Common Causes of Error

The first recourse in correcting error is to get people to read the Bible for themselves. We need to get people to put down the books about the Bible and turn off the programs where others teach the Bible and invest some significant time into personally studying the Bible.

 

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Compromise – The Case for the Local Church

Compromise may be an essential ingredient in politics. But it has no place in Christian ministry. Pastor McKenzie argues for the value of the local church as a means to protect doctrinal integrity without compromise.

Nehemiah 3:5 Who’s Watching?

Nehemiah 3:5 (KJV)
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

In this exceptional chapter of unity cooperation and sacrifice one group stands out for their lack of participation. The nobles of Tekoa, a city of Judah, “put not their necks to the work“.

  • There were priests at work
  • There were goldsmiths at work
  • There were apothecaries at work
  • There were rulers at work
  • There were merchants at work
  • There was even a man with his daughters at work

But these nobles, for whatever reason, chose not to join in the work.

And Nehemiah saw it.

Could Nehemiah be a picture here of God, who knows and sees all and is keeping a record of our works? The Bible says of the Christian that “every man’s work shall be made manifest … of what sort it is.”[1]

Imagine the judgment seat of Christ where we are all judged and rewarded for our service as believers. People of all ranks and races stand before the Lord to receive their rewards. But then it comes to you. The only remark is, “He put not his neck to the work.” No wonder God wipes away tears in heaven.

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Nehemiah 3:5 Who’s Watching?

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[1] 1 Corinthians 3:13

2 Chronicles 34:1-3 Patience, Patience

2 Chronicles 34:1-3 (KJV)
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

The goodness of God can sometimes appear to come very slowly. Josiah was a good king and came to the throne at a very early age, but his acts of beneficence and godliness came in what must have seemed excruciatingly slow steps.

  • He was crowned at eight years
  • He began to seek the Lord at sixteen
  • He began purging the land of idolatry  at twenty years of age
  • He was twenty six years of age when he began repair of the temple

We are not told how long after that they found the Word of God and showed it to the King.

I am reminded not to be impatient with the will of God. His plan is true and plain. He, however, is not restricted to the process of time like we are. God does the right and good thing at the right and best time.

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2 Chronicles 34:1-3 Patience, Patience

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2 Chronicles 29:3 Open the Doors of the Church

2 Chronicles 29:3 (KJV)
He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

What a grand thing it is to open the doors of the house of the Lord.

They had long been closed so that:

  • The priests were out of work
  • The Bible was not known and
  • The people were not clean

Hezekiah opened the doors and got:

  • The priests involved in ministry
  • The people involved in godliness and
  • The Word of God once again being heard and heeded

How needful it is in our day for every Christian to open the doors of the house of the Lord in the sense that they:

  • Bring people to hear God’s Word
  • Encourage preachers to preach Gods Word and
  • Get involved in obeying God’s Word

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2 Chronicles 29:3 Open the Doors of the Church

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1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV) Satan’s Devices

1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV)
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Though he has certainly been present many times previous to this, we have here the first instance of the name Satan. First mentions are always important in the Bible and we should see this as an important account.

Satan’ attack is against Israel
He did not specifically attack any one man. He attacked a nation of people.

These were the Jews. Satan’s ought against them is unique because Israel’s relationship with God is unique. Satan cannot predict the future but he is intelligent and surely knew by now that the Messiah would be from Israel.

I imagine that Satan still attacks whole nations of people more aggressively than he does individuals.

Satan’s attack was through David
His target was Israel but by tempting David he hit the nation. One of the reasons we ought to pray for those in authority is that Satan Will mostly likely hurt a whole people by hurting her leadership.

Satan’s attack was quite subtle
One would be hard pressed to find a terrible sin here. All David did was number his army. Though there must have been something more here because Joab knew it shouldn’t have been done, still this is not one of those heinous and obviously horrible sins.

The most terrible sins may be the ones we don’t think are so bad. We think they are acceptable so we excuse them. There is no such thing as an acceptable sin.

Satan’s temptation was through David’s pride
At least this is the most common understanding. The three things in the world are the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Pride was the sin that led to Lucifer’s fall. Pride prevents God’s grace being upon us.

Satan’s first mention is not as dramatic as a person might think. No one was demon possessed, no one was murdered but a tragedy happened nonetheless.

Don’t allow a seemingly small sin be the destroying sin in your life.

 

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1 Chronicles 21:1 (KJV) Satan’s Devices

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Acts 10:6 What We Ought To Do

Acts 10:6 (KJV)
He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

God told Cornelius that there was a man who would tell him, “..what thou oughtest to do.

  • He would not tell him what he had to do.
  • He would not tell him what others thought he should do.
  • He would not tell him what the philosophers and scholars suggested he do.

He would tell him what he ought to do.

Peter’s words would come not from books or traditions handed down from Judaism. Peter’s words would come from:

  • His three years experience with Jesus,
  • His own understanding of the Word of God and
  • His anointing with the Holy Spirit of God

Very few people like to be told what to do but everyone needs a preacher to tell them what they ought to do.

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Acts 6:1-2 (KJV) Uneducated and Unlearned

Acts 6:1-2 (KJV)
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Stephen was, as far as the elite of Israel was concerned:

  • Uneducated and
  • Unlearned

He was here in an incredibly stressful situation. And yet he was able to clearly and accurately cover the whole of the Old Testament and drive the point to Christ. There is only one reason this could have happened; Stephen was a student of the Bible. He may not have been learned in the various ideas of modern thought but he did know his Bible.

Far more important than knowing the ideas of man is knowing the Word of God. Fortunately no one needs a formal education for that. Colleges, even Bible colleges, aren’t famous for teaching the Bible. A person learns the Bible best by faithfully reading the Bible and attending the services of his local church.

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Acts 6:1-2 (KJV) Uneducated and Unlearned

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Acts 5:35 (KJV) Seize Your Chance to Witness

Acts 5:35 (KJV)
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

The counsel of Gamaliel was heeded only a short period.

  • Stephen was stoned not long after.
  • Saul of Tarsus campaigned for the imprisonment and deaths of Christians.
  • Peter and James were cast in prison where James was executed.

But for a brief moment attacks on the faith of Christianity was relaxed and the believers seized upon the opportunity. Daily in the temple and in every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

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1 Chronicles 15:13 (KJV) We Have to Do Things Right

1 Chronicles 15:13 (KJV)
For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

There are three characters at play in this passage:

David
By whose authority the ark was carried “not after due order“.

The priests
Who should have carried the ark, but did not. One can only wonder if they had warned David beforehand of his error?

God
Who made the breach upon Israel by striking Uzza down.

A breach is a hole in the defense of a military force. By working hand in hand and side by side, soldiers create a human wall that the enemy cannot penetrate. When a man goes down a hole is created, a weakness the enemy can exploit. The loss of the man opens a door for much greater loss.

The importance then is not that Uzza died, although that is important. The real importance is that, because they did not seek God after due order, a breach was created that could have devastated Israel.

When a congregation turns from the faith and begins seeking God some other way and “not after due order” the danger is not that we have lost that church. The greater danger is that it creates a breach and opens the way for the devastation of all that is the Gospel.

Someone must sound the warning to those stepping out of formation. Their fall has the potential for leading a to a greater fall than any of us can imagine.

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1 Chronicles 15:13 (KJV) We Have to Do Things Right

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