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Listening To Advisers

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"Listen to your elders." "Get advise from someone who has experience." "I have been there and can tell you how it is."

The above statements are often offered to those who are seeking advise about something they are dealing with in their life. I want to begin by stating that these statements are good general ideas for such a situation. Those who have gone before in a situation can help us, but I want to consider a somewhat different idea in this article. We need to make sure we are not ignoring good advice just because it is from a seemingly unqualified source. Wise advise can sometimes come from strange places.

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Disease

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There is a disease going around today. It is taking over the world. It's ultimate design is eternal death. A great majority of the world has caught it, and it is rapidly spreading. You can hear about it on the news, read about it in the papers, our presidents have spoken about it.

You may believe the disease I'm talking about is AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) or the Ebola Virus, or some other kind of physical sickness. It is NOT. You may believe it is something like homosexuality, abortion, or divorce. Although these are terrible problems and are running rampant, and they do have something to do with it, they themselves are not what I am referring to.

What I am referring to is killing this once great nation we live in. It is also killing what has long been thought of as conservative congregations. The problem is that we are no longer concerned with teaching the Bible itself, instead we teach Bible Stories, and leave them at that. We have found that a greater number will attend if we tell interesting stories instead of preaching the gospel.

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God's Plan of Salvation

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The first step we must take toward obtaining forgiveness is HEAR. How can we know that forgiveness is available if we do not hear the Word of God. Romans 10:17 tells us "So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God". Hearing is necessary to complete the rest of the plan of salvation set forth in the scriptures.

Romans 10:17, also tells us once we have heard the Word of God, it should produce faith. What is faith? In Hebrews 11:1 we find God's definition of faith "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith is necessary for salvation. Faith is believing in something that you have not seen, it is what our hopes are made up of. I have faith there is a Washington DC, though I have never been there, I place my belief on the fact that others have been there and seen it. I place my belief in Jesus, even though I have never seen Him, on the fact that others have, and testified of Him in the New Testament. We must understand that hearing the Word of God and having faith in it is not enough. In James 2:20,26 we read "Faith without works is dead". Just stating that I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God is not enough. The Lord taught in Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven". Many of the rulers of that time believed in Jesus, as evidenced in John 12:42 "Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him". It is painfully clear that more is required of us than belief.

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Eventually Caught

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"It has always been a mystery to me why people commit crimes. Someone who speeds down the highway gambling the act of being caught ... those who can't seem to tell the truth ... people who steal, commit fornication, and even murder. Does it become a way of life that seems to be too interesting to give up? Or is it for other reasons?

Do they not understand the consequences of being fined, jail time, prison, sexual diseases, or even death? Or is it they think they won't be caught for their sinful acts?

Why, if they know the consequences of being caught, do they persist on sentencing themselves to punishment, the fearful dreadment of prison, would or should be enough to persuade otherwise. We should always remember that we will eventually be caught somewhere along the way. We should all consider the consequences of all sinful acts whether it be lying, stealing, killing, fornication and many others. We can elude being caught by the law but we've already been caught by the Lord. So why then should we continue to sentence our souls to torment in the ETERNAL prison of HELL!"

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Giving Attention

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In Earl West’s book, The Search For the Ancient Order, he relates a conversation between ‘Raccoon’ John Smith, a pioneer Gospel preacher of the restoration period, and another preacher, William Vaughn. The conversation takes place after having heard Alexander Campbell speak on the allegory of Hagar and Sarah. “ ‘Is it not hard, brother Billy, to ride twenty miles, as I have done, just to hear a man preach thirty minutes?’ ‘ You are mistaken brother John; look at your watch. It has surely been longer than that.’ When Smith looked, he found Campbell had preached two hours and thirty minutes. Two hours were gone, and he knew not where.” (Vol. 1, pg. 247)

When I read this passage from brother West’s book, it struck me as something that would not take place today. I find it very interesting to see how the attention spans have shortened concerning Gospel preachers and the length of their sermons.

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