Baptismal Regeneration

24 05 2021

There are many churches that teach baptismal regeneration. This doctrine teaches that one must be baptized in order to be saved. They teach that baptism, not faith alone, is necessary for regeneration. Listen to what Paul has to say in Roman 4:2-8.

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

I am a firm believer in the clear Scriptural teaching of salvation by grace through faith alone; therefore I wanted to briefly address this heresy. I want to take a look at the proof texts usually given to support this teaching and then give a Scriptural defense against it.

Text #1

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

I can’t deny that it says those who believe and are baptized will be saved. What is that speaking of? If it’s speaking of water baptism being required for salvation then the latter part should read differently.

Those who believe and are baptized not shall be damned.”

It says those who believe and are baptized will be saved but it leaves out the baptism when saying they will be damned. Why is that? The answer is that baptism is linked closely with belief yet is not part of salvation.

Those who are condemned are condemned for not believing. This is because faith is the only requirement for salvation. The baptism here is Spirit baptism. Which happens after we believe.

Text #2

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)

This passage is probably the most commonly quoted proof text. It’s clearly being taken out of context by those who hold to this doctrine. The first thing we have to do is put the verse back in context with the rest of the chapter.

In this sermon Peter is pointing out that they had rejected Jesus and had crucified Him yet God overruled their objection and raised Him from the dead.

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.” (Acts 2:23-24)

One important point being missed is that he was telling them to be baptized in the name (or authority of) Jesus Christ, the authority they had previously rejected. Jesus gave instructions to baptize in the name of all three members of the Godhead. Peter was not nullifying what Jesus said, he was simply highlighting the name of Jesus whose authority they rejected.

A second point pertaining to this verse is the term “for.” This word is often highlighted to demonstrate that the baptism was for or to cause the remission of sins. The problem is that there are several Greek and English uses for the word “for.” The word can mean, “in order to get” or it can mean, “because of, as the result of.”

So is Peter saying they must be baptized in order to get forgiveness of sins? If he is then he is contradicting Paul who simply told the jailer in Acts 16:31 to believe.

If I say “take two aspirin for a headache” am I saying to take two aspirin in order to get a headache? Of course not. I’m saying it because you already have one.

The same applies if I said I’m going to Grandma’s house for her birthday. Will she not have a birthday or even a party if I don’t go? Of course she will. My going is not to give her a birthday but because she is having a birthday. This is the clear use of the phrase in this passage.

Salvation is a free gift given by God to those who believe. We are commanded to have repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ not of works (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Peter is not contradicting these passages. He is not saying you must be baptized in order to complete remission of your sins. He is saying to be baptized because you have remission of sins.

Text #3

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:20-21)

This passage is by far the second most abused passage used to prove this doctrine. What are we to think of such a passage? Let’s jump back a few verses to get the context.

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:18-21)

Christ was put to death in the flesh speaking of His death on the cross. The reference to Him being quickened or made alive by the Spirit speaks of His resurrection from the dead. The verse then says by the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead He went and preached to the spirits in prison.

There is no end to the debate about who these spirits are. These spirits are specifically linked to the flood of Noah because it says they were disobedient while the ark was preparing. Some believe that this is saying Christ preached to them by the Holy Spirit through Noah while he was building the ark. I find that interpretation hard to come to. It takes a lot of spiritualization and gymnastics with the text.

The order of events is given, Christ died, was raised, then went and preached to the spirits in prison. Some Roman Catholics hint that this refers to people in purgatory. That’s bad because even Rome teaches that purgatory is for those who died in a state of grace. These who died in the flood obviously did not die in such a state.

We need to ask a question. If these are human spirits why only the ones from the flood? Are they all together in Hades somehow?

I think the answer is that these are not human spirits but fallen angels who sinned in the past during the events of Genesis 6:1-4. Addressing the flood he says eight souls were saved by water and then says in a like manner baptism now saves us. Does that settle it? Does that prove baptismal regeneration?

What we are seeing is a type and anti-type situation. The flood waters (which completely submerged people) was a judgment that led to the death of those who were baptized. In a like manner baptism now correlates not to death and punishment but to our salvation. The apostle then goes on to say it doesn’t apply to the cleaning the filth of the flesh.

It has no effect on cleansing us, that is done by the blood of Christ. It is an answer of a good conscience. It is a reflection of that inward work, a sign of having been brought into the New Covenant.

Text #4

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

This is another very common verse used to defend baptismal regeneration. They do this by pulling a single verse out of a chapter to prove their point. We need to put the verse in context to see what it is actually saying. In verse 3 Jesus simply tells him that he must be born again. This confuses Nicodemus.

Nicodemus responds by asking how someone can be born a second time. He asks if he must enter his mother’s womb again and be born. Then in verse 5 Jesus draws the distinction. He says you must be born of water (physical birth) and of the Spirit (second birth).

Continue into the next verse, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” He clearly explains the birth of water is the physical birth and the birth of Spirit is the second birth. He closes His explanation in verse 7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” He explained that the command to be born again was referring to the spiritual not the physical.

Now that we have looked at the common proof texts we must establish the main reason that baptismal regeneration is false. Too many other Scriptures teach that salvation is by faith alone not by baptism. Let’s examine a few of these verses in the Bible.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

These among many other Scriptures teach that salvation is accomplished with no effort on the part of the one being saved outside of repentance and faith. One of the greatest proofs against baptismal regeneration is the thief on the cross.

He died minutes or hours after believing and never got off the cross to be baptized. He looked to Christ in simple faith and was saved as a result. Any sinner who looks to Christ receives eternal life. Paul makes an interesting point in Romans 1:16.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, “to everyone who believeth.” Notice how he did not say to everyone who believeth and is baptized. If baptismal regeneration were true then the apostle made a major doctrinal error.

He said the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. This means salvation comes through the Gospel. This would also mean according to common sense that all requirements for salvation are found in the Gospel.

In 1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul said that God didn’t send him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. If baptism were required for salvation it would be part of the Gospel but Paul evidently does not see it that way. If Paul didn’t baptize except a few then most of his converts were false converts. We know this isn’t the case.

Baptismal regeneration is not orthodox which means it is not the historical doctrine of the church. I would easily qualify it as heresy because it distorts salvation, damns its followers and attempts to add human merit to salvation.

Conclusion:

Baptism whether sprinkling or immersion has no salvific value. It does not contribute to our salvation. We are saved by faith alone. The Gospel and baptism are intentionally separated in the Bible because they are not interrelated.





The Gospel Beacon (Jan-March 2021)

3 04 2021

Greetings:
We greet you in the name of the Lord and hope this letter finds you well. The first quarter of 2021 is already in the history books and I’m left pondering the brevity of life. The older I get (turning 40 this year) the faster time seems to slip by me. Society is slowly opening back up which allows a little more opportunity for Gospel work.

Our family is doing well and the kids are growing. Dale and Sky are progressing in Kindergarten. Amy is doing great in her first year as a teacher. They are excited to finish this year in a few months and move on to first grade.

Street Ministry:
Our street ministry in Bakersfield has been good with people here pretty much out and about as usual. I was able to attend my 9th Super Bowl Outreach which was held in Tampa, Florida. The crowds were huge because the state was pretty well open and the hometown team was in the big game. 

It amazes me how little we recognize the providence of God in those kinds of things. God put the big game in one of the most open States during a pandemic and brought the hometown team there in order to get more local people out and able to receive the Gospel.

Over the last quarter, we gave out 272 tracts, 3 Bibles, preached 18 open-air sermons, and saw one call on the Lord for salvation.

Prison Ministry:
I hear rumblings that the prisons may be opening soon. Please pray with me to that effect. Pray for the men in there waiting to hear the Gospel and pray for a mighty revival once we are allowed back in. I have been keeping all my paperwork and training updated so that once allowed I can get started right away.

We praise the Lord for His goodness and thank you for your prayers and support in this great work of the kingdom. Please pray for an upcoming outreach I am leading called Invasion L.A. which will be from July 10-18.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers. You can give a tax deductible donation.

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“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





Catholic Infant Baptism

22 02 2021

Listen to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”

Let’s take the errors line by line. The catechism starts off by saying that baptism is the basis or foundation of the whole Christian life. Paul tells us that Christ is the foundation or basis of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 3:11). In Matthew 16:18 we see that the basis for entering the Christian life is profession of faith not baptism.

Rome claims baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit. What does Scripture say of this? In Romans 8:9 we are told that those who do not have the Spirit are not His children,

What is the gateway to life in the Spirit? Let’s look back to the Scriptures for the answer.

In Acts 10 we see Peter take the Gospel to Cornelius. He and his household believed the Gospel and in verse 44 we see them receive the Spirit.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”

Did they enter life in the Spirit through baptism? No, it was through hearing and believing the Gospel. It was by faith not of works as we see expressed in Ephesians 2:8-9.

In fact it mentions that they were baptized after receiving the Spirit. Not only did they not receive the Spirit through baptism but receiving the Spirit was the basis for baptism.

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” (Acts 10:47)

The catechism claims that through baptism we are freed from sin. Scripture says that it is through our obedience to the Gospel that we are freed from sin.

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)

The catechism claims that through baptism we are reborn as children of God. Does Scripture agree with this claim? Hardly, it actually opposes it.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23)

Here we see that we are reborn not through baptism but the word of the Lord. What is the word of the Lord? Look a little further in this same chapter.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (Vs. 25)

So the word of God is the Gospel. Look at John 1:12 and you will find the difference between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

We become children of God by believing on His name. Not by baptism, a system of penance, or the mass. Those who receive Him are born again.

The catechism claims that through baptism we are incorporated into Christ’s Church. We need to understand that they are referring to the universal body of believers not the local church. Let’s look again away from Rome and towards the Scriptures. At his sermon on Pentecost Peter preached Christ. We see the result in Acts 2:41.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

So the souls of those who believed the Gospel were added to the small group of believers. They were baptized but the focus on the verse is on them receiving their word not their baptism.

The catechism says that through baptism we are incorporated into Christ. What does the Bible teach?

Hebrews 3:14 says that we are partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence to the end. In other words if we continue in faith. Listen to Peter in 2 Peter 1:4.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

We are partakers of the divine nature by faith. How do I know this? Because the promises he mentions here are for “us” who is the “us”? Listen to verse 1.

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The promise of partaking in the divine nature is to those who have received faith. We know that faith is a gift of grace according to Ephesians 2:8-9. A gift cannot be earned or merited. It can only be received.

Rome does not deny salvation is by grace they simply deny the sufficiency of grace. They deny that grace alone saves. In fact the Council of Trent condemned with anathema those who believed salvation was by faith alone.

Turn to Romans 4:2-9.

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.”

The catechism calls it regeneration through water in the word. This quote is almost Biblical. It comes from Ephesians 5 where Paul is talking about Christ and His church.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” (Vs. 26)

This is not in regards to the unsaved but the church and it’s not in regards to initial salvation but sanctification. He wants to present to Himself a glorious church without spot or wrinkle. He sanctifies His church through the washing of water.

Is this actual, literal water? No, it is the water of the Word. He uses His Word as a purifying and cleansing agent.

They lean heavily upon John 3 to justify baptism as a means of salvation. Let’s look at the passage in question to see what it says. (Turn)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

What they are doing is using a proof text. They do this by pulling a single verse out of a chapter to prove their point. We need to put the verse in context to see what it is actually saying. In verse 3 Jesus simply tells him that he must be born again. This confuses Nicodemus.

Nicodemus responds by asking how someone can be born a second time. He asks if he must enter his mother’s womb again and be born. Then in verse 5 Jesus draws the distinction. He says you must be born of water (physical birth) and of the Spirit (second birth).

Continue into the next verse, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” He clearly explains the birth of water is the physical birth and the birth of Spirit is the second birth. He closes His explanation in verse 7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” He explained that the command to be born again was referring to the spiritual not the physical.





Christians and Birth Control

18 02 2021

I hesitate to touch on extremely controversial topics but I do feel this is one area that needs to be addressed. Birth control is pretty much accepted as normal by all people both Christian and secular. This wasn’t always the case. In the middle of the 20th century, most Christians were either suspicious of birth control or rejected it altogether.

As feminism grew in America it crept into the church and over several generations, the issue of birth control became more difficult to address. We no longer considered what the Bible said on the issue. All of our defenses of its use came from secular reasoning, not Biblical discernment.

As you can probably tell I am not in favor of its use. This is not an unbiased look at the issue. This is a consideration of the issue from a Bible-based worldview. Let me give you a breakdown of why I oppose birth control.

1. Chemical birth control causes abortion.

When we talk about birth control most people refer to the pill or chemical birth control. Since I believe life begins at conception that life is killed by the functions of the pill. One of the functions of birth control pills is to thin the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation if fertilization does occur.

This kills the fertilized egg thus killing that new life. If abortion is murder (and it is) then this is also murder. We soothe our conscience by saying that it’s only if the method fails but that does happen anywhere from 3%-5% of the time. The fact that the life is small and we don’t know it’s being killed makes us feel better but I don’t think it clears us of guilt in the eyes of God.

2. Birth control of all types is an affront to the sovereignty of God.

The Bible is clear that God is sovereign over all things. The Bible establishes this truth which is not debatable.

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Ephesians 1:11)

God works all things according to the counsel of His own will. This must include the giving of life. I don’t see any way to explain that His authority ends there. It doesn’t, He is in complete control of all things.

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” (Psalm 115:3)

I’ve heard people say that God can overrule their birth control if He wants to give them a baby. I guess my question would be this: why would you try to stop birth if you believe God is sovereign? It’s God who gives life so who are you trying to stop with birth control?

If the answer is God then you have a problem. You are admittedly and actively trying to stop God from working. I never want to work against God.

3. Birth control usurps God’s authority.

The Bible is very clear that God is the giver of life.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:24-25)

God is the giver of life. We see God opening and closing the womb in Scripture. This wasn’t a temporary practice until we were able to open and close the womb ourselves. This is God’s area to control not ours.

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.” (Genesis 20:17-18)

In the story of Jacob with his wives Rachel and Leah we see the Bible declaring over and over that God opened one womb and closed another then when He was ready He opened the one that was closed and closed the one that was open. He granted Sarah a child when she was naturally too old because He is sovereign over the womb.

Consider Jeremiah the prophet. God didn’t just know him after he came into existence nor did He ordain Jeremiah a prophet after conception but before Jeremiah was even conceived God knew him and ordained him a prophet.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

Consider what Jacob told Rachel about her lack of children.

And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?” (Genesis 30:1-2)

He asks if he is in the place of God to decide if she will have children. I believe that when we try to stop conception we are usurping the authority and place of God. This is serious business.

Be very careful in these types of decisions. If God is the giver of life then we may find ourselves fighting against Him. Is that the place we want to be in? You may raise the objection that this isn’t the right time but shouldn’t God decide when it is or isn’t the right time?

Do we believe that God can’t be trusted? Do we believe He will do us wrong? I surely hope not.





2020 Year in Review

28 01 2021

Greetings:
We greet you in the name of the Lord and hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take a moment and look back at 2020. While many have focused on the hardships and irregularity of 2020, I wanted to look back at all that God has done for us. We need to be sure that we are not focused inward but rather upward. God was still sovereign in 2020 and Jesus was and is still seated upon His throne.

Our family is doing well and the kids are growing. Dale and Sky are progressing in Kindergarten. Amy miscarried two babies this year and although it was a trial we know that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. We are confident the Judge of all the earth does right. We found great comfort in Romans 8:28-29.

Street Ministry:
We have continued our ministry at the bus station. It seems to be business as usual there. The Courthouse has also picked up. People still take tracts and stop to have Gospel conversations with us. We also took the Gospel door to door a lot this year. We found this to be a great way to get the 
Gospel out to people in our city.

Prison Ministry:
Not being able to go into the prison hasn’t stopped me from ministering in other ways. Pray for the men as their ability to attend services has been greatly hampered. I have still been able to minister by letters as well as by sending in Bibles, tracts, and Christian books.

Please pray with me that the prisons will reopen and that God is using this time to prepare hearts for a great revival in there. I believe that this is all within God’s plan and that we need only trust Him.

Year in Review:
21 Bibles distributed
586 John/Romans distributed
20 Gospel of John distributed
5 New Testaments distributed
1,151 tracts distributed
16 Christian books distributed
1 Called on the Lord for salvation
126 Prayer requests prayed over
290 inmates heard the Gospel
21 letters exchanged with inmates
30 sermons were preached in the open air

We praise the Lord for His goodness this year and thank you for your prayers and support in this great work of the kingdom.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers. You can give a tax deductible donation.

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Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
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Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





Giving Thanks in the Bad Years

9 01 2021

As 2020 closes we look bad on what was for many the worst year of their lives. Covid, lockdowns, death in the family, mask mandates, and lost employment have taken their toll. How is a Christian to respond to such trials?

There could be several answers but I want to focus on the words of the Apostle Paul.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Paul says we are to give thanks for everything. Not somethings, not even just good things. We are to give thanks for Covid, the death of loved ones, lost jobs, and even government overreach. It doesn’t mean we don’t speak out against injustice but we give thanks for even the trials because those work for our benefit.

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7)

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1 :2-3) This year let’s practice 1 Thessalonians 5:18. The world will take notice and Christ will be exalted.





Prayer Letter (July-September)

19 12 2020

Greetings:
We greet you in the name of the Lord and hope this letter finds you well. We are still on lock down. The prisons are still closed so I have been finding other ways to minister the Gospel. The good news is that people are out and moving around more so that creates more opportunity to get them the Gospel. Our family is doing well and the kids are growing. Dale and Sky have started Kindergarten. Amy has her hands full teaching, but discipling tiny humans is the greatest calling there is.

Street Ministry:
We don’t want to waste this time of societal change. We want to redeem the time and keep busy in Kingdom work. We have continued our ministry at the bus station. It seems to be business as usual there. The Courthouse has also picked up. A few people are afraid to take tracts but most people are still kind.. We have also been taking the Gospel door to door which is a great way to systematically reach a city.

We preached 3 open air sermons, gave away 206 tracts and 51 copies of John/Romans booklets. We also gave out 30 books of Romans as well as 1 Bible, 19 Gospel of John booklets and 4 New Testaments. 

Prison Ministry:
Not being able to go into the prison hasn’t stopped me from ministering in other ways. Pray for the men as their ability to attend services has been greatly hampered. I was blessed to hear that on one yard the men were using their 2 hour yard time each day to gather in worship. 

Please pray with me that the prisons will reopen and that God is using this time to prepare hearts for a great revival in there. I believe that this is all within God’s plan and that we need only trust Him.

Please consider supporting us financially as well as with your prayers. You can give a tax deductible donation.

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Lighthouse Gospel Ministries
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Bakersfield, Ca. 93307

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





Prayer Letter (April-June 2020)

21 08 2020

Greetings:
We greet you in the name of the Lord and hope this letter finds you well. We are still on lock down. The prisons are still closed so I have been finding other ways to minister the Gospel. The good news is that people are out and moving around more so that creates more opportunity to get them the Gospel. Our family is doing well and the kids are growing. Dale starts Kindergarten this year which is an exciting new step in his life. Sky is working on some preschool materials to help her prepare for next year when she starts Kindergarten.

Street Ministry:
We don’t want to waste this time of societal change. We want to redeem the time and keep busy in Kingdom work. We have continued our ministry at the bus station. It seems to be business as usual there. The Courthouse has been put on hold due to less in-person court hearings. We have moved to include some neighborhood outreach. We are giving away tracts and Scripture house to house. With more people staying home we figure it’s time to take the Gospel to them.

We preached 5 open air sermons, gave away 427 tracts and 520 copies of John/Romans booklets.

Prison Ministry:
Not being able to go into the prison hasn’t stopped me from ministering in other ways. I have been ministering by letters to 4 men and I sent 2 Christian books to an inmate requesting them as well. Pray for the men as their ability to attend services has been greatly hampered. I was blessed to hear that on one yard the men were using their 2 hour yard time each day to gather in worship.

Please pray with me that the prisons will reopen and that God is using this time to prepare hearts for a great revival in there. I believe that this is all within God’s plan and that we need only trust Him.

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“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” C.H. Spurgeon





The Old Man and the New Man

22 06 2020

McKee Road Baptist – June 17, 2020 Wednesday Evening – Coronavirus Emailed

Colossians 3:9-11 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with
his deeds; (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him: (11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision
nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

You can tell a lot about people in our society by the way they dress. People wear the
uniform of their profession. Professional athletes to nurses, from firemen to policemen;
all wear the uniform of their profession. Our uniform is an identifier, it identifies us.
That is precisely Paul’s point through verse 17 of this chapter. Christians must dress
themselves ethically in accordance with their new identity. They have died with Christ
and risen to new life.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds;

As believers, we are called to be truth tellers. God does not lie but is “the God of truth”
Isaiah 65:16, as his children, we are to be like him. Lying simply does not belong
among God’s children. Society may have plenty of room for the lie, but that is because
society does not know God.

The figure of the “old man” and “new man” is common in Paul’s writing. The
expressions “old man” and “new man” occur in basically four places in Paul’s letters:
Romans 6:6; Ephesians 2:15; 4:22-24; and our text, Colossians 3:9-11. In order to
understand this important expression, we will examine the four passages in which Paul
uses it. In each passage the “old man” is the same expression in Greek. The expression
“new man” is the same in Ephesians 2:15, Ephesians 4:24 and in Colossians 3:10.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Matthew Henry says of Romans 6:6, “The body of sin must be destroyed. The
corruption that dwelleth in us is the body of sin, consisting of many parts and members,
as a body. This is the root to which the axe must be laid. We must not only cease from
the acts of sin (this may be done through the influence of outward restraints, or other
inducements), but we must get the vicious habits and inclinations of weakened and
destroyed; not only cast away the idols of iniquity out of the heart. That henceforth we
should not serve sin.” Paul’s is saying, “No” to the reign of sin, and, “Yes” to life in God.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinance; for to make himself of twain one new man, so
making peace;

Ephesians is a letter dedicated to unfolding the mystery of the gospel as it relates to the
unification of Jew and Gentile in “one new man.” The focus in Ephesians 2:15 is on the newly created community in Christ. These are believers where hatred and division were the order of the day but now are joined together in Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind; (24)And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.

Paul urges the Ephesians to the fact that they have received a certain calling.

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of
the vocation wherewith ye are called,

They are to walk or live in a way commensurate (in agreement) with their new calling
and privilege. Believers are not to live as the Gentiles do, those who are separated from the life of God. The Gentiles lived to fulfill their senses and lust. The believers of Ephesus were
not to live like that.

The “old man” refers to their former life as Gentiles and the sin that so consumed their
lives. They were taught to lay this aside and to put on the new man. The figure “put on”
and “put off” is one of exchanging clothes and refers to a change in character in light of
a change in identity, having moved from the old sphere of existence (without God) to a
new sphere of existence (with God).

In Ephesians 4:22-24 the “old man” refers to a lifestyle consistent with sin, but
inconsistent with being in Christ, while the “new man” refers to a lifestyle, “to walk” in a
way consistent with being in Christ and truth.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not
as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds;

Paul reminds his readers that they have been raised with Christ, and, therefore, should
seek things above and set their minds on things above, not on earthly things. Since they
have died with Christ, they are put to death “whatever in their nature belongs to the
earth” Colossians 3:5; referring to such things as, “fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, concupiscence and covetousness which is idolatry.” The Colossian believers
are to put off all such things commensurate with their former life; such as “wrath, malice,
blasphemy and filthy communication…”

The reason the Colossian believers are to do this is because they have put off “the old
man” and have been clothed with “the new man.” They have put off the old man and
have been clothed with the new at conversion.

The “new man” in Colossians 3:10-11 refers to the new community that erases all
racial and social lines. Where there is “neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all.” Paul is
telling them they are to be clothed with the new man.

The “old man,” by contrast, is the body of people still under its old head Adam, and the
old clothing of sinful deeds is worn by all. The expression “image of God” refers to Christ Himself so that the renewal involves progressive conformation into the likeness of Christ himself.

Thus the “new man” in Colossians 3:10 not only applies to each believer, but rather the
new community in Christ, the church, and together we reflect the image of God. It is for
this reason, since we are the “new man” corporately, that we are not to live like we once
did. The “old man” refers to people in solidarity with Adam under the old age of sin, death,
and judgment.

The crucifixion of the “old man” refers to a definitive break with the past in Adam, and is
something God reckons to be true of us. The sinner is separated from the community of
Adam and the relationships that exist there. Paul is reminding us that the “old man”
must be continually put off.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds;

The words “put off” means: “to take off or strip off clothing – to undress, to disrobe,
stripping off.” This term is used in Colossians 2:11 & 15, and in both places, it refers to
the effects of the cross. This word carries the idea of “strip off from oneself.”

The Greek indicates that this stripping off from oneself took place at the cross. That is
where the great change took place. This principle is the basis for all spiritual life in the
New Testament.

Notice the end of verse 9, “…with his deeds.” The word “deeds” is from the Greek word
praxis, which means: “practice.” “Deeds” is function, implying sustained activity and/or
responsibility. Because the “old man” was stripped off, so should the sins that are
connected with him. We are to stop acting upon our old life and start acting upon our
new life.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after
the image of him that created him:

Every believer is a new man:

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are new, because we hold the same status that Jesus does before God. We are
new, because we possess the life of Christ. We are new, because of our position before
God.

In reference to the new man Paul says, “…which is renewed in knowledge…”
The word “renewed” means: “to cause something to become new and different, with the
implication of becoming superior. It means to make new, to renew, to cause a change to
a previous, preferable state.” This word comes to mean: “to restore, to bring back, to
make new; not in the sense of recent, but different.”

Notice what Paul says about this “new man.”

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

This clearly demonstrates the nature of the “new man.” In the body of Christ there are
no class distinctions. The Greek here for “no distinction” is: “Where there is neither,”
Greek nor Jew.”

We must remember that people are not born equal. We have different IQs, physical
beauty, strength. There is no such thing as true equality in this life. Members of the
human race are not born equal. But regeneration brings true equality to people.
The terms “Greek nor Jew” are national differences. “Greek” represents a person who is
a Gentile, a non-Jew. The Roman world classified a “Greek” as a person who
participates in Greek culture and, in so doing, would speak the Greek language, but not
necessarily a person of Greek ethnic background. A “Greek” was equivalent to a
civilized person.

The terms “circumcised nor uncircumcised” refer to a religious difference. The Greek
and Jew, one circumcised and the other uncircumcised, were separated by seemingly
insurmountable racial and religious barriers. They had nothing to do with each other.
Jewish people refused to enter a Gentile house. They would not eat a meal cooked by
Gentiles, nor buy meat prepared by Gentile butchers. When they returned to Israel, they
showed their disdain (to think unworthy of notice) for Gentiles by shaking off the Gentile
dust from their clothes and sandals. Even the apostles were reluctant to accept Gentiles
as equal partners in the church Acts 10-11. But the gospel broke down those barriers,
and Jew and Gentile became one in Christ.

The terms “Barbarian, Scythian” are cultural differences. “Barbarian” properly means:
“one whose speech is rude, or harsh.” It signified one who speaks a strange or foreign
language, I Corinthians 14:11.

The “barbarian” came to represent anyone ignorant of Greek or its culture, a person not
participating in Greek culture and civilization. The focus is on culture rather than on
language, I Corinthians 14:11.

“Scythians” were uncultured, nomadic people from north of the Black and Caspian seas.
They were fierce barbarians who offered human sacrifices and scalped their enemies
and used their skulls as drinking cups. The Jewish historian, Josephus, added, “The
Scythians delight in murdering people and are little better than wild beasts.”

The terms “bond nor free” refer to economic or social distinctions. The “slave” in Roman
times was not classified in law as a human being. His master could maim or kill him at
his pleasure. The slave had no rights. The slave was viewed, in the words of Aristotle,
as “a living tool.” He did not even have the right of marriage.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is
neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The meaning here is that all are on a level; that there is no distinction. All are to be
regarded and treated as brethren, and that, therefore, no one lie to another.

There is no place for racial barriers or cultural snobbery in the body of Christ. God has
united all believers in Christ Jesus. This was a startling, unbelievable revelation for the
first-century world. The racial, religious, cultural, and social barriers separating people
were as deep-seated and formidable as any in our day.

There is no place for manmade barriers in the church since Christ is all, and in all.
Because Christ indwells all believers, all are equal. He breaks down all racial, religious,
cultural, and social barriers, and makes believers into one new man.

Pastor Don Thomason





Put These Sins Aside

18 06 2020

McKee Road Baptist – June 10, 2020 Wednesday Evening – Coronavirus Emailed

Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have
put off the old man with his deeds;

We are in the practical section of the epistle of the Colossians. Paul is calling the
Colossians to deal with sin, to put it to death. This is a call for practical holiness.
Colossians 3:4-5 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear
with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness,
which is idolatry:

As believers, we are to put sin to death. In view of all that God has done for us in Christ,
in view of our dwelling in His presence, our response is to live a holy life out of gratitude.

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

As children of God, we are to imitate our father. When people see us, they should see a
reflection of our Father. We bear the Father’s name and must be consistent to live a life
that will speak well of the name we bear.

Ezekiel 36:22-23 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God: I do
not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have
profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name,
which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them;
and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be
sanctified in you before their eyes.

Believers, we are to live morally pure lives which displays God to the world. When we
do not live as we should, we profane the name of God. We must understand that how
we live affects the world in which we live. We often fail to realize how crucial to the
purpose of God is the behavior of His people.

2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

You are a living epistle of God, known and read by all men. As a born-again child of
God, we must consider what the lost are learning by our walk. Brothers and Sisters, we
are to live holy lives. Our God is holy and so are we to be. Paul continues to list sins that are to be put aside:

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth.

We are commanded to “put off” the sins of verse five. The six sins of verses eight and
nine, we are to “put aside.” God wants us to divest (unload) ourselves of these six sins.
The analogy changes from killing to removing. The sins of these verses are sins of the mouth. These are sins that are generally acceptable in Christian circles. “These are Christian sins.” That is like an “honest thief.” There is no such animal. Paul starts verse 8 with “But now” to give us a contrast from verse 7.

Colossians 3:6-7 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Verse seven talks about their life before coming to Christ, and verse 8 says, “But now.”
Which tells us that belief in the cross is the dividing line the believer’s life. The Christian
has a new identity.

Paul tells them, ‘But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth.” . As believers, we are to put off the following
list of sins, they are no longer to be part of our life. For which things’ sake the wrath of
God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time,
when ye lived in them.

The words “put off” are from the Greek word apotithemi, which means: “to put away
(literally or figuratively.), cast off, lay apart (aside, down), put away (off).” It has the idea:
“to take off like a suit of clothes.”

“Put off” is a lesser word than “mortify” of verse five. “Put off” simply means to disrobe.
The metaphor is one of taking off clothes.
God wants us to put off the sins of this verse like we would take off dirty clothes after
working in the yard. The tense indicates that we are to take off the following dirty sins as
a definite act. Discard these sins as we would throw dirty clothes in a hamper.

Anger

“Anger” is the Greek word orge. It speaks of a chronic resentment. “Anger” combines
both anger and revenge.

It is the hostility of the mind. It is the demonstration of strong passion (which may issue in anger or revenge, though it does not necessarily include it). This sin of anger is rampant in our society. (Consider the last couple of weeks in America.) If we delay one instant after the light changes, or cut someone off on the freeway, we can trigger vile language, a vulgar gesture, and even a gun shot. If a waitress is slow at a restaurant, a line is too long, or a checker seems too slow, the result may be outbursts of anger. Grudges, resentments, bitterness are common companions in homes causing chronic anger, violence, or abusive talk. It seems our society has lost its civility.

Children of God get angry, but most of us have been taught to internalize our anger,
rather than to express it outwardly. We may not show it but we still seethe with the best
of them. Who among us can truly say that we have not been angry this past week?
The reality is that all of us face situations and challenges that may make us angry and
no one is immune. Regardless of our emotional makeup, anger affects all of us, and
when we allow anger to control us, the outcome could be very costly.

That said, not all anger is sin. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be ye angry, and sin not:” This
tells us something very important. There is an anger that is acceptable.
Paul tells us in Colossians 3:8 to put off anger. In Ephesians 4:26, he says, “Be ye
angry”. Taken by themselves and out of context, we seemingly have two conflicting
statements from Paul. The solution to this apparent contradiction is found in the fact that
there are two kinds of anger. Paul is commanding the Ephesians to be angry in a way
that is righteous, that is a reflection of God.

True anger is that which is concerned with others’ wrongs. You can see it in Jesus: He
was angry at the Pharisees when they opposed His healing of men on the Sabbath day.
“And when he had looked round about on them with anger” Mark 3:5, we read, “being
grieved for the hardness of their hearts” over their stubborn indifference to the needs of
suffering humanity. It made Him angry.

Sinful anger is anger that is self-defensive. It is always wrong. Sinful anger is part of the
old life, it is to be put off. If you are angry because your feelings have been hurt, or your
pride has been injured, or you have been mistreated in some way, perhaps you have
not been given the position of the place or the favor that you think you ought to have,
this is sinful anger and is to be put off.

The Cause of Sinful Anger

One root cause of anger is pride. When things do not go our way in life, when our pride
is offended, we get angry. Humble people do not get angry, because they never feel
they deserve better than they are getting. Nothing causes anger as quickly as thinking
too highly of ourselves. The more exalted we are in our own eyes, the more justified we
will feel in being angry with the person who offended us:

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Admitting that the control of anger is not within our power is part of the solution. We
need the supernatural help of Christ, because it is not enough to refrain from expressing
anger. The Christian is called to love the person with whom we are angry:

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

The first thing Paul says about love is that it “suffereth long.” This is the Greek word
makrothumeo, this word, as it is used in the New Testament, is a word that conveys the
idea of having an infinite capacity to be injured without paying back. It is used with
regard to people, not circumstances. The loving person is able to be inconvenienced or
taken advantage of by a person and yet not be upset or angry.

Wrath

“Wrath” is the turbulent commotion of the mind, rage. The Greeks likened it to a fire in
straw which flares up briefly and is gone. It is used to speak of those in the synagogue
of Nazareth who exploded in anger upon hearing Jesus’ teachings Luke 4:28.

“Anger” is the heat of the fire, and “wrath” is the bursting forth in flame. “Anger” is less
sudden in its rise, but more lasting. “Wrath” is a more agitated condition. It is more of a
state of intense anger with outbursts of passionate anger coming from indignation.

“Anger” is a more settled condition of the attitude, frequently with a view to taking
revenge. It is less sudden in its rise, but more lasting in its nature.

“Anger” expresses more inward feeling. It’s more active than “wrath.” “Wrath” may
produce revenge, but it does not necessarily include it. Characteristically, it blazes.

Malice

“Malice” is the desire to hurt others. This is a vicious character. It is the quality of
wickedness with the implication of that which is harmful and damaging. “Malice” is a
feeling of hostility and strong dislike with a possible implication of desiring to do harm.

Blasphemy

Anger, wrath, and malice often result in blasphemy. The Greek word translated
“blasphemy” is blasphemia, from which our English word blasphemy derives. When
used in relation to God it is blasphemy. When used in relation to people, as here, it is
profane speak.

This profane speech is to speak ill of someone and hurt their name and reputation. It
means to speak against someone in such a way as to harm or injure his or her
reputation.

Filthy Communication

The result of anger, wrath, and malice is filthy communication. Filthy Communication is
from the Greek word aischrologia, meaning: “low and obscene speech” which occurs
here only in the New Testament. That term refers to obscene and derogatory speech
intended to hurt and wound someone. It could be translated: “foulmouthed abuse”.
Jesus said:

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:
and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

This list of sins in verse 8 ends with “…out of your mouth.” This phrase may not only
refer to “filthy communication,” but the entire list of sins in verse 8. If so, then the entire
list of sins is cataloged as sins of the mouth. “Anger” and “wrath” are forms of “filthy
communication.”

Jesus said that the mouth reveals what is in the heart. James 3:10-11 says, “out of the
same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to
be. (11) Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? James
3:10,11.

If you want a guideline to speech, here it is:

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds;

“Lie” is the Greek word pseudomai. It means, “stop lying.”
If you did a Bible study on lying, and you began in Genesis, you would find the
following: Satan lied in deceiving Adam and Eve Genesis 3:45. Cain lied to God after murdering Abel Genesis 4:9. Abraham lied, claiming Sarah was his sister instead of his
wife Genesis 12:11-19; 20:2. Sarah lied to the three angelic visitors Genesis 18:15
and to the king of Gerar Genesis 20:5. Isaac lied by denying that Rebecca was his wife
Genesis 26:7-10. Rebecca and Issacs lied in their conspiracy to defraud Esau of his
birthright Genesis 27:6-24. That list does not even get us out of Genesis. Paul had
good reason to tell Christians to stop lying to one another.

Lying is part of society, and all too often we get caught up in the practice, too. Too often
many of us feel pressure to distort truth in order to survive in our culture.
Though our society gives ample place to the lie, the Lord does not. The Bible teaches
us that telling the truth is a necessity for survival of life as we know it. Chaos always
results when lies replace truth.

God hates lying and commands us to deal truthfully with each other:

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination
unto him: (17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (18)
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, (19)
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Out of this list of seven abominations, two of them deal with lying. God hates lying!

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but
for a moment.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his
delight.

Psalm 15:1 asks the question, “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?” and gives this
answer:

Psalms 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the
truth in his heart.

In a word, lying was to be rooted out of God’s people Israel. God hates lying equally as
much today.

Lying is so much part and parcel of today’s society that many Christians feel they need
to lie from time to time if they’re going to survive, let alone function, in this society.
And then there what are called, “white-lies.” They are called that, because they are
considered harmless. But, when you see this in the light of the Scriptures, you see that
a white lie, so-called, is still a lie.

White lies usually occur in circumstances where we are asked to give our opinion about
one’s dress or personality, and we feel negative about it but do not want to say anything
for fear of hurting their feelings, so we lie, we say the nice thing, the pleasant thing,
and their feelings are not hurt. This is situational ethics.

A liar lives under the pressure of always having to remember what was said, coupled
with the fear of exposure and the necessity of telling more lies. Truth becomes relative.
Truth becomes what we want it to be. Lying becomes a kind of personal prison.

It was the honesty of Christians that made them appear as lights in a dark world, which
made the Christian faith attractive. We have a similar potential today that will bring great
honor to Jesus.

Illustration: There is the story of a father who was taking his two sons to play miniature
golf. He inquired of the price, and the attendant told him it was $5.00 for him and $5.00
for any child over six. Adding all children six and under play free. The father told him
one boy was three and one was seven. “You could have saved $5.00 if you said the
older boy was six. I wouldn’t have known the difference.” The father replied, “Yes, that is
true, but my boys would have known the difference.”

That’s depravity of the human heart that makes a person save $5.00 by being a liar.
How many fathers are teaching their children to be dishonest?
Believers, Christ is our life. He is in the presence of God; we are in the presence of
God. We must deal with our sins and seek to walk in holiness. When it comes to sin, we
must put them all aside.

Pastor Don Thomason








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