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Adherence to the New Testament

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ADHERENCE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT Mike Johnson It is evident in the Old Testament that God’s Word was intended to be adhered to and not deviated from it in any way (Deut. 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5).  Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. […]

They Were Simply Christians

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THEY WERE SIMPLY CHRISTIANS Mike Johnson If someone asked me what I am religiously, I would say, “I am a Christian.”  The person might then look at me in a puzzled way and ask, “But what kind of Christian are you?”  Many religious groups today wear names to refer to themselves other than a name, […]

What Is Truth?

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WHAT IS TRUTH? Mike Johnson  What is truth?  This question is important.  Pilate asked it at Jesus’ trial in connection with the accusation made that Jesus was a king in a civil sense and thus a rival.  It seems he asked it with scorn rather than with a quest for knowledge. Regardless, this question is […]

The Authority of the Apostles

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The Authority of the Apostles Mike Johnson The Bible teaches we are to be subject to the authority of God and Christ. Many people, however, fail to understand the authority of the apostles. Many think we only need the words of Jesus to guide us. This thinking is evident with some who place a great deal […]

The Authority of the Bible

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The Authority of the Bible Mike Johnson The Bible teaches in the Scriptures the authority of God, Christ, and the apostles (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; II Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as he guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of God’s […]

Divine Authority

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DIVINE AUTHORITY  Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain chief priests and elders of the Jews (Mt. 21:23). Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two principles. First, there is a need for authority in religion, and second, authority must come from one who has the right to grant it. […]

The Authority of Christ

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The Authority of Christ Mike Johnson Let us now consider the authority of Christ. To begin with, God recognized His authority. At the baptism of Jesus, God said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mt. 3:16).” On another occasion, at the transfiguration, God said the same thing (Mt. 17:5), but He added, “hear […]

Do Not Add to or Take Away From God’s Word

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Do Not Add to or Take Away From God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19) Mike Johnson Revelation 22:18-19 says, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of […]

The Authority of God

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The Authority of God Mike Johnson Everyone is subject to authority today.  Many are employees and are subject to the rule of their employers.  All of us, whether we want to be or not, are under the authority of our government.  There is authority we put ourselves under by choice, and there is authority we […]

Do Not Preach Any Other Gospel

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Do Not Preach Any Other Gospel! (Galatians 1:6-9) Mike Johnson In Galatians 1, Paul said he marveled because the Galatians were “turning away so soon” to “a different gospel.”  He also pointed out there were some who had troubled them and wanted to pervert the gospel of Christ.  Then (v. 8) he warned, “But even […]

Applying God’s Word

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Applying God’s Word Mike Johnson People often hear the Word of God but are not willing to obey it.  Some may intend to obey, but they never seem to get around to it.  It is not enough to be a hear only or know God’s Word: we must be willing to obey it. Notice an […]

More Valuable Than Gold (Ps. 19:10)

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More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:10 (thought to be written by David) says the Word of God is “… more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” (NASB) Wealth, whether in the form of gold or some other type of […]

The Authority of Elders

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THE AUTHORITY OF ELDERS Mike Johnson Elders have a very important function in the Lord’s church.  They are to oversee the flock, and they are to feed, or shepherd, the local congregation of which they are a part of (Acts 20:17, 28; I Pet. 5:1-2).  Elders are to watch for grievous wolves (or false teachers) […]

Is Conscience A Safe Guide?

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IS CONSCIENCE A SAFE GUIDE? Mike Johnson “Always let your conscience be your guide.”  “Just do what your conscience says.”  Many have this attitude when trying to determine what is right or wrong.  They think as long as they follow the conscience, on some doctrinal matter, or even on a moral issue, they will be […]

The Health Inspector & Authority

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The Health Inspector and Authority Mike Johnson  Many years ago I worked in a meatpacking plant.  One responsibility that I had was to roll a vat, which contained tubular molds of lunchmeat, up to an ice bin and then fill the vat with ice.  I was told to use a stainless steel shovel which was […]

The Importance of Truth

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The IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH Mike Johnson What is truth?  This is a very good question.  Pilate asked it in John 18:38.  He may, however, have asked the question with scorn rather than with a thirst for knowledge.  Nevertheless, it is still a significant question. Jesus said in John 17:17 in his prayer to God, “ […]

Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

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CAN WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE ALIKE? Mike Johnson If we can understand the Bible at all, we can understand the Bible alike. The Bible is truth, and truth does not contradict itself. If two people disagree on a Bible passage, both cannot be correct, as the Bible does not teach two different and conflicting concepts. We may misunderstand the […]

Words of the Apostles and Jesus

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WORDS OF THE APOSTLES AND JESUS  Mike Johnson  Are the words of the Apostles of equal authority with the words of Jesus?  Some people view the words of Jesus as being that which a person must accept while viewing the words of the Apostles, and other writers of the New Testament, as less important.  Some […]

By What Authority?

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BY WHAT AUTHORITY? Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority“?  These two questions, asked in Matthew 21:23, were asked of Jesus by certain chief priests and elders of his day who were trying to trap him.  Their motives were not good, but their questions showed they […]

Respect for God’s Word

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Respect for God’s Word Mike Johnson Revelation 22:18-19, a passage found near the end of the Bible, is a very significant passage.  It says: For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written […]

Is Ignorance An Excuse?

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IS IGNORANCE AN EXCUSE? Mike Johnson  Some people seem to think that if a person is ignorant about what the Bible teaches, God will not punish him.  However, a number of passages teach that ignorance is not an excuse (Hos. 4:6, Rom. 10:1-2).  In fact, the Bible even commands that we add “knowledge” (II Pet. […]

I’m Not as Bad as He Is

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“I’M NOT AS BAD AS HE IS” Mike Johnson  Consider a case where an officer might pull someone over for speeding.  The officer approaches the stopped car, and the driver responds by saying, “I know that I was going over the speed limit, but I have probably been passed by two hundred cars just in […]