THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 5-6-07
LESSON TITLE: "WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: HERESIES AND MURDERS"
Paul once said, "for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." How wonderful it is to know that we have the promise of everlasting life!
Good morning! Thanks for joining us this morning in this service of God. The Living Word Program is committed to proclaiming the simple truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - which is confirmed for us in the Bible. I hope you all have your Bible's handy and I hope you are ready to worship God together as we sing praises to His name and study from His wondrous word. Now let's begin by talking to our Father in prayer!
It's time to begin our songs of praise. Our first song of the morning helps us to reflect on how wonderful it is to know that God has provided for us an agent which can wash away our sins! So won't you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, "Are You Washed In The Blood."
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We all have trials and problems in this life from time to time. Have you ever asked the question or wondered, "why me?" I'm sure we all have wondered why things happen to us or why we suffer in this life, but I might ask you, "have you ever considered it might be our own fault?
Think for a moment why you are suffering? Is it your fault or God's. The Bible clearly teaches the doctrine that we will "reap what we sow." Thus the reality is, often we suffer because of our own sins and mistakes. But what else does the Bible teach about suffering?
James tells us to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials," chapter 1, verse 2. But why on earth would James make such a confusing statement. Read with me verse 12 from the same passage, there it says, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." You see, we are to endure temptation, because those who do will be blessed by God.
But what type of temptations are we talking about here? Peter clarifies this point for us in 1 Peter 4:12-13, there we read, "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." It is clear in this passage that we should rejoice in sufferings that are present because of our faith in Christ Jesus. When we suffer for His cause it will all be worth it.
In the beginning of our comments I asked if you had ever considered if your sufferings are your own fault? I ask this question because the Bible tells us God will give us all we need if we are faithful to Him. It tells us He will help every step of the way if we live according to His Word. In Romans 8:38, Paul said, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." James said, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights," again, chapter 1:17!
The Bible clearly states that if we love God and serve Him, He will care for us and give us all that we need. So when you wonder, why do I not have things, or why do I suffer - Then I would ask the question, "are you really serving God in His Way?"
This morning, we are glad to again have brother Jerry Sullins as our guest speaker. He is the director of the Bible Institute of Missouri. As far as our discussion of the day, we will continue with our series called, "Walking in the Spirit!" Our specific topic today will again focus on that which is contrary to that walk, thus we will consider together, "Heresies And Murders" So, please continue with us this morning, and after our next song together brother Jerry Sullins will return with our study from God's Word. The name of our next hymn is, "Bring Christ Your Broken Life!"
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Speaker: Jerry Sullins
It's great to be here and to examine another portion of God's Word. I'd also to say that as many of you already know, I'm the director of the Bible Institute of Missouri. I believe it's on the screen at this moment. And our next class will be beginning in the first of September this year and if you are interested in coming to a Bible School to train to be a gospel preacher or just to know God's Word, I invite you to contact us at the numbers that are given on this screen on a weekly basis, or you can log on to the Bible Institute of Missouri, that is bibleinstituteofmissouri.com and our website will give you all the information that you will need concerning our program. It's basically a two-year Bible training program. We go through all of the books of the Bible. We study the New Testament verse by verse and the Old Testament as much verse by verse as we can. Of course, you will have to stay in class six hours a day, five days a week. It's very grueling. It's on a college level. But at the end of that two year academic period, I believe that you will be able to sit back and say, "Now, at least I know how to study God's Word and I know what I need to study further in God's Word." And so, we invite you certainly to log on to our website and please call if you need any further information concerning The Bible Institute of Missouri.
Now, we've been studying for the past few weeks a study that is based upon Galatians 5:19-21. It has to do with the sins of the flesh. You note at the end of those verses, verse 21, it says, "Those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." We're talking about things that will keep you out of Heaven. Many people, of course in our everyday culture or in our culture today, don't seem to think that anything will keep them out of the pearly gates, that is from entering in to that blessed place that we call "Heaven." But my friend, the Bible does not say this. There are many things that will keep us from enjoying an eternity forever with our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And so this morning, we're going to examine some of those things that could keep you from going to Heaven.
Now, what we're going to mainly talk about today is something that is mentioned there in Galatians 5:19-21 that has to do with heresies and it is a very unusual thing to be mentioned among what we call sins of the flesh because we've already examined adultery, fornication, lasciviousness and other things, but in the midst of all of this, believe it or not, God mentions a couple of sins that will keep someone out of Heaven that deal with division in the body of Christ. In fact, I'd like for you to note that the things that we're talking about today have to do with denominationalism, and please keep that in mind as we examine these thoughts.
Now last week, I believe it was last week, our brother covered the subject of "Discensions." I'm also supposed to say something about murder, but does anyone doubt the fact or what the Bible has to say about murder? We are not authorized in any way to murder or to take the life of another individual intentionally. And so we know that all murderers will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. There's no doubt about that. And as Paul said here in Galatians 5:19-21 again that those who commit murder will certainly be those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. Now of course, it's a sin that can be repented of. We need to be reminded that all of these sins that are being mentioned concerning are sins that human beings have and they can be dealt with with the blood of Christ. So we're not talking about things that a person cannot confess and be forgiven of and repent and be baptized for the remission of their sins. We're not talking about those things. But someone who continues in these things, continues in these sins until the day he or she dies, will not have hope of eternal life. Now God has always been interested in unity. It was His Son who said in John 17:20-21 that He said, "Neither do I pray for these alone but for them also who shall believe on My Word that they may be one as thy Father art in Me, and I am thee that they all may be one in us that the world may believe that thou has sent Me."
Again in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 and verse 10, you know the verse that is stated there. The apostle Paul was appealing to the church at Corinth who had many divisions and factions and heresies and that's just exactly what we're talking about, division in the church. He prayed that there would be no divisions among them, but that they would be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Now that theme of unity is throughout Jesus' teaching as well as throughout the New Testament teachings by the apostles. Now we know that walking in the Spirit produces that unity. Ephesians 4:1-3, "We are to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." And so when we think about division, it is clearly stated here in Galatians 5, if we look at the general concept of this subject, we can clearly note that division is a work of Satan. If Satan can divide us in Christ, that is the greatest instrument that he can use to divide the body of Christ and cause us all to lose our souls.
So what is religious division considered to be? That's what we're speaking of. If we take what the apostle Paul said here in Galatians chapter 5, religious division is something that is against the principles of God and it is classified as a work of the flesh. Now how could that be so? Well, when we look at the word "heresy" sometimes it is translated "parties." It is translated "division," but it has to do with this concept in the original meaning of the word that there are two sides that are split apart because of some erroneous or some teaching that is in error. Now I don't care if the teaching is a doctrinal teaching or if it is a teaching that is doctrinal in nature concerning the attitude that one Christian or another Christian might have. These two ways or these parties are formed. You know this as well as I do that in almost all churches, all assemblies where people are gathered together in the name of Christ whether they be the Lord's church or some denomination, have problems with this very thing that we're talking about because of false teaching as Peter stated in 2 Peter 2:1-3, because of some false teaching being brought in from the scripture. Then what happens? Division takes place. Then you have one group over here teaching one thing and another group over here teaching another thing. Now one group may be right and the other group may be wrong and both groups may be wrong, but the problem is that there is a division because of heresy.
Now a heretic, as Titus said after the first and second admonition, he should be rejected. Do you know what a heretic is? A heretic in its original meaning "is one who is not walking according to God's Word who has acted in splitting the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is one who is a," and we hate to hear this word I know. "He is one who is noted to be simply a false teacher." So because of some people in the church today bringing in false teaching and because of others by misconstruing what the Bible says as we see here even stated in Galatians 1:6-9 where the apostle Paul was saying that "you marveled that they so soon were removed from the faith which is not another, but there be some who would trouble you and who would pervert the gospel of Christ." That's one of the reasons that the book of Galatians was brought to people or was written to the churches of Galatia in the province of Galatia because there were those who were dividing the body of Christ bringing in another gospel. Now these are called heretics. These are false teachers and that's what is going on, my friend, in the churches today in the Lord's church and everywhere else.
Now let's really look at denominationalism. I know you don't like to talk about this or to think about this but really the word itself indicates what? A system that brings about what? Now let's be honest. Denominationalism brings about division. I remember the twenty years I spent in Africa with my wife and a lot of those years were spent with our children. One of the most accepted concepts that we brought to the mission field was this. You can be a Christian without being a member of any denomination. You know the African people love that concept because they already saw there were 1500 religious groups in Kenya who claim to be of Christ and they saw them all divided in the name or what they consider to be the authority of Christ. And so we presented as Christians and the denominational world, we didn't but the denominational world presented to those people a what we say "a contorted view of Christianity, a divided view of Christianity." The Lord never has sanctioned division. It is against the principle that He taught. Denominationalism itself is against the principle that is taught in the New Testament.
I challenge you or anyone in this audience today to speak to me about these things. I'll be glad to talk to you about it. You have my numbers, call me up. If you'd like to discuss it publicly, let's discuss it publicly because on our concept about these things will rest on whether or not we are dividing the body and according to Galatians 5:19-21 will determine whether or not we spend an eternity in Heaven or Hell. That's how important this is. For those who do such things, that is those who are heretics, those who divide the body of Christ with doctrines that are not found in the scripture will not inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Is that what you're following? The truth? "The truth is sanctified in thy truth, they word is truth," John 17:17. And the scripture is the result of that truth being passed down through the Holy Spirit by our Father in Heaven committed to the apostles, written down on pages so that we might read it, understand it and obey it and be a part of the body of Christ. There's no way that I can see in the scripture where Jesus would ever authorize us to be divided into different bodies and different segments teaching many, many different things and still claim to be His body. My friend, that is just not possible.
Now how do I get rid of my sin? We've been talking about sin for the past few weeks and we'll continue to talk about sin, but they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Well, what can I do if I find myself in that situation? Believe that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus said, "Except you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." Repent of those sins. Jesus said, "Repent or perish." That means to turn away from sin. Confess the name of Jesus Christ. That is, "through the mouth confession is made unto salvation," Romans 10:9-10. And then, my friend, be baptized into Christ for the remission of sins. We teach what the Bible teaches. And that's what Jesus said, "Go unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved and he that believeth not shall be condemned." The decision is yours. Please don't loose the opportunity to go to Heaven because you have been involved in heresies, discensions, and divisions in the church. No one should want to miss Heaven for that. In fact, for anything. So I plead with you, be unified in Christ upon the Holy Scriptures.
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