Archive for February 2009

Undefeatableness

February 22, 2009

Love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

There is in God’s love a quality of undefeatableness. Shakespeare wrote movingly:

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration it finds …

The supreme quality of the love of God is that it has refused in any situation to cease to love.

William BarclayWilliam Barclay (1907-1978)
Daily Celebration, page 128

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The Slander of God

February 19, 2009

… Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you (Acts 17:23).

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

The nature and character of God has been shamefully maligned by the religious system. He has been perverted into a “god” who either cannot or will not carry out His stated purpose.

It is high time that the saints of God shake off the bondage of traditional teaching that has too long hid the image of the true God from view.

Traditional religious teaching presents a “god” who:

Loves man – but gives him up to endless torture.

Sent His Son to make the payment of sin for every man – but makes most men pay for their own sins.

Who allowed man to fall – with full knowledge of that the result that He would not be able to redeem them all.

Who wants all men to be saved – but will in fact damn most of them for eternity.

Who tells us to love and to do good to our enemies – while He torments His enemies endlessly.

All of these are slanderous perversions of the God Who is ignorantly worshiped. Learn the truth of the true and living God and be made free from world religions.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies

If They Knew God They Would Love Him

February 18, 2009

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God is love (I John 4:8, 16).

We love Him, because He first loved us (I John 4:19).

The reason the world does not love God is that they do not know Him. If they knew the Father in truth, as He really is, they would love Him. It is as simple as that.

Most of what the world thinks that they know about God is untrue. World religions have done a great disservice to mankind. They have misrepresented Him. Relatively few in the world really know God. If they knew Him, and of His great undying, unchanging, unconditional love for them, they would willingly and eagerly love Him in return. To know Him is to love Him. To not love Him is purely to be ignorant of Him and Who He really is.

Do not be discouraged by the situation though; for there will come a day when all will come to know God in the reality of His goodness and love. This will not be the result of any human effort whatsoever. It will be the product of God’s revelation of Himself.

And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord”: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies

Judgment

February 7, 2009

The primary word translated “judgment” in the Greek Scriptures is Strong’s Greek Lexicon #2920, krisis. This word “krisis” means, “a critical period of time, decisive moment, turning point or deciding time”  (see Arthur P. Adams, Judgment, 1885; Jack E. Jacobson, The Concept of Circularity, page 36), and is where we get our English word crisis. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “crisis” as “a crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.” Thus divine judgment is the divine crisis in the creation. It is the divinely appointed “turning point.”

Arthur P. Adams (1845-1925) has well written in his 1885 work on Judgment:

Judgment is given to man as a blessing and favor, and when such time arrives for any individual, class of individuals, or the world, it is cause for great rejoicing and thanksgiving; read, for example, the 96th Psalm, and notice how all people and even inanimate nature are called upon to exult and rejoice “Before the Lord, for He cometh to judge the world. He shall judge the world with righteousness and the people with His truth.” This presentation of the nature of the time of judgment as a period of great rejoicing and special blessing, is in most striking contrast with the orthodox view, which makes the judgment day a time of almost unmitigated horror and dread.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

Either God Is, or He Isn’t

February 6, 2009

Either God is all-powerful, or He is not. Either God is all-wise, or He is not. Either God is all-loving, or He is not. Either God’s will is sovereign, or it is not. Either God’s grace is infinite, or it is not. Isn’t it time for the Church of Christ to decide one way or the other, and then make her theology fit her expressed faith?

Loyal F. Hurley
The Outcome of Infinite Grace, page 25
Bible Student’s Press

Generous Beyond All That You Can Think

February 6, 2009

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalms 100:5).

I implore you in God’s name, not to think of Him as hard to please, but rather as generous beyond all that you can ask or think.

Abbe de Tourville (1842-1903)
Letters of Direction

All Eventually Will Come

February 6, 2009

God is now conciliated to all mankind (II Corinthians 5:19). This blessing has come to us through the blood of Christ’s cross (Colossians 1:20). God no longer holds men’s offenses against them (II Corinthians 5:19). This same blood will reconcile all to Himself, both that in the heavens and that on earth (Colossians 1:20).

The cross saves everyone, but not all at once (I Corinthians 15:22-23). Jesus Christ is a ransom for all, but the testimony of it will not be seen until the eras designated to show it (I Timothy 2:6). God will one day be all and in all (I Corinthians 15:58). How can He be that if billions of the all remain dead or tortured?

Paul speaks of a time called the consummation, when death is to be abolished (I Corinthians 15:26; II Timothy 1:10). If there will one day be no more death, then the time is coming when even the second death will cease to be. At this time, those formerly captured by it will be delivered into the life won for them by Christ on the cross. With no more death, nothing remains but life. Some come to Christ sooner, some come later. But eventually, all come.

Martin Zender
The Really Bad Thing About Free Will (2006), pages 66-67


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