Audio Teachings on the Bible

To download a segment (“Preface” or Chapter), left click the segment. That will take you to the audio page. Right click anywhere on the audio page that appears. Then click “save as.” You will be able to navigate to the file you want to save it in. When there, click “Save.”

How does God feel about pride (to include and pride in the ministry as well as sodomite pride)? Click here  (or Segment 28 below) to find out.


Listing of teachings linked to below. For more introductory material on these teachings, scroll down:

29. The God of the Second Chance. Dr. McGee’s Teaching on Jonah 2.1-2 citing real life and Bible examples of this wonderful truth.
28.
 “The Proud Pigmy Versus the Humble Human Being.” On pride and its destructive power.
27. Click here to go to Dr. McGee’s audio teaching on Ep. 8-11. He explains “mystery (including the mysteries in the New Testament),” “dispensation (a word like “blood,” “cross” that is hated), “fullness of time toward which God is moving all things,” “believers’ inheritance,” which God had purposed and “predestined.” Christ paid for the church. 
Ephesians 1:8-11 “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”

Scroll down past foundational teachings for links to the following studies:

26. Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Wonderful explanation of the blood of Christ, its importance, value, etc.
25.
 The Law, Salvation, Love, Mercy, and Grace. Excerpts from Dr. McGee’s teaching on 1 Timothy 1.1-2.
24.
“1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” On repentance, the believer’s labor of love, and waiting for the return of Jesus.
23.
“Remembering without ceasing (1) your work of faith, (2) lobour of love, and (3) patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1.3. This trinity is marvelously explained in this teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee.
22.
The Song of Christ’s Return; The Dove of the Clefts of the Rock. Song of Solomon 2.11-14.
21.
The Love of Christ for His Church and that of the Husband and Wife – a teaching from The Song of Solomon
20.
The sufferings of Christ (2 types-those we can and cannot share).
19. Two very important but related teachings. One deals with salvation, what you bring Christ. The other deals with the effect of salvation upon the believer.
18. What about drinking wine and strong drink. What does the Bible teach?
17. The Holiness of Marriage.
16. What does the Bible mean when it says to church members “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. What does it mean to a husband and wife when it says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
15. Learn the meaning of the following words: instruction, understanding, wisdom, justice, judgment, equity, subtilty, knowledge, discretion.
14. Tremendous introductory teaching on Ephesians 4.
13. This is a great teaching on the faith that saves as excerpted from teaching on Ephesians 2, specifically Ephesians 2.8. Some blame God for not giving faith to them. Others, object, “God has not given me the gift of faith.” Is that his problem? When is one given the faith? Others object that they don’t believe because they have intellectual problems. What about preoccupation with past mistakes and failures, looking to oneself and not to Christ? This short 4 min. 36 sec. study handles all these objections and excuses in line with Bible teaching.
12. This is a great Bible teaching on imprecatory prayer and other matters from Psalm 137.
11. This teaching speaks of plastic twinkies for spiritual kiddies. Dr. McGee says, “There has been a famine of spiritual bread for years. Jesus is being served up as sugar and spice and everything that is nice. Jesus is made a piece of merchandise to sell to people in seminars, books, radio, and TV shows. The Bible is only a prop to use as bait to catch the unwary believer.”
10. What would the Lord have a believer to do?
9. What is the God-given purpose of missions, of all that a believer does? Is it to win souls? Is it to give out the word of God? What is it?
8a. Another short (7 min. 59 sec.) powerful teaching from Ps. 55 on what God wants a believer to do when someone near to him in the church, a confidant, stabs him in the back, betrays him.
8. Are Christians to take vengeance or pray for God to take vengeance (pray imprecatory prayers)? The first imprecatory prayer in Psalms is Psalm 5.10.
7. What is the primary business of the believer and a church? Is it soul winning? What does the word of God say about this? Get the answer by listening to this short 6 min. 56 sec. study on Psalm 1.3-6 which also looks at 2 men, 2 ways, and 2 destinies.
6. In this study from Job, we find Job’s problem. We find his secret sin.
5. Did Solomon succeed in doing what God had told him to do in being a witness to the world? The way that Israel was to witness was different than the way that the church is to witness. Learn that difference and more on this matter by listening to this short 12 min. 4 sec. teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee on 2 Chronicles 9.
4. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Many times American Christians will misapply this verse, sometimes to America. Learn the true meaning of the verse by listening to this short 12 min. 12 sec. audio teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee.
3. The Shekinah glory was removed from the earth (from Israel). Then God gave His people, the Jews, into the hands of the Gentiles and sent them into captivity. He dissolved the theocracy of Israel and became the God of heaven. … God returned in the flesh, although the Shekinah glory was not visible – He was veiled in the flesh. To hear an excellent 7 min. 49 sec. study on this from Ezra 1.2 click the link below.
2. In this study, Dr. McGee examines one of the great prayers of Scripture which is recorded in Ezra 9. Ezra returned to Jerusalem after the temple had been rebuilt. He found there that the people had committed great wickedness. What did he do? What he did is very relevant for all time. It is relevant for a church.
1. After the division of Israel, Judah had 5 outstanding kings – Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah. Each brought reformation and revival. Studying these kings and the revivals they brought reveals the steps to revival. Individual, family, church, national revival cannot occur without crossing some bridges. Learn what the first bridge, the first step to revival is by listening to this short 8 min. 19 sec. teaching.

Click here to go to all Dr. McGee’s online teachings on his Thru the Bible Program.


 Foundational Teachings (The Mind of Christ: His 7 Steps Down; The Mind of Christ: His 7 Steps Up; The Minds of Some Men of God: Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditis as Our Examples):

Ph.2.5-8_1Christ’s 7 Steps Downward. This tremendous teaching  on Philippians 2.5-8 by Dr. J. Vernon McGee reveals, among other things: (1) Who Jesus was. (2) What He laid aside when He came to earth. (3) What form he took. (4) Why He came to earth. (5) What mindset was in Christ Jesus. (6) The kind of mind God instructs believers to have. (7) When Jesus was not God. (8) What Jesus emptied himself of. (9) What Jesus came to reveal. (10) What likeness Jesus took. (11) Who humbled Jesus. (12) For what reason did the Lord Jesus come to earth? (13) Why did Jesus choose the death of the cross? (14) Did Jesus do all this for himself or others?

The Mind of Christ, His 7 Steps Down

Phill.2.9-11Christ’s 7 steps upward. Learn some important lessons from this short 7 min. 55 sec. teaching on Philippians 2.9-11. Learn (1) what the mind of God is; (2) the thing that makes the earth significant and important; (3) what man is; (4) what lends dignity to  man; (5) to whom all knees will bow; (6) who will acknowledge Jesus’ Lordship; etc. One needs to be careful calling Jesus Lord if he is not his Lord. Jesus is not the Lord of everyone. Whom is He Lord of?

Click here to learn God’s Plan of Salvation. 

The Mind of God, Christ’s 7 Steps Up

8The mind that is to be in the believer. In Philippians 2.5-11, we saw the mind of Christ and the mind of God. Now, in verses 12-30, we are presented with the minds of Paul (the apostle), his beloved and faithful follower, Timothy, and the pastor of the church at Philippi, Epaphroditus (Paul loved him because he could trust him). Church members are given many important lessons in this short teaching. Here are some examples. Believers are instructed to “Do all things without murmuring and disputings.” Paul trusted Timothy. When two men have the mind of Christ, they are together. Paul called Timothy his spiritual son. There were those Paul could not trust; they were attempting to make a name for themselves. Rejoice over the fact that Jesus Christ died for us and that we can serve Him. Walk in humility. Rejoice at the success of others in the church. Do not criticize pastors who stand on the Word of God. Paul says he cannot trust men who criticize another man who stands for Christ. You can judge a church by its attitude toward a pastor who preaches and teaches the Word of God—a bad attitude by church members toward a Bible-preaching preacher is the death knell of many churches. The devil attacks such a man; he does not attack the Word of God. The real test of a church is its attitude toward its pastor. We should respect the one who is teaching the Word of God. Epaphroditus was nigh unto death because of the work of Christ. The two things that should characterize the Christian today. There are several other very important lessons in this teaching.

The Minds of Some Men of God: Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditis as Our Examples


29. The God of the Second Chance. Dr. McGee’s Teaching on Jonah 2.1-2 citing real life and Bible examples of this wonderful truth. God is gracious and merciful. He gives everyone more than one chance. I, as an old man, still need God’s mercy. I still fail Him. He has given me many second chances.


328. The Proud Pigmy Versus the Humble Human Being.” This is Dr. McGees introductory comments to his study of Galatians 6.1-5. Pride is in the heart of the natural man. Pride is number one on God’s hate parade. It is one of the polite sins. It leaves no evidence that a crime has been committed. Pride is a sin for which you will never be arrested. It does not leave fingerprints, but it does leave face prints. It leaves shattered lives and wrecked churches. It caused God to drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. They wanted to be God. “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prides blinds one to his miserable condition. Pride destroys a nation. Pride goes to church every Sunday and receives a royal welcome. It should be treated as a plague, but it is not. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” The great sin of the ministry is pride, and it has destroyed many ministers. The opposite of pride is humility. Jesus humbled himself, as did Paul, James and the other apostles. Put on humility.


127. Ephesians 1:8-11 “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” Click here to go to Dr. McGee’s audio teaching on Ep. 8-11. He explains “mystery (including the mysteries in the New Testament),” “dispensation (a word like “blood,” “cross” that is hated), “fullness of time toward which God is moving all things,” “believers’ inheritance,” which God had purposed and “predestined.” Christ paid for the church.


126. Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Wonderful explanation of the blood of Christ, its importance, value, the meaning of sin and the payment for forgiveness of sin, the meaning of forgiveness of man and the forgiveness of God, etc. The righteousness of the law demands that a penalty must be paid. Human forgiveness is always based upon the fact that a penalty is deserved and the penalty is not imposed. It simply means that one wipes out the account. God is holy and righteous. Therefore, divine forgiveness is always based on the fact that there has been the execution of the penalty and the price has been paid. Human forgiveness comes before the penalty has been executed. A righteous God forgives on the basis that a penalty has been executed. It was executed when Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross. Etc.


125. The Law, Salvation, Love, Mercy, and Grace. Excerpts from Dr. McGee’s teaching on 1 Timothy 1.1-2. God found a way that He might  be just and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. Acts 13:38-39  “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” The law of Moses was a ministration of death; the law condemned them. The law wasn’t given to save us, but to reveal that God is holy and that you and I are not holy. The way God saves us in the way of the cross. Christ is the way. …


1Thess1.924. Turning to God from idols. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10: “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” The church in Thessalonica turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. See v. 3. Work of faith (turned to God from idols), labour of love (to serve the living God), patience of hope (to wait for His Son from heaven). Paul preached Christ and they turned to God from idols (not they turned from idols to God). When they turned to God, that is the work of faith; that is what faith did. John 6:29 “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” When they turned to God, they automatically turned from idols—that is repentance. The turning from something is repentance. You can’t turn to Christ without turning from sin. Jesus Christ saves from sin. When a man turns to Christ, he turns from his sin. The message of repentance needs to be preached to the church, as it was preached to the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3. The Thessalonians were now serving God, the labor of love. You cannot serve Christ unless you love him. See Jn. 14.15. If you do not love Him, forget trying to serve Him. Waiting for His Son from heaven doesn’t mean sit down and relax. It means get busy for the Lord. A believer is to labor in love.


123. The trinity of faith, hope, and love. “Remembering without ceasing (1) your work of faith, (2) lobour of love, and (3) patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1.3. This trinity is marvelously explained in this teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee. Learn both the abstract and the concrete meanings of this trinity and how they relate together where the rubber meets the road. Paul here gives 3 graces of Christian life. The past is the work of faith. The present is a labour of love. The future is the patience of hope.


1Thes4.16-1822. The Song of Christ’s Return; The Dove of the Clefts of the Rock. Song of Solomon 2.10-14. “Rise up, my love my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art  in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places  of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.”


Song2.1-421 (Notice there are two parts to this teaching, 21a and 21b below). Every believer should have a hot passionate love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus is not pleased with this cool, lukewarm condition which exists today in the churches among so-called dedicated Christians. Dear believer, are there evidences of the fragrance and the perfume of Christ in your life today? Don’t be satisfied with religious gimmicks. Is the fragrance of Christ in your life today? Listen to this tremendous introductory teaching on the Song of Solomon. This little book is not for the lost. It is for the blood-tipped ear of the man who wants to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

21a. lick here for Introductory teaching on the Song of Solomon

8Salvation if a love affair, as is the marriage of man and woman and the marriage of Christ and His church. Learn about that love affair by listening to these teachings. See the picture of the Bridegroom and what He thinks of His betrothed. Click here to hear the four meanings found in the book and the story outline of the Song of Solomon. There are four different meanings found in this book. The book (1) sets forth the glory of wedded love; (2) sets forth the love of Jehovah for Israel; (3) is a picture of Christ and the church; and (4) depicts the communion of Christ and the individual believer.

21b. lick here for this continued teaching on Song of Solomon.

Click here for links to Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s teachings on Song of Solomon from Thru the Bible Radio.


Co.1.2420. There are 2 types of sufferings of Christ which He endured and in which we cannot share. Likewise, you suffer some things which I cannot share – we cannot take some sufferings for others; no one can suffer certain things for you no matter how much they would like to do so. Every person must suffer some things which no one can share. Christ suffered as no man has or every will suffer. On the other hand, there are sufferings Christ endured which we can share. For example, He suffered for righteousness’ sake. Also, there is the suffering in the measure we identify ourselves with Christ for the proclamation of the gospel. The popularity of the Christian with the world is in inverse relation to his popularity with Jesus Christ. If the Word of God is to go out to the world, someone is going to suffer. Learn about this by listening to this 14 min. 20 sec. audio teaching by Dr. J Vernon McGee based upon Colossians 1.24.

20. The Subjective Work of Christ for Saints – His (and the Believer’s) Sufferings.
Click here to go to Bible Study and other resources concerning Christian Persecution and Suffering


119. Two very important but related teachings follow. One deals with savlvation, what you bring Christ. The other deals with the effect of salvation upon the believer.

19a. Philippians 3.7-9. What a person brings to Christ when he gets saved. Maybe great talent, great knowledge, wealth, works? What does one have to offer Him? How do you come to Christ? Is one attractive to God? Click here for short answers to that question.

19.b. Philippians 3.10-14. What does saving faith do? If you have saving faith, does it affect you motivation, your life purpose, your life cycle? Can you be saved without being changed! What does coming to Christ really mean? Once saved, what are to do with our past? Click here to hear the answers to these questions and more.


118. Proverbs 20:1 says, ‘Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” But did not our Lord make wine at the wedding of Cana of Galilee? Is it OK to drink booze? Hear the truthful answer in this short 7 min. 30 sec. teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee. See also, Proverbs 23.29-35: “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.  Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

18. Is it OK to drink wine and liquor according to the Bible?


17. The holiness of marriage. Wonderful 6 min. 15 sec. teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee from Proverbs 5.15-17, verses which describe love in marriage. The Word of God makes it very clear that physical love and sexual love in marriage is to be sanctified and brought to a very high level.

17. Holiness of Marriage


Marriage16. What does the Bible mean when it says to church members “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. What does it mean to a husband in wife when it says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord,” etc. Learn the truth about the love of church members, the love of husbands and wives, and more on this tremendous 19 min., 10 sec. audio teaching based upon Ephesians 5.21-31.

16. Submission of church members, submission of wives, love of husbands and more from Ephesians 5.21-31
Click here to go to all of Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s teachings on Ephesians.


15.  Learn the meaning of the following words: instruction, understanding, wisdom, justice, judgment, equity, subtilty, knowledge, discretion. The book of Proverbs starts out with the instructions God gives the boy in the home starting out in life. This lesson speaks to several very important matters. It speaks, in part, to the know-it-all. It speaks to discipline and the purpose of discipline. Plus more.  18 min. 55 sec.

15. Click here to listen to this great teaching from Proverbs.
Click here to go to all Dr. McGee’s teachings on Proverbs.


14. This 8 min. 43 sec. introductory teaching on Ephesians 4 by Dr. J. Vernon McGee is tremendous. The subject of the first 3 chapters of Ephesians considered the calling, construction, and constitution of the church. The last three chapters deal with the conduct, confession and conflict of the church. In the last three chapters, we descend to the plane of living  where we confront a demon-possessed world and a skeptical mob. It is where the rubber meets the road. Position was the key word in the 1st half of Ephesians – God has given us spiritual blessings. Have we taken possession of them? This teaching is not for dead men. It is for those who are redeemed.

14. Click here to listen to excerpt from “Introduction to Ephesians 4” by Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Click here for written transcript of teaching no. 14.
Click here to listen to the entire online teaching
Click here to go to online quiz on this teaching: 
Lesson 7 on the Doctrine of the Church: Introduction to The Church Is a New Man and Must Walk as a New Man (Ephesians 4)


13. This is a great teaching on the faith that saves as excerpted from teaching on Ephesians 2, specifically Ephesians 2.8. Some blame God for not giving faith to them. Others, object, “God has not given me the gift of faith.” Is that his problem? When is one given the faith? Others object that they don’t believe because they have intellectual problems. What about preoccupation with past mistakes and failures, looking to oneself and not to Christ? This short 4 min. 36 sec. study handles all these objections and excuses in line with Bible teaching.

13. Click here to listen to this short teaching on faith.


12. This is a great Bible teaching on Psalm 137. It is an imprecatory and an historical Psalm. It touches on many matters such as imprecatory prayer (is it for today?), singing the Lord’s song in a strange land, three reasons people lose their song, a glimpse of the history of the Jews in the 70 year captivity, vengeance in both the Old and New Testament, the law of retribution, and repentance. Click the link below to hear this tremendous study.

12. Click here to hear this Bible teaching on Psalm 137. 
Click here to hear the entire broadcast from Thru the Bible Radio.


11. This teaching was recorded many years ago, in the 1970s or 1980s. It speaks of plastic twinkies for spiritual kiddies. Dr. McGee says, “There has been a famine of spiritual bread for years. Jesus is being served up as sugar and spice and everything that is nice. Jesus is made a piece of merchandise to sell to people in seminars, books, radio, and TV shows. The Bible is only a prop to use as bait to catch the unwary believer.” For the whole 6 min. 50 sec. teaching go to the link below.

11. Click here and to hear this audio teaching
(This teaching was at the beginning of Dr. McGee’s broadcast on Psalm 114-116 which can be heard by clicking here.)


10. What would the Lord have a believer to do? This great 3 min. 45 sec. teaching applies Ps. 86.11 to the Christian. We would do good to heed it.

10. Click here to hear this teaching on what the Lord would have the believer to do.


9. What is the God-given purpose of missions, of all that a believer does? Is it to win souls? Is it to give out the word of God? What is it? Learn the answer in this short 3 min. 23 second teaching: 

9. Click here to learn the purpose of missions and of all that a believer does.

For more on this, go to: The Motivation and the Goal


8a. Another short (7 min. 59 sec.) powerful teaching from Ps. 55 on what God wants a believer to do when someone near to him in the church, a confidant, stabs him in the back, betrays him.

8a. Click here to hear this teaching from Ps. 55.

8. Are Christians to take vengeance or pray for God to take vengeance (pray imprecatory prayers)? The first imprecatory prayer in Psalms is Psalm 5.10. Hear Dr. McGee’s short 3 min. 45 sec. teaching on this verse.

8. Click here to hear this teaching on imprecatory prayer for Christians.


7. What is the primary business of the believer and a church? Is it soul winning? What does the word of God say about this? Get the answer by listening to this short 6 min. 56 sec. study on Psalm 1.3-6 which also looks at 2 men, 2 ways, and 2 destinies.

7. Click here to discover the main business of the believer according to the Bible.


6. In this study from Job, we find Job’s problem. We find his secret sin. His 3 friends had not revealed it; though they spoke a lot of truth, none of what they said revealed Job’s problem. They did not know Job’s problem because they did not know themselves, they did not know Job, and they did not know God. Likewise, Job did not know himself, nor did he know God.  But, don’t be too proud because you and I also have the same problem Job had. Learn about that problem in this excellent teaching.

6. Click here to learn what Job’s problem was.

Click here to go to other teachings on Job, all of which are of great benefit.
I suggest going to Chapter 31.1-32.3 after listening to the above.


5. Did Solomon succeed in doing what God had told him to do in being a witness to the world? The way that Israel was to witness was different than the way that the church is to witness. Learn that difference and more on this matter by listening to this short 12 min. 4 sec. teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee on 2 Chronicles 9.

5. To hear that short audio teaching, click here.


4. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Many times American Christians will misapply this verse, sometimes to America. Learn the true meaning of the verse by listening to this short 12 min. 12 sec. audio teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee. 

4. To hear that short audio teaching, click here.


3. The Shekinah glory was removed from the earth (from Israel). Then God gave His people, the Jews, into the hands of the Gentiles and sent them into captivity. He dissolved the theocracy of Israel and became the God of heaven. … God returned in the flesh, although the Shekinah glory was not visible – He was veiled in the flesh. To hear an excellent 7 min. 49 sec. study on this from Ezra 1.2 click the link below.

3. To hear that short audio teaching, click here.


2. In this study, Dr. McGee examines one of the great prayers of Scripture which is recorded in Ezra 9. Ezra returned to Jerusalem after the temple had been rebuilt. He found there that the people had committed great wickedness. What did he do? What he did is very relevant for all time. It is relevant for a church.

2. To hear this audio teaching, click here.

Click here for great additional teaching on this click here (teaching from Ezra 10 on church repentance, revival, etc.)


1. After the division of Israel, Judah had 5 outstanding kings – Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah. Each brought reformation and revival. Studying these kings and the revivals they brought reveals the steps to revival. Individual, family, church, national revival cannot occur without crossing some bridges. Learn what the first bridge, the first step to revival is by listening to this short 8 min. 19 sec. teaching.

1. The First Step to Revival (A study from 2 Chronicles 15) 

For the second and Third Steps to Revival click here.
Listen to the end of Dr. McGee’s teaching to get all the invaluable information.  

Click here to hear all these studies through all 5 of the kings mentioned above.
The last study went though 2 Chronicles 35.27.


Testimonies to the Glory of God

This page was discontinued in the process of reworking the website. Many of the testimonies that were on this page were lost. Due to moving from Texas to Minnesota and all related matters, testimonies were not added to the page from January 2016, until February 12, 2017. The testimonies that were lost are in the media library of this website. Going through that library to find particular posts is very time consuming. I just retrieved many of the testimonies and posted them below. This is just a small sampling of many. Some of the are too small to read, etc. When time permits, I will see if I can edit those and repost them below.

Due to modern technology, in the face of all the false preaching by wolves in sheep’s clothing, God’s word is being preached and listened to all over the world! Pastor Jason Cooley’s sermons are published on Youtube and sermon audio. Many are listening, including untold thousands of believers who have studied the Bible and are hungry for relevant, accurate Bible preaching which addresses the issues of the day.

Pastors who preach the word of God and make proper application in this age of heresy and apostasy (to include 99+ % of fundamental “Baptist” preachers) are few and far between. I cannot possibly keep up with all the testimonials regarding Pastor Cooley’s preaching, but this page gives a good sampling.

Note. Pastor Jason Cooley preaches and teaches for the Glory of God, not to glorify himself or any other man. However, God uses men to do his work and it is important to direct people to teachings which faithfully proclaim and apply God’s truths. Pointing out the effectiveness of these sermons accomplishes God’s purposes. Pastor Cooley did not ask this author to post these testimonies. This was done to glorify God by publishing His truths to a truth starved world.

Testimonies and Hymns (083114)(Old Paths Baptist Church service – Pastor Jason reads some testimonies)

The above report includes testimonials as well as information on downloads, etc. The testimonies below are just a small sampling of the total testimonies.  I missed posting a lot of testimonies because moving from TX to MN starting in January, 2016 (and all related matters of getting settled). I am just now, February 12, 2017, beginning to post testimonies. 

April 12, 2017
April 12, 2017 Testimony
July 9, 2015

Sports Sermon Testimonial
Sports 3
Sports 2
Sports

July 7, 2016
May 3, 2015

February 19, 2016
February 10, 2017
January 23, 2016
January 11, 2016

Sermon Audio Testimony
Dinkeytown
Street Preaching Visitors
Michael Landon
Michael Landon – Property Manager
Landon Family
Michael Landon – K. Robertson
Michael Landon – Jessie Heure 2
Michael Landon – Jessie Heuer 1
Michael Landon -Contacting Lawyer
Michael Landon – Contacting Lawyer

February 3, 2014
September 2, 2013

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Jason Cooley To me
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From: “Dave B.” <davjan4@gmail.com>
Date: January 9, 2015 at 2:41:21 PM CST
To: jason cooley <salvationpreacher@gmail.com>
Subject: Sports sermon

Thanks you for your sermon on sports and idolatry. What you talked about I have thought for many years.

I try to tell others this, but they don’t listen.  “oh come on Dave, lighten up…”  I live in Texas where football really is nearly a religion.

Your sermon gave me more information to use when I try to educate fellow believers.

And you know what? Christians are the worst at this.

Dave

There were many testimonies which were posted but lost in redoing the website.

Pastor Jason’s Sermon is 2d most listened to on sermonaudio.com:


jason cooley To [14 persons]

Oct 14 at 8:46 PM

A YOUNG MAN SENT ME A FRIEND REQUEST ON FACEBOOK BUT WE HAD NO MUTUAL FRIENDS AND HAD NO IDEA WHY HE WAS FRIENDING ME THIS WAS HIS RESPONSE- IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYESNo sir you don’t. My name is wade , I live in a small town outside of Dallas. After going to churches around my area I got the feeling I wasn’t hearing the true words of Jesus Christ and he wasn’t reaching me through those preachers. I prayed to the lord asking him to show me the truth in his word and to show me someone who wanted to save my soul, I believe that is the job of all men who follow Christ. It wasn’t long after praying that I realized I wasn’t even reading the true words of Christ. That day I went and bought a king James version Bible. Soon after I came across your sermons on YouTube. You sir have changed much of my life, I feel as if many of your sermons speak directly to me. Almost scary at times to see how lost I really was and in some ways still am. The lord has worked in my life in countless ways since I started listening to you, i listen to your YouTube channel almost daily while working. Your sermons have stripped me down and revealed a man living in this world deserving to go to hell.. That scared me straight! I now try my hardest to make the lord a part of every decision i make although i still stumble. Your boldness in street preaching has given me confidence to talk to friends and family and I thank you very much for giving me an example to follow. I thank the lord for giving you the passion which you have, and thank you for not staying a child of this world. You helped me see that I was a child of this world and was not walking in the spirit, and for that I can’t thank you enoughI THEN ASKED HIM:Praise the Lord Jesus Christ ! That is a wonderful testimony . Tell me friend when do you believe you repented of your sons and trusted CHRIST a lone to save your soul?HE RESPONDEDI had thought since may of last year, after reading the Bible and listening to sermons I realized I was lying to myself and I wasn’t trusting in the lord.I was thinking that since I was a good person not harming or screwing anyone over, and believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God who was sent here to save me from my sin, I believed that knowing that saved my soul. Now the past 3 or 4 months I have realized that I needed to repent of my sins, I realized that I can believe what I feel is true, but if I’m doing acts against the word of God I’m in the same boat as a lost soul. This same thinking lead me to think of many of my past mistakes and bad decisions I’ve made through my whole life. That pretty much broke me down and made me realize I was still lost, I couldn’t be made new if I was still holding on to past sins. I began to pray to the lord and ask for forgiveness. Craziest thing started happening, I kept being put in positions to be able to tell the people I had wronged that I was sorry and asked for forgiveness.
I’m not sure if that answered your question so to make it easy maybe only a month or two agoPRAISE THE LORD HE IS USING OUR ONLINE MINISTRY TO SEE SINNERS SAVED AND HIS PEOPLE GET RIGHT WITH HIM

A family listened to Pastor Jason’s message “Hollywood’s Satanic Roots” and one child drafted this and sent it to Pastor Jason. This testimony was one which was lost.


From: “Teri” <dennybecker@msn.com>
Date: September 16, 2014 at 1:55:27 PM CDT
To: <salvationpreacher@gmail.com>
Subject: Hello!

Dear Pastor Cooley,

We wanted to thank you for posting your sermons and encouraging folks who have no current church home. We had contacted you at one time asking if you knew of anyone in Southern California who had integrated, non 501c3 , Biblical assemblies. We still haven’t found any, so we are so blessed to be able to tune in on Sundays and Wednesdays. Your radio programs with Pastor Teague are also a real blessing. We live in El Centro, a tiny little town in Southern California, on the border with Arizona and Mexico. We are a homeschooling family, Denny & Teri with three teen girls, Jael, Tirzah and Hannah. We help Teri’s parents with their horse ranch, so it is not possible to move at this point in time. It can be very lonely, as we don’t fit in at the local churches, which are all emerging and the one IFB is riddled with masonry. In fact, masonry is rife in every church. The three “mega” churches here all have youth ministers that have been trained through Calvary Chapel, even though they are different denominations! We have learned so much from you and Brother Russ, we thank God for you and wanted to let you know we praise God for you and the work that you do.

In Christ,

The Beckers


Facebook To Me September 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM [Comment about the sermon Why I Preach On Politics – It’s Spiritual,” on sermonaudio.com (091414)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

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Louise Dreves commented on a link that you’re tagged in.
Louise wrote: “Tremendous sermon! The bible is full of examples of preachers speaking against the wickedness of the rulers…Elijah to Ahab, Nathan to David, John to Herod. So thankful for Pastor Cooley’s bold stand in exposing this wickedness. Would like to see the other “pastors” listen to this sermon, take notes, find their voice and backbone and start doing some real preaching.”
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Title: The Naked Truth – BIblical Definition of Naked
Speaker: Jason Cooley
Date Preached: 7/30/2014
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=730142339354Comment Name: Angela
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Comment Text: Thank you for this sermon.  I’ve always tried to dress modestly but this teaching made me take a closer look at my wardrobe, to see if it is pleasing to the Lord.  Also, thank you for teaching the “why” we should cover ourselves. I jotted down  the scriptures you gave in the message and feel confident that I can explain to others why I like to dress as I do.  I love the phrase “intellectual faith” that you used when describing how we should be able to understand and articulate our beliefs. Again, thanks for a great sermon!


From: John Reed <johntforkik@gmail.com>
Date: June 28, 2014 at 6:01:41 AM CDT
To: salvationpreacher@gmail.com
Subject: Hi Pastor Cooley!

I’ve been listening to your sermons on television and think you’re right on.  I started working in TV when I was young and didn’t know Jesus.  It’s only the last few years I’ve come to know Christ and realized what spiritual poison TV and film really are.

Anyway, just thought I’d let you know I listen to you on the studio lot and agree with everything I’ve heard so far.  I’ve just caught you talking about Osiris and the origin of plays being religious, and it clicked with the various initiation rites and rituals of freemasons, etc.  Wow.  I thought I knew a few things, but there’s always more to learn!

I’m eagerly catching the rest of what you have on sermon audio.  Thank you for your work!


From: …
Date: June 17, 2014 at 6:32:12 PM CDT
To: salvationpreacher@gmail.com
Subject: Hello Brother

My name is _______________________.  I’ve been listening to you for a little while I really enjoy what the Lord is doing through you.

I go to an independent fundamental baptist church and find myself dissatisfied with the mundane way we do things. The preaching isn’t expository nor is it very convicting but I choose to stay because I want my family to be in a local church setting and we want to be in position to serve the body of Christ.

Your sermons are strong meat brother and if I were in position I would sit under your preaching and leadership today.

Thank you for your ministry brother..


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To Jessica Sullivantreadingserpents@hotmail.comPaul Pearson and 8 More…

May 9

Wonderful testimony from this young man today

Please take time to read it . His is the fruit of our online ministry and it brought me to tears

Begin forwarded message:
From: Tyler Stoner <tylerstoner67@yahoo.com>

Date: May 9, 2014 at 2:29:08 PM CDT
To: “salvationpreacher@gmail.com” <salvationpreacher@gmail.com>
Subject: Salvation
Reply-To: Tyler Stoner <tylerstoner67@yahoo.com>
Pastor Cooley,

I would like to share a seemingly normal but miracle to me. It is a miracle that I have been saved by the gracious Lord Jesus Christ. It is a miracle that any of us are. None deserve it but he is that graciuos.

I am from State College Pennsylvania and work in Harrisburg PA College towns are the devil’s playground it seems. I was raised going to church as a child and as I approached my 20s I still believed and knew a bit about the Lord but very slowly worked towards his ways however I did terrible things like kids do and God continued to bring me down for these things and teach me. I didnt really realize what was going on yet at that point though however. Approaching my late 20s about 27 I began really studying the bible hard and understanding quite a bit however about six months ago I said a prayer asking him to reveal these things in his word to me if that is what he wants and if I am ready to be able to handle it. I said “God I am yours no matter what do what you will with me”. Within a few weeks most of the things I read in the bible became much clearer and I continued to study myself with great interest in seeking wisdom from the lord. I began also listening to sermons on sermon audio at work sometimes at lunch and some sermons made sence and some didnt however after little searching I found one of your sermons and the lord spoke very clear through you. You are an awsome mouthpiece for the lord. Alot of the things in your sermons I have previously been showed by God too however you really helped to put it all together for me so that I can see the message of God pretty clearly. I have listened to all of your sermons on sermon audio some a few times over. I hope that you can continue this wonderfull work of the lord untill the end of time. You are very accurate and true to the word. I believe you preach in the way that preaching should be done and that is in truth. Nobody every told me these thing that I know them I believe the Lord led me. I thank God for this knowledge and understanding every day. Please never let anyone or anything change how you preach or any of your beliefs because you are one of the very few that is on the right track. Believe me if I didnt live a thousand miles away I would be at your church services every single Sunday. I just wanted to let you know this to testify to the truth. I have had many of the same life experiences that you have and the lord has broke me down many many times and built me back up with many lessons along the way. I still fail the Lord at times and his rod strikes me harder than ever but at least now I know what he is trying to tell me and he seems to perge out my sinning nature one hard lesson at a time. I am totally different than I used to be and still the lord keeps on working on me. It is a great feeling to know that I am his and I never want him to forsake me ever no matter how bad chastisement hurts or how frustrated I am because he is always there when I repent and he always forgives even though I deserve none of it. He is everything. He is all we all have and this world is one big scam to turn us against our true creator. Its ugly out there.  There is no other way than God’s way and no other truth than God’s truth and every single minute we must thank him for revealing himself to us. The saved must really be greatfull to him eternally because it is so easy to slip into the ways of the world. He shepards the saved though he keeps us and he is soooo gracious. Anyhow just wanted to let you know this and please let me know anytime you have any sermons out if they are not on sermon audio or if there are any other links to access your sermons or messages. Email me anytime if you have a list of people that you send any messages out to I would appreciate being on it. I am still looking for a community church around my area to get involved in. My pastor left the church I was at because he had to move to another area so I really have to look around because I dont want to be anywhere that could mislead me. I only want to know what the bible says and what God wants me to know because even though we dont want to believe it sometimes he always knows best. Also I  like how you do your homework and understand things before you preach and how you say KJV is the only true word. I have came to the same conclusion about the KJV too. Anyhow thank you for giving people the truth. The Allmighty who never siezes to suprise me with his grace and I am sure he works the same way with others too. Take care,

Tyler Stoner


From:
Date: May 16, 2014 at 8:57:14 AM CDT
To: “salvationpreacher@gmail.com” <salvationpreacher@gmail.com>
Subject: Hollywood.

Dear pastor Jason Cooley

Thought might like you know I enjoyed your message on Hollywood. On YouTube
I’m giving you a thumbs up, honesty speaking I like it.
And I agree with you..Six years ago I stop watching tv, I’m thinking about
Throwing out my DVD movies next !
Now I have more time to read the bible,
Thank you so much,         Ronald

“How God Trains His Men,” “The Sin of Statistics in a Church,” “Who I Am,” and Other Important Lessons for the Believer

How God Trains His Men
The Sin of Statistics in a Church
What am I? [I am a dry Brook, an empty flower barrel, a dead body]
A teaching on 1 Kings 17.2-24 by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

God had to train Elijah. God has always had the method of training the men he uses bydriedupbrookelijah taking them to the desert. You will recall, that’s where he trained Moses. He got Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeas, put him up in that land that at that time was very rugged terrain in the hill country. We find that God used the method for Moses, putting him out in the desert. He did it for David. He’s now doing it for Elijah. He did it for John the Baptist also. Paul the Apostle was sent out into the desert of Arabia for at least two years. So this is God’s method for training his men. We find that here He is going to take this man Elijah out and teach him several things he needed to learn.

Click here to hear the whole short teaching, some of which is transcribed below.

Click here to hear the whole broadcast from which the above was excerpted.

“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan” (1 K. 17.2-3).

God was telling Elijah to get as far out in the country as he could. So he went out into the desert and came to a little stream.

“And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there” (1 K. 17.4).

God used two methods of caring for Elijah out in the desert. One was the brook which was a natural means. He was to drink the water. The other was a supernatural means—the ravens were to come and feed him. Well, Elijah stayed there for awhile, and then the brook began to dry up.

“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land” (1 K. 17.7).

The brook is drying up. Here is this man out in the wilderness, and he goes to the brook every morning and notices that it is going down a little bit more each day. All he had to do was put a peg in the water to note how much it went down each day. Then he could figure out how many days it would be before he starved to death of thirst. Having the mathematical measurement, anyone with common sense would know that on a certain day the end would come.

This is the sin of statistics. Today the condition of a church is often determined by statistics. If you go to a church meeting and observe that the offering has been good, new members have been received, and there is increased attendance, the church is considered a howling success—and that may not be the true picture.

I once heard the story of a preacher who got up at a church business meeting and said, “We are going to call on the treasurer to give a report so that we can know the status quo of our church.” One of the members got up and said, “Mr. Preacher, we don’t know what status quo means.” The preacher replied, “The ‘status quo’ means the mess we are in.” Interestingly enough, the true status quo of many churches and other organizations often reveals the mess they are in, although the statistics may look healthy.

Now Elijah could have figured very closely the time he was going to die—he could have done it mathematically.  But, you see, the cold figures of mathematics do not take into account the spiritual fire that is there. You cannot put the condition of the church in the form of a bank statement. You cannot measure it on a computer. Even a revival is not determined by numbers. When Elijah looked at that little brook which was getting smaller and smaller, he learned a spiritual lesson. He saw that his life was a dried up brook. He was nothing—he was just a brook, a channel, through which living water could flow. The Lord Jesus Christ says, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (Jn. 4.13, 14). Sometimes we sing the song, “Make Me A Blessing,” and I think that half the folk don’t know the meaning of the words. Why, it means that you are an empty brook and that you do not have any water of life. It is only as the water of life, the Word of God, flows through you that you can be a channel of blessing. Elijah had to learn that “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty” (1 Co. 1.27). God was telling Elijah, “You are not a big, strong, rugged individual. You are no stronger or better than that dried-up brook. You will have no strength until the water of life flows through you.”

It is said of Hudson Taylor that when he prepared young missionaries for service in his mission, he insisted, “Remember that when you come out here you are nothing. It is only what God can and will do through you that will be worth anything.” One young missionary replied, “It is hard for me to believe that I am just nothing.” And Hudson Taylor said to him, “Take it by faith because it is true—you are nothing.” You and I are just dried-up brooks unless the Word of God is flowing through us.

[Then God sent Elijah to a widow woman who was to take care of him. 1 K. 17.8-12. I quite transcribing, but you can listen to the whole teaching on the audio linked to above. It teaches you and I that we are nothing but empty flower barrels, that we have nothing to offer to God. We are nothing until the water of life and the bread of life have been put into us… and some other very important lessons.]

Romans 13 and Related Verses

Shortly after this picture was taken, the soldier put a bullet through the head of this teenage girl. Her crime? Proseletyzing during the Bejing Olympics.
Shortly after this picture was taken, the soldier put a bullet through the head of this teenage girl. Her crime? Proseletyzing during the Bejing Olympics.

Jerald Finney
Copyright © February 7, 2017

Romans 13:3-4: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” In these verses, God defines the jurisdiction of civil government. After all, God is the highest power. God, the highest power, ordained the powers that be (the lower powers) (Romans 13:1). Can the laws of a lower power take precedence over the laws of a power above? When one is faced with obeying a lower power or a higher power, whom is one to obey? Is one to obey the lower power when the laws of the lower power are contrary to the laws of the higher power? Whom is one to fear more, according to the Word of God?   “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Romans 13:8-14 lays out the responsibility of man under lawful civil government, to keep the last table of the Ten Commandments which deal with man’s relationship to man.

Other resources which cover the Romans 13 issue include:

So, you see, Romans 13:1a, when correctly interpreted within the context of the entirety of Romans 13, and within the context of the entirety of Scripture, does not teach unlimited obedience to unlawful civil government. In other words, Romans 13.1a, when correctly considered, is consistent with Romans 13 and with the teachings of the entire Bible. God’s Word is never inconsistent. These matters are addressed in much more detail in the materials below.

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Exodus 1:15-17: “And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

Exodus 1:20-21: “Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.”

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The material on this page is also on the “Books by Jerald Finney” page. This page makes it more convenient for one who specifically wants to go to teachings on Romans 13 and related verses.

“Iron Sharpeneth Iron” TV interview of Pastor Jason Cooley and Christian Attorney Jerald Finney.
Host is Pastor Brandon Teague of Old Paths Baptist Church in Paris, Texas.

Romans 13 Do We Obey Government over God?
The Biblical Interpretation

Other teachings by Jerald Finney

March 24, 2013: Romans 13 – What every 501c3 Pastor and Church Member Needs to Hear (Youtube message preached at Gateway Anabaptist Church.)

Relevant sermons by Pastor Jason Cooley follow. Left click to listen to sermon. Right click link, then left click “Save link as…” to download.

Article: “American Abuse of Romans 12.1-2 and Related Verses.” This is an audio teaching series by Jerald Finney.

Book: Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses:

2nd Revised Romans 13 COVER

  1. Introduction to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 1 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses. This material was also covered in less detail in God Betrayed, Section III, Chapters 5, 6.)
  2. Doth not your Master pay tribute? Matthew 17.24-27 (Chapter 2 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  3. Render unto Caesar…? Luke 20.25, Matthey 22.21, Mark 22.17 (Chapter 3 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  4. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers? Romans 13 (Chapter 4 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  5. Submit to every ordinance of man? 1 Peter 2.13 (Chapter 5 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  6. Pray for all rulers? 1 Timothy 2.1-6 (Chapter 6 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  7. Conclusion to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 7 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)

The above online version of the book Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses is also on “The Biblical Doctrine of Separation of Church and State” page of this blog.

Click the following link to view the PDF of the book: Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses.

RahabJoshua 2:3-4: “And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:”

Joshua 2:8-15  “And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.  Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.  Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.”

Daniel 6:10-11: “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open inRomans13DanielInLionsDen his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.”

Daniel 6:16: “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”

ShadrachMeshachAbednegoDaniel 3:8-11: “Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

Daniel 3:16-18: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Acts 5:17-20: “Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and wereRomans13Peter filled with indignation,  And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”

Acts 4:19-21: “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

Acts 4:23-31: “And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Acts 5:27-29: And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

The above is only a small sampling from the Bible. See Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses (reproduced above) for comprehensive biblical coverage.

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Self-exam questions: Conclusion to the Biblical Doctrine of “Church”

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers.

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1. Who ordained the church?

2. Who ordained civil government?

3. What did God give to churches, individuals, families and civil governments?

4. What can churches, individuals, families and civil governments learn from God’s word?

5. Who has misled most churches and other governments.

6. Who have followed Satan’s principles?

7. What has Satan used to mislead churches, individuals, families and civil governments?

8. Who has Satan used to mislead churches, individuals, families and civil governments?

9. When did apostasy creep in to the church?

10. Apostasy has ___________________ in America as the rapture and the tribulation approaches.

11. Many or most people in American churches today are materially _______, but spiritually _________.

12. ________ was not deceived, but the _____________ being deceived was in the ________________ (1 Ti. 2.14, Ro. 5.14, Ge. 3.1-6).

13. Christ was not deceived, but His __________ was. “As the first ________ had to give up a perfect existence in order to be with his __________, so the last Adam, ____________ (1 Co. 15.22, 45), stepped down from heaven to save his _____________. While the first ______ ‘blew it,’ the last ______ would make everything right! (Ro. 5:12-21) Charles Wesley set this doctrine to music with the words, ‘Second _______ from above, reinstate us with thy love.’ … “The all-important verse that connects this typology to the present ______________ apostasy is Ec. 1:9a: ‘The thing that ________ been, it is that which __________ be; and that which is _______is that which shall be _______….’ Thus, the history of mankind will undoubtedly end the same way it began—with a _________ being deceived!”

14. “For God so loved the ______________, that ____________________________________________________________________________

______________________________. For God sent not his Son into the world to ___________ the world; but that the world through him ________ ____ ________. He that believeth on him is not _____________: but he that believeth not is ____________ already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the ___________________, that _________ is come into the world, and men loved ___________ rather than _________, because their deeds were _________” (Jn. 3.16-19).

15. “[Jesus], being in the form of ______, thought it not robbery to be equal with ______: But made himself of no ______________, and took upon him the form of a ___________, and was made in the likeness of ______: And being found in fashion as a _______, he ___________ himself, and became ____________ unto ________, even the ________ of the cross” (Ph. 2.6-8).

16. Regardless of this inevitable apostasy and the events that are to follow, for whom are things looking good?

17. Who has the ultimate hope?

18. Who will reign with the Lord?

18. The Holy Spirit is now calling out, not the __________, but the co-_______ and co-__________ of the kingdom.

19. “It is a faithful saying: For if we be ________ with him, we shall also _______ with him: If we ________, we shall also ________ with him: if we ______ him, he also will ______ us” (2 Ti. 2.11-12).

20. “And hath made us _______ and __________ unto God and his Father; to him be ________ and ____________ for ever and ever. Amen” (Re. 1.6).

21. “To him that _______________ will I grant to sit with me in my _____________” (Re. 3.21).

22. “And hast made us unto our God _________ and __________: and we shall ___________ on the earth” (Re. 5.10).

23. “For ye have not received the spirit of ___________ again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of ___________, whereby we cry, ______, ___________.’ The Spirit itself beareth ____________ with our spirit, that we are the ___________ of God: And if ___________, then ______; ______ of God, and joint ______ with Christ; if so be that we _________ with him, that we may be also ___________ together. For I reckon that the ___________ of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the __________ which shall be revealed in us” (Ro. 8.15-18).

24. “Do ye not know that the __________ shall ________ the world? and if the world shall be ________ by you, are ye unworthy to _______ the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall __________ angels? how much more things that pertain to this life” (1 Co. 6.2-3)?

Self-exam Questions: The Coming Universal Church Will Reign with the Lord

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Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers.

1. What did the so-called universal churches do to those who refused to bow down to the religion-state?

2. What has been the reaction of true believers in Christ when martyred?

3. When will the universal invisible church be established?

4. What true universal church has ever existed on earth?

5. Unbiblical “ universal” __________ _______________ were organized by the _____ of this world: first the ___________ “church,” then the ___________.“

6. Why do some believers join or continue alongside the lost members of _____________ ____________________.

7. As to church membership, what is God’s desire for all believers?

8. Only in churches which order themselves according to the principles of the New Testament regarding the local church is the service of God in __________ _______; and properly _________ New Testament churches have ___________________ existed since Jesus Christ ordained the institution of the church.

9. What did Jesus say to Peter as recorded in Matthew 16.18?

10. True Christians have the ultimate hope: they will _______ with the ______.

11. That true Christians have the ultimate hope should be cause for what (two things)?

12. The ______ ________ is now calling out, not the subjects, but the ___-______ and __-______ of the kingdom:

  • 2 Ti. 2.11-12: “It is a faithful saying: For if we be ______ with him, we shall also ______ with him: If we _________, we shall also _______ with him: if we ______ him, he also will _______ us;”
  • Re. 1.6: “And hath made us _______ and _________ unto God and his Father; to him be ________ and ___________ for ever and ever. Amen;”
  • Re. 3.21: “To him that _____________ will I grant to sit with me in my throne;”
  • Re. 5.10: “And hast made us unto our God ________ and __________: and we shall _______ on the earth;”
  • Ro. 8.15-18: “For ye have not received the spirit of _________ again to _______; but ye have received the Spirit of _____________, whereby we cry, Abba, _________.’ The Spirit itself beareth witness with our _________, that we are the __________ of God: And if ___________, then ______; ______ of God, and joint ______ with Christ; if so be that we ________ with him, that we may be also ______________ together. For I reckon that the ______________ of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the ________ which shall be revealed in us;”
  • 1 Co. 6.2-3: “Do ye not know that the ___________ shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge _________? how much more things that _________ to this ______?”

13. “Blessed are they which are ______________ for ______________ sake: for theirs is the __________ of _________. Blessed are ye, when men shall _________ you, and _____________ you, and shall say all manner of ______ against you ________, for my sake.  __________, and be ___________ ______: for great is your ________ in heaven: for so _____________ they the ___________ which were before you” (Mt. 5.10-12).

14. “But ye are come unto mount ________, and unto the _______ of the living ______, the ______________ _____________, and to an ________________ company of angels, To the general _____________ and _________ of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to ______ the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just _______ made perfect,  And to ________ the mediator of the new ___________, and to the blood of ____________, that speaketh better things than that of _________” (He. 12:22-24).

Self-exam Questions: Apostasy at the End of the Church Age

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers.

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  1. To which church was the Lord speaking in Re. 3.15-19 when he says:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

  1. The Bible shows that at the end of the church age, the Lord will be outside the ______________ church (Re. 3.20). Nonetheless, He will still be there for the _________________, just as He, while on earth as the second _________, still appealed to the _____________ after the nation _____________ rejected His rule over the _____________: “If any man will hear ____ voice, _____ will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with _____.”
  2. The final result of the apostasy will be the great ecclesiastical _________ spoken of in Revelation ____ and ____. In Revelation 17 is mystery __________, the apostate _______________. Dr. McGee states:
  3. According to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, which church will become the apostate church of the great tribulation?
  4. Who are the apostates of the great systems of the world?
  5. What does the Bible call the last great religious organization that will call itself a church?
  6. _______ _____________ will not go through the God’s wrath. They will be ______________ out before the __________________ of God begins.
  7. Is tribulation the wrath of God?
  8. _____________ _________________ who are not _______ will be left here on this earth when authentic Christians are raptured.
  9. Some __________ are spiritual harlots. The last so-called church is a ___________-_____________ system, which is hated by the ____________ beast. The _________ will destroy the ___________ in order to set up his own ______________.

 

  1. True believers will be ______________ (Mt. 13.36-43; Ro. 8.18-23). The Lord will ___________ the dead in Christ: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the _______ in Christ shall rise _________: Then we which are _________ and remain shall be caught up together with them in the __________, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Th. 4.16-17).
  2. _______ ____________, according to many Bible students and scholars, will go through the great tribulation, but will not experience the __________ of God which follows.
  3. The alleged “______ church” doctrine was used to justify the Protestant and Catholic doctrines of universal visible and universal invisible church. This in turn was a basis for the doctrine of __________ of __________ and state, the doctrine of _____________, and will be used by the great spiritual ____________ to establish spiritual ____________ in the end times. Of course, this was never an historical ___________ doctrine because it is contrary to the teaching of the __________.
  4. Most ______________ are nothing more than Protestants and many fall so far that they are nothing more than “___________ in sheep’s clothing.”
  5. _________________ Babylon (apostate Christendom, the harlot whom many biblical scholars logically conclude will be headed up under the __________ and which will at that time condone every iniquity of the rich and will be corrupted to the core by commercialism, wealth, and luxury; the “universal church on earth”) will be destroyed by _________________ Babylon, that is by the nations; and ______________ Babylon, the nations, will be crushed by ___________ when they come against ___________ at the end of the tribulation period (See Re. 17.15-18). All this will happen because men choose to succumb to _________’s principles in order to satisfy their _________.
  6. Jesus proclaimed, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art ________, and upon this ______ I will build _____ church; and the gates of ________ shall not prevail against it.” Of what was Jesus speaking when he made that statement?
  7. On earth before the rapture, of what is the institution of the church to be made up of?
  8. Who laid out the doctrine of the church? Where is the doctrine of the church recorded?
  9. The only “churches” one sees in the Bible on earth until the marriage supper of the lamb, are _______, ____________ _____________ bodies.
  10. When will the true “universal church” come into existence? “But ye are come unto mount ______, and unto the ______ of the living God, the heavenly ___________, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general ____________ and __________ of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect” (He. 12:22-23). That church will come into existence at the ______________ of the Lamb: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the _____________ of the Lamb is come, and his _________ hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine ________, clean and ________: for the fine _________ is the ________________ of saints” (Re. 19:7-8). “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the ________, the Lamb’s _______. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy ____________, descending out of heaven from God” (Re. 21:9-10).
  11. Until the universal church is established by Jesus Christ, we should listen to Jesus and Paul on this matter. Jesus said, “______________, love your _________, even as Christ also loved the _________, and gave ____________ for it; That he might ____________ and _____________ it with the washing of __________ by the word, That he might present it to himself a _____________ church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish…. For we are members of his ______, of his __________, and of his __________.” (Ep. 5:25-27, 30).
  12. Paul wrote, “For I am ___________ over you with godly _____________: for I have espoused you to one __________, that I may present you asa __________ virgin to Christ” (2 Co. 11:2).

 

 

Self-exam questions: Heresy and Apostasy

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers.

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1. Prior to the return of the Lord, the churches, except for a _____________, will go into apostasy. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a _________ ______ first, and that _____ ___ ____ be revealed, the son of ___________: who opposeth and ___________ himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as _____ sitteth in the temple of ______, shewing himself that he is _____ (2 Th. 2.3-4).

2. “Apostasy, ‘falling away,’ is the act of professed Christians who deliberately reject revealed truth as to what two things? (1 John 4.1-3 [‘Beloved, believe not every _________, but try the _________ whether they are of _____: because many _______ prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the _________ of _____: Every spirit that __________ that _______ ________ is come in the flesh is of _____: And every spirit that _____________ not that _______ ________ is come in the flesh is not of _____: and this is that spirit of __________, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.’]; Phil. 3.18 [‘For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the __________ of the cross of Christ:”]; 2 Pet. 2.1 [“But there were false __________ also among the people, even as there shall be false __________ among you, who privily shall bring in damnable __________, even denying the _______ that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.’]). Apostasy differs therefore from error concerning truth, which may be the result of ___________ (Acts 19.1-6 [‘And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the ______ _________ since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any ______ _______. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto ______’s baptism. Then said Paul, ______ verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on ________ ________. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the ______ ________. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the ______ ________ came on them; and they spake with tongues, and _____________.’]), or heresy, which may be due to the snare of _________ (2 Tim. 2.25, 26 [‘In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them _____________ to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the ________, who are taken captive by him at his will.’]), both of which may consist with true _________. The apostate is perfectly described in 2 Tim. 4.3, 4 [‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound ___________; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves ___________, having itching ears; And they shall turn away theirears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables.’]. Apostates depart from the faith, but not from the outward profession of _______________ (2 Tim. 3.5 [‘Having a form of __________, but denying the power thereof, from such turn away.’]). Apostate teachers are described in 2 Tim. 4.3 [“For the time will come when they will not endure sound __________; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves ___________, having itching ears.]; 2 Pet. 2.1-19 [quoted here in part: ‘But there were false __________ also among the people, even as there shall be false ___________ among you, who privily shall bring in damnable ____________, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift ______________. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of ________ shall be evil spoken of.  And through _______________ shall they with feigned words make _______________ of you: … But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own _____________; …  Which have forsaken the _______ way, and are gone astray, following the way of ___________ the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of __________________; ….These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of ___________, they allure through the ________ of the flesh, through much __________, those that were clean escaped from them who live in _______.  While they promise them __________, they themselves are the servants of ______________: for of whom a man is ____________, of the same is he brought in _________.’]; Jude 4, 8, 11-13, 16 [‘For there are certain men crept in ___________, who were before of old ordained to this _______________, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into __________________, and denying the only Lord God, and our ________ __________ __________…. Likewise also thesefilthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of __________…. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of ________, and ran greedily after the error of _____________ for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of __________. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without ________, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit ___________, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the _____, foaming out their own shame; wandering _______, to whom is reserved the blackness of ___________ for ever. These are _____________, complainers, walking after their own _______; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in ____________ because of advantage.’].  Apostasy in the church, as in Israel (Isa. 1.5, 6; 5.5-7), is irremediable, and awaits ___________________ (2 Thes. 2.10-12 [‘And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that __________; because they received not the love of the _______, that they might be ________. And for this cause God shall send them strong __________, that they should believe a _____: That they all might be damned who believed not the ________, but had pleasure in ________________’]; 2 Pet. 2.17, 21 [‘These are wells without ________, clouds that are carried with a __________; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever…. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of _______________, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’]; Jude 11-15; Rev. 3.14-16)”

3. What is the only remedy for apostasy?

4. “Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find _________ on the earth” (Lu. 18.8b)?  What is this reference to?

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the ________, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Ti. 4.1).

5. When did the apostasy of the church set in?

“I marvel that ye are so soon _______________ from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another ______________:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you; and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be _____________” (Ga. 1.6-8).

“For there are certain men crept in __________, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ___________ men, turning the grace of our God into __________________, and denying the only _______ _______, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4).

6. What is lasciviousness?

7. Gentile world apostasy comes in _________ stages.

“Because that, when they knew _______, they glorified ______ not as _______, neither were ________; but became vain in their _____________, and their ___________ heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be ________, they became _______. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to ______________ ______, and to _______, and ______________ _________, and _________ _______” (Ro. 1.21-23).

8. As a result of this worldwide Gentile apostasy, mankind sinks to the depths of ___________:

“Wherefore God also gave them up to _______________ through the lusts of their own hearts, to ____________ their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the ________ of God into a ______ and worshipped and served the __________ more than the _________, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile ___________: for even their women did change the _________ use into that which is against ________: And likewise also the men, leaving the _________ use of the ________, burned in their ______ one toward another; _____ with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their ____________, God gave them over to a __________ mind, to do those things which are not _____________; Being filled with all _________________, ______________, ______________, ________________, maliciousness; full of _______, ______, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, _________ of God, despiteful, ________, boasters, inventors of _______ things, disobedient to parents. Without ______________, covenantbreakers, without natural _____________, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of ________, not only do the same, but have ____________ in them that do them”  (Ro. 1.24-32).

9. Who usually introduces the apostasy?

10. Our Lord warned against __________ teachers:

  • “Beware of _______ prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening _________” (Mt. 7.15).
  • “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that _______ _____ ______ ___ my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in _____ ______ have cast out devils? and in _____ _______ done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I _______ ______ you: depart from me, ye that work ________” (Mt. 7.21-23).
  • “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man __________ you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am ________; and shall _________ many” (Mt. 24.4-5).
  • “And many _______ prophets shall rise, and shall __________ many” (Mt. 24.11).
  • “For _______ Christs and _______ prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the _______” (Mk. 13.22).
  • “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called _____ ________ in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5.19).
  • “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for ___________ the commandments of men” (Mt. 15.9).

11.  With heresy and apostasy, what do men ask?

12. For what should men ask?

13. With heresy and apostasy, what is the purpose for doing and for going to church?

14. Many believers today, many in allegedly independent Bible believing churches, are being deceived about many biblical ___________, including the _____________ of church, state, and separation of church and state. As a result what are they doing as to church organization?

15. Everything in the ultimate modern American church is for ________.

16. Peter, Paul, and Jude traced the origin of apostasy to _______ ___________, explained their methods of _____________, and warned the churches to beware of the _______________:

  • “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the _________ ___________ hath made you ________________, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own _________. For I know this, that after my departing shall ____________ __________ enter in among you, not sparing he _________: Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking _____________ things, to draw away _____________ after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Ac. 20.28-31).
  • “But though we, or an __________ from heaven, preach any other _________ unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ___________. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other _________ unto you than that ye have received, let him be _________” (Ga. 1.8-9).
  • “O foolish ____________, who hath ____________ you, that ye should not obey the _________, before whose eyes ________ _________ hath been evidently set forth, ___________ among you” (Ga. 3.1)?
  • “For there must be also _____________ among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (1 Co. 11.19).
  • “For if he that cometh preacheth another ________, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another _________, which ye have not received, or another __________, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Co. 11.4).
  • “For there are many unruly and vain ___________ and ____________, specially they of the _______________; Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy ___________’s sake” (Tit. 1.10-11).
  • “Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the _________ ________ some shall depart from the _________, giving heed to ____________ _________, and doctrines of _________; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Ti. 4.1-2).
  • “For the time will come when they will not endure ________ __________; but after their own ________ shall they heap to themselves _____________, having __________ ________; And they shall turn away their _______ from the __________, and shall be turned to ___________. Having a form of ___________, but denying the ________ thereof: from such turn away” (2 Ti. 4.3-5).
  • “But there were _________ prophets also among the people, even as there shall be ________ teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable ____________, even denying ______ _______ that bought them and bring upon themselves swift ______________. And many shall follow their _____________ ways; by reason of whom the way of ________ shall be evil spoken of. And through _________________ shall they with feigned words make ________________ of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their ______________ slumbereth not….  Which have forsaken the ________ way, and are gone _________, following the way of __________ the son of Bosor, who loved _________ of unrighteousness; But was ___________ for his iniquity: the _______ _____ speaking with man’s voice forbad the __________ of the prophet. These are wells without ___________, clouds that are carried with a __________; to whom the mist of ____________ is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling ________ of vanity, they allure through the ________ of the flesh, through much ______________, those that were clean escaped from them who live in ________. While they promise them ___________, they themselves are the servants of __________: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into ___________” (2 Pe. 2.1-3, 15-19. All of 2 Pe. 2 deals with false teachers.).
  • “Whosoever _________________, and abideth not in the ___________ of Christ, hath not _______. He that abideth in the doctrine of _________, he hath both the __________ and the _______. If there come any unto you, and bring not this ___________, receive him not into your house, neither bid him _____ ________: For he that biddeth him _____ ________ is partaker of his _______ deeds” (2 John 9-11).
  • “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days ___________, walking after their own _________, And saying, Where is the ___________ of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the ____________ of the ___________” (2 Pe. 3.3-4).
  • “For there are certain men ________ in ____________, who were before of old ordained to this ________________, __________ men, turning the ________ of our God into ________________, and denying the only _______ _____, and our ______ _______ ________” (Jude 4. Jude predicts the ___________ of the professing ___________ and describes the cause and course of the ___________. As in II Timothy and II Peter, the ___________ is treated as having already set in.).

Only a little __________ can completely change and pervert the _______ of the Gospel: “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the ________?  This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little ________ ___________ the whole lump” (Ga. 5.7-9).

________ teachers deny redemption ________: “[False teachers] shall bring in damnable ___________, even denying the Lord that bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Pe. 2.1).  Others deny the ________ concerning Christ’s _________ as ______ of _____, _____ himself.

“BELOVED, believe not every _________, but try the __________ whether they are of _____: because many ________ prophets are gone out into the _________. Hereby know ye the _________ of God: Every _________ that confesseth not that _______ ________ is come in the _______ is not of _____: and this is that _______ of ______________, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of _____, ________ ___________, and have overcome them: because __________ is he that is in you, than he that is in ______ _________. They are of the ________: therefore speak they of the ________ and the ________ heareth them” (1 Jn. 4.1-5; See also, 1 Jn. 2.18-28).

In Jude all phases of ____________ are seen. Jude mentions those who “ran after the error of __________ for reward.” Many pastors and other Christians today, like __________, revert to human _____________ and, among other unbiblical practices, put God’s church under the ________ for __________—that is, for __________, for ______________, or _________. They may not have gone completely into ___________, but heresy is the first step toward ___________.

The tone of the New Testament writers when dealing with heresy and ___________ is never one of dejection or pessimism. God & His promises are still the resource of the ____________. Although Paul as recorded in II Timothy and Peter as recorded in II Peter are aware that ______________ is near (See 2 Ti. 4.6-8, 2 Pe. 1.14, and Jn. 21.18-19), both are apparently sustained and __________: “For I am now ready to be ___________, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good _______, I have ___________ my course, I have kept the ________: Henceforth there is laid up for me a ________ of ________________, which the _______, the righteous ________, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that _______ his appearing” (2 Ti. 4.7-8). The whole book of II Timothy reflects Paul’s joyful attitude as II Peter shows Peter to be likewise joyful and sustained.

II Timothy, II Peter, Jude, and II & III John deal the personal _______ and ____________ of a true servant of Christ in a day of ___________ and _______________. For example, Paul instructs the “good soldier” in the face of ___________:

“[B]e _________ in the __________ that is in _________ ___________. And the things that thou has heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to _____________ men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure _____________, as a good _____________ of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this _______: that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a ___________….  Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my _________: … It is a faithful saying: For if we be ______ with him, we shall also ______ with him: If we _________, we shall also ________ with him: If we ______ him, he also will ______ us: If we ___________ not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot ______ himself….  _________ to shew thyself approved unto God, a ____________ that needeth not to be ____________, rightly dividing the word of _________. But shun profane and vain ____________: for they will increase unto more ______________. And their word will eat as doth a canker: …  Flee also youthful _______: but follow righteousness, ________, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure _________. But foolish and unlearned ____________ avoid, knowing that they do gender __________. And the servant of the Lord must not __________; but be __________ unto all men, apt to __________, patient, In ______________ instructing those that oppose _______________; if God peradventure will give them ______________ to the acknowledging of the _________; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the __________, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Ti. 2.1-4, 8, 11-13, 15-17a, 22-25).

Paul instructed Timothy, a preacher whom Paul called his “dearly beloved son (2 Ti. 1.2)” and his “own son in the faith” (1 Ti. 1.2).

“Preach the ________: be instant in _________, out of _________; ___________, _________, _________ with all longsuffering and ___________. For the time will come when they will not endure sound ___________; but after their own _________ shall they heap to themselves __________________, having itching _________; And they shall turn away their _________ from the ___________, and shall be turned into ____________. But watch thou in all things, endure __________________, do the work of the evangelist, make full _________ of thy ministry” (2 Ti. 4.2-5).

“The believer’s resources in a day of general declension and _______________  are _________ (2 Ti. 1.5), the spirit (2 Ti. 1.6-7), the ___________ of God (2 Ti. 1.13; 3.1-17; 4.3-4), the ________ of Christ (2 Ti. 2.1), separation from vessels unto ____________ (2 Ti. 2.4, 20-21), the Lord’s sure __________ (2 Ti. 4.7-8), and the Lord’s ________________ and power (2 Ti. 2.13, 19).

Self-exam questions: Christ, the Bridegroom/Husband/Head of His churches

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1. According to the Bible, who desires to be the Bridegroom/Husband/Head of His churches?

2. Is the headship of a local autonomous New Testament church an important issue regarding the biblically described principle of separation of church and state? Please explain as thoroughly as you can at this point.

3. To understand how churches violate the biblical principle of the headship of Christ over His churches, one must apply the biblical ____________________ to the facts and to civil law—e.g., what is incorporation, what is Internal Revenue Code § _______(c)(3).

4. _______________ are called the bride of the Lamb.

5. ____________ is the bridegroom of the church: “Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the _________________, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the __________ is the bridegroom: but the friend of the ______________, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the __________________’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled” (Jn. 3.28, 29).

6. The New Testament speaks of a church as a virgin espoused to one ______________; Eve is a type of the church as ___________ and _________ of Christ:

  • “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am _______________ over you with godly ______________: for I have espoused you to one ______________, that I may present you as a chaste ____________ to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the __________ beguiled Eve through his __________, so your minds should be corrupted from the ______________ that is in Christ. For if he that cometh ______________ another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another ____________, which ye have not received, or another _______________, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (The Holy Spirit writing to the church at Corinth in 2 Co. 11.1-4).
  • “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become ________ to the law by the body of ___________; that ye should be _____________ to another, even to him who is _________ from the _______, that we should bring forth ________ unto God” (Ro. 7.4).

7. Paul likens the _____________ relationship of ______ and wife to the relationship of ____________ and His ______________:

“For the ____________ is the ________ of the wife, even as ___________ is the head of the ___________: and he is the ____________ of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto ______________, so let the wives be to their own ___________ in everything. ____________, love your ________, even as ___________ also loved the church, and gave __________ for it; That he might ____________ and ________ it with the washing of water by the _______.  That he might present it to himself a ____________ _________, not having _______, or ___________, or any such thing; but that it should be ______ and without __________.  For no man ever hated his own flesh; but _____________ and ________________ it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his ______, of his _______, and of his ________.  For this cause shall a man leave his ________ and ________, and shall be joined unto his ______, and they two shall be _____   ______.  This is a great ___________: but I speak concerning _________ and the ________. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his _______ even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence _____   __________” (Ep. 5.23, 25-27, 29-33).

8. The Lamb will marry _____  _______:

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great ____________, and as the voice of many _________, and as the voice of mighty ______________, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God ____________ reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give __________ to him: for the ______________ of the Lamb is come, and his _______ hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, _________ and ________: for the fine linen is the _____________________ of saints” (Re. 19.6-8).

9. All believers will be ___________ to Christ at the ____________ of the Lamb:

“But ye are come unto mount _______, and unto the city of the living _____, the heavenly ____________, and to an innumerable company of __________, To the general assembly and _________ of the firstborn, which are written in ___________, and to God the ________ of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the ___________ of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of ________” (He. 12:22-24).

10. Various people in the _____ ________________ are types of _________, the Bridegroom, and the ________, the bride. For example, Rebecca was a type of the _________, the “called out” virgin _______ of Christ. Isaac was a type of the ____________, who loves through the testimony of the unnamed Servant: “Whom having not seen, ye ______; in whom, though now ye _______ him not, yet believing, ye __________ with joy ______________ and full of ________” (1 Pe. 1.8). Isaac was a type of the ____________ who goes out to meet and receive his bride:

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which ________ in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are ________ and __________ unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are _________. For the Lord himself shall ________ from _________ with a shout, with the voice of the ___________, and with the trump of God: and the ______ in Christ shall rise first” (1 Th. 4.14-16).

“Typically, the book of Ruth may be taken as a ____________ of the church—Ruth, as the __________ bride of Christ, the Bethlehemite who is able to redeem.”

11. The coming of the Bridegroom is cause for great rejoicing by the __________, the ______ of the Bridegroom: “He that hath the bride is ____  __________: but the friend of the __________, which standeth and _________ him, ____________ greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled” (Jn. 1.29).  The _________ of the Lamb to His bride will be a glorious event which will occur in _________, unlike the restoration of _________ which will take place on the earth:

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the __________ of the _______ is come, and his ______ hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine _______, _______ and _______: for the fine ______ is the righteousness of ________. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the __________ supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, “These are the true sayings of _____” (Re. 19.7-9; see also Re. 21.9-22.17).

12. The husband is to be the only _______ of the wife, and Christ is to be the only ______ of His churches. See ______________ 5.23, 25-27, 29-33 quoted above. “And hath put ______ things under his _______, and gave him to be the _____ over ____ things to the church” (Ep. 1.22).

13. After Jesus was born, “there came ______  _____ from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, where is he that is born ______ of the Jews? for we have seen his ______ in the east, and are come to __________ him” (Mt. 2.1-2).  “‘The King’ is one of the divine titles (Psa. 10.6), and so used in the __________ of the Church (I Tim. 1.17), but Christ is never called ‘_______ of the Church.’ He is ‘________of the Jews’ (Mt. 2.2) and ______ and ‘______ of the Church’ (Eph. 1.22, 23)”

14. “Who is the ________ of the invisible God, the ___________ of every creature: For by him were all things _________, that are in ________, and that are in _______, _________ and _________, whether they be _________, or ___________, or ______________, or ________: all things were __________ by him and for him: And he is ________ all things, and by him all things _______. And he is the head of the body, the ________: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the ___________” (Col. 1.15-18).

15. Christ, likened unto a husband, because of His love for the church, gave _________ to ________ the church. He is, in love, sanctifying the _________, and will present the ________ to Himself as a _________ for His sacrifice and labor of ______, a glorious ________, not having _______, or _______, or any such thing, a perfect church without ______ or ________, “one _______ of great price” (Mt. 13.45-46).

16. Jesus is the Father’s _____-gift to the world. “For _____ so loved the __________, that he gave his only _________ _____, that whosoever ___________ ___ ____ should not _______, but have ___________  _____” (Jn. 3.16).

17. The ___________, the ________ ________, is His reward, given Him as a ______-gift by the Father. “As thou hast given him _______ over all flesh, that he should give ________ _____ to as many as thou hast given him” (Jn. 17.2). “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou ________ me out of the world: _______ they were, and thou ________ them me; and they have kept thy ______” (Jn. 17.6). “I pray for _______: I pray not for ___ _______, but for _______ which thou hast _______ me; for they are _______” (Jn. 17.9). “And now I am no more in the _______, but these are in the _______, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast _______ me, that they may be _____, as we ____. While I was with them in the _______, I kept them in thy ______: those that thou _______ me I have kept, and none of them is ______, but the son of ___________; that the scripture might be fulfilled” (Jn. 17.11-12). “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast _______ me, be with me where I am; that they may ________ my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou ___________ me before the foundation of the world” (Jn. 17.24).

18. Just as a bridegroom gives gifts to his earthly ________, so Christ gives gifts to His _______, to those whom the Father ______ Him:

(1) He gives His bride _________ ______: “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give _________  _____ to as many as thou hast _______ him” (Jn. 17.2).

(2) ____  ______’s ______: “I have manifested thy ______ unto the men which thou _________ me out of the world: thine they ______, and thou _________ them me; and they have ______ thy word…. And I have declared unto them thy _______, and will ________ it: that the ______ wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them…. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (Jn. 17.6, 26; 20.17).

(3) The _______’s _______: “For I have given unto them the ________ which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me…. I have given them thy ______; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the _______, even as I am not of the ________” (Jn. 17.8, 14).

(4) His own j_______: “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my j______ fulfilled in themselves” (Jn 1.7.13).

(5) His own g________: “And the g_______ which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one” (Jn. 17.22).

19. ________ God is preeminent for a ___________ and for a church. One does not ______ God by just asserting that he ________ God. Jesus said, “If ye ______ me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14.15) The greatest commandment is to ______ the Lord with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mt. 22.37; Mark 12.30; Lu. 10.27).

20. L______ is action. This ______ between Christ and His church is seen in the Song of Solomon. The Song of Solomon, “[p]rimarily, is the expression of pure marital ______ as ordained of God in creation, and the vindication of that ______ as against both asceticism and lust—the two profanations of the ________ of marriage. The secondary and larger interpretation is of Christ, the Son and His heavenly bride, the _______ (2 Cor. 11.1-4, refs.)” “Many waters cannot quench ______, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for _______, it would be utterly _________” (Song of Solomon 8.7). “___________” means “despised, scorned, slighted, neglected, or rejected with disdain” (AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, NOAH WEBSTER (1828), definition of “CONTEMNED”). God despises, scorns, slights, neglects, or rejects with disdain all that a church does, whatever professions of ______ she makes, if those acts and/or professions are without ______. A church who does not _______ Christ as a wife is to _______ her bridegroom and her husband, by remaining ______ and ______, does not display ______for the Lord. Thus, _______ ones neighbor by witnessing to him, sending missionaries to him, helping him materially or any other way in obedience to the second commandment—“Thou shalt ______ thy neighbor as thyself”—is vanity in God’s eyes if one ignores the greatest commandment. The ______ of the temporal—e. g., worldly organization, ownership of property, worldly power and prestige, etc.) by a church infringe the total _______ (charity) which Christ desires of his churches.

21. This fact is also articulated in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus is _________ over His church.  If we do not ______ the Lord Jesus, He despises all the “Christian” ______ we do and the _______ we put in the offering plate. “Though I speak with the _________ of men and of angels, and have not _________, I am become as sounding _______, or a tinkling _________. And though I have the gift of __________, and understand all _________, and all ___________; and though I have all _______, so that I could remove __________, and have not _______, I am _______. And though I bestow all my goods to feed ____ ______, and though I give my ______ to be burned, and have not _________, it __________ me nothing” (1 Co. 13.1-3). “__________” speaks of God’s kind of ______. “In a theological sense, _________ “includes supreme ______ to ____ and a universal good will to ______. 1 Cor. xiii. Col. iii. 1 Tim. i” (AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, NOAH WEBSTER (1828), definition of “CHARITY”). ______ is an act of the will. A church refutes its proclamations of ______ for the Lord when it wholly or partially takes the church from under the ___________ of her Husband, the Lord Jesus Christ or operates in any manner which is contrary to the ____________ for a church given in _____’s word.

______ “[r]ejoiceth not in __________, but rejoiceth in the _______” (1 Co. 13.6). Iniquity means “__________, unrighteousness, … [w]ant of rectitude [rightness in principle or practice], … a ____ or ______; wickedness…” (AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, NOAH WEBSTER (1828), definitions of “INIQUITY” and “RECTITUDE”). Bible truth makes clear that the ______ of Christ for His church is immense, that He wants to be the only ______ and __________ of the church who is likened to His _______ and _____, and that for a church to even partially put herself under or associate with another entity is a great ____________ and _______________ all professions of ______ for the Lord. As is shown in Section VI of God Betrayed (online version or link to PDF) and Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? (online version or link to PDF), the church who ______________ and secures a _____(c)(3) tax exemption commits wicked sinful acts in violation of ____________ principle, and rejoices in ________ by putting herself partially under _____ other heads (the _______ of incorporation and the _______ government),.

22. The Lord Jesus gave a warning to the church at _________:

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are ______: and thou hast tried them which say they are __________, and are not, and hast found them _______: And hast borne, and hast _________, and for my name’s sake hast ___________ and hast not _________. Nevertheless, I have ___________ against thee, because ______ ______ ______ _____ ________ _______. Remember therefore from whence thou art _________, and ________, and do the first ________; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy ___________ out of his place, except thou ________” (Re. 2.2-5).

23. As Dr. J. Vernon McGee teaches us, this warning was for every church who has lost her love for the Lord Jesus:

“It was a warning of danger of getting away from a personal and ________ relationship with Jesus Christ. The real test of any believer, especially those who are attempting to serve Him, is not your little method or mode or system, or your dedication, or any of the things that are so often emphasized today. The one question is: Do you ______ Him? Do you ______ the Lord Jesus? When you ______ Him, you will be in a right relationship with Him, but when you begin to depart from the person of Christ, it will finally lead to _______________. The apostate church was guilty of _______________. It may not seem to be too bad, but it is the ________ condition that anyone can be in. A great preacher in upper New York state said: ‘Twenty __________ Christians hurt the cause of Christ more than one blatant __________.’ A ___________ church is a disgrace to Christ.”

24. As the Lord Jesus Christ is __________ over His churches, so should pastors and church members be __________, with a godly ____________, over the church they belong to, just as Paul was: “For I am __________ over you with godly ________: for I have espoused you to one ___________, that I may present you as a chaste _________ to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his __________, so your minds should be corrupted from the ______________ that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another _________, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another _________, which ye have not received or another __________, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Co. 11.2-4; Lu. 18.8; 2 Ti. 3.1-8).

25. What makes a “church” a two-headed (or three-headed) monster and why taking any head over the church except the Lord Jesus Christ negates all else that they say and do.

Self-exam questions: Definition, organization, purposes of a church

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers.

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1. Is the church, as such, ever never mentioned in the Old Testament?

2. List some matters covered in the Old Testament.

3. Who are the people now chosen by God for His purposes and glory?

4. Since what event have born-again believers been the people chosen by God for His purposes and glory?
5. In the Old Testament, God’s light shined through an ____________ organization, ____ ____________ _____________.

6. In the New Testament, God’s light shines through a ________________ __________________, the institution of the _________________.

7. What is the institution of the church comprised of?

8. Was any organism which resembled the New Testament church described in the Old Testament?

9. Since when, as recorded in Acts 10, has the Holy Spirit indwelt every believer at the moment of salvation?

10. Christ ordained the _____________ and _________ _____________________, and He ordained the _______________.

11. “And I  say also unto thee, That thou art ______________, and upon this ____________ I will build ____ church; and the gates of ___________ shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16.18).

12. Through which New Testament epistles does Christ develop the doctrine of the church?

13. Through those epistles we know that the institution of the church is made up of ____________, ____________________, spiritual ____________________, heavenly in _______________, _____________, and __________________. Through those epistles we know the _______________, ________________, and form of _____________________ of local churches and the right ________________ of such bodies.

14. What biblical doctrines must one understand in order to understand what the Bible teaches about the issue of separation of church and state?

15. In studying the issues of government, church, and separation of church and state, one must examining both ___________________ Theology and _____________________ Theology. _________ _____________, _______________, and ___________ mandated the examination of both.

16. ______________________ Theology literally interprets Scripture (with an understanding of figures of speech).

17. Covenant Theology ________________________ or ______________________ much of Scripture.

18. The author disagrees with ____________________ Theologians in their interpretation of Scripture. The author does not accept the unbiblical definition of “church” given by ________________ Theologians: “The community of all true believers for all time.”

19. Every teaching on the Word of God—whether it be termed Dispensational Theology, Covenant Theology, or something else—should be carefully examined against ________________________ as to its truth.

20. How can one know if a dispensationalist is right about what he teaches?

21. What is a dispensation?

22. Name seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture.

23. If you do not believe that there are dispensations in Scripture, explain why.

24. Covenant Theologians teach that the church has replaced Israel. How do they make this interpretation?

25. Covenant Theologians believe that the _____________ has replaced Israel, that God is finished with ________________ and the ______________, and that God’s promises to and covenants with the nation Israel and selected rules for organization for the Jewish religion should be applied to the ______________.

26. The application to modern nations, and the attempt to make the application in America, of certain principles—including the principle of _______________ of religion (or church) and state— regarding the Jewish religion and the relationship of religion to state in Old Testament Israel has had devastating consequences in the United States.

27. Those theologians who would combine religion and state as in the _________ _________ of antiquity, as with _________________ in the theocracy, as with the established __________________ and _______________ churches who used the arm of the state to kill millions whom they designated as _______________, as with the religion of Islam, etc. have not mastered God’s lessons recorded in His Word and in the historical writings of man. Sadly, America is now overrun with false _________________ and ___________________ religions who hate the biblical principle of _____________________ of church and state (not separation of God and state) as enacted in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

28. To properly explain the issue of the relationship, if any, between church and state (separation of church and state), one must correctly understand what the Bible teaches about the __________________ (covered in Section I of these studies) and _________________ (this section, Section II). Section III will culminate this study as it examines the biblical principle of ____________________ of _______________ and state.

29.  The principles for church and state are so distinct that the two are mutually __________________.

30. A New Testament church is made up of visible _____________ who have repented and trusted Jesus Christ to save them and who ____________________ as members of a local autonomous spiritual body.

31. On the other hand, since one cannot see the spiritual condition of people’s ________________, in one sense a church is _________________________. “We can see those who outwardly attend the church, and we can see outward evidences of inward spiritual change, but we cannot actually see into people’s __________________ and view their spiritual state. Only ___________ can do that….

32. One can be in a visible church, yet ________________, _________, and destined for hell; such a person is not really a part of the true church to which he belongs. He is a tare; he will not be at the ______________ of the Lamb (see Re. 19.7-10), and he will not be a part of the “general assembly and church of the firstborn” (see He. 12.22-24).

33. According to the Word of God, the future of the visible Church, except for a remnant, is ______________.

34. A church is authorized to remove a professed believer from ________________________ only, and that for gross __________________ in order to “deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (See 1 Co. 5).

35. Obviously, the Bible rejects the Roman Catholic position that the ___________ _______________ “church” is the only true church or even a church as described in the New Testament. The Roman Catholic “church” was responsible for the persecution of untold millions of believers when that “church” had earthly authority. Catholicism justified the persecution by a false theology.

36. Study of ____________ _____________ without brainwashing, a practice which the vast majority of Roman Catholic churches have traditionally condemned, reveals the fallacies of Roman Catholic theology. 37.  The Bible also rejects ___________________ church theology which has also been responsible for the persecution and murder of those deemed to be heretics.

37. In what two senses does the New Testament speak of the church?

38.All biblical references to a church here on the earth refer to an __________________ local body of Jewish and/or Gentile believers and not to a ___________________ or ___________________ church.

39. Nowhere in the New Testament is a church here on the earth ever referred to as anything other than a local spiritual body and nowhere does Scripture teach that a church is to have any type authority above it other than ________________________________.

40. ________________ have always recognized the biblical teaching as to this aspect of a church—that is, that a church on earth is only a local spiritual body of believers whose Head is Jesus Christ. Name two prominent Baptists of the past who taught this.

41. Paul gives how many metaphors of the body? In what verses are those metaphors found? Give a brief summary of what he wrote in those verses.

42. Who is the head of the church?

43.The __________ is the body of Christ.

44. The Bible compares the church to a ________________________ of great price which “a merchant man sold all that he had, and bought it (Mt. 13.45-46): “Of the true Church a pearl is a perfect symbol: (1) a pearl is one, a perfect symbol of __________________ (1 Cor. 10.17; 12.12, 13; Eph. 4.4-6). (2) A pearl is formed by __________________, and that not mechanically, but vitally, through a living one, as __________________ adds to the Church (Acts 2.41, 47; 5.14; 11.24; Eph. 2.21; Col 2.19. (3) _______________, having given Himself for the pearl, is now preparing it for the presentation to ______________________ (Eph. 5.25-27).  The kingdom is not the ________________, but the true children of the kingdom during the fulfillment of these mysteries, baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Cor. 12. 12, 13), compose … the pearl.”

45. Name as many things as you can to which he church is compared.

46. What are the eleven “Marks of a New Testament Church” given by Baptist historian J. M. Carroll?

47. Certainly, a preacher on the street corner with a crowd around him as he preaches is not a _______________________. Nor is a group of people meeting in a house and ___________________ the Word. However, if that house group chooses a properly ______________ and baptized pastor, organizes and operates according to __________________ principles, initiates a proper baptism for new __________________, and begins to partake of the Lord’s _________________, an ordered New Testament ________________ comes into existence. The Lord desires that those who are saved be baptized into a properly ordered New Testament ____________________.

48. Where only false ______________ (or no biblical doctrines) are preached, no church can exist. “When the preaching of a church conceals the gospel message of _______________________ by faith alone from its members, so that the gospel message is not clearly proclaimed, and has not been proclaimed for some time, the group meeting there is not a church.” A church can exist only where the _________________ is believed to be the inerrant Word of God, where the ____________________ is the sole basis for faith and practice, and where that ________________ is preached.

49. A church has responsibilities. Strong, knowledgeable believers who are _________________ in the spirit will practice all their God-given _______________________ and apply their spiritual gifts. Included in those ______________________, is the responsibility to “present [the church] as a chaste ________________ to Christ” (See 2 Co. 11.1-4).

50. Worship is preeminent for the believer and for a church. What does “Worship” mean?

51. The principles of worship set out in __________________ 30, the great worship chapter, still apply. Exodus 30.38 condemns “making worship a mere _____________________ to the natural man, whether sensuous, as in … music …, or eloquence, merely to give delight to the natural mind.” Christians are to worship God in _____________ and in _______________ (See Jn. 4.23-24). The Word of God contains principles regarding appropriate ______________, _______________, ______________, and attitude for worship. The Lord commanded, “Ye shall offer no strange ______________________ [on the altar of incense], nor burnt _________________, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon” (Ex. 30.9).

52. Why does the local body assemble?

53. Is the purpose of the assembly to preach to and/or win the lost?

54. Believers go outside the assembly and seek the ___________________ of the lost.

55. May lost people attend the assembly?

56. God gifted members of a church “For the perfecting of the ________________, for the work of the ________________, for the ________________________ of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the ________________ of the faith, and of the _____________________ of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ep. 4.12-13).  The church is to preach the whole counsel of God, “warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1.28).

57. A church has the responsibility to evangelize. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the ________________, and preach the _______________ to every ______________” (Mk. 16.15).  “Go ye therefore, and ________________ all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mt. 28.19).

58. Along with the obligation to evangelize goes ________________ and doing ____________ to fellow ____________________ as well as to _______________________. Some verses on this:

  1. “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful’” (Lu. 6.35-36).
  2. “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him” (1 Jn. 3.17)?
  3. “Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea” (Ac. 11.29).
  4. “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Ro. 12.17). “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men” (1 Th. 5.15).
  5. “Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints” (2 Co. 8.4).
  6. “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Ja. 2.14-17).

59. A church is united together and to Christ by the baptism with the ________ ___________(1 Co. 12.12-34). As such, it is a holy temple for the habitation of God through ______________ (Ep. 2.21, 22); is “one flesh” with ____________ (Ep. 5.30, 31); and espoused to Him as a chaste _____________ to one husband (2 Co. 11.2-4). Other metaphors, as pointed out above, have also been used to describe a church. Local churches assemble in His name for the breaking of ________________, ________________, ______________, ________________, ___________________, the ministry of the ______________, _______________, and the furtherance of the _________________________ (He. 10.25; Ac. 20.7; 1 Co. 14.26; 1 Co. 5.4, 5; Ph. 4.14-18; 1 Th. 1.8; Ac. 13.1-). Every such local church has _____________________ in the midst, is a temple of God, indwelt by the _________ ________________ (1 Co. 3.16, 17), and is “the ___________ and ________________ of the truth” (1 Ti. 3.15). Only the assembly where the true doctrine is preached is a _____________: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Ga. 1.8). A church is the __________ of Christ of which He is the ________. Christ desires that a church remain solely under Him: “And [God] hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the _________ over all things to the church” (Ep. 1.22-23). “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the __________ of the church” (Ep. 5.23).