And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 22, Number
In this issue:
Joe R. Price
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:26–27, NKJV)
Leftist ideology is today’s religion for the secularist. Unbelievers who refuse to retain God in their knowledge have a belief system (Rom. 1:20-32). Humanism says, “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves” (Humanist Manifesto II, 1973). Christians must beware of their tactics and influence to dismantle God’s purposes for humanity.
With no fear of God and antagonism toward His word of truth, secular humanists are busy reshaping society and souls. One way is by destroying God’s arrangement of the family (male and female marriage, father, mother, and children, Gen. 2:22-24; 1:28) while telling us they are pro-family. No, they are not.
Case in point: First, the secularists advocate for abortion, an action that denies family life to innocent, unborn children. Second, they advocate against adopting children in desperate need of family structure and security by telling us these adoptions disrupt the child’s ethnic and cultural identity. Take away life (abortion) and deny family life (anti-adoption policies); these are the results of the humanist philosophy.
God cares for the welfare of orphans (and widows), and Christians relieve them. God cares for a child’s life and wellbeing (unborn and born), not skin color, ethnicity, and cultural background. Let us beware not to be stained by the world.
wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Have you ever seen a picture of Jesus? You
have probably seen some representation that had come from the mind of men.
The reality is that no one today knows what Jesus looked like while He lived
in the flesh. Nevertheless, if you read the Bible, you will see the many
ways Jesus is pictured throughout the word of God. Some latch on to one of
these images to the exclusion of the others. Let us consider some of the
pictures used to portray Jesus that we might have a more “complete picture”
of our Lord.
He Is Pictured As The Lamb of God: Though
Jesus is the Shepherd of the sheep, He is also pictured as the Lamb of God.
John, in the Revelation, recorded these words, “For the Lamb who is in the
midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of
waters” (Revelation 7:17). As a prophet of God, John the Baptist saw Jesus
in this way: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’” (John 1:29).
Jesus is the Lamb of God whose blood was shed that our sins might be taken
away. See Jesus as the precious lamb of God!
He Is Pictured As The Righteous Judge:
Paul wrote of Jesus as “the righteous Judge” (2 Timothy 4:8). Jesus will one
day execute Judgment as the Father has committed all Judgment of Him (John
5:22). He will judge using the standard of His word (John 12:48). No one
will escape this Judgment, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27). See Jesus as the righteous
Judge to whom we must give account!
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The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Walls signify strength, protection, and security, Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5.
I. THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN.
Jericho: Because of Faith, Heb. 11:30; Josh. 1:5; 1 Jno. 5:4; Eph. 6:10-11.
(Current events in the light of Scripture)
Beefed Up Security
Joe R. Price
The psalmist said, “A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psa. 33:17-18). I was reminded of men’s futile attempts to protect and save themselves from harm when I read the New York Post headline, “Manhattan buildings for super rich hire armed guards for possible Election Day unrest” (nypost.com).
The article reports, “At the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, where the penthouse is going for $62.5 million, managers are deploying off duty cops with ‘submachine guns’ to stand watch, while other wealthy city enclaves are also beefing up protection for residents. Everybody is worried about security,” an insider told the Post. “Every top building is adding security. It’s out of control. We hope it won’t be needed, but we will be ready” (Ibid).
What a truly sad state of affairs! We weep for our nation and the lawlessness occurring on our streets. Riots, destruction of property, and loss of life will not strengthen a nation, only destroy it. Law enforcement is necessary, and self-defense is permissible. But we must trust in God more than anything else. Fearing God and relying on His mercy are the essential tools of faithful character in the midst of chaos (Psa. 33:18). Our ultimate security is in the Lord (Heb. 13:5-6).
Let us pray for peace and for those in positions of authority to advance it (1 Tim. 2:1-2). But most of all, let us pray for the lost souls who try to find freedom by destroying the freedom of others. Sin is a disgrace on this nation that only the gospel can cure (Prov. 14:34).
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