Reasoning Out of the Scriptures
I. This study sets forth the Biblical method for arriving at truth, our chief pursuit. PRO 23:23; 4:7.
A. It sets forth the importance of linear, connected thought that produces sound conclusions as
opposed to scattered, disconnected thought that produces invalid or indeterminate conclusions. This may be expressed:
1. Valid premise + valid reasoning = valid conclusion.
2. Valid premise + invalid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
3. Invalid premise + valid reasoning = invalid conclusion.
4. Invalid premise + invalid reasoning = indeterminate conclusion.
(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Cults and Their Appeal
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Ephesians 4:14)
I. cult: A particular form or system of religious worship; esp. in reference to its external rites and ceremonies. Now commonly, a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
A. The term “cult” has such a negative connotation in our culture that being labelled as such is
The Identity of True Faith and Practice
I. Error begins with accepting some other standard for faith and practice than the word of God.
GEN 3:1-6; 2CO 11:3.
II. Personal feelings and thoughts do not determine truth. PRO 28:26; 14:12.
A. It is possible to be completely convinced that one is doing right though in error.
JOH 16:2; ACT 26:9-10.
1. Dedication to an error does not justify the error.
2. Zeal is not necessarily a good thing. GAL 4:17-18.
B. It is possible to be in ignorance about wrongdoing. PSA 19:12; ACT 3:17.
Thanksgiving Day in America has a noble history of national pausing to give thanks to the Creator for His benefits. But the reverence and humility once associated with the custom has been considerably displaced by what is now truly important to our culture: pleasure (long weekend, football, feasting, shopping). Pleasure in and of itself is not evil, but when it becomes the summum bonum of a nation, watch out!
Modest Apparel (1TI 2:9-10)
I. A Biblical ministry is characterized by a balanced emphasis on grace and practical holiness.
A. “All holiness” leaves the soul overburdened and without relief or hope.
B. “All grace” leaves the soul without conviction or defined direction. It opens the door to a
false liberty. ROM 6:1-2 c/w JUDE 1:4.
II. It should be obvious to any reasonable person that we are living in a society that is in an increasing state of undress.
(1Co 1:19) For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
(1Co 1:20) 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?
(The following meditation was authored by Brother Stephen Pham)
“28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.” (Jeremiah 2)
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I. usury: The fact or practice of lending money at interest; esp. in later use, the practice of charging, taking, or contracting to receive, excessive or illegal rates of interest for money on loan.
II. There are three basic reasons for usury:
A. The Reason of Time-Preference.
1. A man forfeits the use of his money for a period of time during which it is unavailable for expenditure or investment for profit.
2. Since present goods are more valuable to men than future goods, men discount future goods.