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JANUARY 17 – I did it my way.

JANUARY 17 – I did it my way.

Leviticus 10:1-3 – Not just any worship is accepted by God.

Nadab and Abihu decided to worship their way. It brought about their death. God had just laid out specific instructions that He expected His priests to observe. Nadab and Abihu were the sons of Israel’s priest, the nephews of Israel’s leader, the head of Israel’s princely elders. They had been with Moses and Aaron in the mount; they had looked upon the glorious vision of God as He appeared on Sinai; they had been chosen and consecrated to the priesthood; they had assisted Aaron in the first operations of the Hebrew ritual; and in all that camp of God’s chosen ones, Moses and Aaron alone had higher dignity than theirs. But, from the mount of vision they fell into the pit of destruction. They were accepted priests yesterday; they are disgraced victims of God’s holy indignation to-day.

We must understand that at this point, God had laid out each step to be observed in His worship. We have the examples of Nadab and Abihu. We also have David improperly moving the Ark and the death of one man. Saul also intruded into the office of the priest. If it is not God’s way, it is not accepted.

We are in the church age and some would say, that does not apply today. The Old Testament is our example and gives us principles that we need to be aware of. We no longer offer animal sacrifices but today according to Paul in Romans 12:1, we are the living sacrifice. We sacrifice unto God the way He wants us to.

How often do we hear, “God sees the inside” and thereby we consent to sinful acts of the flesh because in essence it does not matter how we live or talk or what we do because we claim that what is important is the heart of man. I concur that it is important that the blood of Christ cleanses man from sin. I believe it is important that the heart is clean and pure, Yet what is inward will be demonstrated outwardly. Read the book of Ephesians. We are to put off the old man and put on the new man where the inward change has change and cleaned up our mouth. Where our thoughts have been cleaned up. We don’t do the things we used to do.

Worship of God is not according to what pleases us. Some people want to worship God in their manner. We are very much in the me/I generation. It is a throw back to the 50’s and 60’s when Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way.” When someone points out some obvious scripture, the common mantra of shaming is thrown up; “judge not that ye be not judged.” Another accusation that is used as a hammer to try and bludgeon people into submission is; “you are a legalist.” This is a complete and total redefinition of the word. Paul knew what a legalist is. Some one that added works to the free gift of salvation. Jews that followed Paul and told new those saved by Grace that they had to be circumcised. A “legalist” is not one that wants to continually apply the Word of God to their life so that every day they are continuing to conform to the Word. Shame on those that try to destroy those that would live a life conforming more to God’s Word everyday.

God has set the standard. There are those that will not study enough to find out what pleases God. They are self-willed people. They do not heed the instruction of God. In the 70’s in Peoria, Illinois, some enterprising person decided to start a club for christians. The though was that people loved to go to bars and taverns so this club was set up just like a bar. There was no alcohol but the lights were turned down low. Soft music was playing. There were intimate settings for couples. There was a dark dance floor. This club failed. The doors were closed. To me, this proved that the Biblical admonition was correct, “they loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” True christians do not want to be in a situation where emotions and lusts are aroused. Those that prefer that atmosphere also prefer alcohol to be involved so that inhibitions are released and inappropriate behavior have a skin of a reason. “I was drunk.”

The saddest part of this is that we now some churches practicing the darkness over light. Music has become the draw, doing it my way. Enticement instead of confiction bringing them in instead of “going” as the Great Commission says. Then we see the response; “bring them in by what ever means and what ever works.” We make them comfortable in a worldly atmosphere. There is a tendency to not delve deeply into God’s Word and simply make them “bottle babies” where Paul says we need to go on from the “milk of the word” and eat meat, and Paul never encouraged any one to stay as “bottle babies.” Meme’s, platitudes, and incomplete phrases and sayings have never driven anyone deeper in the knowledge of God and His Word. Today in some Baptist Churchs there is less concern about truth and feelings are emphasized above truth and music above the preaching of the Word.

Now the situation is that worship is all about me and not God approved or God accepted. Yes, no fire will consume you, but that doesn’t mean it is God approved.

My purpose here and your purpose here should be worship God “in spirit and in truth” and be accepted by God. God calls for obedience.

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William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person
Truth! Questioned by rulers, sought after in misguided paths of philosophy, pseudo-science, and secular education, obscured by false religion, servants of mammon, and demonic powers, truth survives unscathed. It not only survives, it reigns supreme in the intellects of the universe, and shall evermore, and It has a ring to it!
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27. In this great Shepherd/sheep chapter, voice is underscored as the identifying factor of the true Shepherd. Doubtless, there was uniqueness in the voice of Jesus by which He could be identified, more-so than the telephone voice of dear ones in modern times. However, this discourse for the church throughout the age is not connected to tone, but to content.
After Jesus’ ascension, His physical voice was no longer audible to His saints, but the meaning of John 10 remains as effective as any other scriptures. His sheep hear His voice. He knows them. They follow Him. Inseparable from His voice are the meanings of words and ideas spoken and subsequently preserved in Holy Writ.
Unlike any other, the Shepherd’s voice is underscored by unity, harmony, and symmetry. But the uniqueness does not end there. The words (voice) of the Master are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63. The Shepherd’s voice is the voice of God preserved in the Bible, and carried by the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit given to the sheep, by which discernment is possible. The carnal mind cannot perceive the Shepherd’s voice because it is spiritual, and spiritual things are spiritually understood. 2 Cor. 2:14.
Much is said in the Bible about ears and how they hear or do not hear. Jesus pronounced a blessing on those who had ears to hear, and sternly warned all of His people throughout the age to use their ears to hear (discern) what the Spirit is saying to the churches ( Rev. 2-3.)
From the Garden of Eden to this present day, there are other voices vying for one’s attention. They contain information which if followed end in eternal disaster more-so than Adam and Eve found out. So, try the spirits, listen for the Master’s voice. Truth always has a biblically harmonizing ring to it.

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William Andrew Dillard
“Ecumenism,” what is it, anyway? The word is basically Latin, and means “The whole world” according to several dictionaries. Within the Christian context, it means the idea and/or the movement to bring all of the “Christian churches” in the world together as one. Protestants see this as invisible, universal, and Catholics largely see this as persuading all churches to return to the Catholic fold from which they supposedly went astray. Baptists know that Catholics originated by departing from them. They see it as rank heresy; religious baloney, to be avoided at all cost.
The history of ecumenism is interesting, but it is bad. The first ecumenical movement succeeded in society at large in the days of Noah. God destroyed the entire world as a result (except for those on the Ark, of course). But men are sinful, fleshly, and do not learn spiritual truth as those things can only be understood by spiritual people. So, time found the whole populated world in another ecumenical movement at the Tower of Babel. To break it up, God created languages, and the population was segregated to the language they could understand. The language and scattering of the people accordingly created an effective separation which has served well until recent times.
Today, modern technology has all but eliminated the barrier of language. Modern transportation allows men to be global in bodily presence in only a few hours. Communications are global and instant, and for many years world leaders have been working consistently on a “New World (ecumenical) Order.” It is intended to be ecumenical politically, economically, and religiously. As nations march steadily onward toward that goal purported to be the apex of man’s existence, but apart from his Creator, the very idea of individualism and exceptionalism is abandoned.
All of this does not bode well for the nations, but it is their determined goal. Still the Creator’s clarion call to all who will hear Him is to “come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord.” 2 Cor. 6:17. Baptist churches stand or fall on their understanding and treatment of the Word. For them ecumenism offers nothing to gain, and everything to lose. They have stood on God’s truth while Catholic, Protestant, and Neo-protestants left them to go their own way. Doubtless, it will be increasingly harder to stand alone, but by the grace of God some will.

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William Andrew Dillard
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It was once commonly believed, at least in the South, that no education was complete that did not include a sound and comprehensive understanding of the Holy Bible. It is not clear just when or where that fell by the wayside, but it is still cornerstone truth.
Centered in the first floor hallway of the old facilities of Missionary Baptist Seminary on Asher Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas was the embedded seal of the school bearing the slogan: “Eraunata Tas Graphas” or “Search the Scriptures.” The well known admonition of 2 Timothy 2:15 is “Study” in order to be approved a workman who need not be ashamed, but who rightly divides the Word of Truth. That was heavily emphasized as the sole purpose and mission of the institution. Accordingly, for decades, it has been the pleasure of this writer to further emphasize Proverbs 25:2, “ It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Correct Bible knowledge does not come easily or quickly, but its acquisition is the greatest treasure any mortal will ever have, and it is not mortal! My friend and esteemed brother in Christ, Jim Harris of Florida wrote the following words that I am pleased to pass along to you.
“God planted a vineyard of truth that requires the believer to harvest its fruit. God buried gold in the mine of the Bible that requires the believer to dig it out. God embedded light, direction, and guidance in Scripture that requires the believer to search for it.
The Bible is not fast food for the drive-thru Christian. It is not slogans and terminology coupled with pictures of the sunrise or the beach posted on social media. The Bible requires work to understand. It requires time to get to know. There is reward beyond comprehension in the understanding of this book. It is not a delicate, fragile volume. It is the foundation upon which the world stands. It is the work horse of human history. It has been attacked, berated, belittled, and hated, yet it stands as true and trustworthy as it was in the days the ink was still wet. It speaks the truth because it is the truth. It can be completely, fully, eternally trusted.”
Amen, Brother Jim Harris! I could not have said it better!

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This is the day we need to check and see if we are standing on the rock solid foundation of the teaching of the Word of God.

According to “Berean Research,” and article posted by Amy Spreeman on February 22, 2016 in “Discernment”, there will be a great and grand meeting that will put aside doctrinal divisions and unite different demoninations together.

This is styled, “Next Great Awakening,” and those attending will be: Assemblies of God represented by Supt. George O. Wood; Southern Baptist Convention represented by president Ronnie Floyd; Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America; Grace Communion International (Formerly the Armstrongism Woldwide Church of God); Hillsong United. Persons represented will be: Francis Chan, Hillsong’s pastorix Christine Caine, Ravi Zacharias, Kari Jobe, Josh McDowell, Luis Palau and others.

There are some Missionary Baptists that have prepared their youth for events like this. They have carried their youth as a group to “Passion” and other gatherings where Calvinist, John Piper has spread his doctrine and Beth Moore has incorporated a long disregarded Catholic practice. These have included the favorite (rock) contemporary Christian, head banging bands.

Does anyone know the beliefs of the church that the Vertical Church Band is from? I know the pastor of that church will not reveal his salary to the church or the church elders. He also was on a board of Mars Hill church when that potty mouth pastor practiced plagerism and other not so christian practices. His elephant room discussions had a pastor that teaches and preaches modalism.

David Nasser, from Liberty University. Universal Invisible Church and open communion. I should not have to say any more about this person. The use of this person puts the stamp of approval upon them. We wonder why we lose so many people from Missionary Baptist Churches. This is the reason. Affiliation with those that are not doctrinally sound.

Understand – I am not questioning the salvation of any of these people. I am not questioning their love of the Lord. If this has plucked one of your emotional strings, save it for someone less grounded in the Word of God and the doctrines that are taught in His Word. The point I am making is; we prepare our people to be led astray because we grease the path with groups that bring emotional response instead of doctrinal reflection.

This “awakening” is a casting away of truths and a compromise of beliefs. It is wrong.

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Author: W.P. Mackay

Let us suppose that a convict, who has just finished his term of penal servitude, wishes to lead an honest life. He comes to a man who has a large jewelry establishment, and who requires a night-watchman. He is engaged to watch this house through the quiet hours of the night, when he has everything under him, and every opportunity to rob his employer. On the first evening of his watching he meets one of his old companions, who accosts him. “What are you doing here?”

‘I’m night-watchman.’

‘Over this jewelry shop’


‘Does he know what you are?’

‘No, no, be silent; if he knew, I should be dismissed.’

‘Suppose I let it out that you are a returned convict!’

‘Oh I pray don’t, it would be my last day here, and I wish to be honest.’

‘Well, you’ll require to give me some money to keep quiet.’

‘Very well, but don’t let any one know.’ Thus the poor man would be in sad feat and trembling, lest it should come to the ears of his employer what his previous character had been. He would be in terror lest he should meet any of his old friends, and lest his resources should be exhausted in keeping them quiet.

Let us suppose, however, that instead of the employer engaging the man in ignorance of his character, he went to the convict’s cell and said, ‘Now I know you, what you are, and what you’ve done, every robbery you’ve committed, and that you are worse than you believe yourself to be.  I am about to give you a chance of becoming honest, I’ll trust you as my night-watchman over my valuable goods.’ The man is faithful at his post. He meets old companion after old companion, who threaten to inform upon him. He asks, ‘What will you tell about me?’

‘That you were the ringleader of house-breakers.’

‘Yes, but my master knows all that better than you do, he knows me better than I know myself.’

Of course this silences them for ever.


This latter is — GRACE AND TRUTH

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Man by Nature

Man by nature likes neither grace nor truth. He is satisfied neither with perfect justice nor perfect goodness.if John the Baptist comes in righteousness, he is hated, and men say he is too harsh, and not human, but hath a devil. If Christ comes in love, He is taunted with being a friend of sinners. So when the righteous requirements of God’s law are preached, many people are apt to turn and say, ‘Oh yes, but that is too strict; you must allow a little margin for our imperfection.’ God says, ‘Make no provision for the flesh.’ Alas! it will take far too much; but allow it nothing. When a sanctified walk, separated from the world and all its belongings is insisted on, a certain class are sure to call this legal preaching. And on the other hand, when the grace of God is preached, man’s wisdom makes it out to be toleration of evil and lawless licence.

Dr. Dr. W.P. Mackay, M.A


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The Constitutional Convention was divinely inspired


Ben Franklin

American Minute with Bill Federer


The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally.


Some delegates left.


Then, on JUNE 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality.


Franklin stated:


“Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights…


In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection.


Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.


All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor…


And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”


Franklin concluded:


“We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’…


I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed…no better than the Builders of Babel.”


Ben Franklin gave another address at the Constitutional Convention, 1787, titled Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy:


“Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men…ambition and avarice-the love of power and the love of money…


When united…they have…the most violent effects.


Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall, at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it…


What kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters?


It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust.


It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.


These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers…”


Franklin explained further:


“There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them.


All history informs us, there has been…a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less…


Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries…and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more.


The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.


There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh-get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever.


It will be said that we do not propose to establish kings…But there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government…


They would rather have one tyrant than five hundred. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and that they like.


I am apprehensive, therefore-perhaps too apprehensive-that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy…and a king will the sooner be set over us.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.



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The Freedom of Truth


John 8:31, 32

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:31, 32.

A  twelve year old boy was an important witness in a lawsuit. One of the lawyers, after cross-examining him severely, said, “Your father has been telling you how to testify, hasn’t he?” “Yes,” said the boy. “Now,” said the lawyer, “tell us how your father told you to testify.” “Well,” said the boy modestly, father told me the lawyers would try to entangle me in my testimony; but if I would just be careful and tell the truth, I could tell the same thing every time.”

—From: Practical Bible Illustrations From Yesterday and Today, page, 194.

Jesus is truth and grace (John 1:14). He always spoke truthfully, whether tenderly or sternly, it was sometimes painful for the hearer. Jesus spoke truthfully to the Pharisees and self-righteous religious people as well as to the unbelievers during His ministry. His words painfully cut to the heart of sin. Those who heeded His words are in a much better place today.

The problem society faces today is deciding whose truth to follow; men or God’s. Truth, must meet a standard before it can release one from the chains of lies. Therefore, freedom through truth must meet the biblical standards of truth. When one measures what they hear or read with biblical truth, they will have an accurate measurement.


The Bible and the way of salvation will remain true for all time and eternity. (See John 14:6.) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

Beverly Barnett


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The Word of Truth


Ephesians 1:13


“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13.


When does the truth become a lie? It becomes a lie as soon as something is added or taken away from the truth.


We have the completed Word of God. It is the Bible. Contained in the Bible and especially in the New Testament is the true way of salvation through Jesus Christ and Him only. To change any part of salvation is to change the truth into a lie. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to never add our personal philosophy or religious traditions to the gospel of salvation. It is what it is. Salvation is through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, nothing added or taken away. Furthermore, salvation is a free gift that comes with multiple blessings.


Salvation, an extravagant gift from God, must first be accepted before it can be a blessing. Like a beautifully wrapped gift, it is layered with certain blessings, such as, being accompanied by the Holy Spirit who dwells in each believer. He resides in us to comfort us and intercedes in our prayers and groanings, sealing our souls forever., And, hallelujah, it does not depend on our good works! Salvation is a completed package when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Our only responsibility is to believe. God is responsible for maintaining, that is sealing, redeeming and teaching (Rom. 8:35-39).





For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).


Beverly Barnett


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