Friday, January 2, 2009
WE LIVE IN A DAY OF SUBSTITUTES. THERE ARE SUBSTITUTE SUGARS, SALTS,EGGS, AND EVEN MOTHERS. IN THE CHURCH WORLD IN ORDER TO REACH PEOPLE, WORLDLY MUSIC, DRESS, AND AMUSEMENTS HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED IN TO THE ''WORSHIP/'' SERVICES. BUT THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD'S ORDAINED MEANS TO REACH THE LOST, THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL BY GOD'S MAN, STANDING IN THE PULPIT. THE WORD OF GOD WILL DO THE WORK OF GOD. THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS PROMISED TO BLESS ONE THING ONLY, THE PREACHING OF THE WORD. NO GENUINE REVIVAL OF THE SAINTS, NOR A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING WILL EVER COME UNLESS WE RETURN TO PREACHING ''THUS SAITH THE LORD,'' FROM THE AV 1611 BIBLE.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
There are certain characteristics of a God-called Preacher, or true minister of the Gospel. For the sake of space, we will cite 3 of the most outstanding ones. Number 1-He is born again--born of the Spirit, born from above, made a new creature in Christ Jesus--and Christ is a living reality to his heart. The God called, ordained preacher knows when he was saved, where he was saved, what he was saved from, and what he was saved to. In other words, he knows the Way of Grace. Number 2-He is chosen, ordained, and called of God to preach the unsearchable riches of the Grace of God, as set forth in God's Word, The Holy Bible. The Ministry Today has been commercialized until it is no longer a calling,and men as a whole, don't believe in The Divine Call to The Ministry. Christ said, ''Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you...'' [John 15;16]. Again, it is said, ''According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world'' [Ephesians 1;4], and according to Romans 1;1, ''called...and separated unto the gospel of God''. God's ministers are divinely called; they do not enter the ministry of their own accord. That call is as definite to them as can be. God doesn't call a preacher by visions, or dreams, or such like. God calls them by His Spirit through the Word, not by audible voices. Number 3-Every true minister of the Gospel is commanded to, and will, preach the Word. No born-again, God-called minister will preach his own opinions or ideas. God's command to every preacher is, ''PREACH THE WORD.'' He will preach The Whole Counsel of God, without fear, or favor--preach it to men as they are. A Hireling, or lost Religionist, will seek to cover up, or explain away,or minimize Blood Redemption in Christ, or Salvation by Grace, and Christ's Second Coming. God never calls a man to misrepresent Him, or preach anything except His Word. God nevers calls a man to exalt anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. God's preacher won't preach error, nor go astray.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The year 2008 is fast drawing to a close, and when it does, we will close the book on the year. we need to also close the book on our failures, sins, and unrealized dreams. The New Year, If God ordains to give it, is another opprtunity to serve Him, and to glorify Him, in all, that we do and say. He has graciously provided the filling of The Spirit, and the divine operating assets of His Word, so that we can do so. God has chosen to use means and men, to accomplish His Purpose and Plan. He is The Potter, and we are the clay. Life is the wheel. The breaking is the marring. Trials and troubles are His appointments.