Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What God Thinks About Islam

We do not know that God thinks about Islam specifically, other than this. The religion is made up of one fifth of the world’s population, who have all believed the lie that the Koran is literally the word of God in Arabia. Jesus died for these people on the cross.

Here is what Islam believes about Jesus:

1. He was born of a virgin.
2. He is a prophet of God.
3. He is going to come again.

Here is what they do not believe:

1. He is the Son of God.
2. He died on a cross.
3. He rose from the dead.

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our ins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)

The truth that saves they think is false.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Response to Comment on "Idolatry" Post

I received an anonymous post on my recent blog about idolatry. Here it is:

“What does the Bible say about those portraits of Jesus that are so common?”

The portraits were made after the Bible was written. What the Bible says has to cover everything that occurs after it was written.

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-16)

Jesus said in John 4:22-24, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

There is a physical description of Jesus in Matthew 19:2: “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”

And another one in Isaiah 52:14: “Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness.”

Neither of these descriptions includes any portrait of Jesus. Other than these descriptions, we have no clue what he looked like—tall, short, complexion, eye color, hair color. All of the portraits and icons of Jesus in history are a violation of the letter and the spirit of the Bible.

The Second Council of Nicea in 787 A.D. allowed for the veneration of images. It made a distinction between such veneration and the worship which belongs to God alone. However, the Council missed the point and directly violated the Second Commandment: “You shall not make…” and “You shall not bow down…” (Deuteronomy 5:8, 9). The Council said that these images should be “made,” “kissed,” and “bowed down to.”

Bessie and I have not had a portrait of Jesus in our home in our 61 years.

Friday, March 15, 2013

What God Thinks of Atheism

God gives much more revelation about people who worship false Gods than He does about atheists.

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (Psalm 14:1-2)

This is repeated in Psalm 53:1:

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.”

People are born with a tendency to sin:

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—or before the law was given, sin was in the world.” (Romans 5:12-13)

People are born sinners, but they are not born fools; they have to become fools.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and 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.” (Romans 1:21-23)

People are not born atheists. They have to be taught to be atheists.

Many nations have endeavored to teach atheism. Most of these nations have been communist: Russia, China, Albania, North Korea, and Viet Nam.

Academia in England and the US is experiencing a surge of anti-Christian atheists. God says they become fools.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Idolatry

In this nation under the Constitution we have freedom of religion and freedom of expression. We are grateful for this freedom. This freedom allows all kinds of false religions and other expressions of evil, and they take advantage of it. Our nation is flooded with evil of all kinds, taught on TV, the internet, the universities, books, magazines, and churches. God, however, does not tolerate them. God is not under the Constitution. We should think as God thinks.

Here, from God’s revelation, is what He thinks about this evil. Today I will start with idolatry:

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

“Why do the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:2-8)

Much of the OT is given to speaking of idolatrous nations. The NT concurs in this in personal idolatry:

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and 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.” (Romans 1:21-23)

“Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” (I Corinthians 10:19-21)

Today, the people in many nations are given to idolatry. This includes India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, and Japan. God’s view has not changed. There are Christians in all of these countries, but they are a persecuted minority.

In the Lord Jesus Christ,

Jim Wilson

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Holy Nation

Three months after the Exodus from Egypt, two million Israelites arrived at Mt. Sinai. Before the Ten Commandments were given, God spoke to Moses (recorded in Exodus 19):

“‘Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the LORD has said.’”

After the commands were given (three times), the people had 40 years in the wilderness, several years of conquest, 400 years of judges, 400 hundred years of kings, and 600 years of captivity and occupation until the time of Christ. All of this, except a few years of light, was saturated with sin, gross wickedness. That was about a total of 1480 years. This was the holy nation.

There is a similar statement made to another group of chosen people.

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (1 Peter 1:1-2)

Here is the statement:

“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time...For you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care.” (1 Peter 1:3b-5, 9-10)

The people of Israel had been set free from slavery in Egypt. This second chosen people have been set free from slavery to sin. We have had 2,000 years of being set free from sin. Is our record much better than Israel’s record before Jesus came? Some better, but the history of Christianity doesn’t look like it.

Our answer is simple: much of the “Church” has been made up of unredeemed sinners. That may be a given. But why is it? We have had the message, the authority, the Holy Spirit, and the command. We still have them.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Goings On

Thank you for your prayers and gifts. We had 4,000 copies of How to Be Free From Bitterness inserted into “The Moscow-Pullman Daily News”. We now have a cartoon gospel tract titled “Are You a Good Person?” ready to be inserted. I would appreciate your comments on the strategy. Communication in print is not a substitute for personal contact. I am still personally involved with needy unbelievers and fouled-up believers almost daily here at my house.

At my children╩╝s request, I am working on my autobiography. Heather is typing it into a computer and Doug and Nancy are reading it as I produce a few pages at a time.

I have a slight problem: I have never kept a diary, and I am now 85 years old. If any of you knew me and Bessie in the past and remember events, dates, and/or have pictures, please send them to me. Hold down on the flattery. My memory is fairly good, but there are blank places.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Psalm 96:1-3)


Sing, sing, praise, proclaim, and declare. In order to declare His glory, we have to know what it is. Words alone will not do it. Experience will be part of it.

“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:6-9)

Splendor, majesty, strength, glory, worship, and holiness are a few of the words. Ask for the experience.


In the Lord Jesus Christ,


Jim Wilson