April 2008

I was forwarded this today from a sister in Christ. Words to die to the flesh by..

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19

by J.C. Philpot – 1802-1869

If you walk in the fear of God, and follow in the footsteps of a persecuted and despised Jesus, the world will hate and despise you as it hated and despised him, as he himself declares, ‘If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.’ God himself has put enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (Gen 3:15); and nothing will secure you from the manifestation of this enmity if you are on Christ’s side. Neither rank, nor property, nor learning, nor education, nor amiability, nor the profusest deeds of liberality, nor the greatest uprightness of conduct, will stave off the scorn of men, if you are a sincere follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and carry out a practice what you hold in principle. If you are not conformed to Jesus here in his suffering image, you will most certainly not be conformed to Jesus hereafter in his glorified likeness.

But if by living for and unto Jesus and his cross, your name be cast out as evil, wear it as your distinguishing badge, as adorning the breast of a Christian warrior. If men misrepresent your motives or actions, and seek to hunt you down with every calumny that the basest malignity can invent, do not heed it as long as you are innocent. They cannot find a better or more honorable crown, if indeed your godly life provoke the cruel lie. It is a crown that your Master bore before you when they crowned his head with thorns. If you feel as I have felt, you will at times count yourself even unworthy to suffer persecution for his name’s sake

The Traditions of Men

© copyright 2008 brother Michael

One day came the Scribes and Pharisees to the Lord,
Being agreed in purpose, of one mind and accord.
Saying why do thy disciples eat with unwashen hands?
For transgress they our laws, and break they our commands.
Dost thou not know how righteous are we,
In how we serve God, through our many decrees?

Yet impressed by their words would Jesus not be,
When he replied to these leaders, that could not see.
That a people they were, as Isaiah did write,
Who honor with their lips, always believing they’re right,

Yet in vain did they worship, teaching doctrines of men,
As reject they the Scriptures, again and again.
So answered did Jesus, when he spoke on that day,
Rebuking their traditions, that surely held sway,
Over their hearts and their lives and all those around,
Who were a people in darkness, by traditions so bound.

Here ye said Jesus what Moses did say,
Honor thy father and thy mother evening and day.
But reject this command of God, did the Pharisees do,
As well as many others, as their apostasy grew.
The result of this rejection and their heretical thoughts,
Furthered false religion, which was all for naught.
For God accepts not, the doctrines of man,
That establish new traditions, and break his commands.

Hearken unto me, all ye that understand,
That nothing from without, can defile a man.
But rather from within, flowing forth from his heart,
Is that which defiles and sin will impart.
Be it thefts or adulteries, fornications or deceit,
Murder or vanity, evil eyes or conceit.

To those who read these words, that write I this day,
I pray ye be not deceived, neither led ye astray.
For as was true then, so also is now,
To the traditions of man do most knees so bow.
And before you this day, the choice as was then,
Worship God as its written, or listen to men.

For heaven and earth are recording this day,
The choice you will make, to whom honor you’ll pay.
Why halt between two opinions, of one mind you must be,
Either bound by traditions, or through the Scriptures set free.