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"Preaching Like John The Baptist"

by Tim Turpin

It is my humble opinion that John the Baptist would have a hard time getting a job today in the field of ministry. Even if you could get him into a suit and tie there is still that context of his to consider. What church today would allow a man to stand up and condemn the arrogance and wickedness of these our beloved United States? Who would allow a man to trace the fall from morality to infidelity? Would he say that we praise with our mouth and blaspheme with our heart?

Some of our lawmakers have recently met with robe-clad religious leaders of the day to try to figure out the best way to keep the priests from molesting every young child that comes into their presence. When we hear of such things we ask where has our knowledge of God taken us?

I submit to you we are where we are from lack of such knowledge. Where in God's Word do we learn to be tolerant of lies in the name of peace? Churches are not going to be willing to hear harsh language and rebuttal unless her members have humility before our Almighty God. We should be glad to hear of our error if in fact we have error. However, I fear the doctrine of the day calls only for belief in God. There is no call for us to bring forth fruit meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8). Neither is there a call for repentance. Even members of the Lord's body have felt pressure to conform. We need John to tell us through inspiration that religion founded on man begins with a lie and then gets worse. The common cry is to accept all forms of doctrine in peace and let God sort it out later. Can we do this? No, because the price is too high.

Baptism is for the remission of sin (Acts 2:38) and is not an option. The sinner's prayer is not in the scripture. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We do ourselves a great injustice by speaking half a prophecy. Once saved always saved is not scriptural (Hebrews 6:4-6). We cannot depend on men of the world to tell us of heavenly things and false teaching has its strength in ignorance and indifference. If you do not read and study the Word of God, how can you hope to recognize it. Searching the scriptures helps us to know God.

John was a man not afraid of using inspired words like "generation of vipers" where it applied ,but how would that sit with us today. Some looked at John as the prophet of the coming Messiah, others as the lunatic at the river. Be sure to remember, as God's chosen vessel, those that did not accept John did not receive Christ.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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