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Throne of the Son—Forever

Hebrews 1:5-12
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom,” Hebrews 1:8.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1951, its purpose being to set the term limits of presidents to no more than two terms. In American history, only Franklin Roosevelt served more than two terms, most likely, because the American people came to love and trust him through WWII, electing him to four terms. Since 1951, though, only six presidents have served two terms.
Honestly, it does not really matter who the leader of the nation is, most citizens—usually up to half—become tired of the current leader before the term is up, longing for a new leader with new ideas and skills. Why is that? It is because, no matter who our leaders are, they are all fallible human beings and are incapable of leading an entire community or country efficiently.
For Christians, though, we have a ruler in Heaven who is perfect in every way. With God, we do not long for the next election because His throne is forever, and He is not fallible. That does not mean we should not get involved in the election process. We have a responsibility to make sure our civil leaders are fulfilling their God-given role in society: suppressing evil and promoting good. It does mean that, at the end of the day when we are frustrated with our human leaders, we can trust that God knows and will ultimately rule.

Will you trust in God today?

Mark Clements

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319 – Nov. 15 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Baptists in Brazil persecuted but prevail


1889 – The Republic of Brazil was proclaimed and they adopted a constitution patterned after that of the U.S., and freedom of religion was included. However, in 1930 the nation fell under a dictatorship that lasted through the Second World War. Following the war, political pressures both in Brazil and around the world forced the leaders to adopt a democratic form of government, and a national election was held on Dec. 2, 1945. Several attempts to establish Protestantism had been made as early as the days of John Calvin. Under great pressure these were expelled in 1567. In time gospel preachers came with the Dutch colonists, and in 1810 German Lutherans were permitted to propagate their faith. There was an effort to reestablish the Roman Catholic Church as the state religion in 1925, but public opinion opposed such a move. In 1850 the Southern Baptists transferred Rev. T.J. Bowen from Yoruba, Africa to Brazil but their health demanded retirement from missionary service. Finally on Oct. 12, 1871, the Foreign Mission Board of Richmond sent missionaries to assist and on Jan. 13, 1881, Rev. and Mrs. W.B. Bagby sailed from Baltimore, and forty-eight days later anchored in the Bay of Rio as the first Baptist missionaries to that field. On March 4, 1882, Rev. and Mrs. Z.C. Taylor, the second couple, were sent. They experienced great blessings one of which was to meet a converted priest. Persecution came mainly from the Catholic Church. There were many arrests, throwing of stones, two criminal mobs shooting at each other while the preachers escaped, and many other escapades but the work still grew. [A.R Crabtree, Baptists in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro: Baptist Publishing House, 1953), pp. 79-80. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 624-26.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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270 – Sept. 27 – This Day in Baptist History Past


He went out ten years before Carey


1847 – The constitution was adopted for the Republic of Liberia under the auspices of The American Colonization Society, who had sponsored a group of Americo-Liberians – men of color – that had come to this country in 1822. Prior to that, West Africa had become known as the “white missionaries graveyard”, as the graves of  those who had been swallowed up by malaria and other diseases that the “Dark Continent” had seemed waiting for them attested. But the Black preachers, freedmen from America, thrived and not only were received by the natives, but established thriving churches as well. They were men like Lott Carey, who is known as the “Father of Western African Missions”, and Collin Teague. Others such as David George went on to minister in Freetown in 1792, the Capitol of Sierra Leone, the British Crown Colony. These men were a part of the fifty Black missionaries sent out from the converts of George Leile, a freed slave, who left America in 1783 and established a Baptist church in Jamaica, ten years before William Carey went to India.  Paul said, Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather [1Co 7:21]. [“Sierra Leone,” Microsoft Encarta 97 Encyclopedia.  1993-96 Midrosoft Corp. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 529-31.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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253 – Sept. 10 -This Day in Baptist History Past


He refused the “Test Oath”


1866 – Rev. B.F. Kenny, a respected Baptist minister, of Daviess County in Missouri, was arrested on three indictments found against him by a grand jury for the crime of preaching the gospel without taking the ‘Test Oath’. The State Convention had inserted this oath into the new constitution on Jan. 6, 1865, at the close of the Civil War, making it mandatory for pastors to vow loyalty to the state above Christ and His Word. 400 pastors out of the 450 in the state suffered rather than bowing until the act was repealed by the Supreme Court of the U.S. on Jan. 14, 1867. Several of them were imprisoned. Rev. J.H. Luther, Editor of the Missouri Baptist Journal was arrested, held on $1,000 bond, to answer the charge of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ without re-ordination from the commissioner of the state church. Another Baptist preacher was dragged from his home at mid-night, pistol whipped and beaten, and warned to leave the county because he refused to sign the ‘test oath’. [R.S. Duncan, A History of the Baptists in Missouri (St. Louis: Scammell & Co. Publishers, 1882), pp. 926-27. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 496-97.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon



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189 – July, 08 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Baptists planted the seeds for the First Amendment


The principles of “Religious Liberty” as embodied in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution began in the colony of Rhode Island. Roger Williams obtained the first charter in 1643 or 44’, and the first body of laws was drawn under it in 1647. Under this charter the following words were added: “And otherwise than this what is herein forbidden, all men may walk as their consciences persuade them, everyone in the name of his God. And let the lambs of the Most High walk in this colony without molestation in the name of Jehovah their God forever.” The second charter was gained by Dr. John Clarke on July 8, 1663. A few years earlier, in 1656, the Rhode Island founders’ conviction of religious freedom was severely tested by their neighbors in the Congregational Colonies of Plymouth, Massachusetts and Connecticut. They pressed them hard to give up the principle of religious liberty and to join their confederacy to crush the Quakers and prevent any more of them from coming to New England. This Rhode Island refused to do and sent the following answer: “We shall strictly adhere to the foundation principle on which this colony was first settled, to wit, that every man who submits to the civil authority may peaceably worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience without molestation.” The answer made these neighbors hate them more and seek their ruin by violent actions and slanderous words that reached England. In fact Williams spent five years in England, “…to keep off the rage against us.” They also encouraged the Punham Indians to harass the R.I. people to the great loss of property, and the Indian leader Myantonomo was put to death for his attachment to Providence.  Baptists laid the foundation for religious liberty in America.


Dr. Greg J. Dixon: adapted From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 279-80.


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When many are bashing, denouncing and being violent to Christians, they themselves do not want to be subject to the truth and illumination of the gospel. Below is one man’s response.



Speaking Against Islam will Now be ‘Hate Speech’


Posted: 03 Jun 2013 07:26 AM PDT


ST PETERSBURG, Fla., June 3, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Bill Keller is the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of Liveprayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional has written every morning for nearly 14 years on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. He is challenging the notion that those who speak out against Muslims could be prosecuted for “hate speech!”


Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, told the Tullahoma News that inflammatory or hateful posts could potentially run afoul of the law. He will speak this week alongside the head of the FBI’s Knoxville office at a meeting SPONSORED BY a local American Muslim advisory group.


Below is a letter Rev. Keller wrote to Zulfat Suara, the head of the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee:


I am Rev. William Keller, founder of the 20 year old Liveprayer Ministries in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a Christian evangelist. As a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ and Biblical teachings, Islam is a false religion, the “non-prophet” Mohammad was a documented pedophile, polygamist, and murderer. During its 1400 year history and to this very day, Islam has been a documented religion of hatred, violence, terror, domination, and death. To claim otherwise is a lie!


You are welcome to have your friends in the FBI come and arrest me for speaking negatively against Islam. In case you don’t know this, we have a Constitutional 1st Amendment protection in this nation of free speech and I have every right and responsibility to educate people about what your religion teaches and believes and will NOT be silenced! Below are links to a few of the writings and videos I have created over the years to warn and educate people about your false religion from hell that is leading souls to eternal damnation.


Please forward them to the FBI or any other agency since here is NOTHING I have EVER said that invites or encourages violence against Muslims. That is not what Christians do. It is YOUR false relgion that calls people to violent actions against “infidels” or non-Muslims, and is the key difference between the lies of Islam and the Truth of the Bible.


You may be able to silence people in other countries from telling the truth about your violent and murderous religion, but your intimidation tactics, even using the government, will not work here! It is your historic record to infiltrate a country with the ultimate goal to turn that nation Islamic, but that will NEVER happen in the United States as long as men of the one true God of the Bible speak out and don’t cower to your bullying tactics!


I pray you renounce the lies of Islam and turn to the only Truth found in the Bible, and faith in Jesus Christ, the ONLY way to heaven, or your soul will be damned in hell for all eternity.


Videos on Islam: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhsw_2Sz23M www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDLiCu2Spk www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLgJnlhnOUY



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Life is the Time to Serve the Lord


James Greenwood certainly fulfilled the qualifications of a bishop and steward in being blameless and faithful until his death on April 15, 1815. Notwithstanding his excellent character did not keep him from being persecuted along with his other brethren in their service to the Lord.


Semple tells us that “in August 1772, James Greenwood and William Loval were preaching not far from the place where Bruington Meeting House now stands, in the county of King and Queen, when they were seized and, by virtue of a warrant, immediately conveyed to prison.”
Before the constitution of the Bruington Church the Baptists of the neighborhood met in a local barn. Later an arbor was erected where they might meet. It was here while James Greenwood and William Loval were preaching that they were arrested, and were conveyed to the King and Queen county jail. While being led to the jail they began to sing: “Life is the time to serve the Lord” and they gave notice that they would preach the next Lord’s Day from the jail windows.
The hymn that Greenwood and Loval sang challenges the Christian of today to use the time that God has given him or her to accomplish the work of Christ regardless of the hardships of this life. The hymn that they sang was written by Isaac Watts and may be found in The Baptist Hymnal of 1883 Edited by William H. Doane and E. H. Johnson.


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 153-154.


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In a publication called Sightler Publications of Greenville, S.C., additional confirmation has been given of the historic meeting between Rev. John Leland and James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution.  The Baptists of Virginia, along with Patrick Henry, initially stood in opposition to the ratification of the constitution.  Our  forefathers feared a constitution that did not provide safeguards against limiting the powers of a centralized government.  Without clear assurance that government could impose a “state church” upon the entire nation!  With Leland’s mind and Henry’s oratory they were sure to defeat the ratification of the constitution when it came before the Virginia state convention if they were elected delegates from Orange Co.  When Madison, also from Orange, Co. was told by Joseph Spencer that the Baptists opposed ratification he went to see Leland at his house.  Madison agreed, that if elected to append a Bill of Rights to the constitution, including a First Amendment to prevent of an official “state church.”  Leland withdrew his name and threw his support to Madison for delegate.  Ratification was by 19 votes, 187-168.  Two witnesses confirm that such a meeting did take place between Rev. Leland and Madison, George Nixon Briggs, a Baptist and Gov. of MA, who spoke to Leland in 1837, and John Strode Barbour, a native of Orange, Co.  This is Chronicled in an article by Samuel Chiles Mitchell, Prof. at the U. of Richmond, which appeared in the Religious Herald of Oct. 18, 1934, entitled James Madison and His Co-worker John Leland.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 37-39.

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[they] had to meet outdoors in a city park.
 n Jan. 13, 2004, a church building of an independent Baptist church, in Tula, Russia was blown up.  Authorities said that it was due to faulty equipment within the building.   But in a January report by the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, witnesses testified to having seen a group of men around the building and the sound of breaking glass just before the explosion.  The Baptists also established that the gas pipes were not damaged.  The pastor had also received anonymous threats.  City inspectors have ruled that the building is beyond repair.  After the iron curtain came down in 1991, the Russian Orthodox Church took over from the Communist Party and reestablished their influence in religious affairs in Russia.  Even though they are not as brutal in their persecution as the communists had been, they still do not hesitate in their persecution of Baptists and other non-conformists.  With the crumbling of the USSR, Russia adopted a constitution allowing religious toleration but not real religious liberty.  In 1997 a more strict law was passed that required churches to have existed for fifteen years before being permitted to register.  The Sept. 2003 Moscow Times reported that one non-registered Baptist church was refused permission to rent any public buildings and had to meet outdoors in a city park.  This requirement for registration was amended to allow for a re-registration for groups who were registered prior to the implementation of the 1997 law, but this, of course, gave no relief to independent Baptist congregations.  Christian leaders have noticed an increasing intolerance  toward non-Orthodox believers.  New visas and visa renewals have been regularly denied for foreign religious workers.  Much prayer for Russia needs to be added to our prayer lists.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 26-28.

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“He was persuaded of universal liberty.”

November 14, 1819 – David Barrow died. He had been an ardent member of a Baptist emancipation society called the “Friends of Humanity” in which he wrote a 64 page booklet on the evils of slavery. While contending for the liberty of the American colonies, he was persuaded of universal liberty. Through this principle he came to the conclusion that he should free his slaves even though he owned a considerable number. Baptist Historian Semple says, “It is questionable whether I was not, in the end, productive of more harm than good. While it lessened his resources at home, for maintaining a large family, it rendered him suspicious among his acquaintances, and probably in both ways limited his usefulness.” Semple’s remark gives insight into the response of many toward those who zealously took up the cause of emancipation. George Mason of Virginia refused to sign the Constitution because the lack of a provision to care for the slavery issue. After 20 years of labor in Virginia and N.C., Barrow moved on to Ky. When some began to embrace Unitarianism, he was sent in 1803 to help convince the heretics of their apostasy. He wrote a pamphlet on “The Trinity” which helped to check this growing heresy. However his popularity didn’t last long because when the Kentucks found out his views on emancipation it was all over. A committee went from the North District Association and demanded that the church expel him from the pulpit or they would be expelled from the Assoc. The church left Baptist doctrine and threw their pastor to the wolves and chose the denominational bosses and stayed with the association. We are reminded what Paul said to the Galatians, Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/ Thompson/, pp. 473-75.

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