The Bible Said It – Now It Happened!

“For the preaching of the cross is to them
that perish foolishness; but unto us which
are saved it is the power of God.”     I Corinthians 1:18.

There are two words that are certain tickets to hell. Each one has its own danger points. The intelligent adult must come to grips with these issues. It certainly does not take a genius to recognize that these two areas bring about total destruction for any person who seeks to capture one or both of these two desires. As humans we must be careful what we aspire to possess.

The first one is the accumulation of wealth and more especially money. At no place in the Holy Scripture does it state to seek wealth or money it is a sin; That alone is not a transgression against God. The fact is the Bible teaches that we can seek wealth and money. Even though the liberals like to use the wealth that others have accumulated still these people would condemn those who are capitalist. Never forget God’s Words. Never apologize for creating and possessing money.

The sin is not using it properly and then how it came about you possess money and wealth.

The second ticket to purchasing a place in hell is when we are educated in such a way that arrogance and vanity override the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was Jesus who held to the way that education could drive us from the very place where He is.

One should never forget that it was the educated Jews who would kill the Son of God. Here they are the leaders, the bankers and the business leaders. All of these were part of the leadership of Israel. These people schemed against Jesus the Messiah.

They did not have the alphabet after their name or were given a title such as CEO or Phd or as some committee chairperson. The last twelve verses of Chapter 1:18-31 set this out in verse 18.

”For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

The book of II Timothy 4; 3,4 tells this would come. It has arrived:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears;”
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into
fables.”

One need only to listen to the TV appearances of the various networks such as CNN, NBC, and yes, Fox News to hear the foolish utterances by the educated. There are many comic and political pundits who poke fun at the Bible and the stories contained therein. This started out as Higher Criticism. In the beginning it was led by a preacher at the Riverside Church in New York City, New York. His name was Harry Emerson Fosdick. He was a wordsmith as well as a captivating orator. He appealed to the money class as to the people with college degrees.

Paul wrote about this. It has happened.

Beware of people who were educated any place east of the Appalachian Mountains such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, Colgate and other places. This is not to say all are alike but at least it is our education that needs to be watched with a cutting eye.

WHO HELPED US?

Here is a list of people who made marvelous contributions to each one of us. Some have very little, small amounts of schooling:

  • Henry Ford – no college
  • Thomas Edison – no college
  • Steve Jobs – dropped out of college
  • Bill Gates – dropped out of college
  • George Washington – no college
  • Abraham Lincoln – no college
  • Harry Truman – no college
  • Andrew Jackson – no college
  • Wright Brothers – no college

The wise and high I.Q. persons are for the most part duds. The apostles were from Galilee where it was considered to be a place that only the ignorant came. Of the original apostle’s only Paul was trained as a “college educated man.”

Paul understood what was happening. Read carefully I Corinthians 1:19,20:

“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to
nothing the understanding of the prudent.
“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this
world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

For the most part we go to college and desire an education to learn about he past or the present. Seldom is there a teacher who can act as a prophet. Incidentally your writer has two earned college degrees but I have learned the limitations on education. Never be in awe of someone who had a list of earned degrees after their last name.

WHAT IS SOUGHT

Paul was capable of looking at a certain culture. He then could state what they were seeking. His own people, the Jew, sought some sort of physical evidence that the fact was verified by an outward event.

Then there were the Greeks wanted to discuss thought. This was absurd. It produced such men as Plato and Aristotle as well as some other philosopher.

This is what Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:22.

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”

To my knowledge Christianity is the only religion which states that its God sent His only Son to come to the world to be brutalized and murdered.

The fact is perplexing both to the Jew and the Greeks. Yet this is exactly what happened according to I Corinthians 1:23-24:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and into the
Greeks foolishness:”
“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of
God, and the wisdom of God.”

Our culture does not get it either. This seems crazy to the wise and powerful. This makes no sense to the “educated and moneyed” people.

Seldom have these people considered what was said about the coming Christ hundreds of years before He came. The prophets told us what He would be. God has his own way to some mankind. Read I Corinthians 1:24:

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

There is no way we can know the mind of God unless he reveals it to us. He has done
this in II Timothy 3:16:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Never let anyone ridicule the Holy Scripture in your presence. Call their hand on the stupid remarks.

WE ARE SPECIAL

There are people who have contributed to us personally that may surprise you what they said. The following is from the American Minute, page 200, July 12 by William J, Federer. This is a comment by a former slave:

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Born a slave around July 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a scientist of international renown.  On January 21, 1921, Carver addressed the United States House Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the United Peanut Growers Association on the use of peanuts to improve Southern economy.  Initially given ten minutes to speak, the committee was so captivated, his time was extended. Explaining the many products derived from the peanut, including milk, mock beef and mock chicken, George Washington Carver stated: “If you go to the first chapter of Genesis, we can interpret very clearly, I think, what God intended when he said,

“Behold, I have given you every herb that bears seed. To you it shall be
meat.”

 This is what He means about it. It shall be meat. There is everything
there to strengthen and nourish and keep the body alive and healthy.”

After nearly two hours, the chairman asked: “Dr. Carver, how did you learn all
of these things:” Carver answered: “From an old book.” “What book?” asked
the Chairman. Carver replied, “The Bible.” The Chairman inquired, “Does the
Bible tell about peanuts?” “No Sir” Dr. Carver replied, “It tells about the God
who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut and
He did.”

This will be inspirational to anyone who reads this.

Think of this as Paul said it. Read I Corinthians 1:26,27:

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise:
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things
which are mighty:”

There is no reason to ever be arrogant about your wealth, money and superior education.
I Corinthians 1:29:

“That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

You, if a Christian, and I have a special way of glorifying it is to only praise the Lord God.

The days of each one of us are brief. Psalm 102:3 tell us this:

“For my days are consumed like smoke and my bones are burned as an hearth.”

We are instructed to think about matters carefully. Never brag! Let someone else tell about your accomplishments. The only one we should brag about is Christ.

  • We must hear about Him.
  • We must believe his gift.
  • We must repent before there can be grace.
  • We must confess Christ Jesus.
  • We must be immersed.
  • We must continue in His Word.

In all fairness we must glorify our Lord.

 

MASTER, THE TEMPEST IS RAGING

“Master, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’er-shadowed with blackness, No shelter or help is nigh:
“Carest though not that we perish?” How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threatening a grave in the angry deep?
“Master, the terror is over, The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored, And heaven’s with-in my breast,
Linger, O blessed Redeemer, Leave me along no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor, And rest on the blissful shore.”
                                                                                                                 PALMER

 

 

 

Gerald Fugit

July 12, 2015

 

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