Corinth Baptist Church

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

Month: October 2018

A New Right

 

  Have you noticed that right and wrong have been continually redefined in recent years? Americans have become adherents to relativism, a new paradigm that claims right and wrong can be defined by each individual for himself. As a result, we, as a nation, have succumbed to the sociopolitical ambitions of masses without morals.

  Things that used to be wholesome are now called perverted. e.g. The man and woman who embrace the “traditional family” are considered sexists. At the same time, those who have engaged in sexual perversion would have us believe that their amorality (i.e. without morals) is the new morality. Same sex marriage is now legal and the “next step” has already been postulated: marrying children, animals, or even one’s self. Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is viewed as normal; lying is considered a periodic necessity; smoking marijuana has been deemed an acceptable “recreation,” etc. And America has bought into the lie that anything legal, or even overlooked, must also be deemed right. How foolish we have become. …how Godless.

  Many of us realize that to debate the existence of God is irrational. We know that, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Ps. 14:1).”  We also have discovered that the Bible is unquestionably the Word of God. We understand that God alone defines right and wrong, and that He has much to say about the issues of life:


“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (Mark 7:21).”

 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22).”

“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour… (Ephesians 4:25).”

Let Go, …And Let God!

  Did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurred to God?  Thatʼs right, contrary to a popular false doctrine called Open Theism, God never learns anything, because there is nothing that He does not already know.  The Bible tells us, He “knoweth all things.” (1John 3:20).  We call it omniscience.

  It is also true that God has infinite power, or omnipotence.  He can do “…exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20).  Pretty impressive when you consider the extravagant imaginations that we nurture these days.  For proof of His infinite power, look at His magnificent creation.  He designed this infinitely complex place that we call home. 

  Because of His omniscience and omnipotence, God is able to make this promise:“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).  In light of who He is and what He has promised, would we not do well to commit our lives totally to His care?  But it is not always easy to let go and let God.  We have grown accustomed to being captain of our own fate.  We pride ourselves in being independent and self sufficient.  But how’s that working for you?  …For me, not so well.

  Truth is, we were created to be dependent.  We desperately need what God so lovingly and freely offers.  Interested?  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.  First, you’ll need to establish a personal relationship with Him.  This was made possible by His Son, Jesus Christ, who died, was buried and rose from the grave to afford forgiveness for those who will put their trust in Him. (John 3:16, 3:36).  It really is that simple!  Surrender to Jesus Christ is the path to true victory.  Let Go! …and Let God!

  Once you establish a relationship with God, get into His Word!  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Sloppy Hermeneutics

  On several occasions I have been confronted with so-called Bible doctrines or promises that sounded radically different from anything that I had ever heard.  Red flags immediately began to fly, and I was drawn back to my old resolve to respond as a good Berean.  The Bereans were known for their insatiable desire for biblical truth.  The Bible says that, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11).”

  Life is, for all, a search for truth.  Man has an innate desire to know the answer to such questions as:  Where did I come from?  Where am I going?  Why am I here?  Answers abound, but obviously they cannot all be truth.  If ever there was a need to filter the pious thoughts of man through the eternal, inspired scriptures, ’tis now.

  But to understand the Bible as God intended, we MUST follow proper rules of interpretation (i.e. hermeneutical principles).  Quite often I am amazed at ideas proposed as being “supported” by scriptures that are taken totally out of context, or with no consideration of the historical setting, or without regard to the meanings of words or sentence structure.

  My friend, I know that the Bible has the answer to every question pertaining to life and living.  Interpreted in its literal, historical, contextual sense, the eternal truths fit together to form a wonderful view of the “Big Picture,” as it has been revealed by God.  Get in the Book; read large portions at a time;  consider the historical and grammatical context; take the words at face value without trying to spiritualize their meaning.  I’m sure that as you commit yourself to diligent study, God will give you understanding, and you will discover the joy of knowing the God of the Book.  If we can help you in your search for TRUTH, we would be delighted to hear from you.  God Bless!

Living Above The Circumstances

  We’ve all heard it said, “I’m doing alright under the circumstances.”  But why should you live under the circumstances, especially if you are a Christian?  Living above the circumstances is possible; it’s all about attitude and perspective.

  James Calvert (1813-1892), missionary to the cannibals on the Fiji Islands, was approached by the captain of his ship.  The captain said, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.”   Calvert answered, “We died before we came.” (attitude)

  A young shoe salesmen in Africa wrote to inform his family, “Coming home, nobody wears shoes here.”  At the same time, another, in the next village, wrote, “This is great, everybody needs shoes here.”  (perspective)

  In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul reveals his attitude and perspective of others.  He wrote, I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. (Romans 1:14).”  Paul viewed himself as a debtor to everyone because he had the gospel and they did not.  He had a moral obligation to share it with all.

  Secondly, the great apostle’s attitude and perspective of himself is stated in the next verse, “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. (v.15)  The Greek word translated ready means, willing.  Paul was willing to be used of the Lord for the work of the ministry.

  Finally, we see that Paul had the right attitude and perspective of the Gospel.  He said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (v.16).”

  Would you like to live above the circumstances of life?  It is as simple as adjusting your attitude and perspective.  For starters, you will need to consider how you feel about others, yourself, and the gospel.

What’s Wrong With America?

  This is a mid-term election year and as we have heard, this country is in dire straits because of what “they” have done.  They,” of course, is the other party, the one to which you do not belong.  Their officers and candidates are certainly to blame for the state of the union –– at least this is the opinion of those who sit behind microphones or journalist’s keyboards.

  Interestingly, God has also defined the problems here in America, and how they can be solved.  You’ll notice that He didn’t read the newspaper or listen to the talk show hosts, because His opinion of things stands in stark contrast to theirs.

  The problem with America is a problem with her people.  The prophet Isaiah wrote, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6).”   The apostle Paul enumerates: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like… (Galatians 5:19-21a).”  America is in a mess because her people are in a mess, …a sinful mess.

  It’s a fact, no one will be able to govern a godless people.  So the answer is not in the political dogma of any party, but in the person of Jesus Christ, who alone can save us from our sinful selves.  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).”  “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).” 

  No, America will not be delivered in an election, but one precious soul at a time.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).”