Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pastor Peacock on Preaching & Spirituality

The following is an excerpt taken from a sermon titled : Love The Bible.

"The Southern Baptists out preach Independent Baptists when it comes to exposition of scripture.  Independent Baptists are real bad about take verse...and all they do is preach: don't touch, don't taste, don't handle, get a haircut, wear the right clothes, make sure you don't wear this, make sure you do wear that, and all that other kinda junk.  And then turn people into a bunch of cottonpickin' Pharisees...some of you set yourself up as the standard for how everybody ought to live and you come in here and you're looking for everybody who's not dressed like you are, and don't have their kids like your kids.  That brings a rotten spirit with it.  You think that's spirituality?  That's not spirituality; not when you wear it as a badge of honor.  It's not spirituality when you put those clothes on for a job interview.  You're putting it on because you want the job.  You're trying to show them you're not what you really are."


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arthur Pink Is Right!

I'm no Calvinist; hyper or traditional.  But I'm also not as self-righteous as most Independent Baptist pastors who act like the only people God ever used for the cause of Christ in the history of Christianity were people who believed just like them.  That being said, Christians are to recognize, yea even SEEK the truth and think on those things as the scripture saith in Philippians 4:8 (notice Paul, by the Holy Ghost, does not preference it by saying "think on these things if they are said by someone from your alma mater, camp, or who agrees w/ all your convictions.)

The following is a 110% true statement made by Pink commenting on John 8:28 "as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things,":

"This discourse He had delivered originated not in His own mind.  His doctrine came from the One who sent Him.  It was the same with the apostle Paul.  Hear him as he says to the Galatians, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1:11,12).  And these things, dear brethren are recorded for our learning.  No one has to take a course in any Bible School in order to gain a knowledge and insight of the Scriptures.  The man most used of God last century - Mr. C.H. Spurgeon - was a graduate of no Bible Institute!  We do not say that God has not used the Bible schools to help many who have gone there; we do not say there may not be such which He is so using today.  But what we do say is, that such schools are not an imperative necessity.  You have the same Bible [KJV] in hand that they have; you have the same Holy Spirit to guide you  into all truth.  God may be pleased to use human instruments in instructing and enlightening you, or He may give you the far greater honor and privilege of teaching you directly.  That is for you to ascertain.  Your first duty is to humbly and diligently look to HIM, wait on Him for guidance, seek His will, and the sure promise is, "The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way" (Psalm 25:9).

To this I say: Amen , Amen, Amen!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Are You Waiting For?

Acts 9:19-20 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

If you understand dispensational truth, you understand that Paul is the pattern that the New Testament believer is to follow (1 Cor. 4:16; 1 Cor. 11:1).  Paul began preaching immediately after he was saved; which most of us know.  But what is more important is what the Bible doesn't say about Paul's (or still Saul in this case) beginning ministry.  Notice, Paul - the ex-murderer and blasphemer - begins preaching and he hasn't: been ordained, been to Bible college, been approved by an elder w/ an honorary doctorate, received a license to preach, or completed the new members class.

Paul simply and immediately went and preached what he knew: " the Son of God."  Preach what you know.  God isn't looking for professional Christians: he's looking for willing servants to follow Paul's example. 

So...what are you waiting for?


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