Do we know for sure what the Word of God is?

A couple days ago, a friend forwarded me an article written to discredit the KJV position. My friend is KJV, but his church is having a vote about removing the KJV standard from their church covenant, and it looks like the vote will succeed.

Someone had sent him the article to try to persuade him to drop his own KJV convictions. Well, he didn’t (and he won’t).

I was a little leery of reading the article at first, concerned that it may raise some new issues I hadn’t confronted before and therefore require me to spend time doing research myself. Surprisingly, there was nothing new in it.

On being a servant

p>Jimmy lay in a hospital bed, dying of congestive heart failure. He had been a member of a local church for three or four decades. Now, as an ailing old man, he wanted more than anything in the world to see his pastor come and visit him.

He knew that his time on earth was almost up. He knew time was short. Yet he had been in the hospital with a failing heart for several days, and his pastor had not been by to see him.

“I really wish he would come see me. He knows I’m here. Why won’t he come?”

Where is our nation going?

I spoke with a fellow yesterday who was set to retire this December.  After the events on Wall Street these last couple weeks, he now finds that he doesn’t have enough money to retire, but he’s already put in his date for retirement (8 months ago) so there’s no turning back, now.

Another fellow had $150,000 invested in a financial services firm, and in the space of one day he saw that go down to $10,000.

Every day I see these same stories on the news.  Along with the housing crisis — as many as 1 out of every 6 homes headed into foreclosure — skyrocketing food prices, and the ever-high oil prices, our immediate future looks grim.

How God uses the little things

Most people don’t know who Edward Kimball was, but he has a reward in heaven that is probably far greater than that of many of the great Christians we can name.

Kimball was the faithful Sunday School teacher who, in 1855, led D.L. Moody to the Lord. He later wrote of Moody,

I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness.

Despite his initial perception, Kimball made it a point to witness to Moody, and the young man was saved. What a reward this faithful Sunday School teacher must have in heaven! I believe that Kimball shares in the “credit” for every soul Moody won during his long ministry.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Do we live like we believe it?

Charlie Peace was a criminal in the 1800’s in England.  He was a thief and a murderer, but eventually the law caught up with him, and he was condemned to death.

On his last morning in Armley Jail, Leeds, England, he was taken on the death-walk from the prison cell to the gallows. Before him went the prison chaplain, routinely and unemotionally reading some Bible verses.

The criminal touched the preacher and asked what he was reading. “The Consolations of Religion,” was the reply.

Despair no more -- there is a solution!

I have never seen so much fear and desperation in America as I have since the election of Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States on November 5.

I didn’t happen when Bush was elected, either time. It didn’t even happen when Bill Clinton was elected. Or Bush Senior. Or Reagan. Or Carter.

This time, there is not just the usual disappointment, but fear and despair about what has just been unleashed upon America.

There is something about this man, Obama, that strikes fear into the very heart of common citizens.

Supposing that gain is godliness

Many of our fundamental churches have been influenced by the worldly philosophy that “gain is godliness.”

We can all point to certain money-crazed charismatics who teach on television and radio that financial increase is a sign of God’s blessing and that God wants all of His people to be rich. The Bible calls these people “men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (I Timothy 6:5) and adds “from such withdraw thyself.”

Yet this very philosophy has influenced our independent Baptist churches. Preachers and evangelists are pointing to financial gain as a sign of God’s blessing on them, and some are even laboring for this type of gain. We give great influence and prominence to the big colleges and churches, who have the big money.