Monday, January 28, 2013

Bible Answer Show @ the World Ag Expo

We believe in getting to know our community and want to share the Message of Christ with the whole world! A great local opportunity to spread the message is the World Ag Expo. We will be working with the West Visalia Church of Christ booth at the 2013 World Ag Expo. 

The World Ag Expo has several hundred thousand visitors from all over the world each year. The show is in Tulare CA and is the worlds largest agricultural exposition. The show is February 12th, 13th and 14th.

We will be in space #5000 in the Farm Arts Pavilion. Please stop by and visit us and receive a free gift! Let us know if listen to the show and feel free to ask any questions that you would like to have answered on the air or online.

The Bible Answer Show

We are now on air every week in the Visalia, Fresno and Bakersfield area on KJUG AM1270. You can listen to the show on your radio Saturdays @ 9:00am and Sundays @ 6:00pm. Don't forget that you can listen to the show anytime by subscribing to our podcast or listening to it on our site. God is good!!! This is a Christian radio show you can trust. You will not hear any opinion, manmade religious doctrines or denominational dogma on the Bible Answer Show. We believe God's Word has the answers to the important questions of life. We believe that the Bible tells us how to love, live for and serve God and others. What God says still matters! If you want to know what the Bible says,  the Bible Answer Show is for you.

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Have a blessed day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Should we Worship on the Sabbath (Saturday) or Sunday?

In the Old Testament and New Testament you will find the Jews worshiping God on a Saturday (The Sabbath). Yet today, most who call themselves “Christians” worship on Sunday. Which is correct?

What was the Sabbath? (Old Testament Passages Which Explain the Sabbath)
  • (Genesis 2:2-3) “By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made”.
    • God rested on the 7th day.
    • He blessed it and sanctified it.
    • At this time it is not called “the Sabbath”.
    • Note: At this moment, there is no instruction given to keep it.
  • (Exodus 16:22-29)
    • This is the 1st time the word “Sabbath” appears in the Bible.
    • It seems they had not kept it until then because God has to tell them “tomorrow is a Sabbath”.
    • There are specific commands regarding what they can and cannot do on a Sabbath.
  • (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:1-5, 12ff)
    • Remembering the Sabbath was made one of the 10 Commandments.
    • This was the first time a covenant regarding the Sabbath was made (Duet. 5:3).
    • Nehemiah confirms that the Sabbath law was given to the Israelites through Moses at Mt. Sinai (Neh. 9:13-14)
Who was the Sabbath For?
  • The law of Moses, including the 10 Commandments was a covenant between God and the Nation of Israel.
    • Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel” (Ex. 34:27)
  • The Sabbath was a reminder of Israel’s escape from Egyptian bondage.
    • “And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” (Deut. 5:15)
Why do some religious groups worship on the Sabbath today?
  • There are many different religious groups today who feel they should keep the Sabbath in some way. 7th day groups.
  • Most of the time they will argue that all Christ did away with the ceremonial laws of the OT but not the moral laws ( ie. the 10 Commandments).
  • They will often state that there is no evidence for a Christian assembly on the first day of the week, and that it was later added.
  • They will cite examples of meeting in synagogues as proof for their position.
If keeping the Sabbath was part of the law, why don’t we keep it?
  • All of the laws of the Old Covenant were removed through Christ’s death.
    • (Hebrews 10:9) “Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second.
    • (Romans 7:1-7) - Released from “the Law”(vs. 6)
      • What Law were we released from? (vs.7) 
        • The same law that says “thou shalt not covet”. (We were released from the 10 Commandments. This includes the command about the Sabbath).
    • (Ephesians 2:14-16) -For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
  • God's people are no longer required to keep the commands of the Old Testament. Those commands were given to lead one to Christ. The Old Testament's purpose was fulfilled when Christ came. (Galatians 3:23-25). 
If the “Sabbath” observance has been done away, what day are we to assemble?
  • The Sabbath Day was significant to the Jews (Deut. 5:15)
  • The First Day of the Week is significant to Christians.
    • Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Matt. 28:1, Mark 16:1-2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1)
    • The church began at Pentecost which was always on the first day of  the week (Lev. 23:15-16, Num. 28:26, Deut. 16:16).
It is clear that Sunday would be a special day to Christians, but did they assemble for worship on Sunday?
  • (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) - Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
  • (Acts 20:7) -"And on the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to depart the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight."
  • (Ignatius - AD 100) - “Let every friend of Christ keep the Lord’s day as a festival, the resurrection day, the queen and chief of all days of the week”... “If therefore those who lived according to the old practices came to the new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath but living according to the Lord’s day”.
  • (Justin Martyr) - 150 AD - And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. 
Conclusion:
  • God at one time did make a special covenant with the Jews (and Jews only) to keep the Sabbath.
  • This why Jesus kept the Sabbath.
  • After Christ came and died, all mankind became accountable the New Covenant.
  • In the New Covenant, we have inspired writers teaching us (by word and deed) to assemble on Sunday.
  • We must assemble on Sunday to be pleasing to God (Hebrews 10:25)
By Cliff Sabroe

What is covetousness? Why is coveting a sin?


Covetousness is defined as - “an extreme desire to acquire or possess”. 

Jesus dealt with the sin of covetousness with a parable in Luke 12:13-21.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21 ESV)
Summary of the Parable:
  • Jesus was asked by a man to command his brother to divide his inheritance with him (vs.13).
  • The man’s brother was probably the firstborn; so, according to the law he had a right to a majority of the inheritance.
  • The man talking to Jesus expected a ruling on this matter.
  • The man thought Jesus, “Rabbi/Teacher”, would have enough authority or knowledge to help settle the matter.
  • Jesus did not want to interfere with this (trivial?) problem that he was not involved it.
  • Jesus did use this as an opportunity to teach a lesson against covetousness and greed. There are many great lessons one can learn about covetousness from this parable.
Description of the Rich Fool
  • He was a successful farmer (vs.16).
  • He had grown rich from his labors (vs.16). “The land of a rich man was very productive”
  • His crops were so productive that he had a dilemma that most farmers would enjoy having. 
  • “He began reasoning to himself saying, ‘What shall I do since I have no place to store my crops” (vs.17)
The Rich Fool’s Plan
  • “And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” (18-19)
  • Note: He conferred only with himself.
    • He was selfish in his decision (“I” used 6 times).
    • He was only concerned with his own wants and not the needs of others.
  • What does God call him?... “you fool”!
Problems With the Rich Fool’s Plan
  • He left God out of his plans (James 4:13-15).
  • He thought possessions provided a guarantee to his life. (He was wrong).
  • He thought his soul could be satisfied with material gain.
  • His decision did not take into account the future.
  • He thought his life consisted in the things he possessed.
  • He forgot others.
  • He forgot about death.
God’s Answer to the Fool
  • But God said to him, “You Fool! This very night your soul is required of you: and now who will own what you have prepared?” So is he who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (vs. 20-21).
  • God’s answer reveals the main problem.
  • The rich man spent his life in a quest for more and he had to leave it all behind.
  • He missed the blessing of giving to others.
  • He died! A rich fool.
Lessons Learned about Covetousness
  • What Covetousness is Not:
    • Not a desire for property.
    • Not merely the possession of money.
    • Not hard work, planning, or investing.
  • What Covetousness is:
    • Greed to always have more.
    • It is making earthly wealth our chief aim in life.
    • It rates success in life according to wealth and possessions.
  • The Sin of Covetousness:
    • Covetousness is idolatry (Col. 3:5-6)
    • We must not let money become our master.
    • It can cause people to be lost. 
    • Just like it did the Rich Fool.
Conclusion
  • Life doesn’t consist of what we possess.
  • Life is not about stuff. It is about serving God and serving others (Matt. 22:37-40).
  • We need to be concerned about the real riches in life. The riches of the soul!
  • (Mat 6:21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
By Cliff Sabroe - Quotes from ESV Bible

Monday, January 14, 2013

What does the Bible Say About Dating?

The Bible has very little to say about “dating” because people in ancient times didn’t really date. Marriages were usually contracted by the fathers of the parties involved or representatives of the fathers. The servant of Abraham went to the people of the city of Haran and brought back a wife for Isaac. Isaac did not see her until the night he married her (Genesis 24:62-66). Marriages were typically arranged for the parties involved. This made them no less binding. God still commanded husbands and wives to love one another and submit to one another’s needs and interests (Ephesians 5:21-33).


Though people in Bible times didn’t really date, there are some biblical principles that should govern our dating activities today. First of all, people who date should not have sex until they marry. While it is normal and natural to be attracted to someone of the opposite sex, we are called by God to keep those urges under control until we commit to someone in marriage. The New Testament clearly teaches that sex outside of marriage is sinful (1 Corinthians 6:9-11,18-20; Hebrews 13:4). Dating, then, for Christians, is not about sex. Since that is true, Christians who date will want to choose activities in public places where conversations and healthy activities can be carried on without becoming involved in too much intimacy. Keep the lust in check and the touching to a minimum (Matthew 5:27-29). Going out in groups is a good thing to consider. Since dating may eventually lead to marriage, we probably should not begin dating too early or date one person too long, unless we are ready to commit to a lifetime relationship.
Next, since the Scriptures teach us that it is important to form our primary relationships with people who will help us spiritually, we should date people who want to do the will of God. Since we eventually marry someone we date, we should not date those who lack Christian values (2 Corinthians 6:14ff).. When we go out with someone, we should engage in lots of conversation and get to know what kind of person our date is. It would be good to observe this person in church, in various acts of service, at work, and in various social situations to see how this person conducts himself/herself and how this person treats other people. Having done these things over a period of time, we are in a better position to decide whether this person would make a suitable companion for life. We should ask, “Will this person help me walk with God?” “Will this person be the kind of parent I want for my children?”
Finally, since the whole of Christian life is governed by God’s will, we should choose the right kind of activities for our dating. We should avoid the kinds of places where ungodly things are the norm. We need not be in seedy nightclubs or in bars or in decidedly vulgar movies. Instead, good dates might be to sporting events, high quality movies, a nice dinner, a good concert, a church activity, a museum, or a service activity. Do the kinds of things that you, as a Christian, feel good about doing.
It is good to be friends with lots of different people. When Christian singles date, however, they do so with several basic principles in mind. They know that dating is not about sex. They work to maintain their purity, saving sex for marriage. They seek relationships with people who will support them in their walk with God. They seek activities through which they can both get to know their date and act in a way that is pleasing to God. So, happy dating! Just remember to take Jesus along with you everywhere you go!
By Dan Owen -  (Preacher Broadway Church of Christ - Paducah Ky) - Gathered from post at www.studyyourbibleonline.com 

Please explain what Philippians 2:6-7 means?


This section of Philippians 2 is one of the most magnificent passages in all of Scripture! The text reads:

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

The question that will be answered in this post is “What is Philippians 2:6 in reference to?”

The Text Explained:
  • Verse 6 begins with the phrase “although He existed in the form of God...”.
    • “Form” - (morphe) - character, nature, appearance.
    • (John 1:1, 1 John 5:20) - Jesus was always existing as God.
    • Jesus is the great Creator (John 1:3).
    • He had all power, glory and honor. He existed in the Heavenly Realm with all the privileges of being the eternal God. (Same attributes as ascribed to the Father!)
      • Jesus had all Divine privileges as part of the Godhead in eternity before coming to earth. Yet, amazingly, He gave them up!
  • Jesus did not “regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (vs 6).
    • Although Jesus had all Divine privileges, He was willing to give them up.
    • He did not “cling” to them or consider them something to grab hold of and not let go.  (Like a scared child with a stuffed animal might do).
    • Jesus gave up these privileges. He came to earth as a man and subjugated Himself to the Father.
  • Jesus “emptied Himself” (vs 7)
    • This could be better translated “He laid aside His privileges”.
    • Jesus gave up all that He had in heaven and came to earth. He took on the lowest form possible (a servant).
    • He became a man who humbly obeyed unto death.
  • Through His obedience and Sacrifice as a Humble Servant, He was Exalted.
    • “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name...”  (Philippians 2:9-11).

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Is Every Word in the Bible Important?

Answer: The Bible is the Word of God. Every word contained within the text of scripture is important. Not only are the moral truths important but every historical detail contained within the text. All truths originate with God and come from Him. The Bible itself places special emphasis on the very words of God and the truths contained therein. 

  • The Bible pronounces that the very words of the Bible are inspired (2 Tim. 3:16).
  • Paul’s words came by the Holy Spirit as he penned his letters (1 Cor. 2:13).
  • Jesus appealed to the words of scripture when he appealed to that which was written in the Old Testament as He was being tempted by Satan (Mat. 4:4,10).
  • Jesus appealed to the words of the Old Testament when he proclaimed that they spoke of Him (Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Heb. 10:7).
  • Jesus indicated that not even the smallest part of a Hebrew word or letter could be broken (Mat. 5:18
  • Some prophets were told not to leave out a single word. (Jer. 26:2)
  • John notes that no one was to add to or take away from the inspired words that he had penned (Rev. 22:18,19).
Conclusion:
The point being made and emphasized is that words matter. The words of the new and old testament are of the utmost importance. Studying the Word of God takes time and practice. Each word of the Bible can unlock a new meaning and understanding that will change the life of the student of the Bible in the most profound ways. It is the responsibility of the Christian to respect the words of God and in respecting it, diligently seeking the truths contained within it. 

Post By Tyler Kirkpatrick (Associate Minister West Visalia Church of Christ)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gambling Question #2: Is Gambling always wrong? What about the Lottery?


ANSWER: 
The Bible never explicitly mentions gambling. Many well meaning Christians will say that it is “sinful” all the time. Through my studies, I have concluded that a lot of the time it would be wrong, but I am NOT willing to say that it is ALWAYS wrong from a Bible standpoint.  On many questions people have about certain activities the Bible is not specific, but instead lays out principles and it is up to the student of the Word to take this principles and apply them and make a “wise” decision.

The Bible condemns greed, covetousness, ripping people off, tempting people to sin, a lack of self-control and irresponsible money management. The Bible tells us to also watch our influence and what environments we put ourselves in.

So a lot of times I would say that gambling does violate the principles listed above. Many times gambling is done out of greed, some times you might be taking advantage of the addictions of another and often the casino environment is not conducive to godly living (such as barely clothed cocktail waitresses and drunkenness etc.).

Now depending on how you define gambling, it might not always be a violation of Scripture. A friend and I may play a game of basketball and we might agree the looser has to by the winner a Gatorade. This would be gambling by definition, but I would not see that as a violation of the Bible. 

Investing money, might also be a form of gambling, For one company to succeed, it may require another to fail. Yes good investors do their research, but it is still often a matter of chance and luck.  The skeeball game at Chuck E Cheese for tokens would also be gambling.

I am always very cautious about making a blanket statement about something being "sinful"  or trying to state definitively what the “Bible says” if the Bible does not explicitly deal with it. 

So instead of telling people that "gambling is a sin", I instead say the Bible teaches that "gambling could be a sin most of the time" or it "is usually unwise". 

By showing why greed, poor stewardship, taking advantage of another, evil associations, etc.. are sinful, the Bible gives people the tools to use wisdom and make a judgment call on whether or not the actions they are engaged in are sinful or a good choice.

So back to the Lotto, yes it is gambling, yes it could be wrong (if it is done irresponsibly, out of greed, or some sort of addiction etc), but at the same time I am not going to rush to judgment on a person bought a scratcher ticket with the quarters left over in their car cup holder. I think I can say that gambling is unwise without a doubt, but I cannot say from the Bible that it is always wrong.

People struggle with this line of thinking at times, they want the bible to always tell them exactly what to do and not to do. But God does not always work that way, the Bible will often lay out principles and require the reader to draw conclusions and use wisdom in what choices they make. 

Side Note: Many may be thinking, “that change used to by a lottery ticket could be used to help the poor or feed the hungry”. This is very true, but so could that money we used to buy that car we did not need, that ipod, and that snickers bar. Wisdom, frugality, responsibility, generosity, entertainment and recreation is a balancing act in which God allows us to make a personal judgment calls. 
(Post By Cliff Sabroe)

Gambling Question #1: Is the sin of “unjust gain” (Proverbs 1:19) applicable to modern lottery winnings?


Proverbs 1:19) in the English Standard Version reads “"Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors"

The question under consideration is “Do lottery winnings fall under the category of “unjust gain” in this verse?”

Answer:
If one reads the verses leading up to verse 19 in Proverbs 1, it would seem that what is being talked about is more equivelent to taking somthing by force from someone, like assaulting them and taking their wallet or purse. Notice (1:11)
  • “If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause;...”.

In verse 18, the thought is continued,
  • “But they lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush their own lives”.

In fact, the New American Standard Bible translates (Proverbs 1:19) as,
  • “So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors”. 

When thinking about the lottery. All would agree that winning a Lotto Jackpot is far from what we would consider and honest wage for a days work. Also, the Lottery is horrible temptation for many especially in the poorer classes of society. People would be much saving and investing the money they would have spent on a lottery ticket that only has a 1 in a Million chance of actually being a winner.   

Well known financial guru Dave Ramsey makes this bold statement about the lottery:
     The lottery is a tax on the poor, and on people who can’t do math. I’m not riding a moral high horse. Research shows that people from lower income brackets, folks who can’t afford to be throwing their money away on some ridiculous game, spend four times as much on lottery tickets as anyone else. Rich people don’t mess with this garbage, because they know the lottery isn’t a wealth-building tool When was the last time you saw a line of BMWs and Mercedes pulled up to your local convenience store to buy lottery tickets?     The only winners in the lottery game are the students who get scholarships, but in reality they are riding to school on the backs of the poor masses who gamble away their grocery money.     Lots of people think winning the lottery will mean life on easy street. The truth, however, is that it rarely works out that way. Did you know that 65 percent of Lotto winners go bankrupt in less than 15 years? Your chances of winning big are about 125 million to 1. You’re more likely to be bitten by a snake, or to die in a car accident on the way to buy the stupid lottery tickets.     If you’ve got money to throw around, do something smart with it, like get out of debt. Do you have an emergency fund? Are you investing for your retirement, or your kid’s education? If you’ve done all of this, give it to someone who’s hurting, or invest it in your community. Don’t waste it on something as dumb as the lottery. http://www.independentmail.com/news/2009/jun/13/dave-says-playing-lottery-worst-way-spend-any-amou/ 
Clearly playing the Lotto is not a smart decision, it is usually poor stewardship of the blessing of money, and many times the choice to play the Lotto is motivated by greed. With that in mind, I still could  not say that “unjust gain” in (Proverbs 1:19) is applicable to the modern lottery, but instead is applicable to car-jackings, muggins, etc.
(Post By Cliff Sabroe)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Was Jefferson Bethke right? Should we "Love God and Hate Religion"?

Last year a video went viral titled "Why I Love God but Hate Religion" (You can view it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAhDGYlpqY).  Once it came out I was asked a ton of different questions about it. Here is my review as presented in a sermon at the West Visalia Church of Christ.

The Video’s Stats (As of 1-12-12 at 6:37pm)
    • It is the most “viral” video of last week.
    • Thursday morning it had about 1.8 Million Views.
    • At 6:37pm last night it had over 10 million.
    • It has been shared by individuals on social media sites over 1.3 million times.
    • Any religious video that gains this much attention so fast deserves our attention. 
The Video
    • It is spoken word poetry done by Jefferson Bethke (youtube ID: bball1989).
    • Bethke has placed a few other videos on Youtube. One that has also gained a lot of attention, is a well done video on being pure titled “Sexual Healing”.
    • He is a 2011 graduate of Pacific University with a degree in Political Science and currently is a member of the Mars Hill Church (Federal Way Campus) in Auburn WA, where Mark Driscoll serves as the Lead Pastor. 
    • Jeff works at “Jubilee Reach”, a non-profit community center.
Outline of Review
    • 1. What the Video Got Right.
    • 2. What the Video Got Wrong.
    • 3. Some Final Truths to Note.
Preliminary Matters
    • This is not a critique of the sincerity or ability of Jeff Bethke or the quality of production. (The video is well put together and Jeff is a powerful speaker who appears very sincere).
    • Not all will come to the same conclusions about the video as I have. (As demonstrated by how many have “shared” the video.
    • What I have perceived from this video may not be the authors intentions. I have never spoken to Jeff, nor read or heard an interview where he explains his views.
1. What the Video Got Right.      (Quotes from the video are in blue)
  • #1 Jesus does not want us to put on an act. He is more concerned with the “inner man”.
    • (Video Quotes)
      • “republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian”
      • “Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look, Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by that little section on your facebook”.
    • (These Statements are Correct)
      • Jesus said “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).
  • #2 Hypocrisy is a big problem among Christians.
    • (Video Quotes)
      • “I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me, I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography. I’d go to church on Sunday, but on saturday getting faded”... “Spend my whole life putting on this fa├žade of neatness”
    • (Good Thought to Consider)
      • We should not be fake. When we do have struggles with sin, we need to admit them and not hide them and act like everything is ok.  (This is the SIN of PRIDE)
      • “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).
  • #3 Jesus came to seek and save THE LOST.
    • (Video Quotes)
      • “If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
        Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken”...”The Son of God not supported self-righteousness, not now, not then”
    • (A Correct Thought)
      • No one is more worthy of salvation than another.  We should welcome the lost, the broken and the hurting.
      • We often only reach out to those who we like.
      • “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17).
  • #4 We often have a tendency to have messed up priorities.
    • (Video Quote)
      • “Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?” 
    • (This is a Question We Should Be Asking)
      • We often spend church funds in a way that benefits us (comfortable buildings, elaborate programs etc) as opposed to showing love toward God and toward our neighbors.  Our attention is often focused inward.
      • “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
2. What the Video Got Wrong.
  • #1 - “Jesus came to abolish religion”
    • False: Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament religion and became the head of the church.
      • (Matthew 5:17) "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill”.
      • (Matthew 16:18) “...and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it”.
      • The only thing Jesus “abolished” was the enmity/wall that separated the Jews and Gentiles from being one in Him (Ephesians 2:13-22). The Scriptures nowhere make the case that Christ abolished all religion.
  • #2 - “...religious people, and why Jesus called em fools. Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?”
    • Partial Truth: Jesus did not call “all” religious people fools, only legalistic, self-righteous and judgmental religious people (like the Scribes and Pharisees). In (Matthew 23:17) He called them “Blind Fools”.
    • Partial Truth: Following Jesus is not “just following some rules”, however, Jesus does expect us to obey “His Rules”.
      • (John 15:10) “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love”.
  • #3 - “Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums, One is the work of God one is a man made invention, One is the cure and one is the infection.”
    • False: Jesus is the center of true religion. Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
      • There are “false religions” that are manmade inventions. But there is also “pure religion” created by God.
      • Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27).
3. Some Final Truths to Note
    • #1. This video presents a false dichotomy. “Jesus or Religion?”.
      • You can’t have true religion without Jesus and can’t have Jesus without embracing true Christian religion.
    • #2. We cannot have Jesus without following Jesus’ teachings.
    • #3 The faith Jesus wants us to have is a “working” and “obedient” faith. 
      • (James 2:17) “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”.
    • #4 - Jesus does not hate religion, He hates legalism. (Like what was practiced by the Pharisees).
      • Jesus hates it when we make up laws and bind them on others. In speaking about this type of legalism He said:
        • “They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger” (Matt. 23:4).
      • The video attempts to redefine “legalism” as “religion”.
        • We should not redefine the term “religion”, but instead call legalism what it really is... (ie. SIN!).
Conclusion
  • As with any lesson, sermon, class or video, we must always check what is being taught with the Bible.
    • “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
    • Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
  • With any teaching, we should embrace what is Truth, but reject what is incorrect.
  • One truth that we need to be reminded of that this video did bring to light is the fact that all of us need Jesus and Jesus bore the punishment that we all deserved.
  • May we be a people that place our trust solely in Jesus and humbly obey His Word.
BY CLIFF SABROE

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