THE GOSPEL LIGHT
Volume 98 Issue 7                                                                                                                                           July 1998

"If we don't learn from the mistakes of the past,
we are destined to repeat them."
Written By: Peter Denby, Jr.

    It seems that man will always be man. The type of man that would rather follow what he wants than what is required of God. Adam and Eve did as they wanted to do so they could have the knowledge that God has (Genesis 2-3). Man tried to get to heaven by himself through the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Man did not learn there. And through out the years man has tried to make changes to that which is unchangeable. God Word (and thus His requirements for man) is unchanging and forever (Matthew 24:35). It is even worse when 'date setters' set dates that are later proven to be wrong! (Matthew 25:13; 2 Peter 3:9-10; Matthew 24:35-36) You would think that people would walk away from them and say they were not a prophet of God because a prophet of God is required, by God's Word to be 100% accurate in his/her prophecy! Accuracy has to be down to the 'dotted i and the crossed t.' (Revelation 22:18-19)

    We hear the questions. Why are there so many different churches? The apostles said thawt in latter times people will look for those who will preach what they want to hear (Jude 17 & 18).

    Romans 1:21-23 says “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their foolish hearts were darkened. although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” This is idol worship. Today the idols are slightly different. Money is one of them for some people. False churches “exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised” (Romans 1:25). That is why there is a homosexual ‘church’ (The Metropolitan Community Church). This ‘church’ has been growing steadily for many years. Many preachers today are still unaware of this group. I have been told several stories of preachers going out to evangelize the community who have stumbled over the fact that the people at The Metropolitan Community Church are different and are definitely going to HELL! While The Metropolitan Community Church is an extreme case we see the same reasoning behind the attitudes and actions of other churches that have left the Word and followed the teachings of man. Here in Topeka, KS we have a ‘church’ that is world famous for the hate message that it preaches. They have continually added to the Word and probably the intention of God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall make your paths straight."  When we go our own way we often get lost. I have said before that we should not try to take a journey without first looking at the map or getting instructions from someone that has gone where we are going. why should we therefore try to live our Christian life without the ‘road map' given to us through the Bible.

    A wise military commander once said "If we don't learn from the mistakes of the past, we are destined to repeat them." (I apologize to the military commander, I do not remember his name.) As I mentioned earlier, man has made these mistakes before. We need to make sure that we learn from the mistakes of our past and from the mistakes of others, past, present and in the future. It would be a shame for us to loose our salvation because we were to stubborn, prideful or lazy to study and learn from the past, especially when God has spelled it out so plainly for us. Why are we unwilling to see history will repeat itself. God will destroy the earth again (2 Peter 3:10-11).
Why is it that we seem so afraid of accepting the wisdom of others who have lived life? Why are we equally afraid to look at history, especially Bible history, for the examples it reveals? Life has not changed. We can parallel history with today. I would like to quote you a statement made by a preacher. He said “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of the heart to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanders, God haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey there parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” This preacher is very accurate about the state of the world today. However this preacher wrote this about 1950 years ago. The apostle Paul was talking to the Christians in Rome in Romans 1:24, 28-32. So many time today we want to believe that we are in MUCH worse times than ever before. Remember that since the beginning of the century we have been involved in four major wars (WW 1 & 2; Korea, and Vietnam). This does not include the many ‘peace keeping’ efforts or the deaths due to riots, etc.! (Nor those of other countries!) God said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) It is interesting justice, I believe, that Japan, a nation Americans destroyed and then paid to rebuild, is now buying up America in great chunks. God may be working His vengeance in a interesting way. Why do we try to say that we are in a worse world today that ever before. Don’t flatter yourself that way! We have a job to do. The job is no different from the job of Noah, Moses, Abraham, or the apostles. We are to live righteously, preach the Word, and let the Holy Spirit bring forth the increase. As the song say “I would rather see a sermon than hear one anytime.” We need to get out there and get to work. Noah was 480 when God told him to preach to the people as he made an ark. Noah died at 950. Only 13% of his life was spent preaching that message. How many of you will give 13% of your lives to save seven family members?

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    Although I strive to make this a publication from God’s Word and not from me, it has come to my attention that some of you do not know who I am and my background. I would like to correct that.

    I was reborn at the Dorr Drive Church of Christ in Rutland, Vermont (Richard Merrill, Dennis Johnson and Raymond Lyon were the leaders) on March 23, 1983. In May 1983 I preached my first sermon and in November was asked to try out as an assistant preacher in Fryeburg, Maine (Gerard Letourneau and David Stuart). I moved to Fryeburg in May 1984 and continued with the church there until moving to Topeka, Kansas in 1992. I attended with the Kaw Valley Church of Christ (Stuart Merrill and Merle Pope) from 1992 until 1994 when I accepted a preaching position with Christ Church of Pleasant Home outside of Appleton City, Missouri. During that time Gospel Light Ministries produced a radio show for Christian radio station WREN. In 1997 I returned to Topeka full time to continue working in the area with Christian radio station WREN. WREN was sold in February of 1997 and Gospel Light Ministries has been trying ever since to purchase a radio station to use to get the message out. We may have found a radio station in Oceola, Missouri for sale but nothing is firm yet. Please pray for us.

Thank You!

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