DANGEROUS INFLUENCES

By: Gary L. Rodgers

 

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PSALMS CHAPTER ONE

Psalms 1:1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

At the very onset to the book of Psalms we are forewarned not to become a part of the dangerous influences that surround us.

ARE YOU BEING INFLUENCED IN A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE WAY?

Are you walking by faith or are you being led blindly by the influences of people around you? What type of influence are they being to you? Are they influencing you to follow Christ through every situation in your life? Or are they influencing you into other beliefs and doctrines that are contrary to the word of GOD?

I am afraid that there are some of us that have sat idly by and let others direct our thoughts and words without giving any thought or concern as to whether or not we were being led in a positive or negative way.

It behooves us to study the word of GOD on our own to make sure that what we are being taught is in agreement with biblical teachings. While we are to be in submission to the authority of our Pastors and teachers it is still our responsibility to study to show ourselves approved unto GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (diligently studying and cross referencing) the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 Pastors and teachers are people, and people do sometimes say things that may not be exactly correct. Not that we do it purposely but we too make mistakes and if you are in disagreement with something that we say or teach then you should come directly to us and present your concern. It is possible that your pastor or teacher is right and that you are wrong or maybe it is something that we have not looked at as clearly as you. We all learn from each other, and there are some things that you need to weigh in your own mind whether or not it is a clear teaching of scripture. We must be careful not to try to make the bible say what we want it to say. It’s easy to fall into this and we need to be open to hearing the views and teachings of our Pastors and teachers and weigh all evidence given before finalizing our decisions or thoughts. If you are walking in obedience to the LORD He will reveal the deep truths of His Word to you. But when you go to your Pastor or teacher, go in the spirit of love and respect. You will find that in turn you will and should be treated the same.

I DON’T UNDERSTAND

But I don’t understand what I read you may be saying. All of those thee’s and thou’s confuse me and I get bored with trying to read it. And the genealogies why do they have to be in there?

May I ask, what is so hard about understanding what thee or thou means? The fact is that for the most part these are just excuses. When I got saved I started reading the King James Version and it is still my preferred version of scripture. I like the poetic flavor of the King James and I believe that GOD has had His hand on this book ever since the day it was written. And I believe that it was the Spirit of God working through these learned men to select and interpret the manuscripts that were used to give to each of us in the common language of the day, the true words of God. We need to understand that the bible is the sacred Word of GOD to mankind. No one picks up a bible and reads it from cover to cover and clearly understands all that they read. And there is a reason for that. God’s Word was given to us through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 and 2 Peter 1:20, 21) Therefore wouldn’t it make better sense for us to have The Holy Spirit working in our lives to explain the scriptures to us? The group of men that were selected into committees to put together the Bible of 1611 were the most learned minds in the world that were chosen for such a huge task, and I believe that the timing for this endeavor was perfect.

I believe that someone correctly stated that the bible is a book that is God breathed. I do not accept that it is a book that partially contains God’s Word. Either I can by faith trust the interpretation of scripture from cover to cover or I cannot trust any of it. My whole spiritual being and faith hinges upon whether or not this book is the inerrant Word of God.

I don’t believe that any of us today are capable of differentiating what some call truth from error when it comes to what God says. And I find it hard to believe that an all powerful God who is capable of creating the entire universe by speaking it into existence would not have the ability to keep one book true to all that he has said. I realize that there are words that were given to us in italics and parenthesis from the interpreters of scripture to more clearly define the meaning of what we are being told, and what was put into italics was done by the interpreters to help understand that these words were not in the available manuscripts. And that is fine since our language breaks down and does not fully reflect all that was being said in the Hebrew or the Greek, both in word and in structure. Which you will note in the next section of the words that were put into parenthesis from the book of Hebrews 5:12-14.

It is not a failure on God’s part in saying what He meant but rather a weakness on our part to clearly define what He said.

When you pick up a bible you are holding in your hand a letter of love and instruction from a Holy GOD written to each of us. In it there are those deep seated golden nuggets of truth that GOD has for us to dig out as we study, feed upon, and grow in obedience to His Word. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2:2

THE NEW BIRTH

In John 3: 1-21 we are told about the new birth. We are told that you must be born again. What does being born again and desiring the sincere milk of the word tell us about a new Christian? It’s telling us that they are like infants and as infants there are those that are matured in the Word which then have a responsibility to teach, train, and feed these new born infants through scripture. Would any of us put a piece of steak into the mouth of a new born baby? Of course not, they would choke on it! Well GOD doesn’t put any steak or course foods from His Word into the mouth of a new born believer in Christ either. We read in the book of Hebrews 5:12-14. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. So you see there is a reason why you don’t understand everything that you read. I have been saved for a number of years and still don’t understand all that I read. Guess that means that I am still growing. Praise the LORD for that.

ONE IN FIVE SCRIPTURES CONTAIN A NUMBER

One of the most fascinating studies that I have enjoyed reading and learning about is the way that God used numbers in scripture. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Evangelist Dr. Ed F. Vallowe a number of years ago and have gleaned some rich insight through his book on the Mathematics of the Bible. I also read a brief history about a man by the name of Dr. Ivan Panin 1855 – 1942 who spent a number of years of his life devoted to the study of mathematical patterns in scripture which many allude to as being the watermark of authenticity of God’s Word. A system of numerical patterns that are the underline support of what we read on the surface of each page. It so blessed my heart to read how God had taken this Agnostic with a genius mind for mathematical equations; saved his soul through his study of scripture when he Ivan Panin, tried to disprove the existence of God and the Bible as having been written by a superior being, Jehovah God: Later in his life as a child of God he then issued a challenge through leading newspapers of the world to anyone for a natural explanation or rebuttal of the facts that he had so discovered. An amazing story and testimony!

WHY A LIST OF GENEALOGY

Now to touch lightly on the genealogy part of scripture; there are reasons why they are listed in the bible. One reason is that it stands as a testimony to ones heritage. It also shows GOD’s hand in the order of births and GOD’s perfect order of things. For example the number ten in scripture represents Testimony, Law and Responsibility. We have ten fingers and ten toes. We are held responsible for what we do with our hands and where we go with our feet. Our fingers can act as a testimony for or against us. Moses went into Mount Sinai and came back with Ten Laws written by the finger of GOD. Exodus 31:18 Man has a responsibility to obey the commandments of GOD. In Romans 4:15 we are told that the law worketh wrath. Keeping this in mind and looking at Galatians 5:19-21 we find a list of the works of the flesh; notice what the tenth item listed is; (Wrath)! The law worketh wrath! Drop down to the next two verses and you find a list of nine things that are the fruit of the Spirit, against such there is no law. Nine is the representative number for Divine Completeness. Coincidence you say! Well let’s go to Hebrews chapter 11 starting with verse 4 and reading to verse 23 we are given a list of things that were accomplished “By faith.” Notice who was the tenth person mentioned “By faith” in verse 23. It was Moses that man of GOD who by faith went to see the burning bush and met with GOD and received the Ten Commandments (Ten Laws). God poured out ten plagues upon Egypt as a testimony that the nation of Israel was His beloved people. The number for man which is commonly used symbolically by reference is the number 6, is it any wonder that the man of sin with his number of 666 still falls short of God’s glory in His (God’s) perfect number of 7? Eight is typically used in scripture to supports the meaning of New Birth, New Creation or New Beginning and New Order of Things. Is it any wonder why the Gematria[1] of Jesus’ name equals the number 888? Coincidence; or does God use as suggested by some, numbers as a watermark to authenticate His Word that we read on the surface of each page? No doubt it does provide for some interesting food for thought.

WE COME UP SHORT

Because man is weak in the flesh and disobeyed God in one point way back in the Garden of Eden, man became a guilty sinner; and God sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay our penalty for that disobedience. Jesus came to fulfill all the law so that we can be forgiven by faith through our acceptance of His death, burial and resurrection. You and I cannot possibly obey every law that God gave to man. That is why the scriptures teach that we fall short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23) If we fail one time in any point then we fail in all the law. (James 2:10) The law was not written to show man what he has to do to be perfect. The law was written to show man that he is indeed a hopelessly lost sinner and therefore needs a Redeemer; someone who can restore man to God. And that happened through the sacrifice of God’s Son Jesus Christ. Man cannot through any self willed effort become perfect. The law was written to show us that man stands guilty before a Holy God. Contrary to our natural way of thinking, God’s law was not written to justify man but rather to condemn man.

NO LAW, NO OFFENSE

Where there is no law, there is no offense. The New Testament is the New Covenant between God and man. As already mentioned man became an imperfect being back in the Garden of Eden when he disobeyed God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam did this he plunged the entire human race into a sinful state. Because of one human being, Adam, the father of the human race in willful disobedience to God has placed all of mankind into condemnation through our lineage (blood line). (Romans 5:12) It took a GOD with human flesh to obey all the law and to become the payment that GOD required: Jesus paid our penalty. John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. The genealogy or pedigree of a person gives you an idea of the type of person that you are dealing with. If you are about to enter into a contract with someone who comes from a long line of people that were liars and swindlers and have been known for always backing out on their word, how would you walk with them? Would you blindly agree to sign any agreement with them? No! I believe that you would be very cautious and possibly on the verge of not proceeding ahead into any contract with them.

We must always walk cautiously; while our intentions may be good and our dealings honest it does not necessarily mean that the other person holds any regard to any of it.

POLITICAL INFLUENCE CAN BE A DANGER TO US

Recently while I was looking over some books from Christianbook.com, I came across a book called “Understanding Islam and Christianity Made Easy.” I wanted to read a little bit of the book to get a picture of the way that it was structured. On page 5 there was something that upset me and I wanted to note it as being what I call a “Dangerous Political Influence.” http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product_slideshow?sku=635825&actual_sku=635825

“Quoted from their book”

Muslims in America

“Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and a pillar of stability for many of our people.” This was a quote taken from Hillary Clinton as noted by the Los Angeles Times.

This is frightening!!!!!!!!!!!

I researched this further to see what else I could find on this.

An excerpt taken from, The Island Online Leisure article regarding Hillary Clinton trying to win favorable votes from the Arab and Muslim communities of the United States during the first election campaigns against Barak Obama. http://www.island.lk/2008/06/01/leisure1.html

“Clinton didn’t content herself with addressing Arabs. She headed as well to Muslims, aiming at winning their support, especially that Obama, her competitor, is from Muslim African descent. In 1996, at the first-ever White House celebration of Eid al Fit[2]; the former First Lady accepted two gifts of Qur’an saying: “I am honored to have these gifts… one for my husband, and one for me, as Chelsea already has her copy. I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned about Islam has come from my daughter. Later that year, she remarked that “Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, a guide and a pillar of stability for many of our people…” Hillary Rodman Clinton

Also in an article from “A Muslim’s Diary” the same statement is recorded. Lack of knowledge in the religion: Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, a guide and a pillar of stability for many of our people.-Hillary Rodman Clinton. http://amuslimdiary.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/an-article-from-a-14-year-old-sister/

Wake up Christians!!!!! You are about to let your nation be taken away from you!

THE ANOREXIC LIFE

This nation was founded upon the principles of Holy Scripture and its precepts were designed after the laws contained in scripture. We as a nation have drifted seriously away from GOD and His Word and as a result we have become morally and ethically anorexic and our strength as a unified people has become nearly non-existent. Why haven’t we brought this nation back to its one time greatness? Because it is the responsibility of its citizens to acknowledge that there is a GOD and the bible is His written Word? The key word for us as a people is the word “REPENT,” which implies that we are to do an about face and turn from our wicked ways. In doing this He (God) would then heal our land! “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn (repent) from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. But are we willing to do this? I believe that what we have always needed was to have more Christian politicians in our seats of government (Just like it was in the days of our nations birth) to make this country the Super Power that it once was. But as I read and study scripture I am fearful that there is a reason why there is no mention of our nation in the last days. I believe that our country has gone so far away from God that there is no longer the hope of turning our country around to bring it back to its former greatness.

I don’t believe that Islam is the answer for the United States.

WALK CAUTOUSLY

I am fearful that if we don’t do our part for the cause of Christ that we may be possibly headed for some future persecutions in our homeland. We all need to do what we can to get people saved and to strengthen the beliefs of those that name the name of Jesus. No doubt that some if not many will balk at our attempt to share the gospel with them. And I’m sure that as we try that there will be those that will try to label what we are doing as hate speech. But we as a Christian people need to continue to try for two reasons. First and foremost because we need to love one another, and in sharing the gospel that is what we are trying to do, love our fellow man and help them to come to the realization that they too can have eternal life but putting their faith (trust) in Christ. Secondly we being a Christian means that we are to be Christ-like, and Christ gave his life a ransom for all when he faced persecution and death on the cross, and for us it could mean persecution and death as well. Not an easy thing to think about much less talk about. We are told in Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

A SORROWFUL ATTITUDE

I also believe that we are in the Laodicean church age where even bible believing Christians are saying that they are increased with goods and have need of nothing. We need to open our eyes and the eyes of our saved brothers and sisters to the fact that many churches in our country have become lukewarm and indifferent in their attitude towards bible study, prayer, soul winning and sound doctrine. Many are turning from the truth of scripture to follow after what others are trying to call the norm of society. And we are warned of this in 2 Timothy 4:3 & 4.

2 Timothy 4:3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This so called norm which is being promoted by those that have raised their banner of sin as the new law of the land is a serious offense to our Christian beliefs: and our rights to worship God freely will be the next step of attack in their agenda. We are being pushed to set aside what God calls sin for the sake of those that wish to promote their immoral disintegration, and our indisputable right to believe and hold to those doctrines which oppose sin in any form is now being challenged. We all need to get serious about what we believe and why. Our children in particular are being pulled in all sorts of directions in an education system where they are exposed to heresies and false doctrines. We as the adult structure of our churches need to take a strong stance and begin teaching our families at home during a time of daily Devotion and Prayer. We need to be open to their questions and also ask what they are being taught or what they are being influenced by. We can no longer sit by and just trust that they are getting it and understanding what the bible truly teaches.

LORD TEACH US

Often I think of the Disciples coming to Christ and asking Him to teach them to pray. That has always been a bit of a shock to me that they asked Him to teach them to pray. Having been a devout Jew you would have thought that they would have already understood this. And if they needed to be taught how to pray then did they need to be taught how to win a soul to Christ? Did they need to be taught how to tithe and why? Did they need to be taught how to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the LORD? Did they need to be taught to put on the armor of GOD and fight the good fight of the faith? I believe that they did in all cases, and if Christ had to teach these and many other things to His children then it behooves us to teach our children as well.

We need to get busy teaching our children and grandchildren the truths of GOD’s Word. We need to stop this Laodicean attitude and get serious about what we believe and who we believe in. If we don’t start teaching our children “Thus saith the LORD” then we are going to lose them to these hellish ways and false doctrines. They are your children, so fight for them!!! Quit acting like you don’t have any power or strength! You have the power of Heaven at your disposal; use it!

Let go of the things of this world and take hold of Christ!!! I am often reminded of that thought in this simple little poem.

TREASURES

One by one He took them from me,

All the things I valued most,

Until I was empty-handed;

Every glittering toy was lost.

 

And I walked earth’s highways, grieving.

In my rags and poverty.

Till I heard His voice inviting,

“Lift your empty hands to Me!”

 

So I held my hands toward heaven,

And He filled them with a store

Of His own transcendent riches,

Till they could contain no more.

 

And at last I comprehended

With my stupid mind and dull,

That God COULD not pour His riches

Into hands already full!

By: Martha Snell Nicholson

 

We live in a world of uncertainty, threatened by sin! It seems like we are forever being challenged by someone to accept the norm of the day and to reject what they call old habits or beliefs. Many people act like God is a fantasy with no power and no authority. But He will laugh when their calamity comes upon them, and He will cause them to be sore afraid and terrified.

Psalms 2:1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,       3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Psalm 37:13The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

We are all born into this world as hopelessly lost sinners and without Christ our sure destination is to spend an eternity in a real place called hell. But we can escape that awful destiny and change our course of direction. We are told in Romans 10:9 & 10 that if we believe in our hearts and confess with out mouths the LORD Jesus we will be saved.

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Gematria is an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other or bear some relation to the number itself.

[2] Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fir means “breaking the fast”. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_ul-Fitr

 

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