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Monday, January 28, 2013

WHY I CARE WHAT HAPPENS AT FBC OF HAMMOND, IN.

It has been almost twelve years since Dr. Jack Hyles went to Heaven and for many of us it has been a very difficult time.  We watched as the work he built and the truths he stood upon were mangled and twisted.  There were times when I just sat and cried out to the LORD asking why He took him from us so soon.  

In all of this time many of us have moved on and acknowledged that things will never be the same in Hammond.  Now a new era is about to begin and I find myself hoping that good will come of it and that the positions of FBC will return to what they were under Dr. Hyles.  I find myself asking myself why do I even care and the same answers return.

  • I care because it was my heroes' church
  • I care because it is my alma mater
  • I care because of all the memories I have of the place
  • I care because there are many people there whom I love
  • I care because of Mrs. Hyles for she deserves to be honored
  • I care because I have a son, daughter-in-law and several grandchildren there
  • I care because of the need in the area for there to be an old fashioned, soul winning, independent, and fundamental Baptist church
  • I care because Dr. Russell Anderson is still alive and his name deserves to be associated with a college that believes what it was founded and grew to become
  • I care because of a multitude of friends around the country who once looked to that place a the example of what we are
  • I care because I want to see my Saviour honored and the Word of God (King James Bible for the English speaking people) be revered as inspired once again


SINCE CARING IS NOT ENOUGH THERE ARE THINGS I BELIEVE I SHOULD DO TO BE A BLESSING, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND POSITIVE FORCE FOR FBC
  • Pray for them fervently, especially their new pastor John Wilkerson
  • Give them every opportunity to turn the ship around. It will not happen overnight so I must be patient
  • Stay positive by encouraging them as long as I can, which I hope is the rest of my life
  • Be optimistic by believing and hoping Pastor Wilkerson is the man I think he is, which is a fine independent fundamental Baptist pastor.  I will give him every opportunity to prove me right.
  • Reach out to him as a friend.  I know how busy he must be, but I plan to make it very clear to him that I am his friend and am here for him in any way he may deem as a need.
  • Encourage others not to jump to conclusions.  Many men left Hammond because of the decisions and directions FBC leadership took.  I want to encourage those folks to consider it a new day in Hammond.
  • Keep Dr. Hyles teachings alive around the country.  The legacy of a man is not a place.  It is was Dr. Lee Roberson has no legacy left because what he built is pretty much gone.  That is why I continue and will continue to write books about the life of my mentor and friend Jack Frasure Hyles.
  • Love Mrs. Hyles.  Many in Hammond still lover her and worry about her.  I hope Hammond will continue to do all they can to honor her and provide for her for the rest of her life.  She DESERVES it!
  • Move beyond the past.  I did not say forget it, but the past is gone and we must allow the new pastor to be himself and not be compared to Dr. Hyles in his style.  If he takes the right positions then I will be happy.  Nor should we make him live in the disgraces and heresy of the previous pastor.  John Wilkerson is his own man.
  • Stay faithful.  Too many men fall by the wayside.  One thing I can do is to keep on keeping on like I was trained to do at Hyles-Anderson College.  I commit by God's help to do just that.

WHAT ABOUT HYLES-ANDERSON COLLEGE?
  • It will take time for Pastor Wilkerson to adjust to FBC and should be given space and time to THEN lead HAC back to the Biblical positions of their founders Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. Russell Anderson.
  • There are faculty members who still require answers on their quizzes and tests to the affect that the KING JAMES BIBLE is NOT inspired.  
  • I suspect the heretical teachings of the past decade are prevalent in some faculty members and they must recant or be let go.  THIS WILL TAKE TIME.
  • HAC is suspect until Pastor Wilkerson has the reins of the college.
  • I am CONFIDENT at this point that Pastor Wilkerson will tackle the challenge of HAC's faculty.
  • The false teachings must be identified and rectified.  This will take time and the focus MUST be on the church first.

WHAT I INTEND TO DO ABOUT THE HAC ISSUE
  • Pray for Chancellor John Wilkerson
  • Be open with him and communicate as a friend not an enemy
  • Do not recommend students until there is a public statement by the Chancellor rectifying the heresy
  • A new leader needs time to cleanse a decade of false teaching and I will give him time
  • I will not preach for the college until a public repudiation of previous false teachings is made
  • Remain a friend to those dear staff and faculty members who did not swallow the false teachings.
  • Love and help those who did swallow the false teaching of the previous pastor.
  • Pull for and encourage HAC to correct the heretical teachings.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

FLYING TO NORTH CAROLINA TO PREACH




This morning I will be driving to Shreveport to catch a flight to DFW and then on Raleigh-Durham airport.   I will be preaching for one of our TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE men Pastor Charles Hamilton who pastors the GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH of Cedar Grove, NC.  

I will be flying all day with a 3 hour lay over in the DFW airport.  This will give me some time to work on two new books.  Keep your eyes open for them.  One is "JACK HYLES-THE COMMUNICATOR" and the other is "TRIAL BY FIRE-SATAN'S ATTACK ON INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCHES."  I hope you will give serious consideration to pre-ordering these books.  


The response to "WHEN PRINCIPLE WAS KING" was and is still amazing.  It is a 408 page hard back book with a beautiful cover. If you have not ordered this book please go to SOLVECHURCHPROBLEMS.COM and order today.  Also, you will see the 30 other books I have written you may order.  There are sermons you may download for free on that web site.  


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GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS

Pastor John Wilkerson
I was preaching for my good friend Pastor Greg Clark, who pastors the NORTHERN LIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH in Anchorage, AK, when a text came to him telling him of the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Hammond, IN, calling Pastor John Wilkerson as their new pastor.  He shared it with me.

When I arrived home I emailed Pastor Wilkerson to ask if this were true and he emailed me confirming it.   I met Pastor Wilkerson the first time in the DFW airport in 1995 as he was going to perform a funeral for his grandfather, he stopped me and asked me to pray for the funeral service, which I did.  When I would preach in California he would travel many miles to hear me preach and has always been very kind to me.  He is known as a personal soul winner and very courteous man.

Since arriving home I have been inundated with calls, emails, and texts asking me what does this mean.  Many of the emails used a little phrase which has bothered me some what.  One email for example said, "...I love FBC, can we take some comfort in this decision?"  One text wondered why I had not said anything on my BLOG.  90% of the communication centered around whether there was any hope and comfort in this decision by FBC.  

May I take just a moment and use this as a teachable moment for independent Baptist churches.

1889 First Baptist Church of Hammond
  • I have no opinion of this decision because only time is the real test of a decision.
  • I use the same principles I used with Jack Schaap being inducted as the pastor of FBC.  
  • Being the pastor of FBC does not make him or any other man of God the leader of independent Baptist churches.
  • I will pray for Brother Wilkerson and I encourage others to do so.
  • I am anxiously awaiting a public statement of not just Brother Wilkerson, but FBC's position on the preserved inspiration of the KING JAMES BIBLE.
  • He has rightfully stated that FBC is not a national church, however there continues to be a national influence because of Hyles-Anderson College and clarification is necessary because of this.
  • I trust they will return to the principles espoused by the founders and namesakes of the college, Dr. Hyles and Dr. Anderson.  
  • I do not NEED to take "comfort" in their decision.  I take comfort in the Bible principles I believe.  
  • I am not dependent upon the direction or strength of FBC and HAC.
  • I was comfortable when FBC called Jack Schaap believing in the indigenousness of the local church, even though I personally was opposed to his past directions.
  • I was very comfortable in my separating myself from Jack Schaap when he violated Bible principles.
  • We must pray for our movement and that God would raise up many good leaders all across the nation and not just depend on ONE leader.
  • We lived vicariously off of the greatness of FBC under Dr. Hyles.  If we visited them once a year and they were ok then we with our 50 back home were ok.  
  • It seemed we were more interested in a big name than a big work ourselves.
  • My deep concerns have always been towards those who were ignorantly or purposefully following FBC, because they in their insecurity needed a headquarters.
  • FBC needed a pastor and I am glad they have one.  It has been a tough road for them and it will be a long time before the healing is complete.
  • I commend Eddie Lapina and the other leaders for attempting to keep the church rolling in light of the mess created by Jack Schaap.
  • Let Brother Wilkerson and FBC prove themselves FIRST before you jump on a bandwagon, while pulling for them at the same time.

Pastor John Wilkerson is a good man and has done a good job with his previous church.  Let him alone in these early days and do not put any more pressure on him than what he is inheriting.  If he clears the air of FBC's bad doctrinal statements via Jack Schaap that will be a good start.  However, after that only time and  testing will reveal what will happen.  Pray for them and give them room!

First Baptist Church of 2012

Sunday, January 13, 2013

12 SAVED, 5 PROFESSIONS, & 3 BAPTIZED


This morning I awoke to an ice storm in Anchorage, AK.  Ice was every where.   Pastor Greg Clark started the NORTHERN LIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 11 years ago. Pastor Clark told me this is the first time in 11 years that the buses did not run.  During the night someone sliced several tires on their buses.  He said they could not have run the buses any way because of the ice.  

The attendance was down 150, but we still had a great spirit-filled service.  If you ever come to Anchorage, AK, I hope you will visit this church.  The spirit is excellent and it reminds me of the churches of the 70's, 80's, and early 90's.  

This is an old-fashioned independent Baptist church with old fashioned singing, old fashioned standards, old fashioned preaching, old fashioned King James Bible, old fashioned bus ministry, old fashioned soul winning, and an old fashioned altar call.

Pastor Greg Clark









Saturday, January 12, 2013

TEACHING AND PREACHING IN ALASKA

I flew from the Longview airport on Friday to DFW and then on to Seattle, WA.  I slept for 3 hours and then caught a 6 am Saturday flight on Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage, AK.   Pastor Greg Clark met me at the airport and took me to the motel.  

It is 26 degrees and the pastor told me they are in a warm spell.  It would normally be 20 below this time of the year.   Could Al Gore be right? Ha!

Pastor Clark started the NORTHERN LIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH and has done an excellent job of leading them to be an old fashioned independent Baptist church.   He is a graduate of Hyles-Anderson College and loves Dr. Jack Hyles.  This to the dismay of the critics of Dr. Hyles is one of thousands who are getting the job done.  

I know I must be doing something right when folks email these pastors and churches and ignorantly warn them of my association with Dr. Jack Hyles.  The days of the 60's, 70's, and 80's were the most exciting days for independent Baptist churches and those same principles will work today because they are Biblical.  

Dr. Lee Roberson, Dr. John R. Rice, Lester Roloff, Dr. Tom Malone, Dr. Curtis Hutson, Dr. B. R. Lakin, Dr. Bill Rice, and so many others were spirit-filled giants and yes "heroes" of the faith.  Do I worship them? No, but I do admire them.  

When they preached, God met with us.  I would be a liar if I denied what God did in my heart, my life, my family, and my ministry through those human vessels.  

This church and pastor recently started a Bible Institute to train locals for the ministry.  He is hoping to start 20 churches in Alaska through the graduates.   

Monday night I will be teaching pastors and their wives who pastor independent Baptist churches in Alaska from 7 to 9 pm.  Then we will meet again on Tuesday morning for a 9-12 am session.  It looks like we will have around 20 pastors signed up for this meeting, which is remarkable for Alaska.

GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

FLYING TO CORPUS CHRISTI

I will be flying out of Longview, TX, to DFW and then on to Corpus Christi, TX, to preach for one of our TEXAS BAPTIST COLLEGE grads Pastor Chuck Brushe.  He pastors the NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH and has done a marvelous job of leading them in soul winning in spite of his ill health.  There is no human explanation for this good man of God to still be going except for the grace of God.  

His son Chuck is also a graduate of TBC and he is doing a great job of helping his dad.  Pastor Brushe mentioned yesterday how his church has been giving $4,000 a month to missions.  This is a great reflection of God's hand being on them.  Anyone who goes after the unsaved God will pay the travel expense.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MRS. G AND HER UPCOMING SURGERY

Mrs. G and I have been married for 47 years and God has blessed us with 4 wonderful children and 10 extremely wonderful grandchildren.  Would you like to see a picture? Ha! 

Our two boys, Scott and Bob are preachers.  Our two daughters think they are preachers. Ha! Just ask their husbands!

Mrs. G has had 35 surgeries and this next one is scheduled for Jan. 29.  The doctors are going to place a metal plate on the front of her neck.  They will have to go through the front of her neck.  She has had two bone transplants that have not worked in that area.   The doctors believe this will help.

GOTTA LOVE FAMILY!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!




HAPPY NEW YEAR!   I trust you and yours had a wonderful and blessed 2012.  God has been so good to all of us.  We live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth.  I am proud to be an American!

As God's children we have the Holy Spirit living in our bodies, we have the Holy Scriptures to feed our souls with, we have freedom to preach the Gospel, we have a local church to serve through, we have a family who serves God, we have our heavenly Father to whom we can come boldly in prayer, we have a family of believers to serve, and a world in need of our SAVIOUR!

2012 WAS A GREAT YEAR TO SERVE

I have dozens of New Testaments where I record names and numbers of those whom God allows me to lead to His Son for salvation.  I have kept records since 1976 in those New Testaments.  I am grateful to be able to be a part of God's work in reaching the unsaved with the Gospel.  

I am 67 and in my 56th year of being saved.  I am ashamed to say that the first 15 years of my salvation I led  only one person to Christ.  It was not until I came under the  influence of the ministries of Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. John R. Rice was I challenged to win souls.   The good news is that the one person I led to Christ was my future wife Lee Ann.

Our local church has the great commission and we as individual saved members have the great command to spread the Gospel.

At the end of each year I total up the stats and relive many opportunities for which God brings across my path those who have a desire to trust Christ.  

Since coming to Texas in 1980 God has allowed me to preach 26,310 sermons, lead 16,218 to Christ, and have 4,715 of those follow the LORD in baptism.  

In 2012 God gave me 408 precious souls for salvation and 100 of those followed the LORD in baptism.  GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING! 

John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

I have assurance from God's Word that if I, or anyone, will lift up Jesus Christ before one lost person or a lost and dying world He will draw that one or all men.   

This does not mean that everyone will trust Christ, but it does mean that the Holy Spirit will do His work and "draw."  The more I lift up Christ the greater the potential of folks trusting Christ.  Like it or not it is a matter of numbers.

Titus 2:11, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men."

God promises to bring the opportunity for salvation to every soul at least ONE time in their life.  Our responsibility is to give the Gospel to them a second time, a third time, a fourth time, a fifth time, etc.

John 20:21, "...even so send I you."

GOTTA LOVE THE OLD TIME RELIGION!