Pastor Scott Markle

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About Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971
  • Bio My name is Scott Markle, and I have served the Lord my God and Savior in pastoral ministry since 1992. I have served as the pastor of Melvin Baptist Church, a small country church in the Thumb area of Michigan, since 1998. I have been joyfully married to my beloved wife Kerry since 1993; and we have been blessed of the Lord with two sons, Padraic and Westley.

    My life-verses are Philippians 3:8 and John 15:4-5. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The burden of my life is to pursue "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" and to walk daily abiding in Christ, and Christ in me.

    Concerning all my ministry, it is the burden of my heart to exalt, not myself, but the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of God's Word. It is my burden that Christ must increase, while I must decrease. Therefore, I maintain the policy that my name, as the author of a book, must remain smaller, while the phrase, "For the Glory of the Lord," must stand larger above it. Thus far the Lord our God has graciously allowed me to self-publish two books which can be purchased at my website: "God's Wisdom for Marriage & The Home" and "The Spirit of Revival: A Contrite and Humble Spirit." In addition, I maintain a daily (Monday-Friday) Bible study blog at that website.

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  • Website URL http://www.shepherdingtheflock.com

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Melvin, MI
  • Are you IFB? Yes

Pastor Scott Markle's Activity

  1. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Prophecy Debate?   

    ​Amen, and AMEN! 
    Members of the audience graciously remaining out of the debate until its conclusion (however that is determined) is also very important to me.  This is not because I am not interested in the thoughts and comments of others, but because too many contributors tends to "explode" the thread, and then I am unable to "keep up" with the discussion.  On the other hand, if members of the audience wish to start a side discussion thread, I will seek as much as I am able to follow that discussion.  This is not a promise that I will be able to "keep up" with engaging in that side discussion, but I will endeavor to "keep up" with reading the comments and contributions of others.  In addition, if members of the audience desired to "private message" some comment to me, whether positive or negative, I would be willing to receive them and to consider them also.
  2. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Prophecy Debate?   

    I agree to the following:
    1. No accusations of heresy.  However, expressions of disagreement are expected, since we are engaging in debate-discussion.
    2. No major quotes from the internet (since I have no intention of quoting from the internet whatsoever at all).
    3. An agreed, specific topic.  I simply suggest that we return to our discussion on Daniel 9, since we already began this discussion-debate.  I further suggest that such discussion begin with a quoting (copy & paste) of the original postings that we delivered in the original thread (Concerning Daniel 9:24-27).
    Not certain of agreement:
    1. To the five posts each, then maybe five posts more restriction.  Since this discussion-debate is (from my perspective) a form of discussion, some postings may simply present a short question or set of questions for the purpose of clarity.  Placing a numerical restriction would cause a more "debate format" feel to the discussion, and would prevent such a more "discussion" feel for the debate-discussion.  I myself would not prefer this. 
    Added suggestion:
    1. I myself would not be able to commit unto more than one significant posting in the discussion per week.  Certainly, I would be able to present quick "question-postings" at a faster rate; however, I would not be able to present more thorough, thoughtful postings at that faster rate.  In some fashion, I would request that this restriction on my time might be accommodated.
  3. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody And Nobody   

    ​Indeed.  Yet I speak not only concerning the lack of workers who have "a mind to work," and the overburdening of those who do work because they are trying to "fill in" for those members of the body who are not fulfilling their God-given responsibility within the body.  I speak also concerning the sinful attitudes that are so commonly stirred up within such cases (even as the parable above mentioned "Somebody's" anger and "Everybody's" blame-shifting).  So very many "are yet carnal" and "walk as men." (1 Corinthians 3:3)
  4. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody And Nobody   

    And consider what it might be like to be the pastor for such a group.
  5. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - With Respect Of Persons – James 2:1 (Part 2)   

    Weekly Sermon

    This sermon is a companion to a previous sermon:   With Respect of Persons - James 2:1 (Part 1)      

    James 2:1 reads, “ My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons .” 

    James 2:1 opens the sixth paragraph of this epistle with a direct and distinct prohibition against showing “ respect of persons .”  As such, this prohibition establishes the contextual setting for the rest of the paragraph.  Grammatically, this verse presents a Biblical imperative for our daily Christian walk.  Furthermore, this Biblical imperative can be divided grammatically into four parts.  First, there is the direct address of loving concern for our daily Christian walk – “ My brethren .”  Second, there is the main clause of spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk – “ Have not the faith .”  Third, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the established center for our daily Christian walk – “ Of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory .”  Finally, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the forbidden characteristic in our daily Christian walk – “ With respect of persons .”  In the part of the message, we considered the first two of these truths.  Now, in this second part of the message, we shall consider the latter two of these truths.

    The Spiritual Caution for Our Daily Christian Walk

    In returning unto James 2:1, the spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk is delivered in the imperative of the main clause, “ Have not the faith .”  This main clause is then modified grammatically by the prepositional phrase, “ With respect of persons .”  Herein the verb “ have ” indicates a matter of daily activity.  Thus we understand that this main clause is referring to our daily Christian walk of faith.  Herein also the preposition “ with ” indicates a joining and unifying of two things.  Thus we are cautioned and commanded never to join the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons with our daily Christian walk of faith in our Lord.  As we have already learned, the ungodly practice of showing respect to persons by definition requires that we be focusing our attention upon the external considerations and appearances of this world.  Yet our daily Christian walk is to be a walk “ by faith ,” and “ not by sight .” (2 Corinthians 5:7)  Thus our daily Christian walk of faith by definition requires that we be focusing our attention upon the spiritual considerations and interests of our Lord.  Even so, the ungodly practice of showing respect to persons and the godly walk of faith in our Lord, by definition in each case, are found to be completely in-consistent with one another.  The ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons is all about “sight;” whereas the godly walk of faith in our Lord is all about “faith.”  Indeed, these two paths of life are so completely contradictory to one another that it is spiritually impossible to join the one with the other.  Whenever the spirit of partiality takes hold of our hearts, the spirit of faith is cast aside.  Yea, whenever we yield ourselves to the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons, we must turn aside from the godly walk of faith in and fellowship with our Lord.  These two elements cannot actually reside together in our hearts and lives.  Thus we are spiritually cautioned and commanded against ever at-tempting to join the ungodly practice of showing partiality with our daily Christian walk of faith.

    The Established Center for Our Daily Christian Walk

    Yet as James 2:1 delivers this spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk of faith, it places great emphasis upon the focus of our faith when it modifies the word “faith” with the prepositional phrase, “ Of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory .”  Indeed, our Christian walk of faith is a walk that is wholly related to and rooted in our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the established center for our daily Christian walk of faith.  We walk by a faith that is centered in and upon Him.  “ Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing [that is – believing with faith in and upon Him], ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory .” (1 Peter 1:8)  Now, recognizing that in the original Greek the phrase, “ with respect of persons ,” is located at the beginning of this statement, we also recognize that the description of our Lord Jesus Christ as “ the Lord of glory ” is located at the end of this statement.  As such, this descriptive of our Lord is also in a place of emphasis, such that this emphasis upon our Lord Jesus Christ as “ the Lord of glory ” is set in direct contrast to the emphasis upon the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons.  The spirit of partiality is focused upon the glitter and glamour of this world; whereas the spirit of faith is focused upon the gloriousness and greatness of our Lord.  Even so, when our hearts are gripped with the all-surpassing glory of our majestically glorious Lord, the external, superficial considerations of this world that move us to the practice of respecting persons will have no influence upon our hearts.  On the other hand, when our hearts are being attracted and impressed by the external, superficial considerations of this world that move us to the practice of respecting persons, it reveals that we have developed a disregard and a dishonor for the all-surpassing glory of our Lord.  Oh, how great an offense against our glorious Lord it is when we are more attracted and im-pressed by the glitter and glamour of this world then by His gloriousness and greatness!

    So then, our faith in “ our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory ,” should move us to view other individuals, not from the perspective of their advantages in this world, but from the perspective of their relationship to our Lord.  If an individual is an unbeliever, then we should view that individual as one who is spiritual lost in sin’s darkness, just as we were before our faith in Christ for salvation.  Furthermore, we should view that individual as one who greatly needs to hear the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.  We should view that individual as one who greatly needs to come unto repentance and the knowledge of the truth.  We should view that individual as one who greatly needs to place his or her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.  Indeed, we should view that individual and all such individuals as one for whom Christ died, no matter what that individual’s social status, financial wealth, physical appeal, public popularity, or racial distinction might be.

    On the other hand, if an individual is a believer, then we should view that individual as a fellow brother or sister in Christ, as a member in the same spiritual family of God as we are.  We should view that individual as one who possesses the same “ common salvation ” as we do. (Jude 1:3)  We should view that individual as one who possesses the same eternal redemption, the same eternal salvation, the same eternal life, and the same promise eternal inheritance, as we do.  We should view that individual as one who has OB tained “ like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ .” (2 Peter 1:1)  We should view that individual as one of us who have been “ sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours .” (1 Corinthians 1:2)  We should view that individual as one of God’s own dear children just as we are, and who thereby is an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ just as we are. (Romans 8:16-17)  Indeed, we should view that individual as one in whom Christ lives, no matter what that individual’s social status, financial wealth, physical appeal, public popularity, or racial distinction might be.   
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  6. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - Audio Sermon - Looking Unto Jesus   

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  8. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Just How Many?   

    Brother Pittman ("Genevanpreacher"), and to all others who may be concerned,
     
    The fact that Brother Pittman used my site for his negative example has caused no direct offense to me.  My site is in the public venue; therefore, he has the right to handle it as such.  Certainly, I disagree with his dispute, and thus have no intention to change the presentation of the site.  Indeed, I believe that everything which has been presented on the site is Biblically supported, and is thus the Biblical truth for lost sinners.  How God the Holy Spirit chooses to use that presentation in the heart of each lost sinner is certainly under His divine authority, and I shall praise the name of the Lord our Savior for every lost soul whom the Holy Spirit might draw unto Christ thereby.
     
    On the other hand, I do find it interesting how I came to realize that the site of the church that I pastor had become a focal point for a discussion.  It is possible that I would not have known, except that I learned through the record of my "statcounter" that I had a number of hits on the site yesterday.  My "statcounter" also informed me that these various hits found their sending source from this thread.  Actually, one such hit did not move me to curiosity.  However, after a number of such hits, my curiosity moved me to check things out.  I suppose that it might have been nice for someone to inform me that I and our church site had become a focal point for a (negative) discussion.  I also suppose that this might yet have been done if things had continued longer.  Therefore, I am not at all presenting this with a spirit of offense against anyone, but simply as a point for consideration concerning the future.
  9. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - I Have Set Thee A Watchman - Ezekiel 33:1-16   

    By the way, this message was preached at Melvin Baptist Church in five parts.  The MP3 for each of these five parts may be found at the following link:
     
    http://www.melvinbaptistchurch.com/sermon-audio.html
  10. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - I Have Set Thee A Watchman - Ezekiel 33:1-16   

    This ability is a gracious gift from the Lord our God.  I give HIM the glory and the praise!
  11. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - I Have Set Thee A Watchman - Ezekiel 33:1-16   

    Meditations in Ezekiel

    1.  The Requirement for a Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:1-2 – “ Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land , if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman . . . .”

    2.  The Reality of the Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:2 – “ Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman . . . .”

    Ezekiel 33:7 – “ So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel ; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me .”

    Hebrews 13:17 – “ OB ey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account , that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you .”
    3.  The Representation of the Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:7 – “ So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth , and warn them from me .”

    4.  The Responsibility of the Spiritual Watchman

          A.  To watch for the coming judgment of the Lord.

          Ezekiel 33:2-3 – “ Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the 
          sword  upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 
          if w hen he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people . . . .”

          B.  To warn the people concerning their sinfulness

                1)  With forceful clarity.

                Ezekiel 33:2-3 – “ Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the 
                sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 
                if  when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people . . . .”

                2)  According to God’s Word.

                Ezekiel 33:7 – “ So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore 
                thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me . 

                3)  To turn from their sinful ways.

                When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the 
                wicked from his way , that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  
                Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it ; if he do not turn from his way, he 
                shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul .”

    5.  The Rejection of the Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “ Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning ; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning ; his blood shall be upon him .”

    6.  The Reception of the Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:5b – “ But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul .”

    7.  The Release of the Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “Ezekiel 33:4-5a – “ Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head .  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him .”

    Ezekiel 33:9 – “ Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul .”

    8.  The Rebellion of a Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:6 – “ But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned ; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand .”

    Ezekiel 33:8 – “ When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way , that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand .”

    9.  The Reason for a Spiritual Watchman

    Ezekiel 33:10-11 – “ Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? ”

    10.  The Report of the Spiritual Watchman

          A.  With the truth of righteousness

          Ezekiel 33:12 – “ Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the 
          righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, 
          he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness ; neither shall the righteous be 
          able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth .”

          B.  With a warning against recklessness

          Ezekiel 33:13 – “ When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own 
          righteousness, and commit iniquity , all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity 
          that he hath committed, he shall die for it .”

          C.  With a call to repentance

          Ezekiel 33:14-15 – “ Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and 
          do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had r OB bed, walk in 
          the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die .”

          D.  With a promise of revival

          Ezekiel 33:14-16 – “ Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and 
          do  that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had r OB bed, walk in 
          the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die .   None of his sins 
          that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him : he hath done that which is lawful and right; he 
          shall surely live .”

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  12. Pastor Scott Markle added a post in a topic: Shepherding The Flock - With Respect Of Persons – James 2:1 (Part 1)   

    Weekly Sermon

    James 2:1 reads, “ My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons .” 

    James 2:1 opens the sixth paragraph of this epistle with a direct and distinct prohibition against showing “ respect of persons .”  As such, this prohibition establishes the contextual setting for the rest of the paragraph.  Grammatically, this verse presents a Biblical imperative for our daily Christian walk.  Furthermore, this Biblical imperative can be divided grammatically into four parts.  First, there is the direct address of loving concern for our daily Christian walk – “ My brethren .”  Second, there is the main clause of spiritual caution for our daily Christian walk – “ Have not the faith .”  Third, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the established center for our daily Christian walk – “ Of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory .”  Finally, there is the prepositional phrase concerning the forbidden characteristic in our daily Christian walk – “ With respect of persons .”  In this first part of the message, we shall consider the first two of these truths.

    The Loving Concern for Our Daily Christian Walk

    James, under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, began this Biblical prohibition with the direct address, “ My brethren .”  Thereby he acknowledged that those to whom he was writing were genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and were fellow brethren in God’s eternal family.  Furthermore, he employed this direct address in order to express his loving concern for their daily Christian walk, that they might walk in righteousness before the Lord their God and Savior.  Although James was quite forceful in cautioning them against the characteristic of partiality and in confronting their practice of partiality, he desired for them to recognize that this caution and confrontation flowed from a heart of loving concern.  Thus in the opening instruction of verse 5, James addressed these believers, saying, “ Hearken, my beloved brethren .”  They were truly his beloved.  His heart was filled with godly love toward them. 

    Indeed, every spiritual leader should possess just such a heart of loving concern for the daily Christian walk of those whom the Lord God has placed under his care.  Even so, in 1 Thessalonians 27-8 the apostle Paul declared unto the believers at Thessalonica, saying, “But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us .”  Again in Galatians 4:19 the apostle Paul proclaimed unto the believers of Galatia, saying, “ My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you .”  Yet again in 1 Corinthians 4:14 the apostle Paul gave report unto the believers at Corinth, saying, “ I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you .”  Finally, in 3 John 1:4 the apostle John exclaimed, “ I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth .”  Yet if this is the loving concern of a godly leader, how much more is the loving concern of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for our daily Christian walk!

    The Forbidden Characteristic in Our Daily Christian Walk

    At the end of James 2:1, the characteristic that is forbidden to our daily Christian walk is revealed in the phrase, “ With respect of persons .”  Although in the English this phrase is located at the end of the sentence (as is appropriate for the sentence structure in English), in the original Greek this phrase is located at the beginning of the prohibition in order to give it the place of priority emphasis.  Thus we might view the prohibition from this perspective – “ Do not with respect of persons have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord our glory .”  Even so, this prohibition strongly emphasizes that we must not have this characteristic of showing respect to persons in our lives.  Yea, we must not possess this characteristic and practice in our daily walk of faith.  Now, the phrase “ respect of persons ” is translated from a Greek word that combines the noun for “face” and the verb for “receiving,” literally meaning “face-receiving,” or “receiving the face.”  As such, this phrase refers to the practice of receiving or rejecting individuals on the basis of external, superficial considerations rather than upon the basis of inner, spiritual character.  It is the practice of granting special favor, regard, and respect to others based solely upon such superficial, external circumstances as social status, financial wealth, physical appeal, public popularity, racial distinction, etc.  This ungodly characteristic and practice, in any of the various forms that it may take, must never be allowed a place in our hearts and lives.  It is utterly and emphatically forbidden. 

    Indeed, the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons is contrary to the practice of the Lord our God Himself.  Speaking of the Lord our God as the Sovereign of the word, as the Judge of His people, and as the Provider of the needy, Deuteronomy 10:17-18 pro-claims, “ For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: he doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment .”  Again, speaking of the Lord our God as the righteous Judge of all mankind, Romans 2:11 states, “ For there is no respect of persons with God .”   Yet again, in exhorting us who are God’s own children to walk in holiness, 1 Peter 1:14-17 gives the instruction and warning, “As OB edient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear .”  Also in exhorting masters concerning their treatment of their servants, Ephesians 6:9 gives the instruction and warning, “ And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; nei-ther is there respect of persons with him .”  Likewise, in exhorting servants concerning their service to their masters, Colossians 3:22-25 gives the instruction and warning, “ Servants, OB ey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons .”

    Furthermore, the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons is contrary to the purpose of our Lord’s saving grace.  Even so, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sacrificed His life and shed His blood on the cross for the sake of all mankind.  In 1 John 2:2 God’s Word declares, “ And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world .”  Again in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 God’s Word declares, “ For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave him-self a ransom for all, to be testified in due time .”  Yet again in Hebrews 2:9 God’s Word declares, “ But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man .”  And yet again in Isaiah 53:6 God’s Word declares, “ All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all .” 

    In the second place, the Lord our God and Savior desires for all to come unto repentance and saving faith.  In 2 Peter 3:9 God’s Word declares, “ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance .”  Again in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 God’s Word declares, “ For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth .”  Yet again in John 12:32 our Lord Jesus Christ declared, “ And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me .”  And yet again in John 1:9 God’s Word declares, “ That was the true Light [that is – God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ ], which lighteth every man that cometh into the world .” 

    In the third place, the Lord our God has provided the offer of His saving gospel unto all mankind.  In John 3:16-17 God’s Word declares, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved .”  Again in Acts 17:30-31 God’s Word declares, “ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead .”  Yet again in Romans 10:12-13 God’s Word declares, “ For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved .”  And yet again in Mark 16:15 our Lord Jesus Christ gave commandment unto us believers, saying, “ Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature .” 

    In the fourth place, the saving grace of the Lord our God unifies all of us believers equally in Christ.  In Galatians 3:26-28 God’s Word declares, “ For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus .”  Again in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 God’s Word declares, “ For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit .”  Yet again in Colossians 3:9-11 God’s Word declares, “ Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all .”  

    Finally, the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons is contrary to the principle of our Lord’s righteous Word.  From the wisdom of the Proverbs, Proverbs 24:23 states, “ These things also belong to the wise.  It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment .”  Again from the wisdom of the Proverbs, Proverbs 28:21 states, “ To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress .”  From the Law of Moses, Leviticus 19:15 declares, “ Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteous-ness shalt thou judge thy neighbour .”  Again from the Law of Moses, Deuteronomy 16:19 declares, “ Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous .”  Finally, concerning matters of honor or discipline in the church ministry, 1 Timothy 5:21 proclaims, “ I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou OB serve these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality .”

    Yet this prohibition against the ungodly characteristic of showing respect to persons does not forbid the Biblically appropriate practice of showing respect and honor unto those to whom it is due according the principles of God’s Word.  In the first place, it is Biblically appropriate to show respect unto the elderly.  Even so, in Leviticus 19:32 God’s Word declares, “ Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD .”  In the second place, it is Biblically appropriate to show honor unto those in governmental authority.  Even so, in Romans 13:7 God’s Word declares, “ Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour .”  In the third place, it is Biblically appropriate to show honor and regard unto those who serve the Lord with great commitment.  Even so, in Philippians 2:29-30 declares, “ Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me .”  In the fourth place, it is Biblically appropriate to show high regard and respect unto those who faithful leaders in the ministry of the church.  Even so, in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a God’s Word declares, “ And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake .”  

    In the fifth place, it is Biblically appropriate for husbands to show honor unto their own wives.  Even so, in 1 Peter 3:7 God’s Word declares, “ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered .”  In the sixth place, it is Biblically appropriate for children to show honor unto their parents.  Even so, in Ephesians 6:1-3 God’s Word declares, “ Children, OB ey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth .”  In the seventh place, it is Biblically appropriate for servants to show honor unto their masters.  Even so, in 1 Timothy 6:1-2 God’s Word declares, “ Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.  And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit.  These things teach and exhort .”  
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