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Wickedness

Romans 1:18 mentions both ungodliness and unrighteousness in the same sentence.  What is the difference between the two?  Are they not the same?

Ungodliness means without piety or to be impious. It is a dismissive attitude toward God. It is wickedness by implication.[1]

Unrighteousness has to do with wrongfulness of character, injustice, and iniquity. It is more than an attitude, it is action. It is active wickedness.[2]

The Hebrew word for wicked is rasa which means; ungodly or guilty. Rasa is a legal term meaning wrongdoing or being in the wrong. The person who has sinned against the law is guilty.[3]

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Rasa also denotes the category of people who have done wrong, who are still living in sin, and who are intent on continuing with wrongdoing.[4]

The first Psalm exhorts the godly not to imitate the deeds and behavior of ungodly, wicked people. The wicked does not seek God. The wicked loves violence. The wicked oppress the righteous and does not pay his debts. The wicked lays a snare to trap the righteous.[5]

For contrast between the righteous and the wicked, see Psalm 37.[6]

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…

[1] The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by James Strong, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 16, #763 asebeiav

[2] Ibid. , p. 8,  #93 adikiav

[3,4,5&6] Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words – copyright 1984,1996, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN,  p. 287.

Break Thou the Bread of Life

 

Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!

Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.

Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.

Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.

Break Thou the Bread of Life
Mary A. Lathbury, 1877
v. 3-4 by Alexander Groves, pub.1913

copyright status is Public Domain

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.     John 6:35

It is Time to Go

Before I became a Christian, I always thought that I would get right with God as I lay dying. What a presumptuous thought! That is the way it happens in the movies.

Scripture says today is the day of salvation.

The truth of the matter is, death will come when we least expect it.  When God says it is time to go, will you be ready?

Judgment – The Result of Wickedness

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  

And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 

Genesis 6:5-8

Burning Bridges

Uncontrolled anger will burn bridges that have been built into other’s lives.  Uncontrolled anger can torch relationships.   

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Ephesians 4:26

 

Christ Receiveth Sinful Men

Sinners Jesus will receive:
Sound this word of grace to all
Who the heav’nly pathway leave,
All who linger, all who fall.

Chorus:
Sing it o’er (Sing it o’er again)
and o’er again:(Sing it o’er again:)
Christ receiveth (Christ receiveth sinful men)
sinful men. (Christ receiveth sinful men)
Make the message (Make the message clear and plain)
clear and plain: (Make the message clear and plain)
Christ receiveth sinful men.

 Come, and He will give you rest;
Trust Him, for His word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest;
Christ receiveth sinful men. [Chorus]

 Now my heart condemns me not,
Pure before the law I stand;
He who cleansed me from all spot
Satisfied its last demand. [Chorus]

 Christ receiveth sinful men,
Even me with all my sin;
Purged from ev’ry spot and stain,
Heav’n with Him I enter in. [Chorus]

Author – Erdmann Neumeister (1718)

Copyright – Public Domain

Source: Hymnary.org

A Parent’s Prayer

I pray that I may let my child live his own life and not the one I wish I had lived.  Therefore, guard me against burdening him with what I failed to do.

Help me to see his missteps today in perspective against the long road he must travel and grant me the grace to be patient with his slow pace.

Give me the wisdom to know when to smile at the small mischiefs of his age and when to show firmness against the impulses which he fears and cannot handle.

Help me to bear the anguish in his heart through the din of angry words or across the gulf of brooding silence.  And having heard, grant me the ability to bridge the gap between us with understanding.

I pray that I may raise my voice more in joy of what he is, than vexation at what he is not, so that each day he may grow in sureness of himself.

Help me to regard him with genuine affection so he will feel affection for others.  Then give me the strength, O Lord, to free him so that he can move strongly on his way.

Author Unknown

Keep Your Eyes on Christ

Keep your eyes on the ball, a coach yells to a batter and a golf pro to his student, because you will never hit the ball until you learn to keep your eyes fastened on it!

And so the apostle Paul writes to the Galatians; keep your eyes on Jesus Christ.  He knew  very well what he was writing about since that day  on the Damascus Road, when he lifted his eyes to behold the blinding glory of his Saviour.  

False teachers had crept in and diverted the Galatian’s eyes unto the Law and their own fleshly works of righteousness.  Paul writes to correct their vision.  In chapter one of Galatians he marvels that they are so soon removed from Christ.  In chapter three he questions their ability to see at all.  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 

Paul looked ever upward.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil.3:14).  Paul looked unto the cross.  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal.6:14a).  Paul looked unto Christ.  Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2a). 

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  Galatians 2:16

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…

 

What is a New Evangelical?

Early in twentieth century Christianity there arose what came to be known as the Modernist versus Fundamentalist Controversy.  The Modernists were those who forced their unbelieving views upon Christianity.  These men were unbelieving religious leaders, religious teachers and liberal theologians who accepted the evolutionary theories of the late 1800’s and rejected the claims Scripture made for itself.  Their thinking was fueled by German rationalism which attacked the Bible’s integrity by denying its miracles and historicity, and by declaring portions of the Scriptures to be mythological.  They found a way to make a living (vocation) off of Christian ministry even though they did not believe.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  Romans 16:17 & 18

The old Evangelicals believed the Bible and honored it for what it claimed to be, the very Word of God.  They defended the Bible and refused to dialogue and/or compromise with the unbelieving Modernists.  The old Evangelicals refused to give the Modernists Christian recognition.  The old Evangelical’s actions were anchored in Scripture.[1]

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.   II John 9-11

There were those in the Evangelical camp however, that wanted to practice toleration (in the name of love) towards false teachers and to extend Christian recognition to the unbelieving Modernists.  These men called themselves New Evangelicals.[2]  Dr. Harold Ockenga, the Boston pastor who coined the term New Evangelical, issued a formal statement that said; The New Evangelicalism has changed its strategy from one of separation to one of infiltration.[3]  Dr. Ockenga had a sermon entitled Fringe Friends.  His message lent itself to the idea that unbelieving (false) teachers of the liberal wing are not really enemies of the evangelical cause; they are borderline friends.[4]

Jesus speaking: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  John 15:14

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ                with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?                II Corinthians 6:14 & 15

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…

Note: Separation from doctrinal error, false teaching and false religion is commanded and taught throughout Scripture.  When this biblical truth is ignored and disobeyed, the result is apostasy. 

Apostasy – a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection.

  [1] The New Evangelicalism by Charles Woodbridge, p. 16 – copyright 1969, Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, S.C.

            [2] “(Ibid p. 15 & 23)”

            [3] “(Ibid p. 14)”

             [4] “(Ibid p. 24)”

Bibliography

Ashbrook, John E.   New Neutralism II    Here I Stand Books   1992.

Hordern, William   A Layman’s Guide to Protestant Theology    McMillan Publishing Co. Inc.  1955  Copyright 1968 by W.E. Hordern

Ramm, Bernard   A Handbook of Contemporary Theology   Grand Rapids:   Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Co., 1966

Woodbridge, Charles   The New Evangelicalism   Greenville, S.C.  Bob Jones University Press   1969

Walton, Dennis M.   An Identification of New Evangelicalism   Minneapolis, MN  Central Press