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We Believe
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 08 November 2010 08:37

Each Primitive Baptist Church has her own Statement of Faith. The two terms generally describing this document is "Articles of Faith" or "Statement of Faith." Occasionally you will see such document described as "Abstract of Principles." Whatever the describing term, the document is generally a short, concise expression of the individual Church's founding principles. The number of articles usually varies between 8 and 14, and highlights the essential, non-negotiable doctrines of the Bible (The Godhead, election, redemption, regeneration, resurrection, ordinances, etc). Ordinarily, each article begins with the phrase "We believe."

While there is no such recorded "Statement of Faith" for the first century church recorded in Scripture, there are several "We Believe" statements given. Below is every such occurrence of the phrase as found in Scripture. I find them incredible encouraging and comforting!

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Know The Lord (Regeneration and Conversion)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:06

And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. - Hebrews 8:11

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost... - Matthew 28:19

Study these two verses. Both present important principles with which a Christian must be concerned. Both texts also incorporate the term "teach." At first glance, a newcomer to these texts might perceive a contradiction between these two statements. (Note: No contradiction exists in Scripture, for it cannot be broken. Contradictions only exist in a person's understanding of Scripture)

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Encyclopedia Entry On Footwashing
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 21:51

I was researching our practice of "foot washing," or "washing of the saints' feet." This is from Wikipedia. Keep in mind that this is Wikipedia, not a credible Baptist history book. Nevertheless, I believe you will find the historicity of this practice interesting.

From the article:

"The rite of foot washing finds its roots in scripture. After the death of the apostles, the practice was gradually lost.

Nevertheless, it appears to have been practiced in the early centuries of post-apostolic Christianity, though the evidence is scant. For example, Tertullian (145-220) mentions the practice in his De Corona, but gives no details as to who practiced it or how it was practiced. It was practiced by the church at Milan (ca. A.D. 380), is mentioned by the Council of Elvira (A.D. 300), and is even referenced by Augustine (ca. A.D. 400). Observance of foot washing at the time of baptism was maintained in Africa, Gaul, Germany, Milan, northern Italy, and Ireland. According to the Mennonite Encyclopedia "St. Benedict's Rule (A.D. 529) for the Benedictine Order prescribed hospitality feetwashing in addition to a communal feetwashing for humility"; a statement confirmed by the Catholic Encyclopedia.[1] It apparently was established in the Roman church, though not in connection with baptism, by the 8th century. The Albigenses observed feetwashing in connection with communion, and the Waldenses' custom was to wash the feet of visiting ministers. There is some evidence that it was observed by the early Hussites. The practice was a meaningful part of the 16th century radical reformation. Foot washing was often "rediscovered" or "restored" in revivals of religion in which the participants tried to recreate the faith and practice of the apostolic era."


By the way, the Albigenses and Waldenses are in our Baptist family history. While this practice seems strange today, especially in our proud American society, it has been a custom among God's church since the time of the Apostles. It is even a requirement for a widow to be taken under the financial care of the church (1 Tim 5).

Here is one more excerpt concerning other Baptist groups who practice this:

"Baptist practice

Many Baptists observe the literal washing of feet as a third ordinance. The communion and foot washing service is practiced regularly by members of the Separate Baptists in Christ, General Association of Baptists, Free Will Baptists, Primitive Baptists, Union Baptists, Old Regular Baptist, Christian Baptist Church of God, Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), Brethren in Christ,[4]. Feet washing is also practiced as a third ordinance by many United Baptists, General Baptists, and Independent Baptists."


The whole article is here. I was surprised to see that it is as widely practiced in our day as it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_washing

 
A Touching Story
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 04 October 2010 09:29

Dear reader,

Two months ago, a young brother was tragically killed in a traffic accident in Savannah Georgia. His story is one so touching, that I feel the need to publish it that others may read and know it. Below is a brief summary given by this dear brother's pastor, Elder Tim McCool.

-MTZ

Dear friends,
War-time hero, faithful church member, dear friend - these are all descriptions of Bro. Aaron Barr.  I wanted to write a short note about the recent passing of my dear friend and brother in Christ.  Bro. Aaron had just been honorably discharged from the Army. He was a Ranger and went on 3 tours - 2 in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan.  He was on the "front line" while there, and saw a lot of action as a Ranger. Bro. Aaron bought a street bike on Thursday of last week and was side-swiped by a driver on Saturday, lost control of his new bike, and was killed instantly on impacting a guard rail.

We plan on laying him to rest in the Springer Family cemetery just across from Bethlehem on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the church (Aug. 26).

Bro. Aaron was 27 years old and leaves a dear widow - Sis. Carli - to grieve his passing.

Back in February of 2003, I baptized Bro. Aaron.  He came to church with Bro. Jackson Boyd from Mississippi State and joined the church the first time he ever came to an Old Baptist service. He loved Jesus Christ, loved the truth of salvation by grace, loved the church and God's people.  He and Sis. Carli, who he had been engaged to for some time, were married a couple years ago at Bethlehem when Bro. Aaron was on a furlough from the Army.  He gave me 2 days notice to put the wedding together, and they were married on Sunday afternoon after our morning church service in a Spiritual ceremony that made us all rejoice.

It would be difficult to put into words what Bro. Aaron meant - he was faithful to the church, faithful to the truth, and a faithful friend.  Many hours I have spent with Bro. Aaron in my home when he would visit before he was married, and even after he and Sis. Carli were married and they would visit together.  Many joys of counsel and friendship were shared.  I now rejoice in the coming day when I will see my friend again - either by my own departure from this world, or by the imminent and glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bro. Aaron was baptized at Bethlehem, married at Bethlehem and tomorrow, he will be laid to rest there.  I hope we could all take inspiration from the way the church of our Lord was such an important part of his life, and even in his passing.  I have attached a picture of my friend. It was taken on one of his furloughs when he came back to visit with and worship with us.

I ask you to join me in prayers for his dear widow, Sis. Carli Barr.

It is such a comfort to know that when His body expired here on earth, his soul was wafted (taken) into the presence of His Savior.

"Sweet To Rejoice in lively hope that when my change shall come,
Angels shall gather round my bed and waft my spirit home.
We are passing away, we are passing away, we are passing away to the great rising day"
(The Primitive Baptist Hymnal No. 504)

Blessings to you all,
Bro. Tim

 
Daniel's Seventy Weeks (Sermon)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 09:28

Daniel Chapter 9

24. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25. Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Below is a very thorough, yet simple expository on the 70 weeks in the book of Daniel chapter 9 by Elder Joe Holder. Many contemporary Christians place the fulfillment of the 70th week some time in the future. Yet, as this sermon explains, the 70th week occurred during and directly after the personal ministry of Jesus Christ.

 

 
The Harvest Is Plenteous - The Labourers Few
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 08:32
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. - Matthew 9:35-38

The above is one of my favorite portions of scripture. Several lessons are contained therein, such as the condition of man, the compassion of Jesus Christ, and the seriousness of the work of the ministry. Perhaps my favorite lesson, one often overlooked, pertains to the size of God's family.

In this text, Jesus identifies His subject as His "sheep" with the statement "as sheep having no shepherd." In the Bible, the term sheep is used to describe God's elect family. Those who are not elected to salvation are refereed to as "goats." {For further reading see John 10, Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 23, Psalm 100, Isaiah 53:6}

This is a phenomenal statement concerning the size of the elect family of God. Notice that Jesus says the harvest (the sheep - His children) is greater than the labourers could ever reach and minister unto. What a statement!

Think about it. Present during this example were 12 men, ministers (one of whom would betray Christ). Jesus looks at the 12, looks back at the multitudes, and then exclaims to the 12 that their work is so great, there is no possible way that they can ever complete it!

Predestinarians are often accused of teaching a very narrow view of salvation. Quite the contrary! Unlike many of our Christian friends who believe only the evangelized can be saved, we believe there are too many elect people for the ministry to evangelize, yet all for whom Christ died will be in Heaven! Glory to the Lamb!

Our God is truly the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Sabaoth (armies).

 
Should A Christian Practice Yoga?
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:38

I want to pass along a link for your consideration. It is an article written by Albert Mohler considering whether or not a Christian should practice Yoga.

In the minds of many health conscious Christians, Yoga is just one form of exercise they add to their weekly routine for good posture and strength. Yet, most are apparently ignorant of the fact that Yoga is religious in nature. So, should a Christian practice Yoga? My answer is no.

(Be sure to leave your thoughts in the form of a comment!)

Here is a quote from the article:

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness.

You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/

 

 
Heaven Is My Home
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:47

Just sharing a wonderful hymn with you.This hymn and it's sentiment is very much an encouragement in times of uncertainty and turmoil. Those who walk by faith are, no doubt, Strangers and Pilgrims. This world is not our home. -BW

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. - Hebrews 11:13

Heaven Is My Home
By: T. R. Taylor
Arr. Lowell Mason

I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home;
Earth is a desert drear, Heaven is my home;
Danger and sorrow stand, Round me on every hand;
Heaven is my fatherland, Heaven is my home.

What though the tempest rage, Heaven is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage, Heaven is my home;
Time’s cold and wintry blast, Shall soon be over past;
I shall reach home at last, Heaven is my home.

There at my Saviour's side, Heaven is my home;
I shall be glorified! Heaven is my home;
There are the good and blest, Those I love most and best;
There, too, I soon shall rest, Heaven is my home.

Old School Hymnal, 12th Edition, hymn 389

 
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