Sword Of The Lord ~ Juy 14, 2017

Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

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Amen Corner

“The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted by the vast majority of Christians….  The “worship” growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself – a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the…drunks.”  -A.W. Tozer

“Instead of moral absolutes, the Left holds legal absolutes.  “Legal” for the Left is what “moral” is for the Right.  The religious have a belief in God-based moral law, and the Left believes in man-made law as the moral law.”  -Dennis Prager  (This is a profound and very truthful quotation).

“We have been inoculated with such a mild form [of Christianity] that we are immunized against the real thing.”  -Vance Havner

“Good words are worth much and cost little.”  -George Herbert

“I’m not about to change my method or my message.  We have only one Gospel to preach, and it has never failed – not to this day, nor will it ever.”  -Harold Sightier

“The church members who loved me best were those with whom I had faithfully and tenderly dealt on the matter of their faults and sins.”   -John R. Rice

“Upon these two foundations – the law of nature [Creation] and the law of revelation (the Bible) – depend all human laws.  -William Blackstone

“Nobody is exceedingly wicked all at once; the Devil is too cunning to startle men.”  -Thomas Wilson

“If you know these two things – yourself a sinner and Christ a Saviour – you are scholar enough to go to heaven.”  -Charles H. Spurgeon

“Don’t fix the blame; fix the problem.”  -Keith S. Pennington

“Don’t feel that you must make all the mistakes yourself.  Learn something from the mistakes of others.”  -Curtis Hutson

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Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 30, 2017

City Bans Family From Farmers Market Because They Won’t Host Same-Sex Weddings at Their Orchard

Michigan farmers Steve and Bridget Tennes have been blocked from participating in an East Lansing farmers market because they do not host same-sex weddings at their orchard.

For the past six years, one Michigan family has shared their organic fruit at a local farmers market, but now their religious beliefs are standing in the way of that tradition.

The kerfuffle between Steve Tennes, who owns a 120-acre orchard in Charlotte, Michigan, and the city officials in East Lansing-which is more than 20 miles away-began when he expressed his views on gay marriage in a Facebook post last year….

East Lansing officials decided to ban the Tennes family from participating in this year’s farmers market…citing the city’s antidiscrimination ordinance that covers sexual orientation….

So now the Tennes family is suing East Lansing for religious discrimination.     -theblaze.com

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Fifty protesters outside of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, asked the convention to remove homosexuality from “their list of sins.”

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Tip of the Day

The cheapest price and the best buy are often two totally different things.

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Foster Care Workers Ordered to Affirm LGBT Lifestyles

Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive.

Termination is among the penalties workers with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would face for violating the policy, the DCFS said in its new rules added May 11 as Appendix K to the state foster care policy manual….

Foster care caseworkers and caregivers must use “an affirming approach” in facilitating a child’s “exploration of any [LGBT] matters” and must be “open, nonjudgmental, and empathetic,” the new rule stipulates….

DCFS arranged foster care to 39,595 children in fiscal year 2016, according to the Executive Statistical Summary released in April 2017.  -Diana Chandler, BAPTIST PRESS

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San Diego Schools Sued Over Pro-Islam Campaign

Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its pro-Islam campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.

Charles LiMandri, an attorney for the parents, called  the campaign a “politically correct solution to a problem that does not exist.”…

The multiyear plan includes ensuring staff calendars include Muslim holidays, reviewing library materials on Muslim culture, providing resources to teachers and engaging in partnerships with the Council on American Islamic Relations.

The district also plans to consider high school clubs that promote American Muslim culture, create “safe spaces” for students, and train staff about Muslim culture.  The district is reviewing internal staff calendars to make sure Muslim holidays are recognized….

The lawsuit filed…in federal court says the policy violates the U.S. Constitution by endorsing a religion.  It asks a judge to halt the policy immediately while the merits of the claim are considered.  -onenewsnow.com

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

When Muslims claim that their faith is a religion of peace, what do they mean?

WND.com (June 5, 2017) reports that “the religion of peace” struck again [June 3] in London, when three terrorists drove a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, then jumped out and reportedly shouted, “This is for Allah,” as they stabbed passersby with knives.

“With seven more dead and 48 more wounded in the latest attack, it’s hard for many to believe Islam is truly a religion of peace, as many politicians and media figures have claimed.”

“But Islam is a religion of peace, according to a former Homeland Security officer who specialized in Islamic theology and the strategy and tactics of the global Islamic movement.  It’s just that the Muslim definition of peace is different than the Western one.

“Peace is defined by pledging loyalty to shariah law,” said Philip Haney, who worked in Customs and Border Protection.  “They define everything that they do based on their loyalty to the principles of shariah law, and it’s a component of shariah that peace is not possible within this world we live in until shariah law is established.  So I tell people tongue-in-cheek that Islam is a religion of peace, just not right now.  It will be when shariah law is implemented, but not until then.”

“Haney, coauthor of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, said the Quran mandates warfare until the entire world submits to Islam-and once everyone lives under shariah law, that will be the definition of peace.”

This sounds similar to the communist definition of peace that we used to hear in the 1980s- “communism wants peace: a piece of this and a piece of that.”

To be sure, when talking about countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, words like “peace” and “freedom” and “rights” have different meanings from ours in America.

Islam wants all nations to live by Islamic law, which is another way of saying Islam wants to enslave the world.

-RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

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Amen Corner

“It is a very solemn delusion when ministers think they are prospering and yet do not hear of conversions.”

-Charles H. Spurgeon

“When men cease to be faithful to their God, he who expects to find them so to each other will be much disappointed.”

-Thomas Home

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”

-Samuel Johnson

 

“We cannot change our hearts, but we can change our minds; and when we change our minds, God will change our hearts.”

-Vance Havner

 

“It is a sure token of an hireling that he wisheth his work were at an end.  But he who truly loveth it is not offended at its toil nor suffering.”

-William Inge

 

 

 

 

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ June 2, 2017

Amen Corner

Some saints spend more time sighing than singing!  Vance Havner

I was brought up at the knees of a devoted mother and across the knees of a determined Father.  -Unknown

If only one second ago I trusted the Saviour, I am safe as the man who has believed in Jesus fifty years and who has all that while walked uprightly.  -Charles Spurgeon

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Evangelical Worldview Survey “Shocking”!

Dr. Shelton Smith

When Summit Ministries (an evangelical worldview ministry) and the Barna Group (an evangelical pollster) did a survey among evangelical Christians, the results according to them were “shocking.”  As shocking as it was, I think the results were predictable.

What was shocking to them and should be to all of us is the extant to which the evangelical community has eroded from its Christian roots.  Here are the numbers.

“Only 17 percent of practicing [evangelical] Christians have a biblical worldview.  So if that’s the case, then what do they believe?

“…Sixty-one percent of [evangelical] Christians who attend church at least once a month and say their faith is very important to their lives and self-identity as Christians also believe some tenets of New Age religions….

“Fifty-four percent…resonate with postmodern views, almost four in ten have some Muslim sympathies, more than a third accept Marxist ideas, and 29 percent believe ideas based on secularism” (onenewsnow.com).

Now the questions which must be raised are these:  Why?  How could this happen?  What has brought this about?  Wherein lies the blame?

Well, here is my analysis of their dilemma.  It should be a wake-up call to our fundamental, independent, Baptist brethren and especially to the ones who are enamored with evangelicalism and learning their ministries that way.  Here are some of the major culprits, I believe, which are contributing heavily to this “shocking” survey.

1. Religion rather than salvation!

Far too many people have decided to “become Christians”  without having been “saved.”  They are Christians in the sense that they have aligned themselves with a Christian group.

They got baptized, they take communion, and they are members of a church; but by their own admission they are not born again.  They are doing some Christian things, but they are unsure of Heaven when they die.  They tip their hat to God and determine to be as good as they can and do as much good as they can, but they are not born again.

They have religion , not salvation.  They identify as Christian, but they are not Christians in reality.  Remember John 3:1-8.

2. Conversational-style lectures have replaced preaching!

The preacher’s fire has gone out.  The dynamics of the art of preaching have eroded into a soft-soap “talk.”  Anemic fill-in-the-blank teaching has become the presentation of choice.

In the absence of Bible preaching with Spirit-filled authority the people go hungry.  When the pulpit menu at the church is like microwaved leftovers or TV frozen dinners, the folks don’t eat and gain strength.

So many of our churches have found for themselves weak leaders who either can’t or won’t preach.  When that happens, the people drift.  They drift spiritually and morally.  They drift philosophically and socially.

Shortly following the drift, the shift into strange territory begins.  When their church fails to impact their worldview, they start grazing in other pastures.  This poll makes clear that the shift in evangelical circles is well underway.

3. Bible doctrine has been watered down!

Doctrine is a despised word with a lot of these folks.  A lot of their churches go to great lengths to avoid any clear-cut defining of Bible doctrine.  Their watered-down teaching leaves out the “meat” of the Word (I Cor 3:2).  Absent the “meat” of Bible doctrine, even the “milk” seems to be of the two-percent variety.

The preacher has a God-given responsibility to “…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine”  (Titus 2:1).  Such “sound doctrine” should include salvation by grace through faith, baptism after salvation by immersion, eternal security and a generous number of other scripturally clear matters.

4. Political correctness has found a home!

The news media is politically correct!  The government is politically correct!  The schools are politically correct!  Now a lot of churches are likewise becoming politically correct!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  -II Tim. 4:3,4

It is not popular to buck the news media, the government and the schools, so these clergy and their churches cave in and go along.  They make a place for evolution!  They redefine marriage!  They embrace sodomy!  They go soft on alcohol!  They accommodate whatever the people want, etc.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  -I Tim. 4:1,2

Scriptural correctness has been pushed to one side by many in evangelical circles in order to make room for political correctness.  Obviously you can’t have both.  So if one is given priority, the other one will be on the outside looking in.

5. Superficial, unscriptural unity!

Camaraderie and fellowship are at the top of the list with evangelicals.  Everybody must get along and go along.  “Getting together” at the expense and the exclusion of Bible truth is the norm.

Unity is generated from a superficial “let’s be nice” platform.

To the contrary genuine Bible-based unity must have a solid, doctrinal foundation and underpinning.

Unity that is created by sacrificing truth is not the advocacy found in the Bible.  This superficial unity opens the floodgates to allow the promotion and proclamation of many varying ideas.  This generates confusion that leaves the evangelical crowd grabbing here and grabbing there.  The result is that they are now embracing a host of unchristian ideas.

6. Interdenominationalism and ecumenism!

A religious version of the politically correct penchant for inclusivism has blurred all the lines of distinctiveness.  The charismatic movement has been a major mover and shaker in this regard.

Popular TV preachers like Robert Schuller (now deceased) and Joel Osteen have fostered the “everybody get together” ideology.  Billy Graham resigned from the board of the Sword of the Lord in the 1950s because he decided to go this route.

The breakdown was predictable.  When you begin to major on soft-soap in order to facilitate your unscriptural unity agenda, you should know that the result will be weakness, not strength.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasurers more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”   II Timothy 3:1-5.

Note “having a form of godliness” (vs. 5).  These verses are describing the church crowd.  Unreal, even unthinkable, but so very, very true!

7. Once-a-week church doesn’t produce!

Once the seeds of destruction  begin to sprout, the “let’s do it the easy way” crowd gravitates to whatever entertains them.  Their appetite for spiritual food (real Bible preaching and teaching) is replaced by a lust for flesh-appeasing, worldly husks.  Instead of good, soul-stirring music, the church platform turns to rock, rap, and other such music (with some soft-sell “Christian” words, of course).

The “preaching” is reduced to a talk and a very short one at that.

The weaker the folks become, the less they show up at church.  Eventually the ministry is reduced to a once-a-week, watered-down service.  The longer this continues, the weaker the folks become.  All the while they are being influenced by Islam, the media, etc.  Consequently, they now have the “shocking” survey.

8.  Sunday schools are shut down!

A lot of churches have already cancelled their Sunday morning Bible study that has been called “Sunday school” for several hundred years.

In so many churches where Sunday school is still held each Sunday, it has become a social event with most of the time spent on coffee, donuts and reviewing the sick list.  Bible study gets only a brief portion of the allotted time.  Often the subject matter being taught is also woefully deficient and does not build strong Christians.

The Sunday school should be a solid center of indoctrination, education and edification.

9. No authoritative text!

In evangelical circles they have changed Bibles so many times the people do not know what to believe.  When the text of Scripture is in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t take long until the authority of Scripture is totally undermined.  This is a major factor in the breakdown of faith among evangelicals.

They will laugh at us because we will not change Bibles, but after this “shocking” survey they may want to stop laughing and throw out all of their watered-down Bibles.

An authoritative text that is tested, tried and true-the King James Bible-is a necessity if you expect to see your converts grow into strong Christians.

10. Accommodating the whims of youth!

Everybody knows that we need to reach young people.  What everybody doesn’t seem to realize is that you don’t get the job done giving them everything their immaturity demands.

Church youth ministries are often built on what I call “kiddie preaching” and “kiddie music.”  That is exactly the opposite of what should happen.

The teen departments in your church should have strong preaching, solid Bible study, standards of conduct and participation along with solid, noncontemporary music.

When the adult leadership leads with authority, example and love, the kids will follow.  And the results will be good!

Evangelicals “Shocked”; Fundamentalists Be Warned

Indeed, the Summit/Barna survey was pretty shocking even for the evangelicals.  But let’s be honest with ourselves.  The slide among some fundamentalists, in which they are borrowing everything they can from the evangelicals, puts all of us in danger.

To my preacher brethren, I’m sounding an alarm because it is past time to be alert.  Danger is beyond the doorstep and already inside the house.  Naivete we cannot afford.  Going-along-to-get-along is a flawed philosophy.

Just because something is “big” doesn’t mean it is “better” or “best.”

We had better pay attention.  What this generation does in moderation the next generation will do in excess.  Remember this pointed teaching:

“Walking about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following”- Ps. 48:12.13.

One Additional Note

Once the slide toward the left has begun, it is very, very difficult for a church to regain its moorings and pull back to solid ground.

Already several pastors who have “contemporized” their churches following the influence of the evangelicals and the charismatics have said, “I made a huge mistake, but I could never turn it back now without losing most of my current crowd.”  So sad, indeed!

My earnest plea: don’t let it happen to you!

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / June 16, 2017 / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

We have come to a time when we are continually on the defensive.  We dig our little spiritual foxholes and pile up our sandbags with our little spiritual peashooters and try to keep the Devil from getting us, when we ought to be marching out like an army and having the Devil run from us.  -Curtis Hutson

The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God….Our religion is weak because our [view of] God is weak….Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.  -A.W. Tozer

We are always trying to “find ourselves” when that is exactly what we need to lose.  -Vance Havner

No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.  -Calvin Coolidge

If called to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Many a man aims at nothing and hits it with remarkable precision.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Twenty-One Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2017; Planned Parenthood Has Shut Down Twenty Since 2010

School to Teacher: Don’t Pray for Your Colleagues

Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Pastors Lead Rally for Abortion

Cuban Pastor Gets One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children

Liberal North Carolina Pastors Dedicate Former Church Building to Islam

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label

Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because “Forced Childbirth Is The Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”

Jakarta’s Christian Governor Imprisoned for Blasphemy

Washington Pastor Says He Doesn’t Care What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

American Deaths From Drug Overdoses in 2015 Equal Number of American Deaths in Vietnam War

Professor Tells Students to Stop Reading Bible

Dad Asks School Board:  When “Did You Decide That It Was Okay to Teach My Children About Islam?”

Middle School Teaches Students That Historic Islam Was Tolerant of Other Religions

New York Library Presents “Drag Queen Story Hour” to Kids

Minneapolis Mayor Speaks at Mosque to Reassure Muslims She Stands With Them

CBS Poll Claims Support for Marijuana Legalization Is at an All-Time High

Pennsylvania City Council Removes Bench With Quote From William Penn

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Read The Bible

Read the Bible, and it brings you into the association of the best people that ever lived.  You stand beside Moses and learn his meekness; beside Job and learn his patience; beside Abraham and learn his faith; beside Daniel and learn his courage to do right; beside Isaiah and learn his fiery indignation toward evildoing; beside Paul and catch something of his enthusiasm; beside Christ and feel His love.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ May 19, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

What in the World is Happening to Marriage?

More Americans 50 years and older are copying younger generations and eschewing marriage, opting instead to live with their partners, according to new research.

In 2016 about 18 million Americans were cohabiting, defined as living with an unmarried partner; and nearly a quarter of them were people over 50, an increase of 75 percent since 2007, data released on April 6, 2017, from Pew Research Center showed….

Fewer marriages, changing social norms and women’s greater economic independence are other explanations for the rise, Stepler added….

Pew found that 27 percent of people 50 years and older who are cohabiting have never married, while more than half are divorced and 13 percent are widowed.   -Yahoo.com

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Amen Corner

To see what is right and not do it is cowardice.  It is never a question of who is right but what is right.  -John Buchan

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teaching of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.  -Calvin Coolidge

We would have more peace of mind if we gave away fewer pieces of our minds.         -Vance Havner

Some people’s religion is so spiritual that they cannot endure to hear of money and they faint at the sound of a collection.        -Charles Spurgeon

The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting.  It has been found difficult and left untried.  -G. K. Chesterton

We talk about Heaven’s being so far away.  No, it is within speaking distance to those who belong there.  -D.L. Moody

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 5, 2017

Lutheran, Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy:  “We Stand With Planned Parenthood” Abortion Biz

A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter…to state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood publicly.

The letter, published in the Des Moines Register on [March 15], included signatures from seven women pastors from the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, Christian Church (Disciple of Christ), and Unity Church….

The pastors praised Planned Parenthood’s work and blasted a state bill that would defund the abortion group and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that don’t provide abortions….

In February, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 2 to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups in the state.  The legislation would direct taxpayer funding to federally qualified health centers that provide more comprehensive healthcare but not abortions.  The bill currently is being considered in the state house.

In their letter, the pastors described the bill as “dangerous” and “extreme” legislation that “threatens access to basic healthcare for low-income women.”

Dangerous Trends 2017

College Students Believe Muslims Should Have Religious Freedom Rights – but Not Christians

Editor’s Comments:  Liberal indoctrination produces such warped views.

Two Mothers Go on the Offensive Because Islam Being Taught to Seventh Graders

Homosexual Santa Claus Book Coming Out This Coming Season

Students Don’t Want Chick-fil-A on Their Campus

Imam’s Invocation Condemned on Delaware Senate Floor

Planned Parenthood Will Give Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton “Champion of the Century” Award

Maryland Public Libraries Offering Sex-Ed Classes to Minors Taught by Lesbian

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Amen Corner

We take our faith for granted; and what we take for granted, we never take seriously.     -Vance Havner

Make honesty a part of your character.  Fight never to yield to the temptation to be dishonest.  Sometimes the truth hurts; but in the long run, it never hurts as badly as being dishonest.  -Curtis Hutson

No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless.  -John R. Rice

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  -Theodore Roosevelt

This court seems incapable of admitting that some matters- any matters- are none of its business.  -Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Even the feeblest knock on Heaven’s door is heard.

May our eyes be no keener when we look upon the faults of others than when we survey our own.

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ April 21, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith Editor

Noteworthy News

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.

The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people.  But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.

Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world.  Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.  -LifeNews.com 

Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line

After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.

According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…”  (townhall.com).

Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.

What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world?   -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

Amen Corner

We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain.  -Vance Havner

Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you.  How long has God taken care of you?  quarter of the journey of life?  half of the journey of life?  Can you not trust Him the rest of the way?  -T. Dewitt Talmage

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.  -Richard Henry Lee

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.  -John Wesley

How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message.  -J.W. Alexander

Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism.  -Herbert Hoover

Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power.  Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high.   -Charles Spurgeon

 

The Amen Corner

Sword Of The Lord   ~   February 24, 2017

The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a soul-winning diet.   -T.J. Bach

It is utterly false to suppose that the Word of the Lord, preached by a coldhearted, unanointed preacher who preaches in human wisdom and for selfish purposes, will bring in proper fruit the same as if preached by one whose heart is set aflame by the Holy Spirit.  It takes the power of God to preach the Word of God.  The Word of God is not a sword of man; it is the Sword of the Spirit.  -John R. Rice

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.    -George Washington

Samson with the Holy Spirit upon him could take the jawbone of an ass and lay dead a thousand Philistines.  Samson without the Holy Spirit was as weak as a newborn babe.  And so it is with the church.  Without the Holy Spirit, you are as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals, simply four walls and a roof, a pipe organ and a preacher to do a little stunt on Sunday morning and evening.  -Billy Sunday

There is one thing worse than not coming to church, and that is to come and do nothing about the message one hears.  James tells us that hearing without doing means self-deception. (1:22)  -Vance Havner

I am very profitably engaged in reading the Bible.  Take all of this Book on reason that you can and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.  -Abraham Lincoln

He who is God’s enemy should not be your friend.

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 24, 2017

Amen Corner

We cannot always trace God’s hand, But we can always trust God’s heart.    -Charles Spurgeon

It is not mine to amend or adapt the Gospel.  What!  Shall we attempt to improve upon what God has revealed?  The Infinitely Wise-is He to be corrected by creatures of a day?  Is the infallible revelation of the infallible Jehovah to be shaped, moderated and toned down to the fashions and fancies of the hour?  God forgive us if we have ever altered His Word unwittingly; wittingly we have not done so, nor will we.   -Charles Spurgeon

There is a world of difference between…getting things off your chest and pouring out your heart.  -Vance Havner 

Something about us religious humans makes us want to add to the Gospel.  We want to help God with our salvation.  If we can’t help Him save us, we want to help keep ourselves saved.  -Curtis Hutson

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.  -Henry W. Longfellow

“What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt”-I had rather speak these three phrases from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe.  -John Newton

Esau wept because he had lost the blessing, not because he had sold his birthright.  Men mourn for the evil that sin brings, not for the sin which brings the evil.  -D.L. Moody

The best medals are pinned on those who go beyond the call of duty.  -Robert E. Lee

Temptation is the Devil looking through the keyhole.  Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.  -Billy Sunday

There was a man , though some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had.  -John Bunyan

Sin is the greatest of all detectives; be sure it will find you out. 

Dangerous Trends 2017

NFL Now Has a Homosexual Ad

The ad “Fans of love/Love Has No Labels” relies on the kiss cam at the January 29 Pro Bowl to show various couples kissing each other or hugging, including two homosexual men and two lesbian women.  The ad also posts screen graphics informing people that “love has no gender,” among other slogans.  -WND.com

Editor’s Comments:  Since the flap over refusing to salute the American flag by Colin Kaepernick and the NFL’s positioning itself as an advocate of the homosexual lobby, viewership has dropped eight percent nationwide.  I know a lot of people seem pretty “crazy” about football, but I’m confident many fans are not going to support this “crazy” stuff.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church:

A man who hadn’t lived the best kind of life passed away.  At the funeral, the preacher gave a flowery description of the man, telling what a good husband and father he had been.  Finally, the wife leaned over to her little boy and whispered, “Go up and see if that’s your daddy in that coffin.”

A homiletics student asked his professor if a good beginning and a good ending were the markings of a good sermon.  The professor replied, “Yes, if they come close enough together!”

The sermon had gone on a long, long time.  A visitor leaned over to the person next to him and whispered, “How long has he been preaching?”  The reply, “Almost thirty years.”  “Oh,” said the stranger, “I guess I’ll stay.  He ought to be through soon.”

 

Quotable Quotations

Taken From the Website of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Of BOCA GRANDE:

 Drops of Ink:

 Has Christ taken over in your heart? Perhaps He resides there, but does He preside?  Vance Havner

The scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.   A. W. Tozer

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading today. Abraham Lincoln

They went to their rest with the furrowed brow and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory.  Charles Spurgeon

 

I am an old fashioned preacher of the old time religion which has helped warm this cold world’s heart for two thousand years.  Billy Sunday

Without God the world would be a maze without a clue. Woodrow Wilson

The world has a lot of problems and all of them caused by man. We get perplexed when we are confronted with them. Our knees knock and our head swims. O me! What are we to do? Leave all the world stuff to the lord and leave the word of God in every mans heart you meet. Pastor Gary Beatty

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. William Cowper

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington

There are no years so important for impression as the first ten. Then and there is the impression made for virtue or vice, for truth or falsity, for bravery or cowardice, for religion or septicism. DeWitt Talmadge

There are two elements if adhered to  that will destroy our great America, liberal theology and liberal politics.  Pastor Beatty