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    2/24/97 by Tim Works

    Here is a message from Sunday a.m., preached February 24, 1997 by Tim Works, pastor of the Grace Landmark Baptist Church, Graham, WA

    How to Serve God and Please Him

      Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus is set before us an example, how to serve God and please Him. Vs. 7 Jesus emptied himself Vs. 8 Jesus humbled himself Vs. 8 Jesus was obedient
    I. We must empty ourselves
      A. Make ourselves of No Reputation (not low reputation)

      B. Empty ourselves of self, old man, worldly ambition, etc.

      C. To be filled with his Spirit, Eph. 5:18

    II. We must humble ourselves
      A. Cast off pride

      B. Have a broken and contrite spirit, Psm. 51:17, Isa. 57:15

      C. God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace, James 4:6

      D. God's grace is sufficient for all our insufficiencies, II. Cor. 12:9

    III. We must become obedient
      A. We must not quench nor grieve His Spirit

      B. His Spirit is in us, I Thess. 5:19, Eph. 4:3
       

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      Notes on "Certain Disciples" and Apollos Acts 18:24 - 19:7
      By Curtis Pugh

      1. Whether Apollos immersed these 12 men or not is not absolutely clear. It is probable that he did. However, what is absolutely clear is that the Holy Ghost in inspiring the Scripture saw fit to place these two incidents in immediate juxtaposition. The chapter division, it is admitted by all, was not made by Luke, but by a later man. In reading these 12 verses without a break there are certain resemblances and parallels which ought not to be ignored. That we are intended to consider each incident in light of the other is certain if we would study Scripture in its context.

      2. Apollos, "born in Alexandria" (18:24) which was in Egypt would no doubt have traveled through Judea on his journey to Ephesus. Sailing vessels were small and visited many ports as they sailed round the coast of the Mediterranean, not venturing directly across that body of water.

      3. Being himself a Jew (18:24) it is unthinkable that Apollos would have not taken the opportunity to visit the land of his fathers on such a trip. We may rightly suppose that he may have remained in Judea for one or more of the religious festivals commanded by the Lord in the Old Testament.

      4. These 12 men at Ephesus had an imperfect knowledge of the "way of God" in some sense similar to the imperfect understanding which Apollos had. (18:25, 26)

      5. It is certainly possible that these 12 men had never heard John preach for they were separated from John by many hundreds of miles and perhaps 25 years.

      6. These 12 men cannot have heard John preach for they had not even heard of the Holy Ghost (19:2), while John's preaching included the work of the Holy Spirit (John 1:33). These 12 were ignorant even of the full content of John's preaching.

      7. That the Holy Ghost intends that we understand these men to be regenerate seems clear for they are called "disciples" a term reserved for "Christians" or true believers in the Acts and epistles Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16). In the gospels the term "disciples" is used in a broader sense of all who were partakers of the Lord's personal teaching ministry, even those who were unsaved and who later fell away. However, after the ascension of the Lord, no person than those truly regenerated by the Holy Spirit can rightly be said to be personally taught by the Master, hence the use of the word is from that time and circumstance limited to truly saved persons.

      8. We cannot suppose that these were unbelievers for Paul acknowledges that they were believers when he inquired of their receiving the Spirit "since" or "upon" their believing (19:2). If Paul accounted them believers we must understand them to be regenerated persons.

      9. That these men were "rebaptized" - rather baptized "anew" by Paul seems clear since the grammar indicates it though a few have suggested that the "they" in verse 5 refers to John's hearers and the "them" and the "they" in verse 6 refers to the 12 men in Ephesus. The "they" in verse 5 MUST refer to the 12 men at Ephesus for the were "baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" - a thing which John never did! John baptized with his own authority directly given him by God (John 1:33) NOT with Christ's authority. This is obvious when it is remembered that John was actively baptizing before he was made to know who the Messiah actually was (see John chapter 1 and elsewhere).

      10. That these men were baptized anew by Paul is clear from the fact that the subject under question is the matter of baptism. Paul uses the word "baptized" in his questioning them and remarked about John's work using the word "baptized" and "baptism" thus including the word 3 times in his speech to them. The question is not "were hands laid on you?" but "unto what then were ye baptized?" (19:3). This question was raised because Paul did not observe any of the outward sign gifts of the Sprit unique to that time period when such signs were given as a confirmation of the work of God, the Scriptures being yet incomplete. Paul perceived that these Christians were lacking something in their understanding and lives, though he did not immediately know what it was that was missing. He did not question whether or not they were believers: what he determined was that they did not have the Holy Spirit for the temporary signs and evidences which at that particular time were necessary were missing. (I am told that EW Bullinger in "The Giver and His Gifts" indicates that when the definite article is missing before the terms the reference is to the gifts rather than the person of the Holy Spirit. The meaning here is that Paul questioned them due to the absence of the gifts.) That this whole incident is unique to the time period in which it occurred must be granted. Since the temporary sign gifts are no longer present in the earth today, and since the scripture has been completed it is not possible that this situation develop in our day.

      11. Paul did not baptize anew these 12 men because there was anything wrong with John's baptism. Apollos had John's baptism (18:25) and he was not "rebaptized". John's baptism was all that Christ and His apostles had and they were not required to be baptized anew. Sound Baptists oday continue John's baptism which is administered "for repentance" i.e. because of repentance, looking toward the One John identified as "the Lamb of God" (John 1:36). (Baptism "for" repentance does not mean in order to bring about repentance! A wise parent will sometimes spank his child "for" disobedience - not in order to bring about disobedience, but because of disobedience!)

      12. Paul did not baptize anew these 12 men because they were not immersed in the name of the Trinity. Baptism in the name of the Trinity is not necessary to Scriptural baptism. In fact, the idea of ritualistic words being required is a Romish one and not a Scriptural one at all! To do something "in the name of" means "with the authority of" so that whether baptism is administered "in the authority of" Christ or "in the authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" it is the same. Baptism does not depend on the words uttered, but in the authority under which the administrator acts. In fact, it is here stated (19:5) that these 12 men were immersed anew "in the name of the Lord Jesus" - no mention being made of the other two persons in the Godhood.

      13. These 12 men were not said to have John's baptism. Apollos was said to have John's baptism (18:25). These 12 were immersed by someone (Apollos?) "Unto John's baptism" (19:3). They were looking to John as the authority for their baptism. While John, in fulfilling his inistry had authority to baptize, he had no authority to delegate that authority to others. Nowhere do we read that John's disciples ever rightly administered baptism. Repentant sinners went to John for

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Morning 12/29/96
    "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." · 1 Samuel 7:12 The word "hitherto" seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet, "hitherto the Lord hath helped!" Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honour, in dishonour, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, "hitherto hath the Lord helped us!" We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long aisles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys. Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received "hitherto." But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes "hitherto," he is not yet at the end, there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! there is more yet-awakening in Jesus' likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fulness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. O be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise thy "Ebenezer," for- He who hath helped thee hitherto Will help thee all thy journey through. When read in heaven's light how glorious and marvellous a prospect will thy "hitherto" unfold to thy grateful eye!
Morning, January 16
"I will help thee, saith the Lord." - Isaiah 41:14 -

This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: "I will help thee." "It is but a small thing for me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with my blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee. I laid aside my glory and became a man for thee; I gave up my life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now. In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready to give. 'Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. 'Help thee?' Fear not! If there were an ant at the door of thy granary asking for help, it would not ruin thee to give him a handful of thy wheat; and thou art nothing but a tiny insect at the door of my all-sufficiency. 'I will help thee.'" O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? Bring hither thine empty pitcher! Surely this well will fill it. Haste, gather up thy wants, and bring them here-thine emptiness, thy woes, thy needs. Behold, this river of God is full for thy supply; what canst thou desire beside? Go forth, my soul, in this thy might. The Eternal God is thine helper! "Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismay'd! I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid."
Morning, January 19
"I sought him, but I found him not." · Song of Solomon 3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of a Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might find him!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest-not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek him, and he will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover him to thy joy and gladness.
Morning, January 23 Spurgeon's Morning and Evening
"I have exalted one chosen out of the people." · Psalm 89:19
Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that he might be able to be our brother, in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, "I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will he suffer me to want while he is on his throne? Oh, no! He loves me; he is my Brother." Believer, wear this blessed thought, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King's own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity, treat him as such. Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our wants and sympathize with us. "He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin." In all our sorrows we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty-he knows them all, for he has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find his footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, he has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel. "His way was much rougher and darker than mine Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?" Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road, and consecrated the thorny path for ever.
February 11, Spurgeon's Morning & Evening Devotions for Today,
"And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." · Acts 4:13
A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, "Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;" but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, "He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions." A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, "He has been with Jesus." Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had he deference to his Father's will? So submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those sublime words of your Master, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you, "He has been with Jesus."
Your friend in Christ, Jim Miller
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Pastor Speaks from The Missionary Baptist Church in Hayward, CA
Dr R. L. Crawford
THE BATTLE TO SAVE YOUR FAMILY WHY OUR HOMES ARE FALLING APART, AND WHY OUR SOCIETY IS COMING APART AT THE SEAMS:
And every one that hearth these saying, of mine, and doeth them not, shall be linkened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand, and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell; And great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:26-27
THE FOUNDATION: EITHER THE SOLID ROCK OR SINKING SAND:
Because every home is either on the rock of God`s Word or on the sinking sands of humanism, sooner or later the storms will bang against it, and if it is on the sand, the house will fall. Here are a few facts: (1) The whole human family fell in Adam because all humanity was in the lions of Adam when he sinned ( 1 Cor 15:22; Heb. 7:10) and all became sinful in Adam`s fall. ( Rom5:12-19; Ps. 58:3-50; Eph. 2:3) Man by nature is building on the sand because he has rejected God and His Word. (2) Man has followed the wrong teachers. The Devil has false teachers and preachers ( 2 Cor. 11:13-15) who are teaching man to build his house on the sinking sand of evolution and humanism.
THE MORAL STRUCTURE OF OUR HOMES IN CRUMBLING:
The great English historian Arnold J. Toynbee, said twenty-one civilizations had cluttered the pages of history, and only remnants of four exist today. Nineteen have crumbled. Several facts were involved but one reason for their destruction was: (1) Outsiders came in and destroyed the morals and standards: These were VOLKERWANDERUNG. This is what Eve did in Eden ( Gen 3:1-10 ). (2) Outsiders have destroyed the moral structure of the home. Christ is to be the teacher of the home ( see text ), but man invites the preachers and teachers of satan. (3) Sex under God`s law is holy ( Gen. 1:26-28). and man is to have one wife and raise a family for God`s glory ( 1 Cor. 7:1-2) (4) Adultry is a cancer of the home (Pro. 7:7-28)
THE SALVATION OF OUR HOMES:
Because my space is limited, please read my text again, I will tell how three Russian psychologists ( atheistic communists ) by the names of Pavlov,Luria, and Platnov are behind the destruction of our american home life, and only Christ can save our homes. Amen!
YOU CAN KNOW...................................
HOW YOU CAN KNOW GOD`S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE:
The text is Acts 17:28 where the Apostle Paul was standing on Mars Hill in Athens and was preaching one of the greastest sermons of the entire Bible to the Greek philosphers. That sermon is on the subject of The Sovereignty of God, and every word in it is by Divine inspiration, but my text is " God that made the world...hath determined the times before appointed.. that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find him though he be not far from every one of us: for in Him we live, and move and have our being...( Acts 17:22-28).
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE:
God planned your life and your birth in eternity ( Jer. 1:5) , and you arre not an accident,neither are you a mistake or a blunder of some physical or mental mystery. (1) David got this knowledge from God and wrote it down by Divine Inspiration. See Psalm 139:14-18. (2) Paul told these philosophers in Athens, " In Him we live, and move and have our being. " Acts 17:28. (3) Your brian came from God and God`s hand has given you the ability to know things the animal world does not know. See Psa. 8:5, Gen 1:26 The two Hebrew words for likeness and image in thinking Cf. Num 33:56 and Job 40:22.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SEEK TO KNOW?
Note this great sermon: (1) Seek to know the Plan of God for your life in the Bible. 2 Tim 3:16-17. (2) You can know God`s Plan for your marriage. See 2 Cor 6:14. (3) Seek to Know God`s Will in Your Home. Psa. 127:1. (4) Seek to Please God in Faithfulness to Christ true church.
YOU CAN KNOW GOD`S SALVATION:
The Apostle told these philosophers, "To feel after Him and find Him..." (Acts 17:27). The Bible commands you to seek God ( Isaiah 55:6-7). and God turns you to seek the knowledge of salvation. Isa 65:1 You can know you are saved, John 5:13.
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Miracles Of The Cross #2 The Rending Of The Temple Veil
February 23, 1997 Ronnie Wolfe
Matthew 27:51 - And behold, the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
I. A SIGNIFICANT WITNESS
A. "And Behold" B. Jesus was dying on the cross, and this was the most important event taking place in the entire universe or even in Heaven. C. But the inspired writer here tells us to take our eyes and minds off Jesus for an instant and take a look at the Temple. D. With one eye of the cross and the other eye on the Temple, we notice that at the same time that Jesus died, the veil in the temple was rent in twain (or split in half). E. The word "Behold" also indicates that there was sufficient witness to the happening here in the Temple. F. This happened at 3:00 in the afternoon, and this was the regular time for the evening sacrifice. G. You can believe that the priests were present when this incredible miracle took place. H. The worshippers stood in the Temple court, the priests stood in the Holy Place, and the veil was between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. J. The priests who were in the Holy Place were always looking toward the veil of the Temple. K. When this veil split in half, the priests were there. This was a tremendous witness to the priests of the Temple that something miraculous had taken place. L. Later we hear that many priests believed (Ac 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.) M. For 1500 years this curtain had been undistrubed. Now, all at a sudden, the curtain splits in half.
II. A SEPARATION IN THE TEMPLE
A. "The veil of the temple" B. As we have stated, this veil had been there for 1500 years. C. What was the reason for this veil? Ex 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: Ex 26:32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. Ex 26:33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. Ex 26:34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. Ex 26:35 And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side. Ex 26:36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. Ex 26:37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them. Mt 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Mr 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Lu 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Heb 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
III. A STOPPED WORK
A. "Was rent in twain ..." B. The priests were at work when this great miracle took place C. They had their very eyes on the veil when it split in half D. What were they to do when the veil split? E. They had no job left. This veil was a precious symbol to them. F. The job of the priest had been illiminated by the priestly work of the Lord, Jesus Christ on the cross. G. Heb. 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. H. The work that Jesus did ended forever the work of the earthly priests.
IV. A SEPARATE ECONOMY
A. "Was rent in twain ..." B. God had only two economies: the Old Testament and the New Testament. C. The O. T. economy was one of pictures, types and symbols. D. The N. T. economy is the reality of the types of the Old Testament. E. The rending of the veil was the event that evidenced the parting of the two economies. F. The death of Christ was the event that actually parted the two economies. G. This veil did not gradually tatter until it wore away. It was miraculously split from top to bottom.
V. A SUPERNATURAL EVENT
A. "From top to bottom." B. This splitting of the veil was not done from beneath. No group of people could have ripped this veil in two. C. This ripping was done from the top to the bottom. This designates that this was a work from above. D. This depicts the Lord's miraculous work on Calvary E. Jesus did not just die; he bore our sins on the cross. He opened the way for us to enter into the holiest of all in Heaven. F. It pleased God to bruise him. God did the work of the cross. He bruised his own Son that we might have eternal life. G. Just as the veil was split in two miraculously by God, so Christ was bruised miraculously.
VI. A SURPRISING UNITY
A. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
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     PROTESTANT PRAISE

     The New Testament Church #4 By Pastor Ronnie Wolfe - May 9, 1997

     I am simply amazed at the Baptists today who praise the Protestant reformers to high heaven. I gasp
     almost every time I read Baptist writers who give homage to people such as Augustine, Luther,
     Calvin and other reformers. Don't get me wrong. I do believe that many of these writers have much
     to give by way of their intelligence and their adeptness to write down what they know. That I accept
     with all due honor. But I cannot see how Baptists can give credit for their finding truth that these
     Protestants say had been in darkness for hundreds of years. I have attended many conferences and
     heard influential Baptist pastors refer to reformers as the heroes of our religion. Such references are
     unwarranted and should be considered under stringent scrutiny. The Protestants themselves do a
     sufficient job of praising their Protestant forefathers. Such references as:

     It has been nearly 500 years since Martin Luther recovered the Gospel in Europe. Once again, in the
     sixteenth century, the light of justification by faith alone dispelled the spiritual, intellectual, and moral
     darkness of the medieval Rome. The resulting civilization owed its salient features to the Gospel of
     Jesus Christ--to the first Christians and the Reformers--but for the past century the proclamation of
     that Gospel--and civilization--has been waning.

     Now this is to be expected by people who are themselves Protestants. They have the mistaken idea
     that the Gospel had died or was severely darkened by the Roman Church; and that was true to an
     extent because of the vast influence of the Church of Rome. But we must remember that a witness of
     the true Gospel of Jesus Christ has existed in every age since the public ministry of Jesus Christ.
     These people, known in different generations by different names, were know by the Roman Church
     and were hated by that church. During the Dark Ages, the Roman Church so persecuted these
     blessed believers in Christ that several writers talk about the blood flowing as rivers. So, when
     Protestant or Baptist writers praise the Protestant Reformation for finding the Gospel after many
     centuries, they miss the point of the truth that that witness has existed in every generation without
     exception.

     SOME PROTESTANT QUOTES
          Notice the following quotes from Protestants praising the Protestant Reformation.
          "A new conscience was born, and with a new conscience came new life and power.
                 Nothing had been seen like this since the ages of the apostles."

     Bonar continues to say "The long-needed, long-missing truth had been found; and eurhka [Eureka!]
     was the cry of gladness announcing the discovery." Then Bonar makes the statement: "But is it that
     which sprang up, after centuries of darkness, among our fathers in Europe? ..." and "Men with their
     feet firmly set on Luther's rock." Now, I appreciate the writings of Horatius Bonar. He has much
     good to say (not all with which I agree). But the mistake of mistakes among these Protestant
     influentials was the praise they give to the Protestant Reformation. They think it was a reviving of the
     Spirit of God in men found in different parts of Europe who by that Spirit found and revived truths
     that had been either dead or waning for at least 500 years. If they had listened to the "heretics" of
     their day and had given them a little more attention and had heard a little closer their message, they
     would have known that the message of these small groups of believers was the very truth that they
     were supposedly finding in the halls of their monasteries and seminaries.

     UNWARRANTED PRAISE

     These men of the Reformation became victims of their own cultic thought. When they seceded from
     the Roman Church, they brought with them their own brand of Romish religion. Every one of these
     men, without exception, brought with him ideas engrained in them by the Romish Church. They did
     not ever completely depart from the Romish Church. A Protestant, then, is a person or an
     establishment which has protested many of the pertinent doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church; but
     it must be remembered that none of them has completed left behind all the taints of the Roman
     Church. Error can come for a mishandling of the truth, but truth comes from truth, not from error. It is
     likely, then, that anyone who begins with error to find his way to the truth will almost always retain
     certain elements of that original error in which he was entrenched. The Reformers had a pious logic,
     and that was to deny their original error and believe only what the Bible says. They called this Sola
     Scriptura. But among the reformers are a host of Pedobaptists, men and organizations who believe in
     baptizing babies. This doctrine of pedobaptism is an error that was clutched deep in their tradition,
     and they found it could not be easily rejected. John Quincy Adams, a former Pedobaptist who lived
     in the last century, says, "If men have been accustomed to error, they love it on account of its
     antiquity." Adams continues with, "Here was one radical defect of the Reformation of the sixteenth
     century. The civil arm was invoked, and the State was united with the Church, a political element was
     infused, and carnal weapons were used as freely by the Reformed Churches in enforcing their
     dogmas as by the Papacy in maintaining its heresies." [Page 44]. Adams also says, "No Pedobaptist
     can consistently oppose Romanism. There is no consistent position between the Romish and the
     Baptist church. Tradition leads to the one--the Word of God to the other." [Page 64]. Why would
     anyone who believes in salvation by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ want to praise men who
     believe in baptizing babies? Yet, many of the men who are quoted and praised for their quotes are
     among the Pedobaptists. These men do not believe necessarily that the babies are saved by way of
     baptism, but they cannot let go of their demonic tradition. Not only did Reformers believe in
     pedobaptism; they also demanded its application to all churches and made laws against any other
     kind of baptism. These laws demanded the lives of many of our Baptist forefathers.

     EFFECT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

     The Protestant Reformation had a definite effect on religious liberty in the world. No Pedobaptist
     believed in religious liberty. Every one of them thought that doctrine was to be legislated and those
     laws executed upon society with severe punishment upon denial of them. Many Anabaptists lost their
     lives for denying these incumbent laws. Our Baptist forefathers were prisoners at the hands of
     Protestants as well as Romanists. They were burned to death. They were placed in theaters with wild
     animals to cater to the entertainment of thousands of spectators. Their pious doctrine was trampled,
     denied, scorned and blasphemed; but it could not die. That doctrine has lived and flourished in every
     generation from the time of Christ until our present day. A great difference lies between religious
     freedom and religious tolerance. Pedobaptists sometimes would extend religious tolerance, meaning
     that they would allow certain things that they may not completely condone. But religious tolerance
     presupposes an authority of a certain human element, be that a man or a church. In the Dark Ages
     that authority was assumed to be the Roman Church. No church or human being has the authority to
     lord over God's heritage. This Baptists have always believed. That is the reason that Baptists were
     persistent in legislating religious freedom in America. The Pedobaptists wanted authority for their own
     church, but Baptists knew that religious freedom was the biblical way. Even in their church practice,
     there is no real religious freedom. Pedobaptism in its very practice precludes religious freedom. The
     church baptizes the baby, and thus brings the baby into membership of the church. They teach that a
     person is not to be baptized but once. When the baby matures, he may want to be immersed, but he
     cannot be, because he cannot be baptized but once. So, even if he wants, he cannot be baptized any
     other way. This is not religious liberty. Because toleration and oppression are one and the same,
     many of our forefathers died at the hands of the reformers. Many of them died because of their belief
     in freedom of worship and of conscience. Balthazar Hubmeyer of Friedburgh, Switzerland, died in
     1528 at the hands of Protestant Reformers simply because he was a Baptist. Ulrich Zwingle wrote
     against his theological thoughts and brought many Baptists into prison and cruel punishments, so much
     so that even the populace complained of the cruelty. Adams says, "No matter whether Romanists or
     Protestants gained the ascendancy--the Baptists were persecuted by both alike." [Page 96]. In 1644
     a law was passed in Massachusetts against Baptists that if they condemned or opposed the baptism
     of infants they would be banished from the state. Under this law, Obadiah Holmes, John Clark, and
     John Crandall, Baptist preachers, were arrested near Lynn, Mass. They were sent to the Boston jail
     and then fined for their crime. Obadiah Holmes was kept in jail and eventually publicly whipped with
     30 lashes. He was so badly beaten that he could rest only upon his hands and knees for several
     weeks. Even Roger Williams was banished from Boston, Mass., and in 1644 he obtained a charter
     for the colony of Rhode Island and established the first government in history to grant full religious
     liberty. In Virginia Baptist preachers were arrested and imprisoned as vagrants. They were pulled
     down from their pulpits, publicly whipped and sent to jail. Many of them carried their scars to their
     graves.

     THE REAL CHOICE

     So, if a Protestant really wants to get away from Rome and wants to practice religion the Bible way
     and desires to be in fellowship with God's people and to obey his word, the thing for him to do is to
     become a Baptist. He can be a Baptist as long as he wants; and if he ever wants to quit the Baptist
     church and go elsewhere, he has the right to do so. The Protestant Reformation has caused great
     confusion among the civilizations of this world. The Augustines, the Luthers, the Zwingles, the
     Calvins, the Knoxes have all left the Romish Church, but they have brought with them errors that
     abound in the Protestant camp. The true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ have been alive and well
     in every generation. They have never held hands with Rome nor have they adhered to her doctrines.
     They have hated her traditions and rather have adhered to the word of God. These churches today
     are found among those called Baptist. A perpetual link exists between this church and the first church
     of the New Testament at Jerusalem. We may not be able to see it physically, but we can know it
     spiritually. It does exist, and it is not Protestant. Why should we give honor to a scheme that has
     brought so much heartache to the lives of so many pious believers? Why should we join hands with
     doctrine that is linked with Rome? Truly Baptists are the true proponents of the Sola Scriptura
     taunted so by the Protestants. If the Bible speaks, let us speak; if the Bible is silent, let us be silent.
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 PSALM 56

  "David's Precious Secret" May 14, 1997 -- Ronnie Wolfe

          The reason I am calling this "David's Precious Secret" is because of the word Michtam in the
          heading of this Psalm. Taking together the meanings given in John Gill's Commentary, Charles
          Spurgeon's Treasure of David and the Hebrew Concordance; I have decided that this would
          make a good title. The word Michtam means mystery, inscription, secret, precious. David has
          a secret that his enemies knows nothing about. It is the secret of God's help. The word
          "Jonathelemrechokim" means "the silent dove of far off places." This is David's secret. He
          speaks to the "dove" (God) at a distance, who is silent but who is powerful to help David in
          this matter.
     I. COMPLAINT (1-2)
          A. Man's Purpose -- "swallow me up"
          B. Man's Perseverance -- "fighting daily"
          C. Man's Plight -- "swallow me up"
     II. CONFIDENCE (3-4)
          A. Commensurate With Fear (3)
               1. Fear and faith can abide together
               2. The more trouble we have, the louder we cry to God for help
          B. Completed in God (4), notice past tense
     III. COMPLAINT (5-6)
          A. The Art of Deceitful Words (5) -- 2 Peter 3:16
          B. The Attitude of Negativity (6) -- The world thinks negative thoughts about God's people.
     IV. CONFIDENCE (7-9)
          A. Prayer For Disabling The Enemy (imprecatory)
          B. Plea For Remembering His Tears (Malachi 3:16)
               1. The "lachrymatory" was a tear bottle (or animal skin)
          C. Power In Knowing God (9) -- Romans 8:31
     V. CRY OF GRATITUDE (10-13)
          A. Two Things David Will Do
               1. He will not be afraid
               2. He will render praise to God
          B. One Thing God Has Done (13) -- Delivered
          C. One Thing God Will Do (13) -- Deliver

     Hope you enjoy this one ... Bro. Ronnie Wolfe
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