I Corinthians 14

It was not until modern times that Christians began looking to the scripture to justify ecstatic, unintelligible speaking. It was never introduced by Christ but was already in practice among the heathen. This pagan practice in churches today is emotion at best and a false spirit at worst. Ecstatic utterances are mistakenly seen as something godly and spiritual. Incoherent speaking and praying did not take place in the early morning church and it is not in God’s church today.

Much confusion and false teaching comes from misapplying 1 Corinthians 14 where Paul addressed almost exclusively the practice of speaking in tongues. The main confusion comes not from the Word but from man. On the day of Pentecost, God established what the gift of tongues is and should be. The word glossa (foreign language), which was used in Acts 2, is once again the word that is used in 1 Corinthians 14. With Pentecost as the pattern, it is not difficult to understand Paul’s teaching to the church at Corinth.Read more

The Bible Standard on Movies and Television

The Bible standard concerning watching movies and television is encompassed in one word: holiness. To be holy is to be clean, pure, sanctified, set apart, homogeneous. The scripture teaches to “glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God‘s” (I Corinthians 6:20). “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (I Thessalonians 4:7). Without holiness, “no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). One must consider the power and influence of movies and television and weigh it against the above scriptures. As children of God, we are to “do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).

There is nothing sinful in the technology itself nor in the wires and the screen. The issue has to do with the content of the program or movie itself and the long-term effects it can have. Television and movies today are full of uncleanness and unrighteousness. Galatians 5:19-21 lists the works of the flesh as: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings…They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Movies are full of portrayals of these listed works of the flesh. Why would a child of God who desires to live a holy life fill his heart and mind with things that are clearly ungodly?Read more

Essentials to the Establishment and Existence of a Kingdom

1. A King As the Ruling Head.

Matthew 21:4-5 Behold, thy King cometh unto thee…
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

2. A Throne From Which the King Issues Decrees.

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace…Read more

Prophecies of the Kingdom

Prophecy                                              Fulfillment
Isaiah 2:2-4 The Lord’s house established.

(Micah 4:1-7)

Hebrews 12:22-23 Ye are come unto Mt. Zion.
Psalm 2:6-9 Kingdom of the Son. Acts 13:33 Jesus raised up.
Psalm 110:1-3 The Lord rules out of Zion. Acts 2:30,32-36 Jesus sits on the throne.
Daniel 7:14 Kingdom of dominion and glory. Ephesians 1:20-22  Christ has all dominion and   power.
Isaiah 35:5-6 Sickness and disease healed. Matthew 4:23-24; 8:16-17 Jesus healed all sickness.
Isaiah 35:6-7 Wastelands transformed. John 4:14 Jesus gives living water.

John 6:35 Never hunger and never thirst.

Micah 4:3-4 Unparalleled peace. John 14:27 Jesus gives peace.

Steps to Salvation

Primary Steps

I. BELIEVE to have faith or trust in; to accept something as true, genuine, honest, or real

Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.Read more