The principle is as old as the seed itself. If you bury it, it can grow. Genesis 1:11 says, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed it is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” What a wonderful chain reaction. Man has created hybrids, but God created the original. In the end a hybrid will die out without the intervention of man; in the end the original seed will remain because that is what it was designed to do. When it comes to the seeds that we farm, grow and harvest, the original design is the original design for a reason – because it works!
Let me give you an example of how amazing and resilient the seeds that God created really are. There is mountain site in Israel where an archeological team was digging. The study and digging site happened to center around the 2,000 year old battle site between the Romans and the Jews known as Masada. If you know very much about the history of that battle then you know what kind of devastating encampment and battle it became. But what you may not know is that something managed to survive the siege – seeds! The archeological team actually discovered preserved seeds from an extinct plant known as the “Judean Date Palm” at King Herod’s palace on Masada. The archeologists brought the seeds to a scientific expert that had some experience in dealing with aged seeds, and with a little love and nourishment guess what they got? You guessed it; they got a formerly extinct plant known as the Judean Date Palm. The plant was affectionately given the nickname “Methuselah.” Any guesses as to why? (more…)
Can a person do enough good deeds to be considered a saint? Can a person be a saint but still sin? Can a person be considered a Christian but not be considered a saint? Should saints be prayed to? Who decides whether or not a person should be called a saint? Is the only saint you can think of a player for the New Orleans football team? Do you know the answer to these questions? Within this relatively short article it is my aim to answer the above questions clearly and scripturally…except for maybe that New Orleans one.
Can a person do enough good deeds to be considered a saint? No. A person does not earn the title of saint like they earn a merit badge. A person can no more earn his or her “sainthood” than he or she earns their salvation. Saints make good deeds a part of life; good deeds in life, in and of themselves, do not make saints and that includes “working miracles” (Romans 12:13; 16:1,2; Hebrews 6:9,10).
Can a person be a saint and still sin? Yes. Being a saint does not mean being perfect! Saints are not perfect people – saints are people being perfected through the work of God (2 Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 3:8-17). Was Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Silas or any of the other apostles perfect? Who (biblically speaking) would dare not to call them a saint? (Ephesians 3:7,8) Saints are not sinners, but saints are not sinless through their own actions (1 John 3).
Can a person be considered a Christian but not be considered a saint? (more…)
The present topic is not a very popular one because of the obvious sensitivity of it, but for that very reason it is one that should be discussed from time to time. It is a topic that I know about first hand due to family members relying upon its supposed existence, so I can relate to some who feel pain when thinking about such things as this. It is not my intent to offend anyone with my comments. My intent is to get people who are not thinking about their soul and their Creator to start doing so now instead of later.
The fact that physical death is inevitable for everyone (save the Lord returning) is no secret. Moses acknowledged our limited time on Earth as well as our responsibility to use it wisely when he said, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm90:12) The context in which the verse was written revolved around man’s relationship with our Creator and His authority over us. Moses understood the importance of not waiting to come to God.
Whether or not deathbed salvation is a popular topic does not change the reality of the situation. A person determines whether or not he or she will face this situation by their attitude toward the present days of our life on the Earth in general and how we view God specifically. People that procrastinate with their spiritual relationship, duties, obligations and deadlines to God are playing “Russian Roulette” with sin and death. Procrastination has cost many people their marriage, their friends, their jobs and unfortunately their souls! (Luke 12:15-21)
Can a person wait too long to come to God? Unfortunately,according to the scriptures we can. The LORD warned His people in the past about the peril of ignoring His calls (Proverbs 1:20-33; Isaiah 65:12; 66:4; Jeremiah 7:13, 35:17) and through His writings He continues to do so today. The New Testament contains urgent pleadings such as, “For He says, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now [today] is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). The Gospel demands to be answered while a person has the ability to do so today. Hebrews 3:7,8 says, “Wherefore as the Holy Spirit says, Today if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts….” According to these verses, when does a person need to listen to, come to and call on God? Is it not today? (more…)