Profaning God’s Name

Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Hallowed be Thy name.” God’s name is what He has revealed about Himself in the Holy Scripture. For instance, if it is taught that He did not create the world as revealed in the Bible, His name is distorted. If people deny the completeness of Christ’s sacrifice for sins on the cross, teaching others to trust their own merits, God’s name is profaned.

Likewise when professed Christians live contrary to God’s Word, His name is profaned. God said to David who had committed adultery and tried to cover it with murder,”You have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme’ (2 Samuel 12:14). Dishonesty, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, and lust for power among Christians distorts the name of God.

Hence we pray that the Word of God may be taught in its truth and purity and we, the children of God, live holy lives according to it. This grant us, dear Father in heaven. Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, AR. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Word of God

Some judges treat to the Constitution of the United States of America as a “living document.” They theorize that as society changes so the Constitution must evolve to address those changes. By this abortion is made legal, marriage is redefined, freedom of speech changes, and the right to bear arms restricted.

Humanity seeks to treat the Bible in the same fashion. So the argument goes, “Back then they did not understand homosexuality. Today we have a better understanding!” Or, “They were more barbaric in their understanding of sacrifice. Hence, the understanding of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross must be revised to fit modern man’s thinking.” So the Bible also is treated as a “living document” to evolve with the times.

Viewing the Constitution as a “living document” has dire consequences.

To treat the Bible as a “living document” is to treat it as the Word of Man, not the Word of God. Sinful man has always sought to escape the accusing finger of God’s Law; hence, to avoid repentance. The proclamation of Christ crucified for the sins of the world has always been “a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks” (1 Corinthians 1:23). The dire consequences of treating the Bible as a “living document” is ultimately to rob oneself of the salvation God offers.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where the Gospel as heard from the Bible is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24) and is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Sunday service time is 10::00 a.m.

A Bias Against Christians

News reporters must of necessity be selective in what they put into print, yet one may ask, “Why has nothing been openly published about members of the Afghan parliament calling for the execution of Christian converts?” With a multitude of journalists covering the US $70 billion a year war, “Why the secrecy of President Hamid Karzai’s demand that conversions be stopped, in the wake of which dozens of Afghan Christians fled, some leaving the country?” (World Magazine, July 17, 2010) Why has no publicity been given and why is there no cry of injustice, when last month four Christians were arrested in Detroit, not because they broke the law, but because they came to proclaim the love of Jesus for Muslims. Others handing out the Gospel of John were told to stop. There is an obvious bias against those who confess the name of Christ. In countries with a Muslim majority the Christian’s life is in jeopardy. In the USA the First Amendment rights for Christians are being set aside. What is happening confirms the Word of Jesus, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 15:18;16:33). Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where you are strengthened for all manner of tribulation through the proclamation of the Good News of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Pride

The patriotic song goes, “I”m proud to be an American!” “Proud” as in thankful to God that He put me in a land of opportunity where I am also free to confess my faith in Jesus Christ as the one Savior from sin.  This is good reason to celebrate Independence Day.

It is an affront to God, however, to be proud of our sin. Some may be proud that they can sexually subdue others; some may be proud of their shop-lifting ability; abortionists may be proud of their skill; larcenist may gloat in deceiving people; liars may be proud of their ability to deceive; same-sex couples may be proud of a relationship contrary to God’s creation. To be proud of sin is the opposite of repentance. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these thing the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience”
(Ephesians 5:6). The unrepentant reject the forgiveness God offers them in Christ.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to hear and receive the forgiveness God gives to those who acknowledge their sins and repent. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.