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THE CHURCH GOING GENERATION


Parson to Person

William Andrew Dillard

From early days, the United States of America has been generally know by the world as a Christian nation. To be sure there were many times and episodes in its history that would bring that idea into question. Still, following the great revivals of the early 19th century, that label largely stuck, more predominately in the Southern Bible belt than in the other regions. This will draw some flack, but here me out.
A few years ago, the then president of the United States stood before a gathering of leaders from many nations and forthrightly declared that America was NOT a Christian nation. A fire storm of repudiation ensued from folks at home.
I shall refrain from the many temptations of digression that present themselves in order to advance the greater purpose in mind. Could he have been correct? I think it all depends upon what one considers a Christian to be.
To perhaps 90% of what is called the “Christian World” the definition of a Christian is one who confesses that Jesus is the Son of God. Repentance from sin and faith in Him brings eternal salvation to the spirit of the individual. But Faith in God has wrought individual salvation since Eden, and none of the Old Testament saints are biblically known as Christians. What are we to make of it all? Please think with me!
The disciples of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11). They did not name themselves that, but the general populace dubbed them with that title. They were a Greek speaking people and knew exactly what they were saying and meaning. It is dedicated discipleship (followership) by which those saved people were recognized and entitled.
The disciples at Antioch were 1) saved by grace through faith; 2) baptized by the first church by immersion in water; 3) honored the Word of God by teaching the biblical landmarks that guided their life, these included the above plus eternal security of the believer, and the authority of the church to spread the gospel, and administer the ordinances Jesus put into His church . As one is dedicated to these things and grows in the Word, he will be a New Testament Christian. Did this just decimate the popular idea of Christianity? Doubtless!
When folks align themselves with a religious organization without thought or research of the Biblical model, they become a Christian in colloquial name only, and are devoid of any meaningful honesty with their Creator as it is revealed in His eternal Word. Evangelism is reduced to an invitation to “our church” and its programs rather than to the all important, individual, relationship with God both in salvation and in dedicated, acceptable service.
Maybe, just maybe that Muslim pleasing president was unwittingly right. Simply put, a nation of churchgoers does not a Christian make!

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PLANET EARTH: MY MOTHER!


By: W. A. Dillard

HEBREW HONEYCOMB
PLANET EARTH: MY MOTHER!
There is a natal bond between planet Earth and mankind. From the initial days in Eden it speaks of his prime directive or purpose. Think with me!


Adam (mankind) was the name of the first human. Add the feminine ending (ah) to that word in Hebrew and one has “Adamah” which is translated “dust, soil, dirt,” the substance of the planet. So, Earth is the mother of mankind, and God is the Creator/Father. He was made to be Adam from the same elements as the soil, and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives: (yes, lives, plural) physical, mental and spiritual. Thus was Adam made the lord of the life sustaining planet. Inquiring minds want to know why. 


Previously, the earth was under the care of Lucifer and the myriad of angels under his command. Lucifer coveted the position of the Son, originating opposition to the Will of God; hence, sin! It is believed Lucifer is responsible for wrecking to the point of utter chaos what was a perfect, life-sustaining planet , Gen.1:2.


Logic would indicate that a controversy over ownership of the planet ensued between God as Creator and Lucifer claiming it was given to him. There being no other super powers to settle the argument, the planet would thus speak for itself. Of course, being without brain, or mouth, that seemed impossible, but here is where the import of the bond becomes underscored. God caused the planet to give birth as it were to one like itself, but who could reason, speak and make decisions. That would put Adam into the position of being a walking, talking dirtball, which seems a little humiliating. Actually, it is an extremely exalted position. He would speak for the planet since God as Creator is not an arbitrary God.


So man must be subjected to the influences of God and of Lucifer. Eve being deceived and Adam choosing her over the word of his Creator brought sin to the species and a yielding up of the lordship of the planet to the fallen archangel.


But the story does not end there. The Creator chose to become one of His created beings and succeed where Adam failed. Since it was a decision of commitment that brought sin, it is a decision of commitment that brings life and righteousness. It is also the purpose of the Creator to bring man to a high level of spiritual maturity that will enable him to do in the millennial reign of Christ, what he should have been doing from the beginning. He will rule the earth in righteousness to the eternal glory of Jesus, and the astonishment of his unfathomable grace. Paul says in Romans 8 that the creation groans in travail, awaiting the glorious liberty of the sons of God (its offspring) in which it also will be finally freed from the power of bondage. There is good reason earth is called “Mother Earth.”

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IT MATTERS WHOSE HANDS


IT MATTERS WHOSE HANDS
Parson to Person

Most people are good at doing something. Some are good at doing many things. There seems to be a few who are good at doing most anything. That is not this writer.
A musical instrument, no matter how fine in his hand is utterly useless: he has difficulty with a kazoo! A surgeon’s scalpel in his hand is only good for slicing butter or his body. The list could go on for a very long time. On the other hand, a musical instrument in the hands of a master musician is a wonder to behold and to hear. Beautiful music from the instrument fulfills its purpose in the right hands. A scalpel in the hands of a skilled surgeon performs life-saving surgery fulfilling its purpose of existence. It is a matter of whose hands it is in.
In the wrong hands a musical instrument instead of sounding soothing, beautiful music tends to make one want to jump off a building or whatever else to get away from the awful noise. In the wrong hands, a surgeon’s scalpel does not neatly create a door to a highly defined, troubled area. Rather it is little more than a meat carver and an instrument of death. It matters whose hands it is in.
To trust refined instruments of specific purpose into unskilled hands is a fool’s doing. How much more then should every eternal creature exercise extreme caution about whose hands he places his eternal destiny? Men are given to trusting their deeds, their religious organizations, certain religious rituals, etc. to be the keeper of their immortal souls. Surely, this is the apex of all acts of stupidity.
Jesus said of His sheep, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-28.
Now think about it! God became a man to pay the sin price that no mortal could pay. No one took his life from Him, rather He had the power to lay it down and the power to take it up again in resurrection. He did just that. He is the Creator God Who will bring the entire universe into total subjection and harmony with Him. Now in His hands, by faith is the one place that is safe and secure for anyone to place his immortal soul. I would have no other words, works, powers, or hands than His! The good news is that all that God requires of any person to be saved was accomplished by Jesus on the cross, and He may be had by faith!

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Praise the Creator  


 

Isaiah 40:22-26

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things,” Isaiah 40:26.

Have you heard about the city man who went to visit his farmer friend and took him out to lunch. Being rather hungry, the city friend dug in immediately and garbled, “No need for thanks; I’m starved.” The farmer said, “We have some folk down on the farm that are not thankful. They just stick their heads in and get after it. They are our hogs.”

Some scientific minded people have taught our children for nearly one hundred years that they are just sophisticated animals who created themselves as they struggled up the chain of evolution. They think the beautiful world was nothing more than a chaotic accident that took billions of years to create itself. It takes an enormous amount of faith to believe in that many accidents.

Paul concluded that even a pagan can look at creation and know there has to be a Creator, therefore, he is without excuse. Isaiah 40 has many golden nuggets that attest to God’s power and omniscience in creation, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand . . . the nations are as a drop of [in] a bucket . . . the inhabitants of the earth are as grasshoppers” (verses 12, 15, 22). It does not take much imagination to see God in Isaiah 40 telling miniscule man who is in charge. Then he compares our problems to God’s creative power: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . . mount up with wings as eagles…run, and not be weary . . . walk, and not faint” (verse 31). Since God created us, He can fix us.

 

IN OTHER WORDs

We have to be sure that we are waiting upon the right God.

Robert Brock

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB


 

William Andrew Dillard

 

NON-ARBITRARY AND LONGSUFFERING


How grateful every human being should be that our Great Creator and Redeemer God is a longsuffering God! From the earliest days of human history, the term “longsuffering” is brought into play often in describing the love and mercies of God. It was his longsuffering that waited in the days of Noah while the ark was in preparation. Peter says that we should account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation… 2 Peter 3:15. But perhaps the best known verse of scripture employing this term is 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”


It would be easy, and far from wrong to ascribe the attribute of longsuffering to God as a part of his tremendous patience, or foreknowledge, or eternal power and nature. However, there is another most important attribute of God that should be given priority in thoughts about this: God is NOT an arbitrary God. Please consider with me what this means.


Consulting reputable dictionaries of the English language, one learns that the term “arbitrary” is defined as: “not planned or chosen for a particular reason: not based on reason or evidence; done without concern for what is fair or right; depending on individual discretion and not fixed by law; not restrained or limited in the exercise of power,” etc. It may be said that to be arbitrary is to act on whim alone. As the Sovereign of the universe, some Christians believe He does act arbitrarily, and erroneously call upon Him to so do. It may be an affront to some people’s thinking to speak of God as bound by anything at all, but the Bible affirms that He is. He is bound by His own perfect principles of righteousness. Thus, God cannot be tempted; He cannot sin; He cannot lie, but He can deal with anything and everything perfectly within His own non-arbitrary nature and power in total righteousness.


So it would appear that being non-arbitrary goes hand in hand with longsuffering. It is also evident that both characteristics are a distinct blessing and favor to the human family in that it allows the holy will of God to be perfectly completed beyond question or recall. It also allows grace and mercy to be extended to the fullest and farthest extent for the salvation of all of “whosoever will.” 


But being non-arbitrary does not by any means indicate weakness or lack of concern. The longsuffering of God came to a just conclusion in the days of Noah. It will also come to a just conclusion upon this present evil world; a conclusion so complete in every detail that no reasoning, excuse, or cry to the contrary will have standing in it. But every knee shall bow and every tongue confess before God, even those whose eternity is one of damnation. They shall understand it and agree in it for no reasoning will be incomplete in the finished longsuffering of our non-arbitrary God. So shall those who have opened their heart to Him know the limitless awareness of joy unspeakable and full of glory! Amen, and Amen! What a Savior!

 

 

 

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Promise of Life


 

John 11:25, 26

 

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,” John 11:25, 26.

 

 

 

Jesus did not say to Martha, “I cause the resurrection, and I give eternal life.” He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” To possess the person of Jesus as Savior is to possess eternal life and eternal existence in an eternal body. “Though he were dead,” sounds fatalistic, but Jesus promised “yet shall he live” (verse 25). The same Creator who breathed life into Adam is the same Creator who gave every human an eternal spirit at conception. Paul wrote, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?” (1 Cor. 2:11). The spirit of man, breathed into him by the eternal God, is eternal and will live forever somewhere, either in Heaven or in hell. Our time on earth is an opportunity for us to decide where we want to spend eternity. Jesus told Martha, “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26).

 

Death for a Christian is not a dying at all; it is a transition to the next level of eternal existence. Martha said she believed Jesus was the Son of God who had come into the world. This is the Christian’s motto, his ticket to leave the world of the temporary and enter the world of the eternal at the instant his earthly heart stops beating. When Lazarus came out of the tomb bound in the mummy-cocoon of grave clothes, we can believe that Martha was a believer, indeed. We can only imagine what she said to Jesus.

 

JUST SAYING

 

Be sure you will be ready to go to the Father’s house to spend eternity with our advocate, Jesus Christ.

 

Robert Brock

 

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He Is Salvation


Isaiah 12:1-6
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; . . . with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation,” Isaiah 12:2, 3.
In his best moment, man is still a cup of dirt mixed with water. Add Jesus and man is a light bearer. Without Jesus, man realizes how vulnerable he is; therefore, he must search his entire lifetime for security and safety. Ecclesiastes 3:11 states, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart.”
Jesus entered into the world offering eternity with the Creator, and man must choose. Shall I surrender that which I cannot keep to gain that which I cannot lose? The lost man made in God’s image wants to control his own destiny. He will do everything he can to create his eternity on earth. All the while, every evidence tells him nothing on earth is permanent. Isaiah 12:3 tells us to trust in Him and we can have joy drinking from the wells of salvation.
In his quest to determine his own destiny, lost man’s mind devised a system whereby he could believe that he created his own self as he struggled up the chain of evolution and, thus, eliminate the Creator or a system of justice by which he will be judged. In his confusion he has made himself very complicated. God simply says repent, believe, confess and ask and all the glories of Heaven are yours. Jesus does not just cause our salvation, He is our salvation.
JUST SAYING
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John3:36).
Robert Brock

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163 — June 12 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

 James Madison

 

Toleration v Liberty

 

On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted but not until its author, George Mason, and the committee had consented, at the urging of young James Madison, to an amendment of the 16th article. The article originally stated:

 

That religion, or the duty we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only

 

by reason and convictions, and not by force or violence; and, therefore, that all men should enjoy the

 

fullest toleration in the exercise or religion, according to the dictates of conscience, unpunished and

 

unrestrained by the magistrate, unless, under the color of religion, any man disturb the peace, the

 

happiness, or the safety of society; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance,

 

love, and charity for each other.”

 

The difference between this article and the First Amendment,  is between the free exercise of religion and toleration.  Where did the young James Madison learn this principle? From the Baptists and their persecution in Orange and Culpeper Counties, Virginia.  Also this Declaration of Rights became the pattern of many other colonial declarations. Article 16 was the basis of the establishment and free exercise clauses of our federal Constitution.

 

May we never forget and may we pass on to our posterity that a vital part of our Baptist heritage involves religious liberty in America.

 

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson and Cummins) pp. 242 -243.

 

 

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