IDLE AND FRIVOLOUS TALK ON FACEBOOK

The Bible condemns idle and frivolous talk. Matt 12.36 says People will have to give account for every careless word they speak.

I notice that many so-called Christians spend a lot of time on Facebook in idle and unprofitable discussions. Perhaps they are living lonely, boring and meaningless lives, and they find Facebook an outlet to vent out their boredom and loneliness. They love to stir up controversy with provocative tweets and silly one-liners.

I notice that Scripture does not hold much fascination for FB Christians. They would rather discuss political issues or indulge in apologetics or bleat out insipid stuff from Jesus Daily and Herty Borngreat, pleading that people type Amen to the vague and trashy stuff they’ve put up.

Most Christians on Facebook have serious psychological and spiritual issues. The overwhelming majority of them are not born again or indwelt by the Holy Spirit. They are quite ignorant of the Bible. For instance, Eph 5.4 says, Let there be no foolish talk nor crude joking. Eph 4.29 says, Speak only what is good for building up others. Prov 10.8 says that those who speak foolishness (frivolity, trivial talk) will come to ruin. Prov 14.23 says, Idle talk leads only to poverty.

Paul writing to Timothy in 1 Tim 1.6 says, Some people have turned to idle discussions. They want to be experts in the Bible. However, they don’t understand what they’re talking about or the things about which they speak so confidently. Who are these people? You will find Calvinists engaging in heated verbal debates over ‘Calvinism vs Arminianism’, not realizing that both isms are wrong. Imho, Calvinism is a cult which is spreading fast over all the globe, just like the other cult of Pentecostalism. Paul says, while concluding 1 Timothy, “Avoid profane and idle babble and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim 6.20). Surely that applies to Calvinists who think they have knowledge (somewhat like the Gnostics of old), when actually they have perverted the truths of the Bible.

Col 4.5-6 says, Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt. Well, the salt speaks of truth, and truth comes from reading and understanding the Word of God, John 17.17. Yes, our speech should be gracious; but there are times when “Open rebuke is better than hidden love”.

It is because we are concerned that so many Christians are frittering away their lives in idle talk on Facebook that we are writing this post. I hope that the reader will stop wasting time on Facebook, and spend more time reading his or her Bible. Not only reading, but also obeying the Word of God. (Go through all the Bible references I have given, and you will understand!)

JK

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GOD’S WATCHFUL CARE

PHILLIP was very fond of his grandmother, but there was just one thing he did not like about her room. This was a framed Sampler which hung on the wall over her bed. Of course, it was very old-fashioned; but what Phillip did not like were the embroidered words: “Thou God seest me.”

“Why do you have that on your wall?” he asked his grandmother one day. She replied: “Because it comforts me.” “Well, it doesn’t comfort me,” said Phillip, “it does just the opposite. I don’t think it is fair that God should always be spying on me.” “Fair or not,” said his grandmother quietly, “it is true.”

As Christmas came near the matter of shopping arose, and when one day Phillip’s school had a shopping holiday, his father also took a day off and they drove into the nearby town. As he drove along, Phillip’s father remarked: “I hear that the police have TV cameras covering the town centre, so that they can keep an eye on thieves and pickpockets.” He added: “Of course, some people don’t like the idea of being spied on. In fact, my newspaper this morning says that it is not right.” Phillip’s mother said that she thought that it was a good idea, but Phillip broke in with his old complaint about it not being fair. “I don’t like it,” he told his parents. “No,” said his father, “and nor do the criminals. Those who are doing no wrong have no need to fear being watched.” “Well, I don’t like it,” repeated Phillip. “I don’t think that it is fair. Why, it is almost as bad as Grandma’s text!”

By this time they had arrived at the car park, and were soon so involved in their shopping that all else was forgotten. There seemed so much to buy and Phillip found it very exciting. The great moment for him was when he chose his tape-recorder. This was something he had longed to have, but because of the price he hardly dare hope that he would ever get one. However, his parents and his grandmother had joined together to give him the money. He found just the thing, at just the right price, and was thrilled when they went back to the car park and he was carefully carrying the parcel with the recording machine. Of course, he was carrying other parcels as well, and so were his parents. In fact, they were all three so loaded up that nobody had a free hand to open the car.

Father’s arms were full of small parcels, so he asked Phillip to get the car key out of his outside pocket. Phillip first placed his precious parcel in a safe place and then fished around in his father’s pocket till after a struggle and some delay he managed to find it. At first he could not get the car door open, which made Mother and Father rather impatient, as they were so laden with their parcels, but at last he succeeded. Father poured out his armful of parcels on to the back seat, helped Mother with hers, and then they all got into the car and drove off.

They were less than half a mile from the car park when they were stopped by a police car. Father wondered for a moment if he had hurt somebody without knowing it, and even more so when the policeman’s first question was: “Have you just come from the main car park?” “Yes,” he replied. “I hope that there is no trouble.” “Not really, sir,” said the policeman, “but I think that you left a parcel there.” Both Father and Mother were about to deny this when Phillip broke in. As soon as the policeman mentioned a parcel he had a cold feeling inside him as he remembered that he had forgotten to pick up his recording machine. So in a rather scared voice he said: “It’s mine! I left it down behind our car.” “That’s all right, sir,” said the policeman cheerfully. “Not to worry.” So they turned round to drive back to the car park.

Meanwhile poor Phillip hardly dared to breathe in case the tape recorder might be stolen while they were driving back, but really he had no cause for worry, since there at the car park entrance was a smiling police officer with the precious parcel in his hand. Phillip was so grateful that he could hardly speak, but his father thanked the policeman and then he asked him how they knew about it and whose it was. The man explained that at the Police Station there was an officer watching the television screens. He had seen it all happen, had taken their number, and had then put out calls to him and also to the police car. “It was the ever-watchful eye that did it,” he concluded laughingly.

Phillip was very quiet as they drove home. His father could not resist asking him if he had changed his mind about being spied on, and he had to admit that but for the TV cameras he would never have been warned about his mistake and would have lost his valuable Christmas present.

That evening he went into his grandmother’s room and told her all about it, and how the watchful eye of the man at the Police Station had saved him from losing his parcel. In a very gentle voice she said to him: “Now you know, Phillip, why I find it such a comfort to remember that God always sees me. He is looking not to spite me but to take care of me. He will do the same for you if you trust Him to be your Saviour.”

She then showed him another verse about the eye of God. It was that wonderful reminder that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). This was the lesson which Phillip had learned. Have you learned it yet?

H.F.

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THE CURSE OF THE FLYING SCROLL, ZECHARIAH 5.4

God has made it very clear from His Word that He is a holy God, He is a righteous God and He is a God who will surely punish the wicked. I was reading the Book of Zechariah this morning, and in chapter 5 I read about the flying scroll. It tells about the curse that comes upon thieves and perjurers among God’s people. Are we robbing God of His money, His time, the service due to Him? Are we making promises and resolutions and failing to keep them? Who is a thief, but the one who steals from God? You owe Him your worship, your service, your life itself. Who is a perjurer or one who swears falsely by His name, Zech 5.4? Are we promising to live for the Lord and yet only living to please ourselves?

The curse in Zech 5.4 is terrible. There is a day of judgment; the sinners in Zion shall tremble and be afraid. I am sorry to say that the overwhelming majority of so-called Christians on Facebook (and Twitter) are wishy-washy wimps; they don’t read or study the Bible and they don’t live by the Word of God. I feel ashamed when I see the superficial and carnal and worldly posts and tweets put up by them. They are giving Christ a bad name. Better they don’t call themselves Christians! Why, even a Muslim has greater fear of his god than a Christian has for the true and living God.

Today’s Christians (and many of them are my FB friends!) should be ashamed of themselves for living such shallow and stupid lives. They are robbing God of His time by wasting their life in idle and trivial discussions. They say they are followers of Christ, but they will not deny themselves and carry their cross and follow Him (Matt 16.24, Luke 9.23).

The vision of the flying scroll is a warning to those who are complacent and indifferent to God, even while calling themselves Christians and professing to follow Christ. God’s judgment will surely fall on the bulk of Christians on Facebook. I am sure of that.

You may ask, “Then why are you here on FB?” I am here to warn you that God’s curse will enter the house of the (Christian) thief and the house of the (Christian) perjurer (one who swears falsely by HIs name), and that curse will remain in the midst of his house and consume it with its timber and stones. How terrible!

RO

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CONSECRATION, MORTIFICATION AND INTERCESSION

These three words came to me with a new meaning during my recent preaching and teaching ministry.

Consecration. Not enough to say that you are a believer, that you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Are you living a life that is fully dedicated to the Lord? Have you consecrated all the members of your body – and your mind – to serve Him? Have you surrendered to Him and come under His headship and lordship? A true Christian is one who has consecrated his life to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He purchased me with His precious Blood; I belong to Him. I live for Him.

Mortification. This word came to me with a new force during my teaching ministry. We say we are crucified with Christ, Gal 2.20. But what does it mean? Is it something merely in the realm of head-knowledge. If I am a crucified Christian, does it not follow that I have to put to death the deeds of the flesh? That I must mortify these fleshly and worldly tendencies that are inherent in me? The Lord Himself said that a true follower would deny himself and carry his cross daily and follow Him, Luke 9.23. Carrying the cross is painful, but it has to be done.

Intercession. We keep praying for ourselves and our loved ones. But are we praying for the family of God? I find it difficult to be an intercessor. I keep a prayer list, but I am unable to pray fervently for the names there. I must learn to agonize in prayer. The highest form of prayer is intercession. All the time I am in the realm of supplication. Only recently I am learning to worship and adore the Lord. But most important of all, for my priestly ministry (for we are priests before God) I need to bear the names of the people I pray for on my breast and on my shoulders – like the high priest of old!

These are important words. I am still learning. If I become a true intercessor, then I can say that I have progressed in my Christian life. So far I have still not graduated to that level. Lord, help me be an intercessor, and learn the power of prayer!

JK

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HOLINESS, OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY

These three words keep coming up in my mind often these days, during my preaching and teaching of the Bible. They are practical words; I mean you learn the meaning and value of these words through experience.

Holiness. Without holiness, no man shall see God, Heb 12.14. Are we living a holy life? What is holiness? The root meaning is separation. Are we living a life that is separated from the world. Are we free from sinning? Are we prone to habitual sins? Does your conscience prick you when you do wrong? Only by living a pure and holy life can you feel the presence of God. That means no distractions; your entire life is consecrated to the Lord. We live to serve Him, not ourselves or the world.

Obedience. Are we reading the Bible just for information? Head knowledge will not help. We have to obey God’s Word. How are we in the matter of giving? God hates selfishness. Do we give to the work of God, especially in those areas where Christians are persecuted? Do we help the poor believers? How are we spending our time? When the Holy Spirit reminds you of something to be done, do we respond immediately? I have found that when I obey the Lord, the Bible opens up for me; God speaks to me in a new way!

Humility. Perhaps this is the hardest word of all. When our pride is hurt, do we nurse grievances or bitterness towards anyone? Are we keeping ourselves at the foot of the Cross? How easy it is to get puffed up! We actually take pride in our holiness and obedience! No! We must realize how weak and foolish we are. Every minute we are dependent on the Lord for His grace and wisdom. We have no right to criticize our fellow-brethren. Every child of God is precious in God’s sight. Only a truly humble person can love with God’s love.

I have learnt the value of these three words through bitter experience. There are another three words – Consecration, Mortification and Intercession – about which I will talk another time.

God bless you.

JK

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FOUR GLORIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST – 4

FOUR GLORIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST (From the Book of Hebrews)

Part 4 – Christ has Settled The Question of Sin Once and Forever: He is Coming Again “Without Sin Unto Salvation”

When the Lord came to earth it was to take up and settle, once for all, the awful question of sin. He came into this world to die for our sins on the cross of Calvary. But He is coming again, coming a second time. “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Heb 9.28

He is coming again, not to suffer a second time for our sins – God forbid! – but ‘without sin (apart from sin) unto salvation’. He is coming to bring His own into the fullness of salvation, to save them from the very presence of sin. In His first coming, by dying on the cross, He has saved us from the judgment and penalty of sin. When He comes again, in His second coming, He comes to save us from the very presence of sin. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more sin!

Look at the Old Testament picture of the high priest entering within the veil on the Day of Atonement. The gaze of the people fixed itself on the door of the tabernacle. If the high priest came not out, if he died in the presence of God, their hopes were utterly blasted; it meant that the blood was not accepted, their sins remained on them. If the high priest came out, there was a sigh of relief; the anxious suspense was over; it meant that the blood was accepted.

But now in the New Testament period in which we live, there is no question, no suspense, no anxiety. We eagerly look for the coming of our Lord Jesus to take us into His Father’s house, to those many ‘mansions’ where He has prepared a place for us. (We are not interested in mansions or palaces or buildings of gold; we are interested in being in the presence of God! ~JK)

We are going to be with our Lord forever and ever, as part of the heavenly Jerusalem, ruling by His side over the entire earth and the universe. “Unto Him who loves us and has washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father – to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen! Rev 1:5,6.

H.F.W. (adapted)

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FOUR GLORIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST – 3

FOUR GLORIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST
(From the Book of Hebrews)

Part 3 – Christ Abides Continually In God’s Presence For Us

It is a glorious fact that not only are our sins gone, and the nature of God is magnified, but that Christ having put away our sins, He is continually before God interceding for us as our heavenly High Priest.

Instead of looking upon our sins, God looks upon HIm who put our sins away. Our heavenly High Priest bears our names upon His Person and abides within the Holiest of All, in the very presence of God.

The high priests of old stood before the Mercy seat and sprinkled the blood thereon to atone for sins. They could do this only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. But our heavenly High Priest sits at the right hand of God. In the tabernacle of old, there was no seat provided, for there was no rest obtained by its sacrifices. God said to His Son, “Sit Thou upon My right hand”, for He has finished the work that His Father had given Him to do. Once God in His justice had forsaken His Son upon the cross, but now God in His justice has established Him as a Man upon the throne. It is His justice; since Christ fulfilled all righteousness and the divine claims of justice by shedding His blood for us upon the cross.

Observe the scene of rest. Christ seated, His work completed, His toil ended. He is seated in God’s presence as our Representative. He has met our need as sinners by shedding His precious blood on the cross; He has magnified the majesty of God’s throne (established on righteousness, justifce and holiness) by dying that terrible death on Calvary; and now as risen and ascended, in token of God having accepted His sacrifice, being fully satisfied with His Finished Work on the Cross (He paid the debt in full!), He is seated on the Throne of God. We are at rest, at peace, fully assured that He has obtained eternal redemption for us, we are eternally secure – for that is what the Book of Hebrews tells us. Read these three verses. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”, Heb 10.10. “This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”, Heb 10.12. “By one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified”, Heb 10.14.

Hence we have boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, Heb 10.19. We can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need, Heb 4.16. Let us never forget that our heavenly High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, is continually interceding for us before God and His Father, Heb 7.25.

H.F.W. (adapted)

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