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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 5:22-42 part 2


Last time, we saw the apostles arrested, jailed, freed from jail by an angel, and preaching again in the temple area. The apostles were then gently taken back to the temple officials and priests. They were taken gently because the people were listening to them and some of the people believed what they preached. The numbers of those believing were apparently substantial because verse 26 says the officers feared the people may stone them (officers).

The signs and wonders done through the apostles were proof to many that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and probably only entertainment to others yet the people did not want it to stop. The temple officials, however, did want it to stop. It was cutting into their power base.

The officals were not only angry but they were scared. Notice in verse 28 where they say that the apostles intended to bring Jesus’ blood upon thier heads (which is where it belonged to a degree). 

Peter and the others then answered, “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentence to Israel and the forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

I mentioned in the last study that the implied power would soon be explicit. Here it is. God made Jesus the Messiah and Savior. He exalted Him to His right hand and empowered the apostles to be witnesses to Israel (and later to everyone).

The officials were furious. Watch the reactions to the teaching that Jesus is Savior. Some people believe, some are furious and defiant, and we will see that some are indifferent.

Next, Gamaliel, who was a well-respected teacher of the Jewish law and faith, steps up to offer his help. His speach is a political one but it is noteworthy. He basically says to allow the apostles to teach Jesus. His rationale is that if the apostles are liars, they will soon pass away from notoriety but if they are real, then to resist them is to resist God.

I do not give much credit to Gamaliel because it seems that he is merely trying to avoid the conflict. It seems like a lukewarm reaction to the situation. This guy may have been a cool-handed politician. He would rather smooth out the conflict and get rid of the apostles  by allowing them to leave and do their work in someone else’s backyard than to have a raging conflict inside his own area of power and influence. In other words, he was looking for the easy way out.

A consensus is reached! It seems like all parties get what they want. The apostles were beaten, told not to preach or teach about Jesus, and released. A typical compromise session within political groups. Problem solved?

Note that the apostles were pleased to have been beaten for being in the service of Christ. This was not pride. It was a true instance of them being glad to have been considered worthy to suffer for teaching about Jesus.

Did the apostles cease teaching about Jesus as the Messiah? No. Verse 42 says they were found daily in the temple and in houses teaching and preaching Jesus as Christ. The news about Jesus being God’s answer to man’s sin is not so easily swept under the rug. God was and is building His church. The gates of hell will not prevail against it. Praise God for His faithfulness.

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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Doug Pagitt said to Todd Friel that everyone has same afterlife experience…


I heard an audio clip recently of a radio interview between Todd Friel from the Wretched program and Emerging/Emergent Church motivational speaker Doug Pagitt.

Todd pinned Doug down on the subject of afterlife and Doug’s disbelief of hell. Todd asked Doug about a fictitious ‘good Mr. Muslim’ and what would his eternity look like. Doug admitted that he believed muslims (and all others) would have the same eternal experience as Christians.

My question is this…Since Doug obviously does not believe what the Bible says, where does he get his core beliefs from? Apparently from the New Age Movement. They are the only ones that I can think of who believe that everyone will be the same after this life is over.

Can anyone think of a religion that promotes the idea that everyone will have the same eternal experience regardless of their beliefs or actions on earth? New Age is the only one I can think of…

Why does Doug pretend to be Christian?

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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 5:22-42 part 1


The apostles had vanished from prison and were found preaching in the temple area! Watch what is said in the report to the officials. The gates were securely locked, the guards were standing outside the prison, and the prisoners were gone.

This was not a common occurrence. Believe me, prisons were secure and guards were on duty and not asleep. A guard found to be derelict in his duty was killed in those days. They did not play around at security the way we do today. There was no way the apostles could have escaped (in their minds). An eery chill must have crept up the necks of the religious officials heard the report.

Not only were the apostles gone from prison, they were teaching the people in the temple! These were no rabble rousers. These men had courage. They did not ‘head for the hills’ after escaping from prison but went to the temple to preach about Jesus. These actions would have certainly gotten them killed had God not provided for their care.

Later in the text, we will see the power that drove these men explicitly. Here we see it implied. Any common, ordinary person who managed to escape from prison would have fled. Almost no one escaped from prison and none of the escapees lived to talk about it once they were recaptured. History records how effective the jails were in those days. They killed first and asked questions later.

The apostles not only did not run away and hide for the rest of their lives, they went directly back to the temple and taught the people. There could not have been a more defiant action they could have taken. Why did they do this? They wanted to please and obey God more than they feared for their lives.

Each of the apostles knew they were dead unless God provided them safety. Yet the power of God propelled them to preach about Jesus. We get rattled when our coworkers laugh at our faith and the apostles stared death in the face yet continued with God’s work.

Can the approval of friends and colleagues empower men to such a degree? No. Can the hope of notoriety and prestige? No. The apostles were willing to die instead of disobeying God. Is there a lesson for this current culture to learn here?

Join me again for part 2. May God bless the study of His word.

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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?


It doesn’t matter where you are. If a discussion or argument breaks out, some well-meaning, peace-loving soul will doubtlessly chant, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Getting along is great…to a point. There comes a place, however, when we simply cannot get along. That place is disagreement on fundamental beliefs that are the basis of truth for a cause or movement.

Imagine you are a baseball player. Most of the teams in the league play by the rules and games are played with ease. Some teams win and some teams lose. No biggy.

Now, a few teams come along who do not play by the rules. They believe that a batter should have 5 strikes before being called ‘out’. They also believe the game should be over in 6 innings instead of 9. They play 6 people in the outfield instead of three, and so on. The league commissioner does not want there to be fighting during the games with those teams so she mandates that there be compromise. Now teams must play by different rules depending upon who their competitor is and the rules change each time a new game is played…  The league falls into turmoil because no one knows exactly what the standards are and teams make up their own rules to fit their wishes and the league rule book is no longer used as the authority. Chaos is the outcome. Baseball is no longer being played.

So, now let’s look at the Church that was designed and powered by the God of the Bible back in the first century AD. It has a rule book that God wrote Himself (yes, ECers, God wrote it by inspiration of the Holy Spirit). Some of the churches do not wish to follow some of the rules, other churches do not wish to follow many of the rules, and many churches just make up their own rules based upon what they desire to be true instead of what is true.

Along come well-meaning ‘evangelical leaders’ who say, “Hey, man. Stop the quarreling. Let’s not worry about the things we disagree about, let’s just focus on what we can agree on”… and so forth. Eventually the rule book (Bible) is no longer seen as valid. Churches believe and do anything they want and feel justified in doing so. One day the supreme league commissioner (God) says to those who have strayed from His authoritative word, “you’re OUT!”

Return to the Bible. It has all of the information that God wished to communicate to man. “Four Keys to Prosperity”, “Seven Prayers to Get Everything You Want”, “How to Enjoy This Life NOW”, and other such nonsense will get you nowhere with God.

“Repent ye therefore and be converted so that your sins may be blotted out.” Acts 3:19

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 5:1-21 part II


The text for today’s Bible study is Acts 5:1-21. Let’s continue from yesterday’s study… Ananias and Sapphira have fallen dead because they lied to the Holy Spirit in presenting a prideful offering. They were apparently more concerned with the applause of others than with doing God’s work.

Verse 11 contains the first use of the word ‘church’ to describe the followers of Jesus. The eleven with the women had been the original members. Now, the church roster was in the thousands due to the conversions of many, many people as God built His church using the faithfulness of the chosen to preach about Jesus.

The apostles were doing works of sign and wonder so that many people esteemed them highly. People brought out their sick friends and family just in the hopes that Peter would walk along the street and his shadow might fall upon the sick.

There was the potential for Peter and the others to become prideful. The potential but not the inevitability… Peter kept his mind upon the things of God and did not succumb to personal desire. Afterall, Peter had just witnessed what can happen when people get too self-interested in God’s presence. God is on the throne and He does not share His majesty with anyone.

To dwell here just a moment, it would have been tempting for the apostles to want to take a break and do a retreat to a tropical island and bask in their recent success. Notice there is no mention of such a thing occurring however. They were living for the work of God. There is nothing wrong with taking some time off now and again but the main point is God is to be served, not vice-versa.

Too many times in our lives, we see and hear about people living life to the max and calling it ‘the abundant life Jesus died to give’… and other such nonsense. The abundant life IS Jesus and spending eternity with Him, not living in a lakehouse and driving a Porsche now. So much of the current culture is enthralled in wealth and prestige. The apostles would not have understood the American point of view of having abundance of temporal life and eternal life. They all knew they were headed for an early death because  they had been warned by their Master. I do not understand the current emphasis upon wealth and prosperity. If you have it, great! Use it for God’s glory. Those who protect it by sacrificing God’s work are not viewing things from the eternal perspective.

The inevitable result of doing God’s work is resistance from the enemy. The apostles are captured and thrown into prison. That night, an angel opened up the doors and sent the apostles away to the temple and instructed them to stand in the temple and teach people all the words of life…

And so the story goes. God’s work is never stopped. We see things happen that we do not understand sometimes. Why does a plane carrying missionaries to the jungle in order to build an orphanage for endangered children crash and kill everyone on board? No answer can be given except that God found this acceptable in His sovereign plan. Life goes on and He continues to build His church.

If you are a pastor or teacher in a small church where you are struggling with keeping the doors open, do not lose heart. If you are preaching and/or teaching God’s word and serving the area where you live,  God sees and knows your faithfulness. He will do what He wants and He will accomplish what He desires.

The apostles did not get bogged down by their growing fame. They persisted in the task they had been given. If we get out of our comfort long enough to remember why we are here, maybe God will use us to shake up the apathy dominating the religious landscape of our day.

May God bless the Study of His word.

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Posted by on August 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 5:1-21


The text for today’s lesson is Acts 5:1-21. Let’s begin…

Remember from the last lesson text that the members of the first church were selling land and bringing the money to the leadership to give as an offering. I’m sure this was a sight to behold. People showing their generosity in supporting those who were in need from the abundance of their possessions.

In walks Ananias. It is important to know that Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, had conspired together to lie about how much they were giving. They sold a possession and held back some of the price and presented the gift to the leaders as if they were giving the entire amount. It is the lie that is important, not the amount. Notice that there was no requirement for them to sell the possession or to give anything! They cooked up this hair-brained idea themselves. Again, the lie is key…not the amount of money being given.

Both Ananais and Sapphira were involved in the lie but Ananais comes in first. Peter then nails Ananias in his lie. Peter correctly call hime on it and asks why did he conspire to lie to the Holy Spirit.

When we make a false pretense to do God’s service, we are not lying to men but to God. God is the ultimate authority. We had best not monkey around with His grace and patience.

Peter then points out that the land was entirely the property of the couple. They were not forced to sell it or give the money. Ananias falls dead on the floor and fear fell upon all who heard about it.

I can imagine that fear would indeed fall upon all who heard. Ananias was well known. This was a small town (by today’s standards) and everyone knew everyone.  This guy who had just been seen in town by many of the congregation had now fallen dead for lying to God! Yes, my friends, God is to be feared. He is not the ‘man upstairs’ as many today like to refer to Him. He is the Holy, magnificent, righteous, judging, wrathful, graceful, perfect God whose glory cannot be viewed by man.

A very similar event transpires when Sapphira enters the room later. She falls dead after being called out by Peter and is buried. People are glory seekers. All of us have sought to be thought of more highly than we deserve. May God forgive us for our pride.

This account reminds me of Galatians 6:7 that says, “God is not mocked…whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Ananias and Sapphira sowed the flesh and reaped corruption. God is serious about sin and wrong-doing. You do not hear that very much today but it is true.

Folks, be aware of what you are not being told today! Some very important information is not being told by many in the Emerging/Emergent Church, Seeker Friendly, Word of Faith, Pop Psychology/Positive Thinking, and Entertainment Bigtop Churches. Telling the hard truth does not fill seats. However, we will all stand before God one day. People need to know the whole story.

God does not like sin. He crushed Jesus so that His Son could be the sacrifice that would pay for the sins of all who would be saved. Only Jesus qualified to be the Savior. God became flesh, suffered and died, arose, and sent His Spirit to empower believers to do His work.

Be honest with yourself and God. If you are depending upon anybody or anything other Jesus to gain eternal life, you will be disappointed. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only Savior. Call upon Him while there is time.

May God bless the study of His word.

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Posted by on August 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Exclusive or Inclusive? Is salvation for everyone? part II


Yesterday, we discussed the fact that false teachers are saying that all roads lead to Heaven when the Bible says just the opposite. Jesus said of Himself that He is God, was Co-Creater, and is the ONLY way to Heaven.

OK, so, if modern ‘theologians’ and ‘preachers’ are saying that as long as you are sincere you will be alright because everyone’s eternal experience will be the same, where are they getting this from? Also, can they be trusted?

They are getting this from the devil himself. It was Satan who questioned whether or not God was telling the truth to Adam and Eve when He warned them to stay away from the forbidden tree. These speakers who tell you something other than what the Bible says are not to be trusted.

Now, I know how some people think and I know someone is thinking to themselves, “But, pastor Joe fills stadiums of people to hear his inspiring sermons.”

Look guys, Aerosmith fills stadiums. That is no indicator of authenticity nor success.

Many ‘pastors’ have sold out to financial success, personal gain, prestige, and so forth. What did Jesus promise His disciples? Wealth, success, prestige? No, He promised them a cross… He also told them that since He had been hated that they would also be hated. Why? Because the message of Christ divided the worldly from those being saved.

Today, the message of many, many ‘evangelical preachers’ will not get anyone into trouble because you have to hunt and peck to find anything resembling a truth found in scripture.  If I hear another topical message about how God wants you to conquer your fears that have been keeping you from success in this life, I will scream!

Jesus said that if you protect this life and its spoils, you will lose eternity.

When is the last time you heard an EC or seeker preacher say something like that? They do not say this because this type of talk will not fill seats or an offering plate.

So, is salvation for everyone? Sadly, not. Jesus said that narrow is the way to life and few there will be who find it. He also said that broad is the way that leads to destruction and there will be many who go that route.

Is salvation open to everyone? Thankfully, yes. The Bible says that God is not willing that any should perish but that all would find eternal life.

I do not like to throw verses around so if you read the New Testament you will see that God is most gracious and loving. You will also see that He is righteous and judging.

The narrow way is open. Jesus is the exclusive gate. Read the Bible and call out to God. He will save by His grace through faith in Jesus.

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Posted by on August 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Exclusive or Inclusive? Is Salvation For Everyone?


It sounds very magnanimous to tell people that God is love and He wants us all to be happy. A loving God would never send anyone to hell. As long as you are sincere, it doesn’t really matter what you believe.

All of that sounds good to the itching ears of the lost but there is a very large problem with it…it is not true!

God gave His Son to be crushed for our iniquities. If it mattered not how we lived as long as we were sincere, why did Jesus have to be crucified? If there are many ways to Heaven, why did Jesus spend His ministry years telling everyone that He was the only way to God?

If everyone has the same afterlife experience, why have many gone to their deaths preaching the Bible that claims Jesus to be the exclusive route?

Why did Jesus interrupt Saul’s journey toward Damascus and convert him into a minister of the truth? If all roads lead to Heaven, Saul/Paul would have been fine like he was…

Attention, Brian McLaren/Rob Bell/Doug Pagitt/Rick Warren/Robert Schuler/Benny Hinn/Emergent Church/Bigtop Church/Entertainment Church fans:   It does matter! Jesus is the exclusive way to God. And it is the real Jesus of the Bible not the JC/homeboy/Jesus dude of the post-modern psycho drivel.

This is important. Eternity is a very long time…be sure of which road you are on. Both the narrow and the broad roads are labeled ‘Heaven’ but only the narrow way leads there!

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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Say it ain’t so, Rick Warren …


Rick Warren, aka Relevant Rick, recently said that the last thing we need is another Bible study…….. My reaction to this was…duh, what? (then again, that is my reaction to many of the things I hear and read from Rick).

OK, I can give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he is partially correct. We do not need another culturally-centered, post-modern, looking-through-happy glasses type of drivel that is sometimes called Bible study these days. What we really need is more, much more, real Bible study—Genesis to Revelation!

I have noticed over the past 10 – 15 years that there has been a drift in Bible knowledge (not that the drift has just begun…I just began to notice such things). In the past, conservative Bible-believing people knew a good deal about the Bible. Today, I read reputable polls and articles from bonafide researchers that say things like: 30% of professing, church-attending ‘Christians’ believe there are many ways to eternal life besides Jesus; 50% of ‘Christian’ youth believe premarital sex is OK and homosexuality is fine as long as it is inside a committed relationship; 80% of ‘Christians’ use porn semi-regularly, and so forth and so on.

I figure the message he was trying to clumsily communicate is that we need more than mere study, we also need action. I agree we need to be actively involved but that involvement does not replace or preclude study of God’s word.

I believe Rick, once again, has placed his foot securely inside of his mouth…

Opine, if you please…

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Emerging/Emergent Church: Social Club for those who want to be religious but do not want God?


Stop the insanity. The EC gurus say they are not sure about the Bible and what it really means (if you don’t believe me, read their books). OK, so if we extrapolate that, can there even be a God? Here’s where I am coming from:

For there to be an entity that is able to control events in a world that He created and to be able to move from the eternal to the temporal without detection and to suppose this entity could not write a book that is reliable and preserve it  intact for centuries is absurd.

The EC crowd simply does not want to believe elements of the Bible because they want their pious cake and their sin at the same time. Notice how it is always the restrictions against sin that get deleted from a false-religious perspective of the Bible. Love is considered OK because they take it entirely out of context and morph it into what they consider to be love (e.g. tolerating sin = love to them).

The only sin according to ECers is to take a literal, infallible view of scripture because it cuts into their ego-centric lovefest with their flesh.

Remove the definition of who God is, what He values as important, His rules for orderly conduct, and what He plans to accomplish using humanity and you have the ability to create your own god (which is what ECers do).

Opine por favor…

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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 
 
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