Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NAKEDLY UGLY: CALVINISM ON DISPLAY

"It's a great mercy to hear the Gospel. It's a good things to hear it in verbal, propositional firm. It's not a privilege everyone has. And the mystery of God's sovereignty, it's given to some, it's kept from others. Righteously so."

Kenneth Stewart is saying it is righteous that God has elected that some don't get to hear the Gospel. I enjoy hearing Mr. Stewart, from time to time, but when he preaches his Calvinistic Reformed Theology, then is when he departs from his usual systematic approach to the Scriptures.

The Calvinist says understanding is "righteously" withheld, but then goes on to fault the person who rejects the Gospel. The Calvinists has already said the hearing and believing is righteously withheld by God's sovereign choice. But then he appeals to the person who says he believes, but isn't fully embracing or is trying to embrace God and the world, the Calvinist goes on to say what the person must do, has to do, needs to do to have a saving faith.

This is Calvinism, which is not Christianity. Why isn't the Calvinist consistent, saying to such a person, "You aren't embracing it because you are 'righteously so' withheld from doing so"?
Calvinism is a muddled mess, and it really comes out when he speaks on saving faith.

CHARACTER WITNESSES: TWO OR THREE WITNESSES WILL CONVICT OR DEFEND YOU, Dan Mayfield

"15A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed. 16"If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing, 17then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.…" Deut 19:15ff

Moses said there are malicious witnesses. The Law warned against bearing false witness. Moses said the false witness will suffer the punishment that would have come up the innocent person. A false witness will not go unpunished from the Lord. God does not want the innocent to suffer for what they did not do. And so he says there must be more witnesses.

One person shall not be convicted on the testimony of one person. There needs to be other witnesses. So are there other witnesses to settle the matter? What if there are no other eye witnesses?

The Witness of Character.
"A good name is to be more desired than great wealth," Pro. 22:1. A good name is a powerful witnesses of the kind of person you are. Do you have a good name that says honest, diligent, faithful? The name brings up a mental picture of the person. And the picture is the one I have made through my life.

A character witness is defined as, "a person who attests to another's moral conduct and good reputation in a court of law." Character is what people see in you. Character is the other you that goes ahead of you before you have arrived, and it remains after you have gone. It is what your life says about you to others. Are you faithful to the Lord? It will show in the conduct of your life. John said, "3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;" 1 Jn 2:3-4. You have been testifying about the love you have for others. Are you faithful in all your ways? The life tells the story. When we neglect our character, we set ourselves up to fall.
Sometimes there is only one "eye" witness to the crime, but if the character "witness" of friends and family says there's nothing to the story, then it is the witness of one's own life which exonerates him.

The Witness of God.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. These are the witness of God in one's life. Gal. 5:22f. When these attributes are yours, faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, "they render you neither useless nor unfruitful, 2 Pt 1:5ff.

The powerful testimony
This is one reason to always keep our character holy because the other witnesses, those who bear witness to our lives will be called to the witness stand to testify for our against us. Keep your name good. Run from sin. Look at all of your ways to keep them upright because your life will testify for or against you.

Said in love.

DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS

As I have preached several of the 10 Commandments, I also will in the near future be preaching the 9th Commandment which warns not to bear false witness against another.

Judging righteous judgment is the act of righteous people. The duty is always to judge with righteousness and to properly judge between evil and good.

The guilty shall not go unpunished. God says, "Now if a person sins and does any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment." Lev 5:17.

The guilty person, whether the rightly accused or whether it be the false witness, he shall not go unpunished. And Leviticus warns even further the danger of unwittingly or unknowingly breaking the commandment and doing harm to someone else. Even he or she shall feel the hand of the Lord's wrath.

AMAZING NATURE!!!

"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." Isa. 6:3

From an atheist and evolutionist standpoint, Nature is as wise and powerful as God. The atheist can't explain it, but he accepts it by faith that Nature. How do a billion intricate processes and systems come about without his powerful Nature god!

The evolutionist prefers his Nature god because It does not dictate anything about morals and rules for life. Really? Is Nature not robbing your life? Is your Nature god not giving you a beating for going against Its Laws - the Laws of Nature? You are not free, you evolutionist. You are not wise, you atheist. But you are a fool because you worship the thing rather than the one that created the thing. You worship the work rather than the Worker. You think Nature is your god, but your God is the one that you shake your fist to. And in your core, you know it.

For me? I know that the beauty of life is the work of God's hand. I know there are no mistakes in His beautiful design. There is only one God and Yahweh is His name. Jesus Christ is His Son.
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Monday, June 06, 2016

BAPTISM DONE RIGHT, Dan Mayfield

"Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16

The thing about baptism is it is designed by God to be a once in a lifetime thing. Both in mode (what it looks like), subject (the person), and purpose (why or the reason for it), it is to be done right. If any of these three were not right when you were baptized, then you need to be baptized again.

There's no consolation in saying that nobody does everything right. Not true. It's true that maybe I didn't sing right or take the Lord's Supper right last week, but I have repented and this week and I get another chance to do it right. This is all accommodated by God's grace and patience. But baptism is only called for once in a lifetime. Therefore in every way that one time baptism must be informed by the Scriptures so that it is an adult (Acts 8:12) being immersed/buried (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:12,13; Acts 8:38) for his/her sins to be washed away. Baptism is a calling on God for salvation and confession of sins (Acts 22:16; 2:38,21).

Was your baptism an immersion? Yes or No?
Was your baptism received as an adult? Yes or No?
Was your baptism to be cleansed in the blood? Yes or No?

If you did not answer Yes on all three questions, then you have not yet obeyed God fully and need to do this command of Jesus (Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16) right away to be saved. Private message me if I can help you to be baptized according to God's will.

I say this in love. Dan Mayfield

Friday, June 03, 2016

THE LEFT BEHIND, Dan Mayfield


A false teacher has made himself a nice fortune by teaching the pre-millenialist lie of the upcoming rapture where most of the world is left behind to live on the earth with all of the Christians being taken by God.

And these false teachers use Luke 17 to support their idea. But Luke 17 does not support the error called the rapture.

The Bible says that when Noah was once in the ark, the "left behind" world was killed in the flood. And when God escorted Lot and his family out of Sodom, the "left behind" people in the city were judged. Now THAT is what will happen to the one left in his bed and the one grinding at the mill. They will be judged that day.

Judgment day is coming. The Thessalonian letters show that the coming of the Lord will be the day that three things happen: 1] the dead are raised from the grave; 2] the living Christians will be transformed and will rise to meet the Lord in the air; 3] the ungodly world will be judged with eternal fire. 1 Thessalonians 4:13ff; 2 Thess 1:6-9 (yep, you have to have your Bible to look those passages up).

"28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29and come out — those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment." - John 5.

The 2nd advent of the Lord is at hand. At an hour and day that no one knows but the Father alone, Jesus is coming, Mt. 24:36. And when He comes, He will save the church and will judge the rest of the world with righteous judgment, 2 Thess 1:6-9 (Yes, you have to actually look that passage of scripture up or else you won't see Paul is talking about the coming of the Lord).

So when the pre-millenialists continue to teach the rapture theology, they are teaching something entirely foreign to the Bible. There's no seven years of peace and tribulation after Jesus has come. There's no 1000 year reign of Christ on earth after that. So be ready today for the return of Jesus Christ because if He doesn't take you first, He will judge you next just as they were judged in Noah's and Lot's day. His coming will be like the flood. His coming will be like the fire that rained down on Sodom. Therefore, be saved today and be prepared.

I say this in love.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

KINDS OF WORSHIP

1. IGNORANT
"22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you" Acts 17:22-23

2. VAIN
"9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’” My 15:9

3. WILL WORSHIP
"23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence." Col 2:23

4. ACCEPTABLE
"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;" Heb 12:28

Ps.122:1 says to be mentally and emotionally involved. Be glad when you can come together to worship God.

"23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Jn 4:23-24

NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP THAT WAS ACCEPTABLE
1. Sing
2. Pray
3. Read and exhort from scripture
4. Giving
5. Partake of the Lord's Supper

UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Dan Mayfield

"What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” - John 13:7

At the moment, the disciples did not understand the washing of feet. But they would understand. At the moment theirs was only to do, to permit, to accept, and to embrace. It is enough to know that Jesus accepts and embraces even when the understanding has not yet dawned. Understanding will come later.

The reminder here is not a justification for fabricated or prolonged ignorance, only that understanding isn't always immediate. Jesus promises you will understand what He has said. It takes diligence with earnest seeking, but understanding will come. Jesus has revealed all that we need and what has not been revealed is not our concern, Deut 29:29. What He has revealed we will come to understand.

Do you wash feet? Well, if the feet are dirty, then wash feet. What Jesus did was show the place of service. Helping friends move might be a practical equivalent in our day as it can be a dirty job. Jesus was showing us the necessity of humble servanthood. That is the message of his washing feet. Jesus stooped to do the servant's task. And if a believer stoops to do the servant's task, he has come to understand. If you believe and obey the example of Jesus, then you have come to understand.

SALVATION AND WRATH IN THE GOSPEL, Dan Mayfield

Sometimes people refuse to understand and grasp that in the Gospel is contained both salvation and wrath. The idea of a wrathful God is troubling to them. They like the love language of John 3:16 that says, "whoever believes should not perish, but have everlasting life." But that word "should" ought to be a clue that there's more to it. The word "should" is accurate because the Greek is in the subjunctive mood suggesting possibility of not being saved. There are people who believe who will perish because they allow fear of men to hold back from confessing him, Jn 12:42. These believe, but are not saved. In the Gospel is salvation, but those who do not believe it will be condemned, Mk 16:16. To be saved by the Gospel, believe and be baptized. A believer in Christ should not perish, but he will if he doesn't obey Jesus. Hence we see the salvation and wrath in the Gospel.

The entire world is divided into two camps of those who are saved by the Gospel and by those who are condemned by the Gospel.

Paul said in Romans 1 that God has revealed salvation and wrath. Paul said that he was glad to preach the Gospel because it is God's power to save, for in it the righteousness of God is REVEALED so that the righteous shall live by faith, Romans 1:17. The revelation is the Gospel that saves those who believe and obey it, Romans 1:15-16; 1:5 (it's a good idea to look up these verses). But those who do not obey the Gospel will be lost, Rom 10:16; cf John 3:36. This is what Paul says in the next verse that "The wrath of God is being REVEALED (the same word as in previous verse) from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.", Romans 1:18. In a matter of two verses, Paul says God has revealed both his salvation and His wrath. How can men believe in only part of the revealed will and plan of God? As God revealed salvation by faith, God has also revealed that those who do not believe shall be condemned. If we do not yet understand God's wrath of hell, we need to examine our own hearts to see if there's something fabricated from man that is hindering the plain truth.

It's true that in the Gospel is both life and death. Paul said, "we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life." 2 Cor. 2:15-16. Similarly, Peter said that Christ is the precious cornerstone to believers but to those who reject Him He is the stone of stumbling and rock off offense, 1 Peter 2:6-8. This is all fairly easy to understand unless our theology is coming from man. Jesus said He was, "the stone which the builders rejected that became the chief cornerstone" which men would stumble over and then be crushed by. The choice is to accept the precious cornerstone or reject it and be crushed in His judgment. If we believe in the revelation of salvation through the Gospel, then we also must accept that wrath is revealed from heaven to those who reject it.

Peter also said, "And if judgment begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel", 1 Pt 4:17. The Gospel is not merely to be believed. The Gospel beckons. It calls. It pleads for sinful man to leave sin, take up the cross, and follow Jesus. But the Gospel also warns of judgment for unbelievers. A gospel message that does not also warn of wrath is a perversion of the Gospel, Gal. 1:6-10.

It is evident that many still do not understand contrary to what the Bible says. Their minds have been infected with modern philosophy and humanism. They also have been lax in personal Bible study and have depended more on what others teach them.

Only by coming to God's holy book with an open heart and mind can the ignorance be replaced with knowing. "The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent," Acts 17:30. So don't be foolish, but understand what is the will of God by spending the hours in God's Word, Eph 5:17. Instead of listening to the world, listen to the Gospel and learn.

Embrace that God is the loving God who will also exercise perfect justice to send them to hell who do not obey the Gospel.

ADULT IMMERSION IN WATER IS ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION, Dan Mayfield

A denominational preacher said the following about baptism that agrees with the Bible and with the teaching in the churches of Christ.
"But the simplest things to understand are often the most difficult to put into practice. Let’s start with baptism. In your church setting, baptism may not seem like that big of a deal. Maybe that’s why so many Christians today have never been baptized. But in the early days of the church, baptism was huge. Baptism was an unmistakable act that marked a person as a follower of Jesus Christ. As Jesus died and was buried in the earth, so a Christian is plunged beneath the surface of the water. As Jesus emerged from the tomb in a resurrected body, so a Christian comes out of the waters of baptism as a new creation.
When first-century Christians took this step of identifying themselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus, they were publicly declaring their allegiance to Christ. This immediately marked them for martyrdom—all of the hostility that the world felt toward Jesus would now be directed at them. Baptism was a declaration that a person’s life, identity, and priorities were centered on Jesus and His mission. Depending on where you live in the world, you may not see the same reaction to your choice to be baptized, but that act of identifying with Christ is essential, no matter where you live." - Francis Chan
I believe Chan errs in important areas, but what he says about baptism is right on. He says you come out of baptism a new creation and that baptism is essential. He does not say it is essential or necessary after you are a new creation; he says at baptism is the point of becoming a new creation.

Sinners in the New Testament heard the Gospel and were pricked in their hearts by the message and the repented and were baptized. You may do this too. Infant Baptism will not do because you had no personal sin, you were not lost, you had nothing to repent of, and you did not yet understand and have faith. All of the examples in the Bible are of adults being convicted of their own sinfulness and being moved to obey Jesus Christ.

Here are scriptures for your personal investigation on this topic: Acts 2:38; 8:12; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:11-13; 1 Peter 3:21. Be sure to read these and pray for wisdom.

To be saved you must be born again, John 3:3-5. To be saved you must be washed clean of an evil conscience and be forgiven of yours sins. To be saved you must call on God for salvation, Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:21,38. To be saved you must be added to the body of Christ and have the seal of the Holy Spirit. This all accomplished at baptism when obeyed from a heart of faith in the saving grace of God.

Please obey the Gospel today. Jesus could return in the next day or hour and you will be shut out, Lk 13:25. Come and obey the Gospel today.

REFORMED PRESYBYTERIANS (RP) by Dan Mayfield

Here is the position that most RP churches hold to:

"When coming into a service of our church, a visitor may find some things in the service a little unusual. We want to worship God in those ways He has appointed, and no other. As a result, our worship normally consists of the reading and preaching of the Word of God, prayer and the singing of psalms without musical accompaniment. Occasionally, also, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper are observed. We find no Biblical basis for going beyond these parts of worship."

The RP church is close, but still falls short in important ways.

Why is baptism and the Lord's Supper called a "sacrament" in the RP church? Because they are still hanging on to something learned from the Roman Catholic church. The idea is that in infant baptism and in the Lord's Supper there is a special work of grace that's imparted for the cleansing of the soul.

First to the point of baptism, it isn't true that infant baptism imparts any grace as the infant is not lost, has committed no sin, and couldn't repent even if it had sin. The baptism is observed whenever a lost person wishes to be saved. It is not something scheduled "occasionally" by the church. According to the need of the soul, baptism is received by a sinner who wishes to be saved by God's grace. The RP church relies upon the teachings of John Calvin and it regularly consults the Westminster Confession of Faith. Therefore it accepts that every soul is conceived in a corrupted, lost, and with a complete inability to understand or do anything towards God. RP teaches that the few a selected for salvation by divine decree and that faith and acknowledgement of Jesus Christ can only follow God first regenerating the heart. To them, salvation comes first, then the faith, confession, repentance and the life as a disciple. This is completely false and it corrupts the doctrines of grace, faith, sin, and salvation. That's point number one.

Secondly, the Lord's Supper was a first day of the week observance. Every first day of the week is the biblical example and the historical position. Christ was raised on the first day of the week and Christians met on the first day of the week to assemble and worship and to be edified through hearing the Word of God, through prayer and singing, and through partaking of the Lord's Supper for remembering the cross, and through the giving in the collection. All of these were and are done on every first day of the week. Romans Catholics and many Presbyterians practice a "closed communion" because it is a sacrament to them, imparting a saving grace in the eating and drinking, and therefore is not offered to those who are not yet confirmed to be a part of the church. In the church of Christ, we hold that the Lord's Supper, as with baptism, should be received soberly and thoughtfully in faith so that it is not partaken of in an unworthy manner (1 Cor 11:23ff), but just as a visitor to the church may participate in other areas of worship, the church does not hinder the visitor from partaking of the emblems which are a remembering of the Lord's death on the cross.

Thirdly, the RP church is sound in their exclusion of the musical instrument from the worship of God. The problem they have is that they only allow the singing of the Old Testament Psalms. They will not sing songs written by uninspired men. But this is an error of judgment. A song written by a man is permitted under the Apostle's admonition in Ephesians and in Colossians to "sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." I agree we need to sing more of the Psalms, but the spiritual songs are written by men and they are just as acceptable as a sermon written by a man. We do not only read the Scriptures. We expound upon them which is just as Biblical. And so a song, written by a man, if all of the content is Biblically sound, is just as acceptable. So this third point on the singing of only the Psalms is too strict and a man-made rule of the RP church.

The RP church is closer to the truth than many denominations. But if you are part of this denomination, consider that Baptism was in the Scriptures something to be administered to adult sinners (adult age in the Scriptures is somewhere around 12 or 13 and upward). If you are part of the Reformed Presbyterian church, then come to the church of Christ where the Lord's Supper is observed every first day of the week, Acts 20:7. "On the first day of the week" is the pattern to follow. As in the Old Law, every last day of the week, the Sabbath was observed. The Law didn't need to specific "every" Sabbath when it said to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy". It meant "every" one of them that comes every 7 days. The first century church believed this and history records that every week it was observed.

RIGHTEOUSNESS, SELF-CONTROL, AND THE COMING JUDGMENT: REASONING WITH THE LOST, Dan Mayfield

"24But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.” - Acts 24

The three pronged message on the topics of righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment all fall under the preaching of the Gospel.


Righteousness is the examination of the perfect standard of God's Law.

Self-control is the truth about man that is created in the image of God and ought to reflect God's glory, but with free will to choose to do right or wrong has come to be sinful and Unrighteous. Felix understood that he fell short of God's standard.

The Coming Judgment is the warning to repent because a more important tribunal will be held by God which will determine heaven or hell, 2 Cor. 5:10-14.

This is how Paul spoke on the faith of Christ by making Felix see he is lost and on the path to an eternal hell. This is good preaching.

It says that Felix became afraid. Paul got straight to the most important things when he had the chance to preach to the man. And today, sinners should be afraid of coming before God still in their sins.

Felix did not respond to the Gospel, not that we know of. It says he stopped the discussion. Nevertheless, the preacher did his job. Remember that the church's duty is to preach the Word, to plant the seed and water it; but God's work is bringing the increase.

Through good preaching, Felix became afraid when he saw his sinfulness and lost condition when contrasted with the perfect law of the great Law giver and Judge.

Scripture to look up: Acts 4:12; 10:34-35; 3:19; 2:38-41; 5:32; 8:12; 16:31-34; 22:16.

If you have not taken up your cross and are living as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you should be afraid. Life is short and we will all die and soon stand before God's throne to be sent to heaven or hell. Today, repent of sin and turn to God by being baptized and be united with Jesus in that watery grave. By faith, you will call on God and God will answer by cleansing your soul of the guilt of your sins. Be saved. God bless you.

REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE, Dan Mayfield

The Regulative Principle says that only that which is specified by God is allowed. This applies to worship and matters of salvation. God regulates who is saved and how one is saved. Therefore salvation falls under the Regulative Principle. God regulates what worship pleases Him. "God is Spirit and those who worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and truth." Jn 4:23-24. Since worship is vain when teaching the doctrines and precepts of men, God shows that He regulates what is true and vain worship. Therefore Christian worship falls under the Regulative Principle.

The Regulative Principle does not apply to everything in life though. Attempting to apply the Regulative Principle to everything in life you end up as an Amish approach to life forbidding electricity, buttons, and song books.

Certainly, everything we do in life is to be moral and according to God's Law. Work and play must conform to God's moral law. But there is wide latitude on what is allowed. The exact job and the exact play is not specified, yet it is allowed as long as it does not contradict God's moral law.

People are turning worship into entertainment by suggesting there is no Regulative Principle guiding worship. The tactic is to argue that everything we do in life is worship and no Regulative Principle applies to all of life. Therefore the Principle doesn't apply to specific acts of worship.

Clearly a regulative principle is laid out in Scripture which must be adhered to. The only worship that has ever been allowed is that which God specified. If God did not command it, don't offer it to Him.

In the 2nd Commandment God said, "4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Ex. 20

Therein is the regulative principle. God doesn't need to specify every false deity and form of worship. When it comes to the worship of God, venturing outside of what God commanded is a serious sin. When Nadab and Abihu offered "strange fire" in Leviticus 10:1 while they worship serving at the tabernacle, the fire was that which God had not commanded. And God killed them both because venturing outside of God's commandment (Leviticus 16 tells what fire God wanted) is disrespect to God. God said, "By those who come near to Me I will be treated as Holy." Lev 10:3.

The same is true today. Paul refers to "self-made religion" or "will worship" (KJV) which is worship that is determined by what I want, according to my will, Col. 2:23. This "will worship" is where the religious world has gone by rebelliously ignoring the Regulative Principle.

Let me conclude. All of life is to glorify God. But everything in life is not worship. God will reject most worship that man offers to Him because He regulates what worship is acceptable. Many denominations are storing up God's wrath against themselves because they err as much as Nadab and Abihu. When it comes to worship, we must worship God with the right spirit and according to what God has specified. Sing spiritual songs. Pray through Christ. Partake of the Lord's Supper. Contribute to the church. Preach and teach the Word of God. Venturing outside of these breaks the Regulative Principle. God bless.

BEARING FALSE WITNESS

"A false witness will perish" - Pro. 21:28

I would not want to destroy someone's life by destroying him with a lie. Doing so would damn the liar to hell.


"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." Exodus 20:16.

A man who bears a false testimony against another man with the knowledge that he is destroying the innocent person's life will himself suffer greatly in this life and in the life to come. Woe to those who lie against their neighbor.

He is a vicious man who knowingly does it. "A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow." Pro 25:18.

God hates this person.

"There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers." — Proverbs 6:16–19.

God forbid that we ever do this. God is the avenger who brings justice to the helpless.

"35‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them." Deut. 32:35.

- Dan Mayfield

GOD'S LIVING WORD, Dan Mayfield

1 Peter, chapter 1:13-25
A great many words are coming at us. But the church brings the word of God. The church carries to the world God's word. The church is convicted to speak the way Jeremiah was do that he couldn't hold it in, Jer 20:9.

We know that the church has departed from God when the powerfully convicting message to repent is abandoned. Preachers who tell nice stories to makethe church feel good have made their message conform to the world.

Peter reminded Christians that the Bible is not from man, but is inspired of God, 2 Peter 1:20-21. The Bible says it is of God which is why the young preachers, Timothy and Titus, were told to preach the Word, to deprive with it, and to rebuke with it, and to exhort with it, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The church must not shrink back from teaching the easy and the hard of God's word.

From the Peter text, the word of God is also the living word. Words of men have been written down and men have spoken billions and billions of words. But the words are forgotten. Even the greats of history are largely forgotten. And even if a few of them have their words preserved, they still have no great impact on man today. This is because their words are dead.

This is not so with the Bible. The Bible is from the mouth of God and it is living. The Hebrews writer said, "it is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword", Hebrews 4.

The Bible is like no other words. Man is hearing a mass of words through the internet and television. The church has nothing to do with those words. The church of Christ has one job which is to speak God's word to the world. It is why Paul says the church is "the pillar and support of truth."

Woe to you who call yourselves Christian while playing fast and loose with God's word. Do not add to God's word. Do not take away from it our else God will curse you.

We praise God who has given us the Bible that is living and everlasting. We cherish it. We love to read it. We are thrilled when it is preached with power. We praise the Almighty God who has given us the Bible so we know what to believe and what to do.

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