A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Not many years ago the most oft used, most oft memorized, most oft quoted verse of Scripture was: 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. (John 3:16 ACP/KJV) Not only was it used, memorized, quoted and preached, it was used, memorized, quoted and preached in proper context.
Yet today, the most quoted verse is: Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1 ACP/KJV). That in itself would not be all that bad, but, it is not only used without context, it is twisted so as to more easily used out of context. Most often like this: "Judge not lest ye be judged." or "Judge not so that you won't be judged."
Paul, in First Corinthians chapter six, helps us put Matthew 7:1 in proper context. Let's go there.
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? You have a problem with another who is Saved, and you take him or her before an unsaved judge instead of abiding by the word of God?
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? Think about this, there will come a day when, we with the Lord Jesus, will judge the world, and today we take a brother or sister to courts? Why? Because we have taken Matthew 7:1 out of context.
And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? We are going to judge the world and today we can't even judge between good and evil? Between fellow Christians? To know that abortion, homosexuality and other sins are wrong?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? Read that last over and over again till it sinks in. For God is, through the pen of Paul, making us realize how foolish it is for us to neglect our God given responsibility to judge good from evil, right from wrong. The things of God verses the things of satan.
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. How hard the unsaved must laugh as they see Christian brother taking Christian brother before a unsaved man dressed in black for judgement.
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another.
Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. You know, that is a good question. Would it not be better to take the words of the Lord Jesus to heart: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Is it not for treasure that you take your brother to court? Earthly treasure? Have you ever seen a hearse being followed by a U-Haul truck?
As you think about who the secular world does not want you to judge, look at the next verse to see just who God is going to have you judge to exclude from heaven. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.(1 Corinthians 6:1-10 ACP/KJV)
So, what does that have to do with adapting?
Simply this, today there is a movement afoot to adapt the Bible to today's politically correctness in order to make people feel more comfortable about it. But that is wrong, we should not adapt the Bible to this day in age, we should adapt ourselves to be able to reach the unsaved with the unchanging word of God.
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews;
To them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak:
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ACP/KJV)
What Paul did was, in order to reach various groups, he took on the mantle, as best he could, of that group in order to bring them the unchanging truth of the Word of God. He did not change the Gospel in order to reach these folks, he changed himself.
The Lord God of Creation, Our Lord and Our Saviour, Christ Jesus, be with you all, amen.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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