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More Compromising: Billy Graham, God, & George Bush


Reading George Bush’s new book Decision Points, I was shocked to read Billy Graham’s answer to Bush Sr.’s question.  He basically asked, “Is it essential to be born again?” You’ll have to read this for yourself…Its unbelievable!  

In the summer of 1985, we took our annual trip to Maine. Mother and Dad had invited the great evangelical preacher Billy Graham. Dad had asked him to answer some questions from the family after dinner.  That was typical of Dad, always willing to share.

It  would  have  sent  a  signal  of importance  to  have  had  Billy  to  himself,  but  that  is  not George H.W. Bush. He is a generous man, devoid of a big ego.  So  there  we  sat,  about  thirty  of  us—Laura,  my grandmother,  brothers  and  sister,  first  and  second  cousins —in  the  large  room  at  the  end  of  the  house  on Walker’s Point.

The first question was from Dad.  He said, “Billy, some people say you have to have a born-again experience to go to heaven.  Mother [my grandmother] here is the most religious, kind person I know, yet she has had no born-again experience. Will she go to heaven?

Wow, pretty profound question from the old man.

We all looked at Billy.  In his quiet, strong voice, he replied, “George, some of us require a born-again experience to understand God, and some of us are born Christians.  It sounds as if your mom was just born a Christian.” (Pgs. 48-49 of the Ebook)

Hopefully, Bush misremembers Graham’s exact words.  Otherwise, this is compromise of the nth degree!

Jesus said, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) It’s imperative.  It’s essential.  There’s no getting around it.  “…Ye MUST be born again.” (John 3:7)

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November 25, 2010 Posted by | politics, Religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jude Commentary


Date: A. D. 66 – 69

Author: The Holy Ghost.

Writer: Jude

Key Verse: Vs. 3

Theme: “Contending for the Faith.” (vs. 3)

Chapters: 1

Verses: 25

Words: 608

Overview: George Lockaby calls this book an inspired commentary on liberalism.

Chapter 1

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

As previously stated, the writer was a man by the name of “Jude.”  The question is: “Which Jude?” Jude is a form of the name “Judas” (which means ‘praise’) and we know there were at least two men by this name who were associated with Jesus.

When Jesus visited His hometown, the people said, “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?” (Matt 13:55)

So Jude was quite possibly the half brother of Jesus.  On the other hand, he could have been an apostle.  In addition to Judas Iscariot, there was also an apostle named “…Judas the brother of James…” (Luke 6:13-16).

Personally, however, Jude 1:17 leads me to believe that Jude was not an apostle in the proper sense.  In verse 17, Jude speaks of apostles in the third person as though he was not an apostle himself.

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

We have peace because we obtain mercy and now have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Jude mentions “the common salvation.” Our salvation isn’t common because it’s cheap but because we all get saved the same way.  There is not one way for the rich and another way for the poor. We all must come by way of the cross. “Jesus saith…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Jude started to write of this common salvation but the Spirit moved him to write about apostasy instead. Apostasy is a departure from the faith once delivered unto the saints (Acts 2:42). And Jude is the only book in the Bible completely devoted to this subject of apostasy.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, it doesn’t say that these apostates will creep in – the Bible says they “crept in” (past tense) and they did so “unawares.” They didn’t come in boldly proclaiming heresy. (If they had, they wouldn’t have been let in to begin with.) No, they sneaked in.

Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing.” (Matt 7:15) He did not say ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you wearing T-shirts saying “Warning! I’m a False Prophet.”’

Notice that these men are “ordained.” While that simply means that God has appointed them to judgment, the word “ordained” brings the “clergy” to mind.  Satan has his ministers as well and he would much rather run churches than close them down. Thus, apostates don’t work from outside the church, they are on the inside.  They are often “ministers.”

Lewis Batchelor once said, “It was a sad day in my life when I realized everyone who said they were a preacher, wasn’t.” Oliver B. Green spoke of the same crowd when he said,

“…The dirtiest gang of thieves this side of Hell are the Gospel-denying, compromis­ing liberals and modernists who deny the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures and preach to please people instead of preaching the Word as it is laid down in the Bible. . . There is no need to blame Hollywood and the liquor crowd for the mess in which we find the world today. The blame lies at the doorsteps of sissy, compromising, back-scratching, ear-tickling, “denomination-pecked” preachers who know the truth yet refuse to preach it for fear that they might hurt someone’s feelings.” (1)

“…Turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness.” Apostates manipulate and twist the doctrine of Grace to suit their lifestyle.  “Lasciviousness” means looseness; irregular indulgence of animal desires; or lustfulness. (2) As Christians we have liberty, but lasciviousness is wallowing in sin and claiming that the Grace of God gives you permission to do it.    We’re not to use that liberty as a license to sin or a “Get out of Jail Free” card.[1]

Denying the only Lord God…”  There’s more than one way to deny the Lord. We think of denying being something you do with your mouth.  But Paul spoke of people who “…profess (verbally) that they know God; but in works they deny him….” (Titus 1:16).  What a person does, speaks much louder than what they say.[2]

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

God saved Israel out of Egyptian bondage, gave them bread from heaven while they were in the wilderness, and then brought them to the brink of the Jordan River. Just on the other side of that river was a place called Canaan. It was the Promised Land. But before Israel crossed over they sent twelve men across to spy out the land. These men all came back saying “It’s just like God told us; a land flowing with milk and honey!” but then ten of them spoke up saying, “There’s just one problem fellas. The people of the land are giants. We’re just like little grasshoppers in their eyes!”

After hearing this, though they had been delivered out of Egypt with a strong arm, Israel did not believe God could deliver the land into their hands.[3] Collectively, they decided not to cross over Jordan and because of their unbelief God made them wander in the wilderness one year for every day the spies spent in Canaan.

Furthermore, God promised that every adult in Israel would die within that 40-year time frame. The only ones God did not kill were Joshua and Caleb. They were the two spies who believed God was able to do everything He said He would do.[4]

Somebody calculated that it took 40 deaths per day to kill off all that generation which came out of Egypt. So their days were spent in sorrow; weeping, wailing, and wandering in the wilderness. Imagine living almost a half century knowing that you will never get to where you’re supposed to be.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Most, if not all commentators suggest that “strange flesh” really means “same sex.” In these last days, there sure is a lot of that going on but is that really what the writer meant?  I in no way want to let the sodomites off the hook. Personally, however, I believe “going after strange flesh” may have something to do with interracial relationships and I will tell you why.

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary “strange” means: foreign; belonging to another country. Also, while I’m no Greek scholar, Strong says “strange” comes from the Greek term heteros (as in heterosexual). A form of that word, meaning “other” or “different,” appears nearly 100 times in the Bible.

Now, I said it came ‘from’ heteros but the exact form of the Greek word is heteras which occurs only twice. The only other place is found in Hebrews 7:13[5] where it is translated “another tribe.” I encourage you to do word study and look at every instance where the word “strange” appears in the Bible. Do this and you may still disagree with me but I think you will also find it odd that no other commentator comes within 100 miles of even suggesting this verse condemns interracial relationships.

Since I can’t leave well enough alone let me add this. Even if the Scripture doesn’t condemn interracial marriage, does it matter what the couple’s parents think? I was talking to a precious young lady the other day who was the mother of a mixed baby. She complained that preachers told her that she was living in sin because she dated a black man.

I told her as far as society is concerned it is still frowned upon but I couldn’t show her a single verse of Scripture that says it is sin for a Gentile to marry outside their race.  However, I pointed out, that she wasn’t married and sex outside of marriage is fornication which is sin. Also, suspecting that she had parents like mine I mentioned that it would be sin for me to marry outside of my race. Jesus said, “Honour thy father and thy mother…” (Matt 19:19) and if I brought home some Nubian goddess, mom and dad would have a heart attack.

8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Dreamers” are those who don’t live on planet reality.

There are several ways to “defile the flesh.” Tattoos and touching an unclean thing. Most Christians don’t even know that the Bible says something about tattoos.  But it states very plainly in the book of Leviticus: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you...” (Lev 19:28)

Speak evil of dignities” these are protesters perhaps like Jeremiah Wright or those who hate the police.

(Jude 8): Jude’s use of “dreamers,” enupniazoµmai (Strong’s number 1797) may signify that false teachers are given to dreams, visions, or revelations which disclose some “new way” or “higher knowledge” than the truth of the gospel. (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Christian Science all began in this way.) The title also may indicate that the deceivers are lulled to sleep by their lusts and oblivious to God’s judgment upon them. [1]

9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Many commentators say Jude obtained this account from an apocryphal story called The Assumption of Moses. Wherever Jude acquired this information the Holy Ghost put His approval on it.

10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

“…Brute beasts…” They are like animals.

11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

“…The way of Cain…” characterizes a religious person who denies he is a sinner or denies the blood more specifically.

The error of Balaam” is preaching for money or preaching the truth but not the whole truth.  Apostates will be identified in the last days not by what they say but what they don’t say.

Gainsaying” means contradicting; denying; opposing. It’s the same word used in Hebrews 12:13 “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself….” (Heb 12:3)

The gainsaying of Core” Core was the one who contradicted Moses and intruded into the priest’s office.  Sounds like a deacon to me.

12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Spots” These professing Christians are the ones who stick out like sore palms whenever the church meets. They’re kind of like that nightmare of a relative who shows up at all the family get-togethers. You wouldn’t dream of asking them to leave but you have noted several good locations to place a sniper. You know a relative or coworker like that don’t you? When you see them coming you smile but it’s more of a nervous grin. Meanwhile you’re silently praying that they don’t say anything too off-color or embarrassing.

Clouds…without water…”[6] In times of spiritual drought they seem to signal approaching showers of blessing. Unfortunately, they are not what they appear to be and “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick…” (Pr 13:12)

In Matthew 21:19 Jesus became hungry on his way back to Jerusalem and spotted a fig tree in the way. From a distance it looked very promising but upon closer inspection it was completely devoid of fruit. Therefore Jesus said unto the fig tree: “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.” (Matt 21:19) Such is the destiny of every apostate. He or she is welcomed in the beginning but soon they will become objects for cursing.

They are “….trees whose fruit withereth…” These are the sad individuals who seemed to have begun spirit but ended in the flesh.

Twice dead…” you would think it’s bad enough to die once but it is said of the believer “and you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins.” But the lost are doomed to experience the second death. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev 20:14) thus the saying: if you’re born once you’ll die twice but if you’re born twice you’ll only die once.

These types of religious professors may appear to of been regenerated but the evidences of spiritual death soon reappear. Such are those who received seed on stony ground. Jesus described them as receiving the word with joy but soon withering because they lack root.

“…Plucked up by the roots…” “…why cumbereth it the ground?” (Luke 13:7) “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Luke 3:9)

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Raging waves…” are a danger and terror to those sailing on the sea of life. “…The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” (Isa 57:20)

Wandering stars…” reminds me of that country song “Lord I was born a rambling man.” Back when this was written all sailors had to navigate by were the stars. If the little speck of light which a sailor used to determine his location was not a fixed point then his vessel would soon find itself off course. Similarly apostates appear to be something they are not.

“…To whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” These are members of the church who have reserved seats in Hell. Their “…lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.” (Pr 20:20)

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

There were two Enochs in Scripture but this one is distinguished by being the seventh from Adam.

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

There will be a judge but no jury. There will be a prosecution but no defense. There will be a sentence but no appeal.[i]

16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,[7] having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.[8]

“…Complainers…” They blame their lot in life on somebody else. They are angry at everything that happens and try to make you dissatisfied with your life as well. If they can make you disenchanted with your church or pastor etc. then getting you into their church or under their pastor will be that much easier.

“…Speaketh great swelling words…” They will flatter you if they feel it is to their advantage. They will even give you the impression that they are out to help you. They are wordsmiths and addicted to flowery exaggerated language. Being eloquent however does not make you right and just because the water is muddy doesn’t mean it is deep.

Not all liberals are highly educated but all liberals want you to believe they are highly educated.

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Beloved…” loving people will get you a long way in the Ministry. People will never care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Remember…” Don’t let the arrival of apostasy discourage you. It only proves the Bible is right. How can you be discouraged by fulfilled prophecy?

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.[9]

You don’t have to separate oil and water they “…separate themselves.” Perhaps this also alludes to those spiritual hobos which bounce around from church to church. You know the type. They would have you believe that they are the best Christians since Peter and Paul but their letter of membership has spent more time at the post office than it ever has in any one church. It seems that no one is ever good enough to pastor them so they “separate themselves.”

They are “sensual” versus spiritual. They focus on the externals. They major on the minors.

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,[10]

Building…” Never stop the forward progress. Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you don’t move.

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Keep yourselves in the love of God…” You can’t stop the sun from shining but you can sit in the shade.

22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

You can try to treat all men the same but not all men are the same. Nevertheless, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Col 4:6)

23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Save with fear…” It’s great to have compassion on people, however, some men you just can’t reach with flowery words and soft tones. For a good many people, it’s that turn or burn preaching that puts a dose of reality into their lives. No, the sheep don’t need shearing every week, but what makes you think everyone you’re preaching to is a sheep anyway?

A form of the word translated “pulling them out” is translated “take…by force…” in John 6:15.

“…Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh…[11] when trying to save others be careful not to defile yourself.

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.


[1] “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Gal 5:13)

[2] “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (Prov 20:11)

[3] Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Ps 78:41)

[4] Personally, I believe they were the two who brought the fruit back. “And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.” (Num 13:23)

[5] “For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.”

[6] “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” (Pr 25:14) “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” (2Pe 2:17)

[7] “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” (2Pe 2:18)

[8] “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2Pe 2:1)

[9] “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Ro 8:5-10)

[10] “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Ro 8:26)

[11] How can a garment be spotted by the flesh? Maybe they had a bunch of sodomites designing clothes back then too!


[i] Wiersbe, Warren. Be Alert. Page 154

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Bible | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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!


FIRST OF ALL DIFFERENT VERSIONS ARE DIFFERENT:

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.


SECONDLY, THE KJB ISSUE AFFECTS YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN:

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.

Dr. Sanford’s 1st Lie: “INCREASED KNOWLEDGE OVER THE LAST 400 YEARS CONCERNING THE BIBLICAL WORLD AND THE ORIGINAL HEBREW AND GREEK TEXTS HAVE RENDERED MANY OF THE KJV RENDERINGS OBSOLETE.”


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.

REASONS WHY WE NEED OUR BIBLE:

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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