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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BE A SURVIVOR

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO STOP YOU?


Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

II Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”


Dr. Lee Roberson said to me one time about my late pastor and friend Dr. Jack Hyles, “Jack’s a survivor.” What a great statement to be made of any person let alone a man of God. I believe Dr. Roberson was a “survivor.” That which stops many men did not stop these men of God. It appears that is the difference in those who succeed and those who fail in life.




What will it take to stop you? College student will it take a little homesickness that makes you desire to be a little child again? Will it take a disease in your body that will conquer you with pain and prevent you from being a survivor? Whoever said disease was supposed to stop any one?

How tough you are and determined you are to go on is based on what it will take to stop you! What will it take? Will it be a lack of character that causes you to financially fail? You and I are as tough as whatever it takes to stop us! Will it be a disloyalty and a critical tongue that will cause you to win the Benedict Arnold of the year award? Will it be a lack of self-discipline, which keeps you from staying and using the gifts God has given you? Will it be your disobedience to the Great Commission that causes you to fail? 

Will it be the lack of discernment an inability to spot liberals like John MacArthur Jr. or C. S. Lewis or Rick Warren? Will it be the desire for popularity that will cause you to interact with the wrong religious crowd? 

Will it be blind followship of a man and disloyalty to the Word of God? Will it be some wacky doctrine like hyper-Calvinism or hyper-dispensationalism or the teaching against a preserved inspiration of the King James Bible to the English speaking peoples?



What will it take to stop you? Will it be pressure to trim your sermons and teaching for the affluent or the so-called educated? Will you sell your pulpit for less than a bowl of chili? Will it be a church split that will cause you to run from a modern day Diotrephes, Korah, or Jezebel? Will it be the temptation to compromise with family members?

Tell me what is it that will stop you and I will tell you how tough you are! Will it take friends of a lifetime turning on you so you will turn on the Friend that sticketh closer than a brother? What will it take to stop you? Will it be a fallen Christian who shakes your faith in God’s servants as you look at the few and not the many? 

Will it be a son or a daughter that broke your heart and caused you to give up and join them in being a fallen parent? Will it be when some denomination, that you should not have been in, blackballs you? Will it be the deacons who threaten to fire you? Will it be  deacon board that threatens you? Will it be the press and TV stations that attack you and your church? Will it be lawsuits?

When an Evangelist and his wife set out to destroy you by spreading filthy lies and innuendoes about you? Will that be the thing that stops you? Will it be the Epstein Barr virus disease? Will it be a heart disease, cancer, fatigue, mono, or hepatitis? Will it be living below the poverty line in order to serve God? Will it be some discontented rule breaking classmate from whom you should separate yourself from long before now? Someone ought to give you the Doctor pantywaist degree!


Show me what it will take to stop you and you will see how tough you really are? Will it be discouragement, depression, discontentment, or disillusionment that will drive you and determine your defeat and demise? 

Will it be you not getting your way and not being able to adapt to adverse situations? Will it be compromise that will cause you to win the pussy footer of the year award? Will it be being hen pecked that will cause you to fail in life?

What will it take to stop you? Will it be a lack of courage and intestinal fortitude to take tough times? Young lady will it be listening to some bum who wants to steal your purity? Will it be a female who tempts you to sell you man-hood to please a gland? 

Will it be being a thief at work and stealing your paycheck without working for it? Will it be ditching church? Will it be enjoying the wrong kind of music? 

Will you be like Judas who was after money? College student will you be like John Mark who goes back home and quits before earning his degree? Will you be like a Jacob who has not character? Will you be like Rehoboam who seeks advice from the young instead of the seasoned veterans? Will you be like Solomon who could not resist a pretty face? Will you be like a Balaam who sells out for a little honor? 

Will you be like Korah who without a basis criticizes leadership? Will you be like a Jezebel who was a self-willed woman? Will you be like Ahab who lets her be that way? Will you be like Jonah who doesn’t want to be a preacher? Will you be like Diotrephes who wants preeminence? Will you be like Demas who went to the world? Will you be like Samson?

The state of Texas could not stop Evangelist Lester Roloff! The Tarrant County Baptist Association of Texas could not stop Dr. John R. Rice! The London Baptist Association could not stop C. H. Spurgeon! Evangelist R. L. Sumner could not stop Dr. Jack Hyles!

Is there a bill you cannot pay? Is it an enemy who is after you? Is it an illness? Is it discouragement? Is it disappointment? Show me what it takes to stop you and I will tell you how tough you are. 

Slander and bad health could not stop David Livingston! TB could not stop David Brainerd. Prison could not stop John Bunyan! Blindness could not stop Fanny Crosby. The Roman Empire and the prison could not stop the Apostle Paul! The Babylonian Empire could not stop Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King Cyrus and the Media Persia Empire could not stop Daniel.

What will it take to stop you? An 800 ministerial association could not stop Elijah! A giant named Goliath could not stop little David! Hamilton County Baptist Association could not stop Dr. Lee Roberson! The Dallas County Association could not stop Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. Joe Boyd!

Exile could not stop the Apostle John! Burning at the stake could not stop the influence of John Huss! Why do you stop? What is it that is going to cause you to stop while others go on?

The Red Sea and Pharaoh could not stop Moses, a flood could not stop Noah, Pharaoh’s threats could not stop Jochabed, abandonment and imprisonment could not stop Joseph, an invalid wife could not stop C. H. Spurgeon, and constant threats on his life could not stop Billy Sunday!

Cancer could not stop Marlene Evans, the wife of Dr. Wendell Evans! An iron lung could not stop Evangelist Monty Watts! The Congregationalists could not stop D. L. Moody! Prison could not stop the Apostle Peter!

The question before us is what will it take to stop you? The death of daughter did not stop Kevin and Paula Connor! The death of baby girl did not stop our son Scott and his dear wife Jenny! The birth of a handicapped son did not stop our other son Bobby and his dear wife Kelly.

The loss of wife and children and burying them in Burmese soil could not stop Adoniram Judson. The death of his wife could not stop Ezekiel! The kingdom could not stop Esther!

Hey, what will it take to stop you? Will it be a nagging wife, a sluggard husband, a pretty figure, a hard time, a difficult job, hurt feelings, heat, bad climate, not getting your way, a headache, sore throat, little sleep, criticism, or homesickness?

Show me what it will take to stop you and I will tell you how tough you really are. What will they say 50 years from today about you when your name is mentioned?



Friday, November 3, 2017

IMPEACH YOURSELF

DENY YOURSELF

Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Leadership is multi-faced and a complex combination of personalities and passions. Followers are only as productive as the leadership with the ability to connect and not be in disconnect is a key factor. The idea is to translate Scriptural leadership principles into the followers’ life in order to produce a transformation.

Leaders have a problem of being so right so much of the time they begin to think they are right all the time. There must be a differentiation between principle and passion.  Just because you have been right does not mean you are always right. When principle rules both leaders and followers can work together.

The ability to provide Scriptural precepts to build upon is critical while being able to take suggestions and even correction from follower and leader alike. The communication must remain open and comfortable to both the leader and the follower. When this grows into a “co-worker” relationship and the “command” is not a “demand,” but a healthy respect for the leader then we have accomplished what God intended.

Genesis 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep thy way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

Abraham carried himself in such a manner with his relationship to the Lord that he was able to “command” not “demand” of his children and his household. They were in awe of him and thus followed him. Abraham denied himself in order to live in obedience to his Lord. 

Denial is the catalyst that creates this bond between leader and follower. Never forget this great truth for it is God that magnifies men in the sight of men! The question is what must man do in order to have this happen?

God has many thrones. He is called King of glory for example. Jesus is called the King Salem, King of kings, King of Israel, King of Judah, King eternal, King of the Jews, King of Zion, peace, righteousness, forever, King of old, King everlasting, King whose name is the Lord, King of Heaven, mighty King, my Lord the King, Lord and King, and everlasting King. 

All of these are thrones on which our Saviour seats, crowns that our Saviour wears, and all of these are scepters, which our Saviour holds.

Our Scripture says, “Let him deny himself.” Deny meaning to overthrow, dethrone, or have a military coupe. Thus God is saying when a man denies himself he is stepping down from the throne of his life because he is overthrowing himself. He is impeaching himself. He is overthrowing himself. He is leading a coupe against himself.

Thus, Jesus is saying if you want to follow me and lead others you must deny yourself. If you want to come after me and follow me the first thing you have to do is to deny yourself, step down off the throne of your life, impeach yourself, lead a coupe against yourself, and overthrow yourself. That is the first thing a follower who leads must do.

YOUR LIFE IS A KINGDOM

Please take note of this? Your life and my life is a kingdom and that kingdom has a ruler. Something rules your kingdom. It may be a sport such as basketball, football, golf, bowling, volleyball, or tennis. God is saying lead a coupe against that person or thing seating on your throne so you can follow and eventually lead. God is saying overthrow, impeach, give up your throne, or any thing that is on your throne ruling your kingdom. God’s desire is for Jesus be the King on the throne of your life and allow him to rule your kingdom.

Maybe success has ruled your life and makes all of the decisions in your kingdom. Jesus is saying dethrone success, overthrow success, lead a coupe against success, impeach success and have it step down off of the throne of your kingdom and permit Jesus to seat on the throne of your kingdom.

It may be position that is on the throne of your kingdom and this position is ruling your kingdom making the decisions for your kingdom. God says have position step down, abdicate, and overthrown with you leading the coupe. God is saying put the King of kings back on the throne of your kingdom.

It may be the appetite of food, sex, sleep, or some other physical appetite, but God says force appetite off of the throne of your kingdom. God says have appetite give up the throne and overthrow appetite and put Jesus back on the throne of your kingdom.

It may be making money is the ruler of your kingdom. The king of your kingdom may be money. Maybe accumulating possessions is the king of your life and possessions make all of the decisions for your kingdom. God is saying step down money and let the King of kings back on the throne of this kingdom. God is saying possessions step down and let the King of glory back on the throne of this kingdom of yours.

It may be a business is the ruler of your kingdom and it makes all of the decisions of your life. My friend it is time for a revolt! It is time to lead a coupe! It is time to overthrow the ruler. Its time to have the business step down so that Jesus can step up to his rightful place on the throne of your kingdom.

It may be academics that rules your kingdom, or music may be the one who rules, or friends, or the world that rule, but whoever or whatever it is it is time for a revolution. God is saying to his children give up the throne, overthrow the ruler, lead a coupe against the ruler, and saying to whoever or whatever is ruling your kingdom to step down and let Jesus rule and reign.

ONE DAY EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

Our Lord is anticipating that day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ the very Son of God. He anticipated that day when he shall be crowned as King of kings and we shall sing, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name, let angels prostrate fall” and “Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.”

He has anticipated that day ever since they made for him a wooden throne, a walking stick for a scepter, a borrowed overcoat for a royal robe, a crown of thorns for a diadem, a mock sign over his head that said “Hail King of the Jews,” and they took the stick using it to smote him on the head acting like his subjects bowing mockingly on their knees.

Ever since that day the King of kings and Lord of lords has looked forward to that day when we shall crown him Lord of lords and King of kings and he shall reign and rule on earth for a thousand years. Jesus anticipated that day ever since he rode into Jerusalem on that donkey with multitudes spreading their garments in the way strewing branches in his path crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Jesus knew on what they called Palm Sunday that on that day those same tongues in a few hours would cry, “Crucify him! Free Barabbas! Crucify Jesus!” He full well knew that those who would strew branches before him throwing their garments before him on the streets of Jerusalem in just a few hours those same hands would crucify him.

He anticipated that day would come when he would seat on the throne of David, but until then he wants to seat on the throne of your kingdom. Oh yes, he will seat on the throne of David one day as ruler of the entire world, but the throne he desires most is the throne of your kingdom. Until you follow you cannot lead!

Jesus anticipate that day when Russian shall attack little Israel and the way the world events are shaping up it will not be long. He full well knows that along with Russia will come Turkey, Libya, Iran, Germany, and other countries that will join in the attack on little Israel. He also knows that America will come to the rescue of Israel. He also knows the Revived Roman Empire, the Western Confederacy, and the European Common Market will join in with America to come to defend Israel.

These will fight Russia, Turkey, Germany, Iran, Libya, and others in defense of little Israel. He full well knows that America and the Western Confederacy will win that battle. Then all of a sudden here comes reinforcements from the East with the Euphrates river drying up and from the East comes China and Japan to join Russia to fight Israel for the oil. This will be the great end-time battle of the tribulation period.

Our Lord full well knows that in that time the Western Powers will conquer the North, South, and East with the Western powers ending up as rulers. The Anti-Christ will then appear on the scene to rule with the man of sin conquering the earth.

The Anti-Christ will look toward the South and say, “I’ve conquered the South!” He will look toward the East and say, “I’ve conquered the East!” He will look toward the West and say, “I’ve conquered the West!” He will look toward the North and say, “I’ve conquered the North!” but there is one place he forgot to look and that is Heavenward. Up in the Heavenlies there is coming someone riding on a white horse. He is called the King of kings, Lord of lords, and he shall come not with a little old nuclear bomb, or Atom bomb, but with his word he will conquer the Anti-Christ and the man of sin.

It is with his word that Jesus has done everything he has done. The stars that shine tonight were placed there by his word. The moon that shines tonight was placed there by his word. The sun that set this afternoon was placed there by his word. The oceans, the lakes, the rills, the rivers, and the waters of the world were place there by his word.

Jesus will come back to earth and will put down the Anti-Christ! How will he do it? He will do it with his words! He will do it for out of his mouth with his words he will defeat the man of sin! My friend, if that is what will bring the ultimate and final victory then certainly his words will work for you and I Monday through Sunday?

Let it be know to the whole world that the great churches in America and around the world were not built on personality, or humor, or gimmicks, for every great Scriptural local church has been built around and on the very words of God. Our Lord knew full well that he would be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords.

He who came on a donkey will come on a white horse. He who came to be crucified will come to be crowned. He who was on a throne of wood will come to be on the throne of David. He who was hated shall be loved. He who was rejected shall be accepted. He who was taken from us shall return to us. He who died and ascended shall descent and defeat the forces of Satan.

Hold it, even though Jesus anticipated that day and though he looks forward to that day and though he full well knows he will seat on the throne of David there is still one throne he wants to seat on now. That throne if the throne of your kingdom!

He desires to rule your kingdom, but there is one problem. That problem is Jesus refuses to overthrow the one who seats on the throne of your kingdom. He asks us to choose to abdicate. He asks us to overthrow ourselves. He asks us to hold a coupe against ourselves. He asks us to dethrone ourselves. He is asking us to step down voluntarily ourselves.
  

JESUS WILL NOT OVERTHROW THE ONE ON YOUR THRONE

Don’t miss this! Jesus will NOT overthrow the one on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus will NOT challenge the one who seats on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus refuses to lead a coupe against the one sitting on the throne of your kingdom. Jesus will not call for the forces of Heaven to come and kick whoever or whatever is sitting on the throne of your kingdom.


JESUS IS ASKING US TO IMPEACH OURSELVES

Jesus simply asks us to “Deny ourselves!” He asks us to abdicate, dethrone, step down, overthrow, or have a coupe against ourselves. “If any man will come after me let him deny himself, or dethrone himself, or overthrow himself, or step down himself, or lead a coupe against himself, or revolt against himself.”

There it is! That is the secret! Let Jesus have the throne he desires more than the throne of David at this moment in time. There is no way we can lead others until we are led, not by ourselves, but by the King of kings and Lord of lords. This throne is the one we have been sitting on, ruling from, and controlling from the kingdom of our life.

Jesus anticipates the day when he will take the keys of death and unlock the grave coming out alive for evermore. Jesus anticipates his arrival back home where no longer will he walk the dusty shores of Judea, no longer will he have no place to lay his head, while foxes go to their holes and birds fly to their nests.

No longer will Jesus be a man of sorrows acquainted with grief and rejected. He looks forward to returning home. He said, “Father restore unto me the joy which I had with thee before the world was.” Wow! What a great anticipation, but more than that he anticipates you and I stepping down off of the throne of our kingdom and having the ability to be able to seat down on the throne of the kingdom of our life.

Show me anywhere in the Scriptures where it says, “Seek ye second the kingdom of God.” Show me anywhere in the Scriptures where it says, “Part to Jesus I surrender.” No sir, “All to Jesus I surrender is the theme of the Bible.” God has every right to rule in our lives and when he rules we can rule. Until then none of us are qualified to rule! However there is an obstacle and it is you and I!

Jesus anticipated the day when the prophecy of Daniel chapter 2 is fulfilled, when the dreams of that great Image of head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, feet of iron and clay with each representing a kingdom of power. However, then it says there comes a stone cut out without hands that will break the legs of Iron and clay, that stone is the Rock of Ages cleft for me. The stone cut out without hands is Jesus Christ himself.

He is the one who will break in pieces the Western Power, the Northern Power, the Eastern Power, and Jesus shall reign where ere the sun does its successive journeys run. His kingdom shall spread from shore to shore till moon shall wax and wane no more. Jesus anticipates that day.  Jesus desires that day, but more than that he desires to seat on the throne of our kingdoms.

The Anti-Christ has no choice. The man of sin has no choice. The Western Powers have no choice. The Northern Powers have no choice. The Eastern Powers have no choice. Hell has no choice. Satan has no choice. The imps of Hell have no choice. Russia has no choice. Iran has no choice. Germany has no choice. Turkey has no choice. China has no choice. Japan has no choice. Libya has no choice. USA has no choice. European Common Market has no choice. Egypt has no choice. HOWEVER, YOU AND I DO!

Jesus refuses to overthrow you and I off of the throne of our kingdom. Jesus desires to rule in the lives of grade school children, junior high students, senior high students, college age, young married couples, middle age couples, old married couples, widows, widowers, divorced, bus riders, mission men, choir members, ushers, deacons, staff, teachers, staff, the pastoral staff, and the pastor. However, Jesus will not overthrow whoever or whatever is on the throne of your kingdom.

Jesus knew and anticipated the day when he would walk through the gates of pearl into the Holy City. Jesus anticipates walking through those gates of pearl upheld by the foundations of precious stones. Jesus knew full well he would walk down golden streets someday by the river of life.

He knew and anticipated that city where tears would ne outlawed sorrow expelled, pain crucified, night executed, where sin has expired, sickness will become wellness, heartache will be broken, loneliness will become lonely, sadness will become sad, bereavement will bereave, poverty will become impoverished, death will die, and he will be the main attraction.

Jesus anticipates that day, but much more than that he anticipates ruling your kingdom from your throne given to him by you and not taken by him from you!

Jesus anticipates that day of the Judgment Seat of Christ where he shall give the redeemed their crowns. They will be crowns for suffering, service, soul winning, faithfulness, and loving the appearing of Jesus. He will place those crowns upon the heads of the redeemed, but we will not keep them very long for we will in unison throw them at the feet of our Saviour. The redeemed will begin to sing, “Thou art worthy, Oh Lord to receive glory and honor and power and dominion.”


JESUS HAS A GREATER DESIRE 

However, there is something he desires more and that is that he be allowed to rule from the throne of our kingdoms. There is an obstacle! The obstacle is whoever or whatever is sitting on the throne of our kingdom currently and that is why Jesus said, “deny thyself” or “dethrone thyself,” or “overthrow thyself,” or “have a coupe against thyself,” or “revolt against thyself,” or “voluntarily step down from off of your throne yourself.”

Each of us has a life, an empire, or a kingdom and Jesus desires to rule that life, empire, or kingdom. Jesus refuses to lead the coupe, the revolt, the revolution, or the dethroning. He simply waits for you and I to “deny thyself.”

When you and I say, “What’s wrong with…?” then we are still on the throne of our kingdom. When we say, “Well I just don’t see any harm in doing…!” then we are still sitting on the throne of our empire.

There are many things in our lives that are weights and not sin that hinder us. The Scripture says, “Lay aside every weight…”

In Revelation chapter 5 there is a seven-sealed book that is the deed to the earth. No man on earth, no man beneath the earth, and no man above the earth were worthy to open this seven-sealed book. Then someone said, “There stood a Lamb in the midst.” 

This is the same Lamb of which John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan River pointed to and said, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” This Lamb stands up, he opens the book of the title deed, the mortgage is paid off, and the title deed is the Lamb’s again for he is worthy!

Finally the title deed is paid off, the mortgage is burned, Jesus holds in his hands the title deed, and certainly Jesus anticipates that day. However, as wonderful as that will be, if you and I would step down voluntarily, dethrone voluntarily, and deny voluntarily removing ourselves off of the throne of our kingdoms that would be Jesus' greatest desire.

JESUS DESIRES THE THRONE OF OUR KINGDOM

Jesus wants the throne of our kingdom more than the throne of David. He wants to reign in our lives more than he wants to reign for a thousand years. In Revelation chapter 7 we have, “Amen and blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be unto our God for ever and ever.”

What a wonderful day that will be when the Hugh Heffner’s will have to bow and confess that Jesus is Lord, when Zondervan will have to confess the King James Bible is the only real Scripture for the English speaking people, when the new morality crowd, when the humanist, when the Kennedys, when the Clintons, when the Gores, when the Obamas, and all the rest of the liberalist will have to bow confessing that Jesus is the Christ!

JESUS WANTS TO RULE YOUR LIFE

Hold it! There is something Jesus desires more than that and that is YOU! He wants to rule your life and by the way you are the only obstacle he has between him ruling the whole world and ruling your world. He wants you! Why? He wants to rule your life! Why? So you can not only follow but also lead. You will avoid self-destruction and help others to victory while being victorious yourself..

Monday, October 16, 2017

SOUTHWIDE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP?

WIKIPEDIA 



Organization[edit]

The organizational structure of government and by-laws within the Southwide Baptist Fellowship are not available for public viewing, but the organization includes a moderator and one of its main purposes is to convene regularly for conferences.

Beliefs[edit]

Considered a conservative and "Fundamentalist" association of Baptist churches, the Southwide Baptist Fellowship is not as staunchly devoted as other Baptist Fundamentalist Fellowships to the concept of absolute autonomy (local church independence) or the essential requirement of the King James Version (KJV). Certainly, most member churches of the Southwide Baptist Fellowship are Independent Baptist and remain "KJV-only".
When it originated, the Southwide Baptist Fellowship was almost identical in teaching and outlook as the core of Independent Baptist Fundamentalism. It was heavily influenced by Lee Roberson and John R. Rice.[citation needed]Its hallmark code of behaviors (short hair on men, dresses on women, no mixed bathing, no movies, no contemporary music) and its theology of Dispensationalism were standard for Baptist Fundamentalism. Many of its members were openly antagonistic towards the Southern Baptist Convention and were outposken critics of SBC policies which, two decades ago, permitted a certain degree of liberal theology.

Increasing openness[edit]

Over time, particularly since the 1990s, the Southwide Baptist Fellowship has loosened some of its more strict requirements of dress and behavior.
The Southwide Baptist Fellowship has become cautiously open with some Southern Baptist churches. Obscure Independent Fundamental Baptist David Cloud has openly criticized Southwide Baptist Fellowship for its new leniency regarding external "standards" (hair length, dress code, movie attendance, music choices, etc.) and lack of ecclesiastical separation, and he has rebuked the Southwide Baptist Fellowship for shallow theology.[2]
Currently, it remains a loose federation of Baptist churches that stand for conservatism, both religious and political, including political action, and overall it remains Dispensational in theology. It embraces but does not require strict Independence. [3] others recognize that it has failed to live up to the moral necessity of policing itself, enforcing Biblical rules of demanding purity in pulpits

Splinter Organizations[edit]

Once Southwide began to open up to more Southern Baptists and Contemporary Christian influences, the more conservative, KJV Only sections began forming separate fellowships such as the Nationwide Independent Baptist Fellowship, now known as the Atlanta Super Conference,[4] and more recently the new Southwide Independent Baptist Fellowship[5]. Both of these groups have been influenced by leaders from independent Baptist institutions such as Crown College (Tennessee)West Coast Baptist College and Hyles-Anderson College.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

THE SERPENT WAS MORE SUBTIL...

FATAL ATTRACTION



Genesis 3:1-4, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:”

“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”


In verse 1 it says “the serpent said” and in verse 3 it says, “God hath said” and in verse 4 it says, “And the serpent said.”  Now we see the battle for man’s soul!

God has made Adam and from his wounded side he took the rib and made his wife Eve. God had prepared wonderfully for Adam. God had given Adam and Eve taste and then provided delicious food for Adam and Eve to eat. 

God never creates an appetite in man without giving him the fulfillment of that appetite. No matter where around the world you may go mankind is always talking about a Heaven of some kind or a supreme being. If God has placed in man a desire for a Heaven. Then God must provide a Heaven for man to choose to go too.

God had given Adam and Eve sight while providing beauty for them to see with that sight. God has given them hearing while providing the singing of the birds for their hearing pleasure. God had given them love and provide someone to love. God had given them a desire to love and then gave them his love with the love of a mate also. He had given to them thirst while providing for them refreshing waters. He had given them speech while providing someone to whom they could converse.

God provided the sun, moon, stars, lakes, rivers, streams, the rose, the lilac, the magnolia, the daffodil, the palm trees, he orange, the apple, the pear, the corn, wheat, barley, the earth, heavens, and the seas. All of these things God provide for man and by the way all of these things were there when man arrived on the scene. All of these preparations God had performed for man. 

God gave man dominion over it all. God put all things under man’s feet. God made Adam and Eve a little lower than the angels. God gave them fellowship with Himself. All of these things our great God did for man along with many other things.

I have listed three types of water, three types of flowers, three types of trees, three types of fruit, and three of each. God had provided all of these marvelous things for man.

The lion and the bear obeyed man. The deer and the peacock entertained them. The nightingale serenaded them. It was a wondrous Eden splendor. All of this God had made just for Adam and Eve.

Every tree was pleasant to their eyes. Rivers flowed peaceably in verdant valleys. Every sound was a melody. Every scene was a delight. There was no war to disturb the heart, sickness to cause the fear of death, no leaf ever withered, no wind ever chilled, no perspiration ever moistened the brow.

WOW, isn’t God wonderful to man! All of these things God had prepared for man. There was no profanity to curse the ear, no weariness, no heat, no sleet storms, no cold, no blossoms were smitten by a tempest, no withering frost chilled the rose, no sorrow of guilt clouded the mind, and no need to weep or sigh.

It was wonderful! These were just some of the preparations God had made and done for man. Please note this carefully for suddenly another appears. He was attractive but he had done nothing for man but talk! NOTHING! Not one single thing did he do for man! He was just attractive and that was all. He had not done one single thing for man. Adam and Eve now find themselves having to choose. They have a choice of whom to listen too and follow.

Genesis 1:1-4 it says, “the serpent said,” then it says, “And God said…” Once again we see where it records again “the serpent said…” with a follow up of “God said.”

MAN HAS TO MAKE A CHOICE

Man has a choice to believe the one who has done nothing for them or the one who had done everything for them. One who had not given them one bit of enjoyment or pleasure verses the One Who had provided the sun, the moon, the stars, the fruit, the vegetables, the lakes, the hills, the mountains, and all of these wonderful things that man enjoys. God did all of this for the pleasure of man and all of them under man’s feet. The great Omnipotent, Eternal God had done every thing for man.

Then enter this attractive personage who had done nothing for man. They choose to believe and obey the one who had done not one blooming’ thing! All he has is his attractiveness! Adam and Eve what is your answer to whom you will follow?

They chose the one who had never given them a drop of water, or air to breathe, or the sun by day, or the moon by night, or the stars to light the sky. They chose the one who had never done one single thing over the one who had done everything for them. This is unbelievable, unthinkable, and irrational.

It has been 6,000 years since that day and not much has been changed. The same thing happens in the homes of America every day.


MOTHERS

A woman can suffer for nine months, enter into the jaws of death for you, travail to give life, clean your house for a life-time, wash your clothes, iron your clothes, cook your meals, can feed you from her own breasts, feed you when you could not feed yourself, teach you to eat, buy your clothes, change your dirty diapers, bathe your body, carry you in her arms, teach you how to walk, teach you how to talk, sit by your bed side, feel your fevered brow, and give you medicine to keep you alive. 

That woman can teach you how to bathe yourself, shop for your groceries, and you believe in someone who has done nothing for you over that mother who has done everything for you? Ridiculous!

Perhaps an attractive professor whose done nothing for you and you will believe him before you will believe your own mother? Perhaps another young person whose done nothing for you, but just because they are attractive you will follow them before you will believe and follow your own mother. Maybe it’s a pretty face or a pretty form? Perhaps it’s a handsome or a big physique and you will choose to follow some young peer before you will believe your own mother?

It just does not make sense to me. It doesn’t make sense that man would be the recipient of all that God had done for him and then follow a dirty creature like the devil just because he is attractive. The devil has done nothing for man! It does not make sense for young people to follow a bunch of children who have done nothing for them while turning their back on their mothers who have done everything for you!


FATHERS

6,000 years has passed and not much has changed. A man suffers for a lifetime providing food, working to make the house payments, pay your utility bills, light bills, heat bills, water bills, work hard to buy food for you to eat, the bed in which you sleep, the chair in which you seat, the table where you eat, the lamp that gives you light, the tub in which you bathe, the water you drink, the tuition that sends you to school, the car that transports you, gasoline that fuels that car, the roof that keeps you dry, the cabinet that holds your food, the food in the cabinet, and the refrigerator that keeps the food fresh.

By the time a child is 15 years of age their dad has gotten up 3,150 times to go to work to keep their houses, clothes, food, and yet that young person can choose to turn their backs on their own dad whom they begin to call the old man then on top of that choose someone who has done nothing for them all because this someone is attractive!

Please tell me what a liberal Baptist preacher has ever done for you? Please tell me what the liberal independent Baptist preacher who denies preserved inspiration of the King James Bible for the English speaking peoples has done for you other than being very attractive?

Would you please tell me what the bartender has ever done for you? Would you please tell me what the rebel at school has ever done for you? Would someone please tell me what the rock star has ever done for you? Would someone please tell me what the Hollywood Charlie Sheen’s, whores, and whoremongers have ever done for you? Would someone please tell me what the young temptress has ever done for you? 

Would someone please tell me what the young lose boy has ever done for you? Would someone please tell me what the worldly neighbor kids have ever done for you? Would someone please tell me what the dope peddler, worldly hero, Michael Jackson’s, famous athletes, schoolmates, boyfriend, or girlfriend, the rebel, rebel-bleached blonde, or the mini-skirt wearer female has ever done for you?

It just does not make sense for Adam and Eve to be the recipients of all that God had made, all of God’s preparations, and here comes a suave, tempting, attractive, well spoken personage, then turn their back on God, and follow the attractive one. However, it makes as much sense as it does for you to believe someone who’s never done anything for you instead of your mom and dad. 

It bothers me when we send our young people off to a college believing and trusting that they believe as we do at home then all of a sudden we find out the pastor there does not believe the same. All of sudden he says the King James Bible does not have preserved inspiration! WHAT? Where did this come from? Then because he wears $ 1,000 suits, sparkling cuff lings, Jesse Jackson tie bar, an orator, and has a big church that all of that attractiveness overwhelms the investment of mom, dad, and pastor back home!


PASTORS

Please allow me to ask the question? Would you please tell me how a pastor could give his life for a lifetime and members flippantly turn their back on their man of God? Let me ask this question please, where did those buildings come from that your church enjoys? Where did the gymnasium come from that your church uses? Did it just drop out of the sky? 

Where did all of the ministries come from? Did you just wake up one day and all of a sudden there they were? Who was used to raise literally millions of dollars over a lifetime come from? Who was used to keep the doors of the church open for all of these years?

Who was it that taught literally thousands of Bible studies for you and your family? Who was the one who counseled with thousands of people for three decades? Who led you in adding missionaries to help reach the world with the Gospel? Who was used of God to lead in the building of your classrooms? Who walked around the ministries making sure they were kept from deteriorating. 

Who organized the Sunday schools, wrote Sunday school lessons, oversaw a staff, preached thousands of sermons, and who was it that kept the work going? Yet, you grow up, being taught character, work ethics, to dress right, pay your debts, say yes sir or no sir, cut your hair if you are a male, to dress modestly, to stay pure, and chaste.

Then you grow up, marry, then choose some young attractive pastor, and leave the man who’s given you his life. You are doing the same thing that Adam and Eve were doing in the Garden of Eden. If you grow up in your church and receive what your church has given you then you owe a debt to that church. 

Please forgive me for writing this but you owe a debt to your pastor, your mom, your dad, your Sunday school teacher, your school teacher, your principal, your youth director, the deacons, and you will go somewhere else simply because you want a new start with a pastor who has done not a solitary thing for you.

How about your youth director who gives his life for you? He gives his life for you and what do you do you simply walk away following someone who is more attractive who has done nothing but are simply more attractive? Young people follow some worldly attractive personality over a man whose give his life to you as your youth pastor. You end up following the attractive flashy lights of the world sometimes disguised as a church.

You who do such things are no different than Adam and Eve who had received all that God had done and followed someone who had never done one solitary thing for you.

·      Adam you owe a debt
·      Eve you owe a debt
·      Son you owe a debt
·      Daughter you owe a debt
·      Church member you owe a debt
·      Teenager you owe a debt
·      Parents you owe a debt
·      Staff member you owe a debt

Hard to believe and understand how we are so blind to our debts. How about Sunday school teachers who have loved you? How about the countless others whom have sacrificed for you?

Adam? Eve? Did it ever dawn on you where that sun came from that are up there in the sky? Did it ever dawn on you where the river of life came from? Did it ever dawn on you where the tree of life came from, those peaceful animals, and those stars came from?

Yet, here comes an attractive, beautiful, suave, and subtle personage who in reality is a dirty, stinking, thief, and liar! I’m writing to young folks that are attracted to attractiveness while being deceived into believing someone who has never done a cotton-picking thing for you. After all that God Almighty has done for you then you just simply turn your back on God in favor of attractiveness. No student knows as much as the teacher knows!


JESUS

The One Who left Heaven and came to earth. The One Who was born in Bethlehem’s manger of Nazareth. The One who’s coming was announced to Mary and Joseph. Angels announced the One who’s coming as they sang to the shepherds watching their flocks by night. The One Who was here for 33 years away from Heaven. The One Who said goodbye to His Heavenly Father and for 33 homesick years spent His life on earth.

Foxes have their holes, birds had their nests, and the Son of man had no place to lay His head. While others slept on their pillows in their homes the Son of man used the rocks of the Mount of Olives from a pillow and the Mount for a bed.

Hated by His own generation, rejected by His own people, excommunicated by His own synagogue, expelled from His own city, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Wait a minute! He could have been in Heaven, being served by 10,000 angels, but He chose to come to earth to suffer in your place and my place.

After 33 years He was wrongly indicted, tried, convicted, beaten beyond recognition, nailed to a cross, dipped his own soul into Hell, paid your penalty, and you follow the devil simply because he is attractive? Did the devil ever suffer for you? Did he go to the cross for you? Did he leave Heaven for you? Did he come to earth to die for you?

What in the world has the devil ever done for you? The devil has not done one single thing for you except to try to allure you away from the One Who did everything for you!