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Who Voted For This Health Care Bill?


Who Voted For This Health Care Bill?

The 219-212 roll call Sunday by which the House passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or you can also read the full text of HR 4872 here.)

A “yes” vote (indicated by the letter “Y“) is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 219 Democrats and 0 Republicans.
Voting no were 34 Democrats and 178 Republicans.
ALABAMA
Democrats — Bright, N; Davis, N.
Republicans — Aderholt, N; Bachus, N; Bonner, N; Griffith, N; Rogers, N.
ALASKA
Republicans — Young, N.
ARIZONA
Democrats — Giffords, Y; Grijalva, Y; Kirkpatrick, Y; Mitchell, Y; Pastor, Y.
Republicans — Flake, N; Franks, N; Shadegg, N.
ARKANSAS
Democrats — Berry, N; Ross, N; Snyder, Y.
Republicans — Boozman, N.
CALIFORNIA
Democrats — Baca, Y; Becerra, Y; Berman, Y; Capps, Y; Cardoza, Y; Chu, Y; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Filner, Y; Garamendi, Y; Harman, Y; Honda, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Zoe, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, Y; Pelosi, Y; Richardson, Y; Roybal-Allard, Y; Sanchez, Linda T., Y; Sanchez, Loretta, Y; Schiff, Y; Sherman, Y; Speier, Y; Stark, Y; Thompson, Y; Waters, Y; Watson, Y; Waxman, Y; Woolsey, Y.
Republicans — Bilbray, N; Bono Mack, N; Calvert, N; Campbell, N; Dreier, N; Gallegly, N; Herger, N; Hunter, N; Issa, N; Lewis, N; Lungren, Daniel E., N; McCarthy, N; McClintock, N; McKeon, N; Miller, Gary, N; Nunes, N; Radanovich, N; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N.
COLORADO
Democrats — DeGette, Y; Markey, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y; Salazar, Y.
Republicans — Coffman, N; Lamborn, N.
CONNECTICUT
Democrats — Courtney, Y; DeLauro, Y; Himes, Y; Larson, Y; Murphy, Y.
DELAWARE
Republicans — Castle, N.
FLORIDA
Democrats — Boyd, Y; Brown, Corrine, Y; Castor, Y; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Klein, Y; Kosmas, Y; Meek, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y.
Republicans — Bilirakis, N; Brown-Waite, Ginny, N; Buchanan, N; Crenshaw, N; Diaz-Balart, L., N; Diaz-Balart, M., N; Mack, N; Mica, N; Miller, N; Posey, N; Putnam, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, N; Stearns, N; Young, N.
GEORGIA
Democrats — Barrow, N; Bishop, Y; Johnson, Y; Lewis, Y; Marshall, N; Scott, Y.
Republicans — Broun, N; Deal, N; Gingrey, N; Kingston, N; Linder, N; Price, N; Westmoreland, N.
HAWAII
Democrats — Hirono, Y.
IDAHO
Democrats — Minnick, N.
Republicans — Simpson, N.
ILLINOIS
Democrats — Bean, Y; Costello, Y; Davis, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Halvorson, Y; Hare, Y; Jackson, Y; Lipinski, N; Quigley, Y; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, Y.
Republicans — Biggert, N; Johnson, N; Kirk, N; Manzullo, N; Roskam, N; Schock, N; Shimkus, N.
INDIANA
Democrats — Carson, Y; Donnelly, Y; Ellsworth, Y; Hill, Y; Visclosky, Y.
Republicans — Burton, N; Buyer, N; Pence, N; Souder, N.
IOWA
Democrats — Boswell, Y; Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.
Republicans — King, N; Latham, N.
KANSAS
Democrats — Moore, Y.
Republicans — Jenkins, N; Moran, N; Tiahrt, N.
KENTUCKY
Democrats — Chandler, N; Yarmuth, Y.
Republicans — Davis, N; Guthrie, N; Rogers, N; Whitfield, N.
LOUISIANA
Democrats — Melancon, N.
Republicans — Alexander, N; Boustany, N; Cao, N; Cassidy, N; Fleming, N; Scalise, N.
MAINE
Democrats — Michaud, Y; Pingree, Y.
MARYLAND
Democrats — Cummings, Y; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, Y; Kratovil, N; Ruppersberger, Y; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, Y.
Republicans — Bartlett, N.
MASSACHUSETTS
Democrats — Capuano, Y; Delahunt, Y; Frank, Y; Lynch, N; Markey, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Olver, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.
MICHIGAN
Democrats — Conyers, Y; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Kilpatrick, Y; Levin, Y; Peters, Y; Schauer, Y; Stupak, Y.
Republicans — Camp, N; Ehlers, N; Hoekstra, N; McCotter, N; Miller, N; Rogers, N; Upton, N.
MINNESOTA
Democrats — Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Oberstar, Y; Peterson, N; Walz, Y.
Republicans — Bachmann, N; Kline, N; Paulsen, N.
MISSISSIPPI
Democrats — Childers, N; Taylor, N; Thompson, Y.
Republicans — Harper, N.
MISSOURI
Democrats — Carnahan, Y; Clay, Y; Cleaver, Y; Skelton, N.
Republicans — Akin, N; Blunt, N; Emerson, N; Graves, N; Luetkemeyer, N.
MONTANA
Republicans — Rehberg, N.
NEBRASKA
Republicans — Fortenberry, N; Smith, N; Terry, N.
NEVADA
Democrats — Berkley, Y; Titus, Y.
Republicans — Heller, N.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Democrats — Hodes, Y; Shea-Porter, Y.
NEW JERSEY
Democrats — Adler, N; Andrews, Y; Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Rothman, Y; Sires, Y.
Republicans — Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, N; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; Smith, N.
NEW MEXICO
Democrats — Heinrich, Y; Lujan, Y; Teague, N.
NEW YORK
Democrats — Ackerman, Y; Arcuri, N; Bishop, Y; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, Y; Hall, Y; Higgins, Y; Hinchey, Y; Israel, Y; Lowey, Y; Maffei, Y; Maloney, Y; McCarthy, Y; McMahon, N; Meeks, Y; Murphy, Y; Nadler, Y; Owens, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, Y; Slaughter, Y; Tonko, Y; Towns, Y; Velazquez, Y; Weiner, Y.
Republicans — King, N; Lee, N.
NORTH CAROLINA
Democrats — Butterfield, Y; Etheridge, Y; Kissell, N; McIntyre, N; Miller, Y; Price, Y; Shuler, N; Watt, Y.
Republicans — Coble, N; Foxx, N; Jones, N; McHenry, N; Myrick, N.
NORTH DAKOTA
Democrats — Pomeroy, Y.
OHIO
Democrats — Boccieri, Y; Driehaus, Y; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.
Republicans — Austria, N; Boehner, N; Jordan, N; LaTourette, N; Latta, N; Schmidt, N; Tiberi, N; Turner, N.
OKLAHOMA
Democrats — Boren, N.
Republicans — Cole, N; Fallin, N; Lucas, N; Sullivan, N.
OREGON
Democrats — Blumenauer, Y; DeFazio, Y; Schrader, Y; Wu, Y.
Republicans — Walden, N.
PENNSYLVANIA
Democrats — Altmire, N; Brady, Y; Carney, Y; Dahlkemper, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, N; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.
Republicans — Dent, N; Gerlach, N; Murphy, Tim, N; Pitts, N; Platts, N; Shuster, N; Thompson, N.
RHODE ISLAND
Democrats — Kennedy, Y; Langevin, Y.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Democrats — Clyburn, Y; Spratt, Y.
Republicans — Barrett, N; Brown, N; Inglis, N; Wilson, N.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Democrats — Herseth Sandlin, N.
TENNESSEE
Democrats — Cohen, Y; Cooper, Y; Davis, N; Gordon, Y; Tanner, N.
Republicans — Blackburn, N; Duncan, N; Roe, N; Wamp, N.
TEXAS
Democrats — Cuellar, Y; Doggett, Y; Edwards, N; Gonzalez, Y; Green, Al, Y; Green, Gene, Y; Hinojosa, Y; Jackson Lee, Y; Johnson, E. B., Y; Ortiz, Y; Reyes, Y; Rodriguez, Y.
Republicans — Barton, N; Brady, N; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, N; Hall, N; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Paul, N; Poe, N; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Thornberry, N.
UTAH
Democrats — Matheson, N.
Republicans — Bishop, N; Chaffetz, N.
VERMONT
Democrats — Welch, Y.
VIRGINIA
Democrats — Boucher, N; Connolly, Y; Moran, Y; Nye, N; Perriello, Y; Scott, Y.
Republicans — Cantor, N; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Wittman, N; Wolf, N.
WASHINGTON
Democrats — Baird, Y; Dicks, Y; Inslee, Y; Larsen, Y; McDermott, Y; Smith, Y.
Republicans — Hastings, N; McMorris Rodgers, N; Reichert, N.
WEST VIRGINIA
Democrats — Mollohan, Y; Rahall, Y.
Republicans — Capito, N.
WISCONSIN
Democrats — Baldwin, Y; Kagen, Y; Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Obey, Y.
Republicans — Petri, N; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.
WYOMING
Republicans — Lummis, N.
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WHY N.C. Pastor Will Burn Bibles, Books, & CD’s


NC Pastor to Burn Bibles

The title says it all…or does it?

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Holding a “sin-burning” (as some would call it) is nothing new.  However a Bible is the last thing you would expect to see thrown in the fire!  Nevertheless, as crazy as it sounds that is exactly what one North Carolina church is doing.

The church also plans to burn religious books by such eminent authors as Billy Graham, Rick Warren, John McArthur, James Dobson, Charles Swindoll, John Piper, Chuck Colson, Tony Evans, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swagart, Franklin Graham , Bill Bright, Tim Lahaye, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Joyce Myers, Robert Schuller, Mother Teresa , and The Pope!

Tapes and CDs which contain what the pastor considers ungodly music are also on the list.

Needless to say it has sparked a firestorm of controversy.  In fact the church’s website was down for some time, perhaps after being overwhelmed by visitors. But can it really be as bad as it sounds?  After all, they don’t plan to burn every kind of Bible… just everything that is not the King James. Versions like the NIV, ASV, NASB,  etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t burn Bibles of any kind.  But I kind of feel bad for the poor old boy… He is trying to draw attention to the issue of Bible versions… a fact that the media glosses over with ease.

What if, next Sunday morning you attended a church where the preacher stood up and, reading from “the Bible” said, “You SON OF A BITCH?”  Well that’s exactly what he would say if he was reading from one of the first editions of the Living Bible.

In 1Samuel 20:30 the King James Version reads: “Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman…” But Kenneth Taylor’s Living Bible says, “…You son of a bitch…”

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Being a Christian, I hate to even type that out but that’s exactly what it says.  The editors of that version have since changed the wording because of complaints, but I kid you not, that is exactly what the Living Bible says.

Knowing that, would you still fault him for burning a Living Bible?

I’m not trying to defend Mr. Grizzard’s publicity stunt (which is all this amounts to).  If I was the host of such an event I certainly wouldn’t give an interview to a reporter in my overalls like this Pastor did! I do wish he would have spell checked his flier at least before he sent it out, its littered with misspelled words.


Nevertheless, Christians should be alerted to the issue of Bible versions.

Take the NIV for instance, if you’re an avid reader, you must have noticed that it removes entire verses in some places.

Also in John 1:1 the King James Bible says, “…the Word was God.”  Those of you familiar with the Bible know that “the Word” is a reference to Jesus.

The deity of Christ (Jesus being God in the flesh) is one of the most basic Bible doctrines. But the New World Translation says,”…the Word was a God.”  Thus the NWT, a ‘translation’ put out by the Jehovah Witnesses, denies the deity of Christ.

There are many other examples I could list but time fails me.  I simply want to say that this man who has been slaughtered by the media, might have his heart in the right place even if his methods are questionable.

WWJD?

Again, I wouldn’t do it myself; but when we ask WWJD, let’s not forget we’re talking about the same Jesus who, when He saw the commercialism in the Temple, “…made a scourge of small cords…” and then “…drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” (John 2:15-16)

Leave your thoughts and comments.

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AN ABSENCE OF MEN OF GOD


AN ABSENCE OF MEN OF GOD

 

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.

WHILE MOSES WAS AWAY THEY’D GONE BACK TO PLAYING THE SAME 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!


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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