November 2016


So many are talking about Christians who voted,  demeaning them because they went to the polls and cast their vote in the Presidential race for the Oval Office.
 
Their argument is that, “by casting your vote for a man/woman to rule, you are rejecting God.” They base their belief on a passage found in the book of 1 Samuel
 
1 Samuel 8:4-7 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
 
These people are using the passage to imply that we are rejecting God if we choose to participate in the elections.
 
They are forgetting one important thing. The land of Canaan was ruled by a Theocracy. The children of Israel had to reject God in order to vote for a king.
 
We in the United States of America have never been a Theocratic nation. The land has always had a man ruling it.  Prior to William Penn, et.al. settling in the New World, Native Americans ruled the land.

It is not a matter of rejecting God at all. It is a matter of choosing the best man for the job that is going to be in office.  Whether one votes or not, America will have its President.. Those who did not vote did not hinder the election from taking place, did it?  They did not prevent anyone from becoming the President of the United States.  There is always a winner in the election with, or without, their vote.

 
If a Christian voting helps to install a man in the Oval Office who will overturn and reverse many abominable acts currently being accepted in the nation today, then that is a step in the right direction.
 
We can choose a man to represent our nation as a whole and still have God rule our hearts and homes.
The Locality of the Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
 
Abram’s tithe was of war spoils. We are not told what all the elements of that tithe was. We only know that it contained food and articles of clothing. There are no other elements mentioned.
 
What we can glean from the text of Genesis 14 is that Abram did not tithe his own property. He did not tithe his own money.
 
He tithed the property of others; property that, had he not met up with Melchizedek in the Valley of Shaveh, he no doubt would have returned to its rightful owners.
 
We know this because of Abram’s words to Bera, the king of Sodom. Abram told Bera that he had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property.
 
We also glean from the text that the geographical location of the tithe has never changed. God’s holy tithe has always came from the same geographical region of the world,… the land of Canaan.
 
God never changed the locality of the tithe. In Genesis, it was in the Valley of Shaveh, which was a part of land of Canaan. Later, during the Law, the tithe was still restricted to the land of Canaan. (see Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11) In Hebrews 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen in the Bible God’s holy tithe is still to come only from the land of Canaan.
 
This monetary tithe requirement doctrine that has been adapted and taught by religious institutions worldwide is NOT even Biblical. It is a command invented by someone who totally ignored where and what God said His holy tithe is to come from.
 
Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9 that their worship was in vain because they teach for doctrines the commandments of men. Religious institutions worldwide are guilty of the exact same sin as the Pharisees were of Jesus’ day. They are teaching a man-made commandment as if it is a God-ordained directive.
 
It is not.
 
Their worship is in vain.
I had no dad in my life after my dad died on Christmas day 1960. I was fifteen months old when he died. Mother never remarried.
 
Mother did all the disciplining needed with a switch cut from a bush outside our house. I learned how to dance while someone was clinging tightly to me with one hand and switching my bottom and legs with the other.
 
Those switchings may have left temporary welts, but they kept me from getting more rebellious without them. Had mother not switched me when I was bad, I would have done worse as the day continued.
 
Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
 
Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
 
I did not understand at the time why the switching seemed so severe. However, compared with the punishment God will inflict upon those who reject His Son when they stand before Him at the Great White Throne of Judgment, the welts were a walk in the park.
 
They went away,… the torments of eternal fire will not.
 
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
 
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
 
I thank God for the punishment I received as a youth. They helped me understand better the importance of respect and honor.
 
Punishment is the end result of all rebellion.

They Which Preach the Gospel
by Ronald W Robey

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

When attempting to expound on 1 Corinthians 9:14, many believe that the Apostle Paul was acknowledging the right for Pastor’s to be salaried.

But, is that really what Paul was saying?

A careful examination of 1 Corinthians 9:14 in its context reveals that Paul was speaking specifically of Apostles, not Pastors.

There is a reason for this. Apostles are not stationary, as Pastors are. Apostles travel around in the world, taking the Gospel to the lost.

The message of 1 Corinthians 9 is, because of their mission trips, they have a right to being fed and housed by those they are ministering to. The Apostle’s post-crucifixion journeys were no different than those of the Disciple’s pre-crucifixion journeys.

Jesus sent out Disciples in Luke 10:1-12, telling them not to take money for their journey. (which is in contrast to the missionary deputation drives we see in our churches today) He told them to accept food and lodging from those they ministered to.

Paul’s defense in 1 Corinthians 9 was for the Apostle’s right to food and lodging to those they ministered to. Apostle’s were separated from the local Church and sent out into the world to preach the Gospel to the lost. (see Acts 13:2)

Elders (Pastors) of the Church were not supposed to accept payment for their preaching. Acts 20:33-35 tells us that the Elders were encouraged to follow Paul’s example; working a job in order to support themselves and the weak.

Elsewhere, Paul stated that, “If any will not work, he should not eat.”

The preaching of the Gospel should be done by those who have been called out of the local assembly to go out into the world to the lost. Those in the local church should have already heard the Gospel and responded to the Gospel call. Once saved, they have no need to be told they have to be saved. They’re already past that.

They need to be fed the milk of the word that they might grow.

The Pastor’s responsibility is to feed the flock/church of God. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2) The Missionary’s responsibility is to preach the Gospel to the lost, (Acts 20:28) that they might hear, respond, and subsequently become members of a local church

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