Know Your Bible

VOL. 9                           December 5, 2010                           NO. 49

 Hypocrisy In Action

     A hypocrite is a fellow who isn’t himself on Sunday.
    The hypocrite sings:
        Have Thine Own Way, Lord but does as he pleases.
        Onward Christian Soldiers but is usually AWOL from the Lord’s army.
        I Love To Tell the Story but never mentions Christ to his friends.
        Throw Out the Lifeline but is satisfied to throw out a fishing line instead.
        Blest Be the Tie That Binds but lets the least little offense sever it.
        All To Jesus I Surrender even though he has capitulated to Satan and is, in fact, a servant of sin.
    The hypocrite prays,
         “Give the speaker a ready remembrance of those things he has prepared to say” and then sleeps through the sermon.
         “Bless those who are sick and shut-in,” but never lifts a finger to help them.
         “Bring us back at the next appointed time,’ and then sits home on Sunday evening to watch television or entertains family or friends.
         “Help us remain unspotted from the world,” but he views pornographic literature and watches moral filth on TV and at the movies.
         “Forgive us of our sins as we forgive our debtors,” but will hold a grudge till his dying day.
         “Help us raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” and then leads them astray through his corrupt and contaminated example.
     The hypocrite says, “Amen,” when the preacher speaks on “The Sins of the Tongue,” but often uses foul language and takes the Lord’s name in vain. He goes out the door and says, “You really told them today, preacher!” and then participates in the very thing that was condemned!
     Let us remember that the Lord has never been pleased with those who “say, and do not” (Matt. 23:1-3). The same could be said of those who “sing, and do not” as well as those who “pray, and do not.”  For the hypocrite, religion is but an outward show; he only pays lip-service to Christianity. Let’s avoid falling into this trap (Luke 6:46-49).
---Mark Mayberry
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Some quotes worth pondering . . .
“As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”   
 - George Mason
“Revelation assures us that ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation.’ Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character.”                                                                  
---Samuel Adams

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever.”    
 ---Thomas Jefferson
“If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
---Daniel Webster
Taken from E-mail Bulletin
of Collegevue church in Columbia, Tn.
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“...Hate Father and Mother...”
     Luke 14:26 says, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be may disciple." Why does Christ say that we must hate our fathers and mothers and other family members? What does this verse mean?
     There are occasions where the Bible uses the term "hate" in a comparative sense. Genesis 29:31 is one example of this. This verse says that Jacob hated his wife Leah. However, verse 30 points out that it was actually a matter of him loving Rachel, his other wife, more than Leah. Thus, the word hate is used in a comparative sense to mean "love more than."
     The verse in question, Luke 14:26, is also a case where the term "hate" is used in a comparative sense. Jesus is not saying that we are to have malice or ill-will toward our family. That idea would contradict other plain passages. Instead, Christ is saying that we must always put Him before our families. Our love for Christ is to be greater than our love for anyone or anything.
     Matthew 10:37 helps to explain Luke 14:26. as Jesus said, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
     In Luke 14:26, Jesus is speaking to multitudes and is trying to make them realize that following His way will not always be easy. There will be hardships, tribulations, and persecutions. He says (v. 27) that we must bear our cross.
     The lesson for us today is that we must always put Christ and His Word first in our lives. We are to love Him more than any family relationship or material possession. Our love for Him will be seen in our willingness to obey Him. John 14:15 says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

---Mike Johnson
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"Hell will be a truth that many will realize too late."
"Satan will use 99% truth (if necessary) to float one lie."
"It is a sad religion that is never strong except when its owner is sick."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
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