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Monday, September 18, 2017

WHAT IS WORLDLY MUSIC?

The Power of Music



We know that, as a child, Jesus sang, because it was the custom of Jewish children and families.  We also know that He sang with His disciples.  And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.”  (Matthew 26:30) Jesus and His disciples were gathered together in the upper room for the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  This would be the last time He gathered with His disciples during His earthly ministry.  Jesus blessed the broken bread and the fruit of the vine.  Then He passed the bread and juice to them.  At the end of this heart-wrenching time, they parted by singing a song of praise to God.

Soon the Son of God would suffer as no human being has ever suffered.  Soon He would be declared guilty by His own Father for every sin committed by mankind.  He willingly accepted His fate, including the excruciating pain that His body would soon face.  He experienced terrible separation from His heavenly Father as well as the suffering of the humiliating torments of Hell.  In the midst of it all, He wanted to sing.

Ephesians 5:18-20 says,And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

The preceding passage of Scripture gives us a clear exhortation to abstain from liquor and a clear command to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then, as a result of being separated from the world and being separated unto the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves singing to ourselves.  What will we sing about?  The Bible says we will sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  We will sing these songs and make melody in our hearts to the Lord.

Genesis 4:21 tells us, “Jubal…was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.”  Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  

It is clear from the Word of God that God gives music to man as a blessing.  God delivered Moses and the children of Israel from bondage, and they began to sing.  The song they sang is recorded in Exodus 15:1-9.  Job 38:7 says, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

In II Chronicles 5:12-14, God gives us the story of a choir that consisted of thousands of Levite instrumentalists, which included 120 Levites playing trumpets.  A great congregation was assembled for the dedication of the temple. This gigantic crowd was all in one place at the east end of the altar, dressed in white garments.  These people had so rehearsed their presentation that they gave one sound in praising God.  

The Scripture says, “They lifted their voice with the trumpet and cymbals and instruments of musick.” This mass of people, along with their awesome sound, gave praise to their God in song.  God was so pleased with their music that the shekinah glory filled the house of the Lord.  It was so overwhelming that the priests were unable to stand to minister.  That was some choir special!

THE HYMNBOOK OF THE BIBLE

David was the human pen for the majority of the Psalms.  The book of Psalms is called the “hymnbook of the Bible.”  The Psalms were songs given to men in the midst of their struggles, their suffering, and even their victories.  The Bible speaks of singers, musicians, and musical instruments more than five hundred times.  

When we make the Bible the center of our lives, Jesus will become the central figure of our lives.  The result will be Jesus becoming the “theme of our music.”  His message with Him as the Messenger must be the catalyst of our songs.  

When choir members, special singing groups, soloists, and orchestra members are in tune with Christ and with each other, their music can bring about or enhance a spiritual event.  The music in our churches should reflect support for the soul winning of the local church.  The music in our churches should reflect support for the pulpiteering of the Preacher.  

The music in our churches should reflect support for the standards of the Bible, and the music in our churches should reflect the warmth of a caring church.

THE AFFECT OF MUSIC

I Samuel 16:23 says, “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” Depression seemed to be a rather regular occurrence with King Saul.  The farther away from God he went, the deeper his depression became.  King Saul was backslidden, and as a result, I Samuel 16:15 states that he was troubled by an evil spirit.  

When his servants noticed Saul’s condition, they recommended a solution in I Samuel 16:16.  “Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”  To soothe the evil spirit, they sent for David.  He came into the presence of Saul.
 
Notice that when the evil spirit came to trouble Saul, David did not sing.  David did not utter a word.  He simply took his harp and played it for King Saul.  The music refreshed Saul. Someone wisely stated that music is not neutral.  It can bring out the best in a man, or it can bring out the worst in a man.  Music is an invisible reality.  Thus, God’s people must be careful in both their private and public choices of music.

Obviously, if David could create a sound from the harp that calmed a depressed King Saul, then music is a reality that cannot be ignored.  The late Dr. Jack Hyles, in a sermon on music, pointed out that Plato said, “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws.”  

Aristotle believed that if you listened to music that reflected a certain mood, you would experience that same mood.  He said, “In short, if one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will tend to become the wrong kind of person; but, conversely, if he listens to the right kind of music, he will tend to become the right kind of person.” 

THE MOODS OF MUSIC

There is a term that is well known to musicians.  It is the term “moods of music.”  To play a piece correctly, it is necessary for a musician to discover the “mood” of the piece.

Pastors across the nation are in search of music that is vibrant, alive, heartwarming, and evangelistic.  Never has there been more of a need in the area of music than today.  We develop appetites that are worldly, and the effects are as damaging as an NIV Bible. If one type of music can calm you, then it stands to reason that another type can provoke you.  

Many a church split was first a mood created by selfish church music sung and played by selfish church members.  If our churches are to be all that God intends them to be, we must find the Biblical position for church music.  The extremes are found in having either a formal, dead church service with studied classical, or a barnyard hoedown, with warmed-over Oak Ridge Boys specials.

Music affects us in three ways: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Music also has three primary parts: melody, harmony, and rhythm.  Melody comes from the Greek word meloidia, which means “choral sing.” Meloidia is derived from melos, “tune,” plus aoiden, “to sing.”  Thus, the musical term melody, which follows the Bible command to be filled with the Spirit, is teaching us that music and the fullness of the Holy Spirit are related.

Our mind responds to harmony, the intellectual part of music.  The word harmony comes from the Greek word for joint, which implies the concept of fitting together. Thus, the harmony joins the melody and the rhythm together.  Our body responds to the rhythm.  Rhythm is the Greek word rheo, which means “to flow” or “to pulse.” Rhythm, then, is the physical part of music.  Remember, music can be evil or good, depending upon its usage.

The melody must dominate the music of the Christian.  The harmony must follow the melody in the supportive role in the music.  Last of all, the rhythm must be under strict control in music.  In essence, this is a picture of the Christian with his body and its desires under strict control.  

Romans 8:13 explains, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” I Corinthians 9:2 says, “If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.”

BALANCE IS THE KEY

The key word for music is balance.  Rhythm must not be forsaken.  It needs to be in a proper relationship with the harmony and melody.  Calvin Johansson’s book Music & Ministry says: “A like principle is at work in the created order, for God has set man over the world and God is over both.  We see this principle at work in government, church, and family life.  Not everyone can be a chief! 

Music shows universal truth as it adheres to this principle of dominance.  Not every note, rhythm, or harmony can be in the foreground.”  Beethoven shed more light on the need for balance in music when he said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”

In this day and time, the melody (spiritual) and harmony (intellectual) are not just being overpowered; they are being dissolved by the overpowering, pulsating rhythm (physical).  America’s music, both in the church and in the society, reflects an obsession with the physical. 

James 1:27 tells us, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” 

WORLDLY MUSIC?

What makes worldly music?  Some music, because of its identification with the world, could and should be considered worldly.  If the honky-tonks, nightclubs, lounges, etc., where the world congregates to feed their flesh, use it, it would make sense to label it worldly music. 

This is interesting…what if the lounges started playing “The Old Rugged Cross” or “Amazing Grace”? The musicians would probably be booed, and most of the customers would leave.  Why? Because the music does not match the setting!  Then why do so many pastors and Christians think lounge or honky-tonk music belongs in the church house?  

The truth is, God’s music is meant to bring praise to God, not to entertain man.  In his book Music in the Life of Man, Julius Portnoy says, “The Christian musician is a member of two worlds, the spiritual and the material.  The choice is his: to create sacred music that is pleasing to God because it ennobles character or to defile the miracle of creation and produce secular music which arouses lust and desire.”

THE VOCAL SLIDE

There are several characteristics of a worldly sound.  The first is a vocal “slide.” Charles Brown, who wrote The Art of Rock and Roll, states, “Some people have characterized these vocal slides as sexual utterance.”

DISRESPECT FOR THE WRITTEN MELODY

The second characteristic is flipping above and below the actual written line of melody.  One man wrote, “The classically trained singer has an ingrained respect for any written melody and hesitates to tamper with it.  The modern singer, on the other hand, looks on written melody as simply a convenient starting point for his variations.”

WHISPERING, BREATHY, AND AIRY VOICE
 
The third most obvious characteristic is the ingredient of a whispering, breathy, and airy voice.  In The Art of Rock and Roll, Mr. Brown speaks of a trick used vocally by Elvis Presley.  He writes, “By softening his voice for certain passages, he could create a personal effect, which made the women in the crowd feel that he was singing directly to them.”

THE IMAGE FORMED IN THE MIND

There is a sound that the world’s music gives out.  When music is heard, the mind immediately forms an image because of the sound that is heard.  I can only imagine what image comes to mind when bar room music or honky-tonk music is heard.  I wonder what image people get when they walk past our churches and hear our music.  Do they hear Christians who have copied the sensual tone of voice while singing decent songs with decent words, trying to do the work of the Holy Spirit and to bring their own brand of conviction?  Christian, what image are you projecting from your car or in your home? Do not forget, there is a direct correlation between the power of God and the music of God. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

THE POWER OF GOD OR THE POWER OF SATAN?

EMERGING CHURCH THEOLOGY


Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Romans 1:23, “And changed the glory of the incorruptible glory of God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.”


In Genesis chapter one it says that God created man in his image. In Romans chapter one it says man created God in his image.


God Wants Man To Be Like Him

God made man in his own image but man sinned and fell from the image of God. Then God made it possible for man to be redeemed so that someday man would be like God.

I John 3:2, “…we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

The great heart of God longed for man to be like him so he made man in his own image. Mankind fell and when mankind sinned God made it possible for them to be in his image someday. Between the time man is saved and the time he awakes in the likeness of Christ he is to gradually grow into image of God.


Man Wants To Be Like God

There is no doubt about the desires of mankind to be like God Man has an innate desire to be like God. He sets up godlike values to live by whether he is religious or not. He judges others who do not live by those values whether biblical or not. All over the world we find cultures with their own view of godliness or godlikeness. Individual societies function all over the planet based on their idea of God and becoming godlike.


Satan Wants Man To Be Like God

He came to Eve in the Garden of Eden and said if you will eat of that fruit you will be as gods knowing or determining your self what is good and what is evil.

There is an agreement here in that man wants to be like God and God wants man to be like God while Satan also wants man to be like God.


It Seems That All Three Agree

We have three the heavenly Father, man, and Satan all in agreement on something. That agreement is that all three want God and man to be alike! However, there is a controversy that exists here. God wants man in his image while man wants God in his image.

This Boils Down to Two Choices for Man

Thus, we have basically the two religions of the world. One religion is that God wants man in his image while the second is man wanting God in his image. God desires for man to become like him and man desires for God to be like man. In Genesis 1:26-27 God created man in his image and in Romans 1:21-23 man in turn is creating God in his image. 

God wants man to conform to him and man wants God to conform to him. Please bear in mind this is the same goal. God desires for man to be like him and we by nature like to be like God but the controversy is that God wants us to conform to his image while we want God to conform to our image? It is such a subtle thing! It looks at a glance as if it’s the same thing or the same goal.

This is the difference between true Christianity and charismatic Emerging church Christianity. This is the difference between Jack Hyles’ Christianity and Bill Hybles Christianity, Tom Malone Christianity and Paul Crouch Christianity, Lee Roberson Christianity and Robert Schuler Christianity, Curtis Hutson Christianity and Benny Hinn Christianity, or John R. Rice Christianity and Jimmy Swaggert Christianity.

Almost in every state you may go to you will find a large charismatic church and the minute you walk in and talk to the janitor you will quickly discover religion number two. There is no difference between their music and the world’s music. There is no difference between their immodest dresses on the females than you will find on the streets of their cities. There is no difference between the haircuts of the males than you will find in the population of their city. They have taken God and brought him down to their image and they project that image to their city.

A Christianity where man is making God in his image is what is being displayed. May I ask a question are you changing your image? In religion number two they have made God conform to them instead of them conforming to God. They are changing their image!

Turn on the average Charismatic or Emerging church TV program and you will find in this modern movement man has said to God we will dress like we desire to dress, sing like we desire to sing, wear our hair like we desire to wear our hair, and God we will invite you to come visit with us. We will allow you to be with us as we are! You will meet us on our level!

Who is Conforming to Whom?

My question is who is conforming to whom? Are you changing your image? “We want you God to conform to our image!” However, God says I want you to conform to my image.

All you had to do was visit a great fundamental Baptist church and then attend some Emerging church and you will see the difference in the crowds. I have preached for 45 years that God’s people are to conform to God and not God to God’s people. 

Modesty is still modesty! Long hair on males is still unscriptural no matter what society dictates as “hip.” Bad music is still bad music even when Jesus’ name is used!

Walk among both congregations and see how the respective members dress and you will find that this modern Emerging church Christianity is nothing more than man attempting to conform God to man’s image. The question is are we who call ourselves fundamental doing the same thing?

May I also suggest that the reason the worldly type of religion is so popular is because of the conforming God to man. It is less convicting, confining, and constraining with a fleshly appeal that is far more appealing to the populous! It is an amusement park atmosphere, rock concert atmosphere, Broadway atmosphere, and Burger King atmosphere every Sunday. 

Some Baptist Churches are Becoming Emerging Churches

By the way this “Emerging Church” philosophy enjoyed by some young independent Baptist pastors is nothing more than bringing God down to man in order to reach man.

All over America you will find springing up a Calvary Chapel, Community Church, Cathedral Church, Gospel Center, Vineyard Church, Church on the Rock, etc., with a basic philosophy of bringing God down to man. Their females are immodest with their shorts, halters, and blue jeans while the males sing their Gospel hip hop while wearing long hair and earrings. 

They advertise contemporary services because they intend to bring God down to man. They claim contemporary services with a conservative doctrine. The problem is doctrine is only as good as the conduct. What you believe is always reflected in your behaviour!

When you attend a fundamental Baptist church you will find God’s people attempting to conform to the image of God rather than causing God to conform to man. Let’s face it, there are more people who want to have God to conform to their image than there are people who want to conform to God’s image. However, it is necessary to note that God’s people have always been called a “remnant.” We will always be a remnant until the Rapture and then we will be the majority.

When we bring God down to man then we will need the power of darkness to draw using the world to reach the world.  The result is we end up with the world and in darkness. What some are tolerating today will be the down fall of the next generation.

That is the struggle in every church in America, every Teen Department in America, every home in America, every Christian school in America, and every Christian College in America. The difference between the thousands who attend Bill Hybles’ church and those who attended Jack Hyles’ church was not numerical but spiritual! Bill Hybles was changing the image of God into the image of man while Jack Hyles was changing the image of man into the image of God.

The fundamental Baptist men of God say here is the King James Bible now you conform to this book. There are others who say we will not change our hairstyle, our music, our miniskirts, our vampire lipstick, our movie watching, our rock n roll beat, our male wearing of earrings, our martini drinking, our dancing to match the Scriptures. Some will simply use something other than the King James to endorse our worldly lifestyle.

The sad part is some who stick by the King James and still bring God down to man will eventually produce a generation of Bible deniers. 

They call it a holy dance, a holy kiss, Christian liberty, contemporary ministry, Christian TV, and that way we will invite God to come and worship with us and we will conform God to our image. Every religion and every church is one of the two! 

By the way church number two will preach on being like Jesus, on being Christ like but what they mean is to make Jesus like them and not them like Jesus! What they mean is let God conform to us and church number one means let us conform to God!

Giving the People What They Want Via Surveys is Destructive

Robert Schuler and Bill Hybles did exactly the same thing. They both had a community survey to find out what the people wanted in a local church. Then they designed and conformed their churches to their surveys. I made up my mind that they would sell popsicles in Hell before I would be a party to such spiritual nonsense! These are not men of God they are men of the people!

God did not take a survey before he gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. The one time Moses took a survey about whether to go into the Land of Canaan it cost Moses his very life. We are not to conform God to man but rather we are to conform man to God. Bill Hybles says he will build a church to suit the people while Jack Hyles said he would build a church to suit God!

There are two religions or two Christianities with one conforming God to man’s image and the second one conforming man to God’s image! Also those institutions of higher learning in Christianity are one or the other in philosophy. That is why the right college will always have a struggle. 

The institutions of higher learning are battling and struggling to keep conforming their students to God’s image instead of having a Liberty University type that is attempting to cause God to conform to man so they can attract more students. That is what is wrong with Baylor and some other institutions that were founded by aggressive Bible believers at one time who have long vacated spiritual applications to real life! What these colleges tolerate today will dominate them tomorrow.

When God says a female should not wear that which pertains to a male that a male should not wear that which pertains to a female he was not joking! In fact God called it an abomination in his sight! Man is supposed to conform to the Scriptures not the Scriptures to man’s image. 

Hang the big church if that is what is required! Hang the big college if that is what it takes to have the numbers! Big is not always better! Hitler had the crowds! The Dallas Cowboys have the crowds! God’s people must conform to God’s image and not demand God conform to man’s image!


God Wants Man To Be Like His Son

God says he wants his people to be like his son Jesus, while man says I want Jesus to be like me. That is where the issue of the Virgin Birth enters. God says my Son was born of a virgin while some men say we want God’s Son to be like us so we reject the virgin birth.

God says my Son lived a perfect sinless life and I want my people to conform to my Son’s life. However, man says we will just say your Son did not live a perfect life. He was a good man and a good teacher but not sinless man says! We are not to make Jesus like us we are too make us like Jesus.

The same can be said concerning the Scriptures. God’s words are being changed into man’s words. That is why we have the NIV, ASV, RSV, etc. God wants man’s music to like his music while man wants to bring God down to his Egyptian music. Which church do you attend? Church number one or church number two?

God says to his people I want you to sing music that will honor me and not music that will honor you! All of which includes words, melody, tune, and rhythm. According to Exodus 32:7-8 the music that Moses discovered being played by God’s people when he returned from being with God was Egyptian and was similar to noise.

God says let me decide what kind of music you should have and man says but we cannot draw a crowd with that kind of music! No, but you will draw me! Ok, then don’t draw a crowd if you have to have a trap set and a bass guitar played by longhaired hippy acting like it is the amateur hour or American Idol. Better to have ten people hearing truth than 10,000 going deaf to hellish music.

Choice is between  Holy Ghost Power or the Power of Darkness

Why not depend on the Holy Ghost of God to draw and convict sinners rather than settle for an earthly sensual draw that will do nothing but produce the same thing when they leave? Hey, I decided to have music like God, a Bible like God’s Bible, live like God’s Son, take the Gospel to the unredeemed world and let God fill the house.

There are two Christianities at play here, one of God conforming man to God’s image and the second is man conforming God to man’s image. Is your image changing? Which way is it changing? Far too many preachers in America are attempting to gain a crowd by making God look like man. The music in America’s churches needs to be overhauled and some of it ought to be scrapped. 

Too many classical songs, too many high brow songs, and on the other hand there are too many honky tonk songs with a heavy left hand on the piano being sung using Jesus’ name in order to justify their existence. 

It would be wise to play preludes and postludes that the dear people recognize. Offertories that reach the hearts of the people would add much to the spiritual atmosphere necessary for the Holy Spirit to be active in a church service. There is a big difference between a spiritual service and a sensual service.

Some of our churches in America are simply making God’s word like man’s words, God’s Son like man, and God’s music like man’s music.


God Wants Man To Accept His Plan Of Reconciliation And Man Wants God To Accept His Plan Of Reconciliation

It is an age old struggle of religions making man’s words like God’s words, God’s Son like man, man’s music like God’s music, and making man accept God’s plan of reconciliation. The struggle continues to this very day.

It is Jesus plus works in some places while historic Baptists have always believed and held to Jesus plus nothing for salvation. Man is a sinner, Hell is the price for man’s sin, Jesus is the Son of God, and Jesus paid the debt through his death, burial, and resurrection. That is God’s plan of reconciliation! Man must accept or reject God’s plan of his Son’s vicarious death, burial, and resurrection.

·      God wants man to be like him
·      Man wants to be like God
·      Satan wants man to be like God
·      It seems all three agree
·      Man casts the deciding vote


Thursday, August 31, 2017

THE HERESY INVADING LOCAL CHURCHES

ELECTION?



II Peter 1:10, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail.”

 Election is the doctrine of God Himself choosing man to do something specific for Him by using His Sovereignty! There are some who teach that salvation has to do with election. They say that God by His Sovereignty chooses who will be saved. That is simply not true! Man chooses whether he is saved or not. Whosoever will may come. Man either accepts or rejects God’s payment of His only begotten Son for sin.

 Some teach God knew who would be saved and so He then elected them to be saved. That is not the doctrine of election. The doctrine of election has nothing to do with salvation, but it has to do strictly with our working for God to get salvation to others.

 A man is saved by trusting Jesus Christ as payment for his sins, God wipes away all of his sins, refuses to record future sins, and places Jesus’ righteousness on the saved person’s record in Heaven. He is declared innocent, as if he had never sinned at all. God appeases Himself! God sets the saved person apart for a future life in Heaven. 

 God gives him or her a new birth and as a new creature escorted to Heaven. God gives the saved person the person of the Holy Spirit to convert him to usefulness for God with his life on earth. God prepares a glorified body for the saved person to give him when he arrives in Heaven. God made reconciliation possible so that man could fellowship with God Himself. God preserves the saved person for Heaven. This is amazing because all of that took place the moment the saved person placed his or her faith in Jesus Christ for salvation!

 Now comes the doctrine of election! God elected me to be in the ministry! God elected my two sons to be pastors! When you were saved God commanded you first to be baptized, join a local church, tithe and give offerings, and go soul winning. Then second His election will put you into and area of ministry to others. In essence election has to do with you working for God. No one is elected for Heaven or elected for Hell. That is as much heresy as a bloodless religion is or a non-inspired preserved Bible is!

 When God saved me at age eleven at 132 E. Michigan Ave., Galesburg, Michigan in February of 1957 He cleared my record in Heaven, declared me justified or innocent, appeased Himself, court adjourned, He gave me a new creature, He gave me the Holy Spirit, He prepared a glorified body for me in Heaven, gave me an opportunity to fellowship with Him, preserved me for Heaven, and elected me to be in the ministry.


ISRAEL WAS CALLED AN ELECT NATION


 Romans chapters 9, 10, and 11 you find that Israel was not chosen for salvation, but was chosen by God to do a unique work in the world. She was chosen by God to give us the Scriptures, give us the Messiah, and give us the local New Testament church. In Matthew chapter 10 all of the members of the first Baptist church of Jerusalem were all Jews. Israel was chosen by God to present the Gospel to the world.

 When God elected Israel to do all of that He was saying I need a nation to give the Scriptures too, the Messiah too, the local New Testament church too, and the Gospel too! God is not saying I have chosen Israel to go to Heaven and all the other nations to go to Hell. No, God elected Israel to do a particular work for Him on earth.


A LOCAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IS CALLED “THE ELECT LADY”


 II John 1:1, “The elder unto the elect lady…” The local New Testament church is called “…the elect lady…” Does that mean that everybody who’s a member of your church is elected to go to Heaven? Oh, no! election is not about going to Heaven or Hell in the Scriptures! The local church has been elected to be the instrument of the propagation of the Gospel in your area and to the world.

 Israel was elected for a particular work for God on earth. Your church and every other local New Testament church is elected to spread the Gospel on earth. Election is when your pastor was saved God said, “I’m going to elect him to be the pastor of your church.” At salvation God elected you to do what you are doing for God.

 Here is the question! Your calling is to be a soul winner! Are you doing it? Your election is to do a specific work for God on earth at this very moment! Are you doing it?

 Israel was an "elect" nation. Elected to Heaven or Hell? No! Elected to give the world the Saviour, Scriptures, Gospel, and New Testament. The local New Testament church is the “elect lady.” Elected to Heaven or Hell? No! Elected to give the Gospel to every human being on earth for God! God has elected the local New Testament church not to Heaven or Hell, but to spread the Gospel to “every creature.”


THE APOSTLES ARE CALLED HIS ELECT
  
 Does this mean that the Apostles are the only ones going to Heaven? No, thousands were saved and baptized during their day! Election cannot be referring to going to Heaven or Hell. The Apostles were the first ones chosen for a specific job on earth for God. They were chosen in a unique way to lead in spreading the Gospel to the world. Election is being chosen for leadership to spread the Gospel around the globe to every nation.


PAUL WAS CALLED THE ELECT
APOSTLE


 Titus 1:1, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;” Paul calls himself a servant and an apostle with both being according to the faith of God’s elect.” He is saying God has elected him or chosen him to be a servant and an apostle. Paul was elected for Heaven? No! Paul elected to get saved and then God elected Paul to be a servant and an apostle.

 II Peter 3:9, “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.” Our God does not want any one to go to Hell! Our God does not elect people to Heaven or Hell. He elects people to do a work on earth for God


ELECT ANGELS


 I Timothy 5:21, “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…” Are angels born again? No! Thus, this cannot be dealing with Heaven or Hell. Angels cannot be saved! What are angels? Messengers! What are they elected too? To be messengers!

 Paul was elected to be an apostle to the Gentiles. He took the Gospel to the Western World. The Jewish nation was an elect nation to give us the Messiah, the Scriptures, the Gospel, and the local New Testament church. The local New Testament church is the elect body to spread the Gospel to the world. The angels have been elected as special messengers to help us spread the Gospel for God.

 Election is a Sovereign act of God to do a specific work to spread the Gospel to the world for God. If God makes an act based based on what you do then that is not a Sovereign decision by God. God cannot elect you to do something or be something you have already chosen. I did not choose to be a preacher and neither did any one else who is in the ministry.

 All are commanded and called to be soul winners, but only a few are chosen to be the pastor, preacher, principal, chancellor, choir director, youth director, or bus director, etc. Just before Matthew 20:16 is the parable of Jesus sending forth labourers in to the vineyard. In dealing with those labourers He said, “few are chosen.” Thus, this doctrine of election has nothing to do with who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell, but who works or who labors in a particular field.

 John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” God does not want you to be barren spiritually, but fruitful spiritually. 

 Jesus is saying the being “chosen” relates to the work in the vineyard. Every context of the word “elect” in the Scriptures has to do with work! God has elected you not to be a lazy hound dog! All of us are called to be a soul winner, but some are elected to be the principal, youth pastor, mission’s director, college president, or pastor, etc.

 At salvation God took away our sins, decided not to record any future sins, put Jesus’ righteousness on our record, declared us justified, appeased Himself by Himself, declared the case closed with the court adjourned, set me aside for Heaven in the future, regenerated us, gave us a new creature, sent the Holy Spirit into us to convert us, reserved a new body in Heaven for us, made it possible for us to fellowship with God, preserved us by sealing us with the Holy Spirit, and then election is God giving us a specific work to do for Him!






Monday, August 21, 2017

I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY VINEYARD

NOT FOR SALE



I Kings 21: 3, 4, 6 “And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.”

“And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.”

The vineyard could be found often on a hillside a peak, or sometimes it would be terraced. A hedge surrounded the vineyard or a stony wall to keep out destructive animals and a tower was erected for the watchman. A press was constructed and a large vat was hewn out of stone. Laborers were sometimes hired to work in the vineyard for it was necessary to prune it to dig about it, to pull weeds, and so on.

Picture this? At Jezreel lived Naboth who was a good upstanding citizen whose ancestors had occupied the same land for many generations before him. The land contained a vineyard, which happened to be just outside the palace walls of King Ahab. The king wanted to plant an herb garden and his search for a plot of ground he noticed Naboth’s vineyard.  Naboth’s vineyard was a very desirable piece of ground for what the king wanted.

The longing for Naboth’s vineyard just would not go away. The yearning became more overwhelming by the moment. King Ahab then approached Naboth with what might seem to some a reasonable offer for the land Naboth owned. However, this land was inherited and Naboth was the protector as well as possessor.

This ancestral possession with the Lord as his witness caused Naboth to shun King Ahab’s offer. Naboth said it’s not for sale! In actuality the law forbade the selling of the land. This land could not be sold for the law stated the selling of the land which was divided to certain families could not be consummated because the land was God’s land entrusted to Naboth.

Naboth was exactly correct in refusing the king’s office on the basis of two things. Legally he could not sell and spiritually he could not sell.  King Ahab not willing to use force attempted to negotiate a fair value either in money or better land for Naboth’s vineyard. Naboth would have been a fool to turn down such an offer some might say but Naboth must obey God rather than man thus he says “Not for sale!”

The king was upset, distraught, discouraged, and dismayed about Naboth’s refusal to make a deal with him or worse than that Naboth would not even consider the proposition. The king like so many has now let his emotions and his feelings come before the will of God. Naboth simply replied, “The LORD forbid me.” Why wouldn’t Naboth strike a deal with the king?

·      He knew who wanted it
·      He knew the king and queen followed Baal
·      He knew who the land really belonged to – God
·      He knew he was given the inheritance at a great price.

He thought about how hard his daddy had worked to keep and maintain and protect this vineyard. He thought of grandpa and his great grandpa’s hard labor. The truth is none of us have a right to sell something that does not belong to us. It would be like you going out into the church parking lot and auctioning off the cars parked on that church lot. Why not? Because they do not belong to you!

King Ahab was mad because he knew Naboth was right! So he goes home and pouts! He goes home and acts like a three year old that cannot get his way. King Ahab here s a picture of the devil and the world. Naboth here pictures God’s people who are in God’s family. The vineyard pictures what God has entrusted with his children.

SATAN IS THE DEAL MAKER

Satan is going around attempting to make deals with God’s people about what God has entrusted them with, because if he can get the possession he can get the person! Do not forget this, if Satan can get what you have he automatically has you!

The devil has no interest in destroying your church or the believers in that local church for all he wants is ownership. If the devil can get the possession he can get the person! If the devil can get what you have then he will have you!

IBOC IS NOT FOR SALE

I never thought that as I entered my senior days that Satan would attack my ministry like he has done in the past year.  There were no attacks of profound significance until God led me to found INDEPENDENT BAPTIST ONLINE COLLEGE. Suddenly it was called a "conflict of interest." What in the world is   a "conflict of interest?"  If I were founding a college for Satan that would be a conflict of interest.

I began 5 ministries after my retirement from the pastorate without any problem, but suddenly IBOC became a problem. SORRY enemies IBOC is NOT FOR SALE. I have been threatened and attempts to intimidate me have failed because I and my ministries are NOT FOR SALE.  In my 45 years of ministry I have never sought approval from any man to do what God told me to do and I am not about to start now!

Let me make it perfectly clear.  No deacon board has a right to dictate to a preacher which ministries live and which ministries die. I have been given ultimatums and I refuse to be bullied into not obeying what God led me to do.

This college is here to help those who, under their pastors' direction, could not move to attend a Bible college.  Maybe someone did not finish and they would like to finish. 

Our college was called a "universalist" college. Sorry, wrong again! This college is under the auspice of a local church. 

Maybe the pastor senses it is not in the best interest of the student to go off to college.  He has an alternative now. Some should go away and some should not go away.  This is the call of the parents and the pastor. How many young people have we lost to the cause of Christ because they were too immature to go off to college.  All of these decisions are made by the pastor and parents. We are simply here to help the cause of Christ.

We work with local colleges to provide classes that are unavailable in their college rotation of classes. There are certain classes that are required for graduation that sometimes are not offered during someone's Senior year.

We are here to help missionaries train their members. Our faculty is filled with those men and women of God who have no less than 20 years ministry experience. These are not "novices" whom we have on our IBOC faculty.

We are here to help pastors' who never finished Bible college to finish. We are here to help those who desire post-graduate work.  We are here to offer "refresher courses." These veterans who make up IBOC faculty are experienced and successful in their field of service.

PUT A NOT FOR SALE SIGN UP IN YOUR LIFE

There is no doubt that at the present time we are living under the rule of a wicked king in this old world, but there are certain rights and privileges that the devil cannot violate. Satan wants to make a deal, but our cry ought to be “Not for sale!”

All of us should put a “Not for sale!” sign out in front of our lives. When you put a “FOR SALE” sign up you are saying, “I’m quitting! I no longer want what I had given to me by God!” All over this nation people are placing “FOR SALE” signs up in front of their lives! 

LOOK WHAT HAPPENED IN AMERICA WHEN WE SOLD THE SCRIPTURES

·      1860 – The first perversion of the Scriptures was published in America
·      1861 – The Civil War began
·      1914 – the World Bible Society adopted the NASB as Scripture
·      1915 – The start of WWI
·   1927 – William Heronias an American Bible scholar said the RSV were the exact words of Christ
·      1929 – The Stock Market crashed
·      1940 – the TEV is accepted by the Social Ministerial Society
·      1941 – Pearl Harbor was attacked and we entered into WWII
·    1960 – The American Council of Churches accepted and promoted the NRSV as the words of God
·      1962 – Prayer was banned from the public schools
·      1971 – The NIV was widely used and accepted by major denominations
·      1972 – The death penalty was voted as unconstitutional
·      1988 – The King James Bible defenders came to the fore front in America
·      1989 – Communism in Europe falls

The Christian schools, standards, convictions, the word of God, ministries, bus ministry, Sunday school class, purity, marriage, Baptist church, soul winning, life, walk with God, children, church, and the will of God are for sale! There are some things God’s people ought to remember before making a deal with the wicked king of this world!

·      Remember this is an illegal transaction
·      Remember when you sell God’s possessions you go with the possessions
·      Remember those who labored for what you have before you arrived
·      Remember those who labor with you
·      Remember those who will follow you
·      Remember there will be a new owner
·      Remember it is not yours to sell
·      Remember you will stand before the Judge of the universe and give account

The only reason anyone sells what they have is because they are lazy and they let it run down! When you let your prayer life fall apart, your Sunday school class fall apart, Christian school fall apart, standards fall apart, convictions fall apart, word of God become corrupted, bus routes fall apart, purity falls apart, soul winning fall apart, walk with God falls apart, and the will of God falls apart then you sell!

The “For Sale” sign says a lot. It says you are lazy! No wonder your vineyard has a “For Sale” sign on it. You never work your prayer life, bus route, Sunday school class, your church, Christian school, marriage, children, soul winning, or walk with God and so you put a “For Sale” sign up.

A man who will remodel his house, plow his fields, landscape the yard, paint, and fix up the outside of the house will not sell! The man who stands with sweat dripping off of his brow from laboring is approached by someone wanting to trade what you have for something he has will find the answer to be “Not For Sale!”