Tuesday, April 30, 2013

America's Christian Heritage

It has been a long time since I posted anything here. I have been studying for quite some time on America's Christian Heritage. Mighty interesting. We have been lied to in our schools and colleges. After many hours of research, I have been convinced that most of our founders were Christians, or at least believed in taking heed to the bible. They at least believed in God and thought we should follow him.

The three that most people name as Deist, and say they hated religion are Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Payne. Of the three Payne is the only one who was a real deist. Franklin, in his speech at the constitutional congress acknowledges that God hears our prayers and answered them. And that God has aided America in her conception.

Jefferson claims to be a christian, but only in the since that he follows his teachings. He seems to deny the divinity of Christ. In this denial he can not be a real christian. But he had a head knowledge and a head belief in Christ.

They also claim George Washington was a Deist. This is also impossible. He made too many statements that contradict this. His friends who knew him closely had no doubt that he was a christian. His adopted daughter Mary Custis claims he was a christian.

I have several power point presentations I do on this subject. I start with Christopher Columbus and go through the puritans arrival in 1630 for the first one. The second deals with 1630 up to the Great Awakening in the 1730's. Third deals with Pastors influence on the revolution and the founding of America. Fourth deals with our Founding Fathers. Fifth is on the revolution itself and the pastors and how God's hand can be seen in many ways. For example, did you know that we had two row boats with a cannon on each end, and they attacked two British gunships and sunk them? Now if God was not in that I don't know who was!

David Barton of Wallbuilders was a big help. I wish I would have discovered him earlier. David does a great job of documenting everything. If he gives information he tells you where he got it and you can double check him. I like double checking because I know we are all human and can make mistakes. To look at his material go to wallbuilders.com.

If you want to find the truth about our founding read the founders journals, speeches and things like that. Get the information from the people who were there, not some biased professor who hates God and has an agenda.

Any way I many write some on this matter later.

God bless you is my prayer.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Are Baptist Protestant?

What is a Protestant? Protestants are a group of religions that came out of the Catholic church after they protested some of the Catholic teachings. Martin Luther was the first to say that he did not agree and many others followed including the King of England. King Henry VIII started the Anglican Church after being denied permission to divorce his wife.

Though Baptist were not always called "Baptist" the beliefs are Bible beliefs. 

Let me list 10 things Baptist Believe that are taught in the Bible. You can find this list in a little book by J.M. Carrol called "The Trail of Blood".

 1. Christ, the author of this religion, organized His followers or disciples into a Church. And the disciples were to organize other
churches as this religion spread and other disciples were "made." (Ray, Bapt, Succession, Revised Edition, 1st Chap.)
2. This organization or church, according to the Scriptures and according to the practice of the Apostles and early churches,
was given two kinds of officers and only two--pastors and deacons. The pastor was called "Bishop." Both pastor and deacons
to be selected by the church and to be servants of the church.
3. The churches in their government and discipline to be entirely separate and independent of each other, Jerusalem to have no
authority over Antioch--nor Antioch over Ephesus; nor Ephesus over Corinth, and so forth. And their government to be
congregational, democratic. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
4. To the church were given two ordinances and only two, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These to be perpetual and

 5. Only the "saved" were to be received as members of the church (Acts 2:47). These saved ones to be saved by grace alone
without any works of the law (Eph, 2:5, 8, 9). These saved ones and they only, to be immersed in the name of the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). And only those thus received and baptized, to partake of the Lord's Supper, and the supper to
be celebrated only by the church, in church capacity.
6. The inspired scriptures, and they only, in fact, the New Testament and that only, to be the rule and guide of faith and life, not
only for the church as an organization, but for each individual member of that organization.
7. Christ Jesus, the founder of this organization and the savior of its members, to be their only priest and king, their only Lord
and Lawgiver, and the only head of the churches. The churches to be executive only in carrying out their Lord's will and
completed laws, never legislative, to amend or abrogate old laws or to make new ones.
8. This religion of Christ to be individual, personal, and purely voluntary or through persuasion. No physical or governmental
compulsion. A matter of distinct individual and personal choice. "Choose you" is the scriptural injunction. It could be neither
accepted nor rejected nor lived by proxy nor under compulsion.

  9. Mark well! That neither Christ nor His apostles, ever gave to His followers, what is know today as a denominational name,
such as "Catholic," "Lutheran," "Presbyterian," "Episcopal," and so forth--unless the name given by Christ to John was intended
for such, "The Baptist," "John the Baptist" (Matt. 11:11 and 10 or 12 other times.) Christ called the individual follower
"disciple." Two or more were called "disciples." The organization of disciples, whether at Jerusalem or Antioch or elsewhere,
was called Church. If more than one of these separate organizations were referred to, they were called Churches. The word
church in the singular was never used when referring to more than one of these organizations. Nor even when referring to them
10. I venture to give one more distinguishing mark. We will call it--Complete separation of Church and State. No combination,
no mixture of this spiritual religion with a temporal power. "Religious Liberty," for everybody

You can read this full book at this link http://bibledoctrine.webs.com/TrailBlood.pdf.

Above I mentioned Martin Luther. He is a hero to most. To the Baptist, he was a persecutor. He had no problem jailing Baptist because they preached against infant baptism. Even the Pilgrims, who came to America for religious freedom persecuted Baptist for preaching against infant baptism. Look into a Baptist Preacher named John Leland of Virginia 1775. If not for this man America would not have separation of state from the church. 

Baptists make no effort to trace a historical succession back to the age of the Apesties. Their only claim is that at every age in church history there have been groups that have held to the same doctrines that Baptists hold today. These groups may or may not have been connected and they have been known by various names. There were the Montanists (150 A.D.), the Novatians (240 A.D.), Donatists (305 A.D.), Albigenses (1022 A.D.), Waldensians (1170 A.D.), and the name Anabaptists came into prominence just before the time of the Protestant Reformation. Full historical data immediately refutes the view that there was only one religious group -- the Roman Catholic church -until the time of Martin Luther. Anyone who claims this simply has not done his homework.

Look at what some NON-Baptist have had to say about the Baptist. 
Cardinal Hosius (1504-1579) was a Roman Catholic prelate who had as his life work the investigation and suppression of non-Catholic groups. By Pope Paul IV he was designated one of the three papal presidents of the famous Council of Trent. Hosius carried on vigorously the work of the counter-reformation. If anyone in post-reformation times knew the doctrines and history of nonCatholic groups, it was Hosius. Cardinal Hosius says, "Were it not that the Baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past 1,200 years, they would swarm in greater number than all the Reformers" (Letters Apud Opera, pp.112, 113). Note carefully that this knowledgeable Catholic scholar has spoken of the vicious persecution Baptists have endured, that he clearly distinguishes them from the Reformers, and that he dates them 1,200 years before the Protestant Reformation.

 It is also evident that the Baptists were not Protestants because they were fiercely persecuted by the Protestant Reformers and their followers. Uncounted thousands of them lost their goods, their lands, and their lives in these persecutions. Konred Grebel died in prison in 1526. Felix Manz was drowned by the authorities at Zurich in 1527. Noted Baptist leader Baithauser Hubmaier was burned alive at the stake in Vienna March 10, 1528. Three days later his wife was drowned by being thrown over the Danube bridge with a stone tied to her neck.  The facts abundantly attest that historically Baptists are not Protestants.

Monday, January 16, 2012

From the Preacher: A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ Part 2

From the Preacher: A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ Part 2: The first thing the Corps did once I reached Parris Island South Carolina for Basic Training was begin to make me look like a Marine. They c...

A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ Part 2

The first thing the Corps did once I reached Parris Island South Carolina for Basic Training was begin to make me look like a Marine. They cut my hair, took my old clothes and gave me a uniform. Issued everything I needed.

God did the same thing. 2 Corinthians 5:17 "17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Then they gave me a new language. For instance here is a little dictionary of Marine Corps Words.

Go fasters = sneakers, running shoes
Moonbeam = flashlight
Hatch = door
Port hole = window
deck = floor
bulkhead = wall
ink stick = ink pen

As an 11 year old boy I had a filthy mouth. But God changed all that. He gave me a new language.

They also taught me to walk. You ALWAYS step with your left foot first. Why? so you can walk in Unity with the other Marines. The Church need to walk in Unity. Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Phillipians 2:2 "Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind."

If we are going to accomplish anything for Christ we need to walk in unity with our brother's and sister's in Christ.

They taught us first aid. If a brother Marine is wounded we all new how to apply initial first aid. Galations 6:1 " Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

A lot of Christians today, when a fellow christian falls by the wayside, they shoot the wounded. They say "I knew it would not last,"  or " I knew he was not real".    We should pray for them and help bring them back to fellowship.

Let us pray to be well trained "soldiers of Christ"

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ-Soldier forever

In the Marines we have a saying "Once a Marine, always a Marine" Lets see what the Bible has to say about being a Christian (a soldier of Christ).

Ecclesiastes 3:14  "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him."

Notice, What God does He does forever.

2 Timothy 1:9 " Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"
It says "not according to our works" we did not work to earn our salvation how can our works make us lose it?.

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

I know the difference between present tense and future tense. If I have something, it is in my possession NOW. Notice the verse does not say "that ye may know that you will have"

John 3:15 " That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."

John 10:28 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand."

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. "

John 3:16 " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:35 " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

John 5:23 "  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

John 6:47 " Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

Notice how many times the present tense is used in these verses.

This does not give us a right to live any way we want to. 

1 Corinthians 3:12-17 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are. "

We will have to answer to God for our works, not our sins. We will either lose rewards or be rewarded for how we live for Christ. This judgement is not to see if we will go to heaven or not, it is simply to see how we are rewarded. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lets ask the preacher: A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

Lets ask the preacher: A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ: 2 Timothy 2:1-4 " 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me amon...

A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

2 Timothy 2:1-4 "1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth  entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

How does one become a Soldier of Christ?
When I was a little boy I played war and cowboys almost everyday. I would watch John Wayne in "The Sands of Iwo Jima,", " The Green Berets" and any other war movie I could find. I wanted to grow up and be a Soldier. I wanted to fight America's enemies. 

Well, I grew up and while I was a senior in High School I knew I wanted to be a U.S. Marine. Then I met a girl, I decided not to join. We were married in 1983. In 1985 our first son was born. During all this time I still thought about being a Marine. 

Now I could have went to the Army-Navy store and bought a set of dress blues, cut my hair and walked around town in a Uniform. Some people would have said "There goes a Marine". But I would not have been a Marine, I would have been "acting" like a Marine, "looked" like a  Marine. But, I would not have been a Marine. People do the same thing with God. They try to clean up their life, turn over a new leaf. But, they would not have become a Christian.

What did I have to do to become a Marine. First, I had to meet the qualifications. There were many. The same with becoming a Christian. You have to meet the qualifications.

Romans 3:10 says "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: " The only qualification for becoming a soldier (christian) in God's army is to be a sinner.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"  According to this verse everyone meets the qualifications. 

Romans 6:23 "23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. "  Because we all all sinners we must all die. But, God has prepared a way and it is free to all for the taking. It is a Gift. 

Romans 5:8 " But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  God loved us so much that even while we were his enemy he sent his Son to die for us.
Romans 10:13  "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." God will save anyone who will come to Him. Whosoever is clear, it many anyone.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says " 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."

Verse 9 says it is not of works. You can not do good enough to become a Christian.

Romans 10:9-10  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
God does not want anyone to perish. He is calling all men to repentance. 

 You must see yourself as God see's you. As a sinner. You are born a sinner. That is why you sin. You do not become a sinner because you sin. You sin because you are a sinner.
Agree with God that you are lost, a sinner, and you need a sinner. You realize you can not do anything on your own to come to Christ. You must depend on what Christ did on the cross for you.  Turn from your sins, your old life, and turn to God. Accept his son as your savior.

1 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
When you ask God to save you, and you believe him, and accept his gift, then you can know you have eternal life. 

You can pray something like this. "Dear God, I am a sinner. I know I can do nothing in my own power to change this. I believe Jesus came to die on the cross for my sins. Will you please forgive me and be my Savior. Thank you I accept Jesus as my Savior."

It does not have to be those exact words, but have this meaning. And then simply trust and believe God will do as he says.