Corinth Baptist Church

Jesus said, "...I am the Light of the World. (John 8:12)"

Month: October 2017

Designer

“Look, there’s Mount Katahdin.”  No, that’s Mount Coe, Katahdin is 5.5 miles to the southeast.”  “You need to brush up on your geography a bit.”  “I aced geography; maybe you would like to borrow my notes on the mountains of Maine.”

Now both of these men could be wrong, but both cannot be right.  The mountain that they see could be Katahdin or it could be Coe, or it could be neither, but it is not both.  Their positions are mutually exclusive.  If either is right, the other must be wrong.

And so it is with the many religions of the world.  If one world view is right, all others must be wrong.  World views are mutually exclusive.  For example, if Biblical Creationism correctly explains where we came from and where we are going, then the Theory of Evolution is nothing more than imaginative misinformation, or vice-versa.  Since nobody was there to observe the beginning, both positions require faith and in spite of what some pseudo scientist might say, both are tenets of religious world views.

One thing is certain, the observable laws of the universe require that there was a beginning.  So, the question is, did nothing create everything, or is their an omnipotent designer who is responsible for this great design?

The Bible says, The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God… (Psalm 14:1).  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20).

Someone might say, “If only this supposed creator could be known.”  Good News!  He can be known!  The Bible tells us that He will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:4).  How can the creationists be so sure?  It’s because they know the Creator God personally, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

Fearing God

The Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)”  Do you fear God?  

King Solomon, undoubtedly the wisest man who ever lived, afforded himself all of the pleasures his heart could desire, only to conclude, “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 12:8).”  And then he shared his life’s most valuable lesson, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13).”

So, the concept of fearing God is certainly taught in the scriptures, but it seems to have evolved over the years.  It is common in our day to hear preachers say that fear, when used with respect to God, should always be understood as reverence toward God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

It is spiritually unhealthy to forget that our God hates sin.  To those who know Him well He cautions, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6).”  And to the unbeliever He gives notice, “…he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36).”  Obviously God takes our sin seriously, …maybe we should too.

Perhaps you have heard that in His great love God has provided an escape from the eternal consequences of sin.  The death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ has satisfied the requirements of God’s justice for everyone who will receive His forgiveness by faith.  You have a choice: Live in your sin to enjoy its pleasures for a season, or be saved from it.

God hates sin and what it has done to His creation.  Because you and I are sinners, maybe we should heed the words of the Psalmist, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… (Psalm 111:10).” 

Why?

  We are just days removed from the shooting in Los Vegas that uselessly and shamefully took the lives of 59 people and injured 500 more.  Our hearts grieve with the families of the victims.  Many are asking, “Why do crimes like these continue to happen, and happen more frequently?”  Of course ideas abound, from lax gun laws to a lack of psychological counseling.  But there was a day when we had neither, and crimes of this nature were almost unheard of, at least in America.  Common sense suggests that we take a look at what has changed in the intervening era.

  Perhaps the most notable change in these passing years has been our bent on getting God and “religion” out of the hearts and minds of the cascading generations.  The premise for such a change has been the misconstrued and  misrepresented first amendment, which has been foolishly defined as “Separation of Church and State.”  These brief paragraphs are not sufficient to explain, but let it suffice to say that our founding fathers had something drastically different in mind.  They knew that a nation without God would soon cease to be a nation.

  Secondly, there was a day when even those who professed no faith in God were respectful of the principles of right and wrong found in His Word.  In our day, children and adults find murder, carnage and immorality entertaining.  Video games, movies, and other media bombard the moral gates of society.  Our unrestrained appetites of the flesh gorge themselves.  Shooting innocent people in real life is simply living out the fantasy that is composed in the minds of the godless.

  When Israel of old had strayed from God and were declining, God told them, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chronicles 7:14).”

What’s Happening To America?

  Our forefathers fought and died to deliver a free republic into the hands of their posterity.  Though some of them called themselves Christians and others did not, they agreed among themselves concerning the necessity of biblical principles upon which a nation could be founded and sustained.   History, when it is presented accurately, bears out the fact that these biblical principles were deeply rooted in the hearts of our early statesmen.  They often consulted the Bible in weaving the fabric of America.

  It was the stated desire of the first patriots that these principles be maintained by each succeeding generation.  But rather than maintain them, we have allowed them to be reinterpreted for us by men with corrupt minds, so that the principles, and our unity, have vastly faded.   I am confident that the signers of our constitution and those who ratified our bill of rights, did not wish to protect those with corrupt minds who by greed would undermine the very principles upon which our republic stands.

  Though examples abound, let it suffice to name these few:  The first amendment was intended to free the hands of the people and loosen their tongues so that they might freely promote new ideas or express grievances with government, neighboring states or fellow citizens.  The intent was never to protect those who, with debauched minds, would pollute the morals of masses with pornography.  There was no desire among the founders to shield those who would desecrate our flag.  They did not mandate a removal of all traces of scripture from the public eye.  Our founding fathers would have noticed the word “illegal” in the phrase “illegal immigrants,”  etc.

  Have you read the textbook that was so dear to the architects of America?  They agreed that the Word of God contains critical elements for building and sustaining a nation.  Many of our forefathers also vouched for the fact that God can be known.  Do you know Him yet?  Let’s read the Book!

Anticipation

  When I was growing up, our family tradition was to occasionally give gifts to one another (i.e. birthdays, holidays, etc).  As a child, I considered it my mission to find my gift before it was wrapped.  I didn’t necessarily find out what it was, but I knew where it was, how large the bag was, etc.

  Sometimes of course… the shape was a dead give away, or perhaps the top of the bag was open and facing the wrong direction to conceal its contents.  There were those occasions when the light was wrong and I accidentally caught a glimpse of the item through the thin paper.

  Once the discovery was made, I would go back several times to check on my gifts before they were moved from their hiding place and wrapped.  During the day, at school and at home, I would think of the wonderful treasures awaiting me.  The anticipation was similar in taste to the full joy of that special day when I could have and hold all that was intended for me.

  On a grander scale, God has afforded both temporal and eternal treasures for those who are willing to receive them.  “…an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, (1Peter 1:4).”  Knowing God personally today and becoming heir to these treasures is made possible by faith.  Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sin and reconcile us to God.  Those who trust Him for forgiveness, are called the sons and daughters of God.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: (John 1:12).”

  Dear friend, it is my prayer that you establish a relationship with our Heavenly Father right now, and find great joy in ANTICIPATION of all that God has intended for you.

  Please feel free to call if you have questions or a desire to know more.