And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 23, Number
In this issue:
Joe R. Price
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1, NKJV)
Whether the topic is politics, social issues, or religion, reasoned discussion is too often drowned out by vitriol and venom in the public square these days. Whatever happened to the time when those with opposing viewpoints could disagree without being disagreeable? I suppose some never learned how. We pray for and long for a return to such dispositions, for any society whose citizens cannot calmly communicate is headed for tension, turmoil, and trouble (Prov. 14:34).
The same is true of the Lord’s church. Can you to talk with someone who has fallen away? And if you can, how do you do that? The goal is to “restore” the soul overtaken in sin – any other aim is beneath this worthy objective.
Spiritual maturity is essential when approaching a Christian who has fallen into sin. Such maturity will be reflected by the spirit of gentleness used when talking with the sinning saint about his or her sin. Approaching a fallen Christian with an air of disgust or superiority is the height of arrogance, and is sure to fail.
Mature (spiritual) Christians remember sin also tempts them. And so, with meek compassion the effort is made to turn a sinner from error and save a soul from death (Jas. 5:19-20).
Yes, the “spiritual” disagree with the one overtaken by sin. But, to have a spirit of antagonism only aggravates and hinders the effort to save the lost. Furthermore, to do so is also sin. -Sword Tips #1887
After sixteen years and $10 billion, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (a 17-mile tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border) have successfully collided proton beams in an experiment to test their theories about subatomic particles and the forces at work one billionth of a second after the Big Bang (which they theorize created the universe 14-20 billion years ago – give or take a few billion!). (“Geneva atom smasher sets collision record,” Alexander G. Higgins, AP, Yahoo!News, March 30, 2010) That’s a lot of money, time, and energy for such a little bang!
The size of these proton collisions is infinitesimal, but the expectation is that as the two proton beams continue to collide, more and more particle showers will provide data for researchers about the forces at work at the beginning of the universe.
It is incredible to my little pea brain how men can do such amazing things and deny the Creator’s existence. While using physical analyses to unravel the forces of the universe’s origin, they inadvertently provide testimony of the Biblical truth that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Consider the origin of all things from Genesis 1:1.
Time (“In the beginning…”). Evolutionists believe the universe expanded and evolved to its present enormity from an original “bang” – given enough time. It took men time (16 years) to build the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. It only took God six days to create the heavens and the earth (Exo. 20:11).
Intelligence (“…God…”). We infer it required a great deal of intelligence to build this accelerator, formulate the experiments, and then study their results. Yet, most of these same intelligent people refuse to acknowledge that inference concerning the universe’s design. Just as we know intelligence designed and built the Large Hadron Collider, we know intelligence designed and created the universe.
Force (“…created…”). Energy is being exerted upon proton particles in the Collider to accelerate them to a tremendous speed causing a transfer of energy at the point of collision. The difference between this force and God’s creation is that God introduced the physical forces of speed, friction, heat, etc. when He created the world. Where did the energy come from for the scientists’ “Big Bang” in the Collider? The Bible says God’s power created all the physical forces of this universe (Heb. 11:3; Rom. 1:20).
Space (“…the heavens…”). It takes a 17-mile tunnel for men to produce a “little bang.” But with a word, God created the enormity of the heavens (Psa. 19:1). The Big Bang of scientific theory (with its necessary billions of years) is not the creation recorded in Genesis 1.
Matter (“…and the earth.”). The study of origins implies a beginning, yet those who deny creation must eventually accept that matter has always existed. But, nothing comes from nothing; everything comes from something. Matter does not spontaneously generate. Men had to introduce the proton particles into the accelerator to produce their “little bang.” The First Cause of the entire universe is God (Psa. 33:9).
The Creation model and the Big Bang model cannot coexist. Men’s attempt to recreate their Big Bang theory implies a Creator and His creation. It took men time, intelligence, force, space, and matter to achieve their scientific breakthrough. In the beginning (time), God (intelligence) used His power (force) to create the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). We see man’s power and design when we consider the Large Hadron Collider. We see God’s power and deity when we consider the universe (Rom. 1:20).
-Reprint: The Spirit’s Sword, 04/04/2010
You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS
Christians and the Cancel Culture
Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:16-22
1. Bible records many times in past
cultures where attempts were made to cancel God’s truth and God’s people.
I. "KILL THE CHILDREN!"
Egypt and Israel, Exo. 1:15-22.
II. "SILENCE GOD’S PROPHETS!"
Jezebel Killed God’s Prophets, 1 Kgs. 18:4; cf. Matt. 23:29-36, Acts
4:17-18; 5:40; 9:1; 12:1-2 (James).
III. "DESTROY THE WORD OF GOD!"
King Jehoiakim, Jer. 36:23-24,
IV. "PERSECUTE THE OPPOSITION!" (Demonize)
With Misrepresentations and Lies, Lk. 23:1-2; Acts 6:10-14.
(Current events in the light of Scripture)
Joe R. Price
At this moment the internet is down. It’s been that way all morning. No email. No news. Intending to catch up on the current online news items for this column, I was out of luck. Here are a few things this caused me to consider, perhaps they will help you, too.
Too much time can be wasted on the internet. Let’s face it; the internet can consume great amounts of our time. Time spent online can be constructive (business, education, etc.) or it can hinder productivity. Time is a commodity we cannot retrieve once used; it is not recyclable. Once used, time is gone. We must redeem our time for things eternal (Eph. 5:15-17).
Things we depend on and take for granted do not always remain. The uncertainties of life remind us of this truth (Jas. 4:13-14). What about the people we depend on? Our parents, our children, our spouses, our brethren? Will they always be here? We know the answer, yet we take them for granted far too often. All good things comes from God (Jas. 1:17). Let us never take Him for granted.
Face-to-face communication is good. Personal interaction strengthens relationships, improves understanding, and can increase empathy for others (Prov. 27:17). The online education of our children during this pandemic is already showing harmful effects on their mental and emotional wellness (not to mention educational delays). James exhorts us to “confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (Jas. 5:16). Sure, we can do that on the phone, in a letter, or with an email. But face-to-face correction of sin and prayer together rehabilitates our common love while restoring our fellowship with God (Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15).
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