Articles Tagged with: bible


September 30th, 2015 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

Zechariah was a prophet in the Old Testament. He heard the Lord tell him to tell the Jewish nation to, “Return to me.” They had drifted away from God on and off from the time they settled in the Promised Land. They had wondered so far from God that he was pleading for them to return to them.

Today we are drifting about as far as we can go away from God. Christians are being ridiculed while those who practice lewd practices are being praised. Our president is even telling gays to stand up for their rights and fight to keep them. Where has God gone?

God has not gone anyplace. He’s still with those who believe and do His Will. Our job is to teach those who are in sin. We cannot exclude anyone whether the color of their skin or their actions. We do not condone what other people do, but try to instruct them in the way that is right. It seems so many people are making their own laws and forgetting the love and teaching of the Bible.

The Bible teaches that homosexuality is wrong, Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Lev. 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” Romans 1:26,27, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Many people do not believe there is a God. If you believe in God, you are ridiculed because the scientists seem to know everything. If we trace back in the Bible, we know the earth is around 6,000 years old, not millions. We must accept what the Bible says and not what man says. God is in control. He made the earth. God made the stars in the sky and he made man. This is what Christians believe.

What do you believe, man or the Bible? We need to return to God.


September 14th, 2015 | By admin

by Wes McAdams


I have boycotted businesses in the past. I have said, “Since this company supports X, Y, and Z I’m not going to give my money to this company and I’m going to try to dissuade my friends and family from supporting them as well.” Many Christians believe we are morally obligated to boycott businesses that “support sin,” but are we really? Here are a few things to consider.


1. Let Your Conscience Restrain You

Let’s say, for instance, a company announces that 10% of its sales are going to support a LGBT organization. When you hear this, you are completely distraught because it is one of your favorite stores. “Will I be supporting the gay agenda if I buy things from this store,” you ask yourself. Or you might wonder, “Will I be sending a message to my friends and family that I support homosexual lifestyles by continuing to shop at this store?” This can be a real crisis of conscience.

In this case, the Scripture is clear. We must let our conscience restrain us. If you cannot do something with a clear conscience, then you shouldn’t do it all. If you think, “Well, I really don’t think I should support this company, but I love shopping there,” then you are actually sinning by shopping there.

“But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats [or shops], because the eating [or shopping] is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

If you cannot do something by faith – knowing it is a good and right thing to do – then you shouldn’t do it all. Every step a Christian takes should be by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

2. Buying Goods and Services

Certainly we can buy things from a business because we like what that business stands for and we want to support them. If a brother or sister in Christ opened a coffee shop, even if the coffee was not the best, I would be more likely to buy my coffee from them than from Starbucks because I would rather support my brethren.

However, just because we buy goods and services from a particular business does not necessarily imply that we support everything that company does, sells, or supports. It most often just means they offer the best goods and services for the money. If I buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the only thing I’m saying is, “I would like a cup of coffee,” not, “I agree with everything the company does, sells or supports.”

In case you’re wondering, there is clear biblical support for this.

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10).

Paul says, you are not obligated to cut off your association with sinful people in the world; only “with anyone who bears the name of brother” who persists in these types of sins (1 Corinthians 5:11). For one reason, as Paul said, “you would need to go out of the world” in order to disassociate with all sinful people.

How in the world (no pun intended) could you possibly buy anything from any business if by giving them money you were supporting their sins? Are you supporting drunkenness if you buy gasoline from a gas station that sells beer? Of course not! If you were, you’d have to drill for your own oil, because I don’t know any gas station that doesn’t sell beer. But if you drilled for your own oil, from where would you buy the oil drilling equipment, or the refining equipment, without supporting a company which supports something immoral?

Do you see the corner we back ourselves into with this line of reasoning? It is simply not a biblical position to say Christians can have no association with worldly businesses, “since then you would need to go out of the world.”

3. Disciplining Immorality

Sometimes I think we want to punish and discipline businesses. When we find out a company “supports sin,” we often want to discipline them by rallying opposition against them. “Fine,” we say, “if that’s how they’re going to use the money I give them, then I’m going to tell everyone I know not to support them.” You certainly have the right to do that. And if you rally enough opposition, they very well might feel the sting.

However, let’s remember that it is NOT our responsibility to discipline those in the world. When our brothers and sisters in Christ are in sin, we have the responsibility to discipline them, but not those in the world. Continuing in the context of 1 Corinthians 5, Paul writes:

“What have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

That’s not to say that we don’t “judge” that their actions are wrong. Certainly we do. That’s discernment. But we don’t act as their disciplinarians. Don’t be surprised that the world is worldly and don’t think you’re obligated to discipline them. You’re not.

4. Crusaders for Good

We want to do good. We want to save the world. We see immorality all around us and it bothers us. It should bother us. But let’s remember that Jesus didn’t send His apostles out to boycott businesses, but to preach the Gospel and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).

We will not save the world by simply withholding our money from certain businesses. We will not save the world by telling our friends and family not to shop at a certain store. We will not save the world by posting on social media how horrible a business is. Those things are NOT the “good fight.” You can certainly do those things if you want, but in order for us to make a real difference we must be about the business of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

When people become Christians, THEN we can expect them to act like Christians.

I love you and God loves you,

This post was taken from www.radicallychristian.com


June 29th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    The text reads: “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you” (NASV). The ESV reads: “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” The NIV has: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” And the NKJV reads: “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.”

    Yield. Agree with. Submit to. Acquaint yourself with. The verb (skn) means “to be of use.” If you will look back up at verse 2, Eliphaz says, “Can a vigorous man be of use to God, or a wise man be useful to himself?” Both those words – “of use” and “useful” are the same word as this verb.

    So, the idea is to be of use to God but the meaning of the verb carries the idea of being acquainted with God intimately or personally so that you know how or what you can do to be of use to God.

    Thus, our purpose here is to discuss what it means to “know God” personally as Eliphaz here challenges Job.


    Getting to know God personally involves changing our character. If we know God personally, then that knowledge will form our character and our personality to be like Christ (Rom. 12:2).

    We also change our environment when we know God personally. By that, I mean that we will obey Christ which will move us out of the kingdom of Satan and into the kingdom of God’s Son (Colossians 1:13). This process of changing our environment once we know God personally means that we are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).


    We can know God. We can know God personally. Jesus tells us it is possible to know God by having a relationship with Jesus, John 14:1-9. Jesus says in John 8:19: “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

    John further states in 1 John 2:3 that we know that we know if if we keep His commandments.

    To know God personally is our highest and greatest privilege as well as responsibility. Take a look at Philippians 3:8-11.


    When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then we have peace with God – Romans 5:1. Paul says later in Romans 8:1 that we are no longer under the condemnation brought about by the law of sin and death.

    This relationship with Christ is not just removing a badrelationship between us and God. It is also creating a new relationship. We have moved from being enemies of God to being friends with God.


Looking back at our text, Eliphaz tells that if Job will “yield now and be at peace with God; then good will come to him.”

    Job was also blessed by God with ten children and twice as many livestock, and to live 140 years and see his great-great grandchildren born. He died, an old man and “full of days,” a reference that usually means living a full and happy life (Job 42:12-15).

    The “good” that comes in our day, because of our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, is richer, fuller, and deeper (Phil. 4:13, 19; Romans 8:28).

    Know God personally. Peace and good will result.

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