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Sunday, July 7, 2013

I Wanna Be Right

Developed from: The One and Only Authority for Right and Wrong
by Tony Chambers(Notes) on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:14am

The One and Only Authority for Right and Wrong
    Several years ago, I paid attention to Facebook and other social sites simply to keep tabs on what my children were doing. Three years ago, I discovered that some people used Facebook to speak the Word, and I signed up for the verse of the day. More recently, someone invited me to join a group of Way Believers, and this is based on part of a study one of them posted.
    He asked if morals, such as our stand against homosexuality, were just a matter of opinion? "Is there an ultimate standard for morality and if not where would one draw the line? If it’s all just a matter of opinion then logically anything anyone wants to do, no matter what it is, even murder, could be deemed morally acceptable and ok to do." (My first contemplation of national politics came when I was just ten. I paid attention to the Humphrey/Nixon/Wallace debates! In 1972, I had very definite opinions about the issues. Later, I followed every bit of the Watergate saga. By the time I was eighteen, I was campaigning for my favorite candidates. I took the Foundational Class on Biblical Research when I was 23 years old.)
    "You’d think it would be abundantly clear to everyone that everything cannot be morally acceptable or right. But with man such is not the case. So therefore if there is an ultimate standard for morality then man is not cable of judging what that standard is or know where to draw the line for acceptable behavior. He would draw many different lines. And that is exactly what we have today and have had throughout human history." Except that I put God and His Word first in my life, I would be one of those hyper sign-waving people who stand in front of public buildings and yelling.
Jeremiah 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
    What does sign-waving and slogan-shouting accomplish? Most people seem to have made up their minds. Who is right? How do we know? I want to be right. That's why politics had become such a big thing for me. Then, I heard the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 32:1-4
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
    So, who should one trust: man who believes truth is a matter of opinion or God who is right?
Titus 1:1,2,9
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Romans 2:1-2
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

    The truth of God’s Word is clear. Like it or not, believe or not, accept it or not. We know that all the Word works together. All of it is God's Word or none of it is. This is what we find worth the fight! My life does not depend on what political system prevails; my life depends on God.
1Co 1:17-31  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Who is right? God is! When we side with God, we are always right! God is the final authority.

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