth of God?s Writings called, the New Testament, it is a truth they must face either now or at death. If they wait till death, it then will be too late!!

I have been in many conversations with religious people of differing denominational faiths when this truth is presented and the mockery, sometimes insults, and outright disdain reaches a higher pitch than one might expect.? The first thing most will do is ?close the door of their minds? and stop everything that might be called reason and proof from entering.? They are happy with their religion (or else they are looking for a change) and do not want to be bothered with something they think personal and frankly ?none of your business?!!? They will immediately climb up the ladder of defense and because anger enters into their emotional make-up, they immediately close the door of the mind.

Who are you?? and what makes you right and everybody else wrong, or do you think you are ONLY one who is saved when they know hundreds of good, religious, pious people both alive or dead who were never even heard of the Church of Christ.? Yet, there is one thing they NEVER consider in thinking about the subject-what does God think about this question??? Are you interested in what He has had written??

Religious people never consider God in a discussion like this for they think this comes only from the petty little mind of an egotist.? The one to whom they are misfortunate enough to have run into.? The very idea of ?judging? someone?s relationship with God to most is totally inconsiderate and resented.? People who base their religion on ?experiences? or ?emotion? feel violated when we who are members of the Lord?s Church inquire about their relationship which to them is TOTALLY private!!? Most received their religious convictions from their parent or grandparents, their husband or wife, or a sainted religious pastor or priest they have known and ?you do not have the right to ?judge? them, especially if they were real good to them and are now, dead.?

After they get over the initial shock–anger, mockery, or indifference usually overcomes them.? With these people be patient, it is like telling them the Earth is really flat?or that their mother never did love them!!? You might even find the curious minded who will actually discuss the subject a little, then turn on their used to be friend, for they now feel judged. Very few people are open-minded because they think this private!!