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Saturday, July 24, 2010

What are you looking for?

     Recently, I have read books by F.F. Bruce and Ed Wharton pertaining to historical Christianity.  I found them enjoyable and educational.  As always, I get something from these things that most people do not even begin to think about.  These books are filled with historical and scientific facts about Christianity.  While reading, all I kept thinking about is (Pr 11:27 NLT) saying you get what you are looking for.  
     Many people today are saying, "We need a man to rise up and lead this country back to prominence!"  It doesn't matter if you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the state of this country because we are looking for "A MAN."  You get what you are looking for!  We need God not a man.  this country was founded by God fearing men.  Early documents written by those men always included God.  We need a God fearing man.
     Therein lies the problem.  The problem can be summed up in one word.  DIVISION!  The phrase "United we stand, divided we fall" comes to mind.  How can this country elect a God fearing man when men are divided on what God says.  You see, problems don't occur in what God says.  Problems occur in what man says, God says!  Consider then, (Mt 16:15-18) Christ does not mean he will build his church upon Peter.  He is building his church upon what Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Notice also,  Christ does not say I will build my "CHURCHES!"  The word is singular.  He says, "CHURCH!" If the church you attend is not the church in your Bible should you change churches or Bibles?
     How do you look at the Gospel?  Many men call the first four books of the New Testament "The Gospels."  You get what you look for!  Take notice the the word man uses is plural.  That is what man says.  The Bible does not use it in the plural form.  (Various Scriptures)  You see, the first four books of the New Testament are not four Gospels told by four inspired men. Rather, they are one Gospel told by four inspired men.  When we look the Bible the correct way we won't try to put Mark against Luke or Matthew against John.  We will know it is the same thing in four different ways!  We must do what all four says not try to use them against one another.
     Finally, consider your salvation.  Can you just pick a verse from one inspired man's version of the Gospel and say, "This is what the Bible says we must do to be saved."  Rather, it should be said, "This is what the Bible says we must do to be saved."  Look at (Jn 3:16) this verse tells us we must believe to be saved.  TRUE!  Also, (Rom 10:9) this verse says we must confess and believe to be saved.  TRUE!  This does not "contradict" what John says.  Rather it is "building" on what John says.  Again, (Mk 16:16) this verse says we must believe and be baptized to be saved.  TRUE! Do we forget about the confessing with our lips mentioned earlier.  NO!  This is building on what we already learned.  We must take the Bible as a whole and not 66 separate books.
     If we want reformation in this country a man can not do it for us.  We must unite on God's Word elect a man that will apply that Word to his life and this country then can be healed.  A wound must heal from the inside out.  Our country must heal the same way.  We must put the Word inside of us!

Have a red letter day,

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