“But It Feels So Right”

Repeatedly I have heard (and previously used) this excuse in various forms to justify sinful actions. Often it comes across with apparent divine sanction: “I know that you don’t like what I am doing, but God has given me a real peace that this is right.” Individuals who say things like this are deceived. Most people do not consider themselves to be gullible, but Scripture makes it clear that we are. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Solomon warns of trusting our own heart in Proverbs 28:26: “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool…”

A sense of inner peace is not a reliable sign of God’s approval. Those desperate to justify their actions are quick to elevate “peace” to such a level that it overrules the clear teaching of Scripture itself. God often does give peace as we do His will, but it is not a conclusive sign because we have deceptive hearts. Continue Reading ““But It Feels So Right””

Have Tongues Ceased?

This is a vexing question. The fact that the miracle of languages at Pentecost has completely ceased with the passing of the Apostles is beyond question. Why then is this prevailing confusion?

The confusion has arisen for this one reason. People try to equate the present day ‘ecstatic’ meaningless gibberish with the miracle languages of Pentecost. These are two entirely different things. The New Testament ‘tongues’ were known, understandable, interpretable languages brought on by the supernatural working of the Holy Ghost. They appeared suddenly, were equally abruptly withdrawn, and never appeared again after the Apostolic era. They come under the category of ‘the signs of an apostle’ (2 Cor. 12:12).

Modern tongues are not languages at all. There are no rules of grammar, or syntax, or vocabulary. They cannot be understood, neither can they be interpreted. They are not exclusive to Christianity, being commonly found in heathen and idolatrous tongues-speaking groups. They are certainly not the work of the Holy Spirit.

Now, we come back to the question: have tongues ceased? Continue Reading “Have Tongues Ceased?”

Is Baptism a Requirement for Salvation?

The most commonly used verse to support this teaching is found in Acts 2:38. In response to Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, the crowd asks “Men and brethren, what shall we do?.” Peter’s response is found in verse 38: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Recently an article in our local paper asserted: 
“The real PLAN of SALVATION is this: Acts 2:38
1. Repent of your sins
2. Get baptized in Jesus’ Name for the remission of sins
3. Receive the Holy Ghost
4. Continue in the Apostle’s doctrine.”

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Applications for Today from Job’s Sufferings

Sometimes the best comfort is your presence not your words. The initial comfort that the presence of Job’s friends brought quickly vanished. When going through a crisis, people need basic care – safety, sustenance, and compassion. It has been said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

We don’t always understand. Job, in spite of serving God faithfully, suffered intensely. Even though his friends desperately tried to point out a cause to Job they failed. His wife offered nothing but despair and suicide as an answer. Job didn’t know why these calamities came. In the end, Job is restored but God never tells him the provocation for his actions. Until the day when God deems it appropriate for our understanding to be enlightened, we walk by faith and not by sight. Continue Reading “Applications for Today from Job’s Sufferings”

Summary of Job

Job is a remarkable book that is appreciated by believers and non-believers alike. It is listed among the great works of ancient literature due to its treatment of human suffering.

Overview of the Book

Job’s Calamities

Job is clearly a remarkable man. Of this, God leaves no doubt: “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). Modern TV evangelists would assume that this man should be healthy, wealthy, and happy. In fact, this is precisely how Job is introduced. Quickly the theme of the book is revealed. Job’s story is not about his prosperity, but his suffering. The key question is not “Will God give those who serve Him everything they want?”, but “Is God worthy of worship regardless of what benefits might be obtained from Him?” Continue Reading “Summary of Job”