Jesus or Mohamed 

Sunday, June 24, 2012 6:20:00 AM

Catholic or Roman Catholic  

It is not my purpose to intend to be exhuastive with this point, but a definition of the word catholic is absolutely necessary. Point of clarification is also in order, you can be catholic without being Catholic, with the capitol "C" it almost always refers to the Roman Catholic Church. The real question among protestants is not if they are catholic, but is the Roman Catholic Church Christian? I have already dealt with that question other places. The word general is used in the scriptures, but not in the text only in the titles and titles were added after the completion of the canon or rule of scripture. Those books considered to be general epistles are: James, 1 and 2 Peter and Jude. The greek word used for general is only used one time and that is in the book of Hebrews: "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, " (Heb 12:23). The book of Hebrews is not a general epistle, but is written specifically for Jewish people who were living outside of Israel. It is not a general epistle, but it is the only case where the greek word which would have been for catholic is used. So that leaves only the four books listed above that are general epistles. Why is this important? The Word of God is the source for all of our information about the New Testament church's faith and practices. No where in scripture is the doctrine used that makes Christians who are members of Baptist churches in anyway to be considered catholic. The only possible way this word could be applied is that Christians who are Baptists are of the same faith whatever Baptist church they belong to. All real Christians, the born again variety are considred as being of one faith. This does not mean that all churches that would use the word "catholic" are of the same faith, unless they really are. The application of the word "catholic" was not used in reference to all supposed Christians until the Council of Trent. This word was used by catholics to beat over the heads of non catholics in the sence of saying you do not belong to the true church. This resulted in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Christians who were not Roman Catholics by the emissaries of Rome. Some of the many possible definitions for the word "catholic" are (1) broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.(2) universal in extent; involving all; of interests to all (3) pertaining to the whole Christian body or church. This last definition is the one which causes the most confusion, is the Roman Catholic Church represenative of the whole of the Christian church or just their communion. I maintain that it is just represenative of their communion. Using communion in the sence of fellowship or of the same mind. I do not maintain that the Roman Catholic church is a Christian fellowship and it never has been a Christian fellowship. I also maintain there are people inside of the Roman Catholic church, whom God is calling to come out of her. 1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal. 2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all. 3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 3:42:00 AM

Spurgon 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:50:00 PM

Chosen Peoples Video 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:46:00 PM

Founders Baptist Church Video 

 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:40:00 PM

In Defense of the Faith 

 

(Jud 1:3) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Jude here was our Lord's brother, probably His youngest brother, although there is no proof of where he stood as a brother. However, this verse stands as one of the most important verse for those of us who are standing for the defense of the gospel in the evil days in which we live. The word defense as you can see is not used in this verse, but the word "contend" is used here. This word means to struggle as in to struggle unto life or death if necessary. Jude is saying that our stand for the gospel of Christ (His literal death and Resurrection) is one unto death if necessary. Certainly it is a task to be taken very seriously, by any elder in any New Testament church. What we are looking at here is the very necessary attribute for an elder at anytime in the New Testament churches history. The rest of these verses come entirely from the book of Philippians. There are five elements that are seen in this book that are attributed unto those who are set to defend the gospel.

I. The life walk of the defender of the faith

I I. The enemies of the cross

III. The work of defending the faith

IV. The righteousness of Christ given to the defender of the faith.

V. Moderation even during trying times.

VI. The Defender and the judgment day.

 

 

I. The life walk of the defender of the faith.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

First of all those who are set to defending the gospel must have a walk that is blameless, this is getting harder to do in these days, but it is not impossible. Paul says that our walk or manner of living as seen elsewhere is to be in keeping with the gospel of Christ. In simple terms the believer is committed to apply the gospel into every area of his life, this goes even more so for those who would apply themselves to the work of the elder. Christ died for me on the cross, paid the price of my sin guilt, and nailed it to His Cross. He died in my place so that He could by His Resurrection apply His righteousness by faith to me forever. I may not be sinless it has been said, but I do sin less then I would have without Christ in my life. Since The Lord Jesus has done this for me then it behooves me to keep this in the back of my mind in everything that I do or say. Paul made it very clear here that he expected to find these believers in unity together for the furtherance of the gospel. The gospel here is more then just the death and Resurrection of our wonderful Lord, but is also all the doctrine that is wrapped up in the gospel. Doctrine is just another word for teaching; it is not a bad word, but a very important idea or concept to be digested. I talked above about the application of the resurrection of Christ to the believer this is called imputation a legal term that means His righteousness has been applied making me not guilty. Paul is saying that we need to strive and struggle together for the body of doctrines that we call the gospel.

Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Further we are not only to be mindful of the doctrine or beliefs that we believe, but to take it a step further. This is an attitude that we ridicule in Christians these days, but it is taught in the Bible and is a very serious matter. Everything that I have or have had I should count as a loss, because it is just so much wasted clutter in my life. The Lord Jesus Christ has bought me and gave me a new life and in so doing I have lost everything that counts in today's world, that means wealth, that means possessions. That means that new car or house that I want so badly. Paul says that I should count these worldly things as just so much manure. I have a goal in life to win Christ, give Him the glory and point others to the cross.

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

In the process of living this way we are to point out those who claim to belong to Christ, by there walk. We are to be a brother or sister in Christ and by so doing emulate Christ in our lives. Paul asked them to walk the same walk that he did in Christ, then to pass it on to those who followed them. This could have a life changing effect on this world that is so very sin sick. We are told to be examples to each other of how Christ would have us to life.

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

The word conversation here means citizenship; he is saying here that our real citizenship as believers is as members of God's kingdom. This is why we also read this: "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2Co 5:20) , but Paul did not say this just once, but repeated it in another book to another church, just maybe this is a concept we need to get down a lot better these days: "For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:20) Paul was saying this at the same time that he was chained to a Roman soldier and was testifying before Caesar. How about that he was an ambassador for another country, one that is not on earth, before what was then a leader of a major world power. He carried his testimony to the highest authority of his day. We are afraid to carry it to the neighbors for fear of being seen as being a fanatic. Paul points us to be watchful for the second coming of our Lord, it maters not that 2,000 years have passed we are still to look for the soon return of Christ whether we are fanatics or not. Just exactly why is this so necessary?

Philippians3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

It is because we have been changed spiritually, but we have not been changed physically. We still walk around in earthen vessels that are subject to all of the ware and tare that we put them through. We are so very prone to be proud of our bodies in our youth, but after we get passed a certain age things begin to catch up with us. God has a return policy, after we die He is going to exchange this one for a brand new spiritual body, based on the sinless one that our Lord has. This side of death my body has a proclivity to want to sin no mater how hard I try to stop it. The Lord Jesus can and will subdue even this body, because he has the power to subdue all things unto HIMSELF. I so want to fall on my face before my wonderful Savior and acknowledge how glorious He is.

I I. The enemies of the cross

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

In this parenthetical statement Paul tells the Philippians about the walk of many, the Syriac version added to this the word otherwise to make it better understood. Indeed he is talking about how different the walk of these enemies of the cross of Christ was. He was very serious about this to the point of tears that there were those whose walk was not in keeping with one who has the Lord Jesus as Savior. He is talking about Jewish people here that were influencing Christians, in the sense of making them to live like Jews. The Judaizers wanted Christians to live like they did, but they were the enemies of Christ. They thought nothing of the sinful lives they were living as being under the judgment of God. Those who will contend for the faith, must be on the look out for those whose lives are obvious signals that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

The rest of the parenthetical statement gives the motives of these enemies of the cross. There end is their own destruction. There appetite is their own undoing, this does not mean that steak you are eating or that fried chicken from last night. What is meant here is an appetite for unspiritual or even anti spiritual pursuits. There is nothing neutral in the pursuit of the Christian life and the struggle with the forces against the gospel of Christ. Even in our day there are many who claim to be good people, but see nothing wrong in glorifying an ungodly pursuit. There needs to be much sole searching by God's people in what they pursue in life. There is the pursuit of riches and worldly goods, the right job, the right spouse and even sometimes the right church. These all add up to nothing when compared to Christ.

III. The Work of defending the faith

Philippians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

Paul says that he was set in place for the very purpose of the defense of the gospel. This concerned not only the attacks from the governmental authorities, but religious authorities as well. There is another area of attack on the church that is also a concern here as well and that is in the area of social influence. We are influenced on how to live as Christians by what society dictates. This should not be even a consideration. Any kind of entertainment that dictates how I should live is an enemy of the cross of Christ. This is as true today as it was in the early church. They just lacked the technology that is a part of our society.

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

The truth is we need to look for things to approve in our lives and it must be those areas that show the excellency of Christ in our lives. Our sincerity of faith, must be without any kind of reproach. There needs to be nothing in our lives that is offensive. As it is we seem these days to be offending people, by just being a Christian. However, there is no exception in this area, this means to avoid anything that is not excellent in our lives so that we can stand without offense. Standing up in defense of the gospel in our day will certainly get you accused of all kinds of things. What is being said here is to be sure that the things in your life are completely above reproach.

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace

The apostle Paul's life was filled up with the care for the churches and the defense of the gospel. Paul took the care of all the churches with him every where he went. This was seen in his prayer life and in his letters to churches. It is seen in the care he took in the nurturing of elders and deacons. There is the mention of his bonds, remember while writing this letter he was chained to a Roman soldier. His concern was in both the defense of the Christian faith and in its confirmation in the changed lives of believers.

IV. The righteousness of Christ.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Paul said that one of the most important issues in his own life was to be found in Christ as one who was not depending on his own righteousness, but on the righteousness of faith in Christ. His own personal righteousness was found in a set of rules or laws based on the law of Moses. Real righteousness is only found by faith in the gospel of Christ. Those Apostles, such as Paul, who was a defender of the gospel needed to have the assurance beyond a shadow of doubt that his personal righteousness is not found in adherence to the Old Testament law. What needs to be our sole support was the righteousness of Christ by faith.

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

The power in Paul's life that leads him to be the first defender of the faith was in knowing Christ personally and a personal experience with the power of the Resurrection of Christ. There is another area that knowing Christ will lead a Paul or any of us and that is into the fellowship that goes with those who have been put thru suffering for the sake of the gospel. Paul's life and testimony brought him to the place that he would go even as far as dying for his faith in Christ, this is what is meant by being made conformable unto his death, it goes one step further and that is having put to death the things that do not lead to a godly life.

V. Moderation even during trying times.

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

“…moderation lies not in exerting authority and power to the uttermost, at least with rigour, but in showing clemency and lenity; not dealing with men according to the severity of laws and strict justice, but according to equity, and with mildness and gentleness…(Gill, John, e-Sword). The point being here is to not hold human beings to strict justice, but for the man of God to show mercy. This is not to be interpreted to say that we believe that the offense against God’s Word no longer exists, but that we show kindness to those who are breakers of God’s Word. The man of God in defense of the truth is not to show meanness but kindness. We are not to rant on and on about an issue, but to say what we mean, then to show kindness in doing so. We should always keeping in mind of course that The Lord is watching us.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Our minds should always be set on these virtues, even when we are in the midst of defending the truths of God’s word. This is true now more so then at any other time in human history. There is so much going on around us that can distract us from that which is real in our Christian lives. Notice the first thing here is things that are true, no mater what truth has to have a preeminent place in the life of a man of God. All other attributes proceed from truth. When we examine movements today that are striking at the foundation of our Christian culture, we have to be careful that we keep our minds saturated with God’s Word, because it is the only source that is absolute truth. However, truth by itself can easily become the sole focus of our lives. We can become obsessed with truth to the exclusion of all other things. Perhaps this is what Paul was thinking, because Paul was definitely a defender of the truths of God’s Word, but rather then get bogged down it is important to be honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and finally seek out things that are really worthy of praise.

I do not think that Paul here is saying that we should look at things that are really at their very core evil or against God. We are really not trying to find something nice to say about something that is evil. However, we are seeking out things in our lives that meet with these characteristics and settle our minds there. There is not a better place to seek these attributes out then in God’s Word. Certainly many of those who have fought the battle before us sought there refuge in God’s Word. There actually is no pure truth and real lovely things to be found outside of God’s Word. I am not saying that a beautiful song, flower, or act of kindness is missing in these things, but that outside of the consideration of God’s Word these things are real pale.

VI. The Defender and the judgment day.

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Paul is saying that in any point in time every one should acknowledge Jesus, but that at the end of time every knee will bow to HIM  “All things were made by HIM and without Him was not anything made that was made”, John 1:3. There is nothing whatsoever that does not bow to Jesus even now. At some point all human beings face the fact that Jesus is Lord. It can happen in this world and that is the best place of all to bow our knee to HIM, but if not it will occur at death. What we are trying to do is win people to HIM in this life so they can bow their knee to HIM willingly, before they are forced to do so at death. However, no mater what you will sooner or later bow to HIM, Jesus is the Lord and requires men to acknowledge HIM.

“Moreover, the words ought not to be rendered at, but "in the name of Jesus"; that is, in and by reason of the power, authority, and dignity of Jesus, as exalted at God's right hand, every creature is to be subject to him: add to this, that there are several creatures included in the following account, who, in a corporeal sense, have not knees to bow with, as angels, the souls of men departed, and devils; and therefore an external corporeal bowing of the knee cannot be meant.” (Gill, John)

This is just one more proof as to Who Jesus really is. Jesus Christ is Jehovah and we need to acknowledge that He is the only Real God, emphasis here, with which we have to personally deal. There is no other god anywhere, which means that the so called god of the Muslim does not exist, neither does the god of the Romanists exist, but Jesus Christ does exist and He is Lord.

 Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Confession of His Lordship is required of all men, even if it does occur after death. Not only must men confess HIM, but angels must confess HIM as well. In defending the Christian faith, we must point men to HIM Who is Lord and lead them to confessing Jesus Christ as not only savior, but LORD as well. This is the only real point to defending the faith, because in a very real sense The Lord Jesus Christ is the faith, that is He is the object of our faith.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 5:36:00 PM

About Why Baptist 

In times past the only True and Living God, revealed in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit with dependence on the Word of God as our only rule for faith and practice was the hall mark of the believing church. Those times are being deserted by many of those in both fundamental and evangelical churches. This great divide which has set apart those who really believe the truth from those who don't. The time to really take a stand for the truth is upon us as in no other point in history.

 

"For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God."

Acts 20:27 (King James Version)

Our Mission is to be a Light in the Midst of Darkness

Our mission is to declare the whole counsel of God in an era that is in contempt of the things of God. Our primary concern is for baptists who for over the last few years have either fallen off into sterile orthodoxy or combined their faith with worldly wisdom and business efficiency, while at the same time not seeking the whole counsel of God, that is only the parts that suit them. With this comes offering up praise and glofyfing God. If the Lord Jesus is not first on our minds, then we have no light in the midst of darkness. Also visit our sister site about The Fundamentals a Testimony to the Truth

Being a baptist is synominist with being a New Testament Christian.

 

Our Testimonies to His Saving Grace

We wish to share with you our testimonies to the saving Grace of God. Forest Steenfott's testimony is included here and we would be privileged if you read it. Thomas Heringer's testimony is included as well and please read it as well. We would love to tell you about how much we love the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have experienced some of the most difficult of times and are experiencing difficult times. All Christians go through various trials and discouraging experiences. We have had personal experience with both Alzheimers and RSD.

The Five Solas of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura--The Scriptures alone are what we judge all faith and practice by. It is the measuring rod by which we judge the world.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Soli Deo Gloria--God alone deserves to be glorified, no man deserves this ever.

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Solo Christo--Only Christ deserves our faith and loyalty. When life seems to fall apart, or tribulation comes our way He is the only one in whom we must trust.

Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Sola Gratia--Only the grace of God deserves a presence in our lives. It is only by the Grace of God that we live, eat, play and breath.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Sola Fida--Only faith in the finished Work of Christ on the cross will count when all is added up and submitted to God. Italics are mine

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness).
Heb 10:18  Now where remission
(forgiveness) of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:33:00 AM
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Our Commission

"Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears." (2 Samuel 7:22)

"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."
(2 Timothy 1:11-13)

 

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