And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 23, Number
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Joe R. Price
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27–28, NKJV)
King David looked beyond his rule over Israel to the kingdom over which his seed, the Messiah, would rule (Psa. 89:3-4, 34-36). The nations would turn to God and worship before Him (Matt. 8:11). Christ’s messengers, the apostles, called the nations to the Lord’s kingdom by preaching the gospel of the kingdom to the world (Isa. 2:2-3; Matt. 13:18-23; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:1-7; 16:25-27).
Preaching the same gospel continues to draw people of every nation to worship before the Lord and King, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:32-41). The church built by Jesus is the kingdom of prophecy (Matt. 16:18-19; Mk. 9:1; Col. 1:13-14). Christ the King adds lost souls to His church (His kingdom) when they believe and obey the gospel (Acts 2:40-41, 47).
King David knew God rules over the nations of men (Psa. 22:28). We (and our rulers) do well to remember the Lord God is Sovereign of every nation, and He rules in the affairs of men (Dan. 4:25, 32, 35). History is a boneyard of kingdoms, weak and strong. God’s kingdom is the only one that endures (Dan. 2:44).
The Son of God reigns today at God’s right hand in righteousness (Psa. 110:1-2; Acts 2:33; Heb. 1:8-9). The gospel calls us to bow our knees to Jesus to be blessed by Him with salvation. To fight against Him and His gospel brings inevitable, eternal defeat (Psa. 2:10-12; Rom. 2:4-11; 2 Thess. 1:6-10). -Sword Tips #2195
Joe R. Price
Jesus teaches that until we remove the beam from our eye, our hypocrisy hinders us from removing the speck out of our brother’s eye (Matt. 7:1-5). So, as we rebuke and expose the cancel culture environment of this present age, it is only right that we consider whether we contribute to a cancel culture in the church (Eph. 5:11, 8-17).
Are you canceling the authority of Jesus? This canceling happens when we elevate personal opinions, think so’s, traditions, and relationships above a “thus saith the Lord” (Matt. 28:18; Col. 3:17). In this cancel culture, men’s words and wisdom prevail over the oracles of God (1 Pet. 4:11; Mk. 7:1-13).
There are only two possible sources to call on to approve what we believe and practice religiously, heaven or men (Matt. 21:23-25). If we loose where the Lord has bound or bind where the Lord has loosed, we pervert the gospel, damage our souls, and endanger others (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Jno. 9-11; Col. 2:16-23).
Many Christians do not know how to establish and apply Bible authority, and why it matters. They have been fed a steady diet of the soft-peddled gospel that lacks convicting application (2 Tim. 4:2-4). Some ridicule divine patterns (2 Tim. 1:13; Phil. 4:9). The local church’s work to preach the gospel, edify saints, and relieve needy saints has been distorted, turning churches into community centers, recreational venues, and social relief agencies (Eph. 4:11-16). The culture that cancels Bible authority is not from God; it is from this world (Jas. 3:13-18).
Are you canceling gospel preaching? Paul was “set for the defense of the gospel” (Phil. 1:17). It seems some brethren are set upon silencing preachers who preach the gospel (2 Tim. 4:5). They don’t like the preacher’s tone (“too negative”). They don’t like the length of his sermons (“too long”). They don’t like what he preaches (“too specific”). Some say preachers should not use political illustrations or apply God’s word to political situations, supposing this only alienates people. (Truth be told, such partisans are already alienated from God.) The idolatrous priest Amaziah tried to cancel God’s prophet using distortions and lies (Amos 7:11-13). But Amos kept speaking what the Lord said to him (Amos 7:14-17). The apostle Paul could preach to political people (Acts 24:25; 26:24-32; Phil. 1:12-13). So can we.
Shall we be silent and no longer call out sin in the media because they have become polarized and powerful? Shall we be silent and no longer expose denominational errors because sincere people sit in their pews? Shall we silence the word of God by calling into question the motives of every gospel preacher who speaks God’s truth to the powerful, the elite, and the “woke” among us? Nay verily, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11). The “woke” culture has already crept unawares into the churches when we oppose contending for the faith (Jude 3-4).
Are you canceling reverence of worship? Understanding that our clothing does not define reverence, we should also understand it reflects our respect or lack thereof for the occasion (cf. Matt. 22:12-13). If we do not clothe our hearts with reverence in our worship assemblies, it matters not whether we wear a suit and tie or coveralls.
There has been an undeniable trend toward a less formal, more casual approach to worship for some time now. We can see it in both attire and attitude. While worship is not stilted, it ought to be reverent (Jno. 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 14:26, 33, 40). Our priority for gathering as the church is to worship God. Since we seek His holy presence when we worship, we should approach Him with sacred honor and deferential respect (Heb. 12:28; Rev. 5:14).
Are you canceling brotherly kindness? Speaking truth to each other does not remove the duty to do so with kindness (Eph. 4:25, 31-32). It is not one or the other (truth or kindness), but both. It is a sin to season our words with derision, arrogant conceit, self-righteous condescension, and bitter hatred (Col. 4:5-6). Such words corrode brotherly kindness and erect a wall of resistance not easily removed.
Cancel culture’s objective is to silence opposition. Christians resist it (Acts 4:19-20). When it rears its ugly head in the church, it silences Bible authority, demonizes gospel preaching, reduces reverence for God, and smothers loving kindness.
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What Will Jesus Do With You? (Part 2)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4
will Jesus do with you and me?
I. WHAT WILL JESUS DO WITH YOU?
Jesus Will Save You (Acts 4:12).
(Current events in the light of Scripture)
Joe R. Price
The death certificate of Rush Limbaugh recorded his occupation as “Greatest Radio Host of All Time” (washingtonexaminer.com). Sportscaster and writer Jim Gray published “Talking to GOATs” last fall, telling of his time with some of this country’s greatest professional athletes. People love to debate who the G.O.A.T.s are.
Jesus Christ is THE G.O.A.T. Without reservation, Jesus Christ is the greatest person who ever lived. The son of David, the Son of God, born of a virgin, the Savior of the world. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1:32, 33-35). There is none greater than Jesus. Nobody exceeds Him (Phil. 2:9-11).
Jesus said John the Baptist was a G.O.A.T. “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11). He qualified as a G.O.A.T. because he was Messiah’s messenger, His forerunner who prepared the way of the Lord (Matt. 11:10; Mal. 3:1; Isa. 40:3). Zachariah’s prophetic pronouncement adds weight to John’s greatness (Lk. 1:76-79).
Jesus said the least in the kingdom is greater than John (Matt. 11:11). John’s character and work were great, but citizens of the kingdom have the greater privilege. Through struggles of faith, we seize upon the greatest of blessings (Matt. 11:12). Having come to “the mountain of the Lord’s house,” we enjoy every spiritual blessing in Christ (Isa. 2:2-4; Eph. 1:3).
Jesus said whoever is greatest among you shall be your servant (Matt. 23:11). Men count greatness by records set and victories achieved. God counts greatness by humbly serving Him and others. Be great in God’s eyes. Everything else pales in comparison.
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