We evangelical Christians need make no apology for our beliefs. They come in a direct line from the apostles. We can check the tenets of our faith against the beliefs of all of the church fathers, and they will check out one by one. Then check them all with Holy Scripture, and again they will prove solid. What then is the trouble that lies over the church? The answer is we are too relaxed, and too comfortable. We hold the faith of our fathers, but it does not hold us. Are we spiritually blind? God has committed the most precious of all treasures to us, but we are not committed to it. God has set eternity in our hearts, and we have chosen earthly things instead. Jesus wants us to be attracted to a glorious tomorrow, but we settle for a dull today. We improvise and muddle along, hoping for heaven, but not eager to get there. We are correct in doctrine but weary of prayer, and bored with God. Oh Lord give us ears to hear & eyes to see!
Paul was giving a very serious charge to Timothy. He said “I charge you before God,” and if that wasn’t enough, “the Lord Jesus Christ,” and finally, “the elect angels.” What was this charge? “That you observe these things without prejudice!” The exhortation was against showing favoritism to some. (1 Tim.5) Every person is equal in the eyes of God. So if a servant of God shows favoritism than they are misrepresenting God. It is important that we understand that everyone is of equal importance in the eyes of the Lord. God loves us all, He doesn’t have any favorites. We should follow Christ’ example. Christians should treat everyone, regardless of their position in life, with respect. To do any less is to offend our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
God has provided salvation for all mankind. When Christ died, He died for the sins of the world. His offer is open to all; “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22). But most people reject Christ and refuse God’s gift of salvation. So although Christ died for all and makes the offer to all, only those who accept Jesus Christ receive the benefit. So He “Is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe”(1 Tim.4). In other words, He died for everyone, but it takes acceptance by faith to really know Jesus as your personal Savior. Christ’ death doesn’t do you any good unless you receive His forgiveness.
It is sad when people are raised up in Christian ministry too soon after they are saved. They may be clever business people, or prominent citizens, or they may be talented entertainers, singers, musicians, artists or athletes; and when they come to Christ, and began to attend church people see how gifted they are, and immediately put them into a visible, public position. (1 Tim. 3) Talented new Christians are sometimes not given time to develop or mature, and quite often the result is that they are lifted up in pride. Christians need to give them a chance to become grounded in the faith before they are put into positions of leadership.
There is one God & one Mediator between God & men, the Man Christ Jesus”(1 Tim.2). All roads do not lead to Eternal Life! Most religions do not! There is only One who can lead us to Eternal Life, and that is Jesus Christ. He said; “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John14). We sometimes hear from people who are very upset because we teach about the narrow path that leads to Eternal Life, and that there is only one way. That’s not our opinion. Jesus said that!
Paul warned Timothy about those time wasters, who turn away from what matters to “idle talk.” There are some people who spend all their time and energy trying to debate and nit-pick issues that don’t matter. (1 Tim 1) I get letters from people who only want to debate. Sometimes they start with an honest-sounding question, but when you give them an honest answer they respond by writing a lengthy diatribe, advocating some strange theory. I try to avoid these disputes because I know I won’t get anywhere with them, so why waste time with idle talk? Pastor Chuck Smith
Jesus is coming! But we do not fix a definite time or condition that would allow us to sleep until prophecy is fulfilled. Someone asked; “Won’t the Jews be converted to Christ, & restored to their land?” I answered; “Yes! Surely they shall look on Him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son. And God shall give them the kingdom, for they are His people, whom He has not forever cast away”. The Jews, who are the natural olive branches, shall be grafted in to live again. Like the dry bones of Ezekiel 37 prophecy.” Study Romans chap. 9, 10 & 11 and search for yourself, but this is the main thing – Jesus will come! He may come in the first watch of the night, or the second watch, or He may wait until the morning watch. Jesus told His Bride: ‘Watch & be ready’ (Matt.25). So whenever He comes, you be ready. – Charles Spurgeon
Before the day of the Lord comes, there is going to be a falling away. (2 Thess.2) The translation “falling away” is from the Greek word apostasia. The root of that word means “depart.” Over the years, it has come to mean “departing from the faith,” but the word itself simply means “depart” or “leave”.Now I believe that in the last days many will depart from the faith, in fact, as you look at the so-called church today, you see many churches are in a state of falling away even now. But apostasia can also refer to a departure, which we believe is the Rapture of the church. The wrath of the Lamb will not be poured out until the Bride has departed to be with the Bridegroom in the air.