Gospel preachers are in the public spotlight and that is exactly where God wants his faithful ministers. Sermons are delivered in the most public manner. Articles they write are read throughout the world. Their daily activities are watched and put to the test of hypocrisy due to the public nature of their work. Lives can be changed for the better or worse depending upon the content of the message proclaimed. The command of God is to “preach the word” not our personal convictions and opinions (2 Timothy 4:1-2). A preacher is disqualified from the work of an evangelist when he preaches or writes about his personal opinions and convictions as though they represent truth. Continue reading » Qualified and Disqualified Preachers
I am a bumbling buffoon who has an inability to be able to discern what food I should eat versus what food I should avoid at all cost. That is exactly what the government seems to be saying lately. Over the years the “food police” have been more active requiring all kinds of nutritional information to be posted on the packaging of foods, banned food, and established the amount of food I should consume because I am this bumbling buffoon. There is a proposal now that would require this information on the menu boards of fast food restaurants which could be extended to movie theaters and even drive thru menu boards.
This “policing” effort has gone so far that a Chicago area school has banned parents from giving their children a sack lunch. The principal has said, “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”. Needless to say many parents are upset about this edict. But why are they upset? This form of forced and coerced food restrictions has been practiced for centuries without many having anything to say except “Oh, it’s Friday”. Continue reading » What Can I Eat?
Have you noticed the increasingly common practice of publicly criticizing people who publicly criticize others. Politicians do it repeatedly. Does something about that strike you as a little inconsistent? It reminded me of listening to the terrorists who repeatedly try to justify the killing of innocent people in another country to protest the killing of innocent people in their country. I never could figure out the basis of that reasoning. Simply stated, the problem is that some people live by one rule, but judge others by a more stringent rule than that imposed upon themselves. The Bible speaks of such a practice and clearly condemns it. Notice this warning given by the apostle Paul in Romans 2:1-3:
Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
In this context, the hypocrisy of the Jews is being examined by Paul. The Jews would have shouted, "Amen" to the charges of sin Paul laid at the Gentiles’ feet in the first chapter. However, while they looked down their noses in disgust at the sinfulness of the Gentile world, the Jews were guilty of many of the same sins.
Continue reading » "What Is Written … How Readest Thou?": Is Our Judgment Righteous or Unrighteous?
Consistency is a very rare commodity. The tendency for a man to condemn in others what he practices himself is a well known fact. Listen for a little while to the candidates in this political season and you will no doubt hear it done. However, politicians are not the only ones guilty of such action. A study of the Gospels makes clear the fact that such hypocrisy was wide spread in the time of Jesus. His frequent condemnation of the Pharisees for their dual standards are well known to any Bible student (Matthew 23; Luke 11:46f; Mark 7; etc.).
In the earthly life of our Savior, He always exemplified the same standard He used to judge others. Even in the lives of some who profess identification with Christ, there is sometimes a failure exhibited in daily living the same standard used to judge others. Simply stated, the problem is that some live by one rule, but judge others by a more stringent rule than that imposed upon themselves. The Bible speaks of such a practice and clearly condemns it. Notice this warning given by the apostle Paul in Romans 2:1-3: Continue reading » In the Steps of the Savior: “Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged”