Shake & Shine

“13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot…

A Note on Interaction Between African and Caucasian Churches Prior to the Civil War

I found an interesting statement while reading some historical references online today. Initially, I was looking for information on our constituting pastor, John Nicholson. Then I took my typical rabbit trail, perusing local historic markers, a google search of our church’s name, etc., eventually coming across a note on Saint Bartley. Originally known as the…

“It Is Finished” – A Past Tense Salvation

When we consider eternal salvation, as Primitive Baptists we simply take Jesus at his word on the cross when he declared “It Is Finished”! We must then ask, what did Jesus actually finish on the cross? Did Christ just do his part of salvation and now he is waiting and dependent upon the sinner to…

Biblical Timeline of the Old and New Testament

By David Wise I have attempted to compile these timelines and bible study aids during my personal bible studies over the last few years.  This collection covers a general overview of major events in the Old and New Testament, presented in the form of a timeline.  This has been beneficial for me during my studies…

Eschatology Affects Our Perspective

Believe it or not, but a person’s eschatology affects their political views. If you are amillennial, you recognize that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” so the affairs of your particular nation take a rightful backseat, since you belong to a greater kingdom, have a certain reigning King, and you are concerned with the…

Segregated Worship Saddens Me

God never intended families to be segregated in worship. In fact, God disapproves of divisions in worship because Christ is not divided. Therefore, there is “neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female,” but all one in Christ. The simple analogy of the church being the “body of Christ” is enough to tell…

Three Historic Theologians on the Johannine Comma

It has become popular today for those who deny the authenticity of the Johannine Comma (1 John 5:7) to speak condescendingly of those who believe it is inspired by saying they went “Full Comma.” Just remember, when you mock those that believe it is inspired you may be condemning some of your heroes from the…

Simple Worship of Christ

“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” – Hebrews 2:12 In the Primitive Baptist Church, our worship is very simple: we preach, we sing, we pray. That simplistic worship is actually quite contrary to the complicated manner of worship that is typically…

Qualifications of the Minister

The qualifications of the ministry aren’t a suggestion. If a candidate doesn’t fit these, he’s not qualified. If a preacher who was once steadfast falls from this standard, he’s no longer qualified. We all fail, myself daily. But these qualifications are what they are, and no one is to get a free pass. Each of…