Truth or Love?

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Truth or Love?

There is a prevailing idea in the religious world that one must choose between truth and love—that to be a Christian you must stand by and teach one only. To some, the command is all that matters, which leads to hollow, monotonous worship (Mt. 23); to others, the heart is all that counts, which leads to nothing more than lawlessness (Mt. 7:21-23). There is no better way to err, and yet, many who profess to be Christians say, “There is no middle ground.” This could not be further from the truth.

Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Love is nothing more than a command—those who elevate love to elimination of all other teaching fail to see that you cannot throw out “law.” In doing so, you also throw out love, which, as a command, is just a piece of the New Law we have through Jesus Christ. However, love is nothing less than a command—those who belittle it have belittled a commandment that came from the mouth of Jesus, denying part of the truth.

Love and truth are inseparable. You cannot choose one or the other. Jesus is the truth (Jn. 14:6). God is love (1 Jn. 4:16). 1 Peter 1:22 commands, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” Love and obedience go hand in hand. Ephesians 4:15 tells us that God intends for Christian leaders (v. 11) to set an example by “speaking the truth in love,” and, that this practice will aid in not only combating “every wind of (false) doctrine (v. 14),” but in the growth of the church in Christ (v.16).

If we take truth out of the equation, we do nothing more than give a “high five” to the lost as they walk the broad way into destruction. Choosing not to confront a sinning brother (“In a spirit of meekness”) does not exhibit love—and, for that matter, choosing to warn a brother of his sin is not judgmental. The church at Corinth, who prided itself on its unconditional acceptance for sinning brethren, was told in 1 Corinthians 5:6, “Your glorying is not good.” If one comes up with his own interpretation of God’s will, apart from God’s Word (2 Pet. 1:20), he not only has no personal relationship with God—he “does not have God (2 Jn. 9).” It is apparent that truth is a “salvation issue.”

If we take out love from the equation, however, we become nothing more than noise (1 Cor. 13:1). If I attempt to diminish the value of love, all my efforts in living the Christian life are null and void (1 Cor. 13:2-3). Love is important—so important my salvation depends on it as well (1 Jn. 3:14; 1 Jn.4:20). If I am without love, I put myself at risk of being nothing more than a know-it-all (1 Cor. 8:1-2), and might never appreciate the love Christ displayed leading up to, and while on, the cross.

You cannot eliminate truth or love from the Christian walk. In doing so, one wrongfully “handles the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).” While others choose one or the other, to compensate for the other extreme, let us “fix our eyes on Jesus” and choose both love and truth.

Joey Hickey

The World’s Most Amazing Prediction

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The World’s Most Amazing Prediction

​The world’s greatest prediction does not relate to sports. The record prediction in the title of this article is found in the Bible. Hundreds of years before Jesus Christ ever walked the earth, men known as prophets predicted His coming in great detail. The critic may ask, “Where is the proof, and how do we know for sure these predictions weren’t made up after the fact?” First, consider the Dead Sea scrolls, and then contemplate the mind boggling list of prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

​The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered over the course of 10 years (1946-1956) in caves near Jerusalem. These scrolls have been dated by secular archaeologists as early as the 400’s BC. The scrolls include parts of various Old Testament books including Isaiah, Psalms, Genesis, Daniel, and several others. Keep in mind that Jesus Christ is documented by secular authors –Josephus, Tacitus, and Suetonius to name just three- to have walked the earth during the early 1st century. These are all non-Christian sources cited thus far: sources that have no reason to make Christianity look favorable. The very books found within the Dead Sea scrolls contain the most amazing predictions fulfilled in Christ, predictions dating hundreds of years before He lived.

​Here is just a short list of Old Testament messianic prophecy with the prediction cited, followed by its fulfillment.

The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was born of a virgin (Mt. 1:20-23).
The Messiah would come from the Israelite tribe of Judah (Isaiah 37:31). Jesus came from the tribe of Judah (Mt. 1:1-2,16).
The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Mt. 2:1).
The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12). Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Mt. 26:14-15).
The Messiah’s betrayal money would be used to buy a potter’s field (Zech. 11:12-13). Jesus’s betrayal money was used to buy a potter’s field (Mt. 27:3-10).
The Messiah’s hands and feet would be nailed (Ps. 22:16). Jesus hands and feet were nailed to a cross (John 20:25).
The Messiah’s killers would cast lots for His clothing (Ps. 22:18). Jesus’ killers cast lots for his clothing (Mt. 27:35).

This list is only a small sample size. In comparison, this list is like a six inch sub sandwich cut off of a 100 foot sandwich. “What do you mean?” the critic may ask. Well, there are over 425 messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ and this list only contains seven for brevity sake. No human could simulate this feat. Some people would call these coincidences, but they would have to go to court and legally change their name to Fool. If coincidence is the new word for miracle then this author agrees. The Bible is exactly what it claims to be…the word of God.

Aaron Battey

A People of Prayer

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A People of Prayer

Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life, Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “A Christian living without prayer is like a human living without breathing.” To say it more plainly, prayer is essential for the survival of a Christian. But then we wonder, is prayer only for our psychological benefit or does God indeed answer?

​Many who will see this question will give the answer that God does hear and answer our prayers. But what can often be forgotten is the idea that prayer does have Psychological benefits for the one praying. Dr. Henry Morris once wrote of Prayer saying “The psychological and therapeutic values of prayer are very real and important.” The Bible then would back up his claims in Philippians 4:6-7 saying: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” When we pray to God we can have peace of mind that whatever weight is on our shoulders, what fear we have God will see us through it. So through prayer there are some amazing Psychological benefits. But the greatest blessing of prayer is the fact that God does indeed answer prayers.

​For the Christian,Christ tells us that “men always ought to pray” (Luke 18:1); but we do not pray without hope, for God has promised to answer prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). This promise of answered prayer has been confirmed by countless men of the Bible, like Elijah who prayed for rain and rain fell on the earth. It can also be confirmed by us, as we see the fruit of answered prayer all around us. Yet answered prayer does not come without certain conditions first being met. The first being that there is no unconfessed sin in our lives. The psalmist wrote: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear” (Psalms 66:18). A prayer by men living in sin is not a prayer heard by God. Another condition for answered prayer is Faith. Matthew wrote: “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matt. 21:22). When we go to God in prayer it will be fruitless if we don’t believe God can do what we are asking. Finally, ones purpose in prayer is important. Selfish, covetous prayers are not acceptable to God. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3). One of the reasons the question we are looking at today ever came about was because some people never received the answer they wanted from a prayer. What was their problem? They asked amiss.

Therefore we begin to see why prayer is such a powerful thing and should be a staple in the Christian life. Because through Gods wisdom in giving us prayer, He has provided for His Children the means to be comforted through their knowing that He is in fact listening. If you ask according to His will He will provide. God will not forget His children and He has given us prayer so that we can talk to our Father, knowing that He listens. I only ask that you remember that “No” is as much of an answer as “Yes” and just because we didn’t get what we want doesn’t mean God didn’t hear us.

Aaron Boone

Who Let the Snakes Out?

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Who Let the Snakes Out?

​Growing up in the church, I’ve often heard the motto, “I want to go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.” This is a noble and appropriate goal for a Christian and should be our mindset. We want to make a difference. One of the biggest ways to make a difference in the Church is doing all we can to make sure everyone in the Church remains faithful, and avoiding behaviors that would push them away.

​We learn in Hebrews 10:24-25 not to neglect God nor our brothers and sisters, but to “exhort” and “stir [them] up to love and good works.” To exhort means to strongly encourage or urge someone to action. A huge reason we assemble is to encourage our brothers to continue to live for God, which should make assembling a unifying event. However, when we fail to exhort and stir one another up to love and good works, we open the door to division.
Paul wrote in Galatians 6:1, “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.” In what way could we be tempted? The sinning brother did wrong, not me! We can be tempted to lose our temper, as if we are the sinless judge. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 18:21-35 that we should be far more concerned about our own debt than our brother’s debt. We need to use more restraint—it doesn’t take a hammer to remove a fly from our brother’s forehead (Galatians 6). While we are commanded to restore our brothers, and to “pull them out of the fire (Jude 23),” we must realize only the gospel can convict a good and honest heart (Romans 1:16).

Often times, we fall prey to the sin of “evil speaking.” In this sin, not only do we allow hatred to get the best of us, we fail to warn our brother of his sin, giving him no chance to repent. This is against the biblical blueprint given in Matthew 18:15-17. Talking about our sinning brother without giving him the opportunity to correct his error does not harmonize with the following verses:
Ephesians 4:31: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
Titus 3:2: “…speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”
James 4:11: “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.”
1 Peter 2:1: “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking…”
Galatians 5:15: “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
Louis Rushmore writes:
“The prominent words in this verse of Scripture are ‘often used together of wild animals, or like cats and dogs’ (A. T. Robertson) or ‘of animals of prey’ (Liddell), and so this context describes Christians who act toward each other, howbeit figuratively, as ravenous, mortal enemies in the animal kingdom. Christians are not supposed to act like ‘wild animals in deadly struggle’ (Wuest). This type of behavior is as remotely removed from the ideal of the preceding verse as one could possibly imagine, which reads, ‘…You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Galatians 5:14)….
Robertson’s illustrates: ‘There is a famous story of two snakes that grabbed each other by the tail and each swallowed the other.’ What better way to demonstrate the absurdity and catastrophic outcome of Christians biting, devouring and consuming each other?”
In other words, “be kind.” Anyone who truly knows the bible can spot sin; one who practices the bible meekly warns his brother of his sin. Do we want only to prove to others that we know our brother is in sin, or do we want to effect change? When we humbly urge our brothers to turn to God, our congregation can become more like the church we read in the bible.

Joey Hickey

The Truth About the Pope

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The Truth about the Pope

People have pride in long tenure. Olympic athletes with the longest standing records are exalted as gods because of incredible feats. Sometimes long tenure is confused with legitimacy. So is the case with the Catholic Church and the pope. Members of the Catholic Church are convinced that the pope is the voice of God on earth, and they make this claim on the basis that the popes can be traced all the way back to Peter: the acclaimed first pope.
Following are three reasons this author cannot believe the apostle Peter to be the first pope or his successors to be the Catholic popes that followed.

First, the supposed successors to Peter as pope were simply elders in the church. As early as Irenaeus (185), attempt was offered to make one single bishop (pope) of Rome have precedence over the church. Irenaeus claimed Linus was the first bishop after Peter, followed by Anacletus. However, Tertullian gives this title to Clement of Rome. Much confusion can result in trying to reconcile early documents and finding who the true successor was. Clement’s own writing settles the issue. Clement states that the churches were governed by elders, thus explaining that all these men were elders of the church at Rome, with no single one of them holding primacy over the others.

Second, if all popes are the successors of Peter, then all popes should be as righteous as the apostles themselves. Liberius, Honorius I, Stephen VI, John XII, Benedict IX, and others are good examples of how evil popes have been through the years. Some of these popes were sexually immoral in ways that would make a dog cringe. The bottom line is this: show this author 13 apostles who will be in heaven and a list of 13 popes can be provided who will be in hell without a doubt. If the popes are chosen and inspired by God as Catholics claim, then not a single one should have such evil said of them.

Third, the Bible does not support a monarchal pope. Peter had no superiority over the other apostles. In fact, Paul rebuked Peter to his face (Gal. 2:11). Also, in Acts 15 at the Jerusalem council, Peter held no precedence over the others in attendance. History nor the Bible support linear succession of the pope back to Peter. The pope is elevated to god status. Ironically, Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” (Gal. 3:28). Peter himself said that bishops were not to be, “Lords over those entrusted to you…” (1 Peter 5:3). It seems odd then when the pope is paraded around and exercises supposed God given authority as he does.

This is the truth about the pope.

(*Source: Mattox, F. W. The Eternal Kingdom. Delight: Gospel Light Publishing Company, 1961. Print.)

Aaron Battey

Do You Hate Anyone?

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Do You Hate Anyone?

With everything that we do in life, sports, jobs, school and so on, it can be very easy and tempting to have someone become our enemy. Perhaps, we deep down inside begin to hate them. Literally we cannot stand that person and no matter what they do we begin to hate them. I have been guilty of this, on occasions, and perhaps you have as well. The Bible has things to say about this hatred that we may have for some people. Proverbs 10:12 says, Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. It’s obvious that all hatred does is cause problems. In Matthew 5:43-44 it says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Jesus says that it doesn’t matter what this person has done to us. We are to love them and do good unto them. Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. This doesn’t mean that we should want to make our enemy mad by doing good, but we should want to do good so that they might realize we are not their enemy and that we love them. I think this is something that should be talked about more in the world today.

Carter Culbertson

Are You Fruitful ?

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Are You Fruitful?

Luke 13:6-9 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.’”

In Luke 13:6-9 we read of the parable of the fig tree. Jesus often used parables,which were usually stories containing analogies between things of an earthly nature and things of a spiritual nature, to teach certain lessons. By doing this, Jesus taught moral or spiritual lessons by relating them to things that people already understood. That is certainly the case with this parable. An important lesson can be learned from this parable for the modern-day Christian about the seriousness of being fruitful in our spiritual lives. The importance of this lesson cannot be overstated because every Christian, at some point in their spiritual life, has become content with the progress he/she has made. As a result, this leads to spiritual laziness, which is something that is not acceptable in our service to the God of Heaven.

A similar lesson is also taught in John 15:1-8. In this parable, the vineyard mentioned represents the church of our Lord. The fig tree planted in the vineyard, represents a single Christian working within the vineyard. Jesus says that the fig tree is not fruitful; therefore, it should be cast down because it is useless. Christ even says “why cumbereth it the ground?” meaning there’s no reason for the church to be burdened down and hindered because its members are rendered unfruitful. It is pointless for the ground to bear a tree that is dead and unproductive. So is the case with the church. There are far too many members who burden and hinder the efforts of the church because they are content with their spiritual positions. They have become complacent and therefore, unfruitful. They are useless! Not because they do not have the ability to be useful, but because they are not developing their abilities to better serve God. There is no room for this in the church!

The point that needs to be made is that it is the job of every Christian throughout our life to grow to our full spiritual potential. In order to do so, we cannot afford to waste time. There is no room in our lives for complacency. It is a constant process of growth all throughout life. If you are not taking steps forward everyday, then you are taking steps backward. There is no neutrality in the Christian growth process. For this reason, we must strive to grow daily! We must be consistent! No, it is not a process that happens overnight, but taking steps forward day after day can help us reach our full spiritual potential at the end of our lives. If we become unfruitful, we will reap the same fate as the unfruitful fig tree. We will be cast down and removed from God in the last day.

Colby Culbertson

Here’s Your Sign

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Here’s Your Sign

​ Before idea of astrology even originated, signs were used to symbolize covenants between God and man. A covenant is a binding agreement between two individuals. God does not easily forget His covenants (promises), but man does. Deuteronomy 4:23 says, “So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you.” Because man is so apt to forget, God would often times use human methods or signs to help man remember divine covenants such as is referenced to in Deut. 4. In the Old Testament (OT) there were three particular signs mentioned in scripture.

​ The first sign between God and man was a rainbow. Moses records in Gen. 9:13, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Every time a rainbow appears in the sky, man is reminded of this covenant between God and man from thousands of years ago. Because the rainbow exists, man can be confident the covenant exists.

Following are the three other covenantal signs listed in the Bible. The covenant God made with Abram in Gen. 12 was given the sign of circumcision. God made a covenant with the children of Israel in Moses’ day on Mt. Sinai. In Exodus 31:13, Moses reveals that the Sabbath day was a sign of that covenant on Mt. Sinai. Last of all, the Lord Jesus instituted the New Covenant while on earth and said in Luke 22:20, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood…”

All four signs –the rainbow, circumcision, the Sabbath, and the cup- were made as a proof and reminder. Thus, whenever one of those signs cease to exist, man can know for sure that the covenant has been dissolved altogether. This is an important detail to keep in mind when discussing the fulfillment of the OT. Because the Sabbath is nowhere required in the New Testament (NT) scriptures, man can be confident that the OT has been done away with as the Hebrew writer directly states in Hebrews 8:13. To require the Sabbath or any other law today would be wrong because the law, as well as the sign, has disappeared from the NT law. Consider this whenever discussing the contrast between the OT and NT.

Aaron Battey

Paul’s Teachings on Self-Defense

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Paul’s Teachings on Self Defense

​The apostle Paul teaches some very harsh, politically incorrect doctrines throughout the scriptures which are difficult for some Christians to accept and obey. In fact, many Christians are willing to concede to the authority of Christ up to the point that they have to personally sacrifice something. The name for this type of disciple is a “Fair Weather Christian.” Paul’s teachings are not for the Fair Weather Christian. Paul demands that Jesus’ disciples sacrifice many things. A short list includes the following: personal relationships (1 Cor. 5), the right to speak in worship (1 Tim. 2), cursing, swearing, fornication, anger (Col. 3), money (1 Cor. 16), and the list could go on. Perhaps the most difficult of all things to give up is the use of lethal force in defense of oneself and family. Paul speaks to self-defense in 1 Cor. 7.

​Open the Bible and read 1 Cor. 7:25-33. Read the passage again, and when finished, read it a third time. Now, stop and take 5 minutes to process this new information. Five minutes have passed. Next, consider the following definition of terms within the passage. When Paul mentions the virgin, he is referring to anyone that is unmarried. In modern terms, Paul is talking about bachelors or bachelorettes. Paul is thus discussing throughout the passage the dilemma of whether a bachelor should marry or remain single. This passage may be mistaken for the first century version of “Dating for Dummies.” Contrary to this carnal and sad misconception, Paul is not trying to be a dating doctor. The apostle discusses this topic because of a daunting and terrifying time about to face the first century Christian. He calls this approaching peril “the present distress,” (vs. 26).

​The “present distress” has been misinterpreted as an impending famine and even the second advent of Christ by some. These interpretations are made by Fair Weather Christians who do not want to face the hard and clear facts of Paul’s message. The present distress was something that would require a Christian to choose between wife or Christ, personal possessions or Christ, peace and tranquility or Christ. Read again vs. 29-30, “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess.” Paul then makes the statement, “But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord-how he may please the Lord,” (vs. 32).

​There would be a Roman Caesar named Nero rise to power who would put Paul and many other Christians to death, only because they bore the name of Christ. Other emperors like Domitian would arise who would follow suite with Nero. It is very likely that Paul looks forward to such disciples of Satan as the present (impending) distress that would cast the great burden of choice upon Christians. The choice: will the Christian deny the name of Christ in order to save the life of his wife or perhaps his expensive possessions, or will the Christian refuse to deny Christ and act as if he did not have a wife, own possessions, or have reason to weep? The conclusion is obvious. Paul gave no room for self-defense.

​Set aside emotions for once and seriously contemplate this emotionally disturbing command given by the apostle. Ask with sincerity, did Paul give the option of shooting the perpetrator? Think on these things while waiting on upcoming discussions regarding self-defense and the Bible.

Aaron Battey

Found Wanting

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Found Wanting

In Daniel 5 we are introduced to an amazing account in the life of Daniel and an extremely unfortunate end to a wicked king. Belshazzar takes the vessels of the temple, which his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar had taken, and uses them in a banquet for his nobles.

While this banquet is going on, a finger of a man appeared and writes on the wall. This changed the king`s countenance and he was filled with so much fear that his thoughts troubled him and his knees knocked. Have you ever had this type of fear? There would be no rest for Belshazzar that night. He immediately brought in his astrologers, Chaldeans, and his soothsayers, but this was to no avail, because they could not interpret the writing. The King was told about Daniel and he sent for him. The king brought in Daniel who made known the writing on the wall:

Daniel 5:25-28 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. I want to focus on the meaning of “TEKEL” which means “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”

God told Belshazzar you are weighed in the balances of my righteous judgment and have been found wanting. The word wanting means: “lacking or deficient.” We are shown clearly what Belshazzar was lacking in his life. Daniel 5:3, 4 shows that Belshazzar lacked respect for God. Daniel 5:23 says that Belshazzar did not glorify God. Daniel 5:22 shows Belshazzar lacked humility. In this article I want us to consider if we are lacking in our lives as God`s disciple. Will we be found wanting on the final day? If so what will we be found lacking or deficient of?

1) Will we be found deficient of Baptism?
Do you think baptism is necessary for salvation? Are you delaying baptism? God`s word says a lot on baptism and what the reason for it is. In Acts 2:38 we are taught that we need baptism to be forgiven of our sins. Peter says “Be baptized for the remission of sins.” We are told that Christ is the Savior of the one body (his church) Eph. 5:23. The only way to get into the body of Christ is through baptism for the remission of sins (1 Cor. 12:13). It is clearly evident that baptism is needed in order to be saved from our sins.

There is story about a girl who was considering being baptized. When her mother heard about it, she told the girl that if she would not obey the Gospel, she would get her the prom dress, she had been wanting. Sadly the girl decided to give into the mother’s offer. Shortly after that, she became deathly ill. The doctors informed her that her sickness was fatal. The mother was heartbroken. Knowing her daughter would soon die, she asked if there was anything she could do or get for her. The daughter replied, “Yes, you can you bring me that beautiful prom dress.” The mother went away confused,yet determined to fulfill her daughters last wish. When the mother returned with the dress, the daughter asked her to hold up the dress so she could see it. The daughter then said, “Mother that is the dress that cost me my soul.” How sad this story is, but without scriptural baptism we simply won`t make it to heaven.

2) Will we be found lacking zeal for God?
In the world in which we live it is easy to find ourselves getting bored with things. We throw them aside and look for something else. It is sad to see many do this with God. At first, they are thrilled with the Lord, but slowly they begin to drift. The cares and affairs of this world choke the zeal for God away; Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Peter tells us that the only way to be fruitful in the work of God is to be abounding in faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity. It takes a zeal for God and the gospel, to abound in our spiritual lives. To have zeal for God, is to have enthusiasm for Him.

It is my hope and prayer that no one will be weighed in the balances and found wanting on judgment day. May God grant us the ability to see and correct the areas in which we are weak!

Sean Smith