Archive for the ‘Salvation’ Category

Religiously Lost

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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There is more said in God’s Word warning religious sinners who are lost than is said about those who are saved. It is amazing, as we study the Scriptures, to note God’s warning to religious sinners. Take the Book of Hebrews. It was written with this intent-to warn religious sinners of their pending doom. The Apostle Paul sets forth two things in the Book of Hebrews: First, he tells the believer what he has in Christ; second, he warns religious sinners that they have missed Christ… Many are Religiously LOST! Jesus said in Matthew 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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RELIGIOUSLY LOST

by L. R. Shelton

 

BAPTIST AND CHURCH LETTERS

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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Church letters certainly have their place, and are very necessary, but unfortunately they have become widely abused, and even more commonly misunderstood. The question is asked and an attempt will be made to set forth in a clear way exactly what church letters are, the limitations on them, the abuses made of them, and responsibilities connected with them.

 

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CHURCH LETTERS

Is Chruch Membership Biblical

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

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Many try to justify their own existence as a congregational group by claiming the church to be some invisible, spiritual group made up of all the saved people, however THE BIBLE KNOWS NO SUCH DOCTRINE!!! The biblical word for church “ecclesia” is used 36 places in the bible as plural (churches) and 75 places used in the singular. Other figures are also used for the Church and confirms the one meaning: Assembly, building, body, bride, congregation, company, family, flock, fold, house, lamb, temple , vine, wife and woman. Christ used the word ecclesia 22 times and there can be no question that He meant a local assembly.

  • God’s Plan is That We Would Belong to Local Churches:

When you begin to look at the numerous texts in the bible that supports a community of believers it becomes clear that God’s plan for his church is that every saved person belong to a local covenant community of faith known as a church.

  • Church membership is for our own protection and maturation, and for the good of others.
  • God has a plan for every saved person, and the church is in the center of God’s plan for Christians today. But it is remarkable how many people claim to be saved by the grace of God through Christ, yet in the same breath say that they do not have be a member of a church to be a good Christian.
  • Unfortunately, people’s perceptions of what “membership” means are often more influenced by culture than by the Bible.  When we hear “membership” we immediately think of Sam’s club or the YMCA.  We think of signing contracts, paying dues, and getting special ID cards.

MANY DO NOT VIEW CHURCH MEMBERSHIP NOT AS A GOD GIVEN REQUIREMENT AS IT SHOULD BE! ONE MAJOR PROBLEM IS THAT MANY CHRISTIANS WANT TO REAP THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF SALVATION WITHOUT LABOR AND COMMITMENT TOWARD THE LORD’S CHURCH.

HOW WOULD YOUR CHURCH BE IF EVERY MEMBER WERE JUST LIKE YOU?

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Is Church Membership Biblical

Grinding Axes

Friday, March 27th, 2015

There are two meanings to the phrase “an axe to grind.” The first meaning is the traditional American one, which means having an ulterior motive or personal reasons, other than the obvious, for doing something. The British meaning is to hold a grudge or a grievance against someone or something. The term comes from the grinding of axes using a grindstone. Axes were first made of wood and stone, then came to be composed of the best metal available to the person. They are used for splitting wood, felling trees and various other things. They are also a weapon of aggression.

Anyone can be guilty of grinding axes and minister’s of the gospel need to be especially careful. When one offers a strong personal opinion about something in which they forcefully try to make others accept he is grinding an axe. The pulpit is no place to grind our axes. For a man of God every message and public word spoken to “God’s” people should be given through much prayer and consolation. Often it takes more courage and boldness to restrain ourselves and our speech than it does to let our opinions fly. Even if we are right grinding axes can be harmful and dangerous to the flock which in itself belongs to God. There are times when under a heavy load of conviction a minister must speak sternly and with great boldness but one who carries an agenda is often grinding his own axe. The problem with grinding too many axes is sooner or later mortal wounds will be inflicted. Jesus spoke very sternly to sinners and the Pharisees’ and occasionally rebuked the disciples but his messages were always saturated with love.

Caution should be exercised because even when we are led of the Lord to address something because tones and mannerisms can easily be misinterpreted. So what if people get mad at you so long if you’re in the right? They got mad at Jesus didn’t they?

Take note that anger poisons congregations. A minister who goes on the defensive can become bitter and his preaching will be harsh and graceless and in an effort to reprove he actually crushes the hearts and spirits of those to whom he has been entrusted. It’s bad enough when church members bring active, unresolved anger into the congregation. It’s even worse when the carriers of such ill-will are leaders of the church.

One may pride himself on bluntness or boldness but a word not spoken in love will never be heard!

 

Biblical Teaching Regarding Sexuality

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

We presently live in an age in which our nation is rapidly degenerating into a godless society. Morality has become a choice without standard or consequence. In today’s popular culture, sexuality has nothing to do with marriage, family, or childbearing; pregnancy is often viewed as a misfortune. Today’s movies and television are very cynical about marriage and the family. The traditional family structure continues to be ridiculed and devalued. The popular message of tolerance has devastated the family unit in American culture. One out of every four marriages will end in divorce and many people have never seen a happy marriage or an example of a godly family and sexual sin has become widely accepted as the norm.

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Biblical Teaching Regarding Sexuality

The Calling

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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One does not choose the ministry. This calling is not by the will of man (Eph 1:1, 2Tim 1:1, 2 Tim1:9). It is an incredible call, unequaled by any other vocation in the world. God himself, the creator of the universe, the sovereign God throughout eternity is the one whom initiates and

implements this call. Throughout the scriptures God has always personally called His servants.
This is a special, spiritual relationship with God through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit
and it is not common to all, it is a special calling from God.

Have you truly been called by God?

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A Calling from God
by Elder Rick Oliver

Debating Calvinism

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

 

Debate by J.N. Hall and Lemuel Potter 1894

Limited Atonement vs Unlimited Atonement

 

Recommended Sermon on Reformed Theology:

by Elder Josh Gregory (audio)

 

 

Come Out of the Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

(Recommending Reading1 Kings chapters 17-19)


Elijah the prophet lived in one of the most difficult times in history. He was called upon to stand for God in a day when it seemed all had abandoned the one true God. King Ahab ruled Israel for 22 years (874-853 b.c.). He was the most wicked king Israel had experienced, even worse than all before him. Ahab followed the sins of Jeroboam and had led the children of Israel away from God toward wickedness to the worship of baal even marrying the pagan princess, Jezebel, who promoted this idolatry even murdering the prophets and priest of God. What a scene it must have been when Elijah first faced the king Ahab and Jezebel. A rough man of the desert with a `cloak of animal skins and a leather girdle’, strides into the palace with the unwelcome prophecy of drought, famine, and hardship to come. Three years of drought, and then the showdown on Mount Carmel as he faces the priests of Baal – which of course the apostate king and his heathen queen also worshiped. God had empowered the prophet and the prophets of baal were slain. The queen issued a death sentence and Elijah, being pursued, ran for his life. He found himself feeling defeated and alone in a cave begging to die and back in Israel paganism reigned supreme and there was still a price on his head. He had failed; where could he go, what could he do, what would become of him? He wailed to the Lord in an agony of doubt and despair, too low to respond even to the still small voice. 1 Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (15) And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

God shows up and said what are you doing here? God doesn’t offer sympathy or a pat on the back to poor pitiful Elijah but he says get up out of your old funky cave and serve me. I have more work for you to do. There were no soothing words of reassurance but precise directions. Elijah the hunted, the fearful and depressed was to go back the way he had come, trusting God to foil Jezebel’s spies and hatchet-men and continuing north, right on to Damascus. There he was to do new work for his Lord, appointing rulers ready to take over when the time came and anointing Elisha to be his helper and, in due course, his successor. He was to be part of God’s plan for the future and the messiah that was to come, this was what God wanted, so he arose and went.

How often do we wallow in our own self pity and despair or throw up our hands and say what’s the use. God requires the same thing from us that He required from Elijah. Get out of our caves and go on serving Him. Faithfulness is the grand enduring mark of a child of God. Even when things appear dismal or hopeless that’s no excuse to give up the fight. Elijah thought he was all alone yet God showed him there were others that had the same desire, even 7,000 men in Israel that were still faithful to God. Even though we do not live in violent days as Elijah there is a spiritual battle that is just as fierce and God needs every born again Christian to stand true and remain faithful. Faithful to God’s cause, faithful to God’s church and faith to your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Many are struggling and see the problems of our day and maybe it’s time to get our heads out of the cave and move on the purposes of God together.

1) What Elijah Saw:

Israel was in a state of apostasy (falling away) as never before. Friends we are blind if we do not see that the Christians of our day are far removed from the level of devotion we should be. The American lifestyle has degraded Christian life to the point that many are blind to apostasy that has overtaken us and the Lord’s church. Even in this age of apostasy and deception I still believe there are many who love the Lord (who have not bowed a knee to baal) and want to serve Him.

1 Ki 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

2) What Elijah did:

He stood for God when others would not. He was bold and obedient despite the spiritual conditions and numerous hardships. Even this prophet got weary from the battle yet his key to success was faithfulness. He left his cave and went back once again to anoint the next king and the prophet that would follow.

3) What the Lord did:

The Lord took Elijah straight into Heaven. Jezebel, nor anyone else, took his life for his life was in the hands of the Lord.

2 Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

ELIJAH’S FAITH WAS DEMONSTRATED BY HIS ACTIONS AND ELIJAH ACTED ON GOD’S COMMAND NOT HIS FEELINGS:

1. Change the way you think and God will Change the way you feel!!!

2. Change the way you act or react

a. Do what is right, no matter how you feel!

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

b. If you say you must feel good before doing what is right, you have made your feelings into an idol.

3. Know that God has the answers

2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4. Know that with God there is always hope

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

5. Know that with God, problems have purpose

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

6. Focus on praise and thanksgiving rather than circumstances (Ephesians 5:18-20)

7. Apply your efforts to finding Biblical Solutions for your dilemmas

REMEMBER SATAN’S ATTACK IS IN THE MIND

QUESTION: Matthew 26:38-39 – Did Christ feel like dying on the cross?

No, He didn’t feel like dying on the cross but His goal was to be obedient to the Father. If He had not died on the cross, we would all be doomed to eternal destruction

The God of Elijah is the one that makes a way where there is no way. He’s the God that sent down the fire. He can made path where no path could be seen. He is the God that multiplies with nothing. He is the God that brings the visible out of the invisible. He is the God that provided for His people by humanly impossible means. The Lord God of Elijah is the one true God.

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO UNITE FOR THE GOOD OF THE CAUSE AND REMAIN FAITHFUL. GOD HAS A PURPOSE AND HIS PURPOSE IS SOULS!!!

Exposing the Gay Agenda

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The “Gay Agenda” is being actively propagated in the court room, social and liberal media and Hollywood programming. Leaders on federal levels are caving to legal pressures while the same sex marriage agenda continues to gain support and believe you me the agenda continues to roll in organized form…

 

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Exposing the Gay Agenda

What is the One True Way?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Welcome to “One True Way”. This site is dedicated to preaching the gospel of Christ to the World. In a society filled with religious diversity and controversy it’s easy to see how Satan has belittled God’s “true” plan of salvation.

Removing the focus from Christ to the doctrines of men has long been a method of deception and strong delusion for mankind. Jesus made one thing plain during His ministry here on earth and that was “He” was and is the only way to God. Many have a great misconception about what it really means to be “saved”. The true personal, intimate knowledge of salvation is a conscious work of the Holy Spirit upon the soul. When God saves you, you “know” it.

Salvation without a spiritual awareness is “not” salvation. Fundamentalism (easy belief-ism) teaches you’re saved when you simply accept Christ or make a decision for Christ. It is a belief that teaches you simply accept His word or the “bible” as truth and you’re “good to go”. True salvation is so much more than that. When Christ truly comes into your heart by the working of the Holy Spirit it is a life changing experience. YES, YOU CAN FEEL IT!!! Today’s theologians insist that you cannot trust your emotions, that they are deceptive. It is true that salvation is not a mere human, emotional experience. However it is also true that salvation is a spiritual experience that affects our emotions in a way beyond our comprehension.

The heart in the scriptures is the seat of emotion. It is the inward part of man and it is the place where God does His work. Rom 10:10  For with the “heart” man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. If God did not do a heart work on you perhaps you should take the advice of Jesus, Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Jesus said the “everyone” must be “born again” and that the new birth is just like the wind, you can’t see it, you don’t know where it came from but you know it’s there. John 3:8

Don’t be offended when your salvation is called into question but rather seek to know that you truly have the assurance that comes from God. Salvation is not manufactured by a denomination, it’s not an act of righteousness but it is something divine that comes from God. Do you have that kind of salvation? After all there is only one true way and that way is Jesus.

Why Only One Way?

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


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Am I Saved?

Baptist Church Associations

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
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The Association.–The oldest form of organization, beyond the local church, was the association, and it remains a vital part of Baptist denominational structure today.

From the first, Baptists entered into fellowship and common cause with other believers who shared their faith. As early as 1624 and again in 1630, several General Baptist churches in London acted together in discussing doctrine and in corresponding with other believers. Though they had no formal association, they showed a sense of cooperation and common identity.

By 1650, the Baptist association was well established. The name and geographical concept probably were adaptations of a civil unit in England, much like a county. During the English Civil War (1642-45), much of the country was divided into “associations” for political purposes. After the war Baptists continued to use this concept and name for their regional fellowship of churches.

The associations were extremely important to early Baptists. They provided Christian fellowship, a forum for discussion of Baptist concerns, a means to propagate Baptist teachings, and an effective way to monitor and maintain correct Baptist doctrine among the churches. Associations also participated together in common causes, such as issuing confessions of faith and working for religious liberty.

1. What is meant by the term “association” when applied to inter-church work?

2. Explain what such an association is not.

3. Is an association of churches Scriptural? Give reasons for your answer.

4. What things is an association not empowered to do?

5. What are the powers of an association?

6. What is the purpose of an association?

7. List some things which are not within the purpose of an association.