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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

The Bible Rescue Co.

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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?!

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

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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JOHN 3:16 The 1611 original (with Gothic type)
 
For God so loued þ  world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne:
that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.
 
JOHN 3:16, a 1900-1970 Cambridge Edition of King James Bible (based on 1769 version)
 
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 
English spelling differences in John 3:16

U = V (Example: loued = loved; gaue = gave)

y with ‘e’ above it was used as represent the ‘thorn’ character, which means ‘the’)
nn (Sonne = Son)

Other spelling differences

V = U (Example: vnto = unto | See John 1:11. As a variation of the same letter, ‘V’ was used at the beginning of a word and ‘U’ within. )

VV = W (Example: svvord = sword) [The V was called a ‘U’, this is why we still call a W a ‘double U’]

I = J (Example: Iesus = Jesus | See John 1:17)

Long “s” letters look similar to “f” letters (Notice the ‘Old Testament’ type example on the right)

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The Modern “Translations” Based on the Corrupt Alexandrian Texts
(NLT, NIV, ESV, HCSB, ISV [Unique Son], NHEB, WEB, etc.)

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

There are two problems here.

1) The so-called modern translations deny the deity (meaning He is not God) of Jesus Christ by removing the begotten.  There are many other places they deny His deity as well.
2) They promote us, man.  We no longer have everlasting life.  We have, eternal life, JUST LIKE GOD!
The WNT or Weymouth New Testament, the YLT or Young’s Literal Translation as well as several others take the corruption even further…in fact, in the opposite direction of the other Modern Versions as mentioned above.
WNT, “For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son,
that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.”
The WNT:
1) Denies the deity of Jesus Christ.
2) Changes Everlasting to “Life of Ages
YLT, “for God did so love the world, that His Son —
the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is
believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.”
The YLT:
1) “May not.” That does not sound so definite.  WOW.  I hope I have everlasting life.
2) Changes Everlasting to “life age-during.”
Life of Ages?  life age-during?  To be honest, I am not even certain what that means.
There is so much more…please contact me if you are interested in learning more.  In the meantime, stick to God’s Word!  Stick to the KING JAMES VERSION!
 
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When Did God Create the Angels?

My purpose for writing this is not to simply present another theory.  I will say this many times throughout this article; Satan’s purpose is to get us to doubt God’s Word (Genesis 3:1).  My purpose for writing this is to CHANGE YOUR MIND.  I don’t want you to doubt God’s Word.

For years I have made it a project of mine to study; creation, evolution, and dinosaurs.  The subject is fascinating and the subject of creation is the very foundations of our faith.  The enemy keeps pounding away at our foundation and we say, “It’s okay, he didn’t the church.”  Soon, the church starts to become wobbly…until it crashes.  I have read everything and watched everything I can get my hands on.  I have written articles and books on the subject.  I believe that Genesis 1 is literally true, as is the rest of the Bible, the King James Bible.

I believe that God created everything in six 24-literal days.  The King James Bible is VERY CLEAR on this.  There can absolutely be no mistake about this.  Whether you believe what it says is the only question.  Let me show you:

GENESIS CHAPTER ONE

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

In Genesis Chapter one we see the phrase, “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” There can be no mistake.  “The evening and the morning”…this can be no other but a 24 hour day  Now, I understand the word day can mean different things.  For example:

“Back in my father’s day, he traveled during the day for a day.  There are three different uses of the same word, “day”, however, just as in the First Chapter of Genesis, we know the meaning by context.  What about the Hebrew?  Again, the Hebrew word for the word day is “yom”, can mean more than one thing.

It can refer to the 24-hour period of time that it takes for the earth to rotate on its axis (e.g., “there are 24 hours in a day”). It can refer to the period of daylight between dawn and dusk (e.g., “it gets pretty hot during the day but it cools down a bit at night”). And it can refer to an unspecified period of time (e.g., “back in my father’s day . . .”). It is used to refer to a 24-hour period in Genesis 7:11. It is used to refer to the period of daylight between dawn and dusk in Genesis 1:16. And it is used to refer to an unspecified period of time in Genesis 2:4.  So, what does yom mean in Genesis 1:5–2:2 when used in conjunction with ordinal numbers (i.e., the first day, the second day, the third day, the fourth day, the fifth day, the sixth day, and the seventh day)? Are these 24-hour periods or something else?  Could yom as it is used here mean an unspecified period of time?

Jesus and the apostles quoted from Genesis, arguably more than any other book of the Bible.  I believe that the evidence clearly shows that dinosaurs did not live millions of years ago, but they have lived on this earth for only about 6,000.  I believe that dinosaurs have always lived with man.  I believe that evolution is not even a theory, it is a fairytale. I believe that to deny the creation in Genesis 1 is to question the very credibility of Jesus and the Apostles.

Some will read this article and disagree with me on the time when God created the angels.  Of course, some of you may disagree with me on everything. J   You and I can disagree, as long as you and I agree with what God’s Word says.  I know many Christians that will simply hold that angels were created the first week or “early” first week”.  However, I believe that scripture can be more precise and show us an exact day during the creation week when God created the angels.  To be honest, as long as you are at least putting angels the first week and even after reading this article…and reading the Scriptures that I will share you still disagree…then I am ok.  And you should be too.  We have bigger fish to fry…souls that are lost…we do not need two mature Christians arguing about a day or two.

However, if you are from the camp that claims that God created angels before the first week, then we have a problem.  I dare say that if you are in this camp that you are stepping into heretical territory. Come back on this side of the line, the truth is over here.  In fact, since I am making bold statements, I will make one more.  If your position is that God made the angels before Genesis 1:1 then you sir/madam are in fact calling my God a liar!

If the hair just stood up on the back of your neck, GOOD, then I have your attention.  “I would never call God a liar!” you bark back at me.  Of course, you would not.  But I believe that inadvertently that is what some of you may be doing.  What I am about to teach you may contradict what you may have already learned and believed the truth to be.  A few assumptions if I may.  Both of us cannot be right.  One of us has to be wrong.  Both of us could be wrong.  So what do you do if what I am about to teach contradicts what you may have already learned?  First, keep in mind that this is not what I would refer to as a “Salvation Issue”.  The virgin birth, the resurrection, the deity of Christ and the creation account in Genesis all are examples of what I would call, “Salvation Issues”.

If you are questioning if God created angels in the first place or if God created them sometime other than the creation week in Genesis 1, then we need to have a different discussion.  As far as this discussion is concerned, and this may be dangerous but I will assume that you will agree that angels were created and that they were created during the first week.  The only thing left to settle is on what day during the first week was the angels settled?   Let’s look at the creation account in Genesis 1 to see if we can find the answer?

Verses 1-5 — FIRST DAY

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. {this will become important later}

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day”.

“In the beginning…”  We have what we call a definite article here.  Meaning there was a beginning.  This is important.  The other thing I want to point out is who did the creating.  Genesis 1 says, God.   Now, we know and understand from further study of Scripture that God is actually three persons in one: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The Son submits to the Father and the Holy Spirit submits to the Son.  John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16, etc. all proclaim Jesus Christ as the Creator, not the Father and not the Holy Spirit.  This is important…Jesus is not a created being…He is the Creator.

On day one of the creation Verses 1-5 we see the Creator, Jesus Christ, creating heaven (not heavens as incorrectly translated in some versions, see my article on the three heavens) and earth.  The heaven, in this case, refers to outer space, everything beyond earth.  It also says that the Spirit of God moved upon the waters.  Then the Creator created light and darkness.   We see no evidence of angels being created on day one as recorded in the first five verses alone.  But pay close attention…

Verses 6-8 — SECOND DAY

6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

God creates the sky.  The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air.  At this point, earth would have an atmosphere.  Some talk about a layer of ice or water called a canopy around the earth that shields the earth from UV light.  This canopy came down at the time of the flight.    Read carefully, were there angels created on the second day?

Verses 9-13 — THIRD DAY

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13And the evening and the morning were the third day.

God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water. The large bodies of water are named “seas” and the ground is named “land.”  The Creator creates dry land, the seas, and vegetation. God declares that all this is good.  We do not see any direct clear evidence of the creation of angels on day three of the creation week…pay close careful attention,  I am about to trick…play VERY close attention.

Verses 14-19 — FOURTH DAY

“ 14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. “

On the fourth day, God made the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets.  Complete with an established orbit so as to mark the passage of time (months, seasons, and years).

Verses 20-23 — FIFTH DAY

20”And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day”.

On the fifth day, the Creator created the living creatures of the water and of the air (The birds and the fish).

Verses 24-31 — SIXTH DAY

24”And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day”.

On the sixth day of creation, land animals, dinosaurs and man were created. At this time there was no death on the Earth, and God proclaimed it was good.  Up to this point at least in the Genesis account, we do not see, angels being created.  If it were that simple there would be no need for me to write this document.  When we look at God’s Word as a whole it becomes very clear that angels were created on day two of the creation week.  It was not a complete waste of time spelling out Genesis chapter one…it helped us to sort out exactly what was created on each day.  This will be important later on in this article and many of you had no idea as to the order.  And just because the order can get lost in a bunch of words I am going to outline it for us here:

The First Day The heaven, the earth, light and darkness.
The Second Day The atmosphere, (a canopy of water or ice)
The Third Day The land and plants
The Fourth Day The sun, the moon and the planets
The Fifth Day The birds and the fish.
The Six Day The Land animals, dinosaurs and man,

Remember that the issue of this discussion is not if He created them but when He created the angels.  If Satan can get you to doubt what God says then he has you!  The truth is God created angels and the truth is He created them early first week or creation and the truth is He created them on the second day.

Alright, we need to jump over to second Peter chapter three.  It is important for us to understand that Satan has been twisting the Word of God since the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:1 Satan says to Eve, Yea hath God said.  Right off the bat, we see Satan twisting God’s Word.  He is a professional; he knows every trick because he has been at this game for the last 6,000 years.  And if Satan can get us to doubt God’s Word then his job is finished.  Some have asserted, and to be honest, I have heard this argument before, that 2 Peter 3 shows that we are standing on the second earth. Their theory claims that the Millennium is actually the third coming.  Say what?  We used to say in Junior High, “brotha please!”   Ok, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and all the bad 80’s terminology starts coming out… let’s open our Bibles to 2nd Peter chapter 3 and get into the meat of this thing.

Verse 2 — “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:”

Verse 3 — “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,”

Verse 4 — “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? {Doubting God’s Word} for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation{there God goes ago again, claiming there was a beginning}.

Verse5 — “For this they willingly are ignorant {In the Greek this means dumb on purpose :)} of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:”

Verse 6 — “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” (ahhh, interesting!  Here we have a clue.  Write this down.)

Verse 7 — But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

Verse 10 — “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which, the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” {sound like the big bang?}

The BIG BANG is going to happen…it just has not happened yet. 

Verse 13 — “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Why would God send His son to die for a world that has already been destroyed?  In other words, is it enough for Jesus to die for one world or does He need to die for multiple earths?  I am not asking you to make a stretch or leap of faith here.  However, I am asking you to THINK!  Put to work that 4-pound organ between your ears that God designed.  2 Peter 3 is clearly speaking about future events; events that can be lined up with the book of Revelation. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night”2 Peter 3:10.

Paul also makes mention of this in 1 Thessalonians 5:2, For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”  When is the day of the Lord?  When will He come as a thief in the night?   At the second coming…a future event that has been prophesied in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The second coming of Christ is an event that we as Christians long for.  This event is referred to as the RAPTURE 2 Peter 3:9 —The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  If 2 Peter 3 was talking about the past, why would God be concerned that none would perish and that all would come to repentance?  2 Peter is referring to the future and is supported by Revelation 21:1, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Unknowingly, some Christians that teach that there was an earth before this one are teaching part of the Gap Theory.  Now, when you mention that they say, “no way”…look at the Gap Theory and you will see.  Basically, the Gap Theory claims there are millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

We are still standing on the first earth.  Revelation 21:1 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”  Is there still a sea?  Yes.  This is an event that is yet to happen.  John Hagee preaches a sermon that states the first earth was destroyed when Satan fell.  This is not scriptural.  It preaches real good and he has nice graphics and all, but he is dead wrong! John Hagee is a heretic.

So when did Satan fall?  The answer can be found in Ezekiel 28:12-15,

Verse 12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. {Satan was smart and beautiful}

Verse 13 — Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Verse 14 — “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Verse 15 — “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

We can learn a lot from this scripture:

  • Satan was in Eden
  • Satan was Created
  • He was perfect until sin was found in him
  • He was in Eden until he sinned

Genesis 1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

After the sixth day God had a look around at everything He had created.  He said, “yep, everything is very good.”

Satan could not have fallen before the sixth day.  God would not have said everything was, “very good” if Satan was running around being a bad guy.  He was probably a nice guy in Eden for a long time.  Another argument, but from my studies, this was probably about 100 years.  Can you imagine God saying everything was very good and the lion ripping guts out of the zebra or Satan running around doing what he does today or any of the terrible things we see today?  I think not.

The scriptures tell us that angels were created.  Psalm 148:2-5, etc.  This would include Satan.  In order to understand when angels were created, it is important to understand why angels were created.  Now, I understand we read about angels worshipping and praising God, but was that why they were created? (Revelation 5:11-14) According to Scripture angels were NOT created to worship and praise God, I understand that is something angels do…but that is not why they were created.  Yes, I did repeat myself.  Not because I have a speech impediment, but because for some reason people will come back to this point over and over again.   We need to be clear, angels do things…they sing they fly, they are messengers, etc., but these are not WHY they were created.

Hebrews 1:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

Hebrews 1:14 clearly says that angels are ministering spirits created to minister to manGenesis 28:12, Psalm 104:4, Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:13, Hebrews 1:7 could all be used to show that angels were created to minister to man.  Question?  If God created angels to minister to man, and He did (see Scripture); why would He need to create them millions of years before man got here?  I asked this question to a Pastor who was speaking on the topic of creation.  Of course I was fascinated by every word he spoke.  I loved his animation and the detail of his presentation.  When I question him about his theory that angels were created before Genesis 1:1 using the fact that angels were created to minister to man he responded this way:

“Did God create plants on the 3rd day and plants were for man to eat and God created plants before man needed them?”  God created everything before man I said.  And we are talking 3 days not millions of years.  If that is what he believes he is welcome to, but I believe the scriptures show otherwise.  I then went into my explanation of why angels were created on day two, what you are reading here.  His senior Pastor was standing within earshot of our conversation.  He walked over and said, “I have to go with Airrington on this.”  It’s not hard when you are right.  Hold on, I am not being arrogant…I have been wrong plenty of times.  Let’s continue…before I get myself into trouble…

Looking now back to Genesis 1:1 and then we will wrap this up with the final blow to the theory that angels were created before Genesis 1:1.  “Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven {no s, another argument for another day} and the earth.”  I would like to point out your Honor that God through Moses said that there was a beginning.  It is true that according to Psalm 90:4, the same man that wrote Genesis 1:1, said that God was outside of time and then Peter quoted Moses in 2 Peter 3:8.  So, once upon a time, there was no time.  I would also like to point out your Honor that the Bible was written for man’s benefit not for God’s benefit.  If God said there was a BEGINNING and Moses believed Him and wrote it down…then I believe Him too.  Why would God tell us that there was a beginning if this was really not the beginning?  Remember 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?”  Satan has been trying to confuse us and make us doubt God’s Word for the last 6,000 years.  If God says, “In the beginning…” we have no reason to doubt God except Satan trying and make us doubt what God said.  You know there is another name for this theory it is called the pre-adamite period.  Look that one up.

Job 38:4&7 tells us that the angels including Satan shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth.  Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”  In Genesis 1:2 The earth was empty and nothing was here.  The earth was a ball of water.  The foundations were laid on the second day.  Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”  On the third day, the foundations of the earth were formed.   Kevin, how can you be sure of this?

Psalm 104:1-5, “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”

There are three significant things that I would like to point out from Psalm 104:1-5 (in the first two verses the psalmist is praising God):

  1. God creates the waters
  2. God makes the angels
  3. God laid the foundations of the earth

Notice the order of things in Psalm 104Job 38 says that the angels (including Satan) witnessed the laying of the foundations of the earth.  Genesis, Job, Psalm all point to angels being made prior to the laying of the foundations of the earth.  Psalm gives us the order of events and amplifies Genesis, the first 3 days of creation and again it says that angels were created as ministers.

Summary – Statements of Fact

  • God’s Spirit moves across the face of the water(Genesis 1:2)
    • “Who Layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters” (Psalm 104:3)
    • Angels were Created (Hebrews 1:14, Psalm 104:4)
    • Angels were Created to minister to man  (Hebrews 1:14, Psalm 104:4)
    • Angels witnessed the laying of the foundation of the earth(Job 38:7, Angels shouted for joy when the foundations of the earth were laid)
      • “Who laid the foundations of the earth…?” (Psalm 104:5)
      • Genesis, Job & Psalm all point to Angels being made prior to the laying of the foundations of the earth.
      • Exodus 20:11 God tells us that He created EVERYTHING in six days.

If this is not enough, I wonder what God Himself said?  For that, I will take you to the 20th chapter of Exodus where the 10 commandments are recorded.  Exodus 20:1, “And God spake all these words, saying,” Okay boys and girls…what you are about to hear next GOD SAID!  That’s right!  All 1189 chapters of the King James Bible were inspired only this one chapter was actually written by the finger of God (Exodus 20).  Exodus 20:11, “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.”  God said that He created the heaven, the earth and the sea and ALL THAT IN THEM IS…in six days.  Including…angels.  The question you should not be asking is, “Did He say it?”  The question is do you believe He said it? By my count, God asked Job 84 rhetorical questions.  One of those questions can be found in Job 38:4:

“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

None of us were there when God laid the foundations of the earth.  Moses was not there when God laid the foundations of the earth (Day 3), but Moses believed God.  All we have is God’s Word and if we cannot take God’s Word when angels were created then we can’t take His Word when it comes to anything else.

At this point there should be little doubt in your mind that God created angels early in the week; probably the second day according to Job 38 and Psalm 104.  If we begin to doubt what God said, this is exactly what Satan wants us to do (Genesis 3:1).  If we doubt God’s Word on something as simple as when the angels were created…then what else will we doubt?

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Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

A Biblical Study…

Reverend Kevin R. Airrington
December 10, 2011
Saturday Morning Bible Study
Community Bible Church

The World is a system opposed to God.   We profit from the Word when our eyes are opened to discern the true character of the world.

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

There is a high death rate as a result of alcohol-related accidents in this country.  Daily you can pick up a newspaper and read scads of stories of families that are destroyed due to a drunk driver.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person dies every 33 minutes in an alcohol-related accident.  And that’s not all.   There is an estimated alcohol-related injury every two minutes.

Consider these additional statistics from the United States Justice Department: Nearly 4 in 10 violent victimizations involve the use of alcohol.  Also, victim reports show, on average each year about 183,000 rapes and sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the offender, as do just over 197,000 robberies, about 661,000 aggravated assaults, and nearly 1.7 million simple assaults.

Many people have told me that drinking has nothing to do with DUI’s or tragic deaths due to alcohol.  I beg to differ.  Say what?

The Scriptures are true! “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1. 

Alcohol is at the root of all kinds of problems in our country today and it has been for hundreds of years.  Proverbs 23:31-32 is a powerful injunction against drinking alcoholic beverages. It says, Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

There is clear evidence in the Scriptures that believers should not drink alcoholic beverages.

There are 637 references to wine, drink, and drinking in the King James Translation of the Bible.  Most people think in today’s terms, believing that when the word “wine” is mentioned in the Scriptures it refers to alcoholic wine.  Actually, that is not necessarily true. Thirteen different words are translated “wine” in the King James Version of the Bible.  The word “wine” has a wide range of meaning in the Bible, covering everything from grape juice to concentrated grape syrup to alcoholic wine.  To understand what the Bible has to say about drinking, we need to look at several of these words.  

OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW WORDS FOR WINE

“Yayin” — It is a general term for grape beverages and it includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; unfermented, in the process of fermentation and fermented. (Proverbs 31:4) Usually, the context will show whether it is alcoholic wine or not. Yayin, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Shekar” — It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine.  The 1901 edition of THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA says, “Yakin, wine, is to be distinguished from Shekar, or strong drink.  The former is diluted with water; the later is undiluted.”  Shekar was not diluted with water.” (see Numbers 28:7)

“Tirosh” — This word refers to fresh grape juice. It is referred to often as new wine or sweet wine. (see Proverbs 3:10; Deuteronomy 7:13)

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK WORDS FOR WINE

“Oinos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Yayin. It is a general term for grape beverages and includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; fermented or unfermented.  The context has to be used to determine whether the drink was intoxicating or not. (Luke 10:34; Ephesians 5:18).  Oinos, when used properly was always diluted with water.

“Sikera” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Shekar.  It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine. (Luke 1:15)

“Gleukos” is the counterpart to the Old Testament word Tirosh.  Dr. Paul Dixon says “It refers to fresh wine, a new wine” or freshly squeezed grape juice.

8 REASONS CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT DRINK

 

INTRODUCTION

And we know that we are ___ ________, and _______ ____________ ____________ lieth in wickedness.  1 John 5:19

And he said unto them, Ye are they which _____________ ____________ before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is ___________ ___ ____ _____ of God. Luke 16:15

The World is an enemy to be resisted and overcome.  As Christians, we are commanded to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) and to be a good testimony to the world.  THEY ARE WATCHING!  as there is the Holy Trinity The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost — so also there is an evil trinitythe flesh, the world and the devil (Not to be confused with the Holy Trinity discussed in the book of Revelation by Pastor Joh.

The world has turned its back on Jesus Christ, and through His Name is professed in many places (even church), the world will have nothing to do with Him.  All the desires and designs of worldliness distract us from Christ and can cause each of us to stumble.  Christians are in the world and cannot get out of it; we must live here until we die or Jesus returns to take us home.  While we are here we have to earn a living, support our families and attend our worldly business.  BUT WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO LOVE THE WORLD AND THE THINGS IN IT!

  1. Can I as a Christian, fraternize or seek pleasure in the things of this world? James 4:4, John 2:15

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  1. What did Jesus say about worldliness? Mathew 15: 8   ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Mathew 16:26 For what a man profited, if he shall gain the ________ ________ and _________ _______ ______ _______? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
    2. Luke 21: 34-36 __________ __________ _________
  2. Can giving into the world mold our activities and plans of life? Ephesians 2:2

While there are many things in the world that can distract us from our walk with Christ; let’s look at just a couple.  We shouldn’t have to eat the whole pie to know it was made with rotten apples.  How big is your God? ____________________________________________________________________________

  1. Should Christians watch rared R movies? Psalm 101:3 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. As Christians is it important how the world looks at us? 1 Thessalonians 5:22  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Why is this important? Matthew 5:13-16 ______________________________________

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  1. Pliny, a Roman Officer and historian said, “Without salt human life cannot be sustained.” How might this apply to our Christian Life and those around us?  _________

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There is clear evidence in the scriptures that Christians should not drink  Over the years I have heard all the arguments as to why it is ok to drink and to be honest…not one single case holds up to the Bible.   I have even heard that Jesus Himself drank.   In this study, we will discover that not only did Jesus not drinkHe refused it when it was offered to Him and as a king, He was forbidden to drink.   To say that Jesus drank alcohol is just heretical in its purest form!

I have said it before, “I am not the wine police.”  If I am at your house you have a six-pack of beer in your fridge or a jug of wine that is your business.   My job, just as your job is to show you what God’s Word has to say on the matter.  After, learning the truth if you wish to continue drinking…that is between you and God.

ONE THING I WILL ESTABLISH IN THIS STUDY IS THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO BIBLICALLY SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL DRINKING IN THE BIBLE.  If you think you have found it…let’s look at the evidence together.

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

  1. What does Jesus tell us people were involved with prior to the flood? Matthew 24: 38-39 _____

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Jesus is telling us that just as people before the flood…so shall people be caught off guard when he returns.

 

  1. Proverbs 20:1, “________ is a ___________, __________ _____________ is ___________: and whosoever is ___________ thereby is not _________.”
    1. What are some of the affects on the human body? Proverbs 23:29-35

v.29 _______________________________________________________________

v.30_______________________________________________________________

v.31_______________________________________________________________

v.32 _______________________________________________________________

v.33 _______________________________________________________________

v.34 _______________________________________________________________

v.35 _______________________________________________________________

The first effects of alcohol on the brain is to dull the capacity for self-criticism and the sense of caution.  A lessening of care and anxiety follows this.  The checks on irresponsibility and unreasonable behavior are also curtailed.  Actions follow impulses, which is dangerous.  Reaction time becomes slower; coordination is disturbed; drowsiness follows.

  1. Does drinking make you forgetful? Proverbs 31:5 ______________________________________

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  1. Does drinking affect our judgment? Isaiah 28:7 ______________________________________
  2. Is it okay for Christians to drink one or two beers or a

glass of wine (in moderation)?  *Ephesians 5:18 ______________________________________________________________________________

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  1. Why does Paul tell us not to drink wine? Romans 14:21 _________________________________

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Some Christians claim their “Christian Liberty” when it comes to social drinking.  In order to do that, they must turn their backs on this portion of scripture.  It is a fact that drinking causes some to stumble; others to be influenced, some to be offended and many to be weakened.  The number one reason teenagers drink is their parents drink.  What kind of example are you setting for your kids?  One day, I called one of my older children, I think he was 18 or 19 at the time, a jackass.  As in a goofy donkey.   Definitely, not a bad word…but perhaps a word, as Christians we should not make it a part of our regular vernacular.   My youngest, 5 year old Joshua, heard his daddy say this abouot his brother.  A few weeks later, Joshua called his sister, Leila a jackass.  Our children are watching and so is the world!

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 True or False, Paul warns us to abstain from evil? ___________________

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  1. 1 Corinthians 6:12d, “…but I will not be ______________________________________________

of any.”  (The only exception is the Holy Ghost, Ephesians 5:18)

 

  1. Is alcohol addictive? Proverbs 23:35 _________________________________________________
  2. Does drinking lead to drunkenness? Isaiah 5:11 _______________________________________
  3. It is clear from scripture that drinking sets off a domino effect; if we give the devil a foothold and we rebel against God and drink what is the effect?  Isaiah 30:1 ________________________

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  1. Why else are Christians forbidden to drink? 1 Peter 2:9 _________________________________

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  1. Should we even look at wine (Alcohol)? Proverbs 23:31 _________________________________
  2. I have a little wine left over; I will just give it to a friend of mine who is not a Christian, after all this stuff is expensive so I will just pass it on. Habakkuk 2:15  ____________________________

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Drinking, even social drinking cannot be legitimately supported by the Bible.  Every drink that is available today, even beer, falls into the category of unmixed or strong drink.  Drinking socially is a worldly activity and in light of the fact that believers are neither to be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2) nor love the world (1 John 2:15), our choice should be clear.  Perhaps social drinking has enhanced the acceptability of Christians in society, but it has not advanced the cause of Christ, and it does not glorify God!  Social drinking is simply a means which the devil uses to blunt our testimony for Christ and squeeze us into his mold.

 

MEMORIZE   1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

* The word excess is translated from the Greek word asootia which means “Riot”.  In otherwords, drinking can lead to rioting.

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