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The Words of Life

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He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:9-24)

Abraham’s faith, which is what this verse is discussing, was based upon “that which was spoken“. (vs. 18) This has always been the basis of true faith. Believing what God has spoken.

In our case today, true faith is based upon that which God has written. What He has inspired or breathed out.

True faith is based upon every word of God.

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Who’s to Blame?

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Is man basically good?

Do men sin because they live in a bad environment?

Does our environment cause us to sin?

If a person lived in a perfect environment, would he live a life without sin?

Can the government or good social policies create such a perfect environment?

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To Love in the Truth

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The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth: for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.” (II John 1:1-2)

The Evangelical church is known for its emphasis on “love”. Whatever love may mean.

Emphasizing whatever popular Humanistic and Progressive concepts about love that the Christian academics are feeding the leadership of our local churches. As they call Christians to be activists and socially-engaged Christians.

All in the name of “love. 

And, while that observation may sound cynical, the reality is, there is no real way to define love.

Along with that emphasis on love is a great resistance to place any boundaries or limits on what love actually allows us to do. And not do.

Instead, love has become a kind of excuse that is used whenever there is any argument that involves truth or doctrine.

Love is used as an excuse to shut down any debate or concern over whether we are teaching and believing what the Bible actually says. Whether we are truly following the specific things Jesus actually taught us to believe.

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The Uncertain Evangelical Gospel

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The current shift from faith in truth to faith in ones outward good works is based on a rejection of written truth.

Specifically, on the written words of God.

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The Beginning of Knowledge

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

This verse surprised me.

I’ve read through Proverbs many times in my life. But I’ve always thought it only said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Which it does, in fact, say in Proverbs 9.

But, the fear of the LORD also applies to knowledge. Which touches on a whole different kind of understanding.

And it occurred to me that all the hoopla that men have for the pursuit of science, is based on a false premise.

Which is, that the pursuit of knowledge, or science, is the same as the pursuit of Truth. Truth that encompasses physical reality. Or all that is true about the natural world.

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Who Determines Reality?

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… even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17b)

Every man chooses his reality.

Those of us, who are believers in Christ, find our identify in things which are unseen.

In other words, we live based upon the reality of invisible, spiritual truth.

While the world lives based upon man’s wisdom, popular philosophy, popular culture, or some so-called scientific theory.

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Truth Has Fallen

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And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. ” (Isaiah 59:13-15)

Our nation is founded upon the free flow of truth.

Without the open expression of opinion and debate, we will become a totalitarian system. Such as China or Iran or every other nation that has chosen to control the minds of its people. To limit what they can consider. To limit what they can listen to. Or read. Or discuss openly.

And to limit what they may believe. And not simply in the spoken expression of belief but in their private practice. And in their private communications with one another.

If you can control a person’s mind, and what that mind is exposed to, you can control that person. And a nation of persons.

So, why then, do we think this will not happen to us?

Why do we refuse to see that this is happening to us Right Now?

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Outside the Camp: Conclusion – Accountable in Teaching

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Another important aspect of our solitary walk with Christ is our willingness to be accountable for what we teach and the sources we recommend in our teaching.

This is not something that usually worries those within Evangelicalism. Unless it has to do with warning someone of a legalistic or very strange teacher.

Outside of that, we tend to recommend and quote most anyone in our sermons if that source is popular and if that source is advancing our point.

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Outside the Camp

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Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13)

When the Lord rode into Jerusalem on a colt, about a week before He would go to the cross, the people shouted and praised Him and spread palm branches and clothes in His path. (Matthew 21)

But the Lord knew that this would not last. He knew that He would soon hang on a cross outside the holy city. He would be despised and rejected of men. Cast out from the religious system and the world’s culture.

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