Christian Living


Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 08, 2019)

So many people are told today that if they do not “obey Acts 2:38 by getting water baptized,” they cannot be saved. That is a foolish doctrine. One is saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…not by being submersed in water.

And Acts 2:38 is not even about water baptism…it is about being baptized in the Spirit of God.

In Matthew 3, we find the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizing people in the river Jordan. John declares,

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (v.11)

The baptism of the Lord is with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This Holy Ghost Baptism is what took place in Acts 2:4…they were baptized in the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance.

In Acts 2:38, Peter was telling the people he was preaching to that if they received that same baptism that they had witnessed early in the chapter, i.e the baptism of the Holy Ghost…they too, would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Water Baptism does not save anyone. It is nothing more than symbology. It is a voluntary outward expression of an already experienced inward possession.

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Judgment Must Begin at God’s House
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 03, 2017)
 
I care about souls that are dying and headed toward a devil’s hell.
 
I tell people about Heaven, and a Jesus that loves them. I also warn people about Hell, and a devil that hates them.
 
What now? Where do I send them after sharing all these truths? To an assembly of people where the leader will lie to them?
 
See, here’s’ the problem. Judgment must begin first “where” according to the Bible? At the House of God.
 
If you are going to meet in a building for religious services on Sundays and Wednesdays, you’d best make sure that the doctrines taught in it are truth. make sure that the doctrines being spoken to the hearing audience are in fact in agreement with what the word of God actually states.
 
Judgment must begin first at the House of God.
 
Now, I know that a brick and mortar building is not the House of God. The Apostle Peter was clear on that when he said,
 
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
 
Did you catch that? Peter identified US as the House of God. Not the building we may meet in, but US. The House of God is a living, breathing organism. And that living, breathing organism can been in a building, under a tree, on the mountain, by a lake…anywhere. Where any two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, He is in the midst.
 
But judgment must first begin with US.
 
It does no good to tell someone about Christ, and then send them into a den of false teachings. The hearts should be faithful and true before a guest arrives at the meeting place.
 
Do you invite guests to your home when it has not been dusted or swept and is looking a mess? Of course not!
 
So why send someone to a building where you meet with other Believer’s when leadership is deceitful? Why subject guest’s to lies and deceit? Time to clean house!
 
If the leadership is not teaching sound doctrine according to the word of God, remove them from leadership position and elect new leadership. Elect leadership who are willing to stand up for what is right; willing to preach the word of God and not opinion; willing to go against the flow no matter the persecution that may come….no matter how unpopular the truth may be to their ears and hearts.
 
We need preachers who will preach the truth. Otherwise, it does no good to invite guests to visit, or to even live among you. If your doctrines are false, you are just as dead as the guest’s you bring into your midst.
Stewardship
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 12, 2018)
 
Stewardship is important in the life of a Christian.
 
God gives us the ability to make money, and expects us to handle that money wisely. First and foremost, if we have bills, we should endeavor to pay those bills prior to doing anything else with the money. The borrower is a servant to the lender. Get those bills out of the way.
 
From the money left after bills are paid, family needs should be taken care of; i.e food, clothing, medical, etc. If any provide not for his own he is worse than an infidel.
 
It is good to give to the local church body one attends or is a member of. However, it is better to give directly to those in the body who have needs rather than just drop the money in a collection plate as it passes under our noses on Sunday mornings. Ofttimes, money is collected for the needs of the church facilities while the body inside is in need of the money more. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 
When money was laid at the feet of the apostles in the early stages of church history, the money was distributed to those who lacked. It was not used to pad the pockets of the apostles. Nor was it used to build bigger buildings.. If you enter the building and see Brother Sam and know that he has been laid off of work and has need of groceries or medicine, or even rent and utility money, God will be more pleased with you if you take that money you were going to drop in the collection plate and give it to Brother Sam than if you had dropped it in the collection plate.

The fact is, if every person who drinks ‘a glass of wine” were to be completely honest, they would admit that the very first glass of wine they ever drank made them drunk to some degree; whether just light–headed, nauseous, or full blown-out falling down drunk.

Alcohol is called an intoxicant for a reason….because it intoxicates.

Now, here’s the thing…

It has been proven in the medical field that beverage alcohol kills brain cells. So, maybe that’s why the “one glass of wine won’t hurt” proponents don’t realize the one glass of wine has intoxicated them…it’s killed the cells that tell their mind that they are drunk.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Community Encouragement
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 12, 2018)
 
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
 
The assembling together was never for the sole purpose of the congregation hearing a pastor preach a sermon each week and then everyone going home until the next assembling together. The assembling together was for the purpose of BELIEVERS exhorting (rallying; encouraging) one another in the things of God..
 
This is not to say that the Spirit of God can’t move someone to deliver a sermon…He certainly can. However, according to Hebrews 10:25 the intent for assembling together is for community participation in the practice of encouraging one another.
The Proper Attitude of Giving
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 19, 2018)
The proper attitude of giving can be seen in Acts 4:32-37…
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Notice that the community of Believers who had land and property did not hear a sermon telling them they must sell their lands and properties. Nor were they told they must give of their money to the newly converted Believers in Christ Jesus.
No…they saw a need and voluntarily sold land and property to help meet that need. No dictated percentage. No coercion from the apostles. No guilt or fear tactics employed whatsoever.
When one allows the Spirit of God to rule one’s heart, he will give simply out of love for those who lack; wanting to see those who lack or are in poverty to thrive.
The apostle Paul encouraged the faithful brethren at Corinth to have that same attitude in their giving, when he wrote:
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Give Alms
by Ronald W Robey
 
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
 
Giving alms to the poor is what stores up treasure in Heaven…not giving a tenth of ones’ money to a religious institution.
 
And what, you may ask, are ‘alms’? The apostle Peter tells us what alms are…
 
Acts 3:1-6 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
 
In Acts 3, the servant of Jesus Christ of Nazareth understood alms to be silver and gold…it was money. Otherwise, Peter would not have answered in the manner that he answered the man who was lame.
 
So, in the text of Luke 12:33 we find Jesus telling a rich man to sell his substance and to give the proceeds of the sale to the poor. The man was not told to take a tenth of the money to the religious institution he was a member of. No…he was to give the proceeds to the poor in his community.
 
God is more pleased when you give money to the poor than when you take it to a religious institution that has thousands of dollars in its bank account.
 
Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 

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