Are You A Bad Christian?

Are You A Bad Christian?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

 

(9)The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now. (10) The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. (11) But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
-1 John 2:9-11 (HCSB)

Today we aren’t going to do a bunch of exposition so much  as we are going to just remind you of some things.

In verse nine John says that anyone who is harboring hatred in their heart is walking in darkness anger and bitterness. The problem is that many people in the church walk around with these things and don’t even realize they harboring anything! This is unfortunate and a sad state of affairs. This comes out in people’s lashing out at others (specifically the ones they are mad at) and it rears its’ ugly head many times through gossip (This is not to say that this is the root of all gossip. Sometimes gossip is just gossip.). So what can a person do about it? Why don’t people realize they are walking around this way? Because they aren’t reflecting on God’s Word and doing self examination. These are key ingredients to a daily devotional which often get overlooked.

Verse ten is a contrast to the person walking in darkness. He uses the opposites of darkness and light to show the difference between a person that is walking in a close relationship with God as compared to the one who is merely play a role in church. Remember this is a letter that was written to Christians. We know this because he states that the person who is doing the hating is a brother. A person cannot be brother if they aren’t a Christian. This person who is walking in the healing light of the Word of God, who is constant submission to God, will not cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble in their faith. Why? because their submission to God and walking in His light allows them to be an encouragement to others not a deterrent to other people’s faith. Too many people are a deterrent to others and cause people to leave church. This is something that can be rectified if Christians would just draw near to God (James 4:8) and do a little self-reflection.

Verse eleven is not only a reiteration of verse nine but also introduces the fact that a person who is walking through life without God is not someone you want to follow. Why? Because if they are walking in the darkness they have no idea where they are going. They deceive themselves into thinking they are walking with God and in actuality they are leading others down a different path than what God wants. People who are walking this way in the church often times become one of two types of people. (1) They become religious and legalistic. (2) They become too permissive. They make room for sin and justify their sin. Only when we walk with God are we going to walk in balance and in His will.

Where are you today? Are you walking in legalism? Are you walking in permissiveness? Are you harboring hatred? Would you know if you were because you have been reflecting on scripture and doing some “soul searching”? If you aren’t sure where you are then perhaps today is a day that you need to get down on bended knee and ask God to reveal to you where you are in Him, I mean where you truly are in Him. What will you do today? The choice is yours.

Are You Bitter and Angry?

Are You Bitter and Angry?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

You know there are a whole lot of people out there that are bitter and angry. Can a person like this truly be a Christian? I submit that Peter tells us that if a person is this way then they may not be a Christian! A bold statement I know, but stick with me on these thoughts.

 (1:22) Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (23) having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, (24) because

          “All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
(25)But the word of the LORD endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

(2:1)Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
-1 Peter 1:22–2:3 (NKJV)

In verse twenty-two through twenty-five Peter doesn’t just stop at what we call the Gospel message, but goes on to write about how we should respond in the Christian life. Too often we forget the Gospel is about an individual, Jesus, what He did and what our response should be in order to walk the Christian life. Peter starts out by saying that Christians should be obedient to the message that saved them (That message being the good news of the Gospel. i.e. the giving your heart and life over to Jesus by inviting Him into your heart). Now they are to carry that obedience over into life. They are supposed to allow God to help them clean their lives, and walk according to the truth. Far too often this doesn’t happen.

In this passage Peter admonishes us to purify our hearts. How does one go about doing this? Is it something we must work toward? No. You were not saved by works but out of an outpouring of God’s Spirit. We are to reflect the image of God in our actions. If we try to clean our lives up, we fail. We cannot clean our lives up any more than we can fly without the aid of technology. It is about as useless as flapping our wings and hoping that we will someday fly. So how do we reflect God’s image? We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our actions and motives. This sounds easy, but isn’t. It requires the daily reading of God’s Word, attempting to apply it life and praying until something happens (P.U.S.H). I am not talking about “warm fuzzies” that run up and down your spine. I am talking about the evidence that your life is changing because you are displaying love to others, out of a pure heart. This is the only way we can reflect Jesus accurately in our lives.

Peter reminds us in verse twenty-five that this is the message that has been preached and we should yield to the Holy Spirit to have our lives changed. He does this by reminding us of how quickly we fade away. We are born, live, and die; just like the grass of the field.

Now in Chapter two verse one, Peter starts this with the word we translate “therefore” meaning that what he is about to say references all that came before the following statement. Peter is about to say something that is important. Peter says that we should lay some things aside. This phrase “lay aside” carries the idea of taking off clothing. Peter is saying we should lay aside deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. He says that if we are a Christian, like a newborn baby, we should desire the good milk of God’s Word and grow from it in our spirituality and conduct. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who won’t. They want to hold on to those things because they revel in them. The problem is, are these kinds of people truly Christians? Peter questions them. He says if you have tasted the grace of God, should you be acting like this? In other words, if you are acting like this then are you truly a Christian? This is a question that each one of us must answer as we move along in life.

So what must we do today? First we need to do a true spiritual inventory. We must sit and examine our lives to make sure we are growing and reflecting the image of God. How do we do this? We need to first get away from all distractions and ask God to show us two things (1) Are we truly a Christian because of the evidences in our lives? If not we need to surrender to God (2) Are we truly walking in love, getting rid of all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. If these things are present then you seriously need to ask yourself if you are a Christian. A bitter person has these things on their lips and in their mouth. If any one of these rules your life to the point that you are bitter, you need to seriously ask yourself if you are a Christian. How about you today? Will you surrender to God and get these things out? Or will you just do the same things you have always done, getting the same results. The choice is up to you.

STOP The Lies and Start Doing What God Told You To Do

STOP The Lies and Start Doing What God Told You To Do
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

(26) If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (27) Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
-James 1:26-27 (NIV)

I was recently quoted a statistic. The statistic states that 82% of people would visit a church if they were asked. But only about 2% of people who are regular attendees of a church will ask anyone to come in a given year. Really? WOW! That is why I thought this scripture was timely today.

In verse twenty-six it says that if someone is religious. STOP. Most people who come to church do consider themselves religious. They say they are Christians. They may very well be Christians, but aren’t acting like it. The rest of the verse speaks directly to gossip and dissension. Too many wonderful ministries and churches have been destroyed because of gossip, false allegations, and out-and-out lies. People ask why the church is failing in today’s society. This is one of the main reasons why. These kinds of things need to stop in order for the Christian message to advance. How many people have turned away from God due to gossip? We may never know, but I bet it is a lot.

Verse twenty-seven says that true religion that is pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows. Why? Two-thousand years ago these groups of people were especially vulnerable. They had no one to look after them. James is saying that we should take our energies that we have wasted on destroying people and put it to good use by building people up. We should take care of the less fortunate and stop with the negative attitudes and start serving others in the Love of God. We are told to keep ourselves from being influenced by these negative things that are going on by people. We are told to keep ourselves in the right attitude and pure before a loving God.

Where are you today? Are you gossiping? Do you have negative attitudes in your church? Are you working in your church? Are you inviting people to come to Christ and to your church? If not then you need to repent. Stop with the negativity and start working for God! The Choice is yours.

P.S. By the way the attached video is fantastic! If you do not have a church let me personally invite you to go to a church this Sunday, to a local church near you.

Christians and Love Go Together?

Christians and Love Go Together?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

(1)Keep on loving each other as brothers. (2) Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (3) Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

(4) Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (5) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

    never will I forsake you.”

(6) So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

    What can man do to me?”
-Hebrews 13:1-6 (NIV)

In these verses the writer of Hebrews (tradition says Paul, others say no) comes to concluding his remarks. Does the writer say that they should seek to be right, to complain, to back-bite, to gossip? No, the first thing he says is to keep on loving each other as brothers. WOW! What a major revelation! No it is something we know we should do, but often don’t. The Greek word used here for love speaks to that of brotherly love. A love you would have for a family. The writer is saying that Christians are all apart of God’s family and we should let love reign; not bitterness, anguish and contention (which is what most people/churches do). We should love one another as a family that is not at war within itself.

Verse two is referring (most likely) to Abraham who showed hospitality to three men who turned out to be angels. He treated them as honored guests. Could you imagine what would happen in our churches if people actually extended hospitality? THERE WOULD BE A REVIVAL OF PEOPLE COMING TO KNOW CHRIST! Wouldn’t that be awesome? You know it has been a long time since I experienced Christian Hospitality, but yesterday I did and the sad part was is that I forget what a blessing it was to me and our family! Churches (people) can be healing and can build each other up. That should be our goal.

In verse three the writer asks us to remember the suffering of other brothers and sisters in Christ and what they are going through. Too often in America we forget about those in our midst who are suffering; we focus on missions and forget about those right in our midst who are going through emotional, physical, and spiritual suffering. They suffer in silence. When you see someone who is down, maybe you should talk to them. The problem, however, is that most people who go to church don’t know the person sitting next to them in the pew well enough to know they are going through something that is hurting them. Maybe we need to get to know our Christian brothers and sisters?

Verses four through six is a reminder. It reminds us to live in purity before a loving and caring God; A God who wants us to abstain from putting our carnal passions ahead of God and other people. Often you can tell a person’s relationship with God by how they treat other people. Do they use people for their own benefit? Or are they sincerely trying to help others and love them the why Christ loves them.

How are you today? Do you love others the way you should? Are you showing hospitality to others? Or perhaps have you slipped into using others for your own benefit and pleasure? Where do you stand? Only you and God know the answer to these questions, but perhaps today you need to repent before a merciful and Holy God and get yourself where you should be in your Christian Walk. The choice is yours.

Seriously? King James only?

Seriously? King James only?
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

Alright, so most of you know I took the week off for vacation with my family. However, I ran across an individual who told me that only the 1611A.D. version of the King James Bible is inspired. WOW! I thought that this line of false thinking went away years ago! Sadly, I was wrong. With the rise proper exegesis (the textual study of God’s Word) this position is outmoded. You see Jesus didn’t speak the King’s English. No, he spoke Aramaic, Hebrew, and more than likely Greek. The original manuscripts were written in Common Greek and Aramaic (speaking strictly of the New Testament). The rest of our Bible was written in Hebrew. So, no, the translation wasn’t inspired.

For your consideration I have compiled some things that may interest you about the King James Only Movement and some questions that should make these folks do some RESEARCH before speaking.

 

Questions for “KJV only” advocates:
original Article found at: http://www.bible.ca/b-kjv-only.htm#questions

Some questions by Steve Rudd, who compiled the remaining questions from others.

  1. Which KJV is inspired, since it was revised four times, the last being in 1769.
  2. What Bible would these KJV worshippers recommend since before 1611 there was no Bible.
  3. Do they realize that the apostle Paul did not use the KJV.
  4. Why do KJV only advocates reject the apocrypha, since the original 1611 version contained the apocrypha?
  5. If the KJV translators were inspire, why did they use a marginal reference to the apocrypha:
  6. If God always gives the world his word in one language (as KJV advocates say of English), then the KJV is certainly not that language, for God chose Koine GREEK not ENGLISH to reveal his New Covenant!
  7. If God gave us the KJV as an inspired translation, why would God not repeat the process again in modern language in each language?
  8. If God supervised the translation process so that the KJV is 100% error free, why did God not extend this supervision to the printers?
  9. Why did the KJV translators use marginal note showing alternate translation possibilities? If the English of the KJV is inspired of God, there would be no alternates!
  10. If the KJV translators were inspired of God in their work, why did they not know it?
  11. Why were all the marginal notes and alternate readings removed from modern editions of the KJV, along with the Apocrypha, the opening Dedication to James I, and a lengthy introduction from “The Translators to the Reader.”?
  12. When there is a difference between the KJV English and the TR Greek, why do you believe that the Greek was wrong and the KJV English is correct?
  13. If the KJV-only supporters believe fully in the word-for-word inspiration of the KJV, why would italics be necessary?
  14. In defending the KJV’s use of archaic language, do you really think it is a good thing that a person must use an Early Modern English dictionary just to understand the Bible in casual reading?
  15. Why do KJV only advocates feel that all modern translations are wrong for copyrighting the work of each translation when they copyright the materials on their websites, tracts and books they use to promote the KJV? Do they not realize that after 100 years all books pass into public domain and that all copyrighted Bibles today will soon be public domain just like the KJV? If “God’s truth should not be copyrighted” then why do they copy write their defenses of God’s ultimate truth, the Bible?
  16. Is it not ridiculous to suggest that when the TR disagrees with the KJV that Greek TR has errors, but the KJV doesn’t? Is this not the ultimate example of “translation worship”? (Reject the original in favour of the translation)
  17. Did you know that the Textus Receptus, from which the KJV was translated, was based on half a dozen small manuscripts, none earlier than the 10th century?
  18. If the Textus Receptus is the error free text, then why are the last 6 verses of Revelation absence from the TR, yet present in the KJV? Did you know that for these verses, the Latin Vulgate was translated into Greek which was then translated into English – a translation of a translation of a translation?
  19. Why do KJV only advocates believe that the English of the KJV is clearer and more precise than the original Greek language manuscripts? Why should Bible students throw out their Greek dictionaries and buy an “archaic English” dictionary? Are there not word pictures in the original Greek words that the English cannot easily convey? (Jas 2:19 “tremble”; Greek: PHRISSO, indicates to be rough, to bristle. is a powerful word picture of how the demons are in such terror that their skin is rough with goose pimples. Also differences between “agape” and “phileo” love words.)
  20. Why did the translators make mistakes in the chapter summaries in the 1611 version? Wouldn’t God have inspired this as well? Why would God inspire the English providentially accurate, but then allow misleading chapter headings? (Every chapter of the Song of Songs is interpreted as descriptive of the church. This is wrong. SoS is God’s “mate selection manual.” Also, Isa 22 “He prophesieth Shebna’s deprivation, and Eliakim, prefiguring the kingdom of Christ, his substitution” This is wrong and reflect the incorrect theology of the day.)
  21. Why would the translators use book headings like “The Gospel According to Saint Luke” since the Greek merely says “The Gospel According to Luke”. Does not this show that the translators were influenced by their contemporary theology and the Catholic false doctrine of “sainthood”?
  22. Do KJV only advocates realize that they stand beside the Mormon church in that both groups believe that they were delivered an “inspired translation”? (Mormon’s believe Joseph Smith’s English translation of the Book of Mormon from the Nephi Plates was done under inspiration.) Do KJV only advocates realize that the most powerful and irrefutable evidence that neither were translated under inspiration, is the very first edition with all their thousands of errors? (KJV- 1611 edition; BoM- 1831 edition)
  23. Do KJV only advocates realize that, to point out that all modern translations have the same kinds of mistakes we are accusing of the KJV, is irrelevant, because we maintain that all translations have errors and none were translated under the inspired supervision of God?
  24. Why would the Holy Spirit mis-guide the translators to employ the use of mythical creatures like “unicorn” for wild ox, “satyr” for “wild goat”, “cockatrice” for common viper, when today we know what the real name of these creatures is?
  25. If the KJV is error free in the English, then why did they fail to correctly distinguish between “Devil and Demons” (Mt 4:1-DIABOLOS and Jn 13:2-DAIMONIZOMAI) ; “hades and hell” (see Lk 16:23-HADES and Mt 5:22-GEENNA; Note: Hades is distinct from hell because hades is thrown into hell after judgement: Rev 20:14)
  26. Why would KJV translators render Gen 15:6 which is quoted in identical Greek form by Paul in Rom 4:3, 9, 22; Gal 3:6, in FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS? Why are they creating distinctions were none exist?
  27. Why did the KJV translators have no consistent rule for differentiating between the use of definite and indefinite articles? (Dan 3:25 we have one “like the Son of God” instead of “like a son of God”, even though in 28 Nebuchadnezzar states God sent “His angel” to deliver the men. The definite article was also added to the centurion’s confession in Mt 27:54.)
  28. How can you accept that the Textus Receptus is perfect and error free when Acts 9:6 is found only in the Latin Vulgate but absolutely no Greek manuscript known to man? Further, how come in Rev 22:19 the phrase “book of life” is used in the KJV when absolutely ALL known Greek manuscripts read “tree of life”?
  29. How can we trust the TR to be 100% error free when the second half of 1 Jn 5:8 are found only in the Latin Vulgate and a Greek manuscript probably written in Oxford about 1520 by a Franciscan friar named Froy (or Roy), who took the disputed words from the Latin Vulgate? (we are not disputing the doctrine of the trinity, just the validity of the last half of this verse)
  30. How do you explain the grammatical error in the original 1611 KJV in Isa 6:2 where the translators made a rare grammatical error by using the incorrect plural form of “seraphims” rather than “seraphim”?
  31. Must we possess a perfectly flawless bible translation in order to call it “the word of God”?  If so, how do we know “it” is perfect?   If not, why do some “limit” “the word of God” to only ONE “17th Century English” translation?  Where was “the word of God” prior to 1611?  Did our Pilgrim Fathers have “the word of God” when they brought the GENEVA BIBLE translation with them to North America?
  32. Were the KJV translators “liars” for saying that “the very meanest [poorest] translation” is still “the word of God”?
  33. Do you believe that the Hebrew and Greek used for the KJV are “the word of God”?
  34. Do you believe that the Hebrew and Greek underlying the KJV can “correct” the English?
  35. Do you believe that the English of the KJV “corrects” its own Hebrew and Greek texts from which it was translated?
  36. Is ANY translation “inspired”?  Is the KJV an “inspired translation”?
  37. Is the KJV “scripture” ? Is IT “given by inspiration of God”?  [2 Tim. 3:16]
  38. WHEN was the KJV “given by inspiration of God” – 1611, or any of the KJV major/minor revisions in 1613, 1629, 1638, 1644, 1664, 1701, 1744, 1762, 1769, and the last one in 1850?
  39. In what language did Jesus Christ [not Peter Ruckman and others] teach that the Old Testament would be preserved forever according to Matthew 5:18?
  40. Where does the Bible teach that God will perfectly preserve His Word in the form of one seventeenth-century English translation?
  41. Did God lose the words of the originals when the “autographs” were destroyed?
  42. Did the KJV translators mislead their readers by saying that their New Testament was “translated out of the original Greek”? [title page of KJV N.T.]  Were they “liars” for claiming to have “the original Greek” to translate from?
  43. Was “the original Greek” lost after 1611?
  44. Did the great Protestant Reformation (1517-1603) take place without “the word of God”?
  45. What copy or translations of “the word of God,” used by the Reformers, was absolutely infallible and inerrant?  [their main Bibles are well-known and copies still exist].
  46. If the KJV is “God’s infallible and preserved word to the English-speaking people,” did the “English-speaking people” have  “the word of God” from 1525-1604?
  47. Was Tyndale’s [1525], or Coverdale’s [1535], or Matthew’s [1537], or the Great [1539], or the Geneva [1560] . . . English Bible absolutely infallible?
  48. If neither the KJV nor any other one version were absolutely inerrant, could a lost sinner still be “born again” by the “incorruptible word of God”? [1 Peter 1:23]
  49. If the KJV can “correct” the inspired originals, did the Hebrew and Greek originally “breathed out by God” need correction or improvement?
  50. Since most “KJV-Onlyites” believe the KJV is the inerrant and inspired “scripture” [2 Peter 1:20], and 2 Peter 1:21 says that “the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,” would you not therefore reason thus – “For the King James Version came not in 1611 by the will of man:  but holy men of God translated as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”?
  51. Which reading is the verbally (word-for-word) inerrant scripture – “whom ye” [Cambridge KJV’s] or, “whom he” [Oxford KJV’s] at Jeremiah 34:16?
  52. Which reading is the verbally (word-for-word) inerrant scripture – “sin” [Cambridge KJV’s] or “sins” [Oxford KJV’s] at 2 Chronicles 33:19?
  53. Who publishes the “inerrant KJV”?
  54. Since the revisions of the KJV from 1613-1850 made (in addition to changes in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) many hundreds of changes in words, word order, possessives, singulars for plurals, articles, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions, entire phrases, and the addition and deletion of words – would you say the KJV was “verbally inerrant” in 1611, 1629, 1638, 1644, 1664, 1701, 1744, 1762, 1769, or 1850?
  55. Would you contend that God waited until a king named “James” sat on the throne of England before perfectly preserving His Word in English, and would you think well of an “Epistle Dedicatory” that praises this king as “most dread Sovereign . . .Your Majesty’s Royal Person . . .” – IF the historical FACT was revealed to you that King James was a practicing homosexual all of his life?  [documentation – Antonia Fraser — “King James VI of Scotland, I of England” Knopf Publ./1975/pgs. 36-37, 123 || Caroline Bingham — “The Making of a King” Doubleday Publ./1969/pgs. 128-129, 197-198 || Otto J. Scott — “James I” Mason-Charter Publ./1976/pgs. 108, 111, 120, 194, 200, 224, 311, 353, 382 || David H. Wilson — “King James VI & I” Oxford Publ./1956/pgs. 36, 99-101, 336-337, 383-386, 395 || plus several encyclopedias]
  56. Would you contend that the KJV translator, Richard Thomson, who worked on Genesis-Kings in the Westminster group, was “led by God in translating” even though he was an alcoholic that “drank his fill daily” throughout the work?  [Gustavus S. Paine — “The Men Behind the KJV” Baker Book House/1979/pgs. 40, 69]
  57. Is it possible that the rendition “gay clothing,” in the KJV at James 2: 3, could give the wrong impression to the modern-English KJV reader?
  58. Did dead people “wake up” in the morning according to Isaiah 37:36 in the KJV?
  59. Was “Baptist” John’s last name according to Matthew 14: 8 and Luke 7:20 in the KJV?
  60. Is 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 in the KJV understood or make any sense to the modern-English KJV reader? – “O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.  Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.  Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.”  As clearly understood from the New International Version [NIV] – “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.  We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.  As a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts also.”
  61. Does the singular “oath’s,” occurring in every KJV at Matthew 14: 9 and Mark 6:26, “correct” every Textus Receptus Greek which has the plural (“oaths”) by the post-1611 publishers, misplacing the apostrophe?
  62. Did Jesus teach a way for men to be “worshiped” according to Luke 14:10 in the KJV, contradicting the first commandment and what He said in Luke 4: 8?  [Remember – you may not go the Greek for any “light” if you are a KJV-Onlyite!]
  63. Is the Holy Spirit an “it” according to John 1:32; Romans 8:16, 26; and 1 Peter 1:11 in the KJV?  [Again – you may not go the Greek for any “light” if you are a KJV-Onlyite!]
  64. Does Luke 23:56 support a “Friday” crucifixion in the KJV?    [No “day” here in Greek]
  65. Did Jesus command for a girl to be given “meat” to eat according to Luke 8:55 in the KJV? [or, “of them that sit at meat with thee.” at Luke 14:10]
  66. Was Charles Haddon Spurgeon a “Bible-corrector” for saying that Romans 8:24 should be rendered “saved in hope,” instead of the KJV’s “saved by hope”?  [Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol 27, 1881, page 485 – see more Spurgeon KJV comments in What is “KJV-Onlyism?”, his & many others’ views in the article, “Quotes on Bible Translations.”]
  67. Was J. Frank Norris a “Bible-corrector” for saying that the correct rendering of John 3:5 should be “born of water and the Spirit,” and for saying that “repent and turn” in Acts 26:20 should be “repent, even turn”?  [Norris-Wallace Debate, 1934, pgs. 108, 116] Also, is Norman Pickering an “Alexandrian Apostate” for stating, “The nature of language does not permit a ‘perfect’ translation – the semantic area of words differs between languages so that there is seldom complete overlap.  A ‘perfect’ translation of John 3:16 from Greek into English is impossible, for we have no perfect equivalent for “agapao” [translated “loved” in John. 3:16].”?
  68. Was R. A. Torrey “lying” when he said the following in 1907 – “No one, so far as I know, holds that the English translation of the Bible is absolutely infallible and inerrant.  The doctrine held by many is that the Scriptures as originally given were absolutely infallible and inerrant, and that our English translation is a substantially accurate rendering of the Scriptures as originally given”?  [Difficulties in the Bible, page 17]
  69. Is Don Edwards correct in agreeing “in favor of canonizing our KJV,” thus replacing the inspired canon in Hebrew and Greek?  [The Flaming Torch, June 1989, page 6]
  70. Did God supernaturally “move His Word from the original languages to English” in 1611 as affirmed by The Flaming Torch?  [same page above]

There is a lot more out there about the errors of those that claim King James Only. So I won’t cover them here, but this should get you familiar with the topic and should get you to do some of your own research as well.

Jesus Understands, Don’t Give Up!

Jesus Understands, Don’t Give Up!
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

 (11) Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (12) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.(14) Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (15) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (16) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need
-Hebrews 4:11-16 (NIV)

 Here we come to another passage that is just full of things we could study. However, I just want to do a quick devotion style writing to help get your Saturday going.

We are reminded that the meditation on the word of God will cut us to the quick. It will show us where we have messed up and that we are still in need of a savior on a daily basis. It divides our thoughts and shows us where we have become perverted in our thinking and actions. The question is often asked, “Can a Christian’s thoughts become perverted?” The answer is YES. If we allow perverse things to pass before us, it has an influence on how we think and how we act. The old saying goes, “Garbage In, Garbage Out!”

So the writer of Hebrews reminds us that our lives should be filled with perseverance. We should not be weary in well doing, but should continue to live a just and holy life (see “Christians Are Supposed To Be Different Than They Are“) We should guard or hearts and minds. Remembering that Christ will not put more on us than we can handle, under  the power of the Holy Spirit, but will guide us into the paths of righteousness; that is if we are actually His children.

Jesus said to count the cost for following Him (c.f Luke 14:28). In our churches we have made it too easy (pardon my word choice). We don’t tell people that they will have trouble in this life if they become a Christian (see “Christian, You Will Suffer“). We don’t tell them that it will cost them everything to follow Christ, but that what they will gain is much better anyway. No, the church is in the habit of telling people all will be GREAT if they come to Christ. We make them believe that they will have no trouble. Just say the “magic words” (sinner’s prayer) and you are good to go! That is not the case! It takes a surrender of all that you are to all that God has given through His Son and knowing what it is you are doing; so that when trouble comes you won’t be surprised and leave the church. People must know what it is they are doing, they must count the cost (my rant is now over).

That being said, we have a mediator with God. Jesus. He is our mediator, a high priest who has lived amongst us and knows our problems and our sorrows. This section shows us two things.

  • We must let God’s Word show us where we have made mistakes and allow our sins to become bare before ourselves in prayer to God, submitting all that we are to Him.
  • Because of Christ’s work on the cross we can obtain mercy for our misdeeds before His throne. Oh how wonderful it is to know that God doesn’t just show us how depraved we truly are before Him, but provides a way of cleansing and restoration for us before His throne.

What about you today? Have you given up everything to follow Christ? When you gave your life to Him did your thoughts become changed? Did you notice a difference take place in your life? If not then maybe you didn’t put your trust in Jesus, but in some “magical words.” Have you grown weary in well-doing? Maybe you need to just repent and ask God for new vigor today. Examine yourself today to see where you stand. What will you do? The choice is yours.