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Woe to the Workers of Evil

MICAH 2. “Woe to the Workers of Evil.” “Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.” (Mic 2:1-4) This is a prophecy that could be applied to our place and time. It seems that the ones who “devise iniquity and work evil” have the upper hand in our society. It seems that the evil persons can do as they wish “because it is in the power of their hand.” These men and women “work evil upon their beds.” This could be, in part, a reference to the adulteries and the wicked sins that men and women commit with one another. But, I believe in this case it is primarily a reference to the manner in which evil men and women of these days spend their time – even their nights – devising their wicked plans, and then they implement them when the day comes. They seem to be having great success in our Nation today! Working out their evil plans at night, and then revealing them to the world during the day!

However, I want you to know that God is still the Judge of all men. (I know there are other judges in our societies; but God is the Judge Who Matters – He is the final Say and the One Who will pronounce Final Judgment.) Our God is still in control, though it may seem to our finite and unknowing minds that men of evil are on track to destroy us all. Think about it this way: Is it going to be a good and peaceful life for these wicked persons, who have gained much prestige and power, but who have also had “Woe from God” pronounced upon them? Would you be willing to gain the world and the pleasures and powers of it, only to find out that God has brought a terrible and eternal Woe upon you? These evil persons who afflict our Nation now, may seem to be prospering – they may even be rejoicing in their momentary victories – but they will have to one day submit to the Justice and Judgment of God!

I think that Christians will agree with me, when I say that it is better to suffer a bit for the present – as a Christian, as a follower of Good, as an upright and honest person – and to presently receive favor and recognition from God, then it is to receive accolades, power, prestige, and the pleasures of this life – only to be judged by God, and condemned unto everlasting punishment. The victories of man and his evil desires are only for a little while, and have no enduring success. The victories of God and Good – the virtues supplied by the Grace of God and Salvation in Jesus Christ – these are effective unto happiness and contentment in this life, and eternal joy and peace in the Life to Come.

I would hate to be this one (or these ones) who is described in our text, as God has him in consideration: “…against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks.” It is a terrible thing – no matter what successes these evil men and women may have in this life – to have God “devise an evil” or a judgment and destruction upon wicked men!

I hope that God will give us grace in these last evil days, to resist and lay aside the evil and the sin which does so easily beset us; and that we would have strength to serve Him and to stand up for Goodness and Righteousness in these last evil days. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (Jas 1:12)

Prepare Thine Heart

JOB 11. “Prepare Thine Heart.” “If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.” (Job 11:13-20) These are some words that Zophar had for Job, when Job was going through great trials and afflictions. I believe that Job’s friends were deceived, and they were mistaken in the accusations and in their exhortations that were delivered to Job. Yet some of their words about God were objectively true, though often misapplied. The truth is that Job loved the Lord, and he patiently endured the trials, trusting in the righteousness of God and the salvation that had been delivered unto him. He despaired of life from time to time, but he never despaired of God.

I suppose that Zophar and the others believed in works for their salvation – or at least they trusted too much in works to preserve them in God’s Sight. So, to them troubles and afflictions must always signify God’s displeasure and man’s failure. This is because they mistakenly believed that God’s goodness towards us depends solely on our faithfulness unto Him. Sadly, this is the attitude and the doctrine of most of Christianity today: “If you will be good and live right, then God will save you.” It is better to trust in God’s faithfulness – He does not change. It is better to trust in God’s righteousness – He is always true. We do good, because we love Him, not in order to be saved. Still, it is in our best interest to do good – God will use us, and God will reward us.

I want to use Zophar’s words as an encouragement to the saints of God, and a reminder of the expectations that God has for us. We all need to “prepare” our hearts, as we “stretch out” our hands unto Him. This is true when we come before Him in prayer; this is true when we come before Him in thanksgiving and worship. We must not bring “iniquity” with us, into our service unto God. We must “put it far away” so that we do not taint our service unto God – so that we do not place an obstacle between us and our God. Then, as we turn from sin and as we engage in the Cause of Christ, we can “lift up” our faces unto God, and we can have certainty and confidence in our hearts – that we are doing God’s Will; that we are living in accordance with His Word; that we are being the example that we ought to be to the world of lost men around us. Share the Gospel! Live righteously! Speak out against sin! Encourage men to repent! Do these rather than getting caught up in the pleasures of this world. Do these rather than being ensnared by sin. Do these rather than trembling in fear.

I like the next words: “Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear.” As we come to God, and as we leave the pleasures of the world behind, we find that we will also be escaping the fear and uncertainty that seems to plague so many. We can be stedfast, because our God is stedfast! We can be courageous, bold, and brave – because the fears of the world will be overcome by our love for God, and His love for us! You can take your “rest in safety,” and none will “make thee afraid.” Our hope and help is in God. Sometimes our hearts forget this. Prepare your hearts; cleanse your minds from sin and the distractions of the world; God is there for us, and He will take care of us. “And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope.”

The Danger of Rebellion

2CHRONICLES 7. “The Danger of Rebellion.” “But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.” (2Chr 7:19-22) Christians like to lay claim to the 14th verse in this Chapter – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chr 7:14) But, when it comes to the succeeding verses (which are our text today), the Christian tends to relegate the meaning to the background, and ascribe application only to the Children of Israel.

I submit to you today, that if the Good God of Israel can be looked to for Rescue and Redemption today, in our place and time; then, the Angry God of Israel – who allowed them to be carried away captive on multiple occasions – is also our God in our place and time today. This God Who saves, will also punish the sinners! We can apply this in a personal way, so that we can warn folks that God will judge them for their sins, and men must repent and believe in Jesus Christ, else their own sins will one day plunge them into Hell and the Fire That Never Ceases. We can also apply this to the people amongst whom we live – which, I think, is needful for us today. God has been good to us as a Nation, here in the USA. We have benefitted for centuries, because of His Nearness unto us, and the blessings and protections from Heaven. And yet, if this people amongst whom we live, will continue in the almost universal rejection of God – the very God Who has saved us; then we can expect that the Angry God of Israel will pour out judgment upon us.

As our text passage says, as a people we have “set before” us “other gods.” We have rejected the One True God, and, as a Nation, we have Rebelled against God. As a result, we stand in danger today. It is an awful thing to be “cast out” of the “sight” of God! Without His Protection, we stand in danger of destruction. In fact, without Him, and without a respect for Him and His Ways, our National destruction is inevitable and imminent. Perhaps we see the beginning of that destruction being played out before us, in the hatred, the animosity, the violence, the willful sinfulness, the murder, and the wickedness that is everywhere indulged in the USA today. I pray to God on behalf of this Nation. I hope that you, too, will pray for this Nation. I hope that there will still yet be humility, repentance, a calling upon God – and then, that we would receive from Heaven forgiveness, and a little reprieve for our people, here at the end of the world as we know it.

Judgment Committed Unto Jesus Christ

JOHN CHAPTER FIVE. “Judgement Committed unto Jesus Christ.” “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” (John 5:22) When we read this passage, we usually consider only the fact that Jesus Christ is the Judge of all men: He will pronounce judgment at the Great White Throne when death and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15); and He will be the Face of Justice at the Judgment Seat of Christ, when the saints of God will stand before God and be judged for the value and consistency of their service unto God (2Cor. 5:9-10).

However, I think there is something more to this passage of Scripture – I do believe that the Lord Jesus is informing those who doubted His Person and His Character, that they would be judged by God based upon their failures to recognize Him, or to praise and obey Him. Judgment will be pronounced upon men, based upon their consideration or estimation of Jesus Christ. In other words, the ones who will deny Jesus as the Christ, will be judged on that account – final judgment is committed unto Him, and men’s love or despite for Him. The basis for any man’s salvation will be to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, as Saviour, and as the Son of God; which each of the saved must do, through the faith that the grace of God will bring unto them. “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 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 5:23-24)

When men or women fail to honor the Son of God, they are failing to honor the Father in Heaven. Such an attitude, or such a response to the Person and Presence of the Son of God, will result in condemnation and eternal damnation. If there is no love for Jesus Christ, then there cannot be any true love for God in Heaven! The judgment of all men is committed unto their faith in Jesus as the Christ, or their refusal to believe in Jesus Christ.

Later on in the Chapter the Lord Jesus makes it plain that the judgment committed unto Him includes His personal involvement in the pronouncement or determination of the judgment of men. “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:26-29)

Still, the basis of the salvation or damnation of men – as they stand before God and are judged – will be their stance on the Person and Character of Jesus Christ: Final judgment will hinge on faith, or the lack thereof, in Jesus Christ. At the Last Day, the Son of God will say to the chosen and saved, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” While, of the wicked and the lost He will say, “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 25:30)

Righteousness, and eternal life, are found only in the Son of God, the Saviour of men. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:39-47)

Our Redemption Draws Nigh

Times are certainly turbulent, dangerous, and even frightening for many people in the world today. I was reading in the Book of Luke, and I thought of our day and time as I read the following passage: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)

The nations are “distressed.” The people are full of “perplexity” – with so many ideas of what is right and what is wrong; what is true science and what is false science; what is safe public protocols and what is merely deprivations of liberties. “Men’s hearts” are even now “failing them for fear.”

I believe the world and the powers of darkness are using the world-wide virus to sow the seeds of panic and despair throughout the world. It is readily apparent that the vast majority of people on the earth, are troubled or even consumed with the things of the flesh and the material world, while the things of the spirit and eternal life are not of any immediate concern. As the attention of the world is directed more and more to the things of the flesh; as the world of men becomes more and more perplexed with the dangers and the fears that are all around them – wondering, “What do we do next?” With never a thought to trust in God rather than men; as men and women have their eyes more and more cast downward, to man and man’s abilities and the help that comes from man; even at such a time do the people of God need, even more, to look up! The Time is upon us! Our Redemption draweth nigh! The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ is near!

Our True Hope is in Jesus Christ. I do hope and pray that men and women will turn to Him in Faith and Repentance. The world is not coping very well with the Covid virus. Why do you think the world can do any better when it comes to easing your guilt of sin, or of saving you from the wrath to come?

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:4-10)

Cast Down, but Not Destroyed

Though sore beset with guilt and fear,
I cannot, dare not, quite despair;
If I must perish, would the Lord
Have taught my heart to love his word?
Would he have giv’n me eyes to see
My danger, and my remedy,
Revealed his name, and bid me pray,
Had he resolved to say me nay?

No—though cast down I am not slain;
I fall, but I shall rise again;
The present Satan is thy hour,
But Jesus shall control thy pow’r:
His love will plead for my relief,
He hears my groans, he sees my grief;
Nor will he suffer thee to boast,
A soul, that sought his help, was lost.

’Tis true, I have unfaithful been,
And grieved his Spirit by my sin;
Yet still his mercy he’ll reveal,
And all my wounds and follies heal:
Abounding sin, I must confess,

But more abounding is his grace;
He once vouchsafed for me to bleed,
And now he lives my cause to plead.

I’ll cast myself before his feet,
I see him on his mercy–seat,
(’Tis sprinkled with atoning blood)

There sinners find access to God:
Ye burdened souls approach with me,
And make the Savior’s name your plea;
JESUS will pardon all who come,
And strike our fierce accuser dumb.

But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. (Judg 13:23)

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. (Mic 7:8)

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: (Rom 5:20)

What a Merciful God we Have!

Singing of Mercy. Ps. 89. 1; Rom. 15. 9

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,

The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue;

Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,

Has won my affections, and bound my soul fast.


Thy mercy, in Jesus, exempts me from hell;

Its glories I’ll sing, and its wonders I’ll tell;

’Twas Jesus, my Friend, when he hung on the tree,

Who opened the channel of mercy for me.


[Without thy sweet mercy I could not live here;

Sin soon would reduce me to utter despair;

But, through thy free goodness, my spirits revive,

And he that first made me still keeps me alive.]


[Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,

Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;

Dissolved by thy goodness, I fall to the ground,

And weep to the praise of the mercy I found.]


The door of thy mercy stands open all day,

To the poor and the needy, who knock by the way.

No sinner shall ever be empty sent back,

Who comes seeking mercy for Jesus’s sake.


Great Father of mercies, thy goodness I own,

And the covenant love of thy crucified Son;

All praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine

Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

John Stocker. Gadsby Hymn #11.

An Exhortation to Prayer – William Cowper

What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy–seat?
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there.

Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the christian’s armor bright;
And Satan trembles, when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

While Moses stood with arms spread wide,
Success was found on Israel’s side;
But when through weariness they failed,
That moment Amalek prevailed.

Have you no words? ah, think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow–creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To heav’n in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,
Hear what the LORD has done for me!

The Evils That Beset Our Path

The evils that beset our path
Who can prevent or cure?
We stand upon the brink of death
When most we seem secure.

If we today sweet peace possess,
It soon may be withdrawn;
Some change may plunge us in distress,
Before tomorrow’s dawn.

Disease and pain invade our health
And find an easy prey;
And oft, when least expected, wealth
Takes wings and flies away.

A fever or a blow can shake
Our wisdom’s boasted rule;
And of the brightest genius make
A madman or a fool.

The gourds, from which we look for fruit,
Produce us only pain;
A worm unseen attacks the root,
And all our hopes are vain.

I pity those who seek no more
Than such a world can give;
Wretched they are, and blind, and poor,
And dying while they live.

Since sin has filled the earth with woe,
And creatures fade and die;
Lord wean our hearts from things below,
And fix our hopes on high.

John Newton. The Vanity of Life. Ecclesiastes 2

A Baby for Two Thousand Years

A Baby for Two Thousand Years

It’s Christmas time, and religious men and women (and even those who do not profess or practice any religion at all) around the world are setting up their nativity scenes, decorating their trees, giving and receiving their gifts, and attending their Christmas plays (or Christmas parties). In all of these celebrations, traditions, rituals, and earthly pleasures, there is one constant – the Lord and Saviour of men, the Creator of all that is, the God of Heaven and Earth, the Bringer and Sustainer of Life, and the Judge of all the Universe – is presented to the world, both religious and heathen, as the lowly Babe in a manger. Our God and Saviour is widely proclaimed and lauded as the helpless babe, dressed in humble rags, and residing in a stable. Do you wonder why this “Babe in a manger” never grows up, and why the account of Christ’s life and ministry that is presented to the world at Christmas time, never extends beyond His Birth? Because men don’t want Jesus to grow up! They don’t want to hear about His Power and His Might; and they don’t want to hear about the Gospel of Salvation – the Bloody Sacrifice for the sins of the people of God. After all, who wants to hear the truth that men are sinners, and a great price must be paid for the sins of those who are to be saved? Who wants to frighten or offend the world with the Truth of God’s Word and God’s salvation, when it is easier to appease them, and to appeal to their human senses by presenting only a part of the Gospel – and present even that partial Gospel in a carnal and perverted fashion? Today, it is politically incorrect, and humanly offensive, for men and women to be told that they are sinners, to tell them that there is a holy God that will hold all men accountable, and to inform them that there is a gracious and willing Saviour Who died on the cross for the sins of His people. Instead, the world (even the religious world) would rather imagine peace and good will for men – with a manger and babe, instead of a Saviour and a Cross – and bask in the human pleasures of idolatry, while presenting a watered down version of Christianity that has been commercialized and diluted (perverted) to accommodate the world’s desire for an inoffensive religion that can be accepted by all men, without requiring a change in the lifestyle or beliefs of those who desire to participate. For nearly 2000 years, the Lord Jesus Christ has remained a Babe in a Manger for much of the religious world.

In the Scriptures we read these Words about our Lord and Saviour: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Heb 13:8) Jesus Christ never changes, and always has been and forever will be, God. He didn’t come to the earth in order to become the Saviour of men; He came to the earth because He already was (and forever will be) the Saviour of men! Do you really think that this Eternal Christ and Saviour is still a Babe in a Manger? If you do retain this vision of Him, you do yourself and your God a terrible disservice. As far as I am concerned – and I think the Scriptures bear this out – the perception (and understanding) that I have of the eternal and unchanging Christ is of an All-powerful and Sovereign Saviour endowed with the glories and powers of God and Heaven; Who in His Earthly Ministry, came to earth to surely and certainly accomplish and fulfill the covenant of salvation. However, the world of men, and the religions and traditions of men which have taken over Christianity, would rather that the Name of Jesus would conjure visions of babies and humble mangers, to the detriment and loss of men’s souls. In their visions, in their Nativity scenes, and most certainly in the desires of their minds, they portray Jesus as the Babe, with adults hovering over Him, clutching Him to their breasts, and in all ways depicting the Son of God as less than Who He is, and even dependent upon the compassionate and caring adults for His very survival. They love to consider Him as such, because it replaces the thoughts and the knowledge of God as the Creator and Judge, with the false misconception that He is only a helpless infant, waiting on the will and the assistance of his parents and others. As long as the Lord Jesus remains in the manger; or as long as our Saviour is presented as, and only thought of, as a child; then men can pretend to be in control of their own fates, or at least pretend to have a far greater role to play in the eternal fate of their souls. Additionally, religious men, organizations, and even Christian denominations can appeal to the worldly sentiments of men, by portraying the Captain of their Salvation as nothing more than a helpless (and loveable?) Babe in a manger. This sort of harmless and human icon of Christianity elicits softer emotions, and malleable souls, that men can manipulate – all the while allowing the converts to live as they want, remain in their sins, but gaining a sense of affinity for a religion of man that cannot at all save the souls of even one individual. The type of Saviour that they present to the world isn’t a very capable Saviour – He depends on the will and work of men to accomplish his goals. How could such a Saviour save souls without the help of man? He’s only a Babe in a manger! Surely, He needs man’s help to accomplish anything good! This line of thinking, and this sort of belief system, perverts the Gospel of Christ, and spells terminal doom for Christianity as a religion – it is no longer a religion of God, but a religion of man. In the celebration of Christmas, the religion of Humanism replaces the religion of Christianity. This is the result of centuries of work on the part of Satan, to defile and stain Christianity. His greatest tool in this regard has been Catholicism. Through Catholicism the devil has historically promoted works, indulgences, prayers, and idolatry as the mainstays of religion – indeed, the Pope has been substituted for God. In many ways, Mary has been substituted for Christ. And who do you think it was that brought the Christ-mass into the world of religion? It was the Catholic church.

I believe it is a tragedy that so many Baptists today participate in the Catholic Christ-Mass. The Mass itself began only as a means to appeal to the pagans and the ignorant idolatrous peoples. In its desire to spread its influence and to increase its numbers, the Catholic Church took a pagan holiday, and converted it to (supposedly) Christian means. And yet, just the name of the holiday (holyday) – Christmas, indicates its Catholic influence, and its wholly idolatrous intentions. In the past, Baptists (and our forefathers) have mostly rejected the notion of setting aside a day to celebrate the birth of the Lord – especially since that day which the Catholics have chosen, coincides with the winter solstice and a host of pagan traditions. (In the past, Baptists and our forefathers of other names, would not even have recognized Catholicism as a part of true Christianity!) In fact, it would have been a terrible affront to many of the historic Churches of Jesus Christ, to participate in a mass, or an idolatrous feast, which was propagated and supported by the very Catholic institution that would hunt down the true Churches, and seek to destroy them.

Today, I hope that you will consider the all-to apparent truth that the Christmas holiday poses a great danger to True Christianity. The Christ-mass itself is a terrible offense to God and serves as a man-made (and Satan inspired) insult to the Scriptural account of the Person and the Powers of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a tool of Satan, which he makes use of in drowning religious men and women in the ways of the world – the pursuit of worldly pleasures, the natural tendency to idolatry, and humanistic man’s reliance on mankind for hope and salvation. The way that Jesus Christ is presented in the Christmas season, and the emotions and reactions of religious men and women – and their children – in response to the Christmas presentation of Jesus Christ, goes a long way in humanizing our religion, and tarnishing our faith in Jesus Christ – reducing our Lord and Saviour to a helpless Babe, while elevating the position and the abilities of mankind. These are perilous times; and these are dangerous, yet somehow, religious teachings that are imperiling the souls of men. Our children are being deceived, while our adults are getting carried away with the pageantry, the idolatry, and the (supposedly) good will of men.

My Saviour – and your Saviour, if you are saved by God’s grace – is not still that Babe in a Manger. He did submit to take upon Him flesh; and He did deign to be born into this world as a babe; and He did condescend to live the years it takes for a babe to become a man in the flesh; but He was never just a Babe in a manger; He was, and is, and always will be, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world. He was with God before the world ever was. He was there when the world was made – and without Him was not anything made that was made. He will be there when the world of men is judged – He will be the Judge Who will pour Hell into the Lake of Fire! He will be there when the people of God and Heaven itself will be ushered into the Eternal Ages. In the Book of Revelation, Jesus Christ is presented as the Lamb of God – He is not ever presented as a helpless Babe in a manger. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Rev 5:6-14)

Jesus Christ is today in Heaven, and He is at the Right Hand of God! He is full of glory, and He is all-glory. Angels worship Him, and He is exalted above Heaven itself. I don’t think He is pleased when Christians go about presenting Him as a Babe in a manger. He is far more than the Babe that the world prefers to envision and imagine! I know for me, it is far better – and more comforting and inspiring – to think of my God and Saviour as One Who is high and lifted up, the Almighty Son of God. We know that the world needs a Saviour and a Mighty Intercessor – we don’t need a Babe in a manger dependent upon the good will of men for his very survival. 

God’ Choices are Forever.

GOD’S’S CHOICES ARE FOREVER. Election isn’t an insult to man and his abilities; it is a source of confidence and a certainty of success to those who are saved. It’s good to know that we are chosen by God unto salvation. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” (John 15:16) You and I are changeable; God is immutable. You and I are feeble and incapable of following through on all of our intentions. God is Almighty and Certain in His Purposes and in the fulfillment of His Will. When the Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples that they didn’t choose Him, but rather, He chose them – He was not deriding them, showing disappointment in them, or denying their present intentions to serve and follow Him. Instead, with the prospect of persecution and the enmity of the world before them, He was giving them hope, and filling them with confidence: The choice to come to Him and to serve Him, rests not in feeble man, but in the Almighty God! Therefore, the disciples (and we who are saved today) cannot fail in their pursuit of God – He wants them to be with Him and intends for them to serve Him. The choice and the power rests in God – He cannot fail. Most of the world of so-called Christianity today sees election as an insult or an affront to the rights or the powers of men. I believe that election, when scripturally understood, grants confidence and peace to men who are saved – knowing that God chose us, gives eternal meaning and everlasting power to our current salvation.

The Shining Light

My former hopes are dead,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.

Ah, whither shall I fly?
I hear the thunder roar
The law proclaims destruction nigh,
And vengeance at the door.

When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom;
But sure, a friendly whisper says,
“Flee from the wrath to come.”

I see, or think I see,
A glimm’ring from afar;
A beam of day that shines for me,
To save me from despair.

Fore–runner of the sun,
It marks the Pilgrim’s way;
I’ll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.

William Cowper. Olney Hynmal. Book 3. Hymn #8.

“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.” (Ps 130:5-6)

Submission and Resistance

“Submission and Resistance”

James 4:7

There are two actions that are prescribed for the Christian in out text verse. Those actions are to 1) Submit to God; and 2) Resist the devil. It is interesting to think, in the abstract sense, of these two actions – or conditions in a person’s life – as being nearly diametrically opposed. On the one hand, we are supposed to be submissive to God, submit our will unto His, allow Him to have His Way in our lives, and seek to be in utter agreement with His intentions and purposes. On the other hand, we are to actively resist the devil, deny his power over us, oppose his intentions, and seek to prevent his success. In the practical reality of the working out of our salvation, these two actions make up the bulk of the life of the servant of God. We must be subject unto God and submit to Him and His rule over us. Just as certainly, we must always be ready to oppose the work of the devil; and we should be faithfully engaged in resisting the powers of Hell, and the minions of Satan. I suppose that this is something – or, these are two things – that ought to be present, daily, in the lives of Christians who are in pursuit of God.                     

Submit to God

First, I want us to observe that we are to Submit Ourselves to God by Obeying God’s Laws. To properly obey a Law, one must be first willing to Submit himself to it and admit that the law has authority over him. I believe it is clear that any person that Obeys any Law, or system of Laws, is demonstrating his or her Submission to that Law or Laws and acknowledging the rule of that law in his life. The same is true in our Service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Second, I want us to notice that we should Submit Ourselves to God by Obeying God’s Will. Our God has a Will and a Purpose for us; and He has given us the Leadership of the Holy Spirit to Lead us and to Guide us. It is very important that we should Submit to the Will and the Leadership of God    Jn. 14:15; 1Jn. 2:3-6; Jn. 16:13; Eph. 4:30; Job 22:2-4; 35:5-8; Ps. 37:11; Mt. 4:18-22; 19:27-30; 1Pet. 4:19; Ps. 118:5-9

Resist the Devil

These instructions that James gives to us from God, are arranged in a sort of process, or in a matter of degrees. First, as we submit ourselves unto God, we are humbled, we are committed, and we are assisted by God. Then, as a result of obedience in this matter, we find that we are then emboldened and enabled to “Resist the Devil.” Without God, of course, we would have no hope of resisting such a powerful creature of spirit, will, and might as the devil. And yet, in the power of God, and endued with right and might from on high, we dare to not only deny or defy the devil, but to actually embark upon a campaign of resistance!    Jas. 1:12-15; 1Cor. 9:27; Eph. 5:14-21; 4:27; 1Pet. 5:5-10; Jude 9


 As we Submit to God, and as we Resist the Devil, we find two things that happen. First, when we Submit to God, we will “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (Jas 4:8) Second, as we Resist the Devil we find that “…he will flee from you. (Jas 4:7) In practical terms, this is really a simple, yet important (even necessary) truth: The nearer we are to God, the further we will be from Satan – at least, the further we will be from falling prey to Satan. The devil may still oppose us, and his opposition may even grow more fierce as we approach unto God. And yet, the love, grace, and power of our God will draw us on, and will overpower Satan’s best efforts to destroy our testimony of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jas. 4:8; Rom. 13:1-2

2019 Bible Conference

The Indore Baptist Church 2019 Bible Conference is scheduled for June 14-16. We have (2) preachers scheduled for Friday, June 14 beginning at 7 PM. We have a total of (6) preachers on the agenda for Saturday, June 15 beginning at 9:30 AM. There will be preaching services in the morning, with lunch served at Noon. There will be preaching in the afternoon, and we should conclude by 3 PM. We have (3) more preachers on the schedule for Sunday, June 16 beginning at 9:30 AM. The Bible Conference will conclude with the lunch served approximately Noon on Sunday. Pray for us! Visit with us if you are able! Please contact us with any questions, or if you would like to attend and need a place to stay.