2013 March 08
Self-tests are very popular today. It seems they have one for almost every aspect of life. But what about the most important aspect of our life, our faithfulness to Christ, His church, and His people? In this article you will find a self-help test that will help you take a personal inventory of your faith.
2013 February 25
Born Again - the Doctrine of Effectual Calling by Elder Michael L. Gowans (Lexington Primitive Baptist Church, Lexington, KY) who was kind enough to read it into Audio Book format. This is an excellent work explaining the Primitive Baptist understanding of this essential Christian doctrine.
2013 February 05
The name, Primitive Baptist, is unknown to some, and misunderstood by others. When I tell people that I am a pastor of a Primitive Baptist Church I encounter a vast array of responses. The most common is what is the difference between the Primitive Baptists and other Baptists. Others assume we are like other Baptists but with a different name. Some ask around as to what we believe and the answers they get from the public greatly misrepresent the Primitive Baptist faith. For these reason I will try to answer a few questions and give a brief sketch of our people.
2013 January 22
Elder Neil Phelan, Jr's book, Birthmarks of the Infant Church, is available here in audio book (mp3) format.
2013 January 22
Though many Christians do not realize it, there was a grand trial many years ago and their eternal destiny hung in the balance. You see, salvation is not a decision. It is not obtained by doing good works. Salvation is by grace, obtained by our righteous Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ. He stood before the righteous Judge of the universe and represented His people, the elect. He is an overall sketch of how it went.
2012 December 15
“And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11)
2012 November 15
“And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)
2012 October 15
Jesus is indescribable. By that I mean we, as humans, do not have the ability to describe Him as gloriously as He really is. Words are limited. Expressions fall short. The human mind is incapable of wrapping itself around the fullness of His glory. So, to give us a hint of His majesty, God, in His holy word, has given us some finite glimpses of Jesus, His offices, His person, and His attributes with many words and expressions. Almost every letter in the alphabet has one or more expressions of His glorious person. Brother Rakes and I used to sit out under the stars and go through this list, and what each one means. Consider a few of them with me today.
2012 September 15
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14)
2012 August 15
Through the centuries, more ink has stained the pages of history to describe One person above all others. Of course, that person is Jesus Christ. More has been said, and written about Jesus than any athlete, movie star, performer, king or conqueror. I remember John Lennon making the statement that the Beatles were as popular as Jesus. I talked to a young person the other day and they had never heard of the Beatles.
2012 June 15
The cross was the single greatest event in all of history. The universe changed forever when our Lord died for His people. Satan, and his army were defeated. The shackles of the law that held God’s people in bondage were broken in pieces. The captives were set free. At the cross, heaven was made sure for all of the elect: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?....It is Christ that died.”
2012 May 15
I was recently talking to a friend who asked me what I thought the three most distinguishing differences were between the Primitive Baptists, and other Christian Churches. These are the three that first came to my mind, which bring me a world of joy, and peace. I have added a couple of extras for a bonus!
2012 April 15
The book of Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible. It was written before the law was given to Moses; before Abraham: at a time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Even then, men were asking the great question, “How should man be just with God?”Surely Job’s concern to be accepted with God must tell us something: God was working in the hearts of His elect, and convincing them of their sin, before there was a Bible, a church, or an evangelist.
2012 March 15
One of the shortest verses in the Bible abounds with wisdom. It is a solemn warning to God’s children after the Holy Spirit has weaned them from the world, and led them in the paths of righteousness. The warning is simple: never look back upon former sins with fondness. Though the journey may seem long, and there may be times of darkness and sorrow, it is better to be with Jesus in tribulation, than to take the pleasures of sin for a season. Never look back! Those that do, may become ensnared once again with the very sins they were delivered from: “Remember Lot’s wife.”
2012 February 15
I must share a story with you that I heard from a man that I had never met until, one day, by God’s kind hand of providence, I shared a brief ride with him to the airport in Chicago.
2012 January 15
The first Sunday of 2012 fell on a New Years day. Surely, there was no better place to be on the first day of the New Year than in God’s house with His people. As I prayed for a theme for the upcoming year I thought of our Lord’s words to His people in a former day, a day when the church was just beginning, a day in which there was much excitement about Christ’s message, and a day in which there was much apathy and false doctrine in the kingdom: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). I titled my message: “A Priority for 2012”.
2011 November 10
Paul concludes this letter to Timothy with the following admonition: "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." - 1 Timothy 6:20-21
The word "science" is translated from a word that literally means knowledge. Paul is telling Timothy to avoid any knowledge that is in opposition to God's revealed truth. Most Christians are very savvy to this, especially when it comes to the most basic fundamentals of Christianity such as the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, and the resurrection. Yet, when it comes to science, many Christians throw their Bibles away and bow down to the test tube and the microscope. To put it succinctly, they place the scientist above God's holy word.
2011 October 12
There are few subjects that Christians have been more deceived about than the subject of antichrist. People are always talking about him: when he is coming, where he will sit, what nations he will empower, and who he will be? The sad reality about this is that antichrist is already in their back yard and they do not even know it! Satan is a deceiver, and I am sure he is sitting back, laughing at people who are watching and waiting for a straw man to make his advent into the world, that does not now, nor will ever exist. While they are watching, "antichrist" is working, alive and well… in their own back yard.
2011 September 07
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." -- James 4:17 James has done the spiritual minded a favor. He has warned us about something that we may have neglected. He has warned us about our sins of omission. So, what are sins of omission anyway?
2011 August 14
According to Paul, the purpose of the scriptures is to give light, not life. This is true whether they are read, or preached. Jesus taught the same thing when He said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."(John 5:39). Helen Keller had spiritual life before the Bishop shared the gospel message with her. What she received was light upon the life she already possessed … light to learn that her redeemer's name was Jesus.