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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

The New Independent Fundamental Baptist? 

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Pastor Scotts quoted Scripture verse is right on the money. This subject is nothing new and men like Anderson have been doing things like this from the beginning, hence the warning from the apostle Paul.

Real, doctrinally correct Baptists will not be fooled. They are the ones that feel no need to go outside of their local assemblies for their spiritual food.

The Anderson's of this world cannot survive without someone foolish enough to listen to them.

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Read the article, very weird. Of course, we take anything from Wikipedia with a few grains of salt, but I know Anderson is an odd bird. Against Zionism? That is BIBLE! Just another group without understanding of scripture. And against dispensationalism? It is pretty clear on just reading the Bible that there have been dispensations, for lack of a better word.  Maybe they ought not use the term IFB whatsoever, especially since they clearly don't represent old-time Fundamentalism at all. And not sure what "hard preaching" means, as a doctrine, because I have been deeply convicted by preachers who preach quietly and calmly, yet are filled with the Spirit, and I have been put to sleep by "hard preaching" that was hollow.

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4 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

Read the article, very weird. Of course, we take anything from Wikipedia with a few grains of salt, but I know Anderson is an odd bird. Against Zionism? That is BIBLE! Just another group without understanding of scripture. And against dispensationalism? It is pretty clear on just reading the Bible that there have been dispensations, for lack of a better word.  Maybe they ought not use the term IFB whatsoever, especially since they clearly don't represent old-time Fundamentalism at all. And not sure what "hard preaching" means, as a doctrine, because I have been deeply convicted by preachers who preach quietly and calmly, yet are filled with the Spirit, and I have been put to sleep by "hard preaching" that was hollow.

Are you saying the bible is against or for Zionism?

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On 9/10/2020 at 11:48 AM, PastorMatt said:

The New Independent Fundamental Baptist? 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Independent_Fundamentalist_Baptist

Why does Stephen Anderson get to be the leader?

I'm starting to get so confused on what I am . lol

They seem very confused, as against Calvinism, yet strong on eternal security, despise Dispy, and Israel, and yet the Covenant theology would be strong Calvinist though?

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I have for many years wondered if the phrase IFB actually represented any of us. I have visited 85 IFB churches in my area and none of them represent what Scripture teaches. 

I am distinctly a believer in being an Independent Baptist, but I would not put it on a sign or in any advertising. The phrase has so much negativity and inhibits the work of God.

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On 9/24/2020 at 6:00 PM, Pastorj said:

I have for many years wondered if the phrase IFB actually represented any of us. I have visited 85 IFB churches in my area and none of them represent what Scripture teaches. 

I am distinctly a believer in being an Independent Baptist, but I would not put it on a sign or in any advertising. The phrase has so much negativity and inhibits the work of God.

I don't agree, they're those that what to be Southern Baptist and Independent, They prefer not posting IFB, but prefer using their names instead. Or converting into a community church. IFB churches are never Mega Churches, which is the dream of many preachers in having. Remember those that don't want IFB churches are looking for something they can't fine.

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They are an association by their own definition. This is not Independent. Any church that is part of a "movement" or is influenced by anything outside of their own church is NOT Independent.

The word, "Independent" automatically separates a church from association or convention churches.

Words have meanings, but today many ignore the actual meaning in favor of trying to be something they are not.

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Hello. I just recently became a IFBaptist and I am still learning about this, and I am just as confused. Why do we all make up these dominations? God didn't right? My email is ********@gmail.com I hope to hear back from you, if not, God Bless and have a beautiful day!

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3 hours ago, Guest Teeah said:

Why do we all make up these dominations? God didn't right?

While I'm against denominationalism. I'm not opposed to a church using titles to show what they believe, their church tradition, and who they fellowship with, and anything else that is important to them. So far it is the best and fastest way to know generally what a church believes and practices.

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Most, if not all, denominations arose because of a rejection of some Bible truth and/or an acceptation of something unbiblical being added to their beliefs or practices. The solution isn't to pretend that these differences don't matter, the solution is to find out what the Bible does teach in regards to our faith and practice, and stand there regardless of whatever label apostate Christendom or the world places upon us.

For example, the name Anabaptist (from which the name Baptist essentially derives from) came from the Catholic Church and other Protestant groups saying they were "rebaptizing" their converts - whereas the truth is that the Bible DOES NOT teach infant baptism, but teaches believer's baptism.

For the record, IFB stands for Independant Fundamental Baptists. That means it is not a denomination, there is no hierarchy or headquarters telling us what to believe or what to practice. Each independant Baptist church stands alone before God and is accountable to Him alone. They may fellowship with other likeminded churches, but are not yoked together. And the Fundamental part means that (at least historically - and yes, unfortunately there are many that no longer stand where they once stood) they stand alone on the Word of God, holding to all the fundamentals of the faith (and usually all the Baptist Distinctives - ie. what makes a Baptist a Baptist).

In this case, IFB is a good label that identifies what a church body and the individuals members in that body believe (assuming they are living/believing what they profess to believe).

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