Category: Discipleship

GET OUT OF THE STORM

GET OUT OF THE STORM

How to know if your “brother” or “sister” is saved or not.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”, Matthew 7:21

I believe that there is probably no other Scripture in the entire 66 books of the Bible that is as tragic as this one.

The whole truth of the matter is that there will be people, a good many people, that stand before the Lord, assuming they are about to enter into the Glory of the Lord, the long-awaited reward…HEAVEN.  Only these poor tragic souls will be told they’re on their way to hell.  This is just reality folks.  I am so sorry to tell you this.  Can you imagine a worst possible illusion that you can have, one BIG mistake about your everlasting destiny?  Can you imagine, for a moment with me, in that moment to be mistaken about your salvation?

I’m often asked the question, “Are Roman Catholics Christians (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, pick one)?”  And I will turn it around and ask, “Do you think Protestants are just naturally Christians?”  What about this one, “Are evangelicals necessarily Christians?”  “But more important than any of these questions; Are you a Christian?”  Now, believe they will not want to embarrass themselves any more than they have and they will always say, “Yes, yes I am a Christian.”

This tragedy would make a Shakespearean play tragedy of tragedies blush!   Sadly,  it will occur and it does occur and it will continue to occur that someone would sit in church and end up saying, “But, Lord, but, Lord,” only to hear, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.”

Don’t you know my friend that, Christianity is filled with people in all kinds of religious activities?   The church programs, etc.  Just think of all the Christian organizations, there’s no end to them.  With all of this confusion, with every shingle on every counselor’s door, every church building and crisis center will say, “Christian or Jesus”, how can we tell if someone is a Christian?  Is it really that important to know if so and so is really saved?

Wouldn’t a better question to ask is if you are saved?  Yes, that is a great question.  Please see my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

For now, how can we tell if someone is a Christian?  Because he or she says they are?  Because their Pastor says they are?  Maybe they have one of them REALLY BIG BIBLES.  Or maybe they own Jones & Smith Christian Counseling.   Or maybe their Band is a Christian Rock Band called, I AM A ROCK!

Well, let’s get into it and see if we can figure this out.

Jesus tells us that there are two ways to know if someone is saved, that is if they are going to Heaven when they die.  This is important, I will explain why later.

  • They have LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
  • BY THEIR FRUIT (what fruit? I’ll tell you in a second.) Matthew 7:16, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

What FRUIT?  The Fruits of the Spirit (big S…Holy Spirit) ….are these 9 things evident in their lives?

FRUIT (beneficial results):

LOVE (Love is the greatest gift God can give.  This love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another’s needs greater than one’s own (Philippians 2:3). Agape is used in all of the “hard” love verses in the New Testament.  God’s children are the conduits of His love, as they are empowered by the Holy Spirit.)

JOY (Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled.  we have joy because of God’s grace. The next step in the progression is to allow our joy to become an action as we express it, although sometimes joy can be so great it is inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8).  Possessing joy is a choice. We choose whether to value God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy (Romans 15:13). Joy is not to be found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete (1 John 1:4). )
PEACE (God’s methods of warfare are not what we expected. Instead of a battle, He sent us the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus’ goal in coming to earth was more than simply to cease hostilities; He came to bring about a full and abiding relationship of restoration and love. The cost of this peace was His life (Isaiah 53:5).  Just as we cannot force another to be at peace with us, even Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross did not ensure that we would accept His terms of peace.  The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). The alternative to being filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!)

LONGSUFFERING (Having patience in spite of your troubles.  Patience comes from a position of power. A person may have the ability to take revenge or cause trouble, but patience brings self-restraint and careful thinking. Losing patience is a sign of weakness.  The opposite of patience is agitation, discouragement, and a desire for revenge. God does not want His children to live in agitation but in peace (John 14:27). He wants to dispel discouragement and replace it with hope and praise (Psalm 42:5). We are not to avenge ourselves; rather, we are to love others (Romans 12:19; Leviticus 19:18).)

Gentleness (Might restrained. Humility and grace, to be gentle is to recognize that God’s ways and thoughts are high above our own.  we will correct others with easiness instead of arguing in resentment and anger, knowing that their salvation is far more important than our pride.  Quick to forgive.)

GOODNESS (virtue and holiness in action, desire to be a blessing, uprightness of heart and life.  It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person.  Giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.)

FAITH (strong belief in God, complete trust in God.  Faithfulness is believing that God is who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work out everything for good. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven.  We are called to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).)

MEEKNESS (Meekness is a valuable and important fruit and requires much study.   Putting God first in all things.  Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the corrective blows of a friend as precious (Proverbs 27:6).  Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then, because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, our frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, our health.  James says, in this quiet confidence we are slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). We become reasonable and open to correction (James 3:17). James calls this the “meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13).  Meekness is so important that it is the third characteristic Jesus mentions in His foundational teaching, the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Obviously, the world’s ideal of the perfect man is very different from His. The meek are among those so favored that they will share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth.  Three people in the Bible are specifically described as being meek: Jesus (Mt 11:29)
(Mt 21:5), Paul (2 Cor 10:1), and Moses (Num 12:3). Each of these men was amongst the most persecuted men in the Bible.  MEEKNESS IS A SIGN TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD THAT CHRIST IS IN US.  Meekness does indeed require much study.

In Matthew 11:29, Jesus links meekness with lowliness: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle [meek, KJV] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Ephesians 4:1-3 states:

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness [meekness, KJV], with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The King James version is correct, as the Greek text uses prautes. “Gentle” and “gentleness” are incorrect because in this context they are only an aspect of the meekness we should express in our dealings with others.

Godly meekness cannot be divorced from its association with gentleness. However, this gentleness is not usually seen in the situations where the Bible’s writers use meekness. Notice II Corinthians 10:1: “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.” Here, meekness appears with gentleness, as though a similarity exists alongside a specific difference.

This does not mean the meek will take everything “lying down.” Notice Moses, who as we have seen, was the meekest man of his time. He did not hesitate to order the execution of about three thousand of the idolaters who worshipped the Golden Calf while he was with God on the mountain (Exodus 32:25-28). Against evil, this meek man was as stern as steel.

A meek person will feel the wrong done against him and feel it bitterly. But because he is not thinking of himself, his meekness does not allow his spirit to give vent to a hateful, savage and vindictive anger that seeks to “get even.” He will instead be full of pity for the damaged character, attitudes and blindness of the perpetrator. From the stake Jesus uttered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

A Valuable Fruit

This much misunderstood and maligned virtue is the antidote for most of the nervous anxiety that is greatly intensifying the normal day-to-day stresses of life. God commands us in Zephaniah 2:3:

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility [meekness, KJV]. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

How valuable is that blessing?

There is more:

The poor [meek, KJV] shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! (Psalm 22:26)

Further, “The Lord lifts up the humble (meek, KJV); He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).

Finally:

The humble [meek, KJV] also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:19).

This is not a virtue to ignore because carnal men consider it a weakness. It may appear to them as weakness, but the spiritual reality is that it is great strength, an attribute of Almighty God and a fruit of His Spirit we greatly need.)

Temperance (abstinence from alcoholic drink, or self-control, self-restraint in all things.  Temperance is the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts.  Believers need self-control because the outside world and internal forces still attack (Romans 7:21-25). Like a vulnerable city, we must have defenses. A wall around an ancient city was designed to keep out the enemy.)

I BELIEVE THAT GOD DIDN’T JUST PUT WORDS IN HIS WORD TO FILL UP SPACE.  EACH WORD, UNLIKE MY RAMBLINSG 😊, EACH WORD HAS SPECIFIC MEANING AND VALUE.  Jesus taught us how to separate the sheep from the goats…the sinner bound for hell and the Christian saved by Grace on his way to Glory because of Christ’s finished work upon the cross.

Why is it so important that Jesus made sure we knew how to tell if someone was a Christian?  I believe that answer is simple and to the point.

Ephesians 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

In order to protect us.  It is one thing to be a Christian and yet and entirely different thing to say we are a Christian.  If someone says they are a Christian…and they preach a gospel…and they are not saved, you will be blown to and fro…confused with the knowledge of the true gospel.  Remember, GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION, 1 Corinthians 14:33, BUT THE AUTHOR OF PEACE.

Colossians 2:8, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

I have seen the face of mental illness. I have seen what it is like when people are unable to hear God because their minds are broken and cannot seem to connect to God even when they want to connect to God. And I know whatever gets your mind gets you. So one of the most important things we need to learn and teach others is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds because the battle for sin always starts in the mind.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

It is important to know God’s Word, be in prayer.  The Bible says that if any man lack wisdom to ask for it.  James 1:5 We must know we are saved and we must have confidence in our salvation.  See my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”

Even though they are in church many people are uncertain of their salvation.  Some denominations teach that you can lose your salvation.  Some Christians believe they can lose their salvation.   Some teach and others believe you can’t lose your salvation.  Which is it and if it be so, how to keep from losing your salvation.

How can you be sure that you are a Christian?   Here are 10 true Christian values that will keep the devil from barking and you can rest assured that you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, working in you, which provide solid, biblical evidence that you are a Christian and that you can know that you are saved.  On the other hand, we may prove that even though you think you are saved, that you are not, even though you truly desire to be saved.

Let’s get to the truth and at the end, I promise that either way, if you want to be saved, you will be and you will have confidence that you are.  On the other hand, if you read my thesis and decide, nahhh, I’m fine, who cares, you will not be saved and you will know why.   Why in the world would you want to read my poorly written essay if you had no desire to be saved?  😊

See you next time, may God bless you and yours,

Rev. Kevin Airrington

Airrington Ministries

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Keeping the Sabbath

Keeping the Sabbath

Rev. Kevin R Airrington
October 22, 2010

The 4th commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath Holy.  All through scripture we see this command.  Many Christians who love God, sort of hang their hat on this commandment.  And, there is nothing wrong with this, in fact, God bless them.  Jesus said if we love Him we would keep His commandments.  Although, He probably was not just speaking about the 10 commandments found in Exodus.   (John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”)  Christians that try and truly “keep the Sabbath” as we understand it, are really saying, “I LOVE YOU JESUS.”  Who can argue with that?

No Sabbath Day holder would ever disagree with the following statement, “The primary purpose of the Sabbath is for us to rest from our worldly labors and to seek God.”  As an avid student of the Creation account and the Bible in general, I can assure that God was not tired after is creation work was complete.   *God set aside a special time for His people.  We will discuss the last sentence in more depth later.  God blessed the Sabbath and sanctified it or set it aside for a holy purpose.  We are commanded to set aside time for a holy purpose.

In this essay, I would like to discuss why I chose to not go to church on Saturday and I do not honor some of the traditions surrounding the Sabbath.

  • *The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
    1. Mark 2:23-28 “… The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
    2. Isaiah 58:13-14 The Sabbath was intended to be a delight, not a burden. The focus of the Sabbath should be on what we can do and not what we cannot do. (More on this later)  The Sabbath is a time we put down our own desires and spend time with God.
  • When is the Sabbath?
    1. Leviticus 23:32, “It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” This scripture is clear that on the 9th day of the month from evening to evening we should celebrate our Sabbath.   Is this every Saturday?  According to this passage it may not even be on Saturday to begin with.
    2. Saturday in Hebrew is Shabbat, which means rest.
      1. Except for the Sabbath day, the individual days of the week have no names, just numbers.
    3. When God created the heaven and the earth, there were no calendars. Thus, no way to tell us when the first day of the week was.  Perhaps He may have begun on a Wednesday and ended the following Monday.
    4. It is only from our tradition that we assume that God started His creation process on Sunday and ended on Friday.
    5. Rabbi Yose ben Halafta (Died in 160AD) changed the Jewish calendar. So even the Jewish calendar cannot be relied upon.
    6. Exodus 20:8-11 “remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT LET THE “DAY” BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE “INTENT”.  Don’t let the “day” become more important than the “intent”.

From Scripture there is no way we can tell when the Sabbath was.   Even from outside evidence all we know is in the Hebrew it means “rest” not specifically what day of the week it is.    We cannot simply compare it to our weekly calendar and say, “well, we are not complying”.

  • In today’s modern society it is impossible to keep the Sabbath.
    1. I am sure that, “Sabbath Holders have run into this before and have their answer. Which is fine, but I cannot get away from what the scripture says.
    2. Exodus 20:10, “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:”
      1. If you use lights, gas, eat food or do anything that causes anyone else to work then you are not keeping the Sabbath.
      2. If your dog fetches your paper or your slippers you are not keeping the Sabbath.
  • There are other activities that the Bible tells us to refrain from in order to keep the Sabbath.
  • Going to Church…Worship on the Sabbath.
    1. Luke 4:16 is an example and Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves.
    2. We should go to church on the Sabbath and we need fellowship, uniting in worship and prayer.
    3. Today, it takes electricity to run the lights…causing people at the light company to work. If we flush the toilet then we cause the person at the water company to work.
  • What did Jesus do with the Sabbath day?
    1. While nowhere in scripture can we find an example of Jesus preaching on the 4th commandment, given He preached on the other 9, we do find examples example as in Luke 4:16 where Jesus entered into the Tabernacle on the Sabbath.
      1. This is different that “Keeping the Sabbath”. He did go to “Church”, showing us as in number 4 above that we need to be in church on the Sabbath.  Nothing more could or should be read into this.
      2. JESUS PREACHED ON ALL 10 OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS EXCEPT THE 4TH COMMANDMENT, THERE IS NO PREACHING ON THE SABBATH BY JESUS.
        1. Jesus was clear in His teaching of the Sabbath, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath!”  He also proclaimed that HE WAS LORD OF THE SABBATH.  Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5
        2. Isn’t someone who created something the owner of it?  Can’t they do whatsoever they please with it?  In this way, Jesus, being the Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:6), has every right to do whatever He pleases on the Sabbath, just as anyone of the disciples had when they were with Him.  That’s why Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath.  The word Lord denotes sovereign rights and ownership so who can tell Jesus what He can and what He cannot do on the Sabbath?  Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of the day because they were making the Sabbath something that no one could possibly
    2. Matthew 12:5-6, “Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?…” Jesus was saying that even though the priests violated the Sabbath it was okay because there was something more important than the Sabbath.  The temple and the sacrificial rites were more important.
      1. Jesus, however, is more important than the temple and its sacrifices. The logical conclusion is that he is also more important than the Sabbath. Even before his death and resurrection, he was more important than the Sabbath.
      2. Although Christianity tends to reject the temple and the rites…the principle is still the same…”Some things are more important than the Sabbath.
  • The Pharisees needed to worry more about Jesus (The Holy One) instead of a holy activity on a holy day.
  1. Jesus then summarized his argument about the Sabbath and about his own identity: “If you had known what these words mean, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (verses 7-8).
  2. Jesus is telling the Pharisees that love for humans is more important than sticking to worship rituals.
  3. The Sabbath was holy only because God had designated it so, and here was God himself telling them He was Lord of the Sabbath.
  • Then they tried to set Jesus up in (V9-11). Healing on the Sabbath was work that was for forbidden.  Jesus replied, “If your sheep fell in a hole would you not get him out?”  Meaning, sometimes we have to do things even if on the Sabbath.  If your child drank a bottle of bleach…would you take him to the emergency room on the Sabbath?
  • There are other examples of Jesus healing on the Sabbath in the Gospels.
    1. John 5:1-18 — The Gospel of John has some additional stories about Jesus’ Sabbath activities, and they reinforce the emphases we have already seen. On the Sabbath, Jesus healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. And he told the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (verse 8). The Jews accused the man of breaking the Sabbath because he was carrying his mat.
      1. I think accusing a man of breaking the Sabbath by carrying his mat his mat is an example from God’s Word of how we can get carried away with (no pun intended) our keeping of the Sabbath.
    2. Jesus risked His life by His activities on the Sabbath.
      1. Jesus never broke the Sabbath, nor did he teach others to break the Sabbath. But neither did he teach against circumcision and sacrifices. He could point out administrative problems, and present himself as the Lord, but it was not yet time to publicly reject any particular law (see John 16:12-13). But the implications are there.  When John describes Jesus as working on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to explain that Christians cannot. When Luke says that people are freed on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to qualify what he said. Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.
      2. If Sabbath work actually dishonored God, then the Sabbath would have priority over humans in need and sheep in pits, since correct worship of God is more important than human lives and sheep. If absolute rest were essential to worship, then Sabbath-keepers should let houses burn down, since that would only be a monetary loss, and God’s honor is far more important than our material goods. This indicates that the command to rest on a specific day is a ceremonial matter rather than a moral one. God’s spiritual law does not have any exceptions.

Summary

The only time Paul mentions the Sabbath by name is when he exhorts us not to judge one another concerning the Sabbath days (Colossians 2:16-17).  Respectfully, asking if I keep the Sabbath or I conform to the Sabbath is the wrong question.  I wonder how Jesus would have responded to that?  His answer may have got Him stoned.

The Sabbath was made for man and not the other way around is perhaps the most profound statement in this whole discussion.  God created the Sabbath for man…and God healed on the Sabbath and partook in other activities on the Sabbath.   Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.  What a blessing the Sabbath is.

There is also no way we can determine the exact day or days (sometimes it is plural) of the Sabbath.  There was no calendar when the Sabbath was created by God.  Even the scriptures seem unclear; calling it day, days and the 9th of the month.  My thinking is the “day” is not so important as is the “intent”.

The Bible says that we are not to cause others to work, not even strangers on the Sabbath.  There is no one…not one who can “keep the Sabbath”.  If this is all there is to the Sabbath.  There has to be more to the intent than a day or whether we do some work.

We see from the Apostles, the early church and Jesus (God) that the Sabbath is going to Church.  We also see in the same breath this is for fellowship, worship and prayer…not forsaking the assembling of one another.

Finally, we have Jesus’ own actions concerning the Sabbath.  Jesus did not (and this is not meant to be a mockery) hide in his house from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.  He worked on the Sabbath and he went to Church on the Sabbath.  He even rebuked the Pharisees over the Sabbath telling them there were more important things like the Temple and people than the Sabbath.  Jesus is Lord over the Sabbath!

The Sabbath is very important to me as a Christian.  We need to just as the scriptures demand; keep the Sabbath Holy.   We need to set aside time for God.  Sundown to sundown…frankly, I don’t think this is enough.   The intent has got to be more important than the day.   I have joked with my Seventh-day Adventist friends saying, “I am a seven day Adventist” meaning, I try to keep every day holy.   However, I am like Paul; I am not judgmental on how anyone cho oses to honor the Sabbath.  If it is sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday…God bless them.  If they do this Wednesday…God bless them.  If it is Sunday morning in Church…God bless them.

I think we should be in worship and in church.  The point is we need to give God or time and that time needs to be holy and hollowed.  After all, He took the time to come down from Heaven, was beaten, tortured and murdered for us.  He deserves our worship; more worship than we can humanly give.   God wants more than our Saturdays.  He wants our Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays too!

Copyright © 2010 Kevin R. Airrington, Airrington Ministries

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WHAT IF I STUMBLE?!

WHAT IF I STUMBLE?!

Rev. Kevin Airrington
April 2, 2017

Back in 1995, one of my favorite Christian groups, DC TALK recorded “WHAT IF I STUMBLE?” and although split up now they ARE STILL serving God through their music through the new group Newsboys and Toby Mac on his own.

When this song first came out I assumed that one of the original group- DC Talk was having a difficult time in their walk. But as the years rolled on I realized that they were not singing specifically about one of them but all of us. And, I for one cannot take it lightly.

The lyrics go like this:

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

What if I stumble
What if I fall?
What if I lose my step
And I make fools of us all?

Will the love continue
When my walk becomes a crawl?”

The Bible tells us that we are the called out. We are the Saints of God…we are the sons of God…we are a peculiar people! We are ambassadors for Christ’s.

2 Corinthians 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

What if I stumble? What if I stumble and make fools of all of you? What if you stumble and make fools of me and all the called out for Christ?

As ambassadors of Christ, we are examples of His. To be a Christian literally means to be Christ-like. What if I stumble and make a fool of Jesus? What if you stumble and make fool of Jesus? “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians…” I hate to admit juts how powerful that statement is! The sad truth is it is true.

I knew a guy named Tommy. He was from the Bronx, NY. He was an admitted atheist. One day he puts a video up on youtube and asks the questions, “What is the difference between me, an atheist and you so called Christians?” A Christian could not have done a better job…Tommy goes on:

I smoke…many Christians smoke…
I drink…many Christians drink…
I cuss and swear…many Christians cuss and swear…
I look at porn…many Christians look at porn…
I lie….many Christians lie…

“What is the difference between me, an atheist and you so called Christians?” “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians…who acknowledge Jesus with their lips…Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle”

WOW! What does an unbelieving world see when they look at you? What do they see when they look at me?

I had a lot of respect for Tommy. And I think he had a lot of respect for me too. No, I was not perfect, but he could see that I would not…could not comp[romise.

The song continues…

“Father please forgive me
For I cannot compose
The fear that lives within me
Or the rate at which it grows
Is this one for the people
Is this one for the Lord?”

Isaiah 27:5, “Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me

Take hold of the strength of Christ, so that He may make peace with you…it’s not too late.

“I hear You whispering my name
(You say)
My love for You will never change
(Never change)”

Jesus loves you and His love will never change. If we stumble we have an advocate with the Father. Our Testimony can be as powerful as the Word of God or as weak as a helpless turtle on his back. It’s up to us…

1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba [daddy], Father.

That’s good news. I don’t want to stumble…I don’t want to fall…I do not want to make fools of you all and I definitely do not want to make a fool of Jesus Christ. But if I do…I have an advocate with the Father, whereby I cry Abba!

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Creation In The Stars

Creation In The Stars

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
It amazes me that every single science discipline supports a Creator. What’s more is not only does every science discipline (including math) support creation, they also disprove evolution. And no, evolution is not a science; it’s not even a theory. 🙂 Evolution is a faith based religion, which takes more faith to believe in than the Christian faith I might add. 🙂 I am working on a series of books for kids. One of the books is called “On the 4th day God created the moon.” This is basically an astronomy book for grade school kids from the biblical perspective. Here is a snippet of that book for this discussion. Scientists estimate that there are a lot of stars in the universe.

There are about 70 sextillion stars out there. That’s 10 to the 21st power or 70 with 21 zeros after it.

It looks like this:  70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Now that’s a lot of stars!  And that’s the ones we know about; we don’t know about the ones we don’t know about. 🙂 There are enough stars out there that we know about, that each person on earth could own 11 trillion stars. You can have 11 trillion of your own stars…yeah!  Have fun…go name ’em. 🙂 The evolutionists want us to believe that all 70 sextillion stars formed over 70 billion years.  That’s impossible!  Do the math with me real quick.

That is over 3.5 trillion stars forming in a year or 6.5 million stars forming every minute…EVERY MINUTE!!!  We don’t see that happening today…nor have we ever saw that happening.  In fact, we have never ever seen a star form.  Oh, sometimes they will say we have…and their evidence is a bright spot.  A bright spot!  🙂  They cannot tell if a dust cloud moved out of the way or a supernova took place (stars get brighter just before they explode).  Even if we have seen a star form…this is a long way off to 6.5 million stars forming in a minute.   You might say, “gee professor, maybe the universe just stopped making stars, did you ever think of that dummy?”  Uh, yes, I have.  So, the universe is popping stars out at the rate of 6.5 billion stars a minute and then for some reason it just stops?  Or at least kicks them out 1 every 10 years or something?  Will you look at what they want your kids to believe Martha?

I believe God…He created the moon, the sun and the stars on day four.  It took Him only one day and the stars were created and completely mature with the light reaching earth etc. Praise God! “Stars burnt out billions of years ago.”

“Stars burnt out billions of years ago, but the light is still just reaching us.”  You know, I can believe that they burnt out some time ago…not billions of years ago…but maybe some burnt out 100 years ago or 1000 years ago.  What’s cool is God…THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, and no, not that wimp Zeus is capable if creating a star and sticking it in the sky and making the light reach the earth instantly.

Can I get a witness?  You sure can.  The Bible tells us that God created the angels, including the god of some of you, Satan (ouch) on day 2 of the creation week, how do you know that Kevin?  Don’t worry about it. Just kidding, read this: http://airrington.com/?p=1384.  It probably needs a rewrite…but you will get the point.  The angels were there to watch God do all of this.  “No, now you see there Kevin, now you are off your rocker, the angels have always lived with God, they are eternal just like Him.” Really?  To be honest I am not even sure if they are everlasting like us.

Why did God create angels?  Hebrews 7:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

He created angels to minister to us!  And, just in case you have never read Genesis, chapter one in the Bible…and I mean the BIBLE, God’s Word, The King James Authorised Version, I will give you a hint, down on day six, God created, man, cows, rabbits, tigers, bears, dinosaurs…you know all your basic land animals.  AND YES, DINOSAURS.  Oh and then He created woman…named her Eve, the mother of all living. 

Until God created man, four days later, there was no need for angels.  And you want to know something else cool?  You and I are assigned our own personal guardian angels.  It’s true.  And about every 6 months God gives me two more and the angels pleas with God, “Have you seen him drive his wheelchair God, we can’t take it no more!”

Psalm 91:11, “ For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Cool huh?  And look, it’s 911!  I think when we get to Heaven we are going to be amazed at all the things that angels do.  For more about angels, see my book, AN ANGEL IN MY BATHTUB.

Psalm 19:1, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

 

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FOOLS

FOOLS

Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Do not argue with an ass it makes you a fool! IN Numbers 22 in the Bible we read about a man named Balaam. This fella was turned all around backwards going the wrong way. This fool was ignoring God and only wanting to please himself. Sound like anyone you know. Oh uh uh no! Put that finger back…and remember there are four fingers pointing right back at you. This jackass wouldn’t listen so God did something incredible; He spoke to Balaam through his ass. Oh come on really? His donkey…sheeshe. Balaam becomes furiously angry at his ass. Balaam argued with his ass and finally nearly beat it to death. Then, just in time to save the ass’s live Balaam FINALLY Realized it was the Almighty trying to speak to him. God’s purpose was to set Balaam back on the right path.

When we are hell-bent on on going our own way…when we are on a self-destruction path sometimes God will go to extraordinary means to get our attention Sometimes He may use our finances to jolt us into reality and send us in the right direction or he may bless us with a rebellious child. Our first impulse may be to get angry and beat the messenger, but this may be foolish my friend. Perhaps, taking the time to listen to God and seeking His guidance just might be the way to go.

Is God trying to get your attention to keep you from making a fool of yourself? Take time to listen and He’ll change your course and get you where you need to go.

HAPPY ATHEIST DAY!

Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

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INNER PEACE

INNER PEACE

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
Isaiah 25:4

With all the unrest in the world today, in this Presidential Race and certainly I am feeling a storm brewing in my personal life I think that today is a good day to draw on that peace that surpasses all understanding.

Friends, ultimate peace is not the absence of storms, but inner peace in the middle of the storm. Hear me this morning, you will never find lasting inner peace until you find peace with God. You will find peace in spite of life’s storms when you surrender to God.

Have you found that peace? I hope that you will. Knowing Christ as your Lord is the beginning of the peace that surpasses all understanding.

MEMORIZE Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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That’s Him!

That’s Him!

Matthew 11:1-6

In Matthew 11 we find John the Baptist at the lowest moment of his life. He is in Herod’s prison and he has been there for some time. In fact, things go from worse to bad…er…bad to worse or something like that.  After about 16 months of being in jail, John was beheaded. As he sits in that dungeon, Satan has time to introduce doubt into the mind of John concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Isn’t that just like the devil?  COmes at us when we are at our worse.  John begins to question whether or not Jesus is really the Messiah.   You don’t hear too many preachers teaching about this side of John the Baptist…Of course, John had not always doubted! There was a time early in the ministry of our Lord that John was well acquainted with just Who Jesus was, John 1:29; John 3:30.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

and

He must increase, but I must decrease

Now, there is a little question in His mind. So, John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the messiah or not. Jesus responds by telling John’s disciples to go an tell John that Jesus is healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the Gospel to sinners. In other words, Jesus is telling John, “I’m Him!

I want you to know that there are times when I can sympathize with John. Surely, we all entertain doubts every now and then. If it were possible, I would like to go to John this and have him take a little trip with me.  If I could, I would take John to some places and show him some things about Jesus. When I had done that I can almost hear John saying now, “That’s Him! That’s Him!“. Well, I can’t take John to those places, but you and I can go.  If you are willing, come with me, I want to take you on a little trip and show you some truths about Jesus that should leave us all saying, “That’s Him!

  1. THAT’S HIM IN CREATION

(Let’s go back To The Beginning)

Jesus quoted from Genesis probably more than any other book of the Bible.

  1. His Presence In Creation – (Genesis 1:1)
  2. His Power In Creation – (Colossians 1:16; John 1:10)
  3. His Purpose In Creation – (Genesis 1:26)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. THAT’S HIM IN THE CRADLE

(Let’s go Back To BethlehemLuke 2:1-10)

  1. The Mystery Of His Birth – (John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-8)
  2. The Ministry Of His Birth – (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28)
  3. The Majesty Of His Birth – (Philippians 2:5-8)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manger

III. THAT’S HIM IN CONTROL

(Let’s travel to the worst moments in human history)

  1. He Controls Disaster – (John 6:15-21)
  2. He Controls Difficulties – (Ill. Bread – John 6:5-14; Fire – Daniel 3; Lions – Daniel 6)
  3. He Controls Disease – (Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18 – Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the diseased, the crippled. No disease had the power to stand in the way of His power.)
  4. He Controls Death – (He raised Jairus’ daughter – Luke 8:41-56; He raised the widow’s son – Luke 7:11-16; He raised Lazarus – John 11:43-44) (Ill. He still holds the power over death – John 11:25-26; Revelation 1:18.)
  5. That’s Him In Creation
  6. That’s Him In The Manger

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. THAT’S HIM ON THE CROSS

(Let’s go to war)

  1. His Pain – (Ill. Isaiah 53:4-7; Ill. All He suffered for us!)
  2. His Payment – (I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 1:5)
  3. His Promise – (Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 2:2; Romabs 10:13; John 6:37)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manager

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. That’s Him On The Cross
  2. THAT’S HIM WEARING THE CROWN

(Ok…get back on the bus and let’s head over to the The Best Day)

  1. His Resurrection – (Matthew 28:1-6; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25)
  2. His Return – (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  3. His Reign – (Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Revelation 19:16)

That’s Him!  We have traveled from Manger to Cross, to resurrection and now to glory.  Jesus is everything that the saint or the sinner needs. That’s Him!  Like John and like Thomas (we have not talked about him…but we all know who Thomas is)…we all have a doubt…but Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be.

Them Thomas thrust his hhand in Jesus’ side…and place his finger in His scared hand, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”, John 20:28

Peter answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”   … Peter says,  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Matthew 16:16

Phillip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” Acts  8:37

His enemies declared Him to be God…not a god, but GOD, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.John 10:33

Isaiah (Old testament Prophet), “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.“, Isaiah 9:6

King David claimed Jesus is Lord, “He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,” Matthew 22:43

The Apostle Paul, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:Colossians 1:15

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58

Why is this important?  Because God gave Himself the same title when speaking to Moses, “I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.Exodus 3:14

Jesus, and perhaps the most compelling, said, “ I and my Father are one.John 10:30

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 1:1, 1:14,  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“, “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.

THAT’S HIM!

If you are not saved, let me just point out this fact: That’s Him! If you are saved, but need God’s help in your life today, let me remind you: That’s Him!  Whatever you need, wherever you are in your walk of life, all you need to know today is this: That’s Him!

It all comes down to this: If you need as Savior, That’s Him. If you need a friend, that’s Him. If you have a need that must be met: that’s Him. If you need forgiveness, that’s Him. If you want to miss Hell and go to Heaven, that’s Him. Whatever you need: that’s Him!

Jesus is the Living God!  That’s Him and He has the power to save to the uttermost!  (Hebrews 7:25) That’s Him!

Final Conclusion: Who did God the Father say Jesus was? “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8 THAT’S HIM!

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PRAYER ROOM

PRAYER ROOM

Pastor Kevin Airrington
January 23, 2016

Pastor C.H. Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church.

I was saved in a small store front church in Medford, Oregon. Even as a young convert I was amazed at the physical real estate that the church devoted to a prayer room.

When we moved to a larger building…priority one was setting up the prayer room. Sometimes we would go to help other churches and they had no prayer room. We would say, “that’s okay we will just meet in their sanctuary”. In one building we used the men’s shower room for prayer!

Many times…we would have no preaching…no song service…no offing plate “Oh my goodness…no offering”…for 90 minutes we PRAYED!!! We had prayer meetings in people’s homes on a regular bases…and some small apartments…with 30…40…50 people praying. People pray in the kitchen…in the laundry room…all the way up the stairs…WE PRAYED!!!

Today, sadly, churches donate much real estate to Sunday school rooms, bathrooms and their Holy Book Stores. But zero space for a prayer room. What’s worse is they do not teach their people to pray.

We knew how to pray…why because the Pastor’s and the church leaders were in those prayer rooms praying with us…they quoted scripture…they lifted their families up…their church up…and we saw revival.

So Pastor…if you have been lacking in your teaching of prayer…if you have not dedicated a place for prayer then it’s ok…you can repent and start this Sunday!

Christian’s if your church does not have a prayer room…and your church does not teach prayer…then go to church this Sunday and encourage your Pastor and your leaders.

Come on Pastor…you know that I am right! Come on church…LET’S PRAY!!!

i agree with Charles Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. Is your church HOT or ice cold???

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

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YEA, HATH GOD SAID

YEA, HATH GOD SAID

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
November 2, 2015

John 5:28-29, “(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Romans 14:10-12, “(10) But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:10, “(10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Revelation 20:13, “(13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

Teachers and Pastors who say that works are unimportant are spreading lies or at the very least are ignorant of the clear teaching of God’s Word—they are confusing the issues, by blunting the incentive to keep the commandments of God and to make the right kind of choices, by making people think that they do not have to do any works. Understand, however, that works are not required to save us but to ensure that we are changed!

When we stand before the living God and give an account for our lives what is God wanting to see in us?   God will be looking for evidence that will prove that you and I are indeed His children. The Bible says over and over that this judgement is based on our works. What have you done for Jesus?

Please be sure that I am not speaking to the quantity or the quality of our works. May God forbid! Paul tells us in I Corinthians 3:15 that, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Even though the works are of poor quality, at least we have worked!  Are you just sitting there with your thumb in your ear like a bump on a log?

James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” The least some of us can do is serve as bad examples.

That judgment is in His hands. But we should recognize that He does require works. I want to be clear on this next point: THE WORKS ARE NOT FOR JUSTIFICATION BUT FOR SANCTIFACTION. (See my study on Sanctification in my book: New Converts Handbook – www.airrington.com).   HE WORKS AID IN OUR TRANSFORMATION of our character to the image of God. The works aid in our growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The works help to produce change. It is a cooperative effort that we do with God.

One bolder guarantee. If a person does not make any effort whatsoever to exact change in their lives, they will be exponentially unhappy in the Kingdom of God. Everybody in the Kingdom is Holy and if you are not you will be like a fish out of water. Everyone in the Kingdom is doing and living Holy lives. If you are not living a Holy life you will not fit and you therefore will not be there.

Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

In Genesis 3:1 Satan we are told is subtle or crafty. He twists God’s Word, “yea, hath God said”. Satan just like in Genesis 3 is attempting to destroy God’s purpose for you in your life. He is saying, “yea hath God said…” He is thereby subtly confusing the NECESSITY of Good Works. If he is allowed he will stop the PROCESS of SANCTIFICATION or the PROCESS OF BECOMING HOLY in your life.   He is able in many cases to succeed through his perverted teaching on grace, on law and the covenants. “Yea, hath God said…”

But remember this: Hebrews 12:14 tells us that without holiness—a holiness that we have to strive for—without holiness we will not make Heaven” Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

As can be plainly seen it is a known tactic of Satan to cast doubt on the Word of God. Claiming that plain scripture is misunderstood or mistranslated is simply an underhanded method that Satan uses to cast doubt on God’s Word. Christ is the Word made flesh who we receive by faith. Similarly the bible, the written Word of God is a faith book; you either believe it or you don’t.

Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” “DO GOOD”…Do a good work.  For Heaven’s sake DO SOMETHING FOR GOD!

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Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Rev. Kevin Airrington
October 5th, 2015

First some history. The doctrine of “infant baptism” was birthed from the man-made doctrine “Original Sin’. Since some of you may be new to this concept let me break it down this way. There are two sides to this coin. The first sense is the Fall of Adam or the “original” sin. The second part is the hereditary fallen nature and moral corruption that is passed down from Adam to all of his descendants.

The teaching of the “Original Sin.” Doctrine began in the 4th century by Augustine (Bishop in northern Africa). According to this doctrine an infant is born with the original sin of Adam and Eve. Unless this sin is removed from the child, he is condemned forever. Bishop Augustine promoted infant baptism to take care of this once and for all.

However, as we study the Holy Scriptures there is absolutely no biblical mandate for such a sacrificial doctrine. In English, please brother Kevin — nowhere in the Bible do we have a single example of an infant or child being baptized.

All of this confusion over infant baptism is not a result of the Bible presenting a confusing message on baptism. When we exercise the Paulinian mandate found in 2 Timothy 2:15, we will find that the Bible is abundantly clear of what water baptism is, who it is for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4).

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

A step of obedience after our faith in Christ is Water baptism by immersion We are proclaiming our faith in JESUS CHRIST; we are making a strong statement of our submission to JESUS and we are in fact identifying with His death, His burial and His RESURRECTION!

Okay, so why can’t infants/children just do the same thing? Simply put, because children are born in a state of innocence, purity, and sinlessness. Children will not be punished for the sins of their parents or ancestors:

Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

What? You don’t trust the words of my Zeke (Ezekiel)? How about JESUS? Trust Him? Jesus taught the purity of children:

Mathew 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Each one shall give an account of himself to God.

Romans 4:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Okay, Brother Kevin, I’m getting there. So, if there is no biblical precedence for infant baptism is it bad? In a word, no. Let’s read on.

THE NEED FOR BAPTISM IS NOT PRESENT IN INFANTS
1. Baptism is for “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
An infant’s mind does not function like your brain or mine. Their mind cannot make choices between right and wrong and therefore, an infant is incapable of sin.
2. Baptism is an answer of a good conscience toward God (I Peter 3:21).
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
There is nothing an infant can do to bring about an answer of good conscience because and infant has no guilty conscience.
3. Baptism is for salvation ( Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
4. An infant is incapable of sinning and therefore is not lost. (I John 3:4).
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

THE PREREQUISITES FOR BAPTISM WE DO NOT FIND IN INFANTS
1. Faith MUST precede baptism (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:37).
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

An infant is not capable of believing in Christ. Faith is the INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE of the evidences presented for the Lordship and deity of Christ. Anyone incapable of understanding is also incapable of faith. Faith cannot be accomplished by proxy.

Repentance must precede baptism (Acts 2:38). Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of life. An infant has no sin from which to repent.
2. Confession of faith should precede baptism (Acts 8:37). An infant is incapable of speech and cannot confess his faith before men (Matthew 10:32)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Please note that as we read the preceding verse. This has nothing to do with the church we attended or the church where we were baptized. Jesus is very clear…if we accept HIM…not the sacraments of the church then He will accept us before the Father in Heaven.
There is no separation of churches and denominations in Heaven. Here is the nutshell of it all. Either you accept Christ and you make Heaven or you deny Christ and you go to Hell. As my mama used to say, “Just tell me…stop pussy footing around.” So, I tell you…accept Christ…go to Heaven. Deny Christ and go to Hell! By not accepting Christ…we are in fact denying him. If you do not know Him then PLEASE get with me or someone you trust to share with you how you can know Jesus today and have the confidence that you can make heaven your home.

3. A baptismal candidate must be capable of being immersed, as Bible baptism is immersion (Acts 8:35-39)

“When Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

THE RESULTS OF BAPTISM ARE NOT POSSIBLE IN INFANTS
1. If you are looking for a magic formula which saves those who have been water baptized the water baptism is not the magic formula you need. Baptism does not save you. Baptism must be performed upon one who has demonstrated an intelligent and willing faith. Baptism without the consent of the subject is an absurd situation (Mark 16:16).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Notice that Mark 16:16 does NOT say, “he that is not baptized is damned.”

2. Why would anyone baptize a resistant sinner? Why baptize an atheist who has no faith in his heart? An infant has no more faith in his heart than an atheist.

3. Those who were baptized in New Testament times “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42). Can infants perform these acts of worship?

THERE IS NO APOSTOLIC PRECEDENT FOR INFANT BAPTISM
1. No infant is mentioned as having been baptized in Biblical times. The “household baptisms” do not assume the presence of infants (See Acts 10 & 16).
2. Post-apostolic scholars agree that infant baptism is not taught in the Bible.
3. Jacobus (Congregationalist) ”We have no record in the New Testament of the baptism of infants.”
Scott (Presbyterian) “The New Testament contains no explicit reference to the baptism of infants or small children.”
Plummer (Church of England) “The recipients of Christian baptism were required to repent and believe.”
Luther (Protestant Reformer) “It Cannot be proved by the sacred Scriptures that infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by the first Christians….”

SOME SAY THE DEDICATION OF PARENTS FOR THE TASK OF REARING THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD – IS THE WAY TO GO.

1. Infant baptism does not allow children to render voluntary obedience to the Lord. If one has been sprinkled in infancy and comes to see “the way of the Lord more per¬fectly,” his duty as a follower of Christ is to render obedience to the Lord in the light of his present under¬standing. This by no means is a reflection on the sincerity of their parents, however, as a Christian matures in their faith they are obligated to follow the Bible and not church tradition. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of the Living God. Too often we get caught up in church tradition or believe that church doctrine supersedes the Word of God. Heaven forbid!

2. I have said that there is nothing wrong with Infant sprinkling. And, inherently, I believe that statement to be true. However, infant sprinkling can also do grave harm to an individual. It may make one think that they are already baptized and already saved and so they live their lives on this premise; completely separate from the Word of God. Usually, these individuals have no interest in discussing the teaching of Scripture. I know someone who loves Jesus with all her heart. She grew up in the church of her parents, a church where they practiced infant baptism. She told me that the reason she has not accepted Christ or got baptized is because she was trying to honor the wishes of her parents.
Which is very honorable. But at some time we must desire the sincere meat of the Word for our own understanding.

3. I have partaken in “infant dedications”…for some this is a mere substitution for infant baptism. We don’t believe in infant baptism so we will make up our own. While some may disagree I believe we should dedicate our children to the Lord asking Him to watch over and protect our child. As Christian parents we are mandated by God that we will do all that we can to bring their child up in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
It should be the aim of every Bible believing church to restore the correct teaching of the Bible. The non-essentials, the fluff…we are all entitled to our opinion. And we are all different with opposing opinions. How boring would life be if we would all like the same kind of food, movies, cars, motorcycles…vroom vroom, houses, we would all like the same color, etc. As a church however, we should all return to our Bibles and not church tradition for all of our instructions. We should always attempt to do things in the spirit of Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” All of these things should be done in love and meekness.
Belief can be a funny thing. Sometimes we hear some evangelist say something…he is the trusted speaker so we take him at face value only to find that what he said does not line up with scripture. And sometimes our beliefs come from comments heard from childhood, with no foundation in the Word of God. As people we may not always agree on things like what heaven is like, to speak in tongues or not to speak in tongues. I love God’s Word and I think it is healthy to discuss these matters. Another thing to keep in mind is it is easy to disagree on areas that the Bible does not elaborate on. This lack of details has caused many wars throughout the history of the Bible.
However, there are principles that we MUST agree upon or one of us is not a Christian. I think it is important to inject that list of essentials…the things we must agree on and we must strive for unity:
1) We MUST believe that God the Father, Almighty, Maker of the Heavens (heaven: where the birds fly, heaven: where the plants and the stars are and the third Heaven: where God lives) and earth: believing that God did it in a manner any different that Moses lays out in genesis 1 & 2 our faith is in question.
2) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST is His only begotten (begotten= one and only)…I know churches that quote the KJV word for word…yet believe Jesus is the Son of God…on one hand and the other…Jesus is the brother of Satan! How can Jesus be God’s ONE AND ONLY SON (John 3:16) and He have a brother? One of us is wrong.
3) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin named Mary. To deny this is to deny the deity (divine status, The Creator and Supreme Being) of Christ.
4) We MUST believe that JESUS CHRIST suffered under the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate under authority of emperor of Tiberius; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell.
5) We MUST believe that on the third day JESUS rose from the dead.
6) We MUST believe that JESUS ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7) We MUST believe in the HOLY GHOST.
8) We MUST believe in the forgiveness of sins through the split blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus Paid it all with that one act. “And he is the propitiation for our sins…” 1 John 2:2
9) We MUST believe in the resurrection of the body.
10) We MUST believe in life everlasting.
These 10 things we must strive to agree on. I believe (see there is that funny word again)…that if we cannot agree on these 10 then one of us, I dare say, cannot be called Christian. On all non-essential things…that’s just fluff. Let’s argue and stand united on these 10 things…the rest…lets discuss them…get different opinions and then lets love one another as Christ loved the church and let’s get on with the business of soul winning and discipling.

LET’S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE HIGH MARK.

Let’s be ready to meet our Maker. The Bible (in Acts) teaches that to avoid hell and gain heaven – one must:

1) Believe In Jesus As Savior (16:31)
2) Repent Of Sins (17:30)
3) Confess Christ Audibly (8:37)
4) Live A Christian Life (14:22)
5) Be Active In the Church (2:47)
6) As a manner of obedience be Baptized In Water (2:38)
Joel 2:12, “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:”

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