November 16, 2003
John 8:32 - “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free”
I Tim. 3:3b-4 - “....God our Savior; who will have all men
to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth.”
State of the Union - Isaiah 5:4 - “What could have been done
more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?”
Isaiah 5:7a - “For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the
house of Israel” - America - in modern times?
There was a time - 200 yrs. this was never questioned - now
there are people who know not God that are trying to rewrite
history - denial - can’t face reality - candidates for Western State
Isaiah 1:2-4 (no progress - retrograde - CEO’s would fire people
for doing this)
A controversy - no end to this - Hosea 4:1 (smile)
v. 4 - “beguile” - reason falsely, to deceive by false reasoning -
America’s bane and why we are turning away from God!
v. 8 - “spoil” - booty
Philosophy of the Universities - Psychology substituted
for the Bible.
Philosophy - Seminaries - Know lots about
Freud, Plato, Kant - little about the Word of God.
These damning philosophies killed the church at Colosse
and the church in Laodecia - the weakest of the seven
churches of Asia.
A psyche job!
They boasted of affluence/wealth/knowledge
but they were blind to how they really were.
Beguile - to victimize with enticing words/slick talk?
The reason I smiled was that I had prepared to use
Hosea 4:14c,6a, 7,9b,10c,11,12b, 17
Isaiah 3:8-13 Eccl. 8:11-13
Notice Ezekiel 9:4
Judge Moore of Alabama said “he was born to do this” -
Do you think the Lord was not near this man?
Do you not think that God is far off from those who are
Satan’s representatives among us - calling his like
“neanderthal” - judiciary committee member -
sat against Judge Robert Bork - May I recommend the
Bible to you - also Slouching towards Gormorrah!
Eph. 4:18 - speaks of “the ignorance that is in them” -
once again may I say there is a distinct possibility
that the letter to the Ephesians is the letter to
Laodecia that Paul mentions in Col. 4:16
v. 5 - “beholding your order” - “steadfastness in the faith”
These are military terms - an ordered array, a solid front -v.8
Someone has been asleep at the wheel in the last 40 years -
Valdez - Staten Island ferry boat - people get upset
v. 6 - “so walk ye in Him”
This is the way we get around in this world - by walking.
Enoch - Gen. 5:21-27 - “walked with God”
Father of Methusaleh - oldest man in the Bible -
His name means “when he dies it shall come” - talking of
Notice the longsuffering of God - I Pet 3:20 (smile)
II Peter 3:9 Jude 14-15
If it was me - I am more like James and John - sons of
thunder - “Lord, shall we command fire to come out of
heaven” - “ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of”
was Jesus’ reply.
Notice - Methusaleh - 969 year old - 187 before son
Lamech, 782 after Lamech was born = 969.
Notice 187 + 182 = 369 + 600 (ch. 7:6) = 969
Now notice Genesis 4 - gives insight into the record
of the evil character of the ungodly line of
Lamech from Cain
And Genesis 5 gives the record of the godly line through
Seth on p. 161 from The Genesis Record by Henry
Morris. (See next page)
v. 7 - “rooted and built up in Him” -
Ps. 1:3-6 John 15:4-6
v. 8 - “spoil” - booty
“philosophy & vain deceit” - none have a confidence
in the Word of God whether the secularists in our
universities or theological seminaries like the one
in Louisville included (attempted to retake from
liberal control - Courier Journal bad mouths at
every opportunity because it is a mouth piece for
the anti-christian spirit that I have been harping on)
Now it seems to me the State Baptist Convention
is very moderate from reading between the lines - can
you imagine who would vote for such leadership?
This “philosophy & vain deceit” - is selfish,
partisan spirit and overbearing in conduct.
Human authority - natural reason - presented as
superior to faith in Christ.
v. 8b - “traditions of men” - rather than the
Word of God - Acts 20:27 - “avoid”
“rudiments of the world” - I John 2:15-17
v. 9 - The Pleroma of ch. 1:9
v. 10 - “And ye are complete in Him” - a complete
Christ makes His people complete - His
pleroma is our plerosis. Finding the whole
fulness of God brought within our reach and
engaged in our behalf - Phil. 2:7, Matt. 20:28 -
in Him, we need not resort elsewhere to supply
our spiritual needs - Phil 4:19
This completeness includes the furnishing of men
with all that is required for their present and final
salvation as individuals.
vs. 18-19 - REASONS FOR DISSOLUTION OF
SOCIETY - a loose relationship with
“puffed up” - conceited/fleshly minded/sensuous origin
DISLOYALTY TO THE HEAD WORKS DESTRUCTION
TO THE BODY!
v. 18 - Judged out of own mouth
v. 19 - “the ties that bind”
I Kings 16:21 - “Then were the people of Israel
divided into two parts: half of the people
followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make
him king; and half followed Omri”.
United we stand, divided we fall - our state motto.
Ask Artose Pinner about binding - broken leg but
ligaments and tendons in leg injured also.
v. 19 v. 2 Eph. 4:15-16