If we abandon Scripture, proclaiming it to be less than God’s Word, we abandon absolute truth.

There is no other ground for rational thought given to man by God than the holy Scriptures.

Abandon Scripture and we shall be tossed about by emotions, fads, illegitimate authorities, and self-will. We will have loosed ourselves from the one thing that today provides us with the ability to know God in Christ and a framework through which we can see life as it truly is.

Pastoral Musings

The Baptism with The Holy Spirit

Matt 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

(KJV)

 

John the Baptist came as a herald of the Christ. His preaching was filled with promise of the Messiah’s coming. As he preached to the people and baptized those who repented, John told them that the Christ was coming to baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire. What is this baptism with the Holy Ghost?

One thing we must notice is that this baptism is a baptism with the Holy Ghost, or in the Holy Ghost. Many times people speak of the baptism of the Holy Ghost as if the Holy Spirit did the baptizing. In reality, Jesus does the baptizing. “He…

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A Thought About Thinking

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

As many smart people and deep thinkers as there are today; when we enter into the thoughts of man ancients, whether they are the Early Church Fathers or the Puritans, we often find ourselves over our heads.

The greatest threat to the USA is not ISIS.

It is not Al Qaeda.

It is not a political party or machine.

The greatest threat to the USA is sin.

Psalm 9:17 tells us that the nations that forget God will be turned into hell.

Proverbs 14:34 tells us that sin is a reproach/shame to any people.

We are our own greatest enemies, because we have forgotten God and are reveling in depravity.

The USA is rotting from within. There is no need for any army to come and overthrow us. We are doing it to ourselves.

It is time for pastors, preachers, and all Christians to repent and then call other Christians to repent. That is the starting place.

The Meaning Of It All

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

 

What is the Bible about? Is there meaning to life? If so, what is that meaning? Is there order and sense to the things that happen in the universe? If so, how can we know, and what is the purpose of it all? These are among the most important of questions that we could ever ask; and they are the questions that are answered in our Bibles. They are also the questions to which we can find the answers in the book of Genesis, and specifically in the Creation Account.

The Existence Of God

There must be a source of all things. There must be a cause of all things. There cannot exist an effect without there first being a cause. The world did not come into being on its own power. There must be a beginning cause that is uncaused. [1] Christians understand that this uncaused cause is the Creator, the God who is presented to us in the Bible.

Creation testifies to us that God exists. The Psalmist tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, And night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, Where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1–3) Wherever one goes there is testimony to the existence of God. The starry heaven and all that is in the sky above us tell us that God is great, valuable, and is beautiful. Their beauty, balance, and order tell us that they were designed by a mighty, beautiful, and intelligent person.

Not only do the skies and heavens above us testify to the existence and presence of God, but all of Creation tells us that He is here with us. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:18–20) Creation testifies to us that God exists, because we know that there must be a cause for all things, and that cause must be beautiful (i.e. glorious), eternal (timeless), and forever powerful. After all, matter, beauty, and time could not exist except a beautiful and all powerful intelligent person existed outside of time and made it all.

Finally, there is a seasonal cycle that testifies to God’s personal existence. The succession of the four seasons provides us with that which is necessary to the production of the food that sustains us. This order of events speaks to us of the fact that an orderly and intelligent person made the Earth to do these things. Paul preached telling some idol worshipers, “We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:15–17) This Creator must be a person, because He made persons who, and He acts in a personal manner by showing kindness to His creatures: kindness that gives us joy.

 

What Is The Meaning Of It All?

If one were to believe the illogical theory that everything came into being by nothing, out of nothing, by random and meaningless processes, there would be no reason for them to think that there was any meaning to anything. After all, there would be no intelligent creator and ruler who had the ability and authority to give meaning. On the other hand, those of us who understand that God created all things believe and know that He has a purpose for all things and gives all things meaning.

As we saw above in Romans 1:18-20 shown Himself to us in Creation. This means that the created order speaks to us primarily of God. In fact, Genesis 1:1 opens us the Bible telling us about God. He reveals Himself to His creatures by instructing them and giving them purpose. He also reveals Himself to us in the Scriptures. That is why the Bible begins by telling us that all started with God: He is revealing Himself to us so that we may know Him and His will and purpose for us.

God has revealed Himself to us, and Creation is first and foremost about God and His purposes. When we look around us and think about the world, we must think of it as God’s world that is filled with God’s meaning and made for God’s purposes.

Furthermore, there would be neither meaning nor knowledge if there were no intelligent, personal Creator. This means that meaning is found in God, and meaning is given by God. We aren’t left to try to figure things out alone: we have God the Creator for our authority.

Thus we see that God is the Creator/King to whom we are responsible, the one who gives meaning and purpose to all things, and the one whom man is able to know because God has revealed Himself to him.

[1] To say that there is no God is to hold that the world exists on its own as its own creator, or that there is an infinite series of causes that brought the world into existence. Neither of these ideas are actual solutions to the question of origins. The first presents the idea of a self-caused cause, which is impossible and illogical. The latter posits an infinite regress, which is impossible, because there will of necessity be a cause that is the first of all causes.

I’m sitting in my new recliner (It’s an early Christmas present.) with carols softly playing, and hearing the sounds of my children happily playing while I read theology.

What’s not to be thankful for?

And,if my circumstances changed, God remains immutable in His gloriously holy goodness.

I must give thanks at all times and in all circumstances. Psalm 136;1Thessalonians 5:18