Is Jesus Ashamed of You?

Are You Ashamed of Jesus?

Are you a Christian? Are you trusting Jesus to take you to Heaven?

Has there been a time in your life when you repented of your sin and placed your faith in the blood of Jesus Christ to save you from your sin?

If you consider yourself to be a Christian, then I have a question for you:

Is Jesus ashamed of you?

Why, you might ask, would Jesus be ashamed of you?

The Bible clearly answers this question in the words of Christ Himself.

Jesus said:

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).

Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 both record Jesus saying that He would be ashamed of anyone who is ashamed of Him, or His words.

Jesus told His disciples that anyone who wanted to follow Him would have to deny himself and take up his cross.  Anyone who behaved in ways to maximize their pleasure and security in this present life, would lose their eternal soul.  But those who sacrificed their comfort and security in this life to please, glorify, and serve God, would receive eternal life.  (Mark 8:34-37; Luke 9:23-26)

Are You Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?

It is easy to get caught up in the trap of wanting the people in your life to like you and respect you.  I can remember being too afraid to tell a military buddy about getting saved because he hated “Jesus freaks” and I did not want to lose his friendship.  I was transferring to another base.  Even though our lives were headed in different directions, I failed to share the gospel with him the last time I saw him.

I am still ashamed of that.  If I really cared about him, I should have been more concerned about his eternal destiny than whether he liked me for a few more hours.  Could it be that he will be in hell for eternity because I was ashamed of the gospel of Christ?

When we doubt the truth of the Bible, then we doubt Christ.  When we are ashamed of Bible teachings and doctrine, then we are ashamed of Jesus Christ.

Our family and friends want to think that they are good people, so they resent being told they are sinners on the way to hell.  They may reject us along with our message.  Many have been disowned from their families by their conversion to Christianity.  We don’t want to lose or damage our relationship with our families, but Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).

Family and friends are not the only people we may hide our faith from.  We often conceal our zeal at work, at school, and around our neighbors for fear of persecution, bad grades, or ridicule.  We are even afraid to share God’s truth with strangers.

Are You Ashamed of the words of Christ?

Are You Ashamed of Bible Doctrine?

Our faith in Jesus and sharing the gospel of salvation are not the only areas where Christians fall short in their witness.  Jesus said, “whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words . . .”  Jesus was the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14), and all things were made through Him (John 1:1-3).

When we doubt the truth of the Bible, then we doubt Christ.  When we are ashamed of Bible teachings and doctrine, then we are ashamed of Jesus Christ.

Are You Ashamed of the Bible’s Teaching About Homosexuality?

The modern American culture is embracing and even advocating the LGBT lifestyles and gay marriage, but the Bible says that that homosexuality is sin and defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman.  How do you feel about that? Are you ashamed of these Bible doctrines about sex and marriage?

Are You Ashamed of Being Pro-Life?

Over 60 million babies have been terminated in the United States since abortion became legal, over 50 years ago. Most in our society say a woman has the right to choose, but the Bible calls this murder.  Do you stand with the Bible or the World on this issue?

Are You Ashamed of Believing in a Recent 6-Day Creation?

In the days of the Apostles, the resurrection was considered foolishness by the lost who were perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18), but it was the power of the God to the believers in Jesus Christ.

There is a similar divide today over the subject of origins.  The Bible could not be more clear about God creating the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all life in six literal 24-hour days.  That teaching is repeated throughout the Bible; it is not limited to Genesis.

Those who are perishing refuse to even consider the possibility of miraculous creation.  They therefore believe that all matter, energy, and life (everything in the universe) occurred by chance through the process of evolution. Evolutionists have gained control over most of our schools, media, and governments.  They proclaim evolution to be a fact even though they have no proof, and use persecution, coercion and ridicule to silence any dissenting voices.

As a result, many Christians are unable or afraid to defend belief in Biblical Creation.  They either compromise with evolution or just remain silent on the subject.  How about you?  Are you ashamed of the Bible (AKA – the words of Jesus) on the subject of Creation?

Are you ashamed of the Bible (AKA – the words of Jesus)

4 Modern Litmus Tests

In summary, the 4 areas where Christians are most likely to be ashamed in this corrupt modern world are:

  • They are ashamed to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ
  • They are ashamed of the following Biblical Doctrines:
    1. They are ashamed of the Bible teaching that Homosexuality is sin
    2. They are ashamed of the Bible calling Abortion murder
    3. They are ashamed of believing in a recent 6-day creation and global flood

Jesus said He would be ashamed of anyone who was ashamed of Him or His words (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26) and His words are the Word of God.

If you are ashamed of the gospel of faith in Christ for salvation, or if you are ashamed of any Biblical doctrine, then Jesus is ashamed of you.  In this case, you need to confess your sin and ask forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

We need to be like the apostle Paul who boldly proclaimed:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; . . . For therein is the righteousness of God revealed” (Rom 1:16-17a).

And we also need to follow the admonition of the apostle Peter who told us:

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15). 

It is OK to be afraid, but we must not be ashamed.

1 Peter 3:15 Always Be Ready to Answer

We must study the Bible and prepare to defend our faith, so we will be ready to “give an answer” without being ashamed.

 

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To Trump or Never Trump

To Trump or Not to TrumpTo Trump or Never Trump

Division in the Body of Christ

To Trump or Not to Trump, that is the question many good conservative Christians are asking themselves today.

Whether ‘tis nobler in the eyes of God to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune brought on by a violently anti-Christian Clinton administration, or take arms against that sea of troubles by voting for a grossly immoral man for president in opposition to electing Jezebel as queen.

This is the quandary confronting all sincere Bible believing Christians in America today.

Some have already taken a strong stand for Trump; others vehemently oppose him.  And many are still wavering, wanting to oppose Hillary, but finding it difficult to support such an ungodly man.

There is no definite right and wrong in these “doubtful disputations”

While I too find this choice greatly disturbing, I am more concerned about the division it is causing within the body of Christ and its effect on unbelievers.  The ridicule and ill will Christians are directing at other believers serves Satan more than Christ, and gives “occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme” (2 Sam. 12:14).

God already knows what the outcome of this election will be, and it will be as He decrees.  I believe He is more concerned with His children bringing Him glory by their conduct and words than He is in how they vote.

Doubtful Disputations

I believe the ‘to Trump or Never Trump’ controversy is a “doubtful disputation” (Rom. 14:1) similar to the question as to whether one can eat meat offered to idols discussed in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8.

Some strong believers, knowing that idols are nothing, saw nothing wrong with eating the cheap meat that had been offered to idols in pagan worship.  But others with less confidence would have sinned against God by eating the same meat because it would have violated their weaker consciences.

Paul did not decide the issue by saying the weak should eat the meat or by forbidding the strong to do so.  He was more concerned about Christians upholding each other in love than in whether or not they ate meat. He wanted them to stop arguing and acting uncharitably toward each other.

Paul admonished them to be fully persuaded in their own minds (Rom. 14:5), and to stop judging each other (Rom. 14:13).

God looks on your heart and will judge you based on the motive for your choice more than on the choice itself.  “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12).

Both sides make some good points, and both use some weak arguments.  There is no definite right and wrong in these “doubtful disputations.”

Try as you might, you will not find a clear “Thus saith the LORD” telling you how to vote in this election.

Hillary Clinton has clearly articulated her ungodly agenda.  She has demonstrated her lack of concern for national security and the safety of our military fighting men.  She has sold us out to enrich the Clinton Foundation many times.  She values the right to immoral sex and to murder any unwanted consequences far more than traditional religious freedoms.

Hillary would continue and possibly accelerate the current moral decline and anti-Christian biases in America.  So it is understandable that many Christians believe her to be evil and look for any other alternative.

Try as you might, you will not find a clear “Thus saith the LORD” telling you how to vote in this election.

The Lesser Evil

Trump supporters say he is the less objectionable alternative.  While this may be true, it is disturbing that this is the best America could do.  It is also hardly a ringing endorsement.

I can understand those who want to vote for Trump as the least objectionable choice, but please stop excusing his sin.  There is no excuse.  Christians should not rush to defend Trump’s outrageous words and immoral conduct.  That is embarrassing.

Those against Trump have piously replied to the above argument quoting these words of Charles Spurgeon, ‘Of two evils, choose neither.”  The problem with this philosophy is that in our sin cursed world, we are sometimes forced to choose between evils.

If we take that quote to its logical conclusion in regards to voting, then Christians could never vote for anyone because:

  • “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Rom. 3:10)
  • “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom 3:23)
  • “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:” (Jer. 17:9)
  • “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Eccl. 7:20)
  • Jesus said . . . “Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God” (Mk. 10:18; Mt. 19:17)

The above verses are not intended to excuse “the Donald” for his gross conduct and immorality.  They merely highlight that we never have a truly good person to vote for because we are all sinners.

In every election, we vote for the candidate we believe to be the better choice (even if it is only because they are less objectionable).

Of course, this does not explain how Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate in the first place.  There were many more qualified, and more godly candidates during the primaries.  If everyone had voted for the lesser evil during the presidential primaries, then Trump would have never been nominated.  God knows how that happened.

But the primaries are history.  Regardless of how we got here, we have a choice to make.

Voting for a 3rd Party Candidate

Some good people just cannot bring themselves to vote for Trump, so they are considering voting for a 3rd party candidate.  Some make statements like “God is not limited, one of these 3rd party candidates could win if He so wills it.

This is of course true.  God can do anything.  But then He could have caused someone else to win the Republican primary as well.

History also argues against this.  No 3rd party candidate has ever won a US presidential election.  The effect is more likely to draw votes away from the most similar candidate, which can skew the election, causing the less similar candidate to win.

The reason Bill Clinton won the presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 is largely because Ross Perot drew large numbers of conservatives away from the Republican candidate.  Perot received 18.91% of the popular vote in 1992, most of whom would have probably voted for Bush had Perot not been running.  Clinton only received 43% of the popular vote vs 37.5% for Bush.  So without Perot, Bush could have won.

Even Theodore Roosevelt failed to win his bid for re-election when he ran as an independent against the Republican incumbent, William Howard Taft.  All he succeeded in doing was splitting the Republican party so Woodrow Wilson won the election with only 41.8% of the popular vote.  Roosevelt received 27.4% and Taft got 23.2% of the vote.

While voting against Trump for a 3rd party candidate may make a statement and feel good, it mainly increases the odds of Hillary winning.

So what is a godly Christian to do?  That is between God and you.

In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus said that we should not make oaths.  “But I say unto you, Swear not at all” (Mt. 5:34).  But if you joined the “Never Trump” movement and made a vow to God that you would never vote for Trump, then you are bound by your vow.  You must keep your vow.

Certainly the rest of us should pray and follow our conscience.  You do not need to say who you vote for.  God will know.  No one else matters.

Let us not be carnal like the contentious Corinthians by dividing over politics

But let’s keep our discussion civil.  We need to love and respect our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We must not judge.  And we need to maintain a godly, Christ like testimony to non-believers.  “Let not your good be spoken evil of” (Rom. 14:16).

Most importantly, let us not be carnal like the contentious Corinthians by dividing over politics. “Is Christ divided?” Was Trump crucified for you?  Were you baptized in the name of America or the Republican party? (1 Cor. 1:11-13)

Remember: Pleasing God, maintaining a good testimony for Christ, and winning souls are more important than who wins this election.

We will all answer to God (Rom. 14:12), so be fully persuaded in your own mind (Rom. 14:5).  “Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God.  Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth” (Rom. 14:22), or in the way he votes.

And may God have mercy on the United States of America.

 

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Who Was Zeruiah?

Who was Zeruiah?Today’s Bible study is intended to answer a simple question you may have had while reading the Word of God.  This question went unanswered in my life for many years until I stumbled over the answer in my daily Bible reading.  The question is: “Who is Zeruiah?

Zeruiah is named 26 times in 25 verses and 4 books of the Bible.  Zeruiah had 3 prominent sons: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel (2 Sam. 2:18).

The Sons of Zeruiah

Joab, the commander of David’s army (2 Sam. 8:16; 1 Chron. 11:6; 18:15), is often named as “Joab the son of Zeruiah” (2 Sam. 2:13; 14:1; 23:37; 1 Kings 1:7; 2:5, 22; 1 Chron. 11:39; 26:28; 27:24).

Abishai was listed as one of David’s 37 “mighty men.”  He was chief of the second 3, although he did not attain to David’s top 3 (2 Sam. 23:18-19). Abishai once saved saved David’s life (2 Sam. 21:15-17).  Abishai is frequently named as “Abishai the son of Zeruiah” (1 Sam. 26:6; 2 Sam. 16:9; 18:2; 19:21; 23:18; 1 Chron. 18:12).

Asahel is also listed as one of David’s 37 “mighty men” (2 Sam.23:24). Unfortunately Asahel was killed at a young age by Abner the commander of the Israelite army during a skirmish between David’s servants and those of Saul’s son Ishbosheth while David was king of Judah, before he became king of all Israel.

The three sons of Zeruiah were mighty men who fought bravely for David and were important to his success.  They loyally supported David throughout his life, from the period while he was running from Saul through his 40-years as king.

But the sons of Zeruiah were too vengeful and quick to kill for David’s liking.  The Bible records David saying:

  • “. . . these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me” (2 Sam. 3:39)
  • What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse” (2 Sam. 16:10)
  • What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?” (2 Sam. 19:22)
  • Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, . . . ” (1 Kings 2:5)

So why were these 3 mighty men so often specified as “sons of Zeruiah”?  And why did they loyally support David throughout his life?

Who was Zeruiah?

The answer to this question is found in the genealogy of Judah leading to David, recorded in 1 Chronicles 2:3-12; 13-15; 16.

Many people find the genealogies in the Bible hard to read.  Their eyes glaze over or they skip them entirely.  But some interesting things can be found in the genealogies, and the answer to the question of who Zeruiah was is one of them.

David had 7 older brothers (1 Sam. 16:10-11) and 2 sisters (1 Chron. 2:16).  Zeruiah was one of David’s two sisters.  And the 3 sons of Zeruiah (Joab, Abishai, and Asahel) were David’s nephews.

BONUS – Who Was Amasa?

When Absalom stole the kingship and sought to kill his father David, he made Amasa the commander of the Israelite army (2 Sam. 17:25).  Even though Amasa led the forces that tried to kill and overthrow him, once Absalom had been defeated David retained Amasa as commander of the army in place of Joab (2 Sam. 19:13).  Why would David do this.  And why did David refer to Amasa as “of my bone, and of my flesh” (2 Sam. 19:13).

The answer to this question is also found in 1 Chronicles 2:16-17.  Amasa was the son of Abigail (1 Chron. 2:17) who was David’s other sister in addition to Zeruiah (1 Chron. 2:16).  So Amasa was also David’s nephew.  Unfortunately for Amasa (son of Abigail), Joab (the son of Zeruiah) killed his cousin to regain his role as head of Israel’s army.

 

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