September 18, 2016

Romans Chapter 6 – Ron Boatwright

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The vast majority of the denominational world says baptism is not necessary for the forgiveness of sins and to be saved. But let’s see what the Bible says, particularly Romans chapter 6. Romans 6:3-6 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”

The only way the Bible says for one to get into Christ is to be “baptized into Christ”. Before baptism one is outside of Christ, and this is where Satan wants to keep people. There is no entrance into Christ and the benefits of His death prior to being baptized into Christ and into His death. Why should one be in Christ? Ephesians 1:3 says that God, “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ”. If every spiritual blessing that God has is located in Christ, then there are no spiritual blessings for those who are outside of Christ.

When one is raised up out of the watery grave of baptism, it is then that the “walk in newness of life” begins (Romans 6:4), not before. Romans 6:6 says that it is in baptism, “that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin”. Before baptism one is still an old man of sin, who is a slave to sin. When one is baptized into Christ, “he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If one is still outside of Christ, he is still an old sinful creature and without any hope.

Romans 6:5 KJV says that in baptism”, “we have been planted together in the likeness of His death”. It is in baptism that we die to sin. Before baptism one has every sin he has ever committed. But when one comes up out of the watery grave of baptism, he is no longer a slave to sin. All of his past sins have been forgiven. A burial implies a death. Baptism is the death and burial of one who has died to sin. Just as death and a burial separates one from his physical life, so being buried by baptism into the death of Christ, separates one from sin. Romans 6:7-8 says, “For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him”. When we died with Christ in baptism, then we were freed from sin, not before. And if we died with Christ in baptism, we will live with Him eternally in Heaven.

Romans 6:17-18 KJV says they had “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine, which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin”. When they “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine”, they “were baptized into His (Christ’s) death”…”were buried with Him (Christ) through baptism”, and were raised up to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4). It is when we obey this form of doctrine, that is a form of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, that we are made free from sin.

If one does not believe what God’s word says we must do to be saved, then there is no hope of salvation for him. The denominational world says baptism is not essential to salvation, but God’s word says it is. Anything that is more than, less than, or different from what God says in the Bible is false doctrine which is designed by Satan to deceive man and cause him to be eternally lost.

 

 

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September 11, 2016

What “Everybody” Knows About Instrumental Music in Worship

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What “Everybody” Knows About Instrumental Music In Worship

By Don R. Patton

By Don R. Patton

The mere suggestion that the vibrant, thrilling tones from a huge church organ could be displeasing to God, seems bizarre to many in the United States today. Impressive trumpets, snare drums and electric guitars are expected in contemporary worship. “Yeah, we know about those fanatical, legalistic nuts who refuse to participate, but everybody knows they’re crazy.”

We seem inconsistently unimpressed with estimates of contrasting opinions (including Greek and Russian Orthodox, Coptic, etc.) in other countries around the world, that show the majority of those who consider themselves Christians oppose instrumental music in worship. (“Everybody” is not always persuasive.)

American attitudes are not unexpected in view of our continual inundation with encouragement to “chose your own choice,” and “have it your way.” That idea that God is the object of our worship seems to be lost in the sea of self-esteem so popular today. (Contrast Matthew 16:24.) The fact that our Creator is the one to be pleased, seems to have been forgotten.

Jesus successfully taught the Samaritan woman about societally acceptable but Divinely unacceptable worship.

“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “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. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:22-24)

Instrumental music was commanded under the Law of Moses which was given exclusively to the Jews (as was the burning of incense and offering of roasted lamb). While some today would find these practices pleasing, we serve under the Law of Christ which does not authorize these Mosaic rituals.

If part of the above paragraph seems right, but part does not, you should be able to perceive the obvious inconsistency in modern worship practices, the result of following “everybody’s” self choice rather than the authority of Christ.

I find it interesting that secular history inadvertently reveals discordant facts that demonstrate there was a time when Christians understood these principles. Consider what even Wikipedia acknowledges about the word “A Cappella.”

“A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella is Italian for like in the chapel (music); the term is due to restrictions on the use of instruments in medieval churches. … A cappella music was and is often used in church music. A Gregorian chant is an example of a cappella singing, as is the majority of sacred vocal music from the Renaissance.”

Another interesting insight is unintentionally admitted by a recent secular journal, commenting on the eccentricities of the reformer who determined to “speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent.”

The Zwingli You Never Knew

As a youth Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531), leader of the Swiss Reformation, learned violin, harp, flute, dulcimer, hunting horn and lute. He amused children from his congregation by playing the lute for them, and enemies called him “that evangelical lute-player and fifer.” Yet he opposed instrumental music in worship (as well as choral music and chanting) and presided over breaking up the great organ in his church in Zurich. Open to congregational singing, he wrote at least three hymns.

Christian History, Issue 118 (January, 2016) – Inside Front Cover

Isn’t that interesting. Not everybody bows to the pressures of “everybody.”

 

 

 

September 4, 2016

God Knows Best – Jason Longstreth

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Over the years, I have been amazed how often I have read reports and scientific studies that have concluded exactly what God tells us in his word.

Not too many years ago, I remember reading about how an extremely intensive (and expensive) study concluded that there were, in fact, significant differences between men and women. I also remember wondering who decided that they needed to do such a study and why didn’t they just believe what God has always told us about the sexes and gender roles?

Some time later, I ran across two additional studies that made me think the same or similar thoughts. The first of those was entitled, “Can’t Buy Me Love: Study Shows Materialistic Couples Have More Money and More Problems.” It was published in Science Daily and was based on a study in which 1,734 American couples were surveyed from various regions within the country and were asked how much they value “having money and lots of things.” The researchers found that those couples who said money was not important to them scored about 10 to 15 percent higher in marital stability and relationship quality. On the other hand, couples where both individuals reported being materialistic or having a strong love of money, while they had a tendency to be slightly better off financially, also had far more conflict in their relationship. Although this study measured materialism only on the basis of one’s self-reporting (in other words, the individuals had to report themselves as being materialistic-and we know that many people deceive themselves), the results were remarkably consistent. Even though the authors of the report were very surprised by their findings, it is not shocking to those who have read the Scriptures.

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (I Timothy 6:9-10).

This passage clearly describes the dangers that come with materialism. Consider also what the Lord said in Luke 12:15,

“Then He said to them, ‘Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.'”

And who can forget what the Lord also said in Luke 18:25,

“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

At the very least, these passages sound a warning against materialism or the love of money. Those who place their emphasis on riches are not only less happy than those who do not, they run a very serious risk of losing their souls.

The second study I saw was actually an older study, conducted by the University of Denver and originally published in July of 2009. The opening statement in the study stated that, “researchers find that couples who live together before they are engaged have a higher chance of getting divorced than those who wait until they are married to live together.” In addition, those couples who lived together before marriage reported a lower satisfaction in their marriages. While this study may not be ground-breaking, it confirms once again that God knows what is best for mankind and that God’s way is better than man’s way. Over the years, many have defended cohabitating before marriage as a “wise” decision so that they can “test” the relationship before “jumping into” marriage. However, they were really sabotaging their best hope for a happy marriage and a relationship that would be pleasing to God.

When will man learn that God knows best? How many times must we repeat Proverbs 14:12,

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”?

Or Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.'”?

Can’t we just accept that fact that we need to listen to God?