Guilt and shame have their proper work in our lives yet they can be great obstacles to overcome. Guilt is good to experience and a must if repentance is to occur; however, some let it drown them in shame and never move on it (see 2 Corinthians 2:5-7). Continue reading » David, The Meek King of Israel
Don’t you love this strong admonition of Solomon’s? Often we hear moaning and groaning that Christians are not doing their duty. We might have even joined in such a tirade. To some this explains why the Lord’s church seems to be dwindling in our time or that preachers or brethren in general will not take a stand for the truth as they should. Some get so depressed they seem to have in common the woeful sentiment Elijah expressed, “…And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (1Kings 19:4a) I hope we do not actually go this far when we are discouraged. No doubt many of God’s children are content to be “sluggards.” But I have noticed a peculiar thing about those complaining and that is they are not talking about their own personal efforts but are mostly bemoaning that others are not doing enough or we blame others for causing our state of mind. Continue reading » “Go to the Ant, Thou Sluggard” – Proverbs 6:6
“Christians Must Fight” by Foy Wallace, Jr.
“The spirit of pacificism is taking the fight out of the church. But the conflict between truth and error is unending. Victory does not come by truce. God’s terms are unconditional surrender…The church grew when the fight was waged and the battle raged. When the let up came in the fight, the let down came in the church. It is said that the sectarians do not fight anymore. That is because the church has quit fighting and they have nothing to fight. If gospel preachers will fight now as they fought then…and truth will triumph as it did then. Shall we yield to the line of least resistance, or shall we challenge error in its strongholds and citadels?”
(Why did I choose to “resurrect” such a statement that is more than 50 years old? We must observe from this quote a certain truth: this sentiment is rare in our time of extreme tolerance. Times have changed and many among us have changed with it. When the preaching of the gospel is done in our time, it is very rare to hear preachers express their desire to be militant in their expression of the gospel. No one relishes the concept of “fighting” in any religious sense today. Continue reading » Quote From the Past: