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What Does "Obeying the Gospel" Mean?

Posted on July 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM

 

  

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: (II Thessalonians 1:8)

  

Paul is clear to say that if someone does not "obey the Gospel" they have a bleak future in Hell, so it's very important to understand what that phrase means.

  

Here are two more verses, found in the New Testament, that refer to obedience in regards to someone's faith...

  

"By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH among all nations, for his name:" (Romans 1:5)

  

But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH: (Romans 16:26)

  

Although these two verses refer to the word "obedience," they don't quite get to the heart of the matter, since they are referring to the past. The first verse says that someone received "grace and APOSTLESHIP" for obeying an existing "faith." And, the second verse, mentioned just above this paragraph, needs to be read in context to understand what's going on...

  

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

  

That verse is given to BELIEVERS who are being "established" and OBEYING the command to give the gospel to all nations. THEY (the believers) are the one's who are obeying this charge.

  

Now that we understand that, what does the phrase "obey the gospel" mean...? Does it mean to show that you are obeying the gospel, by doing good works...?  No; NOT AT ALL.  It means that you BELIEVE it!

  

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)

  

Paul said in I Corinthians fifteen...

  

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

 

The key word to APPLY THIS VERSE to someone's soul is found in verse two.  It is the word "BELIEVED."

  

You mean that you have to do good things like, KEEP THE LAW, OBEY THE LAW, GO BY THE LAW, GO BY THE COMMANDMENTS, in order to be saved...?

  

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

...That was the REASON for the Gospel, to begin with.  WE CAN'T KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, BUT SOMEONE WHO COULD KEEP THEM, DIED IN OUR P-L-A-C-E. That's the the GOOD NEWS; that's the gospel. It's the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for our sins.

 

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (II Corinthians 5:21)

  

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (I Peter 3:18)

  

When we receive him (John 1:12) as our Saviour, He bears our sins, and we receive His righteousness.

  

The BAD news is, we deserve to die for our sins and, according to a holy God, we deserve to pay for those sins OURSELVES, in Hell, for eternity.

  

The GOOD news is, if we believe on Christ as our Saviour, NO MATTER WHAT WE DO AFTERWARDS, we are saved from that moment on. In fact, we get His righteousness FOREVER. Why?  Because He SEALS us with His Holy Spirit of promise.

 

Salvation is free for the asking, Friend.  You can be SAVED today...

  

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:31)

  

Pastor Bob

  

Addendum:

 

Romans 10:16 But they have not all OBEYED THE GOSPEL.  For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

 

The quote was not, For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath been baptized... or who hath turned his life around... or who has kept the commandments.... but "WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?"  

Better Get Your Doctrine Straight

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 3:35 PM

 

 

You can't bash someone, for a long time, for having false/bad doctrine and you continue in yours. It just doesn't work that way. Sooner or later the Lord will call you on the SAME carpet that you've called others on to answer for the exact SAME allegations that you've accused them of having. "—BAD doctrine."

  

Your turn is coming...

 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

Pastor Bob

David the PRIEST

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 9:10 PM

 


[In this article, I ask and answer my own question.]

I've heard it said, on more than one occasion, that “in type” (in this case, “the type” precedes the actual person) David is a type of Christ in that he has three distinct offices: prophet, priest and king.

  

It's clear that David is a prophet (Psalm 110 for example) and, obviously, he was the second King in Israel, but, what throws me off is his priesthood. How is he a ''priest?'' Does this have something to do with the Melchizedek priesthood ("The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." Psalms 110:4 and Hebrews 7:17)? It is also "...evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood..." (Hebrews 7:14) and so did DAVID!!! (I Chronicles 2:1-15)

  

Well, it seems like, I must have answered my own question from the beginning.

  

With your permission I will elaborate more on my answer, as I figure it out...

  

Being that (GOD!!! SAID) David was “a man after” His “own heart” (I Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), He (GOD!!!) gave him (David) not ONLY the “sure mercies of David” (Acts 13:34), but he also PREFIGURED, IN TYPE, the priest/king that would be born from his (own) loins...

 

“...Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh...” Romans 1:3

  

Don't forget...

  

“It is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning” [the Aaronic] “priesthood.” (Hebrews 7:14) But, in the same breath David came out of the same TRIBE as our Lord, since our Lord was in his loins! ...JUDAH.... (I Chronicles 2:1-15)

  

Therefore...

  

...when someone points out that David had ALL three offices (respectively: Prophet, PRIEST [the subject at hand] and King), David fits the bill perfectly as long as we consider that his life PREFIGURES the coming Messiah (who would have fulfilled all THREE offices HIMSELF, when He returns as "King of kings").

 

The Priesthood [the subject at hand] is PREFIGURED IN TYPE. David (unlike Saul who intrudes into the LEVITICAL priesthood by offering up a sacrifice and is punished by his dethronement), is ALLOWED to wear an ephod—reserved only for the high priest (Exodus 28), and eats holy bread (I Samuel 21:6, Matthew 12:4), also reserved ONLY for the priesthood. (Leviticus 24:5-9. Especially, verse 9)

  

REMEMBER: Melchizedek and Christ BOTH had “bread and wine” as the representations of their express [Hebrews 1:3—used here as an expression, meaning “denoted”] ministries. Christ's (bread and wine) was seen at the last supper (Mark 14:22-25), sure. But let's NOT forget His statement in John six...

  

“31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 

  

...and...

  

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58  This is that bread [like David ate] which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (Note: This BREAD and wine... will be like THE EVERLASTING PRIEST'S bread—HE, who was after the order of Melchizedek, who will offer it FOREVER to those who join him in that priesthood. [THE subject at hand.])

 

By the way, DAVID (who prefigured the Messiah's coming ministry during his lifetime: namely, Prophet, PRIEST and King) will sit on the throne in EARTHLY Jerusalem just as Jesus (who was a prophet, is a PRIEST today and tomorrow, a King) will sit on His throne in NEW Jerusalem.

 
Pastor Bob

Saved The Same Way in the Old and New

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM


"They were saved in the same way in the Old Testament as they are, today, in the New...." "The Jews were looking 'forward' to the cross, we are looking back..."

 

The disciples didn't understand and wasn't "looking forward to" Jesus coming to die for their sins. They were ALL Old Testament Jews, and NOT ONE OF THEM were looking for Jesus to die for their sins. Want PROOF...? Scripture...?

 

Matthew 16:21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

 

Mark 9:30 ¶ And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. 31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

 

Luke 18:31 ¶ Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

 

John 2:18 ¶ Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

 

John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

The Hair of His Head Began to Grow Again

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 6:45 PM





"The hair of his head began to grow again..."  (Judges 16:22)

 

Something that many of the brethren who proclaim, after someone sins, that "God has put that person on a shelf—NEVER to be used of Him again," have never considered that the "hairs of" someone's "head" will BEGIN to grow A-G-A-I-N, AFTER they were initially "shaven" off as a result of the ravages of sin.  

 

"...So the dead which he slew at his death were MORE than they which he slew in his life." (Judges 16:30)

Still Has Some Purpose

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM





I know, I know. This train is no longer on a train track. But, it is still a people mover. Obviously, it's not the intended purpose of the creator/designer for it to be used this way. But, it's still effective. It's still useful. It still has some purpose.

 

Don't give up, Christian. Just when you think that God has put you on a shelf (I Corinthians 9:27), there are still things you can do for His glory. It might not be your ideal situation or the one you dreamed would be His ideal will. And, you might only help a few people before you just rust out. But, please, for Jesus sake, don't lose heart. Stay as strong physically, morally and spiritually as you are able. God is not done with you, yet.

 

Pastor Bob

Gospel Chair

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:45 AM




When witnessing to people who are not saved, I point to a chair close by and say...

 

"See that chair over there...?

  

...Either you are trusting it or not to hold you up completely."

 

Then I go and sit in the chair with my feet on the ground and ask the person, "Am I trusting in this chair to hold me up...?"

  

Inevitably, they always say "Yes..."

 

After they answer, I reply, "...You are wrong... >>>MY FEET ARE STILL ON THE GROUND<<<."   Then, I lift my feet up, and tell them, "Now, I am fully trusting the chair, COMPLETELY."

 

"...You don't go to Heaven trusting Jesus AND being a good person. You trust in His death on the cross to pay for your sins, his burial and glorious resurrection."

Pastor Bob

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The Biggest Hypocrite in the World

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:15 PM




The biggest hypocrite in the world is... a LIVING abortionist.  Someone before you gave you a chance to live, and you took it, and continue to live.  What makes you think you're better than the baby, living in someone's womb that YOU think needs to be destroyed?  Why not give someone else the SAME chance at life that God gave you?  Please read, Exodus chapter one.


Do You See What I See?

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:10 PM


 

The Lord gave you two eyes, so that you can consistently keep an eye on both of these issues...

 

"That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints...." (Romans 15:31)

 

There are two types of people watching you...

 

The unsaved that "do not believe," and "the saints" that are watching your "service."

 

They BOTH have expectations of you. And, they both want you to please them--is WHY they are watching you so very closely.

 

While you are tempted to watch them back (with "both" eyes, like I pointed out), it's better to keep them BOTH on Jesus and please Him in singleness of heart.

 

Now, let's read this verse, again...

 

"That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints...." (Romans 15:31)

 

This verse should remind us that we shouldn't be upset when people are watching us. Well, the question comes in, WHY?  ...Why are they watching us...?  They are watching us, because they want to judge us.  Believe me, I for one don't like being judged--especially by my peers, and I'm sure that you don't like it, either. What I have learned over the years, though, is that everyone has an opinion. Men want to judge, because they believe that their standards are the litmus test for truth. Even unsaved people think that their standard of righteousness will hold water, when in fact that standard is seated in the wheelhouse of their own making, on a sinking vessel.

 

We SHOULDN'T "marvel" (I John 3:13--expression) that even the greatest of men, like Jesus and Paul (who wrote those words above), had their own detractors. The catalyst for all this...? JUDGMENT. (Imagine that! During His Earthly ministry, mere men judged God incarnate.) If men like these were judged for their life and service, shouldn't we be, also?

 

My bottom line is that NO ONE gets out of being judged. I don't like it; you don't like it and, if the truth be told, no one likes it.

 

After the Apostle Paul received the heavenly vision from a holy saviour who got his attention, everything changed. He would now live the rest of his life in trepidation of pending judgment, as a sure thing, from a perfect Judge. (II Corinthians 5:10)

 

The reason that Paul spent the last part of his ministry proving his apostleship was for others, and not for himself. He had nothing to prove. He knew what Jesus had called him to do and no matter what people thought about him, he succumbed to their judgment through the power of God... "weakness."

 

II Corinthians 13:

 

3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

 

4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

 

Pastor Bob


An Old Revision for a Current Order

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 11:40 AM




Guest Post by George Streets


When a disagreement arises about the Bible, it is common to hear, "That's your interpretation." Which may or may not be so. But the Bible is not to be interpreted, it is to be believed. The criteria for understanding that book is: "What does it say, who does it say it to, and where does it say it?" "A text without a context is a pretext."


II Peter 1:20, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." Which simply means, that we are not to take a verse of scripture and apply our opinionated "interpretation" to it. We are to take into consideration the criteria I delineated for you. Frankly, one man's interpretation is just as good as another. But when the scripture is examined (which we are commanded to do) contextually, then it will yield absolute truth, all interpretations be hanged.

 

I am a machinist by trade. Our company regularly receives orders which are repeat orders, and usually the customer will send a drawing of the product we are to make along with the order. This drawing tells us how the part is supposed to come out when completed. These drawings commonly have a number or letter at the bottom called a "revision" number. This indicates that there has been a change in design. If we fail to observe that revision number and continue to make the part as we did in the past we will actually make something which is not what the customer ordered.


One of the most insidious lies which has ever been told is the lie that it is necessary to be baptized to be saved. The problem is that there is scripture for it. Campbellites (generally Church of Christ, and United Pentecostals) appeal to Acts 2:38 as proof that water baptism is NECESSARY for a sinner to be saved. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." There it is, plain as day. And, if we "privately interpret" that verse we must demand baptism in water for salvation. But, "what does it say:" It says baptism is necessary for the remission of sins. "Who does it say it to?" It says it to a group of Jews (vs. 5) who had just crucified a man (Jesus) who had offered himself to them AS THEIR KING. Note that the demand of the verse is "...repent...be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU..." (unlike the Gospel call to anyone). It is a call to NATIONAL repentance, NATIONAL forgiveness of sins.

 

"Where does it say it:" It says it in the early chapters of the book of Acts (Acts is a transitional book which is easily seen by just watching the flow of the narrative: Peter to Paul, Jews to Gentiles, signs to no signs.) Now skip forward to Acts 10 (transitional, remember) vs. 43, "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." So, the subject is the same: "How to receive remission of sins." But under "What does it say:" "...whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." Under the heading, "Who does it say it to:" Gentiles instead of Jews. Under the heading, "Where does it say it:" It is said AFTER the Jews in Acts 2 (minus a few thousand) rejected Peter's message, It is said after the Jews in Acts 4 beat the apostles and commanded not to preach in his name, it is said after Stephen was stoned in Acts 7 as a rejection of his message of Jesus as their messiah. Totally different audience than in Acts 2. Also, note that, unlike Acts 2:38, it is not a call to EVERY ONE OF YOU, but a call to ANYONE OF YOU (whosoever). Not a NATIONAL CALL TO REPENTANCE but an INDIVIDUAL CALL TO REPENTANCE. Now look at vs. 47, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Did you see that? These folks received the remission of sins, and the Holy Ghost, WITH THE EVIDENCE OF TONGUES, but they HAVE NOT BEEN BAPTIZED YET.

 

Now, none of this in anybody's INTERPRETATION. It is simply comparing scripture with scripture. If you were in the audience in Acts 2, you would have been required to be baptized in Jesus' name to receive the remission of sins. However, the subjects, and the message changed by Acts 10 and the requirement for a sinner to be saved became faith alone.


Often, what seems like one "religion's" INTERPRETATION conflicting with another "religion's" INTERPRETATION is simply a failure to "rightly divide" (II Timothy 2:15) the scriptures and determine, "What has been said, who was it said to, and where was it said?"

 

And, when it comes to the matter of the "remission of sins" and my eternal destiny, it is no subject to be dismissed lightly. Hence, if we take a means of obtaining "remission of sins" which is no longer the means of obtaining "remission of sins," and apply it to ourselves we will no more actually HAVE THE REMISSION OF SINS than our company will have provided what the customer ordered if we attempt to pass off on OLD REVISION for a current order.

Poor Me

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM

 


Poor Me


STOP and THINK...


Did you ever consider that you are excelling in your blessings (today) because the judgment of God is falling upon a nation for their sins...?


It happened here...


While others were going INTO captivity "carried away...into Babylon..."


8 ¶ And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. 9 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. (Jeremiah thirty-nine)


...God saw fit, AT THE SAME TIME, to let the captain of the guard leave the poor of the land to prosper as slaves...


10 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time. (Jeremiah thirty-nine)


God's grace was extended to the "poor of the people, WHICH HAD NOTHING" while others "AT THE SAME TIME" were being taken captive for their NATIONAL sins.

BE KIND --GOD

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM


I was on my way to church this morning, when, after about a mile or so of driving, I had turned the corner to view the picture before you. There was a yard sale in progress. Right before you got to the yard sale, a few signs stood out. Two had the words “Yard Sale” on them and one, in a prominent place, said “Be Kind —God.”


I thought to myself, “Out of every saying/scripture that could be posted for all the world to see—in a prominent place, no less, I wonder why they chose those words?”


Listen. If I wanted to get a message out, I wouldn't have wasted time, money and effort to tell someone to “Be Kind.” I'd want to proselytize them with something much more important, like Death, Hell and Judgment. That's the kindest thing I could ever do for someone who didn't know their future.


If these sign makers wanted to keep the theme about being "KIND," they could have quoted Ephesians 4:32, which says...


“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”


Now that would make a sign! God forgave you of all your sins IN Christ. What a message to pass on.


Here are some signs that will point someone to the most important thing a man or woman needs to know in order to miss Hell and Judgment; telling them how to gain Heaven forever...


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Should Christians Use Social Media?

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 6:35 PM





Guest commentary, by Tim Breckheimer (c) 2017


Social media is not an overnight phenomena. It has actually been around for quite a while. It started using social media back in the early to mid 90's when AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ and Yahoo Groups were the big things. But when things like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube showed up, social media exploded. As with any trend, the question comes up as to whether it is okay for a Christian to take part in it. Is social media completely bad? Or can it be used for some good?


Over the years I have heard many preachers who have either spoken about or preached against the use of social media from the pulpit. While most will speak against the overuse or abuse of social media, along with warnings of the evils that can be present, some will go as far has to say that Bible believers should not use social media at all. I seen where some pastors will even go as far as bullying their congregations by calling them rebels, or not letting people serve in their church if they use Facebook. Meanwhile, they, themselves, have no problem using YouTube, which is full of trash and filth. Instead of preaching the Book, and letting the Holy Spirit do the convicting, they preach their personal preferences or convictions which often sounds more like a dictatorship.


I often find that those who take such an extreme stand against social media either have no real idea what social media is, had never been on social media, or they were on for a short bit of time and didn't care for it or didn't like what they were seeing their unsaved family and friends post. I get it. I've had to remove some people who constantly posted drama, backbiting, and gossip on Facebook. And there is certainly nothing wrong with preaching against those types of things, because they can happen in everyday life, let alone social media. Can Facebook and other social media be used for evil? Absolutely. But that, in and of itself, does not make those things evil. It is no different than when radio, television and the telephone came on the scene. All of those things are primarily used for evil communications these days. But does that make them evil? No. Can anything good come out of using those things? Yes. Just like radio, television and the telephone, social media is merely a means of communications. How and what you communicate and what you allow to be communicated to you is what is important.


I've heard more than one preacher say that Facebook is like looking out your window to see what your neighbors are up to. And although it sounded funny, it was obvious that these preachers have no idea how Facebook works. First, you can't see anything unless the person posting it has allowed you to see it. Second, posting something on Facebook is no different than making a phone call to tell someone your news. Except with Facebook you can reach a lot of people at once.


It has been said that there are no biblical reasons to use Facebook or other social media. Well, although there are no scriptures that directly relate to social media, there is actually more scripture to support the use of social media than there are for Sunday School, a bus ministry, or inviting a lost person to church. In fact, here are some great scriptural ways that anyone can use social media, like Facebook.


1. WITNESSING.
 


Mark 16:15 


"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."


Facebook is a great way to give your testimony, present the gospel and post scripture in a format where it might be read by friends, family or other lost people.


2. PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP.


James 5:16


"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." 


Philippians 2:1-2


"If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."


During the week I enjoy the moments of fellowship that I often have with like-minded believers on Facebook. We post about our joys, sorrows, prayer requests and Bible quotes. On more than one occasion I was lifted up by a post on a day when I was feeling down. I have had others tell me the same thing. These are all things we are supposed to do, and when using Facebook as a source to carry those things out, I fail to see where that is evil.


Social mediums, whether it be telephone, internet or face-to-face, should never take the place of the local church. Chatting or having Bible study via those mediums is not a bad thing, but should never replace attending a local, bible-believing church when it is possible.


3. STUDY.


2 Timothy 2:15


"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."


I often use different topics and threads on Facebook as a springboard to a serious Bible study. Comments and Bible references are made, and questions are asked. It is really not a whole lot different then checking out a commentary or reading a book on a certain passage or subject from the Bible. The biggest difference is that questions can be asked to those posting their comments.


So, as you can see there are at least three good, biblical ways to use Facebook. Just like anything else in life that has the potential to be used for both good and evil, it all depends on how you choose to use it.


One last thing I would like to address is this idea going around that Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Facebook the new church. The thing is, this kind of mentality has been around long before Zuckerberg and Facebook. As I stated before, there have been different groups and forums on the internet for more than 20 years. I highly doubt Zuckerberg will succeed in replacing the local church. However, there will always be those who will choose to forsake the assembling together in a local church setting as the Lord originally planned and use social media fellowships as an excuse to not have to go to church. A true Bible believer knows that he or she should attend a local, Bible-believing church when it is possible.


Preacher, please stick with preaching the King James Bible and stop trying to bully people into conforming to your image and living your personal convictions.


I'll leave off with this chapter from the book of Romans.


Romans 12:1-21


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 


For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.


Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 


Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.


Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

You Just Never Know

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM

 


Well, in God's wisdom... I help out picking up trash in the complex where I live and a few properties near my home. It helps them, and it gives me something as an older man to occupy my day. (Ecclesiastes 3:22)


Recently, at one of those properties, a man moved in not far from the dumpster where his apartment seems to blend in perfectly with those around him. Lately, as the spring weather arrived and summer surfaced, he's been sitting outside watching me as I pass by every few days or so picking up trash.


As my nature dictates, I watch his face from a distance, every time I passed by. No reaction; no wave; no “hello.”


Did I mention that he is a black man, and I, white.


I said to myself, "This guy has an attitude problem. Here I am picking up after him, and he thinks he's better than me."


The other day, in an area across from his apartment, I was being a little bit more thorough with my task, and, as I was in the middle of the road, I heard a sound. It was coming from that black man sitting in front of his apartment. He called out “Huueer.” I took what he said to mean “Here,” so I quickly moved to the front of his apartment where he was sitting, and looked down to where he was pointing to a few small pieces of trash. When I got done picking them up, I looked in this unfriendly black man's face, only closer this time, to see it slightly disfigured, with one good eye, a dead eye, and, from what I had determined from his voice, a deaf and dumb man. I said to myself, “that answers WHY he seemed so prejudiced against me.” I thought that he had an attitude problem against me for being white, when all along he wasn't friendly—or didn't SEEM friendly, because he couldn't communicate well.


Boy, was that a wake up call.


I thanked him for pointing out the garbage on the ground to me, and, as I kept slowly backing away, sweeping the ground for more, I thanked him again. He made a noise back and, unlike our previous experiences have been, we started to wave to each other.


I think I made a new friend that day. I hope he thinks the SAME way. And, Lord willing, I hope in the future He affords me an opportunity, as we wave at each other in passing, to give him the Gospel.


Pastor Bob

Who Should Minister...?

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 2:10 PM

 

Saved or unsaved, no matter how deep you personally got into sin before you got right with God, for however long it lasted, means nothing as far as your ability to minister to people.


What am I saying...?


You don't have to be a former “druggie” to minister to druggies.


You don't have to be a former letch to assist with those who possess awry sexual behavior.


...And, you certainly don't have to have been a “PK” (Preacher's Kid) to be able to minister to other “Pks” who went astray for a period of time like you did, before you finally got right.


God —I'll say it again, because you are NOT listening— GOD! wants all His children to minister to everyone He puts before them. It's certainly not up to us to pick and choose who the Lord puts in our path to minister to, is it? No, of course not. It's up to Him. The best policy is to let the Lord pick the tool of His choosing. We are not to identify with sinners in their sin by proclaiming to everyone that "our calling" is ONLY toward people with certain kinds of sins and troubles. You'd be hard pressed to show me that way of thinking FROM the scripture.


Has God called you to a certain people... a certain region or country. If so, that's not the subject, in my brief article, that I am referring to here. Has God shown you to minister to women having babies out of wedlock, men or women in jail or a youth or an old folks ministry. Go right ahead. Do it.


What I am referring to are folks that believe ONLY someone who identifies with people who have certain sins they once committed themselves are the best ones to minister to them. Poppycock. That's not up to you to decide, it's up to the Lord.


Your ministry—the ministry that God wants you to have is to live a holy life and preach the Gospel.


You are to take the word of God and to minister. Nothing more, nothing less.


Listen to what Isaiah said...


“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)


Our job is to give out God's word. His job, if you please, is to use it.


Don't forget, Paul said...


"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God...Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (I Corinthians 2:4-5, 12-13)


The Lord doesn't want you—who, by the way, fell into the SAME sin traps they did—to get the glory for helping someone out, He wants it ALL for Himself.


“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:31)


The sooner you are willing to admit that of your own self you can do nothing without the power of God, and the sooner you lay aside your man-made schemes to help Him out, the sooner He just might decide to use you....


Pastor Bob




Has God "Put You on the Shelf" for Seemingly No Reason

Posted on April 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM

 


Guest Article... by David Hyles

I have friends who are struggling because they are no longer doing the things for God they once did and they miss it terribly. No I am not referring to people who have fallen into some kind of sin. I am referring to people who for no fault of their own lost an opportunity they once enjoyed. Let me be frank. Several of these people WERE on staff at FBC in Hammond or HAC. They had positions and opportunities to really make a difference in the ministry. Through no fault of their own they were laid off and in many cases were unable to simply just pick up and start somewhere else. After 30 or more years in full time service, some are now working secular jobs to survive They remember the days when God was using them in full-time ministry and it hurts. This is true in other places as well. An evangelist suddenly lost the ability to get meetings because of struggling health problems. There are many who feel they have been forgotten by man and even by God. They wonder what they did to deserve this. Several have asked me why. I have thought about this for sometime and recently decided that I wanted to put on paper some of the thoughts God has given me. Perhaps some of these are the reasons why God allows this to happen in people’s lives.


1. Perhaps God wanted to see if your faith was in him or in man. It is easy to trust God when everything is going well but when something (or someone) causes us to lose our opportunities then we really have to decide whether or not we trust God. Does he have a right to see if we trust him? Does he have a right to test us? Perhaps like Job, Satan came and told God that you were only faithful because you had been blessed. Maybe God is trying to prove to Satan that you are genuine. He has that right to do so. He IS God.


2. Perhaps God wants to give you a season of rest. I am a believer in this. There are seasons in our lives where God just lets us rest in him. I know we still must work. But God wants to refresh our spiritual side to prepare us for another work he has for us to do. Ministry can be taxing. Sometimes we do not even realize how weary we were. The wilderness is not an end. The wilderness is a means to an end. Just ask Moses.


3. Perhaps God has a smaller work for you to do. Huh? I thought we always went to bigger works. That is a total misconception. Sometimes God moves us from influencing large numbers of people to dealing with one person or a handful. I preached to thousands as a young man. Today I minister to one person at a time. Honestly, I love it. Jesus was good at both. Perhaps I was only good at one. Maybe God wants you to slow down and take note of the individual for a while.


4. Perhaps God is preparing you for something else. Sometimes God has to take something away from us in order to get us to do what he has for us next. I talked to a man recently who is discouraged because his health is bad and he can no longer preach or pastor. He was offered an opportunity to teach an online Bible course. That opportunity could go beyond his lifetime and do far more good than he ever dreamed possible. Maybe that's what God has for him at this stage of his life. My dad once said to me, "Son if you can't preach, you can still write." That is when the pen became my pulpit. Maybe God wants to move you into a different arena of ministry. Are you willing?


5. Perhaps there is one person God wants you to influence, but it will be your greatest work. Every day we come across people with an opportunity to minister or encourage. You never know, there may be someone you can influence who God will use to change tens of thousands of lives. Everything you have ever done may be dwarfed by the good that one opportunity to influence will do. A Sunday school teacher named Mrs. Bethel had one moment where she told one little boy named Jack Hyles that Jesus loved him. Maybe your moment has not yet come or maybe it has, but you will not know it until eternity.


You didn't do anything wrong. You are exactly where God knew you would be at this moment. Don't get bitter. Don't get frustrated. Don't feel useless. Be willing to accept that God has ways of working that we can never understand until we see him face-to-face.

Non-carnivorous Meat

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM

 

Do you know how the new versions all love to change the word “meat” to the word “grain,” thinking that the King James has mistakes in it...? Even the Scofield Bible has this word corrected every time it appears throughout the Tanakh (Torah) and prophets, by calling it a “'meal' offering.”


For example, they say that Leviticus chapter 2:1 to 3 is wrong and needs to be corrected...


1  And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2  And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: 3  And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.


Here, in Genesis—in the very FIRST chapter, God gives us license to use the word “meat...”


“And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:30)


Therefore, when the Bible calls fine flour and oil a “meat” offering, we UNDERSTAND that it came from a plant (and NOT an animal), as non-carnivorous “meat” to feed us.


God (HIMSELF) called it “meat.”  So should we.

One Continued Thought

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 8:30 PM


Looking at Luke 14:25-25 in my personal copy of the Scofield King James Bible printed version of 1909 I assumed, until TODAY that is,
 that where Scofield made breaks in the scripture in his notes (look at the breaks below that have an * by them) were separate parables, it had NOTHING to do with the first thought that Jesus was speaking to his disciples about. Boy, was I wrong.


Here is how it is laid out...


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* Discipleship again tested.


25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


* Parable of the tower.


28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.


* Parable of the king going to war.


31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.


* Parable of the savourless salt.


34 ¶ Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


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Since I always looked at where the editors made the breaks in the passage, I never quite got what was going on in this portion of scripture.


What I hope you see here is that, though this passage is divided up by the Scofield board of editors, the passage before you is one CONTINUED thought. Please, allow me to show you what I mean. Look for the “>>> <<<”...


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Discipleship again tested.


25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


Parable of the tower.


28 For which of you, intending to build a tower >>>If you are “intending” on being a disciple<<<, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation>>>the “foundation” is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11)<<<, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. >>>You started out to be a disciple, but weren't "able to 'FINISH.'" Why?  You didn't "count the cost."<<<


Parable of the king going to war.


31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. >>>This has nothing to do with SALVATION, it has to do with DISCIPLESHIP. Have you sat down and counted the cost of following Jesus...?<<<


Parable of the savourless salt.


34 ¶ Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. >>>If a DISCIPLE has lost his saltiness, he is good for NOTHING<<<


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I hope that this has been helpful.


Pastor Bob

Terrible Jews; Terrible Disciples

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM

 


The idea, that many of the brethren have conceived, that the Old Testament Jews were “looking for the Messiah to come and die for their sins” is dispelled by Christ's OWN disciples. If the Jews in the Old Testament were looking for their Messiah to come and die for their sins, Peter and the disciples must have been terrible Jews who WEREN'T looking to Christ (their leader) to die as God's lamb. In fact, Peter, who rebuked Jesus over this issue, was called "Satan" by Him for refusing to believe it. They indeed were terrible Jews and terrible disciples....


Matthew 16:21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.


Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. 31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Luke 8:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

Puff

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:55 PM

 


“[K]nowledge puffeth up.” (I Corinthians 8:1)


You might be asking... “Are you against knowledge, Brother Bob?”


No, in no way.


“Then, are you against BIBLE knowledge...?


No, I'm not.


What I'm against, though, is what God is against... “puff.” Look at the picture (above). All it makes you think about is "puff." It's all puffed up.


Christian, you have all this knowledge. Great. Like I said, I'm NOT against knowledge. I am wondering, though, what you are doing with it. In fact, I'd like to make that my first question. My first question to you is, “What are you doing with your knowledge of the scripture?” What are you doing with all the knowledge that God has given you? Did you get that knowledge to help OTHERS, or did you get it to just puff up. Are you a “swell” Christian? Are you "bloating," while you are "gloating" in what you know, or do you ask the Lord to help you assist others by presenting some truths from scripture as a means of ministering to them? In a word, what's your motive? Are you just showing off or are you honestly trying to help?


Oh, you don't have to answer to me, but I assure you that you will answer to God for how you used the talents that He gave you. Yes, I said “God.” Do you remember? God gave you those talents. Doesn't the scripture say “[W]hat hast thou that thou didst not receive...?” (I Corinthians 4:7) Paul goes on to say... “now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” Good question. That's what this article is about.


Now that we have established that I am NOT your judge, and you don't answer to me, I would like to tackle this subject from the standpoint of someone who loves knowledge (Genesis 3:5) and loves to learn.


To be honest with you, I watch. I look. I stare. That's just me. That's my nature. Ask anyone who knows me personally. Because I'm that way, I can attest to the fact that, over the course of the last six or seven years, I've watched some of you on Facebook post things that, in my opinion, didn't need to be posted. It looked like you posted some of those things just to show off your literary prowess or superior biblical knowledge skills. Again, I'm NOT your judge, but I'm looking; I'm watching.


Let me tell you something. Just because you have a little knowledge doesn't make you any better than others who might not have your abilities but are struggling to live good, clean lives for the Lord with what they know. Maybe you have forgotten that God in His grace imparted to you the ability to easily grasp things from scripture because He trusts you to help others. But, you, in your selfish vanity, think that it's all about YOU ...what YOU know ...how others perceive YOU.


Personally, I'm glad that you have the right doctrine. But, remember, it's not only about WHAT you teach, but WHY?


That can be summed up in one word. Motive.


Can I change the subject of Matthew six, one and two, hoping that it will help you see what I am saying? [I will put the change in brackets]...


1 Take heed that ye do not [show off your knowledge] before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.


2 Therefore when thou doest [teach knowledge], do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


To conclude, please, take a few minutes and think about what has been presented to you. While you do, consider Proverbs 21:2...


“Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”


Pastor Bob (Not pastoring today)


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