Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This morning I taught a lesson on "HOW TO BE A BETTER SOUL WINNER!" Dr. Cox preached on "SPONTANEOUS SOUL WINING!" He once again did an excellent job of motivating God's people to be a personal soul winner all the time! It was a great truth.
Dr. Cox preached tonight his sermon "AN EMPTY CHAIR." It was very effective and used of God. I preached my sermon "IS THERE A PLACE CALLED HELL?" The building once again was packed out with chairs having to be put out. The balcony was packed and at the invitation time the altars were full with many weeping for those whom they knew were lost without Christ. It was a great move of the Holy Spirit tonight.
After the service Dr. Ray Rameriz, pastor of HILLSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH, introduced me to one of his faithful ladies. The church went soul winning Tuesday afternoon. 667 folks on the streets of Los Angeles bowed their heads and trusted Christ to save their souls from going to a devil's Hell. One of the soul winners was this dear lady Mrs. Hilda Silva. This soul winner led 40 people to Christ today! WOW! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING! There are 10 million plus people in Los Angeles and a great need for personal soul winners. Thank the LORD for this dear church!
By the way please keep those cards and letters coming! It is amazing to me how friendship can overshadow truth. Loyalty to a man of God who is disloyal to the Word of God is in essence disloyalty to God. To believe the Scriptures in the English KING JAMES BIBLE is not preserved inspiration is an attack on the foundations of the faith!
Paul wasted no time comparing the Gospel or the Scriptures with current religions and attempting to convince his hearers from a scholarly stand point about the Scriptures or the Gospel. He declared it to be the only answer that had ever come along or ever would come along. By faith Paul accepted the inspiration of the Scripture and the power of the Gospel without the originals!
The person who postpones taking a stand for the living Word Jesus Christ and the written Word, KING JAMES BIBLE, until they see if it succeeds will live and die with Gamaliel. Visible success has never been the proof of Jesus and His followers. We have always been the scum and offscouring of the earth. We are called a "REMNANT." No one can play "hands off" with the cause of Jesus Christ or His written WORD! You cannot suspend judgment and do nothing. This polite business of waiting to see how it all turns out, adding up all the evidence and making up ones mind when all the supposed facts are in is non-sense!
The devil never had a greater ally than this modern atmosphere of genial, amiable, pleasant tolerance, in which nothing is bad, everything is good. According to Satan everything is not black and white but rather smeared into an indefinite color grey. Nothing matters as long as everybody is in a good mood! This modern 2011 brand of tolerance in fundamentalism has put our age into a spiritual stupor.
These new fundamental liberals do not believe as true fundamentalists do, but instead of leaving us and joining groups they do agree with, they infect and infest the great independent Baptist churches with the malignancy of unbelief questioning the inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE. Unfortunately, we have among true believers some who are so tolerant and broadminded as to believe we ought to include in our fellowship all grades and shades of doctrine. They would turn the Lord's sheepfold into a zoo. When we have room enough for any and every brand of doctrine, that my friend is too much room!
Can the same fountain send forth both bitter water and sweet? Can two walk together except they be agreed? One scholar says that the early Christians condemned false doctrine in a way that sounds almost unchristian today. I do not believe that the Gospel ship ought to be surrendered to mutineers! We were here first! If anybody leaves let it be the dissenters, the compromisers, the Neo's, and the pseudo's!
These false fundamentalists are bewitched and those who tolerate them are bewitched by a false tolerance they mistake for Christian charity. The New Testament has a lot to say about false teachers. It advocates measures that sound stern and harsh. The permissive Apostles of compromise have pulpits whose sound travels a lost faster than light!
We are living in a smog in fundamentalism! Black and white have become the color grey. Church leaders, such as pastors and deacons, are lost in the midst. Unless God raises up some prophets and seers who see through this smog then fundamental Baptists face deterioration! JUST A THOUGHT!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
I will be flying to Los Angeles, CA., this morning to preach for two days for my good friend Dr. Ray Rameriz. This is one of the most exciting soul winning churches in the nation. I remember in the early 80's when he came to Tyler, Texas, to attend a SWORD OF THE LORD CONFERENCE. Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Curtis Hutson and myself preached that conference and Dr. Rameriz became bit on this matter of aggressive soul winning. This is interesting because he is a graduate of John McArthur's school in California. How about that? He changed the name of his church to HILLSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH and has been one of the top soul winning churches in America.
I have had a great month of soul winning in January with 32 trusting Christ and 10 following the LORD in baptism. GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
|Pastor and Mrs. David Jackson|
I will be driving today to preach for my friend Pastor David Jackson who pastors the LEESBURG BAPTIST CHURCH of Leesburg, Texas. He served as a deacon with me for many years and God has called him to pastor. He has been their pastor for one year. I am always thrilled to preach for one of our own and this is no exception.
Mrs. Gray has an appointment with an internist on March the 4th to run tests. The counts are off on her pancreas and liver. The doctor in the ER asked her if she drank. She said, "No, but I'm thinking about it!" Obviously the 26 surgeries and the medications have taken a toll! We will meet with him on March 9 to find out the results. She sat on the back porch yesterday for the first time in a long time. I put her rocking chair out on the back porch this morning so she can sit there for a little while. She is a great lady! GOTTA LOVE FAMILY!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This is an email I received this week! Why now was the first thought which entered my mind!
"Hello Bro. Gray,
I am a Hyles Anderson College graduate.
I am unsure if there is any conflict between Common Wealth, First Baptist Church of Hammond and Bro. Schaap. If there is any conflict between Fundamental Brethren would you please remove me from your mailing list.
We are a Soul winning separated work for God.
My spirit and the spirit of our church is my number one priority.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
I look forward to rejoicing over souls and victory in our lives when
My second thought was I wonder if he sent this to Brother Schaap after his attack on Dr. Russell Anderson when he called him "...an ignorant hillbilly..." I wonder if he sent this to Brother Schaap after his insulting and attacking remarks toward all fundamental brethren who were verbally assaulted because they believed in the preserved inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE. There exists numerous video and audio exhibits of these condescending arrogant remarks toward those faithful men who have stood for the preserved inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE.
My third thought is why did he email me and not direct his comments to Dr. Jeff Fugate.
My fourth thought was "conflict between Fundamental Brethren..." You must be kidding? Has he forgotten about the conflict between Paul and Barnabas? Has he forgotten about the conflict between Paul and Peter? Has he forgotten about the conflict between John and Diotrephes? Has he forgotten about the conflict between Dr. Bob Jones Jr. and Dr. John R. Rice? Has he forgotten about the conflict between Dr. J. Frank Norris and Dr. G. B. Vick? Come on! Get a life! Get real!
My fifth thought was we once again have fallen for this "mega-church" "mecca church"mindset! God busted up the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF JERUSALEM with its 100,000 members because their purpose was to reach the world with the Gospel not to built the biggest church in the world. 95% of the churches in America are rural not metro! Our ministries must not revolve around Hammond, Indiana, or for that matter Longview, Texas.
My sixth thought was "WOW" what a great thing God has done in founding the independent church. What a great way of having checks and balances in the work of God! We must allow the preachers to disagree! There is a reason why there was a Jerusalem Council: it was so the men of God could straighten out those headed for heresy! God intended for there to be UNITY in the local church and not UNION of local churches! There is no such thing as a universal body of believers. The only "body" that exists is a local body! We are not the "bride" of Christ because there must be a marriage first before there can be a "bride." We are "espoused." When some preacher talks about the "bride of Christ" as universal... RUN! He is a Evangelical in disguise! Men of God are going to disagree! This Rodney King theology of "Why can't the brethren get along?" Simple, they are brothers! Ha! We as independent Baptists have no pope and no Vatican!
It is amazing to me when a Dr. John McArthur says and puts into print in his commentary on the book of Hebrews that the blood of Christ dissipated at the foot of Calvary! He in essence said we are saved by His death and not His blood! This caused all of fundamentalism to go into an uproar. Yet, when someone says the inspiration does not exist in the KING JAMES BIBLE we are to silently go on about our business. WHY? Because he is one of our own? Non-sense! This will never go away until Dr. Schaap rectifies this heresy to the extend of its damage via print. Someone said he apologized at Pastors' School! Yes, for the trouble and damage it caused, but NEVER for his position concerning the KING JAMES BIBLE'S lack of inspiration!
We who stand on this issue of preserved inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE are not attacking we are proclaiming! The attack came from the pulpit of the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Hammond, Indiana in 2009. A shot that is still reverberating around the fundamental world.
I am just glad that it was not the pulpit Dr. Jack Hyles used. The new pulpit has been broken in to an old liberal position on the HOLY SCRIPTURES but thank the LORD our beloved Dr. Hyles' last words spoken in a Wednesday night Bible study made his position extremely clear on the preserved inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE! By the way, he said any one who would dare say differently should be fired! Dr. Jack Hyles grew! Some grow and some regress! Welcome to the new age movement in fundamentalism! GOTTA LOVE THE OLD KING JAMES BIBLE!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
|Pastor Chad Owens|
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I will be driving to Corsicana, Texas, in a little while to preach for my good friend Pastor Chad Owens on Sunday. I am looking forward to being with him and his dear people.
This past week was an exciting and challenging week to say the least. Mrs. Gray was taken to the hospital twice this week and is home today and doing much better. Her birthday day was 2-11 and we had a nice day together. Many phone calls and text messages along with some food made her day! It has been a rough week for her. I am able to spend a little extra time before leaving today!
In addition TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE hosted her first PASTOR'S CLINIC with 7 pastors in attendance. We will be hosting 3 a year! The next one will be conducted during the week of the NATIONAL TEEN CONVENTION with another being hosted in September. The snow kept some who had registered from being able to be with us. There will be 25 spots held open for the next two. Pastors can only register and attend one CLINIC per year! I will be teaching all sessions!
Dr. Bob Gray II and his staff did an excellent job of caring for the pastors. Mrs. Diana Ayres prepared three meals per day for the delegates. She did a superb job. The meals were perfect.
My four new books were available to the pastors. Please take time to visit and purchase them off of SMASHWORDS.COM, SOLVECHURCHPROBLEMS.COM, or go to AMAZON.COM and simply enter Bob Gray Sr. and you will find all of my books. THE DOCTRINES OF SALVATION, SUFFERING?, SUFFERING FRUITFULLY, and JUST A THOUGHT! (Volume IV) are the four new books! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
American Airlines Executive Platinum Desk called me last night and told me that my Tuesday 8 am flight to DFW had been cancelled. They placed me on a 6 am American flight! The snow was just starting to come down during the day yesterday preceded by some ice. It become a heavier snow fall as the day progressed and by the time we were out of church last night it was at times blinding snow. I made it back to the motel and set my alarm to roll out of bed at 3:30 am.
I awoke a little earlier and prepared to get to the airport early. I arrived at 5 and turned my rental car into Hertz. I waited for them to start boarding and then settled in for the flight to DFW. We pulled away from the gate and sat there for about an hour. Then the announcement came that DFW was shut down because of the weather. We pulled back to the gate and I called Executive Platinum Desk and they rebooked me on a 6 pm flight, still today however. Then they called and told me that it had been cancelled. They then rebooked me to fly out on Wednesday morning. (Hopefully)
God bless Associate Pastor Bob Queen. I was texting him and attempting to keep him updated because he is so kind to take me to and from the airport each week of the world. The Longview, Tyler, and Shreveport flights were all cancelled so he was up at 4 am to take the trip to DFW to pick me up and by the time I found out my flight was cancelled he was already in Mesquite, Texas. He arrived in time to find himself in the middle of the ice storm in the Dallas area. We then both realized it was not going to happen today so he turned the car around to drive back to Longview. God bless that dear man! Oh, I already said that didn't I?
I found a motel and took the last room they had at the Holiday Inn express so I will be spending the night in Omaha. I will be up at 3:30 am again and maybe we can get this thing done tomorrow.
The service last night at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Plattsmouth, NE., was tremendous in spite of the severe weather. I meet with the pastor and his staff from 3 to 5 yesterday. We had a wonderful brain storming time together. They asked some great questions and of course I gave them some great answers! Ha!
Scott preached first both nights and I cannot put into words about how proud of Scott I am. He has become a great man of God in his own right! Bob and Scott are men of God! Their mother and I are very proud of them both!
You must visit this great church! Dr. Raymond Wicks is doing an unusual work in the middle of no where it seems! He has a great staff and great people. The people are very responsive to old fashioned preaching and sensitive to the Holy Spirit! This is an old fashioned Baptist church! GOTTA LOVE SERVING THE LORD!