A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW by Bill Boldham

         A recent Barna poll revealed some startling statistics regarding pastors and the Bible. It shows that just a little over 37% of pastors possess a biblical worldview; the number varies by the position held. Among senior pastors, the percentage is 41%; next comes associate pastors at 28%; teaching pastors was 13%, and youth pastors came in at 12%. (Courtesy of arizonachristian.edu)

         George Barna polls are respected as being accurate. I realize his poll represents a fraction of the Christian population. However, keeping up with a good number of current pastors and teachers, I can well believe the numbers may be even lower than his poll. What kind of worldview do the 62+pastors hold? They draw from many existing thoughts and worldviews and combine them to develop and support their own personal, inconsistent, worldview.

         The conclusion that is drawn from this poll is simply this: the world has a big footprint in the church; it’s influence is seen from the pulpit to the pew. The very thing that Jesus and the apostles warned the church about is present. The church of Christ is to be a light in the darkness, but when the church abandons the Bible, the light goes out, and darkness comes in. In other words, a worldview is darkness and a biblical worldview is light. So, what is a biblical worldview?

The foundation of a biblical worldview is this. The Bible is God’s word, called the Scriptures. Concerning this, Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 Having the mind of Christ, the apostle Paul taught this, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Reading these two Scriptures should be enough to convince and lead any born again child of God to not just read the entire Bible, but give them a “want to”; to give them a holy desire to read what God has inspired man to write. When anyone plants themselves into God’s word, thinking on what it says, and setting their hearts on listening and obeying God’s word, they develop a biblical worldview.

This biblical worldview first brings the child of God to see three things. The Scriptures show us where we came from, our helpless estate; that we were sinners, with no hope, headed for a fiery hell; that all our righteousness was as filthy rags. They show us how Christ died for us and brought us to life, and into a right standing before God. Christ, in great love, has brought us into the family of God; from rags unto riches.

The Scriptures tell the children of God they are bound for a city that has foundations, built by God. They tell us of a new heaven and a new earth where we’ll live forever in new bodies, in perfect love, joy and peace. They tell us how Jesus is coming after His bride and taking her to live with Him forever.

The Scriptures tell the children of God that this world is not our home we’re just passing through; the children of God are strangers and pilgrims in this present world. We must not love this world or seek to conform ourselves to it, because this present world is bound for destruction. This present world’s wisdom, thinking, spiritualities, and philosophies, are evil and under the power of the prince of darkness.

As the wicked and their deeds grow more evil every day, we know that judgment day is coming, and their day of destruction is ready. The Scriptures teach us to: “…Say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Titus 2:12-13

Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at bboldham@sbcglobal.net

Another insightful article from Brother Bill. It is a very disturbing thought that many men who are teaching within our churches do not hold a Biblical World View!

We are Eagerly Awaiting

By Bill Boldham

There are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.” Philippians 3:18-21

         The citizens of this world are scurrying around, trying in every way to “cancel the culture”. But, they’re willingly ignorant of the truth that God cancelled this present culture a long time ago. In the hour that Adam gave up his authority to Satan, God placed this earth under a curse. So, all of the rewriting of history, all of the pulling down of statues, all of the changing and deleting of names and places, amounts to someone frantically rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it sank into the deep.

This present world is headed for a fate far worse than the Titanic. “…The heavens and the earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly…Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:6-10 there are only two nations of people on this earth: the citizens of this present earth and the citizens of heaven. Earthly citizens plot and plan, toil and sweat to obtain stuff which will all be left behind in a moment of time; God is providing a future for His citizens that will last forever.

Here, the citizens of heaven have no culture; our culture was nailed to the cross. The moment Jesus Christ entered our hearts, we willingly gave up all rights and ties to this present world and confess we are but strangers and pilgrims passing through. The world hates, mistreats, persecutes and kills the citizens of heaven because we are subjects of the King of kings, and to Him alone we pledge our allegiance.

But one day that will all change. Before the earth is destroyed, the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with His citizens, and on that day, “The Lord will be King over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.” Zechariah 14:9 On that day, His citizens will rule and reign with Him. “The sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.” Daniel 7:27

Prior to that day, the citizens of heaven are going to be dressed with heavenly clothing; they will be transformed. They are going to be given new bodies that will look like Jesus. Their new bodies will be immortal, incorruptible and glorious. We are told exactly how that will happen and when.

“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 And Paul tells us that, at that time, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:52

         For that day we eagerly await!

Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at bboldham@sbcglobal.net 

DEN OF THIEVES

by Bill Holdham

“Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Luke 19:45-46

         In another account of Jesus’ dealing with sellers and money changers in the temple, He demonstrated His view of what they were doing by turning over their tables and driving them out with a whip. That was then, when the temple was standing, and the Old Covenant was in effect. Today, the church of God has a new temple and is under a New Covenant.

         Around the world there are some massive cathedrals, beautiful and impressive in design. The only one I have ever visited is located in Guadalajara, Mexico, which is supposed to be the largest in the western hemisphere. I would call it very majestic and ornate. Can such a building be called a temple of God; does it honor God and exalt Christ? Absolutely not! They are a tribute to proud man rejecting the worship of God in Spirit and in truth, and placing his confidence in outward appearance.

         Moving away from the cathedrals, we see globally, large, small, and every size in between buildings housing church meetings. Do any of these qualify as the temple or house of God? Absolutely not! If the cathedrals, or any other church building are not temples, then, is there a temple of God anywhere on the face of this earth? Absolutely! They’re scattered all over the world. You very likely see one or more most every day.

         At this present time, every disciple of Christ is a temple of God, because the Glory of God lives within each one individually; but equally true is that the collective body of Christ, the born again believers from every nation, race, tribe and tongue, make up the temple that Christ is building. The Scriptures speak to this.  

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

         The world abounds with mega churches and TV  “preachers”, men and women, who have large followings and claim to speak for God in His temple. A few are very faithful to the Scriptures and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. But there are many that the only word that can be used to describe them is, “False teachers” and a “Den of thieves”. 

         Those who claim to speak for Christ, and not only depart from the Scriptures, but lead their followers to do the same, they immediately self-identify as false teachers. When the appeal for money becomes part of their ministry, they self-identify as a den of thieves. The Scriptures speak to these also.

“…There will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” 2 Peter 2:2-4

         Commit you life to Christ, pray always, feed on God’s word daily and love everybody. This is the sure and certain way to avoid the “Den of thieves.”

Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at bboldham@sbcglobal.net

HE LIVES

He Lives by Bill Boldham

“God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33

         Fifty days after Jesus was crucified, forty seven days after being raised from the dead, and ten days after ascending into heaven, our living Lord was mindful of His promise to His waiting church. Jesus Christ was slaughtered on the first Jewish feastday—Passover. It was on the second Jewish feastday, the feast of firstfruits (Pentecost) that the Holy Spirit fell on 120 believers waiting in an upper room in Jerusalem.

         On that day, Jesus brought His church to life by filling them with His Holy Spirit. On that day, Peter preached the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time, and about 3000 people believed and were baptized. Jesus lived about thirty three years on earth. Once He sat down in heaven with all authority, Jesus would live on earth through His Holy Spirit living inside of all who believe. This is what Paul testified to when he wrote:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

         We see in the healing of the lame man in the temple, Jesus at work through Peter and John, for it was in His name they healed the man. All the work that the apostles did was in the name of Jesus; they claimed no power of their own. Wherever they went, and whatever they did, it was to the glory of God and not themselves. Not only did they not seek the praise of men, they completely rejected and refused it.

         We see Jesus watching over His church. His apostles were placed in prison, but promptly that night, Jesus sent an angel to open the prison door and let them out. Another time, Herod arrested and imprisoned Peter, putting him under four squads of soldiers. (Peter won’t get away this time, he thought). Peter was bound with two chains between two soldiers and guards keeping the door. But his church family was praying for him, and God sent an angel and set him free. Jesus lives and has His way in the affairs of His people.

         Jesus arranged a meeting between Peter and a Gentile Roman officer. Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus led Peter to preach the gospel to the man and his family and friends, and they were saved and baptized. Our living Lord stopped a man named Saul who was persecuting the church. Jesus saved him and made Paul His apostle to the Gentiles.

         Jesus’ working in His church has not been limited to the first century, or the nineteenth century, but to this very hour, He is working. At the present time, His heart is with His church, His bride. Christ loves His church and, “…gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless…the Lord nourishes and cherishes His church.” Ephesians 5:25-29

         Jesus Christ lives! He is the Center Person and Head of His church to the glory of God the Father. He lives to recue all men from this perishing world, and eternal destruction; He lives to draw all men to Himself that they might be saved and live with Him and the Father forever. And, Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He ever lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25  Jesus Christ Lives and He Loves you!

Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at bboldham@sbcglobal.net