SOMETHING I’VE COME TO REALIZE

BAPTIST = NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN!

If you say that to someone, they sometimes will say, “What kind of Baptist are you talking about; because there are at least 300 kinds of Baptist.

Now, there is some truth to that; but I’m not speaking of Baptist of different kinds, or if you will, denominational types of Baptists, of the watered down kind.  No, I’m speaking of Baptists who are distinctively Baptist, i. e., spiritual descendants of the first century Bible believing Christians, from the apostles on down.

  • They believe in The Trinity, not in word, like works orientated churches of many different names, but in the sense that the first Christians did.  In God, who is our Father, our Savior, and our Comforter and Teacher,
  • They believe that Salvation is by grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  That His blood cleanses the sins of those who are born again of the Holy Spirit,
  • They believe that each one who is born again can interpret the Bible for themselves with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,
  • They believe that there is no need for a “priesthood” distinct from the priesthood of every believer, nor for an individual or a hierarchy that is over more than one local church body; but rather they believe in the autonomy of each local body of believers,
  • They believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God the Father, making intercession for us.
  • They are a missionary people, not taking beliefs of their own, or of some supposed authoritative church, but the Gospel according to Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Holy Bible, to the lost.
  • To them the Holy Bible is peculiarly unique, being the Written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and given to many different authors or agents to record.
  • Of all people on earth they are most persecuted, hated, and derided, as were the Apostles, who preached the same gospel in the first century.
  • They believe that Christ is coming again.  That He will judge the living and the dead, and that those whose names are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life,” will abide with Jesus Christ forever.
SOMETHING I’VE COME TO REALIZE

COMPARISONS ARE ODIOUS

IT IS QUITE NATURAL, GIVEN THE DEPRAVITY OF HUMAN NATURE, THAT PEOPLE WILL COMPARE ONE WITH ANOTHER, AS IF BEING GREATER, OR MORE GIFTED THAN ANOTHER, MIGHT BE A FACTOR IN GAINING AND SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD .

And so, people compare themselves to others: Which one is prettier, who has the best education, who has the highest IQ, who has the most money, etc., etc.  I maintain that all such comparisons are odious; and are of no value whatever.

There is one comparison that is absolutely worthy of our attention.  It’s the comparison that God, the Holy Spirit, makes through the Apostle Paul, when He declares in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  This statement, from God’s Holy Word, puts everything in perspective: None of us is good enough in and of ourselves, that we should ever think that we are better than anyone else.

What we have, any and all of us, that is invaluable throughout eternity is totally and completely from God.  It is a gift from God: “Not a result of works, so that no one should boast (Ephesians 2:8.9).”

Do you hear, through God’s Word, the voice of Jesus Christ saying, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28).”  You are blessed if you hear the Lord Jesus’ call today.  He is calling you by His irresistible grace, “Come to Me!”  Therefore come and take Him as your Savior and Lord by calling on His Name today.

A simple: “Jesus, please be my Savior and Lord,” will do.

From one who cares immensely where you spend eternity,

Bill

 

COMPARISONS ARE ODIOUS

THE TRUE CHURCH – CHRIST’S BODY

IT’S A BIRD; IT’S A PLANE; IT’S SUPERMAN!”

So the people proclaimed when they saw Superman flying through the air!  They weren’t quite sure what it was that they saw.  Should God’s people be as nebulous about what constitutes the “True Church,” as the people were about Superman in that work of fiction?

There are many denominations or Christian sects who claim to be the “True Church.”  I’ll cut right to the chase and say that none of them that make that claim, are what they claim to be.  It is “Bible Christians,” rather, who are the Body of Christ.  To more adequately define this, it is those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Bible who are the “True Church.”  That is what Jesus taught (John 3:16-19; John 5:24; John 6:35-37) and what the Holy Spirit taught through the Apostle Paul (Romans 10:9-13; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:8-10; Colossians 1:1-20), and myriads of other Scriptures, all declaring the Sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

Why am I writing this?  That those who have been duped by false teachers may turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.  There is salvation in no one or nothing else.  Especially those who make erroneous claims about being the “One True Church,” that teach another way of salvation other than by “Grace through faith” in Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Bible.

The Sovereign of the Universe declares in Isaiah 42:8, “I am the Lord: that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”  Can you honestly and truly imagine that Almighty God; He who is “Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, who is, and was, and is to come, The Almighty,” has given authority to one group, or to one man who claims to be His representative?  According to Holy Scripture, He cannot, will not, and has not!

If you haven’t trusted in Christ, by grace through faith, do so today!  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

From a rank sinner, saved by grace,

Bill

THE TRUE CHURCH – CHRIST’S BODY

THE ONE WORLD ORDER CATASTROPHY

Have you noticed how the obvious collusion between liberal politicians and the liberal press has escalated since President Trump was elected?  If you haven’t noticed, you’re either dead, or you don’t care?  As I look at things in the news media, how the attacks on the president are growing; how the Powers of Darkness are deliberately drawing up battle lines between blacks and whites; between liberals and conservatives; and anything else that might (wrongfully) establish a need for martial law in our country, and in the world, the hair goes up on the back of my neck.  Although the recent escalation of character assassination on President Trump makes more obvious what is happening, this has been going on for many years. Political Machines like the “Americans for Democratic Action,” as far back as Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern, have been at work to firmly establish Socialism, or, if you will, Communism in the United States of America.  Somewhere, back a good ways, the left realized it could stop running candidates like Gus Hall on the Communist Ticket, and just infiltrate the Democratic Party.  Although this movement has been going on for decades, it became absolutely and undeniably obvious with President Clinton, and later with President Obama.  Then something (unthinkable to the the liberals) happened; a cog was thrown into the “One World Order” machine when Donald Trump was elected.

His well orchestrated campaign was successful, and we have a president, at last, who is not a clone of the Washington politicians.  In the eyes of the Liberal Political Machine, this has obviously necessitated unheard of lies and misinterpretation of the truth by  the press and by the Democratic Party.  Beyond that, there is what the Bible calls “Spiritual wickedness in high places” at work (Ephesians 6:12).  We (the conservatives in general, and Christian Conservatives in particular) have been drawn into war, whether we want to be at war or not!  Now (speaking of and to Christian Conservatives): is this war to be solely in the spiritual realm, or will it be, as inevitably it will become, in the physical realm also?  This is a dilemma for the Christian who has learned from the teaching of Jesus Christ, the blessedness of peace.  Yet, is it wrong to defend and protect one’s family, and neighbors, and friends?  I think not!  All down through history, you can find examples of Christians taking up arms against tyranny; and of those who believe in God, fighting for a just cause.  Why do you think the liberals are so adamant about taking away our right to arms as it’s stated in the second amendment?  It’s so we will have no means by which to defend ourselves physically.  Then they’ll be able, when the time of attempted takeover comes (and it will come), to do so much more easily.

I would be reticent to the highest degree, if I didn’t close my blog with the most important thing of all, i.e., the importance of the human soul.  Although I hope I’ve stated clearly my belief in fighting if necessary to maintain our freedom as laid out in our Constitution; the soul is, nonetheless, far more important than the body:  Otherwise, why would Jesus teach, “What shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world; but lose his own soul (Matthew 16:22).”  Therefore, I urge you, “Preach the Word!  Be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2)” This is an exhortation not just for those called to be preachers in a ministerial sense; but for lay Christians as well.  Do you love your friends and neighbors? Then tell them that Jesus died to save them.  Nothing else is as important as that.

From a sinner saved by grace; who is called to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Bill

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THE ONE WORLD ORDER CATASTROPHY

Jesus: The Image of the Invisible God!

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known (John 1:1, ESV).”

There are usurpers of the glory of God all over the world.  Churches and people who claim to be mediators between God and man; and the guardians and purveyors of that which God has given His children by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  How can you tell who they are?  Anyone who puts himself ahead of, or equal to the Triune God, is phony, and a usurper of God’s glory.  Anyone who desires to come to God, to know Him, to receive Him, and to be saved by Him, may do so; and no one will need to tell you who the phonies are: You will know them by their fruits, their claims to “the only true church” status, or their desire to have a hand in their own salvation, whether by the supposed edifying power of their sacraments and their works; or by their supposed “apostolic” dictation of whom may or may not be saved.  In their false, and demonically inspired opinion, there is always something that one must do, in addition to what Jesus Christ has done, to procure salvation.  If you read the book of Galatians prayerfully you will see what may be the best Scriptural example of them ( works religionists), and read of Paul’s Holy Spirit inspired condemnation of them.

I’ve said all of the above to say this: “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6),  He is the Image of the invisible God (John 1:18),  There is salvation in no other) Acts 4:12!”  Come to Him today.  Leave whoever or whatever is keeping you in the grasp of Satan, and come by grace through faith to the Lord Jesus Christ today!

From one who deeply cares where you will spend eternity.

Bill

Jesus: The Image of the Invisible God!

One Mediator Between God and Man

Do you believe the Bible is God’s Word?  Have you been taught the Bible can only be understood with help from someone who is especially schooled in ministry, and approved by God to be a mediator?  Don’t hinder your relationship with God, as Father and child for another moment, by believing things that aren’t in accord with God’s Word. “For there is One Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus ( 2 (Timothy 2:5).

Do you want to be saved?  Is God speaking to your heart?  Then call on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Confess your sins directly to God the Father, come by faith directly to Jesus Christ, thank Him for dying for your sins. Ask Him to be your Savior. He will forgive you  immediately.  Then find a church that teaches these things as they are written in God’s Holy Bible, and follow Christ in believer’s baptism.  Don’t be duped any longer by those who want to Lord it over you spiritually.

Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).  This is the way to Heaven.  Believing you can be saved by something that is conferred on you by another human being, or by your own works, is the road to Hell.  Wake up to the truth now.  Jesus will save you today!

From one who cares about where you’ll spend eternity,

Bill

 

 

 

One Mediator Between God and Man

PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH

“AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE (John 8:32)!

In John 17:17, our Lord Jesus Christ divinely defines truth for us.  He says, praying to God the Father:  “Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your Word is truth.”

The Word of God, as Jesus has declared it to be so in other Scriptures is our Canonical Bible, the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, and the 27 books of the New
Testament.  This is the written truth of which Jesus speaks, by which we are to be sanctified; and Jesus Christ is the Living Word, and the Living Truth!  The two, the written, and the Living Word: can’t and won’t be separated.

The truth that has always been proclaimed by Bible believing Christians from the inception of Christ’s Church, His bride, is what we still proclaim today.  Salvation by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone; as He is revealed in Holy Scripture alone.  God alone!  Christ alone!  Scripture alone!  Grace alone!  Faith alone!   There is no other way, and those who know and follow Jesus Christ in truth, proclaim no other message, and point people to no one and nothing else!  Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).  There is none other!   Call on Him today!

From one who cares where we all spend eternity,

Bill

PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH