Devotional Thought for Today – 03/08/2021

Beware of False Teaching | Our Daily Bread Ministries

Before I get into the topic of today, yesterday’s post on 2 Corinthians 6:2, was the precursor to Paul’s teaching on what a ministry should be 2 Corinthians 6:3-10.  Of course, the bible has much more to say about what the makeup of church leaders, ministers, teachers, deacons, etc.,  should be. 

It also has much to say about False Teachings or Teachers. The KJV Bible online for instance has 17 verses listed while the Open Bible has nearly 100 listings.  My point in this is to make it clear that the Holy Spirit (the author of the Bible) wanted to be sure we knew there would be many of those opposed to sound biblical doctrine who would arise and try and lead folks astray. 

Four of my favorite verses on the subject are 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 3:5, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, 1 John 2:18-25.  Again in reading these, it is plain that many a false teacher is wandering around just waiting for the gullible follower. What is most disturbing is John’s warning that they will be known to us for they will claim to be “religious folks” that is they believe the bible but their actions deny that truth. Or maybe worse we will know for certain they have come out of the “church” and are now spreading false doctrines. 

J.C. Ryle, the Anglican theologian of the 19th Century wrote about Eight Symptoms of False Doctrine: (and those who spout it) 

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.

        1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their ‘earnestness’ makes many think they must be right.
        2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.
        3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
        4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.
        5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.
        6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.
        7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14).
        8. There is a widespread ‘gullibility’ among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.

All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times. I defy any observing person to deny them. They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous. They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, ‘Do not be carried away!’

From J. C. Ryle’s Warnings to the Churches [Banner of Truth, 1967], ‘Divers and Strange Doctrines’, pages 76-77, with slight editing.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, there are so many false teachings and doctrines of demons that are flooding mainline churches today, and I pray that You would give me discernment and protection from all those, (whether knowingly or unknowingly) who are distorting the word of truth and the gospel of grace.

Give me wisdom and understanding as I read Your Word, so that I may be enabled to discern what is biblical truth and what is a distortion of that truth. Father, Your Word tells us that in the last days there will come times of great difficulty, where love will wear thin and people will be become proud and arrogant, abusive and unholy, having an outward appearance of godliness but denying the truth of the gospel. Protect me I pray, and all those I love from being influenced by such evil distortions, and keep us under Your promised protection, by Your grace.

Protect our hearts and minds from all those who distort the truth, and keep us all covered in the love of God, and protected by the blood of Christ, as we wait for His any day return. He alone is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/prayer/prayer-of-protection-from-false-teachings-1156


OTHER RESOURCES:

Warnings to the Churches (eBook)

What is false doctrine?

False Teachers and Deadly Doctrines

SUNDAY SERMON SERIES – “NOW”

8 Bible verses about A Time Of Salvation

2 Corinthians 6

¹Second Corinthians 6 is set up by the message of God’s grace for sinners as spelled it out in the previous chapter. Paul begs the Corinthians not to receive it in vain v.1-2. He declares that he and his team have done nothing to keep them from believing in Christ v.3-10. Parallel to this, he commands the Corinthians not to be harnessed to unbelievers v.11-18. This leads to a passionate discussion of affliction and comfort in chapter 7.

Today’s sermon(s) are from verse 2

SERMON

Now

Charles Haddon Spurgeon / December 4, 1864 / Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 10


 

Other Resources and Sermons:

The Day of Salvation / Charles Haddon Spurgeon / January 13, 1878 / Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2

¹ Adapted from BibleRef.Com

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/25/2021

So this morning as I am reading through my many emails I came across one from a while ago that I had failed to delete or act on. It was from a friend and had a link with the following graph:

Shortly after I opened the following daily scripture verse and yes my brain made the connection, I wonder if our coastlines will ever be Glad in the Lord AGAIN


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Psalm 97

The psalm divides itself into four portions, each containing three verses. The coming of the Lord is described (Ps 97:1-3); its effect upon the earth is declared (Ps 97:4-6), and then its influence upon the heathen and the people of God (Ps 97:7-9). The last part contains both exhortation and encouragement, urging to holiness and inculcating happiness (Ps 97:10-12). – C.H. Spurgeon

Our text today v.1, illustrates the great divide we have in this country just as in ancient times there was the divide between Jew and Gentile. We have those who would stand up and honor the biblical pricicples this country was founded upon and then there are those who adamantly oppose any such action.

Oh, Christian what worry have you in this matter?  Concern yes, a need to speak out against unbiblical practices, yes. But worry or anxiety never. As Augustine said:

The LORD reigneth. He who stood before the judge, he who received the blows, he who was scourged, he who was spit upon, he who was crowned with thorns, he who was struck with fists, he who hung upon the cross, he who as he hung upon the wood was mocked, he who died upon the cross, he who was pierced with the spear, he who was buried, himself arose from the dead. “The Lord reigneth.” Let kingdoms rage as much as they can; what can they do to the King of kingdoms, the Lord of all kings, the Creator of all worlds?

God’s sovereignty is what we can rest our assurance upon. Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary is what our Hope for eternity is grounded in. What can mere man do against such greatness. 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord God, we praise and honor you for your reign over all the earth.  We acknowledge your sovereignty and righteousness. We pray for your providence upon all nations, forget not your remnant. We especially ask that you would touch the souls of those in America who so vehemently oppose all Christian precepts. We confess the need for the Holy Spirit to guide us daily so we wander no as we are so prone to do. We rejoice in you Lord and give thanks to your holy name. Amen.

‘Cancel Culture’ Strikes D. James Kennedy Ministries

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‘Cancel Culture’ Strikes D. James Kennedy Ministries

NEWS PROVIDED BY, D. James Kennedy Ministries, Feb. 19, 2021

Lifetime TV demanded in February that D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) eliminate all “controversial” content from Truths That Transform, its weekly half-hour Christian broadcast.

Specifically, Lifetime announced it would no longer air programming that addressed abortion or Left-wing financier George Soros. And it refused to carry any DJKM programming—even broadcasts celebrating George Washington—unless the media ministry founded in 1974 agreed to Lifetime’s sweeping new conditions.

“Because of Lifetime’s newfound ban on so-called ‘controversial’ content, D. James Kennedy Ministries has been forced off the cable channel—to which we have paid enormous fees since 2018 to air our program,” said Frank Wright, Ph.D., DJKM President, and CEO…

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Sunday Sermon Series – Confession of Sin

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Exodus 9:27, Numbers 22:34, 1 Samuel 15:24, Joshua 7:20, Matthew 27:4, Job 6:20, Luke 15:18

My sermon this morning will have seven texts, and yet I pledge myself that there shall be but three different words in the whole of them; for it so happens that the seven texts are all alike, occurring in seven different portions of God’s holy Word. I shall require, however, to use the whole of them to exemplify different cases; and I must request those of you who have brought your Bibles with you to refer to the texts as I shall mention them…

Confession of Sin – A Sermon with Seven Texts

 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon / January 18, 1857

Scripture: Exodus 9:27/Numbers 22:34/1 Samuel 15:24/ Joshua 7:20/Matthew 27:4/ Job 6:20/ Luke 15:18

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 3

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/20/2021

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Exodus 33

I doubt there are very few folks in the “civilized” world who have never heard the hymn Rock of Ages Cleft for Me. Many biblical references apply to this Hymn, but none greater than that found in our main text for today Exodus 33:21-23.

¹As the young minister traveled through the rugged country near England’s Cheddar Gorge, the clouds burst and torrential sheets of rain pummeled the earth. The weary traveler was able to find shelter standing under a rocky overhang. There, protected from the buffeting wind and rain, Augustus Toplady conceived one of the most popular hymns ever written, “Rock of Ages, Cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.”

In Chapter 33 Moses has had to once again intercede on behalf of the Jewish people. While conversing with God (think on that for a moment) he asks to see God. God grants his request with conditions that Moses cannot look upon God’s face, His full Glory, or Moses would die. The solution is God will put Moses in a protected spot (Cleft of the Rock) and ensure his safety. 

This is applicable today in two ways, First EVERY believer is hidden in the Cleft of the Rock, that is Christ.  He alone bore and hides all our sins and keeps us safe from the righteous wrath of God. Second, EVERY time a believer goes to God in prayer God, just like he did for Augustus Toplady provides shelter from the storm.  It may not be a physical shelter or even the type we expect but it is always shelter that God designs (He is sovereign) for our best interest and His Glory. 

Today instead of prayer, I offer another great Hymn, this one from Fanny Crosby for Contemplation and Worship:

 

¹ Source

Barna Update: Most Black Adults Say Religion & the Black Experience Go Hand in Hand

When Black History Month is observed each year, faith is a thread throughout many of the stories and celebrations of the Black community in the U.S. In fact, according to Black Americans, it’s an essential part of the narrative. 

In this February release for Barna’s ongoing 2021 series exploring new data about the Black Church, we’ll look at how Black Americans perceive Black churches—as well as their pastors—and their own personal engagement in congregations…

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Christian Observer

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

I am not a Presbyterian, but I ascribe to their weekly newsletter The Christian Observer because of the content. In this week’s February 17th edition, I was saddened to see every article was about church persecutions in one form or another. 

Australia, Canada, France, and Scotland have all endured religious intolerances that clearly (in my opinion) would make one be forced to chose whether to obey God or man. 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You are a gracious and merciful God, but I also know that you are also holy and righteous and cannot and will not look upon sin.

Be merciful I pray, to the nations whose leaders have turned their backs on You and the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom You sent to die for their sins. Be merciful to all those in positions of power who are seeking to implement a humanistic and anti-god agenda. Be merciful to those men and women in high places that are seeking to remove all vestiges of Christianity and the One true God from their nation’s laws and rules.

Have mercy on the leaders who have deliberately rejected Your path of truth and justice, and bring them to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name,  Amen.  Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Prayers-for-Leaders-of-the-Nations

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Devotional thought for Today – 02/17/2021

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LUKE 24

Here in the final chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find three main subjects:

The Resurrection of Christ v.1-12

The appearances of Christ v.13-49

The Ascension of Christ v.50-53

Our text today comes from the final section. Contained herein are also three (3) topics or subjects I would like to looks at this morning. They are Worshipped, Joy and Blessing

Matthew Poole comments on this section as follows: 

Ver. 52,53. We never before read of any act of adoration which the disciples performed to Christ. Their faith was now come to the highest pitch. They did no longer look upon him only as one sent of God, a great Prophet, nor only as the Son of David, the promised Messiah; in the mean time not rightly taking the notion of the Messiah, but looking upon him as one who should be a temporal saviour, and deliverer of his people; they now believe him to be the eternal Son of God, being so manifested by his resurrection from the dead, and ascension into heaven before their eyes. According to his commandment, they return to Jerusalem, full of joy:

What is it that these (the chosen disciples) who had just been blessed v.50 the risen Savior come away with?  I think the best word I can use to describe it is zeal.  Matthew Poole said  it was Their faith was now come to the highest pitch.  Here they are with a fresh infusion of life from Christ’s blessing and off they go Worshipping Christ,  full of Joy and praising and Blessing. They were excited, pumped up, and ready to conquer the world. 

I often wonder how often we forget that great day of our infusion, the day of our blessing from Christ when He made us whole? Redeemed us from eternal damnation and made us more than conquerors in him. How much of that initial Zeal has gone from us? 

Today’s Prayer¹

Father, it is my lifelong desire to love You without hesitation, to never be lacking in zeal, and to keep my spiritual fervor as I serve You.  My desire is to fully devote myself to You and to always do what is good and right in Your sight bringing Glory to your name.  Help me to always be obedient to your commandments. Otherwise, my hearts will grow proud and we will forget my first love. Keep me your chosen path all the days of my life, keeping my spiritual zeal as I serve You. – Amen. 

¹ adapted from

Devotional Thought for Today – 02/16/2021

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Romans 3

 

The Mercy Seat of God really is more like a lid topping the Ark of the Covenant than an actual Chair or seat that we would relate to today.  Yet we must remember this in CONTEXT of where the Jewish nation was when God instructed them to build it Exodus 25:17-22   (also see Heb 3:3-5) They were in their desert wandering days and God was leading them as a Cloud and Fire so the “seat” is symbolic.  Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there.¹

I have heard some modern-day believers say so what this no longer applies to “us.”  Let me tell you MERCY applies to everyone. Yes, we (Jews and Christians) no longer make blood sacrifices to God for atonement but we still need a blood sacrifice for atonement.  

In Romans Chap 3 Paul carefully lays out the case for  ALL MANKIND being totally entrenched in sin v.1-8 and their need for atonement to be seen or presented as righteous before God. That no one can save themselves from such sin and be justified (atoned) before God v.9-20. Only the free Grace of God and faith in the redeeming Savior Christ can set us free, yet the LAW still remains v.21-31.

This brings us to our text for today Romans 3:21-26. Here again, Paul is clear and concise:

God’s righteousness is separate from the law

God’s righteousness is revealed by the law and prophets

All of mankind is separated from God’s righteousness because of sin

God’s righteousness comes to us by faith in Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus paid the atonement for our sins by His blood at Calvary

It is Christ’s blood upon the Mercy Seat that allows you and I to be freed from the bondage of sin and justified before God. 

Today’s Prayer

Thank You Father – thank You for my salvation. Thank You that His death that gave me life and reconciled me to You forever. Thank You that He took my sin and clothed me in His righteousness. Thank You that He is the propitiation for my sins and took Your wrath upon Himself so that I might have peace with You and receive the peace that passes understanding forever and ever into my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.  Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Romans/3


 

What is the mercy seat?¹

What is the Mercy Seat?