By Wendell Tenison
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Exo 34:14 "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:"
Among other things of great interest is the realization that when a man and woman are united in marriage, the ordinance of God in the beginning that two become one flesh, is indelibly engraved within their hearts.
Also, to self govern and obey spiritual and moral law. However, God also gave man the freedom of choice from which he has grossly departed from his creator.
Psa 33:11 "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."
All of the generations of the earth are without excuse, because we see God in the creation and in his ordinances and statutes, whereby, he is proclaimed as the supreme ruler and being.
Psa 100:5 "For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
What is truth that endures to all generations?
John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
The only begotten Son of the Almighty, Jesus the Christ, in his everlasting gospel with words that cannot be misunderstood, thy word is truth.
Psa 119:89 "LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."
Not only is his truth the word, but it is settled in heaven forever. No matter how man tries to unsettle it, he cannot wage war with God and win.
James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
The law of Christ is the perfect law of liberty and some say that the book of James should not be in the bible. Why? Because James refutes the false doctrine of salvation by faith only.
Eccl 7:29 "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions."
Now we learn the crux of the problem; God is upright and he made us in his likeness and image. However, in contrast to God since the Garden of Eden, the serpent (Satan) after God telling him he would eat dirt all the days of his life, is crawling on his belly in a horizonal position. Many religious men have lowered themselves to that gutter lifestyle with Satan by inventing their own rules of faith and practice.
Psa 50:21 "These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes."
Yes, there are a great many who think that God thinks like they do and therefore, imagine themselves to be equal with God.
Prov 1:7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
One of the greatest sins among some who profess the truth is that they say, I know it says it, but I don't believe it. A great many of the church of Christ have abandoned the tenets of Christ in lieu of denominational doctrine for the commandments of men.
Prov 28:9 "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."
Prejudiced by indoctrination of error by way of family tradition has kept more souls from accepting the truth than any other thing. Those whose minds have been blinded to the truth, even their prayers are abomination to the Lord.
The word of God is not null and void for the 21st century, else Christ died in vain for the remission of the sins of the world.
Heb 1:1-2 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,.....Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
These last days are the dispensation of time that we are living now. To deny the validity of the law of God in the 21st century is to rob the Son of God as heir of all things which includes his everlasting gospel to save to the uttermost.
John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
Jesus spoke his new testament in complete form and the testament was opened on the day of Pentecost after his death, Heb.9:15-18. The words that he spoke are spirit and life without which no man can spiritually live. To terminate the glorious gospel of Christ in the 21st century is to declare his words of spirit and life as dead and therefore, can save no man. God forbid that any man has the gall to reduce our Savior to nothing more than a good man who died on the cross.
Mat 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
This happens to be our creator speaking and not some two-bit preacher trying to bilk the illiterate out of millions.
Mat 4:4 "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Our Lord was speaking to Satan on this occasion and his words are for all generations.
Heb 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
John 12:48 "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
Those who reject the living and powerful words of Christ will fully understand in the day of judgment that they can and will send their souls into an everlasting fire that will not be quenched.
John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
John 15:10 "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
A child can understand what our Lord said. Many sing, O how I love Jesus and despise his commandments.
1 Tim 2:4 "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
What is truth? Thy word is truth. God and Christ would that all men will come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Mat 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Be assured that Christ will not be there without his word in their hearts.
Prov 23:23 "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
If the word (truth) of God is null and void in the 21st century, why buy it?
The god of This World:
2 Cor 4:3-4 "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:.....In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
Those who advance the false doctrine that the word of God does not apply today, their minds have been blinded by the god of this world (Satan) so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ cannot shine unto them.
John 10:1 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber."
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
I challenge those who have discarded the word of God to try and make it some other way.
Prov 14:12 "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, 2Tim.3:16, and they are all still here. Why are there so many different religious beliefs yet one faith?
Eph 4:4-6 "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;.....One Lord, one faith, one baptism,.....One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Prov 28:26 "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
The vast majority of religious people know very little about God's word. It is what they think and feel in their hearts that will get their ticket punched. There are some who have such hostile enmity against the new testament, to the point of literally cutting out of their bibles the scriptures that they do not like.
If the Word of God is Null and Void for the 21st Century, Then to Whom Do We Turn for Spiritual Guidance?
Col 2:18-23 "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,.....And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God......Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,.....(Touch not; taste not; handle not;.....Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?.....Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh."
To summarize these verses briefly, man for generations has sought to concoct many innovations so as to undermine the word of God. The show of wisdom in will worship and humility is extremely appealing to the listeners and viewers. Since God, Christ and his holy word have been removed, these ministers of Satan cannot offer an eternal home seeing that none of these have been crucified on a cross for the remission of the sins of the world.
2 Cor 11:14-15 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light......Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
Eccl 12:13-14 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man...... For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
Jesus the Christ said, he that is not with me is against me:
Mat 12:30 "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
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