Christians & Government


This week we celebrate our American independence. It is a good time to think about our responsibility to our government. Consider the following:

  1. We are to be law-abiding citizens: “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers.” (Romans 13:1a)
  1. God did not intend that man should live in anarchy so He ordained government. “There is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1b)
  1. As Christians we are to pray for our rulers. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2a)
  1. The purpose of our prayers for rulers is also stated: “That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:2b)

Change for Children Campaign

The Change for Children Campaign begins today. The time frame runs from today to Sunday September 22, 2013. Please pick up a can for your family and begin filling it with your change (or dollar bills if you prefer).

For our encouragement, consider the following passages of Scripture:

“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the

fatherless and the widows in their

affliction, and keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

To learn about Southeastern Children’s Home and the good work they do visit


Our Heavenly Father

Well, it’s Father’s Day – the Day we are all honor our fathers. For some, it’s a day to do something special for father; for others it’s a day to remember. Today, in the sermon, I plan to talk about earthly fathers; but this article lets us consider our Heavenly Father.

The Psalmist David wrote, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)

We know how a good earthly father can be: stern, strict, demanding. And we also know why: he wants his children to do well. He wants to keep them out of trouble. He wants to give them every advantage so that they may have success in life. But then, beyond the stern, strictness, there is a soft spot. He knows his little boy or girl is just that little person. He knows that his teenager is just a teenager, like he once was.

The same is true, of our Heavenly Father. He knows our frame, that we are made of dust. He knows that we are weak, frail human beings. So He extends His grace and mercy.


No Sinner’s Prayer

The way to obtain salvation in many denominations is by praying the sinner’s prayer. Each “Sinner’s Prayer” varies in detail, but they put forth the same idea: that if a person sincerely says and means these words, God will save them. But, there is no sinner’s prayer mentioned in the Scriptures. In the New Testament, not one person is told to pray to receive salvation.

For examples of the Lord’s plan of salvation, look in the book of Acts which details the preaching of the inspired apostles. In this soul-saving book, there is no record of anyone, at any time, under any circumstance, ever being asked to pray to receive salvation. Read of the conversions in Acts for yourself: Acts 2:37-38, Acts 8:4-5, 12-13, Acts 8:35-39, Acts 9:1-19, Acts 10:33, 42-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:30-34, Acts 18:4-8, Acts 19:1-5

Paul wanted to know what to do (Acts 9:6). He was told to go into the city and wait for someone to tell him. He waited three days, praying and fasting (Acts 9:9-11). If anyone could have been saved by prayer, surely it would have been Paul. Yet what did Ananias tell Paul when he arrived? See Acts 22:16. In other words, three days of prayer had left Paul still in his sins. So what was Paul instructed to do to be saved? See Acts 9:18.

Praying to obtain salvation is an invention of man. Jesus asks a simple question in Luke 6:46. The people saved in the book of Acts were never instructed to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer.”

According to our Lord, to receive salvation, sinners are to

hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized.


The Christian and Television Part III

We need to remember that the devil is the one usually writing the script (Gal. 5:16, 19-21). Professors S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman interviewed 240 broadcasters and journalists from national media outlets, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, Newsweek, CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS. They reported that very few broadcasters and journalists are regular churchgoers. Only 8 percent go to church or synagogue weekly, and 85 percent seldom or never attend. 90 percent agree that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether or not to have abortion; 79 percent agree strongly. Although most Americans believe that homosexuality is wrong, Lichter and Rothman found that 75 percent of the media elite believe it is okay. A mere 9 percent felt strongly that homosexuality is wrong. The majority (54 percent) do not regard adultery as wrong, with only 15 percent strongly agreeing that extramarital affairs are immoral. Their conclusion? “Members of the media elite emerge as strong supporters of sexual freedom or permissiveness.” Should it surprise us, then, that the plot of many prime time shows

promotes one or more of the offensive behaviors listed by Paul as keeping one out of the kingdom of heaven, when those who create the programs are not offended by them? Is it really any wonder that the perspective of news reporters tends to be favorable to homosexual radicals and abortionists? When you turn on your TV, proceed with caution! (Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 2:1).

Mike Riley