What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastured two part-time churches. He then pastured four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.
Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Southwestern Seminary for nearly three years. During this time, he pastored two part-time churches. He then pastored four full-time churches before the Lord called him, in 1951, to be a full-time evangelist.
Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28, 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord's call to preach. He graduated from Baylor University and attended
Temple Baptist Church - 3-31-2019Acts 15:1-5; Romans 14:1-23Introduction:A.Â I have been preaching lately about sin.Â Â Sin can manifest itself in a myriad of ways within the local church.Â When we think of sinfulness within the body of Christ, we normally think about such sins as adultery, fornication, drunkenness, drug abuse, etc.Â These sins are certainly â€śNo-no'sâ€ť in the church, but one of the most prevalent sins of the believer is often either over looked or justified.B.Â The sin of Phariseeism!Â On occasion, I preach on the subject that I will preach on todayÂ because it is an area of sin that remains problematic in our fundamental churches.Â Phariseeism!Â You will not find that word in your dictionary because it is one that is used within fundamental churches.Â Liberal churches have little or no problem with it because there is no strict adherence to the Scripture and every one does that which is â€śright in his own eyes.â€ťÂ Though it does show occasionally in other churches,Â Phariseeismâ€”as a ruleâ€”is a fundamentalism problem!C.Â I have said often and will reiterate againÂ that knowledge without compassion is a dangerous thing!Â With great knowledge come great responsibility and that responsibility encompasses our relationship with not only the world but with each other.Â D.Â The key verse of Romans 14 is verse 12.Â God requires a personal accounting at the Judgment Seat of Christ and that should be our concern.Â I am all for standards and holy living.Â I believe that it is the obligation of the believer to be non-conformist when it comes to the standards set by the world.Â We will give an account for the knowledge that we have and our testimony of the grace of God in this world, butTHIS WILL BE A PERSONAL ACCOUNTING TO GODâ€”NOT TO MAN!E.Â I want to call your attention to verse 10.Â Â The verse actually speaks of judgments being made by both the pharisaical brother and the brother that claims liberty in grace.Â The more â€śliberalâ€ť brother can look down on the pharisaical brother and be just as wrong in his judgments.Â Such words as â€ślegalists, etc., become â€śstraw menâ€ť that the liberal uses to vindicate his loose standard of living.Â Chapter 15:1 says, â€śWe then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.â€ťÂ This verse speaks of the â€śbrother at libertyâ€ť as the strong.F.Â When studying chapter 14, it immediately becomes obviousÂ that the â€śweakâ€ť brother is the one who â€śeateth herbs.â€ťÂ I am not against a vegetarian who does so simply by personal preference.Â In the American Indian vocabulary, a vegetarian is one who does not know how to hunt!Â By â€śeateth herbs,â€ť the Holy Ghost is speaking of one who abstains from meats because of â€śreligious conviction.â€ťÂ You can live on a â€śHallelujah Dietâ€ť as far as I am concerned and be right with God.Â You can live on a â€śHog Dietâ€ť as far as I am concerned and still be right with God.Â You may see God a little sooner though!Colossians 2:20-23Â Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21Â (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Â Which all are to perish with the using;)Â after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Â Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.G.Â The â€śEye of the Phariseeâ€ť is found in verse 10.Â He is characterized by the judgment of others.Â The Bible teaches self-judgment!Â I can preach on not judging one another until I am blue in the face and the problem continues to persist because the Pharisee can only see through the â€śeye of the Pharisee!â€ť1 Corinthians 11:31Â For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.Matthew 23:4Â For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and layÂ themÂ on men's shoulders; but theyÂ themselvesÂ will not move them with one of their fingers.Â John 9:39 -41Â Â And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40Â And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41Â Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.H.Â Our Lord condemned Phariseeism!Â 1.Â Phariseeism Violates The Fellowship Of Believers â€“ vs. 3-4Â â€“ When believers stand argue their â€śconvictionsâ€ť and â€śpreferences,â€ť it is just that:Â an argument!Â What I stand for is between the Lord and me!Â What you stand for is between the Lord and you!Â When what we stand for becomes an issue between you and me, it divides the fellowship of the church.Â Â DespiseÂ - to look down on with contempt or aversion.2.Â Phariseeism Withstands The Man Of God - Acts 15:1-2, 5Â And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2Â When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this questionâ€¦ 5Â But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.Â Â Â (The enemy of Christ was the Pharisee!Â Even God's man cannot withstand the scrutiny of the â€śletter of the law,â€ť as can no one else.Â They will hold him to a holy standard that no man can attain to or they will hold him to â€śtheirâ€ť standard that even cannot live up to.Â Â Pharisees are not â€śfollowers,â€ť they are â€śleaders.â€ťÂ They must have â€śfollowersâ€ť in order to lead!Â Pharisees are not â€śstudents,â€ť they are â€śteachers.â€ťÂ They must have â€śstudentsâ€ť in order to teach!Â Pharisees are not â€śedifiers,â€ť they are â€śdestroyers!â€ť)3. Â Phariseeism Is Detrimental To Evangelism - Matthew 23:13Â But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go inÂ yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.Â Â (The Lord called the Pharisees â€śhypocrites.â€ťÂ Have you ever heard the lost say that they would not come to church and sit on the pews with all of those hypocrites?Â Most of the time, their claims are unjust but, on occasion, they are right!Â The lost hear what the Pharisee says and then see how the Pharisee both acts and reacts!Â How many times have I heard of people who have said, â€śI will never come to your church as long as â€śso-in-soâ€ť is there!â€ťÂ Or, â€śIf he (or she) is a Christian, I do not want to be one!â€ťÂ Or, â€śIf they are going to Heaven, I do not want to go there!â€ťÂ Or, â€śIf that is the way their God is, then I do not want their God!â€ť)4.Â Phariseeism Drives Away The New Families And New Believers â€“ Matthew 23:15Â Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!Â for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.Â Â (Pharisees automatically â€śmigrateâ€ť to new â€śblood.â€ťÂ They are proselyters!Â Grace teaches the new converts while Phariseeism chastises them!Â It is not that they do not want to get right with God.Â God is merciful, compassionate, longsuffering, and gentle with the new believer.Â They leave because they cannot live up to the standards and expectations of the Pharisee.Â I am still glad that, when I was newly saved, people let God work in my heart as I heard the Word of God preached.Â God â€śgrewâ€ť me at His pace and His way was perfect!)2 Corinthians 3:6Â Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.5.Â Phariseeism Eventually Destroys the Pharisee! - Luke 11:52Â Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.Â Â (A key is made to unlock a door.Â Grace is the key that unlocks the door to the believer.Â Grace brings both love and liberty to the believer and is the key to holy living.)Titus 2:11-12Â For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Â Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;Â Â (I am so glad that I was saved by GRACE!Â I am so glad that I have been taught by GRACE!)Conclusion:Â Beware of becoming pharisaical!Â All of us have that potential!Â Pharisees not only destroy those around them, but eventually destroy themselves becauseâ€”even they cannot live up to the letter of the law!Â We want to have a good, separated church.Â We want to have a loving, kind church.Â I believe that God can reconcile these two positions.Â The key to holy living is not standards set but seeing God's people fall in love with Him!
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