And take…the sword of the Spirit, which  is the word of God.   Ephesians 6:17


Volume 21, Number 50

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In this issue:

Calling Evil “Good”
Joe R. Price

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Supporters of the LGBTQ lifestyle search in vain to find Biblical support for this conduct which is “against nature” (Rom. 1:26). 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (see above) very clearly explains these sins. It uses two specific words, “homosexuals” and “sodomites,” to describe “the unrighteous” who “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Proponents and defenders of same-sex relationships try to sidestep the strength of this passage by contorting and ignoring the plain meaning of Paul’s words. For example, “The concept of homosexuality, in the sense of a sexual orientation or in the context of a caring relationship toward others of the same gender, was unknown in the ancient world” (“The Bible Doesn’t Say That Homosexuality is a Sin,” Janet Edmonds, 9). What? “Sodomite,” Edmonds says, “refers to male same-sex relationships that involved some level of exploitation, inequality or abuse,” and does not forbid a “committed, loving, homosexual relationship” (Ibid, 11).

If this is true, then heterosexual “fornicators” and “adulterers” would also be righteous – as long as they were in committed, loving, relationships. This twisting of Scripture does away with all sexual sin.

Committed, loving” relationships are being forced into the Scriptures. It is the homosexual conduct itself that is sin (whether it be the effeminate receiver or the dominate giver). Such conduct exploits “uncleanness, in the lusts of the heart,” dishonoring their bodies (Rom. 1:24). Such conduct exploits “vile passions” by “leaving the natural use of the woman” while “burning in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful” (Rom. 1:26-27). Sin is an ugly thing, even when it is in a committed relationship.

Homosexual conduct is “unrighteous,” and those who practice this sin will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The gospel calls sinners (including homosexuals and sodomites) to repent of (not justify) their sin. Conversion and salvation happened in Corinth (1 Cor. 6:11; Acts 18:8). Conversion and salvation happen today when sinners hear, believe, and obey the gospel by repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:37-41; 3:19). 


How to Study the Bible (3)
Joe R. Price

Some people do not enjoy studying anything. For them, studying is a job akin to pulling wisdom teeth. For others, it is a necessary task, best enjoyed when finished. Then again, some study for pleasure. They enjoy learning new things, analyzing, and theorizing, etc. Still others view study as useful – practical to achieve their goals. I suspect most of us, at one time or another have experienced these attitudes and approaches to study, whether it was school homework, a research project, a work assignment, or an instruction manual.

We ought to acknowledge the benefits of Bible study. Above all other disciplines, our study of the Bible impacts us now and eternally. We should devote ourselves to the ongoing study of it, since we are commanded to understand the will of the Lord (Eph. 5:17). To do that we must engage our minds to think, examine, and discern the Scriptures. Otherwise, we forfeit the blessings God gives us through His word (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:3-4; 3:18).

As discussed in parts one and two of this series, we must respect the Bible as the word of God, and devote ourselves to learning it and living it (1 Tim. 4:12-16; Psa. 119:124-128).

1) Successful Bible study takes effort. Learning requires putting in the time and energy to study and learn. Studying is hard work! Solomon acknowledged that “much study is wearisome to the flesh” (Eccl. 12:12). But, that is true of most everything we do that is beneficial to us (both physically and spiritually). We won’t study the Bible unless we see the advantages of expending our time and energy to do so. Christians are committed to living by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Since faith is made stronger by putting God’s word into our hearts and lives, making the effort to study the Scriptures is our faith at work (Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 2:1-3; Jas. 1:21-25). It is easy to excuse our lack of Bible study with other worthy responsibilities. But, it is not an “either, or” thing, it is a “this and that” thing. Leaving Bible study unattended is not justified by attending to other things. To adapt the words of Jesus, “This you ought to have done, without leaving the other undone” (Matt. 23:23).

2) Develop good study habits. Paul told Timothy to “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Tim. 4:15). As a suggestion, try setting “rocks” in your schedule, set times strictly dedicated to Bible study. Establishing a routine where Bible study is a part of your day is a great way to keep on growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:18). Remove as many distractions as possible. This will help you focus on your study. Turn off the TV. Disengage social media, and turn up the volume of God’s word. “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97). We can’t study all day long, but we can meditate on what we have studied, and then return to the Scriptures to be sure our meditations are in harmony with the word of truth.

3) Know what you plan to study. A haphazard approach to Bible study produces haphazard results. Be deliberate. Pick your topic, text, character, time period, passage, chapter, book, etc. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Little by little, regular Bible study will bless you with a better understanding of God’s will and its application in your life (Matt. 7:21; 2 Tim. 2:15).     (to be continued)


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Trustworthy and Trusting Others
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 7:7-12

1. Who do you trust? Why? Who should we trust? How do we show ourselves trustworthy?
2. Trust generates and galvanizes confidence in one another. It is crucial to working together and being successful in our relationships.


  A. Trust is Developed and Maintained.
    1. Love, 1 Cor. 13:4-8.
    2. Honesty, Matt. 5:37; Jas. 5:12.
    3. Dependability, Lk. 12:40-46.
    4. Capability, Matt. 25:14-15, 21, 23, 26.


  A. God, Heb. 2:13 (Christ, Psa. 2:12); Psa. 7:1; 9:10; 56:11; Psa. 118:5-9; Jer. 17:5-7.
  B. Family, Eph. 5:33-6:4.
    1. Spouses, Prov. 31:10-11 (Gen. 2:23).
    2. Parents, Matt. 7:9-11; 2 Cor. 12:14.
    3. Children, Eph. 6:2-3; 1 Tim. 5:4, 8, 16.
  C. Brethren in Christ, Rom. 12:9-18; Phil. 2:19-24 (1 Cor. 3:3).


  A. Communication, Eph. 4:25, 31.
  B. Unity in Action, Eccl. 4:9-12.
  C. Friendship, Eph. 4:32; cf. Prov. 27:6.
  D. Compassion and Mercy (forgiveness), Col. 3:13; Matt. 18:21-22.
  E. Peace. No trust – No peace, Col. 3:15.

1. Trust is the mark of a mature, thoughtful, confident, and secure relationship.
2. Our ultimate trust is in God; He will never fail us (Heb. 13:5). Imitate God’s trustworthiness.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Eternal Life: Now and Future
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  1 John 5:9-13

1. Jesus came to give life to sinners, Jno. 1:4; 4:13-14; 10:10; 14:6. (Eternal life, 1 Jno. 5:11-13)
2. When do we have eternal life: Now, only in the future, or both?


  A. Christians Have Been Given Eternal Life in the Son, 1 Jno. 5:11-13.
  B. Receiving and Possessing Eternal Life in the Son is Conditional, 1 Jno. 5:12; Jno. 6:53-58; 6:63; 1 Jno. 2:24-26, 3-6; Jno. 5:24; 6:47; 3:36; 10:27-30.

II. ETERNAL LIFE IS THE CHRISTIAN’S HOPE, Tit. 3:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 8-9.

  A. Christians Will Experience the Fullness of Eternal Life in the Age to Come, Mk. 10:29-30.
  B. Eternal Life Will be Fully Realized After Judgment Day, Matt. 25:46.
    1. Now we seek for eternal life, Rom. 2:6-7, 10.
    2. The end (result) is eternal life, Rom. 6:22-23.
  C. God Promised Eternal Life, Tit. 1:2; 1 Jno. 2:25; Gal. 6:7-8.


  A. We Must Keep Ourselves in God’s Love, Jude 21 (v. 1; 1 Jno. 5:3).
  B. We Must Hear and Follow Jesus, Jno. 10:27-30.
  C. Christians Renew Life in Christ through Repentance and Prayerful Confession to God, Acts 8:22-24; 1 Jno. 1:9 (6-7).

1. This is eternal life, Jno. 17:1-3.
2. Know God by obeying in faith, 1 Jno. 2:3-6.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Cost of Abandoning Worship Attendance
Joe R. Price

A recent opinion piece by Christine Emba in The Washington Post called attention to the pronounced trend among millennials (those born between 1981-1996) of leaving religious affiliations (“Opinion: Why millennials are skipping church and not going back,” Common explanations are busy lifestyles and frustration with religious excesses and abuses (“Nones on the Rise,” The Spirit’s Sword). Emba notes millennials are turning to “low-commitment substitutes for faith and fellowship” like astrology, yoga, self-care, and even gaming, which tend to isolate them from others (op cit.).

Ms. Emba also made this thought-provoking remark about the millennials’ move away from religious affiliations: “Religious and other civic organizations will atrophy — and not just from lack of funds. Faith and practice can’t persevere through our generation without attendance, and neither can the hope they tend to bring” (op cit.). Now that’s something Christians have been believing and saying for a very long time (Heb. 10:24-25).

It affects your faith when you choose not to worship with fellow Christians. Worship is designed to honor God, first and foremost (Jno. 4:23-24). God designed congregational worship assemblies so that each Christian is taught, edified, warned, and exhorted in the faith (Acts 2:42; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). We cannot underestimate and devalue the benefits of the worship assemblies God designed for our spiritual profit (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 14:26).

It affects the church when you choose not to worship with fellow Christians. We should see what the writer of the op-ed sees – when we do not practice our faith (by worshiping in fellowship with other Christians) we diminish the moral and spiritual strength of the church. Every member of the body of Christ is important and has a part to play in the church’s strength (1 Cor. 12:14-27; Eph. 4:16). When we are not engaged in the worship and work of the church we adversely affect others (not just ourselves). 


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