I have an old fashioned faith. I believe that the Bible is the sole authority in understanding and knowing God, the only infallible guide that teaches man how to be saved through the saving death of Jesus at the cross and His resurrection. I sing because I know I have been saved and that not by works. I sing, not because the melody suits present day tunes, modes and ambiences, but I sing because I am a sinner who has been forgiven. I rejoice at this thought so my song is one of rejoicing, even as it is also that of pain, knowing that countless many others are in need of this same rejoicing. I do not seek to promote a sense of euphoria by showing human wisdom and feigning that God will speak to me as more privileged than the next saved man beside me.
My faith is old fashioned. I remember my fathers before me, who endured the nails and spikes like what my Savior endured, the lions and the crosses, the fire, the storms that engulfed them for their stand of this old fashioned faith. I do not seek adulation or to adulate performance, whether it be in the name of this faith, by which many have forgotten how much tribulation and trials must we endure to make us richer in the maturity of this old fashioned faith.
I am an old fashioned Christian, and looking at a fashion, I can say that not even the best wardrobers this world can offer, can promote my growth and that of my fellow believers in the Word and never be a stumblingblock on the faith of the young ones. I have my liberties, but my love is as old-fashioned as my faith. I seek to hear the Bible preached at the pulpit and not science, fiction nor opinion. I seek the truth of God and Him speaking through His Word rather than the dreams and aspirations of human wisdom.
I look forward to my Fashion Designer, who crafted my old fashioned faith, who clothed the most magnificent lilies of the valley and who has fashioned me a new, blessed and incorruptible body, which none of this world’s best fashions can ever match, or is even one wit capable, to clothe.
Jeroboam was called by God to lead his people. God took part of the kingdom of David and gave it to him. But he failed miserably by making groves and thus engage in idolatry.
When his son became sick, he asked his wife to go to prophet Adonijah to seek advice and was told the son will die and that Jeroboam will pay for his unfaithfulness. In fact, the next chapters and books, we shall see how his sin – the sins of Jeroboam – will always be attributed in the sins of those who would follow his reign.
May our country be not like this. May we be wise enough, wise from the Word of God, to choose and pray for leaders who shall bring our people in the path of righteousness in any orderly society.
Many Christian groups are fond with plays of words. Like “he who born twice only die once”. This adage is packed with tons of truth coming in straight from the Saviour Himself in John 3. Many may play with this truth but this still will sting the unbeliever and assure the faithful.
However, sometimes, we run into play of words which are very wrong. Like the title of this article. This was used to justify the support of someone who had all the sins identical to what David committed and thus justifying that this one could already be like David who was called to lead his people and would proceed to be its greatest leader for all human time, that to be broken only with the reign of his forthcoming “Son”, the Christ, Who’s reign is pictured to be a reign or unparalleled order and peace.
To say that God does not call the qualified is wrong. We see that many times in Scripture when God would consider the heart of a person before assigning him some responsibility. This is already a form of qualification, a big one indeed (Acts 13:22, 2 Chr. 19:3, 1 Chr. 28:9).
To say that God does qualified the called is like saying he rights the wrong in a person even if that person may be unrepentant.
May our people understand and gain more wisdom from the Word of God and refrain from plays of words that are not in consonance with the Word of God.
I would rather serve in the lowliest church of almost empty pews, preach the Word with nothing to expect in return, than to dwell in the tents of the proud where error is ripe and where outreach is trumpeted by the numbers and supplanted by fellowship.
I praise and thank the Lord God, for enabling me to almost finish yet another translation of the “Guide”, a follow-up simplified bible study material designed to help the young believer in Christ start his new life in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Pet. 2:2).
The Guide was first written in English after going through a major revision and some minor ones, and was translated into Tagalog (ang “Gabay”) and Indonesian Bahasa (“Panduan”) and now into Visayan / Cebuano (ang “Giya”). All praise to the Lord God of hosts, in Jesus Christ.
The Guide was first used as a follow-up BS material with the Grovelane Bible Studies in Singapore, under Singapore Bible Baptist Church of which Rev. Davy Sim is a long time Pastor and Mentor.
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Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, was not about to succeed the kingship of Israel. Jeroboam, a long time foe of Solomon, came back from exile in Egypt upon learning of the death of Solomon. And he had other plans. So when Rehoboam went to Sechem to claim his kingship, Jeroboam stirred the people to complain to Rehoboam about the grievous yoke Solomon laid upon the people. But his was to create trouble.
When Rehoboam consulted his advisers, there were two groups he asked – the elders (or the ancients) and the young ones (his contemporaries). And he listened to the latter one who advised him to tell Israel even more grievous words which would only sow more trouble.
And so when Rehoboam dropped his grievous message, the result is now lasting. Israel would be divided into 2 kingdoms – the North (after Jeroboam) and the South (after Rehoboam).
The Lord God, in His sovereignty, allowed these to happen to Israel. One may ask why, but the best answer can be found in what can be seen today – after the Babylonian captivity, the Roman rule, and other sufferings Israel did suffer – God purges His people. And if He purged His own people, who are we to complain when He purges us?
Yet in retrospect, I still wonder, what if Rehoboam listened to the wisdom of the ancients? Perhaps Israel would still be divided but that could have happened at a much later time. Nevertheless, what has been done is done and we can only pray for the peace and salvation of Israel.
In this time, months before the election, one can see a rampage of endorsements jamming up your social media site. For the Christian, the conduct ought to be that of a detached observer, being careful not endorse someone even to friends as a matter of courtesy. As individuals, we must have our own reasons why we prefer a certain candidate over the other. And this may run in conflict with our brother or sister in Christ and may even offend him. Yes, this is true, as I myself find a candidate who is aggressively endorsed by many and yet whom I believe to have studied sufficiently to not deserve, for good biblical reasons, to be president. If I endorse someone also, whom I believe is the least evil (everyone indeed has a negative trait, follows with Rom. 3:10) I am sure that someone will get offended or worried why I, his brother do not think as he thinks. But we all brothers in Christ but we differ in some aspects in our beliefs, especially in this case. There may be a lot of subjectivity involved as well.
So I think a proper conduct is to a) search and research the credentials of each candidate properly and b)pray for the right candidate to win as according to God’s plan because He is Sovereign. I believe it is right NOT to endorse a candidate, especially in social media.
One can just imagine how one would feel if our endorsed candidate do not win. So let us save all of that and just pray. There is already a lot of propaganda going our way, left, right, front, back. Let us turn to God, for He alone is our ultimate hope.