Saturday, March 28, 2015


Everyone commits. So they wear the yellow bracelets. They wear the pink ribbons. People are committed to going to their gym with the hope of staying fit and young. Commitment drives people to excellence. They are committed to their jobs because they need it. What about the commitment to Christ?

Christians can begin their walk with great zeal like a "fire in my bones" to tell the world the Good News. But what happens often is the passion for Christ's mission becomes something we become detached from and the whole "I'm living for Christ", in time becomes the cool gel of, "Yeh, Jesus is part of my life, what about it?"
"20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh." - Jude 20-23
Instead of allowing our faith to drift away with the ebb and flow of worldly interests, keep building yourself up in the love of God. Instead of losing sight of heaven, keep waiting anxiously for His return. Instead of losing our evangelistic fervor, care about lost souls. Bring to the lost Jesus' message of mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Instead of saving for retirement in this life, save souls and lay up treasures in heaven.

If we are not careful, Jesus' "coming to seek and to save the lost" will be treated by us as mildly quaint and nothing to do with us.

Oh dear God, I pray that your children will be about your business that they not be caught by surprise when death takes us from this life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


When Jesus outlined the steps in church discipline in Matthew 18:15-18, though it was still the period when the Old Law of Moses was still in effect, Jesus was communicating an important teaching for the New Covenant. Jesus lived under the Old Law, Gal 4:4,5. The Old Law was done away when Christ and Faith came, Gal 3:24-26. Though Jesus lived under the Old Mosaic Law, it does not mean that He didn't exemplify and communicate the life of the New Covenant that would go into effect at His death on the cross, Heb 9;15-17. The great commission included baptism and teaching the disciples to observe all which Jesus commanded, Mt 28:19,20. So the Old Law which Jesus lived under was in force until the Cross. The tell of the life Jesus lived under Moses' Law. But also, the New Law of Christ was being communicated throughout the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called Gospels because they tell the good news of Jesus. The Good News is what the Church preaches and it is what sinners obey, Rom. 10:16; 2 Thess 1:7-9; 1 Pt 4:16,17. The teachings of Jesus Christ found in the four Gospels, including the teaching by Christ on marriage in Matthew 19 and Matthew 5, are part of the teachings for the church of Christ.


The Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA) will misuse the Scriptures to encourage people to turn back to keeping the Old Law of Moses, particularly the Commandment to keep the Sabbath Day. This is a false teaching.

They quote Revelation 14:12 which says, "HERE is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." True enough, we need to keep the commandments of God, but not the commandments of God in an Old Testament which God said was obsolete now that Christ has come (see Gal 3:24-26; Heb 8:6,13). Revelation is talking about keeping the commandments of God given through Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Jn 14:15)

The SDA convinces people that the Sabbath day, i.e. Saturday, is the proper day to assemble and worship God. Nehemiah the prophet said, "So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses." - Neh 9:14; cf Deut 5:2,3. When does Nehemiah say God gave His people the Sabbath to observe? Verse 13 says, "Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments."

The SDA argues that the Sabbath day rest was observed from the very beginning of the Creation in the Garden of Eden. But Nehemiah says, no, it was given to Moses and not before. So even though the observance of the Sabbath was not given to people before Moses, and even though the Apostle Paul said "if you keep part of the law you are bound to keep all of it and are severed from Christ", still they push their error which they learned from their prophetess, Ellen G. White.

And Paul said we are complete in Christ, Col 2:10. We are not bound to the Old Law of Moses - which Ellen G White resurrected.

"16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." - Col 2
The things of the Old Law, the sacrifices, the tabernacle, priesthood, and the Sabbath were mere shadows of what the substance that's in Christ. Now that Christ has come, the shadows are not brought back.

The SDA says that the Sabbath was a perpetual or everlasting commandment. Nope, not any more so than was circumcision and other things that came to an end with the coming of faith in Christ.

  • Lev 24:8 Sabbath an everlasting covenant
  • Gen 17:13 Circumcision an everlasting covenant
  • Exo 40:15 Aaronic Priesthood everlasting
No Sir, the teachings of the false prophet Ellen G. White, is the foundation of the 7th Day Adventist (SDA), not Christ and His Apostles (Eph. 2:20).

So let's dismiss this error. The leaven of false teaching is in the teachings of Ellen G. White. The 7th Day was given only to the Jews, Nehemiah 9:14. So I do not believe the words of the SDA prophetess who claims to have seen visions. The 7th day observance was not given to others; not before Moses and not after the Cross of Jesus Christ. The early church did not worship and assemble together (e.g. 1 Cor. 14) on Saturday, the 7th day of the week. Acts 20:6,7 shows the church came together on the 1st Day of the Week. The SDA people will point to a few verses in Acts where Paul went to the tabernacle on the Sabbath. Paul was evangelizing, speaking at the temple or in synagogues to speak the Gospel to the lost sheep of Israel. When the Jews would reject, Paul would shake the dust from His feet and turn to the Gentiles.

Please, I am warning all to stay away from this error. God bless you.


A favorite verse of mine is Acts 2:42 that shows the church was devoted to the Apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to breaking of bread, and to prayer. That devotion is important for the church in every age. 
Someone said to me recently that the church is where the troubled are comforted, and where the comfortable are troubled. One preacher said the job of the preacher is two-fold: comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. 

What I have on my heart makes me want to cry. Jesus asked if when He returned will He find faith on the earth, Lk 18:8. He pondered that question after showing in a parable that faith is vigilant and always seeking God. When Christians can't be encouraged to read their Bibles and when their prayers have no passion, it's apparent that Jesus was right to be concerned.

Complacency has settled in to churches to the point that we can be near certain that some sitting in the pews are not going to go to heaven. They wear the name but they are absolutely useless in the work that matters most in this life, Titus 1:16. Their love has grown cold. The zeal they showed in the past is all but gone. The way these are acting it's only a matter of time that they wake some Sunday morning and ask themselves "why continue this charade?" And they will simply fade away.

I heard someone say, actually it's been repeated to me several times, that 10% of the church does 90% of the work. It's true. Pass a volunteer sheet around and you see the same names. The rest are too busy building their bigger barns so they can sit back in the future to eat, drink, and be merry. It's downright foolish! It's like the words of Christ that "the greatest among you will be the servant of all" bounced right off of them.

Jesus sends the message to repent quickly to these double-minded, milquetoast, fickled, weak, fence sitting, and lukewarm brothers and sisters who have become WAY too friendly with the world. He says, "I will spew you out of my mouth", and "‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you."

My heart is heavy to write these words because people I love are not ready to meet Jesus.

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."


"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." - Mt 19:9
Jesus' words on marriage were so hard and challenging that the disciples concluded "it's better not to marry" (Mt 19:10). Jesus didn't say, "No, don't misunderstand what I'm saying, people can just promise they won't do it again and they'll be fine." No, instead Jesus said, "Some people made themselves Eunuchs, people who would not have sex again, i.e. no marriage, that they might enter the kingdom." (Mt 19:12). There are few people who teach this. Not because it's not Jesus' words, but because it's so very hard. The consequence is that serious.

Think about how hard it was for John the Baptism to tell a married couple, Herod and Herodias, that it was unlawful for them to be married. Don't lose sight of that fact. John said they could not be married. There are many churches and many preachers who haven't got the courage to show people what John the Baptist told Herod. It got John beheaded. If baptism would have made the marriage holy, John was the baptizer and could have just told them not to do it again, but John didn't do that. John told the soldiers and tax collectors and Herod, as well as other sinners, to bring fruits of repentance by putting away their sins IF they wished to be baptized and receive forgiveness.

Unless you divorced an unfaithful spouse, you may not remarry. And if you should remarry, then you are living in sin.

Please don't react to the truth of these words. Pray instead. Know that they are true and so seek God's clear path for how you should walk. I say this with a heavy heart and with the deepest respect for all. Sincerely, Dan


Paul said to the Ephesians to "speak the truth in love". The speaking of truth from someone with a cold heart might be doctrinally accurate, but it will seem like a slap of cold steel to the hearer. We must love Christ and we must love our fellow man or else all of our defending will turn people off. And whatever converts we make will learn imitate the same cold and heartless religion that appealed to them.

See loving the Truth is essential but if we don't love man in a compassionate and patient way, we fall short of being like Christ. It was the heart of Jesus that led him to speak to Zaccheus amid the concerns and criticisms of the cold religious leaders who only saw fault in His eating with sinners, Lk 19:1-10. It was love that Jesus had for the rich young man who wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus didn't offer the man a shortcut or water down what was necessary, not hardly, but Jesus loved him. Mark writes, 

"Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me", Mk 10:21. 
The man turned and walked away sad because he had many riches. If we are going to tell people the hard truths about discipleship, we must first love the people. 

The first and second great commandments are to love God and our neighbor. Until we have love, we should not teach others. First love them as God loved us, and then teach the lost the truth.


Paul said that through the church the manifold wisdom of God is made known, Eph 3:10. In chapter 4, Paul talks about the "one body" which is the church (Eph 4:4; 1:22,23). Later in the same chapter, Paul says the following: 
"11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." Eph 4:11-16 

God wants the body of Christ to grow and to be about the work of His Son. This growth and mission of the church requires that the body be "fitted and held together" and that it "strive for the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace." Such cooperation and unity is impossible except through one church. Denominations with their false tongues, ten commandment observances, insistence on tithing, marriage to creed books and catechisms, as well as their man-made organizational hierarchies, makes this unity impossible. 

Denominations are the invention of man and are the work of the evil one who planted tares in the field.

Seek the true church which is the church of Christ.  I say this with humility and love. - Dan 


Everyone is contentious; make sure you contend for the faith, Jude 3. Everyone fights; just make sure it is the good fight of faith, 1 Tim 6:12. Everyone defends their position; just give your answer with gentleness and reverence, 1 Pt 3:15 

The hippies of the 60's shouted 'make love, not war', and then they proceeded to make war with the establishment, the police, the universities, the returning soldiers, their parents, and against their God. No one is exempt from fighting and engaging the battle. The only question is which side they will choose?

I choose to fight the good fight of faith with Jesus Christ. I rejoice that I have been made part of the church of Christ, the one body, which He purchased with His own blood, Rom 16:16; Eph 1:22,23; Acts 20:28ff.

In the world there are people who love the church and there are people who love something else. All sides contend for what they believe. Someone has to be wrong. But I know God is right. That's why we should spend time in the Scriptures to know what the living Word of God has taught us to believe. God bless you. Dan


"The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commands, because this applies to every person." - Eccl 12:13
There is nothing that makes more sense but that God's children should fear the Almighty God who is going to judge them. And therefore there's nothing that makes more sense but that God's children should obey His commands.
These, fear and obedience, are actually a grace from God because it implies God is knowable and that His will is doable. Man does not tremble at a figment of the imagination. And man does not obey what he does not or cannot know.
God is our Heavenly Father who desires we all come to repentance (Acts 20:28f) and that we "come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim 2:4,5). I say it is a grace, a gift of God, that we can know Him and do His will and thereby have His promise that we will be saved.
Implied in the very passage by Solomon in Ecclesiastes is the promise of blessing. For why would any man fear and obey if it held no promise?
So do God's will. Repent and be Baptized for the remission of your sins, Acts 2:38; 22:16. God bless you. Dan

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Here is my explanation for the meaning of the 2 Deaths and 2 Resurrections in Revelation 20 and 21.
Here they are in their proper order (see image) 1st Death --> 1st Resurrection --> 2nd Resurrection --> 2nd Death.  Nick Krumrei explained them this way: "Born once, die twice; Born twice, die once".

What does that mean? 
Everyone is into this world born once, but only a few are born again (i.e. twice), Jn 3:3-5; 1 Pt 1:3,23. Those who are born only once, will die once through sin (Rom 6:23) and the second time in hell. Hence the "born once, die twice" description.  
"Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years." Rev 20:6. 
But those who are born twice, they die once because they are sinners, but their second birth as a Christians ensures they will not suffer in hell, the second death.  They, like everyone, died spiritually because of their sin (Rom 6:23) but these have eternal life and do not suffer hell because they took part in the first resurrection at baptism, Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12,13. 

The Kingdom of Christ, which was "at hand" when John the Baptist preached,  had a beginning and an end. The 1000 symbolic years makes the period limited. It began at the Ascension of Christ and it ends when Jesus returns and hands over the kingdom to the Father, All the verses are there. This refutes the premillenialist doctrine.
The 2nd death is spelled out as being the lake of fire.
"Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." Rev 20:14; cf Rev 21:8

The first death isn't spelled out in Revelation. But there must be one if there's a second. The second resurrection and the first resurrection are spoken of in the text. He says that those who take part in the 1st resurrection, the second death has no power over them. What "resurrection" frees us from the power of the 2nd death? It is the one that's found in baptism, Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12,13. Because of sin, all have suffered the 1st death, which is spiritual separation from God. A lot of people won't take part in the first resurrection, the new life in Christ, and they don't come to life, i.e. the 2nd resurrection, until the end of Christ's reign when he comes back to judge the world. Because they are still dead in their sins, having never been born against and resurrected anew in Christ, the 2nd death DOES have power over them.


To understand the Scriptures, look for the following and learn.

[1] Studying the Bible, we learn through COMMANDS from God.
God now commands that all men everywhere repent, Acts 17:30. Jesus commanded that we must love God and love our neighbors, Mt 22:37-40. Jesus sent the disciples out into the world and told them to teach the disciples to obey all of His commands, Mt 28:20.
[2] Studying the Bible, we learn through the approved EXAMPLES we see in the Scriptures. Note that I didn't say we learn through all examples in the Bible because some examples are ungodly and we don't learn to follow those. But our practices in life and godliness (2 Pt 1:3) are learned through the good examples we see in the Bible. We see the living, praying, talking, worshiping, evangelizing examples of people like Jesus, Paul, Peter, Timothy, Titus and others. An "approved" example is one that is clearly acceptable to God. In Galatians 2 we don't follow the example of Peter and Barnabbas who have become prejudiced against the Gentile Brothers. But we do follow the example of Paul who confronted and rebuked Peter to his face for the error. We learn the very best by seeing the good example in others.
[3] Studying the Bible, we learn through the necessary INFERENCES we find in the New Testament. What is an "inference"? When God, a person in authority, gives instruction whether explicitly or implicitly, then the things we "necessarily" conclude from the instructions are called "necessary INFERENCES": they are the reasonable conclusions are part of the instruction.
My Bro. Doug Post offered the following examples of necessary INFERENCES and if you follow along with them, you will understand the simplicity of the principle and you will see how you use this all of the time in your own life.
Paul explicitly teaches implication. "If He ascended on high then what does it mean but that He also first descend ..." (Eph.4:9) For the Lord Jesus to ascend on high to the throne, He must have descended. That's implied and and therefore we necessarily INFER it.
"When God said to build the ark out of gopher wood, that implied no other wood." The person of faith, like a Noah, understands that God said the specific type of wood for a reason, regardless if you understand the reason, and so you respect that, conclude that God does not want you bringing a tractor trailer load of pine. You INFER God doesn't want oak or walnut.
"When God said (to Noah, DM) build an ark, that implied not for him to build a house." The specificity of the command "necessarily" excludes other types of structures. Noah's son could ask, "Pa, did God say we couldn't build a house?" Noah would say, "He said 'build a boat', and I conclude God doesn't want a house."
"When Jesus said wait in Jerusalem, that implied no where else." Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come. Jerusalem was the place the church would begin. Today I have let people know we are meeting at Starbucks at 9 for a study. You may INFER from that that I won't be at the library at 9.
"When God says singing and playing your heart to the Lord, that implies no other instrument but the heart is to be played." You might wish to know what 'instrument' you might play before the Lord. Ephesians 5:19 says the heart is the only instrument and God IMPLIES no other. Many people use musical instruments in their worship to God, but they did not conclude those were acceptable based on what God said.
There has always been disrespect for God's authority. Nadab and Abihu showed it. King Saul showed it. David's census showed it. Moses' striking the rock showed it. These all erred when they did not follow God's implicit instructions.
But many people treat God as if He were the next door neighbor is just giving suggestions. Because the neighbor has no authority, you can choose to follow him or not.
But what if the neighbor is Jesus? If Jesus says (not being irreverent here either), "the property values are coming down because your house is unkempt." Taking a look around you see the peeling paint and the weeds in the grass and decide to do something about it. It's clear what He means and you know what you must do.
What the next door neighbor implies you must do is only a suggestion. But when God Almighty, who says you will be judged on whether you did His will, says His will implicitly, then your ears perk up and you start painting and weeding the yard. Show some respect to God! I say this in love. Dan

Friday, March 06, 2015


A lot of people confuse the church's role and purpose. Doug Post has it right when he says, "We give but the church is not a lending institution. We provide emergency assistance but the church is not a hospital. We feed the poor, but the church is not a soup kitchen. We clothe people, but the church is not a thrift store. ALL of this, however, is to be done in conjunction with teaching the gospel."
"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force." - Mt 11:11
Let's not forget that Jesus is head over His body. People who want a country club should join their local country club. People who want a civic organization should join a civic organization. The church is a spiritual and it's number one priority is the spiritual. 

The Lord Jesus warned that men would try to force their ways into the church and wrest control of it for their own devices. Don't let them! Spread the Gospel and convert souls to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Build up the church and shine the light of Truth for all to see.  And worship God in spirit and truth. 


Someone said, "A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning". I would say it is a story from real life that has a spiritual meaning.
Jesus often spoke in parables. And often times Jesus found it necessary to explain the parables. Jesus' own disciples asked Him why he spoke to the people in parables? Jesus gave his answer in Mt 13:10-17 which I will sum up as meaning, He did it to teach truth to seekers and to weed out those who aren't.
If we aren't willing to try a little harder to understand the Scriptures (for example, did you look up that Matthew passage I referenced above to see if my summation correct), then we are going to miss the message. Don't miss the message.
Parables are filled with beautiful messages. And Jesus spoke them for us to learn important things. If we glaze over with the parables, we pass up the chance for spiritual growth. Read the Bible and then study the Bible. God has a beautiful message just for you. Sincerely yours, Dan


John the Baptist preached for people to repent for the kingdom of HEAVEN was at hand, Mt 3:2. The Gospel of Mark says John the Baptist was preaching about the kingdom of GOD, Mk 1:15. In other words, the terms are interchangeable. Matthew nearly always calls it kingdom of HEAVEN. Mark on the other hand, in 20 or so places refers to the same kingdom as the kingdom of GOD (e.g., compare the parables in Matthew 13 and Mark 4).
John said the kingdom was at hand and so people were repenting, getting baptized, and were being primed for the soon to come kingdom. John was never in the kingdom because it came after his death (Mk 9:1 shows that the kingdom was still to come when John was already dead). Jesus said John was great, but that the least in the kingdom of heaven would be greater than John, Mt 11:11.
"Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." - Jn 18:36
Acts 2 shows that Jesus ascended to heaven to the right hand of God to be seated on the throne of David, Acts 2. He was killed "king of the Jews". Pilate answered correctly, "so you are a king." But Jesus said that His kingdom is "not of this world", meaning the kingdom was spiritual in nature. Because the "kingdom of heaven is in you", Hearing about the resurrected and reigning Christ, Luke says the people were pricked in their hearts. They were told to repent and be baptized and they would be forgiven. On the same day about 3,000 souls received the words and got baptized. We conclude that they were added to the kingdom.
This Kingdom was part and parcel to the Good News of the Gospel of Christ. Matthew says they went about preaching the good news of the kingdom, Mt 9:35; 24:14. This is similar to the preaching we find by Philip in Acts which says, "But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike." Acts 8:12. If you have heard the true Gospel of Christ, then you have heard the good news of His Kingdom.
"He delivered us out of the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son" - Col 1:13.
If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, then you have submitted to "the King of kings, and the Lord of lords" (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, and Revelation 19:16). If you have heard the Gospel of the kingdom of God and have been baptized (Acts 8:12), then you are in His kingdom.
"He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen." - Rev 1:5; cf Rev 5:10.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

UNITY IN MARRIAGE, by Dan Mayfield

"Be diligent to preserve the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace", said Paul, Eph. 4:3. This is true for the church, but it is imperative for the home. "A house divided against itself cannot stand.", Mk 3:25. Divided homes will not stand. And divided homes cannot possibly imprint the right message on children.

A child in a united home will see peace without conflict in the most important areas of faith and values. A divided home will send a different message to the children. Children in a divided home look at daddy saying one thing and they look at mommy saying the opposite. What is the child to do? The child must choose sides OR the child must say Truth is relevant and both "truths" are acceptable. This is the implicit message the parents have sent to the child. 

So parents, work out your divisions. Become united. If you are right in the Truth, then do not sleep or rest until the differences have been worked out. The souls of children are in the balance. The church needs unity in the home because the church is the home magnified. Divided homes make for divided churches and they simply will not stand.

This is God's wisdom and I pray you will see it. If you have a divided home, make uniting it your priority. Speak the truth in love. Sincerely yours.

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