Category Archives: Christ & The Gospel

Articles on Christ, evangelism, and the gospel

You Talk A Lot, How Is Your Walk?

Before Salvation:

“…in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience”                                                                               (Ephesians 2:2, nasb).

“So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind…” (Ephesians 4:17, nasb).

Now:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them”  (Ephesians 2:8-10, nasb).

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called…” (Ephesians 4:1, nasb)

“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:2, nasb).

“…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as of Light” (Ephesians 5:8, nasb).

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise…” (Ephesians 5:15, nasb).

Socialism defined

 

A good definition of socialism is taking from those who are working and give to others who are not working.  It is basically stealing.  Socialism has never worked!  Socialism is stealing from others to give to others.  It is morally wrong and it does not work and the poor end up suffering!

Should We Cuss in Church?

 

Christians would answer “No”, in light of the Word of God stating, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29, nasb). All would agree that filthy communication is sinful and not wholesome speech.

However, in performing plays, dramas and musicals in the church and in Christian schools these days, the excuse is used that we should try to be more realistic. So, we throw in a few slang and swear words (gutter language) which is totally inappropriate anywhere, much less in a church.

Recently we attended a Christmas musical fully expecting to participate in the praise of the Savior and His birth, but the musical was completely secular, with the main character swearing several times in the performance.

Even though the musical was well-done, there was nothing of Christ, except for a short five-minute talk tacked on the end.

My wife mentioned, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful at Christmas to simply proclaim Christ in our churches, especially when the world is in such a mess and there is a complete misunderstanding of the message of Christmas. Churches could perform great drama’s sharing the nativity and God’s gift to this earth.”

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son….” (Galatians 4:4, nasb)

In our churches at Christmas, and throughout the year, we should aim to preach Christ, and if we have drama’s, skits, and sketches, have ones that point to the truth of the message of Christ, not to satisfy our entertainment needs, but to proclaim the glory of salvation in Christ in Him alone and the majesty of God.

Of all the dramas, writings, plays, and sketches in the world available today, aren’t there one or two that proclaims Christ and points to the glory of Christmas that we, in our churches, could present to a lost world in need of “the light of Christ”.

 

I guess another title for this short article could be, “Can We as the Church put Christ back into Christmas?”

Reading the Puritans

 

A pastor said to me that he enjoyed reading the Puritans for three reasons; because they had a rigorous theology, warm spirituality, and down-to-earth practicality. Although the Puritans preached the wrath of God, they said the single emotion of a true Christian is a happy heart!  Charles Spurgeon said: “I have been charged with being a mere echo of the Puritans, but I would rather be the echo of truth than the voice of falsehood.” The Puritan John Newton, in later life as an old man with his mind going, used to say, “My mind and memory are going, but I do remember two things; first, I am a great sinner, but secondly, I have a great Savior!” 

Jesus Must Be God

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39, nasb)

My wife has a Chinese friend who married an Iranian man named Omar. Years ago, when Omar first came from Iran to the United States, he lived in New York City. He was a Muslim who hated Americans, but came to make money and go back to Iran rich. Wanting to be a successful business man, he purchased a self-help book entitled, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Even though the book was a secular book, the author has several verses from the Bible in the book.

As Omar read these verses, he was startled because they rang true to him. There was something different about these verses than the other words in the book. Later, he bought another book on “How to be a Successful Salesman” by Zig Zigler, who is a Christian. This book included quite a few verses.

As Omar was reading through these verses, a desire came over him to read the whole Bible. So, he went to a bookstore in New York City and quietly, so no one could hear, he asked the clerk if they had a Bible. The store said they didn’t have a Bible, but they had a New Testament, which was part of the Bible. Omar purchased this New Testament and went to his apartment and began to read God’s Word.

The first book in the New Testament is Matthew. Omar was a Muslim who hated Jews, and was reading a book that was primarily written by Matthew to explain the Messiah to Jews.

As Omar read of the genealogy of the Lord Jesus, and on through the beatitudes and this wonderful teaching from the Lord Jesus, God began to draw his heart to the Savior. As he read the verses in Matthew 10 of the members of your own household being your enemies, he fell to his knees and confessed Christ as Savior.

Later when someone asked him why these verses, of all verses, would be the very verses that would bring him to faith in Christ, he said, “When I read them, I knew that Jesus must be God because only God would require such from His disciples.”