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When did the End – Begin? The crippling effect of being passive.

I feel compelled to write this in light of all that has happened, and is happening at this very moment. I speak of the current events taking place in our nation, and the events leading up to them. My natural reasoning tells me something is wrong,  yet I feel that the blame for what is happening is falling on the wrong shoulders. Yes, you heard me right. Many people want to blame the American citizens for not fighting for their freedom and not being diligent in flaming that fire. But those who wish to blame American citizens, fail to realize that they speak of themselves as well as the rest of us who did not realize that the price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.  Many people would like to blame our Representatives and Senators, but guess who voted them into office? That’s right, you and I. Many would like to blame the communists that have masqueraded as democracy loving politicians, and as such, snuck into our government. Yet the blame for what is happening does not fall on them. Yet more recent are those who blame our President for what is taking place. But I say again, who elected him into office, and why do you expect anything different? Though some may disagree, I firmly believe that he is not to blame.

But you know who is don’t you?

I am going to tell you, and it may come as a shock. Are you ready?

The blame does not belong on the shoulders of Senators, House Representatives, Presidents, or Communists. The blame for what has happened, and is happening, lays squarely on the shoulders of…..

The Church.

What!, you say? The blame for our ever-growing, power-hungry, soon to be socialist, communist, and fascist government lies on the Church? The answer is distinctly, and astoundingly,  yes. You say, “The Church, and religion for that matter, have nothing to do with the government”, but in that my friend, you would be completely wrong. This type of thinking is communist reasoning at it’s very core, for that is the goal of communism, to rid government and all of society, of God. If you don’t believe me, then read it for yourself. In reality, Christianity has everything to do with government. Why would the God who created the institution of government, leave it to work out its own problems. Contrary to popular belief, the Bible gives implicit commands concerning government and how it should be run. Our Founding Fathers realized this, and the importance of relying on “Divine Providence” for direction, and administration of the government. Let’s look at what they said so we might understand them better.

Benjamin Franklin

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it                  probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye-word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”
(Source: James Madison, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Max Farrand, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911), Vol. I, pp. 450-452, June 28, 1787.)

Benjamin Rush – Signer of the Declaration of Independence

We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. For this Divine Book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.

(Source: Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical(Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas and William Bradford, 1806), pp. 93-94.)

By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. . . . It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published. . . . All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it [the Bible] must perish, and how consoling the thought, it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself. “The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew 1:18]

(Source: Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1951), p. 936, to John Adams, January 23, 1807.)

George Washington

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

(Source: George Washington, Address of George Washington, President of the United States . . . Preparatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge), pp. 22-23. In his Farewell Address to the United States in 1796.)

Robert Winthrop – Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.

(Source: Robert Winthrop, Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions(Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1852), p. 172 from his “Either by the Bible or the Bayonet.”)

Here we can vividly see that our Founding Fathers clearly knew that Christianity was an essential part of government and politics, therefore they sought God’s direction and guidance in forming this nation. God was actively involved in aiding our Founding Fathers and guiding them to form a government that reflected who he is. They asked, and relied upon His Divine help. They realized that “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain”. Psalm 127:1

The government demonstrated in the Bible is that of Theocracy, where God alone is considered the ruler, and the Priests are his representatives. Almighty God was greatly displeased when Israel decided they wanted a king, but because of their unwillingness to submit to His leadership, He granted their request, and it has been a scourge ever since. That is the irony of it. God gave them exactly what they wanted, and they expected Him to bless them. In the same light, we asked God to get our of our schools, out of our government, and out of our lives. Yet, we still want Him to bless us. We sing, “God bless America” thinking that somehow we have the right to be blessed. But remember, we asked God to remove Himself from everything in our lives, and I believe He has granted our request.

God has forsaken us because we have forsaken God.

We are still a Christian nation, but don’t believe for one moment that God does not punish, and is not punishing us for our sin. Proverbs 3:11-12 say this, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” I believe that God is punishing us because He wants us to turn back to him. He is calling us to repent of the things we are allowing in our lives, our petty differences and our selfish wants. He wants us to make Him our glory, to lay up treasures in heaven and not here on earth.

To seek his will above all earthly things, and to worship him as He has called us to. Just like the Children of Israel in the Old Testament, we have sought idols and worshipped the false gods of material possessions, prosperity, worldliness, fun, immorality of the mind, church attendance stats, music, self, and countless others. The Church has given up true doctrine for that which is more “palatable” and “pleasing” to the crowd. The Church is more interested in entertaining the lost than feeding the sheep. As a result, the sheep are starving for the “milk” and “meat” of the Word while the lost are being fed truck loads of witty sayings, ego-boosting sermonettes, and pathetic tales. Because of our infatuation with the world and passive thinking, we have not stood up for the Bible and what the Word of God says is right, just, and true. Therefore, our faith has had little effect in the last century because of this. As our hearts became hard towards the things of this world, so our faith grew cold, and no one likes cold Christianity but the devil.

If we want our nation to turn back to God and rely on Him as our only support like our Founding Fathers did, someone has to change. The person who needs to change is not the President, and not our politicians, (though that would be nice). They won’t be able to change our nation.  The people who need to change are you and I. When we repent and turn from the coldness, sin, and apathy in our lives, others will see the change in us, and God will give us a heart to win people to Christ. The only way to turn our nation around is to change the people, not those who run it.

We have to stop being passive

We have to stand up for what God says is right, just, and good. If someone attacks our faith, in love we have to be on the offensive. God’s word says “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15.  Notice the key is “with meekness and fear“. Meekness towards our fellow man, and fear towards God because if we do wrong against them, God will hold us accountable. Yet, we have to stand up for what is right and not back down. So what if we are persecuted! Jesus said “If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you.” John 15:20. We are still a Christian nation. This is not a war cry, but it is a call to stand up for what this nation was founded upon: Jesus Christ. We as the Church have been too comfortable in this blessed country. We (this inlcudes myself) have thought that everything was going smoothly and nothing was wrong, yet, our freedoms are slipping out from under us.

The devil is hard at work, but most of us aren’t working at all.

Brothers, it is time we seek God with all our heart, repent of our sin, be a blazing witness for Jesus Christ, and stand up and remain firm in our Biblical beliefs. Who is with me?

For the glory and advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan Hamilton


The Sufficiency of Scripture

The Bible is a wonderful book! Yet, how many Christians today reject the Bible as authoritative? Not accepting the Word of God as such presents serious problems. In this post, I will give the biblical defense for the doctrine of the Sufficiency of  Scripture, then I will give the application and explain why it is so important.

The doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture is vital to the Christian life and the Church itself. On this one doctrine rests the future of our lives and the life of the Church. It is the Rock of all other doctrine and the foundation to our belief in Jesus Christ. There is a reason for it’s importance.

Defending the Doctrine Of the Sufficiency of Scripture.

The Word is divinely inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:16a tells us that the Word of God is given by inspiration of God. Do you think that God would take the time and the trouble to write a book, that is so significant it took several thousand years to write, compile, and complete, and then give it to a people who are rebellious, stubborn, and would not listen, unless the message was very important and of great significance.  God gave us His word and as 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, men of God received His words by divine revelation from the Holy Ghost. The Word of God is what tells us about the redemptive plan of infinite wisdom. It is necessary that we have unfailing belief in this matter, as I will point our later. Some other verses that point to the authenticity of God’s Word: Gal. 1:12-13 & 15-16, John 15:26, Hebrews 1:1-2.

The Word is Jesus Christ Himself. (John 1:1-5, 14)
You know many times we do not think about this, but Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word of God. God in the flesh. So how could God present himself in a more meaningful, more glorious way than by manifesting himself as the Word of God in the very being of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is the very essence of Who God is because He is the Word. There is something so very rich about this that we seem to be unable to comprehend.

How it applies to our life.
Is Profitable for:

Doctrine.

The Word Doctrine here in the Greek, literally means teaching. Not someone who teaches but the doctrine that is taught through scripture. As God’s people, we are commanded to study His word that we may be “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15 There is no way that we are going to know how God desires for us to live, act, speak, and govern our lives if we are not genuinely seeking to understand the Word of God. In Ephesians, Paul compares the Word of God to a Sword. A soldier would not go out to battle without being trained how to effectively use that sword. If we are going to fight in this world the dark and deadly evils, we must be effective in using the Word of God in our daily life. His word is our teacher. Application to our lives, that is both genuine and relevant, is found from Genesis to Revelation. Many preachers and teachers of the Bible today say that it is not relevant in many areas of our life, because of the difference in geographical location, time period, language, and tradition. Does this mean then that the teaching of the Atonement was only for those who existed within that time period, only for those who lived in that geographical location, those who spoke that language, only those that held the Jewish tradition. You can see the error that is made in assuming this. Either the Bible is all Sufficient, or it is a making of men’s ideas. Either the Bible is relevant to all of life in every area, or it is not relevant at all.  All of the Bible is relevant to our lives today. Yet I do agree that in order to understand the relevant application, which is not always on the surface, you must do extensive, prayerful, and Spirit led research in order to grasp it. Here are just a few of the topics that Jesus speaks to in his Word: Family life, Church Government, Taxes, Tithing, Submission to State Government, Missions, The Role of the Government, Dietary laws, Childhood Education, Tradition, Marriage, The Procreation of Children, Child training, How to act towards other believers, How to treat our enemies, How to pray, How to live a Holy and Righteous life, Fasting, Creation, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Masculinity, Femininity,  Business, Work ethics, Economics, Mathematics, Biology, Astronomy, and so many Other things that I cannot list them all. Yet never doubt this for a moment. That God’s Word speaks to all things and for all people.

Reproof.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, (ESV) God’s Word is given to us that we as Christians might be reproved, or convicted and corrected in the error of our sin. Reproof here basically means to reprove a sinful act or false doctrine. Coming from and living in the world, Christians must allow the scripture to show us where we may be wrong. There are many false teachers out there and we must  change our thinking to line up with the Word. Heb. 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” When we seek the Word, the Holy Spirit will bring conviction to areas of our lives that are displeasing to him. I know it has happened in my life, and hopefully it has happened in yours.
Correction
The greek word here literally means to set aright, and was used if a person had to pick
up a vase or statue that had fallen over. Thus, we must “set aright” anything in our lives that does not line up with the Word of God, and we are commanded in Scripture to go to a brother and correct him in love if he has strayed from following God, has gone into sin, or received or taught false doctrine. Galatians 6:11 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Instruction in Righteousness.

Instruction in Righteousness is the actual building up of faith and knowledge in the Lord. The word there means to train up children, yet it can be used for that sense, and for training the Children of God in the righteousness of God. I think it has significant implication for both. The Bible does say that parents must “train up the Child in the way he should go, and when He is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) In the same manner, the Elders must be diligent about teaching the “milk and meat of the Word” to believers. First must come reproof, then correction, and then we must learn what the Truth is, and God’s Word is the Truth.
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Those that truly seek the Lord, will, by constant study and earnest desire, grow and increase their good works. Every Word of God is necessary for the growth of the genuine Christian. The Lord has provided His Word so that we might be perfect. How could we be perfect if the Lord did not speak to every issue? John MacArthur says in his commentary:
“Through the convincing and convicting power of the Holy Spirit, Scripture is God’s own provision for every spiritual truth and moral principle that men need to be saved, to be equipped to live righteously in this present life and to hear one day in the life to come, ‘ Well done, thou good and faithful servant, … enter into the joy of your Master’.” (Matt. 25:21)

Consequences for rejecting this Doctrine are these:

The Church’s foundation is destroyed.
Truth becomes relevant (only in the eyes of man).
False teachers dominate the Church.
The World influences the Church.
Evangelism ceases to be a dominant part of Church life.
The Church is unprepared for Christ’s return.

CHRISTIAN APPLICATION

I would like to ask you a question. If you were to buy a Windsor Ceiling Fan and become a member of the Windsor Ceiling Fan Club, what good would that fan do you if you set the it (still in the box) and the membership certificate up on a shelf some where? Would it do you any good there? Would you walk by it and say to your friends, “ I am apart of the Windsor Ceiling Fan Club and here is the beautiful fan that I bought! Don’t you think it is wonderful?”. As lame as this example may seem, it is rightly applied. I wonder how many “Christians” who are apart of the “Fan Club” buy themselves a “fan” and put it on the shelf. Of course, I intend the fan to represent the Bible, and the fan club to represent Christianity. How will a fan bring a cool breeze in the hot summer heat if you do not install it? And how can you install a fan unless you read the directions that tell you how. You see God has given us his Word as a guide for us to follow. It will do us no good sitting on a shelf where it is never read and never applied. If I decided that it is time to put that fan up, should I just begin putting it together and see if I can install it right? Of course not! I must read the directions that come with the fan and learn how I must install it correctly. I might wire it improperly, or fail to give the fan enough support, thereby making it fly off while running. The Bible gives us clear direction on how we are to handle every issue and how we are to believe. If we do not, then our lives will be against the perfect plan that God desires for us. True and genuine Christians will be looking diligently into the Word of God and allow it to govern and direct their lives. The reason for this is because every man will stand before God to give an account of his life. If we as Christians have failed to follow the commands and directives that he gives us in His Word, then we will be held responsible for that.

How do you respond when your children disobey, when people talk badly about you, or when someone treats you unfairly? Do you get angry, curse, swear, and threaten, or do you graciously handle the situation with love?
How do you act around unbelievers? Do you act just like them, or do you show the love of Christ to them and witness to them?
What are the words that come out of your mouth the most? Are they words of encouragement to you spouse, children, co-workers, and friends; or is your speech nothing but filth, even taking the Name of the Lord in Vain?
Do you allow gossip to spread, even becoming apart of it? Do you love those who mistreat, even hate you? Do you think thoughts that are sinful, thoughts of immorality, ungodliness, worry, strife, or inventing evil?
The Bible Speaks to every one of these things and so many more. We must allow God’s Holy Word to govern our lives. The applications are endless.

CONCLUSION.

Let me conclude my message with these thoughts; and listen closely, because they are very serious ones.

Listen to the following verses.

Matt. 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 12:8-9 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

2 Tim 2:12 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

You may say, “What do these verses have to do with the message.”, it is this: that you must accept that the Word of God is “God breathed”, Inherent, and All sufficient for these two reasons:
The Bible confesses that it is God Breathed
And Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word of God

If you do not accept the latter, then you call God a liar, and are unfit to be apart of His Glorious Kingdom. If you do not accept the former, then you deny that Jesus is the Christ. This is the reason for the emphasis of these four different verses. Jesus said in Matt. 10:32-33 that, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” By denying that the Bible is not the All Sufficient Word of God, you deny that Jesus is the All Sufficient Savior; and thereby bring judgment upon yourself. I believe that not reading the Word of God on a daily basis, and seeking it’s divine application and revelation for our lives, is a fruit that is born out of a bad heart. I would dare say that the person who claims to be a Christian, yet does not seek the Word of God, that person’s salvation is questionable. I think that not reading the Word of God is the same as denying it, because that person is not convinced of it’s relevancy.

Therefore, the question that God has for you today is this: Do you believe that the Bible is the All Sufficient, God breathed, and Inerrant Word of Almighty God?