Thursday, April 24, 2014

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CHAPTER 3



THE PRINCIPLE OF HERO WORSHIP

Now, to some this may seem like a strange title, but I wanted to confront a subject which seems to confound many. Dr. Hyles was a man with many heroes and he was a hero to many others, including myself. The haters of Dr. Hyles often tried to accuse him of being a cultish leader who mesmerized people into following him rather than God. I address this only for the sake of those who log onto Internet forums and read silly nonsense.


Of course, he was a cult-like leader. I admit it. That is the most often used, yet, most feeble accusation placed upon all strong leaders, especially when they are on the opposite side. Weaker leaders especially like to use that argument as an excuse mechanism to explain away their lack of a following.


Show me any leader with a huge following and I will show you a man who will be adored by some of his followers. So, to you haters I will admit that many of us look to him with great respect, for he is a hero and one that we choose to follow. In fact, my love for Christ grew much more because of my love and loyalty to Dr. Hyles. His focus was on Jesus, and with
his charismatic personality he inspired his followers to love Christ even more.

Much of who Dr. Hyles was as a man can be traced to his childhood and to the heroes he had. Raised in the home of an alcoholic father who had little time for him, he was forced to look to other men to be his heroes. Although his mother was in many ways the most powerful influence in his life she, in her wisdom, pointed her young son to other men who would become great heroes to him. As a result, at an early age he developed a healthy respect for strong men, some who became his heroes.


The heroes of Dr. Hyles fell pretty much into two categories; sports and church. He loved sports and never outgrew his appreciation for his sports heroes, such as Ted Williams. One of the highlights of his life was the privilege he had to share the Gospel with the Hall of Fame baseball player. By contrast, he developed an early appreciation and loyalty for men like his pastor, Dr. Sizemore. Being a man’s man, Dr. Hyles lived a lifetime having heroes.


As Dr. Hyles became an adult, his admiration for great men continued. He discovered those men whose accomplishments he admired and attached himself to them in order to learn all he could from them. Few men I have ever known sought out greatness as did Dr. Hyles. He would, later, even write a book on the lessons he had learned from the great men he had known. The variety of his heroes was immense, and not all of them were well-known, but there was something about them that he saw as great.


Some were preachers, such as Lee Roberson, R. G. Lee, G. B. Vick or Tom Malone. Some were evangelists, like Dr. John Rice and his half brother, Dr. Bill Rice. Some were great pulpiteers and defenders of the faith, like Lester Roloff and Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. There were many others as well, and he did his best to attach himself to these men; not to enhance his own influence, but to allow them to influence him. As a result, he became somewhat of a
microcosm of these great men who were his heroes.

Not only did Dr. Hyles have heroes, but he was also a hero-maker or builder. Never one to be threatened by the strength of other strong men, Dr. Hyles chose to shine the spotlight on others and allow them to be heroes. Some of these lesser-known men had been used of God to do something mighty, like songwriter Charles F. Weigle or Pastor Ford Porter, the author of the tract “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”.


Evangelist Joe Boyd was somewhat of a childhood hero to Dr. Hyles and, although he never preached giant meetings, Dr. Hyles promoted him as the hero he felt he was. These men were not chosen for their personality or for what they could do for Dr. Hyles. He promoted these men because he saw them as heroes who he wanted to expose to his generation.


In 1966, First Baptist Church became the sixth largest Sunday school in America. That summer, at the Bible Conference Grounds, in Cedar Lake, Indiana, Dr. Hyles invited the pastors of the five largest Sunday Schools to preach in a conference for his church. These were his heroes and he wanted them to influence his life and his people as well. Make no mistake about it: he was a man with an appreciation and love for his heroes.


Today there seems to be such a critical attitude towards having men of God as heroes. We seem to need to lower them down so that people do not “worship” them. Admiration is not worship!

1. Dr. Hyles never believed his heroes were perfect, but he never found delight in exposing their imperfections. He taught that it takes character to follow a leader once we discover their imperfections. Was Dr. Hyles gullible enough to believe that his heroes were perfect? Absolutely not. He knew them too well, but he knew that even in their imperfections they had allowed God to use them in a powerful way. We all certainly know the imperfections of the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 12; yet, the way they are portrayed in Scripture makes them sound perfect.


2. He wanted to gain everything he could by studying these men, but he was never opportunistic in trying to use these men for his own gain. Dr. Hyles could have been the editor of The Sword of the Lord if he had wanted it, but he did not. His heroes offered him numerous opportunities that a lesser man might have jumped at, but Dr. Hyles was not trying to gain something from them other than their wisdom and walk with God.


3. He was more interested in furthering the influence of his heroes than he was in them furthering his. This was an amazing attribute of Dr. Hyles. He lifted up these men who, in some cases, were either in decline or unknown. He did not want his generation to lose them. He kept their memories alive even after they were in Heaven.


4. He did not cast doubt on the accomplishments or character of his heroes. He would not have considered playing down the accomplishments of another in order to inflate the public perception of his own success. It grieves my heart to see this being done to Dr. Hyles and for others to allow it to happen.

5. He did not feel it was his right to build his ministry on the back of his heroes, but to perpetuate their reputation and influence was right. When I agreed to join the Fundamentalist Conference Steering Committee, I learned from Dr. Hyles not to look for a free ride to national acclaim. Eventually, God will raise you up or tear you down to the level of your true character. I fear some men used the same opportunity as a way to propel themselves onto the national stage. That is their business, but it is not something Dr. Hyles would have done. Dr. Hyles did not need Dr. Rice to get him meetings. In fact, he often had to turn down other meetings in order to accommodate Dr. Rice.


6. He never tried to redefine or manipulate the ideas and beliefs of his heroes in order to justify his own. Dr. Hyles was secure enough in what he believed that he did not have to lie and twist the truth to justify his positions. One of Dr. Hyles’ staff men told me he was going to write a book using Dr. Hyles’ correspondence from the early 80’s to prove Dr. Hyles’ position of correcting the King James Bible was the same as Jack Schaap’s current position. This is deceptive, divisive, dangerous, damning, distasteful, disturbing, distracting, and detrimental to the next generation who may be fooled by this misinformation. Dr. Hyles was too good of and too much of a man to do any such thing to his heroes. His preaching and writings make his position clear about how to treat heroes.

7. He never justified his positions or himself with private, contradictory conversations he claimed to have with his heroes. Dr. Hyles had countless private conversations with his heroes, but he kept them to himself and never used them to build himself or his ministry!


8. He did not worship his heroes, but he did hold them in very high esteem and even reverence. He protected them as well. He did not go back and reintroduce Dr. Rice's enemies to his crowd after Dr. Rice was dead. That would have been blatantly disrespectful and he did not disrespect his heroes.


9. He allowed for the fact that his leaders may have taken a different position than he on certain issues without refuting them or attempting to cast them in a bad light. Dr. Hyles did not agree with John Rice on the issue of storehouse tithing, but he never tried to use that against him. He had too much respect for these men to do so.


10. Dr. Hyles would not have taken over the ministry of one of his heroes with the intent of fundamentally changing the philosophy or beliefs of that man. Please take note of this. Dr. Hyles would have taken himself out of contention if his belief on the Bible had not been exactly as stated by his hero. He would never have lacked the integrity to knowingly deceive anyone into thinking he believed the same, when, in reality, he did not.

Once, in a Question and Answer time, a young Bible college student asked Dr. Hyles, in Dr. John Rice’s presence, what he thought of storehouse tithing. Dr. Hyles very graciously said, “I believe Dr. Rice is the one who could answer that better than I could!” He deferred to Dr. Rice even though he disagreed with Dr. Rice.

Soon after that, the college student told Dr. Rice that Dr. Hyles disagreed with him on tithing. Dr. Hyles told me that Dr. Rice sent him a letter stating how that Dr. Rice was shaken to the foundation to think that Dr. Hyles did not believe like Dr. Rice did about tithing.


He demanded an answer from Dr. Hyles immediately! Dr. Hyles never responded. The next time they preached together, Dr. Hyles went to Dr. Rice’s motel room and asked Dr. Rice to come with him. Dr. Hyles took Dr. Rice to a local clothing store and bought Dr. Rice a complete outfit including shoes, overcoat, and hat. The subject never came up again in their traveling together.


Please do not misunderstand this. Dr. Hyles was quick to defend the necessity of the shed blood of Christ being applied as essential to salvation. When the critical doctrines were attacked, he did not stay on the sidelines. He was extremely vocal!


My heart is grieved to see how far from his principles we have gone. I cannot and will not allow the people I love to sit and listen to the dispersions being cast on the character and accomplishments of my hero, Dr. Hyles. It is difficult to listen to the venomous lies and slander of his enemies, but to hear it from his “loyal” followers is unfathomable to me. We need to perpetuate his influence, not attempt to water it down.


These distorters cast doubts on his standards, his leadership, his accounting, his ideas, his scope of influence, and even his state of mind. Do we need to say that Babe Ruth hit fewer home runs in order to make our numbers look better? Do we need to say that Thomas Jefferson plagiarized the Declaration of Independence in order to make ourselves look smarter?

One of my heroes in the secular world is Ronald Reagan. It amazes me how much his haters and distorters have undermined his accomplishments in order to negate his influence. I refuse to sit idly by and watch the same thing happen to Dr. Hyles. If ever we need real heroes in this country and among the Independent Baptist faithful, it is now. We must not allow ourselves to forget his works nor to manipulate his legacy. If we do, we are only doing harm to ourselves and to the generation to come.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

MISINFORMATION ABOUT LIBERTY AND GRACE!

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY



Galatians 5:13, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

I Peter 2:16, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”


The Scriptures here make it clear that His people have been called unto liberty in order that they might become servants. The redeemed have been liberated from slavery so they can volunteer to be a slave. Show me in the Scriptures where we are to do less as a servant than we did as a slave.

In the book of Matthew as a slave under the law we were not to commit adultery but as a servant, or bond slave, men are not to look and lust after women. Both of these verses deal with the fact that we are people “called unto liberty” or freedom. Then it tells us why we have liberty and freedom and that is so we can voluntarily become servants. In other words bond slaves or a volunteer slave of Jesus Christ.


EVANGELICALS

Today we hear the word “Evangelical” an awful lot. I still prefer the word “fundamentalist” but one area that distinguishes Evangelicals from fundamentalist is this area we are discussing in this article. When the Evangelical or emerging church proponent speaks about liberty and freedom he associates liberty as bring freedom from all rules in order to do what he or she wants to do.

If a male desires to wear an earring he can wear an erring. If a male wishes to wear long shaggy hair he is free to wear long shaggy hair, like the hippies of old. If he or she wants to wear shorts then they are free to wear shorts. If a female wants to wear mini-skirts she is free to wear mini-skirts. If she wants to wear pants or shorts she is free to wear them. If a person wants to listen to bad music he or she is free to do so.

The Evangelicals and Post-Modernists are wrong in this area as they are in the majority of their beliefs. That type of freedom is not what these verses are saying. God is simply speaking about liberty from the wrong master in order that one may serve the right master.

Every one is a slave! There are no free people! Bond slavery to Christ is the only way to be freed from compulsory slavery of sin and Satan. Either you are a bond slave of Jesus Christ or you are enslaved to Satan. It is freedom from what would require us to serve, to freedom to volunteer to serve. It is freedom to be a volunteer slave to do what you were made to do.

The microphone that I used last Sunday and Monday to preach with in Columbus, Ohio, was meant to be plugged into a power source. There is no other place where that microphone can fulfill its purpose in life unless it is plugged in the right place. Suppose the microphone says I’m free and I can go where I want to go. That microphone was made to be attached to its plug and God’s people were made to be plugged into God. The only freedom God’s people have is to be what God made them to be and what God wants them to be.

This is not the type of freedom that says if you do not like the traditional type Sunday services have worldly contemporary church services. It may be Evangelical thinking, Emerging church thinking, Rick Warren thinking, Bill Hybels thinking, and Post-Modern thinking, but it is not Bible thinking! It is not the kind of liberty that says the child of God is free to do what he wants to do. It simply means you are free to do what God wants you to do.

Some of God’s people are in essence spiritual hobos or spiritual nomads. Some of them ought to purchase a Bedouin tent, a couple of camels, a donkey, some sheep, and just wander around.

The microphone was made to be plugged into a power source that will result in it functioning properly. The only right that microphone had is to do the thing that God made it for.

God had a job that God wanted done and God made me to do that job. God had a job that God wanted done and God made you to do that job. That means I am made to do that job and you are made to do the job God created for you.


SATAN’S MASTERS



There are masters that Satan uses to enslave me to keep me from the job God has for me to do. So when God frees me from these masters that Satan would use to enslave me God does not free me for me! God frees me for God! God does not free me to go where I want to go but God frees me to go where God wants me to go. God does not free me to do or to be what I want to do or be. God frees me to do and be what God wants!

The Evangelical world, Mars Hill world, Emerging church world, etc., is built around this thing that we are free and that all in unison say that if fundamentalists believe in decent hair cuts on the males and decent dresses on the females that they are legalists. However, there stupidity is showing! Legalism has nothing to do with the way you dress and the way you wear your hair for legalism is properly defined as those who add something to the Gospel in order to attain salvation.

Jehovah False Witnesses, Mormons, Church of Christ, or Catholics are legalists. These modern day reformation theologians who teach a Protestant repentance are legalists because they add something to the Gospel. The Seventh Day Adventist and the World Wide Church of God are legalists.

However, when my mother cut my hair and kept it cut she was not a legalist. My mama was telling me that I was set free to volunteer to be what God wanted me to be and I could not do that while being a slave to the free love hippy culture of my day.  My mama had the audacity to use I Corinthians 11:14 on me.  "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

God wants to give me liberty from these masters so I can choose to be a bondservant. Sin is basically you not doing what God put you here to do. The biggest sin is the sin of not being what God made you to be. I am a little tired of seniors in high school and young people saying I’ve always enjoyed the study of law, or I’ve always wanted to be a businessman, or I’ve always wanted to be an accountant, or I’ve always loved sports, or I have always wanted to go to the University of Texas. By the way adults are just as bad as young people! Every child of God ought to desire to be a bond slave to Jesus Christ for He knows best!

Sin is basically you not doing what God made you to do! There are things that the devil puts in front of you that will hinder you from doing what God wants you to do. If your pastor were to get drunk he could not pastor your church. Thus, the great sin is not getting drunk, though that is a sin, but the great sin is that drunkenness keeps him from being what God made him to be as the pastor of your church.

If a college student lets homesickness control them then they have let what they've always wanted to do stop them from doing what God wants them to do. So homesickness and drunkenness are equal in sin value.

Being a slave to nicotine is another example. Satan wants to enslave you and I so we cannot be a bondservant to Jesus Christ and do what God made us to do. You have always wanted to be a lawyer so you let what you want direct your life and thus are kept from doing what God wants for your life. Thus doing what you have always wanted to do and nicotine addiction are the same. They are equal in sin value because the great tragedy is you not doing what God wants you to do. Freedom is living within boundaries and not outside of boundaries.  When you lose your will you can easily find God's will.


THE WALLS AROUND OLD TESTAMENT CITIES



The Old Testament cities had walls around those cities such as around Jericho. Those walls around those cities were there to give them freedom inside of the walls, not freedom outside of those walls. They were to giving them freedom not slavery. Inside of those walls freedom existed, while outside of those walls was slavery.

There were people outside those walls who wanted to enslave the people inside those walls. Thus, the walls were there to protect God’s people from the outside people who wanted to enslave them. The liberty was not outside the wall, but inside the wall.

We use to have a black poodle named Buttons. Our neighbor to our right, not the one who lives there now but earlier, had a Rottweiler dog. A big mean dog! The neighbor had an electrified fence around the top of his fence to keep the dog in. Our stupid black poodle would race up to the fence on our side of the yard to challenge that Rottweiler almost every night with just a fence separating the two dogs. 

Some of you are like our poodle Buttons in that you want your freedom and you want to take on the Rottweiler’s of the world. If you did get out of a your fenced area the Rottweiler’s of this world would eat you up! May I ask a question where was Button’s liberty inside that fence or outside that fence? Ok, then where is your liberty and where is your freedom: inside the fence or outside the fence? Liberty is inside the fence! Freedom is inside the fence!

Those rules are there at your Christian school and Bible college to keep the young people from the things that would enslave them.  If not they cannot be what God made you to be and do. Adults have by experience figured out what enslaves and then they set you free from those things so it will be easy for you to be and to do what God wants you to be and do.

Liberty is not at the University of Arkansas, University of Texas, or Baylor University, or SMU. Liberty is at a Texas Baptist College where a fence has been built to keep the students from those things that will enslave, so they cannot be and do what God meant for them to be and to do.

The reason students and young people feel so much so-called pressure is because you want to be outside the fence. Liberty is inside the wall not outside the wall. God says that liberty is safety inside His rules protecting you from the salve traders on the outside waiting for you.

Moms and dads who are living outside the walls have little power with their children. No wonder our children don’t’ seek counsel when the parents make decisions without seeking counsel.

We are not legalists we just happen to believe in being bondservants to Jesus Christ and that there are things that will stop us from being and doing what a bond slave for Christ is to do and to be. Everyone is some ones’ slave! If we are not a bond slave for Jesus then we are a slave of this world. The Holy Scriptures give us Biblical principles to help us build the walls and stay inside of those same walls.

If you are not a bond slave for Christ you have opened up a vacuum that will be filled quickly by Satan. You are giving an opportunity for Satan to control your life. The only deliverance you can have from Satan is to volunteer to be a bond slave to Jesus Christ then the Holy Spirit of God will set you free fro the slavery and enslavement of this world.  Sin will keep you from the Holy Scriptures or the Holy Scriptures will keep you from sin.


WHEN CAN ONE EXERCISE THIS FREEDOM?



Someone asks the question, when can I exercise this freedom inside of the wall? When you are wise enough to choose what up until now has been chosen for you! You are not ready to choose until you would choose what has been chosen for you so far in your life.

Dr John R. Rice called earthly authorities "God's Deputies."   God is the source through the Holy Scriptures as to what is right and what is wrong.  It is up to God's Deputies to enforce that which God makes clear in the Holy Scriptures.  Our nation is build on Judea-Christian principles.  Our laws reflect God's law.   However, without enforcement there is no validity to those laws.   The truth is we do not need MORE laws.   We simply need to enforce the laws that are already on the books.

When a bone is broken they put it in a cast. They keep the cast on until the bone heals. Now that is exactly what your parents, teachers, and pastor are doing! Adults have placed a cast on you and the truth is you are not old enough to have the case removed. The fact that you act like you act proves you are not ready for the cast to be removed.   Rules restrict your movement for a reason.  Immaturity is a dangerous thing when it exists without adult mature supervision.

When pouring concrete you have to place some forms down before you pour the concrete. When do you remove the forms? When the concrete is hard enough to retain its same position after the form is removed. Who decides that time? The one who puts the forms into place such as your parents, principal, preacher, or youth director, etc. When can I be free, when your mom, dad, principal, teacher, youth director, preacher, etc., say so!

As long as you want to go to the Rock Concert, Hollywood movies, drink liquor, or smoke you will end up being a slave to this world. Thus the adults have built for you some forms in your life. “But preacher you are creating a generation gap!” No sir the only gap we have is a parental gap of liberalism attempting to divide authorities for selfish reasons. The concrete form is not to be removed until the concrete holds the same form and only the person who built the form can tell if the concrete will hold its form when the forms are removed.

When the right Biblical ingredients are the forms along with the make up of the concrete, there is a potential for success.  This cannot be just because the authority says so.   It must be because God says so!  Bible ignorance is no excuse for the child of God.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse when the policeman pulls you over or arrests you for violating the law.  Neither is it an excuse for God's child. God's people perish because of a lack of knowledge.  Rules do not make rebels, but they do expose the rebels.

A rebel child will be a rebel junior higher. A rebel junior higher will be a rebel high schooler. A rebel high schooler will be a rebel college student. A rebel college student who marries will become a rebel marriage partner.  Adults are to build the forms and keep the forms until the concrete keeps its form.

This generation is a result of people like those of the book of Judges. “Every man did that which was right in their own eyes.” Wait a minute! It does not say “wrong.” These are people who decided themselves what was “right.” In other words they set their own forms. It would be best to let godly adults, who have proven themselves longer than you, to set the forms. These were sincere people who wanted to do right, but they wanted to decide what was right. NO! The Bible decides what is right and what is wrong!

The devil came to Eve and misquoted the Holy Scriptures to her. Satan said if you would eat of that tree of knowledge, “You will be as gods knowing good and evil.” So, Eve said, “I want to know what is good and what is bad. Thus Eve ate of that tree so she could be the authority of good and bad. NO! The Holy Scriptures decide that, not you Eve. The Word of God decides that, not you Eve.

My life is spent attempting to help those who are enslaved. Why, because they chose to do what they wanted to do. I know of no unhappy bond slave for Jesus Christ. NONE! However, I know plenty of unhappy salves to this world.


SUMMARY

·      Liberty to do what God wants you to do
·      Liberty to be what God wants you to be
·      Liberty that exists because of the walls
·      Liberty that exists inside of the walls
·      Liberty that is lost outside of the walls
·      Walls are built by God and enforced by God's Deputies not ourselves


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WHAT IS FINISHED?

IT IS FINISHED





John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, an gave up the ghost.”


May I ask this question? What is finished? What was finished? Once a year on the Day of Atonement the 10th day of the 7th month and for some the 1st month, which would correspond with our month of October, on that 10th day of the month the High Priest would take the blood of the innocent substituted that was offered and he alone once a year would take that blood inside the Tabernacle. 

He would walk through the outer veil and pass the Candlestick on his left. Then pass the Table of Shewbread on his right, to his right was the Altar of Incense, and then he would approach the second veil called the Inner Veil. He would then walk inside the Inner Veil. Any of the priests could come into the outer room of the Tabernacle where the Golden Candlestick, the Table of Shewbread, and the Altar of Incense abode but only the High Priest could walk through the second veil into the Holy of Holies.

The Holy of Holies was a little 15’ wide, 15’ long, and 15’ high. In that room was called the Ark of the Covenant. This was a little piece of furniture about the size of a Lord’s Supper table. The top of it was pure gold. It was called the Mercy Seat and the High Priest would take the innocent blood of the innocent substitute through the outer veil and through the inner veil into the Holy of Holies where he would sprinkle the innocent blood upon the Mercy Seat. 

Then he would walk out of the Holy of Holies and out of the Tabernacle itself to the awaiting public where he would lift up his hands and with a loud voice shout “It is finished!” Letting the people know that once again the sins were atoned for symbolically on that Day of Atonement.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was both the Lamb and the High Priest. As our Lamb He paid the penalty while as our High Priest He sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven and then He intercedes for the redeemed in Heaven continually.

On the cross our High Priest after He had paid the penalty for our sins shouted, “It is finished!” Now I ask the question what was finished?


HIS SUFFERING WAS FINISHED

The Scripture tells us He endured the cross and the joy that was set before Him was the resurrection but between Him and the resurrection was the suffering of Calvary. The Bible says Jesus endured the cross then He cried, “It is finished!”

Jesus will feel no more the cat of nine tails with the lashing and tearing of His flesh. He will feel no more the nails in His hands and His feet. He will feel no more the spear that pierced neither His side nor the crown of thorns that invaded His brow. He will never be despised and rejected by men again. No synagogue will cast Him out again. No judge will wrongly try Him. No angry mob will scream, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” and “Release Barabbas, Release Barabbas!”

No more lonely nights on the Mount of Olives as he watched the foxes scurry to their holes, the birds fly to their nests, and the Son of man had no place to lay His head. There will be no more rocks for pillows. No more kiss of betrayal from one of the twelve. No more Scribes and Pharisees to attack Him verbally. 

Never again will He cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Never again will He look up ad see the back of His Father as His Father turned away from His own Son. Never again would He dip His own soul into Hell to be payment for the sins of the world. Never again will He be acquainted with grief for He will forever be praised by saints, served by angels, and adored by His Father. IT IS FINISHED! What does it mean?


SINS’ PAYMENT WAS FINISHED

Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, but he washed it white as snow. The old account was settled long ago on the cross of Calvary.

The first person that went to Heaven in the Bible was Able. Can you imagine how lonely Able must have been? Able had been in Paradise for 4,000 years. Now it was not the place we call Heaven today. It was a place where the saved of the Old Testament waited for the sin debt to be paid on Calvary.

Ephesians chapter 4 says that Jesus first descended into the lower parts and led captivity captive. He went into Abraham’s bosom, or Paradise, and took the Old Testament saints and brought them and Paradise to Heaven.

Able along with Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Isaac, Jacob, David, Noah, and all the saints of the Old Testament before Calvary for 4,000 years had been in Paradise waiting for this day so they could go to Heaven.

When Jesus paid the penalty think of the joy when He descended to Paradise and said come on follow Me we are going to Heaven now for the price is paid! The lay away plan is paid in full. IT IS FINISHED! What did it mean?


HIS DREAD IS FINISHED

Every 12-year-old Jewish boy was taken aside and old by his parents what his vocation was going to be for the rest of his life. Each 12-year-old boy began the training for his life’s work at that moment.

At the age of 12 Jesus was in Jerusalem and His mom and step dad missed Him while in fact after traveling several days. When returned to Jerusalem they found Jesus in the Temple asking questions and answering questions. Mary said Jesus your father and I have sought thee sorrowing. Jesus replied Joseph is not my father. Then He said to them, “What know ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.”

Mary was Jesus’ mother but Joseph was not Jesus’ father for our Heavenly Father was the Father of Jesus. Thus, I believe the Heavenly Father had taken his 12-year-old Son and explained to Him what His life’s work was and what His business was to be. What was His business?

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

He came to go to Calvary. Christ Jesus has come to earth to save sinners! Up until this time Jesus had not known what His purpose was so His Father had a talk with His Son. He explained to Jesus that He was perfect and that His blood was perfect blood running in His veins. He explained that He would go to Calvary for He was as much God as though He were not man and was as much man as if He were not God. As God He lived a perfect life but as man He was tempted in all points like all men are tempted.

However, at age 12 I believe Jesus knew all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary. We are talking about a junior high boy, a boy in the seventh or eighth grade. Get the picture? Here is a 12-year-old boy who learned all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary and die a horrible death.

Imagine what must have gone through His mind when He read Isaiah chapter 53. Picture this with me as he reads this over and over again at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, etc. Can you begin to fathom what He thought? Think about it! A 12, 13, 14, 15 year old boy who every time He attended church read about the coming Messiah and He knew He was that Messiah. He would read of the suffering of the Messiah knowing full well that it was speaking of Himself for He was the Messiah.

He read how the Messiah was going to be crucified and have to deep His soul into Hell! Can you comprehend how He felt? When He read Daniel 9:26, “The Messiah would be cut off” contemplate how he felt knowing that He was that Messiah. The shadow of Calvary loomed over Him all during His earthly life. When He read, “He was bruised for our iniquity” He knew that was His body that would be bruised. When He read “By His stripes we are healed” He knew that it was His body that the cat of nine tails would be ripping His flesh for 39 times. This is a 12, 13, 14, 15, etc, young boy. The shadow of suffering was hanging over His head!

When Psalm 22:1 was taught He knew it was Him of whom it was speaking when it said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus knew it was Him of whom it was speaking. Can you grasp the dread that He as a little boy endured? Can you decipher the fear that attacked Him as a teenage boy for He was in flesh? 

When they came to Numbers chapter 21 at church they read about the serpent of brass that was lifted high so that those who had been bitten by a deadly serpent could look up at that brass pole and live. Jesus knew full well that the serpent on that pole was a picture of Him and the one-day He would be lifted up high hanging on a cross of shame to die.

At 12 He knew he would be rejected, tried, convicted, beaten, and end up on a cross at Calvary. Every pigeon that He saw offered reminded Him that the pigeon was only a type of Him. Every lamb he saw offered as an innocent sacrifice He knew that lamb was only a symbol of Him along with every bullock, every turtledove, and every sacrificed ram.

Then in they would come to Isaiah 52:14 and at age 12 He would read that His visage would be so marred that no one would be able to determine that He was human. Mind you all of this was happening at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, etc. He would look at His smooth teenage hands and realize that one-day nails would be driven into those hands. He would look at those teenage feet and realize one-day nails would be in those teenage feet.

Jesus did not start suffering on Calvary for He started suffering at age 12 and for 21 years dreaded Calvary. IT IS FINISHED! What was finished?


THE HURT OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER WAS FINISHED

Back in the fore-ordinate counsel of eternity past God looked down and realized that man was going to sin after He created man. God in His foreknowledge made a plan where by man would not have to go to Hell. Jesus volunteered to go to Calvary to be the acceptable payment for the sins of man and anyone who would trust Him as payment for their sins could come back to the Father.

Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Hebrews 9:26, “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…”

I Peter 1:20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

John 17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

Can you envision what it would have been like if the dear parents of one of our staff members Bill Nelson who was killed in a tragic automobile accident if they had know all those years what would happen to their precious son. That is exactly what it was like for God the Father before the foundation of the world.

John 3:16, “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.”

When did God give His only begotten Son? In eternity past and God had to live with that hurt for all of those thousands of years. As time passed the pain became greater and greater and greater until He had to turn His back on His own Son. That’s how much God loves you! God loves man so much that God turned His back on His own Son.

God in His mind watched Judas betray His own Son, the betrayal kiss on Jesus’ brow, the soldiers arrest Him, being sent to one priest then to another, then on to Pilate, and over and over and over again! God in His mind watched them beat His Son over and over and over again.

God in His mind watched them drive those nails into His hands and felt it not just one time but in His mind over and over and over again for thousands of years! When Jesus cried, “IT IS FINISHED!” What was finished?

·      His suffering was finished
·      His payment for sin was finished
·      His dread for Calvary was finished
·      The hurt of God the Father was finished

In 72 hours Jesus will rise from the dead and the Heavenly father will be re-united with His Son whose coming home! Never again to be beaten, spit upon, rejected, crucified, or mocked. God the Father never again will have to feel the pain of His Son’s suffering on the cross!


THE LAST HOPE OF SATAN WAS FINISHED

Sorry devil your fate is sealed for sure now! Satan your sentence has been given. Satan your days are numbered! Satan you are consigned to the Lake of Fire forever. Satan all your hopes are dashed! Satan your head is bruised! Satan your sentence is irreversible and unappealable! 

The Supreme Court of Heaven has ruled against you and you are doomed to the Lake of Fire. Satan your execution date has been set. The fires of the Lake of Fire are being stoked for you and yours. Satan the death warrant has been signed. Satan your chains have been shortened. Satan the keys to death, Hell, and the grave have been taken from you for IT IS FINISHED!

What is finished? Satan himself is finished and he will die forever in the Lake of Fire! What is finished?


THE STING OF DEATH WAS FINISHED

I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”




IT IS FINISHED! What is finished?

·      The suffering of Jesus is finished
·      Sin’s payment is finished
·      The Saviour’s dread is finished
·      The hurt of the Father is finished
·      The last hope of Satan is finished
·      The sting of death is finished










Monday, April 14, 2014

OH BE CAREFUL LITTLE TONGUE WHAT YOU SAY!

The Sin of Whispering


Romans 1:29 says, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malicious­ness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers.”

Notice how the semi-colon after “malignity” puts “whisperers” in a class of their own. Now all of the conditions mentioned in verse 29 refer to the mind. When the mind is filled with these things, notice what happens—you become a whisperer. Conversely, the Scripture teaches if you do not fill your mind with all of these things, you will not have to whisper.  Romans 1:30 says, “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents….” 

Eventually, these whisperers become “inventors of evil things.” Verses 31 and 32 continue describing whisperers, “Without understanding, cove­nantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

According to Romans 2:1, the person who is a whisperer is only condemning himself or herself. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest an­other, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” If God says something once, I think I should pay attention; if God says something twice, all of us should pay attention. God said that whisperers do the same thing they judge in others; thus, they are judging themselves because they are doing the same things.

Look at Romans 2:2, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” God’s judgment is ac­cording to truth—not according to what we consider truth—but according to what truth really is. The pro­gression of the whisperer begins thus: first, he begins to whisper about the very thing he is doing; second, he actually judges himself. Then God says, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.”  The final step in the progression of the whisperer is the judg­ment from God. 

In the Bible, whispering is also called backbiting, slandering, and swelling. It is the sin of talking about people. Somebody has said, “Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about things. Weak minds talk about people.” This is true! There is something in all of us that is depraved. We like to find something bad—whether true or false—and we love to spread it. We love to ask, “Did you hear about so-and-so?” The truth is not the issue at stake here.  Many things should not be repeated because they are better left unsaid. 

It is time for us to take a serious look at this matter because many Christians are guilty of whispering. They are guilty of spreading rumors and gossip.  They perpetuate things that may be true or not true, but that are better left unsaid. 

We have each developed a method of categorizing sins into lists of big sins and small sins.  The sin of whispering, or the sin of inventing evil things, is con­veniently omitted from the list of sins we hate, but it has caused more heartbreak than many other so-called big sins.  If you say that certain sins are worse than other sins, you are being duped by Satan to use your so-called lesser sins to destroy others through whispering campaigns on Internet forums.

Whispering is worse in the sight of God than drink­ing beer. It is worse in the sight of God than smoking. The whisperer is more deadly than the prostitute is.  We would be appalled if someone were to drink a bottle of beer during a church service. We would be devastated if someone were to pour liquor on the al­tar. However, when we consider all of the damage done in churches throughout the history of mankind by the sin of whispering—the sin of inventing evil—the damage far exceeds the damage done by liquor. Whispering is truly the most deadly sin in churches.



If you were to rob a bank, you will not have com­mitted a sin equal to slandering the president of that bank. The riches he possesses are not as valuable as the name he possesses. When you take someone’s name and smear it through gossip, you are commit­ting a sin that is worse than robbing a bank.  This is why the erroneous and slanderous statements on in­famous forums and other gossip websites on the Internet are some of the most damnable statements a Christian can have in his home.

It is time we realize that whispering is sin. It is sin, just as murder is sin. It is sin, just as fornication is sin. It is sin, just as stealing is sin. It is sin, just as adultery is sin. It is sin, just as rape is sin. It is SIN. If you fol­low the bloody trail marked by rape, murder, robbery, and thievery, the trail you find will not be as devastat­ing as the trail of blood left by the most deadly, damaging, and devastating of all sins: whispering, in­venting evil things.

The whisperer turns his mouth into a cesspool. The whisperer speaks softly and wickedly about others; yet in the meantime, he is crucifying them with nails of serpentine vocabulary on his cross of slander, be­lieving that he will escape the punishment of his own deeds. This is the whisperer, the inventor of evil things.

There are whisperers and inventors of evil things all over America. They ask, “Did you hear?” “I don’t want to say this, but what do you think about what the preacher said?” “There is something going around. Did you hear it?” “I’m a deacon, and my job is to get to the bottom of it.”

If you are a deacon, your only job is to get to the bottom of a potato sack as you feed the widows in need. There is one pastor for each church. It is not your job to stir up trouble.  The pastor knows what he is doing. Stay out of his business. People should use common sense and keep their mouths shut.


We are not content until we have secretly trampled underfoot the reputation of an undeserving victim. Some of you have united to form Satan’s garbage crew: those who collect garbage at one house and distribute it to another house. Tomorrow you will re­verse the cycle. You will go to the second house, get the garbage, and return to the first house to redistrib­ute the garbage. 

The truth is that the folks who belong to the garbage crew are usually idle people. Most of them leave their Bible reading and talk about one man to another man. Most of them leave their prayer time; instead of talking about man to God, they talk about man to man. Most of them fail to show up at church when they should, but they never fail to talk about other people. They do not show up for church-wide soul winning. They do not show up for ladies’ soul winning.

They love to take a quote and analyze it, changing it to divide good friends. They take time from soul win­ning to talk. They take time from prayer to talk. They take time from Bible study to talk. Gossip occurs when two people talk about something that neither one can do anything to solve. The truth is that you are destroying yourself!

There are people all over this nation whose hearts have been broken because of the serpentine vo­cabulary of church crowds. The demolition squad that Satan organizes in every church in America just keeps on spreading bad talk. They are scavengers of wrath; they are scavengers and spreaders of manure.  They love to take a stink and stir it up; when it is set­tled, they love to stir it up and add to it, and then stir it up again.


My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, one day we will answer to Almighty God for every word we speak and every idle moment we waste. If someone talks to you about another, mark it down, tomorrow he will talk to the other person about you. All the “Saturday night special” handguns combined have not destroyed as many people as the whisperers and the inventors of evil things have destroyed.

If our government wants to outlaw something, forget the “Saturday night special handgun”; instead outlaw the inventors of evil things, and shut up the whisperer. The real killer is that which hangs from the back of your mouth. The tongue is the deadliest of all weap­ons, especially in the hands of the whisperer and the inventor of evil things.

Serpents have been tamed. Wild animals have been tamed. Roaring lions have been tamed. Raging ele­phants have been tamed. Asps have been tamed, but not the tongue of the whisperer, not the tongue of the inventor of evil things. The only way the tongue will be tamed is if it is yielded to the Holy Ghost of God. Pay attention, teenager. Pay attention, aged one. Pay at­tention, college student. Pay attention, ladies. Pay attention, gentlemen. Whispering is a sin.

We love to preach about the sins of adultery, forni­cation, stealing, cursing, and embezzlement. I hate all sin. Sin nailed our Saviour to Calvary. Sin drove Him to the sepulcher. Sin put the crown of thorns on His head. Sin put the spear in His side. Sin caused the scourging of the cat-of-nine-tails. Sin hung Him nude before the world as a public spectacle. You had better watch it.

Liquor has left fewer orphans than the whisperers and inventors of evil things. No hustler or pimp has ruined as many reputations as the whisperer and the inventor of evil things. Marijuana has ruined fewer minds than the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Armed with their computers and telephones, these scavengers of scum have broken more homes than harlots have broken. They have diseased more peo­ple than germs have, and they have crucified more people than the early Roman soldiers crucified. Their paradise is usually a country village or small town, where they know everybody and everything. Yet, these whisperers and inventors of evil things migrate like rodents to the city to do their damage in city neighborhoods, just as they did in their small towns. They transfer from their small churches to big churches and never change their methods.

It is always the same. They can see as far through a keyhole as others can through an open door. They can hear conversations that were never spoken. They can add things to statements that were never said. Their telephone wires reach to every house in the neighborhood. They have no taste for healthy news, only the scraps and peelings thrown in the backyard garbage can.

They dare criticize the media and the press, which today are so given to reporting that which is bad and so seldom reports that which is good. However, the new reports are like Sunday school literature com­pared to the garbage that comes from the tongues that dare to set themselves up as the whisperer and inventor of evil things. Compared to them, the National Inquirer is a Gospel tract.

To them, people are simply pincushions into which they push every sharp thing they have ever heard about them. They circle every field like buzzards searching for the slightest odor so they can find the dead carcass.

You will find them holding hammers. You will find them holding needles. You will find them using trow­els. You will find them using brooms. You will find them wearing stethoscopes. You will find them rock­ing infants on their knees. You will find them holding plow handles. You will find them holding saucepan handles. You will find them holding Bibles in the Sunday school class. You will find them holding books in the academy classroom. They are behind office desks. They are behind cashier windows.

Their favorite word is but. “I love him, but…” Their theme is “Well, he is a good guy, but…” “I like the preacher, but…”  “She is a sweet person, but…” Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to look at ourselves—not at our neighbor, but ourselves.



These whisperers would rather watch a building be torn down than watch one being constructed. They will go miles to watch a fire, but they will not go across the street to watch construction. They wreck many friendships. They have wrecked many marriages. They have broken many homes. They have shattered many dreams. They have destroyed many churches. They have killed many preachers. They have stolen much virtue. They have ruined many names. They have broken more friendships than all other evil forces combined. They are peddlers of thistles. They are inspectors of warts. They are peddlers of thorns. They are supervisors of boils. They form committees at street gutters. They attend every mudslinging car­nival they can find.

They are judges who hand down verdicts after hav­ing heard only one side of the case. No good justice system in the world passes judgment after hearing the case for the prosecution.  There is not an honest, just judge alive who would give a verdict after hearing just one side of the case. Yet, these whisperers, these talebearers, these inventors of evil things, never allow you to consider the other side. I am talking about the sin of whispering.

An ancient writer once wrote, “The slanderer and the one who listens should both be hanged; the slan­derer by his tongue and the hearer by his ear.” There would not be one whisperer if there were no listener. I contend that the robber who holds the bag into which the stolen jewels are deposited is just as guilty as the one who stole the jewels.


David Livingston, the famous missionary to Africa, was almost destroyed by the whisperers, the inven­tors of evil things. The Apostle Paul was easy prey for these whisperers. His personal appearance was lacking. He had a thorn in his flesh. He was unmarried and became vulnerable to all the barbs. Even our Lord was attacked by them. They said that He was a winebibber. These whisperers said that He was a friend of sinners. These whisperers said that He ate with publicans and sinners.

The saddest damage of all done by the whisperer and the inventor of evil is that which they do to them­selves. When the twilight of evening begins, and the shadows fall around your death pillow, as the ever­lasting day begins to dawn, you and I will stand before God and the books will be opened.

O be careful little tongue what you say,
O be careful little tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful little tongue what you say.

This song should really be sung like this:

O be careful big tongue what you say,
O be careful big tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
O be careful big tongue what you say.





There really is no need to talk about truth that is bad. You have enough good truth to discuss. There is no need for you to be the one who asks, “Did you hear about So-and-so?” Instead, you should ask, “Did you hear? Jesus died for sinners. Jesus was born of a virgin. Jesus lived thirty-three years without any sin. Jesus was crucified for sinners. Jesus was buried for our sins. Jesus arose from the dead for our sins. Jesus ascended to Heaven for our sins to intercede for us. Jesus is coming for us saved sinners. Did you hear the news? Jesus is going to rule and reign for a thousand years. Did you hear the news? God is good. Salvation is by grace through faith. Did you hear the news? God cares for His own.”

There are better things to discuss than the sins of another person.  If all of the words used on the gossip websites were used for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we would not have any trouble reaching the world with the Gospel.

Let ’s talk about Jesus, the King of Kings. Let’s talk about the Bible. Let’s talk about answered prayers. Let’s talk about soul winning. Let’s talk about the peo­ple being saved. Let’s talk about the people being baptized. Let’s talk about the Bible, God’s Word.  Let’s go soul winning. Let’s find that lost sheep. Let’s find that lost teenager. Let’s find that lost dad. Let’s find that lost mom. Why can’t we brag on Jesus? Why can’t we say, “Praise the Lord”? Why can’t we say, “God is good”?





Whether it is the Internet or the telephone, if you do not hear it or read it, you will not repeat it. There is a God in Heaven who will judge whisperers using their own words as evidence.