RESPONSE TO THE SERMON “EYE COVENANT”

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Shelby G. Floyd

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It was encouraging to have received so many positive remarks concerning the sermon that I delivered at Heartland last Sunday morning entitled “Eye Covenant.” Immediately on Sunday afternoon I posted that sermon in full text on the website Preach the Word. It was refreshing to me to receive uplifting comments both from other preachers and from the members of the Heartland congregation. Continue reading “RESPONSE TO THE SERMON “EYE COVENANT””

LAWFULLY USING THE LAW

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Shelby G. Floyd

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When our forefathers came over to the land that is now called America, the country was under native law made up of the various tribes and nations of American Indians. This law had been formulated over centuries by the patriarchs, the tribes and the combination of tribes that formed over 500 different nations.

After Columbus discovered America in 1492, the country was flooded over the next few centuries by people from all over Europe and around the world. At various times, different sections of America were under Spanish law, French law, Dutch law and English law. By the time of the American Revolution, and the founding of the Constitution of the United States of America, our founding fathers largely based the laws of America on the political, philosophical and moral doctrine of John Locke and Sir William Gladstone. They believed that a republic could only survive if the citizens were a moral people. Therefore, the laws they put on the books were based for the most part, on natural law and nature’s God, which refers to revealed law. As someone said, “In nature God impressed his laws, but in the Bible God expressed his laws.” Therefore, we have natural revelation and divine (special) revelation.

The Law of Moses was never given to any nation except Israel. None of the Gentile nations, then or now have ever been subject to the Law of Moses. But just as some Spanish law, French law, Dutch law, and English law have been brought over and made a part of American law—so the same thing has happened in the divine law of the New Testament—the law of Christ—the law of the gospel—the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The church today is not under the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were only given to Israel. But the principles of the 10 Commandments have all been brought over and made a part of the gospel of Christ—the New Testament law. Continue reading “LAWFULLY USING THE LAW”

No Defense for Strong Drink

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whiskey has many defenders, but no defense.” President Lincoln was a great opponent of strong drink. It is still true that whiskey and strong drink has many defenders, but there are no plausible arguments that can be made in its behalf. Strong drink is one of the greatest curses that have ever beset our country. There are several million alcoholics. There are an equal number of persons who are classed as problem drinkers. The drinking of strong drink and drunkenness cause thousands of deaths annually on our national highways. Many times this number of persons is injured for life, resulting from accidents caused by drinking drivers.

The Bible Speaks on Strong Drink

The Bible has much to say about strong drink, and the evils that are associated with it. Solomon is noted for his wisdom and the books that are writ¬ten by him are inspired. In the book of Proverbs we have some of the greatest principles on ethics and morality that can be found. Solomon said, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Proverbs 20: 1). Wine is a mocker in that the person who drinks wine mocks things that are decent and wholesome. Those who drink wine and strong drink are deceived, and they are not wise. In the New Testament Paul said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6: 7). Continue reading “No Defense for Strong Drink”

Such You Were

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Shelby G. Floyd

In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul wrote strong words to some Christian people who had come from very immoral backgrounds. They had done just about everything named in the Gentile world, but had been baptized into Christ. Paul told them to leave their former manner of life because now they were Christian people:

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Such Were Some of You

I appeal to all who are Christian people. Maybe you have done things in the past mentioned above. If you have been baptized into Christ, you should do those things no longer. Paul said, “Such were some of you.” In other words, you did those things in times past, but can no longer do them and be consistent with the doctrine of Christ. Why? You have been washed in the waters of baptism; you have been sanctified and justified by the name of Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. Is it consistent for a washed, sanctified, and justified person to drink alcoholic beverages and engage in these other vile practices? No! It is not consistent to do any of the sinful things that might previously have characterized our previous life.

Avoid All Drugs and Sinful Behavior

I especially appeal to those in their teenage years. The Devil is trying to work on you and tempt you to drink alcoholic beverages and take other drugs—yes alcohol is a drug! He uses every avenue, every means and every media to try to get you away from serving God and to cause you to lose your spiritual influence. If somebody tries to get you to take a drink, cry out and say, “No, there is death in the pot” (2 Kings 4:40)! There is death in the bottle and I will not destroy my soul, my body and my influence.”

Your Body is a Temple

The Bible tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Bible says that if we destroy our body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then God will destroy us. Let us not think of our bodies as receptacles for strong drink, cigarettes, drugs and things of that nature. Let us instead tell ourselves, “I will keep my body as healthy as I can. It is a gift from God and I will not mistreat it. I will not put poison into it. I will try to stay as healthy as I can so I will have good years and good influence to serve God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the way we ought to think. How about you?

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Lawfully Using The Law

By

Shelby G. Floyd

When our forefathers came over to the land that is now called America, the country was under native law made up of the various tribes and nations of American Indians. This law had been formulated over centuries by the patriarchs, the tribes and the combination of tribes that formed over 500 different nations.

After Columbus discovered America in 1492, the country was flooded over the next few centuries by people from all over Europe and around. At various times, different sections of America were under Spanish law, French law, Dutch law and English law. By the time of the American Revolution, and the founding of the Constitution of the United States of America, our founding fathers largely based the laws of America on the political, philosophical and moral doctrine of John Locke and Sir William Gladstone. They believed that a republic could only survive if the citizens were a moral people. Therefore, the laws they put on the books were based for the most part, on natural law and nature’s God, which refers to revealed law. As someone said, “In nature God impressed his laws, but in the Bible God expressed his laws.” Therefore, we have natural revelation and divine (special) revelation.

The Law of Moses was never given to any nation except Israel. None of the Gentile nations, then or now have ever been subject to the Law of Moses. But just as some Spanish law, French law, Dutch law, and English law have been brought over and made a part of American law—so the same thing has happened in the divine law of the New Testament—the law of Christ—the law of the gospel—the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The church today is not under the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments were only given to Israel. But the principles of the 10 Commandments have all been brought over and made a part of the gospel of Christ—the New Testament law. Continue reading “Lawfully Using The Law”