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No Pleasure in Wickedness
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:23

 

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. - Psalms 5:4

My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure... - Isaiah 46:1

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - Philippians 2:13


Observe, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period. This includes your own personal sinfulness and the sinful actions of others.

Concerning the actions of God, He will do all His Will according to His good pleasure, but at no time is He pleased with wickedness. This means that God is never the cause of sin, ever.

In consideration of our daily activities and behavior, since God works in us to do His good pleasure, this CANNOT include sin because God has no pleasure with sin. The sinful actions we do are from the nature of the flesh, a product of the sin of Adam.

Again, God has no pleasure in wickedness, period.

 
My Soul Thirsteth
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:43

This evening I would like to share with you the 42 Psalm. No extra commentary is needed for this beautiful out pouring of the soul.

Psalms 42
1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 
Sin Against The Holy Ghost
Written by C H Cayce   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:32

November 28, 1905

Brother C. H. Nicholas, of Arkansas, has requested us to give our views on ``sinning against the Holy Ghost." A great deal has been written on this subject. Our father, Elder S. F. Cayce, wrote some editorials on the subject, which appeared in our columns some time ago, and so we do not feel like writing much now on that line. We know, too, that there is some difference of opinion among the brethren as to who it is that sins against the Holy Ghost. Some brethren have argued that the child of God is in possession of the Holy Spirit, and that, therefore, the child of God, only, can sin against the Holy Ghost; that the unregenerate (or those who are finally lost) are not in possession of the Holy Spirit, and therefore cannot sin against the Holy Ghost. We do not think this position is correct. We might give more than one reason why we do not think so. We do not think it is correct because all the sins of all God's people were laid on Christ, and He bore their sins in His own body on the tree and put them away by the sacrifice of Himself. See Isa 53; 1Pe 2:24, and Heb 9:26. Hence every sin they commit was laid on Christ, and He bore every one of them; so their sins are all against the Son, or the second person in the Trinity, and shall all be forgiven, on account of what He has done for them.

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Sermon Notes From June 26, 2011
Written by Josh Winslett   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 12:47

 

Most Surely Believed: The Godhead

  • Reminder that articles of faith and confessions are not cannon.

  • Article 1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and these three are one.

Waldensian 1120 2. We believe that there is one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Midland Confession 1st. We believe and profess, that there is only one true God, who is our God, who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit, having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doth what He will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the counsel of His own will.

2nd. That this infinite Being is set forth to be the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three agree in one.

London Confession 1689 01.02 Chapter 2 Of God and of the Holy Trinity 3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, (27) of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided,(28) the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;(29) the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son;(30) all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence upon Him.

 

  • First thing to remember- We can’t fully understand the Godhead -1 Timothy 3:16

 

  • What is the Godhead -1 John 5:7

    Deuteronomy 6:4 One God

    Genesis 1:26 Let US- not royal plural

    John 1:1-3 In beginning was Word, Word is God

    John 3:13 Jesus was from heaven, on earth, and in heaven

    John 14:11 I am in the Father, and the Father in me….. the very works' sake.

    John 10:30 I and my Father are one!

 

 

  • All powerful, ever present, omniscient, self sustaining

    Psalms 115:3 God does whatsoever he pleases

    Daniel 4:34-35 Power on earth inhabitants and heavens armies

    Psalms 139:1-24 God is omniscient and omnipresent

    Exodus 3:14 The great I AM; self sustaining

    Psalms 90:2 Everlasting to everlasting

    This God does not change –Malachi 3:6

 

 

  • Dumb idols? Our God Lives!!

    Psalms 115 Dumb Idiols

    Psalms 42:2 Living God

    Hebrews 4:15 He lives and feels our problems, Our God!!

 
Tearing Down and Building Up
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:38

Today in my personal studies, I came across Jeremiah chapter 1, verse 10. This verse describes the prophet Jeremiah as being one who would tear down and then build back. I find this to be an interesting analogy of the work of the ministry, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. This is actually one principle my father in the ministry taught me when I first began exercising my gift in a public way. Tear down (dismantle) the error and build the truth where it once stood!

Think about it this way. A man cannot be both sober and a drunkard. A woman cannot be both submissive and rebellious to her husband at the same time. A person cannot be both proud and humble at the same time. In an even more important arena of life, one cannot believe both salvation by works and salvation by grace, for it must be by one or the other.

This concept of "tearing down and building up" is demonstrated over and over in the scriptures. Notice this example:

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers... 1 Peter 1:18

Peter first tears down (dismantles) an erroneous viewpoint and then builds up the truth in it's place.

This was also the case in Acts chapter 2, when Peter instructs a group of devout men out of every nation under heaven to "repent and be baptized every one of you..." While these were good men, truly devout, they were worshiping after the manner of the Old Covenant, a covenant that God replaced when He redeemed us by the blood of Jesus Christ. So, repentance was in order! In essence, they "tore down" their old viewpoint and "built up" a new viewpoint, a commitment to Jesus Christ in His Church. This, dear one, is called repentance! Tearing down and then building up.

Consider this to be a model for repentance in your personal life. Whatever the sin that plagues you, to repent of such requires you to tear that down, remove it from your life through the power of the Blood of Christ, and build up righteousness in it's place.

 
Do Immigration Laws Violate the Bible?
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 09:16

Here is the answer to a question I received via facebook. It concerns recent laws passed by the State of Alabama granting Police a greater power to investigate a person's status and enforce immigration laws. While this is a civil matter, I feel the question is very appropriate. Do these laws violate God's word? Good question...my answer is below.

 

[Please do not interpret this as our website entering into the public debate of political matters. We are not considering the specifics of a government's policy, but whether or not such a concept is in violation of God's Word.]

 

Question: There are Ministers [who] say that this new immigration law that just went into affect goes against the Bible. I'm just not sure how it's wrong??

 

Answer: It's important to separate a government's responsibilities from an individual's responsibilities. God did this in His book many times. For example, we are commanded as individuals not to kill, yet God instructed His physical nation, Israel, to execute men for a variety of crimes. Apply this concept of separating between "individual and government" to the illegal immigration situation.

We, as believers, are commanded to be charitable and kind to others, to turn the other cheek, to suffer persecution, etc. We are also commanded on a personal level to be hospitable and welcoming to strangers. (Hebrews says some have thereby entertained angels unaware).

Yet, Romans 13 says Civil Government is an institution created by God for the purpose of keeping rule and order. Because of this, we are to keep the law of the land, provided it does not violate God's law. Actually, this text goes as far as to say that God made government to be a "terror to evil." In the Old Testament, God allowed and even commanded Israel to enforce their borders, so it is not contrary to God's will for any other country to do the same.

Since immigration laws are within reason and not contrary to God's Word (there is no mandate condemning such), and they are already in effect, I would say that the enforcing of such is fine and in no way contradictory of the Bible. This is merely the government exercising their authority as God has given them.

 
Two Distinctive Concepts
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:33

Every group within Christianity has certain distinctive concepts. By distinctive concept, I mean a concept or belief common only to that particular religious order. These distinct ideas are what makes a group stand apart from other groups. Just like blond hair causes a person to stand out in a crowd of brunettes, each groups' distinctive doctrines cause themselves to stand apart from other religious groups, for better or worse.

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Sermon Notes From June 19, 2011
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 20 June 2011 19:46

Luke 1:1-4 "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed."

This past Sunday we started a new sermon series entitled "Most Surely Believed." For the next couple of months we will be going through the articles of faith and some other basic fundamental doctrines. We are doing this to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us and to know the certainty of those things, wherein we have been instructed.

Sermon preached by Elder Josh Winslett at Antioch PBC in Oxford, MS.

Luke 1:1-4 Most Surely Believed: Church History

  • Church is what? Preference (fast food) or divine commandment

Disciple of what? Christ!

We are not ecumenical

Traditionally, everyone thinks they are right. Ussually to the persecution of the Baptists
-Quote from John Calvin, Defense of Orthodox Faith against the Prodigious Errors of theSpaniard Michael Servetus, published in early 1554, "Whoever shall now contend that it is unjust to put heretics and blasphemers to death will knowingly and willingly incur their very guilt.”

Church membership/discipleship does not equal sonship (thief on the cross)

 

  • What is the kingdom?

Kingdom is invisible and within you- Luke 17:20

You have to be born again to see it and enter in- John 3:3-5

Press into it- Luke 16:16

At hand- Matt 3:2, Matt 4:17, Matt 10:7

Suffereth violence- Matt 11:12

People can hinder other people from being saved to this kingdom- 1 Thess 2:16

Pillar and ground of the truth- 1 Tim 3:16

Cannot be forced on people, must be freely entered into –John 10:9

 

  • When did the church begin? When Jesus was baptized- Mark 1:1-15

 

  • Built upon a rock: Christ- Matt 16:18 (Chief corner stone- Eph 2:20)

Gates of Hell would not prevail! If Jesus believed it would not prevail, then I believe it.

 

  • Church hasn’t ever been, or will be, re-established or rediscovered, it was given once- Jude 1:3

The faith given once will be preached until the end of the world- Matt 28:20

 

  • Churches can lose their candle stick- Rev1-3

Judged not according to denomination- Judged individually as an autonomous body (a true NT church has to be from the correct lineage, baptism, and gospel)

 

  • Pliny, Roman governor, from the second century writes to the emperor about the Christians, “namely that they were accustomed on a stated day to assemble before sunrise, and to join together in singing hymns to Christ as to a deity; …… Their worship being concluded, it was their custom to separate, and meet together again for a repast, promiscuous indeed, and without any distinction of rank or sex, but perfectly harmless”

 

  • Confessions of Faith throughout history testify of a chain of doctrine and practice
    (Confessions should never be used as scripture. They are written by fallible man. They should be used a mile posts through history.)

 

  • True church has went by many different names: Montanists, Novations, Donatists, Paulicians, Albigigenses, Paterins, Petrobrussians, Henricians, Arnoldists, Waldenses, Anabaptist, Baptist, Primitive Baptist

 

  • Here are historical quotes from non-Baptists concerning Baptist succession:

-From Lutheran historian Johann Lorenz Mosheim:

"The true origin of that sect which acquired the denomination of Anabaptists by their administering anew the rite of baptism to those who came over to their communion, and derived that of Mennonites from the famous man to whom they owe the greatest part of their present felicity, is hidden in the depths of antiquity, and is, of consequence, extremely difficult to be ascertained."

"Before the rise of Luther and Calvin, there lay concealed, in almost all the countries of Europe, particularly in Bohemia, Maravia, Switzerland, and Germany, many persons, who adhered tenaciously to the following doctrine, which the Waldenses, Wickliffites, and Hussites, had maintained, some in a more disguised and others in a more open and public manner; viz. 'That the kingdom of Christ, or the visible church which He established upon earth, was an assembly of true and real saints, and ought therefore to be inaccessible to the wicked and unrighteous, and also exempt from all those institutions which human prudence suggests, to oppose the progress of iniquity, or to correct and reform transgressors.'"

 

-From Dr. Ypeij, Professor of Theology in the University of Groningen and Rev. J.J. Dermot, Chaplain to the King:

"We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called Anabaptists, and in later times, Mennonites, were the original Waldenses, and who, long in the history of the church, received the honor of that origin. On this account the Baptists may be considered as the only Christian community which has stood since the apostles, and, as a Christian society, has preserved pure the doctrine of the gospel through all ages. The perfectly correct, external and internal economy of the Baptist denomination tends to confirm the truth disputed by the Romish Church, that the Reformation, brought about in the sixteenth century, was in the highest degree necessary; and, at the same time, goes to refute the erroneous notion of the Catholics, that their communion is the most ancient." (My Church by J.B. Moody, pp. 311)

 

-From Zwingli, a Protestant companion of John Calvin:

"The institution of the Anabaptists is no novelty, but for 1300 years has caused great trouble in the church." "An institution of the Ana-Baptist is no novelty, but for thirteen hundred years has caused great trouble in the church (the Catholic and Presbertirian)  Baptist are known as trouble maker because we hold to the purity of doctrine of the NT and we don’t apologize for it - If you spend any time witnessing you’ve witnessed it." 1500

-From Hosius, Bishop of Cordova, assisted as legate of Pope Sylvester:

"Were it not that the baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past twelve hundred years, they would swarm in greater number than all the Reformers." (Hosius, Letters, Apud Opera, Pages 112-113)

 

-John Clark Ridpath, doubtlessly the greatest historian the world has ever produced and a Methodist by denomination:

"I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist church as far back as 100 A.D., although without doubt there were Baptist churches then, as all Christians were then Baptists."

 

-Sir Isaac Newton:

"The Baptists are the only body of known Christians that have never symbolized with Rome."

 

-From Alexander Campbell, the father of the Campbellites:

"I would engage to show that baptism as viewed and practiced by the Baptists, had its advocates in every century up to the Christian era…and independent of whose existence (the German Anabaptists), clouds of witnesses attest the fact, that before the Reformation from popery, and from the apostolic age, to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists, and the practice of baptism have had a continued chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced." (In his debate with Mr. Macalla)

 

-From Robert Barclay, a Quaker:

"We shall afterwards show the rise of the Anabaptists took place prior to the Reformation of the Church of England, and there are also reasons for believing that on the Continent of Europe small hidden Christian societies, who have held many of the opinions of the Anabaptists, have existed from the times of the apostles. In the sense of the direct transmission of Divine Truth, and the true nature of spiritual religion, it seems probable that these churches have a lineage or succession more ancient than that of the Roman Church (Barclay, The Inner Life of the Societies of the Commonwealth, 11, 12, London, 1876)."

 

  • Practically speaking, how does this help you? Knowing that God has passed the torch to you, you should first feel a sense of humility and responsibility. God has commanded us to occupy this kingdom. To occupy we must enlist, put on his armor, and fight the good fight.

 

 

 
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