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Dealing With Guilt and Sin

2021-01-12T11:06:31-05:00 January 23rd, 2021|

One of the hardest things for people to do is to admit they have been wrong. This is true for government leaders down to ministers of the gospel. Pride gets in the way.

And so, what do we do if someone does come to us and does say, “I have sinned”? First, we may be embarrassed and bow out without saying anything. Then too we may put off the confessor. “Don’t pay any attention to those feelings of guilt,” we’ll say. “They’re not that important. Just because some people think sex outside of marriage is wrong doesn’t make it wrong.”

Another approach is to encourage the confessor to handle the problem on his or her own. “So you’ve sinned. Big deal! Just straighten up. Learn from your mistake. And get on with your life.” Sounds like good advice. But guilt feelings are real. And they are not easily overcome. In fact, leading psychiatrists have begun to encourage us to deal with guilt rather than ignore it.

Our reactions are based on the belief that the Bible’s definitions of sin are outmoded. But we should not ignore the God who created us. You see, just as physical pain is a warning signal regarding physical problems, feelings of guilt signal spiritual problems. They tell us that there is a problem between us and the God who created us. And God knows this. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world. He is able to cleanse us on the inside and remove those feelings of guilt by granting us forgiveness. And being forgiven is much better than trying to ignore, live down, or live with the burden of guilt.

To help you understand this, click here and listen to a talk called, “I Have Sinned.”

Little Known Facts about Abortion

2021-01-12T10:59:04-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

One of the most emotional issues of our day is abortion. Those in favor of abortion consider the opposition to be against free choice. How could anyone be against free choice? Those against abortion consider the opposition to be against life. How could anyone be opposed to life? The result is bitter conflict. But who is right? Where can we find the answers? We must retreat to higher ground. We must go to our Creator for answers. We must go to the God of the Bible.

Listen to what the Bible says about children. “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). In other words, every time we eliminate a child by means of abortion, we spurn a gift given to us by God. Not only so, we spurn God Himself. We reject His wisdom in giving us this gift. Sure, an unexpected pregnancy is difficult to deal with. No one will deny this. But the child is still a gift from God.

However, when God’s gifts are rejected, self-destruction results. For example, women want the choice of abortion. As a result, 1.5 million abortions are performed each year. Of these, we abort about 80,000 more girls each year than boys. The outcome is self-destruction. Fewer little girls brought into America today, means fewer and fewer women in America tomorrow. Much work has also been done to insure minorities are able to have abortions. As a result, on a per capita basis, non-white women have twice as many abortions as white women. The outcome is self-destruction. There will be fewer and fewer minority children in America. Rejecting the gifts of God is always self-destructive.

Click here and get the challenge of “Making Moral Choices.”

Open Your Mouth for the Dumb

2021-01-12T10:57:57-05:00 January 21st, 2021|

The subject of abortion is a very emotional one. It should be. After all, it touches us all where we live, especially if we have either contemplated or had an abortion.

A powerful argument for abortion is the argument that the unborn are not really persons protected by the constitution. That argument has a familiar ring! Do you recall the name, Dred Scott? During the Civil War, this slave of an army surgeon was stationed with his master in states where slavery was forbidden. Dred Scott sued for freedom. The case went before the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that black men and women were not to be considered people. They, therefore, had no rights under our constitution. Dred Scott remained in chains.

Today we are told the unborn are not people. Today we are told the unborn have no rights under our constitution. So today, millions of human beings have never seen the light of day outside their mother’s wombs. And millions more will be murdered.

But the Dred Scott decision could not make black men and women non-persons. They are human beings created in God’s image. Because the Supreme Court has relegated the unborn to the status of non-persons does not make it so.

The Bible says, “Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and the needy” (Proverbs 31:8). A womb is no longer a sacred place! The unborn need your help. Will you speak up for them?

To help you get this important point, click here and listen to a message answering the question, “Do All Aborted Babies Go to Heaven?”

Christ Opens Heaven

2021-01-12T10:50:57-05:00 January 20th, 2021|

What is the value of your home or your car? We can spend a lot of money on a home or a car. As a former employer frequently reminded his elderly clients, “You can’t take it with you.” Material possessions have no eternal value. This is true even if we work very hard to make our mark on the world.

Our so-called good works have no eternal value either. We cannot work our way to heaven. Why? The requirement for entrance into heaven is perfection. None of us are perfect. “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:5). God sets the standards.

God also provides the perfect life of Christ to open the door to heaven. Christ did what you could never do. Christ was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only man to perfectly obey God and fulfill His requirements for entrance into heaven. “Through the obedience of the One [Jesus] the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

Those who believe in Jesus Christ have His perfect life placed in their heavenly bank accounts. When God looks at them, he does not see their sin, their imperfect lives. Instead, He sees the perfect life of Christ. This can be true for you if you trust in this perfect life of Christ to take you to heaven. Christ’s sinless life becomes more precious than all you own. It becomes much more important than your own life.

To help you understand this better, take some time, click here, and listen to “Christ’s Righteousness.”

The Cross between Heaven and Hell

2021-01-12T10:50:06-05:00 January 19th, 2021|

We are all going to the same place although there are many paths to life in the hereafter and many different names by which we call upon God. Do you believe that? Well, you are not alone.

Did you know that the teaching of the Bible is quite different? The Bible lays out two distinct paths. Listen to what Jesus said. “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Yes, the alternatives are the way of life and the way of destruction. There is no third path. Only these two alternatives exist.

As to the path leading to destruction, the Bible says it is followed by those who live in careless disregard for God’s commandments. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

There is only one alternative to this terrible judgment for sin. That way is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). You must trust and follow this Jesus! He said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). This is the wonderful Good News. The alternative to facing judgment for sin is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

To help you understand this Good News better, click here to listen to the Good News about “The Cross between Heaven and Hell.”

Our Hope: Understanding the Times

2021-01-16T08:16:32-05:00 January 18th, 2021|

David Held was one of the most loving individuals I had ever met. He was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Pasadena, California. The church building is adjacent to Fuller Theological Seminary. I was graduating from Fuller under the auspices of the US Army to become a chaplain and the Congregational Church. Pastor Held was guiding me through my ordination exams.

These exams included writing a paper outlining my personal beliefs. In that paper, I quoted Romans 13:1, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” I made a statement to the effect, “Governmental authorities serve at the pleasure of God who raises them to power and removes them from power.” Pastor Held kindly suggested, “I’d delete this section. I think the Apostle Paul was in error here.” Wow! This rebuff of biblical truth was stark.

After serving in the Army Chaplaincy and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, it has been my privilege to pastor a Reformed Presbyterian Church and teach at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Westminster Confession of Faith 23:1 declares, “God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates, to be, under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good … ” The prooftext is Romans 13:1-4. The Reformed Presbyterian Testimony 23:19 states, “Both the government of the nation and the government of the visible church are established by God. Though distinct and independent of each other, they both owe supreme allegiance to Jesus Christ.” Again, one of the proofs is Romans 13:1.

God rules the nations and His church through Jesus Christ, the Mediator, and King. See my previous post, “The LORD is King.” Daniel 2:21 is forthright, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever … He removes kings and establishes kings.” If the LORD is not King, what is the alternative? Daniel 3 tells the story of the great image Nebuchadnezzar made. What is this image? “It is a symbolic representation of Babylon and the kingdom of this world” (Ferguson, 1988, p. 69). In ancient Babylon, ultimately, men and women worship either God or government.

Fast forward to the riotous breach of the capitol buildings in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. That same night, a US Senate leader said of the incident, “This is a special place. This is a sacred place. But this sacred place was desecrated by a mob today on our watch. This temple to democracy was defiled by thugs.” After the incident, another Senate leader declared that “this Temple to democracy was desecrated.” You may do an internet search of these words and find them in numerous publications.

Note the religious tone in these comments. The Apple Dictionary (Version 2.3.0) gives the following definitions. Sacred refers to that which is “religious rather than secular.” To desecrate means to “treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect.” A temple is “a building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence.” We are becoming more and more like ancient Babylon. Our culture leads us to acknowledge either Christ is LORD or government is Lord.

In the first-century, Governor Pontius Pilate set the same choice before the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. “Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar’” (John 19:15). This choice was also that of first-century Christians. Was Caesar Lord, or is Jesus LORD? While we are becoming more and more like Babylon, we are, simultaneously, becoming more and more like the world the Gospels outline. But this fact is hopeful. God chose to plant and spread His Gospel message in ancient first-century Roman society.

Christ promises His disciples, “You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This promise applies to the church today. Our cultural situation is ripe for spreading the Gospel. Part of understanding the times is to discern these hopeful signs.

Denny Prutow

Work Cited: Ferguson, S. (1988). Daniel. Dallas: Word.

God’s Spirit in Your Heart

2021-01-12T10:49:16-05:00 January 18th, 2021|

There is honor among thieves; so the saying goes. And it’s true. The thief takes a dim view of stealing. And so you had better not steal from a thief. You could loose your life. All of this goes to show there is a sense of right and wrong within each of us.

The Bible maintains this truth when it says, “They show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending themselves” (Romans 2:15). Yes, even if you have never been to a church service or ever read one line from the Bible, you cannot escape Gods’ Ten Commandments. The requirements of God’s Ten Commandments are written on your heart. That’s why you have a conscience and why you sometimes feel guilty. That’s why you sometimes have a debate in your own mind over what is right and what is wrong. You can’t ever escape God’s Ten Commandments.

But why has God put His requirements for living into your heart? The answer is quite wonderful. The Bible says, “The law has become our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). In other words, when you begin to see yourself in the light of God’s Commandments and when you being to feel guilty because of your sin, you also begin to see your need for Jesus Christ. Christ is the way of salvation from the penalty for sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). So if you really understand God’s Ten Commandments, you also understand your need of salvation.

To help you get a better hold of this, click here and listen to a message called “God’s Spirit in Your Heart.”

Feelings in Place?

2021-01-12T10:48:29-05:00 January 17th, 2021|

When parents ask their children to do the chores, the children often refuse because they don’t feel like it. As adults, we sometimes take the same position. We cannot bring ourselves to begin a task because we really do not feel like it. We fall into a trap. We think good feelings must precede our work. We think a lack of good feelings is an excuse for avoiding work. But what is the result? As the work piles up, depression overtakes us.

Here is the problem. We have things backward. Listen to what Jesus says. “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). The word “blessed” may be translated “happy.” Jesus is talking about the human emotion of happiness and the context of this human emotion is service. Jesus has just finished washing the disciples’ feet. He explains that joy and happiness will come in doing similar tasks of service. Do you get the point? Good feelings are not required before our work. In actuality, they come after our good deeds.

So don’t be fooled. If you are blue because of the work before you, get busy. Joy is found in doing your work not in avoiding it. Avoiding work will only lead you into depression. “If you know these things, you are happy if you do them.”

To help you understand this better, you can click here and listen to a message called, “Think, Act, Feelings Follow.”

Accept Christ’s Invitaion

2021-01-12T10:47:44-05:00 January 16th, 2021|

When a youngster receives an invitation to a friend’s birthday party, that invitation is accepted with a good deal of joy and excitement. There is another invitation which should be received with even greater excitement. It is the invitation of Christ. Listen, “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

Perhaps you are weary from the daily struggles of life. Long hours on the job have sapped your strength. And yet, you are still weighed down with financial worries. Not only so, your heart is heavy and your conscience is torn because you have not lived up to what you know is right and good and honorable. When it comes right down to it, you need rest for your soul. You need a sense of inner peace.

Well, this is where the great invitation comes in. Jesus says to you, “Come to Me…and I will give you rest.” The open invitation given by Christ is to come to Him, to accept Him for who He is, to believe and trust in Him, and to worship Him. And what does Jesus promise? “I will give you rest,” He says. And again, “You shall find rest for your souls.”

You see, peace of heart and soul, call it contentment, does not come from owning more in the way of material things. Peace of soul is something which is deeply spiritual. And it comes from knowing a very special person. That person is Jesus Christ. And so dear friend, it is time for you to joyfully accept the invitation of Christ when He says to you, “Come to Me.”

To help you accept this invitation, click here and listen to a message called “The Great Blessing.”

True Conversion

2021-01-12T10:46:34-05:00 January 15th, 2021|

Have you ever wondered about people who convert to a particular church or religion? Perhaps you view these conversions as religious acts which simply involve joining a religious group or organization. Well, true conversion is a lot more than joining a church. In fact, true conversion is conversion to Christ. It has two parts. Those two parts are called repentance and faith.

If you are truly converted, you repent of sin. That is, you turn away from doing the things you know are wrong. You stop doing them because you realize they are displeasing to God. In other words, you change your mind about bad conduct and you now see it as evil.

Because you see the evil of sin you also feel guilt, guilt because of bad conduct. To heal your guilt torn conscience, you turn to Christ in faith. You believe in and trust Christ. Because you understand Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins. And you understand you receive full forgiveness for these sins when you trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior.

This is what true conversion is all about: repentance and faith. A person converted to faith in Christ is then alive to God. This is the power of the message of the Bible. Listen: “Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19). “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31). Or to put it more simply, “Repent and put your trust in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Have you repented of sin and put your trust in Christ? Are you alive to God?

To help you understand this better, please click here to listen to a message called “Alive to God.”