Monthly Archives: January 2016

What is Truth?

Man has been in a search of Truth since time began. Some look to science, others to the stars, while others are encouraged to look within themselves for Truth. Some have even given themselves over to a life of solitude in an attempt to find Truth. It was Pilate who asked Jesus in John 18:38, “What is Truth?” Little did Pilate know Truth was standing before him and is closer than anyone realizes in their quest for Truth.

In the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His encounter with Pilate, Jesus’ prayer to The Father in John 17 began, “Father, the hour is come; Glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” As Jesus continued in prayer He revealed the source of all Truth, “Thy Word is Truth” (v 17). The Apostle John begins his book, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1). Just as Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness by distorting the Truth of God’s Word (Matthew 4:1-11), he continues relentlessly seeking opportunities at every turn to keep man confused as to what is Truth and what is the source of all Truth, causing man to wander in the wilderness of this world without hope.

The Truth of God’s Word reveals:

All we like sheep have gone astray  (Isaiah 53:6);

All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God  (Romans 3:23);

All need to call upon the Name of the Lord  (Romans 10:13);

All need to repent of sin  (Acts 17:30);

All need to be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth  (I Timothy 2:3-4);

All need His free gift of Salvation  (Ephesians 2:8);

All need to hide God’s Word in their heart that they might not sin against Him  (Psalm 119:9-11).

In a court of law we are admonished to tell the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. What is Truth? God’s Word is Truth. “For the Law was given by Moses, But grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ,” (John 1:17).

“Jesus answered…

To this end was I born,

and for this cause came I into the world,

That I should bear witness unto the Truth.”

John 18:37

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The Sacrifice of Children

A horrible thing has occurred in the land with the U.S. Supreme Court by a 7-2 ruling in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973 legalized the killing of the unborn child. Since that time over 57 million babies have been denied their Right to Life. The Holocaust claimed the lives of over 17 million people the Third Reich deemed undesirables: Jews, the weak, the infirmed, the mentally handicapped, the deaf, Christians, dissidents, gypsies, including many other groups. A human outcry against the Holocaust has been heard around the world. The cry for the unborn has been but a whimper.

It’s not the first time a people has sacrificed its own children. Those who made the decision to forsake the One True God who had led them into the Promised Land, and opted for worshipping the gods of the Canaanites “caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin,” (Jeremiah 32:35). The Book of Ezekiel reveals the children were slain first before being offered to the idol (Ezekiel 16:21). Ahaz, the king of Judah during the Divided Kingdom Age, “made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the Children of Israel,” (II Kings 16:3). God asks, “Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter?” (Ezekiel 16:20).

The loss of future scientists and doctors, teachers and scholars, mothers and fathers, peacemakers and pastors has changed the potential of a once great nation founded upon the Word of God and His Law. Just as Cain’s brother’s blood cried out to God from the ground, the voice of the blood of millions of unborn cry out to Him today (Genesis 4:10). The LORD has plainly stated in Proverbs 6:16-17, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Himhands that shed innocent blood.” Nothing is more innocent than a child in the womb.

The Law of the LORD

“The LAW of the LORD is Perfect – Converting the Soul:

 The TESTIMONY of the LORD is Sure – Making Wise the Simple. 

 The STATUTES of the LORD are Right – Rejoicing the Heart: 

 The COMMANDMENT of the LORD is Pure – Enlightening the Eyes.

 The FEAR of the LORD is Clean – Enduring For Ever:

 The JUDGMENTS of the LORD are True and Righteous. 

 More to be Desired are THEY than Gold, yea, than Much Fine Gold:

  Sweeter also than Honey and the Honeycomb.

“In Keeping of Them there is Great Reward.”
(Psalm 19:7-11)

“Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD”

The testimonies of fifty priests who sought peace with God only to find it non-existent in the teachings and rituals they performed in the Roman Catholic Church are found in this 346 page book full of the truths of God’s Word and the salvation offered to man in Christ alonFar From Rome Near to Gode, plus or minus nothing. In Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD, edited by Richard Bennett and Martin Buckingham, the priests reveal their years of study of unbiblical dogma, their unbelief while priests in the ability to forgive sin in the confessional booth and on the battlefield, the fallacy of their ability to turn the wafer and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ, the self-flagellation that took place in the monasteries to atone for sin, and much more. Each priest testifies to their lives being transformed by the Word of God once they actually read it and found written such passages as “There is one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” in I Timothy; “By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves” in the Book of Ephesians; and the forbidden Book of Hebrews they were discouraged to read which speaks of Jesus as the High Priest having sacrificed Himself once for all and is now set down at the right hand of the Father making intercession for man, not Mary or “the saints” being intercessors.

Some of the priests entered the priesthood as young as eleven and twelve years of age. Others entered with the intention of finding God and serving Him. After years of studying for the priesthood and years of serving in parishes, colleges, and on mission fields their lives were as empty, hopeless and far from God as when they began. Searching for God on their own outside of the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church, God led each of them to Himself through His Word and changed them into new creations in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). When their old lives passed away and all things became new they each determined they could no longer remain in the Catholic Church teaching and preaching its heresies and false doctrine. Not only did God give them new lives in Christ but new direction in serving Him, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel message in pulpits, on mission fields and in Gospel ministries with the desire of revealing to other Catholics the error of their way by believing in a Pharisaical, man-made system that is contrary to the Word of God.

Being Weighed in the Balance

Many have the mistaken belief that Heaven awaits scalesthose whose good deeds outweigh their bad. They strive, sometimes to exhaustion, attempting to find favor with God by the positive things they do. But Scripture plainly teaches all of man’s righteous works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). King Belshazzar understood the truth of God’s Word one night, albeit too late for him, as a hand wrote upon the wall of his palace.

Belshazzar’s father had been the great King Nebuchadnezzar whom God used to bring His chosen people out of the land of Judea and into captivity in Babylon because of their sin of forsaking Him and worshipping the gods of the Canaanites, which He had clearly forbade (Jeremiah 2). During a great feast to honor a thousand of his nobles, Belshazzar commanded the golden and silver vessels confiscated from the Temple in Jerusalem to be brought to him and his guests to partake of their drinks while praising the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone. “In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall.” The prophet Daniel was called to interpret the handwriting which included God’s words, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” Judgment was being pronounced upon Belshazzar, along with his kingdom, which ended that night with his death and the kingdom being divided between the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5).

The balance man is weighed with is not good deeds versus bad deeds, but against the Person of Jesus Christ. When weighed against Him there is no hope of Heaven for anyone. Only by His Mercy and Grace freely offered by His death on the cross to all who will call upon His Name is Heaven promised (Romans 10:13). He has done all that could be done to bring man into a right relationship with God. There is nothing in man’s hands or on a scale he can bring to Him; only to His Cross can man cling by faith to receive His forgiveness.