More Catholic blasphemy. Will the true church continue to act as though Catholics are Christians? Is this going to help them come to true salvation? We are so preoccupied with not offending people we’ll cajole them all the way to eternal damnation so we don’t have to suffer any discomfort in this present life.
Excellent post! I love that God comforts us through His word when we are wronged by others as well as when we have wronged others. We can rejoice and be made whole because of the truth of the Lord, whether others believe it or not. Praise God for opportunities to share wise counsel with others, but moreso I praise Him for the steadfastness He gives to the lives of those who are His own. We shall not be moved. Amen.
Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:
by Mike Ratliff
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two- edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASB)
In this day in which the truth is said to be unknowable, Christians must rely on the only source of pure truth we have. There is no truth that we can say is the complete truth unless we take it from God’s Word. The Bible is pure truth and it is the authority we rely on in order to have a firm foundation in this lost and dying world that is consuming itself in rebellion against God.
Just a few weeks ago we learned that “Christian music artist” Michael Gungor is a “Christian Liberal,” that is, he rejects the infallibility of…
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We can live our lives for our families, sometimes passing up opportunities to serve others when we shouldn’t.
We can serve others so much that we sacrifice our family.
We can replay conversations in our heads over and over if there is a chance we’ve said something offensive, but if it was the truth in love… who are we serving as we fret?
We can do certain works to be different for the sake of feeling holy, but if it is not what God says to do, who are we serving?
We can push our kids to great academic lengths, succeeding daily with every goal but missing out on meaningful, spontaneous conversations that tie heart strings…when that happens, who are we serving?
We can fill our lives with material items, working long hours and missing out on family time…who are we really serving? Is it really our family, or is it ourselves?
What do children need? Do they need new everything? Do they need a big house?
According to God, they need a mother to care for them, and a father to provide, protect and spiritually lead them.
As the liberal women of the 1970’s, we can think we’re outsmarting God when we push a liberal, ‘the sexes are equal in all ways’ agenda, but we will lose out.
We lose out when the God of the Bible is not our God. When we serve anyone other than Him, keeping His priorities as our own, we are serving another master…
One day most ladies realize there is nothing better than being taken care of by a loving man who is the father of their children. One day we realize that the materialism we said was ‘for them’ was serving ourselves. One day we realize that we might have checked every box during the school day, but we lost opportunities to grow closer to our children. One day we look in the mirror and realize the ‘friends’ we were so busy to not offend have left us feeling hollow inside. One day we see that because we were so focused on our family to the exclusion of ever helping others, that we failed to teach our children to serve. Likewise one day our children may be grown and while we were serving multitudes of other people’s kids, our own have moved out, are married and have children of their own…and we missed a lot of the journey because there is only so much of us to go around.
God, help us have priorities that are pleasing in your site. Help us stand for the truth no matter what the cost, and show us how to live for your honor and glory all the time, sacrificing where it pleases you.
This is a new resource for me in the quest to evangelize Catholics with the true gospel of Jesus Christ–that we are saved by grace through faith, and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. I’m excited to share this website that is chock full of helpful articles and resources. Those of us saved out of Catholicism can often fail to fully understand all the nuances of why the Roman Catholic church is unbiblical; I know I have continued to learn more through the years. I think that is one reason we can slip in to thinking that Catholics are pleasing in God’s sight after we’ve been saved for several years. It is hard to know your loved ones are not on the right path, especially when they think they are and use some words and phrases that sound good. Human nature wants to believe what it wants to believe…
This link is to the Articles section of the Proclaiming the Gospel website.
Thought to ponder: If my church does things that are wrong but I don’t realize it and what they do seems OK to me, is it OK? How about this? If my friends are stealing and I’m with them, but I don’t realize they are stealing, is it OK that I’m with them? The latter example makes it a little clearer. The analogy breaks down if we take it too far, but the bottom line is that we are responsible to be under sound teaching and to not endorse false teaching.
This is the best comparison chart I’ve seen. I hope it helps someone.
Here are some principles to encourage Christian parents.
54 Bible Verses about Wise Counsel
Proverbs 12:15 ESV
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 11:14 ESV
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Proverbs 15:22 ESV
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Psalm 1:1-6 ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Proverbs 28:26 ESV
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Proverbs 3:1-35 ESV
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Proverbs 20:18 ESV
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.
1 Kings 12:6-19 ESV
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to this people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us,’ thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.
Proverbs 4:13 ESV
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
Proverbs 1:7 ESV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Proverbs 13:10 ESV
By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
Proverbs 24:6 ESV
For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
1 John 4:1 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
James 3:17-18 ESV
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Romans 13:1 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Isaiah 11:2 ESV
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Psalm 33:10-22 ESV
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Isaiah 47:13 ESV
You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.
Proverbs 27:6 ESV
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Romans 15:4 ESV
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Psalm 103:2-4 ESV
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Galatians 6:2 ESV
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Revelation 3:19 ESV
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Revelation 1:2 ESV
Who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
Psalm 102:25-27 ESV
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
2 Samuel 17:4 ESV
And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.
Colossians 3:23 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
James 3:17 ESV
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Matthew 5:41 ESV
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Matthew 5:16 ESV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Isaiah 40:22 ESV
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
Proverbs 20:15 ESV
There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—
Isaiah 25:1 ESV
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.
Titus 3:10 ESV
As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
Titus 2:3-5 ESV
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
Proverbs 25:19 ESV
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Psalm 33:11 ESV
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
1 Samuel 25:1-44 ESV
Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name.
Romans 3:21 ESV
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—
Acts 5:27-39 ESV
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Proverbs 15:24 ESV
The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.