SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

THE DUMBING!

By: Arne Kohl

Whether you would call it the dumbing*, or the numbing of people who call themselves Christians, denominationalism has been quite successful in spreading error in the Christian world. Fewer and fewer people are knowledgeable concerning what the Bible has to say choosing instead to believe in an easy religion devoid of any responsibility on their part. Many even though they claim to believe in the Bible and that it is the word of God when confronted with scripture contrary to what they have been taught by man chose to say they don't believe it.

In a recent letter to the editor which was published in the ‘ Arizona Republic', a writer stated that he did not condone the execution of abortionist George Tiller. He further wrote “His soul must now stand before the Righteous Judge, the Avenger of all helpless little ones.” Shortly after that another reader's letter to the editor was published. This writer took issue with what the first writer said and I quote, “I feel you have created a god in your own image, not the other way around. A god that is vengeful and vindictive. You use your god as a tool to satisfy your disdain for law you disagree with. My god will forgive you.”

God is very forgiving and in the Bible we read, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); but why do so many think they won't be held accountable for their actions on this earth?

God made laws for us to live by. Even if the laws of the land say it is alright to do something, that doesn't mean it is right when it violates what God has said. In the book of Daniel we read that on more than one occasion Daniel had to contend with earthly laws which were established that violated the law of God. Did Daniel ever say God will forgive me for violating His law and following the law of King Darius? (Daniel 6:1-28) No, Daniel understood that God is in control and is to be obeyed.

In Matthew 13 , Jesus explains the parable of the tares to His Disciples and He says:

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 “He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Straight from the mouth of our Loving God the Lord Jesus Christ, there will be punishment for practicing lawlessness. Now I'm sure the person that claimed God wouldn't punish this abortionist would claim that he hadn't been practicing lawlessness because the law of the land allows abortions. The laws of our land also don't prosecute fornication and adultery however the Lord says;

20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
      And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
      
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
      And He ponders all his paths.
      
22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
      And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
(Proverbs 5:20-22)

He is caught in the cords of his sins. Sin as we know is the violation of God's law. This passage tells us that fornication is sin. Just because the laws of our land allow it does not mean that those who claim to be children of God, or anyone else should practice it. Sin has its consequence and that consequence is punishment.

Many quote Romans 6:23 (For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ) , but few are willing to read or follow the rest of what Romans 6 has to say. Why? Because Romans 6:23 is the easy part. The rest of the chapter tells us not to live in sin.

In John 14 Jesus says;

23 “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.”

The Bible tells us about God, about His laws, His ways, and His love. Rewards and consequences are spoken of and we can't just pick out the parts of God's word that we like and be in fellowship with Him.

Arne Kohl

*Dumbing is a word I coined to describe growing Bible illiteracy through the teachings of those who would twist the word of God to promote their own standards or objectives.

A Note from the Editor: Arne is an elder at the North West Church of Christ in Phoenix, AZ. There web-site can be viewed at: http://www.northwestvalleycoc.org/