Monthly Archives: April 2008

The Lord's prayer

R.C. Foster in “Studies In The Lfe of Christ” (p. 862) recorded how someone “has pointed out the extraordinary collection of relationships which emerge in this prayer.”

(1) Our Father father and child
(2) Hallowed by thy name God and the worshipper
(3) Thy kingdom come king and subject
(4) Thy will be done master and servant
(5) Give us this day ourdaily bread benefactor and suppliant
(6) Forgive us our debts creditor and debtor
(7) Bring us not into temptation guide and debtor
(8) Deliver us from the evil one redeemer and redeemed

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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How Christians are like sheep

A study of how Christians are like sheep:

1) Sheep are often ignorant – Jer. 5:4 – discuss ______________________________________________
2) Sheep are easily distracted – Isa. 53;6; Mk. 4:14-19 – – discuss _______________________________
3) Sheep have no personal protection – 1 Pet. 5:8 – discuss ____________________________________
4) Cost to reclaim sheep? __________________________________________________ Jn. 10:11
5) Gen. 4:4 – “early care necessary” – – discuss _____________________________________________
6) Jn. 10:5 – apply to Christianity: _______________________________________________________
7) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. What do sheep want? ____________________________
8) What do men want? ________________________________________________________________
9) Jn. 10:10
10) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures – satisfied sheep lie down.
a) 4 criteria before laying down: no fear, “pest free,” not hungry, no friction with others.
b) 2 Tim. 1:7 – compare 4 criteria to us – ____________________________________________
11) He leadeth me beside the still waters – sheep (on average) are composed of 70% water.
12) Thirsty sheep are restless – Mt. 5:6.
13) Discuss man’s spiritual thirst: _____________________________________________________
14) He restoreth my soul:
15) Sheep can end up on their backs – feet in the air and panicked.
16) Discuss “restoring souls” in local congregation: ______________________________________
17) He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
a) Sheep require very delicate care. Important to “keep them moving.” Shepherds must plan.
b) Some sheep refuse to follow – discuss – ________________________________________
c) What prevents people from following? ________________________________________
18) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Shepherds faced danger.
19) Examples: __________________________________________________ Jn. 16:33.
20) I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
21) Explain “rod” and “staff”: ______________________________________________________
22) Gal. 2:11.
23) Thou preparest a table before me. Shepherds scout out areas in advance. Heb. 2:10, KJV.
24) Thou anointest my head with oil – “medical treatment” for sheep. Church is God’s hospital.
25) My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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has the kingdom of God come?

World history and the kingdom of God

1) It is important to study the kingdom through the eyes of Daniel (he was living in Babylon).
2) At this time Babylon (625-538 B.C.) was the dominant world power.
3) Dan. 2:32 : Describe the image: ____________________________________________
4) Dan. 2:36-37: What part of the image represented Babylon/the king? ______________
5) Compare Isa. 14:4.
6) What happens in Dan. 5:5? ___________________________________________
7) Dan. 5 also discusses the ancient world powers – Dan. 5:18, 25-28 – READ.
8) This information is then discussed a third time in Dan. 7 using the image of “beasts.”
9) Dan. 7:3-7 – the four beasts are: __________________________________________
10) The “lion” in premillennial thought is said to represent: _____________________
11) The “eagle’s wings” on the lion are said to refer to: ______________________________
12) Why REJECT these interpretations as completely false (Dan. 7:4, 5, 6)? __________________
13) What is the bear falsely said to represent (Dan. 7:5)? ______________________
14) Why REJECT this view? _____________________________________
15) What was the third beast like (Dan. 7:6)? ____________________________________
16) This beast is often referred to as the nation of Germany.
17) One wild claim is that it must be Germany because this nation has produced “leopard tanks.”
18) The “four heads” are often interpreted as “four German reichs.”
a) Germany had two reichs, there was Hitler’s third reich, and now supposedly a “fourth reich.”
b) The fourth beast had how many horns (Dan. 7:7-8)? ___________________
c) False teachers say each horn represents a king and all will one day be joined together.
d) This accounts for much of the talk about a recreated “soviet union” or the “European union.”
e) Right now the European Union has 15 members—that does not fit premillennial doctrine.”
f) They think the number will one day be reduced to ten.
g) They further say one day this power will dominate the entire world—one world government.
h) Finally, it is said from this group a single person will emerge – a skillful politician.
i) This individual (a few think it could be a woman) will be the “beast” or “anti-Christ.”
j) Also false: In the future this leader will lead international forces in attacking Israel in “Armageddon.”

19) People forget that Dan. 7 has the same information as Dan. 2—world kingdoms from the past.
20) What Daniel said was future history for him; for us, it is in the past.
21) Babylon was the first kingdom (lion/eagle) and God said it would fall – 2:39; 5:20-21, 28.
22) In Dan. 2, Babylon was compared to fine gold.
23) After Babylon came another world empire (the Persian Empire). Dan. 5:30-31.
24) In 538 B.C. the Medes and Persians united together and formed this kingdom).
25) This is the kingdom compared to silver (Dan. 2:32) and a “bear” in Dan. 7:5. Compare Dan. 5:28, 31.
26) This kingdom lasted until 330 B.C. and then came Greece, the third kingdom (330-323 B.C.)
27) In the image of Dan. 2, this was like “brass” (Dan. 2:39). In Dan. 7:6 it is compared to a: _________
28) The fourth kingdom was Rome (B.C. 31-476 A.D.)
29) See Dan. 2:33 and 7:7. There were to be four world kingdoms and no more.
30) These world kingdoms have all come!

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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how is a person saved?

Who saves us?

1) 1 Cor. 9:22.
a) Paul said he who was doing “all things.”
b) Did the apostle Paul save people?
c) This is not the only time he made this type of claim.
2) In the previous book (Rom. 11:14) he said “he” was the one provoking Jews to jealousy.
3) It was HIS work that was causing people to become interested in the gospel.
a) James 5:20 deals with this same topic and is even more startling.
b) READ
4) Who is converting a sinner from the error of his ways? Who is saving a sinner from death?
5) Paul had a lot to say about the subject of marriage in 1 Cor. 7.
a) In 7:16 he realized that some Christians are married to a non-Christian mate.
6) READ
7) How is the salvation being found? It is through another human being (a Christian mate).
a) How are these people going to find God?
b) The verses presented thus far give us a partial answer: through our hands and lives.
c) In many cases a person is saved by or through a fellow human being.
d) Timothy was told (1 Tim. 4:16) he could save himself as those who “heard him.”
a) People are not saved by our hands alone.
b) Disciples of Jesus once asked, “Who can be saved” (Lk. 18:26).
c) What did the Lord say to this question? With God, all things are possible!
d) God sent Jesus into the world and the blood of Christ saves us (Jn. 3:17).
e) The Holy Spirit has revealed the plan of salvation so man can have forgiveness of sins.
2) Acts 4:12 says we MUST be saved “in the name of Jesus” – no other name works.
3) Even the name of Moses (a name that people tried, Acts 15:1) will not work.
4) Salvation comes from God and His grace, Acts 15:11.
a) A person must “call upon the name of the Lord in obedience” (Rom. 10:13).
b) 2 Tim. 1:8-9 says a person is saved by the power of God.
c) God employs mercy to save human beings (Tit. 2:4-5).
a) The Bible makes a third point. It tells us that man saves himself.
2) Acts 2:40 – READ
a) Peter was certainly involved in the “salvation” process.
b) God was involved in the salvation process because of all the previous references we gave.
3) 2 Cor. 5:20 uses similar language: “be ye reconciled to God.”
a) 2 Cor. 6:17 says “come ye out from among them.”
b) James 4:8 says “draw nigh unto God.”
c) Rev. 3:18 has Jesus saying, “buy gold from me.”
d) Phil. 2:12 says “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
e) Mt. 11:28-2929 has Jesus saying, “come unto me…take my yoke upon you.”
f) Jn. 6:27 says “work for the food that leads unto eternal life.”
g) 1 Cor. 9:24 says “run so that ye may obtain the prize.”
4) Salvation is really a three prong process.
a) God is at the head of it; we cannot be saved without Him.
b) Others help save people.
c) In some respects (see the previous passages) we “save ourselves.”

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Gave Place Not For An Hour – Gal. 2:4-5

When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Galatia he reminded them that there were those who came into their midst with ulterior motives. In this case there were Jews feigning Christianity in an effort to bring the Gentile Christians into subjection to the Mosaic Law. But Paul says, “we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you” (Gal. 2:5).

Since the earliest days of the church this tactic of false teachers sneaking into the church in order to subvert the gospel of Christ has been a problem. The problem then, as it is now, is that far too many congregations did not stand, as did Paul and the church at Galatia.

Paul warned the elders of Ephesus that heinous wolves would come into their midst, not sparing the flock. Even from the eldership men rise up, teaching false doctrines and drawing away disciples after themselves (Acts 20:28-30). Paul even stated that elders must be able to hold fast to the faithful word he had been taught, “that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake” (Titus 1:9-11).

Paul also told Timothy that if a man, “consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness,” and that “from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim. 6:3-5).

Most of the problems we face in the church today are because leaders have not followed the commands of God to stop those who preach and teach false doctrines and for the church to withdraw themselves from the same. Likewise we have failed to follow the good example of Paul and the brethren at Galatia to not, even for a moment, give these false teachers an audience to spew forth their heresy.

If we do indeed love the truth, the church, God, the souls of men, and our own souls we will start doing what we have failed to do in the past and turn the tide on the digressive movements in the church and society. Be Faithful! — Tim Dooley

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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When good men do nothing

There is an old saying by Edmund Burke that asserts, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This is most certainly true for the lives of Christians. It has been said that if we stand still the world and denominationalism will pass us by. Many of us have seen this happen in our lifetimes regarding the church, truth, doing of good, and the souls of men.

What have we seen good men not do?

Pray (1 Thess. 5:17).
Study (2 Tim. 2:15).
Worship (Heb. 10:25).
Edify (1 Thess. 5:11).
Support (Acts 20:35).
Love (Matt. 5:43-48).
Teach (2 Tim. 2:2).
Work (John 4:35).
Give (2 Cor. 9:7).
Show courage (1 Cor. 16:13).
Fight (1 Tim. 6:12).

Certainly you could add many more things to this list, but you get the idea. Christianity is to be an active lifestyle, a work, a passion. If good men do nothing, if Christians do nothing, evil will triumph.

However, doing nothing does not remove culpability. Pilate tried to wash his hands and do nothing, but he could have stood for what was right and released Jesus (Matt. 27:24). What does this mean for you and I? Well, we don’t have to do any of the things we have mentioned. We can stand by and let evil prevail. If we do don’t be surprised when you suffer evil, loose your home in Heaven and find yourself in eternal damnation with those you allowed to win here on earth. Be faithful!

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Salvation is not by faith alone

1) When words begin with “mono,” they are typically associated with the idea of “one.”
2) There is the idea of something being single or alone.
3) When we open up the New Testament, we find a word called “monon.”
a) This is an adverb and it means “alone, only.”
b) Mt. 5:47 is one illustration of the point we want to make
i) A little later (Mt. 8:8 this word is used again), only this time not by the Lord.
ii) Here “only” really means “only” (alone, just this one thing—nothing else required).
c) Listen how Jesus responded to this man’s request – verse 10 of Mt. 8 – READ
i) Why did Jesus command this man’s faith?
ii) It was because this man said just one thing was required.
4) Mt. 9:21 – READ
a) The word “but” is our little adverb that is translated “only” in the passages we are citing.
b) In the ASV and the KJV, the text says “but.”
c) In the NKJV, NASB and NIV, the translators used the word “only.”
d) This woman was thinking there was only one thing—just one thing—she she had to do to get well.
5) It is therefore no wonder why Jesus commented about the woman’s faith – verse 22 – READ
6) Acts 18:25 – READ
a) Rom. 3:29. Here Paul asked a question: is God the God of the “Jews alone”?
b) Is God “only” God for the Hebrews?
c) 1 Cor. 7:39. Paul spoke of a widow and said she may want to remarry.
d) He said in a case such as this she could ONLY remarry “in the Lord.”
e) If this passage means what some say it means (she must marry a Christian), ONLY means ONLY.
f) Marrying a non-Christian cannot be done under any set of circumstances.
g) A better explanation is that “in the Lord” means in harmony with the Lord’s will.
h) If a person is divorced, Mt. 19:9 says that only the party not guilty of fornication can remarry.
i) If a widow or anyone else wants to marry, it must be ONLY in the Lord – in harmony with God’s will.
j) That marriage must comply with God’s plan outlined in places like Mt. 19.
7) 1 Cor. 15:19 is a second key passage in the First Corinthian letter with the word “only.”
a) What if Christianity would turn out to be untrue?
b) That would mean all of our hopes are false and everything we have believed is a lie.
8) 1 Thess. 1:5 is my next text. The gospel did not come in “word only.”
a) Without a written document miracles were needed to “confirm the word” (Mk. 16:20).
b) Our next verse is 1 Tim.5:13.
c) He said these women could become “idle” (lazy).
d) God said this is not the “only” sin they could commit.
e) They could go from house to house and spread gossip—God does not like gossip.
f) When people choose to engage in one sin, this text suggests that others soon follow.
g) Jas. 1:22 says do not be “hearers of the word only.”
9) Jas. 2:24 and this verse will be read – READ
a) God says a person is NOT saved by “faith alone.”
b) What does the word “only” mean in Jas. 2:24?
c) Throughout the Bible we see that alone means “only, by itself, nothing else involved.”

10) Rather than saying man is “saved by faith alone,” it says we are NOT saved by faith alone.
11) Something besides personal faith in God is required. What else is necessary?

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Receiving the kingdom of God (Hebrews 12:28)

1) Why is the word “receiving” important? ________________________________
2) What does “shaken” remind you of? ___________________________________
3) What errors are refuted by Heb. 12:28? ____________________________________________
4) This “unshakable kingdom” is a key point throughout the Bible. Many spoke of it.
5) What did John the Baptist say (Mt. 3:2)? ______________________________________
6) Who else spoke of it (Mt. 4:23)? _____________________________________________
7) Jesus said this message ___________________ be preached (Lk. 4:43).
8) Who else knew of the kingdom message (Lk. 8:1)? ______________________________
9) How “soon” was the kingdom to come (Mk. 1:14-15)? ___________________________
10) Discuss the expression “word of the kingdom” in Mt. 13:19 – _________________________
11) Compare this to Heb. 4:12.
12) The apostles went on a “limited commission” and preached what message (Mt. 10:1, 7)? ______
13) Jesus later appointed ________ (Lk. 10:1) and what was their message (Lk. 10:9-11)? ___________
14) Passages that are impossible to explain if the kingdom of God has not come:
a) Mt. 6:33 – ____________________________
b) Jn. 3:3, 5 – ____________________________
c) Acts 8:12 – Why preach this if there is no kingdom? ______________________________
d) Acts 28:23, 31 – ____________________________________________________________
15) A kingdom must have four components: a territory, a kingdom, a system of law, and subjects.
16) This is an earthly definition that is certainly consistent with scripture.
17) In the truest sense of the word “kingdom” in the Bible means “the reign/rule/power of God.”
18) This full meaning of the term is reflected in other parts of the letter – Heb. 10:27, 31.
19) Part of God’s kingdom (ruler/power/reign) is the kingdom created by Christ—the church.
20) This kingdom is described in both general and specific terms. We start with the general.
a) Dan. 7:13-14 – _________________________________________
b) Fulfilled by Christ – Mt. 28:18.
c) It was to be set up in Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2-3; Mic. 4:2).
d) Fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Lk. 24:46-49 + Acts 2:1-4).
e) Ps. 2 is Messianic – it predicted a universal reign – Ps. 2:6-8.
f) Fulfilled – Phil. 2:9-11.
g) The kingdom was to be one of righteousness (Isa. 9:7).
h) This has been fulfilled – Eph. 4:11-16.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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A Holy Visitor – the pope visits the U.S.

This past week, those who practice Roman Catholicism, and some who don’t, the news media and political figures, were all abuzz with the arrival of the Pope. Visiting with a friend Wednesday I expressed my angst with the moniker given to this man as “the holy father.”

Now there is nothing wrong with referring to another as “holy.” We are commanded to be so. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). How great would it be if every Christian lived a holy life and that we could refer to one another as holy?

My objection is then not with the word “holy” but with the definite article “the,” and the joining of such with the spiritual title of “father.” Jesus clearly taught that it is not permissible to do so (Matthew 23:9). We have a Father in heaven and to claim that a mere man (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) is “the holy father” would be to state that he is God (we know he cannot be God because his birthday was yesterday, April 19).

It boggles my mind to think of so many people being so naïve. But when tradition and false doctrine take place of God’s Word, this is always what takes place. There is no difference between this situation and the sad state of those who are part of the polygamist cult in Texas that has been in the news recently.

Truth is we have had a holy visitor. In John 1:14 we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (emphasis mine, tld).

Unlike the warm and enthusiastic reception the Roman Catholic Pope received, Christ, “came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). He came to seek and save the lost (Matthew 18:11). But instead of receiving Him as the promised one, the Messiah, the savior of all mankind, they rejected Him, ridiculed Him and killed Him.

Unlike the Roman Catholic leader who rode through our streets in a bulletproof “Popemobile,” Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem seated upon a donkey. Instead of standing before the world (the Pope spoke to the UN the other day) and having the support of his fellowman, Jesus was betrayed and all His disciples forsook Him.

But we have this promise in the same text. That if we will receive Him, reject the will of men, and be born of God, He gives us the power to be the sons of God (vs. 12-13). Will you? Be faithful! Tim Dooley

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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