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VOL. 11                                                                                                                                                             July 15, 2012                                                                                                                                                                NO. 25




  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.'' (Gal. 3:17)


This command covers quite thoroughly the overt behavior and the covert behavior of people. Whatever the law says, it say to those who are under the law (Rom. 3:19). Since all are amenable to the law of Christ, people are duty-bound to hear and obey His words. "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him -- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day" (Jno. 12:48). This statement answers once and for all whether sinners are amenable to the particulars of the law of Christ. 


Words are the essential vehicles of thought. They are so important that Jesus said, "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt. 12:37). It is not that words are sufficient in themselves to accomplish the will of God; for John says, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 Jno. 3:18). Neither was John diminishing the importance of words; for he penned the words of Jesus about speech and its importance, and he, himself, used words effectively to teach truth. Peter understood the importance of truthful words, speaking to Jesus, "Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (Jno. 6:68). John said, "For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (Jno. 1:17). Paul's message to Agrippa consisted of "the words of truth and reason" (Acts 26:25). 


Wrongly used, words stir up anger (Prov. 15:1), incite riots (Acts 19:25-29), seduce to immorality (Prov. 6:23,24), subvert the hearers by false doctrines (Acts 15:24; Ti. 1:10,11). Words properly used exhort (Acts 2:40), comfort according to truth (1 Thes. 4:13-18), teach sound doctrine (2 Tim. 1:13; Ti. 2:7,8), reprove and correct (2 Tim. 3:16,17), and make known the promises of God (2 Pet. 1:2-11; Heb. 13:5,6). Words are used to praise God (Lk. 2:14), and to blaspheme (Mk. 3:28,29) Words express thoughts and intents of the heart (Matt. 12: 34). 


Deeds are the product of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Matt. 12:35). As by our words, so by our deeds we will be judged (Rom. 2:5,6; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 20:12). All of our deeds are to be done under the authority of Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18). This includes our occupational behavior (Eph. 4:28), our civic behavior (Rom. 13; 1 Pet. 2:13-17), our family behavior (Eph. 5:22-6:4), our primary obedience to the truth for salvation from sins (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38), and our worship and service as believers in God (Jno. 4:24). We must give preeminent time and importance to our duty to God (Matt. 6:33); therefore, we must not allow other responsibilities to preempt our worship and edification according to God's direction. Anything that does not occur within the scope of Christ's authority is outside the behavior given by Christ for His people's manner of life. Our text makes this fact very clear. It is not satisfactory to substitute one part of obedience for another (Matt. 15:3-6), or to justify one act of disobedience by pointing out that we have obeyed in another instance (Jas. 2:11; 1 Sam. 15:10-26). We must be DOERS of the word in all the particulars that God has told us to do (Jas. 1:22-27). We must not become weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not (Gal. 6:1-10). Our WORDS and DEEDS are ordered of the Lord; therefore, let us be obedient children of God (Jas. 1:13-19). 

  ---Gilbert Alexander    

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The vast majority of TV preachers are "charismatic/pentecostal", who make claims of miraculous healing if you send in your cash. All the TV preachers on this page are "charismatic/pentecostal". Take this quiz and find out how much you know about these men.

1. This televangelist has been known to heal phlegm and once, successfully, rebuked a hurricane from heading toward his TV production complex. (Pat Robertson)

2. Who said, "You'd be surprised how well you can praise God in the back seat of a Rolls Royce Phantom 5." (Reverend Ike)

3. Which televangelist said Eve gave birth to Cain and Abel out of her 

side, taught that Adam could fly and believes the Godhead is actually nine entities? (Benny Hinn)

4. Who said, "If you're an intellectual, you'll probably go to hell for  it." (Jonathan BelI)

5. Which televangelist teaches that Jesus was rich and the Apostles were successful businessmen with plenty of money? (Fred Price)

6. When sentencing this televangelist to 10 years in prison for money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, and interstate transportation of stolen property the judge said "You've picked the last flake of flesh from the carcass of the widow you defrauded." (Jim Whittington)

7. Who felt he had to go to a psychiatrist to find out whether or not he 

was homosexual? (Jim Bakker)

8. Who reports that U.S. interstate highway signs are coded to let U.N. troops know where to attack in order to usher in a one-world government?  (Jack & Rexela Van Impe)

9. Who wishes he could have a Holy Ghost machine gun so he can kill his enemies? (Benny Hinn)

10. Which televangelist was banned from British television for airing 

unsubstantiated testimonials? (Morris Cerullo)

11. Which televangelist, while being sentenced for tax fraud, was asked by the judge if he was from another planet? (W.V. Grant)

12. Whose first miracle witnessed was the healing of a pet chicken? (Jan Crouch)

13. Who, when accused of a sexual impropriety defended himself by saying a demon had duplicated him, and that if you see him doing anything bad, it's not the real him? (Bob Larson)

14. This preacher proudly displayed himself in bed with a bevy of Playboy Playmates. (Gene Scott)

15. Who stars in his own worse-than-B movies and charges $930 for his Bible course on tape? (Kenneth Copeland)

16. Which televangelist owns his own mountain top? (Pat Robertson)

17. Who bought Twitty City and believes white hair is most often found among the holy? (Paul Crouch)

18. This current televangelist was exposed years ago for receiving "words of knowledge" not from God, but from his wife via radio transmitter. (Peter Popoff)

19. When an FCC investigation, into his organization's finances, found that $13 million was unaccounted for, this preacher explained, "Satan got into our computer and lost the money (Jim Bakker)

20. This preacher sells elderships to his church by mail. (Morris Cerullo)

21. Who claims U.N troops are currently hiding out in U.S. national parks? (Jack & Rexela Van Impe)

22. While in federal prison this televangelist was publicly claiming to 

have repented, yet he was selling copies of his appeals papers proclaiming his innocence. (Jim Bakker)

23. Who failed to meet Better Business Bureau standards of reporting income from fund-raising activities? (All TV evangelists listed here.)

Compiled by

---Brian Kelcher

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