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  1. This message still applies today, by Pastor Dr. Hans Nikoley Pastor Many people have asked for a copy of the outline or the sermon tape of the message preached here at PRBC on February 23, 1997, entitled Seven Things Wrecking America. II Cron. 36:11-16, Prov. 14:34 Illus: What God loves & hates Prov. 6:16-19. God promotes a nation, man, church; and He puts it down when He is displeased with it. It is usually wrong living by the Christian that degrades a nation to the point of decay. Story: Zedekiah is Judahs last King before the captivity vs. 11-14. Nebuchadnezzar this time does not knock, but pushes over the wall of Jerusalem & destroys the city and takes Judah into captivity. All in God providence. God had a two-fold purpose for Judah. They rejected the Prophets, and were living on borrowed time. It makes we wonder if we are living on borrowed time here in America. How much longer will God put up with our sin? For the nation of Judah, their time had come. There is a time when a nation reached that point. I wonder how close our nation is? For 490 years Israel had not observed the sabbatical years as commanded in Lev. 25:1-5. The land was to rest every 7 years. They did not because of their greed. So God took them for 70 years to let the land rest. 490 divided by 7 is 70. Time stops when you are out of the will of God. Nothing much is said about the 70 years under Babylon. SEVEN THINGS ARE WRECKING AMERICA IN THE 90 s. 1. POLITICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES. We have always had impure men in politics. There never has been a time when politicians were perfect but we are to work toward that end. We dont expect politicians to be any more perfect than any of the rest of us. However, I believe right living promotes a nation to great-ness. The U.S. is great, because it was good in the past. A few years ago the Gallup Poll indicated we had 75 million people who claimed to be born-again Christians. Politicians are using the terms to get elected. These days they appeal to the far-right. Yet they criticize them. Mr. Clinton carries his Bible around every Sunday, yet fails to obey its principles regarding homosexuality, abortion, etc. What really concerns me is that Washington consumes more liquor per capita, than any other city. What we need in America today is some Nathans who will point their finger in the king face and say, Thou art the man. I am not saying that some of us preachers dont need the same. We need some John the Baptist who, at the risk of their own neck will accuse the king if he is immoral. We need some men of God who will not compromise and are not interested in popularity, but who are interested in pleasing God, honoring Christ, and winning their cities at any price for the Lord. 2. PLEASURE WITHOUT CONVICTION We licensed liquor during the Roosevelt Administration and have been pickled in alcohol ever since. Laziness is a major problem in America. More days off, more holidays, shorter work week, etc. are all a part of a crumbling society. Hollywood and TV are doing a very good job at having us accept the abnormal for normal, the perverted as good, etc. Right now, over 70% of TV programs, prime time, use profanity and sex. If you watch and listen to something long enough you will become brainwashed yourself. Some people even stay home on Sunday morning to see TV evangelists, etc. Lester Roloff called the networks the sewer lines of ABC, NBC and CBS, piped right into our homes. Listen: Dope, liquor, cigarettes, rock music, pornography, dirty movies all come from the same cesspool, HELL. 3. KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER. A. You cannot have knowledge without discipline. B. The humanistic religion is taught in our schools. C. Communism is no longer bad, just another way. Dr. Bob Jones Sr. Used to say, You can hire brains but you can buy character. Character is that something built into a man by the Holy Ghost through faithfulness to the Word of God, and obeying its commands. A great preacher used to say, Mushrooms spring up overnight but oak trees require a life time. A nation without character goes into captivity by default. As we increase in knowledge we must increase in character. Did you hear about the latest study: They just found out that Phonics are beneficial for a childs reading. Wow! Someone said, When you educate unregenerate men you just teach them how to sin better, that all. Education without sanctification is abomination. Education is not enough.What is wrecking America? Today we have educators who believe murder (abortion) is OK, that homosexuality is a lifestyle and a matter of choice, etc. Listen, according to Romans chapter one; depravity leads to a reprobate mind. We see in Chronicles as well as entire OT that there was a general decline in Israel & Judah. However, there were about five periods of Revival, Renewal & Reformation: A. Under Asa: Return and obedience to The Word of God. B. Under Jehosophat: Return & obedience to …. C. Under Joash: Return & obedience to …… D. Under Hezekiah: Return & obedience …… E. Under Josiah: Return & obedience to …… In each instance Return & obedience to The Word of God. Which always led to repentance of the people & at least a temporary Renewal and Reformation of the nation. GLORY TO GOD! We will have to look at the other Four another time: 1. BUSINESS WITHOUT ETHICS. 2. SCIENCE WITHOUT GOD. 3. CHURCHES WITHOUT EVANGELISM. 4. WORSHIP WITHOUT SACRIFICE. By Dr. Hans Nikoley
  2. Make sure that you are in the right Baptist church first... Southern Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.sbc.net/knowjesus/theplan.asp How to Become A Christian If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart: Here’s a Suggested Prayer: “Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.” Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.imb.org/core/story.asp?storyID=3840&LanguageID=1709 Position Paper Concerning The IMB Guideline On Baptism As a true follower of Christ, one must receive baptism in its proper orderâafter salvation (Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 9:18, 16:30-33). Southern Baptists have always understood the Bible to teach that baptism is not a part of salvation, but subsequent to it (Luke 23:42-43; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:21-22, 10:9-10, 11:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 5:12-13). Southern Baptist churches teach that baptism is purely emblematic in nature and not essential to salvation. The 1963 statement clarified Baptist beliefs about baptism further, stating âBeing a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.â International Mission Board A Southern Baptist Convention entity Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.sbc.org/resolutions/amResolution.asp?ID=965 Be it further RESOLVED, That we affirm our belief in the biblical truth that all who are saved are sealed by the Holy Spirit and will never fall away from the state of grace; Free Will Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.nafwb.org/?q=knowjesus Do you know Jesus? If not, why not? It is the most important relationship you can have. Why not trust Christ and ask Him for forgiveness. The following steps to salvation are taken directly from the Word of God: 1. Admit your sin. As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). 2. Acknowledge the penalty for sin. For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a). 3. Believe that Jesus death and resurrection paid the penalty for your sin. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23b) 4. Ask God to forgive your sin. If thou shalt confess thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9, 10). 5. Acknowledge Christ as the Lord of your life. But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). Perhaps you would like to pray the following simple prayer. You don’t need fancy words, just an honest and open heart. Pray something like this: Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. But I also believe You died for my sin, and through faith in Your death and resurrection I can be forgiven. I confess my sin and ask You to become my Savior and Lord from this day forward. Thank you for saving me. Amen. Quotes copied & pasted from: www.firstfwb.org/beliefs Salvation – Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God’s raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works. Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.fwbcsavannah.com/Our Beliefs on Baptism.html WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM? A. Perhaps it would be better to begin by mentioning what baptism does not do: 1. Baptism doesn’t take away sin and save. a. Titus 3:5 b. Baptism is a righteous work. Its something we ought to do after we have been saved; but it isn’t something we do to secure salvation. Sometimes the language of Acts 2:38 confuses people on this matter. a. Note the words,Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR remission of sins. b. The word or in Acts 2:38 in the original language is the word, It means, because. c. Peter is not teaching that you should be baptized to remit sins, but rather, because your sins have been remitted, you ought to be baptized. d. The command to repent precedes the command to be baptized. (Repentance brings salvation) Lets look at a practical illustration from everyday life. a. Close the window; its cold outside wouldn’t mean that closing the window makes it cold outside, but because it is already cold outside someone has given the order to close the window. b. When Peter said, Be baptized…for remission of sins, he was saying you need to be baptized because your sins are remitted already! c. Don’t ever forget that salvation is the gift of God (Romans 6:23). Therefore we cannot earn it by being baptized. North American Baptist Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.nabconference.org/about-us/our-beliefs 5. We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12). 6. We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-42, 47; Luke 24:45-48). General Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://clintongeneralbaptist.org/tp40/page.asp?ID=161139 First General Baptist Church Clinton, Arkansas IV. SALVATION We believe that salvation (regeneration, sanctification, justification, and redemption) has been provided for all mankind through the redemptive work (life, death, resurrection, ascension, and intercession) of Jesus Christ, and that this salvation can be received only through repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. VIII. ORDINANCES We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances instituted by Christ to be observed by Christians only. Missionary Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://missionarybaptistchurches.com/beliefs.html Salvation Statement In order to obtain true salvation there first must be a sense of trouble, conviction, and condemnation set up by God in the heart of the unsaved person. They must pray and seek God and repent of their sins until they know for themselves that God has forgiven and saved them. Man does not convict them and man cannot tell them when God forgives and saves them. God is all powerful and can save the soul of one seeking Him any place, any time when God’s conditions are met. However, we give opportunity for those desiring to seek and find God to come to the front for prayer. The pew sitting in the front facing the congregation is referred to as the “mourner’s bench”. When God saves the individual, the individual knows, without anyone telling them – including the preacher, loved ones, or any friend. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with it’s effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s supper. Primitive Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.primitive-baptist.com/articles-of-faith.htm We believe that the Elect were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and predestinated them to be conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that the Saints shall persevere in grace and never finally fall away. We believe that Baptism and the Lords supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ; that true believers are the only Subject, & that Baptism by Immersion is the Gospel mode. Quotes copied & pasted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primitive_Baptist#Doctrinal_beliefs Baptism: Mainstream Primitive Baptists practice Baptism by immersion, sometimes referred to as believers Baptism.Baptism must only be performed by an ordained minister, and is the ordinance by which a person becomes a member of a Primitive Baptist Church. Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.pb.org/abstract.html IV) Irresistible Grace – All of the elect will be quickened by the Spirit of God at some point in their natural lives. VI) Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit accomplishes the new birth by direct operation upon the heart, and therefore works independently of all agency of man, including the gospel as preached by man. Independent Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://independent-baptists.org/article11.html Gods Simple Plan of Salvation Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior. In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed:God be merciful to me a sinner. Just pray: Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. Baptist Bible Fellowship Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.bbfi.org/index.php/about-us/articles-of-faith XI. Of Justification We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us. XII. Of Repentance And Faith We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. Independent fundamental Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.ifbweb.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=8 What WE BELIEVE That all we must do in order to receive this free gift is call upon His name, for Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; that whosever (meaning you and I) calleth upon His name shall not die, but have everlasting life. This is how simple it is: Only your decision to accept Jesus as your savior (turn to God) will save you. Trust Christ. Turn to God. Accept Jesus as your savior. Turn away from sin. Confess to everyone that you’ve accepted Jesus, not in words or deeds, but truly accepted Him. If you’ve trusted in Christ as your saviour, then I’m happy and excited for you. Please feel free to email us and let us know of your decision! BUT, it doesn’t stop there. Now that you’re a new creature in Christ, there are some ways to help you grow spiritually. 1. SHARE with others the commitment you’ve made. 2. Be baptized. Baptism acts as a public profession of your decision, is an act of obedience, and identifies you with Christ. Conservative Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.cbamerica.org/cba_Resources/Doctrinal_Statement.php Salvation We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross, is eternally secured by the Holy Spirit, and is received by faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. The Church We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. Landmark Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.landmarkbaptistchurch.org/gospel.php 3. Trusting Won’t you make that decision to trust him right now? If you have made that decision, you may want to pray to God to thank him for the gift of eternal life that he has provided for you. But remember that you are saved by trusting in the gospel, not by saying a prayer. God is concerned with the condition of your heart, not some words that you recite. If you want to thank God for this gift, but aren’t really sure how to pray to him, you can use the following as a guide. LORD, I know that I am a sinner. I know that, as a sinner, I deserve death. And I know that I cannot earn eternal life or work my way to heaven. But I believe that You died for my sins on the cross and paid my debt so that I can have eternal life as a free gift. I believe that you rose from the dead for my justification. I have decided to trust in you as my Savior and receive that gift. Thank you for dying for me and for your free gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen. If you have placed your trust in the gospel, you are now eternally saved. Nothing can change that. Regular Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.garbc.org/?page_id=31 VIII. Salvation We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. XV. Baptism and the Lords Supper We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. Seventh Day Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.seventhdaybaptist.org/content/salvation A Typical Prayer Of Surrender Lord, I confess to you that I am a sinner in need of your salvation. I be-lieve that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. So I ask you to forgive me of my sin. Lord, I want to repent by turning away from the sin in my life and turn to-ward you as my Savior. Lord, I want to surrender my life to you and ask you to make me the kind of person that you want me to be. I want to live my life for you. Lord, give me your Holy Spirit so that I can have the power I need to live a life that will be pleasing to you. I thank you that I am now your child. In Jesus’ name I thank and praise you, Amen. Sovereign Grace Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: www.sgba.net/information/statement_of_faith.php V. The Way of Salvation We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of God’s grace The salvation of God is therefore not merely made possible, but is actually procured, through Christ’s vicarious death, for all who believe savingly in Him. XV. Christian Baptism We believe that the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ; in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lord’s Supper. National Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.nationalbaptist.com/about-us/what-we-believe.html IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace V. JUSTIFICATION. We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin VI. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER. We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper. Old Time Missionary Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://oldtimemb.com/ourbeliefs.html We believe that salvation comes by faith through the grace of God and requires the hearing of the preached word, the inspiration and calling by the Holy Spirit and that it takes place not only in the mind, but most of all in the heart. Believing in your mind is insufficient as the demons also believed, and trembled. The word of God convicts us all who believe and is our strength through this life and into eternal life. [Then they give their source of authority] Pendleton Manual 1867 http://www.archive.org/stream/churchmanualdesi00pend#page/n1/mode/2up (p. 11) Regeneration is the spiritual process by which we become new creatures in Christ are born again born of the Spirit born of God quickened together with Christ renewed after the image of God, etc., & This being the case, regeneration does not occur in baptism. (p. 13) There is an actual, a real remission of sins when we believe in Christ there is a declarative, formal, symbolic remission in baptism. Full Gospel Baptist Church (Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.fullgospelbaptist.org ) FULL GOSPEL DISTINCTIVES VIII. We believe in Jesus Christ as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, who brings men and women at salvation into relationship with Himself and His Body, the Church. We further believe that it is the baptism of the Holy Ghost that places one into the Body of Christ. All Believers have been baptized by Christ with the Holy Ghost XIII. We believe all Believers are baptized with the Holy Ghost and all Believers should be filled with the Holy Ghost Compendium on Distinctives VIII and X A) Being filled with the Holy Ghost may and should occur subsequent to salvation in obedience to biblical exhortation. B) The baptism of the Holy Ghost occurs once and for all at salvation. C) Being filled with the Holy Ghost should not only be a continuous reality, but an ongoing characteristic of the believers consecrated holiness D) We believe in speaking in tongues, as our heavenly language, that builds us up in our most holy faith. Tongues is an indicator, not a qualifier. [Note: No mention is made of water baptism, only baptism of the Holy Ghost.] NARY BAPTIST CHURCH Evangelical Baptist Church Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.ebcct.org/beliefs.html SECTION X – GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION WE BELIEVE (a) that in order to be saved sinners must be born again (b) that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; (c) that it is instantaneous and not a process; (d) that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; (e) that the new creation is wrought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with Divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; (f) that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. SECTION XII JUSTIFICATION WE BELIEVE that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; (a) that Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; (b) that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemers blood is His righteousness imputed unto us. SECTION XIII – REPENTANCE AND FAITH WE BELIEVE that repentance and faith are (a) solemn obligations and (b) also inseparable graces (c) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God (d) thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy, (e) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. SECTION XV – BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER WE BELIEVE that Christian Baptism is (a) the believes immersion in water (b) into the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost; (c) to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (d) that in the scriptural order baptism precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Six-Principle Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://spbaptists.info/articles/fundamentals10.html Fundamentals of the Faith Baptism, though not essential to salvation, is absolutely essential to Christian obedience and to the declaration of those great truths which Baptism alone symbolizes and declares. Our Denomination and Its Distinguishing Traits Quotes copied & pasted from: http://spbaptists.info/synopsis.html Our denomination, Six-Principle Baptists, sometimes referred to as the Old or General Six-Principle Baptists, traces its origin in America to the ministry of Roger Williams in the 1600’s. Reformed Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://faithreformedbaptist.org/?page_id=127 Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling 1. Those whom God hath predestinated unto life, he is pleased in his appointed, and accepted time, effectually to call, by his Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ Chapter 11: Of Justification 1. Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous 2. Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification 4. God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect, and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins 5. God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justified, and although they can never fall from the state of justification Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith 1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts Chapter 17: Of The Perseverance of the Saints 1. Those whom God has accepted in the beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect unto, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election Cooperative Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.cbfonline.org A Look at Todays Baptist Beliefs The Baptist denomination is part of the protestant church that believes that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior and that salvation (being saved) is through faith in Jesus Christ alone. They believe that baptisms should be given to adult believers who can rightly take that choice, unlike other Christian denominations that baptize children. They believe it is a symbol and a sacrament but baptism is not necessary for a soul to be saved. Baptist BMA (Baptist Missionary Association of America) Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.fortworthbaptistchurch.org/Visitors/BMAADoctrine.asp Doctrinal Statement of the Baptist Missionary Association of America B. The Way of Salvation–Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17). D. The Ordinances of the Church–Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4) and is prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41, 42). 1. We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to earth, after which He shall reign in peace upon the earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6). 2. We believe the Scriptures to teach two resurrections: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming; the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:6, 12- 15). Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.fortworthbaptistchurch.org/Visitors/Salvation.asp “What must I do to be saved?” How do you ask Jesus for the Salvation which He offers? Simply say in your own words something like this: “Jesus, I am a sinner. I need your cleansing and your forgiveness. I believe that your are the Son of God and that you died to save me from my sins. I believe you are alive today and are waiting for me to be saved. Jesus will you now wash my heart and cleanse me from sin as I accept you as the Lord of my life?” Separate Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.separatebaptist.org/index.php?page=ourbeliefs Articles of Doctrine Article 4 We believe that salvation, regeneration, sanctification, justification and redemption are through faith in the life, death and resurrection, ascension and intercession of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Article 8 We believe that Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and feet washing are ordained of Christ appointed in the Church and none, but true believers, are proper subjects, and that immersion is the Gospel mode of baptism. Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.separatebaptist.org/index.php?page=symbolsummary Summary That whosoever will believe in God, Son and Holy Spirit, and that Christ was crucified and He is our salvation and being Baptized with the Holy spirit, believing in the word the eternal truth can be saved, we will have eternal life. American Baptist Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.abaptist.org/whatmustido.html What Must I Do To Be Saved? I. RECOGNIZE THAT FACT THAT YOU ARE LOST. II. RECOGNIZE THAT JESUS DIED AS YOUR SUBSTITUTE. III. REPENT TOWARD GOD, WITH GENUINE SORROW FOR THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A SINNER. IV. ASK GOD TO SAVE YOU, TO FORGIVE YOUR SIN FOR JESUS’ SAKE, AND TRUST (BELIEVE) WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT HE WILL. Fundamental Baptist Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.fbfi.org/constitution-aboutus-84 Article III – Statement of Faith Section 6. Salvation: We believe in the salvation of sinners through Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, Who is the only Savior of men by virtue of His shed blood, i.e., His substitutionary death for sinners. We believe that salvation is completely dependent on the grace of God, is a free gift of God that man cannot earn or merit in any way, and is appropriated by repentance and faith in the person and cross work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We hold that in salvation the believer is called, regenerated, Spirit baptized into union with Christ, justified, (including the forgiveness of sin and restoration to favor with God through the merit or righteousness of Christ), adopted, sanctified, and glorified. We believe that God secures and guarantees the final salvation of every true believer, and that the genuine believer will continue in his faith and show evidence of his faith in Christ until he meets the Lord. We believe all the elect of God, once saved, are kept by Gods power and are secure in Christ forever. Section 10. The Ordinances: We believe there are two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper… Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership. World Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.wbfi.net/statement.htm STATEMENT OF FAITH Section 12. Of Repentance and Faith We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour. Section 14. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s Supper. Section 18. Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events “That the Lord shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.” KJV Bible Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.kjvbible.com/agreement-of-belief Agreement of Belief The Baptist churches listed in the KJVBible Baptist Church Directory are believed to concur with this brief agreement of belief. The Bible We believe the AV 1611 King James Bible to be the perfect and infallible word of God. Salvation We believe a man is secured in his salvation eternally and unconditionally in this age at the moment he believes. The Ordinances We believe that believers should be immersed in water after being saved. Future Things We believe in a pre-millennial, pre-tribulational translation or rapture of the Church. We believe in the restoration of an earthly kingdom to Israel and a literal Millennial reign of Christ upon earth. Pentecostal Free Will Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://www.pfwb.org/missionstatement.htm OUR BELIEFS We believe that the saved should receive WATER BAPTISM, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, as a testimony to the world that he has accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the PENTECOSTAL BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN ENDUEMENT OF POWER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CLEAN HEARTS, and the initial evidence of the reception of this experience is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. We believe in DIVINE HEALING as provided in the Atonement. We believe in the SACRAMENT OF THE LORD´S SUPPER as commemorating Christ’s death and anticipating His Second Coming. And feet washing. We believe in the PERSONAL, PRE-MILLENIAL, SECOND COMING OF CHRIST; first, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to meet Him in the air; second, to reign with His saints on earth a thousand years. Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Quotes copied & pasted from: http://wabaptists.org Who We Are The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) is an organization of churches willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith.
  3. Was this woman's dream of God, or of Satan?   🤔

    Matt.27

    1. [19] When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

     

  4. Nowhere in the Scripture are believers commanded to figure out the date of Christ’s return. In fact, there is a great deal of Scriptural warning against date setting. Matt. 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matt. 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matt. 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. I Thess. 5:1-2 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. The Scripture teaches that we should be ready at anytime for the return of Christ. Nevertheless, many religious leaders claim to have discovered hidden codes in the Scripture, special methods of interpretation or revelation from God that allows them to determine the time of Christ’s return. DATE SETTERS OF THE PAST Prov. 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. In 365 A.D. Hillary of Potiers concluded that the Bible taught that Christ must return before 400A.D. In 236 A.D. early church father Hippolytus concluded that the return of Christ in 500 A.D. was taught in the Scriptures. Lactantus (250-330 A.D.) echoed this teaching as did a historical writer Julius Africanus. In 1179, John Toledo determined that Christ was returning in 1186. In 1147, Gerard of Pochide declared that he had found evidence of a 1306 return of Christ in Scripture. In 1190, Joachim of France taught that the return of Christ must take place before 1205. Pope Innocent III declared that Christ must return in 1284. German preacher Militz of Kromerig declared that the Bible taught that Christ must return between 1365 and 1367. In the 1520’s German preacher Melchoir Huffman taught that Christ must return in 1533. Michael Stiefel, an early German Lutheran preacher, claimed to have discovered the return of Christ in the Bible. He announced that Christ would return at 8:00 a.m. on October 19, 1533. He was rejected by Luther. A crowd gathered at the appointed time in Lachau, Germany. In 1490, Christopher Columbus wrote that Christ must return in 1672. The Fifth Monarchy men announced that they would begin the millennium and cause the return of Christ in the 1660’s. Baptist preacher, Benjamin Keach announced that Christ would return in 1689. German Lutheran preacher Alsted predicted the return of Christ in 1694. Johann Philipp Petri (1718-1792) taught that Christ must return around 1847. James Purves (1734-1795) wrote that Christ must return in 1766. Christopher Huffman preached that Christ must return in 1826. William Cunningham preached that Christ must return in 1839. John Wesley, founder of Methodism, preached that God must return in 1836. John Albrect Bengel (1687-1752) also interpreted the Bible as prophesying an 1836 return of Christ. Theologians named Ellicott and Cumming predicte The followers of William Irving (Catholic Apostolic Church) offered several conclusions as to the time of the return of Christ. First, 1835, then 1838, then 1864, then 1866. A once flourishing religious movement then died. Daniel Wilson, Archbishop of Calcutta, promised that the return of Christ must take place within 14 years of 1847. English preacher, Thomas Parker, concluded that the return of Christ must take place in 1859. William Miller, the inspiration for the Seventh Day Adventist Movement, preached that the Bible taught March 21, 1843 return of Christ. Disappointed followers were assured that October 22, 1844 would be the time. American preachers Brewer and Decker taught an 1867 return of Christ. Class Epps, a Russian preacher taught that Christ must return between March 8, 1889 and March 8, 1891. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, predicted an 1890 return of Christ. He claimed that he heard the voice of God declaring the date. In 1902, 1600 Russians called Dukhobers waited in the nude for Christ to return to a rural Canadian village. There were a number of cases of frostbite. Charles Taze Russell, founder of Jehovah’s Witness movement, taught that his study of the Bible revealed that Christ would return in 1910. Then 1914. Then 1929. A preacher named Guiness wrote that 1923 was the year. In 1860, Piazzi Smith, Royal Astronomer of Scotland, wrote that the Great Pyramid of Egypt revealed that Christ would return in 1960. In the 1930’s, Australian preacher Leonard Sale Harrison, toured the U.S. preaching that Christ must return in 1940-1941. Radio preacher Herbert W. Armstrong taught that his Bible study revealed the return of Christ in 1936. In 1937, he announced that 1972 was the real date. This was later changed to 1979. Moses David Berg, founder of the Children of God cult, prophesied the return of Christ in 1973. Baptist Evangelist Art Wilson preached for years that Christ must return in 1974. In 1957, British teacher Adam Rutherford published 1500 pages (4 volumes) on the relationship between the Bible and the Great Pyramid of Egypt. His research concluded that Christ must return in 1978 or 1979. In the late 1970’s, con artist John Todd preaching a 1981 return of Christ in many Pentecostal and Baptist churches. Arnold Murray founder of the Shepherd’s Chapel radio church, predicted a 1980 return of Christ. In 1987, Edgar Whisenant published, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988.” Thousands of copies were mailed free of charge to churches. He concluded that Christ must return between September 11-12-13. He followed this with a book “Why Christ Must Return in 1989.” This time the return of Christ was forecast between September 11-13 in 1989. T.V. preacher Jack Van Impe has suggested a 1976 return for Christ, then 2000, now 2010. A Korean Pentecostal preacher, Lee Jang Rim, promoted the idea that Christ would return at 10:00 a.m. October 28, 1992. In the 1500’s Mother Shipton, a mystic promoted heavily by James Dobson, predicted a 1991 return of Christ. Pentecostal preacher Dorothy Miller taught a September 28, 1992 return of Christ. Warren Jeff, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ, taught that Christ must return between 1993 and 1997. The he declared April 6, 2005 as the date for Christ’s return. He now suggests 2010. Pentecostal preacher Benny Hinn predicted a 1993 return of Christ. In 1992, prominent radio preacher Harold Camping published “1994”. He taught that the Old Testament offerings predicted that Christ would return in 1994, between September 5 and September 27. He has more recently published “Time Has an End: A Biblical History of the World 11,013 B.C. – 2011 A.D. Pastor John Hinkle also concluded that the Bible taught that Christ would return in 1994 A. D. The Seventeenth Week Newsletter predicted a 1997 return of Christ because of the Hale-Bopp Comet. Pentecostal preacher Tracy Peterson, prophesied the return of Christ on May 8, 1999. God’s Salvation Church promised that Christ would return in 1999 in Texas. Gulham Cooper prophesied the return of Christ on January 1, 2000. Charismatic writer, Rebecca Harrison, promised a May 17, 2000 return of Christ. Charismatic preacher, Dan Millar declared September 21, 2000 to be the day. Jim Searey, a Presbyterian preacher, declared that Christ would return in October 2000. He also declared that Prince Charles was the Antichrist. He was influenced by the book “The Anti-christ and a Cup of Tea” by Jim Cohen. The Lord’s Witnesses, a split off the Jehovah’s Witnesses, declared that Christ would return in October 2000. They later changed this to a date in 2001 then another date in 2001. They now promise the Lord’s return in 2008. Pentecostal preacher, Marilyn Agee, first prophesied the return of Christ on May ­ 22, 1999. She then changed the date to June 11, then June 20, then July 9 then August 20. She now predicts the return of Christ in 2006. Stuart Cobbs predicted an October 5, 2005 return of Christ. CONCLUSION These date setters all have one thing in common – they were all wrong! The literal interpretation of Scripture would prevent Bible students from making such mistakes. After his two embarrassing failures, Edgar Whisenant wrote “I guess God doesn’t always do think the way man thinks He will”. Amen! The internet abounds with prophecies about the return of Christ in 2006. Also in 2007, 2008, 2009 and especially 2010. I would not at all be surprised if Christ returns during that time frame. But if He does, it won’t have anything to do with the calculations of any man or woman. Deut. 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. If Christ had wanted us to know the date of His return, He would have told us clearly in the Scripture. By: Dr. Phil Stringer
  5. That Democrat debate last night was crazy. Its good to watch all parties, not just yours.  🤪

  6. When was the last time you remember, quoting or saying this verse?  😇

     

    Jas.4     [15] For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

     

  7. I agree with you Sir, but it does happens. I don't think pastors are doing this all the time, but some do it for more backup. to push the message out. Like for tithing, or building fund, and growth.
  8. I am not picking on anyone or am I hiding anything here. I openly mention my website http://thegloryland.com on my home page. You can join all my messages if it can be done, past and present. I never mention names to my post, of pastors or members, churches by name doing wrong. The truth does hurt, but you are correct, I did mention the world, that is in correct. I meant many people. The are many false teachers out there, even in the IBC. Why not alert other to keep your eyes open. If I say lets build are church far away, on a island to our self. Would you not blow the Wiesel?
  9. I know that some of my post can be sensitive, but Christians need to speak and preach freely. This is where the Evangelist comes into play. Where pastors cannot, or are afraid to talk about, this is called weakness. I told my wife, if I die, she can get remarried. If she cares or want to, our wife are just like are kids, they are not ours. Wife's are a gift from God. There are no wedding reunions, or sex in heaven. A man in heaven, once married for 60 years ran into to his wife he had on the earth, in heaven. She said, my love to him, he said to her. Our contract said to death do us part, our earthly contract is over... smile
  10. My post are not weird, ask any single pastor or wife. Some pastors might get jealous just thinking about it. Don’t worry be happy. : )
  11. If a young or old pastor passes away, can his wife get remarried. We know that the bible says to death do you part, so why does the world expect that she remain single, the rest of her life? Like if it is a sin to get remarried again. The same applies in some cases, for single pastors. I think it would be nice if someone comes up with dating website for single pastors, and for X Pastors wife's, looking.
  12. I remember a sweet old lady that we use to give a ride to church, rest in peace. She would put a few dollars in the offering plate, which is fine to do. But will spend over a thousand of dollars on their pet, when they got sick. I never told her anything about it, but it did go through my mine. Where ever is your heart, there nearby will follow your money.
  13. Romans 3: 10 As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3: 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Visible Light Spectrum Romans 5: 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. Romans 8: 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 5: 8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 10: 8 – 11 But what does it say? The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. (that is, the Word of faith which we preach): That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. Romans 2: 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 6: 1 – 7 What should we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were, therefore, buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 2: 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. Romans 8: 28 – 39 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  14. This is a question which is asked more frequently as people today seem to be treating their beasts more like humans, and humans more like beasts. Everyone can understand that when a beloved animal dies it is a natural reaction to feel some sorrow and anguish because of the loss. But we must not confuse emotion and human feelings, with biblical principles. On this earth, we know only in part, and so we often neglect to address the question in light of the Bible, and fail to comprehend that all living things in this world (besides man), are temporal. That includes organisms, insects, plants, reptiles, and animals. These things are a part of God’s magnificent creation, but they do not have an immortal soul. It is only the spirits of men which are immortal spirits. Emotionalism notwithstanding, the spirits of men are the only spirits which partake in the resurrection to life after death. Many professing Christians judge truth by what ‘seems’ right for God to do (in their own eyes), even forging such bonds between themselves and their beasts that they cannot even fathom a heaven which would not include their beloved animals. To hear them speak, it is almost as if they will look upon God as unrighteous if He won’t save their pet animals. It’s just part and parcel of the same arrogant ‘me mentality’ which is sweeping over most of our Churches today, and degrading the historical Church. The rebellious attitude that life is all about how I feel, or about what I want, or about how I see things. Man’s spiritual eyes should never be focused on his pets (indeed, upon himself) where he loves the creation more than the creator. His eyes should be squarely on the great Shepherd, and the commission we have been given to feed His Sheep. That should be our hope, and that is what is lacking in our Churches today. The thought of spending eternity along with our beloved pets may be a temporal comfort as we are in the flesh, but we are losing sight of where our real joy and comfort should come from. It doesn’t come from me and my relationship to my pet in heaven, or even my loved ones in heaven, but my relationship with Christ. I love pets, but I am sorry all dogs do not go to heaven. Enjoy them while you have them, When they die? it is alright to cry, for you just lost a good friend.
  15. Thanks again for replying, others cannot or will not reply, maybe because they don't think this could happen here. But if we cannot support a gay Pastor, how can we support a gay president. I don't want to put you on a spot, or we can just think about it. All sins, are sins in the bible, but homosexual sins are treated by God differently, and with anger and destruction?
  16. Why do they say that baptism started in the 17th Century, By the protestant movement, when John the Baptist, Baptized by immersion, when Christ walked on earth? Google quote: The name 'Baptist' comes from the Baptist practice of immersion in water. It was coined in the seventeenth century by opponents to the new movement but rejected by followers themselves. It wasn't until the nineteenth century that Baptists accepted the use of the label to describe themselves
  17. Why so many Christians don't like talking about politics? 1. Afraid to loose members or followers. 2. Afraid to stand for the truth, what will they think, or say of me. 3. Afraid they might close the door to a opportunity. 4. Afraid they might not look to religious, if they do talk politics. 5. Afraid to be be on the wrong side. 6. Why are you afraid to talk about politics?
  18. America ready for a LGBTQ President ? I say never, but who am I. What I can see, is the blindness all around the States. People with eyes that cannot see, and having ears, but are not able to hear. I believe that our first gay president, could be a candidate that turns against our Jewish partners, and to the State of Jerusalem. Signs of the times.
  19. E Morales

    For the Love of Money

    Most Americans are characterized for sure by two features: They love money and they are in debt. The Bible is plain regarding the love of money. “For the love of money is the root of all evil (I Tim. 6: 10). There are many attendant problems associated with the love of money (I Tim. 6: 5-11). Having said this, money is vital to and in our lives. How can one obey the command to provide for one’s own without an awareness, appreciation, and acquisition of money (I Tim. 6: 10, Eph. 6: 2). Regarding debt and money, there is a relevant command that seems to have been almost forgotten. Paul wrote thus to the Christians at Rome: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (13: 8). Let us now focus more on the subject of debt under two headings. All accountable men have a debt (something owed to another). The debt is sin and sin, I submit, is universal (I Jn. 1: 7-10). Jesus taught, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6: 12). Commentator Albert Barnes makes some excellent comments on the thought and concept of the “debt” mentioned by Jesus. Please consider them: “Debtors are those who are bound to others for some claim in commercial transactions.Literally there can be no such transaction between God and us. It must be used figuratively. We have not met the claims of law. We have violated its obligations. We are exposed to its penalty. We are guilty, and God only can forgive, in the same way as none but a creditor can forgive a debtor. The word ‘debts’ here, therefore, means ‘sins’ or offences against God – offences which none but God can forgive” (Barnes Notes on the New Testament, Vol. 1, Matt. 6: 12). God will forgive man his debt of sin and God expects man to forgive those who have personally sinned against him (Matt. 6: 12, 18: 23-35). Not only does the teaching of Matthew 18: 23-35 contain the glorious thought that God will forgive man of his sin, but the text also presents sin or debt comparatively viewed. The comparison is between man’s sins against God and man’s sins against man. From this comparison, we learn that man’s sins against his fellow man are small in debt compared to man’s sins against God (see vs. 23-35). In fact, the enormity of the debt of sin owed to God is such that the record states, “And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay (vs. 24, 25, ten thousand talents was an amount totally out of the reach of the average man to pay, regardless of the different possible currency considerations). Man, on the other hand, is seen owing man a much smaller debt (vs. 28). Man’s spiritual debt to God cannot be paid by man’s meritorious efforts, this is another paramount lesson in Matthew 18: 23-35. The forgiveness from God must be “out of compassion” and not because we have paid off the debt (vs. 27, 32, 33). In the language of Paul, man cannot work and earn salvation or freedom from spiritual debt (Rom. 4). However, this is not to say that “Jesus did it all on the cross; therefore, man is totally passive.” Man resolves his spiritual debt by appropriating God’s grace (Eph. 2: 8, 9). Involved in this appropriation is belief, repentance, confession of Jesus’ deity, and water baptism for the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2: 36-38, Rom. 10: 9, 10). The Christian continues to contact Jesus’ blood (the means of the debt being retired) by “walking in the light” and “confessing his sins” (I Jn. 1: 7-10). In the matter of debt to man, Paul experienced a great feeling of debt, to preach the debt releasing gospel to all men (Rom. 1: 14-16). What a thought: we are as far as our own means are concerned, hopelessly in debt to God and facing ultimate condemnation throughout all eternality, but God has made our forgiveness possible through the blood of his Son (Matt. 26: 28). The matter of financial debt. According to one survey, the average American owes $6,000.00 in credit card debt. Some of the debt involves such an exorbitant interest rate that many of these people will never be able to recover. The Christian is to, “make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fall, they may receive you into everlasting habitations” (Lk. 16: 9, see vs. 1-13). I am convinced that Jesus is teaching the proper use of money in this parable. One can correctly make use of money by visiting the fatherless and the widows in their affliction (Jas. 1: 27). Assisting the needy in general and contributing into the treasury of the local church (Eph. 4: 28; cp. I Cor. 16: 1, 2). Financial debt can and does contribute to spiritual failure. Financial worries constitute a portion of the “cares of this life” that result in not bearing fruit to God’s glory (Lk. 8: 14). Marriage failure, mental, and emotional problems are all often connected to financial indebtedness. Families are deteriorating often because both the mother and father are so deeply in debt that they are working long hours just to try to keep from going under or experiencing bankruptcy. Paul said: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13: 8). I do not think that Paul necessarily means to say that purchasing on time or taking out credit is automatically a sin. When one charges a purchase, one is promising to pay by installments. If the installment is not paid, one has not fulfilled the promise. In fact, the word “owe” on Romans 13: 8 is the Greek opheilo, which means a moral obligation. Credit is taken too lightly today and bankruptcy is too readily available to enable people to escape their debts. Some ways to avoid, meet, and control debt. In the first place, many of the “things” for which people incur debt are not things that man really needs. Americans have come to think that they must have it all and maintain a certain lifestyle. We have too often forgotten the basic necessities of life, food, shelter, and clothing (Matt. 6: 25-34). Covetousness and lack of contentment are rampant (Heb. 13: 5). In many cases, by being diligent and industrious in labor we can avoid objectionable debt. The Christian is to be the opposite of sloth and laziness (Col. 3: 22, 23). The teaching of the wise man is always applicable: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” (Eccl. 9: 10, contrast with Prov. 6: 6-11). Many are living beyond their means. Plastic money is a temptation some cannot resist; hence, they financially overextend themselves. In doing local preaching, I have too many times encountered families that were in financial bondage. “We cannot help or participate in different acts because we are so in debt,” I have heard. I have always found that such problems are the result of being too fond of material things (I Tim. 6: 6-10). Lack of money management is often the cause of people’s financial problems. One simple way to track and channel expenditures is to keep a log or record of where your money is being spent. When some have done this, they have been shocked at the percentage going for “recreation.” Keeping a log can help us assess our financial priorities and make the necessary adjustments (Matt. 6: 33). Husbands and wives should work together in financial management. This is especially true when both the husband and wife are involved in secular work. Separate checkbooks, credit cards, etc. can and often do lead to financial embarrassment if they are not monitored. The family should be working together in such matters, not going their own separate ways (see Prov. 31: 10-31). Many are in financial want because they ignore hard, honest work and seek after the easy, fast money. Increase in gambling is reflective of such an attitude, I believe. “If I could only win the lottery,” some repine. Constancy over a period of time is always the practice that pays great dividends. The bottom line in the matter of financial debt is self-control. Credit is much too available and many do not seem to be able to resist it. I was speaking to a young person just the other day and asked, “when was the last time you went home? ” She answered and I mentioned that I was sure the cost of travel was a big factor. “Oh, no,” she replied, “when I want to do something and I do not have the money, I just charge it to my credit card.” In conclusion, God’s great love is willing to release us from the debt of sin and spiritual bondage (Rom. 5: 6-10). As a result, we should appropriate God’s debt releasement and ever be ready to forgive those who sin against us (Matt. 18: 23-35). We are admonished to, “Owe no man anything and we need to also be aware of excessive debt to man, viewing such as a moral obligation to be taken seriously. Author unknown, post taken from my website TGL.
  20. Thank you for answering to this post. My million dollar question now is, what if a gay man wins to be the president of the United States. What will the born again Christians do? For I know that the lost, so called Christians will support the gay movement or a gay president. The days of Sodom and Gomorrah have returned. Old message below posted on my website, but I would like someone to reply to the post above and keep on the topic Christians and Politics, thanks. Homosexuality has been around a long time and is nothing new. It has been instrumental in destroying a number of civilizations. It is shocking to see how governmental leaders, doctors, educators and many others have turned pro-gay. However, the most disgusting thing is to see gay churches, gay ministers and pro-gay religious leaders. Nothing is holy to these ungodly people. They dare to suggest that David and Jonathan were homosexual friends. Some have said that Jesus was gay since He never married. It grieves us to repeat such trash, but people should know what is going on!! HOMOSEXUAL DENOMINATION IS GROWING! Rev. Troy D. Perry started a homosexual denomination 8 or 9 years ago, after being asked to resign from the Church of God because of his homosexuality. By October 1975 this denomination had grown to 89 congregations scattered across the land. They boast of many thousands of members in these 89 congregations. It is known as The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. They are sponsoring a bicentennial program that will culminate in Washington, D.C., where the denomination will hold its 7th General Conference in 1976. (The 6th Conference in Aug. 1975 at Dallas, was attended by more than 1,000). We have many clippings, describing churches organized by this group across the nation. They have also helped organize a “gay” synagogue for homosexual Jews in California.– Adapted from RNS dispatch in Baptist Bible Tribune, 10-3-75 and from other sources. Rev. Troy Perry married a 23 year old Chicago male in June 1972. This marriage of two males was an Episcopalian rite, according to Perry. In 1971, Perry journeyed to New York, where he conducted anniversary services for the 600 member Parish of the Beloved Disciple in New York. (This church is a part of another gay denomination that is in the Orthodox tradition). While there Troy performed the marriage ceremony for Father Robert Clement, Parish Pastor, and his male lover of 12 years. Perry was assisted in the ceremony by Episcopal Priest Robert Weeks and former Catholic Priest Stephen Marion. GAY MINISTERS AND CHURCHES IN THE NEWS Homosexual Church received into the Greater Seattle Council of Churches. On the final vote, there was only one dissenting vote.–F.E.A. Sept., Oct. 1975. Glide Memorial Methodist Church openly advocates homosexuality. This San Francisco Church is a member of the United Methodist Church. It was founded and is funded by a trust, from Mrs. Lizzie Glide, widow of an oil millionaire back in the 1920’s. In 1969, the pastor of Glide Meth. spoke to 2,000 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in St. Louis. According to Blu-Print 4-25-72, here is what he said: “In every service at Glide Church we embrace one another. We kiss one another. We smell one another. We feel one another. The chairman of my Official Board was an admitted homosexual. And why not? This is one way for every person to find his sexual identity…Most of our people believe in the communal life. I have not married a single couple at Glide who were not already living together…People become stimulated in our church happenings. We believe in people doing their thing and doing what they want to. Several have became so stimulated…they have disrobed. One young man came to church covered only by a blanket…he walked up front and threw his blanket down and stood there totally naked. I walked over and patted him and said, Man what a beautiful body you have.” Blu-Print also reported that the Northern Calif. Council of Churches have their offices in the Glide building. I have here before me, a picture of two homosexual men being married in the Glide Church. THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH “A major board of the United Methodist Church has recommended that the 10 million member denomination accept a more open policy toward membership for homosexuals.” The board is asking for a revision of the church’s present policy which would read, “We welcome all persons regardless of sexual orientation in the fellowship and membership of the church.”–From Philadelphia Inquirer of 10-31-75. The United Methodist Youth Ministry Council urges ordination of homosexuals in the United Methodist Church.–Maranatha Baptist Watchman 1-75. Vote to suspend homosexual Methodist preacher was 144-117. Rev. Gene Leggett, a 36 year old clergyman was suspended by the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He admitted being an homosexual.– Baptist Bible Tribune 7-2-71. Isn’t it amazing that 117 (44%) voted against suspension??? The Episcopalians and Homosexuals. On Aug. 9, 1973 the Diocese of Michigan recommended in Detroit that they open the ministries of the denomination to admitted homosexuals and allow church buildings to be used by homosexual groups.–Voice of the Nazarene, Jan. 1975. Avowed homosexuals will be excluded from future ordination as deacons, priests or bishops in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, the church’s state convention has voted.–Lubbock Avalanche Journal 1976. Anglican (Episcopal) Scholar sees no reason to bar ordination of homosexuals. The scholar’s name is Dr. W. Norman Pittenger of King’s College, Cambridge University.–B.B.T. 4-13-73 United Church of Christ and Sodomy! Homosexuals should be ordained to the ministry. Homosexuality as such should not be an issue in considering qualifications for ordination, the Council for Church and Ministry, a United Church of Christ agency said here in a recommendation to the denomination’s Executive Council.–Baptist Bible Tribune 10-19-73. United Church of Christ ordains homosexual! A conference of lay and clergy delegates from 19 Bay Area churches voted 62-34 to ordain William Johnson to the ministry. Johnson said, “I hope some day to share a deep love relationship with another man.”–Blu-Print 5-2-72. The United Church of Christ is one of the major denominations having 6,699 churches, a membership of 1,928,674 and 9,378 ordained clergymen. Powerful forces are working in many denominations to approve homosexual life style and homosexual ministers. Never mind what the Bible says. These blind spiritual leaders are determined to build the 20th CENTURY CHURCHES OF SODOM!
  21. Trump has been acquitted, now he can go back to work and hopefully they stop spending taxpayers money trying to impeach him. I know that there are many brothers and sisters in Christ. that do not like this man, and I can understand why, but remember we’re all sinners, that we all need to repent, and that we are all saved by the grace of God.
  22. I enjoyed the president speech last night and good to see that his cabinet is full of Christians, perfect Christians no, but Christians that believe in God. Let’s keep it that way for as long as we can.
  23. Today Christians doesn’t care much about politics. Our founding fathers and all those that ran to be a politician were Christians, here in America. What change? Immorality have changed much here, what was bad, is now called okay. Christians and churches are more self centered. Don’t want to participate, or they say something like God is in control. Are you going to let the liberals, take over and just give up? Or are we going to support those that support the Christian faith. You decide, for me and my house we will serve, and support the Lord. Thank you, E Morales
  24. Yesterday, a rich and famous person passed away, I don't even have to mention their name. But you already know who am I talking about. This is where good works kick in, its very hard to see that if a person that does good works, like help the poor and needy, don't go to heaven. Only the Lord knows, for we that believe know that by doing good works only, we cannot go to heaven. The world is shocked by this death, and I am shocked by so many that are touched. The bible tells us that he that believe is not condemn, he that believe not is condemned already. Many do not like to hear this, and this is why Christians will have a very hard time, in the last days.
  25. (By Dr. Art Wilson, August 1988) “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalms 127:1). Without a doubt, God wanted just such a church. Draw your own conclusions from the facts here set forth. I was a Colorado-born and raised, young man. My ministry grew swiftly after preaching my first two sermons, back to back. The first was on a street meeting at the corner of 18th and Larimer Streets in Denver, the second, in the Denver Rescue Mission, just a half block away. That was September, 1933. Much of my early ministry included leading the congregational singing, training choirs, and singing solos. That was because of two things: (1) music was all my service for Christ for two years previous, and (2) music men were very scarce. Remember, we are talking of the great depression days. From September of 1933, until February of 1937, I was kept busy in meetings throughout Colorado. That month, I received an invitation from the College Hill Baptist Church (Central at Erie) to come for a meeting in the Fall. It commenced in Mid-November and concluded the week following Thanksgiving (3 weeks). The Pastor had expressly requested that I would speak to the church on the evils of the old Northern Baptist Convention (now American Baptist) and show them how to get out and to become Wichita’s first “Independent Baptist Church”. That night I spoke on the subject. The Pastor and Board of Deacons of the Faith Baptist Church (1400 South Broadway – now Immanuel) attended at the Pastor’s invitation, specifically to hear what I would say because that church, too, was a convention-controlled church. After the service, that pastor and those deacons stayed to talk with me. God had moved and challenged their hearts. The result: they invited me to hold a meeting at their church and during it to preach that same sermon and give the same instructions to their congregation (about five times larger than College Hill’s). When the night came, God gave a packed house and a powerful meeting. I could not, as a visiting preacher, preside over the business of a church vote on the matter in either church, but as God’s preacher, I could and did say, “Now that you know the truth, how many believe that your church should stop supporting Bible-denying schools and professors and get out of the Convention and that when your pastor brings it up at a business meeting, you’ll vote for withdrawal?” At College Hill, the vote was unanimous (about 93-0). At Faith, there was one loud dissenter against over 500 who stood for the truth. Summarily the two pastors were overjoyed, and stated that at their next church business meeting, they would take the official vote. They declared that they looked forward to the joy and liberty of an independent church. Before leaving to return to Colorado, both pastors and their deacons, knowing I had a large tent (60×120), asked me if I would come back to Wichita for a tent meeting that the two churches would sponsor. A date was set – about Mid-August. In the meanwhile, we were corresponding on the coming meeting. I returned to Wichita for three days in May to search for a location. It was at that time I leased and paid for the use of a city block in Mathewson pasture, between Central and 3rd Streets and two blocks east of Cleveland. I also made contracts for radio time and newspaper advertising. It’s a good thing I did, as you’ll see momentarily. By Mid-June, I received letters from some families in each church, telling me that they did not know what happened, but that their pastor did not bring the convention matter to the floor for a vote at their recent business meeting and were acting “strange” when approached on the matter. Because I was in a battle with the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, and a few prominent citizens in the city of Ft Morgan, Colorado, over banishing the Bible from the school (mind you, this was 1938) and could see my meeting there would need to be extended, I wrote both pastors to tell them. I also said that I would be starting the Wichita meeting on Labor Day Sunday night; that I would arrive Thursday and needed much manpower to get the tent up, seats and platform built, etc. Soon I got the shock of my life when I received a registered, special delivery letter from both of them the same day. They said the same thing. “If you can’t start when you first said, the surely the meeting is not of God, so we will not sponsor the meeting either financially or in attendance of our people. In fact, if you come, we are convinced that the meeting will be of the Devil and utterly fail.” I laid the letters on a chair and got down to pray, asking the Lord what to do. He did not delay His answer, but assured my heart that I should go to Wichita anyhow, and that He would be with me and see me through. He also said, “Just pray for those men, but do not mention the matter at any time.” I obeyed God and kept His promise. For seven and one-half weeks, the meeting was glorious, but it became so cold we had to stop. So on Thursday night, October 27th, I announced, “The meeting closes tonight, but we are going to begin the first ‘Independent Baptist Church’ in Wichita on Sunday morning.” In December, the 3rd and Cleveland property was purchased. On January 1, 1939, a ground (and snow) breaking service was held. On May 14, 1939, we moved into the Tabernacle. There are a thousand other details, but I’m convinced God wanted to do it like He did. Then came the Second World War and people flocked to church in great numbers. Hearts were heavy and sad as nearly everyone had a loved one on the battlefield and they were seeking help and comfort. At almost every service, the Tabernacle was packed and it was not unusual to see anywhere from 6 to 15 or even 20 people accept Christ at each service. The summer campaigns in the mammoth tent were filled to capacity. I can remember on special occasions when the children had to sit on the platform and a number of people stood around the tent on the outside because all the seats were filled. God gave Brother Wilson many sermon topics that were especially appropriate for that time such as: “The End of the OPA”. The Gold Star in God’s Window”, “The World’s Greatest Blood Donor”, “What Kind of Death Will Adolph Hitler Die””, “Is Roosevelt Our Last President?”, and scores of others. On April 9, 1944, a Sunrise Easter Service was held at 6:00AM at Linwood Park. At 3:00 in the afternoon, the Corner Stone was laid for a new Sunday School Building. This additional space was desperately needed. In May of 1944, the Gospel was taken to Plainview with the “Christ for Plainville Campaign” just across from Plainview on Oliver. Assisting Rev. Wilson with song leading was Revis McGrew. September of the same year brought the “Back to Christ and the Bible” campaign in the big tent at Mathewson and the first with Evangelist Art Wilson and the famous Chicago Jubilee Gospel Singers. On November 5, 1944, the church sponsored a great Christian rally at the Wichita Forum. Four thousand to forty-five hundred turned out to hear Rev. Wilson speak on “Who Does God Want For President?” The year, 1946, brought the “Downtown Gospel Crusade” with the Myers Evangelistic Quartet in the big tent at Waco and Douglas. It was during this meeting that Bud Dickson was saved. He presently pastors a large church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The members of the church under the leadership of Bro. Wilson were always ready to get the Gospel out to the people regardless of the cost. This has been manifest by the many meetings that have been held in the City Forum, which had a seating capacity of approximately 20,000. From August 26 through September 16, 1945, the church sponsored the “Christ For Greater Wichita” campaign at the City Forum with Rev. Wilson doing the preaching and Cy and Susie Ramseyer furnishing the music. It was during this meeting that Rev. Wilson brought many wonderful illustrated sermons with the final one being, “The Great Judgment Morning”. At the close of one of those Forum meetings (and let me say here, that those meetings usually lasted until 10:30 or 11:00 at night. Getting out at 9:00 was unheard of in those days.) Well anyway, at the close of the meeting, Rev. Wilson announced that he would like to see all the friends and members of the church at a special meeting at the Tabernacle as soon as everyone would have time to get over there. Now, I ask you, what other kind of a meeting could Brother Wilson have that late at night and in the midst of a revival meeting, except to raise money. Such was the opinion of many people who went on home. Can you imagine our astonishment and great disappointment when we found out the next day that it was not a meeting to take up a special offering as we had supposed, but the wedding of Brother Art Wilson and Elaine Sweet. On March 28, 1948, the City Forum was again the site chosen for the giant Easter service – three of them, in fact: 10:30am, 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Let me say here, the City Fathers didn’t invite our pastor and church to hold meetings in the City Forum. To the contrary, those meetings had to be booked in advance and at a pretty steep price too. But where there is no vision, the people perish and our people had a vision to get the Gospel out to as many people of Wichita as they could. Also in 1948, Ike Foster and Olson Hodges were sent to the Mission Fields. In June, 6 men were ordained as preachers: Homer Ritchie, Bert Rudder, Bill Williams, A.V. Callaway, Clyde Billingsley, and Charles Chaney. Then in August, we had our first church-wide picnic with games, contests, races and surprises. This turned out to be such a success that we have made it an annual affair. The Tenth Anniversary in 1948, was celebrated by a Bible School. This was not unusual as most of our anniversaries were celebrated by an eight-day Bible School, with preachers coming in from mall over the state. There were usually six or eight speakers during the day and two or three at night. But the 1948 Bible School was unique in that all the speakers, singers, etc., who were to take part on the Program were those who began their Christian work in the local church. Nearly 50 Gospel Workers had gone from this church into full-time fields in the first ten years. The year 1949 brought many blessings. In March, our pastor held a revival in Salina. On Wichita night, large continental buses transported our choir and people to the meeting. Besides being a help in the meeting, much good fellowship was had by everyone. In May our church held a Mission Conference with Bill and Lois Logan from China. Jacob Rosenthal, the Jewish friend of our pastor, put on the Passover Feast. Then in July, came five weeks of “The Heaven and Home Campaign” at George Washington Blvd., and Lincoln and Estelle, with Heaven, itself, as its only roof for it was the first out of doors revival the City had ever known. Five of America’s great Gospel preachers shared the speaking role: Rev. Wilson spoke the first week, followed by Curtis Thorpe of Odessa, Texas; Bill Dowell of Springfield, Missouri; Charles Dyer from Arizona; and Harvey Springer of Denver, Colorado. In January and February of 1951, we had another citywide meeting in the Forum. Bill Frerking led the singing, Art Barr, a Gospel Artist from Denver, drew beautiful pictures that kept the audience spellbound, and Emil Aanderud, a trumpeter, furnished the special music, along with Raymond Miller, the nine year old boy who played 15 different musical instruments. Over 100 souls were saved and many were baptized and came into the church. Our Easter services were again held in the Forum Arcadia with the Chicago Jubilee Singers furnishing the music. Then in April, Art Wilson went to prison. This was snot just an ordinary prison, but the famous Folson Prison in San Francisco Bay which is a United States Federal Prison especially for dangerous criminals. Rest assured, Rev. Wilson wasn’t sent there; he was invited to speak to the prisoners. What a great opportunity that was to be able tell those people who have no hope in this world that they can have hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Northeast Campaign at 13th and Oliver was held for three weeks during August of 1949. Elmer Manor from Houston, Texas; DA Cabin from Fort Worth, Texas; and Captain Edgar Band with the Intelligence Department, each spoke a week during the meeting. On the 13th Birthday, new hymn books were presented by the members’ special offering. The year, 1952 started out with “Back to God” rallies in the City Forum for 8 consecutive Sunday nights. This was followed by 15 nightly meetings in the Forum Arcadia in February. In March, a new $4,600 organ was presented to the church by 11 individuals. In August, 1953, groundbreaking services for an addition to the Sunday School building was held. The Junior Department had to move to the Washington School building because they had outgrown their present quarters. A citywide “Special Dedication” revival campaign, with Evangelist George Hodges from Jacksonville, Florida, was held at the Tabernacle in April, 1956. In 1963, our 25th Great Silver Anniversary was observed by an eight-day Homecoming, Statewide Bible Conference with some 35 of our preacher boys doing the speaking. What a joy it was to hear and see those who had been called out of our church so many years before. Dr. D.A> Cavin, who surrendered to preach before the church was a year old, was the main speaker and Gary Smith, who was still attending Bible Seminary, was the youngest of the group. It was at this conference that the money was raised to send Brother Wilson to the Holy Land. The boys and girls had a great time in August, 1964, during our daily vacation Bible School which was conducted by Ray Wilson, in the form of a big top Bible circus. A large tend was erected behind the Tabernacle and what went on under that tent was positively fabulous. Stories were acted out each day as children sat in awe. The boy who brought the most new ones that week (over 40) won an airplane trip over Wichita. Everyone, including the adult workers, had a wonderful time. In October, 1965, Brother Wilson was honored by being nominated the President of the Bible Baptist Fellowship International. He had led the Fellowship in that capacity three years straight – 1959-1962. The Lord used him in a mighty way and gave him the physical and spiritual strength he needed to uphold this office. In December, 1965, our church was honored with the presence of the “World’s Biggest Christian”. Standing 7’8″ tall and towering over everyone, Max Palmer gave his testimony as to how the Lord had saved him. We were all amazed at his size and thankful the Devil had lost a real “Goliath”. Our Music Department made a sacred music record in the year 1966. Much time and work went into this record but all were pleased when the record finally came back in its colorful folder. New hymn books were also purchased this year. Then in August of 1966, we bid farewell to the Dwight Billingsley family, missionaries to Lebanon. A fellowship was held and the short program included a speech from John Stevens, the Wichita Mayor who was in Lebanon and who had a special interest in those people in that country. Brother Wilson then presented the Billingsleys with a check for $2,200 from the church to care for their fares and freight. The Church’s Annual Missionary Conference in 1967 brought besides several missionaries and their families, a singer by the name of Richard Miller. The unusual thing about this musician was that he was born without arms or legs. Nevertheless he played his own organ and guitar and accompanied himself while he sang. He was a real blessing to everyone and certainly a challenge to those of us who have all our facilities, showing the Lord can use anyone who is willing to use their talents for him. February, 1968 brought a contest between Brother Wilson and his wife. He threatened to “beat her” each week and succeeded several times. Although Mrs. Wilson spent the last four weeks of the contest sick in bed, her side accumulated a 70-point margin of victory. All the preacher could say was, “I hate to go home now”. In March, 1968, we were privileged to have a former Circuit Riding Preacher, G. N. Stratton of Louisville, Colorado, to speak. Thirty-five years previous, he had placed confidence in a young preacher and opened his pulpit to him. That is how Rev. Wilson was encouraged and got his start. On August 17, 1969, Ray Melugin became the 2nd pastor of this great church. Dr. Wilson going into full-time evangelistic work. Under the leadership of “Bro. Ray” as he is affectionately called, the church grew to an average of nearly 800 during the late 70’s and 80’s, with a high day of 1,307. The bus ministry grew to be the largest in the state of Kansas with over 400 riders on 9 buses. The church missionary outreach includes the support of over 70 missionaries in over 330 foreign fields. In 1971, the three four-plexes, north of the church parking lot, were purchased for $60,000. Later they were used for Sunday school rooms and elective classes for the school. Also one was used as a Missionary Guest House for a few years. In the spring of 1973, Brother Ray felt a burden for Christian education. He shared this burden with the church and led them in voting to start a Christian school which served Kindergarten thorough 12th Grade. Classes started in the Fall of 1973 with an enrollment of approximately 58. As our bus ministry grew under Brother Ray’s leadership, a large three-bay bus barn was erected in 1979 for the purpose of servicing and maintaining church buses. On row of four-plexes were removed so that the bus barn could be built. As students graduated form Baptist Tabernacle School and were seeking college entrance, Brother Ray again was burdened for college education for the young people of our church. In the Fall of 1980, Heritage Baptist University of Wichita was born. Dr Michael Schepis, who has pastored for over 40 years, now serves as Administrator of the College and Clyde S. Billingsley, Jr. serves as Director of Development. Both of these men were saved at the Tabernacle and called to preach in the 40’s. In 1978, Brother Ray received his Doctor of Divinity Degree. He was serve don the Missions Committee at Baptist bible College for several years and has also been Trustee of Baptist Bible College. He served for several years as Moral Majority President for the State of Kansas. He has also been involved with Concerned Citizens for Community Standards. For the past several years, Brother Ray has been the Regional Representative for Accelerated Christian Education for the State of Kansas. This involves visiting every A.C.E. School at least once a year. In 1968, Dr Melugin saw the need for church relocation. After much prayer, seeking the Lord’s direction and fasting, Brother Ray led the church in voting to relocate as the Lord opened doors. During the next year, the church continued to pray for direction. Also, during the next year, God was leading another church toward a common pathway between the two. Two great churches found two great needs met as God led them together to continue the Gospel ministry at 2209 East Pawnee, former location of the Gideon Baptist Church. This is an ideal location adjacent to I-35 Bypass on Pawnee Street. This location ha high visibility and excellent accessibility from all four directions, and not more than 15 minutes from any location in the city limits. Gideon Baptist Church was founded by Dr. Martin Ralstin who was saved, baptized, called to preach, and ordained in the Wichita Baptist Tabernacle. He founded the Gideon Baptist Church in 1954. We have tried to bring you some of the highlights in the Tabernacle’s history, but it has not all been moutain-top experiences as we might have led you to believe here. There have been many valleys of sorrow, disappointments and heartaches too. There came times when we had to say good-bye to many of our faithful brothers and sisters in the Lord. Some of them moved to other parts of this country, while others moved on to that Heavenly country. Our present goals are the same as our original goals: Preach the Gospel to every creature. Baptize believers. Help start new churches. Meet the needs of God’s people. Train young people to turn out right for our Lord.

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