Halloween Is NOT For Christians!

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2 Cor. 6.14-17

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Remember…God Is Watching You

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1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

4. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

5. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

9. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10. Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19. Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22. hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Remember one thing this Halloween. Jesus Christ is watching you. He is watching your thoughts, your words, and your actions. He’s taking notes and weighing your motives.

How will you act? What will you choose? Live and act for Christ and His honor or allow yourself to be swept up by the current of public fun and pressure?

Christ is watching, and you will be held accountable one way or the other.

Except Ye Repent, Ye Shall All Likewise Perish

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Luke 13

1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

It makes no difference to God regarding how sinful or rotten you are or how many murders you have committed or how many lies you have told. All that matter is this:

All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God.

All are guilty of committing murder, everyone one of us. Why, you may ask? Because each and every one of us is guilty for putting Christ Jesus on the cross.

Repent, each and every one of you! Repent and turn form your wickedness or you will in the same manner perish as a spider gets hurled into the flames.

You do not know that you will have a tomorrow. You have no guarantee that you have time to get your ducks in a row and then think about God. You could just as easily die today as you could die 50 years from now.

When that day comes, it will come on you without warning. Then it will be too late.

Repent.

The Plan of the Cross

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People seem to forget that all Christ’s sufferings on the cross were fore-ordained. They did not come on Him by chance or accident—they were all planned, counseled, and determined from all eternity.

The cross was foreseen in all the provisions of the everlasting Trinity for the salvation of sinners. In the purposes of God the cross was set up from everlasting. Not one throb of pain did Jesus feel, not one precious drop of blood did Jesus shed, which had not been appointed long ago. Infinite wisdom planned that redemption should be by the cross. Infinite wisdom brought Jesus to the cross in due time. He was crucified “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” (Acts 2:23.)

http://www.jcryle.info/2016/10/the-plan-of-cross.html

Ridding Yourselves of the Sin-Man

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Romans 12

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Why are we called “living sacrifices”? Living sacrifices, as opposed to dead sacrifices, always seem to want to get off the altar. That’s why the priests killed their sacrifices. To put a stop to the rebellious nature. This is why David cried out for God to tie him to the altar, because he knew, the first chance he go, he would jump off and run away (Ps. 118. 27).

Why doesn’t God demand a dead sacrifice? Because the process of killing the flesh takes a lifetime. Because His desire to purge us and cleanse us of our sinful nature takes time, process, humility and work.

If God killed the sinful nature right off the bat, we would also be dead, because the sinful nature is inexorably tied to our bodies and minds. The two cannot be separated. The only way to separate the sinful man with the body and mind, is to kill the body and release the soul back to God.

Therefore, the process of starving the sinful man takes time. Remember the old adage, “Feed a fever, starve a cold”?

The same can be said of the sinful man. Feed the soul and starve the sin. Or a better way of putting it is this: That which you starve, dies, that which you feed, thrives.

If you starve your lusts, they will die. If you feed your lusts, they get stronger.

This is the secret, if you will, to mortifying the flesh. Starve its desires. Of course, someone will say, ‘You mean I have to go on a fast?’

No…what I mean is this: When you have a desire to look upon something lustful, violent, ungodly, unpleasing–say no. If you are going to spend time with God, and your mind wants to browse Facebook instead, say no. If you are online and the thought comes to you to look something up that you know full well is unpleasing, say no. This is what starving the flesh means. Neglect it the power it needs to survive.

Just like a plant or any living thing. If you feed it, it grows and thrives. If you withhold it food and sustenance, it will die.

There is also another thought concerning this: In gardening, many gardeners will allow their plants to grow, then they will cut off a bunch of the green, leaving some behind. The plant (God’s designing), realizes its in danger and will kick its growth into high gear and next thing you know it will have some amazing growth happening. Sometimes, plants, just like any living thing, gets into a routine, and slow down and need a kick to get going again. This dramatic action will make a plant grow like crazy. Such is the flesh man.

There may be a time where you are starving the flesh and everything seems to be going great, when you suddenly allow yourself to see or hear something, and the next thing you know, you have fallen back further than you ever were before.

Cigarette smokers know this all too well. Jim hasn’t had a smoke in months, and everything seems to be pointing to him kicking this nasty habit, when he walks past someone who is smoking and inadvertently inhales some of that smoke. Next thing he knows, he’s shaking and going through the most terrible time because his body remembers those “good ol’ days”, and the habit has been revived.

Such is the flesh man. It’s a rough cycle and we all go through it. This horrible habit will continue to haunt us right to the grave. Why? Because, as I said, the flesh man, the sin in our lives, is forever linked to the body and mind. They are inseparable.

This is why we are called to submit ourselves to God as living sacrifices. It’s an ongoing process, not a one time affair.

Notice also in verse 2. We have the process laid out to how we are supposed to present ourselves a living sacrifice. Because, in and of ourselves, we can’t do this without God doing it through us.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

How do we stay in the posture of “living sacrifice”?

Be not conformed to this world. What does this mean? It means to not think, act, talk or live like the world. It means as water conforms to the container it’s poured into, so does the Christian conform to the world, if he “allows himself to be poured into it”.

This is why we are told to be separate from the world. Get out of the world. Don’t allow yourself to be pressed into the mold of the world.

Be conformed to the image of Christ. Submit to God and He will press you into the mold He desires.

This will keep a whole lot of that desire for sin away, if you keep yourself away from the world and it’s desires, delicacies and philosophies. You can’t desire something unless you are exposed to it. Have you ever gone on one of those sites that publish recipes for certain foods? And you see hundreds of these amazing dishes, and your mouth starts watering. Next thing you know, your body says, ‘Hey, I’m hungry!”

I am a push-over for good sushi. I know a lot of people don’t like sushi, but I love it. All I need to hear is the word ‘sushi’ and my mouth starts watering…(like right now).

Anyway, our bodies are very quick to respond to outside stimuli, and if given a chance, it will run us ragged with its whims.

If we pro-actively force ourselves to stay away from the world and its allure, we will find our bodies will have much less power over our lives.

The second step is: be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

The mind is a powerful tool and can be used for much good. No computer on earth can touch its power or speed. God had it all together 6000 years ago, man is still crawling like a snail in comparison.

But the mind can also be the playground of the devil and if allowed, he will control you night and day without even leaving your house.

You can take a baby and raise him in a cave somewhere, hundreds of miles away from any source of any allure, and he will still have sinful thoughts. How’s that possible?

Because the mind is wicked and demands sin as well. The flesh-man rules the mind just as much as he rules the body. And the devil reigns over the flesh-man. If you do not strain your thoughts and wishes through a sieve, you will give place to the devil and allow him to push you around.

What is this sieve? Philippians 4.8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This is our filter as Christians. This is the tool given to us by God to filter out that which is harmful, and keep that which is good.

Do you, dear reader allow only that which is:

  1. true
  2. honest
  3. just
  4. pure
  5. lovely
  6. good reports
  7. virtuous
  8. praise-worthy

These are the things that will starve the flesh and feed the soul. These characteristics will give the devil the boot and allow the Holy Spirit to reign.

What are the opposites to these requirements?

  1. false
  2. dishonest
  3. unjust or crooked
  4. defiled or decadent
  5. ugly
  6. bad reports
  7. unethical or wicked
  8. criticism-worthy

Do you fill your day with the above list? This is the main problem with having the internet and TV at our disposal. Both tools are just full of death, calamity and worry. If you want to ruin your day, just browse the channels of your TV and you will see more murders, lying, pornography and that which starves the soul and feeds the flesh, than you can think of.

This is why we must stay away from this allure. This is why, if need be, we must throw out the TV, and disconnect our computers if we do not have the power to resist. This is why we are commanded to be not conformed to the world.

This is why we are told in  2 Cor. 10.5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

We are commanded by God to filter out our thoughts and that which we see and hear on a daily basis. It’s not a suggestion. It’s an order from headquarters.

You might say then, ‘How do we transform our minds?’ What does it mean to renew our minds? The Greek language gives us such a richer meaning than our English which has been so watered down.

The word TRANSFORMED means:

Metamorphoo

Strong’s Number: 3339 Browse Lexicon
Original Word Word Origin
metamorfovw from (3326) and (3445)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Metamorphoo 4:755,607
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
met-am-or-fo’-o Verb
Definition
  1. to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure
    1. Christ appearance was changed and was resplendent with divine brightness on the mount of transfiguration

Just like a butterfly. A caterpillar changes in to a butterfly through the process of metamorphosis.  The insect undergoes a process that changes one insect into a completely different species. The two insects are completely different from each other.

This is what God demands. The person you were before you were saved is supposed to be a completely different person than you are now. This is why we are told that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. New creatures are different from old creatures. The connotation in the Greek points to a completely different species of human being. This is transformation.

BUT…we are talking about our minds, which haven’t been changed yet. We are to transform our minds into something different and new. Our thoughts, desires, wishes, philosophies, all have to be changed and renewed.

Ugh…I don’t like that word. It’s got as much power as a wet blanket. Let’s go to the Greek to see what God was actually saying before man got his hands on the Bible.

Anakainosis

Strong’s Number: 342 Browse Lexicon
Original Word Word Origin
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Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Anakainosis 3:453,388
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
an-ak-ah’-ee-no-sis Noun Feminine
Definition
  1. a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better

The word renew actually should be rendered renovation. What a difference! When I think about renewing something, I think about renewing my driver’s license or insurance or something. This leads one to think that it’s not getting rid of the old and getting new, but reviving the old and making it new again. This is wrong.

The word renovate means to tear out the old and get rid of it and replace it with new. When someone buys an old house for the reason of selling it for a profit, they have to go in and tear out the old floors, appliances, roof, insulation…in other words anything that is old and decaying and replace it with new and fresh and good.

We are told in likewise manner to tear out those old thoughts, philosophies and ways of conducting ourselves that line up with the world and replace them with new thoughts, new philosophies and thought processes that line up with Scripture. It’s a process that takes a lifetime and sometimes (most of the time, actually) it requires sacrifice and pain.

Friends won’t understand. Co-workers will get offended. Family members will disown you…but this is very much required to bring one to the place where he reflects Christ in the mirror instead of the world.

This is in essence what it means to present oneself a living sacrifice, because:

  1. It’s an ongoing, lifetime process
  2. It will take sacrifice and tribulation
  3. It will cost you that which you once held dear
  4. It might cost you your life

The process involves:

  1. Turning your back on the world and its ways
  2. Turning your back on old friends, co-workers and activities that have the capacity of lulling you back into your old ways
  3. Sacrificing sources of enjoyment and pleasure that have the capacity to revive the old-man and give the devil place in your life.
  4. Submitting to God, resisting the devil (and his devices) and doing that which you know is pleasing and honoring to God alone.

This isn’t a magic formula by any means, but a lifelong process by which God conforms you, stretches you, molds you and makes you into an exact copy of Christ Jesus. It’s a process that involves pain, trials, tests and tribulations and only the few, the brave, the broken and the humbled will survive to the end.

The Stubborn World…Going to Hell

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25. For he stretches out his hand against God, and acts defiantly against the Almighty,

26.  Running stubbornly against Him with his strong, embossed shield.

When will the world learn?! I see it around me on a daily basis. The unsaved running hell-bent into the the arms of death and destruction. All around them one sees warnings:

“Repent!”

“Turn from your wickedness!”

“Come to Christ and be saved!”

But these poor, deceived souls run with blinders on, it seems. They don’t see the warnings. Their eyes are blinded, their ears are stopped. They run full-long into hell and don’t even realize it until it’s too late.

Christ Jesus died for the glory of God. I used to think that He died for me. No…this is a half-truth. He died to bring God the glory He deserves so richly. We, being saved by the sovereign hand of God are His reward.

Jesus died that horrible death on the cross to bring God justice, and satisfaction. A death was needed. Blood had to be shed. A Lamb was required for slaughtering.

Jesus was the Man. We are His booty. When Christ died, He destroyed death and hell. He took the keys of authority away from His enemy, and made a public show out of him.

We, as the elect, were His reward for going into the enemy’s camp and razing it to the ground. He set the captives free.

The world doesn’t know this, and they will die in their ignorance unless you tell them. Have you? Or are you too scared to?

Jesus was scared too. When He fell on His face in the garden that night and sweated blood, He was humanly scared to death to go through with the process of becoming your sin.

He did it anyway. Being scared should have nothing to do with it.

A Test of Assurance…How Can You Know You Are Saved?

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He who loves God—desires his presence. Lovers cannot be long apart, they soon have their fainting fits, for lack of a sight of the object of their love. A soul deeply in love with God, desires the enjoyment of Him in His ordinances, in the Word, prayer, and sacraments. David was ready to faint away and die when he had not a sight of God. „My soul faints for God“ (Psalm 84:2). Such as care not for ordinances, but say, „When will the Sabbath be over?“ plainly reveal their lack of love to God.

He who loves God—does not love sin. „You who love the Lord, hate evil“ (Psalm 97:10). The love of God, and the love of sin, can no more mix together than iron and clay. Every sin loved, strikes at the being of God. He who loves God, has a hatred of sin. He who would part two lovers is a hateful person. God and the believing soul are two lovers; sin parts between them, therefore the soul is implacably set against it. By this try your love to God. How could Delilah say she loved Samson, when she entertained correspondence with the Philistines, who were his mortal enemy?

He who loves God—is not much in love with anything else. His love is very cool to worldly things. His love to God moves swiftly, as the sun in the skies; to the world it moves slowly, as the sun on the dial. The love of the world eats out the heart of piety; it chokes good affections, as earth puts out fire. The world was a dead thing to Paul. „I am crucified to the world, and the world is crucified to me“ (Gal. 6:14). In Paul we may see both the picture and pattern of a mortified man. He who loves God, uses the world—but choosesGod. The world engages him, but God delights and satisfies him. He says as David, „God my exceeding joy!“ That is, God is the gladness or cream of my joy (Psalm 43:4).

He who loves God—cannot live without him. Things we love we cannot be without. A man can do without music or flowers, but not food; so a soul deeply in love with God looks upon himself as undone without Him. „Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit“ (Psalm 143:7). He says to Job, „I went mourning without the sun“ (Job 30:28). That is, „I have starlight, I lack the Sun of Righteousness; I want to enjoy the sweet presence of my God.“ Is God our chief good, and we cannot live without Him? Alas! how do they show they have no love to God, who can do well enough without Him! Let them have food and drink, and you shall never hear them complain of the lack of God.

He who loves God—will be at any pains to get him. What pains the merchant takes, what hazards he runs, to have a rich return from the Indies! Jacob loved Rachel, and he could endure the heat by day, and the frost by night, that he might enjoy her. A soul that loves God will take any pains for the fruition of Him. „My soul follows hard after God“ (Psalm 63:8). Love is the weight which keeps the clock going. It is much in prayer, weeping, fasting; it strives as in agony that he may obtain Him whom his soul loves. Plutarch reports of the Gauls, an ancient people of France, that after they had tasted the sweet wine of Italy, they never rested until they had arrived at that country. He who is in love with God, never rests until he has a part in Him. „I sought him whom my soul loves“ (Song of Sol. 3:2). How can they say they love God, who are not industrious in the use of means to obtain Him? He is not in agony, but lethargy. If Christ and salvation would drop as a ripe fig into his mouth, he would be content to have them; but he is loath to put himself to too much trouble. Does he love his friend, who win not undertake a journey to see him?

He who loves God—prefers him before estate and life.

(1) Before estate–„For whom I have suffered the loss of all things“ (Phil. 3:8). Who that loves a rich jewel, would not part with a flower to obtain it? Galeacius parted with a great estate to enjoy God in His pure ordinances. When a Jesuit persuaded him to return to his popish religion in Italy, promising him a large sum of money, he said: „Let their money perish with them who esteem all the gold in the world worth one day’s communion with Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit.“

(2) Before life–„They loved not their lives to the death“ (Rev. 12:11). Love to God carries the soul above the love of life, and the fear of death.

He who loves God—loves his favorites, the saints (1 John 5:1). To love a man for his grace and the more we see of God in him, the more we love him—that is an infallible sign of love to God. The wicked pretend to love God, but hate and persecute the saints, who are his image. Does he love his prince who abuses his statue, or tears his picture? They seem indeed to show great reverence to saints departed; they have great reverence for Saint Paul, and Saint Stephen, and Saint Luke; they canonize dead saints, but persecute living saints. Do they love God? Can it be imagined that he loves God—who hates His children because they are like God? If Christ were alive again, He would not escape a second persecution.

If we love God we cannot but be fearful of dishonoring him. The more a child loves his father—the more he is afraid to displease him, and will weep and mourn when he has offended him. „Peter went out and wept bitterly“ (Matt. 26:75). Peter might well think that Christ dearly loved him, when He took him up to the mount where He was transfigured, and showed him the glory of heaven in a vision. That Peter should deny Christ after he had received such signal tokens of His love—this broke his heart with grief „He wept bitterly.“ Are our eyes dropping tears of grief for sin against God? It is a blessed evidence of our love to God; and such shall find mercy. „He shows mercy to thousands of those who love Him.“

Use. Let us be lovers of God. We love our food—but shall we not love Him who gives it? All the joy we hope for in heaven is in God; and shall not He who shall be our joy then, be our love now? It is a saying of Augustine, „Is it not punishment enough Lord, not to love you?“ And again, „I would hate my own soul if I did not find it loving God.“

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Source: www.gracegems.org/Watson/assurance.htm

https://jesaja662.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/how-we-know-whether-we-love-god/

True Patriotism!

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Allow me to say, that it excites both my wonder and concern, that a Christian minister such as yourself, should think it worth his while to attempt political reforms. When I look around upon the present state of the nation, such an attempt appears to me, to be no less vain and foolish, than it would be to paint the cabin—while the ship is sinking! Or to decorate the parlor—while the house is on fire!

When our Lord Jesus was upon earth, He refused to get involved in disputes or politics, “Friend, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Luke 12:14. “My kingdom is not of this world! If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight!” John 18:36. God’s children belong to a kingdom which is not of this world; they are strangers and pilgrims upon earth, and a part of their Scriptural character is, that they are the “quiet in the land.” Psalm 35:19.chinese_infantry_soldier_preparing_a_suicide_vest_of_model_24_hand_grenades_at_the_battle_of_taierzhuang_against_japanese_tanks

Satan has many contrivances to amuse people, and to divert their thoughts from their real danger!

My dear sir, my prayer to God for you is—that He may induce you to employ the talents He has given you, in pointing out sin as the great cause and source of every existing evil; and to engage those who love and fear Him, (instead of wasting time in political speculations, for which very few of them are competent,) to sigh and cry for our abounding abominations, and to stand in the breach, by prayer, that God’s wrath may yet be averted, and our national mercies prolonged! This, I think, is true patriotism—the best way in which people in private life may serve their country.

story_of_the_american_flag_with_patriotic_selections_and_incidents_1903_14577807999I consider the ungodly as saws and hammers in the hand of the Lord. So far as they are His instruments, they will succeed—but not an inch further! Their wrath shall praise Him, and be subservient to His designs!

If our lot is so cast that we can exercise our ministry free from stripes, fines, imprisonments, and death—it is more than the gospel has promised to us! If Christians were quiet when under the cruel governments of Nero and other wicked persecutors, when they were hunted down like wild beasts—then we ought to be not only quiet but very thankful now! It was then accounted an honor to suffer for Christ and the ‘offence of the cross’!

Those are to be greatly pitied, who boast of their ‘liberty’—and yet they do not consider that they are in the most deplorable bondage as the slaves of sin and Satan, under the curse of God’s law and His eternal wrath! Oh! for a voice to reach their hearts, that they may know their true and dreadful state—and seek deliverance from their horrific thraldom! May you and I labor to direct them to the one thing, which is absolutely needful, and abundantly sufficient.

If I had the wisdom or influence to soothe the angry passions of mankind—I would gladly employ them! But I am a stranger and a pilgrim here in this world. My charter, my rights and my treasures, are all in heaven—and there my heart ought to be. In a very short time, I may be removed (and perhaps suddenly) into the unseen and eternal world—where all that now causes so much bustle upon earth—will be of no more importance to me—than the events which took place among the antediluvians!2014-08-13-head1-png

In the hour, when death shall open the door into eternity—many things which now assume an ‘air of importance’, will be found as light and unsubstantial as a child’s dream!

How crucial then, is it for me—to be found watching, with my lamp burning, diligently engaged in my proper calling! For the Lord has not called me to set governments right—but topreach the gospel, to proclaim the glory of His name, and to endeavor to win souls! “Let the dead bury their own dead—but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God!” Luke 9:60. Happy is that servant, whom his Master finds so doing, when He returns!

As you have forced me to respond—both duty and love have obliged me to be faithful and free in giving you my thoughts.

indexI recommend you to the care and blessing of the great Shepherd and Savior; and remain for His sake, your affectionate friend and brother,

John Newton

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”

Proverbs 21. 2

Prosperity or Poverty–God’s Opinion

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Let us never give way to the common idea that people are to be valued according to their income, and that the person who has most money is the one who ought to be the most highly esteemed.
There is no authority for this notion in the Bible. The general teaching of Scripture is flatly opposed to it. “Not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble are called” (1 Cor. 1:26). “Let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glories glory in this, that he knows and understands me” (Jeremiah 9:24). Wealth is no mark of God’s favor. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure. Those whom God justifies and glorifies are seldom the rich of this world. If we would measure people as God measures them, we must value them according to their grace.