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An evangelist was holding a tent meeting as an Atheist was walking by – he heard the testimony of a man that used to be a drunkard and he lifted up his voice and said “Its all non-sense a mere dream – religion saving a man in this manner.” – Nobody said a word but a little girl came up, tugged on the man’s coat and said, “Mr. If it is all dream please don’t wake him up – that man’s my daddy!


June 24, 2009 Posted by | Bible | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Bad Fathers

Fathers: (bad )

In Chicago a boy was sent by a drunken father to buy something at a store. Somehow the lad lost the money and he dared not go home, for when drunk his father got dreadfully angry about the slightest thing. A man who saw the boy shivering in a doorway learned of his trouble and gave him the dollar he had lost. Thanking the kind stranger the boy went off to the store, but suddenly he turned back and looking wistfully at the man said, “I wish’t you was my father!

He had just caught a glimpse of the difference it would make to have a good father instead of a drunken one.

– Knight

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Bible, Jesus, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Fathers

Fathers: (bad ones )

A young man was to be sentenced to the penitentiary. The judge had known him from childhood, for he was well acquainted with his father–a famous legal scholar and the author of an exhaustive study entitled, “The Law of Trusts. “Do you remember your father?” asked the magistrate. “I remember him well, your honor,” came the reply. Then trying to probe the offender’s conscience, the judge said, “As you are about to be sentenced and as you think of your wonderful dad, what do you remember most clearly about him?” There was a pause. Then the judge received an answer he had not expected. “I remember when I went to him for advice. He looked up at me from the book he was writing and said, ‘Run along, boy; I’m busy!’ When I went to him for companionship, he turned me away, saying “Run along, son; this book must be finished!’ Your honor, you remember him as a great lawyer. I remember him as a lost friend.” The magistrate muttered to himself, “Alas! Finished the book, but lost the boy!” Homemade, Feb, 1989

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Bible | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pulpit Humor

Pulpit Humor


  • I’ve got more nerve than a root canal.
  • It’s better to be one-sided than two-faced!
  • If that don’t light your fire, your wood must be wet.
  • I’m so narrow-minded I can see through a keyhole with both eyes.
  • “I drink 32 oz of “I don’t give a rip” every morning!” Phil Kidd
  • “His tonus is mono and his tempus is longus.” Calvin Miller
  • “A lexicon?  Is that the little green guy that hides his gold at the end of a rainbow?”

Genuine Sermon
A noted preacher, James Gray, was asked, “Where did you get that sermon?”  He answered, “I admit I milked 20 cows, but I made my own butter!”

Nothing Personal
I hope you didn’t take it personally, Reverend,” an embarrassed woman said after church service, “when my husband walked out during your sermon.”  “Well, I did find it rather disconcerting,” the preacher replied.  “It’s not a reflection on you, sir,” insisted the churchgoer.  “Ralph has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.”

Hard Preaching
Talk about hard preaching – When Jesus got done preaching that crowd said, “Who then can be saved?”
(Matt 19:25)

Clean as a Whistle
When something is really clean we say “It’s clean as a whistle!” The reason a whistle is so clean is because it’s been blown out so many times.

Mellow Fellow
You say you’re not a compromiser; that you’ve just mellowed with age. But things turned mellow right before they spoil.


“A Scotch woman said to her minister, “I love to hear you preach.  You get so many things out of your text that aren’t really there.”

Pathetic Messages
“B.R. Lakin was preaching a series of prophetic messages:  A woman came up to him at the end of one service and said she appreciated those “pathetic” messages!”

A rural minister, discovering at the last minute that he’d forgotten to invite a little old lady to his garden party, called her up and asked her to come. “It’s too late,” she said. “I’ve already prayed for rain.”

We All Thought This Would Happen
A man told his boss he was called to be a preacher and resigned his job.  But he was back on the job in two weeks.  “I thought you were called by God to preach,” he was asked.  “Yes, but that was before He heard me preach,” he replied.

Pointed Question
The janitor had dropped a box of tacks in the pulpit of the church.  “Now what if you should miss picking up all of those tacks and I should step on one during  my sermon?” the aggravated minister asked.  “Sir,” replied the janitor, “I bet that’s one point you wouldn’t linger on.”

Staying by the Stuff
A pulpit committee was interviewing a prospective pastor.  “Preacher, we want a pastor that will stay a while.  So many of our pastors don’t stay very long,” the chairman remarked.  “Folks, I’m your man,” he replied.  “I stayed with the last two churches until they both died.”

Funny Sermon Titles

  • The Day The Price of Pork Went Up (Mark 5)
  • The Bad Samaritan (John 4)
  • Losing Your Rear End “…the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.” (Ac 27:41)
  • Dangerous Things Inside The Ark
  • The Vermin on the Mount (1Kings 18)
  • Chinese Water Torture (Prov 27:15)
  • The Dry Heaves “…the fish…vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Jon 2:10)
  • Mechanical Bull (Hosea 8:5)
  • Handicapped Christians “…brother that walketh disorderly…” (2Th 3:6)
  • The Dirt Will Come Out!  (Judges 3:22)
  • Mouth Rash “Be not rash with thy mouth…” (Eccl 5:2)

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January 10, 2009 Posted by | Bible, funny, God, humor, preacher, Religion, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Does Jesus Really Have Nail Pierced Hands?

Does Jesus Really Have Nail Pierced Hands?

As a Christian, I accept the Bible as true and without question.  As a human, however, I am prone to allow non-biblical ideas creep in as well.  Unfortunately, this can be just as bad as denying the Bible.  The fact is, the devil does not care if we read the Bible as long as we let him interpret it for us.  That being said, I am going to tell you about a misconception I held for a while regarding the crucifixion of Christ.

For years I had been under the impression that Jesus was nailed to the cross thru His wrists and not His hands.   After hearing several different preachers give an account of the crucifixion I accepted their reasons without really thinking about it (the devil is so subtle).  They say that your delicate hands would be ripped apart if hung by a tiny nail.

But Christians who read their Bible immediately encounter a problem with the nails-through-the-wrists scenario.  They remember how Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.  He said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails…I will not believe.” (John 20:25)   Thomas expected to see a nail print in Jesus’ hands – not His wrists.   Not long after Thomas made that remark, Jesus showed up: “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)

The fact that the Bible says “hands” should be enough to convince us that Jesus really did have nails driven through His hands.  But we are gullible people and the devil has more than one trick up his sleeve.  I have heard preachers go so far as to say, “In Greek, the word for “hand” includes the wrist and much of the forearm.”  Whether or not this is true I do not know.  I do know, however, that the Old Testament was primarily written in Hebrew.  And Psalm 22:16, being an Old Testament prophecy concerning Christ says, “…they pierced my hands and my feet.”

I suppose I am criticizing preachers who teach the nails were driven thru Christ’s wrists, but only mildly.  Perhaps they do so out of ignorance.  As stated before, I had been under this mistaken impression myself.  But a few years ago I was watching an episode of the Discovery Channel (or National Geographic or something…) where they unearthed the remains of a crucifixion victim.   Strangely enough, this guy was still attached to his cross.  What got my attention was that each “hand” was nailed using a piece of wood as a washer.  The combination, for lack of a better word, “stapled” the poor guy to the cross.  I thought to myself, “Wow, the Discovery Channel actually taught me something useful!”

Another point worth pondering was made by another gentleman on the internet.  I have provided his web address below, since I do not know how to cite the author correctly.  He says,

The conjunctive tissue of the body of humans and animals is stronger than a rope… It is not true that Christ was pierced from the wrists.  This lie was introduced into Christianity by its enemies, especially by the Russellites…

You may think that your delicate hands would be ripped apart if they were hung.  What you need to remember is that Christ’s hands were carpenter hands [I like that!].  Today, you can get an idea about how strong Christ hands were by looking at the hands of any 33 year old carpenter who has been in building houses since he was a teenager.

Hey, you may think the whole issue is a minor thing but “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump…” (1Cor 5:6)  Has the devil made you swallow a lie lately?  If you think you’re beyond being duped by the devil then you’ve already been had.  Ask God to search you and try you and see if there be any wicked way in you.  If you purpose in your heart to deal with it ahead of time, I believe the Lord will show you.

Jason Elder


November 19, 2008 Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments


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Moses, after leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, comes to Mount Sinai.   There he leaves the camp and heads up to the top of the mountain to receive the 10 commandments straight from the hand of God.  . While “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” what Moses held in his hands was actually inscribed by God. Don’t forget too, Moses had been away for a full forty days. Notice what happens while he’s gone.

(1) “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”

If you know anything about your Bible you know that Moses is a type of the Law.   He was God’s mouthpiece and in his absence, the people grew restless and reverted back to their old ways.

Notice: the difference between Moses and Aaron.  Moses was the one who told the people what to do.  But the people wanted somebody they could manipulate so they came to Aaron.

(2)  “And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.”

Notice: Who was wearing the earrings: “Wives…sons…daughters.”  But it doesn’t say the men were wearing them.  And I still don’t believe men ought to wear earrings.  Only fags and sailors wear earrings – so if you’re not wearing an eye patch or sporting a peg leg I’ll just have to wonder about you!

Notice: The first thing their new Associate Pastor wanted was their Gold.   You’d better watch a man that talks about money all the time. I watch preachers on TV and its almost like watching a Christian soap opera.   They’ve got this crisis approach to raising money. But as it usually happens, false prophets have no trouble raising money and so it was in verse 3…

(3)  “And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.”

Moses had only been gone a little over a month but they’d already begun a new building project.   And here comes Aaron with a golden calf in verse 4. That was the false god they worshipped down in Egypt.  And that brings us to our subject: an absence of men of God. In the absence of David and his men – enemies came, burnt down Ziklag, and their wives got carried away.   In the absence of Jesus, Peter said, “Phooey on this whole thing, I’m going fishing!” In the absence of Moses, Israel went back into idolatry.  To say the least it left a bad taste in their mouth when Moses ground that calf up into powder and made them drink it!

In John 4:23 Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman.   She kept trying to change the subject away from her sinful lifestyle and she brought up the issue of where one ought to worship.   Jesus told her in verse 22, ‘Lady, you don’t even know what you’re worshipping.’ “…We know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth…” If you’ll notice the word “spirit” there you’ll see it is lowercase – indicating not the Holy Spirit, but our spirit.  There are many charismatic outfits out there that have the “spirit” of worship down pat, but they lack Truth!

Why?  Because they lack true Men of God! Hey, man’s going to worship something – it’s just in his nature. But it’s important what you worship.   The Muslims worship but they worship a dead god. The Buddhists worship but God only knows what.

And in the absence of men like Moses, the people went back to worshipping the same old bull.

Did you know the Rick Gage Organization made this statement: “There will be many different churches and denominations involved, but there should never be a time in the Crusade process that theological differences will be an issue.”   Does that mean Gage thinks that Baptists, Mormons, and Catholics all believe the same thing about salvation?   You’ve got to be retarded to believe something like that!

You say, “How can you preach against a crusade that touched so many hearts?”    Lady, they were all a little bit touched before they got there!   But if you want to talk about the heart, I’ll tell you what the Bible says about the heart “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9)

Now I’ve been accused of portraying God as a Mean and Vindictive Deity. But that’s just because people don’t like to be told they’re wrong.   Everybody agrees that we need policemen.   But Policemen stop people for speeding all the time and hear this, “Why don’t you stop some of these people out here who’re really breaking the law?”  And people don’t mind you preaching against sin, but they don’t like it when you preach on sins they actually commit!

I’ve caught some flack over criticizing the Rick Gage concert. (An ecumenical gathering in Gaffney)  They tell us: “Sinners Will Be Turned Away by Christians’ Disagreeing.” The problem is they do not know the Bible or history.  D. L. Moody went to a temperance meeting but he would not sit on the same platform with a Unitarian preacher.  Do you think that kept Moody from winning souls? Billy Sunday fought the liquor traffic and worldliness. But that didn’t keep from winning souls. At the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, John R. Rice said Gypsy Smith’s eyes were afire with a holy indignation as he watched the preachers on the platform.  He’d had enough and yelled out, “You (don’t) believe in the virgin birth of Christ? Hypocrite! Get out of the pulpit!”  But did that keep him from winning souls?  No it didn’t.

My Grandpa taught me there was virtue in being plain.  He told me the story of two men driving down the road.  They came to a stop sign and the driver couldn’t see around the corner so he asked the passenger, “Is anything coming?”  The passenger looked and said, “Just a big ol dog.”  They pulled out and got hit by a Greyhound!  What was the problem?   He wasn’t specific enough!   And there are a lot of preachers out there who’ll preach on sin, but they won’t tell you what it is! But it always pays to be plain.

My brother and his wife came to hear me preach one time while they were still in a Southern Baptist Church.  And I slandered the convention.  I raked that thing over the coals!  I invited him back a few weeks later but he said he wouldn’t come just to be embarrassed again.  Yes it made him mad.  But it was right and look at him now.  Sitting in an Independent Baptist Church. He’s got a King James Bible. He’s a God called, Independent, fundamental, shingle-pulling, fire-breathing, Baptist preacher.   Don’t tell me preaching against sin doesn’t work.

I read where around 60 different churches are involved with this “Go Tell” crusade.  They said they had 4,000 people Sunday.   That sounds like a lot of people.  But when you divide 4,000 by 60 churches that’s only 66 people from each church.   But a fellow in the paper named Dr. French O’Shields said the Go Tell crusade, might be “most important event to ever occur in Cherokee County.”   And what a sad commentary if it is!  I see signs on Methodist Churches, Lutheran Churches, and so-called Baptist Churches. They’ve put great amounts of time and energy into this project.   And they’ve got a real burden for souls.  But to my knowledge, not one person from any of these churches has ever knocked on my door at any time and tried to win me to Jesus.   That’s astounding since I’ve lived here for twenty-five years.

Other than advertising and maybe throwing a dollar or two into an offering plate now and then, what are these Churches doing to “Go Tell” anybody, anything?  They may talk about breaking down racial and denominational barriers but what about economic?  Will they bus any children in from Happy Valley?   If they care so much about souls, how many Crusade flyers and Gospel tracts have they passed out in Connecticut Village?

Don’t get me wrong; I hope the whole county gets saved.  God knows they need to. But it seems like most churches only get active when something new comes along.   Whatever happened to old-fashioned door-to-door witnessing?   John the Baptist didn’t offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach.   Jesus never said, “Use the latest fads to attract people to your churches.”   He said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15).  We have an individual responsibility not only to win souls to Christ, but to disciple them as well.  (Mt 28:20).  We are to confront people with their sins and not comfort them in their sins.   We’re to make the Gospel available. But God help the low down sorry preacher who tries to make the Gospel acceptable to this ungodly world.

Real Baptists detest Calvinism. We’re not Calvinistic in our Theology.    But why don’t we admit it, we are Calvinistic in our evangelism.   We say God can save anybody and we leave it entirely up to Him to do it.   What I mean is, we never go out in to the highways and hedges, we don’t compel sinners to come in like we once did!   Where’s our burden for lost souls?   Where’s our broken heart for that soul nearest Hell? Baptists are so slack, most people think we’re Jehovah’s Witnesses when we knock on their door!

Much more I could say but in Ex 32:9 God saw what was going on.

(9-10)And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.”

Moses pleads with God on behalf of the people and God’s anger seems to cool off.  And in verse 17 Moses and Joshua were making their way down the mountain…

(17)And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.”

But Moses said, “That’s not a war cry.” Look at the last few words in verse 18.   He said, that’s “the noise of them that sing” You ought to underline that in your Bible. Because that wasn’t a song of Redemption they were singing. When Israel went through the midst of the Red Sea and came out on the other side – its recorded “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel…” They sang and Praised God for bringing them out. Joshua was familiar with the Song of Deliverance. But when Joshua was coming down the mountain, he didn’t hear Amazing Grace playing.  It didn’t sound like the Old Rugged Cross. But Moses recognized as the music they’d learned down in Egypt. That’s that stinking Contemporary Egyptian Music.


You know something I never could get into is this contemporary Christian Music. The musicians just strike me as people who couldn’t make it in the real music world. I never did like 7-11 music.  (7 words repeated 11 times.) I hate to hear a woman whisper in the microphone like she’s some kind of Christian Phone Sex operator.   But this Sensual Dead-as-Hell, God-is-my-girlfriend music is taking over!

Somebody asked me why I didn’t take the youth to the Rick Gage concert.   Well, one reason is they had the Praise Band from Restoration there.   They say, “We’re using today’s music to draw people in” And that proves they’re not singing to God, they’re more interested in making some kind of worldly siren song.   But Ps 96:1 says, “O sing unto the LORD a new song.”

They say, “We’re trying to reach people thru song.”   And that proves they don’t know a thing about the Bible. It didn’t please God by the foolishness of singing to save people. It pleased God “by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” And a lot of what’s called “Christian” music today, reminds me of what Joshua said of Backslid Israel. It just sounds like a bunch of noise to me.

Not only did Israel go back to playing the same music and worshipping the same bull, they also went back to WEARING THE SAME THINGS.

Vs. 25 says they were naked! (And that’s a bad thing because they were just about to get blistered by Moses.) But all thru the Bible, especially the NT, when people met Jesus they put some clothes on. After Jesus cast that legion of demons out of the demoniac in Mark 5, they found him sitting, clothed and in his right mind.  Peter was fishing one day when they noticed Jesus on the shore.  When Peter realized it was the Lord, do you know what the first thing he did was?  He put his coat on b/c he was naked!  Before I got saved, I went to nightclubs that had more dress standards than some churches.

Drive by some of these “Growing Churches” sometime. You can’t tell if they’re going to Church or Six Flags.  Hey, I don’t know a thing about what Sanders preaches and God knows I’m not for staying in Church till 2 O’clock Sunday afternoon, but if you want to see how Christians should dress, just drive by Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday morning.  Some of them are a little more extravagant than others, But I’m not telling you to dress like some 1970’s pimp – I’m just saying wear your best to the House of God!

What was Israel’s problem?  They lacked a Godly spiritual influence. Have you reverted back to some of your old ways? You know, it’s not always the Man of God’s fault. In fact, every one of us will give an account of himself to God. You know what you ought to do?   You ought to surround yourself by people who spiritually intimidate you.   Men who aren’t afraid to draw a line in the sand.

(26) Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”

In Matthew 15 a Canaanite woman came to Jesus wanting help.  But Jesus said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  Then He called her a dog! Can’t you just hear the people gathered round that day? “I don’t believe Jesus loves people!”   I imagine some of the Israelites thought Moses was a little too critical. But Moses didn’t care. He wasn’t there to win friends and influence people.  He was there to lay the law down. No doubt years later, Joshua had this incident in mind when he said, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve;”

You know, in between the gospels and the OT, there’s a space of about 400 years of prophetic silence.  There was no open vision.  No real move of God.  But all of a sudden a burning and a shining light bursts on the scene and his name is John the Baptist!  Jesus said he was the greatest Prophet who ever lived. Maybe the reason he shone so brightly was because the times were so dark. And I believe God’s still able to raise up a mighty prophet in these last dark days we’re living in! God give us some men like Moses and Joshua and David!

I still like that story how D. L. Moody saw a plaque on the wall one day that changed his life.  It said, “It’s yet to be seen what could be done with one man who is completely yielded to God.”  And thought God used him in a mighty way, I believe he testified later that he was not that man. So it still remains to be seen what could be done with one young man or one young woman who’ll surrender all. God’s not looking for MEN He’s looking for A MAN.

I read somewhere that a star can burn out today up in the sky, but it may take 50 years before we stop seeing its light.   And many Christians who were on fire not long ago are simply coasting now. But aren’t you tired of running on past blessings?

You know studying this thing about The Absence of Men of God has pricked my own heart.   Before I ever preached it to you, The Holy Ghost preached it to me. God knows I’ve failed to be the preacher and the Christian I ought to be.  Aren’t you tired of low living? Are you ready to cross that line?  If so, then with a broken heart and on bended knee – call on God to stir your heartstrings again.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Bible, God, Jesus, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE KING JAMES BIBLE – The Word of The King

Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.  I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?(Eccl 8:1-4)

There are many things in life that we can’t be sure of, but there’s one place you can go to and rejoice in the fact that every verse, every chapter, every jot and every tittle is pure, unadulterated, Truth! (I know we don’t have jots and tittles in English, but the chapter divisions and italicized words don’t even bother me). And that, my friends, is the King James Bible.  I’m not a Greek scholar; I’m not an intellectual by any stretch of the imagination.  My goal tonight is not to woo you or charm you with my wisdom.   I have a simple mind and a simple faith.  But though my faith is simple, it’s sure and steadfast.  And that’s because men of God filled with the Spirit of God have taken the Word of God and taught me the things of God.

Verse 4 is my text verse tonight: “Where the word of a king is, there is power…”

Why do we make such a big deal out of the KJB?  What’s the big deal about which Bible you use?  The most common cop-out I hear is, “Well, my pastor uses such-and-such Bible, so that’s the one I use.”  Can I tell you something?  That’s the reason why there are so many cults in the world!  I believe you should respect the preacher, but the reason so many people are in Hell today is because they listened to what man said and not what God said! Well, I don’t want you to take my word for it; I want to motivate you to do your own study.  After all, ignorance will be no excuse at the judgment seat of Christ!


Scholars criticize the King James only crowd.  They try to make us out to be retards and overcritical for knit picking or harping on a few words these modern translations change or leave out People talking about the different versions say, “Well, it says the same thing, just in a different way.” But can you imagine changing one word in the Constitution? Instead of “We the People of the…” What if it read, “We White People of the…”

What if we omitted one word from our First Amendment?

Instead of “Congress shall make NO law…” It would be “Congress shall make law respecting an establishment of religion…

What about our Second Amendment?

Instead of “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” What if we changed that to: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be allowed.” I think it’s obvious that different versions of the Bible say different things, use different words.


Fruitland Seminary (rhymes with cemetery) has been touted as one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most conservative schools.   (And I’m going to get on Independent Baptist Colleges here in a minute so hold on.) But a young man named Phillip Luther started school at Tabernacle this year (2005?).  He had gone to Fruitland the year before and the first thing (I believe it was) his Theology teacher handed out was a sheet of paper titled: “REASONS THE KING JAMES VERSION IS NOT THE BEST TRANSLATION.”  His teacher’s name was Dr. Carlisle Sanford. I mention his name because I hope somebody tells him I said he is a LIAR and he’ll give an account one day for misleading those young men and women.  Jesus said it’d be better for you to drown like Lacy Peterson, with a millstone around your neck, than to offend one of His little children.


First of all, he’s never seen the “original” Hebrew or Greek because they don’t exist.  (So, if “the original Hebrew and Greek texts” are his final authority – then he has no final authority – he has no Bible.) But we do have copies of copies of the original autographs. And 85% of the over 5,000 extant (existing) Mss fall into the Received Text (Textus Receptus) category. In other words, the King James Bible and the Text that underlies it, is supported by more manuscripts (that actually exist), than any modern version that was ever burped up out of Hell.

But I think we’re missing the big picture here! Daddy always told me “Son, follow the money!”  The King James Bible isn’t copyrighted and these big publishing companies can’t make any money off it.   So they come out with a new version. And when the copyright runs out on their new versions, they come out with a New, New Version. I’m telling you, they’re greedy, of filthy lucre.  I Believe I’ll Stay With The Old Time Way. I just like it!  I’m not picking up nothing else – if for no other reason – I’m not about to learn John 3:16 all over again.

I realize that the New Testament was written in Greek.  But, if Jesus had spoken perfect King James English it wouldn’t add to my faith one bit.   God has preserved His Words in English. And if you have a King James Bible, you have a copy of the very Words of God.  I do not believe it lost anything in translation and I certainly don’t believe we need another version.

If we laid all the Bible experts end to end they’d still never reach a conclusion.  Nothing is wrong studying Greek and Hebrew but I do get upset when a man starts “correcting” my Book.  I feel like Billy Sunday, he said “When the latest scholarship says one thing and the Word of God another, the latest scholarship can go plumb to Hell for all I care!” We fuss at Charismatics for speaking in tongues but the average Baptist preacher refers back to the Greek so much, the sign outside might as well say ‘Pentecostal’.  And the truth is 99.9% of them couldn’t carry on a conversation in Modern Greek if their lives depended on it.  You know they’re just quoting what some egg sucking, pencil pushing, “scholar” says anyhow.  But without fail, Sunday after Sunday, congregations are oohed and ahhed by their pastor’s “knowledge” of the Biblical languages!

Nowadays, seems like every time I turn around they’re coming out with a new Bible of some kind! But after 600+ Bibles in the English language – do we really need another one?   I could understand if there were 5 or 6 or maybe even 10 or 20 different English Bibles – but 600?   You would have to be a fool to believe that every 1.4 years the English language changes so much that we need a whole new Bible.

Well if Fruitland is among the cream of the crop I’d hate to see the cob they come off of! But, I’ll move on, because the problem isn’t limited to Southern Baptists. One of the books I had to buy and read at the Independent Baptist College I attend(ed) was A General Introduction to the Bible, by Geisler and Nix.  On Pg 43 of this textbook, talking about the original Hebrew and Greek texts, it says: “…some errors of copyists have obviously crept into the text.”  And in a footnote, the author goes on to list those “obvious” errors.

(I gave the congregation a handout listing the “supposed” contradictions along with a “very simple” explanation of them.  I may post that handout later).   That made me so mad, I had a hunting knife right beside me, and I stabbed that thing, I tore the pages out, I kicked it across the room – then I remembered I still had homework to do in it. I know that makes me sound like an idiot, but what that textbook implied really and truly bothered me.  If there really was a mistake in ONE part of my Bible, then it could be mistaken in other places too!  I’d been up till early in the morning trying to prove to myself that those two verses the textbook listed didn’t really contradict each other.  And when I found the answer, it was so simple, I was angry with myself!) Now, my heart says, along with the Psalmist, “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.” (Ps 119:140)

Other required reading I had at Tabernacle Baptist College was Our God-Breathed Book by John R. Rice.  I had heard a lot of good things about John R. Rice so when I came to page 376 I was a little disappointed when learned there were no perfect translations. But one encouraging thing about it, on page 382, I learned the American Standard Version could “correct” the “mistakes” in my King James Bible. Isn’t that a blessing?  (Sarcasm is just another service I offer.)

The whole problem is Scholars are too quick to assume that the Bible has errors and they aren’t willing approach it out from the standpoint of faith. For instance, they believe we should treat the Bible as any other book in order to show unbelievers it’s really above other books.   But by doing that we’re trying to convert unbelievers by the strange method of participating in their unbelief.   Even if we’re successful in the end, we’re still justifying the ungodly means.   But without faith it’s impossible to please God! Rom 14:23 – “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin”  If I cannot take the Bible in my hand and by faith say this is the preserved Word of God, then it is sin.  My motive is to get you to appreciate what God has done for us in giving us the King James Bible.  It should motivate us to engulf ourselves in the pages of Scripture.


First of all, you can’t even get saved without the pure Word of God!  1Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”  In Matthew 13 Jesus told about how a man sowed good seed in his field, but his enemy came in at night and sowed tares.

I studied those tares out.   Initially, when they first come up, they look the same as the wheat.

And that’s always been the Devil’s Mode of Operation. – Deception by Imitation! The devil isn’t concerned with destroying the Word of God, half as much as he is replacing the Word of God.  But if you want people to get saved, you’ll sow the Good Seed. Secondly, the Bible will keep you from sin. Psalm 119:11  “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.

The Bible will give you Strength. When God led the children of Israel through the wilderness, they would have starved to death out there, but He gave them bread from Heaven.   When Israel found this bread on the ground, they took one look at and said to themselves, “Huh?”- and so they named it, “Manna.”  “Manna” means “what in the world is this stuff?”

When I talk to some people about the King James Bible, do you know what they say?   “Well, I just can’t understand all those words” or “ It’s so hard to read…” But if you’d just spend half as much time reading the Bible, as you do watching television and reading Cosmo; I believe God would open that book up and show you great and mighty things which you know not!  Hey!  There’s nothing spiritual about being stupid!

Our problem is we’re too much like Israel.   They got tired of Bread from Heaven.  They said it was “Too old fashioned” for them – but the real problem was they wanted flesh! They were being fed, in fact they were eating the very best God had to offer!     Israel just didn’t like what was cooking!  If that aint a picture of mankind I don’t know what is!  We could care less what’s good for us – Just make us feel good –give us flesh!

You may not like the King James Bible; – it treats you rough, just like life does.

But in it you’ll find sixty-six books of the Power of God. When you open this Bible you’re breaking open the Bread of life!   It’ll give you what you need to walk through this desert land.  Jesus said, “I AM that bread life!”  What can Jesus do?  He and He alone can satisfy that hunger you have deep down inside!  “O taste and see that the LORD is good…” Psalm 34:8.

Let me just be plain: you may read the King James Bible and find something that’s wrong.  But the defect is not the Bible – there’s something wrong with YOU. If find something wrong, you must be reading the Queen James. I believe I have, the plenary-verbal, inspired, infallible, inerrant, Words of God, preserved in the English language and it’s called the King James Bible. I do not believe the King James is merely a good translation. – It IS the Word of God. I believe the Genesis account of creation was a literal six-day period.  I believe that because of sin man is eternally separated from God and already under condemnation.   I believe, that though many animal sacrifices were made in the Old Testament, not one single sin was ever purged by the blood of bulls and goats! (Heb 10:4) I believe God is a righteous, thrice-Holy God, Who must execute judgment upon the ungodly.  Yet I know that I know that I know, that there is a fountain filled with blood underneath which man can find mercy and shelter from the wrath of God.

I admit, I don’t understand every single verse in the Bible, but I do believe it. And we’re not called to be understanders but believers. If God said it, it doesn’t matter who believes it; that settles it.   I’ve never seen Heaven, but I believe there is one.  I’ve never seen Hell, but I believe there is one.  How do I know that?  Because the Bible says so!   How do I know I’m saved?   Because the Bible says so!  But of all the things in this world: the most profound, heart warming, thing in my life is being able to sing – without a doubt in my mind:

“Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

For The Bible Tells Me So!”

In conclusion, let me say this to my crowd:  I’m talking to the independent, fundamental, Hell-raising, God honoring, Christ exalting, home-schooled, breastfed, women-don’t-work, King-James-only-and-only-King-James, Bible believing, Baptists.  Listen to me!  So what if you’re King James only, what difference does it make what Bible you don’t read?

We’ve got all the outward stuff down pat but we must raise the bar.  The world has a right to look at us and see an outliving of the indwelling Christ!  Unfortunately, many in our ranks carry a King James Bible and live a New American Standard life.

I used to challenge my Sunday School kids – I’d told them “if you’re such big Christians I dare you to carry a Scofield Bible under your arm all day at school.”  The very idea seemed to send cold chills up their spines.  Well, I used to do that.  Nowadays I’m tickled to death if they even bring a Bible to church. But I wonder how many of you parents have even read your Bible since Sunday? How many of you have devotions with your family? Did you know, you prove what you believe by what you do? Why should your kids think you believe the Bible – you never read it? Jesus said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63.  If that’s so, how can you live the Spirit-filled Life, without reading His Words?

Hey most of us don’t have a problem with plenary verbal inspiration.   We have a problem with plenary verbal obedience.  We can read a newspaper from front to back and never put it down – but if we read two chapters of the Bible we think we’re God-fearing, Christ-honoring Christians.  I think we might all need to beg God’s forgiveness for being so lackadaisical when it comes to reading His Word.

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The Steps of A Good Man

The Steps of a Good Man

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

Psalm 37:23-24

Solomon Ginsburg, a Polish Jew, became an outstanding evangelist across Europe and South America. In 1911, needing some rest, he decided to head off to America. His route took him to Lisbon where he planned to cross the Bay of Biscay to London, then on to the States. Arriving in Lisbon, Ginsburg found the bulletin boards plastered with weather reports warning of storms raging on the Bay of Biscay. It was dangerous sailing, and he was advised to delay his trip a week. His ticket allowed him to do that, and he prayed about it earnestly.

As he prayed, he turned to his prayer calendar and found the text for that day was Deut 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” The Lord seemed to assure him that his long, worldwide travels were under divine protection. Ginsburg boarded ship at once, crossed without incident, and caught a ship in London. From then on it was smooth sailing. When he arrived in the United States Solomon learned that had he delayed his trip in Lisbon, he would have arrived in London – just in time …… to board the Titanic.


The Bible doesn’t say, “The destinations of a good man are ordered by the LORD…” But the very “steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD” Like Job said, “He knoweth the way that I take!” God’s not worried about where you and I are going to end up. We don’t sing, “If we all get to Heaven! But “When We All Get To Heaven…” There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll end up at that desired haven. I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’ll never grow old! Even though God is not worried about the Christian’s final destination, He is concerned, with our journey there!

God’s not up in Heaven, chewing Rolaids and drinking Maalox, worried about what’s going to happen next. The Lord didn’t nail 8 pegs to the outside of the ark in hopes that Noah and his family could hang on. We don’t sing, “If we all get to Heaven! But “When We All Get To Heaven…”

God’s not worried about where you’re going to end up. But God is concerned with the Journey there! And getting there is half the fun. I’m glad God gives us a little bit of heaven to go to Heaven on! It won’t be worth it all one day, its worth it all now!

The Bible says, “…He delighteth in his way.” Did you know that God’s not out to punish you and make your life miserable? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Just submit yourself to the will of God – you’ll like it! I tell you what – before I got saved I was into drugs I’d been in jail – but ever since Jesus passed by – I feel like Ruth just walking around in the field picking up handfuls of Grace! I’m not much for T. D. Jakes, but I like what he said: “God can take your mess and turn into a message!

But though God has a definite plan for your life; I have some bad news! (2) ITS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY. Vs. 24 – “Though he fall

There’s one thing God is still teaching me – its not to be surprised when I sin I’m not saying we shouldn’t hate sin – and fight it – I’m saying when you sin even after you get it right with God – do you know why you’re still disappointed and defeated? Its because you believed in yourself! But we’re to have no confidence in the flesh – This old nature is just as wicked and carnal and hellish as it ever was! In the OT – Ishmael was a type of the flesh! They never had any problems with him till that promised son came along! And I never had any problems with the flesh before that New Birth either! Until that new man moved in, I did everything the flesh wanted to do; there was no conflict![1]

You say, “I haven’t had a hard time living the Christian life! Then I don’t know what you’ve been living but it aint the Christian life. Our old nature is so bad that Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! And if Paul had to battle that old nature – God knows we’re going to have to! John wrote saying “Fellows! I don’t want you to sin – its not God’s will for you to sin! But if any man sin – thank God we’ve got an “Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” Yes! A good man may fall – But “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” So, what do you do when you get knocked down? You get up – and you get up and go again! There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or less. Just confess that sin. God’s more willing to forgive than you are to repent.

Come anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest

And say, my beloved is mine.

So God does have a definite will for you life – and no, its not always going to be easy but rest assured (3) YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS! “…For the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

In Exodus we find Israel IN THE WILDERNESS. Picture it, a redeemed people making their way thru a dry and thirsty land. They got thirsty and started murmuring. They said, “Moses, you just brought us out here to die!” But where God guides, God provides. And when they were thirsty, God gave them water out of the Rock. When they were hungry, God rained down Bread from Heaven. And when they grew tired of that and wanted flesh to eat, God gave them quail!

Not just that, but God’s presence went with them. When the sun was too hot, God was a pillar cloud during the day. At night, when it got cold, God set that cloud to blazing, and Israel had a pillar of fire by night. God’s people had central heating and air for 40 years in the wilderness. Their shoes didn’t wear out. Their clothes didn’t even age. And the whole time they were murmuring and complaining, they should have just looked up to see the Cloud of God’s presence by day, and the Pillar of Fire by night.

John Wesley was riding one day along a lonely stretch of road when he noticed shadowy forms ahead, forms that vanished behind a hedge almost as his eye took them in. He could not turn back; that was not his way, yet to go on meant danger and possibly death. There was no hope of human help on that deserted road, so John Wesley prayed. Al­most at once he heard hoof beats coming up behind him, and he turned in his saddle as another traveler rode up alongside. Wesley gave the newcomer a cheery greeting than silently the two spurred on down the path, on past the place where the robbers lay concealed. Seeing two men instead of one, the robbers let them pass. Wesley then turned to say something to his companion, only to discover that there was nobody there! The mysterious rider had vanished into thin air. John Wesley had received an unusual glimpse of his angel escort along the way.

In Psalm 37:25 David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” To paraphrase – he said, “It might happen, but I’ve never seen it! So when you feel like you can’t go on any farther, just take one more step! In Your Christian Life You’re Bound To Encounter: Walls that seem impregnable; Foes that seem invincible; and Tasks that seem impossible. Its then you need to remind yourself that not only are the Steps of A Good Man ordered by the Lord – But The STOPS of A Good Man are Ordained of God as well. There IS a time to Walk With The Lord. But there is also a time to Wait On The Lord! For…

“…They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as eagles;

They shall run, and not be weary;

And they shall walk, and not faint.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

You say, “I’m just a nobody.” But The Patriarchs, the Apostles, the Disciples were all just nobodies who knew Somebody that could do anything! You say, “I don’t have much.” That’s all right, “Little is much when God is in it!

Preached at Ivy Grove
November 2005
Jason W. Elder

[1] And like Abraham, it was hard to put away that Ishmael – after all he’d been with him longer!

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