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Great Quote
Written by Josh Winslett   
Saturday, 21 May 2011 08:53

While reading this morning I ran across an excellent quote that I thought I would share with y'all......

 

"I have no sympathy for, nor patience with, the statement that the church is just what the Lord would have it be, and that His ministers are doing just what is best, and according to His expressed will in regard to serving the church. Such statements make void the record of the scriptures in which the Lord reproves His people for neglecting His service and turning away from His altars. It is a rejection of the scriptures to say that it pleased the Lord for His ancient people to turn after idols instead of serving the true and the living God." -Elder Walter Cash, Support of the Ministry, August 15, 1917

 

~JW

 
Gird Thy Loins Up Christian Soldier
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 11 April 2011 11:14

A dear sister called me this morning to share the following hymn with me. She said she had it on her mind for at least two weeks, and wanted to share it with me knowing the constant warfare ministers face. I was very much encouraged by the sweet words of this hymn.

The hymn is called "Gird thy Loins Up." The time is 8s and 7s, so it can be sung to tunes like "Ripley" (e.g. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken) or "Australian Hymn." The hymn is 638 in Cayce's Good Old Songs and 78 in Old School Hymnal #12.

Enjoy and be encouraged!

Gird Thy Loins Up
Joseph Hart
#638, The Good Old Songs

1 Gird thy loins up, Christian soldier;
Lo! thy Captain calls thee out;
Let the danger make thee bolder;
War in weakness, dare in doubt.
Buckle on thy heavenly armour;
Patch up no inglorious peace;
Let thy courage wax the warmer,
As thy foes and fears increase.

2 Bind thy golden girdle round thee,
Truth to keep thee firm and tight;
Never shall the foe confound thee,
While the truth maintains thy fight.
Righteousness within thee rooted
May appear to take thy part;
But let righteousness imputed
Be the breastplate of thy heart.

3 Shod with gospel-preparation,
In the paths of promise tread;
Let the hope of free salvation,
As a helmet, guard thy head.
When beset with various evils,
Wield the Spirit’s two-edged sword,
Cut thy way through hosts of devils,
While they fall before the Word.

4 But when dangers closer threaten,
And thy soul draws near to death;
When assaulted sore by Satan,
Then object the shield of faith;
Fiery darts of fierce temptations,
Intercepted by thy God,
There shall lose their force in patience,
Sheathed in love, and quenched in blood.

5 Though to speak thou be not able,
Always pray and never rest;
Prayer’s a weapon for the feeble;
Weakest souls can wield it best.
Ever on thy Captain calling,
Make thy worst condition known;
He shall hold thee up when falling,
Or shall lift thee up when down.

 
In Good Company? (Church Hoppers and Unqualified Ministry)
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 04 April 2011 08:34

I was reading an article last night on the subject of "Church Hoppers." A Church Hopper is a person who moves from congregation to congregation and never stays at one place for any great length of time. There are varying degrees of this, but it is a problem that exists on a many levels in American Christianity. The Hopper will begin attending, glory over the new church, and stick around just long enough to see some of the flaws in the membership (which all churches have - we are sinners) and then hop to the next congregation or order of faith. This seems to be a product of American culture. We place ourselves as the ultimate judge and authority while at the same time being totally impossible to satisfy.

In the article, the last paragraph contained what the writer thought were legitimate reasons to switch churches. Of course, to me, as a Primitive Baptist, I will attend no other type of church than a PB church. I sincerely believe that the first century Church was a Baptist Church. I believe Primitive Baptists possess the historic form of the Baptist Faith, both in doctrine and practice. It's a simple choice for me, I recommend attending the closest PB Church (or a close PB church - if there are multiple congregations) to home. If there is not a nearby church body, move to a location where there is a church body. It's a pretty simple solution and it solves the whole problem.

Among the writer's "legitimate reasons" to swap churches was "unqualified ministry." That provoked me to think "what is unqualified ministry??" What qualifies a man to preach? Well, in the denominational word of fast food Christianity (forgive if you must), a seminary degree qualifies a man to be a pastor. With no degree, a man is not "qualified." He is merely a "lay minister." But, is that what qualified the Apostles? Is that what qualified Titus, Barnabas, Silas, or Timothy? No, not at all. Do you know what qualified First Century men to the ministry? A God-call. Simple, isn't it!

Now, those men were to spend countless hours preparing themselves for this work by studying God's Word and prayer. But the qualification came directly from God Himself. God "opens their understanding" of the scriptures.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures... -Luke 24:45

After the call to preach is given, the man studies with his pastor or "father in the ministry". He devotes his time and energy to learning the Bible and exercises his gift to preach by speaking to the church. He grows as a minister IN the Church. Where in scripture is the church commanded to outsource this responsibility to a college or university? No where! This is one of the church's primary duties! (See Titus 1:5)

But in reading the article, I was prompted to remember just how the Apostles were often received by unbelieving or carnal audiences. Did unbelievers perceive them as able, qualified speakers? Serious question. Notice how they were often accused of being rude, ignorant babblers.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. - Acts 4:13

Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. - Acts 17:18

For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. - 2 Corinthians 10:10

Don't confuse this with me putting a "premium on ignorance." I am not. I strive to present my sermons in an informed, articulate manner. Yet at the same time, if the carnal person or unbeliever thinks high of a minister, something is wrong! For if the greatest of the New Testament ministers, the Apostles, were perceived in such a light, how then should a normal elder be perceived by the surrounding culture? No better, I am sure.

 
Prayer Meetings and Bible Discussions
Written by Walter Cash   
Friday, 01 April 2011 11:14

An answer to a sister who asked about our churches having prayer meetings and Bible discussions: The Baptists, in the early days of this country, had prayer meetings, but of late they have been discontinued with few exceptions. It would be better if they were kept up. There are so few members in our churches who can lead in prayer in the introduction of service. It is in agreement with the Scriptures that teach much about prayer and the obligation to pray with and for each other. To be engaged in prayer would be much better than repeating gossip and talking foolishness. The prayer meeting might be combined with reading the Bible. As to Bible readings, I have had them in my churches for twenty-five years. When we meet, we read as many chapters as we can and talk about the passages as we read them, thus, having many profitable times together.

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Psalm 13
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 21 February 2011 13:32

Psalm 13 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

 

Over the past couple of weeks this has become one of my favorite Psalms. David writes of wrestling with the torturing thoughts of God leaving him alone with his sorrow. A sorrow that was not just a passing thought, a sorrow that daily renewed in his mind; a sorrow that ravaged him to the very core and depth of his soul. “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?”

 

When the greatest problems surmount against us, they seem to come from every possible angle. Not only was David battling within himself, his enemies showed no compassion on his difficulty. They exalted over him with no care for his godly character or righteous countenance. “how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? “

 

David begs! He pleads! He feels as though he is at the point of death. Ah how life can prevail over us. His very reputation would be that he was a failure. They might say, “Is God’s blessings upon a man with so much trouble and suffering”? Even though David was a man after God’s own heart, people might view him as a dog or unbelieving heathen. “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. “

 

What was David’s answer? Even in the strongest trials, David finds solace in the salvation of the Lord. It does not appear in this psalm that David would be taken from these dire conditions. Yet the prospect of an eternity with his God in righteous bliss caused his heart to cry out with joy. In this life we may have nothing but suffering, yet if by God’s grace we dwell with him in eternity; then God has certainly dealt bountifully to us. In view of God's salvation, may all of our hearts rejoice. “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

 

~Josh

 
Paul's Main Purpose
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 08:55

"...I am set for the defence of the gospel." - Phil. 1:17

The Apostle Paul was not ecumenical in the least. If a doctrine detracted from the sole work of Christ as redeemer and Saviour, he confronted and demolished it in short order in his articulate manner. To Paul, "anything goes" was a lie. There is no such thing as relative truth.

So what is the gospel? In Jesus' own beloved words, the gospel is the good news that Christ came to die for specific sinners, chosen of the Father, who will be housed in Heaven's blissful world for all of eternity.

This, in conjunction with New Covenant worship as opposed to worship under the Law Service, was the single most important issue in Paul's ministry. Without this truth, all others crumble. The Glory of Christ is at stake.

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:37-39

Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand. I and [my] Father are one. John 10:24-30

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:1-3

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30

 
In Spirit and In Truth
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 07 January 2011 14:41

 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

According to John 4, the Father SEEKS His children to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. That means it is His desire, not only receive worship, but also to receive the RIGHT kind of worship. Worship is not something to be invented out of blind zeal, but to be offered according to God's prescribed methods.

This is true in both worship covenants, called the Old Covenant and New Covenant.

No one would debate the specific nature of prescribed worship under the Old Covenant. Nor could anyone debate the horrific conditions that occurred in Israel when those specifications were ignored or disregarded for culture, personal preference, or popularity. The abandonment of God-prescribed worship led to all sorts of error including idol worship, yet the worst quite possibly being child sacrifice.

The New Covenant is no different. Just as God prescribed what actions were acceptable in worship in the Old Testament period, God has prescribed what is appropriate for worship in the New Testament period. God leaves nothing up to the imagination, but exhorts us often in His Word.

So what does God-prescribed, first century worship consist of?

The general make up of it is as follows. A congregation of grace touched sinners met as an assembly, with the anticipation of being joined by God Himself, the Holy Spirit. They met as families, unsegregated, often in homes but occasionally outside or even in a synagogue. The group would pray for one another and thank God for His mercies. They would lift their voices in praise of Jesus Christ, Who was slain for them as their Saviour. They would then listen as a God-called man presented them a lesson about Jesus Christ from the scriptures (which at that time consisted of the Old Testament and New Testament books as they were written). Initially, the speakers were Apostles but were eventually replaced by Elders as the primary teachers (such as Titus, Timothy, etc). Questions were often asked of the ministers. Sinners repented and were Baptized. Those Baptized were given seats at the Lord's Supper to partake of unleavened bread and wine. They would also wash one anothers' feet as an example of their submission and servitude, one to another.

That, my brother, is God-prescribed worship. All other additions are futile, unfruitful, unfilling perversions of that which Christ has made. Frankly, I am satisfied.

 

 
Snowed In - Worship at Home!
Written by Ben Winslett   
Sunday, 26 December 2010 12:24

Dear Friends,

A brother shared this verse of a hymn earlier today on Facebook. Since many churches in our area had to cancel services due to the dangerous conditions, this verse has been on my mind.

"Every season of the year, let your worship be sincere; when the storm prevents your roam, serve your gracious Lord at home." - Baptism, #265 Old School Hymnal 11th Edition, verse 4

The first two verses are about Baptism. Specifically, not to fear the cold water if your heart is warm for the Lord. The last 3 verses are about our duty as Christians after baptism. It was written by Elder John Leland. You remember that he is partially responsible for the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. He was an Old Baptist minister.

Baptism

Christians, if your hearts are warm, Ice and snow can do no harm;
If by Jesus you are prized, Rise, believe, and be baptized.

Jesus drank the gall for you, Bore the curse for sinners due;
Children, prove your love to Him, Never fear the frozen stream.

Never shun the Savior's cross, All on earth is worthless dross;
If the Savior's love you feel, Let the world behold your zeal.

Every season of the year, Let your worship be sincere;
When the storm prevents your roam, Serve your gracious Lord at home.

Read His sacred word by day, Ever watching always pray;
Meditate His law by night, This will give you great delight.

God bless,
Ben Winslett

Related:

http://marchtozion.com/history/389-biography-of-elder-john-leland

 
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