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Saturday, November 24, 2012

FLYING TO CHICAGO TO PREACH

I will be flying out of Longview, TX, to DFW and then on to Chicago to preach for my good friend Pastor Thomas Griffin.   He pastors the JORDAN BAPTIST CHURCH of Burbank, IL.

I am often asked about the condition of independent Baptist churches around the nation.   I have been honored to preach in every state but one, North Dakota.  I have been traveling the nation for 33 years and have over 6 million air miles. As of December 31, 2011, I have preached 26,135 sermons.  I do not claim to be an expert on IBC movement, but I do preach for them exclusively.

In my opinion there are more what I call "seedling churches" than we have ever seen before.  There were in our hay day a few mountain peak churches, but not as many "seedling churches."  I believe we have more local churches running several hundred than we had in our so-called hay day.  I remember when Dr. Rice through the SWORD OF THE LORD promoted 200 baptisms in one year via local churches and even listed them in his paper.   There are 100% more today than in that day.  This church in Burbank is one of those churches.  YES, I AM ENCOURAGED!

GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

FLYING TO OMAHA, NE

Pastor Raymond Wicks
I am sitting in the Admirals Club at DFW waiting to go to gate A22 to board flight 1172 for Omaha, NE.  I will be teaching and preaching for my good friend Pastor Raymond Wicks.  He pastors the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Plattsmouth, NE.  He is a personal soul winner and has led this church to become a strong fundamental independent Baptist church with soul winning their number one cause.

"HE GATHERETH TOGETHER THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL"

You will find this Scripture in Psalm 147:2.  This gives us an insight into whom God chooses to use.

It's Sunday morning in the late 1960's and the world's largest church is gathered for it's morning service.  The pastor begins to speak.   Look at his stature, listen to his eloquence, and look at the converts flooding down the aisles.  Who is this great man?  He is an outcast!  He was cast out of the Hamilton County Baptist Association of Chattanooga, TN.

A city auditorium is filled, the choir is in their place, the ushers are at their post, and hundreds of churches are cooperating in this meeting.  The Evangelist stands to speak, listen to his preaching, notice the Holy Spirit power, and watch closely as the converts stream down the aisles.  Who is this great man?  An outcast!  The Tarrant County Baptist Association kicked him out.  His name is John R. Rice!

I see a church auditorium jammed and packed with people.  I see 800 Sunday school classes totaling 20,000 on an average Sunday morning.  WOW!  30,000 converts walking the aisles in one year in this one local church.   I see 15,000 following the LORD in water baptism in one year.  Who is this man that pastors this church and fills their pulpit.  He is an outcast!  He was kicked out of his own denomination the Dallas County Baptist Association.  His name is Jack Frasure Hyles.

I see a set of books.  I read them and there are dozens and dozens of powerful sermons.  What a preacher, what a man, and what brilliance.  Who is this great author?  Who is this prince of preachers?  He is an outcast!  He was voted out of his London Baptist Association with only 7 votes for him.  His name is Charles Hadden Spurgeon.

I see a million souls in Heaven, singing, and praising God around the throne.  I see them gathered around Jesus and close by is a man who was used of God to reach them with the Gospel.  Who is this man?  He is an outcast!  His denomination refused to ordain him.  His name is Dwight L. Moody.  

Dose anyone reading this BLOG know the name of one member of that Presbytery that voted down D. L. Moody's ordination? No, but history shouts out D. L. Moody's name.  Can any reader tell me one name from the Hamilton County Baptist Association who voted out Lee Roberson?  No, but everyone knows Lee Roberson's name in Baptist circles.  

Can anyone tell me the name of anyone who was a part of the London Baptist Association that voted out Charles Hadden Spurgeon?  No, but everyone knows the name Charles Hadden Spurgeon.

Is there any history buff reading this article who can tell me the name of the one who made the motion to kick out Jack Hyles and Joe Boyd out of the Dallas County Baptist Association? No, but history exalts the names Jack Hyles and Joe Boyd.

Yes its true Paul was killed by Nero, but hundreds of years later people name their boys "Paul" and their dogs "Nero!"


700 LEFT HANDED SOLDIERS-OUTCASTS

God has always chosen the foolish things to confound the wise. The 700 mighty soldiers, who were outcasts, were wounded in battle and could no longer use their right hands, but they refused to go home to accolades, and garlands placed around their necks.  They learned how to throw spears with their left hands. They were so accurate the Scriptures say they could hit a hair's breath.  Who are these men?  They were outcasts.


DAVID'S 600 PHILISTINE BODY GUARDS-OUTCASTS

I think of the 600 men who were David's bodyguards.  General Ittai was over them.  They are the ones who stayed with David when he left the throne refusing to fight with his son Absalom in war fare.  These men were not even Jews for they were Philistines.


GIDEON THE OUTCAST

I see a mighty warrior who with 300 men defeat a mighty army. Who is this warrior?  He is an outcast.  Gideon, the runt boy of the runt tribe of the runt nation of the world.

AN ARMY OF 400 UNDER DAVID

I see an army of 400 under David's leadership and the Bible says they were in distress, in debt, and discontented.  In other words they were Baptists. Ha!  Who are these men? They are outcasts.

OTHER OUTCASTS

I see a man at the right hand of the King of Egypt.  He is in charge of all the commissary of the land.  I see a man who can interpret dreams and know the dream without telling him the dream.  I see a man with great power and influence.  The highest man in Egypt and he is not even an Egyptian.  Why he is a Hebrew - a Jew.  Who is this man?  An outcast!  His brothers kicked him out and sold him to the Ishmaelites. Who is he?  An outcast

CONCLUSION

Every one who is reading this can be used of God.  How can this be?   Simple, because God gathers the outcasts.  Here is the amazing thing it is not the outcasts of the world, but of His own! Look to whom God chooses to use...the outcasts of Israel. WOW!  GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

FLYING TO NEBRASKA TO PREACH

I will be driving to Tyler, TX., this morning to fly to DFW, on to Denver, Co., and then on to North Platte, NE., to preach for my friend Pastor Bill Reeves.  This is going to be a long day.  However, I am looking forward to winning some souls today on my way.

II Chronicles 7:14

Please understand, it matters more who is occupying God's House and not necessarily who is occupying the White House.  "IF MY PEOPLE..." is still the view from Heaven.  We may be living in Egypt, but we as God's people are living in  the Goshen portion of Egypt.  Stay by the stuff and be what God meant for His people to be and God will care for the rest.

  • Personal soul winning
  • Personal standards
  • Personal holiness
  • Personal righteousness
  • Personal walk with God
  • Personal humility before God
  • Personal involvement in God's House
  • Personal involvement in God's work
  • Personal ecclesiastical separation 
  • Personal Bible study
  • Personal prayer
  • Personal worship

GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

REVISITING WORDS OF WARNING!


I am enjoying my 40th year in the ministry.  God has allowed me to travel and preach in this nation for 36 years, as well preaching in 17 foreign countries.  I attended the best Bible College in the nation, at the time, in Hyles-Anderson College under the leadership of one of the greatest men of God I have ever known.  I was apart of the first four year class of HAC and graduated in 1976.

In addition to pastoring two great churches God allowed me, for some reason, to travel with Dr. Jack Hyles for 22 years including the last Bible Conference he ever preached in Mexico.

This man of God was attacked, lied about, and attempts were made to diminish his influence, but all in vain.  Those who hated him still do and those who loved him still do, but even more.  Whether the enemy likes it or not there is a resurgence and return to the Bible principles he embraced.

Dr. Hyles voiced concerns that proved to become reality and was in his own right a Seer.  I think it would be wise to revisit some of these words of warnings!

  • He spoke and wrote that in the next ten years the  great battle would be over the King James Bible.  WOW!  I was surprised at that, but he certainly turned out to be a prophet. In 2009 a shot that was heard around the fundamental world split churches, families, and schools.

  • He warned young preachers about allowing architects, who knew nothing of old fashioned preaching, to dictate the type of auditoriums to build. We have coliseum style auditoriums conducive to entertainment and not preaching.

  • He warned us about allowing lawyers to tell us what we can and cannot do.  Most lawyers are "crisis creators."  A physical church building should be built in the mind of the man of God and then let the architect help.  A church constitution should be built on Biblical principles and Bible commands.  Let the church constitution be built around the Bible. I am afraid If we overly listen to the lawyers and all that can go wrong, then we will go wrong by living in fear.  We should not break the law of man, but for sure not break the commands of God to reach the world with the Gospel.

  • He warned us of deacon run church boards. He brought the trustee board into the deacon board and made it one board.  Dr. Roberson kept them separate and look what happened. Deacons must aid the pastor not run the pastor.

  • He warned us of deacons, church staffs, and faculty members who did not go soul winning on a weekly basis becoming nobles who did not work. Nehemiah 3:5, "...but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord."  We lead by example and not by exhortation only.

  • He warned us of wanting and desiring "change" after the leaving of a pastor or in the event of his death.  What ever we believed and practiced should be the same for the next generation.  HIGHLAND PARK BAPTIST CHURCH should have called a TENNESSEE TEMPLE grad, but instead they called a Calvinist in Don Jennings.  He blew through 8 million dollars and left the church running hundreds instead of thousands.

  • He would often warn us by saying, "Do not spend what you do not have."  Yet, we have monster building programs where in some cases churches are 40 to 50 million dollars in debt and hoping that the new buildings will bring in the people.

  • He warned us of the bringing together of our Christian schools and the public schools in the sports arena.   He warned us of introducing our kids to the world's kids.  This is a sorry substitute for church wide soul winning by sacrificing our kids to offer opportunities to witness.  Go door to door and you will find the same people to witness too without a leg show at half time.

  • He warned us about taking government money.   When the local church starts taking government money then the strings that are attached will strangle the work of God one day.

  • He warned us of obtaining accreditation from the world.  I can still hear him equating the need for Babe Ruth to be accredited as being silly and in like manner our Christian schools and colleges wanting the world's accreditation.


  • He warned us of Expository preaching and the dangers of verse by verse preaching.  He believed in Topical preaching and practiced it.  He was not opposed to Expository preaching, but he felt it negated an emphasis on the needs of the people of God. He felt it satisfied the preacher and make preaching easier, but did not help the people in the pews. He would often speak of an apothecary where the spiritual medicine should NOT be given by going from one bottle to the next, but rather find out the need and then give the prescribed and corresponding spiritual medicine.

I fear we have listened to the youth and ignored the wisdom of the aged men of the past who proved to be blessed of God with great soul winning churches.  Too many are like Rehoboam of whom it is said in I Kings 12:8, "But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:"

GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!