Christian, Inspirational

Beggar in a Blue Suit

I find it amazing that tv personalities can ask you for $1,000 without blinking an eye. They’re asking for you to help the gospel go around the world. I’ve watched many of the Christian channels and the ratio allotted by time seems 90% begging, 10% bible discussion. And sadly it seems that only about 2% of that bible study is accurate and worthwhile. Let them get to the heart of the matter, believe and be baptized!

One of my previous pastors would misuse a verse saying we are to give every Sunday. 1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV does say Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. But every verse should be read in context. This is a one time instruction for a monetary offering to be delivered to the saints at Jerusalem. Can you imagine modern churches giving all their offerings to another community?

Why has giving become so sanitized? Don’t give to the stinky, dirty, hungry man or woman on the street, but use your credit card to give a man 1,000 dollar “seed” without knowing how much is planted in his/her own pocket.

Jesus said the children are free! Matthew 17:26 We as children of God are free. We dont have to give, but if we do 2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV is an example to be followed.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

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Reserved

1 Timothy 2:11-12 KJV
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. [12] But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

When a woman preaches in a church and says she has a calling from God, I think to myself, No. I tell you many teachers who are men will go to Hell because of poor or false teaching. Yet God has reserved for men the pulpit and the role of Head of the Household.

So when I see women preaching on television I turn the channel. Like the man that calls himself Father or Rabbi, I know they have chosen their own desires over the word of God. Matthew 23:8, Matthew 23:9.

I think in one respect God is trying to make the path to Heaven easier for women. He has reserved to men the role of teacher. Make no mistake teachers of the Word will be judged by the Word, a high standard. Some men would be wise to take a seat and exercise their own right to remain silent.

Habakkuk 2:20 KJV
But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

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Power of God

2 Timothy 3:5 KJV
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

This verse I think describes many churches. They sing psalms, they pray, they offer the Lord’s Supper, but do they believe in the power of God?
The following are a few things I have heard and observed at the Church of Christ I attend:
Miracles are ended because Jesus is perfect and he has already come. 1 Corinthians 13:10. This is misinterpretation and contrary to James 5:14-15 that tells us God will do miracles in the Church if you follow his word with performance.
I believe perfection of a man occurs only in Christ. He can provide the strength to help us be sinless. Philippians 4:13 Yet, a member did not believe Christ could help us walk perfectly. I say believe. His intent in dying was to show us how to live.

When discussing the gift of wisdom, one member said God grants it through study not miraculously. I do not say do not study, but the Bible says in James 1:5 the Lord giveth wisdom to those that ask. Therefore ask and believe.

The preacher once said of God when he said he hardened Pharaoh’s heart it doesn’t actually mean God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, but rather Pharaoh set his mind against the Lord. Why do you doubt scripture? Why argue against the Lord? If the Holy Bible speaks, listen. Your own interpretation is not better. If you cannot believe God has the power to harden a man’s heart and to heal, do you really truly believe God has the power to Save? Or sadly are you just going through the motions? Does your church have the form of godliness, but not truly believe in God’s power?

I say again to you and to me Believe!

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