by James Coffman edited by Bobby Price
In John 10:35, Jesus makes the sidenote, "Scripture cannot be broken."
What does this mean? It means that the Bible is inspired. It identifies the Old Testament as scripture in the fullest sense. It means that Jesus believed the Bible. It means that the Bible is an infallible book, the one judge and jury before which all men and their deeds shall at last be tried. It means that the sacred scriptures are as immutable as God's other laws, such as those of gravity, etc.
Many have not believed this text. Those who sought here to stone Jesus did not believe it. The rulers of this world's darkness, such as Herod Agrippa, Felix, Festus, Nero, Caligula, and countless others, did not believe it. The apostate church did not believe it. Faithless Christians of all ages have not believed it. So-called "modernists" who explain away the scriptures do not believe it. The world does not believe it (John 3:19).
And yet the text is true. For generations, men believed the earth was flat, but their belief did not alter the truth; and so it is with the unbreakable word of God. If every man on earth disbelieved and repudiated the Bible, it would make no difference, except in regard to the destiny of them that disbelieved. Absolutely nothing can break the word of God. Time cannot break it. Disobedience cannot break it, as witnessed by such examples as Pharaoh, Sennacherib, Judas, and Demas. Neglectful disciples cannot break it. The advance of knowledge cannot break it. Satan cannot break it. Death and the grave cannot break it.
Even when it seems that the scripture is broken, it remains yet unbroken. Pilate condemned Jesus; but no, it was Pilate who was condemned to perpetual infamy. Judas sold Jesus, at least that is what he and the Pharisees thought; but it was Judas who was sold to a suicide's death. Herod placed the apostles in jail; but they were released, and Herod was eaten with worms. Millions of men fancy they have broken the scripture, and even churches have denied and broken the scripture, so they thought; but, of all who do so, it is they who are broken. The earth's kings and captains, the mighty and the proud, have broken the scripture in the sense of ignoring and disobeying the word of God; but wait. Stand at the judgment and behold who is really broken:
And they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the
face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the
great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand? (Rev 6:16, 17).
Let no man dare to believe that the scripture can be broken. If one shall so believe, Christ has made him a liar by this text.
O Word of God, secure, unshaken,
Foiling evil's every art,
Bringing peace to man's misshapen
Life and broken heart.
O Word, eternally abiding,
While millennia roll,
Thou art the only place of hiding
For the ransomed soul.
Reported by New York Post on December 8, 2021, "Pope Francis says ‘sins of the flesh’ aren’t that ‘serious.’"
"Sins of the flesh are not the most serious," the 84-year-old religious leader said regarding sex outside of marriage. Top transgressions instead include pride and hatred.
Francis' rankings of the worst wrongdoings followed the resignation of a Paris archbishop, who quit over a relationship with a woman earlier this month. However, the 70-year-old French cleric, Michel Aupetit, denied being intimate with the anonymous female, behaviour that would break his promise of celibacy. "It was a failing against the sixth commandment (You shall not commit adultery) but not a total one, one of small caresses, massage given to his secretary — that is what the accusation is," Francis clarified about Aupetit's actions. "There is a sin there but not the worst kind."
While there is a valid, biblical argument to there being degrees of sin, the spiritual consequences of sins are all the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty. All sin separates from God (Isa. 59:1-2).
Has the Pope considered how many Catholics will read this and then justify their sexual immorality because "the Pope said it's not that bad"? There are a multitude of scriptures condemning sexual immorality. Here are some:
[1Th. 4:3-4 ESV] 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…
[Jde 1:7 ESV] …just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
[1Co 6:18 ESV] Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
[Eph 5:5 ESV] For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Does Pope Francis not know of these scriptures? Or is he willfully disregarding God's word? Instead of warning the world of the danger of this sin, he tried to cover the catholic church from this new scandal. He's nothing but a politician, huh?
This makes me think of this passage spoken by Jesus,
[Mat 5:18-20 ESV] 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Pope Francis is relaxing a command, so God's kingdom will call him the least. If Jesus were alive today he might say, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of Pope Francis, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
by Dennis Prager, edited by Bobby Price
Here is something any honest person must acknowledge: As America has become more secular, it has become less free. Individuals can differ as to whether these two facts are correlated, but no honest person can deny they are facts.
It seems to me indisputable that they are correlated. To deny this, one would have to argue that it is merely coincidental that free speech, the greatest of all freedoms, is more seriously threatened than at any time in American history while a smaller-than-ever percentage of Americans believe in God or regularly attend church.
The United States became the freest country in the world, the sweet land of liberty, the recipient of the Statue of Liberty, the country whose flag freedom fighters around the world have often waved. This freedom was rooted in the deeply religious nature of its founding ideals. America was founded by God-centered individuals to be a God-centered country. The claims that America’s founders were mostly deists and that America was founded to be a godless secular society are not true.
Some of the Founders were not orthodox Christians, i.e., they did not believe in the Christian Trinity or in the divinity of Christ. But none of them were deists (with the possible exception of Jefferson). Deists believed in a creator God who was not only uninvolved with his creations, but he also did not even know them, let alone care about them. After creating the world, the deists’ God abandoned it. The deists’ God was Aristotle’s “unmoved mover.”
Every major Founder (again, with the possible exception of Jefferson) believed in the God of the Bible who heard prayer, acted in history, judged people in the hereafter, demanded ethical behavior, and without Whom morality did not objectively exist. Most importantly, they all believed that in order for a functioning democratic republic not to descend into tyranny, it was necessary to link freedom with God.
Whatever Jefferson’s view of God was, he was as influenced by the Bible as every other Founder. He and Benjamin Franklin proposed that the great seal of the United States depict Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt: Moses raising his rod to divide the sea; Pharaoh, in his chariot, overwhelmed by the waters; and the divine pillar of fire that led the Israelites by night. The seal’s proposed motto: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Jefferson and Franklin believed that freedom and obedience to God were synonymous. No God, no freedom.
The Founders linked freedom inextricably to God. That is why the inscription on the Liberty Bell is from the Bible: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.” The verse comes from Leviticus, the third book of the Bible. The Founders knew their Bible. The present adult generation of Americans is more ignorant of the Bible than any in American history. And most young people know even less. I suspect that most students at Harvard could not identify Leviticus, let alone cite any of its verses.
The bell was named “the Liberty Bell” by the abolitionists. Their opposition to slavery was based entirely on the Bible. Their motivating principle, “All men are created equal,” came from the Bible. They did not get it from the ancient Greeks, who would have scoffed at such a notion.
Freedom permeates the Old Testament: The Bible begins with the story of Adam and Eve, a story about man’s assertion of his God-given freedom … freedom even to disobey God. The primary story of the Old Testament is the Exodus, a story about God liberating slaves.
For the Founders, the most obvious reason freedom was dependent on faith in God was that only if God is regarded as the source of freedom could men not rightfully take it away. If men are the source of the freedom, men can rightfully retract it. This is precisely what is happening today. Freedom is being destroyed primarily by those who scorn the idea that freedom comes from God.
The rule that the end of religion means the end of freedom does not mean that secularism would not be a welcome replacement for totalitarian theocracies such as Iran. But eventually that, too — a secular Iran — would lead to tyranny. Wherever God is de-linked from freedom, freedom ultimately withers. When Christianity died in Europe, it was replaced by fascism, Nazism and communism.
Freedom is central to the Bible. This is especially apparent in America, which until now has linked its unparalleled commitment to freedom to God and the Bible. But freedom is peripheral to leftism. That is why freedom in America is threatened as never before: The foundations upon which freedom rests — God, the Bible, Judeo-Christian values — are threatened as never before.
Every American coin bears two inscriptions: “In God We Trust” and “Liberty.” Every generation of Americans prior to the 1960s understood why. Most Americans today, including secular conservatives, do not.
The question is often before us whether Saturday, as the Sabbath, or Sunday, as the Lord’s Day, is the right day of worship. Much, if not most, of the confusion comes because we miss the meaning of the original Sabbath regulation which required man to set aside the last day of the week for rest and worship. There is an incontrovertible contrast between the seventh day and the first day which establishes the first day as the proper day of worship:
1. The Sabbath was the seventh day (Gen. 2:2); Sunday is the first day (Mark 16:9).
2. The seventh day was associated with creation (Lev. 23:3); the first day is associated with redemption (Mat. 28:1).
3. The seventh day was a memorial to God’s work (Gen. 2:3); the first day is a memorial to Christ’s resurrection (Mat. 28:6).
4. The seventh day marked an unfinished redemption (Deu. 5:15); the first day marked a finished redemption (Heb. 9:23).
5. The seventh day was based upon law (Neh. 9:13-14); the first day is based upon grace (Mat. 28:5).
6. The seventh day looked back upon an old week (Exo. 34:21); the first day looked ahead upon a new week (1Cor. 16:2).
7. The seventh day was rest at the end of a week (Lev. 26:34); the first day was preparation at the beginning of a week (Acts 20:7).
8. The seventh day was a reward for work done (Deut. 5:12-14); the first day was preparation for work yet to do (Luke 24:1).
9. The seventh day was obligatory (Jer. 17:24-27); the first day is voluntary (Rev. 1:10).
10. On the seventh day God said, “Give me this day and I will bless you” (Isa. 56:2); on the first day the Christian says to God, “Because thou has blessed me I will give Thee this day.”
11. The seventh day was a shadow of things to come (Heb. 8:5); the first day is the substance of things that have come (Heb. 10:1).
12. The seventh day was a sign of God’s old covenant with His earthly people, the Jews (Exo. 31:16); the first day is a confirmation of God’s new covenant with His heavenly people, the church (Heb 9:15).
13. The seventh day had to do with the first man, Adam (1Cor. 15:45); the first day has to do with the Second Man, Christ (1Cor. 15:46-49).
14. The seventh day stands for the earth (Exo. 31:17); the first day stands for heaven (Heb. 4:9).
15. The seventh day is on the other side of the cross and the grave; the first day is on this side of the cross and the grave (Heb. 9:15-16).
Let us then say, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” In our search for the right day let us be sure we have found the Lord of all the days.
Bobby Price was born and raised by Christian parents in Perrin, Texas. Bobby decided early in life to become a preacher of God's word. He attended the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated in 2015 with his Bachelors of Biblical Studies with a focus in Congregational Ministry. Afterwards, he interned for a year at the valley view Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR. He is currently working on his Masters of Biblical Studies, through the Sunset International Bible Institute Graduate School.