Jesus the Christ Made a Statement

It is somewhat understandable why many people mistrust certain Christians; however, there are other Christians whom it is quite dangerous to despise.  Those Christians and their way of living may make you feel a bit uncomfortable regarding the life-choices you have made or may be currently making but since they are actually embarking on the spirit-walk we are all called to travel in then it is wise to take note and move in the same direction and along the same pathway and in the same manner as they are.  “Blessed are the pure in heart ….” – Jesus.  And God commanded, “Be holy even as I am holy.”

Wherever a number of Christians have associated together, with the evident and exclusive aim of promoting purity of heart and life, they have prospered.  The most profound attention to the history of the general church will show the same unvarying truth.  Under the influence of apostolic purity, the early victories of the cross were as decisive in the reformation of individual character and public manners, as they were unparalleled in their extent and power.  But the gradual departure from primitive simplicity, and the immense accumulation of corruption in heart and life which followed, by slow degrees destroyed the power of the church to act as a reforming agent.  There are punctuated periods of pursuing heart purity throughout church history and we stand in dire need of another.  The possibility of the perpetual presence of the empowering Spirit of God is real but the spirit cools for whatever reason and the fervent flames of reformation fade until problems provoking punishment from the Supreme Moral Authority again multiply.  See 2nd Chronicles 7:13-15

The pure in heart — Those whose hearts are purified by faith; who are not only sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Jesus, but cleansed by the Spirit of God from vain thoughts, unprofitable reasonings, earthly and sensual desires, and corrupt passions; who are purified from pride, self-will, discontent, impatience, anger, malice, envy, covetousness, ambition; whose hearts are circumcised to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, and their neighbours as themselves, and who, therefore, are not only upright before him, but possess and maintain purity of intention and of affection in all their designs, works, and enjoyments; serving him continually with a single eye and an undivided heart. They shall see God — Namely, in the glass of his works, whether of creation, providence, or grace, here, and face to face hereafter: they shall have fellowship with him in his ordinances, and shall endure as seeing him that is invisible, while they walk by faith on earth, and shall be admitted to the most perfect vision and complete enjoyment of him in heaven. – Joseph Benson

The above is an excerpt from my current book project

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart is what our Lord said, He didn’t say pure in the head; men may have pure notions and impure hearts.  It was not in the hand, or action, or in outward conversation only.  The Pharisees were outwardly righteous before men but, we are told, inwardly they were full of impurity.  It is in the heart that we are to be pure.  Ever since the failure of Adam, the heart of man has been “naturally” unclean and it is not within our own power to make it clean or to be pure from sin.  Too many people stop right there just like John Calvin did.  Now, “The Bible is a holy book and woe to the man that would make it a minister of sin!” – Dudley Kidd.  Many people do carefully give consideration to the command of God, “Be ye holy, even as I Am holy….”  With such a command coming from our Creator, it seems that there should be a way for it to occur.  Guess what; Scripture reveals there is!  The preventatives against sin are not in us but in God.  Either the doctrine of God as related by the Apostle John or the practice of sin must be abandoned; they are incompatible with each other.  The ones who are wise will seek to find it while the foolish ones will not and they will tend to merely rely on the “lamp oil” they already started out with; initial sanctification.  Even they who’ve experienced the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit tend to find themselves desiring and following after ever more purity of heart, life, thought, and conversation; so happy and blessed they are for they shall see God, in this life and in the one to follow. – Ward Clinton, an excerpt from my current book project.

The Hypocrite Squawks “Judge not…Judge not”

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“Before thou reprehend another, take heed that thou are not culpable in what thou goest about to reprehend.  He that cleanses a blot with blurred fingers will make a greater blot.  Even the candle-snuffers of the sanctuary were of pure gold.” — Quarles

It is always slightly amusing, as well as somewhat annoying, to see someone spew the words “…Judge not…” on social media followed up with harsh criticism of the person or persons who just incurred their wrath for expressing an opinion contrary to their own.  The amusing part is that they have just demonstrated that they don’t really know what it is that the Holy bible actually says.  Follow up attempts at conversing with them frequently demonstrates lack of any desire to find out and it only agitates their guilty conscience.

We know that sacred things are liable to be abused by profane persons.  It should really come as no surprise, then, when they use and abuse the sacred text to attack us in order to inflict pain and/or attempt to silence us.

In the “Sermon on the Mount”  Jesus admonished His followers that they must judge, that’s right, we are to judge and to do so in a correct fashion.  Curiously enough, though, He first gave the willfully ignorant something on which they could hang their hat if they wished to remain blind to the truth.  Now the one who is severe on others will naturally excite their severity against himself.  Therefore a certain level of tact is called for because the Christian has not been given permission to ignore sin.  Many, if not most, of the problems we are experiencing today is because we find it easier to sit down and be quiet rather than to stand and speak up.

A nation that was based largely on biblical values has turned anti-biblical, with the trend accelerating in recent years because too many who call themselves Christian have failed to stay true to the teachings of The Christ.

“Many Christians have been changing their views on abortion and homosexual behavior regardless of what the Bible teaches. In wanting either to avoid the label of being intolerant or in some cases desiring to steer clear of governmental persecution, Christians are acquiescing.  We believe that much of the giving in is because so many in the church have compromised [their belief in] God’s Word beginning in Genesis, and so now generations in our churches really don’t look to the Bible as the absolute authority of the Word of God.” – Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis

The minister, whose God-given task it is to declare to the people their faults and sins, should closely examine himself, lest, after he has preached to others, he himself should be cast-away.  Likewise, each and every follower of Jesus, who is called The Christ, should seek to be as much like Him as possible.  We must seek purification for it is only when we have wrestled with and overcome our own besetting sins, that have the insight and tact to direct others how to overcome theirs.

When the devil reminds you of your past, simply remind him of his future.

A bad liver cannot be a good counselor or bold reprover; such a person must speak softly for fear of awakening his own guilty conscience and that is why we are called to be holy unto God.  Therefore let each one of us seek to study the Word of God, live the Word of God, be like the Word of God, and boldly proclaim the Word of God.

– Pastor Ward

What is Man? ….

SECOND CHAPTER SUMMARY
from “What is Man? Adam, alien or ape?” I am posting here periodically the chapter summaries of each of the 14 chapters of “What is Man? Adam, alien or ape?” Here is the summary for Chapter 2, “The Cheshire Cat Cosmos (or can a universe create itself from nothing?)”
If you don’t already have the book this might further stimulate interest (please share these posts with your friends!)
“If the universe is an accident of nature, then Man is also likely to be a meaningless accident. If, on the other hand, the universe was created by God, then humanity is also likely to be a purposeful creation. So the question “where is Man?” will directly affect the way we resolve the basic issue, “What is Man?”
Until about 100 years ago, most scientists who studied the universe as a whole (cosmologists) believed the universe was eternal and had no beginning. But this began to change in 1916 when Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which implied that the universe could not be static or unchanging. Subsequently in 1929, astronomer Edwin Hubble showed that the universe (or cosmos) is expanding, and this result was confirmed in 1963 by the discovery that the earth is bathed in a background of weak microwave radiation — now interpreted as the remnants of a “hot big bang” origin of the universe. The Bible’s opening verse declares that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, and the theological implications of these new discoveries greatly alarmed those who reject the ancient idea of divine creation.
In this chapter we trace the development of atheistic thinking about cosmic origins, and the successive ideas advanced to sidestep the conclusion that creation demands a Creator. The current atheistic claim is that the universe created itself from nothing without the involvement of any spiritual agency, alleging that the laws of nature must lead to the spontaneous creation of a material cosmos. Her we gently point out that even if this were the case, someone or something having a non-material nature would have to create and host the laws of nature. Since these laws are essentially mathematical, only a non-material intelligence could have composed them and put them to work. The atheists’ theories therefore lead logically to the necessity of God.