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Spiritually Stagnant America
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 08:38

Not forsaking the assembling  of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25

I was visiting another Elder's blog (www.jeremysarber.com) this morning while catching up with email and reading the morning news over coffee. On his blog was a story about some "Startling Church Statistics" in the United States. The stats are startling indeed, and show a great decline in the spirituality of our nation.

Christ's Kingdom
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:55

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. - Matthew 4:17

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. - Romans 14:17

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

For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. - I Corinthians 15:25

The above verses present the thought that Jesus Christ established His Kingdom during His first advent, nearly 2000 years ago. Rather than the traditional Jewish view, that the Messiah would reestablish Israel as a nation, rule as King, and dominate the region, Jesus' true Kingdom is one that is a Spiritual Kingdom. Notice the present tense reality of God's Kingdom by the usage of words like is, seek, and reign, all words that indicate a present reality, not a future event.

Through repentance, we enter in to this Kingdom and dwell within it's walls. This Kingdom is to be sought after. Yet, it is not a physical location, but an experience of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. This is Christ's Kingdom, and He rules over it as Sovereign King. We enjoy the benefits as it's citizens.

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angel, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn...Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace... Hebrews 12:22-23, 28

From this passage in Hebrews, we safely conclude that the "Kingdom" and "Church" are considered synonymous. I would say, that when everything is as it should be in Christ's Church and you commune with Christ through worship, you have experienced life in the Kingdom.

Will Every Child Of God Live A Totally Righteous Life?
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 30 August 2010 15:32

Below is the answer to a recent question via email.

Q. Will every child of God live a totally righteous life?


If I understood your question correctly, it is all summed up by the level of fruit a child of grace will bear. I will try to show some principles that balance each other from the Word.

Written by Ben Winslett   
Saturday, 28 August 2010 10:23

A good friend, Elder Eddy Flick, shared this quote today on a Primitive Baptist discussion forum.

“Money often comes between men and God. Someone has said that you can take two small ten-cent pieces, just two dimes, and shut out the view of a panoramic landscape. Go to the mountains and just hold two coins closely in front of your eyes-the mountains are still there, but you cannot see them at all because there is a dime shutting off the vision in each eye.” - AW Tozer

How very true! I have been considering this topic frequently in recent months from a more personal perspective...self examining, if you will.

Scripture testifies that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim 6:10). Money itself is not evil, but the love of it most certainly is. Scripture also testifies (Mth 6:24) that we "cannot serve God and Mammon." Mammon means "treasure, riches." This certainly deals a fatal blow to the concept of "sowing a financial seed" in order to "reap a financial blessing," as we hear so often from televangelists who beg for money while ignorantly promising God's blessing. Such appeals to lust and greed in the hearer.

Money is a very uncertain thing. Paul refers to wealth as "uncertain riches" in 1 Timothy 6:17. In that verse, he actually instructs Timothy to command God's people not to trust in riches, because of their uncertainty. We have someone far more dependable and certain upon which to depend! Solomon wrote in Proverbs 23:5, that "riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Anyone who is current with economic news has witnessed this over the past 2 years.

This concept does not imply that money or wealth itself is sinful or to be avoided. God blessed many men in the Bible to accumulate great wealth (Abraham, Jacob, Solomon, Job, etc). Rather, sin comes in to the equation when one's focus in life is the accumulation of wealth itself, rather than the worship of Christ. Scripture (Ecc. 9:10) exhorts us to do any work "with all thy might." However, rather than for selfish gain, the Christian should work hard "as unto Christ," as we read in Ephesians 6:5. Without doubt, one finds much more fulfillment and lasting satisfaction following this life principle that the former.

Be Ready To Answer
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 21:37

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." 1 Peter 3:15

Why do you believe what you believe?

It is easy, when one is raised in the church, to hold to a certain belief or theological position simply because it is what he or she grew up hearing. It is comfortable, like an old pair of jeans or a favorite cap. The truth rings as a familiar, beloved sound in your ears. Yet, the Disciple of Christ is called of God to not only believe certain truths, but also to be fully aware of where such truths are taught in God's Word.

Peter's above exhortation speaks volumes to the pupil of Christ. We are to be ready to give an answer. Readiness implies preparedness, a preparedness to show a curious inquirer the Biblical reason behind a theological position. Readiness implies that one has studied the only Rule of faith and practice, God's Holy Writ. When confronted with the question, "why do you believe in Predestination," a ready man can reply "because God's Word teaches it in Ephesians 1 and Romans 8." What a shame it would be, for a Disciple to respond with "well, that's just what I believe," or even worse, " I don't know."

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 1:4) "knowing brethren beloved, your election of God." Upon what information was this knowledge founded? Paul specified this immediately following when he wrote, "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost..." The Thessalonian Christians believed in election, yea - they KNEW their election, because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their belief was founded in Bible truth.

May we ever be found as the noble Bereans, who searched the scriptures daily to see if these things are so. Let us form our views based exclusively upon "thus saith the Word of the Lord."

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