On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that marriage no longer was to be defined as between a man and a woman. Marriage defined in the eyes the laws of our nation is now simply a union between two people who “love” each other. The United States Supreme Court has made sodomite unions legal in our “One Nation Under God”. I understand that I have previously addressed this issue recently in a “Special Editorial” but today I am compelled to address it again. I will do so with all the discretion, and with all the appropriateness that should be expected of a Godly publication.
Today, at a vote of 5-4, our nation’s Supreme Court passed a law that would give abomination the right of away in our nation. Today, before the highest court in our land, God’s Word was given no credence as we witness the unfolding of Romans 1:28. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” Is there still hope for America?
Dr. Gray Sr.
Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Leadership is multi-faced and a complex combination of personalities and passions. Followers are only as productive as the leadership with the ability to connect and not be in disconnect is a key factor. The idea is to translate Scriptural leadership principles into the followers’ life in order to produce a transformation. Leaders have an inherent problem of being so right so much of the time they begin to think they are right all the time.
Pastor Todd Painter
Judges 6:32 “Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him because he hath thrown down his altar.”
Gideon is being set to be a deliver of Israel against the Midianites who control the land and are the oppressors. During the course of this process, Gideon sets to try and get Israel right with God because they are steeped in Baal worship.
Dr. Allen Domelle
“Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.”
The verse above is a sad commentary about a young lady. This young lady was at one time the twinkle in her dad’s eye. She was the companion of a mother who spent time shopping and cooking with her. This young lady was the joy of her parents as a little toddler. I can see her parents filled with joy as this young lady was just a toddler.
Something happened to this young lady from the time she was the pride and joy of her parents to the young lady described in the verse above. This young lady had become the strange woman who every parent warned their boys to avoid. She became that young lady who flattered young men with her words. She became the one who walked in the “ways of darkness.” She became the young lady who delighted “in the frowardness of the wicked.” What is it that would cause a young lady to go from being the pride of her parents to becoming the young lady who every decent parent warned their boys to avoid?
Dr. Gray Sr.
Matthew 20:16, “So the last shall be first and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Luke 23:25, “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.”
We read twice basically the same words, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Then we read the statement, “Jesus Christ chosen of God.” The Bible says in Matthew 20:16, “…for many be called, but few chosen.” It says the same thing in similar words in Matthew 22:14. These verses have been so misunderstood and misinterpreted. Our hyper-Calvinist friends say that this means many are called to salvation, but everybody who’s saved is chosen by God thus God chooses some to enter Heaven and some to end up in a devil’s Hell. These people are full of prunes! God said that He was not willing that any should perish. God leaves the decision of eternity up to, “Whosoever will…” God offers man salvation, but man must partake himself of what God has provided. God’s buffet table is set, and He is waiting for man to partake.
Dr. Gray Sr.
OK, I sometimes find myself caught between two contrasting ideas. Let me give you one in particular. In Ephesians we are commanded to "walk in love" and then in Hebrews we are told to "run...the race." Paul instructs us in Galatians to, "Walk in the Spirit," and then in I Corinthians, "So run, that ye may obtain."
I realize that these words are figurative, but still they present a different concept of what the Christian life is. I don't want to find myself running when I should be walking or walking when I ought to be running. Actually I am certain that I have been guilty of doing both. So, let me try and decipher the difference.
As I read every passage I could find on these two words I have come to believe that walking deals with our earthly relationships and running deals with our eternal rewards. We walk with God but we run for the prize. We walk in the Spirit but we run the race before us. We walk in love for others but we run with purpose towards the mark.
Now here is what I struggle with. I often run in my relationships and walk in my purpose. I speed past people and crawl towards the goal. Am I alone in this? I all too often find myself running in the spirit and walking towards the prize. I get so busy that I run in love and then so weary that I walk the race set before me. What I must learn to do is to hurry up and slow down. But why is this so important?
The reason we get weary in the race is because we are not walking to gain strength and perspective. If we walk in love we can run with patience. If we walk in the spirit we can run for the prize. Walking is the time we slow down in our relationship so that we can speed up in our race.
It is interesting that both are included in Isaiah 40:31 when we are exhorted to wait on the Lord. If we run we will not be weary and we walk we will not faint. If we are waiting on (serving) the Lord we will be strengthened in the run and invigorated in the walk. So, how about doing both, walk and run. However, let us learn the right time for each.
Dr. Richard Hitt
Titus 2:6 “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Many dangers lurk before a man when he is willing to accept a call to the gospel ministry on the basis of subjective experience only. The call to the gospel ministry requires a passion that fuels the intentions of man.
A subjective experience is no sure proof of the Lord's will. The Lord has nowhere promised to speak to us except through the inspired and all-adequate Scriptures. When and as soon as we drift away from the preserved Word of God, then we have no way to know and ascertain the source of our thoughts and ambitions.
Rock-a-bye baby in the tree top
When the wind blows the cradle will rock…
Sadly, but truthfully this is the average sermon in the average church in America today. I don’t mean in our Lutheran, Methodist, or Catholic churches, for those are congregations that are not truly churches. I am talking about in our “old-fashioned” independent Baptist churches. Where is the life in our Preaches? Where is the zeal and passion that flows through the voice from the heart? Where is the man that studies God’s Word and receives a truth and a message from God for his people? Preachers these days seem more apt to stand and tell a nursery rhyme or sing a lullaby then present truth from God’s Word that might offend in the slightest.
“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.” Proverbs 18:1
There are few words in the Bible as fascinating to me as the word “desire”. We find this word over and over again in Scripture in reference to many different things. To desire something is to want something, or even require something with a great deal of earnestness. One who has a desire let nothing interfere with that which they desire. Thus, the question arises, “What should we desire?”
Dr. Bob Gray Sr.
It's Sunday morning in the late 1960's and the world's largest church is gathered for it's morning service. The pastor begins to speak. Look at his stature, listen to his eloquence, and look at the converts flooding down the aisles. Who is this great man? He is an outcast! He was cast out of the Hamilton County Baptist Association of Chattanooga, TN.
A city auditorium is filled, the choir is in their place, the ushers are at their post, and hundreds of churches are cooperating in this meeting. The Evangelist stands to speak, listen to his preaching, notice the Holy Spirit power, and watch closely as the converts stream down the aisles. Who is this great man? An outcast! The Tarrant County Baptist Association kicked him out. His name is John R. Rice!
Pastor Todd Painter
2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Aren’t members of our Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches supposed to be separating themselves from those that walk disorderly? Many separate from the ungodly lost that surround us, but do they separate from the disorderly among us? Let’s take a few moments to examine what the Bible teaches about this topic.
In many homes this time of year, a Christmas tree dawns the chief place among the festive decorations. Radiant with color and light, the Christmas stands as a symbol of the Christmas season. Yet, the question must be raised, Why a Christmas tree?
Why do we choose a Christmas tree to be among the greatest decorations when celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ? The truth is that the Christmas tree is more than a centerpiece where we place our wrapped gifts each year. The Christmas tree offers its own contribution of praise to our Saviour.
When working in ministry it becomes very tempting to become discouraged, especially in this time of year. Pastors see low attendance in their churches as their members leave to visit family in other parts of the country. Bus captains see only a handful of children ride on Sunday morning while all the children attend their grandma’s church for Christmas. Sunday School teachers have one or two in their classes and the days are bleak and cold, making soul winning a hard task. How does one surpass the discouragement of a seemingly shrinking ministry during the holiday season?
Dr. Gray Sr.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If you do not carefully follow this article you will not grasp the truth. This is a very unpretentious subject, but a wonderful truth of living by faith. This will be one of those thoughts that will be line upon line and precept upon precept.
EVERYTHING GOD HAS IS OBTAINED BY FAITH
Man does not receive things from God because he or she is separated from the world. Separation from the world benefits man. One will live longer and live better because of practicing the doctrine of separation. This doctrine will allow one to walk with God, but again let me reiterate man does not get things from God because he or she lives a separated life. Man receives things from God via faith.
Dr. Allen Domelle
2 Chronicles 34:3
“For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.”
Josiah was one of the youngest kings to rule Israel. In the verse above, he was only sixteen years of age when he began to make major changes in the country. These changes that he made were nothing more than establishing early patterns by which he would rule the kingdom and live his life.
Deuteronomy 32:31-33, “For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.”
In the verses above, I have specifically made bold two phrases and underlined two phrases because they correspond with one another. The vine of Sodom produces the poison of dragons, and the fields of Gomorrah contain the asp with his venomous bite. With this in mind let us discuss, the wine of Sodom and the venom of Gomorrah as it deals with the sin of sodomy.
I will never forget the first time I heard Dr. Gray Sr. preach. I was a six year old boy attending one of the Teen Convention services with my father. Dr. Gray stood that night and preached the long-remembered sermon, “Just a Bowl of Chili”. We sat in the upper right hand side of the balcony and I watched as Dr. Gray as I saw Dr. Gray do something I didn’t know Preachers were allowed to do. He left the platform and went down into the crowded auditorium preaching as he went. Men were standing, shouting “Amen” and waving their Bibles. I turned and looked at the few pews behind us and saw that grown men were standing on the pews shouting at the top of their lungs, cheering on the preacher and the truth he was preaching. I sat looking in amazement when my dad shook me and said, “Look!” I turned to look and there…
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