It’s that great time of the year again. It seems the years are getting much shorter. When I was young, I thought Christmas would never get here. As my age has increased the years have grown shorter. What hasn’t changed is the thrill of remembering His birth. Commercialism seems to increase each year. Christmas decorations are displayed before Thanksgiving. The quest for the almighty dollar has not dulled the announcement of the Saviour.
Right Division Blogs
Everyone I read or hear challenges everybody else to “rightly divide the word” (2 Timothy 2:15.) This is good advice, but it is obvious that many of those who challenge others to “rightly divide” are not doing so themselves. How can I be sure of this? They all disagree. As someone once said, “We can’t all be right, but we can all be wrong.” It is interesting to note that some pertinent verses in scripture are very salient and some seem to be constantly ignored. Probably no other verse has helped me get things in perspective as Acts 28:28.
Parents never have to send a child to lying school…they never have to teach children to say “Mine!” Much effort goes into teaching children to obey, to observe correct etiquette, be polite, etc. Why is it that obedience must be taught and disobedience is just natural? Take two young children, place them in the same room with one toy and see how well they share. What we have in the life of every human being is his total depravity. All of the old saints of God knew about it and believed it. My, things are a changing!
David, the second king of Israel was in a literal fight for his life. His favorite son, Absalom, had attempted to usurp David’s kingdom for his own. Absalom knew that he must kill David to do so and was in the process of hunting David down and killing him in battle. God intervened, snagged Absalom by his long hair with one of His trees, where one of David’s men killed Absalom. David was a fugitive from his own throne while Absalom was designing his demise.
One of the most familiar stories in scripture is the parable of the “Prodigal Son” in Luke 15. The word “prodigal” is man’s making, the scripture does not use it, but the word fits; he did waste some of his life. The story of the prodigal son is part of a parable, not a complete parable within itself. Luke said that Christ spoke a “parable (singular) unto them,” (Luke 15:3) which consisted of two other events.
Probably no argument has been waxed longer or louder than the one over “Once saved, always saved.” Some have said that this belief honors Christ’s work on the cross; others say that it is a license to sin. “If I believed ‘once saved, always saved’ I would do anything I wanted to do,” is a familiar cry. Volumes have been written on both sides of this coin. A few years ago I wrote an article on “Twice lost, always lost;” revealing that if a person gets saved and then loses his salvation, he is forever doomed. There is no such thing in the Bible of a person getting saved twice!
In the last book of the Old Testament, God commented:
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
In light of today’s preaching and gospel presentations, God should have said, “I am the Lord, but I am going to change and not consume anybody” or “I am the Lord, but I have had a change of heart and everyone is my friend.”
Those who believe God’s Bible are certainly not surprised that mankind is getting worse. God put it in writing for us:
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13
When I walked into the Big Spring Federal Prison Camp 25 years ago next month, I had no idea that God was going to change everything about my life. I had no burden for inmates…I was only going to teach a Bible class in prison because I could not get out of it. For six years I drove 120 miles round trip every Friday night for that class. The last two years of the six we drove back over on Saturday afternoon after visitation to work with the families. It was during this time that the prison system began to expand at a rapid pace.