A very good friend of mine posted this and I think it is extremely relevant today. My concern is not for myself over these developments. I have a home in Glory that has been promised me and shall never be taken away. My remaining time on this corrupt earth is a short time and then I will be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My concern is for my children, grand-children and great grand-children. If the Lord delays his coming, they will be in this ever increasingly corrupt world, subjected to un-imagined immorality, ethically devoid deviants. This breaks my heart for my loved ones.
The Library of Congress attributes the following to Professor Alexander Tytler, writing about democracy in the ancient Athenian pattern. It is amazingly relevant!
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury.
From that moment on the majority always votes for candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.
The average of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence.
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty.
From liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency.
From complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.
He couldn’t say No!
1801 – On this day William Carey, known as “the Father of Modern Missions”, was asked to be the professor of Bengali in the new College. Carey, having never attended college, questioned whether he could produce in the classroom. But this modest, unassuming man did produce, twenty-one of his first forty-five students rose to be judges and other held leading positions in the government. Again we see Rom. 8:28 at work for this also gave stability for Carey, Marshman and Boardman’s work at the mission. They say that Carey was not a genius but what would one have to do to be a genius. He only spoke at least seventeen languages, mastered numerous Indian languages, preached in the vernacular, was an active personal soul winner, and participated in establishing twenty churches and mission stations in India by 1814. Considering the fact that they arrived there in 1793, one of his sons died of dysentery, his wife had a nervous breakdown, and he had to work to support his family, surely all would agree that he should have nothing to apologize for. This is all the more evidence of his testimony that when asked to describe himself, he referred to himself as a plodder by saying to his nephew Eustace, “I can plod.” He told Rev. Swan of the Cannon Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, England, “I never could say —-‘No’.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 143.
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Evangelize or Fossilize
T. T. Martin was born on April 28, 1862, in smith county, Mississippi. In his youth the lad desired to become a lawyer. While preparing for his chosen career, T. T. Martin experienced a growing burden to preach. Following intense self-examination, he surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit and devoted himself to prepare for the ministry. To support himself, he served as professor of Natural Science from 1886 to 1888 at which time he enrolled in Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1900 a new door was opened to evangelism, and T. T. Martin began a full-time evangelistic ministry. Protracted Meetings ran from fifteen to twenty-one days, and the man of God preached twice daily and four times each Lord’s Day. His schedule often kept him on the road for six months at a time. As demands for his services continued to proliferate, T. T. Martin organized a corps of gospel singers and evangelists. He booked these men throughout the country. This group was named the Blue Mountain Evangelists, and he chose choice men whose singing and preaching was Christ-centered. Somehow, midst his strenuous schedule of evangelism, T. T. Martin authored a number of books. He continued in his active ministry until the last few months of his life, entering the presence of his Lord on May 23, 1939.
Dr. Dale R. Hart adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins) p.p. 246 – 247
A Fool hath spoken
In speaking of false teachers, Peter says that they will be “clouds without water”, and that they will be brought into bondage by what overcomes them. While many compromise truth for pleasure or popularity, there are others that are overcome by their own intelligence. Such a one was Crawford Howell Toy, who was born on March 23, 1836. Baptists must not forget C.H. Toy who resigned from Southern Baptist Seminary and moved to Harvard and became Unitarian and a celebrated professor from that institution. God had provided Toy with every opportunity to succeed as a champion of Fundamentalism. He had an outstanding education, incubation into sound doctrine, the opportunity of walking with great men such as John A. Broadus, who he boarded with. He wooed and won the hand in engagement of the lovely missionary Charlotte “Lottie” Moon, who he would later lose because of his infidelity. He was noted for his bravery as he fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War under the direct leadership of Robert E. Lee. He was wounded and captured by the Union forces, and he utilized his time studying Hebrew, which he would later become a foremost authority. After the war he studied in Europe and no doubt began to drink the poison of liberalism. Toy was an intellectual giant. To this day it is not difficult to find his articles and writings. Yet in the zenith of his walk among outstanding Bible preachers and professors he would imbibe Darwinism and shipwreck his faith. The same Darwinism that godly Baptists steadfastly resisted in spite of the nearly overwhelming pressure of the intelligentsia of the day. What a fool was Toy in spite of his great intellect. And his former student would prove wiser than her teacher by refusing his hand in marriage.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp, 170 – 172.