Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 25 (Shouting Good Words! Part 3: “Forceful Bible Teachers!”)

By admin On May 15th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 25

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Shouting Good Words! Part 3: “Forceful Bible Teachers!”

To read Part 1, click here… “March 20th (Shouting Good Words!)”

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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,

then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,

full of mercy and good fruits,

without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

James 3:17

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A lady once made a comment concerning some of the more boisterous evangelists and preachers that are often heard on television today… “I just don’t like people shouting good words at me!”

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And it’s understandable why this lady felt the way she did!

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After all, it’s very easy to turn the channel, only to hear some religious television or radio station, with somebody “shouting ‘good’ words”!

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A LIE OFTEN REPEATED

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One Nazi Commander, Joseph Goebbels said in a philosophical moment, “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.”

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Joseph Goebbels – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.

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A FORCEFUL WORLD!

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This truth spoken of by Goebbels could be expanded just a bit to read as follows…“A lie repeated often enough (and with overwhelming force) becomes the truth.”

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Yes, we now live in a world which presently is coming against the truths of Heaven with great power and force.

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Anti-Christian Protest movement – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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TALKING IMAGE NOW POSSIBLE!

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With the advent of television, radio, and Internet, Satan can now hammer his false doctrines on a 24/7/365 basis, all over the world!

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And with talking images, via television and Internet, the prophecy from Revelation 13:15 has arrived at a dramatic fulfillment…“And he (the 2nd Beast) had power to give life unto the image of the (1st) beast, that the image of the (1st) beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the (1st) beast should be killed.”

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Here is seen that for the first time in history, man has created an image which has the ability to speak. And television (and Internet) appears to be a dramatic fulfillment of that “speaking image”. After all, the very name, “television” means, “a speaking vision”, or, “a talking image”.

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WORLD-WIDE INDOCTRINATION

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And so, Satan now has the ability to cause the entire world to become transformed into Satan’s image.

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Because by repeating his half-truths, and out-and-out lies throughout the day and night, via TV, radio, and Internet, the public will blindly accept these oft-repeated deceptions.

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BIBLE TEACHERS OF THE AIR

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For instance, there are a large number of Bible teachers on radio and television and Internet who mingle false doctrines along with the Gospel upon their listeners throughout the day and night!

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And these Bible teachers are not content to present all the relevant verses to prove their teachings. But they must ignore the verses which seem to refute their teachings.

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And so, their audience does not hear both sides of the issue, but only get a lop-sided, heavily biased teaching.

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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FORCING THE CONSCIENCE

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But there is another tactic which false teachers often employ.

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So very often these false teachers are very dogmatic and forceful, to the point that their audience will be afraid to disagree for fear of being ridiculed!

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Yes, these false teachers do not believe in allowing their audience to make up their own minds on any given subject. But rather, they use demeaning, derogatory denunciations and harsh, sarcastic mockery against anyone who disagrees with them! And so, by use of such force, they end up violating the consciences of their listeners!

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Sunday preaching – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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FORCE USED THROUGHOUT CHURCH HISTORY

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Of course, this is nothing new. It was a tactic often used by apostate church authorities throughout history to keep their “flock” from straying!

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But now, with the advent of these high-tech devices, Satan can use the very best-of-the-best false teachers to keep the people under bondage to the apostate church.

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Torture devices – The Wheel – Calas Chapbook – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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HEAVEN’S WAYS ARE GENTLE, PURE & MEEK

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In contrast to the forceful way that Satan indoctrinates the world, Heaven uses just the opposite means…

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Listen…“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

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This above verse lays out the way that Heaven entreats the hearts of men. But those forceful Bible teachers who refuse to follow this above blueprint for Heaven’s way of teaching, actually enlist the service of Satan by using his dictatorial iron-like ways!

 

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Jesus Teaching Luke 4:31-32 – Jesus talks about Heaven – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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“STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED”

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So what can a Christian do about this very overwhelming situation?

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Well, the very first thing is to study the Bible for one’s own self, to get a first-hand knowledge of what the Bible actually says.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“HE SPAKE AS A DRAGON”

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But the second thing is to stop listening to the false teachers who speak as a dragon, as is written… “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11

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Here is revealed that this False Prophet, spoken of in Revelation 13:11 appears like a two-horned lamb, but he speaks as a dragon! And of course, Satan is spoken of as a dragon (see Revelation 12:).

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And doesn’t this description of a lamb-like prophet that speaks as a dragon seem to correspond to many of today’s false teachers on television, radio and Internet? Outwardly, they sound so nice and friendly and Christlike, and yet present their teachings in a way that makes you fearful of being called an heretic if you dare challenge their authority!

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What they are actually doing is trampling on your conscience’s ability to make a proper decision concerning what the Bible actually says or doesn’t say!

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“CEASE YE FROM MAN”

Isaiah 2:22

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But those who receive the ability to study, study, study, in hopes of finding out as much Bible truth as possible, will become less and less dependent on what teachers say, and more and more inclined to depend on what the Bible actually says!

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“ALL SCRIPTURE PROFITABLE FOR…CONFIRMATION”

2nd Timothy 3:16

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And so, let’s begin to withdraw from today’s apostate teachers and instead begin to trust wholly in God’s Word.

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And if a Bible student ever does listen to a Bible teacher, make sure that teacher is humble enough to admit that he is not to be the final authority, but repeatedly encourages his listeners to go to the Bible for confirmation (or rejection) of his ideas!

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US Navy – Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads Bible on weather deck – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the ability to study Thy Word for my own self, so that I may not be so dependent on teachers…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1, or you can also read…APRIL 12 (Seagulls & ‘No-Fear’ Teachers)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS STARS

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Serpent Constellation

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A new constellation has been revealed, as of about May 29th, 2014. This constellation appears as a serpent (snake). Its body is comprised of stars from the Bootes Constellation, and its jaws are made of the four stars which Babylonians saw as the head of Draco, the Dragon. It also has a small single star for an eye.

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Now in this constellation is a group of five stars, which will be called “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”. These are located on the opposite side of the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars (AKA Corona Borealis), from the Five Wise Virgins Stars. But one big difference between the two is, that The Five Wise are curved around the Glorious Crown, while the Five Foolish are curved away from it!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW…

March 26 (Crucified With Christ, Part 1: “I Die Daily!”)

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