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The Tyranny of Conscience

Blaming a Boy

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” (I Timothy I:17-20)

The problem here has to do with an absence of faith rather than conscience.

And it is a common problem that sincere believers must face. Some more than others.

For a good portion of my young Christian life, I was afflicted by a kind of hyper conscience over a great many things. And on a couple of occasions, it almost destroyed me. 

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“Partnerships” in Jesus’ Name

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I’ve been listening to this language of “partnering” coming from the leadership of my church. Which is the same rhetoric coming from a wide assortment of popular Christian leaders.

By “partnering”, they mean joining together with other organizations to accomplish some good thingin Jesus’ name.

These good things might range from working with local homeless shelters, food banks, addiction ministries, helping the poor, helping abused women, feeding starving children, or even joining with national or international groups providing aid to impoverished countries; or maybe just standing along-side some activist group trying to affect social or political change – once again, in Jesus’ name.

A common justification for this joint participation is that the organization we are partnering with is supposedly a “Christian” ministry that is doing “great good”. Which could, supposedly, do even greater good if more churches would join in their work.

However, does the Bible actually have anything to say about How we are to minister to others? Or with Whom we are to partner? Or Not to partner?

Has the Lord given us any clear guidelines or limitations for us to follow?

Or does our desire to help and to be good humanitarians take precedence over all other concerns?

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How Can a Man Be Right with God?

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The world is filled with people pursuing salvation by every means conceivable.

Some try to follow the Law of Moses to find forgiveness and to be cleansed from their sins.

Others think that various church activities, rituals, baptism, confirmation, communion, partaking of the Eucharist, confession of sins, and a host of other “sacraments” can cleanse them from sin and provide assurance of salvation.

But none of these “methods” can save a man.

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Who’s to Blame?

Blaming THE OTHERS

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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Is Your Bible Perfect?

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Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (I Peter 1:20-25)

In earlier posts, we’ve often discussed the doctrine of the Preservation of God’s word – of the specific written words. And we’ve talked about how Inspiration and Preservation are absolutely inseparable.

Because God would not go to all the trouble to divinely breathe out His perfect words to men and then allow those same words to somehow disappear from the earth. Or to suffer corruption in any way. Not leaving them to disappear due to the fallibility of men.

This would consign men to seek for God’s lost truth. Struggling, over the millennia, to locate and piece together some nebulous, vague text; and then, if some supposedly genuine text was found, to arrogantly call it “the Word of God”.

And then demand that men keep and follow every word God has commanded.

That would be a ridiculous thing for anyone to demand. To actually require belief in the inerrancy of such uncertain words. Words that God was supposedly unable to preserve; but which religious scholars were able to recover due to their great wisdom, intellect, and devotion.

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A Time of Revealing

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I’ve been reminiscing this Christmas season. Thinking back on many wonderful memories of Christmases long ago. Thinking about the pure, wholesome, biblical parts of the season that are fading away due to the corrupting influences of our modern culture.

But my heart has been lifted by gazing through volumes of art by NC Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Artists who illustrated many beautiful, heroic, and wonderful things about our early American history.

However, I’m troubled that these things are disappearing with our culture’s rejection of the good things of our past. Along with its increasing hatred for the Puritan ethic of our forefathers.

I’ve watched as good things are corrupted by a culture which chooses to celebrate Christmas as a purely secular holiday – devoid of any biblical foundation.

Choosing instead, to create something that appeals to all people. Without regard for the necessity of exclusive faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. According to the scriptures.

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An Amazing Christmas Gift

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Christmas is a celebration of God’s Revelation of Himself in physical form.

In Creation, we can see His majesty, His eternal power, and His Godhead.

In the Law, we can see God “codifying” His character in written form.

In Jesus Christ, we see the fullest revelation of who God really is.

For in Christ “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)

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Light in the Darkness

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That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.(John 1:9)

This Light is Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that He is the Creator of this world and of all that is in the universe. There is nothing that exists which He did not create. All things were made by Him and for Him.

But, of course, that does not fit in with the thinking of modern secular man. His view is that man is merely an animal. Just a more sophisticated one. With the ability to communicate thru a written language. And possessing self-awareness.

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