Archives for June 2006

6-18-06

WHAT IN THE WORLD?

Today I was in a business place pricing light firearms. I was actually waiting for a prescription to come up and was just window shopping, basically.

As I was kneeling looking at the pellet rifles a couple came around the corner of the shelves where these and the pellet handguns were on display.

The woman was a younger person (note that I am not saying “lady”). In the first moments they were there she let go with a bad profane word followed immediately by the worst of the four-letter words. She studied over the various pellet and plastic-ball shooting handguns.

Turning to the man she remarked, “I’m trying to find something I can shoot the kids with that won’t hurt them too bad.” Mercifully, I think she walked away without a purchase.

WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

A couple of weeks ago, I preached on “The Seven Baptist Distinctives.”

Here they are, shown for you, in the event you ever wondered what a Baptist was or is.

Sometimes you may see the Baptist distinctives shown by way of an acrostic such as the beginning of the one here:

B= Born again through God’s Word

A= Accepting the Bible as God’s Word

P= Priesthood of all Believers

T= Two Ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

You get the idea.

This is all right but the listing I have given below is better and more to the point.

Before I show you the list of Baptist Distinctives together with Scripture references, let me say that throughout history there have been churches which have held to some or even all of the seven convictions I am listing, but not all that many. Baptists are not the only ones who “have it right” and we understand that. Nevertheless, Baptist believers have suffered much to defend these Bible principles. Many have died for them. Here they are:

1. SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

Ep 2:8-9; Ga 2:16

2. THE BIBLE THE ONLY RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE

II Tm 3:16-17; Mt 5:17-18

3. BELIEVER’S BAPTISM

Ac 2:41; Ac 16:14-15; Ac 16:32-34

4. A REGENERATE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Ac 2:47; Ro 16:3

5. THE PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER

I Pe 2:9; Re 1:6; I Tm 1:5

6. SOUL LIBERTY (Sometimes called freedom of religion)

Ac 5:29; Ac 15:36-41

7. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

Lk 20:25; Ro 13:1-7; I Pe 2:13-14

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6-11-06

WHAT IN THE WORLD?

This week one of our missionary letters implored its readers to agree to spend “ten minutes a day, six days a week” in prayer for its summer projects this year. Our Savior rebuked His disciples the night of His betrayal, “Could you not watch with me one brief hour?

Years ago, when prayer meetings in the middle of the week were stronger, it was thought only one percent of Christians came to pray at those meetings.

One shudders at the thought of how low the percentage must be these days owing to the fact that so few bother to even try to be present. Yes, our Savior’s words still echo down the corridors of time: “Could you not watch with me one brief hour?”

6-4-06

WHAT IN THE WORLD?

A Florida court is trying a case against an “unlicensed midwife” who assisted in a chidbirth there. The mother died a few days after.

An announcement, in defending the court action, said: “The government has an obligation to defend people against themselves sometimes.”

Think of the hypocrisy here. Since abortion on demand became legal in this country the number of babies so slaughtered now equals the population of the entire center third of our nation! Where is the government in “protecting” these mothers against their own selfish notions to slay their unborn babies rather than allow them to be born to life.

Hear God’s changeless command: “Thou Shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:11)