and regard, and wonder marvellously:
for I will work a work in your days,
which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation,
which shall march through the breadth of the land,
to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs."
A burden came very grave across my heart as my nation let a rogue supreme court assassinate the idea and rights of the American family. In Public many in the Southern Baptist Convention have championed the cause of traditional marriage. Many great Southern Baptist leaders with whom I have sat under and gained discipleship from spoke quite eloquently defending the truth and reminding the world that God is still sovereign.
Yet we are faced with the reality that our denomination has been the strongest denomination in a predominantly protestant Country over the last century. How did Satan take over, under our churches watch? Why has the majority of southern baptist in our youth groups vanished after high school? Why are we being slandered more and losing greater political battles? Some may say that it is because we are up against Satan. Surely Satan is enjoying the demise of one of the greatest nations in history. But Satan for all his power is not superior to the power of God.
luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Many may simply not worry, as God is still Sovereign. This is true, God is sovereign regardless of what happens here on the earth. But the Lord is Holy and Righteous he does not desire mankind to sin. john 10: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
When we see the historic apostasy which takes placed in the camp among God's people, our only option left is to look inward. The apostle Paul teaches that a little leaven leaven's the whole lump.
1 corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:"
Jesus also teaches.
Matthew 16: 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
I believe evolution is modern leaven.
Mark 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
Hebrews 1: 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Hebrews 11: 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
As I look at this denomination, it has dominated my church life. I was dedicated as a baby. I was baptized, went through Bible college and achieved my masters degree from Southern Baptist institutions. I licensed and ordained as a minister from an SBC church. It was natural for me to look past my casual experience with southern baptist to the very roots of our traditions and ways.
key to baptist spirituality is the scriptures. The key in the heart of even a baby christian baptist is the question of whether what we are doing lines up with the Bible. It is from this that Baptist have often labeled their way of life "New Testament Christianity". In the contemporary culture I know that even ministers may look at me as crazy delving into these subjects. Yet I assume that they have been blind.
As I consider the scriptures warnings about leaven. I must ask if we are responsible for our culture as a movement. What was the leaven that destroyed what the supreme court once admitted was a "christian nation"?(united states vs. the trinity) http://biblesmack.blogspot.com/2007/04/american-dreamdeliver-us-from-evil-one.html
The gay rights movement descends itself from a combination of socialism and psychology and of course sexology. All 3 of these movements are based upon a Darwinian evolutionary worldview. http://biblesmack.blogspot.com/2013/09/homosexuality-and-curse-of-sodom.html
In the mid 1800's Darwinism was born and set western academia on fire. The naturalist worldview had established itself and was desperately longing for a theory to rid itself from any need for God or piety. many of the SBC theologians had already given in on the idea of a young earth. it was not very much a matter of time before the seminaries 1st major apostate Crawford Toy. The teaching of evolution lead him toward the path of textual criticism, universalism and eventual denial of Christ. His fiance at the time was the legendary "Lottie Moon" famous as a missionary to China.
We must remember that evolution is not a new idea. It has the same recipe for disaster that it always has, the modernist world is simply a person illiterate of history. Crawford Toy left the seminary but did plant the seeds into many before he left. Later on E.Y.Mullins who actually contributed to R.A. Torrey's "Fundamentals" held to a type or progressive Old Earth meet's theistic evolution. Mullins would construct the original 1925 "Baptist Faith and Message" during this period J. Frank Norris initiated the Southern exodus of Independent baptist over the fact that Mullins would not establish creationist doctrine that would hold groups like "Baylor University". The Southern Baptist refused to strain out the leaven. Today, faculty at Baylor would be harsh to William Dembski who advocated a creationism not a great deal more conservative than Mullin's views. The leaven would leaven the whole lump. Baptist theologian A.H. Strong was fairly conservative and would lament the apostasy of his Son for advocating universalism. By the 1940's the SBC Academics would be infiltrated with liberalism. This slippery slope would repeat itself continually throughout contemporary Baptist history. Much of this apostasy was disguised as pastors learned the fine art of sophistry. They would claim Bible believing sermons to the congregants and then share their true views at school. They called this "double speak"(the baptist reformation Jerry Sutton) It was not until the very end of the 1970's that Bible believers would regain a foot hold in SBC leadership. Yet just as Herod's temple did not have the glory of Salomon's temple; the baptist reformation has not shined the glory of the New Testament Church. Creationism was still a minority teaching. many still held to the big bang theory. which is the intellectual foundation for Darwinian evolution. Thus science departments even baptist would cling to the leaven. After the Baptist reformation, evolution would be allowed criticism, but the academics were still critical of creationism. Most of the new faculty held to a modified creationism. I was taught this modified creationism at Boyce college. Later some young earth creationist were finally allowed on faculty. Yet there is still a strong vein of the leaven as many in the seminary have publicly criticized Answers in Genesis for teaching the literal view of creation.
The leaven also leavened our Bibles. Textual criticism has it's basis in evolutionary thought. The presupposition that The Bible was lost and that changing the bible will lead to evolution in religion. The large scale criticism led to liberal Christianity. Yet small scale textual criticism now had a foot hold even among the more conservative Baptist. The Textus Receptus is the traditional Greek New Testament. It is a collation of the Byzantine manuscripts, specifically the ones preserved for the Reformers. The Anabaptist would often worship under the direct preaching of the Greek masterpiece. The reformation based it's right to exist and survive under the premise of "sola scriptura" The idea that the Bible had greater authority than the traditions of the church and the roman catholic church. If they were wrong about what the Bible was, then their Bible's gave them no authority over the catholic church. So the theology of the reformation is based upon the scholarship of the reformation, giving us recognition of the Bible.
Traditionally our confessions have stated such authority.
The 2nd london Baptist confession "Paragraph 8. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old),14 and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentic; so as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal to them."
The philadelphia confession
"The Old Testament in Hebrew, (which was the native language of the people of God of old),13
and the New Testament in Greek, which (at the time of the writing of it) was most generally known to the nations, being immediately inspired by God, and by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal to them."
The New Hampshire confession
"We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction;1 that it has God for its author, salvation for its end,2 and truth without any mixture of error for its matter;3 that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us;4 and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union"
The orthodox creed 1678
" And no Decrees of Popes, or Councils, or Writings of any Person whatsoever, are of equal Authority with the sacred Scriptures. And by the holy Scriptures we understand, the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, as they are now translated into our English Mother-Tongue, of which there hath never been any doubt of their Verity, and Authority, in the Protestant Churches of Christ to this Day."
The baptist faith and message 2000
" It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation."
The scriptures agree.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 16: 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail
John 10:35b"unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;"
1 peter 1:23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
Yet our new Greek critical text which in itself has changed well over 30 times has removed 3,000 words (roughly the same amount of text as 1st and 2 peter combined) it has changed around 9,000 words; and these are statistics for the literal word for word translations! The majority of New translations go by a thought for thought translation philosophy. This philosophy has no fidelity to translating words, only the thoughts. As we have seen above scripture is inspired down to the "jot and tittle". 2 peter 1: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." If the prophets are not allowed private interpretation as to revelation, then why are the translators?
Many SBC churches encourage the reading of "The message Bible" whom does not provide quite the same gospel John 3:16-18 "16-18"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him." No longer is heaven everlasting. but their is just a promise of long physical life.
During the period of liberalism a southern baptist translator Robert Bratcher the translator for "Today's English Bible" or "Good news For modern Man" Spoke to a brazillian baptist newsletter and denied the deity of Christ.(O Jornal Batista"Questions & Answers" (July 9, 1953) He also declared "`If we build our faith wholly on the Bible, then we are building our faith on shifting sand."(The Greenville News, November 8, 1970) Yet His translation is in the pews of many southern baptist churches still to this very day.
In recent years the denomination conservatives were offended over the TNIV for using gender inclusive language they felt it would distort doctrine. Then afterwords there was a 2011 edition to the NIV. The protesting ministers said that they want to go back to the earlier standards of the 1984 edition of the NIV. They had there demands met. But did the 1984 NIV really meet the standards of orthodxy?
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
NIV1984 John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known."
So God the one and only is at the father's side? Doesn't that insinuate that the father is not God?
We must remember the curses of revelation
revelation 22: 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Yet the King James Bible, which is untouched by evolutionary critics has been the popular Bible of the baptist people.
"Despite the abundance of modern translations, or perhaps because of them, the king James version of the Bible is still by far the best selling book in the English speaking world. Most English speaking Baptist families have three or more copies of that one translation-in addition to whatever copies of whatever other versions they may have. Most Baptist preachers still preach from the King James version."* Baptist and the Bible pg 406)
Why is this so important to the issue of marriage here in America? Because many pastors will preach in all sincerity that though Man's law has changed as to the nature of marriage. That God's law never changes. This will seem pretty confusing in churches with many different Bibles. Also the many Bibles also for very corrupt translations to seem respectable.
Our hold upon God's law is inherently connected with our view of creation.
exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
While we teach that the law does not save. The law of God does condemn and takes away life.
Deuteronomy 30:16 in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it."
The reality of God has been missing more and more in American life. Yet this was missing more and more in baptist life.
Ideas like "baptist theology" and what baptist believe have slowly eroded away. The baptist church has lost it's identity
"Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper." BF&M baptism article 7
Here we see that Christian baptism is prerequisite to the priveldges of church membership. This means that unless one qualifies as having christian baptism they are not to be members of the SBC. Nor are they qualified to have ANY leadership position in the church including deacons and pastors.
A baptist has a different baptism which in the end will make it have a different church body. A body that is regenerate and born again. The scripture states..2 corinthians 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
Many southern baptist churches have watered down their doctrines. Preachers like John Piper have argued for allowing infant baptism. Many seeker sensitive Christians have allowed for membership to be obtained from membership cards. Many people visiting are allowed leadership positions in sbc churches without actually being members. Not to mention sbc churches having speakers and promoting the teachings and books of non-baptist. I know of popular liberals, New Agers, anti-trinitarians, and other heresies that have freely taught from SBC pulpits. How can we possibly guard our flocks when we freely connect them to false teaching?
But this is not new. The problem of separation is biblical.
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
In fact the scripture warns us of joining with the great whore of Babylon.
Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Protestants leaders across the board universally interpreted the catholic church as prophetic fulfillment of Rev. 17-18.
Not only did early baptist understand this along with other protestants but many in the SBC interpretted their core baptist theology as instively antithetical to the theology of Rome.
"If these principles are true to the Word of God, and the author unhesitatingly believes that they are, the baptist are obligated to God and to man to proclaim them, in contrast with the errors of the church of Rome, the most obstinate and implacable opponent of these principles." forward "The Baptist Faith and Roman Catholicism".
The Author Wendall Homes Rone was not just a baptist minister, he is part of the famous Taylor family making him an ancestor to many great baptism ministers like Adoniram Judson and William Carey. His book was highly favored and endorse by SBC president J.D.Grey
In modern times the SBC has changed it's ways, it has become quite friendly to roman Catholics. many various forms of ecumenicism especially through the work of Billy Graham have fused the SBC with Roman Catholicism. In Fact, Graham had directed many converts of his crusades to Roman Catholic churches even though he was a "baptist minister". We would then see major groups like "evangelicals and Catholics together". Supposedly, to fight political evils. Even though no political evils have stopped! Interesting to me, was when I was attending Bible College many theological debates were sponsored by the Acton Institute. I didn't know this at the time but later found out that the Acton Institute was a Roman Catholic institution! Why would debates between Baptist theologians be sponsored by a Roman Catholic institution? especially on Southern Baptist property in the southern Baptist theological seminary?
But when we consider the nature of Roman Catholicism during this time period it seems even quite more bizarre. During the period of 1950-2000 over 5,000 American RCC priests molested about 100.000 children more than 90% were boys being sodomized. This had to be more than a healthy population to the US homosexual population. Also in this time period Baptist leaders agreed to help John F. Kennedy get elected to the presidency though Roman Catholic. This really seems odd considering the reports that JFK was funded by the Italian Mafia. Yes many baptist in this era supported the democrats. The same democratic political machine which would bring us abortion on demand. The unborn baby was called a fetus, a piece of genetic tissue as evolution dictates. So the leaven leavened the lump. Since evangelicals have partnered with Catholics, bible doctrine has watered down, morals have watered down, and evangelicals apologist have had to waste their time defending the actions of the catholic church. Defending it's inquisition against heretics who held to the same faith as us. Defending it's use of force verses real evangelism. Taking their blame as our heritage. The organization who based it's philosophy(thomism) off of the philosophy of a pagan homosexual (Aristotle). Did we ever notice that the most historically Catholic parts of America (San Fransisco, New Orleans, Baltimore etc) were the most infested with the gay lifestyle?
Do Baptist know who they are? Not really, baptist history was heavily altered thanks to ecumenicism. of course much of this controversy was born with the Whitsett controversy who taught that baptist are not the New testament church but actually some man made protestant group that owes it's origins to Roman Catholicism. As a man-made organization the SBC would no longer have to bend to the will of the Bible. Instead they can get 501c3 status and let the government define them as a business subject to rules of government. This is why Southern Baptist now like to cling to "evangelical" a title linked to Martin Luther who would proclaim the gospel but could not completely segregate His church from Catholicism. (This was most recently seen when the Lutheran world federation signed a joint statement on justification with RCC leaders.) Why couldn't the SBC use the title previously used "New Testament Church" as their ancestors? They probably didn't want the responsibility of separation. But the New Testament Church is prophesied to remain preserved.
Matthew 16:8 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Ephesians 4: 21 unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
So baptist have drifted into two groups of error in regard salvation and the christian life. First is the seeker sensitivity style of easy-believism. The man centered worship that has dominated Southern baptist churches and worship. Churches have become the body of guest seeking entertainment instead of the Body of Christ.
So many are shifting to lordship salvation the idea that we must repent of our sins in order to obtain forgiveness. This is easily a march back to Rome, which sounds logical being the ecumenical unity.
But it is believing our lord which will not only give us grace but the love that will convict us and drive us to repentance.
So in the middle of the churches that left in total apostasy the conservative Southern Baptist offered their children evangelism by a worldly motive followed by preaching of repentance prior to salvation.
Our political involvement has been at the least confusing. Evangelicals abandoned activism for decades. Then they started to protest an issue here then an issue there. If we were really concerned we should have been protesting starting at the divorce epidemic. We should have noticed that the divorce rate among pastors was equivalent to the divorce rate among secular people.
We should have been wise enough to react when the government originally redefined marriage with the doctrine of "no fault divorce".
How many families have we watched perish!!! We have stood by as home after home was broken. Mike Huckabee as governor made a great legislative move where people could enter into a more binding marriage covenant which would restrict couples from the quickie divorce and have them take counseling courses before such action. Looking at the attitude of the early gay rights movement and the original redefinition of no-fault divorce. If there were no "no fault" there would be no "gay marriage movement" there have already been many gay divorces in same sex states years before this decision. Southern Baptist leadership decided to reject the conservative evangelical baptist minister and governor Mike Huckabee in favor of the New England Mormon minister and governor Mitt Romney. The majority of conservatives rejected huckabee over the years as a liberal republican. Apparently either they wanted a liberal version of republican or they wanted to show that they supported candidates who teach falsely about christ. Of course they claimed this is because they thought he could win. Which he didn't ever. But the billy Graham association thought this worthy of changing biblical doctrine and accepting Mormonism as a form of Christianity to give him a chance of victory.
So now we have a worldly congregation indoctrinated with unbiblical teaching. We have a passive SBC church incapable teaching and preaching the word of God in a pure way.
When I listen to the modern SBC preacher I see a combination of a car salesman and a beggar. I man that is trained to simply get a group to cooperate and beg for approval if he fails to convince. A denomination that is no longer dominating American protestant life when they add up their numbers correctly and is less evangelistic today than a generation earlier when they had a smaller population to evangelized.
We can talk about how we need to better explain ourselves. But our gospel is not about us. If your church wants to evangelize it doesn't need a big selfie of the staff or membership, it needs to post the gospel!
It is not about how intelligent we are or how popular or nice. It is the power of God.
2 corinthians 2:2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."We have to stop acting as if we are dependent upon man-made systems instead of being the true adopted children of God almighty.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts."
Apologetic arguments are intellectually stimulating and it is encouraging to know how pathetic unbiblical arguments really are. But our generation has fallen in love with such stupidity not because of it's truth but because of their pleasure and lack of fear in God. They Don't fear God because we don't show God. They think we are kidding because we fear so many other things than God.
job 28: 28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding."
and to depart from evil is understanding."
I and many of you have seen this day coming. Yet when it came it broke so many hearts. I can't tell you how enraged I was on behalf of a woman at my church. not because of outsiders. But because her own children whom she took to church and led worship with and prayed with and taught the Bible for so many years are now wearing the gay pride flag. Sure it was nice that the leadership stood up and said the right things. But what does that matter when our SBC children have grown Heathen?
This is why I wrote this letter.
1 peter 4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?1 corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
We must make our repentance complete if we are to gain God's Favor. This is true privately, but it is also true socially our congregations need to be a chaste bride.
2 corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."
Maybe you are incapable of repenting
luke 13: 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
1 john 5: 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death."
The are great days of darkness and persecution ahead of us. We need the power of God to survive.
I do not write this to hurt you or leave you in guilt. I do not write this to pick a fight. I do not write this in self-righteousness there are many things I wish I could have done better.
But we have to stop looking through the glass half dimmed world. We have to open our eyes to our God and let Him be our head Christ.
We in the SBC need to repent
1. Get back to the traditional bible.
2. Get back to the New Testament church as Baptist Identity
3. Get back to separation and a regenerate church
4. stand up for truth in the public square as God has privileged us
5. Depend on the power of God as our power in outreach instead of popularity.
2 chronicles 7:14 if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."